Rob digs into the WWE RAW Women’s Championship situation, and it’s… well it’s kinda complicated!
Five weeks out from WrestleMania we have a tale of two women’s divisions. On SmackDown the title match is set and it’s just a matter of what hijinks will ensue between Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair on the way there. On the Raw side, well………it’s complicated. Champion Asuka has been out for the past couple of weeks after an injury and the opponent she was supposed to face at the Elimination Chamber, Lacey Evans is out for a while for maternity leave.
That’s left the entire division up in the air, and from the looks of things we could be headed to a familiar matchup between Asuka and longtime nemesis but current tag team partner Charlotte Flair. Which of course is starting to bring up the usual chatter from some sections of the fanbase regarding the Queen. Some names have been thrown around as alternatives but we don’t have any reason to believe yet that anything but the safe route is going to be taken. Which begs a few questions. One, is that the right way to go this year? And if not, then what is?
If we’re going to stick to kayfabe (which we should seeing as how it’s a TV show with fictional characters and all) then a 12 time singles champion still in her prime should be a favorite to win her way to a title match over the next five weeks, particularly against a field of opponents that have caused her very little trouble in the past. If you profess to desire logic and continuity in your wrestling storytelling then that should be pretty freaking obvious.
But that’s not really the issue here, is it?
After all I don’t think there is a big constituency for Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke or Peyton Royce (more on her later) to win their way to a title match at WrestleMania. I don’t think any of you guys or gals want to see Lana in that spot either. Any of those four ladies would get squashed in five minutes and we’d be wondering why they even booked the match in the first place. Y’all aren’t mad about Charlotte Flair the character winning her way to a title match so much as y’all don’t want Ashley Fleihr to get chosen over her co-workers to perform in a big spot again. But here’s the thing – if you’ve been going on saying that Asuka deserves better out of her title reign and that she deserves a WrestleMania worthy of her abilities then if you’re not going to go with Charlotte then there’s one other option on the Raw roster right now:
Naomi. That’s it. Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are likely penciled in for a Tag Team Title defense on the show. In kayfabe (which again is what we should be relying on here as far as what happens on camera) Naomi is a former two time Smackdown Women’s Champion, former FCW Women’s champion, and WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal Winner. Last year she pinned the then-Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley, and this year she pinned Asuka in a tag team match.
Outside of kayfabe Trinty Fatu has shown that she can be relied on to perform big in big spots whether it’s in the last two Royal Rumble matches, Money in the Bank matches, or the rare time she’s gotten a singles match on a pay per view. And if you want to play the you deserve it card she repeatedly been tasked with trying to drag decent matches out of people who clearly aren’t as good or as compelling of performers as her. If you say no to Charlotte and are looking at the rest of the active Raw roster in the time frame that they have to set up and build to a WrestleMania match then you gotta pick her.
But what about Rhea Ripley?
What about her? She’s debuting on Raw soon, and she’s poised to do some big things afterwards. She will inevitably challenge for and defend the Raw title at WrestleMania in the future. But if you’re going to sit here and say Charlotte would be leapfrogging over people if she gets the match then what the hell would Ripley be doing? Do you want her to win the title in that match, too? Just how would that fit with your wanting Asuka to be “treated better” ? And unless you’re expecting her to have a forever title reign then how are you going to take it when she loses that title later year, quite possibly to the same woman you don’t want in the match now?
Have you thought all that through, or are you so fixated on not wanting one person to get the match that you’re willing to throw all logic and consistency out the window? Also, looking at the other side of the street there’s a historic match for the Smackdown Title on deck between Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair; the significance of that match renders the Raw Title match second fiddle regardless so do you really want to spend your big splash for Ripley on a match that’s going to get overshadowed anyway? Look if you just want Ripley to get the match then say so. But don’t try to spin it like that’s some kind of justice for those who haven’t gotten as many title matches as Charlotte has, because it just isn’t.
And speaking of which…Peyton Royce
I can’t speak on all this without mentioning the Peyton Royce segment on Raw Talk this week, where she went on about just that. That segment is coming off the heels of her mother in real life responding to a tweet from WWE about Charlotte setting her sights on the Raw Title by saying that she thinks it’s time for someone else to get a chance (that someone else obviously being her daughter, let’s be real here), so we have a case of art imitating life in wrestling.
And I gotta say, that kind of thing needs to stop.
The Man, or in this case the McMahon (sorry, I had to) is not holding down everyone who isn’t on TV regularly or not getting title shots or whatever. Sooner or later there needs to be a conversation inside the business that there are levels or tiers or whatever on every company’s roster and that the people who get to stay in the top ones are the people who have proven themselves reliable in those spots. And to date, she has not.
Over the past year she’s been in the ring with everyone from Bianca to Charlotte to Asuka to Sasha Banks and Bayley to Nikki Cross to her own former partner Billie Kay and you’d be hard pressed to remember anything she did in any of those matches to stand out or at least get recognized alongside her opponent. Now there are people who work with her that have vouched for her in ring abilities, and I will not debate any of them on that. But as a viewer I have yet to see one match or segment of hers that made me want to see more.
And before you blame the writers/bookers for that, look at Lana. Lana used to be someone I changed the channel or hit the mute button on when she came on TV. But she took those table bumps for nine weeks and while people were on twitter complaining about it those spots built up sympathy for her as a character and made me want to see how she would get some kind of payback. And over on Smackdown the Riott Squad gets roughly the same amount of time as Peyton and yet manages to do something with it to make you want more of them.
I’ll leave you with this. If the main reason you think someone should get a bigger push is because they haven’t gotten one yet, or haven’t gotten one in a while, then that’s not gonna cut it. At the end of the day they have to give you a reason to support them that is based on who they are, and not on who they aren’t or what they haven’t gotten or because the internet says they’re really good. If they’ve been on TV, worked with everyone who matters, even held a title and you still can’t remember anything they did then that speaks for itself.
The men and women who have gotten pushed to the top usually don’t need more than their entrance and a minute or two of match highlights to show why they’re where they are and the ones who actually should get moved up can do the same. And cutting the same ‘the boss isn’t giving me a proper opportunity’ promo isn’t enough either whether it’s on Raw Talk, Dynamite, or any other company’s show. God knows that it is used entirely too much in every corner of the business now. It worked for Daniel Bryan and Becky Lynch because when time came to show us who they were, they delivered because they were already that good at performing. But it just doesn’t work for everyone, because everyone isn’t that good a performer to get that over. If you can’t do what they did then don’t expect the same results. Simply not being pushed as far as others isn’t enough.
At the end of the day the question isn’t “should you be pushed more?”, it’s “why should you be pushed more?” What’s the answer? If all you got is “time for someone else besides ___?” then you’ve got nothing.
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)
It’s a golden Monday night!
Can Ciampa conquer the All Mighty?
Raw kicks off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, AND sees Bobby Lashley defend the US Championship against Tommaso Ciampa! Who reaches golden glory in Cleveland?
- Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
- Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio
w/ Dominik MysterioVS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Kai & Sky win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade; Omos wins.
- Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Ziggler wins.
- No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz; Styles wins.
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The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Bracket is here!
Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are of course a team, and they’ll be taking on Tamina & Dana Brooke! Then Asuka teams with Alexa Bliss to take on Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Raquel Rodriguez teams with Aliyah against Shotzi & Xia Li, and in quite the surprise, NXT’s Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark will be taking on Natalya & Sonya Deville! Who will make it to the finals to be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky head to the ring!
The Role Model leads #CobraKai and the Evil Genius out here in The Land, and The Land boos them after all the cheap shots they’ve been taking. Bayley, Kai & Sky all get mics and Bayley says, “DING DONG~!” Fans boo but Bayley says c’mon, she hasn’t seen them in forever and this is what she gets? But Bayley, Kai & Sky are all excited to see your dumb, smiling faces! Trust her when she says they don’t wanna be here, either, but the fans need them. The fans are watching to see what these three do to salvage this division. Kai says, “Like crash SummerSlam and shake everyone up?” “Exactly!”
The fans can’t honestly sit here and say they enjoy watching Becky Lynch play dress-up every week. But they cheer! But they can’t honestly like that “champion” in Bianca Belair. But they cheer again! Bianca would be nothing without Bayley! And that’s why last week, they had to make a statement. For all the fans! First, they took care of stupid Becky’s shoulder, then they lit a fire under every single woman in the locker room, for the fans! These three are bringing back what’s been missing. Sky says it’s the hunger! Yes! The division needs to be hungry for more! But Bayley doesn’t blame the locker room. They’re just like the fans: sheeple who don’t know how to ask for more.
But if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask better questions! So here’s a question for all the idiots out there: “How am I the only one to realize what a lethal weapon Iyo Sky is? How am I the only person in this whole damn building who realized the benefits of bringing in someone like Dakota Skai?” Okay, yes, she said it wrong, big whoop! Shut up so she can think, dummies! They’re upsetting Bayley, but imagine how mad these two are? They’ve been boiling this whole time! Fans boo, Bayley gets mad, but Kai has her calm down. Bayley doesn’t have to tell them anymore. Kai & Sky will show them in this tag title tournament tonight and win it!
But wait! Here comes Alexa Bliss! AND Asuka! The Fury and the Empress are going to be in that same tournament, so this seems to be a reminder. But here comes BIANCA, too! The RawEST Women’s Champion walks down to the ring with Alexa and Asuka and they get mics, too. Alexa says, “Yeah, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.” Fans chant for the EST, and Alexa tells Dakota & Iyo that they’re not winning. If they win tonight, guess who they’ll face next? Alexa Bliss & Asuka!! And after what they pulled last week, there’s more incentive to beat the hell out of them and win the titles.
And Bianca tells Iyo they’re not done, either. Bianca IS hungry, and she’s ready to finish what they started last week. But if we’re playing the numbers game, the three of them have no problem dealing with Bayley’s three right now. Oh pipe down. Bayley knew this would get them all worked up. But Bayley calls the shots. They can do 3v3 where it counts, which isn’t here in Cleveland! The Six Woman Tag can happen at Clash at the Castle! Bianca looks to Alexa and Asuka, and challenge accepted! Okay, then! But while Bayley is trying to keep control, Bianca says tonight, she’ll lose it! And the brawl is own! Bianca fires off on Bayley, Asuka throws Kai out while Alexa is after Iyo!
Fans fire up as things spill out of the ring, and then into the crowd! Bianca throws knees on Bayley but refs rush out to break up the others. Bayley hits back, Iyo SMACKS Alexa off the desk! Then Iyo goes after Bianca! Asuka rushes after Iyo, but then Kai rushes after Asuka! Alexa gets on the barrier to CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are fired up as Alexa drags Kai up to fire off forearms! Officials and management rush out now, will this chaos subside after the break?
Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford!
The Visionary already burned it down with Montez Ford, but now he takes on the other half of the Street Profits! Will Rollins sweep the series? Or will the #CurseOfGreatness take down the Architect?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Dawkins powers up and out. Rollins wrenches to mule kick, but Dawkins avoids the Curb Stomp! Dawkins and Rollins circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles, but Dawkins handsprings! And DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Dawkins grinds the arm but Rollins pulls headbands to whip Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Ford mocks Rollins’ short temper, then Dawkins POUNCES Rollins over the desk! Fans are fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins has Dawkins down with an armlock. Dawkins fights up but Rollins wrenches. Dawkins ROCKS Rollins with forearm after forearm, then he whips Rollins to a corner. Dawkins runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins catches his breath but Ford is right there coaching Dawkins. Rollins kicks Ford away! Ford gets mad and gets a chair! Ford gets in the ring, the fans are fired up, but the ref has Ford stay back! Ford lets go of the chair and the ref throws it out, but he still has to keep Ford from hitting Rollins. The ref EJECTS Ford! And Rollins laughs while the fans boo. “Bye bye~!”
