Welcome one and all to Monday Night Raw! Here to save your Raw results and show you the way for the greater good is your Monday Night Mikessiah, Mike "Hulk" Hogan. For the next three hours, it's just the two of us on this intimate journey of drama, action and intrigue during tonight's Monday Night Raw. So light a few candles, get the chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Dom, and let's take a look at tonight's card!
Monday Night Raw is coming to us live tonight from the Amway Center in beautiful tourist-trap Orlando, Florida. With SummerSlam just twelve days away, WWE is looking to shift into a higher gear as we ramp up for what could be the biggest wrestling event of the year!
Our official preview was released late this afternoon, and tonight we can expect to hear from Charlotte Flair regarding her loss to Nikki A.S.H. last week; WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will address Bill Goldberg; and Randy Orton returns to the ring.
So with all that said, let's get things started! For those of you who want just the results and not the novella, click here!
WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results - Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Welcome to Raw!
Jimmy Smith from commentary welcomes us to a rockin' Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. We waste no time getting our show started. Corey Graves and the wonderful Byron Saxton join Jimbo on commentary, and we're reminded that SummerSlam is less than two weeks away!
In the Ring Promo: Randy Orton
We hear voices in our head as the Viper himself makes his way out, smiles in front of the live crowd. He pauses and plays to the crowd, enthusiastically encouraging people to cheer. Corey Graves remarks he's never seen Orton smile. Orton plays to the crowd, and the in-house crowd is picking up what Randy is putting down. Randy gets in the ring and speaks, telling us this is the part where he's supposed to say "welcome to Monday Night Raw!" The crowd starts a small chant and out he comes--the Original Bro, Riddle! Riddle scoots down to the ring, kicks the flops off and looks to hug Orton. He asks for a mic. Riddle speaks. "Randy, I missed you so much, bro!" The crowd pops. "But bro, where'd you go? At first I thought you were just hiding like a big girthy anaconda, but then I was like maybe Randy went on vacation...but then I was just like, man, I just miss you so much bro. Y'know? And, and I'm just glad you're' back because it reminds me twenty-five years ago my stepdad left to get some milk and he got lost and never came back." HAHAHAHA! Riddle continues, "but bro, Randy, you're back! And you know what that means? IT means we can team, it means we can--" and the crowd chants with him, "R-K-Bro! Yeah! Yeah, Randy, yeah!" Riddle starts a loud Randy chant. Orton speaks. "Can I ask you a question, Riddle? What in the hell makes you think I would want to team with you again?" Loud, loud boos. "Listen, listen, listen kid...we had a few matches...we both got a buzz--on social media," and the crowd laughs as Orton continues, "but let's be real man, I work better by myself and I've been watching from home and you've done just fine by yourself without my help--or your stepdads." Riddle looks ready to tear-up and asks if Randy doesn't want to be a team anymore. Orton tells him that, "past-tense, we were a good team." The crowd starts a loud R-K-Bro chant....and out comes Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos!
AJ gets on the mic. "Ok at these guys! 'You wanna be my bro, bro?' 'Where's my stepdad, bro?'" Both make their way down to the ring. Styles tells them that he's just too sweet. The crowd starts a loud "too sweet, woot woot" chant. Styles and Omos enter the ring. Styles tells Riddle that Orton's got a lot of names--the Viper, the Legend Killer--and is known for betraying people. Styles tells Riddle it doesn't make any sense because this is Randy Orton. Styles points out that he thought Omos was going to hurt Riddle with the scooter two weeks ago, or throwing him around like a rag doll last week...but Styles didn't think it would be a broken heart due to Randy Orton that would break Riddle. Orton snaps on the mic. "The only thing bigger than your ego is that jackass right there," he motions to Omos as the crowd flips out. Styles insists Omos is "not a jackass" then tells Orlando to "shut up a minute and let me talk!" "Since you're uh solo, you don't have a tag team partner, why don't you (Orton) fight me (Styles) tonight and we'll see who runs Raw?" Orton speaks. "Oh AJ, that's easy, see, 'cuz I accept. So tonight I'm going to beat you...I'm going to give you a little spoiler with exactly how I'm going to beat you tonight...I'm going to beat you with the three most-destructive letters in Sports Entertainment," and he motions to the crowd to say it with him. "R...K..." and as the crowd chants "O", Orton hits an RKO on Styles! Styles rolls to the outside. Orton and Riddle size up Omos. Orton leaves the ring and Riddle attempts an RKO on Omos, but Omos is too powerful and instead Chokeslams Riddle. Riddle rolls to the outside, laying on the floor at Orton's feet and asking for a hand up. Orton walks off, up the ramp as Riddle calls for his friend and crawls up the ramp after him. Orton pauses a few times, clearly torn, and stops at the top of the ramp as Graves hypes Styles and Orton later tonight!
