Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE RAW on July 20th, just one night removed from Extreme Rules.
Not much about tonight’s show is known because WWE is seemingly scrambling to put together a new creative vision – something you generally should know a few months ahead of time.
So we only have two announced matches for the show, which are Randy Orton Vs. The Big Show in an unsanctioned match, as well as Seth Rollins Vs. Aleister Black. Who knows where the likes of Drew McIntyre go from here, but hopefully they come up with something interesting.
And that’s our preview for tonight’s RAW. Let us know what you’re excited to see and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with a look back at Seth Rollins Vs. Rey Mysterio, all the way from the beginning until last night, where Seth beat Rey in an Eye-For-An-Eye match. We go live to the arena and out come Rollins and Murphy.
The “crowd” boo and Rollins looks annoyed. He says Rey Mysterio’s eye came out of its socket last night. He understood the stipulation going into the match but what happened last night will stay with him forever. It was disgusting, barbaric, and more than he expected. It made him sick. But does he regret it? Well he is forced to ask if the WWE Universe regrets what they did to him?
This wasn’t his decision, the fans made him the Monday Night Messiah. He says it’s the fans who are to blame for what happened to Rey. But let’s not forget Rey asked for this stipulation, and actions have consequences. All that said, we can’t dwell in the past. The beauty of it all is that now Rey is out of sight and Monday Night RAW can fulfil its potential. He says there is no-one left to stand in the way but out comes Aleister Black.
Black says Seth can’t defer any of the blame because this is all on him. But he’s here to rectify. Black takes off his jacket and Murphy runs at him but gets kicked in the head. Black makes his way to the ring but Murphy pulls him back out. Aleister beats Murphy around ringside, kicking him against the barricade, throwing him into the plexi-glass, and over the announce desk. Black gets in the ring but Seth slides out and stares at him.
Back live and this match is underway with Rollins beating Murphy in the corner. The action spills out of the ring and Black starts making a comeback but inadvertently punches the ring post. Rollins throws him into the announce desk, then back inside the ring for a slingblade.
Rollins methodically beats on Black, chopping him and applying submissions to keep him down. Seth targets the shoulder of Black and slams it into the buckles. He looks to do it again but Black counters with a boot to the face, then another, and sends him to the outside.
Rollins springboards back in but Black avoids him and delivers some big kicks. Murphy gets on the apron but Black kicks him off, then attempts a springboard moonsault but Seth avoids it. Rollins attempts The Stomp but gets hit with Black Mass and rolls to the apron. Murphy rolls in but he eats Black Mass as well.
We return to find Black kicking Rollins in the corner. Black lifts him up by the boot but Seth rolls him up for two. Seth hits two Avada Kadavra’s and both men are down. Rollins goes up top but Black hits him and they fight on the ropes. Black gets ripped down by the arm, and Seth jumps at him but Black lands a kick in mid-air.
Aleister grabs the back but gets slammed down by the arm, then Rollins hits The Stomp. Rollins slowly crawls over for the cover and wins.
Seth and Murphy leave up the ramp but run back down and start attacking Aleister together. They take him outside and slam him into the barricade, then drag him over to ring post and whack his arm off it. Rollins slams him down by the arm on the floor, then bangs it into the announce desk repeatedly. Seth stands on his hand and berates him, then jumps on it and Black screams.
We see a replay of last night when MVP announced himself the United States Champion as a result of default. MVP and Lashley are backstage with Ron Simmons, who tells them there is a better way of doing things and walks off. Truth appears with a giant wok and says MVP’s belt is a nice replica. MVP gets annoyed but says they’d love it if Truth joined them at ringside. Truth says no, he doesn’t want put in the nelson again. He asks Lashley if he knows it hurts and Lashley corrects him. He says MVP wanted to know if the new 24/7 Champion would be joining them. Shelton Benjamin then boots Truth from behind and pins him. Shelton Benjamin is the WWE 24/7 Champion. Benjamin, MVP, and Lashley walk off to the ring.
MVP, Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin come to the ring together. MVP says last night he became the new United States Champion and he didn’t even break a sweat. And that’s because the CEO of the hurt business, Bobby Lashley, ragdolled Apollo Crews a few weeks ago. But it doesn’t matter because his victory was a foregone conclusion. Tonight they have to deal with two hard-headed idiots and when they’re done they will hit the after-party.
