WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 28, 2020) from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the fallout from the Clash of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: It’s the beginning of the countdown to the next draft, Drew McIntyre is still WWE champion, we’ll learn what’s going on with Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax and why they were unable to wrestle at Clash of Champions, Auks is still Raw women’s champion but Zelina Vega isn’t going away, 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. 28
Radiant collapse, planetary scale, our indecent errors paved the way. Truth long known before our last deeds, and the world we know will go down in flames, but first, I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.
The show opens with the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair, making his entrance.
He’s joined shortly thereafter by Big Show, Christian, and Shawn Michaels, completing the roster of legends that helped Drew McIntyre beat Randy Orton last night at Clash of Champions.
The Heartbreak Kid gives Drew a big intro and he makes his entrance.
McIntyre gets on the mic and says this is pretty cool, and not a lot of people know that he’s known these guys for a long time. He grew up traveling the world with Big Show and Christian, when he first came to the active roster, Ric Flair was still competing and he thought it was so cool to share a roster with him.
HBK throws Ric under the bus, saying if Drew is upset that the legends helped him out, it was his idea.
Randy Orton cuts through on the tron and says this isn’t over until he says it’s over, and he doesn’t need to beg for anything, he’ll be given another title match because he’s Randy Orton, and the only reason he’s here today is to remind him and everyone else in the ring that there’s a price to be paid when you cross the Legend Killer.
Orton is shown leaving and Drew says he’s gonna put the title on the line tonight in an open challenge to anyone he hasn’t defended the title against.
We get a recap of Asuka vs. Zelina Vega last night and Vega is interviewed backstage.
She disputes the idea that she came up short and says everybody’s gonna feel real sorry when she proves that she’s ready for Asuka tonight.
Asuka rolls up and says she’s ready for Vega and she hopes she’s ready to lose to her one more time. They jaw at each other and Pat Buck and some referees roll up to break it up as we go to break.
Back from commercial, we’re informed that Drew McIntyre’s open challenge has been approved by the powers that be.
Asuka (c) vs. Zelina Vega (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Vega right on her with strikes, Asuka rolls her over, forearms of her own, into the armbar but Zelina gets her feet on the ropes for the break! Champion with a mat slam, pacing around, but Vega gets an inverted stomp armbreaker! Off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl countered but hangs onto the arm and rolls through into a grounded octopus hold!
Asuka prying her leg away, failing to counter the hold before shifting gears and putting her weight into a pin to force the break. To the floor, Zelina off the apron and Asuka clobbers her to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Vega in control, striking away but Asuka hits the Alarm Clock! Corner hip attack, a roundhouse kick, only a nearfall. Zelina with a bodyscissors Kimura lock, Asuka clubbing at her ribs to try and force the break, Vega reapplies square in the middle of the ring! Back and forth, a lungblower for a deep nearfall but Asuka gets the ropes!
Up top, diving moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Asuka shifts...
Asuka wins by submission with the Asuka Lock to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
We see the legends from the top of the show backstage playing poker to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Andrade “Cien” Almas is in the ring cutting a promo at a shellshocked Zelina Vega.
He says she’s nothing without him and shifts to address the tag title match last night. He says he’s the one holding their team together and he’s the greatest in WWE, and nobody wants to face him.
Enter Keith Lee!
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Keith Lee
Almas with a waistlock, Lee shoves him aside and drags him to his feet with a knucklelock. Ricky Steamboat elevated knucklelocks, Andrade with forearms and Keith biels him across the ring! Sidestep, Lee hits the turnbuckles hard, Almas punches him into the corner and kicks him down, stomping away at the knee!
Chops, off the ropes, drop down and the Limitless One freight trains him with an elbow! Stinger Splash, another biel across the ring, Stinger Splash, fighting in the corner, Andrade to the apron and up top and Keith catches him off the dive into a goozle! Float over, Cien with the chop block, dropkick to the back of the head!
Corner knees, drawing Lee up but he counters...
Keith Lee wins by pinfall with Spirit Bomb.
We get footage of the Hurt Business eating lunch earlier and Bobby Lashley manhandling some poor schmuck that was sitting in his seat and stealing his food to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary shills for this week’s NXT TakeOver 31.
Backstage with R-Truth, a ninja rolls up to present him with some paperwork, which is in Japanese but also in English. Truth reads it and it’s Akira Tozawa talking about being eaten by a shark, and the battle was epic and would have made his sensei Sho Funaki proud. He tells Truth to wear “this” with honor, and the ninja opens the case revealing a black belt.
Tozawa, still very much alive, rolls Truth up...
Akira Tozawa wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall.
The ninja attacks Akira...
Drew Gulak wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall, disguised as a ninja!
R-Truth wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall.
Gulak and Tozawa chase after him and commentary tells us Truth will defend against both of them in a triple threat later tonight.
We get a recap of Seth Rollins’ last encounter with the Mysterio family.
We see Seth rolling up on Buddy Murphy backstage, all smiles, but Buddy is serious. Rollins asks him why he’s wearing his gear when he doesn’t have a match, telling him to go put the suit he got him on.
