Whoa, it’s almost time for some action down under. The WWE Super Show-Down is scheduled for October 6 in Melbourne and this week continued to develop the rivalries, the buildup, and the hype for the international event. Here’s our recap and the results of WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for the week of September 24th through 26th.
Monday Night Raw – September 24
The Shield Speaks
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins took to the ring to remind everyone about their championship wins and all-around greatness. Constable Corbin showed up to book them into a six-man tag team match for later that night against mystery opponents. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre also appeared to play a few mind games, saying that “disposable” Dean Ambrose could break away from his group and win the Intercontinental Championship if he joined the self-proclaimed Dogs of War. They hinted that The Shield was just using Ambrose, but the babyfaces didn’t flinch, continuing to stare down their rivals to end the segment.
Backstage, Ziggler renewed his offer to Ambrose, telling him if he changed his mind later to just give him the signal during the main event and his guys would take it from there…
Finn Balor defeated Jinder Mahal
This match was an attempt to hype a future Mixed Match Challenge with Bayley and Alicia Fox paired up with these guys. Balor and Mahal took turns controlling things before it was all over with. Bayley stopped an interference by Sunil Singh and Fox by using a Bayley-to-Belly Suplex, and Balor took advantage of this moment to roll up Mahal and get the pin. An angry Mahal knocked around Singh before remembering to invoke his methods for finding inner peace.
The Riott Squads defeated Natalya and the Bella Twins
After her mistreatment at the hands of The Riott Squad last week, Natalya and the Bella Twins were looking for a little revenge. Rousey wasn’t in the building this week though. Brie (legitimately) kicked Liv Morgan in the face once, and the babyfaces hit a three-way suplex on the Riott Squad. Natalya tried to nail Sarah Logan with a Sharpshooter, but Ruby Riott sneakily tagged herself in and got the pin off of a Riott Kick for a surprising win.
Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated The Revival.
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder tried to get some revenge of their own for that sneak attack by the heels on Raw a couple weeks back. They controlled early on, but Wilder made a misstep that ended with him slamming into the steel steps. The heels zeroed in on him until Dawson tagged in. He almost took control – to the delight of cheering fans – and there were many near falls in this one, but the heels ended things as usual with a Claymore/Zig-Zag combo on Wilder for the pin.
The Shield defeated Baron Corbin and AoP
Corbin revealed his partners for the mystery tag team match, the Authors of Pain, and the Dogs of War came out to watch this six-man battle. The Shield took a lot of punishment from Akam and Rezar, and as the crowd chanted “Dean,” Ambrose helped carry the team (obviously showing that he is not, in fact, disposable). He got a two-count on Corbin and knocked him out of the ring. Ambrose then barely escaped an End of Days by Akam. Each member of The Shield hit their big moves – a Superman Punch by Reigns, the Stomp by Rollins, and the Dirty Deeds by Ambrose, but Reigns eventually got the win off a Spear. And there you go, AoP finally appeared in a real match…
After the bell, Ambrose sat in the ring appearing to seriously contemplate the heels’ offer to join their side, but he eventually rushed into the arms of his teammates and joined hands with The Shield.
Bobby Lashley defeated Elias via DQ. The Kevin Owens Show had Elias and Lio Rush on stage for a brief chat and some heckling before Lashley came out for this brief match. Things ended in a DQ after KO chased Rush around the ring, tripping Lashley in the process. Elias and Owens targeted Rush in the ring and, again, Lashley saved his little manager. Next week, Lashley will battle KO… finally.
Nia Jax defeated Alicia Fox. Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, and Mickie James all appeared ringside for this match. Fox controlled until Jax finished her off with a Samoan Drop.
Konnor defeated Chad Gable. Despite a distraction from Bobby Roode, Gable wasn’t able to connect a moonsault and Konnor got the 1-2-3 following a gut-wrench suplex.
SmackDown – September 25
“Truth TV” and The Miz vs. R-Truth
Instead of an episode of Miz TV, we got “Truth TV” – R-Truth and Carmella (a newly dyed brunette) in the ring with Daniel Bryan as their special guest. They asked him about his upcoming match down under with Miz, but we didn’t really get an answer due to the mandatory seven-second Truth TV dance break. The Miz showed up to say he’ll always win because he’d do anything to beat Bryan and get to the WWE Championship. An angry R-Truth then banned the Miz from his show for life.
Backstage, an annoyed Miz tried to get Truth TV canceled so he could get Miz TV back. Instead, general manager Paige booked a match between Miz and R-Truth for that night to decide which show would prevail. It didn’t come to much, since The Miz beat Truth with a Skull-Crushing Finale and running knee, taunting Bryan as he finished the match.
Rusev Confronts Aiden English.
Rusev told his wife Lana that he just wanted some answers from his former Rusev Day partner after last week’s attack. In the ring, the two of them recalled the betrayal by English last week, and his former friend came out to answer his questions wearing a “Happy Aiden Day” shirt. He explained that Lana ruined the brand and then insinuated that something shady might have happened between the two of them, asking Lana, “Are you gonna tell him about that one night in Milwaukee?” Later backstage, we heard English say that he’ll provide some video evidence next week…
Becky Lynch defeated Lana. Lana started out heated but Lynch is just way too much for her. She hit Lana with the Becksploder and Dis-Arm-Her for the win. Why even bother with this one?
Asuka and Naomi defeated Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Asuka took a lot of punishment in this match but she ended things with a double roundhouse to Deville while the Ilconics sat ringside providing commentary.
Tye Dillinger defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via DQ. Still not a match for the title, Nakamura was on the losing end of this one for much of the time. Randy Orton interfered, causing the DQ, stomping on Dillinger and hitting him with a DDT before Nakamura joined the beating with a Kinshasa.
Sheamus defeated Big E. Another singles match between The Bar and The New Day. And another loss by The New Day. Sheamus won with the Brogue Kick.
Samoa Joe goes to AJ Styles’s family home
Styles came to the ring to sign his contract but Samoa Joe didn’t show up. Instead, we saw Joe appear on the big screen, apparently at the Styles home (after weeks of threatening to show up there). Despite Styles pleading with him not to enter the house, the show ended as Joe rang the doorbell saying “Daddy’s home.”
NXT – September 26
The GM is still looking for Aleister Black’s attacker. Undisputed Era arrives.
William Regal reminded us that he’s still investigating this one. The Undisputed Era came out to say he shouldn’t be spending his time on solving this mystery and instead tell them what he’s gonna do about the War Raiders attacking them. Regal says it’s kinda suspect that they’re interrupting him when he’s on the subject of Black, but Adam Cole denied any wrongdoing before suggesting he should get a rematch with Ricochet. Regal okayed the match but threw in Pete Dunne too. That triple threat will happen in two weeks.
Lars Sullivan defeated Victor Orchant via DQ. Sullivan was dominant throughout and he was clearly on the road to winning this squash match when EC3 attacked him causing the DQ.
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Otis Dozovic. The NXT Champion took a beating in this match, with Dozovic doing a lot of fighting outside the ring, using his size to his advantage, and getting a couple of two-counts. Eventually though, Ciampa hit a draping DDT followed by another for the win.
The Mighty defeated The Street Profits. These two feuding groups finally met up and the heels targeted Montez Ford’s knee. Shane Thorne eventually rolled him up for the pin.
Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne. The NXT Women’s Champ finished Borne with an Insane Elbow. Baszler showed up to halt the celebration, asking Sane for a rematch at Evolution which she promptly accepted.