Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE RAW on July 27th.
Tonight’s show marks the first real step towards SummerSlam, and so Randy Orton will identify his next victim. Last week Orton took The Big Show out, possibly for good, so who’s next? With SummerSlam around the corner it could be a name like Goldberg but we’ll have to wait and see.
There are two big matches happening tonight also, with Drew McIntyre battling Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match. Drew will choose the stipulation but we don’t yet know what that will be. Meanwhile Sasha Banks faces Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship to determine who the true Champion is.
Elsewhere, The Viking Raiders, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, and Andrade & Angel Garza will battle it out to determine the number one contender’s for the WWE RAW Tag Team Champions.
And that’s all we know about this week’s RAW. Follow along here for live results and enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with The Legend Killer, Randy Orton coming to the ring. We see replays of last week when Orton wrestled The Big Show in an unsanctioned match, then potentially retired him with a Punt Kick.
Randy says he’s been here in WWE for twenty years and he’s been known as many different things. He was the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history and won it twelve times since. He’s been a part of Evolution, Legacy, and The Authority. When he thinks of the greats, he thinks of Stone Cold and The Rock, but neither of them can hold a candle to his resume and his longevity. He has done whatever the hell he wanted to whoever he wanted and that’s never going to change. But something’s missing.
He hasn’t been able to figure out what’s missing…until this morning. He knows what he needs. He desires to be WWE Champion again. So he needs to bring Drew McIntyre into the equation but they can’t compare resume’s because that would be a short conversation. He knows ten years ago Drew was the chosen one but his head was so far up his ass he got himself fired. But he watched him claw his way back and he has his respect.
Randy watched Drew win the Royal Rumble, then beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania in quick fashion. But Drew has a problem, because he has what Orton wants. And he has a tendency to take what he wants in the biggest way possible. So he wants a WWE Championship match at SummerSlam. And when he RKO’s him, McIntyre will never see it coming.
Nia Jax comes to the ring while Randy is leaving. She says she heard what Randy was saying because she woke up today also wanting to be a Champion. Last time she had a shot she was screwed by a referee. And Charlotte Flair denied her her rightful rematch. But nobody has seen Charlotte since, thanks to her.
Jax is interrupted by the Queen of Spades, Shayna Baszler. She gets in Nia’s face and says nobody gives a damn what she wants. Nia punches Shayna, then tosses her across the ring. They start striking but referee’s come down and pull them apart.
The RAW Tag Team Champions, The Street Profits, are in the ring. Ford says he’s excited to join us tonight for the number one contender match. Ford says he thought to himself over a PB&J today, there’s something they need to do. Dawkins says he already knows, then the two of them say “ring announcing” together. Ford introduces The Viking Raiders as the men who, if Thor had them in Wakanda, Thanos would never have snapped his finger.
As the bell rings Andrade and Garza throw all four other men from the ring, then Garza rips his pants off and throws them at Dawkins. They leave the ring and have a staredown with the Profits at ringside as we head to the break.
Back live and Cedric has Ivar in a headlock. The big man shoots him off then throws him to the buckles. Ivar looks for a double stomp but Alexander slides under and out. Ivar throws him into his corner and Ricochet tags in. The duo perform a flurry of quick offense to stun Ivar and he tags Erik.
Both teams come face-to-face but turn their attention to Andrade and Garza on the floor, who’re standing watching. Ricochet and Alexander gets Garza in the ring and double-team him, meanwhile Erik and Ivar slam Andrade on the floor. The referee has made no effort to eject Ricochet and Cedric from the ring.
Alexander hits a suplex to Andrade and Ricochet kicks him. Erik and Ivar hit a double-team German suplex, then Ricochet knocks Ivar outside while Erik tosses Cedric out. This match has about as many rules as your average AEW tag match. Andrade comes in and sneak attacks Erik, then Ricochet joins him in beating the Viking into the corner.
Andrade stops Ricochet from making a pin, then knocks him outside. Erik comes in and hits Andrade with a belly-to-belly, then a running crossbody – I have no idea who’s legal. Ivar hits a seated senton but Garza clocks him with a superkick. Erik hits him with an overhead throw, then double knees sending him into the buckles.
Back live and Andrade and Garza are beating the hell out of everyone at ringside. Andrade hits Erik with double knees in the corner for a two-count and some semblance of rules returns to the match. Ricochet and Garza get tags and the former hits the latter into the corner, kicks him, then hits a springboard clothesline.
