Welcome back to WNW for Monday Night Raw! Last week we saw the return of The Shield! Can they slow Braun Strowman down? Will Braun recruit help to take down the Hounds of Justice? We will find out tonight!
The show kicks off with the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. The big dog carries his title down to the ring over his shoulder. Roman says he told Braun he'd meet him in the ring at 8 pm and it's at least 8:05. If he doesn't show up we're going to turn this into a Shield workhorse open challenge, anyone who wants a shot will get it. Strowman's music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Roman says The Shield are a brotherhood of workhorse and they support each other. They know what it's like to be at the top of the mountain. Strowman doesn't, Roman says Braun just says people will get those hands. But those hands don't know what it's like to hold a world title. So if he wants to know what it's like, cash in tonight! Braun says he's not going to cash in tonight because Roman's little fan boys would come save him again. Braun tells Roman he's going to cash in in a place where they can't interfere. Hell in a Cell! Roman tells him he's finally starting to sound like a monster. Roman extends his hand and they shake.
Dolph Ziggler's music hits and he comes out saying blah blah blah. Now that that's out of the way let's get back to Seth Rollins stealing his championship. Dolph says when he invokes his rematch clause it will be on his terms. McIntyre says Roman and Braun, that's a different story. They need a new challenge and, sorry boys, but it's you. The Universal Champ and Mr. Money in the Bank. They sit at the top of the Raw mountain but the only way to go is down. Ziggler says they'd be more than willing to push them off that mountain tonight. Roman says he's happy to fight right here right now.
GM Baron Corbin comes out and says Braun's cash in at Hell in a Cell is approved. He's going to make a main event no one would've ever guessed or seen coming. Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Corbin says he's a natural. For his third match, one that Kurt didn't have the guts to make. Tonight, Corbin will face Finn, THE MAN! NOT THE DEMON! That match starts right now.
Finn Balor vs Baron Corbin
Corbin hits a high elbow to get Finn down and then throws him in the corner. Heavy clothesline by Corbin. Baron throws up the Too Sweet sign and then locks in a headlock. Finn fights out and goes for a springboard move but Corbin knocks him out of the ring. Corbin throws Balor into the barricade and then rolls him in to continue the beat down. We get a few minutes of Balor trying to get in some offense and getting shut down until eventually, we get a slingblade on the outside that puts both men down going into the commercial break.
When we return Corbin is in control but Balor hits a leaping clothesline to buy himself some momentum. Slingblade! Balor goes for the dropkick to set up the Coup De Grace but Corbin turns it into a Deep Six! Corbin gets a 2 count. They roll to the outside where Corbin grabs a chair. Balor knocks it away but stares at the chair. He decides not to use it and goes for the Coup De Grace, but Corbin rolls away and grabs the chair to hit Balor in the ribs.
Winner by DQ: Finn Balor
Corbin says he forgot to say that this match was No DQ. Restart the match. He blasts Balor again with the chair and then hits the End of Days to pick up the pinfall win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Backstage Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke are talking when Titus walks up. Titus says Dana has a match tonight! Against Sasha Banks! Dana looks nervous but says alright and walks away. Apollo turns to Titus and questions why he would put her in a match against Sasha when Dana hasn't had a match in 9 months. Why not start her off in an easier match? Titus says he believes in her!
Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley) vs. Dana Brooke
Match starts with Sasha taking control but Dana shows off some impressive gymnastics. Dana with an enziguri and takes control of Sasha. Sasha is whipped into the corner and then hit with and elbow. Dana goes for it twice but misses and banks his the meteora knees. Banks hits the Banks Statement and gets the tapout victory.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Backstage Ambrose is standing around and Jinder walks up and says he senses a great anger in him since he has returned. Jinder says he can help Ambrose. He tells him to close his eyes and tell him what he sees. Ambrose says he sees Jinder and himself...he sees himself kicking Mahal in the teeth and breaking his face and his ribs. Mahal is crying in great pain. Ambrose tells him to get out of his face. Mahal backs away.
Seth Rollins heads to the ring and grabs a microphone. He says last week it was about taking care of family business. He and his boys pride themselves on being workhorses, fighting champions. So this week it's about IC title business. He thought he'd have to deal with Dolph or Drew but since they've got a match tonight, so he was thinking....who's feeling an open challenge!? Seth says it's an Intercontinental Championship open challenge!
