Welcome to our WrestlingINC.com Live WWE RAW Viewing Party. Tonight’s show comes from the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida.
– The post-Hell In a Cell edition of WWE RAW opens live on the USA Network as pyro goes off inside the WWE ThunderDome at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. Jimmy Smith welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. We see the Money In the Bank briefcases as the announcers hype tonight’s five qualifying matches.
– We go right to the ring as the Hell In a Cell structure hangs high above. Out first comes WWE Champion Bobby Lashley with MVP and Lashley’s Ladies as Mike Rome does the introduction.
Lashley and his crew hit the ring for another must see edition of The VIP Lounge. MVP says a few words before Lashley takes the mic. He says he and Drew McIntyre went to war last night and Drew almost took him to his limits, but Drew at his best still isn’t better than The All Mighty. MVP doesn’t think Drew will ever be the same after that beating. MVP points to how McIntyre can no longer challenge for the WWE Title as long as Lashley is champion.
MVP goes to do a toast with the others in the ring but the music interrupts and out comes The New Day’s Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. They start throwing “toast” into the ring. Get it? MVP says they are clowns and this is why Kofi watched Hell In a Cell and didn’t compete in it. MVP goes on taking shots at The New Day and tries to dismiss them but Kofi says they’re not leaving. Kofi goes on and asks if Lashley’s Ladies will still come around when Kofi beats him for the WWE Title. Lashley says he’s never losing the title, especially to someone like Kofi, who is too busy making pancakes to realize he lost the title.
The war of words continues. Lashley accepts a match with Kofi at Money In the Bank. He says they will keep it one-on-one by facing Woods tonight. Woods talks himself up and accepts the challenge, and mentions that his goal is to win the King of the Ring tournament when it’s brought back, but he then proposes that tonight’s match take place inside Hell In a Cell. MVP and Lashley end up accepting. WWE confirmed that Woods must win tonight if Kofi wants the WWE Title match at Money In the Bank. The two sides stare each other down from the ramp and in the ring as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Xavier Woods in a non-title Hell In a Cell match is confirmed for tonight.
Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: RAW Tag Team Champion AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
We go back to the ring and out come the RAW Tag Team Champions for tonight’s first Money In the Bank qualifier – AJ Styles with Omos. We see video from earlier today with Styles and Omos having words with #1 contenders The Viking Raiders backstage. AJ plans on winning Money In the Bank, winning back the WWE Title to become a double champion, and then retaining the RAW Tag Team Titles over Erik and Ivar. We go back to the ring and out comes Ricochet for this qualifier. We see video from earlier today with Ricochet talking about how this is his chance to prove that he belongs back at the top.
The bell rings and AJ goes to work on Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet dumps him to the apron and then springboard kicks him off. Ricochet launches himself over the top to the apron but puts on the brakes as AJ moves and avoids an attack. Ricochet ends up landing on the floor, then AJ grabs him and runs him face-first into the ring post. We go to commercial with Ricochet down on the ground.
Back from the break and AJ is in control in the ring. Ricochet fights back with elbows but AJ levels him with an elbow as Omos looks on from ringside. Ricochet fights up with strikes again, then nails a jawbreaker tot he knee. Ricochet mounts some offense but AJ counters and clubs him from behind. Ricochet with a crossbody from the middle rope.
Ricochet with a running corner clothesline, and another. Ricochet with a Northern Lights suplex, and another big suplex. AJ kicks out at 2 in the middle of the ring. Ricochet scoops AJ on his shoulders but he slides out. AJ ducks an enziguri and nails one of his own. AJ powers Ricochet off his shoulders into a big slam for another close 2 count. Ricochet blocks a powerbomb and unloads with strikes. AJ ducks a clothesline and fires back with strikes of his own.
Ricochet stuns AJ with a kick. AJ misses a pele kick. Ricochet with a big German suplex for another close 2 count. Ricochet with a corner clothesline. AJ rolls him out of the corner for the Calf Crusher, pulling back on it as Ricochet makes it to the bottom rope to break it up. AJ with a fireman’s carry into a neckbreaker.
AJ goes to the apron but The Viking Raiders run down to ringside. Omos meets them and fights them both off as AJ watches from the apron. Omos drops Erik and Ivar, then charges but they side-step him and send him through the barrier. Ricochet takes advantage and blocks the Phenomenal Forearm for the pin to win and advance.
