The championship storylines for Clash of Champions received new boosts on last night’s episode of WWE Raw. We also witnessed two solid matchups of the King of the Ring quarter-final that declared not two but three semifinalists. Rey Mysterio came back from almost a retirement-like situation. Also, there was a shocking heel turn to end the show that took place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
WWE Raw opened with WWE Universal & Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman appearing in the ring. They were about to sign a contract for the Clash of Champions title match. WWE United States Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came out and demanded US and tag team title shots at the said PPV. Styles also tore up the contract leading to a brawl inside the ring.
Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson tag team contest was the opening contest of WWE Raw. Strowman and Gallows started the match after which Rollins took control of the match. AJ interfered to provide the distraction but Rollins sent him face-first into the apron. Rollins then rolled-up Anderson for the win. After the match, the OCs attacked Rollins and Strowman. Roode and Ziggler ran out to assist them as they hit a Magic Killer on Strowman where AJ hit the Phenomenal Forearm to put Rollins down.
Ryder and Ziggler stayed in the ring to compete in a tag team match against Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. Ryder took control of the match hitting knees in the corner and a missile dropkick to Roode. He went for the Ruff Ryder but Roode blocked it. Ziggler came in and sent Ryder out of the ring and delivered a Superkick on Hawkins. Roode followed up with a Glorious DDT for the win.
The next matchup on WWE Raw featured Natalya against Lacey Evans. The latter one was still making her entrance when Natalya ran out from the back and hit her with a shoulder block. Lacey recovered and took control of the match targeting the injured elbow of Nattie who came back with a pair of clotheslines and then the discus clothesline for a 2 count. Natalya approached for Sharpshooter but Evans sent her face-first into the middle turnbuckle and delivered the Women’s Right to get the win.
WWE Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch was out on WWE Raw to a huge pop from Baltimore crowd. She cut a promo on Sasha Banks who returned with a vengeance. After taking shot to The Boss, Banks interrupted her stating that Becky is on cloud nine only because Nia Jax broke her face. Then she challenged Becky to a title match at Clash of Champions which Becky accepted to set up the PPV title match.
The OCs attacked Cedric Alexander at backstage before he was out to compete in the King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match against Baron Corbin. Cedric still took control of the match with some offensive moves until Corbin ended up turning him upside down in the corner. He nailed a Deep Six for a near fall. Cedric came back with a Michinoku Driver but missed a top rope move before running into an End of Days to digest the loss. Corbin moved into the semifinal of KOTR tournament from WWE Raw division.
The Viking Raiders squashed a pair of local talents on WWE Raw hitting a mammoth version of Viking Experience.
The final match in King of the Ring Quarterfinal from WWE Raw took place between Samoa Joe and Ricochet. Joe controlled the match for the better part targeting the knees of his opponent. Joe continued punishing him with an Uranage and an Exploder Suplex out of the ring. Ricochet came back with a Blockbuster followed by a Shooting Star Press. Joe caught him with the Coquina Clutch on the top rope as both superstars fell to the mat and faded away. The referee later declared that Joe and Ricochet will keep their spots intact in the tournament. It will be Corbin vs. Joe vs. Ricochet in a Triple Threat in the semifinal.
The Miz competed in a matchup, next on WWE Raw against Cesaro. Cesaro kept control until Miz caught him with a neckbreaker out of nowhere. Cesaro came back hitting a Superplex but Miz nailed him with a DDT. Cesaro caught Miz with an Uppercut and went for the Swing. Miz blocked and hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the victory.
Women’s Championship Showcase Match was the main event of WWE Raw with the lineup of Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Becky Lynch and Bayley. Sasha Banks decided to show up on the ramp in the middle of the match to have a closer look. Lynch was controlling with Bexploder Suplex on Cross and unloading on Bliss in the corner. Banks ran down and attacked Bliss to disqualify the match. She unloaded on The Man with a chair but Bayley prevented her from doing so. Sooner Bayley turned on and attacked Lynch with chair shots to turn heel. The fans could not believe their eyes as Banks and Bayley joined forces to destroy Lynch as the show went off the air.
— WWE (@WWE) September 3, 2019
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