Monday Night Raw: Live Review 9/23/19

Chase Center

San Francisco, CA

Opening Segment

Universal Champion Seth Rollins starts the show by cutting a promo about how he “survives and prevails” no matter what. Whether that’s against Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, or his next opponent: The Fiend. Strowman comes down to the ring and interrupts Rollins to tell him that if he has a problem, that he should say it to his face. Rollins challenges Strowman to a match tonight, unofficially. 

Grade: B, typical opening segment

The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) vs. The OC (Gallows and Anderson) w/ AJ Styles

Hey! The OC has new entrance music instead of just using Styles music, that’s cool. A fairly standard back-and-forth tag match takes place until the official ejects Styles from ringside for being a little too active on the outside of the ring for his liking. As Styles is walking to the back, Cedrick Alexander jumps Styles and the two fight into the backstage area as we get a commercial break.

Back live, and The OC has been dominating The Viking Raiders. Ivar fights out of the double-team to make the hot tag to Erik who gets the Viking Raiders back on the positive side of things. Gallows prevents the Viking Raiders from hitting the Viking Experience on Anderson, leading to a Boot of Doom but Erik kicks out. Erik then reverses the Magic Killer which leads to a connection of the Viking Experience for the victory.

Result: The Viking Raiders win via pinfall, Ivar pins Anderson

Grade: B, keeps the Viking Raiders strong but hopefully, The OC can recover

Robert Roode Backstage Promo

Roode angrily explains that he already pinned Rollins previously. He then says his match with 4 other members tonight to decide who faces Rollins next week will be glorious. Commercial break.

Grade: B+, solid point Roode

Becky Lynch Backstage Interview with Michael Cole

Oh no, not another Michael Cole interview. Lynch explains that she wants Sasha Banks on a hot streak. Becky says that the Hell in a Cell isn’t to keep Bayley out but to keep Sasha in.

Grade: B+, solid points Becky

Rusev vs. EC3

Oh, this is going to be a squash, isn’t it? EC3 actually had some offense to start but Rusev hits the Machka Kick and locks in the Accolade for the submission victory in under 3 minutes.

Result: Rusev wins via submission with the Accolade

Grade: C+, keeps the returning Rusev strong but EC3 deserves better

Rey Mysterio Backstage Promo

Rey thanks his son, Dominic for having faith in him to continue his career. He dedicates the fatal 5-way match to him tonight. 

Grade: B+, I’m assuming all 5 members  of this match tonight will cut a little promo about why they’re in the match and that works for me

Sasha Banks w/ Bayley vs. Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss (The Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Sasha gets the upper hand early until she decides to mock Alexa at ringside and Nikki takes advantage. Sasha rolls out of the ring to recover and refuses to get back into the ring unless the ref keeps Nikki away. This is good heel work by Sasha but Nikki ultimately gets Sasha to join her in the ring. Nikki has her number with a number of submission holds so far in this very slow-paced match. Sasha goes back outside the ring only for Nikki to follow and lock in a sleeper hold. In order to break the hold, Sasha does a back body drop to Nikki onto the entrance ramp as we go to commercial.

Back from commercial and Sasha has regained control. After some Sasha offense, Nikki rallies and hits a running bulldog for a 2-count. Sasha hits her double knees in the corner after injuring the knee of Nikki on the middle rope. Sasha now has a specific point of attack as she works the left knee. Nikki is able to send Sasha into the ring post with a reversal and then hits a diving crossbody to ringside on her as well. Back in the ring, Sasha kicks out of a pinfall attempt and Nikki does the same after a kick to the side of the head. Nikki rolls out of the ring and pulls Sasha into the ring apron for a beatdown, her signature. A neck breaker to Sasha back in the ring gives Nikki the advantage but Bayley distracts the ref. Alexa launches Bayley into the barricade meanwhile Sasha reverses the Crossbody from Nikki and locks in the Bank Statement for the submission victory. 

Result: Sasha wins via submission with the Bank Statement

Grade: B

AJ Styles and The OC Backstage Promo

Styles says nothing is going to get in his way of getting the Universal Championship from Seth Rollins. Also, Gallows saying “mother-lover” instead of swearing always gets a cheap smile out of me. Commercial Break.

