Memorial Day episode of RAW. Lets get it!
Raw starts with a tribute to the sacrifices of all troops that didn’t make it home, or struggled when they came back and succumbed to their injuries, visible or not. As a veteran, this day strikes harder than most. Its not just American troops, anyone that can get out there and defend their country in the name of protection of their citizens is truly a special breed.
Braun Strowman comes out to kick the in ring action off. Braun has a mic and says he’s motivated for MITB. Braun as Mr. Money in the Bank would be insane. The crowd is totally into Braun. Braun talks trash for a few minutes before Finn Balor comes out. After the clobbering he took last week, Finn has shown some big ol balls. Finn brings up that he never officially lost the title. Braun says he put up a really good fight for a little guy. Finn then slaps the shit out of Braun. Braun tosses Finn and he rolls out of the ring. Uncle Kurt comes out to calm these silly kids out. Just kidding. He makes Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman.
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman:
They lock up but Finn gets thrown right away. Braun controls this match early on with a few random shots and heavy irish whips on Finn. Kevin Owens is on commentary and the match seems to be mostly dominated by that. Braun is still killing Finn in the ring. Kevin grabs an arena mic and starts yelling at Braun. We go to commercial with Braun still murdering Finn. Back from commercial has Balor with a small glimmer of offense but Braun puts a stop to that nonsense. Balor catches a shoulder tackle and goes flying into the crowd. Braun carries him like a sack of potatoes back to ringside but Finn launches Braun into the ringpost and starts his offense. KO gets on the mic again and talks trash to him. The two have a great exchange, allowing Finn to get his big comeback moment against the Monster Among Men. Fin hits a Coup de Gras, goes for a second but KO interferes. KO pulls out a ladder and clobbers Balor. He tries against Braun but Braun is too freaking strong and takes the ladder away. He then throws it down the ramp area and KO scurries off. Braun chases.
Winner by DQ: Finn Balor
KO is backstage trying to get the hell out of dodge. Uncle Kurt stops him and tells him he made a match for him tonight…vs Bobby Roode.
Phone Promo with Sasha Banks…
Elias is in the ring for song time. He gets them to boo and my heart swells at how over this dude is and he doesn’t even have to wrestle. And in the case of tonight, he did not. Whatever works haha. We go to commercial and I think its over but as we come back from break Elias is still there. The crowd chants delete. Lucky for us, Crossfit Jesus, aka Seth Rollins, makes his way to the ring in new red ring attire. My wife says it makes him look fat, I agree. Elias seems to be a little irritated at Seth’s presence. Seth tosses Elias’s chair out of the ring and, with a sad face, Elias makes his way out of the ring. The Modern Day Maharaja makes his way out with Sunil Singh.
Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal:
Seth comes out swinging from the start and proceeds to beat the hell out of Jinder. Seth is fired up and so is the crowd. Jinder gets the upperhand with a little help from his minion and we go to commercial. Jinder holds on to control as soon as we’re back from commercial. Jinder has a monster looking abdominal stretch that turned into Seth almost coming back. He catches a big knee then big stomps on the mat. Rollins gets the turn around by throwing Jinder into the second rope turn buckle. This allows for the usual Seth Rollins power up sequence, Suicide dive and all. A big Blockbuster from Rollins leads to a 2 count. Jinder isn’t out just yet as the two clash again in the corner. Jinder hits a crazy looking Gutbuster and gets the 2! Holy hell that looks painful. There is an exchange of almost special moves, culminating with a Falcon Arrow that ends in a 2 count! Things really picked up! Sunil gets ejected after interfering. This allows Jinder to hit Seth with a chair but Seth ends up kicking out at 2! Sunil comes back and ends up getting powerbombed into Jinder Mahal. That looked actually painful. Rollins clobbers Jinder with a steel chair and is DQ’d
Winner by DQ: Jinder Mahal and all of Canada.