Backstage Interview: Baron Corbin
Baron, looking even more ragged than ever, is asked about challenging Drew McIntyre. Baron tells us that he's lost everything and fallen on hard times, so he needs the money. His cars were repossessed, his house too, and his wife took the kids and left him. He tells us he was staying in one of the production trucks this weekend when he got a call from Jinder Mahal, who offered him a chance to turn things around. Corbin isn't eager to get in the ring with a Highlander who could decapitate him, but its risk versus reward and this is his chance.
Singles Match: Baron Corbin vs Drew McIntyre
Corbin comes out to the opening notes of his old theme, but it stops just seconds in as he silently makes his way to the ring. We head to break. After we return, we get a few still photos that show Corbin losing his throne to the One True King Nakamura, and Drew cuts a very short promo in the back about Jinder and his "goons" being scared of him (indicating his sword and the attempted murder he performed last week with it). McIntyre then tells Corbin he's a horrible human being who once beat up a homeless man and stole his dog. And Drew's sword gets yet more backstory. He tells us the sword is named after his mother, who was told to abort him when he was pregnant but instead she had him. I didn't know Tim Tebow was in the WWE. Drew wraps it up and heads out to the ring so we can finally get this match underway. The bell rings and finally we start the match. Drew takes Corbin into the corner and clocks him with a loud right. McIntyre sends Corbin into the ropes and chest drops him. Drew with a Strong Irish Whip that bounces Corbin off the turnbuckles. Backstage, Jinder Mahal & co. are watching. Drew with a textbook suplex and a pin attempt. The action spills outside and Drew stands Corbin against the announce table, hitting a huge chop. Corbin with a big right and a shoulder charge, ramming McIntyre into the ringside. Corbin takes the action back into the ring, then throws Drew over the top rope to the outside. Okay. Corbin runs around the ring, then slows and Drew counters his slow charge with an overhead suplex into the barricade to send us to break!
Back from the break. Corbin is in control and has Drew on the top turnbuckle. Baron with strikes followed by a beautiful middle-rope Superplex for a close two! We get replays of the Superplex. Corbin looks for a suplex. Corbin with the Glasgow Kiss headbutt to rock Corbin. McIntyre pounds Corbin in the corner before whipping him into the ropes. Exploder suplex on the rebound. McIntyre sends Corbin into the corner and suplexes him out of it. Lariat from McIntyre. Corey Graves asks the other commentary members for a few bucks to give Corbin. Drew sets up in the corner, looking for the Claymore. Corbin gets on his knees and begs Drew, and Drew stops. Drew gets on the mic. "Corbin, you are absolutely pathetic. But I'm starting to feel a little bad for you. Tell you what, if things are that bad--and I know they are--how much money do you need to get by for a few days, to get a meal, a bed, for the love of God a shower?" Corbin answers, "a hundred-thousand dollars." Drew exclaims "well, that seems perfectly reasonable! How about two hundred thousand dollars? How about three hundred thousand dollars? Three--two, one..." and Drew connects with a Claymore on an unsuspecting Corbin, covering for the win.
Your Winner, Drew McIntyre!
