RAW Takes 9/20/21
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
All the action from this week’s episode of RAW
On the September 20th edition of Monday Night RAW, we celebrated a new champion in a big way.
First, we got to start the show with the advertised 6-man tag match between the New Day vs. the Bloodline. This was their first match together in a year. Then, as a surprise edition that no one saw coming, the show's main event was a huge WrestleMania-sized, triple-threat match between the Almighty Bobby Lashley, the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, and the newly crowned Champion Big E.
Here’s a look at the highlights of the night.
6-Man Tag Match
The night started with a brief championship celebration for Big E, but after a few thanks, he made it clear that they weren't out there for a celebration. They were there for a fight. Out comes the Bloodline, led by Roman Reigns. These three came ready for war. The match itself was main-event caliber, so I imagine most fans were surprised when it started the show.
The loudest pop came when the two champions, who were outside the ring for most of the match, finally came face to face. Big E more than held his own and looked like the champ he now is. Victory, however, fell to the Bloodline as a vengeful Bobby Lashley attacked every man he could get his hands on, laying out nearly everyone in the match—including both the champions.
Usually, I might be against run-in interference to such a big match, but in this case, it worked wonderfully. Lashley let everyone know he's still a beast and isn't letting the gold go without a fight. Thus, setting up for the new main event.
Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles
The next match was a good singles competition between Randy Orton and AJ Styles to continue the rivalry between their respective teams. Both men looked strong, with Orton playing his face role well and Styles getting good heat from the crowd.
This was a fun back-and-forth match, and a good come down after the 6-man bout we had just seen. The segment beforehand between Matt Riddle and Orton was hilarious as well. There was good development for Orton, who seems to be warming to Riddle, seeing him as a friend and not just a tag partner.
Shayna Baszler vs. Nia Jax
I enjoyed the match between Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. But I felt that this could have been saved another week for Extreme Rules, given the finish. Regardless, I enjoyed it despite its short length.
There might be big plans for Shayna in the future. The emotions on her face highlighted her return to her brutal arm-snapping ways. She didn't want to fight Nia during the match and was even more conflicted after. She didn't want the match and didn't want to do what she did, but she made her choice. No matter how bad she feels, she knows there's no going back.
I don't know what this change may indicate for Shayna, but I am excited to see where she goes next.
Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus
Next up is Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus. Many fans have been frustrated with the company's usage of the charismatic enigma over the past few months. After finally giving him a noteworthy match last week against US Champion Damien Priest, they kept Hardy's momentum going by giving him a shot to enter the title match at Extreme Rules by beating Sheamus.
It was a good match, and Hardy was as great as ever—earning his spot in Sunday's match and making it a triple threat for the US Title.
Finally, we have the colossal Triple Threat main event. Before Big E won the Championship last week, I would have preferred that Lashley held the gold into Survivor Series against Roman. The two bring such heavy auras and are each a powerful presence. I was getting more excited for this match as the year progressed. But after the performance of Big E with these two titans, I fully believe that he deserves the gold.
Still stewing from the 6-man earlier in the night, all three men were ready for war and fought like it was WrestleMania. Lashley continued to fight like the champion he was, eager to show he still ran the show. Roman showed the other two his power, and Big E never missed a beat— standing toe to toe with both men and showing that he has earned his spot.
Between Lashley remaining dominant despite losing the WWE Championship and Roman making his presence known on the red brand, I'm excited to see what's in store in the weeks to come.
I can't help but wonder what kind of implications this might have for both brands moving forward, but I am excited to find out.
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