WWE RAW is live tonight from the TD Garden in Boston. Here's the latest from WWE to get you ready for the show:
Advertised storylines for the show include fallout from the Braun Strowman-Kevin Owens porta potty assault last week, more in the Roman Reigns-Bobby Lashley feud which seems to be going nowhere, Dr. Shelby with The Boss in Bayley in the No Friend Zone and Constable Baron Corbin teaming up with Elias against Finn Balor and Bobby Roode.
RAW Opening Segment
The show immediately kicks off with a video showcasing Roman Reigns talking about how he’s the uncrowned WWE Universal Champion. Reigns says people may have lost faith in him, but he never has. Bobby Lashley begs to differ. They will fight at Extreme Rules to determine who is the best.
Roman Reigns is seen walking backstage looking focused. Bobby Lashley walks into the frame to block him. Lashley asks where he’s going. Reigns says he’s going out to his ring, so Lashley better get out of his way. Lashley suggests he call him out because he won’t be coming to talk. Lashley says he’ll tear Reigns apart. Lashley then smiles and lets Reigns pass by.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance before a hostile Boston crowd. Reigns takes his time before getting in the ring. Reigns paces around and listens to the reaction. Reigns looks focused and intense. Reigns says after this week there’s a whole lot that he can come out here and talk about, but he’s literally never had anyone stare him in the face and ask to be called out by him. Reigns says he’s curious what “Bob” can do. Reigns then calls out Bobby Lashley.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance looking none too pleased about being called out. Lashley slowly climbs the ring steps and stares at Reigns from the apron. Reigns stares a hole through him. Lashley gets in the ring, and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the stage with Constable Corbin. Angle says it’s not going to happen tonight and suggests they save it for Sunday. Reigns and Lashley then start trading punches. The RAW locker room runs out to separate them. They eventually pull away from them and trade blows before being pulled apart again. Lashley breaks out a second time and splashes Reigns in the corner before punching him down. Lashley then kicks Reigns out of the ring. Lashley goes outside and breaks free from the pack to punch Reigns again. Finally he’s pulled to the ramp. Lashley once again breaks free and floors Reigns with a strike. Lashley stands over Reigns and continues to beat on him. Lashley gets Reigns in the ring, but he’s pulled back by the entire roster. Reigns then gets to his feet and gets a head of steam before wiping out the entire RAW roster and Lashley with a diving plancha! Reigns then backs up the ramp as his music plays.
All of a sudden, Reigns sidesteps the superstars that were talking to him and runs down the ramp to attack Lashley once again. Reigns finally goes up the ramp and walks off. Lashley angrily paces at ringside.
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are backstage watching the brawl on the monitor. Bliss says that was intense, but that is nothing compared to the pain and destruction they’re about to bring on Natalya and Nia Jax. This match is next. We go to commercial.
RAW Women's Champ Alexa Bliss & Mickie James vs. Natalya & Nia Jax
Jax and James to start, Nia hoists her up, tag made, lariat / spinebuster combo into an attempt at the Sharpshooter but Mickie slips out and tags Alexa in! Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter again, Bliss slips out to the floor, baseball slide and she attacks on the floor before heading back inside. Alexa rolls out the next side and we go to break.
Back from commercial, James is in control on Neidhart, slamming her face into the mat and following it up with a knee to the ribs before smashing her into the turnbuckle and putting boots to her. Tag to Bliss, whip-assisted slap to the face, choke in the corner, snapmare into a reverse chinlock and Alexa falls back to add pressure. Mounted punches, covers, Nattie refuses to stay down!
Dragging her over, tag to Mickie, putting boots to Natalya, another whip gets a back elbow, pass James to the corner, reaching, crawling, tag made to Nia! Freight train, clear the apron, shoulder thrusts in the corner and a huge biel! Stinger splash, whip, Mickie with a few kicks but Jax knocks her down with a headbutt and is fired up!
Fireman’s carry into a military press drop! Off the ropes and Jax hits a running leg drop on James for the victory.
