WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 26, 2021) from the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) set for next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Advertised for tonight: AJ Styles & Omos defend the Raw tag team titles against The Viking Raiders, Nikki A.S.H. will “usher in” her reign as Raw women’s champion (with a tease of Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley having something to say about it), WWE Champion Bobby Lashley responding to Goldberg’s challenge for a title match, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick 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 26
Thirteen cultists held a secret meeting, bringing powers of the darkness upon those who opposed them, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of last week’s women’s title business.
Newly minted Raw Women’s Champion Nikki ASH makes her entrance.
She gets in the ring and on the mic and welcomes us to the show, saying this feels like a dream. The crowd chants “You deserve it!” at her and she continues, saying she keeps pinching herself, but her dream is now real. In the past, when she reached for the stars, she just didn’t have the confidence she needed, and she was afraid to fail.
But one day she realized, if she fails, she fails, and it’s not a big deal. She’s still her, and when she puts on her superhero getup, it gives her confidence and reminds her that no matter what, if you believe in yourself, you can overcome all of the odds. It worked for her, and it can work for you, and we can all almost be superheroes.
Enter Charlotte Flair.
She says that’s a nice fairytale Nikki’s telling but it doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s just a disgrace. She’s supposed to represent this company, dressed up like this? She can see her on NBC Today flying around the set with Al Roker and he laughs in her face because he doesn’t believe she’s a champion. She says you have to work for it to be a champion and she doesn’t believe ASH as champion.
But that’s why she’s here, to add starpower and perspective to this ring. When she proved her starpower over Rhea Ripley and successfully retained her title, Ripley acted out like a bratty teen who had her phone taken away, and that’s the only reason Nikki was able to cash in. It’s beneath her to complain, but if you take a closer look, she wasn’t even on her feet when the referee started the match.
She claims ASH stole the title and says she’s gonna continue to be the Opportunity, Nikki can keep playing dressup until she gets her title match at SummerSlam, and then you can bow down to the real champion. And the thing is, all this injustice isn’t Nikki’s fault, it’s the crowd’s, for cheering every time Flair is the victim of injustice.
Enter Rhea Ripley.
She mocks the idea that everyone is so jealous of Charlotte, given that it’s hard to be jealous of somebody that won the title for one whole day. She claims that it should be her going into the rematch at SummerSlam, and Nikki puts the brakes on that, saying neither of them can beat her. Each of them represented the division wonderfully as champion, but this women’s division is ready for a metamorphosis and she’ll be leading that change as champion.
Charlotte functionally says “nuh-uh”, Rhea “nuh-uhs” her, and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville come down to lay down the law.
Sonya says given the unusual circumstances, the only fair thing to do is make a triple threat for the title at SummerSlam. Charlotte doesn’t like it, and with Nikki’s assent, succeeds in getting herself a singles match... tonight! She attacks Rhea Ripley and throws her out of the ring but Nikki sidesteps her and ends up standing tall.
Damian Priest gets a promo hyping up a match against Sheamus later tonight, and we go to break.
Damian Priest vs. Sheamus
Collar and elbow, pushing each other around and into the corner, Sheamus scrapes his forearm across Priest’s face and breaks. Headlock takeover follows, Damian fights to his feet, shot off, shoulder block! Drop down, jumping elbow from Priest, arm drag into an armbar, trading strikes, whip reversed, big knee to the nose and the Celtic Warrior is staggered!
Clothesline sends Sheamus to the floor, a pump kick blocks him from his return, off the ropes, step-up taunt, slip out, going for the spinning heel kick but the Celtic Warrior catches him and slams him into the apron to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Sheamus has Priest fishhooked, the Archer of Infamy stands up but gets nailed by forearms to the kidney! Shoved off, big lariat, both men down and out! Priest boxes his ears and hits the Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick... AND SHEAMUS’ FACE GUARD COMES OFF! Celtic Warrior with the boots up, flip himself up in the corner, Priest meets him... CHOKESLAM OFF THE TOP FOR A NEARFALL!
Back and forth, Sheamus with a pump knee... SO CLOSE! Beats of the Bodhran countered, Damian with a gamengiri, inverted facelock...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Reckoning, earning a future title match for the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Sheamus screams about his nose being broken and we go to break.
AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Erik with shotgun knees on Styles out the gates, quick tag, Banzai Drop! AJ gets away, tag to Omos, the big man dominates and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Omos has Erik trapped in a neck crank of sorts, tag to Styles. Grinding the viking down with a reverse chinlock, he fights to his feet and blocks a Styles Rush with a wicked elbow! Tag to Ivar, shoulder block, side slam, off the ropes, freight train crossbody! Fired up, AJ makes a comeback but the vikings block the tag!
Erik in, big knee, Ivar tries to take Omos off the apron, Erik takes Styles off his feet... NOPE! Pele kick staggers the viking and AJ makes the tag! Omos scoops Erik up, marching him around before hitting the slam! Charging back elbow, Warbeard runs into a boot and gets thrown out of the ring! Another back elbow, chokebomb plants him!
Tag to Styles, off the top...
AJ Styles & Omos win by pinfall with a springboard 450 splash from Styles on Erik, retaining the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
We get a recap of Jinder Mahal taking Drew McIntyre out of Money in the Bank.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up that Bobby Lashley will be answering Goldberg’s challenge tonight.
Jinder Mahal makes his entrance alongside his boy Veer and another man in a suit.
He berates the crowd for cheering along as Shanky got beaten down with a chair last week and gives Drew a chance to apologize for the beatdown. And if he doesn’t want to apologize, the other guy is the Maharaja’s personal attorney, whose name I am not going to try and spell. They’re going to sue and take everything away from him if he doesn’t apologize.
McIntyre of course, refuses to back down and leads the crowd in a “Drew is gonna kill you” chant, which seems a little aggressive. It’s only pro wrestling, my dude, no need for murder. (To the dork who is inevitably going to whine about that and try to correct me on the history of “gonna kill you” chants in pro wrestling in the comments, I’m making a joke, cool your jets.)
Drew McIntyre vs. Veer
Slugging it out early, Drew getting an advantage but Jinder bangs on the apron with a chair and gets a distraction enough that Veer can turn things around and beat him down! Wicked air on an elbow drop for two, Veer grabs an inverted cravate and wrenches it in! McIntyre gets out of it, big lariats, whip across, back elbow!
Veer with a cross chop, Mahal slides the chair in but Drew is faster, Claymore puts the chair into his face...
Veer should win by disqualification as a result of that, but Drew is announced as the winner, because none of this matters and WWE changes the rules on a whim.
Post-match, Drew stares the lawyer down before grabbing his lapels and throwing him into the ring! 3... 2... 1... Claymore lays him out!
We get a recap of Eva Marie and Doudrop’s appearance in Alexa’s Playground from last week.
Cut to Eva Marie and Doudrop in Gorilla.
Eva says after they win this match they’ll be one step closer to the tag titles, and the Eva-Lution will not be stopped... as long as she listens.
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for the social media response to John Cena’s return.
Doudrop & Eva Marie vs. Natalya & Tamina
Eva piefacing Natalya to start and then running away and making the tag when Neidhart attacks her! Doudrop in, Nattie with a waistlock, off the ropes, shoulder block, hair flip, drop down, hip toss blocked, blocked, trading pinfall attempts! Tamina tags in, headlock takeover, fireman’s carry blocked, Doudrop off the ropes, freight train crossbody!
Eva demands the tag and gets it, cover... NOPE! Lily appears on the tron doing a mock version of Eva’s videos set to a voiceover from Alexa Bliss, the distraction is enough...
Natalya & Tamina win by pinfall with a superkick from Tamina on Eva Marie.
Nattie is helped to the back by a trainer, having been injured at some point in there.
We see Keith Lee and Karrion Kross walking backstage, they’ll be in action after the break.
Karrion Kross vs. Keith Lee
Collar and elbow, into the corner, Kross wants an exploder but Lee blocks with elbows. Forearms, Keith snaps him up with a belly-to-belly suplex! Big elbow, clothesline sends him to the floor! Karrion goes to the floor, fallaway slam, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Kross is in charge, clubbing blows in the corner, choking Lee, DDT for two! Krossjacket applied, Keith manages to hoss his way out of the hold, big headbutt, fired up, corner lariat! Off the ropes... POUNCE! Calling for it, Karrion slips out, Saito Suplex! Northern elbow, pulling Lee into the Krossjacket, the Limitless One fights at length but can’t get out...
