WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 14, 2023) from the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Payback Premium Live Event scheduled for early next month in Pittsburgh.
Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura will speak on his “savage attack” on Seth Rollins in the main event of last week’s show. Elsewhere, Becky Lynch will finally get her match against Trish Stratus, with Zoey Stark banned from ringside. Plus, what’s next for Cody Rhodes, The Judgment Day still has issues, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm 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. 14
Push or pull, just get me out of here. Consider this a warning and I hope I’m clear. I don’t know how I’ll make it while I own the ace. I’d like to give it back before I pin it to your face, but instead I’ll just liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary hyping the show up.
Judgment Day make their entrance sans Finn Balor, who is presumably occupied getting ready for his main event match against Cody Rhodes.
Rhea Ripley welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, the place that they run. She admits that some things went wrong, and Damien Priest clarifies, saying Finn should have won at SummerSlam and they should have won last week, and communication is clearly a challenge but as long as he has Money in the Bank they’ll have it under control.
He says Balor will take care of Cody because he’s one of the greatest, and he should be saying that himself, but he’s not here. He reassures us that they’re not breaking up, Rhea admonishes him that this isn’t the time or place, and Damian says something’s wrong in the Judgment Day and they’re supposed to be a crew.
He begs Dominik Mysterio to back him up to no avail and asks where Finn is—
Enter JD McDonagh.
Priest tells him to be careful with what comes out of his mouth, and JD says he means no disrespect to the most dominant faction in all of WWE. He came out here tonight because he has a message from Finn, which is that they shouldn’t worry about his friendship with Balor, but they should worry about Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn, the latter of whom has been inexplicably cleared.
Ripley tells him they don’t take orders from anyone, and Dom tries to say they have this locked down but he gets overwhelmed with boos. JD says his message is delivered and goes to leave, Rhea tells him to tell Finn they need to talk—
Enter Sami Zayn!
No words, just brawling with McDonagh! JD lays him out by attacking the injured arm and we go to break!
JD McDonagh vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn takes McDonagh into the corner, diving elbow, right hands, whip across, big back body drop! JD goes after the injured arm and turns the tide, working him over at length! Desperation chops and punches from Sami, whip reversed, back body drop sends McDonagh to the floor!
JD with an arm wringer, armbreaker over the barricade, Zayn in agony as he drops knee across the bad arm and we go to break!
Back from commercial, McDonagh in control at length, arm-trap crossface, eventually Zayn counters with the corner exploder! Finn Balor comes down for the distraction, JD rolls Sami up with an O’Connor roll... NOT ENOUGH! Off the ropes, wicked headbutt, McDonagh goes up top... MOONSAULT BUT THE BOOTS ARE UP!
Sami clears Finn off the apron, charges in...
Sami Zayn wins by pinfall with a Helluva Kick.
Post-match, Balor runs in and tries to blast Zayn with a kick but Sami’s just a step faster!
Chelsea Green confronts Adam Pearce over not wanting to relinquish the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship and he gets sick of her and asks what she would do point blank and she says she’d have tryouts to find a new tag team partner.
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter roll up to issue a challenge as soon as Chelsea finds a new partner. Piper Niven rolls up and lays them out and tells Green that she’s new tag team partner, and she doesn’t take no for an answer.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Byron Saxton interviews Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes says you gotta be a loose cannon to do this gig and he admires Finn Balor to a degree. He’s been a leader in Ireland, Japan, and now here with the Judgment Day. But he’s not the only leader in that group, because both Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are real leaders and stars, and Dominik Mysterio is, uh... submissive? But a champion nonetheless!
It’s been a long time since he wrestled in Winnipeg and he’s excited for it.
We get a recap of Imperium business.
Imperium hold course, with GUNTHER on the announce desk.
He says as a European he’s always looked forward to coming to Canada but after being here all morning he understands why Winnipeg is the armpit of Canada. But he’s here to address his new #1 contender, Chad Gable.
He says he has to be honest, he was really impressed with his victory last week. He’s been working hard for years, a former Olympian, maybe the best athlete this company has to offer, but he’s achieved more in a year than Gable has in his whole career! All of us believe that he’s a threat to the Ring General, but that’s ridiculous.
At the end of the day—
Enter Chad Gable, with a big shush.
Chad cuts a promo about how he’s gonna win the title but first he’s got his boy Giovanni.
