WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 13, 2021) from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Columbus.
Advertised for tonight: Bobby Lashley defends the WWE championship against Randy Orton in a match originally planned for the PPV, Charlotte Flair takes on Shayna Baszler in non-title action, Damian Priest holds a United States title open challenge, Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya, New Day & Mansoor & Ali vs. AJ Styles & Omos & T-BAR & MACE, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick 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. 13
Lock eyes like we’re staring down the barrel of a shotgun, appear so quickly, leave as swiftly as you came. Sometimes I wish I had the measure of a wise man, but I set the mood, plant the tomb and bury all the bones within. It sure is something when we all catch fire, but right now I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show.
The show opens with Big E making his entrance.
RK-Bro immediately enter after him, and they’re followed almost immediately by Bobby Lashley and Montel Vontavious Porter.
E gets on the mic and reminds everyone that he fully intends to cash Money in the Bank in tonight. Matt Riddle says it’s good to have him back and asks him for the favor of not cashing in on Randy Orton, since he’s his best bro and all. MVP tells him to shut up and says Big won’t cash in on Randy because Randy will not be winning the WWE Championship tonight.
He addresses E and tells him he picked the wrong night to show up. Normally he’s happy to see him shaking his behind like an idiot and laugh, but he and Lashley are in no laughing mood tonight, because they were supposed to challenge for the tag titles tonight, but Orton miraculously politicked into changing his WWE Championship match to tonight.
Randy says he couldn’t see any way to throw Bob off his game besides changing the date but there was no politicking because he just had to go and ask, because he’s Randy freakin’ Orton. Big is excited because two big meaty men will be bumping meat tonight and Montel tells E that of the clowns he hangs out with, he really believed that he’d be the first to win the WWE Championship.
He insults E for running away from SmackDown because he’s afraid of Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Orton interrupts and says all it’s gonna take is one RKO to bring Lashley to his knees and that’s what’s going to happen tonight when he wins the title. Big says he’ll cash in after that and win the title, Bob tells Randy he made the biggest mistake of his life challenging him for the title tonight.
He’s gonna delight in pummelling Orton’s weak little body around the ring, and if E tries to cash in, he’ll shove the contract so far up his ass he’ll be able to taste the fine print. RKO ON LASHLEY!
We go to break on another hype reel for NXT 2.0.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Nia Jax vs. Charlotte Flair from last week.
Charlotte is interviewed in Gorilla.
She says Shayna Baszler and Nia get in each other’s way, and Baszler will never get to her level if she keeps being dragged down by dead weight. She is the best in every way imaginable, the ring is her throne, and her reign will last forever. Long live the Queen!
Shayna gets an inset video during her entrance.
Nia demands an explanation of her and Baszler says she just did what Jax would have done to her, and she believes she can beat Charlotte where Nia failed. Jax wants to get on the same page and Shayna walks off.
Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler
Collar and elbow, Flair with a knee lift, whip reversed, Flair Flip, Baszler cuts her off in the ropes with a knee! Baseball slide sidestepped, Charlotte with a plancha and we go to break!
Back from commercial, we’re informed the 2021 WWE Draft will be taking place on Oct. 1 and 4.
Flair with a fallaway slam, headed up top, perching, Baszler crotches her and covers her for two! Kirifuda Clutch, Charlotte counters with a back suplex! German suplex from Shayna, laying her out for two, kicks connect, off the ropes, Flair drops her with a lariat! Off the ropes, Baszler dodges a boot but the Queen connects with a back elbow for a nearfall!
Float over the exploder, boot up in the corner, Shayna gets caught into the STO backbreaker / reverse STO into the turnbuckles combo and falls to the floor! Charlotte up top... MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR! Baszler puts her into the steel steps and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair hammering her with forearms, Baszler ducks a lariat and hits a German suplex! Charlotte with a chop block, heel hook in the ropes for a three count! Taunting Nia Jax at ringside, Flair returns to the ring but Shayna gets away from her and lands a knee! Nia on the apron for the distraction...
