John Cena challenges universal champion Roman Raines
Just after his shocking return to WWE Money in the Bank, John Cena kicked off the first Monday Night Raw before the WWE universe and explained his motivation to finally return home to WWE. Cena has made his intentions clear: he wants to be next in line to challenge the Roman Reigns at the Universal Championship at SummerSlam.
Following the accusatory speech at The Head of The Table, Cena explained that he will be at SmackDown this Friday to face the champion one more time.
Viking Riddle and Raiders, def. A.J. Styles, Omos and John Morrison
Still awaiting the return of his brother Randy Orton, Riddle joined forces with The Viking Raiders to take on Raw Tag Team champions AJ Styles & Omos and Wet Wanted John Morrison. It wasn’t long before Johnny’s drip stick came into play, as Riddle slyly pretended like Miz doused Omos in the ring, creating an opportunity for Riddle, Eric, and Ivar to triumph with the Viking Experience.
Jackson Ryker def. Elias in the Symphony of Destruction match
Jackson Riker set out to finally settle scores with Elias in the brutal Symphony of Destruction match. After Riker interrupted Elias’s first message in front of the living WWE universe in a very long time, he kept attacking in this match with Falls Count Anywhere rules.
The two threw everything from keyboard and drum kit to gong and piano at each other, and Riker hit Elias with a huge superplex across two tables to earn the victory.
Natalia and Tamina def. Nia Jax and Shaina Basler
Nia Jax and Shaina Basler were eager to return to their victorious paths in the Championship Challengers match against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalia and Tamina. With Reginald in their corner, Jax and Basler took him to the championship until Reginald was briefly distracted and Tamina caught Basler with a fast Superkick and won.
After the fight, Jax and Basler appeared to have ditched Reginald, but Akira Tozawa’s sudden appearance on the run from would-be title contenders 24/7 led to Reggie’s close scrutiny. Final result? Reginald is your new 24/7 champion!
Champion USA Sheamus def. Umberto Carrillo
Umberto Carrillo finally got his golden opportunity in a heads-up match against US Champion Shamus.
Damian Priest cheered him backstage, and Carrillo put in a valiant effort, but with a crushing blow from the Celtic Warrior brogue he failed.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley won. Kate Lee; Goldberg opposed Lashley
After defeating Kofi Kingson at WWE Money in the Bank, WWE Almighty Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP were on top, and Keith Lee returned to Raw to face the champion’s open challenge.
Lee fought hard with the Almighty, but Lashley stood straight. Ironically, the WWE champion won with a spear, but was immediately confronted by spear master, WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg, who challenged himself with just two words: “I’m next!”
Jeff Hardy, def. Carrion Cross
NXT champion Carrion Cross was immediately put to the test in his debut Monday Night Raw against “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy. Cross performed impressively, but veteran Hardy managed to triumph by placing his feet on the middle rope in a decisive pinning strike, leading Cross to warn the entire WWE that sooner or later everyone would fall and pray.
Rhea Ripley def. Charlotte Flair as a result of suspension; Nikki ASH def. Flair to become the Raw Women’s Champion
Charlotte Flair put her championship on the line just one night before defeating Rhea Ripley at WWE Money in the Bank, and it was another all-out war.
After a tough battle, Flair was disqualified, inflicting the Raw Women’s Champion title on Ripley, but Ripley quickly retaliated with a crushing Riptide champion. Seeing that the Queen was injured, Nikki ASH stepped out with her recently won Money in the Bank contract to cash out and defeat Flair in a tall crossbody to become the new Raw Women’s Champion!