WWE is live from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ll see more drama in the Samoa Joe-Brock Lesnar saga. But first Enzo Amore is in the ring and he has something to say to start off tonight’s episode…
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Enzo Amore kicks off tonight’s Raw
Enzo is still emotional about his break-up with Big Cass. Nothing can’t bring down the little guy. He’s climbed out of holes bigger than seven feet. And Cass is just a catchphrase that Enzo wrote (allegedly). Enzo says he’s a hard worker and he can make up his words. Enzo has a Tupac bandana on because it’s all eyes on him tonight. At Great Balls of Fire, it will be Big Cass vs. Enzo.
Big Cass is backstage and he’s not impressed with Enzo. He says he hasn’t met anyone who could talk so much and say nothing. Then outta nowhere, Enzo jumps on Cass’ back, taking down the big man. Cass counters, but officials run in to break everything up.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Nia Jax & WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss
Jax scoops up Bayley, but the former champion fights out. Nia quickly regains control and puts the boots to Bayley. But Ms. Hug Life fights back and has the bigger woman in trouble. Jax fights back, but Bayley makes the tag to Sasha. Banks comes in like a ball of lightning. Jax tries to use her strength to overpower Banks, but Sasha is way too quick and ring savvy.
Nia Jax is frustrated. Jax knocks Bayley off the apron and then charges into Ms. Hug Life, squashing her into the barricade.
We’re back from the commercial break, and Alexa has Sasha trapped in a headlock. Bayley was taken to the back during the commercial break, effectively making this contest a handicap match. Sasha fights out and takes down Alexa. Banks runs into Jax with a forearm, stunning the larger competitor on the apron. Sasha runs back and attacks Bliss.
The bad girls (Jax & Bliss) regain control and puts the hurtin’ on Sasha. But you can’t keep The Boss down too long. Sasha knocks Nia Jax out of the ring and out of the equation. Banks capitalizes on a prone Alexa Bliss with a Banks Statement. Bliss taps out.
Sasha Banks & Bayley defeat Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax
Raw Fallout: Sasha is ready for Sunday
Cedric Alexander vs. “The Scottish Supernova” Noam Dar
Alexander wants to shut up Dar for good tonight. Dar’s music hits and he introduces the returning Alicia Fox.
Cedric beats Dar into the corner to start the match. Alexander’s mind is too clouded by Fox and Dar’s relationship that he slips up and “The Scottish Supernova” takes control with a kick to the gut.
Fox distracts Cedric. Dar tries to capitalize on the distraction, but Alexander quickly turns the tide with a Lumbar Check. Cedric pins Dar, all while staring a hole through Alicia Fox at ringside.
Cedric Alexander defeat Noam Dar
Alexa Bliss Backstage Interview
MizTV w/ The Miztourage
The Miz talks trash about Dean Ambrose. Miz calls Ambrose the weak link and disappointment of The Shield. Dean just can’t handle the pressure, while The Miz thrives under the pressure. He made the IC title great again, not Dean Ambrose. “The Lunatic Fringe” is all about cracking jokes and staying out of the spotlight.
Ambrose’s music hits. All joking aside, The Lunatic Fringe wants to fight tonight.
Heath Slater comes out next, with Rhyno by his side. Listen, Heath got kids. He needs a title shot. Ambrose tells him to get to the back of the line. Miz says “when my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!”
The Miz doesn’t want to give a title shot to anyone. He has a 4th of July party to celebrate at the stroke of midnight tonight.
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle’s music hits. He makes an announcement regarding the Intercontinental title. The Miz will defend his title against Heath Slater next! And the winner will face Dean Ambrose for the title at Great Balls of Fire.
WWE Intercontinental Championship match: The Miz (c) vs. Heath Slater
Miz takes control in the early going of the match. But The Hollywood A-Lister gets too cocky and gets caught by Heath. Slater is kicking ass, and The Miz is reeling outside the ring as we go to the commercial break.
The Hollywood A-Lister is back in control as we return from the break. Miz drops Slater with a DDT. Miz throws Slater outside the ring, but Rhyno protects him from The Miztourage.
Slater manages to regain control. He hits a big kick. Slater scoopslams Miz from the top rope to the ring. The Miztourage takes out Rhyno. Slater is distracted and Miz capitalizes with a Skull Crushing Finale.
The Miz defeats Heath Slater to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Post-match: The Miztourage assault Heath Slater outside the ring. Dean Ambrose runs down to ringside to help out Slater. Ambrose takes out The Miztourages’ Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Ambrose rushes the ring and attempts a Dirty Deeds DDT on Miz, but can’t manage to hit the move. Axel charges the ring and takes out Ambrose. Dallas and Axel double-team Dean. The Miz and his Miztourage stand tall.
The screening of “The Shattered Truth”
Goldust is sitting on a director’s chair in the center of the ring. He says, “Let the games begin,” and attributes those words to the 2004 horror film Saw. Goldust has a masterpiece of his own to show the audience. The crowd watches a video entitled “The Shattered Truth.” We basically see last week’s beatdown on R-Truth, but in a fancy art film style.
After the film, R-Truth comes out of nowhere and attacks Goldust. Popcorn is everywhere. Apparently, Truth was having a snack during the screening of the short film. R-Truth kicks some golden ass tonight.
Seth Rollins vs. Curt Hawkins
Hawkins talks trash. He asks the crowd if he thinks that he’ll lose or… Rollins grabs the microphone, talks, and then fights. Hawkins wants the referee to ring the bell. Curt swings at Seth, but Rollins ducks and counters with a knee to Hawkins’ face.
Seth Rollins defeats Curt Hawkins
Post-Match: Seth Rollins picks up a microphone and starts talking trash about “The Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt.
