It’s the last Raw before SummerSlam!
After what Brock Lesnar did to him, does Seth Rollins stand a chance of making to to Toronto? Does he stand a chance of even standing up at all?
- Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; Lynch & Flair win, by disqualification.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Maria Kanellis VS Mike Kanellis; Mike wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Mike Kanellis VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham; The Viking Raiders win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle; No Contest.
- The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles; The New Day, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC; The OC wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE stands with El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
A moment of silence and a 10 bell salute for the victims and affected communities.
Raw has a new entrance theme!
Papa Roach’s Born for Greatness is officially THE opening theme for the show!
Samoa Joe is shouting at commentary!?
The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care that he’s interrupting regularly scheduled programming to right a wrong! “Oh what happened to Roman Reigns on SmackDown last week?” Joe keeps getting accusations from the fans! Roman may not have made claims himself, but he’s just as guilty of slander. Was Joe anywhere near that incident!? What dose Michael Cole have to say about it?! Cole tries to talk Joe down but Joe is still furious! But a poll of fans has 80% of them believing it wasn’t just an accident. Well 80% of the fans are idiots! So Joe makes it clear: roll the footage to find out the truth!
Footage does play of Roman approaching the interview space, only for girders to fall! No serious damage was done to the Big Dog, but perhaps only by a miracle. Roman left on his own two feet, but clearly just as confused and concerned as many. Joe doesn’t see one frame of footage of himself! Where is anyone’s proof?! They’ll make Joe a suspect just because, but Joe will wait for Roman to arrive to shut this show down until an apology is given! And if anyone has a problem with that- The Man comes around to shut Joe up! Becky Lynch doesn’t care about what Joe’s issues are, she’s here to settle some of her own!
Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!
It’s a Canadian connection as the Queen of Harts and the iconic six-time Women’s Champion team up against their SummerSlam opponents! But can The Man and The Queen coexist to roll into Toronto?
Raw returns as the bell rings and Becky ties right up with Natty. They go around on the ropes but Natty lets up. Becky shoves but Natty shoves back. Becky goes after the arm but Natty rolls. Becky still waistlocks but Natty shifts and gets the fireman’s carry takedown! Natty has an armlock and dares Becky to break her arm now. Becky gets up and waistlocks but Natty standing switches to a trip and a float over to the facelock. Becky trips Natty back to get her own facelock. But Natty rolls to an ARMBAR! Ronda would be proud, but Becky rolls to a cover, TWO! Becky wants to steal the Sharpshooter!? Natty shoves her off but Becky goes for the Disarm-Her. But Charlotte tags in! Charlotte tells Becky to move aside so she can take care of this.
Charlotte kicks Natty and CHOPS her! And chops and chops! Natty reverses the whip but Charlotte tumbles out to shoulder in. Charlotte slingshots and rolls Natty but Natty is up and tilt-o-whirls to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Natty clubs Charlotte hard, then snapmares her. Natty runs and walks all over Charlotte, only for Charlotte to trip her up! Charlotte then BOOTS Natty down, and taunts Trish. Charlotte kicks Natty down again then throws her against the mat. Charlotte mocks Natty reaching for the tag before ramming a knee into Natty’s back. Fans rally as Natty endures a neck wrench. Charlotte shifts to a chinlock and thrashes Natty around. Natty and Trish still reach for each other, but Charlotte brings Natty away. natty gets up and fights back to arm-drag Charlotte off. But Charlotte runs her over with a clothesline.
Charlotte goes to tag Becky, but then changes her mind. She puts Natty through the ropes to pull back. Charlotte lets up at 4 with a “WOO~!” Fans rally for Becky, and Natty starts throwing hands. Charlotte DECKS Natty to then rain down rights! Charlotte also wants to point out how weak Becky’s competition is by dominating Natty. She scoops but Natty slips out to waistlock! Charlotte elbows hard out of the waistlock to then get her own. She rolls Natty back but TWO and Charlotte goes into buckles! Natty gets up and trips Charlotte into the Sharpshooter, but Charlotte pokes her eyes! Charlotte’s boot is blocked into the discus lariat! Natty reaches but Charlotte intercepts her and throws her down! She swings on Trish but Trish gets clear. Natty rolls Charlotte, TWO! Charlotte boots and scoops for the exploder! The Queen kips up and taunts Trish. The ref keeps Trish back to keep this from breaking down.
