WRESTLING RECAP: Playtime Williams breaks down WWE Raw from 08/03/15

( - Three weeks away and the WWE Universe needs the WWE to make the Summer Slam (SS) Pay Per View (PPV), something to talk about for a long time.  There is still a buzz in the WWE Universe about Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker eventually bumping heads.  Everyone already knows that this will be the main event at SS.  This show truly needs to cultivate the potential of SS to get people crazy with anticipation of the upcoming PPV.  This particular episode of RAW was memorable because of the untimely passing of WWE Hall of Famer and Legend Rowdy Roddy Pipper.

Some things I still need to happen in the WWE Universe:

  1. Bring back the Cruiser Weight Division
  2. Make all the matches mean something to some sort of belt or rivalry.  
  3. Show more of the roster.  You guys recycle the same talent too much.
  4. You may wish to consider bringing the Diva's division full circle and have them with Tag Title belts, lightweight belts, etc. 
  5. The Tag Team Division is starting to look better than the singles division.  Get more people graduated from NXT and get that division showcased more. 

Here are the highlights of the show:

AirDate: Monday, August 03, 2015
Location: San Jose, CA
Commentators:  JBL, Micheal Cole and Byron Saxton

In Memory of Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954 - 2015)
  • All superstars are at the top of the stage in "Hot Rod" clothing
  • Bell tolled 10 times in silence
  • Bag pipes music played
  • Montage showed of Piper's life
  • "Rowdy" chants

World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins comes to the ring
  1. RAW recap of Rollins breaking John Cena's nose
  2. "Thank you Rollins" chants
  3. Rollins says he is too sympathetic
  4. Says he was worried about Cena after breaking his nose, which caused him to lose the match
  5. Rollins issues a challenge to Cena for a "Title VS Title" match, winner takes all at Summer Slam (SS) Pay Per View (PPV)
  6. It would be the first time someone has held the The Heavyweight championship and U.S. Title at the same time
  7. Rollins issues a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Open Challenge
  8. Jojo interviews Rollins in ring and Rollins says challenger has to be under 6 feet tall and under 200 pounds
  9. They agree that leave very few choices, maybe only El Torito
  10. Los Matadores music hits, then Neville music hits

  • World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins VS Neville
    1. Back and forth action
    2. High flying action early from Neville
    3. Risky moves by both competitors kept the crowd energized
    4. Red Arrow finisher from Neville on Rollins almost gave the WWE Universe a new champ
    5. "One more time" chants
    6. Neville goes for his finisher again but Rollins moves out of the way
    7. Pedigree to Neville
    8. Rollins win via pin fall
    9. 8 out of 10 for the match

    • Los Matadores and Lucha Dragons VS The Ascencion and The New Day (Prime Time Players on commentary)
      1. Power VS Agility rematch from SmackDown
      2. Great moves and risky moves the entire match
      3. Kofi Kingston gives a "Trouble in Paradise" to a Lucha Dragon that is on the top rope
      4. The Ascension and The New Day gets a pin victory
      5. 8 out of 10 for the match

      • The Bella Twins with Alicia Fox VS Charlotte and Becky Lynch with Paige
        1. "Submission Sorority" name introduced for the team of Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige
        2. Charlotte showcasing great skills early
        3. NXT females have more complex routines that the Bella Twins
        4. Charlotte puts the Figure 8 finisher on the Divas Champion
        5. Charlotte and Becky Lynch wins via submission
        6. 7 out of 10 for the match


      Interview with Team B.A.D. (Naomi, Tamina and NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks) reveals that Naomi is challenging Paige to a match tonight

      Miz TV with special guests Kevin Owens and Cesaro
      1. Miz gives a shout out to Piper and Piper's Pit
      2. "Piper" chants
      3. Says Ryback is nursing an injury and should vacate the Intercontinental Title like Daniel Bryan
      4. Kevin Owens comes to the ring and says Cesaro is jealous of him and his success in the WWE
      5. Cesaro comes to the ring
      6. Owens says that Cesaro would never match his God given talent
      7. Cesaro says he is not jealous of Owens, but is ashamed of him for walking out of matches
      8. Cesaro says he wants to fight Owens tonight
      9. Owens says not tonight
      10. Cesaro chants "Walk Owens Walk"
      11. "Walk Owens Walk" chants
      12. Miz tells Cesaro he needs to fight Owens 
      13. Miz is pushed into Cesaro 
      14. Cesaro recovers and tries to put Owens in the Cesaro Swing, but Owens gets out of it

      Ronda Rosey (UFC Women's Champion) pays tribute to Rowdy Piper
      • Rusev with Summer Rae VS Mark Henry
        1. RAW Recap from last month when Rusev injured Dolph Ziggler
        2. Rusev gets an early advantage
        3. "We want Lana" chants
        4. Short match
        5. Rusev ends the match with a kick to the chin of Henry
        6. Rusev gets a pin victory
        7. Rusev gives Henry an extra chin kick
        8. 7 out of 10 for the match

      Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper says that Roman Reigns choose the wrong path.  Sheamus says he is going to kick Orton out of no where.

      • Zach Ryder VS King Barrett 
        1. Quic match with Ryder getting the advantage early
        2. Ryder makes on mistake and gets caught with the Bull Hammer elbow from Barrett
        3. Barrett with a pin victory
        4. 6 out of 10 for the match

      Paul Heyman in ring
      1. Battleground PPV recap of the Undertaker attacking Lesnar 
      2. RAW recap from 2 weeks ago of the Taker-Lesnar melee
      3. Heyman says Taker can't beat Lesnar, so Taker can't rest in Peace
      4. Brock Lesnar comes out and throw steel steps into the ring
      5. "Suplex City" chants
      6. Lesnar guarantees the Undertaker will go to Suplex City

       WWE Rewind of the Tag Team Diva's match from earlier today

        • Pagie with Becky Lynch and Charlotte VS Naomi with Sasha Banks and Tamina 
          1. Naomi is still non-agressive and playing around in the ring
          2. Back and forth domination from both competitors
          3. Naomi goes for a high risk maneuver and misses from the top rope
          4. Paige capitalizes and gets a submission victory  
          5. 7 out of 10 for the match
        RAW recap of Rollins VS Neville from earlier tonight

        Stephen Amell (Star of TV Series "Green Arrow") tweets that he will come to RAW next Monday to confront Stardust

        Madison Square Garden gives condolence to Rowdy Roddy Piper

        Piper montage tribute shown again

        Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton talks about hurting Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Sheamus

        • Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton VS Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Sheamus
          1.  Ambrose, Reigns and Orton dominated much of the match
          2. No continued momentum was maintained from Wyatt and company
          3. Wyatt and company have to do something sneaky in order for them to take control of the match
          4. Reigns Superman punches Wyatt then Sheamus
          5. Wyatt super kicks Reigns
          6. Ambrose clotheslines Harper
          7. Wyatt tries to put his finisher on Ambrose, but Ambrose escapes and spears Harper on the outside of the ring and into the announcer's table
          8. Orton pops up and delivers an RKO to Wyatt
          9. Sheamus tries to brogue kick Orton but misses and gets speared by Reigns
          10. Pin victory for Orton, Ambrose and Reigns
          11. 7.5 out of 10 for the match


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