A Monday night in Orange County, as Team Red hits Anaheim before hoping a flight to the South Pacific.
He wasn't just emphatically ending his rivalry with Big Show (or writing The World's Largest Athlete off for a rumored surgery) - Braun Strowman was sending a message to Universal champion Brock Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate and his advocate, Paul Heyman, couldn't have missed it, either. Seven feet of man crashing through a steel cage is hard to overlook.
So with a couple week's until their pay-per-view (PPV) showdown up the road in Los Angeles, how will Lesnar and Heyman respond? They're in town and announced for the show, and even WWE.com's official preview is teasing "an equally forceful response" to The Monster Among Men.
WWE is wisely keeping the behemoths apart after their SummerSlam fireworks and fallout night follow-up, but jogging in place ain't gonna cut it either. Expect something more along the lines of that time Brock threw a car door into the stratosphere.
The title scene
After handing Sasha Banks her latest failed title defense a couple weeks ago, a rematch at No Mercy probably wasn't too daunting a proposition for Women's champ Alexa Bliss. But after her best friend Nia Jax turned on her - or at least made it clear she was keeping business and personal safely compartmentalized - Jax and Emma won a tag match to make the match a week from next Sunday a Fatal 4Way. Alexa can now lose her belt without being pinned or submitted. We all know the #AussieWhoStartedTheDivasRevolution is probably taking the fall, but the jockeying to find out who gets their hand raised at Staples Center starts tonight.
Both the tag titleholders Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and the men who will try to reclaim the straps at No Mercy, Sheamus and Cesaro, have a bit of a winning streak going. Will each be able to maintain momentum heading into L.A.?
With both The Miztourage and Matt Hardy banished to the back, you'd figure Jeff Hardy would have a good chance to beat The Miz for his Intercontinental title. But you'd be forgetting about Maryse, whose timely assistance prevented her A-List hubby from being Swanton Bomb-ed out of his belt. He’s now passed Honky Tonk Man on the list of men who held the white-and-gold strap the longest, but the Charismatic Enigma probably hasn’t given up his quest for a fifth run with that championship.
How you doin? Enzo Amore stole the pin after Cedric Alexander did all the work, and now he’s got a chance to end The King’s reign when he faces Neville for the Cruiserweight championship at No Mercy.
Other stuff to keep an eye on:
- Two microphone duels, a running Twitter beef and a reluctant tag victory. What's next for the Roman Reigns/John Cena program? Probably more "shooting".
- His plans seldom work out in the long-run, but they sure do look good in the middle parts. Bray Wyatt has maneuvered himself into a rematch with Finn Bálor where the Irishman can't bring his undefeated Demon persona to the ring. Will it earn the Eater of Worlds a victory at No Mercy, even if it's just setting him up for another fall down the road?
- Being the General Manager's kid has led to a lot of high profile matches for Jason Jordan. Now if only he could win one of them...
Two weeks until No Mercy!
What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?