WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 10, 2018) from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in San Antonio, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Triple H returns, Mick Foley is back, Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss & Alicia Fox, 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. 10
Now once upon a time, an old man told me a fable; when the piper is gone and the soup is cold on your table, and if the black crow flies to find a new destination, that is the sign. Come tonight, come to the ogre sight, come to the ogre battle fight, but first, sit a spell while I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the announcement that Renee Young is now a full-time commentator at the Raw desk.
Enter Dolph Ziggler, followed shortly thereafter by Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, each getting their theme played in turn. The remainder of the heels on the Raw roster come out shortly thereafter.
Dolph gets on the mic and says they told us and Braun adds that they beat the Shield down and fed on their bloody carcasses. (Bit intense there, my man.) Drew calls for a video package to play, and it recounts the last few weeks of the Universal Championship scene.
Strowman calls Roman Reigns a coward who can’t get things done on his own, and he has his Hounds of Justice, well Braun has his Dogs of War, and their strength in numbers can’t compare to his pack. Ziggler says everyone at ringside made a choice last week, a hard choice, and they stood up for themselves in doing so. McIntyre asks the WWE Universe if they can feel the balance of power shifting and they’re in control now.
They’ll dismantle the B-Team in their rematch for the tag titles, and that’s nothing compared to when Strowman gets These Hands on Roman on Sunday inside of Hell in a Cell!
SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA. ECHO. LIMA. DELTA. SHIELD!
The Shield make their entrance through the crowd! They drag dudes over the barricade and Rollins divs over it! It’s outta control! Dean Ambrose has a duffel bag full of axe handles! He hands them out and the Shield go hunting! They lay waste to the men at ringside and then absolutely DESTROY Jinder Mahal in the ring! Braun, Drew, and Dolph stand tall and stare them down from the stage!
We get a video of the Bella Twins surveying some carnage in their locker room earlier and go to break on the promise of Nikki Bella vs. Ruby Riott!
Back from commercial, cops are arguing with the Shield when Baron Corbin rolls up to say they don’t need a repeat of last week and he doesn’t think the police need to be involved.
He tells the Shield to drop their weapons so they don’t get arrested for assault of an officer, and he needs them to be available to compete on Raw. He needs them to vacate the premises or they’ll have to vacate their titles and likely go to jail for a very long time. Seth says it’s no problem and the Shield drop their axe handles and leave.
Nikki Bella vs. Ruby Riott
Circling, collar and elbow, Riott with a side headlock, into the takeover to ground Bella. Nikki shifts to a pin, countered back, trying to use her forearm bones to scrape Ruby’s face and she posts to her feet after. Shot off, shoulder block, Riott’s fired up but gets caught with a side slam for one! Flying mare, Ruby rolls to the ropes and the Riott Squad come to her aid as she seeks the sanctuary of the ropes!
Back to the lockup, Bella with a leg pick and shoulder thrusts in the corner until referee Darrick Moore warns her off. Ruby sidesteps a charge, hits the standing STO, only a nearfall and she follows it up by scraping her forearm across Nikki’s face and piefacing her. Off the ropes, countered with a spear and mounted punches, Riott fires up and kicks the top rope into Bella’s throat to send her to the floor!
Nikki writhes in pain on the floor as Brie and the Riott Squad jaw at each other and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Riott has a cravate locked on and is well in control. Bella fights back with body blows but Ruby clocks her in the face with a knee and takes a moment to jaw at Brie. That’s all the opportunity Nikki needs and she hits a spinning spinebuster for some separation! Slow to rise, single knee facebreaker and a lariat, another lariat into a dropkick, Bella’s running hot!
Charging in, caught by a kick, Riott up to the second for the headscissors and Nikki just yanks her out of midair! Springboard roundhouse kick... NOPE! Fireman’s carry, Ruby slips out, Bella clobbers Sarah Logan off the apron and Riott gets a nearfall off a reverse STO as a result! Getting frustrated, drawing her up, wristlock stomps to the face, arm wringer, but the Riott Kick is countered!
Roll-through, fireman’s carry, Liv Morgan running interference, Brie makes the save and punches her out...
Nikki Bella wins by pinfall with Rack Attack 2.0.
Commentary hypes up Alexa Bliss & Mickie James vs. Natalya & Ronda Rousey as well as our tag title rematch and a recap of last week’s “historic confrontation” between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker before sending us to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package for Connor’s Cure featuring the kid superstars.
