WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 2, 2023) from the SAP Center in San Jose, California, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Fastlane premium live event scheduled for this coming Saturday night in Indianapolis.
Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch defends the NXT women’s championship against Tegan Nox, GUNTHER and Tommaso Ciampa will sign the contract for their upcoming Intercontinental championship match, Jey Uso takes on Damian Priest, Xavier Woods vs. Ivar, Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler, Drew McIntyre will be a guest on “Miz TV” to explain himself again, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm 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 OCT. 2
You’re such a mystery, I just want to stand and stare. Nibble on your ear and smell the ocean in your hair, but alas, right now I have to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler brawling down the ramp and into the ring! Raquel Rodriguez makes the save and attacks Nia! Jax sidesteps and a pump kick takes Baszler out! Rhea Ripley is here to take Nia down and hammer her with mounted punches! Security swarms to try and pull them apart, road agents directing traffic but Rhea hits Riptide on one of the guards!
Ripley gets on the mic and says she’s back on Monday Night Raw and she’s not done yet, so she’s staying in this ring with something else to handle. She orders Judgment Day to ringside to talk!
Damian Priest and a sheepish Dominik Mysterio make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rhea Ripley continues.
She says she has some Judgment Day business to attend, and we all know there’s no leader in the Judgment Day, but we each have our own responsibilities to handle. Someone needs to come up with a game plan so things don’t go wrong. So what happens? Mami gets taken out for two weeks and everything starts falling apart?
Because Mami is the one that makes the plans, but with her out, she left that responsibility to someone and she was disappointed. She left that responsibility to Priest, and she gives him a tongue lashing over everything that’s gone wrong for the Judgment Day over the last few weeks.
Damian points out that he still has all his titles and it’s only Dominik that lost his, She gets in Dom’s face and says since she’s his Mami, that makes him her Papi, and that means tomorrow night on NXT he has a rematch. And if he doesn’t come home with the title, he shouldn’t bother coming home at all.
Enter Jey Uso.
He welcomes Rhea Ripley back and says she was missed by everyone, and she has bigger balls than Roman Reigns ever did. Damian says he’s really tired of hearing Jey open his mouth and he steps up but Dominik holds him back. Mysterio lifts the mic to his mouth and the boos rain down, of course, as he reminds Priest that he’s not medically cleared to compete.
Damian tells Dom he’s got it, Mysterio advances but Jey takes him out with a superkick! JD McDonagh appears out of nowhere and beats Uso down! He and Dom work together, Priest brings the briefcase into it— CODY RHODES MAKES THE SAVE! He and Uso work together to clear the ring!
Adam Pearce comes to the stage and books Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso against Damian Priest and Finn Balor in a tag title match at Fastlane!
We get a media hype reel for Jade Cargill signing with WWE.
Alpha Academy make their entrance and we go to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Imperium (Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser)
Kaiser and Gable to start, collar and elbow, Ludwig backs him into the corner but Chad ducks under, deep arm drag into a side headlock. Shot off, shoulder block, seated armbar from the German. Penalty Kick, Kaiser tags Vinci in and he clobbers Gable in the corner. Chad comes back with a big flying headscissors, German suplex, ankle lock but Giovanni kicks him aside!
Suplex, Chad lands on his feet and hits an exploder suplex! Otis back body drops Gable into Vinci and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Gable throwing chops at Kaiser, sliding uppercut from Ludwig sends him out of the ring, where Vinci capitalizes with a back suplex into the apron! Hesitation dropkick from Kaiser sends Chad to the floor! Back inside, Gable with a backslide for two, Giovanni drops him with a lariat and Ludwig tags in on him!
Chad gets an ankle lock, Kaiser fights out but he’s got the Everest German for him and Dozovic is hot for the tag! Lariat and a backfist, big exploder suplex, Stinger Splash, he catches Vinci into a World’s Strongest Slam to set up the Caterpillar! Hanging Ludwig over the turnbuckles, but Vinci makes the save and turns it into a crossbody from Kaiser!
Imperium win by pinfall with an enzuigiri from Ludwig Kaiser on Otis Dozovic.
We get a recap of Becky Lynch defending the NXT Women’s Championship at No Mercy on Saturday.
Backstage, Adam Pearce is informing Tegan Nox that because Becky Lynch isn’t cleared her title match will have to wait until she’s cleared.
