WWE RAW Opener:
– We’re live from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with Michael Cole, Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. They hype the show and announce that new #1 contender Samoa Joe will be here later.
We go right to the ring and out comes Bray Wyatt. Bray says last night was the beginning. It was the beginning of the end. He had a chance to slay the beast and save all of you from damnation. Instead of arming him with his sword, they took it and put it into his arm. He is still here and he is still alive. He is still every bit of god that he has always been. Bray says he is here to serve judgment on all who are guilty. Finn Balor is guilty. Samoa Joe is guilty. Seth Rollins is guilty. Last but not least, Roman Reigns is guilty. Bray says he has made a vow that one by one they must all be punished. Tonight it starts with Roman Reigns.
Roman’s music interrupts and he makes his way to the ring. They stare each other down. The crowd chants “Reigns sucks” and they’re loud with the mixed reaction. Reigns says this is why he’s The Guy. He shows Wyatt what happens when you talk trash in his yard… Reigns decks Wyatt
Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns
Wyatt comes back in and they go at it to start the match. Wyatt dodges an early Superman punch but gets stunned and goes to the floor for a breather. We go to commercial.
We are back and Wyatt punches Roman in the back of the head and he gets a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Bray hit a flying cross body. Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Roman gets back to his feet and Bray with a knee. Roman gets Wyatt on his shoulders but Wyatt gets back to his feet and he hits a DDT for a near fall. Wyatt with a rear chin lock. Roman escapes the hold but Wyatt with a head butt. Roman with a punch. Wyatt with a boot and Bray goes to the turnbuckles but Roman with a boot.
Roman with a Samoan Drop and both men are down. Roman gets a near fall. Roman with clotheslines and a flying clothesline to Wyatt. Roman runs into a boot and Wyatt sends Roman shoulder first into the ring post and Roman falls to the floor. Wyatt with a back senton on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bray with a reverse chin lock. Wyatt with a forearm to the back of the head. Roman with an uppercut. Roman sends Wyatt to the floor. Wyatt returns to the ring and Roman with kicks and a clothesline. Roman with NeverEnding Story in the corner and Wyatt with a boot to Roman but Roman bounces off the ropes and hits a boot of his own for a near fall. Roman sets to put his fist on the mat for the Superman punches but Wyatt does the crab walk and it freezes Roman. Roman goes for the Superman punch but Wyatt blocks it and hits a uranage for a near fall.
Wyatt leans back in the corner and he hits a splash into the corner. Wyatt puts Reigns on the turnbuckles and connects with an uppercut. Wyatt with punches but Reigns with head butts to knock Wyatt off the turnbuckles. Reigns with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Roman gets his chance to signal for the Superman punch but Wyatt moves and Reigns with a Superman punch to a charging Wyatt but Wyatt kicks out.
Roman sets for the spear but Wyatt rolls to the floor. Roman goes to the floor and hits a broad jump drop kick. Wyatt with a clothesline and both men are down. Wyatt gets back into the ring first and Roman dives in right before the ten count. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Roman with a rollup and Superman punch followed by a spear for the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, Reigns stands tall as the referee checks on Wyatt and we go to replays. Reigns stands tall in the corner.
– Still to come, new #1 contender Samoa Joe. Also, a look back at RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss retaining at Extreme Rules. Back to commercial.
We are back and Enzo Amore and Big Cass are in the interview area and Enzo is conscious. Enzo is asked about his recent attacks and how he feels going into his tag match tonight. Enzo says he does not know who the attackers are. He says he does not have the scoop about who attacked him. Cass says they do not know who the attackers are, but he says it is insulting for anyone who thinks he did it. Going forward, he will be watching Enzo’s back at all times, including during their match tonight.
Kurt Angle is in his office and Alexa Bliss stops by. Alexa is waiting for congratulations from Kurt. She says she is here to help Kurt. Bayley does not have what it takes to hold the title so she is done with Bayley. Alexa says she wants to celebrate not only her title, but her entire life. Alexa Bliss… This is My Life.
