September 24, 2018
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The brand new WWE video leads us into the show.
Backstage: Baron Corbin, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H
We open up the show in the garage to see Acting General Manager Baron Corbin go up to a limousine. Stephanie McMahon comes out looking upset. Corbin wishes her a happy birthday and sings. Corbin stops when Triple H comes out. Corbin says he set up her office the way she wants. McMahon says everything she needs to say can be said here. Triple H wishes him luck and leaves. Corbin said he’s been doing the best he can. She says she was hoping he’d do a good job since Kurt Angle is on vacation, but he hasn’t lived up to that. Was it a good idea to put himself in a match for the Universal Championship? Corbin says he’s been antagonized by The Shield. She suggests he find two partners to take them on tonight. If he doesn’t start doing a better job, Angle might be back sooner than anticipated. She walks off, and Corbin looks concerned.
In-Ring: The Shield, Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre
The Shield’s music hits, and they make their way to the ring. Dean Ambrose says you’re looking at the three workhorses in WWE. They may have lost a few battles here and there, but they have never lost a war. They’re still standing. Roman Reigns says you can read off their resumes, but it would take all day. Reigns gets booed immediately upon talking. Reigns says all they have to do is this: Reigns and Seth Rollins raise up their championships while Ambrose lurks behind. Reigns says the championships are the keys to the kingdom, and everyone wants these. That’s why Brock Lesnar came back and Baron Corbin booked himself in a championship match. These titles change your life, but the fact is the only men that deserve the championships are the ones in the ring. Rollins says this is and always will be about being the best. They are the best. Braun Strowman wanted that power so much that he recruited two jackasses to try to take The Shield down at Super Show-Down. As for tonight, Baron Corbin, the world’s largest substitute teacher, thinks The Shield is a problem. Stephanie McMahon wants him to find two partners and show The Shield who the boss is. They’re out here and want to show him how big a problem they can be.
Baron Corbin’s music hits, and he comes out. Corbin says Stephanie McMahon is here, and it’s her birthday. Corbin won’t let RAW turn into madness. He’s putting his foot down. Then he’ll throw them around with his partners like rag dolls, and he’ll impress his boss. Corbin says they’re selfish individuals. There isn’t a guy in the locker room that likes them, including these guys…
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage with the RAW Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. A “Get these hands” chant picks up. Strowman tells Reigns to shine the championship belt up nicely because he won’t be wearing it long. As far as The Shield is concerned, he can see the cracks forming. They’re going to implode, falling apart from the inside. At WWE Super Show(-Down), it’ll be the two of them taking on the two of them. Rollins immediately capitalizes on the botch and tells him to check his math. Strowman tells him to check on Dean Ambrose. Ziggler says Ambrose doesn’t need The Shield. Two years ago, he was WWE Champion all on his own. Now he has nothing. McIntyre says he’s a brutally honest individual. Last week, Ambrose pushed him to the limit, and he was lucky to come away with the victory. McIntyre says Reigns and Rollins do not appreciate him. Ambrose deserves more. Ziggler calls him “Disposable Dean.” When Rollins couldn’t beat him at SummerSlam, he brought Ambrose back. What did he get for that? Nothing. The next night, Strowman tried to cash in, so Ambrose sacrificed himself for nothing. Rollins says this is ridiculous. Ziggler says they won’t even let him talk. How long after Ambrose’s injury did Rollins replace him? A week later, Rollins was teaming with Jason Jordan. They are the Tag Team Champions. At Crown Jewel, Braun Strowman will beat Roman for the Universal Championship. If Ambrose hangs with them, the Intercontinental Championship is all his. Ambrose just stares psychotically up the ramp.
Reigns tells them to shut up. These people didn’t pay money to watch them bump their gums. They paid their money to watch them whoop their asses, so let’s do it. They throw down the microphones, but Corbin stops them. This is not happening right now. A “YES” chant fires up. They can chant all they want, but it’s not happening. Ziggler and McIntyre have to defend their RAW Tag Team Championships tonight. He’ll find two partners and deal with The Shield.
