Welcome to full WWE Raw results for the Monday, August 17, 2015 episode of the USA show held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This episode features the final Raw before SummerSlam 2015 and includes appearances by John Cena, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, ahead of their matches at the Pay-Per-View. Full match-by-match results and recaps can be seen below.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H of The Authority were introduced and came to the ring to hype up SummerSlam. They announced that this year’s event will be four hours long and then ran down the big matches on the card including Taker vs. Lesnar and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in a Title vs. Title match. They mentioned matches that will take place on Raw tonight ahead of the pay-per-view. They announced that Jon Stewart will be the official host for SummerSlam. HHH said the “Road to SummerSlam starts right here, right now.” Randy Orton’s music hit and he came to the ring to start things off.
Randy Orton & Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens & Sheamus
Late in the contest, Owens worked to keep Orton away from a tag by throwing him out of the ring. He went out after Orton but got kicked in the gut and backdropped on the barrier. Orton managed to crawl in as Owens tagged Sheamus. Sheamus tried to cut off Orton but got kicked away, with Orton making the hot tag to Cesaro. Orton made a blind tag later and came in to hit a through the ropes DDT on Sheamus. He went for the RKO on Owens who came in to interfere. Owens shoved him forward and Orton hit the RKO on Sheamus instead. Cesaro grabbed Owens and pulled him out of the ring, allowing Orton to get the pinfall win.
Winners: Randy Orton and Cesaro defeated Kevin Owens and Sheamus via pinfall.
After Raw returned from commercial break, The Undertaker was shown among clouds of smoke in what seemed to be a pre-recorded video. He spoke, “When the reaper calls your name there is no apology. When the reaper calls your name, there is no remorse, it’s just over. Lesnar, the hounds of hell are baying for your sole and the gates of hell are opening and welcoming you to your eternal damnation. Brock Lesnar, your name has been called and at SummerSlam, you will never Rest In Peace.”
The commentators hyped up Taker vs. Lesnar and then talked about WWE Network’s free month trial. Cole said it’s just like Netflix, only a better value.
Seth Rollins spoke with HHH and Stephanie backstage asking that after he wins the US Championship on Sunday from Cena, he wants a statue at WWE Headquarters just like other legends before him like Andre the Giant. Steph and HHH said if he brings back two championships to consider it done. Rollins told them he wouldn’t let them down.
Roman Reigns (w/Dean Ambrose) vs. Luke Harper (w/Bray Wyatt)
Dean Ambrose grabbed a headset and joined the commentary team as Reigns posted in the ring.
Wyatt sat in a commentators chair near the ring steps to watch Harper in action. Ambrose kept an eye on Wyatt and questioned if he’d step in to have Harper’s back if things got ugly tonight. Reigns took control and landed a huge kick to the head on the outside on Harper before Raw went to break.
Thing went to the outside late with Harper landing a shot on Reigns near the ring steps. The ref started to count Reigns out as Harper got back in the ring. Harper prepared to go for a dive through the ropes but Reigns rushed over and hit the Superman Punch through the ropes. Reigns rushed back in and went for a Spear but Harper grabbed him for a spinning sideslam. Moments later, Harper hit a Powerbomb for a near fall. Reigns came back and hit the Superman Punch again and then a big Spear for the win. Ambrose walked over and looked at Wyatt, then got in the ring to join Reigns. The two former Shield members taunted Wyatt from in the ring.
Winner: Roman Reigns defeated Luke Harper via pinfall.
Cole and company hyped up the Divas Revolution in recent weeks.
Becky Lynch (w/Paige & Charlotte) vs. Tamina (w/Team BAD)
Sasha Banks and Naomi were on the outside for Tamina, with Paige and Charlotte on the outside to root on Becky. Late in the match, Becky hit a missile dropkick to take down Tamina. Moments later, she reversed a Tamina move to lock on The Disarmer. Cole noted it was a huge win for Becky in her singles debut. JBL said Paige got herself a birthday gift. Cole noted that Sasha Banks takes on Nikki Bella later on.
Winner: Becky Lynch defeated Tamina via submission.
Mark Henry vs. Rusev (w/Summer Rae)
Lana joined the commentary team as a guest during the match and talked about her neck hurting for a while after The Accolade was on her by Summer Rae last week.
Rusev took control late and knocked Henry to the mat with a running kick, then stomped on his back before putting The Accolade on. Henry fought out of it and seemed to be getting loose, but Rusev jumped down on his back and reapplied the hold to finally make Henry tap out.
Post-match, Rusev and Summer began to leave up the ramp. Lana left the commentary area and got in the ring, then took off her shoes and yelled for Summer Rae, taunting her to get in the ring. Summer obliged with Rusev getting on the apron. Summer got in the ring and went towards her, then Lana slapped her down. She pointed to Rusev to get in the ring and he smirked, then got in and walked towards her. Lana backed up to the ropes and suddenly Dolph Ziggler’s music hit. Ziggler rushed to the ring and attacked Rusev. He nearly hit a Superkick, but Rusev grabbed Summer to protect himself. Lana kicked down Summer and then Dolph kicked Rusev down.