Winners: Natalya & Nia Jax
Alexa immediate hits the ring with a kendo stick and beats Nia down with it! Jax catches it and goes to whack Bliss but she gets the hell out of Dodge so Nia snaps the stick over her knee!
Commentary promises a look at Kevin Owens after his porta-potty incident last week and we go to break.
Nia is shown walking backstage when she runs into an interview. She says that’s a reminder that Alexa will try anything to wear her down, but it won’t work, and she’s gonna snap her in half at Extreme Rules. Trust her, she won’t forget everything Bliss has done, the stories and the lies, and she’s gonna pay her back inch by crushing inch and take her title back.
Backstage With Kevin Owens
The Kevin Owens video package recapping last week’s toilet incident follows.
Kevin rolls up on Angle to tell him he’s not filing a complaint for unsafe working environment or anything, he’s gonna be the bigger man, and he hands a slip of paper over. It’s a doctor’s note saying he’s not medically cleared to compete, but he’s still here, and he’s gonna hang out the one place he knows he’s safe, Kurt’s office.
Mojo Rawley makes his entrance, he’ll be in action after the break.
Mojo Rawley vs. No Way Jose
The bell rings, and Rawley powers Jose into the ropes. Jose punches back at him, but Rawley no sells it. Rawley charges, but Jose contains him with a front facelock. Rawley counters out with a flapjack. Rawley sends him into the ropes and floors him with a shoulder tackle for a two count. Rawley covers again for a one count. Rawley forearms away at him. Jose manages to elbow him back, but Rawley quickly answers with a shoulder thrust. Rawley connects with a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Rawley applies a chin lock before slamming his head off the mat. Rawley then goes to a head and arm lock. Jose gets out and sends Rawley out of the ring. Rawley jumps up onto the apron and jumps over the top rope. Rawley quickly attacks him and takes him down for a two count. Rawley goes back to the head and arm choke. Jose gets up and elbows him before kneeing him in the face. Jose forearms and knees away at him before connecting with a clothesline for a two count. Jose goes for the ten punches in the corner, but Rawley counters with an Alabama Slam for the win.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
The Boss & Bayley Get A New Therapist
Bayley and Sasha Banks are in therapy with a new therapist. Bayley says she’s tired of being taken advantage of. Banks only cares about herself. Banks never looks at her.
Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh Give Seth Rollins Advice
Seth Rollins is walking backstage when Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh stop him. Mahal says life is beautiful. Instead of burning it down, one must embrace it. You can find inner peace if you chant his mantra. Rollins says that’s really deep, but maybe when he’s burning it down he’s actually burning pieces of his soul. Rollins sarcastically asks for help. Mahal closes his eyes and does his mantra. Rollins just walks off.
Seth Rollins will take on Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a 30-Minute Ironman Match at Extreme Rules. Rollins will be out next.
Seth Rollins Talks Ironman Match With Dolph Ziggler
Seth Rollins makes his way to a huge reception from the Boston crowd. Rollins gets in the ring and acknowledges the cheers. Rollins says Boston always knows how to party. Over the years, they’ve given him some sweet nicknames. Mr. Money in the Bank, which he won in Boston. The Kingslayer. The Architect. The Man. Monday Night Rollins. Right now, the only thing that matters is former Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. The good news is he has the opportunity to change that. In one week at Extreme Rules, he goes one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler for 30-minutes. The man who scores the most victories in that time frame becomes the ironman and leaves Extreme Rules as the Intercontinental Champion. Ziggler is no joke. He’s fast, he’s a veteran, and he’s savvy. Rollins likes testing himself against the best, but the problem is he’ll bring Drew McIntyre. However he’s still Seth “Freakin'” Rollins.
