“I hear voices in my head. They counsel me. They understand. They talk to me.”
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation. The 14-time World Champion is excited to be back on Raw. Orton has not appeared on Raw in 18 months since undergoing double-fusion spinal surgery. The Viper gets in the ring and climbs to the second rope to strike his trademark pose.
A loud “Randy” chant picks up. Orton is dressed in all black tonight. Orton looks moved by the ovation and shouts, “Thank you!” Orton says it sounds like maybe a few of them missed him. They cheer in the affirmative. Orton says he’s back for as long as he can stay here. Without any further adieu, he wants to cut right to it. Orton says, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw!”
Orton says he was gone awhile and chuckles. A “Welcome back” chant fires up. Orton thanks them. That whole time he was gone, it gave him plenty of time to think about all his accomplishments and accolades. They’ve heard all of them before and won’t bore them to death because there are quite a few. There is one thing Orton has never done, which is compete at WarGames. When his dear friend, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes, gave him a call, he picked up the call and was in. There’s another reason why he wanted to be in the match. WarGames was invented by Cody’s father, the late and great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. It was about being part of wrestling history and making moments. Orton got to make a moment on Saturday.
Orton is also back because he has unfinished business to attend to. That unfinished business has to do with the Bloodline. Orton has made a career of putting guys on the shelf, sometimes permanently. Orton can forgive but not forget. Orton has a bagful of receipts for every single member of the Bloodline. When he says “every single member,” he means EVERY single member. Nashville knows what those receipts are going to come in the form of. They’re the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment: R-K-O! The crowd chants, “RKO!”
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring without The Judgment Day. The Eradicator gets in the ring with the Viper. Ripley sarcastically welcomes Orton back. She says she didn’t think he was someone who would do favors for others or team with someone who tried to end his career. She didn’t think he’d have his big return after a year and a half upstaged. The crowd lightly boos. Ripley says Orton looks more dangerous than ever. It would be a shame to have all of that wasted because Orton doesn’t seem to have realized that the landscape has changed. The Bloodline has fallen and the Judgment Day has risen to be the dominant force in WWE. When it comes to WarGames, that was just a bump in the road. The reality is, they’re all dripping in gold. She wiped the floor with Zoey Stark. Her Latino Heat “Dirty” Dom is your NXT North American Champion. When it comes to Finn Bálor and Damian Priest, they hold the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship that Orton nearly lost everything to get. If it weren’t for Orton, Damian Priest would be your World Heavyweight Champion. Orton has come in here and made a lot of enemies who can make his life a living nightmare. Orton needs to stop focusing on the Bloodline. Unlike the Bloodline, the Judgment Day gets the job done and will put him out permanently.
An “RKO” chant fires up. Orton looks knowingly out into the crowd. Orton says he stated that he kept in touch and watched the product while he was gone. Every week, it’s all about Rhea Ripley. Mami this and Mami that. Guess what? Daddy’s back. The crowd roars, and a”Daddy” chant fires up. Orton says a lot of things have changed, which is true… a “Who’s your Daddy” chant picks up. Orton says the one thing that hasn’t changed and never will as long as he is here is nobody tells Randy Orton what to do. Ripley laughs heartily. She sees that Orton made his bed. She tried to warn him and give him an out, but he has made the Judgment Day his enemy now.
JD McDonagh, in a neck brace, and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio attack Orton from behind! They double-team him in the corner, but Orton fights out. Orton sends McDonagh shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton grabs Mysterio and swings him to the apron for a hanging DDT, but McDonagh cuts him off. Orton drops McDonagh with an RKO. Mysterio escapes the ring and runs to Ripley.
Orton tells Mysterio not to go far. As soon as he leaves this ring, he’s going to find Adam Pearce and make sure he gets Mysterio in the ring tonight!
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Finn Bálor comes in and says they cannot take the Creed Brothers lightly. Damian Priest isn’t listening, but he says he heard him. Priest says he can see on their faces that they appointed him the leader of WarGames, but they lost, and he let them down. Rhea Ripley says that Judgment Day is a family. They rise and fall together. Bálor says they’re still the Tag Team Champions. It’s all good. Ripley says just because they made Priest the leader of WarGames and it didn’t turn out in their favor, they’re not going to blame him. Priest says he appreciates it. Priest asks how JD McDonagh is doing. Bálor says he’s still being checked out and suggests they check on him. Priest agrees.
Archive for Monday Night Raw Results
The Judgment Day, with Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley watching on, decimate Rollins and Zayn. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso run down. A massive brawl breaks out. WWE officials and security run down to restore order. Jey gets Priest in the ring and superkicks him. Jey hits the ropes for a Spear, but JD McDonagh runs in and pushes Priest out of the way and takes the Spear.
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce gets in the ring and screams that he’s seen enough. It’s another night and another ruined match. They have an important title match, and this cannot happen again. The people deserve better. Pearce says everyone involved in WarGames is banned from ringside… only that’s not good enough. They are banned from the arena. Ripley is irate and gets in Pearce’s face.
We return from the break to see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley still in the ring chastising Raw General Manager Adam Pearce. Ripley says this is complete crap. Monday Night Raw needs the Judgment Day. Pearce cannot just ban them from this arena. Pearce asks if she doesn’t like it. Ripley says she doesn’t. Pearce says, “Frankly, my dear, I do not give a damn.” She doesn’t run Monday Night Raw, nor does the Judgment Day. Pearce runs Monday Night Raw. She may not like it, but she better not show her pretty little face during that main event because she is…
Zoey Stark’s music hits. Stark, who will face Ripley for the Women’s World Championship next Saturday at Survivor Series, says she knows Ripley isn’t as dumb as she looks. Ripley knows what Stark is doing out here. Pearce tries to stop this, but Ripley says she wants to hear what Stark has to say. Stark gets in the ring. Stark says she’s inside Ripley’s head. Ripley is spread too thin worrying about too many things. There’s WarGames, the Tag Title Match, little Dom-Dom, and now her title. Stark went through all those women last week. Ripley isn’t going to overlook her.
