Written by: ZiggyZag
Welcome ladies and gentleman to this weeks RAW recap. Already announced for tonight's show live from Washington, DC is Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose taking on The Miz and his "Miztourage" in a two on three handicap match, Sasha Banks going toe to toe with Bayley in a number one contender match to see who faces RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss at Summerslam, and Finn Balor looking to get some retribution against Elias Samson in a No-DQ Match. All of that and more as the RAW roster continues the road to Summerslam.
Let's get right to it.
*Before the show begins, we get a quick look at last weeks main event between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe with Braun Strowman returning and causing havoc.
Kicking off the show is RAW's general manager and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle.
Kurt takes the mic and starts talking about his big secret from last week and how he was nervous. He notes that he's giving his "son" Jason Jordan an opportunity tonight and putting him in action. Kurt then switches the subject on last weeks number one contender match between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe which ended in a no contest due to Braun Strowman. Kurt's about to announce his solution for Brock Lesnar's opponent at Summerslam but is interrupted by Braun Strowman. Braun takes the mic and says the next words out of Kurt's mouth better be his name or else. Braun makes a point by saying he won his match at Great Balls of Fire unlike Roman and Samoa Joe. Braun says he doesn't fear Brock and he will break him in half at Summerslam to become the new Universal Champion. Before Braun can go on or Kurt gives a response, Samoa Joe makes his way down to the ring. Joe says him and Braun haven't crossed paths yet and introduces himself. He says the only reason why he's not knocking Braun's teeth out due to last week is because he stopped Roman from losing to him again. Joe tells Kurt that Roman and Braun should go to war while him and Brock face off again. Roman Reigns' theme hits and out comes the "Big Dog". Roman takes the mic and says Joe or Braun haven't done a thing since they've been here. Roman names some of his accomplishments like championship wins and Wrestlemania moments. Roman then says it's now time to show the world what he's about to do and charges at Joe but Kurt steps in-between them. Kurt calms things down and announces Braun,Joe, and Roman as Brock Lesnar's opponents for Summerslam. Kurt's theme plays as he's about to leave but Samoa Joe stops him, not agreeing with the decision but Kurt tells him that they're done and he leaves. Braun gets back on the mic and says he doesn't care how many people are involved, all he cares about is "piling bodies" Roman tells Braun to shut up and decks him with a right hand. Braun grabs Roman but Samoa Joe tries to help Roman out and ends up getting caught by Braun too. Roman and Joe fight Braun off and toss him out the ring. Both then throw Braun over the barricade as officials come out to stop things. Samoa Joe then decks Roman and a brawl is off between the two. The two continue the fight in the ring till Braun steps back in the picture and takes care of both men. Kurt calls for security but Braun makes quick and I mean quick work of them.
Samoa Joe takes advantage while Braun is distracted and locks in the Coquina Clutch till Kurt calls for the RAW roster to come out and help stop the madness. Reigns ends up spearing Braun,Joe, and knocking down a few wrestlers that were in the way. Braun somewhow gets back to his feet and takes care of Roman for good with a big powerslam. Braun stands tall while the remaining roster looks on.
Commentary then hypes up the show and announce that Finn Balor and Elias Samson are in action next.
Back with JoJo introducing Elias Samson who sings another song this week but is interrupted by Finn Balor.
Finn Balor vs Elias Samson: No-DQ Match
Winner: Elias Samson after Bray Wyatt appeared and laid Balor out with the Sister Abigail. Match grade: C+
After the match, Bray spider walks over to Finn who's still laid out and says a few things before his graphic flashes across the screen.
Commentary in shock hype up RAW again and Jason Jordan's RAW debut as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial with a quick video at Kurt Angle announcing Jason Jordan as his "son" last week. After the video airs, Renee Young is backstage interviewing Kurt. Renee informs us that Jason will face Curt Hawkins later on and asks Kurt how he feels about his "son" being in action tonight. Kurt says Jason will have to prove himself as a successful singles competitor and that he has butterflies about the match. Kurt continues to talk about Jason till Emma interrupts him. She wants to know when is the focus going to be put on her since she started the women's revolution. She then says maybe if she dates Kurt's "son" she'll get noticed. Kurt isn't pleased with that remark and books Emma in a match with Nia Jax since she wants to prove herself. Kurt walks off as the camera cuts to Enzo Amore walking backstage heading out for his match till he's approached by the Big Show. Show asks Enzo if he really wants to do this? Enzo says he needs to show Big Cass he made a mistake by turning on him and that he'll bring the fight to him. He tells Big Show not to worry and walks off.
Back with Enzo Amore making his way out to the ring followed by Big Cass.
Enzo Amore vs Big Cass
Winner: Big Cass via Big Boot on Enzo. Match grade: C
After the match, Cass picks Enzo up and puts him up in the corner to talk some more trash. The Big Show's theme hits and he makes his way to the ring. Cass picks up Enzo threatening to snap his neck if Big Show comes any closer. Big Show ignores him and gets into the ring but Cass shoves Enzo into him. Cass nails Big Show with a Big Boot and continues the attack. He lands five Empire Elbows on Big Show and attacks him even more. Big Show tries to come back but Cass continues to get the best of him. Cass then does some trash talking and stands tall as the ref checks on Big Show.
Backstage with Renee Young interviewing RAW Women's Champ Alexa Bliss. Renee wants to know who Alexa would rather defend her title against but Alexa says she isn't worried about Summerslam. She says we're gonna see a friendship destroyed tonight. She says neither Sasha or Bayley will be the winner tonight, the real winner is her.
