‘WWE Monday Night Raw’ Results: Rusev Returns To Ruin Things For Roman Reigns At ‘Clash Of Champions’

Roman Reigns was given the opportunity to face Kevin Owens on Monday Night Raw. If Reigns could beat the current WWE Universal Champion, he would be added to the main event natch at Clash of Champions for that very title. Seth Rollins clearly had no interest in Roman making his current title shot a Triple Threat Match, and Reigns didn’t exactly leave things with WWE United States Champion Rusev on good terms. With that many people hoping to keep The Big Dog down, did he ever have any chance on WWE Raw this week?

Is Cesaro leaving WWE? Many think so. Whether or not the rumors are true, his feud with Sheamus continued on WWE Monday Night Raw. Having won his match in London, Cesaro still trails Sheamus 3-2 in their best-of-seven series after winning on Raw this week. Since a finish of 4-2 seems rather strange, the WWE Universe can expect another victory for Cesaro on Raw next week — and probably Round 7 of Cesaro vs. Sheamus at Clash of Champions.

Sasha Banks is owed her obligatory rematch against Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship. After taking out Dana Brooke last week, she made it clear that she wants her title back, and she wants to make it happen at Clash of Champions. Although Bayley made her case for deserving a title shot of her own, it was Sasha Banks who left Monday Night Raw as Charlotte’s opponent for WWE Clash of Champions.

WWE Monday Night Raw results

The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from WWE Raw on September 12, which aired live from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Raw has won the “ratings war” ever since the separate rosters were established, although SmackDown Live hasn’t been far behind. The SmackDown brand put on a pretty solid Backlash on Sunday night. Did that have any impact on the viewership for this week’s Raw?

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns [Image via WWE]

Raw Pre-Show on the WWE Network

Scott Stanford hosted the Raw Pre-Show, and was joined by Lita, Booker T, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Before any new content, they discussed the events leading to match between Reigns and Owens, as well as the incoming Cruiserweight division for the Raw brand. They turned it over briefly to Cathy Kelly who gave updates about the current social media happenings of the WWE Universe.

They also aired a segment between Mick Foley, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Upset about how things ended at SummerSlam, The Club requested a match against just Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. GM Foley granted their wish and booked a non-title version of the SummerSlam rematch for this week’s Monday Night Raw.

Women’s Triple Threat Match

When Monday Night Raw went live, General Manager Mick Foley was the first person in the ring. After a few introductory remarks, he brought out WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, who had Dana Brooke at her side. As the three of them were discussing the current state of things, they were interrupted by former champion Sasha Banks. As The Boss was demanding her rematch, she was interrupted by Bayley. Eventually, Bayley said she thought perhaps she deserved a title match, after her non-title victory over the champ. After Dana Brooke slapped Charlotte, Mick Foley booked a Triple Threat Match between Banks, Bayley and Brooke. The winner would go on to WWE Clash of Champions to face Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship.

Sasha Banks Defeated Bayley And Dana Brooke

It only seems fair that The Boss won this match, as she was technically owed a rematch after dropping the title to Charlotte at SummerSlam. While Bayley did beat the champion in a non-title match, that doesn’t necessarily earn you a guaranteed title shot. And while Dana Brooke is clearly reaching her boiling point as the champion’s lackey, she found no relief in this Triple Threat Match. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte is official for Clash of Champions. After a commercial break, Dana Brooke was seen backstage apologizing to Charlotte and carrying her luggage.

Charlotte defends the WWE Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks at ‘WWE Clash of Champions 2016’ [image via WWE]

Backstage Segments: The Shining Stars, Enzo And Big Cass, Kevin Owens And Chris Jericho

After Goldust prevented The Shining Stars from selling a Puerto Rican timeshare to R-Truth, Primo and Epico were approached by their opponents from last week’s Raw, Enzo and Big Cass. After claiming the only reason The Shining Stars won was because they used a handful of tights, a match between Epico and Enzo was set for tonight’s Raw. Kevin Owens was then interviewed by Tom Phillips, claiming that Mick Foley wanted to stack the deck against him. Afterwards, Chris Jericho complained that he had to find a new guest for The Highlight Reel, as he originally wanted to interview Owens. Sami Zayn was ultimately named as Kevin’s replacement.

