August 19, 2019
St. Paul, Minnesota
Commentary: Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Jerry “The King” Lawler, Vic Joseph
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler
- Ricochet & The Miz defeated Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin via the Recoil by Ricochet on Corbin
- WWE United States Championship: Braun Strowman defeated AJ Styles (c) by disqualification when Anderson & Gallows interfered
- King of the Ring First Round Match: Samoa Joe defeated Cesaro via Coquina Clutch
- The New Day defeated The Revival by disqualification when Randy Orton interfered
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville via neckbreaker by Cross on Deville
- King of the Ring First Round Match: Cedric Alexander defeated Sami Zayn via Lumbar Check
- RAW Tag Team Championship: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman defeated Gallows & Anderson (c) to win the titles via running powerslam by Strowman on Anderson
Jerry “The King” Lawler is on commentary tonight as Corey Graves is on vacation. Lawler will host “The King’s Court” with Sasha Banks later tonight.
It's a night fit for a KING.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 20, 2019
Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go live into the arena to hear Roman Reigns’ music. The Smackdown Live Superstar makes his way to the ring to a big reception. The corner of the stage is decorated with a throne.
Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance. Ziggler has a microphone. Ziggler wants to tell Reigns face-to-face that he’s not a Twitter keyboard warrior like all wrestling fans. He’s glad Reigns is ok over the near-attacks. Ziggler just doesn’t understand why he gets all the attention for things that almost happened. The crowd chants, “You suck.” Ziggler says he’s trying to be a man so they can shut up. Reigns nearly got hit by a lighting rig, but has he ever been speared by Goldberg three times? It’s bad enough getting speared by Goldberg, but he didn’t see it coming. Ziggler thought Goldberg had to wait six months between spears. In the last few weeks, he’s had a DZ wannabe in HBK Shawn Michaels kick him in the face. He’s so off his game that Maryse’s husband The Miz took him out. It should be him being the main attraction. Ziggler the blindsides Reigns with a superkick!
The referee checks on Roman Reigns, who is still on the mat. The crowd chants, “You still suck” and “Goldberg” at Ziggler.
Reigns gets to his feet, and the bell rings. Ziggler goes for an avalanche in the corner, but Reigns sidesteps him and drops him with a right hand. Ziggler immediately leaves the ring. Reigns goes outside and jumps off the steel steps for a Superman Punch, but Ziggler sidesteps him. Ziggler then drops him with a Zig-Zag on the floor.
We come back from the break to see Reigns fight up from a chin lock, but Ziggler quickly punches him back to the corner. Ziggler charges, but Reigns drops him to the floor. Reigns goes outside and hits him with a Drive-By Dropkick. Reigns gets him in the ring and connects with a jumping clothesline. Reigns hits the 10 clubs in the corner before hitting the ropes and dropping him with a big boot. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, but Ziggler counters into a roll-up for a two count. Ziggler then hits a big spike DDT for a near fall.
Ziggler waits for Reigns to get up and goes for a Zig-Zag, but Reigns holds the ropes. Ziggler counters a spear into a roll-up for a two count. Ziggler goes for a famouser, but Reigns counters into a powerbomb attempt. Ziggler gets out and sidesteps Reigns to send him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler immediately follows up with a Zig-Zag, but Reigns kicks out! Ziggler angrily gets to his feet and taunts the crowd. Ziggler begins to tune up the band and goes for a superkick, but Reigns blocks it. Reigns connects with a Superman Punch and covers, but Ziggler kicks out! Reigns gets pumped up and goes for a spear, but Ziggler counters into a famouser for a two count.
The crowd is chanting, “Roman.” Ziggler cannot believe he hasn’t put Reigns away yet. Ziggler talks trash and says he is better than Reigns. Ziggler slaps him in the head a few times and dares him to do something. Ziggler goes for an avalanche, but Reigns splits him in half with a vicious spear for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Backstage: Becky Lynch
RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is shown backstage in a pre-taped promo. Lynch says last week on RAW, Sasha Banks beat her stupid with a chair. People want to know why she keeps challenging the locker room. Lynch wants the best, most aggressive version of people challenging her. That’s what Sasha Banks is at the moment. She can thank The Man for that. A few months ago, Banks ran away from WWE with her career as cold as ever. Now she’s hot as ever. What did Banks do on her four month vacation that made her so hot? Absolutely nothing. Lynch did it all. A few press interviews by Lynch made Banks the top dog in 2019. Sasha Banks is the greatest woman on the roster to never be great. Lynch says Banks can swing her chair and wear the Dollar Store glasses all she likes. The bottom line is she put more work into getting Banks into WWE than Banks did. Why did it take Lynch to unleash the real Banks? The greats don’t need to be goaded. This is a cat and mouse game. When Lynch does get her, she’ll give her something to go home and cry about.
