Sasha Banks' claim to the Raw women's title after The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules was certainly suspect. After all, Bayley awarded her the victory over Asuka after stealing the referee's shirt at the pay-per-view event. But after Stephanie McMahon set Asuka and Banks up for a rematch on Monday's edition of WWE Raw, Banks is now officially the Raw women's champion.
Banks and Asuka were once again rock-solid in the ring, but again their match ended controversially. McMahon had established that the rematch would take place with the title able to change hands via disqualification or countout last week, a decision that ultimately cost Asuka the title. In the middle of the match, with Asuka firmly in control, video of Bayley brutally attacking Kairi Sane cut in on the TitanTron. A distracted Asuka was motivated by the screams of her Kabuki Warriors partner to run from the ring to save her friend. Banks, down and out in the center of the ring from Asuka's attack, took the win as Asuka was counted out, becoming Raw women's champion in the process.
In addition to that major title change, WWE champion Drew McIntyre's SummerSlam challenger was set. Read on for a full recap and highlights from the show to see who McIntyre will face at the biggest pay-per-view event of the summer.
WWE Raw results, grades
Randy Orton set his sights on Drew McIntyre: Orton laid out all the things he has done in his career before saying The Rock and Steve Austin can't hold a candle to his resume, accomplishments and accolades. Orton then said that something is missing and he realized this morning that he desired to become WWE champion again. Orton also became the latest person to talk about McIntyre's failures that led to his firing and eventual need to rebuild his career, landing back in WWE and beating Brock Lesnar to become WWE champion. "You've got a problem, and that problem is that you have what I want," Orton said. The Viper then said that once he RKOs McIntyre to become champion, McIntyre will never see it coming. No surprises here. Orton vs. McIntyre has felt like the SummerSlam program for some time, but as hot as Orton as been on the mic, there was nothing here that felt that different from most McIntyre opponent speak. Grade: B
Andrade & Angel Garza def. The Viking Raiders and Ricochet & Cedric Alexander via pinfall in a No. 1 contenders match: The Street Profits handled introductions for all three teams. Andrade and Garza jumped the other teams before the match started. The match was in progress as the show came back from commercial and it took little time before the smaller teams began to work together to try and take out the Raiders. A Ricochet pin attempt on Erik was broken up by Andrade, ending the temporary alliance and allowing Ivar to take over the action. While the Raiders are a fantastic tag team, the pairing of the smaller teams was where the match really was at its best. Ivar did hit a massive summersault dive from the top rope to the outside. That ultimately set up the opportunity for Garza and Andrade to win, however, with Garza taking advantage of the outside chaos to hit Alexander with the Wing Clipper for the victory. It's a shame the Profits and Raiders never really saw their rivalry through to anything serious, but having a strong heel team against them at SummerSlam is what the Profits need to make their title reign something more meaningful. Grade: B-
Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax ended in a double countout: Jax was positioning herself for a title match after Orton's promo earlier in the night when Baszler came to the ring and the two engaged in a brawl, setting up the match. The match had barely begun when the two women began to brawl outside the ring, drawing a quick 10 count to end the match. As officials tried to stop the two from continuing to brawl, each woman took a turn taking out one of the men trying to bring order before they were finally separated. Nothing at all to mention here and there was no benefit to doing the same thing twice in the same show with the same two women. Grade: C-
Dominick Mysterio confronted Seth Rollins: Rollins pointed out that everyone who steps in his way has ended up hurt, including Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, and last week, Aleister Black. Rollins said he didn't want there to be violence with Dominick Mysterio in the building and asked Dominick to come to the ring for a face-to-face, man-to-man confrontation. Dominick walked to the ring, where Murphy held the ropes open for him. Rollins invited him to try to articulate his frustrations, leading Dominick to double-leg Rollins and throw punches before Murphy jumped in and the numbers game took over. Murphy and Rollins put a beating on Dominick outisde the ring as Rollins screamed, "What is wrong with you and your whole family." Black eventually ran in to try to make the save, but Rollins attacked Black's injured arm to cut it short. Rollins eventually laid out Black with a stomp and told Muphy, "You know what you have to do. Are you in this for real?" while looking at the ring steps. Murphy, after a slap from Rollins, dragged Black to the ring steps and shoved Black's eye into the corner, just as Rollins had done to Rey Mysterio. Before any further damage could be done, Dominick ran back into the picture, chasing off Rollins and Murphy with a few shots from a kendo stick. Murphy going the extra mile in living up to Rollins' horrific example was a strong moment, and Dominick handled his end of things well once again. At some point they have to actually pull the trigger with Dominick and see what's there, though. Grade: B
