WWE RAW Results
August 6, 2018
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video lead us into the show.
A video kicks off the show highlighting what happened last week on RAW. At the start of the show, Brock Lesnar refused to appear before the crowd. RAW General Manager Kurt Angle threatened to fire Paul Heyman if Lesnar didn’t appear. Lesnar made it clear to Heyman that they are not friends and doesn’t care about him. At the end of the show, Angle went to fire Heyman, but stopped when Lesnar finally appeared live. Lesnar gave Angle and F5 before attacking Heyman and leaving him writhing in pain in the ring.
RAW General Manager Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring alongside Constable Baron Corbin. Angle says tonight will be an historic night because Ronda Rousey will make her RAW in-ring debut. Angle praises her for being a UFC superstar for always showing up, unlike Brock Lesnar. Corbin warns him. Angle says he has something to get off his chest. Angle is furious over being attacked. Since he’s a man of his word, because Lesnar appeared, Paul Heyman will keep his job and be interviewed later tonight by Renee Young.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes down to the mixed reception he normally gets. Reigns says he has a lot of respect for Angle, but he should have known better. If you kick the big dog out, who will protect the yard? No one. That’s why Lesnar rag dolled Angle last week. Corbin smiles. Reigns asks him what he’s smiling about since he did nothing and ran as soon as Lesnar looked at him. Angle interrupts and reiterates that he made sure that Lesnar wouldn’t get suspended. Reigns will face Lesnar at SummerSlam. Angle hopes he kicks Lesnar’s ass. Corbin scolds Angle for being unprofessional. Reigns again teases Corbin for running away. Corbin says he didn’t run away. He was just exhausted from beating little Finn Balor, a guy who has won the Universal Title, unlike Reigns. There was nothing he could do. Angle says he could have acted like a man. Corbin isn’t happy about it. Corbin asks if Angle is really an example of a man. Angle acts like he owns this show, but all he does is make matches. Stephanie McMahon hired him to watch Angle because he cannot be trusted. Angle says he does make the matches and sees a match right here. As a matter of fact, he wants a referee because Constable Corbin is taking on Roman Reigns right now! The crowd is very pleased with this.
Constable Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns
Corbin immediately gets a cheap shot, and the bell rings despite there not being a referee in the ring. Corbin talks a little trash, so Reigns surprises him with a Superman Punch for a near fall. Corbin quickly rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Reigns fight up from a rest hold only to take a clothesline from Corbin for a two count. Corbin gets Reigns in the corner and peppers him with some right hands to the midsection. Corbin then whips him hard to the corner, and Reigns collapses in pain. They take some time before any action happens again. Reigns connects with some right hands and hits the ropes, but Corbin takes him down with a back elbow for a two count. Corbin quickly goes to a head and arm lock. Reigns starts to fight up, but Corbin quickly slams him down. Corbin stands over him and does nothing. Corbin hits some elbows to the head and reapplies the head and arm lock. Reigns eventually fights up and punches out. Reigns hits the ropes, and Corbin lowers his head and eats a kick. They botch a clothesline before Reigns connects with two. Corbin ducks a leaping clothesline, but Reigns clotheslines him out of the ring. Reigns hits a Drive By Dropkick and puts him in the ring. Corbin immediately gets out again. Reigns goes to grab him, but Corbin punches him in the face and sends him head-first into the ring post.
We come back from the second commercial break of the match to see Reigns locked in another head and arm lock. Reigns fights up, but Corbin pushes him into the ropes. Reigns elbows him back and hits a leaping clothesline. Corbin charges him in the corner, but Reigns knocks him back and hits a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns clubs away at him in the corner ten times before hitting the ropes and connecting with a big boot. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but Corbin counters with a Chokeslam attempt. Reigns gets out, but Corbin floors him with the Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin clubs away at him before Reigns answers with some forearms. Reigns sends him into the corner, but Corbin slides out and wipes out a cameraman. Corbin goes for his pseudo-rebound clothesline, but Reigns floors him with a Superman Punch for a near fall.
Reigns gets to his feet and is getting cheered much more than he’s booed. Corbin leaves the ring and starts walking up the ramp like he’s forfeiting the match. Finn Balor’s music hits, and he blocks Corbin from leaving. Corbin angrily backs up and turns into Reigns leaping off the steps with a Superman Punch. Reigns gets him in the ring and hits a Spear for the win.
