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- Seth Rollins def. Sami Zayn
- Kevin Owens def. Adrian Neville
- Big E def. Karl Anderson
- Bayley def. Dana Brooke
- Braun Strowman def. Johnny Knockout
- Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - AUGUST 22, 2016
Video: Highlights from WWE Summerslam
We are 24 hours removed from the biggest party of the summer, WWE Summerslam and Monday Night Raw is coming to us live from the Barclay Centre in Brookyln, New York and we kick things off with Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon in the ring
Foley introduces WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor. Stephanie hands Balor the mic as the crowd starts chanting "You Deserve It". Balor says the championship represents a lifetime of sacrifice and if you believe in yourself you can achieve absolutely anything.
Last night at Summerslam he achieved the impossible and became the WWE Universal Champion. But there was a sacrifice. He wants to thank the WWE for the opportunity as well as all the talent in the back and Seth Rollins for giving him the match of his life. But most importantly he wants to thank the WWE Universe
The WWE Universe starts chanting "Thank You, Finn" but he says it should be him thanking the WWE Universe but for now he has to relinquish the title but rest assured when he's healthy and comes back the title is the first thing he's going after.
Foley takes the title off of Balor's shoulder and raises his arm. Stephanie takes the mic as Balor exits the ring.. Balor is walking towards the stage when Seth Rollins' theme starts playing
Rollins makes his way out to the ring and hugs Stephanie before taking a mic and says what a shame and pity about Balor but to not live in the past. At least they know who the real winner was at Summerslam and this should be a celebration. He says Stephanie's here, he's here, the beautifully, exquisitely designed championship is here and suggests a celebration for the new WWE Universal Champion
Sami Zayn makes his way out. Chris Jericho then comes out to the ring. Kevin Owens is out next. Stephanie asks what they're all doing out here and we get yet two more superstars coming out as Enzo and Big Cass walk out to a huge ovation and chant of "How You Doin'".
Roman Reigns walks out to join the party. The crowd starts a "We Want Slater" chant. Foley says everyone in the ring is deserving of the championship so they're going to conduct a series of matches which will culminate next week and result in the crowning of a new WWE Universal Champion and it starts tonight with Seth Rollins vs Sami Zayn
SETH ROLLINS VS SAMI ZAYN
As the WWE Superstars exit the ring, Rollins attacks Zayn from behind sending him to the outside and leading to our first commercial break
Back from break, Zayn is unloading on Rollins. Rollins puts a stop to that sending Zayn to the apron. Shoulder tackle by Zayn. Zayn with a headscissors as Rollins slides to the outside. Running powerbomb countered by Zayn who connects with a moonsault off the barricade.
Rollins is rolled back into the ring and connects with a kick to the face. Rollins begins to unload on Zayn. Irish whip and Rollins floors Zayn. Nearfall on Zayn. Rollins with a side headlock. Hard irish whip into the corner by Rollins.
The split crowd begins a "Let's Go Rollins/Sami Zayn" chant. Clothesline by Rollins. Springboard leapfrog by Zayn and Zayn injures his ankle. Rollins goes after Zayn but runs into an elbow. Zayn launches himself over the top rope onto Rollins. Rollins connects with a knee. Zayn slides to the outside favouring his knee as Raw goes to break
Rollins back in control as Raw comes back from commercial. Zayn explodes with a clothesline. Rollins unloads with punches and seats Zayn on the top rope. Rollins hooks Zayn up and Zayn with a right hand and headbutt drops Rollins. Rollins back up to the top rope. Zayn has Rollins set up and executes a powerbomb from the top rope.
Rollins goes to work on the leg. Zayn fights out of it. Zayn hooks Rollins for a Michinoku Driver but Rollins counters and delivers one of his own for the three count
The winner of the match: Seth Rollins
NEVILLE VS KEVIN OWENS
Neville controls the match early on taking the fight outside of the ring and hits a moonsault.
Chinlock on Neville by Owens. Owens runs into a boot. Right hand by Owens. Owens misses with the cannonball. Neville with a suplex. Nearfall by Owens. Neville with an enziguri. neville goes to the top rope, Jericho with the distraction. Neville takes Jericho out with a dropkick. Neville back to the top rope and Owens catches him putting Neville in the torture rack transitioning into a neckbreaker for the three count
The winner of the match: Kevin Owens
One minute before the top of the hour, Big E.’s voice was heard telling Brooklyn that New Day is here. Out came the year-long WWE tag champions. Big E. had a giant bowl and ladle spooning out Booty-O’s cereal to fans along the ring entrance. New Day then entered the ring for promo time.