Charlotte drags Natty up as fans rally. Charlotte runs but Becky tags in! Becky one-ups Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS Becky down! Charlotte is done with this match, so she just leaves the ring and goes up the ram. Natty gets Becky in the Sharpshooter!! A reminder that their match is a Submission Match! But Becky gets the ropebreak! Natty holds past 5, this match is thrown out!
Winners: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
Trish goes to pull Natty off Becky, but Becky just shoves Trish away! The Queen of Harts brings out claws already, just how vicious will she be when she gets to do what she wants to make Becky quit?
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This rivalry was revived last week in the United States Championship Contender’s Gauntlet, and was made even more personal than before after El Idolo literally ripped the mask apart! Will the King of Lucha Libre get his revenge? Or will El Ingobernable Orginal continue to show disrespect even now?
The bell rings and Almas goes right at Mysterio! But Mysterio is ready and he dropkicks the leg out! He clubs away then runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Mysterio kicks back from the mat then enziguris Almas onto ropes! Dial it up, but Almas runs Mysterio over with a shoulder! Fans boo but Mysterio dodges the basement dropkick to cover! ONE, and Mysterio backs to a corner. He boots Almas back then headscissors him into the corner! Almas again stops the call and whips Myserio into the corner! Almas stomps Mysterio down and Vega likes what she sees. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then rams his knee in. He brings Mysterio out to whip corner to corner hard. And then he lifts Mysterio on the return, but Mysterio arm-drags Almas out! Mysterio runs, slides, and hits a sunset flip powerbomb into barriers! Vega is shocked as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Almas has Mysterio in a fireman’s carry, on the top rope! Mysterio fights back and sits down, for a SPINNING SUPER STEINER! Both men are down and Pittsburgh is fired up! Vega shouts for Almas to get up but it’s Mysterio who crawls over to a cover, TWO! Mysterio goes to ropes and the apron. Almas runs but into Mysterio’s shoulder and kick! Mysterio climbs up, seated senton! Tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Mysterio throws hands on Almas at the ropes, then whips. Almas sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Vega is furious as the fans chant, “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks Almas and hops on, for the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Mysterio keeps his cool.
Mysterio drags Almas up but Almas elbows hard! And CHOPS harder! Almas CHOPS Mysterio again, then fires himself up. He wants a third but Mysterio dodges and runs, but into another ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio lives and Almas is shocked! Almas drags Mysterio around and goes to the corner. He climbs up top but Mysterio clubs him down! Mysterio climbs to join Almas and keeps clubbing away. But Almas trips Mysterio into the Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Vega is pulling hair out of her head, she’s that furious with Mysterio’s resilience! Almas stalks Mysterio, but fans still chant “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks back then moonsaults, but into a fireman’s carry, to make it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO!
Mysterio brings Almas up but Almas shoves, and blocks the headscissors for a BOMB! Mysterio is in the corner, Almas runs in, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!? Mysterio survives again and Vega is throwing a tantrum! Pittsburgh is thunderous for Mysterio but Almas grabs the legs. He goes for a cover, TWO and another DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Vega is relieved but Mysterio keeps his cool. He boots Almas onto the ropes, dials it up, 619 finally hits!! Vega shouts at Mysterio but she’s also in his way of the corner. Mysterio climbs and leaps, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Hammerloc, but cradle counter! TWO, Almas kicks low and suplexes, but Mysterio fights out. Mysterio gets caught into another bomb! And then, Almas grabs at the mask! The ref stops him, but he keeps trying! Mysterio gets away, but Vega gives Mysterio a hotshot!! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
La Muneca continues to help her client succeed when he struggles! Will this end things between them and Mysterio? Will this lead to El Idolo having a title match in the near future?
Raw shares footage from the Kanellis OBGYN appointment…
Mike read magazines while in the lobby with Maria. But she insisted he pay attention to her, the first-ever pregnant champion in WWE history. Maria bragged to everyone that she is a trailblazer. And Mike has one job: protect her, her unborn child, and her WWE 24/7 Championship. Mike promises not to let her down. She doesn’t seem to trust that. Maria’s turn comes, and she has Mike follow her in. What is the fate of this anywhere, anytime, anyone title?
