WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 22, 2016) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York featuring the fallout show from the SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Finn Balor is the new face of the red brand, there's a Brock Lesnar problem to deal with, and 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 AUG. 22
Revolution in their minds, the children start to march against the world in which they have to live and all the hate that's in their hearts, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a wrestling show, folks.
WWE Universal Championship video package recapping Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor starts the show.
Michael Cole puts SummerSlam over and talks about attendance for Raw before talking about Finn's shoulder injury. They run footage of the powerbomb into the barricade and Corey Graves points out Finn popping his shoulder back into place. Cole puts Finn over for making his morning TV appearances and says the champion has a torn labrum and will be out six months. Byron Saxton mentions Finn vacating the title to boos from the crowd and they toss to Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley in the ring.
Finn makes his entrance, title belt over his good shoulder and arm in a sling. Finn on the mic to the tune of "You deserve it!" chants, he starts off saying that the title represents a lifetime of sacrifice. It also represents how if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything. Last night at SummerSlam, he achieved the impossible and became WWE Universal Champion, but there was a sacrifice. He thanks WWE for the opportunity, he thanks all the talent in the back, he thanks Seth Rollins for giving him the match of his life, but most importantly he thanks the fans, which gets him a big "Thank you, Finn!" chant.
But it's him that should be thanking us, and for now he has to relinquish the title. But rest assured, when he's healthy and ready, he'll be back and the title is the first thing he's coming for. Mick takes the title belt and gives Finn a nice little hug before raising his good arm. Finn's music plays again and he leaves the ring, but before he gets all the way back to Gorilla, Seth's music hits and he walks out with that smug snake grin plastered on his face.
Seth gets in the ring and gets a mic. What a shame, he says, but let's not live in the past. Now we know who the true winner was last night, he says, so let's turn that frown upside down and celebrate. He's here, Steph's here, the "exquisitely designed" title belt is here, so he says let's have another championship celebration for the true WWE Universal Champion.
At which point Sami Zayn comes out! He gets in the ring and jaws mic-less at Seth for a moment before Chris Jericho comes out. Y2J gets in the ring and immediately starts begging Steph and, of course, Kevin Owens is the next one out. Steph points out this is getting out of control and gets in Foley's ear when here comes Enzo and Cass? Sure.They're immediately followed by Roman Reigns, which causes Cole to yell "Game changer!" for reasons that are not clear to me.
Mick Foley says everybody in this ring is deserving of a championship opportunity, so they're going to conduct a series of matches, culminating next week with the crowning of a new WWE Universal Champion. Steph says we're gonna start right now with Zayn and Rollins! Everyone else begins exiting the ring and Zayn and Owens jaw at each other, which leads Rollins to take a cheap shot! Off to commercial.
Sami Zayn vs. Seth Rollins
Match is in progress when we return from commercial. Zayn works Rollins over in the corner, Seth whips him onto the apron. Shoulder block, Sami back in for a headscissors takeover, Rollins spills to the outside and looks for a dive but Seth gets out the way. Sami to the outside, Seth goes for the barricade bomb that hurt Balor but Sami fights out. Moonsault off the barricade!
Sami stalks Seth and sends him back in the ring but Seth cuts him off with a superkick when he follows. Seth stomping and choking Sami in the corner now, when Sami gets up he whips him into the ropes and cuts him off with an elbow. Side headlock on Zayn, Sami fights to his feet and Seth shoots him into the corner hard. Big chop in the corner, Sami comes back with a pair of lariats, springboard leapfrog and Sami comes up lame like he hurt his ankle.
Sami tells referee Chad Patton he can continue and cuts Rollins off with a back elbow and low bridges him to the outside. Slingshot tope and the ankle is still hurting. Seth throws him inside and follows with a springboard knee to the head. Sami rolls to the outside and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Sami's laying forearms in but Rollins counters with a rolling solebutt to the knee. Slaps Sami on the mat but Zayn gets up and nails Seth with a lariat. Willing his leg to life, he blocks punches from Rollins and fires back. Looking for the Blue Thunder Driver but Rollins cuts him off with an enzuigiri that gets two. Forearms in the corner, Rollins sets Sami up top and looks for a superplex but Sami blocks it and knocks Seth down with a headbutt.
