Worlds will collide this evening as SmackDown‘s Daniel Bryan comes to Monday Night Raw. The show will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Read on for match results followed by a full preview of the night’s event as written earlier this afternoon.
8:00 – Enzo & Cass enter. Enzo talks about the chemistry he had last week with Sasha Banks, but it was all interrupted by Chris Jericho, the sight of whom makes him want to puke in his mouth. Right on cue, Chris Jericho enters. He says the only reason Enzo is still in the WWE is because Big Cass is around to clean up his messes. He says that he, too, has someone to watch his back: Kevin Owens, who immediately enters.
Jericho says that now he and Kevin Owens are closer than brothers. Big Cass compares them to Bert and Ernie. Kevin Owens calls Enzo Amore dead weight that is holding Big Cass back, and he says he’s going to hurt Big Cass. The two teams are to have a match coming up next.
8:19 – Enzo Amore fights Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho wins by disqualification when Big Cass interferes. After the match, Big Cass challenges the two of them to a tag team match at SummerSlam.
8:34 – Backstage, Sasha Banks complains that Dana Brooke always interferes in matches with Charlotte. Mick Foley decides Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke will have a match tonight. If she wins, Dana Brooke will be banned from ringside at SummerSlam. If she loses, the SummerSlam battle with be a handicap match.
8:40 – Braun Strowman defeats a local jobber, Jorel Nelson.
8:45 – Backstage, Puff Daddy chats with Kofi Kingston and Xavior Woods, asking “How are Big E’s nuts?” They say he’s still hurting pretty bad, and the three decide to give him a call and wish him well.
8:50 – Darren Young defeats Titus O’Neil.
8:58 – Seth Rollins enters. He says that the beginning of the New Era has been a learning experience. For instance, he thought he knew everything he needed to know about Finn Balor, i.e. that he is a knockoff of Rollins, but now he has to rethink his opinion. Rollins asks, who is Finn Balor? The more he gets to know the guy, he says, the less he likes him, calling Balor disrespectful. He will put Balor in his place when he beats him at SummerSlam.
9:13 – Cesaro defeats Sheamus.
9:30 – A package details the relationship between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, who will fight at SummerSlam in two weeks.
9:38 – Neville & Sin Cara defeat The Dudley Boyz.
9:56 – Rusev enters, joined by his bride, Lana, in a wedding dress. (The couple actually did get married in real life recently.) They make their way to the ring, which is decorated with flowers and which has a wedding cake at the center. Lana says Rusev gave her everything she ever wanted, and now they’re going to experience the ceremony again. Photos from the wedding are shown, and just as they’re about to redo their vows, Roman Reigns enters.
Roman says he came out to be Rusev’s best man and provide a toast. When Rusev says he doesn’t want Roman’s toast, he again challenges him to a SummerSlam match for the United States championship. Rusev declines, so Roman goes ahead and gives his toast, which is full of shade. After Roman mocks Rusev’s wedding night, Rusev assaults Roman. Lana ends up falling into the cake and is completely devastated as Roman strolls away with a smile.
10:18 – Mick Foley decides that Roman Reigns and Rusev will have a match over the United States Championship.
10:19 – Sasha Banks defeats Dana Brooke. As a result, Sasha Banks and Charlotte will fight one-on-one at SummerSlam, with Dana Brooke being banned from ringside.
10:31 – In a pretaped segment, Finn Balor speaks directly to Seth Rollins, comparing himself to his namesake, the mythological demon Balor.
10:33 – In another pretaped segment, Anderson and Gallows mock Big E’s recent injury with a series of puns.
10:39 – Luke Gallows defeats Kofi Kingston. After the match, they get ready to injury Kofi in the same way they injured Big E, but Xavior Woods intervenes.
10:44 – Mick Foley enters, welcoming Daniel Bryan to the ring. Bryan congratulates Foley for an excellent job as general manager, and Foley offers compliments of his own. Foley apologizes for the actions of Brock Lesnar, who crashed SmackDown Live last week. Bryan apologizes for Randy Orton firing the first shot.
Foley calls Bryan out, playing a clip of Bryan mocking Foley’s decision to create the WWE Universal Championship. Just as they begin to argue over this, Rusev enters, saying Raw doesn’t need another champion. Cesaro enters, referencing Foley’s promise that Cesaro could get a championship opportunity. Foley decides that Cesaro and Rusev will fight over the United States Championship…right now.
11:00 – Rusev defeats Cesaro.
Tonight on Raw, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan will make an appearance, having been invited by Raw General Manager Mick Foley. The two are expected to discuss the rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton; last week, both performers appeared on each other’s shows to attack their opponent against the wishes of the WWE management. What will Foley have to say to Bryan?
Bryan is not the only special guest in store for Raw this evening. Also stopping in is Puff Daddy, who is doing the soundtrack for WWE 2K17 and who previously appeared at Wrestlemania 29.
Plus, expect to see more of the feud between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, who will battle for the WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam later this month. On last week’s Raw, Rollins argued that Balor is trying and failing to be as good as him, but Balor got the last laugh when he brutally assaulted Rollins and The Architect was forced to retreat.
Speaking of injuries, we’ll find out more about Big E’s condition after he was attacked by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson last week; that segment ended with Big E in desperate need of medical attention. Just how serious was that injury?
On the women’s division side of things, last week Sasha Banks was defeated by Charlotte. The Women’s Championship was not on the line, but it still did not bode well two weeks ahead of the two superstars’ match at SummerSlam. Can Banks hold on to her title, or will her reign be short lived?
Finally, according to WWE.com’s official preview, we’ll evidently see more of the newfound alliance between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.