“Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event…”
WWE RAW Opener:
This week’s show kicks off with a clip from SummerSlam that shows Seth Rollins holding up the WWE and U.S. titles. We then see a clip of Triple H promising to unveil the Rollins statue last week. Then, we see Sting crashing the party and attacking Rollins, leading to HHH making Sting vs. Rollins at Night Of Champions.
From there, the regular RAW opening video package plays and as promised, once we shoot live inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Sting’s music hits and “The Icon” makes his way to the ring to kick off Monday Night RAW.
Sting says the last time he was here he was wrestling at WrestleMania. He talks about Seth Rollins and the WWE World Heavyweight title. He says Rollins is no Triple H, and Triple H is the man he fought last time. He talks about all of the injustices he has seen in recent months. He says Rollins doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as legends such as Bruno Sammartino, Andre The Giant or The Ultimate Warrior.
“The Icon” talks about how he has won world titles all over the world but one has alluded him. He promises at Night Of Champions that will change.
Backstage: Seth Rollins & Stephanie McMahon
Backstage, Seth Rollins complains to Stephanie McMahon about what Sting said just now. Steph says Sting just spoke about how Rollins isn’t half the man Triple H is. She says she happens to agree with Sting. Rollins says with all due respect they build statues for legends. He asks where his statue is. She tells him to go ask Sting where his statue is.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev
After that, Dolph Ziggler’s music hits and out he comes with “The Ravishing Russian” Lana. Ziggler will go one-on-one with “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev in a SummerSlam rematch next. On that note we head to a commercial break.
When we return from the break, Rusev makes his way to the ring with Summer Rae. The bell sounds and here we go with our first match of the evening.
The two have a lot of back-and-forth action until we finally reach the finish of the match. The finish sees Rusev hit a big kick and then go for The Accolade. Ziggler escapes. Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag but Summer breaks up Ziggler’s pin attempt.
After the match, Lana comes in to fight Summer. Ziggler picks her up and Summer runs into a kick. Ziggler and Lana make out on the top of the ramp as Rusev and Summer watch on from the ring.
Winner via Disqualification: Dolph Zigglerr
Beat The Clock Challenge
– Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox
We head back to the ring for our next match of the evening, and it’s our first Divas “Beat The Clock Challenge.” Our first match features Becky Lynch from Team P.C.B. and Alicia Fox from Team Bella.
The bell sounds and here we go. We see that Nikki Bella will break AJ Lee’s record for the longest reign as Divas Champion in 14 days.
The action in the ring goes back and forth until finally Becky gets her Disarm-Her for the victory. The win came at the 3:21 mark of the match, so that is the time to beat.
Winner at 3:21: Becky Lynch
WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Ryback (c) vs. Big Show
After a quick backstage interview with Rich Brennan, WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback is up next, as he is scheduled to defend his I-C title against Big Show.
Big Show’s music hits and out he comes for his one-on-one showdown with “The Big Guy” for the I-C title. On that note we head to a commercial break.
We’re back from the break and we see Ryback making his way out to the ring. The Miz has joined the gang on commentary for this one.
They end up giving this match a little bit of time and while Big Show controlled a lot of the action, it was Ryback who took advantage of Miz distracting Big Show to hit Big Show with a Shellshock for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Ryback
Beat The Clock Challenge
– Charlotte vs. Brie Bella
In our next Divas “Beat The Clock Challenge” match of the evening, Charlotte of Team P.C.B. takes on Brie Bella of Team Bella. The time to beat in this one is 3:21, as that’s how long it took Becky Lynch to defeat Alicia Fox earlier this evening.
The bell sounds and it’s immediate from the jump that Brie is just trying to stall and eat out the clock. She keeps running out of the ring. Finally, Charlotte catches her with a neckbreaker and a Natural Selection for the win at 1:41, which is now the new time to beat.
Winner at 1:41: Charlotte
Backstage: Renee Young & The Dudley Boyz
Backstage, Renee Young is with The Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray Dudley says they came back for two reasons — to put everyone through a table and to win the WWE Tag-Team titles. Bubba says they want to become ten-time tag-team champions and to do that they need to put The New Day through tables.
Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens
We return from the commercial break and out comes Cesaro to a nice pop from the Tampa audience. After him, Kevin Owens, his opponent for this evening, makes his way down to the ring.
The bell sounds and here we go. Early on, Cesaro manages to control the action, taking it to Owens with big uppercuts and kicks. Owens ends up taking over the momentum of the match, and now he is clearly in control of the offense.
The match goes through a commercial break, as WWE actually gave it a good amount of time tonight, until finally we reach the finish. The finish in this one saw Cesaro go for the Cesaro Swing, however Owens blocked it and hit the Pop Up Powerbomb for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler & Lana
Backstage, Ziggler is with Lana. She’s upset. He says he was in his dressing room and got out of the shower and saw Summer Rae grinning at him. He said he immediately grabbed a towel and covered up and told her to get out. Lana asks if Summer saw him naked and how that makes her feel. Ziggler said nothing happened and nothing will ever happen.