WWE Raw Recap:
— The show opened with a lengthy video package summing up Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose’s story to date, including Rollins turning down a reconciliatory fistbump from Ambrose last week. Then Ambrose hit the ring and demanded answers from Rollins. Rollins said he was done playing games, and extended his fist. Ambrose rebuked him, but eventually stuck his own fist out, which Rollins rebuked. The two then began brawling. They were interrupted by the team of Cesaro and Sheamus, who beat both of them up. Eventually, Ambrose and Rollins ran the tag champs off before finally joining fists, to the delight of the crowd. Raw GM Kurt Angle then came out and made a championship match between both teams at SummerSlam this Sunday.
1. No. 1 Contender’s Match: Sasha Banks defeated Nia Jax. Alexa Bliss watched the match from a lifeguard’s chair at ringside. Jax dominated Banks for a majority of the lengthy match, but Banks was able to make her tap out to the Banks Statement on its second application following an innovative reversal.
— Backstage, Angle was speaking with the Hardy Boyz when the Miz and the Miztourage interrupted, asking what he was going to do about Brock Lesnar attacking all of them last week. The Miz said he was going to fight Jason Jordan tonight, then all of the sudden, a referee appeared telling Angle there was a problem with Bray Wyatt and Finn Bálor, and the GM ran off.
— After the commercial break, Angle found Bálor and Wyatt fighting backstage, and told them they were going to have their SummerSlam match tonight.
— Elias was in the ring and sang a song about how terrible Boston is. He was interrupted by R-Truth, who was then beaten down. Elias then walked off with his guitar.
— Big Cass entered the ring standing in front of a shark cage and began recapping his feud with Enzo Amore and the Big Show, to incredibly loud boos. He was interrupted by Enzo Amore, who reminded Cass he had been knocked out by Big Show two weeks in a row, who then came out and got in Cass’ face. Cass attacked Amore, Show attacked Cass, then Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came down and beat up Show. Cass smashed Show’s hand in the shark cage door.
2. Cruiserweight Championship Match: Akira Tozawa defeated Neville (c). Neville locked Tozawa in the Rings Of Saturn then had it reversed for a very close two-count. He then went up for the Red Arrow but missed when Tozawa moved. Tozawa then delivered a top rope senton bomb — his third of the match — for the victory. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews hit the ring to celebrate with Tozawa.
— Backstage, an injured Big Show told Enzo Amore he wasn’t going to miss SummerSlam, regardless of his potentially broken hand.
— In the locker room, Emma told Mickie James she isn’t getting the same opportunities as other women. James told her to put her phone down and face her in the ring later that night.
3. Bray Wyatt defeated Finn Bálor. Bálor went up to the top turnbuckle for a Coup De Grace, but Wyatt was able to knock him off and connect with Sister Abigail for the victory. After the match, Wyatt hit a second Sister Abigail then dumped a bucket of blood all over Bálor.
4. Mickie James defeated Emma. James connected with the Mick Kick for the pinfall victory.
— Backstage, a blood-covered Finn Bálor left Kurt Angle’s office and informed Charly Caruso that the two would have a rematch at SummerSlam this Sunday, and he will be reviving his Demon persona for the match.
5. Jason Jordan defeated the Miz. The Miz was accompanied by Maryse, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Dallas and Axel interfered in the match when Jordan was about to hit his finishing move, giving him the DQ victory. Jordan was saved by the Hardy Boyz, which led to…
6. The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan defeated the Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Matt Hardy hit the Twist Of Fate on Bo Dallas, followed by Jeff Hardy connecting with the Swanton Bomb, for the win.
— Raw’s main event was a confrontation between WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his three SummerSlam opponents: Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman. Kurt Angle surrounded the ring with dozens of security guards before bringing each competitor out. Lesnar entered first, with Paul Heyman cutting a lengthy promo saying that either Lesnar will be the victim of a conspiracy to take his title away this Sunday, or Lesnar will beat his opponents and continue his reign as champion. Samoa Joe entered next and told Lesnar he does not fear him and that he will put him to sleep this Sunday. Next, Braun Strowman came out and told Lesnar he will be the last man standing. Joe reminded him that it was he put Roman Reigns down last week, not Strowman. Reigns entered last and immediately speared Joe before getting powerslammed by Strowman. Lesnar and Strowman were then separated by security before they could touch each other. Each man began beating down security guards and clearing the ring, leaving Kurt Angle to empty the Raw locker room to try and separate the two as the show went off the air.
WWE Smackdown Recap:
– The show opened with Jinder Mahal celebrating Indian Independence Day with singing and dancing. Shinsuke Nakamura interrupted, and promised to defeat Mahal at SummerSlam.
1. Natalya defeated Becky Lynch. Naomi was on commentary. Natalya won by submission with a Sharpshooter. After the match, Natalya continued to attack Lynch until Naomi ran her off.
