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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Sioux Falls, Idaho

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, and Corey Graves

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In-Ring Promo:  Roman Reigns

They are extremely talented, and they have a bright future, he never thought he’d say he lost to The Revival last week.  But he isn’t making any excuses, but he had the worst tag team partner in Bob.  Kurt Angle thinks Bob and he should team up, he doesn’t like Bob.  Bob is an egomaniac, so If Kurt doesn’t make their fight around Extreme Rules, they will fight right here, right now.  Bob had his chance 10 years ago, but he left because he couldn’t handle the road.  And in 10 years from now, he won’t be the man, because Roman will be the man.  This is his yard, and he is The Big Dog.

McIntyre and Ziggler interrupt things, Roman calls Bobby an egomaniac?  That is funny, because he thinks everything is revolved around him, but it isn’t.  He thought Ziggler’s ring is his yard.  McIntyre says he had to get in their business, so tonight, they will get in his.  Ziggler and McIntyre starts to fight Reigns, and here comes Seth Rollins to even the odds.

Backstage Segment:  Reigns, Rollins, and Kurt

Reigns and Rollins wants Ziggler and McIntyre, Kurt makes the match next week.  Roman wants it tonight, and Kurt said they will get it.

Match Number 1:  “Woken” Matt Hardy (Raw Tag Champ) Vs Curtis Axel

Another victory for the B-Team, with Axel ramming Hardy’s head into the turnbuckle, and Axel nails the reverse Neckbreaker for the win.

Winner:  Curtis Axel, by pinfall

Tonight:  Reigns and Lashley Vs The Revival

Tonight:  Reigns and Rollins Vs Ziggler and McIntyre

Next:  Sasha and Bayley Go To Counseling

Backstage Segment:  Reigns and Rollins

Rollins tells Reigns he is a 30-Minute Ironman match set for Extreme Rules, but Reigns does not have a match set.  Lashley comes over, and he says Reigns is a heat magnet.  And beside his brother Seth, nobody likes him, and Bobby doesn’t like him either.  So tonight, he needs to check his ego at the door.  Roman tells Lashley he will start the match, and all Lashley has to do is give that phony smile, and take the W.  Lashley will shove that ego in Reigns’ mouth, and Bobby asks if that is a threat, Bobby says yes it is.

Video:  Bayley and Sasha

Earlier Today:  Bayley’s Counseling Section

Sasha was ordered for counseling too.  Oh boy, it’s Dr. Shelby, right?  Yes!!

This is their friendship counseling, together.  He’d like to call this “The Friend Zone”.

He tells us the 7 steps to friendship, this goes throughout the night.

Match Number 2:  Titus Worldwide Vs The Authors of Pain

The Last Chapter, match is done.

Winners:  The Authors of Pain, by pinfall

Next:  Rollins and Reigns Vs McIntyre and Ziggler

Video:  Kevin Owens

He parks his car, and the valet asks for his keys, and Kevin says no chance, and walks into the building.

Match Number 3:  Dolph Ziggler (IC Champ) and Drew McIntyre Vs Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

This was a fun match here that had Rollins just about to tag up to Reigns, but The Revival shows up, causing the DQ finish.  They ram Reigns into the steel steps, while Ziggler and McIntyre handle Rollins.  Zig Zag/Claymore finish on Rollins.  The Revival nails The Shattered Machine on Reigns.

Winners:  Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, by DQ

Last Week:  Kevin Owens and Braun Strowman


Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and Kevin Owens

Last week, Braun flipped his rental over, he has to do something.  Here on Raw, we settle things in the ring.  You sound like you want a match, he will face Braun Strowman, tonight.

Next:  The Constable Baron Corbin

Earlier Today:  Sasha Banks and Bayley’s Counseling

In-Ring Promo:  The Constable Baron Corbin

As Constable of Raw, he is here to help.  Everyone needs help to fulfill your full potential.  Everyone is trying to make you a better person.  Stephanie McMahon brought him along to make Kurt a better GM, and to help every superstar to fulfill your potential.  But some have too much of an ego to use that help.  We see footage from last week when Corbin and Balor fight during their tag team match.  Baron is here to allow Finn to give him an apology.  Here comes Finn.

Baron thanks Finn to come out here, just admit you’re sorry, admit you’re wrong and you will never do it again.  Baron will start, he apologizes to pull Finn away from him, he didn’t realize how much stronger he is.  Finn will say he is sorry for last week calling him out on his TGIF uniform, and was fired.  Baron will let that go, and be the bigger man.  Okay, he is sorry for someone giving him that terrible haircut.  Listen you little twerp, Stephanie McMahon brought him in to be the constable of Raw.  Suck up your ego, and say you’re sorry.  Finn apologizes for the day Stephanie McMahon brought him in to become Stephanie’s stooge.  Baron tries to fight, but Balor fights back, and sends him running.

