Here are the results for the Labor Day edition of Monday Night Raw.
The show opens with Chris Jericho in the ring for the Highlight Reel. He says his guest tonight is someone who has never worked a day in his life and has been given everything he has ever had. Instead of just Orton coming out alone, Orton comes out with Triple H, Kane, and Seth Rollins. Triple H and Jericho go back and forth trading insults ranging from Jericho’s size to Triple H’s tie. Triple H says that he has watch the SummerSlam match between Brock Lesnar and John Cena over and over and now he thinks what is best for business is actually granting someone else a championship title match opportunity. All the men in the ring take turns telling Triple H why they deserve a shot with Seth Rollins getting the biggest reaction from the crowd being that Raw is in his home state of Iowa. John Cena comes down to the ring and he is not happy his rematch with Brock Lesnar is in jeopardy. He is so angry he threatens to sue the WWE and fire Triple H. Seth and Randy advise Triple H that maybe Cena should face Lesnar, after all he won’t win and even if he did Rollins always has a Plan B. Jericho reminds the men that he is the very first undisputed world champion and Randy himself that he was beaten by Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. Orton says his loss and Roman Reigns meant nothing and if Roman were here right now he would drop him. Obviously this brings out Roman Reigns who wants to see if Orton can actually drop him. Triple H says each man will have a chance to prove himself as tonight’s main event will be John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Chris Jericho versus Kane, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton. Triple H will be sitting at ringside keeping close eye on who will prove themselves worthy of a title shot.
Erik’s Thoughts: The idea of Cena not being #1 contender sounds really intriguing. After a beat down like the one he suffered at SummerSlam, how are we supposed to buy the idea that Cena is 100% mentally and physically just five weeks later? That match was one that can live on through history, in both careers respectfully. By rushing a rematch you devalue the impact of the SummerSlam match.
Cesaro and The Miz vs. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler
Pretty good match so far with Miz and Dolph keeping the pace fast during their exchanges and Sheamus coming in and just pounding away on The Miz, something I will never get tired of seeing. After the break Sheamus and Cesaro have some really intense exchanges with Cesaro slapping Sheamus which just pisses him off. After some back and forth between both men Dolph comes in to a huge reaction off the hot tag and takes it to The Miz. Miz retreats to the outside where his stunt double Damien Sandow stands by with Miz’s makeup artist. Miz tags in Sandow to take his place which the official does not allow. Ziggler hits Sandow with a Zig Zag but Miz is there waiting to hit Dolph with a Skull Chrushing Finale. Miz picks up the win and the crowd is not happy.
Winners: The Miz and Cesaro
Growing Up Bella Segment
We get a recap of the drama surrounding The Bellas with Nikki Bella telling a story about Brie stealing Nikki’s prom date after their prom picture was taken. Pointless stuff.
Layla, Summer Rae, and Naomi vs. Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, and Cameron
They had a match. Then something happened.
Winners: No Contest
Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Mark Henry starts off the match with Rowan and is super physical although at a slow pace. Harper comes in and speeds up the pace with a big boot to Henry. We come back from break with Rusev coming down to the ring with Lana for a better view of the action. Big Show comes in off the tag and surprisingly picks up the pace. Show has slimmed down quite a bit and it shows as he is moving around the ring like he is on an episode of Monday Nitro (Nitro episodes will be on the Network after Raw). Erick Rowan shows off his freakish strength by lifting Big Show up for a body slam with ease. Henry comes in off a hot tag and equals Rowan’s feat of strength by hitting Harper with a power slam. He gets Harper up for the World’s Strongest Slam but Rusev interferes and hits Henry with a jumping side kick. Big Show clears the ring.
Winners: Big Show and Mark Henry via DQ
Growing up Bella Segment #2
Something about a Honda Civic?
Back from break and we get a recap of John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt in convincing fashion to show he is ready for a rematch with Brock Lesnar. After the video package Paul Heyman comes out to the stage area to once again put over his client Brock Lesnar. Heyman says Cena being in the main event tonight proves nothing because you can stack the entire locker room against Brock Lesnar and they could not defeat him. Is Cena only wanting a rematch against Brock to prove something to himself? Good question.
Jack Swagger vs. Curtis Axel
Good to see Zeb Colter back in the corner of Swagger. During the beginning of this match Bo Dallas comes out to the stage area with chairs set up. In the ring Curtis Axel is forced to tap to the Patriot Lock.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match Bo is joined by who he calls real Americans who were let down by Swagger’s recent string of defeats at the hand of Rusev. Someone lost their life savings, someone failed their citizenship test and is being deported, and someone else’s son is now a follower of Vladimir Putin. Bo says all of this can change, all you have to do is BOLIEVE. Cheesy stuff but I’m a bo-liever for sure.