Charlotte Flair wins by pinfall with a big boot.
Post-match, Alexa Bliss makes her entrance, carrying Lilly and a present for the Raw Women’s Champion.
She gets in the ring and on the mic and says she wanted to bring her a gift to thank her for accepting her challenge. Flair says Bliss wouldn’t know her taste, because she doesn’t collect dolls, she collects championships, and there comes a time in every girl’s life when you need to leave your dolls at home.
Alexa chides her to have some fun and let her hair down (to which Charlotte points out that her hair IS down), and besides, everybody loves a good gift. Flair turns it down, Bliss insists, they do a Yes!/No! exchange and finally Charlotte relents because she loves gifts. She shakes it and says it isn’t ticking before gingerly opening the box and revealing a Lilly that’s dressed like her.
Bliss says her name is Charly and the Queen is not amused. Alexa says she heard her spiel about not needing friends, but everybody needs a friend, even a self-obsessed narcissistic bitch like Charlotte. Flair says she is narcissistic but Bliss has a point. She’s crazy if she thinks she’s going to win the title and she’s crazy if she thinks she wants this doll.
She’ll send her an official Charlotte Flair action figure when Bliss ends up in a padded cell but in the meantime, long live the Queen. She throws Charly at Alexa, they brawl, Bliss boots her out of the ring and hits a Yoshi Tonic when she returns!
We get a Randy Orton video package to hype up his title match tonight.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the heels are putting boots to Drew McIntyre ahead of their match and Viking Raiders show up to run them off!
Drew McIntyre & Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) vs. Jinder Mahal, Shanky, & Veer
Heels have Erik under control to start, quick tags, eventually McIntyre tags in and gets into it with Mahal! Spinebuster, Shanky attacks him from behind, Drew puts him into the turnbuckles, Michinoku Driver on the big man! 3... 2... 1...
Drew McIntyre & Viking Raiders win by pinfall with Claymore from McIntyre on Shanky.
New Day reunite backstage.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are excited to see their boy, and Big E asks Kofi his advice. Kingston deflects, saying he’s always believed Big has what it takes to be champion. They frolic.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Reggie is running away from the 24/7 title scene.
He crawls under a truck and does some parkour over some carts before pushing a cart into the crush to get away from them.
R-Truth and Drake Maverick and Akira Tozawa have a meeting afterward where Drake says the problem wasn’t his plan, it was the execution. Truth and Tozawa blame each other for the poor execution and that’s that.
Damian Priest gets an inset promo where he says he gets to face someone he truly admires tonight, Jeff Hardy.
Damian Priest (c) vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE United States Championship)
Sheamus joins commentary for this one.
Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Priest lays Hardy out with a forearm! Off the ropes, roll through, hip toss blocked, dropkick sidestepped, Twist of Fate denied, stalemate! Off the ropes, Damian with an elbow, drawing Jeff up, whip across, basement dropkick takes the champ off his feet! Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick to the elbow drop!
Calling for the Twist of Fate, solebutt instead, Priest to the floor, Hardy on the apron, front kick, diving lariat! Back inside, Damian knocks him down and follows it with a Brillo Priest! Getting into it with Sheamus at ringside, they send us to break.
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Hardy reverses a back superplex... NOPE! Jeff with a nearfall, Priest with a comeback, kick combo into a rolling right hand and Hardy fires off a crossbody for two! Whip across, boots up in the corner, Jeff off the second with a diving splash... STILL NO!
Punching the challenge in the ropes, the Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick... NOT ENOUGH! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Priest slips down and kicks him off! Springboard leg lariat gets two! Hardy snaps off a side press for two, Damian counters a followup...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Reckoning to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match Sheamus beats Priest down and Brogue Kicks Hardy off the apron! Damian hits the Celtic Warrior with his own Brogue Kick!
Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley are in Gorilla.
Nikki pesters her about coming up with a team celebration and Ripley says now’s not the time. She has to focus on her own match tonight, and they have to focus on the tag titles.
