WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 29, 2022) from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Clash at the Castle pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales.
Advertised for tonight: the red brand comes to his hometown so Kurt Angle will be making his return, though we don’t know why. Elsewhere, the final of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament will see Dakota Kai & IYO SKY take on Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah, The Usos & Sami Zayn are in town, Bobby Lashley vs. The Miz, 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. 29
The kids have gone wild in the streets, I’m backing the havoc they wreak. It’s time for the fall, so say we all. Starter of anything, ender of everything, coming to kick you to sleep. The damage inflicted is gonna be deep, cheering for your own demise, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
AJ Styles & Dolph Ziggler vs. Judgment Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor)
Balor and Ziggler to start, Finn knocks him down with a shoulder block but wastes time taunting Styles and Dolph gets control. Tag to AJ, Balor runs away and tags Priest in! Styles lighting him up with forearms, up and over into a dropkick, a clothesline sends Damian to the floor!
Plancha forearm from the Phenomenal One and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Balor in control, he goes for a powerbomb and Ziggler reverses with a Fameasser! Tags made, Styles in hot on Priest, he gets distracted by Finn on the ropes and Damian pops him a huge right hand! Goozle, reversed into a victory roll... NOPE!
AJ catches the leg, fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi, only two! Leg pick, roll through, Calf Killer is on in the middle of the ring! Priest gets the ropes for the break, Ziggler comes screaming out of nowhere to blast Finn with an elbow, Damian with a backbreaker to set Reckoning up but AJ reverses, ducks a kick, enzuigiri connects!
Dolph tags in, whip reversed, back body drop, O’Connor roll but Balor runs in with a kick! Ziggler fends him off but Priest is right there, goozle...
Judgment Day win by pinfall with South of Heaven from Damian Priest on Dolph Ziggler.
We see Edge arrive at the arena and start walking in, which leads Judgment Day to turn around and head back to the ring to stand their ground as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day are still in the ring and cutting promos.
Damian Priest calls Edge out and says he’s all alone without the one person in his family that wears the pants, Beth Phoenix, and tonight he’ll face his judgment day.
He gets on the mic from the ramp and says Judgment Day have some valid points and some ridiculous ones. He says he and Rey Mysterio didn’t come back to steal anybody’s glory, he came back to show everyone how to achieve his glory, and he believes they want to end his career.
They’re not in his hometown, they’re in Pittsburgh, and he’s comfortable enough in his masculinity to admit that both he and Beth wear the pants in their family, because A it’s 2022 and he should grow up and B she’s a badass. Rhea Ripley best keep hands to herself or she’ll find out why they call Beth the Glamazon.
(Although frankly, sidebar, I really don’t understand why wearing pants should be such a privilege, they’re only suitable for chores and showing your butt off)
As for Priest, they went to war last week and Edge won, so now he’s standing here all by himself while Judgment Day stand in the ring all angry and emo that they couldn’t score tickets to My Chemical Romance. But guess what, they sat under his learning tree all those months and they didn’t pay attention, because he didn’t come here alone.
THE MYSTERIOS ARE IN THE RING AND BLAST JUDGMENT DAY WITH KENDO STICKS!
Dominik stares Rhea down, unwilling to attack her. She closes and takes the stick from him but before she can do anything, Edge and Rey slide back in the ring. She backs off and Finn and Damian pull her out of the ring.
Commentary recaps Dexter Lumis dragging Miz off into the arena last week.
Miz and Tommaso Ciampa are interviewed backstage.
Miz won’t talk about being dragged off and wants to move on.
We see Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, and Asuka walking backstage and we go to break.
Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez cut a promo backstage about how they’re going to win the tag titles tonight.
Alexa Bliss, Asuka, & Bianca Belair vs. Dani Mo, Katie Arquette, & Kayla Sparks
There’s tags and cycling through to show off the teamwork of the established babyfaces, but this is a squash...
Alexa Bliss, Asuka, & Bianca Belair win by submission with the Asuka Lock from Asuka on Dani Mo.
