It’s Monday night and that means it’s time for some Raw Results courtesy of Ringside News!
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re just one week away from SummerSlam, which is crazy because WrestleMania feels like it just happened. Regardless, that means this is the final Raw before WWE rolls into Toronto and the biggest talking point tonight is The Beast. The WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, decimated Seth Rollins on Raw last week. It was the best beat-down we’ve seen since Braun Strowman annihilated Roman Reigns a few years back. Rollins was taken to hospital, following multiple F5’s and WWE has said the Architect won’t be 100% heading into the show of the summer. WWE would be wise to not have Rollins show on Raw this week but I think we all know that isn’t going to happen.
One of the marquee matches for SummerSlam is Charlotte Flair against WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus. These two will go head-to-head on Sunday night, but tonight on Raw Trish teams with Natalya to take on the team of Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Of course, Natalya and Lynch are feuding right now, and will fight for the Raw Women’s Championship on Sunday, so this ties everything up in a neat little bow. Although it’s interesting see Lynch being treated as a full heel.
As for the rest of tonight’s show, WWE is teasing further developments in the Roman Reigns/forklift fiasco, more from the pregnant ball-buster and 24/7 Champion, Maria, and continued celebrations by The O.C. All that and more to look forward to tonight, and you can let us know how you feel about all of it by leaving a comment, following us on Instagram or Twitter, or by downloading the Ringside News app. Enjoy the show!
WWE Raw opens with the WWE roster, including Triple H, standing on the stage. They ask for a minute of silence and a 10-bell salute in remembrance of the El Paso and Dayton shootings this past weekend.
After the memorial, we see a brand new video intro for Raw with a Papa Roach song. The video ends a second early as Samoa Joe is standing on the announce table yelling into a microphone.
Joe says he is out here to right some wrongs. Joe says for the past week he’s had his phone blowing up with people accusing him of attacking Roman Reigns on SmackDown Live. He yells at the announcers to tell him what proof there is of him being there and attacking Roman. Graves says it was found to be an accident, so he understands Joe’s anger, but it does seem like something he’d do. And Michael Cole says there was a poll that showed 80% of the WWE Universe think there was foul play suspected and Joe is the most likely culprit. That pisses Joe off and he calls 80% of the WWE Univese, “idiots”. He asks them to show the footage, so we take a look back at SmackDown Live, where some rigging equipment collapsed on Roman.
Back live, Joe says he didn’t see a single frame of footage with him in it. His good name has been besmirched and he’s going to wait here tonight until Roman Reigns arrives and gives him the apology he deserves. He’s about to say if anyone has a problem with that, but Becky Lynch’s music hits and cuts him off.
Lynch makes her way to the ring for tag team action, followed by her frenemy, Charlotte. Natalya is out next, then comes her tag partner, Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus. Later tonight, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler have a contract signing with Shawn Michaels, The Beast is live, and The IIconics put their Women’s Tag Team Championships on the line.
We return live and Michael Cole announces that Becky Lynch Vs. Natalya at SummerSlam will be a Submission Match.
The match gets underway with Becky Lynch and Natalya. They exchange in a shoving match right off the bat, followed by Natalya taking her down in an arm bar. Natalya continues to out-wrestle Becky and even gets her in an armbar like Ronda Rousey but Lynch gets out and rolls her up. Lynch looks for the Sharpshooter but can’t lock it in.
Flair tags herself in and Lynch isn’t pleased. Charlotte chops Nattie repeatedly before she’s caught with a snapmare. Natalya runs over Charlotte’s back but then Flair trips her and connects with a big boot. Flair taunts Trish on the apron as she stomps Natalya around the ring. Flair delivers a knee and applies a neck crank to Natalya.
Natalya starts to fight out but Flair knocks her down, then teases tagging Becky but doesn’t do it. The fans boo as Charlotte taunts them and delivers right forearms to Natalya. Flair looks for a bodyslam but Natalya lands on her feet behind her. Charlotte delivers an elbow and goes for an Honor Roll but gets kicked off and headbutts the turnbuckles. Natalya looks for the Sharpshooter but Flair gets out, only for Nattie to deliver a discus clothesline.
Natalya looks to make the tag to Stratus but Flair holds her foot, then takes a swing at Trish but the Hall of Famer jumps off the apron. Flair hits Natalya with an exploder suplex, then hits the ropes but Becky tags herself in. Flair cold-cocks Lynch from behind, then leaves the ring and walks off from the match. Natalya uses the distraction to get Becky in the Sharpshooter. The Women’s Champion screams in agony but she gets to the ropes. Natalya refuses to let go of the hold and earns a disqualification.
