WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 7, 2023) from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featuring all the fallout from the SummerSlam premium live event that went down just this past Saturday night in Detroit.
Advertised for tonight: It’s the first stop for the red brand post the second biggest show of the year, and there is much to work out. Cody Rhodes is already asking “what’s next?” Seth Rollins is still world heavyweight champion after Damian Priest tried and failed to help Finn Balor take it from him, The Judgment Day is in shambles, 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. 7
Livin’ in the fast lane is easy ‘til you run out of road. Friends will turn to strangers when you’re out of control, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of SummerSlam.
Wade Barrett and Michael Cole inform us of the commentary change-up.
Cody Rhodes makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He asks Minneapolis what they want to talk about and starts talking about a beast that got educated and became a champion here, Brock Lesnar. He had the pleasure of standing across from the Beast and surviving him, but he didn’t imagine the handshake and embrace that came after.
He spoke with his mother this morning, sharing his shock at that moment and she said “Dummy, don’t you know what just happened? Brock Lesnar acknowledged you.” After SummerSlam he feels on top of the world, like he could beat anybody in the world.
Enter Seth Rollins.
He gets in the ring and on the mic and welcomes us to Monday Night Rollins. He says the last time he talked about the future of the World Heavyweight Championship, Cody was the first to come down and get in his face and consider this him returning the favor.
Rollins asks if Rhodes feels like he can beat anyone in the world, and if that’s the case, why not let’s put that feeling to the test?
Enter Judgment Day, sans Finn Balor.
Damian Priest tells them they must be confused and think they run Monday Night Raw, but Rhea Ripley says Judgment Day run Raw. Priest tells them they don’t dictate what happens with championships around here, because Judgment Day do. More specifically, Senor Money in the Bank does.
They already have the most dominant world champion Rhea Ripley, the North American Champion Dominik Mysterio, and Cody might be done with the Beast, but Dirty Dom ain’t done with him. He says Mysterio is the real workhorse around here, since he’ll be defending his title live on NXT tomorrow night, and what will Rhodes be doing?
Finn Balor explodes out of nowhere and blasts Rollins in the back of the head while Damian and Dominik put boots to Cody! Sami Zayn makes the save! The babyfaces turn the tide and send Judgment Day packing!
Rhodes gets back on the mic and says he has a solution for all of this— there’s three of them and three in the ring, so a trios match in the main event, sorted.
Commentary recaps GUNTHER’s title defense against Drew McIntyre from Saturday.
We get footage from earlier today of Ricochet complaining to Adam Pearce about the finish to his match against Logan Paul.
Pearce apologizes but insists the referee’s decision is final and they’re joined by Chad Gable, Matt Riddle, and Tommaso Ciampa. Adam says he’s thinking about a four-way #1 contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship for one of them to seize the moment.
They all trade barbs about how tonight’s their night.
Chad Gable vs. Matt Riddle vs. Ricochet vs. Tommaso Ciampa (WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Chaos early, Ricochet off the ropes, drop downs, stop short, sunset flip from Riddle, trading pinning predicaments, no finish! Riddle and Gable send their counterparts out of the ring and square up, circling, Chad with a leg pick, Matt fighting him on the mat, rolling around, stalemate!
Ciampa back in, clubbing at both of them, boots to Riddle, tossing Gable out of the ring and Ricochet takes him out with a diving lariat and follows with a standing moonsault... NOPE! Back and forth, inverted DDT from Tom, the One and Only breaks it up! Rolling elbow staggers Ricochet, underhooks, Fairytale Ending denied, fireman’s carry, Benadryller connects... SO CLOSE!
Three men up in the turnbuckles, Gable gets under them... TOWER OF DOOM! Ciampa slips out of Chaos Theory but Gable gets him in the ankle lock! Pulling him back into the middle of the ring, wrenching in on it, Riddle breaks it up with a kick! Powerbomb into the knee strike... RICOCHET BREAKS IT UP WITH A STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS BUT GETS SUPLEXED BY MATT RIGHT AFTER!
Duck a short-arm from Ciampa, ripcord knee sends Tom spiraling into the corner! Riddle puts him up top and climbs to join him, superplex connects and Rick and Chad bring the stereo dives... NOT ENOUGH! All three men throwing chops from their knees and to their feet, getting some forearms in there, kicks, Ciampa works Riddle’s foot and stomps it!
Gable sends Ricochet to the floor with a lariat but gets low bridged and eats a corkscrew moonsault from Riddle! Tom hits Willow’s Bell, Ricochet dives over him into Gable, lines Ciampa up, springboard lariat countered with knees! Powerbomb lift... PROJECT CIAMPA CAN’T KEEP RICOCHET DOWN!
