WWE Raw Results (7/25/16)
Monday, July 25th, 2016
From the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Ayyyyy we want some Bayyyleyyy! Hello everyone and welcome back to Wrestling News World for our Monday Night Raw coverage. My name is Zack Krasney and, as usual, I will be your host for the evening. We are less than 24 hours out from Battleground and wow, what a PPV! A tremendous show last night. You can catch my full reactions here. Tonight is a big night, it will be the first show of Raw after the brand split! A fresh start for everyone, let's hope, and fresh storylines.
Question of the Week: Should WWE do trades between Raw and Smackdown? If so who would you like to see traded?
Monday Night Raw
Raw starts with its new logo, a new intro, and a new theme song! Mic Foley and Stephanie are in the ring
Mic- Welcome to Monday Night Raw! We are in a new era, I believe that the new episode of this era begins tonight, right here in Pitsburg, PA! I'd like to introduce you to the entire roster of Monday Night Raw! As GM of Raw, I will be working with these superstars to bring you the best show of the week, each and every week.
Steph- Mic Foley will have full authority to do just that. Let's talk about what happened last in the WWE Championship match when Roman lost it for all of us. Now the WWE Championship is on Smackdown live, my brother's show. Seth Rollins had it in the bag before you screwed it up for all of us Roman. You're not a good guy, you're not a bad guy, you're just a loser. In 1209 episodes of Raw there has always been a world championship and the Universe demands it and by God that's what they're going to get.
Mic- After much deliberation, Steph and I have decided this episode of Raw will feature 2 fatal 4 way matches, with the winners facing each other in singles competition in the main event.
Steph- And the winner of that match will face the #1 draft pick, Seth Rollins, at Summerslam for the new Raw championship.
Mic- We decided to name this new championship after the WWE Universe so it will be the WWE Universal Champion. I will now name the 8 men competing tonight. We begin with Sami Zayn. Sheamus. Chris Jericho. Cesaro. Roman Reigns. United States Champion Rusev. Kevin Owens. And the 8th slot goes to our first draft pick from NXT...Finn Balor!
Steph- And of equal importance, the WWE Women's Champion has remained on Raw, so Charlotte please step forward.
Mic- Charlotte you were part of an exciting tag team match last night, but you did tap out to Sasha Banks, which is why you'll be defending that title TONIGHT! Your opponent will be the boss, Sasha Banks.
Steph- It's going to be a historic night on Raw! To the 8 men competing tonight be ready, because the first match starts...right now!
Fatal Four Way #1 Contender Qualifier match
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Rusev vs. Finn Balor
Balor and Owens go at it and Cesaro goes after Rusev. The faces put the heels in the corner. Cesaro with a running uppercut on Rusev who rolls out of the ring. In the ring Owens puts a headlock on Balor. Balor with a dropkick on Owens, who rolls out of the ring. Cesaro with a bowling ball off the apron onto Rusev. We head to commercial.
We return and KO and Balor are still battling in the ring and Rusev is fighting Cesaro on the apron. Cesaro is knocked off the apron and Rusev goes on attack on Balor. KO and Rusev take turns suplexing Finn. German from Rusev to Finn. KO hits a clubbing blow to the back of the head of Finn. Cesaro is back up on the apron and Rusev goes after him. Rusev throws Finn out of the ring and KO and Rusev attack Cesaro. Running senton from KO on Cesaro. Rusev then hits a running flip onto Cesaro. KO goes and gets Balor and rolls him in the ring but Balor fights back against both. KO catches Finn mid-crossbody and slams him down. Rusev attacks KO but misses with a flying headbutt. Cesaro to the top rope takes out Owens and Rusev with a double crossbody! Uppercut train on all three men! Rusev runs at Cesaro and both men go over the top rope. KO attacks Balor from behind but Balor is able to counter. Low dropkick from Balor to KO. Owens rolls out and Balor leaps over the top rope to take out all three men! Balor rolls Cesaro in and hits some nasty strikes on Cesaro including a dropkick to the side of the head. Finn hits the 1916 but can only get a two count. We head to break.
