Raw is War
May 28, 2018
The show kicks off with a tremendous video talking about the importance of Memorial Day for the United States of America. We go into the arena to hear a “USA” chant.
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception from the Richmond crowd. Two Money in the Bank briefcases are shown hanging over the ring. Tonight we’ll see the birthday boy Seth Rollins take on Jinder Mahal with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line. We’ll also see a Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match with Sasha Banks, Sara Logan, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Mickie James, Bayley, and Dana Brooke all competing for another shot.
A “Get These Hands” chant fires up. Strowman looks up at the briefcases hanging above the ring. The crowd is loving him right now. Strowman says when he sees the briefcase, he gets motivated because he knows inside is a contract that guarantees him a Universal Title opportunity at any time in any arena in the entire world. Strowman pauses and another “Get These Hands” chant fires up. At Money in the Bank, he will destroy seven other men, climb to the top of the ladder, and take the briefcase and contract. Then he will not only be known as Mr. Money in the Bank, he’ll be known as Mr. Monster in the Bank. Who is gonna stop him? Not The Miz, not Bobby Roode, and after last week not Finn Balor. Not a single member of The New Day nor Rusev nor Kevin Owens. He’s taking that Money in the Bank briefcase and is cashing in the contract so Brock Lesnar can get these hands!
Finn Balor’s music hits, and he comes out to a decent reception. Balor says Strowman is getting ahead of himself because he’s the very first Universal Champion. Balor never lost the title, a fact that eats away at him every day. Balor is determined to get back to the top. Balor will climb one of the ladders and take back what is his. Balor gets in the ring and says they went one-on-one. Balor gave him everything he had. At Money in the Bank, there will be six other competitors in the ring with them, making it every man for himself. Strowman says Balor put up a really good fight for a little guy. Balor slaps him in the face, so Strowman powers him to the corner and throws him across the ring! Kurt Angle’s music hits, and the RAW General Manager comes out smiling and leading a “You suck” chant. Angle says he sees intensity out here, one of his favorite “I’s.” The Money in the Bank match will feature four superstars from RAW and four from Smackdown. The winner will face the champion of the respective brand. Balor gave everything he had last week, and it was a great match. Angle asks if Richmond wants to see that match again right now. They do. A referee runs down.
Kevin Owens joins the commentary table for the next match.
The bell rings, and Strowman immediately throws Balor across the ring. Strowman demands he get to his feet. Strowman then throws him across the ring again. Balor avoids a chop and an avalanche, but Strowman soon catches him and punches him in the midsection. Strowman gets him to his feet and head-butts him down. Bobby Roode is backstage watching this match. Strowman points at the briefcase and whips Balor hard into the corner. Balor collapses to the mat in pain. Strowman slams Balor’s face off his knee before trying for an avalanche, but Balor boots him back. Balor hits the ropes and goes for a flying forearm, but he just bounces off Strowman. Strowman then clubs him down. Strowman kicks Balor in the ribs, and he goes to the apron to recover. Balor pulls himself back into the ring, and Strowman peppers him with more strikes. Strowman puts a foot on him to pin him and picks up a two count. Strowman whips him hard into the corner again and screams for him to stay down. Strowman gets him to his feet and clubs him down. Balor avoids a punch and dropkicks him before kicking him in the legs. Strowman soon blocks a kick and boots him down.
Kevin Owens gets on the microphone and gives him some “motivation.” Owens tells him to not let a little worm like Balor slap him around.
We come back from the break to see Balor sidestep an avalanche and chop away at him. Strowman knocks him back. Balor goes for a slingshot kick from the apron, but Strowman blocks it and swats him to ringside. Strowman goes outside and charges to give Balor a shoulder tackle over the barricade! Strowman scoops Balor up and goes over the barricade with him on his shoulder. Balor slides off and sends him into the ring post. Balor attacks him coming in the ring and knocks him over the top rope! Owens gets on the microphone to give Balor some “motivation.” Owens tells Balor to give Strowman his best shot. Balor charges, but Strowman grabs him by the throat. Balor knocks him off the apron and gives him a summersault senton. Balor gets in the ring and hits Strowman with a Sling Blade. Balor dropkicks Strowman into the corner and hits the Coup de Grace to the back of the head. The commentators don’t call the move. Balor then hits a second Coup de Grace. Balor goes to the top rope, and Kevin Owens blindsides him, knocking him to the floor. The referees calls for the bell.