Chelsea Green comes over to talk about how Nox must be hear to complain and she should be grateful she doesn’t have to fight for the title because she’s just not championship material. Tegan pitches Pearce on a match against Green, and he makes it official.
She flips her hair and storms off talking about going to see management, and we go to break.
Bronson Reed vs. Cedric Alexander
Alexander hot out the gates, body blows in the corner, Reed cuts him off with a headbutt! Sidestep the charge, up top, missile dropkick, Bronson falls to the floor! Wrecking ball dropkick, Cedric off the ropes, suicide dive connects! A tope con giro follows!
Alexander up top, Reed with a military press, he slips out, off the ropes, Bronson freight trains him and follows it up with a senton! Reed off the top...
Bronson Reed wins by pinfall with the 747 Splash.
Drew McIntyre rolls up on Adam Pearce to say he’s not feeling MizTV tonight and to tell Miz that if he pokes his head in his business, he’ll bloody regret it.
Pearce stops him leaving and asks him if he’s okay and says he seems off, and Drew says he doesn’t remember anyone stopping to do “the right thing” when the Bloodline was beating him down.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce is in the ring to preside over a contract signing between GUNTHER and Tommaso Ciampa.
Entrances are made.
Pearce says the particulars have been discussed, they know how this works, two signatures and the match is official. Ciampa signs first and grabs a mic, saying what he’s setting out to do with GUNTHER is even beyond his own imagination. The moment he wakes up to fight for the title, the sun is gonna shine different and he’s gonna be one of the only people in the world that matter.
Tom says GUNTHER’s been served five course meals, opportunity after opportunity, while he gets road kill and is expected to turn into filet before he gets an opportunity. But that’s okay, he doesn’t need a hundred chances, and next week when his music hits he’ll fight for a title he’s dreamed of having since he was five years old.
GUNTHER gets on the mic and says this is an official contract signing for the most important title in the sport today, and Ciampa chooses to show up in a tank top and camo pants? That tells him everything he needs to know. But he talks about his family and fighting for the right thing, and he respects that, noble motives.
What is near and dear to him is the Intercontinental Championship, and he is the greatest and longest-reigning champion of that lineage. Ciampa interrupts, GUNTHER yells at him, they bicker, Tom says if he’s so confident, he hasn’t signed the contract yet, they could change it up and run the match tonight.
GUNTHER gets real serious, picks up the mic and says Ciampa should prove it, and signs the contract! Adam makes it official, the match happens tonight! GUNTHER shoves him, they brawl, Ciampa throws a damn office chair at his head and looks for the Sicilian Stretch but the Ring General gets away!
Damian Priest is upset backstage ranting in the Judgment Day’s clubhouse.
He asks JD McDonagh what he’s even doing here, Rhea calms him down and says they don’t want Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, and Cody Rhodes on the same page and this is a wedge to break them apart. Priest goes off to think about it but says it’s not bad.
New Day make their entrance to send us to break.
Ivar vs. Xavier Woods
Kofi Kingston is on commentary for this one.
Woods with punches in the corner, rising knee, chops and forearms, whip reversed, up and over, Banzai Drop from Ivar! Bronco Buster gets two, big crossface strikes, Xavier in a bad way, boot up in the corner, Honor Roll countered, back suplex, lands on his feet! Fireman’s carry denied, off the ropes, duck a lariat, slide under, superkick connects!
Woods with a clothesline to the floor, off the ropes, wrecking ball dropkick, Warbeard catches him and throws him into the apron! Xavier rolls away from a freight train crossbody, gets up on the barricade... DROPKICK OFF THE BARRICADE AS WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Ivar with the underhooks, Woods floats over, kick combination, rolling elbow, fireman’s carry, struggling but he gets Warbeard up and slams him down... NOT ENOUGH! Ivar with a backbreaker and a bodyslam, into the corner, Banzai Drop!
Back and forth, powerbomb blocked, Xavier gets him...
Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with a small package.
Post-match, Ivar attacks him from behind and Kofi Kingston makes the save! Warbeard overcomes them, he goes up top... BIG MAN MOONSAULT ONTO BOTH MEN!
We get a video package for Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins.
We see Seth Rollins walking backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole does an in-ring interview with Seth Rollins.
He says Rollins is usually the puppeteer, but this time he seems to be the puppet. Seth takes offense but Cole presses him, asking him why he’s putting himself through this with his back hanging together by a thread. Seth has to be honest, says he can’t put it into words, and asks him how long he’s been at the commentary desk.
