As promised, RAW kicks off with Roman Reigns making his way to the ring as “The Big Dog” would make his much anticipated SummerSlam announcement. Roman says that some of the fans may hate this and some of them may love this before stating that he cannot be beaten “one-on-one”. Reigns then says that, if they need proof, they can just ask guys like Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman, who Roman says he put “out of commission”. Roman continues, saying he main evented his third WrestleMania in a row and that is where he “retired” The Undertaker. Reigns says that he “respects” The Undertaker and The Undertaker “respects” him because he beat “The Phenom”. Roman then declares that he doesn’t care if it’s Brock Lesnar or Samoa Joe that walks out of Great Balls of Fire as the Universal Champion, declaring that he’s the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam! Roman continues, saying that he’s the #1 Contender at SummerSlam because this is his “yard” and he “makes the rules around here”.
This brings out the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire, Samoa Joe, who says that his name didn’t appear to be on Roman’s list of defeated Superstars because Reigns has never beaten him. Joe then tells Reigns that he is the “true #1 Contender” and he will be the next Universal Champion. Roman responds by saying that he will never be Samoa Joe to him, he will always be “just Joe”. Samoa Joe responds to this by catching Roman Reigns with a headbutt before “The Destroyer” sends Roman into the barricade on the outside, sending Reigns into the steel steps. Joe then brings Reigns back into the ring, trying to lock on the Coquina Clutch, but Roman avoids the submission before catching Joe with the Superman Punch, making Joe retreat from the ring! Joe then doesn’t take his eyes off of Roman Reigns as “The Big Dog” stands tall in his “yard”.
After their 2-out-of-3 Falls Match against Cesaro & Sheamus for the RAW Tag Team Titles ended in a Double Count-Out, The Hardy Boyz would face Gallows & Anderson in tag team action in the opening match of the night. After surviving the Boot of Doom, Matt Hardy would tag in his brother Jeff before Matt hits Luke Gallows with the Twist of Fate. Jeff then hits the Swanton Bomb on Gallows, pinning Gallows to pick up the win for The Hardy Boyz.
Elias Samson would then make an appearance on RAW as “The Drifter” would take the time to try and tune his guitar for a song before Samson is interrupted by Finn Balor. The two Superstars then go face-to-face in the ring before Elias Samson decides to back off, leaving the ring to “The Demon King”.
Finn Balor was then set to go one-on-one with Bo Dallas on RAW. Before the match can start, Bo Dallas would attack Finn Balor before the referee breaks it up, checking on Balor before ringing the bell for the match to begin. Despite the pre-match attack, Finn Balor would battle back in the match, hitting the Coupe de Grace and pinning Bo Dallas for the win.
In the ongoing mystery surrounding RAW General Manager Kurt Angle, commentator Corey Graves would again meet the GM in his office before the two are interrupted by Enzo & Big Cass. Enzo tells Kurt Angle that he knows that The Revival was responsible for attacking them lately before Big Cass says that he thinks that Big Show is responsible. Angle points out that they don’t even know if it’s the same person or persons who attacked them every week. The GM then promises that, by the end of the night, they know who is responsible for the attacks.
Following a busy day for “The Architect” where he made an appearance on ESPN to reveal that he is the cover Superstar of the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game, Seth Rollins would make his way to the ring on RAW. Rollins says that, when he was at his lowest, the fans gave him a “second chance” and that allowed him to give himself a second chance. Seth then says that this isn’t just his cover, it’s “our cover” before saying that the tagline for WWE 2K18 is “Be Like No One”, saying that everyone has made mistakes but that doesn’t have to “define” they are. Seth is then interrupted by Bray Wyatt, who appears on the Tron, telling Rollins that Seth says that he has become his “own man” but Seth still shills this “corporate banner”.
