I’m Not A Brand, I’m Dean Ambrose


We kick things off with Braun Strowman telling us he’s proud of what he did last week before he’s interrupted by Kurt Angle. Kurt announces Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman for Payback. Strowman claims it’ll be “Roman Reigns’ funeral” and demands more competition as Kurt tells him he has the night off.

Chris Jericho vs Samoa Joe

The two go back and forth before Joe begins to dominate. Jericho tries to fight back but Joe shuts him down and gains a near fall. Y2J locks on the Walls of Jericho but Joe fights out and locks in the Coquina ClutchSamoa Joe wins via Submission.

Joe claims Payback will not be business it will very very personal. Rollins retaliates saying “Payback is a bitch.”

Braun Strowman attacks Golden Truth. A referee tells Braun that Kurt made it clear he has the night out and Braun says he’ll leave when he wants to.

The Club are in the ring saying they won’t be put on standby. The challenge is answered by Enzo & Big Cass.

The Club vs Enzo & Big Cass

Enzo and Cass start well taking control of Anderson. The Club take over as they begin to pick apart Enzo. The Club gain a near fall. Anderson continues the beat down on Enzo but he eventually tags in Cass who takes control of the match and tags Enzo. Anderson counters Enzo and rolls him up. The Club win via Pinfall.

Miz TV

Ambrose thanks Miz for having him. Dean calls Miz a joke and Miz claims he dresses that way because he respects what it is to be a WWE superstar. Miz calls Dean a disgrace. Miz runs down Ambrose in a very similar fashion to how he ran down John Cena in his previous feud. Miz calls Dean “lazy and complacent.” Dean claims he isn’t a brand he’s just Dean Ambrose. Maryse intervenes telling Dean, “The man doesn’t make the championship, the championship makes the man.” Dean tells Maryse to hold his mic while he puts his things down and charges after Miz.

Braun drags Kalisto through the arena before dumping him with the rest of the garbage. Braun gets ambushed by Big Show.

TJ Perkins vs Jack Gallagher

Austin Aries and Neville make their way to ringside. Gallagher and TJP go back and forth in a real technical exchange in the early going. TJP takes control as he sends Gallagher to the outside hurt. With TJP in firm control, Gallagher responds with his signature Headbutt. TJP shoves Gallagher into Aries who goes to face up with TJP in the ring but gets clipped from behind by Neville. TJP hits the Detonation Kick. TJ Perkins wins via Pinfall.

Akira Tozawa congratulates Apollo Crews and says he’s happy he’s on Monday Night Raw. They’re interrupted by Titus O’Neill who offers Crews a chance to join the Titus Brand.

The Hardyz are interviewed and Matt claims everything has surprised them about returning to the WWE. They’re interrupted by Cesaro & Sheamus who officially welcome them back.

#1 Contender’s Match Sasha Banks vs Mickie James vs Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax

Mickie and Sasha try to team up on Nia Jax but she dominates the match early on. Mickie and Sasha go at it in the centre of the ring, no one is able to gain control as they go back and forth. Nia pulls Mickie to the outside and Sasha dives out on top of her opponents. Bliss gains a near fall. Nia again starts to dominate all 3 opponents. Sasha attempts to counter Nia’s bear hug but ends up getting suplexed. Mickie breaks up Nia’s Pinfall. Nia goes to work on James but she counters and locks her in an armbar submission. Nia runs straight into the ringpost. The remaining women go at it but Nia comes back into the match as she breaks up a Pinfall attempt by Sasha. Mickie gets thrown into Nia on the outside leaving Alexa and Sasha. Sasha locks in the Bank Statement but Mickie breaks up the submission. Nia hits the Samoan Drop on Sasha, Bliss runs in and knocks Nia out of the ring and capitalises by pinning Sasha. Alexa Bliss wins via Pinfall. 

Big Show says Braun Strowman will get a big taste of his own medicine tonight.

Curt Hawkins claims Big Show is in the main event because he got in the ring with him last week as he once again issues another open challenge. The challenge is answered by Finn Balor.

Curt Hawkins vs Finn Balor

Finn doesn’t waste any time, he sends Hawkins down with the corner drop kick and hits the Coupe De Gras. Finn Balor wins via Pinfall.

Y2J says there’s nothing to be ashamed about losing to Joe but claims he is still focused on Kevin Owens. The Drifter interrupts, as he’s about to put Tom on the list, Jericho puts The Drifter on the List of Jericho.

Sermon To The Snake

Bray asks what we’re all afraid of and says that fear brings on us together. He claims to harness fear as he loves within the House of Horrors. Bray says he can smell Orton’s fear. He tells Randy to join him in the fire where it all began and in the fire where it will end.

Alicia Fox is showing Dana what happened to her on 205Live, Emma interrupts and claims Dana has been making a joke of Foxy’s situation.

Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro

Hardy and Cesaro go back and forth as Cesaro gains a near fall. Hardy tries to fight back leading to a near fall. The two men go back and forth as Cesaro hits a top rope uppercut to try slow down Hardy but he remains in control. Cesaro fights back but Hardy counters the Gotch Neutralizer into a Twist of Fate and follows up with a Swanton Bomb. Jeff Hardy wins via Pinfall. The two teams shake hands after a brilliant match.

Heath Slater & Rhyno interrupt Tom backstage but as Braun comes storming through they both shut up and move out out of his way.

Big Show vs Braun Strowman

The two men brawl all around ringside. They go back and forth as Show hip tosses Strowman to the outside. Strowman fights back as he knocks down his opponent and gains a near fall. A technical exchange leads to Braun flooring Show. The big men go back and forth giving suplexes and powerslams to each other. Braun starts to dominate the match. Strowman falls right into a Chokeslam but it’s only a 2 count as he kicks out. Big Show kicks out after Braun hits his Powerslam. Braun fights off a top rope suplex attempt but falls right into the KO Punch, but AGAIN he kicks out! Braun hits a top rope suplex and the whole ring COLLAPSES. Reminiscent of when Big Show and Brock broke the ring all them years ago. Strowman gets back to his feet. The match ends in a no contest but I think we can all assume Braun Strowman was the winner.

Simply brilliant tonight from the Red Team. The Women’s Fatal 4 Way was a great match. The main event was absolutely awesome two big men slugging out and destroying the ring which the crowd absolutely loved. The match between Jeff and Cesaro was also great and it was nice to see some respect between the two teams. A fiery Miz TV as always setting up a renewal of the Miz/Ambrose feud for the Intercontinental Title. I’m giving Raw 9/10, that show was awesome.


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