The September 30 2019 edition of WWE Raw went down last night in the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Listed below are the 5 best moments from the show.
Be sure to check out the full results from Raw as well!
Dominick Meets The Beast
The best part of last night’s episode of Raw was hands down the opening segment. With his son Dominick seated at ringside, Rey Mysterio came to the ring to thank his son once again for convincing him not to retire after a devastating loss to Andrade, as it had led to him securing a spot in a Universal Championship Match against Seth Rollins later in the evening.
Before he could get through his speech, however, Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, appeared on the stage, making their way toward the ring. Moments after stepping in front of Rey Mysterio, The Beast had him in his clutches, throwing Mysterio left and right with F5s and suplexes.
When he was done with Rey, he moved on to Dominick, who shrunk back in his chair as The Beast approached, but it didn’t matter. Lesnar seized Dominick from his chair, threw him over the barricade, and slung him into a ring post before rag dolling him just like he had done to Dominick’s father seconds earlier.
Paul Heyman did his best to reason with Lesnar and convince him that he had done enough, but Brock came back a second and third time before finally deciding that the father and son had enough for one night.
Dominick was stretchered away and taken to a nearby medical center while Mysterio wept in anguish over his son’s crumpled body, apologizing for placing him in harm’s way.
The Viking Raiders and The OC Compete for Supremacy
As The OC was recently knocked out of the title picture by Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, they battled The Viking Raiders last night on Raw to determine which team would be the one to progress down the path toward a match against the champs.
The Viking Raiders have been featured mainly in (awesome) squash matches since their main roster debut, and The OC provided the perfect competition for their first real feud. Normally, AJ Styles is at ringside to dispense a little assistance here and there, but he was doing his own thing this particular evening, giving The Viking Raiders a fair shot at victory.
And after a fun match between two incredible teams, The Viking Raiders took the win, giving them a strong case for Raw Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contendership, as they defeated the former champs fair and square.
Cedric Alexander Challenges AJ Styles for the United States Championship
In another, possibly even more exciting match, The OC’s third member, AJ Styles, put his United States Championship on the line against the tenacious contender, Cedric Alexander.
Despite losing match after match against Styles and his cohorts, and even worse, suffering multiple beatdowns at their hands, Cedric Alexander refuses to abandon his quest for championship gold and retribution.
Unfortunately for Alexander, he lost once again, but Styles certainly had to pull out all of the stops to retain his title. And while their feud has been rather lengthy, Styles and Alexander have excellent chemistry in the ring on top of being first-rate performers on their own, so we’ve enjoyed every moment of it.
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The Fiend Prepares for Hell in a Cell
Poor Rambling Rabbit can’t catch a break, “dying” on Raw for the third or fourth time since Firefly Fun House’s inception. He will undoubtedly come back to life in the next episode, but you have to imagine all of those resurrections take a toll on his well-being.
This time, he dropped of fright, terrified, along with all of the other Fun House puppets, that Seth Rollins would not make it through his upcoming encounter with The Fiend in one piece.
The surviving puppets asked Bray to explain what Hell in a Cell was like to ease their fears. But his description did nothing of the sort, as Bray spoke about the mental and physical suffering that occurs inside the cell, which will only be amplified on Sunday, as The Fiend is very anxious to hurt Seth Rollins.
Wyatt pretended to run off to find The Fiend to ask him to be nice to Rollins but quickly jumped back in the frame declaring that he was just kidding before laughing maniacally to close the mini show.
Bobby Lashley Locks Lips with Lana
After what felt like an exceptionally wacky episode of Raw, things only got stranger in the closing segment. Because Rey Mysterio was busy tending to his son and had endured quite a beating himself, Seth Rollins was in need of a new opponent for his scheduled Universal Championship Match.
Keen to put himself in the top spot on Raw after a long absence, Rusev stepped up to the challenge, reminding Seth that he owed him for saving the champ from a 2-on-1 assault earlier in the show anyway.
But the Universal Championship Match had barely gotten underway when Bobby Lashley’s music hit. Lashley stopped the action by gesturing to Rusev that he had brought someone along with him. All night, people had been commenting on the fact that Rusev had returned without Lana, and it seemed that they were not in a very good place in their marriage. So it made sense when the person Lashley was beckoning to turned out to be none other than Rusev’s wife.
Lana stepped onto the stage and immediately began passionately kissing Bobby Lashley while her husband watched in disgust from the ring. This presented the perfect opportunity for Seth Rollins to steal the victory from a distracted Rusev, but whether or not he even considered this, we’ll never know.
While Lana and Bobby were canoodling on the stage and Rusev stood stunned near the apron, the arena went dark, signaling the arrival of The Fiend, who went directly after Seth Rollins.
The Fiend wrecked Rollins with a Mandible Claw one last time before their match at Hell in a Cell on Sunday, reminding the Universal Champion exactly what awaited him once the cell door closes behind him.
While the start of the Bobby Lashley/Rusev/Lana angle wasn’t my favorite thing to ever happen on Raw, it was something different and undeniably made a splash among the WWE Universe.
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