Event: WWE Monday Night
Airdate: Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Location: The ????
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
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The RAW video plays, and we go live into the Staples Center to see a big pyrotechnics display. Tonight, we’ll see Charlotte defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks. We’ll also see Brian Kendrick take on T.J. Perkins in a non-title match. Finally, we’ll see a sit down interview with Seth Rollins.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to massive boos. Eight nights ago at Clash of Champions, Reigns defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Championship. Reigns gets in the ring and holds up his title. Reigns circles around in the ring and says his bloodline has been represented in the WWE for a long time, but they’ve never had anyone win the United States Championship until now. That’s because he is THE guy. He comes out here and represents his family on a nightly basis.
Lana’s music hits for the quick interruption. She comes out to the stage and seductively poses before continuing her walk to the ring. Lana gets in the ring and smirks at Reigns as the crowd chants, “Thank you, Lana.” Lana says she’s out here to talk to Reigns, but her husband doesn’t know. Reigns says they’re in L.A. and in the Staples Center. There are cameras anywhere. She’s the only girl to ever give Rusev any attention, so he’s sure Rusev knows where she’s at. Lana says she’s here to negotiate. Her husband is challenging him to a rematch for the United States Championship. Reigns says it doesn’t sound like a challenge. It sounds like Rusev sent her out to do his dirty work while he hides behind her skirt. Lana says Rusev is her partner and husband, which means he’s family. Reigns always talks about the pride he has in family, but he has zero respect for family. Reigns tried to ruin her wedding celebration with Rusev. Reigns laughs at her. Lana tells him to wipe the smile off his face and calls him a “stupid boy.” She says her husband will crush and humiliate him in front of the country and his family. Reigns says she’s clearly getting hot and needs to relax. She should go to the back and give her husband his Bulgarian balls and have him say it to his face. She warns him to not talk about her husband like that and tells him to go to hell.
Rusev’s music hits, and he storms down to the ring. Rusev and Reigns brawl at ringside. Reigns knees him in the midsection and sends him into the barricade. Rusev powers him into the barricade before Reigns sends him back into the barricade. Rusev gets in the ring holding his ribs. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but Rusev counters by tossing him to the corner. Rusev shoulders and punches away at him before missing a big boot. Reigns uppercuts him, and Rusev flees the ring. Reigns goes for a Superman Punch off the steps, but Rusev kicks him in the chest and sends him into the steps. Rusev then kicks him over the barricade into the crowd. Rusev grabs the United States Championship and holds it up. Rusev then takes it up the ramp with him and holds it up. Reigns then comes through the crowd and floors him with a Superman Punch. Rusev took a great bump on that. Reigns stands over him and says if he wants him to go to hell, he’ll take them both with him. Rusev will get his rematch, but it’ll be inside Hell in a Cell!
A video highlights the rivalry between T.J. Perkins and Brian Kendrick. They’ll face each other in a non-title match, next.
T.J. Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Brian Kendrick goes for a handshake, and T.J. Perkins reluctantly shakes it. The bell rings, and Perkins dropkicks him down. Kendrick quickly gets out of the ring, and Perkins feigns a plancha before doing the dab. Kendrick angrily gets in the ring and hits the ropes, but Perkins gives him a back body drop. Perkins uppercuts him before having a whip reversed, but he comes back with a springboard cross-body and punches away at him. Kendrick gets up and tries to send him out of the ring, but Perkins ties himself up in the ropes. Perkins then gets Kendrick out of the ring and dropkicks him before skinning the cat to get back in the ring. Perkins then hits a corkscrew plancha. Perkins gets him in the ring and goes to the top rope, but he rolls through when Kendrick moves. Kendrick then big boots him down. Kendrick takes the turnbuckle cover off and puts his fingers through the metal connector. Kendrick steps on the hand and gives him a neckbreaker over the top rope. Perkins falls to the floor and holds his neck.
We come back from the break to see Kendrick get out of a headlock and send Perkins head-first into the turnbuckle. Kendrick goes to the second rope, but Perkins punches him and gives him a super hurricanrana. Both men are down. Kendrick gets to his feet, but Perkins catches him with an inverted atomic drop and a spin kick. Kendrick reverses a whip to the corner, but Perkins slingshots over him and takes him down with a running hurricanrana. Perkins catches him with a double chickenwing into a gut-buster, but Kendrick kicks out. Perkins quickly applies a kneebar, but Kendrick quickly gets to the bottom rope to break the hold. Kendrick counters a whip before kicking him in the face. Kendrick then pulls him face-first into the turnbuckle before hitting Sliced Bread #2 for a near fall. Kendrick is stunned her didn’t get him. Kendrick then applies the Captain’s Hook, but Perkins counters into a pin to break the hold. Kendrick runs into a kick, but Perkins gives him a drop-toe-hold into the ropes. Perkins connects with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Perkins goes for a Detonation Kick, but Kendrick rips the nose and gets out. Kendrick then applies the Captain’s Hook for the submission victory!
Winner by Submission: Brian Kendrick
Match Rating: * 3/4
Coming up next, we’ll see a sit down interview with Seth Rollins.
A pre-taped interview is shown with Michael Cole interviewing Seth Rollins. Cole asks about the rib injury. Rollins says the doctors cleared him and advised rest, but that’s not his thing. Cole says the issue with Kevin Owens has escalated. Rollins says Owens won the Universal Championship, but he didn’t beat him. Triple H handed him the title. After what happened at Clash of Champions, there’s no question that he deserves a rematch. Cole says Owens’ rise to prominence is parallel to Rollins’. Rollins says he made a lot of enemies with people in the locker room and the WWE Universe to get to the top. How they got to success is the difference. Owens is the teacher’s pet that kissed up and got the gold stars. When he cashed in Money in the Bank at WrestleMania, no one handed that title to him. That was years of hard work paying off. Everyone has a Kevin Owens in their life. Unfortunately, he has THE Kevin Owens.