WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 3, 2018) from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in San Antonio, Texas.
Advertised for tonight: The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad, Shawn Michaels returns, 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. 3
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The show opens with Braun Strowman making his entrance with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre by his side.
They get in the ring and Braun smiles and adjusts his neck before getting on the mic and saying he has something he wants us to see again, and that’s last week’s main event where he left Roman Reigns high and dry and beat the Shield down with Dolph and Drew. He says that’s what he calls justice; he tried to do it face to face, monster to man, and all Reigns had to do was take his beating and accept his fate.
But Roman runs in a pack and his brothers had to come down and save him, forming a Shield around him, and Reigns knows good and well that without them, the Universal Championship was his. But he knows that with them, it never would be, so he had to go about things differently and he doesn’t care who likes it. And now he has a pack of his own and he’s gonna show Roman that this is HIS yard.
He’s not only going to break his spirit, but break his body and take what’s rightfully his, the Universal Championship. McIntyre gets on the mic and says the Shield’s time is over, and you’re looking at the new kings of the jungle, and Ziggler pledges to be the most dominant force in WWE history, moreso than the Nation of Domination, or D-Generation X, and sure as hell more dominant than the Shield.
They’re going to leave them embarrassed, decimated, and the Shield started this, but they’re going to end it, tearing them--
SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA. ECHO. LIMA. DELTA. SHIELD!
The Shield make their entrance through the crowd just like the good old days! Baron Corbin shows up to empty the locker room and the Shield take everybody out! They circle the ring as Baron looks on from the stage and directs a second wave that the Shield also take care of in fairly short order. They slip in the ring and we got a brawl as a third wave of the roster comes down to pull them apart!
Referees and wrestlers just about separate them when the Shield break away from the pack and nearly bridge the distance before getting pulled apart again, and the heel team is physically dragged to the back. The Shield break away again and follow them backstage as we go to break!
Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
We go backstage where a bunch of cops have joined the fray and are packing the Shield off into a van. Baron Corbin is talking to them but we can’t really hear what he’s saying and they get driven off.
With the Riott Squad already in the ring, the Bella Twins make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for the bell!
Bella Twins (Brie & Nikki Bella) vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)
Nikki and Liv start, Bella rushes Morgan and she hides in the ropes before making the tag to Logan. Collar and elbow, Sarah backs her into the ropes for forearms, Nikki with a waistlock, leg pick into a cover, only good for one and she follows it up by wrenching her arm into an arm wringer and grabbing an armbar. Arm drag, cover gets one again, fireman’s carry, Logan slips out and hits a mat slam as an equalizer.
Drawing her up, armbar of her own, judo throw to escape, charging in, nobody home, back elbow to stun Sarah, tornado Divorce Court... NOPE! Tag to Brie, double-team single knee armbreakers for a nearfall, Bella follows it with a double wristlock, Logan with a leg pick and a tag to Morgan. She comes in with a kick to the back, only two and into a reverse chinlock from there.
Knees as Brie goes to escape, grabbing her hair and jawing but Bella clobbers her with right hands! Matrix evasion on a lariat, hair-pull mat slam for a cover, tag back to Logan. Waistlock takedown, right hands, whip across, duck a lariat, dropkick from Brie and she’s got her lined up for the Yes! Kicks! Buzzsaw connects, Liv in, duck a lariat, dropkick and it’s Brie Mode!
Back and forth knees, going for a dive but Sarah fakes her out and Bella gets tripped up and suckered to the floor for a beating as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Logan has a cobra clutch in on Brie but Bella fights to her feet and out with punches only for Sarah to drag her into the corner and pummel her to block the tag. Brie fights back, missile dropkick and the hot tag to Nikki! In like a house of fire, single knee cravate facebreaker, fired up, corner lariat, springboard roundhouse kick... NOPE!
Bella dumping Logan, forearm to Ruby Riott, Brie dives on both of them, falling short but getting the job done somehow, Nikki’s in control on Liv...
The Bella Twins win by pinfall with Rack Attack 2.0 from Nikki Bella on Liv Morgan.
Commentary hypes up the Bellas & Ronda Rousey for a match against the complete Riott Squad at Super Show-Down in Australia as well as giving Triple H vs. the Undertaker a bit of press to hype Shawn Michaels’ appearance tonight. More hype ensues, for the tag title match tonight.
