By Steven Flora
Alexa Bliss reclaimed the Raw Women’s Championship by defeating Sasha Banks on Raw, but her post-match celebration didn’t exactly go as "The Goddess" had planned. Also on Raw, John Cena and Roman Reigns had a heated war of words that must be heard to be believed!
Nia Jax makes a HUGE statement
WWE Raw Women's Championship Match: Alexa Bliss def. Sasha Banks to become the new Raw Women’s Champion
The Brooklyn Curse may have been broken, but Banks fell victim to yet another bit of bad juju that has dogged her: losing the Raw Women’s title in her first defense.
This time, Bliss dethroned The Boss in their SummerSlam rematch to become a two-time Raw Women’s Champion, though Bliss certainly isn’t about to saunter into the sunset unscathed. The Boss was firmly in control of the bout and well on her way to fulfilling a pre-match promise to make Little Miss Bliss tap out, despite having taken a couple of strong forearms to the face. But the wily Alexa bounced Sasha gullet-first off the top rope and planted her nemesis with a brutal DDT for the win. Winner: Bliss (c).
Sasha’s night wasn’t over, as Nia Jax made her way to the squared circle to congratulate Alexa before splashing The Boss in the corner and hoisting Alexa on her shoulders. That said, Alexa’s night wasn’t over either, as Nia backdropped Bliss off her shoulders and held the Raw Women’s Title over her head. Alexa might call that rude. But she should know, when it comes to the title, there’s no such thing.
Side Note: Really good match and really nice to see the Raw Women's Championship match being placed in the main event, really gives it that importance along with that BIG-FIGHT-FEEL. Alexa winning again did not make sense and I would've liked to have seen Sasha keep it for a while. However, after Nia came out and destroyed Alexa, it all made sense. Nia Jax has been chomping at the bit to face Alexa Bliss but clearly she sees through Alexa's lies and deceit. Maybe this is the time for Jax to take control of the Raw Women's division.
Cena & Reigns show NO MERCY!
How do John Cena and Roman Reigns really feel about each other?
Slated to do battle at WWE No Mercy, the two Superstars made their match official and tore each other to shreds on the microphone, with Cena knocking Reigns as a “protected,” “corporately created” knock-off of Cena himself.
Reigns replied by labeling Cena as a “part-timer” who maintains his position by holding down young talent who might one day surpass him, while Cena got the last word by proclaiming he was only still around because Reigns hadn’t stepped up enough to take his spot and he was a better “part-time” Superstar than Reigns was as a full-timer.
The two managed to sheathe their fighting words long enough to put pen to paper, but the arrival of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, looking for an easy win against the two warring opponents, briefly forced them to side together for an impromptu tag match.
Side Note: This is the best segment of 2017 … HANDS DOWN. BOY WAS IT INTENSE!!! Cena absolutely slaughtered Reigns, even when he forgot his lines: “It's called a promo kid, if you're gonna be the big dog you need to learn how to do one.” This was so epic and I'm excited as hell to see this match. Cena for the W!
Jeff Hardy meets The Miz next week for the Intercontinental Championship
Over-The-Top Battle Royal: Jeff Hardy eliminates Jason Jordan to become the No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship
Last week, and again in Raw’s opening moments, The Miz laid out, in blistering detail, why the Intercontinental Champion should be given the same respect as the likes of John Cena and Roman Reigns. Well, ask and you shall receive.
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle responded to The A-Lister’s latest tirade by assuring Miz the Intercontinental Championship would be defended at No Mercy and sanctioning an on-the-spot Battle Royal to determine a challenger for The Awesome One himself on next week's Raw.
Luckily for Miz, Bray Wyatt showed up out of nowhere to eliminate the surging Finn Bálor down the stretch, leaving his henchmen Bo Dallas Curtis Axel a clear path against Jeff Hardy, Elias and Angle's son, Jason Jordan. But after Jordan turned the tables and expelled both Elias and The Miztourage, The Charismatic Enigma tossed Jordan to win the contest. So, the good news is Miz is bound to get his spotlight. The bad news, at least for him, is who he’ll be sharing it with. Winner: Jeff Hardy.
Side Note: A COMPLETE swerve I have to say. I knew the Hardy's had plans of going solo after their tag team run, but boy that was quick (probably because of The Revival's injury). The Miz has been great for such a long time now, if he dropped the title, I wouldn't be mad, only if he got a shot at the Universal Title, as he deserves it. As for Jeff, I don't think he'll win next week but it will definitely intrigued a vast amount of the WWE universe.
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar addressed Braun Strowman
Last week, Braun Strowman was named as Brock Lesnar’s challenger for the Universal Title at No Mercy. And lest you think The Beast Incarnate forgot about Strowman putting him through two tables at SummerSlam (and brutalizing him once again the night after SummerSlam), rest assured he did not.
