The night after the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, WWE brought Raw to Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was quite a packed show in terms of major developments as construction begins on July’s Money in the Bank event.
The headline coming out of the event is Cody Rhodes being dropped from television after a brutal attack by Seth Rollins. Rhodes has suffered a legitimate rupture of a pectoral hamstring and needs surgery to repair the injury, so it was necessary to set a story in motion to allow him to be out for an unspecified amount of time.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Seth Rollins surprises injured Cody Rhodes
Rhodes opened the show with an in-ring promotion following a video package covering his fight with Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. Rhodes then did an emotional promo about his love for what he does and his willingness to fight his torn pectoral hamstring at the event. Rhodes said he was “a little bruised” but suggested he could try to get back in the ring in time for Money in the Bank. Rollins then cut Rhodes’ promotion and said that while he didn’t like Rhodes, he respected him and even shook Rhodes’ hand before leaving the ring, though not before telling Rhodes that Dusty Rhodes would be proud of their baby.
Then, like a true heel, Rollins attacked Rhodes from behind as Rhodes walked up the entrance ramp. After hitting Rhodes with a sledgehammer, Rollins ripped off his rival’s shirt before stepping on his injured chest. Rhodes was offered a stretcher on his back, but he refused and walked away.
It’s a little funny that Rhodes was given a stretcher after his already injured chest was attacked and it wouldn’t impact his ability to walk. But that’s wrestling for you. WWE got two good deflections on the day with this segment and The Judgment Day viciously kicking Edge out of his group (see below). This is unusual in the WWE writers room. Instead of sending Rhodes into surgery on a positive note, as they suggested, they’ve allowed Rollins to gain some momentum he can use while WWE seems to be dealing with a very thin upper end of their roster. For the success of that angle and the Judgment Day segment, this was a pretty strong episode of Raw in terms of sheer storytelling. Grade A-
What else happened on WWE Raw?
- 24/7 Championship – Dana Brooke (c) def. Becky Lynch by pinfall with an assistance from Asuka. Lynch yelled at Reggie and Akira Tozawa before the match, saying that their fights would no longer involve outside interference. This, of course, led to Asuka eventually reaching the ring and holding Lynch’s foot so she couldn’t kick a pin from Brooke.
- Def. from The Miz puzzle via pinfall with RKO. The match took place after the duo argued when Riddle appeared on Miz TV and Miz refused to accept a match. After Ciampa attacked Riddle, Miz quickly agreed to the match only to lose after Riddle stripped him of the tuxedo Miz was wearing to celebrate the season premiere of his reality show.
- Street profits def. The Usos via counting in a champion candidate match. The long match came to an end after a series of out dives by both teams allowed the Profits to defeat the Usos back in the ring for the win.
- Veer Mahan def. Dominik Mysterio by disqualification after interference from Rey Mysterio. Mahan was dominating the action when Mysterio saw enough and intervened to save his son from further punishment.
- Finn Balor joined The Judgment Day before the group turned on Edge. Balor said he spoke to Damian Priest after tagging six people at Hell in a Cell and saw the light. Priest agreed before saying that Edge taught them to let go of their weaknesses and limitations – and that their biggest limitation was Edge. Balor, Priest, and Rhea Ripley then brutally attacked Edge, using chairs, tables, and big moves to expose the legend.
- Omos def. Cedric Alexander by pinfall after a chokebomb just seconds into the game.
- Ezekiel def. Otis via pinfall with a crucifix. After the match, Ezekiel challenged Owens to a rematch of their fight at Hell in a Cell. Owens agreed as long as Ezekiel admitted that he is actually Elijah, which Ezekiel did. Once Owens said the rematch was happening, Ezekiel said he took a page from Owens’ playbook and lied. He is, he said, Ezekiel, not Elijah.
- Rhea Ripley def. Doudrop, Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss via pinfall with Riptide in Doudrop. With the win in the main event, Ripley gets a shot at Bianca Belair and the Raw Women’s Title at Money in the Bank.