WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 20, 2015) from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri featuring the fallout show from the Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night in St. Louis.
Advertised for tonight: Undertaker is back and business has picked up, Seth Rollins is still WWE world heavyweight champion, Kevin Owens is pissed, and much, much more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 20
BaconStrips here. This one should be interesting...
WWE Signature and a recap of Battleground.
The Undertaker comes out to start this Raw.
Taker growls into the mic before saying that he is here as a relentless, remorseless, vengeful grim reaper.
He talks about how streaks are made to be broken, but Brock Lesnar constantly had to remind everyone of his greatest accomplishment. Now? Enough is enough. Lesnar has turned smouldering ashes into a raging inferno.
Last night was Taker's true resurrection. After all, you can't kill what won't die. Taker says that he will challenge Lesnar's mortality and conquer what hasn't been conquered.
Lesnar will rest in peace.
As Taker leaves, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are gushing about Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar. Trips tells Steph to get the marketing train rolling. In addition, he tells Steph to tell Paul Heyman to keep Lesnar away from the Sprint Center.
Charlotte vs Brie Bella
Team BAD is on commentary for this one.
This was a pretty good match and a hot opener at that. Charlotte played the face-in-peril excellently as she took some good offense from Brie. Charlotte roared back at the end and nailed Brie with a spear after kicking Nikki off the apron. She locks in the Figure Eight for the win.
Charlotte def Brie Bella
Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker is officially announced for SummerSlam.
As Triple H nicely to Paul Heyman regarding Brock Lesnar, The Miz comes in and complains about Big Show knocking him out last night. Trips cares so little about Miz's life that he books a match against Big Show
Trips calls Miz "Obi Wan" to end this
Los Matadores vs The Primetime Players
This was a fairly average tag match that saw Titus O'Neil get another monstrous hot tag. The end comes when The New Day comes out to preach the power of positivity. One of the Matadores took advantage and landed a Backstabber on O'Neil to win.
Los Matadores def The Primetime Players
Big Show vs The Miz
Squash in the literal sense of the word. Big Show decides to crush Miz's internal organs by dropping a top rope elbow.
Big Show murderdeathkills The Miz
After the match, Show cuts a promo on Ryback, saying that he's gonna appear on Tough Enough tomorrow night.
Backstage, Trips and Steph are admiring a painting of John Cena when they spot Paul Heyman. After they confront him, Heyman says that Lesnar isn't here tonight.
Trips and Steph don't believe him, so more security is needed.
After a commercial, Steph and Trips make a speech to the locker room. They say that Lesnar is probably on his way, and they won't let Lesnar and Taker kill each other tonight. And it's not a request; it's a demand
Paul Heyman is in the ring as the advocate for The Beast, Brock Lesnar.
He says that the ONLY reason that Brock Lesnar isn't champion is because of the demonic resurrection of the Undertaker. Lesnar went face-to-face to Taker and lost.
He repeats his "my client...conquered the Undertaker's streak..." line, and says that he does it just to piss off Undertaker. In addition, he brags about it as it is Lesnar's greatest career accomplishment.
Many men rose to face Undertaker at WrestleMania, and all but one failed. Lesnar succeed, and he is the subject of Undertaker's violent retribution.
Lesnar took away Undertaker's streak, and Undertaker took away Lesnar's chance to regain the WWE WHC.
So for SummerSlam, we have The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar. Heyman makes it person by repeating the "my client" line over and over again before saying that Taker sold his soul to get his revenge on Lesnar. However, Taker's ass belongs to Brock Lesnar.
The lights go off and on, and Undertaker is right behind Heyman. Heyman begs for his life until Brock Lesnar comes roaring to the ring and THE FIGHT IS ON!!!
As the two brawl, Trips calls down his crack security to no avail as Taker and Lesnar destroy all.
Eventually the entire WWE locker room comes down to separate the two. However, Lesnar is able to break free and the brawl starts again for a few moments, and this happens a few times.
