One week after Raw snapped a recent negative trend by presenting a go-home episode worthy of the SummerSlam pay-per-view card that followed it days later, the red brand came up huge once more on the night after WWE’s mid-summer classic.
With high energy from the opening segment of Braun Strowman attacking universal champion Brock Lesnar to a series of strong and intense matches which carried through to the main event, Raw kept the pace quick and the storylines entertaining in front of a wild (if not unpredictable) crowd in Brooklyn, New York.
An early tease toward a possible feud between John Cena and Roman Reigns was quickly swerved when an outstanding promo from The Miz led to the top babyfaces being paired up for a main event tag team match opposite him and Samoa Joe.
Let’s take a look at all that transpired during a busy night as WWE invaded the Barclays Center for the third night of a four-day stand.
WWE Raw results
Confrontation — Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Braun Strowman: One night after Lesnar retained his championship at SummerSlam, Heyman worked hard to put over his client’s toughness and continued to play the conspiracy card in regards to WWE attempting to remove Lesnar from the title equation by booking a Fatal 4-Way match. Out came Strowman to stare him down. Lesnar avoided a chokeslam but ran into a big boot. Strowman followed with a pair of running powerslams to leave the champ down and out.
If we weren’t 100 percent sure a Lesnar-Strowman feud was up next, consider this a perfect confirmation. This feud has nothing but violence and money written all over it, providing Lesnar a rare opportunity to play the smaller and more athletic opponent to the giant Strowman.
Enzo Amore def. Big Cass in a Brooklyn Street Fight: After Amore opened his promo by reminding Cass how he broke his heart, Amore went backstage and returned with a shopping cart filled with weapons. Cass instantly ran up the ramp to take him out and rammed the cart into his fallen body. A lengthy in-ring beat down followed until Cass missed a running kick as Amore held down the top rope, sending him to an awkward fall on the floor. Cass favored his left knee the rest of the way, and it gave out when he planted to attempt an Empire Elbow. The match was eventually called off by the referee after Cass was ruled unable to continue.
Despite the referee using the WWE’s universal hand signal for a real-life injury (making a cross with his arms), this one felt like a work. It makes sense when you consider Amore is at too much of a physical disadvantage to win cleanly and badly needed a win in order for this already played out feud to continue.
Backstage — Emma and Nia Jax: Emma complained to Dana Brooke about her lack of opportunity and claimed to have both started the women’s revolution and “changed the industry.” She then talked trash about tonight’s opponent, Jax, who snuck up from behind to interrupt. “After our match tonight,” Jax said, “the trend on Twitter is going to be, ‘Give Emma CPR.'”
Nia Jax def. Emma via pinfall: This squash match was over not long after it began. Jax fought off a brief Emma rally to hit a Samoan Drop…