Sean Raw Sapp (7/31): Match Ratings, Lesnar, Joe, Reigns, Strowman

Opening segment

  • Kurt Angle comes out to run down the night's event for us.
  • He's confronted by Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Heyman says he knows Angle was influenced to get the title off of Lesnar.
  • This is an interesting ripple. Heyman is insinuating that WWE is trying to push Lesnar out.
  • Heyman says Lesnar will leave WWE if he loses his title at Summerslam.
  • This is a brilliant idea to capitalize on the Jon Jones rumors.

Hardy Boyz defeated The Good Brothers
5/10

  • The Good Brothers are much more comfortable working as heels it would appear.
  • This is a good, solid tag matchup. Revival solid on commentary too.
  • Anderson takes a hilarious corner bump.
  • Good Brothers have no mystique anymore.
  • After Hardys win, all hell breaks loose outside and they end up beating up both teams with Twist of Fates and a Poetry in Motion off the ramp. Neat stuff.

Rollins backstage

  • Dean Ambrose is doing some of his best promo work in WWE these days. He says a part of him wants Rollins back as a friend and partner, but he doesn't trust Seth.
  • Credit to WWE for taking a couple of guys who were spinning their tires in Rollins and Ambrose and doing something interesting with them.
  • Cesaro and Sheamus clown Rollins for not having trust, and say he'll star in "WWE Ride Alone"
  • I would watch WWE Ride Alone and just listen to @WWERollins talk about his Madden tournament victories.
  • Rollins wants to fight, and Sheamus obliges.

Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa defeated Daivari, TJP & Tony Nese
6.25/10

  • Great babyface offense in this match. The match doesn't mean a damn thing, but at least it's fun to watch.
  • Heels had a built in heat spot with Tozawa's injury. 
  • I was told WWE's elimination of purple ropes has made formatting the show more flexible.
  • This is the part of the week where I praise Titus.
  • Tozawa's deal is that he's not cerebral enough about his injury and needs guidance. It's good.

Miz TV with Jason Jordan

  • Man, what a shitty theme they gave Jason Jordan.
  • They address Jordan getting booed. 
  • Miz offers Jordan a spot in the Miztourage. Then Miz takes Jordan to school on a promo. 
  • Miz gets suplexed into the Miztourage. This is gonna need some work. 

Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus (w/ Cesaro)
4.75/10

  • So we have a random Downstait "burn it down" lyric in Rollins' theme now. I think he'd be well served to have lyrics.
  • Cesaro screaming that Rollins has no friends is hilarious.
  • Solid, rather short match that Rollins wins. Cesaro attacks and you know the drill. 
  • Ambrose tries to help and gets his ass kicked.

Bray Wyatt cuts the same promo

  • I'm so sick of the Bray Wyatt gimmick as the Chief of the personality police. We get it. You look different. You have a beard. KEWL.
  • Finn Balor teleports into the ring and kicks Wyatt a lot. 

Roman Reigns defeated Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman
6.75/10

  • You'd be shocked to learn this was a hard hitting, hoss beef battle.
  • The Strowman - Reigns toss through the ropes spot is a great one for them.
  • Reigns gets a spear and wins an awesome match.
  • There wasn't a lot to break down here. They beat the crap out of each other and did it exceptionally well.

Elias defeated Kalisto
4.5/10

  • For the life of me, I don't understand the no last name shit.
  • Elias gets a good pop from his hometown and heels them with a song.
  • Kalisto interrupts. Kalisto is still around.
  • Elias is getting good at varying up offense. Not something we saw a lot of from him in NXT.
  • Kalisto is a good opponent for a guy like Elias to show off his arsenal.
  • Elias hit the Canadian Backbreaker in honor of my trip I bet.

Backstage crappenings

  • Alexa Bliss unloads a great promo on Bayley and Sasha Banks. She's shocked Sasha actually lost to Bayley. 
  • Ambrose tells Rollins not to pick fights he can't finish. This is real good stuff.
  • Big Cass with Ahmed Johnson level oils going on.

Bayley defeated Nia Jax via countout
4/10

  • Seventh televised singles match in nine months between these two. 
  • Nia paces a lot during her matches and it's hard for production to keep up with her.
  • Nia mocks Sasha's side pony tail. 
  • Bayley takes control, and for some reason Alexa interfering isn't a DQ.
  • Nia eats stairs and Bayley gets a countout win. Nice consistency.

Big Cass defeated Big Show (w/ Enzo Amore) via DQ
2.75/10

  • Enzo came out and cut a promo.
  • Big Cass gets some stock music they use to dub over old ECW themes on the Network or something.
  • This match starts at 11 eastern.Working the leg at 11:04 PM EST.
  • I've always liked the chop to the chest of a flying opponent spot. 
  • Enzo causes a DQ....then Big Show knocks Cass out.
  • That's it. Holy shit. Bad.

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