WWE Raw Results – August 20, 2018
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. We are in Brooklyn, New York and your announcers are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Jonathan Coachman.
The new Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring and the crowd feels the same way about Roman as they did before he became the Universal Champion.
Roman says he is a man of his word. He said he would beat Brock Lesnar and he did. Roman says that he said when he won this title, he would defend it. Roman says that is what he plans on doing tonight. Roman says typically he would make it real easy and give someone the opportunity if they want to step up. Roman says he has one man in mind. Roman says it is funny because this man won this Universal Title in Brooklyn but he got hurt and never had the opportunity again.
Roman says since he won this in Brooklyn, he is going to defend it tonight. Roman says the man he is going to defend it against is Finn Balor.
Finn Balor makes his way to the ring.
Finn says that he accepts Roman’s challenge and he says that he is taking his title back tonight.
They shake hands so the match is official.
Baron Corbin comes out and says that while it is great to see Finn Balor versus Roman Reigns tonight, it is not going to happen. Baron says if you are going to be rewarded for your stunt last night, you are crazy. Baron says he was supposed to face Finn, but you no showed and you sent out the Demon. Baron says that is cowardly and a breach of contract. With all of the noise and smoke, he couldn’t hear or see so he did not hear the bell ring. Therefore, that match never happened. Baron says that he is facing Finn Balor, the man.
Roman tells Baron that they are not booing Finn, they are booing you. Roman says if he sucked as much as Baron last night, he would forget about it too.
Baron says that Roman is champion because Brock cared more about Braun Strowman than you.
Kurt Angle comes out. Kurt says on Raw, he makes the matches, not you. Kurt asks the people if they want to see Finn Balor versus Roman Reigns tonight and they want it. Kurt says that will be the main event tonight.
Kurt tells Baron that he has a match tonight and it is against . . . Bobby Lashley.
Match Number One: Baron Corbin versus Bobby Lashley
Lashley with a waist lock take down and a second waist lock take down. Lashley holds on to the waist lock but Baron with an elbow. Lashley with a waist lock take down and Corbin gets to the ropes. Lashley with a neck breaker. Lashley sends Corbin into the turnbuckles. Corbin slides to the floor on an Irish whip and he walks up the ramp. Lashley sends Corbin into the apron and back into the ring. Lashley with a running shoulder into the corner and then he climbs the turnbuckles to punch Corbin. Lashley clotheslines Corbin over the top rope. Lashley goes to the floor and he sends Corbin back into the ring.
Lashley leaps to the apron but Corbin with a kick to the knee and Lashley falls to the floor. Corbin sends Lashley into the ringside barrier. Corbin with the chin lock and half nelson combination. Corbin with knees to the midsection but Lashley with an Irish whip. Lashley misses a splash into the corner but Lashley with a clothesline. Lashley with punches and Corbin goes down. Corbin sends Lashley to the floor and Bobby lands awkwardly after hitting the apron. Corbin with a running clothesline as we go to commercial.
We are back and Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock. Corbin sends Lashley shoulder first into the ring post. Corbin goes into the ring post shoulder first. Lashley with a punch and Corbin fires back. They go back and forth but Lashley with a clothesline and back elbow. Lashley with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Lashley with a clothesline into the corner. He goes for a second one but Corbin with a back elbow. Lashley with a spinebuster for a near fall.
Lashley with punches on the floor. Corbin with a clothesline to Lashley on the apron. Corbin puts Lashley on the turnbuckles and punches him. Corbin sets for a superplex but Lashley with head butts to send Corbin to the mat. Lashley goes up top and is caught by Corbin for a chokebreaker. Corbin gets a near fall. Lashley with a knee and then he hits the Dominator for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Kurt Angle wants to know what Paul Heyman is doing here. Paul says he has a specific mission tonight. He says his client, Brock Lesnar, would like to invoke his rematch clause.
Kurt looks shocked that someone would do that.
Paul says that Kurt is thinking, Brock should be down the road to UFC by now. Paul says Brock will go where he wants to go. Brock wants to know when he is getting his rematch.
Kurt says that Brock gets a rematch, but it does not say when he gets the rematch. Kurt says it will be a long long long long long long time until Brock gets his rematch.
Paul agrees and says he does not see it happening next week. Paul thinks about having the rematch at . . . HELL IN A CELL.
