Raw is War
Little Rock, Arkansas
June 11, 2018
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go into the arena to see all the men and women from RAW that are in the Money in the Bank match in the ring on top of ladders.
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring to chants of “You suck.” This Sunday is the Money in the Bank PPV on the WWE Network. For the first time ever, the two matches will feature four men and women from RAW and Smackdown. It will test them physically and emotionally, but the reward is great with the Money in the Bank contract, giving them a title match any place and time.
Baron Corbin’s music hits, and the Constable of RAW comes out with a new haircut. Corbin is completely bald. Corbin says he’s here to represent Stephanie McMahon and ensure that RAW runs smoothly. Angle says what would make him happy is the two contracts coming to RAW. Corbin says Stephanie will be disappointed if they don’t. Alexa Bliss says even though she’s still hurting from her injury last week, she’ll fight through it and win. Sasha Banks asks what hurts on her. Bliss says her shoulder hurts. Banks says last week she limped off. Ember Moon says she’ll be real sore on Sunday. Angle stops them and asks Natalya if she’s ready after being medically cleared. Natalya says she’s looking forward to facing her friend, Ronda Rousey, for the title when they both win on Sunday.
Kevin Owens cuts them off and asks if the briefcase will be higher since Braun Strowman is so tall. Owens wants the constable to do something about this. Strowman threatens to do something about Owens. Owens asks how he’s supposed to make Stephanie proud if he’s always being threatened. Strowman says he’ll shut Owens up, climb the ladder, cash in, and beat Brock Lesnar. Everyone starts arguing until Bliss cuts them off, telling them they sound like the real housewives of WWE. Bliss says Strowman will win. Everyone argues again until Strowman shuts them up. Strowman says this Sunday, someone will get these hands. Strowman’s music then hits to end this.
The Women’s Fatal 4-Way is next.
The bell rings, and they all look up at the briefcase. Bliss attacks all three and knocks Natalya out of the ring. Bliss grabs Moon by the hair and goes for a cross-body, but Moon catches her and hits a fall-away slam. Bliss quickly grabs her leg and backs out of the ring before bumping into Natalya at ringside. Natalya then sends her into the barricade. Natalya gets in the ring with Moon and Banks. They circle the ring before trying for a double-team hip toss on Moon, but she lands on her feet. Moon takes them down. Moon and Banks trade pins before Natalya gets involved. Natalya then hits a discus clothesline on Moon to get her out of the ring. It’s now only Natalya and Banks in the ring. Banks kicks her and hits a snapmare before hitting a double knee to the face for a two count. Natalya soon gets to her feet and takes her down with an arm bar. Banks fights up and backs her to the corner. Natalya tries for a Sharpshooter, but Banks blocks it before kicking her out of the ring. Moon gets in the ring and rolls Banks up for a two count. Banks gets the better of her and goes to the top rope before launching herself (carelessly) to the floor on Natalya. Moon then hits a wild suicide dive on Banks. Moon gets her in the ring, and Bliss blindsides her with a forearm. Bliss gets in the ring and covers Banks for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Bliss working over Natalya’s injured leg. Bliss hits a dragon screw before knocking Moon off the apron. Bliss continues to work over the leg. Banks eventually comes in and clotheslines Bliss twice before hitting a dropkick. Banks gets put on the apron, but she knees Bliss and hits a slingshot double knee for a two count. Moon comes in and hits a springboard cross-body on Bliss and Banks. Moon hits an enzuigiri on Banks before connecting with a tornado suplex. Bliss breaks up the pin. Moon shoulders Bliss in the corner, but Bliss gets the better of her and hits a slow motion code red. Banks breaks it up with a double knee for a two count. They then show a picture-in-picture commercial for Money in the Bank.
Banks and Moon put Bliss on the top rope. Natalya tries for a tower of doom, but Bliss holds onto the top rope. Bliss goes for Twisted Bliss, but Banks gets her knees up.
