Welcome to the “WWE Raw” results for August 22, 2022, from Wrestling Inc.
Toronto, Ontario’s Scotiabank Arena will host tonight’s performance!
In his hometown, Edge plans to exact revenge on Damian Priest from Judgment Day. Late in February of this year, Edge established Judgment Day and enlisted Priest to aid him in gaining the upper hand in his conflict with AJ Styles. Shortly after Rhea Ripley joined, the pair turned on Edge during the June 6 episode of “Raw,” with Finn Balor helping them and taking over as the group’s leader. Although Edge was given up on programming, he came back as a face at Summerslam. He has been trying to make Judgment Day pay for what they did to him over the past few weeks with the help of his buddies Rey and Dominik Mysterio.
In a competition to win the vacant Women’s Tag Team Championship, Dakota Kai and IYO Sky will also compete against Alexa Bliss and Asuka. The victor advances to the finals where they will take on either Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah or Toxic Attraction. Since the two, along with Bayley, forced a bout between Kai and Sky to end in disqualification on the show’s August 1 episode, Kai and Sky have had their differences with Bliss and Asuka. In recent weeks, Bianca Belair, the “Raw” Women’s Champion, has also supported them as she seeks retribution for Bayley, Sky, and Kai’s assault on Becky Lynch’s dislocated shoulder.
Trish Stratus, a legendary figure in women’s wrestling who was born in Toronto, will also make her come back to the organization tonight. When Stratus last competed for the organization, it was at Summerslam 2019 at the same venue as tonight’s show, when he lost to Charlotte Flair.
Trish Stratus makes her return
Trish Stratus grabs a microphone and walks over to the ring. She claims that it feels fantastic to be back in the ring rather than in Toronto. Before Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO Sky enter the ring, she declares that she has been thinking a lot lately.
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After the commercial break, Bayley claims that “Raw” is the best show to watch. Stratus responds that there will be a significant bout with Edge later when she inquires as to her purpose for being here. Bayley responds that they don’t care what she has to say when she claims she had anything to say before being rudely cut off. She wonders who she believes she is and responds that Stratus is the past.
The song of Bianca Belair starts, and she complements Stratus. She tells Bayley that she ought to be praising Stratus and promises to remind her what a pioneer Stratus is. She asserts that she should cease acting disrespectfully because Toronto is her city. Belair claims she is capable of self-defense. Stratus asserts that she can transition from being retired to having been retired. Before Alexa Bliss and Asuka’s music begins, Bayley announces that it’s 3 on 2. It’s a 3-on-4 match, she declares, and they are the “future Women’s Tag Team Champions.” Bayley claims she is feeling kind and will overlook it. Stratus sends his best wishes to Kai and Sky for their match.
Dakota Kai and IYO Sky vs. Alexa Bliss and Asuka
Winners: Dakota Kai and IYO Sky
We go to Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Patrick backstage. He tells him that he will get over his loss to Theory last week when he is questioned about it. When Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley enter, they comment on how he leverages younger talent to stay relevant. Before slapping him and heading to the ring, Balor declares that Ziggler can’t teach him anything.
When we return from the break, we get footage of Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre’s last-week encounter. Rhea Ripley and Finn Balor descend to the ring.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor
Winner: Finn Balor
To visit Aliyah, we go backstage. She asserts that Raquel Rodriguez is a badass while she is a boujee badass. As they enter, Bayley, IYO Sky, and Dakota Kai make fun of her. Raquel shouldn’t be left alone, Bayley warns, and she wonders where she is. Once inside, Trish Stratus declares that she is not alone. On behalf of Aliyah, she dares Bayley to a match later tonight, and Bayley agrees.
Back at ringside, Alpha Academy heads down.
After the break, Chad Gable returns and commands the crowd to “Shoosh.” They will be taking on new students, he claims, and he has an important announcement to make. They claim to start a fresh search before defacing Toronto. He starts by disparaging the Toronto Maple Leafs before announcing that the first-ever Alpha Academy Open Challenge will be held and challenging the best.
Kevin Owens vs. Chad Gable
To respond to the summons, Kevin Owens moves toward the ring.
