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.