We come back from the break to see Banks apply the Bank Statement to Bliss. Natalya comes in and steps on Banks before hitting a double dropkick. Natalya gets Bliss out of the ring and goes for a Sharpshooter on Banks. Natalya locks it in, but Moon kicks her in the back of the head. Moon takes Natalya down and goes to the top rope for the Eclipse. Bliss tries to throw Moon out of the ring, but she’s stopped. Bliss pulls Moon out of the ring and covers, but Banks breaks it up. Banks tries for a Bank Statement on Bliss, but Bliss sends her shoulder-first into the ring post. Natalya takes Bliss down and applies a Sharpshooter for the win.
The commentators run down the matches on the Money in the Bank card.
Finn Balor is putting his boots on when Kevin Owens walks up to him and offers him some olives. Balor asks why he has olives. Owens says he couldn’t find an olive branch. Owens says they need a plan for their Fatal 4-Way since the women’s was so chaotic. Owens says tonight can’t end like last week. They’re both former Universal Champions. They both didn’t get the rematch they deserve. What if Braun Strowman wins and cashes in on Sunday? Strowman could hold it for a long time. Owens says Balor can’t beat Strowman. Owens thinks he could, but it would be taxing. What if they eliminate Strowman early? What if it’s every man against the monster? Owens then walks off.
Roman Reigns will take on Jinder Mahal later tonight. Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax will also meet in the ring face-to-face.
Dolph Ziggler starts against Tyler Breeze. Ziggler attacks him and rakes his face on the ropes. Ziggler taunts Fandango and drops an elbow on Breeze. Drew McIntyre tags in and rips Breeze’s shirt off before chopping him down to the mat. McIntyre stomps him down and tags Ziggler back in. The crowd is completely quiet for this match. The hot tag to Fandango and McIntyre is greeted with crickets. McIntyre manhandles Fandango before being punched back. Ziggler distracts Fandango on the top rope, so McIntyre crotches him up there. McIntyre then hits Breeze with a scary powerbomb onto Fandango. Ziggler tags in and superkicks Breeze. They then hit a double-team Zig-Zag/Claymore for the win.
Dolph Ziggler grabs a microphone. Last week, there was a Tag Team Battle Royal. Their loss was a fluke. They’ve put it behind them. Drew McIntyre says Breezango is the proof of them being over it. Ziggler says some had the guts to question this alliance. Bad move. Unlike everything else in the back, they aren’t just hype. Ziggler tells the Tag Team Division that this is their future. McIntyre says they’re here to save the Tag Team Division by taking the teams out.
Roman Reigns is backstage with Charly Caruso. She asks if he’s surprised Jinder Mahal challenged him six days away from Money in the Bank. Reigns says Mahal is an idiot that cost him a shot at the Money in the Bank contract. Everything that’s coming Mahal’s way isn’t free. Mahal earned this ass whoopin’. It’s time to deliver the receipt, paid in full. This match is next.
Brock Lesnar is on his 435th day as WWE Universal Champion, the longest-reigning modern day World Champion. This breaks CM Punk’s record.
Jinder Mahal says he made this challenge to prove to Roman Reigns that he is not as unstoppable as he thinks. Reigns has had world championships and main evented WrestleMania, but the winds are changing. Mahal can see what the people cannot. Mahal can see Reigns suffering and unable to keep up with him. Mahal sees his arm raised while Reigns lies there defeated and exposed. Reigns’ music then cuts him off.
Mahal says he can see Reigns is ready to fight him. Mahal did cost him the Money in the Bank match and another chance at Brock Lesnar. Mahal says when he made the challenge, he didn’t say Reigns would face him. Mahal builds it up like The Great Khali is coming out before saying it’ll be Sunil Singh. Singh is terrified.
Mahal gets Singh pumped up. Reigns punches Mahal off the apron, and Singh realizes he’s in trouble. Reigns grabs him and smiles before hitting a Superman Punch. Reigns sets up in the corner and spears Singh for the win.
Mahal immediately attacks Reigns from behind and hits the Khallas. Mahal then pulls the injured Singh out of the ring and pulls him to the back.
Later tonight, we’ll have a second Fatal 4-Way match, as well as Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax in the ring.
