WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 12, 2022) from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Philadelphia.
Advertised for tonight: Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah will defend the women’s tag team titles against Damage CTRL’s Dakota Kai & IYO SKY in a rematch of the tournament final. Elsewhere, Johnny Gargano will be wrestling for the first time in months while Edge battles The Judgment Day’s newest member, Dominik Mysterio. All that and a whole lot more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 12
Moonlight night after moonlight night, side by side they will see us ride but if they cared to look then they would see it’s our return to fantasy, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance, bare-chested in a purple checked suit because why not?
He gets in the ring and on the mic and greets the city of Portland.
He asks the crowd if they believe in karma and says Matt Riddle got what was coming to him when he beat him at Clash at the Castle. And now he’s living rent-free in Riddle’s head because he’s asking for a rematch, but the trouble is he’s not interested in a rematch.
So what’s next for Seth Freakin’ Rollins? He’s pondered that question over the last week, and he yells at the crowd for chanting rematch. What he’s interested in is the fact that it’s been far too long since he’s held championship gold, and now—
Enter Matt Riddle.
He rushes the ring and attacks Rollins! Laying kicks in, Seth rams him into the corner but he keeps throwing hands and double leg stampedes him clear over the ropes and to the floor! Brawling on the floor, Rollins smashes his head into the announce desk and tries to run away through the crowd but Matt is right behind him!
Brawling, an eye rake gets Seth enough breathing room to run to the back! Before Riddle can follow him, he’s interrupted by Judgment Day appearing on the stage!
Finn Balor tries to sell Riddle on them being friends and not here to fight, and Damian Priest points out they go way back, and not too long ago they were in the same situation, superstars on the rise, but somehow something or someone always held them back.
Well no more, they’re here to change that for Riddle. Balor says Matt’s sees how much Dom has grown the last couple weeks and they’ve taken care of Rey Mysterio and tonight they’re gonna take Edge out, and it’s Matt’s choice as to whether he wants to rise with the Judgment Day or fall with the rest.
Matt says the answer is no, bro.
Finn accuses him of having a cloudy brain and says either Riddle stands with them or in their way. Matt answers with a pump knee to Finn and a clothesline over the ropes to Priest and we go to break.
Finn Balor vs. Matt Riddle
Back from commercial, match joined in progress, Riddle with a nearfall off a senton! Balor hanging him up in the ropes, stepping on his neck, elbows to the back of the neck, cover for two! Applying a Just Facelock, pulling back, Matt gets to his feet but Finn counters with a neckbreaker... NOPE!
Stomping Riddle in the ropes, stepping on his neck some more, forearms in the ropes and Matt Frankensteiners him to the floor! Damian runs interference, Balor is able to trip Riddle up and presses the attack on the apron. Chest kicks from Matt, fireman’s carry, Finn fights out and hits an inverted headlock elbow drop on the apron to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Riddle gets a fisherman buster for some separation and both men are down and out! Charging forearms, Balor runs away to the floor, Matt slingshots to the apron and takes him out with a Penalty Kick! Corkscrew moonsault wipes both Finn and Damian out on the floor!
Back inside, Riddle heads up top but Priest runs interference and Balor grabs a schoolboy for two! Inverted headlock elbow drop follows but Rey Mysterio is here to even the odds and he and Priest brawl to the back! Matt hits the Bro 2 Sleep, follows it with a bridging German suplex... NOT ENOUGH!
Up top, corkscrew moonsault... BALOR GOT THE KNEES UP! Shotgun dropkick, nobody home on Coup de Grace, hanging DDT gets Riddle back in the hunt! Going to that special place, Seth Rollins is here to run interference, Finn cuts him off and gets him up for the inverted 1916! Off the top...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
Post-match, Rollins slides in the ring while Riddle is struggling to his feet... BLACKOUT!
Seth tells him it’s over and to move on.
Damage CTRL are interviewed backstage.
They say tonight they’re in control and this is their division, and Bayley refuses to talk about pinning Bianca Belair, ending the interview.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get an emo promo from Dominik Mysterio about how this is the first time in his life he’s felt alive.
