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WWE Raw results, live blog (July 6, 2020): Champion vs. Champion

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 6, 2020) from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view scheduled for later this month at the same venue.

Advertised for tonight: Asuka vs. Bayley in a Champion vs. Champion match, 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.)


Say that you’re in control, say that you are. I can’t think of a time when you looked less alive. You say, “Wait until light, my dear, just wait until light.” One more day will go by, maybe today you should try to look past the mirror, but tonight, I’ve got to liveblog this here pro wrestling show.

The show opens with the intro theme.

Commentary hypes tonight’s action up.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He welcomes us to the show and gets right down to business. In two weeks at Extreme Rules, he’s going to defend the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler. Their contract signing got out of hand and he decided to level the playing field by allowing Dolph to pick the stipulation. He runs down a couple potential stipulations, but says no matter what he’s going to retain the title.

He calls Ziggler down to announce the stipulation, and Dolph obliges by making his entrance.

His decision is that the stipulation is a secret and he’s not going to tell Drew until the match actually happens at Extreme Rules. They bicker about their accomplishments, Dolph completely ignoring McIntyre’s double reign with the Evolve World Championship and DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Championship.

Ziggler eventually brings out a guest that he claims Drew did the same thing to that he did to Dolph himself, Heath Slater.

Heath gets on the mic and says he’s known Drew for more than a decade, and they go further back than anyone even knows. He remembers McIntyre’s callup as the Chosen One, and what’s funny is back then, he wasn’t really the Chosen One but now, this guy right here? He’s the Chosen One, we can all see it.

But let’s go back to April. Heath was at home with his kids, watching him take on Brock Lesnar and what happened? Talk less, Claymore, and he jumped up and screamed, and cried, probably for the first time in front of his kids. He cried out of love, out of the joy in his heart for his brother, and he remembers calling Drew every day after he got released back in 2014.

They’re brothers, and where has McIntyre been for him? When was the last time they even spoke? It was on the Bump, the one show they’d let Slater speak his mind for. Drew knows his kids, his two real ones, and they believe in daddy, and he just wants McIntyre to know he’s been there for him and he hasn’t been there in return.

On the Bump, Drew promised him a match, and did he get one? His kids aren’t a gimmick, he really needs the job, and he’s here to take the opportunity that was offered. He wants what he deserves, what he as a friend promised him. McIntyre kinda shakes his head and Slater asks if Drew doesn’t want to fight before hauling off and slapping him!

Drew says he’s on, he’s got his fight, and we go to break.

Drew McIntyre vs. Heath Slater

Slater rushes him in the corner but McIntyre comes back...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.

Post-match, Heath and Dolph face off and Ziggler beats him down, but McIntyre makes the save!

Drew demands Dolph get in the ring and fight but he ain’t having it. McIntyre and Slater hug.

Bayley and Sasha Banks are interviewed backstage.

They refuse the interview and Asuka rolls up. She gurns and asks who says she’s all alone before dancing off to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Bayley and Sasha Banks are in the ring.

They get on the mic and say that Monday Night Raw can officially begin now that they’re here. They’re changing the game one show at a time because they never sleep and when you’re a once-in-a-generation talent like them the sheep all come after you. They talk about how they’re gonna win their matches at Extreme Rules and take over the whole company—

Enter Asuka.

She gets on the mic and laughs at the notion of “Two Belts Banks”, telling Sasha that she’s not good at math. And Bayley? She’s not ready for Asuka. Bayley says Banks is going to humiliate her at Extreme Rules and she’s ready for anyone and anything, so she asks what Asuka’s got for her?

The answer is Kairi Sane, who makes her entrance as we go to break.

Kairi Sane vs. Sasha Banks

Collar and elbow, Banks rams her into the corner, windmill punches, breaking at referee John Cone’s behest. Sane throws hands back, Sasha with a hard right hand, Kairi throws one right back at her, duck a lariat, overhand chops! Chops on chops, forcing Banks into the ropes, whip reversed, up and over into a tijeras!

