Posts Tagged ‘Monday Night Raw’

A new United States Champion was crowned during the WWE Money In The Bank premium live event.

Bobby Lashley defeated Theory via submission to become the new United States Champion. 

This win marks Lashley’s third United States Title reign. Lashley first held the title from May 2006 to July 2006. His second reign was from August 2020 to February 2021.

Before losing tonight, Theory had held the title since the April 18 episode of “RAW.” He had defeated Finn Balor to become the champion.

The effects of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Roe vs. Wade last week have rippled into pro wrestling, with many wrestlers commenting negatively on the ruling and those who have praised it, such as WWE Hall of Famer Kane. Now, WWE star Liv Morgan is looking to do her part in protecting a woman’s right to make her own choice.

On Twitter Monday afternoon, hours before she wrestled on “WWE Monday Night Raw,” Morgan made an important announcement regarding her third-party earnings in July.

“For the month of July, I will be donating 100% of my share of Cameo earnings to The National Network of Abortion Funds,” Morgan tweeted. “Please consider booking a cameo from me so we can ensure every woman around the world has a choice.”

Morgan is one of many wrestlers who has spoken in support for women’s and abortion rights. WWE star Becky Lynch did so after the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday, in response to a tweet supporting the ruling from former WWE star Jaxson Ryker. Meanwhile, soon-to-be-former WWE star Paige has been active on social media over the last several days criticizing the decision, while AEW World Champion CM Punk, in the lead up to the Supreme Court’s ruling, sported several pro-choice shirts while appearing on “AEW Dynamite.”

Morgan defeated Alexa Bliss last night on “Raw” just days before the two are set to be opponents in the Women’s Money in the Bank match at WWE Money in the Bank. Joining Morgan and Bliss in the match are Lynch, Asuka, Lacey Evans, Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi. Money in the Bank will air on Peacock this Sunday, in the intimate confines of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For those interested in purchasing a cameo from Morgan over the next month, they can do so here.

The lack of Dana Brooke on this week’s episode of WWE Raw can be attributed to a car crash.

Unfortunately, the reigning, six-time 24/7 Champion was involved in what she has described as “a bad car accident” at some point over the past week. The better news, however, is that she is “doing good” and anticipates returning to television in “no time.”

Brooke tweeted the following on Tuesday, thanking her fans for their support:

All the best to Dana as she recovers from the crash.

Brooke has enjoyed renewed Raw focus in 2022, albeit in the 24/7 Championship division. Nonetheless, Dana has become a near-weekly fixture after threatening to fall completely off the radar in the wake of her split from tag team partner Mandy Rose, who has been back on NXT since July 2021.

Dana’s first 24/7 Championship run kicked off in November 2021. She recently embarked upon her sixth reign following a standard multi-change segment on the pretaped 23 June episode of Main Event, ultimately defeating Nikki A.S.H. Currently, Brooke’s cumulative 200 days atop the division mean only R-Truth (at 415 days) has held the strap for longer.

Could Dominik Mysterio be turning to the dark side soon?

On Monday’s “WWE Raw,” The Judgment Day’s Damian Priest and Finn Balor confronted The Mysterios in the backstage area. The segment began with Balor listing out Rey Mysterio’s long list of accomplishments in the WWE.

“You are loved and respected by everyone in the business,” Balor told Rey. “So I’m a little confused – what is that you are not teaching Dominik?”

At this point, Priest interjected to make a case for Dominik to join The Judgment Day.

“Our door is always open, especially for the people who are tired of hearing the same thing over and over again and are being led by so-called leaders that just lead you down the wrong path.”

Priest then spoke to Dominik in Spanish, which led to Rey responding with a few words of his own.

In conclusion, Balor would blame Dominik’s underwhelming WWE career on bad parenting.

“Maybe it’s not bad luck, maybe it’s a bad father,” Balor told Dominik.

The segment ended with The Mysterios challenging Priest and Balor to a tag team match on next week’s “Raw,” which would emanate from their hometown of San Diego, California.

Dominik Mysterio last won a match on WWE TV on the May 29 “Raw” where The Mysterios & Ezekiel defeated Chad Gable, Otis & Kevin Owens in a Six-Person Match. He last won a singles bout on the Feb 7 “Raw” defeating The Miz in an upset victory.