Post-match, the babyface team all get on the mic and talk about how they’re gonna win at Clash at the Castle.
Tommaso Ciampa is backstage trying to get Adam Pearce to leave Miz alone to prepare for his match against Bobby Lashley.
Pearce says if Miz needs anything to cope with the Lumis situation, counseling, whatever, he just needs to ask. And also because Miz didn’t press charges, Dexter is out of custody. Miz tells him off, Adam does a round of victim blaming, the A-Lister tells him putting him in a match against Lashley isn’t helping and to leave.
Kurt Angle makes his entrance.
He talks up how good Clash at the Castle is going to be—
Enter Alpha Academy to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Chad Gable talks about how much he looked up to Kurt Angle as a kid.
He says everybody knows Alpha Academy is looking for a new member and he figured he’d come here and do an open challenge but there’s no talent in Pittsburgh. So he’s offering Angle a no-questions-asked, one night only membership in Alpha Academy, and they’ve got an official jacket for him!
Kurt says he’ll pass and throws the jacket back at Gable. Chad doesn’t like what he’s hearing and shushes Angle. Kurt shushes him back, they shush back and forth with vigor!
Street Profits run down before any violence can break out, Montez Ford says if you mess with Kurt, you wanna get hurt, and they’re still mad about their bus getting vandalized on SmackDown, so the Alphas are in the right place at the wrong time.
Gable accepts their challenge on one condition— if they win, Kurt Angle has join Alpha Academy. Ford wrangles it around so Angle can accept with an “It’s true, it’s damn true” and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary tells us Edge and Rey Mysterio will team against Judgment Day at Clash at the Castle.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Dozovic and Ford to start, Otis overwhelms him and quick tags ensue, soon enough Montez tags out and Dawkins and Gable are going at it fast and furious, ducking and dodging, arm drags, dropkicks, Angelo clears the ring and dropkicks Dozer out when he runs in! Whipping Dawkins across, big man tope con giro!
Back inside, Alphas recover, working Angelo over in the ropes, he tags out, Montez off the top with a crossbody, off the ropes, big lariat takes Gable down! Back suplex, kip-up, standing moonsault... NOPE! And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gable with an arm drag, blocking Ford from the tag but Montez hits a big DDT on him and the path is clear! Tags made, big men in, off the ropes, leapfrog, dropkick, HUGE backhand from Otis lays Angelo out! Big slam, tag to Gable, low bridge sends Dozer out of the ring, Dawkins with a nearfall!
Drill Bit follows it up... NOPE! Electric chair, Chad slips out, German suplex, Ford off the top with a crossbody, reversed into a small package for two! To the apron, shoulder thrusts, slingshot countered with a northern lights suplex! Gable tags Dozovic in, drawing Montez up, double leg, catapult, springboard sunset flip blocked, tag back to Chad!
Pop-up drop, Gable off the top with a diving headbutt... FORD BREAKS IT UP! Off the ropes, duck a lariat, double lariats and all four men are down and out! Gable has the ankle lock in on Montez, struggling and screaming, Ford posts to a foot and turns around, backflip escape, drop toehold, ankle lock of his own!
Chad bites his wrist to stop from tapping, Ford grapevines the leg and falls back but Dawkins breaks it up with a big splash! Angelo pounces Otis over the announce table, Ford with a small package, no good! Gable with the Chaos Theory, Ford lands on his feet, Angelo pounces Chad into a German suplex!
Tag to Ford, headed up top...
Street Profits win by pinfall with a frog splash from Montez Ford on Chad Gable.
Post-match, Street Profits offer Kurt Angle a sip from the cup and a toast, but it’s too strong for him and he spits it out! Angle waves them off and asks for a second and ducks into a cooler and comes up with three milks! The Profits enjoy a nice cold glass of milk with Kurt!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get footage from earlier today of Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle getting into a fight in the parking lot.
Riddle and Rollins are interviewed via satellite by Corey Graves and they talk over each other at first.
