WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review
Air Date: September 12, 2016
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Raw came to you LIVEEEE last night from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Smackdown Live delivered in a huge way the other night with their Backlash PPV, so Raw really needs to step it up at Clash of Champions if they want to claim brand supremacy. If last weeks Raw was any indication however, they should have no problem doing that. Lets see if they can continue to ride the wave of momentum.
Mick Foley promo with Charlotte, Dana Brooke, Sasha Banks and Bayley
With Charlotte’s title match Clash Of Champions up in the air now that Sasha is cleared to compete, Mick Foley called her out to the ring to try to settle things. Sasha and Bayley made their way out there as well, both making their arguments for why they should be the sole contender for the title. The history between those two is well is well documented, so it was only a matter of time before they got into it on opposite sides on the main roster. Foley teased a match between them, but quite frankly, that’s too big of a match for Raw. We didn’t need to worry about that though, as Dana was added to the contenders match after slapping Charlotte, clearly tired of her constant verbal abuse.
Sasha Banks vs Bayley vs Dana Brooke
There was a reason Dana was trending on Twitter during this match and that was because she looked better here then in all of her main roster matches thus far combined. There were moments when it looked like Sasha and Bayley were going to get it on, but Dana would always get in there and break up the moment. All three looked very strong and resilient, but Sasha picked up the win, pinning Bayley with a bridge cover after Bayley to Belly on Dana. It looked as though Sasha’s shoulders were on the mat as well, but there was no mention of that by anyone.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Bo Dallas vs Brandon Scott
Two weeks in and we still don’t know really know much about this new persona of Bo Dallas. He’s definitely returned to his legitimate form that he held in NXT and lost as a member of the main roster so far, dominating his match against Brandon Scott with hard-hitting, repetitive offense. He again picked up the win with the modified Cross Roads.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Chris Jericho’s ‘Highlight Reel’ with Sami Zayn
Chris Jericho has honestly never been better (except for his feud with Shawn Michaels in 2008 but you know, so I am absolutely thrilled by the fact that we’re finally going to get a Jericho/Zayn feud. Zayn was annoyed by the fact that Jericho called him out to the ring just to talk about Kevin Owens, and said that Owens will one day turn on Jericho, just like he did to him. Jericho, who, as a sidenote, hilariously does that “Kevin Owens is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history” shtick, took offense to this, hitting Zayn on the side of the head with his phone and also with a Codebreaker for good measure. Great stuff really.
Sheamus vs Cesaro
These matches get shorter with every one that goes by, but I still find myself enjoying them immensely. Cesaro picked up a much-needed win at WWE’s live event in London last week, but he still has a high mountain to climb. They’re still playing off the injured back scenario for him, who has to continually find other ways to get ahead as he is physically unable to hit a lot of his offense. Sheamus on the other hand, still focuses on the back 85% of the match, and genuinely does a good job of making it look like he’s really trying to break it. However, Cesaro picked up the win with a roll-up, assisted by the ropes. Look for Cesaro to get the tying win next week.
Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox
Alicia proved to be Nia’s most valuable main roster opponent thus far. Nia still looked completely dominant, but Alicia fought back until Nia just started swinging her around like a toy. I’m not sure if the Spear through the barricade was worthy of a “Holy shit!” chant, but it was definitely a cool visual.
Winner: Nia Jax
New Day promo/match with The Club
New Day came out to the ring and addressed that horrible “Old Day” segment from last week, rambling on about it for 2 1/2 minutes or so and making Star Wars references that I don’t understand because I’ve never seen any of them.
Xavier and Kofi were New Day’s representatives in this match and they, particularly Xavier, did very well, I just don’t need to see any version of this match happen again, when we’re going to see it for the titles at Clash of Champions. I hate giving money matches away, and that’s what WWE has been doing for weeks. I know they have to drag it out somehow but there’s gotta be another way. Anderson and Gallows picked up the win with the Magic Killer on Xavier.
Winners: Anderson and Gallows
Jinder Mahal vs Jack Swagger
I honestly can’t think of two people who are more irrelevant than Jinder Mahal and Jack Swagger, which is sad to say because I’m actually a fan of his (fun fact: he stayed at the hotel right across from mine in Dallas over WrestleMania weekend and I had no idea until the cashier at In ‘n’ Out Burger told me the next day). They didn’t put on a bad match by any means but the fans simply did not care. Jinder won with a Neckbreaker, but neither of them fit into any major storyline right now for that win to mean something.
Winner: Jinder Mahal
Enzo Amore vs Epico
After a fun little backstage segment, a match ensued between these two. The match was fine…Epico looked impressive with his trifecta of suplexes and both of the flew around outside the ring a little bit, but Epico stole the win with Primo’s help after Enzo tried to suplex him back into the ring from the apron. A Shining Stars/Enzo and Cass feud isn’t exactly on the top of my list of things I want to see, but I guess we’re getting it anyway.
Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns
This entire match was entertaining, but I was really drawn in by the second half of it after Rollins caused the DQ on Owens. The match went for another 6-7 minutes after that(which is rare for a match that is restarted – usually the bell rings, someone hits a finisher and that’s it) and honestly felt like the end of a major pay-per-view. Owens took everything Roman gave him and kept coming back, so it looks as though he’ll be the weaseling yet fighting champion for as long as he holds the title, which I appreciate. The end came when Rusev ran out, distracting Roman long enough for Owens to hit a Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win. So we will for sure be seeing Rollins/Owens for the title at Clash of Champions, which is what they needed at the moment, and of course Roman/Rusev, which I’ll only be okay with it if it’s as good as their match from a few weeks ago. The Clash of Champions card is building up nicely.
Winner: Kevin Owens
All major storylines were advanced very nicely on this show. I’m not a fan of them leaving Bayley with nothing to do now even though she was originally named the #1 contender, but that’s my only complaint. Like I said earlier, the Clash of Champions card is getting better and better each week and after what we saw tonight in the building up to that, I have no doubt Raw will outdo Smackdown in a few weeks.