WWE Monday Night RAW
Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: September 5, 2016
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last week’s RAW. It starts off from online reactions to the shocking ending before taking us through the match and its eliminations. Triple H made his shocking return by giving Roman Reigns a Pedigree on the floor and allowing Seth Rollins to eliminate him. Triple H then turned on Rollins and gave him a Pedigree before letting Kevin Owens become the new WWE Universal Champion.
Stephanie McMahon is shown backstage earlier in the day talking about planning a huge party for Kevin Owens’ title win. Mick Foley walks up and does not look happy whatsoever. Foley says her husband made him look like a fool last Monday night, and she won’t talk about it. She wouldn’t return any of his messages, and he wants to know why. Stephanie says she’s not going to defend herself over something she knew nothing about. She was backing Rollins and didn’t know her husband was going to do that. Foley doesn’t believe her. She asks who he thinks he’s talking to. Foley says he’s talking to the girl he met in 1998 moments after his Hell in a Cell match that gave him a shy smile. Stephanie says she didn’t return his messages because she was embarrassed as a leader and a wife. How can she maintain her dignity? She had nothing to do with this and didn’t respond because she didn’t know how. She begs him to believe that she’s still that same girl with the shy smile. Foley looks in her eyes and concedes that he does believe her. Foley says he has to because if he doesn’t, that makes her a really good liar and a really bad person. Foley can’t believe that.
The RAW video plays, and we go into the arena to see balloons falling from the rafters. Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring. Stephanie asks the crowd to welcome the new WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens.
WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens, makes his way to the ring to a big reaction. Owens has his hair neatly cropped and is wearing a suit while holding the belt. Owens gets in the ring and blows off a Mick Foley handshake before posing on the turnbuckle with the belt. Pyro goes off on the stage as he holds up the belt. Owens stands in the ring and listens to the mixed reaction from the crowd. Owens says this is amazing and is exactly what he wanted. Stephanie says she’s happy they could make it happen because he absolutely deserves it. Owens says he does deserve it. More than anything, he deserves the championship. Last week, when he won the title, the entire arena was chanting, “You deserve it,” and they’re 100% right. What he doesn’t deserve is a crowd full of idiots trying to hijack his moment. Last week was his moment just like tonight is his moment. By chanting, “You deserve it,” they’re trying to make it about themselves. They think they’re such a great crowd. Owens says they’re not great or special. He is great and special. He knows this about himself and knew he deserved it from the moment he stepped in the ring. Last week, he beat three superstars to win this title, but he is man enough to admit that Triple H showed up to give him a nudge. However, he had done 98% of the work himself. All Triple H did was make things right and put him exactly where he belongs: at the very top of this industry. That’s why tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW will be known as “The Kevin Owens Show.”
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he storms down to the ring to a nice reception from the crowd. Rollins gets right in Owens’ face. Rollins says this isn’t about him and tells him to shut up. Rollins asks how Stephanie could do this to him after everything they’ve been through. Rollins gave her everything he had night in and night out. He put the company on his back and blew every ligament in his knee for it. He came back faster than anyone could have imagined and this is how he was repaid. Owens says this is about him. This is “The Kevin Owens Show.” Rollins says he has no problem with Owens because he’s just a puppet, but if he doesn’t shut the hell up, Triple H won’t even be able to save him. Stephanie says she had nothing to do with it, and Rollins shouts, “Bull crap!” Foley gets in Rollins’ face and says she had nothing to do with it. Rollins asks what Foley had to do with it and asks if he’s in her pocket. Foley says he’s not in her pocket, but he has her back. Rollins says Owens has been Triple H’s chosen one from day one. Triple H held his hand from the moment he stepped into NXT. If they want to hitch their wagon to Owens and make him the face of the New Era, Rollins will be the one to burn it to the ground. Rollins says her and her husband, the king and queen, will be on their knees in a pile of rubble.