Dolph Ziggler’s music hits, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring with Drew McIntyre by his side. Ziggler sarcastically thanks Rollins for the compliments. Ziggler isn’t just bringing his quickness, agility, good looks, and the psychopathic Drew McIntyre with him. He’s also bringing the Intercontinental Championship. Don’t think for one second he won’t be walking out with this championship. McIntyre says it won’t be so bad because he’ll still have his nicknames and a painful look at the future of this place. Ziggler says Rollins is the man and one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring… but he’s no Dolph Ziggler. When it comes to the Ironman Match at Extreme Rules, he might win 5-0, 10-0… Rollins says he’s been bleaching his hair too long because the peroxide has gotten to his brain. Ziggler tries to rebut him, but he stumbles over his words. Everything Rollins poured into the title made it all the sweeter to pry it from his hands. You don’t win an Ironman match with whatever Rollins does in a Crossfit gym. You win an Ironman match by collecting victory after victory. Ziggler isn’t one to brag, but at Kent State University he earned so many victories he left as the winningest wrestler in history with 121 wins.
Rollins sarcastically asks if McIntyre helped him with all those wins. McIntyre says he’s going only up. Rollins says McIntyre goes wherever Ziggler tells him. Rollins says he doesn’t understand why McIntyre gets ordered around by the little Ziggler. Rollins says Ziggler must know his secrets. Rollins says he hopes there are no photographs because it gets lonely in Scotland and there are only so many sheep. McIntyre is furious. Ziggler says Rollins has jokes, but they have the title and will defeat him. McIntyre says he has a challenge: fight him tonight. Rollins accepts, but warns him that he’s a “BAAd man.” McIntyre charges, but Rollins gets out of the ring and smiles at him.
Later tonight, we’ll see Finn Balor and Bobby Roode take on Elias and Constable Corbin.
The B-Team is dressed like The Deleters of Worlds. Curtis Axel thinks Bo Dallas is really Bray Wyatt. Coming up next, Matt Hardy takes on Bo Dallas.
The B-Team Mimics The RAW Tag Team Champs
The B-Team cuts a promo in character as Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Dallas nails his real life brother perfectly. The Deleters of Worlds appear on the screen and say the time for fun and games is over. Bray Wyatt says laughter is contagious, but so is fear. These two have been infected. They have the cure. At Extreme Rules, they will eat and delete them. Wyatt asks, “Why wait for Sunday when… we’re here?”
The lights go out, and when they come back on, The Deleters of Worlds are standing behind them in the ring. They quickly get out looking nervous.
Bo Dallas with Curtis Axel vs. RAW Tag Champ "Woken" Matt Hardy with Bray Wyatt
Bo Dallas gets in the ring, but Hardy quickly tackles him to the corner and shoulders away at him. Hardy bounces him off the turnbuckles a number of times. The Revival are seen watching backstage. Hardy wrenches the arm and applies a hammerlock. Dallas gets out, but Hardy quickly knocks him out of the ring. Hardy then gives Dallas a suplex on the floor. And a commercial break.
We come back from the break to see Hardy beating down Dallas. They botch a snapmare and Hardy keeps a neck vice applied. They show a promo for Asuka vs. Carmella at Extreme Rules. Back to live action, Dallas fights up, but Hardy stops him. Hardy whips him under the bottom rope. Dallas’ head bounced off the bottom rope before he falls out of the ring. Hardy goes outside chomping his teeth. Hardy then viciously clotheslines Dallas at ringside. Hardy then gets him to his feet and turns him inside out with a hard whip into the barricade. Dallas soon boots him back, but Hardy comes back with a Side Effect attempt on the steel steps. They get in the ring, and Hardy hits the Side Effect. Hardy hits a second Side Effect and signals for the end. Hardy goes for a suplex out of the ring to the floor, but Dallas fights it. Curtis Axel distracts him, so Bray Wyatt takes him out. Dallas then hits a twisting neckbreaker off the top rope for the win.
Winner: Bo Dallas
The B-Team celebrates wildly until the lights go out. The Deleters of Worlds are then shown at ringside. They attack The B-Team. Wyatt lays out Axel with a one-armed slam while Hardy hits Dallas with a Twist of Fate.