We go backstage where Baron Corbin is on the phone telling Stephanie McMahon everything is fine, the Shield is in custody, and Raw is back on track. He agrees to some stuff we can’t hear and says goodbye, when we pan over to a smiling Finn Balor. He wants a rematch tonight against Corbin, and Baron tells him he doesn’t have time for demands. Finn criticizes him for changing the rules and says he almost feels like the Lone Wolf is compensating for something.
If he wants to prove that he’s better than Finn Balor the Man, Not the Demo, he needs to beat him again. Corbin agrees to the rematch and makes it tonight’s main event to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hype’s WWE’s support for Connor’s Cure.
We go backstage where Bobby Roode and Chad Gable are talking when an interview rolls up. They’re starting a tag team tonight, and Gable says he keeps a close eye on everything around here and he’s captivated by the way Roode carries himself, plus he’s best in tag teams. Bobby says he appreciates the kind words and it means a lot coming from a former tag team champion, and they head out for their match.
Their opponents, the Ascension, get on the mic and call Bobby a flash in the pan and Chad a sawed-off duckfoot.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. the Ascension (Konnor & Victor)
Gable and Viktor to start, Chad with an exploder suplex out the gates, another one, a German suplex for Konnor when he runs in and one for his partner as well! Another for Konnor for good measure, tag to Roode, he smashes Viktor’s face into the turnbuckles, chop, straight suplex gets a nearfall. Konnor tags in, isolating Bobby with boots in the corner, tag back, double-team strikes get a nearfall and Viktor grabs a reverse chinlock.
Konnor back in, big elbow drop for a nearfall, reverse chinlock applied, Roode with back elbows and body blows but Konnor cuts him off and tags Viktor back in as they put boots to him. Trading right hands, Gable tags in, whip, off the ropes with a big forearm, dropkick, exploder, back body drop to the apron, cannonball off the apron and a missile dropkick lines Viktor up... CHAOS THEORY! IT’S OVER!
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable win by pinfall with Chaos Theory on Viktor.
The new team celebrate their victory together.
Backstage, Elias is talking about his record with a man in a vest, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.
He speak-sings his way through the beginning of his promo, exhorting us to walk with him to the promised land. He says he strongly dislikes women who hit men, and that’s what Trish Stratus did to him last week, embarrassing herself. It’s obvious that she’s struggling with the fact that WWE stands for Walk With Elias, he says, before continuing by mentioning how he struggled to select a song for today.
He runs Columbus down before launching into his usual schtick and beginning to play--
Enter Alexa Bliss, flanked by Alicia Fox and Mickie James. They get in the ring and Alexa interrupts him by saying Columbus is where she was born and she actually graduated high school right in this building. She leads the crowd in an OH! IO! chant before admitting that they’re all imbeciles and everything Elias said was right and she couldn’t get out of here quick enough.
Bliss says it’s like she was surrounded by zombies and in fact she thinks she recognizes some of them in the crowd. She puts herself over as the biggest star to come out of Columbus and apologizes for Trish Stratus last week. What kind of message is she sending to young girls, that it’s okay to go and slap somebody more talented than you? They commiserate over how unfair the world is to people of their stature and Alexa bids Elias resume his song, saying she wants to walk with him.
He obliges but only gets a few bars in...
Enter Ronda Rousey, followed shortly after by Alexa’s opponent tonight, Natalya, and we go to break.
Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya
Collar and elbow, Natalya with a side headlock takeover, Bliss reverses to a headscissors, Nattie slips out and gives chase but Alexa hugs the bottom rope for safety. Back to the lockup, Neidhart with an arm wringer, Bliss reverses, Nattie rolls through, hammerlock, reversed, fireman’s carry takeover into an armbar but Alexa gets away and into the ropes again.
Referee John Cone enforces the break, Neidhart catches a kick, Bliss begs off and she lets er down, takes a handshake... AND STOMPS ON ALEXA’S HAND! Up and over in the corner, slingshot atomic drop into the running head stomp and the basement dropkick for two! HUGE forearm gets Bliss back into it, she puts boots to Nattie and her buddies rush in for the cheap shot while she keeps Cone busy.
DDT connects, Alexa looks to make a statement and points at Rousey before locking an armbar on Neidhart! Wrenching it in...
