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- We begin this week's show with Brock Lesnar, briefcase in hand and Paul Heyman by his side. After a recap of last night's result, Heyman then took a microphone and did his usual introduction. He called Lesnar "the purveyor of paranoia," mentioning the conspiracy theories surrounding Lesnar's presence. Heyman makes it clear though that Lesnar wasn't snuck into the arena, instead benefiting from a "very quick negotiation." From this point forward, Rollins and Kingston are "vulnerable to the greatest assassin in WWE history." While the world isn't against Seth, Brock Lesnar is and that's a far worse problem to have.
That talk brought out Rollins himself, going face to face with Lesnar and then grabbing a microphone. He says that even after last night's win, Lesnar prevents him from being in a good mood. Seth says that he can't be the champion he wants to be with Lesnar looming, challenging Brock to cash in his contract tonight. Heyman refused, calling this Lesnar's "game of anticipation." He then referenced Becky Lynch main eventing WrestleMania, enraging Seth as a result. Heyman defused a fight though, pointing to a potential Kofi match as the WWE Champion himself arrived.
Kingston wants to be one of the best WWE Champions of all time, looking to defend against the best every time. With that in mind, Kofi challenges Lesnar tonight too. These requests have Heyman overjoyed but he then transitioned, suggesting that Kingston and Rollins have other business to take care of tonight. Considering that, Lesnar and his briefcase aren't going anywhere.
- Elsewhere, Mick Foley arrived, being greeted by the tag champions, Titus O'Neil and Dana Brooke. He has the new title belt over his shoulder.
- Meanwhile, Sami Zayn tried to employ Bobby Lashley's help against Braun Strowman. Bobby refused, telling Zayn to soften Strowman up before Lashley's match with him at Super ShowDown.
- Backstage, Rollins and Kingston approached Triple H about tonight's schedule. They'll be taking on Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley in the main event.
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
After immediately bailing, Zayn sprinted through the crowd. Strowman chased him backstage, going head to head with Lashley as Sami seized via sneak attack. Braun fired back though, regaining control and staring down Bobby more before continuing his chase. He then carried Sami back to ringside but was sent into the ring-post for his troubles. That allowed the belll to ring but Zayn couldn't take advantage, running into a clothesline and being dispatched to the floor.
Strowman tackled him from there, then closing the show with his Running Powerslam finish.
Winner: Braun Strowman
- Charly Caruso is waiting for Sullivan, the host of an exclusive interview. She sends it to a video package highlighting his dominance and then asked him his goals. Before he could answer though, The Lucha House Party made their entrance. They surrounded Sullivan, combining for some offense and kicking him to the floor as well. However, he then caught Kalisto, launching him into the apron but eating a double dive for his troubles. He responded regardless, wiping out Metalik and then finally, slamming Dorado to the mat. His powerbomb wouldn't land though, with Lince's partners pulling him to safety.
- A recap of last night's Universal Title match followed.
Ricochet vs. Cesaro
Pre-match, Cesaro confronted Ricochet about needing treatment and as a result, a match was made. Once the bell rung, Cesaro bullied his foe into the corner, powering him to the mat and taking immediate control. Ricochet then fired back though, hitting a moonsault off the ring-post but having his dive caught as Cesaro launched him onto the apron. Cesaro then slowed things down in center ring, applying a hold and continuing his focus on Ricochet's spine.
Ricochet soon rallied though, rocking his foe and hitting a spectacular dive over the top. He then headed up top, diving down only to be met by a sudden European uppercut. An incredible backbreaker followed and then finally the Gotch Neutralizer for the win.
- Off to an interview with AJ Styles next. He says that after losing to Rollins, he's back to square one. A lot of hard work awaits but AJ's fine with that, knowing that he can beat Seth regardless of how good he is. Baron Corbin then interrupted, dismissing Styles' comments as a back and forth commenced. Corbin says that he deserved the opportunity anyway, inciting a slap from AJ and walking off in response.
- As Roman Reigns heads to the ring, Mick Foley is seen talking to Kofi Kingston backstage.
