WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 23
The WWE schedule is built around its monthly pay-per-views, so with SummerSlam officially in the books, it's time for the roster to begin preparing for Extreme Rules on September 26.
Following their Raw Tag Team Championship victory on Saturday, Riddle announced he would throw himself and Randy Orton a celebration.
After losing to Charlotte Flair, former Raw women's champion Nikki A.S.H. teamed up with Rhea Ripley to take on Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
We also saw Logan Paul return to WWE television for a special appearance on John Morrison's talk show, Moist TV. Let's take a look at what happened on Monday's episode of WWE Raw.
Damian Priest and Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley and Sheamus
After a recap video for SummerSlam, Bobby Lashley and MVP came out looking sharp in some designer suits to kick off the post-PPV edition of Raw.
MVP reiterated how he had no idea it was Gage Goldberg who jumped him from behind on Saturday but said Lashley would do the same thing to anybody who tried the same thing.
Surprisingly, Damian Priest came to the ring and insulted them for mocking Goldberg and the fans. He got right to the point and challenged Lashley to a match.
The All Mighty attacked him, but Priest fired right back and kicked him out of the ring. MVP and Lashley left so he could get his ring gear.
After a break, the WWE champion returned so the match could begin. He scooped up Priest for a slam as soon as the ref called for the bell. He put The Archer of Infamy in the corner and hit a big shot to the head.
Priest unleashed a flurry of kicks to take control. Sheamus interfered and caused a DQ, which brought out Drew McIntyre to make the save. This led to a tag match taking place after another break.
McIntyre spent a couple of minutes in the ring before he brought in Priest. The Celtic Warrior took a beating but wouldn't stay down for the three-count. Lashley picked up the U.S. champion and ran his head into the ring post twice.
After a third commercial break, Priest spent a long time on defense. Once The Scottish Warrior made the tag, he started throwing Lashley around the ring with suplexes. Lashley left Sheamus high and dry, which led to McIntyre hitting the Claymore for the win.
The promo portion of this was quick and effective. MVP was great, as usual, and Lashley was stoic as he provided facial expressions when necessary.
Seeing Priest potentially begin a new feud with Lashley is an interesting way to go. It would be a completely fresh combination that would definitely provide us with some hard-hitting fights.
Sheamus ruining the match was a bit of a letdown, but the tag match that followed was good enough to make up for it. With four powerhouses like this in the ring, you're going to get some high-impact offense.
It's weird to see McIntyre and Lashley back in the ring together since McIntyre can't challenge him for the WWE title again. Other than that detail, this was a decent way to spend the first 40 minutes of the show.
Karrion Kross vs. Ricochet
Karrion Kross came out with a fancy new mask for his entrance before he took on Ricochet in their first encounter in a Raw ring.
The former NXT champion easily took control and stomped the high-flyer into the mat right away. The One and Only came back with a springboard crossbody and a few kicks before Kross ran him over with a clothesline.
He choked out Ricochet to pick up a quick win.
This match isn't going to set the world on fire, but this is how Kross should have been booked from the start. The more unstoppable he looks, the more the crowd will buy into his character.
WWE still keeps Scarlett off TV for some reason, so Kross' entrance remains a bit flat. His new ring gear and mask are going to lead to some funny memes in the coming days.
While it would be nice to see Ricochet in a better role, he did a good job selling in this match. If you're going to lose, you should do it well and make the other person look good. That's what he did.
Moist TV and Xavier Woods vs. The Miz
Paul had a backstage confrontation with Baron Corbin before he came to the ring for Moist TV with Johnny Drip Drip.
The crowd booed him like he kicked a puppy. Then, The Miz came out to ask why Morrison hadn't introduced him yet. JoMo didn't seem to want him out there at all.
Paul and The Miz each insulted each other a little bit and got in each other's face before Morrison stepped between them. Paul left so Morrison and The Miz could hash out their issues.
Xavier Woods' music interrupted them as he made his way out to face The A-Lister, following up on their interaction from SummerSlam.
The Miz and Woods got going after a commercial break. It looked like Morrison might interfere early on, but he didn't end up doing anything to help his tag team partner.
Johnny Drip Drip spilled a bunch of water on the ground so The Miz could use it to his advantage, but Woods countered and used it against him as the show cut to another break.
We returned to see both men struggling to get up after Woods hit a neckbreaker. He sent The Miz out of the ring and hit a plancha over the top rope to take him down.
