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LIVE FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO
Tonight, we start Raw off with the man who started it all, Mr. McMahon! He's in the ring to make a very special announcement, bringing out Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and COO Triple H to help him out. Triple H is giving praise and acknowledgement to all of the Superstars. He asked for all of the women to step forward on stage. He's showing his full, undivided support for them and is letting them know how proud everybody is of all of them. Stephanie brought up how the WWE Universe really opened the doors for the Women's Division and turned them into the big success they are today.
She finally announced that on October 28th, 2018, the Women across the company will participate in an all-women PPV event called "Evolution." The women were ecstatic! History has been made!
Tonight, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley will go one-on-one for the #1 Contender's spot for the WWE Universal Championship at Summerslam. Can Lashley defeat Reigns once again? We will find out later on tonight.
Next, The B-Team will defend their Raw Tag Team Titles against The Deleters! Can Hardy and Wyatt "delete" the champions?
Elias is on stage and is ready to find out who will walk with him! The Deleters interrupted him before he could even find out. The fireflies are out in Cincinnati! The Deleters surely weren't happy when they lost their titles at Extreme Rules.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match - THE DELETERS OF WORLDS VS. THE B-TEAM
Hardy and Bo Dallas start things off. Dallas backs Hardy in the corner and Wyatt tags himself in. Dallas runs towards his corner. Axel intervenes and both teams take time to regroup.
Out of the break, Axel has this match under control over Bray Wyatt. Dallas tags himself in and continues what Axel started! He's wearing the former WWE Champion down. Wyatt gets to his feet but Dallas stops him. He gets distracted and goes for the ropes. Wyatt knocks him down and gets the hot tag to Hardy. Dallas tags in Axel but Hardy has the energy. He delivers the side effect for the near fall. Measuring the opposition, the gives Axel the elbow off the top rope and sets up for the Twist of Fate. Bo Dallas breaks up the count, Wyatt comes to his partner's aid. Dallas throws Wyatt on top of Hardy, allowing Axel to execute the counter pin for the win.
WINNERS by pinfall and STILL champions: THE B-TEAM
The Deleters gave them the congratulatory, wonderful round of applause and attacked the champions.
Later tonight, Lashley and Reigns will face off for the #1 Contender's spot at the Universal Title.
Finn Balor and Chad Gable are backstage and, apparently, Corbin gave strict orders to give Balor his own "locker room" which was revealed to be a child's play house. Finn showed no anger towards the constable one and Corbin told him to enjoyed his fun house and enjoy his match against Drew McIntyre.
Last week, Bayley and Sasha Banks got back on good terms when Sasha came to Bayley's rescue after she almost got destroyed by their opponents. Sasha and Bayley said that they are more than ready for everything, especially because the first all-women's PPV was announced. Tonight, they are in action!
SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY VS. LOCAL COMPETITORS
Bayley starts things off looking aggressive early on. Sasha tags in and continues the pressure. She almost got cornered but fought out of it and her and Bayley are looking pretty good, showing their chemistry with tags. Sasha locks in the finisher for the tap.
WINNERS by submission: SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY
Next, we hear from the "Monster in the Bank" Braun Strowman. At Extreme Rules, we saw him throw Kevin Owens off the top of the steel cage and onto the announce table.
Elias gets another chance to celebrate his album, promoting his album. Once again, he gets interrupted but by Braun Strowman this time.
Strowman seems to be in a really good mood tonight! Of course, that still doesn't mean that anybody's ever safe. He's acknowledging the Evolution PPV and is congratulating the Women's division. He, then, brought up the stuff between Reigns and Lashley. Tonight, they go one-on-one for the #1 Contender's spot for the Universal Title. Strowman doesn't care who ends up as champion because he still has the MITB briefcase. The WWE Universe agrees that he'd make a great champion!
Kevin Owens' music hits and he's limping his way out to address the monster. He's all taped up! KO brought up the ending to their match at Extreme Rules. He's still pretty upset about the outcome. He says how his kid looks up to Braun Strowman and dreams of being along his side one day. His kids are, apparently, scared to see their father in pain. Strowman dared KO to come to the ring and do something about it. KO says he has nothing to prove and that his actions will soon be in regret.
The Constable comes out and let Strowman know that he's finding Strowman help for his crazy temper. Apparently, the solution is Jinder Mahal. He comes to the ring and wants to find Strowman's inner peace. Little does Mahal know, Strowman's inner peace is giving those hands. He does a breathing technique of his own, saying "get these hands" repeatedly and drops them both.