Jinder Mahal vs. Finn Balor
Jinder Mahal was accompanied by Sunil Singh and Alicia Fox, and Finn Balor was accompanied by Bayley. They lock up, and Mahal powers him to the corner. Mahal punches and stomps him down. Mahal connects with a scoop slam and towers over Balor before applying a chin lock. Mahal knees him in the back twice and applies a side headlock. Balor gets to his feet, so Mahal hits a headlock takeover. Balor fights up and whips him off. Mahal shoulder blocks him down and reapplies a chin lock. Balor fights up and whips him off before dropkicking him down. Balor then clotheslines him over the top rope and connects with a summersault senton.
We come back from the break to see Mahal send Balor into the ropes to kick him down. Mahal smothers him on the middle rope before dropping a knee. Mahal digs his knee into the injured ribs before applying an abdominal stretch. Balor tries to fight up, but Mahal tries to stop him. Balor counters a sunset flip by rolling through and dropkicking him. Balor hits a flying forearm, sweeps the feet, and hits a double stomp to the midsection. Balor chops him in the corner before having a whip reversed. Balor slingshots over Mahal, but he eats a kick. Balor comes back with a kick to the head and goes to the top rope. Mahal gets up, so Balor jumps over him and hits a Sling Blade. Balor sizes him up and goes for a corner dropkick, but Singh sweeps the feet. Mahal quickly rolls him up for a two count. Mahal quickly clubs him down and hits the ropes, but Bayley sweeps the feet. Alicia Fox approaches Bayley. Bayley blocks a punch and takes her down. Singh tries to fight her, so she gives him Bayley-To-Belly on the floor. Mahal is shocked by what’s going on. Balor then rolls him up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Finn Balor
Mahal is furious and throws Sunil Singh down at ringside. Mahal gets Singh in the ring and shouts at him. Alicia Fox is egging Mahal on. Mahal gets him to his feet before calming himself down. Mahal then slaps him in the face and does his calming technique. They all sit in the ring and pose.
Natalya and The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
Nikki Bella starts against Liv Morgan. Nikki throws her down, so Morgan takes her down before kicking her in the ribs. Morgan taunts her and hits the ropes, but Nikki follows her in and shoulder blocks her down. Nikki hits a hammerlock backbreaker for a two count. Nikki pulls her to her corner by the hair, and Brie Bella tags in. They hits a double-team rolling slam for a two count. Brie starts hitting the YES Kicks and legitimately kicks her in the face twice, knocking her out. Morgan is out on her feet. Bad situation.
Ruby Riott tags in and applies a side headlock to Brie. Brie fights up and elbows her back. Brie hits a missile dropkick and a Brie Mode knee to the face for a two count. The Riott Squad all run into the ring, including a loopy Liv Morgan, and Natalya and The Bellas hit a triple suplex. They get them in the ring, and Riott forearms Brie off the apron.
We come back from the break to see Sarah Logan applying a wristlock to Brie. Liv Morgan is not on the apron, so it appears she’s out of the match. Logan quickly takes Brie down and catapults her into a forearm from Riott. Riott tags in and kicks her in the face before applying a neck vice. They acknowledge that Morgan has been taken to the back.
Natalya and Logan tag in. Natalya hits a pair of clotheslines and knocks Riott off the apron. Natalya hits a German Suplex and a discus clothesline, but Riott breaks it up. Nikki and Brie run in, but they’re cleared from the ring. Natalya sends Logan into the ropes, but Riott blind tags in. Natalya applies a Sharpshooter to Logan, but Riott attacks from behind. Riott then hits the Riott Kick for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Riott Squad
In-Ring: Connor’s Cure Presentation
The RAW roster is on the stage, while Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are in the ring. She talks about WWE fan and Hall of Famer Connor Michalek and how they’ve raised $2.5 million in his name, helping 400 families. They put over the fight against pediatric cancer and show how they’ve teamed with a new tag team partner.
