WWE RAW Results
September 17, 2018
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to loud boos from the crowd. Reigns takes his time going down to the ring.
Reigns says last night was rough, brutal, and didn’t go to plan for him. The fact is he woke up this morning still the Universal Champion. Reigns knew Brock Lesnar had his rematch, but he didn’t think he’d kick down the door to hell and attack him while he’s down and out. Reigns is standing out here right now. If Lesnar wants his rematch for the Universal Championship, then he can come out right now. Braun Strowman’s music hits instead, and he gets in the ring before grabbing a microphone.
A “Get These Hands” chant lightly picks up. Strowman says, “Screw this crap. You should be thankful Brock Lesnar came down last night because he’s the only reason you still have the Universal Championship.” Lesnar has screwed him out of the title before, so he’s going to get his hands on him before anyone else. When he’s done with Lesnar, then he’s coming for Reigns.
Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin quickly comes down to the ring. Corbin says last night was his first PPV as Acting General Manager of RAW. No one is more upset about the end of their match than him. He’s been on the phone all day with Stephanie McMahon to come up with a solution to the problem. Corbin has an idea. At WWE Crown Jewel on November 2 in Saudi Arabia, Roman Reigns will defend his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. Strowman thinks that sucks. Strowman thinks Corbin sucks, Reigns sucks, and the whole situation sucks. In fact, everyone in this entire arena sucks.
“Ladies and gentlemen…” Paul Heyman comes out to the stage with some stagehands carrying the door of the Hell in a Cell structure. Heyman is here tonight to educate the people. He is the humble advocate for The Beast that kicked in the door to hell. Lesnar entered hell and laid waste to a monster and a big dog. Lesnar conquered Hell in a Cell. The crowd can boo all they want, but he’s going to teach them about the economics called “Brock-onomics.” It’s very simplistic in nature. The more you are worth, the bigger star you have, the more leverage you have in WWE and the money you’re worth in UFC. The more money you make in UFC lets you wield more power in WWE. Nothing is more powerful than holding the Universal Heavyweight Championship. Lesnar was the longest reigning Universal Champion. WWE stock went to an all time high and billion dollar TV deals were made. That was until Reigns and Strowman conspired to steal the title from the Beast Incarnate. That’s why Lesnar came back and will go to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he will reclaim his championship. That’ll make him the champion on the best show in WWE, which makes him the crown jewel of WWE. Strowman charges up the ramp, so Heyman scurries off.
Reigns is left in the ring with Corbin. Reigns takes the microphone, so Corbin takes it back. Reigns may stand there like he’s big and bad, but as Acting General Manager, he’s privy to a few things, including the injury report. Corbin knows that Reigns is banged up inside, so he’s not the Big Dog. He’s a whining, hurting little puppy. Reigns doesn’t need to worry about the triple threat match because he may not be champion getting there. Reigns will defend the Universal Championship tonight against… Baron Corbin. Corbin laughs and walks off.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
They lock up, and Ambrose applies a waistlock. McIntyre gets out and chops the chest before bouncing him off the turnbuckle. McIntyre puts him in the corner, but Ambrose sidesteps him and hits a leg breaker. Ambrose punches him, puts the leg around the middle rope, and dropkicks it. Ambrose pulls him to the ring post and whips the leg off the post. Ambrose repeats it a second time before McIntyre kicks him away. Ambrose pushes him into the LED ring apron and slings his leg off it. Ambrose punches away at him before McIntyre hits a forearm. McIntyre scoops him up and slings him into the barricade. Ambrose lands on his upper back and neck. McIntyre gets him in the ring and covers for a one count.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose roll McIntyre up, but he kicks out. Ambrose throws him out of the ring, but McIntyre quickly gets in and slaps him in the face. McIntyre talks some trash, so Ambrose hits a pair of clotheslines. McIntyre reverses a whip, but Ambrose comes back by whipping him down by the hair. Ambrose grabs the leg and tries for a single leg crab, but McIntyre kicks him away. McIntyre connects with a Glasgow Kiss to stun Ambrose. McIntyre puts him on the top rope and chops the chest. McIntyre climbs to the top rope, but Ambrose punches and crotches him before hanging him in the tree of woe. McIntyre then sits up and throws him off the top rope. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but McIntyre gets out. Ambrose rolls him up for a two count. Ambrose quickly follows up with a cloverleaf, but McIntyre gets to the bottom rope. Ambrose knocks McIntyre off the apron and hits a suicide dive. Ambrose quickly gets him in the ring and gets in, but McIntyre rolls out of the ring. McIntyre grabs his injured leg at ringside. Ambrose goes to the top rope and leaps to the floor, but McIntyre moves. The referee starts to count Ambrose out, but he crawls back in at nine and a half. McIntyre immediately greets him with a Claymore Kick for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
Roman Reigns will defend his WWE Universal Championship against Baron Corbin in tonight’s main event.
