WWE Raw Results – June 4, 2018
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. The show opened with Elias inside the ring, waiting to perform. He stated he was the most valuable face in WWE and will be even more valuable after he captures the IC title at Money in the Bank. He reminded everyone that he attacked Seth Rollins last week and admitted he was pained, because he broke one of his favorite guitars. Elias began singing over footage of Rollins being hit with the guitar last week, knocking some local sports teams for good measure.
Out came WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins.
Elias wound up his guitar and dared Rollins to enter the ring, but instead the champion circled the ring. Rollins finally entered, but was jumped by Jinder Mahal. They worked over Rollins, who was saved by Roman Reigns. They brawled. Kurt Angle came out and declared there would be a tag team match tonight. Yay!
When they returned from commercial, they pointed out David Otunga was replacing Jonathan Coachman on commentary this week.
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal & Elias.
Elias controlled Rollins early, including dropping him throat-first across the top rope for a two count. Rollins nailed a right hand but was prevented from tagging out. Elias worked over Rollins with a side headlock. Rollins went for a suplex, but Elias nailed him in the neck, which was still hurting from the guitar shot last week. Jinder tagged in but was tossed over the top.
Roman made the hot tag and began working over Mahal in a preview of their PPV bout. Roman worked him over with right hands but was caught with a big boot while setting up for a spear. Elias tagged in but was kicked down by Roman. Elias went to the floor. Roman charged around the ring and went for the Driveby on Mahal, who was saved by Sunil Singh. That allowed Elias to catch Roman with a knee strike on the outside as they went to commercial.
When they returned from commercial, Mahal was working over Roman. He used a side headlock and nailed several knee drops. Mahal and Elias tagged in and out, mauling Roman. Rollins made the tag but Elias cheated and was able to score the pin on the IC Champ.
Your winners Elias & Jinder Majal!
They showed Bruce Prichard and plugged his WWE Network series.
Curt Hawkins began cutting a promo, noting that he’s lost 199 matches in a row but there won’t be 200. He said when he wins, everyone gets a free taco. There were tacos at ringside. Hawins introduced his opponent, James Harden, who was from Houston.
Curt Hawkins vs. James Harden
Hawkins controlled Harden early. He missed a charge in the corner and was nailed by a series of rights. Hawkins nailed him with a big clothesline, turning him inside out. The crowd was into chanting for tacos. Hawkins was setting up for a finisher when Baron Corbin’s music hit and he walked to the ringside area. Corbin got on the apron and entered the ring. Hawkins backed off. Corbin grabbed Harden and nailed him with End of Days.
Your winner, James Harden by DQ.
Upset, Hawkins went after Corbin on the floor, but was smashed into the tacos table. Corbin then flipped the table over on Hawkins.
They showed Natalya getting warmed up with Ronda Rousey backstage.
Backstage, Kurt Angle asked Baron Corbin what just happened. He said he would explain that later. Corbin said he’s been tired of being overlooked, so he went to Stephanie McMahon and complained to her. McMahon sent a letter with Corbin for Angle, announcing he is the new Constable to allow for checks and balances to keep Angle from making questionable judgments.
Mike: Yeah, because what WWE needed was another figurehead authority figure. Awful. I get wanting to spotlight Corbin more, but this just feels like a rehash of every other authority figure storyline of the last decade.
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax vs. Natalya
They lock up and Nia shoves Natalya to the ground. Natalya nailed a clothesline which didn’t send her to the mat but stunned her. Natalya nailed a dropkicked but was shoved down to the mat.
Ronda was on commentary. She made a reference to a bullet coming out of a gun. PG TV baby. They said Nia claimed she was ripe for the picking. Rousey responded, “Ripe for the picking is something only my husband calls me.” OKaaaaaaaaaay. They went to commercial.
When they returned, Nia was working over Natalya. Natalya absorbed a headbutt. Natalya fought back. She avoided a charge in the corner and nailed a discus clothesline for a two count. Natalya went to rebound off the ropes but “tweaked” her knee and stopped. Nia grabbed her, nailed a Samoan Drop and scored the pin.
