WWE RAW Results
July 30, 2018
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Jonathan Coachman
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE Raw kicks off with two pictures, one in memory of Nikolai Volkoff and the other of Brian Christopher.
Highlights of last Monday’s WWE Raw match involving Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley airs with Roman becoming the number 1 contender to the WWE Universal title.
Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman promo
Roman Reigns’ music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Roman gets on the mic and gives a shout out to Miami for bringing the noise. He also gives a shout out to Bobby Lashley saying he respects him. And that’s a lot more than he can say for Brock Lesnar since he has zero respect for him. Roman says Lesnar never shows up but he has time to show up for the UFC and get in Daniel Cormier’s face. Reigns since Lesnar will not get in his yard, get in his face and run his mouth.
Out comes Paul Heyman with his patented quote about being Brock Lesnar’s advocate. Heyman says Lesnar has authorized him to give him his most profound congratulations for his victory last week against Bobby Lashley. However, Heyman says for him, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting the same result. Which is why Roman should be in a patted cell and not in the main event for the Universal title at Summerslam.
Heyman says Reigns can go on and on about spearing Brock Lesnar through the cage and him being the uncrowned champion. But Heyman makes a spoiler saying at Summerslam Brock Lesnar will put down the big dog and go on to UFC and become a two sport champion.
Reigns tells Heyman to shut up. They don’t care about anything he has to say, they are here to say Brock Lesnar. Heyman says his client Brock Lesnar is here right now in Miami. And he is sitting in his luxurious locker room and he will come out when he feels like it. And if and only if he feels like coming out.
Paul tells Roman not to worry because at Summerslam, Brock Lesnar will… Roman interrupts him. Roman says what? Will Lesnar actually show up to Summerslam? Roman says if he shows up to Summerslam, he will send him back to the UFC. But he’s not going back as the beast, he’s going back as Roman Reigns’ bitch.
Backstage we see Seth Rollins getting ready for his match tonight against Drew McIntyre.
We see Ronda Rousey talking to Natalya and she will be in Natalya’s corner when she takes on Alicia Fox tonight.
Finn Balor’s music hits and he comes down for his match against Baron Corbin.
Backstage Brock Lesnar is seen reading a magazine and in comes Heyman who asks Brock if he heard what happened just earlier. Lesnar tells Heyman he didn’t listen to what Reigns said because he doesn’t watch the show. Heyman hands him his phone and asks him to watch. Lesnar throws Heyman’s phone against the wall and sits back down to read his magazine.
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
The bell rings and we are under way. Both men lock up and Corbin powers Balor into the corner. The referee breaks them up and Corbin throws Balor to the outside. Finn slides back in and goes right after Corbin who once more throws him to the outside.
Falor comes back in and gets a head lock into Corbin who sends Balor to the ropes and takes him down with an elbow to the face. Corbin gets Balor in the corner and sits him on the top turnbuckle. Both men exchangfe right hands and Balor with a drop kick off the top which connects with Corbin. Baron rolls to the outside and a flying forearm by Balor onto Corbin.
Both men get back in the ring and Balor with right hands and kicks onto Corbin. Baron gets up and throws Balor into the corner. Corbin goes for a clothesline but Balor lifts up and lands on the ring apron moving out of the way. With Balor on the ring apron, Corbin hits him with a clothesline taking him to the outside.
Back in the ring, Corbin sends Balor whipping into the turnbuckle. He gets Balor into a modified headlock. Balor stands up and starts fighting out of it but Corbin throws him back in the corner. Corbin runs towards Balor and Balor moves out of the way. Corbin slides out of the ring and gets back and quickly hits Balor with a clothesline.
Baron with yet another modified headlock. Balor gets out of it and a drop kick by Balor takes Corbin out of the ring. Balor goes to hit Corbin but Corbin hits him with a right hand. He grabs Balor and throws him back first onto the ring apron. He gets back in the ring and Corbin prepares for a powerbomb but Balor drops and takes down Corbin with a single leg sweep followed by a double stomp.
