Here are the results for the episode of WWE RAW airing on August 21, 2023.
WWE RAW (8/21/2023)
Sami Zayn opens the show. There is a long Olé chant. He talks French to the audience before Judgment Day look to spoil the party. He asks them if they thought he would come alone? Kevin Owens is back! And he’s mad.
A fight breaks out between the Judgment Day and the tag team champions. KO & Zayn fight them off and hold the ring. Kevin has something to say. It has been far too long since he has had a match on Raw, so how about tonight, he & Sami Zayn versus any two of the Judgment Day?
#1. The New Day vs. Drew McIntyre & Matt Riddle – Winners: The New Day
Gunther says tonight, the world will witness the ring general. Time is in his favor. With every passing day, his reign gets bigger. Chad Gable’s fairy tale ends tonight.
#2. [Intercontinental Championship] Gunther (c) vs. Chad Gable – Winner: Chad Gable by countout
Although he remains Intercontinental Champion, this marks the first time Gunther has lost a singles match since coming to WWE’s main roster.
Cody Rhodes doesn’t like the setting for his interview, so he takes Byron Saxton out to ringside. He wants the Judgment Day to hear this Quebec crowd. Will they be behind Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? Tonight is about them. Judgment Day will rise and fall.
Shinsuke Nakamura has a vignette where he talks in Japanese about Seth Rollins. He says that he knows the champions weakness. He lives in pain with his back. Every time he hugs his wife or picks up his child, he is in pain. And he knows he can break him. Watch your back Seth.
#3. Rhea Ripley (w/ Dominik Mysterio) vs. Candice LeRae (w/ Indi Hartwell) – Winner: Ripley via submission
Raquel Rodriguez walks out with a crutch while Ripley mocks her. Turns out she’s feigning the injury, as she kicks Ripley after throwing the crutch to her. After besting Rhea in a fight, Raquel announces that she is medically cleared and will face her at Payback for the championship.
The Miz says LA Knight lost a United States title opportunity. Things happen. Champions know that. When The Rock interfered in his match at WrestleMania, he still retained. In future, people will remember him being a trendsetter. Twenty years from now, they will remember LA Knight for being a fidget spinner. A flash in the pan.
Akira Tozawa is scheduled for a match with The Miz. Before they do, they have words. Tozawa repeatedly says “YEAH!”, which annoys The Miz enough to attack him before the bell. Immediately after the bell rings, LA Knight makes his entrance.
#4. The Miz vs. Akira Tozawa – Winner: Akira Tozawa
LA Knight hits The Miz with Blunt Force Trauma. YEAH!
Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus have another back and forth. The crowd chants “ON S’EN CALISSE!” which translates to “We don’t give a f***”. After another typical segment, Becky confirms that she will face Zoey Stark next week in Falls Count Anywhere.
Meanwhile, Chelsea Green confirms that she got WWE management to declare her and Piper Niven the tag team champions. Her new partner tells her to get to the ring.
#5. [Women’s Tag Team Championship] Chelsea Green & Piper Niven (c) vs. Kayden Carter & Katana Chance – Winners: Green & Niven
Seth Rollins says Nakamura caught him off guard because he does not like to talk publicly about his back. He has been dealing with the injury for over four years and he doesn’t know how long he will be able to keep doing this at the level he can. It’s part of the gig. If he wants to play mind games, it’s part of the gig. He won’t be the first and he won’t be the last.
If he wants to bring his wife and daughter in to this, then he better be prepared to face him man to man. But he’s not… he’s not even here tonight. He’s in a TV studio miles away, too afraid to face him. Next week, he will give Nakamura one more chance. Prove to the world he is an honorable warrior. Seth says he is not a hard guy to find. He will be in the center of the ring with his title around his waist, with the whole world singing his song.
#6. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. The Judgment Day’s Finn Balor & Damian Priest – Winners: Zayn & Owens by DQ
Cody Rhodes comes to the aid of Zayn & Kevin Owens. After fighting back the Judgment Day, Cody says we can’t end Raw like that. Let’s make a six-man tag official. Adam Pearce appears to make it so.
#7. Cody Rhodes, Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens vs. The Judgment Day’s Finn Balor & Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio (w/ Rhea Ripley) – Winners: Rhodes, Zayn & Owens
Sami Zayn wishes Judgment Day better luck next time. He ends the show by thanking the Quebec crowd in French, while also mentioning that the red belt is for Canada and the blue is for Quebec. Bonne nuit!