Kurt says that is a terrible idea. Kurt says the This is Your Life segment was one of the worst segments last week. Kurt reminds Alexa about the title match she promised to Nia. Kurt says she will have to live up to that promise and she will defend the title against Nia Jax tonight. Alexa and Kurt go back and forth using the word ‘seriously’.
– Dean Ambrose walks in the back as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
Back from the break and JoJo introduces Elias Samson. He’s in the ring with a spotlight and his guitar. Samson asks who wants to walk with Elias. He saw a leaf fall earlier today and that inspired him to write this song. Samson starts singing a song that knocks Wilkes-Barre and Dean Ambrose. The music interrupts and out comes The Lunatic Fringe.
Ambrose marches to the ring just one night after losing the WWE Intercontinental Title. Ambrose takes the mic and wants to say something… he attacks Samson instead and tosses him out of the ring. Ambrose unloads on Samson and tosses him over the barrier. Ambrose goes back into the ring and grabs the mic. Ambrose says he’s here tonight for one reason and one reason only – he wants The Miz and he wants his rematch, right now.
The new Intercontinental Champion appears on the big screen with Maryse. Miz says Ambrose is confused because he didn’t get the invitation. There will be no rematch tonight because there’s an Intercontinental Title Comeback Tour Celebration. Samson attacks Ambrose from behind and drops him. Samson hits his swinging neckbreaker and talks trash in Dean’s face. Samson walks off to the back as Ambrose recovers.
– Still to come, Samoa Joe is here. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Ambrose is walking backstage, mumbling about The Drifer. Kurt Angle walks up and Ambrose asks him where The Miz has his dressing room at. Angle says Ambrose will get his rematch but not tonight because they have this a contract for this championship celebration. Angle says Maryse has been planning it and he doesn’t want to have to deal with Maryse. Angle tells Ambrose to leave the building and take the night off, it’s not a suggestion.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring and out comes new #1 contender to WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Samoa Joe.
Joe takes the mic and some fans are chanting his name. Joe says he’s going to make this rerally simple – standing here is a man who does not fear Brock Lesnar. Joe says he’s incapable of fearing Lesnar because he’s far too envious of Lesnar. Joe wants everything Lesnar has and he wants to take it from him. Joe wants Lesnar’s gilded schedule, where he’s not forced to come out each week in front of the crowd. Lesnar is allowed to come, beat people up and go as he pleases. Joe wants to to instill fear in men and he wants Paul Heyman. Joe wants Heyman to be his advocate, negotiate his contracts and run his errands. But most importantly, Joe wants Lesnar’s WWE Universal Title. Joe says at Great Balls of Fire, he will be standing in the ring and looking Lesnar in the eye before taking the title from him. “Ladies and gentlemen…” interrupts as Heyman comes out to a pop.
Paul apologizes for the interruption and he says here he is. The number one contender for the Universal Title and rightfully so. The destroyer and badass who got through four others to earn a title shot against Brock Lesnar. The man who left wreckage in every single place he has been. The number one contender Samoa Joe.
Paul says he understands that Joe does not fear Brock Lesnar. Paul says that Brock does not fear Samoa Joe either. Paul says that what bothers him about Joe is that Joe likes that Brock does not fear him. Paul says he worries for a living. He sees his client’s opponents and gets worried, as a Jew. Brock assuages all of his concerns. Paul says it does not matter the legend or the physical ability or athleticism of the opponent. You put them in the ring and Brock assuages all of his concerns.
Paul says that two weeks ago he said he wanted to see Brock Lesnar versus Finn Balor. It is the best case scenario. It is a Rocky story. It is a license to print money. Paul says that Joe is the worst case scenario. Joe does not give a damn and he wants to fight Brock and go to war with him. Even if Brock can assuage all of his concerns, Brock will not be leaving the ring the same way he entered. Paul says that Joe will take a piece of Brock Lesnar with him.