Raw returns to the continuation of the Kanellis appointment.
Maria gets comfortable with her title, and tells Mike to stop massaging. Mike needs to make her proud. Show her he’s a man by protecting the title. Of course he’ll do that. But just relax, focus on their new baby. Mike hugs Maria and they lie down on the chair. But then someone starts slapping his back? The “doctor” was a female referee!! Mike just betrayed and pinned Maria!!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He just tricked his own wife! However, in the lobby… Truthina and Carl Mella are here! They followed the Kanellises?! OBG Why not? And Mike has something that belongs to Truth. Uh oh, his water broke! Baby doll attack! And roll up! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And off goes the FABULOUS Truth! Mike got his baby, and now Truth has his! Just where is this title going to go next?!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The Raw Women’s Champion is still sore, and also upset, over what went down earlier tonight. Will home field advantage give Natty an edge in their Submission Match? It better. Natty better bring all 9000 Hart family members for moral support, because if she’s let Canada down so far, it’s not going to change anything being there. Now Natty complains “the machine” has gotten behind Becky, it’s because Becky fought until the company didn’t have a choice! Becky wasn’t walking the line like a good little girl hoping everyone will like her enough not to fire her. Natty can act like Becky should be ashamed, but Becky is on top! Becky changed the business why Natty changed her swimsuit. Becky fought with a broken face while Natty was taking selfies with duck face. This is the one thing Natty has been missing in her career, and Canada will get a new hero in Becky.
“There is going to be a huge celebration” when Natty wins in front of her people. Becky won’t tap Natty no matter what. That Sharpshooter earlier is just a taste of how Natty will end Becky’s career! Will either woman have a leg to stand on or an arm to lift that title when it’s all said and done?
Steel City is now Suplex City!
The Beast and the Advocate are here just a week before the SummerSlam WWE Universal Championship match. However, Seth Rollins vows to make it to Toronto regardless of what Brock Lesnar did to him last week. Will that be true?
Paul Heyman begins his usual introduction, and grins as he says he is the Advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And his client has authorized and instructed Heyman to educate the WWE Universe. A few questions that aren’t rhetorical: “Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Beastslayer? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Conqueror’s Conqueror? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the one man that had Brock Lesnar’s number?” Wasn’t he the Architect of Arson that would #BurnSuplexCityDown? Isn’t he supposed to be this generation’s hero, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The answer to all that and more “lies in a piece of footage” that Heyman will play “right freakin’ now.”
That footage is of course from last week’s Raw, when Lesnar and Heyman shocked us all by appearing, and then shocked everyone even more as Lesnar would brutalize Rollins without hesitation or remorse. Barriers, German Suplexes, and repeated F5’s to a standing steel chair were enough to get Rollins carried out on a stretcher to an ambulance in the back. But that carnage somehow wasn’t enough for Lesnar. He forced the ambulance to stop, so that he could drag Rollins out and F5 his already damaged body onto the stretcher! In the present, Lesnar laughs at his vicious attack.
Heyman admits he dropped to his knees to beg Lesnar to show even just a shred of mercy. Heyman knew in his heart that WWE does need a new hero. And after what Rollins endured last week at the hands of Lesnar, things that even Heyman was shocked by, he has some inside information he would love to share. “Seth Rollins is here in Pittsburgh tonight.” The fans cheering confuses Heyman. Why would they cheer a man who would go down in a blaze of glory like that? It proves Rollins has more balls than brains. And speaking of, here’s Rollins right now! At least, his music is. But there he is! Steel chair in hand, somehow managing to walk on stage! Heyman and Lesnar stand firm, and Lesnar even eggs Rollins on.
