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WWE Raw results 28 September 2020

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One night removed from the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, WWE returned to the ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center for Raw. While the show was light on story developments, there were some meaningful matches through the night, including three bouts with championships on the line.

Drew McIntyre opened the show by issuing an open challenge to anyone who had yet to face him for the championship. This would lead to a surprise return of a former NXT champion and an unsurprising victory to retain the title for McIntyre. Also on the line over the course of the show were the Raw women’s and 24/7 titles, neither of which changed hands in the ring, though the 24/7 belt did change hands three times through the show.

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Drew McIntyre issues an open challenge
The show opened with Ric Flair, The Big Show, Christian and Shawn Michaels all making their entrances before welcoming WWE champion Drew McIntyre to the ring. McIntyre spoke about his history with all four men before Randy Orton interrupted the proceedings, saying that he won’t be finished with McIntyre until he is WWE champion. Before apparently leaving the building, Orton said he won’t have to beg for another title match, he will simply be given one because he is Randy Orton, while also saying he would remind everyone that there is a price to be paid for crossing him. McIntyre then said, being surrounded by legends, he realized the kind of champion he wanted to be and issued an open challenge for later in the show to anyone he had not yet defended against.

WWE Championship — Drew McIntyre (c) def. Robert Roode via pinfall after a Claymore to retain the title. Dolph Ziggler approached Adam Pearce earlier in the night to pitch an idea for a challenger. Before the match, Ziggler introduced the returning Robert Roode as that man. Roode gave a fine enough challenge, but got some help from Ziggler, who pulled him out of the ring before McIntyre pulled Ziggler into the ring, ready to attack before Roode hit the champ with a chop block. McIntyre continued to sell the injured leg, providing openings for some Roode near falls — including hitting a Glorious DDT — before McIntyre eventually hit the Claymore for the finish. After the match, just before the show went off the air, Randy Orton was disguised as a janitor backstage, removing a steel chair from his cart and donning night vision goggles before sneaking into the “Legends Lounge” where Show, Flair, Christian and Michaels were playing poker. He shut off the lights and several chair shots could be heard.

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The opening segment with the legends was awkward and a little too jokey, and the image of Orton in night vision goggles at the end of the night is meme fodder. Add to that a fairly “blah” surprise opponent in Roode, and this wasn’t the strongest night for segments involving the WWE champion. The match was perfectly fine, but this just felt like a stay-busy night as the feud between the champ and Orton drags along.

Mysterio family drama escalates
The Mysterio Family were interviewed in-ring by Jerry Lawler, addressing last week’s family drama. Aalyah Mysterio clarified that she was upset at her father for calling her naive last week, but that Seth Rollins is a bad person and anyone who hangs around him is making bad choices. Rollins then appeared on the Titantron and showed direct messages between Aalyah and Murphy — whose phone Rollins had taken earlier in the night. The messages were generally harmless, including Murphy offering to listen if Aalyah needed anyone to talk to and her sending him a “happy birthday” text. But it was enough to send Dominik Mysterio into a rage before he stormed backstage and brawled with Murphy to set up the match later in the night.

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Murphy def. Dominik Mysterio via pinfall with a schoolboy pin. Mysterio was furious as he walked to the ring and immediately took the fight to Murphy. The two continued to brawl inside and outside the ring before Mysterio looked under the ring and found a kendo stick. As he tried to get in the ring, Aalyah came to ringside and begged Dominik to stop. With Dominik distracted, Murphy rolled him up for a pin. Dominik delivered a few shots with the kendo stick before Aalyah again stepped in. Dominik called her naive, saying their father was right before she slapped him and stormed off.

 

Raw Women’s Championship — Asuka (c) def. Zelina Vega via submission with the Asuka Lock to retain the title.As was the case when the two met at Clash of Champions, Vega gave a spirited effort, returning her focus to Asuka’s arm as she had the night prior. But Vega came up short when Asuka countered a moonsault into the Asuka Lock to get the finish and retain her title.

Keith Lee def. Andrade via pinfall after a Spirit Bomb. After Vega’s match, Andrade entered the ring and ran down his former manager for dragging him down in the past. After Vega left, Andrade asked someone to come out and face him, drawing out Lee. Lee made relatively easy work of Andrade before hitting a Spirit Bomb for the win.

The 24/7 championship traded hands three times in under a minute. A ninja approached R-Truth backstage. He handed Truth a note from Akira Tozawa, stating that he had been eaten by a shark — as implied last week. The ninja then gave Truth a black belt, Truth celebrated and Tozawa crawled out from under a table to pin Truth to win the title. The first ninja then pinned Tozawa to win the title, revealing himself to be Drew Gulak. Truth then pinned Gulak to win the title back.