Your winner and still Raw Women’s Champion, Natalya!
After the bout, Natalya grabbed at her knee and unzipped her boot. Nia stood over her feigning concern. Rousey came to ringside and checked on Natalya. Nia pushed into Rousey while checking on Natalya, twice. Rousey warned her to back off. Rousey and the referee helped Natalya out of the ring and walked her up the aisle slowly as Natalya was limping.
They announced Bobby Lashley would respond to Sami Zayn tonight. Didn’t he do that last week?
Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Bobby Roode. He was excited about becoming the Money in the Bank caseholder and said it would be glorious. He was asked about his bout with Braun Strowman. He said he’s traveled the world for 20 years and has never seen anyone like Strowman. He said that what he has under the robe has to be enough to beat him.
Bobby Roode vs. Braun Strowman
Roode tried several different attempts to take down Strowman including a Glorious DDT but was upended. Strowman nailed a double underhook suplex. He sent Roode into the corner but was mashed with an elbow to the face as he followed. Roode sent Strowman into the ringpost shoulder-first. Roode went under the ring and pulled out a ladder. He bridged it between the barricade and the ring apron, then returned to the ring. Strowman smashed and broke the ladder in half. Roode ran off but Strowman caught him and tossed him into the barricade. Roode was tossed into the ring and hit with the powerslam for the pin.
Your winner, Braun Strowman!
Not so much a competitive bout as much a Strowman spotlight and he looked like a beast. None of this did anything for Roode.
Charly Caruso asked Kevin Owens for his thoughts on the Roode vs. Strowman bout. Owens said he didn’t care about them or anyone else. He said everyone goes nuts for Finn Balor, but why? He mocked the Too Sweet phrase, asking what is that? Owens said he was winning the MITB contract and tonight, he was going to show the world what he knows about Finn Balor – that he’s a made up Irish myth.
Backstage, Natalya had ice on her knee as she explained to Ronda Rousey that she felt a pop in her knee. Nia walked into the room and told her that she’s sorry and that she didn’t mean to hurt her knee. She asked Natalya if she will be able to compete at MITB. Rousey told Jax to look at what she did. What she did? Natalya was rebounding off the ropes! Jax told Rousey, “This isn’t ballet.” Rousey told her to leave. Jax protested. Natalya told them to stop and said she needed a minute for themselves. She walked off, leaving Rousey and Jax watching her walk off….worried?
Renee Young introduced WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Bray said that many men lust for power. It’s in their nature. It drives, consumes and destroys them. He said any team that wants to face them will not be facing men, but Woken Warriors. Matt Hardy did his usual madness. He name-checked Senor Benjamin. Wyatt said whatever team wins the Battle Royal will be deleted.
The announcers ran down the lineup for the 6/17 Money in the Bank PPV.
Battle Royal for Tag Team Championship Match: The Ascension, Breezango, B-Team, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler, Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Revival, Titus Worldwide
Hey, they said the entire Raw Tag Team division was competing – where are the Authors of Pain?
Drew and Dolph waited outside on the apron while everyone else battled in the ring. Ziggler was first eliminated. A pissed off Drew laid out everyone he could while Ziggler returned with a superkick on Tyler Bleeze. They laid out the competitors and left. When they returned from commercial, everyone was eliminated one by one. It came down to the B Team and Rhyno and Slater. Rhyno ended up outside on the apron. Slater picked up Dallas to slam him over the top, but while turning, knocked Rhyno off.
Your winners, The B Team!
Last week they said the title match was Money in the Bank, but this week, they didn’t specify that.
Bobby Lashley came out to address what Sami Zayn has said about him. He said that he wanted to invite Zayn to come out and say what he’s said to his face. Zayn, in the crowd, said he wouldn’t do that because the last time they were in the ring, Lashley assaulted him and almost broke his hand. He was debilitated and can’t even hold the mic without pain and can’t cook his tofu steaks. Zayn said he never stops working and he got great insight into Lashley via Instagram. He mocked Lashley for posting inspirational quotes on Instagram. He complained he secretly sent Lashley a DM thanking him for them and got a spam response for a VIP Fan Club. This well, um, something. Zayn walked out to the top of the building, claiming everything about Lashley was a lie. He questioned whether he really had sisters and whether he was ever even in the Army. That pissed off Lashley. Zayn realized he hit a nerve and aked if that was another lie. The crowd chanted, “USA.” The segment ended with Lashley glaring at him, making it clear Sami took it too far.
