AJ Styles crossed the line during the contract signing for his Universal Championship Match against Seth Rollins at WWE Money in the Bank when he laid hands on The Beastslayer’s prize and then on Rollins himself. Get all the details on the intense edition of Raw that ended with Rollins crashing through a table.
Bobby Lashley: Underachiever? That was the thesis The Miz presented during “Miz TV’s” Raw return, but The A-Lister ate his words when he fell victim to The All Mighty in a match that stemmed from Lashley’s insults of Miz’s father. Though Lashley (who is now referring to himself in the third person) benefitted from an assist courtesy of The A-Lister’s old rival, who does not seem to be moving on from Miz anytime soon.
That would be Shane McMahon, who made his presence known right as Miz began to roll against Lashley. As The Prodigal Son inched closer and closer to the ring, Miz found himself forced to play defense and offense, though Shane finally got Miz’s attention by pulling up an unflattering picture of Mr. Miz on the TitanTron. Lashley capitalized, plowing Miz with a Spear for the win, and Shane did the rest, raining blows on The A-Lister and trapping him in a triangle until he went to sleep. Clearly, Miz isn't getting rid of Shane anytime soon, and The A-Lister had an idea of how to settle the score and keep Shane-O-Mac where he can see him: By challenging Shane to a Steel Cage Match. And good news; he accepted.
Facing Charlotte Flair at WWE Money in the Bank isn’t necessarily a death sentence for Becky Lynch’s reign as double champ: She’s been there, done that and has The Queen's number. Lacey Evans, on the other hand, has more or less had The Man’s number over the last several weeks, placing “Becky Two Belts” into something of a defensive posture as she prepares to defend her Raw Women’s Title against The Lady of WWE.
To ask Becky, though, everything is going according to plan. She wouldn’t have pursued both titles if she couldn’t defend them, and she never met a punch she didn’t enjoy taking. To prove her point, Lynch attempted to bait Evans into a fight and got what she asked for, as The Lady emerged, declared she was “done talking” and immediately swarmed The Man in a ringside scrap so vicious that it took 10 officials to finally separate the two on the second attempt.
Seth Rollins has something AJ Styles wants, and as The Phenomenal One made clear at the outset of their Universal Title Match contract signing, he’s willing to do some unexpected things to get it. And indeed, Styles was noticeably more arrogant than usual throughout the confrontation, insinuating that Rollins — a Superstar Styles admitted had all the tools to be champion — had spent all his energy on winning the Universal Title from Brock Lesnar and left himself with nothing in the tank to defend it … and, with The Shield gone, no brothers to back him up.
Rollins remained unimpressed, reminding Styles that he had accomplished what the two-time WWE Champion could not when he slayed The Beast in the first place. And given that he was at his best against Lesnar and will be again at WWE Money in the Bank, Rollins said his challenger would have to be “better than phenomenal” to take his title. Even that wasn’t enough to humble Styles, who brazenly laid hands on The Beastslayer’s title, handed it back to him and slugged Rollins across the face after the champion refused his offer of a handshake and raised the championship over The Phenomenal One’s head.
A brief brawl ensued, and despite a suicide dive from Rollins that put Styles on his back, The Phenomenal One got the last word, plowing The Architect through the signing table with a Phenomenal Forearm. Brazen? Yes. Brash? Definitely. Surprising? Not quite. True, dropping a man through a table is a bit of a far cry from the humble workhorse of the past two years. But as Styles said, Seth Rollins has something he wants. And if you didn’t expect this, at the very least, you haven’t been paying attention.
In other action … Alexa Bliss revealed the Raw Men’s Money in the Bank participants on “A Moment of Bliss” … Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin … The Usos def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and mocked The Revival … NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders def. The Lucha House Party … Alexa Bliss announced the Raw Women’s Money in the Bank participants on “A Moment of Bliss” … Bray Wyatt revealed the Word of the Day on "Firefly Fun House" … Naomi def. Alexa Bliss … Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins def. The Revival … Sami Zayn declared he was taking the power back from the WWE Universe … and Rey Mysterio def. United States Champion Samoa Joe.