WWE Raw 8/31/20 Results: Orton Is The #1 Contender, The IIconics Split Up & Retribution Attacks

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- Randy Orton makes his way to the ring to start the show, highlights are shown of Orton’s attack on Drew McIntyre from last weeks Raw. Orton gets the microphone and he talks about attacking McIntyre on last week’s Raw, Orton says McIntyre only deserves a fractured jaw and to be in pain everyday instead of being WWE Champion. Orton talks about all of the people he has punted in recent months, Orton says he shouldn’t have to face anybody tonight to get another title shot because he is entitled to a title shot. Orton promises to earn a title shot and then defeat McIntyre at WWE Clash Of Champions ’20, Orton says McIntyre isn’t here tonight before showing a doctored picture of him in the hospital with others who were punted. Keith Lee interrupts and he gets into the ring to confront Orton, Lee talks about how proud Orton is for all the punts he has delivered. Lee talks about defeating Orton last night at WWE Payback ’20, Lee talks about Orton complaining about having to earn a title shot. Lee says his victory over Orton should get him a title shot, Dolph Ziggler comes from out of nowhere and he attacks Lee from behind as we go to a commercial break.

WWE Championship #1 Contender Tournament Semi-Finals
Keith Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler

The match begins with Ziggler looking for a takedown on Lee, Lee defends and he tosses Ziggler across the ring. Ziggler again looks for a takedown and Lee defends before working over his arm, Ziggler gets free and he attacks Lee with a few kicks. Lee catches a leaping Ziggler and he propels him into the top turnbuckle, Ziggler leaves the ring to avoid Lee. Ziggler gets back into the ring and Lee backs him into the corner, Ziggler cracks Lee with a few strikes before landing a neck breaker for a one count. Ziggler keeps Lee down while holding him in a modified chin lock, Lee gets up and Ziggler cracks him with a drop kick. Ziggler corners Lee before landing an avalanche, Ziggler looks for a neck breaker and Lee nails him with a pounce as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Ziggler fighting back against Lee before eating a Grizzly Magnum, Lee then tosses Ziggler across the ring. Lee follows up by nailing a cornered Ziggler with an avalanche, Lee gets Ziggler up and Ziggler gets free before landing a fame asser for a near fall. Ziggler then rips away at the face of Lee after trapping him by the ropes, Ziggler also nails Lee with a neck breaker and elbow drop for a near fall.

Ziggler keeps Lee down while applying another chin lock to him, Lee gets up and he gets Ziggler off of his back before landing a few strikes. Lee then nails Ziggler with a pop up slam and power slam, Ziggler fights back and Lee misses a charge into the corner. Ziggler catches a dazed Lee with a Zig Zag for a near fall, Ziggler sets up for a super kick and Lee avoids it to land a Spirit Bomb for a three count.

Winner: Keith Lee

- Highlights are shown from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match at WWE Payback ’20.

- Sarah Schreiber interviews Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, Jax and Baszler immediate argue over who was responsible for last night’s win. Asuka arrives and that angers the tag team champions, Asuka attacks Baszler before going face to face with Jax.

- Adam Pearce is backstage with security and he tells them to stop a potential Retribution attack or get fired.

- Charly Caruso holds an in-ring interview with Raw Women’s Champion Asuka, Asuka says a bunch of stuff in Japanese before saying she has beaten many great women during her time in the WWE. Asuka says she is ready for anything, Mickie James interrupts and she says that she calls Asuka one of the greatest women’s champions of all time. James says she is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, Natalya and Lana interrupt and Natalya says James cannot jump the line for a title shot. Lana says James is delusional and stuck in the past, Lana mocks James for her ring gear while saying she has never evolved. Lana calls Natalya the leader of the women’s division, Asuka says she is ready for all of them before a brawl breaks out between everybody until James and Asuka clear the ring.

- Highlights are shown of The Hurt Business invading Raw Underground last week.

- The Viking Raiders are backstage with Cedric Alexander when Demi arrives to wish them good luck before kissing Ivar, Angel Garza appears as everyone else leaves.

