WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 8, 2014) from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later on this month in Nashville.
Advertised for tonight: Jerry Springer returns to get involved in the Bella twins feud, Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 8
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We start with the steel cage being lowered to the ring. Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho will lead us off tonight after a hype video for the Raw Season Premiere.
Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho (Steel Cage match)
The match starts with Wyatt and Jericho trading momentum for a good while until Wyatt eventually hurls Jericho into the wall of the cage and then runs into him (as he's still pinned against the cage wall). Wyatt has control as we head into break.
We come back from break with Wyatt nailing Jericho with a flying shoulder for a two count. Wyatt attempts to climb out of the cage, but Jericho piggy-backs Wyatt into an electric chair slam. This allows for Jericho to regain control and hit the Lionsault. However, Wyatt powers out of an attempted Walls of Jericho, leading Jericho to throw Wyatt into the side of the cage. This allows Jericho to make an escape attempt, but Wyatt catches up to him and delivers a huge superplex.
As Charles Robinson attempts a ten count on both downed men, Bray Wyatt does his crab walk toward the cage door, but is denied by Jericho. This leads to another Walls of Jericho attempt, of which Wyatt escapes again. He then hits his huge uranage for a two count. Wyatt catapults Jericho into the corner, but Jericho is able to catch himself and attempt another escape. Wyatt breaks the attempt up again and eats ten mounted punches and a hurricurrana from Jericho. However, as Jericho is about to escape the cage, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan group below him, and Bray Wyatt starts to get up. So what is Jericho going to do?
Simple: HE HITS WYATT WITH A FLYING FOREARM FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE!!! This leads to a loud "This is awesome" chant from the crowd, but it leaves Jericho with a tweaked knee. After more offense, Jericho attempts to escape the cage via the door, but Bray catches up and tries everything he can to prevent Jericho from escaping. This leads to Wyatt assaulting Jericho's injured knee and allowing him to gain the victory.
Bray Wyatt escapes the cage to defeat Chris Jericho
After the match, Wyatt continues beating down Jericho, culminating in Wyatt hitting him with Sister Abigail inside the cage.
Backstage, an overly excited Kane and Seth Rollins discuss the cage match that just happened. Triple H comes in to put over the season premiere of Raw and promises something unforgettable. Randy Orton comes in and offers to do something to Roman Reigns that will top what Rollins did to Dean Ambrose. Orton gets permission for this unforgettable thing from Triple H.
We come back from break with Dolph Ziggler in the ring. He brings up last week's iCloud hacking scandal and condemns the actions of the hackers. However, he then says that he has some "very suggestive" pictures of The Miz, which he then shows to the crowd. These pics include Miz wearing a hair covering and Miz shaving his chest.
Before the final pic can be shown, The Miz and Damien Mizdow come out. The Miz is pissed and claims that the pics are for "medical purposes only." He threatens Ziggler with a lawsuit if those pictures are republished. In addition, Miz says that "[Ziggler] will never work in this town again" if the final pic is shown. Ziggler disobeys and shows the final picture, which is of a naked Miz with Damien Mizdow spraying spray tan on his ass. This leads to Miz sicing Mizdow on Ziggler. However, Ziggler delivers a dropkick and Zig Zag to Mizdow, causing Miz and Mizdow to high-tail it out of the ring.
And if you wanted to see them again, the three pics are quickly shown again.
Natalya & Rosa Mendes vs AJ Lee & Paige
Paige and Natalya start with some chain wrestling. Natalya powers Paige to her corner and tags in Rosa. After a double suplex, Rosa attempts a pin, but Paige kicks out and slaps Rosa. She then does those mounted headbutts. Paige maintains control of Rosa until Rosa hits Paige with something. Rosa starts going for a tag, but turns around to go after Paige some more. Paige responds by delivering some knees to Rosa's chest. However, as Paige reenters the ring, AJ tags herself in and slaps on the Black Widow for the win.
AJ Lee/Paige defeat Natalya/Rosa by submission
After the match, Paige and AJ have a staredown in the ring. During this, AJ takes Paige's title and kisses it. After AJ kisses it, Paige takes the title back and kisses it as well. AJ then leaves the ring.
