Miz TV kicked off Raw this week with Roman Reigns as Miz’s special guest, immediately violating the “Wild Card Rule” once again but, honestly, I am just going to pretend that the brand split is over at this point. Anyway, Roman used his time to further his feud with Elias, leading to Shane McMahon booking Reigns and Miz to take on Elias and Lashley in one of the weirdest team-ups between four guys I’ve seen in some times. The tag match didn’t get a chance to really live up to its potential, however, as Shane pulled Reigns out for a cheap disqualification finish right as things were getting interesting; the heels ganged up on Miz until Reigns made the save and the two of them fended off the heels in a visual almost as awkward as that time Bray Wyatt randomly saved Reigns from an attack for no reason back in the day.
Mojo Rawley debuted his new in-ring attire this week for a match against Apollo Crews; if Mojo has some new, weird-ass persona, though, it didn’t really translate to his in-ring work. He won, though, which is something; it must suck to be Apollo and to be jumped between brands just to job out.
Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Lacey Evans all got together for a contract signing, which obviously ended in a massive brawl and with Becky being Powerbombed through a table. Baron Corbin randomly defeated Ricochet to build hype for the Money in the Bank ladder match; Ricochet threw everything at Corbin and then just…lost…when Corbin hit the End of Days out of nowhere. Afterwards, Ricochet beat Corbin to the top of a ladder in a symbolic victory climb, making you question why Ricochet didn’t just win the match…
Nikki Cross (who randomly dropped her mental gimmick backstage but kept it up in the ring), Dana Brooke, Natalya, and Naomi then all had a bit of a fatal-four-way while Alexa Bliss sat on commentary. The good news here was that Nikki got the win; afterwards, she helped Alexa grab and poses with the Money in the Bank briefcase, potentially setting up a feud between those two when the voices tell Nikki to attack Alexa.
Rey Mysterio put the 619 up against Cesaro’s Swiss-19; Rey quickly used his speed to get around Cesaro’s power and spent the majority of the match throwing himself at Cesaro only for Cesaro to toss him around with Dead-Lift Suplexes and the Cesaro Swing. In the end, though, Rey kicked out of an Uppercut at two, hit the 619 Splash, and got the win.
Raw ended with Braun Strowman facing off against Sami Zayn in a falls count anywhere match with the stipulation being that, if Strowman lost, Zayn would get his spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. It didn’t take long before Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre got involved, attacking Strowman with a ladder, smashing him with a Claymore, and piling Sami onto Braun to randomly give Sami Braun’s spot.
The Miz and Roman Reigns also kicked things off on the blue brand this week only this time Shane banned Miz from SmackDown! Live and booked Reigns to team with the Usos against face him, Daniel Bryan, Rowan, and Elias later in the night.
More interestingly, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Andrade, and Ali went at it to build more hype to the Money in the Bank ladder match; Andrade got the win after an exciting match only for the WWE to repeat Raw again by having Ricochet leap into the ring, onto a ladder, and knock Andrade off to symbolically claim the briefcase.
Shane, Bryan, Rowan, and Elias took on Reigns and the Usos afterwards and you know there’s nothing I like more than seeing Shane McMahon in a match…unless it’s Shane McMahon winning a match. But, that’s what we got, because you’ve got to give Shane those big wins…
Asuka and Kairi Sane (now known as “The Kabuki Warriors”) defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville before Kevin Owens ended the night by talking shit about Kofi Kingston, attacking Kofi alongside Sami Zayn, and then shouting threats in Kofi’s face until Kingston was able to lay them both out after taking a bit of a beating.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Tony Nese (c) vs. Ariya Daivari
Once again, I’m not really following 205 Live so I’m not really sure how good my predictions can really be but…let’s just go with Tony Nese to retain because he hasn’t had much of a reign yet.
WWE United States Championship Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
This one has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle a bit as both Rey and Joe keep getting distracted with other things and matches but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Rey Mysterio pull out a surprise victory here.
SmackDown! Live Tag Team Championship Match: Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. The Usos
I guess the Usos’ recent issues with the Revival can just go on hold for now? What was the point of moving them to Raw if they’re just going to immediately challenge for the SmackDown! Live Tag Team Championship? Anyway, given that they’ve only just won the belts, I’m gonna pick Daniel Bryan and Rowan to retain.
Steel Cage Match: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
Christ, why is this feud still going on? Why is Shane McMahon still having matches!/ The Miz better win here or else I may have to actually tear my hair out.
Women’s Money in the Bank Match: Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Mandy Rose vs. Bayley vs. Ember Moon vs. Carmella
No one is looking too strong or a favourite to win this particular Money in the Bank ladder match, as far as I can see; Raw seemed to suggest that Nikki Cross may help Alexa Bliss win but I’m just going to pick Bayley because she needs it.
WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Kevin Owens
Great to see Kevin Owens back involved in the championship scene; I think Kofi Kingston will win but he may end up worse for wear or Owens may end up getting disqualified for that to happen to build towards a bigger match later on.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey Evans
I love how Charlotte Flair is now suddenly okay with settling for the SmackDown! Live Women’s Championship; in either case, I feel that the belts are going to stay on Becky Lynch for the near future.
SmackDown! Live Women’s Championship Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
WWE Universal Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) vs. AJ Styles
I am pretty excited for this match, but then I was excited for the potential of AJ/Nakamura. Hopefully, we’ve learned from that and this match, and feud (as I suspect AJ will turn heel in, or after, this match), will make up for those missteps and help solidify Seth Rollins as a fighting champion when he retains here.
Roman Reigns vs. Elias
Well, Roman Reigns is winning this, surely.
Men’s Money in the Bank Match: Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. Randy Orton vs. Ali vs. Andrade vs. Finn Balor
This is the opportunity for the WWE to make up for dropping the ball last year and to give a big win to Drew McIntyre that sets him up as the one to dethrone Rollins.