WWE Raw Report: Nikki Bella Breaks AJ Lee’s Divas Championship Record
This Raw is reported by Rajah.com, covering the highlights of the “Season Premiere” of the weekly show.
The show opens with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon hype up the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and WWE United States Champion Seth Rollins. Triple H says this Sunday at Night Of Champions, Rollins has an opportunity to cement his legacy forever, because he will defend the U.S. Championship against John Cena and the World Heavyweight Championship against Sting.
Stephanie McMahon then talks about tonight’s WWE Divas Championship match between Nikki Bella and Charlotte in a match where either Bella becomes the new longest reigning Divas Champion in history or Charlotte becomes the new Divas Champion.
HHH says that’s not the only history that will be made tonight because tonight in this very ring for the first time ever competing here tonight will be Sting, as he goes one-on-one against Big Show. He says with that in mind he has only one question for us, are we ready? No, he said …are ..we ..ready?! Stephanie says we better be ready because they’re making history tonight and it’s time to start with a championship match.
WWE Tag-Team Championships
– The New Day (c) vs. The Prime Time Players
The New Day’s music hits and then they come out to the ring clapping and dancing. When they get in the ring, Stephanie starts getting down big time and dancing with energy along with them. Triple H then decides to join them and the crowd pops. We head to a commercial break.
When we return from commercial break, The New Day is still doing their thing in the ring. Finally, The Prime Time Players’ music hits and out they comes. Titus O’Neil and Darren Young are in the ring now. The bell sounds and Darren Young starts things off for his team. Kofi Kingston starts things off for his, with Big E. on the apron and Xavier Woods shouting from the floor as usual.
Young gets in some offense, but both guys quickly tag out. Big E. pounds away on O’Neil but he fights his way out and slams Big E. down. Woods plays a sad note on the trombone. We see The Dudley Boyz watching on from backstage.
Young makes the hot tag and comes in on fire but Woods distracts the ref allowing Kingston to slam Young into the ring post. Big E. takes over and Woods talks trash and then grabs his trombone and plays away proudly as The New Day enjoys offensive control in this tag title contest. On that note (literally), we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from the break, we see The New Day still dominating the action. Woods grabs the trombone and starts playing the Pink Panther theme song, and he actually does a pretty good job at it. O’Neil grabs the trombone and Woods freaks out yelling that no one touches his trombone.
Back in the ring, Big E. drives Darren Young into the barricade and Woods plays another crowd-leading trombone, a baseball stadium sounding thing. Young finally gets his boots up on Kingston coming off the top, which buys him enough time to make the tag to O’Neil. Big E. tags in as well.
O’Neil takes the hot tag and is destroying everything that moves. He takes out Kingston and then blasts Big E. with a big boot to the face. He catches Kingston coming at him and nails him with a back breaker. He hits a splash in the corner on both Big E. and Kingston at the same time for the near fall.
Woods gets O’Neil’s attention, allowing Big E. to attack him from behind. He sets O’Neil up for a double team move. Kingston comes off the top rope. 1-2-3. The New Day wins and retains their titles. After the match, The New Day gets on the announce table and Woods plays the trombone. The Dudley Boyz come out to the top of the stage and staredown The New Day. After the match, we head to a commercial break.
Winners and STILL WWE Tag-Team Champions: The New Day
Backstage: The Authority & Seth Rollins
Backstage, we see Steph and HHH laughing and talking about HHH’s dance moves. In walks Seth Rollins laughing and complimenting HHH on his dancing. He also says they did a good job with Sting vs. Big Show. He talks about another problem and then they make John Cena vs. Sheamus for tonight. They tell him to relax and just focus on Night Of Champions.
Backstage: Renee Young With Ric Flair & Charlotte
Backstage, Renee Young introduces Charlotte and Ric Flair. Flair comes in smiling. She asks Charlotte about her match against Nikki Bella for the Divas title tonight. She has it has been her dream and she also wants to carry on her dad’s legacy. She says she knows she’s ready. Flair says he’s living his life through Charlotte. He puts over the Divas Revolution. They both do WOOO!’s to end the promo segment.
