We have Monday Night Raw coming to us tonight from the Performance Center in Orlando Fl.
They open the show with a graphic about Kamala who had passed away yesterday, August 9th.
We go into the Then, Now, Forever opening right into the Raw theme song.
They are advertising the match tonight between Owens and Orton as well as the match between Asuka and Bayley. If Asuka wins, she will challenge Sasha at SummerSlam for the Raw Women's title. Raw Underground returns to us at 10pm.
We open with Samoa Joe in the ring for a contract signing. This is for the match between Seth Rollins and Dominick Mysterio. Dominick has to sign 2 contracts tonight, one for the match and one to be an official member of the roster. If Joe gets physical with Rollins he will lose his job as he is not medically cleared to do any activities.
Seth Rollins' music hits and he is accompanied to the ring by Murphy. Samoa then introduces Dominick and he comes out with a kendo stick in hand to even the odds. Seth is saying that Dominick is looking like a child, a scared kid since he is coming out with a kendo stick. Joe is ripping into Rollins saying that he is seeing someone that is sad and he should be watching Seth "Freakin" Rollins instead of who he is watching right now. Seth is claiming that he is allowing everyone to make their own choices along the way and they all made the wrong choices. The only one that had no choice during this entire thing is him, Seth "Freakin" Rollins. He had no choice but to become the Messiah. Dominick interrupts him and says all you do is make excuses lol. You use the greater good as an excuse but the only greater good that you fight for, is yourself. Dominick said this was a dream of mine, but now my dream is to kick your ass. Seth goes you won't last 10 seconds with me in the ring as he is the best of his generation. So lets do this, at SummerSlam, you can bring whatever you want with you and use it in our match at SummerSlam.
Up next we have Rollins vs Humberto and we will have Dominick in his corner. Come back from commercial and the bell rings. Humberto and Rollins tie up in the middle of the ring and Rollins pushes Carillo into the corner before getting a punch in. Carillo is taking it to Rollins forcing him to the outside, until Rollins hits Carillo then heads back into the ring. Carillo is on the top rope and Rollins climbs up and attempts a belly to back suplex, but Rollins blocks it. As Carillo goes for the moonsault, Murphy gets on the apron and Dominick hits Murphy with the kendo stick, which allows Rollins to block the moonsault, hit a superkick then hits the Stomp on Carillo and gets the pin for the win. After the match there is some good action between Dominick and Rollins until the advantage of Murphy and Rollins overpowers Dominick. After that they get the kendo stick and Dominick is getting destroyed. Let me tell you for one of the first times he is taking these hits, he is taking them like a champ. Now they get Dominick into the ropes and have him hanging between the two top ropes and give Dominick some great shots across the chest. Rollins his Dominick with 5 massive shots and sends Murphy under the ring and he gets 4 more kendo sticks. And now both Murphy and Rollins are hitting him, one from the front the other from the back until Dominick falls free then Seth hits him with a few more shots. This is like an initiation gone wrong and then Seth goes for the Stomp but Dominick collapses in the middle of the ring. Rollins and Murphy leave Dominick lying in the middle of the ring in the aftermath of that brutal beatdown.
Well…that was..it's hard to describe. The match was a solid opening match. Overall Rating 3.25. The aftermath now, that was brutal to watch, but gives me hope for the match at SummerSlam.
They are doing a recap of what Retribution did both last week and on Raw as well as what they did on SD.
Now we have Andrade coming out to the ring accompanied by Vega and Garza. Vega grabs a mic and is going on about how she didn't poison Ford last week. She said why would she hurt the chances of her men at the titles. After the promo we hear the Street Profits music and out come Angelo Dawkins for the match against Andrade. While he is walking down to the ring, everything goes back except for a spot light in the ring, could this be Retribution starting trouble again?
We start the match and Dawkins is going right after Andrade and causes him to get out of the ring. After using the entire 10 count on the outside he lures Dawkins into a sense of security and baits him. Andrade is now in control of the match and is using a chin lock on the mat. Dawkins is able to get out of it and hits Andrade with an elbow strike into a suplex. Dawkins goes for the corkscrew splash into the corner but Andrade moves and turns the offense around. Andrade hits Dawkins with the double knees and gets a 2 count. Dawkins was going for a pin but Vega got on the apron and distracted the ref until Bianca Bel Air runs out to the ring and pulls Vega off the apron. Dawkins hits Andrade with the Cash Out and gets the victory!
