It’s been a pretty good day for Seth Rollins, who earlier this morning was named as the cover star for WWE 2K18 with an awesome trailer to boot.
The Architect dedicated the honor to the WWE Universe for helping to will him down the path of redemption following his betrayal of The Shield three years prior, but Bray Wyatt wasn’t buying the idea of Rollins as a man of the people.
The Reaper of Souls once again appeared on the TitanTron to try to tear Rollins down, though The Kingslayer’s calm dismissal of Wyatt as a coward was enough to draw The Eater of Worlds out of his hiding place and into the arena. This turned out to be exactly what Rollins wanted; the second Wyatt had finished his long march through the fireflies, The Architect swooped down on him from the top rope, laying him out before making his exit.
It’s safe to say that this is not what Roman Reigns had in mind for his Raw return.
Not only was The Big Dog’s SummerSlam announcement interrupted by Samoa Joe, but he later lost his match against The Samoan Submission Specialist thanks to the titanic re-emergence of a rival he thought he’d placed in the rearview.
Joe, for his part, was the immovable object against Reigns’ typically unstoppable force during their match. He refused to bend an inch to The Big Dog and demanded that Reigns say his name proper.
The Big Dog eventually and barely found daylight with a Spear, though Joe broke the pinfall by getting his foot on the rope. The No. 1 contender to the Universal Title rolled outside to recover and barely made it back in before the count of 10, at which point Reigns revved up for Spear No. 2 … and then an ambulance appeared on the TitanTron, from which burst the unmistakable sight of a bellowing Braun Strowman.
Shell-shocked by the reappearance of The Monster Among Men, who was presumed to be out with an injury for up to six months, Reigns was easy pickings for a Coquina Clutch that put him to sleep. And that’s when Braun made his move.
The Gift of Destruction entered the arena and reminded Reigns in the most painful terms possible that he wasn’t finished with him — via a Reverse Chokeslam into the mat and an Ambulance Match challenge for the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view … provided, he said, Reigns was “man enough” to show up.
Kurt Angle promised that he would discover the identity of Enzo Amore & Big Cass’ mystery attacker on Raw, and he did … in a way. The Olympic Hero assembled Enzo & Cass, as well as The Revival, the chief suspects who had been spotted near almost every attack, and Big Show, who matches the description of a Superstar powerful enough to knock Enzo & Cass out with one punch.
Everyone, of course, denied involvement. Big Show openly floated the idea of leaving Raw over the accusations, and Dash & Dawson’s alibi of “This time we’re innocent” held up. And then Corey Graves rose from his chair at the commentary desk. Not to deny responsibility, but to break the case wide open: The Savior of Misbehavior unveiled a piece of footage that revealed Big Cass had feigned his own injury, and the revelation was enough to shatter the seven-footer’s façade.
Cass confessed to all of it: He attacked Enzo after having had his fill of “putting up with his crap” (including, recently, trash-talking Conor McGregor on Twitter), sticking by Enzo’s side and bailing him out of trouble until he couldn’t take it anymore. He even admitted to extending the controversy to see if Enzo was smart enough to figure it out. Cass laid into his tag team partner with such vitriol that Enzo shed tears, claiming Amore was the "dead weight" that had prevented him from ever becoming a champion in WWE. And then, he finally put Enzo down with a big boot to the face. Enzo couldn’t reply even if he wanted to — Cass’ actions had done all the talking.
In other action … Samoa Joe interrupted Roman Reigns' SummerSlam announcement … The Hardy Boyz def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson … Finn Bálor def. Bo Dallas … Akira Tozawa def. TJP … Maryse appeared on "Miz TV" … Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus def. Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil … and Nia Jax def. Sasha Banks via Disqualification.