WWE Raw results, recap and grades: Seth Rollins blinds Cody Rhodes with brutal attack

One night after the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, WWE brought Raw to Green Bay, Wisconsin. It’s been quite a busy show in terms of big developments as the build for July’s Money in the Bank event begins.

The main story of the event is that Cody Rhodes was written off television after a brutal attack by Seth Rollins. Rhodes suffered a legitimate tear of a pectoral tendon and needs surgery to repair the injury, so it was necessary to set a story in motion to allow him an indefinite time out.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Seth Rollins blindly hurt Cody Rhodes

Rhodes opened the show with an in-ring promo after a video package covering his match with Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. Rhodes then cut an emotional promo about his love for what he does and his willingness to have battled his torn pectoral tendon at the event. Rhodes said he was “a little stoned” but suggested he could try to get back in the ring in time for Money in the Bank. Rollins then cut Rhodes’ promo and said that while he didn’t like Rhodes he respected him and even shook hands with Rhodes before leaving the ring, but not before telling Rhodes that Dusty Rhodes would be proud of his baby boy.

Then, like a true heel, Rollins attacked Rhodes from behind as Rhodes ran up the ramp. After hitting Rhodes with a hammer, Rollins ripped off his rival’s shirt before stomping on his injured chest. Rhodes was offered a stretcher in the back but refused and walked away.

It’s kind of funny that Rhodes was offered a stretcher after his already injured chest was attacked and would have no impact on his ability to walk. But that’s the fight for you. WWE pulled off two good diversions in the day with this segment and The Judgment Day violently kicking Edge out of their group (see below). It’s unusual in the WWE writers room. Rather than sending Rhodes out for surgery on a high note as they suggested, they allowed Rollins some momentum he can use as WWE look to deal with a very thin top end. from their list. For the success of this angle and the Judgment Day segment, this was a pretty strong episode of Raw in terms of pure storytelling. Rating: A-

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • 24/7 Championship – Dana Brooke (c) def. Becky Lynch via Pinfall with an assist from Asuka. Lynch shouted out to Reggie and Akira Tozawa before the match, saying his matches would no longer involve outside interference. This, of course, led to Asuka walking to ringside and holding Lynch’s foot so she couldn’t get out of a pin from Brooke.
  • Riddle def. The Miz via pinfall with an RKO. The match took place after the pair had a falling out when Riddle appeared on Miz TV and Miz refused to agree to a match. After Ciampa attacked Riddle, Miz quickly accepted the match to lose after Riddle stripped him of the tux Miz wore to celebrate the start of his reality show’s season.
  • Street profits def. The Usos via the count in a contender’s match for the champion. The long match came to an end after a series of dives to the outside by both teams allowed the Profits to beat The Usos to the ring for the victory.
  • Veer Mahan beats. Dominik Mysterio by disqualification after interference from Rey Mysterio. Mahan dominated the action when Mysterio had seen enough and stepped in to save his son from further punishment.
  • Finn Balor joined The Judgment Day before the band turned to Edge. Balor said he spoke to Damian Priest after six people were tagged 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 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 beats. Cedric Alexander via pinfall after a choke bomb seconds into the match.
  • Ezekiel overcame. Otis via fall with a crucifix. After the match, Ezekiel challenged Owens for a rematch of their Hell in a Cell bout. Owens agreed as long as Ezekiel admitted he is actually Elias, which Ezekiel did. Once Owens said the rematch was on, Ezekiel said he took a page from Owens’ playbook and lied. He is, he says, Ezekiel, not Elias.
  • Rhea Ripley defeats. Doudrop, Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss via pinfall with Riptide on Doudrop. With the main event win, Ripley gets a shot at Bianca Belair and the Raw Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank.


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