The August 12, 2019 edition of WWE RAW took place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, and was the first episode after SummerSlam 2019.
– New WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins comes out to the ring to kick off tonight’s show. Seth says he didn’t know if he had what it took to beat Brock Lesnar, and the last few weeks he hadn’t been as confident as he usually is. Seth says when he came out to the ring the fans came alive, and the fans took him to a place he’s never been, and it was a place only they could go together. Seth says in that moment, he knew he had what it took to slay the beast. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows come out to interrupt. They get in the ring and AJ says they wanted to be first to congratulate Seth. But now that Seth is done with Brock Lesnar, he has to worry about AJ. AJ says he wants to challenge Seth to prove that he is a much better Champion than Seth. Seth says he always had respect for AJ, but he doesn’t anymore. Rollins says it doesn’t matter how beat up he is he doesn’t back down from a fight, and he accepts AJ’s challenge. AJ extends his hand for Seth to shake, and Seth is cautious. Seth shakes his hand, then they have a brief stare down, and AJ leaves with Gallows and Anderson.
– The Street Profits are backstage for a promo. They talk about SummerSlam last night, and they say the after-party went late last night. Sami Zayn interrupts and starts telling the Street Profits that the longer they’re here in WWE, the parasites in the crowd will suck the soul out of them. Sami says Seth is a good example, since he has become a pandering fool. Sami says he loved Becky Lynch, but now he’s so manufactured. Sami tells them it happens to everybody, and Samoa Joe is another example. Sami starts trashing Joe, as the camera zooms out to reveal Joe standing right behind Sami listening. Sami turns around and starts apologizing to Joe. Joe says he’ll give Sami a chance to go to the ring and get anything he wants off his chest now, and maybe he can prove to his country that he’s more than just Kevin Owens’ water boy.
– We see a graphic promoting the King Of The Ring tournament returning next week on RAW.
– Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn: Sami charges at Joe right off he opening bell and starts nailing him with right hands. Joe quickly comes back with the Coquina Clutch, and Sami goes to sleep. The ref calls for the bell after a short match.
Winner: Samoa Joe
– After the match, Joe gets on the mic and says he wants to make himself clear. Joe says he forgives Reigns for pinning his mystery attacks on Joe, but he doesn’t forgive any of the fans for blaming Joe.
– The Miz is backstage heading towards the gorilla position.
– The Miz comes out for his match against Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler comes out next, but he’s not in his ring gear. Ziggler slowly steps into the ring with a microphone. The crowd chants “Goldberg” as Ziggler starts to speak. Ziggler says he hopes Miz is happy, because everyone knows Miz didn’t have a chance against Ziggler at SummerSlam, so Miz sicked Goldberg on him. Ziggler says he got speared so many times yesterday that he’s not medically cleared to compete tonight. Ziggler says “Miz screwed Miz,” because Goldberg injured him and now Miz can’t clean up the scraps. Ziggler says he also doesn’t want to indulge the blood-thirsty Canadians who want to see this match. Ziggler starts to walk away, but then he spins around and cheap-shots Miz. Ziggler starts stomping on Miz until the ref hauls him off. It looks like this match will happen after all.
– Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz: The Miz gets in lots of offense in the opening moments of this one. The Miz starts hitting the It Kicks on Ziggler now. Ziggler ducks a kick and rolls up Miz, but Miz escapes. Miz looks for the Figure Four, but Ziggler escapes. Miz misses a spear in the corner, and Ziggler answers with the Zig Zag for a two count. Ziggler looks for a superkick, but Miz blocks it and puts Ziggler in the Figure Four. Ziggler almost reaches the ropes, but Miz drags him back to the middle of the ring and keeps him in the Figure Four. Ziggler taps out for the finish.
Winner: The Miz
– After the match, Ziggler gets on the mic and talks trash to Miz. Miz goes back to the ring and hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Ziggler to shut him up.
– Becky Lynch does a short interview backstage talking about her victory over Natalya last night.