Kurt says it will be a cold day in hell and he tells Paul Fuggedaboutit.
We are back and Baron Corbin enters Kurt’s office and he yells at Kurt Angle for putting in a match against the Demon last night when he was expecting Finn Balor. Then he is given Bobby Lashley when he was expecting Finn Balor. Kurt says he is not here to do what is best for Baron Corbin, he is here to do what is best for the WWE. Baron says he is going to talk to Stephanie since she is here tonight.
We take a look at a video package for the Undertaker versus Triple H match in Australia.
Match Number Two: Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon versus Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan
Sasha and Ruby start things off and Sasha slaps Ruby a few times and takes Ruby down with a Thesz Press. Sasha sends Ruby into the turnbuckles and tags Bayley in and they send Ruby into the turnbuckles. Bayley with kicks and Ember tags in and gets a near fall with an inside cradle. Logan tags in and Ember with a forearm and kick. Ember with an enzuigiri followed by a thrust kick for a near fall. Ember goes for a butterfly suplex but everyone comes into the ring and then goes to the floor other than Ember and Sarah. Sasha and Bayley take care of Ruby and Liv while Ember takes Sarah out with a suicide dive.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bayley with an arm bar on Liv. Liv with an Irish whip but Bayley hot shots Liv on the turnbuckles and follows with an elbow into the corner. Liv is pulled out of the corner by Sarah and Bayley with an elbow to Sarah. Liv sends Bayley to the floor and Ruby tags in and she pulls Bayley off the apron and hits an STO on the floor. Ruby gets a near fall and then she tags in Sarah. Logan with kicks in the corner. Liv tags in and she puts Bayley in the ropes and applies a rear chin lock. Sarah with a forearm while the referee is out of position and Liv gets a near fall.
Liv with a reverse chin lock but Bayley with an elbow. Liv sends Bayley into the turnbuckles and tags in Ruby. Liv with a splash into the corner followed by a shoulder from Ruby. Sarah with a pop up head butt for a near fall. Sarah with a chin lock trapping Bayley’s arm as she rag dolls her around the ring. Bayley with a head butt. Logan knocks Ember off the apron and Sarah howls. Bayley gets her feet up and she tries to go through Sarah’s legs to make the tag but Sarah with a boot to the midsection.
Ruby tags in and Sarah with a kick to the back. Ruby misses a kick and Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. Sasha tags in and she hits a series of clotheslines followed by a drop kick and knee to the head. Sasha puts Ruby in the ropes and hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Ember sends Liv to the floor and then she hits a tornado suplex on the floor. Ruby sends Sasha to the apron but Sasha with an elbow. Sarah stops Sasha and Bayley tries to help. Sarah with a clothesline to Bayley and Sasha with Meteora to Sarah on the floor.
Ruby with the Riott Kick for the three count.
Winners: Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan
We go to commercial.
Triple H makes his way to the ring.
Hunter says this has been quite a weekend. NXT blew the roof off this building on Saturday. Last night. SummerSlam took it to another level. Hunter says he was on the edge of his seat for the whole thing because he is a fan. Hunter says he loves this and he will make sure that this is here for everyone until the day he dies. Weekends like this give him a different feeling. They make him have that itch and want to tape back up and lace up the boots and be The Game again.
Hunter says that is why when Vince called him and he says he finished up the deal in Australia and wanted him to wrestle there, Hunter said hell yeah. In front of 80,000 people. Hell yeah. Vince told him that he would like for Hunter to face The Undertaker. Hunter said hell no, but for a different reason. For all of the great things that he had been lucky enough to have, one stands out head and shoulders above the others. It was at the end of the Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker and him, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels stood on the ramp at the end of the night.
Hunter says that moment is about as real as it gets in this business. It was a moment of mutual respect that none of them will forget. Hunter says that moment changed them in a way they didn’t expect. They knew it was the end of an era. It did something to them inside where right after this happened, Shawn Michaels was gone. The streak would be dead. The Undertaker would put his hat and gloves in the center of the ring and disappear. Hunter put his suit on and he would leave. It would all be over.
The era had ended for the three of them. The sound was gone. The feeling was gone. The goosebumps were gone. It was the end of an era. Without sounding like a bitter veteran, their era was something special.