Rollins right back up and Sami fights him off with wild hammer blows to the back. Sitout sunset flip powerbomb gets two! Sami limps around and picks Seth up but Seth goes for the Pedigree. Sami reverses into a jackknife pin for two and follows with the corner exploder! In for the Helluva Kick but he can get enough steam up and Rollins knees him in the face. Stomps to the knee and Seth grabs a toehold and grapevines, switching to an inverted heel hook, wrenching like hell. Sami gets to his feet and breaks free with stomps!
Looking for a suplex but Seth Rollins counters with the Pedigree for the win.
A special look at the finish to Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar is promised for later in the night before we go to commercial.
Back from commercial on still shots of action from last night.
Kevin Owens vs. Neville
KO looking for the pop-up powerbomb right away but Neville fires back with kicks and sends Owens outside. Dropkick on the apron followed by a 450 splash to the outside! Sends KO back in the ring but Owens rolls right back out the other side. Corkscrew tope con giro! Jericho distracts Neville and Owens gets a lariat that makes Neville do another corkscrew and we go back to commercial.
Back from commercial and KO has a reverse chinlock in. Neville fights to his feet and goes to the corner. KO looking for the cannonball but Neville slips out and lands a German suplex. KO knocks Neville down and heads up top for the frog splash but Neville empties the pool. Phoenix Splash gets two! Deadlift German suplex gets Neville another nearfall! Back up top again shooting star press, but Owens moves, superkick, pop-up powerbomb attempt but Neville reverses into a victory roll pin! Enzuigiri lays Owens back out but Jericho starts jawing and eats a dropkick. Gamengiri from the apron lays KO back out one more time.
Neville up top again but Owens cuts him off and lands the Argentine Neckbreaker for the win.
Commentary puts over the fact that Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins have earned spots in a match for the Universal Championship before announcing that it'll be a fatal four-way. Big Cass vs. Rusev and Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns are announced for the last two spots in the match.
Backstage with the New Day for a moment before we head to commercial.
Back from commercial and Big E does his spiel to introduce New Day. Xavier has what appears to be a pinata, Kofi's carrying a stick, and Big E has a big bowl of Booty-Os and a ladle to spoon it out to ringside fans.
Big E on the mic, says a wise man once said speak softly and carry a big stick, but he can only have one and we know he's loud. He's back! And he's gyrating his hips. Kofi says the New Day loves magic, and the magic they're experiencing right now is built around the numbers 3, 6, and 5, because they've been WWE Tag Team Champions for a year now. (But not WWE World Tag Team Champions, guys, that's a different title lineage, c'mon.)
They want to take a serious moment to say thank you, because who (Who? Who?) was responsible? Us. Because we were vocal, through the good times and the bad. Xavier says that to celebrate, they have a unicorn pinata and could anyone guess what's inside? Booty-Os, the crowd says, and he confirms this. He goes to begin the festivities and Gallows and Anderson come out.
Gallows says this is stupid, and Anderson goes on, saying that it's stupid and Brooklyn is stupid. What are they even celebrating, he asks? It's almost like they forget, he says, that they lost last night. Gallows says that even though Big E saved Jon Stewart from a case of ringpostitis last next, they lost, and it means the Club are owed a rematch. Anderson calls Kofi out as the stupidest, since he's talking about magic and, y'know, he ate a Magic Killer last night.
Kofi asks E to defend him and E has nothing. Gallows says yeah, you got nothing, because all the props, toys, and catchphrases aren't gonna mean a thing when they win the titles. It starts tonight, he says, when Karl Anderson dismembers, dismantles, and decapitates Big E. Anderson's glad Big E is back, and Big E loses it, saying he's had enough of the flim-flam and the booty chatter, and he's gonna show Anderson why New Day rocks, before Cole sends us to commercial.
