Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the August 30th, 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.
Tonight’s RAW will kick-off with an open challenge by the Archer of Infamy. Damian Priest will put his new United States Championship on the line to anyone willing to step up. And one person we know it won’t be is the former Champion, Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior will be facing the All Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley in a non-title match after the two had a falling out last week. Meanwhile Goldberg has promised to come for Lashley’s soul after he attacked his son, although that doesn’t seem likely to happen until Crown Jewel.
The Miz Vs. John Morrison was scheduled for tonight’s show but WWE.com hasn’t mentioned the match, so we’re going to assume it’s been put off at the time of writing. One match that is going ahead however, is Doudrop versus her former “friend”, Eva Marie. And that’s all we know about tonight’s RAW, although you can expect to see the likes of RK-Bro, Drew McIntyre, Charlotte Flair, and much more.
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This week’s RAW opens with the United States Champion, Damian Priest, making his way to the ring.
Priest says he’s always wanted to do this, then welcomes us to Monday Night RAW. He says he became U.S Champion at SummerSlam and the fans chant “you deserve it”. Priest says he wants to show the title the respect it deserves, the same way past Champion’s like Jeff Hardy or John Cena have. Unlike Bobby Lashley, who showed what kind of Champion he is when he ran away last week. That won’t be him, ever. And that’s why he’s offering an open challenge tonight.
Sheamus interrupts Priest and makes his way to the ring to massive boos. Sheamus says he agrees with Priest, Lashley is a coward that runs from things he doesn’t like. But that’s not him. And he appreciates Priest’s willingness to fight but he’s going to knock his teeth out with a Brogue kick and take his gold back. Drew McIntyre comes out and says, as much as he’d like to see Priest beat Sheamus for the hundredth time, he thinks everyone would like to see something fresh. And the U.S Championship is the one title that has always eluded him. Drew proposes a title match tonight and Priest likes it but Sheamus argues.
MVP and Bobby Lashley come out to boos and MVP asks them to hold their applause. The All Mighty wanted to hold an open challenge every week, like Priest, but the problem is… they get interrupted by a loud Goldberg chant. MVP says that Goldberg has been dealt with, in the same way that Lashley has already beaten everyone. So who is there for an open challenge? It’s not good for business. But what is good for business, would be Lashley beating Priest and taking the U.S Championship for himself.
Suddenly RK-Bro join the party. Orton says everything MVP just said sucks and Lashley is a greedy son-of-a-bitch. He wants something he can’t have and that’s a second title. Riddle says it’s physically impossible to hold two Championship’s but then realise he and Randy have two. Lashley says Randy’s right, he is greedy, so maybe he should take their tag titles instead and he’ll have three. Riddle says, since the word of the day is “open challenge”, how about Lashley and MVP challenge them for the titles tonight? Orton points out that that isn’t how open challenges work but MVP says they accept.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce come out and tell everyone to hit the brakes. They have two major matches on their hands. They make it official; MVP and Lashley face RK-Bro for the RAW Tag Team Titles; then Damian Priest will defend against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre! All the title holders lift their belts up and pose but then out comes Rhea Ripley and she makes her way to the ring for a match after the break.
Before the match starts Nia gets on the apron and says she will splatter both Ripley and Nikki before the night is over, and then she’ll do it to Charlotte Flair. The referee rings the bell and Rhea attacks a distracted Shayna but gets taken down herself. Baszler goes to work on Nia’s wrist and tries to stomp it but Ripley grabs it, only for Shayna to dropkick her.
Ripley looks for a roll-up but Baszler goes back to work on the arm. Baszler knees Ripley in the face for a one-count. Shayna jumps on Rhea’s back and pummels her with rights and lefts. Ripley rolls Baszler up for two but the Queen of Spades fires back with a clothesline. Baszler drags Rhea under the bottom rope, traps her arm in the apron, and stomps on it!
We return to find Baszler wrenching the arm of Ripley. Shayna kicks the shoulder a few times and mocks Nikki. Baszler kicks her more and Rhea starts asking for more, then catches the kick. Ripley lands some short-arm clotheslines followed by a headbutt, snapmare and a dropkick. Rhea hits a northern lights suplex for a two-count.
