WWE Raw Results – 8/15/22 (Bobby Lashley vs. AJ Styles for the United States Title)

WWE Raw Results

WWE Raw Results
August 15, 2022
Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)

Commentary: Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever. Together.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A new Raw hype video plays, and we go live into the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. to see a big pyrotechnics display.

The Judgment Day makes their way to the ring, consisting of Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest, and Finn Bálor. A video from last week’s Raw reminds us that Ripley absolutely brutalized Dominik Mysterio. This distracted his father, Rey, who lost to Bálor.

Ripley says the Judgment Day runs Monday Night Raw. That’s been a harsh reality to the Mysterios week in and week out. She even proved to Dominik Mysterio that she really is his Papi as she destroyed his soul. The crowd boos. Bálor says everybody really loves the Mysterios. Bálor doesn’t get it. For everyone who loves the Mysterios, he has some sad news for them. The Mysterios will not be here. Poor little Dominik had his soul crushed last week. As for Rey, he was destroyed by Bálor in the middle of the ring to further solidify his already legendary status in this business.

Enough about last week. Bálor wants to hear what Priest will do to Edge next week. Priest asks, “What won’t I do to Edge next week?” Priest asks the crowd if they want to see Edge confront them right now. The crowd does. Priest says Edge isn’t here tonight. They loudly boo. Priest says Edge is in Toronto promoting his wrestling match next week. It’ll be his first one in over a decade (in Toronto). Priest heard what Edge said last week. He doesn’t need Ripley or Bálor at ringside. He doesn’t sweat Edge. Priest doesn’t need anyone to deal with Edge. That’s where he puts the final nail in the coffin of Edge’s career. There will be no Finn Bálor or Rhea Ripley. Just the two of them, one-on-one, man-to-man. Toronto will no longer be known as Edge’s hometown. It’ll be the place where Damian Priest sends him back to retirement. Retirement won’t be filming TV shows or whack movies. Retirement will be Beth wheeling him around and feeding him with a tube for the rest of his life.

All of a sudden, Rey Mysterio sneaks up and dropkicks Damian Priest out of the ring. Mysterio gets Bálor out with a head-scissor takeover. Rhea Ripley confronts Rey, knowing he won’t hit her. Bálor gets in the ring with a steel chair, so Rey dropkicks it in his face. Mysterio hits Bálor with the chair a few times before hitting Priest with it. Mysterio goes to hit Bálor with the chair again, but Ripley jumps in front. Mysterio goes to hit Priest with it, but Ripley grabs the chair out of his hands. Priest big boots Mysterio and punches away at him. Ripley puts the chair down in the center of the ring and gives Mysterio a DDT onto it. Priest wildly punches away at Mysterio. Ripley and Priest stretch Mysterio out and put the steel chair on his midsection. Bálor then gives Mysterio a Coup de Grâce with the chair on his midsection! The Judgment Day stands tall as WWE referees run into the ring to help Mysterio. Mysterio is gasping for air.

-Commercial Break-

Bobby Lashley will defend the United States Championship against AJ Styles later tonight.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match

Asuka and Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair vs. Nikki A.S.H. and Doudrop

The winners of this match will face IYO SKY and Dakota Kai in the Semifinals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament.

Asuka starts against Nikki A.S.H. Nikki quickly takes Asuka down and slams her head on the mat. Nikki taunts the crowd, but Asuka quickly fights back and knees her in the face. Alexa Bliss tags in. Bliss and Asuka hit a double-team clothesline on Nikki. They then dropkick Doudrop to the apron. Bliss and Asuka then knock Nikki and Doudrop off the apron.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Nikki applying a chin lock to Bliss. Bliss fights up, but Nikki takes her down. During the commercial, Bliss hit Nikki with a cannonball off the apron. Soon after, Doudrop avalanched Bliss into the ring post. Back to live action, Bliss hits Nikki with a jawbreaker. Nikki stumbles to her corner and tags Doudrop in. Bliss quickly knocks Doudrop back and tags Asuka.