Reigns celebrates his win by high-fiving some fans at ringside before walking up to Finn Balor and giving him a fist bump. Balor gets in the ring and slowly takes off his jacket while Corbin struggles to his feet. Balor dropkicks him into the corner and connects with the Coup de Grace.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is making her RAW in-ring debut against Alicia Fox later tonight. She’s seen talking with Natalya backstage.
Bobby Roode is seen backstage putting on his robe. He’ll be taking on Mojo Rawley, next.
Replays are shown of Seth Rollins nearly beating Drew McIntyre only to have Dolph Ziggler attack him before the pin. Rollins cleared the ring of them. Later in the night, he was being interviewed when McIntyre and Ziggler laid him out.
Kurt Angle is in his office watching this with Seth Rollins. Rollins says he’s been focused on getting the Intercontinental Championship, but Drew McIntyre keeps thwarting him. Rollins wants to figure out with Angle how to accomplish this. Angle tells him to find a tag team partner and they’ll take on Ziggler and McIntyre.
Footage is shown of Bobby Roode and Mojo Rawley brawling backstage last week on RAW.
The bell rings, and Roode applies a waistlock. Rawley elbows out and head-butts him. Rawley bounces him in the corner and stands over him. Roode punches back at him, but he has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Roode quickly pops out of the corner with a clothesline. Roode goes for a Glorious DDT, but Rawley gets out. They do a slow motion spot to get Rawley out of the ring. Rawley then gets on the apron and Roode dropkicks him to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Roode trapped in a bear hug. Rawley is talking a lot of trash. Roode fights up and breaks out of the hold. Rawley quickly knees him in the midsection and hits a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Rawley attacks him a bit more before going back to the seated bear hug. Rawley holds it for a while before Rood finally fights up and elbows out. Roode hits the ropes, but Rawley takes him down with a sidewalk slam. Roode comes back with a sunset flip for a two count. Rawley quickly fights back, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Roode hits a pair of clotheslines before clotheslining him in the corner. Roode hits a neckbreaker before going to the second rope for a blockbuster. Roode goes for a Glorious DDT, but Rawley backs him to the corner. Roode boots him back and comes off the second rope, but Rawley catches him. Roode counters out and hits the Glorious DDT for the win.
Elias is backstage, and a camera crew is making another documentary about him. They’re going over shots, but Elias tells them to relax. Elias will appear before the crowd, next.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Elias strums his guitar and greets the crowd. Elias starts to play a mellow riff in what sounds like B minor to me. Elias has one question for everyone tonight: Who wants to walk with Elias? His album is out and is changing lives on a daily basis. Some of the biggest names in music are afraid of what he’s done. He’s top of the charts with only four songs. Can he get an amen? Amen. His documentary came out last week on the Walk With Elias Network, but they got it wrong. That’s why he has this documentary crew with him. They’re going to do it the right way… Elias’ way. Elias tells them to silence their cellphones and hold the applause until after he’s finished. Elias then tells the crew to get better shots of him. Elias then directs them to circle around him like he’s the sun, the center of the universe. They’re moving too slow, like Bobby Lashley, who couldn’t remember the lyrics to “Rockin’ Robin.” Elias starts to play, but stops and blames the audience. Elias wants their faces blurred out so he can’t see them. Maybe they can crop them out with better looking people? Anything to make him forget he’s in Jacksonville. The crowd loudly boos him. Elias then says he better not be interrupted by Bobby Lashley like last week. Elias then starts to play…
…but he’s interrupted by Bobby Lashley. Lashley isn’t happy his name came out of Elias’ mouth. Lashley says he saw Elias’ documentary and thought it was brilliant work since it portrayed who Elias is. Elias says at times it portrayed him as egotistical, out of touch, and vain. Lashley asks how that is any different to how he is in life. Elias thinks Lashley is here to steal his spotlight. On his first night back in the company, he tried to steal Elias’ spotlight. Lashley’s entire comeback has been a joke. Lashley says everything about Elias is a joke. The next time his name comes out of Elias’ mouth, what he does to him won’t be a joke. Elias backs off a bit and says Lashley is in a bad mood and directs the camera crew to leave.
Elias then throws a clipboard in Lashley’s face and beats him down. Elias talks a little trash and hits the ropes, but Lashley takes him down with a spinebuster. Lashley calls the film crew into the ring and has them film him hitting Elias with a delayed vertical suplex.
We see Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre talking. They’ll take on Seth Rollins and a mystery partner. They emphasize it will not be Dean Ambrose.