We return and Kevin is putting Cesaro in the corner. Balor runs up with him and then Rusev runs in to make it a double powerbomb/Superplex. Rusev runs at KO in the corner and gets a boot in the face, Cesaro immediately runs in and hits an uppercut and then Rusev hits a spinning heel kick on Cesaro. Balor with a Pele kick on Rusev. KO hits the reverse F5 on Balor but Cesaro breaks the pinfall up. Frog splash from KO on Balor but this time it's Rusev who breaks up the pinfall. KO with a Pop Up Powerbomb on Balor but Cesaro breaks up the very close pinfall! Cesaro throws Balor out of the ring and goes for the Neutralizer but it's reversed, but Cesaro is able to hit the springboard corkscrew uppercut! Cesaro goes for the swing on Owens but Rusev hits a superkick and then a kick to the side of the head of Kevin Owens! Rusev goes for the Accolade on KO and locks it in! Cesaro runs in and picks Rusev up straight and slams him down! Crazy power! Cesaro goes for the Sharpshooter but Rusev counters into the Accolade but Cesaro reverses it into a pin! 1-2-NO! Cesaro hits a wicked clothesline on Rusev! Rusev and Cesaro exchange right hands. Cesaro with a takedown and puts Rusev in the Cesaro Swing into the sharpshooter! KO runs in and hits a Superkick on Cesaro. Cannonball on Rusev! Finn runs in and hits a dropkick on KO. Slingblade on KO! Coup De Grace on Rusev! 1-2-3!
Winner: Finn Balor!
Nia Jax vs. Brit Baker
Nia slams Brit's head to the mat and then throws her into the corner. Big splash from Nia. Nia catches Brit who tried a crossbody and slams her into the corner and hangs her up in the corner. Big slam in the corner. Nia hits a leg drop and goes for the pin but then breaks the count at 2 so she can hit a second leg drop for the win.
Winner: Nia Jax
Sasha is stretching for her match when Goldust and R-Truth run up with their phone's out. Sasha asks if they are taking her picture and Goldust tells her he wouldn't do that! They are playing Pokemon Go! Tom Phillips walks up and asks her if she is concerned about her match tonight. Sasha says she isn't nervous at all, ever since her call-up she has been waiting for this moment, a chance for a 1 on 1 shot for the Women's Championship. The Women's Championship is going to have some swagger after tonight.
#1 Contender Qualifying Fatal Four Way
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus vs. Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho and Sheamus go after Roman Reigns and Sami stands there questiing things. Roman fights off Sheamus and Jericho and Sami runs in and attacks Roman, too! They throw Roman out of the ring and Sheamus throws Roman into the barricades a few times. Jericho and Sheamus get in the ring and attack Sami Zayn. They beat him down together with right hands and clotheslines. Sheamus puts Sami in the corner but Sami fights back. Jericho is knocked down but Sheamus attacks Zayn from behind. Sami fights both men, sending both out of the ring. Sami bounces off the ropes and goes for a leap but both Sheamus and Jericho move so Sami bounces back into the ring off the ropes. Roman slides in and attacks Sami from behind. Roman puts Sami in the corner and tackles him and punches him. Roman throws Sami into the other corner. Sami comes out swinging but a strong right hand from Roman kills that momentum. Sami draws Roman in and sends him over the top rope. Sami was going for a leaping move but Sheamus catches him and hits the 10 beats, Jericho runs in and hits a springboard dropkick on Sheamus. Roman runs in and clotheslines Sami and Jericho over the top rope. Roman takes a running start and leaps over the ropes and takes out all 3 men on the outside! We head to break.
We return and Jericho and Sheamus hit a double suplex on Roman. Roman whipped into the corner and then Sheamus whips Jericho into Roman. Jericho then sneak attacks Sheamus. Sheamus counters with a running knee. Sami with a crossbody off the top rope on Sheamus. Jericho eats a clothesline from Sami and then Sami eats one from Sheamus. Roman runs over and takes down Sheamus with a right hand. Flying clothesline from Roman to Sheamus and then a Samoan Drop on Jericho. Double drive-by on Sheamus and Jericho. Back in the ring Roman hits 10 corner clotheslines and then steps out of the way of a leaping Chris Jericho who ends up hitting a splash on Sheamus. Sami Zayn ran up and hits the Blue Thunder Bomb on Roman! 1-2-NO Roman kicks out at the last second! Sami lines up the Helluva Kick but Roman counters with a boot and Roman hits the Razor's Edge Powerbomb! 2 count but it was close! Roman eats a Brogue Kick from Sheamus then an immediate Helluva Kick on Sheamus! 1-2-No Jericho breaks it up! Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho and locks it in! Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on Jericho and goes for the pin but Sami breaks it up at 2! Irish Curse Backbreaker on Sami. Sheamus goes for White Noise but Superman Punch from Roman out of nowhere! Then on Jericho! Then on Zayn! Then on Sheamus again! Sami rolls up Roman but he kicks out at 2! Jericho runs in and eats a Superman Punch, too! Roman runs at Jericho but ends up running into a Code Breaker! Roman kicks out at 2! Jericho is furious and kicks Roman. Roman connects with a wicked spear on Jericho and takes the win.
