– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a look at Kevin Owens winning the WWE Universal Title last week.
– We go to video from earlier today with RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon backstage on the phone. Owens wants a proper celebration tonight and Stephanie wants to make sure everything is over the top for him. RAW General Manager Mick Foley walks up. He’s not all smiles tonight. He says her husband Triple H made him look like a fool last week and she won’t return Foley’s calls or anything. Stephanie doesn’t have to defend something she doesn’t know about. She insists she did not know about Triple H interfering. Foley talks about how Stephanie has always been the young girl with a shy smile that he saw backstage after Hell In a Cell, no matter how successful and devious she became. Stephanie says she was embarrassed as a leader last week, by her husband. Stephanie asks Foley to understand that she had nothing to do with what happened and if she didn’t respond to him, it’s because she didn’t know how. Stephanie wants Foley to tell her she’s not the same person from then. Foley says she is and he has to believe her because if not, that makes her a liar and a really bad person, and he can’t believe that. Foley walks off.
– We go to the RAW opening video.
– We’re live from Kansas City with Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Cole welcomes us to the Labor Day edition of RAW. Balloons are falling from the rafters. Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley are in the ring. Stephanie welcomes the new WWE Universal Champion and out comes Kevin Owens to a pop. Owens comes out in a suit with the strap over his shoulder.
Owens hits the ring and poses in the corner as a bunch of pyro goes off on the stage. Streamers also fall into the crowd and the ring has the red apron cover. Fans cheer on Owens as he strolls around the ring. A “you deserve it” chant starts. Stephanie agrees with them. Owens says they are 100% right. What he doesn’t deserve is a crowd full of idiots trying to hijack his moment. Owens says by chanting “you deserve it” fans are trying to make it about themselves. Owens says the crowd is not great or special, he is. Owens knows he deserves it, he doesn’t need anyone to tell him. He’s known that since he stepped foot in the ring.
Owens admits Triple H gave him a little nudge at the end of the match but he already did 98% of the work. He says all Triple H did was make things right and put him where he belongs – at the top of this industry. Owens says tonight, RAW is officially known as The Kevin Owens Show. He raises the title to a mixed reaction. The music hits and out comes Seth Rollins.
Rollins hits the ring. Owens asks why he’s here and Rollins tells him to shut up, this isn’t about Owens. Rollins is upset. He asks Stephanie why was he screwed. Owens says this is absolutely about him because this is The Kevin Owens Show. Rollins has no problem with Owens right now because he realizes Owens is just a puppet, but if Owens doesn’t shut up then not even Triple H will be able to help him. Foley stands up for Stephanie and Rollins wonders if he’s in her pocket. Foley says he’s not but he has her back. Rollins says if they want to make Owens the face of the new era, Rollins will make sure he’s the one to burn it down. Rollins goes on but Owens interrupts again. Owens wonders where this passion has been over the past few months. Owens says The Architect has only been designing blueprints for a total failure since coming back from his injury. Rollins nails Owens and beats him down. Owens rolls to the floor. Stephanie yells at Rollins to stop and listen. Owens comes to the apron but Rollins knocks him off. Stephanie announces that Rollins is suspended indefinitely. Fans boo and Owens laughs. Foley says no, Rollins is not suspended. Fans pop and cheer Foley’s name. Stephanie stops in her tracks. Foley says she’s acting if this is personal but it’s not. This is RAW, we don’t hand out suspensions when someone’s upset, we hand out rematches. This leads to Foley making Rollins vs. Owens for Clash of Champions. Foley’s music hits as Rollins leaves and Owens argues with Foley.
– Still to come, Bayley vs. WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte in a non-title match.
– Back from commercial and Stephanie is backstage with Foley. She did hire him to make matches but threatens to fire him if he goes over her head again. They get heated again before Owens walks up. He’s also not happy with Foley. Foley puts him in a match against Sami Zayn tonight. Chris Jericho walks up and rips into Foley for putting Sami in the match. Foley makes Jericho vs. Rollins for tonight.
Charlotte vs. Bayley
Back from the break and out comes WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte for this non-title match. Dana Brooke is with her and she’s carrying a clipboard as Charlotte has ordered her to take notes on how to win. Bayley is out next to a pop.
