It’s the final Raw before Clash of Champions, so it’s time to put the finishing touches on the first Raw-exclusive PPV of the New Era. Plus, there’s a new Cruiserweight Division to launch, and Mick Foley is still deciding how much he’s going to punish Seth Rollins for attempting to interfere in last week’s main event! Hey, who’s supposed to be the good guy in that scenario? Anyway, here’s everything that went down on this week’s Raw!
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Roman Reigns is out, but thankfully before he can attempt to say anything, both Stephanie and Mick are out to interrupt with a solution to his Rusev problem. Tonight, Rollins and Rusev will face each other as punishment for interfering last week, and Reigns will also get to face Rusev at Clash of Champions for the US Title. In addition, Reigns gets a rematch with Kevin Owens, because apparently Reigns just gets everything he ever wanted at all times. KO himself comes out to quite correctly point out that he’s beaten Reigns twice in two weeks, so he shouldn’t be forced into another match. The only reassurance he gets is that it’s not for the Universal title, it’s just a steel cage match.
– Rusev vs Seth Rollins ended in a DCOR when they brawled up to the entranceway. Rusev attempted to powerbomb Rollins through the announce table, but Seth escaped, shoved Rusev to the floor, then dove off the announce table onto Rusev.
Backstage, Dana Brooke and Charlotte pointed out that there was actually a double pin involving Sasha Banks and Bayley in last week’s #1 Contender’s Match, and attempted to have the Women’s Title match at Clash of Champions called off. Instead, obviously, Foley made it a Triple Threat between Charlotte, Sasha, and Bayley.
– Braun Strowman d. Sin Cara (pinfall, Powerslam). Gee, we can’t imagine why some people are worried about the future of the Cruiserweight division. Also, happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
– Charlotte and Dana Brooke d. Bayley and Sasha Banks (Charlotte pinned Bayley, Big Boot)
– Bo Dallas d. Gary Graham (pinfall, rolling neckbreaker)
– Cesaro d. Sheamus in Match #6 of their Best of Seven series (pinfall, Gotch Neutralizer). Series is now tied 3-3.
Chris Jericho presented his “List of Jericho”, which is a list of everything he hates about Mick Foley as GM. He is interrupted by Enzo and Big Cass, who mock Jericho and Owens’ supposed friendship. Thus begins a train of interruptions, with first the Shining Stars, then The New Day, and finally Gallows and Anderson entering to cut promos. Jericho gets fed up and adds everyone to his list, which has now become a list of people he hates, but Sami Zayn runs in and attacks Jericho, leading to a general brawl among everyone in the ring.
– Sami Zayn, The New Day, Enzo Amore, and Big Cass d. Chris Jericho, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and The Shining Stars (Enzo pinned Primo, Rocket Launcher)
Mick Foley introduced four of the competitors in the new Cruiserweight Division: Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Gran Metalik, and THE Brian Kendrick, and makes a Fatal Four-Way match with the winner earning a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Clash of Champions.
– THE Brian Kendrick d. Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, and Gran Metalik to become #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (Kendrick submitted Alexander, Captain’s Hook)
– Roman Reigns d. Kevin Owens in a Steel Cage Match by escaping the cage.
And for an encore, Reigns gets attacked by Rusev and still manages to overcome that and beat down the Bulgarian Brute before Owens manages to kick the cage door into Reigns’ face. Rusev and Owens lock themselves in the cage with Reigns and put him in the Accolade. Rollins runs in and scales the cage, then hits a massive crossbody off the top of the cage as the show ends.