Live in the arena, Big Show is on the stage with the kids and says this is an honor because it’s something far greater than winning a match, and he introduces all of them-- Super 4, Brayden the Punisher, Diva Supreme, Super Messiah, T-Vic the Skull Crusher, Charlie the Champ, Quiet Storm (Hey, there’s already a wrestler by that name, he mostly works for Pro Wrestling NOAH these days!), and Lae Lae the Unstoppable.
Show asks everyone to join their fight and calls for a round of applause.
Our video recap of last week’s segment featuring the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels follows, and commentary hypes up Triple H’s appearance for later.
Backstage, DRAKE MAVERICK is giving the Authors of Pain a pep talk and they begin walking to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) vs. Nathan Bradley & Ronnie Ace
Ace and Akam to start, the Author military press drops him into the turnbuckles! Fallaway slam follows, Akam goes over to demand Bradley come in the ring but he bails, so Rezar runs him over with a lariat! Tag made, Rezar throws Ronnie off the ropes and snap scoop powerslams him onto Nathan! Tag made, Super Collider! It’s over!
Authors of Pain win by pinfall with Super Collider on Ronnie Ace.
DRAKE MAVERICK celebrates in the ring with his boys.
Commentary throws to a video package recapping Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton’s feud over on SmackDown.
We cut to the loading dock where limousine pulls up and Triple H emerges from the back seat as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Triple H makes his entrance to King of Kings.
He soaks in the chants for a moment before beginning. He says the night after SummerSlam he stood in this ring and told you the era was back, and he and Undertaker would wrestle one more time in Australia, out of respect. And then legends chimed in, and they had a poll that said Taker would win with an overwhelming 81% of the votes.
And he gets it, the Undertaker’s never been an underdog, and at this level these things shouldn’t get to you, which is why it was so shocking to him last week when Shawn Michaels came out here and it bothered the Undertaker so much that he came out to reply. The Undertaker! The Phenom! The Deadman! He was bothered by Shawn’s opinion?! He doesn’t get it, but he was so rattled that he made an appearance.
There he was, standing in front of Michaels, angry, agitated, accusing him of being bitter and afraid, and baiting him with threats. The Undertaker! Threatening a man over his opinion! When Hunter watched that back, he got mad, thinking Taker had lost respect for him or for Shawn, but that wasn’t the case, the Undertaker had lost respect for himself. And the proof is that he didn’t show up here to tell him to his face.
Truth is, you go back to their four matches in a row against the Undertaker and he was never quite the same after, the aura went away, the Streak went away, and all that was left is what you see of Taker now, just a reputation. That series of matches was his last epic moment of greatness, but he DID say one thing last week that was true-- now it’s personal.
So in Australia, out of the last little bit of respect he has for the Deadman, he’ll put him down.
A recap of our opening segment follows, because Raw is three hours long, but also it’s always cool to see the Shield beat dudes down.
Commentary hypes up Mick Foley’s appearance and we cut backstage to Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and Alicia Fox talking strategy.
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Dogs of War (Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre) (c) vs. the B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Dallas and Ziggler to start, Dolph leaves Bo staggered and wipes him out with a dropkick! Whip across, Dallas gets a neckbreaker for two and takes Ziggler into the corner to pummel him. Tag to Axel, punching away, tag back, the punishment continues through another tag and a quick double-team into a DDT for two! Stalking after Dolph, he cuts Curtis off and turns him around for a back elbow.
Jawing at him, pieface, Axel firing back with punches, he nails McIntyre but eats a superkick when he turns back around. Tag to Drew, he boots Curtis over the ropes and we go to break.
Back from commercial and McIntyre is in control with a kneeling armbar. Axel gets to his feet but is soon dropped with a back suplex for two. Stomping the hand, wrenching the other, working the fingers and jawing at him before breaking with a boot and taking a knee to taunt him further. Curtis fighting back with punches, he knocks Ziggler down but Drew gets him up in the inverted Alabama Slam.
Blind tag, superkick assist, the slam hits but Dallas breaks the pin up! Dolph goes after him for a moment, lies in wait, superkick caught and Axel catapults him into the turnbuckles! Crawling, desperate, Ziggler picks the leg but gets shoved off and Bo tags in! Dallas running hot, lariats, body blow, running boot and a charging back elbow... NOPE! Looking for the slingshot suplex, Drew blocks it, reversed, but Bo reverses to a small package for two!
McIntyre runs an interfering Axel off, Dolph rakes the eyes, tag made...
Dogs of War win by pinfall with the Claymore / Zig Zag combination to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
AMBROSE AND ROLLINS JUMP MCINTYRE AND ZIGGLER AFTER THE MATCH! THEY DUMP DREW, LARIAT TO DOLPH... DREW SAVES HIS BUDDY FROM BLACKOUT! The champions collect their tag titles and stumble up the ramp while the Shield boys stand tall in the ring.
