Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE RAW for August 17th.
Tonight’s RAW is the last before WWE SummerSlam on Sunday, but WWE doesn’t have much announced. In fact, it seems all the news today is going into the upcoming ThunderDome shows.
However we do know Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels will be on the show tonight. Michaels will address Randy’s Orton’s recent behaviour and attack on Ric Flair, which we all know will lead to Shawn being punted and that’s fine. Drew McIntyre will also have something to say ahead of his showdown with Orton on Sunday.
RAW Underground will be back tonight, as Erik from The Viking Raiders will be in action, as will Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss. So far the Underground has been fine but a little lacking in direction or overall idea, like why are the fights happening? Is there anything to fight for other than pride? Hopefully we eventually get answers to these questions.
And that’s the thin preview for tonight’s RAW. The show kicks-off at 8 PM EST as usual, and we’ll have the results right here. Enjoy the show!
Tonight’s RAW opens with the usual Then. Now. Forever video package but it keeps rewinding and turning upside down. Retribution at work.
The WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, comes to the ring and we see a lengthy replay of Randy Orton’s attack on Ric Flair last week. Drew says that what Randy did last week, brutalize Ric Flair, was unforgivable. Not just a legend, 16x Champion, an icon, but a 71-year old man. Drew says Randy grew up with Flair, they were friends and Ric protected him.
Last week Ric said he loved Randy so much he wanted him to break his record, but Randy kicked him in the head. He’s pure evil. McIntyre says that, at SummerSlam, he’s not facing an old man, he’s facing a pissed-off, 6 foot 7, fire-breathing dragon. And he’s going to make him pay.
We get more technical difficulties, with quick cuts to the announce desk, match graphics, and more. The camera cuts backstage and we see Retribution in the TV truck, breaking everything. They’re harassing crew members and threatening them when the camera cuts to black and we go to commercial.
We’re backstage with Ali, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Titus O’Neil, Viking Raiders, and more. They’re all arguing but Drew stands up and says SummerSlam might not happen if Retribution don’t be stopped. He says they’ve come into their back yard and it’s time they band together to stomp them out.
Seth Rollins approaches Drew and laughs. He says he gets what he’s doing but RAW already has a leader and a Messiah. Drew says Seth has been here for five years and nobody respects him, so they aren’t going to. Seth says being a Champion doesn’t make you a leader or a teacher, and he taught Drew how to be Champion. Like last week when he taught Dominik what it means to be a WWE Superstar.
Ricochet says he’s going to get a receipt for that, because Rey Mysterio will be here tonight. Seth says that’s impossible because he mangled him. Drew asks if he’s scared but Seth says of course not, he’s a leader of men and if Drew isn’t careful he won’t be able to make it to SummerSlam. Drew says if Seth wants a kick in the mouth he could just ask for it, then they start shoving each other until the others get between.
We’re back by the ring and MVP makes his entrance alongside Lashley and Benjamin. The camera angles are all high-angle, fixed cameras because the cameramen are hiding or something. MVP says The Hurt Business is out here to make a statement: they’re open for business, so Retribution can come find them. MVP says they’re not tough, him, Benjamin, and Lashley are tough.
He asks who benefits from retribution? He says you can follow the trail to catering where you’ll find Apollo Crews, Ricochet, Alexander, and Ali. MVP says Crews is behind Retribution, because they showed up the night he faced him for the United States Championship.
Crews comes out and says he knows MVP makes lots of excuses, but this is a new low. MVP says what Apollo is doing with his goons is low. MVP says that, until Crews won the US Championship, Apollo was more hot-and-cold than an old car. And that made him mad. He sees fear in Apollo’s eyes, fear of loving the US Championship because he winds up back in catering. Apollo says he’s right, he’s terrified of losing that belt. He says if he can beat Shelton Benjamin tonight him and Lashley will be banned from ringside at SummerSlam.
MVP says he is a petulant child and he’ll prove that at SummerSlam. MVP then directs Benjamin and Lashley to go get Crews but he slides in the ring when they slide out.
Apollo Crews Vs. Shelton Benjamin W/MVP & Bobby Lashley
Back live and this match is underway with Apollo landing forearms to the back of Shelton. Benjamin counters a powerbomb and hits a clothesline. Apollo avoids Shelton and hits a spinebuster, then looks for the Toss Powerbomb but Benjamin counters with a DDT for a two-count.