The bell rings and they lock up before breaking. Charlotte takes Bayley down and goes for a quick pin attempt as Dana looks on with her clipboard. They go to lock up again and Bayley goes behind. Charlotte elbows her and mushes her to the mat. Bayley tries to fight back but Charlotte grabs her arm and works on it. Bayley makes a comeback and nails a few arm drags. Charlotte with a knee to the gut. Charlotte slams Bayley head first into the corner and poses to boos. Another shot to the corner but it doesn’t hurt Bayley. She hulks up each time and grabs Charlotte, slamming her head into the corner repeatedly. Charlotte goes to the floor for a breather. Bayley follows and tries for a dropkick through the ropes but botches it and lands bad on her leg. This leads to Charlotte flooring Bayley on the floor. We go to commercial with Charlotte in control.
Back from the break and Charlotte has Bayley in a head-scissors. She slams her head into the mat a few times. Bayley makes a comeback and nails a crossbody. Bayley goes on but Charlotte regains control after working on the bad leg. Charlotte stands tall and poses again. She goes on and applies a half-crab in the middle of the ring. Bayley turns it around and kicks Charlotte off. Charlotte drives the bad leg into the ring. Charlotte goes for a slam but Bayley tries to counter and her leg goes out. Charlotte goes back to work on the leg.
Bayley with a roll-up for 2. Charlotte with a big chop. More back and forth. Bayley with a springboard elbow out of the corner. Bayley unloads now. Dana pulls Charlotte out of the way as Dana charges in the corner. Bayley kicks her. Charlotte rolls Bayley up. Bayley kicks her into Dana. Charlotte’s forearm sends Dana back. Bayley takes advantage and hits a Bayley-to-Belly for the non-title win.
– After the match, Bayley stands tall and leaves as her music hits.
– Still to come, Sasha Banks is coming to deliver “bad news” tonight. Also, Jericho vs. Rollins and Owens vs. Zayn.
– Cole leads us to a video for WWE’s new campaign for pediatric cancer awareness.
– Back from the break and we get a cruiserweight division promo. Add Akira Tozawa, Jack Gallagher and Gran Metalik to the list.
– We go backstage and Charlotte is furious with Dana Brooke for what just happened. Dana begs and promises to make it up to Charlotte. Charlotte delivers a nasty slap and walks off.
Bo Dallas vs. Kyle Roberts
We go to the ring and out comes Bo Dallas with a “Believe In Bo” sign. He’s introduced as the inspirational Bo Dallas once again but he’s a little more intense. Bo enters the ring as his opponent waits. Bo addresses the local wrestler and tells him to believe in Bo. The bell rings and Bo floors the guy. Bo unloads and drops knees. Bo mounts him with strikes and then picks him up for a bunch of knees. Bo goes on and gets the easy win.
Winner: Bo Dallas
– After the match, Bo raises his arms and walks around the ring with his sign.
– Still to come, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson have a glimpse into The New Day’s golden years.
– We see Owens and Jericho walking backstage. Jericho promises to beat Rollins down tonight, because Owens is his best friend. They hug and we go back to commercial.
Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
Back fro the break and out comes Chris Jericho. Seth Rollins is out next to a pop. The bell rings and Rollins stares at Jericho as Jericho runs his mouth. Rollins rushes with a dropkick and unloads on Jericho.
Jericho ends up going to the floor for a breather but Rollins nails a big dive. Rollins beats Jericho around ringside and back into the ring. Jericho kicks Rollins as he comes in to take control. The referee warns Jericho as he beats Rollins down in the corner. Rollins ends up turning it back around and beating on Jericho outside. We see Owens watching backstage. They come back in and Jericho uses the referee to take back control, kicking Rollins off the apron. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get more back and forth. Rollins nails a Slingblade for a 2 count. Rollins with forearms in the corner. Rollins keeps control for another close 2 count. More back and forth. Rollins springboards in with a knee but gets put in the Walls of Jericho. Rollins makes it to the ropes as we see Owens watching backstage.
Jericho talks trash and eats an enziguri. Rollins with another 2 count. Fans chant for Rollins. Rollins goes to the top but Jericho cuts him off. Jericho tries for a superplex but Rollins slams him to the mat. Rollins misses a big splash. Jericho hits a Lionsault for a 2 count. More back and forth and counters. Rollins finally nails a Pedigree for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins
– After the match, Rollins stands tall before making his exit.
– Still to come, Owens vs. Sami, Sasha Banks appears and Cesaro vs. Sheamus. Back to commercial.
