Raw Recap: September 11, 2017
S2017 episode 1268 Aired on September 11, 2017

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns on the mic, Round Three. The ever-escalating war of words between the WWE No Mercy opponents picked up right where it left off, with each critiquing the quality of the other’s victory against Jason Jordan.

Cena quickly grabbed hold of the conversation, accusing Reigns of failing to rise to his level in each of their head-to-heads on the microphone. Reigns countered by insinuating that Cena came to Raw because the 16-time World Champion sensed The Big Dog encroaching on his supremacy and was worried he wouldn’t be able to break out of WWE the way, say, The Rock did. Fighting fire with fire, Cena got an emphatic last word, and Reigns seemed ready to throw down right then and there. In two weeks, he’ll get his wish.

Here’s a fact that Brock Lesnar should find disconcerting: Braun Strowman has gotten the better of him for a solid straight month.

From the shellacking The Monster Among Men administered to the Universal Champion in SummerSlam’s Fatal 4-Way Match to the follow-up the night after, Strowman has owned the titleholder at almost every turn, and — even more potentially troubling for Team Brock — he did it again on Raw.

But, while the gravity of the situation hasn’t escaped The Conqueror, he isn’t sweating his challenger. In fact, Lesnar, with Paul Heyman in tow, came to Anaheim to invite Strowman to Suplex City to see if he was “badder than the baddest due on the planet.”

And once The Monster Among Men accepted, a fight is what Lesnar got. Alas, it was a losing fight for The Conqueror, who hit a German Suplex that barely fazed Strowman and quickly suffered a ring-shaking Running Powerslam. If this all turns out to be an elaborate scouting report, it may give Lesnar the edge, but for now, consider his suspicions confirmed: Braun Strowman may not be the baddest dude on the planet just yet, but he’s a bad man all the same.

How did Braun Strowman do against John Cena? Technically, he lost, but it sure didn’t seem that way judging by the state Cena was left in by The Monster Among Men, who made a hellacious statement despite suffering a disqualification loss in their "monster of a match."

From the word go, Strowman seemed more interested in dismantling Cena than defeating him, and even when the 16-time World Champion muscled himself into the fight, Strowman stayed slightly ahead of him. After an Attitude Adjustment sent Strowman rolling out of the ring, The Monster Among Men smashed the steel steps into Cena's face and later administered the Running Powerslam atop the stairs to stop the match. Cena can have his win; judging by the victorious pose Strowman struck in the ring (to say nothing of Roman Reigns' satisfied reaction backstage), it was clear who had won the night.

Cesaro & Sheamus predicted that, when it came down to it, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins would turn on each other and cost themselves the Raw Tag Team Titles, but that day didn't come on Raw. In fact, “The Bar” ironically couldn’t keep their own impromptu alliance together for Team Red's main-event, an Eight-Man Tag that teamed them, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson against Ambrose, Rollins & The Hardy Boyz.

True, the former champs were initially a well-oiled machine alongside the good brothers, despite fighting them for two straight weeks. They even managed to cut Ambrose off from his allies for almost the entire match. But once Seth Rollins tagged in, all bets were off: The Kingslayer singlehandedly took the fight to both Gallows & Anderson, and a pair of Twists of Fate to The Suntan Biker Man were enough to prompt “The Bar” to call it a day and make their exit.

With Anderson left alone in the ring, a unified one-two of Rollins’ ripcord knee and Ambrose’s Dirty Deeds spelled the end of the match, a display of perfect teamwork that nonetheless didn’t seem to shake “The Bar’s” confidence as their title match nears… at least, not yet.

In other action... Sasha Banks def. Emma... Bray Wyatt def. Goldust... The Raw Tag Team division brawled among itself... Elias def. Kalisto... Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Maryse announced they are having a child... and Enzo Amore def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz via Disqualification.

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