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Tonight’s RAW episode comes in live from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. As expected, the hometown hero, the Olympic hero and current general manager of RAW, Kurt Angle makes his way out to the ring to a loud ovation. He announces the matches scheduled for tonight, mentioning Big Show vs Big Cass, the debut of his ‘son’, Jason Jordan on the Miz TV and the main event of the night, Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman vs Samoa Joe. Angle mentions that this is the 21st year anniversary of his Olympic medal that he won with a ‘broken freakin’ neck.’ He’s about to make his exit and the music of the current WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar plays and he is out along with his advocate, Paul Heyman. Heyman claims to know Angle’s secret plan of taking the Universal title away from Lesnar by putting him in a fatal four-way at Summerslam.
Heyman also claimed that Angle wanted the ‘Samoan disgrace’, Joe to win the title since that would be the ultimate insult to Lesnar. Heyman points out that any of the other competitors could be pinned in the match, causing Lesnar to lose his title. Heyman announces that if Lesnar loses his Universal title at Summerslam, Lesnar leaves the WWE and Paul Heyman leaves the WWE with him.
He however says that it is not going to happen, since at the end of the night, there would be an announcement, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the match and still the Universal champion, Brock Lesnar’. Heyman and Lesnar make their exit.
Backstage, we see the Hardy Boys getting ready for the gorilla position. They are in a match up next against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to continue their tag team feud.
The Hardy Boys vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder are on commentary for this match.
Matt Hardy opens the match along with Anderson, and is in control till Gallows makes an entrance. The Hardy Boys team up and hit the Poetry in motion on Gallows. Jeff gets the tag and Gallows gains control with a big boot and kicks in the corner. Jeff connects with a twist of fate out of nowhere and both men are down now! Anderson gets the tag and starts the offense on Jeff who escapes somehow and tags Matt in. Matt throws Anderson into the corner and slams his head multiple times on the turnbuckle. He follows it up with a clothesline and bull dog for a two count. Matt continues the offense with a few elbows and connects with the side effect for another two count.
Gallows connects with a cheap shot on Matt and tags himself and they try to hit the Magic Killer on Matt but Jeff breaks it up. Anderson takes out Jeff and Gallows connects with boots to Matt in the face, but Matt retaliates with the twist of fate. Jeff immediately tags himself in and connects with the Swanton bomb on Gallows for the win.
Post-match, the Hardy’s go eye to eye with the Revival and the two teams start brawling against each other. Gallows and Anderson join in and it breaks out into a three tag team brawl. Matt and Jeff connect with the twist of fate on Dawson after bumping people off the screen and stage. Matt helps Jeff launch himself for a splash onto Wilder and Anderson off the stage. The Hardys celebrate and head backstage.
Dean Ambrose is being interviewed by Renee Young and is almost immediately interrupted by Seth Rollins when asked about what he felt about his new found brother hood with Seth Rollins. Rollins says it felt like the old times, but Ambrose says that he still cannot trust Rollins. He finishes off the interview by saying that he got burned by Rollins once, and it is not going to happen again.
Seth walks off and is confronted by Sheamus and Cesaro who tell him that they make a great team and that they trust each other unlike Rollins and Ambrose. Sheamus adds in and says Ambrose was Rollins’ last chance of success and Cesaro pokes fun at Rollins being a loner now. Rollins has heard enough and says that he wants to fight one of them and Sheamus asks him to stop digging himself in a hole and walks away.
Akira Tozawa, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs Tony Nese, Daivari and TJ Perkins: Alexander connects with a whole flurry of offense on Nese and connects with a successful backflip hurricanrana. Daivari and Swann tag themselves in and Swann connects with a hurricanrana. Tozawa comes in and connects with a few kicks and a Senton drop on Daivari for a two count.
Daivari goes on to work on Tozawa’s already injured bad shoulder, and tags Daivari. Tozawa comes back with a running knee to Daivari, and Swann and Perkins get the tags for their respective teams. Swann connects with a spinning leg drop on Perkins and follows it up with a running frog splash for another two count. Nese runs in but Alexander stops him with a flying clothesline off the top. Alexander and Swann connect with suicide summersaults onto Nese and Perkins. Tozawa connects with a suicide dive of his own onto Daivari at ring side and he is again tending to his bad shoulder, again.
