WWE Raw Results (7/16): Two Triple Threat Matches With #1 Contender Implications, Heyman Address Lesnar’s Status, Rousey Attacks!


July 16th, 2018

Live Report By Doug Enriquez for ProWrestling.com


WWE Raw General Manager starts the show in the ring, and he thanks everyone who competed at Extreme Rules last night. He talks about effort and dedication and says that the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has shown little to none. He talks about his ultimatum for Brock, to either show up tonight, come to terms about defending his championship, or get stripped of the championship.

Since he has not heard from Brock or his representatives, he is hereby stripping Brock Lesnar of the Universal Championship…right now!

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY NAME IS PAUL HEYMAN!  Kurt interrupts him and says that if Brock Lesnar isn’t there right now, Paul is wasting his time. Heyman says that it’s funny that he says that…because THE REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNIVERSAL CHAMPION, BROCK LESNAR…..is not here tonight.

Kurt says that he is left with no choice then, he will strip him of the title. Paul Heyman stops him, and he says that Kurt Angle and the other people are wrong. Everyone thinks that Brock doesn’t care about being the Universal Champion, and only cares about becoming the UFC Champion. But Brock Lesnar loves being in the WWE, and loves being the WWE Universal Champion. Brock Lesnar wants to represent the WWE Universe, and challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Championship with the WWE Universal Championship around his waist.

Kurt says that that’s nice for Brock, but he will make it simple. Brock Lesnar will defend the Universal Championship at Summerslam, or he will no longer be champion. The crowd chants “STRIP THE TITLE”, as Paul Heyman confirms that Brock will defend his championship at Summerslam. Paul Heyman then takes the time to congratulate the WWE Universe for collectively saying “we want more Brock Lesnar”. The crowd boos as they are sick of not having a champion. So now all Kurt Angle has to do is decide who will be beaten, victimized, and conquered by Brooockk…

Heyman is interrupted once again, this time by BOBBY LASHLEY, fresh off a win over Roman Reigns last night at Extreme Rules. Lashley walks down to the ring,  Lashley says that when he came back to the WWE he had two goals, one of which he accomplished last night when he defeated Roman Reigns. And now he has his sights set on the other, which is defeating Brock Lesnar to become the Universal Champion.

We then hear the music of Drew McIntyre. Drew asks why they think that he came back to the WWE. He came back for change, and phase 1 was making sure that the Intercontinental Championship stays around the waist of Dolph Ziggler. But now he thinks it’s time for Phase 2: The Universal Championship.

BURN IT DOWWWWN! Seth Rollins comes down the ramp and makes a B-line and gets right in the face of Drew McIntyre! The crowd chants BURN IT DOWN and Rollins says that if Kurt is looking for an opponent for Brock Lesnar, he is right there.

Next we hear a guitar strum, and here comes Elias. He says there is a lot of noise going on in the ring, but nothing sounds nicer than Elias as Universal Champion. On top of that, next week on July 23rd, his debut album drops. He tells Kurt that it makes sense that he rides the success and put Elias against Lesnar at Summerslam.

it’s time for the FIRST EVER Universal Champion, Finn Balor. He says that it makes sense for Finn Balor to face off against Brock Lesnar. And out comes Roman Reigns, who slowly walks down to the ring to a chorus of boos.The crowd starts to chant “Roman Sucks”,  He says that he isn’t going to make excuses, but all he wants is to fight someone tonight.

Kurt Angle makes up his mind. He says that there will be two triple threat matches, and the winner of those matches will face off to crown a new #1 contender. Tonight we will get Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Elias and Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre, the 2nd of which is going to start RIGHT NOW.

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