Owens goes under the ring and grabs a ladder. Owens drives the ladder into Balor’s midsection. Owens gets in the ring and goes to hit Strowman, but Strowman blocks it. Owens runs away and nearly gets hit by a ladder that Strowman launches halfway up the ramp!
Footage is shown of Jinder Mahal attacking Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins with a steel chair on last week’s RAW.
Seth Rollins will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Jinder Mahal later tonight. We’ll also see a Last Chance Gauntlet Match in the main event.
Elias is backstage strumming his guitar. He’ll be out, next.
Replays are shown of Braun Strowman throwing the ladder at Kevin Owens.
Kevin Owens is running backstage with his bag. Owens is trying to get into his car and yells at the valet to get his keys. Kurt Angle asks where he’s going. Owens says he wants to see the Memorial Day parade. Angle says he’s Canadian, therefore he doesn’t care. Owens needs to stay because he’s having a match against Bobby Roode. Owens angrily walks off.
Sasha Banks is shown on a handheld video promo. Banks says winning a Gauntlet Match takes luck, but you don’t need luck when you’re the boss.
Elias is in the ring, and he greets the crowd. Elias has one question for everyone here: Who wants to walk with Elias? Tonight’s song is very special to him. It’s one of the ones where he just picks up the guitar and all the words just came to him. It’ll require total concentration. Even though they’re in the South, he’s hoping they can catch up. Elias starts playing, but he stops. Normally the lighting is good, but the crowd in Richmond is particularly disgusting. Elias wants the lights brought in more, so they are. Elias then starts playing again, but soon stops. Elias wants the vocals brought up. More Elias, less crowd. Elias is pleased with the results and says he’s doing everyone’s jobs. Elias says he’s a Renaissance Man, not that anyone in Richmond knows what that is. Elias plays again, but he stops and wants complete silence. They loudly boo him. Elias tells them to shut their mouths. If they think he’s messing around, he’ll sit here all night until he can hear a pin drop. Elias just sits there.
Coming up next, Seth Rollins takes on Jinder Mahal with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line.
We come back from the break to see Elias still sitting in the ring. Elias says the people need to hear this song tonight. Elias wants them to shut their mouths. It’s simple. They’re still loudly booing. Elias tells them not to make him threaten to leave again because he will. A “Leave” chant picks up.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring. Elias is just standing in the ring. Rollins stands in front of him and just stares. Rollins picks up Elias’ stool and casually throws it out of the ring. Rollins then invites Elias to leave. Elias thinks about it while the crowd chants, “Leave.” Elias then leaves the ring without incident. Rollins then poses for the crowd.
Sunil Singh then comes out to the stage to introduce the next Intercontinental Champion and the Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal. Mahal will face Roman Reigns at Money in the Bank.
The bell rings, and Rollins immediately dropkicks Mahal before chopping him. Mahal reverses a whip, but Rollins takes him down and punches him. Mahal rolls out of the ring, so Rollins hits him with a plancha. Rollins gets Mahal in the ring and scares Sunil Singh away. Rollins gets on the apron, and Mahal knocks Rollins off the apron and into the barricade. Rollins grabs his ribs in pain.
