The following are the ongoing live results of tonight's edition of Monday Night RAW, courtesy of our friend Mike Hogan of Rajah.com:
We're shown clips from earlier today in which the locker room welcomes him, as does various members of production. Cena takes the camera from a photographer and takes his picture for him, smells the Profits liquo0r cup, hugs Nakamura and Ziggler as Cena totally ignores Lynch. He shakes hands with many other members, including our commentary team. it's a lengthy, two-minute segment as Corey Graves narrates it and the on-site crowd pops for Cena. We cut to the arena where Byron Saxton, Jimmy Smith and Corey Graves welcomes us to our go-home edition of Monday Night Raw! We waste no time getting to our first match!
Tonight's Battle Royal opponents consist of: the Mysterios, Shinsuke Nakamura, T-Bar, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, Riddle, Shanky, Reggie, Akira Tozawa, Veer Mahaan, Jinder Mahal, Tommaso Ciampa, R-Truth, AJ Styles, the Miz, Dolph Ziggler, possibly others (see below). We have most of our opponents in the ring, with Riddle and the Mysterios joining them last. For our Riddle Tracker, we get giraffe CGI! Bare with me as there's a lot of people in the ring. WE get eliminations quick and often as chaos ensues in the ring. Veer Mahaan is eliminated after the Mysterios hit a double-619. Shanky tosses out R-Truth, only to have Jinder Mahal toss out Shanky. Various superstars battle, with AJ Styles sending Jinder Mahal outside! T-Bar's now sporting a goatee. We head to our first break of the night early! During the break, we're informed Ali has been eliminated. We're left with Ziggler slugging it out with Dom; Rey in the corner, Ciampa sparring with Styles; a downed Riddle, the Miz. Rey looks for a 619 but the Miz counters with a Must-See DDT. The Miz attempts to eliminate Rey but Dom makes the save after Styles and The Miz battled on the apron. Ziggler counters a clothesline from Dom to send him out of the ring, eliminating him. Mysterio counters a Ziggler powerbomb to the outside into a Hurricanrana but both men land on the apron. The Miz attempts to attack Rey but Rey springboards into the ring and uses a scissors headlock to send the Miz out to the apron. The Miz and Ziggler, both on the apron, double-team Rey an send him flying. They high-five and re-enter the ring.
Ricochet battles T-Bar in the corner as Riddle fights Styles and Nakamura. Nakamura attempts to eliminate Styles, but Styles fights back as Ricochet and T-Bar take each other on. T-Bar looks for a chokeslam and finally throws Ricochet out of the ring--and right onto a ladder! Again, T-Bar is looking more like Dominic Dijakovic, with a goatee. Ricochet leaps off the ladder and uses a modified Hurricanrana to eliminate T-Bar, sending us to our second break! When we return, commentary mentions the Miz may have injured his left knee off a double axe handle. The Miz is shown landing awkwardly and favors the knee for the remainder of the latch. All that's left are Dolph Ziggler, the Miz, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Riddle and Ricochet. Ziggler is eliminated and Riddle stares down with his sometimes-tag-partner, Nakamura. Riddle unloads on Nakamura but Nakamura takes the lead. Nakamura looks for a Kinshasa but Riddle eliminates him by ducking under and hitting a modified Pele Kick. Ricochet immediately goes after Riddle, attempting his old NXT finisher similar to a GTS. Riddle counters and Styles catches a rebounding, springboarding Ricochet with a dropkick! The Miz has been eliminated by Styles, so has Ricochet! We're down to AJ Styles and Riddle and the crowd is on its feet!
Styles with a Pele kick to Riddle and charges, but Riddle pops him over the top rope. Styles lands on the apron and calls for a Phenomenal Forearm but The Miz pulls him off the apron! The Miz is miraculously healed and re-enters the ring. The Miz targets a downed Riddle and tosses him over the top rope and to the apron. Riddle with a step-up kick to re-enter the ring. The Miz looks for a Skull-crushing Finale but Riddle counters with an Orton spike DDT! The crowd loves Riddle and he panders to them! We're informed The Miz left the ring willingly and did not go over the top, allowing him to still participate. Riddle and the Miz battle, with the Miz countering an RKO with a Skull-crushing Finale! Both men battle to the outside and, on the apron, Riddle counters a Miz attack with an RKO to eliminate him!
Your Winner and ADVANCING to the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Riddle!
The KO/Elias-Ezekiel-Eldor match has been postponed without reason given. Added to tonight, though, is a 2-on-1 Handicapped Match 'tween Lashley and the Alpha Academy with special enforcer Theory.
The Profits are shown backstage, where they ask Cena for tips on how to beat the Bloodline. Cena reminds them that they're NXT, SmackDown and Raw tag team champs--they're the Street Profits, after all, and wishes them well. We head to break.