Natalya and Tamina roll up and call them freaks who are never gonna hold the tag titles. Rhea tells her to get used to being former champs, and Nattie says she and Tamina dominate eras. ASH taunts them, Snuka attacks and we get a brawl!
Sonya Deville rolls up to do a pull-apart and says if they want to play tonight, Tamina and Nikki can wrestle tonight, too.
Nikki and Rhea make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, RK-Bro are in the locker room.
Matt Riddle proposes different ways for Randy Orton to wear his two title belts after he wins tonight but Orton just puts headphones on and tunes him out.
Big E rolls up to tell Orton to watch his back.
Riddle rambles about his pets and the camera cuts away.
Nikki ASH vs. Tamina
Tamina charging right in and clubbing her down with a forearm! Biel across the ring, putting boots to her, another biel! Pressing the attack with lariats, ASH fights back and gets a bunch of kicks in but Snuka drops her with a right hand! Elbow drop, more strikes, Nikki rolls away from another elbow and starts in with the leg kicks again!
Tijeras, ASH fired up, climbing up in the corner for mounted punches! Whip blocked, another big right hand, short whip, boot up on the charge! Nikki up top, tornado DDT connects...
Nikki ASH wins by pinfall with the tornado DDT.
Post-match, Snuka beats ASH down and throws her into the barricade to send us to break.
Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley
Back from commercial, the match is in progress and Natalya is slugging away. Ripley floats over a body slam, schoolboy for two, Neidhart reverses into an armbar! Shifting gears, headlock takeover, whip reversed, leapfrog, block the hip toss, trading pins. Nattie ducks a lariat, rolling Frankensteiner! Knees in the corner, Rhea turns her around, elbow and a boot and Neidhart crashes to the floor and regroups with Tamina.
Ripley out after her, dropkick to Snuka but Nattie hits a discus lariat after that takes her down! Back inside, leg pick, step through, Rhea with a big right hand to block! To the floor, Natalya hits a snap suplex and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ripley with the lariats into the short-arm headbutt, snapmare, off the ropes with a dropkick! Natalya with the slingshot back suplex, running stomp into the basement dropkick, only two! Looking for the Sharpshooter, Rhea blocks, schoolboy pin for two! Pulling her in, pumphandle, Tamina running interference, Nikki ASH playing equalizer and giving Ripley room to dropkick Snuka!
Drawing Nattie up, reversed, feet on the ropes but Nikki breaks it up! Ripley grabs the inverted cloverleaf in the middle of the ring...
Rhea Ripley wins by submission with the inverted cloverleaf.
A recap of our opening segment follows, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
The babyface team for our upcoming atomicos match make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the Alexa Bliss / Charlotte Flair segment.
Flair shrugs off an interview because she sees Charly sitting on some supplies.
She says she’s going to destroy Bliss at Extreme Rules and she’s going to send Charly right where she belongs— the trash.
Extinction get an inset promo where they ramble about the weak being preyed on by the strong and how they’re going to win because their opponents are herded together.
AJ Styles, Extinction (Mace & T-BAR), & Omos vs. Mansoor & Mustafa Ali & New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
Mansoor and Styles to start, arm drags from the new kid, a dropkick follows, pulling AJ into the babyface corner and working him over. Tag to Kingston, Unicorn Stampede starts, Ali ends up legal and Styles gets a suplex and the tag. T-BAR runs into a boot but lays Mustafa out with Cyclone Kill! Tag to Mace, clear the apron with boots, biel Mansoor in and he falls to the floor!
Mace goes after the submissive and breedable little boy on the floor and wreaks havoc with his tag partner! Styles and Omos join them and the heels stand tall as we go to break.
Back from commercial, T-BAR is working Mansoor over and keeping him from the tag. Mansoor lands an enzuigiri, Styles tags in and picks his leg and ducks the enzuigiri but the new kid leaps up and kicks him in the back of the brain anyway! Tag to Woods, duck the lariat, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl into an assisted Russian legsweep!