Video Package: Hyundai Hope On Wheels teams with WWE to combat pediatric cancer
The Hyundai Hope On Wheels car drives into the arena, covered in hand prints from WWE Superstars and children battling cancer. McMahon then introduces two of WWE’s newest superstars. They are the 2018 Hope On Wheels ambassadors. They are not only surviving their cancer battle, they are thriving. She welcomes Carter and Elizabeth to the ring, along with the ambassador for Hyundai Hope On Wheels. They make their way to the ring high fiving fans and smiling widely.
Triple H says Carter and Elizabeth are not only survivors, they are the coolest kids he’s met. Triple H has Elizabeth do a Fortnite dance. They then present them with two WWE Championships. A “You deserve it” chant picks up for them. Elizabeth starts to cry tears of joy. Triple H and Stephanie raise their arms up.
Zafar Brooks takes the microphone and says these kids know about fighting and winning, just like WWE. Hyundai Hope On Wheels is celebrating 20 years of saving lives and creating hope. They are so proud to team with WWE and Connor’s Cure in the fight to save lives and beat pediatric cancer. Together they are putting the smackdown on pediatric cancer. This work is important, hard, and expensive, so they’re supporting WWE and Connor’s Cure. On behalf of the Hyundai dealers and Hope On Wheels, they’re presenting WWE with a check for $200,000 for Connor’s Cure.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler
Dean Ambrose is backstage looking lethargic. Dolph Ziggler walks up to him, and he grabs him by the jacket. Ziggler says The Shield doesn’t care about him. Where were they for nine months when he nearly died from a staph infection. Ziggler was on Smackdown with him. He was WWE Champion on his own. The Shield doesn’t care about him. Ziggler knows how hard it is to turn on your brothers. They’ll be out there watching. If he gives the signal, they’ll take care of the rest.
Chad Gable (w/ Bobby Roode) vs. Konnor (w/ Viktor)
A pretaped promo is shown with Chad Gable and Bobby Roode. In order to beat Konnor, Gable will have to WWBRD… What Would Bobby Roode Do? Konnor is showed in a pretaped promo warning Chad Gable that his mentor will not be able to prevent the carnage that is about to happen.
Konnor kicks and clubs Gable before punching him in the face. Konnor whips him hard into the corner, and Gable hits sternum first. Konnor picks up a two count. Konnor applies a chin lock, but Gable fights up. Konnor slings him down and keeps the chin lock applied. Konnor knees him in the midsection and elbows him in the face. Konnor puts him on the top rope, but Gable quickly applies an arm bar hanging over the top rope. Gable lets go and hits a missile dropkick to the knee. Konnor looks furious. Gable ducks two hits and takes him down. Gable hits a rolling kick and a German Suplex with a bridge for a two count. Gable goes to the top rope and lands on his feet when Konnor avoids the moonsault. Gable hits the ropes, and Konnor avalanches him down. Konnor hits a Dominator for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Konnor
Backstage: Triple H, Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are walking to their limousine when Charly Caruso stops them. She asks about The Undertaker. Triple H asks what she wants to know. She wants a response to Undertaker’s comments. If Undertaker is worried about a suit, then he’s already lost. They won’t be fighting in suits or a boardroom. As far as him taking his soul, he sold that a long time ago. Anybody that is honest with themselves can feel it in the air. It’s been coming for a while now. When it comes to The Undertaker… the end is near. Triple H gets in the limo, and it drives off.
