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Following a look back at last week, Raw opened with the entrance of Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar’s advocate would promote the match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor, using his peerlessly way with words to put over the fact that in real life, David never beats Goliath. Saying this, Paul Heyman drew out a true “Goliath” in the form of Braun Strowman.
However, being the great representative that he is, Paul Heyman made note that the reason that his meeting with Kurt Angle was so short is because he knows that Kurt doesn’t really pull the strings on Raw. Paul Heyman then announced that at Extreme Rules, he has negotiated that as part of Brock Lesnar agreeing to a pre-SummerSlam title defence, it was decided that Braun Strowman would be banned from the building at Extreme Rules. He would als inform Braun Strowman that Brock Lesnar would be at Raw next week, and Braun Strowman will also be barred from the building then. Braun Strowman was infuriated by this, and was told by Heyman to take it up with Kurt Angle. As Braun Strowman stormed to the back, Finn Balor made his entrance. As the two passed each other, there was a nod between them, as Finn Balor went to confront Paul Heyman.
Now Finn Balor spoke to Heyman, telling him that he’s looking at “Mr. 666… because Paul, I’ve got the number of ‘The Beast’”. Finn Balor talked about how long in the making his match with Brock Lesnar was, saying that it has been almost two years since he vacated the title. Paul Heyman would point out that there is a very different landscape in the WWE in 2018, saying that if Brock Lesnar was in that tournament two years ago, he would be into day 700 of his Championship reign. Finn disagreed, saying that he was on a roll, and he would have liked nothing more than to defend that Championship against Brock Lesnar. As Finn Balor continued to put over how much this opportunity means to him, he was cut off by Sami Zayn.
Sami Zayn told Paul Heyman that he is coming for the Universal Championship, a claim which was humorous to Paul Heyman. He then said that he had a much better chance of beating Lesnar next Sunday than Finn Balor, saying that the spot should have been his. Stirring the pot, Paul Heyman helped work up the aggression in both competitors, before eventually suggesting that they fight each other. This was deemed perfectly agreeable by both men.
Returning from the break, Kurt Angle was confronted by Braun Strowman, who questioned him about the claim from Paul Heyman that he would be barred from the building both next week and at Extreme Rules. Kurt was apologetic to Braun Strowman, making it clear that that particular decision was taken out of his hands. Strowman was understandably furious.
Later in the evening, Finn Balor made his annoyance clear, as he confronted Roman Reigns in the back. Tired of the two men bickering, Kurt Angle had the idea to put them together, making a tag team match featuring the two of them, against the equally turbulent team of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.
This wasn’t the end of their interactions on the evening, as Finn Balor got heated in the office of Kurt Angle. He was told by Kurt Angle that he would get what he wanted, and he would face Roman Reigns next week - 6 days before his Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar.
Much earlier in the night, another thread of this week’s Raw began, as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan prepared to team together for the first time in a year.
Not wanting to make an accusation of his boss’ son, Chad Gable simply told Angle that something felt “off” about Jason Jordan, and he didn’t feel like he was teaming with the man he once held tag team gold with. Kurt Angle was hurt by this, saying that he sees so much of himself in them when they’re teaming together. Despite this, Chad Gable wasn’t convinced about their future together. He also confided in Kurt that he didn’t believe Elias was behind the attack on him last week.
These feeling were perhaps compounded later on, when Elias approach Chad as he left the medical room. Initially skeptical, Chad eventually heard Elias out, as he claimed that Chad’s suspicions were correct, and it wasn’t him who attacked Gable, but Jason Jordan. Elias told Gable that only one man profited from Chad Gable not being in that match last week, adding “and you know exactly who I am talking about…” With that, Elias was gone, having sown a seed of doubt deeper in the mind of Chad Gable.
Having opened the second hour of Raw, The Deleters of World - the current Tag Team Champions - decided that they would call out The Authors of Pain, after the newcomers attacked them last week.
Also out to make a name for herself was Ruby Riott, as she faced Ember Moon - ahead of her Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules. Nia Jax joined commentary for the match, and when The Riott Squad were able to assist Ruby in scoring a victory over Ember Moon, Jax was clearly not happy. Staring down from the top of the ramp, Nia Jax made it clear that she was ready to face all three members of The Riott Squad, if that’s what it would take to retain her Championship.
Not quite as united as The Riott Squad, the issues between Titus Worldwide continued this week, as Apollo Crews was spotted talking to Dana Brooke. Lacking an explanation, Apollo fuelled the rumours that he was ready to leave Titus Worldwide, signing to be represented by Dana Brooke instead. While Crews denied this, it was clear that his head was not in the game, as he fell to defeat against Mojo Rawley.
Having only appeared in a video package that appeared to be designed to “re-reintroduce” him last week, Bobby Lashley was interviewed at the top of the ramp by Renee Young.
Bobby Lashley’s general comment was that his first few months back in the WWE have been up and down, saying that everybody knows that he was sent out here to “connect with the people”. Bobby Lashley said that he loved being in front of the WWE Universe, but added that his true love was the competition in the ring. For that reason, Lashley declared that as of this moment, his focus wasn’t on connecting with the fans, but connecting with the jaws of anybody wants to step in the ring with him. He asked if that is what the WWE Universe want from him. As he gauged the response, Bobby was confronted on the ramp by Baron Corbin.
Baron Corbin’s message to Bobby Lashley was clear, as he told “The Destroyer” to just “stop talking!” Bobby Lashley squared up to “The Lone Wolf”, but Corbin had said his piece, and headed to the back.
Bobby Roode’s struggles continued on Raw this week, as Jinder Mahal defeated him. After the match, it was clear that this defeat had effected him more than any other thus far.
Having not appeared on last week’s Raw, an update came from Alexa Bliss (and Mickie James) with the two women reporting back to the show while on vacation.
Meanwhile, another major storyline featuring female Superstars developed, as Bayley performed a sit-down interview “Earlier in the Week”.
Emotional throughout, Bayley said that she felt a part of herself had been torn out, feeling that the last couple of years have been a lie. She said that there was no going back now, and the attack two weeks ago broke her heart. Bayley said that part of her wanted to run away from what happened, but she knows that she can’t let it lie. Saying that the time for hugs are over, Bayley promised to fight for anybody who has ever been screwed over by someone they considered a friend.
Watching the interview in the back, Sasha Banks was asked for an immediate reaction to the emotional scenes. She showed zero remorse for her actions, calling Bayley an “annoying little sister” who needed to be put in her place. Speaking coldly, Sasha said she was sick of Bayley’s crying already, making it clear that she is more than willing to face her in the future.
Following that, Rhyno scored a victory over Curt Hawkins, taking the opportunity post-match to challenge Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler on behalf of his team.
In the Main Event, Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler would make an appearance, ignoring the challenge of Slater & Rhyno. Instead, they appeared to accept the Open Challenge of Seth Rollins. Not making it clear which one of them was taking the opportunity, Dolph Ziggler was able to catch the Champion off guard with a Superkick. This confirmed Ziggler as the challenger for the title.
Finn Balor bt. Sami Zayn (DQ)
American Alpha bt. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
Ruby Riott bt. Ember Moon
Jinder Mahal bt. Bobby Roode
Finn Balor & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
Rhyno bt. Curt Hawkins
Apollo Crews bt. Mojo Rawley
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Dolph Ziggler [Intercontinental Championship]
Live from TD Garden, Boston, Massachusets!
The build towards Extreme Rules hit a fever pitch this week, as the Go Home Show promised the first appearance of Brock Lesnar since the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Opening the show, Braun Strowman was shown at the entrance of the building.
A large amount of security were seen stopping him from entering the arena, after Paul Heyman and Kurt Angle’s “bosses” came to an agreement that Strowman would be banned from the building, both on this week’s Raw, and at the Extreme Rules event.
