August 3, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews (c) defeated MVP via Toss Powerbomb
- The Riott Squad defeated The IIconics via rollup by Morgan on Kay
- WWE 24/7 Championship Triple Threat: Akira Tozawa defeated Shelton Benjamin (c) and R-Truth via senton on R-Truth to become the NEW champion
- Shayna Baszler vs. Sasha Banks was no contest because Asuka attacked Bayley at ringside (?)
- Angel Garza defeated Angelo Dawkins via dropkick
- Montez Ford vs. Andrade was no contest when Ford “collapsed”
The Raw video plays, and we go into the WWE Performance Center. The lights go dim on the commentators and then go back on. They apologize for the glitch.
WWE United States Championship
Apollo Crews (c) vs. MVP
The lights go out during Apollo Crews’ entrance. Before the match begins, MVP says he is the real United States Champion because at Extreme Rules, Crews didn’t show up. Crews made excuses while MVP made history. When the referee counts to three, their beef is done. He’ll represent the Hurt Business as the new United States Champion while Crews can go back to catering with Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. Bon appetit!
They circle the ring and lock up. MVP hooks a waistlock and takes Crews down. MVP applies a body scissor and goes for a chin lock, but Crews elbows out. Crews fights up and gets a jackknife pin for a two count. Crews kips up and taunts MVP. MVP soon takes Crews down with a knee to the midsection. Crews quickly sends him into the ropes and hits a back elbow followed by a clothesline. Crews hits a suplex for a two count. Crews punches away at MVP and applies an arm bar. MVP punches out and boots him in the face. Crews fights back with some forearms to the head. Crews sends him into the ropes, but MVP holds on. Lashley and Benjamin pull MVP out of the ring. Crews takes out the Hurt Business with a somersault senton.
We come back from the break to see MVP applying a neck vice to Crews. During the break, Lashley blindsided Crews on the apron. MVP then big booted Crews to the floor. Back to live action, Crews punches out and hits the ropes, but MVP turns him inside out with a clothesline for a near fall. MVP covers again for another near fall. MVP gets Crews to his feet and uppercuts him down for a two count. MVP nearly has a whip reversed, but he takes Crews down with a drop-toe-hold facebuster. MVP then uses the bottom rope to stretch out Crews’ neck. Crews’ neck was injured over a month ago by Lashley’s Full Nelson.
MVP punches Crews into the ropes and hits a suplex. MVP floats into the cover for a two count. The lights flicker momentarily. MVP looks confused. MVP punches Crews in the corner before sending him to the corner. MVP goes for a running big boot, but Crews moves. Crews kicks MVP in the head before hitting a cross-body block. Crews tackles MVP into the corner and shoulders away at him. Crews backs up and hits an avalanche followed by a big spinebuster for a two count. Crews goes for a Toss Powerbomb, but MVP gets out. MVP hits a German Suplex, but Crews pops up and gets fired up. Crews then grabs MVP and hits a Toss Powerbomb for the win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Apollo Crews
Bobby Lashley runs in and tries to put the Full Nelson on Crews, but he escapes. Crews holds up both titles on the ramp and celebrates.
Backstage: Apollo Crews
Charly Caruso asks Apollo Crews about being the rightful United States Champion. Bobby Lashley is unlike anyone he’s faced. Because of Lashley’s Full Nelson, he had to sit at home and watch MVP pretending to be the United States Champion. His children looked at him confused. Crews is going to take the old title and hang it in their bedroom. As for MVP’s title that he paid for, it looks good on his shoulder.
MVP is still at ringside and grabs a microphone. MVP shouts at the commentary and asks what kind of operation they’re running. MVP talks about the lights flickering. MVP says Apollo Crews should be ashamed by winning with the lights flickering. Crews didn’t show up at Extreme Rules because Bobby Lashley sent him home. Now he shows up and steals his title. MVP doesn’t care about Crews’ wife and kids. What he cares about is his rematch. MVP wants the rematch… at SummerSlam. The Hurt Business walks off.