Back with Emma in the ring awaiting her opponent Nia Jax.
Emma vs Nia Jax.
Winner: Nia Jax via Somersault Senton (yes you read that right) Match grade: C
Backstage again with Charly Caruso interviewing Akira Tozawa who's shoulder is taped up. We get quick look on the reason why his shoulder is taped up due to his matches last week with Ariya Daivari. Tozawa says he wants another rematch against Ariya but Titus O'Neil walks up. Titus says he's been looking for him and understands he wants revenge but he can't let him do that because he's a liability. He tells Tozawa that he went to Kurt Angle and canceled his rematch request. Tozawa isn't pleased and tells Titus to stay in the back before storming off. Titus follows and the two argue while heading to the ring. Both guys in the ring now and Akira pushes Titus away telling him not to touch him.
Back with Tozawa demanding Daivari come out but Cruiserweight Champion Neville does instead. Neville talks some trash to Tozawa and says he warned him about Titus. He tells Tozawa that he's a joke,pathetic, and nothing more that a shell of his former.. Tozawa decks Neville before he can continue and beats him down. Akira heads up the top rope and lands a diving senton. He grabs his shoulder and tries to recover but Ariya Daivari attacks him and lays him out. He then picks up Neville and lays him out as well before motioning the Cruiserweight Championship around his waste and leaving.
Backstage with Bayley and Sasha Banks getting ready for their match. Sasha says she can't wait to get her hands on Alexa and become a four-time women's champion. Bayley disagrees since she wants to be the one to face Alexa and tells Sasha to focus on their match tonight instead. Things slightly get heated for a sec but Bayley tells Sasha may the best woman win and Sasha agrees saying that the best woman will win before walking off.
Back with a look at the brawl earlier between Braun Strowman,Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns.
Afterwards we cut backstage to another interview from Renee Young with Jason Jordan. Jason says he's grateful for the opportunity and knows all eyes are on him. He to has butterflies but is focused on winning his match.
In the lockeroom now with Dean Ambrose prepping for his 2 on 3 handicap match with Seth Rollins later. Seth walks up and says he's excited but wants to come up with a gameplan. Dean isn't feeling the idea. Seth says they have three guys to worry about but Dean says Seth has three guys to worry about but he(Dean) has four to worry about.
Back out in the ring now getting set for our next match.
Bayley vs Sasha Banks: Winner faces Alexa Bliss at Summerslam. *Alexa Bliss is out for the match on commentary
Winner and new number one contender: Bayley after countering Sasha's pin following a Frog Splash. Match grade: B
After the match, Bayley and Sasha stare at each other till Alexa gets in the ring facing off against Bayley.
Backstage again with Renee Young interviewing Curt Hawkins. Curt says he's tired of everyone talking about Jason Jordan and tonight he'll ruin his big RAW debut.
Before we get to commercial, we get a look at another Special Olympics athlete video on Cornell Gray.
Back with Curt Hawkins taking on Jason Jordan
Winner: Jason Jordan via belly-to-back suplex and neckbreaker. Match grade: C
We get a quick look at the recent altercations between The Revival and The Hardys. Afterwards we see The Revival walking backstage getting ready to head out to the ring.
Back in the ring now with Charly Caruso introducing The Revival. Charly tries to ask the team a question but Scott Dawson cuts her off and says him and Dash can take it from here. Both guys talk about how they are running the tag team division and what they've done so far. They go on but are interrupted by Gallows and Anderson. They trash talk Scott and Dash and call them nerds before entering the ring.
The Revival vs Gallows and Anderson
Winners: The Revival via Shatter Machine on Karl Anderson after a distraction from The Hardys. Match grade: C
After the match, The Revival celebrate but The Hardys run down to the ring and attack them. Jeff tries to go for the Swanton Bomb on Dash Wilder but Scott Dawson pulls him out the ring for the save. Matt and Jeff look on as Scott and Dash retreat up the ramp.
Backstage now with The Miz,Maryse and Miztourage. Miz says tonight they'll prove that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are nothing but a box office bomb waiting to happen.
Back as we get ready for our main event but first, commentary promote next weeks RAW featuring a Triple Threat Match between Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman. Also for Jason Jordan will be a guest on MizTV.
After the announcement we see rapper Wale in the crowd for a quick celebrity plug before Dean Ambrose makes his way out to the ring followed by his partner Seth Rollins and their opponents The Miz and his Miztourage.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas: 2 on 3 Handicap Match
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins after Dean hits the Dirty Deeds on Miz. Match grade: C
After the match, Seth and Dean celebrate and Seth sticks his fist out for a Shield bump like the old days but Dean just walks off leaving Seth alone and in disappoint as RAW comes to a close.
Well what a great RAW. Glad it was after that horrible PPV last night That opening segment was CRAZY! Always down to see a good brawl if done right. That Fatal-4-Way at Summerslam is gonna be explosive. Match of the night for me goes to the ladies this week. I feel like Sasha and Bayley have the best chemistry on the roster between the women with Nikki Cross and Asuka down in NXT coming in second. These two have just clicked ever since the days in NXT and not once have I seen a flaw or been disappointed. Looks like they're still on board with Sasha turning heel so I'm interested to see how her heel role does on the main roster. All I can say is Summerslam is going to be a wild show for the RAW side… Hopefully Smackdown can get it together cause after last night man…. Anywho tonight's show gets a B+ from me. Be sure to catch Smackdown and 205Live tomorrow folks.
Till next time
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