Backstage, Kurt Angle is on the phone when Daniel Bryan walks in. Bryan says Smackdown will steal the show with the WWE Championship match, which has international appeal. Angle thinks the RAW main event has more universal appeal. Bryan says SmackDown will have the better output and says it’s true, damn true. Jurt Angle asks if Raw will be better and starts saying Yes!. They shout Yes and No back and forth until we head to the ring. A fun segment but a little depressing to think that’s as close as we’ll ever get to a match between them.
Randy Orton comes out for his match against Rusev but as he poses on the middle rope, Rusev attacks him! Rusev takes Orton out of the ring and throws him into the barricade a few times. Back inside the ring now, and the match is ready to go.
Randy Orton Vs. Rusev
The bell rings and Rusev runs at Orton in the corner. Nobody’s home and Rusev hits the buckles with his chest, turns around and gets levelled with an RKO outta nowhere.
Winner Randy Orton
— WWE (@WWE) August 21, 2017
Some will ridicule the booking of Rusev but I think the PPV and the fans needed something like that. They did not want a slow methodical match.
We see Sasha Banks walking backstage and she meets Bayley, the fans in Brooklyn boo big time for Bayley. The hugger hugs Sasha and wishes her luck and safety in her match.