WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review
Air date: September 5, 2016
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Happy Labor Day everyone! I’m back at school and twice as depressed as the rest of you about summer ending. Don’t fight me on it.
Raw came to you LIVEEEE tonight from the Sprint Center Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. A lot of questions came out of last weeks shock ending, and one can only hope that WWE will capitalize on the huge burst of momentum they’ve given themselves. We have a new Universal Champion in Kevin Owens and a lot of pissed off possible contenders, so let’s see what happens.
Kevin Owens celebration
Raw started off with an excellent backstage segment between Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley that at first I would have 100% taken over the actual in-ring celebration, just because most of them are super corny and you know it’s going to end with someone staring at the lights.
This one however, was not bad by any means. Owens came out there and told the fans he didn’t need them to cheer for him; chant “you deserve it” because he’s known it himself since day one. Seth did something similar after his return, but Owens is just on another level of mic work. There’s just always that little something extra that makes his promos pop. Owens and Austin Aries…..best in the business.
Speaking of Seth Rollins, he came out to the ring and accused Stephanie of being in on Triple H’s plan to screw him out of the Universal Title. She repeatedly denied any involvement, but an enraged Seth Rollins was not convinced. He’d attack Owens multiple times, and could only be reeled in by threat of suspension. Mick Foley threw that idea out the window, making Rollins vs Jericho for later in the night in a backstage segment.
It’ll be interesting to see if they keep Roman out of the picture for right now. A triple threat match between those three on a PPV would be stellar, but I’m not gonna complain about Rollins/Owens either.
Seth Rollins vs Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho may have slowed down a bit over the last few years but he can certainly still steal the show with a guy like Seth Rollins. If this were 2008 and we could have gotten a heel Chris Jericho vs a heel Seth Rollins, that would have been absolute gold. I’d love to see a real program over a title between these two down the line.
This match was hard-hitting, the two of them got to fly around a bit, they countered each others offense on numerous occasions….great stuff. Jericho also showed a lot of resiliency, being able to counter right away after being dropped to the mat chest first from the top rope. Rollins does need to watch himself though….I know John Cena is sometimes a bit louder than he wants to be but when they were about to pull that spot, you can very clearly hear Seth ask “Ready?” Jericho had a moment like that as well when they were trading punches, but it wasn’t as distracting to me. Seth picked up the win by blocking a Codebreaker and hitting an emphatic Pedigree…hopefully he won’t be using it for too much longer.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Bayley vs Charlotte
Charlotte vs Bayley is a match that they could have saved for WrestleMania and put it on second to last. That’s how big of a marquee match it is. Instead they throw it away for free on Raw and I know some people hate that term, but that’s what they did. Was it a good match? Yes of course. Will their match at Clash Of Champions be better? Probably by a lot. It’s not like they need to test the waters of anything…these girls are like sisters. If they wanted to do that, they could do it at a live event….that’s what their for.
Charlotte focused on the knee for a majority of the match, slowing Bayley down a ton. She picked it back up towards the end and after a failed distraction from Dana Brooke, picked up the win with the Bayley to Belly.
Bo Dallas vs Kyle Roberts
Bo Dallas has clearly gotten a much-needed reboot. No longer is he running around the ring with that goofy smile on his face and his belly fat flopping around everywhere. He’s all business with a new darker attitude. He ran through Kyle Roberts in quick fashion, picking up the win with what looked like a modified Cross Rhodes.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Sheamus vs Cesaro
In a perfect (or maybe not so much) world, Sheamus wins 4 in a row, sweeping this series. However, that is clearly not going to happen and Cesaro will probably win 4 straight. For right now though, Sheamus looks more dominant than he ever has before and it’s great to see him being as aggressive as he has been, but not to the point where I’m cringing like I was during his return feud with Daniel Bryan. He took all of Cesaro’s early hard-hitting offense before taking advantage of the injured back and zoning in on it. He picked up the win with 4 Irish-Curse Backbreakers and a Brogue Kick…again, looking very impressive. I fully expect for Cesaro to get his first win tomorrow night in London and then continue until he wins the whole thing, but WWE HAS to keep Sheamus at that level if they want to keep him relevant.
Primo and Epico (The Shining Stars) vs Enzo and Cass
WWE clearly has nothing to do with Enzo and Cass, so they’re sticking them in there with Primo and Epico. That’s not a bad thing because they are of course very talented, they’re just not over whatsoever so seeing them get the win over what is still the hottest tag team in WWE is just a little off-putting. The match really wasn’t as dull the second time I watched it, but Epico picked up the win with a roll-up on Enzo. *Sigh*.
