WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 5, 2016) from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Clash of Champions event scheduled for next month in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Advertised for tonight: Kevin Owens begins his reign as Universal champion, we find out what's next for Roman Reigns, Cesaro vs. Sheamus in the third match of their best-of-seven series, and more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 5
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Show opens with a recap of Kevin Owens winning the Universal Championship and then we go backstage earlier today to Stephanie McMahon setting KO's celebration up. Mick Foley interrupts wearing a thousand-yard stare and says that Steph has been ducking him about HHH making him look like a fool last week. She claims to have no idea what was going to happen and Mick recounts an encounter they shared after his match at King of the Ring 1998 and says he's always believed in her and asks why he should believe her now. She says it's because she was embarrassed as a commissioner and a wife and needs to find some way to represent herself in the wake of everything. It's quite emotional. Mick says he believes her because if he doesn't, he has to think she's a really good liar and a really bad person and he will not believe that.
Off to the intro video we go.
Back in the ring and Steph and Mick are in the ring to introduce Kevin Owens. KO kind of cold shoulders past Mick to pose with the belt in the corner as pyro goes off and streamers rain down from the ceiling. "You deserve it!" chants go back up as Kev revels in it all. He thanks Steph and Mick and Steph says that he does indeed deserve it and congratulates him. Kev holds the belt up and says more than anything he deserves that. The entire arena was chanting it last week and they're 100% right. But what he doesn't deserve is a crowd full of idiots trying to hijack his moment, and their chants are just trying to make it about themselves. "We're such a great crowd!" they say, but they're not great, he's great. He's known he deserves the title since the moment he stepped foot in the ring.
Last week he beat three superstars to win the title, but he's man enough to admit that HHH showed up at the end to give him one last nudge, but he'd done 98% of the work already. All HHH did was put him where he deserves, and as of now, Monday Night Raw is officially the Kevin Owens Show, which gets some boos.
Seth Rollins out now to say that it's not about Owens. He gets in Steph's face, asking how she could do this after he gave her everything he had night in and night out, put the company on his back and blew out every ligament in his knee. He came back faster than anybody and this is how they repay him? But no, Kev butts in saying that this is in fact about him because it's the Kevin Owens Show. Seth fires back, Steph begs off, and Seth says that's bullcrap. Mick backs her up and Seth accuses him of being in Steph's pocket. Mick says he's not in her pocket but he has her back.
If you want to make Owens the face of the new era, Seth says, he'll burn it to the ground and leave Steph and Hunter on their knees, begging. KO says that's a great story but asks where his passion is. Ever since he came back, the architect has only been designing blueprints for total failure, and Seth decks him and kicks him out the ring in response. Steph tries to talk sense to him but he attacks KO again, at which point Steph suspends him indefinitely!
But Mick says no, he's not. He says Steph is acting like it's personal but it's not. On Raw, we don't hand out suspensions when somebody who was wronged loses their temper, we hand out rematches. Steph had said that he would make the matches and he wants her to respect this now. He never liked Seth, but he can't deny his talent, and he's not putting that kind of talent on the shelf.
So Seth Rollins is going to face Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship at Clash of the Champions! Owens jaws at Foley and Michael Cole talks about Bayley vs. Charlotte, up next, to send us off to break.
Back from break and Steph is getting in Mick's face about trying to usurp her authority. Owens comes in to complain about Seth's attack being rewarded with a title match, at which point Mick rewards his behavior with a match against Sami Zayn. So of course Jericho comes out to defend his buddy, the longest-reigning Universal Champion in WWE history. What has Rollins ever done, he asks and calls Mick a stupid idiot. So of course Mick books Jericho against Rollins later tonight.
Bayley vs. Charlotte
Dana Brooke has a clipboard, because Charlotte want her to take notes about how she's gonna beat Bayley here. Uh-huh.
"Let's go Bayley!" chants as they lock up to start, Charlotte forces her in the corner and Rod Zapata orders the break. Another lockup, Charlotte with a waistlock takedown into a no-count cover. Bayley with a waistlock, Charlotte breaks out with a back elbow and shoves her down. Champ with a wristlock, wrenching away. Bayley reverses and shoots her into the ropes for a pair of deep arm drags. Kick to the gut, shoots Bayley into the corner and poses in the mile of the ring. Into another corner but Bayley's getting fired up and slams Charlotte's face into the turnbuckle repeatedly.
