WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 12

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 12, 2022

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 12

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    Dexter Lumis holding The Miz (Credit: WWE)

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on September 12.

    We're now on the road to Extreme Rules after WWE took a trek across the pond for Clash at the Castle. In recent weeks, management has started up several storylines that will likely culminate in matches at the pay-per-view on October 8.

    Following a run-in with Austin Theory last week, Johnny Gargano told the world that he would return to the ring on this week's show.

    We also saw Dexter Lumis kidnap The Miz again, Dominik Mysterio officially joined The Judgment Day, and Braun Strowman made a destructive return to the company.

    Let's look at how WWE followed up on all of this during Monday's show.

Finn Balor vs. Matt Riddle

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    Seth Rollins opened the show with a fun promo which the crowd seemed to enjoy, but he was eventually interrupted by an irate Matt Riddle. The Original Bro chased him off before we heard The Judgment Day's music hit.

    They tried to recruit Riddle, but he refused their offer and ended up taking them out as the show went to a commercial. We returned to see him and Finn Bálor already involved in a singles match.

    The former MMA fighter was able to get the upper hand with a pair of gutwrench suplexes and a Broton for a quick near-fall.

    Damian Priest was more of a distraction than anything else, but for the most part, this was a clean fight for the first half of the match.

    Rey Mysterio ended up taking Priest into the crowd to take him out of the equation once he got too involved, Both men missed their finishers once before Rollins showed up again. His distraction allowed The Prince to hit the Coup de Grace for the win.

    Even with all of the shenanigans outside of the ring, this was a fun match that showed off the physicality of both men. Rollins ended the segment by hitting his rival with a Stomp.

    Winner: Finn Balor

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Riddle has a nice gutwrench suplex. He always makes it look easy. 
    • Bálor has been getting some sun. He looks a bit more tanned. 
    • Does The Prince still call his one signature move the 1916? It seems like the announcers never call it that anymore. 
    • Riddle was wearing the same shade of green we have seen The Miz and Ciampa wear, and both Mysterios also had attire made out of that shade of green. Did the WWE gear-makers order too much of that fabric?

Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah vs. Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky

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    A rematch for the women's tag titles took place this week when Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah put the belts on the line against the team they beat in the finals of the recent tournament: Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai.

    As usual, Bayley was at ringside for Damage Control.

    Kai and Rodriguez started for their teams. The powerhouse took her rival up for a vertical suplex and tagged in Aliyah while she had Kai in the air.

    The champs had control for a little while until the first commercial break. The challengers began to control the pace during the second half as they kept Aliyah cornered with quick tags.

    This might be the best the 27-year-old has looked in a WWE ring. Working with talents such as Kai and Sky helped, but Aliyah was definitely moving around with more confidence than she usually has in the ring.

    After a decent back-and-forth match, Kai and Sky ended up scoring the win to become the new WWE women's tag team champions. They even got a celebration with pyro.

    Winners: Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Damage Control is a good name for a stable. It's not the best thing ever, but we have had much worse group names in recent years. It will be interesting to see if there are any issues trademarking it due to Marvel using the terms for an organization in the comics. 
    • Rodriguez pressed Aliyah up and threw her at their opponents, but she almost botched it and dropped her teammate early. 
    • Somehow, Aliyah sort of floats in the air for a second when she does a Thesz press. It makes the move look a little strange. 
    • Kai's finisher is one of those moves that is not always going to look great. 

Chad Gable vs. Johnny Gargano

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    Gargano's first match back in WWE was against a man he knows well from their days in NXT: Chad Gable.

    These are arguably two of the smoothest workers the company has right now, so this was fun from the moment they locked up.

    The bout had a quick pace and saw both men use every tool at their disposal. Gable showed off some power, and Gargano used his quickness to avoid it when he could.

    The crowd was really into this match and a "This is awesome" chant broke out moments before Gargano took out Otis and Gable with a beautiful suicide dive. He finished the contest shortly after with a DDT from the apron into the ring to score the pin.

    The outcome here was never in question. We all knew Gargano would win his return match, but it was just fun to watch two masters of their craft at work.