Ripley tries to shake the feeling into her arm but Baszler snatches her in an armbar. Rhea reaches the ropes but Shayna doesn’t let go and punches her a few times and let’s go at the last second. Nikki tries to encourage Ripley, who grabs Shayna for a Riptide but gets distracted when Nia attacks Nikki at ringside. Baszler rolls-up Rhea for a two and Ripley reverses the pin and wins!
As soon as the match ends, Nia rushes in and clotheslines Rhea hard from behind. Nia lifts Ripley and lands a Samoan drop and poses, while Baszler leaves the ring looking annoyed.
The Viking Raiders cut a promo in which they say the WWE Universe will once again bear witness to their brutality and feel the raid.
Veer starts with Ivar and takes a headlock. Ivar shoots him off and hits a clothesline. Erik tags in and bodyslams Veer, then Erik body slams Ivar onto veer for a two-count. Ivar tags back in and beats on Veer. Veer ducks and dodges Ivar, then hits a crossbody for a two-count. Ivar is backed into the heel corner and tags Jinder who goes to work on the body. Mahal beats Ivar in the corner and the heels make quick tags to keep Ivar isolated.
Mahal applies a submission to Ivar for a moment but then Erik gets the tag and storms Jinder with knees. Erik knocks Veer off the apron and dodges Mahal to hit a flying knee. Veer rushes in and Ivar hits a belly-to-belly. then he tosses Mahal over the ropes onto Veer and Shanky. Ivar gets on the apron and Erik hip tosses him onto Veer and Shanky. They get Jinder back in the ring and hit the Viking Experience for the win.
We see Drew McIntyre warming-up backstage. He’ll be facing Sheamus and Damian Priest, next!
The match gets underway and Sheamus realises he’s outnumbered, so he takes the fight to McIntyre but the babyfaces overwhelm him. They beat him down in the corner, then Sheamus rolls outside and trash talks the fans. Priest flips over the ropes onto Sheamus, then Drew comes out and peppers him against the barricade. Drew whips Sheamus to Priest, who back drops him over the barricade into the timekeeper’s area. McIntyre gets in the ring and tells Pies to bring it.
Back live and Sheamus hits a flying clothesline off the top rope. Sheamus knocks McIntyre off the apron into the barricade, then Priest starts attacking him. Priest counters a backbreaker and locks-in a triangle choke. Sheamus gets free and lands the backbreaker. Priest goes for the mask but Sheamus punches him down. Sheamus wants the Beats of the Bodhran and Priest fights it for a minute but he eventually gets it and forearms him off the apron.
McIntyre comes in from behind and runs over Sheamus with forearms, then lands a couple of belly-to-bellies. Sheamus hits a neckbreaker and looks for a Future Shock DDT but Sheamus slings him off. Sheamus avoids Drew in the corner and the Scot hits the ring post. Priest returns and hits both guys with flying elbows in the corners, then kicks Sheamus out of the ring. Drew elbows Priest but eats some kicks in return.
Drew clotheslines Priset out of the ring, then dives over the ropes onto him and Sheamus. McIntyre slowly gets Priest back in the ring and they trade shots until he hits a Michonoku driver for a near-fall. Drew backs Priest into the corner and lifts him onto the top rope. Drew climbs up but Sheamus comes from behind and beats McIntyre down into the tree of woe, then headbutts Priest. Sheamus climbs up over McIntyre and grabs Priest but Drew sits-up and German suplexes him, meaning Sheamus suplexed Priest in the process!
Back live and Sheamus and Drew are trading shots. Sheamus whips McIntyre into the corner, then hits an Alabama slam for a near-fall. Sheamus grabs McIntyre and locks-in a cloverleaf but Priest returns with a kick to the face. Priest hits a chokeslam but Drew breaks the pin attempt. Priest and McIntyre trade punches over and over and Drew looks for the Future Shock but Priest counters and wants the Recknoning but Sheamus hits him with the Brogue kick!
