WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 30, 2019) from Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Sacramento.
Advertised for tonight: Universal champion Seth Rollins defends against Rey Mysterio, Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss, appearances by Brock Lesnar, Ric Flair & Hulk Hogan, 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. 30
I wonder if those changes have left a scar on you? Like all the burning hoops of fire that you and I passed through. You’re a bluebird on a telegraph line, I hope you’re happy now. Well if the wind of change comes down your way girl, you’ll make it back somehow, but me, I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for these folks.
The show opens with a new intro video and a bunch of pyro on the brand new Raw stage.
Our new commentary team of Dio Maddin, Vic Joseph, and Jerry “the King” Lawler introduce themselves.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance, with his son Dominick in the front row, and gets on the mic.
He talks about how he’s going to challenge Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship later tonight and how he dedicates the match to his son.
Enter Brock Lesnar.
He and Paul Heyman get in the ring and Paul begins his usual intro, but Mysterio yanks the mic away. Brock attacks... F-5! Lesnar prowls as Dominick Mysterio stares on, heading out to ringside and staring him down before yanking Dominick over the barricade! He rams him back first into the post and slams him on the floor! He takes Dominick in the ring... GERMAN SUPLEX! Rey desperately clings to Brock’s leg to save his son... ANOTHER F-5!
Lesnar and Heyman go to leave but Brock decides he’s not done and returns, hitting big release suplexes on both Mysterios! Road agents come and check on father and son as the Beast leaves the ring again. He returns and puts boots to the agents before throwing Rey and Dominick around again! Referees swarm at ringside as Lesnar tears his shirt off.
Brock leaves to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three house long.)
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
Becky Lynch joins us on commentary. Feeling out, Bliss turns her around, boots in the corner, Banks with a back body drop to the apron and a big forearm. Banks and Lynch jawing at each other ring to desk, and we go to break.
Back from break, Alexa with a low crossbody, Banks rolls to the floor, catches her in the ring skirt on a baseball slide and kicks her hard in the ribs! Sasha throws her back inside for a cover as Becky tapes her wrists at commentary, the Boss putting boots to her, snapmare into a kneeling surfboard. Knee lifts, tijeras puts Banks into the turnbuckles, upkick as she recvoers, duck a forearm, lariats connect, NODOWA OTOSHI!
Insault to Injury misses, Banks in with a running knee... NOPE! Hard palm strikes from Bliss, Sasha shoves her away and calls for Bayley, but it was a ruse! Leg kick, side press...
Sasha Banks wins by pinfall with a side press and a handful of tights.
Post-match, Lynch strides out on the stage and down to the ring and we’ve got a brawl! Double leg into grounded punches, rolling solebutt, uppercut, Banks bails and runs away through the crowd! Becky gets on the mic to ask where she’s going before telling her she can run now but come Sunday she’s not leaving the cell until she’s done with her. She couldn’t stop the carnage now if she wanted to, Sasha made it personal, but she’s going to make it painful, and retribution is coming around!
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up the news that the Rock will return on this Friday’s debut of SmackDown on Fox.
Backstage, we get a recap of last week’s Bray Wyatt / Seth Rollins stuff.
Rollins is interviewed but doesn’t want to talk about Hell in a Cell. He’s upset about what Brock Lesnar did to the Mysterio family, saying that’s a line you just don’t cross. He doesn’t know how to gameplan for the Fiend, but the title means too much to him for him to go quietly, so he’s gonna survive, prevail, and keep the title. When Rey gets healthy, he’s got a title shot coming, but he owes the WWE Universe a title match tonight, so they’re going to get a title match against somebody even if he doesn’t know who right now.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (c) vs. Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Ziggler and Knight to start, circling, Ziggler with a sleeper but Tucker gets the ropes. Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, another one, roll over into a dropkick, only one. Suplex lift, delayed vertical, tag to Dozer, he takes Dolph and carries the delayed vertical to completion... NOPE! Ankle pick, Dolph slips out, dropkick, wristlock and a tag to Roode.
Double whip, Otis runs through them and tags Knight back in. Tandem delayed vertical suplexes from the challengers! Off the ropes, double belly bump and they’re fired up as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Knight has Ziggler in a side headlock, shot off, clear the apron, hip toss for Dolph! Fired up, Roode with the low bridge and a tag, he goes after Tucky and rams him into the apron and then the barricade! Putting boots to him, Ziggler tags back in and gets two off a swinging neckbreaker. Crossface chickenwing half-applied, Knight reaching, Dolph changes to a reverse chinlock to grind the big man down.
