In case you missed the show, the following is the WWE Monday Night Raw results, highlights and headlines from the show on August 15th.
WWE RAW Results
Judgement Day promise to end anyone who gets in their way, attack and injure Rey Mysterio
Asuka & Alexa Bliss def. Nikki A.S.H. & Doudrop to advance in Women’s Tag Title Tournament
Ciampa says the next time he gets a championship opportunity he’ll make the most of it, Miz gets him a pokemon card to show his appreciation
Ciampa & Miz def. Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander
Drew McIntyre declares that the future of WWE is his, Kevin Owens disagrees
Kevin Owens vs. Drew McIntyre ends after the Usos attack McIntyre, KO stuns McIntyre but Drew stands tall against the Usos to end the segment
Riddle’s interview is interrupted by Seth Rollins, but Riddle returns to brawl with Rollins
Video package hypes up first time match for Lashley vs. Styles
Riddle tells Kevin Patrick backstage he’s gonna kick Rollins’ ass at Clash at the Castle
Veer Mahan def. local competitor
Dakota Kai tells Dana Brooke she should be afraid of her
Bobby Lashley def. AJ Styles to retain US Championship, Dexter Lumis appears again midmatch before security drags him away
Dakota Kai def. Dana Brooke
Video package hypes Damian Priest vs. Edge for next week
Theory def. Dolph Ziggler
WWE RAW Highlights
Promo and (almost) Match of the Year
To save some reading, go watch everything Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens did tonight. I am not being hyperbolic in saying I think it’s as good as TV wrestling can be between their promos and match tonight.
To start, we got two pipe bomb-level promos from each man here tonight, with Drew McIntyre touting a sore back from carrying this company and Kevin Owens saying WWE has missed the passion only he can bring as the Prizefighter. Lines like Kevin Owens putting every champion on notice and McIntyre reminding us and KO that he got fired and got so good WWE had to call him back seemed to make stars anew of both men.
Then, we got a near 30-minute clash that honestly benefitted from a non-finish. Both men looked like a million bucks here. Despite both wanting to win, the Usos stopped us from getting our result. KO got to stun McIntyre on the way out to show he’s not satisfied yet, and Drew still stood tall after fighting off the Usos. So, both men win here, and WWE may have given us the best hour of wrestling TV you’ll see all year with these two. I hope we get to see this feud again soon, perhaps with title implications.
Everyone Has a Purpose
This is a small thing, but since Triple H took over, it’s so nice to see everyone on TV have a little bit of direction at least. Dana Brooke showed pride as a champion, Veer squashed a nobody, and Dexter Lumis is still battling security guards to name a few examples. While some of these stories aren’t much to talk about, it still shows that there’s something for everyone to do.
I especially loved seeing Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander tag together tonight. They looked awesome and showed a lot of character as a tandem even in defeat. There’s a risk they could be only an enhancement team, but I think in this new WWE there’s actually a chance they’re only getting started like many others.
Theory is Important
While many of the guys Vince McMahon backed deserve to be relegated to a lower role, Theory isn’t one of them. He’s mister Money in the Bank, he’s a prodigy and, if handled correctly, he is a star in the making. So, not seeing him on TV for a couple of weeks was a little worrisome. However, I think it’s worth applauding that he returns and immediately gets the main event showing. Yes, I would’ve structured the show differently, but if you’re going to make us care about the Money in the Bank briefcase or Theory, you need to give him big spots like this against guys like Ziggler who can put him over strong.
WWE RAW Lowlights
Third Hour Woes
I loved the show again tonight, but one major complaint from the last two weeks has to be the disparity between the second and third hours. While the first hour was used to build a couple of stories, I had no issue with it either week. However, two weeks in a row we saw an incredible second hour followed by a totally fine closing act.
Tonight, we saw the two strongest matches and by far the most interesting storylines in the middle of the show. KO vs. Drew is a great middle act, along with the great return of Riddle. Then, we got Lashley vs. Styles for the US Title, and suddenly you’ve overshadowed everything else we have left. The weirdest of all was everything advertised tonight was in this middle chunk. The main event wasn’t really announced and we didn’t hear about Kai’s match until late, compared to an all-night build for the Riddle interview and US Title match. It’s a very fixable issue, but just head-scratching how or why they’ve clearly outshined the last hour consistently recently.
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Young Bucks tease return of Kenny Omega or another estranged ally, Kota Ibushi, in lew of Hangman Page on AEW Dynamite
Hit Row debut on SmackDown, joining string of recent WWE returns
Bray Wyatt, Naomi & Sasha Banks, and Johnny Gargano and Candace Larae remain shrouded in rumors of WWE returns