With only 2-weeks for the PPV, the momentum towards Money In The Bank continues as the Ladder Match competitors square off at tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw.
Advertised for tonight: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode, Finn Bálor vs. Kevin Owens, Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax vs. Natalya, and a Tag Team Battle Royal to determine who will challenge “Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt for the Raw Tag Team Titles! Read our detailed WWE Raw results & review below.
Date: June 4, 2018
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Elias Samson & Jinder Mahal
(Elias pins the Intercontinental Champion with a DRIFT AWAY)
The match had some moments but lacked creativity throughout. The moment Jinder Mahal appeared, everyone knew where the segment was headed. While the match was predictable, it made sense within the context of last week’s story. Rollins was slower than usual as he had to sell the inflicted injury from last week. Though the crowd booed Reigns initially, his performance was better tonight. There was good team work between Mahal and Elias as they constantly tried to wear down Rollins and kept him away from tagging Reigns.
It was a much need win for Elias ahead of his title match. However we were surprised to see that the referee did not take any action even after Elias used a steel chair right in front of him.
Curt Hawkins vs. James Harden
(James Harden wins by disqualification)
Hawkins promised a free taco to everyone in the arena if he wins. He fought a local talent from Houston and he had a chance to win after 199 consecutive losses. But Baron Corbin had other plans when he interrupted the match and delivered END OF DAYS to Harden.
YES, THE STREAK LIVES….200-0
Is there a rivalry shaping up between Corbin and Hawkins? Corbin could very well be Hawkin’s first win.
Natalya vs. Nia Jax
(Nia Jax wins with a Samoan Drop)
Nia Jax had the upper hand early in the match but Natalya stood her ground and unloaded on Jax.The Queen of Hearts injured her knee as she hit the ropes. Jax took the opportunity and planted a Samoan Drop on the injured Hart to score a victory. Ronday Rousey escorted Natalya to the locker room after the match.
Natalya has been losing a lot of matches and Jax had to win so that she doesn’t look weak before the title match against Rousey. But why did WWE play an injury angle instead of going for a clean win? A dull match anyway.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode
(Strowman def. Roode with a running PowerSlam)
Braun Strowman got an impressive win over Boddy Roode as he bowled over the Glorious one early and flattened him with a double underhook suplex.
Roode was able to get some momentum when Strowman crashed shoulder-first into the steel post. He retrieved a ladder from under the ring and tried to cause further damage to Strowman but the monster among men broke the ladder in half with his bare hands and tossed Roode back-first into the guardrail.
Braun Strowman has been mind blowing in recent weeks and tonight was no different. Honestly we expected a more GLORIOUS Roode but he was reduced to a mere dummy in front of the behemoth.
Tag Team No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal
(The B-Team wins the Battle Royal)
There was a promo from the Raw tag team champions Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy or as they are called, The Deleter of Worlds.
To everyone’s surprise, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre were eliminated early in the match by Tyler Breeze. All the teams had their moments in this match but were eliminated one by one bringing the match down to the newly formed B-Team of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas and the former SmackDown tag team champions Heath Slater and Rhyno. The B-Team eventually eliminated Rhyno.
The B-Team is definitely on a roll with their winning streak. However the dominant team of them all was Ziggler and McIntyre as they laid waste to everyone even though they did not win. It was a right move to eliminate them early as they were too good to win this match.
Bobby Lashley Calls Out Sami Zayn
This is probably one of the worst rivalries in the history of WWE. It looks like the WWE creative doesn’t know what to do with Lashley and Zain. Lashley called out Sami Zayn who appeared at a safe distance, in the audience.
Sami refused to get into the ring and started to mock Lashley and called him a liar and a stare down between the two closed the segment.
What just happened??? Where was all this going??? We were as clueless as the everyone who has watched this rivalry from the beginning.
Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon vs. The Riott Squad
(Bayley pinned Sarah Logan for the win)
Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon teamed up against the dangerous Riott Squad. Unfortunately it became a handicapped match when Alexa Bliss injured her leg.
The numbers game was definitely against Banks and Moon as Banks was worn down and kept away from Moon. Ember Moon got knocked off the apron which left Banks alone in the ring without anyone to tag. Out comes BAYLEY, who entered the match, tagged in and pinned Sarah Logan for the win.
The Riott Squad has the potential to run the tag team division for a long time provided the creative doesn’t break them up. We saw the injury angle play again tonight and also saw the officials ignoring the rules. How did Bayley just enter the match without officially being announced? Is it just lazy writing or did the creative overlook certain things?
UPDATE: The decision was reversed by Kurt Angle later during a backstage segment as Bayley was not an official participant in the match.
Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens
(Balor wins by disqualification)
The main event of the night featured Finn Balor going one-on-one against Kevin Owens. It was a good match and neither of them could afford a loss leading in to Money In The Bank ppv. WWE wisely ended the match with a disqualification after Owens disregarded the official and started assaulting Balor.
Owens introduced a ladder in to the ring but showed as being afraid of heights as he couldn’t jump from top of it. Balor used this opportunity to showcase himself as he delivered a Coupe De Grace and retrieve the Money In The Bank briefcase to close out the show.
There were some solid in-ring performances by almost all the WWE superstars tonight. However, weak and repetitive bookings pulled down the efforts displayed by the stars.
There were disqualifications, multiple injury angles and Baron Corbin is now the watchdog of Stephanie. A decent tag team opening match and a quality main event match saved an otherwise mediocre night.