Raw Recap: August 7, 2017
S2017 episode 1263 Aired on August 7, 2017

In what was perhaps their most brutal encounter, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman tore each other and the arena apart in tonight’s Last Man Standing Match main event. Who gutted out the monumental victory just two weeks before SummerSlam’s hotly anticipated Universal Championship Fatal 4-Way Match?

It’s official: The shoulder injury Bayley suffered last week will keep The Huggable One out of SummerSlam, which means the field for Alexa Bliss’ Raw Women’s Title is wide open. And Bayley’s preferred substitute — Sasha Banks — got one step closer to Little Miss Bliss only moments after Bayley addressed the WWE Universe and bowed out of contention.

In the first of two Triple Threat Qualifying Matches, The Boss surged past Alicia Fox and Emma, though the Australian grappler proved her mettle as a persistent foil to Banks throughout the match. Not only did Emma nearly take Sasha out of commission by targeting her back, but when The Boss locked Fox in the Bank Statement, Emma rolled her off into a pinfall attempt. Some quick thinking from The Boss, however, landed Emma in the same hold, this one good enough to earn the tapout victory.

Say what you will about Seth Rollins; he won’t leave a man hanging.

Despite Dean Ambrose refusing to come to The Kingslayer’s aid after his match against Sheamus, Rollins lent Ambrose a hand after The Lunatic Fringe found himself in hot water of his own with the Raw Tag Team Champions. The main difference was that Ambrose had won his match, an epic, scientific affair with Cesaro wherein the two Superstars traded a wide array of old-school holds and locks before they broke out the heavy artillery.

Can Toronto withstand a Last Man Standing Match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman? Barely.

The Great White North was shaken to its core in Raw’s hellacious main event between The Big Dog and The Monster Among Men, as the two Superstars inflicted an unimaginable amount of damage on one another just two weeks before challenging Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title along with Samoa Joe in a Fatal 4-Way Match.

Reigns hit Strowman with the steel steps and Samoan Dropped him through a table. Strowman replied by fast-balling a chair into Reigns’ face and driving him back-first into the LED board when their brawl spilled onto the stage. Reigns finally seemed to have the upper hand when he Speared Strowman down the ramp and made it to his feet, only for Samoa Joe to emerge from the crowd and lock in the Coquina Clutch, putting Reigns to sleep and stopping the count.

The official had no choice but to restart the count once Joe finally released the hold, and The Gift of Destruction took advantage of Joe’s interference. Strowman rose to his feet at eight to claim the win, but it was Joe who had the most ominous words of the night to Roman: “The yard is on lockdown.”

In other action … Universal Champion Brock Lesnar appeared on "Miz TV" … Raw Tag Team Champion Sheamus def. Seth Rollins … Jason Jordan def. Jean-Pierre Goulet … Sasha Banks def. Emma and Alicia Fox in a Triple Threat Qualifying Match … Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore & Big Show … Bray Wyatt attacked Finn Bálor … Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari … and Nia Jax def. Mickie James and Dana Brooke in a Triple Threat Qualifying Match.

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