The Usos are out prior to a break. Afterwards, Ford and Dawkins make their way out--these two teams face off Saturday for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship. Both men start off evenly matched, with "Main Event" Jey Uso taking the lead into and throughout the break. Uso wastes precious time when we return yelling "U-SO" in a call-and-return moment with the crowd. Ford rallies, hitting a Superkick for a close cover. Ford climbs the turnbuckles but is distracted by Jimmy Uso, who now no longer has red hair (corn rows, it appears, instead). Dawkins wipes out Jimmy; Jey suicide dives onto Dawkins to wipe him out; Ford takes out Jey and takes him into the ring, then his his sky-scraping Frog Splash to pick up the win! The Profits have the momentum going into this weekend's title match.
Your Winner, Montez Ford!
Rey and Dom are limping backstage when The Judgment Day's Finn Bálor & Damian Priest arrive (Rhea Ripley, if you recall, is currently out injured). They attempt to recruit Dom after Bálor both praises Rey's accolades then questions what he's doing wrong in training his son. They encourage Dom to resist the control of the establishment/his dad/etc and attempt to recruit him. They end it by Bálor adding maybe Dom's not had a bad trainer, just a bad father Rey challenges Bálor to a match next week in Rey's hometown (US) of San Diego! We go to break!
Our backstage interviewer, Kevin, welcomes us and praises John Cena's legendary career. He calls out the Miz, who criticizes Cena, promotes Logan Paul's return at SummerSlam, and criticizes AJ Styles. Styles comes out, slugs the Miz, and we head to break!
We're reminded that this match was expected last week, but Tommaso Ciampa became involved. Both men jockey for control the first few minutes of his match, with neither taking a lead until Styles misses with a springboard attack and the Miz sends him into the barricade, taking the first firm lead of the match! The Miz fires off "It Kicks" as we head to break! We return to find the Phenomenal One firing up a comeback, driving the Miz down into the mat with a sidewalk slam after unloading a combination of strikes. Styles hoists the Miz up and sets up a Styles Clash but the Miz attempts a back-drop counter. Styles rolls through and hits an Ushi Garoshi to the A-Lister! Styles sets up a Phenomenal Forearm but the Miz dodges; the Miz attempts a comeback with a double-knee strike to Styles' jaws but Styles hangs in there and attempts a Rack Bomb but the Miz escapes! The Miz with a running Claymore-style kick--think Daniel Bryan--and picks up a close cover. Styles rolls through a skull-crushing Finale, rallies, and looks to pick up the win after a Pele Kick, a Brain Buster, and a Phenomenal Forearm-setup, only to have the Miz walk off and lose by count-out.
Your Winner by Count-out, AJ Styles!
Elias and Cena are shown backstage talking, with Ezekiel explaining Elrod is out sight-seeing. Cena tells him to always be true to himself and he leaves, but US Champion Theory walks up. He doesn't let Cena talk and criticizes him for wearing Jorts in 2022, then state's Cena has no clue who he is or what an "A-Town Down" is then attempts to take a selfie--with Cena walking off.
Belair comes out to a weak pop from the now-dead crowd. We're told she and Saturday's challenger--Carmella--will have a face to face, after this word from their sponsors! After we return, we get more vignettes hyping Cena's 20th anniversary. Poor Belair is in the ring for nearly five minutes, singing her theme, before we get to her. We're shown some clips of their recent confrontation, including Carmella's sneak attack on the Raw Women's champ. Belair states she'd love for Carmella to come out as she'll say what she needs to to Carmella's face, unlike Mella. She states nobody even respects Carmella--not because she's not good, "but because Carmella doesn't respect herself." Belair praises Carmella's potential to be "great but she's so focused on her looks...that she can't even see her own potential and talent." She praises Mella for having the looks and moves but states Mella better bring "it" if she's gonna have a shot against the EST. She calls out Carmella for their face-to-face, again accusing Carmella of being insecure. Carmella comes out in a sheer black bodysuit and states she's smart, she's got beauty and brains, and the WWE Universe loves her looks. She disputes that she's insecure and states "I am the total package, baby, and I will not apologize for that. That is for damn sure!" She mentions her accolades--two-time Money in the Bank Winner, former tag champ and former two-time Women's champ. She stats she's going to take the respect she deserves, and Belair's title, Saturday "because...Mella. Is. Money." She mic-drops and leaves as Belair hoists her title up. Kevin asks Belair if she respects Carmella as a competitor, and Mella attempts a sneak attack--but Belair is ready for it and sens her out the ring!
