RAW kicks off with the homecoming of a legend as WWE Hall of Famer and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes home to Pittsburgh, making his way to the ring to a raucous ovation from his hometown fans. The GM promises that he has an “incredible show” in store for them tonight, announcing that RAW’s two resident seven-footers will face off when Big Show goes one-on-one with Big Cass. Kurt then says that Miz TV will feature his son Jason Jordan before saying that their main event is going to be “pay-per-view worthy” as Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe will face off in a Triple Threat Match. The GM continues, saying that, before they got things started on RAW, he wanted to personally address the fans before revealing that today marks the 21st anniversary of when he won his first gold medal, adding that he won the gold medal with a “broken freakin’ neck”. Kurt then concludes by saying that he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for each and every one of the fans, saying “it’s true, it’s damn true”.
The GM then starts to exit the ring, but he is halted by the surprise arrival of Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Brock’s advocate Paul Heyman, who make their way to the ring. Heyman tells Kurt Angle that he knows what Kurt is doing, saying that the GM “has to” take the Universal Title off of Brock Lesnar, saying that’s the only reason that he would put Brock in a Fatal 4-Way Match at SummerSlam against the “most stacked heavyweight division in WWE history”. The advocate first brings up Braun Strowman, saying that the size, speed, and strength of Strowman would make him Universal Champion at any other time in WWE. Heyman then says that there’s the “Undertaker-slaying” Roman Reigns, saying that Roman is “born to be champion” and, in the mind of Kurt Angle, Reigns is “ready to be Universal Champion”. Lastly, Paul Heyman brings up Samoa Joe, calling Joe a “Samoan disgrace” before saying that Kurt hopes that Joe wins the title at SummerSlam because that would “stick it” to Brock Lesnar the most.
Heyman continues, saying that he understands the situation Kurt Angle is in, saying that the GM has to answer to the WWE Board of Directors as well as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, alleging that Vince wants Kurt to “protect” RAW and make sure the Universal Title is taken off of Brock Lesnar. The advocate then says that all three of the challengers in the Fatal 4-Way Match are going to “team up” on Brock at SummerSlam then decide the Universal Championship amongst themselves. Heyman then points out that Brock Lesnar doesn’t even have to be pinned or made to submit to lose the Universal Title at SummerSlam, suggesting that they give this year’s SummerSlam the tagline, “Where Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Title”. Heyman continues, saying that Kurt has been told to make Brock pay the “ultimate price” at SummerSlam, referencing the building rivalry between Brock Lesnar and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones that may see Brock return to the UFC later this year.
Paul Heyman then drops a bombshell on the RAW General Manager by telling Kurt Angle that, if Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, then Brock Lesnar will leave WWE! The advocate then says that, if Brock leaves, then he will leave too, telling the GM that Brock Lesnar will “not lose” the Universal Title at SummerSlam. Heyman then declares that, at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar will be announced as still being the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion. Lesnar & Heyman then leave the ring, having made a bold statement three weeks ahead of SummerSlam that raises the stakes of an already epic showdown for the Universal Championship.
With The Revival guests on commentary, the opening match of the night would see The Hardy Boyz face Gallows & Anderson in tag team action on RAW. In the end, it was Jeff Hardy coming off of the top rope with the Swanton Bomb to Luke Gallows as Jeff pins Gallows to pick up the win for himself and his brother. After the match, The Revival would confront The Hardy Boyz on the stage before a brawl breaks out between the two teams. This is when Gallows & Anderson would join the brawl as well, making for a six-man melee that ends with The Hardy Boyz sending Luke Gallows into the LED board before knocking Karl Anderson and Dash Wilder off of the stage to the floor. Scott Dawson then tries to go it alone against Matt & Jeff but Dawson first gets a Twist of Fate from Jeff Hardy before getting another Twist of Fate from Matt! The Hardy Boyz then hit an extreme version of Poetry in Motion with Jeff Hardy leaping off of his brother’s back and off of the stage to take out Karl Anderson and Dash Wilder! This leaves The Hardy Boyz standing tall, having left The Revival and Gallows & Anderson broken.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose is asked if he and Seth Rollins are back on the same page after they defeated The Miz & The Miztourage in a 3-on-2 Handicap Match last week. Before Dean can answer, he’s confronted by Seth Rollins as Seth says that last week was “special” and it felt like “old times”. Ambrose says that he still doesn’t “trust” Rollins before saying that, no matter how much the fans want it and no matter how much a small part of himself wants it, he got “burned” by Seth once and it’s not going to happen to him again.
