Apollo Crews vs. Shelton Benjamin
Shelton Benjamin took it to Crews early and cornered him for some strong strikes. The champ tried to come back, but Benjamin spiked him with a DDT out of nowhere for a near-fall. R-Truth ran through the middle of the ring as he tried to avoid Akira Tozawa and his ninjas. The distraction allowed Crews to take advantage and roll up Benjamin for the victory. MVP and Bobby Lashley pounced before Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali made the save. It took all three men to get Lashley to break his full nelson. Truth ran back down, and Benjamin was able to pin him to regain the 24/7 Championship.
Results: Apollo Crews defeats Shelton Benjamin via pinfall; Shelton Benjamin defeats R-Truth to win the 24/7 Championship
Angel Garza vs. Ivar
Demi Burnett from Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor returned this week in a backstage segment with Angel Garza and Ivar that resulted in the two wrestlers having a match. Garza took control right away and kept the big man grounded for a little bit. What he didn’t know was Angelo Dawkins was backstage talking to Burnett. Ivar quickly made a comeback and ran Garza from corner to corner. Andrade provided a small distraction so his partner could hit a brutal dropkick for the pin. Dawkins and Burnett appeared on the big screen to taunt the challengers. After the break, we saw a shot of what looked like Zelina Vega poisoning Montez Ford’s drink.
Results: Angel Garza defeats Ivar via pinfall
Mickie James vs. Natalya
This was Mickie James’ first match in months, and she started off strong by taking Natalya down with a Thesz press. The Queen of Harts had Lana in her corner, but it didn’t stop James from dominating the first couple of minutes. Rollins interrupted the match and demanded Joe reveal how he knew Mysterio would be there tonight. It took all of the attention off the action in the ring which made no sense and was poorly timed. Natalya ended up winning by count-out thanks to a distraction from Lana.
Results: Natalya defeats Mickie James via count-out
The Golden Role Models vs. Asuka and Shayna Baszler
Bayley and Sasha Banks gave a promo talking about how both women will beat Asuka at SummerSlam. Shayna Baszler came out and said no matter who wins Sunday, she gets the next shot asserting herself in the title picture. Asuka and The Boss started for their teams. Baszler saw Nia Jax in the crowd and went to confront her. Jax knocked down a piece of the plexiglass barrier on her before several officials came down. The Queen of Spades and Jax fought to the back while Asuka managed to keep Baylay and Banks at bay in the ring. We returned from a break to see The Empress of Tomorrow on defense. The Boss came close to winning with a meteora before bringing in The Role Model to keep up the onslaught of offense. Asuka was locked in the Bank Statement when Baszler ran down to make the save and keep the match going. Baszler ended up getting the win for her team by making Bayley tap out to the Kirifuda Clutch.
Results: Asuka and Shayna Baszler defeat Sasha Banks and Bayley via submission
Ruby Riott vs. Peyton Royce
Billie Kay was originally scheduled to face Ruby Riott this week but she claimed her shoulder wasn’t feeling right and offered up Peyton Royce as her replacement. Peyton Royce was surprised but not upset with Kay offering Royce the match. Riott tackled Royce after the bell and took her down with a standing STO. She was clearly angry and took out her frustrations on Royce. Liv Morgan and Kay watched from ringside as their partners continued to battle. Royce hit a huge knee to the head to turn the match in her favor. She ended up shoving Riott into Morgan before hitting her finisher for the victory.
Results: Peyton Royce defeats Ruby Riott via pinfall
The Hurt Business vs. Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Apollo Crews in a 6-man Elimination Tag Match
Before the match, MVP was shown talking to Cedric Alexander. He seemed to get inside of Alexander’s head a little when he questioned why Crews didn’t choose him as a partner tonight. Ali and Benjamin started with a basic exchange of holds and counters. The good guys controlled the pace early on with quick tags, but as soon as Lashley was brought in, he took out everyone on the opposing team. Ali was the first to be eliminated when The All Mighty hit a Dominator for the pin. Benjamin was able to score another elimination with Paydirt on Ricochet, leaving Crews all by himself against three opponents. The U.S. champion quickly eliminated Benjamin with a powerbomb. As he was leaving up the ramp, Alexander came out and rolled him up to win the 24/7 title. After a commercial break, MVP and Lashley were in firm control. They kept the champ reeling as they tagged in and out, but Crews was still able to hit MVP with his signature powerbomb to get a second elimination before Lashley put him away with a Spear.
Results: The Hurt Business defeats Ricochet, Mustafa Ali, and Apollo Crews via pinfall; Cedric Alexander defeats Shelton Benjamin to win the 24/7 Championship
Erik of The Viking Raiders demolished some guy in the first fight of this week’s Raw Underground segment. Dolph Ziggler rated his win a 4/10, and it led to Erik calling him out. This is the first time we have seen two established former champions fight in this new format. The Showoff tried to use his amateur wrestling skills to take the powerhouse down early, but Erik planted him with a slam. Ziggler was able to lock in a sleeper hold and used a thumb to the eye to secure the win. Ivar came out of nowhere and knocked Ziggler off the platform onto a group of onlookers. Later in the show, Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss had a physical fight that ended with both men getting into fights with other people around the ring. There was no definitive winner. Marina Shafir defeated another woman in a quick fight before Jax appeared and took out her and Jessamyn Duke. Baszler confronted her, but Jax left before anything happened.
Results: Erik won; Ziggler defeated Erik; Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss ends in a no-contest; Marina Shafir won
Montez Ford vs. Andrade
Ford was out for blood as he went after Andrade as soon as the bell rang. He sent El Idolo out of the ring and hit a dive to take him out. Andrade was in control, but Bianca Belair taking out Vega at ringside distracted him long enough for Ford to roll him up for the pin.
Results: Montez Ford defeats Andrade via pinfall
Analysis: This weeks episode of Monday Night Raw was average. There was not one match that caught my eye that I really enjoyed. I would give this weeks episode of Raw a C+.