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Monday Night Raw: 8 pm EST
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the ring and says he wants an answer regarding the ultimatum he gave to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar last night. Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman comes out to the ring and says that Lesnar isn’t there tonight. Angle says he has no choice but to strip him of the title but Heyman actually trots down to the ring pleading for Angle to just hold up. The crowd chants “Strip the title!” Heyman says he thinks Angle and everyone else has the wrong idea about everything.
Lesnar loves being in WWE. He loves being the Universal Champion. The crowd boos and Angle asks why he doesn’t show up then. Heyman says Lesnar wants to represent WWE by winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship, while wearing the Universal Championship. The same way, Heyman adds, that Angle won the WWE Championship wearing his Olympic Gold Medals around his neck. Angle smiles and nods in an understanding sort of way, and says if that’s his goal then more power to him. But if he doesn’t defend his title at SummerSlam, he’s being stripped of the title.
Heyman says Angle drives a hard bargain, and Brock Lesnar will be defending his title at SummerSlam. Heyman then says he congratulates the audience as well on this. He knows they want more Lesnar. The crowd boos. They want Lesnar day and night. They boo again. They can’t get enough Lesnar. Boos and boos. Heyman plows ahead, not even acknowledging their negative reaction, but then Bobby Lashley’s music hits and he comes out to the ring. Lashley says when he came back to WWE, he had two goals in mind. One was to beat Roman Reigns, which he did last night.
The other was to beat Brock Lesnar and become the Universal Champion. Drew McIntyre’s music suddenly hits and Angle smiles as he comes down the aisle. McIntyre says when HE came back to WWE he had two goals as well. Phase one was to ensure the Intercontinental Championship stayed around Dolph Ziggler’s waist. But now it’s time for Phase 2: The Universal Championship. Then Seth Rollins’ music hits and he comes out to tghe ring and stands face-to-face with McIntyre, the man who cost him the IC strap last night.
Rollins turns to Angle and says if he’s looking for an opponent for Brock Lesnar, “I’m right here.” A guitar chord is strummed and out strolls Elias down to the ring. He says there’s a lot of noise happening in the ring right now, but nothing sounds better than Elias as Universal Champion. Elias tells Angle his debut album drops next week, so why doesn’t he combine that success with the success of him facing Lesnar at SummerSlam and becoming Universal Champion. Finn Balor’s music plays now and he’s the next down the aisle and he asks everyone “Who was the first Universal Champion?”
Balor says it only makes sense that it should be him that faces Lesnar. Roman Reigns’ comes out now and he takes his time getting down to things. He really milks it and his music stops playing before he gets to the ring. He still isn’t in the ring, he walks very, very slow. Reigns says he has no excuses, and he doesn’t care about all this, he just wants to fight someone tonight. Angle say they all have a right to be out there and there will be two triple threat matches and the winners of those will face each other to determine a No. 1 contender.
The first triple threat match will be Seth Rollins vs. Elias vs. Bobby Lashley, and that will happen later tonight. The second will be Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor, and that one will happen right now.
— WWE (@WWE) July 17, 2018
Triple Threat Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor
Match begins and Reigns takes it to McIntyre but Balor joins the fray. McIntyre ends up in control as he dishes out punishment to both Reigns and Balor. McIntyre and Reigns end up outside the ring and Balor hits a huge flip over the top rope out onto them. Back in the ring and Balor gets levelled and McIntyre plants Reigns with a powerslam for a 2-count. McIntyre lands shots on Reigns in the corner and then lays Balor out again as he tries to attack him. McIntyre hits a suplex on Reigns for a 2-count.
McIntyre ends up in control again and he beats up both Reigns and Balor at intervals to keep them both down. He sends Balor out to the floor and then nails Reigns with a neckbreaker for 2. Commercial break.
Back again and McIntyre is still in control. Suddenly Reigns explodes with a clothesline on McIntyre and sends him out to ringside but then Balor clobbers Reigns. Reigns fires back and puts Balor on his back with a shot. Balor and Reigns ends up at ringside and McIntyre does an amazing and shocking flip over the top rope out onto Reigns. Balor throws McIntyre into the steel steps and takes Reigns into the ring. Balor is in control and he goes to the top rope for the Coup De Grace.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 17, 2018
McIntyre smashes Balor with a steel chair, a legal move in triple threat matches. Balor fall to the floor and Reigns jumps on McIntyre but McIntyre ends up sending Reigns shoulder-first into the ring post. McIntyre pins but Reigns kicks out. Commercial break.
Back again Reigns goes for a Superman Punch but McIntyre counters with a spinebuster and a near-fall. McIntyre starts setting up for something on Reigns but Balor bashes a steel chair across his back. McIntyre rolls to the outside and then Balor mercilessly batters Reigns with the chair and he now has an animalistic look on his face. Balor goes out to ringside and attacks McIntyre. Reigns comes running around the ring, apparently unfazed by the disturbing number of chair shots he just took, and he Spears McIntyre through the barricade as Balor moves out of the way.
Reigns and Balor are back in the ring and Reigns connects with the Superman Punch and pins. 1-2-… but Balor gets the shoulder up. The commentators sell the angle of Reigns losing his confidence and starting to doubt himself. Balor takes advantage of Reigns’ confusion and hits a Coup De Grace and pins. 1-2-… but McIntyre appears at ringside and pulls Balor off in the nick of time. McIntyre starts looking for the Claymore but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch.
Balor attacks Reigns and Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch too. McIntyre comes in and hits Reigns with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Reigns ends up hitting McIntyre with a Superman Punch, which sends him to the outside. Then Reigns takes Balor in half with a Spear for the 3-count. Reigns will face the winner of the second triple threat match for the No. 1 contenders spot next week.
Winner: Roman Reigns
— WWE (@WWE) July 17, 2018