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WWE Raw results, live blog (July 9, 2018): Extreme Rules go home show

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 9, 2018) from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Advertised for tonight: Braun Strowman continues terrorizing Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns is upset with Bob Lashley, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


My love is the evenin’ breeze touchin’ your skin, the gentle, sweet singin’ of leaves in the wind, the whisper that calls after you in the night and kisses your ear in the early moonlight. And you don’t need to wonder, you’re doing fine my love, the pleasure’s mine, as I settle in to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you.

The show opens with a recap of Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley’s interactions.

We cut to Roman walking backstage where he runs into Lashley. Reigns tells him to get out of his way so he can go to his ring, and Bob suggests that he go out there and call him out like he’s hoping, and if he does, he’s not coming to talk, he’s gonna tear him apart. Lashley is all smiles and steps aside at this point.

Roman proceeds to make his entrance and head to the ring. He gets on the mic and says after this week he could talk about a whole lot of stuff but he’s never had somebody stare him in the face and tell him to call him out, so he’s curious about what Bob can do. Hence, the Big Dog calls Walking Armageddon out.

Enter Bobby Lashley. He gets in the ring and... Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin come out. Kurt tells them it’s not happening tonight and to save it for Sunday.

They do not. Trading punches, brawling into the corner, and Angle calls the locker room down to pull them apart! Bob breaks free and gets back to punching but they manage to pry him off at length. Lashley gets away again and charges in, forcing Roman to roll to the floor. More wrestlers come down from the back and swarm them to keep them apart as referees John Cone and Rod Zapata direct traffic, but again Walking Armageddon puts hands on Reigns!

One more time and he gets Roman down on the mat for a beating before being pulled away! Roman in the ring, Lashley on the floor... OVER THE TOP SUICIDE DIVE INTO THE CRUSH! He backs off up the ramp and Angle comes over to him. Reigns and Bob stare at each other for a long beat and Roman goes on the attack again! Pulled apart one more time, Lashley closes the distance before being separated for good.

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James are shown backstage laughing about how they’re gonna beat Nia Jax up tonight, essentially.

Their tag team match will begin after the break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (And in fairness it was pretty cool.)

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James vs. Natalya & Nia Jax

Jax and James to start, Nia hoists her up, tag made, lariat / spinebuster combo into an attempt at the Sharpshooter but Mickie slips out and tags Alexa in! Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter again, Bliss slips out to the floor, baseball slide and she attacks on the floor before heading back inside. Alexa rolls out the next side and we go to break.

Back from commercial, James is in control on Neidhart, slamming her face into the mat and following it up with a knee to the ribs before smashing her into the turnbuckle and putting boots to her. Tag to Bliss, whip-assisted slap to the face, choke in the corner, snapmare into a reverse chinlock and Alexa falls back to add pressure. Mounted punches, covers, Nattie refuses to stay down!

Dragging her over, tag to Mickie, putting boots to Natalya, another whip gets a back elbow, pass James to the corner, reaching, crawling, tag made to Nia! Freight train, clear the apron, shoulder thrusts in the corner and a huge biel! Stinger splash, whip, Mickie with a few kicks but Jax knocks her down with a headbutt and is fired up!

Fireman’s carry into a military press drop! Off the ropes...

Natalya & Nia Jax win by pinfall with a running leg drop from Jax on Mickie James.

Alexa immediate hits the ring with a kendo stick and beats Nia down with it! Jax catches it and goes to whack Bliss but she gets the hell out of Dodge so Nia snaps the stick over her knee!

Commentary promises a look at Kevin Owens after his porta-potty incident last week and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long.

Nia is shown walking backstage when she runs into an interview. She says that’s a reminder that Alexa will try anything to wear her down, but it won’t work, and she’s gonna snap her in half at Extreme Rules. Trust her, she won’t forget everything Bliss has done, the stories and the lies, and she’s gonna pay her back inch by crushing inch and take her title back.

The Kevin Owens video package recapping last week’s toilet incident follows.

Kevin rolls up on Angle to tell him he’s not filing a complaint for unsafe working environment or anything, he’s gonna be the bigger man, and he hands a slip of paper over. It’s a doctor’s note saying he’s not medically cleared to compete, but he’s still here, and he’s gonna hang out the one place he knows he’s safe, Kurt’s office.

