WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 5, 2019) from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Sunday night in Toronto.
Advertised for tonight: Brock Lesnar returns, how injured is Seth Rollins, more on the Roman Reigns incident, 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. 5
Look at our electric guitars and, if not for the good people weeping, all we’d hear is sounds of our horses dying but I’m not ‘bout to start crying about it. It must be fairly normal to devolve into cycloptic brooding as the genocidal massacres you rubbed over some perceived sedition, insecurities of men messing everything up again. (Oh, a show wrote in sparrow in the gales, only.) I’ll never follow no kind of master’s voice, I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the roster on the stage for a moment of silence and a ten bell salute in memory of the victims of the recent shootings in Texas and Ohio.
Samoa Joe accosts the commentary desk and criticizes them for blaming him for the Roman Reigns scaffolding incident. Corey Graves tries to talk some sense into him but Joe ain’t having it, and Michael Cole says a poll says it was no accident, to which Samoa says according to a poll he just conducted, the WWE Universe are idiots, and he demands that they roll the footage from last week.
Joe points out that he’s not in the footage despite them having more cameras than a dystopian state, and says he’s gonna stay here tonight until Roman Reigns shows up, and then he’s gonna shut the show down until he gets the apology he deserves, and if anybody’s got a problem with th--
Enter Becky Lynch to cut him off and move us on to a relevos increibles tag team match, which will begin after the break.
Back from commercial, we’re informed that the Raw Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam has been made a submission match.
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya & Trish Stratus
Lynch and Natalya to start, collar and elbow, fireman’s carry takeover into a kneeling armbar, Becky with the standing switch, another, Nattie floats over into a front chancery but the Man picks her leg and takes charge. Monkey flip into a cross armbar, pulling back, Lynch turns it into a pin and follows it up with a double leg and a Sharpshooter attempt to no avail.
Dis-Arm-Her, Flair tags in, kick to the midsection, big chops, slingshot roll-through, Neidhart with a crucifix, change up to a sunset flip, no good! Running stomp in passing gets an ankle pick and a big boot and the Queen poses in front of Stratus! Putting Nattie’s face into the mat a few times, reverse chinlock applied, taunting Trish, running Nattie over after she escapes and then denying Becky the tag.
Smashing Neidhart’s face into the turnbuckles, going for a pin, Nattie kicks her off into the turnbuckles, Sharpshooter blocked with a slap to the face but the discus lariat lands true and the path is clear... but Flair cuts her off! Clear the apron, Nattie with a schoolboy pin for two! Exploder suplex into a kip-up, referee Shawn Bennett keeps Stratus from entering the ring.
Off the ropes, blind tag from Lynch but Charlotte goes for the cheap shot and leaves! Distraction taken advantage of, double leg into the Sharpshooter, Becky screaming agony, reaching, clawing... SHE GETS THE ROPES BUT NATALYA REFUSES TO BREAK!
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair win by disqualification.
Post-match, Nattie keeps the hold applied and Trish Stratus makes the save!
We get a recap of last week’s #1 contender’s gauntlet for a shot at the United States Championship and cut to Rey Mysterio walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up tonight’s show.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio catches Almas with a drop toehold but eats a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker shortly after. Step-up enzuigiri gets Andrade in position but he gets up and clobbers Rey with a shoulder block. Off the ropes, basement dropkick sidestepped, boot up in the corner, diving headscissors to put him on the second but Cien cuts him off with a knee and whips him hard into the turnbuckles.
Stomp to the neck, whip to the corner, powerbomb countered into an arm drag that sends Almas to the floor! The GOAT off the ropes... SUICIDE SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB INTO THE BARRICADE SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the corner... AVALANCHE DRAGONRANA FROM MYSTERIO! Shoulder block from the apron, gamengiri, up top, diving seated senton and a tijeras to follow it! Punches against the ropes, whip, sunset flip into a buzzsaw roundhouse for two! Rey with the Yoshi Tonic... NOPE! Chops in the ropes, back elbow lays Mysterio out and turns the tide in an instant!
Into the turnbuckles, up top, jockeying for position, Andrade gets Rey hung up in the Tree of Woe for the double stomp! Cover gets two, Mysterio back at it with a crucifix driver... STILL NO! Almas release powerbomb, Rey with a flip piledriver... NOT ENOUGH! Set up in the second... 619! Zelina Vega interjects herself as Mysterio heads up top, diving splash... THE KNEES ARE UP! REY KICKS OUT!
