LAST TIME ON RAW
Brie Bella challenges Stephanie McMahon and Randy Orton punishes Roman Reigns
Having dropped all charges against Stephanie McMahon save for aggravated battery, Brie Bella was surely going to make one of WWE’s principal owners pony up to expunge that final, lingering legal matter. When it came to choosing her destiny, Brie’s demands for the queen were simple: A raise for Nikki, a reinstatement for herself, and one-on-one match at SummerSlam. Despite some lengthy pleas for the former Divas Champion to reconsider, Stephanie finally relented in a flood of tears – crocodile tears, it turned out. Stephanie slapped Brie across the face, vowed to make Brie “her b***h” and entered into an all-out brawl that required Triple H, plus WWE officials Finlay, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble to be broken up. Somewhere, Daniel Bryan is smiling.
He’s still got it: Not only did Chris Jericho go move for move with the younger, nimbler Seth Rollins, the former Undisputed Champion may well have knocked off Mr. Money in the Bank if not for an unwelcome intrusion at the end of their first-ever collision. Though the veteran Jericho kept Rollins at bay in the opening moments, a well-timed dodge saw Y2J run headlong into the turnbuckle and left loopy for a lengthy beating by Rollins.
The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla repaid the favor, though, back-body dropping Rollins off the top turnbuckle and setting up an offensive run of his own that ended with The Aerialist unwittingly springboarding into the business end of a Codebreaker. The lights cut out at the moment of truth, however, and revealed The Wyatt Family in the ring moments later. Rowan & Harper wasted no time in attacking Y2J, feeding him to Bray Wyatt for a Sister Abigail that may well be a harbinger of things to come in their newly forged clash at SummerSlam.
Naomi is no longer a Funkadactyl, but she hasn’t lost her groove. Teaming with Natalya against Alicia Fox and her former partner in funkitude, Cameron, the “Total Divas” star showed her mettle in tag action with a new partner on Raw. Not only did she capitalize on Natalya’s setup against Alicia Fox and take the fight to the former Divas Champion, she both kicked out of Fox's scissor kick and tapped Cameron out with a brand-new submission hold for some well-earned retribution after WWE Battleground.
Yet again, Summer Rae & Layla have danced a tango all over Fandango’s wounded heart. Though the devious Divas ditched Zack Ryder’s short-lived company, The Ultimate Broski’s loss was Diego’s gain; El Matador came out with Fandango’s former flames as company and, of course, the fleet-footed Superstar was no match for Diego and his pair of mamacitas. The “Slayers’” latest attempt to unman their former beefcake worked like a charm. Despite an aggressive burst that set Diego up for the top rope leg drop, El Torito and and the ladies provided a distraction at the opposite end and set Fandango up for a springboard sunset flip that put him down for a three-count.
The T-shirt doesn’t lie:It really is one against all for Roman Reigns, who targeted Randy Orton – costing The Viper a title match in the process – and was forced to contend with Triple H’s resident demon for his impudence. Orton had other ideas, however, jumping The “Big Dog” before the match began. Reigns briefly gained the upper hand in the ensuing brawl, though once Kane chokeslammed Reigns and left him to Orton’s mercy, he became little more than The Viper’s plaything.
Having been promised he’d never get a title shot until Reigns was taken care of, The Apex Predator did his best to accomplish just that. He pulverized Reigns with kicks to the face and threw him into the steel steps before finishing him off with a hanging DDT off the barricade, an RKO atop the commentary table and – since the first one failed to shatter the desk – another that finally put Reigns through to the concrete.
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