Earlier tonight, The McMahon's announced the first ever all-women's PPV called "Evolution" which takes place on October 28th, 2018. Up next, Mickie James and Natalya face off in singles action!
Last week, Ronda Rousey came to see Alexa Bliss and make a statement out of revenge for what happened at Money in the Bank. Kurt Angle gave Rousey a title match at Summerslam but she has to finish her suspension.
NATALYA VS. MICKIE JAMES W/ ALEXA BLISS
They both start off looking pretty strong. Bliss tries to distract Natalya, leaving James to capitalize. She starts to wear Nattie down in the middle of the ring! Nattie starts to turn things around and has picked the momentum up. She starts bring the power to the six-time champion Mickie James. Nattie delivers a basement dropkick for two. James kicks Nattie out of the ring and Bliss pulls her off the apron with James distracting the ref. Nattie lays the champ out and crawls back in the ring. James delivers the Mick Kick for the win.
WINNER by pinfall: MICKIE JAMES
In a backstage interview, Roman Reigns stated he looks to add a victory over Bobby Lashley to his long resume. He, then, looks to move on to Summerslam to face Brock Lesnar for the title and win. We will see Reigns and Lashley go at it later on tonight.
Also, later tonight, Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre will face off in singles action.
Elias is once again out to promote his debut album but is, once again, interrupted. This time, by the Authors of Pain! They're out for more competition, anybody but Titus Worldwide. But...Titus' music hits and wants to "help" them out. They don't want any help from Titus Worldwide. Apollo is trying to convince them to join Titus' wave. Akam says that Titus can just walk away and retire. Titus took exception and Titus Worldwide kick AoP out of the ring.
Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon are in the parking lot talking about the announcement of Evolution. KO and Baron Corbin join them and wants to address the Braun/KO feud. KO wants to face Braun at Summerslam under a condition that if he wins, he gets the MITB briefcase. Stephanie agrees to it and it's official! Kevin Owens will face Braun Strowman at Summerslam for the contract!
Up next, Tyler Breeze will face Mojo Rawley in a rematch from last week.
MOJO RAWLEY VS. TYLER BREEZE
It starts off with athleticism. Breeze goes off the ropes and runs into a counter shoulder attack by Mojo. Mojo begins to wear Breeze down as he's in control of this match so far. Breeze connects with the kick to the side of the head. Mojo flips it back around and goes for the kill but Breeze moves. Breeze rolls him up for the near fall. Mojo gets control back and drops Breeze with the Alabama Slam for the win.
WINNER by pinfall: MOJO RAWLEY
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre stated their plans to take over Raw. McIntyre vows to destroy Finn Balor in their match, next.
Elias is, once again, on the stage to promote his album. He, once again, is interrupted. This time, by Finn Balor!
FINN BALOR VS. DREW McINTYRE W/ DOLPH ZIGGLER
McIntyre starts off with sheer power over Balor. Balor flips things around and dropkicks McIntyre out of the ring, followed by a suicide dive over the top rope.
Out of the break, McIntyre is in control, using his size to wear the leader of the Balor Club down. Balor tries fighting back and takes the Scotland-native down, followed by a near fall. McIntyre catches him off the ropes but Balor pulls himself off his shoulders, delivers a kick and goes for the Coup de Grace. McIntyre moves but Balor knocks him down with the dropkick to the corner to set him up for the finisher again. Ziggler knocks him off and the bad guys gang up on Balor!
WINNER by DQ: FINN BALOR
Seth Rollins comes to the rescue and knocks them out of the ring. Dolph and Drew try to leave but Raw GM Kurt Angle come out to let them know that this match is being restarted as a tag team match! The bell has rung!
SETH ROLLINS & FINN BALOR VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER & DREW McINTYRE
Rollins and Ziggler are starting this one off. Over the last few weeks they have both displayed so much in-ring chemistry! It's like watching poetry in motion. Rollins starts off with so much momentum. He throws the IC champion out of the ring and goes for the suicide dive to get everyone hyped up! He's in control of this match!
Out of the break Rollins still has the energy going. He tags Balor in but Ziggler gets his team back in this once. Balor knocks the champ back down and gets a hit on McIntyre. Ziggler backs him into their corner and McIntyre tags in. He's overpowering the first ever Universal Champion with size and strength! He tags the champ back in but can't keep Balor down as he gets the overhead kick to knock the champ down. McIntyre gets back in to stop Balor's momentum but Balor quickly tags Rollins in. Rollins looks to burn it down in Cincinnati, bringing the energy to his opponents!
