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WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman [CASHING IN] vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship; Loser Never Receives Another Shot At The WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte

If Team Kurt win, Angle gains full control of Raw's matchmaking. If Team Stephanie win, Kurt is fired
Team Angle (Finn Balor & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Stephanie (Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn)

No Disqualifications Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Alexa Bliss (accompanied by Mickie James) vs. Ronda Rousey (accompanied by NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler)

John Cena vs. Samoa Joe

Raw Tag Team Championships
The DELETERS of Worlds (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Club (c) vs. The Bar vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas

[205 Presents: The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show!]

Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
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WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman [CASHING IN] vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship; Loser Never Receives Another Shot At The WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte

If Team Kurt win, Angle gains full control of Raw's matchmaking. If Team Stephanie win, Kurt is fired
Team Angle (Finn Balor & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Stephanie (Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn)

No Disqualifications Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Alexa Bliss (accompanied by Mickie James) vs. Ronda Rousey (accompanied by NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler)

John Cena vs. Samoa Joe

Raw Tag Team Championships
The DELETERS of Worlds (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Club (c) vs. The Bar vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas

[205 Presents: The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show!]

Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
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Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman [CASHING IN] vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship; Loser Never Receives Another Shot At The WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte

If Team Kurt win, Angle gains full control of Raw's matchmaking. If Team Stephanie win, Kurt is fired
Team Angle (Finn Balor & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Stephanie (Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn)

No Disqualifications Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Alexa Bliss (accompanied by Mickie James) vs. Ronda Rousey (accompanied by NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler)

John Cena vs. Samoa Joe

Raw Tag Team Championships
The DELETERS of Worlds (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Club (c) vs. The Bar vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas
[205 Presents: The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show!]

Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
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WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman [CASHING IN] vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship; Loser Never Receives Another Shot At The WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Fight forever.

Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte

If Team Kurt win, Angle gains full control of Raw's matchmaking. If Team Stephanie win, Kurt is fired
Team Angle (Finn Balor & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Stephanie (Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn)

No Disqualifications Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Alexa Bliss (accompanied by Mickie James) vs. Ronda Rousey (accompanied by NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler)

John Cena vs. Samoa Joe

Raw Tag Team Championships
The DELETERS of Worlds (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Club (c) vs. The Bar vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas
[205 Presents: The SummerSlam Kick-Off Show!]

Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
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WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman [CASHING IN] vs. Roman Reigns

WWE Championship; Loser Never Receives Another Shot At The WWE Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Raw Women's Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Women's Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte

If Team Kurt win, Angle gains full control of Raw's matchmaking. If Team Stephanie win, Kurt is fired
Team Angle (Finn Balor & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Stephanie (Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn)

No Disqualifications Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

Alexa Bliss (accompanied by Mickie James) vs. Ronda Rousey (accompanied by NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler)

John Cena vs. Samoa Joe

Raw Tag Team Championships
The DELETERS of Worlds (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Club (c) vs. The Bar vs. The Bludgeon Brothers vs. The Usos

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas

Cruiserweight Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy

Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami
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Live from Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Kicking off SummerSlam, over various platforms, the 205 Live brand were given an opportunity to showcase themselves. Following a promo from Drake Maverick, where he spoke of his gratitude to “The McMahon Family” for putting them on at SummerSlam, it was time for the opener. After Hideo Itami picked up a win over Akira Tozawa ending their rivalry, Cedric Alexander defended his title against Buddy Murphy. Having been the last man standing in the “Winner’s Club” of 205 Live, Buddy Murphy’s run came to an end, as he was defeated by the Cruiserweight Champion in the SummerSlam Kick-Off Show… Main Event!

On to the Main Show, a video package and an introduction from the commentators led into the first match on “The Biggest Show of the Summer!”


United States Championship Match

Opening up with a match from Smackdown Live, the intention of the opener was to get the crowd pumped up for the show ahead. Lots of high-risk offence from Jeff Hardy and a number of sequences between the two competitors ensured a decent start to the show. Going into the match the story had been built around the role of Zelina Vega as “difference maker”, and it was perhaps her lack of impact which affected the outcome. With the referee keeping one eye on Andrade’s associate, she was unable to involve herself as much as she would have liked. In the end, Jeff Hardy was able to hit a Swanton Bomb to Almas, retaining his Championship

Jeff Hardy (c) bt. Andrade “Cien” Almas


Following the match, focussed turned to the rivalry between Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle, and the upcoming match. Explaining the stipulation, the commentators then sent over to a split screen.
On one side of the screen was Kurt Angle, who talked to Finn Balor and Seth Rollins about the importance of not giving back control of Raw to Stephanie McMahon. In the other room, Stephanie McMahon talked to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, saying that they know what it’s like to be screwed by the General Manager. She called tonight their chance to “make things right” by removing Kurt Angle from his position as GM of Raw. Heading into the match, all four competitors were fired up. A video package then recapped the rivalry, going all the way back to WrestleMania. Since then, Stephanie McMahon has looked to overrule Kurt Angle on a number of occasions, as well as keep him in the dark on some of the bigger issues the brand has faced. Having reached the end of his tether, with threats to his job being made, Kurt Angle reminded Stephanie McMahon that it wasn’t her, but her father who made him GM of Raw. As a result, only Mr. McMahon himself could make such threats to the job. Looking to end the rivalry once and for all, Kurt Angle suggested the upcoming match. If Kurt Angle wins, he take full control of match making for Raw and it’s Pay-Per-View contests. If Stephanie McMahon wins, Kurt Angle will lose his position as General Manager of Raw.


In the early parts of this match, the two teams were competing in what would be the expected manner of a tag team match between them. However, as the match went along, the pace slowed down, as it became much more based around the developing story than the match itself. The beginning of this was after a nearfall for Kevin Owens, when Stephanie McMahon came down to the ring. Quickly after, Kurt Angle also ran down, looking to limit the McMahon influence.
As the two team leaders bickered on the outside, the referee became distracted. When his back was turned, Kevin Owens appeared to intentionally throw Seth Rollins into the official, knocking him down in the process. When Sami Zayn joined Kevin Owens in the ring, Finn Balor looked to back up his partner. It was now a face off between the two teams, with neither wanting to make the next move. With the referee down, the match was at a standstill, until Owens & Zayn were joined in the ring by two men who appeared out of nowhere.
While Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn looked just as confused as anybody else, Stephanie McMahon’s smirk suggested that she knew exactly what was going on. With the situation in the ring now a four on two, Kurt Angle ripped off his suit jacket, and joined Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in the ring. The situation was now slightly more favourable, but still saw Kurt Angle outnumbered. The Raw General Manager told The Authors of Pain to get out of the ring, as the commentators put over the fact that they hadn’t been seen since they “no showed” a Raw Tag Team Championships match last month. Akam & Rezar stayed put, as a tense staredown continued in the ring. Eventually the odds would be evened, as Jason Jordan ran down to stand shoulder to shoulder with his father in the ring.
Putting his personal feelings aside, Jason Jordan looked to his father, as well as the two men chose over him to represent Kurt at SummerSlam, saying “lets do this”. The commentators put over a “more mature” Jason Jordan, who had previously been bitter about his lack of inclusion in the SummerSlam match.

However, as Team Angle stepped forward, it became clear that this praise was premature. Staying back, as Finn, Seth and Kurt approached the four men on the other side of the ring, Jason Jordan hit Seth Rollins with a low blow. Kurt Angle turned around in shock, seeing Seth Rollins fall to the ground. However, before he could react to Jason’s betrayal, the Raw General Manager was bundled over by The Authors of Pain. Finn Balor tried to fight them off, but was picked apart by Owens & Zayn. The Authors of Pain then picked both Finn Balor and Seth Rollins back to their feet, hitting them with a Super Collider. They then removed Finn Balor from the ring, throwing him into the Steel Steps. Watching from the ramp, Jason Jordan had a smile on his face that matched the one on Stephanie’s.

Seth Rollins was now left alone, and as the referee came to the match it was all but over. Waiting for Rollins to return to his feet, Kevin Owens hit a Superkick to the Intercontinental Champion. Rollins fell backwards into the corner, and Owens held him in position to receive a Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn. Rollins then stumbled onto one knee, before being picked up and hit with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. Victim of a complete screwjob, Seth Rollins was pinned, a defeat that would have far reaching consequences on the future of Raw.

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Finn Balor & Seth Rollins; Kurt Angle is removed from his position as GM of Raw


Coming out of that match, the commentators discussed what had just happened, completely thrown out of sorts by the involvement of The Authors of Pain and Jason Jordan’s betrayal. While they were sure answers would be found in 24 hours, it was time for another match.


Smackdown Tag Team Championships Match

Designed to bring the crowd down after the previous match, this Tag Team Fatal 4 Way was fairly messy cluster, with each team being given just enough time to showcase themselves. While The Usos put in the most impressive performance in the match, The Bar once again kept themselves “above” the rivalry, picking their spots where they could. This served them well, as Sheamus caught Jey Uso off guard with a Brogue Kick, and secured the Smackdown Tag Team Championships for his team.

The Bar bt. Gallows & Anderson (c), The Bludgeon Brothers and The Usos


Following various promotional packages and discussion from the commentators, the focus turned back to the ring. Sat in the ring was Elias, set up to perform. Stood to either side of Elias was Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.
When the camera came in close on Elias’ face, it could be seen that his jaw had been wired shut. Elias had not been seen since suffering an injury in a match with Heath Slater and Rhyno. Reading from a sheet of paper, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel spoke in a very serious tone. Making a statement, on behalf of Elias, Axel & Dallas informed the WWE Universe that there would be no performance, saying that they had Heath Slater and Rhyno to thank for that. However, Elias would be staying in the ring, in order to allow the fans to soak in his presence. He would do this in the form of a “silent concert”. Unfortunately for Elias, this would be broken by The New Day.
Coming down to the ring with a selection of percussion instruments, The New Day angered Elias by making lots and lots of noise. Having fun at the expense of the three men in the ring, The New Day looked to entertain the audience. Soon they were joined by Rusev and Lana.
Rusev joined in the fun with The New Day, making a number of comments towards Elias, Dallas and Axel. In a light-hearted mood, Rusev continued to roast the three men until they’d had enough, leaving the ring and heading to the back.


It was then time to get serious, as focus switched to the return of John Cena. Making his first appearance since The Greatest Royal Rumble event, John Cena was called out by Samoa Joe in the build up to SummerSlam. Directly influenced by John Cena’s pursuit of The Undertaker at WrestleMania, Samoa Joe played on John Cena’s ego, and was eventually rewarded as Cena accepted the challenge on the Go-Home Show.

Kicking off the match, the history of the two men was put over on commentary, with them highlighting the fact that the two men came up together almost 20 years ago. Taking the fight to John Cena, the early parts of the match suggested that Samoa Joe may have the number of his opponent. Perhaps suffering from ring rust, John Cena struggled to keep up with his opponent, and it appeared that the match may be one sided. However, as Samoa Joe looked to send John to sleep, Cena showed his power and resolve. Fighting out of Samoa Joe’s clutches, he was able to escape the hold through sheer will power. From here, John Cena was able to establish himself in the match, building some momentum.

As Samoa Joe tried to regain the dominant grasp he had started with, he continued to lose grip of the contest. Being hit with an Attitude Adjustment also did him no favours, and could have cost him the match if Cena hadn’t already had so much taken out of him. From then on, it was a case of Samoa Joe trying to wear down his opponent, and he was relatively successful. Of course, there is always the second wind in John Cena, and when Samoa Joe took his opponent up - seemingly looking to hit a Muscle Buster - “Big Match John” pulled something out of the bag. Fighting out of the corner, John Cena was able to take control of the situation. Then, while still on the second rope, he lifted Samoa Joe onto his shoulder. Hitting a Super Attitude Adjustment, John Cena fell almost directly onto Joe in the aftermath. With both men clearly hurting, Cena was able to drape an arm across Samoa Joe, pinning him for the triumphant return.

John Cena bt. Samoa Joe



Raw Tag Team Championships Match

Despite being a Championship match, this contest didn’t have the most in-depth build going into it, based simply around Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler running through the rest of the division. Like the Smackdown Tag Team Championships match before it, there wasn’t a lot of time dedicated to the match, with Drew McIntyre looking the most dominant of the four competitors. The most cohesive of the two teams however, was clearly The DELETERS of Worlds, and in the end that was enough (regardless of Dana’s presence at ringside). It was a mistake from Dolph Ziggler in the end that decided the match, as he tried a quick tag that caught Drew off guard. In the confusion, Matt Hardy was able to drop Drew McIntyre to the outside. Now alone, Dolph Ziggler was unable to overcome the odds, falling to the wheelbarrow Twist of Fate.

The DELETERS of Worlds (c) bt. Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler


Going from that match, SummerSlam stayed with Raw, but focus switched to a more personal rivalry. Looking back on the rivalry between Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey, the more experienced WWE Superstar’s targeted verbal assaults on the former MMA star were shown, with Bliss merely expressing a sentiment shared by many of the women’s locker room. Ronda Rousey had simply looked to get her head down and work her way up the division, but has met resistance from Alexa Bliss, and her right-hand woman Mickie James, at every turn. While Ronda Rousey thought she’d dealt with Mickie James at Money In The Bank, she was wrong. Now vowing to show Ronda what a “real WWE Superstar” looks and acts like, Alexa Bliss got the better of Ronda Rousey for the first time this past month, with help from a steel pipe hidden in the sling of Mickie James. Accepting that she would be unable to get Alexa Bliss in a one on one situation, Ronda told her opponent to bring Mickie James to SummerSlam, because she was bringing Shayna Baszler.



What would have been a case of cat and mouse for its entirety, the addition of Shayna Baszler at ringside completely changed the expected dynamic of the match. In fact, it was the presence of Shayna Baszler that kicked the match off with a bang, as she quickly got into a heated confrontation with Mickie James.
Mickie James was not impressed with a warning Baszler gave her early on, and as a result the two became physical. Dropping James at ringside, Baszler ensured that Ronda was able to focus solely on Alexa Bliss. Found between a rock and a hard place, Alexa Bliss had no choice but to try and escape. When this failed, as her path was blocked by the woman on the outside, the time for her to face up arrived.