Mickie James vs. Lana w/Natalya

The match begins with Lana attacking James after a Natalya distraction, Lana then chokes James on the middle rope. Lana corners James before stomping and choking her, Lana then hits James with a suplex for a near fall. Lana keeps James down while applying a modified chin lock to her, James gets free and she cracks Lana with a few strikes. Lana recovers and she drops James with a few hair pulls, Lana slaps James and James gets angry before slapping her back. James then attacks Lana with a Thesz Press followed by clotheslines, James looks for a DDT and Lana gets to the ropes. James still manages to hit Lana with a Mick Kick for a three count.

Winner: Mickie James

- Highlights are shown of Aleister Black’s attack on Kevin Owens from last weeks Raw.

- Charly Caruso is outside of Aleister Black’s locker room when Randy Orton comes out.

- Sarah Schreiber interviews The IIconics, Billie Kay talks about her long history and friendship with Peyton Royce. Royce talks about all they have sacrificed together to become the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Kay and Royce say The Riott Squad won’t destroy what they have built.

- Aleister Black attacks Kevin Owens from behind as he was making his entrance for the match against Randy Orton, Black ends the attack by nailing Owens with Black Mass and getting him in the ring.

WWE Championship #1 Contender Tournament Semi-Finals
Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton

The match begins with Owens telling the referee that he can compete tonight, Owens attacks Orton with a few strikes. Orton then hits Owens with an RKO for a three count.

Winner: Randy Orton

- Charly Caruso interviews The Mysterio Family, Rey talks about the support he has gotten from his family after all Seth Rollins has put them through. Rey says his lost opportunity is his son’s gain, Dominik says that he knows he is the underdog, but his confidence in high after last night’s win.

- The VIP Lounge is up next as MVP and Shelton Benjamin are already in the ring, tonight’s guest is WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley. MVP talks about how disrespectful that Apollo Crews was to The Hurt Business, Lashley says he did exactly what he said he was going to do at WWE Payback ’20. Lashley talks about Crews attacking him after their match and Lashley promises revenge, Benjamin promises to beat Crews tonight at Raw Underground. Cedric Alexander interrupts and The Hurt Business meet him at the entrance ramp, MVP asks Alexander if he had a change of heart and Alexander says no before The Viking Raiders attack to start a brawl on the arena floor as we go to a commercial break.

The Hurt Business (MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)

The match begins with Lashley backing Erik into the corner while landing a bunch of strikes, Erik fights back and he nails Lashley with his own strikes. Lashley eventually drops a charging Erik with a forearm strike, Lashley corners Erik before landing shoulder thrusts. MVP tags in and he attacks a cornered Erik with some strikes, Benjamin tags in and he drops Erik with a clothesline for a near fall. Ivar makes a blind tag and he double teams Benjamin alongside Erik, Ivar corners Benjamin before landing a few strikes. Alexander tags in and he attacks Benjamin with strikes of his own, Erik tags in and he drops Benjamin before landing a knee strike. Benjamin recovers and he nails a charging Erik with a spine buster, Alexander and MVP are tagged in by their respective partners. MVP quickly drops a swinging Alexander with a flapjack, MVP then hits Alexander with a knee drop for a near fall. Lashley tags in and he nails a cornered Alexander with some strikes and chokes, Lashley also nails Alexander with a suplex for a near fall. Benjamin tags in and he stomps away on a downed Alexander, Benjamin follows up by tossing Alexander across the ring for a near fall.

Benjamin then hits Alexander with a slam before tagging MVP back in, MVP nails a cornered Alexander with a running boot to the face. MVP then hits Alexander with a suplex for a near fall, Alexander tries fighting back and MVP nails him with more strikes. MVP holds Alexander down while wrenching away on his arm, Alexander looks for a tag as a brawl breaks out on the arena floor between The Viking Raiders and members of The Hurt Business. MVP misses a charge in the corner and Alexander rolls him up with a handful of tights for a near fall.

Winners: Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)

- Titus O’Neil is shown warming up backstage for Raw Underground.

- The Hurt Business are shown attacking Cedric Alexander backstage until Apollo Crews and Ricochet make the save.