We head right into the next match which is Vega vs Bel Air. We come back from commercial and they are already going at it. Bianca Bel Air is taking it to Vega and Vega is pleading for mercy. Vega is going for a crucifix pin but it gets blocked, then goes for a triangle choke but Bel Air turns it into a pin. After that Vega tries to roll her up but Bel Air reverses it and is going after Vega hard. The ref has had multiple 5 counts for Bel Air to break up the attacks in the corner. Vega hits Bel Air with a thumb to the eye, and then tries to pin Bel Air but she kicks out at 2. Vega goes for another pin attempt but again, only a 2 count. Vega goes for a Tornado DDT but Bel Air blocks it, goes for the KOD but Vega reverses it and does a head scissors take over and puts her into the middle rope. Vega goes for a cross body but Bel Air catches her, does a lateral press above her hair and drops her. Bel Air gets thrown into the ring post shoulder first which allows Vega to climb the ropes but Bel Air reverses it into a power bmb, then picks her up and throws her face first into the turnbuckle. Bel Air picks Vega up, hits the KOD and gets the victory.
Charlie is in the ring interviewing Bel Air saying that Vega keeps denying it but do you have any proof that she did it. Then she asks about Ford's status, and Dawkins says we will be there at the biggest party of the summer.
Well I'm going to lump that entire segment into one rating and that for me got a 4.00. Great story-telling and we had 2 clear winners.
We come back from a commercial break to the VIP lounge with MVP, Benjamin, and Lashley. MVP is going on about everything that happened last week and said that the lights beat him, not Crews. Crews comes out and interrupts MVP, and says seriously are you using an excuse about the lights last week. MVP says all Crews does is make bad decisions… including the one tonight about coming out here by himself against the 3 of us. Crews tells MVP that he doesn't care about Benjamin, doesn't care about LAshley, but he does care about MVP. The only lights that are going to be going out at SummerSlam, are MVP's. As MVP sends out the other two, Crews slides into the ring, hits MVP, then grabs a couch and throws it over the ropes at the 3 of them.
We come back to Crews going against Benjamin and Crews almost gets Benjamin into the toss powerbomb right away. Crews is in full control and hits a suplex and gets a 2 count. Benjamin reverses the move, give Crews a kick to the midsection, hits a powerbomb and gets a 2 count. Benjamin picks up Crews and does a reverse neck breaker and then throws Crews outside the ring in between Lashley and MVP. Benjamin goes to the outside and brings Crews back into which Benjamin puts a reverse choke hold on Crews and has him down on the mat. The crowd is trying to get Crews back into it but Benjamin is preventing that until he throws Crews into the ropes and Crews hits a crossbody on Benjamin. Crews now takes control as he drives Benjamin into the corner and hits him with a splash. Crews hits Benjamin with a powerslam, then a standing moonsault and gets a close 2 count on Benjamin. Crews goes into the ropes, Lashley distracts him, and Benjamin rolls him up and gets the victory. Lashley goes for the full nelson but MVP stops him because he wants a healthy Crews at SummerSlam so he can get his belt back.
What a match between Crews and Benjamin. Best match of the night by far. Overall Rating 4.25
Right after the match they cut to the back to show footage of Retribution throwing cinder blocks through the glass doors in the back and causing more chaos. It looks like there are different members tonight within the group. Are there more than 5 members like we saw last week? Hopefully we will get some answers to all the questions we have about this group.
We head to the back to see Mickie James and she has a big announcement. We have Lana and Natasha interrupting her and Lana is saying how can you be a winner without a Tik Tok. Natty claims that she is the Best of all time… aka #BOAT and both her and Lana are overly excited for this until Mickie James interrupts them and says that you also know what boats do, sink… hashtag that.