Predictably, this didn’t go well for Alexa Bliss, and Ronda Rousey quickly looked to make an example of her opponent. Having been told for months that she wasn’t a “real Raw Superstar”, Ronda Rousey clearly had a point to prove. Try as she might, Alexa Bliss was unable to escape the grasp of Ronda Rousey. Eventually, despite a last minute attempt to escape (assisted by Mickie, and thwarted again by Shayna), Alexa Bliss was caught in the middle of the ring. Locking in the Armbar, Ronda Rousey quickly made Bliss submit.

Ronda Rousey bt. Alexa Bliss

Following the match, Shayna Baszler joined her friend Ronda Rousey in the ring. Raising Ronda Rousey’s hand in the ring, Baszler brought her NXT Championship with her. It was suggested that Ronda too would have her eyes on Championship gold soon.

Going into the next match, the 8 and a half year history between Daniel Bryan and The Miz was recapped. Over the last few years, the rivalry took on a completely different, and entirely more personal edge, as The Miz continued in the career that Daniel Bryan had been forced to give up. Taking delight in saying this to his face, a moment on Talking Smack best exemplified the hatred between the two men, and added fuel to the fire of Daniel Bryan’s desire to return to the ring. Earlier this year, Daniel Bryan was cleared to compete, and from that moment the WWE Universe desired to see one match above all others. Before Daniel Bryan could think about becoming the WWE Champion once again, his focus was taken by The Miz. While The Miz looked to avoid the match at all costs, he continued to fan the flame, until the match was made. The Miz has since vowed to put Daniel Bryan down once and for all, bringing an end the “feel good” return of one of the WWE’s most popular Superstars. On the other side, Bryan sees this as his chance to put his history with The Miz behind him, as he looks forward to the “dream matches” that await him on the Smackdown Live roster.

No Disqualifications Match

Easily the most personal of the rivalries that have been contested at SummerSlam, the anticipation for the match reached fever pitch before the bell. Both competitors were clearly chomping at the bit, and Daniel Bryan flew out of the gate. While The Miz was initially happy to go punch for punch with Bryan, he quickly realised he would have to fight smart. He did this, and eventually it paid dividends. After Bryan’s successful start to the match, the action spilled to the outside. The Miz took advantage of his surroundings, and used them to regain footing in the match. From here, the two men went back and forth, with The Miz bringing weapons into play.

With momentum continuing to swing back and forth, the later parts of the match were built around creating a belief that The Miz could potentially defeat Bryan. While Daniel had come into the match as favourite, it was noted that this was now the longest he had been in the ring since his return. Getting closer and closer, the drama of the match looked to incite the WWE Universe into the belief that Daniel Bryan would lose the match. Of course, this eventually set up to a huge comeback from the fan favorite, with Daniel Bryan eventually getting The Miz right where he wanted him. Almost toying with The Miz by the end, Bryan saw that he had several different options in making The Miz submit. Locking in the Heel Hook that has been his primary finishing move since returning from his involuntary hiatus, Daniel Bryan made The Miz tap out.

Daniel Bryan bt. The Miz

Following his victory, a delighting Daniel Bryan celebrated. Continuing a “YES” chant for as long as he possibly could, Daniel Bryan enjoyed the huge win, having finally given The Miz his comeuppance. The relief was clear on the face of the former Smackdown Live GM, who will now look to the WWE Championship in his future.


Coming down from the Daniel Bryan victory, the focus turned to the back, where Kurt Angle was seen. Having lost his job earlier in the night, after his son betrayed “Team Angle”, the former General Manager looked completely lost, in a state of shellshock.
Eventually, Kurt reached a room saying “V.I.P” on it. When he approached the door, Kurt was stopped by security who came from inside. Kurt Angle protested that he just wanted to speak to his son, but was denied entry. With the door now open, Jason Jordan could be seen in the V.I.P area, sitting and laughing with Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.
Kurt Angle continued to protest, but was told sternly “Sir, you don’t work here… I’m going to have to ask you to leave”. Realising that the man was correct, and that he’d lost both his job and his son tonight, Kurt Angle had no choice but to walk away, lonely and dejected.


Raw Women’s Championship Match

Distracted by each other, Bayley and Sasha Banks almost had the Women’s Championship as their secondary concern, as Bayley looked for revenge on the woman who defeated her last month at Extreme Rules. This played into the hands of Nia Jax, and the Raw Women’s Champion took advantage of this. While the two challengers did come close on occasions, there was too much emotional investment from the two women to fully focus on the task at hand. In the end, as Sasha Banks locked Bayley in a Banks Statement, Nia Jax broke the move up. She then rolled Sasha Banks out of the ring, hitting Bayley with a Running Legdrop to secure the victory.

Nia Jax (c) bt. Bayley and Sasha Banks


Ahead of the next match, which was for the WWE Championship, the cameras went to ringside. Sat in the front row, was the returning Randy Orton.
With a smile on his face, Randy Orton looked happy to have the best seat in the house, on his return to the WWE. He clearly had an interest in the WWE Championship match, the final showdown between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.


WWE Championship Match; Two out of Three Falls

As well as the two out of three falls stipulation, commentary also put over the fact that the person who lost this WWE Championship match would “never” receive another shot at the title. Given the three falls nature of the match, it was expectedly a long match, one of the longest seen in the WWE for some time. Coming it at almost 35 minutes long, the match kicked off with the two men desperate for that important first fall. Despite AJ Styles having been able to get the better of Shinsuke Nakamura through the rivalry between the two, it was “The Artist” who scored the first fall. This came from a series of attempted roll-ups, which went back and forth. Coming out of it, Nakamura shocked AJ Styles, catching him off guard with a Kinshasa.

Winner of the First Fall: Shinsuke Nakamura

This left AJ Styles under supreme pressure, knowing he was now in a “sudden death” situation.

Fighting back for the second fall, AJ Styles’ desperation to even the score led to a number of near falls, with Shinsuke Nakamura almost securing the WWE Championship on a couple of occasions. Having fallen to the first Kinshasa of the match in the first fall, AJ Styles evened things up with a Phenomenal Forearm. As expected, the match would now go to the final, decisive fall.

Winner of the Second Fall: AJ Styles

Going into this fall, it was put over that this would be the last time one of the two Superstars in the ring would ever compete for the WWE Championship. As has been the case, the two men continually looked to one up each other, and they both kicked out of the signature moves of their opponent. This match took this to the next level, but as the two men began to tire, signs of the finish line began to show. Going back to something which had been a feature of the entire rivalry, Shinsuke Nakamura went for a Low Blow. Partly due to his desperation, partly down to his exhaustion, Nakamura’s plan failed, and AJ Styles blocked the attempt. From here, AJ Styles was able to build his way back into the match. When Nakamura looked to hit a Kinshasa on the WWE Champion, Styles managed to get out of the way. He then came back at Shinsuke, hitting another Phenomenal Forearm. Feeling that the Forearm may not be enough, AJ Styles hit the challenger with a Styles Clash. Again Nakamura managed to stay in the match.

Growing frustrated, AJ Styles looked to yet again hit Nakamura with a Phenomenal Forearm, but was caught by the desperate boot of Shinsuke Nakamura. Looking to take advantage, Nakamura expounded the last of his energy on a flurry of Knee Strikes to the grounded WWE Champion. Shinsuke then set up for the Kinshasa, barely able to hold himself up by the ropes. Running at AJ Styles, Nakamura was unable to connect with the move, as the Champion reversed it. Avoiding the contact, AJ Styles took control of the trailing leg of his opponent. Locking in a Calf Crusher in the middle of the ring, AJ Styles was able to draw the rivalry to a conclusion, leaving Shinsuke Nakamura with no escape, and no choice but to tap out.

AJ Styles (c) bt. Shinsuke Nakamura

Following the match, AJ Styles stood tall in the middle of the ring. Celebrating his victory, it was put over that AJ Styles has won the war, as the Road From WrestleMania came to an end at SummerSlam. Having held the WWE Championship on just one occasion, it was put over that Shinsuke Nakamura would never receive another shot at the title again.



Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

Having been originally scheduled to be the third installment in the Asuka / Charlotte rivalry, Becky Lynch’s Money In The Bank cash in a few weeks ago completely changed the complexion of this match. Seeing the chaos, having not believed she could beat either of the women in a one on one, Carmella took her rematch clause also, looking to take advantage of the situation. Continuing to show the more ruthless side which had seen her become the Smackdown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch put friendship to the side in this match, desperate to retain her title. While Asuka and Charlotte Flair may well have gone into the match as favourites, it was actually Becky Lynch who showed the requisite cunning and smarts to retain her title.

Waiting until she could isolate Carmella in the ring, Becky Lynch was able to lock in the Dis-arm-her, retaining her title, gaining a quick submission over the “weak link” of the match.

Becky Lynch (c) bt. Asuka, Carmella and Charlotte Flair



Going into this match, the story was built around the seemingly never ending rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Cashing his Money In The Bank Briefcase in, after the another match between the two was announced, Braun Strowman served as the “voice of the WWE Universe” throughout the duration of the rivalry. Once the match kicked off, it was all action. The chaos in the ring quickly spilled to the outside and throughout the match - as the three Superstars inevitably drifted in and out of the match - there was an attempt to keep a state of disorder with the intention of maintaining the fast-paced momentum up throughout. Continuing, the match became a series of huge spots, with Superstars being put through number announce table and being hit with various ringside objects.

The focus was then on who could take more punishment, and the original Champion and Challenger (Lesnar and Reigns) did the unthinkable by teaming up, looking to take Braun Strowman out completely. This plan came together as Strowman began to set up tables on the outside of the ring. Hitting him with a Spear on the outside, Roman Reigns stepped aside, as Brock Lesnar lifted Braun Strowman up for an F-5. Crashing through the final announcer’s table, Braun Strowman was temporarily out of contention. Dismissively shouting towards the 2018 Money In The Bank winner, Brock Lesnar made it clear that he didn’t see “The Monster Amongst Men” as a genuine challenge to his Universal Championship. Returning to the ring, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns battled it out, with the WWE Universe making their feelings towards the two abundantly clear.

This saw Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns lay out some of the sequences that have been seen in their previous encounters, with the two men showing their unbelievable abilities to survive each other’s “finishing” moves. Again, Brock Lesnar appeared to have the better of Roman Reigns, and after numerous F-5s (the last of which connected with the Steel Steps, which were in the ring), it appeared to be the same old story. But this wasn’t the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns story, and before Lesnar could pin his opponent, Strowman returned to the ring.

Lesnar fought off the resurgent Strowman, sending him onto the apron. However, as he launched himself towards Braun, running up the Steel Steps, Lesnar was stopped by “The Monster Amongst Men”. Strowman caught Lesnar with what could be called a “lucky” elbow shot, but it did enough to disorientate the Universal Champion. This allowed Strowman to lift Lesnar onto his shoulder, hitting a Powerslam from the apron, down to the table set up at ringside. As Braun Strowman looked to return to the ring, he was hit with a Superman Punch from Roman Reigns. Hanging on to the top rope, Strowman held on, but was hit with another Superman Punch. Strowman looked to be losing balance, as Roman Reigns set up for an insane Spear, which would have sent both men to the outside. However, as Reigns’ head came between the second and top rope, Strowman blocked the attempt. Throwing Reigns back into the ring, Strowman was able to join him. The two battled for control, and Roman Reigns grabbed the Steel Steps. Running at his opponent, Roman Reigns missed Braun Strowman, who dodged the attack. With his momentum continuing, Reigns slammed the Steps into the skull of Brock Lesnar, just as the Universal Champion dragged himself back onto the apron.

The impact of the Steel Steps sent Brock Lesnar backwards, and resulted in Roman Reigns losing his grip of them. Turning back to the middle of the ring, Roman Reigns turned straight into Braun Strowman, who hit him with a Chokeslam to the Steel Steps. Braun Strowman then cleared the ring of the Steps, throwing them towards the ramp. He then removed the straps on his singlet, and grabbed Roman Reigns by the hair. Lifting “The Big Dog” back to his feet, Strowman put Roman Reigns on his shoulder, hitting him with a Running Powerslam. With the Universal Champion down, Braun Strowman was able to pin Roman Reigns, who had taken an unprecedented amount of damage throughout the match. As a result, he was unable to kick out of the Powerslam, and Braun Strowman ended the record breaking Universal Championship reign of Brock Lesnar, after an incredible 505 days!

Braun Strowman bt. Brock Lesnar (c) and Roman Reigns

Having walked into SummerSlam as “Mr. Money In The Bank”, Braun Strowman left it as the new Universal Champion. Managing to overcome the “most dominant Champion in the history of the WWE” and the “longest reigning World Champion of the past 34 years”, Braun Strowman was handed the WWE Universal Champion.
Almost synonymous with Brock Lesnar, the Championship was raised by Braun Strowman in the ring, a moment which signified it’s return as a full-time Championship in the WWE. Ending the show, “The Monster Amongst Men” completed his meteoric rise to the top of the WWE, lifting to title high in the air, letting out his trademark “BBRRRRAAAAAUUUUUNNNN!” to end SummerSlam 2018.
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Excellent main event, I'm glad Braun won the title. Excited to see what's next for him and who would eventually dethrone the champ.
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Braun!!!!!!!

Also, by pinning Roman, you have a perfect Braun vs Lesnar showdown to book toward!
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Live from Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York!

The Raw after SummerSlam opened with two very different scenes. First, Stephanie McMahon was seen in the back, speaking to Raw Superstars such as Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode and Natalya. In amongst those were the other members of the Raw roster who had been left off the SummerSlam show.