Murphy walks off and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Jerry “the King” Lawler is in the ring to host the King’s Court with the Mysterio family.
Rey Mysterio says Seth has been running his mouth and trying to disrupt his family, and it’s obvious that Dominik and Aliyah are his kids, and his beautiful wife Angie and he have worked hard to create a strong and loving family. His kids have been his whole life since the day they were born, and it takes a truly evil, sinful human being to fabricate the kind of lies that Seth Rollins has.
Dom says this has gone on too long and too far, and the next time he sees Rollins he’ll put an end to this. Lawler speaks to Aliyah directly about what happened last week with Buddy Murphy. She says she’s upset about it and her parents have a certain image of her, but she’s 19 years old and she doesn’t know what to think about Murphy.
She says Seth is a bad person and a fraud, and lo and behold, he appears on the tron. He says he knows he’s the last person they want to see but he has to tell them something important tonight. He says he has to tell them the truth, and the truth is one of them isn’t being 100% honest with the family.
The truth is that Aliyah might not be telling the truth about how she feels about Murphy. And they don’t have to believe his words, they can see it for themselves, and he shows an image of DM logs between Aliyah and Buddy. She gets up and storms off, saying Murphy isn’t like Seth. Rey and Angie chase after her as Seth corners Buddy, who is clearly upset.
Murphy tells him he doesn’t know anything and grabs him by the lapels, but Dominik Mysterio attacks Buddy before Rollins has to do anything! Road agents (including Pat Buck and former ROH World Champion Jamie Noble) and referees swarm and break them up!
Lana and Natalya make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Natalya says she and Lana will stand out here all night if they have to.
They want Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler to be stripped of the tag titles that rightfully belong to them.
Enter five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce.
He says they can’t just strip them of the titles, but in the spirit of competition he’ll give them a match right now against the newest members of Raw’s women’s division.
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Lana & Natalya
Brooke and Natalya to start, Neidhart with a headlock takeover, headscissors counter and the stalemate. Whip Nattie into the corner, handspring elbow connects. Lana with the blind tag, tripping Dana up, cover for two, throw her into the corner, quick tags as the heat segment begins. A cheap shot to Mandy nearly sees Dana get the pin but referee Chad Patton is distracted!
Rose with the tag, lighting Lana up, Karelin lift dumps Lana on her dome and Neidhart breaks it up! Lining her up...
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose win by pinfall with the knee strike from Rose on Lana.
Aleister Black cuts a promo from a dark room, saying that Kevin Owens thinks of himself as a good man and yet bad things happen. He says it doesn’t matter how many people forgive him for what he’s done, he won’t forget, and he takes the eyepatch off to reveal that his right eye is black now.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we go back to the legends backstage playing poker.
Ric Flair is winning, and the Street Profits roll up to hang with the boys.
Aleister Black vs. Kevin Owens
Action to the floor, Owens fired up but Black gets him back in the ring and hammers him with strikes! Back and forth, hard hitting and not very intricate, just two men trying to club the holy hell out of each other. Big lariat lays Black out, KO folows it with another one and a senton and a German suplex that sends Al sprawling out of the ring!
Kev heads out and clobbers him and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Black chop blocks Owens and is in firm control, stomping away. Mounted punches, an elbow drop, cover for one. Laying kicks in, getting warned off by referee Drake Wuertz and KO fights back. Snapmare into a Penalty Kick, Al remains in control but can’t quite put him away. Front chancery, Owens out with an arm wringer but Black drops him with a roundhouse kick!
Sidestep the charge, Owens hits a superkick... SO CLOSE! Kev windmilling punches, headed up top, Black cuts him off with a right hand and climbs to join him. Jockeying for position, Owens knocks him down, senton atomico... THE KNEES ARE UP! Al with a deep nearfall off a bicycle knee, covering him again and again with the same result!
Black hammering him in the corner, Wuertz warning him and Al accidentally hits him...
Kevin Owens wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Black jaws with Wuertz but the ref doesn’t budge, and Kevin Owens hits the Stunner!
Backstage, the Hurt Business run into Apollo Crews, Ricochet, and Mustafa Ali. They scuffle but no fight breaks out, and the Hurt Business tell the babyfaces they’ll see them in the ring.
We get a hype reel for Connor’s Cure to send us to break.
Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak vs. R-Truth (c) (WWE 24/7 Championship)
Tozawa and Gulak working together early on, beating Truth down. Ron powers up and runs them both over, covers for nothin’, Drew with an armbar as Akira puts boots to him. Double armbars applied, Gulak eventually dumps Tozawa to the floor and Truth fires punches back. Slam into the Gu-Lock in the middle of the ring!
Akira heads up top, Truth floats out, diving senton connects! Truth with the sitout gourdbuster on Tozawa, he catches Drew with a fireman’s carry...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with the Attitude Adjustment to retain the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are interviewed backstage.
They put each other over and say they’re gunning for the women’s tag titles.
The camera pans over to Dominik Mysterio getting ready and we go to break.
