WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 18, 2023) from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Fastlane premium live event scheduled for early next month in Indianapolis.
Advertised for tonight: Cody Rhodes takes on Dirty Dominik Mysterio in what WWE is promoting as a Money in the Bank rematch. Elsewhere, The New Day and The Viking Raiders will “go the distance” in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match, Drew McIntyre tries to get payback on Jey Uso for everything The Bloodline put him through, 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 SEPT. 18
When I heard the sound of thunder on the day that I was born, I was blinded by the lighting an’ baptised in the storm, but now? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Cody Rhodes making his entrance.
Cody asks Salt Lake City what they want to talk about says he’d really like to talk about “Main Event” Jey Uso after being interrupted last week.
Dominik Mysterio interrupts him.
He says the only thing you need to know about Jey Uso is that once he joins the Judgment Day, he’ll dominate. He says Rhea Ripley isn’t here because she was injured by Nia Jax last week, but she’ll be back better and soon. Tonight, after he beats Rhodes, he’ll dedicate his victory to her.
Cody says all this dedication to Mami when it seems like she has eyes for Jey Uso, and Dom protests that they’re all one family and a family always has each other’s backs.
Enter Damian Priest and Finn Balor to send us to break ahead of the match.
Back from commercial, we see Dragon Lee in the front row.
Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio
Rhodes with a front kick, the drop down slap, a delayed vertical gourdbuster follows it up! Spinning toehold into the figure four leglock in the middle of the ring! Smashing Mysterio into the turnbuckles, big right hands, Dominik comes back with Three Amigos! Cody Cutter in return, inverted facelock...
Cody Rhodes wins by pinfall with Cross Rhodes.
Post-match, Judgment Day go to attack Cody, but Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make the save!
Judgment Day leave with their heads high.
Kevin Owens wants to talk and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the three babyfaces are still in the ring and Kevin Owens speaks.
He asks Cody if Jey Uso is in fact back on Raw because of him, and Rhodes answers in the affirmative. KO doesn’t want to relitigate Uso’s sins but wants an explanation for why he thought he should be in their lockerroom. Cody says he probably needed to do this at some point and says he’s had a lot of tasks and roles and duties but in the end his job is to make these people happy.
He asks the crowd if they like Jey Uso and they cheer, and Rhodes says he’s received a lot of second chances and Jey deserves a second chance and he deserves time to show he’s changed. And with the Bloodline down a member, what’s wrong with that?
Sami says Kev has always taken a bit longer to warm up and trust people and hey maybe he’s too quick to trust, but he knows Jey Uso and he knows his situation and while Owens doesn’t have to give him another chance, he should. They’ve given each other second chances and because of that, they won the tag titles in the main event of WrestleMania!
Owens says he sees where this is going and he hears them and they want him to pretend Jey didn’t cost them so many matches and that he’s not one shade of eyeliner away from joining Judgment Day, but he can’t trust him. But he does trust both of them, so he hopes they’re right.
We get a recap of Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Rodriguez and the return of Nia Jax.
Kofi Kingston makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get an inset promo where Adam Pearce explains to New Day that Erik isn’t cleared and the previously scheduled tag match is off. At first they try to cajole the five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion into putting his singlet on and getting back in action, but in the end they settle on this singles match.
Ivar vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston hammering him with elbows to try and keep Ivar off balance, he gets caught with a Banzai Drop in the corner and the big Viking takes control! Kofi on the comeback, leaping lariat takes him down, Warbeard thumbs his eye, Kingston with a crescent kick and a deep two count!
Back body drop to the floor, Ivar splashes him off the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kingston fighting the good fight, off the ropes, big side slam sets up a freight train crossbody from Ivar! Warbeard off the top, 747 Splash... NOBODY HOME! Shadows Over Hell from Kofi... SO CLOSE! Whip reversed, springboard crossbody... NOPE!
Back and forth, Ivar hits a Tiger Driver... STILL NO! Reverse roundhouse with another nearfall, Bronco Buster follows it up, Warbeard with a moonsault... KOFI KINGSTON WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, sunset flip powerbomb connects!
Kingston has an opening, he gets to his feet...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise.
We get a recap of last week’s World Heavyweight Championship happenings.
Ricochet is interviewed backstage.
He says Shinsuke Nakamura is gonna find out he’s nobody’s pawn and now it’s personal. You wanna play games? He’s a cheat code and tonight is game over.
Nakamura makes his entrance.
Seth Rollins tries to make his entrance but Adam Pearce is right behind him with security to try and send the champion to the back, but Seth breaks away and charges after Nakamura!
Shinsuke taunts Rollins as we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Ricochet rushing in, Nakamura hiding in the corner, referee Danilo Anfibio backing the One and Only off. Same sequence again but this time Shinsuke blasts Ricochet with a boot from the ropes, trips him up, and stomps a proverbial mudhole in him! One and Only gets a couple kicks in, cover but Nakamura has a hand on the ropes!