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when he bumps into Dolph Ziggler. Baron Corbin congratulates him. The individual members of The Shield don’t look good tonight. Corbin is going to beat up Roman Reigns later tonight because the Universal Championship deserves better. Corbin asks Ziggler if he’s going to invoke his rematch clause for the Intercontinental Championship. Ziggler reminds him that he fell of Hell in a Cell last night. Corbin says Seth Rollins is just as banged up and isn’t even here. If Rollins doesn’t show up for a title defense, he’s stripped of the title and it goes to Ziggler. Corbin brags to a stagehands about two championships changing hands.
The commentators talk about Ronda Rousey’s title defense against Alexa Bliss. Rousey retained by submission.
Natalya is sitting with The Bella Twins when Ronda Rousey walks in. She hugs the Bellas. Rousey asks how to go about doing an open challenge. Natalya tells her to just go out there and say she wants a fight.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable make their way to the ring. Gable will be in singles action, next.
Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode vs. Viktor w/ Konnor
The bell rings, and Gable is smiling wide with Bobby Roode. Viktor wrenches the arm, but Gable does a few twists and bridges to get out. Gable takes him down and applies a side headlock. Viktor whips him off, but Gable shoulder blocks him down. Viktor kicks him down and chops the chest twice. Viktor sends him to the corner, but Gable slingshots over him and takes him down. Gable hits a butterfly suplex with a bridge to pick up a near fall. Gable avoids an attack from Konnor, but Viktor capitalizes on the distraction. Viktor uppercuts and chops him before hitting a modified northern lights suplex before applying a head and arm lock. Gable fights up, but Viktor punches him back. Viktor puts him in the corner and chops the chest. Gable then applies an arm bar while hanging over the top rope. Gable hits the ropes, ducks two clotheslines, and hits a flying elbow. Gable hits two suplexes before sending him out of the ring. Gable hits a cannonball off the apron before putting him in the ring. Gable hits a missile dropkick and gets fired up. Konnor gets on the apron, but he gets knocked off. Gable then hits a rolling German Suplex with a bridge for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Chad Gable
While Gable and Roode are celebrating, Konnor knocks Gable into Roode and angrily walks off.
Bobby Lashley will take on Elias later tonight. Baron Corbin will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship. Coming up next, The Undertaker will make an appearance.
Seth Rollins is walking gingerly into the arena. A new interviewer stops him and tells him that Dolph Ziggler is invoking his rematch clause. If he doesn’t compete, Baron Corbin will strip him of the title. Rollins says Corbin may be the Acting General Manager, but he needs to be reminded that it’s still Monday Night Rollins.
The Undertaker appears to talk about Super Show-Down
The bell tolls, and the legendary Undertaker makes his entrance to a big reception. The crowd chants “Undertaker” while he stands in the ring.
Undertaker says, “They say delusion is the final recourse for the damned, that no man can spin a web of lies like a man that has a broken soul. And I have never seen anyone with a more broken soul than Triple H.” Undertaker mentions that Triple H was out last week telling the world that Undertaker has lost his self-respect. Delusion will be his downfall. There was a time with Triple H when he was wicked, savage, a warrior… but these days, he tends to play a more corporate game. His battlefield is the boardroom. His life is so filled with lies that he can no longer decipher truth. He can’t see the fear in his own friend’s eyes, and he can’t see his own demise. Undertaker puts no stock in what any man thinks. Undertaker knows that when he faces Triple H for the last time, the result will be just like the first time. Undertaker will put him six feet under. Game over.
Triple H will do everything he can to outrace the reaper, including enlisting Shawn Michaels. Let Triple H have his deceit, delusion, and his best friend Shawn Michaels. Right there is where the devil is in the details. Shawn Michaels is not going to go all the way to Australia to sit in the audience and watch this fight. He’s going to be standing in Triple H’s corner. Undertaker is ok with that because standing in his corner will be his brother, Kane. A light “YES” chant picks up. Everyone knows that he took Shawn Michaels’ career, and he’ll do the same to Triple H’s career, but it seems that he deserves far worse. Not only will he take his career, he’ll take his soul and put him down. At WWE Super Show-Down, with his brother of destruction watching his back, Triple H will rest… in… peace.
