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WWE Monday Night Raw recap: Extreme roles to play

It looks like Stomping Grounds was solely yesterday, but here we’re with yet one more go-home version of Monday Night Raw forward of Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view.

One other week, one other WWE pay-per-view ahead, one other episode of Monday Night Raw to get by way of first. What is going to the purple brand have in store for us after the Paul Heyman-tinged version last week that featured explosions, non-PG content and Maria Kanellis saying her pregnancy?

So much much less excitement, for one. All of it felt like everybody had roles to play this week and have been merely following the plot points.

Let’s get on with the go-home Raw for July 8.

Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins vs. Zelina Vega and Andrade

Getting proper to the motion, this week’s present opens with the promised combined tag elimination match, with Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins dealing with Zelina Vega and Andrade.

Lynch and Vega — who is making her Raw in-ring debut — begin issues out. A tag to Andrade brings Rollins in, regardless of Lynch’s want to combine it up with him (keep in mind, she tapped out Mike Kanellis with the Dis-Arm-Her final Monday). No Tessa Blanchard-Sami Callihan motion here; WWE isn’t within the intergender enterprise right now.

Andrade and Rollins placed on a quick-paced display of back-and-forth, with each males well-matched of their experience, types and expertise levels.

Rollins hits Andrade with a pair of dives, allowing Lynch and Vega to get again into things within the ring. Lynch shortly locks in the Dis-Arm-Her and Vega faucets out. This makes it a one-on-one match between Rollins and Andrade (mixed-tag elimination guidelines are a bit bizarre).

Meanwhile, Lacey Evans, Lynch’s largest rival, appeared at ringside and the 2 brawl earlier than Rollins separates them. It’s then time for a business break to reset the match.

Once we return, Vega and Lynch remain at ringside but Evans has been dispatched. The quality work between Rollins and Andrade that we saw earlier within the match resumes. Andrade hits a powerful double-stomp and makes an attempt Three Amigos, but Rollins countered with a (lovely) Falcon Arrow.

Things devolve into chaos as Lynch and Vega struggle on the surface of the ring, Andrade by accident hanging Lynch and Rollins’ emotional distraction provides Andrade an higher hand. Every little thing ultimately comes to an in depth with Rollins hitting Andrade with the Stomp; Lynch and Rollins are the winners, avoiding any confusion that may have resulted if Andrade had pinned Rollins. Would the match have been a draw?

Evans and Baron Corbin attack Rollins and Lynch after the match, forward of the 4 colliding in a winner-take-all excessive rules match at … Extreme Rules. Backstage, Evans and Corbin talk about their being the corporate’s new “power couple,” and that business relationships are preferable to personal relationships.

Let’s verify in with Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman strolls to the ring while Rollins and Lynch are nonetheless recovering — don’t overlook that Heyman’s charge, Brock Lesnar, holds the Money in the Bank contract and certain has his sights set on Rollins’ Common Championship.

After the break, Heyman will get down to enterprise: He reminds us who he is (advocate) and what Lesnar is (Cash in the Bank contract holder). He then talks about Extreme Guidelines, his information of all issues “extreme,” notably excessive issues in Philadelphia. Heyman declares that Lesnar is certainly going to money in on Sunday, towards either Rollins or WWE Champion Kofi Kingston.

That is both a spoiler, or a thoughts recreation that Heyman (and Lesnar) are enjoying with Rollins and Kingston. This served as a useful phase to remind us of Lesnar’s MITB standing, helped put over Sunday’s pay-per-view and, in fact, gave us a while with the perfect talker within the recreation.

Dislocated pelvis?

They announce that Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley will face off in a final man standing match at Extreme Guidelines. So much for Strowman allegedly suffering a dislocated pelvis and lacerated and/or ruptured spleen in last week’s LED ‘Tron explosion. Shrug.

The Miz and The Usos vs. Elias and The Revival

The two-out-of-three falls revolution continues, this time in a six-man selection that options The Miz and The Usos dealing with Elias and the Raw Tag Workforce Champions, The Revival. Elias and The Revival took the primary fall thanks to a Shatter Machine.

In the course of the break, Elias, following being attacked by The Miz, walked out on The Revival, leaving the Raw tag champs in a two-against-three state of affairs. The Usos dominate The Revival — or moderately, Jey Uso does, as Jimmy and Miz are each incapacitated on the surface of the ring. Ultimately, The Miz will get back on the apron and Jey makes the tag. He hits a Cranium Crushing Finale on Scott Dawson virtually instantly, and the two groups are tied with one fall apiece.

