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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Ontario, California

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s No Mercy PPV, click here WWE No Mercy 9/24/17 (Lesnar Vs Strowman)

 

In-Ring Promo:  Miz TV

Welcome to the most-see WWE program, welcome to Miz TV.  Tonight is about celebration, we are in southern California.  After this segment, he will be headed home to southern California, where he will celebrate with his gorgeous, pregnant wife, and celebrate that their unborn kid will not be a loser , like Kurt Angle’s son.  But first, here is his guest.  He is none other than “The Big Dog” himself, Roman Reigns.

Roman, what a great year you have had, you retired The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, then last night, you defeated John Cena.  And at Raw Talk, Cena said he sort of passed the torch to Roman.  How do you feel now?  Whether you like Cena or not, you have to respect him for what he has done.  He has been the top guy for 15 years.  Reigns has a certain respect for Cena, and this is the biggest win of his career, so they both were doing some celebration.  He doesn’t understand why he is in the ring with you.  The Miz says he calls himself “The Guy”, but in his mind “The Guy” has a championship.  That is why he beat a loser like Jason Jordan.  Roman calls Jason a thoroughbred, and if Miz faced him by himself, Jason can run circles around him.  In fact, he orders Bo to go get him a beer.  Miz says there is no drinking beer on Miz TV.  Miz brings up Roman had ridden the coattails of a team when he started in WWE.  Speaking of The Shield, if The Miztourage was around 5 years ago, there never would be The Shield.  Reigns laughs because he thought he was joking.Ambrose and Reigns are doing their own thing, while Roman is doing his.  Reigns has his eyes set on the WWE Universal Championship.  Miz tells Roman he is a guest on his show, this Intercontinental Championship is the most prestigious title in WWE.  Reigns might have beaten John Cena last night, that is great.  But that is one time, we don’t forget the times Reigns has failed, such as losing to Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and we can’t forget about Reigns being pinned by Brock Lesnar at last year’s Summerslam.  If they faced each other, reigns would find out just how good they are.  Reigns is ready to fight, but Miz is not.  He has a pregnant wife, and here comes Kurt Angle.  Kurt likes the idea of The Miz Vs Reigns, later tonight, so tell Maryse you will be going home late.  But right now, Jeff Hardy hurt his shoulder, so it will be Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan Vs The Miztourage, next.

Match Number 1:  Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan Vs The Miztourage

For whatever reason, Booker T does not like Matt Hardy teaming up with Jason Jordan.  But the duo were victorious with a Twist of Fate, after a kick by Jordan.  A good match here.

Winners:  Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan, by pinfall

Tonight:  Reigns Vs The Miz

Next:  Strowman Vs Lesnar Highlights

Video:  Lesnar Vs Strowman

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Who wants to walk with Elias?  He signs a song about Apollo Crews being a loser.

Match Number 2:  Elias Vs Apollo Crews

Apollo had things going his way, but Elias clipped at Titus’ knee, and Apollo kept his eye off the ball….Drift Away.  After the match, Elias tried to go after Titus, but Titus had enough, and started to fight back.

Winner:  Elias, by pinfall

Next:  The Extraordinary Finn Balor

Backstage Interview:  Finn Balor

Charly Caruso interviews Finn Balor.  Bray Wyatt didn’t think you can beat him man to man, and you did last night.  So what are your thoughts?  Finn thanks Bray for not believing in him, for doubting him as a man who couldn’t beat him, and for giving him the strength he didn’t even know he could.  This win was for Goldust and anyone else Bray has berated since he came back.  So what is the next stop?  The WWE Universal Championship.

Curt Hawkins Losing Streak

History will be made tonight, when Curt picks up his first victory, after 118 straight losses, so who makes history?  Braun Freaking Strowman.  The bell never sounds, as Braun chases Curt, and when he catches him, he sends him straight through the Raw screen.  Braun is ready for action.

In-Ring Promo:  Braun Strowman

After last night, Braun is on a path of destruction, and he isn’t leaving until someone can give him a real fight.