Balor with right hands and chops to the chest of Corbin. Corbin falls to the outside and Balor flies over the top rope onto Corbin on the outside.
Back from commercial, Corbin has Falot down in the middle of the ring in a headlock. Balor fights out of it as Corbin sends him to the ropes. He goes for the choke slam but Balor jumps and rolls him up as Corbin kicks out. Balor with a sling blade. Finn runs towards Corbin who connects with a choke slam back breaker. He goes for the cover but Balor kicks out.
Corbin with forearms onto Balor. Corbin lifts Balor up but Balor reverses it into a DDT. Balor gets onto the top rope and jumps off as Corbin moves out of the way. Balor runs towards Corbin who catches him with a spinning drop. He goes for the cover but Balor kicks out.
Corbin with a big splash on the corner on Balor. He goes for another one but Balor moves out of the way. Corbin slides to the outside as Balor hits him with a baseball slide. Both men on the outside as Balor drops Corbin into the barricade. He throws Corbin back in the ring. Balor with a dropkick onto Corbin as he climbs the top rope. He goes for the coup de grace but Corbin out of the way. He then catches Balor with the End of Days.
Winner: Baron Corbin
After the match Corbin throws Balor to the outside of the ring. Corbin places Balor’s head on the barricade and starts punching him.
Backstage, Heyman is with Kurt Angle where Angle questions Heyman about Lesnar. Angle says Lesnar is under contractual obligation to shovw up. Heyman says Lesnar is contractually obligated to show up which he did. Heyman tells Angle if he has a problem, to go see Lesnar about it. Angle says no, it’s not his problem, it is Heyman’s problem. He states that Heyman is under contract with WWE, a contract he controls. And if Lesnar does not show up in the ring tonight, he can say bye to the WWE.
Highlights of last week’s announcement of the WWE women’s Evolution PPV.
Backstage Alicia Fox is warming up for her match against Natalya. In comes Raw champion Alexa Bliss. Alexa tells Alicia that Mickie James is injured, so she hand picked her to replace her and go up against Natalya tonight. She says that Rousey will be in Natalya’s corner tonight but not to worry about Ronda, just worry about Natalya.
Alicia says she will hurt Natalya so bad, she will make her cat say me-ow and walks away.
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss
The bell rings and both women lock up. Natalya takes Alicia down with a shoulder block. Natalya goes for the sharpshooter but Fox grabs the ropes. Fox slides to the outside. Natalya grabs Alicia by the hair but Fox slides her off the ring apron and beats on her.
Fox throws Natalya back in the ring and goes for the cover but a two count only. Alicia Fox with a head lock on Natalya and she slams Natalya’s head into the ring mat. Fox with a modified abdominal stretch on Natalya but Natalya flips her over. Fox runs back and hits Natalya taking her down. Natalya with a right hand takes Alicia. She goes for the cover but a kick out.
Both men get up and a cross body by Fox onto Natalya. Alicia with a northern lights suplex. Fox goes to taunt Ronda Rousey and with the referee distracted, Alexa Bliss hits Natalya. Alicia Fox with a big boot on Natalya as she gets the cover and the win.
Winner: Alicia Fox
After the match, Ronda goes after Bliss. Alexa slides in the ring and Ronda goes for an arm bar but Alicia hits her as Alexa escapes. Rousey slams Alicia down. Ronda chases Alicia Fox on the outside but Fox attacks Ronda from behind. Fox throws Ronda Rousey into the barricade.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is sitting with Brock Lesnar. Heyman tries to convince Lesnar to go out to the ring. Heyman says to think of all the t-shirts they could sell and the subscriptions which would drive up the WWE network. And while out there, Lesnar would be able to promote being champion. Heyman says he felt the love for Brock Lesnar when he was out there.
Lesnar tells Heyman he has no idea how under his skin he is getting. Lesnar says he doesn’t give a crap about the WWE universe and he doesn’t care if he is here tonight. He would much rather be at home. Lesnar asks Heyman to go get him a steak with a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Heyman leaves the room.