He can't quite keep McIntyre down but sets up for the Curb Stomp. He doesn't deliver! Balor comes to the rescue but Ziggler knocks him down. Rollins sets Ziggler up for the Stomp. McIntyre cuts him off and drops him for the near fall. McIntyre is in disbelief! What will it take to keep the former champ down?! He tags Ziggler in and they set up for the double move off the top rope. Rollins counters and forces McIntyre out of the ring. He knocks the champ down and sets him up for the Stomp and wins it for his team!
WINNERS by pinfall: SETH ROLLINS & FINN BALOR
Tonight, we will see Bobby Lashley take on Roman Reigns once again for the #1 Contenders' spot at the Universal Title. He vows to put Reigns out, take on Lesnar at Summerslam and win it all.
Ember Moons and Liv Morgan go at it next!
EMBER MOON VS. LIV MORGAN
Ember starts off with so much intensity. She looks really aggressive to start this contest off. Liv quickly recovers and dropkicks Moon. She comes back with aggression of her own. With a few near falls, she starts to wear Ember down. Moon breaks out of the hold and gets back into this matchup. She goes to the top rope but Morgan stops her. Moon drops Morgan face first to the canvas and sets up for the Eclipse for the win!
WINNER by pinfall: EMBER MOON
Seth Rollins just announced that he has met with Raw GM Kurt Angle. Angle granted him another shot at Dolph Ziggler for the IC Championship at Summerslam! Should be one for the books!
Lashley and Reigns go at it for the #1 Contenders' spot at the Universal Title at Summerslam. They're on their way to the ring to, once again, settle their differences. That match takes place, NEXT!!
Elias is...once again...on stage and is ready to promote his new album. As he gets started, Kurt Angle's music hits and he lets Elias know that the floor is his. He shouts O.A.R. out in the crowd. Who wants to "WALK WITH ELIAS"?! The time has come....
He sings a bit of one of his songs but cuts himself short because he's not "feeling the vibe" and continues to insult the WWE Universe. Lashley's music hits and he's heading to the ring to face Roman Reigns!
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. ROMAN REIGNS - #1 Contender's Match for the Universal Championship
Of course, this match starts off with power and hatred between the two. Lashley goes for the explosion but Reigns gives Lashley a few big rights. He knocks The Dominator out of the ring and follows! Lashley flips things over and is in control of the match!
Out of the break, Lashley is wearing the former WWE Champ down. Reigns tries fighting his way back into the matchup. They have the same idea and knock each other down. Neither man can keep the other down! Lashley is throwing Reigns around like a rag doll. Reigns goes for the Samoan Drop but Lashley pulls himself to the ropes. Reigns gives him another big right hand and follows with an attempted running attack off the apron but Lashley stops him. Lashley tries to keep control but is knocked out of the ring.
He jumps back in the match but Reigns stops Lashley with a leg drop as he tries to get back through the ropes. Lashley catches Reigns from doing the Superman punch and locks the Masterlock (Full Nelson) in. He's wearing Reigns down with holds! Lashley goes for the corner attack, Reigns moves out of the way. Lashley goes shoulder first into the ring post. Reigns really needs to recover at this point. He capitalizes on the counter. Lashley stops Reigns' momentum and delivers the counter slam for the near fall. Lashley sets up for his spear with a taste of Brooklyn on his mind. Reigns catches Lashley off guard with the Superman punch and knocks The Dominator off for the near fall. Lashley tries to counter with a jab and Reigns counters with another Superman punch for another near fall. Reigns is trying to feed off the energy from the crowd and sets up for the spear. Lashley rolls out of the ring to recover.
Reigns realizes what he has going and sets up for a drive-by. Lashley counters and throws Reigns back in the ring to set him up for the spear. He delivers!! Reigns kicks out at 2 3/4! Lashley can't believe it! He lets out a big time ROAR and sets up for it once again! Reigns counters with the Superman punch! He sets up for the spear and Lashley counters. Reigns comes back with the spear once and for all to put Lashley away and earn his shot at the title.
WINNER by pinfall: ROMAN REIGNS
Lashley and Reigns ended the show with great amounts of respect. They finally have shaken hands! Next week, Brock Lesnar will be at Monday Night Raw.
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