Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the August 23, 2021 episode of WWE RAW.
Start time for tonight’s show is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
We’re 48 hours removed from WWE SummerSlam and tonight’s RAW will feature all of the fallout. Bobby Lashley retained the Universal Championship against Goldberg after the Hall of Famer was unable to continue. However it seems the feud will continue after Goldberg’s son was attacked in the aftermath. Do we get the rematch at Extreme Rules? Or is that saved for the Royal Rumble? We’ll find out tonight.
RK-Bro won the RAW Tag Team Championship’s from AJ Styles and Omos at SummerSlam, and tonight Riddle promises a big celebration. Elsewhere, Logan Paul returns to WWE where he will be a guest on Moist TV, and Rhea Ripley teams with Nikki Cross to face Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Karrion Kross lost his NXT Championship to Samoa Joe last night, so chances are he will now be a mainstay on RAW, and we can expect more from New Day, RAW Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, and others.
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This week’s RAW opens with a highlight package for SummerSlam 2021, in which Bobby Lashley beat Goldberg, Charlotte Flair won the RAW Women’s Championship, and RK-Bro won the RAW Tag Titles. We go live to the arena and out comes MVP and the All Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley.
We see a replay of Lashley Vs. Goldberg, which culminated in Lashley putting the Hurt Lock on Goldberg’s son after the match. MVP says he’d like to address what happened. When Goldberg showed up on RAW to challenge Lashley they were both shocked. Now we all know about Goldberg’s extraordinary past and his not-to-extraordinary recent history. What they didn’t know was that Goldberg would bring his son Gage. Goldberg looked amazing at SummerSlam and he made the All Mighty back-up – Lashley took his sunglasses off to stare at MVP.
Yet all Goldberg did was anger the All Mighty. Goldberg got the holy Hell beat out of him and, for the first time in his career, got stopped. He didn’t have a leg to stand on and he quit. Which makes him a coward and Lashley retained. Then, for no reason, sometime attacked Lashley from behind. Like a coward. So Lashley did what he would do to anyone: put the hurt on them like he would anyone. MVP insults the fans and says they’re all cowards too. So, in case anyone thinks Lashley owes anyone an apology they can go to Hell.
The new United States Champion, Damian Priest, makes his way to the ring. Priest says Lashley and MVP are running their mouths, calling Goldberg a coward for getting injured yet Lashley beat him with a chair afterwards. Priest asks if Lashley feels like a big man and says he’s not jumping him from behind and he’s not a child, so he wants him in a match tonight. Priest says if Lashley doesn’t accept he’s the coward and Bobby attacks him. Lashley rips his jacket off and Priest kicks him out of the ring. MVP prevents Lashley getting back in the ring and says Priest has the match and it’s next!
The match gets underway and Lashley storms Priest and slams him down followed by some right hands. Lashley then forces Priest to the corner and shoulders him a few times until the referee forces him off. Lashley lands a running punch and Priest drops. Lashley looks for a spear but Priest lands a superkick. Priest lands some kicks and a discus punch followed by a clothesline. Sheamus then attacks Priest from behind.
Sheamus lifts Priest up so Lashley can beat on him but then out comes Drew McIntyre to even the numbers. Drew drops Sheaus on the ramp, then clotheslines Lashley out of the ring but Lashley drags him outside. Priest and Sheamus brawl on the floor and Damian clotheslines him over the barricade. McIntyre hits a belly-to-belly on the floor and Lashley almost lands on his head, then Drew suplexes him on the announce desk.
We return to this match underway. Sheamus is beating Drew McIntyre into the corner and landing right hands. Drew fires back and hits a snap suplex for a one-count. Sheamus clubs Drew and tags Lashley who beats him down in the corner. Lashley runs but Drew catches him with a big boot. Lashley chops McIntyre in the throat, then Sheamus tags in and kicks him. Drew knocks Sheamus back and tags Priest.
Damian and Sheamus trade blows until Priest lands a spinning back elbow. Priest lands a running elbow in the corner and a falcon arrow for a two-count. Lashley distracts Priest, allowing Sheamus to knock him out of the ring. Lashley gets the tag and he runs Priest into the barricade, then lifts him up and runs him head-first into the ring post. MVP mocks Priset, then Lashley does a literal repeat of the spot because they had too much time to kill.
