Raw airs tonight (June 21) live from the ThunderDome in the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. This is the first Raw episode during the four week build towards the upcoming Money in the Bank 2021 event on July 18.
Lashley and McIntyre need new opponents
Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre need new opponents after settling their war with a roll up inside Hell in a Cell.
Yeah, Hell in a Cell really ended with a roll up.
Several past Hell in a Cell matches have had truly brutal finishes. Batista nailed Triple H with a spinebuster on the steel stairs in 2005. Triple H pedigreed Chris Jericho on top of the cell in 2002. Undertaker chokeslammed Edge to hell in 2008. Jeff Hardy was taken out on a stretcher in 2018.
Then there’s Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre, which ended with...a roll up. McIntyre was busy trying to stop MVP from interfering for the billionth time, so Lashley just rolled him up from behind, got the three count, and bolted from the cage.
That’s what happens sometimes in pro wrestling. The heel found the lamest way possible to keep his title and get out of Dodge. At least this Hell in a Cell finish didn’t include a hologram, a no-contest, a hanging, or whatever the hell that garbage was with Seth Rollins and The Fiend in 2019.
Now that McIntyre can never challenge Lashley for the WWE championship ever again, both stars need some new opponents. Given MVP’s recent segments with Kofi Kingston, Kofi stands out as the obvious next man up to challenge Bob.
As for Drew, who really knows which heel will come after him next? Maybe WWE will throw him into a Money in the Bank qualifying match and simply forbid him from cashing in the briefcase on Bob.
The title scene
It’s a good thing that Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke got into a scuffle with Natalya and Tamina last week, because it’s hard to find any other women’s tag teams in WWE. But Natalya beat Mandy last night on the Hell in a Cell pre-show, so it’s not clear that the Sexy Muscle Friends deserve a shot at the Women’s tag team titles.
Nothing was settled at Hell in a Cell when Rhea Ripley retained the Raw women’s championship by getting herself disqualified in a match against Charlotte Flair. It’s clear that Flair deserves a rematch, but Nikki Cross is hanging around on the periphery with a decent case that she deserves a title shot too.
AJ Styles and Omos are on a collision course with the Viking Raiders over the Raw tag team titles. Given the way Omos manhandled Erik and Ivar in last week’s six man tag main event, I don’t like the vikings’ chances whenever this fight actually goes down.
Sheamus is dealing with a broken nose, but he refuses to vacate the United States championship. Nobody on the roster is really forcing the issue, so we’ll have to wait and see who will step up next to take on the Celtic Warrior, who has yet to defend the title since winning it more than two months ago
Other stuff to keep an eye on
- With Money in the Bank approaching in July, we’re going to need some qualifying matches in short order for the popular ladder matches. Maybe that’s why John Morrison actually won a singles match last week; he’s pretty much made for these ladder matches.
- Alexa Bliss is now an expert in hypnotizing people, and it helped her score a victory over Shayna Baszler at Hell in a Cell.
- Elias keeps getting counted out against terrible babyface Jaxson Ryker, so unfortunately this extremely boring feud must continue.
What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?