Karrion Kross wins by submission with the Krossjacket.
A recap of Nikki ASH cashing Money in the Bank in and winning the Raw Women’s Championship follows.
Nikki is interviewed backstage.
She says her confidence has grown and it’s only worked in her failure, and she believes in herself and nobody can take that away from her. She just wants the little boys and girls in the WWE Universe to know that the hardest of challenges are worth fighting for, so she’s gonna go out and defend her title tonight, knowing that whatever happens, she’ll be defending it again at SummerSlam.
Rhea Ripley rolls up.
She says she can’t help but respect her unconditional belief in herself, but at SummerSlam, she’s gonna be walking out with the title. But tonight, she hopes that she goes out there and gives Charlotte hell.
Mace & T-BAR make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Mace & T-BAR get an inset promo where they talk about the law of the jungle.
They phrase it as “the small exist to feed the large” and say they’re gonna beat Mansoor and Ali tonight.
Their opponents get an inset promo as well, where an excited Mansoor talks about getting matching gear but Ali pumps the brakes and says they have to win tonight before they can even consider it.
Extinction (Mace & T-BAR) vs. Mansoor & Mustafa Ali
Ali and T-BAR to start, Mustafa hammering him in the corner but a shove and a Cyclone Kill later... ALI KICKS OUT! Throwing Mustafa into the corner, tag to Mace, big slam but Mansoor breaks it up! Tag to T-BAR, he boots Mansoor off the apron, Mace holds him up for a boot and Extinction stands tall! T-BAR stalks into the cover, only two!
Mansoor in on Mace, enzuigiri, off the ropes, float over, inverted DDT... T-BAR BREAKS IT UP! Springboard back inside, Mansoor reverses...
Mansoor & Mustafa Ali win by pinfall with a victory roll pin from Mansoor on Mace.
Commentary promises us Bobby Lashley’s answer, after the break.
Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley makes his entrance, flanked by Montel Vontavious Porter as usual.
They get in the ring and and MVP gets on the mic, asking everyone to get on their feet and show Lashley the proper respect. When they don’t he says he understands why they’re acting that way, because he’s as dominant as [sports analogy that makes the local fans mad]. But he wants to address Goldberg disrespecting his guy last week.
Everybody’s excited about the match and he gets it, but only Bob can answer the question. Lashley says he’s not even gonna dignify Goldberg’s challenge with a response, but he’ll say this— this is his ring, and he won’t be disrespected by anyone.
Enter Cedric Alexander.
He says it bugged him for a long time that he was disrespected by them, but he figured it out, it’s that Lashley knows that Cedric is better than he is, and he wants his title shot.
Enter Shelton Benjamin.
He asks Cedric if he knows how annoying the sound of his voice is before saying he’s not here to cry about the Hurt Business, he’s just here to give Lashley a real challenge. They bicker, Montel tells them they sound ridiculous and the champ doesn’t have time for either of them. Bob yanks the mic away and says he’ll wrestle both of them at the same time, now get a referee!
Bobby Lashley vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin (Handicap Match)
Immediately taking Benjamin down, Alexander fakes running away but gets slammed when he comes back, dumped to the floor, shoulder thrust to Shelton and Bob picks Cedric up on the floor before ramming him face-first into the ringpost! Back inside, Benjamin lands some punches but gets whipped to the corner, Cedric trips Lashley up and Shelton nails him with a knee!
Tornado DDT from Alexander, double cover... NO GOOD! Big pop-up spinebuster on Cedric, off the ropes, a spear takes Benjamin off his feet! Standing tall, lying in wait... JACKHAMMER ON SHELTON! Picking Alexander up, aiming him at Benjamin...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a Dominator on Cedric Alexander and a double pin.
The Miz iz backstage on his phone when John Morrison rolls up to ask if he’s ready for tonight.
Miz says he’s gonna get this city wet as AJ Styles and Omos roll up.
AJ wants to talk to them about something of importance to the tag champs and Omos stands guard.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance to send us to break.
John Morrison vs. Matt Riddle
Mat grappling to start, Riddle rolls through to fight from guard but Morrison gets his feet on the ropes! Leg pick into a kneebar, John floats over into a front chancery, sunset flip, Matt gets an ankle lock! Standing switches, backflip up and over, back body drop for two! Springboard roundhouse kick gets Morrison a two count and Miz tries to lead the crowd in a chant for his boy.
