We’re live from the Keybank Arena in Buffalo, NY as Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman.
– RAW General Manager Kurt Angle is waiting in the ring as his music plays.
Angle thanks everyone who competed at Extreme Rules last night and says he’s proud of the dedication. Angle says one Superstar who has not shown the same is WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Some fans boo. Angle talks about the ultimatum he issued Lesnar and fans cheer when he mentions possibly stripping Lesnar of the title. Angle says he’s serious. Angle says he hasn’t heard from Lesnar or his representatives in 24 hours so he is now stripping Lesnar of the title. Fans pop but we hear Paul Heyman’s voice. Heyman appears on the stage to a mixed reaction.
Heyman introduces himself but Angle cuts him off and says Heyman is wasting his time unless Lesnar is coming out.
Paul says Kurt and the entire WWE Universe has it all wrong. Paul says he does not blame you for that perception. You think Brock Lesnar does not care about being the Universal Champion and his sole focus is becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion again. Nothing could be further from the truth. Brock Lesnar loves being in WWE. Brock loves being the Universal Champion.
Kurt wants to know why he doesn’t show up.
Paul says that Brock wants to represent the entire WWE Universe and challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Championship with the Universal Championship title around his waist so when Brock become the UFC Heavyweight Champion, he does it representing WWE as a two sport champion. The same way that Kurt Angle challenged in his prime for all of the WWE Titles with the Olympic Gold Medal strapped around his neck.
Kurt says Brock will defend the Universal Championship at SummerSlam or he is no longer champion.
Paul says that Kurt drives a hard bargain and is a hell of a negotiator. Brock will defend the Universal Title at SummerSlam!
Paul says on behalf of his client, he congratulates each and every one of you for your voices have been heard. You have all screamed at the top of your lungs that you want more Brock Lesnar. You want more of the beast, you want more of the conqueror. If you had it your way, the WWE Network would be all Brock Lesnar all the time. Kurt Angle has forced their hand and it is up to Kurt to determine who will be beaten, victimized, and conquered by Brock Lesnar.
Bobby Lashley’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Bobby says when he came back to WWE, he had two goals in mind. He accomplished the first by defeating Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules. Now it is time to accomplish the other. Bobby says that is to beat Brock Lesnar and win the Universal Title.
Drew McIntyre comes out and he tells Lashley to hold on. Drew asks why do you think he came back to the WWE? Did he come back to make up the roster numbers or stand in Dolph Ziggler’s corner? He came back for change and ensure the Intercontinental Title stayed around Dolph’s waist. That was Phase One. Now it is time for Phase Two. Drew says it is the Universal Championship.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. He says if you are looking for an opponent for Brock Lesnar, he is right here.
Elias makes his way to the ring with his guitar. He says he has one question for everybody. Who wants to walk with Elias? There is a lot of noise going on in this ring. Elias says nothing sounds nicer than Elias as Universal Champion. Elias says next week, his debut album drops. It only makes sense that you ride that success into SummerSlam and have him face Brock Lesnar.
Finn Balor is out next as his music hits. Balor points out how he was the first Universal Champion and says it only makes sense that it should be Balor vs. Lesnar.
Roman Reigns is out next to a loud, mixed reaction. Reigns slowly marches to the ring as Lashley and others look on. Reigns says he doesn’t have any excuses and doesn’t give a damn about Lesnar, all he wants is to fight someone tonight.
Angle says they are all deserving to be out here. He announces two Triple Threats tonight. The winners will face each other next week to determine Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent. It will be Elias vs. Rollins vs. Lashley and Reigns vs. Balor vs. McIntyre, which starts now. All 6 Superstars face off in the ring as Angle’s music hits. We go to commercial.
We are back and Kurt Angle walks in the back and Baron Corbin wants to know what Kurt is doing. Did Kurt get authorization from Stephanie. Kurt says he didn’t think he needed to get Stephanie’s authorization. Baron wants to know why Kurt didn’t put him in the match. Kurt reminds Baron that he lost to Finn.