Mojo Rawley makes his entrance, he’ll be in action after the break.

Back from commercial in time for the bell.

Mojo Rawley vs. No Way Jose

Mojo gets Jose into the ropes and breaks dirty with a forearm, but No Way fires a few back of his own and catches Rawley in a front chancery to lock him down. Mojo pops him up and drops him to break, off the ropes... POUNCE! Into a cover, no good, grounded kidney shots, Jose slips away and into the corner. Back elbow up but Rawley rolls through, three-point stance into a shoulder thrust and a suplex for two!

Grounded half nelson chinlock, No Way fights him off, puts him to the floor but Mojo comes back in, big forearm, only two. Back to the chinlock, Jose gets into the ropes, elbow and a charge and an uppercut cuts him off! Right hands and knees in the clinch from No Way, into a lariat... NOPE! Looking for the Alabama Slam, Jose tries to hang onto the turnbuckles and block, but...

Mojo Rawley wins by pinfall with the Alabama Slam.

We cut to Sasha Banks and Bayley in counseling with a new therapist. Bayley says Sasha will only ever care about herself.

Seth Rollins is shown walking backstage when he runs into Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh.

Jinder says life is beautiful and should be embraced instead of burning it down, and tries to sell Seth on chanting his mantra. Rollins says he never thought about it that way and maybe he’s burning pieces of his soul, and asks Jinder to teach him. Mahal starts in on his chant and Seth slips away awkwardly.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Seth Rollins makes his entrance.

He talks about all the nicknames he’s accrued over the years, Mr. Money in the Bank, the Kingslayer, the Architect, the Man, Monday Night Rollins, but to him the only one that matter right now is Former Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. But the good news is he has an opportunity to change that because in one week at Extreme Rules he goes one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler for 30 minutes and the man with the most victories leaves as champion.

He loves testing himself against the absolute best, but the problem is he’s gonna bring that overgrown Scottish Wookiee Drew McIntyre with him, but he’s still Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and when it comes to the two of them, none of that matters--

Enter Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Dolph thanks Seth for the kind words because people should talk about how good he is more often. But he’s not just bringing his toughness, agility, good looks, and this giant psychopath McIntyre with him, he’s also bringing the title, and don’t think for one second he’s leaving without it.

Drew says it’s not all bad, at least he’ll still have his catchy little nicknames and a painful, career-defining loss in which he got a glimpse of the future of this place. Ziggler says he’s still Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the Man, one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring, but he’s no Dolph Ziggler, brother. When it comes to Extreme Rules, he might win 5-0, 10-0, 100-0...

Seth tells him the peroxide is getting to his brain and he needs to get checked out, and Dolph fumbles his reply before continuing and saying that everything Rollins poured into the title made it feel sweeter in his hands. But here’s the deal, you don’t win an Iron Man Match with any of that CrossFit nonsense, you win by racking up victory after victory, beating your opponent over and over until the scoreboard is filled up.

Ziggler brings up his college wrestling record, 121 victories, and Seth congratulates him on it and asks if Drew helped him with those too. McIntyre says where he’s been doesn’t matter (way to disrespect your excellent Evolve run, sir!), but where he’s going, and that’s straight to the top. Rollins asks why he’s taking orders from Dolph, letting him lead him around on a leash, and he doesn’t understand.

Wait, no, he’s got it, Ziggler knows his secrets. Tell him there are no photographs, man, he knows it gets lonely in Scotland but there are only so many sheep to go around. McIntyre gets hot and Dolph holds him back before berating Rollins some more, and Drew calls him out, he wants to see what kind of man he really is, and he wants a match tonight!

Seth accepts and warns him to be careful because he’s a baaaad man, which gets Drew to attack! Rollins ducks under him and heads up the ramp as Ziggler holds his buddy back.

Backstage we see Curtis Axel putting his Matt Hardy wig on and gurning in a mirror when Bo Dallas rolls up in his Wyatt gear. Axel thinks he’s really Bray for a moment but Bo reassures him it’s not.

