WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 17, 2018) from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, featuring the fallout show from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night in San Antonio, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: Undertaker returns, more build to Super Show-Down, 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. 17
You say black, I say white. You say bark, I say bite. You say shark, I say hey man Jaws was never my scene and I don’t like Star Wars. You say Rolls I say Royce, you say God give me a choice. You say Lord, I say Christ I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein, or Superman. All I wanna do is... liveblog this here pro wrestling show for y’all, actually.
The show opens with Roman Reigns making his entrance.
We get a slideshow recap of his match against Braun Strowman last night before he gets on the mic. He says last night was rough, brutal, and it didn’t really go to plan for him, but the fact is he woke up this morning and he’s still Universal Champion, and he knew Brock Lesnar had a rematch, but he didn’t think he was gonna come down and attack him while he’s down and out.
If Brock wants his rematch, he should come on out right now!
Enter Braun Strowman. He says Roman should be thankful Lesnar came down last night, because he’s the only reason he still has the title, and it’s the second time he screwed Braun out of an opportunity, and there won’t be a third. Brock’s gonna get These Hands and when he’s finished with Lesnar, he’s coming for Reigns.
Enter acting general manager Baron Corbin. He tells them to calm down because we’re not doing this right here, right now. (Van Halen’s kicking ass in America?) He says nobody’s more upset about what happened than he is, and he’s been on the phone with Stephanie McMahon all day trying to find a solution and he thinks he has one-- on November 2, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at WWE Crown Jewel, Roman will defend the title against Braun AND Brock in a triple threat!
Strowman says he thinks that sucks, Baron sucks, Roman sucks, the whole situation sucks, and everyone in this arena sucks. Paul Heyman makes his entrance along with the door to Hell in a Cell. He explains that the more powerful you get in WWE, the more money you’re worth in UFC, and the more money you’re worth in UFC, the more power you wield in UFC, the more money you can make in WWE, and nothing is more powerful than holding the Universal Championship.
WWE’s stock is at an all-time high and everybody was making money until the monster and the Big Dog double-teamed Lesnar to steal the title from the Beast Incarnate. He then proclaims Brock to be the Crown Jewel of WWE to bring it back around to the Saudi show before running away when Braun starts storming up the aisle after him.
Baron and Roman have a little confrontation in the ring and Corbin says he may stand there big and bad, but as general manager he’s privy to a few things, like the injury report, and he knows Reigns is banged up inside, left laying in the middle of the ring, a whining, hurting little puppy rather than the Big Dog. So don’t worry about the triple threat, because right here tonight he has to defend his title... AGAINST HIM!
We cut to Dean Ambrose staring a hole into our souls and are informed that he’ll be wrestling Drew McIntyre after the break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
Ambrose with a waistlock, side headlock, McIntyre fights out, forearm, chop, smashing his face into the turnbuckle. Another forearm, tossing him into the corner, Dean ducks a lariat, catches the boot... SHOULDER KNEEBREAKER! Trapping his leg in the ropes, dropkick to the knee and he follows it up by putting Drew’s knee into the post twice!
McIntyre recovers on the floor after some jockeying for position and throws Ambrose into the barricade hard! Cover for two and we go to break.
Back from commercial and McIntyre has a kneeling armbar in but Ambrose fights to his feet. Off the ropes, caught, float over the slam and Drew’s leg gives out! Rollup for two, big right from Dean, pass to the floor, limping back in, big slap across the face and McIntyre jaws at him. Duck the short-arm lariat, Ambrose throwing lariats of his own and clutching his shoulder in pain after.
Whip reversed, mat slam wipes the giant Scot out and Dean locks a half-crab with a knee to the back on momentarily! Big headbutt from Drew staggers Ambrose, he sets him up in the corner and pastes him with a chop. Jockeying for position, Dean gets him stuck in the Tree of Woe... BUT MCINTYRE HITS THE SPIDER BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX! Slapping his knee after, trying to bring life back into his wounded appendage, lying in wait, Dean sidesteps a boot, underhooks, Dirty Deeds denied but he gets a sunset flip for two!
