WWE RAW results, highlights, recap, videos and grades; Check Raw results 18 August, 2020

WWE Raw LIVE results: It all happened here in this latest episode of RAW. Shawn Michaels punted by Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio returned on RAW and took out Seth Rollins and Murphy with the help of his son Dominik Mysterio. RAW Underground is getting better day by day as we have some high-flying segments for next week from this.

However, the final showdown episode of Monday Night RAW before SummerSlam kicked-off with WWE championship Drew McIntyre. He walked towards ringside to address WWE before his big match against Randy Orton this Sunday at SummerSlam. McIntyre had a lot to say a first he started the things with Orton’s maniac actions on sudden legends in recent times and with his lethal punt kick made them to leave the ring.

RETRIBUTION did not waste much to took charge on RAW as they destroyed the production team at backstage. This was just not the end they also interrupted the champ Drew McIntyre while he was addressing the WWE Universe.

Apollo Crews the United States Champion also set up in a singles competition this week on RAW against ‘Hurt Business’ member Shelton Benjamin. However, later on show this match became the six man tag team elimination match, after the interruption of ‘Hurt Business’ in Crews’ singles match.

However, WWE Raw has added a Tag team match that took place later on night between the SmackDown Women’s Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley up against the team of Shayna Baszler and Asuka. It was the team of Asuka and Baszler who got the victory over ‘The Golden Role Models’.

Nevertheless, we had lot of exciting contests from this week and not wasting further any time let us see the results from this week’s red brand.

WWE Raw Live results:

WWE Raw results and Grades: Drew McIntyre promo before SummerSlam

Drew enters the ring as we get a lengthy video package showing how Randy Orton attacked WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair last week. Drew says what Orton did last week was completely unforgivable. Orton brutalized Flair. Drew goes on about how great Flair is, pointing to how he’s a 71 year old man, who was close to Orton, but Orton just kicked him in his skull after he poured his heart out. Orton is pure evil. Drew says Orton isn’t facing a defenseless old man at SummerSlam, he’s facing a severely pissed off fire-breathing Scottish dragon and he’s going to hurt Orton… not just for Flair, but for everyone Orton has wronged in his entire career. We get more technical difficulties with the broadcast now as random graphics start flashing over the screen while Drew goes on, talking about Orton’s history with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.

The camera cuts backstage to the production truck. RETRIBUTION is in the truck with baseball bats. The masked male and female attackers start destroying parts of the equipment and bullying the production workers. One guy is held against the wall. A masked man yells at him to cut the show off and he finally gives in, pressing the button. RAW goes black and straight to commercial.

(Grade A)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Natalya def. Mickie James via countout:

During the match, Seth Rollins and Murphy came to the broadcast table and demanded Samoa Joe tell them how he knows Rey Mysterio will be in the building tonight. Joe stated he could tell Rollins was “shook” as the duo continued to demand Joe reveal his sources. In the background of this all, Natalya won the match by count out. Following the match, Rollins said that if Dominik or Rey Mysterio showed up tonight, it would be a horrible mistake.

(Grade D)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Angel Garza def. Ivar via pinfall: 

Before the match, Garza and Ivar fought for the affection of Bachelor in Paradise star Demi Burnett. Burnett was shown watching the match backstage but was called away by the charms of The Street Profits’ Angelo Dawkins. Ivar was running away with the match when some distraction by Zelina Vega allowed Garza to catch Ivar as he was entering the ring, setting up a dropkick to the head for the victory. After the match, Dawkins came on the video board with Burnett and threatened to cut to a video, sending Garza running from the ring. Samoa Joe laughed on commentary, claiming to be aware of security footage catching something embarrassing. As Joe explained this to Vega, she also looked worried and ran backstage. After a commercial break, Ford had WWE air the video, which showed Vega poisoning Montez Ford’s drink two weeks ago. Dawkins and Ford then brawled with Andrade and Graza. Burnett is dragging these segments down with her horrible — even by WWE standards — acting and it would be nice to see a tag team title program on Raw that didn’t involve all the extracurricular nonsense with sporting contests, poisonings and secret video footage.

(Grade C)

WWE Raw results and Grades: 24/7 Championship — Shelton Benjamin def. R-Truth (c) via pinfall to win the title:

After losing to Crews because of R-Truth’s accidental distraction, Truth ran back into the ringside area and ate a Benjamin kick before being pinned. MVP then laid down a challenge to Crews, Ali, Ricochet and Alexander for three of them to face The Hurt Business later in the night in an elimination tag match.

(Grade B-)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Apollo Crews def. Shelton Benjamin via pinfall: 

After some back and forth between Crews and MVP — which included MVP suggesting that Crews was behind Retribution — the United States champion laid down a challenge, saying if he beat Benjamin tonight, then Benjamin and Lashley would be barred from ringside at SummerSlam. The short match came to an end when Benjamin seemed to be in control of the action, but R-Truth ran through the ring, trying to escape from Akira Tozawa and his ninjas. The distraction allowed Crews to score a jackknife pin. Lashley and MVP then attacked Crews, but Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander ran in to make the save. This needed more match, but it was mostly set up to get to the six-man elimination tag match later in the night.