Kofi must have gotten the blind tag, gamengiri out of the corner, Shadows Over Hell! T-BAR runs in, the match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, Xavier lays T-BAR out with an enzuigiri at the end of the exchange but AJ knocks him to the floor with the Pele kick! O’Connor roll for two, Ali tags in, tornado DDT!
Omos goes wild and clears New Day out of the ring, he hoists Mustafa up...
AJ Styles, Extinction, & Omos win by pinfall with the chokebomb from Omos on Mustafa Ali.
Bobby Lashley and MVP are interviewed backstage.
Porter answers and says Big E is an annoyance and Bob is focused on defending the title at all costs, and that means focusing misery on Randy Orton.
Big rolls up to boo and hiss before saying he’s just playing, except he’s not playing when he says he’s going to cash Money in the Bank in tonight.
Doudrop makes her entrance to send us to break.
Doudrop vs. Eva Marie
Eva in with forearms, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block takes her off her feet! Off the ropes, big senton comes up empty, cover for one! Block the whip, whip to the corner, Eva Marie sidesteps and smashes Doudrop’s face into the turnbuckles! Doudrop with an axehandle, whip to the corner, Stinger Splash connects!
Lifting her up, Eva slips out with a rake of the eyes, looking for a schoolboy but she can’t get Doudrop off her feet! Senton, off the ropes, freight train crossbody...
Doudrop wins by pinfall with a crossbody block.
Karrion Kross is backstage in a suit cutting a promo.
He says he isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know and deep down most of us don’t know who we really are. (Well I mean I think I figured it out eventually, champ.) He says most of us don’t figure it out until we suffer or inflict the suffering, and his list of casualties on Raw continues to grow.
There’s only one certainty, he will hurt every single person in this place until no one is left and he’s got everything he wants. He’s not here to get lost in the shuffle, he’s going to pulverize people until everyone learns to fall and pray.
Randy Orton makes his entrance, flanked by Matt Riddle, to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary informs us that Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will be wrestling each other next week.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship)
Orton immediately bails to the floor and Lashley follows out after him. Back inside, back outside, Bob gets distracted jawing at Riddle and the Viper pounces! Smashing his face into the apron, the stairs, the barricade, the announce desk, just hammering at the champion! Back inside, cover for one! Shoulder thrusts in the corner, right hands, Lashley overwhelming his challenger!
Randy going to that place, hanging DDT blocked and Bob knocks him to the floor! Orton comes up lame and hobbles to the barricade but he’s still able to back suplex Lashley into the timekeeper’s barricade and then clothesline him over and into the timekeeper’s area to send us to break.
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles and Orton hits that beautiful superplex of his! To the floor, Lashley rams him head-first into the ringpost! Knocking him into the barricade, taking him back inside and hammering his midsection! Neckbreaker, float over the spinebuster, lariats take the champ off his feet!
Corner lariat into mounted punches, snap scoop powerslam gets a deep nearfall! Lashley gets two off the spear, Orton blocks the Hurt Lock and hits the RKO! Rolling over, slow to capitalize... MVP DRAGS HIS MAN OUT UNDER THE ROPES! RKO ON MVP ON THE FLOOR! Back inside...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear to retain the WWE Championship.
Post-match, Lashley beats Orton down on the floor and chokeslams him through the announce desk! But Bob comes up lame in one leg and hobbles his way up into the ring...
BIG E IS HERE WITH A REFEREE AND THE MONEY IN THE BANK BRIEFCASE!
He slides in the ring and cashes in, it’s on...
...after the break!
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley (c) (WWE Championship)
E slaps him in the face and we got the bell!
Lashley beating him down, drawing him up, smashing him into the corner for a beatdown but Big with a chop block! Scoop him up, he floats out, spear connects... BIG E AIN’T GOIN’ OUT LIKE THAT! Fired up, breathing hard, Bob lifts him up for the Dominator, he floats out, on his shoulder...
Big E wins by pinfall with the Big Ending, becoming the new WWE Champion!
Post-match New Day rush the ring and celebrate with their boy!
That’s the show, folks!