Welcome to our WrestlingINC.com live WWE “Raw” viewing party. Tonight’s show is broadcasting live from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As of early Monday afternoon, one match was announced for tonight’s show.
- Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
WWE is also promoting that Elias will return to “Raw” tonight for one more concert with his younger brother Ezekiel.
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We are underway. A graphic in memory of Tim White is shown at the top of the broadcast.
We head straight into the arena. Jimmy Smith, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves are on commentary.
First up is “Raw” Women’s Champion Bianca Belair making her entrance.
Commentary promotes “The Return of the Beast” for tonight’s show. Plus, Riddle vs. Omos in a Money in the Bank qualifying match. Graves points out Riddle still has a path to a match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Plus, Elias returns for a concert tonight.
Belair has a microphone and welcomes the crowd to “Raw”. She was looking forward to defending her title against Rhea Ripley at the Money in the Bank event. Belair says Ripley will not be medically cleared in time to compete. So, this match isn’t happening…yet. Belair says she’ll be ready and waiting when Ripley returns.
Belair now needs a new challenger for Money in the Bank. Belair lists five names: Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Asuka, and Becky Lynch. They’ll compete in a “fatal five-way” match to determine who will challenge Belair at Money in the Bank. Belair is interrupted by Lynch’s music.
Lynch walks out and says she is the only contender for Belair’s title. She points out she has yet to get a one-on-one rematch following WrestleMania 38. Lynch also says she had the title match won at Hell in a Cell but Belair stole her victory. She says it’ll all make it that much sweeter when she takes back her title.
Lynch is interrupted by Asuka’s music as she makes her entrance. Asuka wants to know if Lynch is crying and calls her a “big-time baby” again. Lynch says Asuka needs to spend less time making Simpsons memes and focus on winning some matches.
Liv Morgan’s music interrupts and Morgan enters. She says she’s always ready for a fight. Morgan points out she’s in a great mood because she’s already qualified for Money in the Bank. Morgan says she’ll gladly trade in her spot in the Money in the Bank match for a title match against Belair.
Carmella’s music plays and she enters. She points out that Morgan is the only one in tonight’s match who is not a former champion. Carmella wants the match reduced to a four-way. Morgan threatens to give Carmella a couple more weeks off if she keeps running her mouth.
Alexa Bliss’ music plays and she enters. Bliss asks if she should name-drop the guy with the chin who helped Carmella win Money in the Bank. Bliss says Carmella has never been successful on her own. Bliss threatens to beat Carmella’s face if she keeps talking about Morgan.
Belair cools the hostilities and it sounds like this match is happening next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we get a hype video reminding us that John Cena returns to “Raw” next Monday.
Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Liv Morgan
Lynch goes straight after Asuka and they tumble to the floor. Morgan and Bliss quickly take down Carmella, leaving them alone in the ring. Morgan with a sunset flip for a 2-count and then a rolling series of roll-ups that dizzies Bliss. Bliss reverses a whip into her own rollup. Bliss and Morgan then lock themselves into a cradle and roll around the ring. Both are dizzy. Carmella tries to take advantage but can’t get the pin despite covering both women multiple times.
Asuka enters the ring but Carmella avoids her strikes. Asuka finally tries to line up Carmella but Lynch pulls her out of the ring. Bliss takes down Carmella and gets a 2-count. Carmella rolls outside. Lynch re-enters the fray but misses a leg drop from the second turnbuckle. Carmella gets back in the ring and rolls up Bliss for a 2-count. Carmella trash talks Bliss.
Bliss fires up but Carmella slips out of a slam attempt and pulls Bliss down by her hair for a 2-count. Morgan enters and pushes Carmella into the top turnbuckle. Morgan climbs to the top turnbuckle but Carmella pushes her off and Morgan crashes down onto Asuka and Bliss on the floor.
We go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Lynch and Bliss are in the ring. Lynch misses a splash in the corner but recovers to hit a Becks-ploder that sends Bliss out of the ring.
Morgan renters and hits a rising knee strike in the corner and a missile drop kick to Lynch. She covers Lynch for a 2-count.
Morgan misses another charge. Lynch covers with her feet on the ropes but Morgan kicks out. Lynch climbs to the top but gets cut off and Carmella brings her down with a hurricanrana for a pin attempt that Asuka broke up.
