The show began with a graphic “In Memory of Kamala” while mentioning his real name James Harris, who was 70 years old. Rest in peace, Kamala.
We start Monday Night Raw with amazing Samoa Joe is with a microphone. He hypes up SummerSlam contract signing between Seth Freaking Rollins and Dominik Mysterio. Joe says this contract signing is a bit different because one of the competitors will be signing a contract that also makes him a WWE Superstar. Joe goes on and introduces Rollins first. Out he comes with Murphy. Byron says Joe must avoid a physical confrontation with Rollins tonight if he wants to keep his job, because Joe is not medically cleared to compete.
Dominik Mysterio is out next and he’s carrying a kendo stick. Rollins isn’t happy with this. Joe takes the stick and jokes that this will be safer with him. Joe and Rollins have words now. Rollins disagrees with Joe and rants about how he’s given Dominik, Rey Mysterio and Aleister Black options but they all made the wrong choice, and that may go for Joe if he’s not careful. Rollins goes on about how he’s made sacrifices for the greater good. He wonders when this will finally be enough. Dominik says it’s never going to be enough. Dominik says Rollins makes excuses for the ungodly things he does. He says Rey and Aleister aren’t the same. Rollins uses the greater good as an excuse but the greater good he fights for is for himself, Dominik says. Rollins says Dominik is so ungrateful.
Rollins says Dominik is here about to live his dream as a WWE Superstar and doesn’t even realize it’s all because of Rollins. Rollins says he should be thanked. Dominik says Rollins is right – this was his dream but now his dream is to kick Rollins’s ass at SummerSlam. Rollins laughs but Dominik stares him down. Rollins says we all know Dominik wouldn’t last seconds in a standard wrestling match with him. Rollins says he’s the best wrestler of his generation, so he’s going to do Dominik a favor. Since Dominik seems handy with the kendo stick, Dominik can bring that or any other tool in the toolbox to SummerSlam. Rollins wants there to be no excuse for Dominik or his family when Rollins ends his career. They both sign the contract. Dominik also signs the contract making him a WWE Superstar.
Rollins congratulates Dominik and calls for a round of applause for the newest WWE Superstar. Now get the hell out of my ring. Rollins has a match with Humberto Carrillo next. He tells Dominik to grab a seat and take notes for what he’s forcing Rollins to do in two weeks at SummerSlam. The music hits and out comes Carrillo.
Seth Rollins vs. Humberto Carrillo
During the match, Dominik attacked Murphy with a kendo stick to prevent interference. Rollins reverses the moonsaults and Rollins hits a series of kicks, a powerbomb and a Curb Stomp for the win in three minutes.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Review: 1/5. A short match. I want to see atleast 8-10 mins of in-ring action when Seth is involved but I know why it was kept short. WWE want to show Seth going strong when he faces Dominik at Summerslam. Poor Carrillo. Atleast the final sequence was amazing.
Dominik gets jumped by Murphy after the match and Seth joins the assault in the ring. Murphy hands Seth the kendo stick and strikes Dominik multiple times. Murphy takes off Dominik’s shirt and Seth strikes him multiple times again. Seth and Murphy then hang Dominik in the ropes, and Seth hits him again. They get more kendo sticks and Murphy strikes Dominik from the back and Seth strikes mercilessly from the front. Dominik is badly marked up. Seth attempts a Curb Stomp to finish him off, but Dominik collapses. Seth and Murphy leave.
Zelina, Andrade and Angel Garza come out. Zelina says they’re not responsible for Montez Ford being poisoned, but Garza and Andrade will be responsible for winning the tag titles at Summerslam.
Angelo Dawkins vs. Andrade
After a distraction from Bianca Belair, Dawkins wins with the powerbomb in four minutes.
Winner: Angelo Dawkins
Match Review: 0.5/5. Too short for my liking. Andrade losing is surprising. Is he getting punished?
After the match, Bianca gets into it with Zelina and appears to challenge her to a match.
Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega
Belair wins with the KOD in six minutes.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Match Review: 3/5. A good match. I am surprised to see how good both these wrestlers are in the ring. Happy to see a new rivalry unfolding. Zelina can wrestle. Belair is a future champion.
We see how Apollo Crews retained the WWE United States Title over MVP last week. MVP is shown backstage now with Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. He will be hosting a special investigative edition of The VIP Lounge tonight. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Hurt Business – MVP, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. MVP says this is a very different VIP Lounge because he’s not in the mood to pop bottles. He and his colleagues would rather pop knees and ligaments.
MVP goes on about how there really is a conspiracy in WWE. He goes on about how he’s a world class competitor and how is he supposed to win titles in these unsafe working conditions. He blames last week’s lighting issues on WWE United States Champion Apollo Crews. MVP says the lights beat him last week, not Crews. MVP wonders where Crews is. He goes on and out comes Crews as the music hits. Crews dismisses MVP’s complaints and brags about walking around with this expensive title MVP had created. MVP says all Crews does is make bad decisions. Crews says he’s allowed to make bad decisions because he’s a baaad man.
They continue trading shots on the mic. Crews, standing outside of the ring on the floor, goes on and says the only lights going out at SummerSlam will be MVP’s. MVP orders Lashley and Benjamin to hit the floor and attack. Crews immediately runs in the ring and sends MVP out with Lashley and Benjamin. Crews picks up the VIP Lounge couch and tosses it out onto The Hurt Business. We go to commercial.
Apollo Crews vs. Shelton Benjamin
Shelton Benjamin rolls Apollo up after a distraction in four minutes..
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
Match Review: 1/5. Decent match. Shelton Benjamin should push new talent. APollo should have won this. I hate the roll up finishes.
After the match, Lashley immediately hits the ring and goes for the Full Nelson but MVP calls him off. MVP says he needs Crews’ health at SummerSlam so he can take the title from him. MVP tells Crews that he’s looking out for him. Crews responds with a big kick to the head, dropping MVP. Crews immediately retreats with his title as the music hits.
Tom has some breaking news. He shows us footage from moments ago with RETRIBUTION throwing two cinderblocks through a front window of the WWE Performance Center. They were confronted by a security guard before that but they yelled at him and told him to go. Back to commercial.
Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders vs. The Ninjas
Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders wins it in a minute.
Winners: Ricochet, Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders
Match Review: 0.25/5. I can’t rate one minute matches. Give us something better WWE.
After the match, R-Truth is revealed to have posed as a ninja and pins Akira from behind to become a 38 time 24/7 Champion
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage and he says he had an epiphany about what he said about Randy last week. He said the reason why Randy’s been taking out legends and refuse to help the younger generation is because of self-preservation. He has more original thoughts for Orton. He’s going to rip the torch from Orton’s hand, kick him in the head as hard as he can and he’ll realize that the devil has just passed him by. He’s then asked what if Owens defeats Orton tonight. He says then he and Owens will have a long talk about RAW’s future.
Peyton Royce vs. Liv Morgan
Royce wins off a distraction with the Deja Vu in 3 minutes.
Winner: Peyton Royce
Match Review: 1/5. 3 min matches on a roll.
Shane McMahon approaches his giant security guard in the back, who is WWE Performance Center trainee Jordan Omogbehin. They are ready for tonight’s RAW Underground fights, which Shane tells the camera is up next. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Shane McMahon is hosting another RAW Underground segment. The first fight is already going on as Cal Bloom goes at it with Riddick Moss. They brawl off the platform and over into some steel leaning against the wall. They fight back to the ring as Shane works the mic. There are men and women surrounding the platform again tonight. Moss ends up going for Bloom’s eye and then dropping him with a big right hand. Shane and the referee call it, and Shane hops up on the ring to talk things up. Moss yells out and celebrates the win. Shane wonders what will happen next.
Asuka vs. Bayley – If Asuka Wins, Asuka Gets Title Match vs. Sasha Banks at Summerslam
Asuka wins with the Asuka Lock in 15 minutes.
