United States Champion Roman Reigns comes down to the ring and talks about how he’s the first one from his bloodline to hold the US Title. Reigns says he represents his family on a nightly basis before being interrupted by Lana. She claims her husband Rusev doesn’t know she’s out there but Reigns highly doubts that. Lana says she’s there to negotiate a rematch for the US Title, gets upset at Reigns and tells him to go to hell. Rusev comes down and starts brawling with Reigns outside the ring. After sending Rusev into the barricade, Reigns rolls him into the ring where he attempts a Superman Punch but is rammed into the corner. Rusev lands multiple strikes on Reigns in the corner. The fight returns to the ringside area where Rusev catches Reigns with a kick to the throat followed by a jumping side kick, sending Roman over the barricade and into the crowd. Rusev grabs the US Title, heads up the ramp with Lana where he turns around and gets laid out via a Superman Punch by Reigns. The champion retrieves his title and accepts the rematch but says it will be inside Hell In A Cell.
Match 1: WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick (Non-Title)
Following the pre-match handshake, Perkins dropkicked Kendrick who rolled out of the ring. Back in the ring, Perkins sends Kendrick flying with a back body drop and hits a springboard crossbody followed by multiple punches. Kendrick ends up outside the ring again, Perkins nails a wrecking ball dropkick and a corkscrew plancha, laying out Kendrick. Inside the ring, TJP runs into a stiff big boot, Kendrick jams Perkins’ fingers into the turnbuckle bar and steps on his hand for a four count from the referee. Perkins catches Kendrick with a running hurricanrana and delivers the double chickenwing gutbuster for a two count. TJP follows up with the Kneebar but Kendrick makes it to the bottom rope, breaking the hold. Kendrick delivers Sliced Bread #2 for a two count on Perkins. Kendrick locks the Captain’s Hook on TJP but the hold is countered into a roll up for a two count. Perkins with a springboard wrecking ball dropkick. TJP sets up for the Detonation Kick but Kendrick rakes his eyes and locks in the Captain’s Hook causing the Cruiserweight Champion to tapout.
Winner: Brian Kendrick
Rating: 3/5 – A good opening match for RAW despite being rather short. There was some good back-and-forth action from both cruiserweights as well as some clever viciousness shown by Kendrick, using the turnbuckle bar to target his opponent’s hand. Obviously a win over the champion usually earns a superstar a shot at the title so it should be expected Brian Kendrick will receive another opportunity at the Cruiserweight Title, possibly at Hell In A Cell.
Footage is shown of Michael Cole’s interview with Seth Rollins from earlier today. Regarding his rib injury, doctors have cleared Rollins but advised him to rest and not to come to LA for RAW but he’s not one to rest on a Monday. Rollins says Kevin Owens may have won the WWE Universal Title but he didn’t be him as he was handed the title by Triple H. Rollins feels he deserves another rematch against KO after coming up short at Clash Of Champions, due to interference by Chris Jericho. He calls Owens a cog in the machine and plans on tearing that machine apart piece by piece, starting with Kevin Owens. If Rollins gets his rematch for the WWE Universal Title, he vows to cancel The Kevin Owens Show and prove to the entire world that he’s still “The Man”.
Prior to the match, Byron Saxton interviews Chase Silver who has just moved from Idaho to Hollywood, where dreams can come true. His far-fetched dream is to beat up Braun Strowman which prayers, wishes and counting your lucky stars all combined together won’t help produce such a preposterous miracle.
Match 2: Braun Strowman vs. Chase Silver
Silver unloads on Strowman with strikes but gets pushed into the ropes and shoved to the mat. Silver receives a boot for trying to attack Braun from behind. Strowman with a running splash in the corner and waits for Silver to get back up just to plow through him with a shoulder tackle. Braun picks up Chase for a powerslam and the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Byron Saxton asks Braun Strowman what’s next for him. Braun says he’s the gift of destruction and they’re wasting his talents on weak fools. And if RAW General Manager Mick Foley doesn’t get him real competition by next week, there may not be a next week.
Rating: 1/5 – Another short squash match from Strowman. I like that it may hopefully be his last as he’s hungry for tougher competition. May I suggest one of the following: Big Show, Big E, Mark Henry or Roman Reigns. Or perhaps test the teamwork of Cesaro & Sheamus in a handicap match against the 6-foot 8-inch “Mountain Of A Man”.
