WWE RAW Opener:
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a lengthy video package looking at the recent feud with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro.
– We’re live from the TD Garden in Boston as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
– We go right to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose calls for the music to be cut. He knows everyone is asking what’s up with he and Seth Rollins after last week. Ambrose calls Rollins out to the ring and here he comes to another pop.
Ambrose says he’s sick and tired of playing the games. He’s just going to ask… what is Rollins doing? They have some back and forth before Rollins says they both know that they can run this place if they team up again. Rollins says if Ambrose is willing to put the past in the past, he’s done playing games. Rollins offers his fist for a Shield-style bump and fans pop, then a “yes!” chant breaks out. Ambrose takes it all in and thinks about it. Ambrose can’t believe this. This leads to another argument between the two. Rollins says maybe this was just a stupid idea, but maybe it wasn’t. Rollins gets hype and says no one can touch them. He changes his tune and says maybe too much has happened. He’s done playing games. He goes to leave but Ambrose stops him. The crowd pops as they stand in the middle of the ring. Ambrose offers his fist and the crowd pops. Rollins stares at Ambrose.
Rollins raises his fist but stops and goes to leave. Some fans boo. They start shoving each other. Ambrose tackles Rollins and they start going at it. Ambrose mounts Rollins with strikes on the mat. Ambrose gets up and asks Rollins what his problem is. Ambrose goes t leave but Rollins attacks from behind and beats him up. Ambrose tackles Rollins out to the floor but they get hung up on the ropes and it looks bad. They’re sitting on the floor when the music hits and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus.
The champs attack and beat Ambrose down first, tossing him over the barrier. They double team Rollins now, sending him into the barrier. They roll Rollins into the ring and stomp away. The “you look stupid” chants start up. Ambrose finally hits the ring for the save but the numbers game catches up. The babyfaces try for another comeback but get shut down. They finally get up at the same time and unload on the champions. Sheamus gets knocked to the floor. They double team Cesaro and send him over next. Rollins and Ambrose stand tall as the champs recover at ringside. Another “yes!” chant breaks out. They actually do the fist offering one more time. Finally they put their fists together and stand tall for a pop in the middle of the ring. Ambrose’s music hits as Cesaro and Sheamus look on from the ramp. The music hits and out comes RAW General Manager Kurt Angle to loud “you suck!” chants. Angle makes Rollins and Ambrose vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for SummerSlam on Sunday.
– Still to come, the SummerSlam Fatal 4 Way participants will be in the ring at the same time, for the first time. Also, Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and the announcers send well wishes to WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
#1 Contenders Match: Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks
We go to the ring and out first comes Nia Jax. Sasha Banks is out next to a big hometown pop as Mike Rome does the introduction. Before the bell hits, the music interrupts and out comes RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. There’s a tall lifeguard chair sitting at ringside and she watches the match from there.
The bell rings and Nia floors Sasha to start the match. Nia mocks Sasha and stands tall as we go to commercial.
We are back and Sasha kicks Nia and punches her. Nia Irish whips Sasha under the bottom rope and Sasha goes to the apron. Nia with a head butt. Sasha kicks Nia from the apron and goes for a head scissors take down but Nia swings Sasha into the ringside barrier. They go back into the ring and Nia gets a near fall. Nia with a bear hug. Sasha with elbows to get outof the hold but Nia biels Sasha into the corner and then across the ring again. Nia with a body block. Nia with a leg drop for a near fall.
Nia dominates Sasha some more and runs her over. Nia drops a big leg drop but Sasha kicks out at 2. They tangle back & forth and Sasha gets on Nia’s back but Nia ends up turning that into a Samoan Drop. Sasha kicks out at 2. Nia shows some frustration before hitting another Samoan Drop. Sasha rolls to the floor for a breather and avoids the pin. Sasha comes back in for a 2 count. Nia misses an elbow and they both go down. Nia is slow to get up but she gets to her feet first. Bliss looks on as we go back to commercial.
