WWE Monday Night RAW Results: Sasha Banks Makes In-Ring Return and King of the Ring Continues

The tides of Monday Night RAW are turning after Braun Strowman and Universal Champion Seth Rollins defeated The OC to capture the RAW Tag Team Championships last week.

"The Monster Among Men" and "The Architect" used their power and speed to take out Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (and an interfering AJ Styles) to stay atop of the card. However, Strowman has his sights set on Rollins' Universal Championship which may cause some friction between the new tag champions.

The question now becomes if Strowman and Rollins can play nice long enough to stave off an inevitable retaliation from The OC or will Braun's desire to be the top champion cause the team to implode?

On the women's side, Sasha Banks is set to make her in-ring return as she faces off against Natalya. Banks has attacked Natalya two weeks in a row, and now Nattie looks to get her own retribution tonight. This will be Sasha's first match since WrestleMania 35 while Nattie took RAW Womens' Champion Becky Lynch to the edge of defeat at SummerSlam. Who has the advantage?

The King of the Ring tournament continues with two more first round matches. The first is between Baron Corbin and The Miz. Corbin is coming back from a short break and a new attitude while The Miz continues to play everyone's favorite face. The Miz was attacked by Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn on last week's episode of SmackDown Live so he may not be 100 percent for his matchup tonight.

In the other matchup, Drew McIntyre takes on former US Champion, Ricochet. It'll be a clash of styles as McIntyre's power will look to ground Ricochet's high-flying offense.

Here's everything that happened on the August 26 episode of Monday Night RAW.

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Opening Segment

  • Sasha Banks opens up the evening with a promo. Sasha says she has been away for four months, not saying a word. She says all the talks about her at WrestleMania are true, the having a fit, crying on the locker room floor and "taking her ball and going home." She says she was upset that she had to defend Tag Team titles that she didn't care about and titles that meant less while Becky Lynch got to main event WrestleMania with Ronda Rousey.
  • Sasha says that she took her vacations and came back with a plan. She waited for the right time and she found it when Natalya came out two weeks ago and lied to her face. And then Becky came out for the save, but Sasha is the talk of the women's division and is the foundation.
  • Natalya comes out and she and Sasha fight on the outside before being pulled apart

Street Profits Segment

  • Street Profits give a recap of what happened so far and then hype up the rest of the night. They explain that there will be a tag team turmoil match to determine the number one contenders for the RAW Tag Team Championships. The participants are: The Revival, Gallows and Anderson, Heavy Machinery, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Viking Raiders, B-Team, Lucha House Party, and Dolphs Ziggler and Bobby Roode.

Ricochet vs Drew McIntyre - King of the Ring Tournament Match

  • Ricochet wins via pinfall after a 630
  • The finish was set up by a Recoil before the 630

Backstage Interview

  • Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman have an interview. Rollins says that anyone who wants to step up to them they can.
  • Strowman asks who is going to challenge Rollins for his Universal Championship. Braun says he challenges Seth for his title. Seth says he doesn't back down from a challenge and accepts it.

The Miz vs Baron Corbin - King of the Ring Tournament Match

  • Before the match, Miz says that he wants it all. And that this is his first step towards becoming King Awesome.
  • Corbin wins via pinfall after an End of Days
  • Corbin did kick out of a Skull-Crushing Finale
  • After the match, Corbin puts on the crown at the top of the ramp and sits on the throne. He gets on the mic and says that a WWE poll showed that the fans wanted anyone but him to win. Corbin says that luckily he doesn't care what they say and that the people need to get used to hearing King Corbin.

Gallows and Anderson Interview

  • The tag team are asked about their mindset heading into the match. They say that Seth and Braun got their tag title out of thin air and they have to go through seven other teams for a rematch. They say it's unfair but they're ready to show the WWE who deserves the titles.

Bayley vs Nikki Cross

  • Alexa Bliss isn't in Nikki's corner
  • Bayley wins via pinfall after a Flying Elbow

Braun Strowman Interview

  • He says that Clash of Champions will be a busy night for him, but he's ready to walk out of the pay-per-view with all of the titles. And AJ Styles is going to get these hands later tonight.

Tag Team Turmoil Match

  • Viking Raiders and B-Team start things off
  • Viking Raiders eliminates B-Team after hitting the Viking Experience on Bo Dallas. B-Team had the early advantage but it didn't last long.
  • The OC are next and they use double team tactics until all four men brawl in the ring. The referee eliminates both teams for not following the rules
  • Roode and Ziggler, and Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) are the next teams in.
  • Ziggler pins Metalik after a Super Kick to the back of the neck
  • The Revival are next. Bobby Roode pins Scott Dawson after a Glorious DDT. The finish was set up when The Revival didn't realize Roode was the legal man.
  • Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder are next. Ziggler pins Ryder after a Super Kick in a relatively short match.
  • Heavy Machinery are the last team. After a hard-fought match, Roode pins Tucker with a Glorious DDT.
  • Roode and Ziggler will go to Clash of Champions to face Rollins and Strowman for the RAW Tag Team Championships.

Sasha Banks vs Natalya

  • Sasha wins via submission after a Bank Statement
  • The finish was set up when Sasha pulls Nattie's injured arm to force the tap
  • After the match, Sasha hit Nattie with the Bank Statement again

AJ Styles Interview

  • Backstage, AJ is asked about Braun's rematch for the US title. Styles says that Gallows and Anderson were screwed out of the tag team turmoil.
  • He says he doesn't need Gallows and Anderson in his corner because he's AJ Styles. He says he's going to give what Braun deserves, nothing.

Cedric Alexander vs Cesaro

  • The story of this match is Cesaro trying to hurt Alexander so he can replace him in the King of the Ring tournament. Throughout the match, Cesaro targets the leg.
  • Alexander wins via pinfall after a Lumbar Check

Roode/Zigger Interview

  • Ziggler says that he doesn't trust anyone but he saw Roode and that he could tell he wanted to partner with him. Roode says they are the best-looking tag team out there.

Street Profits Segment

  • Montez Ford recaps what's going on with the tag team division when he waits for Dawkins to interject but his tag team partner is ready to party on Bourbon Street. They are about to give their thoughts on the Strowman and AJ match when Braun walks past them.

AJ Styes (c) vs Braun Strowman - US Championship Match

  • Gallows, Anderson and Seth Rollins are barred from ringside
  • During the match, the referee takes a bump to the outside allowing for AJ Styles to hit Strowman in the groin. Strowman hits AJ with a power slam but there's no referee to count the pin.
  • Gallows and Anderson come down to the ring with a chair and start to hit him, but "The Monster Among Men" fights them off and is about to hit AJ with the chair when the referee comes to.
  • AJ Styles wins via disqualification
  • Strowman, upset with the decision destroys all three members of The OC with a chair.

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