Dropkick connects, cover for two! Japanese stranglehold applied, cranking it way back, transition to an octopus hold, but Banks straightens up in the hold! Sane reverses to a schoolboy, only two, Sasha with a mat slam for a one count, choking her in the ropes and mocking Asuka’s cheering. Kairi dropkicks her through the ropes and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Banks is in control, choking Sane in the ropes. Kairi fires off a few forearms and staggers the Boss, whip reversed, Sasha hits a backbreaker for two! Setting Sane up in the corner, double knee drop, leg pick into a folding press, only a nearfall! Half bow-and-arrow applied, no dice, knee lifts from the apron set up a short-arm choke.

Back inside, whip to the corner, catch Kairi in the turnbuckles but she ducks the double knees and hits an axe kick and a chop! Up top, Sane perches for a diving forearm and another nearfall! Running blockbuster, off the ropes she hits a second, whip reversed, spear! Sane with the sliding forearm in the corner, cover... NOT ENOUGH!

Trading pins, short Meteora... SO CLOSE! Corner knees, the Boss up top, nobody home on the dive! Kairi slides under her into a crossleg Boston Crab but Bayley hits the ring and breaks it up...

Kairi Sane wins by disqualification, presumably.

Post-match, Asuka joins the fray and we get a brawl! KAIRI SANE OFF THE TOP WITH THE ELBOW TO THE FLOOR TO WIPE BAYLEY AND SASHA OUT!

We get a recap of the Seth Rollins / Rey Mysterio stuff from last week.

Backstage, referees are separating Buddy Murphy and Aleister Black, who is down and out and wearing a Rey Mysterio mask.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up Miz being on the cover of TV Guide.

The Viking Raiders are backstage talking bowling (it’s all in the hips!) and the Biggest of Shows rolls up. Show talks about how they know he loves to have fun but tonight they’re in a six-man opposite Randy Orton, so he’s all business tonight. Erik says Edge is a viking brother and Edge & Christian are heroes to them.

They go for a five-second pose all giggles and Big chops them both, making them get all serious and proclaim the raid is on.

Kevin Owens makes his entrance and welcomes us to the Kevin Owens Show.

He says considering who his guest is, it’s best he gets this right out of the way, and he clears the ring of chairs. His guest isn’t someone you’d expect him to invite given their history, but he’s got a very good reason and he wants to get to it. He introduces a pretty giant piece of trash, Seth Rollins.

Rollins makes his entrance and asks why he cleared the ring, saying he just wanted to come out to say thank you for the opportunity to be on the show. He asks how his fractured ankle is healing, and Owens says it’s fine and it probably feels better than Seth’s ego, because things haven’t been going real well for him since WrestleMania.

But the point KO wanted to make was that regardless of their history, when you fight at WrestleMania that creates a bond, because WrestleMania is the reason they do what they do, and even if it’s your enemy, it creates a bond. He’s got something he wants to give him to commemorate the WrestleMania moment they created.

Seth unfurls it to reveal a KOMania shirt just like the one Owens wore when he beat him at WrestleMania. Rollins thanks him for the thoughtful gift, but he doesn’t give a damn about him or his show, he just wanted a platform to address Rey Mysterio. He wants to formally challenge him to a match at Extreme Rules, and it’s time to permanently sacrifice Mysterio.

Now that that’s done, he’s happy to dredge up the past, saying he doesn’t think things have been going very well for Kev, and in fact he thinks Owens needs him, much like Raw does. He should consider that he might get more out of fighting with him than against him, because fighting is what he does, right? Fight Owens Fight?

Owens has been fighting so long and so hard, he’s gotta be tired, and maybe he needs a purpose. Maybe he should be fighting for the greater good.

Enter Rey Mysterio with his son Dominick.

He accepts Seth’s challenge and assures him that, at Extreme Rules, his destiny will be in his hands. Rollins is happy but asks what Rey’s planning on doing about their tag match tonight with Aleister Black out of commission. Is he going to do a handicap and lose his good eye, or is Dominick going to sacrifice his eye?

