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CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 9/28: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - John Cena's Open Challenge, Paul Heyman, Reigns vs. Wyatt main event, MizTV, more

Sep 28, 2015 - 10:07:45 PM


WWE Raw TV Results
September 28, 2015 - Episode #1,166
Live in Buffalo, N.Y.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor

- The Card: John Cena's U.S. Title Open Challenge, Miz TV with Divas champion Charlotte and Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Big Show vs. Mark Henry, Paul Heyman on Raw, and more.

Live Raw on USA Network

Raw opened with John Cena's theme music to bring out the U.S. champion. Cena played to the crowd to kick things off as Michael Cole noted that Cena plans to bring back the U.S. Title Open Challenge tonight.

Cena's music stopped and he listened to the crowd, which was mixed with their boos and cheers. Cena said they sound a little salty tonight. "Have no fear, the champ is here!" he declared with a wry smile. Cena held up the U.S. Title belt and described this as a symbol of excellence and opportunity. He said this will be defended tonight, right now.

Cena said as he looks around the building, he can tell Buffalo is the place to be. And, John Cena is the man to beat. He said the John Cena U.S. Title Open Challenge starts now. Pause for a challenger to be presented. Suddenly, Cena's theme music was heard in the arena trombone-style. It was New Day.

Out came Xavier Woods sporting the trombone flanked by Big E. and Kofi Kingston. Xavier said the WWE tag champions are here and Big E. said the New Day is here to make WWE great again. Big E. hyped their Tag Title defense against the Dudleys this Saturday from MSG, then shifted to Cena's Open Challenge. Kofi also presented Cena with a new slogan: "Hustle, Loyalty, and Booty." Kofi led a rhyme about being WWE Tag Champs and U.S. Champ at the same time. Xavier then sang about being new U.S. champion to the tune of Cena's theme music.

Cena cut them off, thanking them for the re-mix. He told New Day to choose one opponent right now. He told New Day there's a time to entertain and a time to be serious. So, if they want to take him lightly, he'll "beat all of your asses." New Day pretended to be scared, then huddled up to decide on the opponent. Xavier came forward, saying Cena is "about to get lost in the woods!" Cena was un-moved. Xavier hit the ring, Lilian Garcia handled formal ring introductions, and the bell sounded.

1 -- U.S. champion JOHN CENA vs. XAVIER WOODS (w/WWE tag champions New Day)

Xavier handed over his trombone to Big E., then took a giant clothesline from Cena. Xavier slid out of the ring and shouted, "I wasn't ready!" over and over. New Day tried to re-group by all hopping on the ring apron, but Cena yanked Xavier back into the ring. Kofi then grabbed Cena by around the ankle from the outside, prompting the referee to toss Kofi and Big E. from ringside. They protested, but headed to the back while Xavier sold fear being alone with Cena heading to break.

[Q2] [Commercial Break at 8:14]

Back from break, Cena was dominating Xavier. The announcers noted that Cena dominated during the break, too. Xavier finally landed a right hand into a kick to the back to get in some offense. Xavier nailed a leaping DDT from the second rope, but Cena kicked out of a pin. Xavier lost focus by gyrating in the corner, allowing Cena to powerbomb him for a two count.

Xavier came back with a facebuster, which seemed to rattle Cena a bit. Cena barely escaped a pin, then sold on the mat for a second while Xavier contemplated his next move. Xavier was slow to follow up, allowing Cena to tease the AA, but Xavier slipped out and nailed a fall-away arm-yank for a two count.

Xavier got frustrated, then climbed to the top turnbuckle looking for a splash, but Cena moved. Cena then clotheslined Xavier and slapped on the STF in the middle of the ring. Xavier fought the hold, then Kofi and Big E. suddenly hit the ring and attacked Cena to save Xavier, resulting in a DQ.

Post-match, the Dudleys hit the ring to make the save for Cena. Devon hugged a stunned Cena, who pointed to the Dudleys as he recovered. Suddenly, the fight resumed at ringside. New Day made it back into the ring while Cena and the Dudleys sold ringside.

WINNER: Cena via DQ at 9:22 to retain the U.S. Title. Nice to see some new blood in the mix with Cena. Fine match.

