Welcome to Monday Night Raw from New Orleans, Louisiana and we begin with Michael Cole welcoming Renee Young to the commentary team and we kick things off with the Raw Tag Team Champions Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler making their way out to the ring accompanied by Braun Strowman
Dolph has the mic and says there's only one way to describe what happened to The Shield last week...."We beat them down", says Braun, "and then we feed off of their bloody carcasses"...."but don't just take our word for it", says McIntyre. "Take a look for yourself"
We then take a look at video from last week's Raw where The Shield got arrested at the beginning of the show only to return at the end of the show in a police cruiser where they were ultimately beaten down by a number of superstars including the champions, Braun, Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and The Ascension
"The only reason Roman Reigns still has the Universal Championship around his waist is because he's a coward. Roman has his hounds of justice but I have my dogs of war. The Shield have been running rampant for too long and i will destroy everything that gets in my path." Ziggler commends the superstars for standing up to The Shield.
McIntyre says they're going to continue that path of destruction when they destroy the B Team in the tag team title rematch. Strowman then says "that's nothing compared to what i'm going to do when I get these hands on Roman Reigns at Hell In A Cell".
The Shield come out and a brawl ensues and this time The Shield came prepared armed with axehandles. They then get a hold of Jinder Mahal who escapes to the outside and there's a stand off with The champions at the top of the stage and The Shield in the ring
Earlier today: The Bellas arrive at the arena and enter their locker room to find the walls spray painted by The Riott Squad
Backstage: The Bellas are preparing for tinight's singles match which is up next
Up Next: Nikki Bella vs Ruby Riott
Back from break we're backstage where Baron Corbin is trying to get the situation under control and tells them to put the weapons down. He wants them competing on Raw not running around destroying everything.
NIKKI BELLA VS RUBY RIOTT
Ruby and Nikki lock up. Side headlock takedown by Ruby. Reversal into a nearfall by Nikki but Ruby holds on. Nikki and Ruby get to their feet and Ruby with a shoulder tackle off the irish whip. Nikki with a nearfall. Snapmare by Nikki as Ruby crawls to the ropes.
Back to the lock up and Nikki drives Ruby into the corner delivering a series of shoulder tackles. Nikki hits the corner turnbuckle as Ruby side steps. Nearfall by Riott. Nikki unloads with punches on Ruby. Ruby with a kick to the top rope into Nikki's throat. Ruby is in control as we go to break
Back from break, Ruby working over the neck. Nikki with punches to the midsection. Knee by Ruby but Nikki recovers and plants Ruby with a spinebuster. Nikki with a clothesline and dropick. Ruby with a kick to the midsection.
Nikki from the second rope connects with a kick to the side of the head. Nikki picks Ruby up and Sarah Logan on the apron for the distraction and pays for it. Ruby off the distraction plants Nikki for a nearfall.
Ruby works over the arm and goes for a kick but Nikki counters it. The Riott Squad slide into the ring for the distraction but Brie pulls Liv out of the ring as Nikki picks Ruby up and delivers the Rack Attack 2.0 for the three count
The winner of the match: Nikki Bella
Video: We take a look at a group of kids dressed up as their favorite superstars in support of Connor's Cure. Big Show then introduces the group of kids who are standing on the stage.
Last week's Raw: Shawn Michaels, weighs in on Triple H-Undertaker at Super Show-Down
Backstage; AOP and Drake Maverick are talking then make their way out to the ring for their match up next as we go to break
AUTHORS OF PAIN VS RONNIE ACE AND NATHAN BRADLEY
Rezar picks Ace up with a Gorilla Press and drops him across the tio turnbuckle.. Fallaway slam by Rezar. Akam takes Bradley out and tags in. Elbow drop across Ronnie Ace and Rezar back in. AOP pick Bradley and Ace up and deliver the Super Collider for the three count
The winners of the match: Authors Of Pain
Video: Randy Orton-Jeff Hardy feud
Parking Lot: a limo pulls up and Triple H steps out of the car making his way into the arena where he will address the WWE Universe next
We are back and Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Hunter says on the night after SummerSlam, he said that the era was back and that through mutual respect he would face the Undertaker again in Melbourne. The legends came out and gave their thoughts on the match. Then there were polls about who would win the match and most people picked the Undertaker. Hunter says that is to be expected. He is the Undertaker. Hunter says at this level, those predictions and opinions don't get to you, or they shouldn't. That was until Shawn Michaels gave his opinion. It bothered one man so much.
