WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 27
Monday's WWE Raw was the fallout episode after Extreme Rules, but it was also the start of the main buildup for Crown Jewel on October 21.
Here is a quick rundown of the Raw results from Sunday's show:
- Charlotte defeated Alexa Bliss.
- The New Day defeated Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles and Omos.
- Damian Priest defeated Jeff Hardy and Sheamus.
Following their participation in the six-man tag match, Lashley and Big E each gave separate promos that led to management booking them in a rematch for the WWE Championship on Raw. It was one of two segments advertised for the show on WWE.com along with Sheamus vs. Damian Priest for the United States Championship.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on Monday's show.
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE Championship)
WWE aired a quick video package to show how this feud has unfolded thus far before we went live in the arena for Big E's entrance. Since MVP is out with an injury, The All Mighty was by himself. To keep it fair, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods stayed backstage, too.
Big E slapped Lashley in the face after he was backed to the corner, so Lashley unloaded on him with rights and lefts. The former champion stayed aggressive and choked him on the middle rope while delivering forearms to the head.
He took Big E out of the ring and ran his head into the ring post. Big E hit a belly-to-belly suplex on the floor right before the show cut to a break. We returned to see Lashley hit a flatliner for a two-count.
Big E countered a superplex attempt, but Lashley nailed him with a running forearm to knock him down to the floor. Big E hit a spear to knock Lashley off of the apron but stood up to see Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They didn't attack but the momentary distraction allowed Lashley to hit a spinebuster.
Woods and Kingston ran down and began fighting with Benjamin and Alexander. They ended up in the ring and the ref called for the bell. Adam Pearce came out to book Lashley vs. Big E in a cage for later tonight.
This match embodied the phrase "Big meaty men slapping meat." Lashley and Big E came to fight and kept their feud strong with a competitive match.
The dirty finish was negated by Pearce booking them in a cage match for later in the show, but the best part about all of this is the reunion of The Hurt Business.
When MVP is back and the group is at full strength, they will reign supreme over Raw once again. This whole segment helped get the show off to a good start by getting the crowd pumped.
Erik vs. Angel Garza
The tag team division was highlighted with a singles match between Erik of The Viking Raiders and Angel Garza. Humberto Carrillo was there to support Garza while Ivar was in Erik's corner.
Erik used his power to throw Garza around a bit, but the high-flyer used his speed to take the big man down and ground him in a submission.
Erik hit some ugly right hands and a huge belly-to-belly suplex. He drilled Garza with a knee to the face. A distraction by Carrillo allowed Garza to hit the Wing Clipper for the pin.
This match was too quick to be memorable, but the action we got was quite good. Erik has excellent strikes and Garza showed some surprising power to get him into position for his finisher.
A tag match between these two duos is probably coming soon, but we might be Ivar vs. Carrillo before that happens. After the draft, these two teams might not be on the same brand anymore, so this could be a very short feud.
Reggie vs. Ricochet (24/7 Championship)
Drew Gulak, R-Truth and Drake Maverick were shown watching Ricochet challenge Reggie for the 24/7 title.
They locked up and Ricohet hit a nice front flip to show the former Cirque do Soleil performer his agility. Reggie responded with a corkscrew dive over Ricochet and they showed each other some respect.
Both men hit big backflips in the corner before Reggie was sent out of the ring. Ricochet hit a huge dive over the top rope to take him down. Truth and Gulak ran in and caused a DQ. Ricochet took them out, but Akira Tozawa blocked Reggie's escape.
Reggie took him down and ran away with the title.
Truthfully, the grade for this debacle should have been lower, but the few moves we did see looked so good that it's hard to be too harsh.
Ricochet and Reggie both put their high-flying skills on display, but it was too short. If these guys were given 5-10 minutes, they would put on an unforgettable show.
Keith Lee vs. Akira Tozawa
Tozawa was still in the ring when we returned and demanded a match. Keith Lee came out to answer the challenge.
Tozawa ran right at him but was quickly taken out with a clothesline. The Bearcat threw him across the ring before picking him up and hitting a massive slam for the win.
This barely qualifies as a match. Lee literally hit three moves and got the pin. As great as it is to see The Limitless One back on Raw, there are better ways to use his talents.
Damian Priest vs. Sheamus (U.S. Title)
Despite losing at Extreme Rules, Sheamus was given another shot at the U.S. title against Priest. This time, he wouldn't have Jeff Hardy to get in the way.
They locked up and fought for control for quite some time. Sheamus managed to wrestle Priest to the mat but couldn't get his shoulders down for a pinfall attempt.
The Celtic Warrior kept the upper hand with clubbing blows, but Priest eventually came back with a few running elbows and a broken arrow for a one-count.
They took the fight out of the ring and began using the No Disqualification stipulation to their advantage. Priest set up a table before Sheamus threw him into the steel steps. Priest ran back and jumped off the steps to hit a flying punch. Sheamus hit White Noise through the table as we went to a commercial.
Sheamus was using a kendo stick on Priest when we returned. Priest hit him with his own kendo stick and teed off on him for several seconds. The Celtic Warrior sent him into a chair wedged in the corner and hit an Alabama slam for a near-fall.
The Archer of Infamy sent Sheamus through a table that was set up in the corner before he hit his finisher for the win.
Just 24 hours removed from their fantastic Triple Threat with Hardy, Sheamus and Priest pulled off another great performance in this No DQ match.
The kendo stick shots were stiff, the bumps were ugly and the punches looked real. It was a slobberknocker in every sense of the word.
