In a backstage confrontation from earlier in the day, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon is on the phone discussing a “massive celebration” for new WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens on RAW when she is interrupted by a visually displeased RAW General Manager Mick Foley. The GM tells Stephanie that, last week, her husband Triple H made him look like a “fool” and Stephanie refuses to talk about it. The Commissioner says she didn’t know anything about what happened last week, saying that she was backing Seth Rollins in that match. However, Foley doesn’t believe that Stephanie had no idea that her husband was going to show up last week and this offends Stephanie as Stephanie asks Foley who he thinks he’s talking to. The GM recalls meeting Stephanie for the first time back in 1998 after his infamous Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, saying that, no matter what Stephanie has said or done over the years, she has always been the “young girl with the shy smile” to him. Foley then asks why he should believe her and Stephanie responds by saying she was “embarrassed” last week.
Stephanie explains that she was embarrassed as a Commissioner and she was embarrassed by her husband, saying that she is dealing with a lot of things right now that Foley knows nothing about. Stephanie continues, asking how she’s supposed to represent herself in the board room and on RAW and maintain some “shred of dignity”. Stephanie then says that, if she didn’t respond to Foley, it’s because she just didn’t know how. The Commissioner then pleads with the GM to believe her, telling Foley to look in her eyes and tell her that she’s not the same girl with the shy smile that he met all those years ago. The GM utters that he believes her, saying that he has to believe her because, if he doesn’t, then that makes Stephanie a “really good liar” and a “really bad person” and he cannot believe that.
RAW then officially gets underway with RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and RAW General Manager Mick Foley in the ring as balloons rain down before Stephanie introduces the brand new WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens! Coming down to the ring in a suit, the new champion refuses to shake the hand of Mick Foley, walking past the GM as he stands on the second turnbuckle with his prize held high as pyro erupts from the stage and streamers flow from the ceiling. The fans chant “you deserve it” at Kevin Owens with Stephanie echoing the sentiment of the fans, saying that he “deserves” to be the WWE Universal Champion. Owens then says that what he doesn’t “deserve” is a crowd full of “idiots” trying to “hijack” his moment, saying that the fans are trying to make it about themselves.
The champion continues, proclaiming that he is “great” and he is “special”, saying that he knows that he deserved to be the champion from the moment that he stepped into the ring. Owens then says that he had already done 98% of the work last week before Triple H showed up and gave him a “nudge” to help him with the title. The champion says that Triple H put him where he belongs and that is at the “top” before Owens proclaims that RAW is now officially known as “The Kevin Owens Show”.
This brings out an infuriated Seth Rollins, who was cost the WWE Universal Title by Triple H last week, as Rollins tells Kevin Owens to “shut up”, saying that it’s not about him. Rollins then shouts at Stephanie, saying that he put WWE on his back and he came back faster than anyone could imagine and he did it all for Stephanie. The new champion then chimes in, telling Rollins that it is all about him, reminding Rollins that it’s “The Kevin Owens Show” now. Rollins says that he’s got no problem with Owens right now, saying that he understands that the champion is just a “puppet”, but if Owens doesn’t shut up then not even Triple H is going to be able to save him from the beating Owens will receive! Stephanie tries to tell Rollins that she had nothing to do with her husband’s involvement last week, but Rollins doesn’t buy it, shouting “bull crap” at the RAW Commissioner.
Mick Foley then steps in, backing Stephanie up by telling Rollins that Stephanie had nothing to do with it and Rollins responds by accusing Foley of being in on it too, asking if the GM is in Stephanie’s “pocket” too. The GM says that he isn’t in Stephanie’s pocket, but he does have her back before Rollins says that Kevin Owens has been Triple H’s “chosen one from day one”, saying that, from his first day in NXT, Owens has had his hand held by Triple H. Rollins continues, saying that, if Stephanie and Mick want to hitch their wagon to Kevin Owens and make him the “face of a new era”, then he will be the one to “burn it to the ground”, saying that Triple H and Stephanie will be the one on their knees in a “pile of rubble”.