Sasha Banks is warming up for her main event match against Charlotte for the RAW Women’s Title. Bayley approaches her and while she wishes it was her in the main event, she can’t think of anyone more deserving than Sasha. “The Boss” plans to make history tonight by dethroning the wannabe queen and taking control of the women’s division. Bayley wishes her good luck in her quest to become a two-time RAW Women’s Champion.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and his best friend Chris Jericho come down to the ring, both dressed sharp for tonight. Owens says he just watched the Seth Rollins interview which Michael Cole was terrible at conducting, by the way. KO calls Rollins a stupid idiot and says he doesn’t deserve a rematch for his title because he lost. He gloats about defeating Rollins at Clash Of Champions and brings up Seth blaming the referee for his loss. If Rollins does weasel his way into a rematch, Owens thinks Jericho should be the special guest referee. Chris says it’s not a terrible idea but he has an idea of his own as he believes Jeri-KO is the best tag time in the WWE after their win over Enzo Amore & Big Cass last week. Jericho thinks they should challenge The New Day for the RAW Tag Team Championship. Owens thinks Team Chris & Kevin as champions sounds amazing but Cesaro & Sheamus have been given a Tag Team Championship opportunity by RAW GM Mick Foley. Owens is reluctant at first until Jericho says he’s not asking him for an opportunity as his championship, then he gets on board with the RAW Tag Team Title idea. The New Day come down to the entrance stage and Kofi Kingston says he, Big E and Xavier Woods have the best friendship in WWE. Jericho gets upset at Kofi for questioning his friendship with Owens and adds The New Day to The List. Owens takes shots at The New Day and says seven months ago they jumped the shark together. Woods asks KO when was the last time he jumped over anything which upsets “The Prizefighter” who tells Jericho to add him to the list again. The New Day accept the challenge for a match but it’ll happen later since they’re not dressed to compete.
Footage is shown from earlier today of Cesaro & Sheamus arriving to the arena, arguing with each other.
Prior the the match, a sidebar video features Titus O’Neil announcing The Titus Brand, where everything is Titus and Titus is everything.
Match 3: Sami Zayn vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus brings Sami into the corner but the referee breaks it up. O’Neil catches Zayn for a couple backbreakers and slams him to the mat. Titus with a strong whip in the corner on Sami followed by a bearhug until Zayn fights out. A brutal backbreaker from Titus, Sami hits a clothesline, manages to lift Titus for the exploder suplex into the corner and nails the Helluva Kick for the pinfall victory.
Rating: 2/5 – A brief match between two underutilized superstars. Titus losing after introducing his brand, especially to a smaller superstar makes me think this is the beginning of a new feud. Both superstars have moved on from feuds involving their former tag team partners / friends, making their rivalry more interesting. Hopefully Titus O’Neil demands another match against Sami Zayn, looking to make up for his loss rather than face a random opponent next week and lose again.
Cesaro and Sheamus are still arguing, this time in the locker room. RAW General Manager Mick Foley comes in and tries to motivate them to get on the same page and prove him right in their tag team match tonight.
Match 4: Golden Truth vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
R-Truth with a hip toss on Anderson, tags in Goldust and they double team Anderson with a double Russian leg sweep. Goldust continues to work over Anderson until Gallows provides the distraction, allowing Anderson to nail a Rocket Kick. Anderson gets tagged in and unloads on Goldust with strikes in the corner. Gallows with a roundhouse kick to Goldust for a two count. Goldust delivers a scoop powerslam on Gallows, causing both men to be on the mat for a bit before tagging in their partners. R-Truth nails a couple clotheslines on Anderson, a corkscrew leg lariat followed by a corkscrew scissors kick for a two count, broken up by Gallows. Goldust gets knocked off the ring apron via a knee shot by Gallows. Anderson tags in Gallows, who sets up R-Truth for the Magic Killer and the three count.
Winners: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
After the match, Goldust checks on his partner and Anderson kicks him in the head. Anderson sends Goldust into a big boot by Gallows and they deliver Magic Killer to send a message to the tag team division.
Rating: 2/5 – A very quick tag team match with Gallows & Anderson shifting the momentum towards the end. Basically to put over Gallows & Anderson as a threat to the RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are heading to the arena for their match when they encounter actors Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson. Jericho threatens to add them to The List and says “Ink it in, man.” Masterson grabs the clipboard and makes up a couple things on The List, mocking Jericho’s WrestleMania loss to Fandango. Kutcher questions Jeri-KO’s friendship and says him and Masterson are brothers. Jericho says he and Owens are so close, that they should be Siamese twins. Owens says That 70’s Show would’ve been better with him and Jericho before walking off the get ready for the tag team match. Kutcher tells Jericho they’re gonna be ringside for his match with Owens against The New Day. Jericho says they better stay out of Jeri-KO’s business or they’re gonna get IT!
Enzo Amore & Big Cass are in the ring with a table and three women, all are wearing the More Than Pink T-Shirts. Enzo announces that WWE and Susan G. Komen held a contest back in May and the women in the ring are the winners of that contest as well as breast cancer survivors. Enzo then presents them with replicas of the RAW Women’s Championship.
