WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley and MVP earn WWE Raw tag team title shot

Aug 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Goldberg (black trunks) with son Gage (street clothes) faces Bobby Lashley (black pants) with MVP (suit) for the WWE World Heavy Championship at SummerSlam 2021 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Goldberg (black trunks) with son Gage (street clothes) faces Bobby Lashley (black pants) with MVP (suit) for the WWE World Heavy Championship at SummerSlam 2021 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

The Labor Day weekend is upon us but the men and women of WWE are continuing to their weekly content with another episode of WWE Monday Night Raw. With Extreme Rules a few weeks away, there are several developing storylines to watch heading into that WWE Network special.

The night started off with the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, RKBro out to recap last week’s action and preview the tag team turmoil match coming in moments. As Matt Riddle was talking Randy Orton’s ear off, Bobby Lashley and MVP interrupted the conversation. The back-and-forth between the two led to Orton challenging Lashley for a shot at the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules. However, The New Day was out to start the tag team turmoil match.

The first match in tag team turmoil was The New Day against The Viking Raiders.

Kofi Kingston and Ivar started things off, with Kingston firmly in control before the seated senton out of the corner. That allowed Erik and Ivar to team up on him but Kingston easily kicked out. He was then isolated by the Viking Raiders, having to fight out to make the tag to Xavier Woods.

Woods was on roll against Erik, that was until the bigger man tossed him across the ring. Woods rebounded with a slingshot tornado DDT before tagging out to Kingston. Erik and Woods continued to exchange offense with Woods finding a way to rock Erik. Kingston made the hidden tag and immediately went for the trust fall, only to get caught and launched into Woods outside the ring.

The action continued back in the ring with The New Day attempting to build momentum. Kingston hit the Boom Drop but was cut off when Ivar made the distraction. That allowed them to hit another tandem move on Kingston who kicked out at two. Kingston rolled with a Hurricanrana, giving him the space to tag in Woods but he was immediately planted. Ivar followed up with a huge splash off the top but Woods kicked out again. Woods hit an inside cradle on Erik to pick up the win.

Out next was Jinder Mahal and Veer to continue the gauntlet.

The New Day pounced on the new opponents early, but Mahal would not go away easily.  He slowed down the pace of the match, isolating Woods inside the ring. Mahal bouncing Woods off the top rope, following a Thesz Press by Veer, forcing Woods to roll outside the ring. That assault continued inside the ring, with Woods still on the receiving end of a beating. However, they were able to recover to hit a glancing Midnight Hour to defeat Veer and Mahal to move on.

Lucha House Party was out next and The New Day tried to rush them again, but Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado were prepared. Woods continued to take a lot of offense, this time from Metalik before needing to kick out. Dorado was tagged in and made the mistake of taking too long to come off the top, allowing Woods to counter at the last moment.

Metalik tagged in and Woods barely made the tag as well, allowing Kingston to hit a body splash across the back. Metalik kicked out at two. Dorado hit a dual stunner but Woods kicked out of the rolling. Lucha House Party then hit a series of moonsault, but Kingston made the save. He got involved again, allowing woods to counter Metalik into a pinning combination to pick up the third win.

Out came Mace and T-Bar as the next duo.

The two big men started to dominate the match. Woods was once again isolated as Mace continued to pile on the damage. Woods hit a kick to Mace’s kick, but it wasn’t enough to get the big man off him. Woods brought himself some time with a kickoff of the top, but still could not get to the corner. T-Bar was tagged in and he continued to control Woods who could not get to the tag.

Kingston was knocked to the floor while Mace and T-Bar had Woods completely alone. That allowed T-Bar to attempt a knee to the face but Woods countered, rolling T-Bar up for the victory. T-Bar didn’t like the finish and both men started to assault The New Day before the next opponents came out.

Mansoor and Mustafa Ali were out next only to take more of a beating from Mace and T-Bar. The beating continued as all four men were left lying around and inside the ring. The match was halted, allowing for both teams to recuperate before picking up later in the evening.

That brought out Drew McIntyre and Sheamus in a singles match to determine who would face Damian Priest at Extreme Rules.

McIntyre was rolling early in the match, backing Sheamus into the corner. Sheamus was able to land a big knee to McIntyre as he tried to reenter the ring. The physicality of these two individuals was palpable, leading to Sheamus landing a forearm off the top rope to the floor. McIntyre responded with a spinebuster, leading to a two-count.

They ended up on the top rope, with Sheamus attempting a Superplex, but McIntyre fighting out. But he was unable to stop the second attempt, as both men went crashing into the ring. Sheamus was still in control but McIntyre wasn’t ready to go away, dropping him with a clothesline and a shoulder block. He then countered a clothesline and hit a neck breaker. Sheamus went back to the top rope, only to get tossed across the ring.

McIntyre attempted a Glasgow Kiss, but Sheamus’s masked absorbed the blow. Sheamus followed up with the Alabama Slam but McIntyre kicked out again. Sheamus went for the Claymore but McIntyre countered, hitting the Future Shock DDT, but Sheamus kicked out at two. McIntyre’s momentum continued, but he missed off the top rope, taking a pump knee to the face.

McIntyre landed the White Noise, but Sheamus kicked out at two. McIntyre snatched off Sheamus’s mask and went for the Claymore. But Claymore ducked out of the way to roll up McIntyre and get the victory.

Sheamus defeated Drew McIntyre via pinfall.

Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley were out next to take on Natalya and Tamina for a shot at the Women’s Tag Team Championship.

Tamina immediately played the power game against the smaller Nikki. Nikki attempted a monkey flip but it did not work, as Tamina sat her on the top rope to deliver shots to the head. Ripley made the tag and used Nikki as a weapon to knock Tamina to the mat. The two women went to throwing blows with Tamina getting the best of things before tagging out to Natalya.

Natalya and Nikki ended up in the ring together where Natalya got the advantage off a distraction from Tamina. Nikki was isolated inside the ring as Natalya and Tamina took turns on the smaller woman. She was able to get to Ripley who unleashed a series of short-arm clotheslines to Natalya.

Ripley followed up her offense with a kick to the stomach and a Northern Lights Suplex, but Natalya kicked out. Ripley helped Nikki hit a cross body, but another kick out. Natalya tossed Ripley aside and a discus lariat on Nikki. Ripley made the tag and jumped in the ring, hitting the Riptide on the surprised Natalya to get the victory.

Rhea Ripley and Nikki ASH defeated Natalya and Tamina.

Karrion Kross was up next as an interaction between he and John Morrison led to a singles match.

Kross tossed Morrison with a hip throw, battering him with elbow shots. That led directly into a Doomsday Suplex before the Kross Jacket but Morrison got to the ropes. He then used the drip stick on Kross which angered the big man even more. Kross landed a big boot before tossing Morrison over the top ring post. After Morrison rolled back in Kross locked the chokehold back in and finished out the match.

Karrion Kross defeated John Morrison via submission.

Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax were out for a WWE Raw Women’s Title Match.

Before the match could start, Shayna Baszler jumped on the microphone to put the idea out there that Nia Jax would choke. That led to both women grabbing at each other, forcing the referee to get in between them. Flair tried to leave the ring but Baszler blocked her, allowing Jax to drag Flair back into the ring by her hair.

Jax was controlling Flair until a shot to the knee, but Jax was able to toss Flair into the corner to take over again. Jax attempted to Superplex Flair but she slid through and power bombed the bigger woman. The two women continued the stiff match, with Flair focusing on Jax’s legs. Flair even hit a moonsault onto Jax, knocking her down again. Baszler and Jax almost ended up in a situation outside the ring after Baszler almost hit her.

Jax returned to the ring but once again Baszler was in the way, allowing Flair to hit the Natural Selection off the top rope and make the pinfall.

Charlotte Flair defeated Nia Jax via pinfall.

Akira Tozawa was out next against Reginald for the 24/7 Championship.

Reginald went right into his unique offense, laying Tozawa out with the flipping leg drop, followed up with the flip senton for the win.

Reginald defeated Akira Tozawa to retain the 24/7 Championship.

The tag team turmoil match picked back up with The New Day against Mansoor and Ali. The two teams exchanged offense but neither was able to maintain consistent control. That was until Woods was isolated in the ring, allowing Ali and Mansoor to attempt tandem offense that would backfire. Woods tried to roll up Mansoor but he would kick out at two.

Woods was selling his back and Mansoor pounced on him again until the referee got in between them. Ali tagged himself in to stay on top of Woods, kicking him in the back. Woods fought back to his feet, laying in a headbutt, and tagging in Kingston. Kingston hit a big crossbody but Ali countered the Trouble in Paradise with a superkick.

Ali went for the 450 but rolled through. He turned around to the Trouble in Paradise from Kingston, followed by an elbow drop from Woods. The New Day made the pinfall to move on.

Out next came AJ Styles and Omos.

Omos and Styles began to pick apart The New Day, keeping Woods in the ring. Woods tried to create a little separation but Styles cut him off with a tackle, laying in some shots to the head. Even as Woods attempted to fight back to his feet, but Styles continued to cut him off along the way. He tagged in Omos and the violence continued.

After pummeling Woods to the ground, Omos would stand on his back and then launch him into the corner again. Styles was tagged back in to keep the ring cut in half. Styles continued to stomp away on Woods, focusing on his lower back and legs. Styles attempted to attack Kingston, but Woods was able to avoid it, finally getting the tag.

Kingston launched himself off the top and right into a big chop by Omos. Kingston was finally able to get back into the ring. He knocked Styles off the top rope to get some distance, but Styles attempted to stay on top of him. Styles aggressiveness ended up being a problem as Kingston hit the Trouble in Paradise but Omos made the save. He’d then toss Woods out with ease. He would then toss Kingston into Styles’s arms who’d hit the Styles Clash to eliminate The New Day.

Bobby Lashley and MVP were the last team to join the fray.

MVP shrugged off the idea of locking up with Styles, tagging in Lashley who immediately went to work. The WWE Champion pummeled Styles with ease, dropping him in the corner. Styles made the tag to Omos and Lashley went face to face with him. Omos was able to overpower Lashley initially but he cut his legs out from under him. Lashley then went for a suplex but Omos countered the move with ease. Omos then tossed Lashley over the top with ease and he and Orton got face-to-face. Styles took that moment to launch himself off the table, taking out both men. That caused Omos to toss Riddle aside as well. Styles and MVP even fought outside the ring with Styles getting the best of the exchange.

Styles was looking for the Phenomenal Forearm but Lashley countered with a big spear. He’d pin Styles and pick up the victory.

Bobby Lashley and MVP defeat AJ Styles and Omos to earn a shot at the WWE Raw Tag Team titles.