Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 17th, 2017
Location: The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The “Then. Now. Forever.” WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that recaps the saga about Kurt Angle’s big secret. Last week, he told the person on the phone that they have nothing to be ashamed of. Tonight, Kurt Angle will come clean on his private matter. We’ll also see Roman Reigns take on Samoa Joe. The winner faces Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam.
Dean Ambrose kicks off Monday Night RAW
Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring carrying a steel chair. Replays are shown from last week when he attacked The Miz while he was presenting “The Mizzies.” Seth Rollins saved him from a beatdown from Miz’ entourage. Later in the night, The Miz and his entourage attacked Seth Rollins. Ambrose then made the save and viciously assaulted The Miz with a steel chair. Ambrose greets the crowd in “Music City” before introducing “Steely Dan” (the chair). They’re both bent out of shape because of The Miz. They had a good time last week hitting Miz with the chair. Ambrose calls Miz and the entourage out to finish what they started last week. Ambrose sets the chair up in the ring and sits down. Miz doesn’t respond. Ambrose continues to call him and the entourage out, but he still doesn’t respond.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he comes down to the ring smiling. Rollins asks Ambrose why he’s picking a fight he can’t win on his own. Ambrose told him to stay out of his battles last week, but at the end of the night Ambrose came out to fight his battles. Rollins appreciates his toughness, but he needs to calm down and come up with a better plan. Ambrose says he goes wherever his mood takes him, and last week his mood told him to swing the chair at The Miz. Rollins just happened to be there. Ambrose tells him to go away. Rollins says he’s only out here because The Miz and his glam squad attacked him. Rollins has a question for Ambrose. When he takes the fight to The Miz, will Ambrose be standing in his way or standing by his side? Rollins called him “brother.” Ambrose says Rollins isn’t his brothers. His brothers were in The Shield. His brothers had his back and stood for something. Ambrose doesn’t know this Rollins. The Rollins he knew was a liar and stabbed his brothers in the back. Rollins says that was three years ago, and he’s sorry. Rollins says sorry once again, and Ambrose looks like he’s contemplating what to do. Rollins says he lives with it everyday of his life. Rollins also remembers fighting Ambrose inside Hell in a Cell. Rollins also remembers Ambrose beating him for the title after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract. Rollins has moved on from that. What will it take for Ambrose to move on?
Ambrose takes a few steps before saying he sees Rollins’ mouth moving, but he doesn’t hear anything. Rollins says he’ll let his actions speak for him. Rollins turns around and offers Ambrose the chance to hit him in the back with the steel chair. The crowd is buzzing. Rollins tells him to hit him as many times as he needs to get it out of his system. Ambrose picks up the chair and thinks about it. Rollins has his back to him with his arms out. Ambrose smiles before throwing the chair out of the ring. Rollins looks at him, and Ambrose smirks.
The Miz and his entourage of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel come out to the stage. The Miz sarcastically says this is a touching scene, but it won’t work. It’s a waste of time. Ambrose will never forgive Rollins. If you burn a bridge in this business, that’s a major no-no. This is the same “Lunatic Fringe” he’s owned for months. At Extreme Rules and Great Balls of Fire, he beat Ambrose. Ambrose doesn’t have the skill to beat him. Ambrose can’t do it all on his own. Miz says he knew Ambrose would come out and make a spectacle of calling him out. Now he gets two for the price of one. Ambrose just reacts. There’s no strategy. Miz may not be an architect, but he can plan. The entourage pull out chairs from under the ring. Miz picks up the steel chair Ambrose threw out of the ring. The crowd starts chanting, “Roman.” Ambrose and Rollins try to fight them, but Miz and the entourage quickly take them down and hit them with the chairs. Miz slams the chair off Ambrose’s back before throwing him into the steel steps. In the ring, the entourage attack Rollins with the steel chair. They set the chair up, and Miz gives Rollins the Skull Crushing Finale on the steel chair! The Miz and the entourage stand over Rollins while the crowd lightly boos. They then leave the ring. Before going up the ramp, Miz hits Ambrose one more time with the steel chair.
Tonight’s main event will see Roman Reigns take on Samoa Joe with the winner facing Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam. We’ll also hear Kurt Angle’s big secret. Coming up next, Bayley takes on Alexa Bliss in a non-title match.
The Miz is walking backstage with Maryse and his entourage. They’re walking quite fast. Charly Caruso tries to interview him, but he declines. They then leave the building.
While Bayley is making her way to the ring, they show footage of her pinning Alexa Bliss in a tag team match last week. In a really nice moment, Bayley hugged a young boy who was crying because he was so excited to see her.
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
The bell rings, and Bliss slaps her right in the face. Bayley quickly picks her up and slams her into the corner before stomping her. Bliss turns her around and stomps her. Bayley quickly boots her down and tackles her before punching away at her. Bliss quickly escapes the ring. Nia Jax’s music hits, and she heads down to ringside to be Bliss’ backup.
We come back from the break to see Bliss applying a surfboard stretch. During the commercial break, Bliss snapped Bayley’s arm off the bottom rope. Bliss transitions into a hammerlock, but Bayley fights up. Bliss quickly takes her down by wrenching the arm for a two count. Bliss continues to try to dislocate the shoulder of Bayley. Bliss stands on her and steps on her head. Bayley gets up and sweeps the feet. Bayley gets her on the apron and snaps her off the middle rope. Bayley connects with some forearms before giving her a flapjack into the turnbuckle. Bayley takes her down with a back elbow before trying for a scoop slam, but her arm is too hurt. Bayley elbows her back and comes off the second rope with a flying back elbow. Bayley hits a snap back suplex before going to the middle rope for an elbow drop. Bliss quickly rolls out of the ring. Bayley follows her out, and Nia Jax stands in her way. Bliss connects with a cheap shot to take her down. Bliss gets her in the ring. Sasha Banks runs down and attacks Jax. Banks escapes a toss into the ring post and dropkicks Jax into the LED apron. Bayley catches Bliss with an inside cradle, but she kicks out. Bayley quickly follows up with Bayley To Belly for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bayley
Bayley and Sasha Banks celebrate in the ring while Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax back up the ramp.