Backstage: Randy Orton and Riddle
Orton is walking backstage when Riddle scoots up. Riddle tells Orton he mail ordered him a scooter of his own, and begs Orton to let him at least be in his corner tonight during his match. "Bro, you can't be serious," Riddle implores. Orton tells Riddle he is serious and not to call him bro.
Singles Match: Jeff Hardy vs NXT Champion Karrion Kross
Jeff Hardy comes out to his former music as we get a rematch from a few weeks ago after this commercial break. Afterwards, we get the entrance from our reigning NXT Champion, Karrion Kross. We're reminded that Kross lost his Raw debut--and his first match lost going back to his AAA time. Kross comes out to a mostly-quiet crowd, though the digital audience is a bit vocal. Kross, in a pre-recorded promo, explains Hardy's time is up because a twist of fate has sent Hardy his way again. The bell rings and we're off. Kross goes for a right but Hardy ducks under and delivers a kick to the gut. Hardy looks to run off the ropes but a kick to the gut from Kross floors him. Kross takes Hardy into the corner and hammers him with elbow blows as the ref warns. Kross with a suplex as the crowd boos him and chants for Hardy. Hardy with elbows but Kross blocks and throws Hardy out of the ring hard, really hard, and Hardy rolls into the announcer's table. Kross follows and tells Hardy, "we're not done yet!" Hardy counters a whip and sends Kross into the steel steps and barricade beyond. Hardy runs, using the steps for a flying modified Senton, smashing Kross against the barricade. Hardy takes Kross into the ring and his shirt off. Russian leg sweep from Hardy. Hardy climbs up top but Kross pops up and cuts the legs out from Hardy, dropping Hardy across the ropes and turnbuckle. We head to break as Kross laughs and Jeff clutches his Hardy.
Back from the break. Hardy with a DDT in the center of the ring. Both men are down briefly. Kross holds his throat. The crowd is coming alive, getting firmly behind Hardy. Hardy with a blow. Hardy with an inverted Atomic Drop/leg drop combo. Graves remarks: "all these years and I still don't know how that move is legal." Good point. Hardy covers for two. Kross is shoved into the corner and Hardy throws shoulders. Kross whips Hardy out of the corner and chases, running right into a mule kick. Hardy goes up top and connects with a splash off the middle rope. Hardy covers for two. Kross throws an elbow but Hardy connects with a Jawbreaker. Hardy rolls up Kross and grabs Kross' tights, just like three weeks ago, but Kross escapes. Kross catches Hardy on the middle rope and hits a Doomsday Saito before locking in the Kross Jacket in the middle of the ring! Hardy taps!
Your Winner by Submission, NXT Champion Karrion Kross!
Last Week on Raw...
We get clips from last week's drama and conflict between Eva Marie, DouDrop and Alexa Bliss. DouDrop attacked Bliss at the behest of Eva Marie. Afterwards, the Lily doll stood up on its own.
Backstage Interview: Riddle
After a quirky video highlight the phenomenon known as R-K-Bro, Riddle is interviewed backstage. He's sad, but he's going to respect Orton's wishes and he won't come out tonight. He exclaims he's a wild stallion and has to do what he has to do, then scoots off.