    Austin Theory ruined the fun when he attacked Gargano and took selfies with Alpha Academy after he was done.

    Winner: Johnny Gargano

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It's easy to forget how (relatively) diminutive Gargano is at 5'10" until you see him next to a guy who was once named "Shorty G."
    • Gable has such a clean-looking moonsault, but his German suplex is a thing of beauty.
    • We need to see Otis in more singles matches. WWE can rebuild him into the breakout star he was before the pandemic if it wants to. It will just take a little work.  

Bianca Belair vs. Sonya Deville

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    Theory stuck around to give a promo after his attack on his former fake father, but Kevin Owens came out and ended up reading him the riot act before beating him up.

    After another commercial break, Bianca Belair came out to defend the Raw women's title in an open challenge that was answered by Sonya Deville.

    The Jersey Devil had the upper hand for quite a bit of this match, making The EST of WWE appear to be an underdog. Surprisingly, Deville was using mostly standard pro wrestling offense while only mixing in bits of her MMA repertoire.

    After making a comeback, Belair hit the KOD for the win.

    This match was fine, but it wasn't great. There were some moments that looked mistimed, but it was nice to see Deville in a more prominent position for once.

    Winner: Bianca Belair

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Deville looks much better in her black gear than she does in the black-and-white attire she has worn recently. It fits her personality more. 
    • There seemed to be some pacing issues in this match. It was like they were working at different speeds at times, which led to a couple of awkward moments. 
    • The way Belair sold getting hit by a flying knee from the second rope was awesome. 

Omos vs. Two Jobbers; Dexter Lumis Targets The Miz

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    Omos fought two local talents in a squash match that saw him easily dominate both men for a quick win. This was barely anything, so there wasn't much to talk about.

    Grade: D

    Bobby Lashley and Rollins had a confrontation backstage that led to The Visionary challenging him for a United States title shot next week. The All Mighty agreed without hesitation.

    We saw The Miz and Maryse in their home for a special interview, but The A-Lister still seemed worried about Lumis.

    He got upset and kicked the TV crew out of his house. He and Maryse got into their vehicle and drove away. The camera panned back to the house and we saw Lumis inside leaving a drawing for The Miz and Maryse that included their children.

    This feud is so weird but also intriguing at the same time. It's going to be interesting to see if Lumis ever explains why he is targeting them.

    Grade: B-

Edge vs. Dominik Mysterio

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    Throughout the night, we saw Rey Mysterio trying to convince Edge and Dominik to call off their fight, but neither man wanted to back down and they met in Monday's main event.

    Edge immediately took control after the bell and started beating his younger opponent around the ring. He was like a teacher schooling an unruly student. Whatever Dom tried to do, the veteran had an answer for it.

    It took some interference from Rhea Ripley to give the younger Mysterio a chance to take advantage and shove Edge into the steel steps.

    The second half of the match was much more competitive. Dom got in a lot of offense, but The Rated-R Superstar was never quite out of the fight. In fact, he regained control toward the end and began beating on the 25-year-old while he was tied up in the ropes.

    Priest and Bálor caused a disqualification by attacking Edge and Papa Mysterio. They tried to break the former's leg by holding it against a chair while the Irishman hit the Coup de Grace.

    This might have been one of Dominik's better performances in recent months, but this will not end up being a memorable chapter in their story. It served its purpose and made The Judgment Day look dangerous, though, so it's still a win.

    Winner: Edge by disqualification

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Dominik had new black-and-purple gear to fit in with his new clique. He's like that kid who showed up on the first day of high school and was suddenly a goth out of nowhere. 
    • The way WWE is using Ripley in this storyline is awesome. She has such a presence about her, so she can pull off the role of a manipulator well. 
    • The way the younger Mysterio hit the ring post looked really good. He sold it perfectly. 
    • Dom might still have some rough edges, but you can see noticeable improvements in almost every match he has. He has gotten a lot better at taking moves from his opponents and making them look good. 
    • The way Edge's knee bent when Bálor hit the Coup de Grace was great. It looked like a brutal injury, but he is most likely fine. 

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