Ronda Rousey and Natalya are backstage with Kurt Angle. Rousey says she is looking for a match and doesn’t want to wait until Sumemrslam. Angle says to make it official, next week, she will go one on one against Alicia Fox.
Elias is in the ring with his guitar. He introduces himself and plays the guitar. He asks everyone who wants to walk with Elias? He promotes his latest album. He says everyone knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He says that the truth is he could have been even higher in the charts but he got interrupted by Bobby Lashley. The fans start to boo. Elias says not to pretend like they get it. This is a city which worships garbage like Pitbull and The Rock. A loud “Rocky” chant breaks out. Elias says The Rock wants no part of Elias and he wrote a song about the whole thing.
Elias tells the fans to shut up as he starts to play the guitar but out comes Bobby Lashley. Elias tells them to cut the music as Lashley gets in the ring. Elias asks what Lashley thinks he is doing here. Lashley says he is a big fan and since he heard his name while backstage, he wanted to come out here and hear what he had to say. Elias says he can see right through him. And he knows he knows he is not out to Walk With Elias but he wants to sing with Elias. Bobby says no, he fights, he doesn’t sing.
Elias interrupts and asks the fans if they want to see Lashley sing with Elias. A loud “Yes” chant from the crowd. Elias says he doesn’t normally do this but for one night only, Bobby Lashley will sing with Elias. But Elias says he will keep things slow and simple, just like Bobby so he can keep up. Elias starts to play the guitar and sing. In comes Bobby Lashley who starts to sing. Elias attacks Lashley from behind.
Lashley starts fighting back and takes Elias down as Elias rolls to the outside of the ring and leaves.
Baron Corbin is walking backstage and see Kevin Owens. Kevin congratulates Corbin for his victory earlier tonight. Owens says since Strowman terrorized his kid a few weeks ago, Corbin is now his son’s favorite wrestler. Kevin says the Brock Lesnar situation is very concerning. He says Kurt Angle is jeopardizing his chances of winning Money in the Bank at Summerslam. Because if Lesnar goes out tonight and Braun cashes in, Owens will not have the chance to beat Strowman at Sumemrslam and have the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Corbin says Lesnar is Kurt Angle’s problem and walks away.
Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal
Both men tie up and Strowman pushes Mahal down. Kevin Owens comes through the fans and grabs Strowman’s Money in the Bank briefcase. Strowman goes to the outside and confronts Kevin Owens. Kevin starts to run around the ring and passes the briefcase to Singh. Strowman shoulder blocks Singh down and chases Kevin Owens to the back. Meanwhile, the referee counts to 10 and Strowman is counted out.
Mahal is celebrating as Strowman gets back in the ring. Jinder runs off.
Winner: By countdown, Jinder Mahal
Backstage, Corbin hands his phone to Kurt Angle saying Stephanie wants to talk to him. Angle says he gets she is just trying to protect the main event at Summerslam. He says he understands and hangs up.
Backstage, a number of WWE stars are in the locker room. In comes Mojo and he talks about how he has been running through the roster. He’s calling everybody out because Mojo is for real. In ceomes Bobby Roode. Bobby asks Mojo if he has a problem with him. Mojo says and if he did, what would he do about it? Roode takes Mojo down as both men begin to fight until WWE officials break it up.
Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide vs. Akam w/ Rezar
The bell rings and an overhead throw by Akam. He starts throwing Apollo Crews around. He gets Akam in a headlock submission in the middle of the ring. Crews gets up and with a jaw breaker gets out of it. A big kick by Crews to the head. A step up inzighuri by Crews and a spinning moonsault. He goes for the cover but Akam kicks out.
Akam runs towards Apollo who is standing in the corner, Apollo moves out of the way and goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews
Drew McIntyre is backstage with Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler getting ready for his match against Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings and Drew goes after Seth right away. He gets Rollins in the corner but a chop by Seth. Rollins runs to the ropes but Drew catches him and delivers a suplex. Drew goes to the outside and goes to grab Seth but Seth pushes him off. Seth runs through the ropes to deliver a suicide dive but Drew catches him and takes him down.