The Undertaker. It is almost laughable that the Undertaker was bothered by Shawn Michaels' opinion. Hunter says he does not get it. Hunter says the Undertaker was so rattled that he had to make an appearance in the ring. He accused Shawn of being bitter and made threats. Hunter says he watched it back and Hunter says it made him mad. It seemed like the Undertaker lost respect for Shawn and him. Hunter says it wasn't the case. He hadn't lost respect for Hunter or Shawn, he lost respect for himself. That was Taker's last epic moment of greatness and Taker blames them for their demise.
Hunter says he has to look no further than the fact that Taker is not here tonight. If you go back to those matches with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, he was never quite the same. Things went downhill. The aura would go away. The streak would go away. The mystique would go away. All that is left is a reputation.
Hunter says Taker said one thing that was true. It is now personal. Hunter says that the last bit of respect he has for the Undertaker, he will put him down.
We take a look at what happened when The Shield confronted Braun and his friends.The 'police officers' are still outside the building to see if The Shield return to the arena.
We see Alexa Bliss in the back with Alicia Fox and Mickie James
DOLPH ZIGGLER AND DREW MCINTYRE VS THE B TEAM
Waistlock by Ziggler reversed by Dallas. Ziggler with an elbow and a right hand. Dropkick to Dallas. Ziggler has Dallas agsinst the ropes. Irish whip and a neckbreaker by Dolph for a nearfall. Dallas turns it around putting the boots to Ziggler. Axel tags in and The B Team take turns putting the boots to Ziggler.
Clothesline in the corner by Dallas and Dallas whips Ziggler into Axel who plants him with a DDT for a 2 count. Ziggler with an elbow to the side of the head. Axel fighting out of the corner. Right hand tot McIntyre and Ziggler with a kick to the jaw.
McIntyre tags in and connects with a boot sending Axel crashing from the apron to the floor as we go to break
Back from break the champions are in control as McIntyre has a side headlock applied. Back suplex to Axel and McIntyre steps on Axel's left hand as he works over the right hand.
Ziggler yelling for Axel to, "stay down, kid!". Ziggler tags in as McIntyre has Axel hung upside down and Ziggler lands a kick to the side of the face.
Dallas pacing back and forth on the apron, Axel blocks a kick and slingshots Ziggler into the corner as Ziggler's face bounces off the turnbckle. Axel kicks Ziggler away as Dallas gets the tag unloading on Ziggler
Suplex countered by Dallas who rolls Ziggler up with an inside cradle for a two count. Axel is taken out and McIntyre with a dropkick as Ziggler hits the ZigZag for the three count
The winners of the match and still Raw Tag Team Champions: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
Post Match: The Shield attack the champions and clear the ring
Video: Undertaker-Mankind - Hell In A Cell 1998
Backstage: Baron Corbin admonishes Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for returning after being asked to leave the building but Rollins says The Shield are gone they're somewhere out on Bourbon Street. Corbin says he's going to have Rollins and Ambrose arrested again and Rollins calls the charges from last week bogus and they bring in a sheriff from New Orleans in and Corbin is under arrest as the sheriff reads Corbin his rights but Corbin asks if he and The Shield can talk about this privately.
Rollins walks out of Corbin's office and tells the sheriff they're not going to need to press charges. Not now anyways.
KEVIN OWENS VS TYLER BREEZE
Owens with a kick to the back of the neck and throws Breeze into the barricade. Owens rolls Breeze back into the ring where he fights back clearing the ring. Breeze follows to the outside where Owens kicks him in the jaw and then hits a pop up powerbomb on the apron.
The winner of the match: None
Owens grabs a mic and says two weeks ago he walked away and that felt great but immediately the acting General Manager Baron Corbin called and begged him to reconsider and come back because unlike every one else Corbin cares and he recognizes that he is the true MVP of Monday Night Raw and he came back under one condition.
