WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 29, 2019) from Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in Toronto.
Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss, Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler, a Samoan Summit, 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 JULY 29
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The show opens with a recap video for the 24/7 Championship’s entire history to date.
Carmella & R-Truth (c) vs. Drake Maverick & Renee Michelle (WWE 24/7 Championship Mosh Pit Match)
Maverick right in with a schoolboy... NOPE! Truth ducks a lariat, big hip toss, splits into the leg drop, off the ropes for another leg drop, still just a two count. Whip reversed, Ron catches the ropes, back body drops Drake to the floor where he’s caught by the superstars surrounding the ring for the mosh pit and tossed back inside. Truth gets two off a flapjack when Michelle runs in!
Carmella makes the save, the women brawl, Drake pulls his wife out and tells her to calm down only to turn around into a slap from Mella! Truth with a kick to the gut...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with the sitout gourdbuster to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.
The mosh pit superstars jump Truth, mass cover, John Cone counts...
Mike Kanellis wins the WWE 24/7 Championship by pinfall after being the man to emerge from the pile with the title!
The crush of superstars chase Kanellis to the back and the cameras follow. Mike ducks into the referees’ locker room and locks the door behind him! Maria Kanellis rolls up, clutching her belly in pain and demanding to be let through to see her husband. When the crowd clears she starts banging on the door and demands to be let in. Mike is skeptical and demands proof, to which she says she’ll kick him in his vagina if she doesn’t let him in, so he lets her in.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance, he’ll be in action after the break.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Cesaro vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn (WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match)
Mysterio and Cesaro to start, waistlock takedown, the Swiss Superman looking for early pins but he can’t get on. Side headlock, shot off, drop down, waistlock, standing switch, again, duck the back elbows, bridging pin of his own, whip reversed, victory roll from the GOAT, only two! Cesaro with a lariat, following it up with a reverse chinlock, Mysterio out with elbows.
Boot to the face, electric chair, victory roll over the ropes and to the floor but Cesaro lands on his feet! Rey converts it... DRAGONRANA PUTS THE SWISS NATIONAL INTO THE APRON! Off the ropes, low suicide dive and Mysterio comes up lame on his knee! Back inside, springboard tijeras puts Cesaro in position but he slips outside before the 619! Boot through the ropes, Rey with a baseball slide tijeras that puts Cesaro atop the barricade as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Mysterio is beating a count on the floor but Cesaro hits a slingshot stomp and pops to the second for a diving elbow... NOPE! Trap the arm, kneeling cravate of sorts, Rey to his feet, Cesaro puts him into the turnbuckles and sets him up top. Climbing after him, jockeying for position, clubbing away, Mysterio with the seated senton! Slide low, tijeras into the corner, sunset flip into a buzzsaw roundhouse... NOT ENOUGH!
Whip, Rey springboards, Cesaro is ready... SWISS DEATH! Looking for the Neutralizer, Rey goes low but eats a leg drop! Off the ropes, Cesaro with a big boot, still no! Gutwrench into a crucifix powerbomb attempt but Mysterio reverses into a Frankensteiner into the post! Headed up top, Cesaro cuts him off with an uppercut! Fireman’s carry, climbing the turnbuckles but Rey fights out, avalanche Frankensteiner blocked, Mysterio with headbutts... AVALANCHE LA CASADORA BULLDOG!
619 connects, up top...
Rey Mysterio eliminates Cesaro by pinfall with a frog splash.
Sami Zayn out next.
He immediately starts clubbing away, Rey ducks the Helluva Kick...
Rey Mysterio eliminates Sami Zayn by pinfall with an inside cradle.
Referees hold Zayn back as Andrade “Cien” Almas makes his entrance and we go to break.
Mysterio with a waistlock, Almas with the back elbow, wristlock and headbutts to the bicep to set a hammerlock up, Rey reverses into a springboard snapmare attempt and then an elbow to jaw to break free. Into the corner, Andrade with a big chop, into the next corner and duck the next one, whip reversed, up and over, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl crossbody for one!
Hammerlock, whip into the corner, cover gets two and Cien whips him into the corner hard and follows with a lariat. Knee to the ear, just two, throwing Mysterio out to the floor! Back inside, pressing the attack with disdainful strikes, Rey hard off the ropes with a boot, springboard reversed into a suplex and Andrade’s going for the Three Amigos!
He gets all three, drags Rey over and heads up top, moonsault, lands on his feet, standing moonsault... NOPE! Enzuigiri sets Cien up, off the ropes... HE CATCHES THE 619 AND REVERSES INTO A BLACK HOLE BACKBREAKER! Hammerlock...
Andrade “Cien” Almas elminates Rey Mysterio by pinfall with the hammerlock DDT.
