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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Houston, Texas

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, David Otunga, and Corey Graves

If you missed last week’s Raw, click here WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results 5/28/18 (Memorial Day Bash)

In-Ring Concert:  Elias



Hello, I am Elias, and I am the man who carries the wind, and a brisk across his chest.  And I have one question for everybody here tonight.  Who wants to walk with Elias?  Now it should be no surprise to anyone that I am the first face you see tonight.  I am the most valuable performer in WWE, and will be more valuable at Money in the Bank, when I become the new Intercontinental Champion.  And we will see that WWE stands for Walk with Elias.  Speaking of Seth Rollins, we all saw what I did to him last week, leaving him in a pedal of dust.  Think about what I did, I had to break my own guitar.  I am going to sign this song for tonight, in honor of Seth Rollins.

The song is called “Falling Down”, just like the Rockets when Golden State comes to town.

BURN IT DOWN!!  Seth Rollins comes to the ring.  Elias has his guitar, ready.  Seth slowly comes to the ring, and takes his time to get into the ring.  Seth has a chair, takes his title off, and walks into the ring, ready for a fight.  Rollins takes the guitar off with the chair, and Jinder Mahal comes from behind, taking out Rollins.  And now we have Roman Reigns come to the ring.  “The Big Dog” takes out Elias, Jinder, and Samir.  Here comes Kurt Angle interrupting the fun.  Kurt is issuing our first match, being a tag team match.

Match Number 1:  Seth Rollins (IC Champ) and Roman Reigns Vs Jinder Mahal and Elias

Seth once again is selling from the beat down he had last week, moved a bit slower in everything he did.  Samir tries to use a chair on Seth, but the IC Champ catches the chair, chases him into the ring, Elias snaps a DDT right on the chair, then nails Drift Away for the pin fall.  Elias Vs Rollins is set Money in the Bank.

Winners:  Jinder Mahal and Elias, by pinfall

Tonight:  Braun Strowman vs Bobby Roode

Tonight:  Nia Jax Vs Natalya

Tonight:  Tag Team Battle Royal

Match Number 2:  Curt Hawkins Vs James Harden

Curt has free tacos for everyone, if Curt wins his match.  He has 199 straight losses, and will make sure everyone leaves here with a free taco.  But Baron Corbin shows up, nails Harden to ruin the fun, so Curt loses the match.  Corbin doesn’t want anybody here to have fun.  He also flips the table, so no tacos.

Winner:  James Harden (Not that one), by DQ

Next:  Nia Jax Vs Natalya

Backstage Segment:  Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle

Baron does not like his role in Raw lately, so he went to WWE headquarters, and talked to Stephanie McMahon herself.  Due to questionable decisions, Baron is now the new constable of Raw, and Kurt will go through things with Baron.

Match Number 3:  Nia Jax (Raw Women’s Champ) Vs Natalya in a non-title match

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey joins the commentary table.  Natalya had an opportunity to defeat Nia, but she hurt her knee, and that allowed the Women’s Champ to nail a Samoan Drop for the pinfall.  Natalya can’t get up, Nia looks concerned, and here comes Ronda to check on her friend.  Nia checks on Natalya, bumps into Ronda, and Rousey gets right into her face.  Ronda leaves the ring with Natalya.

Winner:  Nia Jax, by pinfall

Tonight:  Kevin Owens Vs Finn Balor

Tonight:  Bobby Lashley Responds

Backstage Interview:  Bobby Roode

Renee asks Bobby what is his mindset in his first Money in the Bank match?  Bobby is excited for it, and he thrives in the spotlight.  It’s a guarantee that when you cash in Money in the Bank briefcase, you win the WWE Universal Championship, and it will be GLORIOUS!!  What are his thoughts on facing Braun?  He has never been in the ring with a guy like Braun, he will have to use every trick in the book just to beat him.  But his goal for tonight is just to survive.

Match Number 4:  Braun Strowman Vs Bobby Roode

Bobby tried to use his head, separating he and Braun with a ladder, but Strowman breaks the ladder in half, catches Roode, and nails a Powerslam for the win.

Winner:  Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Backstage Interview:  Kevin Owens

Charly wants Kevin’s thoughts heading into Money in the Bank.  Kevin doesn’t care about his opponents, he just wants to win Money in the Bank.  He doesn’t understand the WWE Universe why they like Finn Balor, because all he says is “Too Sweet”?  He will show the world that Finn is nothing but a made-up myth.

Tonight:  Owens Vs Balor

Backstage Segment:  Natalya, Nia, and Ronda

Natalya is hurting, she heard a pop.  Nia checks on Nattie, wanting to see if she is okay.  Ronda and Nia start arguing, and Nattie tells them she knows Nia didn’t mean it, she just needs a moment to herself.