Rollins hobbles up the steel steps, onto the apron, and somehow gets through the ropes. Only for Lesnar to kick him right in the bad ribs! Lesnar steps on the chair Rollins brought in, to then take it for his own! And he jams it into Rollins’ already ruined ribs! And he SMACKS Rollins on his battered back! “When are you going to learn?” Lesnar asks as he hauls Rollins up. He rams Rollins into the corner buckles! Rollins still crawls, glaring with hatred, but Lesnar just picks him up and rams him into the corner again! Fans are mostly silent as Lesnar rips Rollins’ shirt off to show those taped up ribs and back. Lesnar dares Rollins to stand, and Rollins does, only for Lesnar to shove him into the corner! Rollins runs at Lesnar but gets a knee to the gut! And then, another F5!
Heyman hands Lesnar the belt back and Lesnar stands over Rollins as he holds it up high. Fans boo as Lesnar and Heyman leave. We doubted if there’d be a match at SummerSlam given last week, but is the official cancellation?
Raw shares footage from the commercial break.
At the mere appearance of a stretcher, Lesnar rushed the ring again, to F5 Rollins again!
Raw returns to Seth Rollins wanting a mic.
Despite referees and medics wanting to get him to the back, Rollins speaks. “It’s gotten to the point… where I have to ask myself… Is this worth it?” Is all the pain worth it? “You love something so much, you’d do anything to protect it, to keep it safe. Even if the thing you love keeps getting you beat to a pulp.” Rollins thinks on his own question, and his answer is YES! This is all he is. “Every second of every day,” this is all Rollins has ever wanted, and it is all he has. So at SummerSlam, Rollins vows to beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins drops the mic and crawls out of the ring while fans cheer “Burn It Down!” Rollins even ruses to take the stretcher out this time. But with it hard to walk, stand, or even breathe, what hope does Rollins have of beating the Beast?
Backstage interview with Pittsburgh’s own, Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist is going to be a special guest referee tonight, and here come the Street Profits. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins officially introduce themselves, and plug NXT TakeOver: Toronto this Saturday, they want to cross some T’s and dot the three I’s. Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. They want to do that, by sharing some beverages with Kurt Angle! Milk! Angle promised the wife he wouldn’t get crazy tonight. Wait, is this Angle or Mike Kanellis? But Angle is a hero to everyone, so please. Just one. Yeah! Ford fills the red Solo cups and cheers! But Drew McIntyre now appears.
Hilarious, boys, really. But overhearing all this stuff, he couldn’t help but split his sides. And he comes in peace. A reminder of what happened when they were in the ring together. Call the match down the middle, Angle. Or McIntyre will humble Angle again. Just a friendly reminder. Otherwise, McIntyre will crack Angle’s skull open. It’s true, it’s damn true. Will Angle be able to keep his emotions in check when he calls McIntyre’s match with Cedric Alexander later on?
The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham!
The war comes to Steel City! What happens to Pittsburgh’s own in this match?
The bell rings and Ivar goes right at Abraham with big knees! Then he hits Jay down to throw Abraham to a corner. Tag to Erik for knees all around! Erik sees Jay return and drags him in through the ropes for a German Suplex! Then he knees Abraham and rocks him with a rolling elbow! Erik scoops Jay for a gutbuster, then tags Ivar in before gutbuster powerbomb’ing Jay down! Ivar climbs and LEAPS for a viking splash! Abraham gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The raid will not be stopped by mere mortal men! Who is next to have a #VikingExperience?
WWE mourns the loss of Harley Race.
Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle!
Pittsburgh cheers their hometown hero as he returns to the ring in a different capacity. The Scottish Terminator still has beef with the Age of Alexander, will things be settled with a WWE Hall of Famer calling the shots?
But speaking of that grudge, McIntyre attacks from behind! He clobbers Alexander then throws him into the apron, and then the barriers! Then he CHOPS Alexander off his feet! McIntyre clubs away then whips Alexander to the far side! McIntyre throws a BIG haymaker, then drags Alexander in the reverse Alabama. But Alexander fights out and boots McIntyre into the post! Alexander climbs the barriers, and LEAPS to tornado DDT McIntyre into the floor! Both men are down, so what is Angle to do? Oh no! Not the blackout! That means… THE FIEND HAS ANGLE! Bray Wyatt has Angle in the mandible claw!! He smothers Angle! Is The Fiend going to stack up victims before facing Finn in Toronto?!
