WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 15, 2022) from the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Clash at the Castle pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Cardiff, Wales.
Advertised for tonight: The Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament continues its first round with Alexa Bliss & Asuka taking on Nikki A.S.H. & Doudrop for the right to face IYO SKY & Dakota Kai, AJ Styles gets a United States title shot against Bobby Lashley, Riddle is back to talk about Seth Rollins’ attack at SummerSlam, 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. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR AUG. 15
Princess cards she sends me with her regards, barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you gotta look hard. Wounded deep in battle, I stand stuffed like some soldier undaunted— to her Cheshire smile, I’ll stand on file, she’s all I ever wanted, but right now? I’ve gotta liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
Judgment Day make their entrance and get in the ring and on the mic.
Rhea Ripley says they run Monday Night Raw and that’s been a harsh reality to the Mysterios, and she proved to Dominik that she really is his papi as she destroyed his soul. Finn Balor talks about how everybody loves the Mysterios and says he doesn’t get it but he’s afraid he’s got sad news for all of us.
Rey and Dominik won’t be here, and it’s because poor little Dom had his soul crushed last week and he destroyed the elder Mysterio in the middle of the ring to further solidify his legendary status in the business. Damian Priest talks about what he’s going to do to Edge next week, and asks the crowd if they want to see Edge right now.
Too bad, ‘cause he ain’t here, he’s in Toronto promoting their match next week. Priest says he doesn’t need anyone at ringside to deal with Edge, and he’ll put the final nail in Edge’s coffin all by himself without Judgment Day at ringside. Toronto will no longer be Edge’s hometown, it’ll be the place Damian Priest sent him back into retirement.
He keeps talking a moment longer and Rey Mysterio attacks from behind and clears the ring! Rhea gets back in the ring and stares him down, practically begging him to hit her! Rey sees Finn and a chair coming and cuts him off and beats him down with his own chair, shots to Damian as well, and Ripley slides in to stop and taunt him again!
Fighting over the chair, Judgment Day cuts Rey off and beats him down, leaving him lying and receiving medical attention as we go to break.
Alexa Bliss & Asuka vs. Doudrop & Nikki ASH (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match)
Bianca Belair is at ringside for this one.
Asuka and Alexa running hot on ASH early, quick tags and double teams, knocking the heels off the apron and standing tall as we go to break.
Back from commercial, ASH with a Japanese stranglehold in on Bliss, keeping her controlled, Asuka gets the tag and comes in hot! Lariat, hip attack, German suplex blocked, uraken, strike rush, another uraken, then the German suplex connects... NOPE! Heels trying to run double-teams, Asuka fights the tide, nearfall off a crossbody and the match breaks down!
All four women down and out, uraken wipes Doudrop out, clear the apron, Michinoku Driver... ASUKA KICKS OUT! Tag to Alexa, DDT connects, quick tag back, Codebreaker, grounded octopus, Bliss takes Nikki out...
Alexa Bliss & Asuka win by submission with a grounded octopus hold from Asuka on Doudrop.
Post-match, Bayley and co. come to the stage and our two trios face off ahead of Clash at the Castle, referees and road agents separating them.
Austin Theory is interviewed backstage.
He admits he might have made a miscalculation at SummerSlam, but he’s still Mr. Money in the Bank and he’s wiser and more dangerous now, and next time—
Dolph Ziggler rolls up.
He says he’s gotten crushed every time and that contract wasn’t handed to him, and that’s why it mattered when he cashed in and became World Heavyweight Champion. Theory says he loves that for him but he’s pretty sure he’s not gonna be around when he cashes in, and because of that, he thinks that Ziggler is nothing more than an over-the-hill, no-title has-been.
Dolph headbutts him and they brawl and we go to break!
Back from commercial, we see that Theory and Ziggler kept brawling through the break.
The Miz and Tommaso Ciampa are interviewed backstage.
Ciampa says he came close to winning the title but there are no participation awards in WWE and the next time he gets a title opportunity he will become a champion. The A-Lister blames AJ Styles for interfering with the match and complains about him being given a United States Championship match tonight.
Miz wants to award Ciampa with a token of his appreciation, a necklace of a photo of he and Miz in the ring together that he has a matching copy of. Tom says it’s awesome, Miz says they’re awesome, and they leave to make entrances.
Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali get an inset promo where they say they’re gonna show the world what they can do, tonight.
Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali vs. the Miz & Tommaso Ciampa
Collar and elbow, Alexander and Ciampa to start, Tom gets him in the ropes, clean break and Cedric scuttles away. Side headlock, shot off, reversed to a side headlock! Hammerlock from Alexander, Ciampa gets up, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, back body drop, dropkick connects!
Tag to Ali, Cedric trips Tom up, slingshot senton atomico from Mustafa! Quick tag, another senton, cover for two! Duck a handspring, Ciampa with a dropkick and we go to break!