Asuka hits a missile dropkick on Doudrop before attacking Nikki, who is now tagged in. Asuka hits Nikki with a dropkick and a running hip attack. Nikki fights a German Suplex, so Asuka crushes her with a strike combination. Asuka connects with a bridging German Suplex for a near fall. Asuka kicks away at Nikki before Doudrop grabs the ankle. Nikki grabs Asuka and hits a neckbreaker for a two-count. Nikki whips Asuka to the corner. Doudrop comes in and whips Nikki into Asuka, but Asuka puts her on the apron. Nikki fights Asuka off and goes to the top rope for a diving cross-body block. Bliss breaks up the pin with a dropkick. Doudrop then flattens Bliss with a running cross-body block.

Dana Brooke and Tamina are watching backstage. They were eliminated from the tournament last week by IYO SKY and Dakota Kai. Doudrop tags in and lifts Asuka. Asuka slides off and strikes her before knocking Nikki off the apron with a hip attack. Doudrop quickly comes back with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Doudrop puts Asuka in the corner and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Asuka rolls out of the way. Asuka kicks Doudrop in the head and tags Bliss in. Asuka hits a sliding kick on Doudrop, and Bliss hits a DDT. Asuka tags in and applies an armbar to Doudrop. Nikki tries to make the save, but Bliss pulls her out of the ring and forearms her. Doudrop has no choice but to submit.

Winners by Submission: Asuka and Alexa Bliss

Asuka and Alexa Bliss will face Dakota Kai and IYO SKY in the Semifinals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament.

Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair celebrates with Asuka and Alexa Bliss in the ring. They go up the ramp and are confronted by Bayley, IYO SKY, and Dakota Kai. These two teams will square off at WWE Clash at the Castle. WWE officials quickly get between them to prevent a brawl.

Kevin Patrick is backstage with Theory, the 2022 Money in the Bank holder. We haven’t seen him since SummerSlam. Theory says he’s still the holder of the Money in the Bank. He may have miscalculated at SummerSlam, but he’s wiser now. He’ll do better next time. Dolph Ziggler walks up to him. Ziggler says that Theory will be embarrassed if he tries again. Ziggler says he held the contract well and became World Heavyweight Champion. Theory says Ziggler used to be a champion, but now he’s a has-been. When he successfully cashes in, he’ll keep winning and winning. Unlike Ziggler, he won’t screw up the rest of his career. Ziggler angrily head-butts him. They start brawling.

-Commercial Break-

A video showcases the continuing brawl with Dolph Ziggler and Theory backstage. WWE officials finally broke it up.

Video: Bobby Lashley def. Ciampa via Submission last week on Raw to retain the United States Championship. The commentators mention that Ciampa took Lashley to his limits.

Sarah Schreiber is backstage with The Miz and Ciampa. She asks Ciampa where he sees himself moving forward after coming so close to beating Bobby Lashley. Ciampa says they don’t hand out participation awards. The next time he gets an opportunity at the title, he’s taking it. The Miz says the reason Ciampa isn’t the champion tonight is that AJ Styles interfered in the match. Now AJ Styles is being awarded a title match. Miz says he smells collusion. Miz hands Ciampa a card commemorating their friendship. It is on a chair like Logan Paul’s Pokeman card is.

Tag Team Match
Ciampa and The Miz vs. Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali

In a pre-taped promo, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali say they are going to snatch opportunity in this new era of WWE.

Ciampa will start against Cedric Alexander. They lock up, and Ciampa backs Alexander into the ropes. Alexander quickly backs up. Ciampa applies a side headlock. Alexander tries to whip him off, but Ciampa grabs the hair and puts the side headlock back on. Ciampa takes him down and applies a chin lock, but Alexander counters into a hammerlock. Ciampa hits a snapmare, but Alexander quickly goes back to the hammerlock. A “Tiny Balls” chant briefly picked up. Ciampa fights up and gets out. Ciampa hits a headlock takeover and cinches in a headlock. Alexander fights up and whips Ciampa off. Ciampa responds with a shoulder block and hits the ropes. Alexander leapfrogs and flips over him before hitting a dropkick. Mustafa Ali tags in. Alexander sweeps Ciampa’s feet, and Ali hits a slingshot senton. Alexander tags in and hits a slingshot senton for a two-count. Alexander chops Ciampa, but he has a whip reversed. Ciampa lowers his head and eats a kick. Miz quickly grabs Alexander’s hair, but Alexander knocks him away. Alexander goes for a handspring back elbow, but Ciampa kicks out his arm! Ciampa and Miz taunt the crowd.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Miz hit Alexander with his patented corner clothesline. Ciampa quickly clotheslines Alexander down for a near fall. Ciampa applies a chin lock and really cranks it in there. Alexander fights up and hits a vertical suplex.