Winning Team Gets Women’s Tag Team Title Shot
Losing Team Must Split Up
The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)

The match begins with Kay scoring a takedown on Riott before exchanging strikes with her, Kay drops Riott before tagging Royce in. Royce and Kay double team Riott for a near fall, Royce holds Riott down while applying a chin lock to her. Riott fights back and Royce corners her, Riott avoids a spinning head kick before tagging Morgan into the match. Morgan quickly starts cleaning house against the opposing team, Morgan nails Royce with a drop kick for a near fall. Royce recovers and she drops Morgan with a hair pull, Kay tags in and she double teams Morgan with Royce for a near fall. Kay corners Morgan before choking her, Kay then hits Morgan with a modified suplex for a near fall. Kay keeps Morgan down while attacking her with some strikes, Morgan fights back and she nails Kay with an enziguri. Riott tags in and she sends Kay into the knees of Morgan, Riott then hits Kay with a forearm strike to the face. Royce interferes and Morgan takes care of her, Riott and Kay exchange some roll ups until Riott finally gets a three count.

Winners: The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)

- Shane McMahon is shown arriving for Raw Underground.

- Seth Rollins gets the microphone before the next match to talk about the mistakes Murphy made in their tag match at WWE Payback ’20, Rollins says no mistakes can be made tonight and he sends Murphy backstage. Dominik Mysterio attacks Murphy as he was heading backstage.

WWE Championship #1 Contender Tournament Semi-Finals
Seth Rollins vs. Dominik Mysterio

The match begins with Mysterio dropping Rollins before landing a few strikes, Rollins recovers and he drops Mysterio with a back elbow strike. Mysterio fights back to nail Rollins with an arm drag and drop kick, Rollins leaves the ring and Mysterio follows him before getting sent into the announce table. Rollins gets Mysterio in the ring before stomping away on him, Rollins gets Mysterio to the ring apron and Mysterio nails him with a springboard arm drag. Mysterio goes for the 619 and Rollins avoids it before dragging Mysterio out of the ring, Mysterio sends Rollins into the announce table. Mysterio dives off the announce table and onto Rollins as we go to a commercial break, we return from the break to see Rollins holding Mysterio in an abdominal stretch. Rollins releases the hold before nailing Mysterio with a sling blade for a near fall, Rollins keeps Mysterio down while landing strikes and applying a body scissors to him. Mysterio gets free and Rollins applies the inverted bear hug to him before slamming him, Rollins reapplies the reverse bear hug to a downed Mysterio.

Mysterio gets free again and Rollins misses a charge into the corner, Mysterio then cracks Rollins with a series of strikes. Mysterio corners Rollins before landing more strikes, Rollins looks to counter and Mysterio uses a huracanrana to send him into the corner. Mysterio then nails Rollins with a tornado DDT and standing moonsault for a near fall, Rollins leaves the ring and Mysterio nails him with a dive from the top rope. Mysterio gets Rollins back in the ring before going back to the top rope, Rollins causes him to leap off and Mysterio still lands a 619 a short time later. Mysterio then goes for a frog splash and Rollins gets out of the way, Rollins then hits Mysterio with The Stomp for a three count.

Winner: Seth Rollins

After the match, Seth Rollins hits Dominik Mysterio with another stomp.

- Titus O'Neil is shown defeating an unnamed person on Raw Underground, another challenger steps up and O'Neil beats him as well. Riddick Moss steps up to O'Neil next and Riddick wins with a low blow followed by a knockout punch.

- The Street Profits are backstage and Angelo Dawkins shows off his scouting board for tonight's Tornado Tag Match.

- WWE 24/7 Champion Akira Tozawa is shown arriving to the arena earlier today with his ninjas by his side, the parking lot attendant says his name isn’t on the list. Tozawa gets out of his van to argue with the attendant, Tozawa realizes the guy is a referee and R-Truth rolls him up for a three count to win the 24/7 Championship.

