Raw kicks off the Superstar Shake-up and we were able to see superstars like AJ Styles, Naomi, The Usos, and The Viking Experience make the brand switch. The matches of the night included Becky Lynch vs Ruby Riott, Natalya vs Lacey Evans for a number one contenders spot, Finn Balor vs Andrade, and more.
Check out the Monday Night Raw results below.
Stephanie and Shane McMahon open up Raw
Raw starts off with Stephanie making her way to the ring to introduce the “Best in the World” Shane McMahon and to talk about the Superstar Shake-up happening both tonight and tomorrow. The SmackDown commissioner was met by a chorus of boos from the Montreal fans. He also used Mike Rome in the same way he’s been using Greg Hamilton to announce him, and announcing himself in French too for the crowd.
Not much was really said about the Shake-up. Steph was ready to announce the newest addition to Raw and The Miz’s music hit. He did a sneak attack on Shane from behind, beating him with a steel chair and getting the upper hand in the end. The Miz was left standing tall and bloody in the ring which created a great visual.
The Revival & The Viking Experience def. Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Yes, that’s right. The Viking Experience. Ivar and Erik. Of course most know them as The War Raiders (Hanson and Rowe). I can’t stand the name change personally, makes zero sense as to why they would change it at this point. I also don’t like them getting called up at this time either, I think they have a lot more left to do in NXT. I’m also not a fan of Black and Ricochet continuing to team together, I want them separated ASAP.
This match was weirdly long, but I guess you had to showcase The Viking Experience. They looked a little shakey to start the match but grew in confidence towards the end, and managed to gain a pinfall victory on the Raw tag team champions, Hawkins and Ryder. After the match, it was announced that Cedric Alexander would be sent from 205 Live to Raw.
Andrade def. Finn Balor
El Idolo was the next superstar announced to be joining Raw, and impressed extremely well in his debut. The two had an incredible match for TV, I’d say it’s worth going to check out. Zelina Vega accompanied Andrade to the ring. He then cut a Spanish promo, much to the disappointment of the Bell Centre.
Andrade managed to pick up a massive win over the Intercontinental Champion after Vega hit Finn with a hurricanrana. Back in the ring, Andrade spiked him with the Hammerlock DDT and the pinfall victory. Andrade and Finn put on a real good show here. It’s what you’d expect from two of the best workers in the whole company.
Elias performs for the WWE Universe
Elias recapped last week’s interaction with The Undertaker, saying that he will be ready for him the next time they meet. He then does his usual spiel, and insults the Montreal Canadiens’ season. Hating on the city’s sports teams is such a basic way to get heat with a crowd but it is so effective, and works so perfectly for Elias. Montreal booed for ages afterwards. Rey Mysterio interrupted Elias’ performance with the surprise return to Raw. He was only to be met however, by Lars Sullivan who got another attack in on a big time name.
The Usos def. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode
A week after losing the titles to The Hardyz on the blue brand, arguably the best tag team in the world returned to Raw to face Roode and Gable. The Usos picked up the quick victory in this one which is no surprise. They won with a double splash on Chad Gable. What a good pick up for Raw.
A Moment of Bliss with Sami Zayn
This might have been my favourite segment of the night. Sami Zayn was adored by this crowd until he turned on them. They were singing along to his theme song so well, they decided to play it 3 times. After Zayn was showered in love, he finally said that he loves the city of Montreal, yet hates the people. He also claims that’s why he moved to Orlando. Alexa Bliss questions Zayn on his comments saying that he might be the issues rather than the WWE Universe. Sami Zayn refused and said he was walking out of the arena, which he did do.
Bayley & Naomi def. The IIconics
Another short Raw match here. Before the match we got a little promo maybe teasing that Sasha is no longer the partner of Bayley, so The IIconics force her to find a replacement. Former SmackDown Live superstar, Naomi, would take that place. Naomi picked up the victory with a split legged moonsault on Billie Kay.
Braun Strowman def. EC3
This was just one massive squash of EC3. Cole had an excellent line, saying, “he’ll be EC one and a half after this match”. Strowman made light work of EC3, driving him through the stage.
Becky Lynch def. Ruby Riott
Not sure why we have to see the Riott Squad lose yet again to Becky Lynch, but here we are. It seems like these two have been going at it for weeks without actually having a feud of any sort. Morgan and Logan tried to help Riott out of the dis-arm-her, but had no answer at the second time of asking. Riott’s squad tried to attack Lynch after the match but The Man hit a few pumphandle superplexes to shrug them off.
After that, Natalya’s music hit. After quoting Bret Hart, Natalya made her claim to be next in line for one of Lynch’s titles. Becky kind of accepted the challenge cause of Natalya’s history in the business, and her influence in the women’s evolution, but of course Lacey Evans had to interrupt. She got on the mic to tell Natalya that she didn’t deserve the title shot because she was not classy enough. She announced that the McMahons cleared a number one contenders match between her and Natalya for a shot at the Raw Women’s Championship.
Lacey Evans def. Natalya to earn a shot at Becky Lynch
Lacey Evans, in no surprise, managed to beat the veteran, Natalya. She hit a real impressive jumping moonsault from the top rope to finish the match. They haven’t actually announced when the opportunity will come however.
Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & AJ Styles def. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
Styles was the surprise man to finish off the remaining Shield members, and he got a pretty good reaction from the Montreal crowd. This match got a fair amount of time and it worked well. The finish was brilliant with each superstar just hitting high spot after high spot. Styles picked up the win on his first match back on Raw with a phenomenal forearm on Bobby Lashley. Overall, Raw really got some massive picks tonight, I just pray the talent is used well enough in the next year.