WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 11, 2022) from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Nashville, Tennessee.
Advertised for tonight: Brock Lesnar makes his return to the red brand for the first time since WrestleMania 38 to talk about his upcoming Last Man Standing match against Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal championship. Elsewhere, Bobby Lashley issues an open challenge for a United States title match after soliciting input from his fans on who they want to answer said challenge, Riddle takes on Theory in singles action, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JULY 11
Loaded like a freight train, flyin’ like an aeroplane, feelin’ like a space brain one more time tonight. Well, I’m gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Roman Reigns’ promo from SmackDown.
Brock Lesnar makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and goes for the cheap pop for Texas and takes his hat off in respect. He says Roman has been riding high and a saying comes to mind— pigs get fat and hogs get slaughered. He tells Reigns that he’s a hog and he slaughters hogs on his farm every day, and he’s gonna get a country ass-whipping like he’s never seen.
Enter Paul Heyman.
He and Brock bicker back and forth like the old married couple they are, and Heyman talks up Lesnar like he’s still managing him, saying he’s going to do everything he can to put Roman Reigns down and he wants revenge against the tribal chief, before turning it around and saying Roman’s coming up on 700 days as champion and that’s one streak he will not break.
He’s going to do everything it takes to train Roman to beat Lesnar at SummerSlam, up to and including telling him to put his hand up his ass and pull his heart out.
Enter Austin Theory.
He once again talks up how he’s gonna become a triple champion at SummerSlam, Lesnar challenges him to come down and fight right now, but Theory chooses to roll Elimination Chamber of Brock Lesnar callously F-5ing him off the top of the pod and remind him that he hasn’t forgotten.
Alpha Academy come to ringside.
Brock says he comes to town and all the cockroaches show up, the Alphas try to rush him but he shrugs them off and hammers them with the steps and a steel chair! He gets Otis up... F-5 THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
The Mysterios make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day insist on a promo before the match.
Damian Priest says Rey Mysterio career is washed, over, and he has nothing left to offer Dominik, just a tired mask and old circus tricks that aren’t even his. He tells Dom to rise with Judgment Day or continue to fall alongside his father. Finn joins in and tells him his daddy can’t protect him.
They have a standoff and then we go to break before the match can begin.
Finn Balor vs. Rey Mysterio
Back from commercial, match in progress, Balor choking Mysterio in the ropes and Priest gets a cheap shot! Whip, uppercut, slide under, duck a lariat, tijeras sends Finn flying to the floor! Back and forth, looking for Three Amigos, into the corner and Balor starts working Rey’s knee over, hanging him in the ropes and such!
Sliding sunset flip to the floor gets Rey back in the game and we go to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Mysterio hits an avalanche Frankensteiner... NOT ENOUGH! Pressing the attack, frog splash... NOBODY HOME! Fighting over the ropes, Finn hosses him in, inverted headlock elbow drop... STILL NO!
1916 escaped, inverted headlock elbow drop connects instead, Balor off the top...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
Post-match, Dominik comes to help his father and Judgment Day stare him down over it.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance in a killer purple mirrored jacket (I want it so bad!) and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Becky Lynch stands on the announce table and gets on the mic.
She says when she didn’t win at Money in the Bank she lost her mind a little but then she realized Money in the Bank is like winning the lottery and she works for her paycheck and she doesn’t need to win the lottery. She’s upset that winning the No Holds Barred against Asuka didn’t get her another title match.
She doesn’t want to have to jump through hoops to get back what is rightfully hers.
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Carmella (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Belair ramming Carmella into the turnbuckles, whip across, boot up on the charge, big lariat, action to the floor and Bianca ends up jawing at Becky Lynch as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Belair reverses a tijeras attempt into a backbreaker, Carmella comes back with a figure four headlock in the ropes! Off the top, diving crossbody, Bianca catches her and reverses into a delayed vertical suplex! Belair smashing her into the corner, putting boots to her, whip reversed, up and over, back handspring, double chickenwing, Glam Slam reversed into a victory roll!
Bianca pops up into the corner, taunting her, chickenwings into the Glam Slam! Standing moonsault, knees up, superkick... BELAIR KICKS OUT! Powerbomb lift... GALLON THROW INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Backbreaker rack, Carmella hanging on the ropes for dear life, reverses into an X-Factor... BIANCA BELAIR WILL NOT STAY DOWN!
