WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 25, 2023) from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Fastlane premium live event scheduled for early next month in Indianapolis.
Advertised for tonight: Cody Rhodes will open the show with a promo, Drew McIntyre will be the special guest on “MizTV,” Otis is scheduled to take on Big Bronson Reed, Shinsuke Nakamura responds to Seth Rollins’ challenge for another world heavyweight title match, Dominik Mysterio defends the NXT North American championship against Dragon Lee, 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. 25
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The show opens with Cody Rhodes making his entrance.
We get a recap and then he gets on the mic.
He welcomes us to the show and talks about Jey Uso. He reminds us that somebody is going to SmackDown in exchange for Jey and all the people in the locker room that thought he should let Uso sink. They’re not best friends, and perhaps there are other reasons he’d want Jey over here.
Regardless, he couldn’t stand by and watch a man get jumped by three others for making the right decision, and that right decision was turning down the Judgment Day.
Enter the Judgment Day.
Damian Priest says Jey made his decision and got got but Cody just had to make it all about him, and he says something in Spanish to Dominik Mysterio. Mysterio gets drowned out by boos as he tries to say Rhodes will pay for disrespecting them. Cody says Dom’s real family can’t stand him, but he has a question to ask.
What happens when they lose all their titles tonight and Mami comes home?
They advance on the ring, Jey Uso slides in with Cody to make it a real faceoff, but Judgment Day decide they’re happy with the numbers... until Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn come down to back them down! Judgment Day get to the stage, JD McDonagh comes out with a couple chairs to join them and even the odds!
Finn and JD advance, Dominik follows after, Damian isn’t having it but he runs to the ring to even the odds anyway once the babyfaces get the advantage! Priest is left alone in the middle of the ring...
Alpha Academy make their entrance and we go to break.
Bronson Reed vs. Otis Dozovic
Collar and elbow, stalemate! Reed with a side headlock, shot off, Dozer with a headlock of his own, shot off, shoulder block, off the ropes, double crossbody collision! Otis recovers, Bronson rolls away from a Vader Bomb and goes up top...
Bronson Reed wins by pinfall with the 747 Splash.
Backstage, Becky Lynch chats with Tegan Nox, asking why she didn’t answer her open challenge last week.
Nox admits she was ready but let Natalya go first, and Becky says after No Mercy she wants Tegan to step up and be her next challenge.
Tommaso Ciampa makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce is in his office when Tegan Nox rolls up to ask for the title match Becky Lynch offered her.
Natalya rolls up to tell Tegan to ask for her rematch too, Nox tells her to step aside, and Neidhart says to be cautious, becausee a champion will mislead her challenger. They bicker loudly, Adam tells them to calm down and go to the ring and see who earns a title match.
Nattie drops her dad’s line and says she hopes Nox gets hungry and forgets her manners.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Kaiser takes him down in the feeling out, off the ropes and Ciampa lands a Lou Thesz Press! To the apron, Ludwig shoves him to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kaiser in control, Ciampa on the floor but Tom beats the count and throws Ludwig to the floor! Back inside, inverted DDT, blasting Giovanni Vinci with a knee, Kaiser hits an enzuigiri, cover... NOPE! Ciampa returns his attention...
Tommaso Ciampa wins by pinfall with a jumping knee.
Post-match, Ciampa cuts a promo down the barrel about how he’s going to take everything away from GUNTHER.
A Dragon Lee hype reel follows.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.
Natalya vs. Tegan Nox (NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Becky Lynch is on commentary for this one.
Nox with a headlock takeover, headscissors counter, same exchange the other way around. Tegan with a hammerlock, into a wristlock, Neidhart reverses to a hammerlock,back and forth they go. Nox with a Penalty Kick and a gourdbuster, senton in the corner! Turning the knee pad around, Nattie counters into a schoolboy pin for two!
Neidhart with a Liger Bomb, only two, this time Tegan gets it...
Tegan Nox wins by pinfall with the Shiniest Wizard.
Backstage, Damian Priest barges into the Judgment Day’s room and screams at JD McDonagh, telling him he ate a beating because of him and he’ll never be part of Judgment Day and he best leave now.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins welcomes us to Monday Night Rollins.
He asks the crowd to sing his song if they’re as sick and tired of Shinsuke Nakamura ducking and dodging him, and they do. He asks them to sing louder if they think it’s time he defend his title, and they do. He escalates, telling Shinsuke that if he doesn’t come accept the challenge right now, he’ll rescind the opportunity.
Nakamura appears on the tron and says he wants to be the straw to finally break his back, and accepts his challenge, offering up a stipulation for a match at Fastlane— Last Man Standing!
Seth says Shinsuke played this one perfectly, he got the match he wanted, on his terms, but he made one critical mistake. He sees his weakness, but not that it makes him strong, and his family will only be ashamed of him if he doesn’t give it every single thing he’s got!
