On the August 7 episode of WWE Raw, Shinsuke Nakamaura achieved a well-earned victory against Bronson Reed. Following his win, Nakamura expressed his frustration with others obstructing his progress and announced his intention to forge a new route going forward.
Later in the show there was a match between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, and Sami Zayn facing off against Damian Priest, Finn Balor, and “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio from The Judgment Day faction. However, the situation took a twist as JD McDonagh launched a surprise attack on Zayn backstage, rendering him unable to participate in the match.
Nakamura volunteered to step in for the injured Zayn and the trio managed to secure a win in their match. Following their victory, Rollins, Rhodes, and Nakamura celebrated in the ring. Nakamura then abruptly concluded the celebration by launching an ambush on Rollins, delivering a Kinshasa strike from behind.