He’s his own person and he’s done taking disrespect and bottling it up inside and Edge got exactly what he deserved. This is his life and not Rey’s, and he should look in the mirror rather than being upset with him. Why didn’t he bother to get to know him or ask him what he wanted from his career.
But for such a tiny, tiny man he casts a long shadow.
Rhea Ripley whispers in Dom’s ear and he says he’s not Rey’s baby boy anymore, he’s a man, and Rhea smiles.
We get a hype reel for Johnny Gargano.
Austin Theory cuts a promo from earlier today asking who Johnny’s first opponent is. It’s not him, but somebody that he’d consider a close friend, without further ado, Chad Gable.
Alpha Academy roll up and Chad has a giggle about Johnny Wrestling and says everyone will call him Johnny Shoosh after tonight.
And so we go to break.
Aliyah & Raquel Rodriguez (c) vs. Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Aliyah and Kai to start, babyfaces running hot and isolating her, Rodriguez press slams her partner over the ropes to wipe the heels out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, champions working SKY over now, Aliyah wrecking her with mounted punches, back and forth into a hip toss, tag to Kai, she trips Aliyah up and IYO sandwiches her with double knees in the ropes! Clubbing blows, whip across, hard into the ropes, running boot, cover for two!
Working her over with double-teams, momentum shifted, working hard to keep her from tagging Raquel back in, fingertips away but SKY keeps launching her! Double suplex reversed into a double neckbreaker, the path is clear... TAG TO RODRIGUEZ! She throws IYO at Dakota, freight train elbows, fallaway slam connects!
Corkscrew Vader Bomb follows it up, scoop lift, tag to Aliyah, Kai fights out but gets blasted by a boot and Raquel Gallon Throws her own partner into a pin... IYO SKY BREAKS IT UP! Rodriguez looking for a powerbomb, IYO maneuvers her out of the ring and to the floor and Kai kicks out of a folding press from Aliyah!
Jawbreaker sends Dakota reeling, springboard X-Factor but Bayley puts Kai’s feet on the ropes! Aliyah jaws at her, Rodriguez circles and Aliyah plants her with a dropkick! SKY up top, moonsault takes Raquel out! Dakota rolls Aliyah through, the rolling lungblower... IT’S OVER!
Damage CTRL win by pinfall with the rolling lungblower from Dakota Kai on Aliyah to win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio tries to apologize to Dominik, but he’s not listening.
He begs him not to fight Edge and tries to warn him before saying if he fights Edge tonight, things will never go back to how they were.
A smiling Rhea Ripley rolls up to say papi knows best and papi knows he’s all man now.
Alpha Academy make their entrance to send us to break.
Chad Gable vs. Johnny Gargano
Collar and elbow, Gable with a headlock takeover, Gargano returns one of his own! Circling, listening to the “Johnny Wrestling” chants, rolling leg pick, rolling kneebar takedown, into a front chancery, rolling Chad around on the mat to a stalemate! Back to the lockup, Gable shock-and-awes him into a kneeling armbar!
Off the ropes, Johnny with a Frankensteiner, arm drag, dropkick, into la casadora, arm drag, crucifix pin, only two! Front chancery, rolling through to stay on him, rolling around, low-angle kick sends Chad to the floor! Dropkick cuts him off as he tries to return to the ring, Gargano to the apron for a cannonball senton to the floor!
Johnny goes back inside and poses and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gable chains a shinbreaker into a back suplex for a two count, spinning toehold sees him launched over the ropes, skin the cat, Gargano with elbows, whip reversed, big crossbody, follow it up with a lariat and an enzuigiri and he’s fired up!
Back body drop to the apron sets up the Superman Spear... NOPE! Looking for the Lawn Dart, Chad slips out, up and over, roll-through basement enzuigiri but Gable counters with an ankle lock! Up in the corner to break, upkicks, Chad pops him up for a Dominator... NOPE!
Up top, moonsault, nobody home, trading forearms, wheelbarrow German suplex into the bridge... GARGANO KICKS OUT! Chad up top, diving headbutt, reversed into the Gargano Escape! Reversed into an ankle lock, shift to the bad leg, Johnny rolls through and puts him into the turnbuckles!