Miz and Ali tag in. Ali chops Miz back. Miz reverses a whip, but Ali dropkicks Ciampa off the apron and kicks Miz back. Ali rolls into a Sling Blade for a two-count. Miz quickly takes Ali down. Alexander tags in and goes for a Lumbar Check, but Miz flips through. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Alexader gets out. Alexander hits a sit-out slam and covers. Ciampa puts Miz’s foot on the bottom rope to break the pin. Ali then absolutely sends Ciampa flying over the commentary table with a suicide dive!

Miz puts Alexander on the apron. Alexander goes for a sunset flip, but Miz sits on the shoulders and grabs the ropes. Ali quickly kicks Miz off the ropes. Alexander rolls Miz up for a near fall. Ali tags in and superkicks Miz. Ciampa blind tags in, but Ali doesn’t know. Ali goes to the top rope for a 450 splash, but Ciampa (sort of) knees him out of midair! Ciampa follows up with the Fairy Tale Ending for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: Ciampa and The Miz

The Miz, who has a bloody nose, celebrates the victory with Ciampa.

Replays are shown of Kevin Owens annihilating Ezekiel with an Apron Powerbomb last week on WWE Raw. The commentators say Ezekiel is in the hospital with his family by his side. It will be a long recovery.

A photo is shown of Ezekiel in a hospital bed with his “family” by his side. Every one of them is Ezekiel / Elias dressed up. Ernie, Jr. (Ezekiel’s dad, but actually Ezekiel) says if he ever gets his hands on Kevin Owens, he’ll get a piece of his mind.

Drew McIntyre is walking backstage. Stagehands are spraying something with a fire extinguisher in the background. The commentators don’t mention it.

-Commercial Break-

Hip Hop Artist Wale is shown at ringside.

Video Package: WrestleMania 39 Ticket Party

Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring to a big reception. McIntyre gets on the microphone and wants to hear Washington scream. They give him a shout. McIntyre says it’s a shock to see him on Raw because he’s on Friday Night SmackDown normally. It’s even more shocking to see the other guy on any show. That will be rectified in less than three weeks at WWE Clash in the Castle. It’ll be Drew McIntyre versus Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship. To finish his thought from SmackDown before he was rudely interrupted, this match isn’t taking place on a fictional Island of Relevancy. It’s taking place on his island. When he wins the titles, he will show up on Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, all the live events, and anywhere the titles are supposed to be defended because that’s what WWE and the fans deserve.

There are reports that McIntyre’s back is injured. It’s true. His back is hurting from carrying the weight of this company on his back for the last three years. McIntyre does it with a smile because it’s a privilege. This isn’t a job. This is his dream. That’s why he’s here on his day off because he wants to scout future opponents. How about him against Ciampa, AJ Styles, or the new Seth “Freakin” Rollins? On SmackDown, he could face Karrion Kross…

Kevin Owens’ music cuts him off. Owens walks out to the stage looking confused. McIntyre also likes him versus Kevin Owens. Owens says it’s so convenient that he comes out here, and then McIntyre says his name. There’s something he’s never gotten about McIntyre. Owens doesn’t understand that McIntyre has to pretend to be something he’s not. McIntyre talks with his cartoon voice and wears a kilt, and has a sword. Owens says if McIntyre really believes he’s been carrying the weight of this company, then he’s a real dumbass. McIntyre doesn’t know who he is. Owens says he knows who he is. Owens hasn’t changed in his 22-year career. Owens is as real as it gets in this business. People like McIntyre may have forgotten what Owens is about. That’s Owens’ fault. For the last few years, he’s been coming to work and having fun. Then something dawned on him when he got to his arena. Owens got goosebumps. This is the same arena he had a fantastic match against Sami Zayn at Battleground. That reminded him that Owens misses that special side to him. He misses the old Kevin Owens. It’s time to bring back the Kevin Owens that people called “The Prizefighter.” Owens hasn’t held a title in WWE for five long years. Enough is enough, and it’s time for a change. Every champion is a target. The Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, and the Tag Team Championship are all targets. After Clash at the Castle, whether it’s Roman Reigns or Drew McIntyre, they’re targeted.

