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WWE Raw Match Results – August 22nd, 2016

We’re not one day out from SummerSlam and there’s already a problem, as new WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor is injured and will have to relinquish the title. How will WWE address the newly-created vacancy for the Raw brand’s main title? We’ve got all the results from the first Raw after SummerSlam right here!

Live from Brooklyn, New York

Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon introduced WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor, who was being forced to vacate the title due to a torn labrum suffered during his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. A variety of wrestlers came out to attempt to lay claim to the title, leading to Foley and Steph making a series of matches for the evening, with the winners moving on to a Fatal 4-Way match next week for the vacant title.

– Seth Rollins d. Sami Zayn (pinfall, Pedigree). Rollins advanced to the Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Title.

Sami sold an ankle injury for most of the match. Given the recent injury woes, he needs to stop being so good at that.

– Kevin Owens d. Neville (pinfall, Argentine neckbreaker). Owens advanced to the Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Title.

The New Day attempted to celebrate their 365th day as WWE Tag Team Champions, but were interrupted by Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.

– Big E d. Karl Anderson (pinfall, Big Ending)

Titus O’Neil cut a promo (well, he tried to, anyway) about how happy he was to dump Darren Young as a partner a year ago, and demanded Young come out to face him. Bob Backlund ran in and actually briefly locked Titus in the Crossface Chickenwing, but is slammed by Titus. Young runs in, but Titus hits him with Clash of the Titus.

– Big Cass d. Rusev by countout. Big Cass advanced to the Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Title.

Rusev sold a rib injury from last night’s assault by Reigns, and walked out of the match.

Charlotte cut a promo about how she had ended Sasha’s reign and did it all on her own. Mick Foley interrupted to introduce the newest member of the Raw Women’s Division, Bayley. Cue the wacky arm-waving inflatable tube men! Charlotte remains unimpressed, saying there was a reason Bayley got left behind in NXT during the Revolution. Bayley responded by challenging Charlotte for the Women’s title. Charlotte offered Dana Brooke as a sacrifice instead.

– Bayley d. Dana Brooke (pinfall, Bayley-to-Belly Suplex)

It was announced that the Cruiserweight Division will debut on Raw September 19th

– Braun Strowman d. Johnny Knockout (pinfall, Reverse Chokeslam)

The Dudleyz came out to announce their retirement, thanked the crowd, and said that they were happy to be retiring on their own terms. The Shining Stars interrupted, in order to present the Dudleyz with a pair of tickets to Puerto Rico. The Dudleyz laid out Primo and Epico with their signature spots, setting up for a 3D through a table, but they were attacked by Anderson and Gallows, who put D’von through the table with a Magic Killer.

– Roman Reigns d. Chris Jericho (pinfall, Spear). Reigns advanced to the Fatal 4-Way for the Universal Title.

Would you believe we had the finish to this match written well before it even happened? You would? Yeah, it’s probably not a big shock. He also powered out of the Walls of Jericho, kicked out of a Codebreaker, and fought off the interference of Kevin Owens multipe times on his way to victory, but that’s probably even less surprising.

Anyway, next week, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and Big Cass will face off in a match where the winner will become the new WWE Universal Champion!

Oh come on, at least pretend you can’t guess.

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.