WWE RAW aired from the Performance Center in Orlando. Sasha Banks & Bayley defended the Women’s Tag Team Championships against The IIconics. Asuka put the RAW Women’s Championship on the line against Charlotte Flair. Street Profits defended the RAW Tag Team Championships against Viking Raiders as well.
RAW Results (6/22)
- Street Profits def. Viking Raiders to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
- Asuka def. Charlotte Flair to retain the RAW Women’s Championship
- Akira Tozawa def. R-Truth to become 24/7 Champion
- Bayley & Sasha Banks def. The IIconics to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
- Apollo Crews def. Shelton Benjamin
Here are 6 takeaways from this week’s show:
Dolph Ziggler Will Challenge Drew McIntyre For The WWE Title At Extreme Rules
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre came down to the ring to begin this week’s show but was quickly interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Dolph pointed out that AJ Styles was traded to SmackDown and Ziggler and Roode are coming to RAW. Ziggler told McIntyre that nobody is happier that he is champion and claimed that McIntyre owed him something.
Dolph took credit for bringing McIntyre back after he got fired and added that McIntyre is WWE Champion because of him as well. Ziggler noted that McIntyre needs a challenger for Extreme Rules and said he wants a title match. McIntyre told Ziggler that he has been losing a lot since they split up as a team.
Drew told Ziggler that he has become an entitled jackass that thinks the world owes him something. McIntyre accepted Ziggler’s challenge for a title match at Extreme Rules.
Asuka Tapped Out Charlotte Flair
Nia Jax set up a chair in the middle of the ring and said it must be Monday because Charlotte is getting another title shot. Nia complained about being cheated out of her title shot due to a fast count from referee John Cone last week.
24/7 Champion R-Truth interrupted and joined Jax in the ring. R-Truth told Nia that he was supposed to have a match against Akira Tozawa for the 24/7 title. R-Truth wondered if Nia was the real Akira Tozawa because ninjas are masters of deception.
Akira Tozawa showed up behind the announce table and then several ninjas chased R-Truth backstage. Jax said she is not leaving this chair but was interrupted by Charlotte Flair. Charlotte claimed that Nia was throwing a fit because she dropped the ball.
Jax claimed Charlotte only gets what she wants because she is Ric Flair’s daughter. Nia added that Charlotte has never defeated her and boasted about dominating her in the one match they have had in the past. Flair attacked Nia before officials rushed the ring to break it up. Jax got in a shot and Charlotte was shown favoring her arm to end the segment.
Match Recap: Asuka went after Charlotte’s injured arm to start things off. Flair battled back with a right hand and bought herself some time. Asuka knocked Flair out of the ring and went for a Dropkick off the apron. Flair got out of the way and hit a big boot to Asuka‘s face. Back in the ring, Flair went for a Moonsault but Asuka got out of the way. Charlotte landed on her feet and bounced Asuka‘s face off the turnbuckle as RAW went to a break.
When RAW returned, Flair was still in control and hit Asuka with another big boot for a near fall. Asuka sent Charlotte into the turnbuckle and went for the Asuka Lock but Flair quickly got to the ropes. Charlotte hit Asuka with the Spear and went for the cover but Asuka was able to reach the bottom rope to break it up. Asuka locked in an Arm Bar in the middle of the ring but Flair countered with a Powerbomb. Asuka then applied the Asuka Lock in the middle of the ring and Charlotte tapped out.
Charlotte was interviewed backstage later on the show and claimed that Asuka only defeated her because of her injured arm. Nia Jax showed up and attacked Charlotte once again.
Street Profits Retained The RAW Tag Titles
Street Profits defended the RAW Tag Team Championships against Viking Raiders tonight.
Match Recap: Ivar knocked Angelo Dawkins to the corner and tagged in Erik. Dawkins battled back and tagged in Montez. Ford connected with a Dropkick that sent Erik out of the ring. Ford tried to flip onto Erik but he caught him and Powerbombed Montez onto Dawkins as RAW went to a break.
When RAW returned, Street Profits were back in control and Dawkins planted Erik with a Bulldog. Street Profits then delivered the Viking Experience to Erik and went for the cover but Ivar broke it up. Ivar tagged in and leveled Ford with an elbow to the face. Angelo tagged in and both teams started doing cartwheels before brawling once again.