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Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke def. Lana & Natalya via pinfall when Rose hit Lana with a jumping knee. Lana and Natalya claimed they should be awarded the women’s tag titles after Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were unable to defend at Clash of Champions. Adam Pearce said that no such thing would happen, but the duo could earn their way toward a title shot by facing the newest tag team on Raw: Rose and Brooke.

Kevin Owens def. Aleister Black via disqualification. Before the match, Black cut a backstage promo blaming Owens for not being there for him when his eye was injured by Murphy and Rollins. The match itself was an all-out brawl between the two before Black accidentally hit the official, drawing the disqualification. Owens hit an irate Black with a stunner after the decision was announced.

24/7 Championship — R-Truth (c) def. Drew Gulak & Akira Tozawa via pinfall after hitting an AA on Gulak onto Tozawa. After the rapid-fire title changes earlier in the night, a triple threat was held, with Truth retaining the belts in match that was more entertaining than most “real” matches for the 24/7 belt.

Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Mustafa Ali def. The Hurt Business via pinfall after Ali hit MVP with a 450 splash. Early in the match, the lights flickered and the Retribution’s logo showed on the ThunderDome screens, but nothing came of it and the match went along until Ali scored the big victory.

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Monday Night Raw results 3rd November 2020

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Monday Night Raw results 3rd November 2020

Braun Strowman def. Keith Lee and Sheamus via pinfall after a running powerslam on Sheamus. As Lee was setting up for a Spirit Bomb on Strowman, Sheamus ran in and hit a Brogue Kick. That allowed Strowman to catch Sheamus with the running powerslam for the win, qualifying him for the Survivor Series team. After the match, Styles encouraged the team to shake hands and work together, leading Strowman to tell Lee they need to put their differences aside because he wants to win at the pay-per-view. Strowman and Lee shook hands and Sheamus and Strowman hugged after briefly arguing, but Sheamus turned and hit a Brogue Kick, knocking Strowman from the ring. Lee then clotheslined Sheamus to the floor and Styles dropkicked Lee out of the ring next before complaining that the team couldn’t get along. Later in the show, Sheamus approached McIntyre and pitched them joining up again — starting with McIntyre on Team Raw, but McIntyre politely refused the offer. (Monday Night Raw)

 

Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss hosted a Firefly Fun House segment. The two focused on Orton with Wyatt saying The Fiend couldn’t forget what happened when Orton burned down the Wyatt Compound in 2017. Bliss then did a “magic trick” where she appeared to spit blood. Bliss was also confronted backstage by Nikki Cross later in the show. Cross was scared off when Bliss looked up at her with glowing eyes. (Monday Night Raw)

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Jeff Hardy def. Elias in a guitar on a pole match. Elias took a shot to the nose that drew a little blood early in the match and responded by tossing a stool to knock Hardy off the top rope as he climbed the ropes to retrieve the guitar. That only delayed the inevitable as Hardy eventually grabbed the guitar and jumped from the top rope to smash it on Elias’ back and score the pinfall victory. (Monday Night Raw)

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) def. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke via submission to retain the titles when Baszler locked Brooke in the Kirifuda Clutch. Lana came to ringside to watch the other members of Team Raw in the match, drawing the ire of Jax and Baszler immediately. Lana would distract Baszler multiple times, including as she tried to lock Brooke in the Kirifuda Clutch the first time. That allowed Brooke to score a roll-up for a near fall. After Baszler kicked out, she locked in the hold for the finish. | Nia Jax def Lana via pinfall after a Samoan drop. Jax dominated the match, brutalizing Lana from the opening bell and never letting up. Jax finally ended the match with a Samoan drop. After the match, Jax returned to the ring, calling Lana pathetic before the weekly Samoan drop through the announce table.

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Bobby Lashley def. R-Truth via submission with the Hurt Lock in a non-title match. Truth told Lashley that they’re both champions and there’s no need for either man to get hurt. Truth then laid down and waited to be pinned, but Lashley wasn’t having it, scoring a near-immediate win with the Hurt Lock. | 24/7 Championship — Drew Gulak def. R-Truth (c) to win the title. Gulak tried to run in after the match and pin Truth for the 24/7 title, but Lashley slammed him and locked in the Hurt Lock. Lashley then threw Gulak’s unconscious body on top of Truth for the pin.

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The Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) def. The New Day via pinfall (c) in a non-title match after Benjamin hit Paydirt on Xavier Woods. The lengthy match began after New Day interrupted a VIP Lounge segment by The Hurt Business. The two teams went back-and-forth until a wild sprint finish that saw Benjamin hit Paydirt to allow Alexander to score the pinfall.

