Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE RAW on August 3rd, 2020.
Tonight’s is already shaping up to be a really big one, as WWE has confirmed the one and only Shane McMahon will be live on RAW. Shane has been AWOL for quite a while now, so it’ll be interesting to see why he’s back. Perhaps to reclaim his crown as best in the world?
In arguably even bigger news, a new stable will debut on RAW tonight and supposedly shake-up everything we know about WWE. Who the hell knows what the means but it’s certainly exciting. While the ratings for RAW have been plummeting, the brand made a killing in the first quarter of 2020, so it’s all interesting times on-and-off camera in WWE.
As for matches and segments, we know Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre will come face-to-face ahead of their huge showdown at SummerSlam, Asuka is reportedly out for revenge on behalf of Kairi Sane, and MVP battles Apollo Crews in the opening segment to crownd the true United States Champion.
So it’s a big night for WWE and we want to know what you’re excited to see. Who’s gonna be in the new faction? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and enjoy the show!
RAW opens with the announcers explaining that Randy Orton will come face-to-face with Drew McIntyre later tonight but as they’re talking the lights go out, then come back and they apologise for technical difficulties.
Apollo Crews makes his return to Monday Night RAW and comes to the ring, but the lights go out again. Once again they come back up and Tom Phillips says it is the result of weather difficulties in Florida. Before the match begins MVP says he is the real US Champion because Apollo didn’t even show-up to his title defence at Extreme Rules. He tells Apollo that, after tonight, their beef is over and he can go back to hanging with Ricochet and Cedric Alexander in catering.
United States Championship
(C) Apollo Crews Vs. MVP W/Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin
The match gets underway and the lights keep dimming and kicking back up. They lock-up and MVP takes Lashley down and tries to lock-in a choke but Crews elbows him. Apollo pins MVP for a two-count, then taunts him. Apollo takes the wrist and tries to ground MVP but the balla fires back with a forearm.
Crews whips Apollo to the ropes but Lashley and Benjamin pull him under the ropes and outside. Crews follows up with a tope over the ropes onto all three as we head to the break.
Back live and MVP has Apollo in a neck crank submission. Crews fights to his feet but MVP turns him inside out with a forearm and scores a two-count. MVP slams Apollo, then stomps him a few times. A suplex earns MVP a two-count and again the lights start dimming.
Apollo is whipped to the corner but he avoids a kick and hits a flying crossbody. Apollo lifts MVP but winds-up getting German suplexed. Somewhat out of nowhere, Apollo hits his toss powerbomb for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Crews has won both US Championships but in comes Lashley who grabs him with the full nelson. Apollo fights him off before he clasps hands and retreats with hits titles. Charly Caruso interviews Apollo backstage and he says that Lashley has strength unlike anyone and because of his full nelson he was out of action for weeks. During which time he has to watch MVP parade around, pretending he was the US Champion, and his kids asked why. But now he’s the undisputed United States Champion, with the title MVP paid for no-less, and he really appreciates it.
Still at ringside, MVP gets on the microphone and he yells at the three announcers. He says the lights going out distracted him and was an unsafe working environment. He says Apollo isn’t a real Champion if he is happy to steal the title under such circumstances. MVP says he doesn’t care about Apollo’s wife or kids, he cares about getting a rematch. And he wants it at SummerSlam.
Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage, slapping their titles together. We’ll be hearing from them, next. We see a darkened room backstage with a bodyguard standing in front, and the announcers say whatever is inside is the brain child of Shane McMahon.
Sarah Schreiber interviews Bayley and Banks backstage. She asks if they’ll be defending all their titles at SummerSlam and Bayley says she’s boring. Instead, they’ve brought some footage with them; an over-the-top tribute video to them that paints them as geniuses. Asuka appears at the end of the video saying revenge will be very sweet. Banks and Bayley are furious, but up walks Shayna Baszler. She says Sasha snaked her way to the RAW Women’s Championship and she’s waited in line long enough. Baszler then drops Banks with a right hand and walks off.
Kevin Owens is walking backstage but gets stopped by The IIconics. They ask if they can be on The KO Show. He says he loves them and they’d make great guests, just not tonight because he plans these things in advance. Owens makes his way to the ring.
Kevin Owens is in the ring and welcomes us to The Kevin Owens Show. He said there is a lot of interesting things happening tonight, including the return of Shane McMahon, something he has a lot of thoughts on. However that’s not why he’s here tonight – his mic keeps cutting in and out. Owens introduces his guest: Ruby Riott.