As Benjamin grabs Crews for a powerbomb, R-Truth and Akira Tozawa, followed by ninja’s, run through the ring and out the other side. Crews takes advantage and pins Benjamin for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
As soon as the match ends Lashley and MVP storm the ring and attack Crews. Ricochet, Alexander, and Ali come out to even the odds. The babyfaces clear the ring and leave. R-Truth comes running back down but Benjamin clocks him and pins. Shelton Benjamin is the new WWE 24/7 Champion. MVP gets on the horn and he tells Crews to choose two partners for tonight and they’ll have a six-man elimination tag match.
Angel Garza is backstage with the blonde from The Bachelor again and he gives her a rose. Ivar from The Viking Raiders walks up and says he likes talking to her about his many raids. He asks if she wants to be his plus one for RAW Underground, then hands her a big leg of ham. Garza says he will take Ivar out after the break and he throws the leg of ham. Ivar holds his hand out like Thor and the ham comes flying back, then tells him to have some respect.
Ivar W/Erik Vs. Angel Garza W/Andrade & Zelina Vega
The match gets underway and Garza rushes Ivar but gets knocked into the corner. Ivar cartwheels past Garza but gets kicked. Garza takes his pants off and we see The Bachelor’s Demi Burnett talking to Angelo Dawkins by a monitor.
Ivar fights out of a headlock, sidewalk slams Garza, and hits a running splash. Ivar sends Garza to the corner and hits a seated senton for a near-fall. Ivar knocks Garza out of the ring and looks for a suicide dive but Zelina gets in the way to stop him.
Ivar climbs out and throws Garza into the apron, then the barricade, and back into the ring. Garza pokes Ivar in the eyes as he’s getting back inside, then hits a dropkick to a kneeling Ivar and gets the pin!
Winner: Angel Garza
Angelo and Demi appear on the screen and congratulate him on the win. Angel asks what’s happening and Demi says she can’t wait to watch their tag match on SummerSlam. Angelo makes fun of his outfit and asks about Charly Caruso. He says we’re going to find out more about Angel and the crew he rolls with, but the camera cuts off.
Samoa Joe laughs and says a video is coming that will shock everyone. Zelina asks Joe what he’s talking about and he explains that he’s saw the video, and it shows how far someone will go when they think nobody is watching.
Dawkins is still backstage with Demi and Garza shows up. Vega and Andrade show up as well, then Charly Caruso appears and asks what is going on. Dawkins tells them to roll the clip and we see Zelina Vega poisoning Montez Ford’s drink. Vega says that footage has been tampered with and doesn’t show anything. She blames Charly Caruso, but Dawkins then steps up and says it’s taking all his effort not to give them what they deserve, because he’s waiting for his brother. Ford then comes flying into the frame and they beat Andrade and Garza away.
Mickie James Vs. Natalya W/Lana
Lana grabs Mickie’s foot at the outset and Natalya takes advantage and kicks her down. Mickie fires back with a kick but Nattie drops her with a knee.
Mickie kicks her and looks for the Mick-DT but Natalya shoves her off and they hit a double clothesline. Seth Rollins appears at ringside and starts berating Samoa Joe for their recent transgressions. Natalya knocks Mickie out of the ring but she gets counted out!
Winner Via Count-Out: Natalya
Lana films Mickie James on the floor, so Mickie gets up and hits the Mick Kick. Meanwhile Seth is still berting Samoa Joe, saying if Rey or Dominik show up tonight they won’t make it to SummerSlam.
Sasha Banks and Bayley come out for a tag match. Banks complains about their schedule and that they both have to wrestle Asuka at SummerSlam. Bayley says they can’t wait because it’s a night off for them. Bayley says Asuka thinks she’s smart but she’s the Empress of Stupidity. Banks agrees and says Asuka can’t beat them in one night, then they both argue about who will beat Asuka first. Bayley says she loves Sasha, so she’ll beat her first and that way Banks can easily tap her out. Banks says nobody can stop them and Bayley says they’ll celebrate all the way to Payback, where they defend the Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Shayna Baszler interrupts and makes her way to the ring. She says that it doesn’t matter what happens at SummerSlam, because she has the winner. Asuka comes out speaking in Japanese. She says Baszler will have to team with her before they fight each other.
