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RAW Recap 7/24


Tonight started off with a chorus of “You suck” welcoming Kurt Angle to the ring. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Summerslam? or Jason Jordan? Well, we got both! Jason Jordan is making his RAW debut later on tonight.

As Angle is about to make the announcement for the title match at The Biggest Party of The Summer, Braun Strowman comes out, and demands that he gets the match. He should, since out of Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns and Strowman, only Strowman won his match at Great Balls of Fire. Eventually Joe, and Reigns both come out, and make their cases. After a trio of good reasons, we are getting a Fatal 4way,  On a sidetone, Booker T killed me tonight. There was a post promo beatdown, and security came out. Braun Strowman tossed one of those guards from the ring to almost the base of the ramp. And Booker T bellows “We’re going to need more security!” If I can get more of that and less of “shucks ducky quack quack” I’ll be quite happy.

Last week, we were promised a no disqualification match between Elias Samson and Finn Balor, and that was the very next segment. Finn Balor came out scowling on the way to the ring, When he got there, he tossed his jacket at Samson to blind him, and we were on! The match was passable, and it had a few chair shots, but this match ended after Balor was assaulted by Bray Wyatt after the Coup De Grace. Wyatt stayed after Samson picked up the victory. It seems that at Summerslam, Balor gets Bray Waytt.

Enzo Amore seems to think it would be a good idea for him to go after Big Cass without a plan. Enzo Amore is an idiot. In his return match against Big Cass, Enzo once again got decimated. Cass tried to initiate a post match beatdown, but Big Show saved the day. He may have saved Enzo Amore, but the faster, younger Cass got the best Big Show.

Nia Jax squashed Emma. I mention this because it could be leading to something later. It was so fast. I feel like Finn Balor’s entrance is longer than that match.

I haven’t been quiet about how much I love the Titus Brand stuff, and this week may have been my favorite. Akira Tozawa had a match against Daiviari  and Titus O’Neill had it cancelled due to an injury Tozawa sustained on 205 Live. Tozawa angry, stormed out to the ring and he was followed by a very concerned Titus O’Neill. After the commercial break, Tozawa on the mic demanded Daivari come out, only to be greeted by Neville. Neville started berating Tozawa. After a few minutes, Tozawa had enough and whooped Neville. Both, however were then whooped by Daivari, who appeared out of nowhere.

To determine the Number 1 contender for the RAW Women’s title, there was a match between Sasha Banks and Bayley. This was a slow match that grew beautifully. The way this match played out reminded me of the match between Johnny Gargano and Tomassio Ciampia at last years Cruiserweight Classic. Fast and emotional. These two friends even slapped each other. The match ended when Sasha Banks hit a frog splash, and Bayley was able to roll it over into a pin, and Bayley gets the victory.

I’m not mad that Jason Jordan is getting a singles run. I’m not mad about how they broke up American Alpha. I get it. If this angle (get it?) falls flat, you could in theory put American Alpha back together. So, I’m going to try to put them back together. But is a match against Curt Hawkins the best way to do that? Jason Jordan easily won his match. You could tell that he is 100% into this story. If Jordan keeps on wrestling with the intensity that he displayed on that match, then he and Angle might be able to pull off this story.

The Revival are the best tag team on the planet. I don’t think its even close. They started their segment by kicking Charley Caruso out of the ring so they could interview themselves. And right when their match with Gallows and Anderson started, they were trying to do one of their quick tags, when the crowd screamed about it. Dawson started yelling at the crowd. The Revival won the match with the Shatter Machine when the Hardyz came out and distracted Gallows and Anderson. The Hardyz started a post match scuffle with The Revival, but they got out before to much damage was done.

The main event for the evening was the handicapped match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs The Miz and the Miztourage. Ambrose and Rollins were looking so good in this match. It felt like a proper Shield reunion. This was an exciting match. It ended with a perfectly timed spot. Miz had Ambrose in a Skull Crushing Finale, when Rollins came out of nowhere with a flying knee to set up the Dirty Deeds.

After the match Ambrose and Rollins embraced in the middle of the ring. But Ambrose left Rollins with his fist out looking for the Shield pose. It didn’t happen. Maybe next week! I’ll see you guys then!

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