WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 4, 2022) from Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California, featuring all the fallout from the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just this past weekend in Paradise, Nevada.
Advertised for tonight: It’s time to get the build to SummerSlam going proper! Theory is now the Money in the Bank contract holder, and we’ll surely hear from him regarding what his plans are. The Miz will be responding to Logan Paul promising to come for him. The Judgment Day (Finn Balor & Damian Priest) will take on Rey & Dominik Mysterio in tag team 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 4
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The show opens with a Fourth of July video package and a shuffled commentary team, tonight consisting of Corey Graves, backstage interview man Kevin Patrick, and Byron Saxton, who discuss tonight’s show.
Newly minted United States Champion Bobby Lashley makes his entrance.
He cuts a promo about how nobody in any division or any promotion can take the title away from him.
Enter Austin Theory.
He crows about winning Money in the Bank and proving to the world that he can do this all day. Lashley responds by telling him the only reason he weaseled himself into Money in the Bank is because he shattered his ego into a million pieces by taking the title, but Austin’s response is that he just made it happen, he’s always making it happen, and he’s going straight to the top with the title.
And he was informed today that he’s getting a rematch for his title at SummerSlam. He’s gonna win the United States Championship back and then cash in on Roman Reigns and walk out with all three belts. Bob says he’s forgetting about the “if” of it all and since it’s the fourth of July he wants to give us some fireworks, but Austin beats him to the punch and beats him down with the briefcase!
Lashley takes his beating like a man and comes back with a chokeslam, sending Theory running scared!
We see the Mysterios warming up in Gorilla when an interview rolls up.
Dominik has kind words for his father and Rey says they’re the first father and son tag champions and this is the first time in ten years he’s been in his hometown in WWE and they’re gonna teach the Judgment Day to respect the 619.
The Mysterios make their entrance and Judgment Day jump them from behind to send us to break!
Judgment Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor) vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
Match joined in progress, a little back and forth and Priest cracks Rey across the face with an elbow! Tag to Dominik, coming in with a crossbody and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Mysterio with a float-over bulldog, the path is clear. Hot tag to Rey, basement dropkicks to try and cut Priest down, satellite DDT from the greatest of all time! Springboard seated senton, Balor breaks it up, Dom comes in to cut him off, Priest nails him with a boot but Rey steps up on his son for an avalanche Frankensteiner... NOPE!
Mysterios running hot, stereo 619, Rey up top, a little shimmy, frog splash... BALOR WITH THE KNEES UP FOR A NEARFALL! Priest running interference, Finn has a chair but Rey thinks fast and drops down and pulls an Eddy...
The Mysterios win by disqualification with the ol’ Eddy Guerrero special.
A video package for Logan Paul signing with WWE follows, including his promo about being here to fight Miz at SummerSlam.
The Miz is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s proud of Logan and he loves confidence, he loves headlines and getting people talking. But Paul surrounds himself with yes men and that works in the outside world but not here in WWE. And he knows, he came from The Real World and he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes he made when he got here.
But hey, he’s a nice guy, and if Logan retracts his statement and takes Miz’s offer, they’ll go to the top as tag champs. But if he doesn’t, he’ll be relentless and make him earn everything and he’ll be humbled. And as for AJ Styles, he’s gonna go out there and prove to everyone that he has super-sized American balls.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some more Logan Paul hype.
We see Street Profits at their Fourth of July party. Alpha Academy roll up to mock them for losing their title match and call them pathetic for partying. Chad Gable has an annotated Declaration of Independence to read. Montez says it guarantees the right to shut Chad Gable up and he slaps him with I believe a hot dog?
Otis takes offense and says he can eat twenty hot dogs. Angelo Dawkins tells him not to disrespect a veteran like Montez and also he’s the three-time hot dog eating champion around here. Otis claims he can swallow hot dogs whole “like Coca Cola,” and Ford announces a hot dog eating contest for later.
Backstage, Judgment Day jump Rey Mysterio and road agents Petey Williams and Jamie Noble show up with referees to pull them off.
AJ Styles vs. the Miz
Styles in control early, Miz lands a knee lift, smashing his face into the turnbuckles, AJ with a schoolboy for two. Clothesline over the ropes and to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Styles in control, corner lariat sets up Ushigoroshi... NOPE! Miz puts him face-first into the turnbuckles, basement DDT... STILL NO! Setting up the figure four leglock, AJ kicks him away, upkick on the charge, lining him up, springboard...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Phenomenal Forearm.
Post-match, Tommaso Ciampa attacks AJ Styles from behind and beats him down! Back-first into the post, Ciampa pulls his knee pad down but AJ has the knee scouted and sidesteps into an enzuigiri and then the Pele kick! Calling for the Styles Clash, but Miz comes from behind and takes him out with Skull-Crushing Finale!
Miz shakes Tom’s hand.
Commentary promises us Liv Morgan, after the break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the women’s action at Money in the Bank.
Liv Morgan makes her entrance as WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion.
She gets on the mic and says she’s so proud to be here as our champion and all her dreams came true at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the best women in WWE in the hardest battle of her night? All our support got her through that, we’ve been with her every step of the way.
And most of all we gave her the confidence to cash in on Ronda Rousey the same night and become champion.
She claims the only reason Liv won is because she destroyed Rousey’s knee with the Sharpshooter. Morgan says if she has a problem she knows where to find her.
She tells Liv to take her blue brand nonsense back to Fridays, because if Liv tried to pull that stuff with her she’d smack her down the same way she did Bianca Belair. They go back and forth, Mella asks if Nattie’s thinking what she’s thinking and they jump Liv Morgan!
Beating her down in the corner, putting boots to her— Bianca Belair makes the save!
The babyfaces turn the tide and Adam Pearce does a Teddy Long and books the tag match!
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan vs. Carmella & Natalya
Back from commercial, Carmella and Bianca to start, Belair running hot, taunt in the turnbuckle into a dropkick, tag to Liv. Whip-assisted backsplash, cover for two, tag to Natalya. Victory roll attempt from Morgan, dropkick for another nearfall, Sharpshooter applied, Bianca uses her braid to let Liv pull herself in for tag!
Duck a lariat, front kick, delayed vertical suplex blocked by Carmella, double leg, Sharpshooter blocked, blind tag from Mella! Back to the delayed vertical on Nattie, Carmella blasts her with a kick and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Belair uses her strength to nail Carmella with a backbreaker but Natalya cuts her off from the tag! Sending Nattie to the floor, reaching, tag made! Morgan in hot, clear the apron, front kick, enzuigiri, kip-up, Shining Wizard, inverted Codebreaker... CARMELLA BREAKS IT UP!
Liv blocks the Sharpshooter, cuts her off...
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan win by pinfall with Oblivion from Morgan on Natalya.
We get more footage of the party from earlier.
Ezekiel talks about hanging out with Elias and Elrod and wishes Dawkins luck at the hot dog contest before accidentally spraying catsup all over Seth Rollins. He tries to mop it up with the bun but only makes it worse and Seth stares him down before laughing about it
He gets real serious, tastes the catsup, and walks away.
In the present tense, Seth makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a creepy vignette of ruined places and light bulbs and candles and someone walking.
Ezekiel vs. Seth Rollins
Ezekiel running hot early, taking the turnbuckles hard, Rollins cuts him off with a Hot Shot and a neckbreaker, cover for one. Zeke with a mule kick in the corner, chops and body blows, elbows in the corner, whip across, pop-up drop! To the floor, Ezekiel military presses him into the timekeeper’s barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position over a suplex, Ezekiel wins the exchange and completes the suplex! Big tossing suplex follows, Stinger Splash, off the ropes, splash to the back, electric chair, Seth slips out but Zeke catches him with a spinebuster for two!
Reverse STO into the turnbuckles, Ezekiel clocks him with a jumping knee... NOPE! Fisherman neckbreaker, another tight two count! Spinout electric chair powerbomb... ROLLINS KICKS OUT! Back and forth, trading pinfall attempts, rolling elbow from Seth sets up Death Blow but Zeke counters with a backslide!
Rollins thinks fast...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout.
Post-match Seth wants to hit Blackout again but Matt Riddle comes outta nowhere with the RKO!
We get footage of the end of the hot dog contest, which Akira Tozawa won with 48 dogs, Otis and Dawkins both scoring in the low 20s.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance to send us to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) & Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Dawkins and Theory to start, circling, collar and elbow, Austin with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Austin flexes. Whip across, Angelo with the spinning Stinger Splash and a kick for two. Tag to Otis, quick tags, isolating Dawkins, Gable throwing dragon screws left and right to work the leg over.
Tag to Ford, standing moonsault for two, sidestep Dozer to the floor, Lashley hits a reverse STO on Theory, in sync with Montez, delayed vertical suplexes in stereo! The babyface team poses in the ropes and we go to break.
Back from commercial, heels in control and Dozovic working Ford over. Corner body avalanche, Theory in, Montez tags out to Lashley and Austin runs away and tags out to Gable. Bob wrecks him with suplexes and the lifting reverse STO, clear the apron, Theory flexes and Dawkins pounces him out of his boots on the floor!
Lashley with a running powerslam on Gable but Otis breaks it up! Feeling all those hot dogs he ate earlier, he gets speared out of his boots by Lashley! Ford off the top, frog splash, Dozer rolls out of the ring, American Automatic from Chad! Belly-to-belly suplex on Bob, moonsault off the top... NOT ENOUGH!
Bob in again...
Bobby Lashley & Street Profits win by pinfall with a spear from Lashley on Chad Gable.
Post-match, Dozer spews chunks in Gable’s face.
Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage.
She says Otis can’t steal her spotlight no matter how many hot dogs he eats. Her body is broken and she’s mad as hell and she blames Asuka for coming back and ruining everything. Asuka can try and ruin her life as much as she wants but tonight is no holds barred and tonight she is ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becky.
Uncle Sam makes his entrance.
Well it’s R-Truth in an Uncle Sam costume but six of one.
Anyway, so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of Otis blowing chunks, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
In the ring, Uncle Sam demands and receives USA chants.
He introduces himself as the one and only Uncle Sam and says today is his favorite holiday and he recounts the events of noted documentary Independence Day and celebrates the American heroes of the film. He reads his favorite passage from the constitution, “Welcome to Earth! (punch)”
Ludwig Kaiser appears on the tron to do his usual spiel.
GUNTHER comes out and slaps the hat and the wig off of Truth and I guess we have a match.
GUNTHER vs. R-Truth
A boot, a lariat, and it’s over...
GUNTHER wins by pinfall with the Tenryu powerbomb.
Alexa Bliss is interviewed backstage.
She says she doesn’t have friends but she’s genuinely happy for Liv Morgan. It’s been way too long since she’s held anything but Lilly, so she’s gonna get some gold and get her doll a matching title.
Asuka rolls up and says she’s gonna be the next Raw Women’s Champion.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another creepy vignette,
A video package for Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar tries to sell it as some kind of epic final climax to their feud.
Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (No Holds Barred Match)
Asuka throws a trash can at her, sliding kick, deep two! Smashing Becky with a steel chair, going to the floor for another, cut off with a kick, Lynch wedges a chair in the corner, struggling with it, she blocks a chairshot but eats the uraken! Asuka sets a chair up, drop toehold blocked and Becky goes back to trying to wedge the chair.
Whip blocked, jockeying over a suplex, whip reversed, Becky leapfrogs a chair but gets dropkicked and then bulldogged into it! To the floor, fallaway slam into a pile of chairs and Lynch clears the announce desk! Hip attack through the timekeeper’s barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Lynch throws Asuka inside and sets her on a pile of chairs before hitting her with one! Becky up top, Empress of Tomorrow cuts her off... SUPERPLEX INTO THE CHAIRS! Asuka puts a trash can on her head and lays the strikes in before heading up top, missile dropkick... NOPE!
Asuka goes to the floor for a table, Becky cuts her off and throws her into the steel steps before sliding the table into the ring. Back inside, fighting over the table, Asuka goes under the ring and comes out with a parasol! Becky takes it from her and opens it up to block the green mist!
Headed up top anyway, Becky gets under her, jockeying for position...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with a Manhandle Slam through the table.
Post-match, Becky celebrates.
That’s the show, folks.