Ripley says she’s not overlooking her. She’s been watching Stark since NXT. Ripley knew it was only a matter of time before they were in the ring staring face-to-face. Stark has accomplished a lot in her first year. She sent the WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus packing. She beat “The Man” Becky Lynch. Stark has cemented herself as one of the top women in WWE. It’s funny, though, because now that she thinks about it, Stark reminds Ripley of herself. Stark is a future champion, but the only way she’ll win a title in this company is if she’s on the opposite brand from her because Mami is always on top. Ripley says she’s not overlooking her or spreading herself too thin. She can handle the Judgment Day, the Tag Titles, WarGames, Dom-Dom, backstage politics, and the Women’s World Championship because she’s Rhea “Bloody” Ripley. Now that Stark has said her piece, she can get out of the ring while she handles Judgment Day business.
Stark says she nearly took the title at Crown Jewel, but she WILL become champion at Survivor Series. Stark throws the microphone down and walks off. Ripley goes to attack her, but Stark pulls the top rope down to get her out of the ring. Stark goes for a dive, but Ripley backs off. Stark shouts at Ripley from the ring.
The Judgment Day Locker Room
The Judgment Day is in their locker room. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley says they need to focus on the Tag Team Title match before suggesting they ask their “fearless” leader. Damian Priest says he got a little upset and said what he said. Ripley says it would be good for WarGames if Priest was in charge. Ripley then mentions that Priest could be sitting in the trainer’s room if it weren’t for JD McDonagh. They think it’s time to make McDonagh a full member of the Judgment Day. Priest says he is ok with it and will handle it himself.
Replays are shown of Drew McIntyre giving Jey Uso the Claymore Kick to cost Jey and Rhodes the Tag Team Titles.
Drew McIntyre stands at the top of the ramp and stares down at the ring. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out and stands next to him. McIntyre looks over at her. Ripley extends her hand, and McIntyre shakes it! McIntyre smiles at her, and she smiles back. Rhodes and Jey do not look happy in the ring.
The Judgment Day’s Locker Room
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Finn Bálor is backstage with NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, and JD McDonagh. Mysterio says he could watch Logan Paul beat his deadbeat dad over and over, but he could also watch Mami’s victory over and over. Damian Priest storms in with his recently retrieved Money in the Bank briefcase. Priest is not happy that Sami Zayn is getting a title match. McDonagh says it didn’t go his way on Saturday… Priest cuts him off and says he knows because it happened to him. Priest isn’t happy that McDonagh is wearing a Damian Priest t-shirt and asks if he paid for it. Ripley calms everyone down. Bálor says they have to fight the New Day. Priest says they’ll handle them.
Jackie Redmond is backstage with Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Redmond mentions that she’ll face Zoey Stark with the title on the line at Survivor Series. As for next week, the Judgment Day has to defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso. Ripley begins to speak, but Zoey Stark walks up to her. Stark says she hit Ripley with the Z-360 and would be champion if not for Nia Jax. Ripley says she remembers beating four of the baddest women in WWE, including Stark. She also remembers giving her an avalanche Rip Tide onto all those bodies. Stark says Ripley will remember her as the woman who took her title. Stark tells her to hold on tight.
“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!”
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring alongside NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio and JD McDonagh. Ripley welcomes everyone to Monday Night Raw, the show that the Judgment Day runs. They have proved it every week. It’s not just a saying. They’ve taken care of every single Superstar that has stood in their way. Last week, Damian Priest absolutely shattered Cody Rhodes’s ankle. That’s just the beginning. Tonight, her “Dirty” Dom, her Latino Heat, is going to put down Ricochet and remind him not to disrespect the Judgment Day. Then we have JD McDonagh, who is going to remind Seth “Freakin” Rollins exactly what it feels like to be an enemy of the Judgment Day.
As for Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre, they’ve got some decisions to make. Whichever one decides to make the right deal with the Judgment Day will determine who is walking out of Crown Jewel as a loser like the rest of the people or the World Heavyweight Champion. Speaking of Crown Jewel, she’ll be stepping into the ring with four of the baddest women in WWE. For her, that’s just another opportunity to prove to everyone who is the most dominant woman in the WWE. She’ll prove why Mami is always on top.
Sami Zayn’s music hits to interrupt the Eradicator of the Judgment Day. A loud “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn says he knows he wasn’t invited out here, but he’s sick of hearing her talk about the power of the Judgment Day and how they have all the championships. He’s tired of hearing about how the Judgment Day runs Monday Night Raw. Zayn is going to tell her something about him as if they don’t know from fighting him for the last six months. Zayn’s entire career has seen him fight people who think like the Judgment Day and think all that matters is power. They think they can do whatever they want in the name of power. If that’s the name of their game, that’s fine. They need to understand that his game is rebellion and resistance. It doesn’t matter if he has to fight them all by himself, as long as there is a breath of air in his body, he will fight! Zayn is FIRED UP. Another “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn will fight the Judgment Day and everything they stand for until the Judgment Day is no more.
Ripley cackles into the microphone. She says it’s hilarious that he can resist all he wants… it doesn’t matter. They don’t need the numbers when it comes to him. If management says it’s okay, he can go one-on-one against Damian Priest. Mysterio starts to talk, but the crowd viciously boos him. Mysterio says they should teach Zayn a lesson right now.
