WWE RAW Results: August 13, 2018

Detailed Results

With Renee Young filling in for Jonathan Coachman on commentary, joining Michael Cole & Corey Graves at the announce position, RAW gets underway with “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” Ronda Rousey, who will challenge Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship this Sunday at SummerSlam. However, Ronda’s focus was not on her upcoming title match, but rather on her good friend, Natalya, whose father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, tragically passed away early Monday morning. A solemn Rousey says that a father is their “pillar of strength in a hostile world” and they are their “re-assurance that everything is going to be okay”. Ronda continues, saying that the reality is that fathers raise their children to be the “pillars of strength” that their families need when they are gone. Rousey then tells Natalya to stay strong, telling her friend that they all love her. Ronda then turns her attention to Alexa Bliss, saying that Alexa “cheated” to beat Alexa on multiple occasions but she is going to do her friend proud at SummerSlam when she beats Alexa for the RAW Women’s Title. Rousey then concludes by introducing Alexa Bliss’ opponent on RAW, Ember Moon.

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss then comes out to the stage with Alicia Fox by her side as Alexa says that Ronda has had “three matches” while she is a five-time champion before calling Rousey an “overhyped rookie”. The champion then says that SummerSlam is going to be Rousey’s “utter humiliation” before lamenting Kurt Angle for letting Ronda get involved in her business. Alexa then says that, thanks to Constable Baron Corbin, she has her own personal security, bringing out four security guards to protect her from Ronda Rousey. Security then leads the RAW Women’s Champion toe the ring, standing as a wall in the middle of the ring. However, the security guards let Alexa through once Ember Moon’s back is turned as the champion knocks Ember into Ronda Rousey, who falls off of the ring apron. This is all the provocation that Rousey needs to storm the ring and take care of the security team before Alicia Fox tries to run interference, only to get ejected from the ring as well, leaving Ronda and Ember standing tall in the ring.

Before she defends the RAW Women’s Title against Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam this Sunday, RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, with Alicia Fox in her corner, would go one-on-one with Ember Moon, with Ronda Rousey in her corner, in a non-title match. During the match, Alicia Fox would get on the ring apron, but Ronda Rousey would take care of Alicia. However, this would leave Rousey open for an attack by Alexa Bliss, who sends Ronda into the barricade on the outside. This would prove to be beneficial for Ember Moon, who capitalizes on the distraction with the Eclipse to the RAW Women’s Champion. However, Alicia Fox would break up the pinfall attempt, causing the disqualification. Alicia would then take out Ember Moon before Ronda Rousey hits the ring, again punishing Alicia, tossing Alicia out of the ring, once again leaving Rousey standing tall as Alexa clutches her RAW Women’s Title.

In a portion of the Paul Heyman interview last week that was cut from the final broadcast, Brock Lesnar’s advocate casts a small amount of doubt about his client’s chances against Roman Reigns this Sunday, offering an “unless” moments after saying that Roman “doesn’t stand a chance” against Brock in his current state of mind. However, the advocate would remove his microphone and abandon the interview, leaving a lot of questions regarding the Universal Title match this Sunday at SummerSlam.

With a match against Finn Balor coming up at SummerSlam, Constable Baron Corbin would go one-on-one with Tyler Breeze on RAW. In a short match, it was Constable Baron Corbin sending Tyler Breeze for the ride with the Deep Six, pinning Breeze for the win. After the match, the Constable would crow about his victory, vowing to do the same to Finn Balor this Sunday before introducing Finn Balor’s opponent, Jinder Mahal. However, Corbin would stack the deck against his SummerSlam opponent, introducing Kevin Owens as Finn’s other opponent as Balor will have to face both Jinder and Owens in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match!

Per the orders of Constable Baron Corbin, Finn Balor would face both Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal, with Sunil Singh in his corner, in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. However, just as the match is about to begin, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle comes out to the stage, saying that he can’t cancel the match but he can add to it, turning the Handicap Match into a tag team match with the addition of Braun Strowman as Finn’s partner as “Mr. Monster-in-the-Bank” would team with Finn to face Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal just days before Braun puts the briefcase on the line against Kevin Owens at SummerSlam! During the match, Braun Strowman would grab Sunil Singh on his way to tackling Kevin Owens before Braun plants Jinder Mahal with the running powerslam in the ring, scoring the three-count for his team. After the match, Braun Strowman would stare Kevin Owens down like a bear stalking his prey before chasing Owens to the back. This would leave Finn Balor open to an ambush by Constable Baron Corbin, who takes Finn out with the End of Days. The Constable then applauds himself and taunts the fans before leaving the ring.

Amidst his feud with Elias, Bobby Lashley would once again interrupt Elias on RAW as Lashley would face local talent Ricky Roberts, an aspiring country star and fan of Elias. However, the local competitor would not let the match begin before smashing his guitar over the back of Bobby Lashley. This would only serve to anger Lashley as “The Dominator” would annihilate Ricky Roberts with a massive spinebuster. Lashley then stares down Elias before leaving the ring.

The RAW Tag Team Titles were on the line on RAW as The B-Team would defend the titles against The Revival and Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt in a Triple Threat Tag Match, where two competitors from opposing teams would be legal in the match at a time with a Superstar able to tag anyone in the match, regardless of team. In the end, it was a tactical error by The Revival that would decide the match as The Revival would hit Bray Wyatt with the Shatter Machine but The Revival was unaware of Curtis Axel tagging himself into the match as Curtis tosses Scott Dawson out of the ring before stealing the pin on Bray Wyatt as The B-Team pick up the win, escaping with the RAW Tag Team Titles.

