The September 23rd, 2019 edition of WWE RAW took place at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA.
– The broadcast starts with the usual WWE logo intro video, except this time it’s warped and The Fiends’ face appeared in it.
– WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins comes out to the ring to kick off tonight’s show. Rollins gets on the mic and says he’s seen a lot of things in his 7 years in WWE, but he never felt like he did last week. Rollins says he was beat down by five guys, and then when he wakes up, the living embodiment of a nightmare is staring him in the face. Rollins says now he has to defend his Title against The Fiend, and he will do what he always does, survive and prevail. Rollins talks about surviving and prevailing against Braun Strowman, and then Strowman’s music hits and The Monster Among Men comes out to interrupt. Braun steps in the ring and gets in the ring. Braun says that Rollins should be defending the Title against him, and not Bray playing with puppets. Seth seems to challenge Braun, and Braun tells him that tonight he’s going to get these hands.
– Back from the break, Michael Cole informs us that Rollins vs. Braun has been officially booked for later tonight. It looks like it’s a non-Title match.
– The Viking Raiders vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson: AJ Styles is at ringside. The OC comes out with a new entrance song and Titantron graphics. Erik starts off working over Anderson, and then Ivar tags in for the double team. Erik tags back in for another double team, as he slams Ivar on top of Anderson. Erik applies a shoulder lock on Anderson now, until Anderson fights out and tags in Gallows. Gallows hits a back suplex on Erik for a one count. Gallows follows up with elbow drops and right hands to the face. Erik breaks free and tags in Ivar. Ivar trades strikes with Gallows now, until AJ causes a distraction and Gallows kicks Ivar in the head. The ref saw it and he ejects AJ from ringside. As AJ is heading to the back, Cedric Alexander meets AJ on the stage and they brawl to the backstage area. Meanwhile in the ring, Ivar fights back against Gallows, and Erik gets the hot tag. Erik cleans house now, then Ivar tags back in for the double team. Gallows tags back in and The OC hits the Boot of Doom on Erik for a two count. Anderson tags back in and they look for the Magic Killer on Erik now, but Erik escapes and tags in Ivar. Ivar cleans house and then the Raiders hit the Viking Experience on Gallows. Erik hits a dive on Anderson at ringside, while Ivar pins Gallows in the ring for the three count.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
– Michael Cole informs us that he’s going back to the locker room for a sit-down interview with Becky Lynch.
– Robert Roode is backstage for a brief interview where he talks trash about Seth Rollins, and points out that he has already pinned Rollins on the night he and Ziggler won the RAW Tag Titles from Rollins and Strowman.
– Still to come: Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House
– Michael Cole is backstage for a brief interview with Becky Lynch where they talk about her upcoming Title defense at Hell In A Cell.
– Rusev vs. EC3: Rusev starts off with some big strikes on EC3, and he applies The Accolade shortly after for the win via submission after a very short match
– Rey Mysterio cuts a brief promo backstage about his time in this business. He says tonight’s match is dedicated to his son Dominic.
– Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross: Bayley and Alexa Bliss are both at ringside for this one. Sasha backs Nikki into the corner early on and puts the boots to her. Sasha wastes some time taunting Alexa at ringside, which leads to Nikki firing back with strike.s. Sasha rolls outside for a breather. Back in the ring, Nikki and Sasha trade holds and pin attempts on the mat. They fight back out to ringside where Sasha slams Nikki down on the ramp. Back in the ring, Sasha hits a stomp and a double knee strike in the corner. They fight out to ringside and Nikki slams Sasha down on the floor. Back in the ring, Nikki pins for a two count. Sasha fights back with a side suplex for a two count of her own. Sasha knocks Nikki out to ringside and looks for a baseball slide kick, but Nikki blocks it and pummels on Sasha. Bayley causes a distraction but Nikki drops her. Back in the ring, Nikki looks for a cross body on Sasha, but Sasha blocks it. Sasha applies the Banks Statement on Nikki, and Nikki taps out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
– Alexa gets in the ring after the match, but Sasha drops her too and puts her in the Banks Statement. Sasha and Bayley leave together.
– AJ Styles is backstage complaining about Cedric Alexander to Gallows and Anderson. Gallows and Anderson reaffirm that Cedric is not in AJ’s league.
– Next week: Brock Lesnar returns for the Season Premiere of RAW.
– The Street Profits are backstage hyping up next week’s RAW Season Premiere. The Miz interrupts. Miz talks about his wife Maryse giving birth to their new kid, a healthy baby girl. He says unlike Mike Kanellis, he knows who the father is. Miz also announces he’ll be hosting the biggest Miz TV ever next week, with his guests Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
– Ember Moon vs. Lacey Evans: Ember starts off strong with a big boot to the face of Lacey for a two count. Ember hits a springboard cross body off the middle rope for a two count. Lacey fights back with a sligshot dropkick that sends Ember out to ringside. Back in the ring, Moon fires back with kicks of her own. They grapple on the ropes, then back in the ring Lacey catches Ember in the Sharpshooter. Ember taps out for the finish.
Winner: Lacey Evans
– Natalya does an interview in the back where she talks about Lacey using her finishing move, The Sharpshooter. She says Lacey hasn’t perfected it yet, ahd she’s going to Tape Lacey out.
– It’s time for Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House. Bray hangs up a picture of Kane and then another blank picture. He talks to the pig puppet and rabbit puppet, who have a Seth Rollins action figure, and they say they’ve become huge fans of him. Bray breaks the Seth action figure, “yowie wowie.” Bray gets serious and stares in the camera, then smiles and waves and says “see you in Hell.”