Paige vs. Sasha Banks
Paige’s music hits and out she comes with Becky Lynch. From there, we head to a commercial break. We will have Divas action in the ring when we return.
We return from the break and Paige is still finishing up her entrance. Out next comes Sasha Banks accompanied by Naomi and Tamina. It’s time for one-on-one Divas action between Paige and Sasha here on RAW.
The bell sounds and here we go. Paige charges right at Sasha but Sasha fights right back. Paige and Sasha go right after it straight out of the gate here tonight. Sasha finally seems to establish offensive control.
Paige goes for a flip onto Sasha on the floor but Tamina pulls Sasha out of the way. Sasha throws Paige back in the ring and gets her in the Bank Statement. Paige has no choice but to tap out. After the match, Team B.A.D. takes advantage of the numbers game, as Charlotte is backstage preparing for her match, and they attack Paige and Becky Lynch. They celebrate and pose as Paige and Becky are laid out. We head to a break.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Miz TV with The Wyatt Family
When we return from the break, after a quick Connor’s Cure vignette, The Miz welcomes us to Miz TV. He then introduces The Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Braun Strowman make their way down to the ring.
The lights go down and Miz tells them to make themselves comfortable. Wyatt sits down in a chair. Harper and Strowman throw the other two chairs out of the ring. Wyatt tells Miz not to sit down, he’s in danger. He tells him to go ahead with his interview.
Miz assures him he’s not Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose’s partner at Hell In A Cell (his words). Wyatt continues to mess with Miz. Miz tries to find out who Braun Strowman is but gets nowhere.
As Wyatt continues to talk, Roman Reigns’ music hits and out he comes through the crowd with Dean Ambrose. Miz looks at everyone and gets excited. He tries to squeeze in a quick plug for The Wyatt Family, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose on Miz TV, but Reigns beats him down and throws him out.
Reigns and Ambrose staredown The Wyatt Family. The fans break out in a “This is Awesome” chant. Wyatt calmly sits down. Reigns gets mad on the mic and tells Wyatt he’s gonna pay for taking out his cousin Jimmy Uso. Reigns says Wyatt likes to surround himself with monsters and while he tried to stop them from having a partner, they found one and at Night Of Champions it’s 3 on 3 and they’re gonna whoop their asses. We head to another commercial.
John Cena vs. Sheamus
When we return from the break, John Cena’s theme song hits and he makes his way to the ring on the season premiere of WWE Raw. After that, Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
It’s time for our next match here on RAW as Cena takes on Mr. Money in the Bank. The bell sounds and here we go. Cena establishes control and is full of energy here in the early goings, however Sheamus cuts him off. We head to a quick mid-match commercial break.
We’re back from commercial and Mr. Money in the Bank is still in clear control of the former United States Champion. Cena fires up again on offense and hits a big tornado DDT off the middle rope to turn the tide.
Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Sheamus avoids it, escapes and gets the STF on Cena. Cena finally escapes. Sheamus gets Cena over the ropes and pounds his chest with repeated forearms.
Finally, Cena fights back again and now he has Sheamus in the STF. Sheamus finally makes it to the ropes and breaks the hold. Now Cena has Sheamus’ chest and he blasts him with his own forearm to the chest spot.
Winner: John Cena
In-Ring Segment: Ryback & Kevin Owens
In the ring, Ryback cuts a promo in somewhat of a street clothes type of outfit. At least for him anyways. Out comes Kevin Owens to interrupt him. He has a book with him.
Owens says Ryback is the strongest guy in the locker room but also the weakest. He says it’s a disgrace to have someone like him as the current WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Finally, we get to the point of all of this. It is revealed that The Authority has approved a match between Owens and Ryback for the I-C title at this Sunday’s WWE Night Of Champions pay-per-view. We head to commercial break.
Neville & The Lucha Dragons Battle Comic Wasteland
When we return from the break, Comic Wasteland is in the ring, Stardust and The Ascension. Neville’s muisc hits and out he comes. Out comes his backup as well, The Lucha Dragons. All six guys slug it out.
WWE Divas Championship
– Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella (c)
Charlotte makes her way to the ring accompanied by Becky Lynch and Paige. Out next comes WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella accompanied by Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Lilian Garcia does the formal introductions for this match.