#1 Contenders Triple Threat: Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
We go to the ring and Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Finn Balor are all facing off. The bell rings and they all go at it.
Back and forth early on in the match. Balor dropkicks McIntyre and Reigns clotheslines McIntyre over the top. Balor sends Reigns over the top to the floor. Balor runs the ropes and hits a big dive, taking out Reigns and McIntyre on the floor. McIntyre turns it around on Balor in the ring now. Reigns comes in but Drew nails a belly-to-belly throw for a 2 count. More back and forth now. McIntyre goes back to work on Reigns and nails a suplex for a 2 count. McIntyre works Balor over in the corners now. McIntyre turns back to Reigns and drops him with a right hand for another 2 count.
McIntyre mounts Reigns with strikes now, keeping him down as the referee warns him. McIntyre knocks Balor off the apron and into the barrier. McIntyre takes his time in the ring and stalks Reigns while he’s down. McIntyre with a neckbreaker for another 2 count on Reigns. We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with punches to Roman. Drew goes to the floor and he hot shots Balor on the apron and then sends him back into the ring. Drew with a boot to Balor and then to Roman. Drew sends Balor into the turnbuckles but Balor with a boot. Roman clotheslines Drew twice and then hits a flying clothesline. Balor with a forearm to Roman. Roman with a clothesline but he misses the Drive By. Drew with a flip dive onto Roman. Balor sends Drew into the ring steps and then Balor goes to the apron for a double stomp to the back. Balor sends Roman back into the ring and he takes Roman down and hits a double stomp for a near fall.
Balor with a front face lock but Roman backs him into the turnbuckles. Roman misses a splash into the corner and Balor goes to the apron for an enzuigiri. Balor goes up top and Drew hits Balor with a chair to send him to the floor. Drew brings the chair into the ring but Roman with an uppercut to stop Drew. Roman with punches and then Drew sends Roman shoulder first into the rng post. Drew gets a near fall as we go to commercial.
We are back and Roman with Neverending Story on Drew. Roman with a running boot. Roman sets for the Superman punch but Drew catches him and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Drew sets for a power bomb but Balor hits Drew in the back with a chair and he hits Drew again. Balor winds up and hits Roman in the back with the chair multiple times. Roman rolls to the floor. Balor goes to the floor and he hits a running drop kick that sends Drew into the ringside barrier. Balor tries to pick up Drew but he sees something coming from the side and Roman spears Drew.
Balor with Slingblade to Roman. Balor sends Roman into the ring and hits another Slingblade. Balor runs into a Superman punch but Balor kicks out. Roman sets for the spear but he runs into a kick and hits the running drop kick. Balor goes up top and hits Coup de Grace but Drew pulls Balor out of the ring to stop the count. Drew and Balor with punches and Balor is sent into the ring steps.
Drew sends Balor into the ring and Drew sets for the Claymore but Roman with aSuperman punch on Drew. Balor with a rollup on Roman for a near fall. Roman with a Superman punch to Balor but Drew with a head butt to Roman. Drew with a Claymore to Balor and Roman with a Superman punch that sends Drew to the floor. Roman with a spear for the three count!
Winner: Roman Reigns
Bayley is in Kurt’s office and she wants to know where Sasha is. Kurt asks Bayley how did the counseling go. She says it did not go well. She tried all that she could. She tried to meet Sasha half way but it didn’t work. Bayley says she doesn’t think Sasha and her will be together again. Kurt says he thinks she is wrong. Sasha and Bayley will settle this in the ring as a team against Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox. Bayley says it won’t work. Kurt says if it doesn’t work, then one of them will be traded to Smackdown.
– Dolph Ziggler is in the back getting his title belt shined up as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring.
