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Raw 8/3/2020: Shane McMahon Returns and Announces Raw Underground!!!

Here's what's on tap:

  • Shane McMahon RETURNS!!

  • Will Asuka be out for retribution on Sasha Banks and Bayley?

  • How will Drew McIntyre respond to Randy Orton's attack?

  • WWE United States Championship Match: MVP vs. Apollo Crews (champ)

  • A new faction will debut and is out to cause chaos

We kick off tonight's show with commentary talking about Randy Orton's attack on Drew McIntyre last week.

Time for some championship action!

The lights go out before Apollo Crews entrance. They also go out before MVP makes his way to the ring. Commentary claims storms must be making the lights go out. I'm not buying that. Something is up! Possibly something to do with the new faction?

MVP grabs a mic before the match and claims he's the real champion since Crews didn't show up at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. After tonight, it'll be official!

WWE United States Championship Match

Apollo Crews (champ) vs. MVP w/ Bobby Lashley and 24/7 Champion Shelton Benjamin

We are under way and they lock up. MVP takes Crews down and they mat wrestle for a minute before a stand off. MVP wants a test of strength but then nails Crews to take advantage. Some strikes by MVP and he's in control until he runs into a Crews' elbow. A suplex by Crews and he gets multiple near falls before working the arm. MVP delivers an elbow strike and a big kick as the guys trade strikes. Lashley and Benjamin pull MVP out of the ring to safety. Crews leaps over the ropes and takes them all out as we head to our first commercial break.

Back from the break, MVP is wearing down Crews. During the break, Lashley interfered by the ref's back. Crews fights back but runs into a clothesline that flips him! MVP gets two near falls. (Side note: the bottom of the screen says Shelton Benjamin will defend the 24/7 Championship against R-Truth and Akira Tozawa in a triple threat match later). MVP targets the neck that was injured when Lashley puts Crews in the full nelson. Another near fall for MVP. Crews avoids a boot in the corner and Crews hits a cross body from the second rope. Crews builds momentum and hits a spine buster for a near fall! MVP blocks the sit out power bomb. MVP with a German BUT CREWS NO SELLS IT!! SIT OUT POWER BOMB BY CREWS AND IT'S OVER @ 11:37!! CREWS RETAINS! Lashley tries to put Crews in the full nelson again but Crews escapes!! Crews celebrates with both United States titles. A solid opener here. Crews was really good here and MVP stepped it up.

Charly Caruso interviews Apollo. Apollo says Lashley is strong but Apollo proved he's the rightful champ. Crews plans to give the old title to his kids so they can have the first title he ever won and he'll keep the title MVP made!

MVP is back ringside with a mic and he's complaining about the loss. He blames the lights going on and off. MVP claims Crews stole his title. MVP doesn't care about Crews' wife and kids. MVP claims he wants rematch at SummerSlam!

Backstage, Bayley and Sasha Banks are clapping belts. Alright...

We see a security guard standing outside a locker room in the back with the lights dim. Commentary says they don't know what it's all about but apparently it's the brain child of Shane McMahon!

Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage for an interview. They remind us that they have ALL the gold. They're ask if they will defend any titles at SummerSlam? They mock her for the question. Bayley says they got something special for us and says roll the footage. The footage shows Banks "beating" Asuka last week. ASUKA interrupts the video talking Japanese. Banks and Bayley are pissed. SHAYNA BASZLER walks in!! Baszler has a problem with how Banks won the title! BASZLER SLAPS THE SHIT OUT OF BANKS!! BANKS GOES DOWN!! Bayley checks on her.

Kevin Owens is walking around backstage whistling when he runs into THE IICONICS! They say they would like to be the guests on the KO Show! He says not tonight because he already has a guest but maybe another night.