Video Package: Highlights of Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman inside Hell in a Cell
Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel on November 2.
Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Baron Corbin later tonight. Dolph Ziggler will also challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Video Package: WWE Superstars visit the Dallas Children’s Hospital
Bayley w/ Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke
We join this match in progress. Dana Brooke is no longer affiliated with Titus Worldwide. Brooke shoulder blocks Bayley down before hitting a handspring back elbow. Bayley quickly comes back with a backslide pin for a two count. Brooke quickly knees her in the midsection and throws her into the corner. Brooke drops some knees on the midsection before applying a body scissor. Bayley fights out and rolls her up. Bayley hits a back elbow before snapping her off the second rope. Bayley jumps over Brooke, but Brooke quickly lifts her up. Bayley elbows out and knees her in the face. Bayley hits Bayley-To-Belly for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bayley
Bobby Lashley will take on Elias later tonight. Roman Reigns will defend his Universal Championship against Baron Corbin as well.
Drake Maverick is leading AOP backstage when Rezar grabs a stagehand. Maverick tells him to save it for the ring.
Gregory James and Barrett Brown vs. AOP
Akam starts out against one of the local talents and big boots him down. Akam brings the other guy in the hard way before tagging in Rezar. Akam chokeslams the one for Rezar to splash off the second rope. Rezar lifts the other guy and kills him with a death valley driver into the corner. AOP hits the Super Collider for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: AOP
Drake Maverick stands in the ring with his powerhouse duo.
Dolph Ziggler is complaining to Baron Corbin about Seth Rollins showing up. Corbin says Rollins is much more hurt than Ziggler. Corbin says he’s got this. Ziggler turns and sees Seth Rollins. Rollins says it sounds like he’s trying to talk his way out of it. Ziggler offers him a chance to back out. Rollins says he’s ready for a fight. Is Ziggler? Rollins walks off while Ziggler grabs his shoulder.
Seth Rollins will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, next.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (c)
They do the introductions in the ring while the referee holds up the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before going for a test of strength. Ziggler kicks him and throws him down, but Rollins comes back with a shoulder block. Rollins whips him into the corner, and Ziggler screams in pain. Ziggler reverses a whip to the corner, and Rollins really feels it. Rollins jumps over Ziggler, and his back gives up. Rollins sidesteps Ziggler and sends him out of the ring. Rollins chases Ziggler around the ring. Ziggler gets in the ring and punches him down on the apron. Ziggler knocks Rollins off the apron, and Rollins hits the barricade back first.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler kicking and slapping Rollins in the head. Rollins takes Ziggler down and punches away at him. Rollins hits a back elbow before hitting a pair of running elbows. Ziggler reverses a whip to the corner, but he runs into a boot. Rollins hits a blockbuster, but he screams in pain and holds his lower back after completing the move. Rollins hits a running forearm in the corner before hitting the ropes. Ziggler kicks him and hits the ropes before applying a sleeper hold. Rollins nearly fades away, but he fights up. Ziggler flips through a back suplex and tries for a Zig-Zag, but Rollins holds the ropes. Rollins blocks a superkick and hits the Ripcord Knee for a near fall.
Rollins pulls himself up to the top rope, and he is in a lot of pain. Ziggler cuts him off and grabs his shoulder in pain. Ziggler tries for a superplex, but Rollins slides through the legs and crotches him. Rollins goes for an inverted superplex, but Ziggler head-butts him away. Rollins quickly scales the ropes and hits a superplex. Rollins rolls through in pain and goes for a falcon arrow, but Ziggler slides out. Ziggler rolls him up, but Rollins kicks out and gives him the Stomp for the win.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
Charly Caruso asks Roman Reigns about being the underdog. Reigns says he’s not the underdog; he’s the Big Dog. That means he’s keeping his WWE Universal Championship.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is warming up backstage. She’ll have an open challenge next.
WWE celebrates WWE Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey issues an open challenge
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s music hits, and the RAW Women’s Champion makes her way to the ring. Rousey listens to a “Ronda Rousey” chant and giggles. Rousey says she wants to congratulate Alexa Bliss. Last night was the best performance she’s ever seen from her. Rousey wasn’t expecting Bliss to fight at that level and push her close to her limits. Rousey has to thank her that she’s more of a champion than she ever thought she could be. Rousey wants to be the best champion anyone has ever seen. She wants to be like Bret “Hitman” Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Ric Flair. That’s why she’s issuing an open challenge right here and now. If any of the women in the locker room have the gumption to try to take her on, let’s see who it is.