Commentary tosses to a video package covering Mankind and the Undertaker’s legendary Hell in a Cell match from twenty years ago.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial and Baron Corbin is berating Seth and Dean for what just happened.
Rollins says the Shield left, and this is just Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, that’s not the Shield, it’s only two of them! Baron says he’s gonna have them arrested again, and Seth asks what he means by again, which leads to the Lone Wolf prevaricating about why he did what he did. Rollins isn’t having it and asks why they got arrested and the Dogs of War weren’t and tells him his threats are bogus but you know what isn’t? Falsifying police reports, and Seth has the sheriff, who is ready to issue a warrant for Corbin’s arrest over what happened.
Baron tries to kick them out but Rollins tells the sheriff to do his deal. The sheriff begins reading Corbin his rights, and Baron begs off, asking Seth if they can handle this in private. The sheriff and Dean walk off and we follow them. Ambrose has a discussion with the sheriff over speeding laws when Rollins comes out to say they don’t need to press charges.
Dean tells the sheriff he’ll call him next time he’s in jail and the Shield lads leave, and we get a nice clear angle of the sheriff’s name tag, which identifies him as G. Ambrose.
Tyler Breeze makes his entrance and Kevin Owens baseball slides him before the bell! Putting him into the barricade, they go back inside, Tyler catches him with a kick and goes for a plancha but KO sidesteps... SUPERKICK! APRON POWERBOMB! Owens lets out a primal scream and referee Chad Patton tries to get him to back off before tending to Breeze.
Kev gets on the mic and says two weeks ago he walked away and that felt great, but then Baron Corbin called him and begged him to reconsider and come back, because unlike everybody else, Corbin recognizes his value as the true MVP of Monday Night Raw and he agreed to come back under one strict condition, and that’s that he’s not held accountable for what he does to his opponents.
Essentially his job now is to do whatever he wants, to whoever he wants, and then he’s just doing his job. Last week he destroyed the Shield because he wanted to, because he’s sick of them, and hey, he’s just doing his job and there’s not a thing anyone can do about it, but there is someone everyone can blame, and his name is Bobby Lashley.
Yeah, Lashley, because he’s the sick maniac that intentionally injured his best friend Sami Zayn and he’s why he’s been on the shelf instead of by Owens’ side where he belongs, and you wanna know why he quit? He quit because of Bobby Lashley, and now he’s back because of him, and what happened last week is just the start, and will serve as a stern reminder that this is still the Kevin Owens Show.
And you can expect three things from now on, agony, anarchy, and destruction, and it is all Lashley’s fault.
Commentary tosses to a recap video for AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable make their entrance and get a picture in picture promo where Roode admits he was skeptical last week, but with Gable at his side, the tag team division is about to get... Glorious, and we go to break.
Back from commercial in time for the bell!
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. the Ascension (Konnor & Viktor)
Gable and Viktor to start, the Olympian with a German suplex, a fisherman suplex, another German suplex, clear Konnor from the apron, exploder suplex, Konnor comes in with a boot and tags in! Putting boots to Chad, scraping the laces of his boot across his face and grabbing a reverse chinlock to follow it. Gable posts to his feet, body blow to escape but Konnor clobbers him with a double axehandle and takes him into the corner for the tag.
Assisted body avalanche into a huge flying knee... NOPE! Reverse chinlock applied, Chad posts to his feet again, cut off with a knee, float over the slam, reaching for the tag, Viktor has a leg and yanks him back before clearing the apron. Back body drop, the way is clear, tag made! Roode in with a lariat, back elbow, whip reversed, flying forearm, clear the apron!
Charge into a boot but he catches Viktor into a spinning spinebuster! Fired up, Gable tags himself in... CHAOS THEORY! IT’S OVER!
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable win by pinfall with Chaos Theory from Gable on Viktor.
Roode’s dismay turns into joy as he realizes Chad got them the win and they celebrate together.
We go in the locker room where Natalya and Ronda Rousey are warming up by shadowboxing together and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up WWE’s presence at the E! People’s Choice Awards.
Backstage the Dogs of War are arguing amongst themselves when Baron Corbin rolls up to inform them that Louisiana law is complicated because the state operates under Napoleonic Code and that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will get a tag title match at Hell in a Cell. Dogs of War complain but Baron says he needs to make his first PPV a big show (WELL...) and the tag title match is sufficiently big.
He tells Braun that Stephanie McMahon wants him to take the title from Roman Reigns, and Strowman says he’s going to go Big Dog hunting.
