Washington DC hosted Monday Night Raw which saw the card for the Biggest Party of the Summer start to shape up. General Manager Kurt Angle announced the main event of Summerslam with the three challengers for the Universal Title in Brooklyn engage in utter warfare, while Angles son Jason Jordan made his Raw in-ring debut. Also we saw a Number One Contenders Match for Alexa Bliss’ Raw Women’s Championship at Summerslam, along with an explosive main event where former Shield Brothers Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins had to contend with The Miz, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel.
Kurt Angle kicked off the show to announce the main event of Summerslam before he was interrupted by Strowman, Joe & Reigns. All three men ran through reasons as to why they are the one to slay the beast, and Kurt Angle proceeded to book a huge main event for the Biggest Party of the Summer, it will be Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe for the Universal Title. The situation then exploded as all three men brawled, emptying the entire locker room to try and separate them. One security guard took an enormous bump. This was the perfect way to kick off the show after an underwhelming Smackdown PPV; the intensity was great and all four men feel like the biggest stars in the world. Absolutely perfect stuff, hopefully they can continue this intensity and momentum into Summerslam.
Finn Balor battled Elias Samson in a fantastic No DQ Match! Finn Balor was more intense and aggressive than we have seen in a long time, which is great considering the guitar shot he took last week. Just as Balor looked to have the match won, Bray Wyatt appeared and hit Sister Abigail handing the win to Samson. The Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor feud is overflowing with potential but the damage done to Wyatt’s character is going to take a lot to recover, if nothing else this should lead to the return of the Demon Finn Balor at Summerslam; but the potential in this feud is unbelievable.
Big Cass completely destroyed Enzo Amore from start to finish in their match. After the match Big Show came out to try and make the save but Cass got the upper hand hitting Empire Elbow after Empire Elbow, taking out the big man. This was nothing we hadn’t seen before and a real backward step in the feud, Big Cass is at serious risk of completely floundering as a heel.
Emma backstage told Kurt Angle she was going to date his son Jason Jordan, resulting in the GM putting her in a match with Nia Jax. This was a squash from start to finish once again demonstrating just how devastating Nia Jax can be. Her new finisher of a flipping senton displays unbelievable athleticism and looks incredible. Such a shame Emma has been reduced to this, she is capable of so much better and has never really had the chance to show it.
Akira Tozawa sought revenge but Titus O’Neil tried his best to protect his client by cancelling the match. Tozawa slapped Titus and called Daivari out, but got the Cruiserweight Champion instead. The two brawled before Daivari interjected himself into the title picture by laying waste to both Neville & Tozawa. An odd choice for someone to add to the mix before Summerslam but it is fresh and unexpected, so cannot really complain here. Solid stuff once again.
Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to become the Number One Contender for Alexa Bliss’ Raw Women’s Championship at Summerslam. The two best friends battled in a wonderful match that really interjected life into the crowd. Interesting that WWE is going Bliss vs Bayley so soon after the disastrous Kendo Stick on a Pole match. All signs here pointed to an eventually heel turn by Sasha Banks, perhaps that will come at Summerslam? Either way when Sasha does turn heel, the eventual Sasha Banks vs Bayley feud is going to be monumental, hopefully they can hold off on it until Wrestlemania, hopefully for the championship.
Jason Jordan made his Raw debut squashing Curt Hawkins with ease. For the first match as Kurt Angles son, this was quite disappointing, we saw nothing new from Jordan, nothing we would not have seen if he were just a member of American Alpha. If this is going to work Jordan needs to be far more intense and change things up a bit.
The Revival defeated Gallows and Anderson in a good, but slightly sloppy segment. Gallows & Anderson interrupted The Revivals interview with Charly Caruso (its great WWE are making better use of her due to her big popularity) and the Good Brothers essentially, but slightly ineffectively turned babyface. The Hardy Boys interrupted the match distracting The Revival but Dash & Dawson were able to hit the Shatter Machine for the win anyway. The Hardy’s vs The Revival should be a phenomenal feud, and perhaps with The Club turning babyface we will see Gallows & Anderson vs the heel Cesaro & Sheamus for the titles?
The team of former Shield Brothers Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins defeated The Miz, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel in the handicap match. Imagine thinking a few weeks ago that Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel would be wrestling in the main event of Raw. Everything about this making event was great. With Ambrose pinning the Miz, hopefully this signals an end to their feud. With Jason Jordan on MizTV next week, hopefully Jordan is headed for an Intercontinental Championship feud with the Miz. Rollins having to earn the trust of Ambrose back is great, this slow build is the perfect formula for this feud; hopefully eventually this leads to Ambrose turning heel on Rollins just as Rollins does all he can to earn his brothers trust back. Heel Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins has is a potential feud of the year.