Universal Champion Seth Rollins joined forces with WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in what would become a No Disqualification Match against Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley. How did the champions fare in this brutal main event, watched closely by “Mr. Money in the Bank” Brock Lesnar?
It’s been all jokes for The Usos lately, especially where The Revival is concerned. But Jimmy & Jey weren’t laughing much after their bout with the former Raw Tag Team Champions — a bout the “Top Guys” requested and one that The Usos clearly thought was going to go very different. While Jimmy & Jey shimmied their way to the ring, Dash & Dawson came out swinging, throwing hands before The Usos could even get their hoodies off and forcing the twins to re-strategize almost immediately.
The Revival’s aggression eventually brought The Usos down to earth, and the match soon turned from Tag Team 101 to wild high-flying and hybrid maneuvers (Dash Wilder’s got a mean tornado DDT, it turns out) and a flat-out slugfest. The Revival did what they do best by sticking to the basics, with Dash Wilder hitting the ring to cause chaos and legal man Scott Dawson earning a tights-assisted roll-up that was as decisive as it was ill-gotten. Perhaps their post-match celebration was a little excessive (let’s be honest, they cheated), but the elation was nonetheless justified: For all The Usos’ accomplishments over the last few weeks, they forgot who they were provoking until it was too late, and what could have been a riot turned into a reality check.
The dream ended for Becky Lynch at WWE Money in the Bank when she went from Two Belts to one, though that isn’t to say the reigning Raw Women’s Champion has let defeat slow her down in the slightest. Not only did she turn a sprawling confab on “A Moment of Bliss” into a Six-Woman Tag Team Match pitting herself and the unlikely combo of Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross against The IIconics and Lacey Evans, The Man scored the deciding pinfall. If there’s any disappointment for Becky, it’s that Evans, whose interference last night cost her the SmackDown Women’s Title, wasn’t the one she pinned.
The Lady of WWE refused to square up with The Man and instead focused all her energy on Nikki Cross, who was a little extra motivated after Alexa passive-aggressively berated her for losing the Women’s Money in the Bank Match. (As for Alexa, she followed Becky’s pre-match instructions and didn’t get involved, sipping her coffee at ringside for the whole bout.) Evans eventually bailed on the match when things started to get sticky, and with Cross spent from fighting a three-on-one strategy, The Man handily shouldered the load and finished the fight singlehandedly with a second-rope leg drop to Billie Kay. It was as much a statement from Lynch to Evans — one title or two, she’s still The Man — as it was a lesson to The IIconics, who thought they were lording over Becky by mocking her loss, and instead became the latest to make the grave mistake of underestimating her.
It wasn’t hard to see where things were going when Raw’s main event — a tag team bout pitting Universal Champion Seth Rollins & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston against Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin — was reconfigured on the spot into a No Disqualification Match. For all the chaos that unfolded in the wild free-for-all (there were barely any tags, and Rollins wrestled most of the match in his T-shirt after being jumped from behind during his entrance), the question wasn’t so much if Brock Lesnar would show up, but when.
He waited, smartly, until after Kingston pinned Corbin with a Trouble in Paradise and Lashley had dispatched both champions with post-match spears. The Beast’s music hit the second Rollins drove The All Mighty out of the ring, but Lesnar’s show of circling the ring and eyeing both titleholders turned out to have a cliffhanger ending: The Conqueror backed away at the last minute, with Paul Heyman (accurately) assuring his client that they were in the driver’s seat. The Advocate also suggested a course of action, picked up by the camera mics: That Lesnar return next week and announce which champion he was going to cash in on. Raw began with everyone wondering what happens next. We still don’t know what Lesnar’s course of action is. But at least we know when we’ll find out.
In other action … Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston confronted Brock Lesnar … Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn … The Lucha House Party attacked Lars Sullivan … Cesaro def. Ricochet … Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon agreed to face each other at WWE Super ShowDown … Mick Foley introduced the new 24/7 Championship; Titus O’Neil won the inaugural championship and Robert Roode pinned him to win the title … Drew McIntyre def. The Miz … and R-Truth def. Robert Roode to become the new 24/7 Champion.