Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw.
We are in San Jose, California and your announcers are Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Corey Graves.
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring and he has a steel chair with him.
We see what happened between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at Super Showdown.
Seth says he feels alive tonight because we have entered a new era for the Universal Title. This is the year of choice and the locker room has three choices when it comes to the title. If they want to take it, they can try to outwrestle him, but that is not happening. They can come out to fight him for it. They can try it the hard way. Just ask Brock Lesnar how that works out. Brock has been in WWE since 2002 and no one has ever done to Brock what he did to Brock on Friday night. Seth says it felt pretty damn good laying this chair into Brock over and over and over and over, leaving him in a heap.
Baron Corbin makes his way to the stage and he says that Seth is still talking about Brock Lesnar. Baron says he walked around San Jose and he says that he is the best thing going on. He tells Seth to worry about him and then Baron can worry about Brock after he wins the title at Stomping Grounds.
Seth asks Baron how did things work out at Super Showdown.
Baron says Seth did not win, that incompetent referee cost him the match and you escaped with the title around your waist. Baron says he learned a few things as Acting General Manager. Baron says he has been in meetings with WWE executives and that official will be severely punished. Baron says he gets his rematch at Stomping Grounds. There will be a special guest referee and Baron says he gets to hand pick that official.
Seth says it does not matter who you choose because he will still be Universal Champion. Seth asks who would be Baron’s special guest referee because he doesn’t have any friends.
Sami Zayn makes his way to the stage and he says he is on Team Corbin on this one. Sami says he has known Seth for a long time and he cares about Seth as a person. He has watched Seth’s behavior over the last few months and being Universal Champion is not good for you. You are caught up in this repetitive cycle with Brock Lesnar. It is this toxic masculinity and you are both trying to protect your egos. Sami says it would be better for Seth if Baron Corbin was Universal Champion. It would be better for Raw and everyone if Baron Corbin was champion.
Seth asks Sami why is he out here unless there is something for him.
Sami says Corbin understands how this toxic cesspool works. If someone helps Corbin out, then Corbin will help that person.
Seth says the truth has come through. You found the one idiot who has your back. Seth asks who will have Sami’s back when he comes up to kick his ass.
Kevin Owens makes his way to the stage. He says he has Sami’s back. Kevin says he also agrees with Sami that Baron Corbin would be a better Universal Champion than Seth. Kevin says he does not appreciate the way that Seth is talking to Sami.
Seth tells Kevin if he does not like what he is saying to Sami, do something about it.
Kevin says since he is a wild card, he will come to the ring and do something about it.
Seth suggests we have him versus Kevin Owens in the main event.
Seth leaves the ring and walks up the ramp and stops in front of Kevin, Sami, and Baron. They let him walk past with no physicality.
Lars Sullivan is jumping around in the Gorilla Position before he goes to the ring for his match.
Match Number One: Lars Sullivan versus Kalisto, Lince Dorado, and Gran Metalik in an Elimination Match
Lars clotheslines Metalik before the bell rings. Kalisto with a missile drop kick and Lars does not move. Lars catches Kalisto off the turnbuckles and hits Freak Accident to pin Kalisto.
Lars catches Dorado off a springboard move and hits a sit out power bomb to pin Dorado.
Lince Dorado Eliminated
Metalik with kicks but Lars avoids a handspring back flip. Lars catches Metalik on a second attempt and he throws Metalik to the mat but he pulls Metalik up before the three count. Lars goes to the floor and he picks up Kalisto and press slams Kalisto onto Penelope on the ring steps. Lars picks up Metalik for Freak Accident but he picks up Metalik before the three count. Lars picks up Dorado and press slams Dorado into the ring post. Lars goes up top and hits the diving head butt for the three count.
Winner: Lars Sullivan
We see R Truth and Carmella in the back and they are chased by the 24/7 Title Contender Pursuit Group and they corner Truth by the elevators but there is no referee. Truth and Carmella get into the elevator before the referee can get there. They are in the elevator with Drake Maverick, EC3, Heath Slater, and Cedric Alexander. Slater starts to freak out when the elevator stops.
We see Lacey Evans getting ready for her interview in the locker room.
We also see Seth Rollins talking to Becky Lynch as we go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole reminds us that Lacey Evans faces Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship at Stomping Grounds.
Michael welcomes Lacey and Becky in split screen while Lacey enjoys some tea.
Lacey interrupts Cole and says where she comes from it is Ladies first. Becky says for someone who talks so much but says so little, you forget the fact that you tapped out. Becky says Lacey should have won because she is bigger than her. Becky won’t let someone like Lacey beat her. Lacey says she has done what she needs to get where she is and she won’t stop until she gets the title.
Becky says that she does not appreciate Lacey costing her the Smackdown title.
Lacey applauds Becky’s speech and she does not believe the Man bravado. it is all a mask. It is not your obsession with the title, it is fear of losing it all and sinking back into obscurity. Lacey says she can smell the fear on Becky. That fear will come true when Becky loses her title.