Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 10th, 2017
Location: The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The “Then. Now. Forever.” WWE video leads us into the show.
Footage is shown from last night’s Great Balls of Fire event. Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns in an Ambulance Match. Immediately after, Reigns attacked Strowman, stuffed him into the back of the ambulance, and backed it full speed into a tractor trailer. The jaws of life had to be used to get Strowman out. Strowman was bleeding heavily, but walked off on his own power.
The RAW video plays, and we go into the arena. JoJo introduces Big Cass to the ring.
Big Cass addresses defeating Enzo Amore
Big Cass enters the ring, and the crowd loudly boos him. Big Cass waits a moment before asking, “How you doin’?” Cass says he’s doing spectacular today after what he did to Enzo last night. Cass has some still photos shown of him beating down Enzo last night in their match. It ended with him standing over Enzo, but the best part wasn’t seen on PPV. It happened after Enzo got to the back. A WWE.com exclusive video is shown of Enzo being helped to the trainer’s room. A loud “asshole” chant fires up. Cass says that should serve as notice to everyone in the RAW locker room from the bottom of the totem pole to the top, and he means the very top. That’s what happens when you mess with Big Cass. To all the people that never supported him and only chanted for Enzo, they can’t support him now. They know what he’s capable of because he’s the future of WWE. To all the doubters back there from NXT to those behind the curtain, one day he will be the Universal Champion. The crowd loudly boos that. When he wins it, he’ll hold it high and shove it down their throats. He will be the champion, main event WrestleMania, be on the Tonight Show, and have his face on posters representing WWE to the fullest. Nobody can touch him or is on his level. No one can look him eye to eye.
Big Show’s music hits, and he comes out to a nice reception. Big Show and Big Cass stand in the middle of the ring staring at each other. Cass steps up to him, so Big Show head-butts him back. They start brawling. Cass tries to take him down, but Big Show hooks him in a front facelock. Cass escapes, but Big Show kicks him in the ribs and knees away at him. Finally, Cass escapes the ring and retreats up the ramp.
We’ll have an update on Braun Strowman later tonight. We’ll also see Brock Lesnar. Coming up next, Finn Bálor will take on Elias Samson.
Elias Samson is in the ring with his guitar. Samson greets the crowd and asks who wants to walk with Elias. Not many people, apparently. Samson needs Houston to keep their cell phones down and hold their applause until after he is finished. This song is for Finn Bálor. Bálor isn’t a savior — he’s just a man. Tonight, he’ll knock him off his pedestal. No one is the same after him. Houston, we have a problem. Bálor’s music interrupts the song.
Elias Samson vs. Finn Bálor
They lock up, and Samson quickly scoop slams him down. Samson talks a little trash about Bálor trying to upstage him. Bálor rolls out of a slam and applies a side headlock. Samson tries to whip him off, but Bálor keeps it hooked on. Samson finally whips him off and elbows him in the face. Bálor reverses a whip and rolls through a sunset flip to dropkick him. Samson sends him to the corner, but Bálor hits a slingshot kick. Bálor goes to the top rope, but Samson rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Samson chop Bálor’s chest before taking him down for a two count. During the commercial, he dropped a devastating knee on the back of Bálor’s neck. Samson applies a full nelson. Bálor fights up, slides out, and rolls him up for a two count. Samson tries to go back to the full nelson, but Bálor elbows out. Samson quickly knees him in the midsection and sends him to the corner. Bálor boots him back and takes him down with a pair of running forearms. Bálor connects with a dropkick before chopping the chest. Samson boots him back and goes to the second rope, but Bálor kicks him to the floor. Bálor hits a baseball slide, gets on the apron, and goes for a running kick, but Samson blocks it and takes him down. Bálor lands on his surgically repaired shoulder. Samson drops an elbow and applies an arm bar. Bálor soon gets out, takes him down, and hits a double stomp to the midsection.
Bálor knocks him to the corner, but Samson sidesteps him. Samson stomps him down and clubs the chest. Bálor tries to fight back, but Samson rolls him up for a near fall. Bálor never got his shoulder up. Samson rolls him up again for a two count. Bálor forearms him back and connects with an overhead kick. Bálor gets to his feet and hits a Sling Blade. Bálor hits a vicious running dropkick to the corner. Bálor connects with the Coup de Grâce for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Finn Bálor
Finn Bálor celebrates at the top of the stage. The Hardy Boyz walk out and pose with him before shaking hands with him. They’re in action, next.
The Hardy Boyz came up a little short in the 30-minute Iron Man Match last night against Sheamus and Cesaro.
Jeff Hardy says they came up short, but the Tag Team Champions better not think they’re obsolete. Matt Hardy says they’re here to make a proclamation. They are nowhere near done. They’re going to make magic within the WWE Universe.
Anderson and Gallows interrupt them. Luke Gallows says other tag teams didn’t say they were done — it was them. They seem proud of their performance last night, but they’re not The Hardy Boyz of old. They’re just old Hardy Boyz. Gallows calls them nerds. They can practice magic somewhere else because they’re magic killers. Matt says neither of them are 100%. They’re stitched up, bruised, and somewhat BROKEN, but if they think the ring belongs to them, they can determine that in a match.
The Hardy Boyz vs. Anderson and Gallows
Matt Hardy locks up with Karl Anderson. Anderson backs him to the corner, but Matt punches out. Matt applies a side headlock, but Anderson whips him off. Matt shoulder blocks him down. Jeff Hardy tags in, and he kicks Anderson. They send him to the corner and hit a double back suplex. Gallows runs in, but they kick him, send him to the corner, and hit Poetry in Motion. The Hardy Boyz stand tall.