Raw Recap: July 24, 2017
S2017 episode 1261 Aired on July 24, 2017

The comeback kid is heading back to her home turf.

Bayley powered past Sasha Banks in a grueling bout between best friends to earn an opportunity against Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam, sending The Huggable One back to the site of one of her biggest triumphs to potentially complete a remarkable rebound run back to the Raw Women's Title.

Banks, somewhat surprisingly, seemed to be almost looking past Bayley in the lead-up to this match, focusing more on her desire to punish Bliss in a pre-match powwow than on how to defeat The Huggable One. All she would say of the match was that "the best woman" would win.

True to Bliss’ own prediction earlier in the night, friendship did kind of go out the window — Bayley hung so tough that the two women resorted to a hockey-style fight at one point — and it came down to the absolute wire, as Bayley kicked out of a Frog Splash and instantly rolled up Sasha for three.

Alexa, who was on commentary for the match, didn’t miss the opportunity to hit the squared circle and flaunt her title in the face of her challenger. SummerSlam is set. May the best woman win.

As it turns out, Jason Jordan is a chip off the old block.

Kurt Angle’s newly revealed son showcased his “gold-blooded” pedigree and one of the Three I’s in particular — intensity — in a dominant debut against Curt Hawkins. The former SmackDown Tag Team Champion decimated his foe with an array of impressive, amateur-style takedowns and suplexes that left The Prince of Queens no recourse but to elbow Jordan in the head — hard — in hopes of stopping him cold.

It didn’t work. Jordan yanked his singlet straps down, screamed in Hawkins’ direction and charged him into the corner before finishing him off with an impressive hybrid of the Angle Slam and a neckbreaker, all while the proud papa beamed in the back as he watched on a monitor. Next week's "Miz TV" sitdown should be truly must-see for the young competitor.

So, can Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins co-exist? Yes! But have they truly moved on from past events? That answer’s a little more complicated.

Despite Ambrose’s vocal distrust of The Kingslayer, the two former Shield members managed to recapture enough of the old magic to outlast The Miz & The Miztourage in Raw's 2-on-3 Handicap main event. The Lunatic Fringe even came to Rollins’ rescue after Miz and his crew feasted on The Architect for most the match.

The favor was repaid when Seth broke up the pinfall after Miz connected with a potential match-ending Skull-Crushing Finale on Ambrose. Rollins also saved Ambrose from a second Skull-Crushing Finale with a flying knee that teed up Dirty Deeds.

Ambrose, fired up from pinning The Awesome One, allowed a brief post-match embrace from The Architect, though he was still a bit too conflicted to partake in the traditional Shield fist bump, much to Seth’s disappointment. Baby steps, though. Ambrose might just get there yet.

In other action … Raw General Manager Kurt Angle decided who would challenge Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam … Elias Samson def. Finn Bálor … Big Cass def. Enzo Amore … Nia Jax def. Emma … Ariya Daivari confronted WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Akira Tozawa … and The Revival def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.

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