Natalya’s music hits, but she doesn’t come back. The Riott Squad then drags an unconscious Natalya out to the stage. Ruby Riott says what they did to Nattie is Rousey’s fault. They’re here to shut this operation down. Riott says they don’t dislike Rousey, but they don’t like her either. Riott says she’s the one accepting the open challenge.
Riott gets on the apron, and Rousey punches her off. Sarah Logan gets in the ring, but Rousey takes her down. Rousey then takes out Liv Morgan. Riott soon attacks the injured ribs of Rousey and spears her. The Riott Squad triple teams her until The Bella Twins make the save and clear the ring. Rousey hits Riott with a swinging Samoan Drop to put the exclamation point on this. Rousey stands tall with The Bella Twins in the ring.
Replays are shown of Baron Corbin announcing he’s giving himself a Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns later tonight.
Baron Corbin is warming up when Braun Strowman walks up. Strowman hopes Corbin wins tonight because he sucks. Strowman knows he can kill Corbin.
Elias will perform, next.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Elias strums a chord and greets the crowd. Elias plays an awesome blues riff in E major. Elias has one question: Who wants to walk with Elias? Elias knows how bad this show can be before Elias shows up. If he had it his way, it’d be three hours of Elias, but every time he’s out here, he gets interrupted. Trish Stratus and Mick Foley have interrupted him out of jealousy because everything he does is special. They all find out the truth that WWE stands for Walk With Elias.
Tonight he’s got to take care of Bobby Lashley. Lashley looks great and has all the tools and resources, but he’s a constant disappointment. Lashley never wins when it matters, like the Dallas Cowboys. That gets loud boos. Elias sees all the Cowboy jerseys. It’s like they’re proud to advertise failure. Elias doesn’t get it. His song won’t disappoint so they need to silence the cellphones, hold the applause, and shut their mouths.
Lio Rush’s music hits, and The Man of the Hour makes his way to the stage. Rush says he’s looking at a rock star in the ring. It’s sad that instead of giving the people what they want, he’s giving the same, tired track. That’s the difference between Elias and Rush. Elias asks who’s kid this is. What irresponsible parent let their child run up on the ramp to run his mouth. Rush wants to reintroduce himself. Rush is a 23 year old piece of gold. He is the Man of the Hour. He is Lio Rush, and he represents…
Elias doesn’t care. Rush says the big man said Elias had jokes… or he said that Elias is a joke. Lashley has unfinished business. If you thought Lashley was mad about being powerbombed on the apron by Kevin Owens, imagine what he’ll do to Elias. Rush then introduces Bobby Lashley to the ring. He’ll face Elias, next.
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
We join this match in progress. Lio Rush is on commentary. Elias is applying a chin lock to Lashley. Rush talks about how he met Lashley over smoothies. Lashley fights up, but Elias chops him. Lashley reverses a whip, but Elias slingshots over him. Lashley quickly comes back with a clothesline. Lashley hits a running shoulder in the corner, but Elias comes back with a right hand. Lashley leapfrogs him and hits a snap powerslam for a two count. Lashley hits a back elbow and goes to the top rope. Lashley jumps off, but Elias knocks him out of mid-air with a knee to the chest.
Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he makes a beeline for the commentary table. Lio Rush avoids Owens and jumps over him. Owens throws a chair at him, but Rush avoids it. Elias grabs Rush on the ramp, but Rush rolls away and kicks him. The referee disqualifies Lashley.
Winner by Disqualification: Elias
Owens finally grabs Rush and goes for an apron powerbomb, but Lashley grabs Rush and pulls him into the ring. Lashley punches Owens off the apron and press slams Rush out of the ring onto Owens and Elias. Lashley and Rush celebrate in the ring.
A preview of Total Divas plays. It returns on Wednesday on the E! Network.
Nia Jax is Ember Moon’s mystery partner.
