The Season Premiere of WWE Monday Night Raw included the hotly anticipated rematch between Keith Lee and Braun Strowman as well as the final buildup from the red brand of Hell in a Cell.
Retribution Interrupts The Fiend
The show kicked off with The Fiend and Alexa Bliss, who were interrupted by Retribution. The two sides had been part of several back and forths on Social Media in recent weeks and it was finally time for them to come face to face.
The five-man team made their way into the ring before the lights went down and Bliss and The Fiend disappeared.
It appeared that The Fiend had set up Retribution since The Hurt Business made their way to the ring and a brawl ensued.
The Hurt Business def. Retribution
When Raw returned from an ad-break, the eight-man tag match was underway. The two teams came to blows outside the ring mid-way through the match, when The Fiend appeared on the titantron.
T-Bar tapped to The Hurt Lock from Bobby Lashley before The Fiend appeared back in the ring and took out three members of Retribution at ringside.
Mustafa Ali attempted to run away and was saved by T-Bar who took a Sister Abigail on his leader’s behalf. The Hurt Business watched the beatdown from the ramp and Bliss was then shown to be on the screen the whole time.
AJ Styles def. Matt Riddle
AJ Styles made his way to the ring alongside Jordan Omogbehin who is now the bodyguard of The Phenomenal One of Monday Night Raw. Styles’ new bodyguard initially refused to leave the ring to allow the action to get underway and had to be begged by the official.
In the end, it was Styles’ new associate who was able to help the former WWE Champion pick up the win by distracting Riddle and allowing him to walk into a Styles Clash.
Backstage: Drew McIntyre talked about being an underdog in his match against Randy Orton this weekend at Hell in a Cell. The WWE Champion made it clear that he’s prepared to go through hell despite the advantage that The Viper has.
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka def. Lana
Lana put up a decent fight but never had a real chance of getting past Asuka, and tapped to the Asuka Lock. After the match, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler interfered and Jax put Lana through the announce table before Asuka fought the two women off.
Baszler and Jax remained in the ring and cut a promo where they laid down a challenge that was answered by Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce, and The Riott Squad.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler def. Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke and The Riott Squad
The Women’s Tag Team Champions were able to come out on top even when the odds were stacked against them and The Riott Squad returned from SmackDown. Evans and Royce were far from on the same page and in the end, it was a Samoan Drop on Lacey Evans that secured another dominant win for the Champions.
Jeff Hardy Spoils Elias’ Music Show
Elias made his way out into the arena to preview his new album “Universal Truth” launch and performed both Amen and Lead Me Home for the watching WWE Universe. Jeff Hardy then appeared and upstaged Elias on guitar to continue the feud between the two men.
Backstage: Tucker continued the feud with The Miz and John Morrison and vowed to find a tag team partner for later in the night.
Backstage: Elias wasn’t impressed with the interruption from Jeff Hardy and laid down a challenge for a match at Hell in a Cell.
Kofi Kingston def. Sheamus
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston made their way to the ring as Raw Tag Team Champions and were interrupted by Sheamus. The promo then led to an impromptu match between Sheamus and Kofi Kingston. It was a fantastic match between the two men that ended with Trouble in Paradise.
Backstage: Mustafa Ali confirmed that he was the man behind the SmackDown hacker. He stated that he knew a lot of secrets from the current crop of wrestlers and used this role to set RETRIBUTION free.
Backstage: Titus O’Neil wanted to be part of The Hurt Business but MVP decided that he wouldn’t be a worthy addition.
Tucker and El Gran Gordo def. The Miz and John Morrison
The Miz and John Morrison headed to the ring to see who Tucker had chosen as a partner and it turned out to be Otis disguised as a Luchador called El Gran Gordo. This led to an emotional promo from Miz who recalled stepping up as Mr. Money in the Bank while Otis has remained a joke. This led to a brawl and a tag team match between the two teams.
Mid-way through the match, R-Truth walked through the ring followed by Akira Tozawa, and caused the distraction. This allowed El Gran Gordo to pin The Miz following The Vader Bomb.
A Blissful Firefly Fun House
Bray Wyatt brought the Firefly Fun House to Raw and stated that he couldn’t wait to make more new friends. Ramblin’ Rabbit revealed that he had a wife and Wyatt said he would be a better friend. Mercy The Buzzard then ate Ramblin’ Rabbit again. Alexa Bliss was then revealed as the newest addition to The Fun House.
Braun Strowman def. Keith Lee
Strowman and Lee had their second showdown after the destruction that was left in their wake the first time around. This time there was a winner as Strowman came out on top after headbutting Lee in the crotch and delivering a big boot. After the match, Lee seemingly turned heel and got even with a low blow of his own.
Orton and McIntyre Hypes Up Hell in a Cell
Randy Orton locked himself inside the Hell in a Cell structure to deliver a message to Drew McIntyre. The Viper talked about his history inside the structure and the legends that he has been in the match against.
Drew McIntyre came out to the ring with bolt cutters and was able to break his way into the cell. Raw then went off the air before the two men could come to blows.