WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 25 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of WWE Raw on July 25.

    This was the first episode to take place without Vince McMahon at the helm. Triple H has been installed as the head of creative, so he was steering the ship this week.

    This was also the SummerSlam go-home episode, so the top priority was hyping and building up the pay-per-view.

    Logan Paul debuted his WWE talk show, Impaulsive TV, Rey Mysterio celebrated 20 years with WWE and had a match with Dominik against Judgment Day, and The Bloodline took on The Street Profits and Riddle.

    Let’s look at what went down during Monday’s show.

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    This week’s Raw had a shocking opening as the show went right to the ring as The Miz and Logan Paul brawled with each other. Corey Graves and Byron Saxton said neither man could wait until Saturday and started fighting before the show went on the air.

    Once the recap of the fight was over, The Bloodline made its way to the ring. Paul Heyman did his usual song and dance to put over his clients and put down Brock Lesnar.

    Austin Theory’s music hit and he got tons of heat from the Madison Square Garden crowd as he talked about wanting to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase at SummerSlam.

    Theory tried to attack one of the Usos as they left the ring, but Reigns held his cousin back and they left without further incident.

    The opening brawl and the promo segment that followed was a fun way to kick off the show. People may read too much into this since this is Triple H’s first week in control of the creative team, but let’s just enjoy it when WWE does something good.

    Build: B+

    The first match of the night saw Theory take on Drew McIntyre. For some reason, the announcer gave Theory a special intro even though we just saw him. It was actually a good heel move.

    The Scottish Warrior took control early with some stiff strikes, and then he no-sold some chops when Theory turned the tables.

    As McIntyre prepared to hit his finisher, Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Sheamus attacked him to cause a disqualification. Bobby Lashley made the save and this turned into a tag match with Lashley and McIntyre taking on Sheamus and Theory.

    The tag match had the level of physicality you would expect with four guys like this, so it ended up making up for the DQ finish in the initial match by giving us a more satisfying conclusion. Lashley made Theory tap to the Hurt Lock to get the win.

    Winners: Lashley and McIntyre

    Build: B


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Starting off the show with a shot of Paul and The Miz brawling was a great way to get the energy of the crowd high. Bringing out Roman Reigns right after was the smartest way to follow it.
  • Theory dropping the briefcase after hitting Jey Uso was kind of funny.
  • The crowd was into everything that was happening. A lively crowd makes just about any show better.
  • When McIntyre is at his best, the crowd absolutely loves him. With the right booking, he could become the biggest star in WWE.
  • Theory is decent at selling for his opponents. He has good “I’m in pain” facial expressions.
  • It’s unreal how athletic Lashley is. He has every tool you could ask for in a pro wrestler.
  • Something about Dolph Ziggler taunting Theory without actually doing anything was hilarious.

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    Rey and Dominik Mysterio came out to celebrate Rey’s 20th anniversary with WWE properly after a few weeks of videos hyping it up. He spoke about his career and how thankful he is to have been able to do this for so long.

    Finn Balor and Damian Priest came through the crowd and looked poised to attack as the show went to a break. We returned to see the scheduled tag team match already in progress.

    Balor had Dominik on defense and whipped him from corner to corner. Rey got a pop when he tagged in, but it didn’t take long for Priest to get the tag and take control using his significant size advantage.

    This match was given a good amount of time, so all four men had chances to hit their big moves and look good in the process. Rey continued to prove he is still capable of going with the best of any generation.

    Winners: The Mysterios

    Build: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Rey getting a little emotional when he talked about Eddie Guerrero’s impact on his career was a touching moment.
  • The way Dominik was pacing around the ring made it seem like he might turn on his dad before the match started.
  • Priest’s ring jacket was awesome.
  • Rey and Balor looked especially good here. Both men have an extra level of shine to everything they do.
  • The double 619 looked great this week.

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    Becky Lynch interrupted a promo by Bianca Belair and ended up initiating a fight less than a minute after she entered the ring. The brawl spoiled to the ringside area and over the announce table.

    Alexa Bliss then came out to battle Doudrop, who had Nikki ASH in her corner. Nikki provided a momentary distraction so Doudrop could hit a running crossbody for a two-count right away.

    Bliss was fighting from underneath for a bit, but she was able to make a comeback and build some momentum after taking out Doudrop by her leg.

    The Goddess was able to hit a DDT counter when Doudrop had her in position for a powerslam, and that is what ended the match. Bliss celebrated with a young fan at ringside as Nikki consoled her partner.

    This match was not really memorable, but it didn’t have anything to complain about either. It was a good win for Bliss, but there could have been more to it.

    Winner: Alexa Bliss

    Build: C-


    Notable Moments and Observations

  • Bliss needs to ditch the doll soon. If it won’t be part of her gimmick, she doesn’t need to carry it around anymore.
  • The announcers could have done a bit more to elaborate on the past relationship between Bliss and Nikki.
  • Doudrop deserves more credit than she gets. She is versatile and makes her opponents look good as underdogs.

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