After the referee calls for the bell, Natalya drags Lynch into the middle of the ring and cinches it in. Stratus runs into the ring and pulls Natalya off, only to be shoves into the ropes for her troubles. Nattie walks off as Trish tries to help Becky to her feet.
We see a replay of last week’s Gauntlet Match when Andrade ripped Rey Mysterio’s mask off. Mysterio will attempt to extract revenge, after the break!
The bell rings and Andrade runs at Rey, who hits him with a Russian leg sweep. Mysterio unloads on Andrade but gets caught with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rey dropkicks Andrade and he falls on the ropes but comes off before Rey can hit the 619. Mysterio hurricanrana’s Andrade into the turnbuckles but Andrade comes back with a lariat.
Andrade gets Rey in the corner and delivers some knees. Rey counters Andrade with an arm-drag through the ropes, then Rey slides belly-first out of the ring and hits Andrade with a sunset flip powerbomb into the barricade!
Back live and we see Rey take-down Andrade for a near-fall. Mysterio takes to the apron, connects with an enziguiri, then goes up top and hits a seated senton. Rey lands a hurricanrana, then reverses a sunset flip with a kick to the head for another two count. Mysterio hits a sunset bomb for another near-fall. Andrade chops the chest of Rey, then connects with a fake-out kick into a back elbow. Andrade climbs up the ropes but Rey climbs up with him and punches him. Andrade hits Rey into the tree of woe, then delivers a double foot stomp for a near-fall.
Mysterio hits a springboard and Andrade catches him on his shoulders but Rey counters with a crucifix driver for a near-fall. Mysterio looks for a hurricanrana but Andrade holds him and throws him off with a powerbomb. Andrade delivers double knees in the corner for a near-fall and Vega can’t believe it. Andrade grabs Rey but gets hit with a Canadian Destroyer for a near-fall.
Rey knocks Andrade onto the ropes and connects with 619. Zelina Vega distracts Rey for a moment, then Mysterio hits the senton from the top rope but Andrade gets his knees up. Mysterio hits the senton and scores a two count. Andrade fires back with a powerbomb and then tries to rip the mask off. The referee pulls him off, allowing Zelina Vega to stunner Rey on the ropes. Andrade then hits his Hammerlock DDT for the win!
Still to come, Miz TV’s contract signing, Brock Lesnar appearing live, and a match between Cedric Alexander and Drew McIntyre with Kurt Angle as guest referee.
We see a replay of last week’s 24/7 Championship Mosh Pit Match, followed by Mike Kanellis winning the title and his wife taking it from him. We see Mike and Maria at her OB GYN appointment earlier today. Maria is talking proudly about being the first-ever pregnant 24/7 Champion. She is invited in for her exam and she tells Mike to follow her.
We’re back with Mike and Maria getting her OB GYN exam. He’s rubbing her head and she tells him to look alive, to have the eye of the tiger, to make sure that her baby stays the Champion. Maria relaxes and lays down on the table, where Mike hugs and kisses her. The doctor comes in and pats Mike in the back three times… the doctor is the female referee from NXT and she counted it. Mike Kanellis is the 24/7 Champion. Mike walks out of the doctor’s office back into the waiting room and he’s so happy he won the title. As he’s standing, exclaiming his disbelief, we see a disguised R-Truth and Carmella sitting nearby. Mike notices them and says he can’t believe they followed him here. Truth has a fake baby bump. Truth says his water just broke, then reaches under his dress and pulls out a baby doll. He throws it in the air, so Mike drops his title and grabs the baby. Truth rolls him up and the doctor/referee comes out and counts the pinfall. R-Truth is the 24/7 Champion. Truth yells “you’ve got your baby, now I got mine!” then he runs off with Carmella on his back.
We see Becky Lynch backstage for an interview and she says she plans on embarrassing Natalya in her home country. But that’s nothing new because she’s been a let-down to Canada for her whole career. She says that, while Natalya was out there in a bikini on reality TV and perfecting her duck-face on Instagram, she was out there perfecting her craft. She says she won’t tap out to the Sharpshooter, but she guarantees that Natalya will tap.
Natalya is also backstage with a different interviewer, and she says she can’t wait until SummerSlam because it will be a huge celebration when she makes Lynch tap out.
Brock Lesnar is shown walking backstage with Paul Heyman, he’ll be live next!
Back live and we get a commercial for NXT TakeOver Toronto, taking place this Saturday night.