RAW Tag Team Championship
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (c) vs. The Revival
Dolph Ziggler will start against Scott Dawson. They lock up, and Ziggler gets him in the corner before giving a clean break. Ziggler then shoves him, so Dawson chops him down. Dawson wrenches the arm and tags in Dash Wilder. Ziggler quickly puts him in the corner, and Drew McIntyre tags in. McIntyre bounces him off the turnbuckle and chops him down. Ziggler tags in and punches Wilder in the ribs. Ziggler punches him in the corner and tries for a splash in the corner, but Wilder moves. Wilder then hits a back suplex. Dawson tags in, and he stomps Ziggler’s arm while Wilder holds it down. Dawson hits a northern lights suplex for a two count. Wilder tags in, and Dawson whips Ziggler into a slingshot battering ram from Wilder for a two count. Wilder chops Ziggler and puts him in the corner. Ziggler elbows him back and goes for a spike DDT, but Wilder flapjacks him. Wilder then applies the Rings of Saturn. Wilder tries to pull him to the middle of the ring to reapply the hold, but Ziggler gets out. Wilder shoves him into the ropes and cross-bodies him over the top rope to the floor. Wilder gets to his feet and charges, but Ziggler sidesteps him to send him shoulder-first into the ring steps. McIntyre tags in, and he stomps Wilder while he gets in the ring. McIntyre hits a massive suplex for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler stopping Wilder from making a tag, but he’s unsuccessful. Dawson jabs away at Ziggler and punches him down. Dawson hits a heel kick and knocks McIntyre off the apron. Dawson hits a tiger bomb for a near fall. Wilder tags in, and Dawson hits a superplex. Wilder then hits a splash and covers, but McIntyre breaks it up. Wilder sends him into the ring post and knocks him down. Ziggler rolls Wilder up, but he kicks out. They botch a famouser attempt, but Wilder gets up with Ziggler on his shoulders. Dawson tags in, and they hit the Doomsday Device for a near fall.
Ziggler manages to get away and stumbles into McIntyre. McIntyre takes them both down and puts Wilder on the top rope before chopping him. McIntyre throws Dawson over the top rope and catches Wilder. Dawson hits a missile dropkick, and Wilder nearly picks up the pin, but McIntyre kicks out. McIntyre takes Dawson out before tagging in Ziggler. They hit the Zig-Zag/Claymore Kick combo on Wilder for the win.
Winners and still RAW Tag Team Champions: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
In-Ring: Elias, Kevin Owens, Lio Rush
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.” Elias strums a chord and greets the crowd before playing a riff. Elias says he’s a breath of life in an otherwise lifeless world. Elias only speaks the truth. The truth is that Denver doesn’t deserve an Elias performance. That gets loud boos. Elias will pass it on to an intelligent friend of his, who is his partner at WWE Super Show-Down. They’ll take on Bobby Lashley and a man who knows all too well what WWE stands for, John Cena. Elias then introduces Kevin Owens.
Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring to host The Kevin Owens Show. Owens thanks Elias and sits at his desk. Owens runs down Bobby Lashley and the guy he beat on his first night on the main roster, John Cena. Owens says they have to talk about what happened with Lashley and Lio Rush last week. Owens doesn’t know much about Lio Rush other than he’s Lashley’s hype-man, but he also talked trash about him on commentary. Owens says he’s a generous man and forgiving. Owens is giving Rush an opportunity to step onto his stage. Owens introduces Lio Rush as his guest.
Lio Rush makes his entrance, but he stays on the stage. Rush thanks them for inviting The Man of the Hour to the show. Owens tells him to join them in the ring. Rush doesn’t have to flip, roll, and duck. They just want to get to know him. Rush says he and Lashley made them look like fools. He’s the big man’s hype-man and the 23 year old piece of gold, but he’s not naive. Elias assures him that they’ve arranged special seating for him. They pull out a booster seat and put it on a folding chair. Rush says he knows someone else that would love to hear these jokes. This is a Rocky Mountain machine. He is the heavyweight that is here to dominate. Rush introduces Denver, Colorado’s own, Bobby Lashley.
Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Lashley will take on Elias, next.