Match Number 3:  Dean Ambrose (Raw Tag Champ) Vs Braun Strowman

This was a good match here, that had Strowman find a way to win, with a Powerslam.  Ambrose was sporting a bandage on his shoulder from last night, but this was fun.

Winner:  Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Tonight:  The Miz Vs Roman Reigns

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and Enzo Amore

Enzo wants a big celebration in honor of his Cruiserweight Title win.  Kurt wouldn’t exactly call his title win a celebration worthy moment.  Enzo says all champions get this treatment, is Kurt an “Olympic Hater”?  Kurt says he can have it, but here is some advice from a Hall of Famer, no I’m good.

Next:  Alexa Bliss

Backstage Segment:  Ambrose and Rollins

Seth isn’t sure why Dean took that challenge from Strowman.  Dean said he took the fight because you never know what can happen, get the challenge.  Rollins told him they are champions now, so they need to be on the same page.  Seth told Dean he is facing Sheamus later tonight, and he won’t be able to watch his back.  Ambrose said he is too predictable, and Seth tells him he will talk to Kurt about facing Strowman next week.

In-Ring Promo:  Alexa Bliss

The Raw Women’s Champ comes out to say they haven’t seen eye to eye with the fans, but she has always thought of them as her friends, and she has to be honest….she is very, very disappointed in them.  Alexa beat 4 of the very best women in WWE.  Future Hall of Famers, Bayley, Nia, Sasha, and Emma.  When she woke up this morning, she thought she would get some tweets, some congratulations for her, but she saw “I wonder what is up with Bayley and Sasha”.  She is better than all of them, she doesn’t care about Asuka, she cleaned out the entire Women’s Division in one night, you have to live in the now, and not future.  Mickie James made her return.  Mickie saw Raw Talk, she knows what Alexa said, so say it.  Alexa tells Mickie she was one of her favorites as a little girl.  She was even one of her Top 8 on MySpace.  Back when Mickie James and MySpace were relevant.  Mickie tells her to say that to her face, but Alexa tells her she still has fans, when Mickie does charity.  Mickie, Alexa doesn’t want to see Mickie break her hip.  Mickie knows who she is, she is Mickie James, a 6-time Women’s Champion.  She has broken bones, broke hearts, and still changing barriers for women in WWE, way back when Alexa was wearing a training bra.  Which still is doing Alexa favors.   Alexa is a coward, and this is still her ring, so say it to her face.  Alexa admits she is an old lady.  Mickie slaps Alexa and nails the Mick Kick.

Tonight:  Reigns Vs The Miz

Next:  Rollins Vs Sheamus

Match Number 4:  Seth Rollins (Raw Tag Champ) Vs Sheamus

 

Cesaro was there with Sheamus, which after last night, breaking his tooth is amazing.  Seth picks up the win with his knee to Sheamus’ head for the win.

Winner:  Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Next:  Respect Is Earned?

Backstage Segment:  Goldust and Finn Balor

Goldust is upset that Finn brought up his name as a victim, his name is Goldust and he can fight his own battles.  Finn apologizes if he offended Goldust, he has a tremendous amount of respect for him.  He calls Goldust a friend.  Goldust accepts the apology, then attacks Finn, and tells him “Keep his friends close, but his enemies closer” The Godfather, 1974.

Video:  John Cena Vs Roman Reigns

Next:  Reigns Vs The Miz

Match Number 5:  The Miz (IC Champ) Vs Roman Reigns in a non-title match

Miztourage tried to get involved, but Roman handled them with care.  But Miz had it all won, but after a DDT, Reigns kicks out, and nails a Spear for the win.

Winner:  Roman Reigns, by pinfall

Miztourage attacks Reigns, but they let up on him, and Reigns fought back.  Reigns was setting up a Powerbomb, but Miztourage have chairs, and start attacking Reigns.  Skull Crushing Finale, The Miztoruage send the message.  Reigns starts to get up, but Miz comes right back, attacking Roman with the chair again.  Another Skull Crushing Finale, on the chair.  Miz nails a concerto, on Roman’s back.  We now have The Miztourage doing The Shield symbol.  Oh boy.

