8 Takeaways From WWE RAW (7/16)

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The July 16th, 2018 episode of WWE RAW aired live from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. It was announced during tonight’s show that The B-Team will defend their RAW Tag Team Championships against Bray Wyatt & Matt Hardy next week on RAW. The Authors of Pain also defeated Titus Worldwide (Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil) in a very quick match.

Here are 8 takeaways from this week’s show:

8Brock Lesnar Will Defend The Universal Championship at WWE SummerSlam

RAW GM Kurt Angle kicked off the show in the middle of the ring. Angle thanked every RAW Superstar that competed last night at Extreme Rules. Angle stated that Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has shown very little effort as of late. Kurt said that he has not heard a word from Brock Lesnar in 24 hours and said that he was going to strip him of the Universal Championship.

Paul Heyman interrupted and told him to not waste his time. Heyman said his client, Brock Lesnar, is not here tonight and chuckled to himself. Heyman then came down to the ring and joined Angle. He claimed that Angle and the entire WWE Universe has it all wrong. Heyman insisted that Brock Lesnar loves being in WWE and that he loves being the Universal Champion.

Heyman stated that Lesnar wanted to represent the entire WWE Universe by challenging for the UFC Champion with the Universal Championship around his waist. Heyman compared it to Angle challenging for WWE titles with Olympic gold wrapped around his neck. Angle told Heyman that Lesnar will defend the Universal Championship at SummerSlam or he will be stripped of the title.

The crowd chanted “strip the title” as Angle demanded an answer from Heyman. Paul said that Angle is a hell of a negotiator and announced that Lesnar will defend the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Heyman then congratulated the WWE Universe for getting their voices heard that they want more Brock Lesnar. The crowd booed as Heyman insisted that the crowd wanted the WWE Network to be solely about Brock Lesnar.

Bobby Lashley joined the party and came down to the ring with a microphone. Lashley said that he had two goals in mind when he came back to WWE. He said he accomplished his first goal by defeating Roman Reigns last night at Extreme Rules. Bobby stated that it was time to accomplish his second goal and beat Brock Lesnar to become the Universal Champion.

Drew McIntyre interrupted and stated that he came back to WWE for change and to win the Universal Championship. Seth Rollins angrily marched his way down to the ring and got in McIntyre’s face as the crowd chanted “burn it down!”. Rollins said that he wanted to face Brock Lesnar and McIntyre shook his head.

Elias strummed his guitar and made his way to the entrance ramp. Elias asked the crowd “who wants to walk with Elias?” and joined the other Superstars in the ring. He said nothing sounds better than Elias as Universal Championship and then promoted his debut album dropping next week on July 23rd. Elias added that he wanted to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and then played his guitar once again.

Finn Balor came out from backstage and brought up becoming the first Universal Champion. Balor stated that it only makes sense that it would be Finn Balor versus Brock Lesnar. Roman Reigns’ music hit and the crowd immediately booed. Reigns made his way down to the ring and stated that all he wants is to fight somebody tonight.

Angle stated that every Superstar out here deserves a title shot. Angle announced two Triple Threat Matches for tonight’s episode of RAW. The winner of those two Triple Threat Matches will face each other next week to determine who will face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Seth Rollins vs. Elias vs. Bobby Lashley will go down later on tonight’s show. Roman Reigns vs. Balor vs. Drew McIntyre is up next.