Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of WWE Raw Results for September 31st, 2019.
Tonight’s episode of Raw is the much-lauded season premiere. As such, WWE is going all-out and we have a stacked card on our hands. Not the least of which is the Universal Championship Match between Seth Rollins and Rey Mytsterio. The lucha legend won the opportunity to face Seth last week on Raw, and tonight he faces the Champion in his biggest match since 2011. Of course, Seth faces Bray Wyatt inside Hell In A Cell in a mere six days from now, so his sights could be set elsewhere.
Brock Lesnar returns to Raw tonight, less than a week away from facing Kofi Kingston in the SmackDown Live main event for the WWE Championship. Brock and Kofi are likely to go face-to-face one last time to drum-up anticipation, and that should be one hell of a match!
We’re getting a special episode of Miz TV tonight that features WWE Hall of Famers, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. We have no idea what this segment will consist of, but there’s no doubt that someone will interrupt and we’ll get a feel-good moment with the babyfaces.
Sasha Banks faces Alexa Bliss, Heavy Machinery get a Tag Team Titles shot against Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, and Cedric Alexander gets another go at AJ Styles for the United States Championship. So yeah, it’s a very stacked episode of Raw tonight. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and enjoy the show!
The new Monday Night Raw set opens with Rey Mytserio coming out wearing a personalised bomber jacket.
Rey comes to the ring and mentions that he’s facing Seth Rollins tonight, and points to his son Dominik in the front row, saying he’s doing it for him. He says he will be bringing the title home for him tonight but then he’s interrupted.
Heyman and Lesnar make their way to the ring, accompanied by pyro. They stand in the ring and the fans boo. As Heyman is about to introduce himself and Brock, Rey snatches the microphone out of his hand. Mysterio starts to speak Spanish but Brock just grabs him and hits an F5! Lesnar lifts Rey and hits another F5. Brock then looks over at Dominik in the front row and climbs out of the ring. Brock stares at Dominik, who takes a seat and looks terrified. Brock grabs Dominik and yanks him over the barricade. He looks to hit an F5 but he almost drops him, then just slams him into then ring post. Brock tosses Dominik around like a ragdoll, then puts him in the ring and hits a huge German suplex. Rey tries to attack Brock’s leg but gets hit with another F5!
Lesnar leaves the ring to thunderous boos. He stops halfway up the ramp and comes back into the ring. Brock lifts Rey and hits a massive release suplex, then hits one on Dominic. Brock leaves the ring and Heyman pleads with him to leave, while referees and officials check on Rey and Dominik. Again Brock gets in the ring and stomps some officials, tosses Rey from the ring, then throws Dominik out as well. Brock looks like he’s losing his mind and the fans chant “a$$hole”. Lesnar rips his shirt off and poses before leaving for real.
We return to commercials from Brock’s hellacious attack on Dominik and Rey Mysterio. During the break Dominik was put on a stretcher and wheeled out as Rey repeatedly apologised to him.
Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring, followed by her opponent, Alexa Bliss – who also now has pyro. Before the match gets underway, The Man, Becky Lynch comes out with some cool steam-blast pyro and sits with the commentary team.
The match gets underway and Sasha slams Bliss by the head. Bliss reverses Sasha and slams her into the turnbuckles. Banks tosses Sasha to the apron, then hits her with a forearm and Bliss falls to the floor. Banks gets on the top rope and talks trash at Becky Lynch, who in turns climbs on the announce table and gives it right back.
We return from a short break to see Alexa hit Sasha with an arm drag and she rolls from the ring. Bliss runs and slides under the ropes but Sasha tries to catch her in the apron like her tag partner. Bliss punches her away but Sasha delivers a kick and drops her.
Banks gets Alexa back in the ring and controls the pace. She takes Blissdown with a submission, but Alexa fights out and hits a headscissors that sends Banks into the turnbuckles. Bliss drops Banks and hits double knees to the stomach but misses the handspring follow-up and Sasha hits a meteora.
The whole time this match has been happening, Becky has stood on the announce table wrapping her hands in tape. Banks shoves Bliss into the ropes and begs for mercy, then kicks her knee out and rolls her up, holding the tights, and wins.
As soon as the match ends, Becky makes her way down to the ring and starts brawling with Banks. Sasha escapes the ring and into the crowd. Becky grabs the mic and says that Banks can run away tonight but not on Sunday. She says Banks made things personal, but she plans on making it painful, because the Irish in her means she can’t stop now.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler make their way to the ring. They will face Heavy Machinery after the break.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she what happened with The Fiend last week on Raw. Charly starts to interview Seth Rollins, but he interrupts her and says he can’t think about anything else but what Brock did tonight. As for Hell In A Cell, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. He says he’s going to survive, prevail, and walk out the Universal Champion. But tonight is the season premiere of Raw, and if Rey can wrestle, then he has his shot. Regardless, the fans are getting a Universal Championship match and he will burn it down.
