This weeks episode of Monday Night Raw comes from the The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
The show started with a recap montage of last week’s incidents involving Paul Heyman, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, and Roman Reigns.
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin entered the ring. Angle announced Ronda Rousey’s upcoming match, and criticized Lesnar. Roman Reigns entered and told Angle that he respected him, and called out Corbin for not standing up for Angle last week. Angle guaranteed that Reigns will fight Lesnar at SummerSlam. Corbin criticized Angle for being biased towards Reigns, and insulted Finn Balor. Corbin and Reigns trash-talked each other, and Angle set up a match between them after the Constable struck the Big Dog. This was basically a big rehash of last week, more Angle & Corbin arguing, Angle stumbling over his own words, and then the gift of DA BIG DAWG vs. the Constable… MEH!
Roman Reigns defeated Baron Corbin. After the men had been fighting for some time, Corbin powdered out of the ring. He was going to go backstage rather than finish the match, but Finn Balor came out and blocked his exit. Reigns used this opportunity to Superman Punch Corbin, and pinned him back in the ring with a spear. Reigns and Balor fist-bumped. Balor then delivered a Coup de Grace to Corbin. This was an overly long, lethargic, and painfully ok match; worst of all, Balor vs. Corbin will continue. Corbin should not be working 18-minute TV matches.
Seth Rollins asked Kurt Angle to help him deal with both Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler at the same time, and Angle told him that if he found a partner, he would have a tag team match against them later that night.
Bobby Roode defeated Mojo Rawley. Roode pinned Rawley after a Glorious DDT. This was not good, bordering on bad actually. There was nothing happening, there was no heat, and it basically existed.
Elias played guitar and ordered around the production crew of his next documentary. He insulted Bobby Lashley, the audience, and Jacksonville. Lashley entered, and he and Elias insulted each other. Lashley threatened Elias, and Elias attacked him. The two men brawled, and Lashley delivered a vertical suplex to Elias after telling his documentary crew to make sure to film it.
Tyler Breeze approached Seth Rollins backstage and pitched the tag team “Crossfit Breezus” to him, but his attempt at a Shield fist bump summoned Roman Reigns, who said he would be Seth’s tag team partner instead.
Rezar defeated Titus O’Neill. Rezar pinned O’Neill after a one-handed spinebuster. Well… at least Rezar didn’t lose. The AOP are such a dead act thanks to complete shit booking, WWE has given fans no reason to care.
Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh) was the guest on The Kevin Owens Show. Owens said that Mahal’s methods helped him achieve inner peace and freed him from the physical pain of his Extreme Rules injury. Owens talked about how he and Mahal are two of the few men to beat Braun Strowman, and said he should be Mr. Money In The Bank. Owens pitched Jinder Mahal vs. Braun Strowman to Mahal, and called Strowman a coward when he didn’t immediately come out for this match. The stage starts shaking and is then toppled over by BRAUN. Well that was a long way to get to Braun’s latest stunt and match; it was a segment, Owens was solidly entertaining, but really didn’t have a lot to work with.
Jinder Mahal defeated Braun Strowman via disqualification. Kevin Owens tried to steal Strowman’s briefcase multiple times, and the Monster Among Men was DQ’ed after hitting Mahal in the gut with it. They are trying to show that Strowman can lose via DQ or countout to play into the Summerslam stipulation, unfortunately, I just don’t care at all, and it was just a rerun of last week’s angle.
We saw a video package about the Reigns vs. Lesnar rivalry.
Baron Corbin said Stephanie McMahon ordered Reigns to forgo tagging with Rollins or he would lose his match at SummerSlam. Rollins opted to compete in a handicap match.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins. Ziggler pinned Rollins after a superkick. This was pretty good and Rollins showed great fire before losing.
The B Team vs. the Revival ended in a No Contest. This was a nothing of a match to set up a multi-man tag that I can’t imagine that anyone wants to see.
Renee Young interviewed an emotional Paul Heyman about Brock Lesnar.
The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) defeated The Boss-Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley.) Ruby Riott returned from injury to distract Banks, allowing Logan to score a roll-up victory. This was a solid tag match with a much better second half than first half, and the return of Riott, which is welcomed return as Logan & Morgan felt completely lost without her.
Ronda Rousey def. Alicia Fox. Rousey tapped out Fox with an armbar. As far as the match goes, it was okay.. But there’s no denying that Rousey comes off as a mega star and carries herself like one. It was an overall good segment to set up the Summerslam match, one of the few good things on the show.– Post match Rousey gets interviewed and says she feels great. Bliss attacks but Rousey tosses her out of the ring. Rousey promises to win the title at Summerslam as Bliss retreats.
End of show.