The Golden Role Models Vs. Asuka & Shayna Baszler
The match starts with Bayley and Asuka, and the SmackDown Champion forces her to the corner. Banks tags in and stomps Asuka, before knocking Baszler off the apron. Asuka comes back with a Codebreaker and both women are down.
Baszler pulls herself up using the barricade but someone behind it smashses the glass into her face. It’s Nia Jax! She climbs over the barricade and out comes Pat Buck with some officials, who try to restore order as Baszler and Jax brawl through the crowd. Asuka hits Bayley and Banks with a hip attack and knocks them both off the apron as we head to the break. How was that not a DQ on Baszler?
Back live and Banks is beating on Asuka. She slams Asuka into the buckles and tags Bayley. The Champion puts a rear naked choke on Asuka, then makes fun of the fact that she doesn’t have a partner. Banks tags back in and they slam Asuka into the buckles together, then hit a double team slam.
Bayley is legal again and she looks for an elbow drop but Asuka gets her feet up and scores a two-count. Banks tags in but Asuka drops Bayley with a spinning backfist. Sasha hits the Bank Statement but Shayna Baszler comes running back down and breaks it up.
Baszler tags in and punches Banks a few times. Baszler hits a running knee in the corner, followed by a running knee against the ropes. Basler looks to stomp the elbow but Banks avoids it and tags Bayley. Baszler gets Bayley in the Kirifuda Clutch but Sasha grabs her for the Bank Statement.
Bayley hits the Bayley-to-Belly but she kicks out! Baszler knocks Banks out of the ring, slams Bayley, knees her, and applies the Kirifufa Clutch but Banks breaks it up. Asuka drags Sasha outside and applies the Asuka Lock. Bayley lifts Baszler but get put in the Kirifuda Clutch and taps out!
Winners: Asuka & Shayna Baszler
We see a replay of last week’s contract signing, where Seth Rollins battered Dominik Mysterio with a Kendo stick.
Apollo Crews is backstage with Ricochet, Ali, and Cedric Alexander. Apollo chooses Ricochet and Ali as his teammates and Cedric is offended. Apollo says it’s nothing personal, he just thinks he needs a rest after taking the Full Lashley earlier tonight. They make up and walk off. Randy Orton walks into the shot but we head to the break.
Drew McIntyre is backstage, in thought, when Shawn Michaels approaches him and says he understands how upset he is. But all his anger and frustration will make it easier for Randy to beat him. Shawn says Drew has worked way too hard and travelled too rough a road to lost it all now. Drew says Shawn is a huge part of why he made it; he moved to NXT when he came back to WWE and that was to work with Michaels. But he can’t feel that he’s let him down. Shawn says he hasn’t, that he’s a 6 foot 5, 260 Scottish stud and he can face any diversity that comes his way.
Shawn says he remembers Drew driving five hours everyday to watch film with him, even though he had a torn bicep. That’s the McIntyre he knows. The guy that beat Brock Lesnar and set the WWE Championship free. He’s earned his spot and he needs to show everyone who he is at SummerSlam. But he wants him to promise he won’t interfere when he goes out to confront Orton tonight.
We see Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan backstage. The IIconics walk up and Billie says she won’t be able to compete tonight but Peyton can take her place. They argue a bit and Ruby is pulled away by Liv. The camera turns around and we see Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir sitting with Shayna Baszler.
Peyton Royce W/Billie Kay Vs. Ruby Riott W/Liv Morgan
The bell rings and Ruby attacks Royce right away. Ruby ducks a few shots and hits an STO, followed by some rapid punches. Peyton crawls to the apron, where Ruby dropkicks her in the back and she falls to the floor.
Riott goes out slams Peyton into the barricade a few times, but Royce turns the tables on her. Back in the ring Royce beats Ruby into the corner and chokes her with her foot. Ruby turns the tables and hit a back elbow, followed by a forearm. Riott hits a kick to the face and Royce rolls outside, and Ruby jumps off the apron onto her.
Billie starts shouting at Ruby, so Liv gets involved but Peyton shoves her in the back and she hits the floor. Peyton grabs Ruby and drags her into the ring for a spinning neckbreaker and the pinfall.