[Commercial Break at 8:23]

Back from break, Cole said Kane (corporate version) booked a six-man tag match. The match was joined in progress...

2 -- U.S. champion JOHN CENA & THE DUDLEYS (BUBBA RAY & DEVON) vs. WWE tag champions NEW DAY (KOFI KINGSTON & BIG E. & XAVIER WOODS) -- six-man tag match

The Dudleys were controlling the action as the announcers noted the Dudleys have a chance to win the Tag Titles at MSG on Saturday.

[Q3] Cena and Big E. came face-to-face for a mid-ring battle. New Day used their numbers advantage to take down Cena, then Xavier heelishly shouted out over and over: "I should be U.S. champion!" Xavier also mixed in some trombone action while Kofi and Big E. worked over Cena. Devon finally got a tag and dropped Kofi with a hangman's neckbreaker. Devon then accidentally sent Big E. flying into Cena, who was standing on the ring apron.

Bubba tagged in and dropped Kofi with a Bubba Bomb for a two count. The Dudleys then set up Kofi for a "whassup?" headbutt to the crotch. Bubba wanted the 3D, but Xavier pulled down Bubba from behind. Kofi then surprised Devon with Trouble in Paradise, Xavier continued to hold onto Bubba's ankle, and Kofi pinned Devon for the win. Cole said the Dudleys are not going to forget this on Saturday. Meanwhile, Cena continued to sell on the outside.

WINNERS: New Day at 6:40.

Video Review: Paige turned her back on new Divas champion Charlotte and Becky Lynch last week on Raw.

Tonight: Charlotte and Becky appear on Miz TV.

[Commercial Break at 8:36]

Authority's Office: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were hanging out with Ashley from Human Resources. Kane walked in and Steph tried to explain to him that an anonymous complaint was filed against him. Therefore, he will be evaluated and managed. In walked Seth Rollins with mock indignation. Seth revealed too much knowledge about the complaint, drawing a quizzical look from Kane. Steph told Kane to take this evaluation seriously. Kane said he would take it very seriously. Seth said this sounds pretty serious. Kane turned angry, then got in Seth's face to tell him he's The Man... who likes a good performance evaluation. Kane escorted Ashley away for the evaluation.

Announcers: Cole and Co. tried to process what happened, then announced Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt tonight in the main event.

Locker Room: Dean Ambrose warned Reigns that this might not be the smartest decision going up against Wyatt by himself tonight. Reigns listened to Ambrose's speech, then stood up and said he doesn't care what Bray has planned because he will end this tonight. Dean said he'll take care of Bray's henchmen. Reigns suggested Randy Orton could help out, but Dean said he's not sure after what happened with Chris Jericho at Night of Champions. In walked Orton. Dean finished his thought that he doesn't want an outsider to ruin this for them. Orton appreciated the sentiment, then told Reigns that he has tonight to finish his business with the Wyatts. After tonight, it's open season on the Wyatts.

[Q4] [Commercial Break at 8:46]

Back from break, Mark Henry was in the ring. Big Show was then introduced as Henry's opponent.


Henry tried to punch Big Show into a bodyslam, but Show blocked and speared Henry to the mat. Show talked trash, then yelled at the crowd. Show followed with a bodyslam to Henry. And a second. And a third. Show dropped the strap, then clenched his fist for the KO Punch. Henry slowly got up, turned around, and took the KO Punch. Show covered Henry for the win.

WINNER: Big Show at 2:38. Basic squash to set up Show facing Brock Lesnar at MSG on Saturday. This is Henry's role now.

Still to come: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt.

Backstage: The Miz was being prep'ed to host Miz TV: Divas edition.

[Commercial Break at 8:54]

Miz TV Segment

The Miz was standing by in the ring back from break. Miz rolled to a video package on Paige running down teammates Charlotte and Becky Lynch last week on Raw. Plus, a run-down of Natalya and the Bellas.

Back to Miz, who sang about drama, then plugged the season finale of "Total Divas" tomorrow night on E!. Miz told the crowd to get up for Charlotte and Becky Lynch.

