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[start Date: 14/05/18]

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<p>Raw #1303</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">From The O2 Arena, London, UK!</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

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Finn Balor opened Raw, cutting a promo about his victory last week. Bemoaning the fact that all the talk has been about Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal this week, Balor said that he came out to remind everybody that he was the one who qualified for the Money In The Bank. </p><p>

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Cutting him off, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn told Finn that they had a way for Finn Balor to grab the headlines, suggesting that he put his place in the match up against one of them tonight. While Finn Balor would refuse this suggestion, he would be put into a match with the pair, as Kurt Angle announced that Finn Balor would team with Roman Reigns, against Owens & Zayn.</p><p>

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Discussing the match in the back, Roman Reigns told his partner that everybody would be talking about him again by the end of the show, especially if he sees Jinder Mahal. Vowing to get his revenge the second he saw Jinder, Roman Reigns had to be reminded of to focus on the Main Event by his partner Finn Balor</p><p>

<hr>This was followed by an appearance from Elias, who was interrupted by Bobby Roode as he looked to rile the London crowd. “The Glorious One” would challenge Elias to a match, only to be turned down by “The Drifter”. Elias reminded Roode isn’t Kurt Angle, so he doesn’t make the matches around here. He did however note that if Bobby Roode was Kurt Angle, then he’d beat him to - just like he did when he threw the GM out of the “Greatest Royal Rumble”. Later in the night, Elias would be approached by two of his “fans” Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Looking for a new leader, the two men offered their services to Elias, who asked them to take care of his “Roode problem”. They did this, issuing a challenge to Bobby Roode for next week.</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>The Riott Squad bt. Bayley, Ember Moon & Sasha Banks</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Winning the match, after a miscommunication between Bayley and Sasha Banks, The Riott Squad celebrated their victory up the ramp. This would allow Bayley and Sasha Banks to once again bicker in the ring. On commentary, the Raw announce team would speak of their exasperation with this long-running rivalry, a sentiment shared by Ember Moon (and much of the WWE Universe). Coming between the two women, Ember Moon would slap both Bayley and Sasha Banks, telling them to cut it out. As the two women looked to justify themselves to Ember, the Raw newcomer spoke for everyone as she told them “nobody cares!”</div></div><p> </p><p>

Bobby Lashley would then make an appearance on Raw, with talk surrounding his interview with Renee Young. The commentators shared some of the reactions to the interview, calling it “bizarre” and “unsettling”. </p><p>

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Cutting a promo before a match with Scott Dawson, Lashley justified the interview by saying that he just wants to connect with the fans. Bobby would add that what the people saw last week was the real Bobby Lashley, and whether they like it or not - he’s going to keep it real.</p><p> </p><p>

During his match with Scott Dawson, Bobby Lashley would dominate, with the finishing coming as Dash Wilder intervened. Causing a DQ, The Revival’s attack of Bobby Lashley was short, as Braun Strowman emerged to make the save.</p><p>

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Returning to the second hour of Raw, Braun Strowman approached Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, demanding a match against The Revival (with his partner Bobby Lashley) later tonight. Kurt told Strowman that his card was full, but Strowman assured him “this won’t take long…”</p><p> </p><p>

Later in the evening, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley made quick work of The Revival, with Lashley hitting a Delayed Vertical Suplex for the win.</p><p>

<hr>Before that, Seth Rollins once again issued his Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, calling anybody in the back to face him. Looking for a second crack of the whip, Mojo Rawley came out to the top of the ramp, but was stopped by Zack Ryder. Having taken his opportunity away from him last week, Ryder wanted to take the match this time. As the two men bickered on the ramp, a third man emerged, barging past both men and into the ring. That man was the United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne!</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>[intercontinental Championship Match]</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Putting on a “show stealing” performance, this match went over 15 minutes with Pete Dunne matching Seth Rollins every step of the way. Scoring a number of nearfalls, designed to excite Dunne’s compatriots, the UK Champion almost came away as the new Intercontinental Champion, but was ultimately defeated by “the hottest name on Raw today”. During the match, it was noted that in the last 4 weeks, Seth Rollins has defended the Intercontinental Championship in 8 nations, spanning 4 continents.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins © bt. Pete Dunne to retain the Intercontinental Championship</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, Seth Rollins offered Pete Dunne a handshake, only to have the United Kingdom Championship raise up high in hi*s face. Acknowledging the arrogance of Pete Dunne with a smirk, Seth Rollins celebrated his win in the middle of the ring.</div></div><p>

Throughout the night, there were several incidents which would have an effect on the Main Event, the first of which came in the next match. Having defeated Goldust in a fairly one-sided affair, Jinder Mahal’s chickens came home to roost, as Roman Reigns backed up his promise to get his hands on “The Modern Day Maharaja” the next time he saw him.</p><p>

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While Reigns was able to get some offence in on Jinder Mahal, Sunil Singh sacrificed himself for his leader. This allowed Jinder to escape. Later in the evening, Jinder Mahal was seen leaving the medical room, only to be spotted by Roman Reigns. Now on his own, Jinder Mahal was forced to flee to the parking lot, as Roman Reigns pursued him.</p><p> </p><p>

The other competitors in the Main Event were also busy, as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn looked to convince Finn Balor that Roman Reigns could not be trust. While Finn wouldn’t defend his partner, he did make it clear that he wasn’t interested in forming any kind of alliance with the two men he would go on to face in the Main Event.</p><p>

<hr>Money in The Bank Qualification was also on the agenda for Mickie James and Natalya, and Ronda Rousey joined her friend in ensuring a fair match. While both Ronda Rousey and Alexa Bliss were seen at ringside initially, Ronda Rousey made the suggestion that both women leave the competitors to it. Confident, Mickie James agreed to the suggestion, only to call for Alexa’s help later on. However, Alexa was nowhere to be seen, and Mickie James would tap out to Natalya. The commentators would later explain that Alexa Bliss did try and get involved in the match, but was stopped at the curtain by Ronda Rousey.</p><p>

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Footage of the two women in the back was shown, with Ronda Rousey standing with her arms folded. This ensured that Natalya was able to defeat Mickie James, taking her place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.</p><p>

<hr>Elsewhere, The DELETERS of Worlds spoke about the Tag Team Division, as it appeared a new rivalry began to brew. Seen in a “selfie style” promo from Titus O’Neil, Titus Worldwide’s party was crashed by Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. Later in the night, ahead of Baron Corbin’s match with Apollo Crews, the Titus Worldwide member was forced to come to the ring alone, having been preparing for his match alone at the time of the attack, With Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler as prime suspects, Apollo Crews will have to pick himself up from his defeat to BAron Corbin, as he no doubt looks for revenge on the duo.</p><p> </p><p>

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Looking like a fairly even contest throughout the match, the Main Event would have many threads throughout by the time the opening bell sounded. Making a last ditch attempt to convince Finn, Owens & Zayn once again called Roman Reigns a bad partner. While during the match Finn Balor and Roman Reigns worked well together, it was an incident that resulted in the finish of the match which will be the major talking point of this week’s show. Having previously been believed to have left the building, Jinder Mahal returned to the top of the ramp, distracting Roman Reigns.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Even though his partner wasn’t yet in a dire position, Roman Reigns’ next actions were correctly questioned on commentary. Abandoning Finn Balor completely, the rage-blind Roman Reigns ran up the ramp, chasing Jinder Mahal once more. Running away, Roman Reigns left Finn Balor all alone to face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Up against two of Raw’s top stars, Finn Balor stood no chance, and was defeated by Kevin Owens following a Pop-Up Powerbomb, which had been preceded by a Helluva Kick.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Finn Balor & Roman Reigns</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Not content with their victory, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn couldn’t help but tell Finn “we told you so”, after the bell. In their defence, Roman Reigns was nowhere to be seen, as Finn Balor came round following the two-on-one handicap that the Main Event came. Clearly frustrated that the rivalry between Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns had cost him, a dejected Finn Balor sat in the middle of the ring as Raw went off the air.</div></div>

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After a look back at the close of last week’s show, Roman Reigns opened up Raw, calling out Jinder Mahal. Looking to deal with “unfinished business”, Roman Reigns was instead joined in the ring by Finn Balor.</p><p>

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Confronting Roman Reigns, Finn Balor questioned the loyalty of “The Big Dog”, after he abandoned him during last week’s Main Event. Having vowed to get his hands on Jinder Mahal, Reigns’ determination to be a man of his word cost the pair against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Jinder Mahal would then interrupt, coming to the bottom of the ramp to tell Reigns to move on.</p><p>

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He then stated his intention to take a place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens also made their way out, entering the ring to state their own intentions to have a “second chance” at Money In The Bank qualification.</p><p>

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With things becoming more and more unclear in the ring, Kurt Angle decided to solve the issues, making a “second chance” match between Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn for later in the night. Justifiably angry, Jinder Mahal was told that he would also be in action, up next against Finn Balor.</p><p> </p><p>

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Struggling to keep up with the first ever “Universal Champion”, the former WWE Champion resorted to underhanded tactics from very early in the match. When these didn’t work, the aggressive Jinder Mahal was happy to get himself Disqualified, if it meant sending a message to Kurt Angle.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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After the bell, the attack continued, with Jinder Mahal throwing Finn Balor into the Ring Post. The commentators noted that the assault was targeting the previously injured shoulder of Finn Balor, but Mahal refused to let up until Kurt Angle acknowledged him. To this end, the attack was successful, as Kurt Angle appeared to call for Mahal to stop.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Setting up Finn Balor for a Khallas onto the Steel Steps, Jinder Mahal demanded that he be added to the qualifying match in the Main Event. With little choice, Kurt Angle agreed to the request. Once Finn Balor was released from the hold, Kurt Angle added that should Jinder Mahal lose tonight, he will be barred from entering the building at Money In The Bank.</div></div><p>

The next match of the evening saw Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel’s challenge to Bobby Roode accepted. Expecting to be facing Roode alone, Dallas & Axel were surprised to see their foe Seth Rollins by the side of “The Glorious One”.</p><p>

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Making jibes at Elias, who encouraged Dallas & Axel to make the challenge, Seth Rollins joked about him being the only guy he wants to hear from less than The Miz. When the match got underway, it was fairly academic for the two former NXT Champions, who made quick work of Dallas & Axel.</p><p>

<hr>Making their way out to the ring next, The Riott Squad had their sights set on Money In The Bank Qualifications, citing their victory over Bayley, Ember Moon and Sasha Banks as the reason they each deserve a spot. However, when it came down to it, The Riott Squad were unable to use their numbers advantage effectively, and Bayley pinned Sarah Logan to earn her spot in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.</p><p>

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Later in the evening, when Ruby Riott went one on one with Nia Jax, the Raw Women’s Champion would be the victim of The Riott Squad’s kickback, as they laid a three-on-one beatdown on the Champion.</p><p>

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Heading to the Locker Room after the attack, Nia Jax questioned the roster’s lack of response. While Sasha Banks told Nia Jax that she is big enough to fight her own battles, Ember Moon agreed with Nia Jax, saying that if they’re going to overcome The Riott Squad, they need to work together.</p><p>

<hr>Elsewhere in the Women’s Division, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James looked to get under the skin of Ronda Rousey, calling her “Robotic” having earlier promised to show her what a “real Raw Superstar” looks like.</p><p>

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After allowing the jokes to go on for a few minutes, Ronda Rousey confronted Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, telling them that she doesn’t care about Alexa Bliss and Mickie James trying to make people laugh, saying that isn’t why she came to the WWE.</p><p>

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Quoting Kurt Angle, Ronda said that on Monday Night Raw “we get it done in the ring”, challenging Mickie James to face her at Money In The Bank. Flat out refusing, Mickie James rejected the challenge, and looked to get as far away from Ronda as she possibly could.</p><p>

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Coming back, the Raw Tag Team Champions were in action, handily defeating Slater & Rhyno. It was what happened after the bell which will have more people talking, as The Authors of Pain appeared to confront the Champions. </p><p>

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On commentary it was suggested that going for The DELETERS of World this early in their WWE Raw careers may be a bridge too far, and when Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt indicated a willingness to engage with Akam and Rezar, the two men showed - for the first time on Raw - signs of uncertainty. Eventually backing away, The Authors of Pain were annoyed to have been bested by the Raw Tag Team Champions.</p><p> </p><p>

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Coming about due to an interview from Jinder Mahal earlier in the night, Sunil Singh may have learned a lesson before the match even began. Having found himself pumped up by his leader’s vow to win the Main Event, Sunil Singh promised to take out anybody who stands between Jinder Mahal and the Money In The Bank Briefcase. This couldn’t have been said at a worst time, as Braun Strowman was passing by. As a result of Jinder’s actions earlier, Kurt Angle was happy to make the match, which would see Sunil Singh completely annihilated by Braun Strowman.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman bt. Sunil Singh</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Continuing after the match, Jinder Mahal did not repay Sunil’s devotion, being nowhere to be seen as Braun Strowman continued to destroy Singh. While Jinder Mahal looked only for self-preservation, the state of Sunil Singh firmly ruled him out of any involvement in the Main Event. This was confirmed later in the evening, as Jinder Mahal’s attempt to drag Sunil with him, resulted in Singh collapsing in the back.</div></div><p> </p><p>

Confronting Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler earlier in the night, Apollo Crews accused the two men of being behind the attacks on his Titus Worldwide teammates last week. Straight up admitting to the attack, Drew McIntyre was all too happy to go one on one with Apollo Crews. Backing up his confidence, McIntyre left Apollo Crews down in the ring once again, something that no doubt pleased an observing Baron Corbin.</p><p>

<hr>As well as the Main Event, another Money In The Back Qualifier took place on the show, with Bobby Lashley going one on one with Elias.</p><p> </p><p>

Looking to cheat while using his Guitar, Elias found that his plan backfired, as he lost to Bobby Lashley. Before the match, footage was shown from the Raw After WrestleMania, where Bobby Lashley returned to take out Elias.</p><p> </p><p>

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With all of the Superstars, Jinder Mahal aside, competing in their “second chance” matches, it was made clear that there will be no more opportunities for the men who are unsuccessful in the contest. Such was the desperation for one of them to get a spot in the match, earlier in the night, Sami Zayn told his partner that he has willing to do anything - including lay down for Kevin Owens - to ensure they become the first joint Mr. Money In The Bank, and take the Universal Championship. At no point in the match did it come to this, and the ending was far from one man laying down for another. In fact, the finish of the match came when Roman Reigns was brawling with Kevin Owens. Spotting Jinder Mahal out of the corner of his eye, Reigns - who was stood on the apron - jumped down on Mahal, taking him out with a Flying Clothesline. Distracted, Kevin Owens would watch on happily, as Roman Reigns hit Mahal with a Superman Punch, followed by a Spear which put both men through the guardrail. Landing badly, both men involved in the Spear appeared to be seriously hurt, with even Kevin Owens, who had previously been happy to watch them destroy each other, shocked by the impact of the move.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Having been taken out earlier, hit with a Khallas on the ramp by Jinder Mahal, Sami Zayn would shock the commentators, as he reemerged in the ring behind Kevin Owens. Previously watching with his arms rested on the ropes, Kevin Owens did not have time to plan his next move, as he turned back towards the ring, and straight into an opportunistic Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn. Putting Owens down in the middle of the ring, Sami Zayn will steal a victory, and a place in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Sami Zayn bt. Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal & Roman Reigns</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Done what they had set out to do, Sami Zayn celebrate his victory, as the three other competitors laid out around the ringside area. Unaware of what had happened, Kevin Owens eventually realised that the man smiling in front of him is the same man who just hit him with a Helluva Kick. Sami Zayn looked to celebrate with his best friend, saying “we did it!” and seemed confused when Kevin Owens didn’t share his enthusiasm for the result. Returning to his feet, Kevin Owens held his jaw, clearly still processing the Main Event. Sami Zayn pointed to the Briefcase hanging high above the ring, shouting “Kevin… we’re going to Money In The Bank!”. However, only one of them will compete in the Ladder Match, with Kevin Owens eventually deciding to leave the ring, rather than risk acting in a way which could further compromise his friendship with Sami Zayn.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Raw went off the air with Sami Zayn looking towards the departing Kevin Owens, unsure what his problem is, before the cameras panned to the pile of rubble at ringside. Now surrounded by a large medical team, Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns were checked on, with the commentators confirming that both men were to be taken to a local medical facility for further assessment.</div></div><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Picks:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Finn Balor bt. Jinder Mahal (DQ)</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Roode & Seth Rollins bt. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bayley bt. Sarah Logan [MITB Qualifier]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The Deleters of Worlds bt. Slater & Rhyno</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman bt. Sunil Singh</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Lashley bt. Elias [MITB Qualifier]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Nia Jax bt. Ruby Riott</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Drew McIntyre bt. Apollo Crews</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Sami Zayn bt. Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns [MITB Qualifier]</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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Looking for revenge at the top of the show, Roman Reigns called out Jinder Mahal, unhappy that going through the guardrail cut him short last week.</p><p>

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Instead, Sunil Singh came to the ring, telling Roman Reigns that Jinder Mahal was not in the building. Kurt Angle would join them in the ring, demanding that Sunil makes sure that Jinder is here tonight. As Jinder wasn’t there at the moment, Kurt Angle told Roman Reigns that if he was looking for a fight, then he has a match with Sunil Singh!</p><p> </p><p>

Making quick work of Jinder Mahal’s sidekick, Roman Reigns discarded Singh from the ring. He then stated his belief that Mahal was indeed in the building, and promised to search every inch of the Richmond Coliseum to find him. Later in the night, Roman Reigns was confronted by Finn Balor, who told him that he had a match with Jinder Mahal, and asked “The Big Dog” to keep out of his business.</p><p>

<hr>Prior to Roman Reigns’ entrance of Raw, a cold opening saw Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in the Locker Room. Appearing to have been at each other’s throats, Zayn tried to calm his partner down, saying that if he could, he would give Owens his shot in the Money In The Bank.</p><p>

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This led to Kevin Owens approaching Kurt Angle, asking that the opportunity be passed on to him. Zayn claimed he would love for that to happen, but unfortunately it can’t be done. Not a fan of either man, Kurt Angle said that he was happy for Owens to take Zayn’s place, leaving Sami in an awkward position. Backtracking from his earlier statement, Zayn told Owens that he couldn’t give him his spot “because… the rules”. Despite this, Sami Zayn still wanted Kevin Owens to have his back later in the night, which KO reluctantly agreed to.</p><p>

<hr>Having targeted Titus Worldwide as a prime example of what they feel is wrong with the WWE, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler cut a promo on the group, highlighting these feelings before they defeated the team of No Way Jose & Titus O’Neil. After the match, when Apollo Crews checked on his partners, Drew and Dolph asked him what he is doing with Titus Worldwide. Before Crews could react, Dana Brooke pulled him away from the situation, not fancying Crews’ chances against the ruthless duo.</p><p> </p><p>

Later in the night, when speaking out against the attack, Apollo Crews was attacked by Baron Corbin. Seemingly shocked into silence, Dana Brooke did nothing, as “The Lone Wolf” took Apollo Crews out. Reacting to this later, Chad Gable talked to Kurt Angle about the chaos that has descended over Raw, requesting a match with Corbin next week.</p><p>

<hr>Closing the first hour of Raw, Elias went one on one with Bobby Roode, in the deciding match in their series. Elias would win the match in a decisive manner, leaving a disappointed Roode to reflect on his defeat. </p><p>

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Leaving the ring, Elias was questioned on his victory, telling Renee Young that “The Drifter’s work is never done...” What Elias meant by this would become clearer, later in the night.</p><p>

<hr>Returning to the show, Kurt Angle was approached in his office by Alexa Bliss. She complained about her match later in the night, due to two of the competitors in it being on their second chances to enter the Money In The Bank. Kurt Angle offered Alexa the option to pull out of the match, and instead face Ronda Rousey at Money In The Bank. This technique successfully shot Alexa down, and she would go on to defeat Sasha Banks and Ruby Riott later in the night, earning her opportunity to win the Money In The Bank.</p><p>

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Before that match, Ronda Rousey called out both Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, but the two women had no interest in engaging her. Mickie James even refused to come to the ring, meaning that Ronda had ensured no support for Alexa, during her match, much to Bliss’ annoyance.</p><p>

<hr>Another match which took place between the Female Superstars of Raw saw Nia Jax get her first measure of revenge against The Riott Squad. Having confronted her fellow Raw Superstars last week, Nia Jax was joined at ringside by Ember Moon, and went on to defeat Sarah Logan. </p><p>

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After the match, Moon made it clear that she had eyes for the Raw Women’s Championship. Later in the evening, high spirits between Bayley, Ember and Nia in the Locker Room resulted in an awkward moment as the downbeat Sasha Banks entered the room. Having lost both of her opportunities to compete in the Money In The Bank, Sasha was left to feel an outsider as she approached the trio.</p><p>

<hr>Making an appearance to issue another Open Challenge, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins spoke about the month that he has had.</p><p>

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Having defended his Championship all over the world, Seth Rollins said that he has truly put the Intercontinental back into the Championship. He then quipped that maybe that’s where Brock Lesnar has been, defending his Championship throughout the Universe. Officially issuing the challenge, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel both appeared ready to face the Intercontinental Champion.</p><p>

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When Seth Rollins said that he would be happy to face both men, Dallas & Axel made it clear that they weren’t interested in taking the challenge, instead jumping Seth Rollins. The pair were unsuccessful in their attempt to take down Seth Rollins, but caused enough of a distraction that Seth was caught off guard as Elias entered the ring.</p><p>

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Grabbing the Champion from behind, Elias smashed a Guitar over Seth Rollins’ head, taking him out completely. Elias then stood over the Intercontinental Champion, with some suggestion that he may be interested in Seth Rollins’ title.</p><p>

<hr>Another story developing on the show was a new case for “Breezango”. Opening up the fashion files once more, the Raw newcomers were investigating the case of the Authors of Pain. Throughout extensive research (Fandango searching Amazon), it came to their attention that The “Authors” of Pain had not written a single book. Vowing to crack the case, Breezango were joined in their “crime lab” by The DELETERS of Worlds.</p><p>