Big E vs. Karl Anderson
Back from commercial and the match is in progress, Big E landing a belly-to-belly suplex on Anderson. Follows it up with the abdominal stretch with slaps to the ass in time to the New Day chant rhythm and sends Anderson into the corner. Shoulder block, Anderson gets out and hits a low dropkick to the knee. E heads for the corner and Anderson stomps away at the knee more before firing off a knee drop on it. Front facelock and he tries to keep E grounded but E gets to his feet and throws Machine Gun off. Another dropkick gets Anderson two and more and more stomps follow.
E fights to his feet, laying hands into Anderson's ribs but Karl blocks with a front facelock only for E to chuck him over the ropes and to the outside. Gallows taunts E and Kofi and Xavier run over and eat boots. Big E looking for the spear through the ropes but Anderson cuts him off with a knee to the face! Xavier and Kofi take Gallows off the apron and land their finisher on Big Hoot.
Anderson charges and Big E catches him into the Big Ending for the win.
New Day taunt Gallows and Anderson as they head to the back.
Cole puts over the Dudley Boyz farewell segment and a recap of the Dudleys' debut on the September 2, 1999 SmackDown plays before we toss to commercial.
Back from break with more still shots from SummerSlam. and Titus O'Neil is in the ring with a microphone. Last night, he says, or earlier tonight rather, we heard New Day talk about becoming tag team champions last summer. And what you forget, is that going in, the Prime Time Players were tag team champions going in. And whenever he comes back, he gets the same question from everybody, and they ask if that was the worst day of his life. He says no, that wasn't the worst day of his life, because that was actually the best day of his life.
It was the best day of his life because he dropped the dead weight that is Darren Young. Let's be real, there's no episode of Ride Along with the Prime Time Players because there's only one Prime Time Player. Darren Young wouldn't be relevant without him, much like Jay Z wouldn't be relevant without Beyonce. How is Bob Backlund supposed to make Darren Young great again, he asks, if Darren Young was never great to begin with. He even goes so far as to say he'd be Universal Champion if it weren't for Darren Young.
He blames Darren Young for all the failures that he has not had here in WWE (that's what he said!) and asks him to come out so he can bury him tonight and end this for good. Darren doesn't come out, of course, and Titus blames Bob Backlund. The crowd wants Slater, but Titus wants Darren. Or he'll take the crazy old man. Who is Bob Backlund, he asks, and Bob charges into the ring!
Titus shoots Bob into the corner but when he goes to follow up Bob gets the crossface chickenwing on him! He can't lock the fingers, though, and Titus breaks free and slams the two-time WWE World Champion. Darren out to check on Bob and Titus hits Clash of the Titus on him before posing.
Cole puts the Lesnar/Orton package over and promises that it's next before sending us back to commercial.
Back from break and a quick shot of Tom Phillips backstage with Stephanie getting ready to interview her, but sure enough, it's the Orton/Lesnar package. Which mainly serves to put Shane's interaction with Brock at the end there over.
Tom asks Steph what her reaction to the carnage is. She agrees with Shane that Brock crossed the line and that there will be repercussions and that's it for that.
They replay the Balor injury package from earlier and commentary goes over it again, this time with a recap of Finn vacating the title tacked on after.
Back in the ring and Lana has a mic to introduce Rusev. She does the usual spiel but makes sure to put over Rusev as the next WWE Universal Champion. Rusev out and his ribs are taped up to the bottom of his pecs.
Cass and Enzo out, and Enzo does the deal. Enzo understands that Rusev and Lana are from the Bulgaria, but he doesn't know whether it's on the east side or the west side or if it's in one of the five boroughs. (Actually it's in southeastern Europe, Enzo. South of Romania, east of Serbia and Macedonia, north of Greece and Turkey, with coastline on the Black Sea. Maybe crack an atlas open sometime, huh?) And then Cass says he's gonna finish what Roman started and prove that Rusev is in fact sawft.
