The show opens with the newly-crowned Universal Champion Roman Reigns making his entrance.
He soaks in the atmosphere a moment before saying he’s a man of his word– he said he was going to beat Brock Lesnar, and he did it. He also said when he won it, he’d defend it, and that’s what he plans on doing TONIGHT. Typically he’d make it real easy and open it up to anyone that wants to step up, but he’s got one man in mind, a man that won this title here in Brooklyn and he got hurt and never had a chance to win it back.
Since he won it in Brooklyn, he’s gonna defend it tonight, against Finn Balor!
Enter Finn Balor. He greets Roman cheerfully and accepts his challenge, vowing to take his title back tonight. Reigns offers a hand to make it official and Finn shakes.
Enter Constable Baron Corbin, here to poop on the party. He says the match isn’t gonna happen, and if Finn thinks he’ll be rewarded for the stunt he pulled last night, no-showing in favor of the Demon, an unprofessional and cowardly act. Plus with all the lights, smoke, and noise, Corbin couldn’t hear the bell ring and as far as he’s concerned the match never happened, so tonight he’s wrestling Finn Balor the man.
The Big Dog tells Baron if he sucked as bad as he did last night he’d forget about it, too. Corbin says the only reason Roman is champion is because Brock Lesnar was more worried about Braun Strowman than he was about him. Reigns closes in on him and Kurt Angle makes his entrance to play peacemaker. He says Corbin let the Constable thing get to his head, and here on Raw he makes the matches, not Baron.
He doesn’t care what the Lone Wolf thinks, but he does care what Brooklyn thinks, and he polls them on Roman’s prospective title match. They’re into it, so he makes Reigns/Balor official! Baron has a match tonight too, starting right now, against…Bobby Lashley!
Back from commercial, Finn Balor is taping himself up in the locker room when Braun Strowman rolls up on him.
Braun reminds Finn of what he said last night about cashing in from behind and wanting to do things face-to-face, so he wants to wish Balor good luck tonight.
Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Universal Championship)
Collar and elbow, Reigns backing Balor in the corner and throwing him aside when referee Dan Engler orders the break. Finn goes behind, waistlock, catches an elbow and Roman grabs a side headlock. Shot off, duck a lariat but the shoulder block lands true! Whip across, sunset flip, only two, to the apron and Reigns counters the enzuigiri with a big slicing right that sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Roman has a side headlock in but Finn fights out with body blows. Big shot to the midsection from the Big Dog, Balor gasping in the ropes, whip reversed, sunset flip but he rolls through into a basement dropkick to stagger the champion! To their feet, pass to the floor, dropkick through the ropes and Finn hits the Penalty Kick only for Reigns to catch it and trip him up on the apron!
Back inside, cover gets two, and Roman hammer whips Balor into the turnbuckles hard! Big right hand, charging in, boots up in the corner, duck a lariat, hits one of his own, double leg into the double stomp, fired up, Finn in with chops in the corner, whip reversed, up and over, more chops and Reigns shrugs them off! To the corner for the repeated lariats, off the ropes and Balor wipes him out with a dropkick!
Off the ropes… TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, cover… NOPE! A look of disbelief on the Irishman’s face sends us to break.
Back from commercial and Balor is down and out with Reigns standing over him. To his feet, blocking a right from Roman, firing his own back, slicing right gets the Pele kick and both guys are down and out on the mat! Finn with a flurry of punches, repeated stomps in the ropes, referee Dan Engler warns him off! The Big Dog with the sitout powerbomb… NOPE!
Calling for it, Superman Punch blocked with a kick, inverted headlock elbow drop… NOT ENOUGH! Shove into the corner, to the apron, gamengiri knocks the Big Dog down, up top, Roman recovers, fails to cut him off, lands on his feet, Sling Blade, beckoning him up… SHOTGUN DROPKICK COUNTERED WITH THE SUPERMAN PUNCH! Reigns looking to the sky, trying to figure out what he needs to do to put Finn away and there’s only one answer…
He howls, charges in, and gets cut off with a knee! Victory roll… NO! SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Braun Strowman comes to ringside, and Balor hits Sling Blade! Shotgun dropkick, up top… COUP DE GRACE COMES UP EMPTY! SPEAR! IT’S OVER!
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with a spear, retaining the WWE Universal Championship.
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Constable Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor
Finn is fighting in the Demon paint here and Corbin is shook, complaining this isn’t what he agreed to.