Commentary hypes up Matt Hardy vs. Bo Dallas for after the break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

The B-Team get in the ring for a promo and Axel says they’ll dethrone the delusional Deleters of Worlds at Rules of Extreme and become the Raw Tag Team Champions. Bo pledges to devour their souls with a side of rice and beans, maybe even with avocado if it’s in season. Little salt and pepper, it’s gonna be a buffet.

The tag champs are in the smoky room together. Hardy’s had enough erroneous dialogue from these mendacious monkeys and the time for fun and games is OVER. Wyatt says laughter is contagious and so is fear, and the B-Team have been infected, but they have the cure. Matt says they’ll eat and delete them at Extreme Rules, but Bray doesn’t want to wait on account of them being here and all.

They appear in the ring behind the B-Team and their challengers make a break for it!

Bo Dallas vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy charges in with repeated shoulder thrusts in the corner, back elbows, a lariat, smashing his face into the turnbuckles over and over! We see the Revival watching backstage as Matt moves onto a shoulder armbreaker, into a hammerlock, wrenching it in, but Bo gets a back elbow to break and throws punches. Hardy returns, whip into an elbow, Dallas is sent to the floor and the champ heads out after and hits a suplex on the floor to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Hardy is in control, overhead elbows to the back of the neck, kicks to the ribs, and he wrenches a cravate in. Bo fights out, body blows, more overhead elbows, Matt traps him in the ropes for body blows and referee John Cone warns him to back off. Short whip, Dallas spills to the floor, catching his face on the bottom rope on his way out.

Cone checks on him and Hardy follows after, winding up his arm before dropping him with a lariat! Hard whip into the barricade, Matt catches a lariat and goes for the Side Effect on the floor but Bo slips out and heads back inside. Side Effect hits in the ring, drawing him up, another one and Hardy’s fired up. To the apron, trying the suplex to the floor, Dallas blocks, Axel gets involed, Bray wipes him out but Bo takes advantage...

Bo Dallas wins by pinfall with a dragon screw neck whip.

The Deleters hit the ring and beat the B-Team up, hitting the big Rock Bottom and a Twist of Fate!

Commentary hypes up Rollins vs. McIntyre and a recap of the opening segment follows because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Bobby Lashley is interviewed backstage. He says he has respect for everyone he’s stepped into the ring with... except Roman Reigns. He doesn’t like anything about him, not least that he keeps on bringing up what happened ten years ago, but he does like that he wants to fight, and when he steps up to fight, Reigns won’t walk out. Believe that.

Tyler Breeze is backstage offering a makeover by way of t-shirt to Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. They say they don’t do fashion, they riot, and they repudiate his gift before we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another counseling clip from Bayley and Sasha Banks without any real substance to it.

Commentary hypes up Ronda Rousey’s induction into the UFC Hall of Fame and recaps Alexa Bliss’ kendo stick attack on Nia Jax from earlier.

This feeds into a handcam promo from Bliss about how great it felt to hear the stick hitting Nia’s flesh over and over again. That was just a small taste of what she’s saving for Sunday and that rookie Ronda will be sitting at ringside to see her end Jax for good.

Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan

Collar and elbow, Morgan goes behind, standing swtich, Moon tries a takedown, doesn’t get it, duck a back elbow, shove her off, Liv puts her into the ropes, hip toss countered into an arm drag and a superkick! Ember stalks over as Morgan talks strategy with Logan, pick the legs, yanking her aside and Liv bails to the floor clutching her back.

Moon goes for a plancha, nobody home, she lands on the apron and pops down and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Morgan in control, overhead elbows and a step-up bulldog out of the corner... NOPE! Japanese stranglehold applied, grinding her down, keeping Ember on her knees until Moon breaks away. Slowly rising to their feet, Ember sidesteps, Liv with the Matrix evasion and she catches Moon with a neckbreaker out of it! Ember with a kip-up headscissors into the turnbuckles!

Drop toehold, repeated knee lifts, scooping her up, fallaway slam connects! Sarah on the apron, Moon takes her out wih a springboard, Morgan from behind, jockeying for position...

Ember Moon wins by pinfall with a jackknife pin.

Finn Balor is shown smiling outside of the locker room ahead of an interview. He starts answering but Bobby Roode rolls up to say they’re cut from the same cloth. Both good looking, good hair, great abs, and unstoppable in the ring. Constable Corbin can say what he wants, but when it’s time to perform in the ring, nobody’s better than Finn Balor, and when all is said and done, they’re going to be... not glorious, but victorious.