Big Cass vs Rusev
Rusev firing hands to start but Cass shoots back with a single blow to the ribs and Rusev's in agony. Cass clotheslines Rusev to the outside and we go to commercial.
Back from break and Rusev has a sort of sleeper in when they show us Rusev laying Cass out during the break with a spinning wheel kick. Cass fights out of the hold in the present but Rusev fires knees off and gets a roundhouse to the back of the big man's head. Cass with more blows to the ribs and he runs the ropes but Rusev cuts him off hard. Elbow drops from the US champion, he looks to follow with a knee drop but Cass rolls out of the way.
Big right hands from Cass and he connects with shoulder blocks off the ropes and a Stinger Splash before Rusev heads outside. Roundhouse to Enzo lays him clean out and Cass is mad. Rusev runs back in the ring but Cass connects with the double axehandle and another corner avalanche before laying punch after punch into the ribs. Body slam, Cass off the ropes for the elbow but Rusev rolls out again. Tries to whip Cass into the steps but Cass reverses and sends him in rib-first!
Sends Rusev back in, the Bulgarian hits the jumping thrust kick but gets caught by a big boot in return and ends up outside again. Rusev decides he's had enough and decides to just walk.
Big Cass wins by countout.
Enzo celebrates with his buddy and we go backstage to Tom again.
He's got Jericho and Owens and asks them what happens if Jericho gets into the four-way. Jericho calls him Felipe and says it's not if but when, and the answer is that it's a stupid question. Imagine how glorious it's gonna be when it's Owens and Jericho and he's gonna make a great champion. Owens says he's gonna make a great champion and Jericho puts over how big the universe is. Owens appreciated the help earlier and says that he's got his back, at which point Jericho assumes Owens will still have his back in the four-way. Both guys say "Me!" a few times and Jericho says Roman doesn't have a chance. What he will get, Phil, is it.
Charlotte and Dana Brooke walking backstage and they're next as we cut to commercial.
AJ Styles addressing the WWE Universe and Nikki Bella making her TV return are promised for SmackDown tomorrow in a house ad right before we get back and Cole puts the sold-out crowd over as Charlotte comes out.
Dana tries to lead a "You deserve it!" chant but Brooklyn won't bite. Charlotte says she's the greatest female athlete in the world, forget about Serena Williams, Simone Biles, and Sasha Banks Last night she silenced the entire city of New York when she exposed Sasha as all flash and no cash. She is the money of this women's division, she says, as a two-time champion. She didn't need her dad, she didn't need Dana, she did it all by herself. And last night Sasha's back injury proved she doesn't have what it takes to carry this division. She hopes everyone enjoyed her reign, because she's never getting a chance at Charlotte's title again. The queen has reclaimed her throne, she says.
Car crash! It's Mick Foley! Hold on, he says, and he'd like to congratulate Charlotte because she and Sasha raised the bar last night and they tore the house down. The crowd wants Bayley and Charlotte tells them to get over themselves. Foley says Sasha gets a rematch when she comes back and Charlotte says she hopes she does come back because she's gonna break her back and she thinks she deserves the night off, because no one's worthy to face her.
Not so fast, Mick says. Some parts of this job are heartbreaking, like asking Finn to vacate his title, but some things give him joy, like him and Steph signing the hottest free agent of the New Era, the newest member of the Monday Night Raw women's division... IT'S BAYLEY!
Bayley on the mic as the crowd chants for her some more. She can't believe that this is really happening. "You deserve it!" chants and Charlotte looks at her watch. Bayley has been waiting for this moment her entire life. She thanks Mick for the opportunity and asks if he won't seal the deal with a hug. A hug? Right here, in Brooklyn, New York? They hug, of course.
