WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 3, 2023) from the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, featuring all the fallout from this past Saturday’s Money in the Bank Premium Live Event in London.
Advertised for tonight: Rhea Ripley puts the women’s world championship on the line in a match against Natalya. Elsewhere, there is much to figure out following Money in the Bank, including IYO SKY’s potential plans for the women’s Money in the Bank contract, Damian Priest’s decision on who to cash-in the men’s Money in the Bank contract on, what’s next for Cody Rhodes, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 3
Oh you speak to me like your life was annihilated in space. Oh you speak to me in a voice that’s trite, calm, and impassionate. but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a memorial graphic for Darren “Droz” Drozdov.
A recap of the events of Money in the Bank follows.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
He soaks in the crowd singing his theme for a moment before welcoming us to Monday Night Rollins. He talks about beating Finn Balor and still being the World Heavyweight Champion and a little birdy told him SummerSlam is only five weeks away, and there’s only one thing on his mind—
Enter Cody Rhodes.
Before he can get two words out—
Enter Brock Lesnar.
Rhodes rushes him on the stage and they brawl! Into the ring, Cody hits a Cody Cutter and sends him packing and we go to break!
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Seth Rollins is back in the ring and laughs about what a crazy way to kick off the show before getting back to his business.
He’s very much looking forward to seeing who is next in line—
Enter Judgment Day.
Rhea Ripley says that’s enough about him and everyone is here to see them take over. Seth points out they don’t have their whole group together and asks where Finn Balor is. Ripley says he’s fine but he’s not here tonight, and Damian Priest says maybe after he beats Shinsuke Nakamura tonight he’ll cash in and be world champion.
Seth says there’s one problem, in order to cash in you gotta have the champ down and out, but he’s fresh as a daisy and doesn’t have a match on the card tonight. Damian needles him pointing out that he’s Mr. Fighting Champion and whatnot, and Rhea points out Dominik Mysterio isn’t doing anything tonight.
Dom can’t talk over the crowd by Rhea speaks for him and says he wants to fight! Rollins says this is a very obvious and poor attempt at a trap, but he’d love nothing more than to slap the stache off of Dom’s face here tonight, so he’ll let the crowd decide.
They’re in favor of him beating the brakes off of Mysterio in the main event tonight, so he walks off!
Shinsuke Nakamura is seen walking backstage and we go to break.
Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Circling, Nakamura probing kicks, knucklelock, front kick and an arm wringer from Priest. Short-arm shoulder blocks, hair pull backs Shinsuke into the ropes for a huge elbow! Nakamura with falling knees and a kick, Good Vibrations blocked and a lariat takes Shinsuke down for two!
Whip across, corner body avalanche, delayed vertical and a box of the ears when Nakamura slips out. Sidestep the charge, enzuigiri connects, big corner knee follows! To the floor, Damian suplexes him into the barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Nakamura lands a big kick for a nearfall! Priest cuts him out of midair, circling around him, elbow sets up the reverse STO but Shinsuke counters into a victory roll pin for two! Falling into a cross armbar, Damian has his hands clasped and rolls him around to step on his face!
540 roundhouse kick connects, cover for two! Up for the Razor’s Edge, Nakamura slips out, sunset flip for two! Goozle, backhand breaks, heel kick, cover... NOPE! A little back and forth, big lariat from Damian, the straps are down...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall wtih South of Heaven.
Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s show and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for Money in the Bank.
Commentary segues into a recap of Shayna Baszler turning on Ronda Rousey and costing her team the tag titles.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and gets on the mic—
Enter Shayna Baszler.
She says she speaks for everybody when she says nobody wants to hear Ronda talk, and Rousey demands an explanation. Shayna calls her narcissistic and claims that she’s the only reason Ronda is even standing in a WWE ring right now, and the only thing she owes anybody is an apology for bringing Rousey into this business.
Ronda asks why not say something before costing them the tag titles they worked for— Baszler says she didn’t see Ronda help build rings for shows with thirty people, and she didn’t see her at her tryout, because unlike Rousey, Shayna paid her dues, she scratched and clawed to get here while Ronda waltzed in straight to WrestleMania.
She owes Rousey the sobering reality that there’s someone here who can finally shut her up. Ronda kicks her off the apron and they brawl on the floor! Back inside, sleeper hold, Shayna reverses into an ankle lock but Ronda crawls to the ropes! Baszler uses the ropes for leverage but Rousey kicks her away!
Shayna charges in and blasts her with a kick to the side of the head before leaving! Ronda demands she come back and says this isn’t over when she wakes up from her nap!
