WWE Monday Night RAW 09 23 2019

WWE RAW Results
September 23, 2019
San Francisco, California
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… sort of. Bray Wyatt’s video effects interrupt it a few times.

A video kicks off the show highlighting Kane appearing to help Seth Rollins. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt then attacked Kane and laid him out with the Mandible Claw before crawling over and starting at Rollins.

WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. For the last seven years, he’s done a lot and seen a lot in this ring. Rollins has never felt the way he felt last week on RAW. Rollins was laying in the corner of the ring defenseless after being mugged by five dudes. Then before he knew what was going on, he had the living embodiment of a nightmare in his face. Rollins could only close his eyes and hope it was a bad dream he had to wake up from, but it’s not. It’s worse because in less than two weeks he has to step inside Hell in a Cell and defend his title against “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. Rollins doesn’t have to tell the crowd what that Hell in a Cell structure can do. It can shorten careers. Entering against Wyatt could be even worse. What does he do? He’ll do what he always does when his back is against the wall: survive and prevail. At SummerSlam, no one gave him a chance against Brock Lesnar. Rollins survived and prevailed. At Clash of Champions, Braun Strowman gave him the fight of his life, but he survived and prevailed. Inside Hell in a Cell, it doesn’t matter what mind games Wyatt comes up with. He’ll survive and prevail.

Braun Strowman’s music cuts him off, and he angrily makes his way to the ring. Strowman grabs a microphone, and a light “Get these hands” chant picks up. Strowman says if Rollins has something to say to him, he can say it to his face. Unlike Rollins’ opponent at Hell in a Cell, he doesn’t pretend to be Mr. Rogers playing psycho games with puppets. If Strowman has a problem, he’ll walk up to his opponent and let him know. Rollins goes to talk, but Strowman says he isn’t done. Not only did Rollins cost him the RAW Tag Team Titles, last week on RAW Rollins said he hoped Strowman didn’t get another opportunity at the title. Rollins says he has a lot on his plate including having to defend his title next week on the season premiere of RAW. Rollins was hoping Strowman wouldn’t get another opportunity for the time being, but the way he’s talking to him makes him want to fight. Strowman asks if that’s a challenge, and Rollins says it is. Strowman says Rollins will get these hands. They talk trash to each other as Strowman’s music plays.

Tonight we’ll see a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match with Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, and Robert Roode. The winner will face Seth Rollins next week on RAW for the WWE Universal Championship. Sasha Banks will also take on Nikki Cross. We’ll also see the new King of the Ring Baron Corbin take on Chad Gable in a rematch from the tournament finals.

The Viking Raiders make their entrance. They’ll be in action against The OC, next.

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It’s official: Seth Rollins will take on Braun Strowman tonight in a non-title match.

The Viking Raiders vs. The O.C. w/ AJ Styles

The O.C. make their entrance with a new theme song.

Karl Anderson starts against Erik. Erik quickly takes Anderson down before slamming him. Ivar tags in and wipes out Anderson. Ivar applies an arm bar before hitting a body slam. Erik tags in and body slams Ivar onto Anderson. Erik applies an arm bar, but Anderson fights up. Luke Gallows soon tags in and punches Erik. Gallows hits a big back suplex for a one count. Gallows quickly hits the ropes and drops a trio of elbows. Gallows then punches him in the face a few times. Erik slaps Gallows away and forearms Gallows. Ivar tags in, shoulder blocks Gallows, and hits him with a sidewalk slam. Ivar follows up with a low cross-body block before yelling at the crowd.

Ivar punches Gallows to the corner, but Gallows reverses it. Ivar rolls up the turnbuckle a la Ric Flair! Ivar elbows Anderson off the apron. Styles grabs Ivar’s ankles, and Gallows kicks Ivar off the apron. The referee ejects Styles from ringside. Styles is irate. All of a sudden, Cedric Alexander attacks Styles from behind and punches him to the back.

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We come back from the break to see Anderson punching away at Ivar in the corner. Gallows tags in and punches Ivar down. Gallows head-butts and stomps him a few times. Ivar fights out of the corner and boots Gallows before knocking Anderson off the apron. Ivar hits Gallows with a senton. Erik and Anderson are legal. Erik shoulder blocks Anderson twice and knocks Gallows down. Anderson kicks Erik, but he no sells it. Erik viciously takes Anderson down before hitting Gallows with an exploder. Erik flips Anderson over and knees him in the face.