Carmella superkicks Asuka and covers for a 2-count. Asuka recovers and puts Carmella in the Asuka Lock. Bliss breaks it up with a double knee drop. Lynch throws Bliss out of the ring and tries to grab Asuka. Morgan hits a missile drop kick on Asuka. Asuka catches Lynch with an inside cradle but Lynch kicks out. Lynch hits a Manhandle Slam but Bliss breaks it up with Twisted Bliss. All five women are down in the ring.
Asuka misses a strike on Bliss. Bliss tries to take down Asuka but Lynch interjects. Morgan goes for Oblivion on Lynch but Lynch holds onto the second rope to block it. Lynch hits a Manhandle Slam on Morgan. Asuka and Lynch fight to the floor. Bliss goes to the top rope but Morgan gets her knees up on Twisted Bliss. Morgan walks into a superkick by Carmella and she covers to get the pin!
Carmella defeated Alexa Bliss and Asuka and Becky Lynch and Liv Morgan
It will now be Carmella challenging Bianca Belair for the “Raw” Women’s Championship at the Money in the Bank event.
Backstage, Lynch is yelling at Adam Pearce as we fade to black and go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Lynch is still yelling at Pearce. “What’s Money in the Bank with Big Time Becks?” Pearce points out she was scheduled for a MITB qualifying match against Asuka and that match will still happen tonight. Lynch is upset that she still has to wrestle twice in one night.
Back into the arena, “No Chance In Hell” plays and Mr. McMahon makes his entrance. “What a surprise,” exclaims Graves. McMahon gets an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd.
McMahon takes a microphone and says this is the 1,517th edition of “Raw”. He thanks the fans. He says 20 of the 30 years of “Raw” have been dominated by John Cena and it just so happens he’ll be back next Monday. McMahon drops the mic and departs the ring.
Back at the announce table, the commentary team tosses to a video recap of this past Friday’s SmackDown, where Roman Reigns defeated Riddle and Brock Lesnar returned to WWE. We’re reminded Reigns will defend his championship against Lesnar in a Last Man Standing Match at SummerSlam.
Back into the arena, Riddle makes his entrance. He’ll be in action next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Riddle has a microphone. He talks about Randy Orton possibly having his career ended by The Bloodline and how he made a promise he’d get vengeance for both of them. Riddle says he nearly got it on SmackDown, but at the end of the day, Reigns beat him. Riddle says he let himself down and let all the fans down and also let Orton down.
Riddle says he’s down but he’s not out. He says he can’t challenge Reigns for his championship but he can still win Money in the Bank. Riddle says if wins and cashes in on Reigns, he can end his reign of terror and get that sweet vengeance that he and Orton want. Riddle says he wants to smash Seth Rollins in the back with a ladder for what Rollins did to Cody Rhodes.
Omos’ music plays and he makes his entrance. MVP has a microphone. He asks Riddle if he’s been hanging out with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa because only they have the top-shelf stash that can divorce you from reality. MVP says Riddle will get high tonight when Omos snatches him and slams him down. Riddle says he’s gonna get high and his hand is raised after he hits Omos with an RKO.
That match is next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, the bell rings.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Omos vs. Riddle
Riddle’s ribs are taped for this match. He goes right after Omos and fires away with kicks in the corner. Omos catches him with a sidewalk slam to stall Riddle’s momentum. Omos hits a splash in the corner. He whips Riddle hard into the corner.
They show Seth Rollins watching the match on a backstage monitor.
Riddle fires up with some punches but runs right into a bear hug by Omos. Riddle punches his way out but Omos grabs him and puts him back in the bear hug. Riddle fights out again. Omos grabs Riddle by the throat but Riddle counters with a knee strike.
Riddle hits his running forearms into the corner on Omos, but Omos catches him and throws him across the ring. Riddle boots Omos and hits the Floating Bro. He sets up for the RKO but Omos overpowers him and hits the tree slam to get the pin.
Omos defeated Riddle via pinfall
Omos hits another tree slam after the bell and poses. They dwell on a shot of Riddle laid out in the ring and Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his entrance.
Rollins lays out Riddle with a forearm and tosses him out of the ring. Rollins gets a microphone and says he doesn’t share airspace with losers. He calls Riddle, “The Ultimate Loser”. Rollins says he shouldn’t be too hard on him because it didn’t matter.
Rollins says only one man has Roman Reigns’ number and you’re looking at him. Rollins says Reigns has been ducking him since the Royal Rumble. Rollins vows to win Money in the Bank and says his cash-in will be bigger than his first one.