Stephanie McMahon spoke down to the Superstars that she had gathered in the back, telling them that they should all be disappointed in themselves for not making it to the SummerSlam card. She added that there are only so many spots on the show, and it is their job to prove they deserve to be on it. Making it clear that it was now exclusively her favour that they have to court, she told told the Superstars “those of you who know what to do… need to start doing it now”. Heavily implying that they would be given greater opportunities if they dealt with the Superstars she has issues with, Stephanie McMahon suggested that the men and women gathered did “whatever it takes” to “catch her eye”. She closed her speech to the roster by telling them “... don’t let yourself be left off WrestleMania”. Particularly fired up by Stephanie McMahon’s words, it was clear Jinder Mahal intended to make an impact tonight.

This was immediately contrasted, as the next segment took place in the locker room. Standing in the room, addressing the roster, was the new WWE Universal Champion, Braun Strowman.


Braun Strowman spoke to the Superstars in the locker room, with Chad Gable, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins stood up with him. These are four men who had stood by Kurt Angle, and who by extension stood against Stephanie McMahon. The Universal Champion declared that the four men stood tall stand with Kurt Angle, and encouraged the rest of the Locker Room to do the same. While few gave a reaction, one from the back of the room stood up.

Getting out of his chair, it appeared that Roman Reigns - who was pinned by Braun Strowman just 24 hours earlier - had heard enough. Staring down Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns exited the room, clearly not ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the new Universal Champion.

”Welcome To Monday Night Raw!”

Following that extended opening, the credits to the show played and the commentators welcomed viewers to Raw. This led into stills from the previous night’s SummerSlam event, as Cole promoted the WWE Network. Putting over the show as a momentumental night in WWE history, tonight’s Raw was put over as a huge show also, as the landscape of the brand’s future will be laid out. That future of course features a new Universal Champion, but no more Kurt Angle as General Manager. Out of the video package, the focus turned to the ring, where Jason Jordan, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and The Authors of Pain stood.
They awaited the entrance of Stephanie McMahon, who’s music immediately began to play. Walking down to the ring with a huge smile on her face, the Commissioner of Raw took a microphone from ringside.
Addressing the men in the ring, Stephanie McMahon made it clear that these men were not here to represent her. She said that this isn’t a “new Authority regime… or a new Corporation”. Stephanie McMahon said that the WWE Universe were simply looking at the men who “stood up… and saved Monday Night Raw!” Stephanie then demanded a standing ovation for the five men.

While she promised that the men would be thanked, and rewarded, for their service, Stephanie emphasised that the link between them and her starts and ends tonight. She called them five “brave warriors” who allowed Raw to get the fresh start it needed. That, she said, should be all the reward they need. Stephanie McMahon then took a step to the side, as Jason Jordan took a microphone.

Jason Jordan had a huge grin on his face, and laughed off the suggestion that he turned his back on his father last night. Instead, Jordan said “my father turned his back on me the day he conceived me!” Continuing Jason Jordan bemoaned his “own father” overlooking him for SummerSlam, saying that it was the very moment that he finally accepted that Kurt Angle would never be his real father. He added that all those years ago, his father disowned him, and tonight he officially disowns his father!

Switching gears, Jordan said that it is no surprise that the night that his resentful father is kicked out of power, he is given the Intercontinental Championship match he deserved. Running down his former Tag Team Championship partner, Jason Jordan said that he was taking that title tonight. This brought out a furious Seth Rollins.
Coming to the ring alone, the fired up Seth Rollins was ready to take on every single person in the ring. His focus however stayed with Jason Jordan. Rollins told Jordan that what he did last night was the biggest mistake he will ever make, and while Seth Rollins will issue his Intercontinental Championship open challenge tonight, there is no way that he is going to let Jason Jordan be the man to get that shot. Turning to Stephanie McMahon, Seth Rollins tells her to change whatever plan she’s drawn up for tonight, because Rollins / Jordan isn’t happening. Stephanie simply rolled her eyes at Seth Rollins, saying that the night’s show had nothing to do with her, claiming that she wasn’t the one putting the matches together. Michael Cole found this laughable, given what the match last night was all about, but before discussion could continue, Stephanie McMahon decided it was the perfect time to introduce the new “Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw...”
Diminutive in stature, Drake Maverick made his way to the top of the ramp. Clearly not buying the idea that the 205 Live GM was now in charge of Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins said “so this is your new puppet, huh, Steph?” Before Stephanie McMahon could answer, Drake Maverick uttered his first line as Interim General Manager of Raw, coming back at Seth by saying “and you would know all about that wouldn’t you Mr. Rollins…”

This got a reaction from Seth Rollins, who turned his attention to Drake Maverick. Maverick continued by telling Seth Rollins “and I do make the matches around here, not you”. Confirmation then came that Seth Rollins would defend his Intercontinental Championship tonight in the Main Event. Drake Maverick then said that with all the emotion flying around, it would only be right that tonight’s Main Event is contest under No Disqualification rules. Seth Rollins was furious, but Drake told him to “settle down”. He then informed the Intercontinental Champion that he needed to get out of the ring and go and find his buddy Finn Balor. While Maverick was aware of the injury Finn suffered at the hands of The Authors of Pain at SummerSlam, he smirked as he revealed that Rollins’ partner would go one on one with “the sinister… Drew McIntyre!”


Opening up the show, the match looked to keep the hyped crowd on side, with a hard-hitting contest. Following the Super Collider, as well being thrown into the Steel Steps, at SummerSlam, Finn Balor had his ribs taped up, and it was previously expected that he would not be in action tonight. However, Drake Maverick made the match, and Finn Balor seemed more than willing to go one on one with Drew McIntyre. This proved to be a poor call of Finn’s behalf, as he went all out despite the injury. In not holding back, Finn may have cost himself the match. The decisive moment in this was when Balor went to the top rope. Clearly struggling, Finn Balor had his legs swiped away by Drew McIntyre, causing his ribs to fall directly down onto the ring ropes.

The match could have been stopped there, and while the referee wanted to check on Balor, McIntyre refused to relent. From there, he was able to take control of Finn Balor, hitting a Gutwrench Powerbomb which seemed to particularly hurt his opponent. McIntyre would then set up for the Claymore Kick, hitting the move and scoring perhaps the biggest singles victory since his arrival on Raw. Interestingly, all this was done without Dolph Ziggler by his side.

Drew McIntyre bt. Finn Balor


Returning to the back, after Drew McIntyre stood tall, the next segment saw Drake Maverick in the General Manager’s office. Directing some removal men to take the boxes of Kurt Angle’s stuff away, Drake Maverick was in conversation with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
The two men had some questions of Drake Maverick, seemingly wondering what their deal is, given they aren’t booked on the show. Giving a knowing look, Drake touched his nose, before beginning to explain what is expected of them. Before he could go into too much detail, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn walked away. Maverick was confused, but as a shadow cast over him, the Interim General Manager realised why. Noticing the room had got slightly darker, Drake Maverick was confused, before turning around to see the WWE Universal Champion stood behind him.
For a moment the focus was simply on the height difference between the two, and the terror in the heart of Drake Maverick. Shortly after, Braun Strowman told Drake Maverick that he doesn’t know what is going on “behind the scenes”, but he doesn’t trust him, or Stephanie. Braun Strowman added that whatever they have planned, they’d better make sure that it doesn’t screw with him. Otherwise, Drake’s run as “Interim General Manager” will be a very short one. Strowman then left, with his message ringing in the ears of the intimidated Drake Maverick.

Returning from the break, the commentators talked about the “welcome” that Drake Maverick got from Braun Strowman, laughing about the Interim General Manager’s reaction. However, when it comes to the changes on Raw, it isn’t all fun and game. This led to footage from “During The Break”, which was prefaced with a reminder of how Jinder Mahal reacted to Stephanie McMahon’s words earlier.
Midway through what appeared to be a sneak attack, Jinder Mahal was seen laying into Chad Gable. Much stronger than the man he was assaulting, Jinder Mahal manhandled Gable. Picking him up by his singlet straps, Jinder Mahal forcefully threw Chad into a production equipment box. With Chad Gable down and out, Jinder Mahal was seen breathing heavily, fired up by the words of Stephanie McMahon.

Returning live, Drew McIntyre was approached by Dolph Ziggler and Dana Brooke, as he riffled through his bag.
Dolph Ziggler and Dana Brooke had just arrived at the building and asked “so what’s happening tonight?”, seemingly unaware of the huge victory that Drew McIntyre had just attained against Finn Balor. Drew McIntyre was annoyed to have to inform them that he had already been in action, and told them that he was going to shower. Dolph told him that Dana was in action later tonight, asking if he wanted to be at ringside with them. Drew decided to pass, telling Dolph that he wanted nothing to do with it.

Returning to ringside, the commentators introduced more stills from SummerSlam, this time focussing on the action in the Women’s Division. After talk about Nia Jax retaining her title at the show, the Raw Women’s Champion made her way to the ring.
Nia Jax proudly held her Championship and cut a promo about being the Raw Women’s Champion. While she put over her title run, and the victory at SummerSlam, the segment was only leading to one thing. As Nia Jax appeared to be wrapping up her promo, the music of Ronda Rousey began to play.
Making her way to the ring, Ronda Rousey went nose to nose with the Raw Women’s Champion - the first interaction between the two since Rousey joined the WWE. The look between the two made Ronda Rousey’s intentions clear, and it took a while before a word was spoken. Eventually, Nia Jax looked to break the silence, but Ronda took the microphone from her hand. Jax didn’t appreciate that, nor did she appreciate what Rousey had to say:

”Nia… I want your title!”

Nia Jax may have been expecting this, and reacted with a smirk. Looking down on the much smaller competitor, Nia Jax let out a small laugh. Not even giving the former MMA star an answer, Nia Jax patted Ronda on the shoulder, then left the ring.

As Nia Jax left up the ramp, Ronda Rousey made it clear that she felt disrespected by the gesture. However, before she could react, the music of The Riott Squad began to play. Nia Jax looked at them, before carrying on to the back. It quickly became clear that their focus was on the woman in the ring.
With a microphone in her hand, Ruby Riott explained that things were about to change for the female Superstars on Monday Night Raw, and it was starting tonight. Riott said that without Kurt Angle going to bat for her, Ronda Rousey was no longer protected on Raw. Entering the ring, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan looked to deliver this message to Ronda physically. While the numbers made it difficult for Rousey, especially when Ruby got involved, she was able to shake off Morgan and Logan, sending them to the outside. Eventually one on one with Ruby Riott, Ronda told her to bring it on. Looking to back up her statement, Ruby quickly found herself taken down by Rousey. Standing tall, as The Riott Squad backed up the ramp, Ronda Rousey was clear in her intention to be the next Raw Women’s Champion.

Back for the second hour, Drake Maverick was joined in his new office by Jason Jordan.
Jason Jordan questioned why, as had been mentioned in passing earlier, Kurt Angle would be getting a chance to say goodbye to the WWE Universe. While Drake insisted, even to Jordan, that he was in charge of what happens on Raw, he did admit that the decision was made by Stephanie McMahon, not him. Satisfied by this, Jordan went to leave the room. However, as he opened the door, he was stopped in his tracks, as Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar stormed past the General Manager’s office…

Returning to ringside, discussion began about the previous hour of Raw, as well as the presence of a pissed off Brock Lesnar in the building. It was at this point that it was brought up that Kurt Angle’s chance to say goodbye to the WWE Universe would be up next. While many were confused by Angle being allowed to appear on Raw, it was confirmed by Michael Cole that Stephanie McMahon herself had given the green light for Kurt Angle to say goodbye. While Coach saw this as evidence that she maybe still had some respect for the man who she has had constant issues with since he took the Raw GM job, Corey Graves wondered if the “Billion Dollar Princess” had something up her sleeve for Kurt Angle’s departure.

Hearing his music for the final time on Monday Night Raw, Kurt Angle made his first non-GM appearance since returning to the WWE. Clearly feeling emotional, Kurt Angle orchestrated the “You Suck” chant, as he took in the reaction for the last time. Now not in an official role, Kurt Angle made his way to the ring, dressed in more casual attire than usual.
Kurt Angle’s address to the WWE Universe was fairly positive, despite the clear frustration that he was feeling. While Kurt looked to focus on the list of Superstars (including Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and even guys like Elias) he has been given the opportunity to work with, his tone made it clear that he was hurting. As Kurt Angle took a fairly long pause, the commentators were certain that the events of SummerSlam, and the betrayal of his son Jason Jordan, were playing on his mind. Despite this, Kurt Angle continued, thanking Mr. McMahon for giving him the opportunity to return to the WWE, and The Shield for giving him a moment that he will never forget. Finally Kurt Angle moved on to thank the WWE Universe. However, before he could do this, he was stopped by the music Brock Lesnar. Clearly emotionally drained, this was the last thing Kurt needed. His reaction portrayed him as a beaten man.
Brock Lesnar had his eyes squarely on the former General Manager - who played a part in Braun Strowman’s plan to cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase - as he made his way to the ring. Walking with Lesnar, Paul Heyman made it clear that Kurt Angle was not going to enjoy what was about to happen.

Kurt Angle told the pair that he wanted no trouble with the former Universal Champion, who looked naked without the title over his shoulder. Angle tried to tell Brock Lesnar that now wasn’t the time, but he didn’t take any notice. Instead, Brock Lesnar immediately lifted Kurt Angle on to his shoulders, hitting him with an F-5 in the middle of the ring. Adding to Kurt Angle’s humiliation, it was obvious that Brock Lesnar at least held him partially responsible for his loss. Now with a microphone in his hand, Paul Heyman was ready to add insult to injury, standing over Kurt Angle. However, before he could open his mouth, the music of Braun Strowman hit.
Quickly, Paul Heyman was out of the ring, while Brock Lesnar remained firm. With the Universal Championship over his shoulder, Braun Strowman came out to save Kurt Angle from whatever was planned for him. When Braun Strowman entered the ring, Brock Lesnar looked ready to go. As the two dominant Superstars went face to face, the Barclays Center was ready to see them go at it. However, Paul Heyman (who stood on the apron) had a word in Brock Lesnar’s ear. Standing protectively over Kurt Angle in the ring, Braun Strowman stood completely still as Brock Lesnar left the ring. Strowman kept his eye on Lesnar as he walked all the way up the ramp. Once they reached the top of the ramp, Paul Heyman addressed the WWE Universal Champion.

