WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 29

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVAugust 30, 2022

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 29

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    Seth Rollins (Credit: WWE)

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on August 29.

    We are just five days away from WWE's Clash at the Castle pay-per-view from Cardiff, Wales, so most of the segments on Monday's show were designed to hype the upcoming event.

    Kurt Angle made a special appearance this week, and The Usos took a trip with Sami Zayn to Raw to represent The Bloodline.

    Riddle and Seth Rollins had a confrontation, Bobby Lashley took on The Miz, and the women's tag titles found a new home when Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai battled Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah in the finals of the tournament to crown new champions.

    Let's take a look at what happened on Monday's episode of Raw.

AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler vs. The Judgment Day

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    Raw opened with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Styles making their entrances for the first match of the night against Finn Balor and Damian Priest of The Judgment Day.

    The Showoff and The Prince started for their teams and had a fast-paced exchange. The show went to a break before we hit the 10-minute mark, so Balor had plenty of time to turn things around and take control.

    Styles and Priest tagged in around the same time, so they were both fresh when it was time for them to work. The Phenomenal One almost won with the Calf Crusher, but Balor helped his teammate get to the bottom rope.

    It looked like Ziggler and Styles had this in the bag, but The Judgment Day were able to recover and pick up the win when The Archer of Infamy hit The Showoff with a massive chokeslam.

    This match was decent, but with five more minutes, it could have been the best thing on the show. Edge was shown arriving backstage, so The Judgment Day chose to remain in the ring.

    All three members of the group had a turn on the mic before Edge came out and issued a response. Rey and Dominik Mysterio attacked the trio from behind with kendo sticks, but Dominik hesitated to hit Rhea Ripley. She took the stick from him, and the segment ended with The Judgment Day yelling at Edge and the Mysterios from the crowd.

    Winners: The Judgment Day

    Grade: B-


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Ziggler is so much more exciting when he works as a babyface. His heel stuff is great, but he slows himself down. He is one of those guys who works best when he is going 100 mph.
    • The Showoff countering a powerbomb into a textbook Fameasser was a great spot.
    • The chokeslam Priest hit on Ziggler looked incredible. The Showoff jumped as high as he could for it and sold the impact perfectly.
    • Edge was right: Beth Phoenix is a badass.

Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair vs. Local Talents

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    Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair took on three indie wrestlers in the next match. The EST of WWE took each one down as they took turns trying to measure up to her.

    The match only lasted a few minutes and ended with Asuka making one of the other women tap out.

    This was a fine exhibition for the winners, but it was also a bit random. On the plus side, the women WWE found to job out to the winners all did a good job.

    Winners: Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair

    Grade: C


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • All three of the indie talents had nice gear, which is not something you see from many WWE jobbers.
    • Dani Mo, one of the jobbers, looked good in this match. She is somebody the company might want to keep an eye on.

Alpha Academy vs. The Street Profits

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    Kurt Angle came out after the match was over, but he was quickly interrupted by Chad Gable and Otis. Gable spoke about idolizing Angle and being inspired by him.

    Things escalated from there until the two Olympians almost got into a fight, This brought out The Street Profits to challenge Alpha Academy to a match. Gable agreed as long as Angle agreed to join his team if they won.

    Montez Ford and Otis started after a commercial break. The Dozer hit a big powerslam to take control after a short burst of offense from his opponent.

    Both teams had some moments to shine, but the Profits had the more exciting spots. Ford usually has more of them, but Angelo Dawkins has upped his game so much that he was just as much fun to watch.

    Ford ended up reversing an Ankle Lock applied by Gable, but Otis saved his partner from tapping out. The Profits still got the win when Ford hit a huge splash on Gable to get the pin.

    This was an enjoyable match between four great athletes who all have completely different skill sets. They meshed well together.