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
Kevin Owens was in Elias’ corner and Lio Rush was in Lashley’s corner. They circle the ring, and a “Bobby” chant picks up. Lashley shoves Elias to the corner and angrily stares at him. Elias comes out of the corner, and Lashley takes him down with a waistlock. Elias applies a waistlock, but Lashley turns it and takes him down again. Lashley applies a side headlock before bouncing him in the corner. Lashley stomps him down and goes for the 10 punches, but Elias sweeps the feet. Elias then applies a chin lock. A “Let’s go Bobby” chant fires up. Elias knees him in the face, but Lashley comes back with a shoulder block. Elias tries to make a come back, but Lashley hits a running cross-body. Lashley then does the 10 punches in the corner. Lashley follows up with a sidewalk slam for a two count. Elias knocks him back and comes off the second rope, but Lashley catches him. Elias slides off and chop blocks him. Elias clubs him in the back and stomps him. Elias drops a knee and bangs his leg off the ring post. Elias pulls him into the ring and picks up a two count. Elias hits a leg breaker and applies a death lock. Lashley punches out, but Elias quickly stops him. Lashley fights back and elbows him. Lashley hits a clothesline before clotheslining him over the top rope. Lashley is bleeding from the mouth. Lashley bounces Elias off the barricade. Lashley gets him in the ring, and Elias kicks him in the knee to take him down.
We come back from the break to see Elias applying a single leg crab to Lashley. During the commercial, Lashley came off the second rope, but Elias kneed him out of mid-air. Lashley pulls Elias out of the ring to try to catch his breath. Elias runs in, and Lashley hits him with a reverse STO. They trade punches before Lashley kicks him. Lashley hits a clothesline and a big suplex. Lashley then spears him out of the ring. Kevin Owens starts to chase Lio Rush, and he accidentally knees Lashley in the face. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: Bobby Lashley
Rush tries to run away, but he’s caught by Owens and Elias. Lashley saves Rush before he takes a powerbomb.
Backstage: Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre is drinking water backstage when Seth Rollins walks up to him. Rollins says the truth about McIntyre is he’s being used by Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman. Ziggler has been riding his coattails since day one. Why is Ziggler getting the Intercontinental Championship shots? Ziggler is the weak link and has been carried by McIntyre. If he’s going to point fingers and accuse them of using Ambrose, which they’re not, he better evaluate himself. Rollins walks off while Ziggler is walking up. Ziggler asks what that was about. McIntyre tells him not to worry about it.
Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox
Nia Jax was accompanied by Ember Moon, while Alicia Fox was accompanied by Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. Nia Jax quickly overpowers her and hits an avalanche. Jax throws her across the ring. Fox gets out of the ring to recover. Ember Moon then wipes out Mickie James with a cannonball off the apron. Jax gets Fox in the ring. Fox kicks her in the face and hits a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Fox applies a chin lock, but Jax powers up and knees her in the head for a two count. Jax soon takes her out with a Samoan Drop for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nia Jax
Backstage: Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre
Dean Ambrose is in the trainer’s room when Drew McIntyre walks in. McIntyre says Rollins took every truth they said about Ambrose, spun them and applied them to McIntyre. Maybe Seth Rollins was trying to throw Ambrose off. It’s not like Rollins has never turned on him before.
Bobby Lashley will take on Kevin Owens next week on RAW. We’ll also see RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey take on Ruby Riott.
The Shield vs. Baron Corbin and AOP
Baron Corbin makes his entrance and says this is The Shield’s first match on RAW in over a year. From the way things have been going, it might be their last. They’re smiling now, but we all see the breakup coming. That’s why half the roster was beating down his door to take them out. His partners have been decimating the RAW roster for a while. His partners are AOP! AOP makes their entrance alongside Drake Maverick.
Before the match begins, Braun Strowman’s music hits. Strowman makes his way to the stage with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, each carrying a steel chair. They open the chairs and take a seat at the top of the ramp.
It’ll be Dean Ambrose starting against Baron Corbin. They lock up, and Ambrose applies a hammerlock before taking him down. Ambrose turns him over for a one count. Corbin quickly hooks a side headlock, but Ambrose hits a drop-toe-hold before tying him up. Seth Rollins tags in, and they hit a double-team suplex. Rollins picks up a two count. Corbin quickly runs to his corner and tags in Akam. Rollins applies a side headlock, but Akam whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Akam scoops him up, but Rollins slides off and boots him. Ambrose tags in, and they double shoulder block him down. Rezar blind tags in and takes them both out. Rezar lifts Ambrose up, but Ambrose slides off and tags in Roman Reigns.
