WWE Raw advertised a United States Championship open challenge from Damian Priest and Eva Marie vs. Doudrop.
Last week’s Raw after SummerSlam drew its best number sine January with 2.067 million viewers. After breaking viewership records on the strength of a successful SummerSlam pay-per-view, last week’s Raw kicked off a trend of the SummerSlam bounce leading to a rise in viewership across all three of WWE’s television brands.
In addition to Raw’s 11% jump, NXT was up 4%, with 685,000 following NXT TakeOver 36, while SmackDown was up 7% with 2.250 million for its SummerSlam fallout show. This number included 764,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic (up 4% from last week). SmackDown aired on the same night as AEW Rampage, which was down considerably in Week 3 after last week’s CM Punk debut garnered over one million viewers the week prior. Despite being down 36% and 37% in average viewers and 18-49 viewers, respectively, AEW Dynamite’s 722,000 (434,000 in 18-49) was good enough to be No. 1 on cable.
- August 23, 2021—2.067 million
- August 16, 2021—1.857 million
- August 9, 2021—1.790 million
- August 2, 2021—1.821 million
- July 26, 2021—1.814 million
WWE Raw—Key Competition
- Bachelor in Paradise
- American Ninja Warrior
Bianca Belair Was Done Dirty by WWE (Pro Wrestling Bits)
WWE Raw Total YouTube Viewership Last Monday—14,754,957 (Up from 10,273,685 )
- Most-Viewed: Randy Orton Pummels Omos with a Scooter (4,147,177 views)
- Least-Viewed: Elias is Ready to Become Champion (264,022 views)
- Median Viewership: 507,227
WWE Raw Results: Monday, August 30, 2021
Damian Priest Open Challenge Answered by Drew McIntyre, Others
Drew McIntyre possibly accepting Damian Priest’s open challenge could be the backdoor to a heel turn, which could save McIntyre from being beaten by Roman Reigns in a SmackDown feud.
This was so much of a Raw opening segment, two title matches between seven wrestlers were scheduled by the end of it.
Rhea Ripley def. Shayna Baszler
Rhea Ripley oddly introduced her ringside enforcer, Nikki A.S.H., which should have been the other way around.
Once upon a time, this match helped NXT beat AEW Dynamite.
Nia Jax laid out both Shayna Baszler and Nikki A.S.H. to build up to Charlotte Flair. If only Nikki A.S.H. could have enjoyed a quality victory over a built-up monster while she were Raw Women’s champion…
The Viking Raiders vs. Jinder Mahal and Veer
It’s amazing how pyro can positively affect crowd reaction as evidenced by The Viking Raiders’ new entrance. Unfortunately, this did not sustain for this very quiet match.
Both teams had to work very hard, but they eventually got the crowd into this one with a dive sequence from Ivar.
Damian Priest def. Drew McIntyre and Sheamus—WWE United States Championship
Apparently Drew McIntyre no longer has to win matches for the right to bring his sword to the ring.
At some point, Damian Priest’s entrance is going to have to have either pyro or some serious editing.
Damian Priest can lose this Triple Threat match and WWE would still be able to claim he’s undefeated in one-on-one matches.
By the second commercial break, I couldn’t wait for this match to resume on television. Having said that, it overstayed its welcome by at least a couple minutes.
Drew McIntyre losing this match clean was the last possible result I would have predicted. Damian Priest is slowly becoming the new Drew McIntyre. Drew’s gotta be going heel, right?
Doudrop vs. Eva Marie ends in a No Contest
Doudrop appears to be headed toward a dancing gimmick.
Doudrop attacked Eva Marie from behind before the match even began and she’s supposed to be a babyface.
Hopefully this signals the end of this feud.
Karrion Kross def. Humberto Carrillo
The crowd reactions, or lack thereof, did not quite match the crowd noise on television, but WWE seemed to give this match much more time than recent Karrion Kross squashes.
WWE is doubling down on the mask and suspenders following last week’s vial debut, God love them.
Nia Jax def. Charlotte Flair
As Charlotte was stirring, and the announce team questioned whether or not Charlotte Flair knew where she was, Corey Graves savagely responded: “I don’t think I’d want to be the one to tell her she’s in Oklahoma City.”
It was around this point in the night where the weak crowd reactions started to become a trend, and perhaps more of an Oklahoma City problem, however this match was filled with miscues while trying to win this dying crowd over.
This might have been the worst match of Charlotte Flair’s career as both Charlotte and Nia Jax appeared to be on entirely different pages throughout.
The announce team called this match ugly on multiple occasions.
Nia Jax won this match clean, meaning these two will have at least one more chance to get this right.
Omos def. John Morrison
Per storyline, John Morrison bafflingly requested this matchup to prove to The Miz he’s the bigger man.
The miscues continued into this match as Omos missed a clothesline on Morrison (which Morrison sold) by a mile.
AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods
This match seemed to come out of nowhere.
Jimmy Smith reminded us that Xavier pinned Bobby Lashley, but had nothing to say about why he still hasn’t been granted a WWE Championship match.
Xavier Woods is getting a lot of mileage out of this Scott Hall tribute gear.
RK-Bro def. Bobby Lashley and MVP—WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
MVP continues to sell his right knee as he hobbled through this match on one leg.
Much of this match was a showcase of Bobby Lashley, who ripped Randy Orton to shreds.
Bobby Lashley sure has been losing a lot of tag team matches lately.