The three square off against Zayn, but Ricochet runs down to help out. Ripley backs Mysterio and McDonagh off. The Judgment Day leaves the ring without incident. McDonagh charges Ricochet, but Ricochet easily sends him over the top rope. Mysterio goes for a cheap shot, but he falls to his rear end when Ricochet turns on him.
Non-Title Match: NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio w/ Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and JD McDonagh vs. Ricochet
We join this match in progress to see Ricochet take Mysterio down with a handspring head-scissor takeover and a dropkick for a one-count. Ricochet punches away at Mysterio and chops the chest. Rhea Ripley shouts to Mysterio from ringside. Ricochet sends him into the ropes, but Mysterio holds on. Mysterio drops Ricochet on the apron and blocks a kick before pulling him crotch-first into the middle rope. Mysterio then kicks Ricochet off the apron to the floor.
Mysterio goes outside and drives Ricochet sternum-first into the commentary table. Mami is happy. Mysterio gets Ricochet in the ring and shoulders him in the corner. Mysterio whips Ricochet hard sternum-first into the turnbuckles. Mysterio stomps him down in the corner and taunts the crowd. Mysterio gets him to his feet and whips him hard into the opposite corner. Mysterio goes for another whip, but Ricochet twists to the apron before kicking him in the face. Ricochet comes off the ropes, but he lands on his feet when Mysterio moves. Ricochet hits a backflip dropkick and an enzuigiri. Ricochet follows up with a northern lights suplex before floating over into a suplex. Ricochet hits a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Mysterio rolls out of the ring to recover. Mysterio gets up, and Ricochet immediately wipes him out with a suicide dive!
We come back from the break to see Mysterio applying a rear chin lock to Ricochet. Ricochet fights up and elbows out. Mysterio quickly cuts him off with a kick to the midsection and starts up the Three Amigos. One amigo… two amigos… three amigos! Mysterio hits a catapult into the second rope and signals for a 619. Ricochet ducks a 619 and connects with a handspring back elbow.
Both men are down. Ricochet gets to his feet and punches away at Mysterio. Mysterio reverses a whip, but Ricochet catches him with a hurricanrana into the corner. Ricochet hits a running shoulder before heading to the top rope for a diving cross-body block. Ricochet follows up with a springboard moonsault off the middle rope for a near fall. Ricochet lifts Mysterio, but Mysterio rakes the eyes. Mysterio connects with a blockbuster and heads to the top rope. Mysterio lands on his feet when Ricochet moves. Ricochet then takes him down with a superkick. Ricochet pulls Mysterio into position and climbs to the top rope. Ripley gets on the apron to distract the referee. McDonagh goes for a cheap shot, but Ricochet jumps at him, landing on the apron. Mysterio pulls Ricochet into the ring with a roll-up and gets his feet on the ropes for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio
An irate Ricochet superkicks JD McDonagh out of the ring and hits Mysterio with the Recoil. Ricochet goes to the top rope, but Ripley pulls Mysterio out of the way. The Judgment Day heads up the ramp.
Backstage in The Judgment Day Locker Room
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Finn Bálor and Damian Priest are backstage. The New Day comes in dressed as the New Judgment Day. They’re not happy that Balor and Priest don’t have candy for them. They bump into Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, and JD McDonagh on the way out.
Bálor says he was happy Mysterio won his match, but what happened after was not good. Mysterio says that Ricochet will pay for what he did. Damian Priest says that never would have happened if the entire Judgment Day was out there. Ripley says they have other business to attend to. Priest says there is a lot going on this week. He’ll beat Cody Rhodes at WWE Crown Jewel. Then maybe he’ll cash in on Seth “Freakin” Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns, or even LA Knight. Still, they’re supposed to be equals, and he is not happy that she made a match for him against Sami Zayn. Ripley said she only did that because he is the Punishment of the Judgment Day. Priest says this night isn’t about him but rather the Judgment Day because they run this place.
Priest is glad Rhodes is out here because he would have found him at some point. Priest is also happy that he brought up the Bloodline. There is a lot of talk about Rhodes’s story. People involved in his story sent Jimmy Uso out there last week. The story has to be that Rhodes has failed. Rhodes takes his tie off and asks him to put that theory to the test right now. Priest asks if they will pretend he doesn’t already have a match against Jey Uso. They do have a big event coming up. Maybe it’s Cody Rhodes versus Damian Priest at Crown Jewel? Rhodes quickly says, “I accept… but what do we do now?” They’re standing there, and he’s in the ring. They can give everyone a preview of Crown Jewel right now. Priest says he likes that idea…
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio start to make their way down to the ring. “Main Event” Jey Uso runs down and attacks Mysterio from behind. Rhodes and Priest begin to brawl in the ring. Rhodes knocks Priest out of the ring and bounces him off the commentary table a few times. Rhodes clears the table off. All of a sudden, JD McDonagh chop blocks Rhodes from behind. Priest and McDonagh double-team Rhodes at ringside. They get some chairs out from under the ring. McDonagh puts Rhodes’s ankle into a chair, and Priest smashes a chair into it, seemingly breaking Rhodes’s ankle! Raw General Manager Adam Pearce runs down to ringside with other WWE officials to break this up. Priest and McDonagh walk off to loud boos.
World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins is walking backstage when he bumps into Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Rollins mentions that he doesn’t see her crew, so he knows he’s not going to get jumped by them. Ripley acknowledges the history between Rollins and the Judgment Day. She says they always respected him. They tried to take the title off him, but they couldn’t. Still, the way Rollins has been going lately with his fragile back, he needs an insurance policy.