For the same respect and reason he said no, he called Vince back and told him that he is in. He says he will take off this suit, he will tape back up, and he will lace up his boots and be The Game again . . . if the Undertaker will pick up that hat, put on those gloves, and be the Phenom one more time. On October 6th, Melbourne, Australia, the world will be watching and the sound will be back. The feeling will be back. The goosebumps will be back because The Era is back.
We have a video package for the Universal Title match from SummerSlam.
Match Number Three: Dean Ambrose (with Seth Rollins) versus Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre)
They lock up and Dean with a waist lock and take down. Dean with a front face lock but Dolph escapes. Dean with a side head lock take down. Dolph goes to the floor to regroup. Dolph goes for the leg and Ambrose with a front face lock. Dolph backs Dean into the ropes and Dolph pushes Dean. Dean pushes Dolph to the mat. Dolph with a kick and punch. Ambrose with chops. Ambrose with a back elbow for a near fall.
Dean blocks a hip toss and then he slams Dolph. Drew grabs Dean’s ankle and Dean goes to the floor but Seth holds Dean back. Seth has some words for Drew while Ziggler drop kicks Dean off the apron.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dolph with a sleeper on Dean. Dolph with a kick to the knee and then he slaps Dean a few times. Dolph misses a clothesline and Dean with clotheslines of his own. Dean with kicks in the corner. Dolph with a double leg and he uses the ropes for leverage but the referee sees it. Dolph goes for a ZIg Zag but Ambrose holds on to the ropes. Dean catches Ziggler and hits a fallaway slam.
Dolph drops Dean on the top rope but Dean blocks a super kick. Dean catapults Ziggler into the ring post. Dean charges into the corner but misses and hits the ring post shoulder first. Seth gets between Dean and Drew and Drew takes off his jacket and dares Seth to hit him. Seth is not one to turn down a challenge and he punches Drew. They exchange punches and then Dolph attacks Seth from behind. Drew and Dolph send Seth into the ringside barrier.
Dolph with a kick but he misses a FameAsser. Dolph avoids the double underhook DDT. Rollins comes through the ring and hits a suicide dive onto Drew. Dean counters a hesitation DDT into a double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Elias is in the back and he is making sure that his guitar does not break last night.
We go to commercial.
We are back and FInn Balor is in a good mood in his locker room. Braun Strowman’s presence is felt and he appears. Braun says he refuses to cash in from behind. He does things face to face. That is why he is telling Finn, good luck tonight, as he holds up the briefcase.
Elias is in the ring.
Elias says after last night, it is clear that someone is trying to destroy what he is. He already fired three crew members. Elias says he was supposed to perform last night, but after that blow up, he was told by his doctor not to return to Brooklyn. Elias told him he is a performer and he is going to perform.
Curt Hawkins interrupts and he says that Elias is looking to be a number one hit. You can be number one, as in the first guy to lose to Curt Hawkins. Curt says he is feeling so lucky tonight and this certainly is not your town. What do you say together, you and I, go ahead and end his 218 match losing streak, right here, right now, in Brooklyn.
Elias says that is really funny. You come out here with a lot of courage. Curt Hawkins is a loser. You were born a loser and you are going to die a loser, just like everyone else in here. When the spotlight is on him, it is reserved for stars. Curt does not belong here. Elias tells Curt to get the hell out of Brooklyn.
Curt starts to go up the ramp but Curt asks Elias if he is going to hide behind that guitar and goofy scarf or are you going to fight him. Curt challenges Elias to a match.
Elias accepts the challenge.
Match Number Four: Curt Hawkins versus Elias
Hawkins with a rollup for a near fall. Elias with a Harley Race knee. Elias with a punch. Elias with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Hawkins with a rollup for a near fall. Hawkins with punches to Elias. Hawkins with a flying forearm. Elias with a knee and Drift Away for the three count.
Titus O’Neil walks in the back and we see Dana Brooke talking to Apollo Crews. Titus says he was looking for them. Dana says they were talking strategy.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Akam and Rezar versus Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews (with Dana Brooke)
Rezar and Titus are in the ring as the match is joined in progress. Titus with elbows to try to get out of the bear hug. Rezar backs Titus into the corner and Akam tags in and they connect with knees in the corner. Akam goes for a suplex but Titus blocks it. Titus with a suplex. Apollo tags in and he goes after Rezar on the apron but Rezar moves. Akam with a splash to the back and Rezar tags in and they hit a double gourdbuster for a near fall. Rezar with a front face lock. Rezar backs Crews into the turnbuckles and is warned by the referee.
