The September 2 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1371 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Clash of Champions Contract Signing
Raw Tag Team Champions, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman, met Michael Cole in the middle of the ring to sign the contract confirming their Universal Championship Match at Clash of Champions.
Cole asked how they could possibly team up and fight with each other on the same night and be successful? Rollins said it would be no problem, they could put their differences aside, but he would be the one to win the Universal Championship. Strowman obviously disagreed, but the conversation didn’t get any more disrespectful than that.
Before they could sign the contract, however, AJ Styles and The OC walked out onto the stage, mocking Rollins and Strowman for their decision, and Strowman, Roode, and Ziggler’s flimsy claims to their respective Number 1 Contender positions.
Styles and The OC marched right into the ring, where Styles tore up the contract that had yet to be signed, enraging Strowman, who flipped the table in front of him and attacked The OC, causing a brawl between all 5 men.
Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins vs. The OC (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
Back from commercial, an official tag match had been set between Seth Rollins/Braun Strowman and The OC (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson), while AJ Styles watched from ringside.
Gallows and Anderson did their best to overpower their opponents but struggled to do so, as Rollins and Strowman are no easy prey. Working together, they managed to ground Rollins, throwing him out of the ring for a cheap shot from Styles when they were done.
Back from commercial, Rollins had returned to his feet and soon got the hot tag to Braun Strowman, who demonstrated his displeasure in their ruining his contract signing by leveling both Gallows and Anderson before giving the ring back to Rollins.
AJ Styles distracted Rollins as the match came to a close, but it didn’t help, as he broke out of the roll-up Anderson caught him in, returning one of his own and winning the match.
Immediately after the bell, Styles attacked Rollins, but Rollins came out on top. For a moment. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode appeared out of nowhere, teaming up with The OC against Rollins and Strowman. And after taking Rollins out, focused all of their attention on Braun Strowman, and even The Monster can’t overcome a 5 on 1 attack.
Winner: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman
The OC Continue The Rampage
Backstage, Cedric Alexander was being interviewed regarding his King of the Ring match against Baron Corbin later in the evening. Cedric was just ramping up a fiery speech about how he was actually preparing for the match while Baron was playing dress-up when The OC ran up and attacked him from behind.
It wasn’t clear whether or not Cedric would still be able to compete, but he certainly seemed to be in pain after the ambush.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
In preparation for their Tag Team Championship Match at Clash of Champions, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode took on Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, looking to make an example out of them like they did Strowman and Rollins.
And they were successful in this endeavor, ruthlessly tearing Curt Hawkins to shreds. Zack Ryder was able to get in a bit of offense once he tagged in, but he was still no match for Ziggler and Roode, and when Hawkins tagged back in, he was met with a Glorious DDT and kept down for good.
Winner: Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler
Lacey Evans vs. Natalya
As Lacey Evans’ made her way down to the ring, Natalya’s music played. And because ruining Evans’ entrance wasn’t enough, she laid her out on the ramp as well.
This strategy worked well for Natalya, as even after the match began, she held dominion over Lacey Evans for quite some time, The Queen of Harts not holding back one ounce of aggression.
But once Lacey had gotten her bearings, things rapidly shifted in her favor, The Southern Belle wearing Natalya down with submissions before attempting a moonsault.
Natalya rolled out of the way at the last second, which worked wonders, and ultimately gained her a near fall. When Lacey refused to stay down, Natalya continued her attacks, but Lacey threw her handkerchief in Nattie’s face, following it with a Woman’s Right that knocked her down for the count.
Winner: Lacey Evans
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Becky Lynch Calls Out The Boss
Becky Lynch came to the ring to address Sasha Banks directly. She said she heard Sasha’s claims against her, but Becky knew the truth. Becky fought tooth and nail to get to the top of the Women’s Division, while Sasha was given the world on a silver platter and threw it away.
She demanded that Sasha Banks join her, and after a bit of persuasion, Sasha came to the stage. Sasha said the only reason people cared about Becky Lynch at all was that Nia Jax broke her face way back when.
Becky Lynch challenged Sasha Banks to a match right then, but Sasha had a better idea: a Raw Women’s Championship Match at Clash of Champions. The Man agreed and the match was set.
Baron Corbin vs. Cedric Alexander
King of the Ring Quarter-Finals Match
Despite the brutal attack from The OC, Cedric Alexander refused to drop out of the tournament and tried his hardest to overcome his “injuries” and stay in the fight with Corbin.
But an injured arm proved to be a larger obstacle than he had prepared for, and Baron Corbin got the early advantage. Cedric Alexander gave an impressive one-armed performance, hitting everything he could while avoiding the use of his bad arm, but Corbin once again took the upper hand by smashing Alexander’s head into the ring post as he hung between the ropes.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin was zoning in on Cedric’s injured arm, and still, Cedric fought on, launching himself at Corbin, but Corbin caught him in mid-air, throwing him down in a spine buster.
Cedric powered out of the pin and was almost instantly hit with a Deep Six, but again broke free of Corbin’s attempt to subdue him. Alexander came back with a barrage of strikes, then threw Baron’s shoulder into the ring posts again and again before diving onto him on the outside.
