WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 26, 2022) from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Philadelphia.
Advertised for tonight: Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair takes on IYO SKY in a non-title match. Elsewhere, Seth Rollins goes one-on-one with Rey Mysterio while they both have other issues looming large. Meanwhile, Sami Zayn brings Solo Sikoa over to the red brand as his backup for a match against AJ Styles, one they set up through social media. 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. 26
To climb the mountain is no easy task, but it’s so much harder coming down. All the torches of the party have all gone dark, hungry mouths surround, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
Bianca Belair makes her entrance with Alexa Bliss and Asuka and gets on the mic after a recap of last week’s beatdown.
She says she considered challenging Bayley again tonight but remembered that she’d never make this about just the two of them, and she wouldn’t accept the challenge alone. Belair learns from her mistakes and it ain’t about to be three-on-one again, and last week proved that Bayley can’t fight her battles alone.
So Bianca tells her good luck on getting her title at Extreme Rules, because her girls are gonna watch her girls and make sure it stays between the two of them.
Bayley makes her entrance and says Bianca was hand-picked and groomed to be a champion, but she had to train herself and she’s wanted to do it since she was twelve years old. Belair says nothing has been handed to her and she’s in the position she’s in because she was showing up and showing out while Bayley was rehabbing.
She’s sorry she got hurt, but she’s not going to downplay her accomplishments to meet her at the level she’s accustomed to. Bayley tells her to fall in line like everyone else, and Bianca points out that Bayley hasn’t been here for any of her current run and hasn’t seen her at her best, and accuses her of bringing Damage CTRL with her because of this.
Bayley says she’s got a great idea, she wants to fight for the title at Extreme Rules in a ladder match.
Bianca accepts and says she’s gonna get extreme with her girl IYO tonight.
Bianca Belair vs. IYO SKY
Belair with a dropkick out the gates and we go to break!
Back from commercial, we see an SUV roll up and Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn get out.
Back to the action, Belair is in control raining hammerfists down in the corner, picking her up, SKY slips out, Bianca draws her back up, duck a lariat, off the ropes, looking for a tijeras but the EST reverses into a backbreaker for two! IYO gets double knees off in the corner, cover for two!
Following it up with the octopus, sunset flip when Bianca pries her arms free, no good! Sidestep in the corner, charging in with a pounce, Belair follows it up with mounted punches in the corner! Big forearm, cover for two! Argentine backbreaker rack blocked, go-behind, SKY elbows her way free and slides through the ropes to cut her off!
Running dropkick on the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Belair on the comeback with a series of dropkicks, clubbing away at her, whip to the corner, straight suplex, roll through, delayed vertical suplex, cover... NOPE! Double chickenwing, IYO fights to the apron, cover for two! Standing on Bianca’s braid, she gets tripped up, back handspring gets a kick, nobody home on the quebrada!
Scoop and a slam, back handspring moonsault connects this time... NOPE! Backbreaker rack, SKY fights to the apron, roundhouse kick connects and she goes up top for a diving crossbody! Bianca rolls through, deadlifts her up, big fallaway slam connects, cover... STILL NO!
Up in the turnbuckles, Belair blocks a Frankensteiner, perches, IYO cuts her off with an avalanche arm drag! Corner knees, rolling her into position, giant step, up top, Bianca cuts her off! Shoving her to the floor, the rest of Damage CTRL stabilize her, plancha connects to wipe them out!
Multiple Shotei from IYO, back inside, springboard, nobody home, backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio is interviewed.
He says as a father there’s nothing like the feeling of holding your newborn and wanting to give them the world no matter what path they go down in life. He’ll always love his son, and under no circumstances will he fight him, but last week he couldn’t recognize the man he’d become.
He knows deep down that’s not his son, that’s Rhea Ripley manipulating his heart and mind, but he can’t let that sway his focus. Tonight he has to be at his best against Seth Rollins, and he knows what a savage he is, and he may have mercy for his own flesh and blood, but he will not show any mercy to Rollins.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz addresses a troop of security guards.
He says he’s arranged a prize package worth a million dollars if they can keep a man who he will not name out of the arena, and of course that’s Dexter Lumis. He hypes them up with a chant of MizCorps and they march off to duty.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and gets on the mic, welcoming us to Monday Night Rollins.
He complains about not being United States Champion right now because of Matt Riddle and says last week he had Bobby Lashley dead to rights but Riddle made him take his eyes off the ball for a single second and it cost him. But it’s cost him for the last time, because in two weeks at Extreme Rules, they finish things inside of the Fight Pit.
Everybody thinks he doesn’t stand a chance in the Fight Pit but he went home and considered things and remembered that he’s Seth Freakin’ Rollins and it doesn’t matter what kind of match it is, he’s won ‘em all. He’s got one thing Matt will never have, and that’s an Einstein-level acumen for the fight game.