[Q5 -- second hour] Charlotte and Becky sat down in their chairs, setting up a verbal back-and-forth between Miz and Becky. Charlotte then cut off Miz and called out Paige for a face-to-face confrontation ... or (b) she's going to come down here and they're going to fight instead of talk. Miz told Charlotte that this is his show, not their show. How dare you call out guests? Becky took Miz's mic and chucked it up the ramp, then the Bellas's music played.

Nikki, Brie, and Alicia Fox slowly walked down the ramp to run down Charlotte and Becky's team. Nikki said she's starting to feel so bad for Charlotte having to deal with all of this drama before their title re-match. Charlotte said this isn't about her, but since she likes to make things about her, she can enter the ring and tap out again, just like at Night of Champions.

Nikki then hit the ring apron claiming to have started the Divas Revolution. She entered the ring with Brie and Alicia to make the claim in Charlotte's face. Charlotte said Nikki and Paige are both wrong because it's not about Nikki or Paige starting a revolution, but about the fans believing in them. Charlotte tried to fire up the crowd about them believing in each other as Divas. Before a fight could break out, Paige interrupted from the back.

Paige said Charlotte and Becky wouldn't even be on TV without her. She said she was the first NXT Women's champion and she won the Divas Title on her first night in WWE, so Charlotte is nothing without her. Nikki tried to drive the wedge deeper between Paige and her teammates, but Paige responded with a dig about the Bellas's "boyfriends" being the key to their success. Poor D-Bryan has been downgraded from husband to boyfriend on TV. That was enough for the Bellas and a fight was on in the ring. Chaos broke out heading to break.

[ Reax: The content here was so bad. No one benefited from this mess. ]

[Commercial Break at 9:08]

Back from break, a six-Divas tag match was going on. Again, Kane (corporate version) made this match during the break. Apparently his booking is part of his H.R. evaluation.

4 -- Divas champion CHARLOTTE & BECKY LYNCH & PAIGE vs. TEAM BELLAS (NIKKI BELLA & BRIE BELLA & ALICIA FOX) -- six-Divas tag match

The match was joined in-progress with the Bellas working over Becky. Becky took a long beat down until hot-tagging Charlotte.

[Q6] Charlotte got in her offense, but Paige decided to walk out on the team, distracting Charlotte. This brought out Natalya, who yelled at Paige, then walked down to the ring to replace Paige, but Paige yanked Natalya into the ring apron. Paige walked off again, leaving Charlotte to stand in the ring with her back to Nikki. Charlotte stood there and waited for Nikki to grab her for the Rack Attack to get the pin.

WINNERS: Team Bellas at 6:55. And Charlotte begins to descend to make her a vulnerable champion. Yeah yeah, with the distractions and Jonathan Papelbon teammate excuse. It's just a tired formula.

Announcers: Cole fed to a video package on the "WWE 2K16" video game.

[Commercial Break at 9:20]

Announcers: Back to Cole to hype Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show at MSG on Saturday night. JBL noted they once broke the ring. "I remember that," was Byron Saxton's contribution to the conversation. Cole went to a video package on the history between Lesnar and Show.

After the video package aired, WWE cut backstage.

Backstage: Seth Rollins talked to the lady from H.R., who was dressed differently. Kane entered the conversation to find out what they were talking about. And, to offer Seth a giant box. Seth demanded to know what was inside the present box before opening it. Kane insisted, then Seth pulled open the box to reveal the head from his statue. Kane smiled and called it his severed head. Kane said he went through a landfill in Baltimore and dug up the statue, then brought him the head. (No mention of the name Sting as the person who trashed the statue.) Seth was spooked and denied the gift before scampering away. Ashley from H.R. said that's very nice of Kane. He gave her the head as a gift, then walked off.

[Q7] [Commercial Break at 9:29]

Back from break, the Prime Time Players were in the ring for a random draw tag match. Luke Harper's music then produced Harper and Braun Strowman as the opposition.


Harper smacked D-Young out of the ring in the first minute. Harper tagged in Strowman, who slowly removed his black sheep mask and stalked Young on the outside. Strowman took his time punishing Young, then threw him into the barricade. Strowman finally dragged Young back into the ring before a ten count.

