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Raw 7/19/2021: NIKKI CASHES IN; Cena Challenges Reigns; Two BIG Returns; Kross Debuts; More!!

Here's what's on tap for tonight's Raw:

  • John Cena will kick off Raw and talk about his shocking return at Money in the Bank

  • Six Man Tag Team Match: Riddle & The Viking Raiders vs. AJ Styles, Omos (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions), & John Morrison

  • Symphony of Destruction Match: Jaxson Ryker vs. Elias

  • Charlotte Flair's Championship Coronation Ceremony

We're in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Arena coming off a great Money in the Bank pay-per-view! WE'RE KICKING THE SHOW OFF WITH JOHN CENA!!!!

John Cena hits the ring to a thunderous roar from the crowd! Cena gets a mic and says he's fired up! Cena points out a young fan with Cena gear on. He says he missed the fans and he missed "this". Cena loves the chaos and electricity. He loves everyone being loud whether they cheer him or not. Cena calls the crowd the biggest WWE superstars. Cena has the crowd pumped! He even gets the cheap Mick Foley Dallas pop! He makes a Peacemaker joke. Cena says he showed up last night and ruined Roman Reigns' championship celebration. Cena says the person that brought him back to WWE and he says the fans and........Roman Reigns. Cena wants the Universal Championship!! When??? SummerSlam!! Where? VEGAS!!! Why??? Cena says he can talk about the history of SummerSlam, a record 17th world title, but not it's not because of any of that. It's because REIGNS IS AN ASSHOLE!!! Cena says Reigns needs to be knocked down a peg. Cena says it's gone on long enough. Cena calls Reigns overprotected and overhyped. Cena claims he's not as protected as he thinks. Cena says if you're good, you tell everyone how good you are. The crowd is fired up. Cena says if you're great, "they" will tell you. Cena says he'll be on Smackdown and he can't wait to see Reigns there. Cena says now let's get down to business. BRO!!! HERE COMES RIDDLE!! Cena says he finally gets it! Bro!! They have a "Bro" off!! It's funny! We got six man tag action after a commercial.

Bobby Lashley will issue an open challenge tonight!

Six Man Tag Team Match

Riddle & The Viking Raiders vs. AJ Styles, Omos (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions), & John Morrison w/ The Miz

Riddle and Styles start as Styles takes down Riddle with a shoulder tackle. Riddle turns it around and Styles tags Morrison. Morrison picks the leg of Riddle but Riddle counters to take him down. Riddle with a crossface. Morrison escapes and they trade counters. Strikes by Morrison but Riddle fires back with a suplex for a near fall. Erik gets a tag and hits Morrison with a monstrous knee strike. Morrison gets isolated in the corner and Ivar comes in. Erik slams Ivar onto Morrison and Ivar gets a near fall. Riddle gets a tag and hits a kick. Styles gets a tag but he runs into a kick. The action spills outside and the Raiders squash Morrison, Omos launches Styles over the top to take out the Raiders and Riddle as we go to a commercial.

We're back with Omos beating down Riddle. Omos squashes Riddle in the corner. Omos takes Riddle to the heel corner and tags Styles who locks in a front face lock. Suplex by Styles for a near fall. Morrison gets a tag and body shots to Riddle. Riddle fires back with kicks. Morrison works a submission on the neck of Riddle. Riddle escapes and hits Morrison with a kick. Styles and Erik tag in. Strikes by Styles but Erik answers with his own. Running knee by Erik. Styles counters a suplex but eats another knee strike. Pele by Styles! Ivar and Morrison tag in. Ivar's agility is great for his size. Morrison misses a spring board and a cartwheel by Ivar leads to a clothesline. Ivar hits a bronco buster on Morrison! Ivar goes up to the top and tries a moonsault but misses!! Morrison misses Starship Pain!!! RIDDLE STEALS THE DRIP STICK AND SQUIRTS OMOS!!! Riddle hands it to MIZ!! OMOS THINKS MIZ SQUIRTED HIM!! OMOS DESTROYS MORRISON!! Styles tries to hold Omos back as Miz heads up the ramp. Meanwhile, in the ring, THE RAIDERS HIT MORRISON WITH THE VIKING EXPERIENCE FOR THE WIN!!! Solid stuff here by all men.

