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WWE Monday Night RAW – Labor Day Edition
Century Link Center – Omaha, NE
September 4, 2017
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In case you missed the news, Corey Graves will be joining the Tuesday night SmackDown Live commentary team going forward. Thankfully, Graves will also remain on the RAW team.
John Cena defeated Jason Jordan aka Kurt Angle’s (not so) legitimate son. This is the best Jordan has looked since he’s come to RAW.
Roman Reigns comes out to confront Cena. Cena once again buries his promo skills, calls him fake, says he doesn’t respect him, and maybe he has to beat sense into him. Whether creative wrote Cena this dialogue or he is winging it a bit, it’s clear this storyline is meant to challenge Reigns and take him to the next level. I’m just not so sure pointing out all of Reigns real flaws will do the trick, but the Reigns vs. Cena match at No Mercy should be great. Reigns dares Cena to beat him up right now. Cena doesn’t oblige and Reigns says Cena is fake — and that’s why he doesn’t respect him.
Still to come: Braun Strowman vs. Big Show in a steel cage match and The Miz vs. Jeff Hardy in an Intercontinental Championship match.
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose come out to do guest commentary during Sheamus and Cesaro’s match. Rollins and Ambrose vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for the RAW Tag Titles is official for No Mercy.
Cesaro and Sheamus defeated former SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno. Solid glorified squash.
Jeff and Matt Hardy discuss the title match with Miz. Jeff says it’ll be pretty cool to win the gold for his daughter and after 25 years of wrestling and ups/downs, he’s ready to be champion again. Matt warns the Miztourage to not get involved. Matt was showing shades of his BROKEN character.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the title. Miz was about to eat the Swanton Bomb before Maryse nudged him from ringside to move out of the way. Hardy goes splat and takes a Skull Crushing Finale, giving Miz the surprisingly clean pin. Miz gets a much-needed strong victory for his credibility. As great as Miz is on the mic, WWE needs to do right by him in the ring in order to keep him as a valuable character.
We get highlights of Nia Jax turning on new WWE Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. For some strange reason, this leads to the announcement of Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the title at No Mercy — with no Jax.
Right on cue, Jax confronts RAW GM Kurt Angle about not being in the No Mercy title match. Emma interrupts the two by discussing TWITTER and how she was TRENDING. This dialogue is cringe, but I do love Emma finally getting some semblance of a push. Angle has to restrain Jax from attacking Emma and books them as a team vs. Banks and Bliss. If Jax and Emma win, they are added to the title match at No Mercy, making it a fatal four way.
Michael Cole tells us the cage and ring have been reinforced specifically for Strowman vs. Show. We get a look at highlights of their last match featuring the ring breaking.
Enzo Amore, Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik defeated Noam Dar, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak. Amore poked Gulak in the eyes when the ref was distracted and won with the Jordonzo aka Eat Defeat. Amore still blows away most of the roster on the mic. Give him credit for making 205 Live a hell of a lot more interesting.
Alexa Bliss complains to Sasha Banks backstage. Banks says they’ll win tonight and she’ll tap her out at No Mercy.
Nia Jax and Emma defeated WWE RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks. Emma stole the pin from Jax on Banks. The announcers’ verbiage was so fake during this match with them clearly not being allowed by Vince McMahon to say “title shot.” Instead, they kept say “CHAMPIONSHIP OPPORTUNITY.” They’ve done this before, but good lord, was it annoying here.
Bliss vs. Banks vs. Emma vs. Jax for the RAW Women’s Championship is official for No Mercy.
Charly Caruso interviews Braun Strowman backstage. Strowman says Kurt Angle books him in a steel cage match with Big Show, but Brock Lesnar gets to head into No Mercy unscathed. He reminds us last time they wrestled, the ring was destroyed and promises to end Show tonight.
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose defeated Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a non-title match with Sheamus and Cesaro at ringside.
I will completely skip over the useless dialogue Bray Wyatt provided backstage while Finn Balor was in the ring. Long-story short, the Wyatt character’s relevance is deader than dead. Wyatt vs. Balor 3 is official for No Mercy.
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman defeated Big Show. Much like the previous matches, it’s evident these two have shockingly great chemistry. Highlights include Big Show hitting a flying elbow on Strowman and Strowman kicking out of the choke slam. Crowd loves this match. I hope you do too.
Big Show tries to escape, but gets knocked down back into the ring. Both guys selling the exhaustion of this battle. Strowman superplexes Show, but the ring stays intact! Strowman then hits a running powerslam for the win. After the match, Strowman says Show’s fate tonight will be Lesnar’s future at No Mercy. Strowman tells Show “it’s time to the pasture, old man” and powerslams him through the steel cage wall! Holy doodlesquat!
Braun Strowman needs to be WWE Universal Champion and frankly, should probably be “The Guy” in the spot the company has tried to groom Reigns for the last three years.
Overall, a somewhat dragging, but engaging RAW with a great main event en route to a deceivingly awesome PPV card in a couple of weeks. Go out of your way to watch Cena-Jordan, Miz-Hardy, and especially Strowman-Show.
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