WEEKLY OVERVIEW – WWE (thru 9/4): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

By Zach Graham, PWTorch Contributor



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The following article is part of our Weekly Overview Series to help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.


•Top Stories of the Week

  • Erick Rowan was revealed as the Roman Reigns attacker just hours after WWE announced the two would have a match at Clash of Champions
  • WWE Raw has a slight drop in the ratings from last week. Monday’s episode drew a 1.70 which is down from the 1.79 the week before. The first to third hour drop off was 312,000, slightly above the yearly average drop off of 302,000. It should be noted that Monday was a national holiday in the United States, which may have impacted the viewership numbers for Raw.

•WWE Weekly Event Results

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Bangor, Maine) 8/30/19

  • Event was cancelled by WWE due to “a scheduling conflict”

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WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Portland, Maine) 8/31/19

  • Event was cancelled by WWE due to “a scheduling conflict”

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•WWE TV Match Results

Monday Night Raw TV Results 9/2/19

(1) Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman beat The OC
(2) Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler defeated Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
(3) Lacey Evans beat Natalya
(4) Baron Corbin beat Cedric Alexander to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(5) The Viking Raiders beat Brian Thomas & Tyler Hastings
(6) Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet ends in a double pin. Both men advance to face Baron Corbin in the King of the Ring in a Triple Threat match
(7) The Miz defeated Cesaro
(8) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross beat Bayley & Becky Lynch after Sasha Banks attacks Lynch causing the disqualification

Smackdown Live TV Results 9/3/19

(1) Elias beat Ali to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(2) Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville defeated Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
(3) Chad Gable beat Andrade (w/ Zelina Vega) to advance in the King of the Ring Tournament
(4) Aleister Black defeated Shelton Benjamin
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Sami Zayn) beat an unnamed Jobber

205 Live Results (Aired on WWE Network) 9/3/19

(1) Mike Kanellis beat Tony Nese
(2) Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa defeated Brandon Scott & Tyler Hastings
(3) Lince Dorado beat Humberto Carillo

WWE Main Event (Aired on Hulu and WWE Network) 9/5/19

(1) Sarah Logan defeated Dana Brooke
(2) Mojo Rawley beat No Way Jose

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24/7 Championship Update

    • Smackdown
      – Bo Dallas pinned Drake Maverick to win the 24/7 Championship
      – Drake Maverick pinned Bo Dallas
      – R-Truth pinned Drake Maverick to become 24/7 Champion for the 14th time

WWE King of the Ring Bracket

    • Raw Bracket
      – Samoa Joe vs. Ricochet vs. Baron Corbin
    • Smackdown Bracket
      – Elias vs. Chad Gable

•Upcoming Lineups for Stadium/PPV Events

WWE Clash of Champions on September 15 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Bayley (c) vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women’s Championship
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship
  • Seth Rollins (c) vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship
  • Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
  • Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
  • Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode for the Raw Tag Team Championships
  • Big E & Xavier Woods (c) vs. The Revival for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
  • Drew Gulak (c) vs. Humberto Carillo for the Cruiserweight Championship
  • Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan

•Upcoming Events

Thu. 9/5/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
Fri. 9/6/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Harbour Station, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Fri. 9/6/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sat. 9/7/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Halifax Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sun. 9/8/19 WWE Live Event – Super Show, War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, N.Y.
Mon. 9/9/19 WWE Raw, Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Tue. 9/10/19 WWE Smackdown, Madison Square Garden, New York City, N.Y.
Fri. 9/13/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sat. 9/14/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Macon Centreplex Coliseum, Macon, Ga.
Sun. 9/15/19 WWE Clash of Champions, Spectrum Centre, Charlotte, N.C.
Mon. 9/16/19 WWE Raw, Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.
Tue. 9/17/19 WWE Smackdown, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
Fri. 9/20/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Fri. 9/20/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
Sat. 9/21/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sat. 9/21/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai, China
Sun. 9/22/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mon. 9/23/19 WWE Raw, Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Tue. 9/24/19 WWE Smackdown, Chase Center, San Francisco, Calif.
Fri. 9/27/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Sat. 9/28/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott, Ariz.
Sun. 9/29/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Mon. 9/30/19 WWE Raw, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz.
Fri. 10/4/19 WWE Smackdown, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Sat. 10/5/19 WWE Supershow, Pechanga Arena, San Diego, Calif.
Sun. 10/6/19 WWE Hell in a Cell, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif.
Mon. 10/7/19 WWE Raw, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif.
Fri. 10/11/19 WWE Smackdown, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sat. 10/12/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
Sat. 10/12/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas
Sun. 10/13/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Istbank Center, Broomfield, Colo.
Sun. 10/13/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, Texas
Mon. 10/14/19 WWE Raw, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.


