Raw Recap: July 31, 2017
S2017 episode 1262 Aired on July 31, 2017

With his son thriving as a member of the Raw roster and a recent enshrinement in the WWE Hall of Fame, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle had a joyous, celebratory Pittsburgh homecoming. That is, for all of about two minutes until Brock Lesnar came calling.

The reason for the Universal Champion’s visit was to protest his Fatal 4-Way title defense against Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman at SummerSlam, but The Conqueror opted not to turn the Steel City into Suplex City. Instead, Paul Heyman — believing Angle only sanctioned the bout to put Lesnar in an unwinnable match — expressed his client’s displeasure by way of a monumental ultimatum: If Brock loses his championship at The Biggest Event of the Summer, he’ll leave WWE and take his advocate with him.

Advantage: Roman Reigns. At least for now.

In a Triple Threat that quickly spilled into a street fight, The Big Dog pulled slightly closer to Brock Lesnar in the mad dash for the Universal Championship by taking down his two fellow challengers, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe. But before he did, in a taste of things to come at SummerSlam, all three heavyweights battled each other to a dead heat: Joe nearly put Strowman to sleep in the Coquina Clutch; Reigns Superman Punched Joe off the steps; Strowman threw Reigns from the arena floor back into the ring.

The Gift of Destruction was poised to claim the win when he seized a set of steps that had been laid in the ring, yet Reigns roared back at the last second, Superman Punching the steel out of Strowman’s hand and using the stairs to knock the big man from the squared circle. With only Samoa Joe left to oppose him, Reigns revved up for a monstrous Spear and put The Samoan Submission Machine down for three.

Advantage: Roman Reigns. At least for now.

In a Triple Threat that quickly spilled into a street fight, The Big Dog pulled slightly closer to Brock Lesnar in the mad dash for the Universal Championship by taking down his two fellow challengers, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe. But before he did, in a taste of things to come at SummerSlam, all three heavyweights battled each other to a dead heat: Joe nearly put Strowman to sleep in the Coquina Clutch; Reigns Superman Punched Joe off the steps; Strowman threw Reigns from the arena floor back into the ring.

The Gift of Destruction was poised to claim the win when he seized a set of steps that had been laid in the ring, yet Reigns roared back at the last second, Superman Punching the steel out of Strowman’s hand and using the stairs to knock the big man from the squared circle. With only Samoa Joe left to oppose him, Reigns revved up for a monstrous Spear and put The Samoan Submission Machine down for three.

In other action … The Hardy Boyz def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson … Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa def. TJP, Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese … Jason Jordan appeared on "Miz TV" … Seth Rollins def. Raw Tag Team Champion Sheamus … Finn Bálor attacked Bray Wyatt … Elias def. Kalisto … and Bayley def. Nia Jax via Count-out.

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