Monday Night Raw: Live Review

September 9th, 2019, Madison Square Garden

Opening Segment

*glass shatters* 

STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to The Garden as he is set to be the moderator for the Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman contract signing. Austin takes us down memory lane, as he talks about how he hit Vince McMahon with the first of many Stunners years ago in this very building. 

Rollins explains to everyone that Strowman is worried about being stabbed in the back, but continues to state that no one will stab Strowman in the back. Strowman is skeptical that Stone Cold will be a rattlesnake but ensures Rollins that their Raw Tag Team Titles are safe. Strowman proclaims he will defeat Rollins for the Universal Title.

The OC interrupts the segment with AJ Styles giving a killer Stone Cold impression. Styles cut a promo on both the crowd and the tag-team champs about how the OC will win the tag titles this Sunday at Clash of Champions. He then transitions to calling Stone Cold some names before Stone Cold slowly moves the table in the ring out of the way and a brawl ensues. The segment ends with Stone Cold delivering a Stunner to AJ Styles and chugging some beers to huge crowd pop.

Grade: A+

Cedric Alexander vs AJ Styles (United States Champion)

Prediction: Cedric Alexander wins via DQ

Styles, still feeling the effects of the Stone Cold Stunner, falls behind Alexander early in the matchup as Alexander takes advantage. Briefly gaining the advantage, Styles reverses a suplex before being dumped to the outside of the ring. Alexander hits a dive to the outside on Styles to regain the upper hand. Back inside the ring, Styles reverses a couple of moves by Alexander before we get a commercial break. Back from commercial, the duo is exchanging punches and chops before Alexander hits Styles with a michinoku driver for a 2-count. Alexander sets up for a springboard dive, but the OC (Gallows and Anderson) arrive and cause the DQ for Styles. The Viking Raiders come to the rescue and clean house with Cedric Alexander, sending the OC cowering the back.

Result: Cedric Alexander wins via DQ

Grade: B

Bayley and Sasha Banks backstage promo

The duo state that they are stronger than ever and are going to defeat Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair tonight. The camera cuts to Becky and Charlotte where they are getting ready for the match. Becky keeps her eyes locked on Charlotte, clearly not showing signs of trust.

Grade: B

Roman Reigns Promo

A video package plays for Connor’s Cure as WWE brings awareness to pediatric cancer like they do every September. Reigns cuts an emotional promo about his battle with leukemia around a year ago. Roman Reigns then brings out a bunch of children battling cancer and each of which gets their own entrance and wrestling name/gimmick. Reigns ends the segment with, “Support tomorrow’s superstars, today.”

Grade: A+, F*** Cancer.

Becky (Raw Women’s Champion) & Charlotte vs Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Champion) and Sasha

Prediction: Charlotte leaves Becky to fight by herself

Becky Lynch faces Sasha Banks on Sunday for the Raw Women’s Championship and Bayley faces Charlotte Flair on Sunday for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. A video package plays recapping the events that led up to this point, including Sasha’s return from hiatus and Bayley’s heel turn. 

Before the bell, the teams brawl only for Charlotte to wield a chair to separate the teams and force a commercial break. Back from break, the matchup officially begins with Becky and Sasha in the ring. Sasha quickly tags in Bayley and Becky gains the upper hand. Becky takes Bayley to the outside and throws her against the crowd barrier repeatedly. Back in the ring, Becky tags in Charlotte and she continues the beat down on Bayley. Bayley gets an advantage with a reverse neckbreaker before tagging in Sasha. The duo beat down Charlotte in their own corner and Sasha tags Bayley back in. Charlotte fights back and is able to make the tag to Becky who gets the better of Bayley momentarily. Bayley hits a mid-rope Stunner on Becky who stands on the apron after kicking Sasha to the floor. With the referee distracted by the non-legal participant Charlotte barking at Bayley, Sasha beats up Becky on the outside of the ring. Bayley tags in Sasha who rolls Becky back into the ring for a 1-count. Sasha hits a suplex on Becky, kick out again. More tag team moves in the corner as Sasha tags in Bayley. Becky reverses a Bayley move and gets the hot tag to Charlotte as Bayley gets to Sasha for the tag as well. Charlotte dominates Sasha with some “WOOO” chops and kicks Bayley off the apron to the floor. Now in complete control, Charlotte lifts Sasha for a suplex only for Sasha to land on her feet. Thankfully for Charlotte, she keeps a hold of Sasha and hits her with a neckbreaker. Sasha kicks out at 2. Sasha reverses an irish whip into a Bank Statement, but Charlotte escapes and locks in the Figure Eight. As Bayley goes to break up the submission, Becky catches her in her tracks and attempts to lock in the Dis-Arm-Her but Bayley throws Becky into her own partner, Charlotte. As all 4 women recuperate, Sasha is able to hit a Meteora on Charlotte who stumbled outside the ring. Commercial break.

