In this week’s Monday Night Raw main event, Charlotte agreed to defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks in a singles match. But with Dana Brooke sidelined by Bayley prior to the match, The Boss was able to face Charlotte in a fair fight. Of course, after winning back the title in Los Angeles, Banks will still have to grant Charlotte an obligatory rematch. That being the case, their feud is likely to continue until at least WWE Hell in a Cell 2016.
While in Los Angeles both Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson showed up to confront Chris Jericho and provide commentary for his tag team match with Kevin Owens against The New Day for the Raw Tag Team Championship. The former stars of That 70’s Show (and the current stars of The Ranch on Netflix) didn’t get involved in the match, but thanks to a distraction from Seth Rollins, The New Day’s historic reign continues.
In addition to all of that, Mick Foley’s experiment to put Sheamus and Cesaro together as a tag team continued this week, and WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins gave Brian Kendrick the opportunity to prove that he deserves another shot at the newest WWE title belt.
The opening segment for this week’s Monday Night Raw saw WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns being interrupted in the ring by Lana. After the Ravishing Russian advised The Big Dog that she was there to negotiate a rematch for Rusev, Reigns called out the former U.S. champ. A brawl ensued, and just when it looked like Rusev would take off with the belt, Roman came from backstage and delivered a Superman Punch. With Rusev laid out at the top of the ramp, Reigns said that he would grant the Bulgarian Brute a rematch: a Hell in a Cell Match on October 30.
WWE Monday Night Raw results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from WWE Raw on October 3, which aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Raw has won the “ratings war” ever since the separate rosters were established, although SmackDown Live continues to keep the competition close. After hitting historic lows last week up against the U.S. Presidential debate, will the hype behind Charlotte and Sasha Banks prove to have been enough to turn things around?
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. Tom Phillips interviewed Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson backstage at the Staples Center, and they made it clear that they weren’t going to the “back of the line” in the tag team division. Aside from Catherine Kelley’s updates on the WWE Universe and social media, the only unique content on the Raw Pre-Show was the commentary provided by the panel on recent Raw happenings.
Roman Reigns issued Hell in a Cell Match challenge to Rusev
Roman Reigns opened this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw with an in-ring promo that was cut short by Lana. When it was clear she was only there to get a title rematch for her husband, Reigns simply called Rusev out. It wasn’t long before Roman and Rusev were brawling, and in the end, it was the WWE United States Champion who stood tall. He said that he would accept Rusev’s challenge for a rematch, but only if it is inside Hell in a Cell.
Brian Kendrick defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins
In a non-title match, Brian Kendrick was given the opportunity to prove he still belongs in the conversation for best cruiserweight wrestler on Monday Night Raw. After making Perkins tap out, it seems likely that he’ll get another title shot at WWE Hell in a Cell 2016, if not sooner.
Michael Cole interviewed Seth Rollins
In a mostly-forgettable pre-taped interview, Seth Rollins essentially said that he doesn’t blame Kevin Owens for aligning with Triple H or doing whatever it takes to keep the WWE Universal Championship. All signs point to Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins inside the cage at Hell in a Cell in four weeks.
Braun Strowman defeated Chase Silver
In another squash match, Braun Strowman destroyed this the L.A.-based local talent. He finished the match with a Running Powerslam that would have made Davey Boy Smith proud. After the match, he told Byron Saxton to let Mick Foley know he wanted some serious competition next week. It looks like Braun’s string of jobber opponents has ended.
Jeri-KO challenged The New Day to a Raw Tag Team Championship Match — The New Day accepted
Kevin Owens responded to the Seth Rollins interview that aired earlier in the show, and he was joined in the ring by his best friend and tag team partner, Chris Jericho. After discussing their friendship, they decided that they should challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championship. The New Day came out and accepted the challenge after a typical New Day promo. Following the commercial break, the match was set for later in the night on Monday Night Raw.
Sami Zayn defeated Titus O’Neil
In a match featuring two guys who are struggling to really find their place on the red brand, Sami Zayn got a clean victory over Titus O’Neil. There were no post-match shenanigans and no real storyline or gimmick development for either WWE Superstar, aside from a brief pre-taped promo from O’Neil about developing his brand, and a “press conference” (see below) that aired online after Raw was finished.
The Club defeated The Golden Truth
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows made short work of Goldust and R-Truth, getting the pin after hitting Truth with the Magic Killer. As Goldust was checking on his fallen teammate post-match, the heels also hit R-Truth’s partner with their signature finisher before leaving the ring.
Jeri-KO ran into Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson backstage
After taking Jericho’s list and mocking him for losing to Fandango at WrestleMania 29, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson informed Y2J that they would be at ringside for the tag title match later in the show.
Enzo and Big Cass recognized breast cancer survivors
In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the WWE’s long-standing partnership with the Susen G. Komen Foundation, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady were part of a segment that ended with three breast cancer survivors being awarded honorary Raw Women’s Championship belts for the battle they won against the horrific disease.
The New Day defeated Jeri-KO with a little help from Seth Rollins
While Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson provided guest commentary, Xavier Woods and Big E successfully defended the Raw Tag Team Championship against Chris Jericho and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. While the two Hollywood actors didn’t get physically involved in the match, Seth Rollins did provide a very timely distraction, leading to Jericho receiving the Midnight Hour finisher from The New Day.
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Tony Nese defeated Rich Swann
In the second cruiserweight match of the night, Tony Nese defeated Rich Swann. While Swann’s gimmick seems to be connecting with the WWE Universe more than some of the other recruits from the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament, the division as a whole hasn’t been as well received as it was by the fans at Full Sail University.
Emma is being repackaged as “Emmalina”
While Emma has always been an attractive member of the WWE women’s division, she never flaunted it like other WWE Superstars, such Nikki Bella or Eva Marie. However, as she gets ready to return from injury, the new vignette shows a sexier side of Emma, who will apparently be going by the name Emmalina when she returns to action on WWE Raw.
Cesaro and Sheamus defeated local enhancement talent
If nothing else, the recent WWE Draft and subsequent brand extension has once again allowed for WWE to use jobbers to help put over talent that are still trying to establish themselves. For the second week in a row, Sheamus and Cesaro successfully defeated a couple of no-namers, all while trying to one-up each other.
Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte for the Raw Women’s Championship
Thanks to Bayley taking out Dana Brooke backstage minutes before the main event, Charlotte was forced to defend her title without anyone in her corner. And while she may be 12-0 in PPV title defenses, The Boss has now taken the belt from her twice on Monday Night Raw.
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. Rusev — WWE United States Championship Hell In A Cell Match
- T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick — 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 stream on-demand via the WWE Network. WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will air Sunday, October 30 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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