Buddy Murphy vs. Dominik Mysterio
Murphy in control out the gates but things soon devolve into a brawl rolling around the ring. Buddy with vicious stomps, Mysterio heads up top, Murphy to the floor, baseball slide, duck under, he puts Buddy into the announce table! Murphy throws Dominik over the announce table after! Back inside, back and forth brawling, and a knee from Buddy leaves both men down and out!
Dominik with a jawbreaker, right hands get a solebutt, kick combo from Murphy, sidestep, throw him into the corner, up and over into a tornado DDT! Pressing the attack, stomps in the corner, Mysterio goes outside and gets a kendo stick out from under the ring but his sister Aliyah rolls up to ask him to lay off.
He tells her to get out and says he’s got to handle this, back inside, Buddy is ready...
Buddy Murphy wins by pinfall with a side folding press and a handful of tights.
Post-match, Dominik attacks Buddy with the kendo stick and Aliyah begs him to stop but he says he’s just protecting their legacy and dad was right, she is naive. Aliyah slaps him across the face and storms off!
The Hurt Business are shown walking backstage, they’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler is telling five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce that he has the perfect man for Drew McIntyre’s open challenge. Adam confirms that he doesn’t mean himself and they go back to his office to discuss it more.
The Hurt Business make their entrance and get in the ring to call Apollo Crews out. MVP says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, and Crews keeps making the same dumb mistakes over and over. He recounts all of Apollo’s recent losses to make the point.
The babyfaces make their entrance and clear the ring before the match begins, a brawl breaks out, and the lights go down. Retribution graphics come up all over the ThunderDome, and we go to break.
Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, & Ricochet vs. the Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley, Montel Vontavious Porter, & Shelton Benjamin)
Back from commercial, the match is in progress and Benjamin is grinding Crews down. Porter in, Apollo sidesteps and fights his way out of the corner with a crossbody, leaving the path clear! Ricochet tags in, standing shooting star press, corkscrew moonsault comes up empty, he rolls through but Shelton blasts him with a knee in the corner!
Double whip, pop-up drop, Ricky gets an enzuigiri off and tags Ali in! Mustafa cleans house, floats out of a hold, puts MVP into the corner and hits a huge jumping neckbreaker but Lashley breaks it up and pulls him out to the floor! Crews moonsaults off the apron, into the “everybody do something cool” part of the match, Ricochet with a cannonball off the apron!
Ali trading pinfall attempts with Montel, tornado DDT, laying MVP out, headed up top...
Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, & Ricochet win by pinfall with a 450 splash from Ali on Montel Vontavious Porter.
We head back to the legends playing poker and having a grand old time before we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Bianca Belair vignette where she wins a variety of track and field events because she is the fast-EST.
We get a video promo from Retribution talking about how ThunderDome might be a different presentation, but it’s the same corrupt WWE that they’re trying to take down from the inside.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance for his open challenge and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we’re ready to see who’s stepping up to the challenge.
Nobody answers right away so Drew starts chatting with referee Charles Robinson, but he gets cut off by Dolph Ziggler making his entrance.
Ziggler comes to ringside and says this is gonna be special... and the open challenger is Bobby Roode.
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Robert Roode (WWE Championship)
Roode going right after McIntyre’s leg, but Drew gets a few good shots in and the action goes to the floor. Inverted Alabama Slam puts Robert into the apron and we go to break.
Back from commercial, both men atop the turnbuckles and jockeying for position... SPIDER BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX FROM THE CHAMP! McIntyre biels Ziggler into the ring and grabs a handful of hair, but it just gives Roode a chance to chop block him and go back to work on the knee! Elbow drops, stepover toehold into a knee drop, and Robert is in control.
Heading to the floor, clubbing at Drew’s knee and posting it, McIntyre is barely able to kick him away and when he hobbles over, Roo kicks his leg out of his leg and shinbreakers him on the announce table! Break the count, back inside, Bobby with a lariat for two. Pick the leg, spinning toehold, figure four leglock applied in the middle of the ring!
Roode wrenching it in, Drew screaming agony, trying to roll it over... and he succeeds! Pressure reversed, Robert crawls for the ropes and forces the break! Big headbutt from the champ, he follows it with a lariat, fired up, overhead belly-to-belly suplex and he’s hobbling but steady on his feet! Another belly-to-belly, kip up but he comes up lame and stumbles into the ropes!
Roode with a spinebuster... NO DICE! Future Shock countered into a jackknife pin, no good, Future Shock connects on the second try and Bobby barely kicks out! Drew blasts Dolph off the apron, Roode hits the Glorious DDT... AND DREW MCINTYRE KICKS OUT! Jockeying for position, McIntyre off the ropes... CLAYMORE! IT’S OVER!
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore, retaining the WWE Championship.
Post-match, we go backstage where a janitor is slowly pushing a cart full of cleaning supplies. He slides a steel chair off the back of the cart and stalks off down a hallway to the room where the legends were playing poker. He takes his gloves off and his hood down and reveals that he is, in fact, Randy Orton.
He puts a pair of goggles on for some reason and throws the door open. Lights out, goggles down, we hear the sound of repeated chairshots ringing out.
The lights come back up, and the legends are all unconscious on the floor. Orton leaves and grabs his cart as road agents swarm on the room.
That’s the show, folks.