W: Riddle & The Viking Raiders via pin @ 12:06

Jaxson Ryker is backstage and he just stares into the camera. No words. Highlights of his strap match with Elias three weeks ago. Now Ryker says wait until we see what he does tonight. They have a symphony of destruction match next!

Commentary hypes Dallas next year's WrestleMania host.

Elias is in the ring. His gimmick is so much better with fans. There is a truth that will last forever. WWE stands for.....WALK WITH ELIAS!!! He says they still remember! Ryker interrupts! Ryker claims people are sick in tired of Elias. Actually, we're sick of Ryker. Ryker says after tonight, we'll never hear "Hello, I am Elias". WWE has the heel/face combo mixed up here.

Symphony of Destruction Match

Elias vs. Jaxson Ryker

The bell rings and double axe by Ryker right away. All Ryker in the early going. Elias turns it around and throws Ryker out of the ring. Ryker picks up a keyboard and uses it on Elias. Ryker covers for a one count. Elias hits Ryker with part of a drum set. Ryker pretty much no sells it and continues to send Elias into the other drums. Ryker grabs and jumps off the apron but Elias hits a jumping knee strike for a near fall. Elias charges and Ryker side steps sending Elias into a gong! Ryker grabs another guitar and breaks it over Elias' back as we go to a break.

Back from the break, both men are fighting on the apron. They head back into the ring where Elias has the upper hand. Elias throws Ryker out of the ring and follows. Ryker counters and sends Elias face first into the ring post. Ryker hits Elias in the the gut with a guitar. Back to the drum set and Ryker uses it on Elias. They go over to the piano where Elias blocks and sends Ryker into it. Elias charges but Ryker spine busters Elias on the piano!!! 1.....2.....NO!!! They get on top of the piano now. They trade punches/chops. Elias drops Ryker back first on the piano for a near fall. It doesn't break. Elias sends Ryker flying over the steps. Elias picks up a cello and blasts Ryker in the back with it. One more time!! 1....2......NO!!! Elias punches the hell out of Ryker with him leaned up against the steps. Elias throws Ryker back in the ring and goes up to the top rope. Ryker cuts him off and goes up top with him. Elias sends Ryker off but he comes right back. Elias is busted open. Ryker looks to the outside at two tables. RYKER SUPERPLEXES ELIAS OFF THE TOP ROPE THROUGH TWO TABLES ON THE OUTSIDE FOR THE WIN!!! This felt like it went on forever and I can't get into anything Ryker does. Poor Elias.

W: Jaxson Ryker via pin @ 12:45

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage with Mansoor. They says Mansoor will be in front of the WWE Universe for the first time. Mustafa Ali arrives. Deville says Mansoor and Ali will team up next week. Ali takes offense and Mansoor explains how much Ali has helped him. Ali reluctantly agrees and says Mansoor better not screw up! They leave and Sheamus comes in. Sheamus wants to know why he wasn't on the card last night after his successful defense last week. Pearce says Sheamus shouldn't be proud of his defense. Deville says Humberto Carrillo can earn another title shot if he defeats Sheamus in non-title action tonight. Sheamus tells them to not be surprised if he smashes Carrillo's face.

Charlotte Flair's championship celebration is next!

Commentary hypes Lashley's open challenge for tonight.

WWE Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring. We get highlights of her match vs. Rhea Ripley. Charlotte gets a mic. We got red carpet for this. Charlotte says this feels good and she's so proud to be standing her as our queen and new WWE Raw Women's Champion! She says the last year and a half hasn't been kind to us but she's the opportunity that we've all been hoping for. Hardly. Charlotte says she doesn't need to take a page out of anyone's book because she wrote the book. Charlotte says Rhea will never measure up to her. LOUD "BECKY" chants. Charlotte says Becky is breast feeding while she's dominating the division. Charlotte claims she got tons of congratulatory texts last night. Charlotte hypes all of her championships and she's an 11-time women's champion in WWE. Charlotte says Rhea failed and HERE COMES RHEA!! Rhea grabs a mic and Charlotte laughs. The crowd is behind Rhea. Rhea says if Charlotte thinks she can beat Rhea any night of the week, why not they go again tonight? Charlotte says Rhea can't be cleared to wrestle tonight and declines. PEARCE AND DEVILLE ARE OUT NOW. Deville congratulates Charlotte and puts her over. Deville brings up Charlotte claiming she can beat Rhea any night of the week. Pearce makes the rematch official for tonight for the title. CHARLOTTE ATTACKS RHEA!!!