Gable breaks up a nearfall from Riddle and all four men are down and out again. Chad and Matt trading forearms in the middle of the ring, duck a kick, Gable gets him up for Chaos Theory but Ricochet steals Riddle with Recoil! Second try on Ricochet, Ciampa takes him away with a Fameasser!
Third try on Tom...
Chad Gable wins by pinfall with Chaos Theory on Tommaso Ciampa, becoming #1 contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
We see a skeptical GUNTHER watching on a monitor backstage.
A recap of Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar follows.
We see Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn chatting backstage when Seth Rollins rolls up to bicker at Cody.
Sami asks them to take a breath and says he knows there’s history and tension here and he doesn’t expect them to solve their problems overnight but they have a chance to do something here and he’s sick of dealing with the Judgment Day. They injured Kevin Owens out, who is friends with all three of them, and now they have a chance to stand side-by-side and deal with them once and for all.
Can they do it? Cody says he’s cool, Seth takes a moment but says he’s cool too. They both disappear on Sami and he observes that it doesn’t feel cool.
A recap of Jey Uso vs. Roman Reigns follows.
The Miz is on the phone ordering sushi when a crew member stops him and tells him he’s gonna have to watit. He asks for what and the camera pans to show LA Knight doing a photoshoot. Miz promises that Adam Pearce will hear about this and storms off.
Bronson Reed vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Collar and elbow, Reed backs him into the ropes and breaks clean. Circling, back to the lockup, struggling into the corner and this time Bronson breaks with a disdainful head pat. Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block takes Shinsuke off his feet! Front chancery knee lifts, taking Reed to the mat, stomping away, he ducks a kick, Nakamura off the ropes and into a back elbow!
Headbutt puts Shinsuke into the corner, shoulder blocks, overhead elbow and Bronson is in control. Fireman’s carry, Nakamura slips out, Reed goes for the Banzai Drop but he sidesteps, sliding knee connects! Off the ropes, another sliding knee, Good Vibrations!
Baseball slide sends Reed into the announce desk, Shinsuke draws him up and gets shoved away, Bronson back inside, Nakamura joins him, ducks a lariat but runs into a scoop, slips out, the Banzai Drop connects this time! Reed with a big elbow drop, he blasts Nakamura off the apron and we finally mercifully go to break.
Back from commercial, Nakamura floats over a slam but eats a back elbow. Boot up on the charge, diving knee, kick combination, whip across, duck a lariat, another sliding knee... SO CLOSE! Powerslam from Reed equalizes things again, another nearfall and he draws Shinsuke up but he floats over and lands a crescent kick!
Bronson lays him out with a lariat, off the top, sidestep the splash, Kinshasa to the back of the neck, fired up and ready...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa.
We get a recap of Rhea Ripley and Raquel Rodriguez’ feuding.
Footage from earlier of Raquel Rodriguez being informed that she’s not cleared yet follows.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for SummerSlam.
Maxxine Dupri is on the phone putting her boys over when Ludwig Kaiser rolls up to congratulate Chad Gable on his amazing victory and tell him the Ring General is already preparing to wipe the floor with him.
Ludwig says he’s had eyes on Maxxine and she has all the potential in the world but she needs to understand that some people are just better than others and compares himself to “big disgusting freak” Otis and gets himself slapped for his trouble.
He’s all about her being feisty but turns around to see Otis, who challenges him to a match later. Kaiser accepts.
We get a recap of the Becky Lynch / Trish Stratus saga and go to Lynch in the ring.
Becky begins, saying she’s so close to the end after months of doing everything in her power, fighting, scratching, and clawing, and she’s tired but hopeful and ready to put an end to this saga when she finally gets her rematch against Trish Stratus next week.
The greatest of that generation vs. the greatest of this generation and the next and the one after that and so on ad infinitum, with no interference, no looking over her shoulder.
Enter Zoey Stark.
She calls Becky obsessed and says this was over long ago and she’s been beaten, but The Man is scared of Zoey Stark. Getting her banned from ringside? The Man must have left her balls at home. Lynch says she knows how good and gifted Stark is and maybe that’s the problem, she’s too good for her own good and that’s why she’s hitched to Trish for a free ride.
But no matter how good she is she’s too stupid to realize she’s being dragged in the wrong direction by somebody who’s not even going to be here after she loses next week. Zoey says she plays second fiddle to nobody and she’s amazing at what she does, and Becky is just jealous.
She’s mad that the greatest of all time kicked her to the side and picked Zoey up as the fastest-rising star in WWE and the baddest in this locker room.
Enter Shayna Baszler, with a big black eye.
