WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Sasha Banks shocks in champions vs. challengers match as heels dominate – CBSSports.com

With the WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view looming in a few weeks, WWE champion Drew McIntyre and Raw women’s champion Asuka are prepping for the challenges of Dolph Ziggler and Sasha Banks, respectively. The champions teamed up to take on their challengers in a high-octane mixed tag match in the main event of Raw, falling in what was a big night for the heel locker room.

The show opened with Banks and Asuka already brawling ahead of a planed dual contract signing segment. After McIntyre left the stipulation for his match with Ziggler up to the challenger, the night’s main event was set. Ultimately, Banks and Ziggler were able to pick up the win to end the night when Banks reversed the Asuka Lock into the winning pin, taking some big momentum into the coming PPV while reminding why the challengers pose unique threats to the champions.

Seth Rollins, MVP, Andrade and Angel Garza also had big nights as heels dominated the evening. CBS Sports was with you all night long, bringing you all the recaps and highlights you need for the WWE’s flagship television program. Read on for all the details.

WWE Raw results, grades

Double contract signing for Extreme Rules: The show opened with Sasha Banks, Bayley and Asuka brawling in the ring in front of the contract signing table and with Samoa Joe in the ring as the host. The women were separated, but when Joe began to talk, a brawl broke out again. Dolph Ziggler’s music hit and he interrupted the chaos before introducing Drew McIntyre. As everyone was finally seated at the table, Ziggler again took credit for McIntyre’s career successes and said he’d break McIntyre by surviving all of his best shots and getting back up. McIntyre signed the contract, making it official and accepting that they used to be family, and he has figured out that Ziggler needs the title because he’s never been the center of attention he has wanted, always dropping the ball when he gets close. McIntyre then allowed Ziggler to pick the match stipulation. A surprised Ziggler was cut off by the rantings of Asuka, who signed the contract for her match with Banks. Banks said she’s not the same woman Asuka dealt with in the past, and promised to take over the “whole damn company” with Bayley, leading to yet another brawl, this time with the men joining in and Ziggler bailing to avoid a Claymore. It was a good choice to see the show open mid-brawl, giving a bit of an electric open to the show. The roundtable statements didn’t do much new, but the chaos was good enough to not be a letdown. This was used as the set-up to the mixed tag main event later in the night. Grade: B

Ric Flair delivered a message to Big Show on Randy Orton’s behalf: Big Show pulled rank backstage, bumping the tag match between Andrade and Angel Garza and The Viking Raiders because he wanted to address his issues with Orton. Show entered the ring and called out Orton, but it was Andrade, Garza and Zelina Vega who made their way to the entrance ramp. Garza and Andrade questioned Show’s status as a legend as he repeatedly said he wasn’t in the mood to play before inviting them to fight. Vega said they’d do Orton a favor, and as Andrade and Garza were about to enter the ring, Ric Flair’s music hit. Flair told Show, that Orton would deal with him soon enough before telling Andrade and Garza to have some fun. Before they could attempt to attack, The Viking Raiders music hit and they ran out to initiate a brawl. Flair’s promo was clunky, but it’s unfair to still expect greatness from him at this point in his life. But, for as great as all things Orton have been recently, this Orton-adjacent segment fell a bit flat. Flair later asked to speak to Vega, Garza and Andrade. Grade: C-

Andrade & Angel Garza def. The Viking Raiders via pinfall: Zelina Vega was on commentary for the match, which kicked off directly after the brawl between the teams that ended the previous segment. After getting off to a hot start, the teamwork between Garza and Andrade eventually broke down into an argument, showing they hadn’t moved on from the issues that plagued them during their issues with Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. Things eventually got back on track and Andrade distracted the referee while Garza slammed Erik into the ring post. Andrade hit his back elbow and Garza used a blind tag to steal the glory with a Wing Clipper, frustrating Andrade as the three count was scored. While Garza celebrated, Andrade walked off to the back, angry despite the win. This was perfectly fine, though unspectacular television wrestling with a nice finishing sprint segment. Grade: B-

24/7 Championship — R-Truth def. Akira Tozawa (c) via pinfall to win the title: This was a very short match. Truth avoided a bit of a “ninja fire up” moment from Tozawa before faking a knee injury. He then ducked behind with a schoolboy for the pin to regain the 24/7 championship, using deception to beat a ninja. Tozawa’s ninjas attacked and tried to take the title back, but Truth escaped the ring and ran out through the crowd. Grade: C

Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio exchanged messages: Before coming to the ring, Rollins told Murphy that he had to deliver his most important message yet. Rollins said that Rey Mysterio has a duty to uphold, but has the problem of not “seeing things too clearly” lately. Rollins again said that Rey’s duty was that of a sacrifice for the good of Raw. Rollins then asked for Rey’s forgiveness, “begging” him to forgive him not for his past actions, but for what he has been forced to do in the future. “We are bound by fate, and as fate would have it, I am the Monday Night Messiah,” Rollins said. “As fate would have it, Rey Mysterio, you are meant to be a sacrifice for the greater good of Monday Night Raw.” He then promised to take a piece of Mysterio every time he entered the ring, tearing him apart until there was nothing left but a memory. Rey and Dominick Mysterio then interrupted with a remote interview. Rey then asked Dominick to forgive him for what he is going to do to Rollins. Rey then told Rollins to remember “an eye for an eye” and said that what he would do would not be fate, but by design. Rollins then told Dominick he could end his career before it ever ends, bringing Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo to the ring to end the interview. While the overall story has been fine and Dominick’s involvement has been interesting, the loop of Rollins talking about Rey being a sacrifice and promises of what is to come has fallen into a bit of a basic pattern. Grade: B-

