Hello and welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw Live Recap! I’m your host, CP Bialois, and it looks like we’re going to have a fun show tonight.
Will Seth Rollins go after Rey and Dominic Mysterio? Will the double contract signing go off without a hitch? Stay tuned.
The Contract signing starts with a brawl already in progress between Asuka and Sasha Banks and Bayley. Dolph Ziggler and McIntyre then come out, and after a brief exchange, they sign their contracts. McIntyre offers to let Ziggler name the match’s stipulation, but they’re interupted by Asuka as she signs, and then Banks does.
A fight breaks out and the heels head for the hills.
Backstage, Angel Garza and Andrade are being interviewed, but the Bigshow interupts, saying he has to take care of Randy Orton first.
Zelina Vega is insulted, which doesn’t bode well for Bigshow.
Before going to commercial, they tease that Seth Rollins will ask for forgiveness for his previous actions.
A mixed tag team match between Drew McIntyre and Asuke vs. Dolph Ziggler and Sasha Banks will happen later tonight.
Bigshow challenges Randy Orton, but Vega, Andrade, and Garza come out to teach him a lesson. They’re interupted by Ric Flair, who says Orton is backstage and will come out when he’s ready. He then tells Vega to let her team have some fun at Bigshow’s expense.
Before things get started, the Viking Raiders come out and start brawling with Andrade and Garza.
Zelina Vega joins the commentary team as Andrade and Angel Garza face the Viking Raiders.
There’s a slight dysfunction when Garza refuses to tag out, and Andrade looks like he was going to leave, but Vega when to talk to him as it goes to commercial.
Vega got her team working together again, and after a few doubleteams, Garza hit his Wing Clipper on Erik for the pinfall.
Backstage, Ruby Riott is approached by the Iiconics, and after they exchange insults, Riott challenges one of them to a match, stating it’ll be “Iconic!”
The Iiconics are not happy.
Ric Flair approaches Vega and her team to congratulate them, and says he wants to talk to them about an idea he has.
24/7 Championship: Akira Tozawa (c) vs. R-Truth
Truth won a quick match, then dodged a couple of ninjas as he ran off as 24/7 Champion.
MVP and Bobby Lashley plot to take the United States Championship from Apollo Crews.
Seth Rollins prepares to share most important message to date after the commerical.
It’s announced that the Big Show will face Andrade and Angel Garza in a handicap match. Orton will probably appear here, but it may just be a mind game on his part.
Rollins gives his usual speech, and apologzed not for what he did, but what he will do.
The Mysterios appear on the titantron and Rey asked for forgiveness from his son for what he’d do to Rollins.
After some more banter, Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo run to the ring, setting up a possible match afer the commerical break.
Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo vs. Austin Theory and Murhoy
The match eventually starts after Rollins’ attempt to make Black and Carrillo question their commitment to Rey Mysterio fails. The match starts fast and hardhitting, and Carrillo hit with a crossbody outside the ring on Murphy and Rollins as we go to commercial.
Probably the best match of the night ended with a Rollins’ Stomp on Carrillo. The fight continued afterwards, and Rollins put Rey Mysterio’s mask on Carrillo to sacrifice him. Black saved him, but Rollins Stomped Carrillo instead, then left the ring.
Backstage, McIntyre admitted he let Ziggler to pick their match stipulation at Extreme Rules: Horror Show so he won’t have any excuses when he loses. We’re smelling handicap match.
We got to see a brief recap of the Undertaker’s tribute from last week’s Smackdown as well as the highlight video they shared. Kinda shocked there wasn’t a Boneyard Match highlight segment since they’re pushing the idea that he’s retiring so har. We won’t believe it until he doesn’t wrestle through next year’s WrestleMania. He’s claimed this too many times before.
Lana approaches Ruby Riott as she’s warming up backstage, and pitches the idea that the women’s division needs a real leader, and cites Natalya as the perfect choice given she has more wins than anyone other competitor.
Ruby Riott vs. Payton Royce
Royce pinned Riott in a one-sided match (thanks to Billie Kay’s distractions) following a spinning brainbuster.
Backstage, Big Show explains how Flair was his ido when he was a kid, but after he sstarted wrestling he learned he was the dirtiest player in the game. He gave both him and Orton props, and admitted Orton is the most dangerous wrestler with Flair mentoring him.
Handicap Match – Big Show vs Andrade and Angel Garza
The Big Show dominated the match, and Garza left after Andrade tagged himself in when Garza managed to get Show down.
Garza left Andrade to the Big Show’s lack of mercy and Show chockeslammed him for he win.
Apollo Crews vs. MVP with Bobby Lashley
MVP give a speech about wanting to give back, and Apollo Crews interupts him, saying he never disrespected him and the only person MVP cares about it himself.
Crews starts out in control, but takes out Lashley with a flip outside the ring, and MVP took over as the commercial started.
A good, solid match and with some distraction and interference by Lashley, MVP hit with a Fisherman’s Suplex for the pin in what looks like a non-title match.
Crews attacked MVP after the match, and Lashley locked him into his full nelson. It took Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and several officials to get Lashley to break the hold.
Bobby Lashley vs. Ricochet
In a fun match, Lashley eventually beats Ricochet with a full nelson after dominating most of the match. He then slaps his full nelson on Cedric Alexander, then tosses him to the side.
Backstage, Banks and Bayley laugh at Ziggler’s previous antics on Smackdown and tell him not to screw this match up.
Mixed Tag Team Match – Drew McIntyre and Asuke vs. Dolph Ziggler and Sasha Banks
This starts out with Bayley with the annocuncers and McIntyre and Ziggler in the ring. After tossing Ziggler around like a rag doll, he tags in Banks, who fares just as well before they try to regroup.
Ziggler put up a good fight, but McIntyre had him beat when Banks tagged herself in. After a few counters of submisison holds, Banks counted the Asuka Lock into a pin for the win.
This was a pretty good episode that kept thing interesting throughout. Still room to grow, but they may be on the right track. Now, if they could stop sacrificing actual tag teams for patched together teams, that would be nice.
What was your favorite match? Let us know in the comemnts below.
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