WWE Raw is live tonight from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Tonight will feature an historic first meeting between John Cena and Braun Strowman as well as Roman Reigns squaring off against rising star Jason Jordan.
Be sure to refresh your browser throughout the night for updates from all the action on Monday Night Raw.
The show opens with a moment of silence in memory of all those who died on September 11, 2001. From there, we toss to the intro video for Raw.
Commentary hypes up our events for tonight, including Brock Lesnar appearing and John Cena vs. Braun Strowman.
Enter Roman Reigns, he has a match.
Jason Jordan vs. Roman Reigns
Circling, Jordan excited but Reigns taking it calm and methodical as they head into a stand-off to let the crowd breath. Collar and elbow, stalemate, Jason goes low and the Big Dog fends him off. Waistlock, standing switch, Roman blocks the takedown and lands a big slicing right with a shake of his head! Another, backing Kurt Angle’s biological son into the corner, then passing him face-first, corner-to-corner.
Body blows and punches to the face back Reigns off but he drops Jordan with a return punch, corner lariats, Jordan counters into a belly to belly suplex! Shoulder thrusts, returning the smash to the turnbuckles, kicks to the gut, a jab, Jason with an Irish whip, another, Roman taking the buckles hard but coming right back with a lariat.
Back to the corner lariats, seeing them through to completion this time, off the ropes, Mafia kick, calling for the Superman Punch… Jordan catches the arm and takes him down into an arm-trap crossface! The Big Dog makes the ropes and has to take a breather as we go to break.
Back from the break and Reigns has regained control. Reigns works Jordan around the ring as we see Cena backstage watching again. Reigns sends Jordan hard into the corner. Jordan shows frustration now. Reigns with a suplex for a 2 count. Reigns locks in a side headlock. Jordan fights out but ends up running right into a Samoan drop.
Back to the chin lock by Reigns. Jordan fights back to his feet and backs Reigns back into the corner. Reigns tries another boot but Jordan destroys Reigns with a capture suplex. Reigns tries another Samoan drop. Jordan reverses it and lands a huge clothesline for a near fall. Reigns and Jordan trade strikes. Jordan floors Reigns after a dropkick. Reigns kicks out. Jordan tries another belly-to-belly but Reigns escapes. Jordan grabs Reigns and hits a Saito suplex. Running corner spear by Jordan. Rolling northern lights suplex for a long two count by Jordan. Jordan goes for a gator roll and transitions into the cross face. Reigns eventually gets to the ropes.
Jordan tries another corner spear but Reigns moves out of the way. Jordan eats nothing but ring post. Jordan falls out of the ring. Reigns hits the drive by, the Superman punch, and lastly the Spear for the win.
Welcome to #TheBigDog‘s yard, @JasonJordanJJ! #RAW @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/WreLN8m4A5
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 12, 2017
Winner: Roman Reigns
Backstage, Charlie asks John Cena if he has anything to say about Reigns win tonight. Cena says he does and he is going to say it to Reigns in the ring right now. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Reigns is waiting in the corner while his music plays. John Cena’s music interrupts and out he comes as fans sing their own version of his theme song.
Cena says he is interested in what Reigns has to say. Last week, Reigns said that Cena lost a step because Jordan took him to the limit. Tonight, Reigns almost lost to Jordan as well. Cena tosses Reigns a mic and tells him to try to keep it to one or two sentence… maybe just still with “I’m THE guy” or “this is my yard.”
He mocks Reigns. Reigns says he was out here having a great match, something Cena would know nothing about. Reigns says he’s had more great matches in 2 years than Cena has had in his whole career. Reigns asks what Cena has to say about that. Cena says he loves it because Reigns makes this easy for him. All Cena has to do is come out and let Reigns talk. Cena says we can’t pin this one on him – Reigns is burying himself.
Cena goes on and says Reigns is like a one-man centipede with his head buried up his ass. Cena says Reigns actually thinks he runs the place because no one has cut him down to size yet. Cena says that’s why he is here. Cena goes on and says he comes out week after week to give Reigns a chance but he keeps failing and that is not what The Guy does. Cena says Reigns should have done his homework before dragging his sorry ass out here. If Reigns is The Guy, he will dust himself off and show Cena something at No Mercy. Cena says looking at him now, No Mercy will be a cake walk. Cena turns to leave but Reigns tells him to bring his b—h ass back.