Punches in the corner, back elbows, full nelson turns her around and Belair lays shoulder thrusts in! Tenryu Powerbomb connects but Carmella won’t stay down! Up top, Mella runs away and rolls to the floor! Bianca right after her, suplex lift blocked, Carmella rakes her eyes, Belair throws her into the post and rolls her back inside.
Becky runs interference and jaws at Bianca, keeping her busy on the floor while referee Eddie Orengo counts...
Carmella wins by countout.
Post-match, Carmella celebrates with the title like she won it, until Bianca slides in and hits KOD on her!
We get a recap of Tommaso Ciampa joining forces with the Miz last week.
The Miz makes his entrance and Tom follows shortly thereafter, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another vignette for creepy boy.
The Miz welcomes us to MizTV and talks up Tommaso Ciampa and his vicious attack of various superstars.
Ciampa says he wanted to command people’s attention and nobody commands attention like the Miz. Miz talks up his leading Logan Paul to victory at WrestleMania and Tom says that’s what he wants, which leads Miz to kvetch about him some more and us to get a replay of Logan’s promo on the A-Lister.
Miz says he knows what he’s doing, he’s just stirring up a little controversy, and nobody does that better than they do! So he’s looking for a new tag partner and he’s got that guy in Ciampa and all the eyes of the world will be on them when they fight AJ Styles tonight.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and cuts a promo about how they attack every time his back is turned and Miz getting someone to do his dirty work isn’t brave or powerful, and in fact it just sounds like a man—
Miz tells him to shut up, Tom gives him earmuffs, but AJ insists on finishing, calling the A-Lister a coward... with tiny, tiny balls.
He’s sorry to interrupt but he realized he’s never had a chance to introduce himself to AJ Styles, and he does so. He talks about how great Elias thought AJ was and how tiny Miz’s balls are, and he thought this would be a lot more Zeked up if it was a tag team match, if AJ will have him.
And so we go to break.
AJ Styles & Ezekiel vs. the Miz & Tommaso Ciampa
Back from commercial, the match is joined in progress. Ezekiel and Ciampa going at it, Zeke with a reverse chinlock, Tom fights to his feet, tags made, Styles smashing Miz’s face into the turnbuckles, shoulder blocks, quick tag to Zeke. the A-Lister gets away and tags Ciampa back in.
Big fallaway slam from Ezekiel, charging in, back elbow counter, heels take Zeke to the floor and work him over and we go to break.
Back from commercial, heels double-teaming Ezekiel, working him over, he fights out of a deep rear chinlock, kicks out of a schoolboy, big knee strike and both men are down and out! Tags made, Styles in hot with lariats, Styles Rush, off the ropes, sliding forearm and he’s fired up!
Back roll into a pin, no dice, Miz cuts him off with the basement DDT... NOPE! The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, AJ with a leg trap roll into the Calf Killer! Miz screaming agony, Ciampa makes the save and beats him down over referee Aja Perera’s admonishments...
AJ Styles & Ezekiel win by disqualification due to castigo de excesivo.
Post-match, Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm on Ciampa while Miz runs away!
We see Bobby Lashley working out when Matt Riddle scoots up with a happy greeting.
He talks about how he’s looking forward to beating Seth Rollins tonight, and Bob says he can’t wait to get hands on Austin Theory, whose mouth is writing checks his ass can’t catch.
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance and we go to break.
Alexa Bliss & Asuka vs. Doudrop & Nikki ASH
Asuka and ASH to start, collar and elbow, Nikki shoving her down, off the ropes, shoulder block, jawing at each other, tag to Bliss and she comes in hard with pinfall attempts. Blind tag from Doudrop, Insault to Injury starts on ASH but Doudrop blasts Alexa!
Working Alexa over, tags back and forth, double lariats and both women are down and out! Tags made, Asuka comes in hot with kicks and uraken and a Codebreaker! Nikki off the top, Asuka hits the Alarm Clock knee, chest kicks, hip attack takes Doudrop off the apron, sliding kick... NOPE!
Alexa back in, schoolboy for two, Bliss hooks her...
Alexa Bliss & Asuka win by pinfall with a DDT from Bliss on Nikki ASH.
The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos cut a promo about how the Bloodline run Raw and SmackDown and they can show up whenever and wherever they want to.
The Street Profits make their entrance and get on the mic.
They get in the Usos’ faces and say they’re gonna take the titles at SummerSlam because catchphrase.