– After the match, Ricochet stands tall as his music hits. Ricochet heads to ringside and gets hyped up for the Money In the Bank Ladder Match. The announcers hype the other 4 qualifiers scheduled for tonight.
– Randy Orton is backstage when Riddle rides up on his scooter, talking about how they both have the chance to qualify for Money In the Bank. Riddle mentions hiding his stash in the briefcase if he wins… Orton asks what? Riddle says his stash of Whoppers, in case he gets hungry. Riddle goes on ranting as usual but Orton is annoyed. Riddle asks him for pointers on Money In the Bank, from bro to bro. Orton tells him to stay out of his way. Riddle goes on about how it would be awesome to have two brothers fighting for the WWE Title. Not for you, says Orton. Orton walks off as Riddle wishes him good luck. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see how Eva Marie returned last week with her unidentified friend. Kevin Patrick stops Eva and the former Piper Niven backstage now. Eva says it had been 5 years since she stepped into a WWE ring, so everything had to be perfect last week. She went and got a mani/pedi before RAW last week but unfortunately she picked up a cold. She knew the WWE Universe was dying to see her return, so she went and found her protege, and had her step in her place instead. Eva asks her name… but then cuts her off as she goes to speak. Eva says her name is Doudrop. Doudrop looks shocked and disappointed at this name Eva has chosen for her. They walk off with Doudrop looking disappointed behind Eva.
Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Asuka and Naomi vs. Eva Marie and Doudrop
We go back to the ring for tonight’s first qualifier for the Women’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match. The winning team will see both members qualify. Asuka is out first, followed by her partner Naomi. We get a pre-recorded promo with Naomi addressing their opponents and the opportunity they have. Asuka says their opponents are not ready and Naomi yells along with her. Out next comes Eva Marie and Doudrop.
Eva poses on the stage and Doudrop takes her ring jacket for her. We see the Money In the Bank briefcases hanging above the ring. Doudrop still looks a bit disappointed. Eva and Doudrop enter the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Asuka faces off with Eva. The bell hits and they size each other up. Eva quickly tags Doudrop in. Asuka and Doudrop lock up now. Asuka goes for the arm but Doudrop shoves her away. Asuka unloads with strikes. Doudrop catches a kick and knocks Asuka back. Doudrop runs into an elbow, then a kick. Asuka with a clothesline but Doudrop takes it and runs over her.
Doudrop charges but Asuka moves and she hits the turnbuckles. Asuka with kicks and a jawbreaker. Naomi tags in and stuns Doudrop with a kick to the head. Doudrop grabs Naomi but Naomi fights her off, stunning her again. Doudrop with a big running splash in the corner as Eva claps from ringside. Doudrop then delivers a big corner cannonball. She drags Naomi to the middle of the ring for the pin but Asuka makes the save.
Doudrop stares Asuka down and drags Naomi back to her corner, stomping her. Eva gets back on the apron as Doudrop goes to the second rope. Eva tags herself in and Doudrop isn’t happy. Fans boo Eva. Eva comes in and covers Naomi for a 2 count.
Eva is shocked and worried. Eva begs Doudrop to tag back in. Doudrop drops down off the apron as Eva begs her to come back. Naomi takes advantage and rolls Eva up for the pin to qualify.
Winners: Asuka and Naomi
– After the match, Asuka and Naomi celebrate up the ramp as the music hits. Eva pleads with Doudrop at ringside.
– We get a video package of highlights from Charlotte Flair’s DQ win over RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley at Hell In a Cell. We see Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville backstage discussing the controversial finish. They head to the ring together as we go back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get a look back at The VIP Lounge segment from earlier tonight. We see Bobby Lashley backstage warming up for tonight’s Hell In a Cell match with Xavier Woods.
– Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are in the ring now. They want to discuss an incident at Hell In a Cell last night. They call out RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley first. Ripley takes the mic and says she heard Deville was going to summons her. Pearce agrees with Deville and says what Ripley did last night was completely unacceptable. They talk about how champions retain via disqualification but those rules were not meant to be abused, and Rhea intentionally got herself disqualified.