Sarah Schreiber welcomes both women backstage, both of whom are in the Women's Money in the Bank match. Bliss states that Liv will be a champ someday, but not Saturday as she's going to win the belt. Liv talks about inspiration she took from John Cena, and states she's going to beat Bliss tonight and will win the WMitB ladder match. Bliss states that's not gonna happen, boops Morgan with Lily, and Morgan states it is then boops back.
Morgan is out first and we head to break! When we return, Asuka joins commentary and speaks often in Japanese, with Corey Graves providing "translation" services that often insult Saxton and Smith. In the ring, however, Morgan and Bliss keep the pace steady, with both women taking brief spurts of offense. Bliss hits an Insult to Injury and a Sling Blade. Both women briefly jockey again, hitting a double-clothesline and wiping each out twice more on tandem offense. Morgan manages to roll up Bliss, stealing the win as Asuka reacts in shock. Morgan and Bliss have words off-mic as they clearly gesture tor the WMitB case above them.
Your Winner, Liv Morgan!
The most prolific wish-granter in MaWF history is given his own tribute video showing him with several children from Make-a-Wish Foundation. He still holds the record standing at 659 wishes granted and counting, damn! Sweet video showcasing his words of encouragement to "Never Give Up."
McMahon swaggers out, cajones grandes and all, and gets a mic. We go to break with a promise he'll address Cena's 20th anniversary after this word from their sponsors!
We return from break and Vince welcomes one of the greatest of all time, John Cena, who sports a new retro-8-bit gimmick. The crowd starts a Cena sucks, playfully, and he has fun with them. He states today's a great birthday then immediately flips the tables, turning the attention to the fans. He thanks the fans for always allowing him to come before them in the ring, for cheering him on, reminding him when he sucks, and again he thanks the WWE Universe. The fans start up a "thank you, Cena" chant that nearly brings the veteran to tears. He soaks it in for a few moments and holds his heart. "My heart is beating out of my chest. I-I am filled with energy and excitement and I need to say thank you, to you (the crowd), for moments like those and I nee to say thank you for making me who I am!" The crowd is all about Cena tonight! "I always say to anybody who'll listen that the WWE had prepared me for everything." HE reminds us he's not talking about things like the Fast and Furious or Peacemaker; he means our reactions and investments in him, making him a "better human being. Because of you, I am a better professional..a better husband...a better person. Being in the WWE and spending moment with the families I've spent today have taught me empathy, have taught me caring, have taught me kindness--you guys sure as hell have taught me humility and you've taught me perseverance. You've drilled into my head that every single time you step into this ring , you give nothing less than all you all have because every time you come into the arena, you (the WWE Universe) shower us with everything you've got! That's what I'm talking about!" The crowd cheers at this. He mentions his age--45, with a "shh!"--because "I don't know when you're going to see me in the ring again. I"m not saying you won't," he reiterates, adding "I just don't know when that's gonna be! I need to say that now--" and the crowd interrupts him with "one more" match. He reminds us "it ain't gonna be just one, don't worry about that!" He then adds that everything he does outside this arena is all about "us coming together, this is all about 'we' so I"m asking you tonight...going forward if you see something that's good, say something. If you see something that sucks, say something. Because this has never, ever been about me. This has always been about us. So...if you're watching at home," he adds with a wink before playing to the Laredo crowd for a cheap pop, "I've been coming to Laredo for 20 years WE can get more out of Laredo tonight," he adds for a bigger pop. "Let's show them what we're made of," he encourages the Laredo crowd for another big pop. "That right there is the sound of 'us.' We never get up, we're just getting started, and if you want some? Come get some!" He tosses the mic and exits to a great pop, fist-bumping with kids in the crowd (but not adults, ouch!). Great promo praising the crowd. He ended his segment by giving his shirt to a child and posing with screaming fans at the top of the ramp, sending us to commercials as he plays off to the crowd. He pauses one last time at the top of the ramp, excited, mouthing thanks again as we go to break!
We return from break and "the All Mighty" Bobby Lashley makes his way out to a decent mix of light cheers and thumbs-down from the in-house crowd. Out next are the Alpha Academy, followed by the United States Champion who's our special enforcer tonight (ahead of his defense against Lashley on Saturday night). As our handicapped match rules literally change with each match, here's tonight's rules: tag format! Lashley starts off against Otis and easily manhandles the big boy. Theory, wearing a ref's shirt, sans sleeves, distracts Lashley and sets up an Alpha Academy double-team. Gable drops a charging Lashley at ringside and sets up for an Otis splash, sending us to commercials as Gable a-thank-yew's Otis! When we return, Theory largely stays a non-factor as Otis and Gable double-team the All Mighty One. Lashley rallies, hitting an impressive electric chair-style drop on Otis off the turnbuckle and makes Gable tap in a Hurt Lock. After the match, the US Champ attacks--as does the Alpha Academy. Lashley rallies, however, when Theory instructs the Academy to hold Lashley for a selfie. Theory finds himself shoved into his own phone and the turnbuckle as Lashley drops Gable and Otis with a Dominator and Spear, before chasing off Theory with a spear attempt of his own.