He says it doesn’t have to be like this, here in San Antonio, the City of Brotherly Love. He reminds us of his certifications, from divorce lawyer to marriage counselor to F-14 pilot, and says his best certification is as tag team counselor.
Jey tells him to get out his ring, Truth reveals that he also has a referee certification and takes his shirt off to reveal a referee shirt. He makes his pitch to be referee at SummerSlam and shows his pinfall count and his count-out count, and Jimmy tells him to take the shirt off and get his clown ass to the back, where he belongs.
Truth’s fighting mad but has trouble taking the referee shirt off, so the Street Profits help him. He challenges the Usos to a two-on-three handicap—
Enter Omos and Montel Vontavious Porter.
MVP pitches them on Omos as guest referee, to which Truth says the Nigerian Giant can’t count to ten. Montel says Omos wants into this match and he offers his services to the Bloodline to even up the odds. Everybody agrees, the babyfaces rush the heels but the heels overwhelm them and lay Truth out!
And so we go to break.
Omos & the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) vs. R-Truth & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Truth getting worked over by the heels, throwing elbows to try and get away! Fountain of dives, the Profits wipe the Usos out but Truth gets caught by Omos and lawn-darted into the apron and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Omos is dominant as the heels continue to work R-Truth over. He gets to his feet, hot tag to Ford, gamengiri to Jimmy, diving crossbody, whip reversed, Montez drops him with a lariat! Back suplex, float over, kick combination, nearfall! Dawkins ends up in Omos’ grip, Ford works to save him and put the Nigerian Giant into the post!
Electric chair, diving forearm... JEY MAKES THE SAVE! Truth with Cena’s moves of doom, Omos cuts him off before the Five Knuckle Shuffle and throws him into the steel steps! Enzuigiri from Jimmy, Angelo with the spinning Stinger splash and a dropkick, Omos catches him...
Omos & the Usos win by pinfall, Omos on Angelo Dawkins.
We get a recap of our opening segment because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage.
He’s excited to be in the main event tonight and says there’s been a lot of conversation about Ezekiel’s identity but he doesn’t give a damn if he’s Elrod or El Gigante, if you get in his way he’ll put you down. He asks if Riddle is a savant or just an idiot Randy Orton felt sorry for, but either way he knows he can’t ride Randy’s coattails or hide behind him anymore.
And he isn’t someone who can use the good name of Seth Rollins to chase some clout, and if you play with fire, sooner or later you’ll get burned.
Austin Theory rolls up.
He’s sorry to interrupt but asks Seth for advice, seeing as he had the greatest cash-in of all time. Rollins is overjoyed to help him and takes Theory off under his learning tree to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Logan Paul promo where he says he’s gonna be on Raw next week.
We get some main event entrances and go back to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of Seth Rollins’ match against Ezekiel last week and the ensuing RKO from Matt Riddle.
Austin Theory & Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley & Matt Riddle
Riddle and Theory to start, Austin kicking him back into the corner, big left hands, Matt comes back with kicks in the corner, Rollins in and the babyfaces work him over, assisted corkscrew moonsault, no dice! Action to the floor, Lashley has Seth in the fireman’s carry and rams him into the ringpost!
Dolph Ziggler is here for some reason, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins with a front chancery on Riddle, grounding him, Theory tags in, Matt gets a sleeper hold on a counter! Austin gets to his feet, counter with a senton, tags made! Lashley throwing lariats, big body slam on Rollins, neckbreaker follows and the All Mighty is fired up! Gutwrench, Seth slips out, enzuigiri connects!
Whip reversed, up and over caught, running powerslam... THEORY BREAKS IT UP! Bob picks the leg, Theory with a right hand, off the ropes into a huge chokeslam! Seth hits Death Blow, heads up top, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! Duck a lariat, Riddle legal, snap scoop powerslam, hanging DDT!
Going to that special place, Lashley puts Rollins through the timekeeper’s barricade with a spear, Riddle and Theory counter each other’s finish, Austin’s feet on the ropes in a pin and Dolph Ziggler gets up and slaps his legs off the ropes! Matt is ready...
Bobby Lashley & Matt Riddle win by pinfall with an RKO from Riddle on Austin Theory.
Lashley knocks Riddle down by accident while they celebrate and they keep celebrating! Ziggler slides in the ring and lays Theory out with a superkick!
That’s the show, folks.