Big E. began his promo by declaring that he’s back, baby. Big E. wiggled to show he’s healed from ringpost-itis. Kingston Kingston said New Day loves magic, and the magic they are experiencing revolves around the numbers 365. Because for 365 days, they have been the WWE tag team champions. (Which is also how long the Dudleys have been back in WWE.)
Kingston wanted to get serious about who is responsible for this. Who? Who? Who? The fans. Kingston said the fans were vocal throughout the good times and bad times. Xavier Woods said that in order to celebrate this occasion, they have a unicorn piñata. What’s inside this? “Booty-O’s!” the crowd shouted.
Suddenly, The Club’s music played to bring out Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows calling this stupid. They were out of the lab coats back in their full-length ring jackets. Anderson said this and Brooklyn are stupid. Are you actually celebrating right now? He said they have nothing to celebrate.
Club entered the ring to note that last night at Summerslam, New Day lost. That’s right – Big E. got them DQ’ed by saving Jon Stewart. So, they are owed a WWE Tag Title re-match. Anderson said that’s right. He called Kingston the stupidest of them all. Did he enjoy the Magic Killer he got last night at Summerslam? Kingston stammered. “E!, defend me!” Kingston shouted. Big E. had nothing.
Gallows said that’s right because all the props, toys, and catchphrases aren’t going to mean a thing when they win the Tag Titles. And, it starts tonight when Anderson dismembers the muscle of New Day, Big E. Anderson looked up and own Big E., saying he’s back and cured of ringpost-itis. Big E. shouted that they’ve had enough of that booty chatter and flim-flam. Because they will show Club why New Day Rocks! It’s next.
KARL ANDERSON VS BIG E
Match in progress coming back from break and Big E delivers a belly to belly suplex to Anderson. Big E drops an elbow on Anderson as he controls the match. Anderson turns the tables delivering kicks to Big E
Anderson hooks Big E up for a suplex but Big E launches him over the ropes to the outside. Anderson with a knee and Gallows with a cheap shot from the outside. Trouble In Paradise by Kingston. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Big E delivers a Big Ending to Anderson for the three count
The winner of the match: Big E
Titus O'Neil comes out and cuts a heel promo on how the day he dropped the tag titles was the best day because he dropped the dead weight that was Darren Young and says how is Bob Backlund supposed to make Darren Young great again when he was never great to begin with and it's hard to be Prime Time Players when only one member of the team was The Prime Time Player
Bob Backlund walks out and O'Neil backs Backlund into the corner. Backlund locks the chicken wing in on O'Neil. O'Neil gets out of it and stomps on Backlund until Darren Young runs out to help Backlund. O'Neil picks Young up and delivers Clash OF The Titus
Backstage: Tom Phillips was shown talking to Stephanie McMahon. Someone handed a mic to Phillips to prepare for an interview with Stephanie. But, first…
Video Package: Brock Lesnar destroyed Randy Orton at Summerslam. Orton landed an RKO, but Lesnar came back with an F5, then took off his gloves and clubbed Orton in the head with forearms and elbows. Lesnar was declared the winner by TKO. And then Shane McMahon showed up, taking an F5 from Lesnar.
Backstage: Phillips asked Stephanie about Brock vs. Orton, plus Shane being involved. What is her reaction? Stephanie said she agrees with her brother, Shane, that Brock crossed the line. And there will be repercussions.
Announcers: Cole and Co. revisited Finn Balor being forced to relinquish the WWE Universal Title at the top of the show.
In-Ring: Lana was standing by in the ring to introduce U.S. champion Rusev for the next contendership match. Rusev limped out to the ring selling rib injuries from Roman Reigns’s attack last night at Summerslam. Enzo’s music then brought out Big Cass, joined by Enzo Amore, to face Rusev.
Enzo walked and talked down to the ring with Big Cass. Cass vowed to finish the job that Roman Reigns started last night. And, he will prove that there’s only one word to describe him. S-A-W-F-T!
RUSEV VS BIG CASS
Rusev tried to attack Cass early on to avoid this being a long match because of the ribs. But, Cass absorbed the early attack and pounded Rusev’s mid-section. Cass then clotheslined Rusev over the top rope. Saxton said it’s weird to see Rusev in this type of vulnerable situation. Indeed. Rusev sold on the floor heading to break 30 seconds in.