But since you mentioned it, yes, they’re going to be glorious. Finn says it’s funny that Corbin thinks he’s the brains of the operation when all he does is go around telling people Balor’s half as big, tough, and strong, but he’s not half of anything, he’s twice as good, and he and Bobby could talk all night about how tough they are, but they like to do their talking in the ring.

Commentary hypes up their tag team match and we go to break.

Back from commercial we’re in Kurt Angles office, with Kevin Owens spraying air freshener and berated Angle to get some plants. Angle suggests it’s leftover stink from last week and Ziggler and McIntyre roll in. Kurt adds a stipulation that if Drew loses tonight, he’ll be banned from ringside at Extreme Rules. KO kvetches about favoritism and Dolph agrees, at which point McIntyre says Rollins isn’t making it through this mountain tonight.

Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.

He plays a few bars and says it’s been two weeks since his last performance and he knows that feels like a lifetime but he does everything for a reason and he’s been in the studio recording his debut album! It’s real, it’s happening, and it’s because of the universal truth that WWE stands for Walk With Elias.

He then launches into a song running Roode and Balor down as having the personality of a toilet seat and Boston being a terrible city. He has to stop due to the boos and says his friend Tom Brady told him to do like he does and pretend to like them but he can’t do it anymore and he chooses to introduce Baron Corbin at this time.

Corbin gets on the mic and says the people don’t respect Elias but he does and he wants to try his guitar out with a little lullaby for Finn. He asks the Drifter if he knows Itsy Bitsy Spider and Elias says he knows everything and asks for the lights to go down. Baron’s version, predictably, is about how he’s going to crush Finn when he goes to the top rope.

Our babyface team make their entrances, but the match itself will have to wait for after the break.

Constable Baron Corbin & Elias vs. Bobby Roode & Finn Balor

Corbin in control on Roode, right hands in the corner, Bobby returns a boot and chops in the corner, arm wringer, trying for a tag but Baron gets away and tags Elias in. Drop toehold into a reverse chinlock, the Drifter tries to reverse to a pin but Roode stays on him. Shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog caught into a Manhattan Drop, Russian legsweep, only good for two.

Putting Elias in the corner, trading chops, whip reversed, up and over, kick to the midsection, Glorious DDT denied when Baron comes in and the Drifter clobbers him with a running knee! Tag to the Constable, putting boots to Bobby, half nelson chinlock applied and he keeps Roo down for a good while. The Glorious One to his feet, body blows to try and break, knee to the gut and he’s passed into the corner.

Baron charges in, slides out, back in, duck a lariat and both men end up down and out. Tags made all around, Finn clubs Elias down, clears the apron, double leg into the double stomp, clothesline sends the Drifter to the floor and he’s fired up! Off the ropes, Corbin trips him, Elias comes from behind and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Corbin is in control on Balor with the half nelson chinlock, but Finn breaks away. Off the ropes, caught by a back elbow for two, tag to Elias. Reverse chinlock applied, wrenching Balor down to the mat and pushing up for more pressure. Finn to his feet, reaching for the tag, denied, he passes Elias to the floor, reaching and crawling, tag to Baron and he clubs Balor to block.

Getting in Roode’s face, throwing Finn into the ropes... Sling Blade connects! Tag made, Bobby in, clearing the apron, back elbow, flying forearm, corner lariat into the neckbreaker and he’s fired up! Up top, diving... CAUGHT INTO THE CHOKEBREAKER BUT BALOR BREAKS IT UP! Putting Elias to the floor, big dropkick knocks him into the barricade but the Constable takes him out! Roode from behind with a schoolboy, not enough, Bobby to the second and he hits the diving blockbuster only for the Drifter to break it up!

Corbin reaching for the tag, Finn yanks Elias down and beckons Baron to him. Brawling on the floor, enzuigiri connects, back inside, Balor heads up top but gets crotched before he can take flight! Roode passes Baron into the ringpost shoulder first, taunts, spinning spinebuster for Elias, Corbin from behind...

Constable Baron Corbin & Elias win by pinfall with End of Days from Corbin on Bobby Roode.

