WWE Raw Results 9/4 - Intercontinental Championship On The Line, Jey Uso Appears

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results for "WWE Raw" on September 4, 2023, coming to you live from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina!

GUNTHER has the chance to surpass The Honky Tonk Man tonight as the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion at 454 days as he puts his title on the line against Alpha Academy's Chad Gable. While Gable did defeat "The Ring General" in a title match on the August 21 episode of "Raw", he did not become the new titleholder as he did so by count out


Jey Uso stunned the world when he was announced as the newest member of the "WWE Raw" roster by Cody Rhodes during an appearance on "The Grayson Waller Effect" at WWE Payback last Saturday. Tonight, he will be making his first appearance since returning with something on his mind to share. Jey seemingly quit WWE on the August 11 episode of "WWE SmackDown" following an in-ring confrontation with Jimmy Uso and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.

The Viking Raiders' Erik and Ivar will be colliding with Drew McIntyre and Matt Riddle in a Tornado Tag Team Match following recent animosity between the four men. Riddle has been trying to get McIntyre to officially form a tag team with him over the past few weeks, and McIntyre agreed to join forces with him tonight as a means of getting his hands on The Raiders following a miscommunication that ultimately resulted in Xavier Woods getting injured last week.


Additionally, per WWE's event page, the aforementioned Rhodes, World Heavyweight Champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins, Women's World Champion Rhea Ripley, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens are all set to be in town tonight.

We are live! The show kicks off with a video recapping the events of Payback.

Michael Cole and Wade Barrett then greet audiences at home as Jey Uso makes his way down to the ring through the crowd.

Jey Uso And Sami Zayn Hug It Out

Jey welcomes fans to "Raw", then says he knows he was only gone for two to three weeks. He says it felt like a lot longer, but he felt like he kept hitting his breaking point on television every week. He says Cody Rhodes unexpectedly called him, hence why he's here on "Main Event Mondays" by himself.


Sami Zayn's music hits, and he makes his way down to the ring. He tells Jey that it's crazy to see him on "Raw". He says there are a lot of people that will have a big problem with him being here, and himself and Kevin Owens haven't always seen eye-to-eye about him. He says he wanted to be the first person Jey say on "Raw" and says he's happy he's here. He says he knows the kind of guy Jey is and despite how hard it was, he broke free and he's standing on his own two feet to become who he's always been. Zayn says he knows that him and Jey have a long history, but he's proud of him. He then extends his hand out to Jey, but Jey doesn't shake it. Zayn says that's fine and he's around when he's ready to talk. He looks to head to the back, but Jey stops him and says that wasn't very ucey of him. He then extends his own hand out to Zayn, but Zayn doesn't take it opting to hug him instead.


Drew McIntyre then makes his way down to the ring, and stares down Jey as he looks to head to the back. Zayn explains that it's his first night back and McIntyre proceeds. Matt Riddle follows, and does the same thing as McIntyre.

We then head backstage to Adam Pearce chatting with Ricochet about his future. Pearce becomes distracted by Seth "Freakin" Rollins and asks what he's doing here, given that he wasn't cleared by medical. Rollins assures him that he's fine, and Ricochet tires reasoning with him. Rollins reiterates his previous remarks and walks away. 

Back from the break, The Viking Raiders and Valhalla head down to the ring. 

The Viking Raiders (w/ Valhalla) vs. Drew McIntyre and Matt Riddle

The bell rings and McIntyre and Riddle go straight after Ivar. McIntyre executes a spinebuster, then assists Riddle in flying. Ivar responds with a splash on Riddle, but McIntyre gets him up on his shoulder. Erik provides Ivar with a helping hand before delivering a knee to Riddle and raining down right hands on McIntyre with Ivar. Ivar delivers a boot to McIntyre's face, but McIntyre clotheslines him out of the ring and hugs Riddle. He then suplexes him on top of The Raiders on the outside. Riddle pulls a table out from under the ring.


Back from the break, Riddle lays atop a table as Ivar ascends to the top rope. McIntyre delivers a series of right hands to his face and spine, then joins him up there as Riddle slips off the table and joins McIntyre and Ivar on the ropes. The pair hit a superplex, but Erik pulls the table out of the way to soften the hit for Ivar. The Raiders then set up a table in the corner before McIntyre levels them. He takes down Erik with a neckbreaker and gets Ivar on his shoulders. He plants him with a Death Valley Driver, then sets up for a Claymore Kick. Erik helps Ivar out of the ring, and McIntyre joins them on the outside. He clears the announce desk and looks to send Erik crashing through it, but Ivar delivers a right hand to his spine before he can. McIntyre fires off right hands on Erik and delivers a belly-to-belly suplex. Ivar then delivers a splash to him off the announce desk.


