WWE RAW: Samoa Joe makes huge statement

Jenna Warner
May 23, 2017

No. 1 Contender's Fatal 5-Way Match (Extreme Rules) - Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe: With Braun Strowman (elbow) out for up to six months and universal champion Brock Lesnar in need of a challenger at Great Balls of Fire, this match has been set.

- After the match, Matt announced that they would defend the tag titles against Sheamus and Cesaro in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules.

The best Raw GM: There's something hilarious about Kurt Angle outright saying he's the best Raw GM because he's been booking all the members of a Fatal 5-Way match at the upcoming pay-per-view in various matches against each other based on their interactions on the show he runs. Angle then made the main event for the night with Reigns and Rollins taking on Joe and Wyatt.

- The show opened with Bray Wyatt talking about how he is the only man in the Extreme Rules main event with a hope of beating Brock Lesnar.

After the ending of last week's Intercontinental Championship match, an enraged Miz asked RAW General Manager Kurt Angle for a rematch where if Dean Ambrose gets disqualified in that bout, Miz will be awarded the Intercontinental Title.

She beat James by hitting a DDT and then attacked her with a kendo stick before Bayley intervened. Will Bayley get revenge or have to wait until Extreme Rules PPV? The stipulation of this match is that even if the match ends in disqualification, Dean Ambrose can still lose the championship.

With these matches now in place, it sets the stage for an interesting lead-up to the upcoming WWE event. The Miz: Continuing a long-time rivalry that was once over the United States title, Ambrose-Miz should be interesting. He said he was the only one who could protect the fans.

In addition, a recent heel turn on last week's WWE show may become explored more on tonight's Monday Night Raw. This comes after Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley to win the Raw Women's Championship at Payback. Fans of Golden Truth will probably be looking to see if Goldust provides some sort of explanation for his actions and if it leads to a match between the two. More importantly, how will R-Truth respond? This week, RAW will take place in Grand Rapids. Watch WWE Network online for free without any hassle on the page. SmackDown and NXT really raised the bar, so there's some work to be done on Monday nights. The middle channel package, Sling Blue, features the U.S. network as part of its channel lineup.

Monday Night Raw clocked in a decent episode with the contention for the Universal Championship being the major focus of the show. Roman Reigns and Rollins were the last men standing as Reigns' music hit to finally close out the show for the fans in attendance.

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