Well, this is our last week before Hell in a Cell. What could we possibly expect in these final go-home episodes except more anger-building, relationship drama, and um, police? Yeah, that happened. Here’s our recap of everything that happened, plus the highlights and results from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for the week of September 10 through 13.
Raw – September 10
Strowman, Ziggler, McIntyre – The Dogs of War vs. The Hounds of Justice
We finally have a nickname for this heel trio! Well, kinda… Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre opened the show and recapped the devastation they wrecked on The Shield last week. Strowman told Reigns, “You have your hounds of justice… I have my dogs of war!” Clever, right? The heels claimed the balance of power in the WWE is shifting and Reigns can expect even worse at Hell in a Cell. Cue The Shield’s music. The faces came out with axe handles and cleared the ring of the other heels before staring down their Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre.
While “big dog hunting” backstage, the Monster Among Men trashed the place in search of Reigns. Meanwhile, The Shield were approached by policemen, though they avoided arrest this time when Constable Corbin intervened, telling them to drop the axe handles and leave the premises unless they wanted to go (back) to jail and be stripped of their titles. They appeared to acquiesce…
Reigns gets his Revenge
Strowman later closed out the show by calling Reigns out, promising to send him to hell at the upcoming PPV event. The two squared off and Strowman hit a Superman Punch and pounded Reigns into the video screen. Eventually Reigns took control and the champion hit Strowman with a Samoan Drop through the stage floor. Are we ready for a showdown for the title or what?!
Triple H responds to The Undertaker.
After The Deadman trash-talked Shawn Michaels and threatened Triple H in his promo last week, Triple H obviously had to come out and say his piece. The crowd got into it and the babyface hero promised, “Out of the last little bit of respect that I have left for you, Deadman, I will put you down.”
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre defeated The B-Team
The former tag team champs fought in this contractually-obligated rematch, but they had no luck getting their belts back from the very busy heel duo. Ziggler raked Bo Dallas’s eyes while the ref was distracted, and he and McIntyre hit their ZigZag-Claymore combo to win.
That’s when a supposedly “left the building” Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins ran out to attack. Corbin then confronted Rollins, who claimed it was the Constable who had them arrested last week with a falsified police report. The Shield appeared to threaten Corbin with an arrest of his own until he announced that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would be taking on Ziggler and McIntyre for the Tag Team Title at Hell in a Cell – Steph McMahon’s orders.
Kevin Owens defeated Tyler Breeze and explains his actions. After getting the win over Breeze with an apron powerbomb in a match that never officially started, KO explained what’s been going on with him these past couple of weeks. He said Corbin convinced him to come back and wrestle again after agreeing to Owens’s stipulation that he not be held accountable for his attacks. KO blames Bobby Lashley for his rage as of late because Lashley took out his old sidekick Sami Zayne (um, sure, that was months ago, but whatever). A crazed Owens promised everyone anarchy, agony, and destruction on Raw from now on.
Ronda Rousey & Natalya defeated Mickie James & Alexa Bliss.
For a final bit of hype before the Bliss and Rousey rematch at Hell in a Cell, we got to see a tag team sneak peek of both women’s moves on Monday. Bliss continuously mocked Rousey’s mannerisms and even tried an armbar on Natalya which almost backfired after Natalya rolled her up for a two-count. Bliss slapped Rousey, who responded all angry and fired up, sending Bliss running straight into a Hart Attack – a tribute to Natalya’s father. Despite her injured ribs, Rousey got the tapout using an armbar on James amidst “Ronda” cheers from the crowd. But her celebration was ruined with a kick by Bliss straight to those aforementioned hurt ribs. After the match, Rousey told everyone she wouldn’t back out of a match due to injury, “Because on my worst day, I’m still the best!”
Mick Foley interrupts Elias. Elias did his usual trash-talking of the host city, this time New Orleans, only to be interrupted by the legendary Mick Foley. He came out to reminisce about his bloody match with The Undertaker in the infamous Hell in a Cell match at King of the Ring 1998. Foley says he requested that Steph McMahon let him play a part, any part, in this year’s event. Turns out, Mick Foley will be a special guest ref inside the cell with Reigns and Strowman on Sunday!