Robert tags in, whip-assisted corner body avalanche sets up the spinning spinebuster... NOPE! Tag back to Ziggler, boot to the ribs, piefacing Tucker, taunting him, but a dropkick is countered with a catapult into the post! The path clear... TAGS MADE! Otis bulldozes Roode and Ziggler both, he’s fired up and jiggling, pelvic thrusts ahoy, big cradle belly-to-belly suplex!
Calling for it, interrupted by Ziggler, he gets Dolph a spinning slam, Stinger Splash on Roo... CATERPILLAR! Robert floats over a slam, boots up in the corner, off the second, caught, tag from Tucky... DOLPH CUTS THE COMPACTOR OFF WITH A ZIG ZAG AND A SUPERKICK! ANOTHER SUPERKICK FOR KNIGHT, ROODE IN...
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode win by pinfall with the Glorious DDT from Roode on Tucker Knight to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Ric Flair and noted racist Hulk Hogan are shown backstage walking to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for this week’s WWE programming.
The Miz makes his entrance and runs through a version of his usual MizTV introductory patter, giving Rey and Dominick Mysterio a shoutout in the process.
Ric Flair makes his entrance, follows by noted racist Hulk Hogan, who is accompanied by the Mouth of the South himself, Jimmy Hart. Miz soaks the moment in briefly and Flair says he’s tired of hearing Hogan’s music. The A-Lister puts the legends over before talking up the season premiere. The Hulkster goes for the cheap pop and puts Ric over as the greatest of all time, letting a hoarse, sad “Wooo!” out in the process.
Flair calls Hogan the greatest draw in the history of the company before saying that in the ring, nobody touches him, and he won’t take second fiddle to Hulk. Hogan says it sounds to him like he wants to take one more run at the 24-inch pythons, to which Ric takes his jacket on and offers the Hulkster a shot! Off the ropes, he stops short when Hogan raises his fist.
Hulk says they’re not spring chickens anymore, but that doesn’t mean-- “One more match!” chants go up-- that doesn’t mean they can’t add to their legacy, to which Flair says he wants a paycheck with as many zeroes as the Hulkster, so where he’s going, he’s following. Miz says at the next Crown Jewel, it’ll be Team Hogan vs. Team Flair in a ten-man tag with the legends as coaches!
Enter Seth Rollins, the captain for Team Hogan!
He says he’s got a lot on his plate, but little five-year-old Seth would be kicking him in his shins if he didn’t accept this honor and he’s proud to be captain of Team Hogan.
Enter Randy Orton, the captain for Team Flair!
He says he needs Seth’s 100% undivided attention so if he could just crawl out of Hogan’s ass for a second... He asks Ric for a “Wooo!” and gets it, explaining that they’re gonna pick their teammates over the next couple weeks, but seeing as it’s the season premiere and they’re both in the ring, he wants a match right here right now!
Rollins says he was looking for somebody to step up, so he wants to do it!
Crew members clear the ring and King Baron Corbin interrupts, coming to ringside and giving Orton a chance to blindside Rollins! Seth laying punches in, Corbin attacks with his sceptre and they put boots to the champ... RUSEV MAKES THE SAVE! SHINJIRO OHTANI SPINNING WHEEL KICK TAKES BARON OUT! Shoulder thrusts, block the RKO... MACHKA KICK! Duck a lariat, Seth lays Baron out with a superkick and Rusev follows with a Machka Kick!
Rusev and Rollins stand tall as the crowd chants for Rusev. They head to the stage and pose with the Hulkster.
We get a video of Dominick Mysterio getting stretchered out of the building in an ambulance after Brock Lesnar attacked him and his father earlier tonight, Rey apologizing the whole way.
We go to break on a video covering WWE’s efforts to fight childhood cancer.
Back from commercial, Rusev runs into an interview backstage.
He’s asked where Lana is but refuses to answer. Asked what he hopes to do, he says he’s not here to talk about his problems at home, but rather about Seth Rollins’ problems at work. He was the only guy to step up and help him, so he knows Seth owes him a debt and he’s here to collect-- he wants the Universal Championship match tonight!
We get an AOP video package.
Viking Raiders make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary confirms that Seth Rollins will defend the Universal Championship against Rusev later tonight.
The OC (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Ivar and Gallows to start, Big Hoot beating him down, tag to Anderson, Vikings with the upper hand, tag to Erik and they work him over at length. Rowe with knee lifts, tag to Warbeard, continuing the beatdown, cover for one and into a kneeling armbar. Arm wringer, kick to the gut, tag to Gallows. Scoop and a float over, uppercut, body blows in the corner.