(Grade B) 

WWE Raw results and Grades: Shawn Michaels gave Drew McIntyre a pep talk:

Michaels told McIntyre to clear his head of all the things going on and realize that he needs to kick Orton’s head off on Sunday. McIntyre said he feels like he has let people down watching Orton punt legend after legend over the past few months, to which Michaels reminded McIntyre of the road he has traveled and that he has earned everything he has. Michaels then asked McIntyre to “give him his space” when he goes out later to face Randy Orton.

(Grade A)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Peyton Royce def. Ruby Riott via pinfall:

Earlier in the night, Riott and Liv Morgan were taunted backstage by the IIconics. The quick match saw Riott largely in control before Billie Kay caused a distraction, allowing Royce to shove Riott into Morgan. Taking the action right back to the ring, Royce immediately hit Deja Vu for the victory. A real nothing match without any time to develop anything but a brief bit of tension between Morgan and Riott in the end as well as some more IIconic trickery to pick up another win.

(Grade C) 

WWE Raw results and Grades: Rey and Dominik Mysterio gained a bit of revenge on Seth Rollins and Murphy: 

Rey said that he would make sure Rollins wasn’t able to repeat what he did to Dominik at SummerSlam because he would be in Dominik’s corner for the street fight to watch his son “kick ass.” Dominik thanked his dad, but said he knew what he was getting into when he signed his WWE contract. Rey said that if Rollins comes anywhere near them tonight, he won’t make it to SummerSlam. Rollins then interrupted on the video board, accusing Rey of putting Dominik in harm’s way for his own selfish reasons. Rollins said everything could have been avoided if Rey accepted his place in the greater good, and now it would be the Mysterio name and legacy that would end up as “the ultimate sacrifice.” Rey dared Rollins to come to the ring, with Rollins telling them not to move an inch in response. When Rollins and Murphy hit the ring, Rey and Dominik left the ring and Rey distracted the duo while Dominik grabbed a pair of kendo sticks. The Mysterios then attacked before trying to tie Rollins up in the ropes, but Murphy caused a distraction, allowing Rollins to escape before taking any further punishment. Solid work from all involved, as has become the expectation in this angle.

(Grade A)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Arturo Ruas and Riddick Moss battled to a draw in Raw Underground:

Ruas and Moss battled briefly before a Ruas heel hook attempt saw Moss roll out of the ring in defense. Ruas and Moss then hit a few of the ringside observers before Shane McMahon yelled about how “sick” the match was and it was over. The constant camera cuts with every single blow were a major issue in this “match,” as they’ve been in the past. Not much to grade here, but it’s very clear that these segments have about a two minute maximum life.

(Grade C-)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Bobby Lashley, MVP & Shelton Benjamin def. Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Mustafa Ali in an elimination match:

MVP’s plan became clear when Crews had to pick one of his friends to leave out of the match, choosing Cedric Alexander with the reasoning that Alexander was stuck in a lengthy Full Lashley earlier in the night. MVP eventually made his pitch to Alexander again, saying now it was Alexander’s own friends keeping him on the sidelines. Lashley quickly eliminated Ali with a Dominator. Moments later, Benjamin eliminated Ricochet after hitting Paydirt. Facing three-to-one odds, Crews eliminated Benjamin, who was then pinned again on the outside of the ring as Alexander ran in with a referee to capture the 24/7 championship.

 24/7 Championship — Cedric Alexander def. Shelton Benjamin (c) to win the title. 

Crews eliminated MVP with the powerbomb but was immediately attacked by Lashley. Crews made a comeback but Lashley eventually took over, failing to lock in a Full Lashley before hitting a spear for the win. After the match, Crews was attacked by Lashley, MVP and Benjamin. There was odd booking throughout. Ali and Ricochet didn’t factor in at all, Alexander’s run-in to steal the 24/7 title and then Crews getting a clean pin on MVP before the SummerSlam match. But it did serve as a good showcase for the fighting spirit of Crews.

(Grade B+)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Montez Ford def. Andrade via pinfall: 

A fired up Ford was absolutely on fire in this match. Hitting huge dives, standing moonsaults, jumping from the apron to the catch Andrade with a top-rope hurricanrana and more. Zelina Vega tried to dive from the ring apron onto Bianca Belair at ringside, but Belair caught her and hit a slam. That distracted Andrade and allowed Ford to score a roll-up for the victory. There just wasn’t enough time left in the show for this match to get what it deserved, but Ford is an absolute force of nature in the ring and in a pure sprint he looked incredible once again.

(Grade C)

WWE Raw results and Grades: Randy Orton punted Shawn Michaels and took out Drew McIntyre with an RKO:

Michaels talked about the emotions he felt watching Flair’s emotional plea to Orton last week, saying that Flair helped make everyone in the business from Triple H to McIntyre and even Orton. Michaels then promised Orton that no matter what happened, at SummerSlam, he would get taken out and he would see it coming. As Michaels tried to leave the ring following his promo, he was caught by an RKO from Orton and a punt. McIntyre ran in and chased Orton off. As McIntyre attempted to help Michaels, Orton slid back into the ring and tried to attack again, but McIntyre caught him and put a beating on Orton, throwing him around ringside and into the Plexiglas. McIntyre returned to help Michaels again, and Orton slid into the ring again, this time hitting an RKO before sliding from the ring. Michaels was good on the mic, as expected, and Orton was vicious as always, delivering the punt, as expected. The repeated attempts, and eventual success, of Orton getting the RKO in on McIntyre was an interesting way to get to the final pre-SummerSlam moment for the pair, and a bit of a nice twist on the standard formula.

(Grade: B+)