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WWE RAW REPORT: MIXED TAG MATCH, A NEW TEAM FORMS, AN OLD TEAM ENDS, BROCK LESNAR RETURNS, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2016-08-01 23:03:00

We are back and Michael Cole is in the ring and he talks about the week that his guest had.  He brings out Finn Balor.

Michael mentions Finn being a first round draft pick and he says Finn proved it was not a fluke.

Finn agrees that it has been a wild couple of weeks.  He says he knew that he had to come to Raw and make an impact.  He knew that coming here meant a lot of things.

Seth Rollins' music plays and he makes his way to the ring.  Seth tells Cole to leave the ring.

Rollins introduces Finn.  He says Finn is a former NXT Champion.  He wasn't the first one because that was Seth Rollins.  He says Finn was picked in the first round, but he wasn't the first overall pick.

Last week, Finn shocked the world when he pinned Roman Reigns.  Seth says that was admirable and he had a career threatening injury and came back on his first night back and beat Roman Reigns for the WWE Title.  He calls Finn a cheap remake of Seth Rollins.

Finn says some of the things you say are true.  You were the first to do some of those things.  Finn says he will beat Seth at SummerSlam and become the first WWE Universal Champion. 

Seth says that Finn is funny, but he is not a comedian.  That is like expecting the Braves to win the World Series.  He tells Finn he has beaten a lot of people and NXT would not be where it is today without Finn Balor.  Seth tells Finn this is his show and this is his ring.  He tells Finn that he is the man.

Balor says that he has been watching Seth for a while and he thought Seth's laugh was bad, but hearing it live is annoying.  He says that everywhere he has been, someone said they were the man.  Finn says he beat that person to be the man.

Seth says you have never faced anyone like him.  He is stronger, faster, and the most resiliant in the industry.  If you want an idea, get on the WWE Network and watch his sweet special.  Maybe he can watch when Seth faces Sami Zayn and makes an example of him.

Finn says there is one thing that is different about them.  Finn says he earned his title match while Seth had it handed to him.

Seth says he has never had anything handed to him.  He will be handed the WWE Universal Title when he beats Finn.

Finn says the only thing that Seth will have handed to him is his ass.

Seth tries to punch Finn but Finn blocks it and Finn with a Pele Kick and Seth goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Lana is in her wedding dress and she gets to introduce for the first time, her Husband and United States Champion Rusev.

Rusev demands that JoJo introduce the champion first.

Match Number Four:  Rusev (with Lana) versus Mark Henry for the United States Title

They lock up and Henry pushes Rusev into the corner.  Henry and Rusev with punches.  Henry wtih an Irish whip and biel.  Henry with a slam to Rusev.  Henry with a head butt and he goes to the floor.  Rusev wtih forearms but Henry with a shoulder tackle.  Henry with a splash to the back and he goes through the ropes.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rusev is back in control.  Rusev stomps on Henry's back and he sets for the Accolade but Henry blocks it with one of his arms.  Henry gets to his knees and he snap mares Rusev.  Henry with a clothesline or two.  Henry misses a boot and Rusev with a spinning heel kick and a jumping thrust kick to the back of the head.  Rusev stomps on the back and he applies the Accolade and Henry taps out.

Winner:  Rusev

After the match, Rusev gets on the mic and he says this is your American hero who represented you at the Olympic games.  He says the Olympic committee are cowards and they suspend the Russians and Bulgarians so the Americans can win.  That is why no man can take his United States Champion away from him.  He is a Super Athlete and a natural born winner.

Roman Reigns' music plays and he makes his way to the stage and then to the ring.

Roman gets in Rusev's face and they exchange some words, but nothing audible over the arena's sound system.

Rusev tries to leave the ring and Roman blocks his path.

Rusev backs up and appears to leave but Rusev punches Reigns.  Reigns with a flying clothesline and he sets for the Superman punch but Rusev leaves the ring.  Reigns comes off the ring steps with a Superman punch.

We have a Nia Jax video package.  She says she is a force that cannot be stopped.  

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see what happened during the Raw Pre Show when Titus wondered when was Darren ever great.

Match Number Five:  Darren Young (with Bob Backlund) versus Titus O'Neil

They lock up and Darren backs Titus into the corner and Titus with a shoulder tackle when Darren gives a clean break.  Titus offers his hand and Darren kicks it away.  Titus goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Darren lands on his feet and he connects with a forearm.  Darren is sent into the turnbuckles and Titus with a chop.  Titus catches Darren off the turnbuckles and hits a few back breakers before tossing Darren aside.

Titus with a splash into the corner for a near fall.  Titus with a chop.  Darren with a kick and chops but Titus with a knee to the midsection.  Titus with an accordion slam and he gets a near fall.  Titus with a quarter nelson and chin lock.  Darren with punches and Titus with a slam.  Darren goes for a sunset flip as a counter for Clash of the Titus.  Darren with a kick but Titus with a forearm.  Titus avoids a Gutcheck and gets the three count with a rollup and a handful of tights.

Winner:  Titus O'Neil

After the match, Backlund tells the referee that Titus grabbed the tights.

Stephanie gives Mick a brand new tablet and it has its own Raw sticker.

Sheamus wants to know what is going on.  Sheamus wants to know why Mark Henry is getting a United States Title match when they are looking past a four time WWE Champion.

Cesaro stops by and he says the people in the Cesaro Section do not want to see him.

Stephanie has seen enough and she mentions that they both said they wanted to go to Smackdown.

Foley says that Cesaro was a top five pick but he says the medical records hurt his draft position.  Foley says he knows how tough Sheamus is.  Instead of channeling your frustration against him and Stephanie do it in the ring and whoever impresses them the most earns a future title match.

Nia Jax walks in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Bob Backlund argues with Titus O'Neil and then Darren Young attacks Titus.

Match Number Six:  Nia Jax versus Ariel Monroe

Nia sends Monroe to the turnbuckles and then she clotheslines Ariel as she pulls her off the turnbuckles.  Nia pushes Ariel down when she goes for a cross body.  Nia with an elbow drop.  Ariel with a forearm and Nia gets Ariel up for a power slam.  Nia with a Jericho cover for the three count.

Winner:  Nia Jax

After the match, Byron asks Nia how does it feel to be in a WWE ring.  Nia splashes Ariel and Nia asks Bryon to ask her how it feels.

Tom Phillips is in the interview area with Sami Zayn.  He asks Sami about his match with Seth Rollins and Seth's comments from earlier.

Sami says he has battled wtih Seth for years and his one weakness is that he has a big mouth.  Sami says that everyone saw what he did with Kevin Owens at Battleground.  He has closed that part of his career.  Sami says he will prove himself to Seth tonight.

The New Day figure out who does not get to wrestle tonight and it appears that Xavier pulled the wrong fruit out of the bag.

We go to commercial.

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