Alexa Bliss & Mickie James vs. Natalya & Ronda Rousey
Natalya and Bliss to start, Nattie with a side headlock takeover, reversed to a headscissors, stalemate. Neidhart with the go-behind, side Russian legsweep, waistlock, swinging Alexa around but she breaks with a back elbow. Whip to the corner, sidestep the charge, slingshot atomic drop into the running stomp to the head and the basement dropkick... NOPE!
Front chancery applied, tag to Rousey and Bliss practically teleports back into her corner and tags James in! Circling, Mickie with the go-behind, standing switch and a lariat, tag back to Nattie. Double suplex gets two, Neidhart tries to take her back over but she’s blocked so she picks the legs instead only for James to get the ropes and get a kick to the head in.
Choking Natalya over the ropes, Bliss gets a cheap shot in, cover gets two and she follows it up with a head and arm triangle. Throwing her aside as she goes to escape, Mickie with a lariat and a double wrist-clutch lift while stepping on her hair. Tag to Alexa, Insault to Injury gets two and Nattie’s desperate for a tag. Bliss goes for the armbar, Neidhart reverses to a pin but Bliss puts her back down on the mat after.
Slapping Ronda, she gives chase around the ring, Nattie with a bear hug... ROUSEY HITS THE LARIAT TO COMPLETE THE HART ATTACK! And on that tribute to the Anvil, we go to break.
Back from commercial and James has Neidhart locked down in a bodyscissors in the middle of the ring. Nattie turns her around and lays a few forearms in but Mickie turns it into a bodyscissors guillotine choke! Natalya posts to her feet and breaks by ramming her into the corner. Repeated back elbows in the corner but James drops her with a mat slam! Taunting Rousey, putting Neidhart into her corner she tags Bliss in.
They put boots to Nattie and Alexa takes her into the next corner for more kicks. Referee Rod Zapata warns her off, she shadowboxes Ronda but it gives Neidhart the opportunity to get a shot in and make the tag! Rousey hits the floor when Bliss bails and gets put into the barricade! Into the apron as well, a second time, chest kick, throwing her back inside, cover barely gets one!
Drawing her up, smash in the corner, tag to James and she puts boots to the UFC star! Alexa tags back in, putting boots to her, snapmare into a kick and then a half bow-and-arrow! Kick to the ribs, drawing her into the middle of the ring and back into the half bow-and-arrow and Mickie adds a basement dropkick and must have made a tag since she gets a nearfall.
Double wristlock choke, Rousey with a judo throw to counter! Fired up, lariat connects, punching James back into the corner but Mickie’s able to get a kick in and crumple Ronda to the mat. Arm drags ensue however, the full trifecta, Rousey kneels down and sends a direct message to Alexa before falling back into the armbar. It’s over!
Natalya & Ronda Rousey win by submission with the cross armbar from Rousey on Mickie James.
Bliss hits the ring with a cheap shot at Rousey’s ribs before immediately bailing to the floor!
A video recap for Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair follows, and commentary shills for the WWE Network.
Elias gets tea from a staffer and spits in his face because it’s supposed to be chamomile and it is in.
Braun Strowman comes along roaring and accosting crew members to demand they tell him where Roman is, and he hoists a man who appears to be Bu Ku Dao of WildKat Sports up before tossing him into some debris!
We go to break with Braun stomping off in search of Big Dogs.
Back from commercial, Ronda Rousey and Natalya are interviewed.
Rousey says she’s fine and even if she was hurt, she’s still going to be at Hell in a Cell and she’s never pulled out of a fight, not because she’s never injured, but because even on her worst day she’s still the best.
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song. He talks about the bayou’s rich musical history from jazz through rock & roll and to himself, and plays a few bars before launching into his usual Walk With Elias schtick. Sports references that fly over my head ensue and Elias says his song could save us all if we just do all the things he asks for every week.
He starts playing--
Enter Mick Foley! He asks to be pardoned for the interruption since he’s a big fan and he puts Elias’ voice and talent over and says he admires his craftsmanship, but as a lyricist he doesn’t have a sincere bone in his body. The Drifter scoffs and says he knows why he’s out here, to talk about Hell in a Cell, and if he wants something sincere, he’ll tell him as hard as it is to believe, he was a child once.
And as a child he sat in the stands that night as Mick’s body was thrown off the cell and his career was never the same. He prayed Foley would stay down but then he climbed up and got chokeslammed through the cage and his life was never the same again. He’d be lying if he said that wasn’t a special moment, the stuff of legend, but that was then and this is now and he’s standing in the ring with a broken man.