Following footage that recapped this, as well as the rivalry between Finn Balor and Roman Reigns, it was explained that the show would open with the match between the two. This decision was made after Finn Balor claimed he “couldn’t wait” to get his hands on “The Big Dog”.
Returning from the break, Kurt Angle was seen at the entrance of the parking lot, having been called their by the “Head of Security”. Angle was informed that they were unable to locate Braun Strowman at the moment. While they claim to have every entrance marked, the security team are unable to confirm the whereabouts of the “The Monster Amongst Men”. This will be of some concern to Kurt Angle, who will tell the security team to keep searching for Strowman, saying that “if Braun Strowman gets into the building… it’s my neck on the line!”
The commentators would then recap the events of Raw so far, looking back at the first half hour of the show. Following that, Kurt Angle would be seen back in his office on the phone. As he talked about Braun Strowman being missing, Paul Heyman walked in, causing Kurt to abruptly end the call.
Dropping his father in it, a smiling Jason Jordan asked Kurt “so, did you find Braun yet?” Kurt Angle facepalmed, as Paul Heyman reacted by demanding answers from Kurt Angle. The General Manager of Raw attempted to play it down, but Heyman was furious. Storming out of the room, Paul Heyman said that he had to get Brock Lesnar out of here. Now left with his father in the room, Jason Jordan asked for a match tonight, requesting that Kurt Angle put him in the ring with an “elite level Superstar”. Kurt was clearly annoyed with Jason blabbing, and said “I’ll see what I can do”.
Returning to ringside, it was time for a performance from Elias, ahead of his match with Chad Gable. Elias sang a song before the match, which he dedicated to Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, a “ballad of a friendship destroyed by a backstabbing partner”. When Chad Gable made his entrance, he was surprised when Jason Jordan joined him, clearly having not been invited by his former tag team partner.
After that, the first hour of Raw was concluded with Paul Heyman leading Brock Lesnar out of the building.
Watching as their vehicle left the arena, Strowman turned to enter the building.
Returning to the second hour of Raw, another recap video showed the events of Raw so far. Braun Strowman was then shown to be still at the entrance of the building, with security telling him that he is barred from entering. Approaching the scene, Kurt Angle told security to let him in.
The “Head of Security” told Kurt that the call had come from the very top of the WWE, but Angle insisted that they let Strowman in. Since he was running the show, the Head agreed to allow Braun Strowman in the business, telling his team “it’s this guys neck on the line… let him in!”
Having been allowed in the building, Braun Strowman made his way down to the ring.
Speaking of his fury that he won’t be at Extreme Rules, Braun Strowman said that somebody was going to “Get These Hands” tonight in Boston. Braun Strowman’s demands were heard by Kurt Angle, who told him that he would be in action “right now” against Jason Jordan!
Later in the evening, reacting to Chad Gable’s accusation, Jason Jordan confided in his father, outraged by what had been said. While Angle didn’t believe Jordan to be the attacker, his answer wasn’t what Jordan wanted to hear. Kurt Angle seemed to side with Gable, saying that he understands the suspicion, explaining “you did show up right after Gable was taken out”. Jason couldn’t believe what he was hearing, telling his father that he will prove his innocence. To do this, he demanded that Kurt set up a lie detector test, for this Sunday at Extreme Rules.
While the friendship of Gable and Jordan appeared to be on the rocks, one that has “passed the point of no return” is that between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Coming face to face for the first time - in a meeting mediated by Renee Young - the two women promoted the match this Sunday at Extreme Rules.
Sasha Banks claimed that she wasn’t the one who ended the friendship between them, refusing to be painted as the bad guy by Bayley. Banks then turned on Renee Young, asking her who is in her ear trying to paint Sasha as the bad guy. Banks said that Bayley ended the friendship when she told Sasha that she didn’t trust her. Sasha Banks just put her back in her place. “The Boss” then compared Bayley to an annoying little sister, saying that if she is the one representing all the young girls in the crowd, then Banks represents all those who are tired of those crying, complaining, spoiled little brats! Sasha Banks added that this isn’t about “good vs. bad”, but about “Bayley vs. Banks”. Sasha then promised that on Sunday night, any misguided little girl who looks up to Bayley would be going to bed crying, and waking up knowing that Sasha Banks is “The Boss of Monday Night Raw”.
These words in turn set Bayley off, but she was too emotional to articulate her feelings. As a result, she stepped to Sasha, looking to start the fight 6 days early. However, before the two women could come to blows in the ring, the music of Ronda Rousey hit.
Coming between the two women, Ronda declared that she had been speaking to Kurt Angle, and the decision has been made. At Extreme Rules, Ronda will be the Special Guest Enforcer for the match between Bayley and Sasha Banks.
Moving beyond that, there was Championship action on Raw, as Kevin Owens challenged Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental title. Earlier in the night, Kevin Owens was seen talking to Sami Zayn, saying that having watched how close Sami came to defeating Seth Rollins a few weeks ago, he has the blueprints to ensure “they” become the Intercontinental Champion tonight.
Having accepted Slater & Rhyno’s challenge, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler ran down their opponents, using them as examples of guys who have found themselves all too happy to sit back and earn a cheque. While Slater protested “I got kids”, Drew McIntyre replied “... but you’ve got zero heart!”
Drew Galloway & Dolph Ziggler then beat Slater & Rhyno fairly comfortably.
After that tag team match, a video package played, promoting the Tag Team Championships match at Extreme Rules. Showing the moment that The Authors of Pain put Matt Hardy through a Table, the package ended with Bray Wyatt appearing on the screen.
Bray Wyatt sat in darkness, saying that last week his light was extinguished. Wyatt said that at “Extreme Rules” Matt Hardy would be back, ready to face “The Authors of Pain” in a Tables match!
Cutting away from Lashley’s celebrations, the Raw before Extreme Rules came to an end with news of an incident in the back. Found on the floor, with Sasha Banks stood over her, it was clear that Bayley had been blindsided by her opponent for Sunday.
Staring down “The Boss” as Raw went off the air, it was clear that Ronda was going to ensure there could be no question marks over who the better woman would be, as Bayley goes one on one with Sasha Banks - at Extreme Rules.
July 15, 2018
Finn Balor went to a No Contest with Roman Reigns
Chad Gable bt. Elias
Braun Strowman bt. Jason Jordan
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Kevin Owens [Intercontinental Championship]
The Riott Squad bt. Nia Jax
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. Slater & Rhyno
Bobby Lashley bt. Baron Corbin
This Month on Smackdown Live!
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Having found himself on a roll off the back of an impressive display at Money In The Bank, Samoa Joe picked up an impressive victory over The Miz that saw his momentum to continue to grow. It was also a successful week for The Club, as they became the Smackdown Tag Team Champions at the second time of asking.
In the show’s Main Event, Cesaro was able to “steal one”, defeating Daniel Bryan - just 48 hours after Sheamus had been unable to do so.
Opening the show, Eric Young was able to coerce Jeff Hardy into defending the United States Championship, after Hardy demanded revenge for EY’s previous attacks. Jeff Hardy was able to outmaneuver Eric Young, defeating him after The New Day negated Sanity’s outside involvement.
The other Fatal 4 Way in the Women’s Division saw Asuka come out victorious, leading to a historic match on the following week’s show. This victory ensured that Smackdown Live would witness Asuka / Charlotte II - for the Number One Contendership to the Women’s titles.
Another rematch was announced, taking place at the upcoming Extreme Rules event. As AJ Styles confirmed another match against Shinsuke Nakamura, he was attacked by Andrade “Cien” Almas, who was looking to make a name for himself.
In the show’s Main Event, Samoa Joe scored a victory over Sheamus, when Daniel Bryan evened the odds - gaining revenge for what happened last week.
