WWE Raw Recap: May 14, 2018
S26 episode 20 Aired on May 14, 2018

Although Seth Rollins once again proved himself a fighting champion by successfully defending his Intercontinental Title against Kevin Ovens in an Open Challenge as Raw traveled to the O2 Arena in the United Kingdom, KO still managed to qualify for an opportunity at the Money in the Bank Contract, as did Alexa Bliss and Bobby Roode.

Although Seth Rollins once again proved himself a fighting champion by successfully defending his Intercontinental Title against Kevin Ovens in an Open Challenge as Raw traveled to the O2 Arena in the United Kingdom, KO still managed to qualify for an opportunity at the Money in the Bank Contract, as did Alexa Bliss and Bobby Roode.

Ronda Rousey may be set as Nia Jax’s newest challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship following a confrontation at the NBCUniversal upfronts, but Alexa Bliss won’t be shuffled out of the title picture so easily. The former champion took her first step back toward the mountaintop by qualifying for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, leaving both her enforcer Mickie James and her old rival Bayley to pick up the pieces.

As is often the case with a high-stakes match such as this, initial alliances among the competitors began to fray at the edges, and tensions quickly rose between Mickie and Alexa. Bayley tried to exploit the situation to seize the win for herself, but after a breakup of a pinfall attempt on Bliss, Mickie briefly scrapped with The Huggable One on the outside. Bayley came out on top in that brawl, but Bliss had used the precious time to rally, and she caught her old rival with a hard right and a wicked DDT that spelled the end of the match.

For all his battles with authority figures over the past year, Kevin Owens has gotten good at playing the game: After complaining to Stephanie McMahon over the outcome of his Intercontinental Title Match, Owens got himself added to a Triple Threat Money in the Bank qualifier as a replacement for Jinder Mahal, who had been taken out of the running after a still-fuming Roman Reigns Speared him through a wall.

Not only did Owens maneuver his way into another opportunity, he made good on it, though he once again owes a thank-you to his guardian angel. Bobby Lashley had seized control down the stretch and was seemingly headed for victory at the expense of the bout’s overwhelming sentimental favorite, Elias. That’s when Sami Zayn made his move, hauling Lashley out of the pinfall position and blasting him with a Helluva Kick over the barricade. Owens took care of the rest, pancaking Elias with a Frog Splash to earn the victory.

What becomes of Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal now (to say nothing of Lashley and Zayn) is anybody’s guess, but for the night’s big winner, the way forward is clear: Climb, Owens, climb.

In other action … Roman Reigns attacked Jinder Mahal … Bobby Roode def. Baron Corbin and No Way Jose to qualify for the Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match …
The B-Team def. Breezango … Sasha Banks, Natalya & Ember Moon def. The Riott Squad … Raw Tag Team Champions "Woken" Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt def. The Revival … Sami Zayn mocked Bobby Lashley's sit-down interview … and Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre def. Finn Bálor & Braun Strowman.

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