WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 30, 2021) from the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month .
Advertised for tonight: The long awaited Eva Marie vs. Doudrop match coming just one week after the two finally broke up, Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus in a non-title match following the former walking out on a tag team match with the latter during last week’s show, presumably some matchmaking for the upcoming PPV that is still three weeks away, 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 AUG. 30
Always pulling faces from the unprepossessing places of the universal mind, I’m crippled by the world when we are divided but for now I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary welcoming us to the show.
Damian Priest makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He welcomes us to the show and talks about winning the United States Championship at SummerSlam. He says he’s going to wear the title with the honor and respect it deserves, to honor the men who went before him, like Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, and John Cena. He calls Bobby Lashley out and says he showed everybody what kind of champion he is when he ran away like a coward last week.
Priest pledges that won’t be him and asks who’s gonna answer his challenge.
Of course, it’s Sheamus.
He gets on the mic and agrees with him that Lashley is a gobshite who runs away from fights, and he’s happy to see Damian offering up open challenges, even if these people don’t deserve it. He says he’s going to wipe the smile off Damian’s face and take back his gold, but before we can get a referee down—
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says as much as he’d like to see Damian beat Sheamus’ ass for the hundredth time, he thinks the WWE Universe deserves something new, and the United States Championship is the one title he’s never won. Drew and Sheamus bicker—
Enter Bobby Lashley, flanked by Montel Vontavious Porter as always.
MVP asks the crowd to hold their applause and says Bob wanted to hold an open challenge every single week, the problem is the All Mighty has beaten everyone on the roster already so there’s no point to having an open challenge. But in Priest’s case, it’s admirable but not necessarily good for business. But what is good for business is Lashley wrestling Priest to become double champion.
Randy Orton says he thinks everything MVP just said sucks, and Matt Riddle agrees and points out that it doesn’t suck like a Roomba, which is supposed to suck. Randy calls Lashley a greedy son of a bitch who wants something he can’t have. Bob says his second title doesn’t have to be the US belt, he’d be happy to claim a tag title from RK-Bro, and Riddle accidentally challenges Porter and Lashley to a title match, which they accept.
Enter five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville.
They see two big main events ahead of them. Priest will defend the title in a three-way, and the Hurt Business will challenge for the tag titles!
Enter Rhea Ripley?
She has a match, after the break.
Back from commercial, Rhea Ripley gets on the mic and introduces Nikki ASH, who will be seconding her tonight.
Rhea Ripley vs. Shayna Baszler
Nia Jax gets on the mic early and threatens to crush everyone, more or less (technical difficulties over here, I couldn’t type while she was talking.)
Mat grappling early, Baszler wants a double wristlock, shifts to a top wristlock and traps the arm before stomping the bicep, but Rhea blocks and Shayna hits a low-angle enzuigiri for her trouble! Back suplex lift blocked, Penalty Kick the arm, grounding her with strikes, cradle for two! Pressing the attack on the leg, Baszler comes back by targeting the arm, trapping her hand under the apron and stomping to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Baszler is in control and still working the arm over with precision kicks. Ripley asks for more and catches a kick, duck a lariat, short-arm lariats over her own into a ripcord headbutt! Solebutt, bridging northern lights... NOPE! Armlock takeover into a cross armbar but Rhea won’t let her grip break!
Pumphandle, Nia runs over ASH at ringside and hits a Samoan drop on her! Trading pins...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Post-match, Jax attacks her and lays her out with a Samoan drop!
Viking Raiders cut a promo where they say that the WWE Universe will bear witness to their true nature and the brutality they inflict on their opponents. The raid is on!
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Jinder Mahal & Veer vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Ivar and Veer to start, the Vikings quickly pulling ahead into an advantage, working the big Indian over. Eventually Mahal tags in and turns the tide, working Warbeard over. Erik gets the tag, clears the apron, Jinder cuts him off, whip to the corner, up and over, shotgun knees connect! Dumping the heels to the floor, Vikings tag and Ivar freight trains them both with a cannonball off the apron!
Mahal recovers quickly and trips Erik up, back inside, Warbeard ducks the lariat, blind tag, Erik pops him up...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with Viking Experience on Jinder Mahal.
We see Drew McIntyre warming up backstage and playing with his sword to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get another teaser for the new-look NXT.
