Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look back at the Battleground main event and The Undertaker’s return. We’re live from Kansas City with Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and JBL on commentary.
We go right to the ring and the bells toll as The Undertaker makes his entrance to a big pop.
Fans chant for The Undertaker as he takes the mic. Taker growls and says he stands here tonight a relentless, remorseless, cold-blooded, vengeful Grim Reaper. Taker says Streaks are made to be broken and fans boo. Taker says that’s the painful truth but Brock Lesnar had to continuously remind everyone of his greatest accomplishment. Taker says enough is enough and last night was his true resurrection. Taker says Lesnar can’t kill what won’t die. Taker says unleashed forces will now point their careers to new destinies. Taker says he will challenge Lesnar’s mortality and will conquer what has yet to be conquered. Taker says in the end, like all living things – man or beast, Lesnar will…. rest in peace. The bells toll again as Taker makes his exit.
We see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon backstage watching. Triple H says this is the greatest thing ever. He says the SummerSlam main event just dropped in their lap – Lesnar vs. Taker. Stephanie is off to get the promotional ball rolling and Triple H is going to call Paul Heyman so they don’t show up tonight and ruin everything. Triple H says Heyman and Lesnar will get what they want at SummerSlam so there’s no use in coming tonight.
WWE has confirmed that Brock Lesnar will face The Undertaker in the main event of this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view.
SummerSlam takes place on August 23rd from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Stay tuned for more matches.
Triple H and Stephanie are backstage talking to WWE artist Rob Schamberger. They spot Paul Heyman and walk up to him, asking what he’s doing here. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t here tonight but does accept the SummerSlam main event. Heyman says he’s here to deliver Lesnar’s retort and then he’s out of here. Triple H says that’s OK and Heyman walks off. They talk about how they don’t trust Heyman and need more security, and half of the locker room. Back to commercial.
We come back and Triple H and Stephanie have the roster gathered backstage. They’re ordering them to stand in between The Beast and The Dead Man later tonight.
We go to the ring and Paul Heyman is in the ring. He says Brock Lesnar should be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and he’s not because of nothing Seth Rollins did, but because of the resurrection of The Undertaker.
Heyman goes on about The Undertaker and about how they had every right to brag about ending The Streak. Heyman says since The Undertaker wants to make this personal, he yells out at Taker about how Lesnar conquered Taker’s streak at WrestleMania. Heyman says Taker sold his soul to the devil just to extract revenge on Lesnar. Heyman says Taker can sell his soul to the devil but his ass belongs to Brock Lesnar. The bells toll and the lights go out. They come back on and Taker is in the ring.
Taker backs Heyman into the corner as he pleads. Brock Lesnar’s music hits and out he comes. Lesnar rushes the ring and they brawl. Lesnar mounts Taker with right hands. Taker turns it around with right hands of his own. Triple H sends security down as fans boo and they try to break it up but Lesnar leaps on top of a bunch of guys to continue the brawl. Taker and Lesnar start dropping guys before going back to brawling. Triple H sends the roster down now as fans boo them too. Mark Henry, Jimmy Uso, The Ascension, Bo Dallas, Cesaro, Adam Rose, King Barrett, The Lucha Dragons, Rusev, everyone is out pretty much. The roster has Taker and Lesnar separated but Lesnar gets free and runs around the ring, attacking from the side. Taker is held back in the corner as Lesnar is held back and moved towards the ramp. Triple H yells at them to get Lesnar out of here. He breaks free, rushes the ring and leaps back onto the pile of Superstars that are holding Taker. They brawl and are separated again as fans chant “this is awesome” and Triple H yells at Lesnar. This time Taker breaks free and they brawl at ringside. Lesnar yells that he’s going to kill Taker and Taker says he’s going to have to. One group of Superstars gets Lesnar in the back as another holds Taker off at ringside. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Lesnar is backstage surrounded by he group of Superstars still. Taker runs over and attacks him. They’re separated again by the two groups of Superstars. Lesnar runs, flips over a table and leaps onto Taker again. Triple H is there to try and calm things down but Taker continues the brawl. Lesnar is still screaming about killing Taker. We’ve got some police officers involved now. They back Lesnar against a wall and he raises his hands, telling them not to touch him. Lesnar takes his shirt off and lets them put the nylon restraints on him. They escort Lesnar away and he tells them again not to touch him. We go to commercial.
We come back and order has finally been restored. We get replays of what just happened with Lesnar, The Undertaker and the WWE roster.
Triple H and Stephanie are backstage. Triple H says he’s not going to press charges, he’s just going to let them cool down. Seth Rollins walks up commenting on the chaos. Rollins says he has a lot on his mind and asks if they care if he goes to address the WWE Universe. They tell him to go on and he walks off.
Honestly, still not a fan of the match happening. But at least they gave as valid a reason as any and we got a Taker return who took Lesnar to Tombstone City and made two RAW appearances in one night where he kicked off the show to cut an awesome promo tonight and later, had a very effective interaction with the greatest promo in the business, Paul Heyman, and then got physical with Lesnar. People thought the WM30 build started great with Taker’s chokeslam on Lesnar through a table. But they thought the build lost some steam along the way heading into the big event. Personally I liked that build. I hope the one to Summerslam is better though. A Taker video package or two which is rare for such a long tenured talent would be nice, especially if he’s not going to be on RAW every week. Glad I secured my Sumemrslam ticket. I got a ticket for the post-Summerslam RAW too so I hope he and Sting are there.
P.S. During Rollins’ promo, he said Lesnar’s past caught up with him last night and if he had half the brain Rollins did, he would have also ran when he saw the look in The Undertaker’s eye. Rollins says he still feels like he was robbed last night, by Lesnar and Taker. I don’t know if this is setting up a future match between Taker and Rollins or a 3-Way between them and Lesnar. The IWC will quickly jump to conclusions and say this is setting up a future match. If it does, I do not see it being a 3-Way. I think it’s more likely we’d see Taker vs Rollins, maybe at Survivor Series for the WWE WHC although personally I can see Taker and Kane reuniting there as the BOD and it’d be a hell of a dream team if Sting partnered up with them. Who’d they face though? Two members of The Wyatt Family who may be currently feuding with Sting and Seth Rollins who’s currently upset with Taker for his actions last night?