We are back and Sasha is on the turnbuckles and Nia climbs up for a superplex. Sasha with forearms and a sunset flip power bomb attempt but Nia holds on. Sasha drops Nia on the turnbuckles and then hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Sasha with knees in the corner but she runs into a boot from Nia and Sasha goes down. Sasha with Banks Statement but Nia crawls to the ropes but Sasha switches arms to stop Nia from getting to the ropes. Nia gets to her feet but Nia with a DDT and she reapplies the Banks Statement and Nia taps out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Kurt Angle is backstage watching and he’s excited about how tremendous SummerSlam will be, which is why he’s called The Hardys in. He mentions how they won’t be able to wrestle The Revival at SummerSlam. The Miztourage walks in to interrupt and the WWE Intercontinental Champion isn’t happy about what happened last week with Brock Lesnar. This leads to Miz vs. Jason Jordan being made for tonight. A referee walks in and tells Angle that they have a problem with Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. Angle hurries off and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt brawling backstage. Officials are trying to break it up. Kurt Angle appears and tells them to save it for SummerSlam. Balor doesn’t want to wait. Angle tells them SummerSlam is coming early if they don’t want to wait. The match will happen tonight.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring and Elias is waiting with a spotlight and his guitar. The boos start up. Elias introduces himself and asks who wants to walk with Elias tonight. Elias knocks Fenway Park for more boos. He starts a song and asks everyone to hold their applause. The song brings more boos from the crowd as it knocks Boston. R-Truth’s music interrupts and out he comes rapping.
Truth enters the ring but Elias decks him out of nowhere and beats him down before the bell can ring. Elias drops Truth with the Drift Away and stands tall. Elias grabs his guitar and stands over Truth as his theme plays. Elias leaves as we get a replay of what happened.
– Still to come, the SummerSlam main event participants will be in the same ring.
– We see the shark cage hanging above the ring. Big Cass will be here next. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and the Shark Cage is in the ring and Big Cass makes his way to the ring.
Cass says on Sunday at SummerSlam, it will be… Cass is interrupted by boos from the crowd and he says he can stay all night. He says Sunday it will be Big Show versus Big Cass in the Big Apple. He says The Big Show will bring his new best buddy Enzo Amore with him to SummerSlam. Why is Big Show friends with Enzo and why is Enzo friends with Big Show? Enzo needs Big Show and Enzo knows he is nothing without someone having his back when he pisses someone off.
Is Big Show really friends with Enzo? Does Big Show need Enzo to stay relevant? Show needs his jester to have Enzo tell his jokes and be funny. You cheer and laugh for whatever Enzo says even if you don’t get the joke. Show needs Enzo because there is a new seven footer on the block and his name is Big Cass. Big Show knows that he cannot beat him without Enzo. That is why Enzo will be in the shark cage and he will be high above the ring. All Enzo can get is have a bird’s eye view of Big Cass dismantling the Big Show, piece by piece and limb by limb.
Cass says he will prove to Big Show, everyone in the locker room, and everyone watching why he is the best big man today. All Enzo can do is sit there and watch…
The music interrupts and out comes Enzo. Enzo introduces himself and starts cracking jokes on Cass. Enzo brings out Big Show and they head to the ring together. Cass puts the shark cage between he and Big Show as Show stalks him. Enzo gets on the apron but Cass knocks him off. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows suddenly appear to attack Show but he fights all three opponents off. Show grabs Gallows and Anderson by their throats but Cass makes the save with a big boot. Show gets triple teamed now.
Gallows uses a belt around the wrist to pull Show into the shark cage. Enzo jumps on the apron but Cass launches him off with a big boot. Cass slams the shark cage door onto Show’s wrist as Gallows continues to hold it with the belt. The triple team continues as Cass tries to cause an arm injury to prevent a knockout punch on Sunday. Referees hit the ring to stop the assault now. The heels stand tall as Show is checked on and we get replays. Cass leaves as his music plays.
– We see what happened in last week’s Last Man Standing main event. Still to come, the SummerSlam main event participants will be in the same ring together. Also tonight – Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt and Akira Tozawa vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville with the title on the line. We go to commercial.
WWE Cruiserweight Title: Akira Tozawa (with Titus O’Neil) vs. Neville
Back from the break and out comes Akira Tozawa with Titus O’Neil for this SummerSlam match that was moved up. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville is out next. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.
They lock up and Tozawa with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up and Neville with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Neville with a reverse chin lock. Neville with a leg sweep and near fall. Tozawa with a leg sweep and near fall of his own. They go head to head and have comments for each other. Tozawa blocks a kick and hits a drop kick. Tozawa with chops to Neville. Tozawa with more chops but Neville kicks Tozawa in the midsection. Neville flips out of the corner on an Irish whip and Neville goes to the apron. Tozawa with a forearm and Tozawa sets for a dive but Neville gets back into the ring.