Priest has been an outstanding U.S. champion, but everybody needs to give Sheamus his flowers, too. This man has been one of the most consistent performers in the entire company in 2021.
Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky vs. Mustafa Ali, Mansoor and Jeff Hardy
Hardy teamed up with Mustafa Ali and Mansoor to battle Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky in a six-man tag team match.
Shanky and Ali started for their teams. The high-flyer hit a dropkick right out of the gate, but Shanky hit a sidewalk slam to ground him right away.
Mansoor tagged in but had an equally tough time dealing with the powerhouses on the other team. Hardy came in and took control of Mahal.
Ali tagged back in but only scored a two-count. Veer tagged in and ran Ali over with a running shoulder tackle before turning him inside out with a huge clothesline for the win.
This was a quick, somewhat uneventful six-man tag match, but it's hard to ignore how good Veer looked when he decimated Ali to score the pin.
WWE has been putting more effort into the Raw tag team division in recent weeks and it's starting to pay off. We have a couple of different storylines that have nothing to do with the tag titles, so it's a step in the right direction.
Karrion Kross vs. Jaxson Ryker
Karrion Kross backed Jaxson Ryker to the corner as they traded strikes. Kross taunted the former Marine and made him angry. Ryker fought back but was still taken down by a suplex.
He hit the Doomsday suplex before applying the Krossjacket submission for the win.
This was slightly better than the squash we saw with Lee and Tozawa, but not by much. It had less than a dozen moves between them before the finish.
Kross has upped his intensity but is still missing something without Scarlett by his side. Let's hope she shows up soon.
Riddle vs. AJ Styles
Randy Orton was on vacation this week, so Riddle had to go it alone when he took on AJ Styles with Omos in his corner.
Riddle took control and hit a Broton and a trio of gutwrench suplexes right away. The Phenomenal One sent him out of the ring and Omos stared him down before Styles hit a knee from the apron.
We returned from a break right as Riddle began to make a comeback. He hit a few elbows in the corner and a t-bone suplex. Styles hit a fireman's carry neckbreaker to stop him in his tracks.
Riddle ate a Pele kick before he nailed Styles with a knee to the face. Styles grabbed him and hit a pump handle gutbuster out of nowhere.
Styles took a hard fall when Riddle kicked his leg during a springboard. The Bro went for his finisher but Styles countered into the Calf Crusher. Riddle barely made it to the ropes.
The Phenomenal One hit the Styles Clash for the pin and the win.
This was a fast-paced, energetic match that allowed both men to use most of the moves in their repertoires. Styles looked especially on point with some of his offense.
It's clear WWE wants Styles and Omos to keep going after the Raw tag titles, which isn't a bad option right now, but there are other teams in the division who could spice things up by being included.
Riddle is annoying on the mic but the guy can go in the ring. He kept up with one of the best workers in the industry and looked good doing it.
Charlotte Flair vs. Doudrop (Raw Women's Championship)
Doudrop answers Charlotte Flair's open challenge for the Raw Women's Championship after picking up a few wins over her former ally, Eva Marie.
She knocked Charlotte down with a shoulder block and The Queen looked shocked. She knocked the champ down again and Charlotte fired back with a kick to the body. She couldn't lift Doudrop for a slam and got taken down by a backhand chop.
Eva's music hit and she distracted Doudrop long enough for Charlotte to get the win. Eva celebrated until Charlotte took her out.
This actually started out with promise. Charlotte was selling for Doudrop and making her look like a dangerous competitor, but Eva's interference cut things short.
If they had been allowed to have a real match with no shenanigans, this cold have been a career-making night for Doudrop. Maybe next time.
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE Championship, Steel Cage)
The main event of the night was a rematch from the opening bout, but this time, Lashley and Big E had to fight over the title inside a steel cage.
The All Mighty attacked Big E before he could even get in the cage. He rammed the WWE champion into the barricade and steel steps. He drove E's head into the ring post and hit him with the top of the steps.
We returned right as the match began. Big E caught Lashley running at him and hit the urinagi. He whipped The All Mighty into the cage a few times before Lashley bulldozed over him with a clothesline.
E avoided a Spear and hip tossed Lashley into the corner. The champ was able to avoid the Hurt Lock but wasn't able to counter a throw from the former champion. Big E stopped him from climbing out of the cage, but The All Mighty put him in a dragon sleeper over the top rope.
Big E was able to catch him again and slammed his head into the cage wall a few times. As he tried to climb, Benjamin and Alexander came out to stop him from escaping.
Woods and Kingston ran down to do the same thing to Lashley. They fought with Benjamin and Alexander at ringside until the show went to a break. We returned to see Lashley hit a superplex for a two-count.
Big E started to build up a head of steam with a trio of belly-to-belly suplexes, but Lashley drilled him with a Spear when he tried to hit a running splash. Every time Lashley tried to go to the cage door, Big E would grab him. The champ hit the Big Ending for another close two-count.
The All Mighty hit a huge spinebuster before he tried to climb out again but Big E followed. They fought on the top rope until the powerhouse of The New Day hit a Big Ending from the top for the win.
As he celebrated his win, Drew McIntyre came out on the stage and pointed his sword at the champion to indicate he wanted the next shot.
This match was awesome, and that came just two hours after they already had one of the best matches on the card. Big E and Lashley were made to be rivals.
The use of The New Day and Hurt Business was kept to a minimum and added to the drama of the situation. They were gone by the time the show returned from a commercial.
They might not be on the same brand after the draft, so if this is their final encounter, they made the most of it. This week's Raw had some ups and downs but the two matches that bookended the show made it worth watching.