Winner: Roman Reigns
New Day Celebration
Woods- So uh, our match last night against the Wyatts didn't go as we wanted. I am glad Bray got drafted to Smackdown, but that's beside the point. For the last 337 days the New Day has been your WWE World Tag Team Champions!
Kofi- 337 is a long time! 337 Days ago Booty-o's was just a dream but now it's an actual breakfast cereal baby! You can order them at FYE! Booty-O's they make sure you ain't booty!
Woods- Let's take a look at a video of the New Day's title reign.
*Video Package airs*
E- What a beautiful package!
Woods- Not a long package but a good one.
Kofi- It's a nice package, it came and now it's gone!
Wood- To celebrate this glorious event we are going to select someone from the crowd to be an honorary member of the New Day! But who?
All- Who?! Who?! Who?! Who!? Who!?!
E- You! Come on in! *The guy hops over the barricade and gets in the ring* Now what is your name Sunnyboy.
E- No what's your name.
Kofi- What's your legal given name?
Woods- The name on the bills that you get every month?
Kofi- When the waiter brings your check it says?!
Kofi- Ok as honorary member of the New Day you have to celebrate us, do you know WHY?!
Woods- Becauuuuse!!!! New Day Rocks, New Day Rocks!
Anderson and Gallows run in and attack the New Day and hit the Magic Killer on Big E. They rip the shirts off New Day and throw them at Sunnyboy.
Neville vs. Curtis Axel
Before the match JoJo introduces Axel as Mr. Irrelivant since he was drafted last. Neville hits a hurricarana that sends Axel into the corner. Dropkick to the back of the neck of Axel. Headlock on Axel. Shoulder tackle from Axel. Standing moonsault from Neville on Axel. Axel gets up and slams Neville back down. Dropkick by Axel. Headlock from Axel on Neville. Right hands from Axel. Neville hits a kick to the knees of Axel and picks him up and turns it into a german suplex! Kick to the head of Axel by Neville. Red Arrow from Neville for the win.
Darren Young is backstage talking to Bob Backlund about Battleground. He is interrupted by Goldust and R-Truth still playing Pokemon Go.
Tom Phillips interviews Charlotte who says that Sasha had a partner last night, but she won't have anyone in her corner to help her tonight
Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte w/Dana Brooke for the Women'sChampionship
They lock up to start and it's very aggressive, moving all across the ring. Sasha with a roll-up but only gets 1. Charlotte goes for a takedown but Sasha counters. Dana Brooke grabs the leg and the ref sees it, Charlotte blasts Sasha. The ref gives Dana a warning (seriously?!) and the match continues. Sasha hits the Backstabber and locks in a modified hold and stretches the back of Charlotte. Charlotte takes a long time but fights out! Charlotte rolls out and Sasha hits the flying knees from the apron! Back in the ring Sasha goes for the double knees to the gut of Charlotte but Charlotte counters and hits a neckbreaker! Sasha Rolls out and Charlotte runs out and throws Sasha into the barricade. Charlotte grabs the title and says Sasha doesn't deserve the title. Sasha kicks the title out of Charlotte's hand. Charlotte gets driven into the ring and then rolled back in. Dana runs over and Sasha throws the Women's Championship into Dana's hands. The ref sees Dana with the title standing over Sasha and ejects her from the match! We head to commercial!
We return and Sasha is in a submission hold but is able to fight out and hit the double knees! Both women are down! The two exchange right hands, Sasha ducks a boot and gets all fired up! Forearms from Sasha and then she puts Charlotte in the corner and hits the knees to the gut! 2 count for Sasha. Charlotte counters a suplex and turns it into a neckbreaker. Sasha tosses Charlotte out of the ring and goes for a suicide dive that looked NASTY on the landing but she appears ok. Sasha rolls Charlotte back in the ring and goes for the pin but can only get 2. Sasha is starting to show frustration. Sasha goes to the top rope but Charlotte runs up to attack. Charlotte goes for a superplex but slips and Sasha ends up hitting the ropes and falling onto the floor below. Charlotte gets up and hits a moonsault from the top rope to the floor below! Sasha is rolled back in and Charlotte hits a big boot and Natural Selection! 1-2-No Sasha grabs the ropes! Charlotte locks in the Figure 4 and tries to get it into the Figure 8! Sasha rolls her out of the ring! Charlotte leaves it locked in hanging but then has to break the hold. Charlotte tries the Figure 4 again but Sasha counters into the Banks Statement! Charlotte is able to roll it over and get her feet on the ropes. Charlotte tells her she'll never win the title and runs at Sasha, Sasha counters and hits the Backstabber into the Banks Statement! Charlotte taps out! New Women's Champion Sasha Banks!