Back from commercial as Sasha has Charlotte in a straight jacket hold in the middle of the ring. Charlotte powers out by hitting Sasha into the turnbuckle but Sasha regains control with a pair of running knees to Charlotte. Pinfall attempt, Charlotte kicks out at 2. Sasha tags in Bayley as they cut the ring in half. Bayley hits Charlotte with some shoulder lunges in the corner before Charlotte reverses and gets the hot tag to Becky. Becky takes out Bayley with a clothesline, followed up with a boot to Sasha to knock her off the apron, and lastly a mid-rope diving elbow to Bayley. Sasha enters the ring to attack Becky only for Becky to hit her with a Bexploder. A baseball slide and flying elbow take care of Sasha outside the ring. Bayley is then able to hit Becky with a high knee before the finishing move onslaught begins. Becky reverses a Bayley-to-Belly and attempts a Dis-Arm-Her but Sasha hits her from behind with a backstabber. Charlotte hits Sasha with a Big Boot but Bayley knocks her down. Sasha and Bayley attempt a double-suplex to Charlotte but she lands on her feet and runs underneath a top rope perched Becky who hits the heels with a diving missile dropkick. Charlotte tags in herself as Becky hits Bayley with a leg drop and then Charlotte hits a moonsault on Bayley. Sasha breaks up the pinfall at 2 and Becky throws her into the steel steps and locks in the Dis-Arm-Her on the outside only for Bayley to hit her from behind. Bayley hits a Bayley-to-Belly on Becky sending her into the barricade and then a german suplex on Charlotte. All 4 women are down outside the ring. Bayley rolls Charlotte into the ring and goes to the top rope for the Flying Elbow but Charlotte gets her knees up for the reversal. Sasha distracts Charlotte which allows Bayley to roll up Charlotte for a 2-count. Charlotte hits Bayley with the Natural Selection, 3-count, Becky and Charlotte win.

Result: Becky and Charlotte win via pinfall

Grade: A

The OC Backstage Promo

Styles and the OC are upset about what happened earlier tonight. Ziggler and Roode crash the interview to offer their assistance. The OC smile and dap them up. Looks like we have a new partnership, possibly Ziggler and Roode join the OC and become a stable.

Grade: C

Rey Mysterio vs Gran Metalik

Prediction: Metalik wins via pinfall

Mysterio and Metalik start with some collar and elbow tie-ups before the Lucha libre style of both superstars takes center stage. After a bunch of flips and roll throughs, Mysterio gets Metalik in position for a 619 but Metalik ducks the move and rolls Mysterio into a 2-count. Metalik gets Mysterio up on his shoulders for a powerbomb but Mysterio is able to dump him to the outside of the top rope. Mysterio goes for his head-first slide to the outside but has to roll through as Metalik side-stepped him. Mysterio then eats a superkick as Metalik crawls back into the ring and hits a Brillo Dorada to Mysterio on the outside. Both superstars reenter the ring and Metalik his a senton for a 2-count. Mysterio is able to get the upper hand and send Metalik into the corner with a hurricanrana. A seated senton by Mysterio allows him to pick up steam and hit the ropes for a flying crossbody. Metalik reverses a running Mysterio with a sharp kick and then a diving dropkick off the ropes. Metalik sets Mysterio up on the top rope and hits him with a top-rope hurricanrana for a 2-count. Mysterio is able to counter a Metalik powerbomb into a sunsetbomb for a 2-count. After going up top, Mysterio hits Metalik with a hurricanrana and sets him up for the 619, in which he connects. Mysterio goes up top again and hits Metalik with a Frogsplash, 3-count, Mysterio wins.