TJP goes for a detonation kick on Swann, but Swann is able to escape and connects with a kick to the head on TJP. Tozawa tags himself in and connects with Senton bomb off the top rope on Perkins for the win for his team.
The Miz is out next to host his next episode of the Miz TV along with his Miztourage. He brings out Jason Jordan to discuss the recent developments in Jordan’s career. Miz comments on Jordan’s in-ring capabilities reminding him of Kurt Angle and offers to manage Jordan’s career and invites him to be a part of the Miztourage.
Jordan politely declines the offer and that leads to Miz commenting that Kurt Angle would make sure that everything would be handed out on a silver platter to Jordan. Miz also calls Jordan foolish and says that he would be chewed and spit out by the company. Jordan retorts by saying that he’d rather be chewed up and spit out rather than be associated in anyway with the Miz.
Miz comments on Kurt being washed up and getting the job due to sympathy and is sad and broken down, just like Pittsburgh. Jordan gets in the Miz’s face and Miz swings at Jordan’s face. Jordan avoids and suplexes Miz into Bo Dallas and Axel and makes his way back to the locker room.
Seth Rollins is shown getting ready for his match against Sheamus, up next.
Seth Rollins vs Sheamus: Cesaro is at ringside for the match. There is initial evenly-matched back and forth action between both the competitors, but Rollins eventually gains control with a kick. He chokes Sheamus against the rope and connects with a drop kick that sends Sheamus to the outside. Rollins is distracted by Cesaro, allowing Sheamus to connect with a cheap shot and pulls Rollins to the outside. Sheamus beats down on Rollins and hi-fives his partner. Rollins avoids the ten beats of Baron from Sheamus by connecting with a neck breaker. Sheamus comes back with an Irish Curse backbreaker and follows it up with a spear. Sheamus tries to follow it up with a flying clothesline from the top, but Rollins avoids.
Rollins throws Sheamus into the turnbuckle and they trade elbows. Rollins connects with a kick to the head and sends Sheamus to the outside, following it up with a suicide dive. The action spills back to the ring with Rollins connecting with a flying clothesline and sling blade. Cesaro is on the apron and Rollins knocks him off and this distraction allows Sheamus to attempt to hit the White Noise on Rollins but Rollins escapes and rolls up Sheamus for the win.
Post-match, Sheamus and Cesaro continue the beat down on Rollins and double team on Rollins with the White Noise. They continue to beat down on Rollins and Ambrose makes his way out for the save. Sheamus and Cesaro get the better of Ambrose and connect with the Neutralizer on him. Ambrose cannot stay down and Cesaro holds Ambrose for Sheamus to connect with the Brogue kick. Sheamus connects with the Brogue kick and Ambrose and Rollins are laid out. Sheamus and Cesaro make their way back.
Bray Wyatt is out next and cuts a promo on the fans, calling them pitiful and claims to see everything since he is everywhere. Wyatt claims that Balor’s fans are living vicariously through Balor since Balor gives them the illusion of hope. Wyatt claims to be the eater of the worlds and claims that there is no waking up once he knocks someone down. He drops the mic and is about to leave, when red lights start pulsing around and the lights cut out.
Balor is standing in the ring when the lights turn on. Wyatt charges at Balor, but he connects with a kick dropping Wyatt to the outside. Balor follows him outside and connects with a dropkick, sending Wyatt over the barricade.
Brawn Strowman cuts a promo saying that he is not like other men who settle things from behind a keyboard. He says he wants to hurt Roman Reigns again tonight and says that there’s nothing that Joe can do to him, and that tonight he’s going to beat down on both Joe and Roman because he wants Lesnar all for himself at Summerslam.
Surprisingly Reigns vs Joe vs Strowman is not the main event of the night!
Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman: Strowman is in charge of the match with running splashes on both Joe and Reigns in tandem. Strowman throws both of his opponents to the outside and yells that this is his yard. Joe and Reigns form a brief alliance to work on Strowman together and once they take him out, they go against each other.
Reigns goes for a superman punch, but Joe catches Reigns and puts him in an arm bar. Strowman breaks the hold and throws Joe into the barricade. Reigns hits Strowman from behind and the brawl breaks into the crowd. Strowman drops Reigns and Joe runs up from behind and locks the Coquina Clutch on Strowman. Joe breaks the hold and turns his attention to Reigns.
