Monday Night Raw recap: Rusev ruins Roman Reigns’s night

Monday Night Raw took to Baltimore tonight and it was fun to see what happens with just two weeks left until Clash of Champions. Roman Reigns took on Kevin Owens to earn a spot in the WWE Universal Championship match at the event, but it was the return of an old rival that cost the Big Dog his shot.

The night began with Mick Foley congratulating Smackdown Live on a job well done in their first exclusive pay-per-view Sunday night night. He was interrupted by Women’s Champion Charlotte and she was no happy at all about her loss to Bayley last week.

She placed all the blame on Dana Brooke, who accidentally cost her the match and then got attacked by a returning Sasha Banks later in the night. Banks made her way down to the ring and claimed she was ready for her rematch for the championship, but that brought out the former NXT Women’s Champion.

Bayley laid claim to her shot at the title, but Foley had other plans as he made a No. 1 Contender’s Match between Banks and Bayley. Charlotte blamed Brooke for Foley’s decision and her Protege had enough as she slapped the champion, causing Foley to put her into the match to make it a Triple Threat contest.

It was great match between the three, but Banks ended up pinning Bayley to get the win. However, shoulders of both women seemed to be down, so I expect them to address that next week.

Chris Jericho hosted the Highlight Reel, but he couldn’t have his best friend Owens on the show, so he brought on the champion’s former best friend, Sami Zayn. The two threw jabs back and forth and it ended with Y2J attacking the Underdog from the Underground.

Last week, Cesaro went into the European tour down 3-0 to Sheamus in the Best-of-Seven series. However, he picked up a win last Wednesday night and looked to do the same against The Celtic Warrior tonight.

It was another good match between the two and Cesaro ended up using the ropes for an advantage to make the score in the series 3-2.

Last week, Nia Jax destroyed another opponent, but she was later confronted by veteran superstar Alicia Fox. The two faced off in a match, but things never really got going.

They brawled all over the ringside area and the match ended up getting thrown out. Jax then speared Fox through the barricade, leaving carnage around the ring.

In the main event, Reigns had to defeat Owens to get into the Universal Championship match at Clash of Champions in two weeks. The Big Dog seemed to have the match firmly in hand when Seth Rollins came down to attack the champion Owens, causing a disqualification.

However, Foley came down to the ring and confronted Rollins. The Architect walked away while the General Manager ordered the match to be restarted.

The two went back and forth once again and it was certainly the match of the night. Reigns was on the edge of victory when Rusev returned from a two-week absence and distracted him.

This allowed Owens to hit the Pop-up Powerbomb for the win and keep the title match a one-on-one affair. Rusev assaulted Reigns after the match, revitalizing their rivalry from SummerSlam.

Next week is the final show before the pay-per-view. What will go down in that show?

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