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WWE RAW recap & reaction (9/25)


Miz TV w/ Roman Reigns

The Miz and The Miztourage started off RAW in the ring. The Miz guaranteed that his unborn baby will not be a loser like Kurt Angle’s son. Miz then discussed Roman Reigns’ historic victory over John Cena last night at No Mercy. Roman Reigns then came down to the ring and sat down next to The Miz.

The Miz apologized for the crowd booing Reigns and Roman interrupted and said that he likes when the crowd is loud. The Miz asked Reigns about Cena’s comments last night on RAW Talk where he said that the match was a passing of the torch moment. Reigns called The Miz longwinded but said that he now respects John Cena. Roman stated that Cena held the fort down for 15 years and that there is not another guy that could do that.

Reigns called last night’s victory the biggest win of his career. Reigns added that he really doesn’t understand why he is sitting here with an idiot like The Miz. Miz got pissed off and bragged about his victory over Jason Jordan last night, leaving out the fact that The Miztourage helped him retain the Intercontinental Championship. Miz called Jordan a loser and Reigns interrupted. Roman said that he wouldn’t have won without The Miztourage’s interference and then he shouted at Dallas and Axel to go get him a beer. Miz said that Miz TV is a classy program and they will not be drinking beer on the set.

Miz brought up Reigns being in The Shield. The Miz claimed that if The Miztourage ever faced The Shield, they would defeat them. Reigns started laughing and said that The Shield would whip their ass. Reigns added that Ambrose and Rollins are doing their own thing and he is going after the Universal Championship.The Miz once again got pissed off and said that he was the man to beat and the IC title was the belt to have. Roman Reigns said “alright, let’s do it” and asked the crowd if they wanted to see him beat up The Miz tonight and they cheered.

The Miz then said that he has a pregnant wife at home who needs him very much. The Miz hopped out of the ring and waved goodbye and starting retreating up the entrance ramp. RAW GM Kurt Angle came down to the entrance and announced a couple of matches for tonight. Roman Reigns will face The Miz and Matt Hardy & Jason Jordan will face The Miztourage next.

Matt Hardy & Jason Jordan vs The Miztourage

Jordan wrestled Bo Dallas to the mat to start off the match. Curtis Axel was then tagged and Jordan planted him with a Northern Lights Suplex for a one count. Matt Hardy entered the match and knocked Axel to the canvas. Matt connected with a series of Leg Drops and followed it up with a Tornado DDT. Bo Dallas got into the ring but was greeted with a Dropkick from Jason Jordan as RAW went to a commercial break.

When RAW returned, Miztourage were in control of the match. Axel slammed Jason Jordan to the canvas and then tagged in Bo Dallas. Bo hit a knee to Jordan’s face and then stomped on him in the corner. Bo bounced Jason’s head off the turnbuckle a couple of times and then tagged in Axel. Curtis connected with a knee to Jordan’s face for a two count.

Jordan finally was able to tag in Matt Hardy. Matt bounced Bo’s head off the turnbuckle and then planted him with a Bulldog for a two count. Matt hopped up to the second rope and hit an elbow to the back of Bo’s head. Matt followed it up with a Neckbreaker. Bo went for a Clothesline but Matt countered it into a Side Effect. Axel and Jordan hopped into the ring and started battling. Jordan hit a Spear onto Bo and Alex in the corner. Matt then hit Bo Dallas with the Twist of Fate for the pinfall victory.

Winners: Matt Hardy & Jason Jordan

Reaction: There have been rumors about WWE reuniting The Shield for next month’s TLC PPV and those appear to be true as The Shield was brought up during Miz TV tonight. The announcers were hinting at Jason Jordan and Matt Hardy becoming a team going forward while Jeff Hardy is injured. I really don’t want to see that at all. I figured that now would be the perfect time to give Matt Hardy a single’s run, given that Jeff is going to be out for a substantial amount of time. I also thought that Jordan would want revenge on The Miz for screwing him out of the Intercontinental Championship last night.

Elias sat on a stool in the ring while the spotlight was upon him. He strummed his guitar and then introduced himself. Elias asked the crowd “who wants to walk with Elias?” and then called the crowd a bunch of nobodies. Elias bragged about defeating Apollo Crews last night at No Mercy and said that tonight would be the encore.