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Apparently teleporting into this realm, Matt and Bray wished Breezango luck on their voyage of enlightenment, encouraging them ahead of a match with Akam & Rezar. Despite this, The Authors of Pain would go on to handedly defeat Breezango, within just a few minutes.</p><p> </p><p>

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Despite Finn Balor’s request earlier in the night, Roman Reigns refused to stay out of his business, confronting Jinder Mahal during his entrance.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Frustrated by this, Finn Balor left the ring, running to confront Roman Reigns. As the two argued on the ramp, Jinder Mahal was able to take advantage, hitting Finn Balor with a Khallas to the Steel Ramp. Quickly, medical personnel (and security) came to the top of the ramp, ensuring that there could be no more action outside of the ring. Agreeing to leave, Roman Reigns’ involvement had clearly put Finn Balor at a huge disadvantage, and while he was eventually allowed to start the match, the pre-match damage was too much. Scoring a victory, largely aided by that cowardly act, the second Khallas of the night secured the win for Jinder Mahal.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Jinder Mahal bt. Finn Balor</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Not happy with just the victory, Jinder Mahal looked to hit another Khallas on Finn Balor after the bell. Dragging him back to his feet, Jinder Mahal was unable to hit the move again, instead finding himself on the end of an Overhead Kick from Finn Balor. Looking to regain credibility after the defeat, Finn Balor rallied, and eventually had Jinder Mahal set up for a Slingblade. It was at this point that Roman Reigns sprinted back down to the ring. Hitting “The Modern Day Maharaja” with a Spear, Roman Reigns got his revenge, albeit while upstaging Finn Balor. As Roman Reigns stood tall on the second rope, it was clear that Finn Balor was furious with “The Big Dog”.</div></div><p> </p><p>

Coming back for the final hour of Raw, Roman Reigns was confronted by Kurt Angle, who accused him of being just as bad as Jinder and calling him “out of control”.</p><p>

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Kurt told Reigns that if he isn’t careful then he will join Jinder Mahal in being barred from the building at Money In The Bank.</p><p> </p><p>

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Prior to the match kicking off, Kevin Owens’ presence at ringside was counterbalanced by the emergence of Braun Strowman.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Both qualified for the Money In The Bank, along with Sami Zayn, Braun Strowman told Bobby Lashley that he had his back. This proved to be true, as he thwarted the attempts of Kevin Owens to get involved in emphatic fashion. As a result, Bobby Lashley was able to overpower Sami Zayn, picking up the victory following a Delayed Vertical Suplex.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Bobby Lashley bt. Sami Zayn</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Standing tall in the middle of the ring, Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley both looked up to the “Money In The Bank” Briefcase hanging high above the ring. Competing against Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and the Smackdown representatives, the two men in the ring were put over as the favourites to take home the Briefcase in three weeks time.</div></div><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Roman Reigns bt. Sunil Singh</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. No Way Jose & Titus O'Neil</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Elias bt. Bobby Roode</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Nia Jax bt. Sarah Logan</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Authors of Pain bt. Breezango</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Jinder Mahal bt. Finn Balor</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Alexa Bliss bt. Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks [MITB Qualifier]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Lashley bt. Sami Zayn</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live from Toyota Center, Houston, Texas!</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

The opening of Raw saw Seth Rollins make his way to the ring, calling out Elias for the attack on him last week. Instead of being joined by “The Drifter”, Seth Rollins was confronted by Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel - who appear to be doing the bidding of Elias.</p><p>

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Seth Rollins told Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel that they were more suited to getting their asses kicked by “J & J Security”, but also that he was more than happy to face both of them. Dallas and Axel fancied their chances in a handicap match. Rollins then said that he had been permission to issue an open challenge tonight, but if Dallas & Axel wanted to face him, then the match was on.</p><p> </p><p>

Seth Rollins was able to defeat the pair, albeit by DQ when Elias jumped the rallying Intercontinental Champion. </p><p>

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Bringing his guitar into the ring, Elias played over the downed Seth Rollins, making it clear that he is interested in the Intercontinental Championship.</p><p>

<hr>Having challenged Baron Corbin to a match this week, Chad Gable looked to take the fight to “The Lone Wolf”. While he was fired up, looking to bring Corbin to justice for his recent behaviour, Gable was unable to defeat Corbin. The finish came from nowhere, as Baron Corbin reversed an athletic move from Gable to hit the End of Days.</p><p>

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In the fallout of that match, Apollo Crews came out to confront Baron Corbin, who attacked him last week. Before the two men could get into it, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler came out to the top of the ramp, telling Apollo that he didn’t get hurt last week because of Baron Corbin, but because of Titus Worldwide.</p><p>

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They then told Apollo it was time for him to look in the mirror and ask himself whether he cares more about being a “nice guy” or whether he wants to be a winner.</p><p>

<hr>Before that, seemingly having had a change of heart, Sasha Banks approached Nia Jax, offering her help against The Riott Squad tonight. Nia Jax was forced to decline the offer, having already agreed to team with Bayley and Ember Moon. The decision paid dividends, as Bayley, Ember Moon and Nia Jax defeated The Riott Squad.</p><p>

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After the match, Ember Moon made it clear that with Money In The Bank coming in just under two weeks time, her eyes are on the Women’s Championship.</p><p>

<hr>Elsewhere, Breezango brought their best men into the “Authors of What?” case, informing The Ascension that they didn’t have “go by the book” in their investigation of The Authors of Pain tonight. Looking to beat answers out of The A.O.P, The Ascension didn’t get very far, as they were destroyed by The Authors of Pain. </p><p>

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Coming to the ring after the match, Breezango claimed to have made a breakthrough in the case, and confronted The A.O.P. This turned out to be a poor decision, as Akam & Rezar simply laid them out in the ring, shaking their heads at the shenanigans of the two teams who lay out on the mat. Later in the evening, The DELETERS of World offered their support to Breezango, saying that a match between the two teams next week would be perfect for them to transmit their energies and help with the case.</p><p>

<hr>Scoring an impressive victory over Dana Brooke, it soon became clear that Mickie James still had reservation about facing Ronda Rousey, as she was ran off by the woman who has challenged her for Money In The Bank. Despite an arrogant promo before the match, where she had mocked Rousey, Alexa Bliss also wanted no part of the former MMA Champion.</p><p>

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Instead, Ronda Rousey would address the audience, with footage showing her recent issues with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. Rousey said that the two women have vowed to show her what a “Real Raw Superstar” looks like, but all she had seen is a pair of cowards. Rousey would then announce that at Money In The Bank, she will share the ring with Mickie James, vowing to “humble” the veteran and prove that she does belong on the Raw roster.</p><p>

<hr>Continuing the issues of recent weeks, Finn Balor spoke to Kurt Angle early in the evening, sharing his feelings about Roman Reigns’ recent actions.</p><p>

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Tired of Roman Reigns overshadowing him, Finn Balor requested a match with Reigns. Instead, Finn Balor was told that he would be in a match with Reigns tonight, as a team. Angle told Finn that their real issue isn’t with each other, but with Jinder Mahal. As a result, they would team up against Jinder and Sunil Singh later in the evening. Approaching Roman later in the night, Balor told “The Big Dog” that while they might not like each other, a victory tonight would get them both what they want.</p><p>

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However, when it came around time for that match, Jinder Mahal informed Kurt Angle that Sunil Singh was not fit to compete, requesting the cancellation of the contest. Instead, Angle told Mahal that he would have to find a new partner - in a very short space of time - otherwise he would be allocated one by the General Manager himself. When it came to bell time, Jinder Mahal had yet to find himself a tag team partner. As promised, Kurt Angle had someone on standby, introducing Jinder Mahal to his partner…</p><p> </p><p>

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Even before the bell, it was clear that Jinder Mahal was disgusted by his General Manager’s choice of partner. Annoying Jinder with his happy-go-lucky outlook, Curt Hawkins’ insistence that the streak would come to an end tonight further frustrated “The Modern Day Maharaja”. Standing no chance from the opening bell, Jinder Mahal eventually lost his patience with Curt Hawkins. Leaving the apron and backing up the ramp, the cocky Hawkins was left for Finn Balor and Roman Reigns to deal with.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

When Finn Balor hit a front dropkick to Curt Hawkins, he looked to set up for a Double Footstomp. However, as he stood on the top rope, Roman Reigns tagged himself in, hitting Curt Hawkins with a Spear as he returned to his feet.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Finn Balor & Roman Reigns bt. Curt Hawkins & Jinder Mahal</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, having been once again upstaged, Finn Balor looked furious as he sat on the top turnbuckle. Roman Reigns stood tall, with a smirk that made it obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Remaining at the top of the ramp, Jinder Mahal began to cut a promo on Roman Reigns. Jinder Mahal spoke about being banned from Money In The Bank, and vowed that next week he would ensure that Reigns won’t be able to make it to the Pay-Per-View either. It was at this point that Kurt Angle joined Jinder on the top of the ramp, informing him that his ban from Money In The Bank was lifted. Delighted by this, Jinder’s face soon dropped when he was informed that at the show, he would be going one on one with Roman Reigns.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Celebrating this announcement in the ring, Roman Reigns looked delighted, until he turned into a Swingblade from Finn Balor. Dropping “The Big Dog” in the middle of the ring, Finn Balor aggressively shouted towards Reigns on the canvas, telling him “don’t take your eye off Finn Balor!”</div></div><p> </p><p>

And that wasn’t the end of the issues between Roman Reigns and Finn Balor on the evening, as Balor declared that he was tired of being overlooked in favour of Roman Reigns. This led to a backstage confrontation later in the evening, that saw Finn Balor and Roman Reigns almost come to blows.</p><p>

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When they were eventually pulled apart by a large group of backstage workers, Kurt Angle came between them, telling them that if they’re going to cause chaos, they can do it in the ring - next week - in a one on one match!</p><p>

<hr>Returning to in-ring action, it was time for another match, this time between Bobby Roode and Mojo Rawley. Before the match, as Bobby Roode tried to get something off his chest (in regards to his defeat to Elias last week), he was cut off by a hyped up Mojo Rawley, who told Roode he was “killing the crowd” and boring him to tears. This riled Roode up, and may have been the decisive factor in Mojo losing the match between the two.</p><p>

<hr>Reacting to the words of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre earlier in the evening, Titus Worldwide spoke backstage about “getting serious”. Titus O’Neil said that if those two think that Apollo Crews is too good for Titus Worldwide, then how about they prove them wrong. Titus then challenged Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to team with Baron Corbin, to go up against the team of Apollo Crews, No Way Jose and Titus O’Neil at Money In The Bank. Later in the night, when Titus O’Neil and No Way Jose were defeated by The Revival, Apollo Crews struggled to mask his disappointment, as Titus Worldwide suffered yet another loss.</p><p>

<hr>Hyped throughout the night, the scheduled Main Event of Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens - in a No Disqualifications match - was given a last minute change. Having gone back on his promise last week, where he told Kevin Owens he would happily hand over his spot in the Money In The Bank ladder match, Sami Zayn was made to pay for his actions. </p><p>

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Just moments before going out to the ring, Kevin Owens told Zayn that despite him changing his mind about letting Owens replace him, Owens didn’t hold it against him. In fact, Owens said that he is willing to do what Sami wouldn’t, and that’s give him his spot in tonight’s match. Sami Zayn laughed at this, but Kevin wasn’t laughing. Zayn said that he couldn’t be serious, but Owens added that he had cleared it with Kurt, and the new Main Event was Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn.</p><p> </p><p>

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Returning the favour of last week, Bobby Lashley stood in the corner of Braun Strowman for the Main Event of Raw, but it quickly became apparent his input wasn’t required. Despite the No DQ nature of the match, Kevin Owens remained completely detached from it, watching vacantly, even as Braun Strowman began to bring weapons into play. Watching on as his “best friend” was thrown from pillow to post, Kevin Owens’ actions were questioned by the commentators, who suggested that missing out on the Money In The Bank has hit the former Universal Champion hard. Hitting harder was Braun Strowman, and eventually he was able to score the victory, nailing Sami Zayn with a Running Powerslam through a table.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman bt. Sami Zayn</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following the match, Braun Strowman celebrated with Bobby Lashley at his side. When the two men left the ring, Kevin Owens climbed the steps and leant against the ropes on the outside of the ring. As Sami Zayn pulled himself out of the rubble of the Table, he looked up to Kevin Owens, who had offered nothing throughout the match. Staring blankly at his best friend, Kevin Owens offered zero support or sympathy to the suffering Sami Zayn. Giving dead eyes to Sami Zayn, it seemed clear that the chasm between the two has become much deeper than previously thought.</div></div><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results:</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Seth Rollins bt. Dallas & Axel (DQ)</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Baron Corbin bt. Chad Gable</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bayley, Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. The Riott Squad</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The Ascension bt. The Authors of Pain</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Mickie James bt. Dana Brooke</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Finn Balor & Roman Reigns bt. Curt Hawkins & Jinder Mahal</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Roode bt. Mojo Rawley</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The Revival bt. Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman bt. Sami Zayn [No Disqualifications]</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p>This looks great so far brother. How are you going to do this long term, with Smackdown! Live running alongside it? I mean, when you do the next 'Superstar Shake Up', who will come across?! Will it be as exciting if Smackdown doesn't happen? </p><p> </p><p>

Also, co-branded events like the Royal Rumble for instance? How will you do that?! Will the rumble match have JUST Raw guys in it?!</p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="The Lloyd" data-cite="The Lloyd" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45398" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>This looks great so far brother. How are you going to do this long term, with Smackdown! Live running alongside it? I mean, when you do the next 'Superstar Shake Up', who will come across?! Will it be as exciting if Smackdown doesn't happen? <p> </p><p> Also, co-branded events like the Royal Rumble for instance? How will you do that?! Will the rumble match have JUST Raw guys in it?!</p></div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Thanks. My brother is booking Smackdown, and I will be doing short monthly catch ups ahead of pay-per-view of "this month on Smackdown". As a result, there should be a chance to keep up with Smackdown. We are looking to slowly develop the two brands into very different "products" and hopefully that eventually comes across. A key is to keep my write ups short, as my brother and I's games usually run for a few years in game and I would like to be able to share our gameworld a few years in the future.</p><p> </p><p> When someone moves to Raw from Smackdown, NXT or elsewhere, I will look to do a write up, and hopefully that will bring people up to speed on the new faces, without being completely out of the picture of what they've been up to since the start of the game.</p>
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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="Micah Cage" data-cite="Micah Cage" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45398" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>I like these types of graphics, minimal but effective in scrolling through the story... but one minor nitpick (since it involves my personal favorite guy)... your Drew McIntyre graphic is accidentally spelled "McIntrye"</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Thanks, it has been corrected! <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p>
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<p>Raw #1307</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live from Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas!</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Going into the show, all the talk throughout the week had been about the huge Main Event between Finn Balor and Roman Reigns, just 6 days before Money In The Bank.</p><p>

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Having felt overshadowed by Roman Reigns recently, Finn Balor last week snapped, hitting Roman Reigns with a Slingblade following a successful tag team victory for the pair. Resulting in a heated backstage brawl, the Main Event was made by General Manager Kurt Angle. In the opening of the show, the two men spoke in “pre-recorded” promos, hyping up the Main Event of Raw.</p><p>

<hr>Coming down to the ring, Kurt Angle would continue to talk about Balor / Reigns tonight, informing Jinder Mahal that he would be barred from ringside for that match tonight. Angered by this, Jinder Mahal would make his way to the ring.</p><p>

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Announcing that Sunil Singh is still injured, Jinder Mahal questioned why he was the one being punished and not “those thugs” Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, who took Singh out in back to back weeks. Kurt Angle would explain that Sunil only had himself to blame, but agreed that something should be done. Mahal agreed with Angle, until he was informed that the action being taken was already in motion, and would take the form of a one on one match between Braun Strowman… and Jinder Mahal. Braun Strowman would then come to the ring, telling his opponent that he’s more than ready for the “punishment” that Jinder has in store for him.</p><p> </p><p>

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Caught completely off-guard, Jinder Mahal struggled from the very moment that this match began. Eventually giving up on making any headway in the match, against the dominant Braun Strowman, Jinder Mahal looked for the exit, leaving the ring. Catching up with Jinder on the ramp, Braun Strowman made the “Modern Day Maharaja” pay for his decision, taking his unique brand of physicality to the outside of the ring. Eventually returning between the ropes, Braun Strowman defeated Jinder Mahal with a Running Powerslam. On commentary, it was put over that Jinder Mahal’s cowardice had cost him, suggesting that a vastly different approach will be required for his match with Roman Reigns at Money In The Bank.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman bt. Jinder Mahal</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p>

<hr>Switching gears quite dramatically, The Deleters of Worlds cut a promo on Breezango, talking about the current “Fashion Files” case and their attempts to help the investigation. This was followed by a “Previously on The Fashion Files” package, where viewers were reminded of the current case.</p><p> </p><p>

While Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt defeated Breezango, both teams were met with the threat of The Authors of Pain after the bell.</p><p>

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Looking to target Breezango on the ramp, Akam & Rezar were left frustrated as the Raw Tag Team Champions backed up Breeze and Fandango on the outside. Once again forced to back down, The Authors of Pain’s honeymoon period appeared to be well and truly over.</p><p>

<hr>Sasha Banks would then take on the challenge of Ruby Riott and The Riott Squad, having been left out of Nia’s charge against them last week.</p><p>

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The Riott Squad ran Banks down before the match, telling “The Boss” that nobody likes her. Whether this was true or not, Riott would go on to defeat Sasha, who was left to fight off the involvement of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan alone. Sat in the ring on her own, Banks was left to reflect on the actions which led her to this point. Later in the evening, she would approach Nia Jax, questioning the supposed camaraderie between the Women’s Locker Room. The Raw Womens Champion told Sasha Banks straight that if she doesn’t have their back, then she can’t expect the rest of the roster to have her’s.</p><p>

<hr>Opening the second hour of the show with a Seth Rollins based performance, Elias was cut off by the furious Intercontinental Champion, who ran “The Drifter” out of the ring. Running down Elias’ time wasting, ear bleeding performances, Seth Rollins said that the people were here for action, and as Intercontinental Champion he can give them that. Rollins then issued an Open Challenge, which was accepted by Bobby Roode.</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins © vs. Bobby Roode</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Giving Seth Rollins a competitive match, this time was used to talk about Bobby Roode’s mixed fortunes in recent weeks, particularly with one of Seth’s rivals Elias. Having teamed together weeks ago, the two men showed a great deal of respect to each other throughout the match, and they both came close to victory on a number on occasions. Going on for over 15 minutes (including commercial breaks), the match put over the endurance of both competitors, and took a lot out of them. Eventually, following a back and forth sequence at the end of the match, Seth Rollins was able to hit a Curb Stomp, securing the successful title defence.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins bt. Bobby Roode</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Later, Seth Rollins would approached Kurt Angle, fired up from his match with Bobby Roode. Demanding a match at Money In The Bank, Seth Rollins told Kurt Angle that he wanted to defend the Intercontinental Championship, and he wanted a match with Elias. Kurt Angle praised Seth Rollins’ recent performances, and made the match.</div></div><p>

<hr>Back in the ring, Sami Zayn talked about his involvement in the Money In The Bank, as well as Kevin Owens’ actions last week. Calling his best friend out, Zayn wanted to clear the air between the two men in a public forum.</p><p>

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Sami Zayn reminded Kevin Owens that they went into the Pay-Per-View with a plan, and right now it is still on course. Zayn will ask Owens if they are still doing this together, because if they are, he needs to know that KO will have his back on Sunday. Kevin Owens looked detached once again, and Sami Zayn pleaded with him to look at the big picture. As it appeared that Owens was ready to answer, he was cut off by Lashley.</p><p>

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Bobby Lashley told the two that their little argument could wait until after Money In The Bank, because whether it was Owens, Zayn or both of them, there is no chance that they win the match this Sunday. Sami Zayn would fire back, but Lashley would make it clear that he is gunning for the Briefcase and there was nothing KO & Sami could do about it. Owens said that while that might be true, there is something they can do right now. This led to a two-on-one attack, with the pair looking to take Sami’s opponent out quickly. As the attack went on, Braun Strowman made another appearance.</p><p>

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Storming down to the ring, Braun Strowman was quickly able to pick the two men off, removing them from the ring with ease. Strowman would then help Bobby Lashley to his feet, with the commentators putting over that all month it has come down to the two of them standing face to face, making it clear that the two biggest competitors in the match were also the favourites for victory.</p><p>

<hr>Just 6 days before Money In The Bank, Titus O’Neil faced Dolph Ziggler, ahead of Titus Worldwide’s six man tag team match at the Pay-Per-View. Throughout the night, there was no sighting of Apollo Crews or Dana Brooke, leading to concern from No Way Jose and Titus O’Neil. This would affect Titus during his match, and he would go down to Dolph Ziggler. After the match, Baron Corbin came down to the ring, joining Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler in attacking the two remaining members of Titus Worldwide.</p><p>

<hr>At the top of the final hour, Nia Jax would make her way to the ring, with the Female “Money In The Bank” Briefcase hanging above the ring. One by one, the competitors in the Money In The Bank made their entrances, joining the woman who’s title they wish to take.</p><p>

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While not in the match, Mickie James also had some comments for the Raw Womens Champion, but she was quickly shot down. Arguing in the ring, the women involved in the match were all given the chance to stake their claims, desperate for the huge opportunity which awaits them. When Alexa Bliss and Mickie James began to command the floor, they took shots at Ronda Rousey, who Alexa Bliss said wasn’t a “real enough competitors” to take part in a Ladder Match. This of course drew Rousey out, and Alexa and Mickie looked for cover behind their fellow Superstar.</p><p>

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Unsurprisingly, the women parted, leaving Ronda Rousey to go face to face with Mickie James. Calling the two women cowards, Rousey told Mickie that she isn’t going to do anything to her right now, because she doesn’t need to. Instead, the WWE Universe will get to see her get physical with Mickie James - this Sunday at Money In The Bank. Leaving the ring as she came, Ronda Rousey had made her message to Mickie loud and clear.</p><p> </p><p>

Alexa & Mickie would then have to switch their focus to a match with Bayley & Ember Moon, a Tag Team match which they would win by questionable tactics. Celebrating arrogantly in the ring, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James wrongly believed they were out of the firing line. Returning to the ring, Ronda Rousey made a beeline for Mickie James. Alexa Bliss spotted this, and got out of the way, leaving Mickie James to be put in the Armbar by Ronda Rousey. While Rousey had Mickie James exactly where she wanted her, she stopped short of breaking the arm, telling her rival that she will finish the job at Money In The Bank.</p><p>

<hr>The Revival then scored another victory, as they continue to rebuild momentum in the Tag Team Division. Scoring a victory over The Ascension, Dash & Dawson ran down the teams who are trying to “turn this division into a joke”, saying that they’re gunning for the Raw Tag Team Championships!</p><p>

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Heavily promoted throughout the night, this Main Event match was given a long amount of time for the competitors to take themselves to their physical limits. Before the match, Kurt Angle had reminded Jinder Mahal not to get involved, and “The Modern Day Maharaja” was all too happy to wait for Money In The Bank to get his hands on Roman Reigns. However, there was some involvement in the Main Event, as Sunil Singh made an appearance - despite claims he was unable to be at the show due to injury. Looking to ruin the Main Event, at a time when it appeared to be reaching it’s crescendo, Sunhil Singh came between the two competitors as they looked to return to their feet.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Reaching his feet first, Finn Balor seemed set to make the first move. Instead, he was held back by the referee, who asked him to hold on while he dealt with Singh. While Sunil didn’t lay a hand on Roman Reigns, he did approach him, only to be hit with a Uppercut. Tired of waiting, Finn Balor approached Reigns and Sunil, but was held back again by the referee. It was as Finn Balor began to lose his temper that Roman Reigns literally threw Sunil Singh across the ring. It was due to his heated discussion with the referee that Finn Balor failed to spot this action, with Singh crashing into him, knocking him to the ground. Sunil Singh would then roll out of the ring, allowing Roman Reigns to focus back on Finn Balor. With Singh’s involvement having backfired, Finn Balor was prone. Hitting him with a Spear, Roman Reigns was able to score the victory over Finn Balor. </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Roman Reigns bt. Finn Balor</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Standing tall in the ring, Roman Reigns looked dismissively down at Finn Balor on the canvas. Sunil Singh on the outside scrambled up the ramp, and was joined when he reached the top by Jinder Mahal.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Staring down at Roman Reigns, Jinder Mahal made it clear that he was ready for their match in 6 days time. Neither man willing to back down, the show ended with Jinder Mahal and Roman Reigns’ focus locked on each other.</div></div>

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</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>This Month on…</strong></p><p>

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The main focus on Smackdown Live this month has been with qualification to the Money In The Bank ladder match. One man who would not be in this match was Daniel Bryan, who continued to focus on Big Cass throughout the month, having lost out to Rusev. He also chased The Miz, and finally got the opportunity to face his long-term rival, albeit in Tag Team action.</p><p>

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During the match, The Miz ensured that there was no contact between himself and Bryan, until the very end of the match. Using a distraction from Big Cass to roll Bryan up, The Miz scored a victory over his heated rival. When Bryan wanted another chance to fight The Miz, the former Intercontinental Champion made it clear that he had no interest in continuing the rivalry. The Miz declared that after three long years, it was settled, and The Miz had proved himself to be the better of the two.</p><p> </p><p>

Later in the month, Daniel Bryan defeated Big Cass once again, before Sheamus & Cesaro provoked his attention. This came after Daniel Bryan turned down a place in a Battle Royal, made by Paige to replace the already qualified, but now injured, Randy Orton. This move allowed Cass to take the 10th position, but as Daniel Bryan watched on, it was Cesaro who secured a shot at the Briefcase. Appearing on Miz TV, the host of the show coaxed The Bar into mocking Daniel Bryan, with “The Celtic Warrior” referencing the 18 second victory he scored over Bryan several years ago at WrestleMania. Challenging Sheamus to put his money where his mouth is, Bryan’s proposal was supported by Paige, and the two went one on one. Scoring the victory with a Running Knee Strike, after a missed Brogue Kick by Sheamus, Daniel Bryan was able to defeat his opponent in less than 18 seconds!</p><p> </p><p>

Reiterating his desire to become the WWE Champion “the right way”, Daniel Bryan’s decision to decline a spot in the Money In The Bank has left him free to face Sheamus - in a rematch - at Sunday’s show.</p><p>

<hr>Another competitor who has made forward steps this month has been Samoa Joe, as he secured his place in the Money In The Bank by defeating Kofi Kingston. After the match, as the other members of The New Day checked on Kingston, the lights went out. This led to the debut of the group known as Sanity, led by Eric Young. Taking out The New Day, Sanity ensured that both Big E and Xavier Woods were unable to appear on the following week’s Smackdown Live. This allowed Eric Young to use the numbers game to his advantage, scoring a singles victory against Kofi in his Smackdown debut.</p><p>

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The group’s focus didn’t stay with just The New Day however, as they also targeted Jeff Hardy during the month. Commanding the ring, Eric Young declared that Sanity were here to bring chaos to Smackdown Live!</p><p>

<hr>Also making their debuts this month, Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega did little endear themselves to the fans.</p><p>

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First refusing to compete while in London, the pair claimed that Andrade deserved a more blockbuster debut than Paige was offering. While they got away with this for two weeks, the Smackdown General Manager showed her strength, ensuring that Andrade would make his debut in a match with Sin Cara. This match would end in a surprising victory for Sin Cara, as Almas reacted badly to a Dropkick to the outside. Instead of fighting to return to the ring, Almas took the cowards way out, allowing the referee to count him out as he head to the back.</p><p> </p><p>

Andrade “Cien” Almas would be more successful in the following weeks, as he defeated two “local talents”. This after claiming he only wanted to mix it up with the show’s top stars.</p><p>

<hr>Speaking of top talent, the rivalry for the Women’s Money In The Bank match saw Asuka qualify for the match, as well as Becky Lynch, Billy Kay and Charlotte.</p><p>

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While Becky Lynch and Charlotte’s bond remained strong, The IIconics appeared to have issues, as Billie Kay left Peyton Royce between the three other women from Smackdown Live’s side of the Money In The Bank. Later, Billy justifed her actions as being for the good of “their” chances at winning the Briefcase. This appeared to appease Royce, who will undoubtedly have her best friend’s back at this Sunday’s show.</p><p>

<hr>Throughout all of this action, the show has of course been built around the continuation of AJ Styles’ rivalry with Shinsuke Nakamura.</p><p>

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Responding to his actions at Money In The Bank, AJ Styles apologised to the WWE Universe for his actions, admitting that he had stooped low. Offering Shinsuke Nakamura a handshake, AJ Styles was willing to let bygones be bygones. Styles also admitted that Nakamura deserved another chance at the WWE Championship, with the added gesture of offering Nakamura the opportunity to name the match type. Accepting the challenge for a match at Money In The Bank, Shinsuke would once again low blow AJ Styles, leaving him down on the mat. Nakamura would then inform AJ Styles that his chosen match type was a Last Man Standing!</p><p> </p><p>

AJ Styles would then be sidetracked slightly, as Tye Dillinger looked to verify claims from R-Truth that he was a former World Champion, who helped bring AJ Styles through. Putting it down to R-Truth being R-Truth, Tye would be surprised to hear that R-Truth did in fact work with AJ Styles early in his career, and was a World Heavyweight Champion. AJ Styles would then go one on one with R-Truth, with the WWE Champion scoring a clear victory. Shinsuke Nakamura would then face R-Truth, having been confronted by the veteran, brutally beating him down. When Tye Dillinger tried to come between them, the vicious Nakamura also made quick work of him. Eventually, AJ Styles made the save, running Shinsuke Nakamura out of the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

Before this, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura had signed a contract, stating that if the challenger does not win the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank, he would not receive another shot as long as AJ Styles held the title.</p>

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<strong>WWE Championship Match</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><strong><span style="font-size:8px;">Last Man Standing; Shinsuke's last chance</span></strong></p><p>

AJ Styles © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Money In The Bank (Female)</strong></p><p>

Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Billie Kay vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ember Moon vs. Natalya</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Money In The Bank (Male)</strong></p><p>

Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman vs. Cesaro vs. Finn Balor vs. Rusev vs. Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Intercontinental Championship Match</strong></p><p>

Seth Rollins © vs. Elias</p><p> </p><p>

Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns</p><p> </p><p>

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus</p><p> </p><p>

The New Day vs. Sanity</p><p> </p><p>

Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Titus Worldwide (Apollo Crews, No Way Jose & Titus O'Neil)</p><p> </p><p>

Who will come out on top as Ronda Rousey and Mickie James step into the ring together at Money In The Bank?</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>[Kick-Off Show] Cruiserweight Championship</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Cedric Alexander © vs. Tony Nese</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

</span><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>[Kick-Off Show]United States Championship</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Jeff Hardy © vs. Shelton Benjamin</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

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<p>Money In The Bank 2018</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>[Kick-Off Show] Jeff Hardy © bt. Shelton Benjamin - Cedric Alexander © bt. Tony Nese</strong></span></p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live From Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Money In The Bank Ladder Match</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following the usual video package and introduction to the Pay-Per-View, the second ever Female Money In The Bank took place. Throughout the match, all of the competitors came close to victory, with Ember Moon in particularly pulling out the stops. Certainly on the Raw side, Ember was the star of the match. This was as a result of her first hitting a Moonsault to Becky Lynch, who was on a Ladder, as well as an impressive Eclipse which bounced Asuka’s jaw off the Ladder. Despite this, she would be taken out of the match, being hit with a Ladder to the Shoulder as she attempted a Suicide Dive to the outside.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

The match also saw Billie Kay and Alexa Bliss essentially attempt the same strategy, only to be thwarted by Bayley and Charlotte Flair respectively. Thinking that their idea to avoid conflict as much as possible was foolproof, they soon realised just how much the match meant to the other competitors in the match. Bayley and Charlotte Flair then competed at the top of the Ladder, before their fellow NXT-alumni Becky Lynch pushed them from the Ladder. As the field thinned out, Becky Lynch looked to secure the Briefcase, but was stopped by Asuka. However, when Asuka returned to the outside, looking for another Ladder, The IIconics teamed up with Alexa Bliss, running into her with a Ladder. The three would then cover Asuka in Ladders on the outside, burying her underneath.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

This allowed them to return to the ring, looking to climb the Ladder. Of course, the two were never going to agree on who should win the match, and this bickering - while half way up the Ladder proved costly. Returning to the ring, Becky Lynch pushed the Ladder over, once again sending her opponents flying out of the ring. Becky would then climb the Ladder unopposed, until Natalya came up behind them. Becky was able to kick Natalya back down to the mat, before successfully unhooking the Money In The Bank Briefcase.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Becky Lynch wins the 2018 Money In The Bank Briefcase</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Titus Worldwide</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Two very different approaches, this match saw Titus Worldwide look to “get serious” as soon as the bell rang. Largely remaining on the outside, Titus O’Neil served as a cheerleader to the impressive No Way Jose and Apollo Crews, who held their own in the match. While Corbin, Ziggler and McIntyre did probably have the better of the match, Apollo Crews was fired up during the match, and the team went from strength to strength when No Way Jose was brought in. As Crews took a dive to the outside, he was able to take out Drew McIntyre. No Way Jose was then able to hold his own with Baron Corbin. This resulted in Dolph Ziggler being left with Titus O’Neil in the ring. Fired up, having been mocked for his slip by Ziggler and Corbin, Titus O’Neil took the fight to Dolph Ziggler, and looked to be finding a new fire from somewhere. It was at this point, as O’Neil looked to close in on an unlikely victory, he ran against the ropes. When he did this, his leg was grabbed by Dana Brooke.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Titus O’Neil would react in shock, as Dana climbed onto the apron. Titus would ask her what she was doing, and Dana would try and throw a slap at him, only for Titus to block it. As a result of this, Titus O’Neil turned around, straight into a Superkick from Dolph Ziggler. This allowed Ziggler to pin Titus, scoring the victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. Titus Worldwide</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, Dana Brooke would join Dolph Ziggler in the ring, before Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin also entered. Looking just as surprised as the members of Titus Worldwide, Dolph Ziggler had his arm raised by Dana Brooke, who then left up the ramp.</div></div><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Coming into the match, a video package recapped the history between the two men. Particular focus was on the 18 second victory of Sheamus over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, with the parallel between Daniel Bryan’s even shorter victory over Sheamus on Smackdown last week. Unlike those matches, this contest was evenly fought and an extremely competitive match. Physical, as these two competitors always are, the match came to an end in decisive fashion. Locking in a “YES Lock!”, Daniel Bryan forced the submission from Sheamus.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Daniel Bryan bt. Sheamus</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p>

Following that match, a video package played which showed highlights of Ronda Rousey’s run as a member of the Raw roster. Featuring the WrestleMania moment where she made Stephanie McMahon tap out, the package also recapped her developing rivalry with Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. When the video package finished “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey made her way to the ring. After taking a microphone, Ronda Rousey would talk about her rivalry with Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, before calling the former out to the ring.</p><p>

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Stalling for time as long as she possibly could, Mickie James would eventually get in the ring with Ronda Rousey, before once again leaving. The segment was built around Ronda Rousey looking to finally get her hands on Mickie James in a one on one scenario, and despite the best attempts of the former WWE Women’s Champion, Ronda was eventually able to get Mickie exactly where she wanted her. Having started the physical interaction with a slap to Ronda, Mickie James grew in confidence, only to quickly find herself in the former UFC Champion’s grasp. Taking complete control of the arm, Ronda Rousey was able to pull back on the Armbar just as she had to Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania, leaving Mickie James in pain in the ring. As Ronda Rousey stood tall, medical personnel came down to the ring and attended to Mickie James.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Intercontinental Championship Match</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins © vs. Elias</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Prior to the match, an interview with Elias revealed that there would be no performance from him tonight. This put over the importance of the opportunity to Elias, who appeared focussed ahead of the Intercontinental Championship match. Going into the match, it was clear that Elias was up against it, with Seth Rollins put over as one of the best in the world, who has much more in-ring experience than the rising Elias. Given a fairly decent amount of time, the match served as a showcase of Elias, putting him over as almost there - but not quite. After a number of near falls, the finishing sequence to the match saw Seth Rollins take control, setting up for the Curb Stomp. Of course, this spelled the end of the contest.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins bt. Elias</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid green";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="cxEIFsA.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/cxEIFsA.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="ODR9stF.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ODR9stF.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="rjfJ2Yd.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/rjfJ2Yd.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="PgN1iN4.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/PgN1iN4.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="wzLnmpf.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/wzLnmpf.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="oNdsmpM.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/oNdsmpM.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Sanity vs. The New Day</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Going into the match, Sanity’s quest for “Chaos” on Smackdown Live was recapped, showing their complete dominance over The New Day in recent weeks. As such, much of the contest was competed in a manic manner, with the trios breaking into three pairs (Big E. & Killian, EY & Kofi and Wolfe & Xavier Woods). It was when these individual battles couldn’t be kept under control that the match broke down. Fighting all around the ringside, and then back into the ring, the competitors not currently legal made the referee’s job very difficult. Things went from bad to worse when Big E. and Killian Dain brawled out of the ring. Beginning a countout, the referee was completely ignored by the competitors, leaving him no choice but to call for the bell once he reached 10. After the match, the brawl continued until the two teams were led to the back.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>No Contest</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Despite a long pre-match hype job, the contest itself didn’t last very long. Bemoaning the decision to bar Sunil Singh from ringside, Jinder Mahal clearly wasn’t ready for what Roman Reigns had in store. While he had been built as a legitimate threat in the weeks leading to the contest, Jinder Mahal was no match for Reigns when it got underway. Perhaps anticipating a less than warm reaction from the crowd, the match was a one-sided in and out job, with Jinder Mahal’s attempts at stalling leading to Reigns taking the fight to him on the outside.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Bringing Mahal back into the ring, Roman Reigns surprised everybody by winning the match in under 5 minutes. Cycling through his signature moves quickly, Roman Reigns hit Jinder Mahal with a Spear - scoring a satisfyingly short victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Roman Reigns bt. Jinder Mahal</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p> </p><p>

Ahead of the Main Event of the evening, the second Money In The Bank ladder match, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens were seen together in the Locker Room.</p><p>

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Asking his “best friend” if he has his back tonight, Sami Zayn will be left confused by Kevin Owens’ response. Distant, since Sami Zayn went back on a promise to hand over his place in the match to him, Kevin Owens had little to say, telling Sami “you know what, buddy… I think you got this”. Kevin Owens would then stand up and exit the Locker Room, leaving Sami Zayn confused as to where they stand in their mission to become the WWE Universal Champion.</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>AJ Styles © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

The fourth meeting between the two competitors in the match, the commentators put over the fact that Shinsuke Nakamura’s hand-picked “Last Man Standing” match signified his final shot at becoming the WWE Champion. At least as long as AJ Styles holds the title. Again competing in a match where anything goes, the two men left everything in the ring, putting on what was arguably the best of their matches against each other in the WWE so far. Not confined to the ring, the two men went all around the ringside area, looking for the decisive blow that would keep the other man down for the 10 count. This time, AJ Styles avoided the Low-Blow, and also managed to block any attempt from Shinsuke Nakamura to use the move that kept them both down at last month’s Backlash Pay-Per-View.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Getting creative, AJ Styles looked to hit a Phenomenal Forearm from a raised platform to Shinsuke Nakamura, but the challenger got out of the way. The commentators put over the lengths that the two men were going to, attributing it equally to their desire to be WWE Champion and the need to take out their aggression on one another. It was during one of the more heated moments of the match that the finish came, as AJ Styles seemed to have Shinsuke Nakamura where he wanted him. Styles set up to hit a shocking Styles Clash to Shinsuke Nakamura, which would have sent both men to the floor below, through a Table. Nakamura managed to escape, scrambling away after a Low-Blow. Desperate to stay up, AJ Styles crawled after Shinsuke Nakamura, whose only intention was to get away from AJ Styles at that moment. In order to do this, Shinsuke Nakamura unbalanced a large production box from the surrounding area. This heavy container dropped on the WWE Champion, crushing him beneath it.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

As the box fell on AJ Styles, it’s contents spilled out on the floor. Revealing a bunch of cables, Shinsuke Nakamura was given an idea. Already taken a lot out of AJ Styles with the container, Shinsuke Nakamura finished the job by tying cables around the legs of the WWE Champion. While Styles began to move before the 10 count was complete, he was unable to free himself from the cables, rendering him unable to return to his feet.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Shinsuke Nakamura bt. AJ Styles to become the new WWE Champion</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Having won his last chance match, Shinsuke Nakamura celebrated with the WWE Championship at the top of the ramp. Becoming the Champion for the first time, ending the 253 day long reign of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura had finally defeated AJ Styles and held the title high in the air.</div></div><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Money In The Bank Ladder Match</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Billed as the most physical Money In The Bank match of all time, the early goings of the match were dominated by Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Rusev and Samoa Joe. Using the Ladders as weapons instead of climbing implements, it appeared that the idea was to take as many men out as possible, before taking an open road to the Briefcase. Of course, in a match of this size, that technique proved impossible. As a result, the smaller competitors grew into the match, and there were some impressive sequences featuring Cesaro, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe. Cesaro and Bobby Lashley also impressed, hitting stereo delayed Suplexes to Sami Zayn and Finn Balor respectively.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

These one upmanship games continued throughout the match, with Braun Strowman eventually topping them all by first recovering from a series of Ladder shots from his opponents, then by throwing competitors and Ladders around the ring as if they weighed nothing it all. However, an effort by his opponents to take him out of the match was eventually successful, and the following minutes were quiet ones for Braun Strowman. It was during this time that the field thinned out, with Sami Zayn coming close, only to be thwarted by Bobby Lashley. Sami Zayn had called for Kevin Owens’ assistance as he looked on the brink of winning the Briefcase, but his so-called “Best Friend” was nowhere to be seen. This allowed Lashley to send Sami Zayn crashing, but in doing so he also hurt his own chances of victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Now, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe battled it out, calling back to their Ladder match at a previous NXT TakeOver. In a repeat of that match, Finn Balor was able to hit Samoa Joe with a Coupe De Grace from the Ladder, onto another one which had been suspended from the ropes. Finn Balor was now in the clear, as he began to climb to reach the Briefcase. His chance to finally get his rematch at the Universal Championship, Finn Balor’s fingertips touched the Briefcase, at the very moment he was pushed off the Ladder by The Miz.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

With a clear path, The Miz took his time, setting himself on the top rung. Confident that he had secured victory, The Miz must have been the only person unaware of the reemergence of Braun Strowman. Pulling himself from out of the rubble, “The Monster Amongst Men” made his way to the ring, with his eyes remaining on The Miz throughout. Entering the ring, Braun Strowman climbed up the Ladder, with The Miz only realising that he was no longer alone when it was too late. Grabbing The Miz from behind, Braun Strowman put a Vice Grip on his head. With The Miz trying to escape, his leg began to dangle. Braun Strowman would then throw The Miz down to the ring, leaving him alone atop the Ladder. Unhooking the Briefcase, the dominant Braun Strowman became the 2018 Money In The Bank winner.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman wins the 2018 Money In The Bank</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Raising the Briefcase high above his head, with two hands, Braun Strowman held a “golden ticket to the WWE Universal Championship” in his giant grip. Having dominated parts of the match, the commentators put over Braun as “the most dangerous Mr. Money In The Bank” of all time. It was also suggested that there has never been more of a sure thing than Braun Strowman successfully cashing in, with Michael Cole laughing in disbelief at what “The Monster Amongst Men” may now be capable of.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Focus then switched to the current WWE Universal Champion, with the commentators wondering when Brock Lesnar would next appear in the WWE, and how he will look to go about avoiding Braun Strowman. It was agreed that wherever or whenever he cashed in, and whoever he cashed in on, Braun Strowman is the biggest threat there has ever been to a Champion in this unenviable position.</div></div>

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Straight out of the opening credits, Braun Strowman made his entrance. Holding his Money In The Bank briefcase, Strowman made his way to the ring.</p><p>

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Talking about last night’s Money In The Bank, Braun Strowman said that he is holding the most powerful object he has ever had in his hand. He then said that from grappling hooks to production trucks, there has never been anything more dangerous in his hands than the Money In The Bank Briefcase. Strowman then spoke to the “Champ”, telling him that he isn’t good at sneaking up on people, adding that when he cashes in his Money In The Bank, the Champion is going to know about it. With everybody running scared, Strowman said that he isn’t surprised that nobody has yet interrupted him, because nobody wants to “Get These Hands!” Taking this as an invitation, Seth Rollins made his way to the ring.</p><p>

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Seth Rollins agreed that a lot of guys in the back were afraid of Strowman, but he’s not one of them. He added that Strowman is talking about nobody wanting these hands, but finds it interesting that Strowman is yet to answer one of Rollins’ Intercontinental Championship Open Challenges. Impressed by the guts that Seth Rollins showed in confronting him, it is clear that there is a respect between the two men in the ring, with the commentators calling them the two of the hottest properties in WWE today. While they agreed to a match there and then, Kurt Angle brought a halt to that idea, informing Braun Strowman that he was already in action on the night’s show. He did however tell Seth Rollins that the floor was open, leading to another Open Challenge from the Intercontinental Champion.</p><p>

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Answered by Baron Corbin, Seth Rollins was able to retain his Championship, in a hard fought defence against “The Lone Wolf”. </p><p>

<hr>Sasha Banks then stated her intention is a backstage interview to call out Bayley later tonight. Having agreed to put their rivalry to bed recently, and go their separate ways, Sasha Banks requested just one final meeting with Bayley, wanting to put a line under all the ill feelings that have developed between them. After Bayley agreed to meet with Sasha, it was hyped throughout the night. Marked as the end of an up and down relationship, a video package recapped the entire story of the two women, beginning with their days in NXT all the way up to the present day.</p><p>

<hr>Next up, it was time for reaction from Money In The Bank, where Dana Brooke seemingly turned her back on Titus Worldwide. Accompanied by Titus O’Neil, Apollo & No Way Jose were defeated by Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, but it was the events following the match which were most telling. With No Way Jose down in the ring, as Dolph & Drew stood tall, Dana Brooke made her entrance, approaching Apollo Crews.</p><p>

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Announcing her resignation from Titus Worldwide, Dana Brooke revealed that she was starting her own “talent agency”, urging Apollo Crews to jump ship and join her. Crews was disgusted, making it clear he wasn’t interested. Far more interested by Dana’s proposal was Dolph Ziggler, who offered to take her to the back and “talk business”.</p><p>

<hr>Another huge talking point out of Money In The Bank was Roman Reigns’ dominant victory over Jinder Mahal. Preparing to go and address the WWE Universe, Roman Reigns was confronted by Finn Balor.</p><p>

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Roman Reigns would further annoy Finn Balor, “big leaguing” him and telling him that he had a job to do, and didn’t have time for Finn’s complaining.</p><p> </p><p>

When he was in the ring, Roman Reigns made his message loud and clear, he hears that Paul Heyman will be at Raw next week, and he wants him to tell Brock Lesnar that he coming for his shot at the Universal Championship. This brought out Finn Balor, who appeared to speak for the WWE Universe in opposing Roman Reigns receiving another shot at the WWE Universal Championship. Responding to Balor asking why he deserves the shot, Reigns said that he beat Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia, and he will do it again. Finn Balor found Roman Reigns believing he deserved another shot absurd, especially when Finn Balor - who never lost the Universal title - was never given the opportunity to regain the Championship.</p><p> </p><p>

Roman Reigns quickly turned this on Balor, telling him that his issue is simple - he’s been coasting for too long. Reigns added that a fake smile and a six pack will only take you so far in the WWE. This fired Finn Balor up, but Roman Reigns had an answer for everything that was thrown at him. Telling Finn Balor that the WWE is a “shark tank”, Reigns said that if Finn Balor is staying still, he’s getting left behind. With Balor looking to respond again, Reigns cut him off, saying that he’s said what he came out here to say, and he isn’t interested in Finn Balor, because he has bigger fish to fry!</p><p>

<hr>Over on the Women’s side of the roster, The Riott Squad looked to make an impact, following their lack of appearance at the Money In The Bank show. A defeat to Natalya tipped Ruby Riott over the edge, and the group once again showed their power in numbers. Tired of this, Ember Moon and Nia Jax came out to make the save for Natalya.</p><p>

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Standing against The Riott Squad, Nia Jax asked the group what it would take for their campaign against their fellow Superstars to end, and was given a simple answer. Ruby Riott agreed that the attacks would stop, if Nia Jax gave her a shot at the Raw Women’s Championship.</p><p>

<hr> The reaction to Money In The Bank came throughout the show, with Sami Zayn the next to address the events of the previous evening. At the show, Sami Zayn was left to fight on his own, despite a pact that he has made with Kevin Owens. Calling his “best friend” out, Sami Zayn wanted to know where the two men currently stand.</p><p>

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Sami Zayn’s asked Kevin Owens about his no show in the Main Event of Money In The Bank, saying that thought that no matter what happen, their focus was on winning that Briefcase. Zayn will admit that what he did a few weeks ago wasn’t above board, but if they had followed out the plan last night, they would be stood out here with the Money In The Bank Briefcase. They would have been just one step away from holding the WWE Universal Championship. Because of this, Sami Zayn is questioning their friendship. He asked Kevin Owens straight up if they’re still about doing this together?</p><p> </p><p>

Kevin Owens defended his actions last night, saying that Sami Zayn made this an issue when he made this about himself. Owens said that Zayn lost sight of their shared goal and now they’re suffering for it. Kevin Owens added that he didn’t know if he could trust anybody anymore. Zayn didn’t like this implications, suggesting that if Kevin Owens is serious about this, then he just needed to say the word. Owens told Zayn that he had been Universal Champion before, and he didn’t need Sami then. This was enough for Zayn, who told Owens that was fine, vowing that whether they do this together… or alone, he was going to become the WWE Universal Champion.</p><p>

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Having approached Kurt Angle earlier in the night, asking to know the identity of his opponent, Braun Strowman was introduced to Bobby Roode. Roode told Strowman that he was desperate to prove himself on Raw, and was targetimg the biggest threat on Monday Night Raw. During the match, Bobby Roode impressed against Braun Strowman, taking the fight to “The Monster Amongst Men”. Eventually, Braun Strowman overpowered Bobby Roode, with “The Glorious One” coming up short yet again.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Following the match, Braun Strowman held the Briefcase high in the air, while the commentators promoted the appearance of Paul Heyman on next week’s show.</div></div><p>

<hr>Opening up the final hour of Raw, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James came to the ring. Earlier in the night, footage was shown from Money In The Bank, where Ronda Rousey got her hands on Mickie James, one on one. The result was Mickie James being locked in the Armbar, requiring medical assistance following the altercation.</p><p>

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When Mickie James appeared, her arm was in a sling and she looked in severe pain. Alexa Bliss then began to bemoan Ronda’s behaviour, calling her “dangerous” and “unsporting”, in reference to her injuring Mickie James at Money In The Bank. This time, when Ronda Rousey came out to confront the duo, Alexa Bliss hightailed it, leaving Mickie James alone once again. This contradicted her apparent concern for Mickie’s wellbeing.</p><p>

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Struggling to leave the ring, Mickie James was left alone, but Ronda had no interest in retreading old ground. Instead, she sent a clear message to Alexa Bliss - telling the former Women’s Champion - you’re next!</p><p>

<hr>With a clash of philosophies in the Tag Team Division, the lighthearted Breezango and The Ascension were fairly easily defeated by The Revival and The Authors of Pain. After the match, The Revival tried to make the teams pact official, but A.O.P were not interested.</p><p>

<hr>Returning from the break, Elias’ performance was cut off by Chad Gable. Gable said that he wanted a match with Elias, but “The Drifter” had other ideas. Claiming that the people were here to listen to Elias, and not to watch them to have a match, he left the ring after being unsatisfied by the crowd’s reaction.</p><p> </p><p>

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Having seemingly had a change of heart, following his sub-5 minute defeat to Roman Reigns last night, Jinder Mahal asked for a chance to prove himself on Raw, and was given a match against Lashley. Desperate for change, Mahal told Angle, and later Lashley, that there would be no Sunil Singh, and there would be no cheap tactics. Of course, one knows not to believe a word that Jinder Mahal says, and when Bobby Lashley took control, Sunil Singh was not far off.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Having blamed Singh for his defeat, it quickly became apparent that Jinder Mahal hadn’t meant a single thing he had said about watching to make a change. Despite this, Singh involvement was quickly negated, and Bobby Lashley came out of the match victorious.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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<hr>The final part of Raw was dedicated to the “Last Chapter” of the Bayley and Sasha Banks story, and footage was once again shown of their history. From bitter enemies in NXT, to respectful rivals, the two women first learned to respect each other, before becoming best friends. Making their way to the ring, the two women took a trip down memory lane.</p><p>

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Sasha Banks led the segment, telling Bayley that while the last few months have been messy, she wants to remember their relationship fondly. In that spirit, Banks apologised for her behaviour, asking that Bayley do the same. Bayley wasn’t so sure, feeling that she had done anything wrong. Banks moved past this, saying that whoever was to blame, they both agree that they need space from each other. Maybe they can pick this up in the future, but for now, they need to go on their separate paths.</p><p> </p><p>

Bayley agreed, pointing out that it feels like both of their careers have been put on hold for the past 6 months, and they need to draw a line under it. From this moment forth, Bayley and Sasha Banks agree that instead of being known as the “bickering best frenemies”, they need to be known as what they are, two of the best Superstars in the entire WWE. Bayley then offered Sasha a handshake, with Banks instead going for a hug. Raising Sasha arm in the air, Bayley looked set to move on, telling Banks “I’m so happy to put behind me”. Sasha smiled, but seemed unsure.</p><p> </p><p>

As Bayley went to leave the ring, Banks asked her to hold on. Sasha Banks said that she knows that they need to keep their separate careers, but asked “we’re still friends, right?” Bayley smiled and nodded, and Sasha added “and you still trust me…” Caught off guard by the needy line of inquiry, Bayley didn’t answer. Sasha followed this up, saying “because if you don’t trust me… then we <em>aren’t</em> friends.” Bayley tried to explain herself, saying that after what has gone on between them, she just needs some time.</p><p> </p><p>

Looking disappointed, after she had tried to mend the bridges, Banks tried to guilt trip Bayley, putting her head down and exiting the ring. However, as Bayley turned her back, Sasha Banks returned to the ring, hitting her from behind. Put over as a significant moment between the two women, the commentators presented this as the “point of no return”, as Sasha Banks laid hands into Bayley, her demeanor changing completely. Pulling on the hair of her former friend, Sasha Banks began to slap Bayley. A distressed Bayley merely looked to try and get away from the vicious Sasha, who appeared to have snapped. Dragging Bayley back into the middle of the ring by her hair, Sasha Banks slapped Bayley, telling her “you just made the biggest mistake of your life”.</p><p> </p><p>

Seemingly just as emotionally hurt as she was physically, Bayley simply didn’t have the strength to fight back. Eventually, Sasha Banks locked a Banks Statement on Bayley, looking to send her to sleep. Refusing to release the hold, which included more hair pulling, referees flooded the ring to get between the two women. Rolling Bayley out of the ring, and to safety, medical professionals checked on her, as Sasha Banks stood tall in the ring. Closing out Raw, Sasha Banks presented a handful of Bayley’s hair that was in her hand, dropping it onto the mat. Putting over the brutal attack, Corey Graves said that Sasha Banks had finally showed her “true colours”, suggesting that the Raw roster better be on notice, as a sleeping giant has just been awoken.</p><p>

<hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Seth Rollins © bt. Baron Corbin [intercontinental Championship]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Dolph Ziggler & Drew Galloway bt. Apollo Crews & No Way Jose</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Natalya bt. Ruby Riott</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman bt. Bobby Roode</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The Authors of Pain & The Revival bt. Breezango & The Ascension</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Lashley bt. Jinder Mahal</span></p></div><p></p>

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Opening the show for the live crowd, Sasha Banks came to the ring to address what happened last week. Prior to her entrance, a video package had shown her brutal attack on Bayley.

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While Sasha Banks protested that she didn’t owe anyone an explanation, she did go to great lengths to justify herself. Starting off, she showed what she felt was the important footage from last week, where Bayley told Sasha that she didn’t trust her. Banks would say that she did everything she could to move on, but Bayley disrespected her. Now Sasha says that she is supposed to come out here and apologise for what she did, and for the nature of the attack. Banks will tell whoever made that call that they can to go to hell, because she isn’t going to say sorry for being who she is. Continuing, Banks put over the fact that she has been forced to spend the last two years being somebody else, saying that she is tired of pretending to be somebody she isn’t. Insistent that she will not be painted as the bad guy, Sasha Banks made it clear that Bayley ended their friendship, all she did was ensure it ended on her terms. Pointing out that Bayley isn’t here tonight, Sasha Banks said that she knows Bayley is going to play the victim in this situation. She will therefore ask the WWE Universe to keep one thing in mind, listing the fact that she was the one who reached out to Bayley, she is the one who said sorry last week, and she is the one who hugged Bayley in the middle of this ring. What that means to Sasha Banks is simple, as she says that everybody here has to agree, Bayley can only blame Bayley for what happened last week.

 

That wasn’t all for Sasha Banks, as when the show returned from the commercial break, viewers were informed that Natalya had taken issue with last week’s attack, requesting a match against her. Kurt Angle made the match, where a focussed and brutal Sasha Banks was able to make Natalya submit with a Banks Statement. After the match, Banks refused to release the hold, until she was forced to by officials.

<hr>Following on from last week, Elias and Chad Gable’s issues continued throughout the night, stemming from Chad once again interrupting a performance. When Elias claimed that he wouldn’t compete until he was allowed to complete his performance, Kurt Angle vowed to cut Elias’ microphone every time he goes to speak if he didn’t take part in the match.

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However, later in the night, as the match was postponed, Chad Gable was attacked in the back. Unable to compete, with Elias considered the most likely culprit, Chad Gable was replaced by a returning Superstar. Throughout the night, Raw talent such as Kurt Angle, Corey Graves and Mojo Rawley were informed (via text) of a “huge star returning to Raw”, with particular emphasis on the fact that the show was in San Diego. Popping up at Kurt’s hour of need, the star was not who many expected.

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Revealing that he had been sending the messages, it turned out that Kurt Angle’s son Jason Jordan was the returning Raw Superstar. Looking out for his friend, and offering to get his father out of a jam, Jason Jordan stepped forward to face Elias. Smiling at his father, Jordan would tell Kurt “just like you taught me… always bring your gear!” With little other choice, Jason Jordan was placed in the match, which took place towards the end of the show.

 

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The final match of the evening, Jason Jordan enjoyed a triumphant return to Monday Night Raw. Having been told he couldn’t perform before the match, Elias was in an awful mood, compounded by the smile that is permanently etched on Jordan’s face. Overly happy to be back, Jason looked to recapture the reactions which had followed him since he was revealed as Kurt Angle’s son. Scoring a lucky roll up, Jason Jordan celebrated as if he had just won the Main Event of WrestleMania.

 

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<hr>Long before that match, Sami Zayn was also in action, having earlier stated his intention to become the next WWE Universal Champion. Tonight however, he turned his attention to the Intercontinental Championship, accepting Seth Rollins’ open challenge.

 

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Competing in an extremely long, competitive match, Sami Zayn was unable to defeat Seth Rollins. During the match, Kevin Owens had joined the commentary.

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Throughout, Kevin Owens was respectful about Sami Zayn, but made it clear that he feels he is making a mistake. Owens hoped that their friendship would survive their current issues, saying that he doesn’t want this turning out like Bayley and Sasha Banks. Behaving out of character, Kevin Owens’ usual abrasiveness was not on show, and he sounded clearly disappointed as Sami was hit with the decisive Curb Stomp.

 

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Returning to Raw, the commentators sent back to an incident that took place “During The Break”. Furious about his loss, and feeling like Kevin Owens’ presence was unnecessary, a banged up Sami Zayn approached the commentary table. Shouting at Owens for seemingly no reason, Sami Zayn told Owens “I am going to do this… I am going to become the WWE Universal Champion!”
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<hr>The second hour of the show saw Ember Moon and Nia Jax team up, taking on the team of Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. With Ember & Nia in control, Ruby Riott decided action needed to be taken. Not interested in victory, Ruby Riott pulled Nia Jax off the apron, while Liv Morgan joined Sarah Logan in the ring. This resulted in a DQ.

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As the attack continued, with Ember now up against all three members of The Riott Squad, Nia Jax returned to the ring, clearing it of Morgan, Logan and then Ruby.

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Tired of The Riott Squad’s continued attacks, Nia Jax told Ruby that “you’ve got it!”, accepting her challenge to a match for the Women’s Championship.

<hr>Mojo Rawley was defeated by No Way Jose, as Titus Worldwide presented a united front. Later on, Drew McIntyre defeated Rhyno, after Dolph & Drew questioned what had happened to the once ruthless, destructive Rhyno. After the match, Dolph Ziggler joined Drew McIntyre in the ring, with Dana Brooke watching on from ringside, smiling at Dolph Ziggler.

<hr>The Raw Tag Team Champions were also in action, with The Revival taking them on in a non-title match. Looking to build on a successful few weeks, The Revival were disappointingly defeated by Hardy & Wyatt. Following the match, The Authors of Pain picked their spot, finally getting their hands on The Deleters of Worlds. Leaving the Raw Tag Team Champions down in the ring, Akam & Rezar appeared to be back on the right track in their quest to take the titles.

<hr>Over all the events which had preceded, the key thread throughout the entire episode of Raw revolved around an appearance from Paul Heyman.

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In demand from Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, both of whom have an interest in the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle had to remind the pair that Paul Heyman was there for a meeting with the Raw General Manager, and nothing else.

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Once he arrived at the building, Paul Heyman went straight into Angle’s Office. It was just several minutes into this “crunch meeting” that Paul Heyman left the office, with a smile on his face. Promoting an announcement regarding the Universal Championship at the end of the show, the commentators wondered what conclusions the pair could have possibly come to, having been in the much anticipated discussions for such a short time.

 

Unwilling to wait until the end of the show, Roman Reigns made his way to the ring, calling out Paul Heyman. Roman didn’t want to speak about the announcement, instead telling Paul to cut the crap and give him what he’s owed. This brought out Finn Balor, who once again took issue to Roman Reigns’ sense of entitlement.

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Finn Balor - who was repeated shot down by Roman Reigns last week - this time was able to get his points out. Balor told Reigns that he is “owed” nothing in the WWE, but said that he was unsurprised that Roman didn’t know that. He went on to claim that his journey to the WWE is what made him the man he is today, arguing that Roman Reigns having his roads paved with gold is the reason why he lacks the humility and depth to accept that the whole Universe doesn’t revolve around him. Finn said that if there is to be an announcement of a Universal Championship match next week, then he isn’t about to let Roman Reigns past him. Roman Reigns replied by telling Finn that he won’t have to step past him, because he can just as easily go through him. Reigns then added “you might have abs of steel… but that’s nothing if there’s no guts behind them”. At this point, as the pair squared up to fight, Paul Heyman appeared on the large screen.

 

Paul Heyman told the two men that what they say now will have no effect on his announcement at the end of the evening, but they’re welcome to bicker with each other. He did hope that they wouldn’t beat each other too badly, because he was sure that they’d both want to hear what he has to say at the end of the night. Agreeing with this, Roman Reigns left the ring, leaving Finn Balor behind him.

 

When it came to the Main Event segment of the night, Paul Heyman’s entrance was followed by Roman Reigns, who stopped at the top of the ramp. Not wanting to be outdone, Finn Balor joined him, and the two stared each other down. Paul Heyman was frustrated by the interferences, and as he went to begin his announcement, a third Raw Superstar made their way out from the back. This time, he didn’t stop at the top of the ramp, as Braun Strowman instead barged past the bickering Balor and Reigns, heading straight to the ring to confront Paul Heyman.

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Delaying the announcement once more, Braun Strowman said that the one person Brock Lesnar’s camp should be focussed on was him. Strowman said that whatever the announcement is, he first wanted to send a message through Paul to Brock. Braun Strowman reiterated his points from last week, saying that there has never been a bigger threat to a Champion than him holding the Money In The Bank. He added that he knows that the Universal Champion isn’t used to running scared, but he’d better get used to it.

 

Moving on, Paul Heyman finally began his announcement, but first made note of it being his first opportunity to congratulate Brock Lesnar on becoming the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion of the “Modern Era”. Announcing that Brock wants to celebrate that in style, Heyman said that he would do just that, in three weeks, at Extreme Rules. Paul Heyman would then go through the various merits of the three men who have staked their interest, as well as mentioning the likes of Sami Zayn and Bobby Lashley. However, Paul Heyman felt that after a short discussion, and with a number of easily manageable provisions, the right choice for Brock Lesnar’s next challenger would be the man who never lost the title. Stepping forward, Finn Balor would make his way down the ramp. Looking back towards Reigns, before brushing past Braun Strowman in the ring, Finn Balor extended his hand to Paul Heyman. With the two men shaking hands, it was official - at Extreme Rules - Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Finn Balor!

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Quick Results

Sasha Banks bt. Natalya

Seth Rollins © bt. Sami Zayn [intercontinental Championship]

 

Ember Moon & Nia Jax bt. Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan (DQ)

No Way Jose bt. Mojo Rawley

 

The Deleters of Worlds bt. The Revival

Drew McIntyre bt. Rhyno

Jason Jordan bt. Elias

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Live from Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

 

Following a look back at last week, Raw opened with the entrance of Paul Heyman. Brock Lesnar’s advocate would promote the match between Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor, using his peerlessly way with words to put over the fact that in real life, David never beats Goliath. Saying this, Paul Heyman drew out a true “Goliath” in the form of Braun Strowman.

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Braun Strowman looked down on Paul Heyman, showing no respect toward him or the Universal Champion. Strowman said that he knows Lesnar is feeling the pressure, taking delight in putting Brock in a position he has never been in before. Paul Heyman surprisingly accepted that Strowman was correct, saying that “you’re right, for the first time in his career… Brock Lesnar is running scared!” He would quickly clarify that Brock wasn’t afraid on Braun Strowman, he was afraid that he could lose his title to someone holding that “ridiculous briefcase” after he’s already competed.

 

However, being the great representative that he is, Paul Heyman made note that the reason that his meeting with Kurt Angle was so short is because he knows that Kurt doesn’t really pull the strings on Raw. Paul Heyman then announced that at Extreme Rules, he has negotiated that as part of Brock Lesnar agreeing to a pre-SummerSlam title defence, it was decided that Braun Strowman would be banned from the building at Extreme Rules. He would als inform Braun Strowman that Brock Lesnar would be at Raw next week, and Braun Strowman will also be barred from the building then. Braun Strowman was infuriated by this, and was told by Heyman to take it up with Kurt Angle. As Braun Strowman stormed to the back, Finn Balor made his entrance. As the two passed each other, there was a nod between them, as Finn Balor went to confront Paul Heyman.

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Now Finn Balor spoke to Heyman, telling him that he’s looking at “Mr. 666… because Paul, I’ve got the number of ‘The Beast’”. Finn Balor talked about how long in the making his match with Brock Lesnar was, saying that it has been almost two years since he vacated the title. Paul Heyman would point out that there is a very different landscape in the WWE in 2018, saying that if Brock Lesnar was in that tournament two years ago, he would be into day 700 of his Championship reign. Finn disagreed, saying that he was on a roll, and he would have liked nothing more than to defend that Championship against Brock Lesnar. As Finn Balor continued to put over how much this opportunity means to him, he was cut off by Sami Zayn.

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Sami Zayn told Paul Heyman that he is coming for the Universal Championship, a claim which was humorous to Paul Heyman. He then said that he had a much better chance of beating Lesnar next Sunday than Finn Balor, saying that the spot should have been his. Stirring the pot, Paul Heyman helped work up the aggression in both competitors, before eventually suggesting that they fight each other. This was deemed perfectly agreeable by both men.

<hr>Returning from the break, Kurt Angle was confronted by Braun Strowman, who questioned him about the claim from Paul Heyman that he would be barred from the building both next week and at Extreme Rules. Kurt was apologetic to Braun Strowman, making it clear that that particular decision was taken out of his hands. Strowman was understandably furious.

 

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Kicking off the action for the evening, the two men in the ring went all out to put on an impressive opener. Going back and forth throughout the contest, both competitors managed a good amount of offence, coming close to a victory on a number of occasions. It was when Finn Balor appeared to be picking up momentum that this match was robbed of a decisive finish. Making his way out from the back, Kevin Owens decided to make his own impact on the match.

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As Finn Balor set up for a Slingblade, Kevin Owens pulled him out of the ring “saving” his on and off best friend Sami Zayn from the move. This however cost Zayn the match, as the result of a DQ.

 

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In the immediate aftermath of the contest, Sami Zayn didn’t know how to react to Kevin’s involvement, but it appeared that Owens had had a moment clarity. Slapping Zayn on the chest, Owens said “we’re going to do this… together!” adding “we need each other!” Fired up by this, Sami Zayn joined in the attack on Finn Balor, and the two men happily laid boots into him. Eventually, the save came - from an unlikely source.

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Roman Reigns made the save, with the suggestion being made that he was looking to undermine Finn Balor. This had the desired effect, as a frustrated Finn Balor looked less than grateful for the help. Posturing in the ring, a smirking Roman Reigns made it clear that he was intentionally getting under the skin of the Number One Contender. Clearly, this had worked.
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Later in the evening, Finn Balor made his annoyance clear, as he confronted Roman Reigns in the back. Tired of the two men bickering, Kurt Angle had the idea to put them together, making a tag team match featuring the two of them, against the equally turbulent team of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

 

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While they agreeing to work together once more, there were still a few issues between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, who nonetheless were much more cohesive as a team than their opposition. Despite this, the individual talent of Roman Reigns and Finn Balor shined through, most evidently in the decisive moments. As Finn Balor set up to hit Sami Zayn with a Coupe De Grace, Kevin Owens returned to the ring. Spotting this, from his position on the outside, Roman Reigns showed his agility by quickly entering the ring, hitting Owens with the move. This allowed Finn Balor to hit his finishing move to Sami Zayn, scoring the victory for his team.

 

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After the match, as Roman Reigns celebrated in the ring, Finn Balor looked towards him, annoyed to see Reigns “taking the credit”. When the referee raised the hands of the two men, there was a clear tension between them. As Roman Reigns continued to enjoy the victory, Finn Balor hit him from behind, dropping “The Big Dog” with a Sling Blade. Standing over Roman Reigns, Finn Balor looked down with disgust at his rival, making it clear that their success as a tag team changes nothing between them.
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This wasn’t the end of their interactions on the evening, as Finn Balor got heated in the office of Kurt Angle. He was told by Kurt Angle that he would get what he wanted, and he would face Roman Reigns next week - 6 days before his Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar.

<hr>Much earlier in the night, another thread of this week’s Raw began, as Chad Gable and Jason Jordan prepared to team together for the first time in a year.

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While Jason Jordan looked extremely upbeat about the prospect of beating the buddies of Gable’s attacker, there was some clear apprehension on the part of Gable. Initially it seemed that this was due to him feeling the pair may be taking a step back, but after American Alpha defeated the team of Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel, Gable approached General Manager (and father of Jason Jordan) Kurt Angle.

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Not wanting to make an accusation of his boss’ son, Chad Gable simply told Angle that something felt “off” about Jason Jordan, and he didn’t feel like he was teaming with the man he once held tag team gold with. Kurt Angle was hurt by this, saying that he sees so much of himself in them when they’re teaming together. Despite this, Chad Gable wasn’t convinced about their future together. He also confided in Kurt that he didn’t believe Elias was behind the attack on him last week.

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These feeling were perhaps compounded later on, when Elias approach Chad as he left the medical room. Initially skeptical, Chad eventually heard Elias out, as he claimed that Chad’s suspicions were correct, and it wasn’t him who attacked Gable, but Jason Jordan. Elias told Gable that only one man profited from Chad Gable not being in that match last week, adding “and you know exactly who I am talking about…” With that, Elias was gone, having sown a seed of doubt deeper in the mind of Chad Gable.

<hr>Having opened the second hour of Raw, The Deleters of World - the current Tag Team Champions - decided that they would call out The Authors of Pain, after the newcomers attacked them last week.

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The Authors of Pain were happy to join Hardy & Wyatt in the ring, but they were not there for a chat. Immediately getting physical with the Champions, The Authors of Pain initiated a brawl which went all the way around the ringside area. Able to focus on Bray Wyatt, the pair were able to drop Matt Hardy’s partner, resulting in the “Woken Warrior” being left to fight The Authors of Pain alone. Now by the commentary table, Akam ran the announcers off, as Rezar set up for a Powerbomb. Assisting the move, Akam ensured that Matt Hardy was slammed through the table viciously, leaving him out cold. After a slow start to their Raw careers, The Authors of Pain stood tall - having made their mark this Monday night.

<hr>Also out to make a name for herself was Ruby Riott, as she faced Ember Moon - ahead of her Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules. Nia Jax joined commentary for the match, and when The Riott Squad were able to assist Ruby in scoring a victory over Ember Moon, Jax was clearly not happy. Staring down from the top of the ramp, Nia Jax made it clear that she was ready to face all three members of The Riott Squad, if that’s what it would take to retain her Championship.

<hr>Not quite as united as The Riott Squad, the issues between Titus Worldwide continued this week, as Apollo Crews was spotted talking to Dana Brooke. Lacking an explanation, Apollo fuelled the rumours that he was ready to leave Titus Worldwide, signing to be represented by Dana Brooke instead. While Crews denied this, it was clear that his head was not in the game, as he fell to defeat against Mojo Rawley.

<hr>Having only appeared in a video package that appeared to be designed to “re-reintroduce” him last week, Bobby Lashley was interviewed at the top of the ramp by Renee Young.

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Bobby Lashley’s general comment was that his first few months back in the WWE have been up and down, saying that everybody knows that he was sent out here to “connect with the people”. Bobby Lashley said that he loved being in front of the WWE Universe, but added that his true love was the competition in the ring. For that reason, Lashley declared that as of this moment, his focus wasn’t on connecting with the fans, but connecting with the jaws of anybody wants to step in the ring with him. He asked if that is what the WWE Universe want from him. As he gauged the response, Bobby was confronted on the ramp by Baron Corbin.

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Baron Corbin’s message to Bobby Lashley was clear, as he told “The Destroyer” to just “stop talking!” Bobby Lashley squared up to “The Lone Wolf”, but Corbin had said his piece, and headed to the back.

<hr>Bobby Roode’s struggles continued on Raw this week, as Jinder Mahal defeated him. After the match, it was clear that this defeat had effected him more than any other thus far.

<hr>Having not appeared on last week’s Raw, an update came from Alexa Bliss (and Mickie James) with the two women reporting back to the show while on vacation.

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Making the decision, to allow Mickie James to recover from her injury - sustained at the hands of Ronda Rousey - Alexa Bliss said that the two would be back on Raw “sooner rather than later” and would continue to expose Ronda Rousey. Alexa put over the fact that they were not on vacation, saying that the main focus of their trip was the rehabilitation of Mickie James’ left arm. Despite this, the two women appeared to be relaxing on the beach, drinking cocktails. While dressed in summer clothes, Mickie James still had her arm in a sling.

<hr>Meanwhile, another major storyline featuring female Superstars developed, as Bayley performed a sit-down interview “Earlier in the Week”.

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Emotional throughout, Bayley said that she felt a part of herself had been torn out, feeling that the last couple of years have been a lie. She said that there was no going back now, and the attack two weeks ago broke her heart. Bayley said that part of her wanted to run away from what happened, but she knows that she can’t let it lie. Saying that the time for hugs are over, Bayley promised to fight for anybody who has ever been screwed over by someone they considered a friend.

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Watching the interview in the back, Sasha Banks was asked for an immediate reaction to the emotional scenes. She showed zero remorse for her actions, calling Bayley an “annoying little sister” who needed to be put in her place. Speaking coldly, Sasha said she was sick of Bayley’s crying already, making it clear that she is more than willing to face her in the future.

<hr>Following that, Rhyno scored a victory over Curt Hawkins, taking the opportunity post-match to challenge Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler on behalf of his team.

<hr>In the Main Event, Drew Galloway and Dolph Ziggler would make an appearance, ignoring the challenge of Slater & Rhyno. Instead, they appeared to accept the Open Challenge of Seth Rollins. Not making it clear which one of them was taking the opportunity, Dolph Ziggler was able to catch the Champion off guard with a Superkick. This confirmed Ziggler as the challenger for the title.

 

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Despite being at ringside, Drew McIntyre played a very small part in the match, showing his trust in Dolph Ziggler to get the job done. Throughout the match, the history of the two men involved was put over, citing some of their matches from the past. Clear that the bad blood is still raw, this match was both athletic and brutally physical. This blend saw both men going all out for victory, scoring near falls on a number of occasions. Eventually, Seth Rollins was able to pick up yet another win, with a lightning quick final sequence brought to a conclusion via a Curb Stomp to Dolph Ziggler.

 

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After the match, Seth Rollins stood tall in the ring, as Drew McIntyre carried Dolph Ziggler over his shoulder. Leaving up the ramp, Drew McIntyre turned back to Rollins when he reached the top, showing he had one eye on the Intercontinental Championship.
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Quick Results

Finn Balor bt. Sami Zayn (DQ)

American Alpha bt. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel

 

Ruby Riott bt. Ember Moon

Jinder Mahal bt. Bobby Roode

Finn Balor & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

 

Rhyno bt. Curt Hawkins

Apollo Crews bt. Mojo Rawley

Seth Rollins © bt. Dolph Ziggler [intercontinental Championship]

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<p>Raw #1311</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live from TD Garden, Boston, Massachusets!</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

The build towards Extreme Rules hit a fever pitch this week, as the Go Home Show promised the first appearance of Brock Lesnar since the Greatest Royal Rumble event. Opening the show, Braun Strowman was shown at the entrance of the building.</p><p>

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A large amount of security were seen stopping him from entering the arena, after Paul Heyman and Kurt Angle’s “bosses” came to an agreement that Strowman would be banned from the building, both on this week’s Raw, and at the Extreme Rules event.</p><p>

<hr>Following footage that recapped this, as well as the rivalry between Finn Balor and Roman Reigns, it was explained that the show would open with the match between the two. This decision was made after Finn Balor claimed he “couldn’t wait” to get his hands on “The Big Dog”.</p><p> </p><p>

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Kicking off the show in a huge way, the two competitors came straight out of the gates, looking to set the crowd alight. Having felt overshadowed by Roman Reigns on a constant basis - particularly since he was announced as the Universal Championship Number One Contender - Finn Balor took the fight to his opponent, and started well. As the match went on, Finn Balor’s speed was caught up with by the power of Roman Reigns, and “The Big Dog” looked in control. This allowed Finn Balor to kick off a comeback, which was cut short when both men suffered a clash of heads, sending them down to the mat. As both competitors, exhausted from the match, remained on the mat, the music of Brock Lesnar began to play. Joined by Paul Heyman, the Universal Champion made his way down to the ring.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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When he entered the ring, the referee called for the bell, knowing what was about to come. As he did this, Brock Lesnar ran the referee out of the ring.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Lifting Roman Reigns up from the mat first, Brock Lesnar hit “The Big Dog” with an F-5, before rolling him out of the ring with his boot. Lesnar then turned his focus to Finn Balor, which was noted as the first interaction between the two. Brock Lesnar flicked Balor with his boot, showing zero respect to his challenger. Lesnar then lifted Balor to his feet, hitting him with a single German Suplex. Dragging him back to his feet, Lesnar blocked a feeble attempt at throwing a right hand by Finn Balor, hitting him with an F-5 in the middle of the ring. Paul Heyman then joined Brock Lesnar.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Cutting a promo hyping his client Brock Lesnar, “The Advocate” put over this Sunday’s match as an exhibition for the Universal Champion, saying that despite Finn Balor being extremely talented, he will not be the man who takes the Universal Championship. Paul Heyman continued by talking about Braun Strowman, and the fact that he is barred from the building at Extreme Rules. That will mean that Brock Lesnar isn’t going to get any nasty surprises, and Paul Heyman promises that his mind and his body are both 100% ready to continue the longest Heavyweight Championship reign of the “modern era”.</div></div><p> </p><p>

Returning from the break, Kurt Angle was seen at the entrance of the parking lot, having been called their by the “Head of Security”. Angle was informed that they were unable to locate Braun Strowman at the moment. While they claim to have every entrance marked, the security team are unable to confirm the whereabouts of the “The Monster Amongst Men”. This will be of some concern to Kurt Angle, who will tell the security team to keep searching for Strowman, saying that “if Braun Strowman gets into the building… it’s my neck on the line!”</p><p> </p><p>

The commentators would then recap the events of Raw so far, looking back at the first half hour of the show. Following that, Kurt Angle would be seen back in his office on the phone. As he talked about Braun Strowman being missing, Paul Heyman walked in, causing Kurt to abruptly end the call.</p><p>

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Having come close to Heyman finding out that Strowman may be in the building, Kurt Angle acted suspiciously as Paul Heyman spoke to him. As Heyman started to discuss business with the flustered Raw GM, Kurt’s son entered the room.</p><p>

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Dropping his father in it, a smiling Jason Jordan asked Kurt “so, did you find Braun yet?” Kurt Angle facepalmed, as Paul Heyman reacted by demanding answers from Kurt Angle. The General Manager of Raw attempted to play it down, but Heyman was furious. Storming out of the room, Paul Heyman said that he had to get Brock Lesnar out of here. Now left with his father in the room, Jason Jordan asked for a match tonight, requesting that Kurt Angle put him in the ring with an “elite level Superstar”. Kurt was clearly annoyed with Jason blabbing, and said “I’ll see what I can do”.</p><p>

<hr>Returning to ringside, it was time for a performance from Elias, ahead of his match with Chad Gable. Elias sang a song before the match, which he dedicated to Chad Gable and Jason Jordan, a “ballad of a friendship destroyed by a backstabbing partner”. When Chad Gable made his entrance, he was surprised when Jason Jordan joined him, clearly having not been invited by his former tag team partner.</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="0h5HRIq.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/0h5HRIq.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="MzraE8q.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/MzraE8q.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

During the match, Jason Jordan served as a cheerleader for Chad Gable, albeit not one that he had asked for. Trying to remain focussed on the action in the ring, it was clear that Jordan’s antics were becoming a distractions. While Elias did use various underhanded tactics during the match, it still came somewhar out of the blue when Jason Jordan grabbed “The Drifter” by the leg, as he looked to close in on victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Chad Gable had missed this involvement, but nonetheless took advantage when Elias turned his back. This allowed Gable to score the victory via a rollup.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Chad Gable bt. Elias</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, as the referee raised the hand of Chad Gable, Jason Jordan wanted in. Moving the referee out of the way, Jason Jordan raised the hand of Gable, who once again looked wholey uncomfortable with the situation.</div></div><p> </p><p>

After that, the first hour of Raw was concluded with Paul Heyman leading Brock Lesnar out of the building.</p><p>

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Surrounded by security, Paul Heyman was clearly worried about the threat that Braun Strowman possessed to the Universal Champion. Brock Lesnar however was not outwardly afraid, demanding to know “where is he?” and putting over that Paul is the reason they’re leaving not Brocl. Getting into a car, the pair were driven away. As the car drove off, Braun Strowman was seen in the parking lot.</p><p>

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Watching as their vehicle left the arena, Strowman turned to enter the building.</p><p>

<hr>Returning to the second hour of Raw, another recap video showed the events of Raw so far. Braun Strowman was then shown to be still at the entrance of the building, with security telling him that he is barred from entering. Approaching the scene, Kurt Angle told security to let him in.</p><p>

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The “Head of Security” told Kurt that the call had come from the very top of the WWE, but Angle insisted that they let Strowman in. Since he was running the show, the Head agreed to allow Braun Strowman in the business, telling his team “it’s this guys neck on the line… let him in!”</p><p>

<hr>Having been allowed in the building, Braun Strowman made his way down to the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

Speaking of his fury that he won’t be at Extreme Rules, Braun Strowman said that somebody was going to “Get These Hands” tonight in Boston. Braun Strowman’s demands were heard by Kurt Angle, who told him that he would be in action “right now” against Jason Jordan!</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Wa6URR5.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/Wa6URR5.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="Sa2PfE5.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/Sa2PfE5.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Braun Strowman was able to defeat Jason Jordan in a fairly decisive manner, with it quickly becoming clear that the son of Kurt Angle wasn’t quite on the level of his opponent just yet. The finish came following a Running Powerslam by “The Monster Amongst Men”. On commentary it was put over that Braun Strowman was barred from the building at Extreme Rules, as a result of Paul Heyman’s talks with “Kurt’s bosses”. This was part of an agreement to ensure that Brock Lesnar would defend his Championship on Sunday.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman bt. Jason Jordan</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Raising his Briefcase in the air, Braun Strowman made it clear that he would be coming for Brock Lesnar sooner rather than later. After he exited the ring, Jason Jordan was left to pick himself back up, and was joined in the ring by Chad Gable.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="0h5HRIq.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/0h5HRIq.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

As Chad Gable helped his former partner to his feet, Jordan smiled at him. Gable did not smile back. When Jason Jordan was back on his feet, Gable took a microphone. Jason Jordan smiled again, asking Gable to “lighten up”. Chad Gable shook his head. Gable then told Jason Jordan that one thing has been going through his head since Jordan returned. Jordan was confused, until Gable explained. Saying that he didn’t want to think it to be true, and he didn’t even want to have to say it, Gable told Jordan he has been unable to shake the feeling. Jordan would ask him “what are you talking about?” and after a fairly sizeable pause, Gable would say “... I don’t believe Elias attacked me three weeks ago… I think you did it Jason!”</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

With this accusation, Jason Jordan’s eyes went wide, in disbelief at what he is hearing from his best friend. Jordan had no response to the claim however, instead leaving the ring and heading up the ramp, offended at what had just been said.</div></div><p> </p><p>

Later in the evening, reacting to Chad Gable’s accusation, Jason Jordan confided in his father, outraged by what had been said. While Angle didn’t believe Jordan to be the attacker, his answer wasn’t what Jordan wanted to hear. Kurt Angle seemed to side with Gable, saying that he understands the suspicion, explaining “you did show up right after Gable was taken out”. Jason couldn’t believe what he was hearing, telling his father that he will prove his innocence. To do this, he demanded that Kurt set up a lie detector test, for this Sunday at Extreme Rules.</p><p>

<hr>While the friendship of Gable and Jordan appeared to be on the rocks, one that has “passed the point of no return” is that between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Coming face to face for the first time - in a meeting mediated by Renee Young - the two women promoted the match this Sunday at Extreme Rules.</p><p>

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Going back and forth, it was clear that the emotions between the two women were still very raw, as they almost spilled over into violence on several occasions. Bayley played up how much the friendship had meant to her, saying that whatever happened between them, she never thought it would go this far. Bayley took the time to ask Sasha Banks why she did what she did, which set “The Boss” off.</p><p> </p><p>

Sasha Banks claimed that she wasn’t the one who ended the friendship between them, refusing to be painted as the bad guy by Bayley. Banks then turned on Renee Young, asking her who is in her ear trying to paint Sasha as the bad guy. Banks said that Bayley ended the friendship when she told Sasha that she didn’t trust her. Sasha Banks just put her back in her place. “The Boss” then compared Bayley to an annoying little sister, saying that if she is the one representing all the young girls in the crowd, then Banks represents all those who are tired of those crying, complaining, spoiled little brats! Sasha Banks added that this isn’t about “good vs. bad”, but about “Bayley vs. Banks”. Sasha then promised that on Sunday night, any misguided little girl who looks up to Bayley would be going to bed crying, and waking up knowing that Sasha Banks is “The Boss of Monday Night Raw”.</p><p> </p><p>