Owens interrupts and says he’ll never fight by Rollins’ side, but he’ll gladly fight by Rey’s side if he’ll have him. And one better, he wants the winning team tonight to pick the stipulation for that match! Rollins accepts and Buddy Murphy blindsides Owens! Rey hits the ring and we’ve got a brawl!

Seth runs away to send us to break.

Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens & Rey Mysterio

Rey hammering Buddy with mounted punches, whip reversed, springboard crossbody! Leg kick, right hand, Murphy with a kick, sunset flip but Mysterio gets to his feet and kicks him in the head! Baseball slide, diving tijeras sends Buddy into the barricade! Rey throws him back inside, heads up top, diving crossobdy but Buddy rolls through into a pin for two!

Kick sends Murphy into the corner, tag to Owens, raining right hands! Chops in the corner, smashing his face into the turnbuckles, whip across and Buddy takes the turnbuckles hard! Manhattan Drop into a lariat, cover for two, Rollins gets the tag. Right hands, backing KO into the ropes, whip reversed, front kick gets a lariat, Kev hits a senton!

Seth to the floor, Owens follows after him, smashing his face into the apron a few times and throwing him back inside. Front chancery applied, dragging him over for a pin but Rollins gets away and tags out. Back suplex, Rey lands on his feet, duck a lariat, off the ropes with a tijeras that sets him up on the second rope but Buddy rolls to the floor to avoid the 619!

Jawing at Seth, drawing Murphy up but he kicks Mysterio in the head! Headed up top briefly, to the floor to get in Dominick Mysterio’s face and Seth joins him, begging him to hit him before piefacing him and raking his eye! Rey checks on his son to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Rollins is in control on Owens, working his leg over and raking his face with his forearm bones. Tags made, Mysterio in hot, diving seated senton, off the ropes, La Mistica sets up a dropkick, forearms in the corner, Murphy up and over, electric chair, Rey snaps off a Dragonrana that puts him into the post!

Dropkick sets up the 619, Rollins on the opposite side of the ring but both heels bail! Seth grabs a crossface chickenwing on Dominick and Aleister Black makes the save, clutching his head! Rollins wants him to hit him, Dom rakes Buddy’s eye while referee Danilo Anfibio is distracted! Rey sets him up, 619! Up top...

Kevin Owens & Rey Mysterio win by pinfall with a frog splash on Buddy Murphy, earning the right to pick the stipulation at Extreme Rules.

Post-match, Rey gets on the mic and says he’s got the perfect stipulation— it’s very simple, an eye for an eye!

Nope, I don’t know what that means, either.

Although Mysterio does say he’s gonna pull Seth’s eye out, so there’s that.

Bobby Lashley and Montel Vontavious Porter are interviewed backstage.

Bob says he’s broken Apollo Crews mentally and physically and it’s only a matter of time before his reign comes to an end. MVP says they’re gonna discuss the future of the United States Championship, after the break.

Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley and Montel Vontavious Porter make their entrance.

They get in the ring (that has a table with a title belt covered on it) and MVP gets on the mic.

He talks about how Apollo Crews burned real bright but he’s burned out because he passed in their orbit. He’s full of youthful exuberance and thought himself invincible, but ain’t nobody invincible when it comes to Bobby Lashley’s full nelson. He wishes he could say he feels guilty, but he doesn’t, because Crews had the unmitigated gall to turn down the mentorship of the greatest United States Champion of all time.

When Crews loses at Extreme Rules, he won’t be champion any longer, but he’ll always have the memories. MVP says since he beat Apollo that makes him the United States Champion, and he’s going to unveil the new belt. He does so, and it’s kind of a hybrid of the old one and the current WWE Championship.

Lashley says MVP rolls with him, and that means it’s official when he says it’s official, so why not crown him right now? He puts the belt around Montel’s waist—

Enter Ricochet and Cedric Alexander.

They get on the mic and say Apollo’s gonna be back real soon to put this little fantasy to an end, but in the meantime, they’re here to make sure the hurt business, as they say, goes chapter eleven.

They hit the ring and we get a brawl! The babyfaces run the heels off and we go to break.

Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Cedric Alexander & Ricochet

Porter and Alexander to start, but MVP tags right out and Lashley hosses Cedric around. Ricochet tags in, but Bob clobbers him to the floor and tags out! Montel smashes him into the steel steps and the barricade, back inside, they isolate Ricky and work him over with quick tags at length. Ricochet with a Black Magic mule kick, tag made!

Alexander comes in hot, strike rush staggers Porter, dropkick clears Lashley off the apron! Forearm smash into a tornado DDT, only two! Tag made, they stagger Cedric, Bob lines him up...

Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter win by pinfall with a spear from Bobby Lashley on Cedric Alexander.

Post-match, Bob locks the full nelson on Alexander and Ricochet dropkicks him off and pulls his buddy to safety!

Backstage, we see Zelina Vega trying to mediate between Andrade “Cien” Almas and Angel Garza. Almas says he’s sick of it but 71-year-old Ric Flair rolls up. He tells them they did a great job, and he wants to talk them about tonight. Randy Orton rolls up and says they’re all third generation so they have something in common and he respects them.

When the time is right, Big Show is his, and if they screw it up for him, he will not hesitate to formally introduce them both to the Legend Killer.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.

Kabuki Warriors are interviewed backstage.

They say a bunch of stuff in Japanese before Asuka segues to English to say they’re going to challenge Bayley and Sasha to a tag title match next month. Sane plays them out on her recorder.

Andrade “Cien” Almas, Angel Garza, & Randy Orton vs. Big Show & Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)

Show and Garza to start, Angel bravely shooting in and getting clubbed down! Big with the overhand chop in the corner, choking him in the ropes and breaking at referee Chad Patton’s behest. Angel with right hands, Show headbutts him down, and he tags the Vikings in to continue working him over.

Garza gets away and tags Almas in, they bicker, and the babyfaces immediately cut Andrade off and start working him over in turn. Orton gets upset at Garza and shoves him into the barricade, yelling at him to pull his head out of his ass to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Almas is in control on Ivar with a reverse chinlock. Orton tags in and starts working Warbeard over, quick tags but he gets away and tags Erik in! Judo throw into the knee strike on Garza, clear the apron but Randy gets away and tries to bait him in. Angel with an upkick, right hands, tag to the Viper.

Uppercuts, tag to Almas, straight suplex for two. Angel back in, pants off, stepping on Erik’s throat and a quick tag back to Andrade sets up a wishbone of the legs. They work Erik over at length, Show tags in hot and starts absolutely destroying Almas! Calling for it, blocking the RKO and Orton walks off giving him the ol’ “This close!”

Goozle, Almas counters the chokeslam into a sleeper hold! Big tosses him aside and tags Ivar in. Garza in too, Warbeard takes him out with a lariat, tag to Erik. Pop-up, Almas blocks the Viking Experiences and dumps Warbeard! Orton tags in...

Andrade “Cien” Almas, Angel Garza, & Randy Orton win by pinfall with an RKO from Orton on Erik.

Post-match, Show stares Orton down.

Backstage, Peyton Royce is telling Billie Kay how excited she is to see her beat Ruby Riott tonight.

They run Ruby and her tattoos down and she rolls up.

She says she never had a problem with them before but now the sounds of their voices make her neck twitch. She doesn’t know where Liv Morgan is, but her focus is on the two of them, and that’s very bad for them.

She walks off past MVP talking to Cedric Alexander.

He’s gonna spare him the condolences, but he has some questions and he just wants Cedric to know it takes a lot of heart to stand up to him and Lashley, and he’s impressed. He doesn’t understand why Alexander is holding himself back, and why is he content being Ricochet’s sidekick? Cedric says he sees what he’s trying to do, but he’s not trying to hear it.

Porter keeps probing, bringing up Ricochet’s new WWE 365 documentary and saying he’s gonna keep it real— if he’s content being a sidekick, that’s up to him, and he’s gonna sit at catering the rest of his career.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Ric Flair is giving Randy Orton a marble-mouthed rant that I think is meant to be a pep talk backstage when R-Truth literally runs into them.