.@JohnCena definitely got the last word in his heated exchange with @WWERomanReigns on #RAW… pic.twitter.com/YirrOiyBda
— WWE (@WWE) September 12, 2017
Reigns says Cena is usually the one getting called out but he wonders why Cena came to RAW to call him out. Reigns says maybe it’s because Reigns is selling the tickets that Cena hasn’t sold in years. Reigns goes on and says WWE can make it without Cena. WWE doesn’t need Cena, Cena needs WWE. Reigns says Cena needs WWE because he can’t break into Hollywood. Reigns says if Cena needs help, he knows a guy – an apparent reference to The Rock. Reigns says Cena can’t back up whatever he’s going to spin. Cena says he’s about to fight fire with fire, putting it into words even Reigns can understand. Cena tells Reigns to consider him to be alike a drug test at No Mercy… Reigns can’t pass him. Cena drops the mic and leaves as his music plays.
Sasha Banks vs Emma
Emma sends Banks into the corner. Emma stomps Banks. Banks chops Emma, then hits a rope walk arm drag. Banks sets up the leaping double knees but Emma slides out of the way. Banks knees Emma in the face. Banks hits the ropes but Emma obliterates her with a clothesline. Nia Jax’ music hits and she walks out to the stage. Jax walks over to Bliss at the commentary desk. Bliss looks like someone took a poop in her cereal.
We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Emma has Sasha down in the middle of the ring. Emma gets up and hits the gutwrench suplex for a 2 count. Emma keeps control but Sasha rolls her up for a 2 count. Sasha ends up driving Emma face first into the turnbuckles. Sasha with more offense and a dropkick now.
Sasha sends Emma flying with scissors. Emma fights back in the corner and turns Sasha upside down in a Tree of Woe. Emma unloads as the referee warns her. Emma launches herself at Sasha while she’s upside down. Emma with a 2 count. Sasha ends up applying the Banks Statement out of nowhere for the win.
Just like a ??, @EmmaWWE nails @SashaBanksWWE with the suplex as she looks to impress on the road to #WWENoMercy! #RAW pic.twitter.com/Bw8g9xsQlQ
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 12, 2017
Winner: Sasha Banks
WWE Universal Champ Brock Lesnar Holds Court
Advocate Paul Heyman says his job is to sell us on something that in his opinion has already been sold. At No Mercy, Lesnar will defend the Universal Championship against the single most worthy challenger for the title, Braun Strowman. For the first time since Lesnar faced Undertaker, Lesnar is the underdog. Heyman runs down all of the times Strowman has gotten on over on Lesnar. Strowman can’t just win the Universal title, Strowman will have to take the Universal title from Lesnar. This situation reminds Heyman of when Lesnar destroyed everyone in 2002 on his way to the WWE title.
Is the FIGHTER, @BrockLesnar, READY for @BraunStrowman at #WWENoMercy? Maybe not after tonight… #RAW @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/AcInZJPcln
— WWE (@WWE) September 12, 2017
Heyman asks Lesnar if he is ready.Heyman tells Strowman to get to the ring so they can fight. Strowman’s music hits and Strowman power walks to the ring. Strowman gets in the ring and Lesnar tries to German suplex him. Strowman fights out of it and drives Lesnar into the corner. Strowman picks up Lesnar for a power slam. Lesnar reverses it and German suplexes Strowman clear across the ring. Lesnar celebrates but Strowman pops right up to his feet. Lesnar turns around and Strowman is standing right behind him. Lesnar looks like he has seen a ghost. Strowman grabs Lesnar by the throat and chokeslams him. Strowman lifts Lesnar off the mat and running power slams him. Strowman puts his foot on Lesnar’s chest and poses with the belt. Strowman places the title on Lesnar’s chest and pats it three times.
Goldust vs. Bray Wyatt
We go to the ring and out comes Goldust. Bray Wyatt appears on the big screen. Wyatt says he’s been watching Goldust for some time now. He used to think Goldust was bizarre and different but now he thinks he’s just afraid. Afraid to take off his paint and show the world the man that lives underneath. Wyatt says Goldust has so many insecurities he wishes the paint would dry for good. Just like Finn Balor, the paint is nothing more than your power, your weapon to protect you from the truth because without it, you’re just a mortal. All Goldust can do now is… run. Wyatt blows out the lantern and makes his way to the arena.