Actors Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson have joined the RAW announce team of Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton for commentary during Jeri-KO’s tag team match against The New Day.
Match 5: RAW Tag Team Champions Big E & Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho (Non-Title Match)
Woods and Jericho start the match with Chris working over Xavier with chops in a corner before tagging in Owens. KO body slams Woods and jumps over him a couple times since Woods joked about him earlier in the show. Owens works over Woods before tagging Jericho back in who continues to control the match until Xavier nails the Honor Roll for a two count. Jericho and Woods tag in their partners, Owens goes after Big E before he can get in the ring. Owens runs into an impactful forearm from Big E, receives a shoulder thrust but dodges the second attempt, sending Big E shoulder-first into the ring post. KO tags in Jericho and he works over Big E in the corner. Big E runs into a dropkick from Jericho who then gets in Woods’ face, talking trash while Owens gets some cheap shots in on Big E. Jericho attempts a high-risk move but Big E clocks him in the gut for a two count. Owens is tagged in and nails a cannonball on Big E followed by a running senton for a two count. Big E and Owens run into each other with a double clothesline, Big E makes the tag to Woods who hits a high knee on KO followed by a dropkick to Owens’ back. KO delivers a gutbuster to Woods for a two count. Woods fights out of a headlock by Owens but is caught when trying to tag in Big E and receives a short-arm clothesline. Jericho is tagged in and works over Woods in the corner with strikes as well as a running clothesline in the opposite corner. Woods counters a superplex attempt from Jericho and sends Y2J falling face-first to the mat followed by a crossbody for a nearfall. Jericho tags in Owens, KO stops Xavier from tagging in Big E and plants him with a DDT for a two count. Seth Rollins walks out to the entrance stage, the distraction allows Woods to nail Owens with an enzuigiri and he tags in Big E. Jericho gets tagged in and receives a couple belly-to-belly slams from Big E. Jericho attempts a high-risk move but gets caught for a third belly-to-belly. Owens superkicks Big E, ends up on the floor and Xavier dives onto the WWE Universal Champion. Big E clocks Jericho with an elbow, hits a big splash and tags in Woods. Jericho locks in the Lion Tamer on Xavier but Rollins distracts him on the ring apron, Big E tags in and sets up Midnight Hour for the three count.
After the match, Seth Rollins delivers a Pedigree to Chris Jericho.
Rating: 3/5 – An entertaining match between the RAW Tag Team Champions and a couple of self-proclaimed “best friends”. Woods did a great job filling in for Kofi Kingston, who couldn’t compete tonight due to staples in his head from last week. Plenty of nearfalls in this match which kept the drama intense. A couple of my favorite moves to see in the match were the Honor Roll by Woods and the old-school Lion Tamer by Jericho. I can’t help but wonder if and when The New Day does split up, could we see Xavier Woods be involved in the cruiserweight division? He’s got the athleticism, speed and tenacity to be a major factor in the division should he venture out into a singles career. I liked Rollins distraction rather than an interference, probably done so because Mick Foley doesn’t care for it when he does interfere in matches. He may not have gotten his hands on Kevin Owens but his best friend will just have to do for tonight.
Tom Phillips interviews RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte with Dana Brooke. Charlotte says she’s the only reason Sasha Banks is in the main event. She says Sasha has butterflies going into this match because she’ll expose her for the over-achiever that she is and knock her off the pedestal that social media has put her on. Charlotte says she has no equal and she’ll make Sasha history after she taps out tonight.
RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon approaches Seth Rollins, asking why he’s here tonight and putting himself in jeopardy. Rollins says she doesn’t get to tell him what to do anymore and he won’t let the bromance of Owens and Jericho have a fairytale ending. Stephanie points out that he’s all alone now, there’s no Shield and no Authority. She said he won’t last long on his own and he’s replaceable just like everybody else. Rollins says she doesn’t get to tell him how things work around here after her husband made the second worst decision in his entire life when he stabbed him in the back. Stephanie asks what’s the first worst decision Triple H ever made which Rollins says is marrying her. Rollins demands his rematch for the WWE Universal Championship and if she doesn’t grant him that, he’ll make her life a living hell, burn RAW straight to the ground and take Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho with him.
Match 6: Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese
Swann fakes a test of strength challenge to get in the head of Nese, applies a headlock but gets shoved into the ropes and knocked down with a shoulder tackle. After some back-and-forth running the ropes, Swann nails a dropkick taking down Nese. Swann goes for a clothesline but Nese ducks with a Matrix-like move and lands multiple kicks followed by a leg sweep for a two count. Swann delivers a very unique Swannaca-rana to Nese and receives a roundhouse kick in the corner. Nese with a strong whip into the corner, Swann fights back and sends Nese flying via a top-rope hurricanrana. Swann with a couple running clotheslines, a side kick and a double boot to the back of Nese’s neck for a two count. Nese catches Swann mid-air and sends him into the top rope. Nese delivers a Pumphandle Michinoku Driver II for the pinfall.
