Raw Recap: August 15, 2016
S2016 episode 1212 Aired on August 15, 2016

Even though Big E (and his groin) were stricken with ringpostitis, The New Day’s prognosis remains strong: The down-a-man W. W. E. World. Tag. Team. Champions. managed to defeat The Dudley Boyz in a straight-up, two-on-two tag team match when D-Von Dudley, again, accidentally took out Bubba Ray with an errant clothesline. New Day looked good, too, despite their No. 1 contenders Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson sending a dispatch from the “Gallows Organization for Nether Area Diseases” (get it?) to once again toss some thinly veiled threats in the direction of ya boys’ nether regions. For what it’s worth, New Day wasn’t sweating it, and promised the good brothers they didn’t have the stones, or the skills, to take away their New Day rocks. (Get it?)

You know the phrase “a man will do anything for his family”? Well, for Heath Slater, that includes interrupting Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman’s final, pre-SummerSlam message to Randy Orton to call The Beast out, as Raw management had promised the hottest free agent in the game a Team Red contract if he took on Lesnar and won.

There’s something to be said for bravery, and Lesnar, for what it’s worth, admitted he respected Slater’s guts before annihilating him. And annihilate Slater he did, sending The One Man Band to Suplex City and F-5 alley before Heyman took hold of the mic and did what he does best. Heyman hyped SummerSlam by promising unparalleled dominance on behalf of The Beast Incarnate and a beatdown for Randy Orton that would go down in the record books.

OK, so you can’t teach being 7 feet tall. Understood. But Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho — aka “Jeri-KO” — might know a trick or two that Enzo Amore & Big Cass could stand to learn. In this case, it’s some good, old-fashioned deception, as Jericho came to his partner’s defense at every available turn. Owens first occupied with the referee, allowing Jericho to cheap-shot Big Cass on the outside to give Owens plenty of breathing room. Then, when Big Cass started to gain momentum back, Jericho took out Enzo and both men glommed onto the raging 7-footer to bring the match to a disqualification halt, dispatching “Don Parmesan” with a superkick-Codebreaker combo.

If there’s one thing to be said about Seth Rollins, it’s that he can certainly talk the talk. And “The Man” certainly made a big show out of scouring the backstage area for Finn Bálor in an attempt to coax “The Demon King” persona into a fight before they battle for the WWE Universal Championship on Sunday. And even though he only took his quest to the ring under pressure from Mick Foley, The Architect certainly didn’t hold back in his second consecutive round of trash talk.

That is, until the Irishman revealed his infernal alter ego in full. And though Rollins didn’t tuck tail and run the second Bálor appeared in the ring, he certainly didn’t get the better of the transformed Superstar. The Demon King unloaded a series of kicks on his foe, and while Rollins dodged the Coup de Grâce, he was sent reeling from an over-the-top-rope dive all the same.

Rusev demanded satisfaction against Roman Reigns. Well, hopefully he’s satisfied with himself now that The Big Dog defeated him in a non-title match, leaving The Super Athlete to stumble into SummerSlam on a skid and Reigns to swagger into Brooklyn, N.Y., on the back of a much-needed victory. The Bulgarian Brute certainly did not hold back in his effort to defend Lana’s honor, targeting Reigns’ arm and using his fearsome kicks to stop Reigns dead in his tracks on multiple occasions. The former WWE World Champion had more fight in him than Rusev expected, mightily fighting to the ropes to break an Accolade and, somehow, administering a Spear out of left field to notch the pin. Roman Reigns as U.S. Champion? After this, we can believe that.

In other action... U.S. Champion Rusev demanded an apology from Roman Reigns... Sami Zayn def. Sheamus... Nia Jax def. Rachel Levy... The Shining Stars def. The Prime Time Players... Neville def. Jinder Mahal... Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Golden Truth... and Charlotte def. Alicia Fox.

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