Garza superkicks Ricochet but Alexander superkicks him. Ivar takes out Alexander, then Andrade takes him out, and Erik takes him out with a knee. Erik looks for a suicide dive but gets kicked in mid-air. Of course, we can’t have a multi-man match without a spot where Ivar jumps onto everyone just idly waiting at ringside. Meanwhile in the ring, Garza hits the Wing Clipper to Alexander for the win.
Andrade and Garza attack the Champions at ringside. Andrade takes the top off the announce desk and throws it at them before running away.
After the break we’re getting Nia Jaz Vs. Shayna Baszler, for the first time ever!
The bell rings and they start brawling. Jax lifts Baszler and dumps her over the ropes to the floor. Baszler kicks Nia but she no-sells it and slams her into the plexi-glass, then again. And they’re counted out.
They continue fighting at ringside and it’s really clunky because Nia just isn’t good. Jax shoves some security guards, then gets Baszler back in the ring where she chokes out a guard. Some guy in a shirt tries to get between them but Nia shoves him into Baszler, then rips his shirt over his head and kicks him out of the ring. Baszler tries to get back inside but referees hold her on the apron. Jax knocks her off and taunts her.
We see a replay of the Seth Rollins/Rey Mysterio feud. Rollins is backstage with Murphy, who looks queasy. Rollins asks if he’s with him and Murphy asks if Dominik will show-up tonight? Seth says yes because people like him can’t get out of their own way. But don’t worry, the greater good will move forward unabated. Tonight will be different.
We see Ruby Riott and Bianca Belair backstage with Mark Henry, presumably Randy Orton’s next victim.
Seth Rollins comes to the ring with Murphy. Seth says he defeated Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black last week, so he should be in a great mood. But he’s not, because Dominik Mysterio is here to confront him. He says this a recurring theme; everytime the greater good takes a step forward someone steps in his way. And someone gets hurt every step of the way.
Rollins says he doesn’t want to hurt people, that’s not who he is. But last time Dominik came to RAW he jumped him from behind. Tonight is going to be different. He doesn’t want Dominik to hide and he doesn’t want violence. He has a soft spot in his heart for the Mysterio family. Rollins invites Mysterio’s son out and he comes to the ring.
Rollins says he wants to let Dominik get some stuff off his chest, he’s here for him. Seth opens up for a hug but Dominik tackles him. Murphy attacks him and Seth joins in. They beat him out of the ring and slam him into the barricade, then the announce desk. Seth yells that it isn’t his fault, he didn’t want this.
Aleister Black runs down and attacks them, but they quickly get the better of him. Black’s arm is hurt from last week and they target it. Murphy knees Black, then Seth hits The Stomp. Rollins tells Murphy to put Black’s eye into the steel steps, but Murphy is reluctant. Seth berates him and slaps him, saying if he’s in this he’ll do it. Murphy grabs Black and puts him by the steps and jams the eye in!
Seth asks where Dominik went and the kid comes at them with a Kendo stick. He batters Murphy but Seth gets away. Dominik whips the stick off the steps as referee’s get between them.
R-Truth approaches Mustafa Ali backstage and asks if he’s thinking about going for the 24/7 Championship but he says no, he’s focused on his match with Bobby Lashley tonight. Truth says good, “I got my eyes on you Mufasa”.
MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin are in the V.I.P Lounge when we return. MVP says last week he tried to have a celebration with his boys, over his victory at Extreme Rules, but the night didn’t go as planned. But that’s OK because he got a chance to meet a young man, Mustafa Ali.
He wants to help that young man, so he invites him to the V.I.P Lounge. Ali joins them in the ring and MVP welcomes him to the good life. He says this is where good decisions lead to good things, but bad decisions get you involved in the hurt business. Kinda like his friends last week.
Ali says last week him and his friends put the hurt business out of business. He’s happy to be back, happy to be on RAW, and happy to climb the ladder, happy to have an opportunity to be a real Champion. MVP says all those things can happen if he hangs out with the right people. Ali says he’s not buying it. Just because MVP can brainwash two meatheads like Lashley and Shelton, doesn’t mean he can brainwash him.
MVP tells him to be careful and reminds Ali that Apollo took a similar path, and that led to him sitting at home. So he can join them in the Lounge and be a rockstar, or he can be on the couch. He can be a Champion or a chump. Ali says no and suddenly R-Truth tackles Shelton Benjamin out of the ring. He rolls him up but Benjamin kicks out. Truth narrowly escapes the hurt business and runs to the back.