Charlotte bails to the outside, Bayley follows, looking for the through-the-ropes corner dropkick but she gets caught a little and seems to hurt her leg. Charlotte lays her out with a forearm and we go to commercial.
Back from break and Charlotte's working the rolling figure four headscissors. Adds some hand control while Bayley tries to fight out before rolling it over into the repeated faceplants. Hooks the leg but Bayley kicks out and breaks free. Picks the leg but Bayley slips out, running crossbody gets one. Bayley to the second, Charlotte rushes in to grab her and slam her back-first into the turnbuckle before setting her foot across the rope and dropping a knee to the back of the knee.
Charlotte slams the leg across the ringpost a few times and Bayley's in agony. Hooks the leg over the turnbuckle and wrenches down. Bayley gets to her feet but Charlotte goes right back, looking for the figure eight but Bayley kicks out of it. Half crab from the champion, Bayley slips out but Charlotte DDTs the leg! Scoop slam and Bayley slips out so she goes right back to torturing the leg against the ropes. Bayley gets a quick rollup attempt and Charlotte lays chops in.
Sets Bayley up top but she fights out with strikes and lands a diving corkscrew uppercut. Forearms upon forearms, axehandles upon axehandles! Shoulder block in the corner, tube man elbow but Dana gets Charlotte out of the way! O'Connor Roll and Bayley kicks out, sending Charlotte into Dana!
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Bayley-to-Belly.
Bayley limps up the ramp and celebrates as Charlotte stews in the ring with her title and Dana. Commentary puts Sasha's bad news for later, Jericho/Rollins, and Owens/Zayn over before talking about WWE's charitable efforts to stop pediatric cancer. So now we get a video package about Connor's Cure to send us to commercial.
Back from break with another house ad for the cruiserweight division, featuring Gran Metalik, Jack Gallagher, and Akira Tozawa!
Charlotte now yelling at Dana for failing her. Dana tries to apologize but Charlotte isn't having it and just full-force slaps her across the face.
Bo Dallas is out with a giant Bo-lieve in Bo sign and apparently he's got a match. He tells his opponent that he reaps what he sows and that he should Bo-lieve in Bo.
Bo Dallas vs. Kyle Roberts
Bo furious out the gate with a lariat and knee drops and mounted punches! Gets Roberts to his feet with a cravate and laying knee drops in.
Bo Dallas wins with an inverted facelock rolling cutter ala Cross Rhodes.
Corey Graves promises us a glimpse into New Day's golden years courtesy of Gallows and Anderson before we go backstage with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Y2J says he's gonna avenge KO against Rollins tonight and pumps him up some. He's gonna give Rollins the gift of Jericho because KO is his best friend and Rollins is just some ass, and they hug to send us to commercial.
Back from break and we get a house ad for SmackDown promising an in-ring confrontation between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose!
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
Jericho jawing at Rollins to start, so Seth just fires off a dropkick and rains blows down on Y2J's head. Chop in the corner, stomps in the next, a big right hand, another chop, whips Jericho but he heads outside for a breather. Suicide dive! Forearm on the outside, Jericho tries to leave but Seth just takes him pillar to post. Jericho hugs a technician but Seth eventually gets him back in the ring.
Kick cuts Seth off before he gets back in himself and Jericho continues striking, laying hammer blows into Seth's back in the corner. Whip to the corner but Seth comes back with a clothesline, punches and slaps and he dumps Jericho back outside again. Just cold chucks Y2J into the barricade and lays a chop in. Seth breaks the count and sets Jericho up on the apron for a big boot. KO is watching on a monitor backstage as Jericho uses John Cone to set up a triangle dropkick and send us to break.
Back from commercial and Jericho's posing. Slams Seth's head into the turnbuckles and keeps striking but Seth catches him with the reverse STO into the turnbuckles. Chops for chops, forearms for forearms and Rollins wins the exchange, hitting a sling blade for two. Running forearms in the corner, Jericho counter whips him, big boot, diving blockbuster! Looking for a suplex but Y2J shoots out, to the top, dives into a boot from Seth, reverses another move, looking for the Walls, small package counter for two!
