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WWE RAW REPORT: STEPHANIE TAKES CREDIT, TRIPLE H TALKS UNDERTAKER, ROMAN HAS HIS FIRST TITLE DEFENSE, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-08-20 23:00:00

We are in Brooklyn, New York and your announcers are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Jonathan Coachman.

The new Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring and the crowd feels the same way about Roman as they did before he became the Universal Champion.

Roman says he is a man of his word.  He said he would beat Brock Lesnar and he did.   Roman says that he said when he won this title, he would defend it.  Roman says that is what he plans on doing tonight.  Roman says typically he would make it real easy and give someone the opportunity if they want to step up.  Roman says he has one man in mind.  Roman says it is funny because this man won this Universal Title in Brooklyn but he got hurt and never had the opportunity again.

Roman says since he won this in Brooklyn, he is going to defend it tonight.  Roman says the man he is going to defend it against is Finn Balor.

Finn Balor makes his way to the ring.

Finn says that he accepts Roman's challenge and he says that he is taking his title back tonight.

They shake hands so the match is official.

Baron Corbin comes out and says that while it is great to see Finn Balor versus Roman Reigns tonight, it is not going to happen.  Baron says if you are going to be rewarded for your stunt last night, you are crazy.  Baron says he was supposed to face Finn, but you no showed and you sent out the Demon.  Baron says that is cowardly and a breach of contract.  With all of the noise and smoke, he couldn't hear or see so he did not hear the bell ring.  Therefore, that match never happened.  Baron says that he is facing Finn Balor, the man.

Roman tells Baron that they are not booing Finn, they are booing you.  Roman says if he sucked as much as Baron last night, he would forget about it too.

Baron says that Roman is champion because Brock cared more about Braun Strowman than you.

Kurt Angle comes out.  Kurt says on Raw, he makes the matches, not you.  Kurt asks the people if they want to see Finn Balor versus Roman Reigns tonight and they want it.  Kurt says that will be the main event tonight.

Kurt tells Baron that he has a match tonight and it is against . . . Bobby Lashley.

Match Number One:  Baron Corbin versus Bobby Lashley

Lashley with a waist lock take down and a second waist lock take down.  Lashley holds on to the waist lock but Baron with an elbow.  Lashley with a waist lock take down and Corbin gets to the ropes.  Lashley with a neck breaker.  Lashley sends Corbin into the turnbuckles.  Corbin slides to the floor on an Irish whip and he walks up the ramp.  Lashley sends Corbin into the apron and back into the ring.  Lashley with a running shoulder into the corner and then he climbs the turnbuckles to punch Corbin.  Lashley clotheslines Corbin over the top rope.  Lashley goes to the floor and he sends Corbin back into the ring.

Lashley leaps to the apron but Corbin with a kick to the knee and Lashley falls to the floor.  Corbin sends Lashley into the ringside barrier.  Corbin with the chin lock and half nelson combination.  Corbin with knees to the midsection but Lashley with an Irish whip.  Lashley misses a splash into the corner but Lashley with a clothesline.  Lashley with punches and Corbin goes down.  Corbin sends Lashley to the floor and Bobby lands awkwardly after hitting the apron.  Corbin with a running clothesline as we go to commercial.

We are back and Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock.  Corbin sends Lashley shoulder first into the ring post.  Corbin goes into the ring post shoulder first.  Lashley with a punch and Corbin fires back.  They go back and forth but Lashley with a clothesline and back elbow.  Lashley with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.  Lashley with a clothesline into the corner.  He goes for a second one but Corbin with a back elbow.  Lashley with a spinebuster for a near fall. 

Lashley with punches on the floor.  Corbin with a clothesline to Lashley on the apron.  Corbin puts Lashley on the turnbuckles and punches him.  Corbin sets for a superplex but Lashley with head butts to send Corbin to the mat.  Lashley goes up top and is caught by Corbin for a chokebreaker.  Corbin gets a near fall.  Lashley with a knee and then he hits the Dominator for the three count.

Winner:  Bobby Lashley

Kurt Angle wants to know what Paul Heyman is doing here.  Paul says he has a specific mission tonight.  He says his client, Brock Lesnar, would like to invoke his rematch clause. 

Kurt looks shocked that someone would do that. 

Paul says that Kurt is thinking, Brock should be down the road to UFC by now.  Paul says Brock will go where he wants to go.  Brock wants to know when he is getting his rematch.  

Kurt says that Brock gets a rematch, but it does not say when he gets the rematch.  Kurt says it will be a long long long long long long time until Brock gets his rematch. 

Paul agrees and says he does not see it happening next week.  Paul thinks about having the rematch at . . . HELL IN A CELL.

Kurt says it will be a cold day in hell and he tells Paul Fuggedaboutit.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Baron Corbin enters Kurt's office and he yells at Kurt Angle for putting in a match against the Demon last night when he was expecting Finn Balor.  Then he is given Bobby Lashley when he was expecting Finn Balor.  Kurt says he is not here to do what is best for Baron Corbin, he is here to do what is best for the WWE.  Baron says he is going to talk to Stephanie since she is here tonight.

We take a look at a video package for the Undertaker versus Triple H match in Australia.

Match Number Two:  Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon versus Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan

Sasha and Ruby start things off and Sasha slaps Ruby a few times and takes Ruby down with a Thesz Press.  Sasha sends Ruby into the turnbuckles and tags Bayley in and they send Ruby into the turnbuckles.  Bayley with kicks and Ember tags in and gets a near fall with an inside cradle.  Logan tags in and Ember with a forearm and kick.  Ember with an enzuigiri followed by a thrust kick for a near fall.  Ember goes for a butterfly suplex but everyone comes into the ring and then goes to the floor other than Ember and Sarah.  Sasha and Bayley take care of Ruby and Liv while Ember takes Sarah out with a suicide dive.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Bayley with an arm bar on Liv.  Liv with an Irish whip but Bayley hot shots Liv on the turnbuckles and follows with an elbow into the corner.  Liv is pulled out of the corner by Sarah and Bayley with an elbow to Sarah.  Liv sends Bayley to the floor and Ruby tags in and she pulls Bayley off the apron and hits an STO on the floor.  Ruby gets a near fall and then she tags in Sarah.  Logan with kicks in the corner.  Liv tags in and she puts Bayley in the ropes and applies a rear chin lock.  Sarah with a forearm while the referee is out of position and Liv gets a near fall.  

Liv with a reverse chin lock but Bayley with an elbow.  Liv sends Bayley into the turnbuckles and tags in Ruby.  Liv with a splash into the corner followed by a shoulder from Ruby.  Sarah with a pop up head butt for a near fall.  Sarah with a chin lock trapping Bayley's arm as she rag dolls her around the ring.  Bayley with a head butt.  Logan knocks Ember off the apron and Sarah howls.  Bayley gets her feet up and she tries to go through Sarah's legs to make the tag but Sarah with a boot to the midsection.

Ruby tags in and Sarah with a kick to the back.  Ruby misses a kick and Bayley with a rollup for a near fall.  Sasha tags in and she hits a series of clotheslines followed by a drop kick and knee to the head.  Sasha puts Ruby in the ropes and hits a double knee drop for a near fall.  Ember sends Liv to the floor and then she hits a tornado suplex on the floor.  Ruby sends Sasha to the apron but Sasha with an elbow.  Sarah stops Sasha and Bayley tries to help.  Sarah with a clothesline to Bayley and Sasha with Meteora to Sarah on the floor.

Ruby with the Riott Kick for the three count.

Winners:  Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan

We go to commercial.

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