Alexa Bliss wins by submission with a cross armbar.
Ronda rushes into the ring to check on her friend’s arm only for Bliss to try and cheapshot her! Fox makes the save and Rousey arm drags her multiple times to dump her to the floor! Alexa slides in, chop block, to the floor, throwing her into the steps, back in the ring, Ronda fireing back with punches and she runs Bliss off before checking on Neidhart again.
Commentary recaps the opening segment again, because Raw is three hours long.
Baron Corbin is backstage berating a crew member to polish his watch when Braun, Drew, and Dolph roll up. Strowman says it’s too bad the Shield got arrested, but since they’re still here they want competition. And they’re not asking, this is their show now and they want a match. Ziggler and McIntyre demand a spot in the tag title match, Baron balks but Dolph suggests that the Revival “can’t compete” and Corbin admits that if they get taken out he’d have to make different arrangements.
They head off, seemingly satisfied, and Braun gets in Baron’s face and tells him to do his job and find him some competition.
Commentary hypes up Shawn Michaels and our tag title match again before tossing backstage to an interview with the Revival.
Everything they said about that Bert & Ernie tag team is the truth, they’re a joke, a mockery-- MCINTYRE AND ZIGGLER ATTACK THE REVIVAL FROM BEHIND! They beat the Top Guys down and Drew ragdolls Dash Wilder into a road case to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the B-Team make their entrance, but of course, no Revival.
Instead, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre make their entrance and claim the title shot as commentary explains that acting Raw general manager Baron Corbin has sanctioned the match.
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs. the B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
McIntyre and Axel to start, Drew clears Dallas from the apron and drops Curtis with a lariat! Belly-to-belly suplex, tag to Ziggler, Bo with a low-bridge, Axel with an O’Connor roll... NOPE! Backslide comes up empty, leg pick, Dolph kicks him off, tag to Dallas, off the ropes with a freight train axehandle! Clothesline sends Ziggler to the floor, they clear McIntyre out the same way and we go to break.
Back from commercial, McIntyre is in control with a kneeling armbar on Dallas. He escapes, off the ropes into a slam, only good for two and Drew draws him to his knees for a chop. Straight suplex, and back to the kneeling armbar. Bo tries to fight out and gets thrown into the corner as McIntyre tags Ziggler in. Jawing and piefacing him, but Dallas fights back with right hands!
Dolph with a dropkick to the face, tag back to Drew. In with chops in the corner, setting Dallas up top for another, berating him, jockeying for position, big tornado DDT from Bo! Dallas reaching, crawling, desperate for the tag, he reverses a back suplex into a neckbreaker... TAGS MADE! Axel in hot with a lariat, beating on McIntyre, back elbow for Dolph into a snapmare, running neck snap and he’s fired up!
Kick to the gut, neckbreaker blocked, off the ropes, Perfectplex... DREW BREAKS IT UP! Dallas comes in and gets smashed hard into the turnbuckles, McIntyre backs off at referee Dan Engler’s behest, Dolph goes for a tag and gets schoolboy’d for two! Superkick for the separation, tag to Drew, they set him up...
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre win by pinfall with the Claymore / Zig Zag combination on Curtis Axel to win the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
DRAKE MAVERICK is walking backstage with the Authors of Pain, all kitted up in matching gear?!
Commentary again brings up Connor’s Cure and we get a video package featuring a young superstar named Super Messiah that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, DRAKE MAVERICK makes his entrance to the Authors of Pain’s theme, the Authors following shortly after.
DRAKE gets on the mic and introduces himself as the general manager of 205 Live and also the Authors of Pain’s manager, and he’s going to take them to the tag titles!
Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) vs. Jimmy James & Keith Thompson
Akam takes blue trunks out and clubs red trunks to the mat before tagging Rezar in. Big lariat, popping red up on his shoulders... BLU-RAY! SUPER COLLIDER... IT’S OVER!
Authors of Pain win by pinfall with Super Collider on red trunks.
Commentary tosses us to another segment of legends and hall of famers giving their feelings on the last time ever matchup between Triple H and the Undertaker in Australia. Shawn Michaels will weigh in, after the break.