Knee lift and a springboard but Jericho catches his leg and locks the Walls of Jericho in! Rollins looking for the ropes and gets them as we cut back to KO watching in the back. Jericho laying stomps in, goes for the Walls again but Seth flips out with an enzuigiri and the Avada Kedavra superkick! Seth up top but Y2J cuts him off. Looking for a superplex but Rollins reverses into a super gourdbuster and goes for a Frog Splash but nobody's home! Lionsault gets two!
Jericho slaps at Seth but runs into a kick to the knee. Codebreaker attempt blocked, Y2J hits an enzuigiri but...
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with a Pedigree.
Bummer, was really hoping he'd move away from that now.
Recaps of the match and commentary goes over the other stuff announced for the show again. Sheamus/Cesaro is up next!
Back from break with a house ad for Backlash and we get a recap of last week's match and a Cesaro promo about how Sheamus knows deep down that he's only one match away from having it all slip away. He might be down two-nothing and have a hurt back, but one crack is all it'll take to break Sheamus's spirit.
Sheamus fires back, saying that last week he injured his back but tonight he'll break his soul and next week he'll sweep him clean.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus (Best of Seven Series Match Three)
Cesaro with a rollup right out the gates! Mounted punches in the corner, running European uppercut, O'Connor Roll, diving crossbody, he's doing everything he can when he runs into a back body drop and bails due to his injured back. Sheamus runs into a lariat on the outside and when Cesaro tries to follow up Sheamus sends him into the apron. Back inside, tilt-a-whirl powerslam and a bunch of knees to the injured back.
Referee Chad Patton checks on Cesaro but he isn't giving up. Sheamus looks for the cloverleaf but Cesaro fights out with punches and kicks. European uppercuts, whips Sheamus, pop-up but he can't capitalize because of the back and Sheamus lands the Irish Curse. A second Irish Curse and a third and a fourth and Cesaro's hurting. It's not enough to put him away, though! Sheamus looking for the High Cross but just drops him on his knee for a crucifix powerbomb backbreaker! Cesaro valiantly fights to his feet, but...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with a Brogue Kick, taking a 3-0 lead in their series.
Off to break with a house ad for all the stuff coming to the Network soon.
Back from commercial with the Shining Stars in the ring with mics. Primo says that Labor Day is supposed to represent the last day of summer in America, to which Epico says that every day in Puerto Rico is summer and they'd like to invite everybody to come on down.
Enter Enzo and Cass, because apparently they're having a match? Enzo does the deal and goes in the ring to finish. He says that nobody's gonna buy a timeshare from the Shining Stars because they're Carribean a couple of haters. It just so happens that today is Labor Day but the irony is listening to them speak is so painful that it makes him feel like he's giving birth. Cass asks if he's got gas and they do a quick breathing exercises gimmick and Enzo gives birth! Cass says they should name their son after the Shining Stars and does the S-A-W-F-T deal. Enzo gives the baby to a fan in the front row and the bell rings.
Enzo & Big Cass vs. the Shining Stars (Epico & Primo)
Primo and Cass to start, Cass lays him out easily and sends Epico outside before backdropping Primo onto him. Enzo with a big dive and we go to commercial.
Back from break and it's Enzo and Epico, Enzo gets a sunset flip for two. Epico rolls a back suplex into a German suplex into a straight suplex before choking Enzo against the ropes. Tags Primo in and he does the running senton across the back of Enzo's head as Corey Graves talks about Mae Young giving birth to a hand. Primo with a running dropkick that gets him caught in the tree of woe whne Enzo dodges!
Tags all around, Cass runs Epico over, scoop slam, Empire Elbow. Stinger Splash into a big boot and he tags Enzo in looking for the finish but Primo grabs his boot before he can launch Enzo. Enzo with a big crossbody on Primo but...
Epico picks up the win by pinfall with a schoolboy on Enzo Amore.
SmackDown house ad for Orton vs. Wyatt and we head to commercial.
Back from break and Tom Phillips is interviewing Sami Zayn. Zayn really thought that beating Owens would move his career forward but it hasn't, really. He feels directionless and now KO is Universal Championship, and that stings. KO walks up and says that a couple years ago it felt like he was always trying to catch up to Sami, but now he's reached the finish line first and won the race. The title means that he's better than Sami, who only had real success when Owens was backing him up. He says that Sami's nothing, but Sami fires back saying that the race isn't over and never will be. Enjoy your moment in the sun, he says, because he's winning the Universal Championship and he'll do it without HHH handing it to him on a silver platter.
