On August 21, 2023, WWE Raw produced another exciting episode. From unexpected returns to shocking upsets, this edition had it all. Let’s examine its key highlights and analyze its key moments.
Kevin Owens and The Judgment Day Showdown
The night began in style as Sami Zayn stood boldly in the ring and dared The Judgment Day to face him, only for Sami to surprise everyone by summoning Kevin Owens back from retirement – an act which proved fruitful when Owens quickly made himself known with impressive pinfalls against Dominik Balor, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Sami Zayn alongside him issuing an open challenge to any two members of The Judgment Day and set the stage for an action-packed night ahead!
Drew McIntyre and Matt Riddle faced off against The New Day in an exciting tag team match, where both showcased impressive chemistry while having them on the ropes before The Viking Raiders made an impactful presence felt and allowed The New Day to secure victory with an outstanding Trouble in Paradise that hit Riddle directly in his skull.
Chad Gable Vs Intercontinental Champion Gunther
With just two weeks left until Gunther could break Honky Tonk Man’s Intercontinental Championship reign record, Gunther faced Chad Gable from Alpha Academy. Gunther initially appeared to dominate early on and attempted to secure a count-out victory by keeping Gable out of the ring; however, Gable proved his strength and resilience as he returned just in time to secure a count-out victory to Gunther’s surprise and earnestly defend his Intercontinental Championship title reign record against him.
Shinsuke Nakamura Reveals Shinsuke Nakamura addressed the audience and revealed he knew a secret about Seth Rollins. Nakamura claimed he knew about Rollins’ back pain as well as some kind of code written on it; thus leaving everyone wondering just what this revelation entailed.
Rhea Ripley faced Candice LeRae in an intense match. LeRae displayed incredible resilience by countering Ripley’s Riptide with a hard DDT before managing to lock in her Prism Trap and force LeRae out, giving Ripley another impressive win in women’s division wrestling. This victory solidified Ripley as an irreplaceable force.
Raquel Rodriguez Makes Her Mark In an unexpected turn of events, Raquel Rodriguez made herself known by ambushing Rhea Ripley during Raw. Though Rodriguez had claimed she was injured previously, her strength shone through as she took down Ripley in an intense encounter. This set up the possibility for a possible showdown between these two in WWE Payback event later this month.
Akira Tozawa Made History
In an unexpected twist of events, Akira Tozawa stunned The Miz with his repeated chants of “YEAHH YEAHH YEAHH”, which seemed to anger The Miz and cause him to lose focus during the match. With LA Knight distracted at ringside and Tozawa capitalizing on LA Knight’s distraction by rolling up The Miz for victory; post-match LA Knight added insult to injury by hitting The Miz with the BFT post match!
Chelsea Green and Piper Niven Win Their First Match
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Chelsea Green and Piper Niven combined forces in their debut match to defeat Kayden Carter and Katana Chance’s energetic duo of impressive teamwork; but Niven delivered an effective cross body to seal victory for her team with one devastating strike!
Seth Rollins Responds to Shinsuke Nakamura by Confronting Him within the Ring
Seth Rollins responded to Shinsuke Nakamura’s earlier comments by venting his frustration over Nakamura’s mind games and references to spinal injury, challenging Nakamura to a match against him next week in the center ring.
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cody Rhodes
The main event of the evening featured a thrilling Six-Man Tag Team Match between Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cody Rhodes vs The Judgment Day and Kevin Owens/Zayn/Rhodes – culminating with Cody Rhodes providing backup through an early disqualification win by The Judgment Day – Kevin Owens/Zayn and Cody Rhodes being joined by Cody Rhodes before Cody Cutter delivered two double Cody Cutter attacks followed by Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens finisher which allowed Owens/Zayn/Rhodes victory and provided an exciting end to their night of action!
WWE Raw on August 21st brought nothing short of excitement and surprises, from Kevin Owens’ return to unforeseen upsets that left audiences eagerly awaiting what was to come in this exciting episode of WWE.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kevin Owens back for good? Kevin Owens’ return to Raw seems promising, but only time will tell if he’s here to stay.
What’s next for Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura? The feud between Rollins and Nakamura appears to be heating up, with a potential match on the horizon.
Will Rhea Ripley and Raquel Rodriguez clash at WWE Payback? It seems likely that Ripley and Rodriguez will face each other at the upcoming WWE Payback event.
How will The Miz respond to his upset loss to Akira Tozawa? The Miz will likely be looking for revenge after his unexpected defeat by Tozawa.
Don’t miss the next episode of WWE Raw for further developments in these exciting storylines and more!
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