– Still to come: Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles in a non-Title match.
– Elias is in the ring for a song. He complains about Superstars and legends coming out and interrupting him. Elias says he wants to just get it out of the way, and whoever is going to come out and interrupt him tonight should just come out now and get it done with. No one comes out, and Elias says it’s history in the making, because he will have his first-ever uninterrupted performance tonight. Elias starts to play, and then Ricochet interrupts. Ricochet comes out with a mic and says people interrupt Elias because he sucks. Elias makes fun of Ricochet for dressing like a comic book character, and says he’s going to embarrass Ricochet in the ring tonight.
– Ricochet vs. Elias: Ricochet starts off with a hurricanrana and a dropkick on Elias for a one count. Elias starts to fight back and he connects with a series of strikes in the corner. Elias hits a big back body drop on Ricochet for a two count. Ricochet fights back and looks for a running hurricanrana, but the move seems to fall apart. Ricochet resets and hits Elias with an enziguri. Elias rolls outside and Ricochet looks for a dive on him, but Elias dodges it. Back in the ring, Elias brings his guitar in the ring, but the ref gets in his way. Ricochet hits Elias with a kick to the head, then Ricochet hits a sunset flip off the top for the three count.
– Rey Mysterio is shown backstage heading towards the Gorilla position.
– Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade: This one is a best two out of three falls match. Zelina is at ringside. The opening bell sounds and Andrade immediately hits Rey with a kick to the face. Andrade looks for a powerbomb, but Rey reverses it into a hurricanrana. Rey looks for the 619, but he gets distracted by Zelina grabbing his leg. This leads to Andrade rolling up Rey from behind, and Zelina helps from ringside behind the ref’s back. Andrade scores the first three count of the match, and the score is now 1-0 for Andrade. Andrade and Rey fight up the turnbuckle now, but Rey knocks Andrade down to the apron. Rey grabs Andrade’s hand, and runs up the turnbuckle, then hurricanranas Andrade off the apron down to the ringside floor. Back in the ring, Rey hits a splash on Andrade for a two count. Andrade fights back with a spinning back elbow to Rey. Andrade puts the boots to Rey in the corner, then he looks for the running knee strike, but Rey dodges it. Rey goes out to the apron and slingshots in with a version of the Canadian Destroyer for a two count. Rey looks for the 619, but Zelina distracts him again, and Andrade rolls up Rey for a two count. Rey fights back with an enziguri, and then he dropkicks Andrade into the ropes. Rey follows up with the 619, then he goes to the top turnbuckle. Rey goes for a frogsplash, but Andrade blocks with his knees. Andrade follows up with the hammerlock DDT for the three count. Andrade wins 2-0.
– WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin joins Michael Cole via webcam for an interview. Austin says he is impressed by Seth Rollins, and his advice to Rollins back at he RAW Reunion was to stay focused. Cole promotes Austin’s new USA Network show, which airs immediately after RAW tonight.
– We see another promo for the King of The Ring tournament on next week’s RAW. They show footage from several of the previous King Of The Ring tournaments and winners.
– Rey Mysterio is backstage for an interview. Rey says he’s never lost two falls in a row like that before. He says he has no idea where his career is going, he just knows he has a family to support.
– The Street Profits are backstage again, and Ford tells Rey to keep his head up. Dawkins is sleeping, but Ford wakes him up, and they talk about tonight’s show.
– Drew McIntyre does a brief interview at the Gorilla position saying he’s going to kick in Cedric Alexander’s skull.