Winners: Primo and Epico
Nia Jax vs Ann Esposito
While we apparently got a more established name in this match then in previous weeks, the result was still the same. Esposito fought back while she could, but was quickly taken down by Nia Jax who picked up the win with what looked like a modified (and not as cool-looking) World’s Strongest Slam.
Winner: Nia Jax
Anderson and Gallows promo with New Day
So yeah, I’m pretty sure my roommate and I were having a conversation about college basketball during this segment. I don’t even like basketball, so that’s how much I didn’t care. Anderson and Gallows are two of the most talented guys on the roster by far and yet they’re being squandered by creative having nothing for them. Their match with New Day at Clash Of Champions will be fine of course, but the buildup has not been good. They need to drop the doctor gimmick immediately.
Darren Young vs Jinder Mahal
A match between two of the most boring people in existence. How nice. No but seriously, they spent the whole match talking about Young and Titus O’Neil’s ongoing feud, and even with the slight distraction from Titus, Young picked up the win with the Gutcheck. The two spilled around outside the ring for a few minutes post-match (Titus may or may not have fallen over himself) so it looks as if we’ll get a blowoff match at Clash of Champions. PLEASE let it be the last one.
Winner: Darren Young
Braun Strowman vs Sin Cara
Finally. It looks as if the squashes against the unknowns are over. Sin Cara is Strowman’s first main roster caliber opponent post-draft, and the two honestly delivered a halfway decent match. Strowman mulled Sin Cara over multiple times, but Cara kept coming back at him like a fly. Strowman got the win by count-out, which I am extremely in favor of. He attacked Sin Cara after the match as well, so it looks as if he will continue feuding with the Luchador’s. I haven’t read anything about what he’s currently doing, but Rey Mysterio anyone?
Winner: Braun Strowman
Sasha Banks promo with Dana Brooke
With what appeared to be an injury announcement, Sasha came out there and talked about the Women’s Revolution and her lifelong love for WWE. She was interrupted by Dana Brooke, who was looking to get back in Charlotte’s good graces. She went in for the attack, but Sasha countered into the Banks Statement. She’s cleared, and will be going back after Charlotte and the Women’s Championship after all.
This news is clearly VERY fresh, as they’d already made plans for Bayley going forward. While she is the current #1 contender, I don’t think anyone would complain about throwing Sasha into the mix as well. I don’t see any of these girls leaving the title picture until post-WrestleMania (again, still pulling for that Four Horsewomen match) so we can get a one-on-one with Charlotte and Bayley anytime until then. Now that Sasha is cleared, she’s back to ruling the division, and any physical interaction with Bayley after their iconic feud in NXT is just insane to think about.
Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
I had said last week that I’d like to see Owens and Zayn in a title feud if Owens survives the next few months of Seth and Roman, and right away they give it away on TV. Which again, I’m not complaining about…their last PPV match is one of my favorites all year so far. Zayn looked strong hitting multiple plancha’s and a Blue Thunderbomb, until they went back to the stupid “injured ankle” thing from a few weeks ago. Kevin Owens does not need a guy to be injured in order to beat them….he can do that damn well on his own. It doesn’t do him any favors having his first match as Universal Champion be because Sami couldn’t hit a Helluva Kick on his bum ankle.
Not taking anything away from Sami though….that Exploder Suplex on the outside looked absolutely brutal. But again, once Owens was back in the ring, he went for the Helluva Kick but could not go through with it due to the pain, which allowed Owens to hit a Superkick and a Powerbomb for the win.
Of course Roman Reigns came out there after the match, which pissed me off because WWE loves to not make that boy work. They did it in the Rumble, in the buildup to WrestleMania so that Triple H could have a little blip with Dean Ambrose and again tonight. Where was he on the card? Mick Foley gives him an opportunity where if he beats Owens next week he gets added to the title match at Clash Of Champions….I wouldn’t mind seeing Owens vs Reigns vs Rollins, but I like the current idea of just Rollins vs Owens.
The first hour of Raw was EXTREMELY strong and although it fell apart a bit in the middle, this was one of my favorite episodes of this new era. I’m very interested to see what’s going to happen now with both the Universal and Women’s Title matches, and really, I’m entertained by all but two of the programs featured tonight. What a nice change.