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Dean Ambrose is walking backstage when his phone rings, the person on the other end of the line is Raw GM Kurt Angle. Ambrose seems excited about what Angle said, Ambrose hangs up the phone and he makes his way to the ring. Ambrose grabs the microphone to announce that Raw GM Kurt Angle isn’t here tonight and that Angle named him the GM for Raw tonight. Ambrose gets interrupted by The Miz and Maryse, Miz promptly tells the crowd to shut up and they do not respond well.
Miz wants to know if the crowd approves the decision made by Angle tonight and the fans do, even though Miz says Raw will be total chaos tonight. Ambrose tries to speak and Miz interrupts him to say that Stephanie McMahon contacted him to make him co-Raw GM for the night. Miz says that Stephanie made him the co-Raw GM because she felt that Ambrose would ruin Raw, Miz tries talking some more and Ambrose interrupts him now.
Ambrose says that he will get along with Miz tonight, but will deliver a beat down to him in a few weeks at WWE Extreme Rules. Miz then talks about how he defeated Seth Rollins and Finn Balor in a match last week on WWE Raw, Ambrose also wants to shake hands with Miz and that’s when Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring with his arm in a sling. Strowman says that he doesn’t care who’s in charge and that he’ll get what he wants because he destroyed Roman Reigns at WWE Payback.
Strowman says that he isn’t finished with Reigns until he’s no longer walking and he will eventually end Reigns for good. Strowman also says that he wants WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar after he’s done with Reigns, which brings Kalisto out to the stage. Kalisto says that he isn’t done with Strowman yet either, Kalisto says that Strowman almost ended his career in the aftermath of the Dumpster Match on WWE Raw. Kalisto demands a match with Strowman and Strowman says he can beat Kalisto with one arm, Ambrose makes Kalisto versus Strowman for tonight.
Strowman and Kalisto exit the ringside area as Miz criticizes Ambrose for his decisions tonight, Ambrose then makes a match right now between Miz and Finn Balor.
Finn Balor vs. The Miz w/Maryse
The match begins with Miz quickly rolling out of the ring the rethink his strategy, Miz returns to the ring and Balor scores a takedown. Balor starts working over the arm of Miz after a quick pin attempt, Miz catches Balor with a few punches before Balor responds by nailing him with a drop kick. Miz gets angry and charges at Balor to eat another drop kick, Miz misses a charge into the corner before Balor cracks him with an enzaguri. Balor follows that up by knocking Miz out of the ring, Balor follows Miz to the arena floor before throwing him into the barricade. Balor throws Miz into the ring and he looks for the double stomp, but Maryse drags Miz out of the ring as we go to a commercial break.
We return from the break to see Miz kicking a downed Balor in the head for a near fall, Miz then decides to just rip away at the face of Balor. Balor fights back and Miz catches him with a neck breaker for another near fall, Balor looks for the Skull Crushing Finale and Balor rolls him up for a near fall. Miz quickly recovers to hit Balor with a DDT for another two count, Balor fights back and Miz drops him with a knee lift to the midsection. Miz slows things down again by ripping away at the face of Balor before applying the chin lock, Balor fights back again and he eventually drops Miz with a Pele Kick. Miz charges at Balor and he eats some boots to the face, Balor then drops Miz a few times with forearm strikes.
Miz goes to the middle rope and Balor just kicks him in the head, Miz falls to the arena floor and Balor catches him with a baseball slide drop kick followed by a penalty kick. Balor then tosses Miz into the ring and Miz eventually tosses Balor into the referee, who collides into Maryse. Miz grabs the microphone and says that Balor is disqualified for hitting the referee and the referee rings the bell, Miz starts leaving the ring with Maryse and Dean Ambrose restarts the match while banning Maryse from the ring. The match restarts with Balor attacking Miz from behind and tossing him into the ring, Balor then hits Miz with the Sling Blade and a running drop kick. Balor hits Miz with the double stomp from the top rope for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
Backstage, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is prepping for her match when Nia Jax arrives, Bliss says she has to prepare for Mickie James. Bliss says that she meant what she said when she called Jax great last week, Jax says she wants a title shot after Bliss defends against Bayley. Bliss agrees that she should get the match, but Raw GM Kurt Angle isn’t here tonight to make the match. Jax agrees and says she will be beside Bliss until they have their match.
Non-Title Match: Alexa Bliss (WWE Raw Women’s Champion) w/Nia Jax vs. Mickie James w/Bayley
The match begins with Bliss grabbing the hair of James and forcing her into the corner for a short time, James then takes Bliss down with an arm drag. Bliss recovers and she drops James with an arm drag as well, James gets angry and she puts Bliss down with a Thesz Press. James drops Bliss before kicking her in the head to get a near fall, Bliss misses a clothesline and James drops her with a neck breaker for another near fall. Bliss rolls out of the ring and James nails her with a baseball slide drop kick as we go to a commercial break.
We return from the break to see Bliss dropping James to get a two count on a pin attempt, Bliss traps the arm of James in the ropes while wrenching on it. Bliss gets James out of the corner while continuing to work over her injured arm, James fights back and she nails Bliss with a rope assisted hurricarana. Bliss quickly recovers and she smashes the arm of James on the mat for a near fall, Bliss drops a few elbow drops and knee drops on the injured arm of James. Bliss misses the follow up knee drop and James cracks her with a few clotheslines, James catches Bliss with a spin kick to the midsection followed by a flying forearm for a near fall.
James sets up for the Mick-DT and Bliss blocks it, James instead cracks Bliss with a flapjack before going to the top rope. Jax distracts James and Bayley takes Jax out, Bliss knocks a distracted James off the top rope to get the three count.
Winner: Alexa Bliss w/Nia Jax
After the match, Bayley chases Bliss to the backstage area while Jax nails James with an avalanche in the corner followed by an elbow drop.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose is talking to a production assistant when The Miz and Maryse arrive, Ambrose simply ignores him. Miz wonders where Miz TV is on the schedule and Ambrose announces that it was canceled, Miz then uses his co-GM powers to make Ambrose face Bray Wyatt tonight.
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