One night after surviving a hellacious Fatal 4-Way Match against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman at SummerSlam to hang onto the Universal Championship, RAW kicks off with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman as both men have big smiles on their faces after “The Biggest Event of the Summer”. After Lesnar & Heyman are greeted by chants of “Suplex City” from the Brooklyn crowd, Paul Heyman declares that Brock Lesnar is still the reigning, defending, and undisputed Universal Champion. The advocate then says that a “conspiracy” unfolded in front of their eyes at SummerSlam when Brock Lesnar was taken out of the equation during the Fatal 4-Way Match. Heyman continues, saying that, for the first time in his life, Brock was carted off on a stretcher so Brock’s three challengers could compete over the Universal Title without having to beat “The Beast”. Heyman then says that Brock refused medical attention at SummerSlam and came back to the ring where championships were made to be won or lost. Heyman continues, reminding everyone that Brock Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns at SummerSlam to retain the Universal Title before saying that, if there is “victimization” to be had, it will be done by Brock Lesnar. The advocate then says that, if there is “conquering” to be done, then there is no one in WWE or UFC history that can “conquer” anything like the “ruler” of WWE, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
This brings out the man who manhandled Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, putting the Universal Champion through two announce tables and tipping a third over on top of “The Beast”, as “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman comes out to the ring to confront Brock Lesnar. Braun gets right in the face of “The Beast”, grabbing Brock by the throat before Lesnar escapes and gets caught with a big boot. “The Monster Among Men” then picks Brock up, planting the Universal Champion with the running powerslam. Strowman then waits for Lesnar to get back up before Braun picks Brock up a second time, delivering another running powerslam! Having manhandled Brock Lesnar for the second night in a row, Braun Strowman then makes his intentions clear by holding up the Universal Title before leaving the ring, leaving Brock down in the ring.
After leaving both Big Show and Enzo Amore laid out at SummerSlam, the next chapter in the rivalry between former friends Enzo Amore and Big Cass would be written on RAW as Enzo Amore would face the seven-footer from Queens, Big Cass, in a Brooklyn Street Fight in the opening match of the night where there would be no disqualifications and no count-outs with the match ending by either pinfall or submission in the ring. Enzo Amore would bring a shopping cart full of weapons out to the stage and Big Cass would use the cart against Enzo on the outside before bringing Enzo into the ring.
Cass then brings a steel chair into the ring, giving the chair to Enzo and inviting Enzo to use the chair as Enzo would swing the steel only to be leveled with a big boot from Big Cass. Later on in the match, Enzo would manage to pull down the top rope, making a charging Big Cass topple to the outside, hurting his knee in the process. Despite being basically one-legged, Cass would keep Enzo from utilizing the steel chair, stomping on the chair before slamming Enzo. However, when Big Cass tries to hit Enzo with the Empire Elbow, the big man’s knee buckles and Cass rolls to the apron as WWE’s ringside physician checks on the seven-footer. A visibly frustrated Big Cass repeatedly slaps the ring apron and his knee before the referee calls the match off, awarding Enzo the victory due to Cass being unable to continue. The ringside doctor does his best to help Big Cass to the back with Cass unable to put any weight on the injured knee.
In a rematch from a few weeks ago, RAW would see Emma have the unenviable task of going one-on-one with the freight train of the RAW Women’s Division, Nia Jax. In another one-sided match, it was Nia Jax squashing Emma with a Samoan Drop, pinning Emma for the win.
After being attacked by Elias last week, R-Truth would be looking for revenge on RAW as R-Truth would go one-on-one with Elias. Elias would make quick work of the veteran, hitting Drift Away and pinning R-Truth for the win.
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle would then make an appearance on RAW as the GM would promise a “big Superstar surprise”. Kurt says that he promised them a “surprise” here tonight before the GM makes good on his promise, introducing sixteen-time former World Champion John Cena as Cena takes full advantage of his status as a free agent, appearing on RAW for the first time in over a year! Cena explains that he talked to Kurt Angle at SummerSlam and the GM asked if he wanted to come to RAW and he agreed. Cena then says that he didn’t come to RAW because SmackDown LIVE is “bad”, it’s because, for a long time, he’s wanted to come to RAW to come face-to-face with a “certain WWE Superstar”. This brings out the man who many consider to be the new John Cena, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns. Cena says that Reigns is exactly the guy he was looking for and Roman responds by saying that the only place Cena was looking for him was on Twitter, asking if Cena is going to run his mouth to Roman’s face. Cena responds by saying that the problem is that he didn’t come there to “talk”.
However, this confrontation is interrupted by Intercontinental Champion The Miz, who’s flanked by his wife Maryse and The Miztourage. The Miz says that this is what a sold-out Barclays Center looks like, referencing his match on the SummerSlam Kickoff where the arena was almost entirely empty. The Intercontinental Champion then asks how many moments John Cena and Roman Reigns get before saying that he is sick of waiting for his “moment” while two “undeserving people” like Cena and Reigns get moments week-after-week. With the crowd firmly behind him, The Miz says that Kurt Angle seems to think that RAW needs a new addition while the Intercontinental Champion “rides the pine” at SummerSlam. The Miz continues, asking the crowd if RAW needs John Cena, resulting in a resounding “no” chant from the fans. The Miz then says that this is his show before saying that the fans don’t know whether to cheer or boo John Cena and Roman Reigns. The Intercontinental Champion then says that he “deserves” to be in the main event, saying that John Cena’s shirt says “respect, earn it”, saying that he’s earned it for “twelve damn years”. This sparks a “you deserve it” chant from the fans before John Cena suggests that The Miz picks someone from The Miztourage to team with him to face John Cena and his “new tag team partner” Roman Reigns, which gets a confused glance from “The Big Dog”.
