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24 Hours after the events of Extreme Rules, Raw kicked off with the footage of Braun Strowman’s Helicopter arrival at the show. This was followed by the entrance of Paul Heyman, who was unhappy about what had happened - and how it resulted in Brock Lesnar “running from a fight” for the first time ever. Paul decided to take his anger out on the Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle.
Having gone over Kurt’s head in the past, including doing so to ensure Braun Strowman was banned from the building at Extreme Rules, Paul Heyman made a number of thinly veiled threats towards Kurt Angle, regarding his job security. Heyman suggested that Brock Lesnar was considering pulling out of SummerSlam, citing “Kurt Angle’s mismanagement of Raw” as the key reason. Paul Heyman also said that last night when Kurt Angle was busy playing “Jerry Springer” with his son, he should have been ensuring that he did his job by keeping tabs on Braun Strowman. Paul added that this latest failure probably wouldn’t go down well with Kurt’s employers. In the end, his message to Kurt was simple, “do your job… and sort this mess out!”
After the break, as Kurt returned to his office, he was approached by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Having been beaten in embarrassing fashion last night (in under five minutes), they wanted a chance to “right that wrong” tonight on Raw.
However, the humiliation of just a few moments earlier was still raw for Kurt, and he flipped out on the pair - demanding they get out of his office. As they left, he told them “don’t worry… you’ll be in action tonight!” It would later be announced that the Main Event of the night would see Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn face the team of Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman.
Before that match, Braun Strowman had his own issues with Paul Heyman, confronting him in the back.
When he spoke to “The Advocate”, Paul Heyman told Braun Strowman that he was once again getting him barred from the building next week, as Brock Lesnar would be there to name his SummerSlam opponent. Heyman once again alluded to going over Angle’s head, and this gave “The Monster Amongst Men” an idea. Braun Strowman would then approach Kurt Angle, with the contents of their conversation being kept under wraps.
Opening up the action for the evening, Ember Moon and Natalya teamed up against The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan. When The Squad were defeated, Ruby Riott - who lost to Nia Jax at Extreme Rules - took out her frustration on her stablemates.
Bobby Roode scored a victory during the first hour of Raw, defeating Curt Hawkins. After the match, Jinder Mahal - who recently defeated Roode in singles competition - came out to laugh at Roode, saying that “The Glorious One” had finally found his level. The hour was closed off with a match between The DELETERS of Worlds and Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose. However, the match would be ruined by The Authors of Pain, who attacked both teams.
Taking out all four competitors, The Authors of Pain were confronted by Titus O’Neil. However, O’Neil quickly realised that attempting to stand up for his friends would be a bad idea, as he backed away from the two men who many have suggested were “unlucky” to lose to Hardy & Wyatt at Extreme Rules.
Beyond the reaction to Braun Strowman’s involvement with the Universal Champion, Finn Balor also had something to say about Extreme Rules.
Accepting that he was beaten by the better man on the night, Balor suggested that his name be in the mix as the potential challenger for SummerSlam, feeling that he deserves to be one of the Superstars in contention. Despite his willingness to earn another shot, his words caught the attention of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, who accused him of making excuses.
McIntyre ran down Finn Balor’s entitlement, calling him “just as bad” as the guys he calls out and adding “Finn, you’re just like Roman Reigns!” When Balor stepped to the two men, he appeared to be under threat. However, before Dolph and Drew could take Finn out, Heath Slater and Rhyno (who have had issues with Drew & DZ recently) ran down to make the save.
This was followed by a scheduled match between Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, which the Scottish Superstar won. However, after the match, Finn Balor approached Kurt Angle, annoyed that Slater & Rhyno had got involved in his business. Kurt Angle questioned the change in Finn Balor’s personality recently, but gave him a match with Rhyno later in the evening. Finn Balor would win the match handily, but clearly have his sights set on bigger things.
Baron Corbin continued his mission to get Bobby Lashley to notice him, squashing Zack Ryder in a short match. Following the contest, Bobby Lashley came out to the top of the ramp, applauding “The Lone Wolf”.
After that, it was time for the much promoted “Pilot Episode” of “Talk With Elias”.
Earlier in the night, Ronda Rousey had reacted to the announcement of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James as the first guests, telling the WWE Universe that she had a plan to make Talk With Elias “can’t miss TV”. After Elias introduced his guests (making it known that he didn’t need a house band, as he played them in himself), it was clear that Alexa had no idea that Ronda was waiting in the wings. Talking about Mickie’s recovery and their vacation together, Alexa Bliss was shocked when Elias introduced the “surprise guest” for the evening, Ronda Rousey.
As soon as Ronda entered the ring, Alexa Bliss lost it. Furious with Elias, Alexa Bliss walked off the set of “Talk With Elias”, with Mickie James following behind her. Ronda Rousey had no problem with this, and Elias told her that the floor was hers. Elias also sided with Ronda Rousey as he interviewed her, putting over that she stole the show on the very first “Talk With Elias”. He also offered her a place as a proper guest when the series begins.
