Welcome to Ringside News’ live results for another week of WWE RAW.
Tonight’s show will see Kevin Owens battle Randy Orton with Ric Flair in The Legend Killer’s corner. This comes on the heels of Flair trying to tell Owens he needs to kickstart his career and stop being so nice, but Owens has a tough challenge ahead of him.
Elsewhere tonight, Bayley faces Asuka and if the Empress wins she gets another shot at Sasha Banks at SummerSlam, Mickie James returns to RAW, and Dominik Mysterio signs his contract to face Seth Rollins.
Of course, RAW Underground will return from where we left it with The Hurt Business in charge, and we can be on the lookout for more shenanigans involving Retribution. And that’s the preview for tonight’s WWE RAW. Let us know what you’re excited to see and enjoy the show!
Tonight’s RAW opens with a rundown of tonight’s show from the commentators.
Samoa Joe is in the ring with a table set up for a contract signing. Joe welcomes us to the show and reminds us it’s a mere two weeks to SummerSlam. Joe says he’s been to a lot of contract signings but tonight’s a little different, with one of the men signing a contract to make him a WWE Superstar. Joe then introduces The Monday Night Messiah, who comes out alongside Murphy.
Dominik comes out next, carrying a Kendo stick. Seth says he’s supposed to be a man but here he is with a weapon. Joe takes the weapon and says it’s safer with him. Seth questions Joe’s impartiality and Joe says he thinks this whole thing is sad because he should be here with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not this guy. He asks Rolling what happened and what he would have done last week if Dom hadn’t saved him? He says it’s sad that Seth has got himself in a situation like this with a kid.
Seth tells Joe to watch himself and that he has given Dominik chance after chance to walk away. He’s the one who hasn’t had a choice, he’s been forced into this. He tried to be Mr. Burn It Down but he got crapped on by everyone. He had to make the necessary sacrifices to save Monday Night RAW but when is it going to be enough?
Dominik says it’ll never be enough. He says Seth makes excuses for the ungodly things he does. Aleister Black and his father will never be the same because of what Seth did to them. He talks about the greater good but he’s only out for himself. Seth says he’s ungrateful; Dom is on the cusp of his dream and he doesn’t even realise it’s because of him. Not his dad. He should be on his knees thanking him.
Dominik says he’s right, this is his dream. But now his dream is kicking Seth’s ass at SummerSlam. Rollins laughs and says everyone knows Dom wouldn’t last five minutes in a normal wrestling match with him. He’s the best of his generation. So he’s going to do Dominik a favour and let him use whatever weapon he wants, because he wants no excuses when he ends his career before it begins.
Seth and Dominik sign their contracts and then Rollins tells him to get out of the ring because he has a match coming up. But he wants Dominik to watch because it’ll be a teaser for what’s coming his way.
We return as the match gets underway and Seth rushes Carrillo into the corner. He takes him down but Humberto fires back and hits an arm-drag. Seth rolls outside and Carrillo chases but the Messiah tosses him into the barricade. Murphy looks to get involved but Dominik steps up with the Kendo.
Back inside Humberto goes up top but Seth fights him and looks for a back suplex but Carrillo elbows him. Carrillo gets distracted by Murphy but Dominik swipes his feet with the Kendo. Carrillo looks for a moonsault but Seth gets his feet up. Seth then superkicks Humberto, hits a powerbomb, then The Stomp for the win.
After the match Murphy attacks Dominik on the floor and brings him into the ring. Seth beats on Dominik, then talks trash but Dominik shrugs Murphy off and attacks Seth. He fights until the numbers get the better of him.
Rollins gets the Kendo stick and hits Dominik with it a few times. Murphy rips his shirt off and Seth lands some more shots, while asking if he feels like a man. They time him up in the ropes and hits him across the sternum, then looks into the camera and asks if Rey is watching. Murphy goes out to grab more Kendo sticks, and Seth tells him to hit his back. The two of them beat him over and over until he falls out of the ropes and collapses. A few more shots and trash talking, followed by laughing from Seth. Dominik’s body is covered in bruises and welts.