Tozawa with a punch and a near fall. Neville rolls to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Neville with a missile drop kick for a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Neville hit a suplex on the floor. Neville with a key lock. Tozawa gets out of the hold and he connects with forearms and a back heel kick. Tozawa with a Saito Suplex and Neville goes to the floor. Tozawa with a suicide dive and then he returns to the ring for another suicide dive and he hits it. Tozawa sends Neville back into the ring and gets a near fall. Neville misses a drop kick and Tozawa with a kick and a back senton.
Tozawa goes up top but Neville with a forearm to stop Tozawa. Neville goes up top and they fight on the turnbuckles. Tozawa with forearms to the back but Neville with a superplex. Tozawa with a boot to the head followed by forearms. Neville with a back heel kick and more kicks by Neville. Tozawa with a jumping rana followed by an enzuigiri. Tozawa goes up top. Neville moves and he uses the referee as a shield to hit an arm wringer. Neville goes for the Rings of Saturn but Neville with a rollup for a near fall.
Neville sends Tozawa into the turnbuckles and he goes up top for Red Arrow but Tozawa moves and Neville misses. Tozawa goes up top for the back senton and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner and NEW Cruiserweight Champion: Akira Tozawa
After the match, Titus brings the title in as the celebration begins. Apollo Crews hits the ring to join in on the Titus Worldwide celebration. They lift Tozawa on the shoulders of Titus. We go to replays and come back to Titus Worldwide taking a victory selfie. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see what happened to Big Show at the hands of Big Cass, Gallows and Anderson. Cole questions Show’s health going into SummerSlam. We go backstage to Enzo, Show and a trainer. The trainer informs Show that his hand is broken. Show tells the trainer to leave. Enzo apologizes and wants to say forget about SummerSlam. Show stops him and says he’s fought bigger and badder, he’s not missing SummerSlam. Enzo tells him to look at the bigger picture. Show says he is the bigger picture and Enzo better never forget who he is. Show walks off.
Mickie James and Emma are in the locker room and Emma complains about everyone talking about Sasha winning. Emma says she is tired of seeing everyone take credit for her starting the Women’s Revolution. Mickie says that Emma likes to rewrite history because Emma did not get screwed over last week, she tapped out. Mickie says every women in WWE contributed to the Women’s Revolution. She tells Emma to step into the ring with a six time champion tonight. Emma accepts the challenge and walks off.
Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
We go to the ring and out first comes Bray Wyatt. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt waits for his opponent. This is another match that was originally scheduled for Sunday. The music hits and out comes Finn Balor.
The bell rings and they go at it. Balor unloads with knee strikes and applies a headlock. Wyatt charges in the corner but misses. Wyatt turns upside down and charges again. More back and forth between the two. Wyatt misses in the corner again and Balor nails an enziguri. Wyatt drops Balor on the apron with a right hand. Wyatt keeps control and drops Balor again, stopping to pose for a mixed reaction.
Wyatt takes his time working Balor over, talking some trash. Balor gets up and fires away, sending Wyatt to the floor through the second rope. Balor with a dropkick to the floor, knocking Wyatt back. Balor floors Wyatt again from the apron and stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Wyatt has Balor grounded. Wyatt keeps control and drives Balor’s ribs into his knee for another pin attempt. Wyatt with more offense and another pin attempt after a big clothesline as the frustration starts to show. Balor fights to his feet but Wyatt decks him. Balor connects with the overhead kick and they both go down.
Balor connects with several moves in a row and looks to finally make his comeback. Balor with the dropkick to the head. Balor runs into a boot. Balor drops Wyatt with a running kick for a 2 count. They run the ropes but Wyatt launches himself at Balor and covers for another 2 count. Wyatt goes for the Uranage but Balor counters. Balor hits a Slingblade.
Balor waits for Wyatt to get up. Wyatt side-steps the dropkick and nails a senton for a 2 count. Wyatt ends up doing the upside down taunt in the corner before going for Sister Abigail. Balor blocks it and hits a double stomp. Wyatt goes to the floor for a breather. Balor follows and dropkicks Wyatt into the barrier. Balor brings it back into the ring and goes to the top. Wyatt crotches him. Wyatt drags Balor off the top and hits Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring for the pin.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After the match, Wyatt takes it all in as his music hits and we go to replays. Wyatt stands over Balor and smiles. He looks down as Balor is grabbing his ankle. Wyatt lifts Balor and nails another Sister Abigail. Wyatt stands over Balor with his arms out and tells us to follow the buzzards. The graphics flash and the lights go out. The lights hit again and Wyatt is in the ring. Balor is down in the corner. Wyatt has a bucket of something red. Wyatt says this is what happens when you send a boy into the devil’s world. Wyatt pours blood all over Balor. Balor rolls around in the red liquid as Wyatt sits in the corner smiling, singing. We go to commercial.
