The September 30 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, 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 #1375 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Beast Comes to Raw
To kick off the new season of Raw, Rey Mysterio came to the ring to once again thank his son, Dominick, who was seated in the front row, for convincing him not to retire, especially since it led to a Universal Championship opportunity for him later in the evening.
But Mysterio had barely gotten started in his speech when Brock Lesnar’s music hit. The Beast, alongside his advocate Paul Heyman, made his way toward the ring and wasted no time attacking Rey Mysterio.
After laying Mysterio out with several suplexes and F5s, Lesnar turned his attention toward Dominick, who tried his best to shrink into his chair, but The Beast wasn’t having it. Lesnar snatched him out of his chair, over the barricade, and threw him into the ring post and to the floor before putting him in the ring.
Brock Lesnar went back and forth between Dominick and Rey, decimating both father and son, and coming back a second and third time when he considered leaving them to be escorted away from the ring.
Finally, Dominick was stretchered from the arena, Rey Mysterio sobbing over his brutally beaten child, apologizing again and again for what had happened.
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss
Since she defeated one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions, Nikki Cross, last week on Raw, Sasha Banks moved on to the other half, Alexa Bliss, tonight. Sasha Banks was just as confident as ever, but quickly became distracted by Becky Lynch, who sat at the announce table to watch the action.
This distraction was enough to throw Banks slightly off her game, giving Alexa Bliss the edge she needed to get ahead. She didn’t stay there for long, however, as Sasha Banks pretended to see Bayley and beckoned for help, allowing her to roll Alexa up for the win.
The final bell had no sooner rung than The Man was making a beeline for the ring. She punched Sasha Banks straight in the mouth, chasing her away before grabbing a microphone and informing The Boss that it was only a preview of what awaited her on Sunday in Hell in a Cell.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Heavy Machinery
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are all about making the Raw Tag Team Division a more serious place, and since Otis and Tucker are very much on the fun-loving side, they came into the match not taking Heavy Machinery seriously in the slightest.
This proved to be a rather large mistake, as Otis and Tucker ran through the tag champs with ease, suffering minimal offense from Roode and Ziggler for much of the match.
Back from commercial, the tag champs were having a bit more luck as they had singled out Tucker, but it wasn’t long until Otis has Robert Roode where he wanted him and was preparing for his Caterpillar. Dolph Ziggler tried to interfere and was laid out as well, leading Otis to hit a double Caterpillar.
Tucker came back into the ring after this, but things went downhill quickly for the challengers as Roode and Ziggler double-teamed him, hitting him with a superkick followed immediately by a Glorious DDT, and the champs retained.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Miz TV: Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, accompanied by The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, came to the ring for the biggest Miz TV of all time.
Flair and Hogan went through their greatest hits before Hogan told Ric Flair that he’s the greatest do ever do it. And instead of returning the sentiment, Flair agreed. He is the greatest. This led to the two discussing the possibility of stepping into the ring for one last match, but ultimately made the wiser decision to elect team captains for a 5-on-5 match at Crown Jewel.
Hulk Hogan picked Seth Rollins and Ric Flair chose Randy Orton, who instantly agreed to a captain’s match right then and there to get warmed up for Crown Jewel, meaning the crew had to rush to roll up the red carpet and get rid of the Miz TV set (which they showed on camera – a nice touch).
The match had barely begun when King Corbin sauntered toward the ring, helping Randy Orton to beat Rollins down with his scepter. Luckily, Rusev was at hand to help, running down to save Rollins and stopping the action.
Although we didn’t get a match, we did get the first two competitors on each team – Rollins and Rusev on Team Hogan, Orton and Corbin on Team Flair.
The Authors of Pain Continue Their Story
Akam and Rezar were shown again in their dark room, where they cut yet another awesome promo about who they are and what they’re about. Specifically, what violence means to them.
We can’t wait for these two to come back to the ring with this new gimmick that’s somehow even darker than their last one, but in the meantime, these backstage segments are fantastic.
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Viking Raiders vs. The OC
Now that The OC are no longer Raw Tag Team Champions, both they and the Viking Raiders are on a quest to obtain them, making the stakes for this match just a little bit higher, as the winner would have a legitimate case for No. 1 Contendership.