•Latest TV Highlights

Monday Night Raw

  • Raw’s main event was a Women’s Championship showcase match that put Bayley and Becky together to take on the Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a non-title match. Earlier in the night, Charly Caruso interviewed Bayley to help promote the main event. Charly asked about Sasha’s return, Bayley simply responded that Sasha is her best friend, but she won’t talk about what they talk about because it’s personal. Charly shifted focus to Becky noting that the spotlight will be on her and that she’s the face of the women’s division, not Bayley. Bayley responded saying she doesn’t agree with that because her title means just as much as Becky’s. Fast forward to the match, after a couple of minutes, Sasha Banks makes her way to ringside. After a few more minutes of the match, Sasha got into the ring and hit Becky with a back stabber from behind causing a disqualification. Sasha then grabbed a chair and hit Becky with it twice before Bayley grabbed the chair away from Sasha. Sasha said a few words to Bayley, who looked conflicted. Bayley then had a grin come across her face and she bashed Becky with the chair a few times herself to a huge cheer.
  • Raw featured a new installment of the Firefly Funhouse. Bray started by saying what The Fiend did to Finn Balor was super super rude and behalf of everyone in the Funhouse, he’s sorry. The Vince McMahon demon doll appeared and started yelling at him, “How dare you challenge Seth Rollins or Braun Strowman to a match at Hell in a Cell, do you know how valuable they are to me?” Bray pulled out some money and waved it in the doll’s face before feeding it to him. The Vince doll passed out from the ecstasy. Ramblin’ Rabbit appeared while Bray was talking holding a “HELP” sign and Bray casually pushed him down under the table in front of him. Bray said that The Fiend helps him to inflict pain. The Fiend flashed on the screen for a second. Bray Wyatt appeared again and said “See you in hell” before laughing as his smile turned sinister. Bray snapped out of it and smiled a big smile and waving bye as the Firefly Funhouse music played.

Smackdown Live

  • Roman Reigns found out who his attacker was once and for all and it wasn’t Daniel Bryan. After the spear last week, Bryan was still demanding an apology, so in the final segment of Smackdown Bryan came to the ring and demanded Reigns apologize to him for the false accusations, the spear, and most importantly calling him a liar. Roman came out and as he was walking down the ramp he was attacked by Erick Rowan. After attacking him for a moment, Rowan grabbed a microphone and said the joke is on Reigns before turning to Bryan. Rowan said Bryan can’t control him and after slapping him over and over last week, he dared Bryan to do it again. Rowan kneeled next to Roman and said he was proud of the two attacks, but he’s most proud of the pain Roman will feel at Clash of Champions. He threw Roman back out of the ring and into the ringside steps. As Rowan cleared the announce table, Bryan ran up and yelled “I’m your friend” and slapped Rowan. Rowan then gave Bryan a Claw Slam through the announce table. Rowan yelled “Nobody tells me what to do! Never again!”
  • Bayley opened Smackdown this week doing her usual entrance with the “Bayley Buddies,” but she didn’t high five any fans on her way to the ring (good touch) and came out to a very mixed reaction. She said people were shocked by what she did, but Sasha is her best friend and they’ve always had each other’s backs. She said nothing has changed and she’s still trying to show them the kind of champion she wants to be including giving people opportunities and lift the division up. She said she’s tried to make fans feel like she did when she was a kid and she’s teaching kids the value of loyalty, which is why she stuck with Sasha. Charlotte interrupted as Bayley turned her focus to her and their match at Clash of Champions. Charlotte said people say a lot about her, but what you see is what you get, there’s no confusion of blind-siding and there’s definitely no hugging. Sasha interrupted. Charlotte attacked Bayley before Sasha got to the ring to try and get the one up on being outnumbered. Charlotte was beating up Sasha when Bayley reentered the fray and hit her with a chair three times. Sasha then took the chair and hit Bayley three times, then Bayley hit her one more time. The fans chanted Becky, but Bayley’s music played to end the segment.

•WWE Social Media Highlights

Congratulations to Finn Balor for getting married last week! He’s also sporting a new haircut.

WWE Released a video of Drake Maverick hanging out under the ring throughout Smackdown last week with a camera man.

Stone Cold shared a new commercial for Smackdown on Fox.

Mike Kanellis was a little outspoken this weekend on Twitter asking WWE to let him wrestle more.

Xavier Woods managed to scar me for life this weekend…

https://twitter.com/PeytonRoyceWWE/status/1167918143475351558

Liv Morgan teased a hair change.

https://twitter.com/YaOnlyLivvOnce/status/1168198621596135425

Samoa Joe truly lives his gimmick 24/7.


•Closing Commentary

– That Ricochet-Samoa Joe match finish was complete garbage. I’m so tired of Triple Threat matches. Why are we having a Triple Threat match in the King of the Ring Tournament next week? Playoff/Tournament games do not end in ties in literally any type of sport. WWE has spent months doing this reset and restart crap, but they don’t do it here? That was, as Randy Orton would say, “STUPID!” If anything, they could’ve made it a double disqualification and they’re both eliminated giving Baron Corbin even more heel heat because he gets a free pass to the finals. Better yet, just restart the match like you’ve been doing and have an actual winner like every sport on every competitive level. This is not complicated and it’s a B.S. “finish” to have Joe and Ricochet end in a cheesy tie where they’re both laying on the mat with an arm touching the other person. Then the referee gets on a headset with who-the-hell-knows and conveniently it’s a live microphone to television and not just the guys in the back, so we can hear his incoherent rambling of “I’ll take that under advisement.” If we’ve had replay in WWE, how do we have so many matches in with stupid finishes? Why imitate the NFL and NBA with the replay official gimmick if you’re never going to use it again? Where was this magical replay official last week when A.J. faked being hit with a chair by Braun? That would’ve been an easy replay to go to and restart the match. Dumb. I hated this in so many ways.


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