Mickie James and Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon and Nia Jax
Nia Jax wants to start the match, but James and Fox refuse to start unless Ember Moon gets in. Moon starts against Fox. They lock up, and Fox shoulder blocks her down. Moon kips up and hits a forearm to the face and a high knee for a one count. Mickie James tags in and quickly gets the better of Moon. Moon comes back with a head-scissor takeover and a dropkick. James rolls out of the ring and recovers with Fox. Moon hits a suicide dive on them both and gets James in the ring. Moon goes to the top rope, but Fox knocks her off. Fox tags in and hits a snapmare before applying a chin lock. James tags in and knees Moon before some botch happens on a pin. James then applies a chin lock. Moon fights out, but can’t make the tag. Fox tags in and big boots Moon. Moon flips through a back suplex and tags in Nia Jax.
Jax hits a clothesline and drives Fox into James. Jax shoulders her and throws Fox across the ring. Jax avalanches her and throws her again. Fox goes for a sunset flip, but Jax powers her up and avalanches her. James breaks up the pin. Jax grabs James by the throat for Moon to hit the Eclipse. Fox kicks Jax and goes for a Scissor Kick, but Jax counters into a Samoan Drop for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Ember Moon and Nia Jax
Baron Corbin is backstage with a referee. Technically he’s the boss and provides for his family, he wants the referee to call it right down the middle. The referee says, “Yes, Mr. Corbin.” Corbin asks him to call him Mr. Acting General Manager of Monday Night RAW. Corbin then dismisses the referee.
Coming up next, Roman Reigns defends the WWE Universal Championship against Baron Corbin.
WWE petitions the fans to contact the Red Cross to see how they can help donate for those affected by Hurricane Florence.
WWE Universal Championship
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns (c)
The bell rings, and Corbin quickly elbows and punches him down for a two count. Corbin hits another back elbow for a two count. Corbin rolls him up for yet another two count. Corbin punches him a few times before backing up. Reigns avoids a right hand and clotheslines him out of the ring. Reigns goes outside and hits a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns gets him in the ring and charges, but Corbin sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Reigns sidesteps him, but Corbin slides out of the ring and gets back in for a clothesline. Corbin picks up a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Corbin applying a head and arm lock. Reigns fights up and punches out. Reigns hits the ropes, but Corbin hits a chokeslam backbreaker for a two count. Corbin gloats for a few moments before reapplying the rest hold. Reigns fights up and punches out. Reigns ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own. Corbin reverses a whip, but Reigns comes back with a leaping clothesline. Reigns clubs him in the corner ten times before connecting with a big boot. Reigns starts to fire himself up and sets up for a Superman Punch, but Corbin rolls out of the ring. Reigns grabs him, but Corbin punches him in the face. Corbin charges, but Reigns takes him down with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch again, but Corbin gets out of the ring again. Reigns jumps off the steps with a Superman Punch. Reigns gets him in the ring and signals for a spear, but Corbin gets out of the ring. Reigns charges him, but Corbin throws a chair in his face. The referee admonishes Corbin and calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification and still WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
Corbin says he’s going to restart this match as a No Disqualification match.
Match Restarted – No Disqualifications
Corbin gets him in the ring and grabs the steel chair. Corbin gets in the ring and eats a Superman Punch for a near fall. Reigns grabs the steel chair, but Braun Strowman’s music hits. Strowman walks down to the ring, and Reigns waits for him with the chair in hand. Corbin chop blocks Reigns while Strowman gets in the ring. Strowman grabs Reigns and head-butts him before hitting a pair of avalanches. Reigns slides out of a Running Powerslam and sends him into the ring post shoulder first.
Corbin tries to blindside Reigns, but Reigns stops him. Corbin goes for a sliding out and in clothesline, but Reigns ducks it. Reigns goes for a spear, but Corbin counters with a Deep Six for a near fall. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre run down to help. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose run down to help out. Reigns hits Strowman with a Superman Punch to knock him off the apron. Rollins and Ziggler get in the ring to protect Reigns. They then hit stereo suicide dives to take out McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman. Strowman gets to his feet. Reigns hits the ropes, but Corbin punches him. Reigns then spears him for the win.
Winner and still WWE Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
The Shield stands tall in the ring while Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre slowly back up the ramp.
Quick Match Results
* Drew McIntyre def. Dean Ambrose
* Chad Gable def. Viktor
* Bayley def. Dana Brooke
* AOP def. Gregory James and Barrett Brown
* Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
* Elias def. Bobby Lashley via DQ
* Ember Moon and Nia Jax def. Mickie James and Alicia Fox
* Roman Reigns def. Baron Corbin to retain the WWE Universal Championship in a No DQ Match