Headbutt follows, trading shots, big knee lift and off the ropes for an elbow drop from Big Hoot. Grinding the point of his elbow into Ivar’s face, punching him into the corner, tag to Machine Gun, assisted whip and a tag to Erik. Shoving Karl off, strike rush ends in a rolling elbow! Judo throw into a knee strike, fired up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Anderson breaks away, tag to Gallows. Back suplex neckbreaker combo, only two! Overhead elbows, reverse chinlock applied, tag to Ivar and he comes hot, big side slam and a low crossbody off the ropes! Charging in, Banzai Drop, cartwheel sets up a lariat, tag to Erik, elevated waistlock... HART ATTACK! Gallows breaks the pin up and boots Warbeard to the floor!
Erik fired up, Gallows tags in, chokebomb on Rowe... SO CLOSE! Thinking about a powerbomb followup, Ivar runs in and Luke punches him into the ropes, off the ropes, big man suicide dive wipes Anderson out! Warbeard tags in, up top...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with a 747 Splash from Ivar on Luke Gallows.
We’re informed that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are still in the building and they want to talk about why they did what they did.
Cesaro rolls up to say there was nothing criminal about what Lesnar did and he liked it. The only thing criminal is that he stole his opportunity to beat the crap out of Rey’s son. In fact if Dominick was still here, he’d--
Enter Ricochet. He says Cesaro might be eight inches taller, but he’s half the man Rey Mysterio is, and if he wants to keep talking about how big he is, he’ll be waiting in the ring.
This, um... measuring contest sends us to break.
Back from commercial Ricochet makes his entrance, so we’re doing this right now!
Cesaro vs. Ricochet
Ricochet right in, dropkicks for a one count, running chop, whip reversed, duck a lariat, tijeras blocked, backflip, land on his feet but Cesaro blasts him with an elbow! Drop down, Cesaro catches him, he floats out, back elbow, monkey flip over the ropes and to the floor! Off the ropes... CORKSCREW TOPE CON GIRO! Fired up, right hand, back inside, to the second, crossbody countered into a backbreaker for two!
Putting boots to him, following with a reverse chinlock... POP-UP GO 2 SLEEP! Back and forth, I lose track of the action for a beat...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a springboard Dragonrana.
Commentary hypes up Firefly Fun House and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a new episode of Firefly Fun House.
Abby is wearing a veil and laughing as Huskus eats cake and Mercy trembles in his box. Rambling Rabbit says he’s scared to death and appears to pass out when Bray Wyatt rolls up to check on him. Distraught, Bray asks Rabbit if he’s okay and holy shit he’s dead. Wyatt shrugs it off and tosses the puppet aside, asking what’s up. Abby says they’re all terrified of what will happen in Hell in a Cell and Mercy says it’ll be horrific.
Huskus asks what Hell in a Cell is like, to which Wyatt says it’s worse than a world without chocolate, built to inflict pain and suffering, and you can enter it, but you can’t truly leave without emotional and physical scars, and Rollins will be trapped in there... with him. Bray says the Fiend will protect this place and them, and he knows he’ll come back no matter what, but Seth may not be so fortunate.
In fact, he’s got a bad feeling that the Fiend can’t wait to hurt Seth. Wyatt follows this with an idea-- he’s gonna try to find the Fiend so he can tell him to be nice to Rollins. He runs off before returning, laughing his fool head off and saying he’s just kidding to close the show.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander (WWE United States Championship)
Styles charging in, shoulder thrusts in the corner, whip across, up and over, backflip headscissors, schoolboy for one, cartwheel out into a dropkick and Alexander is running hot! Jawbreaker cuts him off, dropkick in return, running knee strike, off the ropes but AJ clobbers him with a forearm from the apron. Cedric trips him up, back body drop to the apron, springboard, caught into a TKO over the top rope!
Plancha connects and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Styles has Alexander in a reverse chinlock. Cedric breaks out, to the apron, shoulder thrust sets up the springboard reverse STO and both men are down and out! Knee in the corner, whip reversed, Neuralyzer lands true! Drawing him up, Styles Rush cut off with a back elbow, fireman’s carry gutbuster... NOPE! Back suplex clutch, blocked with elbows, Michinoku Driver denied, Styles gets an inverted DDT for two!