Ricochet and Cedric Alexander come out and they say MVP is irrelevant and a coward hiding behind Bobby Lashley. He’s more of a chump than a champ. Cedric says they’ve both been Champions before and they can do it again without MVP’s help. MVP laughs and says he looks at either side of him and sees two grown ass men from the hurt business. But Ricochet and Cedric are two little kids, and they don’t have a third man, so why don’t they go to the back again. Ricochet says they, in fact, do have a partner for tonight, the returning Mustafa Ali!
Lashley runs out but Ali superkicks him, then Ricochet and Cedric do the same. They run to the ring but MVP and Benjamin turn tail. The tag match is after the break.
Back live and the heels are dishing out the hurt to Cedric Alexander with quick tags. MVP body slams Cedric and drops a big knee on him for a two-count, then tries the pin twice more. MVP hits a back suplex and tags Benjamin. Shelton beats on Cedric, then slams him into the buckles and punches him down.
Lashley tags back in and hits a stalling vertical suplex. Lashley shoulder tackles Cedric and tags MVP again, who hits a boot in the corner followed by the Ballin’ Elbow for a near-fall. MVP stumps out a comeback by Cedric and makes the tag to Benjamin again. Ricochet finally gets the tag and comes in with kicks to Shelton, then tags Mustafa for a slingshot senton and Benjamin rolls outside to regroup.
Back live and Benjamin is unloading some ground and pound on Ricochet, then moves to a side headlock. Ricochet fights up and hits a jawbreaker, but gets dragged back by Shelton, who tags MVP. The heels continue to isolate Ricochet, keeping him in the corner and making quick tags. Lashley takes Ricochet outside and slams him into the barricade.
In the ring again and Lashley chokes Ricochet with his boot and grinds him down. Mustafa and MVP get the tags, and Ali drops MVP with a dropkick, then forces him to the corner. Ali hits an enziguiri, then a rolling X-Factor for a two-count broken up by Lashley. Ali sends Lashley to the outside, where Ali hits him with a really gnarly suicide dive sending Lashley over the announce table.
Benjamin boots Cedric on the floor but Ricochet hits a springboard moonsault to him and they’re all down on the floor. Back inside the ring, MVP looks for a big boot but Ali dodges it and hits a neckbreaker. Ali goes up top and hits a 450 splash for the win!
Randy Orton is backstage and he talks about the moments of his career that made his career. And people might think of when he joined Evolution, became the youngest WWE Champion of all time, or beat Mick Foley in a hardcore match, but that’s not what he thinks about. They were great moments but he remembers the moment, 174 days ago when he swung a chair down onto the neck of Edge. That moment was cathartic and it was just the same when he punted Christian into retirement. And now Big Show has come back to seek some ill-sighted retribution but he will take immense pleasure in ending his career once and for all.
Christian joins the show via satellite and Samoa Joe interviews him. Joe asks how he has been and Christian says Randy is one of the best to ever do it. He knew what he was getting himself into but he didn’t expect Randy to weaponize Ric Flair. Christian says he will never look at either of them the same again, and doesn’t know if he will even be the same. Joe asks Christian about his healing process and Christian says he has good days and bad days but he has to be honest, he doesn’t feel good. But he’d do it all again if it guarantees Randy gets what is coming to him. He can’t wait to see Big Show knock Randy Orton’s ass out cold.
Sarah Schreiber interviews Bianca Belair backstage and asks where she goes next. Bianca says her rise will be the fastest ever because she is the best. Peyton Royce appears and says this interview is already too long. Royce says Bianca is the nosiest and the loudest of all-time. Ruby Riott comes up and pokes fun at Peyton, asking where Billie Kay is. Royce tells them to mind their own business, and reminds Ruby that she beat her. Royce tells Bianca to be careful or she’ll wind up like Liv Morgan. Ruby gets mad and Bianca gets between them. Belair says she can’t wait to see Peyton get whooped in a way that can only be described as “Iconic!”
The match starts with a lock-up and Riott forces Peyton to the corner for shoulder tackles. Peyton bounces out with a big kick to the face, then drops Ruby for a one-count. Royce looks angry and ties Ruby up in the ropes for a submission until the referee makes her stop.
Peyton methodically kicks Ruby and forearms her. Royce talks trash to Ruby, who fires back with right hands but gets thrown to the apron. Ruby shoulders Peyton and looks for a roll-up but Royce turns the tables and hits another head kick. Royce goes up top but misses a dropkick. Ruby capitalizes with a Riott Kick and wins!
Charly interviews Zelina Vega, Angel Garza, and Andrade backstage, asking how they feel about a big match tonight against the Street Profits. Vega says the Champions haven’t been around much lately, while her boys have been here winning match after match. Andrade and Garza echo her sentiments but the Profits attack them from behind like heels and beat them down. The match is next!