There’s no break before the third fall, and The Usos hit Dawson with a stereo superkick and an Uso Splash and the match is over, The Usos and The Miz the winners.

Drake Maverick’s honeymoon tour of Raw continues

Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle are backstage at Raw as a result of he can’t absolutely take pleasure in his honeymoon — or his 24/7 Championship — outdoors of the confines of a WWE tv manufacturing. Renee is being patient with Maverick. We’ll see where this leads.

Rey Mysterio Open Challenge

Rey Mysterio has been out of motion with a shoulder damage for six weeks, an damage that pressured him to relinquish the WWE United States Championship (to Samoa Joe). He’s again this week and has issued an Open Problem.

Mysterio says how onerous it was to give up stated belt, however it motivated him to rehab more durable and he’s back ahead of the docs had informed him. He’s prepared — and thus, the aforementioned open challenge. Out comes Bobby Lashley, he of the “bodied into two dozen explosions” every week in the past.

Tonight, it was Mysterio who was bodied, with Lashley defeating him shortly and convincingly. The point? Apparently so the announcers can put Lashley over as “superhuman” ahead of his matchup with Braun Strowman.

Lashley tries to throw Mysterio by way of the LED board — he’s transfixed by it. Referees stand in his approach, so he throws Mysterio into the referees. Lashley, per Lashley, “will be the last man standing,” in his last man standing match with Strowman.

In the meantime, AJ Types “doesn’t owe anyone an explanation,” the large giveaway that a heel flip is, certainly, a heel flip.

No Means Jose vs. Cesaro

Last week, No Method Jose and Cesaro have been set to meet one-on-one, however the match was interrupted by 24/7 Championship shenanigans. When the dust cleared, Cesaro simply beat up Jose and left, with out the match officially beginning. Jose would really like to see if an precise match with Cesaro might have a greater consequence.

Jose will get some pre-bell beating in on Cesaro to mirror last week’s Cesaro assault. As soon as the match begins, Cesaro principally dominates and comes out the victor in relatively fast trend by way of Sharpshooter.

Mid-show plot factors

Backstage, The Road Income have returned to Raw. They put over the Extreme Rules match pairing Roman Reigns and The Undertaker towards Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre and remind us that McMahon shall be choosing Reigns’ companion in his match tonight.

Mike Kanellis can also be backstage together with his spouse Maria and apologizes for every little thing that occurred the week earlier than. He brings her flowers and she or he requests ice cream and pickles. You realize, because she’s pregnant.

In a split-screen interview, Bayley again tries to warn Nikki Cross that Alexa Bliss is utilizing her. Cross and Bayley might be in a beat-the-clock problem (Bayley vs. Sarah Logan, Cross vs. Dana Brooke), the winner choosing the stipulation of Bliss’ match for Bayley’s SmackDown Ladies’s Championship at Extreme Rules.

In additional backstage developments, R-Fact and Carmella are looking for 24/7 Champion Drake Maverick. Ultimately, Maverick and the crew of pursuers run by Fact and Carmella, who then take off in the different path.

The Viking Raiders vs. Native Talent

Those items of backstage business out of the best way, it’s time to get back to the ring. The subsequent match features The Viking Raiders dealing with native expertise in a squash match. Clearly, The Vikings Raiders win with The Viking Experience. Additionally: Did we get yet one more identify change with these two. The whole world heard Michael Cole refer to “Ivar” as “Arvar.”

Maverick and company and R-Fact and Carmella do some operating across the ring post-match.

Ricochet vs. Luke Gallows

Ricochet has discovered himself in a feud not just with AJ Types but in addition The Club after the latter satisfied the former to flip heel and re-align together. America Champion faces one of many Good Brothers, Luke Gallows, this week.

Ricochet isn’t silly — he is aware of that Karl Anderson and Types will someway intrude in his match with Gallows. He’s ready for them, but nonetheless, a three-on-one disadvantage is a three-on-one disadvantage. Certainly, Types and Anderson accompany Gallows to the ring.

Surprisingly, Anderson and Types don’t intrude and Ricochet comes away with the win. But Types is displeased; he refers back to Ricochet’s comments that he might tackle all three of them and challenges him to a match with Anderson.