Lashley draws a line in the ring and tells Ali to cross it. Mustafa does but Lashley shoves him across the ring. Ali jumps on Lashley but gets shrugged off and clotheslined out of his boots. Lashley hits Mustafa with a biel, then hits a running shoulder in the corner.
Lashley whips Ali to the ropes and hits a flapjack. Bobby lifts Ali and drops him with a right hand. Mustafa is forced to the corner and kicked down, then choked with a big boot. Lashley hits a long stalling suplex, meanwhile Akira Tozawa comes from under the ring and tries to pin Benjamin but gets tossed into the barricade. Ninja’s appear but MVP and Benjamin beat them down.
Lashley comes out, lifts a ninja and runs him into the barricade. Lashley lifts him again but Ali hits a suicide dive, smashing Bobby into the barricade.
Back live and Lashley is clubbing Mustafa against the ropes. Ali fires back with a kick, then counters a military press. Ali looks for a springboard but Lashley decks him in mid-air and Ali falls to the floor. Lashley whips Ali into the ring post and he flies through the air. Ali is thrown into the barricade and MVP taunts him.
Lashley brings Ali back inside for a near-fall, then hits repeated elbows to the neck. Lashley hits a big STO for a near-fall. Ali again counters the military press, then counters the roll-out Dominator to hit a springboard tornado DDT. Mustafa goes up top and jumps for a 450 but nobody’s home. Lashley catches him with a full nelson and Ali taps.
Charly Caruso interviews Dolph Ziggler backstage and asks if he knows the stipulation tonight. Dolph says no and it doesn’t matter. He says Randy is going to have to wait until after SummerSlam because he’s going to beat McIntyre tonight, then get a title shot at SummerSlam.
We see highlights of Sasha Banks Vs. Asuka at Extreme Rules. Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring. Sasha says nobody likes a bully and there is no bigger bully than Stephanie McMahon. And she’s doing it because she’s jealous of them because they run the company.
Bayley agrees and says they are the highlight of RAW, SmackDown, and NXT. She says they stand against injustice, which is why Bayley intervened when Asuka spat in the referee’s face. Any role model would have done the same thing. Banks says they’ve done everything they said they would. They hold all the gold and they’ve made history. Bayley says it’s time to end the charade and Sasha will make Asuka the Empress of Nothing.
Asuka comes out alongside Kairi Sane. Before the match can begin, Sane runs at Bayley and chases her to the back. This match is next!
The match gets underway and Banks drops Asuka with a right hand. Banks hits a dropkick but Asuka fires back with one of her own. Asuka forces Sasha into the corner and kicks her down, then delivers a swift kick to the back. Asuka hits a shining wizard for a two-count.
Asuka catches a running Sasha with an armbar. Banks tries to roll out but Asuka transitions into a different armbar, then again until Banks gets the ropes. Banks rolls to the apron, where she snaps Asuka’s leg across the middle rope. Banks then hits a backstabber for a two-count. Banks applies a single leg Boston crab and grinds Asuka down, then wraps Asuka’s foot around her leg and twists it. Asuka kicks her out of the ring.
Banks shouts about respect and grabs her belts, saying she’s done. The referee starts counting, so Banks gets in the ring with a belt and throws it to Asuka, pretending she was hit like Eddie Guerrero but the referee saw her. Banks turns around into a headkick and rolls from the ring.
Back live and Banks is in control, holding Asuka down with a submission and continuing to target that leg. Asuka fires back but misses a hip attack and Banks drags her under the bottom rope to slam the knee into the apron. Banks kicks Asuka a few times and hits a meteora for a two-count.
Banks goes to the single leg Boston crab again. Asuka gets free but Banks puts her in the corner and kicks the leg repeatedly. She runs but Asuka throws up an elbow, then catches her with a rolling kneebar. Asuka transitions to an ankle lock but Banks rolls, sending her into the buckles.
Sasha hits double knees in the corner, then climbs up top and jumps but gets caught with a Codebreaker. Asuka fires off some right hands but Sasha rolls her up for a near-fall. Asuka hits a German suplex, followed by a hip attack for a near-fall.