In Kurt Angle’s office, Kevin Owens is eating a sandwich and offers Kurt a bite when Braun Strowman rolls up. Angle tells him to relax and he’s saving the match for Sunday, which he makes official as a steel cage match! Braun asks what that smell is and he pulls the air freshener out before moving on Owens and telling him he reeks of fear. He sprays KO with the freshener, who chokes and gags on it.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another clip of Bayley and Sasha in counseling and are informed they’ll have to report back next week.

Roman Reigns is interviewed backstage. He did exactly what he wanted today, and he didn’t have any respect for Lashley until he saw the fire in his eyes tonight, but he’s gonna need more than that to win on Sunday. He’s got a killer instinct and he doesn’t care about Bobby’s physical tools, he’s gonna beat him and move on to bigger and better while Lashley is The Guy... somewhere else.

Commentary runs down the Extreme Rules card and shills for the WWE Network.

Seth Rollins makes his entrance for our main event and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for our heel entrances.

Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins

Collar and elbow, McIntyre gets Rollins in the corner and shoves him and jaws at him before letting him out. Back to the lockup, dropping Seth to the mat and taking a knee to smile at him, Rollins ducks a lariat and fires a jab off, side headlock, Drew tries to shoot him off, blocked, block the takeover and McIntyre throws him away! Shoulder block, side headlock takeover and Drew is in control.

Shot off, drop down, leapfrog, dropkick but the rally is cut off by a shoulder block. Chops and forearms, McIntyre hosses him over with a suplex but it’s only good for one. Chop in the corner, drawing him up for more chops and into a kneeling armbar, off the ropes on the escape and Drew gets a belly-to-belly suplex off before following it up with a kneeling abdominal stretch.

Rollins to his feet, body blows, trying to escape with a hip toss and he gets lariated to the mat. Following up with a stomp, disdainful slap, meeting Seth on his knees for a forearm before grabbing a seated armbar. Fighting to his feet again, landing on them off a back suplex, low bridge sends McIntyre to the floor and a slingshot dropkick follows. Off the ropes... SUICIDE DIVE CAUGHT INTO A TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER ON THE APRON! TO BREAK!

Back from commercial and McIntyre is in control with a kneeling armbar applied. Rollins to his feet, punches and chops, whip reversed, Flair Flip, overhead belly-to-belly suplex... NOPE! Mounted punches, stomp to the face, drawing the Architect to his feet and putting him into the corner for chops. More stomps, back into the seated armbar, a jawbreaker to escape and Seth fights out of a suplex with a knee strike.

Reverse STO into the turnbuckles, chops and forearms, off the ropes, a series of lariats but Drew won’t be staggered. He WILL be caught by Sling Blade and spills to the floor, however, and Seth hits the suicide dive this time! Back in, a second one lands just as true, and Rollins takes him back inside. Springboard clothesline, only good for two, thinking about the buckle bomb but McIntyre’s too hard to shift.

Overhead elbows, another try, back body drop reversal, boot up in the corner, to the second, the diving blockbuster gets a nearfall! Tuning up the band, kick to the midsection, off the ropes, Blackout denied, charging back elbow into the inverted Alabama Slam but it’s not enough to put the Architect down! Rollins floats out of a slam, schoolboy for two and he get pasted by a chop.

Duck a lariat, dodge an enzuigiri, Drew with a sitout powerbomb... SETH ROLLINS WON’T GO DOWN LIKE THAT! Headed into the corner, up top, drawing Seth up with him but Rollins slips out and crotches him! Gamengiri connects, Tree of Woe... MCINTYRE WITH THE SPIDER BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPERPLEX! Lying in wait, Claymore countered with a superkick, Falcon Arrow... DOESN’T DO THE DEAL!

Rollins goes for the ripcord knee, countered with a wicked headbut... STILL NO! Fireman’s carry, headed up top, shifting his position but Seth floats out... BUCKLE BOMB! Avada Kedavra connects, headed up top, kicking Dolph away, diving crossbody... NOT ENOUGH! Enzuigiri connects, Blackout on Ziggler but he turns around and Drew is ready...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymore.

Drew hoists Dolph on his back and carries him out as Rollins recovers in the ring.

That’s the show, folks.

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