In-Ring Interview:  The Deleter of Worlds

Renee Young interviews the Raw Tag Team Champions.  Renee tries to make this into a serious interview, God Bless her.  The next match is the Battle Royal to determine who will face The Deleter of Worlds for the Raw Tag Team Championship.  Bray says the winners won’t just face The Deleter of Worlds, they will be facing The Woken Warriors, they will be facing The Fireflies, they will be facing Gods.  Only then will they realize they will be Woken.  Matt tells us only what he can say.  They have woken the entire WWEEEEEEEEEE Universe.  Does Renee consider herself woken?  Ummm yeah, sure….WOOOOOOOOOOOOONDERFUL!!  It is time for this Battle Royale to commence.  Senor Benjamin, WAIT….Bray says let it be known whoever wins this Battle Royale will first suffer, then…DELETED!!

Match Number 5:  Battle Royal For The Number One Contenders To Raw Tag Team Championship


The B-Team made history, last eliminating Rhyno to pick up the win, and their run continues.  They will face The Deleter of Worlds for the Raw Tag team Championship.

Winners:  The B-Team

In-Ring Promo:  Bobby Lashley

Bobby tells Sami if he has anything to say to Bobby, come say it to his face.  Sami shows up through the crowd, he says he will not come to the ring, because the last time he did, Bobby smashed his hand.  He can’t even cook tofu steaks anymore, because of that.  But Sami did some research on who Bobby Lashley really is, courtesy of Instagram.  He loves to post inspirational thoughts on Instagram, and we see it.  Bobby is touching Sami with these posts.  Sami went into one of his Instagram accounts, and sent Bobby a DM, thanking him for inspiring him, and he just sent him a link to the VIP Bobby Lashley Fan Club.  It’s a cash grab, Bobby is just trying to make money through us.  Bobby asks where is he going through this?  How many burner accounts does Sami have?  He thought Sami would come to the ring, and thank him face-to-face?  Sami doesn’t talk to fake people.  Bobby tells Sami he is trying to hype up their PPV match, but he would appreciate Sami wouldn’t try to ruin his reputation.  Sami tells Bobby because he is a fake, everything he is doing is a ruse.  Does he really have sisters?  Was he really in the army?  Now the smile has stopped, the jacket comes off, and Sami said that was another one of his lies.  Now Sami crossed the line, and in 2 weeks these two face each other, in the ring.

Earlier Tonight:  Reigns and Rollins Vs Elias and Jinder

Backstage Interview:  Jinder Mahal

Charly wants a few words from Jinder, and Jinder tells us Roman is a very bitter man.  He thinks there is a conspiracy against him, but the truth is he has had opportunity after opportunity.  There is a storm coming, and it’s brewing.

Backstage Interview:  Roman’s Response

Roman is not bitter, what has he done lately?  Jinder has done absolutely nothing, and Jinder responds by saying he has done nothing?  He is only saying that, because he can’t ever say it to his face.

Roman hunts down Jinder, and he found him.  The two men fight each other.  Roman takes down Jinder with ease, but officials come out to break it up.

Match Number 6:  Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Ember Moon Vs The Riott Squad

Alexa Bliss had a “knee” injury, so she bowed out of the match.  When Ember and Sasha were in trouble, Bayley came out, cleaned house, and wins with a Bayley to Belly to win for the team.

Winners:  Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, and Bayley, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and Corbin

Corbin said Bayley was not in the official match, so therefore they did not win the match, and Kurt needs to them, or he talks to Stephanie.

Backstage Segment:  Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon

Ember is psyched about their win, and Sasha thanks Bayley for the save.  Ember suggests they hug it out, so they can celebrate.  Kurt comes over, and gives the bad news.  The Riott Squad wins, by DQ, since Bayley was not officially in the match.  Sasha walks away from Bayley.

Backstage Segment:  Baron Corbin and John Cone

Baron chews out the ref for allowing that to have happened.

In-Ring Segment:  The Big Show

Big Show is to introduce Team Texas in the Special Olympics.  Big Show tells us that the Special Olympic athletes inspire him to be a better person.

Match Number 7:  Finn Balor Vs Kevin Owens

Good match, but very bad ending.  Owens continues to kick Balor without answering the 5 count, and the ref John Cone DQ’s Owens.  Kevin responds with a Frogsplash.  We now have another ladder from underneath the ring.  Owens climbs up the ladder, but can’t climb up.  Balor jumps up, nails Owens in the ribs, and grabs the briefcase to show he can do it.  The show ends here.

Winner:  Finn Balor, by DQ

Kevin’s Thoughts: 

It was a better show tonight than last week, but it still was a mixed bag for me.  We had 2 “fake” knee injuries in the women matches.  A DQ finish in our main event.  The best match was the first match, again.  My biggest issue is everyone is busy with something at Money in the Bank, but they are still in a stand still.  It shouldn’t be that way.

Also, not sure where they are going with Kurt and Stephanie.  I  am sure there will be a match set for Summerslam.  What were your thoughts on the show?  Send them to me here, I will be back tomorrow evening with a live Smackdown report.  So check here.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Elias and Jinder Mahal def Seth Rollins (C) and Roman Reigns, by pinfall

**James Harden def Curt Hawkins, by DQ

**Nia Jax def Natalya, by pinfall

**Braun Strowman def Bobby Roode, by pinfall

**The B-Team wins The Tag Team Battle Royal

**The Riott Squad def Alexa Bliss, Ember Moon, and Sasha Banks, by DQ

**Finn Balor def Kevin Owens, by DQ