Harper tagged in and lost control, allowing D-Young to tag in O'Neil, who powerslammed Harper. Titus tried to wake up a crowd long ago taken out of this show. He then stared down Strowman. Chaos broke out before Strowman kind of grabbed D-Young around the throat. Titus saved D-Young, but Harper smashed him from behind. Strowman then awkwardly entered the ring and grabbed Titus for his ragdoll finisher. Titus did not respond to the referee, who called for the bell.

WINNERS: Harper & Strowman via ref stoppage at 4:18. Cold as ice match. There just doesn't seem to be much interesting or compelling about Strowman, who was the centerpiece of this segment.

[Commercial Break at 9:39]

Back from break, Stardust was in the ring. Neville was then introduced to the ring. Apparently a one-on-one match that was a big deal a few months ago is being presented cold here.


The announcers went through the basics of the feud as Stardust started the match in control. Stardust ignored "Cody, Cody" chants, then hung Neville upside down in the corner. Neville got up a big boot to block a corner charge, then dropkicked Stardust in the face. Stardust sold in the corner, then Neville climbed to the top rope for the Red Arrow, but Bad News Barrett's music interrupted.

[Q18] Barrett slowly walked down to the ring returning to TV. Barrett entered the ring and Cody shoved Neville into Barrett, who smashed Neville with the Bullhammer for a DQ. After the bell sounded, Barrett stalked Cody, who tried to beg for his forgiveness. Barrett smashed him with the Bullhammer anyways. Barrett asked for the mic and declared the return of the king.

WINNER: Neville via DQ at 2:34.

Backstage: Seth Rollins was shown walking down the hallway with Ashley from H.R. Cole plugged a performance evaluation for Kane next.

[Commercial Break at 9:49]

Kane Evaluation

Back from break, Kane was in the ring with Ashley from H.R. Kane opened his speech by asking Ashley if she's ready to present her report. Ashley opened her portfolio to begin reading, but Seth Rollins's music interrupted. Out came the WWE World Hvt. champion to complain about that "biased, one-sided report."

Seth said Kane is not the man who he appears to be. Seth went to footage reminding people who Kane is. And who he has destroyed during his career. After the video aired, Seth shouted that Kane is the person in the video, not the imposter in a suit in the ring. Seth warned Ashley that she cannot keep Kane around in good conscious. He said the carnage that will follow will be on Ashley's head.

Rollins said Kane even tried to drag him to hell last week. But, people like him don't go to hell; he goes to Heaven. Seth said he even talked to The Pope last week, who blessed him. Seth said he already feels like he's in Heaven walking around with the WWE Title while looking down at the scum on this earth.

Kane spoke from the ring that sometimes Seth's enthusiasm gets the best of him. Kane rolled his own video package on Seth running down Kane over the past several months since WrestleMania. Back to Kane, who asked Ashley to read her report.

Ashley said that after a thorough and comprehensive investigation, she has come to the determination that Kane is sound of mind and is more than capable of fulfilling his duties. She said Kane is professional, kind, helpful, and thoughtful. She added that Kane is the perfect WWE employee. Seth shouted that Ashley has no idea how to do her job. She said if anyone needs to be evaluated, it's Seth, who is cruel, mean, paranoid, and narcissistic. She said Seth is the single worst person she has met since being with WWE.

Seth marched down to the ring to yell at Ashley, who left the ring, then got in Kane's face and shoved his title belt into Kane's chest. The belt fell down and Kane nicely went to go pick it up, which set up Kane to take a Pedigree from Seth. Seth shouted down at Kane that he doesn't get one over on him, then held up the title belt.

[Q9 -- third hour] Seth left the ring and retrieved a chair from ringside. Seth returned to the ring, where he bashed Kane in the knee with the chair. Seth nailed another chair shot to Kane's back. And another. Seth then placed Kane's ankle inside the chair to try to re-injure Kane's ankle. Seth got a running start and smashed the ankle inside the chair.

The ringside trainer hit the ring to check on Kane, then out came a stretcher. Seth taunted Kane that he looks very human to him right now. Seth kept talking as Kane was placed on a stretcher selling the ankle injury. Seth shouted that everyone knows Kane is a fraud. He shouted that Kane will never get near him or the WWE Title again. Seth said Kane's days of being jealous of him are over.