The Authors of Pain make their entrance. Rezar will face Titus O’Neil, next.
Seth Rollins is stretching when Tyler Breeze walks up and offers his services. Breeze says he’s gorgeous while Rollins is passable if you like Crossfit Jesus. Breeze says they could be called Crossfit Breeze-us. Roman Reigns walks up and says he’ll be his partner. They bump fists.
Rezar w/ Akam vs. Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke
They lock up, and Rezar powers him to the corner before punching him down. Rezar clubs him down and talks trash. O’Neil fights back, but Rezar quickly knees him in the midsection. Rezar then talks more trash to the crowd. Rezar chokes him in the corner and taunts Titus Worldwide at ringside. O’Neil fights back with some kicks and punches. O’Neil is trying to direct Rezar where to go, but he’s quite awkward. O’Neil splashes him in the corner and backs up. Rezar then big boots him down. Rezar hits a Ron Simmons spinebuster for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Rezar
Kevin Owens is going over some notes with Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh. The Kevin Owens Show returns, next.
Kevin Owens’ talk show stage is set up to the side of the main stage. There is red velvet rope in front of him. Kevin Owens welcomes everyone to The Kevin Owens Show. Owens asks the crowd to welcome the man who has been instrumental in helping him handle his stress, his personal guru Jinder Mahal.
Jinder Mahal comes out with Sunil Singh and shakes hands with Owens. Owens says he can’t thank him enough. At first he was skeptical with the breathing, chanting, and the other crap, but it’s helped him. At Extreme Rules when Braun Strowman threw him off the cage through the table, he thought he’d live the rest of his life in pain. Thanks to Mahal, he woke up pain free. That’s why he has Mahal out here. Another reason he has Mahal here is they share something special. When most men look at Braun Strowman, they see a monster. A “We want Strowman” chant picks up. Owens says he achieved the impossible because he beat Braun Strowman. So did Jinder Mahal. Mahal beat him last week. Owens beat him in a Steel Cage, while Mahal beat him by count-out. Hey, a win is a win and it’s one of the ways Owens can beat him at SummerSlam. Strowman tried to take everything away from him, so if he wins at SummerSlam, he’ll win the Money in the Bank contract. Owens says that will allow him to finally reclaim his Universal Championship. The truth is he’s never been the same since he lost the title. Now he has the title in his grasp. Owens is so clear-headed, he has a great idea. Tonight, Jinder Mahal will take on Braun Strowman one more time. Mahal looks worried. Owens says he will beat him again.
Owens then introduces Mahal’s opponent, Braun Strowman. Strowman doesn’t come out. Owens says Strowman doesn’t want any of Mahal. All of a sudden, the stage tips. They seem worried. Then it lifts up and knocks them all off. Strowman is revealed to be under the stage. Strowman then poses on the stage and looks at Mahal. They’ll face each other, next.
Replays are shown of Braun Strowman tipping over The Kevin Owens Show stage.
Kevin Owens and Sunil Singh will be at ringside for this match. Mahal reluctantly gets in the ring and tries to calm Strowman down with some breathing and chanting. A “Get these hands” chant picks up. Strowman hasn’t even done anything yet. Owens takes the briefcase, so Strowman chases him around the ring and retrieves it. Strowman gets back in the ring before getting counted out. Strowman finally powers him to the corner and throws him across the ring. Owens returns and again steals the briefcase. Strowman chases and retrieves it. Strowman clubs him down. Mahal runs up and attacks him, so Strowman hits him with the briefcase by accident. The referee disqualifies him.
Winner by Disqualification: Jinder Mahal
If this happens to Strowman at SummerSlam, he’ll lose the Money in the Bank briefcase. Strowman chases Mahal and grabs him. Singh tries to help, but he’s swatted down. Mahal escapes through the crowd. Strowman is not pleased.
Footage is shown of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins posing with a special needs fan last night at a house show.
Constable Baron Corbin hands a phone to Kurt Angle. Stephanie McMahon is on the phone. Angle takes it and acquiesces to whatever she’s saying. Angle says he’ll take care of it and looks concerned.
We’ll take a look at the rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, next.
Video Package: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns was interviewed by Corey Graves and offered thoughts throughout the video. Reigns says he’s lost to Lesnar, but so have many men. Reigns believes he’s the uncrowned Universal Champion. Even though he’s been knocked down, he gets up and keeps trying. Reigns says he has to win.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre make their entrances. They’ll face Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, next.