Shotgun dropkick right out the gates, Sling Blade, lariat over the ropes… TOPE CON GIRO! Back inside, Baron flees out the next side, but Finn hits a Sling Blade on the floor! Shotgun dropkick into the barricade and the action heads back inside. Enzuigiri from the apron, up top, diving double stomp to the back of the neck! Shotgun dropkick, headed up top…
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace
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Finn Balor & Braun Strowman versus Kevin Owens & Jinder Mahal (with Sunil Singh)
Before the match starts, Kurt Angle comes out to encourage to crowd to tell him he sucks. Kurt says Stephanie may have approved this match, but he makes the matches around here. Kurt says he can add to this. It will not be a handicap match, it will be a tag team match. Kurt announces Finn Balor’s partner and it is Braun Strowman.
They make a wish with Balor and Owens with an Irish whip. Balor gets his feet up and avoids a splash. Strowman tags in and Owens tags in Mahal. Strowman with a shoulder tackle while Owens goes into the crowd. Strowman misses a clothesline and Mahal with punches. Strowman with a clothesline. Strowman with a kick to the midsection. Strowman with an Irish whip and splash into the corner.
Strowman with a shoulder tackle. Strowman with a clothesline to the chest and Balor tags in. Strowman slams Balor onto Mahal and Balor gets a near fall. Mahal with a jaw breaker but Balor with a drop kick to send Mahal to the floor. Balor is almost tripped by Owens but it distracts him. Strowman chases Owens and Balor with a plancha onto Mahal and Owens.
We are back and Mahal with a half nelson and chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Mahal hit Balor with a back elbow. Mahal with a kick to the midsection and Owens tags in and connects with an elbow drop or three. Owens with punches to Balor. Mahal tags in but he stops Balor from making the tag. Jinder with a jumping knee drop to the ribs for a near fall. Mahal returns to the half nelson and chin lock. Mahal with a bear hug and he runs Balor into the corner. Balor gets his boots up and sends Mahal to the floor. Balor crawls across the ring to make the tag but Owens tags in and he applies a front face lock. Balor with a forearm and Owens stops Balor.
Balor with slingblade. Strowman and Mahal tag in and Braun with shoulder tackles and he knocks Owens off the apron. Braun with a clothesline and he goes to the floor to pick up Sunil and run him into Owens. Strowman misses a charge into the corner and Mahal with a Harley Race knee but it has no effect. Strowman with a power slam for the three count.
Winners: Braun Strowman and Finn Balor
After the match, Owens runs to the back and Strowman follows.
Corbin hits End of Days on Balor when Balor was looking at the ramp.
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Reigns gets to his feet and is getting cheered much more than he’s booed. Corbin leaves the ring and starts walking up the ramp like he’s forfeiting the match. Finn Balor’s music hits, and he blocks Corbin from leaving. Corbin angrily backs up and turns into Reigns leaping off the steps with a Superman Punch. Reigns gets him in the ring and hits a Spear for the win.
Reigns celebrates his win by high-fiving some fans at ringside before walking up to Finn Balor and giving him a fist bump. Balor gets in the ring and slowly takes off his jacket while Corbin struggles to his feet. Balor dropkicks him into the corner and connects with the Coup de Grace.
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Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out comes Finn Balor for tonight’s opening match. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Brock Lesnar is backstage reading a magazine. Paul Heyman walks in and asks if he just saw what happened. Lesnar asks why would he be watching the show, he doesn’t watch the show. Heyman says Lesnar needs to see what Roman Reigns said about him. Heyman pulls out his phone to show Lesnar but Lesnar throws the phone into the wall and sits back down. We go back to the ring and Constable Baron Corbin makes his way out.
The bell rings and they go at it, going to the corner. Balor gets sent to the floor but he runs right back in for some brawling. Corbin sends Balor right back to the floor but he runs back in and throws forearms. Balor keeps Corbin with a side headlock now. Corbin fights out and drops Balor with an elbow to the jaw. Balor’s lip is busted open it appears. Corbin takes Balor to the corner and places him on the top turnbuckle. Corbin rocks Balor but he fights back. Balor with a missile dropkick, sending Corbin out to the floor for a breather. Balor runs around the ring and drops Corbin with a forearm.
Balor brings it back into the ring but Corbin keeps looking for the comeback. Corbin decks Balor while he’s on the apron now. Corbin knocks Balor to the floor with a huge clothesline. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Corbin has turned it around. Corbin keeps Balor grounded in the middle of the ring now. Corbin floors Balor with another big clothesline for a 2 count. Corbin keeps Balor grounded again now. Balor gets an opening and nails a dropkick, sending Corbin back out of the ring. Balor comes over to the ropes but Corbin decks him and drops him on the apron. Fans boo as Corbin stays out for the breather. Corbin returns to the ring and taunts Balor while he’s down.
