Raw Recap: June 5, 2017
S2017 episode 1254 Aired on June 5, 2017

Bray Wyatt made it very clear in the lead-up to WWE Extreme Rules that his dream was to “slay The Beast” and claim the Universal Title. Alas, Samoa Joe now has that opportunity, and The Reaper of Souls has turned his attention toward the “guilty” Superstars who denied him, beginning with Roman Reigns.

The Big Dog, of course, wasn’t entirely appreciative of Wyatt running him down in his own yard, so he socked The Eater of Worlds in the mouth and seized early control of the match. Wyatt gradually wore his opponent down to an even level as the battle raged on, planting Reigns with a uranage and rallying from a Drive-By to connect with a clothesline that nearly knocked Reigns out cold. But Reigns saved his best burst for last, escaping Wyatt’s attempt at Sister Abigail to land a Superman Punch and a Spear for the win.

A few weeks ago, Alexa Bliss recruited Nia Jax to her side with the promise of a future Raw Women’s Title Match should she get past Bayley unscathed. Well, Alexa’s still champ after WWE Extreme Rules, and on Raw it was time to pay the piper. Bliss retained her title thanks to a technicality and what may have been a canny bit of planning.

Seeking to replicate the strategy that joined her and Jax up in the first place, Bliss went to the Women’s locker room seeking help — anyone’s help — against Jax. With the exception of Sasha Banks, who dismissed Alexa outright, the ladies all said they’d rather just sit at ringside and watch Bliss get destroyed, which led the champ to run her entire division down throughout the night.

When Jax inevitably tossed Alexa to the outside during what was shaping up to be a one-sided win, Little Miss Bliss shoved Dana Brooke and Mickie James to instigate a brawl, handing herself a disqualification win and conveniently keeping the title around her waist.

Even more conveniently, Little Miss Bliss got out of Dodge right as Jax took out her frustrations on anything that moved, leaving Dana and Mickie in a heap while the champ made herself scarce.

If there was one lesson to be taken away from Raw, it’s that Samoa Joe truly fears nothing, but maybe Seth Rollins should.

Even with the looming threat of Brock Lesnar “unleashing The Beast” next week in response to Joe’s attack on Paul Heyman, the No. 1 contender to the Universal Title put on a clinic against Seth Rollins in the Raw main event following The Kingslayer’s assertion he wasn’t afraid of anyone either, be it Joe, Roman Reigns or the “false prophet and wannabe martyr” Bray Wyatt.

Rollins took the fight to Joe like a man with something to prove, but The Samoan Submission Machine was just a hair faster and a hair more on point than he was the last time these two met, deploying a counter for every move Rollins attempted.

When Rollins finally fought into the advantage and prepared to go up top, Wyatt’s signature imagery played across the TitanTron, distracting The Architect long enough for Joe to lock in the Coquina Clutch and put Seth to sleep. Next week, The Beast arrives, and we find out who is truly heading into their worst-case scenario.

In other action … Dean Ambrose attacked Elias Samson … Paul Heyman confronted Samoa Joe … Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus def. Heath Slater & Rhyno … TJP def. Mustafa Ali … Kalisto def. Titus O'Neil … Dean Ambrose crashed The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship Comeback Tour Kickoff … and Enzo Amore & Big Show def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.

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