Priest rolls outside and Sheamus is angered, but Drew grabs him for a Future Shock DDT and a near-fall. McIntyre counts down for a Claymore but Sheamus catches him with a knee in mid-air for a near-fall! The fans in Oklahoma are into this one as Sheamus gets Drew on his shoulders and climbs the ropes for white noise and another near-fall thanks to Priest rushing in to break it up.
Sheamus eats kicks and punches from Priest, who then grabs him for The Reckoning but Sheamus counters. Priest slips out of the way and McIntyre hits Sheamus with a Claymore and he rolls out. McIntyre and Priest go back-and-forth, then Priest counters a tilt-a-whirl into The Reckoning for the win!
We see a highlight package of Lashley Vs. Goldberg at SummerSlam. WWE caught up with Goldberg and he says he needs knee surgery. He just left his house and Gage’s still in pain from SummerSlam. His objective has changed, he’s not coming for the WWE Championship, he’s coming for Bobby Lashley’s soul and he’ll rip it from his chest.
WWE 24/7 Champion, Reginald, is shown walking around outside talking about how WWE rescued him from the ghetto. R-Truth is nearby pretending to feed a Tozawa in a dog costume, then throws a frisbee at him. They chase Reggie into a play park and he uses his parkour to evade them.
Eva Marie comes to the ring and we get a lengthy video package for Eva Marie and Doudrop. Doudrop comes out second and before the referee can even get the match started she attacks Eva from behind. Doudrop hits a body slam and a senton, then a running corssbody and lays on her and counts to three herself. The referee gets the microphone and says Eva is unable to compete, so Doudrop announces herself as the winner of the match.
Charlotte Flair is stopped backstage for an interview and asked about Nia Jax. Charlotte says Nia is a beast but she will slay the kraken because she is a history-making Champion. Long live the Queen.
The match gets underway and Kross rushes Carrillo into the corner and beats him. Humberto knocks him back and hits a crossbody from the middle rope for a one-count. Kross counters a springboard and hits a big lariat. Kross hits a suplex for a two-count. Carrillo is beat into the corner, then caught with a back elbow for another two-count. Kross whips him hard into the buckles and applies a submission.
Carrillo fights up and jumps on Kross but gets thrown with a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Karrion goes back to the submission but again Humberto fights up and hits an enziguiri. Carrillo is thrown to the apron but he hits a jawbreaker and springboards into the ring but gets hit with a forearm in mid-air. Kross hits a Saito suplex, then locks-in the KrossJacket for the win.
Nia Jax is interviewed backstage and reiterates that she wil crush Charlotte tonight. She’s going to take the invisible crown and shove it up Flair’s behind.
RK-Bro are backstage and Riddle is talking about his résumé and says he can’t list all the things he’s good at. Randy says he only needs to be good at being his partner and Riddle continues to list his abilities, like talking fast or talking slow and eating lots of food.
The match begins and Nia runs at the Champion but she bails from the ring. Flair eventually gets back in and avoids Nia’s lock-up, then laughs at her. They finally do lock-up and Nia forces her back with some struggle, then Charlotte slaps the back of her head, which just angers Nia. Flair looks to suplex Jax but can’t get her. Nia headbutts Flair and she drops to a knee.
Jax hits a stiff clothesline, then splashes her in the corner before looking for a stink face but no-ones home. Flair grabs a hadlock and Jax tries to shoot her off but can’t. She tries again and drops Flair with a shoulder. Flair flips over the ropes and grabs Nia with a reverse sleeper over the top rope, then snaps her neck on the ropes and poses on the floor. Flair gets back inside but Nia slams her and the Queen rolls out. Charlotte drags Nia out of the ring, the dives over the ropes onto her.
We return to find Nia in control of Charlotte after a back suplex. Jax punches her into the corner but Flair dodges her and Nia headbutts the buckles. Flair goes up top for a moonsault but Nia gets her boots up. Jax wants a senton but Charlotte avoids it and dropkicks her. Charlotte slaps her and Nia shoves her in the face, then they get into a weird tussle where Nia looks to be not really selling anything.
