WEEKLY OVERVIEW – WWE (thru 8/21): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

By Zach Graham, PWTorch Contributor



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The following article is part of our Weekly Overview Series to help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.


•Top Stories of the Week

  • WWE announced on Tuesday that NXT will move to USA Network and air live every Wednesday night as well as expand from one hour to two hours. NXT will now air from 8 PM EST to 10 PM EST, which is the same time frame AEW is scheduled to air. NXT will get the jump on AEW though as this change is scheduled to take place starting September 18, AEW doesn’t premier until October 2.
  • Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman won the Raw Tag Team Championships from The OC on Raw this week.

WWE Weekly Event Results

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Bismarck, N.D.) 8/16/19

(1) Ricochet beat Cesaro
(2) Titus O’Neil & Cedric Alexander defeated Mojo Rawley & EC3
(3) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) beat Sarah Logan & Dana Brooke to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
(4) Drew Gulak (c) defeated Tony Nese to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
(5) The OC (c) beat The Viking Raiders and Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
(6) Becky Lynch (c) defeated Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
(7) Seth Rollins (c) beat Baron Corbin to retain the Universal Championship

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WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Houston, Texas) 8/17/19

(1) The New Day (c) beat The Revival to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
(2) R-Truth defeated Drake Maverick
(3) Aleister Black beat Andrade & Sami Zayn
(4) Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn
(5) Asuka & Ember Moon beat Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville and The IIconics
(6) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) beat Ali to retain the Intercontinental Championship
(7) Bayley (c) defeated Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(8) Becky Lynch (c) beat Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
(9) Kevin Owens defeated Samoa Joe
(10) Roman Reigns beat Drew McIntyre in a Street Fight
(11) Kofi Kingston (c) defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship

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WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Grand Forks, N.D.) 8/17/19

(1) Ricochet beat Cesaro
(2) Titus O’Neil defeated Mojo Rawley
(3) Drew Gulak (c) defeated Tony Nese to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
(4) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) beat Sarah Logan & Dana Brooke to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
(5) The OC (c) beat The Viking Raiders and Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
(6) Cedric Alexander beat EC3
(7) Seth Rollins (c) beat Baron Corbin in a No Hold Barred match to retain the Universal Championship

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WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Omaha, Neb.) 8/18/19

(1) Aleister Black beat Andrade
(2) Kevin Owens defeated Samoa Joe
(3) Ember Moon & Asuka beat The IIconics and Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
(4) Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) beat Ali to retain the Intercontinental Championship
(6) Bayley (c) defeated Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(7) The New Day beat Randy Orton & The Revival

SOURCE

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Fargo, N.D.) 8/18/19

(1) Ricochet beat Cesaro
(2) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) beat Sarah Logan & Dana Brooke to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championships
(3) Titus O’Neil & Cedric Alexander defeated Mojo Rawley & EC3
(4) Becky Lynch (c) defeated Lacey Evans to retain the Raw Women’s Championship
(5) Drew Gulak (c) defeated Tony Nese to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
(6) The OC (c) beat The Viking Raiders and Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships
(7) Seth Rollins (c) beat Baron Corbin to retain the Universal Championship

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•WWE TV Match Results

Monday Night Raw TV Results 8/19/19

(1) Roman Reigns beat Dolph Ziggler
(2) The Miz & Ricochet defeated Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre
(3) Braun Strowman beat A.J. Styles (w/ Gallows & Anderson) via Disqualification. Styles retains the United States Championship
(4) Samoa Joe beat Cesaro to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(5) The New Day defeated The Revival via Disqualification
(6) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross beat Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
(7) Cedric Alexander defeated Sami Zayn to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(8) Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman beat The OC to win the Raw Tag Team Championships

24/7 Championship Update

    • Elias remained the 24/7 Championship

Smackdown Live TV Results 8/20/19

(1) Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Apollo Crews to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(2) Buddy Murphy beat Daniel Bryan (w/ Rowan)
(3) The Revival defeated Heavy Machinery
(4) Elias beat Kevin Owens (with the help of Shane McMahon) to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament

205 Live Results (Aired on WWE Network) 8/20/19

(1) Team Lorcan (Akira Tozawa, Humberto Carillo, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Jack Gallagher, & Oney Lorcan) beat Team Gulak (Angel Garza, Ariya Daivari, Mike Kanellis, Tony Nese, & Drew Gulak) in a 10-Man Tag Team Elimination Match

WWE Main Event (Aired on Hulu and WWE Network) 8/22/19

(1) Dana Brooke beat Sarah Logan
(2) Robert Roode & Eric Young defeated Lucha House Party

Source: WKPWP Post-Raw On-Site Correspondent

WWE King of the Ring Bracket

Raw Bracket

  • Samoa Joe vs. (Ricochet/Drew McIntyre)
  • Cedric Alexander vs. (The Miz/Baron Corbin)

Smackdown Bracket

  • Elias vs. (Ali/Buddy Murphy)
  • Andrade vs. (Chad Gable/Shelton Benjamin)

•Upcoming Lineups for Stadium/PPV Events

WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women’s Championship

•Upcoming Events

Fri. 8/23/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La.
Sat. 8/24/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Jockey Club Del Perú, Santiago, De Surco, Peru
Sat. 8/24/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Cajundome, Lafayette, La.
Sun. 8/25/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Coliseo Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama
Sun. 8/25/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, Ala.
Mon. 8/26/19 WWE Raw, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La.
Tue. 8/27/19 WWE Smackdown, Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Fri. 8/30/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine
Sat. 8/31/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine
Sun. 9/1/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Westchester County Center, White Plains, N.Y.
Mon. 9/2/19 WWE Raw, Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Md.
Tue. 9/3/19 WWE Smackdown, Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Va.
Thu. 9/5/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
Fri. 9/6/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Harbour Station, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Fri. 9/6/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sat. 9/7/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Halifax Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sun. 9/8/19 WWE Live Event – Super Show, War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, N.Y.
Mon. 9/9/19 WWE Raw, Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Tue. 9/10/19 WWE Smackdown, Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Fri. 9/13/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sat. 9/14/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Macon Centreplex Coliseum, Macon, Ga.
Sun. 9/15/19 WWE Clash of Champions, Spectrum Centre, Charlotte, N.C.
Mon. 9/16/19 WWE Raw, Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.
Tue. 9/17/19 WWE Smackdown, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
Fri. 9/20/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Fri. 9/20/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
Sat. 9/21/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sat. 9/21/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai, China
Sun. 9/22/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mon. 9/23/19 WWE Raw, Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Tue. 9/24/19 WWE Smackdown, Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Fri. 9/27/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Sat. 9/28/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott, Ariz.
Sun. 9/29/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Mon. 9/30/19 WWE Raw, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.


•Latest TV Highlights

Monday Night Raw

  • Braun Strowman took on A.J. Styles for the United States Championship, but A.J. didn’t come alone to the ring, which was an immediate red flag for interference. Indeed that’s what happened as Gallows and Anderson interfered about three minutes into the match allowing Styles to retain by disqualification. Strowman was subject to a three on one beat down before Rollins came out to help, much like Braun did for him last week. After clearing the ring Rollins and Strowman shook hands, but Braun held it for an uncomfortably long time. Backstage, Rollins found Strowman and said he knows where this whole thing is going between them and if it was up to him, Strowman would be the next Universal Championship contender, but they need to deal with The OC first. He suggested they team together for a Raw Tag Team Title match tonight, Braun grunted in agreement and the match was made. Later, the two were trying to talk strategy, but Braun kept focusing on Seth’s championship belt instead. Seth said they need to focus because they could be the tag champs at the end of the night. Rollins told Strowman to just follow his lead. Braun stood up, told Seth he was focused and that Seth needs to follow his lead. If he does, Braun promises they’ll be tag champs at the end of the night. So, in the match Seth and Braun worked well together and eventually did pick up the win in a very competitive match to end Monday Night Raw.
  • The New Day and The Revival takes a dark turn following a quick disqualification finish to their match. Randy Orton hit Big E with the RKO to cause the disqualification. Kofi ran out from the back in response, but was beaten down by all three heels. Xavier Woods attempted to help, but he was attacked and hit with the RKO as well. Randy then dragged Kofi into position and held him up by his hair to watch as Xavier Woods had his leg injured by Scott Dawson who jumped off the top rope stomping directly on Woods’ knee.