Despite the huge Main Event set for the show, another massive match appeared to be scheduled, as The Bar suggested that The Miz was ready to face Daniel Bryan. This turned out to be a set up, with The Miz and The Bar working together in a pre-planned assault on Daniel Bryan. Returning the favour from the previous week, Samoa Joe saved Daniel Bryan from the attack, with the two men seemingly displaying a mutual respect for one another.
After the attack by Andrade “Cien” Almas to AJ Styles last week, Shinsuke Nakamura looked to cosy up with Almas and Zelina Vega, with the pair teaming to an impressive victory. This came after AJ Styles had announced the next match in the series between himself and Shinsuke Nakamura as a Steel Cage match. While AJ Styles was able to get to Nakamura after his match, he was stopped in his tracks by Andrade Almas, who took him down for the second successive week. The show also saw Sanity and The New Day agree to a Falls Count Anywhere match at Extreme Rules.
The go-home episode of Smackdown before Extreme Rules saw Joe & Bryan lay down a challenge to The Bar, while The New Day “got serious” about the threat of Sanity. Carmella looked to draw help for the challenge of Asuka, and seemed to strike a deal with The IIconics to be at her side on Sunday. Unfortunately for her, Charlotte Flair promised to have Asuka’s back just the same.
Another key moment of the show, albeit not in relation to Sunday’s Extreme Rules, was a promo by Rusev. Somewhat out of character for the “Bulgarian Brute”, Rusev talked about the fact that he and Lana have been kept apart on Smackdown Live because people are jealous of them. Rusev would go on to thank the people who have truly supported him, the fans, saying that have given him so much and vowing not to let them down. Rusev sealed the deal with a kiss to his wife Lana, before walking triumphantly into the sunset.
In the Main Event of Smackdown, six days before he takes his rematch against Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, AJ Styles went one on one with Andrade “Cien” Almas. Scoring a victory, AJ Styles still had enough left in the tank to overcome an attempted post-match attack from Shinsuke Nakamura. As the WWE Champion backed away, AJ Styles made it clear there would be no opportunity to do that this Sunday - as they go one on one inside a Steel Cage!
Extreme Rules 2018
[Kick-Off Show] The DELETERS of Worlds (c) bt. The Authors of Pain in a Tables Match
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Following the opening video package of the show, the commentators spoke over an aerial shot of the building. Surrounding the arena, were police cars and police officers. This heightened security was a response to this Monday’s appearance of Braun Strowman, despite him being barred from the building. In order to appease Paul Heyman, who this week threatened to pull Brock Lesnar out of the show, WWE increased security to avoid an appearance from “Mr. Money In The Bank” Braun Strowman.
Ahead of the first match on the Raw side of the show, the history between Bayley and Sasha Banks was recapped. Last month, Sasha Banks attacked Bayley in the middle of the ring, the moment described as “the point of no return” in their friendship. Since then, Sasha Banks has launched a campaign of verbal abuse against Bayley, and her fans. This past week on Raw, things became so heated between the two women, that the decision was made to add a Special Enforcer to the match. Following the video package, that woman made her entrance.
In the office of Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan approached his father. Later tonight, Jason Jordan will take a lie detector test, as he looks to clear suspicion that he may have been involved in an attack that put Chad Gable out of action last month.
Ahead of the match between Asuka and Carmella for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair cut a promo. She promised to ensure that there would be no excuses following the match, vowing that the best woman would win.
Looking back at the night so far, footage was played from the “Kick-Off Show”, in which the Raw Tag Team Championship Tables match between The Deleters of World and The Authors of Pain was recapped. Replaying the finish, The Authors of Pain looked in complete control, setting Bray Wyatt up for an assisted Powerbomb. However, coming out of nowhere, Matt Hardy took a dive from the second ropes, to the outside of the ring where The Authors of Pain were. Connecting with Akam, Matt Hardy sent himself and Akam through the Table, securing the victory for his team. After that, it was time for the Lie Detector Test of Jason Jordan.
Coming down to the ring, Kurt Angle described the set up, introducing Jason Jordan to the ring. Chad Gable walked down to the ring soon after.
Taking a seat at ringside, Elias looked to get under the skin of Jason Jordan, and the General Manager Kurt Angle. He took great delight as Jason Jordan was hooked up to the Polygraph. Jason Jordan was happy to take the test, hurrying up the staff. Jason Jordan was then asked if he was in the building on the said date, at the time of the attack. Jason Jordan said he was, and the test proved he was telling the truth.
Jason Jordan was then asked if he had returned solely to take the place of Chad Gable in his match with Elias. Jordan said he did not, and was again proved to be telling the truth. Elias commented on this, but was silenced for the final question when Kurt said “can somebody cut this guys mic?” The final question was simple, did Jason Jordan attack Chad Gable. Answering no, the Lie Detector suggested that Jason Jordan was telling the truth. Chad Gable and Kurt Angle were satisfied with this, but somewhat surprised by a strange - over the top - celebration from Jason Jordan. Punching the air, more like someone who had gotten away with something, rather than an innocent man, Jason Jordan aroused suspicion. Saying he was “so happy to clear [his] name”, Jason Jordan hugged both Chad Gable and Kurt Angle, before leaving the ring to gloat to Elias. Left in the ring, Gable and Angle shrugged, accepting the result of the polygraph.
It was then time for the Raw Women’s Championship match. Joining the ring were six Lumberjacks. These were Ember Moon & Natalya, The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan, and the returning Alexa Bliss & Mickie James.
Remaining away from the ring, it appeared that Ronda Rousey still had her eyes on Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, and would not be moving on, as the pair had hoped.
The New Day bt. Sanity
Sasha Banks bt. Bayley
Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe bt. The Bar
Asuka bt. Carmella (c) [Smackdown Women's Championship; TITLE CHANGE]
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
AJ Styles bt. Shinsuke Nakamura [WWE Championship; TITLE CHANGE]
Nia Jax (c) bt. Ruby Riott [Raw Women's Championship]
Brock Lesnar (c) bt. Finn Balor [Universal Championship]
Live from KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York!
24 Hours after the events of Extreme Rules, Raw kicked off with the footage of Braun Strowman’s Helicopter arrival at the show. This was followed by the entrance of Paul Heyman, who was unhappy about what had happened - and how it resulted in Brock Lesnar “running from a fight” for the first time ever. Paul decided to take his anger out on the Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle.
After the break, as Kurt returned to his office, he was approached by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Having been beaten in embarrassing fashion last night (in under five minutes), they wanted a chance to “right that wrong” tonight on Raw.
Before that match, Braun Strowman had his own issues with Paul Heyman, confronting him in the back.
When he spoke to “The Advocate”, Paul Heyman told Braun Strowman that he was once again getting him barred from the building next week, as Brock Lesnar would be there to name his SummerSlam opponent. Heyman once again alluded to going over Angle’s head, and this gave “The Monster Amongst Men” an idea. Braun Strowman would then approach Kurt Angle, with the contents of their conversation being kept under wraps.
Opening up the action for the evening, Ember Moon and Natalya teamed up against The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan. When The Squad were defeated, Ruby Riott - who lost to Nia Jax at Extreme Rules - took out her frustration on her stablemates.
Bobby Roode scored a victory during the first hour of Raw, defeating Curt Hawkins. After the match, Jinder Mahal - who recently defeated Roode in singles competition - came out to laugh at Roode, saying that “The Glorious One” had finally found his level. The hour was closed off with a match between The DELETERS of Worlds and Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose. However, the match would be ruined by The Authors of Pain, who attacked both teams.
Beyond the reaction to Braun Strowman’s involvement with the Universal Champion, Finn Balor also had something to say about Extreme Rules.
Accepting that he was beaten by the better man on the night, Balor suggested that his name be in the mix as the potential challenger for SummerSlam, feeling that he deserves to be one of the Superstars in contention. Despite his willingness to earn another shot, his words caught the attention of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, who accused him of making excuses.