Back in the ring, Cedric went to finish Baron off, who tried to counter with an End of Days, but Cedric slid out of it, hitting a Michinoku driver. The second End of Days stuck, however, and Baron Corbin advanced in the tournament.
Winner: Baron Corbin
The Viking Raiders vs. Tyler Hastings and Young Elvis
Tyler and Elvis came to the ring first, claiming that they came to bring down The Viking Raiders. They came all the way from Pittsburgh to do so, after all.
But once Erik and Ivar were making their way down the ramp, Tyler and Elvis looked to be regretting their decision. And regretted it even more after The Viking Raiders destroyed them. This might honestly have been the most violent Viking Raiders squash yet and it was amazing.
Winner: The Viking Raiders
Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet
King of the Ring Quarter-Finals Match
Before the match, Samoa Joe, of course, had to drop some knowledge on the crowd and the rest of the locker room. He said that, while it was cute that his competition had all thrown their names in for King and played dress-up, King Joe just sounded better.
Ricochet looked ultra-focused going into the match, but as usual, Joe looked calm and collected, comfortable in the knowledge that he can bring down anyone in his path.
And bring Ricochet down he did, grinding down Ricochet’s arm before focusing on his leg, trying to keep Ricochet as close to the ground as possible. But Joe was never able to hold Ricochet down for long, and Ricochet eventually came back by sending Joe flying to the floor and attacking him once he was there.
Back in the ring, Joe renewed his efforts to snap Ricochet’s leg in half, and at this point, Ricochet was much less fresh than he was at the start, and struggled a little bit more to get up every time.
But he did continue to get up, which angered Joe so much that he doubled up on his aggression. Ricochet caught Joe with a dropkick, and with a standing shooting star press, nearly took the victory, but Joe powered out of the pin.
Ricochet flipped from top rope looking for an attack, but Joe dodged, catching Ricochet in a slam. The One and Only came back with a series of kicks and a dive to the outside, and possibly could have won via countout, but he didn’t want to win that way and pushed Joe back in the ring.
Ricochet set Joe up for his 630 finisher, but Joe caught up to him, locking in the Coquina Clutch on the top rope. This rendered Ricochet unconscious, and both opponents fell to the mat back-first. The referee completed the three-count but wasn’t sure what to do as there was no clear winner.
The referee shook Ricochet off claiming that a decision would eventually be made, but while Ricochet was distracted, Samoa Joe came back for another attack. This backfired, however, as Ricochet flattened him with a Recoil.
Later, John Cone was interviewed regarding his decision, and to Baron Corbin’s horror, Cone announced that the semi-final match on Raw would be a triple threat: Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet.
Firefly Fun House Returns
Back in his Fun House, Bray Wyatt gave Finn Bálor an apology, because what The Fiend did to him at Summerslam wasn’t very nice.
Evil Vince McMahon puppet confronted Bray, chastising him for issuing challenges to “important people.” But after Bray fed him some money (lol) he got over it.
Back to what he was saying, Bray Wyatt challenged Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell. He said that Seth and Bray didn’t make a very good team, but unlike them, he had learned the value of teamwork. His puppets help him fight the pain — and The Fiend helps him inflict it.
The Miz vs. Cesaro
Cesaro went right for the victory, crashing into Miz with a thunderous uppercut, but Miz kicked out. Not deterred in the slightest, Cesaro continued without missing a beat, pummeling Miz until The A-Lister gained a small reprieve with some It Kicks.
Miz was not able to hold his head above water for long, though, because Cesaro was determined. The two went back and forth, avoiding each other’s most devastating maneuvers the best they could, until finally Miz connected with his Skull Crushing Finale, taking the win and gaining a bit of extra momentum for his match against Shinsuke Nakamura.
Winner: The Miz
Bayley and Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross and Bayley kicked off the match, Bayley taking the upper hand by catching Nikki in a suplex before throwing her out of the ring. Bayley and Becky Lynch were looking great, possibly even getting close to victory, when Sasha Banks appeared on the stage, throwing a wrench in the action.
Sasha stayed out of the action, but her presence was enough to throw Bayley and Becky Lynch off their game, allowing Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to take control.
Alexa and Nikki worked together to wear Bayley down, even double-teaming her while the referee’s back was turned. But Becky Lynch came into the match with straight fire, showering strikes down on Alexa Bliss, which would have won her the match had Nikki Cross not broken the pin.
Becky closed in on the win again, but it was here that Sasha Banks made her move, attacking The Man and causing a disqualification before smashing a chair across her back.
Back on her feet, Bayley got into the ring and looked conflicted. Steel chair in hand, she was forced to choose between her former tag partner and best friend and the honorable decision, which would have been not to beat the heck out of Becky Lynch.
But in a shocking turn of events, Bayley chose the low road, striking Becky with the chair as hard as she could while Sasha Banks grinned behind her to close the show.
Winner: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (via disqualification)
Raw Results (September 2 2019)
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