Paul says it is his job to make sure that Brock Lesnar is your worst case scenario. If you want Brock Lesnar, you got Brock Lesnar.
Paul holds out his hand and Joe shakes it. Paul starts to leave the ring and Joe keeps him from exiting.
Joe says that was very disappointing to him and he wants to tell Paul face to face and man to man. Joe tells Paul that he is going to wrap his arm around Paul’s throat and your vision is going to get hazy. Then, he wants Paul to take this message to Brock Lesnar that this is for him. Joe says he wants Paul to explain to Brock in excruciating detail, as only Paul can, what is in store for Brock.
Joe applies the Coquina Clutch in the middle of the ring and yells for Heyman to tell Lesnar this. Joe snaps and fans boo as he tightens the hold. Referees hit the ring to try and break it up. Joe finally breaks the hold, leaving Heyman on his face. Joe marches to the back while officials check on Heyman. We go to commercial.
– We are back and we see what Samoa Joe said to Paul Heyman before choking him out.
Samoa Joe is asked by Kurt Angle what is wrong with him. Kurt says he will take out anyone who gets in the way of him and Brock Lesnar. Joe asks Kurt if he is in his way.
Seth Rollins says Kurt is not, but he is. Rollins asks Joe if he forgot about trying to end his career. You are the number one contender and you beat Finn Balor. Seth says he is not Finn Balor, Roman Reigns, or Bray Wyatt. He has beaten Joe before and he will do it again. Kurt likes the idea and he makes the match. Joe tells Seth ‘mistakes we make’
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Rhyno and Heath Slater
We go to the ring and out come the new RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus. Rhyno and Heath Slater are waiting in the ring. We see stills from the Steel Cage match at Extreme Rules, which saw Sheamus and Cesaro win the titles from The Hardys.
The bell rings and Cesaro provides a distraction, allowing Sheamus to attack and send Slater into the ring post. Sheamus drops Slater and covers for a 2 count. Sheamus keeps Slater grounded now. Cesaro tags in for some double teaming and another pin attempt. Slater fights back for a comeback. Cesaro gets sent to the floor. Slater drops Sheamus with a kick. Cesaro pulls Rhyno from the apron to stop the tag.
Rhyno fights back at Cesaro on the floor. Slater turns around from the distraction and eats a Brogue Kick from Sheamus for the easy win.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro
After the match, Cesaro and Sheamus stand tall as we go to replays. Sheamus takes the mic and says that’s how an intelligent team wins, that’s why they beat The Hardys last night. Sheamus asks who is happy that The Hardys came back. They both take shots at The Hardys and brag more about becoming two-time champions before posing as the music hits.
TJP is backstage with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. TJ wants to talk about their deal for him to receive a title shot. Neville tells him to have patience but Perkins doesn’t want to hear that. Perkins says he stood by Neville for the past two months to help him with the Austin Aries problem and now it’s time for Neville to hold up his end of the bargain. Neville says TJ is right and he’s a man of his word. If TJ can take care of business tonight against Mustafa Ali, Neville will talk to Kurt Angle about the title shot. Perkins walks off and we go to commercial.
TJ Perkins vs. Mustafa Ali
Back from the break and TJP makes his way out. Mustafa Ali waits in the ring.
The bell rings and they lock up. Back and forth to start. Ali with a crossbody from the top for a 2 count. Ali takes Perkins to the mat now. TJP fights out but gets sent to the apron. TJP drops Ali with a cheap shot and nails a diving senton from the apron for a 2 count. Perkins keeps Ali grounded now.
Ali with a counter as he looks to make a comeback. Ali with a big tornado DDT from the ropes. Ali goes up top for the 450 but TJP blocks it. Perkins scoops Ali for the Detonation Kick and nails it for the win.