Paul Heyman warned Braun Strowman that Kurt Angle wasn’t the martyr that “The Monster Amongst Men” should attach his cause to. He said that Braun Strowman knows what happened last night, and he didn’t beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, he beat Roman Reigns. Heyman added that Brock Lesnar wasn’t making excuses, he was just stating facts. Another fact is that there are places that Brock Lesnar could go where he can fight one man at one time and to be beaten, the Champion actually has to be beaten. Heyman closed by saying that Brock Lesnar will be Champion again in the future, but he would becoming the Champion on his own terms. What they meant by that was questioned on commentary, as the two left the building.

Strowman checked on Angle down in the ring, and it became clear that he was in a bad way. Braun Strowman seemed concerned, having been distracted previously by the presence of Brock Lesnar. Calling to the back, Braun angrily demanded that medical personnel came down to the ring to check on Kurt Angle. The former GM wasn’t moving, and a stretcher was brought out. Braun Strowman stayed with Kurt Angle as he was carried out down the side of the ramp.

Returning from the break, the concerned commentary team talked about Kurt Angle’s condition, showing footage of what happened previously. They said that an update would be provided as soon as they got it, with Kurt Angle currently being assessed in the back. Focus then turned to Drew McIntyre’s victory over Finn Balor earlier, and the crossed words between Drew and Dolph Ziggler that followed. This led into the next match.


Dana Brooke was joined by Dolph Ziggler at ringside, but his presence didn’t help a great deal. As far as the action in the ring went, Ember Moon was in charge from the early goings of the match, and there was a little Dana could do to change it. Having been part of the group of “underachievers” chastised by Stephanie McMahon earlier in the night, Ember Moon scored a decisive victory, hitting an Eclipse to silence any doubters.

Ember Moon bt. Dana Brooke


Switching focus from the victory of Ember Moon, the commentators gave an update on Kurt Angle, who they said would be taken from the arena to a local medical facility for further assessment. Sending to the parking lot, where Kurt Angle was being loaded into an ambulance, the Universal Champion was seen with the former General Manager.
As Kurt Angle was put into the ambulance, Braun Strowman placed a hand on his arm and told him “Kurt… I’m going to make this right!”

As the ambulance drove out of the arena, Braun Strowman turned, shouting at somebody off screen. “Where the hell is he? Where is Brock Lesnar?!” When Braun Strowman was informed that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman had left the building, he went to a nearby pick-up truck, pulling the door open. As he got into the vehicle, Braun Strowman shouted ahead of himself, telling Brock “BEASTIE BOY… I’M COMING FOR YOU!”

Strowman then drove out of the building, in pursuit of the man who assaulted Kurt Angle and his advocate Paul Heyman.



Two other Superstars who had been the subject of Stephanie McMahon’s “motivational speech” earlier in the night went one on one, finally meeting after weeks of physical encounters. While Baron Corbin again tried to take the fight to Lashley before the bell, Bobby was able to stop the attempted cheap shot. When the match began, the two big men went back and forth. While they both have a background in combat sports, Bobby Lashley was better able to put this to use in the match. This allowed him to take control of the contest, and score what in the the end was a fairly comfortable win. He did this after hitting Baron Corbin with a Dominator.

Bobby Lashley bt. Baron Corbin

Following the match, Bobby Lashley stood tall, finally getting one over on the man who had attacked him several times over the last month.


Returning from the break, after a recap of what had happened earlier in the night, it was time for Roman Reigns to close the second hour of the show. Having been pinned last night at SummerSlam, it was obvious from the way he walked to the ring that Roman Reigns was not in the best of moods.
Taking a microphone, Roman Reigns addressed the WWE Universe, saying that last night was supposed to be his night. Roman Reigns said he had planned everything out, he was going to beat Brock Lesnar, take his Universal Championship, and then become the Champion that Raw has deserved for the last 18 months. That was supposed to be the career defining moment of Roman Reigns. But then Braun Strowman happened. When Braun Strowman was added to the match, Roman Reigns knew he’d have to change his plans, but he still had his eyes on the prize. But last night, he saw Braun Strowman take the Championship from Brock Lesnar, doing what he has been trying to do for the past year. Roman Reigns wanted to be the one who “slayed The Beast”, and said that seeing somebody else do that makes him sick. Reigns added that looking at Braun Strowman with the Universal Championship over his shoulder will be a constant reminder, and he told the WWE Universe that he won’t be able to shake that feeling until he takes the title from Braun Strowman!

On this note, as he made his intention to challenge Braun Strowman clear, Roman Reigns was interrupted by the music of Triple H. Having not been seen since WrestleMania, Triple H’s entrance confused both Roman and the commentators alike.
Coming down to the ring, Triple H made it clear that he wanted no trouble with Roman Reigns. Speaking to the clearly unhappy Reigns, Triple H said he just wanted to talk. He asked Roman Reigns to hear him out, and not to say anything until Triple H has said everything he has to say. Roman replied “I don’t feel like listening right now…”, but Triple H told him that he will want to hear him out.

“You’re going to want to hear me out, Roman. Let me explain something to you….”


Roman Reigns didn’t feel in the mood to be patronised, but nonetheless heard Triple H out.

“The only reason that Roman Reigns has never been the WWE Universal Champion… is Roman Reigns.”


Roman Reigns rolled his eyes, and let out a sarcastic laugh, but Triple H continued went on to explain. Triple H told Roman Reigns that he is free to come out to the ring and make all the excuses in the world, but it’s coming to the time in his life when it’s “now or never”. Triple H added that Roman Reigns has been doing this for a hell of a long time now, he’s been coming out to these reactions, he’s been talking about what he’s going to do. But last night, Roman Reigns failed again. Roman Reigns failed again and the more Roman Reigns continues to fail to deliver on his promises, the less likely people are to buy into “The Big Dog”.

”Roman, it’s starting to look like ‘The Big Dog’ is all bark… no bite.”


And the less that the people believe in Roman Reigns, the more transparent his excuses get. Triple H continued, telling Roman Reigns that nobody buys into this hard luck story, nobody believes that he is being held down.

”What the WWE Universe sees is a man who has been given opportunity after opportunity… and failed every time!”


Triple H said that there’s a reason that Roman Reigns has been given so many chances, and he fears that Roman Reigns is too hard headed to ever realise it. Spelling it out, Triple H told Roman Reigns:

”Pressure creates diamonds, Roman. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do. You were always ‘The Chosen One’.” “It’s always been you, Roman…”


Continuing, Triple H said that Roman Reigns has a responsibility to his family, and to his wife and children to make the right choice. Reigns objected to his family being brought into it, but Triple H told him to calm down. Hunter added that they can make that empty feeling away, they can give him a real chance at making up for failure after failure.

”Roman Reigns… you just need to say the word. One word and this Universe… becomes your empire!”


But Triple H didn’t need an answer there and then, knowing how much Reigns appreciates his wife’s input. Triple H had arranged a car, with Roman’s wife and his daughters ready to go. He added that Roman Reigns was being given the week off, knowing how important that time with his family will be for him. He was clearly being played by Triple H, but was obviously tempted by the offer. Triple H reiterated that Roman Reigns didn’t need to commit himself in front of all these people, but he owes it - to his family - to at least go for that week. Triple H said that the car is waiting in the parking lot, ready to take them to a week in a resort where he will be treated like a King, and his daughter like the princesses that he sees them as. Triple H then left the ring, with a final message for Roman Reigns…

“If not for your sake, make the right call for your family… nobody wants their daddy to be a failure, your girls don’t deserve that.”

As Triple H left up the ramp, Roman Reigns stayed in the ring, clearly conflicted by the difficult situation that Triple H had put him in.

Returning for the final hour of Raw, footage was replayed from Triple H’s proposal to Roman Reigns. Offering him a week on vacation with his family to consider an offer to be “the company guy”, Triple H put Roman Reigns in a difficult situation. Now in the parking lot, Roman Reigns spoke with his wife on the phone.
Roman Reigns clearly didn’t want to give Triple H and Stephanie McMahon the satisfaction of him even appearing to consider their offer to be “their guy”, but it was clear that his wife and daughter wanted time with him. Eventually, Roman Reigns appeared to come round to the idea of the family needing time together, admitting to his wife that he hadn’t been himself recently. Roman Reigns then told his wife that he loved her, adding “I’ll see you soon” before getting into the car that was waiting for him.

Back in the building, Jason Jordan was seen preparing for the evening’s main event. Coming into the locker room, confronting his former partner, Chad Gable had a lot to say.
Despite being seriously hurt earlier in the night, Gable told Jordan that he was disgusted by his actions at SummerSlam, calling him a “coward”. Jason Jordan didn’t rise to Chad Gable, ignoring him as he continued to prepare for his match. When Gable continued to berate him, Jordan eventually looked up, saying “Chad, as a friend… I’d get out of here right now if I was you”. As he said this, Akam & Rezar came up behind Gable.
Grabbing him by an arm each, The Authors of Pain led Chad Gable out of the locker room. Grimacing in pain from the injury suffered at the hands of Jinder Mahal earlier, Gable kicked back against Akam & Rezar. As Gable was unable to free himself, Jason Jordan turned to The A.O.P, saying “guys… take it easy on him”. With a smirk, Jason Jordan went back to his final preparations.


Returning to the WWE, Alicia Fox made her way to the ring, cutting a promo on her opponent Bayley. Running her down, Alicia Fox said she way going to put her opponent down for good. Shockingly, Alicia Fox’s return did end in victory, as she pulled off a huge upset against the former Women’s Champion. Going from bad to worse, Bayley reached rock bottom, as she was rolled up by the returning Fox.

Alicia Fox bt. Bayley

As Bayley sat in the ring, clearly having reached her lowest ebb, the music of Sasha Banks began to play. With a microphone in her hand, Sasha Banks made her way to the ring.
Running down the defeated Superstar, Sasha Banks said that Bayley needed to give up, just like all her fans have on her ever achieving anything. When she made it to the ring, Sasha Banks stood over the clearly upset Bayley and told her to stay down. As Bayley tried to get back to her feet, Banks slapped her, sending her back down to the mat. Looking down on Bayley, Sasha Banks said that she was a “pathetic loser” who didn’t deserve to be a part of the WWE.


Returning to the locker room that Jason Jordan was preparing in, Stephanie McMahon joined the man who will challenge Seth Rollins in the main event.
Saying that she and Triple H went ready to leave the building, Stephanie pointed out to Jason Jordan that Finn Balor, Chad Gable and Kurt Angle had been dealt with, and Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were not in the building. She said that last night he helped them out, and tonight is his opportunity. Stephanie McMahon said that Jason Jordan knew going into this that if he scratched their back, they’d scratch his. Tonight is Jason Jordan’s reward, and Stephanie doesn’t intend to give him favourable treatment going forward. Leaving the locker room, she reminded Jason Jordan of the “tools” he possessed and said that with all those people out of the equation, and the No DQ stipulation, he knew what he had to do.

Returning to the ring, a Guitar was stood in the middle it, in front of the usual Elias set up. Missing from the scene was Elias himself, and instead the Guitar was flanked by Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.
With their heads bowed, the two men solemnly informed the WWE Universe that there would be no performance from Elias tonight. While he tried his very best last night, the reaction of the WWE Universe to the actions of The New Day and Rusev have left him feeling that he can’t face a New York crowd. They declared that along with Heath Slater, the WWE Universe were now just as responsible for the lack of Elias on Monday Night Raw. Before the two men could continue their downbeat speech, they were cut off by The DELETERS of Worlds.
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy spoke positively that “The Drifter” was not there, calling on Bo and Axel to reject his “wicked ways”. Bray Wyatt said that being a follower is not the way to go forward, saying that tonight was a new dawn on Raw. With “The Hero of The Games of Olympia” gone, there is a new landscape emerging. As Tag Team Champions, Bray & Matt want to be at the forefront of ensuring the standard that has been set remains. They will do that by challenging any team in the WWE, starting with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.


The following match was probably more competitive than the Raw Tag Team Champions may have expected, possibly due to them coming off a hard fought victory 24 hours ago. As a result, Axel & Dallas were able to make a good account of themselves, before eventually falling to defeat.

The DELETERS of Worlds bt. Axel & Dallas


Heading again towards the back, the show went to a commercial break with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H seen leaving the building together. As they walked towards the exit of the arena, they were confronted by Ronda Rousey.
Rousey told McMahon and HHH that she knew exactly what was going on, and they won’t get away with what they did to Kurt Angle. She added that she knows that they set Angle up for failure, and after everything he did for her, they aren’t going to get away with it. Stephanie McMahon stepped up to Ronda, still holding ill will from WrestleMania, but Triple H got between them. Trying to cool the situation, Triple H told Ronda Rousey that things are changing on Monday Night Raw, and she’d be better served keeping her head down and getting on with her job. With that, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon left the building, leaving Ronda Rousey to stew.

Returning from the break, Seth Rollins was interviewed in the back, ahead of perhaps the most important challenge of his Intercontinental Championship reign.
Seth Rollins shared the sentiment that tonight would be the toughest title defence he has faced, putting that down to the situation surrounding the match. Rollins said that he would love to come out and say that he’s looking at it like any other match, but he can’t. Tonight, the odds are stacked against him. He only has to look at last night and see that Jason Jordan has Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The Authors of Pain and whoever else they can find on his side. Who does Seth Rollins have? Finn Balor is down and out, Chad Gable has been taken out back by those thugs Akam & Rezar and Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns are out of the building.