Champions VS Champions: The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions jump onto Raw to repay the favor from last week’s huge SmackDown! And now we get a tag team Champions VS Champions match out of it! But of course, the Good Brothers make sure to have their Phenomenal leader with them! Will Styles become a factor in this match?
The bell rings and Anderson goes right at Woods. He whips Woods to a corner but Woods elbows back. Gallows and Styles run at Woods while taking out Big E! The ref throws this match out!
Winners: The New Day, by disqualification
The New Day are down and the OC stomp away. Styles goes after Woods, but here comes the One and Only! Ricochet is Styles’ challenger this Sunday, and he is here to help the New Day! He dumps Gallows out, kicks Anderson down, then handspring headscissors and dropkicks Styles out to join them! Styles is speechless but Ricochet and the New Day want more! Are we getting a massive Six Man after the break?
Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC!
We are! Will the King of Flight be the edge for Xavier Woods and Big E to shut up the #OriginalOfficialandOnly Club this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns as Styles has the headlock. Ricochet fights out but Styles reverses again to whip Ricochet. Ricochet goes up and over and arm-drags Styles around! Ricochet then huricanranas and Styles goes to the apron. Styles has Ricochet back off before he returns. They tie up and Styles kicks low. Ricochet forearms back but Styles yanks him into buckles. Styles brings Ricochet up for a suplex but Ricochet slips out to roll up, ONE! Ricochet wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Styles throat chops Ricochet down! He puts Ricochet in the OC corner to tag Anderson. Anderson gets forearms from Ricochet, but reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off Anderson’s back and spins Anderson for a jumping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet tags in Big E and Big E throws hands on Anderson. Big E reels Anderson in for more, but Anderson ducks the lariat to mule kick the leg! Tag to Gallows for a BOOT! Gallows throws big hands on Big E in the OC corner, then uppercuts! He headbutts Big E down, then drags him up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Gallows rains elbows down on Big E then wraps on a chinlock. Big E works his way up and fights out, but Gallows shoves for the Yakuza Kick! He clobbers Ricochet just because, too! Gallows runs corner to corner but misses Big E! Styles tags in and goes at Big E, and drags him into the OC corner. Big E fights out with big hands! But he misses once and Styles has the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles slips out of the suplex to hit Woods down. He hits Big E, springboards but misses! Big E catches Styles for the overhead suplex!
Both Big E and Styles are down! Styles crawls as Woods returns! Hot tags to Anderson and Woods! Woods goes at the OC with furious forearms! Mule kick to whip, but Anderson revers. Woods dodges and ducks to slide and rolling elbow! Styles throws Woods to a corner but gets a boot! Woods hits the Honor Roll lariat! Woods runs at Anderson, Shining Wizard! Cover, but Gallows breaks it! Ricochet springboard dropkicks in! Big E clotheslines Gallows out! PHENOMENAL FOREARM for Big E! Dropkick-flip and enziguri for Styles! Then a basement dropkick wrecks Styles out of the ring! Gallows throws Ricochet into barriers! The referee shouts at Gallows, Anderson hits Woods with a DDT! Tag to Gallows, they get Woods, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, The OC win!
Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning
The golden Good Brothers are rolling into Toronto! But will Styles still be champion after going 1v1 with the One and Only?
Samoa Joe still waits for Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog is on his way, and Joe is going to shut the show down! Will he get his way after the break?
Raw returns to Samoa Joe storming back out to the ring!
“Roman Reeeeigns~!” Joe heard about Island Time but this is ridiculous. He won’t wait any longer. Roman is around, so he should just walk out, get in the ring, and apologize. No? Fine! Joe will do this the hard way. He puts a chair in the ring and takes a seat. “Ladies and gentlemen, Raw is officially SHUT DOWN until Roman Reigns walks down here and apologizes to me in person!” He gives Roman until the count of three. One. Two. Three. Still nothing from Roman. All Roman has to do is come out. Unless he’s scared. Joe has all night, Roman. He’ll keep the fans waiting. “Where you at, Roman?!” It’s all on him.
Joe doesn’t want fans to blame him. This is because Roman is too cowardly to apologize! Joe lounges back in his chair as he waits. Joe talks with a stage hand. Roman is finally here? Well then as much as Joe wants to hang out with the ungrateful fans, he’ll go find Roman himself! Joe storms to the back, but will he find Roman for that apology?
