RAW General Manager Kurt Angle is waiting in the ring as his music plays.
Angle thanks everyone who competed at Extreme Rules last night and says he’s proud of the dedication. Angle says one Superstar who has not shown the same is WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Some fans boo. Angle talks about the ultimatum he issued Lesnar and fans cheer when he mentions possibly stripping Lesnar of the title. Angle says he’s serious. Angle says he hasn’t heard from Lesnar or his representatives in 24 hours so he is now stripping Lesnar of the title. Fans pop but we hear Paul Heyman’s voice. Heyman appears on the stage to a mixed reaction.
Heyman introduces himself but Angle cuts him off and says Heyman is wasting his time unless Lesnar is coming out. Heyman acts like he’s about to introduce Lesnar but then says his client is not here. Angle says Heyman leaves him no choice – he is stripping Lesnar. Heyman screams in protest again and enters the ring. With all due respect, Heyman thinks Angle and the entire WWE Universe has it all wrong. Heyman goes on and says people think Lesnar is only focused on his UFC future but that’s not true as Lesnar loves being in WWE, loves being the Universal Champion. Angle asks why the hell doesn’t Lesnar show up. Heyman says Lesnar wants to represent the entire WWE Universe and challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Title with the WWE Universal Title around his waist. Some fans boo. Heyman says when Lesnar becomes the UFC Heavyweight Champion next time, he does it representing WWE as the Universal Champion, as a two-sport champion.
Angle says more power to Lesnar when it comes to the gold but he’s going to keep it simple – Lesnar will defend the title at SummerSlam or he is no longer champion. Fans continue to chant for Angle to take the title. Angle tells Heyman to give him an answer. Heyman gives Angle for his negotiation skills and says Lesnar will defend the title at SummerSlam. Heyman congratulates us all, on behalf of his client, for speaking up and getting more Lesnar. Heyman goes on with a promo and now it’s up to Angle to find out who will be beaten, victimized and conquered by Lesnar at SummerSlam. The music interrupts Heyman’s closing line and out comes Bobby Lashley.
Lashley says he had two goals in mind when he came back to WWE. He met the first by defeating Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules. Now it’s time to accomplish the other. Lashley stares at Heyman and backs him into the corner a bit. Lashley says that other goal is to beat Lesnar and take the title. The music hits and out comes Drew McIntyre next. McIntyre says he didn’t come back to help the roster or stand in Dolph Ziggler’s corner. Phase one was to get the WWE Intercontinental Title around Ziggler’s waist and now it’s time for phase two. Fans chant “yes!” as McIntyre enters the ring now – the Universal Title. The music interrupts again and out comes Seth Rollins.
Rollins enters the ring and gets in McIntyre’s face as fans do the “burn it down” chant. Rollins says if Angle is looking for an opponent for Lesnar, he’s here. Out next comes Elias with his guitar. Elias enters the ring while talking and says his debut album drops next week. Elias says Angle should ride that success and book him against Lesnar at SummerSlam. Finn Balor is out next as his music hits. Balor points out how he was the first Universal Champion and says it only makes sense that it should be Balor vs. Lesnar. Roman Reigns is out next to a loud, mixed reaction. Reigns slowly marches to the ring as Lashley and others look on. Reigns says he doesn’t have any excuses and doesn’t give a damn about Lesnar, all he wants is to fight someone tonight. Angle says they are all deserving to be out here. He announces two Triple Threats tonight. The winners will face each other next week to determine Lesnar’s SummerSlam opponent. It will be Elias vs. Rollins vs. Lashley and Reigns vs. Balor vs. McIntyre, which starts now. All 6 Superstars face off in the ring as Angle’s music hits. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Constable Baron Corbin confronts Kurt Angle backstage. Corbin isn’t happy about the Triple Threats and wonders if Angle even got the matches approved. Angle didn’t think he had to. Corbin asks why Angle didn’t put him in one of the matches and Angle says he didn’t deserve it.
#1 Contenders Triple Threat: Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
We go to the ring and Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Finn Balor are all facing off. The bell rings and they all go at it.
Back and forth early on in the match. Balor dropkicks McIntyre and Reigns clotheslines McIntyre over the top. Balor sends Reigns over the top to the floor. Balor runs the ropes and hits a big dive, taking out Reigns and McIntyre on the floor. McIntyre turns it around on Balor in the ring now. Reigns comes in but Drew nails a belly-to-belly throw for a 2 count. More back and forth now. McIntyre goes back to work on Reigns and nails a suplex for a 2 count. McIntyre works Balor over in the corners now. McIntyre turns back to Reigns and drops him with a right hand for another 2 count.
McIntyre mounts Reigns with strikes now, keeping him down as the referee warns him. McIntyre knocks Balor off the apron and into the barrier. McIntyre takes his time in the ring and stalks Reigns while he’s down. McIntyre with a neckbreaker for another 2 count on Reigns. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and McIntyre is beating on Reigns in the corner. McIntyre nails Balor on the floor and brings him back in the ring. McIntyre keeps Reigns and Balor down with boots now. Reigns turns it around on McIntyre now. Balor drops Reigns with a forearm. Reigns drops Balor with a big clothesline. Balor and Reigns end up on the floor now. McIntyre runs the rope and nails a huge dive, taking out Reigns on the floor. Balor runs over and pushes McIntyre shoulder-first into the steel steps. Balor runs from the apron and nails a stomp to the back of the neck.
Balor brings it back into the ring with Reigns and nails a double stomp for a 2 count. Balor ends up going to the top after more back & forth. Balor looks to hit the Coup de Grace on Reigns but Drew comes up on the apron and hits Balor with a steel chair, which is legal under Triple Threat rules. Balor lands hard. McIntyre comes in on Reigns with the chair but Reigns turns it around with strikes in the corner. Reigns goes shoulder-first into the ring post as McIntyre counters. McIntyre covers for a 2 count as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Reigns unloads on McIntyre. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch but Drew blocks it and hits a Spinebuster for a 2 count. Balor runs in and hits Drew with a steel chair from behind. Balor unloads on Reigns with the chair now as fans pop. Balor runs outside of the ring and dropkicks Drew into the barrier. Reigns runs over and Balor moves but Reigns hits a Spear on Drew into the barrier. Balor with a Slingblade on Reigns. Balor brings Reigns in the ring now.
Balor with another Slingblade to Reigns. Balor goes for another but Reigns hits the Superman Punch. Balor still kicks out at 2. Reigns talks to himself and shakes the ropes now as some fans boo. Reigns calls for the Spear but Balor kicks him in the head. Balor kicks Reigns into the corner. Balor goes to the top and hits the Coup de Grace but Drew breaks the pin by pulling Balor out of the ring. Drew beats up Balor and sends him into the steel steps. Drew returns to the ring and gets hyped up as Balor recovers. Reigns nails a Superman Punch on Drew. Balor rolls Reigns up for 2. Balor eats a Superman Punch. Drew with a Glasgow Kiss to Reigns. Reigns dodges a Claymore Kick but it hits Balor. Reigns with a Superman Punch to Drew to knock him out of the ring. Reigns with a Spear on Balor for the pin and the spot in next week’s match.
Winner: Roman Reigns
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