One night after finally vanquishing Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam to become the new Universal Champion, RAW kicks off with the new Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Through boos and chants of “you suck”, the new champion says he’s a man of his word and he did what he said he was going to do when he beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Roman then vows to be a fighting champion, offering to defend the Universal Title here tonight, saying that he wants to defend his new prize against a man who also won the Universal Title in Brooklyn but had to relinquish it due to injury and never got his rematch and that is Finn Balor! Naturally, this brings out Finn Balor, who wastes no time in accepting the challenge before shaking the hand of the new champion. Constable Baron Corbin then comes to the ring, saying that Finn is not going to get rewarde for the “stunt” he pulled at SummerSlam, saying that Finn “no-showed” SummerSlam because “The Demon” was there. Corbin then says that the match at SummerSlam didn’t happen, saying that he is going to face Finn Balor, the man, tonight.
Amused, Roman Reigns calls the Constable a “dumbass” who says that, if he lost as bad as Corbin did at SummerSlam, he would try to forget about it too. Corbin retorts by saying that the only reason that Roman Reigns is the Universal Champion is because Brock Lesnar was more concerned with Braun Strowman than Roman. RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the stage, saying that he makes the matches, not Corbin. Kurt then polls the crowd before making the Universal Title match official for the main event! The GM follows this up by putting Constable Baron Corbin in a match right now against Bobby Lashley!
Per the orders of Kurt Angle, the opening match of the night would see Bobby Lashley go one-on-one with Constable Baron Corbin. In the end, it was Bobby Lashley hitting Constable Baron Corbin with a modified Dominator, pinning the Constable for the win.
Backstage, Paul Heyman confronts Kurt Angle regarding Brock Lesnar’s contractually obligated rematch for the Universal Championship. However, the GM says that it will be “long, long time” before Brock gets his rematch with Heyman suggesting that the rematch take place at next month’s Hell in a Cell event but Kurt refuses, saying that it will be a “cold day in hell” before that happens.
In 6-Woman Tag action, the team of Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Ember Moon would face The Riott Squad on RAW. At the end of a chaotic match, it was Ruby Riott scoring with the Riott Kick to Sasha Banks, pinning “The Boss” to pick up the win for The Riott Squad.
As he prepares for his last time ever showdown with The Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down in Australia on October 6, WWE COO “The Game” Triple H would make a special appearance on RAW. Triple H says that he was on the edge of his seat for the entire SummerSlam weekend, saying that he loves this business and he is a fan just like all of them. The COO then vows that, until the day he dies, he will make sure that WWE is there for “everyone”. Triple H continues, saying that weekends like this past weekend give him the “itch” to compete again before saying that he was more than ready to compete at WWE Super Show-Down in Australia. However, Triple H says that he initially refused to face The Undertaker again because of the End of an Era match they had back in 2012 at WrestleMania XXVIII where Triple H, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels stood together on the WrestleMania stage.
Triple H then says that moment was “as real as it gets” and that moment changed them in a way they did not expect. Triple H explains that, after that night, Shawn Michaels was “gone” and The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak was “dead” just two years later, saying that “The Phenom” would put his hat and his gloves in the middle of the ring and he would “disappear”. Meanwhile, he agreed to put on the suit and never look back, saying that it was truly the end of an era before saying that their era was “something special”. The crowd responds with chants of “you still got it” before Triple H continues, saying that it is for that same reason that he agreed to take off the suit and tape up his fists but only if The Undertaker puts that hat and gloves back on and becomes “The Phenom” one more time. Triple H then says that the “sound” will be back and the “feeling” will be back because “the era is back”! An impassioned Triple H then concludes by saying that, in Melbourne, it will be “The Game” and “The Phenom” one last time before the COO leaves the ring.
With Dean Ambrose in his corner to keep Drew McIntyre from interfering, Seth Rollins would reclaim the Intercontinental Championship from Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam and, on RAW, the new Intercontinental Champion would return the favor as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would return to action with Seth Rollins in his corner, going one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler, with Drew McIntyre in his corner. During the match, Seth Rollins would get in the face of Drew McIntyre on the outside, sparking a brawl between the two men. This would lead to Dolph Ziggler getting involved as the two men take Seth out before Dean Ambrose retrieves Dolph. With Seth diving out of the ring to take out Drew McIntyre, it would leave Dolph open to Dirty Deeds by Dean Ambrose as Ambrose pins “The Show-Off” for the win.
After his guitar snapped in half at SummerSlam, Elias would look to make up for the incident with a performance on RAW. However, the performance is interrupted by Curt Hawkins, who challenges Elias to a match in an effort to break his 218-match losing streak. Elias responds by calling Hawkins a “loser” and saying that Hawkins doesn’t belong out there, telling Hawkins to leave Brooklyn. However, Hawkins refuses to take no for an answer, fired up and ready to go one-on-one with Elias with Elias agreeing. Despite a couple of near falls, Elias would ultimately emerge victorious, hitting Drift Away on Curt Hawkins and pinning Hawkins to continue Hawkins’ losing streak.