Segment: Jerry “The King” Lawler, Bray Wyatt
Jerry “The King” Lawler welcomes everyone to The King’s Court. It looks like Becky Lynch will look to extract some revenge on his next guest, Sasha Banks.
Before he brings Sasha Banks out, Lawler wants to talk about King of the Ring since he is The King. The King of the Ring isn’t just a moniker. Many greats have been King of the Ring. It’s a launching pad. Bret “Hitman” Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Minnesota’s own Brock Lesnar have all been King of the Ring. They then show the King of the Ring bracket.
Lawler says on the RAW side, he thinks it’ll come down to Cedric Alexander and Ricochet. On the Smackdown side…
The lights start to go out, and Lawler immediately recognizes what is going on. Lawler quickly leaves the ring and goes up the ramp. The lights go out and then start flickering. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt is standing behind Lawler on the ramp. Lawler turns, and The Fiend locks in the Mandible Claw! Lawler soon goes unconscious. The lights go out, and Wyatt is gone. Doctors check on Lawler as we go to commercial.
Vic Joseph from 205 Live and NXT UK will be on commentary now. The Sasha Banks interview will happen later on.
Ricochet & The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin
Ricochet will take on Drew McIntyre, and The Miz will take on Baron Corbin next week in King of the Ring First Round Matches.
Drew McIntyre will start against The Miz. The Miz quickly tags in Ricochet, and they take McIntyre out. The lights start to go wonky in the arena, but it’s just a technical glitch. Miz then clotheslines Corbin out of the ring. Miz hits Corbin and McIntyre with a baseball slide. Ricochet then takes them down with a second rope moonsault to the floor!
We come back from the break to see Miz punching Corbin. Miz hits the ropes, but Corbin drops him with a back elbow. Corbin takes off his vest and is wearing a black shirt. Corbin punches away at Miz and taunts that he will be the King of the Ring. McIntyre is tagged in, and he hits Miz with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. McIntyre gets him to his feet, shoves him into the ropes, and drops him with a clothesline. Corbin is tagged back in, and Miz punches him back. There is something going on in the crowd that has the crowd distracted. Corbin comes back with a clothesline in the corner. McIntyre tags in and hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Miz then comes back with a DDT.
Ricochet and Corbin tag in. Ricochet takes him down and hits an enzuigiri. Ricochet knocks McIntyre down and sidesteps Corbin. Ricochet avoids the out and in clothesline before hitting a dropkick for a one count. Ricochet hits a running shoulder in the corner and kicks him. Ricochet hits a springboard clothesline and a standing shooting star press, but McIntyre breaks it up. Miz gets in the ring to help, but McIntyre big boots him. McIntyre then tells Ricochet this is a preview for next week and throws him across the ring. McIntyre goes for a Claymore Kick, but Ricochet superkicks him. Miz then hits McIntyre with a Skull Crushing Finale. Corbin gives Miz a Chokeslam. Ricochet knocks Corbin back and goes for a springboard, but Corbin grabs him by the throat. Ricochet flips through a chokeslam, but Corbin comes back with a Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin pounds the mat in frustration. A “Corbin sucks” chant picks up. Corbin puts him on the top rope, but Ricochet knocks him back. Ricochet hits a missile dropkick and sets him up in the corner. Corbin sidesteps him and charges, but Miz pulls Ricochet out of the way. Corbin hits the ring post shoulder-first, and Ricochet hits him with the Recoil for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Ricochet and The Miz
Interview: Booker T
Michael Cole is interviewing WWE Hall of Famer Booker T via Skype. Cole asks about the attack on Jerry Lawler by The Fiend. Booker T says Wyatt is like a rabid dog and it was a bad place to be for Lawler. Cole then brings up the King of the Ring tournament, which Booker T won in 2006 to become King BOOKAH. Booker T says he thinks of the greats that have won it through the years and have launched their careers. Booker T thinks Drew McIntyre will win it.
WWE United States Championship
AJ Styles (c) vs. Braun Strowman
The bell rings, and Styles steps right up to Strowman. Styles slaps him, so Strowman shoves him to the corner before shoulder blocking him out of the ring. Strowman chases Styles around the ring. Styles gets in the ring and attacks Strowman. Strowman grabs him by the throat, but Styles gets out and attacks the leg. Strowman hits Styles with an absolutely terrifying back body drop that nearly lands Styles on his head.