Rollins grins and laughs as he soaks up the heat from the fans, but Dawkins is up to clothesline Rollins up and out! Fans fire up, Dawkins builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Dawkins puts Rollins in, scoops him, PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI! Then the underhooks for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Dawkins scoops but Rollins slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Rollins comes back to turn Dawkins, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins then runs, but Dawkins dodges!
Dawkins rolls Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through! Dawkins dodges again, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cleveland is losing their mind! Rollins flops out of the ring and Dawkins snarls. Dawkins goes out and runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Rollins gets in the ring, Dawkins pursues, but the CURB- NO, Dawkins dodges again! SKY- NO, Rollins wrenches and WRINGS the arm, then underhooks! PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Visionary couldn’t hit his favorite, but wait! Here’s the CURB STOMP!! Ford rushes back out but the damage to Dawkins is done! Rollins runs off, having swept the Profits. Will he face the consequences? Or just head off towards the title?
The Mysterios talk backstage.
Dominik helps Rey prepare for Finn Balor, but in walks Edge! Rey’s cool but Edge can tell Dom’s heated up. Edge has their backs, because what happened last week with that Spear was an accident. Are they cool? Dom’s cool. But then he shoves Edge! Rey calms Dom down, it was an accident! Rey’s known Edge for 20 years, he’s like family! Rey’s known Dom for 25! How can Rey take Edge’s side?! Dom storms off but Rey assures Edge he’ll talk with Dom about this. Is it going to be harder to forgive the Rated R Superstar than expected?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
The Hollywood A-Lister and the Psycho Killer are here after Ciampa’s phenomenal win last week to become Bobby Lashley’s challenger tonight. Does he feel tonight is the night? Miz points out the use of “phenomenal,” and asks if Kevin Patrick couldn’t think of another word. Miz says there is nothing phenomenal about someone who sides with a hack like Logan Paul! But who had the last laugh? Ciampa! And Ciampa says people always talk about overcoming adversity. When you want something you believe in, believe in Ciampa! Who believed in Ciampa? The first-ever US Champion, Harley Race! That man trained Ciampa and made him into the man he is today.
Three years ago to the day, Harley paced away. Tonight, Ciampa dedicates his win to the King, Harley Race! And, and, AND, with Harley looking down on him, and with the Miz in his corner, Ciampa will truly make this his moment. When he steps foot in that ring and Lashley looks into his eyes, Lashley will feel Ciampa’s sacrifice, and Lashley will realize that he has already lost. Will Ciampa’s blackheart finally beat with gold again?
Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!
Once again, the younger brother of Elias is taking on the Prizefighter, and even though Kevin claims he’s over his obsession, this will be quite the test. Will Kevin focus on the fight and not Ezekiel’s identity? Or will he #ZekeOut all over again?
The bell rings and Kevin rushes Zeke! Kevin fires off forearms, maybe that obsession has rekindled already! Kevin stomps away in the corner, Zeke slips out but Kevin goes out to POST him! And the RAM him into the desk! And then again, making the desk move! Zeke crawls, Kevin drags him up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the APRON POWERBOMB!! Kevin’s mean streak has returned and Zeke writhes! The ref is calling this match, Zeke can’t continue!
Kevin gets in the ring and looks down on Zeke while medics are rushed out to the ring. They bring a stretcher and board! Kevin laughs at the destruction he has wrought, but is this going to be the last time we see Zeke?
Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha and the Prince go another round, and things are even more tense after what happened at SummerSlam and last week on Raw. Will Rey finally end things with the Judgement Day? Or will he face the punishment for resisting?
Finn gets a mic to say, “Edge thinks we should fear him. Rey Mysterio thinks that we should fear him. Those two can’t even get on the same page! Poor little Dominik Mysterio’s already abandoned both of them! The Judgement Day isn’t afraid of anyone! Y’know why? Because fear isn’t real. Fear is a product of your imagination. But danger is real! Danger is very real! And Rey, tonight, you’re going to find out that I am danger!” Priest tells Edge that to be clear, if he wanted to, he could lay Edge out. But in two weeks, the WWE is in Toronto. Edge hasn’t wrestled on Raw in Canada in 12 years!
So here it is! Priest is officially challenging Edge, 1v1! The Rated R Superstar VS The Punisher! If Edge still has a set, then he and Priest can end this! Edge may have started the Judgement Day, but in Toronto, in front of Edge’s family and friends, the Judgement Day ends Edge! What will Edge say about that challenge? As for Rey, he can’t seem to find Dominik anywhere. Well, Edge’s offer still stands, especially after being called out. Rey says he knows Dom, Dom will come to his senses. Well, okay then. Go get ’em! Rey goes it alone for now, but will he be alone in the end? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. And though Rey waits, there’s no Dom. Rey goes to the ring and gets in alone. The bell rings and Fin kicks Rey low! Finn bumps Rey off buckles, fires off body shots, then brings Rey around to bump off more buckles. Finn throws more body shots, bumps Rey off more buckles, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~!” then Finn whips Rey corner to corner. Rey reverses, ROCKS Finn then bumps him off buckles. Finn staggers, Rey bumps him off more buckles! Rey ROCKS Finn again, bumps him off more buckles, then fires off more haymakers. Rey whips corner to corner, Finn reverses, but Rey elbows him way.
Rey runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Finn out! Fans fire up and Rey WRECKS Finn with a dropkick! Rey then goes to the apron, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Rey KICKS Finn in the leg. Rey puts Finn in the ring, climbs up the corner, and leaps to SEATED SENTON again! Fans fire up while Finn flounders, but Rey runs in, Finn pops him up but Rey RANAS Finn into buckles! Finn flounders, Rey whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Finn avoids the crossbody! Rey crashes down and Finn snarls as he runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Finn stomps Rey, then springboard stomps him again and again!
Finn lets off as the ref counts but only Priest applauds. Finn drags Rey up, clamps on and ROCKS him with forearms in the back! Finn runs but Rey rams into him! Rey slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Rey kicks low but Finn hits back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey. Finn drags Rey up, suplexes, then holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn smirks and Dos Amigos! Finn then gets back up, mocks Latino Heat, but REY suplexes Finn back! Fans fire up while Finn goes to ropes. Priest coaches Finn, but Rey dodges the haymaker to fire off shots! Rey whips, Finn reverses but Rey kicks back!
Rey CLOBBERS Finn, whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses to kick and run, sunset flip! But Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Finn flounders to a corner. Rey storms over, RAMS into Finn, then climbs up. Rey rains down fists, but Finn turns it around into an Electric Chair! But Rey turns that into a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Rey is frustrated as Finn survives that counter. Rey dropkicks Finn to ropes and dials it up, but Priest takes the 619 for Finn! Finn grabs Rey’s mask and RAMS him into the post! Rey is down on the outside while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Finn has Rey up top. Rey fights the superplex, fans rally up, and Rey throws body shots! Rey CLUBS Finn, then sunset flips, but Finn holds on! So Rey YANKS him down! Finn hits buckles, Rey runs in but Finn still scoops! Rey arm-drags Finn away! Rey then runs and SLIDES to SUNSET FLIP BOMB Finn into barriers! Fans fire up, but Priest creeps over. Rey stares him down, puts Finn in the ring, but Priest taunts Rey about where Dom went. Rey gets on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS Finn away, but then Finn staggers into the ref! Pries trips Rey in the distraction! Fans boo, but here comes Edge!
Edge runs down the ramp to TACKE Priest into the steps! And then BOOT him over the barriers! Edge and Priest fight in front of the fans and Finn is shocked! Finn hurries to YANK Rey up, but Rey lands on his feet to mule kick and hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Finn escapes and Rey can’t believe it! Finn and Rey stand, they throw haymakers back and forth, over an dover, and fans fire up! Rey KICSK and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Finn ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up! But Finn LARIATS Rey down! Finn fires up and aims from a corner to SHOTGUN Rey into the corner! Rey falls into the drop zone and Finn climbs up!
COUP DE- NO, Rey rolls and runs to RANA Finn back onto ropes! Rey redials, but Rhea is carrying Dom out like a sack of potatoes! Rhea makes Rey look at Dom, but then Finn drags Rey into a dragon sleeper! 1916!! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Edge and Rey forgot about Rhea the Eradicator! Will the Judgement Day do just as they say and destroy Edge and the Mysterios?
Backstage interview with Tamina & Dana Brooke.
These two are a team together in the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, and that means Dana could be a Double Champion. And she needs a partner to get there. She’s defended her 24/7 Championship a lot, with her biggest challenger being Tamina. So together, they- Wait, Bayley, Sky & Kai walk in. Bayley wants Dana to relax, these three aren’t going to beat her up to take that title. They have their eyes set on belts that suit them. And the Women’s Tag Team Championships suit them because Bayley was the first one to hold them! Not that Dana would know about that.
But Tamina does. So keep yapping, Bayley, and Tamina will take her and her friends out of the tournament right now. Kai tells Dana, “See you out there.” Iyo Sky says in both Japanese and English, “I don’t like you.” Will Dana & Tamina not like what’s coming in the opening match of this tournament?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
#CobraKai & the Evil Genius have both been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, though not together. But they’re taking on a duo where only one of them has had a tag title reign of their own. Will it be easy for Kai & Sky to take control? Or will the Flex Appeal & Daughter of Superfly shut them down right out of the gate?
The teams sort out, Dana starts with Kai and fans rally up. Kai and Dana circle, tie up, and Dana waistlocks. Kai pries at the hold, switches around, but Dana headlocks back. Kai powers out, but Dana blocks a hip toss to hip toss Kai! Then handsprings to BOOT Kai down! Cover, ONE, but Dana drags Kai up with a facelock. Kai endures the squeeze, pries out again but DOUBLE FOREARMS hit! Tamina tags in, and she eggs Kai on. Fans rally with Dana for “TA-MI-NA!” Kai rushes in but Tamina SWATS her, then ROCKS her! Then again! Then she DECKS Sky! Bayley protests but Tamina dodges and kicks Kai to then suplex high and hard!
Kai bails out and Sky hurries over. Tamina tags Dana and Dana climbs up, for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Dana! Bayley creeps over but then Dana stares her down. Bayley says that’s fine, Kai & Sky don’t need her. Dana doubts that, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kai has Dana down in a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures and the fans rally up, but Kai shifts to a chinlock, Dana uses that to JAWBREAKER free! Dana then runs, dodges, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai KICKS Dana down! Cover, ONE!! Kai is frustrated but she drags Dana up to tag Sky. Kai & Sky double whip, then BOOT, and COMPLETE SHOT to an AX KICK and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dana survives the onslaught but Bayley says she is proud of her team. Sky whips Dana in to the corner, runs and CROSS CHECKS her! Sky stomps a mudhole, trips Dana up, then digs her boots in!
The ref counts, Sky swings up for a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kai, Kai clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Dana down. Fans rally, Dana fights up but Kai throws her by her hair! Cover, TWO! Bayley coaches Kai but fans chant, “Bayley Sucks!” Bayley says no she doesn’t! Kai drags Dana up but Dana shoves her away and pops her up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives that one and Bayley is relieved. Kai and Dana crawl for their corners, but Kai drags Dana away! Tag to Sky and she runs around to stay between Dana and Tamina. Dana leaps, Sky catches her, but Tamina reaches out for the tag!
