Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw.
We are in Albany, New York and your announcers are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Renee Young.
We start off with the man who fought hard for a few seconds to earn the Money in the Bank briefcase. He is joined by Paul Heyman.
We see a video of what happened with Brock during Money in the Bank.
Paul Heyman introduces himself and his client. Paul says he can hear the hatred and paranoia permeating through the room. Think of the conspiracy theories running through your heads. Brock has heard the conspiracy theory that he hatched this plan once Sami Zayn got Braun Strowman out of the ladder match. How do you sneak Brock Lesnar into an arena? Somehow, Sami was lured, beaten up, and hung upside down. Then someone with the right political advantage was able to negotiate to add Brock as the eighth man in the ladder match. With these conspiracy theories, you give us too much credit. Why not blame Lesnar for the Kennedy assassination.
This is how it goes. If I was the WWE or Universal Champion, I am a paranoid man right now. When Seth Rollins or Kofi Kingston show up at a WWE event, they are vulnerable to the greatest assassin in WWE who literally has a contract on their championship reigns.
If I was Seth Rollins, any time I show up on Raw, or a pay per view event, or walks into an arena, he has to be paranoid that Brock will jump him. Paul says his father told him that just because you are paranoid, the whole world is not against you. The good news Seth is that the whole world is not against you, the bad news is that Brock Lesnar is against you and Brock has a contract that demands that you defend the title any time he wants to.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Seth says he should be in a great mood because he was in the fight of his life last night against AJ Styles and he won. Seth says he is not in a good mood because he has to come out and see this. Brock Lesnar with the Money in the Bank contract. Seth says he is out here to be a champion who inspires people. A champion that Brock never had the guts to be. Seth says he cannot do that when Brock has that contract over his head. Seth says he beat Brock at Wrestlemania and he can beat Brock again and he does not want to wait. Seth tells Brock to cash in so it can be Brock versus him tonight.
Seth and Brock get face to face and Paul tells everyone not to encourage him. Paul says Seth is sitting here like the sword of Damocles is over your head but this is Brock’s game of Antici . . . pation which means you have to wait until Brock feels like cashing in the briefcase. You should be used to waiting Seth Rollins. It is like waiting around 7 hours at Wrestlemania for your girlfriend to main event the show that you dreamt of main eventing.
Brock and Seth push each other and Paul tries to avoid getting beaten up by Seth.
Paul asks if Seth is even worthy of getting in the ring with Brock again. How do you know that he will cash in the contract against you? Maybe Brock wants a new challenge. Maybe it is a new day for Brock Lesnar. What about Brock Lesnar versus Kofi Kingston.
Kofi Kingston comes out and he says he is out here to cement his legacy as WWE Champion. When it is all said and done, he wants to be remembered as one of the best WWE Champions of all time. He cannot do that unless he beats the best night in and night out. Kofi congratulates Brock on becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, but if you are going to cash in that contract tonight, Kofi says Brock will have to cash it in on him.
Paul says we have the Universal Champion and WWE Champion and you are both auditioning to have a main event match for your title against Brock.
Paul says you are not done for the evening and since you two will most likely be out here tonight, Brock and the contract ain’t going anywhere. Paul says stay tuned, the beast is yet to come.
We see a vehicle pull into the arena and Mick Foley emerges with the new title belt. Mick is stopped by Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, and Titus O’Neil as they try to look at the new title belt.
Sami Zayn complains to Bobby Lashley about having to face Braun Strowman tonight. Sami says he will soften up Braun for Bobby in a few weeks. Bobby says he will not help Sami and he wishes Sami luck.
Braun Strowman snarls into the camera while we see Sami make his way into the ring.
Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston walk in the back and Seth tells Kofi to be careful what they are getting themselves into. They see Triple H and ask why Paul said they were not done. Hunter says they were impressive last night so they will be a tag team against Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin.
Match Number One: Sami Zayn versus Braun Strowman
Braun chases Sami into the crowd before the bell rings and Braun chases Sami to the back. Braun tells Sami he cannot run from him. Braun sees something and walks towards it. He sees Bobby Lashley and Sami punches Braun from the side. Sami is sent into a laundry cart. Sami starts to crawl away and Braun stares at Bobby. Sami tells Bobby to do something and Braun tells Bobby he will deal with him later. They fight back to the gorilla position but Sami puts chairs in the way to stop Braun’s path of destruction.
They make their way back into the arena and Braun has Sami on his shoulder. Sami sends Braun into the ring post and then Sami pushes Braun into the ring post again. Braun stops Sami from sending him into the ring steps and Braun sends Sami into the ringside barrier.
They enter the ring and Braun misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post.
The referee calls for the bell and Braun with a clothesline. Braun sends Sami to the floor and follows. Braun with a running shoulder tackle to Sami. Braun with a running power slam for the three count.