WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 9, 2021) from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) set for later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Advertised for tonight: Bobby Lashley will have something to say about Goldberg declaring himself next in line for the WWE championship in a match that went official for SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair will have something to say about Nikki A.S.H. defeating her in a No Holds Barred match on last week’s episode, more build to SummerSlam, 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. 9
You got your feelings, your old fashioned feelings about the world and its ways. No retribution, no simple solution, I think we’re caught in a maze, and I once again have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Randy Orton making his entrance.
He gets on the mic and says this is where he’s supposed to welcome us to the show but he’s very quickly interrupted—
Enter Matt Riddle.
He gets on the mic and tells Randy how much he missed him, and asked him where he went, speculating theories as he goes and relating Orton to his stepdad, who walked out twenty-five years ago for some melk. But now that Randy is back, they can be RK-BRO again! Orton, for his part, stands unmoved while Matt leads the crowd in chanting.
Randy asks him what in the hell makes him think he’d want to team with him again? They had a few matches, got a little buzz, but let’s be real, Orton works better by himself and Riddle did just fine by himself. Matt sadly asks if that means he doesn’t want to be a team anymore, and Randy says they were, past tense, were a good team.
Enter AJ Styles and Omos.
AJ mocks Riddle and says this is really embarrassing. So much so that you can taste it, and some would say it’s, uh... too sweet. Styles runs down Orton’s nicknames and says it doesn’t make any sense that a broken heart would hurt Riddle more than the shattered scooter or physical violence to his person. Randy tells AJ to shut his mouth and says the only thing bigger than his ego is that jackass right there, meaning Omos.
Styles says that’s a lie, and challenges Orton to a match tonight to find out who runs Raw. Randy accepts and gives a spoiler as to how he’s going to beat him, which is to say via the RKO, but AJ runs away from it right now! Randy goes in for one on Omos but the big man shrugs him off! Riddle going to that special place behind Omos, waiting... OMOS POSTS AND BLOCKS THE RKO!
The giant chokeslams Riddle and Orton turns his back on him but relents as Matt rolls out to the floor under him. But rather than help him up, Randy tells him that wasn’t a smart move and walks off, leaving Riddle to get to his feet on his own.
Baron Corbin is interviewed in Gorilla about his decision to come to Raw to challenge Drew McIntyre.
He talks about how he’s fallen on hard times and he needs the money, and Jinder Mahal gave him a call and asked him to come wrestle Drew.
He makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is interviewed in Gorilla.
He says Jinder Mahal and his goons are afraid of him because of his very large sword, and Baron Corbin is pathetic, but he’s conflicted— should he feel sympathy for Corbin? He’s known him for years and he’s a genuinely human terrible being who once stole a homeless man’s dog, so he knows that Orlando wants to see him beat ass.
He talks about his sword being named after his mother and disparages Baron further.
Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre
McIntyre in control early, putting boots to Corbin, action spills to the floor and Baron recovers, throwing Drew into the apron. Back inside, then out again, McIntyre hits a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Corbin hits a superplex, cover... NOPE! Backing McIntyre into the corner with punches, out and back in, Drew cuts him off with the headbutt! McIntyre follows it up with a neckbreaker, lying in wait as Baron begs off. Drew calls for a mic and calls Corbin pathetic but admits he’s starting to feel bad for him.
So if things are that bad, and he knows they are, how much money do you need to get by for a few days, a meal, a bed, a shower? Baron asks for a hundred thousand dollars, McIntyre scoffs, counts his way up to 3...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Post-match, Jinder Mahal and his goons Veer and Shanky come down the ramp but turn and run when McIntyre pulls his sword out.
Randy Orton is walking backstage when Matt Riddle scoots up to ask if they can still be friends and be in each other’s corner.
Orton considers it, Riddle says Omos will be there and he just wants to help, Randy turns to him and says he is serious, and to not call him bro.
Jeff Hardy makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Karrion Kross gets an inset promo where he talks about planning Jeff Hardy’s demise.
Jeff Hardy vs. Karrion Kross
Kross in with a boot, smashing Hardy’s face into the corner, choking him, lariats and elbows, exploder suplex! Taking action to the floor, whip reversed and it’s Karrion that goes hard into the steel steps! Poetry in Motion off the steel steps! Jeff is fired up, back inside, Russian legsweep connects and the Charismatic Enigma goes up top but Kross cuts him off as we go to break.
