The Flashbacks for this week’s RAW surround the Stomping Grounds PPV which took place the night prior in Tacoma, Washington. On the show ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch was able to retain the RAW Women’s Title against Lacey Evans and a new United States Champion was crowned in Ricochet defeating the ‘Samoan submission machine’ in Samoa Joe. Furthermore, Alexa Bliss was unable to bring over Smackdown gold to the Red brand whilst Seth Rollins overcame the odds against Baron Corbin and special guest referee Lacey Evans to retain the Universal Championship with help from Becky Lynch.
Announced prior to RAW are Ricochet facing the ‘Phenomenal One’ AJ Styles in a non-title match, Roman Reigns facing both Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre In a 2 on 1 handicap match, Kofi Kingston vs Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch with Seth Rollins opening the show.
RAW takes place from the Angel of the Winds arena in Everett, Washington.
Becky Lynch/Seth Rollins Segment
Raw kicks off with the two people who ended Stomping Grounds. Seth Rollins enters first to give a recap of last night before ‘The Man’ interrupts, the ‘Kingslayer’ starts to praise Baron Corbin but claims he had the “Best insurance policy in the world” in the “Man’s Man’. This would lead to a surprise attack by Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin which would be unsuccessful. Baron Corbin then grabs the mic telling Seth Rollins that Becky saved the day again and that Rollins “Should go home and put an apron on”. This leads to Lacey Evans issuing a mixed tag team match for the Universal Title and RAW Women’s Title in a winner takes all match.
The Usos & The New Day vs. The Revival & The Planet’s Tag Team Champions
With this match taking place in Bryan’s home state the former WWE Champion was gaining very positive reactions especially with his interactions with Xavier Woods. The match would start with the Revival and The New Day with the former 5× Champions in control hitting a very nice splash/leg drop combination. The first elimination would come after a miscommunication between the two tag team champs after a misplaced Daniel Bryan dive. Dash in retaliation would blindside Bryan leading to a Woods pin, Woods would then be pinned following a Shatter Machine. The last two teams put on a very good match with the Uso’s coming out on top by pinning Scott Dawson after trapping Dash Wilder in the corner.
Miz TV w/ R-Truth & Carmella
Miz welcomes the 24/7 Champion on board and focuses on Truth’s last win at a WEDDING. Truth claims that since winning the title he hasn’t been able to “Eat, sleep or even get married”. Carmella defends R-Truth claiming that by winning the title at Drake Maverick’s wedding it shows the significance of the 24/7 title. This would lead to Maverick coming out claiming R-Truth ruined the biggest days of his life and that he hasn’t even “Consummated the marriage” which Truth mistook for constipation. Maverick would ask for a rematch for the 24/7 Title which Truth accepts.
R-Truth (C) vs. Drake Maverick – 24/7 Championship
Truth wins with a jumping Flatliner in a matter of 30 seconds. Post-match a whole group of WWE Superstars come out to try and win the 24/7 Title with Cedric Alexander being the closest. Truth and Carmella would escape.
The Winner takes all Mixed Tag match is announced for Extreme Rules, Corbin and Lacey claim they’re going to take out Seth Rollins “Kryptonite” in Becky Lynch and win at Extreme Rules.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre & Shane McMahon
Despite the ‘Big Dog’ overcoming the odds last night against Drew McIntyre the odds are stacked even further in this handicap match tonight. The match actually starts before the bell rings with Roman taking out Shane and Drew to focus on singular guys. This would not last long with Roman thrown into the steel steps. McIntyre would then hit the claymore followed by Shane McMahon hitting a spear. Drew would hit a second Claymore before Shane went for a Coast to Coast and *DONG*. Yes, THE UNDERTAKER has arrived taking out both Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre to the raucous applause of the Everett crowd.
Tug of War – Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
After a tale of the tape, the two behemoths would have the tug of war. After it looked like Lashley would win ‘The Monster Among Men’ would pull Lashley across the whole ring. An embarrassed Lashley would attack Braun after using the ropes to blind Braun before leaving him laying.
Charly Caruso interviews AJ Styles asking why he challenged Ricochet, before AJ is able to give an answer he is interrupted by a No Way Jose conga line with GalAnderson involved. AJ tells the two they aren’t the same two guys that used to be RAW Tag Team Champions and that they aren’t taking their opponents the Viking Raiders seriously. Gallows promises AJ he’ll be proven wrong.