After the match, TJP stand tall as we go to replays. Perkins makes his exit when the pyro goes off and out comes Neville. TJP meets him on the stage. Neville says he doesn’t know how to break this to TJP but he spoke to Kurt Angle about the title shot and while he is the King of the Cruiserweights, he’s not a miracle worker. Neville is afraid he has some unfortunate news. TJP says he and Neville are going to talk to Angle right now. TJP turns his back and Neville nails him from behind. Neville talks trash and drops TJP on the stage. Neville says Perkins will get his shot tomorrow night on WWE 205 Live.
– Still to come, Jax vs. Bliss with the title on the line. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get another Shattered Dreams production from Goldust. He says R-Truth thinks he can sit in Goldust’s directors chair… Goldust quotes Gone with the Wind and says Truth thinks this is just a game, a juggling act for a clown. Not for Goldust, he sees the truth and the bigger motion picture here. Goldust says soon the biggest names in Hollywood and the brightest stars in the sky will be covered in gold. He says it’s going to be so beautiful… The Golden Age is back.
Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke and Mickie James are backstage talking. The RAW Women’s Champion walks in and says hi but they don’t want to hear it. Sasha leaves. Bliss stops Dana and Mickie and starts talking nice to them. Bliss asks if anyone else is upset over Nia getting a title shot before them. She points to Dana’s success and Mickie being a deserving veteran. Bliss tries to rally the two and says they all have a Nia Jax problem. Dana disagrees and says Bliss has a Nia Jax problem. Mickie says she will be at ringside to watch Bliss deal with her problem by herself tonight.
– We go to the announcers and Kurt Angle appears to call Corey Graves to the side. Cole calls it one of the weirdest things he’s seen. We see Angle and Graves having a chat to the side, looking at something on Angle’s phone. Graves returns to the announce table. Cole asks him what’s going on. Graves ignores the question and comments on Kalisto making his entrance.
Kalisto vs. Titus O’Neil
We go to the ring and out comes Kalisto as we see how he defeated Apollo Crews on the WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff pre-show last night. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Kurt Angle is walking backstage. Mike Rome asks him what the conversation with Corey Graves was about. Angle says it was a private matter. Rome asks Angle where he’s headed but Angle says it’s a private matter. Angle walks out of the arena door. Dean Ambrose catches the door and makes his way back into the arena. We go back to the ring and Titus O’Neil makes his way out with Apollo Crews.
Titus sends Kalisto into the turnbuckles. Titus with a slam and he has something to say to Crews. Kalisto gets a near fall. Titus sends Kalisto into the turnbuckles and Kalisto comes off the turnbuckles but Titus catches him. Kalisto goes for a sunset flip but Titus drops down for a near fall using the tights, but Kalisto uses the tights to get the win.
We see The Miz and Maryse walking backstage. They stop and see someone laid out. It’s Big Cass. A referee runs over and checks on Cass, calling for more help. Enzo Amore runs over now and wants to know what happened. Cass recovers and sits up. He’s got someone’s neck chain in his hand. It appears to be Enzo’s chain. Cass hands the chain to Enzo and we go back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Enzo is with officials checking on Cass. Enzo says whoever recently attacked him took the chain from him and planted it there. The referee puts ice on Cass’ shoulder. Enzo is ready to go for their match but the referee tells him to find a new partner. Enzo isn’t happy and wants Cass to go out with him. Cass sells the attack and appears to be in bad shape.
In the Ring:
We go to the ring and Maryse has her music playing. The ring has a red apron cover and is set up for a big celebration. Large balloons spell out “M-I-Z” and there is a podium with champagne. There’s also some kind of mascot with a congratulations sign. Maryse welcomes us to the biggest celebration in WWE history. She praises her husband before introducing him. Out comes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion as we see stills from his win over Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules last night.