Elias then sang “Apollo is a loser, that all he will ever be. Titus Worldwide is going to fail and that is clear for all the world to see. I arrived in this town and realized that it is an awful place. Just like last night, tonight I am going to wipe the smile of Crews’ face.” Apollo Crews then interrupted and made his way down to the ring with Titus O’Neil by his side.

Apollo Crews vs Titus O’Neil

Elias and Crews locked up and Crews shoved Elias to the corner. Crews dragged Elias to the mat and applied a headlock. Elias battled to his feet and chopped Crews across his chest. Elias charged at Crews but Apollo flipped out of the way and connected with a Dropkick. Crews kicked Elias in the side of the head and then knocked him out of the ring. Crews then leaped onto him outside the ring as some of the crowd chanted “Apollo” for a moment.

Outside the ring, Elias kicked Titus in the leg while he was posing with Crews. Apollo became distracted for a moment and Elias took advantage. Elias then hit the Drift Away on Crews in the ring for the victory. After the match, Titus beatdown Elias briefly before Elias rolled out of the ring and retreated up the entrance ramp.

Winner: Elias

Finn Balor was interviewed backstage about his victory over Bray Wyatt last night at No Mercy. Balor thanked Wyatt for doubting him as a man and pushing him to his limits. Balor stated that he hopes he feels a sense of humility now not just for him, but for Goldust and all the other people he has victimized in the past. Balor said that he will now focus on recapturing the Universal Championship.

Curt Hawkins came down to the ring and said that he was sick of being known as the guy with the 118 losing streak. Hawkins asked who wanted to make history tonight and Braun Strowman stormed down to the ring. Hawkins ran away through the crowd but Braun sprinted after him. Strowman caught him and Chokeslammed Hawkins through a table. Strowman threw Hawkins onto the entrance ramp and then connected with a Running Powerslam through the screen on the entrance ramp.

Strowman stormed back down to the ring and demanded a microphone. Braun said that he is on a path of destruction after last night and demanded that someone come down to the ring to give him a real fight. Dean Ambrose answered the challenge and made his way down the entrance ramp as RAW went to a commercial break.

Dean Ambrose vs Braun Strowman

Strowman started off the match in control and slammed Ambrose into the turnbuckle. Ambrose slapped Strowman and Braun knocked him to the mat and stomped on him. Ambrose tried to leap onto Strowman but Braun caught him. Ambrose then applied the Sleeper Hold but Braun broke it up by slamming him into the turnbuckle. Strowman connected with a Splash and flexed in the ring.

Braun headbutted Ambrose and Dean stumbled around for a bit before falling to the canvas. Ambrose battled back and connected with a flurry of punches. Ambrose charged at Strowman but Braun stood tall and Dean bounced off him and fell out of the ring. Braun followed him outside and slammed Ambrose into the barricade. Dean poked Braun in the eye and then shoved Strowman into the ring post.

The action returned to the ring and Ambrose hit Braun with a a few right hands. Strowman threw Ambrose across the ring and charged at him beat Dean pulled down the bottom rope and Strowman fell to the floor outside the ring. Ambrose went for a Suicide Dive but Braun caught. Dean quickly hit a Tornado DDT and then got back into the ring. Braun got back in the ring at the count of eight.

Dean connected with a Dropkick and went for the cover but Braun kicked out at two. Braun once again charged at Ambrose and missed again. Strowman slammed into the ring post and Ambrose tried to leap onto him off the top rope. Strowman caught Ambrose and planted him with the Running Powerslam for the victory.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Reaction: This match was entertaining. I hope Braun Strowman doesn’t lose too much of his momentum after being defeated by Brock Lesnar last night. WWE needs to find a new feud for him that the audience can get excited about.

Enzo Amore interrupted Kurt Angle backstage as he was telling a referee to keep his eyes on The Miztourage tonight in The Miz and Roman Reigns match. Enzo said that he wanted to have a celebration tonight. Angle responded that Enzo’s victory was a little cheap and he didn’t deserve a celebration. Enzo persisted and Angle finally agreed to let it happen. Angle then asked if he wanted some advice about being a champion. Enzo replied “nah I’m good” and then walked away as Kurt Angle had a bewildered look on his face.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had a conversation backstage. Rollins told Ambrose to let him know next time that he wants to challenge someone like Braun Strowman. Ambrose called Rollins predictable. Rollins denied that he was predictable and said that he was going to challenge Braun Strowman to a match next week.