Seth Rollins & Murphy def. Humberto Carrillo & Aleister Black via pinfall: This was a very hot tag match with an extremely fast pace. The first convincing near fall came after Carrillo hit Murphy with a 619 for a two count. Rollins hit a knee strike from the top rope on Carrillo as Murphy held him up for a powerbomb for a two count moments later. Rollins managed to hit Carrillo with the stomp for the pin. Black attempted to jump Rollins after the match but was quickly taken out. Rollins then demanded Murphy take Carrillo to the ring steps. Carrillo fought them off but Murphy hit him with the ring steps to drop him. Rollins put Rey Mysterio’s mask on Carrillo and again directed Murphy to drag Carrillo to the ring steps. Black saved Carrillo from having his eye put into the corner of the steps, but in the ensuing brawl, Rollins managed to hit a stomp on Carrillo onto the top of the steps before running up the ramp triumphant. This was a good match and the post match flowed well, even if Rollins has failed over and over to put anyone’s eye out since doing it to Mysterio. Grade: B+

Peyton Royce def. Ruby Riott via pinfall: The match came after The IIconics confronted Riott backstage about having no friends, leading Riott to issue a challenge for a singles match. Royce attacked Riott’s arm early, hampering her offensive output. Riott worked through it, but her comeback was cut off by a bit of Billie Kay distraction. Royce followed up the distraction with a corkscrew brainbuster for a quick victory. The IIconics will never be the best in-ring workers in WWE, but that’s not the appeal of their package. They are one of the most consistent comedy acts in the promotion and that showed in the earlier backstage segment. Grade: C+

Big Show def. Andrade & Angel Garza via pinfall in a handicap match: Andrade and Garza had trouble with the size and power of Show early, with Garza taking an early beating. Andrade kept demanding Garza get back in the ring and avoiding tags until Garza finally tagged him in. Show drilled both men with massive chops throughout the match while also throwing them around at will. Garza finally got Show down, at which point Andrade hit a blind tag to get himself in the ring to try to steal the moment. Garza and Andrade argued before Garza left and told Andrade, “this is your moment,” leaving him alone in the ring. Andrade then turned around into a chokeslam for the pin. Show then picked Andrade up and dropped him again, this time with a massive right hand. Andrade and Garza’s issues are interesting, even if WWE truly missed an opportunity to turn Zelina Vega’s boys into a dominant faction around the start of the lockdown era. But the handicap match was very by-the-numbers in-ring. Grade: B-

MVP def. Apollo Crews (c) via pinfall in a non-title match: Before the match, MVP again ran down Crews, saying the current U.S. champ was disrespectful by turning down the services of the greatest United States champion ever. Crews interrupted him, saying he is a self-made man and that MVP only cares about helping himself. MVP dominated the early stretch, forcing Crews onto the defensive. After avoiding a big boot from MVP, Crews hit a big spinebuster on MVP. Moments later, Bobby Lashley provided a distraction, allowing MVP to knock Crews from the top rope, hit a big boot and a fisherman suplex for the pinfall victory. Crews attacked MVP after the match, but was quickly assaulted by Lashley, who put Crews in a full nelson until Ricochet and Cedric Alexander ran out to break up the hold. It’s great to see Crews in a fully formed storyline, even if MVP is not the best dance partner for someone of his caliber. Grade: B

Bobby Lashley def. Ricochet via submission: The post-match action after Apollo Crews’ loss to MVP led to an impromptu match between Ricochet and Lashley. Ricochet tried to use his speed and agility to avoid the early attack of Lashley, but the anger and power of Lashley took things over as he threw Ricochet all over in and out of the ring. Lashley tossed Ricochet into the ringpost and had the match won by count out, but chose to break the count. Ricochet avoided a spear by simply falling down, but Lashley tried to follow up with a full nelson. Ricochet countered, dumped Lashley to the outside and tried to dive on him from the apron. Ricochet drove Lashley into the ringpost and hit a springboard moonsault back in the ring for a two count. As Lashley went to the top rope, MVP provided a distraction before Cedric Alexander took him out. Unfortunately for Ricochet, a bloodied Lashley drove him into the mat moments later and locked in a full nelson for the win. As Alexander entered the ring to check on his partner, Lashley locked him in a Full Nelson as well. This was a very good TV match and Lashley has arguably never felt more dangerous than he does now. Grade: B+

Sasha Banks & Dolph Ziggler def. Asuka & Drew McIntyre via pinfall: This match began to lay some big expectations for what we can expect between Ziggler and McIntyre at Extreme Rules. The two men put on some good action, countering each other and playing into the idea that they know each other very well from their past as partners. With four excellent in-ring competitors in action, things clicked well with smooth action throughout. After McIntyre took things over on Ziggler, Banks entered the ring and began to yell at the WWE champion. Eventually, this led Asuka to get in the ring and deliver a kick to the head for a two count. After some brief back-and-forth between the women, Banks locked in the Banks Statement. Asuka then locked in the Asuka Lock and Banks managed to reverse, using the hold to pin Asuka’s shoulders to the canvas for the three count and the victory after a very good mixed tag match. Grade: B+