The match gets underway and the heels swarm the Champions, with Andrade beating Ford on the floor and Garza smashing Dawkins in the corner. Garza slams Dawkins into the buckles and tags Andrade, who unloads on Angelo before tagging his partner back in.
Dawkins eventually makes a tag to Ford, who comes in like a rocket against Andrade and knocks him to the floor with a dropkick. Ford hits a tope over the ropes to wipe out Andrade as we head to the break.
Back live and Dawkins is grinding down Andrade with a submission near their corner. Ford tags in and takes a headlock but Andrade forces him to the corner and tags Angel. Garza beats on Ford and hits a superkick before tagging Andrade again.
Andrade hits a suplex for a two-count then goes to a submission. Andrade tags Angel, then holds Ford as Garza punches him. Garza beats on Ford before tagging Andrade again, who back drops Ford and goes to an abdominal stretch. Montez fights out and hits a suplex, then crawls to make the tag.
Dawkins comes in against Andrade and hits a spinning back elbow, then intercepts Garza with a belly-to-belly. T-bone suplex to Andrade, then a splash and a bulldog for a near-fall. Garza and Ford get the tags and comes in with a superkick to Dawkins but Ford knocks him off the top rope and hits an incredible turning frog splash for the win!
We see a replay from last night where Sasha Banks wrestled Asuka and essentially stole the title after Bayley donned the referee shirt and counted to three. After the break we will find out just what’s going on.
Andrade and Vega are talking backstage, cordially, but Vega appears and yells at them for being stupid and blowing their opportunity. Angel says they’re on the same page and Vega tells them to prove it.
Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring, both donning two belts. Bayley shames the fans for booing Sasha. Banks says a lot of people have been talking and accusing her of stealing the RAW Women’s Championships. She says people must have bad memories because she fought for that belt, unlike Asuka who got handed the title by Becky Lynch.
Banks says Asuka tried to blind the referee last night, so Bayley took over duties like a good person. Bayley says she isn’t just Bayley Dos Straps, she’s a role model. She had to do the right thing. Banks says she is the standard, the blueprint, and Two Belts Banks. They start celebrating but out comes Asuka and Kairi Sane.
Asuka says Sasha was not ready for her, and Asuka was not ready for a thief. Asuka says Banks is holding her title, so Sasha tells her to come get it. The Kabuki Warriors walk down the ramp but Stephanie McMahon appears on the screen and tells them to hold on. She congratulates them on being Champions but says Sasha is not the RAW Women’s Champion. Neither did Asuka though. So next week they will have a rematch to determine the rightful Champion, and if Bayley gets involved Sasha loses. Kairi Sane Vs. Bayley is coming up next.
Back live and the match is already underway with Kairi attacking Bayley and forcing her through the ropes. Bayley cheap shots Kairi and taunts Asuka on the outside. Sane hits a headscissors that sends Bayley through the ropes to the floor.
Sane hits a hip attack that hurts Bayley’s arm. Sane gets Bayley back in the ring but the Champ turns the tables and beats her down in the corner. Bayley hits a snapmare and a headlock while Asuka tries to rally Sane. Kairi fights up but Bayley hits a suplex for a two-count. Bayley looks for it again but Kairi reverses with a roll-up for two.
Bayley goes to the apron and attempts to suplex Sane over the ropes but Kairi breaks free and hits her with an axe kick. With Bayley draped over the top rope, Sane goes up top and jumps off with a knee to the back of BDS. Sane goes for the cover but Banks pulls Bayley from the ring.
Back from commercial and Sane hits Bayley with a sliding elbow in the corner but the Champion gets her knees up. Bayley targets the arm of Sane, bending it around the ropes. Shayna Baszler gets an interview backstage during the match, and she says she doesn’t have a match tonight. She’s the best women in the division and she’s not featured, so yeah, she has a vested interest in this match like a shark smelling blood.
Back with the action and Sane does in fact hit the sliding elbow to Bayley in the corner. Sane goes up top but Bayley gets back on top and applies a hangman armbreaker. Sane kicks Bayley’s foot and she falls into the tree of woe, so Sane hits a double stomp for a near-fall. Sane hits a spinning backfist, then hits an interceptor.
Sane goes up top and leaps for the InSane Elbow and she hits it but her right arm prevents her from making a quick pin and Bayley gets a foot on the rope. Bayley whips Sane to the ropes and hits a big knee to counter a spear, then hits a belly-to-back suplex. Bayley goes up top and hits a Macho elbow for a near-fall. Bayley attempts a Bayley-to-Belly but Sane counters with a great roll-up for the win!