The WWE Universal Champion, The Beast, Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman. According to the announcers, and Seth Rollins’ Twitter, Seth is going to be here tonight.
Heyman introduces himself and Brock Lesnar. Heyman says his client has authorised him and instructed him to educate all of us. He asks “wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Beast-Slater?”, “wasn’t he supposed to be the one man who had Brock Lesnar’s number?”, “wasn’t he supposed to be The Architect of the arson that would burn down Suplex City?”, “isn’t he supposed to be the big hero for the new generation of the WWE Universe?”, “isn’t he supposed to be Seth Freakin’ Rollins?” He says that is not the case, and points us to a video of last week’s beat-down.
We come back from the video and Lesnar is laughing. Heyman says he dropped to his knees and begged Lesnar to show mercy to Rollins since he knows WWE needs a new hero. He says what Lesnar did was borderline criminal. Heyman knows some inside information. Seth Rollins is here in Pittsburgh tonight. The crowd cheers. Heyman says he doesn’t know why they would cheer a man who has more balls than brains.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he limps out to the stage with a steel chair in his hand. Rollins slowly gets to ringside and pulls himself up the steps and into the ring. Rollins tries to charge Lesnar, but Lesnar kicks him in the injured ribs. Lesnar steps on the steel chair and kicks him in the face. Lesnar drives the steel chair into Rollins’ ribs before smashing it on his back. Lesnar stands over Seth and talks some trash, then picks him up and rams him into the corner. Lesnar picks him up and slams him into the corner once again. Lesnar waits for Rollins to get up, then just shoves him across the ring. Heyman asks, “What the hell is wrong with you?” Lesnar again hits him in the ribs. Lesnar finishes things off with an F5. Lesnar poses with the WWE Universal Championship standing over Rollins.
We come back from the break and see a video of Lesnar hitting Rollins with another F5 as officials come down with a stretcher.
Rollins grabs a microphone as he pulls himself up using the ropes. Rollins says it’s gotten to the point where he has to ask himself if all this is worth it. Rollins says you love something so much that you’d do anything to protect it and make it safe, even if the thing you love keeps you getting beat to a pulp inside and out week after week after week. For Rollins, the answer is yes. The crowd aren’t very interested in this promo. He says this is all he is. Every second of every day, this is all he ever wanted. Rollins says this is all he’s got. Rollins promises that he’ll be at SummerSlam, and he’ll beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins falls out of the ring and pulls himself up. The referees are trying to get him to get checked out. Rollins says he won’t be getting on a stretcher. Rollins walks off to polite applause.
Charly Caruso is backstage with WWE Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh’s own Kurt Angle, who gets a big pop. Angle says it feels great to be back in Pittsburgh. NXT Tag Team Champions The Street Profits walk up to him and introduce themselves. They promote NXT TakeOver: Toronto streaming live on Saturday and SummerSlam streaming live on Sunday. Their game plan of intensity, integrity, and intelligence has made them thirsty. They Montes Ford beatboxes Angle’s theme song. They take out some red solo cups and a box of milk, and Angle says he promised his wife he wouldn’t do anything crazy. That was funny. Angelo Dawkins asks if he’s Kurt Angle or Mike Kanellis. Angle then agrees to have some milk. They go for a toast, but Drew McIntyre cuts them off. McIntyre says he comes in peace. McIntyre reminds Angle what happened last time they were in the ring together. McIntyre warns him to call his match with Cedric Alexander down the line. McIntyre says he made Angle tap out to his own move. If he screws him, he’ll break his skull. Drew walks off.
The Viking Raiders make their entrance to face two sorry jobbers.
Ivar starts off and quickly delivers a knee to Jay Alexander before connecting with a forearm to knock the other off the apron. Ivar tags Erik and he knees the Jay and drops him.
Erik grabs Eric and pulls him into the ring for a German Suplex. Erik elbows Jay in the ring before powerbombing the Eric. Ivar tags in and connects with a big splash. They hit the Viking Experience for the win.
We see a memoriam graph for Harley Race, followed by some Tweets by Superstars remembering him.
We come back for great video highlighting the amazing career of Harley Race.
Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring in a referee shirt in his hometown. Cedrix Alexander makes his entrance but halfway down the ramp Drew McIntyre attacks him from behind. McIntyre beats him around ringside, tossing him into everything. He looks to hit the inverted Alabama Slam into the barricade but Alexander boots him into the ring post. Alexander then leaps off the barricade and hits a tornado DDT.
The lights go out in the arena. The lights then start to flicker, and ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt is applying the Mandible Claw to Kurt Angle! The Fiend takes him down until the lights go out and we hear Bray laughing.