Almas tears Rey’s mask off and Ricochet makes the save!
Springboard lariat, Almas rolls to the floor and the One and Only checks on Mysterio as we go to break.
Back from commercial, collar and elbow, they struggle all over the ring and Almas breaks dirty in the corner with a disdainful slap to the face. Ricochet circles, back to the lockup, go-behind into a waistlock, double leg, off the ropes, roll over, leapfrog, another roll, back handspring into a tijeras and a dropkick sends Andrade to the floor. Off the ropes, distracted by Zelina Vega but the One and Only comes right back on Cien with punches.
Back body drop to the apron, kick to the face, and this time Andrade knocks him to the floor! Back inside, putting boots to him, whip across and Ricochet explodes out of the corner with a dropkick! Right hands, duck the lariat, off the ropes with a clothesline, off the ropes again, tijeras, shoulder block to get to the apron, off the top, nobody home and Almas hip tosses the King of Flight into the turnbuckles!
Corner knees... NOPE! Drawing Ricochet up as Vega coaches him, hammerlock reversed, small package, only two! Big back elbow... RICOCHET WITH THE POISON FRANKENSTEINER BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH! Pulling him into position, up top but Almas cuts him off again, jockeying for position and Ricochet knocks him down...
Ricochet wins, last eliminating Andrade “Cien” Almas by pinfall with the 630 senton to become #1 contender to the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Ricochet is interviewed.
He takes a moment to appreciate the crowd cheering him on before saying that when he beat Samoa Joe to become United States Champion, nobody could believe it and it was even hard for him to believe it himself but if there’s anything he’s learned, it’s that people only believe what they can see, so at SummerSlam, when he beats AJ Styles, everyone will believe, and so will he.
Backstage, AJ Styles is shown laughing about Ricochet’s statement.
In the referee locker room, Mike Kanellis is telling his wife Maria all about how he won the title for them and she orders him to get on his back, like he usually does. She calls a referee over and Rod Zapata obliges. Mike asks what she’s doing, and she says she’s pinning him so her unborn child can have a champion as a parent. She orders him to get down and he begrudgingly does so...
Maria Kanellis wins the WWE 24/7 Championship by pinfall with a single-foot pin.
She declares herself the first-ever pregnant champion and holds the belt high as she leaves the locker room. She gets right up in Titus O’Neil’s face, asking if he’d be willing to wrestle a pregnant lady to win the title back. She says she’s got a gynecologist appointment on Thursday if anybody wants to come by and pin her while she’s stuck in the stirrups.
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for the SummerSlam card.
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance alongside Nikki Cross and they take their seats on the Moment of Bliss set. Alexa gives a shoutout to Maria Kanellis and calls her inspiring. Cross agrees and says Raw Reunion was also inspiring and she had goosebumps at “Stone Cold” Steve Austin closing the show. Bliss says Stone Colt said it best, saying they’re all family, but then the next night on SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler betrayed that family by superkicking Shawn Michaels.
Alexa says he’s not the only superstar lacking a moral compass and warns us before rolling tape that what we’re about to see is very disturbing.
It’s footage from earlier today of Nattie training with Fit Finlay and rolling around in the ring to prepare for her match against Becky Lynch when Lynch hits the ring to wrench her arm off with the Dis-Arm-Her! Back on a Moment of Bliss, our hosts run Becky down for her unsporting behavior. Lynch appears on the tron and says she knows they can hear her so she thought she’d take a few minutes to threaten her.
Don’t forget, they’ve got a singles match tonight, so she can say as she likes but she’ll pay for it, and Nikki? Did she really come across from Scotland to make coffee for this dope? Nattie learned earlier that there’s no hiding from The Man, and she’ll see Bliss later.
The Usos make their entrance and talk about how they’re about to prove that they’re the best tag team in WWE, to send us to break.
The OCs (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) (c) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Dawson and an Uso to start, challenger with a headscissors, he escapes and into a side headlock. Shot off, shoulder block from Jimmy but Scott nails him with a back elbow! Handful of hair, smashing Uso face-first into the turnbuckles, back suplex, tag to Wilder. Slingshot headbutt, trading chops, tag to Jey! Leaping lariat in the corner, snapmare, off the ropes, headbutt, cover for two.
Big chop puts Dash in the corner, he puts Uso’s head into the turnbuckles, uppercut, trading strikes, tag to Dawson. Standing rear chinlock, raking his forearm bones across Jey’s head, shift to a side headlock, knee lift, thinking piledriver, Uso reverses to a back body drop! Tag to Wilder, kick to the midsection, Uso puts him into the corner, tag to Jimmy..
