LAST TIME ON RAW
And John Cena’s SummerSlam opponent is … Randy Orton?!?!
Not quite. The Apex Predator emerged when Triple H made his move to announce The Champ’s challenger, though he was intercepted by Roman Reigns on his way to the ring. So, Plan A is out. Plan B has Dean Ambrose to deal with.
Enter Paul Heyman with Plan C. “C” as in the conqueror himself, Brock Lesnar. And one quick handshake with the COO and reiteration of Brock’s bona fides later, Heyman made a declaration that may yet become a spoiler as well: “This malpracticing Doctor of Thuganomics is in for the beating of a lifetime.”
Bold words. But he’s been right before.
The old saying about houses divided against themselves proved truer than ever on Raw: Not only can they not stand, but they’re likely to blow over with a light gust of wind, to say nothing of a Superman Punch. Roman Reigns, having ran his mouth in Raw’s opening moments, packed the wallop necessary to back it up when he knocked off the fragile alliance of Randy Orton & Kane in Raw’s opening match.
Despite a shaky, albeit steady, united front early in the match, “best for business” proved to be a tenuous glue between The Viper and the former Director of Operations: Further squabbles between the team caused Kane to target Orton when The Viper refused to tag in and Reigns capitalized. The Big Dog blasted the demon with the 1-2 combo of the Superman Punch and Spear for the win, and for all his own talk, Randy Orton wanted no part of the former WWE Tag Team Champion when all was said and done.
Stealing the show? Check. And Dolph Ziggler stole the new Intercontinental Champion’s thunder to boot as well, knocking off The Miz in some well-deserved retribution after the underhanded Battle Royal elimination of The Showoff that returned the vaunted title to Miz’s clutches. The Awesome One seemed content, at first, to bask in his own glory in the non-title contest, taunting Dolph from afar and scurrying away when The Showoff’s offense veered too closer to the “Moneymaker.”
Miz did dive into the deep end eventually and had Dolph on the defensive for much of the match, fish-hooking The Showoff’s own face with his fingers in an ironic bit of mockery. The former World Heavyweight Champion blasted his way into the match through sheer force of will, escaping the Figure-Four Leglock and gambling a frozen-rope superkick on a gimpy leg. Miz dodged the move, but Dolph’s quick-strike follow-up of a Zig Zag proved too much for the champ to bear.
In other action... Alicia Fox, Eva Marie, Cameron & Rosa Mendes def. Nikki Bella... Bo Dallas def. Damien Sandow... Bray Wyatt hijacked 'The Highlight Reel'... Divas Champion AJ Lee & Paige def. Natalya & Emma... Zack Ryder def. Fandango... Stephanie McMahon was arrested following Flo Rida's performance... RybAxel def. Big E & Kofi Kingston... Rusev def. The Great Khali... and Cesaro def. Dean Ambrose via Disqualification.