Result: Mysterio wins via pinfall

Grade: B+

Street Profits Backstage Promo

I love these guys, please WWE, let them wrestle. All they do is recap what happened previously in the show, each and every week. Still hype, though.

Grade: B-, let these men wrestle!

King of the Ring Tournament, Semifinals: Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin vs Ricochet

Prediction: Ricochet overcomes the odds and wins via pinfall

Corbin rolls out the ring and Joe and Ricochet exchange moves before Corbin reenters the ring and levels Ricochet. Fighting back, Ricochet hits Corbin with a diving elbow as Joe lays on the outside. Corbin kicks out at 1 after a Ricochet standing shooting star press. With both Joe and Corbin on the outside, Ricochet goes and hits Corbin with a kick to the head and then enters the ring again so that he can hit multiple dives to the outside on both opponents. Commercial break.

Back from commercial, Corbin reverses a Ricochet hurricanrana into a suplex into the ring post. Joe then hits Corbin with a tope suicida sending him into the barricade. Ricochet gets launched into the ring post again, this time by Joe. Corbin and Joe enter the ring and exchange blows before Joe hits an inverted atomic drop, big boot and senton for 2-count as Ricochet breaks up the pin. Ricochet and Joe exchange chops before Joe hits a powerslam for a 2-count. With Ricochet perched on the top rope now, Corbin attempts to hit both men with a superplex but all 3 men get reversals and end up on their backs in the ring. Ricochet and Corbin battle it out before a Corbin big boot levels Ricochet. Ricochet reverses a chokeslam into a pin a Corbin kicks out and powerbombs Ricochet which transitions into a Deep Six. Joe breaks up the pinfall by dragging Corbin to the outside and locking in the Coquina Clutch. Ricochet hits a senton from the apron to both men and all men are down outside the ring. With Joe rolled back into the ring, Richochet attempts the 630 but has to roll through as Joe moved out of the way. Joe locks in the Coquina Clutch on Ricochet but he uses the turnbuckle to flip over Joe and hit him with the Recoil. Ricochet goes up top and hits the 630 on Joe but Corbin steals the victory as he throws Ricochet over the barricade and pins Joe.

Result: Corbin wins via pinfall

Garde: B, if Corbin wins the tournament he’ll be the ultimate heel.

Lacey Evans vs. Natalya 

Prediction: Lacey wins via pinfall

Collar and elbow tie-up to start before Natalya hits a suplex on Lacy. Natalya locks in a leg lock but Lacy reaches the ropes for the breakup. A discus clothesline creates a 2-count for Natty but Lacy kicks out and rolls outside the ring. Lacy gets the upper hand and traps Natty in the ring apron before hitting a flying elbow for 2-count. Lacy hits her version of a Bronco Buster on Natty for a 2-count. Natty moves out of the way of a moonsault but can’t take advantage as Lacy boots her in the ribs. Natty reverses the Bronco Buster this time and locks in the Figure Four forcing Lacy to tap out.

Result: Natalya wins via submission

Grade: C-

24/7 Championship Video

Enes Kanter, of the Boston Celtics, pins R-Truth as Truth was hyping him up to the crowd who Kanter used to play for as a New York Knick. Truth rolls Kanter up for the pinfall as Kanter was gloating and showing off his new team’s threads. Truth regains the 24/7 Championship.

Grade: A

Firefly Fun House

Tonight’s episode is about stranger danger. The puppets are all complaining about Stone Cold as a stranger and how the clock has been stuck at 3:16 ever since he arrived. Bray Wyatt shuts up the puppets by channeling his Fiend persona, before quickly going back to his children’s TV show presenter voice. Bray fixes the clock by smashing it with a hammer and it now reads 11:19. Bray explains that strangers are just friends you haven’t made yet. Bray then says that friends forgive, but the Fiend never forgets… “See you hell!” he states in his children’s TV persona voice.

