WWE Raw: Becky Lynch retains WWE Raw Women’s Championship

Aug 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Becky Lynch (black attire) returns to WWE to challenge and defeat Bianca Belair (blue/white attire) in the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match at SummerSlam 2021 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Becky Lynch (black attire) returns to WWE to challenge and defeat Bianca Belair (blue/white attire) in the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match at SummerSlam 2021 at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair were headed toward a major showdown on Monday Night Raw with the WWE Raw Women’s Championship on the line. This wasn’t the only contest worth watching, especially not with WWE Survivor Series on the horizon.

The night started off with Belair and Lynch opening the show.

Lynch starts off aggressively backing Belair into the corner, pushing her back but that sets off Belair. She locks up a body lock and tosses Lynch to the floor. Belair responds with a slap of her own and a shoulder charge, before hitting the handspring moonsault for two. The two women end up outside the ring and Belair rams Lynch into the ring post and hits a vertical suplex to slow down the champion.

Back from commercial and inside the ring Lynch was in control. She continued to go for pin attempts on the challenger to no success. Lynch even rolled through to a modified disarmer that she turned into another pin attempt for two. Lynch tried to go for another suplex but Lynch rolled it onto a cradle for two.

Belair was able to build momentum, chaining some offense together of her own. She hit another suplex and floated over into a vertical suplex. The following pinfall attempt went for a two count. Belair hit a tilt-a-whirl gutbuster for another two count. The two women exchanged positions and counters until Belair lifted Lynch from the ground and both women crash to the floor.

Back from another commercial Lynch goes for another armbar and Belair counters into a near powerbomb. They rolled back into a triangle but Belair slammed Lynch to the ground. Lynch goes up to the middle rope and takes a forearm for the effort. Belair lifts Lynch in a full press, dropping her to the mat. She went for the moonsault again and Lynch got the knees up. She would hit the manhandle slam but Belair got her foot on the rope.

Lynch tried to follow Belair outside the ring but was planted on the announce table for her troubles. Belair hit the Glam Slam for another two count. She climbed the top rope but rolled through. She was able to lift Lynch up for the KOD but she held the top rope, pulling off the padding. She pushed Belair into the exposed turnbuckle and used the tights to keep the title.

Becky Lynch defeated Bianca Belair via pinfall to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Title.

Austin Theory took on Rey Mysterio next in singles action.

Theory’s power came out early in the match, but his disrespect caused Mysterio to punch him in the face. The two brawled for a moment but when Mysterio picked up the pace he took control. Theory was able to keep up with Mysterio and easily control him with power moves.

Theory lifted Mysterio up in a modified torture rack into a back breaker. He landed a big dropkick after that but Mysterio kicked out of the pin attempt. They ended up outside the ring where Theory launched Mysterio into the barricade. Dominick Mysterio got involved, allowing Rey to spin Theory into a DDT on the floor.

Back from commercial and Mysterio was finally able to get rolling, causing Theory to smash into the ring post. He followed that up with a seated senton and a high cross body for a two count. Mysterio tried to go for a wheelbarrow bulldog, but Theory countered into a backdrop. Theory was laid out for the 619 but Dominick Mysterio slapped Theory, causing the disqualification.

Austin Theory defeated Rey Mysterio via disqualification.

Nikki Ash and Rhea Ripley were out next for tag team action against Carmella and Zelina Vega.

Vega started the match off with Ripley and was immediately bounced to the ground. She tagged in Carmella who slapped Ripley hard in the face. Ripley was handling Carmella with ease, tagging in Nikki to keep things going. Vega ran in and took a boot to her face for the help. Outside the ring Nikki laid out both Carmella and Zelina.

Back from commercial, Carmella was in control of Ripley. Ripley was isolated in their corner as Carmella and Vega made tags. Ripley tossed Vega to the ground, giving her the space to get to Nikki for the tag. Nikki forced Vega into the corner, laying into her face with punches before a twisting neck breaker.

Nikki was distracted by Carmella on the apron allowing Vega to hit the Code Red and the victory.

Zelina Vega and Carmella defeated Rhea Ripley and Nikki ASH via pinfall.

Finn Balor and Chad Gable were out for a one-on-one match next.

