Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods take on Bobby Lashley and MVP in Main Event – .

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods take on Bobby Lashley and MVP in Main Event – .

With just two episodes of Raw before the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, WWE spent much of Monday night playing in interactions between the four men who qualified for the annual ranking match.

The main event on Raw, however, focused on the two men who will meet in the WWE Championship match at the upcoming event, with Champion Bobby Lashley teaming up with MVP to take on challenger Kofi. Kingston and his New Day teammate Xavier Woods. In the end, it was another good night for Kingston, who continued their recent streak against the WWE Champion.

CBS Sports was with you all night long with recaps and highlights of all the ThunderDome action inside the Yuengling Center in Tampa.

New Day wins over Bobby Lashley and MVP

At the start of the show, Bobby Lashley and MVP were interviewed behind the scenes, both descending Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston and vowing that Lashley would beat Kingston to retain the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank. Lashley also took issue with Kingston calling him “soft” on the previous week’s Raw. Woods and Kingston were interviewed later on the show, suggesting Kingston had already entered Lashley’s head with his comments last week.

The new day def. Bobby Lashley & MVP via pinfall when Kofi Kinston pinned MVP after hitting Trouble in Paradise. MVP got off to a good start on Woods, but Woods took him down with a cut block, allowing New Day to isolate Lashley’s MVP while continuing to focus on the knee. Lashley entered the match but soon MVP was back and isolated from Lashley again. Lashley tried to get out of the ring to bring MVP back into the corner, but was knocked out by a plunging Kingston. The match continued in a flow of Lashley helping to gain the upper hand when scored and New Day gained the upper hand when the MVP returned to the match. After Lashley was knocked out, Kingston hit him with Trouble in Paradise before also hitting MVP with the kick to score the victory.

There wasn’t a lot of meat on Raw this week and a tag match couldn’t add much to the problems between Kingston and Lashley. Still, WWE has to get to the Money in the Bank game somehow, so that’s what we have. Nothing here was as good as the great job between Kingston and MVP on the mic last week, but the game itself was good for a base game. Kingston is still in Lashley’s mind and claimed another victory, Wrestling 101. Category B

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • The Miz hosted a Money in the Bank edition of Miz TV. Money in the Bank’s competitors joined in waves before chaos, predictably, erupted to end the segment.
  • John Morrison defeated Ricochet via scoring. The match started after the Miz TV segment and was a rematch of a double count from the previous week. After a nasty knockdown on the outside for both men, The Miz used his wheelchair to block Ricochet and delay him in his return to the ring.
  • Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Dudrop and Eva Marie beat. Nikki Cross, Asuka, Naomi and Alexa Bliss via pinfall when Jax hit Cross with a Samoan drop. After the match, Eva Marie again announced herself as the only winner of the match.
  • Mustafa Ali a battu. Mansoor via pinfall with a roll-up.
  • Drew McIntyre a battu. Jinder Mahal par disqualification after the intervention of Veer and Shanky. After Mahal, Veer, and Shanky defeated McIntyre after DQ, they stole McIntyre’s sword.
  • Lucha House Party def. Mass and T-bar via pinfall when Lince Dorado pinned T-Bar with a huricanrana in a pin.
  • Riddle def. AJ Styles via pinfall with a schoolboy. The arrival was distracted by the Viking Raiders at ringside, catching Omos’ attention and allowing Riddle to score the point quick.
  • Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley battled with a set of crutches. Flair was on a crutch for a promo when Ripley stepped out with his own crutch, mocking Flair. Both women kicked each other’s crutch and Flair was immediately fine before fighting with the crutches before Flair left the ring.
  • Jaxson Ryker and R-Truth beat. Cédric Alexandre & Elias. After Akira Tozawa entered the ring with her 24-7 championship, Truth almost scored a pin to win the belt. Truth then left to hunt Tozawa, leaving Ryker alone. Elias came out rather than face Ryker, and Ryker quickly pinned Alexander down.


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