Thinking Styles Clash, blocked, back body drop to the apron gets a forearm, AJ lines him up, springboard but nobody’s home, Michinoku Driver... SO CLOSE! Neuralyzer blocked, German suplex, Styles holds on a shifts for the back suplex facebuster... NOT ENOUGH! Deadlift Styles Clash attempt, reversed into a victory roll, Lumbar Check reversed into a sunset flip, pick him up...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Styles Clash to retain the WWE United States Championship.
The Street Profits are backstage to answer the question as to when they’re going to be in action, and the answer is this Wednesday on NXT when they get their rematch against the Undisputed ERA. They do a Candyman riff on the Fiend and successfully avoid saying his name three times.
Lacey Evans makes her entrance to send us to break.
Lacey Evans vs. Natalya
Collar and elbow, Evans with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Lacey throws her sweaty handkerchief at Natalya! Throwing her into the corner, sidestep the charge, slingshot atomic drop into the passing stomp and the basement dropkick and Nattie has control. Evans with a shoulder block and a legsweep to turn the tide, dragging Neidhart out over the apron and throwing her head-first into the steel steps!
Back inside, cover for two, smashing Natalya’s face into the mat, cobra clutch applied, Nattie posts to her feet, whip into the corner for the Senton de la Muerte for a nearfall! Back to the cobra clutch, swinging neckbreaker follows it up, giant step, up top but Neidhart picks her leg and takes her down! Strikes outta the corner, sidestep the charge and right hands in the corner!
Referee Danilo Anfibio pulls her away, discus lariat... NOPE! Pick the legs, Evans kicks her off, to the apron, rake of the eyes...
Lacey Evans wins by pinfall with an O’Connor roll and a handful of tights.
Post-match, she lays Nattie out with the Woman’s Right!
Commentary promises us we’ll hear from Brock Lesnar, after the break.
Back from commercial we get footage of John Cena announcing his Fit Ops Foundation charity to reduce the suicide rate for veterans on Ellen.
We get a replay of Dominick being stretchered out.
Paul Heyman is being interviewed and admits that Brock Lesnar’s actions were wanton and reckless but if you want to blame someone, blame Vince McMahon for allowing him to be on the show when he’s in fight mode. On Friday night, there’s a lot of wannabe tough guys in this industry and not one of them can do a damn thing about what’s going to happen to Kofi Kingston on Friday.
Kofi can thank god every night for the power of positivity but the devil thanks him for lining up victims for Brock Lesnar and this Friday on Fox, you’ll hear the words “and new reigning, defending undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, Brock Lesnar.”
Elsewhere, Maria Kanellis is interviewed.
She says Rusev isn’t the father of her child and storms off.
Sasha Banks rolls up and steals the mic to call Becky Lynch out and says she’s not man enough for her. You want to talk about carnage, she’ll show her carnage at Hell in a Cell when she makes Becky tap out.
A limousine rolls up backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Rusev vs. Seth Rollins (c) (WWE Universal Championship)
Circling as Baron Corbin and Randy Orton watch, Rusev shoots in and Rollins keeps his distance. Kick to the midsection, off the ropes, jockeying for position, duck a superkick, out and back in, Seth ducks a backfist but Rusev shrugs his strikes off and hits that beautiful fallaway slam of his!
The Fiend’s face flashes on screen and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rusev has Rollins in a bear hug. I can hardly bear it! Seth breaks free with a back elbow, boot up on the charge, blockbuster connects! Trading strikes in the middle of the ring, off the ropes, Sling Blade connects, Falcon Arrow blocked but Seth floats over and low bridges the Bulgarian Lion to set up a suicide dive! Back inside, another dive!
Back inside, up top and perching, diving crossbody but Rusev rolls through and deadlifts him, Rollins manages to reverse, only two! Roundhouse kick staggers the champion, Rusev turns it into a Bossman Slam... NOPE! Rusev getting fired up, calling for the Accolade, blocked, Avada Kedavra connects, Falcon Arrow... HE DID THE DEAL BUT CAN’T PUT HIM DOWN!
Tuning up the band, superkick, off the ropes, Blackout countered and Seth ends up on the apron! Elbow connects, springboard... INTO THE MACHKA KICK!
Enter Bobby Lashley! He wants the title and gestures at the entry behind him... and Lana is with him! They make out on the stage as Rusev looks on. And they keep making out for an extended period of time while a match is still hypothetically happening.
The lights go down and the Fiend has Rollins in the mandible claw!
Presumably that’s a disqualification victory for Seth Rollins, but no bell is rung nor finish announced.
That’s the show, folks.