Event: Monday Night Raw 
Date: August 26, 2019 
Location: New Orleans, LA

Results & Highlights

Sasha Banks kicked off this week’s Raw by addressing her long absence in WWE since her loss at WrestleMania earlier this year. Banks was attacked by Natalya as a retaliation from lask week. Officials separated the two women to end the opening segment.

King of the Ring Match Round 1: Ricochet defeated Drew McIntyre. Although McIntyre dominated his smaller opponent initially, Ricochet fought back with speed and aerial maneuvers. He dropped McIntyre flat on his back, followed by a 630 Splash for the win.

King of the Ring Match Round 1: Baron Corbin defeated The Miz. Corbin dominated most of the match but Miz made a comeback and hit a Skull-Crushing Finale and almost got the 3-count. Corbin eventually delivered End of Days to secure the win and advance to the second round.

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Bayley defeated Nikki Cross: Bayley hit a running knee and a sidewalk slam to put Cross down and delivered a flying elbow drop to seal the win.

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Tag Team Turmoil Match: This was similar to the Gauntlet match to decide the next contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championship.

  • The Viking Raiders defeated The B-Team
  • The Viking Raiders and The O.C. ended up in a double DQ
  • Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode defeated Lucha House Party
  • Ziggler and Roode defeated The Revival
  • Ziggler and Roode defeated Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
  • Ziggler and Roode defeated Heavy Machinery and became the No#1 contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championship at Clash of Champions.

Sasha Banks defeated Natalya: Natalya attacked Banks before the bell and continued from where they left off earlier in the show. Nattie put banks in a Sharpshooter, but Banks broke the hold and eventually hit a backstabber and applied a Bank Statement, forcing Natalya to tap out. Post-match, Banks applied another Bank Statement on Natalya before leaving the ring.

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Cedric Alexander defeated Cesaro: The Swiss Cyborg countered Alexander’s aerial assault by targeting his knee. On top of that, later in the match, Cesaro put Alexander in a half-crab, twice, further damaging his knee. Alexander hit a modified Spanish Fly and eventually delivered a Lumbar Check out of nowhere for the win.

United States Championship Match: AJ Styles defeated Braun Strowman via disqualification after a series of events involving a steel chair and the Good Brothers. The referee fell out of the ring after Stowman accidentally bumped into him. Styles tried to use a steel chair but got hit by a powerslam from Strowman. Gallows and Anderson tried to interfere but Strowman was too powerful even for the three of them. Styles played possum when he noticed the referee was getting back up and Strowman had the chair in his hand. The referee called for the bell and awarded the match to Styles. An angry Monster hit running powerslams to all three OC members post-match to close the show.

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Takeaways from Monday Night Raw

The Strowman Era

For months, the WWE Universe complained about the misuse of Braun Strowman’s character. Strowman started off in WWE as a monster but quickly faded away after a string of losses to Brock Lesnar. Strowman is once again being pushed to the top after he was granted a Universal Championship match at Clash of Champions against his current tag team partner, Seth Rollins.

It is interesting to see how WWE proceeds with Strowman’s character in the coming weeks.

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Tag Team Division Continues to Suffer

After an impromptu tag team, Strowman and Rollins, won the tag team championships last week, WWE organized a tag team turmoil this week. Yet another impromptu tag team, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, won the match to become Number One contenders for the championship.

The RAW Tag Team Championship will be contested among two tag teams, which didn’t even exist until last week. Disappointing.

Heavy Machinery had tremendous momentum after a good run in recent weeks on SmackDown Live. However, it all was nullified after a random tag team of Roode and Ziggler defeated them on RAW. Similarly, Gallows and Anderson continue to look like nerds every week, far from their menacing runs in NJPW.

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Top Stars Missing

RAW was missing several top guys from the show this week with Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns among the notable absentees. WWE had several South American live events this weekend, and that could be a factor for the several absentees.

A show without your top champions always feel dull and unsurprisingly, that was the case with RAW this week. The show had several decent matches from start to finish, but overall the show lacked the intensity of previous weeks.

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The NXT Banks is Back

Sasha Banks started off RAW this week and cut a weird promo on Becky Lynch and Women’s Division. She wrestled her first match in close to five months and brought back her NXT mannerisms. Banks as a heel is money and has tremendous potential in the upcoming months if WWE uses her correctly.

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The Downfall of Drew McIntyre, Rise of Ricochet

WWE booked themselves into a corner by pitting two of the biggest superstars in the RAW bracket in the first round itself. Drew McIntyre and Ricochet are both worthy of a KOTR victory, and no matter who won, it was going to be a disappointment for many. McIntyre went from a devastating character who went undefeated for several months, to losing against Cedric Alexander and Ricochet within a span of a few weeks.

WWE is definitely looking to push Ricochet to the moon, and putting a strap on him will definitely pay dividends in the future.