Fans fire up as Tamina dribbles Sky off buckles! Then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Kai gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Tamina back body blocks Sky then fires off elbows! Cleveland fires up with Tamina as she whips Sky. Sky reverses, Tamina ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KCIK! Sky fires off forearms, then a SHOTEI! But Tamina SUPERKICKS! Sky rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kai breaks it! Dana drags Kai up but Kai throws Dana out! Dana drags Kai out with her and ROCKS her! Dana runs in, but Bayley saves Kai from the handspring attack! Dana hits barriers! Sky SHOTEIS Tamina up top, then climbs up after her!
Sky fires off forearms on Tamina, Kai sneaks in a tag. Tamina BOOTS Kai down, HEADBUTTS Sky off the ropes, and then Tamina stands up to SUPERFLY! But she even catches Sky’s boots! But Kai returns with a SCORPION KCIK! And a BOOT! Tag back to Sky, and she goes up for the OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Kai & Sky win!
Winners: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Bayley raises her team’s hand in victory! But now, who will they meet in the semifinals? We’ll have to wait for Alexa & Asuka VS Nikki & Piper.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Kevin Patrick hurries after KO to ask him just why he brutally assaulted Ezekiel. Oh, he wants a comment? Well first comment, if KP ever runs up on KO like that again, he’ll drop KP harder than that powerbomb. Second, why did he do it? Because unlike that idiot who doesn’t know who he is, KO knows who he is! He’s KEVIN OWENS! And Kevin Owens may have been gone, but there are more eyes on this show than before, and tonight was KO reminding everyone in the back and watching at home that this is still the Kevin Owens Show!
Also, it’s of note that Piper & Nikki apparently crashed their rental car? What exactly happened there?
Trainers check on Dominik.
Rhea Ripley truly brutalized him, is it clear to him now that Edge isn’t the one to worry about?
WWE remembers the legacy of the WWE United States Championship.
Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!
The All Mighty wants to be a fighting champion to prove he is the greatest, and he has perhaps found his greatest challenger. The Blackheart wears Harley Race’s iconic robe to the ring, but will it bring him to prominence? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine make Ciampa feel the pain inside the Hurt Lock?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and he’s wearing gold on his tights as well as around his waist. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries this great championship in The Land!
Ciampa fires off on Lashley at the bell! Ciampa whips, Lashley reverses but Ciampa slide sunder. Things speed up, but Lashley runs Ciampa over! Lashley drags Ciampa up, suplexes, and holds Ciampa up for 10 before the SLAM! Lashley paces around but Miz calls Ciampa over. Ciampa gets to a corner for Miz to give him advice, but Lashley bumps Ciampa off buckles. Lashley climbs up to rain down fists, but Ciampa trips Lashley up! Lashley still elbows Ciampa away, then throws elbows in the corner. Lashley warns Miz to watch himself, and Lashley runs, Ciampa swings, misses, then leaps into Lashley’s arms!
Lashley pops Ciampa around, Ciampa slips out and CHOP BLOCKS! Miz coaches Ciampa to keep on him and Ciampa stomps Lashley, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Lashley just gets up with a scowl on his face! Lashley blocks a kick to ELBOW Ciampa down! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim, but Ciampa bails out! Ciampa and Miz regroup to talk strategy, and then Miz gets on the apron to distract. But Lashley knows that trick, and he turns around to DECK Ciampa off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries Ciampa, but Miz blocks his path to the post! So Lashley TOSSES Ciampa into the Miz! Fans fire up as Lashley stands tall and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ciampa is taking of the cover off a crossbar! Ciampa then stomps away on Lashley, rains down fists, and drops a HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!! Ciampa clamps onto Lashley with a chinlock, and he grinds Lashley down into an almost Bully Choke! Fans rally, Lashley endures and fights up, but Ciampa leans on him. Lashley pries at the hold but Ciampa knee slow. Ciampa runs, Lashley runs him over! And again! And then RAMS into him at the corner! Lashley lets off to clothesline, then he runs side to side to RAM in again! Ciampa sputters and fans fire up but Miz coaches Ciampa. Lashley whips corner to corner, Ciampa BOOTS back!
Lashley staggers, Ciampa swings but into a kick! Lashley gut wrenches, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Miz breathes again. Miz coaches Ciampa more but Lashley trophy lifts him! Then brings him into position, but Ciampa turns powerslam into REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa crawls to a cover, TWO! Lashley stays in this and Miz is sweating. Ciampa CLUBS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa. Ciampa ROCKS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa forearms, Lashley fires off fists, but Ciampa kicks a leg out! FRONT DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ciampa drags Lashley up, underhooks him, but Lashley powers out and dodges, to SPEAR!! Cover, but again Miz helps with the ROPEBREAK! The ref misses it like last week, but Lashley didn’t! Lashley glares at Miz, and then here comes AJ STYLES! Styles CLOBBERS Miz and runs him off into the crowd! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1, and Lashley goes back to Ciampa. CRADLE!! TWO!! Ciampa hurries to a corner, pulls at the buckle pad, and it comes loose! Lashley gets Ciampa for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley, he stalks Ciampa, but wait! Miz returns!
Miz slides in, slides out, but Styles is after him again! They scramble out of the ring, Lashley clamps onto Ciampa, but Ciampa RAMS him into the bare steel! And then the POST! PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Lashley survives and shocks Ciampa! Fans fire up again and Ciampa drags Lashley up. Ciampa underhooks, but Lashley fights the lift! Lashley fireman’s carries and pops Ciampa into the nelson, but Ciampa drags Lashley down! GargaNO Escape!! Shout out to Ciampa’s greatest friend and rival, and Lashley is enduring the hold! Lashley rolls it around, drags Ciampa right up, and into a POWER- NO, Ciampa slides off again!
Ciampa tosses Lashley out of the ring, and gets Lashley with WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lashley survives again and Cleveland is thunderous! Ciampa stalks Lashley, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley BLOCKS the knee! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Ciampa up, HURT LOCK!!! Ciampa flails, reaches out, but he TAPS! Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Ciampa tried every trick in the book, but he could not derail the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will nothing stop Lashley from making the US Championship the mightiest of all?
Omos and MVP walk in backstage.
The Nigerian Giant is back, and he is going to the ring! Who will soon fall from the top of this mountain of a man’s two hand slam?
Raw shares the footage from backstage.
Miz and Styles brawled from ringside to gorilla, and officials rushed in to stop it! So because of this confrontation, Styles VS Miz is signed for action later tonight! And it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Will Styles get a phenomenal win? Or will Cleveland be AWESOME?
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade!
The Nigerian Giant is so big, he’s taking on two of Cleveland’s own at the same time! Will these mere mortals wish they’d signed up for a different night?
The bell rings and Guercio & Slade rush Omos together! But Omos TOSSES Guercio, SHOVES Slade, then he CLOBBERS Slade! Omos drags Guercio up and into the ring from the floor! Omos then runs in, but Slade dodges! Slade CLUBS away then jumps on for a SLEEPER! But Omos RAMS Slade into buckles, RAMS him again, then dares Guercio to try something., Guercio CROSSBODIES, into Omos’ arms! Trophy lift, and SLAM! Then Omos drags Guercio up by his ear, to TOSS him into the corner! Guercio & Slade stand up, Omos SANDWICHES them with the corner! Omos then scoops Guercio to give him SNAKE EYES, and a BOOT to Slade!
MVP says Omos is done playing with his food, he can finish this. DEADLIFT TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover on Guercio, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Did you really expect anything else? Omos wipes out two men, but who will be on his path of destruction next?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick congratulates him on his win over Dawkins, but asks the Visionary what he thinks about Matt Riddle’s interview next week. “Did you just bring me in here to ask me about Riddle?! I told the entire world, including you, last week that I was done with Riddle! Hahaha! So what, he’s gonna come back next week for some exclusive interview? What do you think he’s gonna say? Is he gonna have some earth-shattering announcement? NO! It’s RIDDLE!” Riddle will say “Bro…! Dude…! Cool…! Randy~!” Rollins explains something here: “I am the Gatekeeper of this industry! Anyone, or anything, that’s any good, they’ve gotta go through me!”
And as great as Riddle could be in the ring, he’s even better at flushing his own potential down the toilet. Don’t believe Rollins? Ask Dana White. HAHAHA! Now look, if Riddle has even two working brain cells left, he’ll come back with this interview and tell the world, “Bro, I’m hanging up the flip flops.” And he’ll retire for good. And if he doesn’t, then Rollins might just have to Cody Rhodes Riddle’s ass out the door! Anyway you slice it, if Riddle has something to say next week, then so does Seth Freakin’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA!
Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
The Showoff and “Master” Gable were both a big part of last week’s Triple Threats for the US Championship, but they both lost out. Who proves they’re deserving of another shot at the other’s expense?
Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings, Ziggler and Gable circle. They feel things out, Gable shoots in but Ziggler gut wrenches him away. Gable slips around to mount and roll to a cover, ONE! Ziggler mounts, rolls Gable around, but Gable slips out. Ziggler gets up and the two stand off. Fans fire up as Ziggler shoves Gable and eggs Gable on. Gable shoves Ziggler and the two go again. Ziggler shoots in, gets a leg, then the ack, then the arms for a ghost pin! TWO, Gable hurries to his feet and fans cheer the standoff. They circle again, tie up, Gable shoots in to get a leg takedown but Ziggler facelocks.
Ziggler fishermans to a cradle, TWO! Gable feints then shoots in, but Ziggler facelocks to a headlock to a chinlock. Gable throws Ziggler off, gets Ziggler up in an Iranian lift, but Ziggler sunset flips through! TWO, Ziggler keeps the gut wrench! Gable pushes through to a jackknife cover, TWO as Ziggler bridges up! Ziggler turns things around, Gable pries the hold but ends up in a double hook! Gable fights off the backslide, spins Ziggler around to a waistlock, CHAOS THEORY! Fans boo Gable but Otis cheers him on. Gable looms over Ziggler, drags him up and bumps him off buckles to fire off haymakers! And then stomps!
The ref counts, Gable lets off, no more technical style here. Gable gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW it! And then a KNEE JAMMER! And another! And then a YANK on the leg! Ziggler clutches his knee and goes to a corner, but Gable drags him up. Gable CHOPS Ziggler, MONKEY FLIPS, and Ziggler lands hard. Cover, TWO! Gable looms over Ziggler, then climbs up to the top. MOONSAULT, but he has to land on his feet as Ziggler moves! Ziggler jumps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but fans rally behind Ziggler. Ziggler gets space as he stands up, and he watches Gable rise. Gable blocks the superkick!
Gable spins Ziggler to a waistlock, but Ziggler switches! Gable rolls and picks a leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Ziggler endures, flails, clubs at Gable’s leg, then drags Gable down, only for Gable to hold on and twist the ankle more! Ziggler reaches back, rolls again, and gets free! Ziggler kicks a leg out, FAMOUS- NO, Gable slips free to ANKLE LOCK again!! Fans fire up for Ziggler as he endures and reaches out! Ziggler crawls forward but Gable drags him away! Ziggler turns, kicks and kicks and kicks! Gable lets go, Ziggler stands up, but he can’t plant for the superkick! Gable gets Ziggler up for a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into the ANKLE LOCK!!