Grade: B+, Styles makes his points but also says Alexander is good, which is nice to see as he puts the young man over

Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) Backstage Promo

Dawkins and Ford explained that Brock Lesnar will be on Raw next week before hyping up the fatal 5-way tonight. The Miz cuts them off and hypes up Miz and Mrs while also announcing that his wife Maryse gave birth to their 2nd child this past weekend. Commercial break.

Grade: B+, let the Street Profits wrestle! Also, congratulations Miz!

Lacey Evans vs. Ember Moon

Hey, Ember Moon is on TV! It’s about time, she’s too talented to not be utilized. Lacy taunts Ember with her hanky but Ember stiff kicks her in the face. Lacey eventually gets on offense and sends Ember to the outside after a rope-assisted dropkick. Back in the ring, Lacy has complete control as she hits a Bronco Buster in the corner on Ember. Lacey gets too confident though as Ember hits a Samoan drop as she attempts a comeback. Ember hits an incredible stunner to the outside on Lacey as her own feet were holding herself up on the bottom rope. Ember goes up top for the Eclipse but Lacey hits the Woman’s Right. Lacey locks in the Sharpshooter, Natalya‘s’ finisher, for the submission victory.

Result: Lacey Evans wins via submission with the Sharpshooter

Grade: C+, advances the story with Natalya 

Natalya Backstage Promo

Natalya was watching the match backstage and says that Lacey will tap out when the have their rematch.

Grade: C, nothing here interests me

Firefly Fun House

Bray finishes hanging up a picture of his new friend, Kane. Bray explains that sharing and not getting attached to things is important to Ramblin’ Rabbit and Huskus. He says that because of this, people become weak. Ramblin’ Rabbit says that they like Seth Rollins and don’t want The Fiend to hurt him. Bray takes the Rollins action figure and breaks it.

Grade: A+, Bray Wyatt is a genius

24/7 Championship Shenanigans

R-Truth and Carmella run into the ring followed by the entire undercard. Carmella grabs a mic and pleads everyone to leave them alone. Carmella tells Truth that she can’t do this anymore before double-crossing Truth to everyone’s surprise! Carmella is the new 24/7 Champion! Truth gets up and congratulates Carmella before the women’s undercard comes running to the ring. Carmella and Truth make a run for it as the role reversal happens.

Grade: A, I like this twist as we’ll see more of the women’s roster on TV now

Sasha and Bayley Backstage Promo

The duo discusses how Becky is going to lose Sasha at Hell in a Cell.

Grade: D+, this was an unnecessary couple of minutes

King Corbin vs. Chad Gable

Corbin has officially embraced the King gimmick as he enters the ring with the entire King-like attire. Commercial break.

Corbin cuts down Gable on the mic before the match. Stating that this match will be short and that he will no longer face Gable or other short people after this match. Every move Gable tries, Corbin overpowers him. Gable eventually gets some offense in but Corbin regains control as the fight to the outside of the ring. Corbin launches Gable into the crowd as we head to commercial.

Back from commercial and Corbin is once again in complete control of Gable in the ring. Gable hits a crossbody as he begins a comeback but Corbin lands a big boot for a 2-count. Corbin taunts the crowd as they are really letting him have it. Gable gets the crowd behind him as he hits some running bicycle kicks but Corbin once again plants him. Gable kicks out at 2 once again to a huge crowd pop. Corbin lands a chokeslam but Gable kicks out at 2 again! The crowd is fully behind Gable now as they await a potential comeback. Gable hits a German suplex after a Corbin miscue and then a moonsault but Corbin kicks out at 2. Corbin goes for the End of Days but Gable reverses it into the Ankle Lock! Corbin is able to reach for his scepter before he is forced to tap out and he attacks Gable with it. Disqualification. Corbin then continues the assault after the match before putting his King attire back on and walking to the back. 

Result: Gable wins via DQ after Corbin uses the scepter

Grade: A-, Gable looks strong in defeat

AOP (Akam and Rezar) Video Package

The AOP starts what seems like another video package; but, they go attack a few members of the roster instead.

Grade: B, happy for them to be back

Fatal 5-Way for a Universal Championship Match Next Week (Rey Mysterio vs. Robert Roode vs. AJ Styles vs. Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn)

So much is going to happen in this match, I cannot possibly provide a full match breakdown. 

