Tonight’s RAW is the go-home show for Money in the Bank. Apollo Crews has been withdrawn from the men’s ladder match following his injury last week, so tonight there will be a Last Chance Gauntlet Match to find his replacement. The participants have not been named yet. Also on the card is Drew McIntyre versus Murphy, ahead of McIntyre’s title defence against Seth Rollins, and Street Profits face The Viking Raiders in a non-title match.

I’m Amanda and this is the RAW review.

Match Results

Bobby Lashley def. Titus O’Neil > Bobby Lashley def. Akira Tozawa > Bobby Lashley def. Shelton Benjamin > Humberto Carrillo def. Bobby Lashley > Humberto Carrillo def. Angel Garza > Humberto Carrillo def. Austin Theory > AJ Styles def. Humberto Carrillo

Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink def. Cedric Alexander & Ricochet

The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits

Charlotte Flair def. Liv Morgan

Drew McIntyre def. Murphy

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The Show

MVP opened the show with another edition of the VIP Lounge. He acknowledged how badly last week’s attempt went and confessed he wasn’t convinced this week’s guests would have any better behaved. Nia Jax, Asuka, and Shayna Baszler were the guests, and he showed the footage of Jax hitting Asuka and Baszler with a ladder last week, to illustrate his point.

Asuka and Shayna Baszler sat as far away from each other as possible. Asuka was sat down dancing singing along to Nia Jax’ music when she was brought out. MVP spoke to Jax first. He said she was the most dominant force in the match but asked if she had the skillset to make it. She asked if he even paid attention to RAW, and said her relentlessness is all she needs to dominate and destroy her competitors on Sunday.

He asked Asuka for her comments, she shouted about Kairi Sane. Baszler’s response was Opera Non-Verba, which she spelt out as she does all her talking with her actions (it means actions, not words). After some more shouting from Asuka, it got physical, but only in that Asuka and Baszler kicked Jax out of the ring. They tried to get to each other, but MVP stopped them.

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The Last Chance Gauntlet Match started with Bobby Lashley vs Titus O’Neil. Lana did not accompany Lashley to the ring, at his request, but she was with him backstage. We don’t see much of Titus O’Neil, and we didn’t see much of him in this either. It was over in seconds courtesy of a spear from Lashley.

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Bobby Lashley vs Akira Tozawa was ever shorter, also by way of a spear from Bobby Lashley.

Bobby Lashley vs Shelton Benjamin was next. This one was a little longer, although they spent most of it at ringside bouncing off the barricades. It finished the same way though.

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Bobby Lashley vs Humberto Carrillo started in an ad break and was still the longest match so far, Lashley eliminated himself by shoving the ref. Post-disqualification he threw Carrillo across the ring, speared him, then pounded on him until more officials turned up to stop him.

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Backstage, during the next match, he was shown telling Lana, ‘Not now’ and walking away from her when she said she could have done something if she’d been in his corner.

Humberto Carrillo vs Angel Garza, with Zelina Vega, was a bad time for Humberto Carrillo. He was at a serious disadvantage from the outset, considering the beating he’d just taken. He took a lot more of a beating as well, but with family pride at stake, he withstood it and pinned Garza after countering the Wing Clipper.

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Humberto Carrillo vs Austin Theory was handy for Zelina Vega, she didn’t have to go anywhere. Humberto Carrillo was suffering by this point, but he resisted and survived rather than thrived, pinning Theory after Theory delivered a superplex.

Humberto Carrillo vs AJ Styles was a bit of a surprise. Styles is alone now as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were released in the mess of releases a couple of weeks ago, and it’s the first time he’s been seen since being buried alive by The Undertaker at WrestleMania. There was no way Humberto Carrillo was in any condition to survive a match against AJ Styles, and he tapped to the calf-crusher.

After the match, Styles destroyed Carrillo’s knee against the ring post in a sustained attack. He grabbed a mic and assured us he’s not a zombie or a ghost and said there’s no Undertaker to steal his spotlight. He got buried but that doesn’t mean he lost, because there are no rules in a Boneyard match. And now he’s back and in the ladder match, he’ll do anything to get that contract. If that means throwing Aleister Black or Rey Mysterio off the top of WWE Headquarters, so be it.

They did a Top Ten Money in the Bank moments segment, which unsurprisingly involved lots of people being put through ladders and moments such as Randy Orton cashing in on Daniel Bryan, Edge cashing in on John Cena. Seth Rollins’ cash in at WrestleMania was number one.