We come back from the break to see Mahal applying a bear hug. Rollins tries to fight out, so Mahal hits a back suplex. Mahal then applies an abdominal stretch. Mahal elbows him in the ribs a few times. Rollins fights out and hits the ropes, but Mahal knees him in the midsection. Mahal stomps away at him and taunts the crowd. Mahal charges, but Rollins gives him a reverse STO into the middle turnbuckle. Rollins boots him in the face, jumps over him, and hits a Sling Blade before clotheslining him over the top rope. Rollins then hits the ropes and connects with a suicide dive. Rollins gets him in the ring and boots him back before hitting a blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins charges Mahal in the corner, but Mahal drops him on the apron. Rollins goes for a springboard, but Mahal moves. Mahal then scoops him up and hits the Sands of Time for a near fall. Mahal goes for the Khallas, but Rollins gets out. Mahal avoids the Stomp, so Rollins rolls him up for a two count. Rollins quickly superkicks him and hits a falcon arrow for a two count. Both men are down, but Rollins kips up and holds his ribs before stomping the mat. Rollins kicks Mahal in the midsection and hits the ropes, but Singh grabs his feet. The referee holds Rollins back before pointing at Singh and ejecting him. While this is happening, Mahal hits Rollins in the ribs with a steel chair and covers for a near fall!
A loud “Let’s go Rollins” chant hits. Rollins gets out of the Khallas and hits an enzuigiri. Singh gets on the apron, so Rollins brings him into the ring the hard way. Rollins superkicks Mahal and gives Singh a turnbuckle powerbomb into Mahal! Rollins looks at the chairs at ringside. Rollins goes outside and grabs one. Rollins then gets in the ring and hits Mahal on the back in full view of the referee. The match is over.
Rollins hits Mahal with the chair again, and Mahal leaves the ring. Rollins goes outside and beats Mahal up the ramp with the chair. Singh grabs Rollins’ legs, so Rollins hits him with the chair. Mahal then runs away. Rollins stands on the table celebrating, and Elias blindsides him with a shot by the guitar! Rollins falls off the table and takes a nasty bump on the floor!
Replays are shown of the nasty bump Seth Rollins took after the guitar shot from Elias.
We go into the arena to see EMTs tending to Seth Rollins. Rollins has a neck brace on and is on a stretcher. Rollins asks them to give him a minute and let him breathe. Rollins then painfully sits up and gets to his feet before walking off with the help of Jamie Noble.
Nia Jax’ music hits, and the WWE RAW Women’s Champion makes her way to the ring to a lukewarm response. While Jax is walking down the ramp, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s music hits, and she comes out to a nice reception. Rousey smiles and waves at Jax before going over to the commentary table.
Jax grabs a microphone and says she’s glad Rousey is out here so she can show her exactly what she’ll do to her at Money in the Bank. Jax wants her opponent to demonstrate an arm bar. The unknown wrestler applies an arm bar, but Jax gets to her feet and lifts her with one arm before slamming her. Jax says the arm bar doesn’t mean much to her. That’s if Rousey can even apply it to her. Jax says this girl still has more in her. Corey Graves identifies her as Michelle Webb. Jax gives her a Samoan Drop. Jax says she could pin her like she’ll do to Rousey at Money in the Bank, but she’s not done yet. Jax then drops a leg. Jax says you can count to ten, twenty, or forty. She’s not getting up. Rousey has never faced anything like that in the UFC. Jax says her leg could literally crush a woman’s chest. You know what else could do that? Jax then hits a rolling senton on Webb.
Jax says this young girl needs some assistance, the same assistance Rousey will need at Money in the Bank. Jax challenges Rousey to come down to the ring. Rousey says she can’t be serious. Rousey gets up and walks down to the ring stone faced. Rousey gets in the ring and circles around. Jax mocks Rousey’s intense face. Jax says she’s not intimidated by Rousey. In fact, she finds it quite humorous. Jax laughs in Rousey’s face and says she’s cut. Jax drops the microphone and turns her back on Rousey before walking off. Rousey is standing in the ring looking confused.
Later tonight, we’ll have a Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match.
Dana Brooke is shown on a handheld video promo. Brooke is standing in front of some statistics written on a whiteboard. Brooke says to win a gauntlet match, you need a statistical genius. Luckily, she is one.
