Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 22nd, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video package opens highlighting the WWE Universal Championship match last night at SummerSlam between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor to crown a first ever champion. Balor was able to overcome Rollins to win a WWE World title in his WWE PPV debut.
The RAW intro hits. We go live inside the sold out Barclays Center in Brooklyn where a display of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show tonight.
Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves talk about Finn Balor suffering a dislocated shoulder at SummerSlam last night. They talk about Balor waking up in pain and undergoing an MRI. Balor will require surgery for a torn labrum and will be out of action for six months.
Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring. They introduce the first ever WWE Universal Champion, Finn Balor. Balor walks out with his arm in a sling and his newly on Universal Championship over his other shoulder.
Balor grabs a mic as the crowd in Brooklyn starts a loud “YOU DESERVE IT” chant. “This championship represents a lifetime of sacrifice,” said Balor. “And it also represents that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve absolutely anything.” Balor talks about achieving the impossible by becoming the WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam. He adds a sacrifice was made in doing so. Balor wants to thank the WWE Universe, the talent in the back and Seth Rollins “for giving me the match of my life.” He said he most importantly wants to thank all of the fans. A loud “THANK YOU FINN” chant breaks out. Balor said it is him who should be thanking the fans. “But for now, I have to relinquish this title.” The crowd starts up a loud “NO” chant at Balor. He said he is coming back for this title when he is healthy and ready to go. Mick Foley walks over and removes the Universal Championship off his shoulder. Foley gives Balor a hug and raises his arm in the air.
Balor exits the ring and takes one last look back at the fans in attendance when the music of Seth Rollins hits. Rollins walks out smiling and staring down Balor. Rollins heads down the ramp with a big grin on his face. He grabs a mic. “What a shame, what a pity,” says Rollins. Rollins points up at Balor who is still on stage and says now we know who the real winner was at SummerSlam last night. He thinks tonight should be a celebration and points out how he’s been part of some fabulous championship celebrations with Stephanie. Rollins points out how Stephanie is here, Foley is here and the new WWE Universal Championship is here. He suggests we have a championship celebration right here and right now.
Sami Zayn’s music hits to interrupt. Big reaction for Sami in Brooklyn. Zayn gets inside the ring across from Rollins when Chris Jericho’s music hits. Jericho starts begging to Stephanie. Here comes Kevin Owens. Owens enters the ring and gets in the face of Zayn briefly. Owens walks up to Foley and Stephanie and starts yelling. Enzo Amore and Big Cass are on the way out to a big reaction from the Brooklyn crowd. Here comes Roman Reigns. Very loud and mixed reaction for Reigns tonight.
Foley says everyone in this ring is deserving of a championship match. He proposes a series of matches culminating next week to crown a new WWE Universal Champion. Stephanie announces we are starting tonight immediately with Sami Zayn vs. Seth Rollins. Owens distracts Zayn and allows Rollins to attack Zayn right away.
WWE Universal Championship Series
Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn
We return live as Zayn is landing a series of chops on Rollins. Rollins catches Zayn with a kick and eats a shoulder from Zayn on the ring apron. Zayn with a head scissors takedown on Rollins and Rollins bails. Rollins avoids a shot from Zayn over the top rope. Rollins pulls Zayn out and tries to powerbomb Zayn into the ring barricade. Zayn blocks it and catches Rollins with a springboard moonsault off the barricade. Back inside, Rollins catches Zayn with a quick superkick. Rollins launches Zayn to the corner. Zayn with clotheslines. Zayn lands on his ankle awkwardly after jumping off the bottom rope and over Rollins. Zayn takes a breather in the corner and the referee keeps Rollins back. Zayn tells the referee he is okay. Rollins charges and Zayn dumps him over the top rope. Zayn then flips over the top rope and takes out Rollins on the outside. Zayn is favoring his ankle. Back inside, Rollins catches Zayn with a flying knee. Zayn rolls out of the ring favoring his ankle some more.
Back live, Rollins catches Zayn with a dropkick after Zayn attempted a Blue Thunder Bomb. Rollins with chops to Zayn in the corner. Rollins is now up top with Zayn. Zayn headbutts Rollins away. Rollins is back up with Zayn. Zayn fights him off with a series of forearm shots. Zayn with a sunset flip on Rollins off the top turnbuckle! Zayn gets a close two count. Zayn counters a Pedigree into a roll up for another close two count. Zayn with an exploder suplex on Rollins in the corner. Rollins with a running high knee cutting off Zayn. Rollins stomps away at the ankle of Zayn and then puts boots to the face. Rollins with an ankle lock on Zayn. Zayn attempts a Michinoku Driver, Rollins counters and hits the Pedigree for the win.
Winner and advancing: Seth Rollins
Highlights of Brock Lesnar’s TKO finish of Randy Orton is teased.
Photo highlights from SummerSlam last night is shown.
WWE Universal Championship Series
Kevin Owens vs. Neville
Owens with an early Pop Up Powerbomb attempt. Neville counters with a series of body kicks and then dumps Owens over the top rope. Neville with a dropkick to the face of Owens off the ring apron. Neville with a 450 splash on Owens off the ring apron to the floor! Owens is tossed back in and Owens rolls out to the other side. Neville leaps over the top rope and catches Owens on the outside. Chris Jericho walks out down the ramp distracting Neville. Owens out of no where with a clotheslines leveling Neville.
Back live, Owens with elbows to Neville in the corner. Neville falls down and Owens misses a cannonball attempt. Neville with a release german suplex on Owens. Owens misses a frog splash on Neville. Neville is now up top and connects with a spinning corkscrew moonsault off the second rope and gets a close two count. Cole said they have breaking news from Mick Foley that will be revealed following the conclusion of this match. Neville with a german suplex into a bridge for another two count. Neville misses a shot off top, Owens with a superkick, Neville counters a Pop Up Powerbomb and connects with a step up kick to the head. Neville is going back up top. Neville jumps down and kicks Jericho in the face who was yelling at him at ringside. Neville with a kick to the head of Owens. Owens trips up Neville on the top rope, gets Neville on his shoulders in the torture rack and throws Neville down in a neckbreaker. Owens hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.