Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville Announced Nikki A.S.H. vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley in a Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women's Championship at SummerSlam
Although I'm no fan of Nikki's superhero shtick, she definitely received a strong reaction when she made her entrance. Part of that is because of how WWE has booked her lately, winning most of her matches (and that's exactly what should be happening if you really want to get someone over). Obviously, Nikki is also very likable, and while this was a good promo from her on the whole, I do think she'd be better in shorter segments seeing as how she got more boos as this went on. This was a logical setup for the Raw Women's Championship Triple Threat at SummerSlam.
Asher Hale def. Guru Raaj
This was a rematch from last week's episode where Raaj scored an upset over Hale. That wasn't the smoothest encounter by any means, but this was an improvement. Raaj is clearly green and inexperienced, so wrestling guys like Hale will help him. There wasn't anything out of the ordinary about this outing, mind you, but it was serviceable and Hale was finally able to pick up his first win since May.
Paul Heyman Interrupted John Cena
Cena controls a crowd like no other. He's a master of the mic when it comes to that type of stuff and had them every step of the way while cutting his promo. He called out Roman Reigns but got Heyman instead, creating a cliffhanger for the rest of the show as to whether Reigns would confront him. Heyman was great in the role and this was a strong segment to kick off the show. SmackDown's going to get a big boost in star power with Cena around for the next month.
Chris Bey def. Rohit Raju
Bey was basically the babyface here, but I wouldn't call it a face turn considering what happened with him and the other X-Division babyfaces a week or two ago. He's probably more of a tweener than anything, especially after what happened later on in the show. As for Raju, he's been a shining star in the X-Division over the last year and the two of them had an enjoyable opener. Bey winning was the right outcome.