Rollins gets cut off by Riddle attacking him from behind, but Rollins recovers quickly and hits The Stomp on Riddle. Rollins laughs. His music plays.
Back at the announce table, the commentary team hypes up “Raw” being in Nebraska.
Back in the arena, Theory makes his entrance. He is once again wearing his “TED Talk” headset.
We go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Theory is in the ring standing on the pedestal from the “pose down” on last Monday’s show. We get a video from the segment last week.
Theory says everyone wants to know what it’s like to be a prodigy, or a chosen one, or the new face of WWE. He talks about being the youngest United States Champion in WWE history. Theory says he proved last week that Bobby Lashley can’t touch him. He says he’s better than Lashley has ever been.
Theory says next week is the 20-year Cena celebration but “his time is up and my time is now”. Theory wants to show off some of the poses he didn’t get to do last week.
The lights go down and Theory rubs some baby oil on himself and starts going through his routine. The fans perk up and Theory thinks it’s for him but it’s actually for Lashley sneaking up on him from behind. Theory picks up his phone to take a selfie and only then realizes Lashley is behind him. He turns around and Lashley sprays him with baby oil and runs him out of the ring.
Lashley grabs a microphone. He demands a United States Championship match. Theory sees the selfie of Lashley and is very incensed.
Commentary tosses to the video of Finn Balor joining The Judgment Day and then the group ousting Edge two weeks ago. Graves says there’s no update on when Edge will return.
Back in the arena, The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos make their entrance. Jey Uso will be in action against Angelo Dawkins. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Kevin Patrick approaches Theory about Lashley’s challenge. Theory says Lashley deserves nothing. He says he was in Adam Pearce’s office and suggested an idea. If Lashley wants a shot at the U.S. Title, he must defeat three men in a gauntlet match tonight. If Lashley wins, he’ll get his shot at Money in the Bank.
Back in the arena, The Usos have a microphone. Jey says everyone knows who they are. Jimmy says The Bloodline runs both shows. Jey says Roman Reigns will smash Brock Lesnar just like he did to Riddle.
The Street Profits make their entrance. Montez Ford tells The Usos to enjoy their reign while they still can.
Angelo Dawkins (with Montez Ford) vs. Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso)
Uso goes low and backs Dawkins into the corner. Dawkins reverses a whip and hits his twisting splash and a big kick that sends Uso to the apron. Dawkins charges and Uso pulls down the top rope to send Dawkins to the floor. Uso follows with a suicide dive and then clotheslines Dawkins into the timekeeper’s area.
We go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Uso is in control but Dawkins fights back with punches. Dawkins runs down Uso with a series of clotheslines but runs into a superkick. Dawkins recovers with a flying back elbow for a 2-count.
Dawkins tries the twisting splash in the corner again but Uso avoids it and hits a pop-up neck breaker for a 2-count.
Uso charges at Dawkins but runs into a shoulder block. Dawkins follows with a double underhook into a twisting neck breaker for a 2-count.
Uso fires up and hits a superkick. He climbs to the top turnbuckle but leaps right into a Sky High powerbomb by Dawkins and that gets the pin.
Angelo Dawkins defeated Jey Uso via pinfall
Commentary hypes this up as the biggest win of Dawkins’ career.
We go a shot of a hand strumming a guitar. We’re shown Ezekiel and Elias together on camera. Ezekiel explains how things have gone since he made his WWE debut. Elias says he’s been out playing shows but nothing compares to performing in front of the WWE Universe. Elias is happy to see Ezekiel living his dream.
Ezekiel says it means the world to him that Elias is here with him. Ezekiel talks about being in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Elias says he shouldn’t get ahead of himself. Just focus on what’s in front of him. Elias says he’s doing a great job and tells him he loves him.
They exchange a fist bump and Ezekiel walks away.
Elias is in concert next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, “Ladies and gentlemen, Elias”. Elias is in the ring, under the spotlight, playing guitar. He says it’s great to be in front of all the good people of Nebraska. He thanks the fans for taking care of his little brother and also reminds them that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias”.
Elias plays a song dedicated to his brother, but Kevin Owens interrupts. Owens calls him a liar and says he may have fooled the folks in Nebraska but he can’t fool him because he’s French-Canadian. He says the video of Elias and Ezekiel didn’t prove anything because he saw a movie where a dinosaur flew a helicopter last week.