It might be his first time in the fight pit, but when that match ends, everybody’s gonna be singing his song and calling him the King of the Fight Pit. He hopes Riddle is taking notes, because he’s gonna give Father of the Year Rey Mysterio the beating he should be giving his son.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance and attacks Rollins before the bell to send us to break.
Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins
Back from commercial, Rollins putting boots to Mysterio in the corner, referee Eddie Orengo admonishing him and Seth smears blood across his forehead! Pressing the attack, grinding him down, back suplex connects... NOPE! Rey back in it with a slingshot sunset flip for two!
Elbow up, sidestep the charge, right hands, whip into the corner, mounted punches in the corner! Elbow up, fireman’s carry gutbuster from Rollins! Throwing Mysterio out the floor, Dominik comes down, a QR code flashes up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins in control, straight suplex, another, a little shimmy, looking for that third amigo but Mysterio counters into a DDT! Rey goes up top, Seth gets under him, Buckle Bomb reversed into a Frankensteiner! Buckle bomb works this time, follow it up with a Falcon Arrow... NOPE!
To the floor and back in, Mysterio with a splash, cover for a nearfall! Back inside, shotgun dropkick, duck the 619, up in the turnbuckles, big stuff, 619 connects, to the floor, diving Frankensteiner and again Dominik plays mind games with his father and throws him a chair, kneeling and giving Rhea Ripley a chance to blast him from behind!
Back inside, Seth takes advantage, Blackout, following it up...
Seth Rollins wins by submission with a Spider Twist.
Backstage, Matt Riddle chats with Bobby Lashley.
Lashley wishes him luck tonight and calls on their shared MMA history, saying the two of them know what it’s like in the Fight Pit, but Seth Rollins has no clue.
Panda Express are walking backstage when they run into a laid out security guard and we go to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Panda Express (Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens)
Gable and Gargano to start, little bit of mat wrestling, Chad in control, Johnny gets away, tags made. Dozovic and Owens testing their strength, Panda Express running double teams on Chad but Otis comes back in and presses Gargano before throwing him up and dropping him with a World’s Strongest Slam!
Gable kisses him and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gargano back body drops Gable to the floor, dodges a charge from Dozer, crawling for the tag but Chad cuts him off! Kicked away, roll-through enzuigiri, tag to Owens! Lighting Gable up with punches and chops, Manhattan Drop sets up a lariat! Clothesline takes Otis out, corner lariat for Chad and a big one off the ropes lays him out!
Crotch chop, cannonball, pumphandle... STEENBREAKER FOR TWO! KO gets a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring but Otis breaks it up! Johnny puts Gable into the turnbuckles, Kev off the top, senton atomico... CHAD GABLE KICKS OUT! Pop-up powerbomb reversed into a German suplex, Gargano tags in, northern lights from Chad!
Rolling through, exploder suplex, electric chair, Ode to the Bulldogs... OWENS BREAKS IT UP! The match breaks down, Otis on the announce desk, Kev drops an elbow off the barricade to put him through it! Austin Theory is at ringside to run interference, Gable takes advantage, Canadian backbreaker DDT... NO GOOD!
Gable and Gargano fighting over the ropes...
Panda Express win by pinfall with One Final Beat from Johnny Gargano on Chad Gable.
AJ Styles walks past a fallen security guard and into an interview.
He asks if everyone’s forgotten what Judgment Day did to him and says he’s been on his own for a while now.
Finn Balor rolls up. He claps a hand on AJ’s shoulder and gets brushed off before saying he’s coming as a friend and Judgment Day have achieved so much already, but together they could change this business again. As his friend, he pitches Styles on just having him in his corner against Sami Zayn, since Sami has Solo Sikoa in his corner.
AJ says he’ll watch his own back.
Omos is shown walking backstage with Montel Vontavious Porter to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Austin Theory berates Alpha Academy for losing.
Chad Gable blames Braun Strowman for the loss, Theory complains about his jaw, and says he won’t let Johnny Gargano embarrass him twice in a dump like Canada. Austin’s phone rings and it’s for Gable. Strowman’s voice comes across and says next Monday night Chad won’t be laughing because the monster among monsters is challenging him to a match in his home town so they won’t have to fly his body home for his funeral.
A shook Chad half-heartedly shushes Braun and Theory gives Dozer a pep talk for his match against Johnny Gargano next week, saying he’ll make it Strowman’s last match.
Omos vs. ??? & ???
MVP is on commentary for this match in which the Nigerian Giant squashes two dudes whose names I don’t catch...
Omos wins by pinfall with a one-foot pin.
Post-match, Omos takes it to his opponents on the floor, setting them both on the announce desk and roaring and beating his chest over top of them.
Miz stumbles on MizCorps all laid out in a pile in a room in the arena somewhere. He backs up into Dexter Lumis kitted out in hockey gear like he’s part of the museum, and Lumis wails on him with a hockey stick! Dexter chokes him out with the head-and-arm triangle and pets his face.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw.