Back from commercial, heels working Alexander over, Cedric gets a suplex off, the path is clear, tags made! Ali with chops, whip reversed, dropkick clears the apron, gamengiri sets up a rolling thunder bulldog... NOPE! Skull-Crushing Finale blocked, big inverted DDT counters... CIAMPA PUTS MIZ’S FOOT ON THE ROPES!
Mustafa clears Tom out with a dive, Miz with a victory roll, reversed, only two! A-Lister with a roll-up, only two, blind tag from Ciampa, Ali goes up top, 450... CIAMPA SLIDES IN WITH A KNEE! Underhooks...
The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa win by pinfall with Fairy Tale Ending from Ciampa on Mustafa Ali.
We get an Ezekiel update featuring his dad, Ernie, Jr., promising Kevin Owens a piece of his mind.
Drew McIntyre is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Wale is shown in the front row.
We get a recap of the WrestleMania launch party.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says he knows it’s a shock to see him on Monday Night Raw but it’d be more of a shock if the other guy were here tonight. But in three weeks we have a chance to rectify that at Clash at the Castle, and that match is taking place on his island, so he’s gonna drop Reigns’ ass and win the titles and show up on every show, because that’s what the fans and the titles deserve.
He knows there’s a report going around that he has a bit of a back injury and he has to be honest, it’s true— mostly because he’s been carrying the load of twenty men for the last three years and he does it with a smile on his face, and it’s a privilege. This isn’t his job, it’s a dream, and he’s here to scout some future opponents.
Like say Drew McIntyre vs. Tommaso Ciampa? Or vs. AJ Styles? Or Seth Rollins? Or Karrion Kross? Or—
Enter Kevin Owens.
Drew says he likes the idea of wrestling Kevin Owens, too, and KO says that’s real cute but he’s never understood why McIntyre feels the need to come out here and pretend he’s something he’s not. He comes out here and talks with this comical big tough guy voice and comes out with a kilt and a sword like he thinks he’s at Medieval Times, and he’s real dumbass.
Whereas Kev knows exactly who he is, he’s Kevin Owens and he’s as real as it gets in this business. People might have forgotten what he’s about and for the last few years he’s been coming to work and having fun but something dawned on him earlier today— he got goosebumps because he realized this is the same arena where he and Sami Zayn had the fight of their life at Battleground.
He thinks it’s time to bring the old Kevin Owens back, the Prize Fighter, and enough is enough and it’s time for a change, so he’s coming after every championship in WWE and he doesn’t give a damn if it’s Drew or Roman Reigns, he’s coming after the biggest prize of them all.
McIntyre says he’s tired of seeing people make things up. People talk about him being the chosen one, that was fifteen years ago and then he got fired and worked his ass off to get back here and work from the ground up and now he thinks it’s time to stop talking and they’re wrestlers in a wrestling ring, let’s wrestle!
And on that note, we go to break.
Drew McIntyre vs. Kevin Owens
McIntyre backs Owens into the corner, clean break, collar and elbow, this time Kev gets him in the corner and scrapes his forearm into Drew’s face! Side headlock, shot off, drop down, shoulder block sends KO sprawling! Owens back in with a vengeance, springboard moonsault, cover for two!
Tossing slam from Drew, off the ropes, Kev cuts him off with a shot to the breadbasket, sending McIntyre to the floor, off the ropes, cut off with a forearm! Looking for a suplex over the ropes, Owens blocks and snaps his neck across the ropes! Smashing Drew into the post, sending him crashing to the floor, KO goes to the apron... FROG SPLASH TO THE FLOOR SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Owens has a reverse chinlock on, grinding McIntyre down, Drew breaks away and kips up! Underhooks, Future Shock blocked, front kick, KO with a DDT of his own for two! Boot up in the corner, float over the slam, back elbow sends Owens into the corner.
Boot up, Kev goes up top, senton atomico... KNEES UP! Drew with the Michinoku Driver... SO CLOSE! Up top and jockeying for position, McIntyre sits up but Owens knocks him down... CANNONBALL! Back up top, frog splash... NOPE! Off the top a second time, senton atomico... DREW MCINTYRE WILL NOT STAY DOWN!
KO up top, Drew cuts him off... AVALANCHE AIR RAID CRASH BUT OWENS KICKS OUT! Charging in, superkick, headbutt, superkick, lariat, both men down and out! Back on their feet, back and forth, Future Shock connects! McIntyre lying in wait... THE USOS ARE HERE TO BEAT DREW DOWN!
Drew McIntyre wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, the Usos keep beating McIntyre up but he rolls away from a splash and fights them off! Owens slides back in to hit the Stunner! The Usos come back in but Drew recovers in time to get the better of them and lay Jey out with a Claymore!
We see Matt Riddle getting mic’d up for a sit-down interview.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins gets on the mic.
He says he wanted to be here when Matt Riddle finally did the smart thing and told the world he’s retiring. He’ll be able to do anything he likes, go back and finish seventh grade or maybe start a farm.
Matt Riddle appears on the tron and after some bickering he says he’s been medically cleared and the next time he sees Seth it’s ON! Rollins says any time they’re in the same vicinity at the same time it always ends with him stomping his head into the mat, and that’s because he’s always one step ahead, two steps, even three, and he wishes Riddle was here right now ‘cause he’d love nothing more than to stomp those last few brain cells out of his stupid stompable head.
