Monday Night RAW is live tonight from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with the first night of the Superstar Shake-up. Here is a teaser trailer from WWE to get you ready for the show:
WWE is hyping that this is the first ever international Superstar Shake-up show as it has never previously occurred outside the United States. With SummerSlam coming later this year from Canada, it’s a nice appetizer for fans north of the border to get them ready for the next major WWE pay-per-view show in Toronto. One of the biggest threads coming out of the past week is Lacey Evans and her assaults on new RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Reaction from The Man is advertised for show. We also have an advertised new challenge for Universal Champion Seth Rollins after his winner-take-all showdown with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston was interrupted by The Bar last week. Bobby Lashley is being advertised for a monster hellbent on revenge angle after losing the Intercontinental Championship to Finn Balor and laying waste to Dean Ambrose last week. We also will see what’s next for Roman Reigns.
RAW Opening Segment
We get the McMahons, Stephanie and Shane to open the show.
Stephanie welcomes us to the the Superstar Shake-Up before introducing her brother, Shane. Shane O-Mac demands Mike Rome give him the same treatment on his introduction that he gets from Greg Hamilton on Tuesday nights. Shane also wants “The Best in the World” announcement in French as well for the French-speaking fans in Montreal, only to come to grips with the reality that Rome doesn’t speak French, forcing Shane to make his own announcement.
Shane launches Miz into the ring post and rallies with punches to The A-Lister against the barricade before sending him into the crowd with a clothesline. Miz arms himself with a chair and nails Shane with it, hammering him back into the ring and pounding away at him.
We get a video recapping Seth Rollins’ victory over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the Universal Championship. We also get an announcement that The Beast Slayer and Roman Reigns will get a mystery partner from SmackDown later tonight.
RAW Tag Champs Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins and Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. The Revival and The Viking Experience (formerly War Raiders)
Curt Hawkins and Scott Dawson start us off/ Curt hits an arm drag into an armbar, arm wringer, tag to Ryder, double team combo gets only a 1 count. Arm wringer, Ricochet tags in, arm wringer, wrenching away, tag to Black, Wilder tags in and the Dutchman arm drags everyone until Dash Wilder nails him with a stiff right! Tag to Hanson/Ivar, clubbing away, stomping, falling forearm, tag to Dawson and he tears at Black’s mouth.
Winners: The Revival and The Viking Experience
In a video highlight reel, we learn that former Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander has been acquired by RAW.
Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor vs. Andrade
We welcome El Tranquilo and Zelina Vega for their RAW debut as we return from commercials. Both of those Superstars are now on the RAW brand (can Charlotte be far behind?)
Vega grabs the microphone on the ramp and introduces them. She also drags Balor for being ordinary. She rants about Andrade being extraordinary on the blue brand for the past year. Andrade barks out Spanish as he gets in the ring, receiving the “What?!” chants and boos from fans. Andrade opens up by dropping Balor with an uppercut and kicks him in the corner. Vega cheers from ringside. Andrade keeps up the attack with a running double knees and covers up for a 2 count.
Vega and Andrade go through their heel poses in the post-match celebration in the ring. El Tranquilo relishes the victory as Balor is left reeling.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias will be up when we return from break. We get reminders of what he’s been up to lately with still shots of the appearances by John Cena’s “Dr. of Thuganomics” and The Undertaker last week. Who will stomp on Elias this week?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias… Rey Mysterio? Lars Sullivan?
Elias says his music is so powerful it brought back legends like Cena and Taker. Fans break out with Taker chants and Elias says he will be ready for The Deadman next time. Elias says The Dr. of Thuganomics and Taker are jealous of him, and theydon’t want to face it that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. The Montreal crowd throws some heat Elias’ way. He attempts to start playing his latest song, but is interrupted by yet another legend – The Master of the 619. Fans chant for Rey Mysterio as he and Elias get to it. Elias ends up retreating as Rey is announced as a new member of RAW.
The Usos vs. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode
As we return from break, Heel Gable and Heel Roode are finishing up their “Glorious” entrance. Roode snatches up the mic and tells us that he and Gable can take any tag team in the WWE. He issues a challenge to face any team. Out comes the newest acquisitions by RAW, Jimmy and Jey Uso, the former four-time SmackDown Live Tag Team champions.
Gable and Jimmy open up. Fans are firmly behind The Usos. Jey tags in and drops Roode from the ring apron, then takes out Gable. Roode provides a distraction from the floor, allowing Gable to ambush Jey from behind. Gable knocks Jey to the floor and Roode decks him when the referee wasn’t looking. Roode becomes the legal man and launches Jey into the barrier. Gable talks trash to Jey while he’s down.
Winners: The Usos
“A Moment of Bliss” with Special Guest Sami Zayn
Alexa welcomes us to the Superstar Shakeup episode of “A Moment of Bliss.” She says that she wanted to give us a proper farewell in French if this ends up being her last night on RAW. So, she booked Montreal’s own Sami Zayn for her interview. Bliss introduces The Underdog from the Underground and out he comes to a pop, playing up to the ovation from the fans.