Cameras follow Joe to the parking lot. Joe spots Roman’s car and starts shouting. Roman gets out and trash talks with Joe. But then another car hits Roman’s!! Who just tried to assassinate Roman again?!
Raw shares footage from the commercial.
Joe is stunned as the car that went after Roman just peels out! Roman is down, and Joe tells him to just stay put. He shouts for a medic. It seems he can’t get an apology if Roman is too hurt to give it. Triple H even appears to check on Roman. Roman’s health aside, just who is after his well-being?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
FINALLY Peyton Royce and Billie Kay will put these titles on the line! No more chicken flu or puppy fever, they must take on Asuka, Kairi Sane, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, AND The Goddess and her loyal follower! Are we guaranteed to get new Women’s Tag Team Champions this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns and the official introductions are finally given. The belts are raised and the teams sort out, and we begin with Mandy and Billie. Billie and Mandy circle and tie up. Billie brings Mandy to the corner and rags in Peyton for some IIconic mudhole stomps. Billie tags back in and the IIconics double kick and double kick! Then they deck the Kabuki Warriors just because! They pie face Nikki and Alexa away, but Sonya tags in! Sonya runs into Sole Food, and Nikki runs into the heel kick! Alexa runs into a right hand, then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex her up and down! The IIconics intercept Kairi Sane and double suplex her for the gourd buster! But Asuka runs in, ducks the heel kick but not the boot! The IIconics give her the bulldog to Billie’s knee!
Fans boo but the IIconics are surprisingly standing tall! Unitl Mandy clobbers them from behind! Roll up on Billie, ONE! Mandy kicks and fires forearms off on Billie! Then she runs, but into a rolling elbow from Billie! Billie is mad now as she drags Mandy up. Peyton returns, and they combine for the wheelbarrow- Sonya roundhouses Peyton down! Mandy rolls Billie, TWO! Kiss from a Rose knee! Cover, Fire & Desire ELIMINATE the IIconics! We are guaranteed new champions now! The three teams left regroup while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa is speechless at how fired up Nikki is to start for her team. But Alexa has her calm down long enough for a tactics talk. Nikki tags in Asuka per Alexa’s idea, and now the Empress of Tomorrow circles with Mandy. They tie up and go around, Asuka puts Mandy on the ropes. Mandy shoves Asuka away but is frightened as Asuka starts swinging kicks! Mandy uses the ropes as defense and tags Alexa in! Alexa smiles at Asuka, but then tags right out to Sonya. Sonya isn’t afraid of Asuka, and the two go around. Asuka keeps clear of Sonya’s grip, then they tie up. Asuka goes for a leg but Sonya gets the headlock. Asuka fights out but Sonya bumps her, only for asuka to come back and run her over! Asuka gives swift kick after kick to Sonya’s chest! But Sonya blocks the buzzsaw to a waistlock takedown and kicks of her own!
Sonya backs Asuka down, then runs, but the Shining Wizard misses. Asuka hip attacks Sonya down while Kairi tags in. The Kabuki Warriors whip and push Sonya to kick, ax and bulldog to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Paige applauds. Sonya tags Alexa, and now Alexa is just as wary of Kairi as she was Asuka. Kairi points out, she’s actually taller than Alexa! Alexa laughs it off while Kairi offers a handshake. Alexa goes to take it, but Kairi leaves her hanging while saluting! Taller and more mischievous!? Alexa laughs again, but then she and Kairi tie up fast and furious. But then Alexa kicks Kairi low to say, “Who’s taller now?” And Alexa even mocks the salute. But Kairi trips her up to drop double stomps! Cover, TWO!
Kairi keeps on Alexa with a wrench, and tags to Asuka. Asuka climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Asuka waistlocks Alexa but Alexa tags out to Mandy. Asuka rolls Alexa but Mandy DECKS her! Tag to Sonya, and they double whip Asuka. Double kicks and knees to then throw Asuka down. Sonya covers, TWO! Sonya keeps on Asuka with a full nelson, then tags in to Mandy. Asuka fights back as Pittsburgh rallies! But Kiss from a Rose hits again! High stack, TWO! Mandy glares while Paige is relieved Asuka survives. Mandy underhooks and lifts Asuka, but can’t keep her up. So Mandy tries again, but Asuka fights out this time. Asuka slips out, pop-up knee! Then armbar takedown! Into Asuka Lock! Kairi keeps Sonya away while Mandy TAPS! The Kabuki Warriors ELIMINATE Fire & Desire!! Now it’s just them and Bliss-Cross, after the break!