Best of 7 Series, Match #3: Sheamus vs. Cesaro
Back from the break and out comes Cesaro. Sheamus is out next with a 2-0 lead. We saw sidebar interviews from earlier with both men seeming confident. The bell rings and Cesaro unloads to start. Cesaro keeps control for a few minutes until Sheamus lands a big backdrop. Cesaro goes to the floor for a breather. Sheamus follows but eats a clothesline.
Sheamus comes back and keeps control with power moves and pin attempts. He hits several Irish Curse backbreakers in a row but Cesaro kicks out. Sheamus goes for the Celtic Cross and drops Cesaro over his knee. The referee backs Sheamus off and checks on Cesaro. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick for the win to go up 3-0.
– After the match, Sheamus stands tall as Cesaro tries to recover.
– Still to come, Sasha Banks. Back to commercial.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Shining Stars
Back from the break and Primo is in the ring with Epico talking about Puerto Rico. Enzo Amore and Big Cass interrupt to a big pop. They come out with promos and rip all over The Shining Stars. Because it’s Labor Day, Enzo goes into “labor” and gives birth to something. The match starts off with Enzo and Cass taking control before going to commercial.
Back from the break and Enzo is down after a double team during the commercial. Epico with German suplexes before dropping Enzo on his head. Primo comes in and keeps Enzo down and from tagging. Primo charges with a corner dropkick but Enzo moves and Primo gets hung up. Epico and Cass tag in at the same time. Cass unloads on both opponents. Cass drops an Empire Elbow on Epico. Cass with a big corner splash and a big boot. Enzo tags in for the Rocket Launcher but The Shining Stars avoid it. The Shining Stars end up getting the win after some confusion and a roll-up on Enzo.
Winners: The Shining Stars
– After the match, Primo and Epico head to the back as Enzo and Cass look on shocked from the ring.
– Back from a break and we get a backstage segment between Owens and Sami. Owens says the title proves he’s better than Sami. Sami reminds us he pinned Owens at Battleground. Sami says their story will never be over and he will win the WWE Universal Title but when he does, he won’t need Triple H to hand it to him on a silver platter.
Nia Jax vs. Ann Esposito
We go to the ring and out comes Nia Jax as her opponent Ann Esposito waits in the ring.
Ann gives Nia some trouble but she picks up another squash win.
Winner: Nia Jax
– Back from a break and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are out. They show us a glimpse into the future of WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day – a slower version of their theme hits with an older sounding Big E giving the intro. Three guys dressed as a senior citizen version The New Day come out using a cane, a walker and a scooter. Gallows and Anderson help them into the ring.
This leads to the real New Day coming out and Gallows and Anderson leaving the ring. New Day ends the segment by beating up the posers after giving them the chance to leave.
– Still to come, Owens vs. Sami. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see how the set, ramp and ring posts are decorated for Connor’s Cure and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
Jinder Mahal vs. Darren Young
We go to the ring and Jinder Mahal waits as Darren Young comes out with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund. Titus O’Neil is on commentary. Back and forth to start. Young with a neckbreaker and an early 2 count. Jinder turns it back around and works Young over for a pin attempt. Jinder keeps control and drops a big knee for another 2 count.
Young makes a big comeback as Titus makes his way down to the ring. Titus distracts Young, allowing Jinder to roll him up for a 2 count. Young comes back with the Gut Check for the win.
Winner: Darren Young
– After the match, Titus looks to be preparing to attack Backlund but Young attacks him from behind. Young unloads Titus as a referee pulls him back. Young goes back at it as more referees are down to separate them. Young has snapped and goes back to attacking Titus as Backlund looks on. Young keeps breaking free to attack Titus. He goes in the ring and celebrates with Backlund as Titus looks on from the ramp.
– Alicia Fox is backstage coming out of the trainer’s room after checking on her friend Ann. Nia Jax approaches her and rubs it in. This leads to Alicia snapping and telling Nia to get out of her face. Nia shoves her into a table and walks off. Alicia yells for Nia to come back and talk it out like real women as we go to commercial.
Braun Strowman vs. Sin Cara
Back from the break and out comes Braun Strowman. Tom Phillips is backstage with his opponent, Sin Cara. Cara says he requested this match because Braun ripped the mask off Americos last week. Cara says he won’t let anyone disrespect the lucha culture. Out next comes Sin Cara on his birthday.