Ricochet vs. Karl Anderson

Types does intrude this time, causing a distraction that provides Anderson the higher hand (by way of uppercut). Ricochet then focuses on taking out Types and Gallows so he can get some actual one-on-one time with Anderson. This works, Ricochet hits the 630 and wins.

Types beats down Ricochet for his troubles. The Club additionally hit a Magic Killer on Ricochet for good measure. Ricochet then defies Types’ demand to “stay down,” and thus eats a Phenomenal Forearm. Types and Ricochet will meet on Sunday with Ricochet’s United States Championship on the road.

EVOLVE 131 on Saturday

Raw spent quite a lot of segments to hype up EVOLVE’s 10th Anniversary Celebration/EVOLVE 131, which can air on the WWE Community on Saturday. It’s value mentioning right here because it’s value watching — EVOLVE is a vital pipeline for WWE talent and one of the prime unbiased promotions within the nation. When you’ve got a Network subscription, this one is value watching and comes extremely advisable.

Meanwhile:

Additionally, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre have apparently found a tag associate for Roman Reigns, Gary, an area janitor. He will wear a masks and in addition be paid $5,000 for agreeing to the job. No means this doesn’t backfire on McMahon and McIntyre.

Beat the Clock: Bayley vs. Sarah Logan, Nikki Cross vs. Dana Brooke

Up first in the Beat the Clock Challenge is Bayley vs. Sarah Logan in the pace-setting match. Logan provides Bayley a substantial quantity of hassle, in the sense that it’s a ladies’s match on Raw, Bayley is the SmackDown Champion and it goes longer than two minutes.

In truth, at four:32 seconds, when Bayley gets the pin, it may need been the longest match of the night time to date. Now, Nikki Cross has to beat Dana Brooke in beneath four:32 so as to decide the stipulation of Alexa Bliss’ match towards Bayley; failing to achieve this (or dropping) means Bayley picks the stip.

Brooke immediately rolls out of the ring, a sensible strategy and one she’s using as a result of she’s allied herself with Bayley. Ultimately, although, Cross beats the clock with 1:50 left, by way of neckbreaker.

After defending her friendship Bliss, Cross makes her selection of stipulation: a two-on-one handicap match, with Bliss and Cross versus Bayley. Might Cross and Bliss turn out to be … co-SmackDown Ladies’s Champion(s)? Cross also instructs Bayley to perhaps find a pal of her personal; might Sasha Banks finally make her method again to WWE on Sunday?

Personal relationships update

The weird psychosexual drama between Mike and Maria Kanellis continued, with Maria stating that she’s unsure if Mike is absolutely the daddy of their youngster. Ooookay.

Corey Graves carried out a backstage interview with Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch and focuses on whether their personal relationship might be a problem at Extreme Guidelines. Lynch does all the talking and Rollins defers to her feedback. So, extra and additional psychosexual drama.

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns and ???

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre do a great deal of talking earlier than introducing Roman Reigns to his hand-picked associate for him tonight, Gary (the GOAT), the janitor with a limp we have been launched to earlier in the night time.

Reigns begins out towards McIntyre and when McIntyre dispatches him with a head butt, he drags Gary into the ring. He begs off until McMahon drags him back into the ring. Gary puts collectively some professional-looking offense and it’s clear that whoever is underneath the mask is not any area janitor.

A Claymore from McIntyre stopped the flurry from Gary and McMahon gets the pin. Submit-match, Reigns clears the heels out with a Superman Punch. “Gary”s mask comes off and it’s Cedric Alexander and never a random janitor.

What precisely this completed forward of Reigns and The Undertaker dealing with McMahon and McIntyre at Extreme Guidelines is anybody’s guess. However perhaps it can sign something good forward for the underutilized Alexander, who has most incessantly been lately seen chasing after the 24/7 Championship and tweeting about how much he misses 205 Stay.

Clearly, this week’s Raw was not as thrilling or unpredictable as what we saw every week in the past. It principally established the Extreme Rules match card and didn’t introduce something notably new. Maybe as soon as we get on the street to SummerSlam enterprise will decide up and keep that means. For now, Cedric Alexander finally main-evented Raw, in order that’s something.

Subsequent: Exclusive: Thomas Santell goes Past ‘Promise’

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