We see replays of Seth and Murphy’s attack on Dominik before the break. Joe says he is handcuffed to the desk but he knows Dominik has got this thing.
A replay is shown of all the technical difficulties caused last week by Retribution, followed by their invasion of Friday Night SmackDown where they trashed the arena.
Zelina Vega and her men come to the ring. She says all week people have accused her of poisoning Montez Ford but clearly they’ve forgotten about innocent until proven guilty. Vega reiterates that she had nothing to do with Ford’s poisoning. What kind of manager would she be if she hindered Garza and Andrade’s title shot? Vega says she had nothing to do with the accident but her men will have everything to do with The Street Profits losing their titles.
Angelo Dawkins makes his entrance. On his way to the ring they lights start flickering and the commentators say it must be Retribution. Dawkins faces Andrade after the break.
The match gets underway and Dawkins rushes Andrade with punches. Dawkins leap frogs Andrade but gets booted in the gut. Andrade hits the ropes but gets caught with a dropkick and rolls outside to regroup.
Andrade eventually gets back inside and takes Dawkins down with a headlock. Dawkins fights up and lights Andrade with repeated punches, followed by a spinning elbow. Angelo hits a T-bone suplex, but misses a spinning splash in the corner. Andrade knocks him down and hits running knees for a near-fall.
Dawkins drops Andrade but Vega gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Bianca Belair runs down and pulls Zelina off the apron, then Dawkins hits Andrade with the Cash-Out for the win!
Garza tries to help Vega but Belair throws her into the ring. Vega rolls right back out the other side and Bianca talks trash from the ring. They have a match next!
Back live and Zelina is on Bianca’s back, attempting to choke her. Belair swings her around and hits a suplex. Belair grabs Vega’s hair but Zelina steps on her foot and headbutts her. Vega looks for a crucifix pin but Belair stays on her feet.
Vega transitions from the crucifix into a triangle choke. Bianca fights her off and slams her down by the face. Belair slams her into the corner and tees off until the referee stops her. Vega pokes the eye and hits a tornado DDT for a two-count.
Vega takes the back and pulls Belair’s hair, then shoves her into the corner and kicks her face. Vega hits double knees in the corner like Andrade for a two-count. Vega counters the K.O.D but eats an elbow. Vega hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors that sends Bianca into the ropes.
Vega goes to the middle rope, jumps with a crossbody, but gets caught and hit with a military slam! Belair batters Vega with forearms, then tosses her across the ring by the hair. Belair runs but nobody’s home and she hits the ring post.
Vega kicks her in the corner and looks for ten punches but Bianca counters with a powerbomb, then an alley-oop into the buckles. The K.O.D from Belair ends this fun match.
Charly Caruso interviews Bianca after the match and asks if she has any evidence that Vega poisoned Montez. Bianca says her and Ford like to keep their career’s separate but Vega did what she did to her man and she’ll make her pay. Charly asks when Montez will be back and Dawkins says he isn’t going to miss the biggest party of the summer.
We see a replay of last week when Apollo Crews beat MVP to retain the United States Championship. The Hurt Business is backstage talking and we learn that a special “investigative” episode of the V.I.P Lounge is coming next!
MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin are in the ring for the V.I.P Lounge. MVP says tonight is different; he isn’t in a good mood. He says he told us there was a conspiracy around here and we saw it with his match last week. How is he supposed to win a match under unsafe working conditions? Apollo didn’t beat him, the lights did.
Apollo Crews comes out and says MVP is always making excuses. MVP says no less than Apollo making excuses for missing PPV’s. Crews says Lashley attacked him from behind but he ain’t hurting anymore, but he knows MVP is because he has that beautiful title MVP paid thousands for. MVP says Apollo is a serial bad decision maker, like coming out here tonight.