Singles Match: Alexa Bliss vs DouDrop w/ Eva Marie
Bliss comes out first to a decent pop and a crowd that's behind her. Bliss sets Lily up in a corner and stares into the camera as we go to break! DouDrop comes out with Eva Marie, who takes off her coat and makes Dou carry it for her. The crowd boos Eva and Dou, and Bliss plays with Lily as the two make their way to the ring. We get ready for the match and the ref calls for the bell. Bliss sets Lily up in the corner, on the top of the turnbuckle, and Eva Marie climbs up to sit on the opposite corner turnbuckle. The ref counts and warns her as the crowd chants "We want Wyatt." Wrong program! Finally our match gets underway. Bliss with a pair of kicks but Dou shoves her off. Bliss shows off her double-jointedness (pretend it's a word) and creepily crawls at her. Dou drops Bliss and looks for a standing Senton but Bliss moves and Dou crashes hard. Bliss springboards off the middle rope and attempts a cover. Bliss heads outside, hands folded behind her back, and casually walks around the ring towards Eva Marie. Eva...air slaps? Eva slaps while clearly four feet away to threaten Bliss. DouDrop attacks Bliss from behind and sends her into the barricade. Dou takes it back into the ring. Dou with a strong kick to Bliss' lower back. Dou rams Bliss' face into the turnbuckle. Dou whips Bliss into the opposite corner and connects with a running splash. Dou snapmares Bliss into the ring and yells at her. She then turns to Lily, calling it a stupid doll. When she turns back, Bliss is posed creepily, ready to strike, and indicates Lily. We get a close up of the Lily doll, some cheap CGI making her "wink" which then distracts DouDrop. Bliss rolls Dou up, and has to lay on the backs of her legs to keep her rolled up, to pick up the win.
Your Winner, Alexa Bliss!
Backstage: the Miz & Morrison and Sheamus
The Miz and Morrison are backstage, complaining about Damian Priest, when Sheamus walks up. He tells them they're fools wearing ridiculous outfits and catchphrases. Sheamus actually tells them people are out for his lucky gold, showing his United States Championship belt. He gives an ominous warning to Morrison after Morrison threatens to blast him with a Dripstick.
Singles Contender's Match: United States Champion Sheamus vs Ricochet
Sheamus is out first and we're continuing the trend of choosing number one contenders by having champions defend in non-title matches. We head to break with this match up next! When we return we get a plug for the city of Orlando (tonight's mandatory cheap pop). Back in the arena, Ricochet makes his way out to a solid crowd reaction and an enthusiastic digital crowd reaction. Gotta love that digital crowd! Ricochet shows off his springboard somersault in front of the champ. Our competitors ready-up and it's go time. Sheamus and Ricochet lock up. Sheamus overpowers Ricochet, pushing him back into the corner. The ref count sand warns. Ricochet throws fists and wraps up Sheamus from behind, clubbing his back with forearms. Sheamus breaks free of the hold and hits a huge clubbing forearm to the back. Sheamus takes Ricochet to the mat with a side headlock, controlling and slowing the pace for a few moments. Ricochet escapes and drops Sheamus with a pair of dropkicks. Sheamus rolls out of the ring to recollect himself. He yells something at fans in the crowd, getting a good heel reaction, before entering. Ricochet and Sheamus clash, with Sheamus taking Ricochet down with an arm bar. Sheamus kneels on Ricochet's face and twists the left shoulder. Ricochet fights to a vertical base and throws rights tot eh gut, attempting to gain some separation. Ricochet then targets Sheamus' face--still wearing the nose protector--and punches him three times in the face. Sheamus angrily shuts him down with a scoop slam. Sheamus whips Ricochet into the ropes. Ricochet counters with a knee. Ricochet off the ropes and Sheamus looks to counter, but Ricochet escapes a suplex attempt. Ricochet sends Sheamus outside and hits a springboard cross-body--barely avoiding a botch (he almost slipped off the top rope)--and hits Sheamus so hard both men spill over the announcer's table and onto the commentary team as we go to break!
Back from the break. Sheamus has Ricochet in a side headlock as we return, but Ricochet fights his way out with elbows and fists. Ricochet off the ropes but Sheamus counters with a snap backbreaker. We get replays of that springboard cross-body from prior to the break. Very impressive spot. Sheamus takes Ricochet down to the mat and again works on the left shoulder and neck. Again, Ricochet breaks free with elbows to the face, firing off dozens of elbows before Sheamus releases (not kidding). Ricochet sends Sheamus to the outside in desperation, attempting to gain some momentum. Sheamus climbs onto the apron and makes his way to the top turnbuckle. Ricochet with a beautiful leaping kick that rocks Sheamus. Ricochet climbs up then backflips off, lands on his feet, runs up the turnbuckles and sends Sheamus flying with a top-rope Hurricanrana in a great spot. Ricochet with the 630! Ricochet follows up with a springboard Moonsault--a true work of beauty, you can tell Ricochet's aerial game is being refined--and gets a close two. Ricochet hoists Sheamus up to his shoulders but Sheamus throws elbows to escape. Sheamus chases Ricochet and takes a drop toehold, sending Sheamus' injured face into the turnbuckle. Ricochet climbs up top and stupidly looks for a top-rope headbutt...and headbutts Sheamus' protective face mask. Sheamus finishes what Ricochet started with a big Brogue kick to pick up the win.