Owens says she beat Peyton Royce and that was her first win in a while, and it made her quite emotional. Ruby says it’s no secret she hasn’t had the best luck since she came back. And The IIconics have done everything in their power to exacerbate that. Ruby says she’s been dealing with toxic broads like them her whole life, and she finally slapped the “bull$hit” out of them last week. The only thing that could have made it better would have been Liv at her side.
Owens gets excited and says Liv is here, and brings her out. Morgan comes into the ring and looks angry. Owens thanks her for coming but Liv says Ruby asked her to listen and Owens asked her to be here, so let’s hear it. Owens says he asked them here because he saw them when they started in WWE, with Sarah, and they had something special. They shouldn’t let that something special go, they bring the best out in each other. And he speaks from experience, he’s done a lot of crappy things to friends and always for his career, and he can tell them it probably wasn’t worth it.
Ruby says that when she came back she thought everything was going to be the same, but everything was different, including Liv. She was thriving and coming into her own, and she thought Liv didn’t need her. That hurt, then Liv beat her twice and it made it true. This world she came back to, no Sarah, no Liv…she took it out on Liv. But everytime she looks at her tattoo, their debut date as a group, she’s reminded that their lives changed. She just wants another change for the Riott Squad to be stronger than ever.
The IIconics interrupt and come down the ramp. Peyton says everyone is sick of hearing them babble on. Royce says Liv should have stayed in the bath tub. Kay says we’re all sick of Ruby’s social media posts. Peyton says they have dominated the tag team division and conquered WrestleMania, and they’re simply better than them. If you look BFF up in the dictionary you see them. Liv says they’re right, her and Ruby aren’t friends or iconic, but there’s one thing they can agree on; no-one starts a riot better than them.
Royce says they have nothing on them and says they should go right now. Owens says they should have technical difficulties for The IIconics alone, so Peyton slaps him. He asks if that was necessary and Kay slaps him also. He turns to Ruby and Liv and asks for help, and they dive on The IIconics as we head to the break.
Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan Vs. The IIconics
The match starts with Ruby and Billie, and Riott forces her to the corner before taking her wrist. Ruby ducks a few punches but Kay chops her in the throat. Kay drops Ruby and tags Peyton for a double forearm in the back.
Peyton takes a rear chinlock and holds Ruby down for a while. Kay comes in but Ruby superkicks her and both Peyton and Liv are tagged in. Liv drops Peyton with running forearms, then a dropkick from the middle rope. Kay breaks the pin attempt, then drags Ruby to the corner and tags herself in. Liv hits a small package for the win!
Winners: Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan
Kay and Royce beat on Liv after the match and lift her up but Ruby runs in and stops it. Riott grabs Kay and waits for Liv so they can hit a double-team STO of sorts. Ruby and Liv leave together.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she says earlier tonight there was a loud noise backstage that startled people but the crew has assured her it was merely some boxes that fell over. However there are rumours the boxes didn’t just fall over, they were shoved over. MVP appears and is annoyed that she is reporting on boxes. She calms him down and says Apollo has accepted his challenge for SummerSlam. MVP says of course he did because he loves his kids but Shelton Benjamin appears and says someone has stolen his 24/7 Championship. MVP says they’re going to find it and make someone pay for messing with The Hurt Business.
Drew McIntyre comes to the ring in a shirt and trousers. He gets right to the point and says Randy Orton has spent a career preying on vulnerabilities. He’s not going to show he how feels by flipping the bird or throwing an elbow pad into the crowd, because as Randy says, he’s better than those guys. No, Randy would slither in behind and hit you with an RKO.
And that’s on him, he let that happen. Even after Randy warned him, but it won’t happen again. Drew knows how motivated Randy is, just as motivated as he is to keep his WWE Championship. And that’s not the only similarity between them, at one point Vince McMahon looked them both in the eye and told them they were the future, but things didn’t go to plan.
He says this wasn’t Randy’s plan A, was it? He didn’t lie awake at night in Scotland, trying to figure out how he’d get to America, let alone get into the WWE and become Champion. It was easy for Randy, it was handed to him because his dad is Cowboy Bob Orton. Drew says he never rode in a limo with Evolution. He never had anyone cleaning up after his screw-ups, unlike Randy. He was punished and fired for his mistakes. And he deserved it.
He has spoken to so many people in WWE through the years, and saw it for himself, who say Randy should have been fired way more times than he was. And that’s when Randy comes to the stage alongside Ric Flair. Randy says that’s where he’s going to stop Drew and ask if his respect isn’t enough? He told everyone how much he respects him last week, and in turn Drew says he doesn’t want to wrestle. Randy says if that were true he wouldn’t be here; he’s made his money but he loves RKO’ing people and punt kicking heads. And what Drew has said will make it easier for him to do just that and take the WWE Championship.