Matt’s glad he feels that way and reveals that he’s actually in DC and ready to kick Seth’s ass! Riddle charges the ring, scouts the Blackout and dodges it, pulling Rollins out of the ring to beat him down! Into the ring, chest kicks ensue, exploder suplex and Seth rolls out of the ring and runs away! Tripping Matt up on the apron, he takes him to the announce desk!
Jawing at him, climbing up on the table... RIDDLE DUCKS AND PLANTS A KNEE ON SETH SENDING HIM CRASHING OVER THE BARRICADE! Rollins runs away, Riddle gives chase, and they disappear into the crowd.
We get a video package for AJ Styles vs. Bobby Lashley and go to break.
Back from commercial, Matt Riddle is interviewed backstage.
He challenges Rollins to a match at Clash at the Castle.
Beaux Keller vs. Veer Mahaan
Keller (there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while!) light on his feet, bailing to the floor and back in, but sooner rather than later Mahaan gets the better of him...
Veer Mahaan wins by submission with the cervical clutch.
We see Bobby Lashley shadowboxing backstage and go to break.
Back from commercial, Dakota Kai is interviewed with her pals in tow.
After some bickering about even being asked the question, she says she’s gonna win her match tonight. Kai gets distracted and walks off mid-sentence, cornering Dana Brooke. Dana says she’s ready 24/7 and she’s not afraid of them. Dakota tells her fear is a motivator and maybe she SHOULD be a little scared.
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Lashley (c) (WWE United States Championship)
Circling, Styles with leg kicks, right hands, backing Lashley into the corner, leg pick, Bob shoves him down and wipes him out with a shoulder block! Trading punches, off the ropes, leapfrog, dropkick from AJ wipes him out! To the floor, Bob with a fireman’s carry but AJ slips out!
Lashley blocks the post, but Styles rocks him with a sliding knee on the apron and follows it up with a plancha forearm to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Lashley whips Styles back-first into the post and he crashes to the floor! Bob follows after him, ramming him into the barricade! Back inside, trading punches, leg kick from AJ, front kick, right hands, off the ropes, Lashley catches him and hits a spinebuster!
Whip hard into the turnbuckles, Miz and Tommaso Ciampa come down another whip into the turnbuckles, suplex into the ropes and Bob blasts Styles to the floor! There’s a scuffle as somebody jumps the barricade and it looks like it’s Dexter Lumis again, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley catches a kick, back elbow sets up the reverse STO! Cover for two, to the floor for another plancha forearm, back inside and Styles hits a sliding forearm! Fired up, Bob catches him with the running powerslam... NOPE! Up in the turnbuckles, AJ slides under him, Argentine powerbomb... SO CLOSE!
Up in the Canadian backbreaker, Yokosuka Cutter... STYLES KICKS OUT! To the floor, Lashley puts AJ’s head into the post, back inside and Styles gets the Calf Killer! Bob reverses into the Hurt Lock on the mat, he has to be careful to keep his shoulders up, AJ reverses to a pin and Lashley has to give the hold up!
Leg kick, back body drop to the apron, a forearm staggers the champion, springboard, Bob ducks under, off the ropes...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear to retain the WWE United States Championship.
We see Austin Theory working out backstage and we go to break.
Dakota Kai vs. Dana Brooke
Collar and elbow, Brooke with a waistlock, Kai counters with a Pele kick! Cover for two, Kawada kicks, whip to the corner, boot up! Back elbow, duck under, right hands from Brooke into a couple of short-arm lariats! Whip to the corner, handspring back elbow sends Dakota slumping but she’s able to put Brooke into the turnbuckles!
Running around the corner...
Dakota Kai wins by pinfall with the corner boot.
Austin Theory makes his entrance and we go to break.
Austin Theory vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler in and looking for the sleeper, bodyscissors, Theory gets away, fighting from mount with punches, a wicked elbow rocks Dolph! Austin grinding him down, posting him, choking him in the ropes! Ziggler with the DDT, posting Theory now, right hands in the corner, avalanche X-Factor... THEORY KICKS OUT AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Theory with a rear chinlock in, rolling thunder dropkick, posting Ziggler hard! Float over the suplex, big uppercut, Dolph on the comeback trail but Austin blocks the superkick! Elbow up, Theory to the apron, rolling thunder... FAMEASSER TO COUNTER BUT IT’S ONLY TWO!
Slugging it out on their knees and to their feet, forearm for forearm, Austin stomps low, Dolph returns the favor and clocks him with a headbutt! Zig Zag blocked, Theory with a lariat! Fireman’s carry, fighting for position, Ziggler floats over, Zig Zag... AUSTIN KICKS OUT!
Tuning up the band, Austin blocks, schoolboy with his feet on the ropes but referee Rod Zapata catches him! Dolph with a schoolboy of his own, Fameasser reversed...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with the TKO.
That’s the show, folks.