Seth Rollins said that he has to believe, but he is also a realist. Looking down to the Championship, Seth Rollins said that tonight could be the final day of one of the best title runs of his career. With that said, as long as Seth Rollins is the WWE Intercontinental Champion, he is going to do the same thing he has done since he won the title… fight!


No Disqualifications Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Going into this match, the events of the evening so far were recapped. As Raw kicked off with a united front from Jason Jordan, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and The Authors of Pain, the commentators suggested that something may be planned for this Main Event match, especially after some of the shady goings on throughout the night. After Finn Balor and Chad Gable were taken out by Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal respectively, the pool of talent likely to help Seth Rollins appeared to be thinning out. When his friend Roman Reigns joined Braun Strowman in leaving the building, it became apparent that if Seth Rollins wanted to walk out as Champion, he’d have to do it alone.

One minor positive note was the fact that his opponent was Jason Jordan, a man who (having held the Raw Tag Team Championships together earlier in the year), he knows well. Unsurprisingly, Seth Rollins did get the better of the early parts of the match, but the No DQ stipulation loomed large over proceedings. When Seth Rollins appeared to be closing in on victory, the appearance of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn (who defeated Seth last night), took his attention away from his title defence.
While Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn didn’t appear interested in physically getting involved, their distraction relieved the pressure on the challenger, and Jason Jordan tried to get back in the match. Things went from bad to worse for Seth Rollins, as The Authors of Pain soon joined Owens & Zayn at ringside. Akam & Rezar however were more than happy to involve themselves in the match.
Having spoken to Triple H earlier today, Corey Graves confirmed that the husband of Stephanie McMahon was a big fan on The Authors of Pain, and recently spoke to Paul Ellering after Akam & Rezar had a difficult start to their Raw careers. Seemingly now aligned with Jason Jordan, The Authors of Pain attacked Seth Rollins in the ring. The attack was brutal and physical, and there was nothing the referee could do about it. Enjoying seeing Seth Rollins suffer, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn eventually climbed onto the apron, looking to get a piece of the action now that the Intercontinental Champion was defenceless.

Not only was the Champion outnumbered 5 to 1, the commentators reiterated that there is nobody in the back with any reason to help Seth Rollins, and those who would help him aren’t here.

Resigned to the fact that Seth Rollins’ reign would end in this manner, the commentators spoke in a fatalistic tone, as Jason Jordan began to smirk. Sitting in the corner, Jason Jordan smiled as Akam & Rezar hit the “Last Chapter” to the Intercontinental Champion. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn then entered the ring, scooping Seth Rollins off the mat. Encouraging Jason Jordan to get up to his feet, Owens & Zayn seemingly wanted The Authors of Pain to set Seth Rollins up for a Triple Powerbomb.

As they brought Seth Rollins back to his feet, all hope was lost, and Michael Cole begged “not this way…” Cole’s prayers were perhaps answered, to the shock of everybody in the ring. As Seth Rollins was picked up for the move that would have consigned him to defeat, a theme that hadn’t been heard in a long time began to play….


















Making his return, after 8 months on the sidelines, Dean Ambrose emerged from the back with a Steel Chair. As he ran down to the ring, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn went to meet him on the ramp. Ambrose swung the Steel Chair at Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, continuing to make a beeline for the ring. There, he was met by Akam & Rezar, who were ready for whatever he had planned. Jason Jordan’s shock eventually turned smug, as he realised that Dean was just as unfavoured as Seth Rollins.

Grabbing another Steel Chair, Dean Ambrose climbed up the steps, standing on the ring apron. Looking to the WWE Universe, Dean Ambrose shrugged, before throwing the chairs at Akam and Rezar. Entering the ring, Dean Ambrose began throwing hands at both members of The Authors of Pain, who had been distracted by the flying chairs. Still, Dean Ambrose had to fight against 3 to 1 odds, and he looked to even the score by kicking Akam straight between the legs. While this took the big man down, he still had Rezar to deal with. When the Authors of Pain member grabbed Ambrose, a heel to his groin had much the same effect. Dean Ambrose then had Jason Jordan right where he wanted him. Jordan threw a right hand at Ambrose, but the returned Superstar blocked it. Grabbing Jason Jordan around the neck, Dean Ambrose kicked the cocky challenger in the gut, dropping him with the Dirty Deeds.

Dean Ambrose still had to deal with a resurgent Authors of Pain, but was now aided by Seth Rollins, who threw one of the previously thrown chairs over Akam & Rezar, into the hands of his friend. Working together, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins took The Authors of Pain out of the ring, swinging Steel Chairs until they were rid of them. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn watched from the ramp, but clearly weren’t as invested in ensuring Jason Jordan became the Intercontinental Champion as Akam & Rezar. Dean Ambrose then directed the traffic, encouraging the WWE Universe to get behind Seth Rollins. Rollins didn’t need much encouragement, as he hit Jason Jordan with a Curb Stomp in the middle of the ring. Completing a comeback from the jaws of defeat, Seth Rollins pinned Jason Jordan, retaining his Championship.

Seth Rollins (c) bt. Jason Jordan

Following the match, the returning Dean Ambrose helped his friend back to his feet, standing tall in the ring. Having saved Seth Rollins from losing his WWE Intercontinental Championship, Dean Ambrose took to the second rope. Returning in front of a raucous Barclays Center crowd, Dean Ambrose stood tall with Seth Rollins as Raw went off the air. In a night where a dark cloud descended over Raw, and the future looked uncertain, the show ended with the return of one of the brands biggest stars, and a successful Intercontinental Championship defence for Seth Rollins. Michael Cole signed off on a huge night in the history of Monday Night Raw, telling those wondering what the future of the show looks like, that they are in for a bumpy ride as the brand is once again transformed… into the Ambrose Asylum!


Quick Results
Drew McIntyre bt. Finn Balor

Ember Moon bt. Dana Brooke
Bobby Lashley bt. Baron Corbin

Alicia Fox bt. Bayley
The Deleters of Worlds bt. Axel & Dallas
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Jason Jordan [Intercontinental Championship]

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  • The segment that opened Raw reflected a new WWE policy, with the company looking for spots on Pay-Per-Views / Network Specials to be earned, rather than a case of looking to squeeze as many people into position. Competition for spaces is likely to be even more tight in the build up to WrestleMania, and Stephanie McMahon’s speech to the members of the roster who didn’t compete at SummerSlam was a way to introduce this as part of the storyline going forward.
  • The decision to remove Kurt Angle as General Manager of Raw was made partially as a way of evolving the “power struggle” storyline, but also due to concerns over Kurt’s performance levels in the role. Angle’s tendency to stumbled over words, as well as question marks over his acting ability, saw the decision made to take him off-screen. Having impressed since his debut on 205 Live, Drake Maverick was given the role of “Interim General Manager”, with the idea being that he is the puppet that Stephanie McMahon has installed to do her bidding on-screen. Some within the company see this developing into a relationship not dissimilar to the one Drake had with Dixie Carter, back when he performed as “Rockstar Spud” in TNA.
  • Seemingly writing out both Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle, the attack from the former WWE Universal Champion to the former General Manager was the final scheduled date of Lesnar’s current WWE contract. While Brock has publicly stated his desire to explore other avenues, it is expected that he will return to the WWE in the future. Some backstage were however discouraged by Brock Lesnar’s behaviour at SummerSlam, as he put his foot down to change the booking of the show’s Main Event. Initially, Brock Lesnar was supposed to take the fall, leading to a potential Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns rivalry down the line. Perhaps thinking of his future plans, Brock Lesnar demanded that the booking be changed, and Roman Reigns was the man to take the fall.
  • There was even more uncertainty regarding the Main Event, with some sources suggesting that even moments before the match began, there were some doubts over who was going to win the Championship. Roman Reigns has long been pencilled in as the man who would defeat Brock Lesnar, but fears of an audience backlash resulted in the plan for Braun Strowman to become the WWE Universal Champion. While that had been the plan since Braun won the Money In The Bank, the decision makers were still not 100% sure as the event unfolded. The Raw after SummerSlam teased a potential change of direction for Roman Reigns, as Triple H made an offer for him to become “their guy”.
  • Shayna Baszler’s appearance at SummerSlam appears to have been a one time thing, but was said to be a teaser for Shayna coming to the main roster. Still holding the NXT Women’s Championship, it is expected that Shayna will be called up fairly soon. Plans for her call-up have yet to be confirmed, with one train of thought feeling she should debut as an ally of Ronda Rousey, and another suggesting a rivalry between the two. Ronda Rousey’s call out of Nia Jax was put in to pop the crowd, with key figures backstage still feeling that Rousey getting a title shot should be held off as long as possible.
  • Dean Ambrose had been set to return before SummerSlam, before the call was made to save it for the night after. Ambrose’s return shaped the booking of Raw, with Jason Jordan having been originally pencilled in to win the Intercontinental Championship in the show’s opener. Looking to give Dean Ambrose a larger impact upon his return, the Main Event was built around getting a reaction for him. This worked, as Dean Ambrose cleared the ring of the group who had conspired to cost Seth Rollins his title, and allowed the two to close the show in front of an excited crowd.

  • Opening the show, AJ Styles celebrated his victory over Shinsuke Nakamura, only to be interrupted by John Cena. Having beaten Samoa Joe at SummerSlam, John Cena stated his intention to become a 17 time Champion, seemingly challenging AJ Styles. The two men were then confronted by Tag Team Champions “The Bar”, setting up the show’s Main Event.
  • Johnny Gargano then made his Smackdown debut, defeating Shelton Benjamin. Opening the show, Johnny Wrestling wasn’t the only debut on the Smackdown After SummerSlam, as Aleister Black also joined the brand. Saving Jeff Hardy from an attack at the hands of The Bludgeon Brothers, it appeared a bond may have formed between the two uniquely captivating fan favourites.
  • Paige then brought out the returning Randy Orton, who had been sidelined recently with injury. Randy Orton shocked the entire Smackdown Live brand by announcing that with his contract up, he is leaving Smackdown Live… to sign with Monday Night Raw!
  • On an episode of Miz TV, Daniel Bryan was offered a handshake by the host, who acted sincere when admitting he was defeated by the better man. When Daniel Bryan accepted the handshake - a recognition that The Miz had pushed him further than he expected him to - The Miz told Daniel Bryan that he may have won the individual battle, but he was the one who would be WWE Champion first. Later in the evening Daniel Bryan blew off The Miz’s words, turning his attention to the WWE Championship. As Daniel Bryan left the interview area, it became apparent that Shinsuke Nakamura had been watching him closely throughout.
  • Following AJ Styles and John Cena’s Main Event victory, Paige announced that there would be a multi-man Number One Contendership match, with the winner facing AJ Styles at the upcoming Battleground event for the WWE Championship. The match would be contested between Smackdown Superstars who had been victorious at SummerSlam.

  • Pulling double duty, Drave Maverick reprised his role as GM of 205 Live, announcing a Cruiserweight Championship match between the two victors from SummerSlam’s 205 Live Kick-Off Show!
  • Lio Rush then made his second appearance on 205 Live, following up a one-off participation in “The Winner’s Club”. Defeating a local talent, Rush later interrupted an interview with Cedric Alexander, telling the Cruiserweight Champion to “keep the title warm”.
  • The Lucha House Party later got revenge of Buddy Murphy, who had screwed them over in order to be the last man standing in “The Winner’s Club”. Kalisto scored a victory, with the help of his Lucha House Party teammates, as Buddy Murphy suffered his second straight defeat. After the match, as The L.H.P celebrated, they were joined in the ring by an upbeat Garza Jr.. Making his WWE debut, Garza Jr. removed his trouser once in the ring, looking to upstage Kalisto & co.. Standing in front of the three friends, Garza clearly rubbed his fellow Luchadores up the wrong way with his trademark entrance.
  • In the Main Event, Hideo Itami (who had beaten Akira Tozawa at SummerSlam) became the new Cruiserweight Champion. Ending the reign of Cedric Alexander, a Go 2 Sleep from the Japanese Superstar saw him pick up his first Championship victory in the WWE.
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Live from Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

Kicking off Raw, following a look back at last week’s action packed episode, Dean Ambrose opened the show. Joined in the ring by Seth Rollins, the stage was his to address the WWE Universe.
Dean Ambrose spoke about his return, saying that his first long-term lay off since he joined the WWE has made him hungrier than ever. Ambrose wanted to make up for lost time, having missed 8 months of actions, and Seth Rollins said that it was great to have him back. The two men then realised that there was “someone missing”, given that two thirds of The Shield were present. Having not been seen together since their short lived reunion, Dean and Seth were disappointed when the next theme song they heard was Stephanie McMahon’s.
Stephanie McMahon told Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins that Roman Reigns isn’t in the building, and neither was Jason Jordan. McMahon told Dean Ambrose that his involvement in the match last week injured the challenger, and Jordan will be out of action. However, Stephanie McMahon had it from Drake Maverick that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would be in action to open the show, against The Authors of Pain!

This contest could barely be considered a match, as it kicked off with a huge brawl breaking out between all four men. While the referee eventually managed to settle them down, the match continued in a similar, combustible manner throughout. Eventually, this aggression spilled beyond the legality of the match and the referee had to step in. When The Authors of Pain refused to relent, the referee warned them. This led to a moment where both Akam & Rezar were in the ring, having knocked Dean Ambrose off the apron. Refusing to stop their assault on Seth Rollins in the corner, the referee had no choice but to disqualify The Authors of Pain. Clearly, they didn’t care.

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins bt. The Authors of Pain (DQ)

After the match, the beatdown on Rollins continued, until Dean Ambrose came back at The Authors of Pain. Ambrose was quickly outnumbered, and thrown to the outside, while Akam & Rezar focussed on Seth Rollins. Continuing the assault, the two men set Rollins up for a Last Chapter, but Dean Ambrose returned to the ring. This time, Dean Ambrose had a Chair. A few swings later saw The Authors of Pain exit the ring, backing away as Dean Ambrose stared them down, before checking on his friend Seth Rollins. A return from action that suffered something of a false start, Dean Ambrose will certainly be looking forward to the next time he steps in the ring.