Miz hits the ring and fans chant “you deserve it” to him. He says that would mean more if the fans didn’t chant it to everyone else who wins a title. Miz says the Intercontinental Title Comeback Tour kicks off tonight as he continues to try and restore the IC Title to the heights and the glory it once knew. They raise their glasses and Miz proposes a toast to himself. He also praises his wife for putting this all together, including the dancing bear mascot. Maryse thanks him but says she didn’t get the bear to come. They go back and forth about not being the one to get the bear. Graves mentions it’s a local celebrity. A paranoid Miz turns and attacks the bear, laying him out with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz grabs the mic and goes to unmask the bear, saying he presents to us the former Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He unmasks the bear but it’s not Ambrose, just some “kid” who can now say he was beat up by the Intercontinental Champion, says The Miz.
Miz tosses the man over the top rope. We see a larger present being wheeled down the ramp by crew members now. Maryse looks on excited. Miz goes out of the ring and starts beating on the gift with a steel chair. Maryse yells and tries to stop him. He destroys the nicely-wrapped package as she pleads for him to stop, saying she worked hard on the present. Maryse says the gift is from her. He believes it’s Ambrose. It’s revealed to be a grandfather clock. Maryse cries and says it’s timeless, just like Miz. She says he ruined it and shoves the mic in his chest before walking off. Miz asks her where she’s going. He promises to get it fixed. Miz blames Ambrose for this and wants to know where he is. Miz returns to the ring and wonders if Ambrose bought a ticket, if he’s wearing a Kalisto or Sin Cara mask. Miz rants about Ambrose and says he’s scared of Miz. We see a camera man enter the ring and stand behind Miz. Miz sees this on the big screen. He turns around to fight but Ambrose drops him with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose grabs the bottle of champagne and takes a swig as his music hits. Ambrose leaves as Miz recovers at ringside.
– Still to come, Rollins vs. Joe. Also, Enzo and a partner vs. Gallows and Anderson. We see Enzo backstage. Back to commercial.
Enzo Amore and Big Show vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Back from the break and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are wrapping up their entrance. Enzo Amore is out next with a mic. He hits the ring and says tonight he called in a favor since Big Cass is down and out. That favor is another 7 footer and you can’t teach that… the music hits and out comes Big Show. Enzo dances around but Show doesn’t look impressed. Enzo jokes about Show’s weight loss and asks if he’s joining 205 Live. Enzo says he weighs 206 and Show is in the ring with a heavyweight. Show finally lightens up and does some comedy with Enzo. Show does the usual Cass promo before the bell.
Anderson starts the match off with Enzo and takes control. Show gets a tag and unloads on Anderson. Gallows runs in but Show easily takes on both of them. Show calls for a chokeslam on Anderson and hits it. Enzo tags in and goes to the top. Show presses Enzo and launches him onto Anderson for the pin.
Winners: Big Show and Enzo Amore
– Still to come Jax vs. Bliss. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Enzo is with Big Show. They walk up on Big Cass. Cass says Show has been gone for a few weeks and as soon as Enzo needs a partner, there he is. Cass says someone has been sneaking around attacking them, insinuating it’s Show. Show says he’s a giant, he can’t sneak around. Enzo tries to kill the tension and invites Show to hang out with them. Show passes on the invite but they appear to be on good terms as Enzo and Cass walk off.
It is time for R Truth’s A Truth Be Told Production. He quotes A Few Good Men and then he says the truth is that he is coming for Goldust. They were friends and they were brothers. Now he is nothing more to him than a mean mad mother… shut your mouth. You turn your back on him so now he can turn his back on him. Truth says that Goldust is gonna get got.
Alexa Bliss is in the interview area and she is asked about having to defend her title against Nia Jax. Alexa says she regrets being on a brand with women who have no pride or are jealous of her. She is the goddess of this brand and she deserves to be treated better than this.
RAW Women’s Title Match: Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
We go to the ring and out comes Nia Jax first. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is out. The bell rings and the match begins. Dana Brooke and Mickie James come down the ramp to watch at ringside. Bliss smacks Nia and makes her mad to start. Nia launches Bliss across the ring a few times. Nia with a big splash in the corner. Nia misses another splash as Bliss side steps. Bliss jumps on Nia’s back for a sleeper but gets tossed to the mat. Nia with elbow drops.