Rating: 3/5 – An exciting match from two talented members of the cruiserweight division. Rich Swann showed he’s very talented as well as quite the entertainer, although having fun in the ring can cost him the match against a serious opponent like tonight. Tony Nese continues to impress as the most muscular hybrid cruiserweight in the division. He has strength, speed, intensity and an innovative take on the Michinoku Driver. I wouldn’t mind one day seeing him hold the WWE Cruiserweight Championship and I bet he’d probably have a lengthy reign as champion whenever that day comes.
A promo is shown of The Makeover of Emma to Emmalina which is premiering soon.
Match 7: Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Mark Carradine & Raul White
Green Tights puts Cesaro in a headlock and receives a suplex followed by a running uppercut into the corner. Sheamus tags himself in and suplexes Green Tights as well before hitting a running shoulder thrust. Cesaro tags himself in and counters a roll up attempt with a double foot stomp. Red Trunks runs into a double axe handle followed by the Irish Curse Backbreaker. As Sheamus sets up for the Cloverleaf, Cesaro jumps over him and DDTs Green Tights. Sheamus nails Red Trunks with a Brogue Kick for the three count.
Winners: Cesaro & Sheamus
Rating: 2/5 – Another odd match against a couple of jobbers for this strange pairing of “The Swiss Superman” and “The Celtic Warrior”. I like the unique team of Cesaro & Sheamus but I’d really like them to face some actual tag teams such as Golden Truth, The Shining Stars or even bring back The Headbangers for one night on RAW. Anybody but random jobbers that don’t get much offense in. More examples: Basham Brothers, Cryme Tyme, Deuce ‘n Domino, Gymini, Mean Street Posse, Right To Censor, The bWo, The Highlanders, The Spirit Squad, Too Cool, etc.
Charlotte and Dana Brooke are heading down the hallway when they see Bayley and the champion starts to mock her. Bayley tells her not to be too cocky but she cuts her off and says she has to go main event. Charlotte walks off but Dana stays behind to continue insulting Bayley. Dana shoves Bayley against a wall but is soon tossed into a metal frame and appears to have injured her right leg in the process.
Match 8: RAW Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
They lock up to start the match, Charlotte slams Sasha down to the mat, sets up for the Figure Eight but gets kicked out of the ring. Sasha attempts a dive but Charlotte nails a forearm and Sasha comes back with a suicide dive followed by a punch outside the ring. Charlotte knocks Sasha off the top rope, causing her to land on the top turnbuckle and sends her into the barricade, outside the ring. Charlotte continues to target the back of Sasha with a submission hold, a back stretch and a brutal backbreaker. Sasha fights back with a couple clotheslines, a dropkick, a knee to the face and slams Charlotte with a jumping double knee dive for a two count. Sasha sends Charlotte out of the ring with a hurricanrana and hits a baseball slide. Back in the ring, Charlotte kicks Sasha in the back and follows up with a big boot to the face for a two count. Sasha fights off a superplex attempt and nails Charlotte with the double knee dive for a two count. Backstabber attempt by Sasha but Charlotte sends her through the ropes onto the floor and lands an awesome corkscrew moonsault on “The Boss”. She brings Sasha back into the ring and delivers Natural Selection for a nearfall. Charlotte slaps Sasha repeatedly and shouts at her to stay down. Sasha with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown into the Bank Statement but Charlotte counters into a pin like at SummerSlam. However, Sasha reverses the pin into the Bank Statement causing Charlotte to tapout.
Winner and New RAW Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks
After the match, Sasha celebrates with the title as Charlotte is clearly emotional following the loss of her title.
Rating: 4/5 – A very entertaining and exciting main event featuring the women’s division. This was the second time the longest running weekly episodic television show in history has featured a Women’s Championship main event as the RAW from December 6, 2004 had Trish Stratus unsuccessfully defend her title against Lita, nearly 12 years ago. History repeated itself as the more popular woman among the WWE Universe dethroned the very best the division has to offer. It was interesting to see Charlotte try to win the same way she did at SummerSlam only to end up tapping out moments later. Hopefully Sasha remains champion for awhile as she’s been playing hot potato with Charlotte over who holds the title these past few months. Also, I’d like to see a new challenger for “The Boss” after Charlotte gets her rematch of course. Maybe some possible opponents could be: Bayley, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax or the repackaged Emmalina perhaps. For now, the WWE Universe can rejoice as Sasha Banks is the top superstar of the RAW women’s division.