Charlotte fires back disdainfully, telling Mick he's spent so much time promoting Holy Foley that he's lost touch with reality. There's a reason Bayley got left behind, she says, but Bayley cuts her off. Charlotte knows how much she respects her, and she's issuing a challenge for the title. Charlotte isn't having it, though-- she says Bayley has to get in line for the opportunity to face the best, and she's not dressed for a match anyway, so why not fight Dana Brooke? Mick thinks it's a fine compromise and makes the match for after the break.
But when we get back, we get more still shots of SummerSlam first.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Bell rings, collar and elbow lockup, Bayley grabs a side headlock and takes Dana over. Dana out, Bayley with a drop toehold and a ride and Dana hurries to the ropes. Charges in, waistlock, breaks out with a back elbow and starts working the ponytail before slamming Bayley into the turnbuckles but she's just getting mad! Returns the favor a good ten times and goes for a pin but only gets two.
Bayley whipped into the corner, springboard arm drag. Up and over, Bayley back in and Dana kicks her outside in front of Charlotte. Baseball slide as Bayley tries to get back in and Brooke slams her against the barricade. Tosses Bayley back in the ring and covers her for one, then looking for the kneeling bow-and-arrow. Bayley tries to sit up but Dana blocks her. Knee strikes get her out but Dana's right back on her, raining right hands down on Bayley's head.
Back to the ponytail but Bayley fights out only to get a right hand to the face. Charges Dana into the corner, shoulder blocks, tube man back elbow! Up to the second, corkscrew elbow, here it is!
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Bayley-to-Belly.
Bayley celebrates as Charlotte fumes and we cut backstage where Roman's walking down a hallway.
Tom stops him and asks him about what Jericho said. Roman says he's gonna shut it, either with the scarf or with his fist. Commercial break after.
Back from commercial, we have an ad for the Cruiserweight Classic (check out my preview on Wednesday, remember!), featuring Rich Swann, Noam Dar, Brian Kendrick, and TJ Perkins, using clips from their interviews for the show. Cole says the cruiserweight division is arriving on September 19th!
Now a recap of last night's first match in Sheamus and Cesaro's best of seven series. Charly Caruso has Sheamus backstage and asks him what we can expect in match two next week. He asks if she didn't see the two of them beating the bejesus out of each other. Cesaro is like the Suicide Squad of the WWE, full of hype but he underdelivers, which is also like every sports team in New York. Unlike all of them, he's actually going to be a winner.
Braun Strowman vs. Johnny Knockout
Why is Johnny Knockout doing this? Because he likes big, sweaty men. Fair enough, Johnny. This is actually Johnny Knockout's second WWE match, his first being a loss to Vance Archer on ECW way back in 2009 under the name Johnny Andrews.
Anyway, he dodges Strowman's charge in the corner and lays some kicks into the big man's back! Strowman bowls him over and then clubs his back hard. Shoots him in the corner, follows with the avalanche, pulls him out and slaps him hard in the back.
Braun Strowman wins with the inverted chokeslam.
Braun follows up post match with the Yokosuka cutter and demands a second pin count from referee Rod Zapata, which he receives.
Cole puts the Dudley Boyz farewell over again and we get a recap of their return last year before we go to break.
Back from commercial and the Dudleys come out to ECW chants. Bubba on the mic talking about their return in this very ring one year ago. That pyro went off, they came to the ring, they put some dudes through tables and they were back home. It's been a hell of a year-- ups, downs, wins, losses, good guys, bad guys, but they knew we always respected them no matter what.
D-Von on the mic to a "Testify!" chant. He says it's been a hell of a year, a hell of a career. Twenty years they've created history in legendary matches like TLC, which people still talk about as one of the greatest matches of all time. Creating that history with guys like Edge and Christian and the Hardy Boyz, which gets a "DELETE!" chant, because 2016. Every bump, ladder and chairshot, if he had to do it again, he would right here and now, tonight. The WWE has always been his home and it always will be, and if weren't for the crowd, there'd be no Dudleys.
Bubba says it's usually the crowd cheering for them, but he wants to cheer for the crowd now. In this business, you don't get to go out on your own terms, and even though things didn't go perfectly, being able to say goodbye to their hardcore brothers and sisters in their back yard is their own terms. D-Von then testifies.
