Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw.
Tonight’s show comes to us a mere 24 hours post-SummerSlam 2019. The biggest party of the summer was a great show that didn’t actually feel like a drag in comparison to the last few big events. The main of which was the excellent bout between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar, with the former stealing the Universal Championship back. Who will be Seth’s next challenger? We should find out tonight. Bizarrely enough, Steve Austin will be on Raw tonight via Skype to talk about what he thought of the match, but hey, who’s to look a gift snake in the mouth?
Elsewhere tonight, The Miz faces Dolph Ziggler. Last night, Goldberg made short work of Ziggler, but the show-off was hard to keep down following the match. Where will Ziggler’s character go after his loss? Will The Miz beat him handily tonight? We’ll find out soon enough.
We do have a Women’s Tag Team Championship match tonight on Raw, with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defending against The Kabuki Warriors. Last night the Champions defeated The IIconics on the SummerSlam Kick-Off Show. Will they be able to extend their reign to two defences tonight? Yes. The answer is yes.
Also being teased for tonight’s show is another match with Cedric Alexander and Drew McIntyre, a 2-out-of-3 Falls match between Rey Mystero and Andrade, and new challengers for AJ Styles and The O.C. All that and more to come tonight. So be sure to stay up-to-date via the Ringside News app or by following us on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
Raw opens with some highlights from the SummerSlam main event, in which Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to become the Universal Champion.
Rollins makes his way to the ring in a shirt and jeans. He grimaces and holds his ribs as he lifts the title above his head. Rollins says last night he wasn’t sure he had what it took but the last few weeks have been the toughest of his career, and he still walked down to the ring and stared Brock in the eyes. He says Brock is everything they say and more; he’s a beast. The fans chant “Beast-Slayer”.
Rollins says he emptied the tank but then the fans came alive and they took him to another level. A level he couldn’t reach on his own. He says he knew he had what it took in that moment, and he remembered that he is Seth Freakin’ Rollins. And that is why he is standing here tonight, the WWE Universal Champion.
AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows, The O.C. make their way down to the ring. Styles tells Seth to hold on, he says The O.C. want to be the first to congratulate him, and they applaud together. However, Seth doesn’t have to worry about Brock anymore but he does have to worry about AJ Styles. He says he has a lot to prove, so tonight he wants to challenge Seth to a match tonight. Because he wants to prove that he’s a better Champion. Rollins says he’s always had respect for Styles, but not anymore. That being said, he doesn’t back down from a fight. So challenge accepted.
AJ extends his hand for Seth to shake, but Rollins is reluctant, so AJ makes Gallows and Anderson leave the ring, then asks for the shake again. Seth shakes and A turns to leave. Then pretends that he was about to attack Seth, just to keep him on edge. The fans are chanting “AJ Styles”.
The Street Profits are backstage. Montez Ford says tonight’s Raw is getting all the smoke. Dawkins isn’t so fired up. He says he’s dehydrated after the post-SummerSlam party. Sami Zayn walks up and says to enjoy their time here while they can but the longer they are here, the more the parasites in the crowd will suck their soul. Zayn says Seth came into WWE as the gritty architect of The Shield but now he’s a pandering fool. He says Becky Lynch, who he loves, when she became the man it was real, but now it’s manufactured. Dawkins asks if that happens to everyone and Zayn says yes. Dawkins asks if it happens to Samoa Joe, who Sami doesn’t know is behind him. Zayn says yes, that Joe came into WWE as a King Kong, beating on everyone, but last week he’s out there wondering if Roman Reigns is OK. Joe yells at Zayn and says that, since he’s just a softy, Sami has the chance to get it off his chest right now. He challenges him to a match, then shoves him into some production boxes.
Next Monday night the King of the Ring tournament returns! We see replays of the attempted attacks on Roman Reigns.
The match gets underway and Sami goes right after Joe but the Samoan bulldozer retaliates with repeated headbutts. Zayn jumps over Joe but then gets grabbed in Coquida Clutch and taps out.
