WWE Raw kicked off the Clash of Champions storylines from last night onwards. A super main-event was already in-store for the show the tag team championships changed hands. The King of the Ring tournament also kicked off bringing two fresh matchups. Plus, the rivalry between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch began, officially. Check out the results from the show that aired from the XCEL Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Roman Reigns’ music hit the arena to kick off WWE Raw, this week. Dolph Ziggler came out next to have a match with him. He took a mic and cut a heel promo to get a ‘you suck’ chant from the fans. Suddenly he hit a superkick on Reigns as the referee check on him. The match went underway as Ziggler hit a Zig-zag followed by a DDT on his opponent. Reigns countered with a Superman Punch but Ziggler still came back with a Fammeser. But he ran into a spear which earned Reigns the win in the opening contest.
We saw a pre-recorded promo by Becky Lynch before WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler appears in the ring for the return of King’s Court. He wanted to plug in the King of the Ring tournament on WWE Raw before bringing out her guest Sasha Banks. But The Fiend Bray Wyatt’s music started to play as he went right after Lawler. The Mandible Claw put down the legend inside the ring as a “Yowie! Wowie!” chant started in the arena.
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A tag team match was next on WWE Raw with the lineup of Ricochet and The Miz vs. Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. Miz hit a Drop-kick in his opponents whereas Ricochet performed a high-fly to clear the ring to start the match. McIntyre came back with a big overhead throw followed by a clothesline. Sooner, he hit a big Spinebuster on Ricochet. Miz finally planted him with a Skull Crushing Finale after which Ricochet caught Corbin with the Recoil to pick up the victory.
WWE United States Champion AJ Styles with Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson attacked Braun Strowman during the US title match to disqualify the match. They continued the beatdown as WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins came out to make the save from The OC. He proposed that he and Strowman should challenge Gallows-Anderson for the WWE Raw tag team championships in the main event.
The first match of King of the Ring tournament took place on WWE Raw with the lineup of Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe. Cesaro hit the Gutwrench Suplex to take control of the match. He locked in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring followed by a Crossface. Joe somehow broke the attempt and locked the Coquina Clutch to pick up the Submission win.
WWE 24/7 Champion Elias was out on WWE Raw to give a farewell performance to the crowd. But R-Truth appeared in the ring in disguise and tried to pin him for the title. But Elias kicked out and dodged a guitar shot to escape the scene.
Rey Mysterio was at the backstage to talk about the downward direction of his career. He said his performance graph has not been upto the mark owing to the injuries. So it may be time for him to hang up the mask. But his son Dominick appeared and barred him from doing so as he wants to team up with his dad before the retirement. They hugged to end the segment.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Big E and Xavier Woods of The New Day squared off against The Revival on WWE Raw. Big E was rolling during the match with an overhead belly to belly suplexes until Randy Orton appeared and hit an RKO out of nowhere. Kofi Kingston tried to interfere but received an RKO from Orton. The Revival and Orton teamed up to deliver a beatdown on the New Day to end the segment.
Sasha Banks appeared in a backstage interview with Michael Cole who denied to note on her attack on Natalya and Becky Lynch on WWE Raw, last week. Later she attacked Natalya in a backstage segment who already had an injured arm.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose was the next tag team match on WWE Raw in a non-title capacity. Bliss was in control of the match until Rose hit back with a Running Knee. Cross got the tag to send Rose into the ring post. Deville hit Cross with a Spinebuster. But Bliss distracted Deville allowing Cross to hit the Cross Neckbreaker for the win.
The second King of the Ring First Round Match happened on WWE Raw with the lineup of Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn. Cedric controlled the match, for the most part, hitting a backhand elbow and big chops to the chest. Soon he followed up with a Kick to Kill followed by A Lumber Check to get the pinfall win and confirm his spot in the second round.
The main event of WWE Raw took place over the Tag Team Titles where Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman teamed up against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. AJ was present at ringside to provide the distraction but Strowman ran over him and Gallows with a Shoulder Tackle and planted Anderson with a Running Powerslam. AJ tried to intervene but digested a Stomp from Rollins. Strowman then covered Anderson to pin him and become the new WWE Raw tag team champions. Strowman and Rollins celebrated to end this week’s episode.