The show opens with Mick Foley confronting Stephanie McMahon over the actions of Triple H last week. Foley still doesn’t believe Stephanie did not know Triple H was going to show up, Pedigree Rollins, and basically hand Owens the Universal Title. Stephanie says there’s no way she was involved in this swerve because frankly she was embarrassed by her husband. Foley says he has to believe her. If she’s lying she not only a great liar, but a bad person.
In the ring Stephanie and Mick are in the ring to kickoff Kevin Owens’ championship celebration. Balloons, confetti, and streamers fall while pyro worthy of a Fourth of July show goes off at the top of the ramp. While Owens is gloating about his win and declaring Raw the Kevin Owens Show Seth Rollins comes down to the ring with a bone to pick with Stephanie McMahon. He, like most, do not believe Stephanie did not at least know Triple H was going to show up. Rollins tells Owens he has no beef with him because he understands everyone is in Stephanie’s pocket and Kevin is just a puppet. Owens doesn’t take too kindly to Rollins’ words and he keeps interjecting himself into the conversation which annoys Rollins until he has no choice but to attack Owens. Stephanie punishes Rollins by suspending him indefinitely. Mick Foley quickly vetoed that ruling obviously undermining the authority of Stephanie. Foley takes it even further by giving Rollins a number one contender’s shot at Night of Champions.
Backstage Kevin Owens is upset with the brass and they don’t make him any happier by putting Kevin Owens in a match with Sami Zayn. Owens’ new friend Chris Jericho puts his nose where it doesn’t belong and for his troubles he gets put in a match versus Seth Rollins tonight.
Bayley took on the Women’s Champion Charlotte who ordered her lackey Dana Brooke to come to ringside and take notes. It was a competitive match with Charlotte doing a good job working the leg of Bayley. Even with one bad leg the heart of Bayley would not allow her to give up as she definitely brought the fight to the Champion. Dana thought she would do her mentor a solid by getting involved in the match but her involvement was actually a distraction causing Charlotte to get hit with a Bayley to Belly for the win.
WWE played a great tribute for Connor Michalek, a fan who unfortunately passed away due to a form of cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and in Connor’s name WWE has started a charity. Connor’s Cure raises money to fund children’s cancer research. If possible let’s help WWE make a difference in fighting childhood cancer. Click here to the visit Connor’s Cure website.
Bo Dallas had some ominous words for his opponent Kyle Roberts’ before their match. “You reap what you sow” before completely squashing Roberts. Does this have anything to do with his airport incident this past week?
Backstage Jericho assures his BFF Kevin Owens that he is going to take care of business versus Seth Rollins.
Rollins versus Jericho starts off with Rollins heavy on the offense. Tonight Rollins looks more like a man on a mission rather than his usual cocky self. He doesn’t take his eye off Jericho, keeping Jericho’s offense to a minimum. Coming back from break this match really picked up the pace with both men matching each other move for move. Jericho as you would expect was impeccable and seemingly brought out the best of Rollins. During the match I wondered what Rollins would us as his finisher seeing as he currently uses the Pedigree, the move that ended his chance at the Universal Title. I got my answer as Rollins drops Jericho with a Pedigree. Another solid match tonight.
One of the best things about the brand split is we can get a Best of 7 series of matches with guys like Cesaro and Sheamus and risk no overexposure. This series is all about competition and who wants to be the best. I can dig it. This is Match three of the series with Cesaro down 2-0. To say Cesaro’s back is against the wall would be an understatement. Cesaro comes out of the gate hot but with tape draped across his shoulder and back he might as well be wearing a bullseye for pain. Sheamus works the back really good. This is bad news for Cesaro as most of his offense is power based which comes primarily from his back. Sheamus keeps the focus on the back and the downfall of Cesaro comes with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus gets the three count and goes up 3-0 in the Best of 7. Match 4 will take place at a live event this Wednesday in London at the O2 Arena.
The Shining Stars took on Enzo Amore and Big Cass who pantomimed going into labor and birthing a….creation. Because you know, Labor Day. Now one would think Enzo and Cass are a sure shot to win this one right? Wrong! Not only did Primo and Epico hold their own against the popular tag team, they even got the win thanks to some confusion as to who the legal man was and a handful of tights! Are we going to be seeing more of The Shining Stars?
A backstage face to face basically assured us that the feud between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will never end and by God I hope it never does.
Nia Jax squashed Kansas City’s own Ann Esposito. She’s friends with Alicia Fox and as Corey Graves pointed out if you’re her friend why would you allow her to get in the ring with Nia Jax?
There was a segment coming back from the break between Gallows and Anderson and The New Day. It was so bad I don’t even want to tell you what happened.
Jinder Mahal took on Darren Young. Much of the focus was really Titus O’Neil on commentary who left the position just as Darren Young was picking up the win with the Gut Check. Before Titus could attack Darren or his mentor Bob Backlund Darren beats him to the punch literally as both men get into a brawl.
Nia Jax confronted Alicia Fox sarcastically asking her for an update on her friend Ann, the girl Nia destroyed earlier. Alicia was calm but when Nia wouldn’t back off Foxy straight spazzed out. It was kind of funny.
It looks like the one great thing I look forward to every Raw maybe be running its course, not with me but with WWE. Braun Strowman took on Sin Cara and it wasn’t a two minute squash. Sure he won but Sin Cara got some strikes in and Strowman won via count-out. That’s it. Fun is over.
Sasha Banks came out and delivered a very passionate promo on how far the Women’s Division has come from the days of Bras and Panties matches to tearing down the house every chance they get as Superstars. She like many in the division have been wanting to do this since they were kids. Just as she was about to tell us what the future holds for The Boss she is interrupted by Dana Brooke. Charlotte’s lackey was under the impression that Sasha was not 100% and she looked to finish the job her mentor started. What Dana didn’t realize is that Sasha is just fine and at Clash of Champions she’s taking back her Women’s Championship.
The Main Event saw Sami Zayn take on the NEW Universal Champion Kevin Owens in a non-title match. As usual these two had a great hard hitting, back and forth match. I could definitely see these two in the main event scene maybe in a few months. If you remember, Zayn has had a banged up ankle causing him not to be at his best for his matches and that is what proved to be the case this time around. After really doing a number on Owens with two wicked half and half suplexes to set up for the Helluva Kick, Sami’s ankle gives out and Owens pounces for a harsh powerbomb for the win.
As Owens celebrates his win out comes Roman Reigns. At first I’m confused but then I remember Roman has just as much a beef with what happened last week to close Raw as Rollins does. Jericho comes out to back up Owens. GM Mick Foley comes out and announces that next week Roman will face Owens in a non-title match. If Roman wins then the Universal Championship Match at Clash of Champions becomes a Triple Threat Match. Jericho tried jumping Roman but ended up getting a spear for his trouble as Raw goes off the air.
I have to say Raw has been doing an amazing job telling a story week to week with the Universal Championship. What did you think? Comment below or reach out to us on social media: