Welcome to Monday Night RAW from New Orleans.
We kick things off with Sasha Banks and a recap of her attack on Natalya. Sasha Banks says that everyone has been asking where she has been for the last four months. She’s heard the rumors about her crying in the locker room floor and how she took her ball and went home. She admits that she did. But she said it’s not for the reasons people think. She said she cried because she was put in a worthless tag team match at WrestleMania fighting over titles that meant even less for her while she watched Becky Lynch main event WrestleMania.
Sasha says she took her WrestleMania paycheck and watched Becky get paid more. She had a plan, and she came back to give Natalya a hug and tell her that her dad would be proud of her. Then Becky came to save her and we all saw what happened to her. Now she is the center of attention as she deserves and it’s because that she is the standard of this women’s division because she is the BOSS of the women’s division and the talk of the town. She deserves all of the glory that comes with it. Natalya’s music hits.
Natalya runs down the ramp sporting a cast on her left arm and she takes Sasha down. The two brawl on the outside until referees come out to break things up.
Backstage we see The Street Profits recapping what we just saw and preview the KOTR matches and the United States Title match between Strowman and Styles. They also explain the rules of a tag team turmoil match. They announce that the teams in the match are The OC, Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, The Revival, The B-Team, The Viking Raiders and the newly formed tag team of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The last team will face Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins at Clash of Champions for the RAW Tag Team Championships.
KOTR First Round Match: Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre
Before the match starts, Drew poses on the throne set piece. Ricochet starts with some punches and kicks before Drew sends him into the corner. A knife edge chop brings him down, and he hits a huge overhead suplex. He hits another chop. Drew gets a high elbow and sends him out of the ring before missing a running moonsault. The two have a stare down before hitting a side backbreaker on the barricade and on the apron.
Back from commercial, Ricochet hits an enziguri and both men are out. A dropkick to the knee puts Drew face first into the turnbuckle and he gets another kick to daze him. Ricochet hits a missile dropkick and then hits a dive on the outside. Ricochet goes for an inverted hurricanrana but Drew turns that into an inverted Alabama Slam for 2. Drew presses Ricochet but he escapes and he hits a northern lights suplex, but Drew hits a suplex of his own to escape.
Ricochet hits another kick and gets a jumping elbow and a standing Shooting Star press for a 2 count. Ricochet goes to the top turnbuckle, but Drew stops him. Ricochet goes for another kick but Drew knocks him out to the outside. Drew attempts to push Drew to the steel steps but Ricochet escapes and uses it to hit another kick. Ricochet attempts to hit a diving move off the steps but Drew turns it into a headbutt.
Back in the ring, Drew sets up for the Claymore but Ricochet catches him with a superkick. He knocks him down again with a series of kicks but Drew gets a clothesline and a sit out powerbomb for a 2 count. Drew places Ricochet on his shoulders onto the top rope, but he escapes and bounces Drew off the turnbuckle. Ricochet gets a jumping Codebreaker from the top turnbuckle. He hits the 630 and that’s enough for the win.
Back from a commercial, we get a recap of last week’s main event. Then, we get a backstage interview with Rollins and Strowman. Strowman asks who Rollins is willing to allow to step up and challenge him for the Universal Championship. Rollins says the locker room is very talented guys, but Strowman continues to stare and Rollins says he has a feeling he doesn’t care about that.
Rollins asks if Strowman is challenging him for the Universal Championship. Braun says that he just wants to make sure they are on the same page, but he does confirm he is challenging him. Seth says he doesn’t back down from a fight and accepts. The match is now official.
KOTR First Round Match: The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
The Miz says he has accomplished a lot in his 13 year career and people ask him what he wants. He says he wants it all. He says we are on the quest with him to be King Awesome.
The match starts and Corbin throws his shirt and Miz to distract him and get him in the corner. The Miz responds with a series of shots of his own and Corbin shoves him down. The Miz gets some shots and clotheslines Corbin out of the ring. The Miz goes for a diving kick, but he is met with a right hand by Corbin on the outside.
Corbin then goes to work on Miz on the outside and shoulder blocks him into the barricade a couple of times. The Miz goes for a clothesline but Corbin goes outside and comes back in for a clothesline.
Back from commercial, Miz gets some shots and then gets some shots to Corbin in the corner. He then gets an axe handle for a two count. Backstage we see Cedric scouting his potential opponents. Corbin gets a Deep Six for a 2 count. Corbin then argues with the referee. Corbin goes for a cornrer show but Miz counters. The Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Corbin escapes and goes for a Chokeslam, but The Miz responds with a cover that gets 2. Corbin goes for an End of Days but The Miz responds with a DDT for 2.
Miz gets his series of chest kicks and Corbin goes for another cover for 2. Corbin escapes the ring and goes for a clothesline on Miz, but Miz dodges and gets a Skull Crushing Finale for a 2 count. Corbin retreats outside. The Miz then goes outside and sends Corbin into the barricade and sends him back into the ring. The Miz goes on the top rope and goes for a clothesline but Corbin dodges and hits the End of Days for the victory.