The Viking Raiders took the upper hand early, working together to wear down Karl Anderson, but when Gallows tagged in, he quickly gained momentum for his team by isolating Erik in The OC’s corner.
When Anderson took the ring back from Gallows, he was met with a series of strikes from Erik followed by a knee to the face. From here, The Viking Raiders began to pick up steam, and despite Gallows and Anderson’s best attempts to prevent it, took the victory with their Thor’s Hammer finisher.
Winner: Viking Raiders
Ricochet vs. Cesaro
The second the bell rang, Ricochet was running up Cesaro for an enziguri, angered that Cesaro had thrown shots at Rey Mysterio and his son Dominick backstage following the vicious attack at the hands of Brock Lesnar.
And this intensity from Ricochet only increased from here. Even though Cesaro did his best to come back from the initial shock, Ricochet won the match fairly quickly with his stunning version of Rey Mysterio’s West Coast Pop.
Firefly Fun House
This week’s episode of Firefly Fun House opened not with Bray Wyatt, but with his puppet pals, who were all absolutely terrified. So terrified, in fact, that Rambling Rabbit dropped dead of fright.
Bray took a moment to feign concern, but soon happily continued on without him. He told the puppets that he didn’t want Seth Rollins to be hurt by The Fiend either, but The Fiend didn’t share the same feelings and would be taking the reigns in their match at Hell in a Cell on Sunday.
AJ Styles (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
United States Championship Match
As Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were absent from ringside for this match, AJ Styles had to give himself a leg up by throwing his shirt in Cedric’s face to start the action, disorienting him and allowing Styles to get the first shot.
But this didn’t work quite as well as the champ had planned, because all of the abuse Cedric has endured at his hands has given Alexander a determination that cannot be subdued with a cheap shot.
Cedric fought back, sending AJ Styles flying into the ring post, but Styles got the last laugh going into the commercial with a Phenomenal Forearm to the outside.
Back from commercial and back in the ring, Cedric Alexander nearly became the new United States Champion with a disgusting kick to the side of Styles’ head. When this didn’t work, he went for his Lumbar Check, but Styles countered it, planting Ced into the mat.
Cedric powered up for his springboard roundhouse kick and AJ Styles caught him mid-air; Cedric did everything he could do escape Styles’ hold, but couldn’t break free.
Determined to bring down his long-time tormentor, Cedric went for a Lumbar Check one last time, and sadly (for Cedric), AJ Styles caught him again, hitting a Styles Clash and taking the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
Lacey Evans vs. Natalya
Lacey Evans has been insulting Natalya for weeks by tapping out her competition with Nattie’s finishing maneuver, the Sharpshooter. Because of this, Natalya came into the match full steam ahead – and was grounded very early by the Southern Belle.
Natalya did not give up, firing back at Lacey Evans with the ferocity she intended from the beginning. Frustrated by Natalya’s unwavering drive, Lacey Evans gauged her eyes while the referee wasn’t looking, taking the win with a roll-up before connecting with a Woman’s Right to ensure the message had been received.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Rusev
Universal Championship Match
Although his originally scheduled contender, Rey Mysterio, had been incapacitated by Brock Lesnar earlier in the show, Seth Rollins was still eager to compete and requested that another man volunteer.
Rusev gladly stepped up to the challenge, knowing that inserting yourself in the title picture is never a bad move, especially when you have been away as long as he was.
But Rusev’s mission to capture the Universal Championship was derailed before it could really get going, as Bobby Lashley made his return mid-match – and he wasn’t alone.
Bobby silently informed Rusev that he had brought someone with him, and it was soon revealed to be Rusev’s wife Lana, who began passionately kissing Bobby Lashley right in front of her husband.
Rusev was completely horror-struck, unable to tear his eyes away from what was happening. Seth Rollins may have considered taking advantage of this opportunity, but we’ll never know for sure, because The Fiend chose this moment to make an appearance, locking Rollins in a Mandible Claw to close the show.
Raw Results (September 30 2019)
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