Rollins thinks Ripley has lost faith in Damian Priest. Maybe she doesn’t think Priest can take the title off him. That’s why she’s wheeling and dealing with the Bloodline and Drew McIntyre. What could he want from her? Rollins looks at her and says, “Ew!”
Ripley says that Rollins needs her. Right now, he’s a World Champion, but he could be THE World Champion. As for the Bloodline, alliances can change. If they join forces, Priest can cash in on someone else. Then Judgment Day will have all the gold. Without them, he’ll never hold the title for as long as Roman Reigns has. 1,000 days is a long time. With his back so banged up, they can have Rollins’s back and make sure people acknowledge him.
Rollins removes his sunglasses and is deadly serious. He says he wants to make one thing clear: he doesn’t want to be anything like Roman Reigns. Ripley says that he didn’t say “no” and tells him to think about it before walking off.
There will be a Women’s World Championship Contract Signing next.
Women’s World Championship Contract Signing
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce is in the center of the ring. Security is stationed at ringside. Pearce says there has been a lot of chaos in the Women’s Division, but they’ll settle things in the ring. Pearce wants to get this contract signed before things go to hell. To do that, he needs the competitors.
Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, and Nia Jax individually come out to the ring. The other competitors sign the contract, but Nia Jax won’t. Pearce says Rhea Ripley is the cause of all the chaos, so he’ll get that signature lately. If Jax wants Ripley, all she has to do is sign the contract. Jax angrily signs the contract.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out to the stage. Ripley says she has something to get off her chest. She can beat every single one of the women in the ring individually, but this is a conspiracy. Pearce is trying to set her up. The more Pearce tries to control her, the more she’ll make his life a living hell. He was smart to make this a Fatal 5-Way at Crown Jewel, but all that will happen is he’ll have four less women in the division at the end of it. None of these women will take the title from her, whether he likes it or not. She’ll prove that she’s the most dominant woman in WWE because Mami is always on top.
Nia Jax rips the microphone away from Pearce and sarcastically says Ripley is good. Ripley won’t get in the ring. Ripley wants Jax to squash all the other women for her. Baszler is smart enough to know what’s going on. Ripley wants Jax to squash Rodriguez and Stark for her. A “You Suck” chant picks up. Jax says Rodriguez is from Texas, so she’ll break it down for her. Jax talks to Rodriguez like she can’t comprehend what she’s saying.
Rodriguez punches Jax and tackles her to the corner. Ripley gets off the apron and is smiling at the chaos. Security runs into the ring and backs them all up. Rodriguez sends one of the guards out of the ring. Jax does the same. A brawl breaks out with Jax, Stark, Rodriguez, and Baszler. Ripley is laughing heartily at ringside. It’s down to Jax and Rodriguez. Ripley shouts, “Fight! Fight!” Jax and Rodriguez exchange punches. Security runs back in and separates them. The crowd boos. The crowd chants, “Let them fight!” Jax and Rodriguez wipe out the security guards. They brawl before Jax lifts Rodriguez and crushes her with a Samoan Drop! Jax then stares at Ripley, who smiles, waves and blows a kiss at her.
Raw General Manager Adam Pearce is walking backstage when he’s interrupted by The Miz. Miz says it’s been weeks since he has had anything worthy of his attention on Raw. Miz goes over his entire list of accolades. Miz says that Nick Aldis would appreciate him. All of a sudden, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley storms up to Pearce and signs the contract. Miz looks confused. Ripley says she’s keeping Pearce’s pen and walks off.
Miz wonders where the camera is going as it follows Ripley. Ripley sees “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio backstage. He asks if she saw what happened. She says she did, and she checks on his “gorgeous” face. They walk off to get Mysterio some ice.
Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre
As the match goes on between Zayn and McIntyre, all of a sudden, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks out to the stage. Zayn rolls up a distracted McIntyre with an inside cradle for a near fall. Zayn hits an exploder suplex into the corner and sets up for the Helluva Kick. Ripley gets on the apron and distracts Zayn. Zayn tries to ignore her and charges, but McIntyre connects with a Claymore Kick for the win.
Drew McIntyre poses for the crowd before leaving the ring and ignoring Rhea Ripley as he walks by her. She smiles.
The Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship is on the line. Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso will defend the titles against Finn Bálor and Damian Priest of the Judgment Day. Gunther will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against “Big” Bronson Reed. We’ll also see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley face Shayna Baszler in a non-title match. Shinsuke Nakamura will also face Ricochet in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring wearing a “KO” shirt. Replays are shown of Nick Aldis being named SmackDown General Manager this past Friday on SmackDown and announcing that Kevin Owens has been traded to SmackDown.
A “Sami” chant picks up. Zayn says, “Welcome to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw!” Zayn says it feels weird to be out here by himself. As most of them know by now, his tag team partner and brother, Kevin Owens, has been moved to SmackDown. Zayn has a lot of mixed emotions. He’s obviously sad that their partnership has come to an end this way, but he’s also excited for Owens. Kevin Owens is going to do huge things on SmackDown. Zayn is excited for himself. Zayn can now stand on his own two feet and show the world what he’s known about himself for years and years. Sami Zayn is a World Heavyweight Championship-caliber Superstar! A “Sami” chant fires up.