Winner: Rusev defeated Mark Henry via submission.
Cole and the commentary team hyped the contract signing for after the break for Title vs. Title match.
Ryback vs. The Miz
The Miz came out and cut a promo about how Show can’t call himself an actor. He said the reject from Planet of the Apes and the World’s Largest Reject will cancel each other out Sunday while he wins the Intercontinental Championship. Ryback immediately gained control and started hitting chest slaps on Miz, but Miz came back to clip Ryback’s leg and take him down. Ryback regained control though and hit ShellShocked to grab the pin as he stared down Big Show ringside. Ryback got on the mic and called Show to get in the ring next and “Feed Him More.” Show stood up from commentary and simply walked past the ring and up the ramp backstage instead.
Winner: Ryback defeated The Miz via pinfall in a non-title match.
Title vs. Title Match Contract Signing
Stephanie and Triple H were in the ring with a table and chairs set up for the contract signing. Seth Rollins was introduced and came to the ring to hug Steph and HHH. Seth said some thank you are in order, including to Steph and HHH for putting together what will go down as the greatest SummerSlam in the history of the WWE. He also gave thanks to himself for having a statue built in his honor after he beats John Cena this weekend. Rollins hyped up how John Cena has sat atop the mountain of WWE for the past decade. Rollins said Cena likes to play Superman but he is in fact a villain who has been holding the WWE Universe hostage for the past decade. Rollins called Cena a “disease” and Seth Rollins is “the cure.” Rollins said Cena couldn’t even show up in person to accept his challenge but went to Tough Enough miles away.
Cena’s music hit and he arrived out to interrupt Rollins. Cena got in Rollins’ face and congratulated him for finally giving the title some meaning. He suggested that HHH handpicked Rollins to continue his legacy and that means something. He then brought up Rollins thinking he had finished him when he broke his nose. Cena said he thought about breaking bones as revenge but then realized all he has to do is win and become World Heavyweight Champion for the 16th time. Cena brought up the all-time championship record is held by HHH’s mentor Ric Flair. Cena finished saying HHH was never Ric Flair’s bitch but on Sunday he’s gonna make Rollins his.
Lucha Dragons & Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores & New Day
Xavier Woods and El Torito were ringside for their respective teams. At one point, Titus got distracted by Woods allowing one of Los Matadores to get a Backstabber. El Torito got on the apron and took down Woods. Back in the ring, one of the Lucha Dragons reversed a pinfall on a Matadore for the big win.
Winners: The Lucha Dragons & Prime Time Players defeated Los Matadores & New Day via pinfall.
Michael Cole announced that “Cool for the Summer” by Demi Lovato is the official SummerSlam theme song. They showed various artwork by fans to hype the Neville and Stephen Amell vs. King Barrett and Stardust match. They showed various highlights from the past week involving the feud.
Stardust and King Barrett were backstage for a promo. Barrett sat on a throne wearing his crown. Barrett told Amell he crossed into the realm of the WWE and this Sunday they’ll be bowing on their knees to their rightful king. Stardust cut a sing song promo talking about Orion, a date with destiny and the Cosmic King.
Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman Address Taker & Summerslam
Lillian Garcia introduced Paul Heyman who was standing in the ring. He talked up the various championship accomplishments of Brock Lesnar ranging from WWE World Heavyweight Champion to UFC Champion to NCAA Wrestling Champion at the University of Minnesota. He introduced Brock and confetti fell from the rafters as the MN fans cheered their hometown hero. Lesnar did a few laps outside the ring and slapped some hands, smiling as he was cheered. A “Suplex City” chant started up as Heyman andLesnar soaked it all up in the ring.
Heyman got down on his knees and praised Lesnar who waved him off. Heyman sang his own version of “Glory Glory Hallelujah” with “Glory Glory Brock Lesnar” as the chorus. Suddenly, Undertaker’s bell tolled and the arena went dark. The lights came back on and Heyman was out on the side apron. Lesnar laughed about it as if Heyman set it up. Another Suplex City chant started up.
A graphic at the bottom of the screen indicated that Brock will be on ESPN SportsCenter tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. EST.
Heyman said on Sunday Undertaker can get God and the Devil to team up with him but he swears to him that Brock Lesnar will take all three of them to Suplex City. Heyman talked about Taker and how he’s been dreaming and obsessing ever since losing at WM30 about trying to get back at Lesnar. Heyman told Taker he’s not fighting a man this Sunday, he’s fighting a Beast. Heyman said Lesnar will offer no respect to Undertaker’s accomplishments or recognition of any of the title reigns or 25 years of dominance and destruction. He said Lesnar will offer no resurrection or retribution. The Undertaker’s bell sounded and the lights went out again. This time when the lights returned Taker was in the ring with Brock and Heyman was on the outside.
Taker hit a low blow kick on Brock and then delivered a Chokeslam. Taker saw Lesnar moving on the mat a bit and then grabbed him again, this time to hit the Tombstone. Cole said it was just like what happened at Battleground. Taker got down on one knee and posed for a bit as flames shot off near the ramp. Taker’s music played out as Raw went off the air with Lesnar down on the mat.