The August 19 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1369 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler
ZIG-ZAG ON THE FLOOR.— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
This match between @HEELZiggler and @WWERomanReigns has gotten off to a CHAOTIC start on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/cXhuTxb8AE
Roman Reigns came to the ring for his match against Dolph Ziggler, but of course, Ziggler had to get the attention on him as early as possible.
Ziggler went on (yet another) rant about how terrible things have been for him lately, and he didn’t deserve it because Roman Reigns might be the Big Dog, but it should’ve been him. And then superkicked Roman Reigns in the face.
The crowd absolutely erupted in boos as Roman Reigns hit the mat. The bell rang and Dolph Ziggler did his best to continue the momentum he had built by ambushing Reigns, throwing him out of the ring for a Zigzag.
Back from commercial and back in the ring, Roman Reigns bought himself some time by getting Ziggler out of it. Once he had taken a moment to gather himself, he went straight for Ziggler, pummeling him outside of the ring before throwing him into it for more.
Ziggler came back with a brutal DDT and got a near fall, but Reigns powered out. Using Reigns’ momentum against him to put him into a ring post and then hitting a Zigzag, Ziggler thought he had the win in the bag, but again, Reigns kicked out.
Ziggler went for another superkick, but Reigns dodged, responding with a Superman Punch, which gained him a near fall. Roman revved up for the spear, which Dolph caught with a Famouser.
Again, Dolph thought he had the match won, but Roman Reigns came back with one last spear, keeping Dolph down at last and taking the victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
King’s Court: Sasha Banks
YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THE FIEND.#RAW @WWEBrayWyatt pic.twitter.com/EblQxTlv5H— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
Before Jerry Lawler made his way to the ring, Becky Lynch was shown backstage. The Man was given a chance to express her feelings toward Sasha Banks and she did not disappoint.
Lynch tore into Banks, saying that while she was on a 4-month vacation, The Man was dominating the women’s division, becoming a worldwide phenomenon and achieving the dream that The Boss never could.
After Becky’s fiery promo, The King’s Court began, but before welcoming his guest for the evening, Jerry Lawler promoted the 2019 King of the Ring Tournament, which began later in the evening and features a bracket of 16 stellar Superstars.
He began to give his predictions for the tournament when the lights began to flicker. Having seen what was coming before, Jerry Lawler made a run for it, but The Fiend was watching, catching Lawler on the stage and laying him out with a Mandible Claw.
Ricochet and The Miz vs. Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre
#SuperheroesAreReal.#RAW @KingRicochet pic.twitter.com/67NuUJRI2N— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
Though these men will have to wait until next week for their official King of the Ring matches (Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre and The Miz vs. Baron Corbin), they took advantage of the opportunity to get ahead in their respective matches by teaming up to take on their tournament opponents.
Ricochet and The Miz started off like they have been a tag team for years, working together to easily take the upper hand over Corbin and McIntyre. However, back from commercial, it was a completely different story.
Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre had The Miz in their corner, beating him down while keeping him away from his tag partner. When Miz finally escaped to his corner and tagged in Ricochet, Ricochet flew into the ring at full speed, quickly gaining a near fall against Baron Corbin.
After the second near fall, Drew McIntyre had gotten his feet back under him and lept in to break it up. The Miz hit McIntyre with a Skull Crushing Finale, but Baron Corbin was the legal competitor at the time.
Miz and McIntyre rolled out, leaving Ricochet to catch a Deep Six from Corbin, but Ricochet broke out of the pin. Ricochet came back with his Recoil, this time keeping Corbin down.
AJ Styles vs. Braun Strowman
United States Championship Match
Think @BraunStrowman just saw a fly… #RAW #USTitle pic.twitter.com/MshBhvF2B5— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
After Braun Strowman derailed Styles’ and The OC’s attempt to beat down Seth Rollins and Ricochet last week, Styles let his feelings get the better of him and challenged The Monster to a championship match.