Damian Priest (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus (WWE United States Championship)
All-out brawling to start, punches in the corner, McIntyre and Priest with an alliance of convenience to beat Sheamus up but he rolls out of the ring! Damian with a brillo Priest, Celtic Warrior returns a headbutt, chops from Drew, we’re on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus with a battering ram dive on Priest and knees to the back as McIntyre returns to the ring. Damian throwing punches, blocks the Irish Curse, arm drag into Sol Naciente but the Celtic Warrior fights out and finally hits the Irish Curse! Priest tears at the mask, Sheamus beats him down and re-adjusts it!
Over the ropes, clubbing forearms to the back set up the Beats of the Bodhran! Drew is back in the ring, lighting Sheamus up with lariats, belly-to-belly suplexes, lying in wait, Future Shock reversed into a pin for two! Celtic Warrior posts him, Priest returns and nails Sheamus with elbows! Short-arm spinning wheel kick, the champion is fired up! Big elbows corner-to-corner and a lariat lays Sheamus out!
Drew with elbows, Damian with a kick combo but McIntyre blocks the rolling elbow with a kick! Off the ropes... DREW WITH THE BIG MAN TOPE CON GIRO TO WIPE BOTH OPPONENTS OUT! Back inside, Michinoku Driver gets McIntyre a tight two on the champion! Chops in the corner, Sheamus comes over, jockeying for position... SPIDER TOWER OF DOOM SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Sheamus and McIntyre are hammering each other with chops and forearms, Drew backs him into the corner, whip reversed, big back elbow! Celtic Warrior hits an Alabama Slam... NOPE! Sheamus follows it with the cloverleaf, McIntyre screaming agony in the middle of the ring but Priest returns and kicks the Celtic Warrior’s head off!
South of Heaven... DREW BREAKS IT UP! McIntyre with chops, Future Shock blocked, inverted facelock but Sheamus returns and hits the Brogue Kick! Drew with a schoolboy... STILL NO! Future Shock connects, counting down but he runs into a Brogue Kick... MCINTYRE KICKS OUT! Sheamus furious and arguing with referee Rod Zapata, dragging Drew into the corner, headed up top with the Scotsman on his shoulders... AVALANCHE WHITE NOISE BUT DAMIAN BREAKS IT UP!
Drawing Sheamus up, blocking his punches, lighting him up, powerbomb reversed into a fireman’s carry, champ slips out and flapjacks him into the turnbuckles! Reckoning blocked, Claymore sends Sheamus out of the ring! Drew and Damian brawling, Priest floats over...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Reckoning on Drew McIntyre to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, McIntyre offers a handshake and Priest accepts it, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we geta recap of Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg and footage of Goldberg saying he’s gonna need knee surgery but he’s coming for Lashley’s soul for screwing his son’s neck and shoulders up.
We get another 24/7 Championship video package of Reggie fending off challengers in a park. R-Truth has a man in a dog costume and a frisbee and Reginald flips over them and runs away through a jungle gym shaped like a spider that scares Truth because he’s an arachnophobe. They end up on a bridge, Reggie evades them with some leaps, the dog turns out to be Akira Tozawa, and that’s that.
Eva Marie makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Doudrop attacks before the bell and lays Eva Marie out with a slam and hits a senton to follow! Off the ropes, freight train crossbody, she counts her own pin! Referee Chad Patton calls it and Eva Marie is unable to compete. Doudrop gets a mic and announces herself as the winner of the “match.”
Whoops, copy/paste failure (computer is being persnickety tonight, my apologies), but Karrion Kross makes his entrance and we go to break.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Karrion Kross
Carrillo with some kicks, off the top with a crossbody, only two! Leg kicks, springboard caught, he lands on his feet on a back suplex but Kross lays him out with a lariat! Snap suplex, two count, boots in the corner until referee Darrick Moore warns him off! Humberto with chops of his own, Karrion wants more, whip across and he lays him out with a back elbow!
Rear chinlock applied, Carrillo gets away but Kross hits a big northern lights suplex for another nearfall before going back to the chinlock. Humberto fired up, charging forearms, hanging Kross over the ropes, but he dives right into an elbow to the jaw! Saito suplex, holding Carrillo close...
Karrion Kross wins by submission with the Krossjacket.
We get a recap of Ripley vs. Baszler from earlier tonight, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Nia Jax is interviewed backstage and claims she’s going to take Charlotte Flair’s invisible crown and shove it up her behind.
She makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Matt Riddle and Randy Orton are hanging out backstage.
Riddle rambles on and on about his hobbies, Orton tells him the only thing he cares about is that Matt helps him retain the title tonight.
Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax
Flair immediately runs to the floor for a breather and tells Jax to back it up. Jawing, collar and elbow, Nia uses her strength to get an advantage and hammers her in the corner with a body avalanche. Looking for a hip attack, Charlotte sidesteps and lays a few kicks in. Side headlock, trying to grind Nia down, Jax breaks away and chokes her in the ropes.
Flair with a Dragon sleeper in the ropes, holding onto it until referee Danilo Anfibio is about to hit five and then hitting a neckbreaker over the ropes! Back inside, Jax with a snapmare, spinebuster, cover for one and Charlotte rolls to the floor for a breather! Flair hits a plancha to lay her out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Jax with a back suplex to counter a side headlock! She takes a brief respite before prowling after Flair, laying forearms in, Charlotte sidesteps the charge and she posts hard! Up top, moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Samoan drop follows, Nia off the ropes, nobody home on the leg drop!
Basement boot, back to their feet, a shoving match breaks out, trading slaps, an awkward communication breakdown and Flair gets a nearfall off a side Russian legsweep. Chop block, targeting the knee, mocking Jax with a butt shake and Nia fires up...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with a release powerbomb.
We get a recap of Riddle defeating AJ Styles last week.
John Morrison is hanging out backstage.
He complains about Miz running away from the match they were supposed to have tonight and he promised his acting coach he’d prove he’s the bigger man, so he asked for and was granted a match against the largest human being he knows, which is Omos.
Omos is there and tells him it sucks to be him before walking off, and Morrison has to agree.
AJ Styles and Omos make their entrance and we go to break.
John Morrison vs. Omos
Omos slings Morrison into the corner and charges in but he sidesteps! John runs right into a goozle and gets thrown over the ropes! Big lariat on the floor, back inside, Omos catches a kick and slings Morrison into the ropes! Big man gets him up...
Omos wins by pinfall with the chokebomb.
Xavier Woods makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
AJ Styles vs. Xavier Woods
Circling, collar and elbow, Woods with a go-behind, Styles backs him into the corner and hits a back elbow. Xavier with chops, into the corner, side Russian legsweep, AJ to the floor, Woods dives and flapjacks him into the barricade! Back inside, cover for one, back body drop to the apron and Styles hits a forearm from the apron.
Woods goes to the floor, AJ dropkicks him through the ropes, back inside, working him over, shoulder kneebreaker, drawing him up for a shinbreaker and he locks a toehold on to grind him down. Xavier with an arm arm drag, Oklahoma roll, no dice, throwing chops and forearms, overwhelming Styles into the ropes and hammering him with an uppercut before dropping him with a lariat!
Bridging pin can’t put him away, Woods is fired up, suplex blocked, enzuigiri connects, calling for the Styles Clash, Xavier reverses! Scoop lift, a slam into the tree of woe, body blows, hesitation dropkick... NO DICE! Elbow up, Calf Killer applied in the middle of the ring, Woods crawling but he has to give in...
AJ Styles wins by submission with the Calf Killer.
RK-Bro make their entrance to send us to break.
Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter) vs. RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Riddle and Lashley to start, kicks, Bob with a delayed vertical suplex... NOPE! Porter in, Matt gets him isolated and tags Orton in. Working MVP over, they send him to the floor, Riddle wipes him and Lashley both out with the corkscrew moonsault and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley catches Riddle with the reverse STO for a two count! Tag to Porter, working Matt over, he backflips into the corner and tags Orton in! Randy in hot with lariats, corner lariat, uppercut, whip reversed, fired up and the Viper goes to that special place! He sees Bob coming in and punts his arm before hitting the hanging DDT!
Pounding the mat again, MVP drops him with a boot! Drawing Randy up, throwing him into the corner hard, Lashley working him over, shoulder thrust, swinging neckbreaker connects! Bob lying in wait, drawing Orton up, Hurt Lock blocked, RKO blocked, tag to Riddle! Pele kick, corner elbow, looking for the exploder suplex but Lashley blocks so he hits the ripcord knee!
Up top, corkscrew moonsault... MVP BREAKS IT UP! The match breaks down, Montel throws Orton out of the ring, big boot on Matt, Playmaker blocked and Riddle hits another Pele! Both men down and out, Lashley picks Orton up and gets thrown into the post! Omos gets up from commentary and grabs Randy, Riddle dropkicks him!
AJ Styles eats the back suplex into the commentary desk, Matt floats over a suplex, big knee, up top...
RK-Bro win by pinfall with the corkscrew moonsault from Matt Riddle on Montel Vontavious Porter to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Lashley lays Riddle out with a spear but Orton hits the RKO on him!
That’s the show, folks.