Your Winner, United States Champion Sheamus!
After the Match: Damian Priest Confronts Sheamus
Priest makes his way out for his match as Sheamus celebrates. They confront each other and Sheamus seems to back off, only to attempt a surprise attack. Priest counters and sends Sheamus out of the ring as...
Singles Match: Damian Priest vs John Morrison w/ the Miz
The Miz and Morrison make their way out for their match, which is up next! Byron Saxton comments that he hopes the Miz gets a flat tire just before we go to break. After the break, the bell ring and we start things with Priest taking Morrison to the mat with an arm bar. Priest twists the left arm but Morrison escapes with a right elbow. Morrison wastes time laughing, and Damian Priest unleashes some Punishment by throwing Morrison across the ring. Morrison attempts to escape but Priest grabs his tights, preventing him. Morrison counters with a kick and a quick pin attempt. Morrison mounts and pounds Priest, changing position repeatedly over the downed Priest as he hammers him with fists. Morrison switches to a head/shoulder hold. Priest tries to break the hold with fists, then uses his legs to repeatedly chop Morrison's chest and break the hold. Morrison looks for a right but Priest sidesteps and hits the Bell Clap. Priest with a huge right that sends Morrison rebounding off the ropes, then lays out the Moist One with a big lariat. Priest sets up a suplex but Morrison escapes. Priest throws high knees; Morrison fires back with a huge right elbow. Priest and Morrison engage in a beautiful sequence of strike and counter strike, swing and duck, until both men connect with kicks simultaneously. Very creative spot and worth seeing. Both men rise and battle along the apron. Corkscrew from Morrison. Morrison looks to springboard into the ring but Priest catches him with a leaping kick. Priest sets up the Reckoning and, despite being shot by Miz's Dripstick, Priest manages to survive the aquatic assault to connect with the Reckoning and put away Morrison.
Your Winner, Damian Priest!
After the Match: A Miracle Healing!
After the match, the Miz blasts Priest with a double-barreled moist Dripstick. Priest fights off a surprise attack by Morrison and engages with the Miz. A miracle happens as the Miz hops up out of his wheelchair and, wonderfully healed, runs up the ramp to avoid Priest. Priest then calls out Sheamus and challenges him to a match for the title at SummerSlam. He calls Sheamus a bully and is tired of hearing him run his mouth for weeks. Sheamus tells Priest he talks a big game. Sheamus says he may be a bully, and maybe he likes it, but the truth of the matter is he doesn't care what Priest or the WWE Universe thing--he'll put Priest in his place as he accepts the challenge!
Backstage: Mansoor & Mustafa Ali
Mansoor apologies to Ali for making a mistake last week, and gives Ali a pretty neat jacket (IMO) to make up for it. Ali is now happily with Mansoor and seems to be turning face. Ali tells Mansoor not to apologize.