Seth continues beating the hell of of Jinder after the match. Seth stands on the announce table to celebrate and gets blasted with a guitar by Elias. Didn’t expect that actually. Kudos WWE.
Back from commercial and Seth is on a stretcher. He slowly gets up because he has Crossfit on his side and cant be defeated by indie music. People sing Happy Birthday to Seth as he stands in pain. I laughed too hard at that.
Nia Jax walks down to the ring. Ronda’s music hits before she even gets half way down ramp. SHAAADDDEEEE. Nia is pissed and Ronda walks to the announcer table. Nia has a mic and talks trash to Ronda. Rousey.
Nia Jax vs. Random lady who I thought was a new ring announcer:
Nia lets the girl put her in an armbar then slams her down right away. Nia continues to beat down this poor girl, whose name is Michelle Webb apparently, but doesn’t end the match. Nia keeps calling Ronda out, to which Ronda comes down to the ring. They go face to face in the ring. Nia laughs in her face. Nia turns her back and walks away. I guess that wasn’t a match? Whatever.
Winner by not actually being in a match: Nia Jax
Dana Brook backstage phone promo thing. Stats and Dana with a nose ring.
Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs. The Ascension:
I had to take my dog out at this point since my wife was playing a game on her phone. When I returned, Ascension was in control of the match over Matt. Connor and Viktor have tremendous talent they just cant catch a break on the main roster. Bray eventually comes in and starts rolling through the Ascension. Bray and Matt hit the Kiss of Deletion for the win.
Winner by not wearing facepaint: Bray Wyatt and Woken Matt Hardy.
Uncle Kurt is backstage with the B team. They want a title shot. Funny segment.
Riott Squad phone promo.
Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens:
The two lock up in the middle, KO slamming Roode down by his head. Both me go back and forth, with lots of still shots. Its nice to see this level of aggression from Bobby Roode. We get a commercial break because why not go to commercial during a match?! Back and Kevin is hitting hard slaps on Roode. To Bobby’s credit, he sells like a champion. Its amazing. KO misses a Senton and things are back to even. Roode hits a wonderful Blockbust on KO but cant put KO away. Owens racks Roode on the top rope then goes for a top rope suplex but Roode knocks him off the rope. Roode hits a big clothesline. Owens rolls out of the ring but Roode lays chase and lays him out. In the ring, KO hits a surprise Super Kick and gets a 2 count. Kevin Owen gets a surprise win off of a roll up. Excellent match. Second to Rollins match from earlier.
Winner by Roll up shenanigans: Kevin Owens
A wild Braun Strowman appears and beats the hell out of Kevin Owens, with Bobby Roode cheering him on. Braun has a running powerslam for Bobby just for being there.
Sami Zayn comes down to the ring to apologize for that garbage ass segment from last week. Im not dignifying this with words other that this: Sami Zayn deserves better. Whether here or back on the indies, he deserves better. Bobby Lashley does too, but Lashley is established already in WWE and in his time at Impact/TNA/GFW/whatever else they were called. Lashley comes out and challenges Sami to a match at MITB.
Drew McIntyre vs. Chad Gable:
Drew dominates Chad from the beginning, he talks trash to him. Chad gets a quick reverse but Drew stops that nonsense right away and beats him down. Gable eventually even things out with his quickness. He hits a monster Moonsault that stopped everyone in their tracks. Drew eventually takes back over, hitting the Claymore and getting the win.
Winner by kicking a dude directly in the face: Drew McIntyre
There is a B Team BBQ. It ends in a food fight. You didn’t miss much here kids. Rhyno goes through a table.
Kurt Angle is backstage, again, with the B team. There is a battle royal next week!
Gauntlet Match for the last spot in the Women’s Money in the Bank Match:
Bayley faces off against Liv Morgan. Bayley wins right away. Sarah Logan is next. Bayley beats her after a minute or so with a quick roll up. Ruby Riott is next. Bayley was taken out after beating Logan so Ruby Riott is picking at the scraps.