In the ongoing rivalry between the two teams, The Authors of Pain would face Titus Worldwide, with Dana Brooke in their corner, on RAW. In the end, it was The Authors of Pain hitting Apollo Crews with the Last Chapter as Akam pins Apollo for the win.
With Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ember Moon, Dana Brooke, The Riott Squad, Natalya, and even The Bella Twins surrounding the ring, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon would make an appearance on RAW for a special presentation of the RAW Women’s Title to the new champion Ronda Rousey. Stephanie says that she is so “proud” of the RAW Women’s Title match that took place at SummerSlam, saying that, without her, Ronda Rousey wouldn’t even be in WWE. The Commissioner then says that she “molded” Rousey in her image, referring to Ronda as her “protégé”. The new RAW Women’s Champion then makes her way to the ring, not waiting for her introduction. Ronda says that, for once, it’s not about Stephanie, it’s about the women in WWE. Rousey then asks why the women of RAW are standing around the ring, asking if Stephanie is trying to put herself above them before inviting all the women onto the ring apron. Ronda continues, saying that this is about all of them, telling Natalya that she is the “cornerstone” of the women’s division and saying that, if it wasn’t for Sasha Banks and Bayley’s match at NXT TakeOver a few years ago, the women’s evolution may have never happened. Rousey then says that she’s not Brock Lesnar, saying that she’s going to be a “fighting champion”.
Stephanie responds by saying that this is the Ronda Rousey that enjoys breaking arms, saying that Rousey wants to wipe all of the other women out so that she can stand there in the spotlight because that is who Ronda is. The new champion responds by saying that she is only there to break the arms of those who “deserve it”. Ronda then closes in on the Commissioner before locking in the armbar on Stephanie, punishing the Commissioner before Stephanie rolls to the outside, where she is aided by Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, and The Riott Squad while Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ember Moon, Natalya, Dana Brooke, and The Bella Twins join Rousey in the ring, standing tall with the new champion.
After successfully retaining the RAW Tag Team Titles against The Revival on the SummerSlam Kickoff, the RAW Tag Team Champions were on RAW as one-half of The B-Team, Bo Dallas, with Curtis Axel in his corner, would go one-on-one with one-half of The Revival, Scott Dawson, with Dash Wilder in his corner. In the end, it was Scott Dawson hitting Bo Dallas with a cradle DDT, pinning Bo for the win.
The roles would then be reversed as the other half of The B-Team, Curtis Axel, would go one-on-one with Dash Wilder, with Scott Dawson in his corner. In the end, it was Dash Wilder hitting Curtis Axel with a modified Gory Bomb, pinning Axel for the win.
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is receiving medical attention for her arm when Kurt Angle comes in to check on Stephanie. After Constable Baron Corbin reprimands Kurt for not being out there to protect Stephanie, the RAW Commissioner says that Kurt needs a “vacation”, saying that Kurt is still the RAW General Manager but he just needs some time off. This leads to Stephanie putting Baron Corbin in charge as the “acting General Manager”!
Then it was time for the main event as the Universal Championship would be up for grabs as new Universal Champion Roman Reigns would defend RAW’s top prize against Finn Balor. During the match, Roman Reigns is just about to deliver the Spear to Finn Balor when Braun Strowman comes out, drawing the attention of the champion. As “Mr. Monster-in-the-Bank” methodically strolls down to ringside, Finn Balor takes advantage of the distraction, delivering his dropkick in the corner to Roman before going for the Coup de Grace. However, Reigns gets out of the way before connecting with the Spear to Balor, pinning Finn to successfully retain the Universal Title. However, as soon as the match is over, Braun Strowman slides into the ring with his briefcase, standing and waiting as the champion gets to his feet. Once Roman is up, Braun would knock Reigns right back down with a big kick to the mid-section. Braun then grabs his briefcase and hands it to the referee, informing the official that he is cashing in his Money-in-the-Bank briefcase right now!
As Braun eagerly awaits the start of the impromptu match, the proceedings are interrupted by the sound of The Shield’s theme as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come out, complete with their original Shield attire! In classic Shield fashion, Ambrose & Rollins would surround the ring on each side, creeping up on each side as Roman Reigns gets to his feet. Faced with having to contend with all three members of The Shield, Braun decides to go after Roman Reigns but Ambrose & Rollins are quick to jump on “Mr. Monster-in-the-Bank”, leaving Braun open to a Superman Punch from the Universal Champion. Ambrose follows this up with a chop block and Rollins connects with a super kick to Strowman. After taking Braun out of the ring, The Shield would expose the announce table at ringside but Braun would fight back before getting taken down with the Spear. This would enable The Shield to hoist Braun Strowman up, driving the big man through the table with the signature three-man powerbomb! The reunited Shield then stand tall over their destruction, doing their signature fist bump in a show of solidarity.
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