Written by: ZiggyZag
Welcome to this weeks RAW recap ladies and gentleman. Set for tonight’s show live from Nashville, TN is RAW General Manager Kurt Angle reveling his big secret, Samoa Joe facing Roman Reigns in the main event with the winner going on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Dean Ambrose kicking off the show to address what went on last week between him and Seth Rollins. Before the show starts, we get a quick look at the mysterious events surrounding Kurt Angle.
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After it airs, commentary hypes up tonight’s show before Dean Ambrose’s theme hits and out he comes with a steel chair in hand. Dean grabs a mic and says he’s looking for a fight. He challenges and calls out Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his “Miztourage” but instead, Seth Rollins comes out. Seth wants to know why Dean is picking a fight he know he can’t win? Dean talks about how he told Seth to stay out of his business last week but ended up fighting Seth’s battles and saving him from The Miz and his “Miztourage” . Seth appreciates Dean and his toughness but says he thinks he needs to come up with a new plan. Seth calls Dean his brother but Ambrose brings up The Shield and how they were brothers until Seth turned his back on him and Roman. Seth apologies and says he moved on but Dean doesn’t seem to care. Seth then dares Dean to hit him in the back with the chair so he can let all his anger out. Ambrose looks like he’s going to do it but throws the chair out the ring. Before the two can move on, The Miz’s theme hits and he’s out with his “Miztourage”. Miz says that was touching like a Country song but it’s not going to work. He continues talking as he, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel surround the ring and grab chairs from under the ring. Ambrose and Rollins keep an eye on the three as the climb up on the ring apron now looking to attack. Dean quickly pushes The Miz off but Axel and Dallas attack Seth. Dean continues the attack on the outside of the ring on Miz while Bo and Curtis continue their attack on Seth. The Miz finally turns things around on Dean by throwing him into the steel steps and slides into the ring to join in on the attack on Rollins. Miz tells Bo to set up a chair as Seth lays in pain. Axel and Dallas pick Seth up and bring him over to The Miz who nails Seth with a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair. All three men pose and leave the ring heading up the ramp but Miz gets one more chair shot on Dean Ambrose. Crows boos as commentary hypes up RAW and promotes our first match of the night coming up after the commercial break.
Back with The Miz, his wife Maryse and the “Miztourage” walking backstage until they’re approached by the lovely Charly Caruso. Charly wants them to comment on their actions but Miz cuts her off and says Rollins and Ambrose heard everything they needed to say tonight and walks off.
Cut back out to the arena with our first match of the night as Bayley makes her way to the ring followed by RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.
Bayley vs RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss
Winner: Bayley via Bayley-to-Belly. Match grade- C *Nia Jax came out during the match and tried to distract Bayley a few times but Sasha Banks prevented that and fought Nia off.
After the match, Bayley and Sasha celebrate as we get replays.
We then cut to the commentary table but before Michael Cole can say anything, Corey Graves leaves the tables and heads to the back. Cole then leads us to a quick look at The ESPY Awards last week.
Back with a hype video of Roman Reigns to help promote tonight’s main event.
After the video, we cut to Kurt Angle looking nervous with Corey Graves nearby. Kurt says he’s having second thoughts about tonight but Corey talks about how we’re in the social media era and this news will eventually come out. Kurt agrees and says that everyone should hear the news from him before anyone else. He thanks him for his friendship and says it means so much to him.
Another backstage segment now with Akira Tozawa, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews after we get a look at the past matches between Tozawa and Cruiserweight Champion Neville. Titus discusses a few things with Akira and Apollo until Ariya Daivari interrupts them. Daivari wants to know where Tozawa’s honor has gone and wants a rematch from their match last week so he can finish what he started before Neville got involved. He walks off as we go back out to the ring for out next match.
Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak vs. Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali
Winners: Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher after Ali nails an inverted 450 splash on Kendrick. Match grade- C
After the match Ali and Gallagher celebrate before we cut backstage to see Enzo Amore walking as he’s up next after the commercial.
Back with Enzo Amore out to address the recent issues between him and Big Cass.
Enzo talks about his mic work and how well him and Cass were as a team but even with Cass being 7ft tall, he hasn’t won them tag team gold. He goes on to talk about their match at Great Balls of Fire and says he’s still apart of Cass’ life. He shows a replay of The Big Show confronting Cass last week and says Cass’ check bounced and he sucks. He trash talks Big Cass some more till Cass comes out with a new theme. Cass says Enzo didn’t learn his lesson at Great Balls of Fire since he’s still running his mouth. He says he’s gonna beat some sense into Enzo and hopefully he will finally learn to shut his mouth. Cass heads down to the ring as Enzo is taunting him but leaves the ring and hops over the security barrier. He finds a fan and says the two of them are gonna enjoy what happens to Cass next. The Big Show’s theme hits and out he comes. Before Show can get in the ring, Cass nails him with a big boot which stuns him. Big Show then nails Cass with a headbutt and pulls him out the ring. The two continue to brawl with Show getting most the advantage but Big Cass turns it around once they get back into the ring. Cass trash talks Show but Enzo tries to attack him from behind but catches a big boot instead. Cass looks back at Big Show as he recovers but leaves him be as the crowd boos.