Luke Gallows gets on the apron, but Strowman punches him off the apron. Strowman charges Styles, but Styles gets the feet up. Styles clubs him back and goes for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Strowman swats him out of mid-air. Strowman goes for a Running Powerslam, but Karl Anderson superkicks him for the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Braun Strowman
AJ Styles retain the WWE United States Championship
Gallows big boots Strowman. Gallows and Anderson then send Strowman shoulder-first into the ring post. They then send him to the opposite ring post shoulder-first.
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins runs down to make the save and clears The OC from the ring. The crowd gives him a nice ovation. Rollins then shakes hands with Strowman. Strowman initially doesn’t let go of the handshake, but then nods his head.
Backstage: Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman
Seth Rollins catches up with Braun Strowman. Rollins says they’ve had each other’s backs, but he saw how Strowman looked at his Universal Championship. If he had his way, Strowman would get the next opportunity. Before that happens, they have to take on The OC. Rollins is going to try to get him and Strowman versus Gallows and Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championships booked for tonight.
King of the Ring First Round Match
Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro
The bell rings, and Cesaro viciously wipes Samoa Joe out with a running uppercut for a near fall. Joe gets out of a suplex and chops back at him. Cesaro hits the ropes, but Joe takes him down with a big back elbow. Joe sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro takes him down with a springboard corkscrew elbow for a one count. Cesaro goes for a Cesaro Swing, but Joe kicks him away. Joe chops him and sends him to the corner. Joe avalanches him before hitting a snap overhead kick. Cesaro leaves the ring to recover. Joe then takes Cesaro out with a suicide dive that sends him into the front row!
We come back from the break to see Joe jabbing away at Cesaro. Joe then chops him hard and smiles. Cesaro chops back and hits the ropes, but Joe takes him down with a big clothesline. Joe applies a neck vice, but Cesaro fights it. Joe takes him down and goes for a senton splash, but Cesaro moves. Cesaro hits a running uppercut in the corner and viciously strikes away at him. Cesaro hits the ropes and lays him out with a big boot for a near fall. Cesaro gets him up and tries for a suplex, but Joe’s weight takes them both down. Cesaro then gets to his feet and hits Joe with a suplex for a two count.
Joe chops him and hits the ropes, but Cesaro follows him in for an uppercut. Joe rolls out of the ring to recover. Cesaro runs around ringside and uppercuts Joe again. Cesaro gets him in the ring and goes to the top rope for a cross-body block for a two count. Joe pulls himself up in the corner and catches Cesaro with a uranage onto his upper back! Joe quickly follows up with senton splash for a near fall. Cesaro soon takes him down and hits a Cesaro Swing before transitioning into a crossface. Joe rolls through into a pin to get out of it. Cesaro uppercuts him and goes for a Neutralizer, but Joe gets out. Cesaro goes for a springboard, but Joe sidesteps him and applies the Coquina Clutch for the submission!
Winner by Submission: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe advances to the quarterfinals of the King of the Ring tournament (the graphic incorrectly said semifinals). Joe will face the winner of Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre.
In-Ring: Elias, R-Truth
Footage is shown of Drake Maverick trying to pin Elias for the WWE 24/7 Championship at a recording studio over the weekend.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Elias strums a bad chord. He greets the crowd, and the microphone goes wild. Elias continues on and says this will be his last in-ring musical performance. Elias goes to play, but his guitar is out of tune. Elias asks for another guitar. The technician goes to hand him another one, but takes it back. The lights come on, and it’s R-Truth. R-Truth rolls him up for a two count. R-Truth tries again for the same result. R-Truth finally hits a Scissor Kick for a near fall. R-Truth tries to hit him with the guitar, but Elias escapes.
Backstage: Rey Mysterio, Dominick
Rey Mysterio is backstage with Charly Caruso. She talks about how Andrade took his mask a few weeks back, but he hasn’t been able to avenge it. Mysterio thanks Charly for allowing him the forum to address what’s going on in his mind. Mysterio says he’s a very fortunate man and has had a beautiful family and career. Mysterio remembers his uncle training him and has met so many great people. Lately things haven’t been clicking for him. What Andrade did was a disgrace. In their culture as a luchador, that is the biggest insult. What hurts him the most is the fact that he hasn’t been able to do anything about that. When he steps into the ring, he can see ahead of time what his next moves are going to be. For some reason, his body doesn’t do what he’s envisioning. Mysterio has had a lot of injuries through the years because he’s faced a lot of big men, but his biggest fear is those injuries have caught up to him. Mysterio says he knows this day has to come to everyone… he just didn’t expect it would come to him. Mysterio gets emotional. Mysterio understand that it’s time for him to hang up the mask and let this new generation of superstars make an impact.
