The Red Brand are already laying the groundwork for the August 20 extravaganza and last night was another action packed show
ALL eyes in WWE are now on SummerSlam on August 20 – its second biggest pay-per-view of the year.
With WWE already laying the groundwork for what should be a stacked card, here are five things we learnt from Raw last night.
Brock Lesnar will have three opponents at SummerSlam
Raw GM Kurt Angle opened the show by announcing that Brock Lesnar will be facing Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman in a Fatal 4-Way at SummerSlam.
WWE has too many multi-person matches these days – Fatal 4-Ways, Fatal 5-Ways, Six-Pack Challenges seem to happen at every PPV.
And there’s really no substitute for a good old fashioned one-on-one title match.
But there is a tingle of excitement for this four-way – especially after the announcement last night turned into red-hot brawl between Joe, Roman, and Braun.
They tore through each other (and the 10 jobbers who tried to separate them) before Braun was left standing victorious to huge cheers from the crowd.
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It’s going to be Demon King v New Face of Fear
Finn Bálor looked to settle the score against guitar-smashing drifter Elias Samson in a no DQ match.
Bálor dug deep to find his vicious side, hammering Samson with chair shits and landing a savage-looking coup de grâce for what should have been the win.
But the lights went out and Bray Wyatt had appeared to hit Finn with Sister Abigail’s Kiss – helping Samson get the win and presumably setting up Finn v Bray at SummerSlam.
We’ve got mixed feelings on this – Bray’s track record is poor at best, but it’s good to see the floundering Finn Bálor get a prominent storyline.
Kurt Angle’s son got his first win
After the big reveal last week that he’s Angle’s illegitimate son, Jason Jordan faced Curt Hawkins in a glorified squash match.
The former American Alpha member dominated Hawkins with his arsenal of suplexes and throws and scored his first decisive win as a singles star of Raw.
We’re all for the story, but we’re not sure Jordan’s bright-eyed babyface routine is going to work – he needs some edge or WWE runs the risk of fans turning on him.
Wouldn’t it be more interesting if he turned on Kurt before that happens? Or develops a heelish mean streak even worse than his old man’s?
WWE doesn’t know what it’s doing with Bayley and Sasha Banks
Bayley has been one of the biggest failures on Raw in the last few months. It’s not her fault – she was booked to look useless both on the mic and in the ring against Alexa Bliss.
Then Sasha took her spot as contender to Bliss’ Women’s Championship – and gained momentum with a sizzling match against Bliss at Great Balls of Fire.
So it makes perfect sense for WWE to pull a switcheroo and have Bayley beat Sasha last night and be named new number one contender for SummerSlam.
(That’s sarcasm, of course – it makes no sense whatsoever.)
WWE might not know what it’s doing with the women, but at least the women know what they’re doing – which they proved by putting on an exciting back-and-forth match.
And a tenner says Sasha’s eventually added to the match at SummerSlam to make it yet another multi-person showdown.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins aren’t quite friends reunited
Ambrose and Rollins finally re-teamed for a partial Shield reunion – facing Miz and his Miztourage in a two-on-three handicap match.
Ambrose scored the win for his team when he nailed Miz with Dirty Deeds (Miztourage once again proving themselves to be the least effective muscle ever.)
But – despite a lukewarm hug – Ambrose couldn’t quite bring himself to touch fists with Rollins in the style of the Shield.
There’s a long way to go before these two call themselves brothers again. If one of doesn’t end up turning heel on the other first, that is.