A locker room door is shown with a tall man standing outside. It’s supposed to be the brainchild of Shane McMahon.
Backstage: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Shayna Baszler
— WWE (@WWE) August 4, 2020
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with the Golden Role Models, Bayley and Sasha Banks. Schreiber asks if they’ll defend any or all of their titles at SummerSlam. They don’t answer the question and instead play a video of their accomplishments. Asuka appears in the video to interrupt it and says revenge will be sweet. The Golden Role Models are furious.
Shayna Baszler walks up and says she has a problem with them. Sasha Banks snaked her way into the championship, but she’s been waiting in line for her shot. Baszler punches Banks in the face and knocks her down before walking off.
Backstage: Kevin Owens, The IIconics
Kevin Owens is walking backstage and passes by a cooler with drinks in it. The IIconics walk up and say they’ve heard he’s hosting The Kevin Owens Show next. Owens says they’d make great guests… just not tonight. He already has guests because he plans things. Owens tells them to have a water, and they look disappointed.
In-Ring: The Kevin Owens Show w/ Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, The IIconics
Kevin Owens is in the ring and says he has lots of thoughts about things, like the return of Shane McMahon. That’s not what he’s going to talk about, though. Owens wants to talk with someone who has had issues the last few months: Ruby Riott.
Riott makes her entrance. Owens talks about her getting her first singles win in a while and was emotional. Riott says she’s had trouble getting a singles win since February. The IIconics loved rubbing salt in the wound. Last week, she took out Peyton Royce and ended The IIconic bullshit. Owens laughs and says that’s hard to do. Riott just wishes Liv Morgan was there. Owens says Morgan is about to come out.
Liv Morgan, who hasn’t been seen since June, makes her entrance. Morgan says Riott asked her to listen to what she has to say. Morgan asks Riott to say what she has to say. Owens says he saw them both when they started in WWE, along with Sarah Logan. They had something special. Sarah has moved on to another part of her life. Owens has been on buses and flights with them. He’s seen them together and bring the best out of each other. Owens has done a lot of really crappy things to a lot of people and said a lot of crappy things. Owens always did it because he thought it would be better for his career, but he’s not sure it was really worth it. They don’t have to be friends… it’s just worth hearing Riott out.
A “Hear her out” chant picks up. Riott gets emotional and says when she came back, she thought it would be the same. Everything was different, including Morgan, but she was thriving and coming into her own. Riott thought Morgan didn’t need her. Morgan then beat her twice, and she realized Morgan doesn’t need her at all. This world without Sarah and being needed… she took it out on Morgan. She was wrong. Riott is crying. Every time she looks at her tattoo and knows Morgan has it on her neck… their lives changed forever. It’s their debut date. Riott asks for another chance to make The Riott Squad stronger than it has ever been.
The IIconics interrupt them. Peyton Royce says everyone is sick of hearing the two of them babble on. Morgan should have stayed in the bathtub. They’re tired of Riott’s social media posts about her one win over Peyton after 400 losses. The microphone keeps cutting off. They’ve dominated Riott and says they’re actually BFFs. Morgan says they’re not friends like The IIconics. They’re not IIconic… but there’s one thing they’ll always agree on. No one starts a Riott better than them. Owens says the message is clear unless The IIconics have something to say. Royce says they’ve got nothing on The IIconics. Riott challenges them to a match right now. Owens asks for more technical difficulties for their microphones only. Royce slaps him in the face. Owens asks if that was necessary. Billie Kay slaps him as well. Owens asks for a little help. The Riott Squad attacks The IIconics.
The Riott Squad vs. The IIconics
Ruby Riott will start against Billie Kay. They lock up, and Kay hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Peyton Royce tags in, and the double-team Riott for a one count. Royce knees Riott in the back and applies a chin lock. Riott fights up, but Royce pulls her down by the hair. Kay tags in, and The IIconics kick Riott down. Kay slaps Riott in the face and clubs the back. Riott fights back and superkicks her.