As soon as the bell sounds, Owens attacks Gable with his right fist. Owens keeps attacking with kicks as the men scatter outside. When they enter the ring again, Owens knocks Gable out. He gives Gable many chops. Before Owens throws a clothesline and a senton, Gable kicks him in the face. Owens chases Gable as he tolls to the outside. Before Owens trips Gable, he performs a suplex. On the apron, Gable does a back body drop, followed by a German suplex.
After the intermission, Gable does a German suplex. Before Owens responds with one of his own, he hits another one. After landing a cannonball in the corner, Owens fired a forearm shot. Before Owens connects with a modified backbreaker and a Frog Splash off the top rope, Gable counters with a few of his own. Gable does a second suplex before attempting a pin, but Owens kicks out. Gable scales the summit and delivers a diving headbutt. When he attempts to pin Owens, Owens kicks out. Before Owens throws a suplex from the rope, Gable and Owens ascend to the top. He attempts to pin Gable, but she kicks him out. Gable raises his knees as Owens scales the summit and flips. For the victory, Owens throws the Pop Up Power Bomb.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Otis attacks Owens from behind after the game. Gable is knocked against the ring post by Owens after he fights him off. Owens gets knocked out and thrown into the ring by Otis. Before dropping a powerbomb on Gable on Otis, he stuns Otis.
We make our way to Judgment Day backstage. Before Priest addresses Edge, they all chuckle about controlling the Mysteries. Edge will be forced to scream in front of his friends and family, according to him, and then be sent back into retirement.
As we enter the commercial, Aliyah returns to ringside and enters the ring.
Bayley vs. Aliyah
Bayley enters the ring after returning from the break.
When the bell sounds, Bayley throws Aliyah to the ground. Aliyah strikes with an arm drag, a drop kick, and a crossbody. Following a series of kicks in the corner, Bayley suplexes the opponent. Aliyah is still being beaten down by her before she suplexes her. Aliyah receives a sliding lariat from Bayley, who then tries to pin her but she kicks out. Aliyah receives a double knee from Bayley, but she is thrown out of the ring by Aliyah. Prior to returning Bayley to the ring, she strikes a bulldog. Right before locking on a single-leg Boston crab, she fires down right hands. Bayley makes her getaway and wins with a Rose Plant.
Dakota Kai and IYO Sky go to the victory to celebrate IYO Sky’s victory after the match.
As we enter the backstage area, Bobby Lashley and AJ Styles are approaching the ring. The Miz and Ciampa enter the ring.
AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley enter the ring after the break.
The Miz and Ciampa vs. AJ Styles and Bobby Lashley
Winners: N/A (Disqualification via interference)
Styles and Lashley level Ciampa despite his best efforts to beat them down, and Lashley then hits a Spear.
A video promoting tonight’s fight between Edge and Damian Priest is shown to us. Damian Priest is then shown getting ready for the game.
Johnny Gargano Makes His Surprise Return!
When Theory’s music starts, he enters the ring. A lot has transpired since he departed and he queries whether this is true. Before Theory reveals what he has accomplished since Gargano’s departure, he claims to have been following Theory. He claims to have already fulfilled Gargano’s goals and acknowledges that he couldn’t have done it without him. He claims to have mentored him in NXT and contrasts himself with Gargano as the veteran. According to theory, he can move his bags and briefcase. According to theory, he can demonstrate Gargano The Way and everyone adores them both. They prepare to give each other a high five as suggested by theory, but Gargano kicks him in the face with a super kick.
Replay of the fight between Seth Rollins and Riddle at the start of the show is shown when we return from the break. The schedule for the show the next week is discussed.
Damian Priest walks away from the ring’s entrance. Edge follows him to a thunderous cheer from the locals.
Edge vs. Damian Priest
He places Priest’s head on a chair after the match, but Rhea Ripley enters the ring and strikes Edge with a low blow. When he enters, Finn Balor executes the Coup de Grace. Beth Phoenix, who is watching the bout, snatches the chair as Balor attempts to use it to beat down Judgment Day. With the end of the show, Judgment Day retreats.