Back from break, Rusev and Cass battled for control. Rusev eventually rolled to the floor selling the ribs. Enzo did his little dance, so Rusev kicked Enzo in the head. That brought out Cass, who blasted Rusev into the ring steps. Rusev winced and sold like crazy. Back in the ring, Rusev kicked Cass in the head, but Cass shook it off and nailed Rusev with a big boot.
Rusev rolled to the floor again holding his ribs. Rusev sold having trouble breathing as the ref applied a ten count. Rusev started to back away from ringside. Rusev was joined by Lana, who sold disgust over the situation as Rusev just walked up the entrance ramp. From the ring, Cass indicated that he’ll take the title if Rusev wants to give up. The ref reached a 10-count, giving Cass the win.
The winner of the match by count out: Big Cass
Backstage: Tom Phillips brought in Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Phillips congratulated Owens on advancing to next week, then asked Jericho what happens if he beats Roman Reigns tonight. Jericho said that’s a stupid question. It will be glorious (the live crowd popped for the subtle NXT Bobby Roode reference). He said he will make a great champion. Owens took exception, but said he has Jericho’s back tonight. Phillips told them only one of them can be Universal champion. “Me,” Jericho said. “Me,” Owens said. They said “me” in each other’s faces, then Jericho calmed everyone down and said they’ll worry about it next week. But, Reigns is going to get … “it” tonight. You stupid idiot!
Backstage: New Women’s champion Charlotte was shown walking down the hallway. She was re-joined by Dana Brooke, who was holding up a “Where’s The Boss?” sign taunting Sasha Banks. They’re next.
Smackdown plug: A.J. Styles addresses his big victory over John Cena at Summerslam. Plus, Nikki Bella makes her Smackdown Live debut.
In-ring: Five minutes before the top of the hour, new Women’s champion Charlotte was introduced to the ring in street clothes, joined by Dana Brooke. The announcers recapped Sasha’s back injury affecting her ability to defend the title, leading to the finish of Charlotte rolling onto Sasha to get a surprise three count to win back the title.
Back live, Dana did a one-person chant of “You Deserve It” for Charlotte. Charlotte said she is the greatest female athlete in the world, better than Serena Williams, Simone Biles, and Sasha Banks. She said Sasha is all flash, no cash.
Charlotte said she didn’t need her dad or Dana to beat Sasha last night, beating Sasha all by herself. She said Sasha’s back injury proves she doesn’t have what it takes to carry this Women’s division. Charlotte called out fans in the crowd, then sent a message through the hard camera that when and if Sasha gets cleared to come back, do everyone a favor and never come back.
Charlotte said the queen has reclaimed her throne. Charlotte’s music played to seemingly wrap up the segment. Suddenly, Mick Foley’s music interrupted. Foley had something else in mind.
Foley walked and talked down to the ring as the crowd chanted for Bayley. Charlotte shouted at the crowd to get over yourselves. Foley said when Sasha is cleared to return, she will get a re-match for the Women’s Title. Charlotte vowed to break her back again when she comes back. Now, after her match last night, doesn’t she deserve the night off? Because no one is left to face her. The crowd broke into a “Bayley, Bayley” chant.
Foley said there are aspects of this job that are really hard, like asking Finn Balor to give up the Universal Title. But, then there are things that give him utter joy like Raw’s newest free agent signing. Bayley’s music played to a loud pop.
Charlotte sold being upset by Bayley’s arrival as Bayley walked out to the ring soaking up her official Raw debut. Bayley looked around the arena as the crowd chanted her name and held up “Hugger Section” signs. Bayley then asked for a mic as the crowd sang her song.
Bayley said she can’t believe this is really happening. “You deserve it” chants from the crowd. Bayley thanked Mick for this opportunity, then asked to seal the deal with a hug. Bayley held open her arms for Foley to hug her … right here in Brooklyn, New York. A hug was applied as Charlotte sold being disgusted and annoyed.
“This is your new free agent acquisition, Mick?” Charlotte sneered. She said Foley has been spending too much time promoting his little reality show that he’s lost touch with reality. Charlotte said Bayley was left behind while she led the revolution. And now she’s trying to upstage her. Bayley said she would never try to upstage Charlotte because of the respect she has for Charlotte, but she’s here to win that Women’s Title. The crowd broke into “Yes!” chants.
Charlotte said she’s not here to wrestle, but her protege Dana Brooke is always ready for a fight. Dana was like, “Huh?” Charlotte told Dana that she has this match. Foley said that sounds like a fair compromise, so Bayley, you get your Raw debut match next. Bayley was giddy, ready to have her first match as Dana sold being slightly perturbed by this.