Seth denies targeting Matt and says the problem is he’s at the top of the food chain and Riddle’s on the come-up, but the problem is it’s his time and Matt’s not on his level. Riddle says he’s gonna embarrass him just like Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes did, but Seth says it’s not like that and nobody likes Matt, and he’s just gonna finish what he started at MSG.
Asked about Cardiff, Rollins says he’s gonna steal the show and stomp Riddle’s head in the mat one more time to show him once and for all who the man is around here. Matt says he’s gonna prove that Becky Lynch is the only man in their marriage, and we’re out of time.
Miz and Tommaso Ciampa are walking to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some more footage from the interview we just saw, including a parting shot from Seth about Riddle’s wife leaving him, and Matt fuming about it.
Bobby Lashley vs. the Miz
Lashley in control early, block a kick, Manhattan Drop, delayed vertical suplex and he dumps Miz to the floor! Tommaso Ciampa gives the A-Lister a pep talk, Bob destroys both of them and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley slams Miz and he rolls to the floor for a breather. Bob follows after and picks the A-Lister up, Ciampa hugs the post to stop Lashley from using it as a weapon! Bob puts Miz back inside, the A-Lister nails him wtih a dropkick and takes the offense!
Big boot for a nearfall, toe kicks, chest kicks in the corner, Awesome Clothesline! Reverse STO stabilizes things for Lashley, suplexes follow, Stinger splash, shoulder thrust, scoop, Miz floats over but Bob plants him with a spinebuster! Lying in wait, Tom pulls his pal out of the fire!
Miz does a distraction, Ciampa blasts Lashley, Miz hits the basement DDT... NOT ENOUGH! Up for the Skull-Crushing Finale but Miz gets distracted by something in the crowd... DEXTER LUMIS IS IN THE STANDS! The A-Lister begs Ciampa to get up there and take care of it, Bob is waiting for him...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Hurt Lock.
Edge is backstage with Kurt Angle showing him posterboard memories of their time together in wrestling.
The cards have apologies for Edge’s victories over him— winning the tag titles, the US title, shaving him bald, creating the “you suck” chant, before finally saying he still sucks.
Kurt takes the last one over to the Mysterios enthused about the gift and Christ on Friday he did it again!
Angle leaves and Rey talks to his son about Saturday, asking him to be in the corner for him and Edge at Clash at the Castle, and Dominik agrees.
Sami Zayn and the Usos are walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a Connor’s Cure hype reel.
The Bloodline make their entrance and get on the mic.
They talk up Roman Reigns hitting two years as champion and they’re here to let everybody know there’s gonna be a big, big celebration about it on Friday. Sami Zayn cuts Jey off mid-sentence to say the celebration will be even bigger because the Tribal Chief has personally appointed him master of ceremonies for the night.
Jey shoots him a glare and Sami switches gears to playing hype man for the Usos as the greatest tag team in history. The Usos say the Bloodline is running both shows and Roman WILL beat Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle, simple as it gets.
Enter Kevin Owens.
He says the Bloodline doesn’t run Raw because it’s the Kevin Owens Show, but he wanted to remind them to tell their boss that he still owes him one as far as he’s concerned. Jey asks Sami if Kev is his boy and Zayn prevaricates before saying technically yes he is his boy.
Zayn tries to get everyone to settle down and explains it to Owens that the thing is Roman Reigns doesn’t own him or anyone anything ever, and that’s how it is. KO says he didn’t think Zayn could make himself look stupider than when he grew his hair out, but every week he does by letting the Usos treat him like they do every week.
He accuses Sami of forgetting that he’s one of the greatest in-ring performers of all time and now he’s reduced to being the Bloodline’s personal clown. He still considers him his best friend, more like a brother, and he should look in the mirror and re-assess things.
Sami says Jimmy likes him just fine, and Jey, well... they’re working on it. And Roman likes him, that’s why he was invited into his personal dressing room, and that’s why they stood united as the Bloodline and destroyed Drew McIntyre. Jey says if KO doesn’t turn around and go back up the ramp, they’re gonna drop him like they did Drew.