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are walking backstage when they’re stopped by Kurt Angle and Constable Corbin. Corbin says he’s forbidden from wrestling a second time tonight as it could jeopardize the SummerSlam main event, per orders of Stephanie McMahon. If Reigns does compete, he’ll forfeit the SummerSlam match. Rollins says he’ll figure something out. Corbin says it looks like it’ll be a handicap match. Reigns asks Corbin how his ribs are before punching him in the ribs and laughing.
A loud “We want Ambrose” chant fires up. Rollins starts against McIntyre. Rollins slaps him in the face and gets out of the ring. Rollins gets in and knocks McIntyre away. Rollins then brings Dolph Ziggler in the hard way and stomps him. Rollins quickly takes McIntyre down and kicks him in the face. Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Ziggler distracts him. McIntyre tries to catch him, but he falls. McIntyre then picks him up and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Ziggler is soon tagged in, and he works on Rollins a bit. McIntyre tags back in and applies a modified chin lock. McIntyre holds it on for a bit, but Rollins fights up and hits a jawbreaker. McIntyre quickly comes back with a simple slam. Ziggler tags in and dances around Rollins, taunting him all the while. Rollins fights back, but Ziggler cuts off his momentum. Rollins then avoids a splash. Rollins gets out of the ring, pulls McIntyre off, and gets him into the ring post.
Rollins gets in the ring and hits Ziggler with a Sling Blade. Rollins then clotheslines him out of the ring. Rollins connects with a suicide dive and puts him in the ring. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline. Rollins goes for the Stomp, but Ziggler avoids it. Rollins counters a famouser by hitting a turnbuckle powerbomb. McIntyre blind tags in and turns him inside out with a clothesline. Ziggler tags in, and they go for a double-team, but Rollins knees McIntyre. Ziggler quickly puts a stop to this with a superkick for the win.
Replays show that Dolph Ziggler never legally tagged in, which makes the referee’s decision to count the pin a controversial one.
We’ll hear from Paul Heyman after being attacked by Brock Lesnar last week. The main event will see Ronda Rousey take on Alicia Fox in Rousey’s RAW in-ring debut.
The B-Team comes out with their own theme song. It’s a theme designed to get the crowd to chant, “B-Team, B-Team — GO! GO! GO!” They’re in action, next.
Ronda Rousey is seen warming up backstage with Natalya watching on.
The B-Team vs. The Revival
This will be a non-title match. The Revival are shown in a pre-taped interview. They’re going to make The B-Team’s winning streak disappear.
Curtis Axel starts against Dash Wilder. Wilder quickly gets the better of him, but Axel soon takes him down. Bo Dallas tags in, and he takes Wilder down for a one count. Scott Dawson soon tags in and punches away at Dallas. Dawson drives Dallas head-first into the corner and punches him down. Dawson hits a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Dawson applies a chin lock, but Dallas soon fights out. They then clunk heads and both go down.
The Deleters of Worlds’ video flashes on the screen and the lights go out. When the lights come back on, Axel and Wilder are missing from the apron. In their place are Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. They attack Dawson and Dallas. Hardy hits Dawson with a Twist of Fate while Wyatt hits Dallas with Sister Abigail.
Paul Heyman is seen sitting with Renee Young. His interview is next.
Renee Young interviews Paul Heyman
Paul Heyman’s eyes are red and he’s unshaved. Renee Young asks Paul Heyman where they stand since they apparently severed business ties. Heyman isn’t sure. Lesnar disconnected his phone number. Heyman couldn’t get in touch with him through intermediaries. Heyman looks like he’s on the verge of tears. Heyman says he has a problem with this. Lesnar isn’t going to like this. Lesnar won’t want him talking about a private matter. This will just piss him off. Heyman looks like he’s going to cry. Heyman says Renee must be enjoying this. Renee asks if he considers Lesnar a friend. Heyman does, and his children considers Lesnar’s children friends. Heyman doesn’t let anyone near his family, just like Lesnar doesn’t. They always talked about riding off into the sunset together with the Universal Championship on one shoulder and the UFC Championship on the other. Heyman takes a moment to compose himself.
She asks if he has his eye on anyone else as a potential client. Heyman says that question would have been inconceivable a week ago. Tears are streaming down his face. She asks who will win at SummerSlam. Heyman has known Lesnar for 16 years and been through all the ups and down. He’s never seen Lesnar more driven or focused. He’s never seen him more violent. Against this Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns doesn’t stand a chance.