Bray then says that Rollins is “still conforming” before saying that Seth can wear the clothes of a “good, honest man” but they both know that, deep down, Seth is not that man. Rollins responds by saying that he is “the man” before saying that the truth about gods is that they only exist in their minds. Seth continues, saying that, in Bray’s mind, Bray is a “god” but, in his world, Wyatt is a “coward”. Bray then says that he “warned” Seth Rollins not to take his name in vain before saying that it’s time to make a “sacrifice”, declaring “I’m here”. With this declaration, “The Eater of Worlds” makes his way to the ring to confront Seth Rollins. However, before Bray Wyatt can enter the ring, Seth Rollins strikes first, diving off of the top rope and taking Bray down on the outside!
Backstage, an interview with Finn Balor is interrupted by Elias Samson as “The Drifter” attacks Balor from behind, leaving Finn laid out as Samson warns Balor to never “upstage” him again.
The Cruiserweights in action on RAW as, in a rematch from last week’s 205 Live, Akira Tozawa would go one-on-one with TJP. Before the match begins, Titus O’Neil comes out, saying that they can’t have this match without the “proper brand” and the “proper man”. Titus then takes it upon himself to do the introductions for TJP and his potential client-to-be Akira Tozawa before Titus leaves the ring. With the match still in progress, Cruiserweight Champion Neville would make his way out to the announce position, saying he’s out there to get a closer look at Akira Tozawa. In the end, it was Akira Tozawa hitting a senton off of the top rope, pinning TJP to pick up the win. After the match, Titus O’Neil would hype up his potential client before Neville interrupts, saying that he warned Akira Tozawa to “tread carefully” because, if he does not “respect” him, he will be “annihilated”. Titus fires back, saying that what he sees is not a “king”, he sees a “scared little boy”, warning Neville about the “powa of Tozawa”.
Backstage, Intercontinental Champion The Miz confronts his Marine 5 costars Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, proposing that they join him as his “entourage”. The Miz then promises them that he will make them into stars that their families will be “proud of”, saying it’s the “casting call of a lifetime” and telling them to think about it.
Following a confrontation earlier in the night, the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire, Samoa Joe, would go one-on-one with the #1 Contender for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns. During the match, Roman Reigns would score with the Superman Punch, but Samoa Joe would kick out. Joe then connects with his signature uranage, but Reigns would kick out! Roman then hits Joe with the Spear but Joe is able to get his foot on the bottom rope at the last second to stay alive in the match. Joe then falls out of the ring, taking a breather before getting back into the ring to avoid losing by count-out. Roman then sizes Joe up for a second Spear, but that is when the sound of an ambulance backing up would become audible in the arena. Reigns then turns his attention to the Tron where an ambulance is indeed backing into the arena. The ambulance then stops and when the doors fly open, Roman Reigns could not believe his eyes as none other than Braun Strowman steps out of the ambulance! Meanwhile, back in the ring, Samoa Joe takes advantage of the distraction caused by Braun Strowman as Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch, choking out “The Big Dog” as Samoa Joe picks up the win!
Things then go from bad to worse for Roman Reigns as “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman marches to the ring, returning from injury roughly five months ahead of schedule! Braun glares down at the man who took him out of action last month as Reigns still struggles to recover from the Coquina Clutch. Strowman screams at Reigns, “I’m not finished with you!” before Braun picks Roman up and slams “The Big Dog” down face-first! Strowman then picks the microphone back up before telling Roman that, if Reigns is “man enough”, then he will see Reigns at the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view in an Ambulance Match, where the only way to win is by putting your opponent in an ambulance and closing the doors! Strowman then leaves the ring, having made a monstrous return, looking just as dominant as ever.
In an effort to patch things up with his wife after The Miz inadvertently destroyed a grandfather clock gifted to him by Maryse two weeks ago and accidentally knocking Maryse off of the ring apron last week, Intercontinental Champion The Miz would make an appearance on RAW to host Miz TV and his guest would be his wife Maryse. With one Miz Bear holding an “I’m sorry” sign and another bear holding a sign holding a “Please forgive me sign”, The Miz introduces Maryse as his wife makes her way to the ring. The Miz apologizes for what he did last week and the week before as the Intercontinental Champion gestures to a large red present placed in the ring. The Miz asks his wife to open the present and Maryse does just that, revealing the grandfather clock that Maryse got The Miz two weeks ago. The Miz then explains that, with the help of some YouTube videos, he fixed the broken clock to give to Maryse as a gift. The Miz then says that he and Maryse are “perfect” and Dean Ambrose wants what they have, saying that the Intercontinental Championship is like their “baby”. The Miz continues, saying that Maryse is “everything” to him and he will “never” put her in harm’s away again, saying that the clock is “timeless” just like they are, again asking for Maryse’s forgiveness.
