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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From London, England

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

If you missed last week’s Smackdown Live, click here WWE Smackdown Live 5/7/18 Full Report (Daniel Bryan Vs Rusev)

Earlier Today:  NBC Universal Expo

Nia Jax challenged Ronda Rousey to a Raw Women’s Title match, at Money in the Bank.  Does she answer?

In-Ring Promo:  Roman Reigns

 

Last week, Reigns got robbed.  And this time it wasn’t by WWE management, this time it was by Jinder Mahal.  So if Jinder wants to be more relevant than he has ever been in his entire career, then come here to Roman’s yard, and face him like a man.

Kurt Angle comes to the ring.

Kurt regrets to inform Roman Jinder is not coming out.  Since when did you speak for Jinder?  Kurt speaks from WWE management.  He was informed of a few things.  When he denied Jinder Mahal a shot at Money in the Bank, he was thinking mentally, and not rationally.  That is what is best for business.  Jinder is going to compete for a qualifying match at Money in the Bank against Elias and Bobby Lashley.  Roman is cool with that, add that to a Fatal 4-Way match, and he can take care of Jinder, and qualify for Money in the Bank.  Kurt denies that request, and says he has had his opportunity.  Kurt tells him he understands it sucks, he got screwed at Greatest Royal Rumble, and he got screwed last week in the qualifying match to Money in the Bank.  He understands Roman is upset at Kurt.  Roman isn’t though, he understands Kurt has a family, he needs this job, and will do whatever he has to do to keep it.  But understand that, Roman will now do whatever he has to do.  Roman runs off, and he meets up with Jinder backstage.  Jinder first used Samir as a shield (See what I did there?), but Roman turns the tides, and handles business.  We come back to the stage, Superman Punch on Jinder but officials show up to stop him.

Next:  IC Title Match:  Rollins vs Owens

Moments Ago:  Roman Vs Jinder

Match Number 1:  Seth Rollins (IC Champ) Vs Kevin Owens for the Intercontinental Championship

Another great match by these two, back and forth action.  The finish came when Owens put Seth back in the ring, to avoid countout.  That second gave Seth an opportunity to nail a Curb Stomp, to retain his Intercontinental Championship.

Winner, and STILL Intercontinental Champion:  Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Tonight:  Men’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match:  Elias Vs Jinder Mahal Vs Bobby Lashley

Tonight:  Women’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match:  Bayley Vs Alexa Bliss Vs Mickie James

Tonight:  Men’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match:  Bobby Roode Vs No Way Jose Vs Baron Corbin

Next:  Breaking News

Video:  Ronda Rousey Vs Nia Jax, Official at Money in the Bank

Ronda accepts the challenge, and the match is set.

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and The B-Team

Bo and Curtis interrupt Kurt Angle’s customary phone call backstage.  They give themselves the team name of The B-Team, as in “The Best team”.  They want a shot at the Raw Tag Titles.  Kurt denies that request, because they haven’t won any matches as a team.  But Kurt will put them in action, tonight.

Match Number 2:  No Way Jose Vs Baron Corbin Vs Bobby Roode in a Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

Bobby Roode is going to Money in the Bank, picking up the win with a GLORIOUS DDT, after Corbin was sent to the outside.    They gave Jose a little time to shine here, which might be a good thing.  5 men now have advanced to Money in the Bank, with 3 spots remaining.

Winner, and Advances to Money In The Bank Ladder Match:  Bobby Roode, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and Kevin Owens

Kurt wants to check in on Jinder, but Kevin demands another IC Title match, or else.  Kurt dares Kevin to call Stephanie, and he does.  Kurt checks in on Jinder.  Jinder wants Kurt to postpone tonight’s match, and Kurt refuses to do that.  He has to do what is best for business, Jinder vows to fight through adversity.

Tonight:  Men’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

Tonight:  Women’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

Next:  The B-Team Vs Breezango

Match Number 3:  The B-Team Vs Breezango

THEY DID IT!!  ADRIAN THEY DID IT!!  The B-Team picks up their first ever win when Bo pins Fandango.  The B-Team is now undefeated.

Winners:  The B-Team, by pinfall

In-Ring Interview:  The B-Team

Charly wants some comments after their victory, anything is possible from The B-Team.  They challenge the Raw Tag Team Champions, and we get a B-Team chant.

Next:  6-Women Tag Match

Match Number 4:  Sasha Banks, Natalya, and Ember Moon Vs The Riott Squad in a 6-Women Tag Match

 

Back and forth action where Natalya worked as the ring general. All chaos ensued outside of the ring, where it was just Natalya and Liv in the ring.  Nattie made Lin tap out to help get the win for her team.

Winners:  Natalya, Ember Moon, and Sasha Banks, by submission

Tonight:  Ziggler and McIntyre Vs Braun and Balor

Selfie Promo:  Ziggler and McIntyre

They are here to trim the fat in the Men’s locker room, and Braun and Finn are at the head of the table.

