Monday Night Raw Results – August 14, 2023

We go right to the ring and Samantha Irvin does introductions as The Judgment Day comes out – WWE NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio, WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest. No Finn Balor. The announcers show us recent happenings with the group since SummerSlam.

Priest and Ripley acknowledge things have been off a bit as of late. Priest says they should have won last week and Finn should have won at SummerSlam. He says they are not breaking up, and Finn will dominate Cody Rhodes tonight, but Finn should be out here saying this himself. Ripley says something for Priest to calm down. Priest says the fans already know something isn’t right, and Finn should be here with them, so where is he? Priest asks Dominik to back him up. The music interrupts and out comes JD McDonagh.

JD doesn’t mean to interrupt or disrespect, but he’s here to bring a message from Finn – don’t worry about JD’s friendship with Finn, just focus on Cody and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Sami Zayn. JD says he took out Sami last week but somehow he’s cleared tonight, so they should focus on Cody. Rhea says they don’t take orders from just anyone, especially if you’re not in The Judgment Day. Dominik speaks but the boos drown him out. He says something about how JD can go to the back while they handle business. Rhea tells JD to take Finn a message – they need to talk. The music hits and out comes Zayn to a big pop.

Zayn rushes down and JD meets him at ringside for a brawl. JD ends up sending Sami’s injured elbow into the ring post but The Judgment Day watched and didn’t help JD with Sami. We go to commercial.

Backstage Segment
Finn Balor and Damian Priest are backstage having a few words. Rhea Ripley tells them to stop this, this is what people want, to see them crumble. She says something about people no longer fearing them and while they have gained success, they lost their killer instinct. JD McDonagh walks up and apologizes to Finn for earlier. Priest shouts at JD and says this is Judgment Day business. Finn says he will catch up with JD later. Balor agrees that it’s time to handle Judgment Day business and Cody Rhodes won’t know what hit him. Ripley says yes he will – The Judgment Day. They all get hyped up on the same page to end the segment.

WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Indi Hartwell

We go back to the ring for this non-title match as WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley comes out with NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio. Ripley whispers in Dominik’s ear as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Drew McIntyre is walking backstage with Matt Riddle. Riddle thinks the GlasBros can win the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles. The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods interrupt. They have some friendly words and Kofi says they aren’t partners or friends, so why should they be eligible for a title shot? The New Day thinks the WWE tag team division has gone crazy, but he knows how to solve this – a match next week to see who deserves a title shot. Riddle and McIntyre accept. We go back to the ring and out comes Indi Hartwell with Candice LeRae.

The bell hits and Ripley unloads on Indi. Ripley beats Indi around and mounts her with strikes. Ripley launches Indi across the ring and hits her with big shoulder thrusts. Ripley keeps control until she runs into the ring post when Indi moves.

Dominik looks concerned as Indi mounts offense now. Indi with a big Spinebuster for a 2 count in the middle of the ring. They end up on the floor but Ripley sends Indi face-first into the ring post. Ripley taunts LeRae and drives Indi spine-first into the post. LeRae is hyping Indi up but Ripley drops her.

Ripley brings it back in but Indi quickly rolls her up. This just angers Ripley as she rocks Indi and hits a Riptide for the pin to win.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

After the match, Ripley stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays but LeRae immediately attacks her into the corner. Indi joins her and they double team Ripley to send her packing. Ripley re-groups at ringside with Dominik as Indi and Candice look on.

Cody Rhodes vs. Finn Balor

We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out comes Cody Rhodes to a pop and pyro. Cody poses as bigger pyro goes off, then he marches to the ring while greeting fans at ringside and gifting his weight belt to a young fan. Cody hits the ring and poses in the corners to more pyro. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Rhodes looks on as Finn Balor makes his way to the ring by himself. The bell rings and they go at it, tangling against the ropes and off to the middle of the ring for a face-off. They lock up again and Balor applies a headlock. They break and Balor drops Cody for a quick 1 count.

Balor works on Cody’s arm now as fans rally. Cody reverses and ties up Finn”s arm now. Cody with a long vertical suplex, then a headlock. They run the ropes and Cody catches Finn on his shoulders. Finn rakes the eyes but the referee misses it. Finn tries to toss Cody out but he pulls himself back in and keeps the fight going. Balor with another quick pin attempt. More back and forth now until Balor hits a basement dropkick.

