Event: Monday Night Raw
Date: September 9, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Results & Highlights
The Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin opened the show at the historic MSG. Austin was roped in to moderate the contract signing between Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship at Clash of Champions this weekend. The O.C interrupted them immediately after the contract was signed and AJ Styles started insulting Austin and a brawl broke out between the Tag Team Champions and The O.C. Strowman and Rollins took out Gallows and Anderson leaving Styles and Austin in the ring. Austin hit a Stunner to Styles to end the segment.
Cedric Alexander defeated AJ Styles via disqualification after Gallows and Anderson interfered in the match and the trio started beating him down. Viking Raiders appeared to make the save and Alexander joined them delivering a dropkick to Styles while Erik and Ivar delivered the Viking Experience to Anderson.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair defeated Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag team match between the members of the Four Horsewomen. Lynch and Flair took the fight to their opponents before the bell and got an upperhand early in the match. Flair was isolated quite a few times in the match but managed to tag Lynch at the right time. Bayley scored a near fall after a distraction from Banks, but The Queen managed to recover and delivered a Natural Selection for the pinfall victory.
Rey Mysterio defeated Gran Metalik in a highly athletic Lucha Libre match reminiscent of WCW’s cruiserweight division. Mysterio hit a 619 and a big frog splash to secure the win.
King of the Ring Semifinal: Ricochet vs Baron Corbin vs Samoa Joe: Ricochet was the fan favorite in a match where all three competitors had different and distinct styles. Ricochet got the upper hand early on with his highly athletic moves but the Samoan Submission Machine took control of the match with his offensive moves. Towards the end of the match, Ricochet recovered from a Coquina Clutch and hit a 630 on Joe and went for the pin fall. Baron Corbin sent Ricochet out of the ring and covered Joe to win the match and advance to the finals.
Natalya defeated Lacey Evans after the Queen of Harts trapped The lady in a Sharpshooter and forced her to tapout.
Raw Main Event: 10-Man Tag Team Match: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman joined forces with Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders to take on a team of Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode and The O.C. The end of the match was filled with a flurry of finishing moves as expected and Ivar cleared everyone outside the ring with a massive dive. This left Alexander in the ring who delivered a Lumbar Check on Styles for a clean win. Steve Austin hit the ring and celebrated with the winners to close the show.
Takeaways from Monday Night Raw
1. Master Heel AJ
It is quite a strange thing to see AJ Styles be the best part of a feud, which he isn’t even a part of. WWE is horrible at booking face vs face feuds and took the help of Styles to add the heel element to this feud, and it has worked quite well.
Styles had a stellar segment with Stone Cold Steve Austin to start the show, and ate a Stunner for his deeds. Styles has always excelled as a heel, and he is doing the same in his current run as well. The handling of Gallows and Anderson has left a lot to be desired, but WWE doesn’t seem to be interested in pushing them as tough heels.
2. The Women’s Division is Rocking and Rolling
The Four Horsewomen of WWE took part in a tag-team match on RAW this week. Ever since Sasha Banks returned to the WWE, the Women’s Division has received a shot in the arm, and all the four horsewomen are part of excellent stories currently. Bayley wants to prove that she is better than Becky, Becky and Charlotte are still not done with their iconic rivalry, Banks wants to upstage Lynch, while Charlotte wants to add yet another notch to her belt by winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
All the four wrestlers are heading towards a possible confrontation at WrestleMania, and the fans could very well receive a Fatal 4-Way between these four women.
3. Wyatt 11:19
Bray Wyatt returned with yet another fun and engaging episode of Firefly Fun House, and continued his jabs at the Rattlesnake Steve Austin. In a moment of symbolism, Wyatt fixed a clock which was stuck at 3:16 (a reference to Austin’s legendary promo). The clock was now set to 11:19, which could mean various things for the former WWE Champion. The Undertaker made his unofficial debut on 19th November, which could be a sign of Wyatt going after the Undertaker. However, there is a verse in the Bible. Ezekiel 11:19, which says, I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
It remains to be seen what was the actual meaning behind the 11:19 time, and hopefully, things will become clearer in the coming weeks.
4. Is Baron Corbin Finally Getting Over?
Baron Corbin unsurprisingly continued his march towards the King of the Ring title, and his performance in the excellent triple-threat match was commendable. In a match comprising of the highly-talented Ricochet and the Samoan Submission Machine Samoa Joe, it was Corbin who was at the receiving end of a Lets Go Corbin/Corbin Sucks chant.
It is quite good to see that the Lone Wolf is becoming a hit with the audiences, and a King gimmick will work best with the former MITB winner.
The King of the Ring gimmick is made for self-absorbed, narcissistic heels like Corbin. With his win, it pretty much sets up a Gable victory on SmackDown Live, and a Gable-Corbin matchup at Clash of Champions could be an absolute banger!