In a WWE Super Show-Down rematch, The Shield suffered a crushing defeat to Braun Strowman and Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre, and Dean Ambrose suffered the pinfall. After the match, the despondent Lunatic Fringe left the arena ahead of his fellow Hounds of Justice without saying a word or looking back. What might this mean for The Shield? Also on Raw, Shawn Michaels announced his in-ring return at WWE Crown Jewel and The Bella Twins shockingly ambushed Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.
The Bella Twins won two straight matches at Ronda Rousey’s side. And that, it appeared, was enough for them.
Moments after Ronda, Nikki & Brie repeated against The Riott Squad in a WWE Super Show-Down rematch — Rousey submitted Ruby Riott with the Armbar to flip the script after the Squad’s lengthy isolation of Brie Bella — The Bellas suddenly attacked the Raw Women's Champion during their post-match celebration. Nikki threw the first punch, dropping Rousey with a forearm to the back of the head before joining in with her sister for a 2-on-1 beatdown that spilled out of and around the ring in short order. Rousey didn't go down without a fight, brawling to her feet and forcing The Bellas to adjust, but a combination of the numbers game and the element of surprise ultimately left the titleholder relatively helpless against the two former Divas Champions.
The attack ended with Nikki and Brie standing over the downed and humiliated Rousey, completely unfazed by the torrent of boos around them. And why would they be? Their treachery paid off. Rousey was in ruins. And The Bellas looked, for all the world, like the baddest women on the planet. Of course, with Nikki Bella now set to challenge Ronda for the Raw Women's Title at WWE Evolution, the twins will have to keep the momentum going, and they may find it's much more difficult to take Ronda Rousey down when she can see you coming.
The WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel will feature four Raw Superstars and four SmackDown Superstars in an eight-person tournament to determine the best competitor in the world. John Cena’s already in. And the next entrant from Raw is someone who knows a little something about worldwide excellence.
No, it ain’t Baron Corbin, despite the Acting General Manager’s plan to finagle his way into the bracket by sanctioning a win-and-you’re-in Battle Royal between himself and a bunch of handpicked competitors from around the world. (Shout-out to El Hombre sin Nombre). And it ain’t Heath Slater, who tried to throw his name in the running and was rudely declined by The Lone Wolf. It is, however, Kurt Angle (!) who entered the bout in the guise of the masked Conquistador and ducked under the ropes the second the bell rang, biding his time until Corbin had decimated the field.
After Corbin had last eliminated Luxembourgian brawler Thunder Montgomery, however, the Conquistador baited him into the ring and administered a very familiar-looking trio of German Suplexes and an Angle Slam before eliminating The Lone Wolf and revealing himself to be The Olympic Gold Medalist. He didn't stick around, however, as technically, he's still on vacation. Es verdad. Sí, es verdad.
Braun Strowman wasn’t thrilled that he, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler lost to The Shield at WWE Super Show-Down. He even went so far to demand that his pack learn to pull their weight. In short, they did, and The Shield are left with more questions than answers just days after they seemed to quash any rumors of turmoil within their camp.
Ziggler & McIntyre — McInytre especially — didn’t just close out the “pack’s” rematch against The Hounds of Justice; they were key players in every sense of the word, keeping their squad in the game each time Strowman’s aggression got the better of him. Which, given Braun’s single-minded pursuit of Roman Reigns’ Universal Title, was often. In fact, Strowman seemed like he might actually throw down with his own team after he berated Ziggler on the apron before coming face-to-face with a furious-looking McIntyre.
Sensing victory, The Shield moved to put the match away, kicking off a wild brawl in and around the ring that ended with Strowman being leveled by a vicious Spear from Reigns on the outside. Dean Ambrose, The Shield’s closer from Australia, was in the ring. But McIntyre stayed patient through the scramble and sprang at the perfect moment, catching Ambrose with a lights-out Claymore that put the match away.
Ambrose did not seem to take the defeat well. While Reigns and Seth Rollins recuperated in the ring, The Lunatic Fringe — who reaffirmed his commitment to The Shield just days prior — rolled out from under the ropes and made his exit without so much as a glance toward his brothers, leaving them to wonder what they were seeing: Disappointment? Dissent? Or just dejection from a Superstar who felt he hadn't pulled his weight? Only one man knows, and he isn’t talking.
In other action … D-Generation X re-formed to challenge The Brothers of Destruction … Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens … Finn Bálor & Bayley def. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox … Kurt Angle won a Global Battle Royal to qualify for the WWE World Cup … Ember Moon def. Nia Jax via Count-out … Lita returned after Alexa Bliss & Mickie James challenged Trish Stratus to a tag team match at WWE Evolution … Bobby Roode & Chad Gable def. The Ascension; AOP attacked after the match … and Paul Heyman addressed the Universal Title Triple Threat Match at WWE Crown Jewel.