Raw results, Sept. 17, 2018: Roman Reigns thwarts Baron Corbin's attempt to take Universal Championship
On a night where Roman Reigns found out that he'll be defending his Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 2 at WWE Crown Jewel, he also found out that he'd be defending against Raw Acting GM Baron Corbin in the main event. Also, The Undertaker revealed he won't be alone at WWE Super Show-Down, The Bellas gave Ronda Rousey backup against The Riott Squad, and more.
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Raw Results : Quick Hits
- Acting General Manager Baron Corbin granted Brock Lesnar a Universal Title rematch
- Raw Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre def. Dean Ambrose
- Chad Gable def. Viktor
- The Undertaker revealed Kane would be in his corner against Triple H at WWE Super Show-Down
- Bayley def. Dana Brooke
- AOP def. Gregory James & Barrett Brown
- Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. Raw Tag Team Champion Dolph Ziggler
- The Riott Squad attacked Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey
- Elias def. Bobby Lashley via Disqualification
- Nia Jax & Ember Moon def. Mickie James & Alicia Fox
- Universal Champion Roman Reigns def. Acting General Manager Baron Corbin
Raw Results : Full Details
Acting General Manager Baron Corbin granted Brock Lesnar a Universal Title rematch
DALLAS — Things got complicated inside Hell in a Cell last night, as the unexpected arrival of a bearded, furious Brock Lesnar threw the Universal Title main event into such chaos that it ended in the first-ever no-contest ruling to occur inside the structure. So, understandably, everyone involved was demanding satisfaction on Raw.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns wanted a piece of Lesnar. Jilted challenger Braun Strowman demanded another opportunity at the title. And Acting General Manager Baron Corbin opted to split the difference, sanctioning a Triple Threat title match between Reigns, Strowman and Lesnar for WWE Crown Jewel, the return to Saudi Arabia that will occur on Friday, Nov. 2.
Strowman was irate after the announcement. Paul Heyman, who appeared after the declaration (along with with the Hell in a Cell door Lesnar kicked in), was thrilled since his client now has another opportunity to raise his stock in advance of any UFC plans. Reigns was less than impressed with Corbin’s maneuvers as well, but The Lone Wolf reassured the champion that he might not have to worry about it: Given that the GM had seen Reigns’ injury report, he was more than happy to capitalize on the champion’s wear and tear, sanctioning a title bout for tonight between The Big Dog and … himself.
Raw Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre def. Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose has made it a point to target Drew McIntyre during almost every multi-man scrap the two have been involved in since his return. On Raw, The Lunatic Fringe got his wish to throw down with McIntyre one-on-one and suffered the consequences, as the former WWE Champion was defeated by The Scottish Terminator in a match that took both Superstars to the limit one night after a marathon show-stealer for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
Between the lingering effects of the epic tag team match and their brawl atop Hell in a Cell, both Superstars were banged-up, and Ambrose took advantage with a focused attack on McIntyre’s left leg. The strategy was enough to even the playing field against the mighty Scot, and a Cloverleaf to the big man left him all but hobbled. But McIntyre broke the hold by reaching the ropes and switched his strategy, baiting Ambrose outside the ring and dodging a frantic flying axe handle off the turnbuckle. The move carried Dean full-speed into the barricade instead, and even though a woozy Ambrose barely managed to beat the 10-count back into the ring, he sprinted headfirst into a Claymore that earned McIntyre the win. Make no mistake, though: He had to earn this one.
Chad Gable def. Viktor
Over the past few weeks, Chad Gable has proved a crucial component to his and Bobby Roode’s burgeoning status as a tag team. The question is, how good is he on his own?
The answer is, pretty darn good. The Minnesota stretcher squared up against Viktor of The Ascension — one-half of the team he and Roode have been facing of late — and except for a brief stretch when his enthusiasm got the better of him, he was never really out of the driver’s seat. The former SmackDown Tag Team Champion battled at a million miles an hour, planting Viktor with the rolling German suplex, much to Roode’s delight at ringside.
Of course, even though Gable’s got the speed, he’s still outmatched in the power department — a point Konnor made when he plowed Gable into Roode before making his way up the ramp.
The Undertaker revealed Kane would be in his corner against Triple H at WWE Super Show-Down
As the Last Time Ever approaches, Triple H and The Undertaker have taken their issues to a very personal place, with The Game insinuating that The Last Outlaw has lost all self-respect — a “delusion,” according to the returning Undertaker, that is little more than a symptom of Triple H’s “broken soul” and the harbinger of his inevitable downfall.
Though Undertaker believed Triple H’s transition from in-ring warrior to captain of industry may have blinded him to the “demise” that awaits him, The Deadman had every expectation that Shawn Michaels would be in The King of Kings’ corner to help him “outrace the reaper.” So, the legendary Superstar declared that he would bring reinforcements of his own: His brother, Kane.
The result wouldn’t just be The Deadman taking Triple H’s career like he did HBK’s — that is all but foregone to The Last Outlaw. He would take his soul, and with Kane at his back, the Last Time Ever “will be just like the first time. I will put him six feet under. Game over.”
Bayley def. Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke may have taken her first step toward individual glory by breaking away from Titus Worldwide, but her path to the top still has yet to progress. The former statistician fell to Bayley in a bout that saw The Huggable One accompanied to the ramp by five Superstars of Tomorrow: Jacob “The Open-Heart Hound,” Kourageous Karter, Michael “Super Shadow” Maldonado, Khadance “The Diva Destroyer” and Johnny “The American Beast” Hernandez.
