WWE Raw advertised Goldberg and Bobby Lashley face-to-face one last time before WWE SummerSlam. Raw also advertised Randy Orton vs. Omos and Drew McIntyre vs. Veer and Shanky in a handicap match.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE Raw garnered 1.790 million viewers.
- August 9, 2021—1.790 million
- August 2, 2021—1.821 million
- July 26, 2021—1.814 million
- July 19, 2021—1.923 million
- July 12, 2021—1.609 million
WWE Raw—Key Competition
- American Ninja Warrior
- Bachelor in Paradise
Max Caster Needs to Get Out of AEW (Pro Wrestling Bits)
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership this past Monday—8,300,494 (Down from 11,331,407)
- Most-Viewed: Randy Orton Shocks Riddle with an RKO (1,400,083 views)
- Least-Viewed: The Inspirational Story of RK-Bro (247,847 views)
- Median Viewership: 453,679
WWE Raw Results: Monday, August 16, 2021
AJ Styles def. Riddle
MORE FOR YOU
The sound of Riddle saying “Bro” in his theme music interrupted Randy Orton’s promo just as he and the crowd were saying the “O” in R-K-O.
At this point, Randy Orton has been such a bad friend that Riddle is starting to look bad for continuing to beg for his help.
After watching this whole match and following the storyline since Orton came back, I’m not all the way sure Orton is a babyface.
Rhea Ripley def. Nikki A.S.H.
Almost all of Nikki A.S.H.’s offense came via counter or after Rhea Ripley made a mistake, all while Charlotte Flair buried her gimmick on commentary.
Charlotte Flair pointed out how she doesn’t understand how Nikki A.S.H. can be “almost” anything, yet her father is almost an AEW star.
WWE waited until the go-home show to make Charlotte Flair’s undefeated SummerSlam record a talking point.
If Nikki A.S.H. drops the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, this title reign will give Rey Mysterio’s ill-fated reign in 2006 a run for its money.
Drew McIntyre def. Veer and Shanky
Though this feud might be beneath him, Drew McIntyre came off like a big star to this crowd.
The stipulation of this match dictated that if McIntyre won, he would get to bring his sword to the ring, so he’s now one step closer to homicide against Jinder Mahal, and poor Veer and Shanky will not get their SummerSlam payday due to being banned from ringside.
McIntyre vowed to create an unforgettable moment with Jinder Mahal and his sword, which I’m sure will lead to Angela being auctioned in the future.
Moist TV Featuring The Miz
“Moist TV” is the latest example of how John Morrison may never run out of funny puns with the word “moist.”
Miz was so much more excited about “Moist TV” than John Morrison, who teased being upset with Miz milking his injury. He even led a “Moist TV” chant that these fans were all to happy to participate in. Fans were not as happy to participate in Miz’s “coooorect” catchphrase.
Damian Priest def. The Miz
The last time Damian Priest wrestled The Miz while he was in street clothes, Priest was beaten by Miz while Miz was in his underwear, so suffice to say I was very nervous for Priest in this match.
The Miz lost a one-sided match via a Damian Priest Brogue Kick, all while his best friend turned on him despite Miz telling me personally that would never happen. Welcome back, Miz.
The Miz and Morrison reunited (for now) while The New Day promoted their merch in the background.
Mansoor def. T-Bar
This feud stopped dead in its track the minute it became a 50-50 feud, and being in the popcorn spot didn’t help either.
With WWE set to return to Saudi Arabia soon, now wouldn’t be the worst time for them to start a winning streak.
Randy Orton def. Omos by Disqualification
Randy Orton worked his butt off to help make Omos look like a dominant giant.
Omos’ first WWE loss came via disqualification because AJ Styles kicked him while he was on the outside.
Randy Orton declared RK-Bro was back, but when Riddle said “Randy, you make me so happy,” the look Orton gave Riddle was priceless.
Karrion Kross def. Jeff Hardy
The Karrion Kross reclamation project continued on WWE Raw after he attacked Jeff Hardy during a backstage interview only to beat him quickly in their third match. At least he looks strong heading into NXT TakeOver 36.
After backflipping away from R-Truth and Akira Tozawa while on a playground, Reggie’s gimmick is that of a 90’s-era Power Ranger.
These Elias is Dead promos seem like such a mistake for this poor man’s character. This week, he planted a tombstone with his name on it.
Charlotte and Nia Jax def. Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley
Nia Jax gave Nikki A.S.H. her version of the Stink Face, which got the biggest reaction of this match. She then doubled down by slapping her butt while going for a Banzai Drop, but Charlotte tagged herself in via butt slap. I think Nia Jax might be on to something with this new gimmick.
The Nikki A.S.H.-Rhea Ripley tag team proves that if you can’t beat them, get beaten with them.
Though she didn’t get pinned, this marked Rhea Ripley’ second loss of the night. That poor SmackDown women’s champion.
Goldberg vs. Bobby Lashley—Face to Face
Fans continued to play nice with Goldberg in San Antonio. The final test will come in Las Vegas, Nev. in what should be a short match against Bobby Lashley.
Goldberg is such a great babyface promo, and was on his way to cutting another great go-home promo before being interrupted by MVP.
MVP seemed to really lean into the “what” chants instead of steamrolling over them and he made it work.
Goldberg’s final words before Spearing Lashley were “Lashley, that’s bulls—t!”
I low-key feel like Goldberg’s son us going to turn on him at SummerSlam.