“Woken” Matt Hardy makes his way to the ring followed by his tag team partner Bray Wyatt. The RAW Tag Team Champions will be in action, next.
Bray Wyatt starts against Viktor. Wyatt smiles as they circle the ring. They lock up, and Viktor forearms him back. Wyatt throws him off and runs into an elbow. Wyatt takes a back bump and does a crabwalk. Wyatt gets to his feet and head-butts Viktor down. Matt Hardy tags in and whips Wyatt into Viktor. Hardy hits the Edge-O-Matic for a two count. Konnor distracts Hardy, and Viktor takes him down. Viktor stomps away at him before tagging Konnor in. The Ascension takes Hardy down for a two count. Viktor punches Hardy down before dropping an elbow for a two count. Viktor applies a chin lock, but Hardy fights up and hits a back suplex. Viktor keeps the chin lock applied. Konnor lets go and clubs the back before punching him to the corner. Viktor whips him hard into the corner and hits a headlock takeover. Hardy gets to his feet. Viktor tags in and misses a move. Wyatt tags in and clears the ring of The Ascension. Viktor soon boots Wyatt back, but he’s killed by a clothesline and a senton splash. Konnor breaks up the pin. Hardy comes in and gives Konnor a Twist of Fate followed by a clothesline over the top rope. Viktor rolls Wyatt up for a two count. Wyatt then takes him down with a uranage. Hardy tags in, and they hit a Kiss of Deletion for the win.
The B-Team is backstage with Kurt Angle. They’re undefeated and want a RAW Tag Team Championship match. Angle says they’ve been doing well, but they’ve only defeated Breezango twice. They’re disappointed. Angle asks what will the other tag teams think if he lets them leapfrog them. Bo Dallas asks if they need to get the blessing of the other tag teams. Axel is still mad about Angle not giving them their match. Dallas says they’ll invite the other tag teams to The B-Team Memorial Day BBQ Bash! Angle says he didn’t mean for them to do that. They high five and leave.
Coming up next, we’ll see Kevin Owens take on Bobby Roode.
The Riott Squad are shown on a handheld video promo. They’re tearing up the t-shirts of their competitors.
They lock up, and Roode applies a side headlock. Owens tries to whip him off, but Roode holds on. Owens elbows him back and applies a chin lock. Roode fights out, so Owens takes him down by the hair. Owens applies another chin lock. A “Kevin Owens/Bobby Roode” chant fires up. Roode whips him off, but Owens shoulder blocks him down. Roode leapfrogs him and hits a shoulder block. Roode punches and chops him in the corner. Roode slingshots over him and goes for a Glorious DDT, but Owens gets out. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Roode holds on. Roode puts him on the apron and clotheslines him on the apron. Roode goes to the apron, but Owens takes him down. Owens sends him into the barricade and hits a cannonball against the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Roode fighting out of a chin lock, but Owens clubs him down. Owens sends him into the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Roode avoids a senton splash and takes a few moments to recover. Roode blocks a right hand and punches Owens back. Owens kicks him back and charges, but Roode elbows him in the face. Roode boots him back and comes off the second rope with a blockbuster for a two count. Roode connects with a neckbreaker for a two count. Roode goes to the top rope, but Owens crotches him up there. Owens goes for a superplex, but Roode blocks it and punches him down to the mat. Roode hits a diving clothesline off the top rope and gets geared up, but Owens rolls out of the ring. Roode goes outside and clotheslines him down. Roode gets Owens in the ring, but Owens blindsides him with a superkick for a two count. Owens goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Roode gets out. Roode goes for a sunset flip, but Owens sits on his shoulders and gets the win.
Owens quickly gets out of the ring to celebrate. Owens backs up the ramp celebrating. Braun Strowman’s music then hits, and Owens runs. Roode cuts Owens off, and Strowman catches him. Strowman gets Owens in the ring and turns him inside out with a shoulder block. Strowman then hits a Running Powerslam while Roode cheers him on. Roode wants to see another one, so Strowman obliges with another Running Powerslam. Strowman then grabs Roode by the throat and gives him a Running Powerslam! Strowman celebrates in the ring to the delight of the crowd.