The bell rings and we start with Dolph and Tucker. They lock-up and Ziggler forces Tucker to the corner. Ziggler takes a headlock, Tucker shoots him off, and hits a shoulder tackle.
Otis tags in and hits Dolph with a stalling suplex, then Roode comes in and they hit stereo stalling suplexes. Tucker and Otis run and squash Roode between them, then bump bellies and pose for the crowd.
Back live and Knight knocks Roode off of the apron, before hitting Dolph with a hip toss. Roode yanks the top rope down and Knight falls to the floor. Roode tags in and slams Knight into the apron, then tosses him into the barricade.
Back in the ring and Dolph tags in to hit a neckbreaker to Knight. Ziggler takes a headlock and grinds Knight into the mat. Tucker fights up but Ziggler kicks him and tags Roode, who hits a spinebuster for a two count. Knight slams Dolph into the top turnbuckle and tags are made to Roode and Otis.
Otis hits Dolph with a flapjack, then Roode chops him, but Otis no-sells it and dances before throwing Roode over his head. Ziggler runs in and Otis hits an airplane spin body slam. Otis runs at Roode in the corner but eats a kick. Roode jumps but gets caught and Otis tags Knight, who runs in to hit the Trash Compactor but Ziggler comes from nowhere with a Zig-Zag to Knight. Ziggler knocks Otis from the ring and Roode hits Knight with the Glorious DDT for the win!
We see Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, and Ric Flair making their way to the ring as we head to the break.
The Miz makes his way to the ring for a very Hall of Fame edition of Miz TV.
Miz starts off by sending well wishes to Rey Mysterio, and says there’s no telling what he would do to someone that touched his kids. But without further ado, let’s get down to business. He introduces The Nature Boy, Ric Flair, who styles and profiles his way to the ring. Flair touches the lapels of Miz’s suit and voices his appreciation for it. Miz then introduces the Immortal Hulk Hogan, accompanied by Jimmy Hart.
Miz asks “how often do you get to see three legends in a ring?” Then looks at Jimmy and says he’s sorry, he meant himself. Flair says he loves everybody in the ring but he’s tired of hearing Hulk’s music for thirty years. Miz says we’ve had to listen to the woo for much longer. Miz asks Hulk what it feels like to be sitting across the ring from Ric Flair, to which Hogan says it’s great to be back on Raw and in Phoenix. Hogan says Flair is one of the greatest and his friend.
Flair stands up and says Hulk needs to be recognised as the biggest draw in history along with Austin and ‘Taker, but says that as far as in the ring goes, he doesn’t have an equal. Flair starts playing the heel and Hogan asks if he wants to go for one more run. Flair whips the jacket off and starts strutting. He hits the ropes but Hogan points at him and he stops dead. Flair starts laughing and they shake hands. Hogan says they may be old but he thinks they can write one more page. Flair says for once in his life, he’d like a paycheck with as many zero’s as Hogan’s, so he’s down.
The Miz says that might be possible. Because, as they already know, at WWE’s Crown Jewel event in October, Hogan and Ric Flair will be team captain’s for a 5-on-5 match! Hogan says that he already has his captain and introduces Seth Rollins! The Universal Champion come down and says that he has a lot on his plate right now but his young self would be kicking him if he didn’t accept the offer. Ric Flair says that’s a great pick but he has his choice: Randy Orton! The Viper comes down to the ring and asks Seth to get out of Hogan’s ass for a second. He says he and Seth will pick their teams over the next few weeks, but how about they have a captain match right now. Rollins gets fired-up and agrees.
Officials come down and start readying the ring but King Corbin comes out before the match gets underway. Seth stares at Corbin, so Orton attacks Seth from behind. He and Corbin, who is presumable on his team, start beating on Seth. Then Rusev comes out to make the save and I guess he’s on Seth’s team. They clear the heels and head up the ramp to pose with Hogan and Flair.
We see footage of Dominik being put in an ambulance and Rey getting in with him and taking his mask off.
Charly Caruso interviews Rusev backstage and asks him where Lana is. Rusev looks angry and doesn’t say anything. Charly then asks why he came back and what his intentions are. Rusev says he isn’t here to talk about his problems at home, he wants to talk about work. He says he stepped up to fight Seth Rollins and tonight he wants the Universal Championship match!
We see adverts for Hell In A Cell, NXT, and the big debut of SmackDown Live on Fox.
