After last week’s Miz TV ended with Jason Jordan suplexing The Miz into The Miztourage, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel, RAW kicks off with another installment of Miz TV as Intercontinental Champion The Miz, his wife Maryse, and The Miztourage are in the ring. The Miz says that he is not going anywhere until he gets what he wants and what he wants is for Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son, Jason Jordan, to come out to the ring right now. The Intercontinental Champion then says that he is tired of being cheap-shotted by his guests on Miz TV and it stops tonight, asking for Jason Jordan to come to the ring to finish what Jason started. However, as The Miz & The Miztourage prepare themselves for a fight, Jason Jordan’s father and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the stage. Kurt says that Jason Jordan will not be a guest on Miz TV tonight because Jordan has a match tonight against one-half of The Miztourage, Curtis Axel. The GM then says that he has secured a guest for Miz TV that will “meet and exceed” Miz TV standards.
Kurt Angle was certainly not lying as Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, with his advocate Paul Heyman in tow, would be revealed as the guest on Miz TV, much to the shock of The Miz & The Miztourage! Standing behind The Miztourage, The Miz interrupts Paul Heyman before the advocate can even speak, saying that this is his show and he will do the talking. The Intercontinental Champion wastes little time in trying to get under the skin of the Universal Champion and his advocate, saying that it’s “pretty much guaranteed” that Brock Lesnar will lose the Universal Title in the Fatal 4-Way Match at SummerSlam, saying that it’s not a matter of “will” Brock lose the title, but “who” he loses it to. The Miz continues, saying that Brock doesn’t even have to be involved in the finish of the match to lose the title, putting the blame on Paul Heyman for Brock’s predicament at SummerSlam.
The Miz then brings up the decree that Paul Heyman made last week when Heyman said that, if Brock loses the Universal Title at SummerSlam, then both Lesnar and Heyman will leave WWE. The Miz then says that, if he’s a “gambling man” and he’s picking his next co-star in a movie and he wants him to be a champion, he’s putting his money on Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe because one of them is walking out of SummerSlam as the Universal Champion, saying that Brock is going to “take his ball and go home”. The Miz then says “good riddance to bad rubbish” before asking if there is anything that Paul Heyman would like to add.
The advocate then picks up his microphone, doing his patented introduction of both himself and Brock Lesnar before Paul Heyman asks The Miz if Miz and his wife ever “roleplay”. Heyman then says that The Miz is playing the part of Roman Reigns while Bo Dallas is Samoa Joe and Curtis Axel is Braun Strowman before saying that, with that in mind, Brock Lesnar wants to offer them a “preview” of SummerSlam! Heyman then exits the ring as “The Beast” is unleashed as Brock Lesnar takes out The Miztourage before doling out a German suplex to The Miz, followed by a suplex to Curtis Axel and another suplex to Bo Dallas. The Universal Champion then levels Curtis Axel with an F-5, following it up with an F-5 for Bo Dallas and, finally, completing the trifecta with an F-5 to The Miz! With The Miz & The Miztourage laid out in the ring, Brock Lesnar exits the ring with Paul Heyman by his side, having made an emphatic statement ahead of SummerSlam.
After both he and Dean Ambrose were beaten down by Cesaro & Sheamus last week, Seth Rollins would be looking for revenge on RAW as “The Kingslayer” would go one-on-one with one-half of the RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus, with Cesaro in his corner, in a rematch from last week. Throughout the match, Seth Rollins would have to combat the two-on-one disadvantage of Cesaro being at ringside and, in the end, it was a distraction from Cesaro that would allow Sheamus to roll Seth up to pick up the win. After the match, an enraged Seth Rollins would dive out of the ring to take down the RAW Tag Team Champions but, much like last week, the numbers game would overwhelm “The Kingslayer” as Cesaro & Sheamus would administer another beatdown. Cesaro & Sheamus would then wait and watch the staging area for the arrival of Dean Ambrose, but Ambrose would not show up so the RAW Tag Team Champions would bring Rollins into the ring, hitting the double team White Noise on Rollins. Cesaro & Sheamus then leave the ring, having again laid waste to Seth Rollins but, this time, Dean Ambrose made no attempt to help Rollins.
Backstage, Seth Rollins confronts Dean Ambrose as Dean says that he told Seth not to go out there and try to fight Cesaro & Sheamus on his own again, saying that he looks like a “big jerk” now because he didn’t help Rollins. Seth tells Dean that he is a “real jerk”, saying that it’s been three years and he’s done everything that he can do. Rollins then says that he is leaving it up to Ambrose, asking what he has to do to prove to Dean that he’s not the same guy that he was back then. Ambrose says that he doesn’t know if Seth is the same guy or not but he’s not going to get burned again, telling Rollins that teaming up again a couple of weeks ago was a “one time thing”. Dean then tells Seth “welcome to being alone” before saying that he’s got a match against Cesaro tonight and, like always, he’s got to “go it alone”.
Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son Jason Jordan was then scheduled to have a match against Curtis Axel but Brock Lesnar’s attack on The Miz & The Miztourage earlier in the night would keep Curtis Axel from competing so the RAW General Manager was forced to make a last minute substitution, sending out a local competitor by the name of Jean Pierre Goulet. Despite having the support of his fellow Canadians, Jean Pierre Goulet would fall to Jason Jordan as Jordan hits his lifting neckbreaker, pinning Goulet to pick up the win.
Following the unfortunate news that she will be unable to compete in her scheduled RAW Women’s Title match against Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam due to a shoulder injury she suffered during a match against Nia Jax last week, Bayley would make an appearance on RAW to address the injury. A visibly disappointed Bayley says that she knew in the moment that something was wrong with her shoulder but she insisted on continuing the match. Bayley then says that it’s really hard for her to be happy right now, trying her best to talk over the boos from the crowd. Bayley continues, saying that she’s going to “move forward” and work towards getting back to in-ring competition as soon as possible. Bayley is then asked who she thinks will be the new #1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Championship tonight with Bayley predicting that her friend, Sasha Banks, will become the new #1 Contender, saying that Sasha “deserves it”.
In the first of two Triple Threat Qualifying Matches to determine a new #1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox, and Emma would compete with the winner advancing to next week’s RAW where they will go one-on-one with the winner of the other Triple Threat Qualifying Match with RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss a guest on commentary. During the wild match, Emma would come so close to winning the Triple Threat Match on several occasions before Sasha Banks would take control of the match, first locking in the Bank Statement on Alicia Fox before Emma would try to surprise Sasha with a roll-up. However, “The Boss” would counter into the Bank Statement, making Emma tap out to pick up the win and come one step closer to becoming the new #1 Contender. After the match, Sasha Banks would stare Alexa Bliss down as Alexa stands up, holding the RAW Women’s Title up high.
Enzo Amore would then make an appearance on RAW as, after his new seven-foot friend Big Show knocked Big Cass out last week, Enzo would introduce “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. Big Show says that Big Cass needs to learn some “respect” before the giant is interrupted by Gallows & Anderson. Karl Anderson says that Enzo Amore & Big Show are celebrating in the ring like they won something but they won nothing. Anderson then says that, if they are looking for a challenge, then they need to look no further than Gallows & Anderson. Luke Gallows then adds that, after they beat them, they can brag to everyone about how they were just the latest team on the list to lose to “the good brothers” before calling Enzo & Big Show “nerds”.
A referee would then come out to the ring before the impromptu tag match officially gets underway. During the match, Big Cass would come out to the stage, distracting Big Show long enough for Luke Gallows to take Big Show out. Enzo Amore would then be left alone to combat Gallows & Anderson and Enzo would try to roll Luke Gallows up but Karl Anderson was the legal man and Anderson would catch Enzo with a running boot to the face, pinning Enzo to pick up the win for Gallows & Anderson. After the match, Big Cass would blast Big Show with a big boot on the outside before hammering away at “The World’s Largest Athlete”. Enzo Amore then dives out of the ring, taking down Big Cass momentarily before Big Cass gets back to his feet, hurling Enzo into the barricade. Enzo then plays cat and mouse with his former tag team partner, luring Big Cass right into the Knockout Punch by Big Show as, for the second week in a row, Big Show leaves Big Cass laid out.
After using his own mind games to offset and get the better of Bray Wyatt last week, Finn Balor would make an appearance on RAW. Finn says that Bray Wyatt “speaks in riddles”, saying that Bray gives him “the creeps” before saying that Bray cares more about “hurting people” and making people “fear” him than winning or losing matches. Finn then says that he has some “advice” for Bray Wyatt, telling Bray that, whatever Bray wants to “start”, he will “finish”. Bray Wyatt then appears in the ring but Finn Balor saw it coming as Finn was waiting on the top rope. Balor then takes it to Bray but just when it looked like Finn had the upper hand, Wyatt would disappear. Bray would then show up on the Tron, laughing at Finn before saying that, when Balor flies, his fans fly. Bray then says that, when he rips Finn down from the “heavens”, they will all “fall down” with him before telling Finn to “run”.