Owens says that’s a great story, but where was this passion these past few months? Ever since he came back from the injury, it seems The Architect has been designing blueprints for total failure. Rollins punches Owens down and knocks him out of the ring. Stephanie screams at him to stop, and he punches Owens off the apron. Stephanie says Rollins is indefinitely suspended. Rollins screams that she can’t do that, but she says she just did. Foley says, “No, he’s not!” A “Foley” chant fires up. Foley says she’s acting as if this is personal, but he knows it’s not. This is Monday Night RAW. They don’t hand out suspensions when someone has been wrong and let their temper flare. They hand out rematches. When she made him the General Manager of RAW, it was agreed that he would make the matches. Foley asks her to respect that. Foley says he has no love loss for Rollins, but he won’t deny the talent that he is. They were amazed at the match last week. He’s not putting that type of talent on the shelf. Rollins will get his rematch and face Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at Clash of the Champions! The crowd boos the fact that it’s not happening tonight. Foley’s music plays, and Rollins walks off looking pleased.
Coming up next, Bayley will face Charlotte in a non-title match.
Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley are arguing backstage. She says if he ever usurps her authority, he won’t have a position to come back to. Foley says he did it in the best interest of the company because people would talk. Stephanie says she doesn’t care. Foley says he does. Kevin Owens comes up and yells at Foley for rewarding Seth Rollins’ bad behavior with a title match. Foley says he’s going to reward Owens with a match against his former best friend Sami Zayn. Owens is furious. Chris Jericho angrily walks up to them now. Jericho asks Foley who he thinks he is by disrespecting his best friend and the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion. Jericho asks if Rollins is a Holy Foley mark and calls him a “stupid idiot.” Foley says this stupid idiot is putting Jericho in a match against Seth Rollins. Foley says, “Have a nice day,” and walks off. Jericho tries to plead with Stephanie, but she says, “Have a nice day,” and also walks off.
Footage from the RAW Pre-Show is shown of Charlotte giving Dana Brooke a clipboard to teach her how to beat Bayley like a queen.
Charlotte w/ Dana Brooke vs. Bayley
The bell rings, and they take a few moments to listen to the “Let’s go Bayley” chant. They lock up, and Charlotte powers her to the corner before giving a clean break and letting out a “Woo.” They lock up again, and Charlotte catches her with a waistlock takedown for a one count. Bayley catches her with a waistlock, but Charlotte elbows her in the face and pushes her a few times. Charlotte wrenches the arm, but Bayley comes back with a wrench of her own. Bayley sends her into the ropes and connects with two arm drags. Charlotte quickly knees her in the midsection and bounces her off the turnbuckle. Charlotte poses for the crowd, and they boo her. Charlotte bounces her off the turnbuckle again, but Bayley begins to “Hulk up.” Bayley then bounces her off the turnbuckles a number of times before taking her down with one big bounce. Charlotte rolls out of the ring to recover. Bayley goes to the outside and tries to give her a baseball slide by sliding under the turnbuckle, but she gets hooked on the mat and it looks clunky. Bayley may have tweaked her knee. Bayley gets her in the ring, but Charlotte quickly leaves the ring. Bayley follows her out, and Charlotte forearms her down.
We come back from the break to see Charlotte rolling Bayley around in a head-scissor. Charlotte drives her head into the mat a few times and hooks the leg for a two count. Charlotte grabs the leg, but Bayley kicks her away. Bayley connects with a running cross-body for a two count. Charlotte quickly puts her in the corner and runs into a boot. Bayley goes to the second rope, but Charlotte grabs her and drives her back into the corner. Charlotte then hooks the leg on the rope and knees her in the injured leg. Bayley grabs her knee in pain. Charlotte drags her to the edge of the apron and slams her leg off the turnbuckle twice. Charlotte bends the injured limb over the rope and pulls on it. Charlotte gets back in the ring and goes for the Figure Eight, but Bayley kicks her back. Charlotte quickly transitions to a single leg crab. Bayley kicks out of it, but Charlotte quickly DDTs the leg. Charlotte goes for a scoop slam, but Bayley slides out. Bayley then collapses on the knee. Charlotte puts the leg on the rope and cannonballs it. Charlotte tries again, but Bayley rolls her up for a near fall. Charlotte chops away at her and puts her on the top rope, but Bayley punches her away. Bayley then takes her out with a flying back elbow.
Bayley starts delivering some forearms and connects with some hammer throws. Bayley gets a head of steam and connects with a shoulder to the midsection. Bayley goes for a second one, but Dana Brooke pulls Charlotte out of the way. Bayley kicks Dana down, and Charlotte rolls her up. Bayley kicks out at two, and Charlotte is sent into Dana. Bayley then catches Charlotte with the Bayley To Belly for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bayley
Match Rating: * 3/4
Bayley celebrates her win on the ramp, as Dana Brooke checks on the fallen champion, Charlotte.