Drew says he should have been fired and he was right. Yeah, he should have been fired, but why wasn’t he? Because he is valuable, far more than Drew ever has or will be. He’s been given second, third, and fourth chances because he’s the real chosen one, then, now and forever. Randy says it’s cute that Drew is quoting everyone about his life and career but how about he comes up with an original thought of his own.
McIntyre says Randy represents everything wrong with WWE. He watched The Last Ride documentary and he remembers when Orton says Undertaker reached down and pulled him up to his level, when he didn’t have to. He did that because he loves the industry. But how many times has Randy Orton pulled anyone up? Never. Drew asks has Randy ever helped a Kevin Owens, Ali, Apollo? Or how about ten years ago when Edge pulled Randy out of a hole?
He remembers Randy walking past him in catering, as Drew’s life was crumbling down. His mother was sick, he was self-destructive, and spiralling. And Randy did nothing to help. He’s not a leader, he’s a selfish prick. At SummerSlam, he has receipts from himself, guys from the current and past rosters, and he’s going to rip his head off for them.
Nia Jax is backstage with an official, the same one she attacked last week. She’ll be out after the break.
Kevin Owens is backstage with Ruby and Liv but Ric Flair walks up and asks for a word. He says he’s been following Owens’ career forever and he’s a helluva guy, loved by everyone in the company. But he thinks he’s turning into a guidance councillor, more concerned with helping others than himself. Owens says he appreciates but that’s not what he’s doing. He just wanted to help Liv and Ruby because he’s hurt a lot of people and he’s trying to take a different path. He’s trying to be the opposite of Randy Orton. Flair tells him to take care of himself and boost his own career for a change. Owens says if he’s so concerned he can watch what he does to Randy Orton, next week.
Nia Jax is in the ring with Pat Buck, the official she attacked last week. Jax says she takes it seriously that there are millions of people all over the world who look up to her. So when a scrawny idiot from management steps to her, she fights back. She turns to Pat and tells him he’s not getting an apology. Instead, he can face her in a match right now. He says he’s only here for an apology and Jax says he can have it after a match. She says she’ll start slow, so that his small legs can keep up. Buck says he’s going to leave and Jax asks if he’s scared? She says she figured he’d have more fire, considering he’s ginger. She slams the microphone into his chest and Pat says she is indefinitely suspended without pay. Jax gets angry and headbutts him, then kicks him from the ring.
(C) Shelton Benjamin W/MVP & Bobby Lashley Vs. R-Truth Vs. Akira Tozawa W/Ninjas
The match gets underway and Tozawa rolls outside. Benjamin beats R-Truth into the corner, then hits a step-up knee. Shelton is stomping MVP when Akira runs in and rolls him up for a two-count. Akira unloads a flurry of tiny punches, so Benjamin hits a massive release powerbomb.
Truth makes a comeback and looks to hit his spin kick finish but Benjamin avoids it and hits Paydirt. A ninja runs in and hits a lariat to Benjamin but he doesn’t budge, instead he boots him down. Benjamin tosses the ninja out, then goes after as MVP and Lashley attack the other ninjas. Meanwhile, Tozawa capitalizes with a senton off the top to Truth for the win!
Winner and New 24/7 Champion: Akira Tozawa
Shane McMahon is backstage with a ring and no ropes, where two guys are brawling with pseudo-MMA. Dozens of random guys are around the ring smacking it. Shane says he’s back and bringing something new to Monday Night RAW, so tune in at 10 PM for RAW Underground.
We see a replay of last week when Dominik Mysterio came to RAW and attacked Seth Rollins, which led to Aleister Black getting his eye shoved into the steel steps. Sarah Schreiber interviews Dominik backstage and asks why he continues to show-up on RAW and put himself at risk?
Dominik says it might be crazy but it’s understandable why he’s doing what he’s doing, he watched his father have his eye gouged out. If anyone thinks he’s crazy now, they’re really going to think he’s crazy when he challenges Seth to a match at SummerSlam.
Shayna Baszler Vs. Sasha Banks W/Bayley
The bell rings and Sasha slaps Baszler twice, but the Queen of Spades ducks a third and slams her down. Baszler slams Banks again and kicks her back a few times. Baszler blocks a punch and leg kicks Sasha. Baszler rolls her up for a two-count but then eats a kick to the gut.
Baszler lifts Banks up and catches her in an armbar but Banks rolls to the bottom rope and rolls out to the apron. Bayley gets on the apron and Baszler grabs her by the hair. Banks capitalizes and slams Baszler, then tosses her into the ring post. Baszler kicks out of a roll-up but Banks goes after her arm.