Singles Match: T-Bar w/ Mace vs Mustafa Ali w/ Mansoor
Mace & T-Bar (I'm not capitalizing that) make their way out wearing slightly new ring gear. After a brief break, our match gets under way. We get a pre-recorded video from Mace & T-Bar, who tell "teeny tiny rodents like Mansoor & Ali" to learn that they're at the top of the food chain and "size always matters." Out next are Ali and Mansoor to a new joint entrance with jackets cooler than the Miz's, just saying. Mansoor gives Ali a big hug and hoists him up, much to Ali's chagrin. Finally our competitors set up and we're off. The bell rings and T-Bar lock up. T-Bar takes Ali into the corner. Strong Irish Whip to the opposite corner, followed by a back body drop when Ali stumbles out of the corner from the rebound momentum. Quick pin attempt from T-Bar. Ali sends T-Bar to the outside with a dropkick, then looks for a springboard cross-body. T-Bar catches Ali mid air, hits a rib breaker, and spins him before slinging him into the barricade in a sick spot. T-Bar with a big roundhouse that lays out Ali for a close two. Ali drags himself into the corner but T_Bar gives him no space. T-Bar whips Ali into the corner. Ali with a boot counter. Ali springboards but is caught again with a backbreaker. T-Bar looks to pin but Ali's foot is up on the bottom rope. Mansoor, at ringside, is run over by Mace. T-Bar looks for a back drop but Ali counters with a roll-up. Ali with a middle-rope springboard spike DDT. Ali goes up top and Saxton says Ali is looking for Finn Balor's move, the Coup de Grace, but T-Bar uses his long legs and kicks Ali, crotching him across the top rope. T-Bar capitalizes on it and slams Ali into the mat, picking up the win. After the match, T-Bar and Mace try to double-team Ali but Mansoor fights them off impressively, using his speed and agility to keep the bigger men out of the ring and away from his partner.
Your Winner, T-Bar!
Backstage: 24/7 Champion Reginald the Sommelier
Reginald is backstage at a photo shoot. R-Truth and Akira Tozawa are both in cheesy disguises with fake mustaches, and both attempt to surprise the 24/7 champion and steal his title. Reggie once again exhibits his impressive agility by leaping onto equipment boxes and escaping.
Backstage Interview: Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos
AJ is asked about Orton's return. AJ sarcastically says it's great Orton's back. He then runs down Orton, and states that he and Omos are champions and champions deserve respect. Orton made a colossal mistake, because now Styles & Omos are going to have to break Randy and put him on the sidelines for good.
In the Ring: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley & MVP Respond to Goldberg
Our Almighty WWE Champion Bobby Lashley makes his way out, dapper as always, escorted by MVP to loud digital boos. Our champ poses in the ring for a few minutes as our commentary team hypes SummerSlam, which is just a week from Saturday. MVP asks the WWE Universe to please rise "for the proper showing of respect to the Almighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley." Mix boos and cheers, with several actually applauding and doing the "we're not worthy" bow. MVP reminds us that last week, Lashley was gracious enough to bless us with a blockbuster match for SummerSlam when Lashley clashes with Goldberg. MVP continues. "Now sadly, that announcement has been mired in controversy. There's been some false narratives out there being spun and frankly we'd like to set the record straight. If Goldberg was looking for a fight, he was inches away from the Almighty" but didn't engage. He then calls Goldberg a coward for hitting him (MVP) with a spear. MVP accuses Goldberg lied, claiming MVP threatened Goldberg's 15-year-old son Gage. MVP states as a father, he was acting in a humanitarian capacity. He explains what he said to Gage--that if Gage loves his father, he should persuade him from showing up to SummerSlam because Lashley will end his career. MVP continues, telling us that he's been slandered before but when you slander MVP, you slander the Almighty. He says getting hit with Goldberg's Spear is like getting hit by a mac truck. He claims Goldberg tore MVP's meniscus and cracked two ribs with the Spear. MVP points out that they're violent by nature, but if you involve your son in your battles then anything can happen. MVP suggests Goldberg not bring Gage. MVP claims he can't cough, he can't sneeze, and he can't laugh after the Spear. MVP gives a message to Gage via camera--he implores Gage to not show up to SummerSlam, and keep his dad from showing up, because if they do? Lashley's going to end Goldberg's career and destroy him in ways like never before. MVP says there is an upside--Gage's dad will be able to make all his sports games, and they can hang out and watch Raw together and think about the time that Gage didn't stop his father from getting destroyed at SummerSlam. Lashley gets on the mic: "Bill, do not let your son watch SummerSlam. Because if he does, he will watch the destruction that I"m gonna put upon you and it's gonna be so bad that you won't even want him to share the same last name as you. Because at SummerSlam, Bill, you're not next...you're done."
