Raw is War
Uniondale, New York
May 7, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle’s music hits, and the WWE Hall of Famer makes his way to the ring as the crowd lovingly sings “You suck” to the tune of his theme music. There are ladders on the stage, signaling it is Money in the Bank season. Angle welcomes the crowd to RAW. Angle has been part of the WWE family for almost 20 years. The one thing that separates this company from any other form of entertainment is they never stop. 52 weeks a year. They’ve gone from WrestleMania to the Superstar Shakeup to the Greatest Royal Rumble and the dual-branded Backlash. Now we’re on to Money in the Bank. There will be two Money in the Bank matches for the men and women, compiling both brands. These matches will be great. On RAW, they settle it in the ring. There will be two Money in the Bank Qualifying matches. The first will be a triple threat with Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, and Sasha Banks. The other triple threat match will have Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, and Sami Zayn.
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception. The crowd chants, “Get these hands.” Strowman asks Angle if he ever told him about the time he was a kid and all the boys in the neighborhood wanted to build a treehouse. They did everything, but they never asked him for help. When they were done, all he heard about was the handshake you needed to get up there. You know what he did? Angle asks if he knocked the treehouse down. Strowman says he waited until they were all in the treehouse and took the tree down. Angle says Strowman has been on a roll and deserves to be in the match.
Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Owens and Zayn were beaten by Strowman and Bobby Lashley last night. Owens says if anyone deserves to be in the ladder match, it’s him. Owens has only been on RAW a few weeks, but he’s the RAW MVP. Owens anchors all the top segments and people chant his name. Owens respects the rules. Last night at Backlash, the wrong man was pinned at Backlash. Last night’s decision should be reversed. They should be declared the winners, meaning Strowman loses and isn’t on a roll. The only thing Strowman deserves is to be put into a giant corner to reflect on being a very bad monster. Angle says he can’t just put Owens in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Angle was about to say Strowman is in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Owens says he deserves that match. Strowman says the only thing Owens deserves is to GET THESE HANDS. Owens backs away and says the first RAW superstar to enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match is Kevin Owens. Owens reminds Angle that Stephanie McMahon is watching. Angle says he’s decided to put Strowman in a qualifying match against Owens… and that match starts right now! Owens is furious. Strowman smiles hungrily.
The bell rings, and Owens quickly shoves him to the corner. Owens sidesteps him and clubs away at Strowman. Strowman shoves him away, and Owens takes out the referee. Strowman sends him into the ropes and shoulder blocks him. Strowman chases him around the ring before getting in and giving him a back elbow. Strowman clubs him down before whipping him to the corner hard. Strowman eats a chop and doesn’t sell it. Strowman then whips him hard into the corner again. Owens collapses to the mat in pain. Strowman club him and goes for an avalanche, but Owens boots him. Owens goes to the top rope, but Strowman clubs him to the floor. Strowman goes outside, but Owens goes to the crowd. Strowman tries to pull him back to ringside, but Owens counters with a tornado DDT on the floor. Owens gets in the ring and looks for a count-out. Strowman slowly gets to his feet, but he gets in at seven. Owens is frustrated. OWens punches away at him and hits the ropes, but Strowman clotheslines him. Strowman charges in the corner, but Owens moves. Strowman hits the ring post shoulder-first and falls out of the ring. Strowman is nearly counted out as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Owens applying a chin lock. Strowman fights up and takes him down with one hand. Strowman then hits a chokeslam. Today is apparently Kevin Owens’ birthday. Strowman goes for a Running Powerslam, but Owens slides off and kicks him a few times in the knee. Strowman is down on his knees, and Owens kicks him twice. Owens then flattens him with a senton splash for a one count. Owens sizes him up and goes for a cannonball, but Strowman grabs him by the throat, sends him into the ropes, and connects with a big boot. Owens avoids an avalanche and superkicks him down. Owens goes to the top rope and hits a frog splash for a near fall. Owens stalks him and goes for a kick, but Strowman blocks it. Owens gets out and superkicks him. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Strowman stops and shakes his head. Strowman clotheslines him and connects with an avalanche. Owens rolls out of his ring and gets to his feet. Strowman follows him out and kills him with a running shoulder block! Strowman circles the ring again and flattens him with a second devastating shoulder block. Strowman gets him in the ring, but Owens quickly rolls out. Strowman then turns him inside out with a third shoulder block on the floor! Strowman gets him in the ring and connects with a Running Powerslam for the decisive victory.
