The Miz managed to hold off Dean Ambrose and retain his Intercontinental Title at WWE Great Balls of Fire (with assists from Maryse and The Miztourage, of course), so he came to Raw with one thing in mind: to give himself and his people some awards.
In fact, The first-ever “Mizzies” were little more than an excuse for Miz to present trophies to his team: Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel co-won Best Supporting Actor, Maryse won Most Beautiful, Gorgeous, Sexy Leading Lady and Miz himself won Greatest Man in WWE. And during his “acceptance speech,” The A-Lister came out of left field to label The Hardys, Akira Tozawa and Seth Rollins as “frauds.”
But The Lunatic Fringe was ready to play spoiler, crashing The Mizzies and taking the fight back to the Intercontinental Champion. Much like WWE Great Balls of Fire, Ambrose found himself outnumbered, at least until he cleared the ring with a clutch assist from one of the very same men Miz called a fraud: Seth Freakin’ Rollins.
Despite the brief reunion, however, Ambrose wasn't exactly raring to re-team with his old running mate in a pointed backstage confrontation.
That Braun Strowman managed to walk away from Roman Reigns’ savage, post-Ambulance Match attack on his own power is nothing short of a miracle, even if The Monster Among Men hasn’t been seen since and Raw General Manager Kurt Angle wasn’t sure if, or when, he’d return. That said, Reigns did lose that match, and his continued claim to the Universal Title picture thus came under scrutiny.
When an unapologetic Reigns interrupted The Olympic Hero’s confab with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman, The Beast questioned why Reigns’ presumed, self-proclaimed No. 1 contender status should stand in the wake of a loss. The final voice in the growing chorus of naysayers turned out to be Samoa Joe, who pointed out (not incorrectly) that Brock barely beat him at WWE Great Balls of Fire and Reigns has never beaten him.
Angle’s solution? Reigns and Joe would face off next week in a No. 1 Contender’s Match, with the winner to face The Beast for the title at SummerSlam — and if any of them laid hands on each other throughout the rest of the night, the match would be called off.
A jab to the eye cost Seth Rollins his bout with Bray Wyatt at WWE Great Balls of Fire, but the rematch on Raw was, ironically, eye-opening in several capacities.
To begin with, it reaffirmed Wyatt’s power — despite Rollins compromising his hand so that Bray couldn’t cheap-shot him again, The Reaper of Souls reversed The Kingslayer’s jumping knee with a headbutt to the eye and hit Sister Abigail to win.
When Wyatt vanished after claiming the victory, The Miz and The Miztourage reappeared to pick the bones, and Dean Ambrose came to his former brother’s rescue with a chair, an eye-opening change of tune given his fight-our-own-battles speech to Rollins earlier in the night.
And, finally, Kurt Angle — whose mysterious personal business has become so tumultuous he’s resolved to “go public” next week — was shown after the match speaking to an unknown individual whom he asked to join him next week to “tell the whole world together.” The subject of their conversation remains unknown, but The Olympic Hero’s final words were about as eye-opening as it gets: “I love you.”
In other action … Big Show confronted Big Cass … Finn Bálor def. Elias Samson … Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. The Hardy Boyz … Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss & Nia Jax … Goldust def. R-Truth … and Akira Tozawa & Cedric Alexander def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville & Noam Dar.
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