– Drew McIntyre vs. Cedric Alexander: This one spills out to ringside early on, and Cedric hits a suicide dive on Drew. Back in the ring, Cedric hits a missile dropkick off the top for a two count. Cedric misses a shot in the corner, and Drew capitalizes with a crucifix powerbomb into the turnbuckle. Drew covers for a two count. Drew hits some chops and slaps on Cedric, and Cedric fights back with a shot of his own. Cedric runs the ropes and Drew catches him in a choke. Cedric breaks free, but Drew stuns him again with a big boot. Drew follows up with a belly to belly overhead suplex for another two count. Drew misses a clothesline, and Cedric springboards off the ropes for a kick to Drew’s head. Cedric follows up with more strikes, and then a DDT. They fight on the turnbuckle, and Drew hits a big side slam off the middle rope for a two count. The fight spills out to ringside, and Drew drops Cedric with a chop to the chest. Drew misses a shot and Cedric throws Drew into the ring post. Cedric follows up with the Lumbar Check on Drew on the ringside floor. Both men are down, and then Drew grabs Cedric and hits a belly to belly overhead suplex on the metal portion of the entrance ramp. Drew takes Cedric back in the ring, and Drew looks for a vertical suplex, but Cedric reverses into a small package pin for a two count. Drew drops Cedric and climbs the turnbuckle, but then Cedric runs up and hits a Spanish Fly off the top on Drew. Drew comes back with an elbow to the face. Drew looks for the reverse Alabama Slam, but Cedric reverses it into a roll-up pin for a two count. Drew runs the ropes and nails Cedric with a big Claymore Kick for the three count after a good competitive match.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
– We see AJ Styles backstage talking to Gallows and Anderson about what he’s going to do to Rollins tonight. Styles says he’s going to show everyone who the better Champion is tonight.
– Paul Heyman is backstage, and we see him walk in to a room with Brock Lesnar’s name on it.
– Charly Caruso is backstage, and she tells us she’ll have an interview with Heyman soon.
– Robert Roode vs. No Way Jose: Roode starts off strong and works over Jose in the corner. Jose fights back with punches and kicks, but Roode shuts him down with a spinebuster. Roode hits the Glorious DDT on Jose for the three count after a short match.
Winner: Robert Roode
– We go backstage for an interview with Paul Heyman. Heyman says WWE has decided that Brock will not get a rematch against Rollins. Heyman is outraged and at loss for words, and he goes back into Brock’s locker room and closes the door behind him.
– The Revival vs. Lucha House Party: The Revival starts off strong and double teams Lince Dorado in the opening moments. Dawson hits a back suplex on Dorado, and then tags Wilder back in. Lince fights back and hits a springboard moonsault on both Revival members. Suddenly R-Truth music hits, and Truth runs into the ring with a crowd of wrestlers following him for the 24/7 Title. Drake Maverick gets tripped on the ramp. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner: No contest
– Everyone starts brawling at ringside, and then The Revival double teams Truth in the ring. Both Revival members pin Truth, and it looks like Dawson and Wilder and co-Champions. Carmell gets involved and helps Truth pin Dawson for the three count, and Truth is now Champion again. Everyone chases Truth up the ramp, and Truth hides then sneaks away in the other direction. We see Truth and Carmella backstage talking about his Title win. Elias comes out from a hallway and smashes his guitar over Truth. Elias pins Truth and a referee counts the three. Elias is now a three-time 24/7 Champion.
– Michael Cole introduces a video package looking at the mystery attacks on Roman Reigns, Reigns’ confrontation with Buddy Murphy, and Rowan destroying Murphy last night.
– Natalya comes out to the ring with her arm in a sling. Natalya says Becky won last night, and now Natalya has a dislocated elbow and is getting an MRI tomorrow. Natalya says she wouldn’t change a thing about how she handled things, because everything she said about Becky is true. Natalya says she doesn’t know where or when, she’s going to do it again with Becky. Natalya changes subjects, and says she had a dream last night where her dad Jim Neidhart spoke to her. Sasha Banks comes out to interrupt. Sasha steps in the ring and hugs Natalya, then she blindsides Natalya with an elbow to the face. Banks pummels on Natalya while she’s down, and then she starts focusing on Natalya’s injured arm. Sasha hits the running knee strike in the corner, then she throws Natalya out to ringside. Sasha throws Natalya into the ring steps a couple of times. She takes Natalya back in the ring, and brings a steel chair with her. Becky runs in for the save and she starts brawling with Sasha. They brawl out to ringside, and Sasha slams Becky into the barricade. Sasha grabs the steel chair and starts nailing Becky with it. Sasha finally stops and heads to the back.
