In case you missed the show, the following is the WWE Monday Night Raw results, highlights and headlines from the show on August 8th.
WWE RAW Results
Bayley, Io, and Dakota lay claim to the women’s division, challenge Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Bianca Belair to a match at Clash at the Castle.
Ciampa declares he will win the US Championship for Harley Race, his mentor.
Seth Rollins def. Angelo Dawkins
Women’s Tag Title Tournament announced
Dominik Mysterio lashes out at Edge and Rey Mysterio
Kevin Owens attacks and injures Ezekiel before their match
Finn Balor and Damien Priest promise to bring judgement to the Mysterios
Finn Balor def. Rey Mysterio, Rhea Ripley lays out Dominik as distraction
Bayley, Io, and Dakota are confronted by Tamina and Dana Brooke backstage to set up their tag team tournament match
Io Sky & Dakota Kai def. Tamina & Dana Brooke in Women’s Tag Team Tournament
Kevin Owens tells Kevin Patrick that he needed to remind everyone that it’s still the Kevin Owens Show
Video Package hypes up the US Championship Match
Bobby Lashey w/ AJ Styles def. Ciampa w/ The Miz to retain the US Championship
Omos def. two enhancement talent in a handicap match
Seth Rollins threatens to retire Riddle during interview next week
Dolph Ziggler def. Chad Gable
AJ Styles def. The Miz in a No-DQ match. Dexter Lumis spotted in crowd to close the show
WWE RAW Highlights
Ciampa’s Star Rises, but Bobby Shines in Title Match
The US title has been an electric scene the last couple of weeks, and this week they made two excellent choices. Ciampa becomes more human each week, with his tribute to the late great Harley Race especially endearing tonight despite remaining a heel, which is the right choice. Second, we have Bobby Lashley retain the title for now. As much as I love the idea of pushing Ciampa, too much too soon could sour the crowd on him, especially when Lashley might be as over as he ever has been. Lashley makes the title feel like a big deal, and having Ciampa come oh so close to winning in a great match and then working his way back up is an even better story.
This division suddenly feels immense in recent weeks, and Lashley is holding the whole thing together. Both men deserve major props, but hopefully, WWE take their time building someone to take out Lashley.
The Women’s Tag Team Titles Return
After months of drama behind the scenes, not only are the Women’s tag team titles back but so are Sasha Banks and Naomi, according to multiple sources. This division has never been great, but it has a chance to get more women on TV in meaningful roles, and it can give us some good matches like we saw tonight. But most importantly, it was shitty of WWE to remove Naomi and Sasha in the first place just for demanding these titles be used as titles, so bringing back this division in a big way is the right call.
When we get the eventual return of the exiled champs, it will be an even bigger moment for a Women’s division that’s riding high as of late.
WWE RAW Lowlights
After the returns of Io Sky, Dakota Kai, Bayley, Karian Kross and Scarlet, and now Dexter Lumis, along with rumors of even more returns happening soon, this WWE RAW was pretty mundane. Granted, not a bad show at all, but it did feel a little lackluster after recent weeks of must-see TV.
The Triple H Era couldn’t be expected to be that level of dramatic each week, but still, it should be noted that tonight’s show just felt a little more normal than the last couple of weeks, and hopefully, WWE can capture some of the excitement backstage on their TV product more-so going forward.
Former NXT Champion Karion Cross resigns from the company and debuts on SmackDown to attack Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns.
Bray Wyatt teases WWE return with cryptic tweets. Johnny Gargano and Candace LaRae also rumored to be possibly returning to WWE soon.
AEW reportedly hasn’t heard from MJF since he demanded to be fired on TV