Mysterio goes to remove his mask… but his son Dominic stops him. Dominic says Mysterio promised while he was training him that he would be his tag team partner. Dominic wants to be able to tell his sons that he teamed with their grandfather, the great Rey Mysterio. Mysterio is openly weeping. Dominic tells him to stay in WWE and not retire. Mysterio says he’ll do it for his son. They kiss and hug each other.
The New Day vs. The Revival
Big E starts against Scott Dawson. Big E takes him down and shoulders him in the corner. Big E takes him down for a two count. Xavier Woods tags in and hits a running forearm in the corner. Big E shoulders Dawson again, and Woods takes Dawson down for a two count. Dawson quickly comes back by taking Woods down and tags Dash Wilder in. Wilder punches and chops Woods before Woods fights back. Wilder quickly puts him in the corner and sends him to the opposite corner. Woods quickly boots him back and hits the Honor Roll. Dawson runs in, but Big E cuts him off. The New Day then clotheslines The Revival out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Woods hit Dawson with a dropkick. Big E and Wilder tag in. Big E hits Wilder with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before hitting Dawson with one. Big E hits Wilder with a belly-to-belly side suplex and hits a big splash. The New Day goes for the Midnight, but Dawson knocks Woods off the apron. Big E goes to spear Wilder off the apron, but Randy Orton runs in and hits him with an RKO out of nowhere!
Winners by Disqualification: The New Day
Orton stands tall with The Revival and talks trash to Big E. WWE Champion Kofi Kingston runs down to make the save. Kingston clotheslines Orton down and attacks The Revival. Kingston hits them with a double jump axe handle before turning into an RKO from Orton. Orton picks Kingston up and looks him in the eye. Woods runs in and attacks Orton before kicking him. Woods hits the ropes, but The Revival hits a double-team flapjack while Orton hits the RKO!
Orton shoves The Revival and directs traffic. Orton tells them to break Woods’ leg. They set up, and Orton drags Kingston over to watch. The Revival jumps onto Woods’ leg, seemingly breaking it. Kingston yells in horror and looks like he’s going to cry. Woods screams in pain. Orton and The Revival pose in the ring while the crowd boos.
Interview: Sasha Banks
Michael Cole is going to interview Sasha Banks. Cole says they were hoping to get her comments on The King’s Court, but other circumstances came into play. Cole asks her to explain her actions after her shocking return last week. Banks says it’s been a crazy, emotional week for her. Last week she looked in the mirror and told herself that blue is her color. People are talking all about her blue hair. It’s time for her to show up and show out. She looks and feels good. Cole says no one is talking about her blue hair. People are talking about her return for the first time since WrestleMania. She attacked Natalya who was talking about her late father Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Becky Lynch, who she started with. Cole asks for an explanation. Banks thinks and simply says, “You’re welcome.” Banks walks off.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
Sonya Deville takes Nikki Cross down, but Cross soon shoves her back. Alexa Bliss tags in, and Deville quickly takes her down for a one count. Deville knees her in the midsection and tags Mandy Rose in. Fire and Desire take Bliss down for a two count. Rose takes Bliss down and cartwheels over her. Rose taunts Bliss and dropkicks her down. Rose hits a running knee for a two count. Cross gets a cheap shot in, so Rose follows her out of the ring and takes her down. Bliss attacks Rose from behind, gets her in the ring, and picks up a two count. Cross tags in and avalanches Rose. Bliss follows up with a slap to the face. Cross hits a snapmare and applies a straitjacket submission. Bliss tags back in and whips Cross into Rose. Rose quickly responds by kneeing Bliss down.
Deville and Cross tag in. Deville wipes out Cross with some knees and scares Bliss away. Cross quickly sends Rose into the ring post. Bliss tries to attack Deville, but she’s taken down. Cross hits Deville with the Cross Neckbreaker for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss
Backstage: Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman
Seth Rollins is talking with Braun Strowman backstage. Strowman is distracted by looking at the WWE Universal Championship. Rollins tells him to stay focused and follow his lead. Strowman says he is focused, but Rollins needs to follow his lead so they become RAW Tag Team Champions.