Hammerlock, reverse to a small package... NOT HAPPENING! Three Amigos blocked, Cien with a powerbomb square in the middle of the ring and Andrade claws at the mask! Referee Rod Zapata pulls him off, Vega with a neck snap over the middle rope, Almas capitalizes...
Andrade “Cien” Almas wins by pinfall with the hammerlock DDT.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s festivities and we get a 24/7 Championship recap video.
We cut to video footage of Maria Kanellis and her husband Mike hanging out in the waiting room at her gynecologist’s office earlier today. She’s called in and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we resume our festivities at the VAGINA DOCTOR and Maria demands that Mike show her some testosterone and help her defend her title, but he sweet talks her and leans in. The doctor slaps his back a few times... AND IT’S REFEREE JESSIKA CARR!
Mike Kanells wins by pinfall with a lateral press, winning the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Mike celebrates in the waiting room and R-Truth reveals himself, claiming his water broke and throwing a doll at Kanellis. Carr arrives...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin, winning the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage.
She says she hopes Neidhart has an advantage in Canada and she should bring her whole family so she can disappoint them, too. She says she fought and won for all of her prominence and she’s not walking around like a good girl hoping not to be fired, and while she was changing this business, Natalya was changing her bikini on reality TV. She’s the one thing Nattie’s career is missing, and she’s going to give her people a new hero, herself.
Natalya is interviewed elsewhere backstage.
She talks about how she’s going to tap Becky Lynch out and she won’t tap even if her arm is broken, and the Sharpshooter tonight is just a taste of how she’s going to end Becky’s career.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman as always.
Heyman gets on the mic and introduces himself like always and says that Lesnar wants him to educate us by way of a few questions. Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Beast Slayer, the Conqueror’s Conqueror, the one man that had Brock Lesnar’s number, the Architect of the Arson that would burn down Suplex City, the big hero for the new generation of the WWE Universe, Seth freakin’ Rollins?
The answer lies in a piece of footage that Paul E runs, footage that happens to be of Brock absolutely brutalizing Rollins with the repeated F-5s onto the back of the chair last week.
Heyman says he dropped to his knees last week and begged Lesnar to show mercy on Seth, because he knew in his heart that what WWE needs is a new hero, and then tonight after the beating that Rollins suffered, that the Architect is here in Pittsburgh tonight. He says this proves that Seth has more balls than brains--
Enter Seth Rollins.
He hobbles out, chair in hand, climbing awkwardly into the ring and getting his ribs kicked in again. Brock whacks him with the chair, rams him back first into the turnbuckles and continues to beat on him in a desultory and humiliating manner until we go to break.
Back from commercial, we see referees tending to Rollins as he sits up and begs off from treatment.
Seth grabs a microphone and says it’s gotten to the point where he has to ask himself if all this is worth it.
He says you love something so much you’d do anything to keep it safe even if that thing keeps you getting beat to a pulp inside and out, week after week, and for him, the answer is yes. This is all he is, every second of every day, all he’s ever wanted, and all he’s got. He’ll be at SummerSlam, and he’ll beat Brock Lesnar. He guarantees it.
He leaves the ring and again refuses medical treatment.
Backstage, Kurt Angle is interviewed ahead of his turn as special guest referee for Cedric Alexander vs. Drew McIntyre later tonight.
He’s immediately interrupted by the Street Profits, who introduce themselves and ask Angle for some help getting a drink, pulling two red cups out of a cooler and a carton of milk. Kurt says he promised his wife he wouldn’t do anything crazy and begs off, at which point Montez Ford asks if he’s Kurt Angle, or Mike Kanellis. Angle relents and does some milk with the boys and the camera pans to reveal Drew McIntyre.
He says he’s got a friendly reminder for Kurt about what happened last time they were in the ring together, and demands that he call it straight down the middle tonight before talking excitedly about how he humiliated Angle.
Eric Abraham & Jay Alexander vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Pretty sure Alexander and Abraham here are Joe Coleman and Idris Abraham, who work on the indies as the team of Halal Beefcake.
Ivar and Alexander to start, knee lifts from the viking, he clubs Abraham down, putting Jay into the corner, tag to Erik, double-teams, back over to Eric on the apron for a big German suplex! Big strike takes Alexander out, gutwrench and a tag, powerbomb...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with the Viking Experience on Jay Alexander.