Having been ignored for the most part by Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens speaks up as the new champion asks Rollins where his “passion” was the last few months as, ever since Rollins came back from his injury, he’s been a “total failure”! Rollins responds by blasting Owens with a right hand, hammering away at the new champion, sending Owens to the outside. Stephanie responds by informing Seth Rollins that he is “indefinitely suspended” but Mick overrules the Commissioner, declaring that Rollins is not suspended! The GM explains that they don’t hand out suspensions when someone who has been wronged let’s their tempers flare, they hand out “rematches”. The GM then reveals that, when he agreed to be the RAW General Manager, they agreed that he would be making the matches and he is asking Stephanie to “respect” that.
Foley says that he’s never particularly liked Seth Rollins, but he’s not going to deny the talent of Seth Rollins and he’s not going to put that kind of talent on the shelf. The GM then announces that Seth Rollins will get his shot at the title when he challenges Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship in three weeks at Clash of Champions! A determined Seth Rollins then exits the ring as Kevin Owens re-enters the ring, arguing with Mick Foley over the decision.
Backstage, an angry Stephanie McMahon tells Mick Foley that she understands that they agreed to let Mick make the matches, but if he ever usurps her authority again, he won’t have a position to come back to. The GM says that he did it in the best interest of the brand, saying that the fans will be talking about it. Stephanie shouts that she doesn’t care and Foley shouts back that he does care, saying he cares what people say about Stephanie and he didn’t want them to accuse her of playing favorites. Kevin Owens then interrupts, saying that Seth Rollins interrupted his celebration, berated the RAW Commissioner, and attacks the WWE Universal Champion and the GM “rewards” Rollins’ actions with a title match.
Foley responds to this by informing Owens that he will be in a match tonight against his former friend Sami Zayn. However, this brings in Owens’ tag team partner Chris Jericho, who is appalled by how Mick Foley is treating his best friend, touting Owens as the “longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history”. Jericho then asks Foley if the GM had a “Labor Day barbecue” with Seth Rollins, calling Foley a “stupid idiot” and Stephanie stands up for Foley. The GM then puts Jericho in a match against Seth Rollins, before both the Commissioner and the GM tell Owens and Jericho to “have a nice day”!
In her biggest match since arriving on RAW a few weeks ago, former NXT Women’s Champion Bayley would go one-on-one with RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte, with her protégé Dana Brooke in her corner taking notes, in a non-title match. Early on in the match, Bayley would appear to hurt her left knee and Charlotte would zone in on the injury, exploiting the knee to take advantage in the match. However, Bayley was able to rally despite the injury, fending off interference from Dana Brooke before taking Dana down. Bayley would then hit the Bayley-to-Belly on Charlotte, pinning the RAW Women’s Champion to pick up a huge win.
Backstage, RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte is furious with her protégé Dana Brooke, saying that she told Dana to just take notes before saying that “the girl who doesn’t belong on RAW” just beat her. Dana tries to apologize to Charlotte, but the champion continues to scream at her protégé before saying that she was just embarrassed in front of everyone by the “Sesame Street kid”. Dana then vows that she is going to make it up to Charlotte, but the RAW Women’s Champion responds by calling Dana “sorry” and slapping her across the face!
RAW would see the return of Bo Dallas as, before the match begins, Bo tells his opponent that you “reap what you sow”, declaring that there is “nowhere to go” before telling the competitor to “bo-lieve in Bo”. The match then gets underway as Bo Dallas goes one-on-one with local competitor Kyle Roberts. In the end, it was Bo Dallas hitting Kyle Roberts with a twisting neckbreaker, pinning the local competitor for the win.