To start, Rey and Ricochet work together as they are the only faces in this match and need to conquer the heels. Commercial break.

Back live and commentary is just now saying that this is an elimination match. Unless I missed something, they changed the rules mid-match. Roode and Styles had formed an alliance in past weeks but they seem to be on thin ice as they attack Ricochet together. Roode tries attacking Styles but Styles hits a pele kick for a 2-count on Roode. Nakamura and Ricochet are now the only competitors left standing at the moment. Ricochet rolls away from Nakamura so that Rey can hit him with a springboard. Rey and Ricochet break their alliance as Ricochet takes down Rey only for Styles to enter the fold. Ricochet disposes of Styles only for Roode to enter the fray. Ricochet hits the Recoil on Roode but before he can go for the pinfall, Nakamura hits the Kinshasha on Ricochet! Nakamura pins Ricochet for the first elimination! Commercial break.

Back live, Rey and Nakamura are battling on the top rope. Styles joins them on the top rope but Roode superplexes are 3 men to the mat. Roode tries to pin each man but they all kick out. Roode throws Styles and Rey out of the ring so he can face Nakamura 1 on 1. That backfires as Nakamura hits a dropkick for a 2-count but Roode roles out of the ring. Styles reenters the ring and the 2 reverse each others finishers before Styles gets dumped to the outside again. Rey now reenters the ring and hits the 619 on Styles but Styles attacks him before he can go for the splash. Styles then hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Nakamura for the 3-count! Styles eliminates Nakamura! Immediately afterward, Roode hits the Glorious DDT on Styles for the 3-count! Roode eliminates Styles! Roode now stalks Rey and sets up for another Glorious DDT but Rey reverses and sets up for the 619. When Rey goes for it, Roode reverses into a spinebuster. Roode catches Rey after going for a seated senton but Rey sends him into the ropes with a hurricarana. Rey hits the 619! Rey then hits the Frogsplash for the 3-count! Rey eliminates Roode to win the match! I’m surprised I was able to keep up with all of that…

Result: Rey Mysterio wins via pinfall after eliminating Roode

Grade: A-, solid action and Rey versus Rollins will be fun next week

Seth Rollins Backstage Promo

Rollins congratulates Rey Mysterio on the victory but states he has to take care of business with Strowman tonight before thinking about next week.

So, Rollins has a title match next week, and at Hell in a Cell. Against different opponents. Too bad we already know Rollins is winning next week because WWE already scheduled the Hell in a Cell match…

Grade: C, predictability is the crutch of WWE

Main Event: Seth Rollins (Universal Champion) vs. Braun Strowman

Strowman is throwing Rollins all around the ring before Rollins is forced to roll to the outside as we head to commercial break less than 2 minutes into the match.

Back live and Rollins is trying to rally. Rollins goes for the Pedigree but Strowman reverses by sending Rollins out of the ring. Strowman goes for the Running Shoulder Tackles but Rollins evades him. The two get back into the ring and Rollins once again evades Strowman forcing him to run shoulder-first into the ring post. Rollins hits a chop block on Strowman and then slams his leg into the ring post. A superkick by Rollins lets him go for a pin but Strowman kicks out at 1. Rollins hits a blockbuster but Strowman once again kicks out. Rollins goes up top and hits a Frogsplash followed by another one! Strowman kicks out again! Rollins looks to hit The Stomp but Strowman catches him! A reversal lets Rollins send Strowman to outside. Two tope suicidas to Strowman connect by Rollins but he gets caught on the third. Strowman hits his Running Shoulder Tackles and looks to hit Rollins with the Running Powerslam in the ring. LIGHTS OUT! THE FIEND IS HERE! The Fiend locks in the Mandible Claw on Strowman as Rollins cowers in the corner like last week. The show ends with a close-up on The Fiend and he is doing cynical laugh.

Result: Strowman wins via DQ after The Fiend attacks him

Grade: A+, everything The Fiend does is amazing

Conclusion

This show was pretty bleh until the Main Event. A couple of storylines progressed but nothing too eventful happened when all is said and done. 

Overall Grade: B-

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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