Your Winner, Bobby Lashley!
We get a video recapping the events of Hell in a Cell three weeks ago, during which a legitimately-injured Rhodes took on Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match that saw Rollins punish Rhodes by using the kendo stick, and focusing on Rhodes' darkly-bruised chest (torn pec, off the bone). We go to break ahead of a special interview with Rhodes. When we return, we're told that our cameras caught up with "a very injured" American Nightmare hours ago at rehab in Atlanta, GA. We see Cody who discusses the "highs and lows" of rehab, and how three weeks ago he was at the prime of his career, won Hell in a Cell, but is unable to "parley" his momentum into a Money in the Bank match and win. Rhodes states his injury will take nine months to rehab. He states it's bittersweet to watch MitB this weekend due to the sheer quality of talent in the match. He states McIntyre and Sheamus have "Harley-Race level" of toughness. He praises the 7'3" Nigerian Giant, Omos; Sami Zayn's subterfuge skill and his "genius level" ring IQ, as well as Seth Rollins who's had the "most successful cash in in the history of the company." He theorizes that Rollins may win, getting a chance to cash-in a contract that eluded Rhodes' entire career. He goes on to state he's not rooting for anyone "but if Seth takes the win, why, I think I'd be the first to congratulate him." He then excuses himself.
Seth Rollins walks up, laughing the Cena theme. Rollins compares his "sense of style" in dressing to Cena's, claiming they're both snazzy dressers. He mocks Cena for failing to successfully cash-in his MitB contract some time ago. MVP and Omos walk up and cut a promo on Seth. Cena looks at the giant, slaps Seth on the back, and walks off stating "Yeah, good luck." Haha.
The Usos defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team titles against the Street Profits; Rousey defends against Natalya; Belair defends against Carmella; Theory defends against Lynch; and we've got a pair of seven-person Money in the Bank ladder matches as well.
The winner--all six women were losers in previous qualifying matches--will take the seventh and final spot in the Women's Money in the Bank Qualifying match. Lynch is out first and we head to break! Our match rules: All six start at the same time; pinfall, count-out and DQ's are ways of being eliminated. We start with all competitors going right after Becky Lynch, stomping her on the apron until she rolls out. Nikki ASH and Doudrop double-team Shayna Baszler as Xia Li and Tamina brawl in a corner. Nikki and Dou send Shayna and Xia Li out, then focus on double-teaming Tamina. Tamina sends Nikki out and takes it too Doudrop; "Superfly's" daughter goes toe-to-toe with Doudrop, both women firing off firsts. Dou attempts a headbutt of Tamina but hurts herself, stumbling back. Tamina with a headbutt to Dou but Dou counters with a forearm blast that sends Tamina over the ropes. Lynch, recovered, uses a step-up apron kick to Doudrop and attacks off the top rope for a close cover. Xia Li enters the ring and roll s up Lynch for a two, then unloads a strike combination into Lynch. Xia Li is rolled up from behind by Nikki but breaks it and drops Nikki with a sidekick. This sets up a Manhandle Slam from Big Time Becs, who eliminates Xia Li at 10:49pm. Lynch seems to be everyone's target and fights off Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. before she eliminates Nikki A.S.H. at 10:51 with a Dis-Arm-Her! We go to our (hopefully) final--and sixteenth--commercial break.
We return from break and find our final four women going at it. Tamina holds her own against Baszler and Lynch for a few moments. All four women have a four-woman double-suplex spot that lays them all out. Tamina looks to put away Baszler, who rolls through and slaps on an leg bar. Doudrop breaks it for Tamina with a running splash on a vulnerable Baszler, eliminating Shayna at 10:58pm EST. Tamina and Lynch spar now, with Tamina dropping Lynch with a Samoan Drop. Tamina looks for a diving attack but Lynch rolls outside--and is immediately crushed by Doudrop outside the ring! Doudrop enters the ring and stomps Tamina into the corner then hits a springboard elbow drop in the corner to eliminate Tamina at 10:59pm. Lynch crawls from Doudrop, who pursues her to a corner and body slams her. Doudrop climbs up, looking for a Vader Bomb on Lynch but Becs moves! Doudrop recovers and takes Lynch back up top, only to have Lynch hit the Manhandle Slam off the middle rope! Doudrop is eliminated at 11:00pm EST. The crowd pops big for Lynch; the piped-in digital audience, however, boos despite the crowd clearly backing Lynch once again.
Your Winner and FINAL Entrant in the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch!
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