Monday Night Raw
Date: September 3, 2018
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

As the months change, so do things around here on Raw. Last week saw Braun Strowman turn heel and join forces with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre for the sake of fighting the Shield. Now that being said, the fans aren’t likely to boo them anyway, because that’s just how things work with Roman Reigns. Let’s get to it.

Here are Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre to open things up. After a clip of last week’s attack on the Shield, Strowman talks about how that was justice. Two weeks ago, Strowman was ready to become Universal Champion but the Shield got involved. All that Reigns had to do was take his beating like a man, but now we have to go a different way, like it or not.

Strowman says that he has a path now with Ziggler and McIntyre at his side. Inside the Cell, he’s going to break Reigns’ spirit and body and there is no one to stop him. McIntyre says no one will ever be as dominant as they are. Ziggler promises to be more dominant than any group ever, including the Nation of Domination or D-Generation X.

The challenge is thrown out so here’s the Shield, only to have Baron Corbin send out some goons to stop them. That goes nowhere so Corbin sends out more of them but they’re taken out as well. The third batch is finally enough to keep Shield back, though they eventually break free and chase Strowman and company to the back.

Post break, Shield is arrested and taken away in an ambulance.

Riott Squad vs. Bella Twins

The Bellas get the big entrance, including a plug for the premiere of Total Divas. Nikki hiptosses Morgan down to start as the announcers talk about Brie having a baby six months ago and all the wedding planning. A tornado flying armbar out of the corner gives Nikki two and it’s off to Brie for another armbar. It’s not enough to prevent a tag though and Morgan comes in for a kick to the back. It’s already back to Morgan, who get YES Kicked in short order.

The BRIE MODE knee hits Logan and Brie tries a suicide dive….but either completely botches it by getting caught on the ropes or Logan wasn’t ready to forearm her out of the air. Back from a break with Brie fighting out of a chinlock and diving over for the hot tag to Nikki. Everything breaks down and Brie botches another suicide dive, this time just not clearing the ropes. Nikki gives Morgan the Rack Attack 2.0 to finish things at 11:04.

Result: Bella Twins b. Riott Squad – Rack Attack 2.0 to Morgan (11:04)

Corbin is on the phone with Stephanie when Finn Balor comes in. Balor wants a rematch and thinks Corbin is overcompensating for something. Tonight, the rematch should be one on one, man against man. Corbin agrees, with the match taking place in two hours in the main event.

Chad Gable and Bobby Roode are now a team because Roode has impressed him.

Chad Gable/Bobby Roode vs. Ascension

Before the match, Konnor says Roode was a flash in the pan and couldn’t make it in the singles division. Then you have Gable, who is short. That’s not something you say to Gable, who German suplexes both of them and hands it off to Roode for a suplex of his own. Konnor takes him into the corner to stomp away and it’s off to the chinlock. Viktor gets in his own stomping before it’s back to Gable to clean house. A cannonball off the apron drops Konnor and it’s a missile dropkick to Viktor. Rolling Chaos Theory finishes Viktor at 6:01.

Result: Chad Gable/Bobby Roode b. Ascension – Rolling Chaos Theory to Viktor (6:01)

Here’s Elias to talk about living in an insane world and being slapped by an insane girl last week. The only solution is to follow him to the promised land. Last week Trish Stratus came out here and slapped him, which is clearly due to her struggling with the fact that WWE stands for WALK WITH ELIAS. Next up, what is up with the Ohio State Buckeyes? What is a Buckeye anyway? It’s not something like a Wolverine, which actually sounds intimidating.

Before he gets too far though, here’s hometown girl Alexa Bliss, along with Mickie James and Alicia Fox. Bliss is proud to be from here and graduated high school right here in this very building. She starts an OH-IO chant….and it’s time to rip on the crowd of course. She recognizes some of the zombies that she went to high school with and look where they are while she’s in the spotlight. Alexa apologizes for Trish’s actions last week and doesn’t even want to get started on Ronda Rousey and her pet cat Natalya. She’s like some music but here’s Rousey to interrupt.

Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss

Rousey, Fox and James are at ringside. Bliss hides in the ropes a few times to start before having a Stratusfaction attempt countered (with Cole and Graves making fun of each other and missing the move entirely). A hard forearm to the face drops Natalya in the corner so Fox and James can slap her a lot. Bliss hits a DDT and grabs an armbar to make Natalya scream a lot and tap at 3:14.

Result: Alexa Bliss b. Natalya – Armbar (3:14)

Post match Bliss stays on her but Rousey cleans house. Fox gets knocked to the floor but the distraction lets Bliss chop block Rousey. Some right hands send Bliss to the floor as Rousey is having trouble standing.

We recap the opening brawl.

Shield has been processed and fingerprinted at the precinct.

Corbin gives someone his Rolex to get cleaned. Not a good idea at 9:15 at night. Strowman and company come in with a demand for competition tonight. Drew and Dolph want a Tag Team Title shot tonight and imply that they’ll take out Revival to get their title shot. The two of them leave and Strowman tells Corbin to find him some competition tonight.

Revival is ready for their title shot when Ziggler and McIntyre jump them for the big beatdown.

Tag Team Titles: B Team vs. Revival

Revival is challenging…or at least they would be if they weren’t taken out before the break. Therefore, it’s time for some replacements.

Tag Team Titles: B Team vs. Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre

The B Team is defending and McIntyre drops both of them in about five seconds. Dallas low bridges McIntyre to the floor though and Axel gets two off a backslide. A clothesline puts Ziggler on the floor and the champs actually make it to a break. Back with McIntyre holding Dallas in an armbar and getting two off a suplex.

Ziggler comes in for some right hands and kicks the air in front of Dallas’ knee to set up a dropkick. McIntyre gets caught in a neckbreaker and the hot tag brings in Axel for the PerfectPlex on Ziggler. A quick save lets everything break down and Axel eats a superkick. The Claymore into the Zig Zag gives us new champions at 10:10.

Result: Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre b. B Team – Claymore/Zig Zag combination to Axel (10:10)

The Authors of Pain and Drake Maverick are walking in the back with Maverick in a matching vest.

Connor’s Cure video, with a kid dressed up as a wrestling superhero. Cancer can’t see him.

Authors of Pain vs. Rakib Thompson/Jimmy James

Before the destruction, Maverick says he’s the Authors’ new manager and they’ll win the Tag Team Titles. The Super Collider is good for the pin at 52 seconds.

Result: Authors of Pain b. Rakib Thompson/Jimmy James – Super Collider to James (0:52)

Remember last week’s videos where legends talked about HHH vs. Undertaker? Well here’s another video, this time featuring a lot of the same clips in a different order.

Rousey is checking on Natalya when the Bellas come in. Natalya leaves and the Bellas praise Rousey, using those acting abilities. They offer to be her training partners or to help her with outside ventures, like starting a business or writing a book. Rousey thanks them and they talk over each other.

Here’s Shawn Michaels to talk about HHH vs. Undertaker in Australia. After allowing fans to shower him with praise and plugging some things (new shirt, the Network and Super Show-Down), Shawn talks about his fellow Hall of Famers’ predictions for the match. He wonders if the Streak being over has something to do with the picks, but he’s still picking HHH. Yeah they’re best friends, but HHH still has more left in the tank.

At Super Show-Down, with Shawn in attendance, the Cerebral Assassin is going to cerebrally assassinate Undertaker….and there goes the gong. Undertaker comes out and in a really cool visual, the lighting flashes against Shawn’s shirt, making the heart logo flash on and off. After the two hour and seventeen minute entrance, Undertaker says this just became personal. He talks about HHH and Shawn’s twenty year friendship (minus the part where they tried to kill each other) and brings up taking Shawn’s career.