Apollo says MVP might be right but he’s allowed to because he’s a bad man. He says MVP told him he didn’t care about his family or his kids, well he doesn’t care about Lashley or Benjamin, but he cares about MVP. And he talks about flickering but the only lights going out at SummerSlam are MVP’s. Benjamin and Lashley roll out but Crews rolls in and drops MVP with a right hand. Crews then tosses a couch over the ropes at them on the floor.
This match is underway when we return and Apollo almost catches Benjamin with a toss powerbomb but he avoids it. Crews dodges Benjamin and hits a dropkick and a suplex for a two-count. Benjamin dodges a military press and kicks the knee.
Benjamin hits a powerbomb for a two-count, then hits a neckbreaker as MVP yells from ringside. Shelton tosses Apollo out of the ring and he gets trash talked by Lashley and MVP until Benjamin brings him back inside. Apollo fights up from a headlock and hits a crossbody. Enziguiri from Apollo, then he forces Benjamin to the corner and delivers shoulder tackles.
Benjamin again avoids a toss powerbomb but gets caught with a powerslam and hit with a standing moonsault. Benjamin sends Apollo to the ropes where he gets cheap-shotted, then Benjamin rolls him up for the win!
After the match Lashley runs in and grabs Crews with the full nelson but MVP tells him to let go, that he needs him healthy for SummerSlam. Apollo kicks MVP in the head and high-tails it up the ramp.
We cut to outside the building where Retribution are storming the PC. A WWE official runs up and tells them to leave but they ignore him and throw a cinderblock through a window before running off.
Sarah Schreiber interviews the returning Mickie James backstage. Mickie says she’s happy to be back to lead the division but they better know she has gold on her mind. Natalya and Lana walk-up, wearing the same outfit, and they laugh at her. Lana says Mickie can’t run the division because she doesn’t even have Tik Tok. Nattie says she is the Serena Williams of WWE, and Lana calls her the B.O.A.T (best of all-time). Mickie says she’d expect nothing less from Lana but Natalya should be better. Regardless, the best things about boats is that they sink.
We see a replay of RAW Underground from last week. The Underground will be returning tonight at 10PM.
Ivar is backstage with the girl from The Bachelor, flirting, when Ricochet, Cedric Alexander, and Erik walk up and ask him to hurry up. The girl says it’s her fault because he’s kinda cute. But Erik? Not so much. Ricochet and Alexander laugh hysterically as we head to the break.
We start with Ricochet and a ninja, and Ricochet crane kicks him. Alexander tags in and they double-team the ninja, then another runs in and they hit him with a big knee. Another ninja comes in as do Erik and Ivar and they take him out. The Vikings tell Tozawa to get in but he won’t. His ninja friend won’t enter the ring – it’s obviously R-Truth – and they leave together. Erik and Ivar hit The Viking Experience for the win.
While the babyfaces are celebrating, Tozawa is on the ramp and Truth rolls him up for the title. R-Truth is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
Charly Caruso interviews Drew McIntyre backstage. Drew says he had an epiphany last week; the reason Randy is taking out legends and not helping the young guys is self-preservation. Orton wants to stay on top for a long as possible. He’s had a death grip on the torch he took from Mick Foley since 2004, but at SummerSlam he’s going to kick him in the head and rip the torch away. And then Orton will know evolution has passed him by. Charly asks Drew what if Kevin Owens takes the torch tonight, and he says then he and Owens will have to have a good talk about the future of Monday Night RAW.
Ruby Riott comes out alongside Liv Morgan and we see a replay of last week when they reunited and attacked The IIconics. Peyton and Billie come out and laugh that they’re back together. Peyton says Liv is two-faced and Ruby changes personality more often than her split-ends change colour.
Liv Morgan W/Ruby Riott Vs. Peyton Royce W/Billie Kay
The bell rings and Peyton swings for Liv but gets taken down. Royce fights back and tosses Liv out of the ring. Liv stops Royce from whipping her into the ring and slams her into the apron a few times.