Godust boots Wyatt in the face. Wyatt rolls to the outside. Goldust follows and levels Wyatt with a clothesline. Back int he ring, Goldust hits the ropes but Wyatt surprieses him with a lariat. Wyatt misses a running senton. Wyatt charges Goldust but Goldust moves out of the way. Wyatt tumbles to the outside. Goldust crushes Wyatt with a rolling senton off the apron. Jackknife cover by Goldust. Wyatt kicks out. Wyatt hits a low cross body block. Wyatt hits Sister Abigail for the win.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
After the match, Wyatt stands tall as we go to replays. Wyatt takes a rag and starts wiping the paint off Goldust’s face as fans boo. Wyatt yells about Goldust being just a man, calling the fans idiots. The music interrupts and out comes Finn Balor. Wyatt retreats to the floor but Balor tells him to bring it. Wyatt taunts Balor from the ramp as Balor looks on from the ring.
Charly Caruso is backstage with Sheamus and Cesaro, asking about tonight’s match with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and if it distracts them from the title shot at No Mercy. Sheamus says they see Gallows and Anderson as more of a threat than the champs. Cesaro says they don’t like them and they will win tonight but there’s no denying Gallows and Anderson are a team. They knock Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, and say the real test for them will come at No Mercy when they bring the full weight of The Bar down on them. They go on to predict the champs will throw each other to the wolves when the pressure is on at No Mercy. They walk off and we go back to commercial.
Sheamus & Cesaro vs Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Back from the break and out comes RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose for commentary. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson are out first for the match. Sheamus & Cesaro are out next. They turn to the champs and talk trash from the stage. Rollins & Ambrose get up and a brawl breaks out on the stage. Gallows & Anderson rush up to join the fight. Sheamus, Cesaro, Gallows & Anderson beat down the champs before turning on each other. Ambrose & Rollins get back into the mix. Officials are out to try and separate the teams.
Winner: No Match
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw because Raw is three hours long.
Dean and Seth are backstage with Kurt Angle, demanding a match with “those guys” tonight. Kurt asks which guys, and Ambrose wants all of ’em! Angle says he’s not putting his champs in danger like that, but he’ll make them an eight-man if they can find partners. Dean offers up his pals Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse but Kurt specifies he needs real people and they head off to go looking.
Commentary hypes up Raw signing a hot free agent, and we get a video package for Asuka! It informs us that she’s “coming soon”, and we cut to Nia Jax in the locker room, shaking her head. Alexa Bliss is next to her ready to kvetch about another woman coming to steal their thunder. It’s the Alexa and N– no, the Nia and Alexa show, and at No Mercy it should be a singles between the two of them, it’d be a classic for the ages.
She recounts how they got to a four-way and calls it a hot mess before saying that she doesn’t think Angle appreciates that they’re best friends. Jax says they’re not best friends and Bliss apologizes for slapping her last week, playing it like her emotions got the best of her and for not going to Kurt Angle.
Nia says she might be willing to go back to being friends, but Bliss might not want to after she hears that she went to Kurt and got that one-on-one match for next week.
The Drifter is drifing along backstage as we go to break.
Elias vs Kalisto
Kalisto hits a few leg kicks. Elias tries to push Kalisto across the ring. Kalisto cartwheels out of it. Kalisto sends Elias out of the ring. Topé con hilo by Kalisto. Kalist tosses Elias back into the ring. Kalisto kicks Elias in the gut. Elias rolls out to the apron. Elias snaps Kalisto’s arm into the ring apron. Elias stomps a mudhole in Kalisto in the corner. Clothesline by Elias. Standing arm bar into a wrist lock by Elias. Elias grips Kalisto’s shoulder for added pressure. Kalisto gets to his feet and manages to roll up Elias for another two count. Rope walk DDT by Kalisto. Kalisto attemptes a hurricanrana but Elias counters it into a “YUGE” power bomb. Elias hits his finisher for the pin fall.
John Cena vs. Braun Strowman
Back from the break and out comes John Cena. Cena is fired up as he tells his opponent to come on. The music finally hits and out comes Braun Strowman for his first match with Cena.
The bell rings and they stare each other down, Cena from the corner. Cena charges but Braun immediately shoves him out of the ring. Cena looks concerned on the floor. He re-enters the ring but takes his time sizing Braun up. They lock up and Cena goes for a headlock. Braun pushes Cena off the ropes and floors him with a shoulder. We see Roman Reigns watching backstage as Braun splashes Cena in the corner.
Braun works Cena around the ring and keeps control. Braun stands on Cena at the bottom rope as the referee warns him. Braun stands tall with his back to Cena as the referee checks on Cena. Cena ducks a clothesline and nails a dropkick to stun Braun. Braun comes right back with a big dropkick of his own. Braun stands tall and yells out at Cena backs into the corner. Braun charges and splashes Cena in the corner again. Braun overpowers Cena and yells at the crowd about Cena being their hero.