Shawn says that’s not what this is about. He’s a man of his word and someone had to be a man of his word by actually staying out of the ring. He’s the only person to stay retired and he’s done it out of respect for Undertaker. Cue the ONE MORE MATCH chants, which Shawn says he hears every time he steps into an arena.

For nearly a decade, everyone knocks on his door at Wrestlemania season, begging for a dream match and he has to turn down millions of dollars because he respects Undertaker. Shawn goes to leave, but Undertaker asks if it’s respect or fear. If Shawn had ever chosen to come out of retirement, it would have been for Undertaker, and he would have put him down all over again. In Australia, Undertaker is going to put HHH down again.

Corbin comes in to see Balor and says they can’t have their match tonight. Don’t worry though because Balor can face Strowman instead. So they’re doing a bait and switch on a match they made an hour and forty minutes ago?

Shield has been arraigned.

Sasha Banks/Bayley vs. Dana Brooke/Ember Moon

Remember when Moon was given the big debut on Raw about five months ago? Banks hits a seated Meteora and we take a break less than a minute in. Back with Moon headscissoring Bayley and hitting a spinning springboard crossbody to take both of them down. It’s off to Brooke, who has to fight out of the Backstabber. Titus Worldwide offers her advice but she says she has this. She’s rolled up for the pin a few seconds later at 5:53.

Result: Sasha Banks/Bayley b. Dana Brooke/Ember Moon – Rollup to Brooke (5:53)

Post match Brooke says she’s had it with Titus and Apollo and walks away.

Renee talks about Balor vs. Strowman tonight, even though the graphic still has Corbin’s picture on it.

Bobby Lashley leaves Corbin’s office with a piece of paper. It’s a performance review, saying he’s rather violent and has to undergo meditation in the ring with Jinder Mahal tonight.

Jinder is in the ring for the meditation and Lashley joins him. There is an angry energy coming from Lashley so Mahal has him sit down on the rub and they talk about Lashley being water. Mahal says shanti over and over again until Kevin Owens runs in through the crowd and stomps on Lashley. A distraction from Mahal allows Owens to hit a superkick, followed by the apron powerbomb.

Clip of Shawn/Undertaker.

Next week: Mick Foley.

Shield has posted bail and left the precinct.

Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman

McIntyre and Ziggler are out with Strowman. Balor gets knocked down in a hurry to start and a side slam makes it even worse. A sleeper doesn’t do him much good either so it’s a low bridge to send Strowman outside as we go to a break. Back with Balor fighting out of a chinlock but being sent outside for his efforts.

That’s a little better for Balor, who catches Strowman with a Sling Blade on the floor. They head back inside with Balor trying another sleeper before avoiding a charge to send Strowman into the post. That means the running flip dive to all three villains and Balor is rolling. Back in and Balor slaps on a triangle choke but Strowman muscles his way out. The powerslam finishes Balor at 10:37.

Result: Braun Strowman b. Finn Balor – Running powerslam (10:37)

Post match the beating is still on until a police siren goes off. A police van backs into the arena and it’s Reigns driving. Ambrose and Rollins come out of the back but the roster jumps them from behind. Reigns gets crushed by the steps, Rollins is knocked off the stage and Ambrose is laid out on the announcers’ table. The big beatdown continues to end the show.

Bella Twins b. Riott Squad – Rack Attack 2.0 to Morgan
Chad Gable/Bobby Roode b. Ascension – Rolling Chaos Theory to Viktor
Alexa Bliss b. Natalya – Armbar
Dolph Ziggler/Drew McIntyre b. B Team – Claymore/Zig Zag combination to Axel
Authors of Pain b. Rakib Thompson/Jimmy James – Super Collider to James
Bayley/Sasha Banks b. Dana Brooke/Ember Moon – Rollup to Brooke
Braun Strowman b. Finn Balor – Running powerslam


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