Candice LeRae vs. Nikki ASH
ASH gets LeRae trapped in the ring skirt almost immediately and wails on her. Back inside, shoving at her head, handful of hair, reversed to a schoolboy for two! Blocking punches and throwing forearms, backing her into the corner and unloading on her with punches!
Backsplash, boot, lungblower connects, up top, Nikki cuts her off with a forearm and climbs up, grabbing a handful of hair. Swinging neckbreaker off the top...
Candice LeRae wins by pinfall with an avalanche swinging neckbreaker.
We get a video package about Logan Paul’s challenge to Roman Reigns and go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Bianca Belair appearing on ESPN.
Judgment Day are chatting backstage.
Finn tells the others to trust him that AJ Styles will come around and an interviewer rolls up.
Damian Priest says he won’t hold back against Matt Riddle and he’ll have no remorse for whatever he does to him. Judgment Day is his crew and his family and they run Monday Night Raw. He tells Riddle that he’s not a viper, he’s not a cagefighter, and he’s not his friend, and tonight he’ll fall while Judgment Day rises.
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn backing up into the corner, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Sami throws his one up and jaws at AJ! Styles with a tijeras into a dropkick, smashing his face into the turnbuckles before hitting a backbreaker. Off the ropes, Zayn with a back body drop, cover for one!
To the floor, Sami with an Asai moonsault, back inside, cover for two. Spin-out Argentine powerbomb from Styles... NOPE! A plancha knocks Zayn down and AJ squares up with Solo to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Zayn looking for a suplex, Styles reverses to a neckbreaker! AJ with a sunset flip for two, a straight suplex hard into the turnbuckles! Outside to jaw at Solo, back in, big boot, Blue Thunder Driver... NO GOOD! Punches in the corner, Sami sets him up top, jockeying for position, back to the floor... ORANGE CRUSH FALCON ARROW!
Styles to the floor, he barely beats the count, small package for a close two! Trading forearms, Pele Kick, both men are down and out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Styles nearly gets the Styles Clash but a kick sets Sami free! Corner exploder suplex, AJ leaves the ring rather than eat the Helluva Kick! Back inside, roll-through into the Calf Killer, Zayn reaching and stretching, fighting the hold, crawling and Sami gets the ropes for the break!
Again looking for the Styles Clash, Sami back body drops him to the apron, AJ with a forearm, Zayn does a full five count of hair-pulling and Sikoa drags Styles to the floor for a Rock Bottom into the apron! Stacking him up...
Sami Zayn wins by pinfall with the Helluva Kick.
Post-match, Judgment Day show up and Finn Balor gets on the mic.
He asks AJ Styles, as a friend, to rise up and join the Judgment Day. Balor throws the Too Sweet up, AJ flips him the bird, and Judgment Day beats him down! They horsecollar him with a chair and Finn goes to Pillmanize him but stops short, getting in AJ’s face and says he could have ended his career but that’s not what friends do.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for John Cena breaking 650 wishes granted for Make-A-Wish.
Asuka, Alexa Bliss, and Bianca Belair are hanging out backstage when Candice LeRae rolls up to tell Bianca she hopes she shuts Bayley up at Extreme Rules.
Damage CTRL rolls up, Bayley and LeRae bicker and Candice challenges Dakota Kai to a match. Bayley says she’ll have to wait until next week and she’ll see Belair at Extreme Rules. Bianca postures and says they don’t have to wait and cooler heads prevail.
Damian Priest vs. Matt Riddle
Circling, the crowd behind Riddle, collar and elbow, struggling all over the ring, Priest with a side slam but Matt pops up into a sleeper hold! Into the corner, duck the back elbow, Damian ducks a Penalty Kick! Trading strikes, ducking and dodging, an upkick from Riddle sends Priest into the corner!
Scoop and a slam, big senton, cover for two! Off the ropes, Damian takes him out with a kick and rains elbows down! To the floor, Priest slams Riddle into the barricade and we go to break.
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles... RIDDLE WITH THE AVALANCHE FISHERMAN BUSTER! Trading strikes, Matt with a roundhouse kick, Priest ducks the buzzsaw and pops him up in the corner, Riddle reverses... DAMIAN KICKS OUT OF THE FALL-FORWARD TOMBSTONE!
Big lariat, lifting reverse STO... MATT RIDDLE WON’T STAY DOWN! Riddle catches him...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall.
Post-match, Judgment Day light on Riddle, beating him down! Priest hits South of Heaven on him!
EDGE IS BACK! SPEAR TO PRIEST! Rhea Ripley pulls Dominik out to the floor and Edge takes Finn Balor out!
Edge gets on the mic and says he always comes back, and he got to come back in Edmonton, in his country. He doesn’t quit, so he challenges Finn to an “I Quit” match at Extreme Rules!
That’s the show, folks.