Shayna Baszler gets an opportunity at the SmackDown Women’s Champion in non-title action. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.
Shayna Baszler was focused on making a case for a SmackDown Women’s Title opportunity, but Nia Jax helped her enter another championship picture. Following a backstage encounter, Jax entered after Baszler and watched from the WWE ThunderDome. A big knee strike from The Queen of Spades shook up Bayley and had her teammate Sasha Banks uneasy on the outside.
Unable to help herself, Jax entered the fray and got brutal payback for Baszler’s backstage taunts with a huge right hand. “The Golden Role Models” found perhaps their first moment of joy since a turbulent SummerSlam as they watched. Eventually, Baszler and Jax separated and turned their attention to the exiting Women’s Tag Team Champions. The ensuing staredown showed that perhaps the two red brand Superstars could find a common goal in hunting down the champions.
Akira Tozawa reclaims 24/7 Title in Fatal 4-Way Match
R-Truth, Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin and Akira Tozawa all jumped into the fray early in the Fatal 4-Way Match for the 24/7 Title. As the action heated up, the ninjas entered the fray and held down Benjamin to help Tozawa reclaim the title. The Hurt Business member went ballistic after the loss and began tossing the ninjas throughout the ring area, but the chaos allowed Tozawa to quickly escape with the title under his arm.
Montez Ford def. Angel Garza
The stunning Demi Burnett accompanied Angel Garza to the ring, and the WWE ThunderDome date had Raw’s lothario feeling good early. Garza took the fight to Montez Ford, but when Ivar swooped in in the middle of the match to woo Burnett with a turkey leg, Garza’s focus strayed from the task at hand. As an enraged Garza went off-kilter, Ford channeled the Mamba Mentality with a jaw-dropping aerial display to get the win.
The Riott Squad & Bianca Belair def. The IIconics & Zelina Vega
The Riott Squad and The IIconics continued their rivalry in the ring, and this time, Bianca Belair and Zelina Vega entered the fray. The EST of WWE put on an impressive display in the ring and paid homage to the legendary Beth Phoenix with a Glam Slam to Vega. After the pin was broken up, Belair moved forward undeterred and finished off Vega with one more vicious slam.
Apollo Crews def. Bobby Lashley – Arm Wrestling Competition
Before they battle for the United States Championship at WWE Payback, Apollo Crews and Bobby Lashley flexed their muscles in an Arm Wrestling Competition. Mark Henry served as the referee for the showdown, as The World’s Strongest Man tried to keep any outside interaction at bay. Crews went with brains over brawn as he anticipated Lashley’s start and caught a quick win in the test of strength. As the rest of The Hurt Business came barreling toward the ring, Crews scored a couple quick strikes and exited the WWE ThunderDome with his title in hand.
Bobby Lashley dominates in Raw Underground
Infuriated from a string of defeats, The Hurt Business took their frustrations to Raw Underground looking to exact pain. Bobby Lashley went on a path of destruction taking out a string of challengers including Dolph Ziggler and Cedric Alexander. Eventually The Viking Raiders came barreling onto the scene and an all-out brawl broke out on Raw Underground.
Randy Orton def. Keith Lee by disqualification
The Legend Killer met the next generation, as Randy Orton and Keith Lee squared off in The Limitless One’s Raw debut. As Orton addressed the WWE Universe after two earlier kicks to the skull to Drew McIntyre, Lee stood up to The Viper and set out to defend McIntyre’s honor with a challenge to Orton. The red brand newcomer shocked The Apex Predator by effortlessly catching a punch and then effortlessly tossing Orton with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. As the intensity ratcheted up, McIntyre unbelievably came back in a fury after two earlier kicks to the skull from Orton. The WWE Champion’s presence sent Orton scrambling and ended Lee’s Raw debut prematurely.
Asuka def. Sasha Banks – Raw Women’s Championship Lumberjack Match
One night after Asuka reclaimed the Raw Women’s Title, Sasha Banks returned to the red brand for a rematch. The showdown was announced as a Lumberjack Match as Superstars lined the ring area. When Asuka sent The Boss flying with an early attack, Bayley tried to protect a recovering Banks, as Shayna Baszler approached with a menacing glare. Banks worked her way back into the action and flipped the champion outside the ring, allowing Bayley to take advantage of her Lumberjack position to inflict damage on behalf of her friend. A skyscraping frogsplash by Banks nearly returned the title to The Boss, but Asuka kicked out at the last second. Moments later, Baszler attacked the SmackDown Women’s Champion to provide a distraction, and The Empress of Tomorrow used the opportunity to hook in an Asuka Lock and once again forced Banks to tap.
Rey & Dominik Mysterio def. Seth Rollins & Murphy by disqualification
Dominik impressed in his SummerSlam debut, but the job was far from over. Rey Mysterio joined his son for a tag team showdown with Seth Rollins & Murphy in another attempt at payback. In the highlight of the match, the father-son duo teamed up for a double-619. Dominik climbed to the top turnbuckle ready to earn a piece of payback with a win. At that moment, RETRIBUTION ended their absence and began brutally attacking the Mysterios. As Raw went off the air, the mysterious group looked over the battered father and son, as The Monday Night Messiah and his disciple smirked from the top of the ramp.