Raw results: July 19, 2021, Goldberg Returns, New raw womens champion
RAW RESULTS – 2 RETURNS & 2 NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED
JOHN CENA RETURNS
🟥John Cena kicked off tonight’s RAW and talked about how loud the crowd is. Cena said he returned to WWE because of the fans and Roman Reigns, and then called Roman an a$$hole who needs to be knocked down a peg.
– Cena said Roman pretends to be over, but he’s not. He pretends to be so good, but he’s not and Cena is here to prove him wrong.
Cena then made it clear that he’ll face Reigns for the Universal Title at SummerSlam 2021 and he will appear this Friday night on SmackDown.
– Riddle then came out and he had a little “Bro” session with Cena.
Riddle and Viking Raiders vs. John Morrison, AJ Styles and Omos
Riddle and AJ Styles started this six-man tag match for their teams with a quick exchange that ended with Styles on the receiving end of a big backdrop.
John Morrison tagged in, but Riddle took him down into a submission right away. JoMo countered and hit a few strikes before The Bro unloaded on him with some hits of his own.
Erik and Ivar took over and double-teamed Morrison to keep him isolated. We got to the obligatory spot when everyone got involved, and it ended with Omos launching Styles onto everyone else.
We returned from a break to see Riddle taking a beating from Omos. Johnny Drip Drip came in and failed to make Riddle tap out to a submission. Erik got the hot tag and blocked every strike Styles threw at him.
After a few more tags and close calls, Riddle tricked Omos into thinking The Miz sprayed him with a drip stick. This allowed Erik and Ivar to hit the Viking Experience for the win.
🟥The Viking Raiders and Riddle def. John Morrison and RAW Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos
Elias vs. Jaxson Ryker (Symphony of Destruction)
We returned to see Elias sitting in the ring to play his first song in front of a live Raw crowd in over a year. The “Walk with Elias” chant still worked like a charm.
Jaxson Ryker gave a quick promo before he came out for this Symphony of Destruction match. Elias got the first hit, but Ryker was the first to use an instrument as a weapon.
Elias hit a flying knee to prevent Ryker from hitting him with a guitar. He followed up with a keyboard to the back before Ryker sent him into a gong. It didn’t make the sound WWE hoped it would.
We came back from a commercial to see them trading offense. They used every instrument around the ring, including a grand piano near the ramp. Ryker slammed Elias on top of it for a two-count.
Elias beat Ryker with a huge cello for another near-fall. The musician ended up bleeding from the head. Ryker hit a superplex through two tables to get the win.
🟥Jaxson Ryker def. Elias in a Symphony Of Destruction match
🟥Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville announced that Mustafa Ali & Mansoor will team up next week. Sonya then announced Sheamus vs. Humberto Carrillo for tonight. If Humberto wins, he’ll get a United States Title match.
🟥New RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair came out and said she can beat Rhea Ripley on any night. This led to Sonya Deville booking a rematch for tonight.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya and Tamina
We returned from a break to see this match already in progress. Shayna Baszler scored a two-count on Natalya after Nia Jax sent Tamina into the barricade with a Samoan drop.
The former champions double-teamed Nattie but still couldn’t keep her down for the pin. The Queen of Spades stomped on her arm to soften her up. The Queen of Harts took Jax down with a series of clotheslines for another near-fall.
Tamina hopped onto the apron and tagged in. She kicked Jax off the apron and hit Baszler with a body slam before climbing to the top rope. Reginald distracted her so Baszler could recover.
Tamina superkicked Baszler’s face off for the pin and the win. Jax took out Reginald with a headbutt to end their relationship for good.
Akira Tozawa ran to the ring to escape some people chasing the 24/7 title. Reginald took him out with a couple of acrobatic moves to win the 24/7 Championship.