Tornado Tag Match
The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) vs. Andrade & Angel Garza w/Zelina Vega & Demi Burnett

The match begins with an all out brawl between all the participants, Andrade and Garza quickly send Dawkins out of the ring. Ford fights back against both opponents before landing a pair of enizguris, Ford goes to the top rope and he is joined by everybody else for a tower of doom as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Andrade and Garza working over their opponents, Dawkins is knocked out of the ring as Ford is sent into the ring post. Dawkins gets back in the ring and he gets double teamed before Garza gets a near fall on him, Andrade goes to the top rope and he nails a trapped Dawkins with a missile drop kick before Garza gets a near fall on him. Garza corners Dawkins before landing a super kick on him, Andrade leaves the ring to drop Ford face first on the ring apron. Andrade then gets Dawkins in a rope assisted arm bar, Dawkins tries fighting back and he catches a leaping Andrade before landing an exploder suplex. Dawkins then attacks Garza with a spinning elbow strike, Dawkins then hits Andrade with an avalanche and bulldog for a near fall.

Andrade and Garza regain control before hanging Dawkins upside down in the corner, Andrade nails Dawkins with a top rope double stomp for a near fall. Ford returns and he eats a super kick from Garza, Andrade then hits Dawkins with a spinning elbow strike. Ford then hits Andrade with a blockbuster and enziguri, the electricity gets weird and Garza grabs Demi before heading backstage. Retribution quickly surrounds the ring before attacking everybody that’s in there, Vega is eventually attacked as well. Retribution heads backstage as we go to a commercial break.

Match Result: No Contest

- Adam Pearce is backstage and he yells at the security team.

- Shane McMahon is at Raw Underground with the former IIconics, Jessamyn Duke defeats an unnamed woman in quick fashion. Marina Shafir fights an unnamed woman next and Shafir gets the win, Peyton Royce throws Billie Kay in the ring and Duke quickly knocks her out.

- Charly Caruso interviews Apollo Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, Crews says the old Crews would’ve been happy to just have been a champion, but the new Crews is going to work harder to get his championship back. Ricochet says that MVP only cares about himself while they are a team.

- Raw Underground is back and Shelton Benjamin battles Apollo Crews, but the battle ends in a no contest after The Hurt Business brawl with Crews, Ricochet and Cedric Alexander, which sees The Hurt Business come out on top.

- Angel Garza is backstage with Demi Burnett, Burnett accuses Garza of abandoning his friends and Garza sweet talks her. Retribution arrives and they beat up a security guard, Garza abandons Burnett and Retribution chases her.

WWE Championship #1 Contender Tournament Finals
Randy Orton vs. Keith Lee vs. Seth Rollins

The match begins with Orton leaving the ring so Rollins can battle Lee, Rollins also leaves the ring to talk with Orton. Lee tries getting Rollins in the ring and Rollins gets him in a headlock, Lee gets free and he nails Rollins with a shoulder block followed by an avalanche. Orton gets Lee in a headlock and Lee gets free before landing an avalanche, Rollins attacks Lee from behind and he lands a few strikes. Rollins and Orton get a charging Lee to the ring apron, Lee takes both men out with a slingshot cross body block as we go to a commercial break. We return from the break to see Rollins and Orton trying to double team Lee, Lee is knocked to the arena floor and Rollins lands a knee strike on him. Orton then picks up Lee and drops him on the announce table, Orton and Rollins then throw Lee into the ring steps. Orton and Rollins work together to get Lee back in the ring, Orton turns on Rollins and he lands an elevated DDT on him for a near fall. Orton sets up for an RKO and Rollins avoids it before landing a falcon arrow for a near fall, Lee returns and he attacks Rollins before landing shoulder tackles on both opponents.

Lee lands a pair of avalanches before throwing Rollins into Orton, Orton leaves the ring and Lee nails him with a pounce. Lee catches a diving Rollins and he tosses him onto the announce table, Lee gets Rollins in the ring and Rollins nails him with a few kicks. Rollins then catches Lee in a small package before landing an enziguri, Rollins then lands another thrust kick on Lee. Rollins sets up for The Stomp and Lee counters with a Spirit Bomb, Orton then hits Lee with an RKO before getting the three count on Rollins.

Winner: Randy Orton

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