– We are back and we see what happened after the Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt match when a viscous, acidic substance was poured on Finn Balor.
Mickie James vs. Emma
They lock up and Emma with a side head lock. Mickie with an elbow and clothesline. Mickie with a back heel kick and jumping front kick followed by a flying clothesline. Mickie with a snap mare and a thrust kick for a near fall. Mickie with a flap jack and she goes up top. Emma knocks Mickie off the turnbuckles and Mickie lands hard on the floor. Emma brings Mickie back into the ring and she gets a near fall. Emma with a snap mare and full nelson to Mickie. Mickie with a jaw breaker and rollup for a near fall.
Emma with a clothesline and she gets a near fall. Emma punches Mickie and then she stands on Mickie’s hair. Emma with a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Emma with an Irish whip but Emma runs into a boot in the corner. Emma pulls Mickie off the turnbuckles and gets a near fall. Emma gets another near fall. Mickie escapes a slam and hits a spinning back heel kick for the three count.
Winner: Mickie James
– Miz, Maryse, Curtis Axel, and Bo Dallas walk in the back as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Charly Caruso stops Finn Balor coming out of Kurt Angle’s locker room. Charly asks what the meeting was all about. Balor says he spoke to Angle and got his rematch with Wyatt at SummerSlam. Balor says Wyatt has his demons but he will find out at SummerSlam that Balor has his demons as well. It looks like Demon Balor is coming to SummerSlam.
The Miz vs. Jason Jordan
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz with Maryse, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. We see video from Jason Jordan’s recent appearance on MizTV. Jordan is out next for this non-title match.
Back and forth to start. The match ends fairly quickly as Jordan looks to put Miz away but The Miztourage hits the ring and triple teams him for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Jason Jordan
After the bell, The Hardys hit the ring and make the save for Jordan. Jordan and The Hardys clear the ring and send The Miztourage retreating over the top. We go to commercial with Jordan and The Hardys standing tall.
Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and Jason Jordan vs. Miz, Curtis Axel, and Bo Dallas (with Maryse)
The match is joined in progress and Jeff works on Axel’s arm and Matt tags in and hits an elbow off the turnbuckles. Matt with an arm bar and he works on the shoulder. Jeff tags back in and Jordan tags in and he chops Axel. Jordan with an arm wringer and wrist lock. Axel escapes the wrist lock and punches Jordan and kicks him in the corner. Axel with punches. Axel with an Irish whip but Jordan with a drop kick and arm drag into an arm bar.
Bo tags in and Jordan with a fireman’s carry. Matt tags in and he hits a DDT for a near fall. Jeff tags in and he kicks Bo and then they hit a splash and leg drop combination for a near fall. Bo with an Irish whip but Jeff with a clothesline out of the corner. Jeff tags Jordan back in and Jason with an arm drag take down. Miz tags in and he misses a clothesline and goes to the apron. Jordan brings him back into the ring and Jordan with shoulders in the corner. Jordan misses a shoulder in the corner. Miz kicks Jordan and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jordan punches Axel but Axel with a knee. Axel walks across Jordan’s chest Matt tags in and punches Axel and then sends him on a tour of a corner’s turnbuckles. Matt with a clothesline into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Matt bounces around for a Twist of Fate but Axel escapes. Matt with an elbow and a neck breaker for a near fall. Matt knocks Miz off the apron but Axel with a Northern Lariat in the corner. Miz tags in and punches Matt.
Miz kicks Matt and then Bo is tagged in. Bo with knee drops to Matt for a near fall. Bo with a reverse chin lock. Matt and Bo with punches and Bo with a knee. Axel tags in and kicks Matt. Axel with shoulders in the corner but he misses a splash. Matt with a kick to the back of the leg and Axel goes down. Miz tags in and stops Matt from making the tag. Miz knocks Jordan off the apron. Miz goes for the Awesome Clothesline but Matt comes out of the corner and hits a clothesline. Both men are down.