Six nights before he tries one more time to take the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns would appear on RAW. Roman says that it’s time for Brock Lesnar to “go”, saying that he is sick of hearing about Brock Lesnar so it comes to an end this Sunday when he takes the Universal Title from “The Beast”. Roman then vows to send Brock so far back into the UFC that Brock will have his head in “Dana White’s ass”. This brings out Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman, who is in a noticeably better mood compared to the last couple of weeks. Heyman says that Roman Reigns can start “making history” tonight before elaborating on his “unless” from last week’s interview. Offering Brock Lesnar’s “dirty secrets”, Heyman says that, with him in Roman Reigns’ corner, Roman is sure to become the new Universal Champion at SummerSlam.

The advocate then extends his hand to Reigns but Roman refuses the handshake, saying that he has defeated Brock before. Heyman says that he is not there to talk about the “past”, he sees the “future” before saying that, after Roman “conquers” Lesnar at SummerSlam, he will stand side-by-side with Roman Reigns to introduce Roman as the “reigning, defending Universal Champion”. Reigns still refuses Heyman’s handshake before saying that his father taught him how to survive WWE before saying that Heyman is “drowning” and he’s just not “worth saving”. Roman then wishes Heyman “good luck on his future endeavors” before saying that he used to share a ride with Roman’s father and uncle. The advocate then recites, in Samoan, what Roman’s father Sika told him before Heyman pulls out a piece of paper, handing it to Roman Reigns and telling Roman to give him his answer this Sunday at SummerSlam.

However, as Reigns reads the piece of paper, Heyman pulls a can of body spray out of his suit pocket, spraying it in the face of Roman Reigns! Heyman then leaves the ring as Roman tries to clean the spray out of his eyes to regain his sight. This is when the plan would become clear as Universal Champion Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring with a big smile on his face. Brock then attacks his handicapped SummerSlam opponent, punishing Roman with knees to the mid-section before stalking the blinded Reigns and locking in a front headlock on Roman, using his submission prowess to put the challenger to sleep. “The Beast” then leaves the ring, slinging the Universal Title over his shoulder before Lesnar and Heyman walk up the ramp together. However, Brock would see that Roman was starting to get to his feet so Lesnar comes back to the ring to deliver the F-5 to Roman. The Universal Champion then leaves the ring again, grabbing his belt as he and Heyman exit together, having used the long con to get to Roman Reigns.

In a mixing of rivalries, RAW would see Bobby Roode team with Titus Worldwide, with Dana Brooke in their corner, to face Mojo Rawley and The Authors of Pain in a 6-Man Tag match. In the end, it was Bobby Roode planting Mojo Rawley with the Glorious DDT, pinning Mojo to pick up the win for his team.

Ruby Riott would return to action on RAW as, with Riott Squad cohorts Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan in her corner, the Riott Squad leader would go one-on-one with Sasha Banks, with Bayley in her corner. During the match, Liv Morgan would pull Sasha Banks off of the ring apron behind the referee’s back but Bayley would take Liv Morgan out. However, the damage was done as, when Sasha gets back into the ring, Ruby Riott surprises “The Boss” with a roll-up, scoring the win over Sasha.

With a contract signing between Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins for their title match at SummerSlam expected to take place, travel issues would keep Seth Rollins from arriving on time, leaving Kurt Angle no choice but to continue without Seth. Before the contract signing, Kurt says that Roman Reigns will still be able to compete at SummerSlam this Sunday and he will not take action against Brock Lesnar, saying that he wants Roman to take the title from Brock this Sunday. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre then interrupt, saying that Kurt never planned to take any action against Brock Lesnar. An impatient Dolph Ziggler then asks the GM if he’s defending the title this Sunday or not. Kurt then introduces Seth Rollins, but Seth does not show up, leading Dolph to say that Seth could not beat them so he “quit”. McIntyre then says that their alliance was formed to end “complacency” on RAW, saying that they “respect” Rollins but he was “the architect of his own downfall”. Dolph then says that Seth “busted his ass” for the fans, saying that he knows what it’s like.

The Intercontinental Champion continues, saying that it’s all pointless as the fans turn their back the moment they are disappointed, saying that the fans will turn their backs on Seth and this “vicious cycle” will never end because of the fans. Dolph then asks the fans where they were during the “hard times” but now he has someone who truly has his back, saying that Drew McIntyre pushes him to outdo himself every single night for the betterment of WWE and the betterment of the world. The Intercontinental Champion then says that he doesn’t care about the fans or anyone in the back because he and Drew took the “whole thing over” before telling Kurt to hand him the contract so he can sign it and make it a “Seth Rollins forfeit”. Dolph then signs the contract before Seth Rollins arrives, saying that he has actually been in the arena for a while before telling Dolph that he wanted to wait until Ziggler signed the contract because he was afraid that Dolph would change his mind once Dolph heard what he had to say.

Rollins then says that he was dealing with some “travel issues” but they weren’t his own travel issues before saying that the clause in the contract that says that he will have someone in his corner at SummerSlam was put in there for a very good reason. Seth continues, saying that he is sick and tired of having to contend with both of them on his own and, since Dolph is going to have “the Scottish psychopath” in his corner at SummerSlam, then he should have a “lunatic” in his corner! This brings out the returning Dean Ambrose as “The Lunatic Fringe” reunites with Seth Rollins as, for the first time in nine months, Rollins & Ambrose charge the ring, brawling with Dolph & Drew before taking Dolph out. Seth then catches McIntyre with a super kick, allowing Ambrose to follow it up with Dirty Deeds! Rollins then signs his part of the contract to make the SummerSlam match official before The Shield brethren stand tall together in the ring, reunited and ready to wreak havoc this Sunday!

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