The dust has only just settled after SummerSlam but the superstars of the Red Brand were back out in force with No Mercy a month away
THE dust in WWE has only just settled on SummerSlam – but the superstars of Raw are already looking towards their next PPV event, No Mercy on September 24.
Here are five things we learnt from Raw last night.
Jeff Hardy will face Miz for the IC title next week
The show opened with Kurt Angle announcing an impromptu 15-man battle royal – with the winner getting a shot at Miz’s Intercontinental Championship next week.
At one point in the match, Finn Bálor temporarily joined forces with Gallows and Anderson, his former Bullet Club cronies from Japan.
The last thing Bálor needs is to be saddled with those jobbers (though it’s only marginally worse than being saddled with Bray Wyatt, who eliminated Finn to prolong their feud).
Jason Jordan looked like the obvious choice to win, but in a surprise, erm, twist of fate Jeff Hardy was the last man standing.
Is Jeff getting a singles push? What does it mean for the Hardy Boyz? Will they ever be Broken at this rate?
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Enzo has finally joined the cruiserweights
There’s been speculation for months that Enzo Amore would be moved into the cruiserweight division.
Last night it finally happened as he faced Noam Dar, defeating the Scottish star to put Enzo 1-0 in cruiserweight action.
WWE is already hinting at a feud with Neville over the Cruiserweight Championship.
But is it a demotion for Enzo – punishment for his widely-reported backstage heat – or a promotion for the cruiserweight division?
Brock Lesnar is a man of few words
Lesnar and Paul Heyman hit the ring to address Lesnar’s Universal Championship defence against Braun Strowman at No Mercy.
Heyman cut a typically brilliant promo, before Brock snatched the microphone away mid-sentence to deliver a killer line.
Brock said, “What he’s trying to say is, ‘Suplex City, b*tch’”. It was a clear warning to Strowman (though good luck suplexing him, Brock).
We can’t wait to see what these two monsters will do to each other on the night.
Things got real between Roman Reigns and John Cena
WWE announced that Reigns and Cena will face each other at No Mercy – a rush-job between WWE’s two biggest stars that should be saved for WrestleMania.
But Reigns and Cena eradicated any complaints last night with a dynamite contract signing that got uncomfortably close to the bone.
Cena called Reigns “a cheap-ass, corporately created John Cena bootleg” while Reigns fired back by criticising Cena for being a part-timer and burying young talent.
It was the sort of promo that diehards live for – all insider references that hinted at the legit tensions that exists between superstars, WWE itself, and the fans.
Cena and Reigns then teamed to defeated Gallows and Anderson, but the match was unnecessary. The promo was all we needed to get excited for this epic clash.
Sasha Banks is no longer Women’s Champion
Banks – who regained the Raw women’s title at SummerSlam – fought former champ Alexa Bliss last night in a rematch.
“The Boss” had a lot to prove. Though she’s a four-time champ she’s never successfully defended the title – a curse she wanted to finally break.
But Bliss got the win with a DDT. Banks wasn’t even permitted a screwy finish to protect her cred as champ.
The big news was that Nia Jax arrived and turned on the much-smaller Bliss post-match, staking her claim for the Women’s Championship.
So what exactly was the point of making Banks champion?
And after being toppled numerous times already, does anyone believe in Jax as a monster heel? And more importantly, does anyone care?