Sasha Banks will be on RAW tonight, and she has some bad news to deliver as per this tweet:
You shouldn’t settle for what’s expected. The Boss is gonna be on #Raw tonight and I got some bad news. #LegitBoss always
— $asha Unbroken Bank$ (@SashaBanksWWE) September 5, 2016
Later tonight, Chris Jericho will take on Seth Rollins. We’ll also see Kevin Owens take on Sami Zayn.
Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton talk about Connor’s Cure before showing a video of Connor “The Crusher.”
The Cruiserweights will be on RAW in two weeks.
Charlotte is shouting at Dana Brooke backstage. Charlotte slaps the clipboard out of Dana’s hands and says the girl that shouldn’t be on RAW just beat her. Charlotte says she was embarrassed by the “Sesame Street Kid.” Dana says she’ll make it up to her. Charlotte says Dana is sorry and slaps the taste out of her mouth.
Bo Dallas is walking down the ramp carrying a campaign sign that says, “Bo-lieve in Bo.” There is a jobber in the ring. Dallas says you reap what you sow. Dallas warns the unnamed wrestler to Bo-lieve in Bo. Dallas has a psychotic look in his eyes.
Kyle Roberts vs. Bo Dallas
The bell rings, and Dallas immediately clotheslines him down before delivering some knees. Dallas viciously punches away at him before kneeing away at the face. Dallas connects with a rolling cutter for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Bo Dallas picks up the campaign sign and angrily marches around the ring.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows will give The New Day a glimpse into their golden years later tonight.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are talking backstage. Jericho says he’s going to beat Seth Rollins down because Owens is his best friend. Jericho says Rollins won’t treat him like that on his watch. Rollins is getting the Gift of Jericho. Jericho will beat him down. They hug, and Jericho slaps the belt as well. Owens says, “Go do it.” Jericho puts his index finger up and says, “It!”
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings, and Rollins just sneers at Jericho. Jericho shouts at him and dares him to come at him. Rollins immediately takes him down with a running dropkick before punching away at him and stomping him. Rollins chops the chest before stomping him down in the corner. The referee backs Rollins up. Rollins goes back to punching Jericho before chopping the chest. Rollins sends him into the ropes and goes for a high knee, but Jericho holds on and pulls himself out of the ring. Rollins then takes him out with a suicide dive. Rollins punches Jericho and continues to chop the chest. Rollins bounces him off the apron and knees him in the midsection. Rollins gets him back in the ring, and Jericho kicks him in the face as he enters the ring. Jericho kicks him in the ribs and chops the chest. Jericho punches away at him in the corner before the referee backs him up. Jericho kicks him in the midsection and slaps him in the face a few times. Jericho sends him into the corner, but Rollins pops right out with a clothesline. Rollins punches him in the face and slaps him in the face. Rollins talks some trash before throwing him out of the ring. Rollins whips him hard into the barricade. Rollins punches him in the face and shouts at the referee. Rollins chops Jericho before getting back into the ring to break the count. Rollins rolls Jericho back into the ring and hangs him out over the apron. Rollins clubs the chest before backing up and booting him in the face. Kevin Owens is seen watching the match backstage. Jericho gets in the ring and pulls the referee in front of Rollins to prevent him from coming in the ring. Jericho then takes him out with a springboard dropkick.
We come back from the break to see Jericho posing for the crowd as Rollins is down on the mat. Jericho chops the chest and clubs his back. Jericho bounces him in the corner and forearms him. Jericho sends him into the corner, but Rollins comes back by pulling him face-first into the turnbuckle.
They trade chops and punches with Rollins coming out on top. Rollins kicks him before hitting the ropes, ducking a clothesline, and connecting with a Sling Blade for a near fall. Rollins hits a pair of running forearms before having a whip to the corner reversed on him. Jericho runs into a boot. Rollins gets on the second rope and leaps off with a blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins goes for a suplex, but Jericho lands on his feet and elbows him in the face. Jericho charges, but Rollins sends him to the apron. Jericho lands on his feet and goes to the top rope for a double axe handle, but Rollins kicks him. Rollins goes for a DDT, but Jericho takes him down for the Walls of Jericho. Rollins fights it and rolls him up for a two count. Rollins hits a high knee to the face and charges, but Jericho drops him on the apron. Rollins goes for a springboard knee, but Jericho takes him down and applies the Walls of Jericho. Rollins screams in pain, but he eventually claws his way to the bottom rope. Kevin Owens is a little stunned by Rollins’ performance backstage. Jericho angrily stomps him before going for a slam, but Rollins lands on his feet and connects with an enzuigiri. Rollins then superkicks him down for a near fall.
