Since defeating a bloodied Brock Lesnar at Backlash, Cody Rhodes has experienced nothing but hard times at the hands of “The Beast.” That continued on Monday night when Lesnar brutally attacked Rhodes twice during Raw, sending Rhodes into Saturday’s rematch at Night of Champions with an injured arm.
Brock Lesnar destroys Cody Rhodes’ arm
The show opened with footage of Brock Lesnar attacking Cody Rhodes as Rhodes arrived at the arena. Lesnar’s brutal attack included smashing Rhodes’ arm with a beer keg, leaving Rhodes down and screaming. Later in the show, it was speculated that Rhodes may be out for the match only for Rhodes to answer Lesnar’s challenge when Lesnar demanded someone to fill in for Rhodes on Saturday. Rhodes marched to the ring and tried to attack after removing a sling from his arm only for Lesnar to lock him in a kimura while screaming for Rhodes to fight. Lesnar then stomped Rhodes’ arm before leaving the ring.
Before the show went off the air, Triple H came into Rhodes’ locker room, insisting he needed to get Rhodes medical attention as he could see Rhodes’ arm was broken. Rhodes continued to protest while Triple H said he understands that Rhodes is scared if doctors check his arm, he will be ruled out for Night of Champions, but that it was his responsibility to get Rhodes checked by medical staff. Rhodes ended the show by saying that, just like Triple H would have done, he is going to fight at Night of Champions.
WWE Monday Night Raw Results:
Bronson Reed def Ricochet via pinfall with a Tsunami.
Zoey Stark def Candace LaRae via pinfall with Z360. LaRae was doing well when Nikki Cross attempted to celebrate with her, allowing Stark to pounce and score the win.
Alpha Academy def Viking Raiders via pinfall when Chad Gable used a bridging pin on Ivar.
Finn Balor def Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall after a Coup de Grace. Nakamura was brawling with Damian Priest at ringside at the end of the match, allowing an opening for Balor to get the win.
Raquel Rodriguez def Sonya Deville via pinfall with a Tejana Bomb. Chelsea Green and Deville attacked Rodriguez after the match, leading Shotzi Blackheart to run in to make the save. Later in the show, Rodriguez announced Deville as her partner in next week’s four-way match for the vacant women’s tag team titles.
Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus signed the contract for their Night of Champions match. Stratus had asked for there to be “no contact” during the segment but left in a huff after Lynch ran her down on the microphone.
Dominik Mysterio def Apollo Crews via pinfall after a frog splash. Rhea Ripley interfered to set up the finish.
Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Matt Riddle def Imperium via pinfall when Owens pinned Giovanni Vinci after a swanton bomb. Riddle was revealed as Owens and Zayn’s mystery partner after he helped the duo fight off Imperium during a show-opening promo.The match featured no interference or other dirty tactics, instead playing out as a straight match which the tag champions and Riddle won clean.