Smackdown Live

  • Shane McMahon was seen backstage awkwardly rubbing his sleeve in an effort to clean the television monitor in his office, when Kevin Owens walked in. Owens said he thought about the $100,000 fine all week. He reiterated that money like that is his kids’ future and asked Shane to reconsider “father to father” and Shane said he would take it into consideration. Later, Shane summoned Owens back to his office to discuss the initial reason he asked him to his office earlier in the night. Shane said he still hadn’t apologized for putting his hands on a WWE official. Owens responded “that’s fair” and apologized. Shane reiterated he is still considering Owens’ fine and said if Owens ever intentionally puts his hands on a WWE official, he would be immediately terminated and Owens agreed. KO offered Shane a handshake and Shane responded by saying “I’m not quite there yet” and Owens left. In the main event of Smackdown, Owens took on Elias in the King of the Ring tournament. After a few minutes of action, Shane McMahon’s music hit and he walked to the ring as Owens looked concerned. After throwing Elias into the ringside steps, Owens went to throw him back in the ring when Shane stood up and told him to get his hands of Elias before revealing an Official’s shirt of his own. Shane then rolled into the ring when Owens did and took over officiating the match. After a minute or two more, Elias caught Owens with a roll-up and Shane counted the quickest three count ever for Elias to pick up the victory.
  • Roman Reigns finally found out who his “real attacker” was on Smackdown. Daniel Bryan and Rowan were shown walking with a man under a hood into a locker room. They threatened him to keep him in the locker room until it was time for the reveal. Roman Reigns was shown approaching Buddy Murphy and asked him to talk to him man to man and he wants to know if he was lying to him or to Bryan and Rowan. Murphy responded saying he was only trying to help Roman and he’s “pretty sure” he saw Rowan the night the scaffolding almost fell on Roman. Roman said he hopes Murphy is trying to help him because if he finds out he was lying he’s coming to whoop his ass. Then, in the final minute of Smackdown, Bryan and Rowan had found Roman and brought him into the room where they were keeping their hooded man. Bryan then removed the mask to reveal a bald man with a long orange beard like Rowan and Reigns looked on in a confusion (from either believing Bryan or thinking he’s full of crap, I’m not sure) as Smackdown went off the air.

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•WWE Social Media Highlights

Ali isn’t mixing words with this one…

Deleted Tweet Alert!! Kalisto isn’t mixing words either; neither was Braun Strowman!

WWE posted this video following Drake Maverick around trying to regain the 24/7 Championship from Elias this week.


•Closing Commentary

– I was a little surprised at how much hate the Kevin Owens/Shane McMahon stuff got on Tuesday. Personally, I thought it was fine. I know that’s not what Stone Cold would’ve done, but Owens isn’t Stone Cold! I thought it was a logical thing for him to do given the fact that it was a hefty fine and he had a King of the Ring match on Tuesday, and he had openly talked about how much winning would mean to him. I viewed his apology as an attempt to stop Shane from interfering and screwing him over more than I saw it as Kevin going to him with his tail between his legs. I can understand why people didn’t like it, but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone view it the way I did, and that was a little surprising to me. I just thought he was being a smart babyface attempting to stop Shane from screwing him over because he knows it would be coming. By kissing up to Shane, it would be Owens’ attempt to stop any idea of screwing him in the match because it could convince the egotistical Shane McMahon that he broke Owens and won. Maybe I’m way off – in fact I probably am – but that’s how I saw it.


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