Following a wrestling full weekend having nothing to do with the WWE besides NXT UK, Raw was live on Labor Day last night. What was scheduled was plenty of action through the King of the Ring tournament and a possible Firefly Fun House segment. Here are the best moments of Monday Night Raw this week:
Raw Highlights: King of the Ring Night 5 Results
The quarterfinals of the King of the Ring finally kicked off last night with two huge matches that would decide the final two possible competitors on the Raw side of the bracket.
King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Cedric Alexander vs Baron Corbin
Before even getting to the ring, Cedric Alexander was attacked backstage by The OC as they were on a tear prior in the night and would not stop. Alexander’s shoulder was left injured but that would not stop “The Soul of 205 Live” from putting his all into the match to possibly win and move on. Baron Corbin was fresh into the matchup, which eventually would matter when he’d have enough despite the impressive showing on Alexander’s part to pull out the victory following an End of Days. This was yet another star making performance for Cedric, who had the crowd in the palm of his hand. For Corbin, the thoughts of “King Corbin” remain real.
King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Samoa Joe vs Ricochet
Someone would say the two favorites remaining on the red brand, Ricochet looked to slay Samoa Joe and move on in the King of the Ring tournament and face Corbin next week at Madison Square Garden. These two battled as the title of “King” was in the balance for both men. As the match came to a close, Ricochet would be on the top rope as Joe put on the Coquina Clutch. Ricochet would shoot himself back leading to both men hitting the floor and each having an arm on the other. The count would be made and fans were left confused. Referee John Cone would announce that Ricochet and Samoa Joe would both advance to the semifinals against Baron Corbin next week to decide who reps Raw.
Raw Highlights: The OC disposes of Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman
Both Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman were out to sign their contract to make their match official at Clash of Champions, but were instead met by The OC. AJ Styles made it clear he believes that it was his opportunity for the Universal Championship, not Strowman. This would all lead to a match between Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson against the tag team champions. It would be a quick one before the beat down of the champions began by The OC and eventually Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. They’d completely take them out, leading to Stone Cold Steve Austin making it clear he would moderate the contract signing next week so this does not happen again.
Raw Highlights: The Firefly Fun House Returns!!!
The Firefly Fun House returned and it seems that Bray Wyatt has officially challenged Seth Rollins or Braun Strowman for a match at Hell in a Cell. It would more than likely be the champion, but this led to “The Boss” of the Fun House asking how dare he challenge them and teased to fire Bray before Wyatt pulled money out of his pocket, saying look at what he has been making. He made it clear he would see all the fans in hell and this is yet another must-see segment by Bray Wyatt.
RAW MVP: Bayley
It was the main event that saw the special “Championship Showcase” match as the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions, Becky Lynch and Bayley, took on the WWE Tag Team Champions, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Shockingly, Sasha Banks came down to the ring and made the match end in DQ when she put down Becky Lynch as they prepared to clash at Clash of Champions. Banks would go and grab a chair to once again beat down Lynch like she did weeks ago. Bayley would roll back into the ring and rip the chair out of Banks’ hands trying to stop the carnage on Lynch. But then Bayley would look back at her best friend with a smile, leading to her wailing away on the back of Lynch as the show came to a close. Bayley and Sasha are back in cahoots once again and it should be glorious.
As the WWE prepares for the first live Raw and SmackDown shows at Madison Square Garden in a decade next week, there is one semifinal match set. Now just SmackDown LIVE tonight, so be sure to check back for the Rundown tomorrow morning.
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