Ivar tags in, and he avalanches Anderson. Erik then gives Anderson a double knee to the face before throwing Ivar in his face. Ivar picks up a two count. Erik tags back in, and they go for a double-team, but Gallows pulls Ivar out of the ring. Anderson gives Erik a spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson punches the mat in frustration. Gallows tags in, and they connect with the Boot of Doom. Erik kicks out. Anderson tags back in, and they go for the Magic Killer. Erik fights out, but Gallows punches him. Erik stumbles to the corner, and Ivar tags in. Ivar knocks Gallows out of the ring. They then hit Anderson with the Viking Experience. Erik quickly hits Gallows with a crazy suicide dive while Ivar covers Anderson for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: The Viking Raiders

Coming up next, we’ll have a sit down interview with RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.

One-half of the RAW Tag Team Champions Robert Roode is walking backstage. Charly Caruso stops him and asks about being in the Fatal 5-Way match tonight. Why does he think he’s going to come out on top? Roode says he pinned Seth Rollins on the same night he won the RAW Tag Team Champions. He’s beaten Rollins before. The results of tonight will be absolutely glorious.

We’ll have another edition of the Firefly Fun House later tonight.

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Michael Cole is backstage with RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Michael Cole asks if it was wise to challenge Sasha Banks to a Hell in a Cell match. Lynch says she wanted to come to RAW and fix the division that Ronda Rousey destroyed. Even though Sasha Banks is on a hot streak, that’s what she wants. Cole says there has only been one Women’s Hell in a Cell match and Banks was in it. Lynch says Banks didn’t win it. Cole reminds her about Bayley being around. Lynch says the point of the Hell in a Cell isn’t to keep Bayley out. It’s to keep Banks in. Banks ran away at Clash of Champions, which is vintage Banks.

Cole talks about Lynch using the steel chair despite Banks bringing it in and getting a $10,000 fine. Lynch says when Banks came back, she wanted to end her with the chair shots. Banks will get her chance at Hell in a Cell. She better take the chance because Lynch will.

EC3 vs. Rusev

EC3 attacks right at the sound of the bell and rocks Rusev a bit. Rusev reverses a whip to the corner, but EC3 elbows him. A light “We want Lana” chant picks up. Rusev soon hits EC3 with a swinging sidewalk slam. Rusev hits a pair of headlock suplexes. Rusev hits a Machka Kick followed by a stomp to the spine and the Accolade for the submission.

Winner by Submission: Rusev

Rey Mysterio mentions he almost retired from this business a few weeks ago, but his son Dominick kept him from doing that. Mysterio says he now has a chance at the WWE Universal Championship next week. Mysterio dedicates this match to his son.

Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring with Bayley. She’ll face Nikki Cross, next.

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Sasha Banks w/ Bayley vs. Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss

Nikki Cross starts the match quickly by attacking Banks. Banks eventually gets out of the ring and stalls for a really long time. Banks gets back in the ring and takes Cross down. Cross catches her with an inside cradle for a two count. Cross applies an arm bar to Banks, but Banks gets out. Banks gets out of the ring again, so Cross jumps on her back. Banks then jumps back to crush Cross on the floor.

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We come back from the break to see Cross start to fight back, but Banks knees her in the face for a near fall. Banks applies a head-scissor, but Cross gets out. Banks quickly knocks her to the corner, but Cross elbows her back. Banks charges, and Cross moves. Cross connects with a pair of clotheslines followed by an avalanche and a bulldog for a near fall. Banks quickly snaps Cross’ leg off the ropes before giving her double knees to the face in the corner for a two count. Banks now applies a leg bar to Cross. Cross eventually gets out and rolls Banks into the corner. Cross quickly hits Banks with a baseball slide before coming off the apron with a cross-body on the floor. Bayley checks on Banks at ringside.

Cross gets Banks in the ring and knees her in the face. Cross hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Cross punches the mat a few times to try to wake the crowd up. Banks quickly takes her down and dropkicks her in the head for a near fall. Banks hits a low dropkick to the ribs, and Cross rolls out of the ring. Banks goes for a baseball slide, but Cross gets the apron up to trap her. Cross forearms away at Banks before getting her in the ring. Cross gets in the ring and pulls herself up to the second rope. Cross goes for a tornado DDT, but Banks throws her off. Cross counters a backstabber into a neckbreaker. Bayley distracts the referee from making the pin. Alexa Bliss attacks Bayley and sends her into the timekeeper’s area. Cross goes to the top rope and connects with a cross-body block. Banks immediately rolls through and applies the Bank Statement for the submission.

Winner by Submission: Sasha Banks

Banks attacks Alexa Bliss getting in the ring and applies the Bank Statement to her. Banks then walks off with Bayley.