Ripley goes on about how she’s seen Flair abuse the same rules, and she only did what Flair would have done in her position. Pearce says but Flair is not the champion right now. The music interrupts and out comes Flair with a mic. Flair says Pearce meant she’s not the champion… yet.
Flair isn’t mad at Ripley, she’s actually proud of her because she was kicking Rhea’s ass last night and for the first time Rhea proved she’s smart, or clever, at least. Flair says Rhea proved for the first time that she is a strategic competitor, like Flair is, but Flair is still going to destroy her. Deville says if that’s Flair’s way of asking for a rematch, she will grant it. Pearce agrees. Deville announces Flair vs. Ripley for the title at Money In the Bank. Flair stares at Ripley from the stage. Ripley smiles back at her from the ring as her music starts back up.
– We see Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose brawling with WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina Snuka last week, and Natalya defeating Rose on the Hell In a Cell Kickoff. We see Sarah Schreiber interrupting Natalya and Tamina’s photo shoot earlier today. Natalya and Tamina stepped away to ask Brooke and Rose to keep it quiet in the ring, just like how the roles were reversed last Monday. The two teams have words before the champs get ready to storm the ring but get sent back to the floor.
Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Randy Orton vs. John Morrison
We go back to the ring for the next qualifying match for the Men’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match as Randy Orton makes his way out. Orton hits the ring and poses as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes John Morrison with The Miz, who is still in the wheelchair. Miz joins the announcers for commentary as the match begins. Morrison with offense and a quick pin attempt early on. They go back and forth now as we see the MITB briefcases hanging high above the ring. Morrison with a big springboard kick for a 2 count. Morrison grounds Orton and works on his shoulder now.
Orton ends up sending Morrison to the floor with a clothesline, then beating him up in front of the announce table as Miz yells from his wheelchair. Orton slams Morrison into the announce table several times, then sends him over it. Miz continues ranting and raving until Orton stalks him, backing him up in his chair. We go to commercial with Orton stalking Miz at ringside.
Back from the break and Orton is working Morrison over in the corner now. Orton drops Morrison and starts stomping on his limbs. Orton kick Morrison in the gut and continues working him over for a 2 count. Orton grounds Morrison with a headlock now. Morrison fights up and out but Orton cuts him off. Morrison kicks Orton and then nails a springboard kick to take him down. Morrison launches Orton shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton goes to the floor clutching his shoulder. Morrison follows and sends him into the steel ring steps. Morrison brings it back in and mounts Orton, focusing on the hurt shoulder. They tangle on the mat some more but Morrison keeps Orton’s arm tied up as Miz cheers him on.
Orton fights free but Morrison rocks him. Orton gets sent into the corner but he comes right out with a big clothesline. Orton works Morrison over in the opposite corner now. Orton mounts Morrison with right hands in the corner now. The referee backs Orton off. Morrison charges but Orton catches him with a powerslam. Orton takes it to the corner for the second rope draping DDT, and he nails it. Orton gets up and shows off some, stopping to massage his shoulder. He drops down and hits the mat now, waiting for Morrison to get up.
Miz sprays Orton with the Drip Stick. Orton seethes now. Morrison takes advantage of the distraction and rolls Orton for 2. Riddle ends up riding down on his scooter, chasing Miz around the ringside area, wheelchair vs. scooter. Orton grabs Morrison but Morrison drops him over the top rope off the distractions at ringside. Morrison hits Starship Pain for the pin to win and qualify for Money In the Bank.
Winner: John Morrison
– After the match, Morrison and Miz celebrate at ringside as the music hits.
– We see highlights from Alexa Bliss’ win over Shayna Baszler at Hell In a Cell. Patrick stops Baszler, Nia Jax, and Reginald backstage. Jax says what happened last night to Reginald will not happen tonight. Baszler asks Reggie if he’s scared. Baszler isn’t worried about anyone stopping them from qualifying for Money In the Bank. Jax interrupts and says but there is something different about Bliss. They walk off.
Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Nia Jax and Shayna BaszlerWinners: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss
– After the match, Cross goes to ringside to celebrate by herself as the music hits. She and Bliss join Asuka and Naomi in the MITB Ladder Match. Baszler, Jax and Reginald regroup in the ring as the tension continues.
– Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce approach Drew McIntyre backstage. We see the nasty scars on his back from Hell In a Cell. They make it clear that he does not have to compete tonight but a passionate Drew insists and cuts a promo on how he will never give up, and will keep fighting. They both wish him good luck.
Money In the Bank Qualifying Match: Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre
We go back to the ring and out first comes Riddle on his scooter. Riddle hits the ring and kicks his flip-flops off as the pyro explodes. Fans chant “Bro!” as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we go backstage to see Cedric Alexander, Jeff Hardy, WWE United States Champion Sheamus, plus Jinder Mahal with Dilsher and Veer. They’re all arguing about who deserves to qualify for Money In the Bank. Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce walk up. Deville understands their positions, but the qualifiers are final. Sheamus mentions how he’s able to wrestle, despite his broken nose. Pearce says this must mean Sheamus can defend his title. Sheamus changes his tune, rants about his nose hurting, then walks off. Jinder can’t believe guys like Ricochet and John Morrison are getting chances again. He says if something were to happen to the other competitors, he would appreciate it if Deville and Pearce consider him for Money In the Bank. Cedric also likes the sound of this. We go back to the ring and Riddle waits as Drew McIntyre makes his way out.
Drew hits the ring as the pyro goes off. Riddle and Drew lock up to start. Drew keeps Riddle against the ropes but the referee backs him off. Riddle goes for a takedown but Drew grounds him. They back off and lock up again. Riddle with a big strike to the welts on Drew’s back. Drew yells out in pain but responds with a big right hand. Drew works Riddle over in the corner now. Riddle tries to mount strikes but Drew gets the upperhand. Drew goes on and drops Riddle with a suplex in the middle of the ring for 2.
Riddle comes back with some power moves but Drew fights back but is hurting too much to capitalize. They go to the floor and Riddle shoves Drew into the ring post. Riddle rushes back into the ring after a big overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. We go to commercial with Drew flat on his back at ringside.
Back from the break and Riddle dominated Drew. Riddle goes for the Broton but McIntyre gets his knees up. Drew comes back with a big belly-to-belly, and a neckbreaker. Drew kips up but he’s in pain. Riddle pins Drew for a close 2 count with a jackknife out of nowhere. More close calls and offense between the two. Drew with a big inverted Alabama Slam but he’s slow to make the pin and Riddle kicks out.
Drew is turned upside down in the corner but he pulls himself up and launches Riddle to the mat with a huge German but they’re both laid out. Randy Orton appears on the stage now, taking a look at the match. Riddle and Drew struggle to recover on the mat as Orton looks on from the stage. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Drew mounts offense. We get a big Michinoku Driver. Drew climbs to the top and leaps but Riddle catches him in an arm bar. Drew powers up for a powerbomb attempt but Riddle lands on his feet. Drew rolls through on a back-slide, then drops Riddle with a Futureshock DDT. Riddle still kicks out at 2 and Drew can’t believe it. They’re both laid out in pain and slow to recover. Drew waits in the corner for Riddle to get up now, readying for the Claymore Kick.
Riddle just collapses on the mat and the referee checks on him. Drew approaches but Riddle scoops him for a slam. Drew counters in mid-move but Riddle counters that. Riddle drops Drew with the Ripcord. Riddle is slow to capitalize but he kicks Drew in the head. Riddle drags Drew to the corner now. Riddle goes to the top for the Floating Bro but he lands on his feet, then falls. Drew follows up with a Claymore but Riddle blocks it and applies the Bromission. They get back to their feet and Drew works on breaking free.
Drew tosses Riddle but Riddle comes right back with a jumping knee. Drew keeps fighting, nailing a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Riddle counters a move from Drew’s shoulders, rolling him up for the pin to qualify out of nowhere.
– After the bell, Riddle hops on his scooter as the music hits, riding it to the stage to join Orton, who is watching. Riddle is happy about his win but Orton just stares at him, seething. Riddle finally realizes that Orton isn’t happy. Riddle asks what’s wrong, telling Orton he’s always here for him, and Orton can talk to him. Orton stares straight ahead now.
– We see The New Day backstage preparing for the main event. Back to commercial.
