The August 5 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 #1367 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Samoa Joe Demands an Apology
Samoa Joe opened the show by getting directly in the announcers’ faces, specifically Michael Cole, who Joe blamed for industriously spreading the false rumor that he was the one who attacked Roman Reigns last week on SmackDown Live.
Joe demanded that the footage from last week be shown, after which he pointed out that at no point did you see him, so no one had any right to accuse him.
But the main person he wanted an apology from was Roman Reigns himself. And he would sit and wait for Roman to arrive and shut the show down until Roman manned up and apologized for allowing anyone to blame Joe. Before Samoa Joe could continue much further, he was interrupted by Becky Lynch’s entrance.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya and Trish Stratus
The hostility between Natalya and Becky Lynch was evident before the match even began, the referee forced to restrain Natalya as she lunged toward Becky Lynch the moment she was in the ring.
In a switch up from the usual pre-PPV match, Becky and Charlotte teamed up to take on their respective Summerslam opponents rather than being forced to team up with their rivals.
To kick things off, Becky and Charlotte (sort of) teamed up against Natalya, Charlotte tagging herself in when she felt like Becky wasn’t doing maximum damage. After leveling Natalya with a big boot, Charlotte stared down Trish Stratus, her Summerslam opponent, while she pummeled Natalya even more.
Charlotte brutalized Natalya until Becky Lynch became bored with standing on the apron and tagged herself in. Annoyed that The Man disrespected her, Charlotte left her partner in the ring and walked back up the ramp.
Natalya trapped Becky Lynch in a Sharpshooter, and though Lynch didn’t tap out, Natalya refused to release the submission when Becky reached the ropes, so the referee stopped the match.
Post-match, Natalya still refused to release Becky from the submission, so Trish Stratus intervened – and was attacked by Natalya for her troubles.
As it was officially announced that the Summerslam match between Natalya and Becky Lynch will be a Submission Match, The Man certainly has her work cut out for her.
Winner: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair (via disqualification)
Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio
Right out of the gate, Andrade and Rey Mysterio took off at lightning speed. Andrade took the upper hand early on in this match, grounding Mysterio every time be started to gain steam, but Mysterio came back with a vengeance, throwing Andrade from the ring before diving into him and sunset flipping him into the barricade.
Back from commercial, Andrade had Mysterio on the top rope, but Mysterio reversed the attack, throwing Andrade to the mat with a hurricanrana instead.
From here, the tables turned in Mysterio’s favor, but no matter what he did, he couldn’t keep Andrade down. With an elbow and a double stomp, Andrade nearly took the victory, but only got a near fall.
Andrade powered up for a double knees attack in the corner, but again, Mysterio kicked out of the pin. Mysterio successfully hit a 619, but when he tried to follow up with a frog splash, he was distracted by Zelina.
This distraction gave Andrade enough time to return to his feet. Andrade went after Mysterio’s mask, which the referee put a stop to, but while he was focused on Andrade, Zelina slammed Mysterio into the middle ropes, setting Andrade up for his Hammerlock DDT and the win.
This match was awesome. Definitely go back and check it out if you missed it.
Mike and Maria Go to the Doctor
As planned, Maria Kanellis, alongside her husband Mike, kept her OBGYN appointment. Before going into the examination room, Maria gave Mike one job: protect her, their unborn baby, and the 24/7 title.
Once Maria was safely laid on her back on the doctor’s table, Mike pretended to hug her when really he was pinning her, as the doctor turned out to be a referee in disguise.
Knowing the amount of trouble he had surely gotten himself in, Mike made a break for it, sprinting out the door into the lobby – where R-Truth was waiting (also in disguise).
Truth threw a baby (doll) at Mike’s face, disorienting him enough for Truth to take the 24/7 Championship and run off with Carmella.
The Beast Returns to Raw
In the ring with his client, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman mockingly listed Seth Rollins’ self-proclaimed accolades before showing footage that illustrated who the real conquerer really is.
Brock Lesnar’s vicious attack on Seth Rollins last week on Raw was played nearly in full, reminding the WWE Universe just how severely their “Beastslayer” had been dominated.
Heyman then revealed that Seth Rollins had made the unwise decision to come to Pittsburgh, knowing that The Beast would be there waiting for him.
Armed with a steel chair, Seth Rollins hobbled his way down the ramp and into the ring – where Lesnar wrenched the steel chair from his grasp and beat him with it.
With a final F5, Lesnar relented and Rollins was down for good, but will no doubt still be making an attempt at defeating The Beast on Sunday.
Post-beatdown, Rollins grabbed a mic to give his thoughts on what had happened. He said he wondered whether all of the suffering he had to endure was worth it, but no matter how many times he got knocked down, the answer would always be yes. Therefore, he would be at Summerslam and he would beat Brock Lesnar.
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The Viking Raiders vs. Two Bros
The two members of The Viking Raiders, Erik and Ivar, took to the ring to continue along their path of destruction, ruthlessly demolishing two local competitors. These squash matches continue to be a ton of fun.