Bobby Lashley Interview
Bobby Lashley is interviewed by Renee Young. Bobby Lashley says he respects everyone he gets in the ring with, but he has no respect for Roman Reigns. Lashley doesn’t like the way he walks or talks, but he does like that he wants to fight. Lashley says after Extreme Rules, Reigns won’t be walking. Believe that.
Tyler Breeze gives his t-shirts to Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan, but they tear them up. Liv Morgan will face Ember Moon, next.
Bayley and Sasha Banks are shown talking in therapy. The commentators reiterated that their jobs are on the line if they can’t get along…
Alexa Bliss is shown on a handheld video promo. She enjoyed the sound of the kendo stick hitting Nia Jax. After Sunday, she’ll be the Extreme RAW Women’s Champion.
Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan with Sarah Logan
They start off trading waistlocks before Moon takes her down. Morgan takes a moment to talk strategy with Logan in the corner. Moon pulls Morgan into the ring, but Morgan quickly gets away. Moon goes for a plancha, but lands on her feet when Morgan and Logan move. We go to commercial.
Back from the break, we see Morgan bulldog Moon down on her face for a two count. Morgan applies a straightjacket stretch and holds it on for a bit. Moon fights up with Morgan on her back, and Moon falls back onto her. Moon sidesteps a big boot, but Morgan does a matrix-like bend under a clothesline to slam Moon down. Moon quickly comes back with a head-scissor into the turnbuckle. Moon hits a snapmare and sweeps the feet before kneeing her. Moon hits a fallaway slam, and Moon kips up. Moon then punches Logan off the apron. Morgan rolls Moon up, but Moon gets out and gets a jackknife cover for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon
Finn Balor Interview
Finn Balor is interviewed by Renee Young. She asks about Constable Corbin questioning his size and confidence. Bobby Roode immediately interrupts and says he and his tag partner tonight are unstoppable in the ring. Constable Corbin can say what he wants, but no one is better than Balor in the ring. When it’s all said and done, they’ll be… victorious… and absolutely GLORIOUS. Balor says it’s funny that Constable Corbin criticizes him. Balor is twice as good as him. They’ll do their talking in the ring.
Finn Balor and Bobby Roode take on Constable Corbin and Elias, next.
Kevin Owens Backstage
Kevin Owens is spraying cologne in Kurt Angle’s office. Owens says it smells in the office. Angle says it must be left over from the toilet incident last week. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre walk in. Angle says if McIntyre loses to Seth Rollins tonight, he’s banned from ringside at Extreme Rules. Ziggler is not happy. Owens says this is Angle playing favorites. McIntyre agrees to the stipulation, and they walk off.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Elias…”
Elias is seated on a stool in the center of the ring. Elias greets the crowd, plays a riff, and tells them it’s been two weeks since he’s performed. That can feel like a lifetime, but there’s a reason. Elias has been in a studio recording his debut album. This gets a nice reception. Elias says it is real and happening because of one universal truth that WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Elias sings about Bobby Roode and Finn Balor having the personality of a toilet seat. Elias says he can’t stand Boston and wants to punch the face of everyone with a Boston accent. A loud “You suck” chant fires up. Elias says he’s beginning to sense that they don’t appreciate him for all that he is. Elias says his friend Tom Brady warned him about this. Brady told him to pretend to like them. Elias cannot do it anymore. Fortunately someone appreciates him for all he is. Kurt Angle can learn a few things from this man: Constable Baron Corbin.
Constable Baron Corbin makes his entrance and asks for a tune. Corbin wants to play a lullaby for Finn Balor. Corbin trips over the word “lullaby.” Corbin “sings” a derogatory song about the “Itsy Bitsy Balor.” Terrible.
