WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Feedback & Highlights from August 1st | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of WWE Raw on August 1.

    This is the episode after SummerSlam, and means the show dealt with all the repercussions of the pay-per-view, while putting more effort into building up to Clash at the Castle on September 3.

    This gives WWE five weeks to watch The Clash as a must-see. The only competition booked so far for this event is Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre.

    On Monday’s show, The Usos put the Undisputed Tag Team Title on the line against The Mysterios, and two triple threat matches determined who would compete for a shot at the United States Championship hosted by Bobby Lashley.

    Let’s see what happened.

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    Raw began with Becky Lynch coming out with her hand in a sling from an injury sustained during a SummerSlam match against Bianca Belair. She got a huge pop from the crowd and delivered what was clearly designed for the Babyface promo.

    Big Time Beck called The EST of WWE into the ring to properly express his respect before the Champion left to speak to the crowd. Belair said he has nothing but respect for Lynch.

    We then saw a shot of Bayley, Io Skye and Dakota Kai attacking Lynch backstage. Belair tried to help, but it was too late.

    This segment effectively turned Lynch into a full face, setting up Belair’s next feud and starting the show off on a grand note. It was solid from top to bottom.

    grade: B+

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    As the bell rang, The Miz was out of the ring to fight Mustafa Ali and AJ Styles. The A-lister tried to get some cheap shots but his rivals got him out in a jiffy.

    We saw that every combination of opponents worked together at different times, and each competitor had a chance to be the one controlling the pace. Some triple threat matches feel hectic, but these three superstars did a good job managing it.

    The Miz often played spoilers, while Ali and Styles were hitting moves that put the crowd on their feet. It was an effective way to use these three distinctive cast members.

    After The A-Lister came close to winning with his finisher, Styles struck Ali at the top of The Miz with a Styles Clash to win this mini-tournament to advance.

    It was just great wrestling from start to finish. There was not a single weak link.

    the winner: AJ Styles

    grade: a-

    Notable moments and observations

  • The shade of green on Miz’s gear almost hurts to see.
  • Styles once took the taste out of Ali’s mouth. It may have connected harder than intended, but Ali seemed fine.
  • Ali hit Styles with a rolling neckbreaker while The Phenomenal One hit The Miz with a reverse DDT.
  • The way Styles won the match was fantastic.

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    Seth Rollins came out to deliver a promo, but was immediately stopped by Street Profits. They decided that one of them should face The Visionary on Monday night, but Montez Ford cheated and ran into the ring with the referee.

    Rollins immediately tried to hit Stomp, but Ford was too quick. After the tag team specialist had the upper hand for a minute, The Visionary turned things around and won by almost count-out.

    Both of these men are known for being agile, strong and versatile, so it should come as no surprise that they put up a fun and frenetic fight. Neither competitor had the upper hand for a long time, so he felt competitive.

    This apparently WWE test was a test of Ford’s ability to become a singles star, and he passed the test with flying colors. Rollins is one of the measuring sticks in the company, so doing great against him is going to be good for Ford. What this means for Street Profits remains to be seen.

    Rollins won with a stomp, but Angelo Dawkins made the save before he could hit a second.

    the winner: Seth Rollins

    grade: a-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Ford betraying Dawkins by the chance to wrestle it was funny, but it also hints that a breakup may be on the way.
  • The first shot Ford hit in the face looked and sounded harsh. Rollins kept going, but he had to prick a little.
  • The crossbody Ford hit was a thing of beauty.
  • Ford nearly failed his Kip Up, but he managed to save it for the most part.

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    The second hour peaked with Alexa Bliss and Asuka entering for a singles match. Both the women received a warm welcome from the crowd and shook hands before locking up.

    After Bliss came in some good offense, The Empress of Tomorrow began to build some momentum. As he hit a dropkick from the middle rope, Bayley, Io Skye and Dakota Kai ran into the ring and began attacking the two women.

    Belair ran downstairs to clear the ring, so it looks like we know who will join forces with EST to pursue this new group.

    Bliss and Asuka’s exchange was good, and even though the no-contest finish isn’t ideal, it does set a lot for the future.

    the winner: no contest

    grade: B-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Bliss’s old music was good, but her new theme fits her too.
  • Devi made him wicked by continuously hitting several punches and knees. Asuka is one of the best strikers, so Bliss made her look good by winning the exchange like this.

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    The second triple threat of the night determined who would fight AJ Styles later in the show for Bobby Lashley’s shot at the United States Championship.

    Chad Gable had already given a brief promo to get some heat, but as the bell rang, Ciampa was sitting in the driver’s seat.

    Gable and Dolph Ziggler did a great job using their amateur wrestling backgrounds to make their exchange fun, but Ciampa was never too far off.