Seth Rollins had an in-ring interview with Charly Caruso. She asked him for his prediction for Drew McIntyre vs Murphy. Rollins said whatever is meant to be will be but he has the utmost confidence in Murphy. Her next question was about his preparations for the title. He said McIntyre is a dominant champion but he’s not a leader and it is not his destiny to be the champion that takes RAW into the future, it’s Rollins’. SO what she’s really asking is how he’s preparing to meet his destiny. Drew McIntyre will put up a fight but Rollins is willing to sacrifice himself… then he went off on the leader/messiah stuff and I tuned out. Rollins new promo style is incredibly hard to listen to, it’s dull and monotonous and my mind wanders.

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Murphy got his own backstage interview with Caruso. She asked him why he’s so loyal to Rollins. Murphy explained that Rollins took him under his wing when it benefitted them both and since then he has learned and developed. So hopefully one day he will be on the same level as Seth Rollins, or better. There was also a bit of shade when talking about McIntyre. He said Seth thinks he can beat McIntyre, and Murphy thinks Rollins can beat McIntyre, but Murphy knows ‘he’ can beat McIntyre.

Before Cedric Alexander & Ricochet vs Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink started, Thorne and Vink got a pep-talk from MVP. The match was decent enough. Surprisingly, Thorne & Vink got the win with a big boot from Vink to Ricochet.

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The Street Profits vs The Viking Raiders was a really good match. Ford and Dawkins have never beaten The Viking Raiders, and Erik and Ivar were looking to keep it that way from the start. It nearly finished quickly, after Montez Ford took a frog splash from Ivar, but Ford kicked out and the match got the time it deserved. Dawkins saved Ford from The Viking Experience. Erik saved Ivar from being pinned from Ford’s frog splash. Sadly, Montez Ford was pitched over the top rope moments before Dawkins took The Viking Experience and got pinned.

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Drew McIntyre said Murphy’s comments suggested he must have Claymored him harder than he thought he did. He said Murphy is a confused young man, the exact type of person someone like Seth Rollins preys upon. But if the Messiah is willing to sacrifice his disciple and the disciple is willing to be sacrificed, who is he to deny the people.

Aleister Black had a question for AJ Styles. He wanted to know how it felt to be buried alive. He noted that it hadn’t made Styles more humble, considering he’s now threatening to throw people off a building. Black warned that if Styles manages to throw him off the building he better hope he doesn’t get back up. He’s going to win the contract on Sunday and make Styles wish he’d been buried deeper.

Rey Mysterio felt the need to explain the rules for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match while admitting it was a rare occasion where he didn’t know what to expect. It’s probably the riskiest match of his career but he’s closer to the end of that career than the beginning and he doesn’t know how many more title opportunities he will have, so the risk is worth it.

Charlotte Flair said she’s the hardest working woman in any industry because she’s been pulling double duty and working Mondays and Wednesdays. This week, she faces Io Shirai and she spent some time talking about her, saying Shirai had called her her dream opponent. That makes her happy because she gets to make Shirai’s dream come true and to make her bow down to The Queen.

Liv Morgan came out and asked Flair if she remembered her. There was a whole conversation, Flair’s an entitled daddy’s girl, Morgan is still figuring out who she is and no one handed her anything… you get the picture. Anyway, Charlotte Flair vs Liv Morgan happened after the break and Liv Morgan found out that whoever she is, isn’t quite ready for Charlotte Flair. She’s a lot closer than Flair gave her credit for though. Morgan even had a credible pinning opportunity or two, and she took a ton of punishment. Her best chance came from double knees to the face which left Flair holding her nose, but Flair kicked out. Charlotte Flair was ready when Liv Morgan went for Oblivion and avoided it, tapping Morgan out in the Figure Eight seconds later.

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Drew McIntyre vs Murphy was the main event of the evening. Seth Rollins accompanied Murphy as far as the stage and watched from there. Murphy left the ring a couple of times early on, McIntyre followed him and bounced him off the fixtures and fittings, but allowed himself to be distracted by Rollins and Murphy returned the favour. Rollins got closer as the match progressed, which gave him a good view of Murphy getting destroyed. There was a brief comeback but that ended when Murphy got cocky and counted down to deliver a Claymore to McIntyre took one and got pinned.

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Rollins got up on the apron after the match but declined McIntyre’s invitation to get in the ring. He left, then ran back while McIntyre’s back was turned and superkicked him in the face when he turned around. He screamed about this being bigger than McIntyre and bigger than him and picked up the title belt to stare at it for a while. But when he went for the Stomp, McIntyre was ready. He grabbed Rollins by the throat and gave him a Glasgow Kiss. Rollins rolled out of the ring before he could follow it with a Claymore.

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Becky Lynch will be on next week’s show to confront the Money in the Bank Ladder Match winner. Edge and Randy Orton will be on as well. Join us to find out what happens.

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