He is not responsible fro his actions and he will do whatever he wants because he's just doing his job. He can do whatever he wants and there's nothing anyone can do about it. But one person is to blame and that is Bobby Lashley because he is the reason Sami Zayn is injured and on the shelf instead of standing by Owens' side
Lashley is the reason he quit but also the reason he returned and he reminded everyone this is still the KEVIN OWENS SHOW and everyone can expect three things. Agony, Anarchy and Destruction and it's all Bobby Lashley's fault
Video: AJ Styles-Samoa Joe feud
BOBBY ROODE AND CHAD GABLE VS THE ASCENSION
Konnor in control as we join this match in progress coming back from break. Splash in the corner to Gable and Viktor with a kick and a nearfall. Chinlock on Gable. Roode gets the tag unloading on The Ascension. Roode runs into a boot. Roode plants Viktor with a spinebuster. Gable tags himself in and executes a german suplex for the three count
The winners of the match: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Backstage: Ronda Rousey and Natalya are warming up for their match next
Up Next: Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs Alexa Bliss and Mickie James
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler is upset about this Shield situation and Baron Corbin walks in and they ask him if he handled the situation. Corbin said not exactly. He then makes another match for Hell In A Cell with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defending against The Shield and tells Strowman that Stephanie wants him to take the Universal Champion this Sunday in Hell In A Cell. Strowman says he will but right now he's going Big Dog Hunting
RONDA ROUSEY AND NATALYA VS ALEXA BLISS AND MICKIE JAMES
Natalya and Alexa start things and Natalya goes after Alexa who seeks refuge in the ropes. Side headlock by Natalya and a side russian leg sweep by Natalya. Waistlock on Alexa, Alexa with an elbow and irish whip in the corner. Basement dropkick by Natalya
Ronda gets the tag and Alexa tags Mickie James. Natalya works over the arm. Double team as Natalya tags in. Double suplex to Mickie for a count of two. Sunset flip by Mickie. Natalya looking for The Sharpshooter but Mickiei gets to the ropes
Alexa and Mickie double team and Alexa with a knee to the midsection. Kick to the spine as Alexa looks for the armbar. Natalya kicks out and Alexa with a clothesline. Alexa slaps Ronda and Ronda in pursuit of Alexa Bliss and Ronda and Alexa execute the Hart Attack as we go to break
We are back and Mickie with a body scissors on Natalya. Mickie turns it into a guillotine but Natalya gets to her feet and runs Mickie into the turnbuckles. Mickie pulls Natalya down by the hair. Alexa tags in and sends Natalya into the turnbuckles and kicks her. Alexa mocks Ronda and the referee has to keep Ronda from getting into the ring. Ronda tags in and Alexa goes to the floor. Mickie distracts Ronda and Alexa sends Ronda into the ringside barrier and then into the apron. Alexa sends Ronda midsection first into the rapron. Alexa with a round kick. They return to the ring and Alexa gets a near fall.
Alexa sends Ronda into the turnbuckles and Mickie tags in and she connects with kicks to the midsection. Alexa tags in and kicks Ronda. Alexa with a snap mare and kick to the midsection. Alexa with a bow and arrow. Alexa returns to the bow and arrow after tagging in Mickie and Mickie with a baseball slide into the ribs for a near fall. Ronda goes for the tag but Mickie knocks Natalya off the apron. Mickie with a shot to the ribs but Ronda with jabs and a clothesline to Mickie. Ronda knocks Alexa off the apron.
Ronda with jabs and a punch to the midsection but she has to favor her injured ribs. Mickie with a round kick to the ribs. Ronda with a series of judo throws and she sets for the arm bar and locks it in and Mickie taps out.
Winners: Ronda Rousey and Natalya
Post Match: Bliss kicks Ronda in the ribs and gets out of the ring.
We take a look at the Smackdown Women's Championship match between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
Elias is in the back and he spits out his tea. He wants it fixed.
Braun Strowman is walking around the back asking everyone where is Roman Reigns. Braun chokes a random person and then continues the battery by throwing him into storage cases.
We are back and Ronda is asked about her ribs and whether she will be 100 percent on Sunday. Ronda says even if she is hurt, she will be at Hell in a Cell. She has never pulled out of a fight because on her worst day, she is still the best.