Balor counters and stomps Corbin. Balor takes Corbin to the corner for big strikes. Corbin overpowers again but Balor counters. Balor runs into a big boot. Balor comes right back with an enziguri, sending Corbin back to the floor. Balor runs the ropes and nails a huge dive, taking Corbin down on the floor. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Corbin has Balor down in the middle of the ring. Balor looks to make a comeback now. Corbin blocks the Slingblade. Balor runs the ropes and blocks a chokeslam. Balor drops Corbin for a 2 count. Balor with a Slingblade now. Balor charges but Corbin chokeslams him into the backbreaker for a close 2 count.
Corbin shuts Balor’s comeback again but Balor drops him in the corner. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but has to land on his feet as Corbin moves. Corbin nails a Deep Six for another close 2 count. Corbin with splashes in the corner. Balor with a dropkick as he gets ready for another big shot on the floor. Balor charges and sends Corbin into the barrier. Balor brings it back into the ring and dropkicks Corbin into the corner. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Corbin moves out of the way. Corbin catches Balor with End of Days for the pin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
– After the match, Corbin stands tall as we go to replays. Corbin leaves up the ramp but stops and looks back at Balor. Corbin enters the ring to attack but Balor tries to fight. Corbin sends Balor out to the floor and works him over against the barrier as fans boo. Corbin raises his arms in the air and smiles, heading to the back as officials check on Balor.
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Backstage, Finn Balor is talking to Chad Gable about Evolution and Chad wants to know if they’re bringing anybody back. Somebody walks by with Finn’s suitcase and the next guy has his jacket. He explains they’ve been given orders from Constable Corbin to move him to a new locker room and Balor asks him to show him. The new locker room is a child’s plastic play house.
Corbin rolls up and says after his victory at Extreme Rules he felt he was too big a superstar to not have his own locker room. Finn says he’s great and always wanted his very own Finn’s Funhouse and thanks him for it. Baron tells him to get ready for his match tonight against Drew McIntyre.
Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor
McIntyre takes a knee mockingly to start and Balor immediately starts throwing kicks and goes for a leg pick only to get clubbed to the mat. Drew presses the attack with chops but gets dropkicked to the floor… TOPE CON GIRO SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, McIntyre is in control with a kneeling armbar but Balor posts to his feet and breaks with body blows only to get whipped hard into the corner. Straight suplex, into a chickenwing chinlock, Finn breaks out, off the ropes with forearm smashes, into a tilt-a-whirl DDT… NOPE! Chops in the corner, whip reversed, Drew catches him on an up and over but Finn gets to the apron and lands the enzuigiri!
Up top, nobody home, Sling Blade, shotgun dropkick, up top, Dolph Ziggler crotches him and referee Rod Zapata has no choice…
Finn Balor wins by disqualification.
Ziggler and McIntyre put boots to Balor… SETH ROLLINS MAKES THE SAVE! DOUBLE LEG ON DOLPH INTO MOUNTED PUNCHES! Ziggler gets away!
Kurt Angle comes down and restarts the match as a tag match!
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor & Seth Rollins
Rollins and Balor come down the ramp and drag the heels back in the ring! Finn runs Dolph off and they double team Drew, clotheslining him to the floor together!
Ziggler returns to the ring, collar and elbow with Rollins, side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, hip toss into a cover, only good for two! Circling, kick to the midsection, repeated punches back Seth into the corner, more body blows, Rollins turns it around and lays his chops in before dumping Dolph to the floor. Plancha follows up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins gets a cover for two and butterflies Ziggler’s arms before making the tag. In with chops, roll-through into the basement dropkick, only two! Forearm to McIntyre, Dolph rams Finn into the corner and tags out. Drew in hot putting boots to Balor, and into the kneeling armbar, scraping his forearm bone across Finn’s face.
Hard whip to the corner, baseball slide sends Balor to the floor and McIntyre follows after with a military press drop into the apron! Back inside, tag made, putting boots to Finn but he fights back with punches, reaching, off the ropes into a back elbow and Balor hits the Pele kick in return! Both men down and out, Drew tags in first but Seth follows soon after and hits a suicide dive!
Springboard lariat to come back in, diving blockbuster, only two, Rollins tunes the band up, kick to the midsection, clear Ziggler from the apron, float over a slam, Avada Kedavra connects… DOLPH MAKES THE SAVE! Balor in with the Sling Blade, he runs into a superkick to follow, Seth takes Ziggler out but gets cut off with the inverted Alabama Slam… NOPE!
Electric chair, Rollins fights out, Frankensteiner, off the ropes…
Finn Balor & Seth Rollins win by pinfall with Blackout from Rollins on Dolph Ziggler.
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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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