WWE Raw Recap: September 17, 2018
S26 episode 38 Aired on September 17, 2018

On a night where Roman Reigns found out that he will be defending his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 2 at WWE Crown Jewel, he also found out that he'd be defending against Raw Acting General Manager Baron Corbin in the main event. But in a chaotic main event, it was The Big Dog who held onto Raw's top title. Plus, The Undertaker revealed he won't be alone at WWE Super Show-Down, The Bella Twins gave Ronda Rousey backup against The Riott Squad and more.

Things got complicated inside Hell in a Cell last night, as the unexpected arrival of a bearded, furious Brock Lesnar threw the Universal Title main event into such chaos that it ended in the first-ever no-contest ruling to occur inside the structure. So, understandably, everyone involved was demanding satisfaction on Raw.

Universal Champion Roman Reigns wanted a piece of Lesnar. Jilted challenger Braun Strowman demanded another opportunity at the title. And Acting General Manager Baron Corbin opted to split the difference, sanctioning a Triple Threat title match between Reigns, Strowman and Lesnar for WWE Crown Jewel, the return to Saudi Arabia that will occur on Friday, Nov. 2.

Strowman was irate after the announcement. Paul Heyman, who appeared after the declaration (along with with the Hell in a Cell door Lesnar kicked in), was thrilled since his client now has another opportunity to raise his stock in advance of any UFC plans. Reigns was less than impressed with Corbin’s maneuvers as well, but The Lone Wolf reassured the champion that he might not have to worry about it: Given that the GM had seen Reigns’ injury report, he was more than happy to capitalize on the champion’s wear and tear, sanctioning a title bout for tonight between The Big Dog and … himself.

As the Last Time Ever approaches, Triple H and The Undertaker have taken their issues to a very personal place, with The Game insinuating that The Last Outlaw has lost all self-respect — a “delusion,” according to the returning Undertaker, that is little more than a symptom of Triple H’s “broken soul” and the harbinger of his inevitable downfall.

Though Undertaker believed Triple H’s transition from in-ring warrior to captain of industry may have blinded him to the “demise” that awaits him, The Deadman had every expectation that Shawn Michaels would be in The King of Kings’ corner to help him “outrace the reaper.” So, the legendary Superstar declared that he would bring reinforcements of his own: His brother, Kane.

The result wouldn’t just be The Deadman taking Triple H’s career like he did HBK’s — that is all but foregone to The Last Outlaw. He would take his soul, and with Kane at his back, the Last Time Ever “will be just like the first time. I will put him six feet under. Game over.”

As Acting General Manager, Baron Corbin has many powers. He could make himself a Universal Championship Match at a moment’s notice to pick on beat-up champion Roman Reigns. He could even, say, re-start that match as a No Disqualification if he ends up in too deep of a hole and decides to break out a chair to even the odds. What he couldn’t do, no matter how he stacked the deck, was close out.

Yes, Corbin missed out on the Universal Title despite a massive managerial advantage over The Big Dog that he didn’t hesitate to exploit, not to mention some help — Braun Strowman showed up to attack Reigns after the restart, instigating a brawl that ended up roping in Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and the rest of The Shield. But even with all conceivable odds stacked in his favor, Corbin fell to a quick-strike Spear when he attempted to make his move. Strowman, Ziggler & McIntyre opted not to make a move on The Shield, seemingly preferring to save their energy for WWE Super Show-Down. So while it’ll take more than shenanigans to topple Roman Reigns as champion, that doesn’t mean a big fight isn’t on the way all the same.

In other action … Raw Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre def. Dean Ambrose … Chad Gable def. Viktor … Bayley def. Dana Brooke … AOP def. Gregory James & Barrett Brown … AOP def. Gregory James & Barrett Brown … Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. Raw Tag Team Champion Dolph Ziggler … The Riott Squad attacked Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey … Elias def. Bobby Lashley via Disqualification … and Nia Jax & Ember Moon def. Mickie James & Alicia Fox.

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