Lynch says she’s looking rough and Shayna says you should see how Ronda Rousey looks, except she drove her out of WWE when she beat her at SummerSlam. She knows she wasn’t invited to this party but she can’t help but think she was being referenced when Zoey was talking about the baddest.
Stark calls her the baddest punching bag of all time and says if she keeps stepping she’ll send her home with her bags. Becky books a match between the two of them.
Adam Pearce comes out and says that sounds like a great idea and brings a referee down to make it official!
...after the break, of course.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the World Heavyweight Championship match from SummerSlam.
Backstage, Finn Balor is chatting with JD McDonagh when Damian Priest rolls up on Judgment Day business.
Finn says he’s known JD for years and Damian can say whatever he has to say in front of him. Priest asks why Balor came out of nowhere earlier tonight, Finn says since Damian deviated from the plan on Saturday he thought they didn’t need to plan anymore. They argue until Rhea Ripley rolls up to tell them to stop acting like children.
She tells Balor they were there to help him and it didn’t work out it happens, and they need to get back on the same page so they can run Raw together. They calm down and McDonagh says he might be out of line but the briefcase seems to be coming between them and maybe they should get rid of it.
Priest starts at him as he walks away but Rhea holds him back.
Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark
Becky Lynch is sitting next to commentary for this one, drinking her lemonade.
Waistlock takedowns from Baszler, Stark goes to work on the injured arem but Shayna slips away and picks her leg into an ankle lock! Back elbow to the black eye, grinding the point of her elbow into Baszler’s eye, elbow strikes, arm drag, stomp to the face! Clawing at Shayna’s face, grinding the eye into the ropes!
Snapmare, reverse chinlock, the Queen of Spades fights to her feet but gets cut down with a knee and taken right back into the hold! Shayna breaks free and knocks Stark to the floor! Back inside, back body drop to the apron, Zoey yanks her on her arm to set up a springboard dropkick and send us to break!
Back from commercial, Stark in control but Baszler breaks free and hammers her with elbows! Sidestep a knee, superkick sends Shayna to the mat... NOPE! Zoey follows it up with an attempt a bicep stomp but Shayna rolls away! Mounted punches, another superkick from Stark, fireman’s carry, Baszler slips out, Karelin lift follows for a nearfall!
To the floor, Zoey with a plancha, Becky Lynch jawing at her, she gets on the apron but she’s distracted and gets caught in the Kirifuda Clutch! Breaking at referee Eddie Orengo’s count, her arm gets snapped over the ropes! Back inside, back and forth, Baszler with a fireman’s carry...
Shayna Baszler wins by pinfall with a swinging Samoan Drop.
Shinsuke Nakamura is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s tired of people getting in his way, but tonight he won, and from now on he’ll carve his own path.
We hear clattering and Bryon Saxton runs off to see what’s happened and it turns out JD McDonagh was beating the hell out of Sami Zayn!
And so we go to break.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Otis Dozovic
Collar and elbow, Dozovic backs him into the corner and breaks clean. Kaiser with a boot, right hands, Otis starts trembling and walking into the shots, shrugging them off! Big shoulder block, scoop and a slam, Ludwig sidesteps the charge and he eats the post hard!
Penalty Kick from the German, Maxxine Dupri gets up on the apron and jaws at him, Otis takes him from behind and mauls him in the corner! Fired up, Caterpillar time but he has to take a moment to deal with Giovanni Vinci, with a lariat and a vertical brainbuster!
GUNTHER slides in with a boot, referee Aja Perera is distracted...
Ludwig Kaiser wins by pinfall with a boot.
Post-match, Imperium put boots to Dozer under Chad Gable makes the save!
We get a recap of JD McDonagh beating Sami Zayn down.
Jackie Redmond is waiting outside the trainer’s room for comments from Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes.
They both try to speak at the same time and Rhodes cedes the floor. Rollins says Sami wants to go but the doctors aren’t gonna clear him, so it’ll be 2-on-3 and since he can’t trust Cody it might as well be 3-on-1.
Shinsuke Nakamura rolls up to offer his assistance and Seth says he’s had a lot of respect for him for a long time, so let’s ride baby.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz gets on the mic.
He whines about LA Knight taking precedent over him and about Knight not paying his dues or shaking his hand or whatever Booker T bullshit he’s on about.
Enter LA Knight.
He formally introduces himself and offers a hand for Miz to shake, but the A-Lister refuses, saying he doesn’t deserve to shake his hand. He calls LA the flavor of the month and Knight tells him he doesn’t want to make this personal. Miz says it’s been personal and asks what LA’s been doing the last twenty years.
Knight says he’s been making himself dangerous, crawling, scratching, on the outside looking in while this place bet on all the wrong horses, Miz being one of them. And Miz got that twenty year headstart because he was safe and they knew they could kick him around the locker room, and he took it.
The line on Knight has always been he’s not worth the chance because he won’t be pushed around, and that’s the difference between them. But all that said, Miz still won every title he could, and LA hasn’t had the chance to do that, but here he is on the climb while the A-Lister’s career is in the damn toilet.
He’ll make Miz a stepping stone to the main event, which leads to the A-Lister screaming that he is the main event and Knight isn’t on his level. LA says if he’s not on his level, prove him wrong, he ain’t going anywhere. Miz takes his jacket and tie off and paces before throwing his jacket at Knight and jumping him!
They struggle and LA hits the BFT before mockingly shaking Miz’s hand!
We get a promo from the Viking Raiders about how the gods call and they answer and they issue an open challenge for tonight.
Viking Raiders make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another media hype reel for SummerSlam.
New Day answer the challenge!
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (Open Challenge)
Woods and Erik to start, quick tag to Kofi, corner enzuigiri, back suplex into a diving splash, cover for two! More quick tags, Vader Bomb into an elbow drop, only two! Ivar cuts them off with his reverse roundhouse kick, off the top with a splash... XAVIER KICKS OUT!
Vikings pressing the attack, working Woods over but they can’t keep him down! Big tornado DDT on Erik opens the door, the path is clear... TAGS MADE! Kingston with strikes, a dropkick, leaping lariat, fired up, Stinger Splash, whip reversed, springboard crossbody takes Warbeard down!
Off the ropes, Boom Drop, Ivar ducks Trouble in Paradise, Kofi ducks the kick, hits the SOS... SO CLOSE! Vikings with tags, Kingston with a Frankensteiner for Erik, crescent kick for Ivar, tag to Woods! Xavier up top, Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and takes Erik out with a tope con giro...
New Day win by pinfall with Limit Breaker from Xavier Woods on Ivar.
Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage by Byron Saxton.
Before she can say anything, Shayna Baszler rolls up to say she didn’t need her help tonight or ever and now that Ronda Rousey is out of the way she has scores to settle and she’ll be around to take care of The Man sooner rather than later.
Lynch says she’s looking forward to it and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
New Day are walking backstage when they run into an interview.
They say it feels good to be back and scoff at the Viking Raiders talking about sacrifices to the gods when they ARE the gods of tag team wrestling around here and that’s why they’re here to be your new WWE Tag Team Champions.
Commentary informs us that Sonya Deville is out indefinitely with a torn ACL and that’ll mean a shakeup for the women’s tag titles.
Judgment Day make their entrance and Raquel Rodriguez blindsides Rhea Ripley and beats her down, leading to a pull-apart brawl!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the WWE Women’s Championship match from SummerSlam and IYO SKY’s cash-in after.
Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Judgment Day (Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, & Finn Balor)
Nakamura and Mysterio to start, Good Vibrations in the middle of the ring sets up a knee drop, cover for two! Whip across, Dominik bails to the floor, Judgment Day stand together and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Balor gets a nearfall on Nakamura and tags Priest in with some reluctance. They work reasonably well together despite the tension, and Damian takes Shinsuke down with a side headlock. Goozle, he blocks South of Heaven and lands an enzuigiri in return!
Rollins in, nearfall off a Falcon Arrow, dives, back inside and Damian cuts him off with a right hand and hits the big lifting reverse STO! Judgment Day retain the momentum and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Mysterio choking Rollins in the ropes and Ripley lands a cheap shot on the World Heavyweight Champion! Three Amigos, path is clear, tags made and it’s Rhodes on Balor! Beautiful Disaster takes Priest out, snap scoop powerslam on Finn and he’s fired up!
Inverted headlock reversed, drop down kick, Cody Cutter reversed into the inverted headlock elbow drop for two! Finn charges into a kick, this time the Cody Cutter connects... DOM BREAKS IT UP! Nakamura takes him out as things break down into “everybody do something cool” territory!
Balor turns around, Cody grabs an inverted headlock but Priest nails him with a briefcase shot to the back and passes the case to Finn! Sami Zayn comes down to fight Damian off, Rollins superkicks the case into Balor’s face, inverted headlock from Rhodes...
Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins, & Shinsuke Nakamura win by pinfall with Cross Rhodes from Cody on Finn Balor.
Post-match, the babyfaces high five and stand tall.
Cody and Seth argue while Sami plays peacemaker and raises their hands. Rollins and Rhodes shake hands.
Shinsuke’s the only one not celebrating in the turnbuckles and he lays Seth out with Kinshasa!
That’s the show, folks.