After confronting Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley backstage in support of his best friend Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho would be put into a match against the challenger for the WWE Universal Championship at Clash of Champions, Seth Rollins. At the end of a stellar match, it was Seth Rollins coming out the victor as Rollins hits Chris Jericho with the Pedigree, pinning Jericho to pick up the win.
After Sheamus went 2-0 in the Best of Seven Series last week, Cesaro would be looking to come back from the two straight losses as “The Swiss Superman” would go one-on-one with Sheamus in Match #3 of the Best of Seven Series. Throughout the match, Sheamus would relentlessly target the back of Cesaro that was injured last week before dropping Cesaro with the Brogue Kick, pinning Cesaro to pick up the win and go 3-0 in the Best of Seven Series, leaving Sheamus one win away from winning the entire Best of Seven Series in a clean sweep!
RAW would then see some tag team action as Enzo & Big Cass would face The Shining Stars. During the match, Epico would take advantage of chaos caused by Big Cass and Primo in the ring as Epico would surprise Enzo Amore with a roll-up, hooking the tights to pick up the upset win over Enzo & Big Cass.
The dominant Nia Jax would be in action on RAW as the powerhouse would face local competitor and friend of RAW Superstar Alicia Fox, Ann Esposito. Despite Ann Esposito putting up more of a fight than any of Nia Jax’s previous opponents, Ann was unable to overcome the dominant Superstar as Nia Jax would flatten Esposito with a modified powerslam, pinning the local competitor for the win.
The self-proclaimed “retirement specialists” Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson would make an appearance on RAW as Gallows & Anderson state that they will retire the reign of The New Day as the RAW Tag Team Champions. Gallows & Anderson then offer their look into the future by introducing “The Old Day” as elder versions of Big E, Xavier Woods, & Kofi Kingston make their way to the ring using a scooter, canes, and a walker with Gallows & Anderson helping The Old Day into the ring. After having to endure the mockery at the hands of Gallows & Anderson, RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day would come out to the ring.
However, Gallows & Anderson would leave the ring, opting to save the fight for Clash of Champions. The New Day would then come face-to-face with The Old Day as The New Day would let their supposed older selves dance in the ring before showing the elders how it’s done. However, the old Big E would decide to hit the present day Big E with his cane and that would prove to be a mistake as The New Day would attack their future selves, tossing the older Xavier and Kofi out of the ring. Isolating the future Big E, present day Big E & Xavier Woods would pick up the senior citizen and hit future Big E with the Midnight Hour.
With Titus O’Neil a guest on commentary, Titus’ friend turned rival Darren Young, with Bob Backlund in his corner, would face Jinder Mahal on RAW. During the match, Titus O’Neil would get on the ring apron in an attempt to cost Darren Young the match, but the attempt would fail as Darren would hit the Gut Check on Jinder Mahal, pinning Jinder for the win. After the match, Titus would get in the face of Bob Backlund, but Darren Young would exit the ring, attacking Titus O’Neil as Darren was relentless in his assault as referees struggle to keep the peace.
Backstage, Alicia Fox is exiting the trainer’s room having checked on her friend Ann Esposito, who competed against Nia Jax earlier in the night, when Alicia is confronted by Nia Jax. Nia tells Alicia that this isn’t a reality show like Total Divas, there are “real life repercussions”. Alicia says that there are real life repercussions, telling Nia to get out of her face. Alicia would then show her crazy side, throwing various items at Nia Jax before Nia shoves Alicia Fox and walks away as Alicia screams at Nia, saying they should sort things out like real women.
After witnessing Braun Strowman disrespect his opponent last week by taking the mask off of the luchador, Sin Cara would look to stand up for the Luchador heritage as the masked high flyer would go one-on-one with Braun Strowman. During the match, Sin Cara would put up a valiant effort against his much larger opponent, but after Braun Strowman pulls the high flyer out of the ring to the floor, Strowman would get back into the ring, picking up a count-out victory over Sin Cara. After the match, Braun Strowman was not finished with Sin Cara as Braun bulldozes Sin Cara from behind, leaving Sin Cara laid out on the outside.
