Just a night after Extreme Rules, WWE began the build-up to their biggest pay-per-view of the summer, Summerslam.
Roman Reigns lost cleanly to Bobby Lashley and Dolph Ziggler was able to retain the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins in a brilliant Ironman match.
Who will we see begin to feud tonight ahead of the 'biggest party of the summer' which will once again be held inside the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, NY.
Here are the results from Raw:
KURT ANGLE FACES OFF WITH PAUL HEYMAN REGARDING BROCK LESNAR
Kurt Angle came out first to address the crowd in Buffalo that Brock Lesnar will be stripped of the Universal Championship. Paul Heyman interrupted just in time for Angle to change his mind and convince The Olympian that Lesnar will defend the title at Summerslam. All that was left, was finding an opponent for Brock.
First, Bobby Lashley came out and claimed he had earned the right to face Lesnar after defeating Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules. Drew McIntyre was next out and says he returned to WWE to win the Universal Championship.
Seth Rollins came out next, followed shortly by Elias and then Finn Balor. Last out was Roman Reigns and Kurt Angle admitted that all the men in the ring were worthy of a title opportunity. Therefore, he made two triple threat matches to take place this evening, with the winners facing each other next week: McIntyre vs Balor vs Reigns and Lashley vs Elias vs Rollins.
Heyman was very influential at the start of this segment as he looked genuinely concerned about Brock's reign coming to an end. He played the crowd well and got them to boo him relentlessly when mentioned Lesnar's quest to become UFC Heavyweight Champion. All six competitors got a small chance to talk but really, Lashley seems like the one who deserves the opportunity at this present moment.
ROMAN REIGNS VS FINN BALOR VS DREW MCINTYRE
Drew McIntyre used his substantial size advantage to gain early control of the triple threat match but after the commercials, it was Roman Reigns who looked the strongest. Finn Balor produced a unique double stomp to Reigns who was prone on the apron.
The Scotsman McIntyre shocked everybody by flying over the top rope, similar to how Balor did earlier in the match, and taking out Reigns in the process. A man who is billed at 6'5 and 265lbs should not be performing those kind of athletic moves.
Finn Balor picked up some steam by using a steel chair to dispose of McIntyre to the outside before unleashing some shots to Reigns. Reigns speared Drew outside the ring and Finn hit two Slingblade's on Reigns before a Superman Punch evened the odds.
Eventually, after near falls and lots of agonizing close calls, Roman Reigns got rid of McIntyre and hit the Spear on Finn Balor to pick up the victory. A brilliant match to begin Raw.
One of the best Raw matches of the year easily. These three all worked together brilliantly and all got their own chances to shine. Balor looked tactically smart by avoiding Drew flying over the ropes and dodging Reign's Spear on the outside. McIntyre proved his worth by combining hard hits with an added dimension of agility when he went soaring like an Eagle to the outside. Roman Reigns worked hard too and was busted open around his left eye by the time the match concluded. The first 50 minutes of Raw flew by.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BOBBY ROODE
After his grueling draw with Rollins last night, Ziggler appeared on Raw still with the Intercontinental Championship after retaining in an overtime period. Ziggler made the crowd aware that it was the first time in 17 years that the IC title had main evented a PPV, even admitting Rollins made the title relevant in today's WWE landscape.
Before Ziggler could continue, The Glorious Bobby Roode interrupted. Roode said he hated being on the sidelines and challenged Ziggler to a match. As JoJo was introducing the match, she almost announced it was for the title before Dolph cut her short and made sure his championship was not on the line.
It was a slower match than the triple threat, but a good back and forth between two veterans of the business. Ziggler used some typical heel tactics such as scampering away from his opponent in order to gain an advantage in the match which wasn't even 24 hours after his title defense.
Roode nailed a Spinebuster and looked to be gaining momentum but tweaked his knee, opening a door for Ziggler who nailed a Superkick and picked up the win.
A slightly better match than was expected, especially since Ziggler's marathon match last night. Roode reminded everybody how solid he is inside the ring and Ziggler once again looked excellent, especially whilst selling the Roode offence. Ziggler winning was the right call and he looks like a dominant Intercontinental Champion.
TYLER BREEZE VS MOJO RAWLEY
Sadly, Breeze will be without teammate Fandango for a while since he is on the shelf with an injury. Rawley has been on a good run as of late, picking up wins but Breeze sent Rawley to the outside early before steamrolling through the Fashion Police Officer.
Three big power moves, including an Alabama Slam, and Rawley had won the match with relative ease.