The obligatory “This is awesome” chant fires up. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Jericho punches him. Jericho goes for a superplex, but Rollins counters with a super front suplex. Rollins goes for a frog splash, but Jericho moves and connects with the Lionsault for a near fall. Jericho punches the mat in frustration and looks like he’s near tears. Jericho punches him in the head a few times and kicks away at him. Jericho hits the ropes, but Rollins kicks him in the midsection. Rollins hits the ropes and counters a Codebreaker by holding him up. Jericho ducks a kick and connects with an enzuigiri. Jericho hits the ropes, but Rollins quickly catches him with a Pedigree for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Replays of the important moments in the match are shown. Rollins walks off holding his ribs and looking like he still has a chip on his shoulder.
Later tonight, Kevin Owens will take on Sami Zayn. We’ll also hear what bad news Sasha Banks has to deliver. Coming up next, we’ll see the third match in a Best of Seven Series with Cesaro, down 0-2, taking on Sheamus.
Match #3 – Best of 7 Series
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
Replays are shown of Sheamus giving Cesaro a nasty back body drop into the ring post before making him submit to the Irish Cloverleaf. A pre-taped promo is shown with Cesaro. Cesaro says Sheamus is acting like he’s won this Best of 7 Series, but he knows it’s slipping away. This is about a championship opportunity and physical dominance. He’s down 2-0 and has a hurt back, but once he breaks his spirit, the cracks will show and the insecurities will come forward. That’ll put him back into the series.
We then see a pre-taped promo with Sheamus. Sheamus says he hurt Cesaro’s back last week and tonight, he’ll break it. Then he’ll be up 3-0. When they get to London this Wednesday, he’ll be one victory away from a clean sweep. Sheamus says he’s the one worthy of a championship match. Michael Cole then explains that Match #4 will take place on Wednesday at the O2 Arena in London.
The bell rings, and Cesaro immediately rolls him up for a one count. Cesaro ducks a punch and punches away him before doing the ten punches in the corner. Cesaro connects with a running uppercut before having a whip reversed. Cesaro sidesteps him and rolls him up for a two count. Cesaro lands on the second rope and connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Cesaro hits the ropes, but Sheamus takes him down with a back body drop. Cesaro rolls out of the ring to recover. Sheamus follows him out, but Cesaro clotheslines him down. Cesaro clutches his back in pain before Sheamus shoves him into the apron. Cesaro boots him in the face and puts him in the ring. Cesaro gets in, and Sheamus takes him down with a powerslam for a near fall. Sheamus knees away at him before the referee backs him up. Cesaro comes back with some punches before Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf, but Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro uppercuts him a number of times before having a whip reversed. Cesaro goes for A Very European Uppercut, but he hurts his back popping him up. Sheamus then connects with an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus hits three more Irish Curse Backbreakers for another near fall. Sheamus goes for the Celtic Cross, and he turns it into a vicious backbreaker! Cesaro screams in pain and tells the referee to not call the match off. Sheamus then levels him with a Brogue Kick to go up 3-0 in the series.
Winner of Match #3 by Pinfall: Sheamus
Match Rating: * 1/2
Sasha Banks will be on RAW tonight to deliver some bad news.
The Shining Stars are in the ring. Primo says Labor Day represents the last day of summer in America. Epico says every day is summer in Puerto Rico.
Enzo and Big Cass interrupt them to a huge reception. Enzo goes through his usual shtick as the crowd sings along with him. Enzo asks what we have here. It’s a couple of haters. Enzo says they come out trying to sell a Caribbean timeshare that no one wants. They picked the wrong place and the wrong time to hate because they’re in the middle of America right here in Kansas City. It just so happens that today is Labor Day. The irony is listening them speak is so painful, it’s like he’s giving labor. Big Cass asks if Enzo has gas. They then do some Lamaze exercises in the ring. Enzo pretends to give birth. They name the baby after The Shining Stars: S-A-W-F-T!
