The August 7th episode of WWE RAW ended with a surprise twist as Shinsuke Nakamura attacked one of his teammates as the show went off the air.
RAW opened with a Cody Rhodes promo and before he could tell people what’s next for him after defeating Brock Lesnar he was interrupted by Seth Rollins.
As those two began talking they were then confronted by the Judgment Day trio of Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley. That group distracted Rollins and Cody long enough for Balor to attack from behind, which led to both a beatdown and then a surprise save by Sami Zayn.
After that, Cody proposed a six-man tag team match for the main-event. The match was supposed to see Cody, Rollins and Zayn team together against the Judgment Day, but several segments throughout the show suggested that there was an uneasy peace between Cody and Rollins.
Soon afterwards, Zayn was seen being attacked by JD McDonough and the officials removed him from the main-event tag match. Then after that, Rollins cut a promo expecting him and Cody to wrestle the Judgment Day two-on-three until Nakamura appeared and offered to help them.
Shinsuke Nakamura attacks Seth Rollins to close WWE Monday Night RAW
Despite wrestling a physical match against Bronson Reed earlier and vowing to carve out his own path, Nakamura did his part in the main-event tag match. And despite not being directly involved in the finish, Nakamura was on the winning side for the second time in one night.
But he didn’t end the show on a positive note. As Rollins, Cody and Zayn all shook hands and appeared to be on the same page, Nakamura waited for the opportune moment and hit his Kinshasa knee strike to Rollins and left the ring, thus turning heel.
Rollins and Nakamura have faced off a handful times on televised WWE events. Their most recent match together took place on the May 8th episode of RAW and saw Rollins beat both Nakamura and Damian Priest in a triple threat match in the first-round of a tournament to crown the inaugural World Heavyweight Champion.
— WWE (@WWE) August 8, 2023