Logan Paul gets mixed reactions from Tampa at 'Monday Night Raw,' sets SummerSlam match with The Miz

The live show returned to Tampa last night for the first time in over three years

click to enlarge Logan Paul made his WWE debut for the first time under his new contract last night at Amalie Arena. - Max Steele
Max Steele
Logan Paul made his WWE debut for the first time under his new contract last night at Amalie Arena.
First Mayweather, now The Miz.

Internet superstar Logan Paul made his WWE debut under a new contract last night in Tampa during Monday Night Raw at Amalie Arena, where he challenged his partner-turned-enemy The Miz to a one-on-one match at SummerSlam later this month.

Paul and The Miz have history, as the longtime WWE villain betrayed Paul shortly after they won their tag team match at WrestleMania 38 earlier this year. After jawing back and forth online, last night's packed Tampa crowd was the first to see the rivalry back in action when the 27-year-old crashed The Miz's "Miz TV" interview show.

Paul received mixed emotions from the arena full of die-hard fans, as some proudly boasted "I love Logan Paul" signs and others shouted "WHAT?" after every time he spoke. But one thing that got everyone on their feet was when Paul body slammed The Miz and proceeded to throw him out of the ring—after telling him he had tiny balls, of course.

And just like that, Paul and The Miz are officially set to face off at WWE's annual SummerSlam event on Saturday, July 30.
click to enlarge Paul body slammed The Miz after challenging the longtime WWE villain to a one-on-one match at SummerSlam. - Max Steele
Max Steele
Paul body slammed The Miz after challenging the longtime WWE villain to a one-on-one match at SummerSlam.
Last night marked Monday Night Raw's first live show in Tampa in over three years and was welcomed back with wide arms, dozens of miniature championship title belts and waves of "You Can't See Me" paraphernalia.

The multi-fight show featured a wide stretch of WWE generations, from 20-year-veteran Rey Mysterio to new Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair to 2005-debut Seth Freakin' Rollins.

WWE will return to Amalie Arena later this year during WWE 's Holiday Tour with a Friday Night Smackdown on December 30. Use pre-sale code "HOLIDAY" to order your tickets now.
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