The bell sounds and here we go. Charlotte and Nikki tie up and Charlotte takes Nikki down to the mat. Charlotte lands some knees on Nikki. She tosses her around the ring. Nikki turns the tide and now she’s in control. Nikki is dropping some knees now. We head to a mid-match commercial break.
We return from the break and Nikki is working over Charlotte in the ring. Charlotte breaks free and blasts Nikki with some Ric Flair like chops. Finally, after Charlotte warms up and takes over, The Bella Twins pull “Twin Magic” and switch places. Charlotte ends up getting the win.
Charlotte starts to celebrate and an excited Ric Flair runs down to join in. Stephanie McMahon comes out, however, and reveals that Charlotte actually beat Brie. She says she must uphold the integrity of the division, so Charlotte wins by DQ but Nikki retains and breaks the record. Stephanie says there will be a rematch at Night Of Champions.
Winner via DQ: Charlotte (but still WWE Divas Champion: Nikki Bella)
Rusev vs. Cesaro
When we return from the break, Rusev’s music hits and out he comes with Summer Rae. Once in the ring, Cesaro’s music hits and out he coems for our next one-on-one contest here on the Night Of Champions go-home edition of RAW.
The bell sounds and here we go. Early on, both guys have their moments, but when the match settles in, Rusev takes over control.
Finally we get to the finish, which sees Dolph Ziggler come out and get involved with Summer Rae, giving her a gift outside the ring, leading to the Rusev distraction, which allowed Cesaro to score the victory. After the match, Ziggler took out Rusev.
Backstage: Rusev & Summer Rae
Backstage, Rusev is yelling at Summer Rae. He storms into the dressing room. Summer opens up the gift that Ziggler gave her and smiles. We don’t see what it is. Rusev yells for her to get in the dressing room. She does.
Backstage: The Authority & Big Show
Backstage we see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. In walks Big Show. She says all everyone is talking about is Sting wrestling his first match on RAW tonight but after tonight all anyone will be talking about his him. Triple H gives him his version of a little pep talk as well and Big Show walks off.
Big Show vs. Sting
When we return from the break, we see The Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, watching on from ringside. Out comes Big Show. Out next comes Sting. Lilian Garcia does the formal introductions, the bell sounds and here we go with Sting’s first ever match on RAW.
Sting and Big Show collide and Sting actually managed to gain the upper-hand early on. He gets Big Show in the corner for the ten punch spot. He plants Big Show with a big DDT coming out of the corner. The announcers, meanwhile, are selling nearly every accomplishment Sting has ever had in his life to sell the fact that him having his first ever match on RAW is a big deal.
As Sting hits a Stinger Splash on Big Show in the corner, out of nowhere, Seth Rollins rushes the ring and attacks Sting. The ref calls for the bell. Big Show joins Rollins in attacking Sting. John Cena runs down to the ring and throws Rollins out of the ring. He fires away at Big Show with punches and now Sting is up. Sting and Cena stand down Big Show and Rollins outside the ring as The Authority watches on.
Winner: No Contest
Sting & John Cena vs. Seth Rollins & Big Show
Triple H gets on the mic and says, “So, that’s how you wanna play, huh? We’ve had enough controversy.” He proceeds to make a tag-team match featuring John Cena and Sting against Seth Rollins and Big Show. Sting”s second-ever match on RAW takes place after the commercial break.
When we return from the break, the heels are in control as Big Show is dominating the action. Rollins tags in and takes over and now he is taking it to Cena, softening him up for this Sunday. He taunts Sting.
Big Show tags in and now he beats down Cena for a while. Rollins tags back in and gets right in Cena’s face and starts yelling and taunting him. He is now taunting the audience. He turns and talks trash to Sting as well. When he turns around, Cena clotheslines him down.
Rollins tags in Big Show and he scoops Cena up and slams him. He climbs up to the middle rope for a backwards-splash but Cena rolls out of the way. All four guys end up in the ring and Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop on Rollins. He puts Rollins in the Scorpion Deathlock. Rollins taps out. Sting and Cena wins.
Winners: Sting & John Cena
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