Ludwig Kaiser cuts a return promo at length and the punchline is that Maxxine Dupri slaps him after he calls them an embarrassment, and we go to break.
Chad Gable vs. Giovanni Vinci
Back from commercial, match in progress, Vinci with a wristlock, reversed, drop toehold into an armbar from Gable! Scoop lift to counter, Chad floats out but gets caught in a scoop powerslam for his trouble! Elbows in the corner, big chop from Giovanni, back suplex follows... NOPE!
Backbreakers from Vinci, Chad catches him with an armbar in the ropes, German suplex and the rally continues! Kick combos into a running swinging neckbreaker, Gable off the top, moonsault, nobody home, Giovanni with a Finlay Roll into a moonsault... STILL NO!
Chad thinks fast...
Chad Gable wins by pinfall with Chaos Theory.
Post-match, GUNTHER calls Gable out and tells Alpha Academy that they’re the armpit of humanity and he challenges Otis to a match, right now!
Before the match can begin, we go to break.
GUNTHER vs. Otis Dozovic
Circling, Dozovic shaking as he draws in the energy of the crowd, shoulder block, Otis rolls under but the Ring General blasts him with a boot! Stomp to the face, trading chops and Dozer goes hard into the ropes! Clubbing blows, Otis blasts him with a body block but GUNTHER catches him with an overhead elbow to the dome!
Trading strikes, Otis catches him with a fallaway slam and tears his shirt off! CATERPILLAR TIME BUT GUNTHER COUNTERS WITH A STOMP! Front kick, drawing him up...
GUNTHER wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.
Post-match, Gable runs in and hits a German suplex!
Backstage, Finn Balor and Damian Priest bicker and Rhea Ripley interrupts to remind them that they’re the most dominant faction in WWE but nobody’s afraid of them.
JD McDonagh rolls up, Finn tells him he’ll talk later and this is about all of Judgment Day and they have a chance to show the world how strong they are.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get an update on Bloodline business.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage but before he can get a word in edgewise, Matt Riddle rolls up to babble at him about starting a new tag team.
Drew tells him he’ll consider it.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Indi Hartwell.
Drew McIntyre & Matt Riddle vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Vikings in control early, working Riddle over, taking him to the floor and sending us to break!
Back from commercial, Ivar working Riddle over with elbows, eventually we get a hot tag to McIntyre! Throwing Vikings around, neckbreakers, kip-up, big Scot fired up, front kick, Future Shock blocked with a ram into the corner! Big elbow, Michinoku Driver... IVAR KICKS OUT!
Countdown to the Claymore, Erik blasts him with a boot, tag to Riddle! Erik traps him, Ivar pops him up, Hart Attack connects... STILL NO! Riddle with a dive off the apron, fired up, Erik cuts him off with an elbow! Drew off the ropes, Claymore...
Drew McIntyre & Matt Riddle win by pinfall with a Claymore from McIntyre on Erik.
Backstage, Raquel Rodriguez is upset that she isn’t cleared yet but tells Indi Hartwell to go out there and show the world what she’s got.
Rhea Ripley makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Matt Riddle and Drew McIntyre are walking backstage.
Riddle is super excited about their team but McIntyre wants him to put the breaks on.
New Day roll up, chairs in hand, to complain about how everybody’s losing their mind after they left for just a couple months and they challenge Matt and Drew to a match next week.
Indi Hartwell vs. Rhea Ripley
Ripley in control early, whip across, shoulder block, Hartwell on the comeback with strikes in the ropes! Fireman’s carry on the floor, Rhea floats over and puts her into the post hard! Ripley rams her into the post, running Candice LeRae over on the floor before returning inside with Indi.
Small package for two, Rhea is right back on her...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with Riptide.
Post-match, Candice attacks Ripley and beats her up in the corner, but Hartwell gets her with a flapjack and LeRae follows it with a step-up senton!
We get a recap of Shinsuke Nakamura attacking Seth Rollins.
Shinsuke makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole interviews Shinsuke Nakamura in the ring.
Nakamura begins answering and immediately shifts to Japanese. He says in English that he wants the world title and he’s going to win the world title.
Enter Seth Rollins.
He tells Cole he did a great job but he’ll take it from here and welcomes the crowd to Monday Night Rollins. He tells Shinsuke he’s not hard to find, and every single week he’s in the middle of the ring dressed to the nines, title around his waist, with the entire world singing his song.