Before the deal can be sealed with a kiss, Miz TV is interrupted by Dean Ambrose as “The Lunatic Fringe” makes his way to the ring. Once Ambrose gets in the ring, The Miz quickly pulls Maryse in front of him and, in the process, accidentally makes Maryse spill champagne on herself! The Intercontinental Champion then charges at Dean Ambrose, but Ambrose moves out of the way as The Miz runs right into the newly repaired grandfather clock, knocking the clock over and breaking it all over again! Maryse would respond to the humiliation by slapping her husband across the face and storming out of the ring. The Miz would then charge at Ambrose again, nearly getting caught with Dirty Deeds before “The Lunatic Fringe” sends The Miz to the outside. However, this is when Miz Bear and Maryse Bear would attack Dean Ambrose from behind, revealing themselves to be Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel! The Miz then gets back into the ring as the three men beat Ambrose down before The Miz puts an exclamation point on the planned assault with the Skull Crushing Finale! The Intercontinental Champion then stands tall over Dean Ambrose with his new entourage by his side.
The RAW Tag Team Champions were in action on RAW as Cesaro & Sheamus would face Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews in a non-title match. In the end, it was Cesaro & Sheamus hitting a double team White Noise on Apollo Crews as Cesaro pins Crews for the win.
In the renewal of a rivalry, “The Boss” Sasha Banks would go one-on-one with the dominant Nia Jax on RAW with RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss a guest on commentary. As the match continues in the ring, Alexa Bliss would be confronted at the announce table by one of the women she abandoned in the 6-Woman Tag Match last week, Emma, as Emma gets in the face of the champion. Alexa then shoves Emma before making a break for it, running towards the ring to try and escape Emma. Alexa then enters the ring, hiding behind Nia Jax before Nia pulls the champion out from behind her, seemingly offering up Alexa! However, when Emma goes to attack Alexa, the champion gets out of the way and Emma inadvertently kicks Nia, giving Jax the win by disqualification. Nia shoves down Emma before Sasha Banks jumps on the back of Nia Jax. Alexa then grabs Sasha before Alexa and Emma work together to beat down “The Boss”.
However, Mickie James and Dana Brooke make the save, sparking another brawl between the six women. Nia then takes control of the fight, taking down Mickie and knocking down Dana before slamming Sasha in the middle of the ring. Nia then goes for the leg drop on “The Boss” but Sasha moves out of the way. This is when Bayley would join the fray with her sights set on the RAW Women’s Champion, taking down Alexa with a suplex before delivering a knee to the head of Emma. Nia Jax then puts Bayley in the corner before Mickie and Dana try to fight back against Nia Jax but Nia just swats them away. However, this would give Bayley the opening she needed as Bayley would hit Nia with a bulldog. Mickie and Dana then dropkick Nia Jax out of the ring, leaving Bayley, Sasha, Mickie, & Dana standing tall in the ring.
After weeks of Enzo & Big Cass being attacked in the backstage area by an unknown assailant or assailants, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle would make his way to the ring as the GM vows to get to the bottom of the attacks. Angle says that he will not let RAW devolve into a situation that could endanger the Superstars of RAW, saying that he’s going to get to the bottom of it. The GM then calls Enzo & Big Cass out to the ring as the team makes their way to the ring. Angle says that he’s been talking to “suspects” all night before the GM brings out said suspects. Angle first brings out The Revival as Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson make their way to the ring before GM asks for Big Show to come to the ring as well. Kurt then says that he wants to rule out some of his suspects before addressing Big Show, saying that, when Big Cass got laid out backstage, he said it felt like a “very powerful punch” to the back of the head. Offended, Big Show says that he’s not going to attack them from behind, he would do it to their faces. Big Show then tells Big Cass to not look at him like that because Cass will get more than he can handle. Big Show then says that, after everything that he and Kurt have been through, if the GM thinks that he would be responsible for attacking people from behind, then maybe he doesn’t need to be a part of RAW anymore! “The World’s Largest Athlete” then leaves the ring, heading to the back.