Joe whips Reigns into the barricade and connects with a Pele kick. The action goes back into the ring, with Reigns leading the offense with clotheslines and a big boot to Joe and he rolls to the outside to recover. Reigns runs to the outside and jumps off the steps with a superman punch on Joe. Reigns goes for a spear on Strowman, but Strowman blocks with a big boot. He slams Reigns into the steps and knees Joe in the head. After some back and forth action, Joe connects with a senton drop on Reigns and positions ring steps in the corner. Reigns calls for the Samoan Drop but Joe escapes and Reigns in the Coquina clutch.
Strowman breaks the hold and connects a power slam on Joe and Reigns breaks the pin. Strowman slams Reigns into the corner and grabs the steps. Strowman goes to hit Reigns with the steps, but Reigns connects with a superman punch. Reigns follows it up with the ring steps and connects with a spear on Samoa Joe for the pin and the win.
Big Show is shown backstage doing pushups for his match against Big Cass later tonight. Enzo Amore walks up to Show and thanks him for looking out for him and Show says he will be teaching Cass a lesson in respect tonight.
Elias is in the ring with a guitar and cuts a promo on the people of Pittsburgh. He is interrupted by Kalisto which leads to a match between both of them.
Elias vs Kalisto: Kalisto is in great shape and connects with kicks on Elias. He goes for hurricanrana but Elias knocks him down and throws him to the outside. Elias drops Kalisto with a big boot and stomps him into the corner. Elias connects with a vertical suplex on Kalisto for a two count. Kalisto dodges a clothesline and connects with a kick on Elias and a springboard cross body off the top rope. Elias comes back with a knee to the face and a swinging neck breaker for the pin and the win.
Alexa Bliss is backstage giving an interview where she talks trash about Sasha Banks and Bayley. She says it’s embarrassing that Sasha lost to Bayley. She finishes it off by saying that Nia Jax is going to massacre Bayley tonight.
Seth Rollins approaches Dean Ambrose and thanks him for coming out to help him earlier. Ambrose says Rollins set him up because if he would not have come out, he would be the bad guy. Ambrose stays he still does not trust Rollins and walks away.
Bayley vs Nia Jax: Nia controls the opening moments and throws around Bayley like a little toy. She is thrown outside by Nia. Bayley tries to comeback but Nia beats Bayley and throws her down. Bayley is whipped into the corner by Nia, but Bayley comes back with an elbow and a few kicks. Bayley connects with a bulldog and a dropkick and running knee to the face. Nia is thrown outside and Bayley follows her out with a cross body off the apron. Alexa Bliss runs in, but Bayley drops Alexa before she can cause any damage. Nia charges at Bayley, but she moves and Nia goes crashing into the ring steps. Bayley rolls back into the ring and Nia is counted out. Winner by count out: Bayley.
Post-match, Alexa chases Bayley out of the ring.
Big Cass is being interviewed backstage where he says one is always judged by the company he keeps and that big Show must not be respecting himself if he decides to hang out with Enzo. Cass says that he would be the one to teach Show a lesson in respect tonight.
Enzo Amore is out to the ring next and cuts his promo as usual on Cass. He calls Big Cass a fraud and that his friend, the Big Show does not write checks that he cannot cash and introduces Big show and looks like this is the main event of the night.
Big Show vs Big Cass: Big Show backs Cass in the corner before the bell strikes. Big show backs off and the ref calls for the bell and Show connects with chops and head-butts. He knocks Cass to the outside, and Cass locks in Show in a choke across the ropes. Once back in the ring, Show shoulder tackles Cass and power slams him. Show goes for the choke slam, but Cass fights his way out. He continues to work on Show’s knee and Show tries to fight his way to his feet but Cass knocks him down with a boot to the face. Cass comes flying off the top rope but is swatted by Show and connects with a couple of clotheslines and splash in the corner. Show runs off the rope and is stopped by Cass with another big boot. Enzo immediately jumps into the ring and hops onto Cass’s back, but Cass throws him off and hits him with a big boot. The ref immediately calls for the bell for a DQ. Winner by DQ: Big Show.
Cass continues to trash talk Enzo while he’s laid out on the mat, but turns around into a knockout punch from the Big Show. Show’s music hits and he helps Enzo to walk to the back as Cass regroups in the ring.
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