Written by ZiggyZag
Ladies and gentleman welcome to this weeks RAW recap live from Boston,MA as the RAW roster gets set for SummerSlam this Sunday. Set for tonight's go home show is Sasha Banks taking on Nia Jax in a number one contender match in which the winner moves on to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam for the RAW Women's Championship and instead of happening at Summerslam, Akira Tozawa will face WWE Cruiserweight Champ Neville with the championship on the line. All that and more as the road towards SummerSlam starts to slow down. Let's get right to it folks!
Before the show begins,we get a look at the recent feud between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and the RAW Tag Team Champs, Sheamus and Cesaro. After that,commentary welcomes us to RAW and out to start off our show is Dean Ambrose. Dean grabs the mic and says he knows people have been wondering what's up between him and Seth since last week and calls him out. Out comes Seth to a great reaction from the crowd.
Ambrose says he's tired of the games and asks Seth what is he doing? Seth and Dean have a few words before Seth finally tells him that he knows the both of them can run this place if they team up again. Seth says if Dean is willing to put the past in the past,then he'll stop playing games and offers the Shield fist bump. Ambrose thinks about it but ends up not fist bumping him back. They have words again and Seth says that maybe this idea was stupid. He tries to convince Ambrose again and tries to leave the ring but Ambrose stops him. Dean offers his fist this time and Seth looks like he's going to bump it but turns his back and tries to leave again. Ambrose stops him again and they start pushing each other before brawling. The brawl continues till Sheamus and Cesaro come out and attack both men. The tag champs have the advantage in the attack for the most part but Ambrose and Rollins finally turn things around and gain the upper hand before sending the champs outside the ring. Ambrose and Rollins stand tall in the ring as the crowd goes crazy. Dean offers his fist out for the Shield bump one more time and Rollins finally bumps him back as the crowd goes crazy again. RAW General Manager Kurt Angle makes his way out and announces that Sheamus and Cesaro will defend the RAW Tag Team Championships against Ambrose and Rollins at SummerSlam. Crowd pops once again as commentary hype up tonight's show and announce that Sasha Banks and Nia Jax will face each other next.
Back with an update on WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair who has been in the hospital due to heart issues since Saturday. Best wishes and prayers out to Ric and his family.
In the ring now after the Flair news as Nia Jax makes her way out to the ring followed by hometown girl Sasha Banks as the two get ready to battle for a chance at Alexa Bliss this Sunday. Speaking of Alexa, she makes her way out to the ringside to sit in a small lifeguard chair thing they have setup for her.
Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks: Winner faces Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam for the RAW Women's Championship.
Winner: Sasha Banks via submission after Nia taps to the Banks Statement.
After the match,Sasha celebrates as Alexa stands up from her chair staring her down. Match grade: C+
We cut backstage to see Kurt looking on at what just went down and mentions how tremendous SummerSlam will be. The camera zooms out and we see that he's talking to The Hardys about how their match against The Revival won't be happening due to Scott Dawson suffering a injury. The Miz and his Miztourage interrupt and Miz says he isn't happy about what went down last week between them and Brock Lesnar. Kurt doesn't want to hear it and announces Miz taking on his "son" Jason Jordan later tonight. A ref walks in and informs Kurt that they have a problem with Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor. Kurt runs off as we go to commercial.
Back to see Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor brawling backstage as refs and other officials try to separate the two. Kurt walks up and yells at the two to save it for SummerSlam. Finn says why wait and goes after Bray again. Kurt says since they don't want to wait, SummerSlam comes early and that their match is now set for tonight.
Back out in the ring now with Elias presenting us with a new song this week. He rips Fenway Park and Boston till R-Truth interrupts him and heads down to the ring. He gets to the ring still rapping but is attacked by Elias and lays him out with the Drift Away. He stands tall with his guitar in hand as replays air.
We get a look at a shark cage that's hanging over the ring and commentary notes that Big Cass will be out next.
Back with Big Cass out to talk about Sunday's match against Big Show. Cass grabs the mic and tries a few times to talk but the crowd just boos him. He finally starts talking and says Enzo Amore needs someone to have his back for when he pisses people off backstage which seems to be everyday now. *hint hint,Enzo Amore apparently has backstage heat due to his attitude*
Cass goes on to talk about Big Show and Enzo till Enzo interrupts. Enzo mocks Cass for not speaking over the crowd booing him and cracks a few more jokes before bringing out Big Show. Show marches to the ring with Enzo by his side and it looks like Show and Cass are gonna go at it but, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attack Big Show from behind and Cass takes care of Enzo. Big Show tries to fight back but Cass nails a Big Boot on him and the attack continues. Enzo tries to help but is hit with a Big Boot as well. Gallows grabs Big Show's wrist and puts it on the shark cage and holds it long enough for Cass to slam the cage door into his wrist. Gallows,Anderson and Cass continue the attack till refs start backing them off and checking on Show. All three men stand tall as Cass' theme hits and we get replays.
After the attack, we get a look at what went down last week between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns in their Last Man Standing match before we head to commercial.
Back with Cruiserweight Championship action as Akira Tozawa makes his way to the ring with Titus O'Neil followed by Cruiserweight Champion Neville.
Winner and new Cruiserweight Champion: Akira Tozawa via Diving Senton Bomb.
After the match,Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews hit the ring to celebrate with Akira and take a selfie as Neville looks on in defeat. Match Grade: B
Heading up to the commentary table as they hype up SummerSlam weekend kicking off with the NXT crew this Saturday.
