Monday, July 31, 2017

WWE RAW Results - Jul 31, 2017

WWE RAW Opener:

Tonight's WWE RAW opens up with a video package showing what led to tonight's Triple Threat main event. We cut to the RAW opening video.

- We're live from Pittsburgh, PA as Michael Cole welcomes us. He's joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Cole hypes tonight's Triple Threat main event with Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.

- We go to the ring and out comes RAW General Manager Kurt Angle to a big hometown pop as the friendly "you suck" chants start.

Angle hits the ring and welcomes us, shouting out his hometown. Angle guarantees a great show for us tonight. He announces Big Show vs. Big Cass. Angle says tonight's MizTV segment hits home for him as his long lost son Jason Jordan will be the guest. He also plugs tonight's main event. Angle says he wants to personally address the WWE Universe as today marks 21 years since he won a gold medal at the Olympics... with a broken freakin' neck. Angle says he's had his ups & downs over the years but he wouldn't be here if it weren't for the fans. Angle thanks the fans and does his "it's true!" line. Angle's music hits but he's interrupted by the music of WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Out he comes with Paul Heyman to a pop.

Heyman says he knows what Angle is doing. Heyman has figured out the scam, he sees the angle Angle is playing. Heyman accuses Angle of wanting to, having to take the title off Lesnar. Why else would Angle book Lesnar in a Fatal 4 Way at SummerSlam, against the most stacked heavyweight division in WWE history? Heyman praises Braun first, then Reigns and Joe. Heyman says Angle must be hoping the next champion is Joe because that would stick it to Lesnar. Heyman half-ass admires what Angle is doing here. Heyman goes on and says Angle has been told to make Lesnar pay ultimate price. Heyman says it boils down to this - if Lesnar loses the title at SummerSlam, he leaves WWE. And Heyman is leaving with him because here comes a piece of news that Angle isn't going to like - Lesnar will not lose the Universal Title, not the unstoppable Braun Strowman, the Undertaker-retiring Roman Reigns or the cheap-shot artist Samoa Joe because at the end of the night, there will be an announcement at SummerSlam... Lesnar is still the champion. Lesnar bounces around as his music hits. Heyman and Lesnar leave the ring as Angle looks on.

- Still to come, Jason Jordan on MizTV. We see The Hardys backstage walking. We go to commercial.

The Hardys vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

We go to the ring and out comes The Hardys as JoJo does the introduction. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are already on commentary. Out next comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

Matt and Karl start things off and they lock up. Matt with a side head lock. Matt with a shoulder tackle and side head lock take down. Karl with a belly-to-back suplex but Matt reapplies a side head lock. Jeff tags in and he works on the arm. Matt tags in and goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow to the shoulder. Matt with a wrist lock and arm wringers. Jeff tags back in and they kick Karl and send him to the mat and Matt with a leg drop and Jeff with a splash for a near fall. Jeff with Poetry in Motion to Gallows as we go to commercial.

We are back and Jeff with elbows but Gallows with his unique punch combinations and he gets a near fall. We see fotoage from the commercial when Gallows hit a thrust kick on Jeff. Jeff with a kick and Twist of Fate. Both men are down but Anderson makes the tag and stops Jeff from making the tag to Matt. Anderson with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner and Matt tags in. Matt lets Karl see all three turnbuckles and follows with a Delete Clothesline and Bulldog combination for a near fall.

Matt with an Irish whip and Matt puts Karl in the ropes and hits an elbow drop to the chest. Matt goes to the turnbuckles and connects with an elbow to the back of the neck and follows with a Side Effect for a near fall. Anderson avoids a Twist of Fate and Gallows with a shot to the back. Jeff stops Magic Killer but Gallows with an uppercut to Jeff and a boot to Matt. Gallows misses a splash into the corner. Matt with a kick and Twist of Fate. Jeff tags in and hits a Swanton and gets the three count.