WWE cut backstage to show Kane loaded in an ambulance. Seth cackled as he watched Kane being loaded up. The siren wailed and Kane was presumably taken out of the building. But, the ambulance suddenly stopped. WWE cut back to Rollins, who continued to gloat. Back on the video screen, the ambulance filled with red smoke and Big Red Kane emerged from the ambulance. They dumped water on the transformation with Kane limping on his ankle while looking like he had a mop on his head. Kane eventually stomped his foot, shaking off the ankle attack, before marching down the hallway.

Back in the arena, Kane's pyro shot off. Kane marched down to the ring as Seth tried to figure out what to do. Seth tried a chair shot to Kane's ankle, but he no-sold. Kane then tossed Seth into the corner and landed offense. Kane wanted the Tombstone, but Seth pulled away and scampered out of the ring. Seth left behind his title belt, which Kane held up in the air. Kane then shot off his pyro and cackled as he looked at the title.

Still to come: Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns.

Suddenly, the Wyatts's interruption played. Bray Wyatt spoke from a dark, smoky room that Harper & Braun made him so proud earlier tonight. He warned Reigns about them tearing him apart tonight. But, tonight, he has decided to grant Reigns's request for a one-on-one battle. Bray said he, alone, will put Reigns down. Because they are the alpha and omega. He said it starts and ends with them. Bray told Reigns that only a fool can look into the dragon's eyes and not be burned.

[Commercial Break at 10:11]

[Q10] Back from break, WWE showed members of the Buffalo Bills sitting ringside for one of the biggest reactions of the night.

In-ring: Bo Dallas was standing by to salute the Bills. Dallas called them truly an inspiration. Almost an inspiration. They're just missing one very important thing - a Super Bowl trophy. But, luckily he can help them achieve it. Just Bo-Lieve. Suddenly, Randy Orton's music played. Orton marched down to the ring salivating over facing Dallas.


Dallas rolled out of the ring in the opening seconds, drawing out Orton. Orton kicked him and uppercut him and smashed him right in front of the Bills squad. Back in the ring, Orton dragged Dallas across the middle rope and delivered a second-rope DDT. Orton then warmed up the crowd for an RKO, which he connected with to put Dallas away for the 1, 2, 3.

WINNER: Orton at 1:55. A crowd-pleasing babyface squash match.

Announcers: Cole shifted gears to the Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens. They went to footage from Smackdown when Owens and Rusev had a disagreement during their tag match against Ryback and Dolph Ziggler. Ryback took advantage and pinned Rusev.

So, up next, it's two heels battling - Owens vs. Rusev.

[Commercial Break at 10:21]

In-ring: IC champion Kevin Owens was introduced to the ring back from break. Ryback was on commentary with a mad look on his face as Owens made his way down to the ring holding the title belt over his shoulder. Rusev was out next flanked by Summer Rae.

8 -- IC champion KEVIN OWENS vs. RUSEV (w/Summer Rae) -- non-title match

Rusev and Owens traded blows mid-ring right as the bell sounded. Rusev then tossed Owens out of the ring with an overhead slam. On the floor, Owens chucked Rusev into Ryback, setting off a wild brawl as the bell sounded. Suddenly, Owens and Rusev worked together to shove Ryback into the ring steps.

Back in the ring, Owens and Rusev pounded on Ryback. Suddenly, Dolph Ziggler's music played. Ziggler ran down to the ring and cleared Rusev, then Owens, who grabbed his title belt and took a walk. Ziggler checked on Ryback as the heels retreated up the entrance ramp to the back. The focus was on Owens-Ryback ahead of their IC Title re-match.

WINNER: Match Tossed at 0:45. Where is Corporate Kane to book a tag match during the break?

Announcers: Cole fed to a video package on pediatric cancer awareness.

Backstage: Paul Heyman was shown walking down the hallway. He speaks next.