Morrison inadvertently distracted the ref and cost The Miz a pin, allowing Woods to roll him up for the win. The Miz attacked Morrison and left him laid out to end the segment.
There isn't a single WWE Superstar who has had the level of heat Paul had in this segment in years. It was a remarkable sight to behold.
The match that followed between Woods and The Miz was the right length and allowed both men to shine at different points. The talk show segment was fine, but the match was the highlight. Woods needs to have more singles bouts.
Now that The Miz and Morrison have officially broken up, JoMo can turn babyface so they can renew their rivalry from many years ago. Their last feud was great, so let's hope they can recapture that magic.
Mansoor vs. Jinder Mahal
Before this match started, Mansoor asked Mustafa Ali not to interfere during the match so he could win the right way. Ali hesitantly agreed but still came out with him.
Jinder Mahal took control early and kept the upper hand by using his superior strength to keep his smaller opponent down as much as possible.
Ali winced as he watched Mansoor take a kick to the face and several stomps in the corner. Mahal ended up getting himself disqualified when he refused to stop stomping him down in the corner.
Ali told Mansoor he needs to start listening to him if he wants to avoid this kind of thing in the future.
The match was short and uneventful, but what may come from it could be interesting. If Mansoor can't turn Ali into a good guy, maybe Ali will corrupt him instead.
This new team has quickly meshed into a good combo, but they have a long way to go before they hold the tag titles.
Mahal getting himself disqualified was fine in this situation because he did it to make a point. It might not be the most exciting outcome, but it's better than him simply squashing Mansoor.
Shayna Baszler and Nia JAX vs. Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley
Jax and Baszler had a talk backstage to reaffirm their commitment to being a team after Jax tagged with Charlotte last week against Ripley and Nikki.
Ripley and Baszler started for their teams, but Nikki tagged in quickly and scored a two-count with a double-team maneuver. She took Baszler down a few times before The Queen of Spades dragged her to the corner and brought in Jax.
The former women's tag champs were dominant as the show went to a break. We returned to see Jax dragging Nikki to her corner by her hair so she could tag Baszler.
The Almost Superhero was sent into the corner hard as her partner watched from the apron, unable to help. Nikki eventually made her way to the corner, and Ripley came in hot with a series of clotheslines.
Nikki recovered and took out Jax with a huge crossbody while Ripley hit the Riptide on Baszler for the win.
This was a relatively standard tag match in terms of how it played out, but they were given a good amount of time and had some nice spots, so it ended up being slightly better than some of Jax and Baszler's other recent matches.
Nikki and Ripley have weirdly satisfying chemistry. If WWE doesn't overdo it and lets their natural differences play into their characters, they could make a good tag team in a division that sorely needs more duos.
As far as Jax and Baszler go, WWE needs to commit to the breakup or stop teasing it. We've reached the breaking point with this angle.
Riddle vs. AJ Styles
Riddle threw a championship celebration for himself and Orton that included plenty of balloons and fireworks, but AJ Styles and Omos spoiled their fun within a few minutes. After some arguing, Riddle and Styles agreed to have a match.
The Phenomenal One backed Riddle to the corner right away, but The Bro didn't let him have the upper hand for long. He sent Styles out of the ring and hit a kick from the apron.
He powered Styles up for three gutwrench suplexes for a one-count. They both ended up tumbling out of the ring as the show went to its final commercial break.
We returned to see Riddle fighting out of a headlock and hitting a kick to the head. He nailed Styles with a couple of forearms in the corner before throwing him with a suplex.
Riddle climbed to the top to hit the Floating Bro, but a distraction from Omos allowed Styles to take him down. Orton tried to intervene and was thrown away by the massive powerhouse. The Viper attacked him with the scooter, allowing Riddle to hit the Bro Derek for the win.
We should have seen this coming. Of course, WWE would book two people who just fought this past weekend to have another match on Raw. The good news is it was Styles and Riddle, so the match was physical and competitive.
The Bro is a great athlete, but the real star of this bout was Styles. He continues to be one of the most reliable and fluid performers in any ring on Earth. Finding a bad Styles match is like finding a leprechaun. It doesn't happen.
This week's Raw was better than expected, but it's still not what you would call must-see TV. We got a few first-time matches, and a couple of new storylines kicked off. Rematches were kept to a minimum, and most of the bouts we saw were solid.