WWE Raw Results For 8/20/2018: A WWE Universal Title Match, The Shield Is Back & Kurt Angle Goes On Vacation

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- WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring, Reigns grabs the microphone to say that he is a man of his word and he captured the WWE Universal Title just like he said he would. Reigns says he is going to defend the WWE Universal Title tonight, Reigns says he wants to defend the gold against Finn Balor. Balor makes his way to the ring and he grabs a microphone, Balor says that he accepts the challenge and he’ll win the title tonight. The two shake hands before Constable Corbin comes out with a microphone, Corbin says the match isn’t happening tonight because Balor came out as The Demon at WWE Summerslam 2018.

Corbin then claimed that their match never happened last night and they’ll have a rematch tonight, Reigns and Corbin take some shots at each other on the mic. Raw GM Kurt Angle interrupts and comes out to the stage, Angle says that he makes the matches and Corbin doesn’t. Angle confirms that Reigns versus Balor will be the main event tonight, Angle then says Corbin has a match tonight against Bobby Lashley and it starts right now.

Bobby Lashley vs. Constable Corbin

The match begins with Lashley scoring a few takedowns against Corbin, Corbin gets to the ropes to get free of Lashley. Corbin goes after Lashley and Lashley nails him with a neck breaker, Lashley drags Corbin around the ring while smashing his head into the top turnbuckle a few times. Corbin rolls out of the ring and Lashley follows him out there to land a few more strikes, Lashley gets Corbin in the ring and he nails him with a spear in the corner. Lashley mounts Corbin in the corner while landing a series of punches, Lashley then uses a clothesline to knock Corbin out of the ring. Lashley follows Corbin out of the ring and he throws him back in there, Lashley goes to the ring apron and Corbin knocks him to the arena floor.

Corbin grabs Lashley and he throws him into the barricade, Corbin gets Lashley in the ring and he applies the modified chin lock. Lashley fights back and he eventually drops Corbin with a clothesline, Lashley picks Corbin up and he nails him with a few strikes. Lashley goes for the suplex and Corbin shoves him out of the ring, Corbin rolls out of the ring to drop Lashley with a suplex as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Corbin holding Lashley in the modified chin lock, Corbin releases the hold before throwing Lashley into the ring post. Lashley recovers and he throws Corbin into the ring post, Lashley and Corbin have a striking exchange in the middle of the ring.

Lashley then drops Corbin a few times before landing an overhead release suplex, Lashley then hits a cornered Corbin with a clothesline. Corbin fights back and Lashley nails him with a spine buster for a near fall, Corbin rolls out of the ring and Lashley follows him out there to land more strikes. Lashley gets Corbin in the ring and Corbin immediately drops Lashley with a right, Corbin gets Lashley on the top rope and he nails him with a few more strikes. Corbin follows Lashley up there and Lashley knocks him off, Lashley leaps off the ropes and Corbin counters with a choke breaker for a near fall. Corbin goes for a clothesline and Lashley counters with a Dominator for the three count.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

- Raw GM Kurt Angle is watching the action in his office when Paul Heyman arrives, Heyman says that Brock Lesnar wants a rematch for the WWE Universal Title. Angle says the contract does allow for a rematch and that won’t be coming for a long time, Heyman says Lesnar wants the rematch at WWE Hell In A Cell and Angle turns him down.

- Raw GM Kurt Angle is on his phone when Constable Corbin arrives and complains about what just happened, Angle says his job is to do what’s best for the WWE Universe.  Corbin says that he is going to be talking to Stephanie McMahon about everything.

- A video package airs highlighting the feud between Triple H & The Undertaker.

Ember Moon & The Boss & Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)

The match begins with Banks slapping Riott before dropping her and landing more strikes, Bayley tags in and she double teams Riott with Banks. Moon tags in and she rolls up Riott for a near fall, Logan tags in and Moon drops her with a forearm strike. Moon then hits Logan with a drop kick followed by a side kick for a near fall, a brawl quickly breaks out between both teams and it spills to the arena floor. Moon takes Logan out with a suicide dive as we go to a commercial break , we return from the break to see Bayley wrenching away on the arm of Morgan. Morgan gets free and Bayley sends her into the corner before landing a knee strike, Logan distracts Bayley and Morgan knocks her out of the ring.