Akam tags in and they hit an assisted side slam for a near fall. Akam with a forearm and then he applies an arm trapped head lock. Crews with punches but Akam goes for a hip toss and Crews blocks it. Akam with a fireman’s carry. Akam misses a knee and hits the turnbuckles. Akam blocks an enzuigiri and tags Rezar back in. They put Crews on the turnbuckles and Rezar goes for a belly-to-back superplex. Crews with elbows and then he hits a moonsault and then hits a standing moonsault for a near fall.
Titus sends Akam to the floor and Rezar with a knee to send Titus to the floor. Rezar blocks a rollup attempt and he picks Crews up by the throat. Rezar with a hard Irish whip and then Akam tags in for Last Chapter and the three count.
Winners: Akam and Rezar
We are back and the official celebration carpet is in the ring with a lectern and a new title belt. The women of Raw surround the ring as Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie says that when she thinks of the Women’s division today one word comes to mind . . . proud. Stephanie is so proud of Evolution and she is so proud of the Raw Women’s Championship Match from last night. We have a video package.
Stephanie says Ronda became the first UFC and Raw Women’s Champion. Stephanie says she is proud of Ronda because without her and her vision, Ronda Rousey would not be here in WWE. She saw the raw talent and shined it up like a diamond and she shines above the rest. Stephanie says she has molded Ronda in her likeness. Everyone around the ring want to be like her and want to be like Ronda.
Stephanie brings out her protege, Ronda Rousey.
Ronda makes her way to the ring.
Stephanie says that they are chanting Ronda, but she hears Steph.
Ronda says this is not about Stephanie. It is about all of the women around this ring and the women in the WWE. Ronda wants to know what is Stephanie doing by having them at ringside? Is she putting herself and Ronda above her? Ronda tells them to get on the ring apron.
Ronda asks Stephanie if she is trying to tell her how to be a champion. Ronda says it is not about one person, it is about all of them. She says Nattie is the cornerstone of the division. Sasha and Bayley, if it wasn’t for your match at Takeover, this movement might not have gotten off the ground. Ronda says she is not Brock Lesnar. She will be a fighting champion and she will compete every night. She is looking forward to facing each and every one of you.
Stephanie says Ronda is not Brock Lesnar. This is the Ronda Rousey who wants to break arms. Look at Alexa Bliss, who is wearing a sling. We take a look at the submission. Stephanie says Ronda will do that to all of you. Ronda wants to wipe all of you out so Ronda can stand in the spotlight. That is who she is.
Ronda says she is not here to break their arms . . . only those who deserve it. Ronda looks at Stephanie and takes her down and applies an arm bar. Stephanie taps because she can.
The heels check on Stephanie on the floor while the rest of the women celebrate with Ronda in the ring.
We take a look back at Roman Reigns making his challenge against Finn Balor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are in the ring and Bo says that this road we call life has some twists and turns. A few weeks ago, they had never won a tag match on Raw. Then, one single letter changed the WWE Universe forever. Bo says the B Team is undefeated and they are the Raw Tag Team Champions. Curtis says they are going to dedicate their singles matches to all of you. The B in B Team stands for Brooklyn.
Match Number Five: Bo Dallas (with Curtis Axel) versus Scott Dawson (with Dash Wilder)
They lock up and Scott backs Bo into the ropes and connects with a head butt. Bo with a punch but Dawson pulls Bo into the ropes to work on the face. Scott with a catapult into the bottom turnbuckle. Scott runs his elbow into the eyes. Scott with a reverse chin lock. Bo with punches but Scott with an uppercut. Dawson goes for a neck breaker but Bo with a back slide for a near fall. Bo with a back elbow and forearms. Bo with a punch to the midsection followed by a boot to the head and a cross body.
Bo goes for the hanging neck breaker but Scott escapes and sends Bo into the turnbuckles. Dawson with a package DDT for the three count.