Match Review: 4/5. WOW, finally a long match. I love the way Asuka countered Bayley and found a way to win. It was a decisive victory for Asuka. I hope she wins at Summerslam. Bayley was excellent as well.
hane McMahon welcomes us back to RAW Underground. Arturo Ruas is on the platform now. Shane talks up Arturo’s amateur background. The other fighter charges but Ruas easily sends him to the floor. He charges again but Ruas fights him off and slams him. Ruas pounds the other fighter and keeps him down. They’re told to get back up and fight after Ruas dominates. Ruas ends up slamming the other fighter on his head, getting the win. Shane raises his arm as the referee checks on the losing fighter. Shane asks if anyone wants to take Ruas on. He says we’ll see what comes up next. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Shane is in the ring with the big man from last week, Dabba-Kato. He destroys another fighter and wins after grabbing a fistful of jewels from below the belt. Shayna Baszler is seen at ringside, staring Kato down. Shane gets in between them to stop the tension. Baszler gets on the platform and Shane wonders who will step up to fight her. Baszler targets a female fighter at ringside before she can come in. Baszler attacks and brings her in, destroying her. Another woman enters and attacks from behind but Baszler fights her off. Emily Andzulis attacks next and they tangle but Baszler puts her down with a submission. All three competitors attack Baszler at once but she takes them all out with ease. Baszler makes Emily tap out to get the win. Shane tells us to check back next week to see what will happen on RAW Underground.
– The camera cuts back to the parking lot as we see RETRIBUTION with a car that has been turned over, and possibly lit on fire or just smoking. They jump around on the car, yell and scream, then run off. Tom can’t understand what RETRIBUTION wants.
Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
Owens goes for the Stunner, but Orton reverses into the RKO for the win in 13 mins.
Winner: Randy Orton
Match Review: 3.5/5. Good match with Orton carrying forward the momentum. I feel so happy seeing Kevin Owens fight. He is one of my favorite in the roster.
After the match, Flair celebrates with Orton. Orton asks for a microphone and tells Ric not to leave the ring just yet. He wants to ask him a favor. Orton wants Flair to stay put, because there’s something that they need to talk about celebrate. We go to commercial.
Randy calls Flair the dirtiest player in the game and he’s learned so much from him and he’s had his back for the last two decades, teaching him everything he knows. Orton then asks Flair if he remembers about 17 years ago an incident in Illinois where he got himself in trouble and no one came to help him except Ric. He respected and loved him after that. But he says he doesn’t respect or love Flair anymore because he’s a liability to him and his career and everything he’s trying to get done right now.
Orton looks back all those years ago and he knows why he took a young Randy Orton under his wing. He was thinking that he could be the son that he wishes he had. Flair gets emotional, and Randy says that all Ric is good for is tears. He’s not the same Ric FLair that everyone used to know. The Flair he knows wouldn’t need a pacemaker in his chest, slipped into a coma two summers ago or be a whore for attention. While Orton is focused on winning the title at Summerslam, Ric was more focused on himself.
Flair takes the mic and he says he’s taking it very personally. Flair tells Orton the Flair he once knew is no longer here. He still wants to be a part of the spotlight and he genuinely believes Orton is the greatest. Ric is on RAW because he wants to be with Orton and he wants to be there when he wins the WWE Title again. He wants Randy to be the one to break his record. A record he grew up on. He calls Orton the greatest performer in WWE history. He wants to get mad, but he can’t, because he’s concerned about making sure that the people he cares about knows that they love one. Flair tells Orton once again he wants to be the one to break his record.
Orton takes away the mic and hugs him before giving him a low blow and whispering something to him. Orton then punts him as the lights go out. The lights come back on and Flair lies motionless. McIntyre comes out to the ring as Orton retreats. McIntyre calls Orton an evil SOB and that he deserves everything coming to him before RAW goes off the air.
Promo Review: Fantastic. This is Orton’s best year in WWE.
Top 3 Stars of the show.
- Orton/Kevin Owens.
WWE RAW Rating for 10th August, 2020: 7/10
First hour was 2/10, second hour 5/10 and third 9.5/10.
A brilliant end to an average Raw episode.