Back from commercial, Natalya and Ronda Rousey are talking in the locker room. Nattie’s sick of the games and the Bella Twins roll up to check on them. Neidhart takes her leave and Brie and Nikki put Rousey over as eventually being the greatest women’s champion ever and thank her for inspiring them to come back, offering themselves up as training partners.
Ronda thanks them but says Nattie’s been a great training partner, and the Bellas mention their non-wrestling exploits and offer to mentor her in business. She thanks them again and they leave.
The Heartbreak Kid himself, Shawn Michaels, makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and soaks in the atmosphere a moment, saying he’s decided he’s worthy of it and he wants to be showered in praise. It wouldn’t be him if he didn’t shill a little, so he hypes up his new t-shirt, the WWE Network, and WWE Super Show-Down. Before he gets to predictions, he runs down the parameters of the match-- last time ever, Triple H vs. the Undertaker, and it’s gonna be so insane that he’s decided he’s gonna fly out to watch the match in person.
He can almost guarantee it’ll be something we never forget, but having said that he’s got some comments on some of the other predictions. He’s shocked by how many of his peers picked the Undertaker. If the Streak were still intact it’d be one thing, but it isn’t, and he’s surprised by how many still think Taker has the advantage, although he and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin are still in agreement on HHH as the winner.
He gets it, it’s his best friend, how can he be objective? But the fact of the matter is, it’s purely professional and Undertaker needs to understand that Hunter is still the Game, still the Cerebral Assassin, and he’s got a heck of a lot more left in the tank than the Deadman. So at Super Show-Down, HHH is going to cerebrally assassinate the Undertaker and there is absolutely nothing--
Enter the Undertaker. He says he thinks this just became personal, and how long was it, twenty years that HBK and HHH have been best friends? In those twenty years, he’s taken the best that both men had and has put them both down. In the process, he reached in and took part of their souls, and their egos can’t accept it. He says Shawn chose Hunter because he took the one thing from him that was most important, his career.
Michaels says he’s a man of his word and somebody had to restore faith in the system, somebody had to stand by their word and stay retired in a business where no-one does, and he’s been that guy because he’s a man of honor and integrity. He’s stayed away and stayed retired out of respect for the system, for the crowd, and most importantly, out of respect for the Undertaker.
Every time he steps in an arena, he hears “One more match!” chants like just went up and-- Taker cuts him off and asks if he’s saying it’s about respect, and HBK says that’s what he’s saying. For nearly a decade half the locker room beats down his door every year at WrestleMania looking for a dream match, turning down millions and millions of dollars, so yeah, it’s about respect.
Undertaker again asks, this time more specifically, if it’s respect or if it’s fear, because is Shawn ever came out of retirement, there’d only be one person he’d come for, and that’s him. And make no mistake about it, the Deadman would put him down all over again. Michaels knows it, he knows it, the crowd knows it, and there’s one other thing he knows-- in Australia, he’s putting Triple down again.
On that note, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Finn Balor is taping his wrists in the locker room when Baron Corbin rolls up with bad news.
He’s been on the phone nonstop and he can’t compete tonight, but Finn shouldn’t be disappointed, because he’s still in the main event, but against Braun Strowman. Baron wishes him good luck and leaves as Balor takes this information in.
We get an update on the Shield, who have been charged with inciting a riot, criminal damage, and disorderly conduct.
Boss & Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks) vs. Dana Brooke & Ember Moon
Brooke and Bayley to start, collar and elbow, Hugger with a side headlock, whip, tag to Banks. Double-team shove into the corner, snapmare, off the ropes with a sliding elbow, Meteora, and Dana rolls to the floor to confer with Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews as we go to break.
Back from commercial and Bayley has an armbar in on Moon but she fights out and into a kick combo. Reverse roundhouse caught, Ember reverses into an exploder suplex, but the Hugger drags her over for a tag to Sasha. Moon off the ropes, kicks for both, crossbody wipes both of the out! False start but Dana gets a tag only for the Boss to kick her face in!
Double knees sidestepped, Dana with a fireman’s carry, Banks slips out, lungblower dodged and Brooke hits an enzuigiri. Fired up, telling Titus Worldwide she’s got this, Sasha sidesteps the handspring elbow, headscissors takedown transition...
Boss & Hug Connection win by pinfall with a victory roll pin from Sasha Banks on Dana Brooke.