Winners: Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy

After the match, The Hardys celebrate as we go to replays. The Hardys head to the ramp and have words with The Revival, who are still at the announce desk. The two teams start brawling on the stage now. Anderson and Gallows join the fight. The Hardys whip Gallows into the LED boards. The Hardys toss Anderson off the stage next. The double team Dawson next with a pair of Twist of Fates. The Hardys stand tall for a pop. Jeff nails Poetry In Motion from the stage to the floor on Anderson and Dash. We get more replays and come back to The Hardys celebrating while the others are down.

Backstage:

Renee Young is backstage with Dean Ambrose. We see how he and Seth Rollins won last week's Handicap Match main event, and how Ambrose refused a Shield-style fist bump after the match. Renee asks if Ambrose and Rollins are getting back together. Ambrose says they did look good out there and it did feel good but... Rollins walks up. He agrees with what Ambrose just said and believes last week was special, it felt like old times. Renee asks again but Ambrose cuts her off. He says he still doesn't trust Rollins but maybe a small part of him does want it too. Ambrose says he was burned once by Rollins but he won't let it happen again. Ambrose walks off and we go to commercial.

Backstage:

We are back and Seth Rollins is walking in the back and he walks by Sheamus and Ceasro. Cesaro says he wishes they could relate to them, but they are the opposite. Sheamus says at first they hated each other, but now they are the best of friends and champions because they trust each other. Ceasro says Dean and Seth came into WWE like brothers and then you stabbed him in the back. Sheamus says that Dean was his last chance at success and Seth is all alone. Cesaro says maybe they can use some of their championship clout to get Seth a show on the WWE Network like Ride Alone. Seth says if you came to pick a fight, let's fight. That is a challenge. You figure out which one faces him tonight. Sheamus accepts the challenge.

Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, and Akira Tozawa vs. Tony Nese, TJ Perkins, and Ariya Daivari

Alexander and Nese start things off and Nese poses. They lock up and Nese with a wrist lock. Alexander with an arm drag and head scissors. Alexander with a drop kick and Daivari tags in. Alexander with an arm drag into an arm bar. Swann tags in and Swann with a head scissors take down and he gets a near fall. Swann with an arm bar and he tags in Tozawa who comes off the turnbuckles with a forearm. Tozawa with a wrist lock and snap mare followed by a kick to the chest and a back senton. Tozawa gets a near fall. Daivari with a shot to the shoulder and Titus talks to Tozawa about continuing the match and Tozawa says he is okay.

We are back and Daivari with an arm bar. We see Nese hitting a shoulder breaker during the commercial break. Daivari with a forearm and sunset flip but Tozawa rolls through and kicks Daivari. Swann and Perkins tag in and Swann with clotheslines and kicks followed by Rolling Thunder for a near fall. Alexander with a springboard clothesline to Nese. Swann and Alexander with dives to the floor. Tozawa with a suicide dive shoulder tackle to Daivari.

Perkins is sent into the ring. Alexander trips Nese when he tries to attack Swann. Swann with a rollup and Tozawa tags in. Swann with a round kick and Tozawa with the back senton from the turnbuckles for the three count.

Winners: Akira Tozawa, Rich Swann, and Cedric Alexander

We go to commercial.

MizTV:

Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Maryse, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.

The boos start before Miz can welcome us to another must see edition of MizTV. Miz says he can't tell us how much he hates Pittsburgh but the show must go on. He welcomes us to the most must see talk show in WWE history. He says they always talk about what's buzzworthy and nothing has WWE talking more than Kurt Angle revealing his illegitimate son. Miz welcomes his guest, Jason Jordan. Out he comes.

Jordan comes out with a new theme song. Miz taunts Jordan some and shows off the title. He goes on and talks about Jordan's debut match last week, saying he is going places as the resemblances to his father are uncanny. Miz makes an offer to Jordan - for Miz to guide his career. Miz offers Jordan a spot in The Miztourage, calling it the opportunity of a lifetime. Jordan thanks Miz but says he's good. Miz brags about what he's done, including working the main event of WrestleMania. Miz warns Jordan about the vultures in the locker room and says Jordan needs his help. Jordan says it's a really tempting offer and he appreciates it but he's going to pass.