Maxxine Dupri is training with Otis Dozovic backstage, and she promises some fireworks in her match tonight.
She’s sick and tired of people underestimating her and her coach’s abilities, and Gable talks about how they’re all gonna beat the Viking Raiders up later.
Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez make their entrance to watch the tag team turmoil coming up here.
Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville make their entrance to send us to break.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville vs. Dana Brooke & Tegan Nox vs. Emma & Nikki Cross vs. Katana Chance & Kayden Carter (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Turmoil Match)
Hartwell and Green to start, Indi clobbers her and Deville, quick tags, step-up senton from LeRae but the quebrada misses! Chelsea with a Killswitch, Sonya charges in with a knee...
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville eliminate Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell by pinfall with a lateral press from Green on LeRae.
Emma and Cross now, Nikki slides in but immediately tags out, distracted by Candice being hurt. Emma with an elbow for two, taking Chelsea into the corner and smashing her into the turnbuckles a few times, snap suplex, cover for two! Hair pull biel, low crossbody, cover for two!
Killswitch sets her up again...
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville eliminate Emma & Nikki Cross by pinfall with a Knee Trembler from Deville on Emma.
Nox and Brooke now, Tegan running hot with hip attacks, tag to Dana, they take Sonya and Chelsea to the floor and get the advantage on them as we go to break!
Back from commercial...
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville eliminate Dana Brooke & Tegan Nox by pinfall with a Knee Trembler from Deville on Nox.
Carter and Chance now, kick combo takes Deville off-balance, cover for two! Sonya slings Katana into the ropes, double delayed vertical suplex, cover for two! Green tags in, off the ropes, boot up, blind tag from Carter and she blasts Chelsea with an elbow! Hard whip into the corner, big elbow, clubbing blows, Kayden hoists her up top, jockeying for position, Chance with a tag... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER BUT DEVILLE BREAKS IT UP!
Going for the Afterparty, Sonya knocks Katana off the top, Carter blocks a Killswitch, cover for two, Deville with a cheap shot...
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville win, last eliminating Katana Chance & Kayden Carter by pinfall with a Killswitch from Green on Carter, becoming #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Becky Lynch is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a Bronson Reed hype reel.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She says she didn’t win Money in the Bank and that’s okay because she can move on, but she can’t seem to move on from Trish Stratus. So she calls Trish out—
Enter Trish Stratus, accompanied by Zoey Stark and wearing a protective face mask.
Becky mocks her “stupid mask” and Trish is upset about it and says she’s not cleared to compete, and nobody’s better than her, not even her protege Zoey Stark. Becky Lynch says Zoey has to be tested sooner or later and Stratus will leave eventually, and then what?
Why is she still here if she doesn’t want to fight Lynch? Stratus says she’s here because she’s the face of the division she built, and she knows Becky hates when people come up to her backstage and thank her. She and Zoey advance on the ring until she remembers that she has a medical appointment to get to and makes a match between Stark and Lynch for next week.
Cody Rhodes makes his entrance for an interview on the stage.
He says he decided to speak Brock Lesnar’s language and the translation is simple— “welcome back, we are not done yet.” Brock broke his arm, he busted Brock’s face, there’s no way for them to coexist and he’ll fight Lesnar any night or every night.
And so we go to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable, Maxxine Dupri, & Otis Dozovic) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik, Ivar, & Valhalla) (Mixed Tag Team Match)
Gable and Erik to start, Viking blasts him with an elbow, but Otis tags in and bowls the big man over! Caterpillar in the corner, Alphas fired up and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Dozer runs through the Vikings and crawls for a tag! Gable in hot, exploder for Erik, but Ivar sets him up top and everything comes crashing down! Match breaks down into “everybody do something cool”, Chad and Warbeard down and out, Maxxine is ready for the tag and she gets it!
Stinger Splash on Valhalla, Otis tells her to do the worm, she wiggles into the corner and worms like a woman possessed until the Viking woman cuts her off! Vikings brawling with Otis... CHAD HITS THE ORIHARA MOONSAULT TO WIPE THEM OUT! Dupri up and over...
Alpha Academy win by pinfall with a sunset flip from Maxxine Dupri on Valhalla.
We see Natalya walking backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get another press hype reel for Money in the Bank.
Ricochet is interviewed backstage and says lots of people said Logan Paul didn’t deserve to be in the ladder match, but the kid can hang and he respects that. But he doesn’t respect Paul getting in his face after when it simply wasn’t his night.
So he wants to issue Logan a challenge for next week, in the ring, face to face.
Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley (c) (WWE Women’s World Championship)
Natalya attacks Ripley during her entrance and beats her down, throwing her into the steel steps!
In the ring, we get a bell and Nattie takes her down for more punches! Sharpshooter attempt and Rhea bails to the floor for a breather! Big right hand from the champion the floor, smashing Neidhart into the announce table a few times before heading back inside.
Off the ropes, kidney shot, Natalya throwing punches, backing her into the corner but Ripley drops her with a bodyscissors headbutt! Big palm strike, seated sentons, but Neidhart comes back with punches! Rhea with a single knee facebreaker and a dropkick, lazy flexing cover... NOPE!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ripley lands a kick that drops Natalya! Whip to the corner, Rhea gets her boots up, missile dropkick from the champion... NOPE! Again into the turnbuckles, Ripley stomping, dragging her into the middle of the ring, more stomps, up top and a shimmy for Dom... BOOTS UP ON THE FROG SPLASH!
Neidhart with a running powerslam, Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring but Rhea gets the ropes and bails to the floor! Back inside, pumphandle...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with Riptide to retain the WWE Women’s World Championship.
Post-match, Ripley beats Neidhart down until Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez make the save!
We get footage of Tommaso Ciampa talking about the Miz and how he reignited the spark in the A-Lister’s eye, and that’s a good thing. He wants the same energy the next time they fight, and now Miz has showed him his cards, but he has no idea what Ciampa is holding.
The Miz says he doesn’t care what kind of cards Tom has in his hand, he’s an unbeatable Royal Flush, and the last person that called him a coward is gone, and he’s still here. Ciampa’s right, he’s got a spark in his eye, and he wants Ciampa to bring the chip on his shoulder to their no DQ match next week.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the Bloodline civil war.
Commentary hypes up the idea that the Usos are gonna put the Tribal Chief on trial this Friday on SmackDown.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rhea Ripley is walking backstage when she runs into IYO SKY.
SKY says something in Japanese, holds the briefcase up and says she’ll see Rhea around. Ripley tells her to try and it’ll be the biggest mistake of her life.
Dominik and Damian roll up to check on her and she kvetches about Morgan and Rodriguez helping Natalya.
Giovanni Vinci vs. Matt Riddle
Vinci blindsides Riddle from the jump, scoop and a slam, Matt fires up with palm strikes and kicks but Giovanni takes him out with a springboard crossbody! Stmops into a toehold, upkicks break Riddle free and he follows with a Pele Kick! Kip-up, corner forearms, moonsault connects!
Back to a toehold, Riddle reverses...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with a crossleg victory roll pin.
Post-match, Drew McIntyre saves Riddle a beatdown and blasts Vinci with a Claymore! Facing off with GUNTHER, he jaws at the Ring General, who slinks away.
We get a recap of Seth Rollins successfully defending his title at Money in the Bank.
Judgment Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Matt Riddle thanks Drew McIntyre for having his back as Byron Saxton rolls up to interview the big Scot.
Drew says he’s back and Matt says he’s thinking they can team up and take Imperium on next week. McIntyre makes a big show of thinking about it and agrees to it and further suggests they go out drinking tonight.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins in control early and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins does the Three Amigos, up top, Rhea runs interference and Damian knocks him down, Mysterio off the top with a frog splash and he puts boots to the world champion! Dom off the top again, a second frog splash but still he doesn’t go for the cover!
More boots, Seth comes back with kick combinations and he’s getting fired up! Big running knee, Rollins conducting the crowd, front kick sets up a Pedigree but Priest gets up on the apron so he has to go blast him! Clothesline sends Dom to the floor and he dives on him and Damian both!
Really fired up now, back inside, Priest runs in and hits South of Heaven...
Seth Rollins wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Damian puts boots to Rollins and throws him to the floor! Priest throws him into the steel steps, big body blows, into the announce desk to boot! Clubbing blows on the desk, lifting reverse STO follows! Seth slips out of a Razor’s Edge and blasts Damian with a superkick!
Mysterio attacks him from behind with the briefcase and puts him into the steel steps before rolling him back in the ring! Dominik encourages Damian to cash in, Priest gets in the ring... AND BALOR ATTACKS SETH FROM BEHIND AND BEATS HIM DOWN!
Big stomp, headed up top, Damian gets on the apron to argue with him and Dom tries to smooth things over between them and points out that Rollins is getting away! Seth hits a Pedigree on Mysterio and gets the hell out of there!
Damian and Finn are still arguing.
That’s the show, folks.