– Jaxson Ryker is warming up in the back when Mansoor interrupts. Mansoor was going to ask for some advice but Ryker seemed startled. Mansoor goes to leave but Ryker tells him to never let his enemy escape. Mansoor stops and turns back around. Ryker gives him some advice about never letting your enemy escape, about watching those close to you because they’re usually wolves in sheep’s clothing. Ryker says he’s facing Elias in a Strap Match next week. He says when they are bound together, Elias will have no place to run or hide. Mansoor leaves and bumps into Mustafa Ali. Ali says he’s asking the wrong questions and wrong people. Ali says Mansoor should be asking how Money In the Bank qualifier spots were stolen from he and Ali. Ali goes on about building your own way but they’re distracted by Ryker hitting himself with the strap. The announcers hype next week’s Strap Match. Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles in a Second Chance MITB Qualifier is also set for next week.
Hell In a Cell: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Xavier Woods
We see the Hell In a Cell structure down around the ring for tonight’s main event. Out first comes The New Day – Xavier Woods with Kofi Kingston. Kofi will earn a WWE Title shot at Money In the Bank if Woods can win this match. Woods enters the Cell and gets hyped up as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and announced for RAW Talk are Nikki Cross, Riddle, John Morrison and The Miz. The announcers confirm Kofi vs. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley for the title at Money In the Bank. We go back to the Cell and out comes Lashley with MVP for this non-title match. Lashley enters the Cell as Woods looks on. The Cell door is locked as Lashley hits the corner to pose while more pyro goes off.
MVP and Kofi have words at ringside. Woods stares Lashley down as the bell hits. Woods charges with a dropkick into the corner. Woods kicks Lashley around now. Lashley launches him into the corner and unloads with strikes. Lashley with a neckbreaker for a quick pin attempt.
Lashley scoops Woods but Woods rolls him for 2. Lashley comes right back and levels Woods to keep him down. Lashley drops Woods face-first into the mat, then does it again. Lashley lifts Woods once again and drops him face-first. Woods kicks out at 2. Lashley tosses Woods out to the floor now. Lashley follows but Woods swings a steel chair. Lashley grabs it and then punches it into Woods’ face.
Lashley brings it back into the ring and waits in the corner. He charges but Woods moves. Lashley hits the ring post shoulder-first. Woods with a dropkick through the ropes, kicking Lashley into the steel, and again with another dropkick. Woods grabs the chair and knocks Lashley off the apron with it, sending him back into the steel of the Cell. Woods with chair shots while Lashley is down at ringside now. We go to commercial with Woods putting a boot to Lashley to keep him down.
Back from the break and Lashley is Woods against the ropes as Kofi and MVP look on from ringside. Lashley charges but Woods pulls the top rope down, sending the champ to the floor. There’s a table leaning in the corner now. Woods charges but Lashley traps him in the ring apron and beats him up.
Kofi and Lashley have words through the Cell. Lashley manhandles Woods at ringside, taunting him and dominating. Lashley stands on Woods to keep him down now. Lashley unloads with elbows in the corner now, beating him back down. Woods ducks a clothesline, and another, then clips Lashley’s knee out. Woods with a dropkick. Woods grabs a kendo stick now. He drops Lashley with a kendo stick, then delivers another kendo shot at ringside. Woods jabs the stick in Lashley’s throat to keep him down at ringside. Woods with another kendo stick shot as MVP and Kofi yell from outside of the Cell.
Woods brings it back in but Lashley kicks out just in time. Lashley dumps Woods to the apron but Woods kicks him. Woods with a big tornado DDT for another close 2 count. More back and forth now in front of a table that is standing up. Woods knocks Lashley onto the table. Woods goes to the top, walks the top rope, then puts Lashley through the table with a flying elbow drop. Lashley still kicks out at 2 and Woods can’t believe it. Lashley ducks a running knee. Lashley with more offense, then a Spear. Lashley applies The Hurt Lock and Woods quickly taps out.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
– After the match, Lashley stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. Lashley goes to ringside and punishes Woods some more as Kofi watches from the other side. MVP enters the Cell and locks the door. Lashley applies The Hurt Lock again as fans boo. Kofi yells at Lashley to let Woods go. MVP taunts Kofi as Lashley grinds Woods’ face into the Cell steel. RAW goes off the air.