WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 13, 2020) from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view scheduled for this Sunday night at the same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. The Kabuki Warriors, Randy Orton vs. R-Truth, Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins, and more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 13
Caught in the canon with a one way ticket, four riders in a town with one horse. I wagered a sure thing, against what was behind the first door. Stack the chips, ready to ride, out of sight, out of mind. It’s fool-proof and it won’t do to make safe bets while I’m towing the line. Thanks Lord, but I don’t need any more poor advice, because I’ve got to liveblog this here pro wrestling show.
The show opens into the intro video.
Montel Vontavious Porter welcomes us to the VIP Lounge.
He talks up his guest tonight, “probably the nicest guy he knows”, Dolph Ziggler.
He tells MVP that he loves what he’s done with the United States Championship and when he wins the WWE Championship he’s gonna do something similar. They run Drew McIntyre down at length, focusing on his “lack of gratitude”—
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He apologizes for interrupting their “ass-kissing session” and says he’s not gonna tear the set up or Claymore Porter, because tonight is about Ziggler. Last week he brought Heath Slater here, and that’s lead Drew to do a lot of soul searching, and he came to the conclusion that Dolph uses people. Mandy Rose, Big E, McIntyre himself.
Drew says on Sunday he’s going to— Dolph interrupts to rag on his catchphrases but McIntyre cuts him back off and says he’s going to hurt him, really torture him, and make him regret playing a part in bringing him to Raw. He doesn’t think he can wait until Sunday, he wants a little bit of action now... TENRYU JAB LAYS DOLPH OUT!
McIntyre fakes a headbutt at MVP and leaves.
Backstage, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Angel Garza, and Zelina Vega are interviewed.
Zelina takes charge and questions the “false narrative” that her clients can’t stay on the same page before pointing out that they’ve already beaten the Viking Raiders, they’ve defeated Big Show, and now the Street Profits are running scared and no man can stand up to them. And women, they’re beneath her.
Garza takes charge at this point and defuses the situation, flirting with Charly and whipping a single red rose out from... somewhere. (Blech. Straight boys. Whatcha gonna do?)
Viking Raiders roll up and say they’ve been the most dominant team on Raw for over a year and these two have dishonored the division, so tonight they’re running through them. Ivar takes the rose and hands it to Charly, leading Almas to give Garza the old “take care of your business, bro” shoulder slap to send us to break.
Andrade “Cien” Almas & Angel Garza vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (Elimination Match)
Garza and Almas jump the Vikings at the bell and beat them down! Andrade and Ivar in the ring, a chop block keeps the advantage running. Angel in, pants off, but Warbeard gets away and tags Ivar in. Overhead cradle suplex, judo throw into the hard knee! Ivar tags back in, the raid continues but Almas makes the save!
Erik with forearms, whip reversed, Garza putting it together and he staggers the big man with a superkick before making the tag! Andrade with the double knees, Angel clears the apron with a dropkick, hammerlock...
Andrade “Cien” Almas eliminates Erik by pinfall with the hammerlock DDT.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Almas has Ivar in an armbar but the big man struggles to his feet. Taking him to the corner, tag made but Warbeard fires up with a flurry of forearms! Off the ropes, Garza intercepts him with a dropkick and fistbumps his partner on the floor. They go for it again but Ivar dives on them!
Back inside, he runs through a double lariat, handspring back elbow takes Andrade out, Garza with a small package... NOPE! Dropkick follows, both men down and out and slow to rise, Angel whips him across, Warbeard with a handstand into a right hand! Suplex lift, float over, cartwheel evasion into a lariat! Scoop lift, Almas with the blind tag but he runs right into a reverse roundhouse...
Ivar eliminates Andrade “Cien” Almas by pinfall with a reverse roundhouse kick.
Garza off the top with a missile dropkick, looking for the underhooks, Ivar shoves him off but he rebounds with a superkick! Warbeard with a Banzai Drop, the reverse roundhouse clips Angel but Almas puts his partner’s foot on the ropes! Jockeying for position, counter the Banzai Drop...
Andrade “Cien” Almas & Angel Garza win, last eliminating Ivar by pinfall with a Tenryu Powerbomb from Garza.
Garza and Almas fist-bump and celebrate on the ramp.
Backstage, Ruby Riott is interviewed.
