Seven female superstars compete in a Gauntlet Match on a special Memorial Day edition of Raw. The winner will become the final red brand competitor to enter the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The KingSlayer, Seth Rollins, will put the Intercontinental title on the line against The Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal. Read the detailed WWE Monday Night Raw results and review below.
Date: May 28, 2018
Location: The Coliseum, Richmond, VA
Monster in the Bank
(Finn Balor def. Braun Strowman via DQ after Kevin Owens attacked Finn Balor)
Was it not nice for RAW to start off with a very short promo by your favorite monster, followed by a very good match with an interesting interference finish? Can all segments be like that? Kurt Angle made a reference to one of his catchphrases on his way to setting up a match, which proved to be a cracker.
A Balor vs Strowman showdown never hurt anyone. Anyone but you, Finn. (Although, to be fair, Finn did not really look that outmatched. He even landed a Coup de Grace before that dastardly KO sent the match to an abrupt end. And my oh my oh my, did you see how far Strowman throw that ladder? We are telling you, Braun Strowman could fit into NFL just fine. Or one of those weird competitions in Norway or Sweden where you throw your washing machine as far as possible. The things ultra-developed countries do for entertainment…
Are we all lucky that we get Finn Balor vs Strowman (ft. Kevin Owens) for entertainment?
SETH ROLLINS WITH A CHAIR! OH MY GOD!
(Intercontinental Championship: Jinder Mahal def. Seth Rollins (c) via DQ, after Seth had enough with the Indian men’s shenanigans and began to whack Jinder with a steel chair)
Rollins with a chair? Phew, not another Shield betrayal.
In all honesty, however, we really enjoyed this match. To a surprising extent. Jinder Mahal with Sunil (Or Samir? Sunil Samir? Samir Sunil? YOU JUST MADE THE LIST!) were really entertaining tonight, providing us with some good, classic heel moves. Rollins was the babyface on fire in-ring, and everything just felt like a segment that came straight out of the Attitude Era, ESPECIALLY with the Elias guitar-smack. And a sprinkle of the most lucrative era ever in WWF/WWE history can do no harm.
Armbar? Armbar, That’s What You’ll Do?
(Nia Jax def. Madi Maxx, a local judo champion, a professional wrestler, and now a woman with a crushed trachea (hopefully not))
So this Nia Jax vs Ronda Rousey thing basically boils down to whether Ronda could put Nia into an armbar. But Jax proved that even if she could (like Madi could), Nia would not be bothered in the least. Nia then proceeded to crush Ronda’s hopes of a tap-out victory, and possibly Madi’s trachea as well. Jax vs Rousey has the potential to be an epic feud, and this was the suitable first step – a champion’s intimidation.
Psychological warfare it is, Corey Graves.
Kiss Kiss, Muah Muah
(The DelEATER of Worlds def. The Ascension)
Yeah, DelEATER of Worlds is not exactly their name, but we like to put it that way. The opportunity is so obvious.
Well, besides our horrible attempt at a pun, we do not have much to say about this match. Quick squash, poor Ascensions.
When Canadians Fought on USA’s Memorial Day
(Kevin Owens def. Bobby Roode)
When a couple of Canadians fought on USA’s Memorial Day, a 6’8”, 385-pound monster came and demolished both of the True Northerners. A beautiful tale, eh? Pretty much everything about the match was standard affair, except for the ending, where Kevin got a surprise victory. Strowman coming out to destroy Owens, and subsequently Roode, was also nothing surprising. It is Money in the Bank season, and everyone is justified to turn their back upon each other. Even the normally-nice ones like Canadians. Speaking of Canadians…
Sami Zayn issuing a public apology? People, it cannot get any more Canadians than this.
But, as much as we would like to say nice things about Canada, we have to give this segment a thumbs down. While the promo itself was not too terrible, and the confrontation did not end in a lame brawl, pretty much anything that referred to Lashley’s three sisters at this point is worthy of eternal damnation. One good thing that came out of this segment, at least, was the Lashley vs Zayn match being officially set up for Money in the Bank. Now, we all know who is going to win, but it will surely be a fun match to watch.
Oh yeah, and the segment ended with a handshake. The Canadian politeness stereotype is there for a reason, you know.
What We Had Been Waiting for All Night
(Money in the Bank Last Chance Qualifying Gauntlet Match: Sasha Banks def. Bayley, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Ruby Riott, Dana Brooke, and Mickie James)
We really liked the main event. The pace was well-thought-out, as some match-ups ended really fast to save time for hometown girl Mickie James’ valiant effort against Ruby Riott, as well as the Riott vs Banks finish. An unusual decision from the creative team to put Riott in the “marathon (wo)man” spot, but we were completely fine with it. Ruby needed more chances to showcase her talent on RAW. Tonight, she was given the opportunity and she took it with authority. Sasha Banks may have won the match, but it can be argued that Ruby was the one who benefited most from the main event. Great way to end the show.
Stuff worth noting but not worth an entire paragraph about:
Seth Rollins turned into a Braun Strowman wannabe, throwing Elias’ stool halfway up the ramp. Also, Elias being shunned on a weekly basis has become our favorite thing to laugh at.
Elias vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship is all but confirmed for next week. We know Elias is not one to just… walk away like that.
DANA BROOKE PULLS A SCOTT STEINER! THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE!!!
Drew McIntyre def. Chad Gable. Still no Jason Jordan in sight. Too bad, American Alpha is our second-favorite AA in WWE.
How many food-related segments in WWE had not ended in some How To Basic-type travesty? Yep, almost as many as the number of tag titles The B-Team had won.
Another great offering from RAW, with Strowman throwing people around, Canadians issuing apologies, and that gauntlet match hyped all week. Although the Universal Championship was nowhere to be found tonight, the second (read top-)-tier championship, the Intercontinental Championship, carried the show in-ring-wise yet again, as Seth Rollins vs Jinder Mahal turned out to be much, much better than anyone could have ever imagined. There were other good matches in the form of Balor vs Strowman and that gauntlet match, and everything else was either so-so or cringe-worthy. Par for the course of WWE nowadays, so nothing to be worried about.
See you all tomorrow.