When Raw returned from the break, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins confronted Interim General Manager Drake Maverick in his office.
The two called Maverick a puppet for Stephanie McMahon, and said that he needs to fix what happened out there, and set up a rematch. Drake tried to wriggle out of it, but was unsuccessful. That was until Chad Gable entered the office, providing some respite.
After the events of last week, a furious Chad Gable demanded that he be given a one on one match with Jinder Mahal. Drake Maverick was happy for a change of subject, telling Chad he would get exactly what he wanted, later in the night. Unfortunately, when it came down to that match, Jinder Mahal’s callout of Chad Gable served as merely a set-up, allowing Sunil Singh to attack Chad Gable from behind.
While Chad Gable was more than capable of brushing off Singh, the distraction allowed Jinder Mahal to take Gable down. Bringing Chad back into the ring, Jinder Mahal hit a Khallas to his scheduled opponent, standing over him. As a result of the attack, the match never managed to take place.

Looking back at last week, and Bobby Lashley’s victory over Baron Corbin, the winner was interview in the back.
Lashley told Renee Young that he was delighted to be moving on from the rivalry, and was ready to deliver on his promise. Lashley said it was time for him to capitalise on his momentum… and time for him to connect!

Following a successful return to the WWE last week, Alicia Fox was brought to the ring by Sasha Banks. The two women spent time running down Bayley, calling her a loser. Bayley looked to defend herself, but also knew she could rely on the backup of Nia Jax. Jax joined Bayley ahead of a tag team match between the two sides.
Another tag team match which lacked order, Bayley and Sasha Banks were once again clearly preoccupied by one another. For a while, this worked as part of the match, but soon the bickering on the outside became too much. Breaking out in a brawl on the outside, while Alicia Fox and Nia Jax competed in the ring, Bayley and Sasha Banks essentially discounted themselves from the match. When it came down to the one on one, Nia Jax was more than a match for Alicia Fox, who she pinned in the middle of the ring.

The second hour of Raw teased a “Miracle” coming to the show, before looking back at Ronda Rousey’s “Path of Destruction” since coming to the WWE. Showing the various moments where she has switched gears to teach her fellow Superstars a lesson, the video package promoted a sit-down interview later in the evening.
That interview saw Ronda Rousey discuss her victory at SummerSlam, before turning her attention to Nia Jax. Making her intentions clear, Ronda told the WWE Universe that it was her goal to be the next Raw Women’s Champion!
Responding to the interview, Sasha Banks spoke to Drake Maverick, complaining about Ronda Rousey. Sasha believed she should be the next Raw Women’s Championship contender, getting a one on one since she beat Bayley when they faced off. Drake Maverick appeared to have taken a shine to Bayley, and stood up for her. He then informed Sasha that the two would go one on one next week, the winner putting themselves forward for the number one contendership.

The next match after that was between Finn Balor and Mojo Rawley, with the latter telling the first ever Universal Champion that he is about to make his month go from bad to worse. This prediction turned out to be wrong, as Finn Balor defeated Mojo Rawley. After the match, as Finn Balor celebrated a much needed victory, his moment was cut short as Jason Jordan appeared on the big screen.
Having been injured last week, at the hands of Dean Ambrose, Jason Jordan was resting up at home, but looked to be in total comfort. Jason Jordan talked about how terrible it was to not be out there competing in Canada, but his expression made it clear that he was enjoying resting up. Jason Jordan explained that he wouldn’t be out of action for too long, and said he would be back for the Intercontinental Championship. Finn Balor was obviously annoyed by the upstaging.

Despite Drew McIntyre’s obvious annoyance at Dolph Ziggler’s behaviour last week, the duo successfully teamed up to score a victory on Raw. After beating Rhyno & Slater, Dolph Ziggler celebrated, despite Drew McIntyre doing almost all of the work. The over-the-top celebration rubbed McIntyre up the wrong way, as he walked away instead of joining in the post-match celebration.
Later in the night, when Dolph Ziggler confronted Drew McIntyre about what happened, the Scottish Superstar made his feeling clear in no uncertain terms. Telling Dolph Ziggler that “you’re just like the rest of them!” it appeared that Drew McIntyre was beginning to lose faith in the idea that Ziggler could help him change the culture of the WWE.

Having spoken earlier in the night about his desire to do his home nation proud in the Scotiabank Arena, Bobby Roode was given the chance to do just that, going one on one with Roman Reigns. The match was competitive, and Bobby Roode came close on occasion, but ultimately fell to “The Big Dog”. After the match, Roman Reigns was approached by Renee Young, who asked if he had made a decision RE: Triple H’s proposal last week.
Reigns appeared offended by the line of questioning, with Michael Cole suggesting that Roman was insulted anybody would think he’d become Stephanie and Triple H’s “golden boy”. Roman Reigns didn’t however say that, instead refusing to comment on speculation that he was finally willing to side with those in power.

Returning from the break that followed, and starting the final hour of Raw, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins spoke to Roman Reigns. They asked him what was going on, pointing out that he hadn’t spoken to either of them in the last week.
Roman was equally dismissive of his two friends, telling Dean Ambrose that “I don’t appreciate your woman putting a microphone in my face”. This caused a clear tension between the two, that was only stopped from going further by the intervention of Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns then walked away from the situation, leaving Dean Ambrose stewing.

Before a match between Bray Wyatt and Curtis Axel, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn cut a promo talking about Roman Reigns’ situation, clearly trying to stir the pot. The pair were interrupted by The Deleters of Worlds, who have had issues with Owens & Zayn in the past. The back and forth resulted in Kevin and Sami leaving the ringside area, but not before warning Hardy and Wyatt to “watch their backs”.


Joined by their partners at ringside, there was little to write home about in the match between the two. That was until the involvement of The Authors of Pain.
Taking out Matt Hardy on the outside, The Authors of Pain soon entered the ring and targeted Bray Wyatt, who had been in control of the match. By now, the contest had been thrown out, and The Authors of Pain continued a brutal targeting of Wyatt. When his partner Matt Hardy returned to the ring (as Dean had earlier), he looked to help the situation, only to find himself in the same dire circumstances.
As the attack continued, the commentators made it know that this was the first interaction between the two teams since The Authors of Pain “no showed” a Raw Tag Team Championships match against The Deleters of World. Later, it was revealed that The Authors of Pain’s advisor Paul Ellering had got back into contact with them, having spoken to Triple H. The Authors of Pain finished the assault with a Super Collider, and made it clear that now they’ve returned, they are looking for the Raw Tag Team Championships once again!


The final match of the evening saw Ruby Riott’s “Riott Squad” kicked out of the ringside area. As a result of this, Ember Moon was able to pick up an impressive victory over the group’s leader. With her win, Ember Moon added her name to the list of Superstars vying for the Raw Women’s Championship. A list which appears to be growing by the week.

Having been promoted heavily throughout the evening, Braun Strowman closed the show, with his official Champion’s celebration. Braun Strowman’s most memorable moments were shown, including various feats of strength, as well as his Helicopter arrival at Extreme Rules earlier in the year. The new Universal Champion then made his way to the ring, given the platform to address his victory at SummerSlam.
Braun Strowman opened by saying that as the WWE Universal Champion, his responsibilities are simple. Saying that he isn’t going to be another Brock Lesnar, he explained:

“My job as Universal Champion... is to represent the WWE Universe!”

He went on to explain that as the reason why he chose to “Cash In” his Money In The Bank Briefcase at SummerSlam. Braun knew that the WWE Universe didn’t want to see a replay of the WrestleMania Main Event at SummerSlam and he stepped in. Just like he stepped in at WrestleMania and made a member of the WWE Universe a Tag Team Champion! He could have done it the easy way, but that is not how Braun does his business.

But since WrestleMania, Braun had his eye on just one thing… and one man - Brock Lesnar! Saying that it will be different now he’s Champion, Braun told Brock that he knows exactly where Braun Strowman is… and the WWE Universal Champion is ready for him whenever he’s done crying at his ranch. Braun added that the same point goes for everybody, saying that whoever wants to be the one to step up to the WWE Universal Championship had better be ready to prove themselves!

Braun Strowman then used his platform to discuss the Kurt Angle controversy, saying that even if the General Manager who helped him take his place in the SummerSlam Main Event isn’t here, he still wants to thank him. Strowman said that he didn’t know what was going on at the moment, but said that after what happened last week, Angle’s focus should be on recovering from what Brock Lesnar did to him. That brought him to the “Interim General Manager” Drake Maverick. Braun laughed at the idea that Drake had any real power in the WWE, saying that he’s nothing but Steph’s “new pet”. Strowman then made it clear to whoever is really in charge, whether it’s Stephanie McMahon, Triple H or Drake Maverick, he doesn’t answer to them… but to the WWE Universe!

Strowman continued, saying that he learned that mantra from Mr. McMahon, adding that for all the bickering from Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns over who is “Vince’s Boy”, he knows the truth.

”Damn right I’m Vince’s Boy… I’m taking him out for steak tonight!”


Braun added that he was going to finish it off with some Maple Syrup and Pancakes. With this crowd pandering line, Braun Strowman was cut off by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
Kevin Owens said he had heard enough, explaining that Braun Strowman sucking up to the WWE Universe was making him feel physically sick. Owens then patriotically pandered to the Canadian audience, before using this as evidence of how easy they were to manipulated. He explained that he could do the same thing next time they’re in Toronto, and they’d fall for it again. Changing the subject, Sami Zayn said that he knows all about Braun Strowman, saying that “The Monster Amongst Men” loves one thing above all else… a challenge. As a result of this knowledge, he has a plan. Sami Zayn said that he heard Braun Strowman was looking for a first challenger, but questioned why it had to be singular. Zayn suggested that right there and then, Braun Strowman makes history with his first ever defence of the WWE Universal Championship!

Braun Strowman looked at them, suggesting that they rethink their plan, but was clearly more than willing to take on both men. However, when they surrounded him, clearly planning to rough him up before any potential match, they were put off by the music of Bobby Lashley.
Having teamed with Strowman in the past, Bobby Lashley ran off the threat to the WWE Universal Champion, despite Braun not looking in desperate trouble. This resulted in Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn leaving the ring, heading up the ramp as the two men stood tall. Raising his WWE Universal Championship over his head, Strowman yelled out “BBBRRRRRRAAAAAAAUUUUNNNN!” towards the two men as they retreated.

Out of nowhere, as Braun Strowman turned back towards the ring, Bobby Lashley hit him with a Spear! Dropping Strowman with it’s ferocity, Lashley made an unbelievable impact on the Universal Champion...

Shocking the Raw commentary team, Michael Cole couldn’t believe what had just happened. Not only were they surprised by Bobby Lashley’s attack on his friend, they also were surprised to see Braun Strowman taken down with such force. Saying that he had never seen Braun Strowman drop like that, Corey Graves put over the devastating Spear that Bobby Lashley had just hit the WWE Universal Champion with. In a position that he has never been in during his WWE career, Braun Strowman ended Raw looking up at the lights, as a stern faced Bobby Lashley stood over him. Having been all smiles since his return to the WWE, Bobby Lashley may have just unleashed “The Destroyer” onto the WWE Universe… and their Universal Champion!

As the show went off the air, Bobby Lashley looked directly into the camera that was broadcasting the close-up of his face, uttering two words…

”I CONNECT!”


Quick Results
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins bt. The Authors of Pain (DQ)
Bayley & Nia Jax bt. Alicia Fox & Sasha Banks

Finn Balor bt. Mojo Rawley
Ziggler & McIntyre bt. Slater & Rhyno
Roman Reigns bt. Bobby Roode

Bray Wyatt bt. Curtis Axel
Ember Moon bt. Ruby Riott

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Live from Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio!

Raw opened with footage from the end of last week’s episode, looking back at the moment that Bobby Lashley “connected” with Braun Strowman, hitting him with a Spear in the middle of the ring. The reaction to the moment was also looked at by the commentators, who said that they had never seen Braun Strowman taken down like that. Coming off the back of that, Bobby Lashley was the one to open the show.
Bobby Lashley didn’t want to say too much, instead pointing to the screen as the moment was played back once again. Lashley said that what happened last week was simple, he proved that he is more than capable of “connecting”. Lashley went on to say that he’s been told ever since he returned that his job is to connect with the WWE Universe, but last week he got a better idea. Instead of connecting with the WWE Universe… he connected with their Champion!

Lashley then commented on the “shocked reaction” that he was able to take Braun Strowman down, saying that it is more proof that these people don’t know a thing about who he is. For that reason, Bobby Lashley requested an exhibition match tonight, where he would educate the WWE Universe. Saying that he didn’t even bother asking who would be the person put against him, Lashley called out whoever his opponent may be.


Looking to build momentum off the back of an up and down spell, Finn Balor was happy to challenge “The Destroyer”, looking for a huge victory to set him on the right path. Finn Balor was always going to struggle with Bobby’s strength, and dealt with it by using his superior speed. Of course, Bobby Lashley is no slouch, and kept up with the agile Finn Balor every step of the way. While the newly focussed Lashley would be favourite going into the match, Balor did worry him. However, the match turned around when Lashley hit Balor with a Spear on the apron.

From there, Lashley took control of the match, rolling Balor back into the ring due to him falling to the outside. Bobby Lashley would pick his spots, and while Finn Balor tried to get back into the contest, a second Spear put him down for the count.

Bobby Lashley bt. Finn Balor

As Bobby Lashley stood tall, having backed up his words from the start of the show, Braun Strowman came down to the ring to confront him.
The WWE Universal Champion approached Bobby Lashley, who is one of the few men who wouldn’t run away from a fight with Braun Strowman. While Strowman was clearly angry, Bobby Lashley didn’t move an inch, standing firm, as the man he hit with a Spear last week entered the ring.