Samoa Joe/Brock Lesnar Interview
Both main event men are talking trash. Lesnar calls Joe a coward for targeting Heyman. Lesnar says this has nothing to do with his manager, and is all about Lesnar and Joe.
Samoa Joe wants to fight now. Lesnar laughs at him. Lesnar knows that he’s a target because of his championship. Both men run down big names that they’ve beat. Lesnar doesn’t look fazed and this pisses off Joe even more. Joe is angry and is done talking.
Joe walks backstage looking for Lesnar. WWE officials along with Raw GM Kurt Angle try to hold him back. Joe finds Lesnar’s room, but can’t get to Brock because he has over a dozen guys holding him back. Joe is furious. Lesnar remains unshaken. It’s almost as if this entire incident seems comical to The Beast.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali is using his high-flying action to keep control of the champion. Ali is jumping all over the place and throwing Neville around with him. Mustafa ascends the top rope, but takes way too long. Neville gets up and strikes Ali from behind. Now, Neville is ascending the top rope and is about to send Ali flying. Neville screws up the move, Ali lands on his feet and the champion lands on his neck.
Ali capitalizes on the injured Neville and hits a big move. Ali goes for the cover. 1…2…kick out!
Mustafa ascends the top rope again, but Neville gets up and knocks Ali off the ropes. Ali hits his face on the barricade. Neville is still clutching his neck. The champion is hurt. The referee starts the count on Ali.
Neville exits the ring and throws Ali back into the ring before the referee makes the 10 count. Neville is vicious, stomping Ali into the corner. The King of the Cruiserweights charges at Ali and slams his knee into Mustafa’s face.
While Ali tries to recover, Neville taunts the crowd. The champion turns around and continues the assault on Ali. Neville whips Ali into the ropes and then uses his momentum to throw Ali high into the air. Ali lands on his face. Neville slowly picks up his opponent, but Ali counters.
Mustafa is regaining ground. But then outta nowhere Neville hits a wicked clothesline. Neville quickly locks in The Rings of Saturn. Ali taps out. The look on Neville’s face is that of pure insanity, his eyes are wild and wide. The king is mad!
Neville defeats Mustafa Ali
Bray Wyatt Desert Promo
Wyatt talks about the mythology of the sun; telling the story of a deity so cruel that it will blind you if you stare directly at it. Wyatt’s fire has been burning wild ever since his arrival on Monday Night Raw. This Sunday, he will take out Seth Rollins. And when Seth looks into the eyes of the “Eater of Worlds” he won’t go blind, but his eyes will burn.
Finn Balor vs. Cesaro
Finn gains control in the early going. Balor and Cesaro exchange big moves. Finn takes down Cesaro and stands tall as we go to the commercial break.
Cesaro is in control as we come back from the break. But Balor quickly regains control. Cesaro falls out of the ring. Finn runs the apron and kicks Cesaro in the face. Finn is dominant. But “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro turns the tide and hits a big uppercut.
Finn gains ground, but Elias Samson’s guitar riff interrupts things. But Balor still takes out Cesaro. Sheamus distracts the referee and Samson grabs Balor’s leg and pulls him down. The Hardy’s come down to ringside and assault Samson. Sheamus takes out Matt with a Brogue Kick. Jeff runs the apron and leaps onto Sheamus. Then Cesaro emerges and kicks Jeff into next week.
Balor decides to take out everyone with a suicide dive. Finn scoops up Cesaro and takes him out with a Coup de Grace in the ring.
Finn Balor defeats Cesaro
Braun Strowman Open Challenge
Strowman is angry, hungry and wants competition. Titus O’Neil comes out with an answer to Strowman’s challenge. O’Neil has someone he thinks will defeat The Monster Among Men. Out comes Apollo Crews.
Braun Strowman vs. Apollo Crews
Braun dominates much of this match. Apollo looks to be in over his head with The Monster Among Men. Strowman beats Crews down like it’s nobody’s business. Braun throws Crews out of the ring like a ragdoll. “Get out of my ring,” yells Braun.
Apollo manages to crawl back into the ring before the count of 10. But Braun immediately traps Crews into a submission hold, locking down on Crews’ neck and shoulder blades. But Crews rallies back and is able to regain ground, taking the fight to the much bigger men and getting some big-time kicks in on his opponent. But Braun quickly counters and crushes Crews.
Strowman lands a sidewalk slam on Apollo and goes for the cover. 1…2…Braun picks up Crews. He’s not finished with Apollo yet. He hits two more sidewalk slams before he ends the match for good.
Braun Srowman defeats Apollo Crews
Post-Match: Strowman continues the assault on Apollo. Titus O’Neil comes in the ring to defend his client. Titus is nose-to-nose with The Monster Among Men. O’Neil hits the first punch. But Strowman immediately fires back and takes down Titus. Braun picks Titus up by his belt and levels him with a sidewalk slam. The Monster grabs Apollo, drags him out of the ring, and throws him over the barricade. Strowman climbs over the barrier and drags Crews to an ambulance and throws his victim inside. Strowman strikes the ambulance and a siren goes off. Strowman strikes the ambulance a couple more times. The Monster looks puzzle, wondering why the ambulance didn’t drive off yet. The siren goes off and Braun walks up to the driver’s door and looks inside the window. He open’s the door and Roman Reigns immediately pops up and hits him in the mouth. Reigns takes control and spears Braun off the entrance ramp into some studio equipment. But somehow, Strowman gets to his feet, as he leans up against the ambulance for support.
WWE Monday Night Raw Announced Matches
- Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Nia Jax & Alexa Bliss
- Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar
- WWE Intercontinental Championship match: The Miz (c) vs. Heath Slater
- Seth Rollins vs. Curt Hawkins
- Neville vs. Mustafa Ali
- Finn Balor vs. Cesaro
- Braun Strowman vs. Apollo Crews