🟥WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina def. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax (After the match, Shayna told Nia that she’s sick of this and blamed Reginald for their loss. Nia hugged Reginald, then headbutted him and dumped him)
🟥Reginald pinned Akira Tozawa to win the 24/7 Championship
Sheamus vs. Humberto Carrillo (No. 1 Contender’s Match)
Sheamus was forced to battle Humberto Carrillo again this week after what he pulled last week, but instead of this being a rematch for the U.S. title, Carrillo had to win this bout to earn another shot.
The high-flyer used his speed to avoid Sheamus and send him out of the ring. He hit a slingshot crossbody to the floor to take down The Celtic Warrior. He hit a crossbody from the top rope for a quick two-count.
Damian Priest was shown watching from backstage as Carrillo kept the upper hand with some kicks to the body. He tried to pull Sheamus’ mask off but ended up having to let go.
Sheamus grabbed him for a powerbomb onto the apron as we went to a break. We returned to see the Irishman in control with a headlock. Carrillo fought out but ended up on the receiving end up a backbreaker.
Carrillo made a comeback and hit a hurricanrana from the top rope followed by a suicide dive. He nailed Sheamus with a missile dropkick, but he still couldn’t get the three-count. Sheamus drilled him with a Brogue Kick to get the win.
🟥United States Champion Sheamus def. Humberto Carrillo
Bobby Lashley’s Open Challenge
Lashley came out with MVP to issue an open challenge to anyone brave enough to face him. He gave a promo and said destroying Kingston was all the talking he needed to do. He handed the mic to MVP so he could put him over.
They told anyone to come out who wanted to battle the champ. Keith Lee made his long-awaited return to answer the call and received a huge ovation.
The bell rang, but they were slow to make contact. They locked up and fought for control until they came to a stalemate. They went for it again, and The All Mighty backed Lee to the corner. He took a cheap shot instead of making a clean break, but Lee picked him up and planted him in two different corners.
Lee hit a leapfrog before taking Lashley down with a crossbody. Lashley came back with a vengeance and beat him down as MVP talked loads of trash.
Lashley picked up Lee but ended up being shoved into the ring post when he couldn’t keep him up. MVP distracted Lee so his client could take control again. The WWE champion got a running start to hit a huge spear at ringside.
Lee’s shoulders were too wide for the Hurt Lock, but Lashley was able to hit a slam instead. He drilled Lee with another spear for the pin and the win. As he celebrated, Goldberg’s music hit and he marched down to the ring. He laughed in Lashley’s face and declared he is next.
🟥WWE Champion Bobby Lashley def. Keith Lee (who made his return) in an Open Challenge (WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg returned after the match, laughed in Lashley’s face and said “I’m Next!”)
🟥Jinder Mahal said he took away Drew McIntyre’s opportunity to win Money in the Bank last night. Shanky then sang Happy Birthday to him. Drew came out of nowhere and attacked them with a Steel Chair.
Karrion Kross vs. Jeff Hardy
Karrion Kross made his main roster debut this week in a match against Jeff Hardy. Instead of letting this be a surprise, WWE hyped it throughout the night.
Jeff Hardy brought back his old “No More Words” entrance music to the delight of the live crowd. The WWE Universe was in Hardy’s corner, but that wasn’t enough to stop Kross from taking him down with a few suplexes.
The Charismatic Enigma avoided him in the corner and hit the Twist of Fate. He climbed up but missed the Swanton. Kross got up and went for his signature elbow, but Hardy countered and ended up pinning him with a little help from the middle rope.
🟥Jeff Hardy def. NXT Champion Karrion Kross (Jeff’s old theme song “No More Words” is back. In the post-match promo, Kross said Hardy just made the biggest mistake of his life)
🟥Alexa Bliss welcomed back Lily. Eva Marie insulted Lily, and Eva fell down while leaving.
🟥Rhea Ripley def. Charlotte Flair (c) via DQ, Charlotte retains the RAW Women’s Championship
🟥Nikki A.S.H. def. Charlotte Flair (c) to win the RAW Women’s Championship (This was Nikki’s Money In The Bank cash-in).