Ezekiel appears on the big screen and tells Owens to accept the truth. Elias plays a song for Owens called, “KO is a liar”. Owens comes into the ring and throws away the guitar but Elias catches him with a jumping knee and picks up another guitar and smashes it over Owens’ head.
Elias thanks Nebraska as Owens crawls away in pain.
We cut backstage as Owens stumbles into view. He staggers into Kevin Patrick. Owens says he’s not convinced Elias and Ezekiel are separate. Owens explains exactly how WWE did this. Owens says next week he’s challenging Ezekiel or Elias or their younger brother we haven’t met yet. Owens stops mid-sentence as he notices Ekekiel standings right in front of him. Owens loses it.
Back in the arena, Bobby Lashley makes his entrance. The gauntlet match is next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Lashley awaits his first opponent, and here comes Chad Gable.
Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Gable (with Otis)
Lockup to start and Lashley grabs an arm bar to gain the advantage. Gable fights to his feet but Lashley grabs a headlock and takes him down to the mat.
Gable fights up but Lashley takes him back down with a waist lock. Gable reveres briefly into his own arm bar but Lashley quickly retakes the advantage. Gable manages to escape again and chops Lashley. Lashley answers with a neck breaker and a shoulder block.
Gable retreats to the ring apron and Lashley knocks him off. Gable crashes into the front of the announce table. Lashley heads out, hoists up Gable, and runs him headfirst into the ring post. Gable gets to the ring apron and Lashley grabs him and brings him in with a very delayed vertical suplex.
Lashley goes for a spear but Gable reverses into an ankle lock. Lashley is in it for a while but manages to roll out and kick off Gable. Gable knocks down Lashley, climbs to the top turnbuckle, and connects with a moonsault for a 2-count.
Gable goes for a German suplex but Lashley reverses and throws Gable across the ring. Lashley goes for The Hurt Lock. Gable reverses but Lashley gets him back into it and Gable taps out.
Bobby Lashley defeated Chad Gable via submission
Otis immediately attacks Lashley.
Bobby Lashley vs. Otis (with Chad Gable)
Otis leans on Lashley and takes him to the floor, where he throws Lashley into the ring post. Otis gets back into the ring but comes back outside and runs down Lashley with a running body attack and a splash on the floor.
We go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, Otis has grounded Lashley with a vice lock around Lashley’s head. Lashley fights back to his feet and tries a waist lock but he can’t lift Otis. Otis fires back with a lariat for a 2-count.
Otis hits a running elbow drop and jaws at the fans. Otis backs Lashley into the corner and fires away with punches. Otis declares himself “The Hammer of God”. Otis climbs to the second turnbuckle but misses the Vader Bomb. Lashley misses a clothesline. Otis misses his own and Lashley hits a Flatliner.
Lashley sets up behind Otis and tries for The Hurt Lock but can’t lock it in. Otis backs Lashley into the corner to break it. Otis misses a charge into the corner. Lashley hits a spear and covers Otis but Gable dives in to break the count and cause a disqualification.
Bobby Lashley defeated Otis via disqualification
Gable and Otis double-team Lashley and lay him out. Theory’s music plays he is the third man in this gauntlet match.
Bobby Lashley vs. Theory
Theory mounts Lashley and stomps away on him. Theory backs Lashley into the corner and connects with more punches and kicks.
Lashley fires up and punches out of the corner but Theory slips out of a powerslam. Theory hits a rolling pop-up drop kick. Theory hoists up Lashley but Lashley reverses A-Town Down and rolls up Theory to get the pin.
Bobby Lashley defeated Theory via pinfall
Lashley will challenge Theory for the United States Championship at Money in the Bank.
Back at the announce table, the commentary team recaps the “fatal five-way” match earlier tonight.
Backstage, Bianca Belair is asked if she’s surprised Carmella won. Belair says yes and no. She runs through Carmella’s accolades. Carmella attacks Belair from behind.
Back in the arena, The Miz makes his entrance. He’s here for a Miz TV segment with AJ Styles. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, The Miz introduces AJ Styles, who makes his entrance.
Miz says Styles has been going through some issues. Miz runs through basically every bad thing that’s happened to Styles since just before WrestleMania.
Miz takes a shot at the University of Nebraska. Styles calls Miz naive and refers to “Cornhusker Country” to get the crowd fired up. Styles mentions Miz’s “tiny little popcorn balls”. Miz points to his crotch and says, “This is not becoming a thing”.
