SPOILER WARNING: This article contains full show match results for WWE Monday Night Raw from The Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia which aired on Monday, May 28, 2018.
As May comes to a close, Monday Night Raw continued its build to the all-important WWE Money in the Bank 2018 pay-per-view last night.
The women dominated the headlines on Monday night for a change, with another name joining the ladder match and some hype for the hard-hitting title bout.
Here are six things we learned.
1. Nia Jax isn’t scared of Ronda Rousey (even though she probably should be)
Nia Jax welcomed the challenge of Ronda Rousey at the upfronts recently and invited her to try to take her title at Money in the Bank.
The contract signing last week was actually pretty restrained, as these things go, but last night there was disrespect spilling out all over the place.
Despite the end of her undefeated streak in UFC, Ronda Rousey still has an aura of invincibility in the WWE.
Nia Jax isn’t fazed by that one bit, though.
And despite her own experience of being bullied by her best frenemy Alexa Bliss, she decided to show how little she is bothered by RR by bullying local talent Michelle Webb.
Jax let herself get “caught” in an armbar and simply powered out of it, supposedly illustrating how she’ll do the same at MITB.
But Michelle Webb is no Ronda Rousey, and we can’t help but think that this hubris will be the champ’s downfall.
2. Sasha Banks is going to Money in the Bank
With her on-off feud with Bayley currently, well, off, Sasha Banks has other things on her mind.
Actually, it was Bayley who did the early running in last night’s Gauntlet Match, pinning Liv Morgan and taking care of Sarah Logan, but Ruby Riott eliminated her, Dana Brooke and Mickie James before Sasha came in last to do the business.
Our criticism of the match was that, with Raw clocking in at three hours, we could have had MORE of it, and a bit more story happening on the way to Sasha’s win.
As we said last week, the Women’s MITB ladder match is as open as can be.
Ember Moon vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks.
That’s an all-star cast with more talent than you can shake a ladder at.
All we’re hoping for after last year’s shenanigans is a less controversial finish, so that Ms Money in the Bank doesn’t have a chinless shadow cast upon her up until she cashes in.
3. TAG TEAM BATTLE ROYAL
We’ve been loving the Money in the Bank qualifiers because it’s great to see people earn their spots rather than just get a lucky spin of the Rolodex from the GM or Commissioner.
And while there are many ways for challengers to prove their worthiness for a title bout, sometimes the best way is just having everyone go at it.
The tag team division on Raw has been treading water a bit of late since ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt joined forces.
The Deleters of Worlds have looked comfortable as champs… too comfortable in fact.
Meanwhile, none of the potential challengers have raised their heads higher than the rest.
So what better way to find the next title contenders than a BATTLE ROYAL.
And so it is, next week on Monday Night Raw, with all the Raw Tag Teams going at it, from the B-Team to The Revival and everything in between.
We’re looking forward to it already.
4. Finn Bálor (and Braun Strowman) continue to be absolutely OVER
Two very different competitors, but two absolutely OVER WWE Superstars.
Braun Strowman has proved himself one of the biggest talents in the WWE in the last two years in every sense.
What is underrated is his ability to work with all sorts of talent on that roster, from Nicholas up.
And Finn Bálor, in a very different way, is the same.
Both men have already booked their place in the MITB ladder match, and while the stipulation doesn’t favour Braun he still has to be considered a favourite.
Bálor though isn’t afraid of the Monster Among Men. Not one bit.
He dismissed Those Hands and dished out a few of his own to prove it (even though it was Kevin Owens’s interference that eventually got him the “win” by DQ in the end).
The first WWE Universal Champion is staking his claim to regain his title, and if he climbs that ladder to glory next month he’ll have absolutely earned it.
5. Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn is a much more important match than it looks (for Bobby Lashley, at least)
After last week’s utter horror show of a segment, we got an apology from Sami Zayn.
Despite walking some of it back, it felt that the company knew it went too far and too crass (and too transphobic) with the “sisters”.
And with all that thankfully behind us, we’re left with Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn at Money in the Bank.
Despite the awkwardness of the build, Sami Zayn will be fine no matter what.
Win or lose, he’s proved that he can pretty much do anything in the WWE and get through the other side with his character intact (if not always his dignity).
But Bobby Lashley hasn’t quite had the massive impact a man of his stature needs on his WWE return.
By debuting in the rush after WrestleMania, it already feels like the returning Superstar has been a little lost in the shuffle.
People have been talking up a possible match between Lashley and Brock Lesnar, but in truth Bobby hasn’t come near to earning that yet.
What Bobby Lashley really needs right now is a match of the night contender at MITB.
With the card as stacked as it is, that’ll be a big ask, but if he’s serious about his ambitions then the time is now, really.
6. Roman Reigns gets the night off and Seth Rollins suffers the consequences.
Roman Reigns was nowhere to be seen last night, leaving Seth Rollins to fend for himself against Jinder Mahal (and Elias).
While Seth lost his IC Championship match against Jinder, it was by disqualification after some judicious steel chair use, so he keeps his title.
He beat the wotsits out of Jinder to gain a measure of revenge for his recent antics, but Seth also had to contend with Elias’s guitar.
Without Roman Reigns around to have his back, he suffered an almighty thwack with the six-string, and ended up in a neck brace and on a stretcher.
He did manage to walk out under his own steam eventually, but we’re not sure what this means for the open challenge.
Will Elias demand a match, or will Jinder Mahal’s DQ win mean that he gets another shot?
What seems clear though is that the Seth Rollins IC Title Open Challenge era is over after its short run, and we’re back with more traditional attempts at his title (even if they do come almost every week).
WWE Monday Night Raw full show match results – Monday, May 28, 2018
- Braun Strowman vs Finn Bálor
WINNER: Finn Bálor (by DQ)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs Jinder Mahal
WINNER: Jinder Mahal (by DQ) Seth Rollins is STILL WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
- Nia Jax vs Michelle Webb
WINNER: Nia Jax
- ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor)
WINNERS: ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
- Bobby Roode vs Kevin Owens
WINNER: Kevin Owens
- Chad Gable vs Drew McIntyre
WINNER: Drew McIntyre
- Women’s MITB Qualifier Gauntlet Match: Bayley vs Liv Morgan vs Sarah Logan vs Ruby Riott vs Dana Brooke vs Mickie James vs Sasha Banks
WINNER: Sasha Banks
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