WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review: Kevin Owens wins Universal Championship (August 29, 2016)

WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review

August 29, 2016

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Raw came to you LIVEEE last night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. After last weeks crushing news that Finn Balor would have to forfeit his Universal Title after only one day, it was announced that we will have a new champion by the end of the night tonight. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Cass all qualified for the fatal-four-way to determine the new champion, the former two of course being more favorable. Let’s see how it all went down.

Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Cass promo

Corey Graves started off the promo as the facilitator, but the wrestlers soon took over for themselves; each having a moment on the mic. Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens were clearly the standouts, and although Roman was standing tall at the end of their mini brawl, Owens and Rollins did their job.

I saw Kevin Steen wrestle at an ROH show at the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC when I was 16, and at the time I didn’t even know who he was. Just a few years later, he’s at the top of the heap in WWE and with Balor’s injury, has the opportunity to win the Universal Title and finally get the recognition he’s always deserved. I can only hope WWE allows him that, and allows him to dispose of Cass early and let the grown-ups play.

Neville vs Chris Jericho

If you’ll recall, the last time Neville and Jericho faced off was when Neville got hurt. He’s been on a roll since he’s been back and these two delivered an excellent match. Neville appeared a bit more cautious tonight then he has in previous weeks, but still went for his signature high-flying offense and was in control of the veteran for most of the match. Ultimately, he fell to an absolutely brutal-looking Walls of Jericho that forced him to tap out. Jericho did an excellent job playing the chicken-shit heel in this match while still maintaining his technical prowess. Not many can pull it off.

Winner: Chris Jericho

Nia Jax vs Hyan

With Bayley seemingly the next challenger for the Women’s Championship and Sasha not far behind, Nia will probably have to wait a while before she gets an opportunity. For now though she’ll just have to keep squashing local competitors and look damn good doing it. She picked up the win with a variation of a power/sideslam.

Winner: Nia Jax

Sami Zayn vs Jinder Mahal

If Owens wins tonight I don’t think there’s any question that Sami will get an opportunity at the title at some point during Owens reign but for right now he’s kind of stuck in a limbo. While this match wasn’t a complete waste, a win over Jinder Mahal doesn’t mean much. Mahal barely even focused on the injured leg of Zayn that the commentators would not stop talking about, and Zayn won the match with a Helluva Kick. Next.

Winner: Sami Zayn

New Day and Bayley vs The Club and Dana Brooke

A well-wrestled match by all really, including Dana Brooke (with the exception of her literally jumping 5 feet in the air for that dropkick….really!?), and one that got a really nice amount of time. Bayley and New Day’s backstage segment was right behind the Universal Title match participant promo as the best non-wrestling segment of the night and they’re honestly fantastic together. Her presence adds even more positivity and optimism to what they already bring, and she is clearly not afraid to get in there with the boys, as she showed here when hitting the dropkick in the corner on Anderson. Again, very well executed wrestling wise, especially the ending sequences, and Bayley got the win with the Bayley to Belly on Dana.

Winners: Bayley and New Day

Sheamus vs Cesaro- round 2 of 7

Sheamus took the win in their first match of this Best-Of-7 series at Summerslam. It’s finally being made clear what the hell the “prize” of all of this is, with the winner getting a future title match. Even though these guys have had a lot of matches recently, I’m not anywhere close to being bored yet and neither should you. If Jericho/Neville hadn’t happened earlier this would have been match of the night up until this point.

Sheamus focused on the back of Cesaro, picking up the win after a nasty back-body drop on the ringpost outside and locking on a Cloverleaf, forcing Cesaro to tap out. I don’t see Sheamus winning the whole thing, but right now he’s looking as good in the ring as he was in his title feud with Roman.

Winner: Sheamus

Braun Strowman vs Americo

This might have been the quickest of the squash matches so far. Sure it’s impressive to see Strowman be as dominant as he is, but I think we’re ready for something new. Or longer. Whatever.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Stephanie McMahon and Paul Heyman promo

Stephanie came out to the ring to address Brock Lesnar’s actions at Summerslam, namely F5’ing Shane, but  was interrupted by Brock’s advocate Paul Heyman. He asked for an apology, but when Stephanie got a bit rude with him he said that “Brock is the storm”. WWE is booking Brock the way I would right now after all the UFC controversy….just let him mull everyone over. I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to see slightly muted versions of what we saw with Randy Orton whenever Brock is there from now on. Stephanie may have accepted the apology, but it seems as though she did only because she knows whats coming.

Darren Young vs Titus O’Neil

Another match in the feud that nobody asked for. Titus overpowered and dominated Darren throughout the entire thing yet again before Darren snuck a crucifix pin on Titus for the quick win. Of course, Titus attacked both Darren and Bob Backlund (who sold Darren’s move for him….watch the impact and you’ll know what I mean) but yet this STILL doesn’t feel like the end of a feud. Ugh.

Winner: Darren Young

Seth Rollins vs Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns vs Cass- Universal Title match

I love Fatal-Four Ways. You know what I love more? Elimination matches. The added stipulation really helped the drama build up at the end of this and it was really fantastic. Cass looked strong for about a minute there before taking a Superman Punch from Roman, a Superkick from Seth and finally a Frog Splash from Owens for the elimination. Now the fun can start.

The whole thing got a really good amount of time, and you can tell by the end there that everyone, but especially Roman was getting worn out. He hit that Spear to Seth on the outside and as he was trying to throw him back in and take advantage, Triple H sneaks up from behind him and hits Pedigree. Of course, we’ve seen Triple H on the Network and such, but as Cole said, we haven’t seen him on Raw since WrestleMania when Roman beat him for the WWE Title, so that makes perfect sense. Rollins eliminates him.

Triple H goes after Owens, before turning on Rollins to an absolutely insane reaction from the live crowd. He hit the Pedigree and allowed a stunned Owens to pick up the win and the Universal Title. My dreams have come true.

It was rumored that Rollins/Triple H was supposed to happen at this past WrestleMania but of course due to Rollins still rehabbing, that was scrapped. This now opens the door for that match to happen again and when it does, it’s going to tear the house down. We can also get a Roman/Triple H rematch out of it….not sure how many people want that, but it’ll be good for WWE to have Triple H around more.

Winner: Kevin Owens

A perfectly good Raw all around. Lots of great wrestling, in-ring work and we have a new Universal Champion in Kevin Owens; his first for world title victories. That whole ending segment alone could spoon-feed Raw’s storylines for the next year, so kudos to WWE for pulling that trigger within a week’s notice. I’m excited to see what comes out of this.


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