wwe raw aug 18 recap 'WWE Raw' Aug. 18 recap: Brock Lesnar gets new title, Rollins and Ambrose go to war

Previously on: At “SummerSlam,” Brock Lesnar completely destroyed John Cena. It wasn’t even a competitive match, ending with Lesnar as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Elsewhere, Nikki Bella turned on her twin sister, Chris Jericho lost to Bray Wyatt, and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins had the match of the night.
The big news: It’s a new era for WWE. They have unveiled their new logo and presented Brock Lesnar with a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Championship on “WWE Raw.” He can’t be bothered carrying two belts around, so it’s probably for the best.
What wasn’t mentioned is who will contend for the title. They made it sound like Cena will be gone for a while after the beating he took, but who is stepping up for “Night of Champions”? It seems like Lesnar won’t defend the title on every pay per view, which will probably add prestige to his run, but “Night of Champions” isn’t a show the champion should miss.
Neither Jericho or Wyatt appeared in the arena tonight, but did have pre-taped interviews directed at each other. It looks like this will go one more month, until Jericho makes his exit to go on the road with Fozzy.
The destruction of the Bella Twins was a little strange. Nikki’s claims that Brie was selfish and manipulative don’t hold a lot of water. It’s going to lead to a match that won’t be nearly as over with the crowd as Brie’s bout with Stephanie McMahon, so was this the right move?
In the main event, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose went at it one more time, in a falls count anywhere match.
As they did at “SummerSlam,” the two pulled out all of the stops. There was even a vicious running powerbomb onto a pile of steel chairs and a superplex through a table. Of course, Kane got involved once again, attacking Ambrose. Nothing could keep the Lunatic Fringe down though, as he took the fight into the crowd.
Back at ringside, Ambrose took a chokeslam onto the announce table, which allowed Rollins to take control and hit a curbstomp onto the table. Kane then uncovered cinder blocks at ringside, which Rollins also curbstomped Ambrose through. It was a shocking visual, with the referee naming Rollins the winner by stoppage. It really makes you wonder where Roman Reigns is during all of this.
Odds and ends:
  • The Miz’s new jacket is out of control.
  • Stephanie isn’t as graceful as Daniel Bryan doing the “Yes!” entrance.
  • The fact that WWE has turned the price of the network into a crowd interaction bit is their most genius marketing move in years.
  • Seth Rollins took the ALS ice bucket challenge, whether he wanted to or not.
  • Mark Henry was actually featured on the show twice. When does that ever happen?
  • Would you pay to see Rusev vs. Mark Henry?
  • Has Paul Heyman ever delivered a bad promo?
  • John Cena will address the WWE universe next week.
  • Dean Ambrose is very good at crazy.
  • Why do WWE announce tables still have those really old tube TVs on them?
  • Mark Henry and Big Show beat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
  • Natalya beat Paige
  • The Miz beat Dolph Ziggler by count out
  • Cesaro beat Jack Swagger
  • Roman Reigns, Rob Van Dam and Sheamus beat Randy Orton and Rybaxel
  • Goldust and Stardust beat The Usos
  • Seth Rollins beat Dean Ambrose by stoppage
Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

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