Event: Monday Night Raw
Date: August 12, 2019
Location: Toronto, Canada
Results & Highlights
- The new Universal Champion Seth Rollins opened the show this week by thanking the Toronto crowd for their support and inspiration. The O.C interrupted and the United States Champion AJ Styles challenged Rollins for a match which he accepted. A Champion vs Champion match was set for later in the night.
- Samoa Joe defeated Sami Zayn via submission in a quick match. Earlier, before the match, Joe caught Zayn trash talking about him to the NXT Tag Team Champions Street Profits in a backstage segment and told Zayn to settle things in the ring.
- A match was announced between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz. Ziggler came out to the ring and informed Miz that he is not medically cleared to wrestle after last night’s match with Goldberg. Ziggler blindsided an unsuspecting Miz and the match was started. Though Ziggler initially dominated the match, The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler with a Figure Four submission lock. Post-match, Ziggler trash talked about the Miz, only for him to return and deliver a Skull Crushing Finale.
- Elias’ performance was interrupted by Ricochet and a match was made. A high flying Ricochet defeated Elias via pinfall.
- Rey Mysterio vs Andrade (2-out-of-3 falls match): Andrade used the ropes to get the first win after an interference from Zelina Vega. Andrade got Rey the second time with a Hammerlock DDT to secure a straight 2 falls victory.
- Drew McIntyre defeated Cedric Alexander after delivering a Claymore Kick. The near-falls were excellent and the fans’ chants of “this is awesome” proved the performers were able to suck them into the action.
- Robert Roode defeated No Way Jose with a Glorious DDT
- Tag Team match between The Revival and Lucha House Party was interrupted by R-Truth and the mob following him. The Revival managed to pin Truth to become the first ever WWE 24/7 Co-Champions. It did not last long as Truth managed to get his title back with assist from Carmella. Backstage, Elias smashed his guitar on Truth and became the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Natalya addressed the crowd about her loss at SummerSlam when ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks made a surprise return with blue hair. Banks attacked Natalya and the crowd got her back with “Thank you Sasha” chants. Becky Lynch rushed to the ring and the two women started a brawl. Lynch eventually succumbed to repeated chair shots from an aggressive Banks. Crowd seemed to love the entire segment.
- Viking Raiders defeated local talent in a squash match.
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross defeated The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team titles.
- Raw main event, a champion vs champion match, between Seth Rollins and AJ Styles ended in disqualification after The Good Brother interfered and attacked Rollins. Ricochet rushed in for the rescue but the numbers game caught up as he fell for the Boot of Doom. The heels continued beating Rollins when Braun Storwman‘s music hit to a huge pop from the crowd. Strowman ran through the heels like a speeding train and hit AJ Styles with a running powerslam to end the show.
Takeaways from Monday Night Raw
The Boss Returns
Sasha Banks was heavily rumored to return post SummerSlam and face Becky Lynch for the RAW Women’s Championship. The speculations became a reality and a solid heel turn by Banks just set the tone for what’s set to be a fantastic battle.
Becky facing Banks, and Bayley facing Charlotte on SmackDown Live could be a great sight, and will do wonders for the Women’s Division. Banks’ return has given some life to the RAW Women’s Division which was dead in the water after Rousey and Banks left after WrestleMania.
Wild Card Rule Being Phased Out, Finally!
Only one superstar from SmackDown Like, Elias, made appearance on RAW this week. There are reports of WWE slowly phasing out the Wild Card Rule, and it seems that the plan is in motion.
The Wild Card Rule was a disaster for WWE as a whole, and separation of both the shows will benefit everyone involved, except Shane McMahon probably.
Where Are The New Feuds?
Seth Rollins won the Universal Championship last night, AJ Styles retained his US Championship while Gallows-Anderson did not defend their titles at SummerSlam. In the RAW after SummerSlam, fans should be treated with new feuds and rivalries leading upto the next PPV. However, apart from Sasha-Lynch, no new rivalries were set up which is not the right way to get your audiences interested.
A possible rivalry between Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins was teased, but with both the superstars being faces now, it seems highly unlikely that it will materialize.
The Viking Raiders defeated enhancement talents for the umpteenth week in a row, Robert Roode defeated No Way Jose in an inconsequential battle, which was followed by a Tag Team Match between Lucha House Party and Revival. Although the last match had some implications with the 24/7 Championship, the rest two served no purpose and merely existed for filling the three hour run time.
A Much Loved Format Returns
King of the Ring is one of the most iconic tournaments in WWE history. It has had several great moments through the history, with the most famous being the birth of Attitude Era after the 3:16 promo by Stone Cold Steve Austin. 16 top talents from both the brands will compete in this tourney, which promises to provide tremendous action with matches having high stakes involved with them.