Riott then nails Bayley with an STO on the arena floor after tagging into the match, Logan tags in and she kicks away at a cornered Bayley. Morgan tags in and she stretches Bayley while trapping her in the ropes, Logan drops Bayley so Morgan can get a near fall on her. Morgan slows things down while holding Bayley in a chin lock, the Riott Squad triple teams Bayley as Logan tags into get a near fall. Logan holds Bayley down while applying the cobra clutch, Bayley gets free and Logan stomps away on her. Riott tags in and Bayley rolls her up for a near fall, Banks tags in and she cleans house against the opposing team. Banks then nails a kicking Riott with a knee strike, Banks traps Riott in the corner before landing a double knee strike for a near fall.

Moon then hits Morgan with a tornado suplex on the arena floor, Logan and Bayley battle on the arena floor until Bayley goes down. Banks then hits Logan with a double knee strike on the arena floor, Riott nails Banks with a Riott Kick for the three count.

Winners: The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)

- Triple H makes his way to the ring and he has a microphone in hand, HHH talks about Summerslam weekend. HHH promises that he’ll work to the day he dies to keep the WWE around, HHH says weekends like the Summerslam one make him want to compete again. HHH talks about facing The Undertaker at WWE Super-Showdown, HHH said he initially turned the match down with ‘Taker. HHH talks about his history with The Undertaker, HHH says the match with ‘Taker at ‘Mania 24 changed everybody involved. HHH says that he changed his mind and he will battle ‘Taker in Australia out of respect for ‘Taker, HHH says their era is back at WWE Super-Showdown.

- A video package airs highlighting the WWE Universal Title bout at WWE Summerslam ’18.

Dean Ambrose w/Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Drew McIntyre

The match begins with some chain wrestling between Ziggler and Ambrose, Ambrose takes Ziggler down with a headlock. Ziggler gets free and Ambrose drops him with a shoulder tackle, Ambrose works over Ziggler with a front headlock. Ziggler backs Ambrose into the ropes before eating a few chops, Ziggler fights back and Ambrose drops him with a back elbow strike. Ambrose reapplies the headlock to a downed Ziggler, Ambrose then hits Ziggler with a shoulder tackle followed by a slam. McIntyre interferes and Ambrose confronts him on the arena floor, Ambrose tries getting back in the ring and Ziggler drop kicks him to the arena floor as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Ziggler holding Ambrose in a sleeper hold.

Ziggler releases the hold while continually pie facing Ammbrose, Ambrose reacts by dropping Ziggler with some clotheslines. Ambrose traps Ziggler in the corner while kicking away at him, Ziggler attempts to cheat during a roll up and Ambrose kicks out at two. Ambrose then hits Ziggler with a fall away slam, Ziggler rolls to the ring apron and Ziggler drops him neck first on the top rope. Ambrose recovers and he propels Ziggler into the top turnbuckle, Ziggler recovers and sends a charging Ambrose into the ring post. Rollins and McIntyre eventually start brawling on the arena floor, Ziggler gets involved and he works with McIntyre to throw Rollins into the barricade. Ambrose and Ziggler battle in the ring as Rollins takes McIntyre out with a suicide dive, Ambrose hits Ziggler with Dirty Deeds for the three count.

Winner: Dean Ambrose w/Seth Rollins

- Elias is shown talking to stage hands backstage before grabbing his guitar.

- Finn Balor is shown preparing in the locker room when Braun Strowman arrives, Strowman wishes Balor good luck while showing him the Money In The Bank briefcase.