This was followed by a scheduled match between Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, which the Scottish Superstar won. However, after the match, Finn Balor approached Kurt Angle, annoyed that Slater & Rhyno had got involved in his business. Kurt Angle questioned the change in Finn Balor’s personality recently, but gave him a match with Rhyno later in the evening. Finn Balor would win the match handily, but clearly have his sights set on bigger things.
Baron Corbin continued his mission to get Bobby Lashley to notice him, squashing Zack Ryder in a short match. Following the contest, Bobby Lashley came out to the top of the ramp, applauding “The Lone Wolf”.
After that, it was time for the much promoted “Pilot Episode” of “Talk With Elias”.
Earlier in the night, Ronda Rousey had reacted to the announcement of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James as the first guests, telling the WWE Universe that she had a plan to make Talk With Elias “can’t miss TV”. After Elias introduced his guests (making it known that he didn’t need a house band, as he played them in himself), it was clear that Alexa had no idea that Ronda was waiting in the wings. Talking about Mickie’s recovery and their vacation together, Alexa Bliss was shocked when Elias introduced the “surprise guest” for the evening, Ronda Rousey.
The blockbuster second hour of Raw wasn’t done there, as Seth Rollins defended his Intercontinental Championship against Chad Gable. Earlier in the night, as a former Tag Team Champion with Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan gave Chad Gable advice on his opponent.
Now into the third hour of Raw, focus turned to Sasha Banks’ victory over Bayley at Extreme Rules. Sasha Banks made her way to the ring, informing viewers that Bayley was not in the building, continuing to run down her former friend. Hearing enough of this, Nia Jax made her way down to the ring.
Before the Main Event, Drake Maverick spoke in a pre-recorded promo segment, talking about the current “Winner’s Club” on 205 Live.
Each week members of the roster will be eliminated, until one man remains. That man will go one on one with Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Ember Moon & Natalya bt. The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan
Bobby Roode bt. Curt Hawkins
The DELETERS of Worlds bt. Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose (DQ)
Drew McIntyre bt. Heath Slater
Baron Corbin bt. Zack Ryder
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Chad Gable [Intercontinental Championship]
Finn Balor bt. Rhyno
Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
SummerSlam Main Event [WWE.com Exclusive]
WWE.com Exclusive: Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at SummerSlamEarlier today, WWE.com was able to exclusively confirm that Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent will be “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, a rematch from their controversial Steel Cage match at May’s Greatest Royal Rumble event. While both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman shared their thought on the match upon the announcement, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has been “unavailable to comment” since WWE.com were able to confirm the SummerSlam main event.
In the hours since the announcement, members of the WWE Universe and Superstars alike have had their say on the matter. Finn Balor tweeted his discontent at the announcement, asking “what happened to earning a title shot? #sameold”. Braun Strowman also reacted to the news, saying “Brock clearly wasn’t ready to #GetTheseHands ! #MoneyInTheBank #RAW #FindAWay”. The controversial announcement has also divided the WWE Universe, with some members taking to social media to praise the decision to give Reigns the opportunity to right the wrong of The Greatest Royal Rumble, where Brock Lesnar was declared the winner, despite Roman Reigns’ feet touching the ground first. Other members of the Universe have suggested that Roman Reigns simply can’t beat Brock Lesnar, and the opportunity should have been given to someone else. Regardless of opinions, it will be Roman Reigns who faces Brock Lesnar on August 19, with the opportunity to end the record-setting, historic title reigns of “The Beast”.
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Backstage at Raw, there was plenty of reaction to the Extreme Rules PPV, with mixed response to some of the booking.
Live from U.S Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio!
The biggest talking point going into Raw this week was the announcement made that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns would go one on one at SummerSlam for the Universal Championship, and their face-to-face which was set for the show. Opening the show, the commentators discussed the reaction to the match being made, which has been a major talking point between the WWE Superstars and the WWE Universe. Following a recap of last week’s show, which looked at how Braun Strowman’s Helicopter ride into Extreme Rules could cost Kurt Angle his job, as well as Strowman dropping Roman Reigns at the end of the show, Seth Rollins made his entrance.
Seth Rollins put over the Main Event of SummerSlam, saying that while he would have loved to have been chosen himself, he supports Roman Reigns as the man to make sure the Universal title is held by a “fighting Champion”. Speaking about himself in similar terms, and moving on to the opportunities he has given out for the Intercontinental Championship, Seth Rollins was cut off by Finn Balor.
Finn Balor didn’t have such an understanding outlook, questioning why a match was made without a Number One Contendership process. Calling out his GM, Finn Balor wanted answer from Kurt Angle, as to why Roman Reigns was getting the shot.
While Kurt Angle did put over Roman Reigns as a worthy challenger, he also admitted when pressed by Finn that he had no say in the match being made. Kurt Angle looked hurt as he told Finn Balor this, confessing that week by week, “they” are taking more and more decisions “out of [his] hands”. Kurt did however say that he is making the matches for tonight, informing Finn Balor he would go one on one with Dolph Ziggler. In the opener, Seth Rollins would defend the Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre.
Between that match and the next, the commentators further promoted the WWE Universal Championship match set for SummerSlam, showing media coverage of the announcement earlier in the week. They also put over the “controversial nature” of the match being made, saying that in the WWE Universal and amongst the Superstars, opinion is split. This was highlighted in tweets made by Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and members of the WWE Universe.
Moving on from that, viewers were informed that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were in the building.
Returning from the break, Paul Heyman was interviewed. During the interview, Paul Heyman confirmed that Brock Lesnar was here tonight, and was ready for Roman Reigns.
The set up to another match at SummerSlam appeared to be warming up after this, as Alexa Bliss called out Ronda Rousey. Earlier in the night, Kurt Angle had told Alexa to stop complaining and find a resolution to their rivalry. When she did, Ronda was all too happy to offer a solution.
After promoting 205 Live on the show last week, Drave Maverick was shown in the arena at Raw. Interviewed about his attendance, Drake thanked Kurt for the spot last week, and said he had a meeting with Kurt. After speaking with Jason Jordan in the back, as he offered to deal with Kurt’s “Owens & Zayn problem”, Angle welcomed Drake to his office.
Following up last week’s attack, The Authors of Pain defeated Titus Worldwide with relative ease. After the match, Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy appeared.
Later on, Jinder Mahal continued to mock and taunt Bobby Roode, claiming that “The Glorious One” was facing Sunil Singh tonight because it was deemed he wasn’t on the level of Jinder Mahal.
After picking up an easy win, Bobby Roode went after Jinder Mahal, but had his leg grabbed by Sunil Singh. This allowed Jinder Mahal to get the better of the exchange, which ended when “The Modern Day Maharaja” was able to hit a Khallas to Roode.
Returning to Kurt Angle’s issues with the ungovernable Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Chad Gable took to the microphone to defend the Raw GM, who the duo mocked, and claimed lacked the respect of the Raw roster. While Gable looked to talk up his respect for his boss, Jason Jordan came out behind him.
It was however Chad Gable who went one on one with Kevin Owens. Soon it became clear that Chad Gable was wholly uncomfortable with Jordan at ringside, who the commentators said “isn’t the same man that Chad knew in American Alpha”. Thrown off his game, Chad Gable was defeated by Kevin Owens. After the match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn stood tall in the ring.
In a silly skit that opened the final hour of Raw, Elias looked for his missing Guitar ahead of a scheduled performance. When he eventually found the Guitar, Heath Slater was using it to teach Rhyno, telling his partner “I used to be in a band”. Once Elias got the Guitar back, he went to go out and perform, only to be told it was too late, and he would be unable to make the appearance.
Ruby Riott then looked to prove herself once more, after taking out her frustrations on her Riott Squad companions last week. Telling them to stay in the back, Ruby fared no better as she went one on one with Ember Moon.
Promoted heavily throughout the entire evening, the show closed with a meeting between the Champion and the Challenger, who will go one on one for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam.