Recap of the Jericho/Wyatt cage match.
Chris Jericho is with the trainer backstage. As Jericho applies an ice bag to his tweaked knee, Randy Orton attacks Jericho from behind.
"What can I say? It's the season premiere." - Randy Orton.
Paul Heyman is introduced and blesses us with his amazingness. Heyman says that Brock Lesnar has authorized him to disseminate some confidential information.
However, as he is about to disseminate this information, John Cena comes out and tells Heyman to spill that information to his face. Heyman obliges by telling Cena about how he can beat Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions. Cena responds by saying that he knows how to beat Lesnar, and that boils down to three words: "Never give up." Cena then gives Heyman one of his "Never Give Up" handkerchiefs and tells him to give it to Lesnar.
Heyman responds by ripping into John Cena's true intentions in an expert manner. He then reveals how Cena can beat Lesnar: by giving in. Heyman also tries to get Cena to turn against those who chant "Cena sucks." This campaign eventually leads to Heyman mocking Cena's old rapper gimmick. This leads to Heyman revealing that Cena can, in fact, beat Lesnar by giving in to his hatred and using that to his advantage.
Heyman's words anger Cena to the point that he nearly leaves the ring. However, he reenters and yells "SHUT UP PAUL HEYMAN!!!" Cena says that he cannot be turned against the WWE Universe for nothing more than a cheap pop. Cena starts to rip Heyman, saying that he would stab Brock Lesnar in the back if given the chance.
"Eat, sleep, be John Cena, repeat,..." - John Cena
After repeating that a few times, Cena appeals to the crowd, mentioning his various Make A Wish contributions and other humanitarian activities. After an impassioned promo, Cena threatens to beat Heyman, but backs down again. He instead asks Heyman to bring Lesnar to next week's Raw. The conditions are simple: either Cena fights Lesnar, or Cena fights Heyman.
"Have a nice week Paul, see ya on Monday" - John Cena
Sheamus vs Seth Rollins
Sheamus takes control early until he gets hit by a foot to the knee by Rollins. However, Sheamus responds with a rolling senton and throws Rollins outside. At this moment, Cesaro comes out to the ring and we go to break.
We come back from break with Rollins in control of Sheamus while Cesaro observes. Sheamus battles out of the chinlock, but Rollins powers Sheamus into the corner and attempts a forearm, but eats a double boot for his troubles. This leads to Sheamus hitting Rollins with the battering ram. Rollins regains control after driving Sheamus' shoulder into the ring post. Sheamus eventually regains control with his usual moves.
He attempts to hit Rollins with White Noise, but stops when he notices Cesaro holding the US Title. These distractions eventually lead to a tug of war for the title belt. Sheamus lets go of the belt, sending Cesaro into the barricade. This distraction allows Rollins to kick Sheamus into the corner, setting him up for the Curb Stomp for the win.
Seth Rollins defeats Sheamus
After the match, Cesaro enters the ring, mocks Sheamus, and delivers the Neutralizer. He concludes the segment with an enthusiastic "NEW CHAMPIONNNNN!"
Recap of the feud between Rusev and Mark Henry.
Lana and Rusev are out for a promo about national anthems. She starts singing The Star-Spangled Banner and changes the lyrics to fit Rusev. After this, the Russian national anthem starts playing while Vladimir Putin's head is on the Trinitron.
The commentators react with disgust, culminating with Jerry Lawler sitting on the floor.
When the anthem concludes, NXT Takeover II: Nattie's Revenge is hyped.
SAMI ZAYN & ADRIAN NEVILLE VS TYLER BREEZE & TYSON KIDD IS NEXT!!!
Sami Zayn & Adrian Neville vs Tyler Breeze & Tyson Kidd
Yes, you did read that right. Four top NXT stars are in action on Raw!
Zayn and Breeze start with some chain wrestling until Breeze takes over with an assist from Kidd. Kidd is then tagged in and beats on Zayn, taking control.
The match was back-and-forth and AWESOME! Neville got the pin on Breeze after hitting the Red Arrow
Zayn/Neville defeat Breeze/Kidd by pinfall
Jerry Springer intervention segment is next.