Winner: Peyton Royce
We see the bodyguard standing outside RAW Underground and Shane walks up, asks him if he knows the time, and he says it’s time for the Underground.
We return to RAW Underground and Erik beats the crap out of a small blonde guy. Erik then challenges Dolph Ziggler, whose standing talking to Shane. Dolph gets on the mat and shoots but Erik sprawls. Dolph grabs the leg but Erik punches him, only for Dolph to take a bulldog choke. Erik lifts and slams Dolph, then drills him with a few knees to the gut. Dolph takes the back and Erik tries to roll through but Ziggler holds on. Dolph pokes his eye and gets the choke in fully and Erik taps. Ivar runs onto the mat and pounces Dolph, knocking him off the mat into the crowd.
Rey and Dominik Mysterio make their way to the ring. Rey says there is only word to describe how he’s felt since Extreme Rules: pain. Initially because of what Seth did to his eye, but then even more because of what Seth did to Dominik. He had to watch as his son was crucified on the ropes, and it made him feel a rage he’s never felt before. He should have been there to take that beating for his son, and he might not be cleared to compete but he will protect his son.
At SummerSlam he’s going to be in Dom’s corner and watch him beat Seth’s ass. Dominik thanks his father and says he knew what he was getting himself into, and he knows what he has to do to defend his family’s honour. Rey says Dom has no idea how proud he is, or how much he loves him. He admires his determination and will to defend the family, and he knows he will be ready. And if Seth gets near them tonight, he won’t make it to SummerSlam.
Rollins and Murphy appear on the screen. He says he never took Rey for an idiot, but he brought Dom here to RAW, putting him in harm’s way tonight and for what? For himself. He’s a selfish, sorry excuse for a father. Seth says he doesn’t understand why Rey continues putting himself and his son in his way. Seth says he knows now it doesn’t have to be Rey, it will be the Mysterio name that makes the ultimate sacrifice. Rey invites Seth down to the ring but Rollins laughs, saying he can’t see and Dom can’t walk straight. Rollins says he asked for it.
Seth and Murphy come out but Rey and Dominik run away. It’s all a trap, as Dom comes back with Kendo sticks and hits Seth from behind. Rey and Dominik then beat Seth with the Kendo’s, tying him up in the ropes. But Murphy comes back and Seth makes his escape.
We see Cedric Alexander sitting backstage. MVP walks up and says this is a familiar sight. He sees Cedric’s frustration, sitting backstage when he should be in the ring. He says his friends have kept him from competing tonight. Cedric says Apollo is looking out for him but MVP says Apollo sees him as a weak link. He says his offer still stands and he should think it over in catering.
We’re back in RAW Underground and Arturo Ruas will face Riddick Moss, both of whom won last week. Ruas misses a running knee and Moss hits a takedown. Ruas kicks him off and hits a Capoeira kick. Riddick fires with right hands but gets lifted and slammed down. Ruas punches him, then takes the back with a choke, only for Moss to slam himself backwards to break it. Moss grabs the arm and stomps him over and over until Ruas takes a kneebar. They roll off the mat onto the floor, where Ruas punches a bystander and Moss does the same. Shane gets between them and say that’s it for them.
Six-Man Elimination Tag Team Match
The Hurt Business Vs. Ricochet, Mustafa Ali, & Apollo Crews
We start with Ali and Shelton, and Mustafa hits a few arm drags following a lock-up. Ali takes the wrist and tags Ricochet, who flips off Benjamin and hits an enziguiri. Lashley comes in against Ali and hits him with a Dominator for the quick pinfall. Mustafa Ali Eliminated.
Ricochet runs in and lands a few big strikes but Lashley drives him into the mat with a spinebuster. Benjamin tags in and he hits Ricochet with Paydirt for the pinfall. Ricochet Eliminated.
Apollo enters the match and Benjamin takes the fight to him. Benjamin whips him to the corner but misses a splash and Apollo hits a Toss Powerbomb for the pin. Shelton Benjamin Eliminated. MVP comes in but Cedric Alexander appears on the outside and pins Shelton on the floor! Cedric Alexander is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
Back live and MVP is stomping Apollo down in the corner. Crews fights back but MVP whips him hard into the buckles and throws him out of the ring. Apollo gets back inside and MVP forces him to the corner and tags Lashley.