2. Rusev vs. Chad Gable ended in a double count-out when Rusev wouldn’t stop attacking Gable on the outside. After the match, Randy Orton interrupted a Rusev promo with an RKO from out of nowhere.
– AJ Styles attempted to apologize to Shane McMahon. Kevin Owens interrupted, and when Styles and Owens almost came to blows, McMahon stopped Styles. Owens tried to superkick Styles, but Styles ducked, and Owens hit Shane.
3. The Usos defeated The New Day. The Usos won a non-title match after a double superkick on Kofi Kingston.
4. John Cena defeated Jinder Mahal by disqualification when Baron Corbin attacked Cena. Cena appeared to have the match won with an Attitude Adjustment off the ropes, so Corbin tried to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
5. WWE Championship Match: Jinder Mahal (c) defeated Baron Corbin.Corbin was distracted by John Cena lingering on the apron and punched him, allowing Mahal to immediately win with a roll-up.
We are at Full Sail University and your announcers are Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, and Mauro Ranallo.
Mauro mentions the NXT Women’s Title match between Ember Moon and Asuka.
William Regal is in the ring with a table, microphones, and a contract. He introduces the two women who will battle for the NXT Women’s Title at Takeover. Out first is Ember Moon. She is followed to the ring by Asuka.
William presents the contract for Ember to sign and he wants to make this official. Ember says Asuka has an incredible journey in NXT. You are one of the most dominant champions to set foot in NXT or the WWE. You have beaten the best on Raw, Smackdown, and NXT. Your streak has surpassed Goldberg. One thing sticks out in that incredible journey, you have taken a shortcut with only one person, her. In Orlando, you had to push a referee in front of me to win. Then you injured me so I could not compete at Takeover Chicago. You made the biggest mistake of your life. Ember says she refuses to be a victim. She is faster and stronger than she has ever been. It is because of all of your short cuts. This is her way of saying thank you to Asuka. At Takeover, she will end your reign of dominance. She will end your undefeated streak. She will beat Asuka to become the next NXT Women’s Champion.
Ember signs the contract.
Asuka signs the contract before her obligatory comments.
Regal makes the contract official for Takeover.
Asuka says something to Ember in Japanese.
They stare each other down in the center of the ring as Asuka holds up the title belt.
We go to commercial.
We are back and William Regal is telling a story and Lars Sullivan enters. He says he has been bad in the past, but he promises to be good if he gets another tag team match.
William tells Lars that he cannot beat up his partner if they lose.
Lars begs for another chance.
William gives him one more chance.
Match Number One: Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins versus Lars Sullivan and Chris Silvio
Sullivan and Dawkins start things off and Silvio charges into the corner and Dawkins with a punch. Ford goes into the crowd to freak out. Dawkins with a slam and Ford tags in and they hit a drop kick and splash combination. Ford with an Irish whip but Silvio gets his boot up. Ford stops the tag and hits a forearm to the back of the head. Ford gets in Sullivan’s face and Ford decides to deal with Silvio. Ford with a European uppercut and Dawkins with a 360 splash into the corner followed by a spinebuster and frog splash for the three count.
Winners: Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins
After the match, Sullivan stays on the apron while Ford and Dawkins leave.
Sullivan enters the ring while the referee checks on Silvio. The referee knows that it is better to leave the ring. Sullivan goes to the floor and then he picks up Silvio and he carries Silvio to the back.
We go to the back where Sullivan continues to carry Silvio outside and throws him into a guardrail and he choke slams him into a dumpster.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Ruby Riot versus Billie Kay (with Peyton Royce)
Billie avoids Ruby when Ruby wants to lock up. Billie ducks under Ruby again. Peyton tries to distract Ruby but it fails. Ruby with an O’Connor Roll for a near fall. Ruby with a series of rollups for a near fall. Ruby with a sunset flip for a near fall. Billie with a kick and clothesline for a near fall. Billie kicks Ruby in the corner. Ruby with punches but Billie ducks a clothesline and hits Sole Food for a near fall. Billie with a forearm to the back and a take down into a wrist lock. Billie stretches Ruby but Ruby with kicks and a drop kick.
Ruby with a splash into the corner and punches. Ruby avoids a splash into the corner and she has a kick blocked but Ruby sends Kay into the turnbuckles. Ruby with a Pele Kick for the three count.
Winner: Ruby Riot
After the match, Peyton tells Ruby she might be feeling good, but all you have done is prove that lightning strikes once, even for a gross tattooed loser like you. You will never be iconic.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we run through the card for Takeover Brooklyn III.
We have a video package for the Tag Title Match.
Paul Ellering reads from the Book of Domination and he says the prophecy was fulfilled. He talks of their dominance. Accept the dominance and accept the pain.
