Raw results: Aug. 31, 2020

Randy Orton, Keith Lee and Dolph Ziggler stake their claim to a WWE Championship opportunity

Orton, Lee, and Ziggler stake their claim to WWE Title Match: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Three Superstars state their case as to why they deserve the next WWE Championship opportunity before things get physical. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Randy Orton kicked off Monday Night Raw, furious that he isn’t getting a direct rematch against WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. He quickly found himself at odds with Keith Lee, another Superstar taking part in the series of matches to determine McIntyre’s next challenger. However, Lee was quickly ambushed by Dolph Ziggler, kicking off the night of action immediately.

Keith Lee def. Dolph Ziggler to advance to the Triple Threat Match

Keith Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

The Limitless One takes on The Showoff, with the winner advancing to a Triple Threat Match later in the night to determine WWE Champion Drew McIntyre’s challenger for WWE Clash of Champions. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Dolph Ziggler threw everything he had at Keith Lee, but The Limitless One was nearly unstoppable, and he put The Showoff down for the three-count with a huge Spirit Bomb to advance once step closer to his first WWE Championship opportunity.

Mickie James, Natalya and Lana confronted Asuka

Asuka is confronted by Mickie James, Natalya and Lana: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Raw Women’s Champion Asuka says she’s ready for anything, and she quickly comes face to face with two Superstars ready to challenge for her title. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Raw Women’s Champion Asuka said she’s ready for everyone, and she was quickly confronted by two potential challengers: Mickie James and Natalya. The bad blood between James and Natalya spilled over into physicality, as they quickly engaged in fisticuffs.
 

Mickie James def. Lana

Mickie James vs. Lana: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

With Asuka watching, Mickie James looks to make quick work of The Ravishing Russian. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

The brawl quickly turned into a match between James and The Ravishing Russian. With The Empress of Tomorrow watching, Mickie made her case for a title opportunity by putting away Lana with the Mick Kick.

Randy Orton def. Kevin Owens to advance to the Triple Threat Match

Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Thanks to a shocking assist from Aleister Black, Randy Orton advances to the Triple Threat Match to determine Drew McIntyre’s next challenger. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Kevin Owens never had a chance. Before he even made it to the ring, KO was ambushed by Aleister Black, who dropped him with Black Mass. Still, KO demanded to fight The Viper, despite the referee’s insistence, and he even landed a few strikes. But Orton soon dropped Owens with an RKO to cement his place in the Triple Threat Match and get one step closer to a rematch with Drew McIntyre.

Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders crashed The Hurt Business’ celebration

MVP welcomes Bobby Lashley to “The VIP Lounge”: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

The Hurt Business are all smiles as they celebrate the new United States Champion, until Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders crash the party. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

MVP’s “VIP Lounge” was poppin’ as The Hurt Business attempted to celebrate Bobby Lashley’s United States Championship victory at WWE Payback, but Cedric Alexander soon interrupted the proceedings to confront MVP, Lashley & Shelton Benjamin. He had a plan, as well, with The Viking Raiders dropping The Hurt Business from behind.

Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders def. The Hurt Business

Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders vs. The Hurt Business: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Cedric Alexander looks to prove MVP wrong in Six-Man Tag Team action. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

MVP has pleaded with Cedric Alexander to join The Hurt Business, saying only good things will happen for him if he does. Cedric proved he doesn’t need MVP in his corner, pinning the former United States Champion to get the win for his team.

The Riott Squad def. The IIconics to earn a WWE Women’s Tag Team Title opportunity; The IIconics must disband

The Riott Squad vs. The IIconics – Winners get a WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match, Losers Will be No More: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan face Billie Kay & Peyton Royce in a match where the losing team must split up. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Everything was on the line in this battle, where the winning team gets a crack at WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, and the losing team was no more.

Despite a shaky beginning to their reunion, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan got on the same page when it mattered most. Ruby Riott came out on top of a series of pinning predicaments with Billie Kay, getting the three-count and putting an end to The IIconics’ partnership, which dates back to high school for the two Australians. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce did not take the loss well, throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of the WWE ThunderDome.

Seth Rollins def. Dominik Mysterio to advance to the Triple Threat Match

Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

The son of Rey Mysterio clashes with The Monday Night Messiah, with the winner advancing to a Triple Threat Match later in the night for a WWE Title Match at WWE Clash of Champions. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

The Monday Night Messiah tore into his disciple, Murphy, before the match, placing the blame for their loss at WWE Payback on his shoulders and booting him from ringside before the match. Not wanting to take any chances, Dominik Mysterio dropped Murphy from behind before rushing to the ring to go right after Rollins.