The blockbuster second hour of Raw wasn’t done there, as Seth Rollins defended his Intercontinental Championship against Chad Gable. Earlier in the night, as a former Tag Team Champion with Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan gave Chad Gable advice on his opponent.
Despite his support, the mask slipped momentarily for Jason Jordan, as he visibly grimaced when informed that Chad Gable was getting a shot of the IC title. Clearly jealous of his friend’s opportunity, Jason Jordan once again tried to make it about himself, telling Gable that he would join him at ringside for the match. When Gable told Jordan he would rather go it alone, the son of Kurt Angle refused to take no for an answer...
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Another highly competitive Championship defence from Seth Rollins, the two Superstars went back and forth. Of course, there was another thread to the match, with Jason Jordan at ringside. Encouraging and offering advice to Chad Gable, Jordan rubbed Seth Rollins up the wrong way. Rollins told Gable to get Jordan to back off, but Gable made it clear that he didn’t want the help either, saying there was nothing he could do. Eventually, Jordan overstepped the mark, climbing on the apron as Chad Gable enjoyed a spell of control. Jordan looked to give Gable advice, shouting towards him, despite the fact he was doing quite well for himself anyway. Chad Gable told Jason Jordan to step down, and this distraction cost him control of the match. He wouldn’t get close to victory after this, and Seth Rollins eventually defeated him with a Curb Stomp.
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Chad Gable
After the match, it was clear that Chad Gable was furious with Jason Jordan. When Jordan entered the ring to check on Chad, he flipped. Jordan was surprised by Gable’s reaction, failing to understand the anger of his friend. Seth Rollins also had some choice words for Jordan as he passed him with his Intercontinental Championship
Now into the third hour of Raw, focus turned to Sasha Banks’ victory over Bayley at Extreme Rules. Sasha Banks made her way to the ring, informing viewers that Bayley was not in the building, continuing to run down her former friend. Hearing enough of this, Nia Jax made her way down to the ring.
Confronting Sasha, Nia said that she had dealt with women like Sasha Banks before, and she wasn’t going to sit back and let her continue picking on Bayley. Sasha Banks didn’t take the warning from the Women’s Champion serious, and told her to get out of her way, because she would have no problem taking the title from her whenever she wanted to. When Nia Jax asked what was stopping her, Sasha responded with a slap. Before Nia could fully react, Sasha had left the ring, as well a mark on Nia’s face. Talking to Kurt Angle about the incident, Nia Jax requested a match with Sasha Banks. Angle agreed to make the match, with Nia Jax asking that it take place next week.
Before the Main Event, Drake Maverick spoke in a pre-recorded promo segment, talking about the current “Winner’s Club” on 205 Live.
Each week members of the roster will be eliminated, until one man remains. That man will go one on one with Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship.
There were two segments earlier in the night that led into the Main Event. The first saw Braun Strowman tell Roman Reigns to keep out of his way in the match. Reigns responded to Strowman by reminding him that he “beat these two in 5 minutes last night”, telling Braun that it might be best if he’s the one who waits on the outside. The other segment was an attempt to get out of the match by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, as the latter claimed injury from last night. When Angle’s solution was for Kevin Owens to face Reigns and Strowman alone, Sami Zayn showed his loyalty to his friend, promising to fight through the pain.
When the match began, it was fairly one way traffic. While they lasted longer and did better than the previous night, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were defeated once more. Taking Kevin Owens out at ringside, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were able to focus solely on Sami Zayn. Getting Zayn up on his shoulder, Braun went for the Running Powerslam, but was tagged by Roman Reigns. Strowman dumped Zayn to the mat, turning to Reigns to question his actions. Roman Reigns ignored Braun, going straight past him to get to their opponent. Hitting the prone Zayn with a Spear, Roman Reigns was able to score the fall, picking up the win for his team.
Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Having scored the victory, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns had their arms raised in the ring. Braun Strowman was clearly a little annoyed that Reigns was the one who scored the pinfall, and kept his eye on “The Big Dog” as he celebrated. Oblivious to Strowman’s gaze, Roman Reigns turned back around, and straight into the grasp of “The Monster Amongst Men”. Lifting Roman onto his shoulder, Braun hit his partner with a Running Powerslam. As there is no love lost between the two, it was fairly unsurprising for Strowman to take Reigns down, and he stood tall alone to end Raw. Raising his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase over his head with both hands, Braun Strowman gave the commentators opportunity to promote next week’s show, where Brock Lesnar will appear, and come face to face with whoever his SummerSlam opponent is.
Ember Moon & Natalya bt. The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan
Bobby Roode bt. Curt Hawkins
The DELETERS of Worlds bt. Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose (DQ)
Drew McIntyre bt. Heath Slater
Baron Corbin bt. Zack Ryder
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Chad Gable [Intercontinental Championship]
Finn Balor bt. Rhyno
Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn