WWE RAW is live tonight from America Airlines Arena in Miami. It promises to be a big show with the announcement that Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey will appear. There’s also rumors that Hulk Hogan may appear on the show from his social media postings that he’s heading to Miami. Here’s an announcement from Mike Rome and the latest from the WWE:
Advertised storylines for the show include Lesnar addressing Roman Reigns as his opponent once again, this time at SummerSlam, Finn Balor and Constable Baron Corbin continuing their feud, Seth Rollins and Drew McIntrye and Rousey back to confront RAW Women’s Champ Alexa Bliss.
RAW Opening Segment
WWE Raw kicks off with two pictures, one in memory of Nikolai Volkoff and the other of Brian Christopher.
Highlights of last Monday’s WWE Raw match involving Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley airs with Roman becoming the number 1 contender to the WWE Universal title.
Roman Reigns’ music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Roman gets on the mic and gives a shout out to Miami for bringing the noise. He also gives a shout out to Bobby Lashley saying he respects him. And that’s a lot more than he can say for Brock Lesnar since he has zero respect for him. Roman says Lesnar never shows up but he has time to show up for the UFC and get in Daniel Cormier’s face. Reigns since Lesnar will not get in his yard, get in his face and run his mouth.
Out comes Paul Heyman with his patented quote about being Brock Lesnar’s advocate. Heyman says Lesnar has authorized him to give him his most profound congratulations for his victory last week against Bobby Lashley. However, Heyman says for him, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting the same result. Which is why Roman should be in a patted cell and not in the main event for the Universal title at Summerslam.
Heyman says Reigns can go on and on about spearing Brock Lesnar through the cage and him being the uncrowned champion. But Heyman makes a spoiler saying at Summerslam Brock Lesnar will put down the big dog and go on to UFC and become a two sport champion.
Reigns tells Heyman to shut up. They don’t care about anything he has to say, they are here to say Brock Lesnar. Heyman says his client Brock Lesnar is here right now in Miami. And he is sitting in his luxurious locker room and he will come out when he feels like it. And if and only if he feels like coming out.
Paul tells Roman not to worry because at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will… Roman interrupts him. Roman says what? Will Lesnar actually show up to Summerslam? Roman says if he shows up to Summerslam, he will send him back to the UFC. But he’s not going back as the beast, he’s going back as Roman Reigns’ bitch.
Backstage we see Seth Rollins getting ready for his match tonight against Drew McIntyre.
We see Ronda Rousey talking to Natalya and she will be in Natalya’s corner when she takes on Alicia Fox tonight.
Finn Balor’s music hits and he comes down for his match against Baron Corbin. We go to commercial.
Backstage with the Beast
Backstage Brock Lesnar is seen reading a magazine and in comes Heyman who asks Brock if he heard what happened just earlier. Lesnar tells Heyman he didn’t listen to what Reigns said because he doesn’t watch the show. Heyman hands him his phone and asks him to watch. Lesnar throws Heyman’s phone against the wall and sits back down to read his magazine.
Finn Balor vs. Constable Baron Corbin
The bell rings and we are under way. Both men lock up and Corbin powers Balor into the corner. The referee breaks them up and Corbin throws Balor to the outside. Finn slides back in and goes right after Corbin who once more throws him to the outside.
Falor comes back in and gets a head lock into Corbin who sends Balor to the ropes and takes him down with an elbow to the face. Corbin gets Balor in the corner and sits him on the top turnbuckle. Both men exchangfe right hands and Balor with a drop kick off the top which connects with Corbin. Baron rolls to the outside and a flying forearm by Balor onto Corbin.
Both men get back in the ring and Balor with right hands and kicks onto Corbin. Baron gets up and throws Balor into the corner. Corbin goes for a clothesline but Balor lifts up and lands on the ring apron moving out of the way. With Balor on the ring apron, Corbin hits him with a clothesline taking him to the outside. We take a commercial break.
Back in the ring, Corbin sends Balor whipping into the turnbuckle. He gets Balor into a modified headlock. Balor stands up and starts fighting out of it but Corbin throws him back in the corner. Corbin runs towards Balor and Balor moves out of the way. Corbin slides out of the ring and gets back and quickly hits Balor with a clothesline.
Baron with yet another modified headlock. Balor gets out of it and a drop kick by Balor takes Corbin out of the ring. Balor goes to hit Corbin but Corbin hits him with a right hand. He grabs Balor and throws him back first onto the ring apron. He gets back in the ring and Corbin prepares for a powerbomb but Balor drops and takes down Corbin with a single leg sweep followed by a double stomp.
Balor with right hands and chops to the chest of Corbin. Corbin falls to the outside and Balor flies over the top rope onto Corbin on the outside. Back to commercial.
Back from commercial, Corbin has Falot down in the middle of the ring in a headlock. Balor fights out of it as Corbin sends him to the ropes. He goes for the choke slam but Balor jumps and rolls him up as Corbin kicks out. Balor with a sling blade. Finn runs towards Corbin who connects with a choke slam back breaker. He goes for the cover but Balor kicks out.
Corbin with forearms onto Balor. Corbin lifts Balor up but Balor reverses it into a DDT. Balor gets onto the top rope and jumps off as Corbin moves out of the way. Balor runs towards Corbin who catches him with a spinning drop. He goes for the cover but Balor kicks out.
Corbin with a big splash on the corner on Balor. He goes for another one but Balor moves out of the way. Corbin slides to the outside as Balor hits him with a baseball slide. Both men on the outside as Balor drops Corbin into the barricade. He throws Corbin back in the ring. Balor with a dropkick onto Corbin as he climbs the top rope. He goes for the coup de grace but Corbin out of the way. He then catches Balor with the End of Days.
Winner: Constable Baron Corbin
After the match Corbin throws Balor to the outside of the ring. Corbin places Balor’s head on the barricade and starts punching him.
Backstage with Paul Heyman
Backstage, Heyman is with Kurt Angle where Angle questions Heyman about Lesnar. Angle says Lesnar is under contractual obligation to shovw up. Heyman says Lesnar is contractually obligated to show up which he did. Heyman tells Angle if he has a problem, to go see Lesnar about it. Angle says no, it’s not his problem, it is Heyman’s problem. He states that Heyman is under contract with WWE, a contract he controls. And if Lesnar does not show up in the ring tonight, he can say bye to the WWE.
Backstage with Foxy and RAW Champ Alexa Bliss
Backstage Alicia Fox is warming up for her match against Natalya. In comes Raw champion Alexa Bliss. Alexa tells Alicia that Mickie James is injured, so she hand picked her to replace her and go up against Natalya tonight. She says that Rousey will be in Natalya’s corner tonight but not to worry about Ronda, just worry about Natalya.
Alicia says she will hurt Natalya so bad, she will make her cat say me-ow and walks away.
Natalya with Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox
The bell rings and both women lock up. Natalya takes Alicia down with a shoulder block. Natalya goes for the sharpshooter but Fox grabs the ropes. Fox slides to the outside. Natalya grabs Alicia by the hair but Fox slides her off the ring apron and beats on her.
Fox throws Natalya back in the ring and goes for the cover but a two count only. Alicia Fox with a head lock on Natalya and she slams Natalya’s head into the ring mat. Fox with a modified abdominal stretch on Natalya but Natalya flips her over. Fox runs back and hits Natalya taking her down. Natalya with a right hand takes Alicia. She goes for the cover but a kick out.
Both women get up and a cross body by Fox onto Natalya. Alicia with a northern lights suplex. Fox goes to taunt Ronda Rousey and with the referee distracted, Alexa Bliss hits Natalya. Alicia Fox with a big boot on Natalya as she gets the cover and the win.
Winner: Alicia Fox
After the match, Ronda goes after Bliss. Alexa slides in the ring and Ronda goes for an arm bar but Alicia hits her as Alexa escapes. Rousey slams Alicia down. Ronda chases Alicia Fox on the outside but Fox attacks Ronda from behind. Fox throws Ronda Rousey into the barricade.
Backstage with The Beast
Backstage, Paul Heyman is sitting with Brock Lesnar. Heyman tries to convince Lesnar to go out to the ring. Heyman says to think of all the t-shirts they could sell and the subscriptions which would drive up the WWE network. And while out there, Lesnar would be able to promote being champion. Heyman says he felt the love for Brock Lesnar when he was out there.
Lesnar tells Heyman he has no idea how under his skin he is getting. Lesnar says he doesn’t give a crap about the WWE universe and he doesn’t care if he is here tonight. He would much rather be at home. Lesnar asks Heyman to go get him a steak with a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Heyman leaves the room.
Angle Sets A Match Next Week For Rouse
Ronda Rousey and Natalya are backstage with Kurt Angle. Rousey says she is looking for a match and doesn’t want to wait until Sumemrslam. Angle says to make it official, next week, she will go one on one against Alicia Fox.
Ladies And Gentleman, Elias
Elias is in the ring with his guitar. He introduces himself and plays the guitar. He asks everyone who wants to walk with Elias? He promotes his latest album. He says everyone knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He says that the truth is he could have been even higher in the charts but he got interrupted by Bobby Lashley. The fans start to boo. Elias says not to pretend like they get it. This is a city which worships garbage like Pitbull and The Rock. A loud “Rocky” chant breaks out. Elias says The Rock wants no part of Elias and he wrote a song about the whole thing.
Elias tells the fans to shut up as he starts to play the guitar but out comes Bobby Lashley. Elias tells them to cut the music as Lashley gets in the ring. Elias asks what Lashley thinks he is doing here. Lashley says he is a big fan and since he heard his name while backstage, he wanted to come out here and hear what he had to say. Elias says he can see right through him. And he knows he knows he is not out to Walk With Elias but he wants to sing with Elias. Bobby says no, he fights, he doesn’t sing.
Elias interrupts and asks the fans if they want to see Lashley sing with Elias. A loud “Yes” chant from the crowd. Elias says he doesn’t normally do this but for one night only, Bobby Lashley will sing with Elias. But Elias says he will keep things slow and simple, just like Bobby so he can keep up. Elias starts to play the guitar and sing. In comes Bobby Lashley who starts to sing. Elias attacks Lashley from behind.
Lashley starts fighting back and takes Elias down as Elias rolls to the outside of the ring and leaves.
Backstage with KO and The Constable
Baron Corbin is walking backstage and sees Kevin Owens. Kevin congratulates Corbin for his victory earlier tonight. Owens says since Strowman terrorized his kid a few weeks ago, Corbin is now his son’s favorite wrestler. Kevin says the Brock Lesnar situation is very concerning. He says Kurt Angle is jeopardizing his chances of winning Money in the Bank at SummerSlam. Because if Lesnar goes out tonight and Braun cashes in, Owens will not have the chance to beat Strowman at SummerSlam and have the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Corbin says Lesnar is Kurt Angle’s problem and walks away.
Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal
Both men tie up and Strowman pushes Mahal down. Kevin Owens comes through the fans and grabs Strowman’s Money in the Bank briefcase. Strowman goes to the outside and confronts Kevin Owens. Kevin starts to run around the ring and passes the briefcase to Singh. Strowman shoulder blocks Singh down and chases Kevin Owens to the back. Meanwhile, the referee counts to 10 and Strowman is counted out.
Mahal is celebrating as Strowman gets back in the ring. Jinder runs off.
Winner: Jinder Mahal By Count Out
Backstage, Corbin hands his phone to Kurt Angle saying Stephanie wants to talk to him. Angle says he gets she is just trying to protect the main event at Summerslam. He says he understands and hangs up.
Mojo, Roode Brawl In Locker Room
Backstage, a numer of WWE stars are in the locker room. In comes Mojo and he talks about how he has been running through the roster. He’s calling everybody out because Mojo is for real. In ceomes Bobby Roode. Bobby asks Mojo if he has a problem with him. Mojo says and if he did, what would he do about it? Roode takes Mojo down as both men begin to fight until WWE officials break it up.
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Apollo Crews with Titus O’Neil and Dana Brooke vs. Akam with Rezar
The bell rings and an overhead throw by Akam. He starts throwing Apollo Crews around. He gets Akam in a headlock submission in the middle of the ring. Crews gets up and with a jaw breaker gets out of it. A big kick by Crews to the head. A step up inzighuri by Crews and a spinning moonsault. He goes for the cover but Akam kicks out.
Akam runs towards Apollo who is standing in the corner, Apollo moves out of the way and goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Drew McIntyre with Intercontinental Champ Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings and Drew goes after Seth right away. He gets Rollins in the corner but a chop by Seth. Rollins runs to the ropes but Drew catches him and delivers a suplex. Drew goes to the outside and goes to grab Seth but Seth pushes him off. Seth runs through the ropes to deliver a suicide dive but Drew catches him and takes him down.
Seth’s head is under the ring and a slingshot by Drew as Seth’s throw smashes into the metal under the ring. We take a commercial break.
Back from commercial and Seth delivers two suicide dives onto Drew. Seth throws Drew shoulder first into the ring apron. Both men are back in the ring and Seth goes for the suplex but Drew reverses it. Seth reverses that and delivers a suplex. He goes for the cover but Drew kicks out.
Seth runs to the ropes but Drew catches him with a spine buster. Both men are back up and McIntyre lifts Seth up but Rollins with a hurricanrana. Drew gets back up and a super kick by Rollins. Seth gets on the top rope but Drew connects with a right hand. McIntyre gets on the top rope and lifts Seth on his back. Drew jumps down and slams Seth off the top rope.
Drew lifts Seth by the legs and goes to slam him but Seth reverses it into a cover. Drew kicks out and Seth delivers the Curb Stomp. In comes Ziggler and he attacks Seth as the referee rings for the bell. Both men fight as Seth throws Ziggler to the outside. Rollins with a suicide dive takes Ziggler out.
Winner: Seth Rollins By Disqualification
Corbin Wants To Remove Reigns From the Building
Roman is in his locker room and in comes Kurt Angle with Baron Corbin. Kurt tells Roman that with Brock Lesnar in the building tonight, Stephanie McMahon called him earlier. He mentions that Stephanie asked him to remove Roman from the building. Roman asks Kurt how long this will go for? He’s been in his shoes, he’s been in is position. Roman tells Kurt he’s not a yes man. Corbin asks for the officers. Roman hits Corbin with a right hand and walks away. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Brian Kendrick vs. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander in a non-title match is announced for this week’s WWE 205 Live.
The announcers send us to Charly Caruso in the ring. She introduces RAW Tag Team Champions The B Team and out comes Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas, still celebrating. We see how they retained over Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt last week.
Cathy mentions their 7-0 winning streak and asks about their newfound success. Bo goes on ranting about how this is real. Axel says most people are living their dreams but The B Team is dreaming to live. Yes. Charly asks about Hardy and Wyatt. They call the former champions sore losers and want them to come out because The B Team can beat anyone. The lights go out. The lights come back on and Wyatt & Hardy are in the ring. Charly steps out as the two teams face off. Some fans do the “delete!” chant.
Matt says The B Team’s success is a cosmic anomaly. He goes on and Wyatt chimes in next, saying The B Team’s dreams aren’t real and mean nothing, and can’t be touched. But nightmares? Those are real. Wyatt says they are The B Team’s nightmare, manifested. Wyatt says they will haunt The B Team until they are finally deleted. The “delete!” chant starts up until the music interrupts and out comes The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Dash and Dawson knock The B Team and brag on beating Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley. The Revival wants Wyatt and Hardy to step aside so a couple of real Top Guys can handle business & get the job done. Bo says The B Team will be more than happy to step aside. Bo looks like he attacks but The Revival fights back. The B Team retreats as The Revival goes at it with The Deleters of Worlds. Wyatt and Hardy send The Revival out of the ring as The B Team looks on from the top of the ramp. Matt’s music hits as we go to commercial.
The Revival vs. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Back from the break and the match is underway while The B Team is on commentary. Matt goes at it with Dash. Wyatt comes in for the double team. Dawson ends up coming in to turn it around on Wyatt. Matt tags back in and goes back & forth with Dash.
Matt gets an opening with a jawbreaker to Dash. Dawson runs in before Matt can make the tag. Dawson with a few shots but Matt hits the Side Effect. Wyatt and Dash tag in at the same time. Wyatt takes it to the corner and drops Dawson on the apron as he charges. Wyatt splashes Dash in the corner and then launches himself at him in the middle of the ring. Wyatt poses and plays to the crowd. Dawson comes off the top but Wyatt catches him. Dash comes from behind but Wyatt avoids the double team. Wyatt looks to chokeslam Dash but Dawson drops him.
Matt runs in and takes Dawson to the floor. Dawson rams Matt back into the barrier a few times. Dash with a knee to Wyatt in the ring. Wyatt drops Dash. Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail but Dash gets a fistful of hair. Dawson tags in and they catch Wyatt with a Shatter Machine for the win.
Winners: The Revival
After the match, The Revival stands tall as their music hits. The B Team stands up at the announce table and taunts them.
Backstage with Seth Rollins
Renee Young is backstage with Seth Rollins. She congratulates him on the win and says it must be frustrating dealing with two Superstars. Rollins says it does but they need to know that there is no quitting in him and there’s nothing he won’t do to get the title back at SummerSlam. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre suddenly attack Rollins from behind and beat him down. They destroy him and stand over him for a second before officials come in to check on Rollins and they leave.
The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
We go to the ring and out comes The Riott Squad – Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Ruby Riott is still away recovering from her knee injury. Logan and Morgan hit the ring as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and The Riott Squad waits as Sasha Banks makes her way out first. Bayley is out next as they head to the ring together. Banks and Bayley are wearing matching gear. Cole says they are now using a new name for their team – The Boss & Hug Connection. The announcers go over the SummerSlam card as Banks and Bayley wrap their entrance.
Bayley starts off with Logan. Logan slams her to the mat and looks down at her. Logan grabs Bayley’s arm and ragdolls her down next. Banks gets the tag for a quick double team. Banks delivers a Thesz Press and works Logan over but can’t get the win. Banks with a quick arm lock. Banks with more offense and a dropkick for a 2 count as Liv talks trash from the corner. Banks takes Logan to the corner and Bayley tags in for a roll-up. Logan kicks out at 2.
Logan charges in the corner but Bayley drops her face into the top turnbuckle. Banks tags in with a running knee in the corner. Banks with a forearm to send Logan into the ring post. Liv comes over to check on Logan while she’s down on the apron but Banks yells at her. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Logan is in control of Banks now. Logan rams Banks back into their corner and in comes Liv with the double team. Liv plants Banks face-first into the mat and covers for a 2 count. Liv keeps Banks grounded now, screaming out. Banks tries to make the tag but can’t get it. Banks drops Liv and in comes Bayley off the hot tag.
Bayley drops Liv over the second rope and takes her down with more offense. Bayley with a big knee to the head. Bayley knocks Logan off the apron. Bayley with a shoulder to the gut of Liv in the corner. Bayley with more offense until Liv gets her knees up in the corner. Liv goes to the second rope but Bayley rocks her. Bayley climbs up and Banks tags in. Bayley brings Liv to the mat with a hurricanrana as Banks climbs to the top. Banks with the double knees from the top but Logan breaks the pin up just in time. Bayley tosses Logan to the floor. Liv drops Banks but knocks her back into a tag. Banks hits the Backstabber and Bayley immediately nails the Bayley-to-Belly suplex for the pin.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
After the match, Banks and Bayley celebrate as the music hits.
Paul Heyman interrupts Brock Lesnar’s reading backstage again. Heyman has another proposal as the show is almost over – they make an appearance, take a bow, goodbye & hello Miami, then they will be at a steakhouse enjoying themselves. Heyman says nothing can go wrong because Roman Reigns has been escorted out of the building. Lesnar asks Heyman if he got his money. Heyman says yes he did get paid because Lesnar showed up to fulfill his contractual obligations. Heyman thanks Lesnar for keeping him signed to a contract for all these years but he also has a WWE contract that allows him to work for Lesnar. Heyman goes on and begs Lesnar to go out in the ring for him, if anything because they are friends. Lesnar stands up and suddenly grabs Heyman by his collar. Lesnar wants to get one thing clear – they are not friends, Heyman works for him. Lesnar asks how long Heyman has been leeching off him. Lesnar orders Heyman to get out there and do his job. A terrified Heyman says OK and walks off. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Mojo Rawley vs. Bobby Roode is announced for next week’s RAW.
RAW Closing Segment
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event segment as RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes out with Constable Baron Corbin.
Angle takes the mic and tells Paul Heyman to bring Brock Lesnar out or this will be Heyman’s last night on RAW. A somber Heyman comes walking out and gives his usual introduction without the enthusiasm. Some fans boo him. Fans sing “goodbye” to Heyman as he enters the ring.
Heyman says Lesnar is not coming out here tonight. Angle gets upset and says a real champion shows up, defends his title at all costs, goes the extra mile for the fans, does things for charities and communities but Lesnar does none of that. Angle says Lesnar has to be the worst Universal Champion of all time. A “yes!” chant starts up now. Heyman says he’s not going to argue with Angle because yes, Lesnar is the worst Universal Champion of all time. Heyman says he tried to rehabilitate and mold Lesnar from a UFC fighter to a WWE entertainer but he didn’t listen because he doesn’t listen to anyone or respect anyone. Heyman is losing his mind here. Angle looks at him like he’s crazy and says Heyman is full of crap. Heyman tells Angle to do something to Brock, not him because he tried all night. Heyman starts kissing up to Angle now and says he would like to have a better working relationship with Angle. Angle announces that Heyman’s contract is terminated. Angle says Heyman is done. Heyman begs Angle from his knees. The music suddenly hits and Heyman starts smiling. Out comes the WWE Universal Champion.
Lesnar marches to the ring and circles it before entering. Heyman laughs and smiles as Lesnar places the title over his shoulder. Heyman raises the title as some fans boo. Lesnar looks over at Corbin and then at Angle, taking the mic. Lesnar asks Angle if he has a problem with him. He asks the same of Corbin. Lesnar scoops Angle and drops him with the F5 out of nowhere. Corbin looks on and slowly steps through the ropes, making his exit from the ring. Heyman looks down at Angle and laughs at him. Heyman hands the title to Lesnar and Lesnar throws it over his own shoulder. They both look down at Angle and laugh. Lesnar suddenly grabs Heyman by his mouth. Heyman says Brock is hurting him and he can’t breathe. Lesnar tells Heyman to look at Angle. Lesnar presses Heyman to the mat and puts a knee on him. Fans do dueling chants for Roman Reigns now. Lesnar lets up off of Heyman and grabs his title, standing tall as his music hits. Heyman recovers on the mat while Angle is still laid out. Lesnar marches up the ramp and looks back at the ring before going to the back. RAW goes off the air.