Event: WWE Monday Night RAWdddddddd
Airdate: Monday, September 26th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go straight into the arena to see the cheering crowd. Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE United States Champion makes his way to the ring. We’re kicking tonight’s show off with a United States Championship match. Rusev is already in the ring.
Still photos are shown of Roman Reigns vs. Rusev from last night’s Clash of Champions. Reigns defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Championship.
WWE United States Championship Match
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Roman Reigns (c)
The bell rings, and they circle the ring before Rusev takes him down with a front facelock. Rusev cinches up on it and hooks the leg to get a one count. Rusev continues to try to pin him down, but Reigns keeps fighting up. Rusev keeps the front facelock applied before Reigns twists out with a hammerlock. Rusev fights up, and Reigns applies a side headlock. Rusev whips him off, but Reigns shoulder blocks him down twice before taking him down with a headlock. Reigns is getting cheered a lot more tonight. Rusev pulls the hair and applies a head-scissor. Reigns kips up out of it, but Rusev quickly takes him back down before applying a waistlock. Reigns fights up and counters with a headlock takeover. Rusev fights up and counters out with a back suplex. Rusev shoulders him in the back before stomping the back. Rusev connects with a suplex for a two count. Rusev shoulders him in the back a few times before Reigns comes back with some right hands. Rusev quickly powers him to the corner, but Reigns sidesteps an avalanche. Reigns clubs away at him in the corner nine times before connecting with a right hand. Reigns rolls him up and tries for the lifting powerbomb, but Reigns’ back gives out. Rusev then takes him down with a fall-away slam. Reigns rolls out of the ring to recover.
We come back from the break to see Rusev taunting the crowd while Reigns is down on the mat. Reigns slowly gets to his feet, and Rusev punches him right down. Rusev sends him into the ropes and applies a bear hug. Rusev holds it on for a while before Reigns breaks his grip and punches him. Reigns punches him back before hitting the ropes, but Rusev quickly comes back with a dropkick. Rusev pulls him up and executes a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Rusev hits a second gutwrench suplex for the same result. Rusev mounts him and punches away at him. Rusev gets up and kicks him in the ribs. Rusev avalanches him against the ropes and picks up another two count. Rusev immediately goes back to the bear hug. Reigns fights up, but he has a whip to the corner reversed. Reigns quickly pops out of the corner and clotheslines him down.
Reigns gets up and starts punching him before having a whip reversed. Reigns quickly takes him down with two clotheslines before hitting a leaping clothesline. Reigns sizes him up and avalanches him in the corner before big booting him down. Reigns sets up for the Superman Punch, but Rusev counters with a bear hug. Rusev brings him near the ropes, and they both go over the top rope! Reigns’ legs smacked on the back of Rusev’s head on the way down!
We come back from the break to see Rusev rolls Reigns into the ring to pick up a near fall. During the commercial, Rusev drove Reigns’ back into the ring post. Back to live action, Rusev props him up on the top rope and punches him. Rusev goes for a superplex, but Reigns punches out of it and head-butts him down to the mat. Reigns then flies off the second rope with a diving clothesline. Both men are down. Rusev pulls himself up in the corner. Reigns charges him, but Rusev counters with a boot to the face. Rusev charges out of the corner, but Reigns catches him with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns goes for a powerbomb, but his back gives out. Rusev gets out and goes for a roundhouse, but Reigns ducks it. They trade punches before Rusev floors him with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Rusev gives him some falling head-butts for another two count. Rusev then goes to the top rope, but Reigns pops up and punches him off the top rope to the floor. Reigns sends him flying with a baseball slide before putting him in the ring. Rusev kicks him in the head as he comes back into the ring and picks up a near fall. Rusev is incredulous.
Rusev goes for a running kick, but Reigns avoids it. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, but Rusev grabs him for a waistlock. Reigns punches out of it and hits the ropes, but Rusev superkicks him down for a near fall! Rusev signals for the Accolade. Rusev stomps the spine and goes for a second stomp, but Reigns turns over and blocks it. Reigns pushes him away and floors him with a Superman Punch for a near fall. Reigns cannot believe it! Reigns sets up in the corner, and the crowd is on their feet. Lana gets on the apron for the distraction, but Reigns catches the running kick. Reigns pushes him out of the ring, goes outside, and connects with a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns bounces Rusev off the steps before punching him over the barricade. The referee counts them out, as they fight through the crowd.
Roman Reigns is still the WWE United States Champion
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Reigns and Rusev bounce each other off some partitions in the crowd before making their way back to ringside. Rusev sends Reigns into the barricade a number of times before Reigns fights back. Reigns then sends Rusev hard into the barricade. Reigns leaps off the steel steps for a Superman Punch, but Rusev hits him in the ribs with a steel chair! Rusev cracks the chair off Reigns’ injured back before putting him in the ring. Rusev gets in and sizes up his prey. Rusev smacks the chair off the mat a few times before charging, but Reigns spears him down to a big pop from the crowd. Reigns picks up the chair, and a “YES” chant breaks out. Reigns looks like he’s going to assault him with the chair, but he instead sets it up, which causes the audience to groan, and sits down before lifting up the WWE United States Championship. Reigns’ music plays, but he then gets up and cracks it off Rusev’s back to the delight of the crowd! Rusev gets out of the ring as Reigns poses for the crowd.