Welcome to Monday Night RAW.
We open with Roman Reigns, who comes out to a pop.
Ziggler says he doesn’t suck, he’s trying to be the bigger man here, so the crowd needs to shut up. Ziggler says Reigns was almost hit by a lighting rig but that’s nothing compared to the Spears he took from WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Fans chant for Goldberg and Ziggler doesn’t like it. Ziggler goes on ranting about how bad last week was, and how “it should be me” once again. Ziggler keeps talking and suddenly drops Reigns in the middle of the ring with a superkick.
Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler
The referee backs Ziggler off and checks on Reigns, who is still down. Fans chant “you still suck!” at Ziggler as he bounces around the ring and taunts Reigns, who is slow to recover. Fans chant for Goldberg again. The bell rings. Reigns dodges another superkick and knocks Ziggler out of the ring with a big right hand. They end up on the outside and Ziggler drops Reigns with a Zig Zag. We go to commercial with Reigns down on the floor as Ziggler stands over him.
Back from commercial, Roman forces Ziggler into the corner and hits a series of moves for 2. Dolph fights back and he gets another Zig Zag and that gets a 2 count. Dolph preps for the Superkick, but Roman blocks it and counters with a Superman Punch and that gets a 2 count. Roman preps for the Spear, but Ziggler counters that into a Fameasser for a 2 count. Ziggler taunts Roman while he is on the ground. Roman is backed into a corner. Ziggler goes for a corner splash but Roman pops up with a Spear for the victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
The King’s Court with Sasha Banks is up next. Also later tonight, Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn in first round King of The Ring matches.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s events. Next, we get a pre-recorded promo from Becky Lynch. Lynch says she wants the best, most aggressive version of everyone coming after he title and she wants to fight eveeryone at the peak and at their most interesting, and that’s what Sasha is at the moment. Four months ago, Sasha Banks ran away crying from WWE, her career cold as ice. Last week, she’s hotter than ever. And Becky asks what Sasha did in her four month vacation that made her so hot. Nothing. But she did, and it only took a couple of press events to do so.
Becky says this is a cat and mouse game, and she is going to give Sasha something to run home and cry about. Jerry Lawler says before she talks about Sasha Banks, he talks about the KOTR tournament and mentions past winners such as Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold and Bret Hart. He makes his predictions from the RAW side, and he believes it will come down to Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. Before he makes his prediction on the Smackdown side, The Fiend’s music hits and Lawler tries to escape the ring. The lights go out and we see Lawler at the top of the ramp with Wyatt standing behind him. He takes him out with The Claw.
Ricochet and The Miz vs. Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre
Ricochet and Miz get the advantage with a series of high moves and Ricochet hits a moonsault on the outside before we reach commerical break. Back from commercial, Corbin is working over Miz with a few punches. He tags in Drew and gets an overhead Belly to Belly on Miz for a 2 count. Miz tries to fight back but Drew get s a clothesline and he tags in Corbin. Miz fights back against both Drew and Corbin in the corner, but Corbin gets an open-handed shot and leads Drew into a spinebuster and Jackknife cover for 2.
Miz escapes and tags in Ricochet who gets in a series of kicks on both Corbin and Drew. Enziguri and jumping dropkick gets a 1 count. Top rope clothesline downs Corbin and a standing moonsault gets broken up by Drew. Miz and Ricochet double team Drew but Drew gets a big boot on Miz and flings Ricochet halfway across the ring. Drew preps for the Claymore but Ricochet dodges with a kick and Miz gets a Skull Crushing Finale. Corbin gets a chokeslam on Miz. He goes for a clothesline on Ricochet but he escapes but Corbin counters again with a Deep Six which gets 2.
Corbin goes for a corner slam but he doges. The Miz attacks outside and a Codebreaker from Ricochet gets 3.
Winners: Ricochet and The Miz
Up next, AJ Styles defends the United States Championship against Braun Strowman. Backstage, we Sasha Banks preparing for an interview. Next, we get a Skype interview with Booker T. Booker T addresses the attack on Jerry Lawler, talks about the time he won KOTR in 2006 and predicts that Drew McIntyre will win the tournament.
AJ Styles (C) vs. Braun Strowman – United States Championship
We start with Styles playing mind games and slapping his face. Strowman goes to the corner but Styles dodges. He goes for leg chop but Strowman shakes it off and hits a shoulder block. Styles runs away and Strowman chases him into the ring and gets a few shots before Styles gets caught in a Chokeslam. He escapes, but Braun flips him on his back. Braun takes out Gallows and Anderson.
Styles gets a few kicks and strikes from the outside and prepares for the Phenomenal Forearm before Strowman turns it into a chop. Strowman prepares for the powerslam but Gallows hits a superkick and Styles gets DQ’ed.
Winner by DQ: Braun Strowman
Gallows and Anderson continue the assault and shove him into the corner post. They prepare to hit the Magic Killer before Seth Rollins comes out and takes out The OC. Seth and Braun shake hands, but Braun holds onto his hand for an extra while before sharing a laugh. Rollins and Strowman stand tall.
We see Samoa Joe walking backstage as he prepares to face Cesaro up next.
Back from commercial, we see Strowman walking backstage. Seth comes from behind and says he isn’t stupid and says he saw how he looked at his Universal Championship. He says if it was up to him, he’d be his next challenger. However, he says the two have to deal with Gallows and Anderson first. Seth suggests the two team up and challenge Gallows and Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championships in tonight’s main event. Braun nods his head. Seth says he likes that he’s a man of a few words and runs to try and make it official. Braun stares.