McIntyre says he’s let him have his say, and now it’s his turn. McIntyre cannot stand when people tell lies about him. 15 years ago, he was called “The Chosen One,” and then he got fired. McIntyre worked on himself. WWE called him — he didn’t call them. McIntyre is a two-time WWE Champion, he beat Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Randy Orton, and anyone that stood in his path. Owens better not dare say he doesn’t know who he is. No matter what, they’re two wrestlers in a wrestling ring. How about they wrestle? Owens says that McIntyre is no prize, but he’s on!

-Commercial Break-

Drew McIntyre vs. Kevin Owens

The bell rings, and they lock up. McIntyre powers Owens to the corner and gives a clean break. Owens doesn’t look impressed. They lock up, and McIntyre backs him to the corner. Owens spins him around and gives him a break. They listen to the crowd for a moment. Owens applies a side headlock, so McIntyre whips him off. Owens goes to shoulder block him, but McIntyre stays standing. McIntyre shouts, “Not today!” Owens kicks him and applies a side headlock. McIntyre whips him off and absorbs another shoulder block before telling Owens to stick it. McIntyre applies a side headlock. Owens whips him off, so McIntyre turns him inside out with a shoulder block.

McIntyre whips Owens to the corner, but he runs into a back elbow. Owens drives him shoulder-first into the ring post. Owens tells McIntyre to “suck it” and hits a cannonball. Owens pulls him into the ring and hits a senton splash followed by a moonsault off the second rope for a one-count. Owens is not happy about that. Owens stomps on McIntyre’s hand. Owens puts McIntyre in the corner and shoulders him in the midsection. Owens hooks a front facelock and drags him to the center of the ring. McIntyre blocks a suplex and catches Owens with a release suplex. Owens rolls out of the ring to recover. McIntyre hits the ropes, but Owens gets in the ring and punches him. Owens sends McIntyre out of the ring and goes for a suicide dive, but McIntyre gets on the apron and punches him. McIntyre goes to suplex Owens out of the ring, but Owens holds the ropes. Owens snaps him off the ropes and drives him headfirst into the ring post. McIntyre falls to the floor. Owens gets on the apron and hits a frog splash on the floor!

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Owens applying a chin lock. McIntyre fights up, so Owens clubs the back. McIntyre stumbles to the corner. Owens whips him hard into the opposite corner, but McIntyre pops out with a clothesline. McIntyre hits another clothesline and follows up with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. McIntyre hits another and connects with a neckbreaker. They both lay there for a moment before McIntyre kips up. McIntyre sets up for a Future Shock DDT, but Owens gets out and hits a DDT for a near fall.

Owens pulls McIntyre to his feet and sends him into the ropes, but McIntyre holds on and boots him. McIntyre elbows him back and charges, but Owens boots him down. Owens goes to the top rope for a Swanton Bomb, but McIntyre gets the knees up. McIntyre hits a Michinoku Driver for a two-count. McIntyre stands over Owens and gets him to his feet. McIntyre chops the chest in the corner and puts him on the top rope. McIntyre sets up for a top rope superplex, but Owens fights it. McIntyre is hung in the tree of woe. McIntyre sits up and goes for a belly-to-belly superplex, but Owens fights it! Owens knocks McIntyre back into the tree of woe and goes to the mat. While McIntyre is still in the tree of woe, Owens crushes him with a cannonball! Owens quickly goes to the top rope and hits a big frog splash, but McIntyre just barely kicks out! Owens goes back to the top rope and connects with a Swanton Bomb, but McIntyre again kicks out just before three. Owens is frustrated.

The crowd chants, “This is awesome!” Owens goes back to the top rope, but McIntyre pops up and attacks him. McIntyre stands on the second rope and lifts Owens. McIntyre hits White Noise off the second rope for a near fall! McIntyre cannot believe it! McIntyre sets up for a Claymore Kick, but Owens counters into a Stunner attempt. McIntyre hits a Glasgow Kiss, and Owens responds with a superkick. McIntyre then turns him inside out with a clothesline.

Both men are down! They struggle to get up and exchange punches in the ring. This devolves into a hockey brawl before Owens finally knees him in the midsection. McIntyre gets out of a Pop-up Powerbomb and drops him with a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre sizes Owens up in the corner. All of a sudden, The Usos attack McIntyre!

Winner by Disqualification: Drew McIntyre

They superkick McIntyre down. Jey Uso goes for a top rope splash, but McIntyre moves. McIntyre goes to clothesline Jimmy out of the ring, but he doesn’t go over. Jimmy rolls out of the ring instead. McIntyre then gives Jey a back body drop out of the ring, and Jey accidentally lands on his brother at ringside! McIntyre then turns into a Stunner from Owens! Owens shouts to The Usos that the Tribal Chief owes him one.

The Usos get back in the ring to attack McIntyre, but McIntyre gives Jey a Glasgow Kiss. McIntyre then rocks Jimmy with a Claymore Kick. McIntyre says he’ll see Roman Reigns at Friday Night SmackDown this week.

Videos are shown of Seth “Freakin” Rollins giving Riddle a Stomp on the floor and onto steel steps at Madison Square Garden. Two weeks ago at SummerSlam, Rollins also stomped Riddle there.

Riddle is shown getting ready for an interview.

“BURN IT DOWN!”

In the arena, Seth “Freakin” Rollins makes his way to the ring.

-Commercial Break-

Seth “Freakin” Rollins is in the ring wearing an absolutely ridiculous outfit. Rollins says he is a visionary, he is a revolutionary, and he is Seth “Freakin” Rollins. The crowd finishes that for him. Rollins says he’s excited because the time has finally come. Riddle is getting mic’ed up in his mother’s basement via satellite to give his “big news.” Rollins wants to be here to get a front-row seat. They’re going to celebrate Riddle finally doing the smart thing by retiring. The crowd boos him. Rollins says this is cause for celebration. Now Riddle can go back to middle school and finish seventh grade. Maybe he can start a farm. That industry is very lucrative these days.

Riddle cuts him off. Riddle says he’s glad he’s out there so the people can see what a slimy piece of trash he is. Riddle says he does have a medical update. Rollins says this is the moment they’ve been waiting for. Riddle says he’s medically cleared. The next time he sees Rollins, it’s on!

Rollins asks if it’s going to be on like a few weeks ago at Madison Square Garden or when they met at SummerSlam. Whenever they’re in the same vicinity, it ends the same way, with Rollins stomping his head into the mat. Rollins is always steps ahead of Riddle. Rollins wishes Riddle was here so he could Stomp the rest of his brain cells out of his head. Riddle says he’s glad that Rollins said that because he’s not in his mom’s basement. He’s actually in D.C., and he’s coming to kick his ass!

Riddle’s music hits, and he changes down to the ring! Riddle avoids a Stomp and pulls Rollins out of the ring. They brawl at ringside. Riddle gets Rollins in the ring and kicks away at him before hitting an exploder suplex. Rollins rolls out of the ring. Riddle goes to follow him out, but Rollins sweeps the feet. Riddle hits the apron hard. Rollins sends Riddle over the commentary table and punches away at him. Rollins asks how stupid Riddle is while laying him on the table. Rollins goes for a Stomp on the table, but Riddle avoids it. Riddle kicks Rollins over the barricade. Riddle follows Rollins into the crowd, but Rollins escapes. The crowd chants, “Bro!”

Video Package: Bobby Lashley vs. AJ Styles for the United States Championship

AJ Styles is shown warming up backstage.

-Commercial Break-

Riddle is walking backstage when Kevin Patrick comes up to him. Riddle says tonight was just a taste of what’s coming for Seth “Freakin” Rollins. Riddle wants Rollins at Clash at the Castle.

Beaux Keller vs. Veer Mahaan

The bell rings, and Keller sidesteps Mahaan twice. Mahaan chases, but Keller gets away a third time and leaves the ring. A furious Mahaan goes outside, but Keller gets back in the ring. Mahaan is getting frustrated. As he gets into the ring, Keller dropkicks him. An irate Mahaan grabs Keller and throws him over the top rope! Mahaan grabs him at ringside and throws him back into the ring. Mahaan crushes him with an avalanche and connects with a big Thesz Press. Mahaan follows up with a Million Dollar Arm lariat. Mahaan looks furious and jumps on the back before applying the Cervical Clutch for the submission.