Elias & Constable Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor & Bobby Roode
We go to the ring and JoJo introduces Elias. He plays the guitar some and announces he's been in the studio working on his debut album as of late. Elias says it's real and it's happening because of one universal truth - WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He gets the crowd to say it a few times. Elias starts singing about his opponents now and takes shots at Boston. The crowd goes from cheering to booing him. The crowd chants "you suck" now. Elias goes on and mentions Tom Brady being his friend. Constable Baron Corbin is out next. Corbin asks Elias if he can try a song out. Corbin suggests they perform a little lullaby for Finn Balor. Corbin asks Elias if he knows "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and he does. Elias has the lights brought down. They start performing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" but Corbin changes the words to take shots at Balor. The music interrupts as Balor comes out first for his team. Bobby Roode is out next.
Back from a commercial and the match is underway as Roode is going at it with Elias. Roode catches Elias in an inverted atomic drop and more offense for a pin attempt. Roode with more offense and a counter. Elias avoids the Glorious DDT and ends up dropping Roode face-first. Corbin tags in and keeps Roode down. The screen splits to a promo for Reigns vs. Lashley at Extreme Rules as Corbin keeps Roode grounded in the lower corner. Roode fights up to his feet now but Corbin tosses him into the corner. Corbin runs around and back into the ring but they both collide and go down after clothesline attempts.
Elias and Balor tag in at the same time. Balor takes Elias down first. Balor decks Corbin on the apron next. Balor stomps Elias in the mid-section and nails Corbin in the corner. Balor sends Elias out to the floor. Balor runs the ropes for a dive to Elias but Corbin grabs his leg from behind and trips him. Elias comes from behind as Balor has his attention on Corbin. Elias drops Balor and takes control as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Corbin has Balor grounded. Balor gets out and looks to make a comeback but Corbin drops him with an uppercut for a 2 count. Elias comes back in and keeps control of Balor now. Balor reaches for a tag and swings at Elias. Elias sends him to the corner but runs into boots. Balor sends Elias out to the floor. Balor goes for the tag but Corbin tags in and stops it. Corbin taunts Roode before going back to work on Balor. Balor comes right back with a Slingblade as Roode rallies for the tag.
Roode finally gets the tag and knocks Elias off the apron. Rode elbows Corbin and comes off the second rope, landing on his feet. Roode drops Corbin and keeps control for a neckbreaker. Roode goes to the top as Corbin gets up. Corbin catches Roode by his throat on the way down and hits a backbreaker - chokeslam combo. Balor breaks the pin up. Balor sends Elias to the floor as he approaches. Balor runs the ropes for a dropkick Balor waits to leap off the apron to Elias but Corbin nails him from the side. Roode rolls Corbin up for a close 2 count off the distraction. Roode drops Corbin again and hits a Blockbuster for a 2 count as Elias breaks the pin up.
Elias goes back to the apron and waits for the tag. Balor pulls Elias off the apron and rocks him with a forearm. Corbin goes to ringside and brawls with Balor after a staredown. Balor stuns Corbin and rolls him in the ring. Balor goes to the top but Corbin crotches him before he can hit Coup de Grace. Corbin charges at Roode but gets sent into the ring post. Roode signals for the Glorious DDT as the crowd gets loud with him. Elias runs in but Roode hits him with a Spinebuster. Corbin takes advantage of the distraction and nails Roode from behind. Corbin hits End of Days for the pin.
Winners: Baron Corbin and Elias
After the match, Corbin and Elias recover to stand tall as Corbin's music plays. We go to replays. Corbin and Elias stand tall while looking out at the crowd.
Kevin Owens is backstage in Kurt Angle's office eating. Braun Strowman storms in and Owens jumps behind Angle, telling him to keep Braun away. Angle says he's not making them wrestle tonight, he's saving it for Sunday. Angle announces Strowman vs. Owens in a Steel Cage match for Extreme Rules. Braun laughs. Braun leaves after spraying Owens with air freshener because he stinks like fear.
Still to come, McIntyre vs. Rollins with Extreme Rules implications. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get another quick look at Sasha and Bayley in counseling with Dr. Shelby. It doesn't look like it's going so smooth. Cole says they have to report back to Kurt Angle on next Monday's RAW.
The announcers give another look at the Reigns vs. Lashley brawl from earlier.