Winner: Scott Dawson
Match Number Six: Dash Wilder (with Scott Dawson) versus Curtis Axel (with Bo Dallas)
The match is joined in progress with Axel over Wilder’s knee. We see a power slam by Wilder during the commercial break. Wilder with a back breaker for a near fall. Wilder stretches Axel over his knee. Axel with an escape and he punches Wilder and hits clotheslines followed by a drop kick. Axel with a splash into the corner and then he snap mares Wilder and hits the leap frog neck snap. Axel goes for a neck breaker but Wilder escapes. Wilder runs into boots in the corner and Axel misses an elbow drop from the turnbuckles. Wilder with a Gory Bomb for the three count.
Winner: Dash Wilder
After the match, Bo Dallas says you might have defeated them separately in singles matches. You better believe that they are still the Raw Tag Team Champions.
Roman Reigns is in the back and Renee Young congratulates Roman on his victory last night but she brings up his match tonight and the possible cash in. Roman says he is not concerned about putting the title on the line tonight. He did not spend years of his life and take years off his life trying to get this title. He will not hide. Finn has been waiting for a long time to get a title match and he will give it to him. He will beat Finn and send him to the back of the line. He did not worry about Braun last night and he can be out there tonight.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Stephanie McMahon getting her arm iced with Baron Corbin and Alexa Bliss.
Kurt Angle stops by to check on Stephanie. Stephanie asks Kurt where was he to allow Ronda to put her in an arm bar. Baron berates Kurt and he says that Raw is in chaos. Kurt says he is doing the best he can. Stephanie says it has been a year and a half with him as General Manager. Stephanie says Kurt can take a vacation and get some time off. That means that Baron Corbin is the acting General Manager of Raw and it means you are in charge.
Match Number Seven: Roman Reigns versus Finn Balor for the WWE Universal Championship
They lock up and Roman backs Balor into the turnbuckles and then sends Balor to the mat. Balor with a waist lock and Roman with an elbow and then he applies a side head lock. Roman misses a clothesline but he does not miss with a shoulder tackle. Balor with a sunset flip for a near fall. Balor goes to the apron and he goes for the enzuigiri but Roman blocks it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Roman with a rear chin lock. Balor with punches but Roman with a knee. Roman with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Roman goes to the floor and Balor with a baseball slide. Balor goes for the running kick on the apron but Roman blocks it and he sends Balor face first into the apron. Roman gets a near fall. Roman punches Balor in the corner. Roman with a hard Irish whip.
Roman with a punch. Balor with a forearm followed by a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with a chop in the corner. Roman with an Irish whip and Balor floats over and chops Roman. Roman is not impressed. Roman tosses Balor into the corner and Roman with NeverEnding Story. Balor drop kicks Roman to the floor. Balor with a plancha onto Roman. Balor tries to send Roman back into the ring and he succeeds. Balor gets a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Finn Balor is down with Roman Reigns standing over him. Balor blocks a punch and Balor with punches. Roman with an uppercut and Balor with an enzuigiri. Balor with punches to Roman and kicks followed by boots to the chest. Balor goes for Slingblade but Roman blocks it and gets a rollup into a one arm power bomb and Roman gets a near fall. Roman sets for the Superman punch but Balor with a kick and elevated elbow for a near fall.
Roman pushes Balor away and misses a charge into the corner. Balor with an enzuigiri from the apron and Balor goes up top. Roman moves and Balor lands on his feet. Balor with Slingblade and then he goes for the drop kick but Roman with a Superman punches and Balor kicks out.
Roman looks around to scream for the spear and Balor with a knee and rollup for a near fall. Roman with a Superman punch but we got to see a random fan in the crowd while Roman connected.
Braun Strowman’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage.
Roman forgets that his opponent is in the ring with him and Balor with Slingblade followed by a running drop kick. Balor goes up top and misses Coup de Grace. Roman with a spear for the three count.
Winner: Roman Reigns (retains Championship)
After the match, Braun enters the ring and he kicks Roman.
Match Number Eight: Roman Reigns versus Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship
Before the match starts, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come out in their Shield Gear.
Dean and Seth get on the apron. Roman gets back to his feet.
Braun goes after Roman and Dean and Seth attack Strowman. Roman with a Superman punch to Braun. Dean clips Braun and Seth with a kick. Roman clotheslines Braun over the top rope. Dean rearranges the announce table and they continue the attack on Braun.
They get Roman up for the Cerberus Bomb but Braun kicks Roman away. Roman with a spear. They get Braun up for the Cerberus Bomb.