The good news for Dana, however, is that progress was made. Dana bullied Bayley about the ring in convincing fashion — much to the consternation of Sasha Banks at ringside. But she got overzealous in her efforts, and a few canny maneuvers got The Huggable One in position for the Bayley-to-Belly that won her the match. For Dana, it’s clear the pieces are there. She just has to put them together.
AOP def. Gregory James & Barrett Brown
New chapter, same story for AOP, who devoured their third consecutive set of local competitors in what is shaping up to be a very prolific resurgence under the eye of 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick. Akam & Rezar dispatched tattooed upstarts Gregory James & Barrett Brown in a matter of seconds, pausing briefly to unveil a particularly nasty new maneuver — a fireman’s carry charge into the corner — before closing things out with the Super Collider.
Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. Raw Tag Team Champion Dolph Ziggler
What, you thought a little 15-foot trip off the side of Hell in a Cell and through a table would be enough to take the Intercontinental Title off of Seth Rollins? Despite an overt attempt by Dolph Ziggler and Acting General Manager Baron Corbin to swindle the championship off The Kingslayer’s waist — Corbin thought Rollins was too banged-up to compete and offered to hand Ziggler the title via forfeit if he invoked his rematch clause — the champion showed up and fought through the pain, denying The Showoff’s bid for his seventh Intercontinental Championship.
Neither was at 100 percent. Rollins was clutching his back at every turn, and the typically spry Showoff was a step slower than usual, turning the bout into a war of attrition. Rollins was too worn down to complete the superplex-Falcon Arrow twofer, giving The Showoff a crack at a tights-assisted rollup. But Rollins had enough left to hit the Stomp seconds later, and even though it took him longer than usual to crawl over for the cover, two nights’ worth of damage was enough to keep Ziggler down for three. Give Dolph credit for a well-fought battle, but if anybody wants to end Seth Rollins' Intercontinental Title reign, they'll clearly need to throw him off a bigger cage.
The Riott Squad attacked Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey
With Alexa Bliss out of the way, Ronda Rousey is firmly entrenched as Raw Women’s Champion, and the division is wide open for challengers. Despite the lingering damage to her ribs, The Baddest Woman on the Planet decided on Raw she would institute an Open Challenge policy, but what was looking to be a friendly challenge from her training partner Natalya instead became The Riott Squad’s biggest power play yet.
Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan — who’ll face Ronda and The Bella Twins at WWE Super Show-Down — answered The Queen of Harts’ music, dragging the former SmackDown Women’s Champion out to the ramp after an apparent backstage attack. Ruby declared she would be accepting the challenge instead, though Ronda rocked her with a right hand to instigate a three-on-one mugging from The Riott Squad. The Bellas quickly arrived to even the odds, helping the still-wounded Ronda dispatch of Ruby and her cohorts and giving them the early advantage as Super Show-Down approaches.
Elias def. Bobby Lashley via Disqualification
Lio Rush has been Bobby Lashley’s manager for all of five seconds, but he might have just entered himself into the managerial pantheon: Not only did 205 Live’s “Man of the Hour” give Lashley a big-time intro by interrupting Elias, he proved to be instrumental in helping to turn away Kevin Owens, who still has contractual carte blanche and sinister designs on punishing Lashley.
What KO didn’t account for was Rush, who leapt clean over the former Universal Champion from his perch at commentary and led him on a chase down the ramp. The 23-Year-Old Piece of Gold nailed Elias with an enziguiri when The Living Truth tried to ensnare him, handing Lashley a disqualification loss. But Rush made it up to his client when he allowed Lashley to use him as a projectile: The former ECW Champion scooped Rush up and gorilla-pressed him over the top rope and onto Owens and Elias. The DQ barely even registered: Like the old saying goes, this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Nia Jax & Ember Moon def. Mickie James & Alicia Fox
About the only solace Alexa Bliss could take Monday night is that she wasn’t actually in the ring for a tag team match that pitted her allies Mickie James & Alicia Fox against Ember Moon and a returning Nia Jax, whose very presence has spelled doom for The Goddess for most of 2018.
Well aware of what The Irresistible Force was capable of, Alicia & Mickie worked hard to focus their efforts on Moon, and they kept the Dallas native away from her partner as long as they could. Alas, they couldn’t keep her away long enough: Nia entered the match and singlehandedly steamrolled her adversaries, holding an interfering Mickie in place for the Eclipse and dispatching Alicia with a Samoan Drop. Welcome back.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns def. Acting General Manager Baron Corbin
As Acting General Manager, Baron Corbin has many powers. He could make himself a Universal Championship Match at a moment’s notice to pick on beat-up champion Roman Reigns. He could even, say, re-start that match as a No Disqualification if he ends up in too deep of a hole and decides to break out a chair to even the odds. What he couldn’t do, no matter how he stacked the deck, was close out.
Yes, Corbin missed out on the Universal Title despite a massive managerial advantage over The Big Dog that he didn’t hesitate to exploit, not to mention some help — Braun Strowman showed up to attack Reigns after the restart, instigating a brawl that ended up roping in Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and the rest of The Shield. But even with all conceivable odds stacked in his favor, Corbin fell to a quick-strike Spear when he attempted to make his move. Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre opted not to make a move on The Shield, seemingly preferring to save their energy for WWE Super Show-Down. So while it’ll take more than shenanigans to topple Roman Reigns as champion, that doesn’t mean a big fight isn’t on the way all the same.