Renee Young is backstage with Roman Reigns now. Reigns doesn't think it was reckless to provoke Bobby Lashley so close to Sunday, that's what he meant to do. Reigns agrees with not respecting each other and insists Lashley cannot beat him. Reigns says he will beat Lashley at Extreme Rules and then he's moving on to bigger things. Reigns says Lashley will be the guy... somewhere else.
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre
We go to the ring for tonight's main event and out comes Seth Rollins. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Drew McIntyre is out with WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. Drew will be banned from ringside on Sunday if he loses this match. They lock up and go to the corner with Drew in control. They break and McIntyre looks down at Rollins with words. They lock up again and Drew overpowers again, sending Rollins to the mat. They lock up again and Rollins keeps a side headlock applied. Drew powers out and drops Rollins with a shoulder. Drew with a headlock takedown in the middle of the ring now.
More back and forth between the two. Rollins nails a nice dropkick but it barely does anything to Drew. Drew comes back with another big power move for another close 2 count. Ziggler looks on as Drew keeps Rollins grounded by his arm. Drew with another pin attempt before going to the abdominal stretch on the mat. Fans chant "burn it down" as Rollins tries to fight back to his feet. Rollins gets up but Drew blocks a hip toss and floors Rollins with a big clothesline.
McIntyre keeps Rollins grounded for a few more minutes. Rollins looks to make a comeback and dumps Drew over the top rope to the floor. Rollins runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive but Drew is still standing. Drew drives Rollins back into the edge of the apron as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and McIntyre continues to dominate Rollins. McIntyre with another 2 count. Ziggler cheers McIntyre on as he keeps Rollins grounded. Rollins creates an opening but Drew grabs him for a suplex. Rollins blocks it with a knee to the face. Rollins sends Drew into the turnbuckles and he goes down. Ziggler starts looking worried now. They get up and Rollins unloads in the middle of the ring. Rollins gets kicked but comes right back with a Slingblade. Drew goes to the floor for a breather. Rollins runs the ropes and nails the suicide drive. Rollins goes back in for another dive and Drew goes down again.
Rollins brings Drew back into the ring and springboards in with a flying clothesline. Rollins with a 2 count as Ziggler looks on. More back and forth and counters. Rollins nails a Blockbuster from the second rope but Drew kicks out at 2. Rollins gets up first as fans start cheering him. Drew avoids the Stomp and ends up launching Rollins onto his face with a power move out of the corner for a close 2 count. Fans chant "burn it down" as Rollins tries to recover again. Drew keeps control and scoops Rollins but Rollins rolls him up for a close 2 count. Drew goes on and hits a sitdown powerbomb for another close 2 count.
Ziggler looks on as Rollins rolls to the apron while Drew is standing up. Drew slams Rollins' face into the top turnbuckle and climbs up for a superplex. Rollins slides underneath and drops Drew. Rollins with an enziguri. Drew is turned upside down in the corner now. Rollins goes to the top for a stomp but Drew powers himself up and launches Rollins to the mat. Drew waits for Rollins to get back up now. Drew charges for the Claymore but Rollins superkicks him. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for another pin attempt. Drew avoids the Ripcord knee and drops Rollins with a big headbutt for another 2 count.
McIntyre shows some frustration now. Drew picks Rollins up on his shoulders and climbs to the second turnbuckle with him. Rollins slides out and turns that into a Buckle Bomb across the ring. Rollins follows up with a superkick to the face. Rollins goes to the top but Ziggler runs at him on the apron. Rollins kicks Ziggler. Rollins leaps anyway and hits the Frogsplash on Drew as he stands up. Drew kicks out at 2. Rollins drops Drew with a kick and nails the Stomp on Ziggler as he approaches again. Rollins turns around to a Claymore kick from McIntyre for the pin.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, McIntyre stands tall and has his arm raised as the music hits. Rollins is still down on the mat. We go to replays. McIntyre carries Ziggler on his back and marches up the ramp as the referee checks on Rollins in the ring. McIntyre carries Ziggler to the back as RAW goes off the air.