Doing his best sell job, Paul Heyman put over the indecisive nature of the finish to their last match, as well as the importance of proving his dominance to Brock Lesnar. While Brock Lesnar didn’t initially want to face Roman Reigns again, he changed his mind after hearing the rewriting of history by Roman Reigns himself. Speaking to Brock Lesnar, and not Paul Heyman, the challenger’s attempts to get a rise out of Brock Lesnar failed. Lesnar instead made it clear that he had no concerns about going through Reigns again at SummerSlam.
Throughout his promo, Paul Heyman made a number of allusions to the WWE Universe’s discontent with the match being made once again, making it clear that “controversial decision” by Raw’s management to make the match was very much a part of the story. Playing on the idea that the WWE Universe doesn’t want to see Roman Reigns as the one to dethrone Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman went as far as to say that “for every member of the WWE Universe that is complaining about this match… another 99 are signing up to the Network to watch Brock Lesnar kick the last few drops out of the Roman Reigns cash cow”.
These bizarre references to the criticism of the WWE’s booking continued, with Paul Heyman eventually being cut off by Kurt Angle.
Paul Heyman warned Kurt Angle that he had been specifically told by his superiors to stay away, but the Raw General Manager didn’t care. Saying that he’d had enough, Kurt Angle declared that if they’re going to fire him, he might as well give them a reason to. Kurt Angle’s breaking point had been reached, and he told Paul Heyman that going above his head is going to bite him on the ass. Paul Heyman attempted to discourage Kurt Angle with the threat of violence from Brock Lesnar, but Kurt Angle told Paul Heyman that he didn’t come alone.
Pointing behind him, Kurt Angle said that Paul might be willing to “Unleash The Beast”, but he has opened the doors to “The Monster Amongst Men”. Having once again broken the ruling that he be barred from the building, Braun Strowman’s appearance angered Paul Heyman. Lesnar and Reigns however seemed ready for whatever was to follow.
Holding his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase, Braun Strowman nodded at Kurt Angle, as Michael Cole suggested that this was the plan they spoke about last week. This time, as Braun came to the ring, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman stayed put, knowing that with Roman Reigns also in the ring, Strowman would be reluctant to cash in, and would more than likely fail if he tried to do so.
They need not have worried anyway, as Braun Strowman left his Briefcase on the Steel Steps, instead entering the ring with a microphone. Cutting off the “Champion and Challenger” segment, Braun Strowman got in Brock Lesnar’s face. Unflinching, Brock Lesnar stared Strowman in the eyes, as The Monster Amongst Men told him, “Brock… we’re sick of the same old crap!”
Looking to use the fan’s disdain towards the idea of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns going one on one at SummerSlam to get him cheered, Braun Strowman continued, adding “we’re tired of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns… we’re tired of you holding the Universal Championship… and we’re tired of waiting for you to ‘Get These Hands’!” Feeling left out, Roman Reigns grabbed Braun Strowman by the shoulder. Braun Strowman would then give it to Roman Reigns both barrels, saying “you’re just as bad as he is, Roman!”
“The WWE Universe don’t want see you get this shot… and neither do I!” Braun Strowman would then grab his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase from ringside, returning to stand between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman would then close the show by saying:
“You can have your Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns… but at SummerSlam, I’m cashing in this Case - and you’re both gonna ‘Get These Hands’!” He then turned specifically to Brock Lesnar, adding “...and I, I’m gonna get my hands on the WWE Universal Championship!”
Seth Rollins bt. Drew McIntyre
Sasha Banks bt. Nia Jax (DQ)
Authors of Pain bt. Titus Worldwide
Bobby Roode bt. Sunil Singh
Kevin Owens bt. Chad Gable
Ember Moon bt. Ruby Riott
Finn Balor bt. Dolph Ziggler
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Live from American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida!
Looking back at the events of last week, an in-depth recap packaged showed the closing segment of the show. During that segment, Braun Strowman interrupted a face-to-face meeting between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, who were scheduled to go one on one for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Allowed in the building by Kurt Angle, against direct instruction from his “superiors”, Braun Strowman joined the “Champion and Challenger” in the ring, declaring his intention to cash in the “Money In The Bank” Briefcase at SummerSlam. Coming into the show, a graphic displayed the updated Main Event of SummerSlam, which will now see Brock Lesnar defend against Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman! The commentators then put over the Main Event of Raw, where Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns will go one on one. Throughout the night, that match was heavily promoted, with interviews from both competitors.
Opening the show, Stephanie McMahon made her way down to the ring - making her first appearance since the night after WrestleMania. As soon as she entered the ring, Stephanie McMahon demanded that Kurt Angle came down to the ring too. Clearly, she was not happy with Kurt Angle.
It appeared that Stephanie McMahon was aware of this, as she explained that Kurt Angle was already on thin ice, suggesting that her father wouldn’t look favourably over Kurt’s apparent lack of control on the show. Kurt Angle told Stephanie McMahon that he doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks of the job he’s doing, other than the WWE Universe. When Kurt Angle took the job, he told Mr. McMahon that he wouldn’t be able to deal with people meddling in his business, saying that if Stephanie McMahon and her husband were going to keep making decisions for him, then he didn’t want to be Raw GM anymore. On this note, Kurt Angle challenged Stephanie McMahon, saying that he had a feeling this moment was coming and he had prepared for it. Kurt Angle then proposed that at SummerSlam, he picks two members of the Raw roster and Stephanie McMahon does the same. Then, after a Tag Team match at the event, one of two things happen. If Stephanie’s representatives win, Kurt Angle steps down as General Manager of Raw. However, if Kurt Angle wins, he is given complete control of the match making on Monday Night Raw, and of the show’s Pay-Per-View matches.
Asking Stephanie McMahon for an answer, Kurt Angle was told that she doesn’t answer to anybody. Saying “how is this for an answer?”, Stephanie McMahon slapped Kurt Angle across the face, before leaving the ring.
After the break, it was time for the Raw Tag Team Champions match between The DELETERS of World and The Authors of Pain, or so we thought. In a bizarre situation, which would cause the already stressed Kurt Angle no end of troubles, The Authors of Pain shockingly no showed the match. Questioning Kurt Angle about this in the back, Stephanie McMahon considered this another black mark against his leadership. Of course, Kurt Angle could do little about this, and when he asked a staff member about them, he was informed that they had been in the building earlier, but left inexplicably shortly after.
Looking forward, Jason Jordan approached Chad Gable in the back. Clearly not getting the message that Chad wants to carve his own path, Jordan persisted in trying to get the team back together.
Next up, a replay from last week showed how Elias’ performance was canceled as Heath Slater “borrowed” his Guitar to give a lesson to Rhyno. The performance instead took place this week. Following it, Elias suffered an embarrassing defeat to Slater. When Rhyno grabbed his Guitar from ringside, and began playing it, Elias was distracted, resulting in Heath scoring the roll up win.
Bayley then showed another side to herself, clearly fired up from the events of last week.
Defeating Liv Morgan of The Riott Squad, who had claimed they would put the final nail in the coffin of Bayley, it was suggested that losing to Sasha Banks had changed Bayley irreversibly!
Opening the second hour, it was time for Alexa Bliss to give her answer to Ronda Rousey regarding the challenge made to a match at SummerSlam. Last week, Alexa Bliss refused to give an answer, but was emboldened by Mickie James being by her side this time.
Next, it was time for another match between Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal. Given that he has had the better of Roode each time they have faced off, Jinder Mahal was confident pre-match. This was proved to be well placed confidence, as Jinder Mahal scored another victory over Bobby Roode.
After the match, Bobby Roode was interviewed on the ramp, demotivated and dejected, “The Glorious One” admitted he had been beaten by the better man, and said that his performances recently have been far from “glorious”.