Braun Strowman is the first RAW Superstar to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
There will be two triple threat Money in the Bank Qualifying matches. The first is Roman Reigns facing Sami Zayn and Finn Balor. The second is Ember Moon taking on Sasha Banks and Ruby Riott.
Roman Reigns is interviewed by Mike Rome. Rome says he handled his business against Samoa Joe, but what is his mindset going into his match tonight? Reigns says he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion. WWE management doesn’t agree. Reigns is sick of it. Reigns can’t control the backstage politics. When he’s in the ring, that’s where he silences the haters. Just ask Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar, and Samoa Joe. Reigns wouldn’t want to be Sami Zayn or Finn Balor. He’s pissed off, which means he’ll dominate and win. Reigns is going to take back what’s his: the Universal Championship.
Bayley says she can’t wait to hug the briefcase.
Breezango says they’ve been briefed on a new case… the briefcase. They’re not sure how to get it.
Kurt Angle is backstage with Goldust. Goldust says he’s only ever met one man he didn’t want to fight — Million Dollar Baby, 2004. Angle asks what that means. Goldust says he wants to be in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. It’s his quest for the ultimate gold. Jinder Mahal walks in and asks why he’s not in the triple threat. More importantly, why is Roman Reigns? Reigns has received many opportunities while he has received none. Angle says he hasn’t won a match since being on RAW. Angle says if he can have a good showing against Chad Gable, he’ll consider Money in the Bank. Goldust is in the background laughing.
No Way Jose dances his way to the ring along with Titus Worldwide. They’ll take on Baron Corbin and The Revival, next.
Titus O’Neil starts against Dash Wilder. O’Neil puts him in the corner and chops the chest. Apollo Crews tags in and runs shoulder first into Wilder before O’Neil slams him down. Crews wrenches the arm, but Scott Dawson tags in. Crews dropkicks The Revival down and hits a standing moonsault. The Revival soon takes him down, and Corbin joins in on beating him up. Corbin then pulls him out of the ring and sends him into the barricade. Corbin puts him back in the ring and stares at No Way Jose. Corbin clotheslines Crews down and tags Dawson in. Dawson kicks and punches Crews to the corner and hits a back suplex. Dawson drops a leg for a two count. Dawson then applies an abdominal stretch. Crews gets out, but Corbin tags in and elbows Crews. Crews fights back, but Corbin knocks him down. Corbin then knocks O’Neil off the apron. Crews quickly dropkicks Corbin down.
Dawson and Jose tag in. Jose forearms him twice and Dawson down. Jose clears the ring and avalanches Dawson in the corner. Jose hits a rolling fireman’s carry, but Wilder breaks it up. O’Neil shoves Wilder to the corner, but he quickly boots him down. Crews gets Wilder out of the ring. Corbin then pulls the top rope down to get Crews out of the ring. Jose hits Dawson with a Knockout Punch, but he doesn’t realize Corbin blind tagged in. Corbin hits Jose with the End of Days for the win.
Coming up next, Ember Moon will take on Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match.
The bell rings, and Riott attacks both women. Riott tries to whip them both, but they send her into the ropes and hit a double-team hip toss. Banks then rolls Moon up for a two count. Moon charges, flips through a hip toss, and rolls her up for a two count. Banks then slaps her in the face. Moon is furious. Banks hits a rope climbing arm drag, but Riott soon pulls her out of the ring. Riott kicks Moon down and covers for a two count. Riott shoulders her in the corner and stomps, but Banks cuts her off. Riott reverses a whip and kicks her in the ribs. Riott then drives her headfirst into the turnbuckle. Moon then gets in the ring and rolls Riott up for a two count. Riott takes her down by the hair, but Moon kips up and attacks. Moon hits a reverse STO for a near fall. Moon gets to her feet, but she’s distracted by the Riott Squad. Riott takes her down for a two count. Riott then knocks Banks off the apron. Riott applies a chin lock to Moon before taking her down for a two count. Riott kicks away at her before Moon fights back. Moon hits the ropes, but Riott takes her down again. Banks breaks up the pin. Riott then hits Banks and Riott with a DDT/Reverse STO combo. Riott covers both for a two count. Riott knocks Banks out of the ring and continues to work over Moon. Riott applies a chin lock and slams her for a two count. Riott then goes back to the chin lock.