Raw returns once again, and Nikki is in a kneebar from Asuka! Nikki crawls for her corner but Alexa can’t reach her. Asuka drags Nikki away slowly but surely! She shifts the hold into a Queen Angelito Stretch! A very Glampire like move! Nikki endures and fights out of the chinlock, but her leg is still caught. Nikki turns things around to pull Asuka’s hair and chin! Asuka lets go and Nikki drags Asuka over now. Alexa tags in and helps Nikki put Asuka in the corner. They mug Asuka, and then SLAP her down! Alexa stomps a mudhole into Asuka, then tags Nikki back in. Asuka eggs them on in angry Japanese, but that gets her punches and pie-faces. Asuka fires up but Nikki throat chops to a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Kairi and Paige shout for Asuka to fight, but Nikki has Asuka by her colorful hair. Nikki lifts Asuka for a big fast back suplex! Cover, TWO! Asuka still lives and this frustrates Nikki. Nikki drags Asuka over and throws body shots in the corner. Asuka shoves back to give forearms to Nikki and Alexa! Mule kick for Nikki, then a dodge! Nikki hurries to keep Asuka away, only to miss her forearm into a German Suplex! Both women are down but fans are rallying up! Asuka and Nikki crawl, hot tags to Alexa and Kairi! The Pirate Princess rallies on Raw’s tiny Goddess! Blockbuster! And another! Kiair whips but Alexa reverses, only to get a crossbody! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank! Kairi hits Nikki before giving Alexa the Sliding D! Tag to Asuka, and they get Nikki with an assisted code breaker! Sliding D Enziguri combo!
Asuka gets Alexa, ASUKA LOCK!! Alexa flails but slips around to a corner! TWO!! Asuka goes to a corner and Alexa runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kairi, and she climbs up high! But Nikki is there! She shoves Kairi down! The referee was busy with Asuka! Auska runs at Nikki but gets caught int he apron skirt! And wrecked by Alexa’s dropkick! Kairi hits Nikki, but turns into the DIVINE RIGHT! Alexa takes her time climbing up top now, for TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa and Nikki win!!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
It’s the Triple Crown Goddess! She and Nikki prove the doubters all wrong, they ARE best friends! And now they’re champions together! Will Bliss-Cross have these titles for even longer than the IIconics?
Raw presents a special contract signing edition of Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants after the Show-Off at SummerSlam, and now things will be made official! The Miz will meet Dolph Ziggler, and have Shawn Michaels by his side, after the break!
Raw returns one more time, and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. He requested to have this signing because after everything Ziggler has done and said, Miz wants to force Ziggler to show up at SummerSlam. But first, Miz welcomes the Heartbreak Kid! And yes, it is the real HBK walking out to his theme this time. Oh and, Ziggler. Ziggler walks out now, and he takes up a mic of his own. “You call me a pariah, but I’d rather be a pariah any day of the week doing what had to be done, than be one of you two ass-kissers sitting out here in the ring together.” Ziggler steals shows and carries this company, even when he wasn’t supposed to. he is the best thing in Pro-Wrestling since HBK lost his smile, and Miz lost his balls! They wanna talk legends!? There’s only one in the ring, and Ziggler’s it, brother!
So if Miz thinks for a second he can beat Ziggler, good luck. Because when Ziggler wins, he will finally get the respect and appreciation he deserves as a “living, breathing legend!” With that, Ziggler signs his part of the contract. Miz says what’s really amazing is that this is Ziggler’s newest M.O. He just calls people names. It didn’t work in the fifth grade, it won’t work now that Miz is a “grown ass man.” If Ziggler thinks he deserves something but doesn’t have it after a decade, it’s not the fans, it’s Ziggler! Miz and Ziggler will go at it next Monday on Raw! Ziggler is confused. Well, he should’ve read the fine print. Miz thought about it. He can have many future moments, but the guy Ziggler faces may not have many left. That contract isn’t for Ziggler VS Miz. It’s for Ziggler VS… Not HBK. It isn’t? The fans already sense it. IT’S GOLDBERG!