Before she can answer a question, the Iconic Duo rolls off and shoos the interview away. They mock her for being alone and say their match is gonna be a handicap because Ruby hasn’t any friends. But Riott says that’s her cue, and Bianca Belair rolls up. She says she doesn’t like Kay and Royce and she’s got time to help her pal Ruby out today.
The match will take place after the break.
Bianca Belair & Ruby Riott vs. Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)
Riott and Royce to start, Kay with a cheap shot but she ducks it and gives Peyton a back elbow for her trouble! Waistlock, O’Connor roll, only two, Oklahoma roll, still two, looking for quick covers, arm drag sets up an STO for another nearfall! Back and forth, Kay tags in, big boot connects, still just two!
Putting boots to Ruby in the corner, quick tags, cutting the ring in half, a reverse roundhouse lays Riott out but she gets right back with a jawbreaker! Tag made, Belair in hot, shoving Billie to the mat, dropkick connects, Stinger Splash, whip reversed, up and over, back handspring into a shoulder thrust!
Scoop lift, doing squats with Kay on her shoulder before hitting the body slam! Handspring moonsault... ROYCE MAKES THE SAVE! Riott runs in to play equalizer, Bianca ducks a boot...
Bianca Belair & Ruby Riott win by pinfall with KOD from Belair on Billie Kay.
R-Truth runs into Ricochet and Cedric Alexander backstage and congratulates Ricochet on “winning MVP of Raw.”
Ricochet corrects him that he’s going to be wrestling Bobby Lashley, and Cedric asks Truth if he shouldn’t be more worried about his match against Randy Orton. Ron points out that he got challenged by Ric Flair, not Randy Orton, but they tell him he’s going to, in fact, be competing against the Viper. Truth quietly says he has to go and walks off.
He runs into Akira Tozawa and says he never thought he’d say this, but he needs to be taught how to be a black belt in the next ten minutes. Tozawa refuses and pins him but Truth kicks out at two!
Ninjas roll up, Ricky and Cedric come to Truth’s aid, and Ron tells Akira to come to the ring right now for a title match.
They walk off and we go to break.
We get entrances for our 24/7 Championship match and R-Truth gets on the mic and asks why Akira Tozawa brought three ninjas.
Enter Shayna Baszler.
Akira shoves a ninja at her and she chokes him out! Leg kick into a right hand on another ninja, the third gets sent in and she drops him with a Karelin lift! Tozawa leaves, and Truth says he’ll let himself out before doing the same.
Shayna gets on the mic and says she’s been so patient, letting everyone here have their fun, but she’s done. All these weak-minded women’s “champions” are running around fooling themselves, under the delusion that they’re under control, that the limbs and terror left in her wake are a distant memory.
Well, the Queen of Spades is here to shatter that delusion by hitting you with a hard dose of reality, and that reality is her.
We get a recap of the Seth Rollins / Rey Mysterio business.
Seth is backstage with Buddy Murphy, asking him what’s troubling him.
They have a chat about the “eye for an eye” stipulation to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a sneak peek at WWE Battle Grounds.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says “an eye for an eye” over and over again, asking what it means, saying that he knows what it means. He talks about how he’s just trying to lead Raw to a brighter future but Rey Mysterio has been in his way every step of the way. He muses about how you could sanction a match with a stipulation that barbaric before saying he never meant to hurt Rey.
He puts it on the WWE Universe for asking him to shepherd them before saying that Extreme Rules will be the end of Rey Mysterio.
Enter Kevin Owens.
He says he fully expected Mysterio to pick a Last Man Standing or a Steel Cage Match, but the thing he finds disturbing is that Seth is such a scumbag that he can make a man as respected and genuinely very nice as Rey Mysterio come to the point where he wants to gouge his eyes out. But he understands where Rey is coming from.
At WrestleMania he was willing to end his own career if it meant shutting Rollins up. And it just so happens that he’s friends with a certain pirate named Jean-Pierre Lafitte and he gave him an eyepatch for Seth! Rollins calls Buddy Murphy down for a two-on-one but Aleister Black makes the save and we go to break amidst brawling!
Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy
Black in control, laying Murphy out with kicks but he’s able to dragon screw Aleister to take him off-balance. Dropkick to the knee, Black gets off a pump kick and both men are down and out. To their feet, trading right hands, Aleister with a wicked knee strike, legsweep, sliding knee, kip-up but he’s hobbled on one leg!