We get another episode of “Who Is The AOP?” Akam says that, despite growing up thousands of miles apart, they grew up on the same street of violence and dystopia. They talk about living through violence and understanding why it’s necessary. They plan on using said violence in WWE.
The Viking Raiders make their way to the ring, where they will win a match after the break!
Ivar starts the match against Luke Gallows. There’s a brief feeling-out process before Ivar takes him down with a tackle and Erick tags in. Karl Anderson also comes in. Erick knees Anderson before Ivar tags back in and delivers some knees of his own. Ivar runs into Anderson for a two count, then delivers some more kicks before Gallows tags in.
Ivar lifts Gallows but he slides off and elbows Ivar. Gallows punches away at Ivar in the corner before head-butting him. Gallows elbows Ivar and knees him, before dropping an elbow for a two count. Gallows then digs his elbow into Ivar’s face. Anderson tags in, but Ivar gets away. Erik tags in and quickly takes Anderson down. Gallows runs in but gets knocked out, then Erik flips Anderson over and knees him in the face. The Viking Raiders are in charge as we head to the break.
We come back from the break to see Erik fighting back against Karl and make the tag to Ivar. The Viking comes in and takes Anderson down and splashes him. Anderson avoids a second splash but Ivar connects with a seated senton. Ivar does a cartwheel and takes Anderson down again.
Erik and Ivar hit a double-team springboard clothesline/German Suplex combo. Erik takes Anderson out, and Gallows tags in. Luke hits a two-handed choke bomb for a near-fall. Gallows uppercuts Ivar, but Ivar quickly takes Anderson out with a suicide dive. Erik slams Gallows, and Ivar tags in to hit a top rope splash for the surprising win.
Charly Caruso is backstage again and she says that Rey nor Dominik will be back tonight. However Brock and Paul Heyman are still here tonight, and they will address their actions. Cesaro walks-up and starts saying that he is jealous that Brock beat up Rey, because he wanted to do it. Ricochet walks-up and says that, if Cesaro wants to prove how big he is, he can try and prove it in the ring tonight.
The bell rings and Ricochet flips off of Cesaro’s chest before delivering a kick. Cesaro holds strong as Ricochet looks for a headscissors, and slams the high-flyer down. Cesaro runs but gets monkey-flipped over the ropes and to the floor. Ricochet follows-up with a twisting tope to the floor!
Ricochet gets Cesaro back in the ring and looks for a dive but Cesaro catches him with a backbreaker. Cesaro uppercuts Ricochet for a one count. Cesaro hits Ricochet with a gnarly military press into a knee for another failed pin attempt. Ricochet fights up and avoids a shoulder in the corner, with Cesaro hitting the post. Ricochet kicks him in the face and hits a springboard hurricanrana pin for the win.
It’s Firefly Fun House time. All the puppets are shaking with fear. Ramblin’ Rabbit says he’s scared to death, then falls over and dies. Bray runs up and grabs him. He looks sad for a moment and says he’s dead, then tosses him aside and says “oh well!” He asks how the puppets are feeling and they all say they’re scared for Sunday and think there’s going to be lots of carnage. He he says it’s OK to be scared, and he is too, because there’s nothing like Hell In A Cell. Huskus asks what it’s like and Bray says it’s like a world without chocolate but worse. He says it’s like a nightmare that you can’t leave. Bray says The Fiend will always protect the Fun House and them, and he’ll never die. However Seth probably won’t be so fortunate. In fact, he has a bad feeling that The Fiend can’t wait to hurt Seth. We see flashes of The Fiend. Wyatt says he’s going to go find The Fiend and tell him to be nice to Seth Rollins. He jumps out of frame, then right back in and laughs like a maniac. He says he’s just kidding, then “let me in”, and that’s it.
The WWE United States Champion, AJ Styles, makes his way to the ring. His opponent, Cedric Alexander is out next.
The bell rings and AJ throws his shirt at Cedric and attacks him into the corner. Alexander starts to fight back and knocks AJ from the ring. Alexander charges for a dive but AJ punches him through the ropes. Styles lifts Alexander on his shoulders and drops him on the top rope with something like an RKO. Styles then dives over the ropes with a forearm to Cedric on the floor.
We’re back and AJ has Alexander in a headlock. Cedric fights up and hits a rope-assisted STO. AJ runs at Cedric and eats a leaping knee, followed by a springboard enziguiri. Styles delivers a forearm, but Cedric hits a back elbow and a kick to the head.
Styles counters Cedric and connects with a reverse DDT for a two count. Styles lifts Alexander but gets tossed to the apron. Styles looks for a Phenomenal Forearm but Alexander dodges it. They go back-and-forth and AJ hits a German suplex, followed by a wheelbarrow facebuster for a near-fall.