Women’s Tag Champs The IIconics Harass Bayley
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics are in the ring. They can cross brands due to having the titles, so they are not officially part of RAW.
Women’s Tag Champs The IIconics vs. Bayley & Naomi
WWE announces Naomi as a new member of the RAW roster (a formality since her husband Jimmy was put on RAW earlier).
Bayley unloads on Kay to start. Corey Graves does his usual bit attacking Banks. Bayley takes Kay to the corner and in comes Naomi off the tag. Peyton ends up trying to rally and keeps Naomi grounded in the middle of the ring.
Winners: Bayley & Naomi
EC3 vs. Braun Strowman
The burial of EC3 continues as The Monster Among Men squashes him before the match can even begin. This has to leave you wondering how big of a mistake EC3 made to get the type of embarrassing treatment he’s receiving week in and week out on the main roster. After bouncing EC3 off the LED boads on stage, Strowman chokeslams him, sending EC3 crashing through part of the stage.
As The Monster Among Men stands tall on the stage, he’s interrupted by The Man, Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Lynch eyeballs Strowman until he stubbornly stomps backstage.
RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Ruby Riott
Before the match begins, a graphic announces the likely splitting up of Sanity as Eric Young only is announced as a member of RAW. Riott then makes her way to the ring with Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan in tow.
The bell rings and the two go back and forth. Riott drives Becky to the mat for a 2 count. Ruby works Becky over on the mat now. Riott fights Becky into the corner and beats her up some more as Liv and Logan cheer her on. Riott with another takedown and some rag-dolling as fans try to rally for Becky. Becky fights up and out of a hold. Becky with a jawbreaker and a kick to the gut. Becky levels Riott with clotheslines. Becky with a flying forearm. Becky with a Bexploder suplex across the ring now. They trade shots at the apron now. Becky goes to the top but Ruby cuts her off. Ruby brings Becky down and she lands on her head hard. Riott goes to the top and flies down for a close 2 count.
Winner: Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
Logan and Morgan try to ambush Becky after the match, but the champ champ easily takes both of them out. She raises her title belts to a pop from the crowd.
Backstage with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Charly Caruso is backstage with the heels as Corbin says he hopes she gets sent to SmackDown. Corbin brags about chasing Hall of Famer Kurt Angle out of WWE. McIntyre says he wants to get his hands on Roman Reigns. The heels vow to take out The Universal Champ, Reigns and their mystery partner as they stomp off.
The camera pans back to the ring with the champ champ still celebrating as old Lynch rival from SmackDown, Natalya, comes out before we head to break.
Natalya and Lacey Evans Confront RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
Natalya joins The Man in the ring. Nattie congratulates the champ champ on all of her success. Last week, she heard Lynch say she had to sleep with one eye open. Natalya says that she’s the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be and she’s coming after Bex for the RAW gold.
No. 1 Contender Match
Natalya vs. Lacy Evans
Evans misses a splash in the corner and Natalya slingshots her to the mat. Natalya with more offense and the low dropkick Natalya goes on and tosses Evans out of the ring to the floor. We go to commercial.
Winner: Lacey Evans is the No. 1 Contender to the RAW Women’s Championship
Backstage with Rollins and Reigns
Charly Caruso is backstage to interview Universal Champion Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Caruos inquires about their tag team partner. Rollins is going to reveal who it is, but Reigns tells Caruso that she has to wait, just like everybody else. Rollins says they haven’t forgotten about what The Almighty did to Dean Ambrose in Brooklyn last week. They vow to tear down the house in Montreal because one or both of them could be gone from RAW after tonight.
Mysterious Bray Wyatt Promo
A creepy dollhouse is shown before we see a rocking horse rocking back and forth. Then, we see a rocking chair with a ventriloquist dummy sitting in it. The dummy starts to laugh before the shot ends.
Universal Champ Seth Rollins, AJ Styles & Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush and Baron Corbin
We finally get confirmation that The Phenomenal One is now a part of RAW. Bobby Lashley starts against Seth Rollins. Lashley punches him to the corner, but Rollins fights out. Roman Reigns tags in, and they hit Lashley with a double-team wishbone split. Reigns punches Lashley to the corner, and AJ Styles tags in. Styles punches away at Lashley, but he’s powered to the corner. Baron Corbin tags in, and Styles chops him. An “AJ Styles” chant picks up. Styles leapfrogs Corbin and connects with a dropkick. Drew McIntyre tags in, and he points at Reigns. Styles tags Reigns in.
Back from break, we see Reigns punch Corbin back and tag Rollins in. Rollins hits Corbin with a springboard forearm and a Sling Blade. Rollins hits McIntyre with a plancha before covering Corbin with a two count. Rollins superkicks Corbin before kicking him in the midsection. Corbin quickly gets out of the ring. Rollins goes for a suicide dive, but Corbin forearms him. Corbin catches him with a slam for a two count. Corbin punches him to the corner and puts him on the top rope. Rollins fights off a superplex and boots him back. Rollins hits a blockbuster, and they’re both down.
Winners: Universal Champ Seth Rollins, AJ Styles & Roman Reigns