Highlights of the women's Money in the Bank ladder match are shown.

Non-Title Match

Natalya & Tamina (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald

We come back to this match in progress. Shayna sends Natalya hard into the corner. Natalya turns it around and sends Shayna to the outside. On the outside, NIA SAMOAN DROPS TAMINA INTO THE BARRICADE. In the ring, Shayna rocks Natalya with a knee strike. Shayna/Nia hit Natalya with a knee strike/slam combo. Shayna targets the arm of Natalya and stomps it. Nia tags in and sends Natalya to the corner but misses the charge. Natalya tries clothesline and finally takes Nia down. Nia powers out of a cover and knocks Natalya down. Shayna tags back in. Tamina makes a blind tag. Nia saves Shayna from a super kick and takes it herself! Shayna tries a roll up with no luck. Tamina with a scoop slam and she goes up to the top. Reginald gets on the apron to distract. Natalya pulls him off. A DISTRACTED SHAYNA TURNS INTO A SUPER KICK FROM TAMINA THAT FINISHES IT! Tamina continues to be hard to watch and I still feel bad for Shayna. So basically nothing new here.

W: Natalya & Tamina via pin @ 3:49

Post match, Shayna argues with Nia and Reginald. Nia supports Reginald but THEN HEAD BUTTS HIM!! Nia leaves with Shayna.

24/7 Champion Akira Tozawa is on the run from the jobbers. REGINALD BEATS TOZAWA FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Now Reginald is on the run.

Highlights of Sheamus destroying Carrillo last week.


Championship Contenders Match

Sheamus (WWE United States Champion) vs. Humberto Carrillo

Carrillo gets a championship match if he wins. Carrillo takes the fight to Sheamus right away and Sheamus bails to the outside. Carrillo with a drop kick through the ropes and then a flying crossbody over the top rope. They fight on the apron now and Carrillo hangs up Sheamus. Carrillo goes to the top and hits another crossbody. Carrillo pounds on Sheamus in the corner. Damian Priest is watching backstage. Carrillo tries to take the mask off of Sheamus. Sheamus stops that. Carrillo low bridges and Sheamus goes to the outside. Sheamus hits Carrillo with a double axe and then power bombs him on the apron. Sheamus taunts as we go to a commercial,

We come back to Sheamus grounding Carrillo. Sheamus plants Carrillo with an Irish Curse back breaker and then uses the Dublin Smile! Priest is still watching. Sheamus now hits Carrillo with Ten Beats to the Bowery! Sheamus taunts before trying the Dublin Smile again. Carrillo bites him! Carrillo builds momentum and hits a kick to the face. Carrillo runs into a boot to the face. Sheamus goes to the top and Carrillo goes up and HITS A RANA OFF THE TOP!! A drop kick from Carrillo sends Sheamus to the outside. A dive by Carrillo sends Sheamus over the announce table! Back in the ring, Carrillo goes up to the top. MISSILE DROP KICK BY CARRILLO!! 1......2......NO!!! Carrillo with a series of kicks now. Both men trade blows. SHEAMUS TURNS CARRILLO'S LIGHTS OUT WITH A BROGUE!! AS GRAVES SAYS, YOU CAN COUNT TO 13!!! Sheamus puts Carrillo behind him and maybe he can move on to Priest now.

W: Sheamus via pin @ 10:13

Highlights of Lashley destroying Kofi last night at Money in the Bank.

WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and MVP head to the ring for the open challenge. It's next!