Styles tried to gain control early in the match, but nothing he threw at Strowman seemed to affect the Monster in the slightest. And even Styles’ insurance policy, Gallows and Anderson, couldn’t protect him, as they were obviously afraid of Strowman.
Or so they seemed. Though they avoided Braun at first, they eventually caused a disqualification by attacking him. And together, they were able to overtake Strowman. Until, repaying Braun’s kindness from last week, Seth Rollins ran down to make the save, chasing off The OC and standing tall with Strowman.
Post-match, Rollins caught up with Strowman backstage. The champ said he knew where they were headed – a Universal Championship match. But before that, they needed to take down their common enemy in The OC. Rollins proposed a Raw Tag Team Championship Match later in the evening and ran off to try to get it for them.
Winner: Braun Strowman (via disqualification)
Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro
King of the Ring Tournament: Round 1
ANOTHER ONE.#RAW #KingOfTheRing @WWECesaro pic.twitter.com/9Zs5RVcdjP— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
Wasting no time in getting to the action, Cesaro sprinted toward Samoa Joe, uppercutting him as the opening bell rang. Samoa Joe responded with a takedown of his own before avoiding the swing, kicking Cesaro in the side of the head and out of the ring.
Cesaro and Joe traded strikes until Joe put Cesaro down with a lariat. Joe tried to follow up with a senton, but Cesaro rolled out of the way, sending Joe crashing into the mat. Cesaro took the opportunity to hit Joe with a series of strikes and a suplex, but couldn’t keep Joe down.
Though Joe resisted, Cesaro continued his attempts to bring down the Samoan Destroyer and was eventually caught with a urinage. Cesaro swung Joe, went for a submission and then a Neutralizer, but Joe escaped both, trapping Cesaro in the devastating Coquina Clutch, and tapping him out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
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Elias’ Final Performance
It’s going to take a lot more to take that #247Championship from @IAmEliasWWE… #RAW pic.twitter.com/pMmECJmWR8— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
Over the weekend, Drake Maverick made repeated attempts to take the 24/7 Championship from Elias. And though he was unable to do so, Elias had realized that it was just too dangerous for him to make weekly appearances being the 24/7 champ, so tonight would be his final performance.
Unfortunately for Elias, as he started his song, there were multiple technical issues and his guitar was out of tune. Angry that all of these errors could slip through, he demanded his backup guitar.
The man bringing it to him turned out to be R-Truth, followed by a referee. However, Truth failed to capture the championship, as Elias slipped out of the ring and ran off before Truth could smash the guitar over his back.
The Son of Mysterio
It ain’t time to hang up the mask yet, @reymysterio, because you have a SON to team with in the ring! #RAW #ThankYouDominick pic.twitter.com/soqG0l5ONk— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
In an interview with Charly Caruso, Rey Mysterio spoke about how disappointed he was in himself after losing to Andrade last week. He had decided that his decades of in-ring competition had finally caught up to him and it was time to hang up the boots.
He went to remove his mask, a symbol of retirement in the Lucha community, when his son Dominick stopped him. Dominick said that he couldn’t stand to see his father retire in shame like this, and asked that he stay so he could fulfill his dream of teaming with his hero. Mysterio agreed, and the two hugged it out to close the segment.
The New Day vs. The Revival
This just took a sinister turn.#RAW @RandyOrton @ScottDawsonWWE @DashWilderWWE pic.twitter.com/chgcTjZOFx— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
In snazzy new snakeskin boots, courtesy of The Viper (get it?), Randy Orton, The Revival came to the ring to put those boots to The New Day. But their fancy shoes did little to stop Woods and E from taking control.
In fact, Dash and Dawson never did get any real offense against The New Day, and Big E was closing in on the victory when he was caught with an RKO outta nowhere from Randy Orton.
Kofi Kingston saw the attack and ran down to stop any further punishment to his teammates, but was quickly laid out by Orton.