Tonight:  Enzo Amore’s Championship Celebration

Next:  Finn Balor Vs Goldust

Match Number 6:  Finn Balor Vs Goldust

Balor wins the match with Coup De Grace, Finn gets the revenge from earlier tonight, when Goldust attacked Balor.  But now the lights go off, and we hear a kid sign “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”, and the lights go off.

Winner:  Finn Balor, by pinfall

Tonight:  Sasha Banks and Bayley Vs Nia Jax and Emma

Backstage Segment:  Bayley and Sasha Banks

The two friends discuss last night, but tonight they are a team, so forget about last night.  They need to focus on Nia and Emma.  Bayley is ready for some revenge on Nia, for hurting her shoulder.

Backstage Segment:  Enzo and Kurt

Enzo needs some help preparing for his title celebration.  Enzo needs a no contact clause, if anyone touches him tonight, they will forfeit a future title shot.

Match Number 7:  Sasha Banks and Bayley Vs Nia Jax and Emma

Bayley and Sasha worked as a team, taking out Nia and Bayley pins Emma with a Bayley to Belly for the win.

Winners:  Bayley and Sasha Banks, by pinfall

Next:  Enzo’s Championship Celebration

Next Week:  Seth Rollins Vs Braun Strowman

Next Week:  IC Title Match Reigns Vs The Miz

In-Ring Promo:  Enzo Amore

It started a dream, and it’s now a reality, Enzo is the Cruiserweight Champion.  He started his morning waking up, and he saw the most beautiful woman he has ever seen of his life.  Enzo has had quite a few months, he has had a couple of haters.  And now they are all jealous.  And that included his former Tag Team partner, Big Cass, who was last seen in Brooklyn hobbling, but he had the nerve to say he say Enzo held him down?  The last time he saw him, it seems Enzo held him up with his Championship.  And he has heard chants of “You Can’t Wrestle”, but that same chant has gone for John Cena, Batista, and The Rock, who are all mainstream.  We now can retire his Certified G jersey on the rafters.

Now comes the entire Cruiserweight Division, and we have Richard Swann, who danced his way to a title, but then he loses it right back, and needs to dance his way back out.  Cedrick Alexander is here, without any charisma.  We have Gran Metallik, who has a gut that there is no way you can be 205.  And then there is Noam Dar, Drew Gulak decided to wear a suit.  And here comes Neville, who is fashionable late, but isn’t saying a word.  Because he realizes the title is on the shoulders of a real man, and his ears are the size of a satellite dish, you can’t say anything because the truth hurts.  Neville agrees, the truth hurts, because he is completely unbearable, and has alienated the entire Cruiserweight Division.  But Enzo began his WWE on fire, but now he has been kicked out of WWE, that he was sent to the Cruiserweight Division, where nobody wants him.  He didn’t even want anything to do with Neville, but these guys wanted to give you an opportunity.  So this is how he pays them?  Enzo makes a joke out of this division, he makes a joke out of kicking him in the lower region last night, and now Neville will take out Enzo.

Enzo tells Neville he has a clause that he can’t be touched, but the truth is this is the final hour of Raw.  Neville has had 9 months as Cruiserweight Champion, and he has never even sniffed the third hour, and he knows it.  The entire Cruiserweight Division can’t even combine to touch him in merchandise sales ether, and they know it.  So you can’t touch Enzo.  He will never get a title shot again, and Neville lost it.  He goes right after Enzo, and beats him down.  When Enzo runs off, the Cruiserweight Division sends Enzo back to the ring, and Neville nails a Red Arrow, to end the show.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

So Neville ends his Cruiserweight reign?  I guess Enzo is a heel, this third hour sucked.  Reigns Vs The Miz should have been the last match, the show ended after that.  Send me your thoughts on the show, but WWE made a big mistake with this.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan def The Miztourage, by pinfall

**Elias def Apollo Cress, by pinfall

**Braun Strowman def Dean Ambrose (C), by pinfall

**Seth Rollins (C) def Sheamus, by pinfall

**Roman reigns def The Miz (C) by pinfall, in a non-title match

**Finn Balor def Goldust, by pinfall

**Sasha Banks and Bayley def Emma and Nia Jax, by pinfall