This weeks episode of WWE Raw came from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Elimination Match: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch defeated Andrade and Zelina Vega. Not sure how elimination rules work in a mixed tag team match if it comes down to one man and one woman. Lynch won the first fall by submission with a Disarmer on Vega. Rollins won the second fall by pinfall after a Stomp on Andrade. After the match, Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans attacked the winners, with Evans knocking out Lynch with a punch. This was good stuff overall, with Rollins & Andrade being especially fun. I did hate how they were really heavy handed that the match could cause issues with Seth & Becky, and did a spot here to advance that. It just felt unneeded as they haven’t had any issues in their limited time on TV and felt like they were forcing an unnecessary narrative.
- Paul Heyman cut a promo teasing Brock Lesnar cashing in the Money in the Bank contract at Extreme Rules.
2-out-of-3 Falls Match: The Miz and The Usos defeated Elias and The Revival. Elias “ran to the back” during the match, leaving it 3-on-2 for some reason. The Revival won the first fall with a Shatter Machine. Miz won the second fall with a Skull-crushing Finale, and Jey Uso quickly won a third fall with a top rope splash. This was good, the Revival & Usos working matches will always bring me joy, but unless Elias was hurt, his booking here was stupid.
- Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle bickered about how the 24/7 Championship is still ruining their marriage. Maverick accidentally got too loud, triggering an attack from the constantly running 24/7 Championship division.
Bobby Lashley defeated Rey Mysterio. Mysterio announced his early return from injury and issued an open challenge. Lashley pinned him in under two minutes with a spear. The Lashley/Braun Strowman match at Extreme Rules will be a Last Man Standing match. Can someone please tell me why the hell they couldn't have used somebody other than Rey for this? It was idiotic to hype Rey’s big return and destroy him in under a minute. I feet that it devalues Rey more than helps Lashley.
- The Street Profits hung out backstage and promoted various things.
Cesaro defeated No Way Jose. Cesaro won a quick match by submission with a Sharpshooter.
The Viking Raiders squashed Devin Justin and Colin Justin. After the match, the 24/7 division ran into and through the ring.
Ricochet defeated Luke Gallows with a roll-up. After the match, AJ Styles challenged Ricochet to make good on his promise to “run through” every member of The Club and take on Karl Anderson (after a commercial break).
Ricochet defeated Karl Anderson. Ricochet won by pinfall after a 630 senton. After the match, Styles attacked Ricochet from behind. Gallows and Anderson hit a Magic Killer on Ricochet, and Styles used a brainbuster. Styles teased hitting a Styles Clash from the second rope again, but decided against it. Styles said he wouldn’t attack Ricochet more if he stayed down, but Ricochet got up. Gallows and Anderson held him so Styles could hit a Phenomenal Forearm.
Beat The Clock Challenge: Bayley defeated Sarah Logan in 4:32 after a sunset flip into the turnbuckles.
Beat The Clock Challenge: Nikki Cross defeated Dana Brooke. Cross won with a neckbreaker, beating Bayley’s time. Per the pre-match stipulation, Cross got to choose the stipulation for Bayley and Alexa Bliss’ Smackdown Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules. Cross chose to make the match a 2-on-1 handicap match. Bayley slapped Cross, Bayley-to-Belly suplexed her, and dropped an elbow on her from the top rope.
- Maria Kanellis acted crazy because she’s pregnant.
- Throughout the show, Shane McMahon looked for a mystery partner to team with Roman Reigns against himself and Drew McIntyre. They eventually settled on a janitor, and decided to put him in a mask for undisclosed reasons.
Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon defeated Roman Reigns and “Gary Garbutt.” Gary is the masked janitor. He suddenly had high-flying cruiserweight offense, but was put away by a McIntyre Claymore kick and pinned by McMahon. After the match, Garbutt unmasked as Cedric Alexander. This was just an awful angle for Sunday’s match and what a terrible way to end the go-home show for Extreme Rules. This makes me not even want to watch the PPV, so I can't imagine any casual viewers wanting to sign up to the WWE Network to watch it either. It was cool to see Cedric get some time to shine… until he got destroyed and pinned by fucking Shane.