Off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl, reversed into the Chaos Theory, reversed into a victory roll, reversed... STALEMATE! Buzzsaw roundhouse from Johnny Wrestling gets a rolling elbow gets a discus lariat and both men are down and out! Back body drop sends Gable into Otis’ arms, Gargano hits a suicide dive and takes him back inside!
Dodging interference, gamengiri, slingshot...
Johnny Gargano wins by pinfall with the slingshot DDT.
Post-match Dozer attacks but Johnny fights him off!
Up the aisle, Austin Theory lays Gargano out with the Money in the Bank briefcase!
Theory and Alpha Academy take a selfie together and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Austin Theory is still in the ring and has a mic in hand.
He mocks Johnny Gargano as disappointing and says somebody had to show him how it works around here, because to him all Johnny Wrestling is is an overrated bottom-feeding fish at the bottom of the food chain.
Enter Kevin Owens.
He starts talking but Theory cuts him off to yell about how sick he is of idiots ruining his moments and how he’s going to take over the entire damn industry. KO says we’ve heard all of that for months. He keeps talking about being the future and that’s great but last week he looked Austin in the eyes and told him he WAS the future, and that’s no longer the case.
Theory claims he’s done more in the last two months than Owens has done in the last five years, and Kev says statements like that go to show what a delusional jackass he really is, earning a contract in a ladder match he wasn’t supposed to be in. And hey, he can’t blame him, when he became Universal Champion the title was handed to him on a silver platter, but that’s where the similarities end.
They’re opposites and he couldn’t be prouder of that fact. How many guys have come by in the last two decades, young, chiseled stone, full of potential, and how many of those guys fizzled out and went nowhere. How many people like he and Johnny Gargano have come in and made it to the level they’re at? You can count that on one hand, because they’re one in a million.
And hey, he’s not saying that Austin will burn out, he hopes he’s everything he says he is, but he’s been watching and he’ll tell him right now he doesn’t think he has what it takes to be the future. He tells him to shut up and listen and prove him wrong, and you stop thinking about the moments handed to you, and you start making your own moments.
Austin’s response is to simply flex and tell Owens he’ll never be like him. KO says he thought talking would work but just slaps him across the face and we got a brawl! Mounted punches, Austin trying to back off and he just gets trapped in the corner as referees swarm to break them up!
The referees fail to get them apart, they brawl around and back in, Owens nearly gets a Stunner but road agents Petey Williams, Jamie Noble, and Shawn Daivari hold Kev back!
Bianca Belair is walking backstage, she’ll issue an open challenge after the break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up tomorrow night’s NXT 2.0.
Bianca Belair makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She says if the last few weeks have taught her anything, it’s that she’ll always have a target on her back, and that’s why she’s decided to issue an open challenge.
Sonya Deville answers the call!
She asks Bianca why she looks so confused and says she hasn’t forgotten what she did to her and blames her for costing her her job as a WWE official.
We go to break before the match can begin.
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Sonya Deville (WWE Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge)
Fast-paced in the feeling out, cover for two, Deville slips out of a slam and hits a mat slam, follows it with a basement dropkick, only a nearfall! Choking Belair over the ropes, wrenching her around, sleeper hold applied, Bianca fights out and throws lariats her way!
Dropkick, vertical suplex, handspring moonsault... NOPE! To the floor, Deville cuts her off and stands tall and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Bianca with a hip toss, Deville puts her into the turnbuckles with an arm wringer and kicks her in the back repeatedly! Choking her over the ropes, snapmare into a reverse chinlock, snapmare escape, Sonya shrugs her to the floor and posts her arm!
Back inside, sleeper hold applied, Belair fights out, front kick, fallaway slam! Charging in, Bianca gets her with a spinebuster, still only two! Setting Deville up top, Sonya blasts her with a diving knee for a tight two! Belair with a straight suplex, rolling into a second, Sonya tries for the sleeper again but Bianca blocks!
Inverted facelock countered with knees, stepping up the turnbuckles, Argentine backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with the KOD to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Bayley comes to the ramp and congratulates Bianca on her victory.
She asks if she was inspired by Dakota and IYO’s victory earlier tonight and says they did exactly what they said they were gonna do. And she said they were gonna take control of this whole division, and tonight was just the beginning. But since she’s out here she wants to talk about Belair’s victory.