Ann Esposito vs. Nia Jax
Ann is apparently friends with Alicia Fox, which is nice.
Nia grabs her face and immediate rams her into the corner before just throwing her into the turnbuckle hard. Ann fighting back with kicks and even gets a sleeper but Nia rams her into the corner a few times and flips her out. Hard kick to the back and she drags Ann up by the hair and whips her in the corner before landing a few hip attacks.
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with the fireman's carry powerslam.
Gallows and Anderson promised next and we're back to commercial.
Back from break with a KFC ad. Gallows and Anderson are in the ring, they introduce themselves infomercial style as retirement specialists. They have their sights set on retiring the New Day as WWE Tag Team Champions at Clash of Champions, and they can prove that retirement can be just as fulfilling as being a champion. From the Gallows and Anderson OLD FARTS home, it's the Old Day!
A weary old man does E's feel the power schtick and the Old Day come out. Old Kofi has a walker, Old E has a power scooter, Old Xavier has a cane and a tiny trombone, which is apparently due to shrinkage. Old E drives into the ring steps and Gallows helps them up while Anderson holds the ropes open. Gallows asks what happened to them and Old Kofi says that the Club beat the power of positivity out of them at Clash of Champions.
Anderson asks Old Xavier how they've been treated in the future and he does a gimmick where he can't hear but eventually says that Choo Choo Betty from Kalamazoo gave him some old person loving, which Gallows and Anderson don't particularly want to hear. Gallows says he was ready to give Old E some Metamucil but he clearly soiled himself. The Old Day try to do the hip swivel gimmick but Old E's hip goes out, when the New Day hit the ring!
Xavier says this is absurd and asks Old Woods to tell him who is his favorite member of the X-Men and they both name Cyclops! (Also my favorite, great choice guys!) Kofi says that if that's them from the future, they can't touch, that's dangerous. (Blinovitch Limitation Effect, it's true!) Even if they just touched the tips of their fingers, the WWE Universe would explode! So they're gonna get in the ring and beat up the bald guys, but the bald guys bail. No dice, so they face off against the Old Day, who twerk and swivel badly, so New Day show them how it's done.
Old E tries to attack New E with his cane but he can't muster enough strength to do any damage. New Day confer a moment before Old Kofi and E try to throw Old Xavier under the bus but New Day jump them all. Old E is trapped in the ring and eats the Big Ending/DDT combo!
Cole says New Day have been tag champs for 379 days and we get a recap of the opening segment before going to break.
Back from commercial with more Connor's Cure stuff before Darren Young and Bob Backlund come out, so it's that time again.
Darren Young vs. Jinder Mahal
Titus O'Neil on commentary. Rope-running to start, Darren with a nearfall off a neckbreaker. Jinder with a hot shot and a jumping knee for one of his own and he follows with a low dropkick and a knee drop. Rear chinlock and Darren fights to his feet, blocking punches and throwing his own before whipping Jinder into a lariat. Ducks, overhead belly-to-belly, baseball slide sends Jinder into the barricade as Titus comes down. Darren doesn't succumb to the distraction, however, and...
Darren Young wins by pinfall with Gut Check.
Post-match Darren attacks Titus, taking him right down to Pier 6. Just beating him unmerciful. Referees finally pull him off and he celebrates with Mr. Backlund in the ring.
Alicia Fox backstage coming out of the trainers' room and Nia greets her, asking how her friend is doing. Alicia asks that she get out of her face and we get a little crazy Fox action before Nia shoves her into a table and leaves. Fox asks her to talk it out as we go to break.
Back from commercial with a recap of Braun Strowman vs. Americo from last week.
Tom is backstage with his opponent Sin Cara, who got hot when he ripped Americo's mask off, so he requested a match to make Braun pay for his disrespect.
Braun Strowman vs. Sin Cara
Sin Cara shoots Braun into the corner but gets leveled with a shoulder block. Braun looking to follow up eats a headscissors takeover but comes back and levels Sin Cara with a lariat. Grinding the trapezius claw for a moment before laying an elbow in and going back to the hold. Beard jawbreaker gets him out but Strowman shoots him outside.
Braun eats a pair of enzuigiris on the outside before trying to send Sin Cara into the steps but he dodges. Dropkick off the steps, Sin Cara tries to go back in the ring but Braun grabs his ankle and tosses him into the barricade...