Back with a look at what went down between Big Cass and Gallows & Anderson attacking Big Show and Enzo Amore. We then cut backstage to see Big Show getting checked on by a personal trainer and says that his hand is broken. Enzo walks up and apologies for what went down and tells him to forget about SummerSlam. Show tells Enzo that he's fought bigger and badder and that he's not missing SummerSlam. Enzo tells him to look at the bigger picture but Show says he is the bigger picture and that Enzo shouldn't forget who he is before walking off.
We then get a look at Sasha Banks' win over Nia Jax earlier in the night. Afterwards, we cut backstage to the women's lockeroom to Mickie James and Emma. Emma is disgusted at how everyone is praising Sasha all over Twitter. She continues to complain before Mickie reminds her that she lost her chance last week and that she should put her phone down and step in the ring with 6-time women's champion tonight. Emma accepts her challenge and walks off.
Back out in the ring as Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring followed by Finn Balor.
Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor
Winner: Bray Wyatt via Sister Abigail.
After the match, Bray stands over Finn and poses before grabbing him and laying him out with another Sister Abigail. Bray poses again before his graphic flashes across the screen and the lights go out. Few seconds later and the lights come back on with Bray back in the ring with a bucket. He laughs at Finn and says this is what happens when you send a boy into the devil's world. Bray walks over to Finn and pours the bucket which is filled with "blood" all over him. Bray laughs as Finn rolls around in the "blood" as we cut to commercial. Match grade: C-
Back with a look at what just happened between Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt and a look at what happened earlier between Sheamus and Cesaro and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Afterwards, we cut to the ring to see Mickie James finishing up her entrance as Emma awaits.
Mickie James vs Emma
Winner: Mickie James via Mick Kick.
Match grade: C-
Afterwards we get a look at the new movie The Hitman's Bodyguard and cut to see The Miz and his Miztourage getting ready to head out for Miz's match against Jason Jordan.
Back with camera waiting outside Kurt Angle's office. A somewhat "bloody" Finn Balor exits and is interview by Charly Caruso. Charly asks what the meet with Kurt was about and Finn says it was about a rematch against Bray set for SummerSlam, He says Bray has his demons but at SummerSlam, he'll find out that he has his demons as well.
In the ring now as The Miz and his Miztourage make their way to the ring followed by Jason Jordan.
The Miz vs Jason Jordan Winner via DQ: Jason Jordan after Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel attack him. Match grade: n/a
Miz and his Miztourage continue the attack till The Hardys make the save and even out the odds against Jason.
Back with 6 Man Tag Team action now
The Miz,Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel vs The Hardys and Jason Jordan
Winners: The Hardys and Jason Jordan after Jeff Hardy nails a Swanton Bomb on Dallas.
After the match The Hardys and Jason celebrate as replays air. Match grade: C+
Afterwards,commentary announce officially that Finn Balor under his Demon personal will face Bray Wyatt Sunday.
Back with news for 205 Live tomorrow. Akira Tozawa will have his championship celebration and also, Neville will get his rematch Sunday.
In the ring now with Kurt Angle and a bunch of security guards surrounding the outside of the ring. Kurt talks about the Fatal Four Way Match Sunday for the Universal Championship and talks about the competitors facing off tonight. After doing that,he introduces Universal champ Brock Lesnar who heads out with Paul Heyman by his side.
Paul takes the mic and starts talking about Brock's plans for Sunday whether he wins or loses. He brings up Brock's opponents with praise but says Brock is above them. He goes on to talk about Sunday's match before Samoa Joe comes out.
Joe reminds Brock that he doesn't fear him and at SummerSlam, he's coming for the title threatens to rip it out of Paul Heyman's hands after he puts Brock to sleep. Braun Strownman's music hits next and out he comes.
Braun grabs the mic and says he's always the last man standing in case we didn't know. Samoa Joe tells Braun that he's barely a man that stood up while he choked Roman Reigns out. This causes Roman to interrupt and here he comes wasting no time getting to the ring. The second he hits the ring,he spears Samoa Joe and a brawl is on!
Braun makes quick work of Roman by laying him out with a Big Powerslam and kicking him out the ring. He then turns around to face off with Lesnar before they start brawling. Security hits the ring trying to separate the two but fail soon after. Brock and Braun fight them off before facing off again. Kurt Angle calls for the RAW lockeroom to come out and help which they try they best to do for a bit. Brock breaks free and leaps onto Braun before being pulled away again. Both brawl one more quick time before being separated. RAW ends with Braun and Brock staring each other down while the roster tries to keep them apart.
Great RAW tonight. I expected most of the things that happened to go down tonight but great show nevertheless,no complaints. Best match of the night to me goes to Akira Tozawa and Neville. Dope match from start to finish. Really looking forward to SummerSlam again for the RAW side minus the Big Cass and Big Show match. I will say this though, I wasn't on board with Cass' heel turn but he somewhat showed me tonight that he can be a decent heel. Guess we'll have to see what else he/creative has for him during this run. Personal RAW rating: B+
Well that does it for this weeks RAW recap folks. Be sure to catch Smackdown Live and 205 Livetomorrow, NXT TakeOver 3 live from Brooklyn, NY this Saturday and SummerSlam live from Brooklyn, NY as well this Sunday. Once again, prayers are with Ric Flair and his family during this hard time. Get well soon Ric.
Till next time folks
Picture and video credits: WWE