Raw Results & Media – August 16, 2021

RAW Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H. vs. Rhea Ripley

We go back to the ring and out comes RAW Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H. for this non-title match. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and we see Olympic gold medalist basketball player Keldon Johnson at ringside. We see what happened to Riddle earlier tonight. Kevin Patrick stops Riddle backstage and he’s really sad about Randy Orton walking out on him. We go back to the ring and out comes Rhea Ripley for the next match. The music hits and out comes Charlotte Flair to join the announcers for commentary. The bell rings and Ripley slams Nikki on her face to start.

Nikki fights Ripley off but Ripley grabs her and tosses her across the ring. Nikki fights out of another hold and hits a big bulldog from the corner. Nikki mounts some offense and kicks Ripley away from the apron. Nikki with a crossbody from the apron to the floor, taking Ripley down. Nikki gets hyped up at ringside, raising her fist in the air while staring down Flair. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and they trade pin attempts. Ripley slams Nikki and hits a long vertical suplex for a close 2 count. Ripley beats Nikki around some more and applies a Bear Hug. Nikki fights out with elbows but Ripley tosses her to the mat. Ripley charges and misses, hitting the turnbuckles. More back and forth now. Nikki rolls Ripley for 2. Nikki keeps fighting and blocks an attack into the corner. Nikki with a big tornado DDT for a quick pin attempt. Nikki shows some frustration now but gets hyped up as they return to their feet. Ripley blocks a shot and places Nikki on the top turnbuckle. Nikki fights her off and leaps with a crossbody but Ripley catches her. Ripley with a big Northern Lights suplex for a close 2 count.

Ripley shows some frustration now, arguing with the referee. Nikki with a jawbreaker and a roll-up for 2. Ripley comes right back with a big boot to level Nikki but she hangs on. Ripley follows up with the Riptide for the pin to get the non-title win.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

After the match, Ripley stands tall in the middle of the ring as we go to replays. Nikki is recovering at ringside now as Flair taunts her. Nikki suddenly attacks Flair and beats her down for a big pop. Flair runs into the ring but Ripley floors her with a clothesline. Flair ends up regrouping at ringside as Ripley and Nikki look on from the ring. Ripley’s music starts back up.

RAW Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax

We go back to the ring and out first comes Rhea Ripley for tag team action. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and we get a new vignette from Elias. It’s daytime now as he looks at what’s left of last week’s fire he threw his guitar in. There’s now a tombstone for Elias, reading 2017-2021. He says he’s had #1 hit records and the music didn’t fail him, it just wasn’t enough. WWE stood for Walk With Elias but Elias is dead, he says. Elias walks away from the tombstone and the burnt remains of his guitar still laying on what’s left of the fire. We go back to the ring and RAW Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H. is already out with Ripley. Charlotte Flair is also out already. She introduces her partner and out comes Nia Jax to some boos.

The bell rings and Nikki yells at Jax. Jax rocks her with a strike and turns her back but Nikki attacks. Nikki ends up on Jax’s back with a Sleeper but Jax rams her back into the turnbuckles. Jax with a running Hip Attack in the corner, then she rubs her rear in Nikki’s face to boos. Jax keeps control until Flair comes back in. She levels Nikki at ringside with a big boot. Flair shows off and poses to boos as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Nikki finally gets the hot tag to Ripley. Ripley unloads on Flair with clotheslines. Ripley keeps Flair down and knocks Jax off the apron. Ripley yells out for a pop from the crowd. Ripley rocks Flair in the face and nails a Northern Lights suplex for a close 2 count. Flair rocks Ripley into the corner but then runs into big boots. Ripley goes to the top for a missile dropkick but Flair side-steps and she lands hard.

Jax is back on the apron now waiting for a tag. We see Shayna Baszler backstage watching the match with a deck of cards. Jax tags in and catches Ripley with a big Samoan Drop. Jax goes to the second rope for a Vader Bomb but stops to laugh and smack her own rear. Flair tags herself in by smacking Jax on the backside, and Jax isn’t happy. Flair goes on to hit Natural Selection on Ripley for the pin to win.

Winners: Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax

After the match, Flair stands tall as her music hits. She makes her exit while Jax seethes in the ring as Nikki and Ripley recover.

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