Zayn thanks the crowd for the chant. It makes him feel good. Zayn also has to address the elephant in the room, which is the reason Owens is not on Monday Night Raw anymore. It’s because of the arrival of Jey Uso. The crowd lightly boos. Nobody was happier than him that Jey came to the show, but he’s struggling with it now. Zayn is also struggling with the fact that he and Owens went through the highest of highs to main event WrestleMania. After all that work, it was taken away by the Judgment Day. Now, tonight, the Judgment Day are the ones getting the title opportunity. Zayn has no idea what’s next. The last year of his career has by far been the best year of his career. The reason that he reached the highs that he did is because of the people. The reason that…
The Judgment Day’s music hits to interrupt him. Finn Bálor, Damian Priest, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio make their way down the ramp. Bálor says nobody should be kicking off the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw but the Judgment Day. Bálor laughs at the fact that Zayn is alone. Priest says it feels like they’ve had these thorns in their sides forever, but one has been removed. The only thing that would make them even happier is removing Zayn, removing the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Idiots, and Drew McIntyre. Priest starts to shout in Spanish, but Ripley stops him. Ripley says they’ll talk about that later. They’re focused on tonight. Mysterio says tonight Mami will tear Shayna Baszler apart and put the whole Women’s Division back on notice. The crowd loudly boos him. Ripley says that is correct. As for Bálor and Priest, they’re going to bring the Tag Team Championships back to the Judgment Day.
Before they do that, she happened to notice something about Zayn. He’s looking kind of lost. Back in the day, the Judgment Day would have recruited the lost, like they tried to do with Jey Uso. When it comes to Zayn they have a different plan. They want to get rid of Zayn permanently. The Judgment Day starts to circle the ring. Zayn prepares for a fight, but “Main Event” Jey Uso runs in with two steel chairs. Jey hands one to Zayn and prepares to fight off the Judgment Day. Bálor waves the troops off, and the Judgment Day slowly walks off. The crowd boos. Zayn looks a little uncertain as he eyes up Jey Uso and walks off on his own. Jey looks confused.
NXT Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is walking backstage. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae walk up to her. Hartwell says she never lost the title. If Lynch is giving title shots to anyone, she should give one to the person who never lost the title. Lynch agrees and will talk to WWE Official Adam Pearce. Lynch turns and is facing Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Ripley looks at her and walks away.
Backstage, Judgment Day are chatting and Damian Priest wants to take Drew McIntyre out and show the world what they’re made of. Rhea rolls up, Damian asks what she’s been up to and she says she was taking a phone call and handling Judgment Day business.
She says she has Drew handled and they just need to focus on winning the tag titles back. Finn Balor asks if she’s focused on her match against Shayna Baszler, she says she is and tells Dominik Mysterio she doesn’t need him at ringside to defend her title and show everyone exactly who runs Monday Night Raw.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce is on the phone making a deal with someone.
Rhea Ripley rolls up to demand he get the women’s division in order or she will. Pearce says she doesn’t get to roll up and make demands and if she wants to make a statement, she can defend against Nia, Zoey, Shayna, and Raquel in a five-way at Crown Jewel.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley makes her entrance. Replays are shown of Rhea Ripley attacking Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax during their match last week on Raw. Shayna Baszler then got in Ripley’s face and took her out with a snap German Suplex and a knee to her face.
Ripley says everyone wants a part of “Monday Night Mami.” Even Nia Jax came back to try to get rid of her, but it didn’t work. In her absence, the Women’s Division tried to prove how tough they were. She had Nia Jax, Raquel Rodriguez, and Shayna Baszler trying to prove they’re the baddest women in WWE, but the reality is this is her division. Mami will always be on top.
Shayna Baszler makes her entrance. This match is next.
Match Number Four: Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley versus Shayna Baszler in a Non Title Match
The bell rings, and Baszler quickly goes for a waistlock. Ripley gets out and hits a waistlock takeover. Baszler rolls through and applies an ankle lock. Ripley rolls over and kicks her to the corner. Ripley hits a running shoulder and punches away at her. Baszler pushes her off and spikes her on her shoulder with a nasty takedown. Baszler kicks Ripley’s elbow. Ripley is furious, and Baszler kicks her again. Ripley avoids a kick and hits a low dropkick for a one-count. Ripley gets up clutching her elbow. Baszler takes her down with some jabs and goes for a knee, but Ripley moves. Ripley attacks and hits a clothesline. Ripley catches her in the electric chair position, but Baszler slides off. Ripley elbows out of a German Suplex attempt and hits a vicious back elbow to the jaw.
Both women get up after a few moments and exchange wild right hands. Baszler hits a German Suplex followed by a big knee to the jaw for a near fall. Baszler lifts her, but Ripley slides off and goes to the corner. Baszler knees her in the face and puts her on the top rope. Ripley head-butts her off and hits a missile dropkick. Ripley goes for Riptide, but Baszler counters into a cross-arm breaker attempt! Ripley fights it and powers her up for a powerbomb.
Nia Jax makes her way to the ring, but Raquel Rodriguez pulls her away. Jax head-butts her down and turns into a cannonball off the barricade from Zoey Stark! Rodriguez quickly sends Stark into the barricade. Rodriguez boots Jax back, knocking her into the ring steps. Rodriguez charges, but Jax moves, so she hits the ring steps hard.
In the ring, Stark attacks Ripley, leading to the referee calling for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Rhea Ripley
Ripley grabs Stark and throws her into Baszler. Ripley challenges Jax to get into the ring. Jax obliges. Ripley ducks a clothesline, and Stark punches Jax. Ripley and Stark go back and forth striking Jax. Ripley goes for a scoop slam on The Irresistible Force, but Stark dropkicks Jax to knock her onto Ripley, squashing her! Stark then superkicks Jax out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Damian Priest holding JD McDonagh against the wall by his throat. The Judgment Day pulls him away. Finn Bálor tells McDonagh that he’s caused enough trouble. Priest asks Rhea Ripley and Bálor why they weren’t out there tonight. Ripley says she got them a rematch for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship next week. Priest says that’s fine, but he still wants Drew McIntyre and JD McDonagh. Ripley says McIntyre doesn’t matter. Priest still has the contract. She then gets in McDonagh’s face and says he’ll need to prove himself by facing McIntyre. A terrified McDonagh says he will. Priest says he better handle McIntyre. Priest then kicks him out of their area.