Later tonight, we’ll see a Fatal 5-Way Elimination match, Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable, and a Firefly Fun House.

The O.C. are backstage. AJ Styles wonders when people are going to realize they’re not on their level. Luke Gallows says everyone in the Fatal 5-Way isn’t in Styles’ league. Styles says he’s phenomenal. Nothing will get in his way at getting the Universal Championship. They pose in the back.

-Commercial Break-

Brock Lesnar will appear on the season premiere of Monday Night RAW next week.

The Street Profits are shown backstage. Angelo Dawkins is pumped that Brock Lesnar will be on the show next week. Montez Ford then talks about the winner of the Fatal 5-Way match tonight facing Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship next week on RAW as well. Dawkins laughs about Ricochet’s face when Maria Kanellis named him as the baby daddy.

The Miz walks up. Miz says last Friday his wife Maryse gave birth to Madison Jade Mizanin. Next week on RAW, he’ll host Miz TV with Hulk Hogan (Hogan’s name gets loud boos) and Ric Flair.

A replay is shown of Kofi Kingston accepting Brock Lesnar’s challenge for the WWE Championship on Friday Night SmackDown on FOX, which will take place on October 4.

The latest edition of the Firefly Fun House is next.

Lacey Evans makes her entrance. She’ll be in action, next.

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Lacey Evans vs. Ember Moon

Lacey Evans wipes herself down with her handkerchief before throwing it. Moon dropkicks her for a two count. Moon soon catches her with a springboard cross-body block for a two count. A slow motion replay shows Moon’s dropkick hit Evans in the throat. Evans quickly takes Moon down and dropkicks her out of the ring. Evans gets Moon in the ring and works over her. Moon soon makes a comeback and dropkicks her down. Moon forearms her back, but Evans sweeps the legs. Moon is hanging off the apron. Evans goes to grab her, but Moon gives her the Eclipse on the floor. Moon gets Evans in the ring and picks up a near fall. Moon goes to the top rope, but Evans pulls her hair. Evans then levels her with a Woman’s Right that knocks her to the canvas. Evans applies a Sharpshooter before falling over. Evans keeps the hold applied while kneeling, and Moon submits.

Winner by Submission: Lacey Evans

Natalya is shown watching backstage. She’s asked about Evans using her submission. Natalya says imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Evans hasn’t mastered the Sharpshooter yet. If she wants a match against her, Evans better be prepared to tap out.

Firefly Fun House

A photo of Kane with x’es drawn on his eyes is shown hanging on the wall. Bray Wyatt hangs up a blank frame and says there’s always room for one more. Ramblin’ Rabbit and Huskus The Pig are fighting over a Seth Rollins action figure. Wyatt says they’re supposed to be best friends. The Rabbit and The Pig say they love Seth Rollins. Wyatt says sharing isn’t easy, but it’s not good to be too attached to something. If you love something too much, it makes you weak. You become vulnerable to disappointment, neglect, and loneliness. Wyatt knows what it’s like to be abandoned by those you care about most. The Rabbit says they don’t want The Fiend to hurt Seth Rollins. Wyatt says maybe he wants to protect Seth Rollins. He never forgets and doesn’t like to share. Wyatt breaks the Rollins figure in half and says sharing is caring. Wyatt then gets a demonic look in his eyes, and The Fiend flashes on the screen. Wyatt then says, “See you in hell!” before waving goodbye.

-Commercial Break-

The commentators showcase all the news coverage of NXT’s debut on USA Network last Wednesday.

WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth runs down to the ring with Carmella. They’re soon chased by a bunch of superstars. Carmella stops them and says they’re exhausted from running. They’ve been running for four months. R-Truth says they’ll get out of this mess. A clown friend of his will give them a balloon ride to Derry, Maine. Carmella says she can’t do this anymore. R-Truth then hugs Carmella. She then rolls R-Truth up to win the WWE 24/7 Championship! R-Truth is shocked. Carmella holds the title up and celebrates. R-Truth gets up, smirks, and holds Carmella’s arm up. The lower tier members of the Women’s Division then run down and chase Carmella and R-Truth out of the building.

Sasha Banks and Bayley are talking about how they dominated Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss tonight. Banks says she’s not concerned about Becky Lynch. All she’s concerned about is getting back what belongs to her. After Hell in a Cell, she’ll be the only woman standing.

Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring with an all new entrance. King Corbin makes his way to the ring in a cape and a black crown with a black scepter. Corbin will face Chad Gable, next.

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Sami Zayn is in the back pumping up Shinsuke Nakamura for the Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match.

Replays are shown of Chad Gable attacking King Corbin during the coronation on SmackDown Live this past Tuesday.