Double leg into the a cloverleaf! Drew gets free, jockeying for position over the ropes, to the floor... DEAN AMBROSE SUICIDE DIVE! Headed up top, over the ringpost, diving double axehandle... BUT DREW SIDESTEPPED AND DEAN ATE BARRICADE! Beating the count but McIntyre is right on him...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Commentary hypes up Ronda Rousey appearing later and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is walking backstage and he runs into Dolph Ziggler, who asks how he’s doing. He says golden, and Baron Corbin rolls up to tell them they’ve beaten down one member of the Shield, he’s beating one more later, and he asks if Ziggler is going to invoke his rematch clause, and Dolph says he fell off the cell and he’s not in shape to compete.
But Corbin pitches him on winning by forfeit since Seth isn’t even here, and Ziggler tells him to make the match. Dogs of War leave and Baron accosts a crew member and talks about what a great job he’s doing with two titles about to change hands.
We go backstage with the Bella Twins, Natalya, and Ronda Rousey, and Ronda asks how open challenges work, who does she call, etc.? Natalya says the guys just walk out there and do it, so she needs to just walk out there and tell the world she wants to fight. At the end of the day you never know who’s accepting the challenge, and Rousey replies that she has two arms, which is one more than you need.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial in time for the bell!
Chad Gable vs. Viktor
Viktor with an arm wringer, Gable does the fancy reversal, kneeling deathlock applied, transition to a side headlock, shot off, shoulder thrust, drop down, leapfrog, cartwheel from the big man and he kicks Chad away! Big chop, jockeying for position, big arm drag into a bridging butterfly suplex, only a nearfall! Hair pull by the Wastelander, Konnor runs interference and Viktor’s able to clip the Olympian with a big knee for two!
Chops and uppercuts in the corner, following it up with a reverse chinlock but Gable posts to his feet, body blows, Viktor remains in control and clubs him into the corner for chops. Smashing his face into the next turnbuckle over, setting him up top for more strikes... CHAD COUNTERS INTO THE ARMBAR IN THE ROPES! He sits up in the ropes, leaps over him, ducks the lariats, flying forearms!
Exploder suplex, rolling hot, a fisherman suplex, off the ropes, CACTUS CROSSBODY BUT GABLE STOPS SHORT AND LANDS ON THE APRON FOR A CANNONBALL! Up top, missile dropkick and he is fired up! Dropkick to Konnor, waistlock applied...
Chad Gable wins by pinfall with Chaos Theory.
Konnor attacks Gable from behind after the match and tells him he’s nothing!
Commentary hypes up the matches that Corbin made earlier and promises us the Undertaker after the break.
Back from commercial, we see Seth Rollins limping his way backstage when he rolls into an interview.
He’s informed that he’s going to have to defend his Intercontinental Championship tonight and if he can’t compete he’ll be stripped of the title. Seth laughs and says Corbin may be acting general manager but someone should remind him that this is still Monday Night Rollins.
Enter the Undertaker.
He gets on the mic and says that they say that delusion is the final recourse of the damned, that no man can spin a web of lies like a man that has a broken soul. And he’s never seen a more broken soul that Triple H, and last week he came out here and told us that he’d lost all his self-respect. Delusion will be his downfall, and there was a time when Hunter was wicked, savage, a warrior, but these days he tends to play a more corporate game.
His battlefield is the boardroom, his life so filled with lies that he can no longer decipher truth. He can’t see the fear in his own friend’s eyes and he can’t see his own demise. (Mark Calaway, beat poet. Who knew?) Taker puts no stock in what any man thinks, but what he knows, and he knows this-- when he faces HHH for the last time, the result will be just like the first time.
He’ll put him six feet under, Game over. Hunter will move heaven and earth, enlist his best friend Shawn Michaels, so let him have his deceit, let him have his best friend, but the devil is in the details. Shawn isn’t going to go all the way to Australia to sit in the audience and watch this fight, he’ll be standing in Triple’s corner, and the Deadman is okay with that, because standing in HIS corner will be his brother, Kane!
