WWE aired live tonight as the Red brand looked to continue the momentum built up last week’s strong showing. Here are the WWE Raw highlights from the evening –
Alexa Bliss capitalizes on a new partnership
Alexa Bliss was matched up against Mickie James. Before the match got started, Nia Jax approached her and offered to watch her back in exchange for a title shot in the near future. Bliss accepted.
During the match, Mickie James tried to gain the upper hand from the get-go. But Bliss retaliated and turned her attention to working James’ arm midway through the match. The alliance with Nia Jax paid off for Bliss when her rival Bayley attacked Jax; Bliss took advantage and pinned Mickie James for the win.
Hey Mickie, you’re so fine! You’re so fine you blow my mind, HEY MICKIE!” @TheO2 Arena is LOVING @MickieJames on #RAW! @AlexaBliss_WWE https://t.co/Bn6fa9OxF3
Roman Reigns returns with a vengeance
Three weeks out of action after a really bad beating at the hands of Braun Strowman, the Big Dog made an emphatic return and made his presence felt. Strowman was booked to face Kalisto at the behest of stand-in General Manager Dean Ambrose, but the monster took to the microphone and announced he was injured. He went on to assault Kalisto afterward, until Roman Reigns interfered and came face-to-face with Strowman.
Reigns targeted Strowman’s arm and soon had him reeling. The brawl spilled to the outside and Reigns wrapped the injured arm around the post to cause further damage. A few chair shots later, Strowman was forced to retreat to the back while the resurgent Reigns posed in the corner.
@BraunStrowman said he wasn’t done with @WWERomanReigns earlier in the night, and clearly Reigns isn’t done with Strowman either! #RAW https://t.co/QRsI3ypLtD
Cesaro and Sheamus become the No.1 contenders
Embroiled in a heated rivalry against the Hardys, the team of Sheamus and Cesaro made the most of their opportunity to face them at the upcoming pay-per-view by beating five other teams in a tag-team turmoil match. The formerly dysfunctional team looked to be on the same page after they assaulted the Hardys a couple of weeks ago. R-Truth missed a splash and Cesaro rolled him up for the three count and the victory to seal their fate.
But their celebration was interrupted by the Hardy Boyz.
Don’t celebrate quite yet, @WWECesaro and @WWESheamus… @MATTHARDYBRAND and @JEFFHARDYBRAND have a message for you! #RAW #RAWLondon https://t.co/AoncVHhjcz
Dean Ambrose and The Miz remain at each other’s throats
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose came out at the start of the show and announced Kurt Angle had named him temporary GM. The Miz did not take kindly to that and said Stephanie McMahon had named him the acting GM. Both rivals were bitter and booked matched involving the other – Ambrose made Finn Balor vs. Miz and Miz made Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt.
Finn Balor started with a head of steam and sent Miz to the outside and took the fight to the Miz. During the commercial break, Miz took control and dropped Balor for a two-count. But Balor was soon back in the driver’s seat and wrestled back momentum, only to be caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with constant interference by Maryse. Miz pushed Balor into the referee and declared himself the winner by DQ, but Ambrose came out and overruled the call; Balor went on to win the contest.
In the main event, Ambrose went one-on-one with Bray Wyatt. Both stars were familiar with the styles, having been in many wars in the past. The match was a back-and-forth affair with the reversals of both superstars hitting home from the opening bell. Ambrose was riding a wave of momentum and looked to capitalize when the Miz clocked him with the Intercontinental Championship; the referee did not see it and Wyatt nailed Sister Abigail to get the win.
Unorthodox. Unhinged. Unusual. Three words that describe tonight’s main event competitors @TheDeanAmbrose and @WWEBrayWyatt… #RAW https://t.co/3Lgi3agkHA
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