Seth’s head is under the ring and a slingshot by Drew as Seth’s throw smashes into the metal under the ring.
Back from commercial and Seth delivers two suicide dives onto Drew. Seth throws Drew shoulder first into the ring apron. Both men are back in the ring and Seth goes for the suplex but Drew reverses it. Seth reverses that and delivers a suplex. He goes for the cover but Drew kicks out.
Seth runs to the ropes but Drew catches him with a spine buster. Both men are back up and McIntyre lifts Seth up but Rollins with a hurricanrana. Drew gets back up and a super kick by Rollins. Seth gets on the top rope but Drew connects with a right hand. McIntyre gets on the top rope and lifts Seth on his back. Drew jumps down and slams Seth off the top rope.
Drew lifts Seth by the legs and goes to slam him but Seth reverses it into a cover. Drew kicks out and Seth delivers the Curb Stomp. In comes Ziggler and he attacks Seth as the referee rings for the bell. Both men fight as Seth throws Ziggler to the outside. Rollins with a suicide dive takes Ziggler out.
Winner by DQ: Seth Rollins
Roman is in his locker room and in comes Kurt Angle with Baron Corbin. Kurt tells Roman that with Brock Lesnar in the building tonight, Stephanie McMahon called him earlier. He mentions that Stephanie asked him to remove Roman from the building. Roman asks Kurt how long this will go for? He’s been in his shoes, he’s been in is position. Roman tells Kurt he’s not a yes man. Corbin asks for the officers. Roman hits Corbin with a right hand and walks away.
Charly Caruso is in the ring and introduces the Raw tag team champions, The B Team. Caruso tells them they are now 7-0 since becoming the B Team. Bo says the B in B Team stands for Dream. He says this is real. Axel says some people are living their dreams but they are dreaming to live. They say that the support they are getting from their B Team mates is overwhelming.
Caruso says that Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy aren’t happy with them being champions. Axel says last week they applauded them and then they attacked them. They call Bray and Matt losers. They call them out and say they aren’t scared. They are the B Team, they are Tag Team champions.
The lights go out and in the ring are Bray and Matt. Wyatt says they talk about their dreams as if they are real and mean something. But dreams cannot be touched. Nightmares though, nightmares are real. They are made up for insecurities and fears. Wyatt tells The B Team that they are their nightmare manifested. Hardy says they will haunt them until they are deleted.
The Rival’s music hits and Dash and Dawson come down. They tell Hardy and Wyatt that they don’t understand what they just said. Dash says newsflash, they are the team that defeated Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns, two of the best in WWE. Dawson asks Matt and Bray to step aside in order for them to take care of business. Bo says they will be more than happy to step aside because they obviously want to talk to Matt and Bray. A fight breaks out between Bray Wyatt, Matt Hardy and The Revival.
Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt vs. The Revival
Matt Hardy is in the ring with Dawson as The B Team are doing commentary. Matt goes for the cover but Dawson kicks out. Both men back up and Dawson gets Matt in the corner as he tags Dash in. Dawson with a Boston crab and Dash with an elbow to the back of the head of Matt Hardy. Dash with the cover but a kick out.
Dash gets Matt Hardy in a head lock but Matt gets out and tags Wyatt in. Bray with a spinning forearm takes Dash down. Dawson off the top rope but Bray catches him. Dash attacks Bray as both men double team Wyatt. In comes Matt who throws Dawson to the outside. Dawson backs Matt into the barricade.
In the ring, Wyatt goes for Sister Abigail on Dash but Dash grabs Bray’s hair as he tags Dawson. Both men hit the Shatter Machine as Dawson goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winners: The Revival
Backstage, Renee Young is with Seth Rollins. She congratulates Seth on his win tonight. She says it must be difficult to constantly take on two superstars on his own. Seth says it is but there’s no quit in him. He sways he will stop at nothing to take back his Intercontinental title at Summerslam. Drew and Dolph attack Seth from behind.