Then, while Randy Orton forced Kofi Kingston to watch, The Revival “broke” Xavier Woods’ leg. Woods screamed in agony as Kofi howled with anger – all while Orton, Dawson, and Dash laughed at their prey.
Winner: The New Day (via disqualification)
The Boss Speaks
You want @SashaBanksWWE to explain her actions from last week?— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
BLUE IS HER COLOR, @MichaelCole. #RAW pic.twitter.com/0rJQ7qRMjk
Hoping to get some answers from The Boss regarding her attack on Natalya and Becky Lynch last week, Michael Cole interviewed Sasha Banks. But the new Sasha Banks isn’t a woman of many words, and after informing Cole that she had discovered that blue was her color, the only thing she had to say was “you’re welcome.”
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose
Goddess meets #GodsGreatestCreation.#RAW @WWE_MandyRose pic.twitter.com/EdEEMjWMvD— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
Nikki Cross started off against Sonya Deville, and when she thought he had sufficiently worn Sonya down, Nikki tagged in her partner, Alexa Bliss. Unfortunately for Alexa, Nikki was mistaken, and Sonya and Mandy used double team tactics to beat down Bliss.
Nikki Cross did not appreciate this one bit, and again took Rose down a peg when she had a moment in the ring, but Mandy hit Bliss with a vicious knee as soon as she was back in.
Nikki tagged in one more time, hitting Sonya Deville with her deadly swinging neckbreaker, and taking the victory.
Winner: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss
Sami Zayn vs. Cedric Alexander
King of the Ring Tournament: Round 1
Becoming #KingOfTheRing requires pulling out ALL the stops.#RAW @SamiZayn @CedricAlexander pic.twitter.com/5l4ctQexBS— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
After pausing to pose with the throne, Sami Zayn skanked his way to the ring for his match against Cedric Alexander. Similar to the first tournament match, these two sped straight into the action, each just as determined as his opponent to become King.
Sami Zayn gained steam quickly, but Cedric Alexander was just a little bit better, throwing a series of hard-hitting moves at Zayn before finishing with a lumbar check, winning the match and advancing in the tournament.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
The Boss is Back and More Ruthless Than Ever
This is a whole, new side of @SashaBanksWWE. #Raw pic.twitter.com/TuDMR6uZsP— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019
Natalya was shown backstage, even more “injured” than she was last week, and spoke about Sasha Banks’ heartless attack on her as she mourned the one-year anniversary of her father’s death.
And The Boss apparently doesn’t regret her actions whatsoever, because she attacked Natalya once again, shoving her into a metal crate and sending her crashing to the floor before telling her to go to hell.
Banks’ actions will no doubt catch up to her eventually, but for now, watching her blaze down the warpath is a great way to reintroduce The Boss.
The OC (c) vs. Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
#IgniteTheFire#RAW @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/Y79pXw2csD— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
Before the match, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman were already struggling to stay on the same page, but both vowed to try their best to keep it together to take down their common enemy.
Seth Rollins took on both Gallows and Anderson, and had an impressive showing for several minutes, but was ultimately stopped in his tracks by Gallows, who threw him bandaged midsection first into the barricade
Back from commercial, Rollins was fighting back in the ring, shoving Gallows from the barricade, but was hit with a spinebuster from Anderson while he was distracted.
Gallows and Anderson’s goal throughout the entire match was to keep Rollins in the ring, and therefore keep Strowman out. And to give themselves some extra assurance that this would happen, they rammed Strowman from the apron before refocusing on Rollins’ “injured” ribs.
To make matters worse for Rollins, every time he tried to make a comeback, he was stopped by Styles, who lurked at ringside. But just as Gallows and Anderson were stomping a mudhole in Rollins, Braun Strowman took out Styles and Gallows before officially tagging into the match.
Now the active competitor, Strowman was able to pin Karl Anderson while Seth Rollins Curb Stomped Styles, preventing him from interfering, allowing Strowman and Rollins to win the match and the Tag Team Championships.
Winner: Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins
Raw Results (August 19 2019)
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What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) August 20, 2019