Banks gets back in the ring and attack both women. Moon takes Banks down with a springboard cross-body block for a two count. Moon grabs Riott and hits a suplex before hitting Banks with one. Moon dropkicks Banks off the apron. Banks avoids an avalanche and hits Moon with double knees. Moon drops her on the apron, but Banks immediately hits a summersault senton on The Riott Squad. Riott hits Banks with a missile dropkick. Moon then kills Riott with a suicide dive! Moon gets her in the ring for a near fall. Moon goes to the top rope, but Sarah Logan pulls her off. Riott shoulders Banks and goes for a suplex. Banks blocks it and knees her. Banks pulls her headfirst into the turnbuckle and goes to the second rope. Riott forearms her and hits a super hurricanrana, but Banks rolls through and covers, but The Riott Squad breaks it up. The Riott Squad attacks Banks, but Bayley runs down to little reaction and tries to help. The Riott Squad quickly takes Bayley out. The Riott Squad picks Banks up, but Bayley hits them with a weak baseball slide. Banks gets in the ring and rolls Riott up for a two count. Riott kicks her down and sets up for something, but Moon comes out of nowhere and hits them with a double Eclipse! Moon pins Riott for the win!
Ember Moon is the first woman in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
Later tonight, we’ll have another triple threat Money in the Bank Qualifier with Roman Reigns taking on Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. Coming up next, we’ll have an exclusive interview with Bobby Lashley.
Ember Moon is stopped by Charly Caruso. She’s asked about being an underdog. Moon says she’s “over the moon.” Moon says she’s proved she’s skill, honor, and heart. She’ll rise to every challenge. She’ll take that Money in the Bank contract.
Video Package: Bobby Lashley’s life
Renee Young asks who Bobby Lashley the man is. Lashley says he’s blessed to have a great family. That’s what he’s all about. Lashley talks about being close to his three older sisters. They used to tie him to a tree in the woods and leave him there for hours because they thought it was funny. Another one tried to kill him with a broom. His one sister used to have a security towel, but over the years it got dirty. A bully took the towel, so he found the bully and shoved the towel down his throat. His last sister was daddy’s girl. She used to carry his father’s helmet. Lashley took it and shows a scar that he has from doing that. Lashley says he has an extended family with the WWE Universe. They’re going to have so much fun. Lashley then says he loves his sisters.
Sami Zayn says there is a cloud of misery raining on their parade of triumph. Kevin Owens says he’s the victim tonight whereas Zayn has a nice triple threat. They argue about what happened at Backlash when Zayn slapped him in the face. Zayn says they need to focus on the future and seize a position of power. They need to become the Universal Champion, which is made easier by winning the Money in the Bank contract. Zayn asks if he’s with him. Owens says he is.
Sunil Singh introduces Jinder Mahal to the ring. He’ll be in action against Chad Gable, next.
The bell rings, and Gable quickly gets the better of Mahal. Mahal reverses a whip, but Gable slingshots over him and takes him down. Gable controls him with a front facelock. Gable knocks him back, but Mahal knocks him to the floor. Mahal knocks him into the apron and puts him in the ring for a two count. Mahal applies a bearhug before sending him sternum-first into the corner. Mahal applies an abdominal stretch, but Gable gets out. Gable boots him back in the corner and applies an arm bar over the top rope. Gable releases before five and hits a moonsault block for a near fall. Mahal quickly knees him, but Gable rolls him up and nearly gets the win. Mahal snaps him off the top rope and boots him down. Mahal then hits the Khallas for the win.
Sunil Singh gets in Gable’s face, but he’s pushed away. Mahal attacks Gable and drives him into the corner. Mahal then slams his abdomen off the top rope. Mahal then knocks him out of the ring and asks if Kurt Angle is watching.
Alexa Bliss talks about winning the Money in the Bank contract and cashing in on Nia Jax, the bully.
The Ascension says they will rise to the top of the ladder and turn RAW into The Wasteland.
We’ll have another triple threat Money in the Bank Qualifying match later.
Zack Ryder is with Kurt Angle talking about being in his hometown. Jinder Mahal barges in and demands to be put into the triple threat match tonight. Angle says, “Woo, woo, woo. The answer is no, bro.”
Dolph Ziggler starts against Rhyno. Ziggler shoves him and applies a waistlock. Rhyno hits a short-arm clothesline. Heath Slater tags in and comes off the top rope with a shot to the arm. Slater takes Ziggler down with a running forearm. Ziggler gets out of a back suplex and tags in Drew McIntyre. Slater unloads with some punches and knocks him to the corner. McIntyre reverses a whip and kicks him down. McIntyre holds Slater up and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler superkicks Slater before McIntyre slams him down. McIntyre head-butts Rhyno off the apron. They hit a combination Zig-Zag/Claymore for the win.
