WWE Raw Recap: October 1, 2018
S26 episode 40 Aired on October 1, 2018

Triple H rushed to Shawn Michaels’ aid to even the odds against The Undertaker and Kane at the end of Raw, but The Brothers of Destruction got the upper hand, laying out the D-Generation X founders with a Double Chokeslam. Then, The Deadman drove The Game into the mat with a vicious Tombstone Piledriver. Will The Cerebral Assassin suffer the same fate when he battles The Phenom one last time at WWE Super Show-Down this Saturday?

Dean Ambrose’s match with Braun Strowman got a little complicated at the end, but the big shocker between Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler came at the beginning: The Universal Title was about to be on the line, but Acting General Manager Baron Corbin quickly kyboshed that and prohibited Reigns from defending his title until WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

That said, Ziggler certainly treated his match with The Big Dog as if it was a title bout anyway. Perhaps sensing that a win would put him in line for a future opportunity, The Showoff depleted Reigns’ energy with his mat game and raked Reigns’ eyes after the champion began to rally. Ziggler made it interesting down the stretch by reversing a Spear attempt into a sunset flip roll-up for a long two, but Reigns found victory by successfully baiting him into attempting the maneuver a second time: As The Big Dog bounced off the ropes for the Spear, Ziggler leapt into the air again and Reigns stopped for a split-second, waiting until Ziggler was airborne and defenseless before plowing him into the mat for the 1-2-3.

Moments before her match with Ronda Rousey, Ruby Riott claimed that handing the Raw Women’s Champion her first loss in WWE would be her way of creating something truly beautiful. She’ll have to wait a little while longer to see it.

Yes, The Baddest Woman on the Planet remains undefeated, despite Ruby exploiting Rousey’s relative inexperience by bringing every dirty trick in the WWE playbook to bear. From a fishhook where the ref couldn’t see to using The Riott Squad to her advantage, Ruby was well on her way to an underhanded win until Ronda simply decided she’d had enough: The Raw Women’s Champion scooped Ruby out of the air mid-Riott Kick attempt and ripped off a near-unanswered rally, ending with an Armbar that earned an immediate tapout. It may not have been what Ruby would describe as “beautiful,” but it sure was pretty.

Things have gotten personal between The Undertaker and Triple H in the run-up to the Last Time Ever at WWE Super Show-Down — so personal, in fact, that Shawn Michaels and Kane have been roped in as backup for the two living legends. But in the final Raw before the epic clash, HBK stopped by to make one thing clear: He had originally intended to be an “innocent bystander” and was only getting involved because The Undertaker had crossed a couple of lines in their last confrontation. Now, given the escalating attacks and the presence of The Big Red Machine, he would not hesitate to unleash Sweet Chin Music on Kane should he try to rush the ring in Australia.

He didn’t have to wait until then. The deafening boom of Kane’s pyro cut off Michaels, and The Devil’s Favorite Demon appeared in the ring behind Michaels and dropped him with a stinging right hand; then the lights dimmed, and The Deadman himself materialized beside his brother. Triple H attempted to even the odds, but only managed a pair of haymakers before The Brothers of Destruction made quick work of him and HBK, dropping both men with Chokeslams before The Phenom administered a final Tombstone to The Game. The line has been crossed. This is as personal as it gets. And now, there are no innocent bystanders.

In other action … Dean Ambrose addressed speculation about his loyalty to The Shield … Braun Strowman def. Dean Ambrose via Disqualification … Konnor def. Bobby Roode … The B-Team def. The Revival; AOP attacked after the match … WWE and Susan G. Komen joined forces to battle breast cancer … Raw Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre def. Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins … Kevin Owens def. Bobby Lashley … and Bayley def. Alicia Fox.

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