Mere days before facing Goldberg at WWE Super ShowDown for the first time ever, The Undertaker rose from the grave to address his forthcoming battle with the WWE Hall of Famer. Plus, find out how “Mr. Money in the Bank” Brock Lesnar made Universal Champion Seth Rollins suffer without cashing in his contract.
The short, tragic saga of Rey Mysterio as United States Champion came to an end — for now, at least — as The Ultimate Underdog, hamstrung by a shoulder injury, came to Raw and did what needed doing by relinquishing the title to Samoa Joe. Given that Joe’s shoulders were never down for the pinfall that cost him the title, that development amounts to justice served for the once and now current champion. Rey, meanwhile, is forced to grit his teeth and do the right thing as he always has, thanks in no small part to an obstacle he couldn’t quite overcome. Nonetheless, the facts are these: Joe is champion. Joe is happy. And given that he savaged Mysterio with a Coquina Clutch anyway once he got the title back, it’s back to business as usual.
Seth Rollins was feeling pretty good when he walked into Raw — seemingly against all logic, as he was still facing the looming threat of a Brock Lesnar cash-in. The Beast made him regret that bravado by putting on quite the show of delaying the inevitable, most crucially during a confrontation with Baron Corbin — the man Rollins will unquestionably have to defend his Universal Title against Friday at WWE Super ShowDown. The Conqueror’s final fake-out landed Rollins square in the path of an End of Days from The Lone Wolf, at which point Mr. Money in the Bank finally made his promised appearance.
He did not, however, make good on his promise to cash-in the contract, despite hysterical pleas from Paul Heyman to do so. Instead, Lesnar savaged Rollins with a pair of suplexes, an F-5 on the outside, and a series of raining blows from a steel chair. Heyman once again begged his client to cash in, though Lesnar refuted him with a single word: Friday. Given that Rollins was taken out of the arena on a stretcher as a result of the attack, it’s safe to say that’s as good of a time as any. And anyone who tries to force Lesnar to make a move before he’s ready does so at their own risk.
With only one Raw to speak his mind on his first-ever bout with Goldberg, The Undertaker kept things short and sweet. Goldberg, he claimed, would be subjected to the same kind of otherworldly fury The Deadman has unleashed on all his rivals when the reaper comes calling, and the air would be thick with the souls of his vanquished foes. But despite all that, The Last Outlaw made very clear that he still expected the “unstoppable icon” version of Goldberg, rather than the benevolent family man of his final WWE run. Anything less would be met with “an inhumane amount of brutality.” As far as The Deadman is concerned, Goldberg is next, but he may rue the day he walked again if the former WCW Champion gives the legendary Superstar exactly what he asked for.
In other action … Drew McIntyre & The Revival def. Roman Reigns & The Usos … The Lucha House Party brawled with Lars Sullivan … Charlotte Flair def. Lacey Evans via Disqualification … Braun Strowman def. Bobby Lashley (Arm Wrestling Match) … Nikki Cross def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Peyton Royce … Bray Wyatt presented a very special episode of “Firefly Fun House” … and Triple H and Randy Orton met face-to-face.