Everyone knows that he took HBK’s career, and he’s going to do the same to Triple, but he’s also going to take his soul and put him down at WWE Super Show-Down with his Brother of Destruction watching his back, Triple H will... REST. IN. PEACE.
Another recap of last night’s main event follows, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Commentary hypes up our Intercontinental Championship match before tossing to a Connor’s Cure video package covering a WWE visit to a local children’s hospital earlier today.
Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrance with all the kids from the video package and we go to break.
Back from commercial and we have a match in progress!
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Brooke with a side headlock, shot off, drop down, handspring, off the ropes, shoulder block and we’re informed that Dana is done with Titus Worldwide. Handspring back elbow, off the ropes again, Bayley catches her into a backslide for two and keeps the hold after the kickout. Brooke out with a knee lift, another one, throwing her hard into the turnbuckles for another nearfall.
Handstand knee drops get another two count and Dana locks a bodyscissors on. Switch to a waistlock, the Hugger walks up the turnbuckles to reverse to a pin, only two, boot up on the charge, to the apron, Stunner over the middle rope! Back inside, jockeying for position...
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Bayley-to-Belly.
Commentary hypes up Bobby Lashley vs. Elias and our Universal Championship match up for later.
Authors of Pain and DRAKE MAVERICK are walking backsstage when Rezar accosts a crew member and slams him into the wall. DRAKE tells him to save it for the ring and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get an ad for WWE 2K19.
Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) vs. Barrett Brown & Gregory James
Akam takes James out and biels Brown in after him! Rock Bottom to Barret, Vader Bomb follows it, Rezar hosses Gregory up... BLU-RAY! Tag made...
Authors of Pain win by pinfall with Super Collider.
(As a side note, check out Barrett Brown’s appearance for Style Battle on Season 1 Episode 6, available via Club WWN, dude is really good and deserves more eyes on his work.)
Backstage, Ziggler is complaining to Corbin about Seth Rollins being here, but Baron gives him a pep talk and Dolph acquiesces until he turns around and sees the Architect standing right there. Seth tells him to go ahead and explain his way out of it, but Ziggler tells him if he wants to back out, no one would blame him. Rollins says he’s right, but he’s ready for a fight.
We’re informed that match will be next, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the Rollins/Ziggler spot off the side of the cell from last night.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Apologies, folks, my computer I stream my cable from crashed during entrances and I needed to restart it, and it came back with the match tossed to break.
Back from commercial, Ziggler is throwing disdainful kicks and chops as Rollins fills with resolve before taking him down for mounted punches! Back elbow for separation, charging forearms, whip reversed and Seth takes the turnbuckles hard! Boot up on the charge, to the second, diving blockbuster connects but the Architect clutches his back in agony after the impact!
Fired up, charging forearm, off the ropes, Ziggler cuts him off with a boot, jockeying for position and he’s got the sleeper hold locked on! Rollins flagging but not failing, down to his hands and knees. Counter back suplex, Dolph lands on his feet, superkick and Zig Zag denied in turn, Seth gets the ripcord knee strike... NO GOOD! Rollins up top, Ziggler recovers and cuts him off but screams in agony holding his shoulder!
Climbing to meet him, jockeying for position, Seth slips under and crotches Dolph. Up after in, inverted facelock, denied but Rollins runs right back up, superplex but Ziggler floats over the Falcon Arrow into a pin for two! Off the ropes... BLACKOUT BUT SETH IS SLOW TO CAPITALIZE! LATERAL PRESS... IT’S OVER!
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Rollins celebrates with the title as the Big Dog looks on smiling and nodding with pride in his brother.
An interview rolls up and Roman says he doesn’t consider himself an underdog. Maybe against Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman, but against Baron Corbin he’s just the Big Dog, and that means he’s still gonna be Universal Champion.
We see Ronda Rousey shadowboxing backstage, her open challenge will be up next.