Kevin Owens music hits and out walks KO! Owens says he's so glad Seth is happy, feeling good. Got his buddies back, got his title, got his Crossfit. Kevin says since he's come back to Raw, his life has been a living hell. It shouldn't be that way because when he was on Smackdown he was dying to get back to Raw. He says the reason Seth did well at Summerslam is because Seth had his best friend at his side. If Kevin had HIS best friend he'd have won the MITB briefcase and then cash in and won the Universal Championship. But that's going to change! He's not leaving this building, his country, without a title! He can't think of a better place, well yes he can Quebec, but he's taking that title right now!
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship
Owens goes on the attack early and gets Rollins in the corner and hammers away. Rollins reverses it and throws some hands of his own. Owens hits a right hand and then uses that moment to stomp the foot and then the hand of Seth. Rollins with a leaping clothesline and a series of rights on the mat. Things move to the outside where Rollins is thrown at the stairs but jumps over them, turns around, and launches himself off the stairs to take down KO. We head to commercial.
When we return Kevin is in control and hits an elbow drop from the 2nd rope. Owens throws Rollins into the barricade on the outside. Back inside the ring, Owens uses the ropes to pull Seth's arm in a direction it shouldn't go. Owens with a backdrop on Rollins bad arm. KO locks in a submission focusing on the arm and shoulder of Seth's bad arm. Owens pulls Seth out of the ring and throws him into the barricade. Owens goes for the cannonball on the outside but Seth rolled away at the last second. Both men make it back in the ring before the 10 count. Rollins using his legs to try to build some offense then hits a Slingblade with his good arm! Owens rolls out of the ring and Rollins hits a suicide dive! And then again! Rollins goes for the hat trick but Owens his a forearm to the face, but Rollins bounces back and hits the third! We go to commercial.
We return and Rollins goes airborn and connects with the Frog Splash! This is awesome chants from the crowd. Seth goes for the Curb Stomp but KO rolls out of the ring and then grabs Rollins' arm and drops to the floor. KO rolls in and throws Seth into the steel post, then pulls him out and Owens locks in the crossface. After a long time Rollins is able to get his foot on the rope. Owens goes for the Pop Up Powerbomb but Rollins leaps over it and hits a big kick. Kevin Owens hits a Stunner! He only gets a 2 count! Holy S*** chants from the crowd for the Stunner. Kevin trying to set up a superplex but Seth fights out and does a sunset flip and turns it into a running bucklebomb! Owens immediately bounces out with a PERFECT Superkick! 1-2-NO! Rollins kicks out! Owens looks blown away. Owens goes up to the top turnbuckle but Rollins gets over to KO to stop him. Right hands from Rollins. Both men throw right hands at the same time. Rollins with a step up enziguri and gets KO. Rollins goes up but KO shoves him off the top and Rollins lands on the ropes with his bad arm. Owens goes for the springboard moonsault but misses! Rollins hits the Curb Stomp! 1-2-3!
Winner: Seth Rollins
Braun hands Corbin the MITB contract and says to make sure to bring it to Hell in a Cell.
Kevin Owens is still in the ring, sitting in a chair and has a microphone. The crowd is chanting for Owens. Kevin looks upset and defeated. He holds up and says two simple words...I quit.
Renee Young is backstage with Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. She asks why they challenged Roman and Braun. Ziggler says you have to time your moves just right. Tonight they saw a window open and they took advantage. Drew says Roman faced Lesnar 8 days ago and then Finn Balor the night after, no way he's 100%. And Braun had his cash in squashed by The Shield, no way his head is right. They see those guys for what they are, two wounded animals ready for the slaughter.
B-Team vs. The Revival
Bo and Dash start the match. Bo gets some quick offense in and tags Axel. Dash fights back and tags Scott. Scott hits some heavy hands and Bo tags himself in. B-Team throw the Revival out of the ring as we head to commercial.
We return and The Revival is in control. Bo is the legal man and he's getting hammered away at. Dawson locks in a bear hug. Bo fights out and both men reach for the tag. Wilder makes it first and blocks Axel from reaching the tag. Dallas counters a tornado DDT with a swinging neckbreker. Dawson tags in but can't stop the tag to Axel. Curtis takes down both members of The Revival and then hits a running knee to the face of Scott. Axel goes for the Perfectplex but it's countered. A roll up gets reversed several times. Blind tag to Wilder and they hit their team finisher for the win.
Winners: The Revival
After the match The Revival continue to attack The B-Team. The go over and grab the Tag Team Championships. The say over the last few months the Raw Tag Division has been a complete joke because of these morons. They go from guys like The Four Horsemen to guys like this? They're tired of these guys making Tag Teams look bad. They can take the Tag Titles any time they want.