Replays are shown of the brawl that broke out at the start of last week’s Raw which saw Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler, and Rhea Ripley attack Nia Jax.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Nia Jax
The bell rings, and Jax immediately hits Rodriguez with a Thesz Press and bounces the back of her head off the mat a few times. Jax taunts the crowd. Rodriguez punches her back and sidesteps her in the corner. Rodriguez shoulders Jax in the corner a few times before going for a scoop slam, but she can’t lift Jax. Jax clubs away at her before sending her into the ring post shoulder-first. Rodriguez falls out of the ring. Jax goes outside and pushes Rodriguez into the LED apron. She then sends Rodriguez headfirst into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Rodriguez elbow out of a waistlock, but Jax quickly flattens her with a sidewalk slam. Jax drops an elbow and taunts the crowd again. Jax applies a seated cobra clutch. Rodriguez fights up and hits a clothesline that stumbles her into the ropes. Jax rebounds, and Rodriguez takes her down with a big boot. Rodriguez tries to get Jax on her shoulders, but her back gives out. Jax hits a running avalanche and talks a little trash. Jax sends her into the ropes and hits a Samoan Drop. Jax pulls Rodriguez to the corner and sets up for a Banzai Drop. Rodriguez pops up and gets Jax on her shoulders before walking her to the center of the ring and hitting a Powerbomb! Wow!
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley runs down and attacks Rodriguez by sending her out of the ring.
Winner by Disqualification: Raquel Rodriguez
Ripley attacks Jax and floors her with a kick to the head. Rodriguez attacks Ripley and hits two short-arm clotheslines. Ripley avoids a third and head-butts her. Shayna Baszler runs to the ring and attacks Jax. Ripley pulls Baszler off and says Jax belongs to her. Ripley walks off, but Baszler turns the Women’s World Champion inside out with a German Suplex before kneeing her in the face. Baszler stands tall in the ring as Jax retreats.
Later on.. Damian Priest is backstage and does not look happy. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and says before he does anything, she has an idea. Ripley tells Priest to trust her.
Ricochet is looking for Shinsuke Nakamura backstage. WWE Official Adam Pearce says Ricochet will be facing Nakamura next week in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Ricochet is happy with that. In the background, it looks like Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley is talking with Drew McIntyre.
WWE Official Adam Pearce is backstage with Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell. Pearce says Johnny Gargano is banged up, but ok. Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley walks up and kicks them out. She wants order in the Women’s Division. She wants to face Shayna Baszler next week on Raw.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley will battle Shayna Baszler in a non-title match. This will be on the Season Premiere of Monday Night Raw next week.
We go into the arena to see Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler brawling on the ramp. Jax throws her down the ramp and into the LED apron. Jax rolls Baszler into the ring and gets inside. Baszler kicks away at her and jumps on her back for a Kirifuda Clutch attempt. Jax backs her into the corner and smashes her into it.
Raquel Rodriguez’s music hits, and she returns to Raw for the first time since being taken out by Jax a few weeks back. Rodriguez runs down to the ring and attacks Jax. Rodriguez goes for a big boot, but Jax sidesteps it, causing Rodriguez to hit Baszler with it.
Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley’s music hits, and she comes out to a big reaction. We haven’t seen Ripley in weeks as well. Ripley attacks Jax until the other two women get involved. WWE officials and security run into the ring to break it up. Ripley viciously kicks two male security guards down before hitting a third with a vicious Riptide. The crowd loudly chants, “Mami.”
Ripley says, “Mami is back on Monday Night Raw!” Ripley says she is not going anywhere because she needs to talk with the Judgment Day right now. She calls them out.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion and “Señor Money in the Bank” Damian Priest comes to the ring alongside “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, who no longer has the NXT North American Championship after losing it this past Saturday at NXT No Mercy. Mysterio looks upset.
We come back from the break to see the Women’s World Champion putting over Damian Priest and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio. Now that she’s gotten that off her chest, she has some Judgment Day business to attend to. There is no leader in the Judgment Day, but they each have their own responsibilities to handle. Someone has to come up with a game plan so things don’t go down on the Judgment Day. Mami gets taken out for two weeks by Nia Jax, and things start falling apart for the Judgment Day. Mami is the one who makes the plans. At the end of the day, with her being out, she left that responsibility with somebody, and they disappointed her. She left that responsibility with Damian Priest. Priest couldn’t handle the job. After the brawl last week, Finn Bálor is out injured. Priest isn’t even cleared to compete tonight against Jey Uso. What else happens? Dom loses his NXT North American Championship to Trick Williams at No Mercy because Priest wasn’t there to help him like she told him to. Now we have the Cody and Jey situation. They don’t fear them because there’s tension in the group. They’re not a threat to them. They’re going to try to take their championships away from them. What will Priest do? He won’t do anything about it. Priest does not look happy.
Priest finally says, “With all due respect, Rhea, you’re not saying anything I don’t already know.” Yes, Cody and Jey are coming for the titles, but when push comes to shove, he will push harder. With that being said, screw Cody Rhodes, screw “Main Event” Jey Uso, and screw the talks of the Judgment Day falling apart. The way he sees it, he has his titles and contract. He’s not trying to point fingers and start something, “But Mami, where’s Dom-Dom’s title?”
