The July 15th episode of WWE RAW aired live from NYBC Live (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) in Uniondale, New York. It was the first episode of RAW following WWE Extreme Rules 2019. In addition to the takeaways below, R-Truth captured the 24/7 Championship once again.
Here are 5 takeaways from this week’s show:
5Paul Heyman Announced A Battle Royal To Determine The #1 Contender For The Universal Title
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman made their way to the ring to begin this week’s episode of WWE RAW.
Paul stated that he has been waiting to introduce Lesnar as the new and reigning Universal Heavyweight Champion for several months. The crowd had a mixed reaction as Brock stood next to Heyman with a smile on his face.
Heyman said that he told everyone that this was going to happen and people didn’t believe him. Paul told the crowd to boo themselves for not listening and that prompted the WWE Universe to boo even louder.
He added that he told everyone that Rollins is not going to be defending the title at SummerSlam and boasting about having all of the stroke around RAW right now. Heyman announced that there is going to be a duel branded 10-superstar Battle Royal tonight on RAW. The winner of the Battle Royal will face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam for the Universal Championship.
Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Big E, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, and Roman Reigns were announced as the superstars that will compete in the Battle Royal later tonight.
Paul Heyman stated that anyone that steps in the ring with Lesnar is risking their health and their manhood because in this Universe, you are all Brock’s bitches.
The Paul Heyman era of WWE RAW started off with an announcement that certainly got the crowd excited. However, half of the superstars in the Battle Royal don’t make sense. Aleister Black defeated Cesaro last night at Extreme Rules, why wouldn’t he be in the Battle Royal? I don’t understand what Sami Zayn or Randy Orton has done recently to earn this spot. Rey Mysterio was embarrassed last week by Bobby Lashley, who also lost last night at Extreme Rules as well.