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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 24 | Bleacher Report
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Less than 24 hours after a blockbuster SummerSlam, WWE Raw focused on setting up Payback, yet another pay-per-view extravaganza presented by the sports-entertainment empire this Sunday night.
What rivalries spilled over from The Biggest Party of the Summer, which Superstars sought to establish themselves leading into the final third of 2020 and what impact did former NXT Champion Keith Lee make in his first night with the brand?
Find out now with this recap of the August 24 episode of the flagship.
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Segments already announced for the broadcast are:
- WWE Champion Drew McIntyre kicks off the show.
- Keith Lee makes his Raw debut.
- Mark Henry officiates an arm-wrestling contest between Apollo Crews and Bobby Lashley.
- Aleister Black returns as guest on The Kevin Owens Show.
- Ivar vs. Dolph Ziggler on Raw Underground
Conspicuous by their absence at SummerSlam, Retribution figures to make their presence felt at some point Monday night. What they have planned for the brand will indicate how significant a role they will play moving forward, or if they will ultimately go the way of the SmackDown hacker and disappear.
And who will join Ivar and Ziggler on this week’s edition of Raw Underground?
Coverage begins at 8:00 PM.
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Fresh off a victory in a physical battle with Randy Orton, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre kicked off Monday’s broadcast, accompanied by impressive pyro inside the WWE Thunderdome.
McIntyre attributed his win over The Viper to being hungrier and more driven than Orton. He said he understood what it was like to experience hard times, but not Orton. He was always so coddled and protected.
The Scottish Psychopath wondered after Orton spent so much time bragging about being the best wrestler in the world, what that makes him now that he beat the third-generation star. He challenged Orton to step up for one more battle because he will do what he did not at SummerSlam: send him to Claymore Country.
McIntyre headed up the ramp and held his title high overhead, only to be attacked by Orton. A brawl spilled into the production center, where Orton delivered a sickening punt before producers and referees arrived on the scene.
A second punt left the WWE champion lying as Orton looked on, clearly proud of his actions.
This was a relatively standard victory speech from McIntyre, followed by the predictable attack by Orton.
What elevated it above the standard fare is the consecutive punts that left McIntyre stunned and his well-being in question. What if he suffered a concussion and cannot defend his title at Payback? It is a question the show will likely address and the sort of angle fans can invest in for the remainder of the show.
Kudos to McIntyre for bringing energy to his promo, even if he did try a bit too hard to put over the Thunderdome.
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