The September 23 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Chase Center in San Francisco, California, 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 #1374 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Seth Rollins Adds Another Challenge to the List
After The Fiend made his presence known in the opening sequence of Raw, Seth Rollins made his way to the ring to cut a promo. He said that he’s done quite a bit in his career thus far, but had never experienced anything like The Fiend.
And though The Fiend presents a unique challenge at Hell in a Cell, he guaranteed that he would be the one to come through with the Universal Championship in the end.
At this, Braun Strowman made his entrance, angry that Seth Rollins wasn’t man enough to address The Monster. Rollins said that he wasn’t afraid of Strowman, he simply had too much going on to worry about him at that moment, but if he wanted a match, they could have one tonight.
Strowman agreed and the match was set.
The Viking Raiders vs. The OC
Accompanied by AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came to the ring to take on the seemingly insurmountable duo of Erik and Ivar.
The Viking Raiders held control in the opening moments of the match, but Luke Gallows soon took the upper hand, beating down Erik. AJ Styles tried to join in on the beatdown, but the referee saw him and he was ordered to leave the ringside area.
He grudgingly obeyed but had barely stepped back onto the stage when Cedric Alexander appeared from backtage, jumping him from behind. The two brawled into the backstage area and the match continued.
Despite the loss of their third man, The OC resumed their domination of Erik and Ivar. But The Viking Raiders are no strangers to a challenge and began to pick up steam against Karl Anderson, using flawless teamwork to wear him down.
Luke Gallows stopped Ivar from completing The Viking Raider’s finishing maneuver, and he and Anderson nearly took the win with a Boot of Doom, but Ivar came back just in time.
Erik assisted Ivar in a Thor’s Hammer powerslam on Karl Anderson, after which Erik dove out of the ring to prevent any interference from Gallows, and The Viking Raiders took the victory.
Winner: The Viking Raiders
Rusev vs. EC3
The new, more brutal, more mustachioed, Rusev put the smackdown on EC3 in a quick squash match, tapping him out with his Accolade submission and holding it a little longer than necessary.
Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross came into this match full steam ahead, eager to get revenge on Sasha Banks and Bayley for herself and her tag partner, Alexa Bliss. Sasha Banks got the early advantage, catching Cross off guard with a series of vicious attacks, but Cross was unyielding, firing back at Banks until she was forced to roll out of the ring to regroup.
Banks allowed the referee to begin the count, completely unbothered by the threat of losing by count-out and jumped back in only when she was ready. The momentary breather was enough to give her the upper hand once again, but she was unable to put Cross away, and Nikki fought her way back a second time.
Back from commercial, Banks was looking more confident than ever, but this allowed Nikki Cross to sling her into a ring post, injuring Sasha’s shoulder. Cross trapped Banks in the ring apron, then went for a DDT back in the ring, but Banks dodged the attack.
This wasn’t as effective as Banks probably hoped, because Nikki Cross immediately hit her swinging neckbreaker instead, but before she could take the win, Bayley caused a distraction.
Alexa Bliss took Bayley out at ringside and Nikki Cross connected with a crossbody, but it was too late. Banks had caught her breath while Nikki was preoccupied with Bayley and rolled her into the Banks Statement, taking the win.
Furious at this result, Alexa Bliss lept onto the apron to pick a fight with Banks, but Sasha Banks bested her as well, leaving the ring with a smile on her face and Bayley at her side.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Lacey Evans vs. Ember Moon
Determined to prove herself against the Southern Belle, Ember Moon smashed into her with a kick the second the bell rang, and when that wasn’t enough to keep her down, hit her with a crossbody, which still didn’t do the job, but did earn her another near fall.
From here, Lacey Evans took the reigns, dropping Ember with a few strikes of her own before going for her Woman’s Right. Ember ducked out of the way, however, coming back with a punch that leveled the Southern Belle.
Lacey tied Ember up in the ropes, but it didn’t give her the lead she wanted, as Ember Moon turned the situation into an impressive Stunner off the apron. Evans persevered, and it paid off.
The second attempt at the Woman’s Right connected, and Ember Moon was laid out, setting her up perfectly for Lacey to use Natalya’s finishing submission, the Sharpshooter, once again for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon
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Firefly Fun House
In the Firefly Fun House, Bray Wyatt was adjusting his wall of friendship when he was torn away by Rambling Rabbit and Huskus arguing over a Seth Rollins action figure.
Bray Wyatt took the toy from them, giving a speech about how caring too much can lead to all sorts of bad feelings and only too often ends in abandonment. But Rabbit wasn’t all that impressed with this speech, confessing that his main concern was that The Fiend was going to hurt Seth Rollins, something that he really didn’t want to happen.
Upon hearing this, Bray became much more serious, saying that The Fiend didn’t want to hurt Seth, he wanted to save him, but The Fiend never forgets. He then snapped the Seth figure in half before giving his usual “see you in hell!” sign off.
24/7 Craziness Continues
Surrounded by the usual gaggle of 24/7 Championship hopefuls, R-Truth and Carmella stopped in the middle of the ring, Carmella cutting a promo to delay the attackers, saying that she was tired of the constant running…
And taking the 24/7 Title from Truth with a roll-up!