    It was another fun, fresh matchup on this week’s show. The three superstars were clearly trying to impress the crowd, and this led to fans getting in on the action every second.

    After everyone had a few close calls, Ciampa was able to take the win with a fairytale ending.

    the winner: ciampa

    grade: B+

    Notable moments and observations

  • It will always be impressive to see Gable rolling over a man older than you and lifting that person into the fireman’s car.
  • Ciampa looks pretty weird with brightly colored gear, especially since it matches The Miz.
  • It seemed that the announcers were deliberately ignoring Ziegler’s recent controversy with Theory, so that might end for now.
  • Gable looked like he had hit Ciampa right in the head with his flying headbutt. Both people may need an ice pack afterward.

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    Edge came out and gave a babyface promo that establishes that he is no longer the jerk he used to be when he ran The Judgment Day. He said it was time to kill what he had created and vowed to end the group forever. It was short and sweet.

    In the next match of the night, Ayo Sky faced Raw Women’s Champion Belair. EST took control at first, using his power to get Sky back into the corner, but The Genius of the Sky wasn’t going to spend the entire match on defense.

    Sky took control as the show broke, but Belair started to make a comeback as soon as we got back. In the next few minutes both women came close to winning a couple of times. Once EST rolled Skye into the barricade, Bayley and Kai sat on the apron to prevent him from coming back into the ring.

    As we went to the second interval, the gap between Asuka and Bliss came up. The match went on without a fight, but in the end everything broke down and we got into a brawl with all the six women.

    Another no-contest finish isn’t ideal, but it also felt like it served a larger purpose, so it’s not as bad as it would be if there weren’t going to be any follow-up to it. Everything we saw here was amusing, and that’s the most important thing.

    the winner: no contest

    grade: B+

    Notable moments and observations

  • Giving Edge back his old music made it easier to forgive all the insults he’s called us for a few months.
  • Sky was wearing pretty tight, black gear in NXT. It appears that she has gone back to the same style that she did when she debuted in WWE.
  • When Belair was unable to lift Skye off the ground, Skye countered with a Russian leg sweep. It felt like it was a do-it-yourself move to cover when EST was a bit troublesome.
  • Belair’s spinebuster was bad but in a good way. It seemed painful.

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    The two men who won the Triple Threat match earlier in the night met for another fight to see who would be the next challenger for the US title.

    The Miz was at ringside to support Ciampa’s efforts, and Booker T was on commentary during the match to talk about the importance of the US belt.

    What happened here was a fast-paced and physical matchup between two men who are known for their ability to perform at a very high level. They are not long-time rivals who have fought many times, but they displayed some great chemistry.

    The Miz saved Ciampa from being pinned by placing his foot on the rope, allowing the former NXT Champion to take control of the situation.

    When Styles returned to the ring, Ciampa hit his finisher for the pin in what could be the biggest win of his career.

    the winner: ciampa

    grade: a-

    Notable moments and observations

  • Styles did a great job selling the injury from the previous match.
  • The referee was actually yelling at Miz for backing out at one point. It was strange how wild he seemed.
  • Hit in the corner Suplex Styles almost had a bad end. It looked good, but Ciampa fell almost straight on his head.
  • Jumping knee Ciampa may be the best place of the night to block the phenomenal forearm.

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    Rey and Dominic Mysterio were handed a chance to win gold this week when they faced Jimmy and Jay Uso for the undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship.

    The father-son team took control as soon as the bout began, but it didn’t take long for the brothers to turn it in their favor.

    The contest took up most of the final half hour of the show, so they had plenty of time to make it through as a competitor without rushing places.

    Mysterious moved closer to victory when Dom hit a good frog splash off the top rope, but Jay saved Jimmy with a pin. Moments later, The Usos hit a 1-D for the pin and won.

    It was a good fight, but it could be a few minutes longer than necessary, which is not the kind of thing we usually say about any Usos match.

    Judgment Day later ambushed The Mysterio and attacked him until Edge ran down to save. He accidentally spears Dominic and chases Damien Priest through the crowd as Ray checks in on his son and Rhea Ripley laughs about it.

    This was easily the best episode of Raw we’ve seen in months, maybe years. It felt like each section served a purpose without repeating what we saw last week.

    the winner: Usos

    grade: b

    Notable moments and observations

  • During the break, Pip shows a spot where Jay kicks Ray’s leg out from under him and he falls into the Tree of Woo. It’s not an unusual place, but this particular execution of it looked great.
  • Dom’s white gear looked cool, but he and Rey usually match. It was weird seeing him so different this week.
  • The finisher of Ray Usos was looking good to take on Hurricanerana.

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