Balor unloads in the corner now, then chops Cody into another corner. Balor with shoulder thrusts. Cody fights to turn it around but Balor drops him and nails another dropkick but Cody hangs in there. Fans chant “let’s go Cody!” but Balor grounds him with another headlock. Balor with a knee to the gut and more offense. Cody with a knee to the ribs of his own. Cody with more offense now but Balor blocks a Figure Four attempt by kicking Cody to the floor.

NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio runs down with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley right behind him. Dominik goes to attack Cody at ringside but Cody decks him. Cody goes for a suplex on the floor to Dominik but Balor nails a baseball slide from the ring, knocking Cody back down. Balor sits on the edge of the apron and he’s all smiles as he checks on Dominik. Ripley joins them and the trio poses together as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Balor is stomping away to keep Cody down. Fans boo Ripley and Mysterio at ringside. Cody fights out of a headlock now but Balor knees him. Balor runs into a big boot in the corner. Cody mounts offense with big punches but Balor kicks him before he hits the drop-down right hand. Cody comes right back and hits a powerslam, then catches him with a Disaster Kick for a close 2 count.

Cody rallies now as Damian Priest walks down to boos, carrying his Money In the Bank briefcase. Balor looks to mount offense but Cody kicks him. Balor with a Slingblade. Cody with another kick. They tangle and Balor kicks out again. Balor with the corner dropkick on Cody now.

Finn goes for Coup de Grace but Cody moves. Cody ends up hitting the Cody Cutter for a big pop. Balor stumbles around as Priest grabs Cody from the floor. Finn charges but Cody sends him to the floor with Priest. Cody then runs the ring and leaps out with a big dive, taking Priest and Balor down for a big pop.

Cody rolls Balor back in. Rhea hits the apron now as Cody goes up top, allowing Dominik to crotch him. Finn climbs up for a big superplex but Cody kicks out just in time. The referee checks on Cody now.

Dominik slides a steel chair to Finn but the referee catches him, then ejects him. Rhea jumps back on the apron to argue with the referee. Priest then slides his Money In the Bank briefcase to Balor but it goes right through his legs. Cody intercepts the briefcase and decks Balor with it. Cody then drops Balor with a CrossRhodes for the pin to win.

Winner: Cody Rhodes

After the match, the music hits as Cody stands tall but Dominik attacks him. Cody takes Dominik to the corner but Dominik fights back, then Priest joins in and they double team Cody. The music hits and out comes Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Sami Zayn to a pop. Sami runs down with a steel chair, and takes Priest down on the ramp. Sami rushes into the ring and Dominik attacks but Sami drops him with a chair shot. Sami with a chair shot to Finn to send him to his knee. Priest runs back in but Sami sends him to his knees also, with a chair shot. JD McDonagh suddenly attacks and drops Sami from behind to make the save. Balor and Priest double team stomp Sami now as JD watches. Dominik joins them and Ripley cheers them on. Priest with a South of Heaven chokeslam. They drag Cody to the corner and Balor goes up top for a Coup de Grace. They toss Sami to the floor, then Dominik drops him while Ripley helps keep him there. Balor runs and leaps off the steel ring steps to hit a big Coup de Grace on Sami while he’s down on the floor. They take the top off the announce table now as fans boo. Balor sends Sami right into a big Razor’s Edge from Priest, which puts Sami through the announce table. The boos get louder now. Sami is down clutching his hurt elbow as a referee checks on him. Balor is in the ring now, hitting another Coup de Grace on Rhodes for big heat from the crowd. Balor hits the move and sits up on Cody, posing and flexing while all smiles. Ripley, Mysterio and Priest enter the ring now. Priest and Balor hug as The Judgment Day stands tall while their music starts up. We go to replays. The Judgment Day huddles up in the ring to boos while Cody is still down, and an official is checking on Sami at ringside. JD looks on from ringside with a smile as The Judgment Day continues their celebration. Priest hits the corner to pose with his briefcase while Balor, Mysterio and Ripley also pose as RAW goes off the air.

Source: Wrestling Headlines