Sami Zayn will issue a public apology, next.
Sami Zayn comes out and says last week didn’t go as he hoped. Zayn went too far and WWE management has been gracious enough to let him give a formal, public apology. To the WWE Universe and the Lashley family, he conducted an interview with Lashley’s sisters that was described on social media as brutal and cringey. Zayn says he lied to the fans. Those were not Bobby Lashley’s real sisters. In fact… they were men that he hired just to have a little fun at Bobby Lashley’s expense. His goal was to entertain and not provoke. To the Lashley family, WWE management, and the WWE Universe… he is… sorry. It should be noted that everything he said was true. Like all good art, his expose on Bobby Lashley was rooted in reality. Zayn is such a brilliant artist that he doesn’t think the people of Richmond would get it. Zayn is exposing Lashley as a bully, yet he is catching flak. The people should feel sorry for Zayn and apologize to him because he deserves better. Zayn deserves to be in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Zayn should not have to issue an apology in front of a repulsive crowd like the one in Richmond, Virginia.
Bobby Lashley’s music hits, and he comes out to almost no reaction. Lashley high fives some fans and is smiling. Lashley says Memorial Day is a special day for families like his. For anyone that has family members that served in the military, he salutes and thanks them. A “USA” chant picks up. Lashley says his sisters, the ones he never contacted, thinks he’s quite entertaining. It was fun last week, but it gets old really fast. They should just settle their issue like men in the ring. Lashley challenges him to a match at Money in the Bank, a challenge that is met with barely any reaction. Lashley wants him to back up the trash talk. Zayn eventually shakes his hand and accepts the challenge. Zayn says he’ll Helluva Kick the stupid smile off his face. Lashley doesn’t let go of the handshake. Lashley then squeezes Zayn’s hand. Lashley has an apology of his own: he apologizes for everything he’ll do to Zayn at Money in the Bank. Lashley then releases the handshake.
Mickie James says she’ll be walking into Money in the Bank after winning tonight.
Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring alongside Dolph Ziggler. McIntyre will be in action, next.
Cedric Alexander will defend the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Buddy Murphy tomorrow night on WWE 205 Live.
The bell rings, and Gable goes for a takedown, but McIntyre throws him off. McIntyre elbows him in the face and slams him. McIntyre chops the chest a few times and slaps him in the face while talking trash. Gable turns him around and angrily punches away at him. McIntyre quickly kicks him down and punches away at him. McIntyre easily suplexes him for a two count before applying an arm bar. Gable fights up, but McIntyre takes him down and reapplies the arm bar. Gable fights up, but McIntyre elbows him in the face and throws him across the ring. Gable soon fights him away and hits a moonsault block for a two count. McIntyre quickly throws him out of the ring and goes outside, but Gable elbows him back. Gable hits a rolling kick and goes to the apron before kicking him back. Gable goes for a cross-body block to the floor, but McIntyre catches him and throws him into the ring post. McIntyre gets him in the ring and connects with a Claymore for the win.
Coming up next, we’ll have The B-Team’s Memorial Day Tag Team BBQ.
The B-Team is in the ring with The Ascension, The Revival, Titus Worldwide, Breezango, and Heath Slater and Rhyno. They put over the spread of food they have there and tell them to dig in. Curtis Axel says since they’re undefeated, they want their blessing to face Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy for the RAW Tag Team Championships. Titus O’Neil asks if they really brought them out to this bootleg BBQ to skip to the front of the line. Heath Slater says in West Virginia this would be like Thanksgiving. Slater says even though this is a great spread, they will not be cutting any lines to get to the RAW Tag Team Titles. Axel confirms that they don’t have the blessing of the tag teams and takes their food back. O’Neil pours baked beans over Bo Dallas’ head. Breezango then puts potato salad on Axel’s head. A food fight then breaks out while Rhyno just sits there eating baloney sandwiches. The fight spills outside the ring. The B-Team then returns to the ring and slams Rhyno through a table.