Did it make her feel better? Bayley thinks it made her feel better and fed her big fat ego and knows Bianca won’t be able to sleep at night until she beats her. Bayley crows about her pinfall victory ending Belair’s unpinned streak and says the match will happen when the time is right.
Kai and SKY have Bianca surrounded, the champ fights valiantly but she’s outnumbered and she eats the beatdown until Asuka and Alexa Bliss make the save! Babyfaces even the odds, Bianca lays Bayley out with a spinebuster, and that’s that.
We see Omos walking backstage with Montel Vontavious Porter to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a “technical difficulties” screen briefly.
Khash Marazi & Ryan Toombs vs. Omos (Handicap Match)
Omos squashes ‘em...
Omos wins by pinfall with a one foot double pin.
Rey Mysterio tries to get one more chance to save his son but Edge says he’s a man and he has to pay for what he did.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins is interviewed.
He talks about how he’s the face of Monday Night Raw, and Bobby Lashley rolls up to tell him that he isn’t the face of Monday Night Raw without the gold. Seth challenges him to a title match, Bob agrees to fight about it.
We get footage of Miz and Maryse at home giving an interview.
Dexter Lumis is lurking outside as Miz talks about how safe he feels and his daughters roll up. He shuffles them off to bed and Maryse comes down to remind him they have a huge premiere to go to. Miz is uncomfortable and Maryse says they have a gate and guards and an alarm system and they’re safe.
Miz gives in and smooches her a bunch and we see Lumis in another window. Miz doesn’t like hearing Dexter’s name in his house and complains about having to have a police escort and double security and that lunatic was still able to get in and do what he did.
He refuses to give details as to what happened and says the interview is over and he has a premiere to go to and he sends the interview crew packing. He and Maryse get in his car and drive off, and we see Dexter Lumis inside drawing. He holds the picture to the screen and it’s Miz, Maryse, and their daughters.
We see Dominik Mysterio, still sadly lacking in any kind of eyeliner, eyeshadow, or lipstick, walking backstage with Rhea Ripley to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get hype for next week and a recap of the Theory/Owens segment from earlier.
Dominik Mysterio vs. Edge
Edge rushes Dominik and throws him into the corner, piefacing im, sending him reeling with right hands! Whip across, corner lariat, more right hands, Mysterio bails to the floor and gets a pep talk from Rhea Ripley before returning to the ring. Edge almost immediately dropkicks him out of the ring!
Breaking the count, dragging Dom around ringside and beating him down, clearing the announce desk, whip reversed and Mysterio goes hard into the steel steps and begs off! Edge shows no mercy and puts boots to him! Back inside, Ripley with a cheap shot chop block!
Dom takes full advantage and puts Edge knee-first into the steel steps as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Mysterio in control with right hands, working the injured knee, dropping handstand knees on it, wrenching it with a toehold, shifting gears to the Three Amigos complete with shimmy! Dom goes up top but Edge hits the ropes to crotch him in the turnbuckles!
Back elbow, jockeying for position, Mysterio knocks him down, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! Edge fires up, Edge-O-Matic nearfall but Dom lights his knee up with rapid-fire punches! Impaler DDT connects, both men down and out! Edge charges in and Mysterio ducks the spear and rolls into a half-crab!
Sitting back deep in the hold, Edge screaming agony but he manages to reverse to an inside cradle for two! Hot Shot, tying Dominik up in the ropes, Edge lays punches in as the crowd counts and referee Chad Patton admonishes him! Back to punching, again Patton backs him off!
Edge charges in but Rey Mysterio gets in the ring between him and his son! Rey tries to hold him back but Damian Priest pulls him out of the ring! Finn Balor attacks and Chad has no choice...
Edge wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Balor puts boots to Edge but he powers up and turns him around in the corner, so Rhea Ripley wallops him with a steel chair! Rhea gives Dom the chair and tells him to smash Edge’s knee with it, and he does! Judgment Day thread Edge’s foot through a chair... COUP DE GRACE THROUGH THE LEG!
Judgment Day pose over Edge and Finn jaws at him.
That’s the show, folks.