Vince McMahon makes a triumphant return to Raw and WWE television, flanked by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. They’re all here to break character and talk about how amazing and trendsetting the “women’s revolution” has been and to announce that the WWE will host their first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, in October. This, of course, causes all of the women to also break character and celebrate their victory; don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that they’re putting more focus on the women but if they were really serious about it wouldn’t they have their own brand? The cruiserweights do, so why not the women? Is it, perhaps, because that would potentially mean not having women on the Red and Blue brands? I don’t think that would be the case but it’s still all baby steps and forced praise to me, especially considering Impact Wrestling and loads of other promotions have put this much focus (and more) on their women before.
The B-Team defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt…again…because Raw has no other tag teams, apparently. Once again, the B-Team luck out when Bray accidentally runs into Matt, allowing Curtis Axel to roll him up and steal the win. Afterwards, Matt and Bray beat them up because this must go on; you might think that they’re sowing the seeds for Matt and Bray to turn on each other but it actually looks more like they’ll both turn heel.
Sasha Banks and Bayley are back on the same page and bestest buddies again, apparently, and just in time for Evolution and the rumoured women’s Tag Team Championships. To emphasise this, they take on and easily defeat a couple of jobbers and have a good old cuddle afterwards to, apparently, undo all of the stuff we saw them go through recently.
Elias gets his attempt to a little sing-a-long interrupted by Braun Strowman (even Strowman is force-feeding us how monumental Evolution will be!) and a returning Kevin Owens, who vows to get revenge of Strowman. Oh, and Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, and the Singh Brothers all come out to get beaten up by Strowman.
After that, Natalya and Mickie James get into it, with Mickie picking up the win after Alexa Bliss trips Natalya. Riveting stuff, cannot wait for Evolution. Then, Titus Worldwide decide to take the fight o the Authors of Pain, because the Revival are apparently too bland to be on television or something? Before Mojo Rawley squashes Tyler Breeze…again…which, yeah, really paints him as a guy to watch out for!
Finn Balor finally gets a foot in the tiny door crack of the Intercontinental Championship scene by taking on Drew McIntyre. Of course, Dolph Ziggler was at ringside and got involved enough to cause a disqualification, evoke the spirit of Teddy Long, and turn this into a tag team match as Seth Rollins joins the fray for a super fun little match that saw Finn and Seth get the win after Rollins pinned Ziggler. It’s almost too bad that, as of right now, it’ll just be Ziggler/Rollins for the title at SummerSlam rather than a fatal four-way, especially considering that Drew said last week that he was done with Dolph and aiming for the top but why care about continuity now?
Ember Moon and Liv Morgan are at it again, this time with Ember getting another win and continuing to ask the question of why she isn’t at least challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship…before we get to the main event of Extreme Rules but on a Monday!! As Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley go at it to see who gets to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. You’ll never guess how this went: Lashley took control in the early going and put a beating on Reigns! Then, right, then Reigns powered up and started spamming his signature moves! Genius!! Lashley punts him as he goes for the Spear but Reigns his the Super Spear (you know, where he bounces off of the ropes instead) and gets the win. After the match, Lashley shakes Roman’s hand and endorses him as the real deal…which will lead to an absolute slaughter-fest at SummerSlam, no doubt. Literally, this whole deal with Reigns has been one of the most mind-boggling, retarded things to happen in the WWE in recent memory…if not ever!
Randy Orton is here to explain his recent actions; he’s remembered, or rediscovered, that he’s the legend at the top, rather than the legend killer trying to prove himself, and that he’s had enough of not getting any respect from the fans and all that so he’s taking it out on their favourite superstars, starting with Jeff Hardy. Great stuff from Orton; I hope it leads to a new, young guy (Tye Dillinger, maybe) getting a rub off of a feud once he’s done with Jeff.
Kinda looks like Rusev’s push towards the top is over as, two weeks (has it been two weeks?) removed from his title match at Extreme Rules, he’s now fighting with, and losing to, Andrade Cien Almas. I mean, good match, but the end came when Aiden English and Lana got pushed into each other by Selina Vega, distracting Rusev, and allowing Almas to win with the Hammerlock DDT. Afterwards, they sow the seeds of dissension between Rusev, Aiden, and Lana, which is a terrible idea; remember what happened the last time Lana and Rusev got split up? This is good news for Almas, who is apparently in line for a big singles push, but it would be pretty terrible if this came at the cost of Rusev’s push and his winning partnership with Aiden and Lana (plus…the last thing I want is to see Aiden English get a singles push again).
Samoa Joe chokes the life out of R-Truth…then Asuka basically kicks Billie Kay’s head off, which is all very well and good but she’s not been able to win the SmackDown! Live Women’s Championship so who cares?…before AJ Styles and Paige come out to announce who will face AJ at SummerSlam. James Ellsworth decides it’s him, so Paige fires his scrawny ass, then Samoa Joe chokes the life out of AJ and signs the contract to get a title shot. I’m happy to see Joe and AJ get set up in a World Championship program but I hope they put some actually effort into the build up this time as it took them a long time to get going with Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ’s feud, and that had the same potential and failed miserably.
Becky Lynch then took on Carmella, which went about as well as you might expect without Ellsworth to distract and cheat on Carmella’s behalf: as in, Becky locked in the Dis-Arm-Her and won herself a shot at the belt! Next up, The New Day and SAnitY battle in the first round of a tournament to determine who will face the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam. Unfortunately, this did not result in SAnitY getting the win but I guess it would be weird for SAnitY and the Bludgeon Brothers to have a big feud if they’re both heel teams and there’s always the hope that the Club will win the whole thing later on.
And your main event…the Miz and Maryse come out with a fake baby to make fun of Daniel Bryan, which eventually leads to Miz laying Bryan out with the Skull-Crushing Finale. I guess we’re getting Miz/Bryan at SummerSlam, which is great as it’s a long-ass time to WrestleMania and we could always get Bryan/AJ or Bryan/Almas or something just as good at WrestleMania.