As well as the Number One Contendership to the Tag Team Titles, the Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam was discussed, as Renee Young interviewed Nia Jax.
Putting over the division, Nia said that there was any number of Superstars that she would like to mix it up with a SummerSlam. As she continued to talk up her rivals, as well as her run with the title, Nia Jax was interrupted by Sasha Banks.
Sasha Banks said that there may be a lot of good competitors in the division, but only one of them beat her last week. Nia Jax replied that she only won because Bayley’s involvement, but Banks said that a win is a win, and she is the rightful Number One Contender. This assertion brought Ember Moon out from the back, and she - like Nia Jax - disagreed with Banks. Ember told Banks that she wanted to face her next week, but the confrontation almost got physical there and then. Nia Jax came between the two, saying that she would talk to Kurt Angle and sort out this situation for SummerSlam.
There was also a singles match between Sami Zayn and Jason Jordan scheduled for the night, but as the third hour opened Jason Jordan claimed to have aggravated a slight niggle. He asked Chad Gable to substitute for him, which he reluctantly agreed to. With little time to prepare for the match, Chad Gable was defeated by Sami Zayn, who was joined by Kevin Owens.
As the rivalry between Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin continued, Lashley looked to one up Corbin, defeating Curt Hawkins in convincing fashion. It was a confrontation after the match that drew more attention however.
As previously mentioned, the Main Event of SummerSlam (as well as Raw’s Main Event) was promoted heavily. Following up promos from both Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, viewers were taken back to the events of last week and the “backstage reaction” of Brock Lesnar to the news that he would defend the Universal Championship in a three way at SummerSlam.
“Exclusive Footage” showed Brock Lesnar to be furious, shouting at WWE officials in the back. So angry was Brock Lesnar, he actually threw the WWE Universal Championship at a wall. This caused a huge stir in the back, and was put over on commentary as a “shocking disrespect” of the title he has held for well over a year. Paul Heyman was reached for his reaction to the incident earlier in the week, but refused to comment until “something was done” about the Main Event of SummerSlam. While Paul and Brock worried about that however, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns had to focus on preparing for the Main Event of Raw.
Heath Slater bt. Elias
Bayley bt. Liv Morgan
Jinder Mahal bt. Bobby Roode
Finn Balor & Seth Rollins bt. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre
Sami Zayn bt. Chad Gable
Bobby Lashley bt. Curt Hawkins
Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns went to a No Contest
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Live from Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida!
After a look back at last week’s show, Stephanie McMahon opened Raw, joined by her representatives for SummerSlam, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.
Jason Jordan came to the ring, telling Stephanie McMahon that he was ready for SummerSlam, saying that whoever his partner was, they would kick Kevin & Sami’s asses. Stephanie McMahon laughed off Jason Jordan’s threats, before Kurt Angle came out.
In an awkward moment, Kurt Angle told Jordan that nothing was official yet, and he hadn’t named his representatives for the match at SummerSlam. Jason Jordan was confused, feeling sure that he would be one of the two. Angle reiterated that nothing had been announced yet, before saying that one thing that is official was the fact that he would go one on one with Sami Zayn, in the match that was scheduled for last week.
Sami Zayn was able to defeat Jason Jordan in the show’s opener, but after the match it appeared that the duo were not done with Jordan. Circling their prey, on the orders of Stephanie McMahon, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn brought Jason Jordan back to his feet. However, before they could issue the post-match attack (designed to ‘send a message’ to Kurt Angle), Seth Rollins ran down to the ring.
The Intercontinental Champion was ready to take the fight to KO & Zayn, but the two members of Team McMahon escaped before he could get his hands on them. Taking a microphone from ringside, Seth Rollins declared his intention to take part in the match, requesting to be a part of Kurt Angle’s team.
This gave Jason Jordan an idea, as he suggested to Kurt Angle that it was fate. Former Raw Tag Team Champions, Jason Jordan was convinced that he and his former partner would be perfect. He tried to convince Seth Rollins of this, but the Intercontinental Champion was more focussed on the match Kurt Angle made between himself and Kevin Owens. He told Jordan this is no uncertain terms, saying “I don’t care what you do, as long as you stay the hell out of my business!”
It would be at the end of that Owens/Rollins match, in the Main Event of the evening, where the identity of Kurt Angle’s two representatives would be confirmed.
Another high stakes match taking place at SummerSlam was confirmed last week, following the sneaky attack from Mickie James and Alexa Bliss.
While Ronda could easily have reinjured the arm of Mickie, taking her out of SummerSlam completely, she relented, instead informing Alexa Bliss that if Mickie James was going to get involved in this business - as she did with a metal plate last week - then Rousey would bring her own backup to SummerSlam. Later in the night, Ronda confirmed that she would have someone in her corner at the event, and announced that person would be at Raw next week.
Heading into the break, Elias was seen walking through the back, scheduled to appear “next”. As the camera followed Elias, Rhyno could be seen down on the ground behind him. Looking back, with a smirk on his face, Elias carried on. Returning from the break, Elias had a singles contest with Heath Slater, a chance to avenge an embarrassing defeat from last week. Elias was successful, and took his anger out after the match, hitting Slater with a second “Drift Away”.
Prior to the Women’s Number One Contendership match, a uncharacteristically suited Bobby Roode was interviewed. This followed footage of his defeat to Jinder Mahal last week.
Bobby Roode was honest and frank in his interview, saying that he didn’t have a match tonight and he doesn’t see a place for himself on the SummerSlam card. Putting it simply, he said that he didn’t deserve a spot on the card. Roode promised to be back, and to be better than ever, as he wheeled his suitcase behind him and left the building. Later in the evening, Jinder Mahal continued his good run, defeating Tyler Breeze in just a few minutes.
It wasn’t until the start of the third hour that there was in-depth talk about the SummerSlam Main Event, as a video package replayed the events of last week. Both Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were seriously hurt when crashing through the LED screen at the top of the entranceway, and have been forced (against their will) to take a night off from Raw. While Brock Lesnar was also absent, it was put over that all three competitors would be present next week, for a final showdown before the Universal Championship match at SummerSlam.
The chaos didn’t end there for the night, as a scheduled contest between Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley was never allowed to get going. This was due to Baron Corbin jumping Bobby Lashley during his entrance.
Following the stretcher in the back, the WWE cameras witnessed Bobby somehow remove himself from the stretcher, willing to keep fighting. Demanding to get his hands on Corbin, Lashley walked straight back into danger, being hit with a sucker punch by “The Lone Wolf”, who was ready for him. Lashley fell to the ground and once again had to be helped by the medics.
Sami Zayn bt. Jason Jordan
Mickie James bt. Natalya
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. Axel & Dallas, The Revival & Titus Worldwide [Tag Team N.O.C]
Elias bt. Heath Slater
Bayley bt. Ember Moon, Ruby Riott & Sasha Banks [Women’s N.O.C]
Jinder Mahal bt. Tyler Breeze
Seth Rollins bt. Kevin Owens (DQ)
Live from T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada!
Kicking off Raw is something of an unexpected manner, Sasha Banks cut off the opening introductions of the show by making her way out from the back.
As Sasha walked down the ramp, the commentators were extremely confused by her unscheduled appearance. Things got stranger from there, as Sasha Banks approached a young girl in the audience, who wore Bayley merchandise and had an “21 Today” badge on her t-shirt. Taking a microphone, Sasha Banks explained that this girl had been at the show earlier, and had the chance to meet Bayley as a birthday treat. Banks feigned interested, asking questions, before suggesting the girl talk about her experience in the ring. Initially she didn’t want to, but Sasha intimidated the girl, who was with her mother, to step over the guardrail. Sasha then led the girl, who looked worried, towards the ring. Once in the ring, Sasha Banks’ demeanor changed completely, and she put her arm around the neck of the young woman.