Winner by Submission: Veer Mahaan

United States Champion Bobby Lashley is warming up backstage. He’ll face AJ Styles for the first time ever next.

-Commercial Break-

Sarah Schreiber is backstage with Dakota Kai. Bayley and IYO SKY are with her. Kai is asked about having her first singles match on Raw tonight. Kai says Schreiber should already know. Schreiber asks for clarification. Bayley tells Kai to answer. Kai says she’s going to win. IYO SKY says something. Bayley says we can expect a lot of winning from all of them. Kai walks off and confronts WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke. Kai asks if she’s ready for tonight. Brooke says she’s ready 24/7. Kai warns her about tonight.

United States Championship
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Lashley (c)

The bell rings, and Styles starts kicking away at the legs of the big man. Styles gets him in the corner, but Lashley knocks him back before turning him inside out with a shoulder tackle. Lashley puts Styles in the corner and elbows him in the head a few times. Lashley drops him with a neckbreaker for a one-count. Styles attacks Lashley, so Lashley hits the ropes. Styles drops down and leapfrogs him before hitting a dropkick on the United States Champion. Styles drops elbows on the leg, trying to take away the base of the larger Lashley. Dueling chants for both men pick up. Styles bounces Lashley in the corner. Lashley quickly comes back with a scoop slam before getting him to his feet and throwing him out of the ring. Styles hits a baseball slide and goes to the apron. Lashley pulls him down onto his shoulders. Styles slides off and pushes him to the ring post. Lashley knocks him back, but Styles quickly gets on the apron and hits a sliding knee! Styles then leaps off the apron with a forearm smash.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Lashley slide Styles hard into the ring post. Styles falls out of the ring in a heap. Lashley drives Styles into the barricade and whips him hard into it. Lashley gets in the ring to break the count. Lashley puts Styles into the ring and elbows him in the corner. Lashley continues to attack him in the corner. Styles fights back with a jawbreaker and kicks him in the head. Styles is holding his lower back. Styles drops a knee on Lashley. Lashley punches back, but Styles responds with strikes of his own. Styles charges, but Lashley plants him with a spinebuster. Lashley whips him hard into the corner, and Styles’ face bounces off the top of the ring post.

The Miz and Ciampa walk out to ringside. Lashley whips Styles hard to the corner, and Styles’ face hits the ring post again. Lashley sets up for a suplex, but Styles fights it. Styles knees him in the head, but Lashley quickly kicks him. Lashley hits a front suplex on the top rope and viciously knocks Styles to the floor.

Ciampa distracts Lashley, and Miz goes to attack Styles. All of a sudden, WWE security stops someone from coming over the barricade. It’s Dexter Lumis! Miz looks unsure of what to do. The screen quickly cuts to black.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Styles striking at Lashley. Lashley blocks a kick and elbows him. Lashley then crushes him with a flatliner for a two-count. During the commercial, Lashley gave Miz a Spear at ringside. The referee then ejected Miz and Ciampa from ringside.

In the ring, Styles avoids a Spear and gets Lashley out of the ring. Styles then hits a forearm plancha. Styles puts Lashley in the ring and crushes him with a strike combo. Styles hits a diving forearm. Styles avalanches him in the corner and lifts him, but his back gives out. Lashley shoves him to the corner and throws him to the apron. Styles shoulders him and kicks the leg. Styles hits a slingshot forearm for a two-count. Lashley powers Styles to the corner. Styles knocks Lashley back and charges, but Lashley counters into a Running Powerslam for a near fall. Lashley is not happy.

Lashley puts Styles on the top rope and goes for a belly-to-belly superplex, but Styles slides out. Styles gets him in the torture rack and hits a rack bomb for a near fall. Styles sets up for a Styles Clash, but Lashley hits a back body drop. Lashley lifts him up and hits an over-the-shoulder slam for a near fall. Lashley goes outside and lifts Styles up. Lashley drives Styles headfirst into the ring post. Lashley puts Styles back into the ring and goes to the corner. Lashley goes for a Spear, but Styles kicks him. Styles rolls through and applies a Calf Crusher! Lashley fights it and rolls over, but Styles counters into a pin for a near fall. Styles knocks Lashley back, and Lashley limps back. Lashley avoids a Phenomenal Forearm and connects with a Spear for the win!