Match Number 5:  The Deleter Of Worlds (Raw Tag Champs) Vs The Revival in a non-title match

The Tag Team Champs are victorious here, winning with what is now called The Kiss of Deletion (Double Sister Abigail).

Winners:  The Deletion Of Worlds

Backstage Segment:  Bayley and Sasha

Sasha wishes Bayley good luck on her match tonight.

Tonight:  Women’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

In-Ring Promo:  Sami Zayn

Has it occur to anyone else that Prince Harry looks a lot like Sami?  And from what he hears, he is quite a big fan of his.  More so than Bobby Lashley.  He leaves WWE for 10 years, and comes back the very same night Sami returned to Raw.  He comes to make an impact, problem was he tried to do it at Sami’s expense.  We see video shown from 3 weeks ago when Bobby held Sami for that suplex.  The fans cheered, and when he hit the ground, did we have any effect on Sami.  He contracted vertigo.  The first ever case of vertigo in WWE history.  Sami has a doctor’s note, and it reads about vertigo.  That is the reason he could not compete at Greatest Royal Rumble.  That is why he did not win his qualifying match, which he should have won, that is why he has been losing his matches.  Bobby victimized Sami, because of the fans.  He sat down with Renee Young last week for an exclusive interview.  It all made sense to Sami, he targeted Sami because he wants to be like Sami.  Look at the hat, everybody knows that is Sami’s hat.  For simple people, that might be the answer.  But for an intellectual person like Sami, he sees another reason.  He reached out to Bobby’s sisters through Facebook, and did they have stories to tell.  He isn’t the person he made out to be.  Bit if you don’t believe him, believe his sisters.  Next week, he will have him on Raw, and he will expose the real Bobby Lashley.

Match Number 6:  Alexa Bliss Vs Bayley Vs Mickie James In A Women’s Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

Alexa Bliss advances to Money in the Bank Ladder match, pinning Bayley with her DDT.  Mickie and Alexa did battle it out a bit, with Mickie trying to pin Alexa.  But nothing on Bayley and Sasha.

Winner, and Advances to Money In The Bank Ladder Match:  Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

Earlier Tonight:  Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal

Backstage Segment:  Jinder Mahal

The doctor clears Jinder of his match later tonight, and he makes his way out the door, and we see Roman come spear Jinder through a wall.

Match Number 7:  Braun Strowman and Finn Balor Vs Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler

Wild fight here between all four men.  Braun took himself out of the match, giving Drew a Pounce, and Drew crashed right into the GRR trophy, Ziggler rolls up Balor for the pinfall after the distraction.

Winners:  Ziggler and McIntyre, by pinfall

Earlier Tonight:  Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle

We know Kurt has been talking to Stephanie, someone is getting another opportunity.  Who is it?

Next:  Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias…

Kevin Owens interrupts Elias, which brings us to….

Match Number 8:  Elias Vs Kevin Owens Vs Bobby Lashley in a MITB Qualifying Triple Threat Match

Kevin Owens picks up the win, with a little help from Sami Zayn, who gave Bobby a Helluva Kick, and his good buddy Kevin Owens pins Elias with a Frogsplash, picking up the big win, and advancing to Money in the Bank.

Winner, and Advances To Money in the Bank:  Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was an up and down show here that dragged on at times.  No London show should ever do that, but tonight did.  The big news happened on the other side of the globe, with Nia Jax, the champion challenging Ronda Rousey to a match at Money in the Bank for the Raw Women’;s Title.  I knew this match would happen, but dammit, why not build this up for a summer program, and not hot-shot it?  I think Ronda needed to have a few tag team matches in between, but here we go.

I find it funny too that Roman Reigns is pissed off that Jinder Mahal cost him, yet another OPPORTUNITY to get a title shot, but Kevin Owens slides right in with another opportunity, and wins the match.  So KO can do something Roman reigns can’t do, capitalize on another opportunity.

Really, loved the IC Title match between Owens and Rollins, and the main event was good too.  2 more qualifying matches for the men tomorrow, and then that is it.  5 more women are left to qualify for their match.  Smackdown will be in London too.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women who compete, because of the traveling they have to do.  Just incredible.  What were your thoughts on the show?  Send them to me here.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Seth Rollins (C) def Kevin Owens, by pinfall to retain IC Title

**Bobby Roode def No Way Jose and Baron Corbin, by pinfall (MITB Qualifying Match)

**The B-Team def Breezango, by pinfall

**Natalya, Ember Moon, and Sasha Banks def The Riott Squad, by submission

**The Deleter of Worlds (C) def The revival, by pinfall

**Alexa Bliss def Mickie James and Bayley, by pinfall (MITB Qualifying Match)

**Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre def Braun Strowman and Finn Balor, by pinfall

**Kevin Owens def Elias and Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (MITB Qualifying Match)