Liv puts her back inside but Kay distracts her for a second and Royce hits a spin kick. Royce talks trash but Morgan rolls her up for two. Both women hit a double-headbutt and go down. Peyton runs but gets kicked back. Billie gets on the apron so Ruby jumps up to get her down but the referee and Liv only see Ruby. The distraction allows Royce to slam Liv for the win.
Ruby tries to explain things after the match but Liv is angry and confused, thinking she betrayed her.
We see a replay of last week’s bizarre segment between Asuka, Bayley, and Sasha Banks. Later tonight Asuka faces Bayley for a chance to challenge Sasha at SummerSlam.
Shane McMahon approaches the RAW Underground door backstage and fist-bumps the doorman. He says it’s almost ten and that means RAW Underground is kicking off.
We’re back with RAW Underground and former 24/7 Champion Riddick Moss has a fight with someone. The action spills off the mat and they slam each other up against some sheet metal. Back on the mat and they awkwardly struggle with each other until Moss rakes the eyes, punches him down and stomps him for the win. Shane asks what will happen next and says to stay tuned.
The bell rings and Asuka dropkicks Bayley in the back, then tosses her across the ring. Asuka hits a snapmare and slams Bayley’s head into the mat repeatedly. Bayley rolls outside and Asuka slams her into the plexi-glass.
Asuka puts her inside and goes up top but Bayley hits her and lands a roll-out dominator for a two-count. Bayley kicks Asuka and hits a suplex for another two-count. A running clothesline and a headlock from Bayley. Asuka fights up but Bayley slams her into the turnbuckles and drops her with a lariat for two.
Asuka reverses Bayley and hits a backslide for a two-count, then connects with a shining wizard. The lights flicker as Asuka kicks Bayley and hits a German suplex, followed by a hip attack for a near-fall. Bayley fights back and back Asuka into the buckles, but misses a knee strike and Asuka kicks her over and over.
Back live and Asuka hits a missile dropkick from up top. Banks gets on the apron to distract Asuka, who swings a kick at Bayley but gets caught with an ankle lock. Asuke successfully struggles to the bottom rope but Bayley targets the leg.
Banks attacks Asuka’s leg while the referee is arguing with Bayley. Asuka counters Bayley with the Asuka Lock. Bayley fights out but gets caught in an armbar. Bayley attempts a roll-up to get out, then goes into an Indian Deathlock!
Asuka reverses the hold into a kneebar but Bayley fights out and lifts her but Asuka lands on her for a two-count. Asuka hits a Codebreaker for a near-fall, then hits a pop-up knee. Bayley goes up top for an elbow drop and scores a two-count, then a spinning backfist.
Bayley hits a sunset flip powerbomb into the turnbuckles. Bayley mocks Kairi Sane’s walk then runs at Asuka but gets caught with the Asuka Lock and taps out!
Asuka has earned a shot at Sasha Banks’ RAW Women’s Championship!
We’re back in RAW Underground and Brazilian Arturo Ruis is on th mat. He lands some Capoeira-style kicks, then takes the guy down and lands some ground and pound. The other guy gets up but a headkick drops him. Shane asks if anyone else wants to face Arturo but they aren’t interested.
Dabba-Kato is back in the Underground and he kicks and knees the life out of a smaller guy before slamming him down. Kato grabs him by the ding-dong and punches him as Shane yells that it’s all legal. Shayna Baszler jumps on the mat and Shane gets between them, asking Dabbo to give Shayna the mat.
Baszler puts in her mouth guard but nobody enters the fray, so Shayna goes out and grabs a girl. Shayna brings her onto the mat and ground-and-pounds her, then other girls run in and try to fight her but Baszler beats them all down. All three surround her and Shayna hits some Judo throws, wrestling slams, and a rear naked choke wins the fight.
We’re back with the announcers when suddenly the cameracuts outside and Retribution have flipped a car over. They’re beating it with crowbars and standing on top of it cheering.
