Location: Anaheim, CA at the Honda Center
Date: September 11th, 2017
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There was a moment of silence to remember those who were lost on 9/11. Our opening contest is…
Singles Match: Roman Reigns vs. Jason Jordan
Jordan extends his hand for a shake, but Reigns declines. The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. John Cena is watching backstage. They give a clean break. Reigns gets a waistlock applied, but Jordan quickly gets out and goes for a takedown. Reigns doesn’t go down and instead connects with a pair of right hands. Reigns drives him into the corner twice. Jordan tries to fight back, but Reigns again backs him up with a punch. Reigns starts clubbing him in the corner, but Jordan quickly counters before connecting with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Jordan drives some shoulders into Reigns’ midsection before punching away at him. Jordan puts him in the corner and stomps him down. Jordan whips him hard into the corner before whipping him sternum-first into the corner. Jordan charges, but Reigns explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Reigns gets him in the corner and hits ten clubs before hitting the ropes for a big boot. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch, but Jordan counters into a crossface. Reigns gets to the bottom rope and gets out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Jordan fighting up to his feet. Jordan tries to fight back, but Reigns head-butts him down. John Cena is still watching backstage. Reigns whips him hard into the corner before hitting a snap suplex. Reigns applies a chin lock, but Jordan fights up and elbows out. Jordan hits the ropes, but Reigns floors him with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns then goes back to the chin lock. Jordan eventually fights up and powers Reigns to the corner. Reigns tries to boot him back, but Jordan counters and hits another belly-to-belly overheard suplex. They both take some time to fight up, and Reigns goes for a Samoan Drop, but Jordan slides off and sends him into the corner before hitting a clothesline for a two count.
They get to their feet and trade punches before Jordan hits a pair of forearms and a dropkick for a near fall. Jordan powers him to the corner and goes for a belly-to-belly, but Reigns punches out. Jordan ducks a clothesline and hits a snap back suplex for a two count. Jordan waits for Reigns to get up and hits a running shoulder thrust. Jordan pulls the top of his singlet down before hitting a pair of northern lights suplexes for a near fall. Jordan quickly goes to the crossface, but Reigns gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Reigns quickly elbows him back and avoids a shoulder thrust. Jordan hits the ring post shoulder-first and falls out of the ring. Reigns goes outside and hits Jordan with a Drive By Dropkick. Reigns gets him in the ring and connects with a Superman Punch. The boos pick up before Reigns connects with a Spear for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns gets to his feet and shakes hands with Jason Jordan. John Cena is still backstage observing all that’s going on in the ring. Charly Caruso walks up to him and asks for a comment on Reigns’ victory. Cena does have something to say, but he’ll say it to Reigns. Cena is coming out, next.
Cena gets in the ring and starts putting Reigns on blast. He tells Reigns that if he was really the guy, he’d stay sharp and rise to the occasion when it presents itself. Looking at him now, Cena feels that Reigns will be a cake-walk for him at No Mercy. Cena tells him he just doesn’t have it, Reigns isn’t doing his job. Cena turns to leave and Reigns stops him. Reigns tells Cena to come back so he can respond.
Reigns tells Cena that ticket sales are sky-high and the only reason Cena is upset is because the WWE doesn’t need him. It is Cena that needs WWE because he can’t break in to Hollywood. Cena tells Reigns to think of him as a drug-test, because at No Mercy, Reigns ain’t getting past him homes. With that, Cena drops the mic and walks out with his music playing. Reigns smirks and nods his head, mouthing the words, “I like it” at Cena’s closing insult.
Singles Match: Sasha Banks vs. Emma
Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss joins the broadcast table. Bell sounds and Sasha and Emma engage. Emma pushes Sasha back to the corner and lands some shots. Sasha returns fire but then gets leveled by a clothesline from Emma. Suddenly, Nia Jax’s music hits and she starts walking to the ring. She stops at the top of the ramp and stares at the ring. Then she turns and walks over to the announce table and stands looking directly at Bliss.
Back again and Emma is taking it to Sasha. Jax has joined the broadcast table on commentary. Emma lands a pump-handle suplex. Sasha starts to fire back as she lands some strikes and then a drop kick. Sasha charges at Emma in the corner but gets hit with an arm-drag. Sasha flips and lands upside down in the corner. Sasha gets sat in the corner and Emma hits her with a cross-body. She pins but Sasha kicks out. Suddenly, Sasha grabs hold of a Bank Statement and forces Emma to tap out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Michael Cole tells Bliss she has her work cut out for her in her title defense and Bliss glares at him with a pout on her face.
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes out to the ring with his advocate Paul Heyman in tow. Heyman gets on the mic and says that he is here to sell something that he feels has already sold itself. Lesnar, The Beast, against Braun Strowman, the Monster Among Men. And for the first time ever, the betting odds are actually against Lesnar in the match. Heyman starts recalling what happened at SummerSlam. Strowman slammed Strowman through 2 announces tables and then tipped the third one over on top of him.
It was an impressive and intimidating display. But does Strowman have what it where it counts? Is he tougher than The Beast? Because Strowman will have to pry the belt from Lesnar’s cold, dead fingers and walk through hell to do it. For all Strowman’s impressiveness, he hasn’t anywhere to resume that Lesnar has. Tonight, Strowman will look to defeat John Cena, someone who Lesnar has beaten, victimized and conquered a long time ago.
Heyman states that Lesnar is used to someone asking him, “Fighter, are you ready?” And so he asks Lesnar, “Fighter, are you ready?” Lesnar nods his head. Then Heyman beckons Strowman to come out to the ring and Strowman obliges. He comes out and as he gets to the ring they start brawling immediately. They battle back and forth until Lesnar grabs a waist-lock and delivers a big german suplex to the Monster. Lesnar get hyped up but Strowman rolls through and is back on his feet right away. Lesnar doesn’t see right away but then turns to see that Strowman is none the worse for wear.
Strowman hits Lesnar with a pair of consecutive chokeslams and then holds the Universal Title over his head as he looks down at the broken Lesnar.