The last few weeks I’ve waited with baited breath for Raw to give me another chapter in the saga of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. And tonight, they showed that they are not screwing around. This is how you build a story. Twice the the olive branch (albeit in the form of a fist bump) was offered, twice it was rejected. The second time resulted in a tussle between brothers. However, an ambush from Cesaro and Sheamus united the Hounds of Justice. And just when you think it’s over, here comes Kurt Angle. At Summerslam, it’s going to be Cesaro and Sheamus vs Ambrose and Rollins.
When we come back from commercial, there was a silver chair in the entryway that would be sat in by Alexa Bliss. This match followed the same path Nia Jax matches go. Sasha Banks was just tossed around here with reckless abandon. Smashed seemingly headfirst into the barricade by Nia Jax. This was brains over brawn. Jax would just abuse Banks the whole match, but somehow Sasha Banks would somehow find away out. Getting her hand on the ropes, or rolling out to prevent a pin. And in the end, Banks was victorious over Nia Jax, tapping her out to the Bank Statement.
It’s been going on for five months, but I love the constant teasing of the Broken Hardyz. Tonight it was used as a device to explain that the Revival are a no go for Summerslam, and to set up a Miz vs Jason Jordan match. As Miz went off about not getting the respect he deserves by being the Intercontinental Champion, we find out that Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt are tearing into each other. Instead of a match at Summerslam between the pair, tonight is the night!
The segment with Big Cass, Enzo and Big Show seemed dead on arrival for most of it. The promos were almost the same. Same notes, same old same old. The shark cage that will be inhabited by Enzo Amore on Sunday was in the ring, and that was seemingly the only difference. Then, just after Big Show came out to confront a pontificating Cass, he was ambushed by The Club. The trio of Cass, Anderson and Gallows, then bound Big Show to the cage, and continuously stomped his hand. The anon ce team says they will be giving us updates as the evening progresses.
Tonight WWE decided that their 6 hour shows are to much, because not only are we getting Balor and Wyatt later tonight, we also got the Cruiserweight Championship bout between Neville and Akira Tozawa tonight. And what a match it was. This was a war. A battle of wills. Stiff shots, and big spots were traded back and forth. Tozawa hit a suicide dive, and Neville responded a Superplex. Neville tried the Rings of Saturn, and Tozawa turned it into a pinning attempt. Neville went for the Red Arrow, and Tozawa hit a Senton bomb, and won the title. King Neville is dead. Long live King Tozawa. Titus O’Neill bum rushed Tozawa with pure joy, and was joined in kind by Apollo Crews to complete Titus Worldwide.
Going into the match between Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor, I was unsure of what I wanted to see. I love Finn Balor, and I love Bray Wyatt. When Wyatt won the title at Elimination Chamber, I was ecstatic. When Wyatt lost that title at Wrestlemania, I was inconsolable. But Finn Balor is just cool. I don’t know of any other way to describe it. He’s just cool. In the end, Wyatt beat Balor with Sister Abigail. That seems less important than the craziness post match. Wyatt was celebrating, and Balor was recuperating in the corner, and the horror graphic came up twice, and when it was over, Bray Wyatt had a bucket of blood. He doused Balor in the fluid, and sat against the ropes singing while Balor was squirming. At least this wasn’t the blowoff match.
Finn Balor was back on TV after a forgettable Emma vs Mickie James match, and he confirmed the Demon will be making an appearance at Summerslam.
Miz and Jason Jordan were set to square off next, and the entrances took almost as much time as the match. Jordan gained the upper hand quickly, and the Miztourage interfered, and that lead to the Hardyz coming out and making the save. Poetry in Motion, German suplex, and the good guys hold the ring. It lead to a six-man tag. Hardyz and Jordan vs the Miztourage. I don’t have much to say about it other than it was fine, and I wish Jason Jordan would get a warmer reception, because he deserves it.
Last segment! Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and Brock Lesnar all in the ring together. First out came Lesnar and Paul Heyman, and Heyman gave a long and rambling promo about how badass Lesnar is. Then came Samoa Joe, to talk about how he’s putting Lesnar to sleep. Strowman was next, to talk about how he can’t be knocked down. Reigns came out next, and put down Samoa Joe. Strowman put down Reigns, and then Lesnar and Strowman got into it, and in the end they were separated by the locker room. Good show, it should get your blood pumping for Summerslam!