Kevin Owens is out of the KO Show. It's next as we go to a commercial. Back from break, KO welcomes us to the show. He mentions the return of Shane McMahon. He has thoughts about that but doesn't want to discuss that. His guest tonight is RUBY RIOTT! KO thanks her for being on the show and brings up her being emotional about getting her first win in a while when she beat Peyton Royce. Riott says she finally got to put an end to the IIconic bullshit. Riott wishes Liv Morgan could of been there for it. KO says funny she says that because HE BRINGS OUT LIV MORGAN!! KO thanks her for coming. KO asks her to be here and Liv wants to know what Ruby has to say. KO talks about their history. KO talks about his lost friendships when trying to better his career. KO says it's worth it for Liv to hear Ruby out. Ruby says everything was different when she returned. Ruby was hurt when she thought Liv didn't need her. Then Liv beat Ruby twice and Ruby wasn't ready for that. She took it out on Liv and that was wrong. She brings u[ their debut date tattoo. Ruby wants one more chance for the Riott Squad to be stronger than ever. THE IICONICS ARRIVE!! The IIconics are sick of hearing about Liv and Ruby. They make fun of Ruby's losing streak. They claim the IIconics will always be better than them. Liv says they may not be IIconic but no one starts a riot better than them. KO says I think the message is clear and he tells the IIconics can leave if they have nothing better to say. The IIconics challenge them to a match now. KO wants more technical difficulties for their mics only. Both IIconic ladies SLAP KO!! KO asks for a little help and LIV AND RUBY ATTACK THE IICONICS!!

Backstage, the security guard is still watching the door in the dark area,

Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan vs. The IIconics

The IIconics trade tags and isolate Ruby in the early going. (Side note: Montez Ford vs. Andrade tonight and Angelo Dawkins vs. Angel Garza tonight). Ruby finally tags Liv and she goes right after Peyton. Liv hits a drop kick from the second rope. Near fall and Billie breaks it up. Billie tags in and tries to work on Liv but LIV GETS A SURPRISE ROLL UP WIN OVER @ 2:34! This was quick but not necessary good. It at least established Liv and Ruby getting back together. The IIconics attack Liv afterward but Ruby makes the save!

Highlights again of Randy Orton laying out Drew McIntyre. They go face to face later tonight.

Charly Caruso is backstage reporting on a large noise heard. Some boxes fell over. People are saying it was deliberate. MVP interrupts and asks why Charly is reporting on boxes. Charly says she has gotten word that Apollo Crews has accepted MVP's challenge for SummerSlam! Shelton Benjamin is here and claims someone stole his 24/7 Championship!! MVP leaves with Benjamin to go look for it.

Drew McIntyre is out now! More highlights of Orton hitting McIntyre with a RKO. McIntyre talks about the kind of guy Orton is. McIntyre thanks Orton for the education and says it won't happen again. McIntyre says they are equally motivated. McIntyre talks about Orton having everything handed to him and not having to work for anything. McIntyre mentions Cowboy Bob Orton and Evolution. McIntyre talks how he was fired for his mistakes and says he deserved it. However, McIntyre says Orton should have been fired a long time ago and brings up people cleaning up Orton's crap literally haha. HERE COMES RANDY ORTON ALONG WITH RIC FLAIR!! Orton says he respects McIntyre and why is that not enough? Orton claims he was handed anything. Orton says he doesn't need money and just enjoys what he does. Orton agrees he should of been fired but he wasn't because he was more valuable than McIntyre will ever be!!! THEN. NOW. FOREVER! Orton claims McIntyre can't come up with an opinion of Orton on his own. McIntyre says he thinks Orton represents everything that is wrong with the WWE. McIntyre talks about Orton being in the Last Ride documentary. McIntyre says Orton never pulls anyone up to his level like Undertaker did for him. McIntyre brings up Edge pulling Orton up ten years ago and Orton walks past McIntyre in catering then. Orton didn't help him at all! McIntyre calls Orton a selfish prick! McIntyre says at SummerSlam he's going to rip off Orton's head off for everyone Orton ever kicked in the head!! Really strong promo by McIntyre!

