Written by: ZiggyZag
Welcome to this weeks RAW recap ladies and gentleman. Tonight’s show comes to us from the beautiful city of Los Angeles,CA as the RAW roster continues their road towards Great Balls of Fire. Confirmed for tonight is Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, R-Truth and Goldust finally coming face to face, a Women’s Gauntlet match to see who will take on RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss at Great Balls of Fire, and MizTV featuring new Los Angeles Lakers player Lonzo Ball, his father and brothers as guests.
Let’s get right to it.
Kicking off tonight’s show is “The Big Dog” himself, Roman Reigns.
Roman makes his way to the ring as commentary recaps last weeks events with the return of Braun Strowman and Braun making the Ambulance Match challenge. Roman in the ring now as the crowd chants for Strowman. He talks about how Samoa Joe did indeed lock him in the Coquina Clutch and how Braun returned to pick up the scraps. Roman goes on to talk about Braun and accepts his Ambulance Match challenge for Great Balls of Fire. He tells Braun that he’s taking him to hell due to this being his yard and he makes the rules but before he can continue, the sound of an ambulance backing into the arena catches him off guard. Roman drops the mic and heads up the ramp as the ambulance continues to back up. Roman approaches the ambulance with caution and peeps through the windows. He then opens the doors to see who’s inside but it’s empty. Out of nowhere, Braun Strowman attacks Roman and picks him up before launching him across the stage. Braun climbs up the stage to continue his attack but Roman rocks him with a punch causing Braun to stumble near the edge of the stage. Roman attempts a Superman Punch but Strowman catches him and throws him off the stage into the side of the ambulance. Braun then heads down to the ambulance with Roman in hand and throws him into the back. The ambulance drives off as Braun poses. Commentary hypes up RAW for the night and announce six man tag team action coming up next as we cut to our first commercial break of the night.
Back with our first match featuring The Hardys and Finn Balor going up against Elias Samson and RAW Tag Team Champions, Sheamus and Cesaro.
We get replays after the match as Finn and The Hardys celebrate their win.
We cut to a new Shattered Dreams Production video from Goldust
Back with Goldust making his entrance with his own cameraman dressed in a gold suit standing in front. R-Truth is out shortly after quickly making his way to the ring.
Match never happens due to Goldust attacking R-Truth after using his cameraman as a shield.
Backstage now with the lovely Charly Caruso interviewing Paul Heyman. She informs him that social media is on fire because of Brock’s appearance later on. Heyman says the Staples Center is on fire tonight because Brock Lesnar is gonna call Samoa Joe out for a fight. Before he can speak some more, Samoa Joe catches him from behind in a choke hold but doesn’t apply it fully, just enough to mess with him. He says that he isn’t gonna put the Coquina Clutch on him but he will use it on Brock later tonight. Coming up next, MizTV.
Back with MizTV getting underway. Miz says that he and his wife Maryse couldn’t be more happier after exposing Dean Ambrose due to his actions. He tries to kiss her but she curves him. Miz moves on and says that he has a huge announcement. He hypes up LaVar Ball and brings him out as well as his son LaMelo. LaVar gets in the ring and introduces his other son and new teammate for the Los Angeles Lakers, Lonzo Ball. Miz praises all three men and tries to get in on the Big Baller Brand partnership but LaVar isn’t having it. He tells Miz that they only have three letters and that Miz is too low for them. Miz says he’s the Michael Jordan of WWE but LaVar still listening to him and tells LaMelo to handle Miz for him. Dean Ambrose’s theme hits and he stands at the top of the entrance ramp looking on. Michael Cole informs us that he will be in action next along with Heath Slater and Rhyno as they take on Miz,Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.
Winners: Miz, Axel and Dallas after Bo rolls Rhyno up for the win following a distraction. Match grade- C
Cut to outside in the parking lot with Paul Heyman waiting for Brock Lesnar to arrive. At the commentary table now as Michael Cole leads us into a video about Enzo Amore and Big Cass. After the video, Enzo is seen making his way to the ring as we cut to commercial.
Back with Enzo Amore making his entrance as he looks to adress his former tag team partner, Big Cass.
Enzo says he’s been trying to contract Cass and even called his mom but he wouldn’t answer. He goes on to talk until he calls Cass out to the ring. Cass makes his way down to the ring as the crowd boos him. Enzo tells him to listen to the reactions and say he knows those reactions are hurting Cass. Enzo admits that Cass was right about some of the things he said last week, He says that him and Cass are brothers that did this and that together. He wants them to move pass from last week and go after the RAW Tag Team Championships. Cass tells Enzo that he’s sorry and extends his hand. Crows tells Enzo not to shake it but he does. They do their SAWFT outro and head up the ramp. Looks like all is forgiven but Cass clotheslines Enzo and mocks him. He then picks Enzo up over his head and throws him down the entrance ramp. Crowd looks on in shock as Big Cass leaves. Up next WWE 2K18 cover star, Seth Rollins.
Back from commercial but before we can get to our next match, Big Cass walks up on Corey Graves and says he must have dirt on RAW GM Kurt Angle since Cass can’t lay a hand on him. He warns Corey to stay out of his business before leaving. Out comes Seth Rollins making his way to the ring for his match.