Bo Dallas Defeated Brandon Scott

Bo Dallas made quick work of another local enhancement talent on WWE Raw this week. One part of the updated version of his gimmick is that he now claims he is the only one who can “Bo-lieve.” What else does WWE have in store for the makeover of Bo Dallas?

Sami Zayn Called Chris Jericho “Kevin Owens’ B****!”

Claiming that he wanted to get the opposite of Kevin Owens (who is currently at the highest of the highs in his career), Jericho introduced Sami Zayn, who he claimed is at the lowest of lows in his own career. Zayn told Jericho that he used to look up to journeymen like Y2J, but now the former world champion is nothing more than a “sidekick” to Kevin Owens. Jericho attacked Zayn, and it was announced later in the show that Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn had been added to the card for Clash of Champions 2016.

Cesaro Defeated Sheamus

After his victory on this week’s Raw, it would make sense for another round of Cesaro vs. Sheamus on next week’s Monday Night Raw, with the series finale booked for WWE Clash of Champions a week from Sunday. How long Cesaro will be around after the feud is still unclear. In a somewhat surprising ending given Cesaro’s current face status, he defeated Sheamus in part by illegally using the ropes while scoring the pinfall.

Nia Jax Destroyed Alicia Fox

Although no official decision was ever given for the results of this match, Nia Jax clearly came away looking like a dominant force. After tossing Alicia Fox around like a rag doll, she plowed her through the security wall near the timekeeper’s table. After a commercial break, it was announced that Alicia had to be helped to the back, as she couldn’t walk out on her own accord.


Luke Gallows And Karl Anderson Defeated The New Day

When Kingston and Woods faced The Club without any interference from Big E (who was still at ringside for this match), Anderson and Gallows got a clean victory. With less than two weeks until they receive a rematch for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Clash of Champions, the momentum currently resides with The Club.

Jinder Mahal Defeated Jack Swagger

Jinder Mahal has a new gimmick as a “man who comes in peace” and says “Namaste” to the WWE Universe. The idea was clearly foreign to the live audience in Baltimore, who preferred the patriotic vibe of Jack Swagger. The win came after Mahal avoided the Swagger Bomb. It looks like the former member of the Three Man Band could be in for a minor push as a singles competitor on Monday Night Raw.

Epico Defeated Enzo Amore

In what appears to be a budding feud between these two teams, The Shining Stars continue to build momentum. After a tag team victory last week, Primo gave some illegal assistance to help Epico get the singles victory this week. After they have another encounter next week, don’t be surprised if the Enzo and Big Cass vs. The Shining Stars is booked for Clash of Champions.

Kevin Owens Wins By Disqualification — Then Wins Again With Help From Rusev

Earlier in the evening, Mick Foley had warned Seth Rollins about getting involved in the match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. That didn’t stop him, however, as the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion interrupted the Monday Night Raw main event. He attacked current WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, resulting in Roman Reigns being disqualified and removed from the title match at Clash of Champions. The General Manager came out and restarted the match, telling Seth Rollins that they had a few things to discuss. Just when it looked like Roman Reigns might defeat Owens, WWE United States Champion Rusev made his return to WWE programming. The brief distraction was all that the Prizefighter needed to set The Big Dog up for the Pop-Up Powerbomb and get the pinfall victory. After the match, Rusev continued to attack Roman Reigns, meaning they will likely face each other at WWE Clash of Champions 2016 for the US title.

The above WWE Raw results have been corroborated by WWE’s official Monday Night Raw page.

Updated WWE Clash Of Champions Card

  • Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins — WWE Universal Championship Match
  • Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks — WWE Women’s Championship Match
  • The New Day (c) vs. The Club — WWE Tag Team Championship Match
  • Rusev (c) vs. Roman Reigns — WWE United States Championship Match (unconfirmed)
  • Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
  • Enzo And Big Cass vs. The Shining Stars (unconfirmed)
  • Cesaro vs. Sheamus (unconfirmed)
  • Titus O’Neil vs. Darren Young (unconfirmed)

Unless otherwise noted, the matches above were confirmed on WWE’s official Clash of Champions preview page, for the one event that technically requires each title on the Raw brand to be defended. WWE Clash of Champions 2016 will air live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Where To Watch

WWE Clash of Champions 2016 will air on Sunday, September 25 on the WWE Network. The program will begin at 8/7c. The Clash of Champions Kick-Off Show will air at 7/6c.

WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the Raw Pre-Show airing on the WWE Network at 7:30/6:30c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.

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