The #MonsterAmongMen @BraunStrowman shows NO MERCY as he PLANTS @JohnCena! #RAW #CenavsStrowman pic.twitter.com/ZXWdbRai07
— WWE (@WWE) September 12, 2017
Cena fights back again and goes for an Attitude Adjustment but he can’t get Braun up. Braun clubs Cena back to the mat. Braun keeps control and beats on Cena in the corner. Braun charges but Cena gets his boots up. Braun catches Cena in mid-air and hits a big fall-away slam. Braun stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Braun continues to dominate Cena. We see how Braun sent Cena into the steel steps during the commercial. Cena manages to dump Braun over the top rope now but Braun keeps control. They bring it back into the ring and Cena goes for the AA but Braun collapses on top of him for the 2 count. Braun charges in the corner but misses. Cena with a side slam. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Braun jumps up and nails a big spinebuster for a 2 count. We see Reigns backstage watching the match.
Cena keeps fighting and goes for another AA, nailing it this time. Braun rolls out of the ring to avoid the pin. Fans do dueling chants for Cena now. Cena ends up running around the ring but Braun jumps up with half of the steel steps and drives them into Cena’s face. Cena goes down at ringside. Braun places part of the steps in the ring as the referee warns him. Braun brings Cena back into the ring while he’s dazed.
Braun scoops Cena and hits a big powerslam on top of the steel steps for the disqualification.
Winner: John Cena Via Disqualification
After the bell, Braun stands tall and poses over Cena. Braun stands on the steps and raises his arms as his music hits. We see Reigns backstage watching again as Braun mocks Cena with the “you can’t see me” gesture. Charly Caruso approaches Reigns for comments on what just happened. Reigns says The Monster didn’t show Cena any mercy but neither will he. Reigns walks off as we go to replays as Braun continues to stand over Cena.
Miz TV With Guest Enzo Amore
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Maryse, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. The ring is set up for another must see edition of MizTV.
Miz welcomes us to MizTV. Before he introduces his guest, he and wife Maryse have a special announcement that will change WWE forever. Miz says he and Maryse have been thinking long and hard about how they want to announce this special news, and they wanted to do it in WWE where they first met. Maryse announces that they are expecting their first child. A big “yes!” chant starts up as they kiss. Miz says unlike Kurt Angle, he will be there for their child from day one. To honor their little miracle, he has prepared a speech on fatherhood. The music interrupts and out comes tonight’s guest, Enzo Amore.
Enzo does his introduction and hits the ring. Miz points out how he just interrupted a deeply personal moment between he and his wife. Enzo says he came out to celebrate. Miz goes on about how Enzo and Big Cass were the next big thing when they came to RAW but look at Enzo and his big mouth now. Miz mentions Enzo being kicked off the WWE tour bus and out of the locker room. Miz says Enzo didn’t choose to bring his personality to the cruiserweight division – there was just nowhere else for him to go because nobody on the RAW roster can stand him. Miz says that’s a lot coming from him. Miz goes on and he’s upset about Enzo interrupting the biggest moment of his life. Miz sees so much talent in Enzo but he keeps making mistake after mistake and he’s tired of it. Miz says Enzo won’t be able to go to WWE 205 Live and hang with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who works on his craft. Miz says Enzo is just worried about hanging with third-rate rappers. Miz goes on and says Enzo no longer has a 7 foot tall meal ticket, people see he’s nothing but a con artist with a couple of catchphrases now.
Enzo fires back and says Miz copies everyone in the back, including Ric Flair. Enzo says he is original but Miz is just a carbon copy of others. Enzo says he’s going to No Mercy to win the WWE Cruiserweight Champion but he has no problem coming back to RAW to beat The Miz, who is nothing but a paper champion. Miz laughs at the idea that he’s a paper champion. He asks fans if they think he’s a paper champion and a “no!” chant briefly starts up. Miz asks Enzo if he really thinks he’s championship material because if he was, his best friend would not have abandoned him. Enzo says he may not have a lot of friends but he has the two things he needs to fight Miz right now. Miz says Enzo has no idea what he’s getting into. Miz is going to show Enzo how to walk, talk and act like a champion. Miz is going to dedicate his victory to his unborn child. Enzo says he will apologize to the baby when its born but Daniel Bryan was right… there’s only one word to describe Miz and he’s going to spell it out. We go to commercial with Miz staring at Enzo.