Replays are shown of Braun Strowman tipping over the stage containing the set of The Kevin Owens Show. The commentators then run down the SummerSlam card.
The Riott Squad makes their entrance. They’re in action, next.
Sasha Banks and Liv Morgan start it out. They lock up, but Morgan gets away. Morgan punches her back and stomps away at her before screaming. Bayley and Sarah Logan soon tag in. Bayley takes her down and drops an elbow for a two count. Bayley applies an arm bar, but Logan fights up. Bayley boots her back and hits a cross-body block for a two count. Logan quickly takes her down by the hair before sending her face-first into the turnbuckle. Morgan tags in and goes for a pin while Bayley is half out of the ring. Bayley then rolls out.
We come back from the break to see Logan controlling Bayley with a rest hold. Bayley tries to fight up, but Logan stays in control. Bayley finally gets out, but can’t tag Banks as Morgan pulled her off the apron. Eventually Logan and Banks get in the match. Banks takes out Logan and sets her up. Bayley tags in, and Banks quickly tags out. Bayley hits a top rope hurricanrana, and Banks follows up with a meteora. Morgan breaks it up. A mystery person helps Morgan at ringside, and it’s revealed to be Ruby Riott, who is back from injury. Logan soon rolls Banks up with a handful of tights.
Winners by Pinfall: The Riott Squad
Video Package: Ronda Rousey’s WWE career so far
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will take on Alicia Fox in tonight’s main event, next.
The B-Team will take on The Deleters of Worlds and The Revival in a triple threat match for the RAW Tag Team Championships.
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance alongside Alicia Fox. Charly Caruso is in the ring to greet them. She wants to ask about Ronda Rousey, but Bliss cuts her off. Charly has had one night to ask one question and the best she came up with was one about Ronda Rousey. She’s in the presence of a trailblazer and a pioneer of the Women’s Division, Alicia Fox. The crowd boos. Charly asks how Fox is prepared to take on the baddest woman on the planet. Fox says Rousey is still banged up from last week. Replays are shown of Fox attacking Rousey. Rousey is a UFC Hall of Famer, an Olympian, and a woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated. However, was she the captain of the RAW Survivor Series team. Bliss takes the microphone and dismisses Charly.
Bliss puts over Fox for paving the road for a woman like her. Bliss thanks Fox for her contribution. That comes from every woman except Ronda Rousey. Rousey doesn’t deserve to face her at SummerSlam. She’ll deal with whatever is left in Brooklyn. Has Fox spent the last decade on the road for an overrated rookie to take her spotlight? Fox says absolutely not. Ronda Rousey finally interrupts.
The bell rings, and Alicia Fox talks a little trash. Rousey just stares at her with an incredulous look on her face. Fox goes for a right hand, but Rousey blocks it and shoves her down. Fox quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. A “Let’s go Rousey” chant fires up. Rousey quickly scares Bliss back from getting on the apron. Fox does some bizarre things at ringside. Alexa Bliss gets on the apron, but Natalya pulls her off. Bliss then kicks Natalya into the ring post. The referee holds Fox back from attacking Rousey from behind. Bliss then sweeps Rousey’s feet. Fox punches away at Rousey and gloats. Rousey puts on her game face, and Fox looks scared. Rousey wildly punches away at her with rights and lefts. Rousey hits three wild judo throws. Fox gets out of the ring, and the crowd roars in approval.
Rousey goes outside and throws Fox into the barricade. Rousey gets her in the ring, and Bliss gets on the apron, but Rousey scares her off. Rousey blocks an attack from Fox and sends her flying with a throw. Rousey then methodically applies the arm bar right in front of Bliss. Fox taps wildly.
Winner by Submission: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey
Charly Caruso interviews Ronda Rousey. Rousey says it feels great to focus solely on SummerSlam. Alexa Bliss tries to attack her from behind, but Rousey gives her a judo hip toss. Rousey says it doesn’t matter how hard she holds onto the title. At SummerSlam, the title is hers. Rousey slams the microphone down and hugs Natalya. Natalya raises her arm up.
Quick Match Results
* Roman Reigns def. Constable Baron Corbin
* Bobby Roode def. Mojo Rawley
* Rezar def. Titus O’Neil
* Jinder Mahal def. Braun Strowman via DQ
* Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre def. Seth Rollins
* The B-Team NC The Revival (non-title)
* The Riott Squad def. Sasha Banks and Bayley
* “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Alicia Fox via Submission