Grade: A+

10 Man Tag Match: Seth Rollins (Universal/Raw Tag Champion), Braun Strowman (Raw Tag Champion), The Viking Raiders, and Cedric Alexander vs. AJ Styles (United States Champion), The OC (Gallows and Anderson), Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode

Prediction: The faces win but Rollins and Strowman have an altercation

Rollins and Ziggler begin the match with tie-ups but Rollins gets some hip tosses in before a tag to Ivar. Erik joins him in the ring for some tag team maneuvers on Ziggler but Styles breaks up a pinfall at 2. Alexander goes after Styles resulting in an all-out brawl taking place. Strowman chokeslams Ziggler which leaves the faces in the ring and the heels sprawling on the outside as we head to commercial. 

Back from commercial and the referee has sorted things out. Alexander is now the legal man for the faces and Anderson is in for the heels. The heels have Alexander in their corner and are beating him up before Styles gets the tag and gets Alexander, his rival, for himself. Alexander is able to fight off Styles briefly but Styles drags him back into the corner and tags in Gallows. Back in the corner again after a couple of moves, Roode gets tagged in and wrenches in an elbow lock on Alexander. Roode goes for a pin but Alexander kicks out at 2. Goes for it again, and again… Alexander keeps kicking out. Roode works the injured shoulder of Alexander, but he’s able to fight out of it. Rollins gets the hot tag as Anderson gets tagged in as well. Rollins takes down Anderson with a slingblade, disposes of Gallows who enters the ring, then hits the Falcon Arrow on Anderson for a 2-count thanks to Roode breaking up the pin. Alexander hits Roode with a flying clothesline but eats a superkick from Ziggler. Erik then connects with a right hand to knock Ziggler out but Gallows hits him with a big boot before Ivar takes him out with a cartwheel clothesline. Styles joins in on the fun with a phenomenal forearm to Ivar but gets superkicked by Rollins for his troubles. Rollins stands alone in the ring before tagging in Strowman and the tag champs show some camaraderie. Rollins hits multiple tope suicidas and after each one, Strowman follows up with a running shoulder tackle to the opponent. Rollins rolls Anderson back into the ring with Strowman who hits him with a Running Powerslam. As Strowman goes for the pin, Rollins attempts to ward off both Roode and Ziggler but they push him into Strowman, breaking up the pin. Strowman and Rollins get into an altercation and we head to a commercial break.

As we return from commercial, chaos has settled and it’s Rollins and Ziggler as the legal men. Rollins is being beat down in the heels corner as Anderson tags in. Anderson locks in a rest hold before Rollins fights out of it to go for a tag. Anderson intercepts him however and hits Rollins with a spinebuster for a 2-count. Rollins gets placed on the top turnbuckle by Anderson but Rollins fights him off forcing Anderson to tag Roode. As Roode tries attacking, Rollins hits him with a blockbuster and Roode tags in Ziggler. Rollins, playing possum, reverses an attacking Ziggler and hits him with a bucklebomb. Ziggler gets to tag Styles before Rollins gets to his corner and Styles goes after Rollins. Rollins gets another reversal and makes the leaping hot tag to Strowman who shoulder tacklers Styles a couple of times before hitting him with a big boot. Gallows causes a distraction but Strowman disposes of him with one quick move. Strowman hits Styles in the corner with a splash but when he sets him up for the Running Powerslam, Styles slips out and makes Strowman run shoulder-first into the ring post. Erik is able to tag himself in as Strowman falls out of the ring. Erik proceeds to clean house, disposing of Anderson, Ziggler, and Roode but Styles hits him with a pele kick. Ivar tags himself in as Erik falls out of the ring and he takes out Styles before jumping from the top rope to the outside taking out 8/10 of the competition. Before Ivar jumped, Alexander makes a sneaky tag and is now the legal man against Styles. Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Alexander reverses into a Lumbar Check for the win. 

Result: Faces win via Alexander pinfall over Styles

Grade: A+

Post Match

Immediately following the pinfall, *glass shatters*, Stone Cold runs to the ring to celebrate with the faces the only way he knows how: chugging beers. The faces share some cold ones as we head to Clash of Champions on Sunday.

Overall Grade: A

The go-home show for Clash of Champions was excellent as we got some much-needed storyline progression and some entertaining matches. Let me know in the comments what you thought of tonight’s show and be sure to share it with your friends!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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