Stomping away, Ricochet backs off at Danilo’s command, fireman’s carry, slip out, back elbows to block the waistlock, off the ropes, handspring but Shinsuke dropkicks his hands out from under him! Running Kinshasa gets a nearfall, knee drop, again only two!
Trading strikes, jawbreaker and a snapmare into a kick to the back, Ricochet follows with the standing moonsault, only two! Nakamura with chops in the corner, setting him up but the One and Only has the sliding German scouted and lays him out with a kickflip moonsault as we go to break!
Back from commercial, both men down and out, back on their feet, Ricochet hammering strikes, whip reversed, handspring elbow connects! Nakamura hangs him in the turnbuckles, the One and Only sidesteps and kicks the turnbuckle into his face! Springboard crossbody, only two!
Action to the floor, Ricochet cuts him off with kicks, Shinsuke grabs a chair but Rick ducks and nails him with a superkick! Chair in hand, he decides to go for it and Danilo has to call it...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Ricochet goes to argue with Danilo and Nakamura kicks his ankle out from under him and follows it with Kinshasa! Snap elbow drop, Shinsuke pulls him over and posts his knee before bashing his leg with the chair repeatedly!
Seth Rollins returns and beats Nakamura down! Back body drop counters the Pedigree and Seth’s injured back lands on the steel chair!
Shinsuke parades his way out and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for the 2024 Royal Rumble.
We see an unsettled Seth Rollins backstage.
Chelsea Green and Piper Niven are interviewed backstage.
Green is all about them being friends, Niven asks what country she’s from and Chelsea has no clue.
Chelsea Green & Piper Niven vs. Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark
Baszler and Stark in control early, working Green over but Zoey eats ringpost and Chelsea follows with a missile dropkick! Niven tags in, shoulderbreaker, some back and forth and here comes Nia Jax to render the whole exercise pointless by putting Piper into the ringpost...
Chelsea Green & Piper Niven win by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Jax continues her assault, beating everybody up and saying she’s putting the entire division on notice on her way out.
Backstage, Adam Pearce is on the phone when Chad Gable rolls up asking for an update on Seth Rollins.
Pearce says he’s not doing great and then there’s the whole Nia Jax thing and he’s kinda busy, so... Chad asks what it’ll take to get another shot at GUNTHER and Adam says he turned in a starmaking performance but he’s gonna have to fight his way from the bottom for another chance.
Bronson Reed rolls up to talk some trash, Gable says he made his name suplexing big boys like him, Bronson says no way, and Pearce books the match!
Commentary hypes up how many views the Rock’s return on SmackDown got and they toss to a recap.
Alpha Academy make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Jey Uso is interviewed.
He says he knows he has a lot of eyes on him and a big red target on his back, but he’s about to get real physical with Drew McIntyre.
Damian Priest rolls up and says he doesn’t know how Jey views him but he wants a favor. He wants “Main Event” Jey Uso in the Judgment Day, but that’s not his decision, they’re a family. Jey says he knows all about family, and Priest says relatives aren’t family, they have something special.
If he’s willing, they can be the family he’s been looking for his whole life. The only thing he’s asking is for an answer by the end of the night.
Bronson Reed vs. Chad Gable
Circling, collar and elbow, Reed shoves Gable back and then to the mat, but Chad pops up into a waistlock. Bronson slings him off, he floats over, whip to the corner, up and over, Gable ducks a lariat and lands a forearm! Missile dropkick staggers the big man, waistlock applied, Reed with a corner body avalanche into a snap scoop powerslam!
Back and forth, Chad ducking and dodging, boot up in the corner, Bronson with a military press, throwing him into the turnbuckles and pouncing him to the floor and into the barricade as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Gable posting to his feet, body blows, overhand chops, off the ropes with a chop block but Reed stays standing and takes his head off with a lariat! Bronson puts him up top, forearms, Chad with the armbar in the ropes! Sidestep, Reed staggered, to one knee and Gable tees off on him!
Diving headbutt, Bronson kicks out! Running senton, the knees are up, Chaos Theory attempt, the knee gives out, Reed with a backpack senton, back up top...
Bronson Reed wins by pinfall with the 747 Splash.
Tommaso Ciampa cuts a promo backstage.
He says when he came to Raw he decided to be patient, play the long game, and eventually his number would be called. So he waited and he waited and found out that in this universe, patience isn’t a virtue and you need to create your own opportunities. So tonight, Giovanni Vinci taps again, and then what?
It’s no mystery, GUNTHER has what he wants.
We get a recap of Becky Lynch winning the NXT Women’s Championship last week.
We see Becky Lynch walking backstage.
She runs into Akira Tozawa, who offers a fistbump, and she returns it as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are chatting when Jey Uso rolls up.