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss came down to the ring to cut a promo. Alexa said that she has always considered the WWE Universe her friends and that she has to be honest with her friends. Bliss said that she was very disappointed with each and every one of them and bragged about beating Bayley, Sasha Banks, Emma and Nia Jax last night.

Bliss was expecting to see a bunch of congratulatory messages on Twitter, but instead it was all gossip and people excited for Asuka’s debut at TLC. Bliss scolded the WWE Universe for not appreciating that they are in a presence of a goddess right now. Mickie James interrupted and came down to the ring. Mickie said that Alexa had a great night last night and said that she wasn’t a part of that match.

Mickie stated that Alexa didn’t beat her and brought up Alexa Bliss’ comments on RAW Talk. Mickie asked Alexa to repeat what she said on RAW Talk. Bliss said that Mickie was one of her favorites when she was a little girl and that she was one of her top 8 friends on Myspace. Bliss said that Mickie still has a couple of fans that say Mickie has still got it. Alexa said that she doesn’t want to see Mickie break a hip in the ring.

Mickie called Alexa a little girl and said that she is a six time Women’s Champion. Mickie stated that she has broken down barriers in WWE before before Alexa was even wearing a training bra. Mickie once again demanded that Alexa repeat what she said on RAW Talk last night. Alexa didn’t want to and Mickie called her a coward. Alexa Bliss then called Mickie an “old lady”. Mickie slapped Alexa in the face and kicked her out of the ring.

Reaction: Alexa Bliss is an expert at reacting to insults. Mickie James has barely been featured on RAW, so it is a bit strange that she is all of the sudden in a feud with the RAW Women’s Champion.

Sheamus vs Seth Rollins

Sheamus charged at Rollins to start off the match but Seth got out of the way. Sheamus slammed into the ring post and fell out of the ring. Rollins then hit a Suicide Dive and mocked Cesaro about his teeth. The action returned to the ring and Sheamus connected with an Irish Curse. Sheamus hit a Suplex and followed it up with a knee to the face off the second rope for a two count. Sheamus planted Seth with a Powerbomb for a two count. Sheamus applied the Cloverleaf submission in the middle of the ring.

Rollins grabbed the bottom rope to break the hold. Sheamus charged at Rollins but Seth ducked and Sheamus fell out of the ring. Sheamus and Rollins traded shots on the ring apron. Sheamus got the upper-hand and booted Seth in the head for a two count. Sheamus geared up for the Brogue Kick but Rollins ducked under it. Sheamus knocked Seth to the mat and then leaped off the top rope. Rollins connected with a sloppy-looking Superkick and then hit the knee (Kings Landing) to Sheamus’ head for the win.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Finn Balor was shown backstage and he stumbled upon Goldust. Goldust was pissed off that Finn Balor called him a victim earlier in the night and said that he didn’t ask for Finn’s help. Balor apologized and said that he didn’t mean to offend Goldust. Goldust said that he was sorry and put out his hand for a fist-bump. Goldust then attacked Balor and beat him down backstage.

The Miz vs Roman Reigns

The Miz said that he will walk away and extend his hand for a handshake with Reigns. Roman shook his hand and The Miz went to walk away but Reigns didn’t let go. Roman punched The Miz in the face and Miz rolled out of the ring to regroup with The Miztourage. Roman Reigns chuckled in the ring as The Miz took forever to get back in the ring. Roman got sick of waiting and chased Miz around the ring.

Reigns finally brought Miz back in the ring and applied a Chin Lock. The Miz broke free but Reigns leveled him with a shoulder tackle. Bo Dallas grabbed Reigns’ hair on the ring apron and then Miz capitalized by booting him in the face. Miz then applied a Chin Lock in the middle of the ring. Miz knocked Reigns out of the ring and Bo & Axel slammed him into the barricade while the referee wasn’t looking. The Miz brought Reigns back into the ring and went for the cover but Roman kicked out.

The Miz connected with a couple of Dropkicks in the corner. Miz went for a third but Reigns caught him and hit a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns hit a Clothesline and then beatdown Miz in the corner. Roman followed it up with a boot to the face and then geared up in the corner. Axel distracted Reigns and Miz hit a Clothesline. Miz hit a series of “It Kicks” but was caught by Reigns. Miz broke free but Reigns leveled him with a Superman Punch.

Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel hopped up on the ring apron and Reigns punched them both in the face. The Miz rolled out of the ring and Reigns chased him around the ring. Reigns hit the Drive By onto both Bo and Axel. Back in the ring, The Miz connected with a DDT and went for the cover but Reigns kicked out at the last second. Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale but Reigns escaped and connected with the Spear for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel attacked Roman Reigns as The Miz shouted “stay on him”. The Miztourage held up Reigns but Roman broke free and knocked them both out of the ring. Reigns then hit the Superman Punch on The Miz. Reigns then taunted The Miz and was about to Powerbomb him but Dallas and Axel entered the ring with chairs. The Miztourage stuck Reigns with a chair several times. The Miz then planted Reigns with the Skull Crushing Finale.

The Miz and The Miztourage exited the ring but decided they weren’t done and came back down to the ring. The Miz then hit Reigns with a Skull Crushing Finale on the steel chair. The Miz hit Roman with the chair one more time and then stood over him. The Miz and The Miztourage then mocked the Shield fist-bump while standing over Reigns.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Reaction: I’m all for a Shield reunion right now. Brock Lesnar is the Universal Champion and we probably won’t see him again for some time. It will interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks. I’d like to see the Intercontinental Championship and the RAW Tag Team Championships defended at WWE TLC. As of now, those titles belong to Superstars in this potential match next month.

Goldust vs Finn Balor

Finn attacked Goldust right away and threw him out of the ring. Balor followed him out there and Dropkicked him into the barricade. Balor then thew Goldust into the barricade a couple of times. The action returned to the ring and Goldust connected with a kick to the midsection. Goldust then shoved Balor into the ring post and Balor fell to the floor outside the ring. Goldust thew Balor into the barricade as RAW went to a commercial break.

When RAW returned, Goldust connected with a kick to Balor’s chest and then planted him with a Spinebuster for a two count. Finn went for a Suplex but was in too much pain to deliver the move. Balor instead connected with a kick and proceeded to stomp on Goldust. Finn hit the Slingblade, Dropkick in the corner and the Coupe de Grace for the pinfall victory.

After the match, the lights went out and “he’s got the whole world in his hands” played in the arena.

Winner: Finn Balor

Reaction: I was worried that Balor was going to actually have a feud with Goldust, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Instead, the feud between Balor and Wyatt looks to be continuing for some ridiculous reason. Balor already won the feud. He beat him as The Demon King and as Finn Balor. I was hoping that this feud was over at SummerSlam. It is getting to the point that it has become comical that it is still going on.

Bayley was shown just randomly holding her shoulder backstage. Sasha Banks showed up and Bayley asked her if she got her text. Banks said that she was this close to getting her championship back but it was taken away. Banks stated that they need to focus on their tag match tonight. Bayley vowed to make Nia Jax feel pain tonight.

Reaction: I don’t know what the hell has happened to Bayley since she arrived on the main roster. She said she wanted to get revenge on Nia Jax tonight for injuring her. That makes sense and should make for an interesting angle. Unfortunately, Bayley said the lines as if she was ordering her coffee in the morning. There was no intensity behind it at all. She also looked at her shoulder like a robot several times during the segment. I don’t get it.

Enzo confronted Kurt Angle backstage and demanded a “no-contact clause” during his championship celebration later tonight so Neville couldn’t attack him. Angle agreed and called Amore annoying.

Nia Jax & Emma vs Bayley & Sasha Banks

Nia targetted her attack on Bayley’s shoulder right when the match started. Nia then threw Bayley into Sasha on the ring apron and both Superstars fell to the floor outside the ring. When RAW returned, Bayley was stuck in the ring as Nia and Emma took turns beating the hell out of her. Bayley battled out of the corner and connected with a kick to Emma. Bayley slowly tried to make her way across the ring to tag in Sasha.

Bayley knocked Emma into Nia Jax and leaped across the ring to tag in Banks. Sasha hit Double Knees to Emma in the corner for a two count. Nia got into the ring and threw Bayley out of the ring. Sasha Dropkicked Nia out of the ring. Bayley went for a Crossbody but Nia caught her. Bayley escaped and Sasha hit a Crossbody off the ring apron. Bayley then pushed Nia into the steel post.