- To Reigns now but before he can talk, Shane McMahon arrived. He mocked Roman's yard, reiterating his "best in the world" status. Shane says he's now done with The Miz, shifting his focus to Reigns. He cites Roman's attack on his father, asking Reigns to explain his cowardly actions. Roman says that he's done with Elias and as a result, his schedule is wide open. However, McMahon says that Elias isn't done with Reigns. Roman doesn't care, challenging Shane yet again. In response, McMahon says no, bringing out Drew McIntyre instead. Shane will face Reigns though, agreeing to the match for Super ShowDown.
- Elsewhere, we see Becky Lynch looking at her RAW title before tonight's Moment of Bliss segment. Meanwhile Heyman is shining Brock's briefcase much to 'The Beast's delight.
- After heading backstage with McIntyre by his side, Shane was confronted by The Miz. Drew intervened, getting in Miz's face and being challenged to a match in response.
The Usos vs. The Revival
Wilder immediately jumped his foes here, taking control of Jimmy and scoring immediate tandem offense for a near-fall. Dash then landed a clothesline on the outside too, battering Uso and launching him into the barricade. They continued to dominate proceedings from there, cutting off the ring and dictating things until Jimmy rallied with right hands. That allowed Jey's entry and The Usos were now rolling, clearing the ring as we headed to a break. They are still in control at its close too, grounding Jimmy before a sharp kick reset things.
That allowed Jey's entry, running wild and taking out all involved. That flurry culminated in a crossbody off the top but Wilder kicked out and used a right hand to turn the tide. Double-team offense followed but Jey kicked out at 2 as a strike exchange commenced. The Usos came out on top, landing double-superkicks and forcing Dash to break the fall. Things then broke down, with Wilder landing his Tornado DDT as Jimmy responded via dive. He then landed a superkick on Dawson too but he again managed to kick out at 2.
Wilder then intervened, dividing Jimmy's focus and with tights in hand, allowing Dawson to roll him up for the win.
Winners: The Revival
- Backstage, Alexa Bliss explained to Nikki Cross that while she did well last night, she didn't win. The Revival then intervened, in the midst of their celebrations, they managed to disgust Alexa while asking to appear on her show along the way.
- Off to the Firefly Funhouse next as the joyous opening video transformed into the same shot we saw last week. Clown mask and all, Bray Wyatt said "let me in."
- Moment of Bliss is here next, with Nikki Cross by Alexa's side. After Bliss successfully received her coffee, she introduced her guest for tonight: Becky Lynch. With Cross learing over her shoulder, Bliss began the interview. She asked Lynch how it feels "to no longer be Becky Two-Belts." At this point, The IIconics arrived. They mocked Lynch, calling her "Becky One-Belt." They explained that they still have their two belts but Becky explained that if she wants to, she could easily become "Becky Three Belts" if the continue.
Lacey Evans then arrived, asking for proper credit as Becky instead reminded that she tapped out. Lynch says she can now slap Lacey "full-time on RAW" and challenged all three. They mocked the numbers disadvantage though, even after Cross stood by Becky's side. Lynch says Alexa will do and with coffee in hand, Bliss headed to ringside.
Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross and Becky Lynch vs. The IIconics and Lacey Evans
Lynch got things starteed opposite Kay, tackling her to the mat and asking for Evans. She got Royce instead, dealing with her swiftly and tagging in Cross. With Bliss shouting advice, Nikki went to work, heading up top and hitting a crossbody for 2. The IIconics soon cut her off though, using some tandem offense and bringing in Evans. She continued the team's momentum, soon exiting again and tagging in Royce. She grabbed a hold from there, with Evans swiftly re-entering to do the same.
Cross fought to her feet though, eventually making the tag as Becky run wild on Kay. Evans bailed in response, with Lynch continuing to flurry including a dropkick off the top. A leg-drop off the middle rope followed and this one was over.
Winners: Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross and Becky Lynch
- Meanwhile, Mick Foley was headed to the ring. On his way, he bumped into Gallows & Anderson, EC3, No Way Jose, Mojo Rawley, Cedric Alexander, Naomi.