Winner: The Viking Raiders
Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander
Before going to the ring to call the match between Drew and Cedric, Kurt Angle had a fun moment with The Street Profits, who convinced him to share a milk with them, even though Angle promised his wife he wouldn’t get too crazy.
Sadly, before they were able to enjoy their delicious beverages, Drew McIntyre butted in, reminding Angle to call the match fairly unless he wanted his skull cracked open.
This turned out to be a useless threat, as the match never really got off the ground. Shortly after the bell rang, the action spilled out of the ring, and with Kurt Angle alone in the ring, the lights began to flicker.
The Fiend appeared through the darkness, gripping Kurt Angle in the Mandible Claw (which we hope is his permanent new finisher). With Angle unconscious on the mat, The Fiend broke out in hysterical laughter before everything went black again.
The New Day vs. The OC
This match was supposed to be Xavier Woods and Big E vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, but soon after the match began, AJ Styles interfered in the match, causing a disqualification, and The OC ganged up on Woods and E.
Ricochet ran down to save The New Day, and the match was restarted as a 6-man tag.
Taking the opportunity to wear down his Summerslam opponent ahead of Sunday, Ricochet went after AJ Styles to start the match, and when Styles became frustrated by his inability to keep Ricochet grounded, he tagged in Karl Anderson.
Big E took Ricochet’s place in the ring and was immediately brought over to the opposing corner by Luke Gallows, who clobbered Big E before handing the action back to Styles.
Eventually, Big E was able to escape and tagged in Xavier Woods. Things became chaotic at this point, each member of both teams trying to prevent the others from helping, but with a Magic Killer to Xavier Woods, The OC took the win.
Winner: The OC
Samoa Joe Comes for His Apology
As promised, Samoa Joe set up a chair in the ring and waited, not so patiently, for Roman Reigns to come down and apologize for wrongfully accusing him of attacking him with the lighting rig last week on SmackDown Live.
Eventually, Joe became fed up with waiting and disappeared to the parking lot to find The Big Dog. Samoa Joe stomped his way toward Roman Reigns’ approaching vehicle, but just as Roman was getting out to face his aggressor, he was forced to dive back in, as a car sped toward him, slamming into the side of his vehicle right where he had previously stood.
Turns out Joe is innocent(ish), after all.
In fact, Joe abandoned his menacing demeanor completely, nearly ripping the car door off the hinges as he attempted to check on his former adversary. Triple H himself came to Reigns’ rescue while Joe scanned the parking lot for the long-gone attacker.
The IIconics (c) vs. The Kabuki Warriors vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Fatal 4-Way Elimination Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Apparently not suffering from any mad cow bird flu or other injuries this week, The IIconics were put against not one, but three other tag teams, with their championships on the line.
Billie Kay and Peyton Royce dominated the competition for quite some time, working together to double team anyone who stepped in the ring with them. Unfortunately, this newfound aggression didn’t get them very far, as they were the first to be eliminated from the match, Mandy Rose pinning Billie Kay.
Back from commercial, the Kabuki Warriors took the lead, to the dismay of their opponents, who seemed to be doing everything they could to not be the one to face Asuka.
The Empress came close to eliminating Alexa Bliss, but Mandy Rose blind tagged Bliss before Asuka made the pin, taking Asuka by surprise. Mandy got a little too cocky and caught a knee to the face followed by the Asuka Lock, to which she tapped out.
After another commercial, Asuka had Nikki Cross in a submission hold and was doing her best to tap Cross out before she could reach the ropes. Asuka was unsuccessful, as Nikki pulled her into the corner where Alexa Bliss was waiting. Alexa and Nikki double-teamed Asuka momentarily, but Asuka overpowered them, reaching her corner and tagging in Kairi Sane.
Kairi stormed into the match guns blazing, flattening Alexa Bliss before tagging Asuka back in for some tandem offense on Nikki Cross. Sane set up for the Insane Elbow on Alexa Bliss, but Nikki Cross yanked her off the top rope, setting her up for a Twisted Bliss and making Alexa and Nikki Tag Team Champions.
Winner: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Contract Signing: The Miz and Dolph Ziggler
The trio once again in the ring, this time for a contract signing between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, Ziggler went straight to threatening Miz with defeat at Summerslam.
Miz responded by saying that he couldn’t be intimidated by bullies, and he certainly wasn’t afraid of Dolph, which he would prove in their match next week on Raw. A confused Dolph Ziggler stared at Miz as the A-Lister revealed that Dolph’s Summerslam match had never been against him. And it wasn’t against Shawn Michaels, either.
Goldberg’s music hit and sure enough, the Hall of Famer made his way to the ring to sign his half of the contract, then dropped the classic “YOU’RE NEXT” to Ziggler, who was running back up the ramp. Before he could make it to the back, however, he was hit with some Sweet Chin Music.
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