As the Crown Jewel pay-per-view creeps ever closer, WWE attempted to use Raw on Monday night to continue building to the upcoming show in Saudi Arabia. This meant a pair of matches with top stars and Crown Jewel opponents being forced to work together in tag team action.
Predictably, the results were disastrous for both of those matches. On the men's side, Drew McIntyre and Big E fell to The Usos when their tag team broke down. Similar problems were on display for the women when Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks could not coexist as they took on Crown Jewel triple threat opponent Becky Lynch and partner Charlotte Flair.
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Multiple Crown Jewel opponents team together
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair via disqualification. Banks and Belair argued before the match over who would be the first woman in the match against Lynch. Belair would get her revenge on Banks moments later, launching Banks from the top rope onto Flair and Lynch on the outside of the ring, all before the match had officially started. Things broke down into a four-way brawl before Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville intervened to announce that it was unacceptable and that the tag match would resume as planned. Shortly into the match, Banks and Belair began brawling again, leading the ref to inexplicably call for a disqualification. Banks, Belair and Lynch brawled until Lynch laid out Banks to be the last woman standing.
The Usos def. Big E & Drew McIntyre via disqualification. Big E and McIntyre opened the show with a face-to-face meeting to discuss their upcoming WWE championship match at Crown Jewel when The Usos interrupted. This all led to McIntyre and Big E agreeing to coexist for one week -- despite having tagged together the previous Monday -- to take on The Usos. Big E tagged himself in as McIntyre was setting up for a Claymore. McIntyre got his revenge by pulling Big E off a pin after a Big Ending. That led to the pair brawling around the ring until they were counted out. After taking out The Usos after the match, Big E and McIntyre went back to brawling before McIntyre hit a Claymore to lay out the champion.
The women's match was a mess and a complete waste of time with about four minutes of actual match time just to prove that longtime rivals couldn't exist as a tag team. And the referee calling for a disqualification because teammates were fighting makes no sense given it isn't against any defined rule. Finally, on a night where the Queen's Crown matches were again given almost no time, totaling about five minutes, WWE did the women's locker room a massive disservice on Monday night. On the men's side, things weren't so bad, other than WWE choosing to basically go with the same style of finish as with the women's tag match. There should be more creativity on display than this. Grade: D+
What else happened on WWE Raw?
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals – Xavier Woods def. Ricochet via pinfall after an elbow drop. Woods was the first of the two New Day members to compete in the tournament and overcame a spirited effort from Ricochet.
- Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander def. Mustafa Ali & Mansoor via pinfall when Alexander hit Ali with a Michinoku driver. After the match, Ali shoved Mansoor and said he's sick of losing.
- Queen's Crown Quarterfinals – Shayna Baszler def. Dana Brooke via pinfall with a vicious knee to the face. The match continued the run of extremely short Queen's Crown matches, lasting just 1:22.
- Omos def. Riddle via pinfall with a chokebomb. Omos dominated every second of the match with AJ Styles outside the ring demanding more punishment. Randy Orton did not make the save as Riddle thought he would but Orton did come out after the match to hit Styles with an RKO.
- Bobby Lashley cut an in-ring promo addressing his upcoming Crown Jewel match with Goldberg. Lashley said Goldberg may have a strong bite, but he plans to put the dog down.
- Austin Theory def. Jeff Hardy via pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
- King of the Ring Quarterfinals – Jinder Mahal def. Kofi Kingston via pinfall after hitting a Khallas. Kingston was distracted by Veer attacking Woods on the outside of the ring, ultimately preventing a showdown between New Day teammates in the tournament semifinals.
- Queen's Crown Quarterfinals – Doudrop def. Natalya via pinfall after a slap and a roll-up to advance in the tournament.