Titus Worldwide bicker and Dana says she’s had it with both of them and she’s done.
Backstage, Bobby Lashley is reading a piece of paper when an interview rolls up. He says he met with Baron Corbin, who gave him the paper, which is a performance review saying his physical actions show a dangerous and malicious side that puts the whole roster in danger, so he’s ordering Lashley to go to an in-ring meditation session with Jinder Mahal tonight.
But he’s optimistic about listening to Jinder Mahal and finding his inner peace.
Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley makes his entrance.
Jinder Mahal welcomes him to the meditation session and says he senses a great deal of hostility despite the smile on his face. He can help him harness his anger to achieve inner peace, and he invites Lashley to sit with him. Bobby hesitates a moment before taking a seat and accepting a scarf proffered by Sunil Singh. Jinder asks him to repeat after him and Lashley begins by repeating that at first but plays along as Mahal tells him they’re like water.
Sunil gets to his feet fired up and Bobby talks him down. They repeat Jinder’s mantra together... KEVIN OWENS BLINDSIDES BOBBY LASHLEY AND BEATS HIM DOWN! Bob fights Jinder off momentarily but KO rocks him with a boot to the face and heads to the floor... APRON POWERBOMB!
Finn Balor is shown putting his leather jacket on backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Shawn Michaels’ segment with the Undertaker, because Raw is three hours long, and also because they need to set up another appearance from Triple H next week, as well as Mick Foley celebrating twenty years since his legendary Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker.
We have another Shield update, they’ve posted bail and been released on their own recognizance.
Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor
Balor in with stomps to the feet and forearms, Braun shoves him into the ropes and takes him down with a shoulder block before roaring! Charge sidestepped, Finn with a sleeper but Strowman backs him into the turnbuckles to break. Crawling after, Braun clubs him down but Balor refuses to stay down and rises for forearms. Off the ropes, he gets caught with a side slam!
Off the ropes, Mafia kick connects, shoving Balor in the corner but he gets the boot up, diving crossbody, caught but Finn reverses to the sleeper! Braun throws him off, low bridges him, dropkick through the ropes and a double stomp to the back of the head as we go to break.
Back from commercial and the monster among men has a neck crank in on Finn Balor, forcing him down and hammering him with crossface strikes when he threatens to escape. Finn posts to his feet only for Braun to headbutt him and dump him clear to the floor! Headed out after him... BALOR GETS THE SLING BLADE! Back in the ring as referee John Cone counts, blasting Strowman as he reaches the apron, off the ropes he runs into a goozle and gets thrown into the corner!
Boot up on the first charge, clobbered on the second! Dropkick cuts the third off, leg pick denied but he manages to climb the monster into a sleeper hold! Rammed into the corner to break but Finn sidesteps the charge and Braun eats the post hard! Ziggler and McIntyre check on him, Balor off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO TAKES ALL THREE GUYS OUT!
Strowman throws him back in the ring but walks into a gamengiri, Finn heads up top but Braun cuts him off with a goozle! Balor going for the sleeper, bodyscissors into a triangle choke as the monster crumples to one knee! COUNTER POWERBOMB! Up on the shoulder...
Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with the running powerslam.
Drew and Dolph get in the ring and draw Finn up, throwing him to their pal for another running powerslam! They throw Balor out of the ring like a sack of potatoes and dismantle the steel steps, McIntyre dragging the bottom one over as Strowman gives the thumbs down. Mocking the Shield, setting the triple powerbomb up but they stop short when sirens ring out!
The police van backs in next to the stage... AND THE SHIELD IS HERE! They start making their way to the ring and the heel locker room empties behind them and beats them down! Drew Gulak and the Authors of pain throw Roman Reigns into a shot from the steel steps from Braun! Ambrose goes face-first into the LED board and Rollins is thrown into the van!
Beating on Dean atop the announce table, Strowman keeps clubbing Reigns with the steps! Dolph slams the door of the van into Seth’s face! KO and Jinder hold Dean up so Drew can run him over with a boot! Ziggler wipes Rollins out with a superkick as McIntyre rains punches down on Ambrose’s face! Braun gets Roman on his shoulder and hits the running powerslam!
They drop the Shield together at ringside and Strowman, McIntyre, and Ziggler stand tall in the ring.
That’s the show, folks.