With just two weeks before Summerslam, this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW continued to build the drama across the card, ultimately creating a solid show that fueled tensions even further. Simply put, a solid episode of Miz TV featuring Daniel Bryan, the return of Ryback, Steven Amell’s appearance and an awesome Triple Threat match at the top of the show’s second hour made up any of RAW’s shortcomings.
The show ultimately centered on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, who was in the ring at the start- and at the end. Even with John Cena off the show this week (he will be on Tough Enough this week however), still nursing a busted nose, Rollins was up to his old wiseass antics, but he almost bit off more than he could chew.
Away from the WWE World Heavyweight title picture, there were plenty of other things going on as well. With more drama in the Divas Division and additional mid-card matches announced for Summerslam, more time spent on the Undertaker/Brock Lesnar match, this week’s episode of RAW was anything but a waste of time.
Team Bella: Divas Champion Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox vs. Team BAD: NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, Tamina Snuka and Naomi: The fans cheered for Banks through most of the match, but Brie Bella was the performer that really got cooking, thanks to some Daniel Bryan-inspired kicks and a Missile Drop Kick, until Snuka got tagged in and nailed Brie with a monster Clothesline. However, before Snuka could hit the Super Kick, Brie surprised Snuka with a Rollup to steal the win. After the match, Team BAD took out the Bellas, but once Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Paige (who were sitting singled) got involved, there was an offense-a-palooza before all three teams stared each other down.
The New Day: Big E. Langston and Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito: Nothing special here as Los Matadores hit some offense and got El Torito involved, but the power and speed of Langston and Kingston were too much as the duo combined for the assisted-Big Ending for the win.
Winner Faces Rollins for Title Later in Show: Randy Orton vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens: All three competitors hit their share of offense and scored near-falls and counters. Things began to pick up after Orton went for the RKO, but Cesaro locked in the Crossface until Orton escaped out and the ring, allowing Owens to hit a Backflip on Orton and Cesaro on the outside. Once the action got back in the ring, Owens got caught on the top rope by a Cesaro Drop Kick, followed by a Double Superplex from Cesaro and Orton. Orton and Cesaro then squared off and Cesaro hit the Swing and the Sharpshooter and then was nearly pinned with a School Boy by Owens. Orton then hit the Powerslam on Owens, before he simultaneously hit his trademark second-rope DDT on both Cesaro and Owens. Before Orton could hit the RKO on Orton, Owens dragged him outside the ring and nailed the Fallaway Slam on Orton, before Cesaro went over the top to take out Owens. With the action back in the ring, Cesaro nearly won with a flying European Uppercut on Owens. After Owens landed on Cesaro’s knee after a top rope Senton, Owens hit the Super Kick on Cesaro and went for the Pop-Up Powerbomb. After Cesaro flipped over Owens, Orton hit Owens with the RKO and then Cesaro, pinning the Swiss Superman to get the win.
Dean Ambrose w/Roman Reigns vs. Luke Harper w/Bray Wyatt: These guys worked stiff and fast throughout. Ambrose used his speed and strikes, but Harper was dominant early thanks to a Tilt-a-Whirl Sideslam. Ambrose quickly fought back with his trademark Elbow Drop on Harper on the outside. Harper fought back with a Yakuza Kick and followed it up with the Gator Roll, as well as a Snake Eyes on the second turnbuckle, making it appear that Ambrose was almost done for. But after a Tornado DDT and a counter of a Harper Powerbomb, Ambrose was back in charge, with the action headed to the outside. Even after Wyatt got involved, Ambrose maintained the advantage. But after Harper took out Reigns on the outside with the Super Kick, the numbers game caught up to Ambrose and Harper got the win with a massive Discus Clothesline.
Rusev w/Summer Rae vs. Mark Henry: This was a weird one as the match was throw out pretty quickly after Summer Rae and Lana, who was ringside locked up. ironically, Summer got the last laugh as she looked in The Accolade on Rusev’s former valet.
Adrian Neville vs. Wade Barrett: Neville got the quick win with the Red Arrow and after the match, Stardust took out Neville and went after “Arrow” star Steven Amell. After Stardust snuffed Amell, who was ringside, Amell jumped the barrier and took down Stardust with the Double-Leg before security broke up the fracas.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton: Lots of feeling out in the early going as Rollins was hesitant to lock up, especially when Orton went for the RKO in the first few minutes. Rollins then got in some strikes, but Orton hit a few of his signature maneuvers to earn a few close-calls. When Orton went for the second-rope DDT, Rollins tried to leave town, but Orton Belly-to-Back Suplexed Rollins on the announce table. With the action back in the ring, the two traded near-falls before Rollins hit the Super Kick on the grounded Orton. Going to the top rope Rollins was derailed by Orton, who then followed up with the Superplex for another near-fall. After some countering, Rollins hit the kick on Orton, who was on the apron and followed it up with Orton’s own second rope DDT. After some more offense, Orton hit the RKO on a top rope flying Rollins, but Sheamus broke up the pin to get the match thrown out. After Sheamus nailed Rollins with the Brogue Kick, he was prepared to use his Money in the Bank title opportunity, but Orton hit him with the RKO to end the show.