We still don’t have a No1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title after the return of the Monster Among Men
IT was another huge night for Raw.
Kurt Angle promised to finally reveal his big secret, while Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe were set collide over the number contender’s spot.
Here are five things we learnt the show last night.
Cass chopped Big Show down to size
Enzo Amore might have a big mouth – but he’s not stupid.
After trash talking Big Cass, he scarpered into the crowd when Cass arrived and let his former best bud face someone his own size – The Big Show.
But Cass got the better of Show and left him lying in the ring, before nailing Enzo with a hard boot
(After Enzo charged the ring to help Big Show – guess he is stupid after all.)
WWE is going through the motions by building Cass against the disposable Big Show (it did the same with Brock Lesnar in 2014) but we’re enjoying Cass as a heel.
There will be a Shield reunion (well, two out three at least)
Dean Ambrose opened the show by calling out The Miztourage – but his former Shield brother and on-off rival Seth Rollins arrived for some impromptu relationship therapy.
Rollins apologized for turning on The Shield, then turned his back and offered Ambrose a free shot with a chair, if it would make him feel better – but Ambrose tossed the chair away.
Playing it serious, this was the best promo work from Ambrose in months. More of this please, Dean, and less of the zany stuff.
The Miztourage then arrived to beat down the pair, prompting Kurt Angle to set up a two-on-three match next week.
Where’s all this leading? Will Roman Reigns be added for a full Shield reunion at SummerSlam?
And are the Miztourage really strong enough opponents for a reunion that could – and should – be the biggest moment in WWE all year?
Bálor is singing the blues after his match with Elias Samson
The guitar-carrying singer gimmick is nothing new. Before there Elias Samson, there was both Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett.
Samson took a page out of their crafty songbook last night by smashing his guitar over Finn Bálor during their match – getting disqualified and setting up a no DQ match for next week.
That was bad enough to Finn. But he has another reason to sing the blues – an appearance from Bray Wyatt on the big screen as Bálor was being helped out of the ring.
Bálor’s been struggling enough on Raw without being paired up against heat-killer Wyatt.
Kurt Angle has a long lost son
Angle finally revealed his big secret. Following an affair he had in college, he has discovered that he has a son – Jason Jordan of (the presumably former) American Alpha.
He introduced Jordan as the newest member of the Raw roster, before they hugged in the ring.
It’s an interesting choice – and one that could make or break Jordan.
The reason that Alpha were struggling to connect on SmackDown was their lack of personality.
Now Jordan’s been thrown into something where he’ll need plenty of personality to carry the promos and whatever storyline comes out of this and lead to SummerSlam.
And what a shame Jordan didn’t belly-to-belly suplex Angle while they hugged and turn heel on his estranged old man. “That’s for all those missed Christmases, Pops.”
There’s still no number one contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship
Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe battled it out in the main event, with the winner getting a shot against Lesnar at SummerSlam.
It was a solid back-and-forth bout that once again proved just how impressive Joe is in this headline spot. WWE gave him the ball and he’s seriously run with it.
The match ended in a no contest when Braun Strowman made his return and laid both men to waste.
What does this mean for the SummerSlam main event? WWE will likely set up a triple threat between Roman, Joe, and Braun to find a number one contender.
But for once, we genuinely don’t know where WWE is going with this one.
Though that’s probably more because the booking team doesn’t know what it’s doing from one week to the next, rather than because of genius storytelling.