Whip into a big slicing right... NOPE! Tag back to Jey, double-teaming Wilder’s arm and using that to set up a kneeling armbar. Tag to Dawson, headbutt, whip into the ropes, sleeper hold applied! Uso posts to his feet, slings Scott off, tag to Dash. Double axehandle to cut Jey off, setting him up top, jockeying for position, diving crossbody...NOT ENOUGH!
Duck a lariat, right hand, Wilder knocks Uso to the floor and Big Hoot runs him over with a lariat to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Anderson has Jey trapped in a reverse chinlock, Uso to his feet, Karl puts him into the corner and nails him with a boot as AJ Styles looks on from backstage. Tag to Gallows, clubbing away at Uso, elbow drop to follow, only a nearfall! Reverse chinlock, tag back to Machine Gun, hard whip into the corner, cover for two. Into the armbar, keeping Uso trapped but he’s able to fight to his feet and forces Karl to club him down.
Back suplex, Jey lands on his feet, tags all around and Jimmy comes in hot on Wilder! Lariats, right hands, off the ropes, Samoan drop denied but the enzugiri lands true! Running Dawson off, Ode to Rikishi, struggle in the corner, off the top with a diving crossbody! Dash picks him up but Jimmy slips out, Samoan drop... NOPE! Uso with an atomic drop, blind tag, Wilder gets him in the electric chair... DIVING BULLDOG ISN’T ENOUGH BECAUSE ANDERSON BREAKS IT UP! DAWSON SUPLEXES KARL TO THE FLOOR!
Wilder with a suicide dive into a step-up tornado DDT and we got a Flying Uso! Jey up top, Scott cuts him off, smashing his face into the post, jockeying for position... SUPERPLEX TO THE FLOOR! Jimmy gets Dawson back inside, climbing up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE FROG SPLASH! Gallows tags in, Shatter Machine, Jey takes out the champs with a crossbody, Anderson takes Jey out with a spinebuster...
The OCs win by pinfall with Magic Killer on Jimmy Uso to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Commentary hypes up the rest of the show to send us to break.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles is interviewed in catering when the other OCs roll up to celebrate their title win.
AJ jumps up on a table and fails to pop a champagne bottle.
We get a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw, followed by a replay of the climax of MizTV from last week’s SmackDown.
The Viking Raiders are shown backstage slapping their chests to send us to break.
Cole Carter & Johnny James vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Erik and James to start, the Viking just clobbers him and demands the tag. Ivar in on James, stack ‘em up, Bronco Buster, tag back to Erik. Stack ‘em up, World’s Strongest Slam / powerbomb combo...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with the Viking Experience on Johnny James.
Street Profits are backstage playing hype men for all of tonight’s happenings. Eventually Seth Rollins rolls up and they talk about the smoke Dolph Ziggler has coming his way and how the whole locker room is behind Seth. They do a big “Burn it down!” together and Rollins leaves all hyped up to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of tonight’s 24/7 title stuff.
Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch
Lynch offering her jaw up for Bliss, Alexa takes the bait, right hand into waistlock takedowns, float over into a front chancery, switch sides, stand up, Bliss going for the ropes but Lynch goes for Dis-Arm-Her, Oklahoma roll, only two and Alexa slings the Man throat-first into the ropes. Choking her, Nikki Cross with the cheap shot, and Bliss drags her back inside only for Lynch to come back with knees.
Off the ropes, flying forearm but Alexa turns it around and gets her in the corner to put boots to her. Schoolboy pin fro The Man, lariat in return, kneeling Cobra Twist but Lynch gets up and blocks an octopus attempt. Dis-Arm-Her denied, right hand, double knee drop, jawing at Becky, Insault to Injury... NOPE! Kick combos from The Man, exploder countered into the Nodowa Otoshi!
Charging in, boot up, Becky sidesteps and lays her out with a pair of lariats. Rolling solebutt misses the first try, connects on the second, exploder suplex! Alexa starts crying and clutching her ankle, bad landing, a trainer comes down to check on her and referee Shawn Bennett informs the timekeeper...
Becky Lynch wins by referee stoppage.
Post-match, Cross jaws at Lynch and wants to fight her right now!
They bicker and we go to break.
Back from commercial and we’ve got a match!
Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Cross
Cross shoves at the Man but gets thrown into the turnbuckles. Whip across, Stinger Splash, shoulder block, Nikki with a diving crossbody for two! Japanese stranglehold follows but Lynch slips out and puts boots to her in the corner. Neck snap over the ropes, Cross up top, cut off...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with the Manhandle Slam.
Bliss, miraculously recovered, attacks Lynch after the match and puts boots to her! Nikki joins the fray and they beat The Man down. Natalya comes down to make the save... BUT DOUBLE LEGS LYNCH RIGHT INTO THE SHARPSHOOTER! She leaves The Man clutching her knee and heads to the back.