Miz asks why Jordan would need his help when his dad is the General Manager and can just hand him opportunities. Jordan says he talked with Angle and said he didn't want any special treatment, he wants to earn what he gets. Miz mocks Jordan and calls him naive. Miz goes on and says this company will chew Jordan up and spit him out. Jordan says he would rather that happen than he be associated with someone like Miz. Miz fires back and disses Angle, saying he got the job with WWE out of pity. Miz goes on running down Angle and takes another shot at Pittsburgh. Fans boo Miz as Jordan looks to be getting upset. Jordan says Miz can say what he wants about him but if he says one more word about Kurt, he's going to make Miz regret it. Dallas and Axel step up to Jordan but Miz calms them down and backs them off. Miz turns around with a wild shot at Jordan but Jordan ducks and catches Miz in a suplex, launching him into Axel and Dallas. Jordan leaves the ring and looks on as Dallas and Axel talk trash. They check on Miz as we go to a replay. Jordan smiles back at the ring as The Miztourage talks trash.

- We get a special video package from Roman Reigns to hype tonight's main event. Reigns says he drove Braun to hell before and tonight he's happy to send Braun back to hell for good. Reigns also talks about taking Joe out tonight. He brings up the win over The Undertaker and says he's the only guy to take out Lesnar. Reigns says he will be the one to walk out of SummerSlam with the title.

- Seth Rollins is shown backstage before his match with Sheamus. We go to commercial.

Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins

Back from the break and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus. Seth Rollins is out next with a different intro to his theme song.

They lock up and go at it. Sheamus takes control. Sheamus drops Rollins with a shoulder and stands tall. They run the ropes and Sheamus catches Rollins in mid-air. Rollins turns it around and hits a knee to the gut. Rollins ends up dropkicking Sheamus while he's low. Sheamus comes back with an elbow to the face. Rollins runs the ropes again and dropkicks Sheamus out of the ring. Rollins waits for Sheamus to get back up and runs but Rollins provides a distraction, allowing Sheamus to take control as he goes for the dive. Sheamus sends Rollins into the barrier and stands tall as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sheamus has Rollins on his shoulders on the turnbuckles and hits a Super Finlay Slam and gets a near fall. Sheamus gets Rollins set for the forearms on the apron but Seth drops Sheamus on the top rope. Sheamus catches Rollins on a springboard move and Sheamus hits a uranage back breaker and gets a near fall. Sheamus with a running shoulder into the corner and then he goes up top and misses a clothesline. Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles. Rollins with chops and forearms. Sheamus with a punch to Rollins but Seth with an enzuigiri to send Sheamus to the floor.

Rollins with a suicide dive. Rollins with a flying clothesline followed by Slingblade. Rollins goes up top and hits Cesaro on the apron. Sheamus tries to take advantage but Rollins with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: Seth Rollins

After the bell, Rollins is immediately attacked from behind by Cesaro. He fights back but they double team him as referees try to break it up. The assault continues as fans chant for Dean Ambrose. Sheamus with White Noise on Rollins. Sheamus and Cesaro leave as fans boo. Referees check on Rollins as he's slow to get to his feet. Shamus and Cesaro run back into the ring for more shots to Rollins but here comes Ambrose for the save. Ambrose hits the ring and unloads but they beat him down as well. Cesaro with a Neutralizer on Ambrose. The champs stand tall and pose as the boos continue. Ambrose tells them to bring it and Cesaro unloads on him with punches. Cesaro holds Ambrose up while Sheamus flattens him with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus and Cesaro do another pose before leaving the ring to more boos.