Enzo Amore vs. The Miz
Back from the break and the match is underway. Enzo retreats and goes to the floor early on, taking a shot at Miz’s in-ring action by saying it’s straight-to-DVD. Miz eventually gets the upperhand and talks trash into the mic while he works Enzo over on the floor.
Miz brings Enzo back in and goes to the top with the mic. Enzo hits the top rope and crotches Miz. Enzo talks more trash on the mic, telling Miz’s unborn kid to ask, “who’s ya daddy?” Miz gets upset and unloads on Enzo. The Miztourage gets involved for the disqualification.
Winner: Enzo Amore Via Disqualification
The Miztourage destroys Enzo and beats him down at ringside. They bring him back into the ring and Miz stands over him as a “who’s your daddy?” chant starts. Miz picks Enzo up and drops him again with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz stands tall with Maryse in the ring as his music plays.
The Hardy Boyz, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins vs Anderson, Gallows, Cesaro, and Sheamus
As soon as the bell rings a brawl breaks out. As the ring clears, Jeff double legs Cesaro and leg drops him low. Matt tags in and eats an uppercut from Cesaro. Sheamus tags in and picks up Matt for a slam. Matt counter and attempts the Twist of Fate. Matt sends Sheamus over the top rope. Cesaro sprints towards Matt but Matt sends him to the outside as well. The Hardy Boyz hit poetry in motion over the top rope onto Cesaro and Sheamus. After a short break, Anderson sends Ambrose over the tope rope. Ambrose hooks the top rope and lands on the apron. Cesaro tries to attack him but Ambrose stikes Cesaro first. Ambrose turns around and gets obliterated by a big boot from Gallows. Gallows stomps Ambrose in the corner. Sheamus tags himself in. Sheamus and Cesaro kick Ambrose in the gut. Sheamus and Cesaro double clothesline Ambrose, then pose. The heels trap Ambrose in their corner and take turns beating Ambrose down. Back suplex/neck breaker combo by Anderson and Gallows.
We go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Ambrose is legal on Anderson, backing him in the corner with chops. Whip across, Karl gets an uppercut and tags Gallows in, but Dean is ready for him with a series of strikes. Luke passes him to the apron and lays him out with a superkick that knocks him all the way to the barricade!
Stumbling, Big Hoot pulls Dean back in, another superkick gets a nearfall and he shoves him into the corner for body blows and a tag to Sheamus. Quick tag to Cesaro, the Bar keeping their teamwork tight to work Ambrose over, double lariat and the Celtic Warrior locks a reverse chinlock on. Dean out with a headbutt, kitchen sink knee lift in return, Gallows gets tagged back in.
Corner avalanche, tag to Andreson, back suplex / neckbreaker combo, overhead elbows and Machine Gun locks a reverse chinlock of his own on. Near escape, tag to Cesaro, double headbutt, only two and back into the chinlock, Cesaro all over Ambrose, constantly looking for the best leverage. Dean reverses to a backslide, looking for the tag but the Swiss Superman blocks, Sheamus clears the apron, spike White Noise… The heels are looking strong.
Matt Hardy late to clear the pin and he’s put into the barricade for his trouble, Anderson tags in with a big uppercut but Dean floats over on a suplex. Dirty Deeds denied, jackknife pin gets a nearfall, swinging neckbreaker, he has that separation but Gallows tags in and clears the apron! Magic Killer blocked, pendulum lariat connects, Sheamus in, sunset flip, sidestep the charge but Ambrose is slow to capitalize.
Cesaro in, back suplex, Dean lands on his feet, low bridge… Rollins tags in for the save. Karl legal as well, Seth ducks the lariat, back elbow up on the charge, diving blockbuster connects, up and over to the apron, forearm smash, fending an attack from behind off, suicide dive on Gallows! Enzuigiri for Anderson, springboard clothesline follows, Avada Kedavra… BIG HOOT BREAKS IT UP!
Twist of Fate from each Hardy in turn on Luke, the Bar looking to retreat up the ramp but they head back towards the ring, enough of a distraction for the ripcord knee and Dirty Deeds…Rollins hits a lateral press for the pin and the win.
Good brother @KarlAndersonWWE‘s block just got BUSTED courtesy of @WWERollins! #RAW #8ManTag pic.twitter.com/peFamfZTOb
— WWE (@WWE) September 12, 2017
Winners: Dean Ambrose, Hardy Boyz, & Seth Rollins