Drew says last night at Extreme Rules, he did everything he said he would do. He put on an absolute clinic. Move over Robert Downey Jr. but he is more of a Black Sabbath fan because I AM IRON MAN. Dolph reminds everyone he is still your Intercontinental Champion. Dolph says something special happened last night. The Intercontinental Title main evented a WWE Pay Per View for the first time in 17 years. It wasn’t due to Seth Rollins. Dolph says he put the entire roster on notice. He says he gives credit where it is due.
Dolph says he respects everything that Seth did to make this championship what it is today. You are no Dolph Ziggler. Seth Rollins, I not only beat you once, I beat you five times.
Bobby Roode makes his way to the stage. Bobby says Dolph is trying to give credit where credit is due. You didn’t give any credit to Drew McIntyre. If it wasn’t for Drew, you wouldn’t be in this ring bragging. You should be on your hands and knees thanking Drew because you would be at some comedy club telling bad jokes.
Dolph says while he was headlining the pay per view, how fun was it to watch him from the sidelines. Bobby says the sidelines suck. Bobby says that is why he is out here right now. He is here to challenge Dolph for the title… right now.
Dolph refuses and Bobby asks Dolph if he is afraid he cannot do it on his own. Dolph falls for the Marty McFly method and he accepts the match. The match is announced for the title, but Dolph says it is a non title match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Bobby Roode in a Non Title Match
Roode with a kick and he tries for the Glorious DDT. Ziggler with a hammer lock. Dolph with a side head lock. Ziggler with a shoulder tackle. Roode with a hip toss and side head lock take down. Ziggler with a side head lock take down. Roode with a shoulder tackle and then he sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Roode goes to the floor and he sends Ziggler into the ringside barrier. Roode rolls Ziggler back into the ring but Ziggler sends Roode to the floor and hits a drop kick when Roode gets back into the ring. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock.
Roode with punches but Ziggler with a kick and swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Roode blocks a punch and punches Ziggler and then chops Ziggler. Ziggler with an Irish whip and Roode with a clothesline out of the corner. Ziggler sends Roode into the turnbuckle as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Roode with punches but Ziggler with a kick. Ziggler runs into boots from Roode. Ziggler misses a splash into the corner when Roode moves. Roode goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet and he applies a sleeper. Roode with a clothesline and Ziggler with a kick. Roode with a spinebuster. Roode with a clothesline into the corner but Ziggler avoids the bulldog. Ziggler runs into boots from Roode and Roode with a blockbuster.
Roode signals for the Glorious DDT but Ziggler with a back drop for a near fall. Roode avoids a Fameasser and Roode with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler sets for a super kick but Roode blocks it and he catapults Ziggler into the turnbuckles and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Ziggler goes to the apron and he drops Roode on the top rope and he goes for a Zig Zag but Roode holds the ropes. Ziggler runs into boots from Roode. Roode leaps over Ziggler and Roode’s knee buckles. Ziggler with a thrust kick to the knee and a super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– Bobby Lashley is in the back doing some shadow boxing. He says that the beast fears no man, but the beast has never met anyone like him. He will slay the beast at SummerSlam and he will become the Universal Champion.
– We are back and Bobby Roode is walking in the back. Mojo Rawley applauds Roode’s performance and says that Bobby is supposed to be glorious?
Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley
Rawley runs Breeze into the corner and connects with shoulders. Breeze clotheslines Rawley over the top rope and goes for a pescado but Mojo moves and Breeze lands on his feet. Rawley with a running shoulder tackle. Rawley gets a near fall. Rawley with a cobra clutch. Mojo sends Breeze to the mat and gets a near fall. Breeze with a sunset flip for a near fall. Breeze with an enzuigiri that sends Rawley into the corner and he hits a forearm.
Mojo goes to the floor and then he leaps to the apron and then hits a POUNCE. Mojo with a running forearm and then he hits an Alabama Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
– Sasha Banks and Bayley walk together in the back and neither is happy to be there. We go to commercial.