The match gets underway and they lock-up and struggle for control. Orton hits a shoulder tackle, then KO hits one of his own and Orton rolls outside to regroup. Owens goes out and punches Orton but gets a finger in the eye. Owens slams Randy into the announce table, then puts him back in the ring.
Owens stomps Randy and trash talks him. Orton kicks back and looks for an RKO but Owens shoves him off and hits a superkick. Owens hits a cannonball into Randy in the corner and he rolls outside, but KO goes after and hits another against the barricade!
Back live and Owens backs Orton into the corner and tees-off. Again Randy rolls outside and KO chases, but this time Orton whips him into the steel steps. Flair talks trash as Orton lifts Owens and slams his face into the plexi-glass.
Orton could have taken a count-out but he broke the count and whips Owens into the steps again. KO gets inside the ring and Orton targets his limbs and takes a headlock. Owens fights up and hits lariat and a senton. Orton rolls outside and Owens goes after but Randy hits a back suplex onto the announce desk.
Back inside the ring Orton takes Owens to the top rope but KO headbutts him off and hits a swanton bomb for a two-count. Owens slithers along the ground behind Orton and looks for a Stunner but Orton shoves him off and hits the RKO.
After the match Orton get the microphone and tells Ric not to leave the ring. He says he needs to talk and celebrate, so stay put.
We’re back with Orton and Flair in the ring. Randy says he has every right to be angry with Flair but he can’t find it in him. Because this fight was the result of Ric’s ego, but he’s the dirtiest player and he can’t be mad. He’s grown up around Flair and he’s had his back for twenty years. He’s one of the few reasons why he’s still in the ring. So he can’t be mad.
Orton asks if Ric remembers 2002, Illinois, he got himself in a smidge of trouble and nobody came to his side except for Ric. Flair was there and that was the night he fell in love with Flair. But he doesn’t love or respect him anymore, because he is a liability to him. He realises this because he knows why Ric took him under his wing; because he wanted Randy to be the son he wishes he still had. Jesus.
Orton asks if Ric is gonna cry and asks where his energy is? All he’s good for his crying like a bitch. Orton says he isn’t the Ric Flair he loved and respected, that Ric Flair wouldn’t need a pacemaker and wouldn’t have slipped into a coma. He wasn’t a whore for the spotlight. But this guy is. He’s washed up and he can’t do it anymore. At SummerSlam he has the opportunity to take the WWE Championship for the 14th time but Flair didn’t care about that, he only cared about himself.
Ric takes the microphone and says he’s taking this all very personally. And he wants to tell him a few things: that Ric Flair he knew back in 2001 is gone, and yeah he loves the spotlight. Ric says he’s 71 years old and he’s on RAW. And he has guys like Hulk calling him what it’s like to be on the show, and he says it’s the best feeling in the world. Flair says he wants to be at Randy’s side when he wins his 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th title to break his record.
He says he knows how much work it was for him to set that record, no cellphones, no friends, and travelling all over the world. Orton is the best performer in the world and he loves being with him, but he can’t get mad either, because after 31 days of being in a hospital, all he wanted to do was tell everyone loved knew how he felt. So he called everybody that mattered to him and told them that. He says Orton is right, he’s not that guy anymore and he doesn’t want to be, he just wants to be Charlotte’s Dad and by Randy’s side as he breaks all the records.
Orton throws the microphone out and hugs Flair. Flair turns to leave and Orton hits a low-blow, then helps him down to the mat and caresses his head while talking in his ear. The lights go out as Orton punts Flair! McIntyre runs out and Orton high-tails it. McIntyre checks on Flair and shouts after Orton, calling him an “evil son-of-a-bitch”. Orton smiles from the ramp as people run down to check on Flair. Orton and McIntyre have an intense staredown to end the show.
And that’s it for this week’s RAW. What an ending that was. Let us know what you thought and come back tomorrow for more wrestling news!