Miz freaks out and says his balls are huge. Miz runs through his resume and plugs Miz & Mrs. Someone on commentary mutters, “What a pro.”
Miz asks Styles how it feels to be a disappointment. Styles says he’s not playing his games. He says his losses are on him and he’s been through adversity before. Styles says he doesn’t run his mouth when he’s disrespected. Styles then winds up and knocks out Miz. Ciampa then appears and knocks Styles out of the ring.
We go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, an impromptu match has been made.
AJ Styles vs. Ciampa
The bell rings and Styles quickly takes down Ciampa with a clothesline. He follows with a backbreaker for a 2-count.
Ciampa fights back and chops Styles against the ropes. Styles responds with a drop kick and Ciampa retreats to the floor. Styles bluffs on a dive but Ciampa stays a step ahead and hits a running knee strike to Styles on the apron and then in the ring for a 2-count.
Ciampa hits a reverse neck breaker but barely gets a 1-count. Ciampa stays on the attack and hits an elbow strike to the top of Styles’ head and then puts him in a chin lock.
Styles fights to his feet and hits some combination offense and a sliding forearm strike. Styles follows with a splash in the corner and brings Ciampa out with an ushigoroshi for a 2-count.
Ciampa fights back with a ripcord forearm strike but Styles powers out of the Fairy Tale Ending. Styles gets to the ring apron and hits the Phenomenal Forearm to get the pin.
AJ Styles defeated Ciampa
Miz tries to attack Styles after the bell and gets a Pele Kick and a Styles Clash for his troubles.
Back to the announce table, the commentary team discusses Veer Mahaan’s victory over Rey Mysterio last Monday.
Kevin Patrick interviews Mahaan on the stage. Mahaan says what he did to Mysterio is just the beginning. He says WWE has never seen hunger like his before. He says he can’t be stopped.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance. Her Money in the Bank qualifying match against Asuka is next. But first, we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we’re told Kevin Owens will face either Elias, Ezekiel, or Elrod on next Monday’s “Raw”.
Back in the arena, Asuka makes her entrance. Lynch runs down the aisle to attack her. Lynch whips Asuka into the side of the ring. Asuka fights her off and gets in the ring. Lynch gets in and the bell rings.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
Asuka immediately locks on an arm bar. Lynch escapes. Asuka takes down Lynch with a shoulder tackle. Asuka tries for the Asuka Lock but Lynch pulls her out of the ring to the floor.
Lynch goes outside and slams Asuka’s head on the ring apron. Lynch rolls Asuka in the ring but Asuka catches her with kicks as she’s coming in. Asuka hits a running hip attack while Lynch is in the ropes and Lynch spills to the floor. Asuka goes out to get her but Lynch cuts her off with a kick.
Lynch rolls Asuka into the ring and climbs to the top turnbuckle. Asuka cuts her off and goes up to get her. Lynch fights off Asuka but misses a missile drop kick. Asuka hits a Codebreaker for a 2-count.
Asuka kicks at Lynch but Lynch catches one and hits a European uppercut. Asuka tries to run to the second turnbuckle but Lynch pushes her off and Asuka falls to the floor as we go to a commercial break.
Back from the break, both women are down. They get up and trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Asuka tries a rollup but Lynch kicks out. Another exchange leads to a running clothesline for Asuka. Asuka hits a running hip attack in the corner and fires away with more strikes. Asuka hits another running hip attack and gets a 2-count.
Asuka tries for the Asuka Lock. Lynch reverses into her own version of the Asuka Lock. Asuka easily escapes and puts Lynch in an ankle lock. Lynch tries to roll out but Asuka won’t let go. Lynch finally rolls Asuka into the corner to break the hold. Lynch covers for a 2-count.
Lynch hangs Asuka over the second rope but misses a leg drop. Auka locks on the Asuka Lock over the top rope and then hits a missile drop kick for a 2-count.
Lynch retreats to the apron. Asuka goes out after her but gets kicked to the floor. Lynch jumps at Asuka from the apron but Asuka meets her with a rising knee strike on the floor. The referee’s count gets to 9 for both women but they both beat it.
They trade strikes in the middle of the ring. A Manhandle Slam is reversed into a rollup, but Lynch reverses it into her own. Asuka pops up and hits a huge kick to Lynch’s head and covers her to get the pin.
Asuka defeated Becky Lynch via pinfall
Asuka is in the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Lynch is incensed after the match and tears apart the announce table.
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