We come back to Lashley and MVP in the ring. Lashley has a mic and says last night he did all the talking he needed to when he destroyed Kofi. Lashley says no more talking. MVP says we are all so lucky to bare witness the almighty WWE Champion Bobby Lashley. MVP says this is the home of the Cowboys and it's been decades since they've seen a winner haha. MVP would like to address last night and says Lashley made a statement at Kofi's expense. MVP brings up Kofi saying Lashley lost his edge. MVP was forced to look in a mirror and say Kofi was right. MVP apologizes to Lashley for distracting him. MVP says Kofi's words lit an inferno in Lashley. MVP says any future challengers will face annihilation. MVP feels sorry for the locker room because Lashley's window for vulnarability has closed forever. MVP says Lashley will never lose the title. MVP says no more bullshit and it's back to business. Lashley says who's it going to be to accept his open challenge??? IT'S KEITH FUCKING LEE!!! HELL YEAH!!! The match is next!!

Championship Contenders Match

Bobby Lashley (WWE Champion) w/ MVP vs. Keith Lee

The crowd loves Lee!! Lock up and they jockey for position. Clean break. Lock up again and Lashley backs Lee to the corner and cheap shots him. Lashley goes on the attack now but Lee picks him up and takes him to the corner. Then the opposite corner. Lee runs into an elbow. Lee runs into Lashley with a crossbody flattening Lashley. Lee looks great so far. Lee lifts Lashley but Lashley fights free. Lee wants the Spirit Bomb but Lashley counters with flatliner. Lashley chokes Lee across the middle rope. Lashley pummels Lee in the corner. Lashley with a big shoulder to the gut of Lee. Lashley clotheslines Lee out of the ring and follows him out. Lashley tries to pick up Lee but can't. Lee sends Lashley into the ring post and then squashes him against it. MVP distracts and that allows Lashley to knock Lee off the apron. LASHLEY SPEARS LEE ON THE OUTSIDE!! Lashley throws Lee back in the ring. Lashley sets up for the Hurt Lock but can't quite do it. Lee hip tosses Lashley. Lashley answers that but hitting Lee with a spine buster. LASHLEY SPEARS LEE AGAIN AND GETS THE WIN!! I thought Lee would fare better but Lashley is still looking like a beast.

W: Bobby Lashley via pin @ 5:50

Post match, Lashley and MVP celebrate in the ring. GOLDBERG'S MUSIC HITS!!! Say what you will about it but THE CROWD IS LOVING IT!! MASSIVE GOLDBERG CHANTS!!! Goldberg gets in Lashley's face. GOLDBERG TELLS LASHLEY THAT HE'S NEXT!!! MVP holds Lashley back but Lashley seems ready to kill Goldberg now!

After a break, Lashley is pissed. Kevin Patrick asks Lashley and MVP if they have a response. MVP says Goldberg doesn't deserve a response after that disrespect.

Jinder Mahal is in the ring with Veer and Shanky. Mahal tells us that today is his birthday and it gets better because Drew McIntyre is not Mr. Money in the Bank. We get highlights of two weeks ago when the three of them beat down McIntyre. Mahal says he told McIntyre to be smart. Then highlights of the phony sword are shown and McIntyre destroying Mahal's motorcycle. Mahal says that's our knight in shining armor but karma always comes around. Highlights of Mahal and company attacking McIntyre during the Money in the Bank ladder match. Mahal says he can buy ten motorcycles but McIntyre won't get another championship match. Mahal says Shanky will now sing Mahal "Happy Birthday" Oh geez. MCINTYRE IS HERE WITH A CHAIR TO HIT MAHAL IN THE BACK! MCINTYRE DESROYS VEER AND SHANKY AS WELL!! The chair is mangled! McIntyre gets a fresh chair to get continue the punishment. The crowds along with each chair shot!! AN EVEN TWENTY CHAIR SHOTS!!

Commentary hypes the debut of NXT Champion Karrion Kross and we get a vignette. His Raw debut is next against Jeff Hardy!