Winner by Pinfall and still United States Champion: Bobby Lashley

Mr. Money in the Bank Theory is warming up backstage. He’ll face Dolph Ziggler later tonight.

-Commercial Break-

Non-Title Match
WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke vs. Dakota Kai w/ Bayley and IYO SKY

They lock up, and Kai quickly floors her with a snap kick. Kai hits a running boot for a two-count. Kai whips her hard into the corner and hits a running knee for a near fall. Kai kicks away at the face and sends her back to the corner. Brooke knocks her back and hits a pair of short-arm clotheslines. Brooke whips her to the corner and hits a handspring back elbow. Kai quickly comes back with a running boot in the corner for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Dakota Kai

Video Package: Edge vs. Damian Priest next week on WWE Raw

In addition to Edge vs. Damian Priest next week, Alexa Bliss and Asuka will face Dakota Kai and IYO SKY in the Semi-Finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament.

Mr. Money in the Bank Theory makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Dolph Ziggler next.

-Commercial Break-

Replays are shown from SummerSlam of Theory getting destroyed while trying to cash in the Money in the Bank contract.

Theory vs. Dolph Ziggler

The bell rings, and they quickly go to the mat to brawl. Theory punches away at him, but Ziggler knocks him away. Theory gets to his feet and levels him with a nasty forearm shiver. Ziggler takes a few moments to recover, so Theory sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Theory talks trash and sends him back to the ring post. Theory shouts that he can do this all day and sends Ziggler a third time into the ring post. Theory mugs for the crowd before pulling Ziggler into the ring and picking up a near fall. Theory chokes him on the middle rope. Theory talks trash, so Ziggler kicks him back and spikes him with a DDT. Ziggler grabs Theory and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Theory falls to ringside and holds his shoulder in pain. Ziggler gets Theory back in the ring and punches away at him. Ziggler puts Theory on the top rope, but Theory knocks him down. Theory shouts at the crowd, but Ziggler scales the ropes and hits a sit-out facebuster off the top rope! Ziggler lands hard on his knee and appears to have injured it. Ziggler covers for a two-count.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the final break of the evening to see Ziggler fighting up from a chin lock. Ziggler elbows him and punches him in the head. Ziggler charges, but Theory hits a drop-toe-hold into the middle turnbuckle. Theory gets on the apron and waits for him to get up. Theory hits a rolling thunder dropkick for a near fall. Theory once again sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ziggler screams in pain. Theory talks some trash and goes for a suplex, but Ziggler slides through. Ziggler elbows him back and connects with a boot. Ziggler sidesteps him and hits a pair of clotheslines. Ziggler then does the 10 punches in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler hits a heart-stopping elbow drop for a near fall.

Ziggler smacks himself in the face to get fired up. Ziggler goes for a superkick, but Theory blocks it. Ziggler responds with an elbow and goes to the middle rope, but Theory attacks the lower back. Theory hits a torture rack bomb for a near fall. Theory goes to the apron and goes for a rolling thunder dropkick, but Ziggler counters into a famouser for a near fall!

Both men trade punches before Theory kicks and clubs away at him. Ziggler kicks him and head-butts him. Theory gets out of a Zig-Zag and clotheslines him down. Theory signals for the end. Theory sets up for A-Town Down, but Ziggler slides off. They trade punches before Ziggler hits a Zig-Zag for a near fall. Both men take a few moments to recover and look exhausted. Ziggler signals for a superkick, but Theory counters into a roll-up. Theory puts his feet on the ropes, but the referee catches him. Ziggler rolls him up for a two-count. Ziggler hits the ropes, but Theory hits A-Town Down for the win!

Winner by Pinfall: Theory

Next week on Raw, Edge will battle Damian Priest. We’ll also see Dakota Kai and IYO SKY vs. Alexa Bliss and Asuka in the Semi-Finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament.


Quick Match Results

— Asuka and Alexa Bliss def. Nikki A.S.H. and Doudrop via Submission in a First Round Match in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament
— Ciampa and The Miz def. Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali
— Drew McIntyre def. Kevin Owens via DQ
— Veer Mahaan def. Beaux Keller via Submission
— Bobby Lashley def. AJ Styles to retain the United States Championship
— Dakota Kai def. WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke (non-title)
— Theory def. Dolph Ziggler

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