Tonight marks the first time WWE has been back to MSG for a live broadcast in almost ten years. Stone Cold Steve Austin will be in the house to moderate a contract signing between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman and so much more. It should be a fun show tonight.
The show kicks off with WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin who takes in down memory lane about his times in MSG such as hitting Vince McMahon with the Stunner for the first time and the time The Undertaker knocked him clean out in the middle of the ring. Austin introduces the challenger Braun Strowman out first. Both men talk smack before signing the dotted line and before Austin can make the formal announcement they are interrupted by The O.C. Styles pokes fun at Austin and his catchphrases and warns Austin to “sit this play out”. The MSG crowd is really getting under the skin of AJ Styles who isn’t being too respectful to Austin. Things quickly break down in the ring with Strowman taking out Gallows and Anderson and Styles dumping Rollins out of the ring. Styles is gloating as if he thinks he’s gotten the better of Rollins but he doesn’t realize Austin is behind him. Austin hits the Stunner on Styles to the roar of the crowd.
We come back from the break with Styles still in the ring, still in a daze but he has no time to rest as he has to take on Cedric Alexander.
AJ Styles vs. Cedric Alexander: Styles focused his offense on the injured shoulder of Alexander, an injury caused by The O.C. The match gets interrupted by Gallows and Anderson causing the DQ. Alexander gets saved by the Viking Raiders who take out all of The O.C.
We get a backstage promo from the Boss n’ Hug Connection. When the cameras catch Charlotte and Becky getting ready for the match tonight you can sense the tension in the room.
New edition of the Firefly Funhouse is happening tonight. I have a feeling it is going to be a good one.
Roman Reigns comes out to the stage and talks about his experiences visiting pediatric cancer centers throughout the country. He introduces a few kids from the local pediatric centers in the area. They all come out to their own ring names in a really cool moment. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Check out ConnorTheCrusher.com and if you can, donate.
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks: I liked the idea of Charlotte and Becky cutting off Banks and Bayley on the ramp at the same time. They both have beef so much so that they forget the beef they have with each other. The bell hasn’t rung and Charlotte comes running in with a chair to scare off Sasha and Bayley. Charlotte had Sasha in Figure 8. Bayle went to break it up and was cut off by Lynch who went for the Disarmer. Bayley blocks the attempt into a roll-up sending Becky into Charlotte. I was expecting some sort of dissension but we get a commercial break instead. Aside from Charlotte landing one of the goofiest moonsaults I’ve ever seen, this is some good stuff. Lots of close calls coupled with Becky and Charlotte working really well as a team. Charlotte hits a Natural Selection on Bayley and picks up the win pinning the SmackDown Women’s Champion six days before their match for the title at Clash of Champions.
Backstage The O.C. runs into Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The groups form some sort of alliance against Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman.
Rey Mysterio vs. Gran Metalik: This was a straight-up Lucha showcase. Metalik almost wrecked Mysterio’s neck with a step-up tope. Rey fights from behind and hits the 619 and a Splash from the top to pick up the win. This was a really fun match.
Later tonight we will see The O.C. team with Dolph and Roode to take on the Viking Raiders, Braun, Rollins, and Cedric Alexander.
Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin vs. Ricochet – King of the Ring SemiFinals: Fantastic Triple Threat. Each man got time to shine and everyone looked like they could have come away as the winner. Corbin continues to get better and better in the ring. I see him potentially winning the King of the Ring and more so his performances warrant him a shot in the Main Event scene. Samoa Joe had the absolute genius idea to choke Corbin out with the Coquina Clutch on the outside of the ring. Ricochet gets the upper hand and hits a vicious looking 630. Corbin yanks Ricochet to the outside sending him into the barricade. Corbin gets in the ring, covers Samoa Joe and gets the three count. Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring. If you didn’t catch this match live go check it out ASAP. Corbin is so so good.
Lacey Evans vs. Natalya: This was a match. It happened. Nattie wins with the Sharpshooter.
Apparently, Enes Kanter won, then lost the 24/7 Champion to R-Truth. Yes, Enes Kanter. From the NBA.
Bray Wyatt says that strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet. He uses tonight’s Raw Main Event as a prime example to support his argument. Bray fixes a clock with a hammer and the clock is now on 11:19. I feel like that will have some subliminal meaning down the line. He tells everyone he will see them in Hell with a cheery grin on his face. Yowie. Wowie.
Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Cedric Alexander, and the Viking Raiders vs. Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, and The O.C.: The bad guys did a ton of working over the taped shoulder of Cedric Alexander. Rollins got a decent tag in and with the help of his partner Strowman, cleaned house. The Tag Team Champions were working well as a team until Rollins was shoved into Strowman inadvertently breaking up a pin. Braun is not happy. I was beginning to think Alexander and the Viking Raiders were an afterthought to the drama between the rest of the teams but Viking Raiders to matters into their own hands with Ivar taking everyone out with a cannonball to the outside. Back in the ring Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm but Cedric counters it into a vicious Lumbar Check for the win. As soon as the bell rang the music of Stone Cold Steve Austin hits and he comes down to the ring. The winning team gets to share a beer bath with Austin as the show closes.
Tonight’s Raw homecoming to Madison Square Garden was excellent. The main reason? Great in-ring wrestling. What did you think of Raw? Drop a comment below.