These words in turn set Bayley off, but she was too emotional to articulate her feelings. As a result, she stepped to Sasha, looking to start the fight 6 days early. However, before the two women could come to blows in the ring, the music of Ronda Rousey hit.</p><p>

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Coming between the two women, Ronda declared that she had been speaking to Kurt Angle, and the decision has been made. At Extreme Rules, Ronda will be the Special Guest Enforcer for the match between Bayley and Sasha Banks.</p><p>

<hr>Moving beyond that, there was Championship action on Raw, as Kevin Owens challenged Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental title. Earlier in the night, Kevin Owens was seen talking to Sami Zayn, saying that having watched how close Sami came to defeating Seth Rollins a few weeks ago, he has the blueprints to ensure “they” become the Intercontinental Champion tonight.</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="ufTxbRV.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/ufTxbRV.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Intercontinental Championship Match</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><img alt="MJri4zE.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/MJri4zE.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="CKr8FTk.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/CKr8FTk.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

An even and competitive contest, the result of the match could not be looked at without the context of the involvement from outside interests. Throughout the match, Sami Zayn had looked to involve himself in the action, but after a while these minor infractions weren’t enough. As a result, when Sami Zayn actually looked to get in the ring, directly influencing the outcome of the match, Roman Reigns made his way out from the back.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="he7WFKv.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/he7WFKv.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="tQEw9lY.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/tQEw9lY.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Negating the involvement of Sami Zayn, while also causing a distraction to Kevin Owens, the challenger was left regretting his attempts to “steal one”. Backfiring on him completely, Kevin Owens was dropped to the mat by Rollins, falling into the Curb Stomp that scored the win.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins © bt. Kevin Owens</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following the match, as Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns stood in the ring, they stared down Owens & Zayn. As KO & Zayn looked to leave, Kurt Angle appeared on the large screen behind them.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="WPv6wRE.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/WPv6wRE.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Angle informed the teams that they would face off in a tag team match at Extreme Rules. Later in the night, when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns asked what the “Extreme” stipulation would be, Kurt Angle told them they would “Spin The Wheel”, with the teams only finding out the match type moments before heading to the ring on Sunday.</div></div><p>

<hr><div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="7JMzO99.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/7JMzO99.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="E0KnYbT.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/E0KnYbT.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="MWicWUm.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/MWicWUm.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="bXGkxmm.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/bXGkxmm.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Coming back for the final hour of Raw, Nia Jax was set for a warm up match against a member of The Riott Squad, prior to her match against the leader of the group at Extreme Rules. Tired of the constant outside involvement, Nia Jax said that she simply wanted to make this match what it already was, challenging all three members of The Riott Squad to face her at once. This resulted in a handicap match, where Nia Jax spent the entire 8 minutes fighting off relentless attack. While she had made the match to make a point, Nia would soon regret her decision, as the group beat her down. Jax showed great resilience in the match, but eventually all three women were able to take her down. Using their combined strength, and the second rope, The Riott Squad were able to hit an assisted Powerbomb to their much larger opponent.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan would then grab her by the arm, leaving Jax prone to a “Riott Kick”. Ruby Riott would then pin Jax, who had given taken a huge amount of punishment by the three women.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>The Riott Squad bt. Nia Jax</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, as The Riott Squad stood tall,the commentators put over the threat to the Women’s Championship. Soon, Ember Moon and Natalya came to the top of the ramp. Natalya announced that at Extreme Rules, the match between Ruby Riott and Nia Jax would now be a Lumberjack match - promising that if nobody else does, then at least they have Nia’s back!</div></div><p>

<hr>Having accepted Slater & Rhyno’s challenge, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler ran down their opponents, using them as examples of guys who have found themselves all too happy to sit back and earn a cheque. While Slater protested “I got kids”, Drew McIntyre replied “... but you’ve got zero heart!”</p><p> </p><p>

Drew Galloway & Dolph Ziggler then beat Slater & Rhyno fairly comfortably.</p><p>

<hr>After that tag team match, a video package played, promoting the Tag Team Championships match at Extreme Rules. Showing the moment that The Authors of Pain put Matt Hardy through a Table, the package ended with Bray Wyatt appearing on the screen.</p><p> </p><p>

Bray Wyatt sat in darkness, saying that last week his light was extinguished. Wyatt said that at “Extreme Rules” Matt Hardy would be back, ready to face “The Authors of Pain” in a Tables match!</p><p>

<hr><div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="BkjGloi.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/BkjGloi.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="XBzeURp.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/XBzeURp.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following a confrontation between the two last week, Raw’s final match saw Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley go one on one for the first time ever. While the match was evenly contested, the experience edge of Bobby Lashley shone through, and he once again came out on top. Still yet to be pinned or submitted since his return to the WWE, Bobby Lashley stood tall following an impressive victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Bobby Lashley bt. Baron Corbin</strong></div></div><p></p><p></div></p><p>

<hr>Cutting away from Lashley’s celebrations, the Raw before Extreme Rules came to an end with news of an incident in the back. Found on the floor, with Sasha Banks stood over her, it was clear that Bayley had been blindsided by her opponent for Sunday.</p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Oz2sqvL.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/Oz2sqvL.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="z7Iv5Y7.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/z7Iv5Y7.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p>

As Sasha Banks stood over Bayley, vowing to put her back in her place at Extreme Rules, she was confronted by the Special Guest Enforcer for their match, Ronda Rousey.</p><p>

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Staring down “The Boss” as Raw went off the air, it was clear that Ronda was going to ensure there could be no question marks over who the better woman would be, as Bayley goes one on one with Sasha Banks - at Extreme Rules.</p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>This Sunday...</strong></p><p><strong>

</strong><img alt="OKN2MeL.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/OKN2MeL.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></p><p><strong>

July 15, 2018</strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p>

<hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Finn Balor went to a No Contest with Roman Reigns</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Chad Gable bt. Elias</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman bt. Jason Jordan</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Seth Rollins © bt. Kevin Owens [intercontinental Championship]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The Riott Squad bt. Nia Jax</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre bt. Slater & Rhyno</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Lashley bt. Baron Corbin</span></p></div><p></p>

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</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><em>This Month on…</em></strong></p><p>

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<strong>Week #1</strong></p></div><p></p><p>

Having found himself on a roll off the back of an impressive display at Money In The Bank, Samoa Joe picked up an impressive victory over The Miz that saw his momentum to continue to grow. It was also a successful week for The Club, as they became the Smackdown Tag Team Champions at the second time of asking.</p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="jc1hfXO.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/jc1hfXO.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="9eT5wzz.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/9eT5wzz.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p>

The major segment of the show was the WWE Championship celebration of Shinsuke Nakamura, who took delight in showing off the title he won from AJ Styles at Money In The Bank. Looking forward to the next show, Paige announced two Fatal 4 Way match, with the winners going on to face each other for the Number One Contendership to the Women’s Championship. The first one of these matches was won by Charlotte Flair, with the second scheduled for the following week.</p><p> </p><p>

In the show’s Main Event, Cesaro was able to “steal one”, defeating Daniel Bryan - just 48 hours after Sheamus had been unable to do so.</p><p>

<hr><hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Week #2</strong></p></div><p></p><p>

Opening the show, Eric Young was able to coerce Jeff Hardy into defending the United States Championship, after Hardy demanded revenge for EY’s previous attacks. Jeff Hardy was able to outmaneuver Eric Young, defeating him after The New Day negated Sanity’s outside involvement.</p><p> </p><p>

The other Fatal 4 Way in the Women’s Division saw Asuka come out victorious, leading to a historic match on the following week’s show. This victory ensured that Smackdown Live would witness Asuka / Charlotte II - for the Number One Contendership to the Women’s titles.</p><p> </p><p>

Another rematch was announced, taking place at the upcoming Extreme Rules event. As AJ Styles confirmed another match against Shinsuke Nakamura, he was attacked by Andrade “Cien” Almas, who was looking to make a name for himself.</p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="tjZm1Uo.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/tjZm1Uo.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p>

In the show’s Main Event, Samoa Joe scored a victory over Sheamus, when Daniel Bryan evened the odds - gaining revenge for what happened last week.</p><p>

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<hr><hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Week #3</strong></p></div><p></p><p>

Despite the huge Main Event set for the show, another massive match appeared to be scheduled, as The Bar suggested that The Miz was ready to face Daniel Bryan. This turned out to be a set up, with The Miz and The Bar working together in a pre-planned assault on Daniel Bryan. Returning the favour from the previous week, Samoa Joe saved Daniel Bryan from the attack, with the two men seemingly displaying a mutual respect for one another.</p><p> </p><p>

After the attack by Andrade “Cien” Almas to AJ Styles last week, Shinsuke Nakamura looked to cosy up with Almas and Zelina Vega, with the pair teaming to an impressive victory. This came after AJ Styles had announced the next match in the series between himself and Shinsuke Nakamura as a Steel Cage match. While AJ Styles was able to get to Nakamura after his match, he was stopped in his tracks by Andrade Almas, who took him down for the second successive week. The show also saw Sanity and The New Day agree to a Falls Count Anywhere match at Extreme Rules.</p><p>

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Of course, the major story of the episode was the build to Asuka / Charlotte II, and following their incredible match at WrestleMania, it was Asuka who scored the victory this time. After the bell, Carmella looked to attack the new Number One Contender, but was thwarted by Charlotte Flair, who showed respect to the woman who had just beaten her.</p><p>

<hr><hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong>Week #4</strong></p></div><p></p><p>

The go-home episode of Smackdown before Extreme Rules saw Joe & Bryan lay down a challenge to The Bar, while The New Day “got serious” about the threat of Sanity. Carmella looked to draw help for the challenge of Asuka, and seemed to strike a deal with The IIconics to be at her side on Sunday. Unfortunately for her, Charlotte Flair promised to have Asuka’s back just the same.</p><p>

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Another key moment of the show, albeit not in relation to Sunday’s Extreme Rules, was a promo by Rusev. Somewhat out of character for the “Bulgarian Brute”, Rusev talked about the fact that he and Lana have been kept apart on Smackdown Live because people are jealous of them. Rusev would go on to thank the people who have truly supported him, the fans, saying that have given him so much and vowing not to let them down. Rusev sealed the deal with a kiss to his wife Lana, before walking triumphantly into the sunset. </p><p> </p><p>

In the Main Event of Smackdown, six days before he takes his rematch against Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, AJ Styles went one on one with Andrade “Cien” Almas. Scoring a victory, AJ Styles still had enough left in the tank to overcome an attempted post-match attack from Shinsuke Nakamura. As the WWE Champion backed away, AJ Styles made it clear there would be no opportunity to do that this Sunday - as they go one on one inside a Steel Cage!</p><p>

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<p>Extreme Rules 2018</p><p> </p><p>

<span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>[Kick-Off Show] The DELETERS of Worlds © bt. The Authors of Pain in a Tables Match</strong></span></p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live from PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Following the opening video package of the show, the commentators spoke over an aerial shot of the building. Surrounding the arena, were police cars and police officers. This heightened security was a response to this Monday’s appearance of Braun Strowman, despite him being barred from the building. In order to appease Paul Heyman, who this week threatened to pull Brock Lesnar out of the show, WWE increased security to avoid an appearance from “Mr. Money In The Bank” Braun Strowman.</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 2px solid red";"><div style=" border: 2px solid black";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Falls Count Anywhere</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Sanity vs. The New Day</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Due to the nature of this match, it was very difficult for the referee to keep up with the action. As a result, his role was limited to attempting to count a pinfall when he saw one. Introducing various weapons, Sanity and The New Day went all out to kick off the show with a wild brawl. While it would seem that Sanity would have the edge in a match of this type, The New Day showed once again that when they’re backs are against the wall, they come out swinging. This match was no different, and when it came down to it, Kofi Kingston was able to pin Alexander Wolfe, following a Trouble In Paradise to his Trash Can covered head.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>The New Day bt. Sanity</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Despite the huge impact they have had on Smackdown Live in such a small amount of time, Sanity were unable to defeat The New Day in their first major rivalry. Following the match, the man who has vowed to bring chaos and confusion to Smackdown led his men away, ensuring Sanity could regroup for their next mission. Celebrating in the ring, The New Day were put over as one of the greatest three men groups in WWE history.</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

Ahead of the first match on the Raw side of the show, the history between Bayley and Sasha Banks was recapped. Last month, Sasha Banks attacked Bayley in the middle of the ring, the moment described as “the point of no return” in their friendship. Since then, Sasha Banks has launched a campaign of verbal abuse against Bayley, and her fans. This past week on Raw, things became so heated between the two women, that the decision was made to add a Special Enforcer to the match. Following the video package, that woman made her entrance.</p><p>

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<div style=" border: 2px solid red";"><div style=" border: 2px solid black";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Extreme Rules; Ronda Rousey is Special Guest Enforcer</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Bayley vs. Sasha Banks</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Given the Extreme Rules stipulation, Ronda Rousey’s only job was to ensure that the match remained a match, and didn’t descend into a fight. This job would be more difficult than it sounds, as Bayley came straight out of the gates with arms swinging. On a number of occasions, Ronda stopped the two women from fighting up the ramp and even into the crowd. The emotional Bayley managed to get out some of her aggression early on, but it quickly became clear that Sasha’s game plan was to use that against her. She did this very well, and it was on this forward thinking that the match tipped in her favour. Also the first to introduce weapons into the match, Sasha Banks used a miscommunication between Bayley and Ronda Rousey to secure control of the match.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

While the two women went back and forth, there wasn’t the number of nearfalls that would be expected between these two competitors who know each other so well. It was also on Sasha Banks’ first attempt at a Banks Statement that she secured victory. When Bayley had reached the ropes, Banks noticed a Kendo Stick to her side. Picking it up, Sasha rolled the move back through to the ring, using the Kendo Stick to assist the Banks Statement. Now only focussed on removing the Kendo Stick from her face, Bayley was left with little chance of escape. After a few moments, Bayley was forced to swallow her pride, submitting to the Banks Statement.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Sasha Banks bt. Bayley</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Having kept her eyes on Ronda Rousey while locking in the Banks Statement, Sasha took a little too long to release the hold for Ronda’s liking. As a result, Rousey climbed up on to the ring apron.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Releasing the hold as soon as it appeared Ronda was going to enter the ring, Sasha Banks release the hold, instead focussing on boasting about her victory. While she enjoyed goading Rousey, it was clear Banks wanted nothing to do with her. As Rousey entered the ring to check on Bayley, Sasha Banks left up the ramp, posing at the top of it after a huge victory against Bayley</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 2px solid red";"><div style=" border: 2px solid black";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Tornado Tag Match</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe vs. The Bat</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Having come together as a result of mutual enemies, a respect has grown between Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe in recent weeks. This showed against The Bar, as the two men worked extremely well together in the early going. The tornado tag element of the match probably helped them as the contest continued, as The Bar would certainly have had the edge in a traditional tag team match. In the end, Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe were able to secure the victory, with them managing to lock in submission moves at the same moment in the middle of the ring. With Sheamus caught in the Heel Hook of Daniel Bryan, and Cesaro in Joe’s Coquina Clutch, the pair had no choice but the tap out simultaneously.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe bt. The Bar</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe celebrated. Daniel Bryan led a “Yes” chant with the crowd, while Samoa Joe stood tall.</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

In the office of Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan approached his father. Later tonight, Jason Jordan will take a lie detector test, as he looks to clear suspicion that he may have been involved in an attack that put Chad Gable out of action last month.</p><p>

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Jason Jordan was looking forward to the opportunity to clear his name, asking his father if everything was prepared. Kurt Angle was busy, but ensured Jordan that everything was ready for them to go ahead.</p><p>

<hr>Ahead of the match between Asuka and Carmella for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair cut a promo. She promised to ensure that there would be no excuses following the match, vowing that the best woman would win.</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Smackdown Women’s Championship</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Carmella © vs. Asuka</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Going into the match, it was clear that Carmella was up against in, and the opportunistic Champion had to do everything in her power to try and escape with the Women’s Championship. This included literally trying to run away from her problems, only for Charlotte Flair to block her path. When it came to the actual in-ring part of the match, Carmella was blown away by Asuka, and it was clear that she would have to do something drastic to keep hold of the title. When her usual tactics didn’t work, Carmella found herself almost resigned to her fate, eventually submitting to the Asuka Lock. </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Asuka bt. Carmella © to become the NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion!</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following her victory, Asuka was joined in the ring by Charlotte Flair.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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With suspicions about her intent from some sections of the WWE Universe, Flair proved the doubters wrong, congratulating the new Smackdown Women’s Champion, and raising her hand in the ring.</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 2px solid red";"><div style=" border: 2px solid black";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Street Fight</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Leading into the next match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn cut a promo on their way to the ring. Speaking to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, who were already in the ring, Owens & Zayn claimed to have a plan to stop the former Tag Team Champions. Once the match got underway, this was clearly not the case. Before the match, the wheel was spun, landing on a “Street Fight”. However, the stipulation was barely explored, and after a lot of stalling a posturing, the match was short. When Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens brawled up the ramp, Roman Reigns squashed Sami Zayn, hitting him with a series of his signatures moves. The commentators compared this to last month, when Roman Reigns defeat Jinder Mahal in under five minutes. It was barely much longer on the clock when Reigns hit Zayn with a Superman Punch from “The Big Dog”. Reigns followed this up with a Spear to Zayn, scoring another decisive victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Following the match, an impressed Seth Rollins joined Roman Reigns in the ring, celebrating with his partner.</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Shinsuke Nakamura © vs. AJ Styles</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Competing in yet another match for the WWE Championship, this contest marked the first time Shinsuke Nakamura came in as Champion, having defeated AJ Styles in a Last Man Standing match last month at Money In The Bank. Throughout the month, AJ Styles had been forced to deal with Andrade “Cien” Almas, as the Smackdown Live newcomer looked to make his name off the former WWE Champion. Shinsuke Nakamura took advantage of that, but still had a lot to prove, given claims were made that his victory last month was lucky. With no excuses in a Steel Cage, this match would be definitive, either proving Shinsuke Nakamura to be the real deal, or reaffirming AJ Styles’ position at the top level on Smackdown Live. Going back and forth, with a number of nearfalls, it was AJ Styles who picked up the victory, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura with a Styles Clash. This came after Shinsuke Nakamura broke what had appeared to be a “gentleman’s agreement”, with both men avoiding the escape route to win the match. When Shinsuke tried to escape the Cage, he was knocked back down to the mat from about half way up, and this allowed AJ Styles to take the control he needed to regain the title.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>AJ Styles bt. Shinsuke Nakamura © to become the WWE Champion</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Celebrating the victory, which makes him a now 3 time WWE Champion, AJ Styles left the cage. Left in the Steel Cage, Shinsuke Nakamura was left to consider his 6 month plus chase of the WWE Championship, and where he goes from there.</div></div></div><p> </p><p>

Looking back at the night so far, footage was played from the “Kick-Off Show”, in which the Raw Tag Team Championship Tables match between The Deleters of World and The Authors of Pain was recapped. Replaying the finish, The Authors of Pain looked in complete control, setting Bray Wyatt up for an assisted Powerbomb. However, coming out of nowhere, Matt Hardy took a dive from the second ropes, to the outside of the ring where The Authors of Pain were. Connecting with Akam, Matt Hardy sent himself and Akam through the Table, securing the victory for his team. After that, it was time for the Lie Detector Test of Jason Jordan.</p><p> </p><p>

Coming down to the ring, Kurt Angle described the set up, introducing Jason Jordan to the ring. Chad Gable walked down to the ring soon after.</p><p>

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As Kurt Angle continued to explain what was going on, he reminded viewers of the attack on Chad Gable several weeks ago, which happened moments before Jason Jordan reappeared after his injury layoff. This led to suspicion from Chad Gable, who reluctantly made the accusation last week on Raw. Outraged, Jason Jordan demanded the Lie Detector Test. After Kurt Angle explained this, Elias made his way out, stoking the flames.</p><p>

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Taking a seat at ringside, Elias looked to get under the skin of Jason Jordan, and the General Manager Kurt Angle. He took great delight as Jason Jordan was hooked up to the Polygraph. Jason Jordan was happy to take the test, hurrying up the staff. Jason Jordan was then asked if he was in the building on the said date, at the time of the attack. Jason Jordan said he was, and the test proved he was telling the truth.</p><p> </p><p>

Jason Jordan was then asked if he had returned solely to take the place of Chad Gable in his match with Elias. Jordan said he did not, and was again proved to be telling the truth. Elias commented on this, but was silenced for the final question when Kurt said “can somebody cut this guys mic?” The final question was simple, did Jason Jordan attack Chad Gable. Answering no, the Lie Detector suggested that Jason Jordan was telling the truth. Chad Gable and Kurt Angle were satisfied with this, but somewhat surprised by a strange - over the top - celebration from Jason Jordan. Punching the air, more like someone who had gotten away with something, rather than an innocent man, Jason Jordan aroused suspicion. Saying he was “so happy to clear [his] name”, Jason Jordan hugged both Chad Gable and Kurt Angle, before leaving the ring to gloat to Elias. Left in the ring, Gable and Angle shrugged, accepting the result of the polygraph.</p><p>

<hr>It was then time for the Raw Women’s Championship match. Joining the ring were six Lumberjacks. These were Ember Moon & Natalya, The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan, and the returning Alexa Bliss & Mickie James.</p><p>

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Having been “on vacation” for the last few weeks, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James expected a warm welcome, but certainly didn’t get one from their fellow Superstars. They were also frustrated when the music of Ronda Rousey hit, and she stood at the top of the ramp.</p><p>