BAYLEY VS DANA BROOKE
Bayley wrestled circles around Dana early on, then Dana pulled her hair and smashed Bayley into the corner turnbuckle. But, Bayley no-sold and again. Bayley jammed Dana face-first into the corner buckle, then covered her for a nearfall. But, Charlotte ran interference from the outside, allowing Dana to kick Bayley out of the ring to the floor.
Back in the ring, Dana worked on Bayley, but could not put her away. Bayley then came back with her signature corner attack into the Bayley-to-Belly suplex. Bayley covered Dana for the win
The winner of the match: Bayley
Backstage: Roman Reigns was shown walking down the hallway. Tom Phillips relayed Chris Jericho’s words from earlier tonight. Reigns vowed to shut Jericho’s mouth with his own scarf or his fists tonight.
Still to come: Reigns vs. Jericho for the final title slot next week.
CW Video Package: WWE highlighted Rich Swann, Brian Kendrick, Noam Dar, and T.J. Perkins part of the Cruiserweight tournament on WWE Network. They announced the Cruiserweight division coming to Raw on September 19 (the Monday after the tournament concludes on Sept. 14).
Backstage: Sheamus was interviewed about his Best-of-Seven series against Cesaro. Sheamus squeezed in as many pop culture references as possible dogging Cesaro. He vowed to win the series. Match #2 is next week.
In-ring: Braun Strowman was introduced to the ring for a late-night snack. Byron Saxton was in the ring with a dude named Johnny Knockout to discuss why he’s taking this match. Knockout paused to think about his answer. He likes big, sweaty men. Saxton sighed and left the ring.
BRAUN STROWMAN VS JOHNNY KNOCKOUT
Strowman ran over JK with power offense, then nailed a reverse chokeslam. Easy pin for the win. Post-match, Strowman wanted some more. He smashed Knockout with another slam after screaming something unintelligble. Strowman yelled at referee Rod Zapata to count again. Zapata was like, “I already did.” Strowman yelled at Zapata to do it. Now. Strowman covered, but Knockout’s shoulder was up, so Zapata actually stopped his count on the fake pin. Strowman fixed the shoulder, then registered a fake three count.
The winner of the match: Braun Strowman
Last Year: The Dudleys returned to WWE to go after the Tag Titles held by New Day. But, it didn’t work out, as New Day still hold the titles one year later.
The Dudley Boyz come out to the ring for their farewell and instead of the fans thanking the Dudleys. The Dudleys take time to thank the WWE Universe. The Dudleys prepare to exit the ring but The Shining Stars come out to the ring as the WWE Universe start a "We Want Tables" chant. Primo says there will be no tables tonight and says because the Dudleys are leaving they got them a gift. Two tickets to Puerto Rico
The Dudleys have heard enough talk of food, and retirement homes and deliver a pair of right hands to The Shining Stars. They set up for the Wazzup and then do their signature "Get The Tables"
Before The Dudleys could deliver a 3D to Primo, The Club run out and attack The Dudley Boys. Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer on Bubba. Devon fights them off however the numbers catch up with him as Gallows and Anderson prepare to deliver a Magic Killer through the table
ROMAN REIGNS VS CHRIS JERICHO
Irish whip by Jericho and Reigns with a shoulderblock to Jericho. Jericho slaps Reigns. Jericho slides out of the ring and Reigns right after him delivers an elbow and clothesline. Irish whip across the ring and Reigns runs into a high elbow. Reigns unloads on Jericho and Jericho with an eyerake. Jericho unloads with punches and an axehandle
Back from break, Jericho in control catching Reigns with a well placed dropkick. Jericho with a chinlock. Reigns fires back with clotheslines. Reigns misses with a spear
Jericho hits an enziguri. Jericho to the top rope and Reigns catches him with a right hand. Drive-by to Jericho. Samoan Drop countered by Jericho. Lionsault countered by Reigns. Superman Punch to Jericho.
Reigns runs into a boot. Jericho goes for a Codebreaker but Reigns counters it into a sit-out powerbomb. Kevin Owens runs out for the distraction, Jericho with a roll up for a 2 count. Superman Punch by Reigns. Jericho counters the spear into The Walls Of Jericho. Reigns reaches the ropes, OWens with a cheap shot and Jericho with a Codebreaker but only gets a 2 cound
Jericho slaps Reigns and Reigns in control again, knocks out Owens. Reigns finally spears Jericho and covers him for the three count
The winner of the match: Roman Reigns