Bobby comes in hot and beats Apollo down in the corner, hits a shoulder tackle, then tags MVP. Crews eats a big boot in the corner but kicks out at two. MVP looks for it again but Crews avoids him and hits the Toss Powerbomb for the 123! MVP Eliminated.
Lashley runs in and attacks Crews, twisting his arm and punching his ribs. He whips Apollo to the ropes but Crews hits an enziguiri, then another and Lashley drops to a knee, before a third takes him down. Crews hits a standing moonsault for a two-count, then looks for the Toss Powerbomb but Lashley counters. Apollo fights free from the Full Lashley but runs into a spear and that’s that!
Winners: Bobby Lashley, MVP, & Shelton Benjamin
The announcers run down the entire card for this Sunday’s SummerSlam. We see Shane McMahon talking with Shayna, Marina, and Jessamyn backstage.
Cedric Alexander Vs. Akira Tozawa W/Ninja’s
They lock-up and Tozawa takes a wristlock, then dropkicks Tozawa. We see MVP watching on a monitor backstage. Tozawa tells Cedric to back off and calls his ninja’s for help. One of them gets on the apron and Cedric knocks him off. Alexander attacks Tozawa and hits the Lumbar Check for the win.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
As soon as the match ends and Cedric is posing, Shelton Benjamin appears and hits Paydirt and gets the pinfall. Shelton Benjamin is the WWE 24/7 Champion.
Next week Ivar will fight Dolph Ziggler in RAW Underground. And we’re back in the Underground for Marina Shafir’s debut. Shafir hits a Judo throw, then pulls the other girl by the hair for another Judo throw. Shafir cartwheels around the girl and kicks her in the back, then applies a modified kneebar for the win. As Marina is celebrating, Nia Jax attacks her from behind. Jessamyn Duke goes to jump on the mat but Jax kicks her in the face. Shayna jumps on the mat and the referee rings the bell but Nia jumps off and runs away.
Zelina Vega, Angel Garza, and Zelina Vega are in the ring and out come the Street Profits.
Montez Ford W/Angelo Dawkins Vs. Andrade W/Angel Garza & Zelina Vega
The bell rings and Ford is pissed. He attacks Andrade and hits a dropkick that knocks him from the ring. Ford hits a tope to Andrade on the floor, then gets him back in the ring. Montez goes up top but Andrade chops him and looks for a superplex, which earns a two-count.
Andrade takes a sleeper hold but Montez fights up. Andrade chops him against the ropes but Ford fires back with a lariat, then flips over Andrade and hits a clothesline. Ford with a standing moonsault for a two-count. Montez goes up top but Vega distracts him, allowing Andrade to knock him down. Out comes Bianca Belair and she slams Vega on the floor. Andrade is distracted and Ford catches him with a roll-up for the win!
Winner: Montez Ford
Shawn Michaels leaves his room backstage and walks towards the ring, speaking to Superstars along the way. He’ll talk to Randy Orton, next.
The Heartbreak Kid, The Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania, The G.O.A.T, Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring. We see the footage of Orton attacking Flair last week.
Michaels says he watched that last week in tears, with Ric recounting the worst days of his life on his deathbed. And you have to understand that Ric loved performing in the wrestling ring more than most. If it wasn’t for Ric Flair there would be no Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Batista, Edge, Christian, Drew McIntyre, or Randy Orton.
Unlike the rest of them though, Randy has never had the respect for Flair that they do. Randy had Flair, the greatest ever, as his manager and mentor since he broke into the business and he didn’t appreciate it. Shawn says he doesn’t know how, but he can assure Orton he will receive justice at the hands of a Sweet Chin Music or a Claymore Kick. Michaels turns to leave but Orton appears from behind him and hits an RKO, followed by a punt! Orton high-tails it as Drew McIntyre runs down the ramp. Orton stands behind the plexi-glass smiling as Drew turns to check on Shawn.
Michaels starts pulling himself to his feet but Orton reappears and attacks him. They fight out of the ring and Drew slams him into the steps, then the plexi-glass a few times. McInyre tosses him over the announce desk, then gets back in the ring to check on Michaels. Shawn gets to his feet but Orton comes back in and hits the Champion with an RKO!
And that’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought and I will see you on Sunday for SummerSlam. Until then, stay safe!