Back from commercial, trading right hands, Hardy gets a DDT and some breathing room! Manhattan Drop, double leg drop, basement dropkick, big splash... NOPE! Diving splash off the second, another two count, Kross blocks a whip but a jawbreaker connects, schoolboy for two! Twist of Fate blocked, Karrion gets under him for the Saito Suplex...
Karrion Kross wins by submission with the Krossjacket.
Post-match, Kross returns for another Saito Suplex and another application of the Krossjacket!
We get a recap of the last batch of Lily/Alexa Bliss/Eva Marie/Doudrop business.
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the story of RK-BRO.
A sad Matt Riddle is interviewed backstage.
He says today’s been an emotional rollercoaster, and he doesn’t know what to feel or say or do, but he has to respect Randy Orton’s wishes, and he’s gotta do what a stallion does, and that’s ride.
Alexa Bliss vs. Doudrop
Eva Marie sits down on the turnbuckles but referee Shaun Bennett warns her off and she leaves. Bliss with kicks and forearms, Doudrop shoves her off but she creepy crawls her way at her before charging in and grabbing a sleeper hold! Doudrop slings her off, nobody home on the senton, kick to the back, chest kick, cover for one.
Alexa heads to the floor and stalks after Eva Marie, grabbing her by the wrist and engaging in a battle of wills until Doudrop attacks from behind! Throwing her into the barricade, back inside, corner body avalanche, throwing her aside and jawing at her. Doudrop talks trash at the doll, which then winks at her, Bliss takes advantage...
Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall with a folding press.
Post-match, Doudrop and Eva argue while Alexa plays with her doll.
We get a recap of last week’s Damian Priest / Miz / John Morrison / Ricochet / Sheamus stuff.
Miz and Morrison are backstage chatting about how much they hate Damian Priest when Sheamus rolls up. He says he can’t stand Morrison, calling him the waterhead who cost him his match last week and set Priest after his gold. They bicker, Sheamus threatens him with a drought, and the segment ends.
Sheamus makes his entrance and we go to break.
Ricochet vs. Sheamus
Ricochet goes behind, Sheamus slings him aside, collar and elbow, forcing Ricky into the corner, break dirty with a shove, the One and Only hammers his back with right hands but the Celtic Warrior swats him down. Side headlock takeover, shot off, shoulder block lays him out! Drop down, leapfrog, duck a lariat, tijeras followed up by a dropkick and Sheamus rolls to the floor!
Sheamus taking his time, back inside, Celtic Warrior with a knee lift, armbar takedown, Ricochet backing him off with right hands. Sheamus with a scoop and a slam, body blow, facebreaker connects, slip out of a fireman’s carry, duck the Brogue Kick, Celtic Warrior to the floor, Ricky through the ropes with a dropkick!
Slingshot crossbody over the announce table sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Sheamus hits the Irish Curse, Ricochet with a flurry of back elbows before dumping the Celtic Warrior back to the floor. Trading punches over the ropes, Ricky hits an enzuigiri, Frankensteiner out of the corner, lying in wait, springboard lariat! Quebrada, cover... NOPE! Fireman’s carry, Sheamus out with elbows, shove into the corner, dropkick takes his feet out from under him!
Ricochet on the second, cut off when he headbutts Sheamus in the mask, Celtic Warrior lying in wait...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Post-match, Damian Priest comes out and gets in Sheamus’ face.
They jaw at each other and Priest ends up sending the champion packing!
The Miz and John Morrison make their entrance to send us to break.
Damian Priest vs. John Morrison
Circling, a bit of light mat grappling, Priest throws him into the corner and lights him up with body blows! Morrison with the Pele kick, cover for two, grounded elbows, Damian boxes the ears, kick combo, rolling elbow! Quick back and forth, both guys go for kicks at the same time, no dice! Action to the floor, Morrison with a tornillo, back inside, kicks, John springboards into the spinning wheel kick!
Inverted headlock, Miz runs interference with a drip stick but it’s not enough...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Reckoning.
