On the last show before SummerSlam, expect to see John Cena confront Brock Lesnar. This episode will also celebrate Hulk Hogan's birthday.
The show begins with Brock Lesnar and Heyman making their way to the ring. Heyman gets on the mic and hypes up Lesnar. He then references Lesnar's victory over the Undertaker at WrestleMania and his victories over The Rock and Hogan in the early 2000's. Heyman says that the next time Cena says "You can't see me", it's going to be literal because no one is going to see Cena after the match. He then shows a slideshow from Extreme Rules 2012 where Lesnar fought Cena. Heyman then spits a rhyme mocking John Cena's old gimmick. Heyman says that tonight, Raw is Brock's house. Lesnar has conquered the WWE universe and everyone is his servant. Heyman says that he is going to take Lesnar to dinner, then he is coming back home for Cena.
The show returns with Roman Reigns making his way to the ring for a match. Kane's music comes to the top of the ramp dressed as Corporate Kane. He announces that Reigns will be in a handicap match tonight.
MATCH: Roman Reigns vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel
The match begins with Axel and Reigns squaring off. Axel tries to pull Reigns to his corner. Reigns shoves him off. They lock up and Reigns applies a headlock. Reigns throws Axel off the ropes and sends him to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Axel shoves Reigns and Reigns returns a right and to the jaw. Ryback is tagged in. They lock up. Reigns applies another headlock. Reigns tries to shoulder tackle Ryback but doesn't budge him. Reigns hits a clothesline and take Reigns to the mat. RYback reverses in the corner and delivers several blows. Reigns fights back. He reverses a suplex and hits several right hands. Ryback is sent to the corner, Ryback fights out with a big powerbomb for a 2 count.
The show returns with Ryback in control. Reigns fights back and dumps Ryback out of the ring. Axel distracts Reigns and Ryback attacks him from behind. Reigns is driven into the ringpost multiple times. The ref calls for the bell when Ryback and Axel double team Reigns into the post. They throw him back in the ring. Reigns fights back and beats up Ryback and Axel.
WINNER: Roman Reigns via Disqualification
Reigns is interviewed after the match. He is asked if he is ready for his match against Orton. He asked the audience if they think he is ready. They go nuts. Reigns says that when you knock a viper's teeth out, it becomes nothing but a worthless little worm.
Orton is shown backstage with Kane. Orton talks some smack on Reigns. Kane says that Orton will face Sheamus tonight to prove he is ready for his match at SummerSlam.
RVD makes his way to the ring.
MATCH: Seth Rollins vs. RVD
Rollins hits a boot to the midsection. RVD is driven to the corner. RVD reverse a whip and hits a spinning heel kick in the opposite corner. RVD hits a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Rollins reverses and stomps RVD on the corner. Rollins hits a back elbow for a 2 count. Rollins applies a chinlock. RVD ducks a clothesline and hits a leg scissors takedown for a 2 count. RVD hits a kick off the middle rope. Rollins rolls out of the ring. RVD attacks him outside and plants him on the barricade. RVD goes for the spin kick from the apron but Rollins moves out of the way.
The show returns with Rollins in control. RVD fights out with a boot to the head. He hits a series of clotheslines followed by a big scoop slam. RVD hits the rolling thunder for the 2 count. He follows up with a split leg moonsault for another 2 count. RVD rolls across the back of Rollins and sends him to the corner. RVD goes for the monkey flip but Rollins reverses and hits the Curb Stomp for the 3 count.
WINNER: Rollins via Pinfall
As Rollins makes his way up the ramp, Dean Ambrose bursts from a giant Hulk Hogan present box and attacks Seth Rollins.
The show returns with Stephanie McMahon making her way to the ring. She gets on the mic and says that sometimes WWE receives news that impacts Superstar's lives. She then introduces Daniel Bryan's physical therapist. Megan, the physical therapist, gets in the ring. Stephanie says that Megan has something to confess. Megan says that she is good friends with Bryan and Bella. She then breaks down and accuses Daniel Bryan of having an affair with her.
Brie Bella comes to the ring and confronts Megan. Stephanie then says that Daniel Bryan called Brie a "dead fish" and that after every physical therapy session, Megan said "Yes! Yes! Yes!". Brie then attacks Megan and takes out Stephanie McMahon. Brie is then dragged out of the ring by WWE officials. Stephanie then says that her and Brie aren't waiting for SummerSlam, they are going to settle their feud tonight.