Elias is in the ring with his guitar. He plays for a while. Eventually, he asks who wants to Walk With Elias. Elias talks trash about Toronto until Trish Stratus music hits and the former 7-Time Champ comes out! Elias says it was nice of her to stop changing diapers to come help him out. Since she's left he's kind of a big deal. She says yeah he's got some really catchy tunes, but when you talk bad about her hometown he needs to....silence his cell phone, hold the applause, and shut his mouth. He says he only speaks the truth. Trish starts to talk about Evolution and facing Alexa Bliss. Elias asks if that'll be a swimsuit pillow fight match, right? Trish says it's time for him to pack up and walk himself out of here. Elias says why don't they cut to the chase, the reason she's there is because she wants to walk with Elias. But he doesn't date women in their 60s. Trish slaps Elias and Ronda Rousey's music hits! She makes her way to the ring as we head to commercial.
Natalya (w/Ronda and Trish) vs. Alicia Fox (w/Alexa Bliss)
Bliss cuts a promo on Trish talking about how she replaced Trish and will beat her at Evolution. She talks about how Ronda wanted to break her arm so that she never had to face Alexa again, but it didn't work. Mickie James comes out and now we have three on each side.
The bell rings and Natty goes right after Fox and tries for the sharpshooter. Fox rolls out but Natty hits a kick to the side of Fox's head. Fox gets in and hits a kick of her head. Fox uses the ropes to choke Natty. While the ref is distracted Micke and Alexa hit punches on Natty. Fox runs into a spinning clothesline. Natty sets up the Sharpshooter and Fox taps out.
Backstage Trish, Natty and Ronda come across the Bella Twins. They shower all three with praise. They tell them that next week the Bellas are back in action! Then they take a selfie together.
Backstage Corbin is on the phone and he says he will handle the Kevin Owens situation. Bobby Lashley walks in and rags on Baron for having to change the match with Balor just to win. Corbin says he knows Bobby likes competition so he booked him in a match that's next. Lashley asks who against, Corbin says he forgets...he's got a lot of paperwork and this KO situation, but the match is next so he should get out to the ring.
Lashey gets in the ring and Corbin comes up on the Titantron and says he couldn't remember the name of his opponent because he has TWO! This will be a handicap match.
Bobby Lashley vs. The Ascension
Lashley goes right after Victor but Connor is able to tag in and throw a headlock on Lashley. Victor tags in and hammers Lashley with several quick blows. Victor with a headlock of his own. Lashley breaks out and goes on the offense. Bobby knocks Connor off the side and hit his finisher on Victor for the win.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Dean Ambrose vs. Jinder Mahal
Ambrose goes right after Mahal with some heavy blows then clotheslines Mahal out of the ring. Mahal hits a high knee off the distraction from his helper. Mahal with an elbow to the head of Ambrose, then he uses the ropes to choke Dean. Mahal with several knee drops to the chest of Dean. Dean fights back with some strong shots to Mahal and then drops Jinder on the ropes mid suplex. Mahal hits a leaping knee to the jaw of Ambrose. Jinder goes for his finisher but Ambrose counters into Dirty Deeds! 1-2-3.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Roman and Dolph start this match up. Roman goes to town on Ziggler and sends him out to the floor. Roman is getting back in and McIntyre hit a huge boot on Roman. Drew tags in and takes control of Roman with heavy blows. Ziggler tags in and locks in a sleeper hold. Roman slowly starts fighting out but Dolph pulls him in and hits a dropkick to the head of Roman. Drew tags in and hits some chops and a suplex. Ziggler back in and locks in another sleeper. Roman down to his hands and knees. Roman stands up and backs Dolph into the corner. Ziggler runs at Roman but gets sent flying over the top rope. Ziggler makes his way back in and sprints at Roman only to run straight into a big boot from the big dog. Strowman wants the tag badly! Drew prevents the tag and sends Roman back into his team's corner. Tag to Dolph. Ziggler slaps Roman and tells him to do something! Dolph runs straight into a Superman Punch! Both teams make tags. Strowman just continues to stand on the apron, staring down Strowman. After a minute McIntyre grab Roman and he and Ziggler double team Roman while Strowman watches. Eventually, Braun gets in and stares down Ziggler and Drew and then turns his gaze to Roman on the mat. Braun picks up Roman and headbutts him and throws him like a ragdoll into the corner. Braun gives a nod to Drew and Ziggler. Ambrose's music hits and Dean runs out to save his buddy but he's a victim of the numbers. Dean gets mauled. Rollins music hits and he runs down and he puts up a fight but he also gets overwhelmed by the numbers. Strowman hits a powerslam on Dean. Then one for Roman. Braun raises Dolph and Drew's hands as we close out the show.