Baszler fights out of a submission and slams Banks into the buckles. Sasha dodges a shoulder and kicks Baszler back, but then gets hit with a roll-out dominator. Baszler puts Sasha’s hand on the mat for a stomp but Banks reverses into the Bank Statement! Baszler fights out and lifts Sasha but gets hit with a headscissors. Banks kicks Baszler but she fires right back with a headkick.
Both women are down and out comes Asuka, who attacks Bayley and slams her into the barricade. Asuka storms the ring but Sasha runs escapes with her title.
Back live and Asuka is in the ring with Charly Caruso. We see a replay of last week when Sasha beat Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship, and Bayley attacked Kairi Sane. Charly asks if there is an update on Kairi, to which Asuka says she’s OK. Asuka starts to talk about Bayley but out comes Baszler. She says she’s rooting for Asuka to win the RAW Women’s Championship. And she’s going to be excited to dismember Asuka and take the title from her. Sasha and Bayley come back out. Banks laughs and says this is her RAW Women’s Championship and neither of them can have it.
Angel Garza is backstage with a blonde girl from The Bachelor, and he gives her a rose. Vega walks up and says she doesn’t belong her, but he says he’ll find her a seat for his match. He’s having a match, as is Andrade, next.
Shane McMahon is underground, watching an MMA match and walks past some girls dressed scantily clad girls. He says if you like what you see then just wait to see what’s coming.
Shane is standing on the rope-less ring and he welcomes us to the Underground. He says things are dangerous and exciting here, things he likes to see. He introduces a huge guy onto the mat, along with another guy and tells them to ring the bell.
The smaller guy misses a flying knee and gets beaten down by the big guy, who beats on him until the referee pulls him off. Shane gets up and asks who’s next. Another smaller guy gets up in jeans and swings a few awful leg kicks but gets slammed down and drilled with elbows until the referee stops it again. Shane holds the big guys hand up and that’s that for now.
The Street Profits come to the ring and Montez Ford takes a drink of his cup but looks funny at it. Ford asks Dawkins if he remembers last week when Andrade and Garza attacked them at the commentary table. Dawkins says he does but that he’s more interested in Garza’s little Bachelor friend backstage. Ford makes fun of Garza’s velvet tracksuit, and says they get put to the test tonight against the Profits. They’re a real team, unlike Andrade and Garza, and Dawkins says Ford is family. Ford says they attacked him and his brother twice, so they’re done playing nice, because they are up and they want the smoke.
Angelo Dawkins W/ Montez Ford Vs. Angel Garza W/ Zelina Vega & Andrade
The match gets underway and Dawkins forces Angel to the corner. Garza rolls outside and Dawkins hits him with a big shove into the plexi-glass as we head to the break.
Back live and Garza is fighting out of a submission but gets hit with a flapjack. Dawkins slams Garza for a two-count and we see the Bachelor girl watching backstage. Dawkins lifts Garza up but he rips his pants off and slides down for a dropkick.
Dawkins hits a spinning splash in the corner, then a bulldog. Suddenly at ringside, Montez Ford just collapses – presumably because of whatever he drank. Dawkins is distracted, allowing Garza to superkick him and hit a basement dropkick for the win.
Winner: Angel Garza
Ford is sitting by the announce table, looking out of it. Dawkins goes out to check on him as we head to the break. Ford is supposed to have a match with Andrade.
Montez Ford W/Angelo Dawkins Vs. Andrade W/Angel Garza & Zelina Vega
The match is in progress with Ford holding Andrade by the waist. Andrade turns the tables but Ford quickly wins control back. Andrade fights out and hits a back suplex, then delivers some big chops. Andrade stomps Ford a few times and he rolls out of the ring, holding his stomach.
Andrade goes out but Ford whips him into the barricade. Both men get back into the ring and Andrade hits a big forearm that drops Ford. Andrade stomps him into the corner, then lifts him up for a snap suplex. Ford comes back with a couple of lariats, then flips over Andrade and hits a flying clothesline.
Ford runs at Andrade but gets kicked in the chest. Andrade goes to the middle rope but Ford hits a dropkick that sends Andrade crashing to the floor. Ford hits a big tope, then runs back into the ring and goes mad with the ropes like Warrior, but then collapses. The referee calls for the bell.
Andrade and Garza come into the ring, as does Dawkins and they all look concerned. The referee brings a doctor in and they call for help.