Come back to Aybar in the back talking to a woman and then Erik comes over with Ricochet and Alexander and they were like we were looking all over for you. The woman goes oh that's my fault, he's kinda cute. Looks at Erik and goes, you...not so much, which causes Ricochet and Alexander to burst out laughing.
We get a replay of what happened earlier in the night between Dominick and Rollins.
Next up we have an 8 man tag match between Ricochet, Alexander, The Viking Raiders against Tozawa and some ninjas. Ricochet will start against one of the ninjas, kicks him in the face, then tags in Alexander. The two ninja's that have gotten into the ring have gotten destroyed. The last one standing got the Viking Experience and they get the victory.
Short quick match that really did nothing but set up the following segment. Overall rating 2.00
As Tozawa and the last ninja were walking to the back the ninja was calling for someone from the back and out came a ref. The ninja turns Tozawa around, pins him and wins the 24/7 championship. As he is celebrating he takes off the hood and reveals that he is none other than R Truth who wins the 24/7 for a record 38th time.
Next we go to the back for an interview with Drew McIntyre and he is still going on about how Orton only cares about himself. He is all about self preservation and that's the reason that he won't share and teach the younger talent.
We come back from a commercial break to Ruby Riott coming out followed by Liv Morgan. Next out come the IIconics and they are running their mouths like usual. The matchup tonight is Liv vs Peyton Royce. Liv gets some offense in to start the match but Royce takes control and throws Liv to the outside. Once they get back in the ring, Peyton is taking it to Liv until Liv gets a roll up for a 2 count and then they do a double drop kick and both are down. Billie Kay attacks Liv, falls downs and makes it look like it was Ruby and now Liv doesn't trust her. This gives Peyton an opening, hits the DeJa Vu and gets the pin for the win.
We have a replay of what happened last week between Bayley and Asuka which led to the match this week, then we see Shayne saying that Raw Undergroud is coming up next.
We come back to Riddick Moss going against Cal Lumis and they start fighting outside the ring with no ropes. Riddick Moss takes the victory after a vicious headbutt then stomping on the head of his opponent.
Next up we have Bayley vs Asuka with Asuka heading to the ring first. As soon as the bell rings Asuka hits Bayley with a drop kick. Right after that she hits her with a hip attack and then is just beating up Bayley as she is looking for revenge for the attack on Kairi Sane. Bayley face-plants Asuka and gets a 2 count for her work. Bayley hits Asuka with a suplex and then a two count, after an elbow drop, gets another 2 count. Bayley has Asuka in a rear naked choke as the lights start flickering Asuka is able to get to her feet but Bayley knocks her back down. Asuka does a backslide pin, gets a two count and then kicks Bayley in the head after it as the lights continue to flicker during the match. Asuka hits Bayley with a german suplex, then a big hip attack and gets a 2 count. Asuka keeps up the pressure as she goes for another hip attack but Bayley catches her and tosses Asuka into the turnbuckle. Come back from commercial with Asuka on the top rope, hits Bayley with a missile drop kick and gets a 2 count. Sasha distracts Asuka and the ref, goes for a kick and Bayley counters with an ankle lock. After this Bayley is focusing on the ankle and is trying to injury her. As the refs' back is turned, Sasha attacks the injured ankle of Asuka. Asuka is hitting Bayley with multiple submissions, Bayley reverses it into a pingets a 2 count, then after the it goes into an indian deathlock. As Sasha teases Asuka she reverses it into an ankle lock, then an arm bar and we are getting such a technical match right now. Asuka hits Bayley with a double knee strike and only gets a 2 count. Asuka hits Bayley with a big knee strike and sends Bayley to the corner, Asuka puts her on the top rope, climbs up to which Bayley reverses it and knocks Asuka down. Bayley hits the elbow drop from the top rope and gets a close near fall. Bayley hits a back elbow on Asuka then hits a sunset flip into the turnbuckles. After that she imitates Kairi Sane and as she runs towards the corner Asuka jumps into her and turns it into the Asuka Lock!!! Bayley Taps!! Asuka has a title shot at SummerSlam!!!.