Nattie is interviewed backstage.
She says it’s not about making friends, it’s about being professional, and at SummerSlam, after she beats Becky Lynch, she’s not gonna want a handshake. In fact, she’d like to make it a submission match, Sharpshooter vs. Dis-Arm-Her, but she doesn’t think the man has the guts to accept, so she’s not going to issue a challenge.
With that logic firmly in place, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Maria Kanellis is having her first photoshoot as pregnant 24/7 Champion.
After they finish up, she turns to see Braun Strowman standing right up against her and talks about how her estrogen levels are spiking (I went up to 6mg today, I know the feeling) and asks him to show her how big and strong she is. He breathes real heavy in response.
Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance for his match to Shawn Michaels’ theme and gets on the mic, telling Seth Rollins that it looks like he lost his smile. He should be thanking him, he says, for every embarrassment that comes back to take their spots away, from Shawn to Goldberg, they’re all pathetic. But tonight you get to see the real main event, by which of course he means himself.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
Action spilling to the floor early, Rollins puts Ziggler hard into the barricade and then the apron, back inside, mounted punches and Dolph falls to the floor again. Rallying, right hands, Seth stops him short and puts him over the barricade before punching him back into the ring. Snapmare into a kick to the back, off the ropes for a knee drop across the throat.
To the apron, Ziggler gets the big DDT and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins clocks Ziggler with a rolling elbow, into the corner for body blows and boots, off the ropes, Sling Blade connects! Only two, Dolph with a nearfall with his feet on the ropes, Seth does the deal, Falcon Arrow... NOPE! Ziggler ducks the diving knee and puts Rollins hard into the post, Zig Zag... NOT ENOUGH!
Dolph tuning up the band... BUT ROLLINS GETS THE SUPERKICK FIRST! AVADA KEDAVRA CONNECTS! Seth starts tuning his band up...
BROCK LESNAR IS HERE?! He and Paul Heyman stride to the ring, Rollins is distracted, Lesnar hits the ring and attacks...
Seth Rollins wins by disqualification.
Brock takes him to Suplex City with a pair of Germans before following him to the floor and throwing him into the barricade! A third German suplex on the floor follows! F-5 INTO THE STEEL POST! Lesnar goes and gets a steel chair and brings it to the ring, leaping clean up to the apron just because he can. Chair in hand, he brings it down hard across Seth’s back before opening it up and taking a seat like Captain America about to talk to some local teens.
He gets up, fireman’s carry... F-5 INTO THE BACK OF THE OPEN CHAIR! ANOTHER ONE!
The Beast stands tall with the Universal Championship and Paul Heyman by his side as Rollins coughs up blood on the mat.
We go to break as Seth is being tended to by medics.
Back from commercial, Rollins is being wheeled to the ambulance and the whole scene comes past Roman Reigns.
He turns around to see the OCs and Samoa Joe beating the Usos down and tries to make the save but gets overwhelmed.
The camera turns back to the ambulance as Seth is loaded into it and it tries to drive out only for Brock Lesnar to be shown standing in front of it! He comes around back and yanks Rollins’ stretcher out of it and tips it over! Seth dry heaving as the Beast puts the boots to him... F-5 ONTO THE GODDAMN SIDE OF THE STRETCHER!
Back to break we go.
Back from commercial, it’s time for the Samoan Summit, but first, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Samoa Joe makes his entrance and says the summit has been canceled due to catastrophic failure of peace talks, and that’s fine by him because he came here to fight, not to talk, and he demands Roman Reigns to make his way down to finish the beatdown he started in the back.
Enter Roman Reigns.
Joe clubs away but Reigns powers up and knocks him to the floor with a big slicing right. Punch on the floor, smash his face into the apron, more punches, whip reversed and Roman goes hard into the steel steps! THE BIG DOG THROWS THE DAMN STEPS INTO SAMOA’S FACE! DREW MCINTYRE MAKES THE SAVE BUT GETS WHIPPED INTO THE POST! Continuing the beatdown, but CEDRIC ALEXANDER MAKES THE SAVE! NEURALYZER FOR MCINTYRE, OFF THE ROPES BUT JOE DESTROYS HIM WITH A LARIAT!
Drew fighting Cedric up the ramp as Joe goes after Reigns, soon the brawls merge near the announce desks and the Usos and the OCs come down for more... CEDRIC DIVES OFF THE LED BOARDS TO WIPE EVERYONE OUT! Back in the ring he counters the Claymore with a dropkick! Up top, Anderson cuts him off, Gallows comes in but Roman makes the save before the Magic Killer, Superman Punches for everybody!
Off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO! Usos with a Superkick party and the Big Dog takes Joe out with a spear!
The babyfaces celebrate.
That’s the show, folks.