Ziggler turns around to see the icon walking down the ramp! Ziggler has been insulting Goldberg as much as he as anyone else, and so now he’ll have to eat his words! Goldberg gets in the ring as Ziggler gets out, so Goldberg picks up a mic. Goldberg also picks up the pen, to sign his half of the contract! And then as fans chant Goldberg’s name, he tells Ziggler, “Guess what, son? You’re next!” Ziggler is furious, but he turns around on the ramp, to get a SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HBK gets his shot in, will it only take one shot from Goldberg to shut Ziggler up once and for all?
An interesting Raw to say the least. That opening hour was solid with Samoa Joe trying to hijack things over the false accusations only for Becky’s appearance to quiet him down. That tag match to open was alright, but it was clearly to set Becky up for a newly Heel Natty’s attack. Trish didn’t do a thing, but I suppose that’s to save her in-ring return for SummerSlam. That’s fine, it keeps things unclear between her and Charlotte as far as the booking math. As for Natty and Becky, I feel like Becky has to win now with Natty going Heel and getting the better of her tonight. And while Thursday isn’t Monday, we do get to see the OBGYN skit for that WWE 24/7 Championship. I expected one thing but then we got another and I was still thoroughly entertained! And best of all, Truth has the belt again for the title’s third phase (as I consider it at least).
Then things started to get a little… typical for Raw. Lesnar beating Rollins up more, just for Rollins to vow he will win because wrestling is all he has, all this could’ve been done without Lesnar beating Rollins up, and with Rollins giving the same hurting but passionate promo in a video. I get booking The Architect as too brave for his own good, but because of the cliche, it just slows down the momentum from last week’s attack. Then Joe’s demand for an apology coming back around, not a good follow-up. Though I do appreciate a parking lot hit and run to emphasize this person wants to “end” Roman. Whoever this person is, we have an obvious match for him and Roman at SummerSlam, since SmackDown must surely reveal who this person is. Just not sure how well it can turn into a story past this.
Oh, Viking Raiders. If only Vince didn’t notice you on NXT. But wow, didn’t expect to not get Alexander VS McIntyre and to instead get Fiend attacking Angle! Maybe McIntyre VS Alexander is more of a Survivor Series story. The New Day VS OC without much hype before was just an obvious sign it’d end up a Six Man holla holla. The OC winning on TV is good for the Good Brothers, but perhaps something “controversial” happens so that Styles keeps the title against Ricochet. At the same time, is there going to be tag title unification? It feels like neither show is going to have contenders, at least not equally. SmackDown’s side still feels so lacking right now, and whether or not the Street Profits lose their NXT Tag titles at TakeOver, they’re clearly going to be on Raw. Unifying the titles just saves time on the shows in these uncertain roster times.
And speaking of, finally the WWE Women’s Tag titles are defended, and off the IIconics! Heyman did as good as he could in fixing Vince’s Mania mess, and at least now the champions have something going coming out of this. It was rather surprising for Fire & Desire to be the ones to eliminate the IIconics, but maybe that becomes a story for Survivor Series. And the elimination of Fire & Desire was a bit sloppy. There was apparently a miscue with Kairi and Sonya that just made things awkward, they should’ve been brawling in the background as Mandy tapped out. And then, I really enjoyed the back and forth of Alexa and Kairi. The idea of pointing out height was a fun little bit, and I was genuinely shocked that Alexa and Nikki won. But at the same time, there is a lot of potential in the build between Bliss-Cross and Kabuki Warriors.
Oh and if it wasn’t obvious from Ziggler constantly name-dropping Goldberg, now we know they’re having the SummerSlam match and not Miz. The news did leak but the leak didn’t even need to happen because it was constantly being set up for some point, and now we’re getting it here. The question isn’t if Goldberg wins, but how long Ziggler lasts. It certainly won’t be five minutes, that’s my guess.
My Score: 8.2/10