Otis tells Ziggler to tap but Ziggler endures! Fans rally and Ziggler fights up to roll! Gable sits on that for a cover, TWO! Gable blocks a superkick to an OLYMPIC- NO, Ziggler slips out! SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
But Otis chases after him! Ziggler gets away, but the tree trunk tells him he won’t get so lucky! Will Otis look to wreck Ziggler #ForTheAcademy?
Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven speak.
The Almost SuperHero says that next week on Raw, there will be no more almosts! They WILL be one step closer to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! And Piper says they get to crush the hopes and dreams of Alexa and Asuka while they’re at it!
Alexa & Asuka respond!
“Nikki, Doudrop, you’ve got it all wrong, You’re not gonna crush our dreams, you’re gonna help manifest them.” Does Asuka wanna cap this off? “No one is ready for Alexa Bliss and no one is ready for Asuka!” But then Bayley and her team walk over to say, “More like no one cares!” Alexa, where’s Lily? Or is Asuka her new toy? Wait, what’s security doing rushing off? Did something happen? Bayley and team head out and pass by Styles as he heads back to gorilla. Will the downright villainous Piper & Nikki crush the Fury and the Empress? Is Styles about to crush The Miz?
No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz!
This has been brewing for some time, and now it boils over! Will Styles make this a must-see beating of the Hollywood A-Lister? Or will Miz’s homecoming be AWESOME?
The bell rings and Miz rushes in, into haymakers! Miz shoves Styles, Styles trips Miz and fires off! Miz scrambles away, Styles SMACKS him off the desk! And again! Miz falls over, and Styles clears the desk! Fans rally behind Styles but Miz FLAPJACKS him on the apron! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Styles tumbles over the steps and Miz stalks after him. Miz drags Styles up to put in the ring, but fans taunt Miz with “TINY BALLS!” Miz says read the shirt. And then Miz looks under the ring. Styles SLIDING KNEES Miz down! Styles puts Miz in the ring, then brings out a kendo stick!
Fans fire up as Styles puts that aside to bring out a chair. But no, that’s still not it. Styles brings out a TABLE! Fans love that one! But Miz then WRECKS Styles with a dropkick! Miz puts the table back under the ring, then he drags Styles into the ring. Miz gets the chair, he gets the kendo stick, and he brings those into the ring. Miz JAMS Styles with the kendo stick, then SMACKS him on the back! Miz sits the chair up to take a seat and talk trash on Styles. Styles ducks the kendo stick to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! then a RUNNING FOREARM! Miz staggers up and Styles clotheslines him out of the ring!
Styles drags Miz onto the desk! Styles joins Miz up there, reel shim in, but Miz fights free! Throat chop and a TOSS! Styles goes over barriers and into the front row! Fans boo but Miz soaks it all up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and fans rally behind Styles as he starts looking under the ring. He brings the TABLE back out! Fans fire up as Styles sets the table up, and then Styles fetches Miz from commentary. But Miz SMACKS Styles with the kendo stick! Miz puts Styles in the ring, SMACKS him again and again and again, then paces around. Miz uses the kendo stick in the chinlock to almost choke Styles! Styles endures, fights up, pushes the stick away and throws body shots! Styles is free, he ducks the stick to PELE Miz down! Fans fire up while Styles and Miz roll to opposite corners. But then they both see the kendo stick.
Miz and Styles stare down, then scramble! Styles gets the stick and Miz wants mercy! No deal, Styles SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS away on Miz! Front and back, then up the middle! Those “huge” balls just took a lot of damage! Then WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Styles goes to a chair. Styles makes sure it’s secure in ropes, then whips Miz. Miz stops, BOOTS Styles, full nelson, but Styles victory rolls! TWO, and Miz hurries to a corner Styles runs in, Miz puts him on the apron but Styles ROCKS Miz! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! cover, CIAMPA drags the ref out!?
Ciampa keeps Miz in this like Miz kept Ciampa in the match earlier, but Styles attacks Ciampa! Styles SMACKS Ciampa off the apron, puts him in the ring, and then brings Ciampa around. Fans fire up but then Styles thinks not to use the Clash here. Styles throws Ciampa out to the apron! Ciampa holds on but Styles runs in. Ciampa shoulders Styles, then drags him up! Styles fights the suplex, ROCKS Ciampa with a right, then runs to DECK him! Ciampa falls through the table!! But Miz sneaks up on Styles! Roll-up, TWO!! Miz stands, Styles ROCKS him! Styles runs in, but is put back on the apron!
Styles resets, but Miz gets the chair to CHUCK at Styles!! Miz gets Styles up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Miz can’t believe it and “This is Awesome!” Miz snarls as he gets the kendo stick back. He SMACKS Styles’ leg, then SMACKS it again! And again! Miz drags Styles, steps in, but Styles BOOTS Miz into the chair! Styles gets Miz up, for the STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Now that was phenomenal! Not even Ciampa could help Miz win this one! Is this all that’s left between Styles and the Miz? Wait, what’s going on in the crowd? Who is that in the hoodie trying to get to the barrier? Security drags away… DEXTER LUMIS?!?! Styles shrugs that off, celebrates with the fans and throws up the Too Sweet. But was Lumis the reason for the strange things happening backstage? Will Lumis find a way to invade Raw?
Another great Raw here in this HHH Era. Great bracket for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, with the biggest surprise being Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark from NXT are participating. I hope this doesn’t give away that Zoey isn’t winning the NXT Women’s Championship next week, but rather reestablishing that these titles will be on all brands, not just Raw & SmackDown. That said, I would love it if somehow, Nikkita & Zoey made it to the finals to meet Kai & Sky. There’s great history there as Zoey & Sky were NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and we can finally see them face off in the ring.
That said, great promos from “Control,” aka the faction of Bayley, Kai & Sky. And we got a good encounter between them and Alexa, Asuka & Bianca. Them having a Six Woman Tag for Clash at the Castle is a bit of a surprise, but perhaps that means title matches will all happen before them. Kai & Sky VS Dana & Tamina tonight was great stuff, but of course Kai & Sky win. I’m surprised no 24/7 Championship shenanigans happened even after the match, but maybe HHH and team are just looking for the right person to take that title. And good promos from Nikki & Piper and Alexa & Asuka to call each other out before next week’s match.
Great match out of Rollins VS Dawkins, the Profits are each proving they can go in the singles division, but who knows what happens next. Them announcing Riddle will have an interview next week and Rollins having a promo about it makes me think Rollins VS Riddle that was meant for SummerSlam happens at Clash at the Castle to really put the spotlight on that event. Dom not accepting Edge after last week’s accidental Spear was classic pro-wrestling, but I feel like that is a trope that needs to change. Can’t Dom see in the footage that Rhea shoved him into the path of the attack? But even with that, this is going how I figured, where Rey & Edge are going to team up against Judgement Day. Especially after Edge had to run Priest off, and then Rhea revealed she beat the crap outta Dom.
Speaking of beating the crap out of someone, Kevin Owens brought back that same level of violence where he once beat Sami Zayn into a TKO. Kevin has been doing great even without bringing back this mean streak, but going back to those days could be what Kevin needs to get back to a title. As for Zeke, this could mean Elias comes back to fight Kevin and avenge his brother. Or we finally see Elrod make his on-screen debut to do the same. And Omos then got to beat the crap out of two somebodies, mostly to bide time until a story comes along. We already had Lashley VS Omos, I would think they’ll avoid defaulting to that.
Ziggler VS Gable was great stuff, especially with the opening exchanges of great technical wrestling. Great story of Gable working the leg and making it hard on Ziggler to hit his Superkick. But in the end, Ziggler does win, and I predict Ziggler VS Otis happens next week. I almost expected Theory to rush out here to default back to the growing feud between them, but clearly there’s something new in the works for him. Lashley VS Ciampa was awesome stuff, and it went as I figured: Miz helps Ciampa survive at one point, but Miz couldn’t save Ciampa forever as Styles goes after Miz. And then that set up Styles VS Miz in a great No DQ main event, and of course Ciampa tries to help Miz in return. That doesn’t work, and of course Styles wins.
But an even better detail was something that was happening little by little in the background of the night. First, that bit where Piper & Nikki were wondering what happened to that rental car. Then there was the security guards who rushed past Control, Asuka and Alexa. They were of course kayfabing an intruder angle, and Lumis showing up in the crowd after Styles VS Miz was the reveal. Much like Kross & Scarlett on SmackDown, Lumis is back in the WWE and was causing trouble backstage because he wants to be on Raw. Everyone was hoping for Johnny Gargano to come back in Cleveland, but maybe HHH is working on a slow burn for The Way making their way to Raw.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/1/22)
The summer heat is still turning up!
It’s the biggest AFTER PARTY of the summer!
Just because SummerSlam has passed doesn’t mean we can’t keep partying! Raw gives us a HUGE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match!
- WWE United States Championship Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS The Miz VS Mustafa Ali; Styles wins and advances to the #1 contender’s match.
- Seth Rollins VS Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
- Alexa Bliss VS Asuka; No Contest.
- WWE United States Championship Qualifier Triple Threat: Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa VS Chad Gable; Ciampa wins and advances to the #1 contender’s match.
- Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky; No Contest.
- WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Ciampa wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title next week.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Mysterios; The Usos win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch is here!
The Man didn’t get the title back, and now she has an arm in a sling. If not for those things, she’d be happier to be in Houston. Becky gets the mic while fans cheer her on. “Houston, welcome to the Big Time! Now, in everything that I do, I give it my all. And in the past, I’ve talked about hitting rock bottom, and I’ve talked about not knowing who I was when I lost the title at WrestleMania. But at SummerSlam, I am happy to say I remembered who the hell I am. And it ain’t in the fancy clothes, and it ain’t in the constant need for glory or validation, no. It is in the determination. It is in the persistence. It is in the relentlessness. It is in owning every mistake I ever made.
“It is in the pursuit to be better today than I was yesterday.” Fans cheer that sentiment, and Becky says that when she separated her shoulder at SummerSlam, she had two choices: give up, or give it everything she had. And so, she grit her teeth and fought through the 20 most painful minutes of her career. And believe her, they were painful, but not as much as realizing that she had become separated from reality. She did what she had to do, not only for herself but for the greatest women’s division ever! For all the women who work their asses off every single week in the back.
And so, when the referee counted three, her shoulders on the mat, Becky knew she had given her best, but it just wasn’t good enough. But she was reminded that she is not defined by one match. No, she defines the matches. And she is not defined by a title, SHE defines the title. And she won’t be defined by any man, because she defines THE MAN! And so, in a new ear, a new comeback story starts now. But she must give credit where it is due, and that is to the superstar who pushed her all year to be the B E S T that she can be. “Bianca Belair, get your ass out here.” Bianca obliges! Fans fire up as the RawEST Women’s Champion skips to the ring.
Fans cheer for the “E S T! E S T!” as Bianca gets a mic. Bianca tells Becky, “You not only defined The Man, but you are The Man.” The two hug it out and fans cheer more. Becky says Bianca can hold it down, and she’ll see her soon. Becky heads out as fans cheer for her again. Bianca says she has nothing but respect for Becky. And we know some people may be questioning how that can be, and best believe Bianca never forgot all the times Becky shakes her hand just to use the other to smack her in the face. But Bianca has never wanted to be handed anything. The title is only worth the amount of work put in to keep it, and Becky made Bianca put in the work.