Kev says they can celebrate Roman Reigns on Friday, but they can also celebrate two years of Jey having his head shoved nice and tight up his cousin’s ass. Sami gets between them and tells Owens he’s trying hard to keep the peace and he doesn’t want a problem, but the way KO is talking, he’s begging for Jey Uso to kick his ass.
Jey pulls Sami out of the way and Kev says he thinks this is the part where they drop the microphones, get a referee, and just fight.
Rod Zapata runs down and we go to break.
Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens
Collar and elbow, into the corner, Owens with chops and forearms, action to the floor and he puts Uso into the steel steps! Back inside, whip into the corner, Jey recovering and Kev in a bad way, KO sidesteps a corner body avalanche and hits the cannonball!
Back to the floor, Jey with a superkick and a Samoan drop into the steel steps and both men are down and out as we go to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles... OWENS HITS THE AVALANCHE FISHERMAN BUSTER! Back up in the turnbuckles, trading punches, KO with an overhead elbow and the senton atomico... SO CLOSE! Kev fired up, front kick, Stunner blocked, superkick denied, Owens with a superkick of his own!
Pop-up powerbomb blocked, Uso hits a superkick this time, up top, diving splash... STILL NO! Dragging Owens into position, another splash, knees up, only two! Basement superkick for Jey, one for Jimmy on the apron, KO off the top, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH!
Back on the floor, Kev gets into it with Sami and practically begs him to take a shot, giving Jey a window to hit a suicide dive! Checking on Jimmy, Jey demands Zayn get a chair! Choking Owens, Jimmy running interference, Sami chickens out and won’t take the cheap shot!
The Usos yell at Sami, Kev takes the opening...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with the Stunner.
Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO SKY are backstage.
Bayley cuts a promo and says Bianca Belair has been holding the division back and their victory at Clash at the Castle will turn things around and Dakota adds they’ll take over the entire company after winning the tag titles tonight.
We see Tommaso Ciampa helping Miz leave the arena.
An interview rolls up but the A-Lister still isn’t answering questions, and he drives off, completely unaware that we can see Dexter Lumis in the rear compartment of his vehicle.
And on that ominous note, we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Johnny Gargano’s return promo from last week.
We get footage of Johnny being interviewed earlier today.
He says wrestling is his life and his nine month vacation was the longest he’s been out of a ring since he started wrestling, and honestly he was excited to see Austin Theory and he’s happy for his success. He says Theory has every genetic gift he wasn’t blessed with, and he didn’t call him when the baby was born.
Austin rolls up and has a question or a few for him— why didn’t Johnny call him when he became United States Champion or Mr. Money in the Bank. Gargano says he was busy but Theory says it all sounds like excuses, but maybe he didn’t call because he was just a little bit jealous.
Commentary hypes up our card for Clash at the Castle.
We get a video package for our main event.
Bayley, Dakota Kai, & IYO SKY make their entrance to send us to break.
Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Dakota Kai & IYO SKY (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Finals)
SKY and Aliyah to start, early pinfalls go nowhere, tags made, heels get Rodriguez off-balance and take her to the floor for more double-teams and beatdown and we go to break!
Back from commercial, the heels are still working Rodriguez over, fast-paced double-teams, cover for two! Tag to Kai, headscissors driver... NOPE! Raquel throws IYO into Dakota and gets some breathing room! Headbutt to SKY, right hands and boots, Stinger splashes, up for the Vader Bomb... NOT ENOUGH!
IYO nailing her with a flurry of forearms but she runs right into a huge lariat! Rodriguez going for the powerbomb, Bayley makes the save, slingshot stomp from SKY! Kai comes in with the corner boot, IYO goes up top, moonsault... RAQUEL FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT!
Bayley argues with referee Shaun Bennett over it but has to pop down and run away when Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Bianca Belair run down! Aliyah tags in blind, Dakota hits the rolling lungblower on Raquel, crucifix driver from SKY, Aliyah from behind...
Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez win by pinfall with a folding press on Dakota Kai, becoming your new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Post-match, Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Alexa Bliss celebrate with the new champions.
That’s the show, folks.