We get some social media posts in memory of the late, great Harley Race to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get an “in memory” graphic and a video package celebrating the career of Harley Race.
Kurt Angle makes his entrance to be special guest referee.
Drew McIntyre blindsides Cedric Alexander before the bell, brawling him around ringside and clubbing away. Alexander blocks the inverted Alabama Slam, up on the barricade... TORNADO DDT ON THE RAMP!
The lights go down, and when they come back up... BRAY WYATT HAS THE MANDIBLE CLAW IN ON KURT ANGLE!
Angle passes out, and so we go to break with no match.
Back from commercial we get some kind of praise for Titus O’Neil that I don’t really catch because I was a little late getting back to my liveblogging station.
New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) vs. the OC (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)
Anderson and Woods to start, jockeying for position, Xavier runs him over, AJ Styles gets involved already, putting boots to him...
New Day win by disqualification.
The OC beat on New Day for a moment... RICOCHET MAKES THE SAVE! Low bridge, gamengiri, springboard leap frog, roll under, kip-up headscissors and a dropkick runs AJ Styles off!
The babyfaces jaw at the heels and we go to break.
Back from commercial and we got a six-man!
New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) & Ricochet vs. the OC (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, & Luke Gallows)
Styles with a side headlock on Ricochet, convert to a whip, up and over, arm drags set up a tijeras and AJ rolls under the ropes for safety. The One and Only jawing, test of strength, forearm, Styles passes him into the corner, straight suplex denied, Ricochet going for flash pins but AJ chops him in the throat and tags Anderson in. Forearm from Ricky, whip reversed, back roll up and over, jumping neckbreaker... NOPE!
Tag to E, Gallows tags in after and takes control, body blows in the corner, lay him out with a kick, clear the apron, but Big dodges the charge. Styles tags back in, pulling E into their corner, clubbing away at the OC, back suplex, AJ lands on his feet, boots up, to the apron, springboard sidestepped and Big catches him with the belly-to-belly suplex off the ropes!
Woods and Anderson legal now, Xavier running hot, whip reversed, duck a lariat, duck a backfist, slide under, forearm connects! AJ puts him in the corner, boot up, Honor Roll, off the ropes for a sliding knee... GALLOWS BREAKS IT UP! Springboard dropkick, match breaks down into a bit of “everybody do something cool”, Ricochet off the ropes but Big Hoot catches him and throws him into the barricade!
Shoved off the ropes, Anderson with a DDT, tag to Gallows...
The OC win by pinfall with Magic Killer from Gallows and Anderson on Xavier Woods.
Backstage, Samoa Joe is talking to a crew member, who confirms that Roman Reigns is in the arena. Joe tells him to tell everyone that the show is shut down and walks to the ring to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s nonsense with Roman Reigns and the scaffold.
Samoa Joe makes his entrance.
He calls Roman Reigns out and says he knows about Island Time but this is ridiculous, and since he’s near he has a chance to come down, get in the ring, and apologize to him. He lets it lie a beat before saying fine, he’ll play it Roman’s way and throwing a chair into the ring. He unfold it and takes a seat, saying Raw is officially shut down until Reigns walks down here and apologizes in person.
In fact, he’s gonna give him until the count of three. One... two... three. He tells Roman all he has to do is walk down that aisle... unless he’s scared to. He says he’s got all day and he’ll keep us here all night and accuses the Big Dog of being too much of a coward to come down and apologize. A “CM Punk!” chant breaks out and Joe goes and talks to a tech to confirm that Roman is here.
He says he’s a little impatient, so if Roman’s in the parking lot he’s gonna go greet his ass.
The camera follows Joe into a loading dock and outside into the parking lot as he calls Reigns out. A car pulls up and he reiterates that he’s been waiting all night. Roman gets out of the car and they bicker a moment-- BEFORE ANOTHER CAR BLINDSIDES ROMAN’S CAR AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Also Roman did just kinda get hit by a car, so...)
We get more footage of whoever hit Roman speeding away and Joe checking on the Big Dog and calling for a medic, as well as Triple H checking on Reigns.
Commentary hypes the SummerSlam card up for us.