It was then a case of who would move first. Engaging in an intense staredown, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley were prevented from coming to blows by the arrival of Drake Maverick.
Coming between the two men, the comically small Drake Maverick entered the ring somewhat sheepishly, trying to make sure both men were as calm as they could possibly be. Maverick then asked Strowman not to look for his revenge tonight, because he would have that opportunity at Battleground. Lashley nodded his head at this, but Strowman asked “why not both?” Drake Maverick tried again to talk Strowman out of getting physical with Lashley, reminding him that he too was already scheduled for action tonight, going up against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in a 2-on-1 Handicap match.


Returning from the break, a recap of what had happened on Raw so far was followed by an interview with Braun Strowman. Just moments ago, it was announced Braun Strowman would face Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in the main event. Asked for his reaction to the “deck being stacked against him”, Braun Strowman’s reaction was unexpected.
Revealing that he was the one who requested the match tonight, Strowman said that there was nothing underhanded going on. Instead, he simply wanted to kill two birds with one stone, because he doesn’t have time to take them both out separately. Strowman said that in the past he may have had a little fun with Owens & Zayn, but now he’s WWE Universal Champion, he hasn’t got time for that!

Moving away from the WWE Universal Championship picture, Elias made his return to the WWE, having been out with an injury for several weeks.
Clearly still annoyed with Slater & Rhyno (who caused the injury), Elias performed a song where he ran down the tag team. During the performance, Elias was joined by Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel.

Facing off against Rhyno, Elias picked up a conclusive victory, showing the anger towards his opponent he had sang about. Following the match, Dallas & Axel brought Heath Slater into the ring, offering him up to the returning Superstar. However, before they were able to do too much damage, the trio were ran off by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
While the pair didn’t have any particular reason to save Slater & Rhyno, Dean Ambrose explained that he had simply seen enough of them. Especially when he and Rollins had something to say. Ambrose then talked about Roman Reigns, saying that while he knows he’s going through a lot at the minute, his decision really shouldn’t be that difficult. Dean said that with The Authors of Pain, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and Jason Jordan sniffing around, the last thing they need is to be doubting their “brother” Roman Reigns.

Seth Rollins echoed this, before moving on to look at Battleground. Rollins said that the upcoming event was the perfect opportunity for them to get their hands of The Authors of Pain, calling on the match to be made. From that, Seth Rollins switched focus to tonight, saying that before Battleground there is a couple more shows. Rollins recalled something called the “Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge” that he used to do, saying that he is ready against to open up that opportunity to any Superstar. Closing the first hour of the show, Seth Rollins issued the challenge to anybody from the roster.


Intercontinental Championship Match

Returning from the break, Dean Ambrose had left ringside and Drew McIntyre emerged to face Seth Rollins. It was noted that this was the second time Drew had taken the challenge, albeit this time he was not joined by Dolph Ziggler. Competing in a back and forth match, the two men were desperate to prove that they could give as good as they got, and it appeared as though the match was on track to steal the show. However, Dolph Ziggler eventually came down to the ring, somewhat taking away the match’s focus.
Drew McIntyre wasn’t all too pleased to see his partner, but remained solely focussed on the ring. Eventually, as Seth Rollins appeared to be getting the better of Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler decided to get involved. While Rollins had been edging towards victory, Dolph Ziggler’s interference backfired, making Seth’s job easier. Having distracted his partner by getting involved, Ziggler could do little as Rollins pushed McIntyre into him, before rolling up his opponent for the victory.

Seth Rollins (c) bt. Drew McIntyre

While Drew McIntyre stormed off after the match, furious at Dolph Ziggler, The Authors of Pain did the opposite. Returning to the ring, The Authors of Pain targeted Seth Rollins.
Once again attacking the Intercontinental Champion, Akam & Rezar looked to inflict damage on Seth, laying into him in the ring. As with earlier attacks, it didn’t take long before backup arrived. Running down to the ring, Dean Ambrose appeared to make the save.
This time however, The Authors of Pain were prepared for Ambrose, and stood waiting. The reckless Ambrose tried to fight off the two huge men, but struggled with their strength and numbers. This ultimately led to Seth and Dean falling victim to a Super Collider from The Authors of Pain. As they stood tall, with Ambrose and Rollins at their feet, “Interim General Manager” Drake Maverick appeared.
Remaining at the top of the ramp this time, Drake said that he hoped Ambrose & Rollins could hear him, because at Battleground they are going to get their wish, when they face The Authors of Pain… in No Disqualifications match!


Straight off the back of that, Drew McIntyre was shown walking through the back. Clearly angry, his mood took a turn for the worse as Dolph Ziggler tried to catch up with him.
McIntyre told Ziggler in no uncertain terms to stay out of his business, warning that Ziggler would “regret it” if he didn’t. By this point, Dolph Ziggler had heard enough from Drew McIntyre, finally giving it back to Drew. Clearly tired of being put down by McIntyre, Ziggler looked ready to blow. The only thing that stopped him from doing so was Dana Brooke, who arrived to lead him away from McIntyre.
Later in the evening, as Dana Brooke appeared to be scouting a focussed and serious Bobby Roode (who turned down the chance to dance with No Way Jose, before beating him), Dolph Ziggler approached her. Giving her the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech, Dolph Ziggler said that Drew McIntyre was right, and he does need to regain focus. Ziggler then told Dana that he needed to move on. Dana was clearly upset by this. Not wanting to dwell on Dolph breaking off their arrangement, Dana Brooke quickly looked to “rebound”, approaching Bobby Roode about a potential agreement.
Talking to him in the back, Brooke suggested that they went somewhere more private, in order to hammer out the details of their arrangement.

Back from a commercial break, it was announced that Randy Orton was returning to Raw. His first official appearance as a member of the roster would come in 13 days… at Battleground!


Facing off for a second time, Bayley and Sasha Banks looked to go all out, as they closed out the second hour of Raw. Going back and forth, the two women looked to once again recreate their classic matches from NXT. This match was slightly shorter than their match at Extreme Rules, but the outcome was the same. Despite a number of nearfalls for both competitors, Sasha Banks just had the slight edge. The finish to this match was different however, as Sasha Banks scored a pinfall victory, following the rarely used “Bankrupt” Neckbreaker.

Sasha Banks bt. Bayley

After the match, Sasha Banks celebrated a decisive victory, with the commentators saying that she has proved herself to be the better of the two, whether they like it or not. Bayley remained in the ring after the match, looking completely deflated as Sasha Banks stood over her.

Later in the evening, Nia Jax was interviewed by Renee Young, who spoke to her about the Raw Women’s Championship match at Battleground. Renee then introduced the challenger Sasha Banks.
Sasha Banks was confident as she squared off with the dominant Champion, making it clear that she felt Battleground was her time to become a 5 time Women’s Champion.


Into the final hour, the Raw Tag Team Champions had spoken, responding to the attack from The Authors of Pain last week.
Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy made their message fairly simple and clear, albeit in their own cryptic way. Boiled down to it, they told Akam & Rezar that they were ready for the challenge, and it was just up to The Authors of Pain to show their faces.

Prior to their scheduled match, Jinder Mahal looked to fire up Chad Gable, hoping to take his eye off the ball. This appeared to work, not necessarily because of Jinder Mahal’s words, but more as a result of Sunil Singh’s involvement. Once again grabbing at the leg of Chad Gable, Singh allowed Mahal to hit the Khallas that has put down so many competitors.

Still out with an injury, Jason Jordan once again addressed the WWE Universe. This time, he did so in a “Cribz” style video. Jordan said that a lot of people commented on his house last week, and he decided he would take the time this week to show them around.
Living in a large house, Jason Jordan showed around the building, including introducing the WWE Universe to his own personal chef. As well as a pool, Jason Jordan also had a basketball court on the property. With a smug look on his face, Jason Jordan said that ever since Kurt Angle brought him to Raw last year, he’s been making “Main Event money”. He said that in a way, he has his dad to thank for all of this around him. Clearly making light of his betrayal of his father, Jason Jordan said “thanks dad”. With that smile, Jason Jordan took a basketball onto the court, and was joined by fellow Raw Superstar Mojo Rawley.
The two began to play basketball as the vignette ended, with Jason Jordan showing little sign of the injury that is keeping him out of action…


Before the match, Braun Strowman talked about how much he was looking forward to tearing apart the “two headed jackass” that call themselves Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens. The pair responded to Braun Strowman by making fun of his pandering to the WWE Universe, and promising to beat him. They added that after they beat him, they will both be at the front of the line to face either Braun Strowman or Bobby Lashley at Battleground. Zayn pointed out that if all you have to do to earn a title shot is beat up the Champion, then that’s exactly what they intend to do!

Of course, intent and actuality are two different things. The numbers advantage did help Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, in as much as it allowed them both to rest up between beatings from Braun Strowman. Eventually, the two men appeared to get it together, and managed to begin breaking down the Universal Champion. While Braun Strowman was under pressure, he managed to fight out of it, and the match spilled to the outside. Appearing to both have similar ideas, Zayn & Owens and Braun Strowman seemed content to take the match up the ramp. Once they reached the top of it, the referee realised he had lost control. While the bell wasn’t rang, it appeared the match as we knew it was over.

Moving towards the announcer’s desk, the commentators got out of the way, as Owens & Zayn looked to set up Braun Strowman to be put through their table. Fighting off whatever they had planned, Braun Strowman headbutted Kevin Owens, before hitting a Big Boot to Sami Zayn. Strowman then seemed to have a plan of his own, lifting Owens & Zayn up on his shoulders. Stacking the two men up, it seemed like Strowman wanted to put them both through the table together. This was a difficult task, that eventually became impossible.

This wasn’t because the two men were too heavy for Strowman, but rather because of somebody else’s involvement. Having heard something, Braun Strowman turned away from the commentary table, and allowed Owens & Zayn to slip down his back. Happening extremely quickly, Braun Strowman had barely turned around when a sprinting Bobby Lashley crashed into him!
Hitting Braun Strowman with a Spear even more impactful that the one from last week, Bobby Lashley sent both himself and Braun Strowman flying off the stage. Crashing down onto the ground below, neither man moved from the moment that they hit the floor. Braun Strowman was laid out flat once again, this time joined by Bobby Lashley who laid face down and motionless on top of him.

Having had a lucky escape, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens put over the huge Spear, looking in wide eyed disbelief as they propped themselves up against the commentary table. In a state of shock, Owens & Zayn looked at one another, totally taken aback by what Bobby Lashley had just done. Raw went off the air with both Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman out cold, as EMTs rushed to the scene. With the announce team having vacated their position during the match, the final scenes of Raw were played out without any accompanying commentary. This allowed viewers to hear the medical personnel, who were clearly deeply concerned for both men’s wellbeing.

Quick Results
Bobby Lashley bt. Finn Balor
Elias bt. Rhyno

Seth Rollins (c) bt. Drew McIntyre [Intercontinetal Championship]
Bobby Roode bt. No Way Jose
Sasha Banks bt. Bayley

Jinder Mahal bt. Chad Gable
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn went to a No Contest
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Live from Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana!

Opening Raw was footage of “The Spear that shook the Universe” from last week’s show. Discussing the moment, as it was replayed, the commentators put over Bobby Lashley doing to Braun Strowman, what Strowman has done to many Superstars in the past. “The Destroyer” has done what many believed impossible, dominating Braun Strowman. As he had last week, Lashley opened the show.
Taking a microphone, Bobby Lashley said that he runs this brand, and if anybody has a problem with that… they can try and stop him. Bobby Lashley said that last week he made the “Monster” human, when he Spear’d him off the stage. If that’s what it takes on Sunday, that’s exactly what he intends to do. Bobby continued, saying that for anybody who doubted his return, it’s pretty clear that “Lashley Connects!”

Bobby Lashley then revealed that Braun Strowman still wasn’t at the building, as he’d been told to “rest up” before Battleground. Two men flew off the stage last week, but Lashley is the only one left standing. That’s because he is here to “destroy” everything in his path. As he said this, Lashley was cut off by Finn Balor, who he had defeated last week.
Balor said that if Lashley is here to destroy everything in his path, then consider Finn to be blocking the way. Lashley laughed at Finn, saying that he beat him once, and he could beat him again. However, while Braun Strowman has been given the night off from competing, Lashley is already in action tonight. Bobby Lashley then patronised Finn, telling him that it’s a shame they can’t have a rematch, but if he wants to know how it would have gone, he’d better watch the tape from last week.


Returning from the commercial break, Finn Balor was still in the ring, as was Dolph Ziggler. Before the match got underway, footage was shown from during the break, as Dolph Ziggler came down to the ring. Not joined by Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler told Finn Balor that Drew had beaten him, and then Bobby beat him last week. Dolph said that Finn wasn’t on the elite level, but he is. Saying that he did everything Drew McIntyre asked of him, Ziggler knew it was time to get serious. He intended to do that against Finn Balor.

Despite this, Finn Balor was the one who came out on top in the match, showing himself to be at the very least on the same level as Ziggler. The match could have easily gone either way, but Finn Balor scored the win in the end, hitting Dolph with a Coupe de Grace.

Finn Balor bt. Dolph Ziggler


Returning from the break, following his defeat, Dolph Ziggler approached Drew McIntyre. Drew was once again cold with Dolph.
It didn’t take long for Drew’s attitude to frustrate Ziggler, as he told McIntyre “I did everything you asked me to!” including dropping Dana Brooke. McIntyre told Ziggler that what he just saw out there, only made him more sure that Ziggler is “just like everybody else”. Dolph Ziggler was now furious, and went off on one of his trademark, vein popping, vocal chord straining rants, telling Drew McIntyre that there is nobody in this business that comes even close to him. Ziggler even told McIntyre that if he had to, he would prove it to him, in the ring. As Ziggler finished his rant, a smirk grew across the face of Drew McIntyre. It then became clear, to the viewer and Ziggler, that Dolph’s reaction was exactly what McIntyre wanted from him.