After Cesaro & Sheamus beat Seth Rollins down earlier in the night with Dean Ambrose nowhere to be found, it would be Dean’s turn as “The Lunatic Fringe” would go one-on-one with one-half of the RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro, with Sheamus in his corner. During a grueling, back-and-forth match, Dean Ambrose would continue to survive against Cesaro despite an injured mid-section, managing to get to the ropes to break up the Sharpshooter before diving to the outside to take Cesaro down. Sheamus then gets on the apron to try and distract Dean Ambrose, but Ambrose knocks Sheamus off of the ring apron before surprising Cesaro with a roll-up as “The Lunatic Fringe” picks up the win. As soon as the match was over, Sheamus would strike as the RAW Tag Team Champions would look to beat Ambrose down like they did last week.
However, despite Dean not doing the same for him earlier in the night, Seth Rollins would come to Ambrose’s aid, taking Cesaro down on the outside before tackling Sheamus in the ring, brawling with each other before “The Kingslayer” sends Sheamus out of the ring. Seth then turns around to look at Dean, watching as Ambrose gets back to his feet before the two former allies stand across from each other before Ambrose actually puts his fist out in the traditional show of unity from their days in The Shield! The crowd would come unglued for this gesture but, this time, it was Seth Rollins who would not be ready to forgive and forget as Seth leaves Dean hanging in the ring.
In a rematch from last week’s 205 Live, the #1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Title at SummerSlam was in action on RAW as Akira Tozawa, with Titus O’Neil a guest on commentary, would go one-on-one with Ariya Daivari. In the end, it was Akira Tozawa hitting the top rope senton bomb on Ariya Daivari, pinning Daivari for the win.
With RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss a guest on commentary, Mickie James, Dana Brooke, and the dominant Nia Jax would compete in the second Triple Threat Qualifying Match with the winner facing Sasha Banks for the #1 Contendership next week. Despite the best efforts of Mickie James and Dana Brooke, it would not be enough to topple Nia Jax as Nia would squash Dana with a big leg drop, pinning Dana to win the Triple Threat Qualifying Match as Nia Jax will face Sasha Banks next week with the winner challenging Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Title at SummerSlam.
Backstage, Big Cass confronts RAW General Manager Kurt Angle to demand a match against Big Show at SummerSlam. Kurt admits that he was just thinking about that match before Cass adds that he doesn’t want Enzo Amore anywhere near him for the match, saying that Kurt can lock Enzo up and throw away the key for all he cares. The GM then brings up locking Enzo in a shark cage and Big Cass likes the idea, saying that he wants Enzo suspended in a shark cage above the ring so that Enzo can watch him turn Big Show into “seven feet of failure”. The GM then thinks about it before making the match official for SummerSlam as it will be Big Cass going one-on-one with Big Show with Enzo Amore locked in a shark cage hanging high above the ring!
Then it was time for what was sure to be a destructive main event as “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing Match where the only way to win is by incapacitating your opponent to the point that they cannot get to their feet by the referee’s count of ten with no pinfalls, no submissions, no disqualifications, and no count-outs. After Braun Strowman dominates in the early going, Roman Reigns would battle back in a big way, using the steel steps to break Braun down, but not enough to keep Strowman down for the ten-count. Later on in the match, Roman Reigns would bring a table into the ring with Braun Strowman knocking Reigns down before setting the table up. Roman then drills Braun with right hands before managing to hoist “The Monster Among Men” up for a huge Samoan Drop through the table! Braun is then able to roll out of the ring and land on his feet to avoid losing. Reigns then sizes Braun up for a Spear on the outside but Strowman counters by hurling a chair at “The Big Dog”, catching Roman in the face! Somehow, Reigns is able to get back to his feet before the fight spills into the crowd before making its way onto the stage.
This is where Strowman would lift Reigns up and hurl him into the LED screens before doing it a second time but, when it becomes clear that Roman would not stay down, Braun exposes the announce table. However, Reigns would battle back, catching Strowman with the Superman Punch, staggering Braun before delivering a second Superman Punch, but Strowman does not go down. Roman then sizes Braun up for the Spear but Strowman catches Reigns with a kick. Braun then stumbles his way down the ramp before Reigns charges full-force down the ramp, blasting “The Monster Among Men” with a vicious Spear! Reigns then uses the barricade to pull himself back to his feet before Samoa Joe shows up in the front row, grabbing “The Big Dog” and locking in the Coquina Clutch! Joe then chokes Reigns out as referees come out to try and restrain Joe. As “The Destroyer” watches intently, Braun Strowman is able to pop up to his feet at a count of eight with Roman Reigns unable to get to his feet by the count of ten thanks to Samoa Joe as Braun Strowman survives the Last Man Standing Match as the winner! After the match, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman would stare each other down as Joe lets Strowman know that it’s every man for himself come SummerSlam.
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