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WWE Raw Results: July 16 2018

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The 07/16/18 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results and our overall thoughts on the show for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1312 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.


Everybody Wants to Be The Champ


Kurt Angle opened the show by thanking the talent for their efforts at Extreme Rules last night. He used this to segue into announcing that if Brock Lesnar didn’t show up to work, he would be stripped of the Universal Championship.

Paul Heyman arrived to stop the Raw General Manager in his tracks. He said that Brock Lesnar was not in the arena; however, we all had it wrong. It’s not that Lesnar doesn’t care about the championship, he loves being Universal Champion, he just wants to represent WWE while becoming the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Angle was not taking any excuses and laid down an ultimatum. Either Brock defends the title at SummerSlam, or loses it by default. After a long-winded preface, Heyman agreed to the terms, but before they could decide on a contender, Bobby Lashley stepped onto the scene.

Lashley got in Heyman’s face and said he had one goal: beat Brock Lesnar and win the Universal Championship. As Heyman cowered in fear at Lashley’s advances, Drew McIntyre came out to give his two cents. McIntyre said he came back to WWE with two objectives in mind – assist his friend Dolph Ziggler by any means necessary, and become Universal Champion.

Rollins couldn’t let McIntyre get the glory after costing him the Intercontinental Championship last night and made his entrance to throw his hat in the ring.

Cue the off-screen guitar strum. Elias sidled down the ramp to promote his new album and declare that he would be the one facing Lesnar.

Finn Bálor obviously had to come down to remind everyone that he was the first ever Universal Champ and has yet to receive his re-match.

At this point, all the cool guys were in the ring, so Roman Reigns joined them. He said he didn’t care about championships or Brock Lesnar, he just wanted to fight.

Kurt Angle announced a mini-tournament of sorts, consisting of two triple threat matches taking place tonight, with the winners facing off in a singles match set for next week, to determine the number one contender for Lesnar’s title.


Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Bálor


The first of two triple threat matches to take place this evening, this one started off hot. Roman maybe didn’t have a reason to go so hard, since he “just wanted to fight”, but it makes sense that the other two would give this everything they had, as it could very well lead to a number one contendership.

Following nearly half an hour of talking, this was a great opening contest. Somewhat surprisingly, Bálor dominated a large portion of the bout. He did lose to a spear from Roman in the end, but he certainly never looked weak.

Winner: Roman Reigns


Friendship Counseling Failed


Kurt Angle approached Bayley backstage to ask how the friendship counseling with Sasha Banks was going so far. Bayley told him that it wasn’t going well, in fact, she and Sasha’s friendship was most likely ruined forever.

Angle said that he made a mistake by forcing them into counseling in the first place, they needed to settle things in the ring by working together in a tag match. And then if they still couldn’t get along, one of them would be traded to SmackDown.


Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode


Dolph Ziggler, came to the ring to discuss his victory over Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules. The Intercontinental Championship was defended in the main event of a WWE pay-per-view for the first time in over a decade and he was damn proud of making that happen (it was all him, not Seth Rollins, of course). While he was on the subject of Rollins, he bragged about the number of times he had beaten the Kingslayer, at which point Bobby Roode’s music hit and the Glorious one challenged Ziggler to a match.

Ziggler agreed to a match against Roode but refused to put his title on the line. This wasn’t quite as exciting as the previous match, to put it nicely. Roode and Ziggler started off at a slow pace and quickly lost the crowd, and us, if we’re honest. Bobby got his schtick in on television and Ziggler proved his superiority by pinning Roode for the win and walking away with his championship.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler


Mojo Rawley vs. Tyler Breeze


On his way to the ring, Rawley passed Bobby Roode and threw an insult at him for his loss to Ziggler. Just throwing that out there in case it leads somewhere.

Mojo moved on to demolish Breeze for about five minutes, taking the victory with virtually no resistance. We miss Fandango and the Fashion Files already.

Winner: Mojo Rawley


Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley


After a long break from television due to injury and other shenanigans, Alicia Fox finally returned to Raw to team up with Dana Brooke.

Shortly after the match began, Banks caused a disqualification by saving Bayley from a double team at the hands of Brooke and Fox.

As Sasha was packing her things in the locker room, presumably preparing to be sent to SmackDown, Bayley asked why she attacked their opponents. Banks said that she loved Bayley and always would, but stormed off anyway.

Winner: Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox (via Disqualification)


Mr. Monster in the Bank


In a backstage interview, Renee Young asked Braun Strowman why he didn’t involve himself in the clamor for a shot at the Universal Championship. He replied by holding up his briefcase, declaring that he was Mr. Money in the Bank and therefore had an opportunity any time he chose.


The B-Team vs. The Ascension


The B-Team had their hands full against The Ascension but squeaked by with a win after a short match that took place primarily during a commercial break.

The Deletors of Worlds appeared on the big screen to announce that they would be invoking their rematch clause next week and reclaiming their Raw Tag Titles.

Winner: The B-Team


Alexa Bliss Provokes Rousey


Accompanied by her current best friend, Mickie James, Alexa Bliss came to the ring to boast about her victory over Nia Jax. She then brought up Ronda Rousey, saying the former UFC Champ should be suspended indefinitely after her actions at Extreme Rules. This turned out to be the wrong move, as Rousey appeared in the crowd, blocking their exit and putting the boots to Mickie James.

Kurt Angle came out to break things up, demanding Rousey go home to finish her suspension but giving her an opportunity at the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. Constable Corbin tried to stop the GM but was unable to call Stephanie McMahon because Angle had stolen his phone.


Seth Rollins Interview


Charly Caruso interviewed Seth Rollins regarding his upcoming triple threat match against Elias and Bobby Lashley. Rollins said that he was more than ready to defeat the competition and move on to Brock Lesnar, despite the fact that he competed in a 30-minute iron man match last night and would have no choice but to fight his best friend, Roman Reigns, to get there.


Titus Worldwide vs. The Authors of Pain


Titus Worldwide didn’t stand a chance against The Authors of Pain. Akam and Rezar bulldozed through them in an extremely short match that was much closer to a beatdown than a competition.

Winner: Authors of Pain


Ember Moon vs. Sarah Logan


Ember Moon’s feud with The Riott Squad continued with this match against Sarah Logan. Logan proved herself to be a tougher opponent than her partner in crime, Liv Morgan, and had Moon on the ropes for the first half of the contest.

The Shenom almost got the better of Logan, but Morgan interfered, helping Sarah gain a point for The Riott Squad.

Winner: Sarah Logan


Seth Rollins vs. Elias vs. Bobby Lashley


As is tradition before any Elias match, The Drifter sat under the spotlight and dissed his opponents and the Buffalo crowd in song. Rollins didn’t care for the tune and interrupted with his entrance music. Bobby Lashley was making his entrance when Elias decided to get payback by attacking Seth Rollins before the bell had rung.

Rollins pulled himself together and not only continued with the match, but had the most in-ring time out of the three competitors. He is nothing if not incredibly hard-working.

Monday Night Rollins nearly got the win and the chance at The Beast, but was pulled away from his pin on Lashley at the last second by Elias, who attempted to take his place, but was speared by Lashley, who walked away victorious. Lashley meets Reigns next week, with the winner moving on to face Lesnar for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.

Winner: Bobby Lashley


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