King Corbin vs. Chad Gable

King Corbin decrees that he will keep this match short. After this, he proclaims he will no longer compete against any short people. Corbin says he’ll start the match when he’s ready. Corbin slowly removes his royal garb.

The bell rings, and they circle the ring before Gable punches him. Corbin smirks. Corbin shoves him to the corner, but Gable gets out and punches Corbin a few times before backing up. Gable goes for a German Suplex, but Corbin fights it. Gable drops down, so Corbin does in an attempt to counter. Gable tries for another German Suplex, but Corbin knocks him out of the ring. Gable gets in the ring, but he eats a back elbow. Corbin then applies a chin lock. Gable fights up, but Corbin knees him in the midsection. Corbin then whips him hard to the corner. Corbin chokes him on the ropes before bouncing him off the turnbuckle. Gable soon slingshots over him and hits an arm drag. Gable dropkicks him in the knee and hits a blockbuster. Corbin quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Corbin pulls him out of the ring, Gable punches him. Corbin quickly stops him and bounces him off the steps. Corbin throws Gable over the barricade into some security guards!

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We come back from the break to see Corbin hit a mistimed out-and-in clothesline for a near fall. Corbin applies a chin lock. Gable fights up, but Corbin turns him inside out with a whip to the corner. Gable soon fights out and hits a springboard cross-body block. Gable uppercuts Corbin a few times and kicks him in the knee. Corbin immediately comes back with a big boot for a near fall. Corbin avalanches Gable in the corner and listens to the boos from the crowd. Corbin backs up and avalanches Gable a second time. Corbin points to his crown and taunts the crowd. Corbin goes for another out-and-in clothesline, but Gable hits him with a rolling kick to the head. Gable hits two more rolling kicks to the head before going to the top rope. Corbin crotches him up there before picking him up and slamming him down for a two count. Corbin yells at referee John Cone. Gable kicks Corbin in the knee  and rolls him up for a two count. Corbin quickly chokeslams him for a near fall. Corbin cannot believe it.

The crowd is chanting for Chad Gable. Gable fights out of the corner, but Corbin cuts him off. Corbin jumps, but he hits the ropes when Gable moves. Gable hits a German Suplex and follows up with a moonsault for a near fall. Corbin grabs him by the throat and goes for End of Days, but Gable flips through and applies an ankle lock! Corbin screams in pain, but he gets to the corner. Corbin grabs his scepter and hits Gable with it for the disqualification.

Winner by Disqualification: Chad Gable

Corbin continues to assault Gable with the scepter while the crowd loudly boos him. Corbin pulls Gable up to his feet and hits him in the neck with the scepter. Corbin puts his crown on and taunts the crowd.

Seth Rollins will face Braun Strowman later tonight.

The AOP are shown in a subtitled vignette. Last week they exposed the WWE superstars as being soft. They’re going to show what AOP is. They leave their chairs, walk out into the hallway, and attack Heath Slater and another person. They’re soon shown sitting again. Now we know why no one wants to fight them.

Rey Mysterio makes his entrance. The Fatal 5-Way Elimination match is next.

-Commercial Break-

Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Ricochet vs. Robert Roode vs. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn

The bell rings, and Robert Roode gets out of the ring while everyone else fights. Mysterio hits Styles with a head-scissor takeover, while Ricochet dropkicks Nakamura. Ricochet then punches Roode off the apron. Mysterio rolls Ricochet up for a two count. Roode gets in the ring, and they knocks Roode out. Mysterio hits Styles with a moonsault to the floor! Ricochet follows up with one of his own!

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We come back from the break to see Ricochet hit Styles with a springboard dropkick off the apron. Ricochet goes for a plancha, but Styles moves. Styles then viciously clubs him down on the floor. In the ring, Mysterio fights Roode off, but Roode knees him in the midsection. Roode then slides Mysterio out of the ring, and Mysterio lands on Ricochet. Styles gets Ricochet in the ring, and Roode punches away at him. Styles and Roode get into a shoving match, and a “TNA” chant picks up. They take Ricochet down before Styles floors Roode with a Pelé kick for a near fall. Nakamura pulls Styles out of the ring and knees him. Nakamura gets in the ring, takes Ricochet down, and knees away at him. Ricochet makes a comeback and stuns him. Mysterio then hits Nakamura with a springboard seated senton.

