WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review
August 22, 2016
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Raw came to you LIVEEEE tonight from one of my hometown arenas; the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. After an incredible NXT TakeOver show (that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for) and a Summerslam that I’m still scratching my head over, let’s see if WWE can continue the summer hype or if they’ll fall into the post-Summerslam lull.
Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon promo with Finn Balor
Say what you will about the new Universal Title belt, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins put on one hell of a match last night and Finn came out as the champion. A true mark-out moment for the ages. Fast forward 24 hours and it is revealed that due to a shoulder injury caused by Seth’s running powerbomb into the barricade (he should probably stop doing that now that he’s injured both Sting AND Finn with that thing), Finn has to vacate the title. He came out to the ring and just as you would expect from him, was humble and graceful about giving up the belt, saying that he will be back to reclaim it. He’d sure as hell better.
Moving along, as Mick and Stephanie were about to announce their plans for the vacated title, out came Seth Rollins, with Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Enzo and Cass and Roman Reigns all wanting a shot at the title. Matches were announced for tonight, and the winner of a Fatal-Four-Way next week in Houston (the NY fans weren’t too happy about that) will be crowned the new champion.
Seth Rollins vs Sami Zayn – Qualifier #1
Of course the two people I wanted to see compete for the title next week get paired up in the first round. Seth was clearly going over but Sami did a hell of a job too, flying around and hitting Seth with some stiff, hard clotheslines with his apparent “knee injury”. Sami went for Mitconoku Driver but couldn’t get Seth up for it, so Seth countered into a Pedigree for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Kevin Owens vs Neville – Qualifier #2
Neville impressed tonight against a more-than-worthy opponent, hitting some beautiful high-risk spots both on the inside and outside of the ring. Owens was his usual fantastic self of course, even with Chris Jericho standing at ringside. In the end, Jericho distracted Neville before he could hit the Shooting Star Press, allowing Owens to recover and hit a Torture-Rack Neckbreaker-like move for the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
New Day promo with Anderson and Gallows
New Day came out to the ring and thanked the Brooklyn crowd for sticking with them through the good and bad times, as it was in the Barclay’s Center that they won the tag titles last year. Anderson and Gallows interrupted, reminding New Day that they lost last night and they are still viable contenders for the tag titles.
Now that Finn is injured that kind of puts off any plans for a Balor Club title takeover until he gets back, which is unfortunate because that would have been something really new and fresh. New Day have had the titles for a year but Anderson and Gallows deserve a good run with them.
Karl Anderson vs Big E
A fun match but with a lot of outside involvement from Gallows and the other members of New Day. Anderson got more in tonight, but he still has not been able to showcase himself even close to the level he can in his singles matches. The finish came with both Kofi and Xavier Woods taking Gallows out, and Big E hitting the Big Ending on Anderson for the win.
Win: Big E
Titus O’Neil promo
Titus came out there and messed up 95% of his lines, and even then I was still bored watching. He called out Darren Young for a match, saying he was the only reason Young was ever relevant and that he finally wanted to end things. Sadly, instead of the end of the feud which I would have been VERY happy about, Bob Backlund came out, got in Titus’s face and took a scoop slam. Young ran out to help, and took a Clash Of The Titus. Yawn.
Big Cass vs Rusev – Qualifier #3
Another match affected by an “injury”. This time Rusev was feeling the aftereffects of the Spear on the outside from Roman last night, so his ribs were taped. Cass has been rumored as the guy who is going to eventually beat Brock Lesnar….God I hope that’s not true. He barely focused on the ribs and I was just really underwhelmed by him as I usually am. After a while, and even thought he consistently fought back, Rusev got out of the ring and let himself get counted out, much to my disappointment of course. Any match for a singles title with Cass in it makes me not want to watch it.
Winner: Cass (by countout)
Charlotte and Dana Brooke promo with Mick Foley and Bayley
Charlotte and Sasha Banks had one hell of a match last night at Summerslam, and no one can truly be mad about her regaining the title after a match like that. She came out there and gave an excellent promo, saying that if Sasha wants a rematch when she gets back, even though she doesn’t feel she deserves it, she’ll “break her back” again.
Mick Foley would then announce Bayley as the newest signee to Raw, much to the delight of the Brooklyn crowd and myself of course. After being in that arena and seeing the sendoff she got after her loss to Asuka on Saturday night, I was moved to tears. She is the absolute future of women’s wrestling.
It looks as though we’ll get Bayley/Charlotte for the title at the next PPV, but I’d like to look down the line for a second. A Four Horsewomen match needs to happen at WrestleMania, and Bayley needs to walk out of Orlando as champion. I’ll be in Orlando for that. Can you imagine the eruption?
Bayley vs Dana Brooke
If anyone was unfamiliar with Bayley, this was a good match for them to get their first look without seeing too much. Dana did better here then she had in any of her matches with Sasha, but fell to a Bayley to Belly that came so fast, the crowd didn’t even pop for it. Welcome to Raw, Bayley!
Braun Strowman vs Johnny Knockout
Knockout said he likes big sweaty men before the match….I don’t know why WWE would have him say that, but he obviously got destroyed by Strowman within a few minutes, although he did try and get some offense in. Strowman got the win with the Reverse Chokeslam.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Dudley Boyz promo
The Dudley Boyz’s retirement? had been teased all night on Raw and on social media, but I thought to myself “is this a Mark Henry moment?” They talked from the heart, but were interrupted by Primo and Epico, who didn’t last long in the ring with them before they took a 3D and a Diving Headbutt. Anderson and Gallows then attacked them from behind, so I can only assume we’ll get that match eventually. TLC match anyone?
Roman Reigns vs Chris Jericho – Qualifier #4
My hopes for this match were dashed when Roman didn’t cost Rusev earlier in the night. I just had a feeling it would be decently clean, and it was. It was a bit slow for my liking, but Jericho and Roman always work well together. They played their parts well tonight, as did Kevin Owens, who played an intricate part in the match. After Roman broke the Walls of Jericho, Owens hit a Superkick, unbeknownst to the referee, and Jericho hit a Codebreaker. He couldn’t take advantage and Roman kicked out. The finish came with Roman overcoming the 2 on 1 odds by hitting Owens with a Superman Punch and then Jericho with a Spear.
I don’t like Cass in the title match, but the other three will put on a fantastic match together next week. Would not be surprised to see Seth win it and hold onto it until Mania at least….Roman has other things going on right now and I don’t think Vince is that senile that he would put the belt on Cass right now.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Although the weakest of the Summerslam weekend shows, Raw was a success tonight (and a failure if you really like Finn Balor aka me). We got the long-awaited debut of Bayley, and the prospect of Seth becoming champion once again, which can never be a bad thing. We’ll see next week how good WWE can handle an unexpected scramble in this day and age.