Bobby Lashley def. Mustafa Ali via submission: Ahead of the match, Ali was invited to be a guest on MVP's VIP Lounge, having to enter a ring with MVP, Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. MVP was, of course, interested in helping "guide" Ali's career. Ali, of course, brushed off MVP's offer, offering a clear "no." R-Truth then ran in and tried to score a pin on Benjamin for the 24/7 championship but was run off. Once the match started, Lashley immediately began to dominate with his power offense, tossing Ali around the ring and dropping him with big strikes. During the match, Tozawa ran to ringside with a few ninjas,trying to pin Benjamin at ringside to win the 24/7 title. Lashley then left the ring to join his Hurt Business brothers in taking out a ninja, a distraction that allowed Ali to hit Lashley with a suicide dive. That momentum did not carry through a commercial break with Lashley dominating the action as the show resumed. Ali finally made a big comeback after a tornado DDT and tried to follow up with a 450 splash but Lashley rolled out of the way and seconds later locked up a full nelson for the win. A dominant heel performance is not a bad thing, but this was too long and too one-sided to do anything good for Ali, who has too much dynamic and exciting offense to simply ignore for an entire match. This just was not a well-booked match. Grade: C
Raw Women's Championship -- Sasha Banks def. Auska (c) via countout to win the title: The match had special rules where the title could change hands via count out or disqualification. Kairi Sane chased Bayley to the back immediately after coming out, seemingly evening the odds before the match even began. Asuka got off to a quick start before Banks was able to turn things around after escaping an armbar. Banks grabbed the Raw women's title from ringside and threw it into Asuka's arms to try for a cheap DQ win, but the ref was on to things, tossing the title from the ring as Asuka landed a big kick to Banks' head. Asuka -- dealing with a strong Banks' attack on her leg -- brought heavy striking Banks' way but Banks ducked a backfist into a roll-up for a near fall. Banks locked up the Banks Statement, but Asuka managed to counter and almost locked up an Asuka Lock before Banks knocked her from the ring and dropped her leg-first on the announce table. Asuka barely broke the 10 count, only to find herself locked in a crossface, but Asuka reversed into an ankle lock. The match was broken into with Bayley brutalizing Sane backstage. Asuka was distracted by the beating put on Sane and Sane screaming for Asuka. With Banks down and out, Asuka ran from the ring to save her friend, taking the 10 count loss, and losing the title in the process. A furious Asuka was shown leaving the locker room screaming later in the show. Again, Banks and Asuka put on a great match marred by a terrible finish, just like Extreme Rules. But with Bayley and Banks officially singles champions in addition to their tag titles, it appears to finally be time to pull the trigger on the long-awaited feud. Grade: B-
Murphy def. Humberto Carrillo via pinfall: Murphy, riding the wave of momentum from driving Aleister Black's eye into the ring steps, started strong, but it didn't last before Carrillo got fired up, culminating in a huge suicide dive. Carrillo cut off the initial Murphy comeback with a huge superkick. Murphy was eventually able to counter Carrillo coming off the top rope with a big knee before he hit Murphy's Law for the pin and the victory, continuing the momentum he picked up earlier in the night. This was a solid match, as expected, but only went about seven minutes when these two men have a much better match in them. Grade: B-
Drew McIntyre (c) def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall in a non-title Extreme Rules match: Before the match, McIntyre accepted Orton's challenge for a title match at SummerSlam. Before he could go much further, McIntyre was interrupted by Ziggler, who demanded to know what the stipulation for their match would be. McIntyre chose a very simple stipulation, Extreme Rules for both competitors. The match immediately went into no-DQ mode, with the men taking it to each other on the outside of the ring before McIntyre loaded up the ring with chairs and a table. Ziggler took over with a kendo stick, both landing several shots and pulling on McIntyre's face with the weapon. McIntyre eventually took the stick away from Ziggler and tried to turn the tables, but Ziggler attacked the knee of the WWE champion. McIntyre regained control, tossing Ziggler around the ring with a series of belly-to-belly suplexes. Again, Ziggler attacked the knee to cut off the McIntyre attack, following up with a Fameasser. Ziggler also countered a Claymore with a Zig Zag for a near fall. Moments later, McIntyre hit a Claymore that drove Ziggler through a table propped in the ring for a three count. As McIntyre celebrated, Randy Orton slid into the ring and hit an RKO on the champion, closing the show posing with the title belt. The match between Ziggler and McIntyre was outstanding, as was their Extreme Rules clash. The Orton attack was predictable, but necessary to move things toward the SummerSlam showdown. Grade: A-