GalAnderson vs. Viking Raiders
This match started off a lot better than last week for Gallows and Anderson with them dominating Erik of the Viking Raiders with a ‘Boot of Doom’ getting a close victory. Once Ibor entered the match though it was game over with a suicide dive taking out Gallows and the Viking Experience getting the win over Anderson with a furious AJ watching on.
Cut backstage to an upset Alexa Bliss who doesn’t blame Nikki Cross for last night claiming Bayley is very good at “Manipulating people” and asking Nikki to find a way to get a rematch. Nikki is then shown backstage with Naomi and Natalya who claim Alexa “Is not to be trusted”, Bliss would interrupt calling Naomi a “Glow up Bayley” leading to a match for later tonight.
Heath Slater vs. Mojo Rawley
This match never officially starts with the 24/7 Division squad getting involved before the bell. Truth would be a very busy man adding two more reigns of the title to his resume. Slater, Alexander and EC3 would all get a run with the title with R-Truth leaving 24/7 Champion.
Sarah Schreiber interviews Ricochet ahead of his match with AJ Styles. Ricochet doesn’t want this feeling to go away and that it took all the support to get here. Ricochet calls AJ a trailblazer and that he has to beat AJ to prove himself.
Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn
Before the match starts, Owens and Zayn interrupt a Kofi Kingston interview with “Not Renee” and have an impromptu Kevin and Sami show. Zayn calls Kofi a “paper champ” and that he needs help from his New Day friends to which Kofi responds in beating Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler “All by Myself”. The match starts off with Kofi Kingston in control hitting a rope assisted Pele and boom drop in quick succession. Kofi would nearly win with an attempted trouble in Paradise but would be rolled up for a close two. This would lead to Zayn taking control hitting an exploder suplex in the corner and a Michinoku driver for a close 2. However, this momentum for Kofi would not last with an attempted blue thunder bomb tuned into a jackknife pin for the three count. Kevin Owens would then grab the mic and ask Kofi for a match to prove he “Should be WWE Champion”.
Kevin Owens vs. Kofi Kingston
Owens would dominate this match but be unable to get a big move onto Kofi. The finish would come immediately into the match with Kingston being able to hit an S.O.S. on the ramp to win by countout after an attempted apron powerbomb by Owens. Kofi would then hit a trust fall on Owens and Zayn to lay the two out. Post-match, Samoa Joe would attack the WWE Champion leaving Kofi laying with a uranage on the ramp followed by a Coquina Clutch.
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns and The Undertaker is announced for Extreme Rules.
Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss
This match showed the athleticism of Naomi very well with a split legged drop on Bliss being a highlight. The finish would see Naomi accidentally baseball slide Nikki giving Bliss ample time to hit the Bliss-DDT for the win. Post-match Bliss would attack Naomi asking Nikki to join which Cross did not want to do, this would lead to Natalya coming out and…
Natalya & Naomi vs. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss
Nikki Cross would start the match being targeted by both Naomi and Natalya with a discus clothesline from Natalya getting a two count. Alexa once tagged would also be under the pressure until a Nikki Cross distraction led to a close two with a wicked forearm. Nikki would be tagged in taking complete control of the match hitting a running bulldog and crossbody as well as a swinging neckbreaker which after Alexa Bliss get tagged in would garner a victory for the Goddess and Nikki Cross.
Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
This match can be argued as being Ricochet’s biggest since arriving on the main roster in February of this year. The crowd would start this match with duelling AJ/Ricochet chants and both testing each other before GalAnderson arrived. AJ would grab the mic to tell the duo that this match won’t continue until the two have gone backstage. This match was a good TV match but also not the match you’d likely expect. Ricochet took control for most of the match hitting multiple big moves to weaken the former two-time WWE Champion including a springboard moonsault, running shooting star and a tope suicida to the outside. AJ would also come close to winning with a suplex into the turnbuckle into a pin combination. The US Champion would in the end attempt one too many big moves leading to his downfall with an attempted 630 missing leading to a Phenomenal Forearm and an AJ Styles victory. Post-match, AJ Styles would raise Ricochet’s hand giving praise to the US Champion despite coming up short.
Overall, Raw was a pretty fun show, with the three biggest matches of the show either announced or in the plans, the continuation of Nikki and Alexa Bliss as a team and Ricochet vs AJ as the main event building up as a solid show to follow up Stomping Grounds as well as the magnificence of the 24/7 Division.