- We get a video promo from Samoa Joe for tonight's main event. Joe says he's been putting men to sleep all over the world for years. He goes on to say no one has dominated Reigns like he has. As for Braun, he stuck his nose in Joe's business so Joe is going to make him pay. Joe says he will make history at SummerSlam but tonight he's going to make a statement. Joe warns Braun and Roman that someone is going to sleep tonight.

- Still to come, Bray Wyatt speaks. Cole leads us to WWE's latest "Celebrating Champions" Special Olympics video on athlete Justin "JJ" Jones. WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior interviews Justin like she has the other featured athletes. We see Justin and his family sitting at ringside for RAW. He gets a standing ovation as Cole congratulates him. Back to commercial.

In the Arena;

We are back and Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring.

Bray says there is no escape, not for your, not for your children, and certainly not for Finn Balor. The truth is that no mortal man can escape the darkness. Look at you, you are all held down by humanity's shackles. You deal with the pain. Look at you, you are pitiful. You try to hide behind your sins and be something you are not. You cannot hide from him because he sees you. He is Bray Wyatt and he is everywhere. Bray says he is there when the honest man justifies stealing. He is in the shadows when you stand to claim that you are part of the Balor Club. You think you can vicariously live through Finn Balor. You are infected with the sickness of hope and the belief that your life can be special. This ordinary man, Finn Balor, who you see do extraordinary things. You foolishly rejoice when he rises through the ashes. Bray says he sees Finn for who he is. A putrid shell of a man who never was. Finn Balor exists on borrowed time of tomorrow's dreams and yesterday's promises. You speak with this voiceless arrogance. If he is knocked down, he gets back up. Bray starts to laugh. How did it feel when he twisted your hero's body into a mangled heap? Did it hurt? When life knocks you down, you ain't getting up. There is no return and there is no escape.

Wyatt goes on and drops the mic before posing. Balor's entrance starts up as fans cheer. The lights come on and Balor is in the ring, with his arms out and his back turned to Wyatt.

Wyatt turns around and laughs as he sees Balor with his back turned. Wyatt laughs and says he likes that very much. Wyatt approaches but Balor nails him with the overhead kick. Wyatt retreats but Balor isn't finished. Balor takes out Wyatt on the floor and dropkicks him over the barrier. Wyatt retreats again as Balor's music hits. Balor returns to the ring and poses with the fans. We get a replay and come back to Balor's celebration continuing.

- We get a video promo from Braun Strowman for tonight's main event. Braun says he wants to hurt Reigns again tonight. As for Joe, Reigns tried to bury him in the wreck so what can Joe do to him? Braun says he will reduce Joe and Reigns to a pile of broken bones tonight because he wants Lesnar at SummerSlam and after that's over, we will see that he's not only the Monster Among Men, he's the Champion Among Men.

- Still to come, Reigns vs. Joe vs. Strowman. Back to commercial.

Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman

Back from the break and out comes Samoa Joe. Braun Strowman is out next. They stare each other down as we wait for the music to hit. Roman Reigns is out next.

The bell rings and Braun drops Joe with a forearm. Reigns attacks but Braun stops him. Braun with running splashes to both men in the corners, and again to each opponent. Braun dumps Joe to the floor and goes back to work on Reigns. Braun tosses Reigns to the floor. Braun yells out about how this is his yard. Braun stands tall in the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back and Strowman chokes Joe. Strowman misses a splash on Reigns and Joe with a splash. Reigns with a clothesline to Strowman and then Braun is thrown to the floor by Joe and Roman. Roman with punches and clotheslines. Joe blocks the flying clothesline and Joe with a Fujiwara arm bar. Strowman pulls Joe to the floor and sends him into the apron and ringside barrier. Reigns with a punch to Strowman and they go into the crowd.

Roman sends Strowman into the dasher boards. Strowman with punches and then he sends Roman into the wall. Joe chokes Strowman against the ringside barrier. Roman punches Joe as they go around the ring. Joe Irish whips Reigns into the ringside barrier and Joe with an elbow and enzuigiri. Joe sends Roman back into the ring but Roman kicks Joe. Joe sets for a uranage but Roman with elbows and then he goes for NeverEnding Story. Roman with a boot to Joe.

Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Joe knows it is coming and he goes to the floor. Reigns with a Superman punch off the ring steps. Reigns sees Strowman back on his feet and Reigns sets for a spear but Strowman gets his boot up and Reigns goes down. Strowman runs Reigns into the ring post. Strowman punches Joe and clotheslines him. Strowman sends Reigns into the ring steps. Strowman with a shoulder tackle to Joe. Strowman tosses Reigns through the ropes and back into the ring.

Strowman is not finished with the ring steps and he throws the top part of the steps into the ring. Joe stops Strowman on the floor and then he hits a back senton for a near fall on Roman. Joe picks up Reigns and Reigns tries to get Joe on his shoulders. Joe with the Kokina Clutch but Strowman with a running shoulder tackle. Strowman with a running power slam to Joe but Reigns breaks up the cover. Strowman sends Reigns into the corner and slams the back of Reigns' head into the turnbuckles.

Strowman has the ring steps in his hand and he picks them up but Reigns with a Superman punch to Strowman and he hits Strowman with the steps and Braun goes to the floor. Reigns with a spear for the three count.

Winner: Roman Reigns

After the match, Reigns has his arm raised as we go to replays. We come back to Reigns on the stage as his music plays, staring Braun down. Braun stands tall in the ring while Joe recovers.

- Still to come, Big Cass vs. Big Show with Enzo Amore. We see video from last week's Enzo vs. Cass match. Show is now backstage warming up when Enzo walks in. Enzo talks about respect and having respect for Show. Enzo takes the blame for getting Show in this mess. Show says that's what he likes about Enzo, he keeps it real. Show goes on and says Cass needs a lesson in respect, and tonight he can teach that. We go to commercial.

Elias vs. Kalisto

Back from the break and Elias Samson is in the ring with a spotlight and a guitar. JoJo introduces him as just Elias, confirming the recent name change. Elias talks about how he's back in the place he grew up, Pittsburgh. That gets a pop. Elias talks about Pittsburgh memories before going into a song that was inspired by the people of the city. Fans start booing as the song is a knock to Pittsburgh and the people. The music interrupts as Kalisto makes his way out.

The bell rings and Elias takes control, taking Kalisto to the corner. He backs off and they trade a few words. Kalisto fires back and applies a headlock. Kalisto keeps control and takes Elias down. Kalisto tries for a head scissors takedown but Elias launches him into the ropes. We go to commercial with Kalisto down on the outside while Elias stands tall in the ring.

We are back and Elias with a rear chin lock on Kalisto. Samson with knees to the back and he holds on to the rear chin lock. Kalisto with a jaw breaker but Samson with a boot to the head. Elias with punches and kicks to Kalisto in the corner. Samson with a back breaker for a near fall. Elias with a delayed vertical suplex and he gets a near fall. Elias with a back breaker on his shoulder. Kalisto with punches and Elias drops Kalisto to the mat. Kalisto with a spinning back heel kick. Kalisto with an enzuigiri and then he hits a springboard seated senton and then he hits the head scissors driver.

Elias with a knee followed by Drift Away for the three count.

Winner: Elias Samson

Backstage:


Alexa Bliss is in the interview area and she is asked about facing Bayley at SummerSlam. Alexa says this is the same Bayley she beat for the title in her home town. She showed that Bayley could not be extreme. She does not want to face Sasha again. She may have thought about getting counted out against Sasha but it might not have been a bad idea. Alexa mocks Sasha and wonders how she will watch Bayley lose from home. Sasha is not here to help Bayley against Nia Jax and it will be a massacre. We go to commercial.

Bayley vs. Nia Jax

We go to the ring and out comes Bayley. We see how Bayley became the new #1 contender last week. Nia Jax is out next.