Taking this as an admission of guilt, Big Cass shouts at Big Show that the medical staff told him that he had a “lump the size of a baseball” on the back of his head before saying that they don’t need guys like Big Show around here. Angle tries to keep Big Cass calm before pointing out that The Revival’s return to RAW has coincided with Enzo & Big Cass being attacked backstage. Scott Dawson then interrupts, saying that he and Dash Wilder are not there to win a popularity contest, saying that they are “innocent” and there’s nothing left for he and Dash to prove. The GM then says that, after talking to producers, referees, and other Superstars, he’s come to the conclusion that The Revival has “solid alibis”. This is when Corey Graves interrupts the proceedings as Corey stands up from the announce position to address something that Big Cass said moments earlier. Corey says that Big Cass claimed to have a lump on the back of his head from one of the attacks before saying that he did some digging and found out that the medical staff did not treat Big Cass at all!
Big Cass then backtracks, saying that it wasn’t the WWE medical staff that tended to him, it was the local EMT’s that checked on him, saying that it’s the “same thing”. However, Corey has more evidence to present as the commentator says that, after being attacked last week, Big Cass was not cleared to compete but did so anyways. Cass explains this by saying that he vowed to never leave Enzo’s side. Corey then says that they may not know what happened to Enzo Amore a few weeks ago or what happened to Big Cass two weeks ago, but he does know what happened to Big Cass last week! Corey then presents some security footage from last week that shows Big Cass looking around the backstage area to make sure the coast was clear. Cass then moves some items around the area before the footage shows Big Cass kicking a box and lying on the floor and holding his head to make it look like he had been attacked! Corey explains that Big Cass was in that exact same position when Enzo and referees found Cass last week, saying that Big Cass accused Big Show of attacking him but he and Cass both know that no one attacked Cass last week. In the ring, Enzo turns to confront his longtime friend and tag team partner as Corey accuses Big Cass of being the one who attacked Enzo on multiple occasions.
Condemned by the evidence before him, Big Cass has no choice but to admit that he did it; that he’s the one who attacked Enzo! Cass then explains that all Enzo does is run his mouth about god-knows-what every minute of every day. Cass then says that there’s been more than one occasion that he’s wanted to slap Enzo upside his head and knock Enzo out himself. Cass continues, saying that he “felt bad” for Enzo, saying that nobody in the back likes Enzo and he’s put up with Enzo’s crap for years. Cass then says that he finally “snapped” and it “felt damn good” when he attacked Enzo from behind, saying that he could have snapped Enzo’s neck if he wanted to but he didn’t because he wanted to watch Enzo “suffer” for all that he has put Cass through over the years. Cass then says that he tried to steer blame away from himself because he wanted to see if Enzo was “smart enough” to see what was going on around him or if Enzo is just as “dumb” as he looks.
Big Cass continues, saying that Enzo is nothing more than “dead weight” that’s keeping him from reaching his “full potential” and Enzo is the reason that he has never been a champion in WWE. Cass says he’s the “star” and he’s where the “money is”, saying that Enzo’s mouth writes checks that his “ass can’t cash” because Big Cass has always been behind him but “not for long”. Big Cass then makes it crystal clear by telling Enzo that “we are through”. Having left Enzo in a state of shock, Big Cass would then level his longtime friend with a big boot! Cass then mocks Enzo by saying “you can’t teach that” before Kurt Angle steps in to back Big Cass away from Enzo. Cass then leaves the ring as the GM tends to Enzo, symbolically throwing his shirt on the ground before walking up the ramp, showing no remorse for betraying his friend as Big Cass successfully destroys his friendship with Enzo Amore by destroying Enzo, both physically and emotionally.
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