Post-match, Priest takes a drip stick from Miz and squirts Morrison! Calling his shot on Miz, he grabs him by the tie but the A-Lister shoves him and gets up out of the chair! Miz runs away at full speed and Damian calls for a microphone.
He addresses Orlando and says Sheamus keeps coming out here to run his mouth—
Enter Sheamus, running his mouth.
He demands “Damo” say it to his face, so he does, and he calls Sheamus a bully on top of it. He’s dealt with every other bully in his life, but with Sheamus it’s different, because it’s gonna be a title match at SummerSlam. Sheamus admits he’s a bully and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks, but he’ll put Priest in his place at SummerSlam.
Priest lays John Morrison out with a pump kick and says that’ll be Sheamus at SummerSlam!
A recap of the Mustafa Ali / Mansoor saga follows.
Mansoor is backstage apologizing to Ali by way of buying him a fancy ring jacket. Ali tells him not to apologize, but rather to learn from his mistakes, and tonight he’s going to show him how it’s done and all he needs to do is watch and learn.
Mace & T-BAR make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Mace and T-BAR get an inset promo where they say Ali and Mansoor are at the bottom of the food chain and size is what really matters.
Mustafa Ali vs. T-BAR
Collar and elbow, T-BAR throws him in the corner, big elbow, whip across, back body drop, cover for two! Ali with right hands, he gets met by a knee, whip across, single leg dropkick sends the big man to the floor! Mustafa cuts him off with a kick, diving crossbody but T-BAR rolls through and deadlifts him before spinning him out into the barricade!
Back inside, whip to the corner, boot up, Ali springboards into a goozle... CHOKEBREAKER BUT ALI’S FOOT IS ON THE ROPES! Mace runs Mansoor over, T-BAR drags Mustafa to his feet, reversed, wheelbarrow, O’Connor roll for two! Springboard into the tornado DDT, up top but T-BAR kicks his legs out from under him! Argentine backbreaker rack... FEAST YOUR EYES! IT’S OVER!
T-BAR wins by pinfall with Feast Your Eyes.
Post-match, Mace and T-BAR draw Ali up but Mansoor makes the save with a missile dropkick! Striking away on Mace, block the whip, low-bridge! Triangle enzuigiri connects and the heels go running!
Reggie is backstage doing a photo shoot when Akira Tozawa attacks! Before he can count a pin, R-Truth rolls up, Reginald uses some fancy footwork and gets away from them!
Commentary promises us Bobby Lashley after the break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up The Suicide Squad and Jungle Cruise for their success at the box office.
AJ Styles and Omos are interviewed backstage.
Styles doesn’t care that Randy Orton is back or that he broke up his little tag team, but what he does care about is that he’s wrong if he thinks he can just walk back in and be at the top of the mountain. Randy made a colossal mistake in not giving them the respect they deserve, and they’re going to have to break Orton and put him back on the sidelines for good.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance, flanked by Montel Vontavious Porter as usual.
We get a recap of last week’s Goldberg business.
MVP asks the crowd to rise and show Lashley the proper respect. He talks up the SummerSlam match and the controversy and false narratives surrounding it and says they’d like to set the record straight. If Goldberg was looking for a fight, it’s in the ring, but like a coward he speared Porter on the floor for no reason whatsoever.
And then, because he needed to make up for the cheap shot, he lied and said he did it because Montel was threatening his son. He lied, MVP and Bob have sons of their own and they’d never do such a thing, but Montel was acting in a humanitarian capacity, asking Gage to dissuade his father of this fool’s errand that will end his career.
Getting run over by Goldberg is like getting hit by a Mack truck, and MVP has bruised and cracked ribs to prove it. MVP says he’s hurt and can’t cough sneeze or laugh, and that’s appropriate because this is no laughing matter, and if Bill wants to bring his son into this, he’s gonna beg Gage directly to make sure his father doesn’t come to SummerSlam.
Because if he does, Lashley will end his career. And if he doesn’t... well they can sit and reminisce about that time that he couldn’t be bothered to convince his dad to do the right thing. Lashley calls Goldberg out directly, warning him not to let his son watch SummerSlam, because the destruction he’ll visit on him will be so bad they won’t even want to share a last name.
Because at SummerSlam, Bill isn’t next... he’s done.