Elias is playing his guitar backstage. He’ll perform and be in action against Bobby Roode, next.
Elias is in the ring strumming his guitar. Elias greets the crowd and plays a riff. Elias asks who wants to walk with him. Elias knows so many truths, such as how WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He is on another planet than anyone else. Last night, he was interrupted by pancakes, conga lines, and that glorious fraud, Bobby Roode. Elias figured Long Island would love Bobby Roode, which is where Billy Joel is from. Elias figured they like talentless hacks. If Elias wants to interrupt his singing, he’ll rip out his vocal cords. Then he’ll go on to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. A “RUSEV DAY” chant breaks out. Elias says he’s not here tonight. Elias tells them to silence their cell phones, hold the applause, and shut their mouths. Elias sings how they can bring back the Islanders, but they’ll still suck. Bobby Roode cuts him off.
Elias quickly tackles him, but Roode fights back. Elias takes him down, and they roll around the mat punching each other. Roode takes him down before going to the top rope. Roode comes off the top rope with a diving clothesline. Roode does the “GLORIOUS” taunt and hits an enzuigiri.
We come back from the break to see Elias hit Roode with a back body drop. During the commercial, Elias knocked Roode off the top rope to the floor. Elias continues to capitalize on Roode and applies a modified crossface. Roode counters out with a pin for a two count. Elias knees him, but he soon eats a kick. They trade punches before Roode chops him. Elias reverses a whip to the corner, and Roode collapses in pain. A “Let’s go Yankees/Let’s go Mets” chant fires up. Roode attacks him in the corner, but Elias comes back with a backbreaker for a near fall. Elias stomps him and connects with a powerbomb for a near fall. Elias covers again for a two count. Elias removes the turnbuckle cover and tries to send Roode into it, but he blocks it. Roode punches away at him. They botch something, and Elias simply knocks him down. Roode then surprises him with a Glorious DDT for the win.
Charly Caruso interviews Bobby Roode in the ring about how good that victory must feel. Roode says those feelings and emotions will get better. Kurt Angle has been handing out qualifying matches tonight, so hopefully he gets one. Winning Money in the Bank would be absolutely glorious.
Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, and Sami Zayn will compete in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match later tonight. Coming up next, we’ll see Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance. Rollins says Miz took him to the limit, but he stomped his dreams. Rollins is standing here proudly as the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Rollins says there is one thing they can learn from The Miz. Rollins then stops himself and listens to a very light “You deserve it” chant. Rollins says he learned from The Miz what kind of champion to not be. Rollins wants to be a champion that is here every single week. Rollins wants to be a fighting champion. All the buzz tonight is about Money in the Bank, which he knows all too well. Money in the Bank isn’t his focus right now. Rollins wants to make the Intercontinental Title THE title on RAW. Maybe he can create an opportunity for someone else. Rollins issues an open challenge for the Intercontinental Championship right here and now.
Mojo Rawley comes out to zero reaction and stands on the stage. Rawley says this is the RAW debut he deserves. When opportunity comes knocking, Rawley knocks people down. That’s exactly what he’ll do to him. A loud “We Want Ryder” chant picks up. Rawley says he knocked Zack Ryder down. Rollins accepts the challenge.
They lock up, and Rawley applies a side headlock. Another “We Want Ryder” chant picks up. Rollins whips him off and dropkicks him down. Rollins chops the chest before trying for a suplex, but Rawley gets out. Rollins sidesteps him and sends him out of the ring. Rollins hits a baseball slide and tries for a plancha, but Rawley moves. Rawley attacks him from behind before tackling him into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Rawley dominating Rollins, picking up a two count. Rawley takes him down and pushes him. Rawley continues to work over him until Rollins catches him with a reverse STO into the corner. Rollins elbows him back and jumps, but Rawley ducks. Rollins hits a step-up enzuigiri before clotheslining him out of the ring. Rollins then hits the ropes and hits a suicide dive. Rollins gets back in the ring and hits a second suicide dive. Rollins gets him in the ring and boots him. Rollins hits a blockbuster for a two count. Rollins hits a running forearm before being put on the apron. Rollins goes for a springboard, but Rawley moves and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Rawley lifts him up, but Rollins gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Rollins quickly superkicks him for another two count. Rollins stomps his foot and kicks Rawley before hitting the ropes. Rawley hits the Hyper Drive for a near fall. Rawley is furious. Rawley shoulder blocks him down, but Rollins soon superkicks him. Rollins hits a Ripcord Knee, kicks him in the midsection, and hits the Stomp for the win.