The two men lock up and exchanging early grappling with Gable getting the first advantage. Neither guy could stay in control for two long, as they both transitioned from position to position. Gable hit a thrust to the throat and tossed Balor to the mat. Balor answered with a basement drop kick and two arm drags of his own.

Balor landed a double stomp to Gable’s chest, knocking him on the defensive. Balor missed the shotgun dropkick and Gable countered it into the ankle lock. Balor switched to an armbar, but Gable got back to the ankle lock. He landed another stomp to the chest. Gable answered with multiple combination suplexes for a two count.

Balor countered Gable’s moonsault with his knees, then hit the shotgun dropkick into the corner. He’d go up to the top rope for the double stomp but Gable was there to counter with a Superplex. However, Balor was able to cradle Gable at the impact to pick up the victory.

Finn Balor defeated Chad Gable via pinfall.

More tag team action was next with The Street Profits against Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler.

Montez Ford started the match off with Roode. Ford was in control and he teamed up with Angelo Dawkins to hit some tandem offense. Roode was able to get to Ziggler who swung things in their way, isolating Dawkins on their side of the ring. Dawkins was able to fight back, tossing Roode outside the ring. Ziggler was looking to interfere but Ford made the save.

Dawkins was unable to get the tag and that left him at the mercy of Ziggler and Roode. Dawkins finally countered a superkick with The Silencer but was unable to get to Ford until hitting a suplex on Roode. Ford came in with a high crossbody, unloading his offense on Roode. Roode and Ford exchanged pin attempts but the match continued.

Roode and Ziggler hit a tandem DDT but Dawkins made the save. Before The Street Profits could secure the victory, Omos charged down to the ring and caused the distraction, allowing Ziggler to finish off Ford for the win.

Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler defeated The Street Profits via pinfall.

Damian Priest and T-Bar met in a no-disqualification match.

The two big men went right to the strikes to start the match. It wasn’t long before they ended up outside the ring. Priest pulled a table out from under the ring, to the job of the crowd. While T-Bar set up the table, Priest was able to use the stairs to launch himself into his opponent. They continued to batter each other outside the ring until Priest was pushed into the ring post.

Priest knocked T-Bar back into the ring but made the mistake of going to the top rope, where T-Bar caught him with a big kick. He would hit a big Samoan Drop from the second rope, crashing down on top of Priest.

The slugfest continued after the commercial break, where T-Bar was firmly in control. Priest fought back, hitting The Broken Arrow for a two count. T-Bar caught Priest on the top rope, choke slamming him into a backbreaker for a two count. T-Bar tied Priest up in the ropes while getting more weapons from under the ring. He started to slam the stick into Priest’s midsection, but the champion was able to fight out of the position, hitting a clothesline.

Priest picked up the chair and started to bludgeon T-Bar. He then choke slammed him from the ring apron, through the table on the floor. Priest then brought T-Bar back into the ring, finishing him off with The Reckoning for the victory.

Damian Priest defeated T-Bar via pinfall.

The main event of the night was a match between Big E and Kevin Owens.

Owens was in control first, initially rolling Big E up, then taking him down with an ankle pick. Big E was talking smack and that allowed Owens to counter with an inverted DDT for a two count. Owens continued with his offense but Big E was not going away.

Owens knocked Big E from the ring but the champion quickly responded with overhead suplexes. Big E ended up on the floor but positioned Owens on the apron for the splash. He missed though, crashing to the ground and Owens hit the rolling senton from the apron. While they were on the floor, Seth Rollins made his way down to the ring.

Owens continued rolling, hitting a Superplex from the top rope. Owens and Big E ended up exchanging slaps, punches, and clotheslines. Big E was able to take control until he missed the big splash, allowing Owens to hit a superkick. He followed that up with a cannonball into the corner. Owens hit the senton but Big E kicked out at two.

Big E finally landed some offense of his own, hitting the Uranage in the corner for a two count. Owens went for another senton from the top but landed on Big E’s knees. That led to the spear through the ropes and to the floor.

Big E went for the Big Ending but Owens got out of it, ramming Big E into the apron. Rollins got a cheap shot on Big E. Owens tried to get the pin but Big E rolled up Owens for the victory.

Big E defeated Kevin Owens via pinfall.