Becky Lynch was devastated (Picture: WWE)
The Man started Monday night’s show with a chance to become the number one contender to Bianca Belair next month after Rhea Ripley was pulled from her upcoming Raw Women’s Championship match due to injury.
By the end of the broadcast, Lynch suffered further devastation when she also lost to Asuka with a chance to enter the women’s Money In The Bank match itself on the line.
The EST of WWE opened up the show to reveal Rhea isn’t medically cleared for their planned match on July 3, leading to Liv Morgan, Carmella, Asuka, Lynch and Alexa Bliss all coming out to speak before they all met in the first match of the night.
The action was high-energy and thoroughly entertaining, with Carmella picking up the win and setting herself for a major singles match against Belair with the gold on the line.
In the main event, Asuka and Big Time Becks met in the ring once again, this time with a spot in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match on the line as the two longtime rivals showed their exceptional chemistry in a fantastic bout.
The Empress of Tomorrow won with a roundhouse kick, and Becky looked utterly distraught at suffering another massive loss as she trashed the ringside area and broke down in tears.
Lynch’s downfall is providing some fascinating television with a lot of possibilities for how it’ll play out – while her husband Seth Freakin’ Rollins’ work over the last couple of years is proof of the kind of quality TV a major character shift can produce.
Elias joins brother Ezekiel on screen, Bobby Lashley runs the gauntlet and Omos qualifies for Money In The Bank
Vince McMahon made an unannounced appearance on the show hyping up John Cena’s return next week, while McMahon’s promo comes days after it was announced he is temporarily stepping down as CEO and chairman amid an investigating into alleged misconduct.
Riddle cut an intense promo following his loss to Roman Reigns on SmackDown, before having to face Omos in a Money In The Bank qualifier.
This worked well with the Original Bro flying around the ring in a good showcase for the Nigerian Nail, who picked up the win to advance – and as MVP pointed out, he might not even need a ladder to secure the briefcase.
After the bell, Seth Freakin’ Rollins had clearly taken exception to Riddle criticising him for his actions against Cody Rhodes, and he jumped on the attack, kickstarting a new rivalry which should produce some magic.
Seth Freakin’ Rollins took out Riddle (Picture: WWE)
United States Champion Theory came out to show off some poses only to realise Bobby Lashley was behind him, with the latter getting some revenge with the baby oil.
Later in the night, he faced Chad Gable, Otis and Theory himself in a handicap gauntlet match with a US Title shot on the line, and the All Mighty emerged victorious after some very entertaining action.
Lashley flipping Gable into the Hurt Lock was fantastic, and Chad made the most of his time in the ring.
Bobby Lashley and Chad Gable worked well together (Picture: WWE)
Elsewhere, Angelo Dawkins beat Jey Uso in a cracking match with Montez Ford and Jimmy Uso at ringside before their tag title match at Money In The Bank.
In a wonderfully cheesy moment, Elias returned to WWE after months away for a special concert after reuniting with his brother Ezekiel backstage.
Of course, Kevin Owens wasn’t buying it even after Zeke appeared on screen – and the two siblings both appeared together backstage – and Elias was able to smash his guitar over KO’s back.
Ezekiel’s older brother Elias returned on Raw (Picture: WWE)
We then found out Owens will face either Elias, Ezekiel or their brother Elrod next week. This continues to be thoroughly entertaining, with KO being a huge part of that.
Meanwhile, Miz TV was back again this week with AJ Styles as the special guest, and this descended the way things usually do on The A-Lister’s talk show.
Ciampa ended up attacking Styles, before the pair faced off in a fun sprint with the Phenomenal Forearm securing the win for AJ.
Given his talent, Ciampa deserves far more than these random attacks and quick losses, but maybe an alliance with The Miz – who got laid out with a Styles Clash after the bell – could give him some purpose and lead to a fun face turn down the line.
WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.
WWE Raw results and grades
Money In The Bank Qualifier: Omos pinned Riddle (C+)
Gauntlet Match: Bobby Lashley beat Theory, Otis and Chad Gable (B)
AJ Styles pinned Ciampa (C+)
Money In The Bank Qualifier: Asuka defeated Becky Lynch (A-)
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