Cole says it’s been 26 years, Rollins asks him how many shows he’s missed, and Michael says he’s missed two shows in those 26 years. Seth say he gets it, he’s addicted to it, it’s a compulsion, he neeeds it and more importantly, he loves it. That’s what it’s like for Rollins in the ring.
He says this is everything to him, and when you’re World Heavyweight Champion, all that responsibility gets amplified, because now you’re an example, you have to be the change, and if this IS his last ride, that doesn’t matter that much, because what matters is that he left it all in the ring.
He’ll have fulfilled his responsibility and he’ll be an honorable man and an example for his daughter. That’s the best he’s got, it’s not words, it’s just a feeling. And it feels right.
Shinsuke Nakamura appears on the tron and says he’s tired of listening to Seth’s nonsense and accuses him of faking the back injury for sympathy. NAKAMURA BLINDSIDES ROLLINS IN THE RING AND LAYS HIM OUT WITH KINSHASA! The Shinsuke on the tron counts to ten as Seth struggles and gets to his feet at about the count of seven, whereupon Nakamura in the ring blasts him with multiple chairshots!
Again the Shinsuke on the screen counts, and this time Seth gets up about nine and Nakamura in the ring stomps him down! Knees into the ropes, dragging him over to a set up chair... BACKBREAKER INTO THE CHAIR! ANOTHER KINSHASA! This time Shinsuke counts live in the ring, and this time Seth Rollins doesn’t get up.
Backstage, Becky Lynch is talking to Tegan Nox about how she was looking forward to fighting her but she knows she wants a Man that’s at 100%.
Natalya rolls up and says she feels sorry for Tegan losing this opportunity and they got off on the wrong foot and she has a different level of respect for her after last week and she’s genuinely proud of her and thinks she’s gonna nail the opportunity when she gets it.
Nox thanks her.
Chelsea Green makes her entrance and we go to break.
Chelsea Green vs. Tegan Nox
Nox in control early with an elbow, Green rolls her through for a slap, Killswitch blocked, a headbutt gets a superkick and Tegan rolls to the floor. Piper Niven running interference, Nox punches Chelsea’s lights on out on the apron! Cannonball off the apron, Nox up top—
Natalya comes down, Tegan knocks Green out of the turnbuckles, somersault senton sets her up...
Tegan Nox wins by pinfall with the Shiniest Wizard.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Byron Saxton interviews Jey Uso.
He admits he doesn’t know where his head is at, and he’ll throw hands with Judgment Day anywhere, so he’s good with the tag team title match at Fastlane.
Drew McIntyre gets on the mic in the ring.
He says the only people he answers to are his fans and he doesn’t owe anything to anyone in the locker room. Through all the ups and downs to right now, the truth is he’s going to stop being the savior and interfering in fights he didn’t start in the first place. Between his own business and everyone else’s, he’s fighting at less than 100% and he’s done with that.
You might have noticed the past few weeks when he’s not saving the day, nobody’s stepping up, so you’re a bunch of hypocrites, except Cody Rhodes, but he’s only cleaning up his own mess. Forgiveness, when it comes to Jey Uso, is weakness, not strength. And another thing—
Enter the Miz.
They go back and forth, Miz tries to say he was looking out for Drew and just got told to shut up. Last week he had ten thousand people chanting “Shut up, Miz!” The A-Lister continues, saying Drew thinks he’s justified, he’s edgy, taking a stance, so why not embrace who you really are?
McIntyre tells him to shut up again.
Drew says he’s not gonna sit here and be the bad guy, he’s here to rack up wins and earn title shots, and since Miz is in the ring right now, he wants to rack up another W. Miz says they’re not dressed for a match, he in his suit and Drew in his skirt, and accuses him of pandering to the audience because he’s embarrassed for what he did.
Miz keeps talking, Drew says time is up and it’s time to fight and takes his skirt off. Miz says instead of playing the hero, he’ll be the hero, and he’ll walk away. Partway down the ramp he runs back in and blasts McIntyre with the microphone! Drew falls to the floor, Miz tries to put boots to him but gets stampeded into the corner!
McIntyre beats him down as referees try to pull them apart, the A-Lister gets away, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz protests that he’s not dressed for fighting but we get a bell!
Drew McIntyre vs. the Miz
Miz runs away, back in, he gets caught and rammed between the barricade and the apron a few times! Belly-to-belly suplexes, a jumping neckbreaker, Future Shock blocked, Drew sent to the apron, Codebreaker in the ropes! Drew counting down but instead of hitting Claymore he grabs his sword from ringside!