Wow Wow Wow… that was such an amazing match! I wish all matches could be like that. Overall Rating 4.5
We head back to Raw Underground and see this guy, Arturo Ruas, who is a 17 time champ in Brazil… and this guy has skills. He hit his opponent with a spinning back kick and knocked him out. We come back from commercial to Dabba-Kato in the ring and he just destroys this little guy he is against… Like I feel bad for this guy lol. Shayna gets in the ring!!! She's here at Raw Underground!!! No one wants to get in the ring with her so she goes out and picks an opponent. After she takes care of the first one, another one comes in and she takes care of her as well and then a 3rd one. Now it's 3 on 1 and Shayna is just taking it to all of them.
We head to the back and Retribution has flipped over and destroyed a car!
Now we come to the main event of the evening and tonight we have Randy Orton vs Kevin Owens. First comes Randy Orton with Ric Flair at his side. Next we get KO to come to the ring and he looks like he is ready for a fight. Owens goes right after Orton not giving Orton a chance to take the lead. They tie up for a few seconds until Orton turns it into a side headlock. Owens sends Orton into the ropes and hits him with a dropkick. Owens goes over to Orton on the outside and is taking it to Orton until Orton hits KO with a thumb to the eye. Orton hits an uppercut on Owens, Back in the ring Orton hits a knife-edge chop on KO in the corner. KO goes for the stunner, Orton reverses and tries an RKO to which KO reverses into a Superkick and sends Orton into the corner. KO hits Orton with a cannonball to which Orton rolls out of the ring to try to recover. KO doesnt let him and hits Orton with a 2nd cannonball as we head to commercial. As we come back we are back into the ring and Owens is hitting Orton with chops in the corner right in front of Flair. Owens goes to throw Orton into the steel steps but Orton turns it around and sends KO into them instead, Orton then picks Owens up and slams KO into the plexiglass barrier. Orton is continuing to dominate right now as he sends KO into the steps again. As KO rolls back into the ring, Orton is taking apart KO with his patented stomps on his hands and feet. KO is down on the mat and Orton hits him with a knee drop across Owens forehead. Orton has a side headlock on KO and was gauging at his eye before the ref broke it up. Orton and KO are trading blows to which ends with a clothes-line by KO then a senton while KO is lying on the mat. KO tried to set up Orton for the Running Powerbomb but Orton rolls out the ring. KO followed him but Orton suplexes KO into the announce table. Orton gets a close 2 count but Owens kicks out. Orton picks KO up and puts him on the top turnbuckle, Orton gets to the top and both competitors are trading shots. KO headbutts Orton and sends him to the mat, follows it up with a moonsault and gets a 2 count. Orton is lying on the mat and Owens is taunting Orton, goes for the stunner to which it gets blocked and Orton hits KO with an RKO for the victory.
Orton is celebrating in the corner with Flair in the middle of the ring. Flair raises Ortons' hand and as he goes to leave Orton asks for a mic. Orton tells Flair to not go anywhere as they need to celebrate. Orton claims he has every right to be upset with Flair because this match was not necessary. This match was due to your ego but I just can't stay mad at you. He says that he lost his respect and love for Flair as he is a liability to what he is trying to do right now.. Orton tells Flair that he is the son that he wishes he had. Orton is tearing into Flair and tells Flair that he is only worried about himself and he needs to focus on winning the 14th championship. Flair tells Orton that he wants him to beat his record.. Not John Cena's record, his record. Flair is getting real emotional tonight with everything that happened in the past because of everything personal that happened and what he has been through. Orton pulls Flair in for a hug and as he goes to walk away low blows Ric Flair… as he holds him so he doesn't fall down, the lights flicker again. Orton looks down at Flair and he looks like he is going to do it… The Legend Killer is about to take out another Legend but the lights go dark. As they come back on, Orton goes to punt Flair but the lights go out so we don't know if he actually did it or not, but Flair it out cold so we have to assume that he did. Drew came running down to the ring to save Flair but it was too late. Drew and Orton are staring at each other as Orton stands at the top of the ramp and Drew is in the ring.
What a final segment to the show. This hit you with all of the feels as it brought up Ric's personal life including the tragic loss of Ric's son and then all of the more recent events from Flair being in the hospital and in a coma. Great work to both Orton and Flair as those promos really got you invested into the segment.
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