Eventually the two are separated. Lesnar says that he's gonna kill Taker, and Taker responds by saying that he's gonna have to
Backstage, Lesnar is walking when he encounters Taker again, and the brawl restarts (I believe Undertaker is bleeding as well). The two are finally separated and Lesnar is cuffed.
Steph and Trips are talking about the Taker/Lesnar brawl when Seth Rollins comes in and says that he wants to let some things off his chest
Bray Wyatt cuts a promo about how his family stays by his side (Luke Harper is present and has a design of a dartboard with a Roman Reigns bullseye). He says that we're all gonna burn for anointing Roman Reigns. Harper says that it will continue until there's nothing left.
Luke Harper vs Roman Reigns
Before the match starts, Dean Ambrose comes down to stand in Reigns' corner.
This was a slow but good match that saw Harper really concentrate on Reigns' left arm. Reigns was starting to come back when Bray Wyatt pulled him outside, causing a DQ.
Roman Reigns def Luke Harper by DQ
After the match, a brawl ensues with Dean Ambrose being dumped into the timekeeper's area. Wyatt and Harper work on Reigns until Ambrose comes back in and cleans house.
Seth Rollins comes out to the ring.
He asks a question: How does it feel to be wrong about Seth Rollins again?
Rollins talks about everyone buying into Paul Heyman's propaganda and Brock Lesnar running roughshod on J&J and Kane. He talks about us thinking that he wouldn't leave St. Louis alive.
Surprise, we were wrong, and Rollins is still champion. After putting over The Beast, Rollins says he doesn't give a damn about Brock Lesnar. Rollins is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and the most unappreciated one at that.
Rollins rips the crowd, saying that we will never understand what he goes through to keep his championship. He has faced every challenge, but he still has his title, and keeping the title is all that matters. He is the end-all, beat-all champion of the industry.
Rollins starts talking about how Lesnar didn't run away when Undertaker stared into his soul. However, Rollins says that he was robbed, so he wants a little help. To do this, he calls Lillian Garcia into the ring.
He says that there was a missing announcement from last night: Seth Rollins still being the champion. She makes the announcement of him still being the champion.
After this announcement, John Cena comes out. He tells us that we don't have to deal with anymore of Rollins' crap.
Rollins wonders why Cena has come out before congratulating him on beating Kevin Owens before deducing that Cena is out for an open challenge.
However, Cena wants Rollins to stay. Cena thanks Rollins for being a conniving slimeball of a champion, and say that actions speak louder than words. Rollins' actions devalue the WWE WHC and add value to the US Title.
The crowd chants "USA", and Rollins tells them to shut up before saying that WWE WHC contenders have to earn their title shot instead of answering an open challenge to placate the crowd.
As Rollins leaves, Cena mocks Rollins for walking away from a challenge. After saying the man makes the title, Cena tells Rollins that he's a joke.
Cena tells Rollins to man up, and the staredown is on until Rollins walks away as per usual
Paige and Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks and Naomi
This was another pretty good women's match. Lynch played the face-in-peril here very well by taking a bunch of punishment from Sasha and Naomi. Paige got a great hot tag and beat the hell out of Naomi. However, Sasha broke up a scorpion crosslock and eventually got the win with the Bank Statement
Sasha Banks and Naomi def Paige and Becky Lynch
Renee Young interviews Lana, who says that there's no permanent damage to Dolph Ziggler's trachea, and they're waiting for medical clearance. At this moment, Summer Rae shows up in a business suit of her own. Rusev comes in and calls Summer beautiful before making out in front of Lana. Rusev says that Lana needs rest or whatever. Summer slaps Lana for reasons
John Cena, Randy Orton, and Cesaro vs Kevin Owens, Rusev, and Sheamus
This was a pretty interesting tag match. Sheamus walked out about halfway through when Owens inadvertently shoved him off the apron. Owens left after Rusev sold for too long, and Rusev got distracted when Lana came to attack Summer Rae.This eventually led to Rusev getting hit with an AA, Swing, and a slingshot RKO for the loss.
John Cena, Randy Orton, and Cesaro def Kevin Owens, Rusev, and Sheamus
The faces stand tall to end