Raw Recap 7/9/18
Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley Set for War
The show began with a backstage confrontation between the two superstars, as Roman made his way to the ring. Once in the ring, Reigns called out Lashley, leading to an all out brawl and an intervention by a number of superstars from the backstage area. After repeated attempts to beat each other senseless, Reigns dove into a crowd of superstars twice to attack Lashley. The two are clearly prepared for Extreme Rules this Sunday, and it seemed like the Universe finally popped for the massive brawl after weeks of disinterest.
Nia Jax Continues Momentum
The second match of the night was a tag team affair between Nia/Natalya and Alexa Bliss/Mickie James. The match wasn’t entirely the story, as it was a fairly routine tag match. However, following the win by Nia, Alexa proceeded to attack with a kendo stick, creating the Segway into their Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules on Sunday.
The B Team Flying High
After the last few weeks of being mocked by the B Team, the Raw Tag Team Champions the Deleters of Worlds seemed to show a different side of themselves. Unfortunately, it still did not result in a win, as Bo Dallas picked up the victory over Matt Hardy. The B Team has seized seemingly all momentum having won singles matches within the last month leading into their tag team match at Extreme Rules.
Corbin and Balor Look to Settle Score
After weeks of feuding, Finn Balor and Baron Corbin had one final tune up before their match on Sunday at Extreme Rules. Corbin teamed with Elias, while Balor teamed with Bobby Roode, in what was a contender for match of the night before the main event. The match was back and forth, with Corbin getting the pin fall over Roode for the win. The match furthered the feud between Balor and Corbin, but unfortunately gave neither Elias nor Roode a path forward heading into Sunday at Extreme Rules.
McIntyre Picks Up Impressive Victory
In the main event, Seth Rollins faced off against Drew McIntyre to determine whether McIntyre would be allowed ringside for the Ironman match between Rollins and Ziggler at Extreme Rules. The match was highly physical, and for not working many matches together, the two superstars had tremendous chemistry in the ring. Rollins goaded McIntyre into the match earlier in the evening, but it was McIntyre who picked up the impressive victory over The Architect. The match continued to stunt any momentum Rollins could have hoped for heading into Extreme Rules. However, the match may have catipulted McIntyre into an advantageous position, as he may begin wrestling more singles matches in weeks to come.