WWE Raw Results and Review by Anthony DiSalvatore
It’s Monday night again, which means we have to sit through more wrestling tonight. This is starting to become a chore, but there are some things I’m looking forward to in spite of that. Tonight, Kevin Owens will be sent to the hospital by everyone’s good friend, Randy Orton! We’ll see more from Shane McMahon’s basement, and there will be yet another contract signing between Dominik and Seth Rollins for their match at Summerslam. I’m not looking forward to that, but maybe Dominik will surprise me.
The show opens with the contract signing. Great news! We can get this out of the way quickly. Dominik shows up with the same stick he’s used to run Seth’s entire crew off twice now. Seth better watch it! Seth tries to bow up to Samoa Joe, but we all know Joe’s not about to sit there and take that. Joe absolutely TORCHED Seth on the microphone here. Dominik’s entrance is terrible and hi in s voice is far from intimidating, but he’s a good natural babyface and can be serious, so I’m interested in seeing him in the ring. When Brock Lesnar kicked his ass a while back, he showed he can sell too! I just hope he doesn’t use the 619. I’ve always hated that move. From here, we go straight into the first match of the night!
Match #1: Seth Rollins vs. Humberto Carrillo
More good news! We joined this match already in progress, so maybe it won’t last for too long. Humberto gets shitcanned on the floor and Buddy Murphy looks to intervene, but Dominik keeps things even with his trusty beating stick. Carrillo eventually finds himself on the top rope and goes for the moonsault, but Buddy Murphy gets involved again. Dominik hits him with the stick, so Humberto goes for the moonsault. Seth evades and wins with the curb stomp. Pretty innovative setup on that move. I’ve never seen Seth use a powerbomb to set up a curb stomp before!
After the match Seth and his crew beat down Dominik and Carrillo, but Dominik fires up for a brief second before he gets overwhelmed. They’ve done a good job of making Dominik look like a beast. Even now, he only lost this confrontation because he was outnumbered. Realistically, he could beat Seth at Summerslam and Seth wouldn’t be hurt by it. I just hope he doesn’t win with a rollup. Or the 619. That’s the worst move in wrestling history, plus Dominik isn’t 5’4 so it makes no sense.
Match #2: Andrade vs. Angelo Dawkins
This match is all Andrade. Dawkins isn’t very experienced, so Andrade has to carry him through this. Andrade gets the upper hand using his technical ability, until Dawkins does his comeback. He goes for the splash in the corner, but Andrade moves. Andrade goes to the top rope, but gets rejected by Dawkins. Zelina distracts the referee, but it backfires and Dawkins wins with the spinebuster. Not much to say about this match, it was by the numbers and there were no mistakes, so I can’t be mad at it. Montez Ford is clearly miles ahead of Dawkins in the ring.
Match #3: Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega
As much as I love Zelina Vega, she’s fighting a losing battle in this one. There’s no way she can match Bianca’s power, she’s a freak athlete. This match is all Bianca in the beginning until she slips on a banana peel and Zelina takes control with a sweet springboard DDT. I like Zelina’s moves, she’s more clever instead of aggressive. She goes for a flying crossbody and gets gorilla dunked by Bianca. This is just about over. Bianca charges into the corner and hits the ring post, but at least she didn’t go all the way to the floor this time. Zelina tries to take advantage, but it’s just not to be. Bianca wins with her torture rack slam. That move’s great, but I’m sad Zelina had to take the fall.
The VIP Lounge!
The short story of this segment is, MVP is still pissed that he couldn’t win the US title. But you guys should hear him out, because his gripe is legit. Not only did Apollo not show up at Extreme Rules to defend his title, but when MVP finally got his rematch, he was distracted by production botches and lost. If anything, he’s a victim of circumstance. He rightly blames Apollo for this, then Apollo shows up and does a pretty good promo in response. Apollo wrecks the set.
Match #4: Apollo Crews vs. Shelton Benjamin
They’re not wasting any time throwing matches together on this show! It’s great to see Shelton in the ring again. He gives Apollo a sweet powerbomb, but he only gets two. The announcers claim MVP is getting desperate, because he’s telling his man what to do on the outside. You know, like every manager ever. Apollo gets thrown to the outside. He’s outnumbered out there and this goes exactly as you expect. Shelton’s in control now and he’s trying to wear Apollo down with some old fashioned mat wrestling. Shelton is the man for this! Apollo answers with a cross body and both guys are down. Benjamin goes down suddenly and appears to have injured his leg. He still kicks out of Apollo’s standing moonsault!
Apollo goes for something off the ropes, but Bobby Lashley trips him and Shelton WINS with a crushing rollup! Everything’s coming up Shelton! I can’t believe how good he looks for being in his mid 40s. Bobby goes for his full nelson after the match, but MVP calls him off to ensure that Apollo will make it for Summerslam.
Match #5: Cedric Alexander, Ricochet, & Viking Raiders vs. Akira Tozawa & Ninjas
In the time it took me to set up to review this match, it was over. The Vikings won with ease. After the match was over, one of the ninjas pins Tozawa and wins the 24/7 title! He unmasks to reveal himself as R-Truth, who has now won the 24/7 title for the 38th time.
