Despite the best efforts of Braun Strowman and Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, Dean Ambrose’s brotherhood with Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins has never been stronger, as evidenced by The Shield’s impressive showing against Acting General Manager Baron Corbin & AOP in a blistering six-man main event.
Ruby Riott had been scheduled to battle Brie Bella on Raw tonight, but Ruby Riott & Co. are never content to have just one enemy at a time: The match was reconfigured into a Six-Woman Tag that roped in Nikki Bella (who’ll team with Brie and Ronda Rousey against the Squad at WWE Super Show-Down) and Natalya (who got bushwhacked by Ruby & Co. when she attempted to answer Rousey’s Open Challenge last week), and The Riott Squad survived the trio of veterans to walk away with a big-time win.
And “survive” is a very appropriate term: Brie came out swinging so hard that Liv Morgan had to exit the match after being incapacitated by a "Yes!" Kick to the face, handing the Squad a 3-on-2 disadvantage. Ruby and Sarah Logan hung tough, however, and they took advantage of Natalya’s overzealousness to secure the victory: The Queen of Harts locked Logan in the Sharpshooter, but she didn’t notice a tag to Ruby seconds earlier, which left her vulnerable to a quick-strike Riott Kick that put the match away.
What good is carte blanche if you can’t get your hands on the one guy you want to fight? Kevin Owens might be asking himself that same question right about now, as his two-week quest to annihilate Bobby Lashley has come up against the surprisingly difficult obstacle of Lio Rush, the motor-mouthed Cruiserweight who is carving out a nice little side hustle as Lashley’s manager apart from his weekly duties on 205 Live.
Last week, Rush got Owens all turned around during Lashley’s match with Elias. This week, The 23-Year-Old Piece of Gold provoked KO again by refusing to walk into an apparent ambush on “The Kevin Owens Show” and later leading Owens on a second chase around the ring during Lashley and Elias’ rematch that ended in a repeat embarrassment for The Living Truth and the former Universal Champion. First, Owens accidentally ran into Lashley, handing Elias a disqualification loss, and then, when he finally got his hands on The Man of the Hour, Lashley came to the rescue, freeing Lio from KO’s clutches and decking Owens right out of the ring.
KO will get his chance against Lashley next week, but there are more questions than answers for Owens and Elias as WWE Super Show-Down approaches … and John Cena hasn’t even gotten involved yet.
True, Dean Ambrose is the only member of The Shield without a title. Sure, Seth Rollins needed his help to become Intercontinental Champion. And maybe Rollins and Roman Reigns didn’t text him every day during his recovery. But that doesn’t mean The Shield’s about to break up. In fact, they looked as good as ever in their first match together in nearly a year despite overwhelming odds both within the ring — Acting General Manager Baron Corbin picked AOP as his partners — and outside, as Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre sat in chairs while watching from atop the ramp.
In other action … Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre confronted The Shield … Finn Bálor def. Jinder Mahal … Triple H and Stephanie McMahon announced Connor’s Cure’s partnership with Hyundai Hope on Wheels for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month … Konnor def. Chad Gable … Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre def. The Revival … and Nia Jax def. Alicia Fox.