    Winners: The Street Profits

    Grade: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Ford hit a picture-perfect dropkick to the chest of Gable at one point.
    • Dawkins hit the dive over the top rope he has been using lately, but he landed on his back this time instead of his feet.
    • The dragon screw leg whip Gable hit while Dawkins was straddling a ring rope looked legitimately painful.

The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley

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    The Miz had been shown dealing with some trauma from being abducted by Dexter Lumis last week, but he refused to say what happened.

    We caught a glimpse of Lumis backstage at one point before The A-Lister made his way out to face Bobby Lashley.

    As expected, The All Mighty took control almost immediately. The United States champion ripped Miz's shirt off before hitting him with a vertical suplex.

    Ciampa helped The Miz gain the upper hand at ringside, but the former WWE champion was still keeping his eye open for Lumis. It didn't take long for The All Mighty to regain his composure and begin dominating his opponent again.

    Lumis appeared in the crowd but disappeared before The A-Lister could do anything about it. This allowed Lashley to apply the Hurt Lock for the win.

    This was a relatively tame performance, but the story unfolding in the background is definitely interesting.

    Winner: Bobby Lashley

    Grade: C+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The Miz was doing some surprisingly good acting on this show.
    • Ciampa looks so weird in the bright green and pink gear. It just doesn't match his persona.
    • Ciampa using his body to block the ring post so Lashley couldn't use it against The Miz was a great moment.

Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens

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    The Usos and Sami Zayn came out for a promo about The Bloodline and Clash at the Castle, but they were soon joined by Kevin Owens.

    KO tried to remind his friend of how good he is, but he ended up in an argument with Jey Uso instead. This led to a singles match between them.

    The contest kicked off after a commercial break. The Prizefighter backed the 37-year-old into the corner and unleashed a vicious chop to get the action going.

    Zayn and Jimmy remained at ringside to cheer on Jey as he began to take control. The tag team champ dropped KO onto the steps with a Samoan Drop to send us into a commercial.

    The second half of the match was much more hard-hitting and competitive. We saw both men hit some big moves that took a lot out of both of them. Jey hit a superkick and an Uso Splash, but Owens found a way to kick out. A moment later, Jey was able to kick out after a huge frog splash.

    When The Usos asked Zayn to grab a chair, he began to have second thoughts. He hesitated to hit KO when he had a chance, and it allowed Owens to hit the Stunner for the win.

    This was not only a fantastic match, but the storytelling was excellent also. Everyone did a great job here.

    Winner: Kevin Owens

    Grade: A-


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Jey might have the best "I hate you" expression in pro wrestling.
    • KO is right. Zayn is an incredible performer, and hopefully he gets a chance to keep proving that soon.
    • Owens hitting a Swanton Bomb will never get old.

Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah vs. Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai

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    The main event of the evening was the finals of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship tournament, with Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai taking on Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah.

    Sky and Aliyah began for their teams and traded a few quick near-falls before Rodriguez tagged in to take over for her partner.

    The powerhouse did most of the heavy lifting for her team, so Aliyah was barely involved at times, especially after she was taken out at ringside.

    Asuka, Bliss and Belair chased Bayley away from the ring moments before Aliyah snuck back in to steal the win with a roll-up. She and Rodriguez celebrated with the titles as Asuka, Bliss and Belair came back to congratulate them.

    The match was decent and probably allowed Rodriguez to look better than she has since coming to the main roster, but the outcome is going to leave a lot of fans confused and/or upset. It seemed like this was going to be an easy win for Sky and Kai to give them a big push.

    Winners: Aliyah and Raquel Rodriguez

    Grade: C+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Aliyah and Rodriguez tried to coordinate their gear this week, so they looked more like a team than some of the other duos we have seen in this tourney.
    • Bayley is so effortlessly funny. Can we have her in every segment? Or can we just give her an hour-long talk show?
    • Kai has some of the best running kicks in the business. It always looks brutal.
    • A lot of fans probably expected an appearance by Sasha Banks and Naomi. They were sorely disappointed.
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