After stating on Twitter that she has some “bad news” to deliver, former Women’s Champion Sasha Banks would make her way to the ring on RAW for the first time since losing the Women’s Title at SummerSlam as “The Boss” would have an update on her back injury. Sasha says that “every story has a final chapter” and, before there were social media applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, there were women like Mae Young, The Fabulous Moolah, Alundra Blayze, Luna Vachon, Trish Stratus, and Lita who wrote the “first pages of a revolution of change”. Sasha then says that the change became reality when Stephanie McMahon introduced the next generation of women in WWE. Sasha continues, saying that there was no more Bra & Panties Matches and there was no more “stupid butterfly title”, stating “we did it”. An emotional Sasha then says that they became what they deserved all along, to be called “Superstars” before saying that this revolution is bigger than WWE.
“The Boss” continues, saying that, every time she steps in the ring, she does it for every little girl who dreams of becoming someone great. Sasha then says that she used to collect cans with her mom just to try and make enough money so she could come to a WWE show. Sasha says that is why she fights so hard because it means “everything” to her before saying that, at SummerSlam, she was pushed “beyond” her limits when Charlotte tried to break her back. Sasha then says that she’s not out there to try and make “excuses”, Charlotte beat her at SummerSlam. Sasha continues, saying that she met with the doctors earlier today and she has an update on her condition, saying that she has some “bad news”.
However, the emotional and heart-wrenching moment is interrupted by Charlotte’s protégé, Dana Brooke, as Dana says that she made a promise to Charlotte that she is going to keep before saying that she is going to use Sasha and her “broken body” to finish what Charlotte started at SummerSlam. Dana then says that Sasha’s “journey” is going to end, but it’s going to be on her terms and, as Dana enters the ring, she says that she’s going to end Sasha’s journey right here and right now. Dana then throws the microphone at Sasha before trying to take Sasha out, but “The Boss” fights back, hitting the Back Stabber and locking in the Bank Statement on Dana Brooke, making the protégé tap out! Sasha then picks up the microphone, telling Dana that the “bad news” wasn’t about her, it’s about Charlotte, telling Dana to tell Charlotte that, at Clash of Champions, she is coming for Charlotte and she is going to take her Women’s Title back!
Then it was time for the main event as, three weeks before he defends the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins at Clash of Champions, new WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens would go one-on-one with his former friend and rival Sami Zayn in a non-title match. During the match, the ankle injury that plagued Sami Zayn a couple of weeks ago would rear its ugly head as Sami would struggle to stay in the match. After a half nelson suplex on the outside, Sami Zayn would roll Kevin Owens into the ring before going for the Helluva Kick, but his injured ankle would not allow it and the champion would capitalize, planting Sami with a powerbomb, pinning Zayn for the win. After the match, a forgotten component in the chaos of last week would emerge as Roman Reigns, who was also cost the WWE Universal Championship by Triple H last week, would come out, making his way down to the ring. Reigns would then come face-to-face with the WWE Universal Champion, but Kevin Owens would exit the ring, getting on the ring apron as Owens’ best friend Chris Jericho comes out, getting on the opposite side of the ring as Reigns finds himself outnumbered.
RAW General Manager Mick Foley then comes out to the stage, announcing that, on next week’s RAW, Roman Reigns will go one-on-one with Kevin Owens and, if Roman wins, then Roman will be added to the WWE Universal Title match at Clash of Champions, making the match a Triple Threat match! As Kevin Owens makes his exit, Roman Reigns does not take his eyes off of the WWE Universal Champion and this would influence Chris Jericho as Jericho would try to blindside Roman, but Reigns would see it coming and would level Jericho with the Spear! Having sent a clear message to Kevin Owens for next week, Roman Reigns is left standing tall in the ring as Reigns looks forward to potentially earning a spot in the WWE Universal Title match at Clash of Champions.
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