Adam Rose vs. Titus O’Neil
The real match was between Heath Slater vs. The Bunny, and poor Slater couldn’t even get that win. Adam Rose gets the real win after a win off a distracted Titus.
Winner: Adam Rose
Growing Up Bella Segment #3
MAKE IT STOP PLEASE.
Back from break with Lana criticizing America for their celebratory holiday, Labor Day which she says is just another excuse for Americans to take the day off.
Rusev vs. Zack Ryder
A squash. What did you expect?
After the match Mark Henry comes running down to the ring. When he enters the ring Rusev retreats. Henry says he’s scared just like Rusev but he is scared of what he is going to do when he gets his hands on Rusev. Henry says he just opened up an international wing to the Hall of Pain and Rusev will be the first inductee. Good stuff but the crowd was dead for it.
Backstage with Triple H talking the Bellas drama with his wife Stephanie. Apparently Stephanie has an announcement for both Nikki and Brie.
Back from break with Stephanie’s announcement for the Bella Twins. She says it is her duty to recognize and commend Nikki Bella for telling her side of her story. Stephanie’s big announcement basically boils down to giving Nikki a Divas Title shot. Brie comes out and we get more of “Brie’s a horrible sister” type comments from Nikki. AJ Lee comes down to the ring and at this point I’m praying she can save this segment. My hope slowly fades away but then is reignited when Paige comes down to throw in her two cents, she is the Divas Champion after all. While AJ and Paige bicker Nikki says she can make all of this go away, all Brie has to do is quit. Brie goes to exit the ring but before she does she takes a shot at Brie. The impact of the blow sends Nikki into Paige. Brie exits leaving AJ alone with Stephanie. AJ grabs the title and begins skipping around the ring. She is stopped by Stephanie who sternly demands AJ hand the title back. She does and we go to commercial. One of the worst segments I’ve seen. Just chaos, no direction, in front of a crowd who did not care from the beginning.
The announcement is made next week will be Bray Wyatt versus Chris Jericho in a steel cage.
Jimmy Uso (w/ Jey Uso) vs. Goldust (w/ Stardust)
Goldust tried to offer an apology to The Usos but they were having none of that. Goldust heavy on the offense keeping the high flying Jimmy grounded. Uso gets the upper hand with a chain of offense but only gets a two count. Stardust tries to distract Jimmy but Jey takes it to Stardust. Jimmy, coming to his brother’s aide, hits a flying crossbody over the top rope to the outside. Jimmy goes to re-enter the ring but Goldust catches him with a kick to the side of the head. Goldust hits the Final Cut for the win.
After the match Goldust and Stardust attack the Usos on the outside. They wrap Jey’s knee around the ring-post and smash it with a steel chair. Jey is left laying screaming in agony.
Back from break with Big Show and Mark Henry talking in their locker room. Henry tells Show he needs to defeat Rusev not only for himself, but for his country. Big Show says he is in the corner of his partner all the way.
Back to the ring with The Authority coming down to the ring for a front row seat for tonight’s six man main event.
John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Chris Jericho vs. Kane, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton
The interesting part about this match is John Cena does not get into the match till very late and Jericho is used very little going late into the match as well. When Jericho does get the tag in is when all hell breaks loose. Reigns hits a Superman Punch, Kane a chokeslam, Cena an AA, and Rollins with a springboard knee. Jericho hits a Codebreaker and someone thinks it was a good idea to make a commercial break. Back from that with Orton and Jericho putting in work in the ring. Rollins comes in but gets disposed of when Jericho catches him with a dropkick when Rollins was coming off the ropes. Jericho has been in the ring for good while and again Cena has not even been legally tagged in. Jericho hits a gorgeous crossbody off the top but it only gets him a two count. He gets the tag to Cena who cleans house and lands an AA in front of The Authority. Instead of going for the pin Cena tags in Roman Reigns who hits Kane with a Spear and gets the win.
Winners: Chris Jericho, John Cena, and Roman Reigns
After the match Cena gets in the face of The Authority to complete his case for his rematch against Brock Lesnar. Seth Rollins tries to jump Cena but gets dumped with an AA on the announcers table. Raw closes with the victors celebrating in the ring.
Final Thoughts: This Raw wasn’t as bad as last week but it wasn’t good. The crowd was in and out of it the whole night, really showing support for Ziggler and their hometown boy Seth Rollins. What really killed the show was four segments devoted to the Bellas. It is hard to tell what research WWE is using that shows them people care for this Bellas drama. On one hand most die-hard fans who come for the action and good build up do not really care for it but if #GrowingUpBella being a trending topic is any indication, the casual fan does care. For the record I was a fan of the Bella vs. Bella feud but up until tonight for the most part was organic. That in itself is really hard to do with real life sisters who are extremely close. These vignettes with Nikki trashing Brie with fake drama is insulting and almost comes off as WWE not even recognizing what is left of their 18-35 demographic.