Lesnar, making a surprise appearance with Paul Heyman, even went so far as to snatch the mic from his advocate’s hands after Heyman’s latest sermon, sending a distinct, if brief, message to his challenger: “Suplex City, b****.” Brock Lesnar may be a man of few words, but he certainly makes them count.
Side Note: Good segment, not great, mostly because Heyman kept talking and talking and talking and talking. Lesnar is definitely a man of few words but boy was that intense when he dropped those three words. With this match, Cena and Reigns and Jeff and Miz, No Mercy 2017 is gonna EPIC!
Emma gets ANOTHER chance
Yet another confrontation between Emma and Mickie James led to a rematch of their competitive bout from a couple weeks back, this time with a unique stipulation: If Emma won, James would tweet anything Emma wanted. If James won, Emma could never claim to starting the Women’s Revolution ever again.
The Australian Superstar seemed to have learned from her narrow loss because she defeated James in short order by stacking her up in a sunset flip. And, as per the wager, Emma grabbed a microphone, backed her way up the ramp and triumphantly claimed she started the Women’s Revolution. Mickie didn’t seem too thrilled, but to the victor go the spoils. Winner: Emma.
Side Note: They are completely doing Emma wrong here. Making her out to be a whiner and a complainer is one thing but that theme tune needs to be buried FAST.
Other notable moments
Southpaw Regional Wrestling comes to Memphis: Elias might be the “Elvis of WWE," but don’t think for a second he runs things in Memphis. Jerry “The King” Lawler interrupted Elias’ planned homage to Elvis Presley to introduce a local legend he thought could give Elias a run for his money: Southpaw Regional Wrestling veteran “Impressive” Pelvis Wesley. Unfortunately, Wesley didn’t stand much of a chance against Elias, who cut off his shaking, rattling and rolling with a boot to the gut and Drift Away in short order.
Enzo Amore vs. Noam Dar: This week, having officially made weight, Muscles Marinara made his official Team Purple debut, taking on Noam Dar in his maiden voyage into the Cruiserweight division. Enzo nearly got himself disqualified for excessive aggression, but he rallied back nonetheless, dispatching Dar outright to bring his Cruiserweight record to 1-0. Winner: Enzo Amore. In the backstage area, however, the ever-confident Neville seemed unimpressed with Amore’s successful debut or the challenge he posed. Safe to say The King of Cruiserweights isn't buying the hype just yet.
John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. John Cena and Roman Reigns made their No Mercy bout official by putting pen to paper, but ironically, they might have some miles left in them as a tag team. No sooner had the two Superstars sealed the deal for their Sept. 24 dream match than Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson showed up, spoiling for a fight. Unsurprisingly, Cena & Reigns weren’t exactly a well-oiled machine when it came to team chemistry, and it was anyone’s guess as to whether they could even co-exist against the former Raw Tag Team Champions. As it turned out, they could. Reigns tagged in to bail Cena out of a bind, and the two ended up hitting a simultaneous Attitude Adjustment to Gallows and Spear to legal man Anderson to both win the match and, perhaps, give each other a taste of things to come. Winner: Roman Reigns & John Cena.
Cesaro vs. Raw Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins. Rollins has been jaw-jacking with The Usos all weekend, but he and Dean Ambrose might have a far more present danger to worry about, as The Kingslayer fell to Cesaro in a singles match that pitted one-half of the Raw Tag Team Champions against one-half of the tandem they defeated to win the titles. And it’s all because of the other half of that tandem, as Sheamus forced Rollins to take his eye off the ball by swiping at the ropes while The Architect was preparing to fly. While Ambrose scrapped with The Celtic Warrior on the outside, Cesaro uncorked a home-run uppercut to Rollins that put him down for three. The only person who was happier than Cesaro about the win was Sheamus, who challenged Ambrose to a match on the spot. Winner: Cesaro.
Raw Tag Team Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus. It’s a split series for the current and former Raw Tag Team Champions, as Dean Ambrose knocked off Sheamus just moments after The Alabaster Gladiator’s impromptu challenge to The Lunatic Fringe. The Celctic Warrior was riding high after Cesaro scored a win over Seth Rollins, and The Lunatic Fringe quickly showed his foe that his eyes were bigger than his stomach. Through a series of impressive reversals (that tornado DDT!), some gritty perseverance through a banged-up back and an assist from Rollins — who bailed his partner out of White Noise behind the ref’s back — Ambrose planted Sheamus with Dirty Deeds for the 1-2-3. Winner Dean Ambrose.
Overall Raw Rating: B
Things to look forward to next week
What's next for Emma? #EmmaStartedTheRevolution
How will Sasha Banks bounce back after her championship loss?
Who will cave into the pressure … Cena or Reigns?
Can Strowman conquer the Beast Incarnate?
Is The Miz's IC title run numbered?
What's next for the golden boy Jason Jordan?