Morgan and Royce tag in. Morgan hits a pair of clotheslines and takes her down. Morgan attacks her in the corner and hits a missile dropkick off the second rope. Morgan covers for a two count. Kay, who was late getting in, comes to break up the pin after the kickout. Kay tags in, and Morgan rolls her up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Riott Squad
The IIconics go for the Magic Killer, but Riott breaks it up. Morgan and Riott hit a double-team STO on Kay and walk off together.
Charly Caruso is standing by a crate that has been destroyed. Caruso says she heard this was deliberate. MVP comes up and is incredulous that she’s reporting on this rather than him being robbed of the title. She says Apollo Crews has accepted his challenge for SummerSlam. MVP says of course Crews did because what would his kids think? Shelton Benjamin comes up and says someone stole his title.
In-Ring: Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring. Footage is shown of Randy Orton hitting McIntyre with an RKO out of nowhere last week. McIntyre says Orton has been taking advantage of vulnerabilities for 20 years. Orton won’t give you a one finger salute like Stone Cold Steve Austin or hit a People’s Elbow like The Rock. Orton hits his moves out of nowhere. McIntyre thanks Orton for the education. That will never happen again. McIntyre says he knows how motivated Orton is. Orton is motivated to take the title, but McIntyre is motivated to keep it. Once upon a time, Vince McMahon himself looked at them and said they were the chosen ones. They were the future of this industry.
Things didn’t go according to plan, but this wasn’t Orton’s plan ever, just like Edge said. Orton didn’t lie up at night and think about being here like he did while he was in Scotland. McIntyre doesn’t resent Orton for it, but he finds it interesting to hear Orton brag about his accolades… the accolades fed to him on a silver spoon because his dad was “Cowboy” Bob Orton. McIntyre never had anybody cleaning up after him like Evolution did for him. McIntyre was fired for his mistakes. McIntyre says he deserved to get fired, but he spoke to so many people that have been around for a long time. Orton should have been fired a few times.
Randy Orton’s music hits, and he walks out to the stage with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Orton tells McIntyre to stop. Is his respect for McIntyre not enough? McIntyre repays him by telling the world that he was handed everything and he doesn’t want to be here. Orton says if he didn’t want to be here, then why is he here? He’s saved his money. Orton loves being here and hitting RKOs and Punt Kicks. Orton appreciates McIntyre’s fighting spirit. That’s why it’ll be sweet at SummerSlam when he hits an RKO and beats him for the title. McIntyre thinks he should have been fired years ago. McIntyre is right, but he wasn’t fired. McIntyre was. Orton is more valuable to this company than McIntyre ever will be. Orton gets the chances because he is the chosen one then, now, and forever. Orton finds it cute that McIntyre is quoting legends, but he challenges McIntyre to come up with one opinion about Orton on his own.
McIntyre asks if Orton really wants him to shoot with him. McIntyre thinks Orton represents everything that is wrong with the WWE. Just like everyone else, he watched the Last Ride documentary. Orton talked about how The Undertaker reached down and pulled him up to his level when he didn’t have to do that. Why did Undertaker do that? Undertaker loves this industry and wants to preserve it. How many times can Orton say over the past 20 years he’s taken a moment to reach down and pull anyone up to his level. Never. Orton has never sat down with anyone and passed on some knowledge he got from Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, or Ric Flair. How about 10 years ago? McIntyre remembers Orton walking past him with his world crumbling around him professionally and personally. McIntyre was far away from home, his mother was sick, and he was self-destructing. A kind word from Orton could have changed his life. McIntyre doesn’t see a locker room leader or someone people respect. He sees a selfish prick. McIntyre has receipts to cash in on roster members past and present and for every legend he’s taken out. McIntyre will take Orton out and he will see it coming.