Mojo Rawley looked good again using his football player moveset. His new finisher doesn't look as powerful as some of the other signature moves, which could be food for thought.
SASHA BANKS AND BAYLEY VS DANA BROOKE AND ALICIA FOX
Despite Bayley admitting earlier in the night that their counseling had not been a success, Kurt Angle threw Banks and The Hugger into the ring together to face Brooke and Fox.
The match was going well with Bayley and Brooke inside the ring, but Banks came to the aid of her rival slightly too much. A toss to Brooke and a double crossbody on Brooke and Fox caused the referee to call off the match as too much action was occurring outside the ropes. Sasha left up the ramp, leaving Bayley sat staring in bemusement.
Backstage, Sasha admits that she loves Bayley and will be damned if anyone else tries to hurt her.
The match inside the ropes wasn't going too badly until the disqualification. It was a premature end to the match, as usually the referee would let that kind of shenanigans occur in a tag match. The story did not really advance, leaving everybody wondering why WWE Creative ended the match the way they did.
THE B TEAM VS THE ASCENSION
The new Raw Tag Team Champions had their first test against The Ascension, who have been stuck at the bottom of the card for years since their call-up from NXT.
Axel and Dallas dominated in their own corner but Viktor got a hot tag and looked surprisingly impressive. Shortly after, a simple double team move was enough for Dallas and Axel to pick up a win. After the match, Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt appeared on the titantron and confirmed their rematch will occur on next weeks Raw.
A short match between four solid workers but there is almost nothing to report. The B Team were expected to win as they only won their belts last night at Extreme Rules.
RONDA ROUSEY INVADES RAW
Alexa Bliss declared her dominance over the Raw women's division due to her victory over Nia Jax last night. From the crowd, Ronda Rousey appeared - despite being suspended for another two days from Raw. She stopped Bliss from exiting the arena and chased her and Mickie James back into the ring. Before she could inflict any real damage, referees and then Kurt Angle came out to intervene.
Baron Corbin looked after Bliss and James and shouted to Angle that Stephanie McMahon would not be happy with the way Rousey had behaved. Angle added a week to her suspension before declaring she would a Raw Women's Championship match at Summerslam against Alexa Bliss.
Rousey looked seriously cool coming through the crowd and it was a genuine shock to see her. Corbin and Angle added an extra dynamic to this feud and made it more interesting.
TITUS WORLDWIDE VS THE AUTHORS OF PAIN
It was another dominant display by Akam and Rezar who completely demolished Titus and Apollo Crews. The Last Chapter led to the win.
Not much to say other than another AOP win. They should be in the title picture very soon and hopefully, we see them have some matches of the same caliber that they were having in NXT.
EMBER MOON VS SARAH LOGAN
The Riott Squad lack a little bit of charisma now without Ruby by their side but Sarah Logan is more than capable inside the ropes. She used long submission holds to restrain Ember Moon and stop the high-paced offence we are used to from The War Goddess.
Logan almost got a cheap win with a roll-up but Moon regained control with her excellent Suicide Dive. However, interference from Liv Morgan on the outside meant Logan was able to roll up Moon and pick up her first win on Raw. It also was Moon's first loss on the main roster.
The match itself was brilliant but the finish was extremely lazy. Logan's first win on Raw could have waited and Moon's first loss on the main roster definitely should not have been tonight on free television.
BOBBY LASHLEY VS ELIAS VS SETH ROLLINS
Elias began the main event with one of his signature concerts. He stated he had depression because he was in Buffalo, much to the displeasure of the crowd. Elias apparently has a debut album dropping in the coming weeks. The interruption came from Seth Rollins, who was lastly joined by The Dominator to see who would face Reigns next week.
Elias got in a cheap shot on Rollins whilst Lashley was making his way to the ring in order to gain an advantage but Lashley came to the aid of The Kingslayer. With the crowd firmly on the side of Rollins, he was able to gain some momentum but Lashley used some fierce power moves to dominate the triple threat.
Several good back and forth battles led to a dramatic ending. Lashley hit the Vertical Suplex on Rollins and looked for the Spear but Rollins read it well. Elias pulled Rollins out the ring and instead took his place in the corner. Whilst running at Lashley, he was met with a vicious Spear and that was enough for Lashley.
Another brilliant triple threat match, although slightly shorter than the one earlier in the night. Lashley looked dominant throughout, using big moves that make him seem like a beast. It is slightly annoying that he will face Reigns again next week, making their match at Extreme Rules almost pointless. Elias was brilliant before the match on the microphone, holding the crowd firmly in his palm. Each man had their bright spells and Rollins was protected in the finish too.
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