- Elias is in the ring and he claims that somebody is trying to destroy all the he is, Elias says that his doctor told him to not perform tonight. Elias says he will perform anyway and Curt Hawkins interrupts, Hawkins says Elias will become the first guy to lose to him. Hawkins says that he and Elias will end his 218 match losing streak, Elias calls Hawkins a loser. Elias says he isn’t wasting his time with Hawkins and he tells him to leave, Hawkins comes back and he gets in the ring to challenge him.

Elias vs. Curt Hawkins

The match begins with Hawkins catching Elias with a roll up before eating a knee strike, Elias picks Hawkins up and he throws him into the corner. Elias the drops Hawkins with a back elbow strike followed by an elbow drop for a near fall, Hawkins fights back and he nails Elias with a few strikes. Hawkins drops Elias with clotheslines and a drop kick, Elias traps Hawkins in the ropes before landing a knee strike. Elias hits Hawkins with Drift Away for a three count.

Winner: Elias

- Titus O’Neil bumps into Dana Brooke and Apollo Crews backstage, they go over strategy for their upcoming match.

Authors Of Pain (Rezar & Akam) vs. Titus Worldwide (Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews) w/Dana Brooke

The match  is joined in progress and we see Rezar holding O’Neil in a bear hug, O’Neil gets free and Rezar backs him into the corner. Akam tags in and he double teams O’Neil with Rezar, O’Neil fights back and he nails Akam with a suplex. Crews tags in and Akam clothesline shim from behind after a Rezar distraction, Rezar tags in and he double teams Crews with Akam for a near fall. Rezar applies the front headlock to a dazed Crews, Rezar backs Crews into the corner before tagging Akam in. Akam and Rezar double team Crews for yet another near fall, Akam applies a modified chin lock to Crews. Crews fights back and Akam drops him with a fireman’s carry, Crews fights back again until Akam drops him. Rezar tags in and he gets Crews on the top rope, Crews fights back and he nails Rezar with a top rope high cross body followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall.

Crews goes for a roll up and Rezar stops that from happening, Akam tags in and the AOP hit Crews with the Last Chapter for the three count.

Winners: Authors Of Pain (Rezar & Akam)

- The Raw Women’s Division is standing around the ring for a special presentation, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring. McMahon talks about how proud she is of the women of the WWE, highlights are then shown of Ronda Rousey winning the Raw Women’s Title at WWE Summerslam 2018. McMahon takes all the credit for Rousey’s success in the WWE while gloating about how great she is herself, Rousey interrupts and makes her way to the ring. Rousey avoids shaking McMahon’s hand and grabs a microphone instead, Rousey questions what McMahon is actually doing here. Rousey says that McMahon is trying to but them both above the women’s division, Rousey invites all the women into the ring.

Rousey says that the women’s evolution isn’t about one person, but its about all the women of the WWE. Rousey takes the opportunity to praise some of the women who are now standing on the ring apron, Rousey says she is going to be a fighting champion and will defend the gold against all of the women. McMahon starts laying into Rousey and says she just wants to break peoples arms, McMahon brings up how Rosuey injured Alexa Bliss at WWE Summerslam. McMahon says Rousey really wants to eliminate the women’s division so the spotlight can be just on her, Rousey says she only breaks the arms of those who deserve it. Rousey takes McMahon down before injuring her arm once again, Rousey then celebrates with the majority of the women’s division.

- The B-Team come to the ring and Bo Dallas talks about how they found success since becoming The B-Team, Curtis Axel says their matches tonight are dedicated to the fans.

Bo Dallas w/Curtis Axel vs. Scott Dawson w/Dash Wilder

The match begins with Dallas dropping Dawson with a right, Dawson knocks Dallas into the ropes before landing a clothesline. Dawson then slingshots Dallas into the bottom turnbuckle, Dawson slows things down by holding Dallas in a chin lock. Dallas fights back and Dawson drops him with a single blow, Dallas catches Dawson in a roll up for a near fall. Dallas then drops Dawson with a few forearm strikes, Dawson escapes the grip of Dallas before sending him into the corner. Dawson nails Dallas with a Rampaige for the three count.