At this point, Bayley came out, but was warned by Sasha not to take another step. Looking to get the situation under control, the commentators were ordered to send to a video package, showing the events of last week’s Raw. They returned to the ring after the recap, and to to the incident currently unfolding. Sasha Banks still had the woman “hostage”, demanding that she gets added to the Raw Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam. This brought out a concerned Kurt Angle, who tried to talk Sasha down.
He told Sasha that doing something to the fan would be “career suicide”, saying that she doesn’t want to do something now that she will regret for the rest of her life. In the state Sasha was in, she didn’t care, telling Kurt “try me”. The look in Sasha’s eyes convinced Angle that she was serious, and he told her he was going to go and speak to Nia. Sasha demanded he didn’t, saying that other than Bayley and Kurt, this doesn’t need to involve anybody else. With his hands almost completely tied, and not wanting a lawsuit on his hands, Kurt Angle made the call - adding Sasha Banks to the Raw Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam. This drew comment from Stephanie McMahon, who was interviewed during the break.
She suggested that the situation being allowed to happen reflects badly on Kurt Angle and on the Raw brand. Stephanie added that this was yet another example of “weak management… from a weak man”. Of course this played right into her hands, filling her with confidence for this Sunday’s match.
The Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax also had something to say, questioning Kurt Angle for giving into these tactics from Sasha Banks. While Kurt questioned what he could possibly had done differently, Stephanie tried to stoke the flames, pointing out how much more difficult it would be for Nia to retain her Championship now that it is being defended in a three way.
Later in the evening, a six woman tag team match was contested, scheduled from before Sasha was added to the match. Teaming with Nia Jax and Bayley, Ember Moon was approached by Sasha Banks prior to the match. Banks suggested that Ember “get herself noticed”, seemingly encouraging her to turn her back on her teammates. She didn’t, and as a result the three women defeated The Riott Squad. Following the match, Sasha Banks came out to further her personal rivalry with Bayley, but was cut off by the Champion. Telling Sasha to shut up, Nia Jax said that on Sunday the “soap opera” comes to a screeching halt, when she cracks Bayley and Sasha’s heads together and leaves with her title.
Heading back to the start of the show, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel spoke on behalf of Elias, who would not be performing on the show. This was as a result on an injury to his jaw which he suffered last week, at the hands of Heath Slater. They also confirmed Elias would not be performing at SummerSlam. While they put this over in a grave and serious tone, Slater & Rhyno didn’t take it seriously at all. In the following match between the two, there was no decisive winner, as Ziggler & McIntyre decided to make their mark, attacking both teams.
Later, after Ziggler & McIntyre defeated The Ascension, they called out the Raw Tag Team Champions. Growing inpatient, Dolph and Drew called The DELETERS of Worlds cowards and fakes, saying that their little games are an embarrassment to the Tag Team Championships. Eventually, their words drew The DELETERS of Worlds to the ring.
As well as the crossed words between Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon, the four competitors in that “all or nothing” match at SummerSlam were in action on Raw. This initially wasn’t the case, with only Seth Rollins set to compete. However, Jason Jordan approached Kurt Angle (as he spoke with Chad Gable), seemingly having had a change of heart about the SummerSlam match.
First up was Seth Rollins, who set out his open challenge once more. This time he was answered by “The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal, who had been on a roll lately. He said that he would use Seth Rollins’ distraction to take the Intercontinental Championship from him.
While Jinder Mahal did come close on a number of occasions, he was unable to fulfil his pre-match claim, losing out to Seth Rollins from a Curb Stomp.
Not long after, Finn Balor went one on one with The Lone Wolf, who last week put Bobby Lashley down for the first time since “The Destroyer” made his WWE return.
Baron Corbin was just as brutal as he had been the previous week, but didn’t seem interested in putting Finn Balor away. Instead, Baron Corbin look to send another message, setting up the Steel Steps on the outside. Hitting Finn Balor with an End of Days to the steps, Corbin was DQ’d. After the match, there was clear concern for Finn Balor, with question marks over his fitness for SummerSlam throughout the night. It was eventually confirmed that Finn Balor would be cleared to compete, as Kurt Angle gave his final pep talk to his team, six days before SummerSlam. This came after a huge final match of the show, as promoted earlier in the night.
Of course, that isn’t the only huge match set for SummerSlam, and earlier in the night Ronda Rousey was set to reveal the person who would be in her corner at the event. Reacting to this, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James had made fun of Ronda Rousey, suggesting that nobody liked her and she was not going to find anybody in the locker room capable of protecting her from finding out how a “Real Raw Superstar” operates.
This knocked Alexa back, and she had little else to say. Taking pleasure in this, Ronda Rousey took the time to introduce Alexa and Mickie to the woman who would be in her corner at SummerSlam. Coming out from the back, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James’ reaction was pure fear, as they fled the ring…
Throughout the evening, various hype packages and “sit-down” interviewers were played, each leading to a huge “SummerSlam Main Event Weigh-In”, which took place on the stage at the top of the ramp. Earlier in the night, Brock Lesnar’s words towards were shown to have gotten to Roman Reigns, as live reactions from the competitors were played after the interviews with the three Superstars. The whole show had been built to this final showdown, with Paul Heyman serving as de-facto host of proceedings.
Heavily staged managed, it was clear that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were feeling tetchy, and didn’t enjoy the waiting around as things were explained. First, Braun Strowman stood on the scales, weighing in. Raising his hands in the air, Strowman was in the best mood of the three. As the segment continued, the jabs that were going back and forth between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns almost became physical, and probably would have had Braun not been stood between them.
It was apparent that Brock wasn’t so offended, instead showing off his Universal Championship to the Money In The Bank holder. Lesnar then turned back to Reigns, saying “even Braun knows you can’t be trusted to get the job done”, before implying that “The Big Dog” turned into a “little puppy” on the big stage. Roman told Brock to shut his mouth, but Lesnar fired back at Reigns, saying “you don’t have the balls to shut me up!”. This resulted in Roman Reigns throwing the first punch, causing mayhem to erupt on the stage. Quickly, hordes of security came from the back, looking to come between the two competitors, as Paul Heyman ran to safety. When this didn’t manage to calm things down, more men flooded out from the back, with over two dozen security guards trying to keep the each man under control. Their attempts to get each other continued, but soon they were buried within a sea of people. Led to separate ends of the stage, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns continued to throw verbal abuse at each other. Taking a look at both ends of the stage, it was Brock Lesnar on one end surrounded by security guards, with Roman Reigns in the same situation at the other end.
Brock Lesnar’s rage had manifested as it always does, with an extremely red face and a spit soaked string of expletives. Roman Reigns on the other side gritted his teeth, his trademark stoic expression conveying just how ready he was for a “fight” at SummerSlam. Stood in the middle of the stage, at the parting of the sea of men, Braun Strowman stood on the weigh-in platform. Metaphorically and physically remaining above Lesnar and Reigns’ personal issues, Braun Strowman stood alone.
Raw would come to a close with a shot of Brock Lesnar’s face, which looked on the brink of exploding, followed by the face of a coiled Roman Reigns who was ready to blow. Still being held back, the image of the two men contrasted with Braun Strowman, who remained calm. Now with a close-up of Braun, “The Monster Amongst Men” raised his arms, yelling out his famous “BBRRRRAAAAAUUUUNNN!” as the camera panned out. Initially focused on just the face of Braun Strowman, the shot eventually displayed the entire of the stage. Giving a birdseye view of the carnage that had just unfolded, the two groups of security guards were seen to be restraining Lesnar and Reigns, keeping them as far apart as possible.