He tells Ric that he cleans up nice for being the dirtiest player in the game and immediately suspects him of secretly being Akira Tozawa.

The real Tozawa comes running by with some ninjas. Orton holds him up and misdirects him.

Billie Kay vs. Ruby Riott

Kay with a waistlock, Riott gets out with a back elbow, off the ropes, Billie hits the big boot for two! Putting Ruby in the corner, putting boots to her, choking her with her foot and breaking at referee Aja Perera’s behest. Suplex connects, only two, deathlock bow-and-arrow applied! Riott counters into a cover for two!

Her hair extensions fall out, back elbow in the corner, headscissors driver into the turnbuckles! Peyton Royce with the distraction, Shotei from Kay into Sole Food! Taking advantage...

Billie Kay wins by pinfall with a sitout spinebuster.

Post-match, Kay grabs Riott’s extensions and celebrates with them as a trophy.

Bayley and Sasha Banks are interviewed backstage and Sasha accepts the Kabuki Warriors’ challenge, saying nobody can beat them and everybody needs to learn to respect that.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, security is trying to eject Nikki Cross, who has joined the commentary booth.

Asuka vs. Bayley

Circling, Bayley with a go behind, pushing her into the corner for forearms. Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, Asuka with an armbar takedown but Bayley scrambles to the floor! Baseball slide, kick to the arm, Bayley slaps the headset off of Nikki’s head and security has to keep her at bay!

Bayley off the apron, Asuka absolutely nails her with a knee strike to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Asuka has a standing armbar and converts it into a hip toss and a kick to the back. Off the ropes, Bayley trips her up into double axehandles and smashes her face into the mat over and over! Bayley wrenching her arm, whip reversed, springboard arm drag into a back elbow for a one count!

Knee drop across Asuka’s neck, sliding forearm, only two! Passing her into the turnbuckles, putting boots to her, and applying a reverse chinlock. Schoolboy counter from the Empress, Bayley hammers her with a forearm for a two count to keep the momentum! Dumping Asuka to the floor, Kabuki Warriors face off against the tag chams on the floor and sidestep a dropkick through the corner from Bayley!

Roundhouse kick from Asuka, back inside, cover for two! Chest kicks ensue, running knee to the back of the head, another nearfall! Trading forearms, Asuka turns a whip into a missile dropkick... STILL NO! Bayley regroups with Sasha on the floor, Asuka chases her around the ring and back inside and the SmackDown champ picks her legs for a catapult into the ropes!

A second catapult into the middle rope, cover... NOPE! Pressing the attack on the floor, Bayley throws her back in to beat referee John Cone’s count and covers her for another nearfall. Back to the floor, flapjack into the announce desk!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Bayley is in control, beating Asuka down and smashing her face into the mat. Choking her in the ropes, waistlock, throwing her face-first into the turnbuckles and jawing at her! Right hands, leg pick, cover for two. Asuka firing back with forearms, but Bayley overwhelms her with strikes and grinds her forearm into her face!

Asuka with a strike rush, Uraken, boot up in the corner, Codebreaker connects! A dropkick into the Alarm Clock, hip attack in the corner, German suplex! Low superkick, out of the corner, another running hip attack... NO DICE! Another Uraken, Bayley is out cold and Sasha Banks checks on her on the apron.

Dragging herself to her feet, Asuka knocks her down with a running hip attack! Penalty Kick off the apron turned into a heel trip, action goes up on the apron, the Empress with a kick combo before she climbs up top for a missile dropkick and a two count! Going forearm for forearm on the apron, Bayley flapjacks her into the top turnbuckle!

Bayley lays Kairi Sane out on the floor, she ends up distracting referee John Cone while Banks gets a cheap shot, Saito suplex from Bayley... NOPE! She throws water in Asuka’s face but is stunned and taken aback by Nikki Cross banging on the Lexan barrier from the crowd! Asuka Lock applied when she scrambles back in the ring, she briefly reverses it but Sane intercepts Banks and Asuka shifts...

Asuka wins by pinfall with a victory roll pin.

The heels regroup as Nikki continues to bang on the Lexan.

That’s the show, folks.

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