WWE Monday Night RAW took place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Here’s all the action that went down as the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view drew closer.
Braun Strowman attacked Roman Reigns
Two men enter WWE Great Balls of Fire, but only one will leave the ring on their own two feet as the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman has reached a boiling point. Monday night RAW kicked off with Reigns accepting Strowman’s challenge to face him in an ambulance match, as an actual ambulance rocked up to the ring and resulted in the paranoid Big Dog checking the vehicle for any sign of Strowman.
The Gift of Destruction was feeling crafty that night however, as he ambushed Reigns and chucked him into the back of the ambulance. Reigns may have escaped, but the message was received loud and clear: Strowman knows his way around that emergency vehicle.
Finn Bálor and The Hardy Boyz def. Elias Samson and Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus
Not much to write home about here, as the match was essentially a promo for Transformers: We Gave Bay Too Much Money and featured Josh Duhamel in attendance at the announcer’s table. Finn Bálor tagged in the winning blow with a finisher on Cesaro as the Hardy Boyz kept the competition out of the ring.
Goldust attacked R-Truth
What a twist! Weeks after he announced that his feature film “The Shattered Truth” would be out soon, Goldust returned to RAW with a personal cameraman recording his every move, while also pulling double duty as a human shield for the bizarre one when R-Truth hit the ring for some sweet revenge on his former tag team partner.
Attempting to get the documentarian out of the ring, Goldust pounced on R-Truth and knocked the little Jimmy out of him. That should make for some decent footage for that upcoming film then, right?
Intercontinental Champion The Miz and The Miztourage def. Dean Ambrose, Heath Slater and Rhyno
…I don’t understand basketball, but apparently there were several athletes from the LA Lakers in this segment, so yeah. ANYWAY! The Miz and his Miztourage picked up a win on RAW over Dean Ambrose, Rhyno and Heath Slater as the unlikely team of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel made good use of some sneaky attacks on Rhyno. With Axel doing the damage and Dallas scoring the pin, it was a solid night for the new team of the Awesome three.
Big Cass attacked Enzo Amore again
On RAW, you could always rely on two things: Enzo Amore running his mouth with jibber jabber catch-phrases and his man Big Cass having his bac. How the times have changed. Fed up with his partner’s antics, Big Cass turned on his in-ring brother again after he tried to reconcile with the big man. For a moment, it looked like Big Cass was truly repentant as he gave his bestest bro a hug and walked up the ramp with him…only to clothesline Enzo and leave him slammed out on the ramp.
Seth Rollins def. Curt Hawkins
If points were awarded for good efforts, Curt Hawkins would have plenty of them by now after weeks of jobbing. The trend continued with Hawkins attempting his very best to jump Rollins on RAW, but the Kingslayer bounced back and nailed his competition with the deadliest of combs: Sling Blade, Superkick and a good ol’ kneebuster to the face.
The match over, Bray Wyatt appeared on the Titantron to claim that Rollins would soon be cleansed in flames and reborn at Great Balls of Fire. Well alright then.
Samoa Joe attacked Brock Lesnar
Ever since he returned to the ring, Brock Lesnar has been a nearly unstoppable beast incarnate. A titan whose massive victories speak for themselves, Lesnar’s ruthless aggression has been in a league of its own. And then Samoa Joe happened. The number one contender to Lesnar’s Universal championship answered Lesnar’s call to appear, attacking the beast from behind and locking in the dreaded Coquina Clutch.
A message sent loud and clear to Lesnar, the Samoan Submission Machine may just be the meanest competition that the champ has ever faced and will have to defend his title against at Great Balls of Fire.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Lince Dorado
The king of the cruiserweights was in action on RAW next, in which he mae short work of Lince Dorado with his Rings of Saturn finisher while Akira Tozawa watched from the ring. The two men will face off in two weeks, but the champ wanted a piece of Tozawa right then and there. Titus O’Neil decided to intefere however, as he wanted to keep “the powa of Tozawa” in solid shape for the upcoming pay-per-view instead.
Sasha Banks won a Women’s Gauntlet Match to challenge Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Title at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view
Just about every woman in the RAW locker room wants a piece of Alexa Bliss and her championship. Last night, Sasha Banks proved to be the worthiest challenger as she battled through a gauntlet of opponents to do so. Nia Jax stopped Bayley cold in the gauntlet match, and did the same to Mickie James, Dana Brooke and Emma before the Boss finally showed up.
Not even breathing heavy, Jax still had plenty of fuel in the tank and began throwing Banks around the ring. The Boss struck back whenever she could, eventually locking in a modified Banks Statement that earned her the win. The new number one challenger, Banks survived a sneak attack from Bliss after the match and dropkicked the champ out of the show for the night.
Last Updated: June 27, 2017