And to boot, he’s a fighting champion and if Nakamura wanted a crack at the title, all he had to do was ask, but he didn’t. He’s less concerned with the “why” and more with how he can get even, but Shinsuke wins because the best way to get what he wants is to give the King of Strong Style what he wants, so challenge accepted.
Nakamura whispers something in his ear and then comes back and lays the champion out with Kinshasa!
Byron Saxton interviews the Miz backstage.
Miz denies that he shook LA Knight’s hand and rambles about how he does as he pleases and he might show up on SmackDown.
Trish Stratus makes her entrance and we go to break.
Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus
Lynch takes Stratus on a scenic tour of the turnbuckles face-first, back elbows break her free, Becky catches a kick and turns it into an exploder suplex and Trish bails to the floor. Lynch meets her with a baseball slide, calling for her to get up, diving forearm to the floor!
Brawling at some length, back inside, Stratus gets a Frankensteiner out of the corner for a nearfall! Sending Lynch to the floor, Becky meets her with a kick but gets thrown into the steps herself! Trish takes her mask off to use it as a weapon but Lynch cuts her off! Stratus up on the apron, a boot sends Becky flying, she goes up top and poses and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Lynch with a series of lariats, a heel kick, corner elbow, springboard stomp, only a nearfall! Victory roll pin from Stratus for two, off the ropes, spear... NOPE! Kicks in the corner, tornado DDT denied, Becky sets her back up top, jockeying for position... SUPERPLEX BUT STRATUS KICKS OUT!
Fighting out into the crowd, referee Danilo Anfibio counting...
The match goes to a double count-out draw.
Post-match, Lynch and Stratus keep brawling their way all the way up the stairs and into the concourse! Becky grabs a headlock and throws her into a hard countertop! The brawl continues, both women on top of the merch counter but Zoey Stark trips Lynch up and beats her down!
Becky turns around into a Chick Kick and the heels stand tall!
Cody Rhodes is backstage warming up in a tracksuit branded with his American Nightmare logo and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of all the Alpha Academy / Imperium stuff from earlier.
Imperium bicker amongst themselves and GUNTHER says he’s had enough. Tonight was an embarrassment and he asks Giovanni Vinci what should be done with him. He follows it up by berating Ludwig Kaiser for ignoring his responsibilities, and Kasier apologises and guarantees it will never happen again.
Further he offers to go to Adam Pearce to make it right, but the Ring General says he’ll sort it out by himself.
Backstage, Adam Pearce confronts Trish Stratus and Zoey Stark and says they’re gonna do Lynch vs. Stratus again with no run-ins or interference because it’ll be in a steel cage!
Cody Rhodes makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show up for us.
Cody Rhodes vs. Finn Balor
Mat grappling in the feeling out, Rhodes gets a hammerlock and Balor breaks it immediately with a back elbow. Suplex reversed, delayed vertical and Cody drops him into a gourdbuster! Side headlock, shot off, drop down, fireman’s carry, Finn rakes his eyes to slip out and throws him over the ropes!
Rhodes skins the cat, side Russian legsweep, cover for two! Whip reversed, sunset flip to no end, dropkick from Finn! Cody with a spinning toehold, Judgment Day run down for interference, Balor takes him to the floor and cuts him off and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Balor with slingshot stomps, kick to the midsection, off the ropes, Rhodes with a flying forearm, up and over, snap scoop powerslam! Springboard dropkick, cover for two! Finn getting it back together, shotgun dropkick, up top, nobody home on the Coup de Grace!
Inverted headlock, reversed, small package for two! Duck a lariat, Cody Cutter connects and Balor rolls to the floor! Rhea runs interference, Mysterio trips Cody up in the turnbuckles, Finn climbs to join him... SUPERPLEX FOR TWO! Dom slides a chair in the ring, referee Rod Zapata catches him, Priest gives Balor the briefcase but he slides it too far and Cody gets it!
Rhodes blasts him with the briefcase, inverted headlock...
Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.
Post-match, Judgment Day jump Cody, Sami Zayn makes the save, and JD McDonagh runs down to play equalizer to him! Finn and Damian beat Sami down together, Cody runs back in and eats South of Heaven!
A Razor’s Edge puts Sami through the announce desk!
Judgment Day stands tall.
That’s the show, folks.