Ripley turns and coldly looks at Mysterio, who has his head down. The crowd cheers and chants, “Where’s your title?” She says she is his Mami, which makes him her Papi. Tomorrow night, he has a rematch against Trick Williams for the title. If he doesn’t come home to her with that championship, then he can not bother to come home at all.
“Main Event” Jey Uso makes his way to the ring to a loud ovation. The crowd chants for him as he stands in the ring with three of the four members of the Judgment Day. Jey just stares at them and doesn’t say anything for a bit. Jey is out here to welcome back Rhea Ripley. Jey looks her in the eyes and says everyone missed her. It’s looking like there’s a new Tribal Chief on Monday Night, and she has bigger balls than Roman Reigns ever did.
Priest angrily leans against the ropes and says he’s tired of hearing Jey open his mouth. Priest approaches Jey, but Mysterio holds him back. Mysterio holds up the microphone to speak, but the crowd loudly boos him. Mysterio is viciously booed to the point that it’s hard to hear him. Mysterio says Priest isn’t medically cleared, but he is. Mysterio wants to talk care of Jey Uso. Jey chuckles. Ripley looks concerned, but Priest says Mysterio can handle it.
Jey and Mysterio are left in the ring. Mysterio goes for a right hand, but Jey sidesteps him and delivers a superkick. All of a sudden, JD McDonagh jumps into the ring and attacks Jey from behind. Jey fights him off, but Mysterio takes him down. McDonagh holds Jey up, and Mysterio starts hitting some right hands. “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes runs down for the save. Jey superkicks McDonagh out of the ring. Jey connects with a superkick on Mysterio, and Rhodes immediately follows up with Cross Rhodes. Priest just stood on the apron and didn’t help.
WWE Official Adam Pearce comes out to the stage. The Judgment Day has caused enough chaos tonight. They’ll handle the chaos this Saturday at WWE Fastlane when Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso take on Finn Bálor and Damian Priest. To understand the stakes, that match will be for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship. That is official! Priest looks stunned.
We see the Judgment Day in their locker room. Damian Priest is complaining about Adam Pearce’s decisions. JD McDonagh starts talking, but Priest tells him to be quiet. Rhea Ripley tells Priest to listen to him because he’s onto something. McDonagh suggests they try to divide Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso. They’ll divide and then conquer them. Priest says he’ll think about it.
Jackie Redmond is backstage with new NXT North American Champion Trick Williams. Williams introduces himself to Redmond and the rest of the world. He’s got gold on his ear, wrist, and waist. Tomorrow, he’ll defend the title against “Dirty” Dom. “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio walks up to him along with Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and JD McDonagh. Ripley says Mysterio won’t be alone tomorrow night and will leave with his NXT North American Championship.
We see Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley preparing backstage. She’ll defend the title against Raquel Rodriguez later tonight with “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio banned from ringside.
The Judgment Day have a meeting and Priest says the more that Jey feels isolated, the more he needs The Judgment Day. Rhea says eventually they come around to The Judgment Day. Dom says he wishes he could be out there. Rhea says she wishes he was out there too but they will take care of the Jey business while she defends her title.
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez For The WWE Women’s World Championship
Raquel with a clothesline and she goes for a power bomb but Rhea goes for a sunset flip and Raquel does not go over. Raquel runs Rhea into the corner and connects with shoulders. Rhea with a kick to the midsection and Raquel blocks an Irish whip. Raquel with an Irish whip and power slam for a near fall. Raquel with a waist lock and Rhea with elbows to get out of the hold. Rhea misses a clothesline and Raquel with a bear hug. Rhea pulls the hair but Raquel runs Rhea into the turnbuckles. Rhea with a body scissors in the ropes and a head butt. Rhea goes up top and hits a missile drop kick. Raquel goes to the apron and Rhea goes to the floor and hits a cannonball off the ring steps. Rhea sends Raquel back into the ring and hits a running knee to the head for a near fall. Rhea with punches to Raquel. Rhea with a head butt and she kicks Raquel in the back and in the ribs. Rhea slaps Raquel and chops her in the back. Raquel pushes Rhea away but Rhea with a drop kick.
Raquel sends Rhea over the top rope to the floor and Rhea hits the apron face first. Raquel with a running boot that sends Rhea into the ringside barrier.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rhea with kicks to Raquel and she works on the leg and applies an Indian Death Lock. Rhea works on the knee with punches to add more pressure. Rhea with chops and Raquel slams Rhea’s head into the mat to get out of the hold. Raquel misses a boot into the corner and her leg is caught on the top rope. Rhea gets Raquel on her shoulders and hot shots Raquel. Rhea with a head scissors in the ropes and the referee warns Rhea as he makes the count. Rhea with another head scissors in the ropes but Raquel gets to her feet and Raquel hot shots Rhea onto the turnbuckles. Raquel with punches to Rhea followed by a running forearm. Rhea with a forearm to Raquel. Raquel misses a clothesline and both women with running boots at the same time and both go down. Rhea with punches and Raquel punches back.
They exchange chops until Rhea connects with a kick. Rhea with a back heel kick and a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Rhea with forearms to the back and she connects with a forearm to the back of the head. Rhea sets for RipTide but Raquel with elbows. Raquel grabs the hair to stop RipTide and Raquel with a knee and snake eyes followed by a back body drop. Raquel with a boot to the head for a near fall. Raquel steps onto Rhea and goes for the twisting Vader Bomb Elbow but Rhea gets her feet up. Rhea goes up top for a frog splash and hits it for a near fall. Rhea looks around and then hits a baseball slide that knocks Raquel off the apron to the floor. Rhea goes for a cannonball off the apron but Raquel catches Rhea and swings Rhea into the announce table. Raquel with a Tajana Bomb onto the apron.