Backstage Interview: Rhea Ripley
After a video package hyping the recent conflict between Raw Women's Champion Nikki A.S.H. and Charlotte Flair, we're sent backstage to Rhea. Ripley talks nicely about Nikki briefly but assures us that she'll win back her Raw Women's Championship.
Singles Non-Title Match: Rhea Ripley vs Raw Women's Champion Nikki A.S.H.
Rhea makes her way out to a loud digital crowd pop and a bit of a live audience pop. She's getting more reaction that she has recently. This match is up next. In a backstage interview with Mackenzie, Nikki points out that last week she beat Charlotte Flair on her own and she's pretty sure she's going to beat Rhea tonight. She feels good about her chances at SummerSlam. Nikki then makes her way out with a new comic-themed title card. The crowd seems to be behind her, as much as this Orlando crowd has been tonight at least. The bell rings and our competitors circle before locking up. Nikki's ribs are taped up, for what it's worth. Nikki attempts a roll-up but Rhea immediately escapes. Nikki with a side headlock while Rhea smiles the entire time. Rhea attempts to lift Nikki up but Nikki rolls forward, keeping the headlock in place and driving the former champ to the mat. Nikki keeps the headlock on and uses the middle ropes to help drop Rhea back again. After too-long in the hold, Rhea finally breaks the hold with a hoist into a facebuster. Rhea throws a shoulder into the injured ribs of the champ, and follows it up with a right fist to the ribs. Rhea with a hair toss that sends Nikki across the ring. Rhea with a shoulder thrust into the corner, holding it as the ref counts and the champ grunts in pain. Rhea rubs her stomach, mocking Nikki, then clubs her on the back before sending her through the ropes. Rhea follows outside. Nikki shoves Rhea back and charges her, but Rhea counters by popping Nikki up and dropping her ribs-first across the apron. We go to break.
Back from the break. Rhea remains in control until Nikki counters a spinebuster into a DDT. Both women are down. Nikki rises, holding her ribs, and pulls Rhea to her feet. Nikki with clubbing blows before sending the champ tot eh mat with a headscissors. The champ starts her comeback, attempting a roll-up for two. Rhea looks for a Riptide but the champ shifts her weight, tipping Rhea over and covering for a close two. Rhea with a kick to floor the champ. Rhea positions Nikki in the corner and unleashes a flurry of fists on her ribs. Rhea sits A.S.H. up on the top turnbuckle and climbs the middle ropes. Rhea looking for a middle-rope Superplex but Nikki puts on the brakes. The champ sends Rhea crashing to the mat and slowly climbs up, looking for her Cross Body finisher. Charlotte Flair runs along the apron and shoves Nikki off, causing the DQ.
Your Winner by Disqualification, Raw Women's Champion, Nikki A.S.H.!
After the Match
Flair, wearing a colorful jumpsuit, takes out Ripley and kips up impressively, McIntyre style. Flair with a Natural Selection to Ripley. Flair eventually stands over both fallen women, holding Nikki's Raw title above her head as we go to break.
Video Promo: Elias is Dead
We get a vignette for Elias, who stands with his acoustic guitar over his shoulder before a raging fire. We get clips of multiple guitar shots Elias has received and hear "walk with Elias" chants. Elias strums his guitar by the fire, looks at his acoustic and tosses it on the fire. We watch the guitar burn. Elias speaks, stating "WWE stood for walk with Elias...but Elias is dead."
Backstage Interview: Charlotte Flair
Flair takes credit for being a master manipulator. She states that A.S.H and Ripley aren't on her level or else they would have anticipated her attack. She states she is the most decorated woman in the history of the WWE. She promises nothing will stop her from walking out of SummerSlam as the Raw Women's Champion.