– Back form the break, 24/7 Champ R-Truth and Carmella run into the ring, and a mob of wrestlers chase them. Carmella yells to please stop chasing them, and she says they’re sick of everyone chasing them for his Title. Truth tells Carmella it’ll be okay and hugs her, and then Carmella rolls up Truth for the three count. Carmella is now the 24/7 Champion, and Truth seems fine with it and celebrates with her. Suddenly, several female wrestlers run out and chase Carmella and Truth through the crowd.
– Sasha Banks and Bayley are backstage talking trash about Bayley. Sasha says she’s not concerned about Becky, she’s only concerned about getting back what’s hers.
– Sami Zayn is backstage giving Shinsuke Nakamura a pep talk, but Nakamura tells him to clam down and he goes into deep throat.
– Baron Corbin vs. Chad Gable: Baron Corbin comes out in his King Of The Ring crown and outfit. Corbin cuts a brief promo on Gable before the match and makes some height jokes. The opening bell sounds and Gable starts off with right hands, but Corbin fires back and shuts him down with an elbow to the head. Gable fights up and throws Corbin down, and Corbin rolls outside for a breather. Gable slides outside too, but Corbin drops him and throws him into the ring post. Corbin throws Gable over the barricade onto the floor, then takes him back in the ring. It sounds like Renee asked Michael Cole if he was “talking sh*t” on commentary. Corbin misses a shot in the ring, and Gable capitalizes with a flying cross body off the top. Corbin fights back now and hits a running splash on Gable in the corner. Corbin misses a shot and Gable fires back with some rolling kicks on Corbin. Gable goes up top, but Corbin stops him and hits a back suplex. Corbin looks for a chokeslam, but Gable reverses into a sunset flip for a two count. Corbin fights back and connects with the chokeslam this time for a two count. Corbin goes to the middle rope and misses a shot, and Gable fires back with a German suplex Gable follows up with a moonsault off the top for a two count. Corbin comes back and looks for the Deep Six, but Gable escapes. Gable puts Corbin in the ankle lock. Corbin grabs his King Of The Ring scepter and nails Gable with it to break the hold. The ref calls for the DQ.
Winner via DQ: Chad Gable
– Corbin beats down Gable after the match, then poses with his crown.
– We see a promo from Akam and Rezar, the Authors of Pain, similar to the ones we’ve seen in recent weeks. Suddenly, they get up out of their seats and walk out of the room. They find some people in the hallway to beat up. The camera cuts and we see them sitting back in front of their black background. They say that’s why everyone is scared to fight them.
– Ricochet does an interview at the Gorilla position where he says tonight is a huge opportunity for him, and he’s going to prove that superheroes can be real.
– Fatal 5 Way Elimination: Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Robert Roode vs. AJ Styles vs. Ricochet: The winner of this gets a shot at the Universal Title next week. Sami Zayn is at ringside in Nakamura’s corner. The opening bell sounds and Roode immediately rolls out to ringside. The fight starts spilling out to ringside, and then AJ starts going at it with Ricochet in the ring. Nakamura drops AJ outside, and then Ricochet nails Nakamura with a boot to the head. Rey comes in and takes out Nakamura, then goes at it with Ricochet. Roode comes in now and takes out Rey, then Ricochet hits the Recoil on Roode. Nakamura runs in and hits the Kinshasa on Ricochet. Nakamuara pins Ricochet for the three count, and Ricochet is now eliminated.
Nakamura takes out AJ now, then Rey drops Nakamura and hits the 619 on him. AJ drops Rey, then hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Nakamura for the three count. Nakamura is eliminated now.
Roode runs in and takes out AJ, and hits the Glorious DDT out of nowhere for the three count on AJ. AJ is now eliminated. Roode drops Rey. Rey fights back and looks for a shot off the top, but Roode blocks it. Rey breaks free and then hits the 619 on Roode. Rey follows up with the frogsplash for the three count to win.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
– Rey wins to advance to face Seth Rollins for the Universal Title next week.
– We go backstage to an interview with Seth Rollins. Rollins says Rey earned his opportunity and put up a hell of a fight tonight. Rollins says it’s a dream match with him and Rey, but Rollins still also has to worry about Braun Strowman, and Bray Wyatt, but it is what it is, because Rollins is on top of the mountain with the Universal Title.
– Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman: Seth starts off aggressive, but Braun grabs him and slams him down. Braun continues the offense and sends Seth out to ringside. Braun runs around the ring and looks for tackle Seth, but Seth leaps out of the way. Seth jumps off the fan barricade towards Braun, but Braun catches him and headbutts Seth. Braun takes Seth back in the ring and hits a splash in the corner. Braun misses a shot, and Seth starts working over Braun’s knee now. Seth hits a superkick for a two count. Braun misses another shot, and now Seth hits the Blockbuster on Braun for another two count. Seth dumps Braun outside and hits a suicide dive on him. Seth looks for another dive on Braun, but this time Braun catches him, and then chokeslams Seth on to the ring apron. Braun runs around the ring now and tackles Seth on the ringside floor. Back in the ring, Braun picks up Seth, but then the lights go out and we hear The Fiend Bray Wyatt’s sound effects play. The lights flash and we see The Fiend giving Braun the mandible claw. The Fiend crawls over to Seth and gets in his face, and Seth looks scared. The Fiend goes back to Braun and puts him in the mandible claw again. The Fiend crawls over to Seth and looks at him again, and then the lights go out and we just hear Bray laughing over the speakers.
Winner: No contest
– RAW goes off the air with the screen black and the sound of Bray Wyatt laughing.