Commentary tosses to a video package for Hispanic Heritage Month featuring a variety of superstars of Hispanic descent from the Bella Twins to Andrade “Cien” Almas to Rey Mysterio and Eddy Guerrero and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ronda Rousey makes her entrance.
She gets on the mic with a fit of the nervous giggles while the crowd chants for her before saying she wants to congratulate Alexa Bliss, because last night was the best performance she ever saw out of her and she didn’t expect to get pushed so close to her limit. She also has to thank her for showing her that’s she’s more of a champ than she could ever be.
And that’s what she wants, to be like Bret “the Hitman” Hart, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Ric Flair, and that’s why she’s issuing an open challenge right now. So if any of the women in the locker room have the gumption to come take the title, let’s see who it is.
Natalya’s music plays but she doesn’t come out. Or well, she does, but the Riott Squad are dragging her unconscious body through the entry. Ruby Riott says it’s really Ronda’s fault and they’re here to shut this little operation down. You see, they don’t dislike Rousey, but they don’t like her either, so it looks like she’s going to be the one accepting the open challenge!
Ronda has a right for Riott, she fends Sarah Logan off, arm drag for Liv Morgan and she takes Ruby into the corner for punches! Logan recovers and pulls her away but an arm drag takes her down! Riott takes advantage with a spear and the Riott Squad put boots to the champion!
THE BELLA TWINS MAKE THE SAVE! They get into it with Morgan and Logan, Ronda recovers... SWINGING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON RUBY RIOTT!
Commentary hypes up our main event and we go backstage where Baron Corbin is shadowboxing to get ready for it when Braun Strowman rolls up on him.
Braun says he doesn’t know why he booked himself in the match, but he hopes Baron wins, because he sucks and he knows that he can kill him.
On that note, we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the last women’s segment, because Raw is three hours long, but also it was fairly worth seeing again.
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.
He plays a few bars before launching into his usual intro. He knows how bad this show can be before he shows up, and if he had it his way it’d be three hours of Elias. Every time he comes out here he gets interrupted, and it all boils down to jealousy. Everything he does is special and so everybody wants to be part of it, but they all find out the truth about what WWE stands for eventually.
Tonight he has to take care of Bobby Lashley. This guy looks great, he’s got all the tools but he’s a constant disappointment and he never wins when it matters, much like the Dallas Cowboys. He sees all the jerseys around here and it’s like people are proud to advertise failure and he just doesn’t get it, but his song tonight won’t disappoint.
Before he can start playing, Lio Rush interrupts! He says he’s looking at a rock star right now, but you wanna know something sad? Instead of coming out here and giving the people what they want, he comes out here singing the same tired diss track, and it’s embarrassing. Elias asks whose child this is and Lio says it’s okay he doesn’t know who he is and he introduces himself.
Elias says he doesn’t care and calls for security to take him to lost and found until his parents retrieve him, and Rush falls over laughing before saying the big man told him he had jokes or was a joke, but regardless he’s got unfinished business. And you think he’s angry about Kevin Owens powerbombing him into the apron, just wait and see what he does to you.
Lio introduces his man Bobby Lashley and we have a match ready to go, but first we take a commercial break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Elias
Well hell, somehow I had a copying error here and this didn’t paste until it was gone from my copy buffer. Again, my apologies, rough night here in the liveblog.
Anyway, Lio Rush was on commentary, Kevin Owens came down, Lio did some big flips and kicked the Drifter...
Elias wins by disqualification.
Bobby Lashley military pressed Rush to the floor into the heels and they celebrated together like the best of friends they are before we went to break.
Back from commercial in time to find out who Ember Moon’s mystery partner is.
Alicia Fox & Mickie James vs. Ember Moon & Nia Jax
Fox and Moon to start, Ember well in charge, shoulder armbreaker but Alicia turns her around and gets the tag. Double teams, James off the ropes with a boot, big knee lift, off the ropes and Moon gets a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and dropkicks her to the floor. Off the ropes, a suicide dive takes out the whole heel team! Headed up top, Foxy cuts her off, Mickie lands a hard kick and gets a two count out of it!
