The season debut of WWE Raw marked a homecoming for several superstars. On Monday night, Brock Lesnar, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows all made unexpected returns; meanwhile, DeGeneration X returned for the group’s 25th-anniversary celebration.
Nine months after losing the WWE championship at the Royal Rumble, Lesnar assaulted United States champion, Bobby Lashley. Seth Rollins capitalized on the confusion caused by Brock Lesnar to win the U.S. championship and dodge Lashley’s instant wrath.
Gallows & Anderson returned to WWE after a two-and-a-half-year absence, teaming with AJ Styles to compete against their former comrade Finn Balor. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, and X-Pac were all there to commemorate 25 years since the inception of the DX faction.
All night long, CBS Sports provided recaps and highlights of all the action from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Bobby Lashley fighting a war on two fronts
Lashley was on his way to the ring to defend the U.S. championship against Rollins when he cut a promo reminding fans of the numerous superstars he has vanquished, including Lesnar. Lesnar makes his first WWE appearance since defeating Roman Reigns on July 30 at SummerSlam. Lesnar greeted Lashley with “Howdy!” before submitting the United States title with two F5s and a Kimura Lock.
Referees and other WWE personnel tended to Lashley, and it looked like his scheduled U.S. championship bout was at risk. Rollins enters the arena with visible injuries from his Fight Pit bout against Matt Riddle at Extreme Rules. Rollins urged Lashley to live up to his reputation as a fighting champion. Rollins infuriated Lashley by claiming that the champion, a former soldier, was a disgrace to the military and his nation. Contrary to the recommendation of ringside officials, Lashley consented to an instant championship bout.
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American Championship — Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley (c) via pinfall to win the championship after executing two Stomps. Rollins went on the offensive immediately against a severely weakened Lashley. After a Pedigree and a frog splash, the champion showed tremendous resilience and toughness by kicking out of near-falling positions.
Rollins’s rib injury slowed him down enough for Lashley to spear him, but it was not enough to secure the victory. Lashley succumbed to the harm caused by Lesnar, consumed two Stomps, and forfeited his U.S. championship. Backstage, Byron Saxton met up with Lashley. Lashley guaranteed that he would reach Rollins once he had dealt with Lesnar. The former U.S. champion challenged Lesnar to a match on Raw the next week.
Aj Styles gets some backup
Finn Balor and The Judgement Day presented Styles with an ultimatum earlier in the evening. After weeks of convincing Styles to join the organization, Balor desired a definitive response from his old buddy. Balor demanded that Styles either supported or opposed Judgement Day. Styles pretended to be loyal to Balor, informing his fellow Bullet Club alumnus that he needed allies before bending the knee, shaking Balor’s hand, and embracing him, ostensibly taking a part in Judgement Day.
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Instead, Styles was alluding to the return of Gallows and Anderson when he said “friends.” The O.C. reunited on Raw thirty months after being dismissed by WWE. The group fought with Balor, Damien Priest, and Dominik Mysterio of Judgement Day. The O.C. gained the upper hand and expelled the evil bunch.
Degenerate into something, fool
Triple H, Michaels, Dogg, and X-Pac reunited to kick off the first episode of Raw. Triple H, who was busy preparing the show Raw, admonished his Kliq to monitor their language and refrain from discussing their private parts. This was a reference to a 1997 segment in which Triple H and Michaels parodied a letter from WWE’s network partners requesting the company tone down its language and subject matter. There were jokes about suffocating the bird.
DX concluded the event in grand fashion. Following the main event, they arrived in a Jeep armed with a cannon. Before entering the ring, the group distributed glowsticks to the spectators. X-Pac takes a minute to remember their deceased DX teammate Chyna. Dogg modified his usual microphone routine by referring to the group as “DeGeriatric X” and enabled the audience to recognize current AEW star, Billy Gunn. The episode concluded with Triple H and Michaels’ respective DX catchphrases.
What happened on WWE Raw?
- Damage CTRL sat down for an interview with Saxton. While Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky spoke, Bayley merely glared at the camera in rage. Candice LeRae defeated Bayley by pinfall after a combination of pins. Damage CTRL attacked LeRae and Bianca Belair, who were attempting to create a post-match save.
- Dexter Lumis and Maryse invaded The Miz’s birthday party. Miz was presented with a baseball bat and enormous exercise balls, Maryse was covered in cake, and Miz departed the ring without his bride. Michaels and Dogg persuaded Miz to face Lumis the following week. If Lumis loses, he will be gone forever; if he wins, he will receive a WWE contract.
- In a handicap match, Omos defeated Joey Ace and Chico via pinfall.
- The show was interrupted by a video of Bray Wyatt saying, “Rejoice in who you are.”
- WWE has confirmed that Elias will return to Raw next week.
- The theory was defeated by pinfall after Johnny Gargano landed One Final Beat on his former student.