The Cruiserweights were in action on RAW as Akira Tozawa, with Titus O’Neil in his corner, would join forces with Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander to face the team of Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese, and TJP in 6-Man Tag action. In the end, it was Akira Tozawa, injured shoulder and all, hitting the senton bomb off of the top rope on TJP, pinning TJP to pick up the win for his team.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz, his wife Maryse, and his Miztourage of Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel would then make an appearance on RAW for Miz TV with Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan as his guest. Before bringing out his guest, The Miz says that Miz TV is all about what’s “buzzworthy” and nothing is more buzzworthy in WWE than Kurt Angle and his illegitimate son Jason Jordan. The Intercontinental Champion then introduces his guest as Kurt Angle’s son, Jason Jordan, makes his way to the ring. The Miz is quick to ask how it makes Jason Jordan feel that some of the fans have been booing him the last couple of weeks. Jason responds by saying that the fans are going to cheer and they’re going to boo and that’s fine before saying that The Miz is an expert on getting booed. The Miz then says that Jason Jordan is “going places” and the comparisons to Jason’s father Kurt Angle are “uncanny” before the Intercontinental Champion offers to help guide Jason’s career as a member of The Miztourage.
However, Jordan turns The Miz down and The Miz responds by reminding Jordan that he was in the main event of WrestleMania, saying that there are “vultures” in the locker room that will try to “leech” off of Jason Jordan’s newfound lineage, saying that Jason needs his help. Jason still refuses the offer and The Miz responds by saying that Jordan doesn’t need the help of the Intercontinental Champion when Jason’s dad is the RAW General Manager and can “hand” Jason anything he wants. Jason Jordan shoots this assumption down by saying that he talked to Kurt Angle and said that he doesn’t want “preferential treatment”, saying that he will “earn” whatever he achieves. The Miz calls Jason “naïve”, saying that he doesn’t care who Jason Jordan’s father is because WWE will chew him up and spit him out regardless. Jason says that he would rather be chewed up and spit out than be associated with someone like The Miz.
The Miz comments that he’s a “success” and a “champion” before saying that Jason Jordan latches onto a “different Olympian” every week. The Miz then calls Kurt Angle a “washed up old jock” who got his job “out of pity” and is in way over his head making “bad decision after bad decision”. The Miz continues, saying that Kurt “threw away” the best years of his life and left “shattered dreams and broken promises” in his wake. The Intercontinental Champion then says that Kurt Angle is a lot like the city of Pittsburgh, saying they are both “sad, broken down, and pining for glory days that are never, never coming back”! Jason then gets in The Miz’s face, saying that The Miz can say whatever he wants about him, but if The Miz says one more word about Kurt Angle, he’s going to make him “regret it”. The Miz then tries to cheap shot Jason Jordan but Jordan dodges the Intercontinental Champion before picking The Miz up and suplexing The Miz right into The Miztourage! Jordan is then quick to get out of dodge, exiting the ring before The Miz & The Miztourage can get their hands on him.
Following a backstage confrontation between Seth Rollins and Cesaro & Sheamus earlier in the night, RAW would see “The Kingslayer” go one-on-one with one-half of the RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus, with Cesaro in his corner. During the match, Cesaro would get on the ring apron but Seth Rollins would take Cesaro out before Rollins rolls Sheamus up, scoring the three-count to pick up the win. After the match, Cesaro would take Seth down from behind before checking on Sheamus but Rollins would retaliate and the numbers game would be too much for “The Kingslayer” as the RAW Tag Team Champions would beat Seth down before hitting the double team White Noise to Rollins. Cesaro & Sheamus then exit the ring but then decide to come back and beat down Rollins some more. However, this is when Dean Ambrose would rush out to the ring to make the save but “The Lunatic Fringe” would also succumb to the numbers game before getting planted with the Neutralizer by Cesaro. The RAW Tag Team Champions are then set to leave the ring, but Dean Ambrose dares Cesaro & Sheamus to give him some more so the champions comply as Dean ends up getting leveled with the Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Cesaro & Sheamus then grabs their title belts before finally making their exit.
After Bray Wyatt’s involvement cost Finn Balor his No Disqualification Match against Elias on last week’s RAW, “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt would make an appearance on RAW. Bray says that there is “no escape” for anyone and there is “no escape” for Finn Balor, saying that they are all held down by “society’s shackles”. Bray then calls the fans “pitiful” before saying that he sees them because he is Bray Wyatt and he is “everywhere”. Bray continues, saying that they have been “infected with the sickness of hope” that makes them think that their lives can be “special”, saying that he sees Finn Balor for what he truly is and that is the “putrid shell of a man who never was”. Bray then says that Finn lives on “borrowed time” before saying that Balor lives off of “voiceless arrogance”, laughing at Finn’s never-say-die attitude. Bray then says that he turned Finn into a “heap of broken promises” last week, saying that, when Bray Wyatt knocks you down, you are not getting up and that there is “no return” and there is certainly “no escape”.
