Two title matches took place on WWE Monday Night Raw this week, and three more title matches were set for future dates. But the biggest story of the night may have been the continued success of WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, as he teamed up with Chris Jericho to beat Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady in the main event.
In other news, one night after Roman Reigns captured his first WWE United States Championship, the former champ Rusev invoked his obligatory rematch. The US Title Match kicked-off this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, following the brand’s first exclusive PPV, WWE Clash of Champions 2016. The indecisive ending to the match is sure to guarantee at least one more round of Roman Reigns vs. Rusev.
But Rusev wasn’t the only WWE Superstar demanding a rematch after the weekend’s Clash of Champions event. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were granted another shot at the Raw Tag Team Championship on this week’s episode, after the involvement of Xavier Woods and Francesca II in the conclusion of the match at Clash. Having just surpassed the 400-day mark as champions, The New Day made their way past The Club once again, only to receive surprising news about their next challengers.
WWE Monday Night Raw results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from WWE Raw on September 26, which aired live from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raw has won the “ratings war” ever since the separate rosters were established, although SmackDown Live continues to keep the competition close. With all of the drama following WWE Clash of Champions 2016, did the WWE Universe tune into this week’s Raw even more than usual?
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. This week, aside from Cathy Kelley’s update on what’s trending on social media among the WWE Universe, there was no new content on the pre-show, in terms of unique interviews or announcements. The foursome discussed the matches and happenings from Clash of Champions and the rematches already booked for WWE Monday Night Raw.
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev ended with a double count-out
Roman Reigns retained the WWE United States Championship in his match against Rusev after both combatants brawled among the live audience in Cincinnati and the referee reached a ten-count. It seems likely that Rusev will get at least one more shot at the US Title, possibly at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 next month. After the match, back in the ring, Roman Reigns laid out Rusev with a Spear, followed by a series of chair-shots.
Cesaro and Sheamus were granted a Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Since both Sheamus and Cesaro proved that they were dominant performers in their Best of Seven Series, General Manager Mick Foley decided that they both deserved a championship match, as was promised by the GM before the series began. Rather than individual title matches, however, Foley told the rivals that they would be teaming up to face the winners of The New Day vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
The New Day retained the Tag Team Championship — Kofi Kingston bled profusely
After being thrown into the steel steps, Kofi Kingston’s face was covered by his own blood in a way that would remind long-time fans of Ric Flair’s recurring crimson masks. In the end, The New Day walked away with a clean victory, and will apparently face Cesaro and Sheamus in the near future.
Bayley defeated Anna Fields
In relatively short fashion, Bayley defeated the local enhancement talent one night after losing in the Triple Threat Match against Sasha Banks and Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte. After the match, she cut a typical Bayley promo, saying that she felt like the WWE Universe was on her side and that she would be challenging for the title again in the future.
Commissioner Stephanie McMahon belittled General Manager Mick Foley
When Mick Foley questioned Stephanie’s involvement in the chaos surrounding the main event from WWE Clash of the Champions 2016 — and specifically what role she and Triple H might have played in the outcome — the questions were not met well by McMahon. She essentially threatened Foley’s job, blamed him for Chris Jericho’s interference in the match, and put him in charge of making sure no one attacks Seth Rollins when he shows up for Monday Night Raw.
Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Gulak and Lince Dorado
In a showcase of the newly-established Cruiserweight Division on Monday Night Raw, Swann hit Gulak with the Rich Kick and got the pinfall victory. This match was a classic example of what will be the difficult task of transitioning the buzz surrounding the WWE Cruiserweight Classic to segments on Raw that live up to the hype. The limited amount of time these WWE Superstars are given prevents them from telling quite as dramatic of a story as they could throughout their lengthier CWC matches.
Cesaro and Sheamus defeated Nick Cutler and Willis Williams
In every way that you would expect, Sheamus and Cesaro played the “odd couple” shtick while tagging-up against a couple of jobbers in preparation for their Raw Tag Team Championship Match against The New Day.
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Charlotte granted Sasha Banks a rematch for next week
As Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte and her protégé Dana Brooke we cutting an in-ring promo, they were interrupted by Sasha Banks. Claiming that she still deserves a one-on-one rematch for the title — especially since it was Bayley that got pinned, and not The Boss — she issued a challenge to Charlotte. The young Flair accepted the challenge, but insisted it take place on next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
TJ Perkins defeated Tony Nese
Shortly after his backstage promo was interrupted by Brian Kendrick, the WWE Cruiserweight Champion made his Monday Night Raw in-ring debut. Having forced Tony Nese to tap out, TJ Perkins will put his title on the line in a rematch with Kendrick on next week’s Raw.
Seth Rollins interrupted Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho on The Highlight Reel
Y2J’s guest on this week’s edition of The Highlight Reel was his best friend and current WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens. Having already shown Seth Rollins arriving backstage in Cincinnati, it was no surprise that he interrupted the proceedings. However, security and GM Mick Foley prevented Rollins from ever reaching the ring. Instead, Jeri-KO would be forced to face Enzo and Big Cass in tag team action.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho defeated Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady
Enzo and Big Cass haven’t exactly been on a hot streak lately, and their performance in the main event against Jeri-KO was further evidence of this trend. The heels took home the victory, and Monday Night Raw continues to be the “Kevin Owens Show.”
The above WWE Raw results will be corroborated by WWE’s official Monday Night Raw page.
Presumed WWE Hell In A Cell Card
- Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins — WWE Universal Championship Hell In A Cell Match
- Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks — WWE Women’s Championship Match
- The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus — WWE Tag Team Championship Match
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. TBD — WWE United States Championship Match
- T.J. Perkins (c) vs. TBD — WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Prior to this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw, the only information confirmed about WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 was that it is a Raw-exclusive show airing live on Sunday, October 20 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Traditionally, one or two of the main event matches from the event are Hell in a Cell Matches. As more information is confirmed, it will be updated at WWE’s official Hell in a Cell preview page.
Where To Watch
WWE Clash of Champions 2016 originally aired Sunday, September 25. It is currently available to strem on-demand via the WWE Network. WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will air Sunday, October 20 on the WWE Network. The program will begin at 8/7c. The Hell in a Cell 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 on Hulu.
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