The WWE Universe was still reeling from the events of SummerSlam 2023. The tension between Judgment Day and Finn Balor was palpable, especially after Damian Priest cost Balor the World Heavyweight Championship for the second consecutive time. Fans eagerly awaited the next moves of World Champion Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes. With Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus gearing up for a rematch, and the ongoing rivalry between Alpha Academy and Imperium, the stage was set for an explosive episode of WWE RAW.
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The night kicked off with Cody Rhodes reflecting on his recent encounter with Brock Lesnar. However, Seth Rollins wasn’t far behind, challenging Rhodes’ claim to dominance.
The situation escalated when Judgment Day members, including Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, and Rhea Ripley, made their presence felt, asserting that they were the true rulers of RAW. A chaotic brawl ensued, leading to a trios match challenge by Cody.
A Chance at the Intercontinental Championship
After a recap of Gunther’s victory over Drew McIntyre at SummerSlam, Adam Pearce announced a four-way #1 contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship.
The match saw Tommaso Ciampa, Ricochet, Chad Gable, and Matt Riddle battling it out in a thrilling contest. Ultimately, it was hometown hero Chad Gable who emerged victorious, earning a title opportunity.
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Backstage, Seth Rollins and Cody Rhodes had a heated exchange over their upcoming match.
Sami Zayn tried to mediate, reminding them of their common enemy in Judgment Day. Meanwhile, The Miz expressed his displeasure at being sidelined for LA Knight’s photoshoot, hinting at a brewing rivalry.
Shinsuke Nakamura faced off against Bronson Reed in a hard-fought match, with Nakamura securing the win. Later, Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark clashed in the ring, with Baszler proving her dominance.
The night also saw Otis take on Ludwig Kaiser, but despite a valiant effort, Otis fell to Kaiser’s onslaught.
The Main Event
The evening culminated in a 2-on-3 match, with Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins teaming up against Judgment Day.
However, with Sami Zayn injured, Shinsuke Nakamura stepped in to even the odds. The trio’s combined might was a sight to behold, showcasing the best of RAW’s talent. Nakamura would end up attacking Rollins after the match, lining up a potential WWE WHC feud.