WWE Raw 8/17: Live Coverage & Reaction

August 17, 2020

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We open the night with The WWE Champion addressing the actions of his Summerslam challenger and vowing to hurt Randy Orton. But as Drew verbally eviscerated The Viper, technical difficulties began again. Now Retribution has hijacked the TV truck and we cut to commercial unknowing if the product will continue or if Retribution will be dealt with…

We rejoin the Red brand as Drew McIntyre attempts to rally the locker room to stand united against Retribution. But The Monday Night Messiah had words of his own as he clearly felt threatened by the The Scottish Psychopath’s rally cries.

And as we returned to ringside, it was MVP and Hurt Business approaching the ring.

And as MVP continued his grievances against Apollo Crews and the actions of Retribution, The United States Champ finally heard enough as he made his way to the ring and issued a stipulation for tonight’s match.

Apollo Crews v. Shelton Benjamin

As the match began, it was Shelton Benjamin putting boots to asses as he appeared to be getting the better of Crews. Until the sudden interruption of R-Truth and Towzawa running across the ring gave The US Champion just the moment needed to hit a quick roll up for the pin and the opportunity to face MVP at Summerslam while Lashley and Benjamin are banned from ringside!

But it would be R-Truth who would suffer the most as he attempted to evade Tozawa but was met by Shelton Benjamin who dropped Truth and reclaimed the 24/7 Championship

Ivar v. Angel Garza

In a back and forth contest, it was an impressive showing by Ivar who threw both his and Garza’s weight around with ease, but the ever opportunistic Garza caught Ivar for the win. In his moment of victory, it would be Angelo Dawkins who would sour the moment as he eluded to a revealing a very interesting piece of footage.

And after seeing the obvious footage of Zelina Vega poisoning Montez Ford’s drink, we are once again joined by Ford as he wants all the smoke!

Natalya v. Mickie James

In what should have been Mickie James’ triumphant “Welcome Back” to Raw, turned into an absolute cluster as Seth Rollins and Murphy stormed the Raw Commentary Table and demanded the source of Samoa Joe’s claim that Rey Mysterio would be in the arena. After a back and forth exchange that quite literally ruined the match in the ring, it was Natalya picking up the count out victory and Joe winning the war of words. But it would be Rollins who showed his true colors as he made a very clear declaration against the Mysterio’s.

Golden Role Models v. Asuka & Shayna Baszler

Before the match, some much needed answers were discovered as we now know that Bayley will take on Asuka first at Summerslam followed by Sasha Banks. But the match was unable to get rolling as the suspended Nia Jax crashed the party on Shayna Baszler and sent Plexiglas crashing down on The Queen of Spades. Despite the best efforts officials, there would be no separating of the two Alpha females.

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