Chop block from Buddy turns the momentum right back around. Off the ropes, Black with another hard knee strike, cover for two! Again Murphy takes the leg out, they jockey for position over the ropes on the apron... BLACK MASS! ROLLINS PULLS BLACK OUT OF THE RING! Referee Danilo Anfibio has no choice...
Aleister Black wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Rey and Dominick Mysterio make the save and we go to break!
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins tries to run away but there are too many babyfaces around the ring and he has to return to a righteous beating from Owens! Shoulder thrusts in the corner, whip across, Flair Flip and KO decks him again! Putting boots to him, whip across, Seth with a boot up on the charge and he goes up top but gets distracted by Aleister Black.
Owens has him in his sights, cannonball senton, kneeling surfboard applied. Seth gets away and heads to the floor, back up on the apron, right hand cuts him off but he’s able to keep focus and knees Kev before dumping him to the floor. Heading out after him, again Al and Dom get in his way and KO surprises him with a hard right hand!
Throwing him into the barricade, Owens on the attack, Seth trying to run away but there is no escape! Back inside, out again, throwing hands on the apron, Rollins with a chop block! Off the ropes, suicide dive puts Kev into the barricade to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins in control, throwing Owens back inside. Off the ropes, knee drop to the face, cover for two. Slugging it out with forearms, Seth clawing at Kev’s face and grabbing at his hair. Fired up, KO with forearms and chops, whip reversed, Rollins with a front kick, KO returns the favor, rolling elbow from Seth! Superkick from Owens!
Both men down and out, KO gets a DDT... NOPE! Cannonball attempt, Kev sees the boot coming and blocks it, Rollins pops up to the second... CORKSCREW BLOCKBUSTER FOR TWO! Roll through, Owens with a basement superkick, off the ropes, pop-up powerbomb countered and Seth hits an enzuigiri! Basement superkick of his own... STILL NO!
Blackout denied, Stunner blocked, back body drop puts Rollins on the apron. Headed up top, Owens cuts him off, Seth claws at his eye and knocks Kev down to the mat! Smelling blood in the water only for Black and both Mysterios to run interference, Owens with the kick to the gut...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with the Stunner.
Post-match, Rey Mysterio cuts a promo wherein he says he’s going to pull one of Rollins’ eyes out at Extreme Rules.
Backstage, 71-year-old Ric Flair has a chat with the Big Show.
He talks about their history together and how he’s the most athletic and skilled big man that he’s shared a ring with, but you can’t just do Hollywood and then come back, and maybe he should stick to Netflix and go into the Hall of Fame healthy instead of getting hurt by Randy Orton.
Show cuts him off as he goes to leave and says he knows what he just tried to do and he’s a master at what he does. He wants Flair to know that he knows what he’s done to Randy Orton, made him more vicious than ever before, and his question for Ric is is he willing to sacrifice his friendships so Randy can be the Legend Killer?
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for that young up-and-comer Randy Orton, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Randy Orton cuts a promo backstage about how Edge, Christian, and Big Show all used to be his friends and Ric Flair better know that he might dump him like a box of rocks, and also he’s gonna beat R-Truth up tonight.
Ric rolls up and tells him it’s time, and Randy says he’s right behind him.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, R-Truth makes his entrance.
Ric Flair comes out to cut a promo and says he loves Truth, and so does Randy Orton, and that’s why he’s just gonna RKO him and not punt him.
Randy Orton vs. R-Truth
Truth begs off without even taking his entrance jacket or the 24/7 title off but Orton attacks! Truth saw it coming, sidestep, scissors kick but Randy dodges...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
Post-match, Orton stands over Truth before backing up, thinking about the punt. Flair gets between him and Truth, but before the Nature Boy can make any decisions he’ll regret—
Enter the Big Show.
Randy tells him to stop before he takes Truth’s head off and says he wasn’t even gonna punt him. You know whose name was on the punt? Big Show’s. Next Monday, they’ve got nothing going on so he wants to have a wrestle with the giant in an unsanctioned match. Show accepts and slides in the ring, forcing Orton out of it!
They jaw at each other.
We cut backstage to Ricochet and Cedric Alexander chatting when Montel Vontavious Porter and Bobby Lashley roll up.
MVP just wants to know if they got his message and Cedric says they’re not interested.
The babyfaces walk off and an interview rolls up.
Montel says his victory on Sunday is a foregone conclusion and after the match they’re gonna celebrate VIP-style at an undisclosed location. Lashley says he guarantees that after he’s done with Ricochet, he’ll be in the trainer’s room, courtesy of the Hurt Business.
