Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw.
The music for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns plays as he makes his way to the ring.
Roman says he feels like he owes everyone an apology. For months he spoke as Roman Reigns and he said a lot of things and that he would be here every week and be a fighting champion. Roman says that is all lies. Roman says the reality is that his name is Joe and he has been living with leukemia for 11 years. Roman says that it is back. Because it is back, he cannot fulfill his role and be a fighting champion. Roman says that he will have to relinquish the Universal Championship.
Roman says he will take every prayer coming his way but he is not looking for sympathy. He has faith. Roman says he was 22 when he was diagnosed and he was able to put it in remission. Roman says he did not have the money at the time and he had a baby on the way. Roman says that WWE gave him a chance. When he finally made it to the main roster, he was put in front of all of you and you have made his dreams come true. Roman says it did not matter if you cheered him or booed him, you reacted to him. That is the most important thing and he thanks everyone.
Roman says you know the deal. Life is not fair and it is not all peaches and cream. Life can throw you a curve ball. He is going to go home and focus on his health and his family. Roman says this is not a retirement speech. After he is done whooping leukemia’s ass, he is coming back home and when he does, it will not be about winning titles and being on top. He will have a purpose. He wants to show the whole world, his family, his friends, his children, and his wife that he will swing for the fences every time. Roman says he will beat this and he will be back. You will see him very soon.
Roman puts the Universal title belt down in the center of the ring.
As Roman goes up the ramp to the stage, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come out and they hug. Then they do the Shield fist pose.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look back at Roman Reigns’ announcement about his health situation.
Michael mentions that reality has entered into this world and he wishes Roman his best. Renee talks about Roman and what he has done with Dean Ambrose. She sends her best wishes to Roman and his family. Corey says that their kids play together and he says that Roman has this.
Before our next match, Lio Rush comes out and he says it is time to listen up. He says the Big Man is the heavyweight that is back to dominate. He brings out Bobby Lashley.
Match Number One: Finn Balor versus Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush)
Lashley with a kick to the midsection followed by a forearm to the back. Lashley with a slam for a near fall. Lashley with a nerve hold. Balor with a drop kick and Lashley rolls to the floor. Balor sets for a dive to the floor but Rush gets close to the apron and it stops Balor. Balor chases Rush around the ring and Lashley lays in wait and clotheslines Balor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lashley still has Balor in a painful nerve hold while Rush’s chants of Lashley brings pain to the ears of the Providence crowd and people watching on TV. Lashley punches Balor and then he poses. Lashley punches Balor and poses again. Balor rolls through on a sunset flip attempt and hits a drop kick. Balor gets his feet up and then he hits a running forearm but Lashley stays on his feet. Balor goes for a take down but Lashley blocks it. Balor is able to take Lashley down and he hits a double stomp. Balor with a running chop into the corner but Lashley sends Balor into the corner. Lashley runs into boots and he comes off the turnbuckles and Lashley catches Balor and hits a Samoan drop for a near fall.
Lashley sets for a delayed vertical suplex but Balor lands on his feet and hits Slingblade. Balor leaps over Lashley when he goes up top and Lashley with a clothesline. Lashley sets for the Dominator but Balor escapes and gets a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
Natalya says the Riott Squad thrives on dividing and conquering but it won’t happen with them. Bayley says Sasha will send a message to Ruby Riott. Sasha says she will show that the Boss is back.
We are back and we take a look at what happened between Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre last week.
Dolph is in the locker room and he thanks Drew for having his back. Drew says he saw the writing on the wall. He knew that Braun was coming for him when he was done with Dolph so it was kill or be killed. Dolph says that they have a tag title match tonight and he has the chance to win the World Cup at Crown Jewel. Drew says that Braun needed them more than they needed him. He is not afraid of Braun. He tells Dolph that he won’t have anything to worry about after tonight.
Drew walks away and Dolph asks where is he going and Drew says he is going monster hunting.
Ruby asks Liv and Sarah about their dreams. Liv says she dreams of a world of pain and suffering. Sarah says she dreams of tormenting her prey. Ruby says they will turn your dreams into a living nightmare.
Match Number Two: Ruby Riott (with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) versus Sasha Banks (with Natalya and Bayley)
Ruby misses a clothesline as Liv and Sarah try to distract Sasha. They lock up and Ruby with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Sasha with a wrist lock and she stomps on the foot and applies a side head lock. Sasha with a shoulder tackle and drop toe hold. Sasha with a double knee drop and she gets a near fall. Ruby with a punch and forearm. Ruby sends Sasha face first into the mat. Ruby gets a near fall. Ruby sends Sasha’s face into the mat but Sasha with punches. Ruby with a knee to the head and she chokes Sasha in the ropes.
Sasha with a chop and then she goes to the ropes for momentum on an arm drag. Ruby with a kick and Sasha sends Ruby to the floor and hits a knee. Liv and Sarah pull Ruby aside on a baseball slide attempt and all six women stand off. Ruby kicks Sasha off the turnbuckles to the floor as we go to commercial.