Heath Slater starts against Curtis Axel, taking him down. Axel rights back, but Slater hits a running forearm before knocking Bo Dallas off the apron. Axel tackles Slater to the corner and tags in Dallas. Dallas takes him down for a two count. Dallas drops some knees for another two count. The B-Team knock Rhyno off the apron and hit Slater with their back suplex neckbreaker double-team for the win.
The B-Team celebrate before The Deleters of Worlds cut in, clapping for them. Matt Hardy says this jovial jamboree that these two mendacious monkeys are partaking in is wonderful, deserving a standing ovation. No one in the arena claps. Wyatt then says, “We’re here.” The lights go out. When they come back on, The Deleters of Worlds are on the stage. Hardy says, “Well done, you obsolete mules.” Hardy warns them that they are omniscient and all-knowing. Wyatt says they are surrounded by the woken fireflies. They are watching The B-Team. They bought their ticket and will have to take the ride. Hardy says they will eat and delete them. The B-Team looks weirded out.
A replay is shown of Elias knocking Seth Rollins off the table two weeks ago. Elias will be out soon.
Elias is in the ring and says this is the finest moment for this crowd. They’re seeing him in his final moments before becoming Intercontinental Champion. This Sunday, Seth Rollins will find out that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias.” A light “Burn it down” chant picks up. Elias tells them to silence their cell phones and shut their mouths. Elias sings about how Rollins has the worst nicknames on earth while doing crossfit makes him a tool.
Elias completes his song and says he has something for the crowd. Elias then grabs a guitar that has the Intercontinental Championship painted on it. Elias says John Mayer gave him that guitar. Elias won’t bless them with another performance tonight, but next week he’ll play his best song yet with this guitar and the Intercontinental Championship around his waist.
Seth Rollins comes out to a big reception. Rollins looks furious and charges the ring. Elias stomps him, but Rollins gets the better of him and knocks him out of the ring. Rollins tells him to stop being a coward. Two weeks ago, he blindsided him to make a name for himself. Rollins says he’s not that hard to find. In fact, he’s in the same spot every Monday night. If Elias wanted a fight, all he had to do was ask. Rollins really wants to like Elias. Elias has a cool thing going with the spotlight and the guitars. Rollins then looks at the brand new guitar Elias showed, given to him by John Mayer. Elias starts to beg him off and tell him to save it for Sunday. Rollins picks up the guitar and says this is a really nice guitar. Rollins pretends to go to bid it off, but he then lays it in the center of the ring. Rollins pretends like he’s going to stomp it, and Elias freaks out. A “YES” chant picks up. Rollins says he can’t play an instrument, but he does know a song that happens when he taps his foot on the mat. The crowd chants, “Burn it down.” Rollins then hits the ropes and hits the Stomp on the guitar. Elias looks furious. Rollins then dances around the ring with the broken guitar.
Backstage, Bobby Roode is admiring himself in a mirror. Kevin Owens walks up to him and says watching Seth Rollins stomp the guitar reminds him of Braun Strowman snapping that ladder in two last week. None of them can beat Strowman. Strowman winning the Money in the Bank contract spells disaster for them. Tonight, they should all work together. Owens says he can realize that or go it alone and end up like the ladder from last week. Owens says it’s his call and walks off.
Bayley’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. The Riott Squad is shown backstage, wreaking havoc.
Riott blindsides Bayley and kicks her before hitting her with some forearms. Riott puts Bayley in the corner and is really slowing the pace with some more forearms. Bayley boots her back and takes her down with some right hands. Riott quickly puts her in the corner and punches. Riott takes her down and has a whip reversed. Riott kicks her in the face, but Bayley comes back with a Thesz Press and some punches for a two count. Bayley whips her and hits a bulldog. Bayley comes off the second rope with a spinning elbow. Riott quickly gets out of the ring and regroups with The Riott Squad. Bayley goes outside and tries to dive through the corner of the ring to hit a baseball slide, but she gets a bad jump and no momentum. Terrible. Riott sells it anyway. Bayley then gives her a back suplex on the floor.
