We’re fresh off the incredibly disappointing Backlash pay per view, where fans left in droves during the main event. What will WWE pull out of the bag this week to try steady the ship? Let’s jump straight into Raw to find out…
We kick off the show with Kurt Angle coming out to the ring. He announces it’s Money in the Bank season, and that we will have qualifying matches for them starting tonight. He worded in such a way that it sounded like there’s a men’s and women’s match on both show, so are we getting 4 MITB matches?
The first qualifying match for the men’s match is between Braun Strowman & Kevin Owens. It was a fairly competitive match and Owens looked great in it, but Braun smashed and Braun kill, so Braun is in Money in the Bank. He also done the Super Mario Star run thrice…. Poor Kevin!
“THE BIG DOG” Roman Reigns faced off against Finn Balor & Sami Zayn in the main event for a spot in Money in the Bank. Most of the early stages was Roman overpowering the 2 boys, until they team up against him, to huge cheers from the crowd. They fight up by the tech area in the crowd, and Sami Helluva Kicks Roman over a barrier. Balor climbs the barrier and hits a Coup de Grace to The Big Dog. Finn & Sami then had a terrific 5 minutes of action until Roman woke up and comes flying back in to shit on their party.
Roman goes for a Spear on Balor, but it’s countered into a SlingBlade. Balor misses a Coup De Grace and Roman hits a Superman Punch. Jinder Mahal interferes and trips Roman, distracting him long enough for Sami to hit a Helluva Kick. Balor then hits a dropkick on Zayn, followed by a Coup de Grace, and Finn qualifies for the match… wow!
We kicked off the qualifying for the Women’s match by travelling to a different time zone apparently. This whole match ran on Boss Time, and Ruby was hoping to Riott before the Moon Eclipsed.
The match was really good, with Ruby controlling the majority of it, but everyone getting their usual spots in. Ember’s high flying offense is getting her over with the crowd nicely, and she’s looking like a star already. She hit a ridiculous suicide dive yet again (I’m calling it the best in the business right now, it’s that good). Sasha & Ruby start going back and forth. Riott Squad break up a near fall and attack Sasha. Bayley comes out to make the save.
Sasha tries to go for the Banks Statement on Ruby, but as Ruby is blocking it Ember comes off the top with the Eclipse “outta nowhere” for the win. Backstage afterwards Ember says she’s “over the moon” with her victory.
I want Ember to win the briefcase, then come out on Raw the next night and say she’s challenging the Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania next year. It’s something that has never been done and I’ve wanted to happen with the men’s MITB for years.
Seth Rollins decided to come out and cut a promo about his successful title defense against the Miz. He says Miz pushed him to his limit, but he Stomped out his dreams. He’s proud to be our IC champ, and he wants to be a fighting champion. His genius idea is to issue an open challenge, and the first to accept this challenge is Mojo Rawley.
The match went far longer than it should have, since it’s a Mojo match and should automatically never happen at all. Rollins gets the win to keep the title. It’s also during this match that I realised that I have played the same amount of competitive snaps in the NFL as Mojo, and that made me feel better about myself.
My favourite person to hate had a ridiculously bad sitdown interview segment with Renee Young. He talked a load of shit about his relationship with his sisters, and says he’s blessed. Apparently the WWE Universe are now his extended family… Does this mean I can officially disown him?
Seriously failing to see the point of this. Are they trying to paint him as a good man, to whom family is everything? If so, could they not use Mike Kanellis for that? That guy has essentially turned his whole life around and kicked his problems with addiction for the sake of himself, his wife and his newborn daughter. That’s a true life story, and a man who is a much more talented in-ring competitor
Braun Strowman def Kevin Owens (MITB Qualifier)
Baron Corbin & Revival def Titus Worldwide & No Way Jose
Ember Moon def Ruby Riott & Sasha Banks (MITB Qualifier)
Jinder Mahal def Chad Gable
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre def Slater & Rhyno
Bobby Roode def Elias
Seth Rollins def Mojo Rawley
Deleters of Worlds def Miztourage
Finn Balor def Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn (MITB Qualifier)
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