Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 7/11/17: RAW Houston Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up wrestling fans, I'm back with more wrestling recaps for the week, kicking off with this week's Monday Night RAW. We were one night removed from RAW's Great Balls of Fire pay per view and headed onward toward WWE SummerSlam. What new feuds would begin as we kick off the week, live in Houston, Texas?

** This Weeks Card **

- Finn Balor battled Elias Samson.
- The Hardy Boys battled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
- Bayley and Sasha Banks battled WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax.
- Goldust battled R-Truth.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Noam Dar battled Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander.
- Seth Rollins battled Bray Wyatt.

- Big Cass fills us in on what's ahead for him after defeating Enzo at WWE Great Balls of Fire.

- The Hardy Boys talk about what's next for them after losing to Sheamus and Cesaro at WWE Great Balls of Fire. 

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returns with the Mizzie Awards on this week's edition of Miz TV.

- The feud between Brock Lesnar, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns heats up.

** RAW **

- Big Cass Promo: Cass brags about what he did to Enzo at WWE Great Balls of Fire, puts the RAW locker room on notice, claims to be the future of the WWE, he will win the WWE Universal Championship, main event Wrestlemania, he will have his image plastered on posters and there isn't anyone on his level. Big Show interrupts, as Cass talks trash to Show and gets in Show's face. Show connects with a headbutt on Cass and then hits kicks and knees. Cass retreats and escapes from the ring to end the segment.

- Elias Samson vs. Finn Balor: The match closes out with Balor connecting with Slingblade on Samson. Balor hits the corner drop kick and then finishes Samson off with Coup de Grace off the ropes for the pinfall.
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall.

- The Hardy Boys Promo: Jeff Hardy says that after last night's loss, many teams are thinking the Hardy's should classify themselves as obsolete. Matt Hardy says they've only just begun to make WWE magic. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson suddenly interrupt. The Club suggest that The Hardy's get out of their ring, The Club are magic killers and the ring belongs to them. Matt says The Hardy's are a little broken, but they'd be more than happy to settle who's ring it belongs to. Out comes a referee and we get an impromptu match.

- The Hardy Boys vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with Anderson countering the Twist of Fate and Gallows kicks Matt in the head. Anderson connects with a knee on Matt and then The Club hit the Magic Killer for the pinfall.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Revival hit the ring, attack and beat down the Hardy Boys. Matt gets laid out and then Jeff gets hit with the Shatter Machine. 

- Miz TV with The Miz Presenting The Mizzie Awards: Miz says that this is the only awards show with credibility. The best supporting actor award goes to both Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel for their role in the Miztourage. Dallas and Axel both thank Miz for everything in their speech. The sexiest woman award goes to Maryse. The most outstanding performer award goes to The Miz. Miz says he is and will always be the greatest in WWE history. Dean Ambrose suddenly hits the ring and tackles Miz. Ambrose gets attacked and beat down by Dallas and Axel. Seth Rollins hits the ring, makes the save and helps Ambrose clear the ring.

- Backstage, Dean Ambrose tells Seth Rollins to stay out of his business because he still doesn't trust Rollins after what he did in the past.

- Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss: The match closes out with Alexa hitting the Sparkle Splash on Bayley, but Sasha stops the pinfall. Nia tosses Sasha outside, charges at Sasha, but misses and hits the barricade. Alexa is distracted and rolled up for the pinfall by Bayley.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley, by pinfall.

- We get a new Shattered Dreams Video with Goldust. Goldust says that his Shattered Truth movie was a hit and promises an encore performance tonight. Goldust says normally the sequel isn't as good as the first, but there's nothing normal about Goldust.

- R-Truth vs. Goldust: The match closes out with Goldust unloading and talking trash to Truth. Truth lands a heel kick to the face of Goldust and then a scissors kick for a near fall. Goldust counters a suplex and then sends Truth into the turn buckle. Goldust hits the Curtain Call and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Goldust, by pinfall.

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle says WWE Great Balls of Fire was a huge success and then mentions Braun Strowman's injury and not being sure when he'll be back. Angle introduces Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman out to the ring. Angle congratulates Lesnar on his win at WWE Great Balls of Fire and talks about their past matches against each other. Angle wants to give Lesnar his ideas for SummerSlam, but Lesnar and Heyman aren't interested and go to leave the ring. Angle says he's not done talking as Roman Reigns hits the ring. Angle informs Reigns that he wasn't happy with Reigns' actions last night. Reigns says Angle should be thanking Reigns for taking care of Strowman and maybe he should be thanked with a match against Brock Lesnar. Lesnar tells Reigns that he's a joke and doesn't deserve shit from Lesnar. Samoa Joe hits the ring and says he's about to bring them all back to reality and sooner or later he'll put Lesnar to sleep. Joe says Reigns has never beaten him and Lesnar barely escaped him. Joe threatens Lesnar as Angle gets in between both men. Reigns and Joe trade verbal jabs at each other next forcing Angle to announce Reigns vs. Joe next week with the winner meeting Lesnar at SummerSlam.

- At the announcers table, Corey Graves receives another text message and leaves to go find Kurt Angle.

- Backstage, Corey Graves meets up with Kurt Angle. Angle says he's sick of these text messages and has decided to go public with what's going on next week. Angle says that going public could also mean Angle losing his job and his family.

- Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar and Neville: The match closes out with Alexander countering a superplex and crotching Neville on the ropes. Tozawa kicks the ropes under Neville as Alexander suicide dives onto Dar. Tozawa hits the senton on Neville for the pinfall.
Winners: Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins says he didn't go out to help Dean Ambrose tonight, he went out to shut up The Miz. Rollins then states that Bray Wyatt is still a coward and a fraud and he'll prove that tonight.

- Backstage, Bray Wyatt appears and says that Rollins' fate is his to toy with, Rollins will never deny Bray and Rollins' sins will burn.

- Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt: The match closes out with Rollins hitting a Falcon Arrow on Bray for a near fall. Rollins counters Sister Abigail and gets a near fall rollup. Bray lands a head butt in the same eye that he stuck his thumb in at Great Balls of Fire, blinding Rollins again. Bray hits Sister Abigail on Rollins and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall.

- After the match, The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas hit the ring and beat Rollins down. Dean Ambrose hits the ring with a steel chair and clears everyone out, making the save. Ambrose gets a couple chair shots in on Miz as he's pulled outside.

- Backstage, Kurt Angle is on the phone, inviting a guest to join him so he can make his announcement public with them present next week. Angle says what ever happens happens when he makes this secret public and tells the person on the phone he loves them to end the show.

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