After the match the fans chant Joe’s name. He says he may have forgiven Roman for the misguided claims that he was behind the attacks. However that forgiveness does not extend to the fans. He will never forgive the fans for thinking he’s capable of such atrocities.
The Miz is shown walking backstage, he’ll be facing Dolph Ziggler after the break. We’ll also be getting a Skype interview with Steve Austin.
The Miz makes his way to the ring, followed by Dolph Ziggler. However Ziggler is wearing street clothes and holding his ribs. He come to the ring and he says he hopes Miz is happy; we all know he couldn’t beat him, so he sic’d Goldberg on him. He says he cannot medically compete because of how many times he was speared. But Miz’s plans are screwed because, and the bloodthirsty Canadians in attendance don’t get to see it. Ziggler turns to leave but then runs and attacks Miz from behind. DZ rips his jacket off and continues beating Miz down into the corner. The match is going to happen after the break.
The match is underway when we return and Miz connects with a kitchen sink to Dolph. Miz tees off on Dolph and hits him with repeated dropkicks in the corner.
Miz goes up top and hits an axe handle. Miz hits the It Kicks. He misses the last one and Dolph hits him with a Zig-Zag for a near-fall. Ziggler stomps up the band but can’t land Sweet Chin Music. Miz gets Ziggler in the Figure Four and Dolph struggles to the bottom rope but can’t get it and has to tap.
As Miz is leaving, Ziggler gets on the microphone after the match and tells Miz he’s a coward. He says that Miz isn’t even the best wrestler in his family, his wife is. He says his injuries are merely flesh-related. Miz comes back down and hits Ziggler with Skull Crushing Finale.
Becky Lynch has an interview with Charly Caruso and she says she has respect for Natalya after last night. However a while ago she said she didn’t care about having friends, and she’s coming for everyone. So their best bet is to get her before she gets them.
Elias is in the ring as we come back from the break. Elias says he was interrupted by a WWE legend last night: Edge. Elias says he never gets through a song, so he has the crowd countdown to see who will interrupt. They count down but no one comes out. Elias says we’ll have the first uninterrupted song tonight, but as soon as he starts he’s stopped.
Tonight it’s Ricochet who interrupts him. Ricochet makes his way to the ring and says people don’t interrupt him because it’s cool, they interrupt him because he sucks. The crowd cheered that. Elias says a guy dressed like a comic book character isn’t going to tell him what’s cool or not. Elias demands a referee so he can show him what he’s about. And we have ourselves a match.
The bell rings, and Ricochet rolls under a clothesline before hitting a head-scissors. Ricochet connects with a dropkick for a two count. Ricochet elbows Elias back, but Elias comes back with punches and stomps in the corner.
Elias chops the chest and sends him into the ropes for a high back body drop. Elias picks up a near fall. Elias rips at the face and talks trash before applying a side headlock. Ricochet fights to his feet, but Elias takes him right back down. Ricochet fights up, but Elias shoves him to the corner. Ricochet kicks him back and hits a dropkick.
Elias reverses a whip and they end up botching a headscissor takeover. Elias reverses another whip, and Ricochet kicks him in the head. Elias gets out of the ring to regroup.
Ricochet goes for a tope, but Elias moves and Ricochet lands hard. Elias gets him in the ring and grabs his guitar. The referee stops Elias from using the guitar. Ricochet superkicks Elias and goes to the top rope for a sunset flip. The referee counts three, but Elias had a shoulder up!
After the break, Rey Mysterio faces Andrade.
The match gets underway and Andrade floors Rey with a big boot. He lifts him up for a powerbomb but Rey hits a hurricanrana onto the ropes. He runs for the 619 but Zelina grabs his foot, allowing Andrade to roll him up while she holds Rey’s feet for the first fall.
The second falls begins and Rey knocks Andrade from the ring with a headscissors. Rey takes to the top rope but Andrade meets him up there and they brawl. They both get back down and Rey hits Andrade with a springboard hurricanrana to the floor!