We get entrances for our Women’s Tag Team Championship match to send us to break.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) vs. Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Match)
Kay and Rose to start, into the corner, champs with the tag, Royce putting boots to her, quick tag and a double-team kick combo. Clearing the apron, inverted stomp facebreaker for Deville, a right hand for Bliss, double-team back suplex! Sane eats double knees on a charge, double-team gourdbuster, a boot lays Asuka out and they follow it with an assisted facebreaker.
Mandy from behind with a forearm, schoolboy pin for one and more clubbing strikes. Off the ropes, discus right lays Rose out and Billie’s fired up! Sonya makes the save mid-finish, Rose with a victory roll pin, only two! Running knee...
Fire and Desire eliminate the Iconic Duo by pinfall with a knee strike from Mandy Rose on Billie Kay.
With one team down, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Cross and Rose legal, Bliss with a little bit of a pep talk and Nikki tags out for Asuka. Circling, collar and elbow, into the ropes and Mandy shoves her on the break. Hiding in the ropes like Toru Yano, tag to Alexa, she squares up... and tags Deville in. Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block but Asuka gives one of her own right back!
Chest kicks, a mat slam, buzzsaw finale caught and Sonya lands a waistlock takedown into a series of kicks! Off the ropes, slide low, hip attack and a blind tag to Sane! Double whip, dropdown, kick combo, sliding bulldog, sliding kick! Deville tags Bliss in, collar and elbow, legsweep into a double stomp, only two. Wristlock applied, tag to Asuka, up top with a double axehandle!
Waistlock applied, blind tag to Rose, cover made but Mandy clocks Asuka with a forearm. Tag to Sonya, whip off ito strikes, cover for two! Mandy tags back in, knee connects, underhooks, Angel’s Wings denied! Hip toss Alarm Clock, flying armbar into the Asuka Lock...
Kabuki Warriors eliminate Fire and Desire by submission with the Asuka Lock from Asuka on Mandy Rose.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Asuka has Cross trapped into a kneebar! Nikki clawing, reaching, Asuka drags her across the ring slowly, shifting her grip, deathlock STF applied! Cross claws at her face to break the hold, tag to Alexa, putting boots to the Empress in their corner with quick tags. Blocking Asuka, she gets a German suplex and the path is clear... TAGS MADE!
Sane running hot, neckbreakers, whip reversed, crossbody and she’s fired up! Marching to the corner, sliding lariat! Tag to Asuka, Codebreaker, sandwiching her with sliding strikes, the Empress gets her finishing hold on, Alexa reverses to a pin... NOPE! Asuka nails her with a knee, tag to Kairi, headed up top but Nikki cuts her off! Cross gets Asuka trapped in the ring skirt, Bliss with a dropkick!
Sane distracted with Nikki, she turns around into a right hand from Alexa, up top...
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross win, last eliminating by pinfall with Twisted Bliss from Bliss on Kairi Sane to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Bliss and Cross celebrate with the titles while Paige tends to her clients.
We get a recap of Seth Rollins blundering into a beatdown from earlier tonight, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
The Miz makes his entrance and we get an ad for WWE 2K20 to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Miz does his usual intro schtick to welcome us to MizTV.
He introduces the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, as a sort of special guest enforcer to make sure Dolph Ziggler doesn’t run away from this contract signing, and then introduces Dolph himself.
Ziggler gets on the mic and says he’d rather be a pariah than one of these two ass-kissers, and he’s been stealing shows and carrying the company on his back for the last decade and he’s the best thing to happen to wrestling since HBK lost his smile. So you wanna talk about legends with him, he’s the only one here, and if Miz thinks for one second he can beat him at SummerSlam, well, good luck.
And when he wins at SummerSlam, he’ll finally get the adulation he deserves as a living, breathing legend. Miz fires back, saying it’s gotta be on Dolph if he’s still not where he wants to be, and he can’t wait to get hands on Ziggler next Monday night on Raw. He says Dolph looks a little confused, well, he didn’t read the fine print, and the guy Ziggler’s wrestling may not have many SummerSlam moments left.
The contract isn’t Ziggler vs. Miz, no, it’s Ziggler vs. someone else... Dolph and HBK square up and Shawn gets on the mic. He says it’s not him, either, and Ziggler looks confused as “Goldberg!” chants go up...
GOLDBERG IS HERE!
He enters the ring and signs the contract before getting on the mic... ZIGGLER IS NEXT!
That’s the show, folks.