Non-Title Match

Karrion Kross (NXT Champion) vs. Jeff Hardy

Kross has the same music as in NXT but the entrance isn't as elaborate. The crowd loves Hardy!! HE HAS THE NO MORE WORDS THEME!!! FINALLY!!! Lock up and Kross knocks down Hardy with a forearm. Stomps by Kross and then a suplex. Another one. A third one. Kross charges but Hardy posts him shoulder first. TWIST OF FATE BY HARDY!!! He misses the Swanton!! Kross misses the elbow to the back of the head. KROSS MOUNTS HARDY IN THE CORNER BUT HARDY STACKS UP KROSS AND USES THE ROPES TO BEAT KROSS!!!!! That seriously shocked me!

W: Jeff Hardy via pin @ 1:43

Post match, Kevin Patrick is a brave man for getting a word with Kross. Kross says Hardy just made the biggest mistake of his life and he vows that Hardy will fall and pray.

Alexa Bliss is with his and she's a little upset today. However, she has a special guest for the Playground. It's.......LILY!!! Bliss says Lily promises to behave. EVA MARIE AND DOUDROP INTERRUPT!! Eva asks if this is a joke and runs down Lily. Bliss ignores Eva and talks to Doudrop. Bliss tells Eva is a bad idea to make fun of Lily. Eva suggests Doudrop throw Lily in the trash. Bliss doesn't recommend it. Bliss suggests Doudrop be in time out so Eva Marie can try to win a match with no help. Eva says she's capable but she won't waste her time. Eva tries to leave and trips because of Lily. Bliss laughs as they leave.

The WWE Raw Women's Championship match is next!

Commentary says next week the Viking Raiders will face Styles/Omos for the gold.

WWE Raw Women's Championship Match

Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (champ)

Nikki A.S.H. hasn't been on all night. Possible cash in? Ripley lifts and plants Charlotte face first into the mat. Ripely is aggressive early. She avoids a Charlotte charge and delivers shoulders to Charlotte's midsection. Charlotte is sent into the corner and goes up and over. Charlotte turns things around as they slug it out. Charlotte sends Ripley to the corner but Ripley hits a drop kick for a near fall. Ripley really isn't selling the leg from last night. Minor complaint. Charlotte counters and sends Ripley to the corner. Chops now. Ripley counters a suplex with a cradle for a near fall. They trade counters and German by Ripley! Basement drop kick by Ripley gets a near fall. The action goes outside and Charlotte targets the knee with a chop block. Charlotte throws Ripley back in the ring and the ref backs Charlotte off. Charlotte doesn't like that as we go to a commercial.

We're back with Charlotte continuing to work on the knee of Ripley. Charlotte ties Ripley's knee up in the bottom rope and stomps away. Charlotte goes for the Figure Four but Ripely kicks her into the corner. German by Ripley! "Rhea" chants from the crowd. They trade punches as Rhea tries to fight back. Short arm clothesline by Ripley. Another. Ripley with a big kick followed by a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Charlotte hits a back breaker in the corner and follows up with a big boot to the face. Charlotte goes up to the top rope. Charlotte tries a moonsault but Ripley gets the knees up. That hurt Rhea! RHEA LOCKS IN THE FIGURE FOUR ON CHARLOTTE!!! Charlotte rolls through and Ripley gets to the ropes. Charlotte no sells it all and stomps Ripely before going to the chops. Ripley catches her with a side kick. RIPLEY HITS CHARLOTTE WITH RIPTIDE!!! 1.....2......FOOT ON THE ROPES!! Rhea can't believe it!! CHARLOTTE GOES OUTSIDE AND GRABS THE TITLE AND LEAVES!! RHEA CHASES AND CHARLOTTE HITS HER WITH THE TITLE CAUSING A DQ!!!

W: Rhea Ripley via DQ @ 12:22

Charlotte celebrates as the crowd boos. A pissed off Ripely attacks Charlotte!! RIPLEY HITS RIPTIDE TO CHARLOTTE ON THE FLOOR!!!! RIPLEY THROWS CHARLOTTE IN THE RING!! HERE COME NIKKI TO CASH IN!!!

WWE Raw Women's Championship Match

Charlotte Flair (champ) vs. Nikki A.S.H.


W: Nikki A.S.H. via pin @ 0:12

Nikki takes off through the crowd to celebrate with the fans to end the show!

Next Week:

  • Mansoor & Mustafa Ali team up in tag action

  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match: The Viking Raiders vs. AJ Styles & Omos (champs)

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