WWE Raw featured fallout from WWE Payback 2020, together with the return of RETRIBUTION, and gauntlet-style reserving to determine the No. Contender for the WWE Championship.
After qualifying for a Triple Threat match alongside Keith Lee and Seth Rollins, Randy Orton pinned Seth Rollins to turn into No. 1 Contender in Raw’s important occasion.
Raw additionally featured the break-up of The IIconics, who had been pressured to separate after shedding to Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan.
Last week’s broadcast of Raw garnered 2.028 million, up a whopping 23%.
WWE Raw Ratings—Last Five Weeks
- August 24, 2020—2.028 million viewers
- August 17, 2020—1.643 million viewers
- August 10, 2020—1.722 million viewers
- August three, 2020—1.715 million viewers
- July 27, 2020—1.617 million viewers
WWE Payback 2020—Key Competition
- NBA Playoff Slate
- MLB Regular Season Slate
Pro Wrestling Bits—WWE Payback 2020 Match Card Predictions
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership this Past Monday
12,657,652 views (Down from 12,714,159)
- Most-Viewed: Dominik and Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy (1,888,045 views)
- Least-Viewed: R-Truth vs. Alexander vs. Benjamin vs. Tozawa (212,840 views)
- Median Viewership: 848,402
WWE Raw Results—Monday, August 31, 2020
Opening Segment Featuring Randy Orton and Keith Lee
Randy Orton’s meme of all these legends he punted within the head would have been a lot funnier as a tweet.
It’s a superb factor Keith Lee was capable of gloat about beating Randy Orton for a minimum of an evening as a result of, the best way this night time goes, lighting won’t strike twice tonight.
Keith Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is the proper opponent for Keith Lee’s distinctive skillset. Unfortunately, Lee bought in a really restricted quantity of offense, and when he was on offense he was solely allowed to work like The Big Show.
Tom Phillips truly mentioned “credit to Dolph Ziggler for attacking Lee before the match, but it was all for naught.”
Mickie James vs. Lana (Feat. Asuka on Commentary)
Mickie James and Asuka had a match in NXT a couple of years again, and it was superior.
Asuka has extra challengers for the Raw Women’s Championship than I believed.
Asuka made her long-awaited return to commentary, and her headset didn’t even work correctly.
Unlike in previous appearances, Asuka’s responses had been principally restricted to phrases she might say in English.
Mickie James has the most effective gear in your complete girls’s division.
Randy Orton def. Kevin Owens
I like the thought of Randy Orton interacting with Aleister Black, whose feuding with Kevin Owens. Intertwining storylines in wrestling are nearly all the time a plus.
Whenever Aleister Black chooses to take away his eye patch (hopefully quickly) it seems to be like he’ll go along with black facepaint over his eye.
The WWE referee was in place to cease this match, and rightfully so, however after a dazed Kevin Owens insisted he might go, the referee took his phrase for it
Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders vs. MVP, Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley
Tonight, Cedric Alexander flubbed a line, beat a player-coach by way of rollup and cowered in worry once they went after him. He gained and misplaced tonight.
The announcers had been spending a lot time speaking about Cedric Alexander turning down MVP, I’m satisfied Cedric needs to be becoming a member of the Hurt Business.
The Riott Squad vs. The IIconics
The announcers did a superb job enjoying up the urgency of those two groups given the stipulation.
The IIconics are tremendous heels, however this match was made it exhausting to root in opposition to them as a result of the storyline revolved round splitting up together with your finest buddy, and no person desires to see that.
I don’t care how excessive Vince McMahon is on Peyton Royce, it’s far too early to separate her up with Billie Kaye, and in that case, such an epic breakup wants a minimum of a one-month storyline.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins
WWE did an excellent job constructing this up as a giant alternative for Dominik Mysterio.
I absolutely anticipated Murphy to reappear and both atone for final night time or screw up and value Seth Rollins one other match.
If there was an precise crowd, they’d be going loopy for Dominik, however that might compel WWE to fast-track him to the principle occasion, which might end in resentment. Thank goodness Dominik is getting room to develop throughout the empty-arena period.
Titus O’Neil def. Unnamed Competitors; Riddick Moss def. Titus O’Neil—Raw Underground
WWE Raw Underground is type of like reserving in quick ahead as Titus O’Neil was constructed right into a monster and minimize down by the up-and-coming Riddick Moss inside one phase.
After Shane McMahon allowed these two to brawl after going into the gang, it’s official that nothing is unlawful in Raw Underground.
R-Truth def. Akira Tozawa—WWE 24/7 Championship
The indisputable fact that Akira Tozawa drives his ninjas round in a soccer mother van is so hilarious.
R-Truth’s 39th WWE 24/7 title reign featured a Cobra Kai reference.
RETRIBUTION Crashes The Street Profits vs. Angel Garza and Andrade—Tag Team Tornado
Demi Burnett kissed Erik on the cheek earlier than this match, and Angel Garza was ready within the wings with a rose. Apparently this was sufficient to persuade Demi Burnett to stay by his aspect.
Angel Garza absconded non-wrestler Demi Burnett and was the primary one to dip on the first signal of RETRIBUTION, main her to security. Everybody else simply froze in worry, but Angel Garza shall be painted because the unhealthy man on this scenario.
Mia Yim might be noticed as one in all a number of members of RETRIBUTION.
Jessamyn Duke def. Avery Taylor; Marina Shafir def. Unnamed Competitor—Raw Underground
This phase opened with Shane McMahon consoling The IIconics, who’re the final two individuals I might ever anticipate to see ringside for Raw Underground.
Peyton Royce coldly feeding Billie Kaye to the wolves was this technology’s watered-down model of Shawn Michaels throwing Marty Jannetty by way of the barber store window.
I like Raw Underground as a car to additional important roster storylines, which was carried out with The IIconics and Apollo Crews-Hurt Business.
Shelton Benjamin def. Apollo Crews—Raw Underground
This wasn’t a completely random pairing given Shelton Benjamin’s beginner wrestling background.
After tapping out in back-to-back nights, this can be the start of the tip of Apollo Crews as a promising babyface.
Raw Underground appears like it will be enjoyable to play in a future model of WWE 2k.
Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins and Keith Lee to Become No. 1 Contender for WWE Championship
The announcers went out of their strategy to put over Dominik Mysterio by noting Seth Rollins has arguably taken essentially the most punishment of any of the three opponents.
Randy Orton put forth glorious heel work by “preserving himself” regardless of solely having to work a couple of seconds in opposition to Kevin Owens.
I hoped this match would give Keith Lee the chance to do a dive exterior of the ring now that there have been two individuals to catch him.
The bump Randy Orton took from Keith Lee’s pounce was even higher than Ziggler’s.