Ricochet def. Tucker Knight via pinfall after hitting Recoil. Ricochet won very quickly, but Mustafa Ali had come to ringside before the match. Retribution jumped into the ring after the match, with T-Bar throwing Ricochet from the ring before attacking Knight. Ricochet was then thrown back in the ring, where Retribution circled him. Ricochet fought back, but the numbers game caught up and Ali told him, “No sin is forgiven, until it is punished.”

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Ronaldo conquers Covid-19 and Spezia

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Ronaldo marked his recovery from the coronavirus by scoring twice on his return to help Juventus beat newly promoted Spezia 4-1 in the Italian league on Sunday.

Juventus was struggling to break Spezia down until Ronaldo was brought on as a substitute in the 56th minute. He put Juventus 2-1 up three minutes later and also converted a penalty to seal the result for the Bianconeri.

“We had a good game, we should have been more clinical in the first half and finished off the match sooner,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo said. (Ronaldo)

“Then we did well when we came back out in the second half, with the desire to win the match, and Cristiano gave us a hand.”

Juventus moved third, four points below early leader AC Milan, which won 2-1 at Udinese thanks to a late winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Surprising Sassuolo moved to within two points of Milan with a 2-0 win at Napoli. (Ronaldo)

Ronaldo had been out for three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 while on international duty. The Portugal forward missed three Juventus matches — draws with Crotone and Hellas Verona in Serie A as well as a loss to Barcelona in the Champions League.

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Ronaldo started from the bench against Spezia with Alvaro Morata again replacing him in the starting lineup.

Morata had three goals ruled out for offside against Barcelona on Wednesday and the flag was again raised when he fired in from Weston McKennie’s assist in the 14th minute, but this time video review came to his aid and the goal was given.

Morata did have a goal ruled out for offside shortly after and Spezia drew level when Tommaso Pobega’s effort was deflected in.

Ronaldo replaced Paulo Dybala early in the second half and he had an immediate impact when he ran onto Morata’s through-ball, rounded the goalkeeper and scored into an empty net.

Fellow substitute Adrien Rabiot extended Juve’s lead and the Bianconeri were awarded a penalty when Paolo Bartolomei tripped up Federico Chiesa.

Ronaldo stepped up and cheekily chipped the spot kick into the back of the net.

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Ibrahimovic continued to roll back the years with an overhead kick seven minutes from time to snatch all three points for Milan, which extended its unbeaten run to 23 matches.

He also set up Franck Kessie’s opener. The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic, who recently recovered from the coronavirus, has now scored seven goals in his last four league matches.

Milan took the lead in the 18th minute with a superb team move. Ismael Bennacer sent a long ball over the top that Ibrahimovic chested down and held up before laying it off to Kessie, who blasted it into the top right corner. (Ronaldo)

Udinese levelled early in the second half when Alessio Romagnoli fouled Ignacio Pussetto and Rodrigo De Paul converted the resulting penalty.

Just as the match appeared to be heading for a draw, Ibrahimovic reacted quickest in the area to acrobatically hook the ball into the back of the net.

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Sassuolo rose to second by handing Napoli its first loss on the field courtesy of goals from Manuel Locatelli and Maxime Lopez. Napoli’s only other defeat was decided by the league judge for not travelling to face Juventus amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases. An appeal is pending.

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Two stoppage-time goals saw Lazio snatch a 4-3 win at Torino.

Torino thought it was heading for its first win this season when Saoa Lukic put it 3-2 ahead with three minutes remaining but Ciro Immobile levelled from the spot five minutes into stoppage time and Felipe Caicedo managed to score in a goalmouth scramble.

Also, Sampdoria and Genoa drew 1-1 in a derby. Play was interrupted shortly after the start by a flare launched from outside the stadium with a mini-parachute attached that landed on the pitch.

No fans are allowed inside Italian stadiums according to the latest restrictions for the coronavirus.

Leonardo Spinazzola and Pedro scored in Roma’s 2-0 win over visiting Fiorentina, which finished with 10 men

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Chelsea FC beats Burnley 3-0, another clean sheet for Mendy

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Chelsea Football club beat Burnley 3-0 and Mendy keeps another clean sheet.

Just few days after they won their UEFA Champions League match, they faced off with burley some minutes ago and they came out victorious

Ziyech started the goal campaign in the first half and in the second half, Kourt Zouma scored a second goal cusion. He is presently the highest goal scorer in the premier league. Then Timo Werner scored the last goal.

Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet since his Cheslea goal keeping career. He is the second Chelsea goal keeper to keep a clean sheet since Petr Cech.

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