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Remaining away from the ring, it appeared that Ronda Rousey still had her eyes on Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, and would not be moving on, as the pair had hoped.</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Lumberjack Match for the Raw Women’s Championship</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Nia Jax © vs. Ruby Riott</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Splitting into distinctive groups, each side of the bring had two Superstar surrounding it, apart from the ramp side. Half way down the ramp, Ronda Rousey stood, watching over the match. For much of the match, see seemed to be staring straight past the competitors, transfixed on Alexa Bliss. In the ring, after The Riott Squad’s effects were negated, the match was fairly straight forward. A standard Championship defence for Nia, a Samoan Drop, followed by a Running Leg Drop, was enough to retain the title.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Nia Jax bt. Ruby Riott</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, the focus shifted away from the victorious Nia Jax and to Ronda Rousey, who had ran off Mickie James and Alexa Bliss when they joined Logan and Morgan in targeting Nia. Standing tall at the top of the ramp, Ronda looked back towards the ring. It was suggested that it won’t be long before Rousey will be the one with her eyes on the Women’s Championship.</div></div></div><p> </p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>WWE Universal Championship</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Brock Lesnar © vs. Finn Balor</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Prior to the Main Event, a video package played showing the record-breaking Universal Championship run of Brock Lesnar. Finn Balor’s short run with the title, of just one day was contrasted to this, and had been mentioned by Paul Heyman in a promo leading up to the match. Once in the ring, Paul Heyman introduced his client.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

The match itself followed the fairly standard mold for a Brock Lesnar match, with the challenger suffering at the hands of “The Beast”. While Finn Balor managed some of his offence, using his speed to try and bring down the Champion, he struggled to maintain any control. In a game of cat and mouse, Finn Balor did manage a Double Footstomp to the back of the Champion, but was hit with a stiff Lariat as he tried to capitalise on the momentum. From here, the match was built around how far Brock Lesnar could throw Finn Balor across the ring. The athleticism of Finn Balor created some doubt during the later parts, but Brock Lesnar was able to defeat him after hitting him with an F-5.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Brock Lesnar bt. Finn Balor</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

As Brock Lesnar stood tall in the ring with Paul Heyman, it appeared as though it was once again “job done” for the Universal Champion, who would now turn his attention to Summerslam. However, out of nowhere, the big screen began showing the outside of the building, where Police Officers and Police Vehicles still surrounded the arena. While the commentators spoke of reports of an incident going on outside, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were none the wiser. The Officers were seen looking up to the sky, as the sound of a Helicopter in the background got gradually louder. Eventually, the Helicopter was seen, hovering above the arena.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Cutting back to the inside, Brock Lesnar was still looking at Paul Heyman, confused. Heyman appeared just as dumbfounded as the WWE Universal Champion, asking those at ringside what was going on. As the scene unfolded, Police Officers were forced to flee the area, with the landing Helicopter lowering extremely close to them. When the Helicopter hit the ground, the side door was opened and Braun Strowman stepped out of it. Removing a headset with one hand, Braun Strowman used the other to pick up his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase!</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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The commentators reacted in complete disbelief, as Strowman walked towards the arena. Looking down the camera, Strowman said “Beastie Boy… I’m coming for you!”</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Having cleared the line blocking him from the building, Braun Strowman made his way towards the arena. In the ring, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman appeared to have come to the same conclusion. Forcing Brock Lesnar to back down from a fight, Braun Strowman was able to do something that nobody had </div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><em>ever</em></div><div style="margin-left:25px;"> been able to before. Leaving the ring in a hurry, Brock Lesnar literally “ran away” from the threat of Braun Strowman, a surreal moment for those who have followed the Universal Champion’s career.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Managing to get away from the ringside area, just as Braun Strowman’s music hit, Brock Lesnar ensured his Championship reign would go on. Moments later, the man who had been “banned from the building”, made his way down the ramp. Once in the ring, having arrived at the building in the most spectacular fashion, Braun Strowman raised his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase high in the air. Looking to hype the crowd up, Strowman went to all four sides of the ring, raising the Briefcase repeatedly and encouraging the WWE Universe to make noise. As Extreme Rules went off the air, the commentators talked disbelievingly about Braun Strowman having apparently piloted a Helicopter to the building. They also put him over as the WWE’s biggest predator, with the most dangerous weapon possible (the “Money In The Bank” Briefcase).</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

With Brock Lesnar as the most unlikely of preys, and the Universal Championship in his sight, Braun Strowman stood tall to end the show. Michael Cole signed off, saying that “for the first time in his life… after a career of victimising his opponents… The Beast finally knows what it means to be the hunted!” adding “Braun Strowman is coming for the Universal Champion… and Lesnar’s only option is to run… and keep running!”</div></div></div><p>

<hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The New Day bt. Sanity</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Sasha Banks bt. Bayley</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Daniel Bryan & Samoa Joe bt. The Bar</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Asuka bt. Carmella © [smackdown Women's Championship; TITLE CHANGE]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

AJ Styles bt. Shinsuke Nakamura [WWE Championship; TITLE CHANGE]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Nia Jax © bt. Ruby Riott [Raw Women's Championship]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Brock Lesnar © bt. Finn Balor [universal Championship]</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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24 Hours after the events of Extreme Rules, Raw kicked off with the footage of Braun Strowman’s Helicopter arrival at the show. This was followed by the entrance of Paul Heyman, who was unhappy about what had happened - and how it resulted in Brock Lesnar “running from a fight” for the first time ever. Paul decided to take his anger out on the Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle.</p><p>

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Having gone over Kurt’s head in the past, including doing so to ensure Braun Strowman was banned from the building at Extreme Rules, Paul Heyman made a number of thinly veiled threats towards Kurt Angle, regarding his job security. Heyman suggested that Brock Lesnar was considering pulling out of SummerSlam, citing “Kurt Angle’s mismanagement of Raw” as the key reason. Paul Heyman also said that last night when Kurt Angle was busy playing “Jerry Springer” with his son, he should have been ensuring that he did his job by keeping tabs on Braun Strowman. Paul added that this latest failure probably wouldn’t go down well with Kurt’s employers. In the end, his message to Kurt was simple, “do your job… and sort this mess out!”</p><p>

<hr>After the break, as Kurt returned to his office, he was approached by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Having been beaten in embarrassing fashion last night (in under five minutes), they wanted a chance to “right that wrong” tonight on Raw.</p><p>

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However, the humiliation of just a few moments earlier was still raw for Kurt, and he flipped out on the pair - demanding they get out of his office. As they left, he told them “don’t worry… you’ll be in action tonight!” It would later be announced that the Main Event of the night would see Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn face the team of Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman.</p><p> </p><p>

Before that match, Braun Strowman had his own issues with Paul Heyman, confronting him in the back.</p><p>

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When he spoke to “The Advocate”, Paul Heyman told Braun Strowman that he was once again getting him barred from the building next week, as Brock Lesnar would be there to name his SummerSlam opponent. Heyman once again alluded to going over Angle’s head, and this gave “The Monster Amongst Men” an idea. Braun Strowman would then approach Kurt Angle, with the contents of their conversation being kept under wraps.</p><p>

<hr>Opening up the action for the evening, Ember Moon and Natalya teamed up against The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan. When The Squad were defeated, Ruby Riott - who lost to Nia Jax at Extreme Rules - took out her frustration on her stablemates.</p><p> </p><p>

Bobby Roode scored a victory during the first hour of Raw, defeating Curt Hawkins. After the match, Jinder Mahal - who recently defeated Roode in singles competition - came out to laugh at Roode, saying that “The Glorious One” had finally found his level. The hour was closed off with a match between The DELETERS of Worlds and Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose. However, the match would be ruined by The Authors of Pain, who attacked both teams.</p><p>

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Taking out all four competitors, The Authors of Pain were confronted by Titus O’Neil. However, O’Neil quickly realised that attempting to stand up for his friends would be a bad idea, as he backed away from the two men who many have suggested were “unlucky” to lose to Hardy & Wyatt at Extreme Rules.</p><p>

<hr>Beyond the reaction to Braun Strowman’s involvement with the Universal Champion, Finn Balor also had something to say about Extreme Rules.</p><p>

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Accepting that he was beaten by the better man on the night, Balor suggested that his name be in the mix as the potential challenger for SummerSlam, feeling that he deserves to be one of the Superstars in contention. Despite his willingness to earn another shot, his words caught the attention of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, who accused him of making excuses.</p><p>

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McIntyre ran down Finn Balor’s entitlement, calling him “just as bad” as the guys he calls out and adding “Finn, you’re just like Roman Reigns!” When Balor stepped to the two men, he appeared to be under threat. However, before Dolph and Drew could take Finn out, Heath Slater and Rhyno (who have had issues with Drew & DZ recently) ran down to make the save.</p><p> </p><p>

This was followed by a scheduled match between Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, which the Scottish Superstar won. However, after the match, Finn Balor approached Kurt Angle, annoyed that Slater & Rhyno had got involved in his business. Kurt Angle questioned the change in Finn Balor’s personality recently, but gave him a match with Rhyno later in the evening. Finn Balor would win the match handily, but clearly have his sights set on bigger things.</p><p>

<hr>Baron Corbin continued his mission to get Bobby Lashley to notice him, squashing Zack Ryder in a short match. Following the contest, Bobby Lashley came out to the top of the ramp, applauding “The Lone Wolf”.</p><p>

<hr>After that, it was time for the much promoted “Pilot Episode” of “Talk With Elias”.</p><p>

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Earlier in the night, Ronda Rousey had reacted to the announcement of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James as the first guests, telling the WWE Universe that she had a plan to make Talk With Elias “can’t miss TV”. After Elias introduced his guests (making it known that he didn’t need a house band, as he played them in himself), it was clear that Alexa had no idea that Ronda was waiting in the wings. Talking about Mickie’s recovery and their vacation together, Alexa Bliss was shocked when Elias introduced the “surprise guest” for the evening, Ronda Rousey.</p><p>

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As soon as Ronda entered the ring, Alexa Bliss lost it. Furious with Elias, Alexa Bliss walked off the set of “Talk With Elias”, with Mickie James following behind her. Ronda Rousey had no problem with this, and Elias told her that the floor was hers. Elias also sided with Ronda Rousey as he interviewed her, putting over that she stole the show on the very first “Talk With Elias”. He also offered her a place as a proper guest when the series begins.</p><p>

<hr>The blockbuster second hour of Raw wasn’t done there, as Seth Rollins defended his Intercontinental Championship against Chad Gable. Earlier in the night, as a former Tag Team Champion with Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan gave Chad Gable advice on his opponent.</p><p>

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Despite his support, the mask slipped momentarily for Jason Jordan, as he visibly grimaced when informed that Chad Gable was getting a shot of the IC title. Clearly jealous of his friend’s opportunity, Jason Jordan once again tried to make it about himself, telling Gable that he would join him at ringside for the match. When Gable told Jordan he would rather go it alone, the son of Kurt Angle refused to take no for an answer...</p><p> </p><p>

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</div><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>WWE Intercontinental Championship Match</strong></div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Another highly competitive Championship defence from Seth Rollins, the two Superstars went back and forth. Of course, there was another thread to the match, with Jason Jordan at ringside. Encouraging and offering advice to Chad Gable, Jordan rubbed Seth Rollins up the wrong way. Rollins told Gable to get Jordan to back off, but Gable made it clear that he didn’t want the help either, saying there was nothing he could do. Eventually, Jordan overstepped the mark, climbing on the apron as Chad Gable enjoyed a spell of control. Jordan looked to give Gable advice, shouting towards him, despite the fact he was doing quite well for himself anyway. Chad Gable told Jason Jordan to step down, and this distraction cost him control of the match. He wouldn’t get close to victory after this, and Seth Rollins eventually defeated him with a Curb Stomp.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Seth Rollins © bt. Chad Gable</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, it was clear that Chad Gable was furious with Jason Jordan. When Jordan entered the ring to check on Chad, he flipped. Jordan was surprised by Gable’s reaction, failing to understand the anger of his friend. Seth Rollins also had some choice words for Jordan as he passed him with his Intercontinental Championship</div></div><p>

<hr>Now into the third hour of Raw, focus turned to Sasha Banks’ victory over Bayley at Extreme Rules. Sasha Banks made her way to the ring, informing viewers that Bayley was not in the building, continuing to run down her former friend. Hearing enough of this, Nia Jax made her way down to the ring.</p><p>

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Confronting Sasha, Nia said that she had dealt with women like Sasha Banks before, and she wasn’t going to sit back and let her continue picking on Bayley. Sasha Banks didn’t take the warning from the Women’s Champion serious, and told her to get out of her way, because she would have no problem taking the title from her whenever she wanted to. When Nia Jax asked what was stopping her, Sasha responded with a slap. Before Nia could fully react, Sasha had left the ring, as well a mark on Nia’s face. Talking to Kurt Angle about the incident, Nia Jax requested a match with Sasha Banks. Angle agreed to make the match, with Nia Jax asking that it take place next week.</p><p>

<hr>Before the Main Event, Drake Maverick spoke in a pre-recorded promo segment, talking about the current “Winner’s Club” on 205 Live.</p><p>

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Each week members of the roster will be eliminated, until one man remains. That man will go one on one with Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship.</p><p>

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There were two segments earlier in the night that led into the Main Event. The first saw Braun Strowman tell Roman Reigns to keep out of his way in the match. Reigns responded to Strowman by reminding him that he “beat these two in 5 minutes last night”, telling Braun that it might be best if he’s the one who waits on the outside. The other segment was an attempt to get out of the match by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, as the latter claimed injury from last night. When Angle’s solution was for Kevin Owens to face Reigns and Strowman alone, Sami Zayn showed his loyalty to his friend, promising to fight through the pain.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

When the match began, it was fairly one way traffic. While they lasted longer and did better than the previous night, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were defeated once more. Taking Kevin Owens out at ringside, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were able to focus solely on Sami Zayn. Getting Zayn up on his shoulder, Braun went for the Running Powerslam, but was tagged by Roman Reigns. Strowman dumped Zayn to the mat, turning to Reigns to question his actions. Roman Reigns ignored Braun, going straight past him to get to their opponent. Hitting the prone Zayn with a Spear, Roman Reigns was able to score the fall, picking up the win for his team.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Having scored the victory, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns had their arms raised in the ring. Braun Strowman was clearly a little annoyed that Reigns was the one who scored the pinfall, and kept his eye on “The Big Dog” as he celebrated. Oblivious to Strowman’s gaze, Roman Reigns turned back around, and straight into the grasp of “The Monster Amongst Men”. Lifting Roman onto his shoulder, Braun hit his partner with a Running Powerslam. As there is no love lost between the two, it was fairly unsurprising for Strowman to take Reigns down, and he stood tall alone to end Raw. Raising his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase over his head with both hands, Braun Strowman gave the commentators opportunity to promote next week’s show, where Brock Lesnar will appear, and come face to face with whoever his SummerSlam opponent is.</div></div><p>

<hr></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Ember Moon & Natalya bt. The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Roode bt. Curt Hawkins</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

The DELETERS of Worlds bt. Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose (DQ)</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Drew McIntyre bt. Heath Slater</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Baron Corbin bt. Zack Ryder</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Seth Rollins © bt. Chad Gable [intercontinental Championship]</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Finn Balor bt. Rhyno</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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SummerSlam Main Event [WWE.com Exclusive]

 

WWE.com Exclusive: Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at SummerSlam

 

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Earlier today, WWE.com was able to exclusively confirm that Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent will be “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns, a rematch from their controversial Steel Cage match at May’s Greatest Royal Rumble event. While both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman shared their thought on the match upon the announcement, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has been “unavailable to comment” since WWE.com were able to confirm the SummerSlam main event.

 

In the hours since the announcement, members of the WWE Universe and Superstars alike have had their say on the matter. Finn Balor tweeted his discontent at the announcement, asking “what happened to earning a title shot? #sameold”. Braun Strowman also reacted to the news, saying “Brock clearly wasn’t ready to #GetTheseHands ! #MoneyInTheBank #RAW #FindAWay”. The controversial announcement has also divided the WWE Universe, with some members taking to social media to praise the decision to give Reigns the opportunity to right the wrong of The Greatest Royal Rumble, where Brock Lesnar was declared the winner, despite Roman Reigns’ feet touching the ground first. Other members of the Universe have suggested that Roman Reigns simply can’t beat Brock Lesnar, and the opportunity should have been given to someone else. Regardless of opinions, it will be Roman Reigns who faces Brock Lesnar on August 19, with the opportunity to end the record-setting, historic title reigns of “The Beast”.

 

WWE.com has a poll below, asking the WWE Universe for their feelings on the Main Event of SummerSlam:

 

 

<hr>Backstage at Raw, there was plenty of reaction to the Extreme Rules PPV, with mixed response to some of the booking.

 

  • The Authors of Pain suffering defeat was a surprise to many, with them expected to continue their unbeaten run by winning the titles. While the “fluke nature” of defeat was played up, it is clear that A.O.P’s first few months in the WWE haven’t gone to plan, with feeling within the company that they may already need a “reboot”.
  • The Lie Detector angle was universally agreed to have gone on too long, with mentions of it kept to a minimum. There was of course a recap of the segment on Raw, but it was not talked about in regards to the story going forward.
  • The tension between Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks is said to be planting seeds for something further down the line, with the plan still for Ronda to be involved with Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam. As seen on Raw, Banks appears to be transitioning into a rivalry with Nia Jax over the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • For the second Pay-Per-View in a row, Roman Reigns scored a victory in under 5 minutes. Given the reaction to his matches in recent months, the idea is to get Reigns in and out, with maximum impact in as short a time as possible. Of course, this booking against someone like Sami Zayn will do little to endear him to the WWE Universe. Whether this is by design is still up for debate within the WWE, as Reigns prepares to main event another huge show.
  • The main talking point was the major segment with Braun Strowman commandeering a helicopter for his arrival at Extreme Rules. An expensive and logistically complex pre-record, the cinematic feel of the footage has also garnered a mixed response. While the intent was to create a “highlight reel” moment™, some felt that the result was somewhat hokey, and hurt Braun Strowman’s recent push towards being a more serious competitor. Recently, Strowman has moved away from the cartoonish feats of strength and “comedy” side of his character, and this was seen as a step back in that direction. Again, whether that is a positive or negative is up for debate.

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Live from U.S Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio!

 

The biggest talking point going into Raw this week was the announcement made that Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns would go one on one at SummerSlam for the Universal Championship, and their face-to-face which was set for the show. Opening the show, the commentators discussed the reaction to the match being made, which has been a major talking point between the WWE Superstars and the WWE Universe. Following a recap of last week’s show, which looked at how Braun Strowman’s Helicopter ride into Extreme Rules could cost Kurt Angle his job, as well as Strowman dropping Roman Reigns at the end of the show, Seth Rollins made his entrance.

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Seth Rollins put over the Main Event of SummerSlam, saying that while he would have loved to have been chosen himself, he supports Roman Reigns as the man to make sure the Universal title is held by a “fighting Champion”. Speaking about himself in similar terms, and moving on to the opportunities he has given out for the Intercontinental Championship, Seth Rollins was cut off by Finn Balor.

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Finn Balor didn’t have such an understanding outlook, questioning why a match was made without a Number One Contendership process. Calling out his GM, Finn Balor wanted answer from Kurt Angle, as to why Roman Reigns was getting the shot.

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While Kurt Angle did put over Roman Reigns as a worthy challenger, he also admitted when pressed by Finn that he had no say in the match being made. Kurt Angle looked hurt as he told Finn Balor this, confessing that week by week, “they” are taking more and more decisions “out of [his] hands”. Kurt did however say that he is making the matches for tonight, informing Finn Balor he would go one on one with Dolph Ziggler. In the opener, Seth Rollins would defend the Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre.

 

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Coming down to the ring, Drew McIntyre had words for Seth Rollins (and Finn Balor, who left ringside before the match began). Once again, Drew McIntyre made it clear that in the WWE, you can’t ask for opportunity, you take it! This is what he looked to do in this match, and he would have stood a good chance in doing so, as Dolph Ziggler helped him out. As has been the case in the last few weeks, Dana Brooke has joined Dolph Ziggler at ringside, as the pair continue to work on their “business arrangement”.

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It was Dana (who Drew appears to have zero involvement with) who played a key part in the finish of the match, botching an interference that cost Drew McIntyre. Her involvement was an attempt to follow up the successful cheating done by Dolph Ziggler, but resulted in McIntyre’s first defeat since returning to the WWE.

 

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Between that match and the next, the commentators further promoted the WWE Universal Championship match set for SummerSlam, showing media coverage of the announcement earlier in the week. They also put over the “controversial nature” of the match being made, saying that in the WWE Universal and amongst the Superstars, opinion is split. This was highlighted in tweets made by Finn Balor, Seth Rollins and members of the WWE Universe.

 

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Going into the match, footage was shown from the previous week, as Sasha Banks slapped Nia Jax across the face. Heated from the opening bell, the match was cut short of what it could have been due to outside interference. Making her first appearance since losing to Banks at Extreme Rules, Bayley got involved.

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Running down to the ring, as Sasha Banks looked to be gaining steam, Bayley allowed her emotions to get the better of her, taking “The Boss” down. This resulted in a DQ defeat for Nia Jax.

 

Sasha Banks bt. Nia Jax (DQ)

 

Following the match, the attack from the emotionally vulnerable Bayley continued. While Sasha Banks attempted to get away, it was eventually Nia Jax who broke the fight up. Allowing Banks to escape, Nia Jax confronted Bayley, annoyed that she had cost her the match. Bayley was still fired up, and pushed Nia. This had little effect on Jax, who showed understanding despite also being angry. Walking away from Bayley, Nia Jax managed to stay calm, leaving the ring.
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Moving on from that, viewers were informed that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were in the building.

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Returning from the break, Paul Heyman was interviewed. During the interview, Paul Heyman confirmed that Brock Lesnar was here tonight, and was ready for Roman Reigns.

<hr>The set up to another match at SummerSlam appeared to be warming up after this, as Alexa Bliss called out Ronda Rousey. Earlier in the night, Kurt Angle had told Alexa to stop complaining and find a resolution to their rivalry. When she did, Ronda was all too happy to offer a solution.

