It's that magical time of the year, when WWE travels to Europe and we get some information in advance which helps us decide if we want to spend three hours with Raw on a Monday night.
Team Red is in London’s O2 Arena for the May 13 Raw. Thanks to the five hour time difference between the United Kingdom and the East coast of the U.S. of A., that means advance reports about what goes down on a show which is scheduled to feature Becky Two Belts signing contracts for her upcoming title defenses against Lacey Evans & Charlotte Flair, Roman Reigns appearing on Miz TV, the final build for this Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV), and more.
We'll still be watching along with our usual live blog, which will of course cover any segments not shown to the fans in attendance, but more importantly feature Rev. Claire Elizabeth’s unmatched play-by-play. You can join the fun at 8PM Eastern here.
Unwrap that present early:
Main Event taping
- Titus O’Neil def. EC3
- The Revival def. Lucha House Party
- An “international edition” of Miz TV kicks us off. He briefly hypes his match with Shane McMahon this Sunday along with the ladder matches, then welcomes his guest, Roman Reigns. Elias cuts The Big Dog off, but Reigns runs down his Money in the Bank opponent by calling him a wedding singer, etc. Miz speaks passionately about his rematch with Shane, which brings out McMahon. Bobby Lashley and Elias jump the babyfaces, and Shane books a tag match.
- Miz & Roman Reigns def. Elias & Bobby Lashley via DQ when Shane McMahon interferes to keep Miz from tagging Roman. Reigns takes out McMahon.
- Backstage shot of Seth Rollins and video package hyping his Universal title defense against AJ Styles this Sunday.
- Braun Strowman meets with Shane McMahon and learns he has a match with Sami Zayn tonight. If Sami wins, he takes Strowman’s spot in the ladder match this weekend.
- Mojo Rawley def. Apollo Crews in a quick match
- Nikki Cross is backstage as Alexa Bliss struggles with baggage issues. Cross is completely calm and composed. Matty Paddock of The Independent describes it as “hugely unnerving”. Because of Bliss’ luggage trouble, Nikki is replacing her in tonight’s 4Way.
- For WWE’s return to the UK in November, Raw will tape in Glasgow and SmackDown in Manchester.
- Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans are out for the Women’s title contract signings. The crowd is said to be hot for The Man. Lynch runs them both down as “dopes”, saying Evans can’t afford to lose her first title shot, and Charlotte can’t afford to lose her “millionth”. O2 Arena crowd “WHAT?”s Flair, but she isn’t flustered. Things break down, and the challengers end up putting Becky Two Belts through a table.
- Baron Corbin def. Ricochet via pinfall following End of Days. Described as a clean win. Afterwards, Corbin grabs a ladder and climbs it, cause reasons (there are briefcases hung there as part of the set). The One And Only shoves him.
- Backstage scene where Cesaro jokes that Dominick looks like Samoa Joe leads to a brawl between Rey Mysterio and the Swiss Superman.
- AJ Styles promos from backstage about his Universal title shot at Money in the Bank, then the ladies make their entrances.
- Nikki Cross def. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Dana Brooke. In the ring, Cross is her old Scottish Psycho self. Folks shouted out a spot where Brooke jumped off a ladder to crossbody her opponents as being noteworthy. Nikki and Alexa set up a ladder and Cross helps Bliss claim a briefcase hanging above.
- Samoa Joe says he’s looking forward to seeing Dominick on Sunday...
- Rey Mysterio def. Cesaro in what was unsurprisingly described as a standout match.
- Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson cut a promo backstage, calling out The Usos and vowing that “the embarrassment of The Revival stops”.
- Firefly Funhouse airs. Bray reveals his secret, which involves a demonic clown facepaint look. He says he’s learned to “harness it”. It looks to be setting up Bray Wyatt’s in-ring return.
- Seth Rollins gets a backstage interview talking about his match with Styles this Sunday.
- Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman to take his spot in Sunday’s men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. They brawled into the crowd, and Baron Corbin joined in to try and help Sami beat the Monster. Drew McIntyre also gets involved, DDTing Strowman onto a chair, but he still won’t stay down for a three count. They eventually overwhelm him though, and allow Zayn to get the pin.