The New Day make their way to the ring, just Kofi and Big E. Their opponents, The O.C. are out next and Luke Gallows has his face painted.
Karl Anderson starts against Xavier Woods. Woods quickly shoulder blocks him down. AJ Styles immediately gets involved and helps beat down The New Day.
A “Kofi” chant picks up, but Kofi Kingston is not in Pittsburgh. Ricochet runs down to make the save. Ricochet gets Gallows out of the ring before hitting Styles with a head-scissor takeover and a dropkick. Ricochet stands tall in the ring with The New Day. They challenge The OC to a match, which will take place after the break.
We’re back live and the match begins with AJ Styles and Ricochet. Styles applies a side headlock to Ricochet. The One and Only gets out and hits two arm drags followed by a hurricanrana. Styles rolls to the apron to regroup. AJ swings for an enziguiri but Ricochet blocks a kick and forearms him. Styles pulls him face-first into the turnbuckle. Ricochet counters a suplex into a roll-up.
Styles quickly hits a shot to the throat and tags Karl Anderson in. Ricochet quickly takes him down with a neckbreaker for a two count. Big E tags in, and he punches Anderson in the ribs. Anderson quickly kicks him in the back of the knee and tags in Luke Gallows. Gallows big boots Big E down and punches away at him in the corner. Gallows connects with a suplex for a two count. Gallows elbows him in the chest and applies a chin lock. Big E fights up, but Gallows boots him down before connecting with a lariat to knock Ricochet off the apron.
Styles tags in again and rakes Big E’s face. Big E fights him, but Styles goes for a strike combo. Big E counters AJ, then avoids a springboard, and hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Woods and Anderson both tag in. Woods runs over Anderson, avoiding some clotheslines and elbows before taking him down with a bulldog. Styles throws Woods to the corner, but Woods knocks him back before hitting the Honor Roll.
Woods hits a sliding knee on Anderson, but Gallows breaks up the pin. Ricochet hits Gallows with a springboard dropkick. Big E knocks Gallows out of the ring, and Styles hits Big E with a Phenomenal Forearm. Ricochet hits a moonsault kick on Styles before knocking him out of the ring. Gallows quickly avoids Ricochet and sends him into the barricade. Styles quickly trips Woods, and Anderson DDTs Woods. Gallows tags in, and The O.C. hit the Magic Killer for the win.
Later tonight there will be a Fatal 4-Way for the Women’s Tag Team Championship, and the Miz/Ziggler contract signing is still to come.
We return to a video package of Roman Reigns’ attack again last week on SmackDown Live.
Samoa Joe marches down to the ring and grabs a microphone. Joe says he’s not waiting anymore, he’s giving Roman Reigns an opportunity to walk the aisle and apologise to him. Joe waits but Reigns doesn’t come out. Joe says he’ll play it Roman’s way then. Joe leaves the ring and tosses a chair in the ring, and sits in the centre of the ring. Joe says RAW is officially shut down until Reigns comes down and apologizes to him.
Joe says he will give Reigns until the count of three. Joe counts to three, but Reigns doesn’t come out. Joe says he has all night. All Reigns has to do is walk the aisle… unless he’s scared to. Joe says the reason the crowd is sitting on their hands is because Reigns is too much of a coward to come down and apologise. A stagehand comes up and says Roman Reigns is in the parking lot. Joe says he’s going to go greet his ass. Joe walks up the ramp.
Joe stomps up the ramp and makes his way to the back. Roman Reigns drives up in a car and starts to get out, but then he jumps back into the car because another car comes from out of nowhere and hits Reigns’ car! Joe is left watching as we head to the break.
We see a replay of Rikishi hitting Reigns with the car, then footage from the commercial break where Samoa Joe tried to help Reigns and called for a medic. Triple H then showed-up and helped Roman get out of the car.
It’s time for the women’s Fatal 4-Way match, and all four teams make their entrances before we head to the break.
All four teams get introductions, then we start the match with Mandy Rose and Billie Kay. Kay forces Rose to the corner and tags Royce, followed by a double team move to take her down. They knock The Kabuki Warriors off the apron, then Deville comes in but they knock her from the ring.
Alexa Bliss comes in, and The IIconics hit a windmill slam. Kairi Sane runs in, and they hit her with a double-team front suplex. Asuka ducks a kick from Royce, but Kay spin kicks her. The IIconics stand tall in the ring and this is the best they’ve looked since NXT.