His 100% makes him the world champion, and if you wanna get crazy at Fastlane, he’s got right, only one of them will be walking out of there, but it won’t be Nakamura. It’ll be Seth freakin’ Rollins.
Ricochet is interviewed backstage on crutches.
He says he doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared, but it doesn’t matter who wins the Last Man Standing, he has unfinished business with Shinsuke Nakamura.
Dominik Mysterio is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Dominik Mysterio (c) vs. Dragon Lee (NXT North American Championship)
Off the ropes, Lee snaps off a tijeras and Mysterio falls to the floor! Tope con giro follows, Dominik cuts Dragon off on the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Mysterio in control, Lee firing punches off, charging elbow, lariat, scoop, Dominik floats over, back body drop in the corner sets up a kick to the midsection! Dragon out and back in with a kick! Hesitation dropkick gets a nearfall!
Trading nearfalls with abandon, big Frankensteiner on the floor from the challenger! Back inside, Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Up in the Tree of Woe, double stomp connects, fired up, back body drop crotches Dragon on the ropes! Mysterio goes up top, frog splash...
Dominik Mysterio wins by pinfall with a frog splash, retaining the NXT North American Championship.
Nia Jax is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are interviewed backstage.
Owens says all Jey Uso has proved is that he wasn’t with Judgment Day last week. Zayn says it’s not about Uso or even about the Judgment Day, it’s about the two of them coming up together and making it to the main event of WrestleMania and about taking back what is theirs.
Nia Jax makes her entrance.
Michael Cole interviews her in the ring and she apologizes for not paying attention to him. She says she’s Nia Jax and she’s the baddest human in all of WWE. She runs down all the women she’s squashed on her way here.
Enter Zoey Stark.
Stark dares Jax to do something right here, right now, face to face, and Nia shoves her back! Zoey charges her, Jax slams her, referees Aja Perera and Danilo Anfibio try to pull them apart as we go to break!
Nia Jax vs. Zoey Stark
Stark on her back, Jax slings her off, duck a lariat, big dropkicks stagger Nia! Springboard crossbody swatted down, off the ropes, elbow drop, cover for a nearfall! Zoey sidesteps her into the post, superkick, superkick, enzuigiri, back body drop to the apron, another enzuigiri!
Missile dropkick follows, Jax still on her feet, Zoey gets under her with a fireman’s carry but her back gives out and Nia squashes her! In the corner...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with a Banzai Drop.
Backstage, Jey Uso is interviewed.
He says no groups, no emo bands, and especially no Judgment Day! Cody Rhodes took a chance on him and he won’t do him like that. He says he and KO have beef but it is what it is, and Sami Zayn is his dawg, and if Judgment Day try some funny moves, he’ll be there to keep an eye on him.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Elimination Chamber going to Australia next year.
Finn Balor congratulates Dominik Mysterio on his successful title defense and reassures him that Damian Priest just needed to go cool off.
The Miz is in the ring and welcomes us to MizTV.
He says his guest tonight will speak for the first time since walking away while Jey Uso caught a beatdown. Is he a coward or conflicted hero?
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance.
Miz tells him to take all his frustration out on Kofi Kingston tonight and that this is a place he can speak freely. The A-Lister commends him for throwing Jey Uso to the wolves and says he would have done the same thing. Drew says he’s nothing like the Miz, but the A-Lister says they’re a lot alike, and abandoning Uso is a Miz Move.
He walks us through the events of Clash at the Castle to remind Drew why he doesn’t like Jey Uso, and McIntyre cuts him off to say karma’s a bitch. Miz says Jey made his bed and last week he slept in it. He says Drew is the Batman of WWE and that makes Cody Rhodes Superman, so how did it feel to be upstaged by Cody last week?
Before Drew can answer, Neww Day make their entrance.
They say the Drew McIntyre they know isn’t a coward, like he was last week. They’ve been calling him Big D for years, but last week looked like some shrinkage. What’s wrong, is he scared? Is his sword too limp?
Drew says Cody only ran in to clean up his own mess, but Kofi says he should have helped Jey out. McIntyre tries to talk them through all the things the Bloodline did, but Kingston says he remembers everything the Bloodline did, but Jey Uso is trying to make it right!
McIntyre points out they haven’t exactly stepped up either, New Day say they know that as sure as the sun rises, Drew McIntyre does what’s right, Miz tries to speak up for the fifth or sixth time and Drew shuts him up with a headbutt! McIntyre says the time for talking is over and invites Kingston to find out what hard times is all about, as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Chad Gable gives Otis Dozovic a pep talk and promises to study tape with him to see what went wrong.