Rey gets Andrade back in the ring and connects with a splash over the ropes for a two count. Rey then hits a springboard but Andrade catches him. Rey gets off his back and hits the ropes but Andrade connects with a big boot for a two count. Andrade looks for the double knees in the corner but Rey moves. Rey punches Andrade from the apron and hits a Canadian Destroyer for a near-fall!
Rey knocks Andrade onto the ropes and looks for the 619 but again Zelina distracts Rey. Andrade rolls Rey up but he kicks out, then Rey does the same for a near-fall. For the third time, Rey knocks Andrade onto the ropes and this time he connects with 619, followed by a senton… but Andrade got his knees up. Andrade hits the Hammerlock DDT for the win!
Still to come, AJ Styles Vs. Seth Rollins. We cut to Michael Cole who welcomes Stone Cold Steve Austin via Skype.
Austin does a split-screen interview with Cole. Austin is asked what he thought about the main event of SummerSlam, to which the Texas Rattlesnake says Seth’s performance was highly impressive. He says Seth came into the match under 100% and he performed incredible. Austin says he’s always wondered just who Seth Freakin’ Rollins is, but last night Seth proved it to him. Cole says he knows Austin gave Seth some advice recently at Raw Reunion, and asks him what is was. Stone Cold says he told him to just give it his all and be himself. Austin says Seth cashed a cheque his ass can keep. Cole then promotes Straight Up Steve Austin, which airs after Raw tonight.
Rey is walking backstage when he’s interviewed by Charly. She asks Rey for his thoughts after his loss, to which Mysterio says he doesn’t know where his career his going but he has a family so support. Rey gets emotional and walks of saying “my family”.
Montez Ford is backstage and he tells Rey to keep his head up. He says 619 forever and asks Dawkins to agree but Angelo is passed out. Ford tries to wake him up and Angelo doesn’t even know he’s at Raw. Ford tells him he needs to wake up because they need to hype the match with his woman, Nikki Cross. Dawkins smiles with his eyes closed, then starts glugging a full jug of water, so Ford walks off.
Drew McIntyre is in Gorilla and he says tonight ends the saga between him and Cedric Alexander. He says this story doesn’t end with a big win for Cedric, but what’s actually going to happen, is he will cave Alexander’s skull in and the fairy tale ends.
Alexander ambushes McIntyre right as the match begins, and knocks him out of the ring. Alexander hits a senton before getting Drew back in the ring for a missile dropkick and a two count. Cedric continues the attcks but McIntyre cuts him off and hits a crucifix turnbuckle powerbomb for a near-fall.
McIntyre chops the chest but Alexander responds with a right hand. McIntyre takes him down with a chin lock and holds him in the middle of the ring. Alexander eventually fights up and elbows out. McIntyre hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex for a two count. Drew applies an arm bar but Alexander fights up, only for McIntyre to put him right back down with a forearm. Alexander ducks a clothesline and hits a handspring kick.
Alexander then hits a headscissor DDT for a near fall. McIntyre catches a flying Alexander and goes to the second rope. McIntyre then connects with a swinging sidewalk slam off the second rope for a near-fall. McIntyre throws him out of the ring and chops him a few times. Alexander shoves Drew into the ring post before hitting the Lumbar Check on the floor!
Alexander gets in the ring and McIntyre just gets in before being counted out. They go back and forth for a minute, then McIntyre sends Cedric out of the ring and hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex on the ramp! McIntyre gets back in the ring and looks for a Claymore Kick, but Alexander collapses before he can pull it off. Alexander then surprises him with an inside cradle for a near fall. McIntyre goes to the top rope, but Alexander leaps up and hits him with a Spanish Fly for a near fall!
The crowd is chanting, “This is awesome.” Alexander goes for a Lumbar Check again, but McIntyre gets out. McIntyre elbows him and goes for an inverted Alabama Slam, but Alexander counters into a victory roll for a near fall. They hit the ropes, and McIntyre turns him inside out with a Claymore Kick and that’s all she wrote!
