Tonight’s WWE RAW opens live on the USA Network as Jimmy Smith welcomes us to the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
– We go right to the ring and the pyro explodes as WWE Champion Bobby Lashley makes his way out with MVP. Fans pop as Lashley heads to the ring. He poses in the corner with the WWE Title around his waist as more pyro goes off.
MVP welcomes Chi-Town back to RAW and says he knows everyone is excited to see “Goldberg!”… fans begin booing. MVP says before Goldberg comes out, The All-Mighty has asked MVP to address a few things. He brings up how Goldberg came to the show uninvited weeks back and challenged Lashley, but Lashley has not dignified the challenge with a response. MVP says without question, Goldberg is a G.O.A.T. and an icon, able to annihilate any man on any given night, but he didn’t challenge any man, he challenged The All-Mighty. MVP says Goldberg is a gladiator, used to stepping into this coliseum and squashing any other gladiator, but Lashley is not a gladiator, he’s a Kaiju, an unstoppable force, a monster. MVP is here to prevent a tragedy.
The “Goldberg!” chants start up now. MVP says if it happens, it won’t end well for Goldberg and may be the end of his career. MVP asks if Goldberg wants to be remembered as a champion or a casualty. He asks the fans the same thing, which way they want to remember him but the music interrupts and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg as the chant continue. Goldberg finally appears on the stage and the crowd pops. Goldberg bounces around at the entrance way as the pyro goes off around him. He throws a few strikes as more pyro explodes, then heads to the ring, stopping to share a moment with his son at ringside. The “Goldberg!” chants continue as MVP and Lashley watch from the ring.
Goldberg wants to get one thing straight – if anyone should be worried about losing something, it’s Lashley losing the WWE Title. Goldberg says after listening to MVP’s intro, he knows MVP is nothing but scared and Lashley… Goldberg is in his face now. Goldberg says Lashley looks scared. Goldberg knows what Lashley’s thinking, that he, Lashley, is a high-level athlete and a gladiator… the “Goldberg!” chants get louder and Goldberg stops speaking. Goldberg says but, a high-level athlete questions himself, a gladiator shows weakness, so… Goldberg laughs. Goldberg asks Lashley if he’s up for the challenge because when Lashley first saw him walk down the ramp, he saw Goldberg as his next victim in his coliseum. Goldberg says this isn’t his coliseum, this is Chicago and the fans here can smell fear a mile away, and Lashley either crapped his pants or is scared out of his mind.
Goldberg says it doesn’t matter if he’s 35, 45 or 105, Goldberg will always be Goldberg. Goldberg lives by The Spear and you, champ, will die by The Spear. Fans are cheering and booing now. Goldberg says that’s why he’s Goldberg, and because he’s Goldberg, at SummerSlam, champ… you’re next. Goldberg drops the mic and exits the ring as his music starts up, and the chants. Lashley continues staring Goldberg down, seething in the ring. MVP points Goldberg’s son to Lashley. Lashley goes to ringside and stares down Goldberg’s son. MVP backs him off and says Lashley is going to end his dad’s career.
Lashley is back in the ring now, showing of the WWE Title. MVP continues talking trash to Goldberg’s son. Goldberg comes back out and levels MVP with a Spear. Goldberg’s son hops the barrier and heads to the back with his dad. Goldberg talks trash to Lashley from the stage, threatening to kill him if he messes with his son. It looks like Lashley may have given Goldberg the middle finger salute. Lashley helps MVP to his feet to end the segment.
– Drew McIntyre is backstage with his sword, talking to Sarah Schreiber but we really can’t hear what they’re saying. We see replays of Drew destroying Shanky with steel chair shots two weeks ago, then taking out Veer with a Claymore into a chair last week. Drew will face Veer and Shanky tonight. We go to commercial.
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