Raw Recap: August 14, 2017
S2017 episode 1264 Aired on August 14, 2017

Like any pair of brothers worth their salt, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were brought back together after fighting it out.

The two former WWE Champions put their cards on the table and threw hands in an explosive confrontation at the opening of Raw, bringing their years of tension and resentment to a head after several weeks of tepidly-received olive branches. So, it was easy to see why Cesaro & Sheamus decided to attack their rivals after the brawl left both men depleted at ringside, only Ambrose & Rollins surprised everyone by driving the Raw Tag Team Champions back as one, Shield fist bump and all. And, given that Raw General Manager Kurt Angle immediately sanctioned a Tag Team Title Match between the two duos at SummerSlam, it might just be time to believe again.

The Boss, in her hometown of Boston, winning her way to SummerSlam to challenge for her fourth Raw Women’s Championship. If that’s not fate, we don’t know what is, though Nia Jax certainly made it difficult for Sasha Banks to punch her ticket from Beantown to Brooklyn, where Alexa Bliss lies in wait.

With the smug Bliss watching from an elevated lifeguard’s chair at ringside, Jax powered her way to an early advantage, ruthlessly swinging Banks into the barricade and tossing her about the ring. Yet, The Boss slowly weathered the storm with strategically-timed submission and roll-up attempts, escaping the ring when it seemed like she was in danger of being pinned.

Banks finally pulled ahead by kicking Jax’s hamstring out while she was perched on the second rope, locking in the Bank Statement moments later to the point of a near submission victory. When Jax hauled herself to her feet with The Boss on her shoulder, Banks floated over into a thunderous tornado DDT and a second excruciating Bank Statement that forced Nia to tap out. Hello, Brooklyn.

Brock Lesnar might be out the door if he loses the Universal Title on Sunday, but if this is The Beast’s last Monday Night Raw, it should be no surprise he went out in a hail of fists and a confrontation that needed every warm body in the locker room to quell it before it escalated into what Paul Heyman called a "prison fight."

After Heyman delivered what might be his final sermon in exaltation of the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, Lesnar’s challengers surfaced one by one: first Samoa Joe, then Braun Strowman and finally Roman Reigns. The Big Dog quickly speared Joe in retaliation for The Samoan Submission Machine costing him his Last Man Standing Match against The Gift of Destruction the week prior, and Strowman disposed of Reigns with a Running Powerslam.

That left The Beast and The Monster Among Men alone in the ring, and while they made quick work of the legion of security Kurt Angle had hired to enclose the ring, the near-entirety of the Raw locker room barely managed to separate them, though Lesnar and Strowman briefly broke free to land a few wild punches. The rest will have to wait until Sunday, and the titanic main event that could change Raw as we know it.

In other action … Elias attacked R-Truth … Big Cass, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson attacked Enzo Amore & Big Show … Akira Tozawa def. Neville to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion … Bray Wyatt def. Finn Bálor … Mickie James def. Emma … Jason Jordan def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz via Disqualification … and Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz & The Miztourage.

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