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Monday Night Raw: 8 pm EST

Samoa Joe comes out to the ring and starts cutting a promo. He says he has unfinished business with IC Champ Roman Reigns and calls Reigns out to the ring. Joe says he’s not calling out Reigns’ lapdogs Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, he just wants Reigns. Rollins and Ambrose are shown backstage and Rollins tells Ambrose to go get Reigns. Reigns ultimately stomps out to the ring. He slides into the ring and he and Joe start scrapping. Reigns gets the upper hand but then Cesaro and Sheamus appear and they jump up into the ring and attack Reigns.

Reigns gets caught in a Coquina Clutch by Joe but then the rest of The Shield runs out to level the playing field. Cesaro and Sheamus end up taking it to Rollins and Ambrose. The Shield gets left beaten and broken as Joe and The Bar stand triumphantly over top of their fallen opposition. The heels fist bump and then leave the ring as it cuts to commercial.

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Women’s Tag Team Match: Bayley & Mickie James vs. Absolution (Paige & Mandy Rose)

Bell sounds and Bayley starts things off against Mandy Rose. Bayley gets the early advantage so Rose tags Paige. Mickie and Bayley end up going for a double suplex on Paige but Rose runs in and saves her. Bayley, Sasha and Mickie end up laying the Absolution members out at ringside as it cuts to commercial.

Back again and Bayley hits Rose with a snap mare and then drops an elbow for a 2-count. Rose manages a tag to Paige who comes in and lands a series of shots on Bayley. Paige taunts Bayley and then blunts her with a headbutt. Paige drapes Bayley across the second rope and knees her in the face from the apron. Bayley finds an opening and drops Paige on her face. Bayley tags Mickie who comes in hot. Mickie flapjacks Rose and then goes to the top rope. Mickie hits a flying Thesz Press but Paige breaks up the pin attempt.

There is some confusion in the ring that results in Paige landing a big kick to Mickie’s jaw. Rose pins for the 3-count.

Winners: Absolution (Paige & Mandy Rose)

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Bray Wyatt comes on the big screen and starts cutting a promo. Then it cuts to Woken Matt Hardy and he starts delivering his bit. It goes back and forth as it did last week, Bray being dark and serious and Matt being zany and silly.

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Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore is backstage with Drew Gulak. Rich Swann has had his title opportunity taken away because of his domestic issue and a new contender will now have to be determined.

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Singles Match: Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel

Axel and Bo Dallas mock Balor on their way to the ring and laugh hysterically at their impressions. Balor smirks and does a soft clap for them. Axel is still wearing his neck brace despite having been medically cleared. Axel gets in the ring and slowly removes the brace. He throws it at Balor and rushes to land a cheap shot. He and Dallas put a beating on Balor before the match in even officially underway. Finally, the bell sounds and Axel starts taking it to Balor.

Axel hits a snap mare and then grabs a rear chin-lock. Balor stands up and starts to turn things around. He lands some shots on Axel and then hits a slingblade. Balor lays Axel out with a thunderous drop kick and follows up with the Coup De Grace for the pinfall.

Winner: Finn Balor

After the match, Axel grimaces in pain as Dallas helps him put his neck brace back on.

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Kane is backstage cutting a promo. He tells Braun Strowman that he will delight in entering the abyss tonight with a fellow monster. But only Kane will come back from it. Kane will defeat Strowman and will go on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble.

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Singles Match: Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus

Bell sounds and Rollins comes out aggressively. Irish whip and Sheamus goes for a powerslam. Rollins slides off and knocks Sheamus out of the ring. Rollins then launches himself through the ropes with a suicide dive out onto Sheamus at ringside. Rollins throws Sheamus into the barricade and then back into the ring. As Rollins slides back int he ring, Sheamus explodes with a big forearm shot that levels Rollins. Sheamus takes a breather and tries to get his wits back about him.

The crowd jeers at Sheamus and Sheamus talks some trash at them. Then he hits Rollins with an Irish curse backbreaker. Sheamus pushes Rollins into the corner and lands a series of stomps. Sheamus then charges in and Rollins ducks out of the way, causing Sheamus to run into the corner. Rollins gets back in it as he lands a slingblade. He proceeds to land a blockbuster and then clotheslines Sheamus out of the ring. Rollins goes out and brings Sheamus back in the ring.

As Rollins jumps up on the apron, Sheamus again catches him on the way in with a knee that propels Rollins backward to the floor. Commercial break.

Back again and Sheamus has Rollins in a rear chin-lock. Rollins stands up and hits a jawbreaker to remove Sheamus’ grip. The two jockey for position in the corner until Sheamus whips Rollins over by the leg. Then Sheamus goes to work on the legs of Rollins. He puts on a submission. Rollins tries to counter with a hurricanrana but Sheamus turns it into a Cloverleaf. Rollins fights it and almost gets his hand on the bottom rope but Sheamus pulls him back to the middle of the ring.

Rollins then counters with a small package for a 2-count. They move through some transitions and then Rollins plants Sheamus with a DDT. He pins and gets a long 2-count. Sheamus rushes Rollins in the corner and Rollins moves, causing Sheamus to smash shoulder-first into the ring post. Rollins rolls him up for a near-fall. Sheamus gets hold of Rollins and drops Rollins’ knee on the top turnbuckle. Sheamus climbs to the top rope but Rollins heads him off. Sheamus pushes Rollins back down and starts to stand up.

Rollins runs up again and hits a superplex followed by a Falcon Arrow. He pins. 1-2-… but Sheamus gets the shoulder up. Sheamus attempts a Brogue Kick but Rollins evades. Rollins lands his Knee Strike and gets the 3-count.

Winner: Seth Rollins

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Dean Ambrose is interviewed backstage. He starts rambling about his strategy against Samoa Joe but then says he shouldn’t be talking about his strategy out in the open like that. He thanks for Renee Young for the pep talk and walks off.

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