Mysterio and Ricochet square off. Mysterio goes for a tornado DDT, but Ricochet counters into a brainbuster for a two count. Styles quickly gets in the ring and kicks Ricochet in the face. Styles clotheslines Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet quickly knocks him back and hits a dropkick. Roode gets in the ring, but Ricochet hits him with a jawbreaker. Roode reverses a whip to the corner, but Ricochet avoids him. Ricochet kicks him back and hits a springboard clothesline. Ricochet hits Roode with the Recoil. Nakamura then stuns Ricochet with a Kinshasa for the elimination!

Ricochet has been eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura.

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We come back from the break to see a Tower of Doom spot. Roode covers all three, but they kick out. Roode stomps away at Styles and throws him out of the ring. Roode chops Nakamura’s chest in the corner a few times before kicking him in the neck. Nakamura goes to the second rope and hits a flying kick to the face for a two count. Styles goes for a strike combo on Nakamura, but he gets out of it. Nakamura hits a sliding kick and goes for a Kinshasa, but Styles avoids it. Mysterio hits Nakamura with a springboard cross-body block. Nakamura knees him, but Mysterio hits a hurricanrana. Mysterio hits a 619 on Nakamura and goes for a springboard, but Styles cuts him off. Styles then hits a brainbuster on the apron! Styles hits Nakamura with a Phenomenal Forearm for the elimination.

Shinsuke Nakamura has been eliminated by AJ Styles.

Roode grabs Styles and hits a Glorious DDT on Styles for the elimination.

AJ Styles has been eliminated by Robert Roode.

Roode gets Mysterio in the ring and signals for the end. Mysterio rolls him up for a near fall. Mysterio hits a head-scissor into the ropes and goes for a 619, but Roode intercepts him with a Double R Spinebuster for a near fall! Mysterio comes back with a shoulder to the midsection and goes for a springboard hurricanrana, but Roode counters. Mysterio comes back by sending him into the ropes. Mysterio follows up with a 619 and catches him with a splash for the win!

Winner by Pinfall: Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio will face Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship next week on the season premiere of Monday Night RAW!

Seth Rollins is asked about having to defend his title against Rey Mysterio. Rollins isn’t happy about facing Strowman tonight, Mysterio next week, and then Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match. When you’re wearing the title, that’s what happens. He’ll survive, prevail, and burn it down.

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Next week on the season premiere of RAW, Brock Lesnar will return, Sasha Banks will take on Alexa Bliss, Miz TV will have Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair on it, and Seth Rollins will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Rey Mysterio.

Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins

This will be a non-title match. Rollins circles Strowman and gets away when Strowman grabs at him. Rollins ducks him and kicks him in the leg. Rollins goes for another kick, but Strowman blocks it before punching him back. Strowman then turns him inside out with a shoulder block. Strowman grabs him, but Rollins counters into a sleeper hold. Strowman rips him off and viciously clubs him in the chest.

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We come back from the break to see Strowman applying a bear hug. Rollins fights out and dropkicks the knee. Rollins goes for a Pedigree, but Strowman hits him with a back body drop. Strowman goes for a running shoulder block on the floor, but Rollins jumps over the barricade. Rollins jumps at him, but Strowman catches him. Strowman avalanches him in the corner. Rollins boots him back and sidesteps him to put him into the ring post shoulder-first. Rollins attacks the leg and smashes it off the ring post. Rollins does it again. Strowman limps around, and Rollins hits a springboard flying knee. Rollins follows up with a superkick, but Strowman kicks out at one. Rollins takes him down again, but Strowman kicks out. Rollins goes to the top rope for a frog splash and connects. Rollins goes back to the top rope and connects with a second frog splash for a near fall.

Rollins gets himself pumped up and starts stomping the mat. Rollins goes for a Stomp, but Strowman scoops him up. Rollins slides off and pushes him out of the ring. Rollins hits a suicide dive, but Strowman is still on his feet. Rollins gets in the ring and finally takes him down with a suicide dive. Rollins goes for a third suicide dive, but he stumbles a bit before diving. Strowman grabs him by the throat and slams him on the apron. Strowman then runs around the ring and runs over Rollins with a shoulder block. Strowman hits another shoulder block before giving him a Running Powerslam on the floor!

Strowman gets Rollins in the ring and looks down at Rollins. Strowman scoops Rollins up, but the lights start to go out. Strowman drops Rollins and begins to look for The Fiend. The lights flash, and Strowman is trapped in the Mandible Claw by The Fiend! Strowman fades away, and Rollins screams in fear when he looks at The Fiend. The Fiend crawls and looks at Strowman before reapplying the Mandible Claw! The Fiend goes back to Rollins, and Rollins looks afraid. Strowman starts to stir and get up, but the lights go out and all that’s heard is Bray Wyatt’s laughter.

No Contest