Riddle with a fisherman buster for two, John snap schoolboy, Matt with a knee, Penalty Kick knocks the Miz over, Riddle mocks him being stuck on his back and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Riddle laying palm strikes in, front kick, Pele Kick, Penalty Kick off the apron, springboard into the corkscrew moonsault and Matt is rolling but AJ Styles and Omos are on the stage and making their way to ringside. Back inside, Morrison blocks the RKO, forearm, back elbow, kick, whip to the corner, off the ropes, big heel kick takes Riddle off his feet!
Sliding knee follows it up... NO! Ripcord knee sets up top, powerbomb rolled through into the knee strike... MORRISON KICKS OUT! Headed up top but Styles has the scooter and passes it to Omos... OMOS BREAKS RIDDLE’S SCOOTER OVER HIS KNEE! John has him up in a crucifix, spin-out into a Bossman Slam...
John Morrison wins by pinfall with Starship Pain.
Post-match, Styles puts boots to Riddle while Omos gets in the ring. Getting him up... STYLES CLASH!
A recap of last week’s Reginald business follows.
R-Truth makes his entrance to send us to break.
Reginald (c) vs. R-Truth (WWE 24/7 Championship)
Truth is still mic’d up from his entrance, so that’s interesting.
He asks for his baby back before attacking, Reginald ducks, Ron grabs him from behind and says they can do this easy or hard, but Reggie literally backflips out of his blazer like a goddamn cartoon. Truth waves it like a matador before throwing it in his face, Reginald sidesteps the Stinger Splash and ducks the leg lariat as he finally gets the jacket off!
Reggie is on him...
Reginald wins by pinfall with a front-flip seated senton to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Post-match the rest of the 24/7 Championship scene runs in but Reggie flips over them and makes his escape.
Charlotte Flair is interviewed in Gorilla.
Mostly she makes excuses for herself and says she’s sick and tired of having the division run down by almost superstars, and there wouldn’t be a women’s champion in WWE if it weren’t for her, and tonight she’s gonna prove that.
Charlotte makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Charlotte Flair vs. Nikki ASH
ASH charges in, Flair drops her with a lariat and takes her in the corner for chops on chops on chops! Tearing at Nikki’s mask, clubbing her down, pressing the attack at length. Cross chops from the champ, but Charlotte turns her around and beats her down some more! Into the corner, putting boots to her, suplex reversed into a small package for two!
Nikki with a schoolboy, two more, off the ropes, satellite headscissors puts her firmly in charge and sends Flair to the floor! Boots through the ropes, ASH to the floor, brawling but Charlotte throws her over the announce table! Flair rolls back inside and stands tall to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Flair has a post-assisted surfboard locked in! Back inside, scoop into a fallaway slam, cover for two, reverse chinlock applied! ASH fights to her feet and out with elbows, Charlotte to the floor and the champ follows with a crossbody! Sidestep a boot, snap Flair’s knee over the top rope, into a side press for two!
Off the ropes, crossbody, lariat, Nikki rolling, sunset flip blocked and Charlotte draws her up, throwing her into the corner! ASH smashes her face into the turnbuckles and follows it up with a bulldog! Fired up, but Flair cuts her off with chops, backing her into the corner! Nikki fights her off and heads up top, perching, diving crossbody but Charlotte rolls through...
Charlotte Flair wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
Post-match, Flair is interviewed about her win.
She takes offense at being congratulated, because what did you expect would happen? You think because you put on a mask and a cape you get to be a superhero? She tells Nikki that no one is in her league.
ASH takes the mic and says she can admit she lost that match but she showed herself that she almost could have won, and she has the confidence that she can win, so she challenges Charlotte to a rematch next week! Flair wants to answer but demands the interviewer hand her the match. Flair says she can beat Nikki any time, so she accepts the challenge!
Charlotte offers a handshake but it’s a ruse and she clobbers ASH with a forearm before dropping her with a boot! Pick the leg, drag her to the floor and she shakes her and chops her right in front of a young fan with a Nikki ASH sign! Back inside, another big boot lays her out!
Charlotte Flair stands tall.
That’s the show, folks.