The son of Rey Mysterio brought the fight to The Monday Night Messiah, hoping not only to get payback for his family, but also to move closer to earning a WWE Championship opportunity mere weeks into his WWE career. But it was not meant to be. After Rollins evaded a frog splash from the rookie, The Monday Night Messiah connected with a Stomp to get the victory and advance to the Triple Threat Match. Rollins only made things worse after the bell, connecting with another Stomp on Dominik.

Riddick Moss def. Titus O’Neil in Raw Underground

Riddick Moss battles Titus O’Neil in Raw Underground: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Titus O’Neil meets his match in Riddick Moss in a wild Raw Underground brawl. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

As Raw Underground kicked off, Titus O’Neil unleashed a new side of himself, ruthlessly picking apart two opponents in rapid succession. Looking for more competition, Titus demanded more competition and got it in the form of Riddick Moss. O’Neil brought the fight in a brawl that spilled out of the ring, but he quickly learned how fast the tides can turn in Raw Underground, as Moss dropped him with a big right hand to get the knockout victory.

R-Truth def. Akira Tozawa to become 24/7 Champion

R-Truth recaptures the 24/7 Title from Akira Tozawa: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

R-Truth catches Akira Tozawa off-guard in his car and gets his baby back. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Akira Tozawa ran into some trouble upon his arrival to WWE ThunderDome. While checking in with security, the 24/7 Champion and his ninjas were “not on the list.” That turned out to be a ruse, as the security guard was a referee, which allowed R-Truth to roll up Tozawa and recapture the 24/7 Title, starting his 39th reign.

RETRIBUTION struck against The Street Profits and Andrade & Angel Garza

RETRIBUTION strike against The Street Profits, Andrade & Zelina Vega: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

The faction known as RETRIBUTION makes its presence felt with a surprise attack. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

The next chapter in the rivalry between Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits and Andrade & Angel Garza was brought to an abrupt end with the arrival of RETRIBUTION. As the lights flickered, Angel Garza grabbed Demi Burnett and bolted out of the arena, leaving Angelo Dawkins, Montez Ford, Andrade and Zelina Vega to be picked apart by the masked mob.

Jessamyn Duke knocked out Billie Kay on Raw Underground

Jessamyn Duke knocks out Billie Kay in Raw Underground: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Peyton Royce shoves Billie Kay into the path of the fierce MMA specialist Jessamyn Duke in Raw Underground. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

After their loss earlier in the night led to their disbanding, The IIconics headed to Raw Underground to cheer themselves up. They got a close-up look at Jessamyn Duke, who dominated her opponent to pick up her first Raw Underground win, and Marina Shafir, who quickly jumped into action and forced her opponent to tap out. Their night did not end there, as Peyton Royce surprisingly shoved Billie Kay into the ring and into the path of the fierce Duke, who dropped the Aussie with a kick to the head as Royce watched.

The Hurt Business brutalized Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander in Raw Underground

The Hurt Business dominate in Raw Underground: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Apollo Crews challenges Shelton Benjamin to a fight in Raw Underground, but there’s no stopping Bobby Lashley, MVP and Shelton Benjamin. Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

What started out as an anything-goes battle between Apollo Crews and Shelton Benjamin in Shane McMahon’s fight venue turned into an all-out throwdown between Crews, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander and The Hurt Business. MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin were relentless, overpowering their three rivals and leaving them laying.

Randy Orton def. Keith Lee and Seth Rollins to earn a WWE Championship Match at WWE Clash of Champions

Keith Lee vs. Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton – Winner Faces WWE Champion Drew McIntyre at WWE Clash of Champions: Raw, Aug. 31, 2020

Who will earn the right to challenge for the WWE Championship at WWE Clash of Champions? Catch WWE action on WWE Network, FOX, USA Network, Sony India and more.

Keith Lee found himself fighting seemingly insurmountable odds, as Seth Rollins and Randy Orton formed an alliance to take him out. However, The Monday Night Messiah may have been too trusting of The Viper, who quickly planted Rollins into the canvas with a DDT as soon as they thought Lee was neutralized at ringside.

But The Limitless One did not stay down after being driven into the announcers’ table, chasing Orton down and pouncing him into the guardrail, then snatching The Monday Night Messiah out of mid-air and hurling him over the table, showing why there is no Superstar like him. 

Lee looked to have his first WWE Title Match wrapped up after driving Rollins into the mat with the Spirit Bomb, but The Apex Predator struck Lee down with an RKO out of nowhere, then pinned Rollins, snatching the golden opportunity out of Lee’s hands and setting himself up for a rematch with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.

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