Bray then stands in the ring with his arms outstretched before he is interrupted by the arena going dark before red lights pulse in the arena and, when the arena lights come back on, Finn Balor is standing in the ring with his arms outstretched! Knowing his own tricks when he sees them, Bray is quick to realize that Finn Balor is already in the ring as “The Eater of Worlds” laughs at Finn Balor, who keeps his back turned to Bray. Bray then goes to turn Finn around, but Balor catches Bray with a kick to the head before Bray exits the ring. However, Balor would deliver a dropkick to Bray before exiting the ring and sizing “The Eater of Worlds” up before catching Bray with another dropkick, this time sending Bray over the barricade!
Then it was time for an explosive collision as three-fourths of the Fatal 4-Way Match for the Universal Championship would face each other on RAW as “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe, and “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman would wage war in a Triple Threat Match. Braun Strowman would dominate early on before Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe are able to neutralize “The Monster Among Men” briefly. The action would ultimately spill out of the ring with Reigns and Strowman brawling in the crowd before Samoa Joe rejoins the fray, trying to choke Braun out with the Coquina Clutch. Joe then takes Reigns out with a kick to the head before bringing Roman back into the ring. Reigns then battles back against “The Destroyer”, leveling Joe with a big boot before sizing Samoa Joe up for the Superman Punch, but Joe rolls out of the ring. However, Roman would exit the ring, leaping off of the steel steps with a Superman Punch to Joe. “The Big Dog” then rolls Samoa Joe into the ring before spotting Braun Strowman getting back to his feet, charging at Braun but “The Monster Among Men” catches Reigns with a boot to the chest. Braun then lifts Reigns up, driving Roman back-first into the ring post.
Braun Strowman then takes Samoa Joe down before sending Roman Reigns shoulder-first into the steel steps. Braun then charges at Samoa Joe with a vicious knee to Joe before tossing Reigns into the ring with ease. Strowman then tosses the steps into the ring before setting his sights back on Samoa Joe but Joe fights back, hitting a senton on Braun on the outside before hitting Reigns with a senton in the ring. “The Destroyer” then props up the steel steps in the corner before locking Reigns in the Coquina Clutch before Strowman levels both men. Braun then squashes Joe with the running powerslam, but Reigns is able to break up the ensuing pinfall attempt. Braun then ragdolls Reigns in the corner before dragging the steel steps into the middle of the ring. “The Monster Among Men” then looks to take Roman out with the steps but Reigns fires back with a Superman Punch to Strowman. Reigns then uses the steel steps to knock Braun out of the ring before blasting Samoa Joe with the Spear, pinning Joe to pick up the win in a vicious Triple Threat Match. “The Big Dog” then stands tall on the stage as an angry Braun Strowman gets back into the ring with his gaze locked on Reigns while Samoa Joe struggles to recover on the outside.
Pittsburgh native Elias was in action on RAW as Elias would go one-on-one with the high-flying Kalisto. In the end, it was Elias hitting Kalisto with the Drift Away, pinning Kalisto for the win.
After beating her best friend Sasha Banks to earn a match against Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, the #1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Title would have a tall task ahead of her on RAW as Bayley would go one-on-one with the powerhouse Nia Jax. During the match, Nia Jax would drop Bayley awkwardly on her right shoulder, seriously inhibiting Bayley in the match. Despite this, Bayley would do her best to combat Nia Jax, even diving onto Nia on the outside. However, this is when RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss would try to cheap-shot Bayley, but Bayley would take Alexa down, stomping away at Alexa. Nia Jax then tosses Bayley into the barricade before checking on Alexa. Nia then charges at Bayley, but Bayley moves out of the way as Nia collides with the steel steps. Bayley is then able to get back into the ring just in time as Nia Jax gets counted out, giving Bayley the win. After the match, Bayley is able to hang Alexa Bliss up on the top rope in order to escape the champion and Nia Jax.
Then it was time for the main event as “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, with Enzo Amore in his corner, would go one-on-one with the seven-footer from Queens Big Cass. During the match, Big Cass would struggle against the veteran Big Show early on but Cass would battle back before taking “The World’s Largest Athlete” down with a big boot. However, before Big Cass could capitalize, Enzo Amore would jump on the back of Big Cass, causing the disqualification. Big Cass would then rip Enzo off of his back with ease before turning Enzo’s lights out with a vicious big boot. Cass then decides to taunt Enzo as Big Show gets back to his feet, allowing Big Show to catch Big Cass with the Knockout Punch, leaving Big Cass down and out as Big Show falls back to the mat as well, leaving the two giants, as well as Enzo Amore, laid out in the ring. Big Show then manages to get back to his feet before helping Enzo Amore up as both men head to the back looking worse for wear but still a lot better than Big Cass, who remains laid out in the ring after the Knockout Punch.
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