WWE Raw Recap: July 2, 2018
S26 episode 27 Aired on July 2, 2018

Braun Strowman has used all manner of implements to brutalize his enemies, but on Monday Night Raw, a portable toilet came into play. Get all the details on the altercation that had Kevin Owens down in the dumps.

Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins made it a point to single out Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, and to their credit, they got the win, albeit by disqualification (more on that in a minute). But the match that ensued was both a reminder of the very legitimate threat Ziggler & McIntyre pose to the Raw locker room as a whole and the kind of effort it will take to even come within striking distance of a victory against them.

The Intercontinental Champion and his enforcer made an example of Reigns at the start; a superhuman rally from Rollins saved the match and slowed their opponents down the stretch. Reigns was ready to make good on his brother’s handiwork when The Revival struck from the audience, hauling Reigns off the barricade before he could tag in to bring about the disqualification and leaving Rollins to the mercy of Ziggler & McIntyre.

The performance of Rollins was a stark reminder that, with a 30-minute WWE Iron Man Match on the horizon in two weeks, Ziggler has his hands full. The appearance of The Revival — and the final Shatter Machine they hit on The Big Dog at the end of the beating — was a reminder that, with another match on the horizon in a matter of hours, Reigns does too.

Roman Reigns gave Bobby Lashley the terms for their match against The Revival: He starts the match, finishes the match and wins the match, and Lashley just stands on the apron and collects the W. Give him this: He started the match, he finished the match, and he won the match — albeit via disqualification — but Lashley wasn’t exactly happy about the way it went down.

The Revival were all over Reigns from the jump; the lingering effects of their earlier attack left The Big Dog about three steps slower than usual, and Dash & Dawson didn’t hesitate to target his tenderized ribs. And yet, even in his exhausted state, Reigns — who refused to tag in Lashley throughout the entire match — proved a little too much to handle down the line. So, The Revival opted to make a statement rather than get the win when they double-teamed The Big Dog to the tune of a willingly-taken disqualification loss.

Lashley didn’t even budge when The Revival continued their post-match mobbing of the former WWE Champion, throwing up his hands and leaving Reigns to suffer a Shatter Machine and Frog Splash from the two-time NXT Tag Team Champions. So, Reigns kept his in-ring promise, and The Revival made good on their own vow to display their tag team efficiency. Of course, Lashley had made a promise of his own: To hold Reigns accountable if the match didn’t go their way. Now that Kurt Angle has sanctioned their match at WWE Extreme Rules, the only question is if, and how, he'll do so.

Kevin Owens tried everything to get away from a match with Braun Strowman. He tried showing up late to the arena, which landed him in the match in the first place. Then he tried to bribe Kurt Angle with Shania Twain tickets to get the match canceled. (That didn’t impress him much). Then he tried to psych himself up with some breathing techniques from Jinder Mahal. Then, when the bell rang, he decided to simply up and run away to placate Strowman with a count-out win. None of it worked.

As Owens should have realized when Strowman flipped his car over last week, once Mr. Monster in the Bank has you in his sights, he won’t be satisfied with mere victory. So, he shouldn’t have been entirely surprised when, after Owens attempted to hide from Strowman in a portable toilet outside the arena (he refused to give the valet his keys and didn’t have them on him when he bailed), Strowman duct taped the door shut, hauled the stall back into the building and plowed it over the stage with KO inside. The former Universal Champion — writhing in pain and covered in the blue liquid from the stall — was extracted from the wreck, and if he’s lucky, Strowman will be finished with him. Of course, Kevin Owens hasn’t been that lucky for a while now, and the worst thing about this night may end up being that it's only the beginning.

In other action … Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre confronted Roman Reigns … Curtis Axel def. Raw Tag Team Champion "Woken" Matt Hardy … Curtis Axel def. Raw Tag Team Champion "Woken" Matt Hardy … Baron Corbin demanded an apology from Finn Bálor … Ember Moon def. Liv Morgan … and Mojo Rawley brawled with No Way Jose.

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