A broken man who is singing the same sad song he’s been singing for the last twenty years and he barely remembers the words. Mick takes his words in for a second and admits he got him, that’s him in a nutshell, but he didn’t come here to talk about the past, he wants to talk about the future. Elias tells him he’s talking TO the future, and Foley says yeah, maybe he’s got the skills and will be Universal Champion.
But he’s not talking about years to come, he’s talking about six nights from now at Hell in a Cell. He lives very close to Stephanie McMahon and he came to pay her a visit and ask her to let him play a role on the twentieth anniversary, and Elias says she laughed right in his face, and Foley confirms that’s what happened. He talks about how there was a stretcher brought down after he jumped off the cell.
They lifted the cage and they were sure the match was over but he wasn’t going to give up. And he channeled that energy to ask Stephanie to go back to that night, when he met Steph for the first time and went back out ten minutes later with a tooth in his nose desperate to play a part. So on Sunday he won’t just be there ringing the bell or doing announcing, he’ll be locked in the cell with Braun and Roman... AS SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE! BANG BANG!
Elias calls Foley back and tells him to beat it because he’s wasted enough of his time. Foley gets in his face and says he hasn’t been here in eighteen months and you’ll listen to him talk. Steph told him Baron has a lot on his plate, so for old time’s sake he was allowed to make one more match, Elias vs. Finn Balor!
Finn makes his entrance and we go to break before the match begins.
Back from commercial, Braun Strowman is still on a rampage backstage, harrassing crew members and throwing equipment.
Elias vs. Finn Balor
Elias in with a slam for one, choking Balor over the middle rope, big chop, whip across, back elbow, into a cover for one and he follows it up with a standing neck crank. Finn posts to his feet, whip reversed, sunset flip roll through into the basement dropkick! Hamstring kicks follow, wrenching the Drifter’s leg over the ropes but he claws at Balor’s face.
Finn with chops, whip reversed, he takes the turnbuckles hard and crumbles to the mat. Cover made, only two, snapmare into a kick to the back and Elias grabs the trapezius claw. Balor posts to his feet and slips out of a slam, boots up in the corner, sidestep the charge, he pastes the Drifter with chops from corner to corner! Cut off with a knee, whip reversed, picture perfect dropkick and Finn is fired up!
Double leg into the double stomp, Sling Blade connects but he gets cut off before the shotgun dropkick with a running knee for two as we go to break!
Back from commercial and Balor is writhing in pain on the mat as Elias comes over and hammers him with body blows. Off the ropes, Finn passes him to the floor, composes himself, off the ropes but the Drifter rolls back in and drops him with a lariat for a nearfall! Into the corner, electric chair, Balor slips out, inverted facelock elbow drop... NOPE!
Jockeying for position, electric chair applied again, and Elias spins it around into the powerbomb for a nearfall! Drawing him up, big chop, Finn crumbles into the corner and the Drifter suplexes him into position on the top rope. Jockeying for position up top, Balor sees his opening but nobody’s home on the Coup de Grace! Looking for Drift Away, Finn thinks fast and reverses...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with a small package.
We see a video package of Bobby Lashley working out earlier with Lio Rush playing hype man and pitching Walking Armageddon on an alliance on the basis that he smells like money. Bobby goes along with it and Lio continues motivating him.
Braun Strowman is interviewed backstage but he’s asking the questions, and he asks Charly Caruso where Roman is. She says she saw him leave, but Braun says he saw his boys running around, so he’s here. She suggests he go to the ring and maybe Reigns will come to him, and he agrees that seems like the right idea and leaves.
We go to break on a hype reel for Mixed Match Challenge season two.
Back from commercial, we’re promised an appearance from the Undertaker for next week.
Braun Strowman makes his entrance. He says he’s sick of waiting and demands Roman get out here and face him like a man. No response and Braun calls him a coward but says unfortunately for Reigns, there’s nowhere to hide inside of the cell, and his boys can’t get in to help him. Neither can special guest referee Mick Foley, because if he gets in the monster’s way, his injuries from twenty years ago will look like a papercut compared to now.
At Hell in a Cell, he’s taking the Universal Championship and sending Roman straight to hell, and he’s never coming back. The Big Dog’s music hits but he isn’t immediately visible so Braun leaves the ring in search of Roman. He’s atop the announce table and they meet on the stage... SUPERMAN PUNCH! Frye/Takayama punches, Strowman slams him into the LED boards and knocks him down with a headbutt!
Dismantling the announce table, Braun takes the Big Red Belt over to taunt Reigns before dragging him back to the table and putting him atop it with a punch. Climbing up after him but Roman recovers, fireman’s carry... SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE STAGE!
The Big Dog stands tall with his title in hand.
That’s the show, folks.