– The Viking Raiders vs. Enhancement talent: The Viking Raiders take on two unnamed jobbers in this one. The Raiders make quick work of them, but when Ivar pins, but lifts his opponent up at two so it doesn’t have to end yet. Ivar tags in and they hit the Viking Experience on one of the jobbers for the three count.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
– Women’s Tag Champs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are backstage for an interview. They talk about being fighting Champions, and their Title defense against The Kabuki Warriors tonight.
– Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss (c) vs. The Kabuki Warriors: The Women’s Tag Titles are on the line in this one. Kairi and Asuka start off strong, but Nikki is able to turn things around against Kairi and keeps her grounded. Kairi fights back with a jawbreaker, and then Asuka tags in. Asuka cleans house and drops Nikki with some kicks. Asuka hits a running knee to the face on Nikki, followed by a German suplex. Nikki tags in but Asuka doesn’t see it. Alexa sneaks up on Asuka and hits a DDT on her. Alexa pins but Kairi breaks it up. Nikki tags back in for the double team on Asuka, but Asuka is able to fight them both off. Kairi tags in and hits an Alabama Slam on Nikki. Nikki rolls out to ringside, and Kairi hits a splash off the top rope on her at ringside. Back in the ring, Kairi goes to the top rope and hits a flying elbow drop. Kairi pins but Alexa breaks it up. Asuka misses some kicks on Alexa, and Alexa throws her into the ring post. Kairi takes out Bliss, but then Nikki grabs Kairi and hits a swinging neckbreaker on her. Alexa tags in and hits the Twisted Bliss on Kairi for the three count.
Winners & still Women’s Tag Champs: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
– Seth Rollins cuts a brief promo on AJ Styles in the backstage area. Rollins starts heading towards the Gorilla position.
– Michael Cole introduces a video package promoting Steve Austin’s new show on USA Network.
– Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles: This one is a non-Title match. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are both at ringside. Rollins starts off strong, and he hangs AJ upside down in the corner for some kicks. Rollins looks for the curb stomp early on, but Gallows and Anderson pull AJ under the bottom rope out to safety. Rollins hits a dive on Gallows and Anderson, then AJ runs over and hits a back suplex on Rollins on the ringside floor. Back in the ring, AJ tees off on Rollins with a series of strikes. Rollins ducks a shot and comes back with the Sling Blade. Rollins follows up with several elbows to the face of Styles, and then a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins takes AJ up to the top turnbuckle, but AJ fights him off. AJ connects with an elbow to the face, and then AJ looks for the Phenomenal Forearm, but he misses. Rollins answers with a superkick, and then Rollins goes to the top rope. Anderson distracts the ref, and Gallows throws Rollins off the top rope. The ref ends up ejecting Gallows and Anderson from ringside. AJ misses a Pele kick on Rollins, and Rollins nails him with a superkick. Gallows and Anderson hit the ring out of nowhere and start beating on Rollins. The ref calls for the bell.
Winner via DQ: Seth Rollins
– All three members of The OC beat down Rollins after the bell. Ricochet comes out for the save, but Gallows and Anderson end up hitting the Boot of Doom on Ricochet. They dump Ricochet out to ringisde now. They try to set up Rollins for the Styles Clash off the turnbuckle, but Braun Strowman comes out for the save. Strowman levels Anderson on the ramp, then he tackles Gallows inside the ring. AJ charges Braun next and starts beating on him, but Braun shuts AJ down with a slam. Braun follows up with the running powerslam on Styles. Rollins finally gets back to his feet, and Rollins and Braun have a brief stare-down. Braun and Seth end up shaking hands, and RAW goes off the air with Braun, Seth and Ricochet standing tall in the ring.
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— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) August 12, 2019
— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) August 12, 2019
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