The show returns with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter making their way to the ring.
MATCH: Jack Swagger vs. Antonio Cesaro
Swagger goes for a single leg takedown. Cesaro counters and hits Swagger with a shoulder block. Swagger gets behind Cesaro. Swagger hits a shoulder block. He catches Cesaro in the air and slams him for a 2 count. Cesaro fights back with several knees. He hits a gutwrench powerbomb. Swagger is sent to the corner. Cesaro hits a European uppercut. Cesaro applies an abdominal stretch followed by a backbreaker. He applies an armbar. Swagger fights back and drives Cesaro to the corner. Cesaro hits a boot to the face followed by a double axehandle from the middle rope. He goes for another one but Swagger catches him with a belly to belly. Swagger drives Cesaro to the corner. Cesaro fights back with a knee and drops Swagger on the top rope. Cesaro then knees Swagger off the apron into the barricade.
The show returns with Cesaro in control. He continues going to work on Swagger's ribs. Swagger fights back with a sidewalk slam. Swagger hits a clothesline followed by a big boot. He hits a big Swagger Bomb for a 2 count. Cesaro reverses and rolls up Swagger for a 2 count. Cesaro is driven to the corner. He drives his hand into Swagger's throat followed by a right hand to the face. Cesaro hits a senton splash from the middle rope for a 2 count. Swagger is sent to the apron. Cesaro goes for the middle rope superplex. Swagger reverses but Cesaro fights out. Cesaro throws swagger in the air and hits him in the midsection. Cesaro follows up with a big European uppercut for another 2 count. He hits a double foot stomp but Swagger reverses into a an ankle lock. Cesaro fights out. Cesaro goes to the top rope. Swagger fights back and plants Cesaro from the top. Swagger applies the ankle lock and Cesaro taps.
WINNER: Jack Swagger via Submission
Colter talks smack on Rusev after the match. Rusev shows up on the ramp and he and Swagger stare each other down.
The show returns with Micheal Cole conducting a face to face interview with Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho. Bray Wyatt asks Jericho if he remembers his dreams. He then talks about how Jericho disappointed his father. Wyatt says that he lives to help people who can't help themselves. He says that the only way to help someone is to hurt them. He then talks about his hatred for the world. He says that his smile is the last thing Jericho is ever going to see and then mocks him for thinking he is a savior. Jericho responds by promising to shut up Bray Wyatt for good.
AJ Lee makes her way to the ring.
MATCH: AJ Lee vs. Eva Marie
Eva and AJ lock up. Eva applies a wristlock. AJ reverses with a snapmare into a side headlock. Paige's music hits and she comes skipping to the ring. AJ gets distracted and Eva Marie rolls her up for the pinfall.
MATCH: Eva Marie via Pinfall
Paige gets on the mic and disses AJ Lee with a poem. Paige leaves the top of the ramp. Eva Marie is at ringside. AJ Lee attacks hers and beats her up.
The show returns with John Cena making his way to the ring. He gets on the mic and mocks Paul Heyman. Cena says that Lesnar will not win at SummerSlam because John Cena refuses to lay down for Lesnar. Cena says that Lesnar doesn't deserve the WWE Heavyweight Championship. He then disses Lesnar's part time approach to Pro Wrestling. He then says that he has experienced both love and hate from the fans. He talks about how everyone wants to know when Cena is going to turn and unleash hell. He promises that at SummerSlam, they are going to see a side of Cena that he doesn't often show. Cena then calls out Lesnar and challenges him to come to ring. Lesnar doesn't come.
The show returns with Brie Bella coming to the ring. Stephanie comes out and says that Daniel Bryan's physical therapist decided to press charges against Brie Bella for attacking her earlier in the night. Several cops come out and arrest her.
The show returns with the commentators talking about what just happened between Stephanie and Brie Bella.
The Miz sits in on commentary.
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Heath Slater
The match begins with Slater getting behind Ziggler. Ziggler reverses. Slater fights out with a back elbow. He covers Ziggler for a 2 count. Slater applies a chinlock. Ziggler fights out and hits a dropkick followed by an elbow drop for a 2 count. Ziggler is distracted by Miz and gets rolled up for a 2 count. Slater follows up with a knee drop for another 2 count. Slater applies a chinlock. Slater plants Ziggler for another 2 count. Slater goes back to the chinlock on the mat. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. He goes for a splash in the corner but Slater moves. Slater goes for a neckbreaker but Ziggler reverses and hits the Zig Zag. The Miz tries to interfere but Ziggler runs out of the ring and beats up The Miz. He gets counted out.