Here come the Shining Stars, because why not? Primo says it's getting embarrassing and he speaks for everyone when he says it's time they left because they're washed up. But behind every dark cloud is a silver lining. Epico says since they're leaving ("We want tables!"), Primo and himself would like to get them a going away present. It's a pair of economy comfort tickets to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! That's almost nice. Primo pities the people that have to sit next to them, but they're gonna enjoy the pleasures of Puerto Rico. Like the beaches, the food, the women, well, maybe not the women, and the retirement homes, Epico says.
Take the tickets, Primo says, the stinking tables, and then the Dudleys lay them out. 3D on Epico, Bubba slams Primo and sets him up for the Wazzup diving headbutt to the dick, and you know what time it is. D-Von! Get the tables! D-Von indeed gets the tables, they set it up, but Anderson and Gallows come out to attack the Dudleys!
Anderson rams D-Von into the steps as Gallows hammers Bubba's head with punches. Magic Killer on Bubba on the floor! D-Von fights back and the Club roll him into the ring where the table is. Magic Killer through the table!
Up next, Roman vs. Jericho, but first, more commercials!
Back from break just in time for entrances. Jericho looks like someone else has pooped his pants and he can't quite source the smell.
Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns
Collar and elbow, Reigns pushing Jericho around with his strength. Gets him in the corner but Jericho shoots him off. Shoulder block knocks Y2J down and he jaws at Roman before slapping him. Jericho bails, Roman follows, back in the ring, another shoulder and a lariat lay Jericho out. Back in the corner, single lariat, Reigns whips him in the corner and just starts punching him in the head. Jericho rakes the eyes as referee Chad Patton forces the break!
Jericho with his own punches in return and an axehandle sends Roman to the outside as we take our last commercial break of the night.
Back from break, and Jericho's got Roman in the ropes, choking him with a knee to the back of the neck. Another knee and Jericho soaks in the crowd. Steps on Roman's hair and lifts the vest, tries for more punches but Roman fires off a headbutt and some punches of his own. Off the ropes, Roman runs into a dropkick and Jericho with a cover for two. Reverse chinlock and Jericho asks Patton to ask Reigns if he's done but of course he isn't.
Roman fights to his feet and lands another headbutt and right hands to Jericho's chops. Whip in the corner, Jericho gets the boot up. Jericho looking for the one handed bulldog but Roman fires him into the turnbuckle crotch-first. Lariats take Y2J down but he reverses a whip only to get caught with a leaping lariat. Roman with the corner lariats now, looking for the Superman Punch but Jericho ducks it and tries for the Walls of Jericho but Roman fights out. Enzuigiri on Reigns and Jericho starts raining fists down on the eye he raked earlier.
Boots to the head and Roman uses the ropes to get to his feet. More punches from Jericho, whip, reversal and he sends Jericho to the apron. Jericho off the top and Roman catches him! Drive-By next and Jericho's out on his feet Looking for the Samoan Drop but Jericho whips him off and lands a back elbow. Lionsault but Roman has the knees up! Superman Punch gets two!
Roman calls for the spear but Jericho kicks his face in! Codebreaker attempt follows up but Roman catches him into a sitout powerbomb! A second try at the spear and Owens runs out! Jericho with the distraction rollup but Roman kicks out and lands a second Superman Punch. A third spear attempt but Roman reverses it into the Walls of Jericho!
Roman powers up and gets to the ropes for the break but Owens lands a superkick! Jericho with a second Codebreaker but Roman kicks out. Jericho and Owens yell at each other a little bit and Y2J starts slapping Roman in the back of the head. Good strategy, Chris. Roman fires slaps and profanity back, they criss-cross, Superman Punch on Owens! Jericho looks for a rollup but Roman pops up, fires off the ropes and...
Roman Reigns wins with a spear.
Recaps of the match, commentary puts over Big Cass vs. Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship next week and we're done here.