Ludwig Kaiser rolls up to chat Maxxine Dupri up and says Imperium hold themselves to a higher standard. Dupri asks how he can speak so many languages without know what “go away” means and Chad tells him to go back to GUNTHER and get browbeat for losing, but make sure to tell him Chad Gable’s coming for him and to put a little bass in his voice when he does.
Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
McIntyre holding court with strikes, whip to the corner, springboard dropkick takes him off his feet! Kingston follows it with a charging elbow, Stinger Splash countered into a vertical suplex! To the floor, trust fall senton takes Drew out! Back in the ring, crossbody for a nearfall and we go to break!
Back from commercial, McIntyre lands a huge belly-to-belly suplex, Future Shock reversed into SOS, Fameasser follows... SO CLOSE! Trouble in Paradise sidestepped, Future Shock connects... STILL NO! Short-arm lariat reversed, Kofi with a low bridge, kick through the ropes and a suicide dive!
Back and forth, Drew cuts him off with an elbow... ALABAMA SLAM INTO THE APRON! Back inside, Kingston gets it together, SOS... NOT ENOUGH! Ivar attacks Xavier Woods on the floor, laying him out with the reverse roundhouse and freight training him with a crossbody!
Kofi turns to see, Drew cuts him off...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymore.
Post-match, Ivar attacks Kingston in the ring and Drew McIntyre walks away.
Backstage, GUNTHER berates Giovanni Vinci in German when Ludwig Kaiser rolls up. GUNTHER gives him an earful as well and says what happened out there was ridiculous. Kaiser blames Vinci, but GUNTHER says if he knows exactly how Giovanni messed up, well from now on he’s his responsibility.
And in the meantime, he’ll focus on being the greatest and longest-reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion of all time and he’ll beat Tommaso Ciampa by himself.
We see Finn Balor and Damian Priest fist bump backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ivar and Valhalla run into an interview backstage.
Warbeard says New Day took Erik out of the fight and Valhalla says it’s eye for an eye.
Commentary hypes up upcoming shows.
Judgment Day (Damian Priest & Finn Balor) (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)
Owens fired up, a shoving match breaks out before the bell but things calm down enough to begin.
All four men brawling at the bell, Owens and Priest fall to the floor so it’s Zayn and Balor to start! Arm drags, Finn bails to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Priest in control on Zayn, back elbow, elbow off the second, Damian out at one. Tag to Balor, whip across, elbow, into the corner, tag to Owens. Whip into a drop toehold, big second, crotch chop at Priest and big “lemme at ‘im!” shadowboxing from KO!
Chops in the ropes, Balor double leg into a double stomp, stamping Kev’s face in and tagging Damian back in. Low kick, trading strikes, Priest chokes him in the ropes and Finn adds a cheap shot for good measure! Big DDT from Owens, both men down and out, tag to Sami!
Lighting Priest up with punches, springboard up and over, lariat, mounted punches in the corner! Big tope con giro from Sami takes the Judgment Day out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Zayn with a knucklelock DDT off the second! Tag to Owens, lighting Balor up with stomps, lariats on the floor for both champions! Back up on the apron, back down for a cannonball on Priest! Cannonball on Finn, back to the floor, back suplex puts Damian into the announce desk!
Back inside, frog splash... BALOR KICKS OUT! Finn puts him in the corner, enzuigiri staggers Kev, right hands, jockeying for position... KO REVERSES INTO AN AVALANCHE FINLAY ROLL BUT BALOR KICKS OUT! Senton atomico, knees up, Finn running hot, shotgun dropkick sets him up, Coup de Grace... SAMI ZAYN BREAKS IT UP!
Priest sends Zayn packing, helping Balor up, Finn punching Owens, tag to Priest and the straps are down! South of Heaven blocked, Sami tags in! Exploder suplex in the corner, setting him up but Dominik Mysterio runs in for the distraction! Kick cuts Zayn off, Razor’s Edge, he slips out, bounces Priest off the turnbuckles... BALOR BREAKS UP THE PIN OFF THE BLUE THUNDER DRIVER!
Kevin Owens brawls Finn to the floor, Dom with a cheap shot, reverse STO from Priest... STILL NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP SAMI ZAYN DOWN! JEY USO MAKES THE SAVE TO COUNTER MYSTERIO BUT JD MCDONAGH RUNS IN AND THEY OVERWHELM JEY TOGETHER! CODY RHODES MAKES THE SAVE AND DIVES ON MCDONAGH!
Rhodes a house afire, he and Jey take Dom out together, Adam Pearce runs down with officials to pull them apart, Balor pulls Owens around... STUNNER! Damian dumps KO out of the ring, Sami blasts him with a Helluva Kick but JD clobbers Sami with a title belt! Damian rolls over...
Judgment Day win by pinfall with a one-arm pin from Damian Priest on Sami Zayn, retaining the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, the two sides brawl some more as the show goes off the air.
That’s the show, folks.