Back in the ring, Bayley tagged herself in and Sasha connected with a knee. Bayley then hit the Bayley to Belly on Emma for the victory.

Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks

Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore came down to the ring for his championship celebration. Enzo said that “it was all a dream and that dream became a reality. Pinch yourselves because Enzo Amore is your new Cruiserweight Champion”. Enzo described his morning waking up in his California king bed. Enzo said that he woke up next to most beautiful women in the world and pointed to his Cruiserweight Championship.

Enzo said that his haters are jealous and held up the Cruiserweight Championship. Enzo made fun of Big Cass being injured and said that he was the one holding Big Cass up during there time as a tag team. Enzo said that the “you can’t wrestle” chants were once shouted at the likes of The Rock and that he has mainstream appeal.

Enzo then revealed a jersey in a frame and said that his jersey belongs in the rafters. Enzo said that he made 205 Live relevant and the rest of the 205 Live roster came down tot he entrance ramp and stared at Amore. Enzo called them haters and said that he could barely see Rich Swann because he was so small.

Amore said that Swann danced his way to a title and then danced his way back to being irrelevant. Enzo said that Cedric Alexander is the man that charisma forgot. Enzo poked fun at Gran Metalik’s physique and said that with a gut like that there is no way he is under 205.

Neville came down to the entrance ramp with a very intense look on his face. Enzo said that the Cruiserweight Championship is on the shoulder’s of a real man. Enzo then called Neville’s ears “satellite discs” and continued to mock Neville. Enzo then danced around in the ring. Neville said that Enzo was right and that the truth is brutal. Neville said that Enzo is such an unbearable, toxic little individual that you have alienated everyone you have ever come in contact with.

Neville added that Enzo debuted on RAW to much fan fair but was then dumped onto 205 Live’s doorstep. Enzo said that he is going to get eyes on 205 Live and make the roster stars. Neville said that Enzo has done nothing but make a joke out of 205 Live, the Cruiserweight Division and the Cruiserweight Championship. Neville said that he was here to end Amore on behalf of the Cruiserweight division.

Enzo said that he has the no-contact clause and that if Neville attacks him he will never get a shot at the title again. Enzo said that the Cruiserweight Championship is in the main-event of RAW and Neville never sniffed the third hour of RAW. Enzo boasted about being a star and bragged about how much merchandise he sells.

Neville attacked Enzo even though Amore had the no-contact clause. Neville slammed Amore into the barricade a couple of times. Enzo tried to escape up the entrance ramp but the 205 Live roster prevented him from leaving. Neville brought Enzo back into the ring and shoved the no-contact clause in Enzo’s mouth. Neville then booted Enzo in the face and the crowd cheered. Neville climbed to the top rope and hit the Red Arrow.

Reaction: Enzo did a solid job here getting everyone to hate him. I still don’t think too many people are going to tune into 205 Live to watch this storyline develop. I really hope that Amore doesn’t have the Cruiserweight Championship for too long. I’m not sure how many overly long Enzo Amore promos I can listen to. Overall, RAW wasn’t good at all tonight in my opinion. The Miz and Roman Reigns segments were entertaining and that storyline could be interesting. Ambrose and Strowman had a decent match. The rest of the show was boring.

What did you think of this week’s RAW? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The comments this making now starting not to like it so much. I think both Raw and Smackdown been very good.

  • ROB-1.

    That was real funny.

  • ROB-1.

    Crews vs O’ Neil? LOL! I always like to see Enzo get beat down.

  • Luke

    …against who though? There isn’t an abvious three-man team on Smackdown for them to challenge. Shield vs Miztourage at least makes sense.

    Plus the Smackdown vs Raw matches are usually thrown-togetehr teams, not stables

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    There going to be a Raw vs Smackdown rematch at Survivor Series mark my words. That why they are bringing back The Shield.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Braun Strowman is going to be fine. I believe he wins the Royal Rumble an head to Smackdown to win the WWE title. Right now they are just going to make him dominate regain his path of distribution.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I actually enjoyed this RAW. Not sure what you watched lol.

  • Will Henderson

    someome fix that result title for Apollo Crews vs. Elias, you had it listed as Apollo Crews vs. Titus O’Neil.