Backstage: Kevin Owens, Ric Flair
Kevin Owens is talking with the Riott Squad when Ric Flair walks up to him. The Riott Squad walk off. Flair says he’s followed Owens’ career and says he’s been great, but now he’s worried about being a guidance counselor rather than worrying about himself. Owens says he appreciates Flair coming to him, but he’s made a lot of mistakes to get to the top. Owens is trying a different approach. Owens is trying to be what Orton could be if he wanted to be. Flair says he’ll let that breathe. Flair says he’s in Orton’s corner. Instead of giving Owens advice, he needs to listen when Ric Flair speaks. Take care of himself. Owens says he’ll show what kind of fight he has. Owens tells Flair to have Orton meet him in the ring next week. Flair looks giddy.
In-Ring: Nia Jax, Pat Buck
Nia Jax is in the ring with Pat Buck. Jax says she came out here tonight to own up to what she’s done. Replays are shown of Jax attacking Buck last week on Raw. Jax was fined for her actions. Jax says she takes to heart the millions around the world that idolize her. When a scrawny, undeserving little runt from WWE management who couldn’t cut the mustard in his own career steps up to her, she steps back. Jax looks at Buck and says she almost couldn’t see him there. She knows Buck wants an apology. Instead, she offers an opportunity to prove she’s wrong. She challenges Buck to a match. Buck says he’s only here because he was told an apology is coming. Jax says she’ll give her apology after the match. This is Buck’s big opportunity. She says she’ll start real slow so his little legs can keep up. Buck says they should leave and talk about this behind the scenes. She says being a short ginger he’d have more fire. She tells him to say what he has to say. She shoves the microphone into his chest.
Buck says after her unsanctioned actions against a WWE official, she is indefinitely suspended without pay! Jax is stunned. Buck tells her to calm down and breathe. She pulls at his jacket and head-butts him down. Jax kicks him in the ribs and knocks him out of the ring. Buck’s shirt has Jax’ foundation all over it. Jax angrily walks off.
WWE 24/7 Championship
Shelton Benjamin (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. R-Truth
All of a sudden, R-Truth runs out with the WWE 24/7 Championship. He’s chased by Akira Tozawa and the Ninjas. Shelton Benjamin joins in the chase.
Benjamin punches away at R-Truth and stomps him. Tozawa rolls Benjamin up for a two count. Benjamin attacks Tozawa, but he fights back. Benjamin wipes Tozawa out with a vicious powerbomb. R-Truth blindsides Benjamin, but Benjamin comes back with Pay Dirt. A ninja gets in the ring, but Benjamin kicks him down and attacks him at ringside. MVP and Lashley attack two other ninjas. Back in the ring, Tozawa hits R-Truth with a top rope senton splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and new WWE 24/7 Champion: Akira Tozawa
Backstage: Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon is shown in some dingy room with a pseudo-ring set up and two guys fighting in it. People surround the ring area and cheer on. McMahon says Raw Underground starts at 10 p.m.
Backstage: Dominik Mysterio
Replays are shown of Seth Rollins and Murphy attacking Dominik Mysterio last week. Aleister Black made the save, but Rollins and Murphy took him out. Dominik then attacked Rollins and Murphy with a kendo stick to send them running.
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with Dominik Mysterio. She asks why he keeps putting himself at risk while his father is injured. Mysterio says it’s easy to figure out why he’s doing what he’s doing. He witnessed his father be blinded. His mind isn’t in the right place. If people think he’s crazy now… they’ll really think he’s crazy when he challenges Rollins to a match at SummerSlam!
Shayna Baszler vs. Sasha Banks
Banks gets in Baszler’s face and slaps her twice. Baszler takes her down twice before teasing a kick and letting Banks up. Banks angrily gets up, but Baszler kicks her down. Baszler talks trash before stomping the hand and rolling her up for a two count. Banks kicks Baszler in the midsection and goes for a suplex, but Baszler puts the brakes on. Baszler hits a slam and goes for an arm bar, but Banks fights it and gets to the ropes. Bayley gets on the apron, so Baszler scares her away. Banks hits a backstabber and sends her into the ring post shoulder-first for a two count. Baszler fights back with a Kirifuda Clutch attempt. Banks gets out and takes her down for a Bank Statement. Baszler fights it and gets out. Banks hits a head-scissor takeover and knees her in the face. Baszler then kicks Banks down. Asuka runs down and attacks Bayley… so the referee throws out the match.
