WWE Raw Results: September 19 Winners, Figures, Reactions & Highlights | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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    Kevin Owens and Austin Theory (Credit: WWE)

    Welcome to the coverage and summary of Bleacher Report from WWE Raw on September 19th.

    This week’s show had two big games announced in advance, one of which was for a belt that has been getting a lot of attention in recent months.

    Bobby Lashley put his championship in the United States on the line against Seth Rollins, and the other pre-announced match was Kevin Owens vs. Austin Theory.

    Let’s take a look at everything that happened in this week’s episode of Raw.

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    Rollins made his entrance as soon as the show started for his US title fight against Lashley. The entrances and official introductions lasted just over five minutes, so WWE gave them plenty of time.

    Although The All Might had the upper hand in the strength department, he wasn’t fighting some cruiser weight. The Visionary is tall, strong, agile and a bit faster than Lashley, so he kept the champion on his toes for most of the race.

    However, the former MMA fighter continued to find ways to use his immense strength to counter some of Rollins’ greatest moves. They did a great job booking the match so the challenger was in control in a believable way most of the time.

    The crowd was warm from start to finish and the Superstars in the ring didn’t let them down by giving a mediocre performance. It’s almost strange that this wasn’t planned for the main event as management needed to know it was going to be a great match.

    Matt Riddle came out to distract Rollins, and that allowed Lashley to javelin him to victory. While it would have been nice to get a clean finish, the meddling makes sense given the way WWE Riddle vs. Rollins has built up over the past few weeks.

    Winner: Bobby Lashley

    Figure: A-

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • WWE can change Rollin’s baby face whenever it wants. He’s already done with this gimmick and a lot of people are cheering him on anyway, so the transition would be easy and quick.
  • Lashley stopping the Stomp by simply being too strong for Rollins to come to the mat was a fantastic place.
  • Rollins are two suicide dives in a row, but the second had a bit of a rough landing.
  • Hitting someone like Lashley with a walking buckle bomb is so impressive and really shows how strong Rollins is.

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    Bayley, Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai came out for a special celebration of the Women’s Tag Team Championship. They had lots of garlands and a modified golf cart that Bayley drove to the ring. They faced Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss, with former Bray Wyatt’s muse challenging the former Hugger to a match on this week’s show.

    Theory attacked Owens as soon as he got on the platform, but it seemed to give KO just the motivation he needed to beat his young rival.

    The youngest mr. Money in the Bank did not go down easily and quickly regained the upper hand. The Prize Fighter was once again on the defensive when the show came to a hiatus.

    These two had a fun, physical battle that took them all over ringside. Theory is already a great athlete, but Owens lifts everyone just that little bit more. Johnny Gargano showed up to stop Theory from using the MITB briefcase, allowing The Prize Fighter to hit the Pop-up Powerbomb for the win.

    Two games in a row with distractions isn’t ideal, but again, the booking makes sense, so it’s hard to drive yourself crazy. It’s even harder to be upset when both periods were very enjoyable.

    Winner: Kevin Owens

    Figure: B+

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • The way the camera followed Owens as he entered the stage rather than filming him in the usual way gave his entrance a unique feel.
  • Bayley becomes a legend in this business long before she retires. She has mastered being a heel, being a face, talking on the microphone and working in the ring. She is just as valuable as anyone on the roster in terms of skills.
  • The way it sounds when someone hits the steel steps is always amazing. The hollow interior allows it to resound perfectly.
  • The crowd chants “Who is your father?” at Theory was hilarious. Owens yelled back, “I’m his father.” was the icing on the cake.

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    Ridge Holland and Butch came out to do a promo about their plans to win the tag titles, but they were interrupted by Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. Some insults were thrown and a challenge was taken that led to an impromptu match.

    The two bigger competitors started for their teams, but Dawkins called in Ford as soon as he was in control. Once The Bruiserweight came in, he started tearing Dawkins apart with his signature insult.

    The Brawling Brutes had The Street Profits on the ropes when the show cut to a commercial. They held onto control for a long time before Ford and Dawkins hit a super blockbuster combination to level things up a little more.

    After a very competitive match, Holland and Butch took a clean win to give them some momentum on their way to their title shot against The Usos.

    Winners: Ridge Holland and Butch

    Figure: B

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Perhaps this is reading too much, but Hollands didn’t use the name Butch when referring to his partner. He just called him a squatter. The commentators still called him Butch, so going back WWE to the name Pete Dunne still seems a little unlikely.
  • Dawkins gets impressive height on his drop kicks, especially for a man his size.
  • It’s always nice when both tag teams in a match have coordinated equipment. Teams that don’t bother to look like partners are fine, but when two people make the effort to match, it’s more fun for some reason.
  • At exactly 9:23 PM, someone with a giant QR code walked through the crowd. Scanning it will take you to www.wwe.com/comewithme and you’ll see a cryptic teaser video.

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    Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor, Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley came out to do a promo about Dom joining the group before Riddle and Rey Mysterio came out to meet Balor and Priest in a tag team match.

    The Prince and The Archer of Infamy took control of The Bro early on, but Riddle didn’t allow them to hold out for long. He used his power advantage over Balor to hit a trio of gutwrench suplexes before tagging Rey for a double team spot.

    The second half of the match had a slightly faster pace and saw all four men make some impressive moves, but it never reached the same level of the previous tag match with the Profits and Brutes in terms of intensity.

    This fight had the most outside interference of any match in the show thanks to Dom and Ripley, so Riddle and Rey were fighting an uphill battle the entire time. Rollins tried to get involved, but Rey chased him away with a chair.

    Balor was able to pin Papa Mysterio with the Coup de Grace. The match was good, but the amount of interference hindered it a bit. The good news is that the father-son drama is done well enough to keep the story going.

    Winners: Finn Balor and Damian Priest

    Figure: B

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • The crowd gave Dominik serious heat whenever he tried to talk. It was Vickie Guerrero “Excuse me” levels of heat. Even X-Pac was probably surprised by how loud it was.
  • Ripley was louder than expected at ringside. Her presence added a lot to the competition.
  • Ripley hit Riddle with a back suplex on the floor was a fun moment.
  • Dominik dared his father to hit him with a chair, only for Rey to put him down and get into the ring was well done.

5 out of 5

    The Miz and Ciampa were on an episode of Miz TV to talk about Dexter Lumis terrorizing him. This led to Lumis cutting his way through the ring with a huge knife to get to him. He tried to pull The Miz with him, but Ciampa was able to make the save. This was fun, but in the end the story didn’t progress at all.

    The next match was made earlier in the evening when Bliss and Bayley agreed to a fight. WWE played a short video pack hyped up The Goddess before coming out with Asuka and Belair by her side.

    Bliss was all about Bayley in the beginning. She jumped on her back and gave her no breathing room. She was methodical with her transgression and had a look of conviction on her face.

    Damage Control’s leader was able to turn things around and clear the announcement table, but The Goddess used it to her advantage to hit a rolling senton. They kept competitive for the rest of the match with both women getting close to victory a few times before Sky knocked Bliss off the top rope to allow Bayley to score the win.

    This week’s show had a little too much outside interference, but the matches were all strong and we got some good storyline developments with a few teases for other things, so it definitely had its moments.

    Winner: Bayley

    Figure: B-

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • The camera caught Belair in a funny moment bobbing her head to Bayley’s entrance music.
  • They were in the same building where Bliss beat Bayley for the title about five years ago.
  • Bliss has some of the best facial expressions in professional wrestling. She is so expressive and uses it to her advantage.
  • Why would a wrestler add braces to their gear if they’re just going to hang down? That’s just giving your opponents a way to manipulate you.

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