Back live and Sheamus has Priest down with a headlock. Priest slings the Irishman off but gets caught with a tilt-a-whirl slam. Lashley tags in and applies a submission to keep Priest isolated. Damian fights up but Sheamus tags in and applies another submission. Again Priest fights up but Sheamus hits a backbreaker and poses his biceps. McIntyre finally gets the tag alongside Lashley and he runs over him with clotheslines and belly-to-belly suplexes.
McIntyre looks for the Claymore but Sheamus gets on apron and distracts him, allowing Lashley to hit a spinebuster. Lashley wants the spear but Drew avoids it and the Champion hits the ring post. Sheamus tags in and beats Drew in the corner, then takes him to the top rope for White Noise from the top rope and a near-fall! Sheamus lifts Drew but Priest blind-tags in and makes the save. Priest knocks Lashley off the apron but gets distracted and Sheamus hits a big knee. Lashley walks off and leaves Sheamus alone, which results in a Claymore.
Doudrop is interviewed backstage. She says she made a mistake associating with Eva Marie. yes she helped her get to WWE but she didn’t sign up to be talked down to. She tried to make a fool out of her with the name Doudrop but she likes and that’s who she is now. And next time she sees Eva she will drop her. Eva runs a production case into the gut of Doudrop and stomps her a few times. Eva says this is the Eva-lution.
The former NXT Champion, Karrion Kross, makes his way to the ring wearing a mask.
The bell rings and Ricochet punches Kross but gets caught with an overhead suplex. Kross punches Ricochet in the corner but the one and only hits a springboard crossbody. Ricochet kicks the legs but misses a clothesline and Kross connects with a big lariat. Kross hits a powerbomb, then lifts him onto his shoulders for a Doomsday suplex. The Krossjacket is applied and Ricochet taps.
We see a video of Logan Paul at SummerSlam and he says it doesn’t get any better than this. Baron Corbin appears and asks why he isn’t getting interviewed. Logan Paul says “maybe because you’re an a$$hole.” We see Logan backstage with the Viking Raiders, then John Morrison makes his entrance for Moist TV.
Sheamus is storming around backstage and he finds Lashley and MVP. He asks what the Hell happened out there and Lashley says they’re not friends or in business, so if he has a problem they can get in business. Sheamus gets in his face and says he’d love that but MVP separates them.
John Morrison is in the splash zone for Moist TV. Morrison welcomes us and introduces his guest, Logan Paul to a chorus of boos. Paul thanks Morrison and the fans boo mercilessly. Paul says he knows they don’t love him but he loves them and the WWE. Morrison says Logan and his brother have been making serious waves and the fans are thirsty for what’s next. Before Logan can answer, out comes The Miz.
Logan answers Morrison’s question and says he got to punch Floyd Mayweather and his brother is going to knock Tyrone Woodley out this weekend. Miz tells the crowd to shut up and show Paul some respect. Miz says he and Logan are from the same city in Cleveland, Ohio. Logan has made himself filthy rich and he respects it, then asks in which round will Woodley knock his brother out. Logan says Jake is going to be the one doing the knocking out and if Miz keeps asking questions like that Woodley won’t be the only one knocking people out this week.
Miz tells Logan to get out of his face. Morrison breaks it up and says we’d all love to see Miz get his ass kicked but… Miz gets annoyed and says he’s just trying to help John get views on his show because Moist TV is just a spin-off of Miz TV. Logan leaves the ring as John says Miz always makes everything about himself but Miz says this has all been about Morrison and his stupid drip. Morrison says Miz had no problem with the drip when he pretended to be injured for weeks. They continue arguing until out comes Xavier Woods.
We see a video of Elias in the woods. He says he’s had number one records and fans eating out of the palm of his hands. Music didn’t fail him, it just wasn’t enough. He erects a tombstone with “Elias” on it.
Woods and Miz lock-up and Woods rolls him up for a two-count. Miz kicks him and grabs a side headlock but Woods forces the break and takes one of his own. Miz gets him off and tosses Woods to the apron, then slides through his legs and swipes his feet so he hits the apron. Miz gets Woods back in the ring and jumps at him but Woods moves and Miz sells his leg. Woods beats him into the corner and targets the leg with a running dropkick.