Referee Shaun Bennett takes the sword away, McIntyre tears a turnbuckle pad off, smashes Miz’s face into it...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Future Shock.
Post-match, McIntyre gets on the mic and says he’s done some thinking and he’s not the same man he was 30 seconds ago, and he’s sorry for his actions, which means he’s now forgiven!
We get a recap of Dominik Mysterio losing to Trick Williams at No Mercy.
Trick Willy is interviewed backstage.
He introduces himself to the Raw audience as 6’4”, 240 pounds of muscle with gold in his ear, on his wrist, and around his waist, and he’ll retain the title against Dominik Mysterio tomorrow night.
Enter Judgment Day.
Rhea Ripley says Dominik isn’t coming alone, and he’ll be leaving with his title.
We see Tommaso Ciampa warming up and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Cody Rhodes makes his entrance for an interview on the stage.
He’ll be honest, he never anticipated tagging with Jey Uso, but he thinks it’s the Judgment Day who are backed into this match. This hyena-like faction running around Monday Night Raw, and he hears they’re gonna be at SmackDown on Friday, and so will he. And he won’t be alone, because Jey Uso will be right there with him.
They’re going to Fastlane, they’re going to win the tag titles, and it’ll be a very different Monday Night Raw next week.
Commentary hypes up the card for Fastlane.
GUNTHER makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Chad Gable gives Otis Dozovic a pep talk and promises all the bozos that keep ruining their day are gonna pay, and he has not yet begun to peak! All those idiots are gonna pay for this setback, he screams red-faced and storms off.
GUNTHER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Hard-hitting out the gates, Ciampa trying for an armbar takedown but GUNTHER gets him in the ropes! Tom ducks the big chop and throws forearms, lariats in the ropes, double leg into a Boston Crab! To the floor, Ciampa slips out of a slam, puts the champion into the post, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches on the floor!
Back inside, Sicilian Stretch applied, GUNTHER gets the ropes and takes a breather as we go to break!
Back form commercial, Ciampa throwing chops, GUNTHER comes back with a bodyslam! Choking Tom in the ropes, putting him up in the turnbuckles, Ciampa comes back with lariats but the Ring General locks him in the Gojira Clutch! Tom breaking the grip, GUNTHER adjusts to a reverse chinlock, and then back to the Gojira Clutch on their feet!
Big boot from the champion, only two! Back to the Gojira Clutch, Ciampa breaks by putting him into the turnbuckles and takes him down into the Sicilian Stretch! Raining elbows down, back to the Sicilian Stretch, GUNTHER gets the ropes! Chop in the barricade, back suplex into the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, GUNTHER is in control and standing tall in the turnbuckles with Ciampa on the floor! Heading out after him, chops against the barricade, Tom dodges one and the Ring General chops the announce desk, splitting the cover in twain! Running knee, diving knee, Tom is feeling it! Smashing GUNTHER into the post, smashing his hand into the desk over and over!
Back inside, Willow’s Bell connects... NOPE! Drawing the Ring General up, underhooks, kicks to the bad hand! Stomping the champion’s neck over and over, the knee pad is down... SHOTGUN DROPKICK CUTS HIM OFF BUT CAN’T KEEP TOMMASO DOWN! Drawing Ciampa up, he can’t lift him for the powerbomb because his hand is busted!
Float over, inverted DDT from Tom! Knee Trembler connects... SO CLOSE! More boots, underhooks blocked, bad hand chops, sleeper suplex... CIAMPA KICKS OUT! Tom takes him down, back into the Sicilian Stretch! GUNTHER reverses, cover for two! Clubbing blows, wrenching the hold in!
GUNTHER pivots his hips under him, reaching, desperate... HE GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES TO FORCE THE BREAK! Ciampa pressing with strikes, fireman’s carry gives out on him, one powerbomb, a second, GUNTHER rolls him over and hosses him up into the Gojira Clutch!
Tom fades, he slumps down...
GUNTHER wins by referee stoppage with the Gojira Clutch, retaining the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Post-match, the rest of Imperium hit the ring and put boots to Ciampa while GUNTHER goes to the back clutching his injured wrist!
JOHNNY GARGANO MAKES THE SAVE! SUPERMAN SPEAR! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! DIY GET THEIR FINISH SET UP BUT WE’RE OUTTA TIME!
That’s the show, folks.