Coming up next, we’ll have a Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match.
Next week on RAW, Finn Balor will face Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman will face Bobby Roode and Nia Jax will face Natalya.
The B-Team is complaining to Kurt angle about what just happened. Angle says they’ll settle it in the ring next week, not with a stupid food fight. They’ll have a Tag Team Battle Royal with the winners facing Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships.
Bayley makes her entrance and Charly Caruso interviews her in the ring. Bayley says she’ll go through everyone, including Sasha Banks, to get a chance at the Money in the Bank contract.
Bayley ducks a clothesline and hits a Bayley-To-Belly for the pin.
Bayley defeated Liv Morgan in the Gauntlet Match
Bayley goes for a Bayley-to-Belly, but it’s blocked. Bayley knocks her out of the ring and hits a hurricanrana at ringside. Bayley gets her in the ring for a two count. Logan snaps her off the ropes and hits a modified northern lights suplex for a two count. Ember Moon is seen watching backstage. Logan drops a knee for another two count. Bayley then surprises her with a roll-up for the pin.
Bayley defeated Sarah Logan in the Gauntlet Match
Logan and Morgan attack Bayley and take her out. Their leader, Ruby Riott, will face Bayley next.
We join this match in progress. Riott knees away at Bayley’s midsection, but Bayley knocks her back and rolls her up for a one count. Bayley hits a side suplex and holds her neck. Alexa Bliss is seen watching backstage. Riott quickly snaps Bayley’s shoulder off the ropes before hitting the Riott Kick for the win.
Ruby Riott defeated Bayley in the Gauntlet Match
Riott stomps away at Brooke as soon as she gets in the ring and slams her head off the turnbuckle. Brooke soon turns her and punches away at her in the corner. Brooke whips her across the ring and hits a handspring back elbow. Brooke hits a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Riott gets to her feet and surprises her with a Riott Kick for the win.
Ruby Riott defeated Dana Brooke in the Gauntlet Match
James pulls Riott out of the ring and kicks her in the ribs. James gets her in the ring, but Riott rolls back out of the ring. James hits a Thesz Press off the apron. A “Let’s go Mickie” chant picks up. This is her hometown. James gets Riott in the ring for a two count. Riott fights James back, but James responds with a back elbow and a hurricanrana. James dropkicks her for a two count. James hits a baseball slide and poses.
We come back from the break to see James hitting a trio of clotheslines followed by a kick to the midsection. Riott reverses a whip, but James comes back with a flapjack. James kips up and goes to the top rope for another diving Thesz Press for a near fall. Riott ducks a Mick Kick, but James avoids the Riott Kick. Riott then rolls James up with a handful of tights for the win.
Ruby Riott defeated Mickie James in the Gauntlet Match
Banks gets a crucifix pin for a two count. Banks hits a second rope cross-body for another two count. Banks applies an arm bar before Riott fights out. They botch something and then Riott takes her down for a two count. Riott stomps away at her and pushes her while talking trash. Riott slams her face off the mat for a two count. Natalya is seen watching on television backstage. Banks boots Riott back and pulls her face-first into the turnbuckle. Riott drops her on the apron, but Banks knees her in the face. Banks hits a top rope meteora for a two count. Riott avoids a move from Banks and elbows her away from her. Riott pulls her into the ropes and hits a modified DDT for a two count. Riott quickly kicks her in the face for another two count.
Both women are down. Riott soon gets to her feet and pulls Banks up. Riott chops the chest and tries for a superplex, but Banks blocks it. Banks slides off and hits a powerbomb for a near fall. Banks immediately goes for a Bank Statement, but she’s distracted by The Riott Squad. Banks fights them off and makes Riott tap with the Bank Statement.
Sasha Banks joins Natalya, Charlotte Flair, Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Naomi, and Lana in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.