Tag to Alicia, snapmare into a reverse chinlock, tag back to James and she comes in punting Ember’s arm. Cover for two and she grabs a reverse chinlock of her own. Half nelson knee lifts, off the ropes, Moon with a hip toss but Mickie blocks the tag with a knee and tags Fox back in herself. Off the ropes, Mafia kick connects for two, following it up with a back suplex but Moon lands on her feet and makes the tag!
Jax in light a freight train, lariats, throwing her into James, biel after biel, charging in she gets cut off with an elbow but blocks the sunset flip with another biel and bulldozes Foxy! James breaks the pin up, she gets goozled and begs off, Ember up top... ECLIPSE TAKES MICKIE JAMES OUT! Alicia with kicks, off the ropes, Nia catches her...
Ember Moon & Nia Jax win by pinfall with a Samoan Drop from Jax on Alicia Fox.
Baron Corbin is backstage with referee Rod Zapata ordering him to call his match down the middle despite the fact that he has all the power and could fire him on a whim and in fact orders him to call him Mr. Acting General Manager of Monday Night Raw.
Commentary issues a plea for folks to donate to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Florence and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for WWE’s new Wednesday night lineup.
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Universal Championship)
Collar and elbow, Baron with the striking into a quick cover, uppercut gets two and he goes for a schoolboy... SO CLOSE! Elbow against the ropes, forearms, Reigns ducks a right hand and clotheslines Corbin to the floor! Drive-By ensues and we head back in the ring. The Lone Wolf sidesteps a charge, Roman hard into the post but he passes Baron to the floor, back in, devastating lariat... NO! TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Corbin has a half nelson chinlock on but Reigns posts to his feet and fights out with punches. Off the ropes, he gets caught with the chokebreaker... NO GOOD! The Big Dog slow to rise, clutching his back when Baron lights on him with an overhead elbow and returns to the half nelson chinlock. Roman flagging but not failing, slowly fighting back into it, rising to his feet!
He breaks the hold, big slicing right, duck a lariat and he hits two of his own before coming off the ropes with a leaping lariat! Baron down and out in the corner, Reigns heads over and hits the corner lariats, off the ropes, Mafia kick to finish the exchange! Big Dog fired up, calling for it, but the Lone Wolf rolls to the floor and cuts him off in the ropes with a right hand.
Back in, Reigns has the werewithal to hit a Samoan drop and stay in the fight! In the corner, calling for it again and again Baron rolls to the floor. Roman follows... SUPERMAN PUNCH OFF THE STEEL STEPS! Back inside, the Big Dog howls and again Corbin leaves the ring! Charging after him, Baron throws a chair at his face! Corbin argues with referee Rod Zapata but he has no choice...
Roman Reigns wins by disqualification, retaining the WWE Universal Championship.
Baron calls out to the timekeeper and demands a restart as a no disqualification match!
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns (c) (WWE Universal Championship No Disqualification Match)
Chair in hand, Baron returns to the ring but Roman clips him with a Superman Punch... SO CLOSE! Reigns rises and grabs the chair himself--
Braun Strowman comes down and Corbin takes advantage of the distraction to attack Roman! Both men down and out, Braun gets in the ring, big headbutt to the Big Dog, corner body avalanches, but Reigns floats over the powerslam and sidesteps a charge to put the monster hard into the post! Corbin throws him into the corner, pass to the floor, back in, duck the lariat, off the ropes... DEEP SIX GETS CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR!
THE DOGS OF WAR ARE HERE! They tend to Strowman but Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins arrive before they can do anything else and we have a brawl on the floor! Superman Punch takes Braun off the apron and the Shield rally around Roman! Off the ropes... SETH AND DEAN STEREO DIVES! Strowman back on his feet first, Reigns surveys the scene, off the ropes... BARON CUTS HIS DIVE OFF WITH A PUNCH!
But when Corbin heads back in the ring, Roman is ready for him...
Roman Reigns wins by pinfall with a spear, retaining the WWE Universal Championship.
The Shield and the Dogs of War stare each other down from ring to ramp.
That’s the show, folks.