- To Foley's announcement now, cutting the music and talking while walking the ramp. He says that something has been missing on RAW. "It needs to be RAW again," he said, talking about the obsession needed to be a legend. It consumes you 24/7 and with that spirit in mind, Foley presents the 24/7 Title. It's to be defended any time, any place, any where. Mick leaves the title laying in center ring, announcing that starting tonight, the 3rd hour of RAW is about to get a little dirty. We're crowning a champion right now and this occasion is open to every talent on every roster.
A group of talent sprinted to the ring, all scrambling to the title. Suddenly Gallows and Anderson both got their at once, pulling the belt from both sides as EC3 jumped in. Jose rallied from there, taking out both as the belt still reseted in the balance. At that point, Drake Maverick attempted to seized but Titus O'Neil stopped him, taking the title and celebrating on his way backstage. That moment was stopped though, with Robert Roode jumping Titus from behind and scoring a roll-up to become new champion.
Minutes later and Roode run backstage, hiding from the chasing pack and for now, escaping with his title.
Winner: Robert Roode
The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre
Early on, McIntyre took control, chopping Miz to the mat and dominating the early going until Miz swung his leg into the barricade. That became Miz's focus moving forward, going after his foe's base and flurrying before a belly to belly suplex halted him. A vertical suplex came next but Miz stayed alive, kicking out 2. He then swept Drew's leg again too, flooring him on the apron but being crotched on the barricade. McIntyre then suplexed Miz back in, dropping hard on the outside.
Back from the break and Miz turned the tide, hitting a sunset flip power-bomb and resetting things along the way. Miz then evaded Drew too, hitting his signature clothesline and a springboard double axe-handle too. The YES kicks followed and then a hurricanrana counter as well but McIntyre soon cut him off, hitting the Reverse Alabama Slam for 2. Miz responded though, returning his focus on Drew's leg until a Shane interference halted him. Drew seized, landing a sudden spinebuster but only for 2 again.
Miz avoided Claymore too, applying the Figure Four Leglock until Drew chopped his way free. Miz continued to flurry nonetheless, flooring McIntyre and running Shane off along the way. With his back turned though, McMahon returned, jumping Miz and allowing Drew to hit Claymore for the win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
With one last parting gift in mind, Shane had Drew position Miz for Coast to Coast. Reigns made the save though, flooring McIntyre and running off McMahon too.
- Backstage, the pack are still chasing after Roode as Lashley and Corbin talk strategy for tonight.
- This was followed by a recap of Joe vs. Mysterio including the confirmation that Rey suffered a seperated shoulder. In a selfie promo, Joe says that he was never pinned and as a result, he's gifting Mysterio the chance to the man he wants Dominic to be, handing the title back on next week's RAW.
R-Truth vs. Robert Roode (C)
Roode's antics continued, jumping into a friendly R-Truth's boot. Truth told the pack that Roode went the other way, then seizing and pinning Roode to become the champion.
Winner and NEW Champion: R-Truth
Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley
After the No DQ stipulation had been announced, Corbin and Lashley jumped the champions. They then took things to the ring, with Baron hitting Deep Six and forcing Kofi to break the fall. Rollins soon rallied too, bringing in Kingston as he run wild on Lashley. That included the Boom Drop as well as a crossbody for 2. The numbers game then halted him though, with Bobby and Baron launching Kofi into the barricade as Seth then met the same fate too.
Back from the break and Rollins is now isolated in center ring being worked over until his Slingblade turned the tide. Corbin caught the folow-up dive though, using a chokeslam backbreaker on the apron and burying Seth against the barricade. That allowed the pair to target Kingston, heading up for a double-superplex before Rollins made the save with a steel chair in hand. He cleared the ring, running wild and eventually hitting his dive on both too.
Trust Fall followed and Kingston then avoided End of Days as well, hitting Trouble in Paradise for the win.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins
Post-match, Bobby Lashley speared both of his foes. He then grabbed a steel chair but Rollins rallied, dispatching him as Lesnar's music hit. Brock circled the ring but eventually, opted against entering, heading backstage. As he did, Heyman suggested that next week, Brock will announce which champion he's cashing in on.
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