Winner: Scott Dawson w/Dash Wilder

Curtis Axel w/Bo Dallas vs. Dash Wilder w/Scott Dawson

The match is joined in progress and we see Wilder stretching the back of Axel along his knee, Axel gets free and Wilder nails him with a back breaker for a near fall. Wilder again stretches the back of Axel along his knee, Axel gets free again and he has a striking exchange with Wilder. Axel then drops Wilder a few times with some drop kicks, Axel then hits Wilder with a rolling neck breaker. Axel goes for a neck breaker and he drops Wilder with some boots to the face, Axel misses a middle rope elbow smash and Wilder nails him with a Gory Bomb for a three count.

Winner: Dash Wilder w/Scott Dawson

After the match, Bo Dallas gets on the microphone and he says The B-Team are still the Raw Tag Team Champions.

- Renee Young interviews Roman Reigns, who says that he has no concerns about putting the title on the line tonight, Reigns says that Finn Balor deserves the opportunity.

- Stephanie McMahon, Alexa Bliss & Constable Corbin are in the trainers office when Raw GM Kurt Angle walks in. Angle checks on the condition of McMahon and gets lambasted by everybody, McMahon believes that Angle is wearing down from being Raw GM. McMahon tells Angle that he is going on vacation and Corbin is the new Raw GM until Angle returns.

WWE Universal Title Match
Roman Reigns (Champion) vs. Finn Balor

The match begins with Reigns backing Balor into the corner before tossing him across the ring, Reigns then applies a headlock to Balor. Balor fights back and Reigns drops him with a shoulder block, Balor catches Reigns with a sunset flip for a near fall. Balor goes to the ring apron and Reigns drops him with a right as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Reigns holding Balor in a chin lock. Balor gets free and Reigns knocks him into the ropes with a knee strike, Balor rolls through a sunset flip to nail Reigns with a drop kick. Balor then sends a charging Reigns out of the ring before landing a baseball slide drop kick, Balor goes for a penalty kick and Reigns trips him up for a near fall.

Reigns traps Balor in the corner while landing a few strikes, Reigns then drops Balor with a hard Irish whip into the corner. Balor fights back and he drops Reigns with a flying forearm strike, Balor then trips up Reigns before landing a double stomp. Balor traps Reigns in the corner before landing a few running chops, Reigns responds by attacking a cornered Balor with clothesline strikes. Balor recovers and knocks Reigns out of the ring with a drop kick, Balor then takes out Reigns with a suicide dive. Balor gets Reigns in the ring before getting a near fall on a pin attempt as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Reigns standing over a downed Balor. Balor and Reigns have a striking exchange in the middle of the ring, Balor eventually drops Reigns with an overhead kick.

Balor gets up and he drops Reigns with a striking combination, Balor goes crazy and stomps away on a downed Reigns. Reigns catches Balor with a roll up followed by a one arm sit down power bomb for a near fall, Reigns goes for a superman punch and Balor counters with a Bloody Sunday for a near fall. Balor then drops Reigns with an enzaguri before missing the top rope double stomp, Balor recovers and he nails Reigns with a sling blade. Reigns recovers and nails a charging Balor with a superman punch for a near fall, Reigns goes for a spear and Balor kicks him in the head before landing a roll up for a near fall. Reigns gets back up and quickly drops Balor with a superman punch when Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring, Balor then hits a distracted Reigns with a sling blade followed by a shotgun drop kick. Reigns avoids the Coupe De Grace to hit Reigns with a spear for the three count.

Winner: Roman Reigns, still the WWE Universal Champion

After the match, Braun Strowman attacks Roman Reigns before cashing the contract in. The rest of The Shield hit the ring and they attack Strowman after he goes after Reigns, The Shield eventually drop Strowman and knock him out of the ring. Strowman fights back until Reigns takes him out with a spear, The Shield eventually power bomb Strowman through an announce table.

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