Backstage Segment:  Elias

Liv Morgan and Sarah is there, asking if Elias is performing tonight.  Elias says for them?  Not a chance, but for you two?  He will play a great tune.  More furniture tossing.

Next:  Liv Morgan Vs Ember Moon

After Liv tells Ember she is nothing, that lights up a fire for Ember, nails an Eclipse and wins the match.

Winner:  Ember Moon, by pinfall

Earlier Today:  Counseling

This discussion is not working, role-playing now called “Honesty Theater”, with Sasha as Bayley, and Bayley as Sasha.  This isn’t working.  Dr. Shelby had enough, to be continued.

Match Number 5:  Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley Vs The Revival

Reigns worked the entire match, did not tag out to Lashley.  The Revival kept beating the crap out of Reigns, after the count of 5, and the ref DQ’d them.  Lashley left in disgust, and Reigns gets nailed with another Shatter Machine.

Winners:  Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley, by DQ

Backstage Segment:  Owens and Angle

Owens wants out of the match, even will give he and his wife Shania Twain tickets.  Kurt refuses.

Tonight:  Kevin Owens Vs Braun Strowman

Video:  Ant-Man And The Wasp

Moments Ago:  Lashley and Reigns Vs The Revival

Backstage Segment:  Kurt and Reigns

It’s official, Reigns Vs Lashley will happen at Extreme Rules

In-Ring Promo:  Mojo Vs No Way Jose

Mojo doesn’t even want the match, and once again, he punked out Jose.  Next.

Video:  Alexa Bliss at Money in the Bank

Earlier Today:  Ronda Rousey

Renee Young has an exclusive interview with Ronda.  She is excited for Nia Jax Vs Alexa Bliss at Extreme Rules.  She is suspended for Raw, but will buy a ticket for Extreme Rules.

Next:  Mickie James Vs Nia Jax

In-Ring Promo:  Nia Jax

She tells Alexa she thought she was done with her, but I guess not.  She is the Raw Women’s Champion, and at Extreme Rules, they will compete in an Extreme Rules Match.

Match Number 6:  Nia Jax Vs Mickie James

Nia brought Natalya to watch her back, this ends with a Samoa Drop, after Natalya took out Alexa Bliss.

Winner:  Nia Jax, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal

Jinder is trying to meditate with Kevin Owens, and Charly Caruso interrupt.  She tells him he seems shaken up, and Kevin was surprised to see her pop up.  He is glad he is facing Braun tonight.  Kevin is thrilled.  Why would he be shaken up?  Because Braun licks his lips like he is eating a piece of bacon?  He has fought Braun many times, and he will show the world how you destroy a monster.

Earlier Tonight:  Braun and Roman Vs The Revival

Roman refused to tag out to Lashley, so Bobby just walked away.

Extreme Rules:  Roman Reigns Vs Bobby Lashley

Backstage Interview:  Bobby Lashley

Renee shows up, and Bobby says Roman called Bobby an egomaniac.  It was fun to see Roman get what was asked for.  Roman made a name for himself because Bobby wasn’t here, and his yard would just have been a concrete trailer park.

Match Number 7:  Braun Strowman Vs Kevin Owens

Kevin just walks out of the ring, and is counted out.  Now comes the fun, where Strowman hunts down Owens.  He tries to get into his car, which miraculously is still there.  But Owens does not have the keys.  He hides inside a port a potty.  It does not end well, Strowman finds it, and drags it back inside the building, and back at ringside, to tip it over the stage.  Oh this is just brutal.  Unreal that he dragged this back inside, and nobody thought to stop it.  But the officials come out to check on him, now.  Kurt Angle comes out, and is in disbelief, and we end the show with Braun standing tall.

Winner:  Braun Strowman, by Countout

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was such a shitty show, literally.  I liked Roman going double duty, but they both ended with DQ losses.  Other than that, nothing had any flow, nobody had any role in this.  I think I figured out why, the fact that there is no Universal Champion who shows up every single week hurts this product.  I truly hope he loses at Summerslam.  It is time these wrestlers have something to fight for.  It’s just pathetic.  Did you agree?  Send me your thoughts here.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Curtis Axel def Matt Hardy (C), by pinfall

**The Authors of Pain def Titus Worldwide, by pinfall

**Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins def Dolph Ziggler (C) and Drew McIntyre, by DQ

**Ember Moon def Liv Morgan, by pinfall

**Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley def The Revival, by DQ

**Nia Jax def Mickie James, by pinfall

**Braun Strowman def Kevin Owens, by Countout