So yes, Bianca shook Becky’s hand and there is now mutual respect. To be able to gain the respect of someone like Becky Lynch, that means something. Bianca has learned so much from Becky, and now she has a target on her back, but she will never be caught slipping. That is why she is still Raw Women’s Champion! Fans cheer that, too. Bianca says ready so she doesn’t have to get ready, and that means whoever is next. Whether it’s Bayley or her little friends who all thought it was funny to surprise Bianca at Summerslam, or- Wait, speaking of! Becky is under attack by Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky! With a chair!!
Bianca rushes to the back as Bayley digs the chair into Becky’s bad shoulder! Bianca arrives but Bayley and her buddies have bailed already! Medics check on Becky’s arm, but when will Bianca get her hands on The Role Model and her new friends?
The Legacy of the WWE United States Championship.
Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!
Logan Paul tweets his feelings after SummerSlam.
He knows he’s done a lot of crazy stuff in his life, but SummerSlam was by far the coolest. He is so addicted, he has found his calling. And he called the WWE executives, he has a multi-year, multi-event contract in the works> He is ready to get more of that energy from the jampacked arenas. He doesn’t know when or where, but we will see a massive third match and beyond. He is so happy to be part of the WWE, see you all soon!
WWE United States Championship Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS The Miz VS Mustafa Ali!
There’s already beef between the Phenomenal One and the Hollywood A-Lister, but you add The Beacon to the mix and we could be seeing an instant classic! Commercial free for you, the fans, we see who is the first of two top contenders for this prestigious title!
The bell rings and Styles rushes Miz! Miz bails out, so Styles rushes Ali. Ali dodges, RANAS Styles, and fans fire up. Miz grabs at Ali but Ali swipes at him. Miz trips Ali but Styles WRECKS Miz with a dropkick! Ali rushes in but Styles shoulders in and slingshots up and over. Sunset flip, but then the- NO, Miz trips Styles to stop the Clash! Miz SMACKS Styles off the desk! “I! HAVE MASSIV#! BALLS!” But then Ali DIVES to take Miz out! Fans fire up and Ali CLUBS Miz, then puts him in the ring. Ali gets around, waistlocks to RAM Miz into buckles. Miz still bucks Ali away, then RAMS him into buckles in return!
Fans boo but Styles kicks Miz low. Styles CHOPS Miz, CLUBS him, then CHOPS Ali to a corner. Fans rally for Styles as he CHOPS again. Styles whips but Miz reverses to RAM Styles into buckles now! Fans boo while Miz grits his teeth and clutches his bad ribs. Miz stomps away on Styles, drags him up and CHOPS him in return. And CHOPS again! Fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS!” But Miz runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! Ali returns but Miz BOOTS him down! Miz slingshots under Styles,. sunset flips, but Styles rolls through to ROCK Miz with a right! Styles whips Miz to a corner, then runs in to stomp Miz down!
Styles whips corner to corner the other way, Miz reverses and Styles hits buckles hard! Miz runs in, goes up but Styles turns that around to CHOP again! Styles climbs up but Miz throws haymakers! Styles drops, Ali returns and he ROCKS Miz! Ali goes up the corner, but Miz throws body shots! Ali flips to land on his feet, but into a BIG back suplex from Styles! Miz BASEMENT BOOTS Styles, and BASEMENT DDTs Ali! Cover on Ali, TWO! Miz winces as he clutches his ribs, but he gets up to loom over both men. Fans still taunt Miz’s balls as Miz KICKS Styles again and again and again! Miz powers up, but Styles blocks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI!
Miz flounders away but Ali has Styles for a CHOP! Styles CHOPS, Ali forearms, Styles forearms, repeat! Fans fire up as the forearms fly but Styles DECKS Ali with a left hand palm strike! Styles stalks Ali to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Ali uses that to DROPKICK Miz down! Ali then dodges Styles., ROUNDHOUSES him away, and slingshot somersaults, but into a fireman’s carry! Ali slips off but Styles elbows him away. Styles kicks Miz as he returns, tot hen scoop, dragon sleeper, but Ali returns! SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO!! Cover on Styles, TWO!! Cover on Miz, TWO!!
Fans fire up while Ali catches his breath. Ali drags Miz to a drop zone and he goes up the corner. 450 but he has to bail out as Miz moves! Styles gets Ali up for an USHIGOROSHI! Miz CLUBS Styles but Styles PELES Miz! All three men are down but Miz bails out! “This is Awesome!” as Styles gets up and goes to the apron. Styles prepares his elbow pad while Ali rises. But Miz YANKS Styles down! Styles ROCKS and KNEES Miz to RAM him into the desk! The bad ribs take more damage, but Ali FLIES in for a TORNADO DDT!! All three men are down at ringside and fans lose their minds! Ali gets up and drags Miz up and into the ring.
Ali hurries to the apron but his own back is hurting. Miz drags Ali in, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! But the ribs hold him back!! Miz crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ali survives and Miz is beside himself! Miz grits his teeth and drags Ali up. Miz bumps Ali off buckles, then stomps him. Ali shoves Miz to then SUPERKICK him down! Miz is in the drop zone and Ali hurries up the corner! Fans fire up and Ali aims, 450 SPLASH!! But Styles is there to rag Ali up! STYLES CLASH onto Miz! Cover on Ali, STYLES WINS!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (advances to the #1 contender’s match)
The Phenomenal One’s veteran savvy snatches this away from Miz and Ali! But he still has one more match before he can challenge Bobby Lashley. Who will Styles meet in THE #1 contender’s match?
Becky Lynch gets checked by the doctor.
She got hit with a chair, her arm got caught in the chair, can she get some ice?
Bayley talks with her new friends backstage.
She told them this is how it was going to be! They will take over. Sarah asks why Bayley targeted Becky, but Bayley asks, “Targeted? Is that what she thinks? Conceited! This isn’t about Becky and this is not about Bianca. This is about us! And you’ll see what I mean soon enough.” Bayley, Sky & Kai pass by the Usos and they all say hey. Now Sarah asks the Usos about defending their tag titles tonight against the Msyterios just days after SummerSlam. Same as they always are: 100%! SummerSlam was business as usual for the Bloodline! They beat the Profits, again. Roman Reigns beat Lesnar again. And tonight, the Usos beat the Mysterios… again! Because they the twos, and #WeTheOnes!
Seth Rollins is here!
The Visionary seems to be in a good mood. He didn’t get a SummerSlam match but he still got to stomp Matt Riddle down when The Bro came looking for a fight. Rollins gets a mic to welcome us to Monday Night Rollins! “And I am your host for tonight’s festivities. I am the Visionary, I am the revolutionary, I am…” Fans cheer “SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!” That’s right! And tonight is a night for celebration! Because we don’t have to see and we don’t have to hear that idiot, Riddle! Fans boo but Rollins says he gives credit where it is due. IT takes a lot of guts to do what Riddle did, showing up when he’s not cleared.
But there is a thin line between gutsy and stupid, and Riddle has crossed that stupid line more times than Rollins can count! But… There is a silver lining to this. “Riddle has wanted so badly to be like his big bro, Randy~. And now he’s on the shelf with a career threatening injury, just like Randy! HAHAHA!” Fans boo more but Rollins says there’s another silver lining. Now that Riddle is out of the way, Rollins can turn his attention… to Roman Reigns! And the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. But wait, the Street Profits are here! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have mics but Rollins says no no no no no! SHUT IT DOWN! SHUT THE MUSIC OFF! NO CUPS!!
Rollins knows the Profits- Don’t look at the fans! STOP! Fans cheer, the Profits encourage it, and Rollins gets annoyed. He knows they’re boys with Riddle but… OH SHUT UP! Rollins knows we’re in Houston, the Rockets’ home, so they’re used to watching losers! But Rollins doesn’t want to share any air space with the biggest losers in ALL the WWE! HAHAHA! How many times have the lost to the Usos now? One, two, three MILLION? Rollins lost count of that, too! The Profits suck so much as a team, they should just break up. Pack it in, go to the back, this is Rollins’ time, baby! HAHAHA!
Dawkins asks Rollins, “Didn’t we beat you to become Raw Tag Team Champions?” Ford says wait! They know who this is now! The same guy who got his ass whooped by Cody Rhodes when Cody only had one booby! Oh shut up!! You come out here for a fight, did you?! You wanna fight?! Rollins would love nothing more to come down and stomp both of them into the stage, but that’s 2v1, that’s not fair. Maybe if there was one, maybe. So split up, one of you come back, we can do this then. Or, another way. Houston, do you wanna see one of the Profits beat the crap outta Seth tonight? “YES!” Well Seth, be careful what you wish for.
So they’ll figure this out the fair and proper way. They’ll do this rock, paper, scissors! Get a ref out here! This is the only time we see the Profits fight. A ref appears and here goes. Rock, paper, scissors- Oh shoot, Ford threw his mic at Dawkins and brings the ref to the ring! But then he manages to avoid Rollins’ stomp! Rollins rushes out but Ford gets in! Rollins says that’s fine, that’s fine! He gets in again, but Ford clotheslines him out right at the bell!
Seth Rollins VS Montez Ford!
Ford mocks Rollins’ swaggering as this match is on the way! Ford then goes out to ROCK Rollins with a right! Rollins staggers away, Ford mocks the song and stalks Rollins. Ford RAMS Rollins into barriers, then mocks the song more. Rollins throws a body shot, puts Ford in the ring, but Ford SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Cover, TWO!! Ford almost had Rollins there but Ford keeps cool. Ford goes up top, but Rollins bails out. Ford hops down to pursue Rollins but Rollins kicks him and underhooks! Only for Ford to back drop him away! Ford chases Rollins back in but Rollins KNEES him at the ropes!
Rollins suplexes to hang Ford out to dry! Ford flops back into the ring, clutching his ribs. Rollins kicks Ford out and goes out after him. Rollins drags Ford up to scoop and RAM Ford’s ribs into the post! Ford writhes, Rollins gets in at 3 of 10, and the count passes 5. Ford sits up at 7, flops around at 9, but gets in at 9.9!! But Rollins CLBOBERS him! Rollins throws down fists, KICKS Ford in the back, then stalks Ford to ropes. Rollins CHOKES Ford on the ropes, the ref counts and Rollins lets off at 4. Fans boo but Rollins snarls as he goes back for Ford. Rollins CHOPS Ford against ropes, then brings Ford around to CHOP him in the corner.
Ford CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ford whips, Rollins reverses and KNEES Ford again. Rollins whips, KNEES and whips to KNEE again! Rollins fireman’s carries to then hit a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Ford is still in this but Rollins wraps on a rear bearhug. Ford endures, fans rally, and Ford fights up to his feet. Ford elbows Rollins, and again, but then Rollins ducks to hit a BIG back suplex! Rollins is frustrated but he is still in control as Ford goes to the far corner. Rollins taunts Ford while slapping him around. “C’mon, Tez! C’mon, Tez!” Rollins keeps slapping Ford as he’s on the apron and drags him up.
Ford fights the suplex, throws body shots, and shoves Rollins away. GAMANGIRI! Ford then goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but fans fire up as both men are down! Rollins staggers to his feet, goes after Ford first and fires off forearms. Ford gives them back! Fans rally as they brawl back and forth, and Ford gest the edge! Rollins knees low again, runs, but Ford BACKHANDS HIM! Rollins runs in a gain but Ford dodges and runs to LARIAT! And mule kick! Front kick! ENZIGURI! Rollins wobbles, into a BIG back suplex from Ford! Ford kips up! Ford flexes and stands on Rollins before the STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ford grows frustrated but Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion, after all. Rollins stands, Ford stands, Rollins reels Ford in. Ford switches, Rollins witches, Ford slips out of the suplex this time to run and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ford grits his teeth, crawls to a corner and climbs up. Rollins hurries after Ford, anchors a leg, but Ford CLUBS Rollins and throws haymakers! Rollins staggers away, Ford gets back in, but Rollins PELES! Roll-up, TWO! Rollins aims, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins is growing frustrated with Ford’s toughness, and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins soaks up the “OH~ OH~ OOOH~!” as he runs in, but Ford dodges!
Ford mule kicks, Rollins blocks to ROLLING ELBOW! Then the lift, but Ford fights free! Ford is on the corner, Rollins anchors him but Ford kicks him away. FLYING DDT!! Ford crawls to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Rollins survives by a literal foot! Ford brushes that off to get up the corner again. But Rollins trips Ford up! Then drags him out, into a RUNNING BUCKLE BOMB!! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins can’t believe Ford survived that! Rollins has a wild look in his eyes as fans say “This is Awesome!” Rollins goes up a corner, laughs and says, “Who wants the smoke now, bitch?” FROG SPLASH FLOP!!
Ford is up top and fans fire up! FROM THE HEAVENS, onto knees!! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
So close and yet so far for Ford, and now the Visionary has a win. But he isn’t satisfied with that, he wants to hurt Ford! Rollins aims again, but here comes Dawkins! Dawkins runs Rollins off, will the Curse of Greatness catch up with Rollins soon enough?
Alexa Bliss VS Asuka!
Bianca Belair has the title, and though Bayley is back and brought friends, the Five Foot Fury still says she’s next! Will she establish contention by defeating the Empress of Tomorrow? Or is not even Alexa ready for Asuka?
The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there is sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Alexa wrenches to a wristlock. Asuka spins, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Alexa wrenches out. Asuka wrenches back then ROCKS Alexa with a right. Asuka whips to hip toss but Alexa counters to then cover, TWO! Alexa basement dropkicks Asuka down and then has a big smile. Asuka kicks but Alexa ducks to roll her up. Asuka rolls through to run Alexa over, then mocks Alexa’s little smile pose. Asuka whips Alexa to a corner, Alexa reverses but Asuka goes up, only to miss the missile dropkick! Alexa KNEES Asuka down, covers, TWO!
Alexa sits Asuka up to ROCK, KNEE and ROCK again! Another KNEE and a cover, TWO! Alexa keeps on Asuka with a chinlock. Asuka endures as Alexa leans on her. Fans rally, Asuka fights up and throws body shots. Alexa counters to wrench and STO! Then the INSULT2INJURY misses in the end as Asuka moves! And then SLIDING KICKS! Asuka fires up and fans fire up with her, but Alexa ducks the buzzsaw. Asuka BACKHANDS, BACKHANDS, SOBATS and BACKHANDS to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up more as Asuka run sin to HIP ATTACK! Then a whip, but Alexa reverses and reels Asuka in. Asuka slips out to POP-UP KNEE!
Asuka goes up to MISSILIE DROPKICK! But here come Bayley and her buddies! They all attack Asuka and Alexa!
Fans boo as Bayley, Kai & Sky beat down the Empress and the Fury! They sit Alexa up, for Bayley to KNEE her down! Then they have Asuka set up in a corner for Kai to go Around the World and BOOT her down! Fans boo more but Bayley puts Alexa and Asuka together. Kai fetches a chair while Sky goes up! But here comes BIANCA! The EST is the angriEST right now and she runs off Bayley, Kai and Sky! Bayley says nice try, but Bianca gets a mic. She doesn’t care who it is, she wants a match with one of them!! Fans fire up for that, but who will step to the always ready Raw Women’s Champion? Sky is electing herself, will the Evil Genius take out the EST?
WWE United States Championship Qualifier Triple Threat: Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa VS Chad Gable!
The Showoff has been US Champion before, and he has a path back! But will it be so easy with the Psycho Killer and the “Golden Brain” standing in his way?
Gable says “SHOOOOSH! Houston, you have a problem. And tonight that problem comes to you in the form of Master Gable, a real athlete, an Olympian, with a brain so big and beautiful, it’s twice the size of Texas, baby!” Gable says he’ll dispose of his opponents, move on and beat that ignoramus, AJ Styles, and then beat the US Champion, Bobby Lashley, to put this country on his back again. He’ll represent us all in the way only Master Gable is able. And when he does, he won’t have to cheat. Not like that failure of a team known as the Houston Astros! A THANK YEW~! The bell rings, Gable bails out and Ciampa CLOBBERS Ziggler!
Ciampa CLUBS Ziggler, drags him up and turns him but Ziggler fights out to then DROPKICK Ciampa! But Gable rolls Ziggler up, feet on ropes! TWO, and Ziggler DROPKICKS Gable down! Cover but Ciampa drags Ziggler off to stomp him down! Ciampa CLUBS Ziggler, drags him up and whips Ziggler to a corner. Ziggler goes up and over but Gable CLOBBERS Ziggler! Gable stomps Ziggler, rains down fists, and Ciampa helps with stomps. Gable tells Houston to SHOOSH while he and Ciampa mug Ziggler. Ciampa drags Ziggler up, Gable DECKS Ziggler with a right. Ciampa stomps a leg, Gable YANKS the same leg, then they get Ziggler at the ropes.
Gable and Ciampa double whip, double ELBOW, but Ciampa won’t let Gable cover. Ciampa shoves Gable, but Gable says he has the plan. Ciampa tells Gable to shoosh! Gable says you don’t shoosh him! But Ziggler hits them both back with haymakers and elbows! Ciampa catches the dropkick to ATAPULT Ziggler to a post! Gable rolls to fireman’s carry Ciampa but Ciampa elbows free,. Ciampa ripcords but swings into a chicken wing! TIGER PLEX! Then the motorcycle stretch and STOMP! But Gable turns around into a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as all there men are down and Raw goes picture in picture.
Ziggler clutches his neck, Ciampa goes to a corner, and Gable goes to the other. Ciampa stands up first, he staggers over to the others and he ROCKS Ziggler! Then CLUBS Gable! Then CHOPS Gable, and whips Gable corner to corner hard! Gable bounces off buckles, Ciampa hurries to cover him, TWO! Ciampa wants a faster count but the ref says that was fair. Ciampa stomps Gable’s hand, gives Ziggler a NECKBREAKER, and covers. Gable break sit, then snap suplexes Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Gable gets an arm to TWEAK it! And then again! And then he SLAMS the arm on the mat. Ciampa writhes, Gable says A THANK YEW~!
Fans boo Gable as he stalks Ciampa to ropes. Gable drags Ciampa up to ROCK him with a right. But Ziggler rushes in, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Gable survives and Ziggler is frustrated. Ziggler gets to ropes while Gable is in a corner. Ciampa REWCKS Ziggler with a dropkick! Ciampa kicks Ziggler out, goes after Gable and hoists him up top. Ciampa CHOPS Gable, climbs up after him, but Gable fights back! Gable CLUBS Ciampa, headbutts him down off the corner, then adjusts. Ciampa stands, Gable FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Gable snarls and kicks Ciampa out, but turns around into Ziggler! They talk some trash, shove and push, then circle.
Gable shoots in for a leg but Ziggler sprawls. Gable dumps Ziggler up and over but Ziggler uses that to roll him up! ONE, but Ziggler facelocks! Gable slips around, but so does Ziggler. Ziggler cradles, TWO, and Raw is single picture as Gable has the ANKLE LOCK!! Ziggler endures, rolls but Gable holds on! Gable keeps on the Ankle Lock but Ciampa clamps on with a CROSSFACE! Ziggler endures double submissions but Gable and Ciampa fight each other! Gable stomps Ciampa off Ziggler but Ziggler rolls to get a cover, TWO!! ANKLE LOCK!! And then a stepover! But Ciampa LEG LARIAT LEAPFROGS! Cover, TWO!!
Ciampa is beside himself, but he stomps Ziggler in frustration. Ziggler gets to a corner, Ciampa CHOPS him! Ciampa puts the leg on the ropes to drop a knee on the knee! Ziggler writhes but Ciampa hoists him up top. Ciampa CHOPS Ziggler, climbs up after him, but Ziggler fights. Ciampa fireman’s carries for a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, GABLE DIVING HEADBUTTS!! All three men are down but fans rally up. Gable and Ciampa rise. They throw haymakers, then CHOPS! Throat chop from Gable but Ciampa still ducks around, ripcord ROLLING ELBOW! Then the- NO, Gable dodges the knee to CHAOS- ZIGZAG!!! Cover on Gable, TWO!!!
Ziggler crawls around, Ciampa rolls away to ropes, and Gable crawls to the corner. Fans rally up, Ziggler and Gable stand up, and Gable runs in. Ziggler TOSSES Gable out, but Ciampa O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Ziggler has the tights! TWO!! Ciampa kicks low, reels Ziggler in, but Ziggler slips out to SUPERKICK! But Gable TOSSES Ziggler now! Cover on Ciampa, but Ziggler drags Gable out in time! Ciampa KNEES Ziggler off the apron! But Gable backslides Ciampa! TWO!! PSYCHO KNEE! And into the underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall (advances to the #1 contender’s match)
The Psycho Killer puts away Master Gable, and now he faces the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Who wins that shot at the All Mighty US Champion?
Edge is here!
And on this day, he sees clearly! Yes, the Rated R Superstar is back to his old self again! Edge gets a mic as fans cheer him on, and he says, “Houston, thank you for that. Because to be fair, for the last few months, I’ve been a bit of an a-hole. But that all changes now, because now, we both get what we want. I’ll keep this real simple. I created Judgement Day with the thought that I was gonna help underutilized talent to realize their full potential. That maybe I could pass on some knowledge that I’ve accumulated over my 30 year career to Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley. Yeah, let ’em know.” Fans boo and Edge says he has to be honest, they were just getting started.
But apparently, that first taste of power clouded their judgment, They thought they learned all there was to learn. But they were wrong! TO be fair, along with Finn Balor, they pulled one over on him. He didn’t see that coming, and that is rare. But if you witnessed SummerSlam, you saw Edge pull himself out of the Hell they put him in! “And now it’s time to kill what I created. FINN! DAMIAN! RHEA! I am going to END Judgement Day!” Short and sweet, just as he said! Will the Rated R Superstar eradicate of the Prince, the Punisher and the Eradicator?
The Mysterios prepare backstage.
Father and son are ready, but Kevin Patrick walks in to first congratulate them on their win against The Judgement Day at SummerSlam, and then ask them about tonight’s tag title match. Rey says the shift in focus is possible because The Judgement Day are in their rearview. The Judgement Day has Edge to worry about. And Rey and Edge go way back, so they have no idea how much of a savage Edge can be. IN fact, Rey & Edge were once tag team champions. That is a bond that lasts forever, and Rey can’t thank Edge enough in helping Rey & Dom avenge themselves and their familia.
But as far as tonight goes, they’re about one thing and one thing only: Defeating the Usos and becoming the UNDISPUTED WWE Tag Team Champions! Here, Houston, VIVA MI RAZA! Dom and Rey are fired up, will the lucha libre lineage be the first-ever TWO-TIME father-son tag team champions?
Backstage interview with Bayley, Kai & Sky.