Miz lays in the corner and pretends to be hurt until he cheap shots Woods. Miz taunts the fans and Woods but gets caught with a kick. Woods hits a senton for a two-count and Miz rolls from the ring. Woods dives through the ropes with his feet but Miz avoids him and runs him into the barricade. Morrison sprays the floor with the drip-stick and tries to slide Woods into the steel steps but Xavier turns it around and Miz crashes and burns with Morrison looking shocked.
Back live and Miz is kicking the chest of Woods. Miz lands a few more but Xavier ducks one and rolls him up for two. Miz backs Woods into the corner and kicks the chest, then looks for a running clothesline but nobody’s home and Woods hits a rope-assisted neckbreaker. Woods pummels Miz against the ropes and knocks him from the ring, then htis a dropkick through the ropes.
Woods dives over the ropes onto Miz, then Morrison comes around to check on him. Woods gets Miz back into the ring and goes to the top rope for a crossbody and a near-fall. Miz shoves him off and kicks the knee, then hits a snap DDT for a near-fall. Miz holds Woods up and wants Morrison to spray him but he misses, then Miz rolls Woods up but the referee is still with Morrison so he doesn’t get the three. Miz complains, then Woods small packages him for the win!
After the match Morrison gets in the ring and tries to make amends to Miz, who tells him to go get the drip-sticks so they can spray the fans. As soon as they start spraying, Miz decks Morrison. Miz beats the holy Hell out of Morrison and the fans boo. Miz hits Skull Crushing Finale to end the beatdown.
Rhea Ripley is stopped backstage by Nikki Cross, who says she won’t let what happened last night get her down. They made a good team last week and it might lift her spirits if they teamed again. Rhea says beating someone up would definitely life her spirits. Later tonight they face Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
We see Reginald outside earlier today where he talks about ice cream and R-Truth literally walks past him wearing a ghillie suit and he doesn’t notice. Turth and Tozawa try to jump him but Reggie hands them ice creams and runs away. Reggie climbs a tree and jumps onto the ice cream truck, then leaps over them and gets in the truck and drives off. Truth and Tozawa argue.
We see highlights of RK-Bro beating AJ Styles and Omos to become RAW Tag Team Champions. Riddle meets Orton backstage and goes for a hug but Randy denies it. Riddle says he’s very excited about the celebration tonight but Randy says he’s not big on surprises. Orton asks Riddle to not do anything stupid. Riddle asks if he’d do anything stupid and grins ear-to-ear.
The match gets underway and Jinder takes control early with his power. He catches a flying Mansoor and turns it into a suplex. Mansoor rolls out to regroup but Jinder grabs him on the apron. Mansoor snaps Jinder on the ropes and goes up top for a crossbody and gets a two-count. Jinder catches Mansoor with a big boot and lands a knee drop. Mansoor starts firing back but again Mahal cuts him off with a big boot. Mahal beats Mansoor down in the corner and doesn’t stop so the referee calls for the bell.
After the match Ali gets in the ring and tells Mansoor he’s going to have to start doing things his way.
We see a replay of Lashley leaving Sheamus high-and-dry earlier tonight. McIntyre and Damian Priest are backstage together joking around. Priest thanks Drew for having his back tonight and Drew says he did it for himself as much as Damian because he loves seeing Sheamus get beat. Priest says he’s living the dream and Drew invites him out for drinks.
The new RAW Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, comes to the ring and we see replauys of her victory. Flair says she told us all. Did anyone really doubt her? She’s a 12X Women’s Champion, the most decorated in WWE history. She thinks she deserves a statue because there isn’t another woman who will have a legacy anything like hers. She doesn’t need friends, family, or fans, she has all she needs.
Fireworsks go off and her music plays but then she starts talking again. When she looked in the mirror this morning she saw more than her chiselled physique and God-given talent, she saw the RAW Women’s Champion. She felt the fans deserved to see her, a real woman, with the title, and not the grubby little “hero”. She’s not messing around and every woman in the locker room needs to listen. She started the women’s evolution and tonight she starts a new one. Long live the Queen.
Charlotte finishes her promo and her music plays but then Alexa Bliss comes out to the stage and congratulates Charlotte, then says she and Lilly just wanted to say hi.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler is being passive aggressive. Nia says she took an opportunity and it got her nowhere. Baszler says she should have known better. They butt heads a lot but when they’re on the same page they’re unstoppable.
Elias is standing at his gravesite again and says music is in his past and he wants to be a Champion. He reveals his new name is… Elias.