The Shining Stars vs. Enzo and Big Cass
Big Cass starts the match against Primo. Cass sends him into the ropes and shoulder blocks him down. Epico runs in, and Cass sends him over the top rope. Cass then gives Primo a back body drop over the top rope onto Epico. Enzo is tagged in, and he takes them out with a suicide dive.
We come back from the break to see Epico send Enzo into the ropes, but Enzo catches him with a sunset flip for a two count. Enzo then knees him in the face. During the commercial, Epico took Enzo down on the apron. Epico quickly stops Enzo from making a tag by hitting a back suplex, a German Suplex, and a suplex. Epico mocks Enzo’s shuffle before choking him on the middle rope. Primo is tagged in, and he splashes Enzo on the ropes. Enzo avoids an avalanche, and Primo gets tied up in the tree of woe. Epico helps Primo get out.
Big Cass and Epico are tagged in. Big Cass clotheslines Epico and avalanches Primo in the corner. Cass then forearms Epico down. Cass connects with a scoop slam and an Empire Elbow. Cass avalanches him in the corner and catches him with a big boot. Enzo is tagged in. Primo grabs Cass’ foot to distract him. Cass chases him around the ring. Primo gets in the ring, and Enzo gives him a cross-body block. Epico then rolls Enzo up and grabs the tights to get the upset victory.
Winners by Pinfall: The Shining Stars
Match Rating: * 1/4
Tonight’s main event will see Kevin Owens take on Sami Zayn.
Sami Zayn is being interviewed by Tom Philips. Zayn says he really thought that beating Owens would solve all his problems, and he did it at Battleground. Since then, he’s a little directionless while Owens is the WWE Universal Champion. It bothers him. Owens walks up and says a few years ago, it felt like he was trying to catch up to him. Zayn got signed to WWE came up first. A few weeks ago, Zayn was drafted before him. The title means he won the race. The only time Zayn ever had success was when Owens was backing him up. Now he’s WWE Universal Champion while Zayn is nothing. Zayn says he was something when he beat Owens for the title. Zayn tells him to enjoy his moment in the sun because he will become WWE Universal Champion one day. Zayn says he’ll do it all on his own and not have it handed to him on a silver platter by Triple H.
Ann Esposito vs. Nia Jax
Nia immediately grabs her face and powers her to the corner. Nia viciously slams her into the corner and connects with a running butt bump. Ann comes back with a forearm and some kicks before applying a sleeper hold. Nia slams her into the corner, but can’t get her to release the hold. Nia then slams her off. Ann quickly kicks her, but Nia kicks her in the back. Nia whips her down before connecting with a trio of hip attacks in the corner. Nia then connects with a fireman’s carry into a powerslam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nia Jax
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows will talk about The New Day, next.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows are in the ring talking about how they’re retirement specialists. Now that they’ve retired The Dudley Boyz, they’re now set on retiring The New Day as RAW Tag Team Champions at Clash of Champions. Anderson says they’re here to prove to The New Day that they can have just as much fun in retirement as they do as the Tag Team Champions. They want to show what The New Day is like under their care in the future. Gallows then introduces “The Old Day.”
A man with a feeble sounding voice does Big E’s introduction before a slowed down version of The New Day’s theme is played. Three actors dressed to look like The New Day as old guys hobble down to the ring. One is in a scooter. They help them into the ring. Gallows asks what happened. Old Kingston says at Clash of Champions, Anderson and Gallows beat the PP out of them. They ask Old Xavier Woods how they’ve treated him, but he’s deaf. He then uses the small trombone to hear. Gallows says Old Big E has let himself go. His pectorals are below his waistline. Gallows says he wanted to give him some Metamucil, but he already soiled himself. The Old Day tries to gyrate, but Old Big E’s hip pops. This segment is dying in front of the crowd.