Charly Caruso interviewed Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh. He said Roman Reigns is a jealous, bitter man who is threatened by Jinder because he’s a better man. He said Roman has made up a fake conspiracy against him when the truth is he’s been given all sorts opportunities. Jinder said that’s why Roman speared him through the wall. Jinder said Roman will find the storm is coming.
Renee Young, in another area, asked Reigns to respond. He questioned that he was bitter and threatened by Jinder. He asked what Mahal has accomplished lately and said, Nothing. He said Jinder walks around expecting to be handed everything.
Jinder cut in and said Roman would never say that to his face. Roman said he’ll come say it to him and went looking for Mahal. He found Jinder and they got into it for a second before being pulled apart. Good segment.
Sasha Banks & Alex Bliss & Ember Moon vs. The Riott Squad.
Bliss and Ruby Riott started. Bliss appeared to have hurt her hamstring going up and over Riott in the corner and went down. She said she was OK but went back down. She backed up and tagged out to Banks before getting out of the ring before they went to commercial. Is this the heel abandoning her partners? We will see.
When they returned, Alexa was gome. Moon was worked over but made the hot tag to Banks. Banks nailed a big kick to Liv Morgan and nailed a double knee strike in the corner. Morgan avoided a move and used a double stomp to the back for a two count. They went back and forth. Banks fought off the two on one but had no one to tag. Bayley hit the ring to her theme music and tagged herself in, cleaned house and hit the Bayley to Belly on Logan for the pin.
They announced Banks, Bayley and Moon as the winners.
Corey Graves said the referee was obviously doing his job on Ambien.
Backstage, Baron Corbin asked Angle if he was going to allow this. Corbin said he was Stephanie’s eyes and ears and told him to go tell the women their win didn’t count or he was going to call Stephanie. Angle walked off to do it.
When they returned from commercial, Bayley, Banks and Moon were celebrating. Moon told them they needed to hug it out and end their issues so they can go celebrate. They were about to when Angle showed up and informed them that Bayley got the team disqualified. Banks looked at Bayley and walked off.
They showed Baron Corbin giving referee Jon Cone grief over the women’s bout.
Big Show was on stage with a number of Special Olympics athletes from Texas promoting the 2018 Special Olympic 2018 Games. Finn Balor came out for his entrance and they all did his pose with him. That was pretty damn cool. You could see how excited all the athletes were to be there. Classy, WWE.
Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens
Owens did some stalling early. Owens worked over Balor and whipped him hard into the buckles. Balor came back with a leaping kick to the head. He went to the top but Owens rolled out of the ring to avoid him as they went to commercial.
Whey they returned, Owens was working over Balor with a side chinlock. They batted to the outside and to the apron. Owens snapped Balor’s arm over the top rope, dropping down off the apron. Owens began working over the arm, trying to force a submission. Balor tried to fight back but kept getting cut off. Balor finally nailed a double stomp.
Balor worked over Owens and whipped him into the corner. Owens was drilled with an elbow for a two count. Owens caught him with a superkick for a two count. Balor shocked him with a Slingblade and sent him into the corner. Balor went for the coup de grace but Owens nailed the ropes, crotching Balor. Owens turned him upside down in the corner and began beating him. The referee counted to five as Owens continued stomping him and DQ’d Owens.
The story was that after Baron Corbin was all over the other referee, this one wasn’t giving any leniency.
Owens worked over Corbin and nailed a frog splash off the top.
Owens pulled a ladder out from under the ring and brought it into the ring. Owens set it up and teased going up to take the briefcase, but changed his mind. Balor came to life and attacked him, then dropkicked Owens into the buckles. With Owens down, Balor ascended the ladder and came off with the coup de grace on Owens. Balor climbed to the top and took the briefcase down, sending a statement that he was going to win MITB next week.