Backstage Interview: Randy Orton
Orton is asked why he ended R-K-Bro. He responds he doesn't need it and does better on his own. It's time for our main event!
Singles Main Event Match: Randy Orton vs Raw Tag Team Champion AJ Styles w/ Omos
Orton makes his way out and we head to break. After a break, we return to the ring where Orton awaits his opponent. The Raw Tag Team Champions make their way down to the ring. AJ Styles grins at his opponent and enters the ring, his partner taking up position at ringside. We get the bell and our main event is under way! The crowd chants for Randy to start with. Both men clash in the middle and Orton throws rights, fighting Styles into the corner. Orton incredibly aggressive to start, taking Styles across the ring and slamming his face into a turnbuckle. Orton beats Styles into another corner. Styles fights out of the corner with a series of chops and runs off the ropes. Orton dodges and drops Styles with across the top rope with a suplex. Orton stares at Omos before turning his attention to the Phenomenal One. Orton stomps Styles' left hand, twice, as the fans chant "R-K-Bro." Styles to the outside and Orton follows. Orton slams Styles' face into the commentary desk just feet away from Omos. Orton counters a surprise attack from Styles, while Omos had Orton's attention, and Orton sends Styles into the ring. As Orton attempts to enter, Styles blocks and follows it up with a springboard forearm to the outside, laying out Orton before Omos as we go to break!
Back from the break. Styles drops Orton in the middle of the ring with a dropkick. Styles looks for a cover but gets two. Omos yells support to his friend. Styles puts a sleeper on a kneeling Orton, but Orton powers to a vertical base and uses Styles' hair to break the hold. Orton and Styles exchange rights in the middle of the ring. Orton with a speedy rebound Powerslam, picking up a very close two. Impressively speedy spot. Orton pulls Styles up; Styles with a kick to the back of Orton's thigh. Orton counters with a headlock backbreaker, covering for a close two again. Orton stalks Styles as he rolls around the ring and attempts to use the ropes to get to his feet. Orton positions Styles on the top turnbuckle and connects with a right. Orton climbs up, all the way up, looking for a top-rope Superplex but Styles slides between Orton's legs and under. Styles attacks Orton, dropping him face-first into the turnbuckle. Styles repositions and gets the Calf Crusher on Orton! Orton groans in pain but reaches the bottom rope, forcing the break.
Styles charges the corner but Orton pops him up, over the turnbuckle; Styles, however, lands on the apron and punches Orton. Styles looks for a Phenomenal Forearm but Orton senses it coming and blocks. Orton with the Spike DDT! Orton goes full Viper Mode, wiping his mouth and slamming down on the mat. The Viper coils, pounding on the mat, but Omos grabs Styles' feet and slings him into the corner along the mat. The ref yells at Omos. Orton warns Omos. Omos and Orton exchange words, and Orton tells him to take off the coat and fight. Omos does and Styles uses the distraction to attack Orton. Riddle hits the ring out of nowhere, leaping on the back of Omos and locking in a sleeper! Styles looks to capitalize on the chaos and flies high--but Orton counters, hitting his RKO on Styles as Styles flew for the Phenomenal Forearm! Orton picks up the win after a sick, impressive spot.
Your Winner, Randy Orton!
After the Match: Bromancing the Stone
Riddle gets int eh ring and Orton tells him that he didn't want his help. Riddle implores Orton to be a team. He begs Orton to listen to the people and the fans chant for them. Orton enters the ring as Riddle tries to hype him up. Finally Orton lets Riddle hug him and the in-house crowd goes wild! ....until Orton hits Riddle with the RKO. We end our program with Orton standing over his partner, smiling, and the fate of R-K-Bro still up in the air.
And that does it for tonight's program! Thank you all for stopping by, and we hope to see you here tomorrow night for the best wrestling on weekly television today--NXT. Have a great night and stay safe out there.
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