Jeff and Bo tag in and Jeff with punches and a forearm. Jeff with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop followed by a drop kick for a near fall. Jeff drop kicks Axel and Miz off the apron and then Jeff goes up top for Whisper in the Wind and he gets a near fall. Jeff kicks Axel away and Miz gets involved and Bo hits a hanging swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Jordan with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to MIz onto Axel. Jeff with a kick and Twist of Fate but Axel breaks up the cover. Jordan sends Axel to the floor and he hits a pop up TKO. Matt with a Twist of Fate followed by a Swanton from Jeff for the three count.
Winners: Jason Jordan, Matt Hardy, and Jeff Hardy
– We are told that it is official that the Demon will be facing Bray Wyatt on Sunday. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Kurt Angle is in the ring and security are lumberjacks around the ring. Kurt says we are moments away from the face to face to face to face confrontation. He says he has security at ringside to protect the integrity of the situation.
Kurt brings out Brock Lesnar first and he is joined by Paul Heyman.
Paul Heyman introduces himself and he mentions he is the advocate for the defending and reigning WWE Universal Champion. Paul says let’s shoot from the hip. To squeeze one last rating and one last historic moment out of his client, WWE along with its General Manager Kurt Angle has conspired this evening to have a face to face to face to Champion’s face… prison fight. If you put this beast in the same ring at the same time as the last man standing Braun Strowman, the samoan rip off Samoa Joe, and the Big Dog Roman Reigns, you can have all of the security you want and add 10,000 more because all hell is going to break loose.
Paul says his client’s bad mood is justified. He says that his father told him you aren’t paranoid if you think the world is against you. On Sunday, the unbeatable champion faces not one, not two, but three top challengers. WHEN, not if, they get Brock out of the equation, there will be a new champion. Any one of them can eek out a win and walk out as champion. As a fan, that sucks. On the night that Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Champion it will be because someone was able to tame the beast. You will be able to point to that guy and say that is the baddest guy on the planet. That sure as hell won’t be Samoa Joe. Three hundred pounds and desperate to steal the Universal title to take back to his tribe and show his warrior spirit.
It won’t be Braun Strowman. He has all of the tools to be champion. He is a monster among men, but in the horror story that will be Sunday… beast slays monster.
Then there is Roman Reigns. The man that retired the Undertaker. Roman says this is his yard. Paul tells Roman that your yard as long as this is the Universal Champion, your yard is in Brock Lesnar’s house and rent is due at SummerSlam.
Paul says he does not make predictions, he gives spoilers. One of two things happens on Sunday. One, the conspiracy is successful and they rip the title off Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar leave WWE. If that is the case, you might as well lock this beast up in a cage… hint, hint. Then there is scenario number two. Brock Lesnar beats Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, or Roman Reigns. Brock proves to the entire world, he has been flapping his gums for fifteen years underselling the greatness of this man.
Samoa Joe comes to the ring and he pushes one of the security detail at ringside.
Joe says that he told Brock from day one that he does not fear him. Joe says at SummerSlam, when he comes for that championship, he is going to rip it from Brock’s hands after he puts him to sleep in the middle of the ring.
Braun Strowman comes to the ring next.
He says in case you didn’t know, he was always the last man standing, ask Roman Reigns.
Joe says last week had nothing to do with you. Last week, Roman was stomping you around the building until he arrived. You are no last man standing. You are a man who barely stood up while he put Roman down.
RThe music interrupts again and out comes Reigns to a mixed reaction.
Reigns marches to the ring and immediately spears Joe. Braun comes from behind and scoops Reigns for a big powerslam. Braun kicks Reigns under the bottom rope to the floor. Braun slowly turns around and stares at Lesnar. They look to go at it but security rushes the ring and separates them in opposite corners. Lesnar breaks free but he’s pulled right back to the corner. Braun gets free but they pull him back as well. Lesnar kicks a security guard away and tangles with the others. Lesnar and Braun start taking out security now. Angle looks concerned. Braun and Lesnar face off with no security now. The RAW locker room runs down and separates them as they start going at it again. Braun and Lesnar yell at each other while Superstars hold them back. Reigns and Joe are still out of the ring. Lesnar breaks free and leaps onto Braun and a bunch of Superstars. The brawl continues but they’re quickly pulled apart again. The final RAW before SummerSlam goes off the air with the locker room holding Lesnar and Braun back from each other.
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