[Q11] [Commercial Break at 10:30]

Paul Heyman Promo

Back from break, Lilian Garcia introduced Paul Heyman, who was standing by in the ring. Heyman introduced himself and hyped Brocktober. Heyman predicted Lesnar digging his claws into Big Show this Saturday at MSG. He then talked about Big Show being bored and uninspired by the competition in the locker room. This Saturday night, Brock will push Big Show to his limits. That is why Lesnar sent him to Buffalo tonight to talk about Lesnar taking Big Show to Suplex City.

Big Show had enough and his music interrupted. Show walked down to the ring taking exception to Heyman's speech about being complacent until he's motivated. Show entered the ring to glare down at Heyman. He said he is motivated and a one-of-a-kind athlete, then asked Heyman a question. Was Brock upset when he found out he had to step in the ring with him on Saturday night? Heyman hung his head. Big Show said he knew it. He said Heyman isn't even promoting the rest of the tour because he's going to make history again by taking out Lesnar.

Heyman had enough of this talk and stormed out of the ring with a boo-boo face. Heyman stopped half-way down the ramp as Show told Heyman to think about his future. He told him to think about a future without Brock Lesnar. Show clenched his fist for a visual warning, then Heyman slowly walked away as Show smiled in the ring.

Up Next: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt in the main event.

[Commercial Break at 10:42]

[Q12] Back from break, The Shield's music played to bring out Roman Reigns through the crowd. Reigns methodically made it down to ringside before posing in the ring. Bray Wyatt's theme interrupted and out came Bray. But, not alone. He was flanked by Harper and Strowman, going against his pre-match words.

Reigns took the mic and said this is what he's talking about - he challenged Bray one-on-one and he brought out his training wheels. Reigns asked the "training wheels" if they even respect him as a leader or just see him as a little b-----, like he does. Bray turned his body to let the words pass by, then he whispered in the ears of his men. They headed to the back and Bray entered the ring to start the fight.


Reigns and Bray traded blows in the middle of the ring, then Bray fell to the outside. Reigns landed his double-foot kick on the apron, then talked trash as Raw headed to break.

[Commercial Break at 10:51]

Back from break, Bray was in control of the action. Bray taunted Reigns by saying he thought Reigns wanted to fight. "So, fight me!" Bray shouted at Reigns. Bray slowed the pace with a long headlock, but airballed a corner attack to lose control. Reigns came back with body blows into a suplex for a two count. Reigns grimaced and sold mid-section pain before hitting ten clotheslines in the corner.

Reigns cocked his fist for the Superman Punch, but Bray blocked and nailed a hard knock down clothesline. Bray covered and Reigns barely rolled his shoulder to escape a three count. There was a commotion in the crowd heading to the top of the hour.

[Q13 -- over-run] Bray tried to get the crowd to re-focus as he teased a top-rope superplex, but Reigns slipped underneath Bray and executed a powerbomb for a two count. Reigns tried to follow with a spear, but Bray avoided. He did not avoid the Superman Punch, but Wyatt managed to roll out of the ring. On the floor, Bray side-stepped Reigns, who crashed into the ring steps. They continued fighting at ringside while the ref reached an eight count. Reigns could have rolled Bray back into the ring to go for a win, but he opted to ignore the ref, who reached a nine, then ten count.

WINNER: Double count-out at 13:05. Not much juice to a match that WWE tried to promote within the show as a big conclusion to a five-month feud. The crowd looked tired three hours into the taping and the match was more of a set-up for the feud continuing......

Post-match, Reigns and Bray fought into the crowd. They reached the production area and Bray chucked a dude into Reigns. Bray then clotheslined Reigns through the gimmicked barricade back down to ringside. Both men sold on the floor, then Bray got up and laughed in Reigns's face. Bray climbed on top of the announce table and posed for the crowd.

Suddenly, Reigns sprung to his feet and jumped onto Bray with a spear through the table. Both men sold unconsciousness on the floor as WWE waited for the crowd to make significant noise to get over the ending. Raw signed off seven minutes past the top of the hour.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: Raw just feels directionless. They're trying to serve so many different masters - home viewers, the live audience, USA Network, the Network - with a product comes across disjointed and inconsistent. Right now, they're routinely taking crowds of the shows with long breaks, backstage promos, and/or inactivity during the first hour that it affects the entire show. This show has no business being three hours, and it's eating away at the product week by week.


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