We kick things off with Baszler and Ripley. Shayna takes controla nd goes right to work on Ripley’s arm and tries to stomp the elbow but Rhea catches her foot and knocks her down. Nikki tags in and Ripley throws her onto Shayna for a two-count. Nikki hits a roll-up for another two-count, then hits a headscissors.
Baszler throws Nikki to the apron but she jumps back in and rolls her up again for two. Baszler drops Nikki and tags Nia before stomping her arm. Jax beats on Nikki, then tags Baszler who knocks Ripley off the apron and helps Nia slam Nikki who rolls from the ring.
Jax is all over Nikki when we return. She beats her down and whips her into the bukcles for a stink face. She wants a Vader Bomb but Nikki kicks her legs and manages to reach Ripley. Baszler tags in to eat short-arm clotheslines from Ripley. Rhea hits a snapmare, knocks Nia off the apron and lands a dropkick to Baszler. Rhea connects witha superkick but Baszler elbows her into the corner.
Rhea kicks her back and goes to the top rope for a misssile dropkick. Rhea covers BAszler but Nia attempts to break it up and inadvertantly lands on Baszler. Rhea knocks Nia to the outside and Nikki dives off the ropes with a crossbody to her on the floor! In the ring, Ripley counters Shayna and hits her with the Riptide for the win.
We see a replay of The Miz attacking John Morrison. We see Morrison backstage and he says him and Miz are done. No more Miz TV, no more Dirt Sheet or music videos. It ends next week.
Riddle is in the ring for the RK-Bro victory celebration. He says he and Randy have been on a wild ride but now they’re the RAW Tag Team Champions. He introduces Orton who slowly comes to the ring. They get introduced as Champions, fireworks go off, and the fans chant the name.
Riddle says friendship is every bit as important as Championship’s, so he went out ang got him something special. Riddle gets a scooter with purple tassles and Randy’s name on the board. He says he knows Randy wants one, he’s been eyeing his for a while, then he demonstrates how it works. He says Randy is his best bro and he wants him to have it.
Out comes AJ Styles with Omos. AJ points out that Randy didn’t get Riddle anything, not even a plant that would be fitting. But he shouldn’t worry becasue he brought him a gift: a phenomendal forearm. And he’s going to keep driving forearms into Riddle’s face, week-after-week, until he gets his RAW Tag Team Championship’s back. Riddle says that’s fine because he has Randy in his corner and he’ll beat him with the three most dangerous letters in WWE: RK-Bro.
The match gets underway and Riddle takes Styles down. Riddle takes a headlock but AJ forces him to the corner and peppers him with shots. Riddle fires back with kicks to the chest and knocks him out of the ring. Riddle jumps to the apron and connects with a Penalty Kick, then gets AJ back inside. Riddle hits three gutwrench suplexes for a two-count. AJ drills Riddle with a forearm, then wants the Styles Clash but Riddle counters with an armbar. They struggle and fall over the ropes to the floor.
Back live and Riddle catches AJ with a bicycle kick, then lands some forearms in the corner and an exploder suplex. Riddle wans a P.K but AJ avoids it, then avoids a moonsault but can’t avoid a senton. Riddle lands the P.K, then a flurry of strikes and a German suplex for a near-fall. Riddle continues the offence but AJ knocks him out of the corner and lands a reverse DDT for a near-fall.
Styles slows the pace and slams Riddle for a two-count, then goes to the apron. Styles wants the Phenomenal Forearm and hits a springboard but Riddle catches him. AJ reverses Riddle into the Calf Crusher. Randy comes around to the apron to try and convicne Riddle not to tap put but AJ drags him back to the middle of the ring and re-applies it. Riddle quickly manages to turn it around on AJ and locks-in the Bromission.
Styles rolls back for a near-fall but then Riddle catches him with a ripcord knee. Riddle goes to the top rope but Omos distracts him and AJ knocks him off the ropes. Randy runs around ringside and fights Omos but gets thrown across the floor. Styles lifts Riddle and hits a Death Valley driver but Riddle bridges out of the pin attempt. Orton attacks Omos with his scooter and AJ gets distracted, allowing Riddle to hi a switch knee and Bro-Derek for the win!
After the match RK-Bro is celebrating and Styles rushes in to attack them but gets hit with an RKO by Randy. Orton and Riddle pose together with the belts to end the show.
That’s it for this week’s RAW, let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for NXT. Until next time, stay safe.