Former WWE Champion Bobby Lashley joins his former ‘The Hurt Business’ faction members in the newest episode of WWE “Table For 3”, now available to stream on the Peacock Network.

During the conversation, Lashley explained how the presentation of three successful, classy black athletes during their runs made an impact on children watching at home.

“We were able to give our audience a different look at black talent because, before, it was always like you had to be militant, or dancing, or you had to be this or that. I was like, ‘No, man. All of us make good money. We carry ourselves in a certain way so we don’t have to be thugs, we don’t have to be this, we don’t have to be that,’ we can show kids such as my son and kids growing up that these three black athletes that are very talented, they can do anything else, but at the same time, they’re not a thug, they’re not tap dancing, they’re not doing any of this.

“We’re dressing nice and that was one thing we made sure that we did all the time is come as the character that we wanted to be which was professionals; that’s where the ‘business’ part came into it. I loved everything about it and I think it transcended so many different areas that we want, that we got locked into, and I think so many people saw that. I got a couple messages on Instagram, they took pictures of their son like, ‘My son went in the closet, put on a little suit after he saw you.’ That’s incredible, that made me feel good.”

The stable, originally formed in the Summer of 2020, was generally well-received by the pro wrestling world during its initial run. However, it took WWE less than a year before they decided to break the group up and go in a new direction. 

The group would later reunite on the September 27, 2021, episode of WWE “Raw”. But after less than 4 months back together, on the January 10, 2022, episode of the Red Brand, Bobby Lashley told Alexander and Benjamin that he now worked alone, once again breaking up the group. Later that night, the duo of Alexander and Benjamin would attack Lashley, confirming MVP and Lashley’s departure and dissolving the team into separate entities.

Cody Rhodes recently had his pectoral muscle repaired after a graphic injury left it torn and hanging off the bone. Rhodes infamously decided to wrestle a Hell In A Cell match with the injury, and it seems his intestinal fortitude has made an impression on fans, as well as WWE.

In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer says that Cody is currently scheduled to be away from WWE programming for 9 months, but that many expect it to be much less. Meltzer notes that January’s Royal Rumble is being eyed as a potential return date, with the popular 2nd generation star’s return thought to be a selling point of the show. The Newsletter also states that WWE filmed Cody’s surgery, and will likely use it in future promotional packages, as they’ve done for numerous injured WWE superstars.

If the idea of a triumphant return from injury at the Royal Rumble sounds familiar, that is apparently intentional. Meltzer says that current thoughts are to give Rhodes the same promotion that the company gave Triple H in 2002. Triple H suffered a torn quadricep in a tag title match, which saw the “Cerebral Assassin” fight through the injury alongside Steve Austin against Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit.

Triple H’s return from that injury was met with great ceremony. The former-WWE Champion was hyped up with numerous vignettes of his rehabilitation, set to U2’s “Beautiful Day,” leading to a January 2002 return at Madison Square Garden that is still lauded as one of the louder celebrations in WWE history. Triple H went on to win the Royal Rumble and then defeat Chris Jericho for the then-WWF Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8.

If Meltzer is echoing WWE’s own sentiments with the comment about Rhodes getting the same treatment as Triple H, it would further cement claims that WWE sees the former AEW Executive Vice President as a marquee talent.

WWE star Alexa Bliss has told ‘The Residency‘ podcast that she gets “very bored” and loves “not knowing what [she’s] doing tomorrow”. That, according to Bliss, is why she gets on so well with the company’s creative process.

When asked to clarify just how far in advance WWE stories are mapped out, Alexa said: “Not very far”. She finds that “fascinating” though, because it lets her tweak certain aspects of her work depending on how live crowds respond in arenas – Bliss isn’t locked in to a certain direction, basically, and she likes that freedom.

“I don’t like getting comfortable with one character”, she added.

This would explain why Alexa’s on-screen persona has been erratic over the past few years. She’s gone from a coffee-drinking talk show host to Bray Wyatt’s possessed minion (and, eventually, the ‘Fiend’s’ destroyer) and back again.

