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!
Monday Night Raw
Raw opens with some highlights from the SummerSlam main event, in which Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to become the Universal Champion.
Welcome BACK to…
— WWE (@WWE) August 13, 2019
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.
— WWE (@WWE) August 13, 2019
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.
Samoa Joe Vs. Sami Zayn
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.
Winner: Samoa Joe
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.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 13, 2019
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 Miz Vs. Dolph Ziggler
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.
Winner: The Miz
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.
Ricochet Vs. Elias
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.