We come back from the break to see Riott controlling Bayley. Bayley fights up and knees her. Bayley sidesteps her, but Riott soon pulls her face-first into the turnbuckle for a two count. Bayley fights up with Riott on her back and tries to back her into the corner, but misses. Bayley elbows her in the corner and hits a running knee. Bayley goes for a diving elbow drop, but Bayley kicks out. Bayley rolls Riott up for a two count. They trade pins before Bayley knees her in the head. Liv Morgan gets on the apron, and Sarah Logan tries for a distraction. Bayley is sent into the ring post shoulder-first before Riott hits the Riott Kick for the win.
The Riott Squad holds Bayley up while Ruby Riott takes some black lipstick and marks up Bayley’s face. Riott finishes by painting an “R” on Bayley’s stomach.
Ronda Rousey is backstage, and she hugs Natalya. Natalya tells her to be careful because Nia Jax is trying to prove a point. Rousey thanks her. She’ll meet Nia Jax in the ring face-to-face, next.
Jonathan Coachman is in the ring, and he puts over the biggest RAW Women’s Championship match in history. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is introduced to the ring, and she comes out to a nice reception. Ronda Rousey is going into the UFC Hall of Fame. They’re sitting in chairs in the ring. Nia Jax is introduced next.
Coach asks about this friendly rivalry being filled with tension. Jax says they’re both competitive athletes. When it comes to who is better, it gets intense. Jax admits that she pushed Rousey’s buttons. She’s beautiful and has a stellar reputation, but she’s still very new in the WWE. Rousey’s success came from elsewhere, like Strikeforce and the UFC. There’s things you can’t do in UFC that you can do in WWE, like head-butts, strikes to the spine, and 12-6 elbows. Jax will show her on Sunday. Rousey says she doesn’t game plan – she improvises. On Sunday, she’ll improvise her arm off. Coach says she’s confident for someone that has had one match. Rousey says she’s earned that confidence. Jax says she’s been here for years grinding. Rousey wants to take her arm, but Jax will take her reputation. Jax challenged her because she knows she’ll beat her. Rousey just isn’t ready.
Rousey stands up and says everyone said she wouldn’t make the Olympic team at 17, but she did. Many said she couldn’t challenge for the Strikeforce Title after four fights, but she did. They said she couldn’t main event her own card, but she broke records. A lot of people said she couldn’t be UFC Champion, but she’s going into the Hall of Fame. Rousey yells, “I am Ronda Rousey, and I was born ready!” They go face-to-face. Jax goes to hit her, but Rousey blocks it. Jax then head-butts her down. Jax teases her for a few before Rousey goes for an arm bar. Jax tries to fight it, but Rousey keeps trying and gets Jax to tap out. Rousey then walks off smiling.
We’ll have a Fatal 4-Way match later tonight in the main event.
Curt Hawkins is backstage. No Way Jose, his opponent, dances by him. Hawkins is currently on an 0-200 stretch. He’ll be in action, next.
Hawkins’ entrance plays twice, but he doesn’t come out. The referee has had enough and has the bell rung to begin a count-out. Hawkins, dressed as one of Jose’s dancers, rolls him up for a near fall. Jose then hits a Knockout Punch to move the losing streak to 0-201.
Finn Balor and Bobby Roode are talking backstage about whether they trust Kevin Owens. Balor will have his eyes on both.
They’re setting up an obstacle course for a Sami Zayn/Bobby Lashley segment, next.
Renee Young introduces Sami Zayn. She asks why he challenged Bobby Lashley to an obstacle course. Zayn asked a simple question if Lashley was really in the Army. Zayn says he got booed loudly (he didn’t). Since he can’t verify the legitimacy, he challenged him to an obstacle course. If Lashley can beat him in the obstacle course, he’ll believe him. They’ll do a tire flip, a low crawl, a wall vault, monkey bars (or horizontal ladder), and a rope climb. Zayn will dedicate his victory to the country with the real greatest military force on earth, Canada.