Banks escapes from Asuka and sits at ringside while Asuka stays in the ring.
In-Ring: Asuka, Bayley, Sasha Banks
Charly Caruso is in the ring with Asuka. Asuka says Kairi Sane will be ok, but she’s not here. Sasha and Bayley are here and she’s here. What she wants is a rematch against Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. Shayna Baszler is in the ring. She doesn’t want to fight Asuka. She’s cheering for Asuka. She wants Asuka to win the title back from Banks. She’ll be so excited to dismember Asuka and take the Raw Women’s Championship off her.
The Golden Role Models come back out to the stage. Banks is laughing. She has a message for the two of them. This is her Raw Women’s Championship. She’ll give Asuka the rematch at SummerSlam if she can beat a former NXT Women’s Champion, a member of the Four Horsewomen… her best friend, Bayley. If Asuka can beat Bayley next week, she’ll get her rematch. Bayley looks really surprised by that.
Backstage: Angel Garza, Andrade, Zelina Vega
Angel Garza is backstage with Demi Burnett from “The Bachelor.” Andrade walks up and introduces himself. Zelina Vega walks up and says Burnett doesn’t belong here. Garza says she’s a friend of his. If she does belong here, then they need to talk. Garza says he’ll be right back.
Segment: Raw Underground With Shane McMahon
We go to that underground fight club ripoff with Shane McMahon. There are scantily clad women dancing. Some guy gets slammed. McMahon says they’re having fun.
Shane McMahon is standing in the rope-less ring. McMahon says this is all things he’d like to see. Some big guy is in the ring named Dabba-Kato that McMahon is excited about. The big guy runs through two different guys. McMahon says Raw Underground will be right back.
Angelo Dawkins vs. Angel Garza
Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits get in the ring. Angelo Dawkins says he’s interested in Demi Burnett. Montez Ford tells him to concentrate. Ford then makes fun of Garza for wearing velvet in August. Velvet doesn’t breathe. In all seriousness, they attacked his brother twice. They’re done playing nice.
Dawkins quickly takes Garza down and throws him out of the ring in a heap. We come back from the break to see Dawkins take Garza down for a two count. Garza reverses a whip and leapfrogs him. Dawkins also does a leapfrog and dropkicks him for a two count. Demi Burnett is watching backstage. Dawkins goes for a powerbomb, but Garza fights it. Dawkins accidentally rips Garza’s pants off. Garza takes Dawkins down before trying for a Wing Clipper. Dawkins punches Garza before avalanching him in the corner. Dawkins hits a bulldog. Montez Ford looks like he’s celebrating before just collapsing. Dawkins is concerned. Garza attacks Dawkins with a superkick and dropkicks him in the head for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Angel Garza
Dawkins checks on Ford. The commentators say that Ford, who just collapsed for no reason, has to pick things up for his team in the next match.
Montez Ford vs. Andrade
We join the match in progress. Samoa Joe says he doesn’t understand how the medical staff allowed Ford to compete after collapsing. Tom Phillips says the medical staff would never allow him to compete if he were in danger. Andrade hits a back suplex and attacks him on the ropes. Andrade knees him in the midsection and kicks him in the face. Andrade knees Ford in the midsection and throws him out of the ring. Ford reverses a whip into the barricade. Ford attacks Andrade getting in the ring. Andrade throws him off and boots him in the head. Andrade applies a chin lock, but Ford fights up and clotheslines him down. Ford flips over him and hits a leaping clothesline. Ford gets pumped up. Ford knocks Andrade out of the ring and hits a somersault senton. Ford gets in the ring and shakes the ropes before collapsing. The referee ends the match and yells for a doctor.
