14th Sep2021

WWE Raw – Sept 13th 2021: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Phil and we’ve got a surprisingly well-telegraphed appearance by Big E on the red brand in a MitB cash-in opportunity… and they say WWE isn’t counter-programming AEW!

Match #1: Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair def. Shayna Baszler

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Shayna Baszler set out to prove herself against Charlotte Flair after appearing to bury the hatchet with Nia Jax. The Queen of Spades gave the Raw Women’s Champion a run for her money, but further miscommunication with The Irresistible Force gave way to another Flair victory when The Queen hit Baszler with a big boot. Following the encounter, Alexa Bliss made her presence felt with a gift for Flair, a Lilly-esque doll she called “Charly.” The mind games led The Queen and Little Miss Bliss into an all-out brawl culminating with Bliss hoisting Flair’s Raw Women’s Title high above her head.

My Score: 3 out of 5 – A decent women’s match for WWE… until that ending. A distraction finish took away everything that came before it IMHO.

Match #2: Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders def. Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky

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Drew McIntyre joined forces with Erik & Ivar for a massive Six-Man Tag Team Match against Jinder Mahal and his cohorts, Veer & Shanky. The Scottish Warrior and The Viking Raiders proved to be a formidable trio and finished off their mission in the form of a Claymore by McIntyre on Shanky to earn the victory.

My Score: 1 out of 5 – Technically this was a squash. Jinder and co. didn’t get a look in.

Match #3: United States Champion Damian Priest def. Jeff Hardy

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After having his United States Championship Open Challenge answered earlier in the day by Jeff Hardy, Damian Priest came ready for the fight. The Archer of Infamy and The Charismatic Enigma went back-and-forth all while Sheamus looked on from the announce table. Priest retained his title after connecting with Reckoning and managed to stave off a post-match attack from The Celtic Warrior by nailing Sheamus with his very own Brogue Kick.

My Score: 3 out of 5 – Hey, at least Jeff Hardy is in an actual wrestling match and not p*ssing around with the 24/7 Championship. To be fair this is probably the best match Hardy has had in about two years. At least.

Match #4: Nikki A.S.H. def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Tamina

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Stemming from a heated backstage altercation, Nikki A.S.H. set out to vanquish her latest villain, Tamina. The Almost Superhero slugged it out with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion and earned a stunning win for the former Raw Women’s Champion over Tamina. Tamina didn’t seem to be done with A.S.H. after the bell, however, slamming The Almost Superhero hard into the barricade on the outside of the ring.

My Score: 1 out of 5 – This was the anithesis of the women’s match that opened Raw. A waste of Nikki’s talents.

Match #5: Rhea Ripley def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Natalya

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The Nightmare was fired up heading into this one-on-one showdown with the other half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. After a highly competitive matchup, Nikki A.S.H. returned to the scene with an assist, resulting in a submission victory for Rhea Ripley over Natalya.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5 – Wow. This was a cracking match between two women that know what makes for good wrestling. It was a shame we got some interference as it knocked the match quality down a notch. But this is WWE, so there’s that…

Match #6: AJ Styles, Omos, MACE & T-BAR def. The New Day, Mansoor & Mustafa Ali

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A massive Eight-Man Tag Team confrontation saw Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods join forces with Mansoor & Mustafa Ali to take on the squad of AJ Styles, Omos, MACE & T-BAR. The action was high-octane and culminated when the colossal Omos decided to take matters into his own hands, dropping Mustafa Ali with a vicious two-handed Chokeslam to get the win for his team.

My Score: 1 out of 5 – Good god, what has AJ Styles become? He seems a shadow of his former self. Hard to believe this guy carried an entire wrestling promotion on his shoulders at one time. Now he’s just “generic WWE wrestler #7”.

Match #7: Doudrop def. Eva Marie

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Doudrop finally got her one-on-one match against Eva Marie, and her night almost took a turn for the worse when she was poked in the eye by her opponent. The miscue by Eva, however, led to Doudrop absolutely demolishing the Eva-Lution leader, defeating her former mentor after hitting a devastating crossbody.

My Score: 1 out of 5 – A terrible waste of Piper Niven’s talents may finally be over with this terrible match. Eva Marie is the kiss of death for anyone who teams with her. Hopefully Niven (I refuse to call her Doudrop) can get a decent singles run now. Fingers crossed.

Match #8: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley def. Raw Tag Team Champion Randy Orton

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Going one-on-one for the first time since 2007, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton finally squared off with the WWE Championship on the line. This huge main event delivered, and the back-and-forth clash of titans came to its end when The All Mighty hit a Spear on The Viper to retain his championship.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5 – Well this was a barn-stormer! These two worked incredibly well together, looking like – at times – they really wanted to beat the crap out of each other! The hard-hitting nature of the match set up what followed perfectly… Speaking of which:

Match #9: Big E def. WWE Champion Bobby Lashley

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Bobby Lashley’s night was not over after defeating Randy Orton, because as promised, Mr. Money in the Bank Big E swiftly made his presence felt after the match and completed his goal by cashing in his contract. After narrowly kicking out of a Spear, Big E dropped Lashley with the Big Ending to cap off the night with an emotional victory as he took his place as the new WWE Champion and celebrated with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods.

My Score: 1 out of 5 – This wasn’t a match persay but damn, if it didn’t feel good seeing Big E with the WWE Championship. Let’s hope he doesn’t lose it any time soon. Dude could carry WWE. Seriously.

Final Verdict: 2/5

Four great matches, four lazy matches and a crowd-pleasing MitB cash-in actually made this a good episode of Raw. For a change. Just a shame that said cash-in felt more like a desperation play – especially after telegraphing the win on social media JUST to get people to tune in! Which made a mockery of Big E’s accomplishment. He deserves that belt though!

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