Between them, with his arms raised about his head, was Braun Strowman, the larger than life “Monster Amongst Men”, for whom many in the WWE Universe are depending on this Sunday. Turned off by the overexposed Roman Reigns, and the part-time Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman stands in the middle ground between the two, the popular choice to walk out of SummerSlam as the WWE Universal Champion. However, in the WWE, the backing of the audience can only take one so far. This Sunday, Braun Strowman will have to pull out of the biggest performance of his career, as he looks to “save the WWE Universe” from the latest chapter in the Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns saga, and walk out of the Barclays Center as the “Figurehead of Monday Night Raw”.
Axel & Dallas went to a No Contest with Slater & Rhyno
Seth Rollins (c) bt. Jinder Mahal [Intercontinental Championship]
Finn Balor bt. Baron Corbin (DQ)
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler bt. The Ascension
Bayley, Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. The Riott Squad
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. American Alpha
In Their Own Words
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This Month on Smackdown Live!
This Month on…The first episode of Smackdown Live after Extreme Rules was feel good all round, as Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan opened the show, celebrating their victory over The Bar. AJ Styles added to the good feelings, celebrating as he became a three-time WWE Champion.
Attacking Daniel Bryan after the bell, The Miz laid boots into the chest of his long-term rival, vowing that the formerly retired Superstar would never become WWE Champion ever again.
Another source of The Miz’s frustrations may have fuelled his actions, as he was verbally eviscerated by Rusev earlier in the night. Using Miz TV to try and cash in on Rusev’s popularity, The Miz didn’t get the reaction he expected. When Rusev used to time to rip into the host, he found himself jumped by Big Cass. Seemingly making a play to align himself with The Miz, Big Cass offered his hand to “The A Lister”.
Over in the women’s division, Asuka and Charlotte enjoyed a victory over the IIconics. Following the victory, Charlotte proposed one last match between the two, to take place at SummerSlam!
Week #2In the aftermath of last week’s indecisive Number One Contendership match, AJ Styles was informed that Shinsuke Nakamura would be taking his rematch for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Heading for yet another match against Shinsuke, AJ Styles demanded a match against The Miz, as a result of his involvement in last week’s main event.
Getting his hands on The Miz, AJ Styles scored a victory. After the match, things went from bad to worse for The Miz, as Daniel Bryan got his revenge. This came after Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe had earlier demanded answers by Paige, regarding last week’s Main Event. After the attack, Daniel Bryan’s solution was revealed, as he announced that he would go one on one with The Miz at SummerSlam.
Another match was soon confirmed for SummerSlam, as Andrade “Cien” Almas beat Kofi Kingston in a Number One Contenders match for the United States Championship. Later in the evening, Kofi’s New Day teammates joined United States Champion Jeff Hardy in facing Sanity, defeating them as they had at Extreme Rules. Following the defeat, Eric Young conceded the war against The New Day.
Following Charlotte’s challenge from last week, Asuka accepted the proposal of Asuka / Charlotte III at SummerSlam, looking to prove who was the better woman once and for all. As the match was confirmed, The IIconics and Carmella attacked the duo. Cutting the attack short, Becky Lynch made the save, the Money In The Bank holder standing tall with the Champion and Challenger for SummerSlam.
Week #3The following week on Smackdown, Andrade “Cien” Almost continued to build momentum, defeating Sin Cara. The developing story in the build-up to SummerSlam being Zelina Vega’s role as “difference maker”, and how effectively she will play that role in the Championship match. Jeff Hardy had more than Almas to contend with, as he was attacked by Eric Young’s Sanity as he made his way to the ring.
Continuing the chaos over in the Tag Team division, The Bar appeared to intelligently keep themselves above the various rivalries. When The Bludgeon Brother picked up a win over Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Club, they put themselves in with a shout at becoming Number One Contenders.
Following the announcement that AJ Styles would face Shinsuke Nakamura, the two men came to an agreement this week, looking to an end to their ongoing battle.
Plans for Smackdown Live’s SummerSlam match card had a spanner thrown in the works this week, in the most dramatic of manners. Coming off a victory against The IIconics & Carmella, Asuka, Becky Lynch & Charlotte looked to celebrate. However, with Charlotte’s knee injury being aggravated during the match, Becky Lynch saw the perfect opportunity to cash in. Hitting her partner in the back with the Briefcase, Becky Lynch took the Women’s Champion down. Rolling her injured best friend out of the ring, Lynch cashed in her “Money In The Bank” Briefcase.
Having caught Asuka completely by surprise, Becky Lynch was able to win the Smackdown Women’s Champion. After the match, Charlotte Flair was just as stunned as Asuka, and the Women’s Division had their SummerSlam scheduled completely blown apart.
Ending the week’s show, The Miz spoke about the upcoming match with Daniel Bryan, expressing his delight at opportunity to face him at SummerSlam.
The Miz cut deep on Daniel Bryan, talking about the last few years of Daniel Bryan’s life. He made it clear that he was aware that everybody was expecting the happy ending to Bryan’s “fairytale return”, but promised a very different reality. The Miz vowed that no matter how hard the WWE Universe try to will Daniel Bryan to victory, he is going to prove that their hero simply can’t go anymore.
Week #4The big conversation going into the second last Smackdown Live before SummerSlam was of course Becky Lynch’s Championship victory the previous week.
Just as complicated as that Fatal 4 Way was the path of Samoa Joe to SummerSlam. Told he must find his own way, Samoa Joe did just that, following a victory over Shelton Benjamin.
Taking a leaf out of the book of the man himself, Samoa Joe took a microphone and called out John Cena. Using the same tactics that resulted in John Cena facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania, Samoa Joe looked to appeal to John Cena’s ego, promising to give him the toughest match of his life if he came back to face him at SummerSlam.
Having been caught in a rivalry with Big Cass over the previous weeks, Rusev scored an impressive victory over him. This after Big Cass had failed in attacking Rusev following a victory two weeks ago. Jeff Hardy also picked up a victory, pinning Alexander Wolfe in singles competition. With the events of recent weeks still raw, The New Day made it clear that they were far from done with Sanity.
Two men who will soon be done with each other is AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. With little else left to say to one another, having been at odds since WrestleMania, the two men signed to make the match official. More importantly, they confirmed the stipulation which stated that “the loser of the match would never receive another shot at the WWE Championship”.
Giving their feelings on their upcoming match at SummerSlam, Daniel Bryan and The Miz were interviewed.
Week #5The Go-Home show ahead of SummerSlam, Smackdown Live saw things heat up in a number of rivalries. Putting over the “Talking Smack” moment as pivotal in his determination to be cleared by the WWE, Daniel Bryan spoke of his desperation to punch The Miz in the face. Putting over the personal animosity between the two, Daniel Bryan was cut short by an attack from The Miz. Brutally attacking Daniel Bryan, The Miz made it known that he too had been waiting for three years to get his hands on Daniel Bryan. Saying that he had been held back from punching Bryan is his smug face, The Miz was just as ready for SummerSlam as his opponent. Later in the evening, Paige announced that the clash between the two would now be contest in a No Disqualification match.
Another confirmed match for SummerSlam was made, when The Bar left The Bludgeon Brothers to be defeated by The Usos and The Club. This resulted in the announcement of a Four Way Tag Team Championships match at SummerSlam, between the aforementioned teams. The other Fatal 4 Way, which would be for the Smackdown Women’s Championship was also promoted, as Asuka teamed with Charlotte and Becky Lynch teamed with Carmella in separate matches.
While Samoa Joe was left to wait on an answer from John Cena throughout the night, it was confirmed that Randy Orton would return at SummerSlam. Instructed by Paige to “impress” John Cena, with a strong hint that he may be in the building, Samoa Joe destroyed Tye Dillinger.
Continuing to lift the tactics John Cena used on The Undertaker earlier in the year, Samoa Joe demanded that John Cena show his face, calling him a hypocrite if he didn’t. Just as he seemed to be giving up hope, Samoa Joe made one final challenge towards Cena. Closing out Smackdown Live, John Cena made his return to the WWE, uttering two simple words to the challenge of Samoa Joe…