Nia continues dominating Bliss as Dana and Mickie look on. Bliss rolls to the floor for a breather. Bliss crawls on the floor and looks up to see Dana and Mickie. She shoves Dana, then Mickie. Bliss attacks them both but gets hit back for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Bliss takes her title and is announced as the winner. Her music hits as Dana and Mickie attack her at ringside. Nia makes the save and wants Bliss for herself. Nia puts Bliss in the ring and tries to come but in but Bliss dropkicks her. Nia makes her way into the ring but Bliss is backing up the ramp. Mickie and Dana are also in the ring now. Nia attacks them and destroys them both, leaving them laying. Nia leaves as her music plays.
Paul Heyman is backstage getting checked on by a trainer. His phone rings and he asks the trainer to excuse him. Brock Lesnar is on the other end. Heyman says it’s time Lesnar instill the fear into Samoa Joe that he does not have. Heyman wants Lesnar to show up on RAW next week but he wants to do more than that. Heyman says it’s time to unleash The Beast. He hangs up.
– Still to come, Joe vs. Rollins. Back to commercial.
We are back and Paul Heyman is being checked out by the medical staff and Paul has a call from Brock Lesnar. Paul answers the phone and he says that he is aware of what Brock is telling him. Paul says that Brock needs to instill into Samoa Joe the fear of Brock Lesnar. Paul says that Brock should show up on Raw and they need to unleash the beast.
Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins
Joe tosses his towel in Rollins’ face and he punches Rollins. Joe with more punches in the corner. Rollins with punches and he takes Joe down to the mat. Joe with a knee to the midsection and Joe goes for a power bomb but Rollins counters into a rana. Rollins with chops to Joe. Joe with a head butt and Rollins goes down. Joe sends Rollins to the floor and Rollins returns and chops Joe. Joe with a running back elbow to Rollins.
Rollins sends Joe to the floor and Rollins sets for a suicide dive but Joe with a kick to Rollins and he goes down on the floor. Joe sends Rollins into the ringside barrier and Joe with a kick to the chest against the ringside barrier. Joe sends Rollins back into the ring. Joe with a jab to Rollins and Seth goes down. Joe with more jabs and a knee to the midsection. Joe with more jabs in the corner and Joe with a knee to the head. Rollins with a chop and punch followed by a jaw breaker.
Rollins is sent to the apron and he goes for a springboard move but Joe hits the ropes and Rollins lands awkwardly. Joe with a running elbow into the corner followed by an enzuigiri.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Joe gets a near fall. We see Joe counter Slingblade into a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Joe with a forearm. Joe gets a near fall. Joe works on the neck. Rollins with punches but Joe with a reverse atomic drop and a running boot to the head and a back senton for a near fall. Joe with an arm bar. Rollins punches Joe but Joe holds on to the arm bar. Rollins with punches and a back heel kick. Joe with a power slam for a near fall. Joe with chops. Joe blocks a kick and Rollins with forearms. Rollins with an enzuigiri. Joe rolls to the floor and Rollins sets for the suicide dive and he connects.
Rollins sends Joe back into the ring and he hits Slingblade. Rollins with another suicide dive onto Joe. They return to the ring and Rollins with a boot in the corner followed by a Blockbuster. Rollins with a third suicide dive. Rollins with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Rollins waits for Joe to get up and Rollins goes for the Rainmaker Knee but Joe with an elbow. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Joe picks up Rollins and goes for the knee buster but Rollins counters into a sunset fip for a near fall. Rollins with a super kick.
Bray Wyatt’s music plays and the lights go out.
The lights come back on and Joe attacks Rollins from behind and applies the Kokina Clutch. Rollins passes out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
After the match, Joe stares at Rollins before getting to his feet. Joe stands tall with the title as Cole hypes Brock Lesnar’s return next week. A referee checks on Rollins as Joe looks down and smirks. RAW goes off the air.
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