Backstage: Seth Rollins, Murphy
Murphy is watching a replay of Aleister Black’s eye being shoved into the stairs. Seth Rollins is looking off into the distance. Rollins says Murphy made the right decision. He’s proud of him. The past is the past. Tonight, Murphy must focus on the future. Murphy asks if Rollins thought about Dominik’s challenge for SummerSlam. Murphy finds it ridiculous. Dominik isn’t a WWE Superstar. Rollins sacrificed his old man in front of the world. Murphy asks if it’s ridiculous to Rollins, but Rollins walks off.
Raw Underground: Erik
Erik from The Viking Raiders is fighting a nameless guy on Raw Underground. Erik makes short work of the guy and knocks him out with a knee to the face.
Backstage: Angel Garza, Andrade, Zelina Vega, Angelo Dawkins, Bianca Belair
Charly Caruso is outside the trainer’s room. Angel Garza walks up and says he knows she is scared. Garza flirts with her. Zelina Vega and Andrade come up and say they’re worried about Montez Ford… but they’re also worried about SummerSlam. Angelo Dawkins comes out and says it appears Ford was poisoned. Bianca Belair comes out and accuses Vega of being behind it. She attacks her, but they’re both separated from each other.
Earlier: Masked Group
Footage is shown from earlier in the day in the parking lot. Masked people dressed all in black throw Molotov Cocktails at a generator.
Backstage: The Hurt Business
The Hurt Business is walking backstage when Charly Caruso comes up and asks them about not getting it done. MVP says they’ve been sabotaged. Shelton Benjamin says it’s no coincidence that they’ve been sabotaged when Raw Underground pops up. MVP has an idea.
NEXT WEEK on #WWERaw:
— WWE (@WWE) August 4, 2020
Next week, Auska will face Bayley in a non-title match. If Asuka wins, she’ll face Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. We’ll also see Kevin Owens take on Randy Orton.
In-Ring: Seth Rollins, Murphy, Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Dominik
Video Package: Seth Rollins torments the Mysterio family
Seth Rollins makes his entrance. Rollins was going to make a statement on Dominik Mysterio’s challenge, but they have some housekeeping to take care of. Rollins calls out Tom Phillips over not calling it down the middle. When Phillips skews and slants things, it creates bias and does a poor job. If he’s doing a poor job, then Phillips becomes a liability. The time has come to find a new voice of Monday Night Raw. Rollins tells Murphy to take Phillips. Samoa Joe stands up and says this isn’t going to happen. They can walk back in the ring and make the point they came to make or he’ll slap him in the lips. Joe was laughing harder than anyone at this table at Rollins’ misfortunes. Rollins tells Joe he doesn’t want to do this. Joe says he does and removes his headset. Rollins and Murphy get in the ring. Rollins says what happens in here is not his responsibility.
After commercials, Seth Rollins and Murphy are waiting in the ring with chairs. All of a sudden, Dominik Mysterio runs in from behind and attacks them with a kendo stick. Mysterio hits then with the stick and destroys it. Samoa Joe sits down at the commentary table again. Mysterio takes Rollins down and runs them off. Rollins runs out to the stage and says he accepts Mysterio’s challenge for SummerSlam.
Raw Underground: Shane McMahon, The Hurt Business
It’s time for one last fight at Raw Underground. Dolph Ziggler is fighting some young guy and gets a submission. MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Bobby Lashley walk in. MVP says he has an announcement to make. On behalf of the CEO of the Hurt Business, until further notice, Raw Underground is under new management. The Hurt Business is ready to fight. Who wants to step up to the CEO of the Hurt Business. Some guy gets in the ring with Lashley. Lashley slams the guy and knocks him out. MVP says he wants some. They target some small guy, and MVP makes quick work of him. Former Raw commentator Dio Maddin gets in the ring, and Shelton Benjamin wipes him out. The Hurt Business wipes out the rest of the spectators.
Shane McMahon says they’ve proven their point. Anything goes at Raw Underground. McMahon says he can’t wait for next week. MVP says they are the Hurt Business and business is booming.