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Getting Alexa alone, Ronda Rousey said that she agreed with Kurt Angle. Her idea was simple, as she explained that she didn’t want to keep chasing Bliss, she just wanted to fight her. Ronda Rousey then made a challenge to face Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam. Alexa Bliss replied to the challenge, speaking in a way which led viewers to believe she was going to accept the challenge. However, she finished her promo by saying “Alexa Bliss… Ronda Rousey… at SummerSlam. I… I… I acce… I’ll think about it”. Alexa then left the ring with a smile on her face, having frustrated Ronda once again.

<hr>After promoting 205 Live on the show last week, Drave Maverick was shown in the arena at Raw. Interviewed about his attendance, Drake thanked Kurt for the spot last week, and said he had a meeting with Kurt. After speaking with Jason Jordan in the back, as he offered to deal with Kurt’s “Owens & Zayn problem”, Angle welcomed Drake to his office.

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The two exchanged pleasantries, before Kurt asked “what can I do for you?” Drake Maverick said that he came here for “a favour” but having spoke with some of the guys backstage tonight, he needs “more than a favour” telling Kurt “I need a miracle…”

<hr>Following up last week’s attack, The Authors of Pain defeated Titus Worldwide with relative ease. After the match, Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy appeared.

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Wanting revenge for the assault last week, and looking to prove their victory at Extreme Rules wasn’t a fluke, the Tag Team Champions challenged The Authors of Pain to a match next week on Raw.

<hr>Later on, Jinder Mahal continued to mock and taunt Bobby Roode, claiming that “The Glorious One” was facing Sunil Singh tonight because it was deemed he wasn’t on the level of Jinder Mahal.

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After picking up an easy win, Bobby Roode went after Jinder Mahal, but had his leg grabbed by Sunil Singh. This allowed Jinder Mahal to get the better of the exchange, which ended when “The Modern Day Maharaja” was able to hit a Khallas to Roode.

<hr>Returning to Kurt Angle’s issues with the ungovernable Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Chad Gable took to the microphone to defend the Raw GM, who the duo mocked, and claimed lacked the respect of the Raw roster. While Gable looked to talk up his respect for his boss, Jason Jordan came out behind him.

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Speaking over Gable, much to his annoyance, Jason Jordan decided his story was more important to tell. Jordan then talked about Kurt Angle being his father, and promising that if anybody can beat some respect into Owens & Zayn, it’s him.

 

It was however Chad Gable who went one on one with Kevin Owens. Soon it became clear that Chad Gable was wholly uncomfortable with Jordan at ringside, who the commentators said “isn’t the same man that Chad knew in American Alpha”. Thrown off his game, Chad Gable was defeated by Kevin Owens. After the match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn stood tall in the ring.

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While Kurt Angle may not like them, it was made clear that he had no choice but to deal with “Stephanie McMahon’s personal projects”, who continue to do well on the show.

<hr>In a silly skit that opened the final hour of Raw, Elias looked for his missing Guitar ahead of a scheduled performance. When he eventually found the Guitar, Heath Slater was using it to teach Rhyno, telling his partner “I used to be in a band”. Once Elias got the Guitar back, he went to go out and perform, only to be told it was too late, and he would be unable to make the appearance.

<hr>Ruby Riott then looked to prove herself once more, after taking out her frustrations on her Riott Squad companions last week. Telling them to stay in the back, Ruby fared no better as she went one on one with Ember Moon.

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Without her partners pulling the strings, Ruby stood even less of a chance, and was defeated following an “Eclipse” from Ember Moon.

 

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Put over as a generational clash, the commentators highlighted the competitors as two of the most athletic Superstars in WWE history. This showed in the ring, as the two men - each with something to prove - went all out to steal the show. While Dolph Ziggler showed his wiley experience, Finn Balor’s determination shone through as he fought against the odds. Despite the presence at ringside, Balor was able to overcome Dolph Ziggler, pinning him following a Coupe De Grace. It was made clear after the match that the result really could have gone either way.

 

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Just seconds after having his hand raised in the ring, Finn Balor was jumped from behind by Drew McIntyre.

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Clearly angry about their unsuccessful night, Dolph Ziggler soon joined his partner in the attack. Aggressively laying into Finn, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler appeared ready to take him to the outside, looking to take the attack up another level. However, before they could do too much damage, Seth Rollins ran down to even the odds.

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Whether it was about saving Balor from the assault, or getting a measure of revenge for earlier, Seth Rollins’ presence saved the former WWE Universal Champion from certain disaster. Managing to run off the two men, who clearly had ruthless intentions, Seth Rollins checked on Finn Balor, who appeared more receptive to the help than he had been in recent weeks.
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<hr>Promoted heavily throughout the entire evening, the show closed with a meeting between the Champion and the Challenger, who will go one on one for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam.

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Relying heavily on the history between the two men, a hype video earlier in the night recapped the controversial ending to their match at “The Greatest Royal Rumble”. Bizarrely, just moments before he was set to go out and mediate the face-to-face, Kurt Angle received a call. Seemingly taking instruction from his superiors, Kurt Angle was ordered to stay in the back, much to his frustration. This allowed Paul Heyman to control the first interaction between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, since the confirmation of the Main Event of SummerSlam.

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Doing his best sell job, Paul Heyman put over the indecisive nature of the finish to their last match, as well as the importance of proving his dominance to Brock Lesnar. While Brock Lesnar didn’t initially want to face Roman Reigns again, he changed his mind after hearing the rewriting of history by Roman Reigns himself. Speaking to Brock Lesnar, and not Paul Heyman, the challenger’s attempts to get a rise out of Brock Lesnar failed. Lesnar instead made it clear that he had no concerns about going through Reigns again at SummerSlam.

 

Throughout his promo, Paul Heyman made a number of allusions to the WWE Universe’s discontent with the match being made once again, making it clear that “controversial decision” by Raw’s management to make the match was very much a part of the story. Playing on the idea that the WWE Universe doesn’t want to see Roman Reigns as the one to dethrone Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman went as far as to say that “for every member of the WWE Universe that is complaining about this match… another 99 are signing up to the Network to watch Brock Lesnar kick the last few drops out of the Roman Reigns cash cow”.

 

These bizarre references to the criticism of the WWE’s booking continued, with Paul Heyman eventually being cut off by Kurt Angle.

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Paul Heyman warned Kurt Angle that he had been specifically told by his superiors to stay away, but the Raw General Manager didn’t care. Saying that he’d had enough, Kurt Angle declared that if they’re going to fire him, he might as well give them a reason to. Kurt Angle’s breaking point had been reached, and he told Paul Heyman that going above his head is going to bite him on the ass. Paul Heyman attempted to discourage Kurt Angle with the threat of violence from Brock Lesnar, but Kurt Angle told Paul Heyman that he didn’t come alone.

 

Pointing behind him, Kurt Angle said that Paul might be willing to “Unleash The Beast”, but he has opened the doors to “The Monster Amongst Men”. Having once again broken the ruling that he be barred from the building, Braun Strowman’s appearance angered Paul Heyman. Lesnar and Reigns however seemed ready for whatever was to follow.

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Holding his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase, Braun Strowman nodded at Kurt Angle, as Michael Cole suggested that this was the plan they spoke about last week. This time, as Braun came to the ring, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman stayed put, knowing that with Roman Reigns also in the ring, Strowman would be reluctant to cash in, and would more than likely fail if he tried to do so.

 

They need not have worried anyway, as Braun Strowman left his Briefcase on the Steel Steps, instead entering the ring with a microphone. Cutting off the “Champion and Challenger” segment, Braun Strowman got in Brock Lesnar’s face. Unflinching, Brock Lesnar stared Strowman in the eyes, as The Monster Amongst Men told him, “Brock… we’re sick of the same old crap!”

 

Looking to use the fan’s disdain towards the idea of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns going one on one at SummerSlam to get him cheered, Braun Strowman continued, adding “we’re tired of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns… we’re tired of you holding the Universal Championship… and we’re tired of waiting for you to ‘Get These Hands’!” Feeling left out, Roman Reigns grabbed Braun Strowman by the shoulder. Braun Strowman would then give it to Roman Reigns both barrels, saying “you’re just as bad as he is, Roman!”

 

“The WWE Universe don’t want see you get this shot… and neither do I!” Braun Strowman would then grab his “Money In The Bank” Briefcase from ringside, returning to stand between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman would then close the show by saying:

 

“You can have your Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns… but at SummerSlam, I’m cashing in this Case - and you’re both gonna ‘Get These Hands’!” He then turned specifically to Brock Lesnar, adding “...and I, I’m gonna get my hands on the WWE Universal Championship!”

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Quick Results

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Sasha Banks bt. Nia Jax (DQ)

 

Authors of Pain bt. Titus Worldwide

Bobby Roode bt. Sunil Singh

Kevin Owens bt. Chad Gable

 

Ember Moon bt. Ruby Riott

Finn Balor bt. Dolph Ziggler

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<p>Raw #1314</p><p> </p><p>

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<strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Live from American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida!</span></strong></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

Looking back at the events of last week, an in-depth recap packaged showed the closing segment of the show. During that segment, Braun Strowman interrupted a face-to-face meeting between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, who were scheduled to go one on one for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Allowed in the building by Kurt Angle, against direct instruction from his “superiors”, Braun Strowman joined the “Champion and Challenger” in the ring, declaring his intention to cash in the “Money In The Bank” Briefcase at SummerSlam. Coming into the show, a graphic displayed the updated Main Event of SummerSlam, which will now see Brock Lesnar defend against Roman Reigns <em>and</em> Braun Strowman! The commentators then put over the Main Event of Raw, where Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns will go one on one. Throughout the night, that match was heavily promoted, with interviews from both competitors.</p><p> </p><p>

Opening the show, Stephanie McMahon made her way down to the ring - making her first appearance since the night after WrestleMania. As soon as she entered the ring, Stephanie McMahon demanded that Kurt Angle came down to the ring too. Clearly, she was not happy with Kurt Angle.</p><p>

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Once Kurt Angle was in the ring, Stephanie McMahon ranted at him, making it clear that she was not happy with the job he was doing. Making threats to his future throughout, Stephanie McMahon read Kurt Angle his “rap sheet”, particularly focussing on him repeatedly going against direct orders from his bosses. After Stephanie’s long promo, where she essentially told Kurt Angle that he was going to be out of a job soon, Kurt fired back. Angle said that when he was named Raw General Manager, he was brought in by Mr. McMahon, not Stephanie. For that reason, Kurt Angle says that it isn’t Stephanie who can fire him, but her father.</p><p> </p><p>

It appeared that Stephanie McMahon was aware of this, as she explained that Kurt Angle was already on thin ice, suggesting that her father wouldn’t look favourably over Kurt’s apparent lack of control on the show. Kurt Angle told Stephanie McMahon that he doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks of the job he’s doing, other than the WWE Universe. When Kurt Angle took the job, he told Mr. McMahon that he wouldn’t be able to deal with people meddling in his business, saying that if Stephanie McMahon and her husband were going to keep making decisions for him, then he didn’t want to be Raw GM anymore. On this note, Kurt Angle challenged Stephanie McMahon, saying that he had a feeling this moment was coming and he had prepared for it. Kurt Angle then proposed that at SummerSlam, he picks two members of the Raw roster and Stephanie McMahon does the same. Then, after a Tag Team match at the event, one of two things happen. If Stephanie’s representatives win, Kurt Angle steps down as General Manager of Raw. However, if Kurt Angle wins, he is given complete control of the match making on Monday Night Raw, and of the show’s Pay-Per-View matches.</p><p> </p><p>

Asking Stephanie McMahon for an answer, Kurt Angle was told that she doesn’t answer to anybody. Saying “how is this for an answer?”, Stephanie McMahon slapped Kurt Angle across the face, before leaving the ring.</p><p>

<hr>After the break, it was time for the Raw Tag Team Champions match between The DELETERS of World and The Authors of Pain, or so we thought. In a bizarre situation, which would cause the already stressed Kurt Angle no end of troubles, The Authors of Pain shockingly no showed the match. Questioning Kurt Angle about this in the back, Stephanie McMahon considered this another black mark against his leadership. Of course, Kurt Angle could do little about this, and when he asked a staff member about them, he was informed that they had been in the building earlier, but left inexplicably shortly after.</p><p>

<hr>Looking forward, Jason Jordan approached Chad Gable in the back. Clearly not getting the message that Chad wants to carve his own path, Jordan persisted in trying to get the team back together.</p><p>

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He did this by telling Gable that if Stephanie McMahon accepts the challenge, then Jason Jordan would chose him as his partner for SummerSlam. Gable questioned what made Jordan so sure he’d be Kurt’s representatives, but Jason’s entitlement made an appearance once again, answering “I’m his son…”</p><p>

<hr>Next up, a replay from last week showed how Elias’ performance was canceled as Heath Slater “borrowed” his Guitar to give a lesson to Rhyno. The performance instead took place this week. Following it, Elias suffered an embarrassing defeat to Slater. When Rhyno grabbed his Guitar from ringside, and began playing it, Elias was distracted, resulting in Heath scoring the roll up win.</p><p>

<hr>Bayley then showed another side to herself, clearly fired up from the events of last week.</p><p>

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Defeating Liv Morgan of The Riott Squad, who had claimed they would put the final nail in the coffin of Bayley, it was suggested that losing to Sasha Banks had changed Bayley irreversibly!</p><p>

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Opening the second hour, it was time for Alexa Bliss to give her answer to Ronda Rousey regarding the challenge made to a match at SummerSlam. Last week, Alexa Bliss refused to give an answer, but was emboldened by Mickie James being by her side this time. </p><p>

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Mickie James still had her arm in a sling, despite the injury taking place almost two months ago. The reason for this quickly became clear, as before Alexa gave her answer, James took Ronda Rousey down with a strike from the “injured” arm. Finally getting the better of Ronda, Mickie James revealed a metal plate that had been placed in the sling, before removing it and showing that her arm was fine. The two women then laid into Ronda Rousey, leaving her down and out for the first time in her WWE career. Taking the metal bar with her, Mickie James left the ring, as Alexa Bliss took a microphone and told Ronda Rousey that she had rejected the challenge.</p><p> </p><p>

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Cutting to the back, Stephanie McMahon was shown standing over Kurt Angle, asking what he intended to do about the challenge that was still up in the air. Kurt Angle reacted to the pressure, telling Stephanie McMahon that he was making the match for SummerSlam. She then quizzed him on the state of the Tag Team Division, after The Authors Of Pain no showed a match earlier in the night. Kurt Angle said that he was going to find the Number One Contenders next week, due to the fact that some teams already have a match tonight. Stephanie McMahon seemed satisfied by this, but it was clear she was intentionally ramping up the pressure on the Raw General Manager.</p><p>

<hr>Next, it was time for another match between Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal. Given that he has had the better of Roode each time they have faced off, Jinder Mahal was confident pre-match. This was proved to be well placed confidence, as Jinder Mahal scored another victory over Bobby Roode.</p><p>

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After the match, Bobby Roode was interviewed on the ramp, demotivated and dejected, “The Glorious One” admitted he had been beaten by the better man, and said that his performances recently have been far from “glorious”.</p><p>

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Having been at odds with each other in various combinations recently, it was finally time for the two side to face off. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler were probably the better drilled team, and did well throughout the match at isolating their opponents and controlling the contest. Eventually, despite Dana Brooke’s attempt to manage the team, Seth Rollins came in and changed the match. This brought the contest back in the favour of the makeshift duo. When Finn Balor dove to the outside and took out Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler was left with Seth Rollins. The Intercontinental Champion was able to get the better of his opponent, scoring a Curb Stomp for the victory.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Finn Balor & Seth Rollins bt. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, Dana Brooke entered the ring. Also returning to the ring, Drew McIntyre was clearly pissed off, having come out on the losing end again. </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Dana Brooke did have some good news for the duo however, confirming that she had negotiated them a spot in the Tag Team Championship Number One Contenders match next week.</div></div><p>

<hr>As well as the Number One Contendership to the Tag Team Titles, the Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam was discussed, as Renee Young interviewed Nia Jax.</p><p>

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Putting over the division, Nia said that there was any number of Superstars that she would like to mix it up with a SummerSlam. As she continued to talk up her rivals, as well as her run with the title, Nia Jax was interrupted by Sasha Banks.</p><p>

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Sasha Banks said that there may be a lot of good competitors in the division, but only one of them beat her last week. Nia Jax replied that she only won because Bayley’s involvement, but Banks said that a win is a win, and she is the rightful Number One Contender. This assertion brought Ember Moon out from the back, and she - like Nia Jax - disagreed with Banks. Ember told Banks that she wanted to face her next week, but the confrontation almost got physical there and then. Nia Jax came between the two, saying that she would talk to Kurt Angle and sort out this situation for SummerSlam.</p><p>

<hr>There was also a singles match between Sami Zayn and Jason Jordan scheduled for the night, but as the third hour opened Jason Jordan claimed to have aggravated a slight niggle. He asked Chad Gable to substitute for him, which he reluctantly agreed to. With little time to prepare for the match, Chad Gable was defeated by Sami Zayn, who was joined by Kevin Owens.</p><p>

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It seemed like the one time that Chad Gable would have actually appreciated the support from Jason Jordan, his former tag team partner was nowhere to be seen.</p><p>

<hr>As the rivalry between Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin continued, Lashley looked to one up Corbin, defeating Curt Hawkins in convincing fashion. It was a confrontation after the match that drew more attention however.</p><p>

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Commenting on Lashley’s victory in the back, Baron Corbin made it clear he wanted to fight him again. As a result, he decided to confront Bobby as he returned from the ring. This led to an incident in the back, where the two almost became physical. However, the two men were kept apart, meaning that in the end only words were exchanged.</p><p>

<hr>As previously mentioned, the Main Event of SummerSlam (as well as Raw’s Main Event) was promoted heavily. Following up promos from both Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns, viewers were taken back to the events of last week and the “backstage reaction” of Brock Lesnar to the news that he would defend the Universal Championship in a three way at SummerSlam.</p><p>

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“Exclusive Footage” showed Brock Lesnar to be furious, shouting at WWE officials in the back. So angry was Brock Lesnar, he actually threw the WWE Universal Championship at a wall. This caused a huge stir in the back, and was put over on commentary as a “shocking disrespect” of the title he has held for well over a year. Paul Heyman was reached for his reaction to the incident earlier in the week, but refused to comment until “something was done” about the Main Event of SummerSlam. While Paul and Brock worried about that however, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns had to focus on preparing for the Main Event of Raw.</p><p> </p><p>

<div style=" border: 4px solid red";"></p><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="Wa6URR5.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/Wa6URR5.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="1vq09KX.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/1vq09KX.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="tQEw9lY.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/tQEw9lY.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

No stranger to each other, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns came into the match knowing what to expect. Having seen these two face off before, the WWE Universe also knew what to expect. Getting exactly that, the two competitors put on a physical display, which - as is always the danger with Reigns and Strowman - eventually went beyond the ring. Focussed on one upping their opponent, rather than actually winning the match, the two men went to the outside, brawling up the ramp. The referee allowed some leeway, trying to get the pair back to the ring before starting to count them out, but it became less likely they would return to the ring. Attempting a Spear the top of the ramp, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman ended up coming together, and it wasn’t quite clear whether the move connected. What was clear was that the force and impact of the collision sent both men backwards, crashing through the LED screen. This resulted in the referee calling for the bell.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"><strong>Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns went to a No Contest</strong></div></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;"> </div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

After the match, the commentators were concerned for the safety of the two men, pointing out that it isn’t the first time something like this has happened involving Strowman and Reigns. Also concerned, as neither man appeared to be moving, was Kurt Angle.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

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Coming out from the back, the Raw General Manager - who had been under pressure from Stephanie McMahon all night - called for medical personnel to check on the two men. Clearly worried about their wellbeing, Kurt Angle had his head in his hands. This may also have been a reaction to seeing that two thirds of his SummerSlam Main Event appeared to have been seriously hurt, so close to the event. Such was his focus on the two competitors (and the chaos surrounding them), he failed to spot Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come out behind him. Jumping the Raw General Manager, the two men knocked Angle to the ground with a clubbing blow to the back. Soon they were joined by Stephanie McMahon.</div><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

</div><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="CKr8FTk.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/CKr8FTk.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="WJifInk.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/WJifInk.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /><img alt="he7WFKv.png" data-src="https://i.imgur.com/he7WFKv.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /></div><p></p><p></p><p></p><div style="margin-left:25px;">

Standing between the two men with a microphone in her hand, Stephanie looked down in disgust at the blindsided GM of Raw. Making it clear that Owens & Zayn were her chosen representatives, Stephanie McMahon closed the show by addressing Kurt Angle, as he struggled on the ground. With two words the match was on, as Raw went off the air to Stephanie declaring “challenge accepted!”</div></div><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="font-size:8px;"><strong>Quick Results</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Heath Slater bt. Elias</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bayley bt. Liv Morgan</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Jinder Mahal bt. Bobby Roode</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Finn Balor & Seth Rollins bt. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;"> </span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Sami Zayn bt. Chad Gable</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Bobby Lashley bt. Curt Hawkins</span></p><p><span style="font-size:8px;">

Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns went to a No Contest</span></p></div><p></p>

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<blockquote data-ipsquote="" class="ipsQuote" data-ipsquote-username="hurri" data-cite="hurri" data-ipsquote-contentapp="forums" data-ipsquote-contenttype="forums" data-ipsquote-contentid="45398" data-ipsquote-contentclass="forums_Topic"><div>Good diary so far! What mod and pic packs are you using?</div></blockquote><p> </p><p> Thanks <img alt=":)" data-src="//content.invisioncic.com/g322608/emoticons/smile.png.142cfa0a1cd2925c0463c1d00f499df2.png" src="<___base_url___>/applications/core/interface/js/spacer.png" /> I am using Fleisch's RWC, which can be found here: <a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?t=533463" rel="external nofollow">http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?t=533463</a></p><p> </p><p> The mod comes with a good picture pack. The pictures in this thread have been done by myself, using images from WWE.com/superstars</p>
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