Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio on WWE Raw.

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WWE Raw advertised Jey Uso vs. Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio and Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE Raw will face a difficult task in Week 2 Monday Night Football has a double head.

Against the return of Monday Night Football, Last week’s broadcast of Raw reached 1.353 million viewers, the second lowest ever.

WWE Raw results on September 18, 2023

  • Cody Rhodes defeated. Dominic Mysterio
  • Kofi Kingston defeated. Ivar
  • Shinsuke Nakamura defeated. Bounce
  • Chelsea Green and Piper Nevin vs. Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark ends in a no contest
  • Bronson Reed defeated. Chad Gable
  • Becky Lynch defeated. Natalia
  • Tommaso Ciampa defeated. Giovanni Vinci

WWE Raw Ratings

  • September 11, 2023 | 1.353 million
  • September 4, 2023 | 1,700 million
  • August 28, 2023 | 1.677 million
  • August 21, 2023 | 1.591 million
  • August 14, 2023 | 1.757 million
  • WWE Raw Venue: Delta Center (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • WWE Raw tickets distributed: 8,356
  • WWE Raw Tickets Available: 389

WWE Raw winners and grades

Cody Rhodes Def. Dominik Mysterio

Cody Rhodes compared Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley’s romance to that of Steve Urkel and Laura Winslow. I think it’s more Roseanne and Tom Arnold.

Rhodes made quick work of Dominik Mysterio. The conversation sections before and after may have been longer than in this match.

Kevin Owens confronted Cody Rhodes for bringing Jey Uso to Raw. Owens talked about Jey Uso poisoning the Raw locker room like Jey was CM Punk.

Peacemaker Sami Zayn wore a Propagandhi (a Manitoban punk rock band) t-shirt, while Kevin Owens wore a “Bad Guys Last Forever” as a tribute to Scott Hall.

Sami Zayn took part in the exciting debate about the role of prosecutor for Jey Uso. This can only end with a heel turn from Kevin Owens.

Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio Grade: B-

Kofi Kingston Def. Ivar

While waiting for Ivar, Kofi Kingston was seen on camera saying, “I can’t wait to slap that guy, man.”

Fans loved Kofi Kingston and chanted “Let’s go, Kofi!”

Even though Kofi was half Ivar’s size, it was Ivar who shined with his high-flying moves. It’s like they booked this game, but it worked.

Ivar hit a moonsault on Kofi Kingston that had to be seen to be believed. It was as graceful as any large (or small) man seen tearing through the air.

Kofi Kingston vs. Ivar Grade: B

Shinsuke Nakamura Def. Ricochet over DQ

Shinsuke Nakamura suffered a sloppy flying cross body where he fell to the ground too early and then looked like he was pinned and kicked out late. Upon closer inspection, Nakamura barely managed to raise his arm.

Shinsuke is doing his best to play a heel, someone just needs to tell these fans.

The (accidental) finish came when Ricochet delivered a steel chair to Nakamura.

Seth Rollins, wearing a Hillary Clinton pantsuit, attacked Ricochet after the match, but Shinsuke again targeted Rollins’ back.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ricochet Grade: B-

Green and Niven vs. Baszler and Stark fight without competition

It felt like a fight aimed at defeating Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark. In the end, Nia Jax stood her ground as she destroyed every woman in the ring. I’m convinced that WWE has forgotten that the Women’s Tag Team Championship even exists.

Michael Cole brought up Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler’s story when he said Shayna broke Nia’s arm. Another sign that Triple H and long-term memory are still in charge.

Jax’s Banzai Drop is named “The Annihilator.” Jax declared the season open in the women’s squad after impressively fighting her way through the women’s division.

Nia Jax Segment Grade: B

Bronson Reed Def. Chad Gable

Wade Barrett noticed Chad Gable finishing his “class clown” act. Gable has had some great matches over the past few months, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater and make him a full-time wrestler.

Bronson Reed kept saying, “I’m so tall!” It reminded me of that one Vader promo.

Despite an obvious push, Bronson Reed tsunamied Chad Gable and secured the victory.

Gable vs. Reed Rating: B+

Becky Lynch Def. Natalya

Becky Lynch said, “I can’t think of a better place to be than right now,” and before she could finish her sentence, Natalya’s music came on. Lynch even admitted, “I messed this up.”

Natalya answered the open NXT XT Title Challenge and Becky Lynch said in many words that Nattie was too old.

Natalya surprisingly lost, but unsurprisingly she didn’t attack Becky Lynch afterward.

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya Grade: B-

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Giovanni Vinci

Ludwig Kaiser stole the show with a Calvin Klein-inspired T-shirt.

Ciampa hit a brilliant knee strike that drew a loud reaction in Salt Lake City.

Michael Cole continued to tease that Vinci was on thin ice in IMPERIUM. Kaiser scolded Vinci after the victory.

Ciampa defeated. vs. Grade: A-

Drew McIntyre vs. Jey Uso

Jey Uso had until the end of the night to decide whether he would attend Judgment Day.

Cole spent much of McIntyre’s performance explaining how McIntyre planned to right many wrongs. They even discussed how McIntyre’s career had faltered since Clash at the Castle. They did everything they could to tell you he was heeled, but they actually turned him heeled.

Unsurprisingly, Jey Uso didn’t join the bloodline.

Jey Uso seemed to be on Judgment Day until he went on a one-man superkick party. He promptly ate a Claymore Kick for the loss.

Drew McIntyre was given the chance to save Uso but declined. Cody Rhodes, on the other hand, came to Jey’s aid. Sami and Kevin were nowhere to be found.

Drew McIntyre vs. Jey Uso Grade: B+

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