Nia Jax talks to a WWE official backstage. Nia will join us next!

Kevin Owens talks to Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan when Ric Flair interrupts. Flair talks about everyone loving Owens. Flair says Owens shouldn't be a guidance counselor. Owens is trying to take a different path to the top now. Owens claims he's trying to be what Randy Orton could be. Flair brings up being in Orton's corner. Flair says Owens should take his advice and take care of Kevin Owens. Owens says Flair is so worried about his career that Flair can tell Orton that'll he will see him next week.

Nia Jax is in the ring now. She wants to own up to what she's done. She shows the footage of her hitting a WWE official last week. Nia Jax runs down Pat (the WWE official) but he's right behind her and wanting an apology. Nia Jax challenges him to a match and says he'll get an apology after the match. He's not interested and Nia questions whether he's scared. He wants to talk privately but Nia says to say whatever he has to say. He gets a mic and says she is INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY!! NIA ATTACKS HIM!!

Here comes R-Truth running to the ring with the 24/7 Championship and he's being chased by the ninjas!! The triple threat match is next!

Triple Threat Match for the WWE 24/7 Championship

Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas vs. Shelton Benjamin (champ) w/ Bobby Lashley & MVP vs. R-Truth

Tozawa immediately rolls out of the ring. Benjamin goes after Truth. Tozawa tries to surprised Benjamin with a roll up. Tozawa's offense doesn't work at all and Benjamin delivers a huge power bomb to Tozawa. Truth is back in to work on Benjamin. R-Truth misses a scissors kick and Benjamin hits PAY DIRT ON TRUTH!! A ninja comes in and preoccupies Benjamin. Lashley and MVP take out other ninjas! Meanwhile, TOZAWA HITS A SENTON FROM THE TOP ON TRUTH TO WIN THE TITLE AT @ 2: 08!! The ninjas outsmarted the Hurt Business and we have a new champ but it wasn't much a match.

Shane McMahon has a mic backstage and he's watching guys mat wrestle in a ring with no ropes. There's a bunch of other guys around the ring pounding the mat. He says he is introducing something new in the 10:00 hour of Raw. It'll be called RAW UNDERGROUND!! Some big announcement. If it's anything like Brawl For All, I'll pass!

Commentary wonders what Shane McMahon is up to.

Highlights from the Seth Rollins/Dominik fiasco from last week.

Dominik Mysterio is interview backstage by Sara. He's asked why he continues to risk showing up on Raw each week. He says the explanation is easy because he had to witness his dad get blinded. If we think he's crazy now, he says we will really think he's crazy when he challenges Rollins to a match at SummerSlam!!!

Non-Title Match

Shayna Baszler vs. Sasha Banks (WWE Raw Women's champ & WWE Women's Tag Team champ) w/ Bayley (WWE Smackdown Women's champ & WWE Women's Tag Team champ)

They talk trash and Banks nails Baszler. Baszler gets pissed and takes her down. Banks tries to trade strikes but Baszler gets the better. Banks talks trash but Baszler hits a double under hook into an arm bar. Banks rolls to the ropes though. Baszler goes after Bayley allowing Banks to regain the advantage. Banks sends Baszler into the ring post and then works on her arm. Baszler fights back and sends Banks into the corner. Banks uses her legs to send Baszler head first into the turnbuckle. Cross body by Banks but Baszler rolls through and delivers a back breaker! Baszler blocks a kick and looks for the Kirifuda Clutch but Banks avoids it for now. Banks locks in the Bank Statement but Baszler separates Banks' hands. They trade shots to the face. ASUKA IS HERE TO ATTACK BAYLEY!! ASUKA GOES AFTER BANKS AND BANKS GRABS HER TITLES AND BAILS TO THE OUTSIDE as we got to a commercial.