Charlotte hits the ropes but stops as Nia doesn’t react, then Flair jumps on her shoulders and seemingly does all the work herself as she slides back off and hits an awkward Russian leg sweep. Charlotte hits a chop block and starts attacking the leg of Jax. Charlotte shoves her head a few times, then slaps her ass but Jax kicks her into the buckles. Jax lifts Charlotte up and hits a stiff release powerbomb for the win.
John Morrison is backstage and he says he was supposed to have a match against The Miz but he ran back to Hollywood or something. But he’s ready to fight so he asked for match and they gave him one, against the biggest man he knows… Omos is standing there and he says “sucks to be you”.
Morrison does his best to storm Omos at the outset but gets thrown over the ropes for his trouble. Omos goes out and ties to throw Morrison into te steel steps but John flips over them. Morrison then flips back over the steps but stumbles and Omos clotheslines him. Omos gets Morrison back in the ring and catches a kick, then flips him upside down onto the top rope. Omos chokebombs Morrison for the win.
Xavier Woods comes out as AJ Styles and Omos are celebrating. Woods will face Styles after the break
The match begins and AJ forces Woods to the corner and chops him. Woods then does the same to AJ before reversing him with a tilt-a-whirl Russian leg sweep. Woods dives at Styles on the apron but AJ avoids him. Styles jumps at Woods on the floor but gets caught and slammed into the barricade. Woods gets AJ back inside for a two-count.
Woods kicks AJ’s knee, then hits a senton to his back for a two-count. Woods gets backed into the corner and he tosses AJ to the apron. Styles forearms him back and wants the Phenomenal Forearm but Woods rolls out of the ring. AJ hits a drppkick through the ropes, then gets Woods back inside for a two-count. AJ catches a kick and snaps Xavier’s leg on his shoulder.
Styles hits a kneebreaker and poses as the fans boo. AJ continues to work on the leg of Woods but gets rolled-up for two. Xavier unloads on AJ with rights and lefts, then hits a northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Styles kicks the knee and wants a Styles Clash but Woods lands on his feet and runs AJ into the corner. Woods hangs AJ in the tree of woe and connects with a hanging dropkick for a near-fall. AJ counters a back suplex and kicks the leg, then gets WOods in the Calf Crusher a he taps.
AJ Styles is on commentary as Riddle starts against Lashley and storms him. Riddle beats Lashley in the corner until the All Mighty fights back and lands a stalling jackhammer for a two-count. MVP is tagged in and he beats on Riddle for a minute until he’s backed into the corner and Orton tags in.
Orton slowly beats MVP and stomps his appendages while staring at Lashley. Orton tags Riddle and helps him hit a twisting moonsault to MVP, who then rolls outside. Lashley comes around to check on MVP and Riddle hits a springboard senton to both.
We’re back from the final break and Riddle is pummeling Lashley with right hands but the WWE Champion catches him with a reverse Rock Bottom and a two-count. MVP tags in and goes to work on Riddle with a submission. Riddle counters MVP na dstumbles backwards to tag the Viper. Orton clotheslines MVP over and over, then backs him into the corner for ten punches.
Orton gets kicked away and MVP runs at him but gets caught with a snap powerslam. Orton drops to his knees for the RKO but sees Lashley getting in the ring, so he rushes over and grabs him for a draping DDT. Orton looks to RKO Lashley but MVP cuts him off and tosses him shoulder-first into the ring post. Lashley tags in and drills Orton with repeated shoulders in the corner. Lashley hits a neckbreaker and whips him to the corner but Riddle tags in.
Riddle hits a Pele kick, then whips Lashley to the corner and hits a knee. Riddle wants an exploder suplex but Lashley blocks it. Riddle hits a pump knee and goes to the middle rope for a floating bro but MVP breaks the pin attempt. The action spills out of the ringa and AJ Styles sends Lashley over the barricade. Omos grabs Orton but gets kicked off by Riddle, then Randy back suplexes AJ on the announce desk. Riddle drops MVP in the ring and hits the floating bro for the win!
After the match, Lashley returns with a big spear to Riddle. Lashley then waits for Riddle to get up and he wants the Hurt Lock but he gets RKO’d out of nowhere! RK-Bro retreat to end the sow.
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