Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, August 29th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
RAW opens with a “in memory” graphic for the late Mr. Fuji.
A video package runs showing Finn Balor being forced to vacate the WWE Universal Championship last week and a series of qualifying matches taking place to setup Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Big Cass vs. Kevin Owens tonight to crown a new champion.
We go live to Houston where a quick display of pyro goes off. Corey Graves is in the ring with Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Big Cass and Kevin Owens. The WWE Universal Championship is sitting on a table in the middle of the ring.
Rollins cuts off the introduction of Graves saying the real reason they are all sitting out here right now is because of him. He said if it wasn’t for what he did to Finn Balor at SummerSlam, he wouldn’t have had to undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery and be forced to vacate the WWE Universal Championship. Rollins said he is clearly the favorite to win this match tonight. He offers to donate his speaking time to Kevin Owens.
Owens thanks Rollins and says he’s a fan of Corey Grave’s WWE Network show as it helps him sleep. He mocks having to sit around the title like a group therapy session. Owens said with Sami Zayn out of the picture (Rollins takes credit for that), he talks about being a prize fighter and he’s at his best when the stakes are high. Owens says Reigns fights hard, but he fights smart. He says Big Cass is, just, tall. Cass thinks that is important. Owens said it is great to see he can talk for himself instead of having that idiot Enzo talk for him.
Cass asks Owens if Chris Jericho wrote that joke for him. He talks about being new here, but that he has nothing to lose. “Nobody is expecting me to win,” added Cass. Rollins said he heard even Enzo took out a bet against Cass. Cass said he is no underdog and is the “biggest dog in this fight.” He tells Rollins that sizes “does matter” no matter what he’s been telling himself all these years. The crowd enjoyed that line.
Rollins tells them all to shut up and says he is taking his time back. He talks about this match being under elimination rules and sending Cass and Owens packing. Rollins thinks it comes down to Roman Reigns and how he beats Reigns every single time. He thinks we should hear from Reigns and wants Graves to ask him a question. Reigns stands up to talk and then takes out Owens with an uppercut. Rollins goes after Cass. Reigns cuts off Rollins. Reigns and Cass have a stare down. Rollins kicks Reigns into Cass. Reigns with a shot to Rollins. Reigns tosses Cass out of the ring. Superman to Rollins. Reigns takes a look at the WWE Universal Championship that remains on a table in the middle of the ring. We see a shot of Owens walking up the ramp yelling at Reigns.
Paul Heyman will address the actions of Brock Lesnar tonight.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho heading to the ring. He faces Neville next.
Backstage, Tom Phillips is with Chris Jericho. He asks if he is prepared for a fired up Neville after Jericho interfered in his match last week. Jericho said everyone knew Owens would win the match. He jokes about Neville being Mighty Mouse and here he comes to get a Codebreaker tonight and he’s going to get, not it, “tonight I’m going to give him the gift of Jericho. Drink it in maaaaaaaan.”
Chris Jericho vs. Neville
Chris Jericho with a slap early to Neville. Neville fires back with a right elbow. Neville with a series of charging takedowns on Jericho. Neville catapults Jericho over the top rope preventing a dropkick. Neville hits the ropes, Jericho moves out of the way, Neville hangs on the ropes and flips backwards back inside the ring. Jericho is arguing with fans on the outside. Neville walks out and kicks Jericho in the gut. Neville tosses Jericho back inside, goes up top, jumps and catches Jericho with a huge cross body. Jericho then crawls over and hides behind the referee in the corner. Neville with kicks to Jericho. The referee tries to back Neville off. Jericho with a rake of the eyes and clothesline to Neville.
We are back live as we see Jericho catching Neville with a springboard elbow from the corner. Jericho had dumped Neville off the corner face first countering a superplex attempt. Neville catches Jericho with knees to the head. Jericho fires back with an elbow in the corner. Jericho is back up top and eats a shot from Neville on the way down. Neville with a standing shooting star press on Jericho for a two count. Neville with a chop to Jericho. Jericho bails. Neville with a running dropkick to the face of Jericho and then catches him on the outside with a springboard moonsault bouncing off the second rope. Back inside, Jericho tries to knock Neville off the top and Neville jumps down. Neville with a springboard missile dropkick that results in another two count off a pinfall attempt. Neville counters a running bulldog attempt by Jericho sending him chest first into the corner. Neville with an elbow to the back of the neck. Jericho with a counter and is going for the Walls of Jericho. Neville counters into a small package for a two count. Neville avoids a Codebreaker and lands a superkick. Neville goes up top, misses a 450, Jericho gets Neville in the Walls of Jericho and then drops his knee down over the head/neck of Neville to add more pressure. Neville taps.
Winner: Chris Jericho
Backstage, we see Bayley hug a WWE production assistant. She walks up and sees New Day. They start a “heeeeeeey, we want some Bay-ley” chant. She starts to do the WWE Tag Team Champion line with them when Dana Brooke walks up. Dana said Bayley will never succeed here. New Day brings up Bayley beating her last week. She said she wasn’t ready to compete last week. Dana said she has been talking to Gallows and Anderson recently. New Day suggests she go back to them. Dana tells them to bring it calling them unicorn freaks. Bayley tells Dana it has already been brought. New Day lifts up Bayley celebrating.