Murphy is shown backstage, watching his brutal attack on Aleister Black last week on his phone. Seth Rollins says he made the right decision and he should be proud of himself. The past is the past, and tonight they must focus on the future. Murphy asks if Seth has given thought to Dominik’s challenge to a match at SummerSlam, and says it’s ridiculous because he’s never had a match. Rollins smiles and walks off.
We’re back in the Underground and Shane is standing with the lady dancers. Erik from The Viking Raiders has joined the fighting ring and he beats up some smaller guy with right hands, a few slams, and a German suplex. Erik hits a few knees, including one to the jaw that ends the fight. Shane congratulates Erik and asks what’s next for RAW Underground.
Charly Caruso is outside the trainer’s room but says there is no update. Angel Garza walks up and says he knows she is scared but she shouldn’t be, people like him and her should open their hearts to love and laughter. He hands her a rose as Zelina and Andrade appear. She feigns concern for Ford and asks what’s happening with the RAW Tag Team Championships.
Angelo Dawkins comes out of the room and says the doctor thinks Montez was poisoned. Bianca Belair comes out and asks Zelina what she did to him. Vega says she didn’t do anything and Bianca tells her she won’t ask again, her husband was poisoned and she needs to know who did it. Vega starts to deny it but Bianca takes her earrings off and attacks her. The guys pull them apart.
The announcers show us security footage of earlier today from outside the Performance Centre. A group of five hooded people, including at least one female, ran up and tossed a Molotov cocktail at a generator before running off.
MVP, Lashley and Shelton Benjamin are walking backstage in suits. Charly appears and says their night has been terrible. MVP says there’s mysterious stuff going on all around WWE tonight and Charly is concerned with them. Shelton says it’s a pretty big coincidence that all this stuff is happening and the Underground has just appeared. MVP gets an idea and tell them to follow him.
Next week Randy Orton faces Kevin Owens, and Asuka challenges Bayley with a shot at Sasha Banks on the line.
We see a lengthy replay of Seth Rollins’ feud with Rey Mysterio up to last week when Dominik attacked him. Seth comes out with Murphy. Rollins says before he addresses Dominik he has some housekeeping to tend to. Seth says he has a few questions for Tom Phillips, and asks if he considers himself a professional? If he’s an unbiased journalist? If he takes pride in his job?
Seth moves to the announce table and stares at Tom and says last week, when Dominik attacked him with a Kendo stick, Phillips cheered him on. Seth says Tom’s voice matters and he’s a part of the greater good, and he should call it down the middle. Otherwise he’s a liability. And the time has come to find a new voice for Monday Night Raw. Seth then instructs Murphy to “take” Tom Phillips.
Murphy walks up and Samoa Joe stands up. Joe tells him that’s not going to happen, so they can go back in the ring or he’ll slap him and beat his disciple in front of him. And if he has a problem with Tom, well he was laughing more than anybody when Dominik whipped him with the Kendo. Seth tells Joe he doesn’t want to do this but Joe says he does and he takes his headset off. Rollins and Murphy run back into the ring and Seth tells Joe to come get them. Joe takes his jacket off and smiles.
We return and Joe is still on the outside of the ring but both Murphy and Rollins have steel chairs. Dominik runs in from behind and hits Seth with the stick, then Murphy. Seth grabs it and swings but inadvertently hits Murphy. Dominik knocks Seth down and hits a 619! Dominik then gets on the top rope and jumps onto both of them, then gets back inside and grabs the steel chair. Seth is furious and says Dominik has his match at SummerSlam.
We’re back in the Underground and Dolph Ziggler is wrestling someone. Dolph rolls through, then flattens the guy out and gets a rear naked choke – Dolph actually looks like he knows some MMA. MVP, Lashley, and Shelton appear in the Underground and Lashley gets onto the mat. MVP has an announcement to make: RAW Underground is under the management of The Hurt Business, so let’s get things started with the CEO.
Lashley takes his shirt off and some random guy steps up. Lashley slams him, then drops him with a right hand and the guy is out. MVP gets on the mat and says he wants some of this. MVP targets a tiny guy and hits him with a Judo throw, then lands some nice sharp elbows before Lashley throws him from the ring by the belt. MVP asks who’s next.
Shelton steps up against someone who looks a lot like Dio Madden. Shelton hits a double-leg takedown, and knees him until he falls out of the ring. MVP asks if there’s anyone else, then they go off the mat and attack whoever is standing at ringside. The Hurt Business beat everyone down and Shane McMahon says they’re amazing, they can hang out as long as they like. The Hurt Business put their jackets back on and Shane says he can’t wait for next week. MVP says they are The Hurt Business, and business is booming.
That’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought of all the new storylines and RAW Underground, and come back tomorrow for more news. Until then, say safe.