We look at what happened between Sanity and The Authors of Pain. Paul says that monsters are real. We see what happened last week when Eric Young returned to Sanity.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Roderick Strong versus Drew McIntyre
They lock up and McIntyre backs Strong into the corner and gives a clean break. They lock up again and Drew with a take down. They lock up again and Strong with a side head lock and Strong floats over and hits a jumping leg lariat for a near fall. Drew with an Irish whip and Strong tries to float over but Drew goes around and hits a boot to the midsection. McIntyre with a suplex throw. Strong with a drop kick followed by a baseball slide that sends Drew to the floor.
Strong with chops and then Drew with forearms. They go back and forth with forearms until Strong sends Drew into the apron. Strong charges at Drew and Drew sends Strong into the ring post. Drew chops Strong on the floor as they go around the ring. Strong with an enzuigiri on the apron followed by a back drop driver onto the apron as we go to commercial.
We are back and Strong with punches and kicks in the corner. Strong with a kick and a back breaker for a near fall. Strong with a seated abdominal stretch and strong with punches to the midsection. Strong with forearms but Drew with a punch. Strong with a chop and punches. Strong follows with a boot in the corner. Strong with a curb stomp. Strong with a front face lock and a camel clutch.
Drew with punches but Strong with a kick. Drew with a clothesline. Drew runs into a boot and Strong with a kick but Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Strong with a forearm and drew fires back. Drew with a chop and punches in the corner. Drew with a running forearm into the corner followed by another one and he goes to the apron. Drew with a double sledge off the turnbuckles. Strong with a boot and Drew with a kick. Drew with a reverse Alabama Slam for a near fall.
Drew sets for the Claymore but Strong with a jumping knee to counter. Strong with a cradle back breaker for a near fall. Strong with an enzuigiri on the apron but Drew with a head butt to stop Strong on the turnbuckles. Drew with a chop before he climbs the turnbuckles. Drew goes for a superplex but Strong crotches Drew and Drew is in the tree of woe. Drew powers up but Strong with punches.
Bobby Roode comes out and punches Strong.
Winner: Roderick Strong (by disqualification)
After the match, Roode attacks Drew in the tree of woe and he punches Drew. Roode goes to the floor and he sends Strong into the ring steps.
Roode stands over Drew with the title belt in his hand. Roode with a Glorious DDT.
Roode gets on the turnbuckles and taunts Strong on the floor.
We go to credits.
This Weeks Hot News:
SI.com’s Justin Barrasso is reporting that Flair had part of his bowel removed and the surgery “led to further complications” and he may have to remain in the hospital for over a month.
Barlow also said that Flair is dealing with “multiple organ problems” but he still has a long, tough recovery ahead of him. His daughter, current WWE superstar Charlotte, posted a photo of her family on Instagram and thanked everyone for their support.
Best wishes to Flair you are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon so we see you back strutting your stuff like only the “Nature Boy” can.
WWE “SummerSlam” lineup and predictions
“SummerSlam,” the second biggest event on the WWE calendar, takes place this Sunday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and airs live on the WWE Network.
The excitement for the show has been mixed and many of the matches feel like something you get almost any week on either “RAW” or “SmackDown,” but there’s no denying a heightened anticipation for the main event and who will leave as the WWE Universal Champion. Paul Heyman has stated repeatedly that he and Lesnar will leave WWE if “The Beast” loses his championship that night, feeding off rumors that Lesnar will return to the UFC.
Here is the entire card:
— Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
— WWE Championship: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
— United States Championship: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon as the special referee
— “RAW” Tag Team Championships: Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
— “RAW” Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
— “SmackDown” Women’s Championship: Naomi vs. Natalya
— John Cena vs. Baron Corbin
— Randy Orton vs. Rusev
— Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt
— Big Show vs. Big Cass with Enzo suspended over the ring in a shark cage
I am going to go left field here a say Braun Strowman wins the Universal Championship. I know it sounds crazy but it is fun to think he will but a surprise win. But, I could also see Brock win and continue his dominant reign;Shinsuke Nakamurathe wins WWE Championship,Baron; AJ Styles holds on to the United States after Shane McMahon gets involved, leading to an in-ring showdown with Kevin Owens; Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose band together to win gold; Sasha Banks dethrones Alexa Bliss; Carmella teases cashing in her case but holds off after Naomi wins; John Cena racks up another victory, as does Randy Orton; Balor transforms into “The Demon” gets revenge; Big Cass wins against the “injured” giant who is selling a broken hand; Tozawa gets a second straight win over his nemesis; The New Day still rocks as tag champs.While the Fatal 4-Way looks to be the most exciting match, don’t sleep on Sheamus and Cesaro versus Rollins and Ambrose, which could steal the show.Share This