Seth Rollins vs Curt Hawkins
Winner: Seth Rollins via a jumping knee to face. Match grade: C
After the match while Rollins is celebrating, Bray Wyatt’s graphic flashes across the screen and Wyatt appears on the big screen. Bray warns Seth and tells him that he’s everywhere. He tells Seth that they’ll face off at Great Balls of Fire and warns Seth to give in to his true self or burn.
Backstage with Kurt Angle as Dana Brooke and Mickie James draw their entrant numbers for tonight’s Gauntlet Match. *Bayley drew hers earlier in the night.
Back out in the parking lot again as we see Paul Heyman still waiting for Brock to arrive. He doesn’t have to wait any longer cause a car pulls up and out hops Universal champ Brock Lesnar who doesn’t look happy.
Backstage with Sasha Banks drawing her entrant number for the Gauntlet Match.
Back in the ring as JoJo introduces Paul Heyman. Heyman gets on the mic and starts to run down Samoa Joe. He tells Joe that now is the time to fear his client. He bring out Brock and as he does his entrance shuffle, Samoa Joe catches him from behind in the Coquina Clutch but Brock doesn’t go down easily. He tries to fight out of it but Joe holds on. Eventually Brock gets down on one knee while Joe locks the hold in tighter. The Revival and a few other wrestlers come out to pull Samoa Joe off Brock which he does. Joe talks smack while Brock tries to recover.
Back and we get a quick look at what happened between Brock and Samoa Joe before he get to our next match.
Lince Dorado vs Cruiserweight Champion Neville. *Akira Tozawa is chilling at ringside in the Titus Brand VIP section
Winner: Neville via submission with the Rings of Saturn. Match grade- C
After the match, Neville and Akira face off but before anything pops off, Titus O’Neil comes out. He asks then why would they fight for free and tells them that he got word that Neville and Tozawa will face each other at Great Balls of Fire. He praises Tozawa and trash talks Neville before we cut backstage so see Emma drawing her entrant number for the Gauntlet match coming up shortly.
Back with a quick look at what went down between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns earlier tonight.
Cut to backstage and we see Paul Heyman walking quickly but is stopped and startled when Charly Caruso approaches him. He tells her that he knows Brock is in trouble if he gets locked in the Coquina Clutch at Great Balls of Fire but makes it known that Samoa Joe will get taken to Suplex City and receive an F-5 before walking off.
We then cut to Nia Jax leaving Kurt Angle’s office but is approached by RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss. Alexa tries again this week to get on Nia’s good side and wishes her good luck even though she doesn’t need it. Nia tells her that she is right about her not needing luck and that she will she her and the RAW Women’s Championship at Great Balls of Fire. She walks off as we go to commercial.
*commercial cut* Quick reminder to check out Smackdown Live tomorrow featuring the women’s Money in the Bank rematch.
Main Event time: Women’s Gauntlet Match to determine who faces Alexa Bliss at Great Balls of Fire for the RAW Women’s Championship. Nia Jax,Bayley,Sasha Banks,Mickie James,Dana Brooke and Emma are the women fighting for the opportunity.
Bayley drew number one, Nia Jax drew number two
Nia pins and eliminates Bayley via Samoan Drop.
Mickie James is out next as the third entrant.
Nia pins and eliminates Mickie after Mickie attempted a DDT but failed and got tossed across the ring,then dominated.
Dana Brooke is out next as the fourth entrant.
Nia pins and eliminates Dana via leg drop.
Emma is out next as the fifth entrant.
Nia eliminates Emma via Samoan Drop after countering Emma attempting a diving cross body.
Looks like Nia has this won but she has one more opponent, Sasha Banks is out as the sixth and final entrant.
Sasha wins via getting Nia to submit to a modified Banks Statement.
After the match, Sasha celebrates for a second till RAW GM Kurt Angle comes out to raise her hand and celebrate with her. Alexa Bliss theme interrupts the celebration as she walks out to a positive reaction heading towards the ring. Alexa raises the RAW Women’s Championship in Sasha’s face but Sasha nails her with a dropkick and picks up the championship. She raises it as Alexa looks on in shock outside the ring. Alexa tries to grab her title back after Sasha sits it down but Sasha grabs it back and raises it again. Alexa finally gets the belt back as Sasha poses for the crowd thus ending tonight’s show.
Pretty good show tonight. I recommend that you guys and girls definitely peep Sasha and Nia’s part of the Gauntlet Match. Those two put on a show, salute ladies. Only thing I was eh about was Goldust vs R-Truth. Wish Goldie had really brought out the OG styled Goldust tonight with the wig and robe for his entrance but I guess beggars can’t be choosers. Who knows? The personal cameraman was a dope touch though. Interested to see what goes down next between these two as well as what happens on the continued road to Great Balls of Fire. Show rating: B+
Once again peeps, be sure to catch Smackdown Live and 205 Live tomorrow. Till next time
Pic credits: WWE
Goldust Shattered Dreams Productions gif credit: converted by me, owner credit: WWE
Video credits: WWE