A recap of the Raw Women’s Championship scene follows.
Rhea Ripley runs into an interview backstage.
She has to give it to Nikki ASH, she’s been handling herself well as champion, but almost just isn’t good enough to stay champion. As a former champion, she understands the balance between light and dark necessary to keep the title, and she hasn’t seen a dark side from Nikki, and nothing can protect her from the nightmare she’s going to unleash tonight.
Rhea makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for pillar of the community Titus O’Neil handing out school supplies.
Nikki ASH is interviewed from Gorilla.
She says being almost a superhero means she has to be prepared for things to not go her way, but if you believe in yourself enough you can achieve your dreams. She talks up her victory over Charlotte Flair last week and says she’s almost positive she’s gonna beat Rhea Ripley.
Nikki ASH vs. Rhea Ripley
Collar and elbow, ASH with a schoolboy pin for two, side headlock, block the suplex, Ripley goes for a second, flying mare counters! Hanging onto the side headlock, third time’s the charm and Rhea lifts her up and drops her! Kick to the injured arm, shoulder thrust in the corner, right hands, throwing Nikki into the corner, drawing her up, more shoulder thrusts!
Windmill strikes, throwing ASH to the floor, smashing her face into the barricade as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ripley with a waistlock takedown into knees to the rib, forearms, ASH sneaks out a big DDT for some breathing room! Satellite headscissors, shoulder thrust, fired up, off the ropes, wheelbarrow victory roll... NOPE! Rhea with a front kick, pumphandle, Riptide countered with a crossbody... STILL NO!
Up top, jockeying for position, Nikki knocks her down and perches, but Charlotte Falir arrives dressed like a blue swirl ninja and knocks her down...
Nikki ASH wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Flair lays both women out and poses with the title!
Commentary hypes up Styles vs. Orton and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get an Elias vignette where he’s dragging his guitar through the woods.
He comes upon a bonfire and gives it a strum before throwing the guitar into the flames. A voiceover proclaims that WWE stood for “walk with Elias”, but Elias is dead.
Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage.
She says she created a strategic opportunity to rub salt in Nikki and Rhea’s wounds, and if they were on her level, they would have anticipated her attack. Nothing is going to stop her from walking out of SummerSlam as Raw Women’s Champion.
Randy Orton is interviewed backstage.
He says it’s simple, he works better alone and he doesn’t need teammates, distractions, or friendships, and all he needs is to beat AJ Styles tonight. He’s going to do that alone.
Orton makes his entrance to send us to break.
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
Styles right in, Orton blocks and throws punches of his own, smashing his face into the turnbuckles, big uppercut! Front suplex into the ropes, Garvin Stomp, kicking AJ out of the ring. Drawing him up, smashing his face into the announce table, Omos stalks after him but Orton is faster and puts Styles into the apron!
AJ with a dropkick as Randy gets distracted by the big man, plancha elbow strike lays the Viper out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, trading strikes, Styles lays him out with a dropkick! Off the ropes, sliding forearm, only two! Orton clutching his throat, AJ applies a reverse chinlock, Randy out, trading right hands, neither man budging an inch! Styles with a front kick, off the ropes he runs into a series of lariats and then the snap scoop powerslam... NO!
Back to back backbreaker comes out... STILL NO! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, AJ out, looking for the Calf Killer but Randy blocks initially! Styles gets full extension but Orton gets the ropes! Shoulder block from the apron, Randy fakes him out and drops him with a lariat! Hanging DDT follows, going to that special place but Omos pulls his man out of the way!
Referee Rod Zapata doesn’t stop the match, Orton and Omos jaw at each other, AJ with an enzuigiri but here comes Matt Riddle to cut Omos off and put him to sleep! Omos rams him into the barricade but he’s staggered, springboard Phenomenal Forearm... COUNTERED INTO AN RKO! IT’S OVER!
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
Post-match, Orton and Riddle talk it over, Randy apoplectic and Matt all sunny and wanting a hug. Orton tries to storm out but Riddle rushes over to him and begs him to listen for the people cheering for their reunion. Randy goes in for the hug! Matt raises his bro’s hand! RKO TO RIDDLE! CAN’T TRUST A SNAKE!
That’s the show, folks.