Banks climbs to the top rope where the two of them brawl until Banks headbutts her off. Sasha hits a frog splash for a near-fall, then quickly switches to the Bank Statement. Asuka gets to the ropes and rolls outside but Banks goes out and slams her knee into the announce desk. Sasha hopes for a count-out but Asuka gets back in at 9!
Asuka looks for a roll-up but Sasha kicks out and goes into the Banks Statement. Asuka counters into an ankle lock but suddenly we can see on the screen that Bayley is beating Kairi Sane backstage. Asuka doesn’t know what to do. She hits Banks with a German suplex, then lifts her for the Asuka Lock but sees Bayley continue to beat Sane into a shutter door. Asuka runs backstage and gets counted out!
Bayley runs down to the ring to celebrate with Sasha and they hug with all their belts!
Charly Caruso is backstage outside the doctor’s room. Bayley and Sasha run up and start screaming that they did it. Asuka comes out after they’ve gone. Charly asks about Kairi but Asuka screams in Japanese, very upset.
WWE pay tribute to Regis Philbin, who sadly passed away this past week.
The bell rings and Murphy forces Carrillo to the corner and delivers repeated shoulders. Murphy chops Carrillo hard in the corner but Humberto turns the tables. Carrillo kicks Murphy down into the corner, then hits a springboard kick.
Carrillo hits a suicide dive and gets pumped up. Murphy shoves Carrillo off the apron and into the barricade. Back inside Murphy kicks Carrillo in the back, then goes to a rear chinlock. Murphy throws him to the corner but Carrillo throws an elbow. Carrillo climbs up top but gets pulled down and superkicks Murphy so both men are down.
They climb up and trade shots back and forth until Humberto drops Murphy with a kick. Carrillo hits an enziguiri from the apron, then goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. Carrillo goes up top and jumps into a knee, followed by Murphy’s Law and that’s all she wrote.
We see replays of Dolph Ziggler Vs. Drew McIntyre at Extreme Rules. We see McIntyre with Mark Henry backstage. McIntyre faces Ziggler after the break.
Drew McIntyre comes to the ring and says that, before he gets to tonight, he has to address Randy Orton. It’s official, at SummerSlam it will be Drew McIntyre Vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. He’s not going to stand there and try to compare his resume to Orton, nobody can compare. Orton is firing on all cylinders and the biggest possible threat to his Championship and he knows what everyone is thinking: he’s the underdog. He hopes Randy is underestimating him as well, because that’s what Brock Lesnar did and he kicked his ass. Drew says Randy claims he won’t see the RKO coming, but he’s damn sure going to see the Claymore coming.
Ziggler comes out and says nobody cares about Drew’s head games. He gave Drew a full week to decide, so what’s the stipulation? McIntyre says he was so inspired by Dolph’s choice of Extreme Rules that he’s going for the same thing. The only difference this time? He can use the weapons too. McIntyre slaps Ziggler in the face as we head to the break.
We return to see Drew and Ziggler fighting on the floor, and McIntyre drops him with a back elbow. McIntyre tosses Dolph into the plexi-glass, breaking it. Drew goes under the apron and grabs a Kendo sick, which he beats over Dolph’s back.
Drew uses the Kendo stick to hit a Russian leg sweep up against the barricade, then hits Ziggler with it again. McIntyre throws Dolph into the ring, along with a half dozen chairs and a table. Ziggler grabs a chair but McIntyre takes it and hits him with it. McIntyre lifts the chair above his head but Dolph hits a low blow!
The action falls out of the ring and Ziggler starts stalking McIntyre with the Kendo. Ziggler hits McIntyre with the same Russian leg sweep into the barricade. Ziggler kicks Drew’s knee, then jumps off the apron but gets caught in mid-air and McIntyre runs him right through the barricade!
Back live and McIntyre stumbles to his feet. The Champion puts Ziggler into the ring and hits a flying axe handle. McIntyre kips up but Ziggler kicks his knee and hits a Fame-Asser. McIntyre and Ziggler go up top and it’s the Scotsman that hits a superplex.
McIntyre goes to the corner and readies for a Claymore but gets hit with a Zig-Zag for a near-fall! Ziggler lifts a chair but Drew runs and hits a Claymore that puts Ziggler through a propped table in the corner. McIntyre scores the pinfall.
As McIntyre gets up and celebrates his win, he gets hit with an RKO outta, you guessed it, nowhere! Orton lifts the title and holds it while standing over McIntyre.
That’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought of the show and come back tomorrow for all your wrestling news. Until then, stay safe!