WINNER: Heath Slater via Count Out
Ziggler goes back to the ring. Slater pretends to shake his hand but tries to kick him. Ziggler catches the kick and delivers the Zig Zag.
The show returns with Randy Orton making his way to the ring.
MATCH: Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
The match begins with the 2 locking up. Sheamus is driven to the corner. The ref breaks them up. Orton hits several kicks to the midsection. Sheamus fights back and hits a big clothesline from the corner. Orton reverses and hits a clothesline of his own. Sheamus fights back and hits a scoop slam. He goes to the middle rope and drops a big knee for a 2 count. Sheamus applies a nose clip and its broken up by the ref. Orton hits a boot to the midsection. Sheamus keeps up the offense with a clothesline for a 2 count.
The show returns with Sheamus in a chinlock from Randy Orton. Sheamus fights back and he dumps Orton over the top rope with a clothesline. He follows Orton outside the ring but Orton reverses and slams Sheamus off the announce table. Orton rolls Sheamus back in the ring for a 2 count. Orton applies a chinlock. Sheamus fights back with a side suplex. Sheamus hits several axehandle strikes followed by a knee to the corner. He hits a suplex for a 2 count. Sheamus goes for a slam but Orton rolls out of the ring. Sheamus follows him and hits a right hand. Orton is rolled back in the ring. He goes for the DDT from the middle rope. Sheamus reverses and hits the 10 beats to the bodhran. Sheamus hits a rolling senton for a 2 count. Sheamus goes for the backbreaker but Orton reverses and delivers a back breaker of his own. Orton hits the DDT from the middle rope. Sheamus rolls to the apron and hits the battering ram. He slams Orton for a 2 count. Sheamus loads up the Brogue kick. Orton ducks and goes for the RKO. Sheamus counters but is thrown into the ringpost. Sheamus goes to the top rope. He jumps off and is got with an RKO from Orton. Orton makes the cover for the 3 count.
WINNER: Randy Orton via Pinfall
The show returns with the entire locker room standing at the top of the ramp for Hulk Hogan's birthday celebration.
A video package plays that highlight John Cena and Brock Lesnar's feud. It is also a plug for the Raw post show on the WWE Network.
Jimmy Hart and Mean Gene are in the ring. Mean Gene announces Hulk Hogan. Hogan comes to the ring. A video montage plays highlighting Hogan's monumental career. After the video, Hogan says that he is speechless. Mean Gene encourages him to make a speech. Hogan gives a speech and it turns out to be a plug for the WWE Network. He then thanks the crowd and the production crew. He then says that he has been reflecting on his 61st birthday and he realized how much the WWE Universe means to him.
Rick Flair's music hits and he makes his way to the ring. He is followed by Paul Orndorff. Roddy Piper then comes to the ring. Scot Hall and Kevin Nash then make their way down the ramp. Scott Hall gets on the mic and sings Hogan praises. He then asks the crowd if they would rather see Hogan in Red and Yellow, or the Black and White of the NWO. Hogan then rips off his shirt to reveal the NWO shirt. Kevin Nash starts singing happy birthday to Hogan.
Brock Lesnar's music hits and he makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman. Lesnar stares down the legends standing in the ring. Lesnar gets on the mic and says "Party's over grandpa". He gets in Hogan's face. Cena comes running to the ring. Lesnar retreats.
Overall, tonight's show was pretty good. There was a handful of good matches and very little filler. It was a good way to send the product into SummerSlam. The main event for SummerSlam is being intensely hyped and should draw a lot of viewers. While there could have been more done to build up Cena and Lesnar's feud, I am looking forward to this match. It has the potential to be a classic but I won't hold my breath. I was hoping to see some kind of altercation tonight between Lesnar and the legends in attendance at Hulk's birthday party but it didn't happen. SummerSlam could have had a better build up, but overall the card is decent and it should be an entertaining show. Tonight provided a good look at the potential of the WWE roster, and we couldn't have asked for a much better episode to conclude the season of SummerSlam.
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