The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks and Bailey (The Boss and Hug Connection)
The bell rings and Bayley and Logan start things off. Logan takes Bailey down and locks in an arm bar. Bailey reverses it and takes Logan down. Bailey tags Sasha in as both women double team Logan. Sasha goes for the cover but Logan kicks out.
Sasha with an arm drag followed by a drop kick. She goes for the cover but Logan kicks out. Sasha tags Bailey back in and Bailey rolls up Logan but a kick out by Logan. Bailey with a running knee to the face as she tags Sasha in. Sasha with a running knee of her own onto Logan.
Back from commercial, Morgan has Sasha Banks in a head lock. Sasha stands up and gets Morgan in a cover but Morgan kicks out. Sasha tries to tag Sasha in but Livv grabs Sasha by the leg. Sasha drags Morgan down and gets the tag. Bailey coems in and a knee to the face of Morgan. Bailey knocks Logan off the ring apron.
Bailey with runs towards Morgan but Morgan gets her knees up. Morgan gets on the top rope but Bailey catches her with a right hand as Sasha tags herself in. Bailey with a hurricanrana off Morgan. In comes Logan but Bailey thtows her to the outside. A jaw breaker by Morgan as Bailey tags Bailey in. Sasha with the Banks statement and Bailey catches Morgan with the Bailey to Belly. Bailey goes for the cover and gets the win for her team.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bailey (The Boss and Hug Connection)
Brock Lesnar is in his office and Paul Heyman comes in. He tries to convince Lesnar once more to show up in the ring. Heyman tells Lesnar Reigns has been removed from the arena. Lesnar asks Heyman if he got paid, if he got his money. Heyman says yes, he is here. Heyman tells Lesnar that he has a contract with him and thanks him for it. But he also has a contract with WWE and if Lesnar doesn’t go out to the ring tonight, Kurt Angle will fire him. Heyman asks Lesnar to go out to the ring for a minute and if for no other reason because he is his friend.
Lesnar stands up and grabs Heyman. Lesnar tells Heyman they are not friends, he works for him. Lesnar doesn’t work for him. Lesnar asks Heyman how long he has been leeching off of him. Lesnar tells Heyman to march out there and do his job.
Brock Lesnar returns
Kurt Angle’s music hits as he comes out along with Baron Corbin. Angle tells Paul Heyman that either Brock Lesnar comes out now or this is his last night on Raw. Out comes Paul Heyman and he introduces himself as the advocate for Brock Lesnar. Heyman gets in the ring.
Fans start to chant “Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, good bye.” Heyman says Brock Lesnar is not coming out here tonight. Kurt Angle says enough. He says a real champion shows up. He defends his title. He goes the extra mile for the WWE universe. Kurt Angle says Brock Lesnar doesn’t do any of that. He says Lesnar has to be the worst Universal champion of all time. A loud “Yes” chant from the crowd.
Paul Heyman says he won’t argue with Kurt Angle. He is right, Brock Lesnar is the worst Universal champion of all time but he tried to help him. He says Brock Lesnar doesn’t listen or respect anybody. Heyman says he tried to turn Lesnar into Kurt Angle. An Olympic gold medalist who became general manager. He says he should take it out on Brock Lesnar and not himself.
Kurt Angle says Heyman is full of crap. Heyman says he tried al night long but Lesnar doesn’t care, he doesn’t respect him. But Heyman says he respects him. He thinks the world of him. He would like to have a better working relationship with him. Kurt Angle says his contract is now terminated.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits and he comes out. Brock Lesnar grabs the microphone from Paul Heyman. He asks Kurt Angle if he has a problem with him? And he then asks Corbin if he has a problem with him. He then gives an F5 to Kurt Angle. Corbin leaves the ring. Lesnar then grabs Heyman by the head and tells him to look at Angle. Lesnar legs go of Heyman.
Lesnar grabs his WWE Universal title and leaves.