Dana Brooke and Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
Back from the break and Alicia Fox is wrapping her entrance with Dana Brooke. This is Fox’s first TV match since suffering an injury earlier this year. Bayley is out next. Sasha Banks is out next to join Bayley in the ring.
Fox and Bayley go at it back & forth now. Bayley with an early pin attempt. Fox ends up leveling Bayley with a big boot for a 2 count. Dana tags in and drops Bayley with a springboard elbow. Dana with more offense and a shot to Banks, knocking her off the apron. Dana turns around to Bayley making a comeback. Bayley unloads on Dana and knocks Fox off the apron. Bayley looks to put Dana away but Dana nails a big clothesline out of the corner. Dana sends Bayley out of the ring to the floor.
Fox attacks Bayley at ringside but Banks comes over for the save. Banks ends up backdropping Fox off the apron. Banks rams Dana back into the announce table and goes back to work on Fox. Banks nails a crossbody from the apron, taking Fox and Dana down on the floor as the referee counts them all out.
Double Count Out
After the bell, Banks walks way and goes straight to the back while Bayley recovers at ringside.
We are back and Sasha is getting her bags packed while Bayley wants to know what that was about. Sasha says it is one thing for her to beat up Bayley but she won’t let others. Bayley says this means she cares. Sasha admits that she cares and that she loves how Bayley has so many people care about her. She loves that Bayley knows when something is wrong. Sasha says she loves Bayley, she always has and always will. Sasha leaves the locker room.
– We take a look at photos of Kevin Owens being thrown off the top of the cage last night to win his match against Braun Strowman.
Renee Young is with Braun Strowman in the interview area. He is asked about what happened last night and if he has any regrets for what he did. Braun thinks about it and he says he does regret. He regrets that he did not get a chance to congratulate Kevin Owens on his victory last night. Renee asks why didn’t Braun want to be in the title picture for SummerSlam and Braun says he has the briefcase and that is a guaranteed title match.
– We go to the ring and out come new RAW Tag Team Champions Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. They celebrate their title win as we go to commercial.
The B-Team vs. The Ascension in a Non Title Match
The match is joined in progress and Konnor works over Axel but Axel sends Konnor into the ring post. Bo tags in and he punches Konnor. Bo with kicks in the corner. We see the Revival watch from the locker room. Axel tags in and he gets a near fall. Axel with a front face lock. Axel with a waist lock and Konnor kicks Axel away. Viktor and Bo tag in and Viktor with forearms and chops. Viktor with an Irish whip and back elbow. Viktor with an Irish whip and then he goes to the turnbuckles and hits a knee for a near fall. Konnor punches Axel and then Konnor goes over the top rope when Axel drops down. Axel tags in and they hit the neck breaker and belly-to-back suplex combination for the three count.
Winners: The B-Team
After the match, Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt appear on the TitanTron. Bray tells them to enjoy their moment of victory but it will not last. Matt says you have to pay for your crimes. Bray says next week they will have their rematch and they will get back what is theirs. Matt says they will be deleted.
– We take a look back at the Raw Women’s Championship Match from Extreme Rules.
– Alexa Bliss and Mickie James walk in the back and Alexa tells a few men they will never be Raw Women’s Champion. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James make their way to the ring. Alexa says kendo stick, chairs, trash cans, bullies, and overrated rookies and she walks out of Extreme Rules as champion. What an upset? You were thinking there was no way little Alexa Bliss could beat big Nia Jax in an Extreme Rules match. That was the last chapter in the Alexa Bliss/Nia Jax story. It ended the way it should have with the one true Goddess standing victorious. Alexa says she has dominated this women’s division because her strongest muscle is her brain. She outthinks and outsmarts her opponents. Alexa says it wasn’t that hard outsmarting Nia. Now Alexa can say that she defeated everyone in that locker room. Alexa responds to the Ronda chants because Alexa says she is not in that locker room because she is suspended. After last night, Ronda should be suspended indefinitely. Ronda was in the building as a fan last night…
Ronda Rousey makes her way down the aisle and Alexa says she is done speaking.