Backstage now with Roman Reigns prepping for his match later. Charly Caruso walks up to him and wants his thoughts on his match against Samoa Joe. Roman says the stakes are high tonight but he’ll do what he does best and beat Samoa Joe and go on to win the Universal Championship. Afterwards commentary hype up Kurt Angle’s announcement and the next match for the night.
Before our next match gets underway, we see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins backstage still recovering from the attack earlier in the night. Kurt Angle walks in and says the two can face any two guys from the Miztourage next week. Dean says they’ll take on all three which Kurt approves before walking off.
Out in the ring now with Elias Samson bringing us another song. He starts to talk about Nashville as the crowd chants for Finn Balor. He tells them that he wants Balor too but they’ll have to wait. Elias starts to play his guitar but Finn Balor’s theme hits as he makes his way to the ring.
Finn Balor vs Elias Samson
After the match, the trainers help Finn up but Bray Wyatt’s graphic flashes across the screen and he appears on the big screen laughing at Balor. He says he needs to satisfy his soul and inflict pain on Balor. He says he feels the need to punish him and will enjoy every second of it.
Back with RAW GM Kurt Angle preparing for his announcement when Bayley and Sasha Banks walk in. Bayley says she knows Kurt has a lot on his mind but her and Sasha want to know who’s facing Alexa Bliss next since they both have wins over her. Bayley feels she should but Sasha Banks disagrees. Kurt says instead of him deciding, they will next week in a match.
We cut to commentary promoting Smackdown’s PPV Battleground which is this Sunday.
We then get a look at last weeks attack on The Hardys by The Revival. Charly Caruso is backstage interviewing The Revival. They vow to continue the attack on The Hardys tonight in their match later.
Back out to the ring as we get set for Cruiserweight action.
After the match, Daivari dedicates his match to Hassan Yazdani while Akira and Titus argue about his decision.
Backstage now with Kurt Angle getting ready for his announcement up next.
Back with Kurt Angle making his way out to the ring. Kurt grabs a mic and apologizes to the WWE for being a distraction.
He says he recently found out that an action from his past had a serious consequence and changed his life. He’s scared of change because he thought it would hurt his family but his family is on full support. He thanks the WWE for understanding before reveling what his announcement is. The announcement is that he had another child with a women he was with in college. He didn’t know about the child since the woman gave birth nine months after they ended their relationship. He then says the child was put up for adoption but was adopted by two loving parents that taught him American values. He goes on to talk about how well the child did in school and even followed his dreams of becoming a WWE Superstar. He says it’s time that they settle things in the ring and he introduces his son….. Jason Jordan from American Alpha. Jason comes out as Kurt cries a little. Jason gets in the ring and the two hug as the crowd applauds.
Back with tag team action
The Revival vs. The Hardys
Winners: The Revival after Scott Dawson pushed Jeff Hardy off the top rope when he was going for the Swanton Bomb which caused Dash Wilder to get the pin. Match grade- C
We cut backstage to Charly Caruso interviewing Samoa Joe. Joe comments on his match and says he showed the world that he doesn’t fear Brock Lesnar. Tonight, he’ll blow through Roman on his way to “The Beast” Before walking off, he guarantees that the third time against Reigns will be a charm tonight.
We then get a video featuring WWE’s partnership Special Olympics. The video features a powerlifter named Norris Peterson talking to Dana Warrior. After the video, we see Norris in the crowd as the crowd applauds him.
Back with Titus O’Neil apologizing to Akira Tozawa for getting the match called off but he was thinking about his future. Akira tells Titus that he wants him to get him a rematch with Ariya Daivari this week on 205Live.
Before we get to our main event, we get word that Elias Samson and Finn Balor will face each other next week in a NO DQ match.
Main event time
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe: Winner faces Brock Lesnar at Summerslam for the Universal Championship.
Match ends in a no contest due to Braun Strowman making his return since the aftermath in the Ambulance match at Great Balls of Fire attacking both Roman and Joe. Joe and Roman try to fight Braun off after the match but they fail.
RAW ends with Braun standing strong while Samoa Joe recovers from the attack and Roman Reigns laid out.
Match grade: C+
Pretty solid RAW tonight with some pretty decent matches. Match of the night for me goes to Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe. Was hoping Braun would show and I was not disappointed. Didn’t know what to expect about the Kurt thing to be honest but I will say that I’m interested to see what goes on with his newfound “son” . Personal RAW rating: B-
Well folks another RAW, another RAW recap. What can we expect on the road towards Summerslam? Who knows but one thing for sure, we are in for a heck of a ride full of ups and downs. Be sure to catch Smackdown and 205Live tomorrow and Battleground this Sunday as the Smackdown side go to war.
Till next week
Picture and video credits: WWE