The former Miztourage says in a pre-taped promo that they are no longer supporting actors and are ready to lead.
Bray Wyatt will start against Bo Dallas. Wyatt turns his back on Dallas. Curtis Axel tags in and charges, but Wyatt clotheslines him down. Matt Hardy tags in, and they hits a back suplex/back elbow combo for a two count. Hardy tries for a Twist of Fate, but Axel gets out and attacks him from behind. Dallas tags in and clotheslines him in the corner before throwing Hardy into Axel for a DDT. Dallas continues to attack Hardy and covers for a two count. Dallas applies a chin lock. Hardy gets out and comes back with a Side Effect. Wyatt and Axel are tagged in. Wyatt clotheslines him and punches him to the corner. Wyatt then floors him with a body block. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail, but stops to big boot Dallas. Wyatt then hits Axel with a uranage. Hardy tags in, and they hit a double-team Sister Abigail for the win.
Coming up next, Roman Reigns will compete in a triple threat match against Finn Balor and Sami Zayn. The winner will qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
The bell rings, and Sami Zayn talks trash to both guys. Reigns uppercuts him down and throws him out of the ring. Reigns then turns and looks at Finn Balor. They lock up, and Reigns quickly takes him down. Reigns head-butts him before having a whip to the ropes reversed. Reigns goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Reigns reverses a whip to the corner and charges, but Balor moves. Balor goes for a kick, but Reigns punches him down. Zayn runs in, but Reigns also punches him out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Balor dropkick Reigns down. Balor stomps him until Zayn rolls him up for a two count. Zayn punches Balor down. Reigns floors Zayn with a pair of clotheslines. Reigns shoves Balor to the corner and starts the ten clubs in the corner. Zayn interrupts, but he eats a back elbow. Reigns then big boots Zayn before hitting Balor with a Samoan Drop. Reigns stands tall in the ring while both competitors are outside. Balor and Zayn lock eyes and get up on the apron, each opposite Reigns. Reigns punches Balor before Zayn attacks him from behind. Balor and Zayn then double-team Reigns. A “YES” chant fires up, so they repeat the double-team stomps. Reigns gets to his feet, and they double clothesline him out of the ring to the delight of the crowd. Zayn attack Reigns outside the ring before Balor joins in. They punch him into the crowd. They’re fighting Reigns through the crowd, but Reigns fights back. Balor tackles him into the wall before Zayn knocks Reigns out with a Helluva Kick. Balor then stands on the barricade and Reigns with a Coup de Grace. Zayn then blindsides Balor before sending him to ringside. Zayn gets him in the ring and clotheslines him. Balor fights out of a back suplex, but Zayn grabs him and hits a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. They trade punches before Balor hits an overhead kick.
Both Zayn and Balor are down. Balor punches Zayn back before having a whip reversed on him. Balor hits a flying forearm and chops Zayn. Balor hits a falling elbow drop for a two count. Zayn begs him off. Zayn then sends Balor out of the ring. Balor grabs his knee in pain. Zayn charges, but Balor hits him with a Sling Blade on the floor. Balor charges, but Zayn big boots him. Zayn stomps him. There are loud boos heard, which means Reigns is up. Reigns then dives over the barricade to punch away at Zayn. Reigns then sends him into the ring post headfirst. Reigns hits a Drive By Dropkick before putting him in the ring. Balor then knocks Reigns into the ring steps. Balor kicks Zayn back in the ring and goes to the top rope. Zayn moves and hits an exploder in the corner. Zayn gets to his feet and waits for Balor to get up. Reigns cuts him off with a Superman Punch. Reigns sets up for a Spear on Balor, but Balor cuts him off with a Sling Blade. Balor dropkicks him in the corner, but Reigns avoids a Coup de Grace. Reigns hits a Superman Punch and sets up in the corner. Jinder Mahal then sweeps the feet of Reigns! Zayn then hits Reigns with a Helluva Kick. Balor quickly dropkicks Zayn into the corner and hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
Finn Balor joins Braun Strowman in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Jinder Mahal smiles at what he accomplished.