The Interim General Manager was once again busy, this time dealing with further tension between Chad Gable and Jinder Mahal. Gable said that Jinder couldn’t beat him without Sunil Singh, demanding a rematch where Sunil barred from ringside. Drake Maverick didn’t think Jinder Mahal would be receptive to the idea, but he was. With both men happy to face off, Maverick added Chad Gable vs. Jinder Mahal to the Battleground Kick-Off show!

Coming to the ring ahead of a match with Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas (off the back of their interaction last week), Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins addressed the WWE Universe.
They promoted their upcoming match with The Authors of Pain at Battleground, explaining that with Roman Reigns scheduled to appear later in the evening, they hope to know exactly where they stand going into the No DQ match. Eventually, Axel & Dallas cut the duo off, unhappy with the events of the previous week. The match between the two was one sided, with Ambrose & Rollins scoring the win. After the match, they stood tall, as commentary put over Roman Reigns’ upcoming appearance, as well as the match scheduled for Battleground.

Having taken a look back at Sasha Banks becoming the number one contender earlier in the night, it was time for a face to face confrontation between Sasha Banks and the Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax. The in-ring segment was ‘mediated’ by Renee Young.
Starting off with both women stating their intention to be victorious at the pay-per-view, the temperature was eventually raised by Sasha Banks. As she has a habit of doing, Sasha Banks looked to make the issue between the two sides personal, saying that Nia Jax is only Champion because of her size, not because of her skill. Nia Jax took this fairly well, saying that Banks’ words aren’t going to help her on Sunday at Battleground. It was clear that Banks was desperate to get under her opponent’s skin, and eventually she did. Following a few sly digs, Sasha Banks came out and suggested that Nia Jax is another Bayley. A “pathetic, outsider freak show with a victim complex” were her exact words, and Nia Jax snapped. Banks backed up, telling Renee to do her job. Of course, Young wasn’t equipped to control someone like Nia Jax. As a result, Sasha Banks left the ring, heading up the ramp.

While Banks had got off scot free, Nia Jax’s opponent didn’t. Coming down to the ring with a smile on her face, Alicia Fox soon realised what she was getting herself in for. It didn’t take long for Nia Jax to destroy Alicia, standing tall after the match. Heading into Battleground, the Raw Women’s Champion made it clear that she was ready for Sasha!

Having been ditched by Dolph Ziggler last week, Dana Brooke appeared to have already moved on, as she was seen talking to Bobby Roode in the back. She asked him what he thought of her proposal last week, but he said that he had to be focussed on the huge challenge of Bobby Lashley in the night’s main event.

Following that, The Deleters of Worlds came down to the ring, holding the Raw Tag Team Championships.
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt talked about The Authors of Pain being on a different path this Sunday, wondering what it meant for their Championships. They made it clear that they wanted to defend their gold, and were given an answer by Drake Maverick. Maverick introduced them to their opponents for Sunday, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. He also told Matt Hardy that he would be in action against Kevin Owens next...
That match ended in Kevin Owens picking up a victory, pinning Matt Hardy following a Pop-Up Powerbomb! During the match, it was put over that Owens and Hardy have plenty of history, going back to their pre-WWE days.

Interest then turned to Roman Reigns, with a video package replaying the events of the Raw After SummerSlam. Making his first appearance since WrestleMania, Triple H encouraged Roman Reigns to finally embrace the fact that he has always been “their guy”. Setting up Roman’s family for a week in a luxury retreat, Triple H asked Roman Reigns to think about the proposition. Convinced by his wife to take the week off, Roman Reigns had Triple H’s words ringing in his ears, as the WWE Executive had promised Roman that with “one word, this Universe… becomes the Roman Empire!” Following the video package, Stephanie McMahon made her way to the ring.
Stephanie McMahon looked to dispel any doubts that Roman Reigns may have been having, saying that all they wanted was for “The Big Dog” to embrace that there is a natural order in the WWE, and it must be respected. She said that Roman Reigns has shown time and time again that he has an issue with submitting to authority, but said that at this stage, he must be getting pretty desperate to get his hands on the Universal Championship. Her condescending tone continued, with Stephanie saying that it really wasn’t a difficult choice to make. With that said, she wanted to bring Roman Reigns out.
When he entered the ring, Roman Reign had nothing to stay, instead sternly looking towards Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie continued her pitch, saying that they don’t want to change Roman Reigns, or “neuter The Big Dog”, they just want him to understand how the WWE works. She added “you’ve been here for a while Roman… I’m surprise you haven’t got this yet.” Roman Reigns raised an eyebrow at this, but still had nothing to say to the Raw Commissioner. Stephanie explained that she has nothing more to add, as her husband said it all already. All she wanted was an answer. However, Stephanie isn’t like Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, so she isn’t going to pressure him into anything right now.

Instead, she invited him to make his decision on Sunday. Stephanie reminded Reigns that Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins are going up against The Authors of Pain at Battleground, adding that the No Disqualification match between the two sides would be the perfect time for him to nail his colours to the mast. She even joked that Roman Reigns and The Authors of Pain have a very similar fashion style (pointing to his protective vest), and could be even more dominant that The Shield ever were. With that, Stephanie left the ring, leaving Roman Reigns to sum up his options.

Reacting to that, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were interviewed in the back.
The two of them laughed off concerns that Roman Reigns would side with The Authors of Pain at Battleground, saying that they know him, and he wouldn’t do something like that. Keeping their focuss with Akam & Rezar, the two men were jumped from behind as they spoke about them.
The Authors of Pain laid into their Battleground opponents, leaving them laying in the ring. Eventually, when referees and various crew members came between them, Akam & Rexar backed away, having sent a message to Rollins & Ambrose. It was later confirmed, as events from the night were recapped, that Roman Reigns would be at Battleground.

Returning to ringside, Elias performed, and it was noted that he had no “support act” tonight, as Axel & Dallas had completed earlier in the night. Before he could get going, Elias was cut off by Heath Slater, who told him that he would show him exactly how a “One Man Band” does it. He didn’t, as Elias picked up a conclusive victory.
After the match, Elias took a microphone from ringside. He told Randy Orton (who’s appearance at Battleground had been promoted earlier), that he would be the first one to welcome him to Monday Night Raw.

Ember Moon then scored a victory over Sarah Logan, continuing to build momentum. However, as she stood tall in the ring after the match, Ember was greeted by Alexa Bliss.
Appearing on the screen, having been absent since her defeat to Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam, Alexa Bliss told Ember that he time in the spotlight was over. This was due to the fact that Alexa Bliss was returning next week, allowing the WWE Universe to go back to not caring about Ember Moon. Sharp tongued as always, the commentators promoted Alexa’s return to Raw - next week!

Also promoted, albeit much more heavily and throughout the show, was the Battleground main event. With Braun Strowman interviewed earlier in the week about his WWE Universal Championship defence against Bobby Lashley, “The Monster Amongst Men” had a lot to say.
During the sit-down interview, Braun Strowman was clearly agitated and uncomfortable, even wearing a neck brace throughout. This was different to the usual Braun. The WWE Universal Champion admitted that Bobby Lashley may have been overlooked and underestimated, but said that it wouldn’t be the case at Battleground. Vowing that he would be cleared for the show, Braun Strowman promised that at Battleground, Bobby Lashley was gonna “Get These Hands!”

The second part of the interview was with Bobby Lashley, who was in the same sit-down set up as Braun Strowman had been. With a smile on his face, Lashley was clearly the more comfortable of the two.
Bobby didn’t really look to promote the match, as much as he looked to promote himself. He seemed calm and collected, more than ready for what stood before him at Battleground. He didn’t play down the challenge of Braun Strowman, but he said that the only people who don’t believe Bobby, are the people who don’t know how good he is.

Lashley said that there’s a reason he was brought back to the WWE, because the bosses know that he’s one of the best fighters in the world. They told Bobby Lashley that his job upon returning was to connect, “this Sunday… Bobby Lashley connects!”



Bobby Roode was joined by Dana Brooke at ringside for this match. What she saw will not have filled her with confidence in Roode, as he was dominated in what was an “exhibition” match for the number one contender. While Bobby Roode looked to fight back against his opponent, in what would have been a huge victory, his valiant attempts were ultimately futile. When Bobby Lashley got into his stride, there was only ever one winner, and he picked up the victory following a Spear.

Bobby Lashley bt. Bobby Roode

Looking set to end the show for the third week in a row, Bobby Lashley stood tall after his victory. On commentary, the threat that he possesses to Braun Strowman’s Universal Championship at Battleground was put over.
As Lashley remained in the ring after the match, he was surprised to hear the music of Braun Strowman - who had been given the night off. Eventually, the WWE Universal Champion appeared. As he walked to the ring, Strowman still wore the neck brace that was seen in his interview earlier.
Once he reached the ring, Braun Strowman went face to face with Bobby Lashley, with the challenger pointing to the neck brace and laughing. Lashley then pointed to the WWE Universal Championship, ready to talk trash. However, when he looked the towering Braun Strowman in the eyes, “The Monster Amongst Men” tore the brace from around his neck.

Braun Strowman then stuck his tongue out, before telling Bobby Lashley to bring it on. This kicked off another physical encounter between the two, with Braun Strowman looking for revenge before Sunday. Bobby Lashley had the better of Strowman the last two times then came into contact, but this time it was him who had been in action prior. As a result, Braun Strowman finally appeared to have the better of Bobby Lashley.

Leaving the ring, Braun Strowman looked to drag Bobby Lashley towards the top of the ramp. Eventually, when they reached the top of the stage, Braun Strowman took Bobby Lashley down. He then switched his focus to commentary table, as he had last week. Throwing everything on top of the table to the ground, Braun Strowman looked set to put Lashley through it. However, as he turned around, Lashley ran at him. This time, Braun Strowman got his knee up, avoiding a third Spear in as many weeks. As Lashley staggered back, Strowman held his knee. He was still able to lift Lashley on his shoulder, but it was pointed out that merely blocking a Spear from Lashley may have done some damage to the Champion.

Despite that, Braun Strowman set Bobby Lashley up to go through the commentary table, looking to hit a Running Powerslam. Instead, Braun Strowman stopped just moments before impact, opting to throw Lashley off to the side. Having finally got one over on Lashley, Strowman looked down on his challenger for Battleground, before raising his WWE Universal Championship high in the air. Looking to the man who he had just spared from being put through the table, Strowman told Lashley “I can wait ‘til Sunday!”

Braun Strowman then stood tall, performing his signature arm raise at the top of the ramp, 6 days before the huge Battleground Pay-Per-View!

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”The Spear that SHOOK the Universe!”


WWE Universal Championship Match

Braun Strowman (c) vs. Bobby Lashley

If Braun Strowman expected an exhibition match for his first Universal Championship defence, then he will have been surprised when Bobby Lashley was announced as the number one contender for Battleground. Kicking off the rivalry with a Spear which took Braun Strowman down, Bobby Lashley was able to do something that no other man in the WWE could. While the move came completely out of the blue, the force was sufficient to put Strowman down. The next week, Bobby Lashley followed up with a repeat attack, which Michael Cole dubbed “The Spear that shook the Universe…”

This time, Lashley had done serious damage to the WWE Universal Champion, who he sent flying off the stage during his match with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. The following week, Bobby Lashley claimed that Braun Strowman had been given the night off, 6 days before their clash at Battleground. Lashley himself was in action against Bobby Roode, and had a simple message for Braun Strowman.

“When I came back here, they told me that my job was to connect. For two straight weeks, Braun Strowman has learned… I CONNECT!
Lashley reveals talks with WWE bosses ahead of his return to Raw.

Bobby Lashley would go on to defeat Bobby Roode in convincing manner, but his night wasn’t done there. Making a surprise appearance, Braun Strowman made his way to the ring with a neck brace on. However, when he got to the ring, he tore the brace off, starting a brawl between himself and the number one contender. This led to Bobby Lashley being set up to go through the announce table, only for Braun to give him a last minute reprieve.

“I can wait ‘til Sunday!”
Braun Strowman, sparing the challenger.

Showing an impressive restraint, a pre-match sit-down interview showed that Braun Strowman could not wait to get his hands on Bobby Lashley. On the other hand, this is a side of Bobby Lashley which many were concerned he would be unable to recapture upon returning to Raw. With his ruthless actions of the last few weeks, sparked by a bold decision to turn Braun Strowman from an “ally to an enemy”, Bobby Lashley undoubtedly provides a huge initial test for the WWE Universal Champion. If Braun can make it past Lashley, he will have started his run in the most impressive of fashions. The hard part will be getting over the first hurdle, with a determined and focussed Bobby Lashley standing in his way.
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No Disqualifications Match

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Authors of Pain

Ever since SummerSlam, when his dream of dethroning Brock Lesnar as the Universal Champion died, Roman Reigns has not been himself. Even the return of his friend Dean Ambrose could change that, as “The Big Dog” distanced himself from just about everybody in the wake of SummerSlam. Looking to take advantage of Roman’s vulnerable state, Triple H made a proposal to “The Big Dog”.

“Just say the word Roman… this entire Universe, becomes the Roman Empire!”
Triple H tries to convince Roman Reigns to accept his place as the chosen one.

While Roman Reigns refused to shake hands with Triple H, he did accept an offer from the WWE Executive to take a week off at the luxury retreat, largely encouraged by his wife. This time was designed to give Reigns a chance to unwind from recent events, but upon returning he appeared to be more highly strung than ever. This resulted in tension between the former Shield members, particularly with Roman and Dean. Once again looking to take advantage, Stephanie McMahon made another play for Roman’s loyalties.

“But I’m not like Dean and Seth, Roman… I won’t pressure you into making a decision.”
Stephanie McMahon, looking to draw division between Roman and his brothers.

Stephanie instead told Roman Reigns to take his time, giving him until Battleground to make his decision. She said that a No DQ match between Ambrose & Rollins and The Authors of Pain (made earlier in the night) would be the perfect time for Roman Reigns to show where his loyalty lies. It was quickly confirmed that Roman Reigns would be at Battleground, with just a single question remaining. “Who side is he on?”
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