Rose attacks The IIconics from behind and rolls Kay up for a two count. Rose punches away at her, but Kay takes her down. Sonya Deville breaks up a double-team from The IIconics. Rose rolls Kay up for a two count. Rose hits a running knee to the face and pins Billie Kay, which means they’re out! The IIconics Eliminated.
We’re back live and Mandy Rose and Asuka are in the ring. They lock-up and Asuka forces Rose to the ropes. Asuka swings a kick but Rose dodges it. Bliss tags in and pretends to lock-up but then quickly tags Deville.
Sonya shoots for a takedown but Asuka side-steps her. They lock-up and Deville takes a headlock. Asuka shoots her off and floors her with a kick. She delivers a few kicks until Deville grabs her and slams her down. Deville then lands some kicks of her own. Tags are made to both Kairi Sane and Asuka.
The two of them meet in the middle of the ring and Sane points out that she is taller than Bliss. They lock-up and Alexa stomps her foot, before then mocking that she’s no longer taller. Kairi swipes her feet and hits a double stomp for a two count. Asuka tags in and hits an axe handle. Bliss tags Deville but Rose comes in as well and they slam Asuka down together. Deville lifts Asuka in a full nelson and tags Rose, who delivers a running knee for a two count. Rose looks for her finisher but Asuka escapes and knees her before catching her in the Asuka Lock and Rose taps out! Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville Eliminated.
We return from the break to see Asuka holding Cross in the middle of the ring in a kneebar. Cross is screaming and trying to tag Bliss. Asuka drags her back into the centre of the ring and transitions to pull her neck as well. Cross rolls over to escape, then pulls the hair of Asuka and drags her to her corner.
Bliss comes in and attacks Asuka in the corner. She stomps Asuka down before tagging Cross again, who hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Nikki lifts Asuka and hits a high-angle back suplex for a two count. Asuka kicks Bliss from the apron, then hits Cross with a German suplex. Both women are down and make tags to their corners.
Sane connects with a kick to Bliss, followed by two fast facebusters of sorts. She screams and takes a run-up before hitting a flying elbow in the corner. Asuka hits Cross with a Codebreaker, then both Warriors hit Cross with running clotheslines. Asuka catches Bliss with the . Alexa rolls her-up but Asuka kicks out. Alexa runs at Asuka in the corner but eats a big boot.
Kairi tags in and looks for the InSane Elbow but the referee gets distracted and Cross shoves her off and to the mat. Asuka runs to hit a baseball slide to Cross but gets caught-up in the apron and battered. Bliss then hits Asuka from behind with a dropkick, before taking to the top rope and hitting Sane with Twisted Bliss for the win!
Alexa and Nikki celebrate their title win after the match. They are the third Women’s Champions.
We see replays of Brock annihilating Seth Rollins earlier tonight, followed by Seth’s promo. The two will meet on Sunday night for the Universal Championship.
The Miz makes his way to the ring for Miz TV and his contract signing with Dolph Ziggler.
The Miz is in the ring and welcomes us to Miz TV. He says this is a special SummerSlam contract signing episode and he needs a guarantee that Dolph will actually show-up on Sunday. Before then however, he wants to introduce the Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels.
Michaels joins The Miz in the ring and poses. Miz then introduces “the pariah of WWE”, Dolph Ziggler. With all three men in the ring, Ziggler gets on the horn and says he has been carrying this company on his back for ten years. He’s been on every poster and every PPV. He’s the best thing to happen this company since Shawn lost his smile and since Miz lost his balls. So he is the only legend in the ring right now, and he will earn that recognition after he beats Miz on Sunday.
Ziggler signs the contract and Miz says takes the mic. He says that if Ziggler feels like he hasn’t earned the respect of the fans after all this time, then that’s because of him, not the fans or anyone else. He says he can’t wait to get his hands on Ziggler, next Monday night on Raw. Ziggler corrects him but Miz laughs and says the contract Ziggler signed wasn’t to face him on Sunday. Michaels then smiles and comes face-to-face with Dolph. Michaels says “it isn’t me,” then he and Miz point at the ramp.
Goldberg’s music hits and out comes the Hall of Famer to a huge pop. Goldberg stomps to the ring and Ziggler gets out. Goldberg gets in the ring and signs the contract. Dolph watches on from ringside. Goldberg grabs the microphone and says guess what? You’re next! Ziggler loses his mind and storms up the ramp, walking right into a Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels.
And that’s the end of Monday Night Raw. Let us know what you thought of the show and that swerve at the end. Remember to come back tomorrow for SmackDown Live. Until then, safe travels!