Uso tells Kev to say it to his face, Owens says if he’s not Judgment Day, he will be soon, and Zayn tells them to take a deep breath and calm down. KO storms off, Sami tells Jey to take his time and chill and wishes him luck with his decision.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She admits winning the NXT Women’s Championship wasn’t on her bingo card for this year, but she knows you have to take your opportunities when you can. She didn’t want to just win the title and put it on her mantle, she wants to defend the title and elevate it to heights it’s never seen before, because NXT quite literally represents the future of this business.
It represents, hope, hunger, passion, and progress, and she wants to test herself against the best the future has to offer, which is why she’ll be at NXT tomorrow night. But tonight she’s in Utah and she knows there’s women in the back that haven’t gotten an opportunity who want to step up to the plate, so tonight is for somebody new and she’s doing an open challenge.
Enter Natalya, the opposite of new.
She says she’s been waiting patiently for another chance and she accepts the challenge, but Lynch says she has nothing but respect for her and they go back to Japan as teenagers and she meant this challenge to be for somebody who hasn’t been here for fifteen years.
Nattie has the logical comeback that Becky stepped on every woman waiting for a chance down in NXT and she’s nothing but a hypocritical ginger witch.
A shoving match breaks out and Lynch accepts and we’re off!
Becky Lynch (c) (NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge)
Natalya posts Lynch, who crashes to the floor as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Becky counters a Sharpshooter into a victory roll pin, kicks from the apron, Lynch up top, Neidhart cuts her off with right hands! Superplex connects, but Becky kicks out! Sharpshooter blocked again, Lynch puts her into the corner and goes up top, missile dropkick connects!
Baseball slide, back inside, Nattie with a discus lariat for a nearfall! Back and forth, O’Connor roll, reversed, reversed...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin to retain the NXT Women’s Championship.
Dominik Mysterio barges in to confront Adam Pearce, saying he only lost because Rhea Ripley wasn’t there and it’s Pearce’s fault because he didn’t punish Nia Jax enough. Dom turns to Dragon Lee and talks about how he doesn’t like him, and Dragon says he’s gonna win the title next week.
Imperium make their entrance to send us to break.
Giovanni Vinci vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Collar and elbow, Vinci with a go-behind, into the ropes and Ludwig Kaiser trips Ciampaa up so Giovanni can get a shot in! Uppercuts in the corner, a back suplex, cover for two! Off the ropes, Tom with a Lou Thesz Press, big lariat follows! Corner lariaat, off the ropes, Vinci scoops him up but Ciampa reverses into an inverted DDT!
Fired up, shaking the ropes, knee pad down, Kaiser comes inside, Tom is distracted, Giovanni with a schoolboy for two. Discus lariat blocked, Vinci with an overhand chop, but Ciampa cuts him out of midair with a jumping knee...
Tommaso Ciampa wins by submission with the Sicilian Stretch.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Byron Saxton interviews a haggard Seth Rollins.
He says he’s tired, he’s in a lot of pain, and he’s trying to keep it together but he’s losing his mind. He’s so sick of Shinsuke Nakamura’s games he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him in the ring. He wants to do things on his terms, so maybe he’s been doing it wrong.
Maybe he takes his hands off the wheel and puts the ball in Shinsuke’s court. Name a time and a place and a stipulation if you want, but remember— their destinies are intertwined, so ask yourself— will you be the one to define your legacy, or will Seth define it for him.
We get a Jey Uso video package.
Jey makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
Drew McIntyre vs. “Main Event” Jey Uso
Collar and elbow, stalemate, back to it, Uso turns him around in the corner and peppers him with punches! Leaping forearm, whip across, slide low, McIntyre cuts him down with a lariat! Drew pressing the attack, referee Chad Patton warns him, Jey pops back up and nails him with slicing rights!
Snap suplex, cover... NOPE! Trading right hands, Uso knocked to the mat and McIntyre stomps him! Action to the floor, suicide dives, and Judgment Day come to ringside and we go to break!
Back from commercial, McIntyre with mounted punches in the corner, headbutts, a big elbow to stagger Uso, perching... SUPERPLEX! Back to their feet, trading elbows, Jey hammering rights but Drew cuts him off with a headbutt! Enzuigiri from Uso, duck a lariat, Samoan drop connects... NOPE!
Jey off the ropes, Drew with a spinebuster, jackknife pin, only two! Kip-up, McIntyre fired up, counting down, Damian Priest trips him up, Uso with a superkick... STILL NO! Damian gives Jey a pep talk, Uso’s not having it and he takes all three men of Judgment Day out with superkicks!
He turns around and Drew is ready...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymore.
Post-match, Judgment Day circle Uso and put boots to him while Drew stands conflicted on the ramp.
The beatdown continues, McIntyre turns and walks up the stage but stops.
He waits a beat too long and Cody Rhodes comes screaming down to make the save and help Jey Uso! Cross Rhodes on Dominik Mysterio!
Cody helps Jey up.
That’s the show, folks.