Cara immediately attacks but Braun takes him to the corner. Braun keeps control and blocks a comeback attempt. Braun runs over Cara with a big clothesline and stomps on him. Braun with more offense before keeping Cara grounded. Cara breaks it and fights out but Braun tosses him to the floor. Braun follows but gets kicked in the head. Cara with another kick and some shots but Braun tosses him. Cara jumps off the steel steps with a dropkick into the barrier. Cara goes back in the ring but Braun pulls him out by his leg, sending him into the barrier. Braun comes back in as the referee counts Cara out.
Winner by Count Out: Braun Strowman
– After the match, Braun stands tall before going outside and running over Cara from behind. Braun’s music hits and he laughs before making his exit as Cara is checked on at ringside.
– Still to come, Sasha Banks will be here. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Sasha Banks is out to a pop, wearing street clothes. Fans chant her name as she takes a mic.
Sasha looks to get a little emotional when mentioning stories coming to end. She talks about how before social media there was a revolution with people like Mae Young, The Fabulous Moolah, Trish Stratus, Lita and others. She goes on to talk about the current revolution with no stupid butterfly title and no more bra & panties matches. She says they did it, they finally got what they deserved all along, to be called Superstars. Sasha says the revolution is more than WWE, it’s every mother, sister and daughter. Sasha says her revolution is every time she steps in the ring. She does it for everyone who dreams. She goes on and says every time she’s in the ring it means everything to her. Sasha says she was pushed beyond her limits by Charlotte at SummerSlam. She says Charlotte tried to break her back but she’s not out here to make excuses, she got beat straight up. She says she met with doctors earlier today and has an update on her condition. Sasha says she has some bad news… the music hits and out comes Dana Brooke to interrupt.
Dana says the only champion we need is Charlotte and she made a promise to Charlotte that she’s going to keep. Dana plans on using Sasha’s broken body to get better and finish what Charlotte started. Dana goes to attack but Sasha counters and applies the Banks Statement. Sasha says the bad news was for Charlotte because The Boss is back and she’s coming for the title at Clash of Champions. Sasha makes her exit to a pop.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Back from the break and out comes Sami Zayn for tonight’s main event. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens is out next for this non-title match. The bell rings and they unload on each other in the middle of the ring. Owens goes to the floor for a breather but Sami follows. Owens counters and sends Sami into the barrier. Owens brings it back in the ring. More back and forth. Sami sends Owens to the floor. Owens pulls him out and sends him into the barrier again. Sami ends up hitting a moonsault from the top of the barrier. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Owens is in control after nailing a superkick during the commercial. Owens drops Sami and hits the senton for a 2 count. Owens beats Sami around and yells at him. Sami fights back and sends Owens over the top rope. Sami runs the ropes and nails a big dive. Sami ends up hitting another dive on the other side of the ring. Sami brings it back in for a Blue Thunderbomb and a 2 count. Owens comes back with a clothesline but misses the corner cannonball. Sami with an exploder suplex. Owens dodges a Helluva Kick and rolls to the floor. They tangle on the apron for a minute. More back and forth. Sami avoids a pop-up powerbomb and drops Owens on his neck for a 2 count. Sami ends up going down on his bad ankle. He rolls to the floor for a breather as the referee checks on him.
Sami tells the referee not to stop the match. Owens comes out but gets countered as Sami nails the half-nelson suplex on the floor. Sami brings it back in the ring but his ankle gives out when trying for a Helluva Kick. Owens superkicks him and nails the pop-up powerbomb for the win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
– After the match, Owens’ celebration is cut short as the music hits and out comes Roman Reigns to a very mixed reaction. Reigns marches to ringside and stares Owens down. Owens watches on while clutching his title. Reigns enters the ring and stares at Owens. Owens backs off and leaves the ring, talking trash from the apron. Chris Jericho is out next. Mick Foley interrupts and says he can tell Reigns wants a piece of Owens’ title. Next week in Baltimore it will be Reigns vs. Owens and if Reigns wins, the match at Clash of Champions will be Owens defending against Rollins and Reigns in a Triple Threat. Foley’s music hits as Owens and Reigns have words. Jericho tries to attack but Reigns spears him. Reigns’ music hits as Owens talks trash from ringside. RAW goes off the air with Reigns standing tall as Owens looks on.
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