Ronda goes to the stage and then she chases Alexa and Mickie back to the ring. Ronda picks up Mickie and hits a swinging Samoan Drop and then tries to apply the arm bar. Mickie is pulled to safety but Ronda attacks Mickie and Alexa on the ramp. Ronda sends Alexa to the ring and then she applies a kimura.
Kurt Angle finally realizes what is going on and he stops Ronda. He tells Ronda that she needs to calm down, especially after what happened last night. Kurt mentions that Ronda has two days left on her suspension and she needs to go home. Baron Corbin comes out and says that Ronda needs to be reprimanded for her actions. He tells Kurt to do his job. Kurt says Baron is right and he will add another week on to the suspension. Baron says that Ronda blatantly spits in the face of authority and you only give her another week. Baron says Stephanie will not like it and he will call her. Baron says he left his phone in the office and he says he will get it. Kurt shows Ronda that he has Baron’s phone. Kurt says that he will give Ronda a match but she cannot pull any of this or she will lose her match. Kurt says that Ronda will get her match against Alexa for the Title at SummerSlam.
– We take a look back at Kurt Angle’s announcement of the way will find out who wrestles Brock Lesnar and highlights of the first match.
Charly Caruso is with Seth Rollins. Seth is asked about the path to Brock Lesnar and how confident is he. Seth says last night wasn’t his night but tonight is his night. Next Monday will be his night and SummerSlam will be his night when he becomes Universal Champion. He says he loves Roman and he will have to go through him if he has to. We go to commercial.
Authors of Pain vs. Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil
Before the match we get a pre-recorded video where Titus O’Neil says they get it. AOP are big, bad, and strong dues. You have to earn respect. Apollo says he was trying to make a name for himself. They are not stage hands and they will fight back.
Crews and Akam start things off and Rezar distracts Crews. Akam with a knee to Titus and he sends him into the ring post. Akam with a clothesline to Titus on the floor. Crews with an enzuigiri and drop kick. Akam backs Crews into the corner and tags in Rezar. Rezar with a full nelson slam. Rezar with shoulders in the corner. Akam tags in and Rezar with a reverse atomic drop followed by a boot from Akam. Rezar tags in and they hit a double gutbuster.
They hit Last Chapter for the three count.
Winners: Authors of Pain
– Liv Morgan rides on Sarah Logan’s back and they see the conga line pass. Liv and Sarah bust through the line as we go to commercial.
Ember Moon vs. Sarah Logan (with Liv Morgan)
They lock up and Sarah with an arm drag but Ember lands on her feet. Logan with a waist lock take down. Ember with a front face lock and a rollup for a near fall. Ember with a waist lock and Sarah with a back elbow. Sarah with a forearm that knocks Ember off the turnbuckles and to the floor. Sarah goes to the floor and sends Ember back into the ring. Sarah gets a near fall. Sarah with forearms to Ember.
Sarah sends Ember into the ropes and Sarah kicks Ember in the back. When the referee was dealing with Sarah, Liv with a forearm and Sarah gets a near fall. Sarah goes for a suplex but Ember counters and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Logan with a German suplex for a near fall. Sarah with a Cobra Clutch but Ember rolls through and gets a near fall. Logan with a neck breaker and she sends Ember back to the mat.
Ember with a kick to get out of the hold. Sarah with a belly-to-back suplex but Ember lands on her feet. Ember with a punch but Sarah is up first. Ember with a clothesline and knees. Ember with a knee lift. Ember with a sliding flatliner and Liv gets on the apron but Ember knocks her off. Logan with a rollup for a near fall. Ember with a thrust kick for a near fall. Ember drop kicks Sarah to the floor. Ember with a suicide dive and she gets a near fall when they return to the ring.
Liv gets on the apron to distract Ember on the turnbuckles and Logan hits the ropes to knock her off. Logan gets the three count.