The New Day’s music hits, and they make their way out to the stage. Xavier Woods says this is absurd. If that’s really him in the future, who is his favorite X-Man? Cyclops. Big E asks if that’s his grandpappy before asking if he has gout. Kingston says it’s too dangerous for them to occupy the same space if they’re from the future. The WWE Universe would explode if that happened. The New Day charges the ring to beat up Anderson and Gallows, but they get out of the ring. The New Day faces off against The Old Day. The Old Day begs them off and tries to do The New Day’s dance. The New Day stops them and does the dance the way it should be done. Big E then stops them music. The New Day then attacks The Old Day until Old Big E is just left in the ring. They hit the Midnight Hour on Old Big E and celebrate. The crowd never recovered.
Kevin Owens will face Sami Zayn in tonight’s main event.
Titus O’Neil will be on commentary for the next match.
Jinder Mahal vs. Darren Young w/ Mr. Bob Backlund
The bell rings, and they lock up. Mahal quickly punches away at him before Young reverses a whip on him. Young comes back with a swinging neckbreaker for a one count. Mahal elbows him back and drops him into the ropes. Mahal connects with a high running knee for a two count. Mahal slaps him in the head and kicks him. Mahal hits a low dropkick to the head before dropping a knee for a two count. Mahal applies a chin lock. Young fights up and punches away at him. Young clotheslines him down twice before hitting a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Young connects with a baseball slide. Titus O’Neil gets up from commentary and distracts Young. Young still manages to hit Mahal with the Gut Check for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Darren Young
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Titus O’Neil signals he’s going after Bob Backlund, so Young viciously attacks him. Referees run out to break it up, but Young won’t stop attacking him. Young finally gets in the ring, and Backlund raises his arm. Backlund is still missing a tooth.
Alicia Fox is coming out of the trainer’s room when Nia Jax asks her what’s happening with her friend, Ann Esposito. Alicia asks what her problem is. Nia says this isn’t a reality show. If you step up to her, there will be real life consequences. Alicia fires up and starts going crazy throwing things around. Nia pushes her down and walks off.
Tom Philips is backstage with Sin Cara. Sin Cara says he’s fighting for his heritage and won’t let Braun Strowman disrespect the lucha culture after ripping the mask off a luchador last week.
Braun Strowman vs. Sin Cara
Sin Cara comes out to new music. The bell rings, and Cara quickly dropkicks Strowman to the corner. Strowman immediately runs him over with a shoulder block. Strowman sends him into the ropes, but Cara comes back with a head-scissor into the corner. Strowman then viciously clotheslines him down. Strowman stomps him before clubbing the back. Strowman then applies a nerve hold. Cara gets out with a jawbreaker and punches him. Strowman quickly throws him out of the ring. Strowman follows him outside, and Cara kicks him twice. Strowman sends him into the steps, but Cara avoids it. Cara then hits a nasty looking dropkick on the floor, but Strowman doesn’t go down. Strowman pulls him out of the ring before he can get in. Strowman then gets in and wins by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: Braun Strowman
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Strowman goes back outside and clotheslines him in the back of the head. Strowman screams at him to stay out of his ring before posing for the crowd.
Sasha Banks will deliver some bad news, next.
Sasha Banks delivers some bad news to the WWE Universe
Sasha Banks’ music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. Replays are shown of her landing on her head at SummerSlam. Banks gets in the ring, and the crowd gives her a nice ovation. A “Sasha” chant fires up. Sasha says there is a saying: Every journey has an end and every story has a final chapter. For years and years, the WWE Universe was searching for a revolution. Before there was a Facebook and a Twitter, before there was a thing for a no talent chick to post on Instagram, there was a revolution with women. Women like Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah, Alundra Blayze and Luna Vachon, Trish and Lita that broke the mold and laid the foundation. These women wrote the first pages of a revolution of change, which became reality. July 13, 2015 was the day Stephanie McMahon introduced the next wave of women into the WWE. No more bra and panties matches or stupid butterfly title. They did it.
Sasha is near tears. Sasha says they became what they deserved all along, which was to be called “Superstars.” This revolution is more than the WWE. This revolution is every mother, sister, and daughter. Her revolution is every time she steps into the ring. Every time she steps in the ring, she does it for every little girl that has a dream of being something bigger. She does it for every person that dreams of being more. She used to wake up at 6 AM with her mom to collect cans to make money to come to a WWE show. That’s why she fights so hard because every time she’s in this ring, it means everything to her. Sasha is really holding back the tears.