AJ Styles is backstage with Gallows and Anderson. Styles says it was a big deal that Seth Rollins beat Brock Lesnar last night. Gallows says even AJ Styles couldn’t beat Lesnar. Of course, Styles doesn’t appreciate that. Styles says Rollins will be a great champion one day, but tonight he’ll embarrass him.
We see Paul Heyman walking backstage, looking angry. He walks into Brock Lesnar’s locker room.
We see Charly Caruso backstage, waiting to interview Paul Heyman. In the meantime, No Way Jose is in the ring for a match.
The bell rings and Roode puts Jose in the corner and stomps him down. Jose connects with a kick, some right hands, and runs off the ropes but gets caught by a spinebuster. Roode does the “Glorious” taunt and hits the Glorious DDT for the win.
Caruso interviews Heyman backstage and says history was made last night. Heyman mocks her and says he has the exclusive. Earlier today WWE announced Brock Lesnar was not entitled to a rematch against Seth Rollins. Heyman is angry and begins to say why that’s unfair but stops and walks back in the locker room.
Lince Dorado starts against Dash Wilder. Dorado hits clotheslines and dropkicks until Scott Dawson holds Wilder back. Dawson tags in and takes Dorado down and drops repeated elbows.
R-Truth’s music hits, and the WWE 24/7 Champion runs down being chased by a bunch of wrestlers. Drake Maverick trips at ringside and falls over. Everything descends into chaos and the ref calls for the bell.
Lucha House Party hit dives onto all the wrestlers running down the ramp. Dash and Dawson hit R-Truth with a Hart Attack and pin him together to become the first 24/7 Champions. The Revival are the 24/7 Champions. Kalisto hits Dawson with a Salida del Sol. Kalisto covers, but Wilder pulls him out. Carmella rolls R-Truth onto Dawson to win back the title. R-Truth is the 24/7 Champion. Truth has now won the title 12-times. R-Truth comes and Carmella run up the ramp with all the others in tow. Maverick is last and stops at the top of the ramp to catch his breath. Just as he walks off however, Truth and Carmella come back out the other side and leave through a side area.
The camera follows Truth and Carmella backstage and they’re out of breath. Truth is cheering about his many title wins when Elias walks up and breaks a guitar over his back. Elias pins him! Elias is the 24/7 Champion.
After the break we will take a look at the attacks on Roman Reigns.
We get a commercial for the upcoming King of the Ring tournament, which kicks-off next Monday night.
We get a video package, replaying the attacks on Roman Reigns. Tomorrow night Roman will face Buddy Murphy.
Natalya makes her way to the ring, with her arm in a sling. Highlights are shown of her match against Becky Lynch last night. Natalya says she faced Becky Lynch last night and tapped out. She says Lynch outwrestled her and was the better woman on the night. Natalya says she has a dislocated elbow and will have an MRI soon. But she doesn’t take back anything she said about Becky Lynch and they will fight again when this is over. Natalya now wants to share a story. Last night her dad (Jim Neidhart) came to her in her dream and said he was proud of her. Natalya reminds us it’s been a year since her dad died.
— WWE (@WWE) August 13, 2019
We come back to replays of the attack on Natalya by Sasha Banks.
Ivar grabs Mason and throws him out of the ring. He then grabs Sebastian and splahses him before tagging Erik. The big man lifts one and slams him onto the other.
Ivar tags in and Erik lifts him up, and throws him into Suave. Ivar covers him but then lifts him up to keep inflicting punishment. Erik hits Mason with double knees outside the ring to the floor. They hit Suave with The Viking Experience for the win.
Caruso interviews Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross backstage. She says they’re defending their titles often. Bliss says of course they are, because they aren’t like their chatty predecessors. Cross says she couldn’t do any of this without Bliss, who says they’re going to beat the Kabuki Warriors next.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross make their entrance, followed by The Kabuki Warriors.
