RAW starts off with a Recap of the battles between Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns. This feud actually grew on me as time went on so it’s a welcome sight. I was disappointed in the results of it obviously but it is what it is.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are backstage but they cut to Roman Reigns coming down to the ring. Roman does the Ctrl + C, Ctrl +V, = Promo things. He calls out Lesnar. Paul Heyman comes out to introduce the REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED, UNIVERSAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION BRROOOOCKKKK LEEEESSSSNNNAAARRRR. Paul brings up how insane things are that they keep doing this over and over again. Paul and Roman go back and forth, then Paul says Lesnar will come out when and If he feels like it. Roman calls Brock a bitch and the segment ends. 3 weeks until Summerslam.
Seth Rollins is backstage sitting there.
Finn Balor makes his way down to the ring!
After a commercial is Brock Lesnar reading a magazine. Paul comes back to tattle on Roman Reigns. Brock doesn’t give a single fuck. That’s it.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin:
Corbin pushes Balor back into the corner. The exchange blows, then Baron keeps throwing Finn back out of the ring. Finn keeps coming back in and, after 2 or 3 times, gets Corbin in a headlock. Baron cant power out but eventually hits Balor with some big body shots. Baron takes him to the corner but Finn powers out and hits a big drop kick. Baron rolls out of the ring and Balor follows with a big punch. Back in the ring, Finn is trying to beat Baron down but Baron eventually gets the upper hand. Corbin clobbers Finn with a big clothesline before the next commercial. Back and Corbin is in control. There are rest holds, it gives me a break to get some water. Eventually it turns into a battle, Baron doing the baseball slide thing he usually does and he hits a big clothesline on Balor. The Miami crowd is oddly quiet. More rest holds. Another big right from Baron Corbin. Coach starts talking about Bobby Lashley. In the ring, Corbin goes for a powerbomb but Finn reverse and hits a double stomp on Corbin. There is a nice little reverse segment that ends with Corbin outside of the ring, Finn flies! Another commercial lol. Back and Corbin has Balor in another rest hold. The crowd is a little more into it so that’s nice. There are a few good reversal spots again. Finn hits a Sling Blade but Corbin is back up and hits a chokeslam back breaker. A move which I love. Finn eventually gets Baron set up for a Coup De Gras but it turns into a Deep 6! Finn kicks! Nice! Things end up outside and Finn starts dropkicking Baron all over the place. The pace has really picked up as they get back in the ring. Another drop kick. Another missed Coup de Gras and a End of Days by Baron Corbin for the win. Great end to that match.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Baron continues to beat the tits out of Balor after the match in a very violent manner.
Backstage is Paul Heyman and random dude. Uncle Kurt comes to protest Lesnar not being in front of the crowd. Paul tries to blow him off but Kurt threatens his job and Paul waddles off.
There is a recap of the announcement of the all-women’s PPV
Backstage is Alicia Foxx with Alexa Bliss. Alicia is still crazy as fuck and Alexa is confused.
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss:
Nattie and Fox lock up in the center of the ring. They go back and forth. Honestly, this match is really clunky. Nattie falls off of the ring and Fox uses the ring skirt as a weapon. Back in the ring, Fox is has Nattie in a chin lock. Nattie starts to power out but Fox slams her on her head. Fox gets her in a modified abdominal stretch. Cool looking move actually. Nattie overpowers Fox but gets slammed down again. Nattie gains momentum and hits a big clothesline. Fox turns it around quickly and hits a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex. Fox then starts to taunt Rousey. Alexa uses the distraction to clobber Natalya and Fox hits a big boot for the win.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Afterwards, Rousey chases down Bliss and all hell breaks loose. Ronda takes a barricade bump like a fucking champion from Fox.
Brock is backstage, still reading. Paul is trying to convince him to go out to the ring so he doesn’t get fired. Brock wants a steak, medium well. I hate him now.
Elias is next!
Backstage is Uncle Kurt, Natalya, and Ronda. Ronda gets a match next week against Alicia Fox.
Elias is in the ring. He calls out Bobby Lashley and the Rock for some reason. Bobby Lashley comes down to the ring. Bobby says he’s a big fan. There is a duet apparently. Elias cracks on Bobby then he starts to play guitar. Elias attacks Lashley because he can’t sing. Sad. Lashley fights back because it’s Bobby Lashley. Lashley stands tall in the ring.
Backstage is KO and Baron Corbin. He hands Corbin some water and a towel as he congratulates him. KO tries to get Baron to do something about Braun Strowman buuuut Baron doesn’t care and that’s about it for that segment.
Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal:
Braun tosses Jinder right out of the gate lol. KO is seen sneaking ringside and he has Braun strowmans MITB contract! RUN DUDE! KO stands, taunting Braun. He runs then passes off the briefcase to Sunil Singh. Braun chases and gets counted out…
Winner by Count out: Jinder Mahal
Baron and Kurt are backstage. Stephanie McMahon calls and gives instructions to Kurt. Of course they don’t say what it is because SUSPENSEEE
Backstage Mojo Rawley is talking shit to everyone. Bobby Roode comes in and gets in his face.
Apollo Crews vs. Akam:
Akam takes control right away, as expected. Apollo uses his speed to get some big shots on Akam and starts laying into him. He hits a standing Moonsault and goes to pin but Akam kicks. Apollo gets a big roll up win! Wow!
Winner: Apollo Crews
Backstage is a very mad Drew McIntyre. Dolph is there pretending to say stuff to him.
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre:
Drew starts out strong out of the gate. They go into the corner and Drew continues the beating. Rollins gets a second of offense but Drew takes back over. Things spill out of the ring and Drew continues to beat the hell out of Rollins. Commercial time! Back and Rollins is jumping out of the ring with a suicide dive! And another one! Drew is down! Rollins has the momentum! Rollins hits an impressive Falcon Arrow! Drew kicks and things are back to square. Rollins gets ready for a super kick. He hits it, goes in to attack but gets a spine buster from McIntyre. Drew goes for a Powerbomb but Rollins reverses and hits a Super Kick. Drew is back up and knocks Rollins down on the top rope. Drew hits a top rope backpack drop? Something like that. It was awesome. Rollins kicks at 2 and both men are down. Drew tries for the Alabama slam but Rollins reverses and hits the curb stomp! Ziggler comes in and attacks Rollins
Winner by DQ: Seth Rollins
Ziggler and Rollins brawl and McIntyre looks pissed.
Kurt, Corbin, and Roman are backstage. Basically Roman is told to kick rocks so that he doesn’t fight with Brock. Cops show up to escort him. Roman sucker punches Baron Corbin as he leaves.
Charlie is in the ring and she introduces the B team! Deleter of Worlds and The Revival come out and they all talk trash to each other.
Deleter of Worlds vs The Revival:
Bray and Dash are in the ring. Matt tags in and they do the double team thing on Dash. Matt ends up in the corner and gets worked over by both of the Revival. B team is on commentary and they’re pretty funny so its hard to concentrate. Dawson has Hardy in a headlock but Wilder tags in and does the exact same thing to Hardy. Dawson is tagged in again but Hardy tags Bray. Bray takes out a recently tagged in Dash Wilder. Bray gets double teamed but eventually Hardy ends up back in the ring. There was a lot going on and the Revival hit a Shatter Machine on Bray for the win.
Winner: The Revival
Backstage is Renee Young with Seth Rollins. He gets attacked by McIntyre and Ziggler. Refs come to shoo away Ziggler and McIntyre. Riott Squad takes on Sasha and Bayley next!
Riott Squad vs. Sasha and Bayley:
*Note – Commentary is really playing up the friendship thing for Sasha and Bayley. HEEL TURN A’ COMING!
Bayley and Sarah Logan start things off. Logan gets an armbar on Bayley that gets reversed into a takedown. Sasha tags in and they hit a double team move. Sasha hits a meteora on Logan. Sasha continues the onslaught, then goes to the corner and Bayley gets the tag. Logan hits a shot to the midsection and Bayley is stunned but recovers quick and hits a big kick on Logan. Sasha gets tagged in and clobbers Logan before we go to commercial. Back and Liv Morgan is screaming for no reason as she controls Sasha. Sasha flings Liv away and tags Bayley in. Bayley runs wild brother and takes out everyone. Banks tags in, hits a Meteora on Liv Morgan but Logan breaks it up. Sasha and Bayley end up hitting a Backstabber/Belly to Bayley double team finish
Winner: Bayley and Sasha
Backstage is Brock with no hopes of a Sasha or Bayley heel turn. Womp Womp. Paul pleads with him again to go to the damn ring. Brock doesn’t seem to give a shit. Paul explains to him that he needs to go out there so he doesn’t get fired. Brock sets Paul straight. Then tells him to go do his job.
In the ring is Uncle Kurt, calling out Paul Heyman. Baron Corbin is there, I missed him somehow lol. Paul walks out, looking a little dejected. He sadly recites his usual lines. The crowd taunts him. Paul looks so sad. Kurt is pissed and goes off. Paul doesn’t argue. Kurt fires him and Heyman grovels. Brocks music hits and he gets a big shit eating grin on his face.