Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins & The Judgment Day Kick Off The Show
Cole mentions that he and Wade Barrett are the commentators for the first hour of the show. The two talk about SummerSlam being a record-breaking event on a number of business levels. We then hear the familiar sounds of the entrance theme of Cody Rhodes.
“The American Nightmare” emerges as the fans sing along with his theme song. Samantha Irvin introduces him and he finishes his walk to the ring in a suit as Cole talks about his impressive victory over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
His music dies down and the fans immediately break out into loud “Cody! Cody!” chants. He soaks in the love and begins, as always, by saying, “So, Minneapolis, what do you want to talk about?” He says let’s talk about one of your own.
He goes on to talk about the University of Minnesota’s own, Brock Lesnar. He talks about having the honor, privelage and misery of standing across from Lesnar. He then says he couldn’t imagine what would happen after their third bout. He asks us to take a look and shows the handshake and moment of respect they shared after the bout.
Cody mentions talking to his mother about the shock of the moment he had with Brock. He says his mother told him, “Dummy, don’t you realize what just happened? Brock Lesnar just acknowledged you!” He says after SummerSlam he feels like he can beat anybody in the world.
“BURN IT DOWN!” is the next thing we hear and out comes Seth “Freakin’” Rollins to the other theme song WWE fans like to sing along with. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion emerges dressed to the nines as always. This time he’s wearing big yellow boots instead of big red ones.
After his music stops, he stands a couple of feet away from Rhodes and soaks in the “woah-oh’s” from the WWE Universe. He then welcomes us to Monday Night Rollins. Cody smiles. Rollins says last time he came out to talk about the future of the title, Rhodes was the first person to come out and get in his face. He says consider this returning the favor.
Seth mentions Cody saying he feels like he can beat anyone in the world. He says why don’t we put that feeling to the test. Before Cody can respond, the theme for The Judgment Day hits and out comes Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley. Finn Balor is noticeably absent. Priest tells Cody and Seth they are confused. He says they think they run Monday Night Raw.
Rhea Ripley says they don’t. She says The Judgment Day does. Priest says they think they control what happens with titles, and they don’t. He says they do. More specifically, “Senor” Money In The Bank does. He then points out how they’ve got the best women’s champion on the planet, and the NXT North American Champion. He says Dom is gonna be defending his title on NXT tomorrow. He asks what they’re gonna be doing.
Dom goes to speak and the fans loudly crap all over him, as always. Finn Balor appears out of nowhere from behind and attacks Rollins. Priest and Dom attack Cody. Sami Zayn’s theme hits and out comes one-half of the Undisputed WWE Tag-Team Champions to even things up a bit. He helps Cody and Seth beat down The Judgment Day and run them off.
Cody grabs a mic and says he’s got a solution for all of this. He says there’s three of them and three of us. How about tonight in Minneapolis we have a six man tag-team match. The fans pop.
Finn Balor & Damian Priest Have Words, JD McDonagh Approaches
We shoot backstage and we see Damian Priest approach Finn Balor and ask him about what happened at SummerSlam and what happened earlier tonight with him not coming out with them and attacking Seth Rollins without giving them a head’s up.
They get more and more heated until Rhea Ripley comes in and calms the situation down. JD McDonagh approaches and says it may not be his place, but he says the briefcase seems to be coming between them. Priest wants to confront McDonagh but Ripley stops him.
Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Judgment Day
It’s main event time!
After a quick backstage interview with The New Day, who talk about wanting to inject positivity back into WWE, we head to the ring for out final match of the evening.
On that note, The Judgment Day theme hits and out comes the most dangerous faction on Raw. They make their way to the ring and then a big brawl breaks out between Rhea Ripley, Raquel Rodriguez and Candice LeRae.
We head to a pre-match commercial break on that note. When we return, Michael Cole and Wade Barrett are shown on camera talking about order being restored after the women’s brawl that just broke out.
Now a video package is shown of the Asuka vs. Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair triple-threat women’s title bout at SummerSlam, which ended with Iyo Sky cashing in her Money In The Bank briefcase to walk away with the title.
Back live, Cody Rhodes’ theme hits and out comes “The American Nightmare” to a huge pop, and fans singing along with his entrance tune. He settles into the ring and his music dies down.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s theme hits for the third time tonight (first for his ring walk, second when he won earlier against Bronson Reed). “The King of Strong Style” settles inside the squared circle as Michael Cole promotes the ticket on-sale date for WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, PA.
From there, we hear the familiar sounds of Seth “Freakin’” Rollins theme song. Out comes the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion as fans sing along with the “Woah-oh’s” in his theme.
The music dies down but the fans singing the “woah-oh’s” continues as always. The commentators talk about the issues both teams have, with Finn Balor and Damian Priest not seeing eye-to-eye on one side of the ring, and Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes not seeing eye-to-eye on the other side.
The bell sounds and we’re officially off-and-running with our final match of the evening. Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor kick things off for their respective teams. Priest tags himself in before Balor can do anything. Priest and Balor argue and while they do, Dominik Mysterio tags himself in.
Now Dom and Nakamura get after it, with the Japanese legend jumping into the early offensive lead. Priest pulls Dom out of the ring to save him after the initial exchanges don’t go his way. On that note, we shift gears and head into a mid-match commercial break as the action continues.
When we return from the break, we see Priest and Balor working together, as they double-team Nakamura, who has been kept isolated in the ring from the jump. The fans try and clap and cheer to rally behind “The King of Strong Style” as Priest works him over.
Seth “Freakin’” Rollins finally gets the hot tag. He hits the ring like a bat out of hell and starts shifting the offensive momentum into his team’s favor. This doesn’t last for long, as Priest and Balor end up double-teaming him and taking the fight out to the floor.
As Balor continues to work him over, we head to another mid-match commercial break as our main event of the evening here on the post-SummerSlam episode of Monday Night Raw continues in Minneapolis. We return from the break to Rollins still getting beat down. Cody finally gets the hot tag.
Cody comes into the ring like a man possessed. He begins hitting some of his trademark spots, such as a Cody Cutter and a Disaster Kick, but his pin attempt is broken up. Other members of the team hit the ring but Cody handles them. As Cody is working over Balor, we see Rhea Ripley distract the official.
During the distraction, Priest gets in some cheap shots until Sami Zayn runs down to fight him off. Rollins hits Balor with the Money In The Bank briefcase and then Cody connects with his Cross-Rhodes finisher for the pin fall victory.
Winners: Cody Rhodes, Seth Rollins & Shinsuke Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakamura Attacks Seth Rollins
After the match, Cody and Seth have words off-mic until Sami Zayn plays peacemaker again. Seth then shakes Cody’s hands and the two pose on the ropes in the corner as the crowd cheers.
Out of nowhere, Shinsuke Nakamura decks Rollins with a Kinshasa. Cody looks shocked as he watches Nakamura walk off. Sami Zayn checks on Seth. Cody joins him and that’s how this week’s show goes off the air.