Stephanie McMahon is introduced first for the intervention. She gets a cheap pop from the Baltimore crowd and delves straight into talking about family difficulties. She introduces Jerry Springer for this segment.
Jerry comes out with a person in a security shirt, so we know where this is headed. He talks for a minutes or two and then introduces Brie Bella. Jerry and Brie establish Brie's side of the feud. He then brings out Nikki Bella.
Nikki starts establishing her side of the feud, hypes Total Divas, and hypes her Divas Championship shot at Night of Champions. We then get some clips from Total Divas showing the inner workings of this feud.
More bickering occurs, and we get some submissions from Nikki and Brie's parents. Even more bickering, and JJ (Nikki/Brie's brother) comes out and takes Brie's side in this mess. More bickering eventually culminates in a typical Jerry Springer brawl. Jerry is stretchered out, ending this segment.
Stardust and Goldust vs Los Matadores
Before the match, we get a generic inset promo from The Usos.
Los Matadores take control early with their fast-paced offense, culminating in a double suicide dive into Goldust. However, before Los Matadores take advantage, Stardust takes down a Matador. This allows Goldust to take advantage and tag in Stardust. Stardust hits Dark Matter for the win.
The Dust Bros defeats Los Matadores
As The Dusts celebrate, The Usos attack The Dusts from behind.
WWE airs a tribute to the late Joan Rivers (RIP)
Titus O'Neil vs Adam Rose
Stuff happens in the ring, but the main focus is outside of the ring. While The Bunny cheers on Rose, Heath Slater attempts to blindside The Bunny. The Bunny dodges and NAILS Slater with a murderous superkick.
Inside the ring, Rose takes advantage of the distraction and hits O'Neil with the Party Foul for the win.
Adam Rose defeats Titus O'Neil by pinfall
After the match, The Bunny hits a devastating Bunny Splash on O'Neil much to the chagrin of JBL.
Renee Young interviews Roman Reigns. He says that he has the antidote to the Viper, and that's that.
Recap of John Cena's ultimatum to Paul Heyman.
Next is a look into the WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is then confirmed for next week's Raw, which is the go-home for Night of Champions.
An "International Arm Wrestling" contest between Rusev and Mark Henry is announced for SmackDown.
Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns
Both men are introduced in the style of a championship match.
We start quickly with both men trading blows until Reigns clotheslines Orton to the outside. Both Reigns and Orton trade momentum until Orton slips out of the ring as we head to the commercial break in a stalemate.
We come back from commercial with Orton in full control of Reigns due to a hard whip into the ring steps. Despite a comeback attempt from Reigns, Orton maintains control for a good while, eventually culminating in a big superplex as we go to another commercial.
We come back with Orton still in control. After a long chinlock, Reigns powers out and hits his back suplex-into-uranage (blanking on name) to shift the momentum. Orton responds to the rally with a huge powerslam for a two count. As Orton attempts the rope-hung DDT, Reigns is able to drop from the apron, nail Orton with a punch, and deliver the apron dropkick. Again, however, Orton is able to counter Reigns' offense.
After a bigger powerslam, Orton hits the rope-hung DDT and sets up for the RKO. This is to no avail as Reigns powers out and hits a Superman Punch. At this moment, Kane, Seth Rollins, and a bunch of stagehands come to the ring. As the stagehands clear the ringside area, Kane and Rollins gang up on Reigns.
While the beatdown in the ring continues, the steel cage begins to descend. When the cage gets close the ring, Reigns cleans house with the exception of Orton. The cage encloses the ring with Orton and Reigns inside it. Reigns takes advantage and hits Orton with a spear. After the spear, Kane attempts to enter the cage through the door, but is stopped by a steel chair. Out of nowhere, however, Rollins jumps from the top of the cage and delivers a massive cross body to Reigns. This allows Orton, Rollins, and Kane to gang up on Reigns.
Orton beats the tar out of Reigns with a chair while proclaiming that "TODAY JUST ISN'T YOUR DAY!" After this beatdown, Rollins tells Reigns that "I MADE YOU", and proceeds to Curb Stomp Reigns into a steel chair to end the show.