The September 2 2019 edition of WWE Raw went down last night in the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Listed below are the 5 best moments from the show.
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The OC Wreak Havoc on Raw
On top of being Raw Tag Team Champions and competing against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode for those titles at Clash of Champions, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins were also scheduled to face each other at this event for the Universal Championship.
To make this match official, Rollins and Strowman had a contract signing to start the show. But AJ Styles and his crew, disgusted at the means by which both Strowman and Ziggler/Roode obtained their championship matches, interrupted.
After ruining the contract signing, a brawl broke out between the four men, which quickly turned into a match. Rollins and Strowman won this match, but Styles attacked Rollins the moment the bell rang. In the midst of the fight, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode joined the fray, and the 5 villains took down both Rollins and Strowman, proudly standing over their crumpled bodies.
But that wasn’t enough for either group, as The OC ambushed Cedric Alexander during his King of the Ring interview right after pummeling Rollins and Strowman, and Ziggler and Roode beat down Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins in a tag match.
The Viking Raiders Destroy Local Talent
The Viking Raiders have been barreling through any and all competition placed before them, their weekly demolitions becoming one of the highlights (at least for us) of Raw.
While Erik and Ivar squashing a couple of poor souls who inadvisedly stepped in their path is nothing new, their destruction of Brian Thomas and Tyler Hastings was a special piece of entertainment.
Thomas and Hastings said they had come to put The Viking Raiders in their places and had extra motivation to do so because they had driven all the way from Pittsburgh for the occasion.
To say that Erik and Ivar rag-dolled these two men would be an understatement. Brian Thomas’ small stature allowed the Raiders to toss him around the ring and launch him into the air, where he reached comical heights, with ease.
Ricochet and Samoa Joe Battle in King of the Ring Quarter-Finals
The King of the Ring Tournament has been non-stop excitement since it began, given that 16 of the top competitors from both Raw and SmackDown were included in the initial line-up.
This week, the Quarter-Finals of the event began, Ricochet and Samoa Joe competing in one of the two matches featured on Raw. At the end of a hard-fought back and forth battle, Samoa Joe and Ricochet were on the top rope, Samoa Joe gripping Ricochet in the Coquina Clutch.
Ricochet lost consciousness and both men fell to the mat, landing side-by-side, back-first. The referee completed the 3-count, but there was quite a bit of confusion, as technically neither competitor lost, which meant neither won either.
After some deliberation, it was decided that next week’s semi-final match will be a triple threat between Baron Corbin (who bested Cedric Alexander earlier in the evening), Ricochet, and Samoa Joe.
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Firefly Fun House Returns
Bray Wyatt and The Fiend have been absent from Raw for the most part since his savage beatdown of Finn Bálor at Summerslam. He made a brief appearance to put the Mandible Claw on Jerry Lawler but has remained out of sight otherwise.
But last night on Raw, Bray Wyatt and his Firefly Fun House resurfaced. To start the show, Bray apologized on behalf of The Fiend for his not-so-nice treatment of Bálor. He was confronted by Evil Vince Puppet, who was angry that he would dare challenge such important people as Rollins and Strowman. But no worries, Wyatt fed him some money and he forgot all about it.
Wyatt resumed his challenge to Rollins, claiming that Rollins and Strowman didn’t understand teamwork like he did. He and his puppet friends team up to chase the pain away, and he and The Fiend team up to inflict it.
Bray finished off with a cheerful, “see you in hell!” before morphing back and forth between Fun House Bray and The Fiend and waving goodbye to his firefly friends.
Bayley Turns to The Dark Side
In the final chapter of last night’s episode of Raw, Bayley teamed up with Becky Lynch to take on Women’s Tag Team Champions, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in the first-ever Women’s Championship Showcase.
The relationship between Bayley and Becky Lynch has been rocky at best for some time, but the two champions were able to pull it together for this match, holding the upper hand through much of the action.
But the feud between Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch has been ramping up ever since Banks made her return to WWE TV, attacking Natalya and then Becky. So when Banks made her way to ringside to get a closer look at the match, everyone thought she might ambush Lynch right then.
However, Banks merely stood close to the ring, watching Lynch and Bayley get closer and closer to victory, but not inserting herself into the action. That is until the moment she had been waiting for presented itself, in which she lept into the ring and attacked Becky Lynch while Bayley was laid out outside.
When Bayley had her feet back under her, she came into the ring, armed with a steel chair. But instead of saving her current tag partner, she grinned at Sasha Banks before laying in strike after strike across Becky’s back with the chair.
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