They walk off and the interviewer espies Drew McIntyre and runs over to interview him.
He talks about Dolph Ziggler and gets attacked by Dolph Ziggler. They brawl, road agents and referees pulling them apart, to send us to break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Ricochet
Ricochet hits an enzuigiri early but Lashley is unfazed and chases him to the floor. Throwing him into the barricade, back inside, fist bump to MVP on the way. Shoulder thrust in the corner, right hands, choking him out in the corner. Ricky up and over on the next one, schoolboy denied, duck the lariat, to the apron, shoulder thrust connects.
Springboard, Bob catches him and scoops him up... YOKOSUKA CUTTER IS ONLY GOOD FOR TWO! Straight suplex, cover for one, Ricochet kips up, enzuigiri, running shooting star press... LASHLEY KICKS OUT! Up top, nobody home for the 630 but he staggers Bob with a superkick! Handspring caught...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the swinging full nelson.
Post-match, Cedric Alexander makes the save and hits the Neuralyzer on MVP before getting locked into the full nelson himself!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
Commentary runs down the card as it stands for Extreme Rules.
Big Show is interviewed backstage.
He says he has, in fact, accepted Randy Orton’s challenge for next week.
Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Bayley and Sasha Banks get on the mic and talk about giving Raw a taste of greatness, and this leads to a hype reel tribute video for them.
Boss and Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks) (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Champs blindside their challengers before the bell! Kabuki Warriors run them off with stereo dropkicks and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get the bell with Asuka and Banks to start. Sasha immediately bails to the safety of the apron, back inside, again she bails. Ducking and dodging, tag to Bayley, collar and elbow, the SmackDown champ into the ropes and we get a clean break. Again into the ropes, this time Asuka breaks with some kicks only to get tripped up by Bayley.
Tag to the Boss, working the Empress over, quick tags, eventually Asuka gets a Codebreaker and the tag! Sane in hot, clear the apron, running blockbuster on the SmackDown champ! Right hands follow, Banks runs in and she eats some rights too! Double springboard Japanese arm drag, off the ropes, double spear! Marching to set up the Sliding D... ONLY A NEARFALL!
Forearms, whip reversed, a headscissors sends Bayley to the floor! Asuka legal, Kabukis send the champs to the floor and hit stereo hip attacks to keep them there! Asuka throws Sasha back in the ring, chest kicks for a nearfall and right into a kneeling armbar afterwards. Whip puts Banks in the corner, a hip attack follows and Kairi tags in.
Bayley pulls Asuka off the apron and creates enough interference for Sasha to pull Sane off the turnbuckles and cover her for a quick two-count. Throwing Kairi out of the ring, tag to Bayley, swarming her on the floor and catapulting her into the Lexan barrier to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Banks has a rear chinlock sunk in on Sane. Kairi fights to her feet but Sasha drops her with a mat slam for two. Dragging her over to the corner, tag to Bayley, working Sane over, choking her in the corner. Corner knees for a deep nearfall, the Boss mocking Asuka, victory roll pin, still no!
Tag to Bayley, hip attack, continuing to taunt the Empress of Tomorrow while working her tag partner over and isolating her. Sane slips under the Boss, kicks her away, desperate, backfist... TAG MADE! Asuka in hot, charging forearm, hip attack in the corner, bulldog / lariat combo, Bayley to the floor.
Asuka looking for a kick, denied, sliding knee connects and she throws the SmackDown champ back in the ring! Whip reversed, Asuka up top, Bayley trips her up face-first into the turnbuckles! Tag to Sasha, corner knees... NOPE! Double-team slam, setting Asuka up top... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER! Diving crossbody from Banks, rolled through... STILL NO!
Asuka Lock applied, Sasha’s got nowhere to go, Bayley up on the apron, reaching, Kairi cuts her off with a spear but Banks is able to twist and get a foot on the ropes! The Boss kicks her off, hip toss into a knee, jockeying for position, Sane tags in blind! Kick from the apron, Asuka with a roundhouse kick, Kairi up top, diving elbow... BAYLEY PULLS HER OUT OF THE RING TO BREAK IT UP!
Back up top, diving lariat, Sane calls for the end, Alabama Slam connects! Off the ropes, sliding forearm but Banks counters...
Boss and Hug Connection win by submission with the Bank Statement crossface from Sasha Banks on Kairi Sane to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, the champs celebrate in the aisle.
That’s the show, folks.