Bliss told the pod that “you have to adapt”. If fans don’t like something, then she won’t keep doing it. However, if they respond to something off the cuff, then Alexa makes mental notes to keep pressing those buttons during her matches/promos.

“Mentally, I get very bored” is how she summed it up.

Having not been seen on WWE programming since a vicious beatdown from the Bloodline on the 20 May episode of SmackDown, it could well be that Randy Orton won’t be back in action until next year.

While this is far from set in stone at this stage, Fightful Select reports there is a genuine fear that Orton will miss the rest of 2022 due to ongoing back issues.

The belief is the Viper has been suffering with a back injury for a while now, and he actually had some work done on on his back ahead of the aforementioned SmackDown match that saw Orton and Riddle lose to the Usos in a Tag Team Unification contest. Of course, that bout was followed by a post-match attack that was done to write Randy off TV.

Fightful adds how Randal Keith’s back issues have gotten worse to the point that he may have to undergo surgery. If that indeed happens, a WWE source told the outlet that Orton will miss the rest of the year. As such, the 14-time World Champion is not being factored into current creative plans, despite originally being scheduled to have a major role to play this summer – with it rumoured that it would be Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns at this year’s SummerSlam.

Until any surgery takes place, there’s still a chance that Orton will be back in action in some form or fashion later this year. For now, though, WWE is expected to move forward creatively without the future Hall of Famer in mind.

Injuries in the wrestling business are always going to be around due to the nature of the sport.

With that in mind, five-time WWE Women’s Champion and two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Alexa Bliss confirmed on T95 The Rock Station that she underwent surgery recently during her time away from the squared circle.

“I had surgery,” Bliss revealed. “I had to get my nose all handled because, after six broken noses, it finally collapsed.”

“Little Miss Bliss” took time off after her match against Charlotte Flair at Extreme Rules 2021 for the Raw Women’s Championship. During that time off, Bliss underwent surgery on her nose, as she mentioned, and got married to Ryan Cabrera.

Leading up to her return to WWE TV in February for the Elimination Chamber, vignettes aired where she would be in therapy sessions trying to sort out the trauma she endured under “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. Bliss then took part in an Elimination Chamber match which saw herself and five other women compete for a match for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38 against Becky Lynch. Bliss ended up being the last woman eliminated in the match, with Bianca Belair pinning her for the victory. Belair would go on to beat Lynch at WrestleMania 38 for the title.

Bliss was then off TV for almost three months and was reportedly frustrated with her position. “Five Feet of Fury” made her WWE return on the May 9 edition of “Monday Night Raw” when she defeated Sonya Deville in under a minute. Bliss would go on to pick up singles wins the following three weeks against Deville (again), former tag team partner Nikki A.S.H., and Doudrop.

Bliss competed in a fatal four-way on last week’s “Monday Night Raw” in an attempt to become the number one contender for the Raw Women’s Championship. Alas, she would end up falling short as Rhea Ripley defeated her, Doudrop, and Liv Morgan. On the most recent edition of “Monday Night Raw,” Bliss teamed with Morgan to defeat Doudrop and A.S.H. meaning that Bliss and Morgan have secured their spots in the Women’s Money in the Bank match.

Cody Rhodes will undergo surgery on his torn pectoral muscle on Thursday, having wrestled through the injury at WWE Hell In A Cell 2022 last night.

This latest update on Rhodes’ status comes from Fightful Select. Following on from his defeat of Seth Rollins at HIAC, the 36-year-old was scheduled for tonight’s episode of Raw in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the time of writing.

News that Cody was carrying an injury heading into WWE’s latest premium live event broke prior to Hell In A Cell. Cody worked regardless, reportedly insisting on doing the match with Rollins, with the duo structuring the majority of the bout around it.

Rhodes’ reveal of the gigantic bruise covering his torso’s right-hand side drew gasps from the HIAC live crowd. For as well-received as the work was, Rhodes and WWE have both come in for criticism regarding the bout being allowed to go ahead, despite Cody’s determination to do it.

Cody cut an impassioned promo after Hell In A Cell had gone off the air, stating that he would probably talk about his injury on tonight’s Raw. This will likely be the case now.