Bobby Lashley comes out to no reaction. Renee asks about this challenge. Lashley says everyone is tired of Zayn’s mouth. Lashley will beat him at this obstacle course and he’ll beat his butt this weekend. Zayn comes up for a coin toss. Lashley is first according to the coin toss. They have a timer on the big screen with a picture of Sergeant Slaughter, which gets a good reaction. Lashley runs the course in impressive fashion. After finishing in 43 seconds, Zayn attacks him from behind and hits a Helluva Kick. Referees run down to pull Zayn away.
Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode, and Finn Balor are talking backstage. Braun Strowman comes up to them and suggests they all team up on him. Strowman laughs and then scares them with a scream before walking off.
The bell rings, and Strowamn gets the better of them all, including throwing Roode across the ring and clubbing Balor down. Strowman head-butts Owens and sends him into the ropes, but Owens gets out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Roode, Owens, and Balor getting on the apron around Strowman. They get in and triple-team Strowman. They have him in the corner and stomp away at him. Strowman makes a comeback and follows them outside. They try to attack, but he explodes out of the group. Owens runs to the back, and Strowman chases him. Owens flies back onto the stage, and Strowman is stalking him. Strowman head-butts him, big boots Balor, and punches Roode down. Strowman sends Owens into the LED stage screens and clears off the commentary table. Strowman scoops up Owens, but Roode hits Strowman with a ladder. Balor and Roode hit Strowman with the ladder and lay him on the table. Owens sets up a ladder and tells Balor and Roode to hold it. Owens goes to the top of the ladder and kills Strowman with a frog splash through the table!
We come back from the break to see Roode applying an arm bar to Balor. Strowman and Owens are still down near the commentary table. Replays are shown of the impressive frog splash. Roode continues to work on the arm. Balor fights up from an arm bar, but Roode quickly yanks the arm. Roode elbows him, but Balor takes him down with an overhead kick. A picture-in-picture commercial is shown for Nia Jax vs. Ronda Rousey. Back in the ring, Balor takes Roode down with a Sling Blade and a double stomp to the midsection. Balor chops the chest and sends him to the corner, but Roode boots him. Roode goes to the top rope, but Balor knocks him off to the floor. Balor charges, but Roode forearms him. Roode comes off the second rope with a blockbuster for a near fall. Balor comes back with a second Sling Blade and a dropkick into the corner. Balor goes to the top rope, but Owens knocks him off. Balor then knocks Owens off the top rope. Balor goes to the top, but Roode crotches him up there. Roode goes for a superplex, but Owens comes in and does the Tower of Doom.
By the wreckage of the commentary table, Strowman gets to his feet to a big reception. Owens looks terrified. Strowman hobbles down the ramp and cuts Balor off with a forearm before big booting Roode down. Strowman then angrily looks at Owens. Strowman gets in the ring, and Owens gets out. Owens runs through the crowd, but Strowman chases. Owens slips, and Strowman drags him to ringside to club him down. Strowman then runs around the ring shoulder blocking Balor, Roode, and then turning Owens inside out on the floor! Strowman avalanches Owens and Roode in the corner. Balor quickly attacks him and comes off the top rope with a double stomp to the back of the head. Balor charges, but Strowman shoulder blocks him down. Strowman scoops up Balor, but Owens superkicks him. Roode chop blocks him, and Owens superkicks him. Owens then rolls Roode up for a near fall. Roode hits a spinebuster, and Balor hits a falling elbow drop. Balor then hits Strowman with a Sling Blade. Balor dropkicks Strowman into the corner and hits the Coup de Grace on Strowman, but Roode breaks it up. Roode sends Balor spine-first into the ring post. Roode hits a Glorious DDT on Strowman, but Owens breaks it up and sends Roode out of the ring. Owens goes to the top rope and hits a frog splash on Strowman for a near fall! Owens looks like he’s going to weep.
Owens leaves the ring and grabs a ladder from under the ring. Owens hits him in the ribs, but Strowman stays on his feet. Owens hits him again, but Strowman just gets angrier. Strowman blocks a third and grabs him by the throat for a chokeslam. Strowman lays down the ladder in the middle of the ring. Strowman hits a Running Powerslam onto the ladder for the win!
Braun Strowman celebrates in the ring after the big win, looking battered and bruised but pleased.