Elias is in the ring. Elias tunes up and then he wants to know who wants to walk with Elias. He says things feel out of place and he wonders if it is because the Saints lost yesterday. Elias says that Drew Brees told him he is sick of representing this run down, filthy city.
Elias is interrupted by Mick Foley. Mick apologizes for the interruption and he says he is a fan of Elias' voice. He says that Elias is good. He says that as a lyricist, Elias does not have a sincere bone in his body.
Elias says he knows that Mick is out here to talk about the twentieth anniversary of the Hell in a Cell match between the Undertaker and Mick Foley. Elias says that he sat in the stands in Pittsburgh during the Hell in a Cell match. He was praying that Mick would stay down but then you climbed to the top of the cell and you were choke slammed through it. Your life was never the same again.
Elias says that was a special moment and Mick was something special. That was then and this is now. You are standing in the ring with Elias. Elias says he is standing in the ring with a broken man. A broken man who is singing the same sad song for the last twenty years and cannot remember the words.
Mick says Elias got him but Mick wasn't here to talk about the past but he is here to address the future.Elias says he is the future.
Mick says Elias has the skills and the tools. Mick says he is not talking about the near future. Six nights from tonight. Despite issues with Stephanie, he had to talk to her about not being the guy on the couch watching Hell in a Cell.
Elias says that if he knows Stephanie the way he does, she probably laughed in his face. Mick reminds everyone about the stretcher coming out but he would not let the match end because he found the strength to roll off that stretcher and there was an electricity that could have lit the city of Pittsburgh for a week. He wanted a chance to have another chance. Mick says that he met Stephanie for the first time after that match and he wants to be part of Hell in a Cell. Mick says he will not be ringing a bell or keeping time. When that door slams shut, he will be the special referee for Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns.
Backstage: Strowman is still on the hunt for Roman Reigns
FINN BALOR VS ELIAS
Elias gets a near fall. Elias with a punch and he chokes Balor in the ropes. Elias chops Balor and hits a back elbow for a near fall. Elias works on the neck. Elias with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Elias chokes Balor but Balor with a kick and chop. Elias with a hard Irish whip. Elias with a snap mare and kick to the back before applying a nerve hold.
Elias goes for a slam but Balor gets to his feet. Balor gets his boots up and then he chops Elias. Elias with a knee to the midsection but Balor with a drop kick. Balor with a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with Slingblade and then he runs into a Harley Race knee for a near fall.
We are back and Elias kicks Balor in the ribs and continues with punches to the ribs. Balor sends Elias to the floor and then Balor sets for a plancha onto Elias but Elias with a clothesline for a near fall. Balor is sent into the turnbuckles and then Elias gets Balor on his shoulders but Balor gets to his feet and he hits an elevated elbow drop for a near fall. Balor with punches and a double leg take down. Balor misses a double stomp and Elias with a sit out power bomb for a near fall.
Elias puts Balor on the turnbuckles and he chops Balor. Elias sets for a superplex but Balor with forearms to send Elias to the mat. Balor misses Coup de Grace when Elias moves. Balor with an inside cradle for the three count.
The winner of the match: Finn Balor
Earlier Today: We take a look at Bobby Lashley in the gym earlier today and Lio Rush stops by talk about how every great man needs a great man of the hour. No man looks like you or smells like you.
Bobby tells Lio that he was working out. Lio says he is here to motivate Bobby and Bobby tells Lio to motivate him.
We see Braun Strowman in the back and he stops the interview because he is the one asking the questions. Where is Roman Reigns? Charly says he was leaving the building. Braun says he saw Roman's boys in the back so that means he is here. Charly suggests that Braun go to the ring and Roman will find him.
Braun likes that idea
Braun Strowman comes out to the ring to call out Roman Reigns and says at Hell In A Cell he won't have his boys to help him and he is going to send Roman Reigns straight to hell and if Mick Foley gets in his way then Strowman is going to make what Undertaker did to him 20 years ago look like a paper cut
Roman Reigns' music hits and Strowman goes looking for him and finds him at the announce table. A brawl ensues with Strowman laying Reigns out across the table but Roman Reigns regains his feet and picks Strowman up delivering a Samoan Drop through the stage. Reigns stands tall holding his Universal Championship up above his head as Raw goes off the air