WWE Raw results, Aug. 17, 2015 Winners, Grades, Analysis


The Beast Incarnate and The Deadman are scheduled to appear on Raw, six nights before their WrestleMania 30 rematch at SummerSlam. Will WWE officials be able to maintain order as two of WWE’s most dangerous competitors meet under the same roof?

Following Sheamus’ bold and vengeful proclamation, will Orton be keeping his head on a swivel Monday night, or does The Viper welcome the challenge?

Will the Cenation leader risk further injury before SummerSlam by confronting Rollins, live in Minneapolis?

After Dolph Ziggler was brutally injured by Rusev on July 6, The Ravishing Russian has been fighting an uphill battle against her former associate and her devious doppelgänger. How will Lana retaliate this week?

The Divas division has never been more competitive, making momentum crucial as that nine-Diva duel approaches. Which team will pull ahead as the race to SummerSlam reaches the home stretch?

Randy Orton & Cesaro def. Kevin Owens & Sheamus:

For the majority of the contest, the two sets of opponents spent their time feeling each other out and getting in some last-minute scouting before Sunday. It ended in a four-way fracas, with Cesaro pounding Sheamus to and fro until Orton tagged in to finish the job. A last-minute bum-rush by Owens went nowhere when Cesaro ran interference, and an RKO to The Celtic Warrior put the match to rest.

Roman Reigns def. Luke Harper:

Whereas that match ended in mayhem thanks to an interfering Ambrose and Bray Wyatt, the Reigns-Harper “prelude to a war” unfolded without incident thanks to Ambrose’s watchful eye on The Eater of Worlds. That left Harper free to run rampant over The Big Dog with a Michinoku Driver, a molar-obliterating boot to the face and a bevy of superkicks that would have put a lesser man in the ground. But Reigns came through when it counted, cutting the big man’s discus clothesline off with a Superman Punch and ricocheting straight into a Spear for the win. The prelude is over.

Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. The Miz

Ryback’s back, and The Miz is lunch meat just six days before he and Big Show mount an attempt to take The Big Guy’s Intercontinental Title in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam. In what amounted to an appetizer for The Human Wrecking Ball, the champion squared off against the self-dubbed “A-lister” Miz in a non-title bout on Raw and made quick work of his foe, reversing a crossbody into Shell Shocked. He then dared Big Show to step up from his spot at commentary. The giant declined, claiming Ryback doesn’t know what he’s asking for. On Sunday, he’ll find out.

U.S. Champion John Cena and WWE Champion Seth Rollins signed their SummerSlam contract:

The Champ is … here! After two weeks of “U Can’t See Knee” jokes, John Cena returned to Raw, nose intact, new shirt over his shoulders and pen in hand to sign the contract for his Winner Take All match against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. And Cena came back not a moment too soon, storming the signing after Rollins labeled him a “disease.” A focused Cena declined a seat at the signing table, instead dictating his mission statement to Rollins and Triple H: He would take Rollins’ title, tie Ric Flair’s record in the process, and upend the legacies of both The Game and The Architect in the process.

The Undertaker crashed Brock Lesnar’s homecoming

Brock Lesnar came home on Raw, and found an unwelcome house guest waiting for him when he did. What began as an emotional — or as emotional as it gets with Brock Lesnar — return to The Beast Incarnate’s stomping grounds, complete with confetti streamers and a singing Paul Heyman was cut short by The Phenom’s gong. The tolling turned to be a fake-out, which spurred Heyman onto his pulpit for one final oration going into SummerSlam. When The Deadman’s bell rang out again, however, The Last Outlaw appeared in the flesh, low-blowing Lesnar and striking him down with a Chokeslam and Tombstone before making his exit. Next stop, Brooklyn. Undertaker vs. Lesnar. Who ya got?

NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks def. Divas Champion Nikki Bella

The interference came on the heels of what had largely been an even affair between Bella and Banks, though Nikki had taken Sasha’s best shots and lifted her into position for the Rack Attack. Naomi sprang up on the apron to distract the official and The Boss took advantage, wrestling Nikki into the Bank Statement to submit the champion in singles combat. Legit