Sarah wants to bring up SummerSlam but Bayley cuts her off. They’re not talking about Bianca or Becky, are they? They’re talking about Kai, Sky and Bayley! Yes, Sarah is supposed to ask questions, but Bayley asks us, “What did you expect?” Have we not been watching the same show she’s been watching? These idiots have been on a downward spiral ever since Bayley left, so she took it as a cry for help. The WWE needed the Role Model, so she outsourced to two of the very best, who have waited far too long for this moment!
Kai says they know how to play the game. They know what they want and how to get there, and soon, they will be in full control. Sky says in Japanese and English, “Bianca, see you out there.”
Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky!
The RawEST Women’s Champion respects Becky, so that is why it set her off that Bayley, Kai & Sky would disrespect Becky and attack her backstage. Will Bianca get some semblance of revenge by taking out the Evil Genius? Or is this just the start of the takeover?
The bell rings and Bianca and Sky rush in! Bianca RAMS Sky to a corner, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Bianca lets off to RAM into Sky with more shoulders. Sky shoves Bianca away but Bianca comes back, throwing off the earrings. Bianca whips, Sky reverses but Bianca goes up and over! Bianca eggs Sky on then dropkicks her down! Bianca kips up and fans fire up, but Sky puts Bianca on the apron. Sky ducks the haymaker to HOTSHOT! Sky then goes out to the apron for an ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and the Evil Genius is all smiles as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca fights a chinlock. Bianca scoops and SLAMS Sky, goes to a corner, and she dodges Sky as she runs in. Bianca ROCKS Sky, jumps in and runs Sky over! Bianca rallies, dropkicks then kips up! Fans fire up with Bianca and she gets Sky for a chicken wing! But Sky victory rolls through to put Bianca on ropes! Sky runs in, DOUBLJ EKENES to the back! Bianca is down, Sky has her in the corner and stomps a mudhole in! Sky digs both boots in, then SWINGING KNEES her down! Cocky cover, TWO! Sky keeps on Bianca with forearms, but Bianca shoves her away. Sky catches the haymaker for a takedown!
Sky has a modified facelock but Bianca endures. Bianca drags Sky up but Sky uses that to hit a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Sky grows frustrated but this is why Bianca is the toughEST. Sky goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls through, brings her up, and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Fans fire up as Bianca grits her teeth and gets back up. Bianca drags Sky up with the chicken wings, to then GlamEST SLAM! And the HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca is surprised but this is why Sky got all the NXT Women’s Championships. Bianca brings Sky up, Sky fires shots, but Bianca scoop SLAMS!
Bianca hurries up the corner, but of course, Bayley and Kai appear from the crowd side. Bianca is annoyed, but Sky SHOTEIS her in the distraction! Sky goes up after Bianca, fires off shots, then brings Bianca in, for a SUPER STEINER! Bianca goes flying and Sky covers, TWO! Bayley and Kai coach Sky, she still has control. Bianca is at the ropes and Sky runs in. Bianca elbows her away, suplexes, but Sky cradle counters! TWO and Bianca deadlifts Sky for a suplex SLAM! Fans fire up while both women are down! Bianca drags Sky up, torture racks, but Sky kicks and lands on her feet! Sky dumps Bianca out to the apron!
Bianca ROCKS Sky first, drags Sky up, but Sky climbs to the ropes. Bianca kicks but Sky blocks to CLUB the leg! But Bianca waistlocks! Sky holds onto the ropes to deny the suplex! Sky elbows free, RANAS, but Bianca blocks! Bianca SWINGS Sky into barriers! Bayley and Kai look worried but the ref has them stay back. Bianca drags Sky up, but then Bayley and Kai block the way to the ring. The ref reprimands, fans boo, but here come Alexa and Asuka! They want payback on Bayley and her pals! Fans fire up as Raw goes picture in picture.
Kai and Bayley talk smack on Asuka and Alexa, the ref warns everyone not to get into it, and Bianca mocks Bayley as a chicken! Bawk bawk! Asuka and Alexa join in, then Bianca puts Sky in the ring. Cover, TWO! Bianca is annoyed, especially with Sky bailing out of the ring. Kai and Bayley coach Sky up but Bianca goes out after her! Sky kicks Bianca, and again, and again and again! Bianca kicks back, Sky BOOTS her, but Bianca SMACKS Sky off the desk! Sky flounders, Bianca hauls her up and whips, but Sky reverses! Bianca hits steel steps and Bayley is fired up! Sky soaks up the heat while Kay and Bayley taunt Bianca.
The ring count climbs but Bianca is back in at 8! Sky is annoyed but she and Bianca meet at the center. Bianca throws a forearm but Sky gives it back. Bianca hits another forearm but Sky gives it back. Bianca forearms, gets the edge and she rains down on Sky! Asuka and Alexa fire up while Kay and Bayley freak out! Sky hits Bianca back with the same furious fists! Sky stomps Bianca, staggers around then falls over! Bianca drags herself up with the ropes, drags Sky up and around, then TOSSES her to a corner! Sky flounders and Bianca storms over. Bianca drags Sky up top now, climbs up after her, and CLUBS away as fans rally.
Sky throws body shots, Bianca throws more hands, and Raw returns to single picture as they brawl up top! Fans fire up as Bianca has Sky for a SPIDER SUPERPLEX! Bianca then sits back up to roll off and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bayley and Kai are relieved but Asuka and Alexa coach Bianca. Bianca hurries to get Sky back from the ropes. Sky hops up but Bianca ducks the enziguri to deadlift waistlock! But Sky fights the suplex! Sky throws elbows, then wheelbarrows to STOMP 182! Fans fire up as Bianca goes to a corner and Sky grins. Sky runs in corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! The bullet train arrives at the station!
Sky digs her boots into Bianca, the ref counts, Sky swings but into a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca drags Sky around to a drop zone, to run and HANDSPRING MOONSAULT onto knees! Sky won’t let the same move hit twice! Bayley says she told us, Sky’s the best! Fans fire up as both women rise. Sky reels Bianca in but Bianca ROCKS her with a right! Bianca runs, Sky blocks the ref from seeing Bayley trip Bianca up! Bianca turns around, blocks the kick and waistlocks, but Sky elbows the O’Conner away. Sky ducks the boot, rolls Bianca, feet on ropes, Alexa pushes those off! Bianca is free, Asuka and Sky shout at each other in Japanese!
Bayley and Kai shout at the ref, too, but Alexa and Asuka shout at them! Sky gets away to her side, Bianca backs down to hers, and the others BRAWL! Fans fire up, the ref rings the bell!
Bianca and Sky brawl now, Asuka POP-UP KNEES Bayley! Alexa gest a BOOT from Dakota but she ROCKS Dakota with a right! Asuka keeps on Bayley, Bianca is after Sky, Alexa and Bayley fight now, and the refs and officials rush out! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but the six women are separated! Bayley’s trio regroups and retreats, and Bayley warns Bianca, Asuka and Alexa to stay out of their way! What will it take for the EST, the Empress and the Fury to get even with the Role Model and her new followers?
The Miz gives Ciampa a pep talk.
The US Championship’s legacy is highlighted by Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, The Miz himself, and now Ciampa! But Kevin Patrick walks over to ask them about how things didn’t go Miz’s way against Logan Paul, or in his Triple Threat tonight. But Ciampa- Oh, what part didn’t go his way? Miz got cheated against Logan Paul! A formidable fighter? Sure. An incredible athlete? Yeah. But the WWE is not a playground for an entitled YouTuber to cash a paycheck. Miz had Logan where he wanted him, he had Logan’s moveset dissected and beat. But then Styles blindsided Ciampa like the coward he ism, helping Logan get a tainted victory.
Now why would Styles do that? Was Styles the one training Logan just to beat Miz? Those are the questions we should be asking, but for tonight, Ciampa will make Styles realize he chose the wrong side. Ciampa used to respect Styles and his accomplishments, both before the WWE and coming to the WWE. But Styles chose to support a social media influencer who makes a mockery of their home! So tonight, when Ciampa crushes Styles’ dreams, it will be that much more satisfying.
Miz says to look at the passion and devotion in those eyes. Ciampa may have not helped Miz win at SummerSlam, but Miz will help Ciampa become the next elite WWE Superstar! Under Miz’s tutelage, we are looking at the NEXT WWE US Champion! Will the Hollywood A-Lister make all of Ciampa’s WWE dreams come true?
Booker T joins commentary!
Houston’s own is here! The host of the new WWE Smack Talk on A&E is ready to see a phenomenal match!
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!
The bell rings and Styles stares Ciampa down. They circle, feel out the knuckle lock, and they go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. Ciampa slips around, headlocks, and he grinds Styles down. Fans still taunt Miz over “TINY BALLS!” but Styles endures the headlock. Styles fights up, powers out, but Ciampa runs him over! Miz says that’s what happens! Ciampa stomps Styles in the corner, lets off as the ref counts 4, then Ciampa drags Styles up. Ciampa headlocks and grinds Styles again but Styles still endures. Styles fights up, Ciampa CLUBS him and whips him, but Styles ducks and scoops to a BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up and Styles drags Ciampa up for another BACKBREAKER! Ciampa writhes but Styles clutches a shoulder. Styles drags Ciampa up as fans rally behind him. Styles suplexes but Ciampa slips out. Ciampa whips Styles and POSTS him! Miz mocks Styles but the ref tells him to back off. Miz lets off so Ciampa can drag Styles further out, to BOOT into the post! Then KNEE Styles at the apron! Ciampa gets in, drags Styles to a cover, TWO! Ciampa keeps cool, drags Styles up, but Styles fires off forearms! Ciampa hits back, Styles hits back, Ciampa BOOTS, then he avoids the Pele! To leap frog, only for Styles to slip out!
Styles hits a BACKBREKER to COMPLETE SHOT! Ciampa bails out and Miz checks him. HIs eye is alright, but here comes Styles! Miz delays Styles as Ciampa gets in the ring. Styles still dodges Ciampa, then hurdles, drops down and DROPKICKS! Ciampa bails out, Styles aims, SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Down goes Ciampa at the ramp and fans fire up! Styles dares Miz to make a move but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and both men are down. Fans rally up, Miz tells the fans to shut up about Styles, but Styles and Ciampa get up. They start firing off hands, Styles hits the Phenomenal Blitz! And SLIDING LAIRAT! Ciampa scrambles to a corner but Styles runs in, to clothesline! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Then a wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ciampa survives and Miz is relieved. Fans rally, Styles drags Miz up, and he wants the Clash! But Ciampa fights that, wrenches out, waistlocks, ripcords, ROLLING ELBOW! Then a BOOT! Then the LEAP FROG LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Miz can’t believe it!
Ciampa snarls and aims at Styles, bringing down the kneepad! Styles sits up, Ciampa runs in, but Styles dodges! Roll up, TWO, into the STYLES- NO, Ciampa kicks free of the Clash! Ciampa runs in but into a BOOT! Styles snap suplexes Ciampa into buckles! Miz worries about Ciampa and the ref checks both men. Ciampa and Styles stir, and Styles drags himself up the ropes. Styles sees Ciampa in the corner and runs in at him, but Ciampa puts Styles outside! Styles ROCKS Ciampa so hard, he almost fall s in! Styles resets on the apron, springboards, but into a JUMP KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Styles survive and Miz is freaking out!
Ciampa gets Styles up, for a PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Ciampa is shocked now! Miz is beside himself over that one, but Ciampa gets back up. Ciampa stalks Styles to a corner, stands him up and CHOPS him! Ciampa gets in Styles’ face, “This is MINE! I deserve it!” Ciampa puts Styles up, CHOPS him again and again and again! Styles dangles off the top, but he HEADBUTTS Ciampa again and again and again! Ciampa ROCKS Styles, steadies himself, then goes up top. Ciampa fireman’s carries! But Styles fights to sunset flip! Ciampa holds the ropes but Styles gets him in position! STYLES CLASH!!! But Styles can’t make the cover!
Styles drags Ciampa away, covers, but Miz sneaks Ciampa’s foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak and nothing else! Fans boo but Miz keeps his promise of helping Ciampa. But Styles puts two and two together and he CLOBBERS Miz! Ciampa POSTS Styles! And then TOSSES him over the barriers! The ring count is climbing, Ciampa hurries to get back in the ring! The count is 5 of 10 as Styles stands, but Miz anchors Styles behind the barrier! The ref can’t see that! Styles kicks Miz away, hurries over, 9.9!! PSYCHO KNEE!! And then the underhooks, for the FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
Miz celebrates with his guy, because they beat Styles for this opportunity! Will Miz help Ciampa do this to Lashley, too? Speaking of…
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.
The All Mighty leaves Austin Theory behind, and now has Ciampa coming next week. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Lashley wants to defend this title every week because he lives for this. Ciampa proved he is a brawler, he is tough and hungry, and that makes him dangerous. Especially with that conniving Miz in his corner. But Lashley will defeat anyone, anywhere, any time! He’s bringing respect back tot his title. Lashley humbled Theory, and he will give Ciampa a reality check by putting him in the Hurt Lock. Will the All Mighty make Ciampa and Miz pay for their plotting and scheming?
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Mysterios!
For Jimmy & Jey, their current title reign started with beating Rey & Dominik to become SmackDown Tag Team Champions. And now, the Usos could beat the Mysterios again to keep that reign going! Will history repeat itself as the Bloodline beats the father and son of lucha libre? Or will Rey & Dom prove the last 379 days have made them stronger than ever?
The introductions are made, one red and blue belt each are raised, and we see if this comes full circle, or if the Usos just keep going and going!
The teams sort out and Rey starts with Jey. They circle, tie up, and Rey headlocks. Jey powers out, Rey slides under but Jey clamps on to whip. Rey goes up and over in the corner, keeps moving, but Jey sends Rey sliding out! But Rey rolls to his feet! Jey comes out, Rey alley-oops then mule kicks! Rey gest in, but he dumps Jimmy out! Tag to Dom and he goes up to SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go the Usos and fans fire up with the Mysterios! Raw goes picture in picture as the Usos regroup.
Jey gets back up, Rey tags back in, and Rey hurries to fetch Jey into the ring. Rey slingshots to leg drop! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps on Jey and RAMS him into the corner. Rey climbs up and rains down fists! Rey gets about 10, then gives us Latino Heat. Rey goes out, ROCKS Jey away from the corner, then goes up the corner, but Jey SUPERKICKS Rey’s legs out! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Jey stomps a mudhole into him! The ref counts, Jey lets off and Rey flops out of the Tree. JEy drags Rey to the corner, tag to Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Rey’s arm! Jimmy stomps Rey’s ribs, then stomps him again! Jimmy paces around while Dom coaches Rey up.
Rey gets to ropes, Jimmy CHOKES him on the ropes, but he lets off at 4. Jey gest a cheap shot in! Dom protests but Jimmy drags Rey to the corner. Tag to Jey and Jimmy taunts Dom while the Usos SPLIT THE WISHBONE! Rey writhes and bails out to the apron. Rey gets back in but Jey drags Rey up to RAM into him. Jey RAMS into Rey more, then tags Jimmy. Jey trips Rey, Jimmy gets the other leg, they SPLIT THE WISHBONE again! Rey writhes and Jimmy taunts him. Jimmy stomps Rey’s arm and Rey flounders to the ropes. Jimmy stretches Rey against the ropes, fishhooks the face, but lets off as the ref counts 4.
Jey talks trash, Jimmy brings Rey around, but Rey fires off hands on the Usos! Rey backs Jimmy down but Jimmy shoves him away, to DECK him with an uppercut! Raw returns to single picture as Jimmy covers, TWO! Jimmy has Rey in an open corner to CHOP! Jimmy whips corner to corner hard, and Rey bounces off buckles! Jimmy puts Rey in the corner, drags him up to snapmare, then clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Rey endures and Rey fights up. Rey reaches out, throws elbows and then a JAWBREAKER! Jey tags in and he CLUBS Rey down! Jey drags Rey away from Dom then taunts Dom.
Jey storms over to Rey, scoops and BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps Rey from Dom, has him in an open corner, and he DECKS Rey with a right. Jey backs off to raise the finger, #WeTheOnes. “UCE! SO!” HIP ATTACK! Jey drags Rey to a cover, TWO! Rey is still in this but Jey tags Jimmy. Jimmy stalks Rey to the other open corner, stands him up, but Rey counter punches! And again! Jimmy shoves Rey but Rey BOOTS! And elbows! And goes up to RANA Jimmy into the POST! Fans fire up while Rey and Jimmy are down! Rey hurries, hot tag to Dom! Dom is up top to CROSSBODY again! Dom fires off forearms then whips.
Jimmy reverses but Dom LARIATS! And elbows! Jey jumps in but Dom gives him a NECKBREAKER! Dom dodges Jimmy, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dom gets Jimmy up but Jimmy ROCKS Dom first! Jimmy whips Dom but Dom kicks back! Dom then runs to SLING-DOG! Dom waits on Jimmy to get up and he SHOTGUNS Jimmy onto ropes! Dom dials it up but Jimmy dodges! Dom resets to slingshot, PLANCHA but both Usos catch him! Then they POST him! Dom is down, Rey rushes over but the damage is down while Raw goes picture in picture.
The Usos loom over Dom, Jimmy gets back in the ring, and Rey coaches Dom up. The ring count is already 6 of 10, but Dom is still down. Dom gets up at 8, then in at 9! Jimmy is there and he brings Dom up to HEADBUTT! Dom staggers to the Uso cover, tag to Jey. Jimmy scoops Dom to BACKBREKER, Jey is up top for the AX HANDLE! Dom writhes but Jey stares Rey down. The ref keeps Rey back, and Jey drags Dom up to DECK with the uppercut! Dom flounders away but Jey stalks him to ropes. Jey CHOKES Dom, CLUBS Dom, then elts off at 4. And Jimmy gets a cheap shot in! Rey protests but Jey stalks Dom to ropes.
Dom gets up slowly but Jey swings. Dom counter punches! And then throws haymakers on Jey! Jey keeps Dom from Rey with a wristlock, but they’re so close! Jey whips Dom into the Uso corner hard and Dom falls to the mat! Jey looms over Dom again, drags him up and he taunts Rey, but Dom counter punches again! And again! And again! Jey DECKS Dom again! Jey tags Jimmy, Jimmy drags Dom up, and Jimmy puts Dom in the corner. Jimmy ROCKS Dom with an uppercut, then keeps him in the corner to ROCK again! Dom staggers and Jimmy follows after. Jimmy puts Dom in a corner, puts him up top and ROCKS him again.
Raw returns to single picture and Jimmy climbs up after Dom. Jimmy fireman’s carries, but Dom fights with elbows! Fans fire up, Dom pushes Jimmy down to TORNADO DDT! Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Rey! Rey dodges, ducks, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Jey flounders, Rey runs and WRECKS Jimmy with a dropkick! Rey runs at Jey but is put on the apron Rey shoulder sin, GAMANGIRIS and Jey staggers away. Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, he SPRINGBOARD- SUPERKICK!! Jey intercepts, covers, TWO!! Rey survives but Jey keeps cool.
Fans rally, Jey tags Jimmy, and the Usos watch Rey get up. ONE AND- RANA!! Rey ducks Jimmy to ENZIGURI! Jimmy ends up on ropes! Tag to Dom, the Mysterios dial it up together, DOUBLE 619!! Dom goes up, Latino Heat, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Jey breaks it in time!! Fans can’t believe it but Jey saves his team! Rey gets in to drag Jey up and toss him out. But Jey drags Rey out with him! Jey scoops Rey, but Rey slips off! Jey SUPERKICKS Rey down! Dom DIVES to take out Jey! Dom hurries back to the ring, gets up the corner, but Jimmy UPPERCUTS him! Jimmy throws haymakers on Dom, then climbs up.
Jimmy brings Dom up to the very top, but Dom fights with body shots! Dom stands on the post to ROCK Jimmy! Jimmy falls! Dom adjusts, FROG- NO, Jimmy moves! Dom gets up to dropkick! Jimmy is on the ropes but Jey tags in! Dom dials up, into a ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, the Usos wins!!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Mysterios were close but close isn’t enough to stop the Bloodline! But wait, the Judgement Day jumps the Mysterios! They’re not done with Rey or Dom by a long shot! Damian and Finn stomp Rey while Rhea uses a HANGING HEADSCISSOR to choke Dom! Fans chant for him, and here comes EDGE! Edge rushes in, dodges Priest and DECKS Finn! Priest and Edge fire of hand, Edge LARIAT Priest out! Then IMPALER for Finn!! Fans are thunderous as the Rated R Superstar wrecks Judgement Day!
But he isn’t done yet! Edge aims, but Rhea shoves Dom in front of the SPEAR!! Rhea laughs as she and Judgement Day run away into the night! Dom writhes while the medics check on him. Is nothing done until the Judgement Day says it’s done?
A pretty awesome Raw to follow up an awesome SummerSlam! So jam-packed, but full of stuff that not only entertains but progresses stories. Great stuff for the WWE United States Championship to really pump it and the midcard up. I would’ve thought one giant Six Man with all those contenders would’ve been good enough, but getting two separate Triple Threats and then the 1v1 match was great to give everyone time to shine, and to fill out the three hour requirement. Great to see that we got Styles VS Ciampa out of this, and of course Miz helps Ciampa win, but that’s definitely a fitting move in this story. Lashley VS Ciampa next week will also be in Cleveland, Miz’s hometown, you can beat Miz will do everything he can to help Ciampa against Lashley, and who knows which way it goes.
A big bummer Becky Lynch hurt her shoulder at SummerSlam, but we still got awesome stuff out of the Raw Women’s Division. Bianca still has allies against Bayley, Kai & Sky with Alexa Bliss and Asuka also being targets of the new faction. Even before the attack, Alexa VS Asuka was getting all sorts of stuff in. Then Bianca VS Sky was awesome match, though of course Bayley and Kai showed up, prompting Alexa and Asuka to be on Team EST. While another No Contest finish to a women’s match is a bit much, at least it was with an awesome brawl. A Six Woman Tag has to happen now, and then we see if Bianca VS Bayley for the title happens at Clash at the Castle.
We got a great promo from Rollins and the Profits, and then an awesome match out of Rollins VS Ford to show everyone that Ford is ready to go solo. Dawkins did defend Ford, but who knows how this settles out. Edge delivered his promo perfectly but I’m a little surprised he just reset to Rated R Superstar. I was expecting a hybrid of all his personas, but I guess it was just easier for everyone if he was the previous iteration. And while he calls out Judgement Day, clearly Judgement Day still wants after Mysterios. We got an awesome tag title match out of Usos VS Mysterios, but of course Usos win. Mysterios then get mugged by Judgement Day, Edge tries to help but Dom takes the worst hit. I might have called it at SummerSlam: Dom goes down, Rey & Edge reunite!
My Score: 8.9/10
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