Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 25th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video showcases Dean Ambrose pinning Roman Reigns at last night’s WWE Battleground
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves welcome us to the show. The announcers are situated at the top of the ramp much like Eric Bischoff had them years back. Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring. Foley welcomes us to Monday Night RAW. Because we’re in a New Era for WWE, the first episode of the New Era of Monday Night RAW begins tonight, right here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Foley wants to introduce everyone to the entire roster of Monday Night RAW.
The RAW stage has changed a bit. The new RAW roster makes their way to the stage. Foley says as General Manager of Monday Night RAW, he’ll be working hand in hand with the superstars on the stage to bring the most action packed episode of RAW every week. Stephanie says Foley will have full authority to do just that. However, she wants to talk about what happened last night at WWE Battleground in the main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (that’s exactly what she called it) when Roman Reigns lost it for everyone. The crowd boos him. Now the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is on Smackdown Live, her brother’s show. Seth Rollins had it in the bag before Reigns screwed it up for everyone. As far as she’s concerned, he’s not a good guy or a bad guy. He’s just a loser. The crowd cheers that. In 1,209 episodes of RAW, there has always been a Heavyweight Champion. The WWE Universe demands a WWE Heavyweight Champion on RAW. The world demands it and by god that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Foley says tonight’s episode of RAW will feature two Fatal Four-Way matches. The winners of those two matches will face each other in the main event of RAW. The winner of that main event match will go on to face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam for the brand new championship title. Foley says the championship title is named for everyone in the WWE Universe. They have decided to call it the WWE Universal Championship. Foley says they’re going to begin with Sami Zayn. The crowd gives him a good hand. Sheamus will also take part in the qualifying matches, as will Chris Jericho. Cesaro will be in it along with Roman Reigns, who gets heavily booed. The United States Champion Rusev will participate. Kevin Owens will be in it as well. The eighth slot goes to their draft pick from NXT, Finn Bálor. Bálor steps out to the center to a great ovation from the crowd.
Stephanie says the WWE Women’s Champion remains on RAW. Stephanie asks her to step forward. Charlotte comes forward to boos from the crowd. Foley says she was part of an exciting tag team match, but she lost it when she tapped out to Sasha Banks. That’s why she will be defending the WWE Women’s Championship in this very ring against “The Boss,” Sasha Banks. That gets a good round of applause. Stephanie says it will be a historic night for Monday Night RAW. For the eight men in the two Fatal Four-Way matches, they better be ready. The first one will happen right now.
Cesaro vs. Rusev vs. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Bálor
The bell rings, and Bálor immediately goes after Owens while Cesaro squares off against Rusev. Owens clubs Bálor back, but Bálor starts punching away at him in the corner. Cesaro floors Rusev with a running uppercut that takes him out of the ring. Owens chops Bálor’s chest and applies a side headlock. Rusev punches away at Cesaro at ringside. In the ring, Bálor whips Owens off, but Owens shoulder blocks him down. Owens hits the ropes, but Bálor leapfrogs him and takes him down with a dropkick. Cesaro sends Rusev hard into the barricade and wipes him out with a summersault senton off the apron.
We come back from the break to see Owens and Rusev stomping Bálor. During the commercial break, Cesaro and Bálor gave Owens and Rusev a double suplex. Owens chokes Bálor in the corner while Rusev punches Cesaro on the apron. Owens taunts the crowd, but Bálor begins to fight back. Bálor hits the ropes, but Owens back elbows him down. Rusev then walks up and gives Bálor a suplex. Owens claps for Rusev before connecting with a suplex of his own on Bálor. Rusev grabs Bálor and gives him a German Suplex before getting in Owens’ face. Owens grabs Bálor and goes for a German Suplex, but Bálor fights back. Owens quickly clubs him in the back of the head before bowing for the crowd. Owens picks up a near fall. On the apron, Cesaro starts punching away at Rusev. Owens quickly comes in and makes the save by punching him. Rusev throws Bálor out of the ring and turns back to Cesaro. Owens and Rusev then suplex Cesaro into the ring. Rusev covers Cesaro, but Owens breaks it up and yells at him. Owens tries to talk strategy. Owens catches Cesaro with a senton splash and tells Rusev to “do that flip.” Rusev gives Cesaro a summersault senton splash.
Bálor gets in the ring and starts punching away at Owens and Rusev. Bálor hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and goes for a running cross-body block, but Owens catches him and gives him reverse powerslam. Rusev breaks up the pin and gives Owens a back suplex. Rusev goes to the second rope for a diving head-butt, but Owens rolls out of the way. Owens and Rusev punch away at each other before Cesaro takes them both out with a cross-body block. Cesaro gets to his feet and starts the uppercut train on Rusev and Owens before giving one to Bálor to be fair. Cesaro showcases his amazing cardio before going for the Cesaro Swing on Owens, but Rusev puts a stop to it. Rusev sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro hangs on and boots him in the face. Cesaro then gives Rusev a hip toss over the top rope and goes over with him. Bálor teases a plancha, but Owens stops it. Bálor gives him a back body drop before giving him a low dropkick to the face. Owens rolls out of the ring to recover. Bálor then takes out his three opponents with a summersault plancha!