RAW Episode 48 | Results
AJ Styles def. Jason Jordan
Long Beach, CA - It was a night of returns and statements, a "Phenomenal" Superstar returned from his week long hiatus while a Irish Lass-Kicker revealed her motives
For the first time since coming up short in the Fatal-4-Way Elimination Match 2 weeks ago by being the first eliminated, AJ Styles took the week off to "rebuild" himself and he did just that when he went up against the challenge of Jason Jordan. Showing that he is indeed hard to imitate, "The Face that Runs the Place" took the fight to the former tag team champion eventually putting an end to the contest with a Pele Kick and a Styles Clash
But the night was far from over for the former World Heavyweight Champion when Styles was met by an unsuspecting assault at the hands of Big Cass.
The stud from New York has been focused on taking out top talent - Chris Jericho hasn't been seen since he was injured 2 weeks ago - and the returning Styles was no exception. A sit-out piledriver and big boot later and Cass has made his presence know
RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels wasted little time to inform Cass that he has made a match between the monstrous man and The Phenomenal One at the RAW Exclusive event - Backlash - and the WWE Hall of Famer went a little further and said he might consider raising the stakes a little bit further.
"Gentleman" Jack Gallagher def. The Brian Kendrick
With his pending WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match at Backlash fast approaching - "Gentleman" Jack Gallagher was intent on releasing some anger on the former Cruiserweight Champion, The Brian Kendrick. The match was fast pace and it was a few close calls, including the Captain's Hook, that saw the No.1 Contender nearly suffer a loss, but it was multiple headbutts that scored the "Gentleman" the victory over "The Man with a Plan"
But his night was far from over when WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville interrupted the celebration, thanking Gallagher for waking him up before "The King of the Cruiserweights" quickly revealed that the footage was pre-recorded and he jumped his Backlash opponent from behind and took him out with two Red Arrows and finally locked him in the Ring of Saturn, sending the message that it will be hard to take the Cruiserweight Title from the King
Becky Lynch challenged Sasha Banks
Big Cass def. Kofi Kingston
Big Cass' night was far from over when he competed one-on-one with one half of what's left of the former faction, The New Day, in Kofi Kingston. The little amount of offense that the former tag team champion wasn't enough to tame The Big New Yorker, even Xavier Woods tried to interfere and was removed swiftly for his troubles
Two sit-out piledriver/big boot combos later and Big Cass is victorious yet again on RAW.
RAW Women's Champion Sasha Banks responds to Becky Lynch
Zack Ryder def. Fandango
What a chaotic few weeks it has been between the Hype Bros' Zack Ryder and Breezango's Fandango as the two impressive athletes fought each other once again on RAW. "Long Island Iced Z" wasted little time to bring the fight to the "Dancing Superstar".
The match was similar to the last one, it was back and forth but the victor was different as the former Intercontinental Champion hit a Rough Rider to score the victory.
Just a few moments later, a Tag Team match between the two teams was announced for the Backlash kick-off with the winners being crowned the next challengers for the RAW Tag Team Titles.
RAW Tag Team Champion Jey Uso def. Scott Dawson
But this week it was Scott Dawson who went into it alone, asking his partner, Dash Wilder to remain backstage despite the champions not doing the same thing.
Jey Uso broke out the submission offense similar to one half of the "#TopGuys" and forced Dawson to submit. Down Since Day One-ish? The Usos proved that they are the best.
Samoa Joe def. Bo Dallas
Chopping at the bit to knock off The Miz and win his first Intercontinental Title, Samoa Joe was thirsty for destruction but he couldn't get his hands on the A-Lister this week due to the champion being away on personal business. But "The Destroyer" got some sort of reprieve in the form of one half of The Entourage, Bo Dallas - and despite a quick attempt at a distraction by Curtis Axel, Joe was still able to quickly put away Dallas with a Coquina Clutch to earn the victory
Joe is coming for The Miz's Intercontinental Title and he has destruction on his mind
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Dean Ambrose
It was a night of firsts as Shinsuke Nakamura battled Dean Ambrose for the first time ever on RAW and it was a "bloody and brutal" encounter which saw a different side of the "King of Strongstyle" opening up "The Lunatic" and repeatedly targeting his head.
After 3 Kinshasas, "The Artist" finally put away the former member of The Shield.
But Nakamura's patience was tested even further when WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, interrupted on the big screen, sending a message via Satellite, disparaging his Backlash opponent to the point that Nakamura snapped and brutally attacked Ambrose even further
Is it safe to say that Nakamura is focused heading into Backlash?