Truth was confused for a second but quickly got it together, putting Carmella on his back and sprinting away with a new female group of challengers behind them. Carmella taking the title from him doesn’t seem to have affected their friendship, thank goodness.
King Corbin vs. Chad Gable
King Corbin, in slick new kingly garb, came to the ring for his match against Chad Gable. But before getting into the action, Corbin wanted to make his first royal decree: King Corbin would no longer have to compete against anyone under 5’5″, throwing one last jab at Gable before their match.
Having defeated him for the King of the Ring title just last week, Baron Corbin came into the match with even more confidence than usual. And though Chad Gable made numerous attempts at a comeback, Corbin held dominion over Gable through much of the action.
With a few strikes and a crossbody, Gable found an opening, taking advantage of it with more strikes, but a big boot from Corbin stopped him in his tracks. From there, Corbin resumed his mission to pick Gable apart, soaking in the “Gable” chants from the crowd and smiling as they booed his efforts.
Gable connected with a kick to Baron’s face and thought he had created an opportunity for himself, but Baron caught him mid-attack as he attempted to follow up, slamming him down to the mat. Corbin pinned Gable, but couldn’t keep him down for three. In disbelief, Corbin launched into an argument with the referee, who assured him that he had not won.
But this was a mistake, as it allowed Chad Gable enough time to get his feet back under him, and with a german suplex followed by a picture-perfect moonsault, he nearly brought down The King.
Corbin went for the End of Days, but Gable rolled through it, responding with an ankle lock that probably would have won him the match if Baron hadn’t reached his scepter, striking Gable across the face with it and causing a disqualification.
Winner: Chad Gable (via disqualification)
AOP Make a Statement
Akam and Rezar, the Authors of Pain, were shown once again in their darkroom. This time, they spoke about exposing the rest of the roster for being soft. Everyone was asking, “who is AOP?” so they would demonstrate.
They calmly rose from their seats, walked into the hallway, beat down the first two people they came upon (which happened to be Heath Slater and someone we couldn’t quite see), then returned to their seats just as cooly.
The reinvigoration of the Authors of Pain has us hooked already.
Rey Mysterio vs. Robert Roode vs. Ricochet vs. AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Fatal 5-Way Elimination No. 1 Contender’s Match
The match was pure chaos from the very start, but Ricochet shined just a little bit brighter than everyone else to kick things off, getting the better of any and everyone who stepped in front of him.
Eventually, Robert Roode and AJ Styles teamed up to wear him down, but Styles soon went into business from himself, hitting Roode with a pele kick, sending him out of the ring. Styles thought he had the upper hand at this point, but the mayhem that comes with a Fatal 5-Way worked against him and Shinsuke Nakamura took him out.
Nakamura then turned his attention on Ricochet, but before he was able to finish the One and Only, Rey Mysterio lept in between them. Ricochet bested Mysterio, then moved on to Robert Roode. Ricochet connected with a Recoil and prepared to eliminate Roode, but was caught with a Kinshasa instead, becoming the first man to be eliminated.
Back from commercial, Robert Roode flattened the remaining 3 competitors with a tower of doom, attempting pins on each of them in turn before zeroing in on Shinsuke Nakamura, who turned the tables and got a near fall for himself.
Roode rolled out of the ring just as AJ Styles rolled in, Styles and Nakamura dodged each other’s finishing moves until Styles again took a breather at ringside. With Nakamura alone in the ring, Rey Mysterio came at him with a 619, but got a brainbuster from Styles before he could capitalize.
AJ Styles eliminated Nakamura, but immediately caught a Glorious DDT and was taken out by Robert Roode. In an effort to keep up the momentum, Roode went after Rey Mysterio with a DDT attempt, which Mysterio transitioned into a 619, but couldn’t connect.
Robert Roode went for a Glorious DDT, Rey Mysterio rolled through it, slinging Roode into the ropes for a 619, which he followed with a frog splash and won the match and the Universal Championship Match next week.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman
As agreed upon earlier in the evening, Seth Rollins stepped in the ring with The Monster Among Men for an impromptu Clash of Champions rematch.
Braun Strowman handily took the lead in this match from the beginning, furious that he had been knocked out of the Universal Championship picture so easily. Every attempt Rollins made to gain steam was shot down before he even came close.
Finally, using Strowman’s momentum against him, Seth Rollins sent him flying into a ring post, which was just enough for Rollins to fire off a barrage of attacks on The Monster, hitting him with the highest-impact moves in his arsenal, knowing it would take something more than the norm to defeat Strowman.
Braun Strowman stopped a Curb Stomp, but Rollins was unperturbed, diving from the ring and connecting with Strowman twice, but on the third, Strowman caught him. Strowman had a limp Seth Rollins on his shoulder in the ring, preparing for a powerslam when the lights went out.
The Fiend took down Strowman with a Mandible Claw, crawled toward a terrified Seth Rollins, but instead of attacking him as well, locked in another Mandible Claw on Strowman.
Raw Results (September 23 2019)
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