The July 13th episode of RAW aired from the Performance Center in Orlando. It was the final episode of RAW before WWE Extreme Rules: The Horror Show this Sunday. Bayley & Sasha Banks defended their Women’s Tag Team Championships against The Kabuki Warriors tonight in the main event.
WWE RAW (7/13) Results
- Andrade & Angel Garza def. Viking Raiders
- Bianca Belair & Ruby Riott def. The IIconics
- Aleister Black def. Murphy via DQ
- Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins
- Randy Orton def. R-Truth
- Lashley def. Ricochet
- Bayley & Sasha Banks def. The Kabuki Warriors to retain the Women’s Tag Titles
Here are 7 takeaways from this week’s show:
McIntyre Leveled Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler joined MVP for an episode of the VIP Lounge to start this week’s show. MVP praised Dolph for not revealing the stipulation for the WWE Championship match yet and said it was good strategy. Ziggler thanked MVP and claimed that McIntyre would be an unemployed loser if it wasn’t for him.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre interrupted and joined Ziggler and MVP in the ring. Drew accused Ziggler of using him as his hired gun and they were never friends. Drew then vowed to hurt and torture Ziggler this Sunday at Extreme Rules. McIntyre stated that he didn’t want to wait until Sunday and got in Dolph’s face. McIntyre leveled Ziggler with a punch to the face to end the segment.
Garza & Andrade Picked Up A Win
The Viking Raiders battled Angel Garza & Andrade in a Tag Team Elimination match tonight on RAW. Before the match, Charly Caruso interviewed Angel, Andrade, and Zelina backstage. The Viking Raiders interrupted and Ivar ripped the rose out of Garza’s hand. Ivar gave it to Charly and she blushed.
Match Recap: Garza and Andrade controlled the action early and isolated Erik in the ring. Andrade planted Erik with the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall elimination. When RAW returned from a break, Ivar sent Andrade out of the ring and went for a Suicide Dive but Garza broke it up with a Dropkick.
Ivar quickly battled back and took them both out with a Suicide Dive. Ivar leveled Andrade with a Clothesline and followed it up with a slam for the pinfall elimination. Garza hit Ivar with a Dropkick and followed it up with a Superkick. Ivar connected with a spin kick and went for the cover but Andrade put Garza’s foot on the ropes. Garza then planted Ivar with a Powerbomb for the pinfall victory.
Bianca Belair Returned
The IIconics approached Ruby Riott backstage and started mocking her. The IIConics said that Ruby doesn’t have any friends and wouldn’t be able to find a partner for a tag team match. Bianca Belair showed up and told The IIconics that they cannot beat her and it led to a tag team match.
Match Recap: The IIconics dominated early and isolated Ruby Riott in the corner of the ring. Peyton stomped on Ruby Riott several times before Riott finally battled back with a Jawbreaker.
Bianca tagged in and leveled Billie Kay with a few shoulder tackles and then a Splash in the corner of the ring. Bianca lifted up Billie up, did some squats before slamming her to the canvas.
Peyton Royce got into the ring but Riott hit her out of nowhere with an Enziguri. Billie went for a kick to the face but Belair countered into the KOD for the pinfall victory.
Shayna Baszler Finally Returned To RAW
R-Truth and Tozawa were supposed to have a 24/7 Championship match tonight. Before the match, R-Truth told Tozawa that he didn’t like that he was out here with his ninjas. Shayna Baszler’s music hit and the Queen of Spades made her way to the ring.
Baszler took out the ninjas one by one before setting her sights on Tozawa. Tozawa said “I’m out” and exited the ring. R-Truth said that he will show himself out of the ring and tossed the microphone to Shayna.
Shayna stated that she has been patient and has let everyone have their fun but now she is done. Baszler claimed that all the women’s champions are weak minded and are fooling themselves by believing that they are in control. Baszler added that she is hear to shatter that illusion with a hard dose of reality, and she is that dose of reality.