Winner and NEW Women'sChampion: Sasha Banks!
Braun Strowman vs. Local Jobber
Strowman got a haircut! He shaved the sides of his hair off. Before the match Byron asked the local jobber what he was thinking and the guy said wrestling on Raw was a dream come true and he didn't know his match would be against Strowman. The jobber tries a right hand and it doesn't do anything. Braun hits a clubbing blow to his chest so hard I thought the poor guy was going to need a chest x-ray. Braun picks him up and throws him into the corner and hits a HUGE splash. Braun was booking it across the ring, too. He is faster than I thought. Braun hits a reverse chokeslam to end the match.
Winner: Local Jobber! Ha, just kidding Braun Strowman.
Enzo and Cass come out!
Enzo- My name is Enzo Amore and I am a certified G and a bonafide stud and you can't teach that! And this right here, this is Big Cass and he's 7 foot tall and you can't teach that! Bada boom! Realest guys in the room! How ya doin! Monday Nights just got a little more Raw. So to quote the late great Wu Tang member "oh baby I like it Raw! Oh baby I like it Raw!"
Cass- Nice. I also like it Raw, but there are a few other things I like Raw also. Cookie dough.
Enzo- How you doin?
Enzo- How you doin?
Cass- Egg whites
Enzo- How you doin?
Cass- Brownie batter
Enzo- How you doin?
Enzo- How you doin?
The Shining Stars interrupt- Enzo and Big Cass, the only thing Raw we should be talking about is the Raw natural beauty of our island Puerto Rico. After this match we invite all of these fans to leave this ugly city and come to the Shining Star of the Carribean.
There's only ONE WORD to describe you and I'm gonna spell it out for you! S-A-W-F-T! SAAAWFFTTT!!!
Enzo and Cass vs. The Shining Stars
Enzo and Epico start off. Blind tag by Primo who hits a running kick through the ropes. Primo stomps the face of Enzo. Primo uses the ropes to choke Enzo. Primo tried the running kick again but Enzo moves and makes a tag to Cass. Cass with a running shoulder tackle and then the Empire Elbow! Cass clotheslines Epico out of the ring. Cass charges at Primo who pulls down the ropes. R-Truth and Goldust walk through the crowd and through the ring while playing Pokemon Go and it causes a distraction. Primo turns around and eats a Big Boot from Cass. 1-2-3.
Winners: Enzo and Cass
Roman is walking to the ring and runs into Finn Balor. Balor wishes Roman luck, when Roman tells him the same Balor says he's Irish, they invented luck. Roman says that he's Samoan, enough said.
Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor for the #1 Contendership
Roman grabs Finn and tosses him across the ring. Roman runs at Balor but Finn leaps over the ropes and hits a kick on Roman. Shoulder tackle from Roman on Finn and then he uses his boot to choke Finn. Dropkick from Finn to knock down Finn. Roman swings wildly but Finn ducks it and then kicks Roman. Roman grabs Finn and puts him in the corner and hits corner clotheslines. Roman misses the Drive By and Finn leaps over the ropes and stomps the chest of Roman. Roman tries to walk away from Finn but Finn follows it up with a huge dropkick to the back of Roman who goes flying into the barricade! We head to break.
We return and over the break Balor had been attacking the leg of Roman. Roman hits a slam on Finn and tries for the pin but only gets 2. Roman with a headlock on Balor. Balor fights back but before it breaks Roman hits a nasty headbutt on Finn. Finn fights back with forearms but can't take the big man down. Roman rolls up Finn and turns it into the 1 arm Powerbomb. 1-2-kick out! Roman signals the Superman punchbut misses. Roman sits up on the top rope and Finn kicks him off it. Roman lands on the mat and then Finn runs on the apron and kicks Roman right in the mouth. Roman gets rolled in and Finn goes to the top rope and hits a double stomp on the back of the head of Roman! 2 count! Slingblade by Balor! Superman Punch from out of nowhere! 1-2-Finn kicks out! Roman back to his feet first and tries the Razor's Edge but Finn rolls him up! 1-2-No Roman kicks out! Roman picks up Finn in a powerbomb! Roman doesn't let it go and hits it a second time! 2 count! Roman signals the spear but Finn turns it into the Slingblade! Dropkick and Finn hits the Coup De Grace! 1-2-3!!! HE DID IT! FINN WINS!
Winner: FINN BALOR!
Tom Phillips interviews Roman at ringside and asks if he has any comments. Roman says he hopes Finn beats Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship because he respects that guy and he wants him again after he becomes Champ.