Nikki Bella defeated Ruby Riott. Bella took out her anger on Ruby Riott in this match despite attempts at interference by the rest of the Riott Squad. Brie stopped Liv Morgan from meddling as Nikki turned a Riott Kick attempt into a fireman’s carry and then hit a Rack Attack 2.0 for the pin.
Authors of Pain defeated Ronnie Ace and Nathan Bradley. AoP defeats another unknown team. Yawn.
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode defeated The Ascension. This new tag team duo had a rematch against the team they beat last week. Yeah, they won… again.
SmackDown – September 11
Jeff Hardy defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match. Ahh, Nakamura makes his reappearance in the ring in an actual match rather than a sneak attack (how does he still have the US Title, btw?). Hardy used this chance to show just how ready he is to take on Orton at Hell in a Cell. As soon as he set up the Swanton Bomb on Nakamura, Orton appeared to sabotage him, knocking Hardy off the turnbuckle and out of the ring. Orton scooped up a steel chair as he pushed Hardy back in the ring and began his beating. Hardy stole the chair and gave Orton some of his own medicine, culminating in a Swanton Bomb.
AJ Styles and Samoa Joe had their final say before Hell in a Cell.
Both of these guys cut promos on Tuesday night. Styles says he’s known Joe for over 20 years and the guy knows how to push buttons, but Styles never thought he’d infringe on his family life. The Phenomenal One is going to show Joe that this is his house – and last week was only a taste. Joe returned the favor with a promo later that evening – backstage, he told a fairytale bedtime story entitled, “Night Night, AJ.”
Charlotte Flair defeated Sonya Deville. Lynch sneakily showed up to attack.
Earlier in the night, Flair said she was using this match to show Becky Lynch just how much she thrives on competition, unlike her former friend. While Deville (and her sidekick Mandy Rose) appeared to wear down The Queen, Charlotte quickly turned things around with a powerbomb followed by the Figure Eight for a tap-out win.
After the match, the champ began to pose for pics with some fans in the crowd when Lynch appeared disguised as a spectator, hitting Charlotte with the Dis-Arm-Her before officials could break them up. Later in the show, she told everyone she planned to break Flair’s arm before winning her title back on Sunday.
Rusev Day defeated The Bar for the Number 1 Contender Spot in the Tag Team Championship. Looks like Rusev Day will be facing The New Day at Hell in a Cell. Aiden English took a Brogue Kick from Sheamus for his partner. In turn, Rusev hit Sheamus with a Machka Kick for the pin.
Andrade “Cien” Almas” defeated R-Truth. Zelina Vega came out to pose with Almas, but Carmella showed up to pull Vega out of the ring and they began fighting outside, causing a distraction. This allowed Almas to roll up R-Truth for the pin.
Brie Bella defeated Maryse. After a bunch of pre-match trash-talking by Miz and Maryse, they attempted to back her out of this match. Bella, however, had other plans and rushed to push Maryse into the ring. Just as she was about to win using the Yes Lock, Miz interfered and caused the DQ. Bryan came out to attack him for touching his wife but was knocked down outside the ring. As the heel duo began to close in on Brie, Bryan regained enough composure to clothesline Miz and stand tall with his wife. Despite all this, is anyone actually pumped for this matchup on Sunday?
NXT – September 12
Tommaso Ciampa said he didn’t attack Aleister Black. The NXT Champ denied the attack on Black and said if he wanted to beat anyone, he’d do it in the ring.
Shayna Baszler defeated Violet Payne. Baszler displayed her wrath by defeating this lesser-known opponent with a sleeper hold. After the bell, she held on until Payne passed out, just to show you how vicious she is.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch defeated Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi. The duo got the win after a double-team DDT.
Lars Sullivan defeated Raul Mendoza. Sullivan shows he’s still got it with a win over the smaller Mendoza using the Freak Accident.
Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair ends in a no contest. The undefeated Belair stood out in her toughest NXT match yet, showing athleticism even as she struggled to get a three-count on Cross. Belair hit her infamous hair-whip and Cross locked on a sleeper, but Belair knocked them both to the ramp and neither of them responded to a ten-count from the refs. After a no contest was declared, they continued to brawl, both clearly angry at the result, but Cross ended the show with a dive off of the announcer’s table and a smile.