Match #6: Liv Morgan vs. Peyton Royce
Another quick match here, not much for me to say about it. It’s all Liv Morgan at the start until Peyton lays her out with a nice spin kick. After a brief distraction on the outside, Peyton wins with a spinning suplex. That move was nicely done, but I have no investment in this rivalry whatsoever. Bring out Randy Orton!
The first match features Riddick Moss and some other guy I don’t recognize. I was just wondering what happened to him not long ago! I could probably enjoy this a lot more if it weren’t for Shane’s running commentary that nobody asked for. Riddick Moss wins with a knockout punch. There will be more of this later on, so I’ll provide running updates.
Match #7: Bayley vs. Asuka
This is the match with the biggest stakes on the show by far, but I’m getting sick of seeing Asuka being handled title matches over and over. If she beats Bayley here, she earns a title match at Summerslam. I’ll be honest, I’m still pissed about what happened between her and Nia Jax. Nia should be champion right now. Just as the bell rings, Asuka is fired up. This is not a good idea! This is a marathon, not a sprint. Asuka is highly emotional and she isn’t thinking clearly. I know this has nothing to do with the match in the ring, but Sasha’s outfit is incredible tonight.
Bayley’s in control now, but instead of trying to put Asuka away, she taunts her instead. Asuka recovers and finally hits her back, and now both women are down. Asuka gives a nice comeback, complete with a German suplex and Butt Slam. After a commercial and a distraction, Bayley applies a sweet ankle lock. She’s targeting the ankle now and it shouldn’t be long before this is over with. Sasha gets involved on the outside and Asuka looks defeated while Bayley’s kicking her ass in the corner. Suddenly, Asuka applies an armbar, but Bayley turns it into a pin for two. Bayley applies the Indian death lock out of nowhere! I haven’t seen that move in ages! Bayley comes off the top rope with an elbow drop, but Asuka kicks out at two. Bayley taunts the crowd, then Asuka applies the crossface chickenwing out of nowhere for the tap out win. I guess that means Asuka gets yet another title match. There are lots of women WWE could choose from, but I guess they should keep going with the same one over and over again. I’m still pissed Nia isn’t champion.
Next is another RAW Underground match featuring Arturo Roas. I’ve never seen him before, but he’s jacked. He hammer fists his opponent to death and then finishes with some elbow strikes. That poor guy got dominated. Roas wins with a roundhouse kick. Next!
Some giant dude shows up and destroys his much smaller opponent. He grabs the guy’s dick and then wins with a knockout punch. Not much to say about this, it’s all just thrown together. Shayna Baszler shows up looking for a fight and beats the shit out of three unsuspecting opponents. If people like Shayna and Bobby Lashley get a chance to look cool on this segment every week, it just might end up being useful. This running commentary needs to end. Enough of this, let’s get on with the match of the night!
Main Event: Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
With half an hour of showtime left, I’m pretty sure this is the last match. I’m also certain this will be the best match Kevin has ever had. The match begins with a lockup and some basic wrestling moves, which I appreciate because I’m not an indy mark. The match goes out to the floor, because every match does that now, and Randy gets the upper hand with a thumb to the eye. Kevin has a chance to put Randy away, but he’s far too busy talking like always. Kevin goes for the stunner but Randy blocks. Kevin uses the bowling ball on the floor and Randy’s in trouble now!
We come back from ANOTHER commercial and Randy’s doing the best he can to make Kevin look good. Back to the outside we go and Flair is letting Kevin have it after Randy whips him into the stairs. This is where Randy is most dangerous. The count gets to eight and there’s no way Kevin can get back into the ring in time, but Randy rolls out to reset the count. He’s enjoying this now. Kevin doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. Orton stomps on every available appendage, much like Rugged Ronnie Garvin used to do. Kevin steals Randy’s taunt and goes for the stunner, but Orton counters with the RKO for the win. After the match is over, Randy wants to have a word with Flair. What follows next is a very emotional promo segment between the two, but it could have been worse I guess. At least he didn’t give him an RKO or kick him in the head. I guess Randy really does respect him after all. Well shit. Right after I said that he decided to kick Flair anyway. That was sad. Drew McIntyre shows up to fight for Flair and Randy bails. You’d think if Drew wanted to show up to make the save he would have done it during the twenty seconds it took for Randy to set up for the kick. Drew’s not about to let this stand.
My Final Thoughts on RAW (8/10/2020)
The first half of this show seemed like it was thrown together in 20 minutes, but at least Zelina Vega was a highlight. Shayna Baszler managed to look really good in her Underground segment, but the real story is Randy Orton turning on Flair! He’s removed all possible distractions, so I can see he’s completely focused on McIntyre. I don’t like the idea of Drew fighting for Flair’s honor, since they have no history together. Why would Drew care about any of this? It’s time for Randy to become world champion again! If you enjoyed this, come back for Wednesday Night War this week!