King of the Ring First Round Match
Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn quickly takes Alexander down and punches away at him. Zayn clotheslines him down for a one count. Zayn chokes him on the ropes for a few seconds. Alexander chops the chest, but Zayn comes right back with a backbreaker for a two count. Zayn punches Alexander and applies a chin lock. Alexander fights out, but Zayn takes him down with a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Zayn stomps him and gives him some crossfaces before applying another chin lock. Alexander fights up and chops Zayn. Alexander quickly hits a back elbow, ducks a clothesline, and hits a running forearm. Alexander knocks him back, and they botch a head-scissor takeover. Alexander gets him out of the ring and hits a suicide dive. Alexander gets him in the ring and hits the Neuralizer. Alexander quickly follows up with a Lumbar Check for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Cedric Alexander
Cedric Alexander will take on the winner of The Miz vs. Baron Corbin on next week’s RAW.
Backstage: Street Profits
The Street Profits are shown watching backstage. Montez Ford talks about how his King of the Ring bracket is looking good. Angelo Dawkins says his bracket is already busted. He had Cesaro winning the whole thing. They hype up the coming King of the Ring matches. Dawkins wonders why they don’t have a tag team King of the Ring tournament. Ford says it’s because they’re already kings. They then hype up the RAW Tag Team Championships match, which is next.
Backstage: Anderson, Gallows, AJ Styles
RAW Tag Team Champions Gallows and Anderson are complaining backstage about Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman getting a title opportunity. AJ Styles says tonight is a great opportunity to show the dominance of The OC.
Backstage: Natalya, Sasha Banks
Natalya is backstage with her arm in a sling. She’s been through a lot and expected this to be an emotional week, but she didn’t expect Sasha Banks. Sasha is… was her friend. That’s why she cannot wrap her head around how her friend hurt her during one of the most vulnerable moments of her life. Sasha Banks blindsides her and attacks the injured arm. Banks kicks Natalya’s arm into a crate and says, “Go to hell, Nattie.” Banks tells Natalya to tell her daddy she says hi. Banks walks off.
RAW Tag Team Championship
Gallows & Anderson (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman will start against Luke Gallows. Strowman shoves him back. They lock up, and Strowman powers him into the corner before punching away at him. Strowman hits the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Seth Rollins tags in and comes off the top rope with a punch to the midsection. Rollins wrenches the arm, but Gallows quickly takes him down. Karl Anderson tags in and bounces Rollins off the corner turnbuckle. Anderson punches away at him, but Rollins comes back with some chops. Rollins has a whip reversed, but he kicks Anderson in the face before clotheslining him. Gallows tags in, but Rollins knocks him and Anderson out of the ring. Rollins comes off the apron with a knee to the head. Gallows soon stops Rollins and drops him ribs-first on the barricade. Gallows does it again, and Rollins screams in pain.
We come back from the break to see Anderson wrenching Rollins’ arm. Rollins fights back, but Anderson takes him down with a vicious spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson grabs Rollins and puts him on the top rope. Anderson tries for a superplex, but Rollins fights him off. Rollins hits the blockbuster before clutching his ribs in pain. Gallows tags in and quickly stops Rollins from making the tag. Gallows chokes him on the ropes. Strowman confronts AJ STyles at ringside, and Gallows comes up from behind and sends Strowman into the ring post. Gallows then takes Strowman down on the floor. Gallows gets in the ring, and Rollins superkicks him. Rollins hits Anderson with a Sling Blade and attacks The OC. Rollins gets Gallows out of the ring and hits a suicide dive. Rollins gets in the ring and hits Anderson with a falcon arrow for a near fall. Rollins charges Anderson, but he’s dropped onto the apron. Rollins gets to the top rope, but Styles sweeps the feet. Gallows tags in, and they hit 3D-II for a near fall. Anderson tags in, and they go for the Magic Killer, but Rollins fights it. Rollins is sent to the floor, and Gallows holds him up for Styles to hit. Strowman wipes out Styles and Gallows!
Strowman is tagged in, and he shoulder blocks Anderson twice. Strowman avalanches him in the corner before shoulder blocking Gallows. Strowman hits Anderson with another avalanche before hitting a Running Powerslam. Rollins hits Styles with The Stomp before he can interfere. The referee counts the pin!
Winners and new RAW Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman celebrate becoming the new RAW Tag Team Champions. Rollins is now a dual champion. They raise their arms on the ramp, and Strowman is looking at the WWE Universal Championship again.