Nia Jax with a Samoan drop to Raquel while the referee deals with Rhea.
Rhea with a knee to the head and RipTide for the three count.
Winner: Still WWE Women’s World Championship, Rhea Ripley via Pinfall
After the match, Nia Jax gets in the ring and Rhea is shocked to see her.
Nia with a head butt and she puts Rhea’s head on the bottom rope and she hits a guillotine leg drop to Rhea. Nia goes to the turnbuckles for The Banzai Drop. Jax stands tall as the show goes off the air.
“Señor Money in the Bank” and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Damian Priest is watching Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ricochet’s match backstage with Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley.
Ricochet wins by DQ. Nakamura hits Ricochet in the back again before getting him in the ring. Nakamura puts the chair around Ricochet’s head and backs up. World Heavyweight Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins runs down to make the save. Rollins tackles him and punches away at him. Security runs in and pulls Rollins and Nakamura apart. Rollins sends two security guards over the top rope and wipes out the rest of them and Nakamura with a somersault senton! Rollins grabs Nakamura, but Nakamura immediately shoves him spine-first into the steel ring steps! Nakamura stomps away at the back, but he runs off before Ricochet hits him with a steel chair. Rollins is in a lot of pain. Priest and Ripley are watching backstage. Ripley taps Priest on the chest and says, “Not tonight.”
The Judgment Day makes their way to the ring. The Judgment Day is comprised of Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Finn Bálor and “Señor Money in the Bank” Damian Priest, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, and NXT North American Champion “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio. We’ll hear from them next.
The Judgment Day are in the ring. Damian Priest shouts for everyone to rise for the crew that is dripping in gold. All rise for the Judgment Day! Dominik Mysterio starts to speak, but the crowd LOUDLY boos him! You can barely hear him over the noise. Mysterio says they did what they said they would do on Saturday by taking all the gold. You can barely hear him! Finn Bálor thanks Mysterio and congratulates him on the one-year anniversary of him joining the Judgment Day. Bálor also thanks Ripley for always being the voice of reason. As for Priest, they’ve had their ups and downs, but now they’re the Undisputed Tag Team Champions of the world. Bálor gives a shoutout to JD McDonagh for having his back for twenty years. Finally, Bálor thanks himself for unleashing his most recent career milestone by becoming Grand Slam Finn. A light “You deserve it” chant picks up.
Ripley says they know Bálor deserves it. Last week, she gave them an ultimatum. The pressure was on. Bálor and Priest really rose to the occasion and showed everyone that they are truly brothers. They truly are a family. Ripley says she loves them. There is one thing that has been aggravating her. The focus isn’t on the Judgment Day and their accomplishments. Instead, people are talking about Jey Uso coming to Raw and what that means to the Bloodline. As far as she is concerned, the Bloodline has fallen and the Judgment Day has risen as the most dominant faction in the WWE!
JD McDonagh makes his way to the ring carrying a black bag, but Priest stops him. Priest says a small part of him is starting to like him, so this better be good. McDonagh says he took a bullet for them on Saturday and wants to explain why he’s out here. It’s the least they can do. McDonagh is out here because of something Ripley said last week. She said big changes are needed for the Judgment Day. McDonagh says Priest’s briefcase has to go. Priest looks confused. McDonagh says they have all the gold. Priest doesn’t need that briefcase. He needs this one… McDonagh reveals a purple briefcase that says, “Señor Money in the Bank.” Priest holds it up.
Sami Zayn’s music hits, and Priest throws his microphone down in frustration. Zayn says, “Gentlemen… and Dom…” Kevin Owens isn’t here tonight, but after it took all five of them to rob them of their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships, did they really think they’d let that slide? They’re bragging about holding all the titles, but when he looks in the ring, he doesn’t see five champions. He sees five championship-stealing turds. A very big beating is reserved for the biggest turd of them all, Dominik Mysterio. Zayn asks if Mysterio has the cojones. McDonagh says Mysterio isn’t fighting anyone. If Zayn wants to fight someone, he can fight McDonagh. Zayn says McDonagh deserves an ass-kicking, and he’ll get that tonight.
The Judgment Day is backstage. Finn Bálor says it might be time to bring JD McDonagh into the ring. Damian Priest says he agrees but wants him to prove himself more. Bálor thinks they might not be champions if not for McDonagh. Bálor asks what Mysterio thinks. Mysterio says he’s cool with whatever they decide. Ripley says they should see how he does against Sami Zayn tonight. Bálor believes they’ll get this done and asks if Priest wants to help. Priest says he’ll do it. Bálor and Priest walk off. Ripley tells Mysterio that she wants him to make sure everything goes right. They’ll talk about “that other thing” later. Mysterio gets up.
Dominik Mysterio is walking backstage with JD McDonagh when the rest of the Judgment Day comes up to congratulate him. Mysterio walks off and stops in front of Jey Uso. Mysterio says they both come from messed up families and Hall of Fame fathers. He knows what Jey Uso is going through. Everyone respects his father, but no one knows what home life is like. Mysterio knows what Jey is going through. Jey comes from a broken family. Jey has no family. No one likes him, just like no one likes Dominik. Ever since Mami and the Judgment Day came into his life, there are no leaders. They’re all equals. If Jey wants, he’ll talk to the Judgment Day. There’s always open arms for them there. They know what it’s like. Mysterio tells Jey to think about it. Judgment Day is there with open arms. Mysterio thanks him for taking the time to hear him. Mysterio tells him to think about it.
Next week on Raw, Rhea Ripley will defend the Women’s World Championship against Raquel Rodriguez with “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio barred from ringside. “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes will also appear on the show.