Reigns slowly gets in the ring and stares down Rezar. Rezar talks some trash before Reigns punches him. Rezar shoves him into the ropes, but a shoulder block doesn’t take Reigns down. Rezar powers him to the corner and shoulders away at him. Rezar lifts him up, but Reigns elbows him in the face. Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but he can’t lift him. Reigns hits a leaping clothesline, but Rezar pops up. The Shield goes face-to-face with AOP and Corbin before a brawl breaks out. The Shield clears the ring of them. Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre fold up their chairs and start walking down the ramp. AOP and Corbin attack The Shield from behind and send them into the barricade. In the ring, Corbin hits Reigns with a chokeslam backbreaker for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Reigns hit Corbin with a Samoan Drop. Akam and Rollins are tagged in. Rollins ducks a clothesline and knocks Rezar off the apron. Rollins avoids Akam and hits a step-up enzuigiri. Akam counters a suplex, but Rollins elbows him back. Rollins hits a blockbuster for a two count. Rollins stomps the mat to signal for the end. The crowd chants, “Burn it down.” Rollins hits the ropes, but Corbin pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Corbin tags in and powers Rollins into the barricade. Corbin sends him into the barricade again, and AOP gets some shots in. Corbin gets Rollins in and tags in Rezar. Rezar applies a neck vice. Rollins fights up, but Rezar stops him. Akam tags in, and they hit a double-team sidewalk slam/stomp for a near fall. Akam chokes Rollins on the bottom rope. Akam applies a chin lock, but Rollins gets out with a jawbreaker. Akam quickly flattens him with an elbow before tagging Corbin in. Corbin punches him in the face a few times. Corbin then mocks Ambrose while the referee holds him back. Rollins then hits a Sling Blade on Corbin. Akam runs in, and Rollins sends him out of the ring. Rollins tries to tag Ambrose, but Akam pulls him off the apron. Reigns attacks Akam, but Rezar helps out and sends Reigns into the ring steps. They then hit a Last Chapter on the floor. In the ring, Rollins counters a chokeslam into a roll-up for a two count. Corbin follows up with a Deep Six for a near fall. Akam tags in, and they try for a double-team, but Rollins counters into a head-scissor takeover. Rollins then superkicks Akam. Corbin tags in and stops Rollins, but he eventually tags Ambrose.
Ambrose comes in and unloads on Corbin with punches. Ambrose hits a pair of clotheslines before turning him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Ambrose hits a running forearm, counters a Deep Six, and gets an inside cradle for a two count. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and clotheslines him over the top rope. Ambrose hits the ropes and hits a baseball slide on Corbin and AOP. Ambrose gets Corbin in the ring and goes to the top rope. Rezar quickly crotches him up there. Corbin grabs Ambrose, but Ambrose punches him. Ambrose sidesteps him and counters an inside/out clothesline with a neckbreaker. Ambrose hits a standing elbow drop, but AOP breaks it up. AOP goes for the Last Chapter, but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch. Akam quickly boots Reigns. Rollins superkicks Rezar and hits a Stomp on Corbin. Rollins hits a pair of suicide dives on AOP. Reigns tags in while Ambrose hits a suicide dive on Rezar. Reigns then spears Corbin for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Shield
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre are talking amongst themselves before getting up from their seats. Rollins and Reigns are standing in the ring while Ambrose is down at ringside thinking things over. Ambrose is in between his Shield brothers and Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre. Ambrose looks at Strowman’s side before getting in the ring with The Shield. They join fists and pose in the ring. Strowman and his crew just smile.
Quick Match Results
- Finn Balor def. Jinder Mahal
- The Riott Squad def. Natalya and The Bella Twins
- Konnor def. Chad Gable
- Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre def. The Revival to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
- Bobby Lashley def. Elias via DQ
- Nia Jax def. Alicia Fox
- The Shield def. Baron Corbin and AOP