Ivar made his way to the top rope and went for a Splash but Angelo got out of the way. Dawkins connected with a Spinebuster before tagging in Ford. Montez then hit Ivar with a Frog Splash for the pinfall victory. Street Profits are still the RAW Tag Team Champions.
After the match, Angel Garza and Andrade attacked the Street Profits from behind. Viking Raiders ran back down to the ring but Andrade and Garza retreated.
Big Show Confronted Randy Orton
Edge cut an unbelievable promo tonight and said that Randy Orton has woken up the “Rated R Superstar”. Edge stated that when he comes back he is going to break Orton and “make him wish that Cowboy Bob was firing blanks on the night he was conceived”. Edge closed the promo by telling Orton to get some sleep while he can. You can check out the entire promo below.
Ric Flair came down to the ring and stated that Charlotte will get her revenge on Nia Jax. Flair introduced Randy Orton and claimed he was the best performer in the history of WWE. Orton said that the fire in his gut has been reignited because he once again wants to be called the Legend Killer.
Big Show interrupted and marched to the ring. Big Show said Edge & Christian are his friends and Randy is going to pay for his actions. Big Show vowed to break every bone in Orton’s body. Randy stopped Big Show and said that he is a future WWE Hall of Famer, and some would even call him a legend. Orton threatened Big Show and said it would be a shame to suffer the same fate as Edge & Christian. Big Show challenged Orton to a fight but he exited the ring with Flair. Randy said that whatever happens next to Big Show is on him.
Sasha Banks Will Face Asuka At Extreme Rules For The RAW Women’s Championship
Match Recap: Bayley and Sasha dominated early and isolated Billie Kay in the ring. Peyton tagged in and hit a knee to Bayley‘s faced as RAW went to a break. When RAW returned, Bayley knocked Peyton off the apron and hit Billie with an elbow to the face.
Royce tagged in and connected with a Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Banks tagged in and kneed Royce in the face for a near fall. Sasha then locked in the Bank Statement on Peyton Royce for the submission victory. Bayley and Sasha Banks are still the Women’s Tag Team Champions.
After the match, Sasha Banks told Bayley that she gets a little jealous every time she brings up having two titles. Sasha told Bayley that she wanted a title match and then officially challenged Asuka to a match at Extreme Rules. RAW Women’s Champion Asuka came down to the ring and told Sasha that she is not the boss of her. Asuka then accepted the challenge and Bayley attacked her from behind. Sasha hit Asuka with the Backstabber and then locked in the Bank Statement.
Carrillo & Black Saved Rey & Dominik
Rey Mysterio and Dominik came to the ring in the final segment of this week’s RAW. Mysterio said that Dominik scared the hell out of him last week when he came to the Performance Center and attacked Seth Rollins.
Mysterio added that he was proud of Dominik but also angry at him for putting himself at risk. Rey stated that he has learned to accept what Rollins did to him and that Dominik will always be his child no matter how big he gets.
Rey claimed that he needs to get revenge on Seth Rollins and needs to do it himself. Dominik told Rey that he is not going anywhere and looked into the camera. Dominik said that this is what a family looks like and this family wants a fight.
The Monday Night Messiah stepped to the entrance ramp and wondered if he should go to the ring to slaughter a father before his son or go to the ring and make Rey watch as he sacrifices Dominik. Rollins said “two eyes are better than one” and slowly made his way down the ramp.
Murphy and Austin Theory showed up but were attacked from behind by Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo. Dominik got in some punches on Murphy and knocked him out of the ring. Carrillo flipped onto Murphy and Theory outside the ring. Mysterio hit Seth with a 619 and then brought him over to the steel steps. They were about to shove Rollins’ eye into the steps but Murphy and Theory broke it up. Rey tried to shove Dominik’s eye into the steel steps but Carrillo and Black made the save to end the show.
Opinion: I’ve really enjoyed this storyline and interested to see where it goes leading up until Extreme Rules. The match between Asuka & Charlotte, Edge‘s promo, and the final segment were the highlights of the show. I’m going to have a hard time getting invested in a Randy Orton versus Big Show feud and don’t understand the appeal of that match at all. While Ziggler & McIntyre can have a great match at Extreme Rules, there really anything exciting about that feud either. Sasha Banks is a SmackDown superstar but is challenging for the RAW Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules. There was a ton wrong with this show but at least there were a few very entertaining segments as well.