However, The Miz says that’s not a moment for him, that’s a moment for John Cena before saying that Cena wants to wrestle him when he’s in a suit. This brings out Samoa Joe, who says that he has a “strong opinion” about this, telling The Miz that, whether the Intercontinental Champion likes it or not, his tag team partner is not going to be Bo Dallas and it’s not going to be Curtis Axel, it’s going to be him! Joe then explains that he is sick and tired of hearing Roman Reigns come out there every week and say that this is his “yard”, telling Roman “I own you”! Joe then starts to address John Cena but instead hits Cena with a right hand! As Samoa Joe pummels John Cena in the corner, Roman Reigns takes out The Miztourage before taking The Miz and tossing the Intercontinental Champion out of the ring. Cena then battles back against Samoa Joe, trying to hit Joe with the Attitude Adjustment but Joe counters, locking in the Coquina Clutch before Roman Reigns breaks it up with a Superman Punch to Joe. This leaves John Cena and Roman Reigns standing tall in the ring as the fans chant “you both suck” while The Miz and Samoa Joe regroup on the outside.
The Cruiserweights were in action on RAW as the team of Gran Metalik, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, and Mustafa Ali would face the team of Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Noam Dar, and Ariya Daivari in an 8-Man Tag match. In the end, it was Cedric Alexander hitting the Lumbar Check on Tony Nese, pinning Nese to pick up the win for his team.
After cementing their renewed alliance at SummerSlam by beating Cesaro & Sheamus to win the RAW Tag Team Titles, new RAW Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins would make an appearance on RAW. Seth Rollins says that they got back together, they run the show, and they’re the new RAW Tag Team Champions. Dean Ambrose then says that he’s been carrying the RAW Tag Team Title belt with him everywhere. Seth then says that it’s “time to celebrate” before saying that tonight is a “party” and everyone in the Barclays Center is invited. Dean then says that they know that Cesaro & Sheamus are going to come looking for their rematch before saying that they will take on anyone, anytime, anywhere.
This brings out The Hardy Boyz as Matt & Jeff make their way to the ring to confront the new champions. Jeff says that they wanted to say “congratulations” to Ambrose & Rollins before Matt says that they know as well as anyone that, sometimes, “brothers fight”. Matt then says that, when brothers get in the same page, it is a “beautiful thing”. Matt then says that they are out there to challenge Ambrose & Rollins to a match before saying that, for a quarter of a century, they have “revolutionized” tag team wrestling and they want to revolutionize it again right here tonight in Brooklyn! Seth then accepts the challenge before Matt calls for a referee to come out to make the match official.
In an impromptu tag team match, new RAW Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins would face the legendary Hardy Boyz in a non-title match on RAW. At the end of a wild match, Jeff Hardy would go for the Swanton Bomb on Dean Ambrose but Dean would get the knees up. Ambrose then tags in Seth Rollins as Seth hits the Knee Trigger and Dean follows it up with Dirty Deeds as Rollins pins Jeff to pick up the win for the RAW Tag Team Champions.
After dethroning Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam to win her fourth RAW Women’s Title, new RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks would make her way to the ring on RAW. Sasha says that she proved at SummerSlam that there is no “Goddess” in WWE, there’s only one “legit boss”. The former champion then comes out to the stage as Alexa Bliss says that Sasha Banks has never successfully defended the RAW Women’s Title before Sasha suggests that they have their rematch tonight. However, Alexa says that she will take her rematch next week and, after she takes the RAW Women’s Title back, Sasha will be a “legit loser”.
In a match requested by Jason Jordan, Kurt Angle’s son would go one-on-one with Finn Balor, fresh off of Finn’s win over Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam. In the end, it was Finn Balor hitting the Coup de Grace on Jason Jordan, pinning Jordan to pick up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as sixteen-time former World Champion John Cena would team with “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns to face “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe and Intercontinental Champion The Miz, with Maryse & The Miztourage in his corner. During the match, Samoa Joe would lock in the Coquina Clutch on John Cena and Roman Reigns would look to rescue his tag team partner with a Superman Punch, but Reigns would inadvertently take out Cena! Joe then goes for a dive to the outside but Reigns catches Joe with a Superman Punch. Meanwhile, back in the ring, The Miz would set John Cena up for the Skull Crushing Finale but Cena would counter, hitting the Attitude Adjustment and pinning the Intercontinental Champion to pick up the win for himself and Roman Reigns. After the match, John Cena and Roman Reigns would look at each other with uncertainty with Reigns appearing apologetic for the miscue before Roman leaves the ring.
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