AJ looks for the Styles Clash but Alexander gets out. Cedric grabs AJ and lifts him up but AJ rolls down his back and impressively works his way into a Styles Clash for the win!
The Street Profits are backstage and they talk about their NXT Tag Team Championship match against The Undisputed Era on NXT this Wednesday. They also recap about the season premiere of Raw so far. Montez Ford tries to stop Angelo Dawkins from saying The Fiend’s name, out of fear he will appear.
Lacey Evans makes her way to the ring, she’ll be taking on Natalya after the break.
The match begins and Evans powers Nattie backwards with the lock-up. She runs at Natalya in the corner but gets hits with an atomic drop. Natalya runs over Lacey’s back and delivers a basement dropkick. Evans rolls from the ring and Natalya tries to follow but Lacey slams her face-first into the steel steps.
Back inside the ring, Evans slams Nattie’s head into the mat over and over before applying a submission. Evans whips Natalya to the corner and delivers a rope-assisted bronco buster. Nattie fights out of a submission but gets dropped by a neckbreaker. Lacey starts climbing the ropes but Nattie pulls her off by the foot and she hits the mat hard. Natalya starts attacking Lacey like crazy in the corner and connects with a discus clothesline. Natalya looks for the Sharpshooter but Lacey kicks her off. Natalya attacks Lacey on the apron so the referee pulls her back, allowing Lacey to rake the eyes. Evans runs in and rolls-up Nattie and holds the tights for the win.
After the match, Lacey clocks Natalya with a Women’s Right before sauntering off.
After the break, we hear why Brock attacked Rey Mysterio and Dominik.
We see a clip from today’s episode of the Ellen Show, where John Cena made an announcement about a new charity he takes part in called Fit Ops, which aims to help veterans. He will match every dollar that people donate, up to $1 million.
We see replays of Brock Lesnar destroying Rey Mysterio and his son, Dominik. Paul Heyman is backstage and he says he talks for Brock. Heyman says his clients actions were regretful but you can’t blame him or Brock, you have to blame the McMahon family. He says they shouldn’t book Brock a week out from a fight. He says there’s a lot of tough guys in this industry, both in WWE and elsewhere, but Brock Lesnar is a legit tough guy. And Kofi Kingston is one of the wannabes. He says Kofi can thank God for his positivity but the devil thanks Brock for delivering all the victims. And he provides a spoiler that Brock will beat Kofi and become the new WWE Champion on Friday night.
Charly Caruso interviews Maria backstage. She asks about Rusev being the father but Maria tuts and says of course Rusev isn’t the father. Sasha Banks walks up and snatches the microphone and addresses Becky Lynch. She says that Becky isn’t man enough for her, and she will make her tap out on Sunday. Because there have only been two female Hell In A Cell matches in history, and she’ll be damned if she lets a man win the third.
We’re back and Rusev is already in the ring, with Randy Orton and Baron Corbin standing on the ramp. Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
The bell rings and Rusev looks for a handshake. Seth shakes and Rusev immediately tries to take him down. They lock-up and Seth drops Rusev, who rolls from the ring. Rusev comes back in and Seth delivers a clothesline but Rusev doesn’t fall. Seth tries for a crossbody but Rusev catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Seth rolls from the ring as we head to the break.
Back live and Rusev has Seth in a bear hug. Rollins fights out and hits a blockbuster – and seemed to hurt his back in the landing. Seth and Rollins exchange shots, then Seth catches him with a slingblade. Rollins then pulls the rope down to send Rusev from the ring, and follows-up with two suicide dive.
Rollins gets Rusev back in the ring and looks for a crossbody but Rusev rolls through and hits a spin-out slam for a two-count. Rusev looks for the Matcha Kick but Seth rolls him up for a near-fall. Seth connects with superkick and hits a falcon arrow for another near-fall.
Rollins kicks Rusev in the gut and looks for The Stomp but Rusev avoids it and sends him out of the ring. Rollins heads to the top rope and jumps but Rusev connects with a Matcha Kick. Seth rolls to the apron and Bobby Lashley’s music hits! Lashley walks out onto the stage and motions to the back, where Lana comes out and joins him. Lana and Lashley hold hands and stare at Rusev before making out on the stage. Rusev looks furious, and the two of them make-out quite vigorously for a few minutes. The lights go out and The Fiend appears at ringside, attacking Seth with the Mandible Claw.
The Fiend chokes Seth out at ringside and we hear Bray laughing to close out the show.
And that’s it for tonight’s Raw. Let us know what you thought in the comments and be sure to come back all week for more WWE and AEW goodness! Until then, safe travels!