WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Feedback & Highlights from September 19 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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    Kevin Owens and Austin Theory(Credit: WWE)

    Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and recap of WWE Raw on September 19.

    Two big matches were advertised ahead of time on this week’s show, one for a belt that’s been gaining a lot of attention in recent months.

    Bobby Lashley lined up his United States Championship against Seth Rollins, and the other pre-advertised match was Kevin Owens versus Austin Theory.

    Let’s take a look at what happened on this week’s episode of Raw.

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    Rollins made his entrance as the show opened for the US Title bout against Lashley. The entrance and official introduction took just five minutes, so WWE was giving them plenty of time.

    While The All Might had the upper hand in the power department, he wasn’t fighting some cruiserweights. The visionary is tall, strong, nimble, and a bit quicker than Lashley, so he kept the champion on his toes for most of the match.

    However, the former MMA fighter kept finding ways to use his immense power to counter some of Rollins’ biggest moves. He did a great job booking the match, so the challenger was in a believable way most of the time.

    The crowd was hot from start to finish and the superstars in the ring did not disappoint with their mediocre performances. It is almost strange that it was not kept for the main event as the management knew it was going to be a great match.

    Matt Riddle came out to distract Rollins, and it allowed Lashley to drill with the spear for the win. While it would have been nice to have a clean finish, the interference is understandable given the way WWE has constructed Riddle vs. Rollins in recent weeks.

    the winner: Bobby Lashley

    grade: a-


    Notable moments and observations

  • WWE can make Rollins a babyface whenever they want. He’s already over with this gimmick and a lot of people make him happy anyway, so the transition will be easy and quick.
  • Lashley stopping the stomp was a great place for Rollins to be too strong to power down on the mat.
  • Rollins made two consecutive suicide dives, but the second landing was a bit rough.
  • Hitting someone like Lashley with a running buckle bomb is so impressive and really shows how strong Rollins is.

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    Bayley, Io Skye and Dakota Kai came out for a special Women’s Tag Team Championship ceremony. He had lots of streamers and a custom golf cart that Bailey took to the ring. They faced Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss, with Bray Wyatt’s former muse challenging the former Hugger to a match on this week’s show.

    Theory attacked Owens as he climbed onto the apron, but it only gave KO the motivation he needed to beat his young opponent.

    The youngest Mr. Money in the Bank did not go down easily and was able to quickly gain the upper hand. The award fighter once again found himself on the defensive as the show cut short for a break.

    The two had a fun, physical fight that took them to the ringside area. Theory is already a great athlete, but Owens elevates everyone else a little more. Johnny Gargano shows Theory to stop using the MITB briefcase, allowing The Prize Fighter to hit a popup powerbomb for the win.

    Two consecutive matches with distraction isn’t ideal, but again, bookings make sense, so it’s hard to go completely crazy about it. It’s even harder to be upset when both matches were extremely entertaining.

    the winner: Kevin Owens

    grade: B+


    Notable moments and observations

  • The way the camera followed Owens as he came out on stage instead of filming him in the usual way gave his entrance a unique feel.
  • Bayley is going to be a legend in this business before she retires. He has mastered the heel, face, talking on the mic and working in the ring. He is just as valuable as anyone on the roster in terms of skill.
  • Whenever someone hits the steel stairs the way it looks is always spectacular. The hollow interior echoes this perfectly.
  • “Who is your daddy?” The sloganeering crowd was hilarious in theory. Owens yelled back “I’m his daddy.” There was icing on the cake.

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    Ridge Holland and Butch came out to give a promo about their plan to win the tag title, but were interrupted by Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. A few insults were thrown and a challenge was given which led to a perfect match.

    The two big competitors started for their teams, but Dawkins tagged in Ford as soon as he took control. Once The Bruiserweight arrived, he began to dissect Dawkins with his signature brand of offense.

    The Brawling Brutes had The Street Profits on the ropes as the show was cut into a commercial. Ford and Dawkins held control for a long time to make things even more of a hit before a super blockbuster combo hit.

    After a highly competitive bout, Holland and Butch secured a clean victory and gave them some momentum in their title shot against The Usos.

    the winner: Ridge Holland and Buchu

    grade: b


    Notable moments and observations

  • Maybe it’s reading too much into this, but Hollands didn’t use the name Butch when he mentioned his partner. He just called him a bruiser. Commentators still call him Butch, so it still seems a bit impossible for WWE to go back to the name Pete Dunn.
  • Dawkins gets impressive height on his dropkicks, especially for a man of his size.
  • It’s always nice when both tag teams have coordinated gear in a match. Teams that don’t make any effort to look like partners are fine, but when two people go to the effort to match, it’s more fun for some reason.
  • Exactly at 9:23 Eastern, someone was passing through the crowd with a big QR code. scanning it takes you here www.wwe.com/comewithme And a cryptic teaser video shows.

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    Dominic Mysterio came out to deliver a promo about Finn Balor, Damien Priest and Rhea Ripley joining Dom’s group, before Riddle and Rey Mysterio came out to face Baylor and Priest in a tag team match.

    The Prince and the Archer of Infamy quickly took control of The Bro, but Riddle didn’t allow them to retain it for long. He used his power advantage on Balor to hit a trio of Gutwent suplex before tagging Ray for the double-team spot.

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

    This bout had the most outside interference of any match on the show, thanks to Dom and Ripley, so Riddle and Rey were fighting an uphill battle the entire time. Rollins tried to join, but Ray chased him with a chair.

    Balor was able to pin Papa Mysterio with a 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 was done well enough to keep the story going.

    the winner: Finn Balor and Damien Priest

    grade: b


    Notable moments and observations

  • The crowd was giving Dominic some serious heat whenever he tried to talk. It was Vickie Guerrero’s “Excuse Me” level of heat. Even the X-Pac was probably surprised by how loud it was.
  • Ripley was getting louder than expected at ringside. His presence added a lot to the match.
  • Ripley hitting Riddle on the floor with a back suplex was a funny moment.
  • Dominic dares to hit his father with a chair only for Ray to put him down and get in the ring.

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    The Miz and Ciampa went out for an episode of Miz TV talking about Dexter Loomis terrorizing her. This caused Loomis to cut his way through the ring with a large knife to get to him. He tried to drag The Miz down with him, but Ciampa managed to save. It was fun, but ultimately didn’t move the story forward.

    The next match was made earlier in the night when Bliss and Bailey agreed to a fight. Before coming out with Asuka and Belair, WWE played a short video package hypnotizing The Goddess.

    At first there was Bliss on Bailey. She was jumping on her back giving him no room to breathe. She was settled with her guilt and had a firm conviction on her face.

    The Damage Control leader was able to turn things around and clear the announcement table, but Devi used it to her advantage to kill a rolling Sentinel. Sky kept the rest of the match competitive with both women before Bliss was knocked out from the top rope to help Bayley take the win.

    Outside interference was a bit much on this week’s show, but all the matches were strong and we got some good story development along with some teases for other things, so it definitely had its moments.

    the winner: Belle

    grade: B-


    Notable moments and observations

  • The camera caught Belair turning her head to Bailey’s entrance music in a funny moment.
  • They were in the same building where Bliss had defeated Bailey for the title nearly five years earlier.
  • Bliss has some of the best facial expressions in pro wrestling. She is very expressive and uses this to her advantage.
  • Why would any wrestler add suspenders to their gear if they’re just about to hang down? It’s just giving your opponents a way to manipulate you.

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