Monday Night Raw Quick Recap (August 16, 2021)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here! Tonight's show aired from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Monday Night Raw Quick Recap for August 16, 2021

Matches Tonight: Eight
  • Singles Match: Riddle w/ Randy Orton vs Raw Tag Team Champion AJ Styles w/ Omos. Solid match that saw Styles pick up the win after a distraction by Omos. Prior to the bell, Orton left the ringside area. 8:18-8:30pm EST.
  • Singles Non-Title Match: Raw Women's Champion Nikki A.S.H. vs Rhea Ripley. Charlotte Flair joined the commentary team for this match. Decent back-and-forth match that saw Ripley win clean with the Riptide. 8:40-8:49pm EST.
  • 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Shanky & Veer w/ Jinder Mahal vs Drew McIntyre. Short match that saw Drew win. The special stipulation means that Veer & Shanky will be barred from ringside at SummerSlam during the Mahal/McIntyre match. 9:00-9:05pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Damian Priest vs the Miz w/ John Morrison. Short match that saw Morrison walk away from the Miz (angry at having been played for weeks by the Miz, who was faking an injury. Priest won via the Brogue Kick, infuriating the United States Champion--Sheamus--who was special guest on commentary for this super-short match. 9:28-9:30pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Mace w/ T-Bar vs Mansoor w/ Mustafa Ali. Super short match that saw Mansoor win by roll-up after Ali, unseen by the ref, drop-kicked Mace in the chest. This caused Mace, who was leverage pinning Mansoor, to roll to his shoulders and allowed Mansoor to pick up the win. 9:50-9:51pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Randy Orton vs Raw Tag Team Champion Omos w/ AJ Styles. Another solid performance from the giant Omos, who lost via DQ when Styles was caught attacking Orton. Post match, Riddle made the hot save and R-K-Bro reformed. 10:00-10:08pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Jeff Hardy vs NXT Champion Karrion Kross. Prior to the match, Kross attacked Hardy as he attempted to cut a promo in the back. Ninety-second match that saw Hardy hit the Atomic Drop/Leg Drop combo, attempt a Twist of Fate, and had it reversed into a Kross Jacket submission. Kross picks up the W by submission. 10:20-10:22pm EST.
  • Tag Team Match Main Event Match: Rhea Ripley & Raw Women's Champion Nikki A.S.H. vs Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax. Flair & Jax won the short match. Flair tagged herself in as Jax was about to pick up the win, causing tension between the two. 10:30-10:34pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Moist TV: We had our debut episode of Moist TV, hosted by "America's Moist Wanted" John Morrison and featuring special guest the Miz. Damian Priest showed up and spread a few seeds of doubt in Morrison's head, thanks to the Miz accidentally admitting he was cleared medically weeks earlier than Morrison knew. 9:15-9:25pm.
  • Elias: We got the same vignette as last week, noting that WWE used to stand for "Walk With Elias" but "Elias is dead". Later in the program, we received a second--and new--vignette showing Elias placing a tombstone, inscribed with "Elias 2017-2021" before a smouldering ash pile with an electric guitar on it as Elias commented that music had failed him and Elias was dead.
  • Alexa's Playground: Around mid-broadcast, Eva Marie instructed DouDrop to kidnap Lily (the doll). Bliss saw this promo, as she too watches the USA Network, and was ready for this.
  • Reunited (and it feels so good): After Styles & Omos attempted to beat down Orton, Riddle made the save. R-K-Bro officially reformed and challenged Styles & Omos for their Raw Tag Team Championships at SummerSlam.
  • SummerSlam Additions: R-K-Bro will (now officially) challenge Styles & Omos for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
  • Heavyweight Confrontation Main Event Segment: Ahead of their clash this Saturday, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley met with Bill Goldberg. Both men exchanged words, words filled with assurances of victories and legacies cemented. Lashley attempted to attack Goldberg at the end and ate a spear for his efforts. 10:52-10:59pm EST.

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