The bell rings and Bayley attacks but Jia cuts her off. Nia tosses Bayley to the apron but Bayley fights back in. Nia is annoyed. Nia ends up dropping Bayley with a headbutt. Bayley fights back but Nia catches her on her shoulder in the corner. Bayley struggles with Nia but gets dropped. Nia sends Bayley to the floor as we go back to commercial.

We are back and Nia with a full nelson. Bayley stomps on the foot to escape. Bayley sends Nia into the turnbuckles and hits a running elbow to the back. Bayley with a knee to the back and then she leaps over Nia and goes for an elbow in the corner but Nia catches Bayley. Nia with a double underhook and then she drops Bayley to the mat and Bayley goes to the floor.

While Bayley is on the floor, she mocks Bayley's hairstyle. Nia kicks Bayley. Nia with a splash into the corner and she follows with an Irish whip. Bayley goes down in the corner and she kicks Nia away. Bayley with a forearm and she slides under Nia but Nia stops her. Bayley with forearms and kicks. Nia with a shoulder tackle. Bayley with a bulldog and drop kick that sends Nia to the apron.

Nia is caught in the ropes and Bayley with a running boot and Nia goes to the floor. Bayley with a cross body off the apron.

Alexa Bliss tries to attack Bayley but Bayley stops her. Nia takes care of Bayley and checks on Alexa. Nia charges at Bayley and Bayley moves. Nia hits the ring steps and Bayley wins by count out.

Winner: Bayley (by count out)

After the match, Alexa chases after Bayley but Bayley escapes.

Backstage:

Renee Young is with Colin Casasdy. Renee asks Colin about Big Show's comments. Colin says he knew that Show talks out of his posterior. How will they teach him about respect when they don't respect each other. Colin says his grandmother taught him that you will be judged by who you hang out with. He says Show will be a giant heap in the middle of the ring tonight. We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and Graves plugs this week's WWE 205 Live with Tozawa vs. Daivari in a #1 contenders match.

- We see what happened earlier tonight with Jason Jordan and The Miztourage.

Big Cass vs. Big Show

We go to the ring and out first comes Enzo Amore for tonight's main event. Enzo cuts a promo on Big Cass and says he's soft, he's a fraud. Enzo says he isn't out here cashing checks he can't cash because he's got a guy who is going to bring out his checkbook and write Cass a reality check. Enzo introduces Big Show and out he comes. Out next comes Big Cass.

Cass enters the ring and Show goes right to work on him. The referee calms things and rings the bell. They go right to work on each other after the bell. Show with a big chop to the chest. Cass fights out of the corner but Show takes him right back. Show with another big chop to the chest. Show runs into an elbow in the corner. Show blocks a whip and launches Cass over the top rope to the floor.

Show pulls Cass back up but Cass fights him. Show gets the upperhand as Enzo talks trash from ringside. Show with a powerslam and an elbow drop for a 2 count. Show keeps control and hits a suplex. Show gets a pop as he calls for the chokeslam. Cass gets up and fights off the chokeslam, taking Show down. The referee checks on Show as he clutches his left leg now.

Cass goes right to work on the injured leg and applies a submission. Show finally gets out but continues to sell the leg injury. Show fights Cass off but Cass connects with a big boot to the jaw to drop Show again. Cass goes to the second rope and comes down but Show chops him out of the air. Show with clotheslines now. Show with a big splash in the corner. Cass comes right back with a big boot to floor Show.

Cass waits for Show to get up but Enzo hits the ring and attacks Cass for the disqualification.

Winner by DQ: Big Cass

After the bell, Cass knocks Enzo off his back and floors him. Cass talks trash to Enzo about disrespecting him, allowing Show to recover. Cass turns his attention to Show but the veteran gets up and drops him with a knockout punch that sends them both to the mat. Show stands tall as his music hits. Enzo and Cass are both down on the mat as we go to replays. Show helps Enzo up the ramp as the referee checks on Cass. RAW goes off the air.


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