Braun Strowman wins by countout.
Braun runs over Sin Cara from behind out the outside and tells him to stay out of his ring.
Commentary promises Sasha next and sends us to break.
Back from commercial with Sasha making her entrance. Once in the ring and mic'd up, she soaks in some "Sasha!" chants for a moment before saying that every journey has an end and every story has a final chapter. For years and years, the WWE Universe was searching for a revolution. Before Facebook and Twitter, there were women like Mae Young and Alundra Blaze and Trish and Lita who broke the mold and laid the foundation. They wrote the first pages of a revolution that became reality in 2015 when Stephanie McMahon introduced the next generation of women to WWE.
No more bra and panties matches, no more stupid butterfly title. They did it. They finally became what they deserved to be all along, superstars. But the revolution is more than WWE, it's every mother, sister, daughter, all of 'em. Her revolution, specifically, is every time she steps in the ring, she does it for every little girl who has a dream of being something bigger, every person who has nothing and was told they couldn't be great. She used to wake up at 6AM with her mom and collect cans so she could save money to go to a WWE show. That's why she fights so hard, because every time she's in the ring it means everything to her.
"Please don't go!" chants go up as she collects herself before continuing. At SummerSlam she was pushed beyond her limit. Charlotte tried to break her back, but she's not out here to make excuses. Charlotte beat her, straight up. But earlier today she met with a doctor and she got an update on her condition. She has some bad news, at which point Dana Brooke comes out.
Dana says the only champion the WWE Universe deserves is Charlotte, and she made a promise to her that she's gonna keep. She's gonna use Sasha and her broken body to step her game up and finish what Charlotte started at SummerSlam. Sasha's journey is only going to end on her terms, right here and now. She attacks but Sasha easily fends her off and lands a Bank Statement!
Back on the mic, Sasha continues, the bad news was for Charlotte, because at Clash of Champions, the title is coming back to her!
Zayn/Owens promised next and back to commercial we go.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Right off with the hockey fight punches and Owens bails! Sami followed and Owens lays into him, sending him shoulder-first into the barricade and slamming him face-first into the apron. Trading blows, Owens levels Zayn with a shoulder block. Imploding leapfrog into a leg lariat and KO bails again. Looking for a tope but Owens drags him out and throws him into the barricade again. Moonsault knee drop off the barricade off of a whip and we go to commercial for the last time.
Back from break and KO's got a grounded reverse chinlock in. Sami struggles to his feet and out with body blows but Owens hits a gourdbuster onto the ropes and follows with the running senton. Slaps to Zayn's head and KO yells about being champion but Sami's got the fire. Big slap of his own in return followed by a low bridge that sends Owens outside. Tope con giro! Owens rolls back in and across the ring outside on the other side and Zayn does another!
Blue Thunder Driver back in the ring for two and a half. Sami looking for the half & half suplex but KO fights out and lands a corner lariat to set up the cannonball but Zayn gets to his feet and gets the corner exploder instead. Helluva Kick attempt but KO heads to the apron. Sami follows and Owens grabs a powerbomb clutch only for Zayn to fight out. Punches, KO gives his back up and Sami tries for the half & half again but KO gets out. Stunner over the ropes and KO follows up with another corner lariat and successfully gets the cannonball this time.
Off the ropes, pop-up powerbomb but Zayn floats over, HALF & HALF! Knucklelock, Zayn looking for the tornado DDT but Owens ducks it and Zayn lands on the bad leg from the Rollins match! He bails but tells Chad Patton not to stop the match. Owens looking for an apron powerbomb but Sami gets off another half & half suplex! Sends KO back in the ring, hobbling, looking for the Helluva Kick but his ankle gives out an Owens gets a superkick...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.
Roman Reigns is coming out now, to thunderous boos. He gets in the ring with KO, they square up face-to-face for a moment but Owens heads to the apron. Chris Jericho comes down the ramp to help his good friend Kevin Owens.
Car crash! Mick Foley comes out and says that he can tell that Roman wants a piece of Kevin Owens and the Universal Championship, and if he can beat Kevin next week, the title match at Clash of the Champions will be a three-way. Have a nice day!
Y2J tries to ambush Roman and gets speared for his trouble. Reigns and Owens jaw at each other for a bit and that's the show.