Back from commercial, I guess the match is over with no winner @ 9:00ish. Charly Caruso is in the ring with Asuka. We see highlights of how Asuka lost the WWE Raw Women's Championship. Charly ask if Asuka has an update on Kairi. She says Kairi isn't here but she's here and Banks and Bayley are here. Asuka wants a rematch against Banks at SummerSlam. Shayna Baszler is still here and she doesn't want to fight Asuka. She's cheering for Asuka and she wants Asuka to win so she can dismember Asuka and take the title from her. SASHA BANKS AND BAYLEY ARE BACK! Banks claims the title is all hers but she will grant Asuka a rematch is Asuka can beat Bayley next week!

Angel Garza is flirting with some girl from the Bachelor backstage when Andrade and Zelina Vega interrupt. Vega says the girl doesn't belong here. Andrade and Garza face the Street Profits in singles matches next.

Shane McMahon is hypes Raw Underground next as we see some guy power bombs another while others watch. Shane says more on this next!

Shane McMahon is in the ring (with no ropes). He welcomes us to Raw Underground!! Shane introduces a 7 foot tall dude and the other guys get no introduction! The big guy who Shane says is Dabba-Kato? (Don't quote my spelling here) beats his ass in 22 seconds! Another guy jumps in and the big duded destroys him in 15 seconds!! There appears to be three dancers who look like something like strippers. He throws him out of the ring and that's that! More to come later I guess.

The Street Profits are out now. They talk about how they were attacked by Andrade and Garza last week. Dawkins wants to take the lady out after his match. Ford tells him to focus. Profits claim they have a better bond than their opponents because they weren't just thrown together. Ford says they're done playing nice. We want the smoke!!

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford vs. Angel Garza w/ Andrade & Zelina Vega

Dawkins immediately takes Garza to the corner. They go to the outside and Dawkins delivers a pounce that sends Garza into the barricade as we go to commercial. Back from the break, Dawkins is in control and a nice drop kick gets a near fall. Dawkins tries to pull Garza off the top but rips off the pants! Drop kick by Garza. He goes for the Wing Clipper but doesn't get it. Dawkins builds momentum but is distracted when Ford falls down?! Nothing even happen to him. GARZA TAKES ADVANTAGE AND HITS A SUPER KICK FOLLOWED BY A TERRIBLE LOOKING DROP KICK FOR THE WIN @ 5:53! Most of the match happened during the commercial which is never good. The blonde girl, who we find out is Demi Burnett, is backstage and is happy about it. Dawkins checks on Ford as he is suppose to face Andrade next! Commercial.

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins vs. Andrade w/ Angel Garza & Zelina Vega

Back from commercial and it's already in progress. Commentary talks about Ford collapsing during the previous match. Andrade works on the arm but Ford gets out of it and goes to a head lock. Andrade escapes with a back suplex and goes on the attack. Ford gets thrown to the outside and Andrade follows him. Ford reverses Andrade and sends Andrade into the barricade. Both men beat the count. Ford lays the boots to Andrade backing him into the corner. The ref pulls Ford back and that allows Andrade to hit a cheap shot and take control. Snap suplex by Andrade gets a near fall. Ford starts battling back and hits a clothesline before taking down Andrade. With Andrade on the top turnbuckle, Ford knocks him off and to the outside with a drop kick and then dives out onto him!! FORD GETS PUMPED UP AND SHAKES THE ROPES BUT THEN COLLAPSES IN THE RING!! THE REF CALLS FOR THE BELL @ 5:01!! Andrade is told to stay back. Dawkins and officials check on Ford. Maybe someone put something in his drink?

Backstage, Murphy watches what he did to Aleister Black last week. Seth Rollins said he may the right choice and Rollins is proud of him. Rollins says they most focus on the future. Murphy asks if Rollins has given thought to Dominik's challenge. Murphy says it's ridiculous. Rollins stares at Murphy before walking away.