Drew McIntyre is stopped backstage and asked what kind of shape he’s in. Drew says he’d be a liar if he said he felt good, but he’s still WWE Champion and he’s heading to the ring right now to discuss his future.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre comes to the ring as we see highlights of his match with Dolph Ziggler last night.
McIntyre says he has to hand it to Dolph, the stipulation last night was brilliant and he maximized his chances. He hit him with chairs, steel steps, put him through a table and, honestly, he almost had him. But, almost doing things is the story of Dolph’s entire career. As for him it’s onwards and upwards. The next show for them is SummerSlam and he wants a worthy opponent.
Dolph Ziggler comes out and he says he saw fear in Drew’s eyes last night. Drew says he’s sick of seeing him, he beat him last night so why is he here? Dolph says the whole world saw them beat each other stupid for that title, and yes the odds were in his favour but he saw the fear in his eyes. Drew knew he had what it takes and he came very close. McIntyre says Dolph is becoming an embarrassment, so he’s going to leave. Dolph grabs Drew but the Scotsman turns around and headbutts him.
Drew starts to leave but Ziggler tells him to stop. He deserved that match last night and he could feel the title slipping away from Drew. He tells him to name the time, the place, and the stipulation because he doesn’t care, he deserves it. Drew says Dolph has changed his mind, he accepts. Dolph asks what the stipulation is and McIntyre says he doesn’t know yet, because it’s only been ten seconds and he’s going to make him wait until the bell rings.
Big Show is backstage and he says in a few minutes he’s going to be standing across the ring from Randy Orton, the most dangerous man in WWE. He’s had an incredible year; tore Edge’s tricep off the bone, and turned Christian’s dream of a final match into a nightmare. Orton has been systematic and proving he is more than a last name. He’s sadistically taking people out and he knows he’s next. He knows his career is in jeopardy. He hoped and prayed the sadistic Legend Killer would never return, but the voices are back and screaming at Randy again. He says he’s reminded of when he and Randy used to travel together and team together. They referred to each other as the hammer and the chisel, and they bonded. They talked about being like tigers and trying to change your stripes, and they knew each others internal struggles. But it’s all changed now. Randy has brought back the Legend Killer and has a boot with his name on it. He’s asked himself if this is the end of the line for The Big Show? It might be. But, just like a tiger, he will do everything and anything to survive. He knows it might be the end, but he’ll do everything he can to make sure Randy doesn’t write the end of his story.
Big Show rushes Orton at the bell but Orton dodges a slap to the chest. Orton kicks Big Show but gets forced to the corner and punched in the gut twice. Big Show beats Orton in all the corners and lights up his chest.
Orton attempts to fight back but Big Show hits a spear and Randy rolls outside. Show grabs a table and brings it into the ring, then goes around and puts Randy on the apron for another huge chop. Before Show can get back inside, Angel Garza and Andrade run down and attack him. They slam him into the ring post and the steps while Zelina watches on. They hold Big Show and Orton lines up a kick but out comes The Viking Raiders to make the save!
We return from the final break of the night and Randy has Big Show in a sleeper hold – the other men have fought to the back. Show powers out and drops Orton with a headbutt. Big Show clobbers Orton a few times and hits the ropes but Orton takes him down with a dropkick to the knee. Orton runs for The Punt but Big Show catches him and hits a Chokeslam for a near-fall.
Big Show looks for the WMD but Orton rolls out of the ring. Big Show sets up the table in the ring, then grabs Orton and throws him into the ring like a child. Show puts Orton on the table, then climbs to the middle rope. Show jumps for a Vader Bomb but Orton rolls out of the way and Show crashes through the table.
Orton laughs and crawls towards Big Show, who slowly climbs to his feet. Orton picks his moment and hits an RKO but Show kicks out! Orton leaves the ring and goes under the ring for a chair. He comes back inside and hits Big Show in the gut, then across the back. Orton talks trash then hits Show again.
Show rolls to the apron where Orton hits him with the chair again, then pulls him over the top rope for a draping DDT. Orton drops to his knees and punches the ground, then hits a second RKO and scores the pinfall.
After the match Orton poses with the referee, then watches as Show tries to get to his feet. Orton walks back to the corner, then hits The Punt! Orton gets in Show’s ear and tells him he told him, just like the others. “One more legend down.”
That’s it for this week’s WWE RAW. Let us know what you thought and I will see you back here on Wednesday night for AEW Dynamite. Until then you can find all your wrestling news right here. Stay safe.