The match begins with Sane and Bliss. Alexa shoves Sane, who pretends to punch her but Alexa cowers, so Sane touches her head. They throw down and Sane hits a crossbody and tags Asuka. They hit a double-team bulldog/elbow drop, then knock both Alexa and Cross to the floor and hit dives onto them. Asuka gets Alexa back in the ring for a two count.
We return to see Nikki Cross holding Sane in a submission hold. Sane tries to fight up but gets taken right back down. She fights up the second time and tries to tag Asuka but Cross lifts her up in the air. Sane ducks Cross and makes the tag.
Asuka comes in and knocks Alexa from the apron with a hip attack, then knee’s Cross in the head and delivers several kicks. Asuka connects with a running kick, then a German suplex. Alexa tags in and hits Asuka with a snap DDT but Kairi breaks it up. Alexa is angry and tags Cross. Asuka beats the two of them and hits a neckbreaker/bulldog before tagging Sane.
Sane hits Cross with an Alabama slam, then goes up top. Cross rolls from the ring, but Sane hits her with a crossbody to the floor, then puts her back inside and climbs to the top again. Kairi hits the Insane Elbow but Alexa breaks it up. Asuka swings for Alexa but Bliss ducks and leaves the ring. She suckers Asuka into kicking the ring post, then she shoves her into it.
Back in the ring, Alexa drags Cross to her corner but Sane comes back and kicks Alexa. Cross recuperates and hits Sane with a spinning neckbreaker, before tagging Alexa, who hits Twisted Bliss for the win.
Seth Rollins cuts a promo backstage and says that AJ wants to prove he is the best Champion. But maybe AJ has forgotten that he did what he couldn’t: beat Brock Lesnar…twice. And he beat AJ at Money In The Bank. So tonight he’s going to Stomp his head once again, and remind him who the real Champion is.
The match begins and AJ swings a kick but Seth grabs it and rams him into the corner. Seth delivers shoulder after shoulder until the ref tells him to stop. Rollins hangs AJ in the tree of woe and stomps him, before hitting a dropkick.
Rollins counters a back drop and kicks AJ. He looks for The Stomp but Gallows and Anderson pull Styles from the ring. Rollins wastes no time and hits a suicide dive to Gallows. He kicks Anderson, but then AJ slams him into the barricade. AJ lifts Seth and hits a back drop in which Seth lands face-first. Seth is in trouble as we head to the break.
We’re back live and Styles hits Rollins with Ushigoroshi. Rollins rolls to the apron and Styles looks to piledriver him but Seth gets out and lands on the floor, then swipes the feet of Styles.
Gallows and Anderson lift AJ and put him back in the ring and Seth just makes it back inside at 9. AJ lands a series of strikes to Seth, but the Universal Champion responds with a slingblade and a splash in the corner. Rollins takes AJ down with a discus forearm, then puts him on the top rope. Rollins looks for a reverse DDT but AJ elbows him off.
Styles looks for the Phenomenal Forearm but Seth dodges it, kicks AJ, then goes up top. Seth wants a frog splash but Anderson distracts the referee while Gallows shoves him to the mat. The referee ejects The O.C. from ringside. AJ tries to use the distraction to roll-up Seth but he kicks out. Rollins kicks AJ in the gut but then Anderson and Gallows run in and attack him.
Styles, Gallows, and Anderson beat on Seth Rollins until Ricochet comes running down to make the save. Ricochet takes out Anderson but then Gallows lifts him up and they hit the Boot of Doom. They throw Ricochet from the ring, then AJ instructs his cohorts to lift Seth up for a top-rope Styles Clash. Before AJ can do it however, Braun Strowman comes down and hits both Anderson and Gallows with shoulder tackles. He then hits AJ with a running powerslam and poses for the crowd. Braun grabs the Universal Championship and hands it to Seth. The three of them stand together to end the show.
And that’s it for Monday Night Raw. Let us know what you thought and be sure to come back tomorrow for more news and results. Until then, safe travels.