Winner: Sarah Logan
– We are in the back and Elias is getting ready for his performance as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event and Elias is out with his guitar. He knocks Buffalo and plugs his debut album that comes out on Tuesday. Elias reveals the name of the album – Walk With Elias. He talks about how he will be the WWE Universal Champion and a successful recording artist. Elias starts performing his latest song, taking shots at Buffalo and tonight’s opponents. The music finally interrupts and out comes Seth Rollins. The winner of this match will face Roman Reigns next week to determine the new #1 contender for WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
#1 Contenders Triple Threat: Elias vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
We go to commercial as Rollins poses in the corner.
We are back and Elias attacks Rollins while Lashley comes to the ring but the match has not started.
The bell rings and Elias goes after Rollins and kicks him to send him to the floor. Lashley sends Elias into the turnbuckles and punches him. Elias goes to the floor and forgets that Rollins is also on the floor. Rollins with a clothesline to Elias. Lashley wants a piece of Rollins and Seth gets back into the ring. They lock up and Rollins with a side head lock and take down.
Lashley gets a near fall on a rollup. Lashley with a shoulder tackle and then he knocks Elias off the apron with a shoulder. Lashley with a side head lock take down. Rollins with a drop kick to Lashley followed by a chop. Rollins with an IRish whip but Lashley sends Rollins to the apron. Rollins with a springboard move but Lashley with a kick. Elias with a jumping knee to Lashley and Rollins gets a near fall with a rollup. Rollins hits the turnbuckles and Rollins counters a power bomb into a rana and Elias with a knee for a near fall.
We see Corbin, Angle, and Heyman watching in the office as we go to commercial.
We are back and Slias with a chin lock on Rollins. Lashley punches Elias and Rollins punches Elias. Rollins with a jawbreaker to Elias followed by a clothesline from Lashley. Lashley with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Elias followed by a clothesline to Rollins. Lashley goes for the delayed vertical suplex but Rollins blocks it. Bobby with a power slam on Rollins followed by a spinebuster to Elias for a near fall.
Lashley goes to the floor after Elias and Elias sends Lashley into the ring post. Elias avoids a suicide dive from Rollins. Lashley is sent into the ring post by Elias one more time and then Elias goes up top and hits the elbow drop for a near fall. Rollins with a frog splash on Lashley and Elias sends Rollins to the floor to get a cover on Lashley but Lashley kicks out. Elias with forearms to Rollins’ neck and then he gets Rollins on his shoulders. Rollins with an elbow but Elias with an elbow. Rollins with a boot to Elias in the corner and then he hits a blockbuster for a near fall.
Rollins sets for a superplex on Elias but Elias with punches. Rollins with forearms. Elias with punches to Rollins and he drops Rollins face first on the mat. Elias is stopped by Lashley. Lashley with punches and he goes for an overhead belly-to-belly superplex but Rollins grabs Lashley and hits a buckle bomb. Rollins with a superplex on Elias and he rolls through into the Falcon Arrow for a near fall.
Rollins with a suicide dive onto Elias and then he sends Elias into the ring and hits a suicide dive on Lashley. Rollins with an enzuigiri and Slingblade on Elias. Rollins with a thrust kick followed by Black Out to Elias but Lashley breaks up the cover. Elias rolls to the floor while Lashley and Rollins remain in the ring. Rollins with a forearm and Lashley fires back. They go back and forth. Rollins with forearms and then he runs into a clothesline from Lashley. Lashley sets for a delayed vertical suplex on Rollins and he hits it.
Lashley wets for the spear but Rollins with a leap frog and Lashley hits the ring post. Rollins with a rollup for a near fall. Rollins is pulled to the floor by Elias. Lashley with a spear on Elias for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the match, Lashley stands tall as we go to replays. Reigns vs. Lashley is confirmed for next week. We come back to Lashley making his exit up the ramp as his music hits. Rollins and Elias recover at the ring. RAW goes off the air with Lashley celebrating on the stage.
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