Shane McMahon welcomes us back to Raw Underground. Erik from the Viking Raiders is taking on someone I don't know and Erik destroys him in quick fashion! Apparently, there is one more fight still to come.

Commentary talks about what happened to Montez Ford. Charly Caruso is outside the trainer's room waiting on an update. Angel Garza tells her not to be scared and he has a rose for her. Zelina Vega and Andrade are here now and they are concerned for Ford because they want to know what it means for the WWE Raw Tag Team titles. Dawkins comes out of the trainer's room and says it appears Ford was poisoned before the match!! CALLED THAT!! BIANCA BELAIR COMES OUT and says Zelina Vega better start talking because one of those three poisoned Ford!! BELAIR TRIES TO ATTACK VEGA BUT THEY ARE SPLIT UP!!

We're taken to secuirty footage of outside the building where a group of five masked men are setting fire to what looks like a power generator?! What the hell?!? I guess this is the explanation for the power problems and technical difficulties??? Is this the new faction??

MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Shelton Benjamin are backstage when they are stopped by Charly Caruso. She says they are having a rough night. MVP says they have been sabotaged tonight. Benjamin asks if it's a coincidence that all this is happening the same night Raw Underground. They all head towards Raw Underground!!

It's official for next week that Asuka faces Bayley and if she wins, she'll face Sasha Banks at SummerSlam. Also, Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton next week.

Seth Rollins will join us next. In the mean time, we see highlights of the whole Rollins/Mysterio saga.

We are joined by the "Monday Night Messiah" Seth Rollins and Murphy! Rollins says they have some house keeping to tend to before addressing Dominik. Rollins calls out commentary's TOM PHILLIPS!! Rollins questions whether Phillips considers himself professional and asks if he takes pride in his body of work. Rollins approaches the commentary table. Rollins asks what Tom was doing when Dominik was attacking Rollins with a kendo stick. ROLLINS SAYS TOM WAS CHEERING DOMINIK ON!! Rollins says what Tom says is important! Rollins says his job is to call things down the middle and not create bias. Rollins says Tom is a liability when he does a poor job. Rollins say the time has come to find a new voice for Raw! SAMOA JOE STOPS MURPHY!!! Joe tells them to go back in the ring. JOE CLAIMS HE WAS LAUGHING HARDER THAN ANYONE. Rollins tells Joe he doesn't want to do this. JOE TAKES OFF HIS HEAD SET!! Rollins and Murphy get in the ring and challenge Joe to get in as we go to commercial.

Back from commercial, Rollins and Murphy have chairs and challenge Joe to get in the ring. DOMINIK COMES FROM BEHIND AND TAKES OUT ROLLINS AND MURPHY WITH A KENDO STICK!!! 619 ON ROLLINS!!! Joe loves it!! DOMINIK TAKES THEM OUT WITH A CROSS BODY OFF THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!! Dominik challenges them to come back to the ring. ROLLINS ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE FOR SUMMERSLAM!!!

Commentary talks about it and Joe is fired up!

There's one more fight for Raw Underground. Dolph Ziggler is beating on some unnamed guy. Ziggler makes the guy tap out as the Hurt Business shows up! MVP says Raw Underground is under new management! Lashley wants a fight! LASHLEY DESTROYS HIM!! MVP wants a turn. MVP DESTROYS ANOTHER GUY!! MVP gets a mic says who's next?!? BENJAMIN DESTROYS A GUY MAKING IT ONE FOR EACH OF THEM!! THE HURT BUSINESS CLEANS HOUSE AND BEATS UP EVERYONE AROUND THE RING!!! Shane McMahon says they are welcome here anytime. The Hurt Business puts their suits back on and say they are the Hurt Business and BUSINESS IS BOOMING!! End Show.

Next week:

  • Asuka vs. Bayley (WWE Smackdown Women's champ & WWE Women's Tag Team champ) - Asuka faces Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Women's Championship at SummerSlam if she wins

  • Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton

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