Sasha takes a moment before continuing. At SummerSlam, she was pushed beyond her limit. Charlotte tried to break her back and beat her straight up. Sasha says, “But I’m out here because earlier today, I met with the doctors and I have an update on my condition and I have some bad news…”
Dana Brooke’s music hits. Dana says the only champion the WWE Universe deserves is Charlotte. She made a promise she’s going to keep. Dana has some bad news for Sasha. She’s going to use Sasha and her broken body to finish what Charlotte started at SummerSlam. Sasha’s journey ends on her terms. Dana gets in the ring. Sasha drops her with the Bank Statement and makes her tap out. Sasha says, “Actually, Miss Piggy, the bad news wasn’t for you. It was for Charlotte. Let her know at Clash of the Champions that title is coming back to me.” Sasha slams the microphone down on Dana and storms off.
Coming up next, we’ll see WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens take on Sami Zayn.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
The bell rings, and they immediately start trading punches with Zayn coming out on top. Owens quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Owens attacks Zayn when he comes outside and chops the chest before sending him into the barricade. Owens puts him in the ring and kicks him. Owens punches him, but Zayn comes back with some right hands. Owens chops the chest before sending him into the ropes for a back elbow. Owens taunts the crowd. Owens punches and chops him before sending him into the ropes. Zayn springboards over him and connects with a leg lariat. Owens rolls out of the ring to recover. Owens grabs the ankle and pulls him out of the ring before sending him into the barricade. Owens whips him into the barricade again, but Zayn jumps to the top and connects with a moonsault block!
We come back from the break to see Zayn trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial break, Owens viciously superkicked Zayn. Zayn fights up, but Owens knees him in the midsection and gives him a front suplex onto the top rope. Owens quickly follows up with a senton splash for a near fall. Owens talks trash to Zayn and slaps him. Zayn ducks a second slap and slaps him in the face. Owens angrily charges, but Zayn pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Zayn then floors him with a high angle plancha. Zayn gets him back in the ring, but Owens rolls out on the opposite side. Zayn then wipes him out with a second high angle plancha. Zayn gets him in the ring and connects with the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall.
Owens elbows out of a suplex and goes for a cannonball, but Zayn counters with an exploder suplex into the corner. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Owens gets out of the way. Zayn follows him onto the apron, and Owens goes for a powerbomb. Zayn fights out and hooks him in a half nelson, but Owens elbows out. Owens gets him on his shoulders, but Zayn slides into the ring. Owens snaps him off the top rope and viciously clotheslines him into the corner. Owens follows up with a cannonball and goes for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Zayn lands on his feet and counters with a half nelson suplex onto his head for a near fall!
Zayn stands over Owens for a few moments before kicking him. Zayn chops him and scales the ropes, but Owens pulls him down. Zayn appears to have tweaked the ankle he injured two weeks ago on RAW. Zayn goes outside to recover. The referee checks on him. Owens goes outside and goes for an apron powerbomb, but Zayn gets out. Zayn then kills him with a half nelson suplex on the floor! Zayn gets to his feet and gets Owens in the ring. Zayn hobbles to the corner and charges, but the ankle gives out. Owens quickly superkicks him and gives him a vicious Powerbomb for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to massive boos from the crowd. Owens stands in the ring holding the WWE Universal Championship and doesn’t back down as Reigns gets on the apron. Reigns gets in the ring and stares at Owens. The crowd is loudly booing Reigns. Owens moves to the apron. Chris Jericho angrily comes down to the ring and gets on the apron.
Mick Foley’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Foley says he can tell Reigns wants a piece of Kevin Owens and the WWE Universal Championship. Next week on RAW, he’ll book Reigns to take on Kevin Owens. If Reigns wins, the WWE Universal Championship Match at Clash of Champions will be a triple threat! Owens is not happy about that at all. Jericho gets in the ring and tries to blindside Reigns, but Reigns spears him down. The crowd loudly boos that as Reigns smiles at Owens. Reigns music plays as Owens angrily walks off.
Quick Match Results
* Bayley def. Charlotte (non-title)
* Bo Dallas def. Kyle Roberts
* Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho
* Sheamus def. Cesaro in Match #3 of a Best of 7 Series
* The Shining Stars def. Enzo and Big Cass
* Nia Jax def. Ann Esposito
* Darren Young def. Jinder Mahal
* Braun Strowman def. Sin Cara via CO
* Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn (non-title)
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