Mysterio Vowed To Rip Out Rollins’ Eye At Extreme Rules
Murphy was shown backstage with a worried look on his face and Rollins asked what was wrong. Murphy wondered if someone is actually going to lose an eye at Extreme Rules and Rollins told him that nothing significant happens without sacrifice. Seth then made his way to the ring and cut a promo to hype the Eye for an Eye match against Rey Mysterio at Extreme Rules.
Seth claimed that he never wanted to hurt Rey and cannot believe an Eye for an Eye match has been sanctioned by WWE. Rollins vowed to “pluck Rey’s eye out of it’s socket” at the PPV so that Mysterio will be blind and never see his wife or son again. Kevin Owens interrupted and called Rollins a scumbag for driving a nice gut like Mysterio to the point where he wants to rip Seth’s eyes out. Owens then said he knows a pirate named Jean-Pierre LaFitte (former gimmick of PCO) and handed Seth an eye patch.
A brawl broke out and Aleister Black and Murphy rushed the ring. Murphy then battled Aleister Black as Mysterio, Dominik, Kevin Owens, and Rollins were ringside. Aleister connected with Black Mass but Rollins broke up the cover and the match ended in a DQ. Owens then battled Rollins in a WrestleMania 36 rematch. Kevin Owens defeated Rollins after her was distracted by Rey, Black, and Dominik hopping on the ring apron. After the match, Rey told Rollins that he is leaving Extreme Rules with only one eye.
Randy Orton Will Face Big Show Next Week In An Unsanctioned Match
R-Truth got in a few punches but Orton quickly dropped him with the RKO for the easy victory. After the match, Orton set up to punt R-Truth’s head but Big Show interrupted.
Big Show came down to the entrance ramp and was about to get into the ring but Orton grabbed a microphone. Randy said that he wasn’t going to punt R-Truth and challenged Big Show to an Unsanctioned Match next week on RAW. Big Show accepted and got into the ring but Orton retreated.
Bayley & Sasha Banks Retained
Bayley and Sasha Banks defended the Women’s Tag Team Championships against The Kabuki Warriors in the main event of this week’s show. Before the match, Bayley and Banks once again held a tribute for themselves and rolled the same video package that was shown on SmackDown.
Match Recap: Banks and Bayley attacked the Kabuki Warriors right when the bell rang and beat them down. Asuka and Sane battled back and Dropkicked them out of the ring as RAW went to a break. When RAW returned, Asuka and Bayley were battling in the ring. Sane tagged in and planted Bayley with a Neckbreaker. Sasha knocked Asuka out of the ring and connected with a kick to Kairi’s face for a one count.
Sasha threw Sane out of the ring and tagged in Bayley. The Women’s Tag Team Champions then catapulted Kairi into the plexiglass as RAW went to a break. When RAW returned, Sane was trapped in the ring as Bayley and Banks took turns beating her down. Asuka tagged in and hit Bayley with a Hip Attack. Asuka followed it up with a Bulldog and went for the cover but Bayley kicked out at two.
Asuka hit Bayley with a kick to the face for another near fall. Bayley battled back and tagged in Sasha. Banks slammed Asuka to the canvas and went for the cover but the RAW Women’s Champion kicked out at two. Bayley tagged back in and perched Asuka up on the top rope. Bayley hit Asuka with a Hurricanrana and tagged Sasha back in. Banks hit Asuka with a Crossbody for a near fall. Asuka quickly locked in the Asuka Lock in the middle of the ring. Bayley tried to break it up but Kairi leveled her with the Interceptor Spear.
Banks got her foot on the ropes and Sane tagged in. Asuka leveled Banks with a kick to the face and Kairi followed it up with the Insane Elbow but Bayley broke up the cover. Sane hit Banks with an Alabama Slam and went for a Clothesline but Sasha countered into the Bank Statement for the submission victory. Bayley and Banks are still the Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Opinion: Overall, this week’s episode of RAW was a solid show. It didn’t do much to hype up Extreme Rules but was an entertaining show throughout. I thought the McIntyre and Ziggler segment tonight was a lame follow up to the Heath Slater promo last week and I really don’t have much excitement for their WWE Championship match at the PPV Bayley and Banks have become the focal point of the shows and continue to knock it out of the park. WWE‘s women’s division got even strong with Baszler and Belair finally coming back tonight.