Riddle delivers a knee to Ivar, then delivers one to Erik off the apron. He sets up a table in the center of the ring and sets him up on it, then looks to ascends to the top. Valhalla distracts him, allowing Ivar to deliver a spinning back heel kick. The Raiders look to plant Riddle through the table, but Kofi Kingston runs down to provide a hand to Riddle. He lands a series of strikes on The Raiders and looks to land a Trouble In Paradise on Ivar, but he ducks out of the way and Kingston accidentally hits Riddle. The Raiders then use Kingsotn to level McIntyre and deliver a double powerbomb to Riddle through the table for the win.

Winners: The Viking Raiders

Seth "Freakin" Rollins then makes his way down to the ring.

We Hear From Seth Rollins

Rollins welcomes fans to Monday Night Rollins and introduces himself, then says two days ago, Shinsuke Nakamura did everything he said he would. He says Nakamura dropped bombs on his back all night long, and he didn't know at certain points during that match where he didn't know if he could get up or continue but despite that, he's still World Heavyweight Champion. He says something hasn't sat right with him since Payback, and that's the fact that Nakamura was able to walk out of the building while he was pushed out in a wheelchair by his wife. He then calls Nakamura out to the ring.


Nakamura's music hits, and he appears on the ramp. Rollins tells him to get inside the ring becuase he has a proposition for him. Nakamura remains on the ramp, and Rollins says there's only one way to get him in the ring. He offers him another shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, and Nakamura slowly heads to the ring. He turns back around and speaks in Japanese. Rollins says he's assuming Nakamura is accepting his challenge, but Nakamura clarifies that he isn't.

Rollins has had enough and meets Nakamura on the ramp. The pair begin brawling with one another before officials run down to separate the two men. Ricochet pulls Nakamura off Rollins and begins brawling with him until officials separate them.


Back from the break, we see Adam Pearce chewing out Rollins backstage. He explains that he's trying to protect him, but Rollins is having none of it and storms off.

Back at ringside, Nakamura and Ricochet are waiting in the ring.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ricochet

The bell rings and Nakamura slides out of the ring. The pair begin brawling on the outside, but Ricochet gets Nakamura back in the ring before he delivers a hurricanrana and a dropkick. He follows it up with an uppercut. Nakamura fires back with a knee across his chest off the top rope as he hangs from the middle rope, then fires off several more knees across his chest. He then lands a kick to his spine and a German suplex.


Back from the break, Nakamura delivers a knee to Ricochet's midsection. Ricochet fires back with a springboard elbow as we see Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley watching the action from backstage. Ricochet delivers a tijeras and goes flying, then lands a running Shooting Star Press and drags Nakamura to the corner. He ascends to the top and looks for a 450 Splash, but Nakamura avoids the maneuver. Ricochet then delivers a single leg Codebreaker and looks for a splash in the corner, then delivers a running knee to his chest. He then delivers a cannonball off the apron and charges at him, but Ricochet dumps him into the timekeepers area. Nakamura grabs a chair and cracks it across Ricochet's spine, causing a disqualification.


Winner: Ricochet (as a result of disqualification)

After the match, Nakamura hits Ricochet with the chair again and gets his head between it. He looks for the Kinshasa, but Seth "Freakin" Rollins runs down to the ring and attacks Nakamura. He then goes flying over the top rope and levels several officials on the outside. Nakamura then further beats down Rollins.

Judgment Day then heads down to the ring.

We Hear From Judgment Day

Damian Priest calls for all to rise for Judgment Day, and Dominik Mysterio looks to speak. Dominik gets cut off by boos, but continues to speak anyways and brags about Rhea Ripley holding onto the Women's World Championship and Priest and Finn Balor becoming the new Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Balor congratulates Dominik on one year in Judgment Day and thanks Ripley for being the voice of reason. Balor then tells Priest that despite their ups and downs, they managed to make it to the top and gives a shout out to both JD McDonagh for having his back for the past 20 years and himself for becoming "Grand Slam Finn". Ripley says she gave Priest and Balor an ultimatum last week, but they managed to rise to the occasion. She says one thing has been aggravating her, and that's the fact that the focus hasn't been on them and their accomplishments. She expresses her frustrations with Jey Uso taking the attention away from them as the newest member of "Raw", then says as far as she's concerned, The Bloodline has fallen as they have risen.


McDonagh then makes his way down to the ring with a covered item in hand and Priest tells him to make his reason for coming out good. McDonagh says it is good, and they owe him one for what he did at Payback to help them out. He says he's out there because of Ripley saying changes are needed in the Judgment Day (something he agrees with) and tells Priest that his briefcase has to go. He says he doesn't need it anymore, then unveils the item holding he's holding in his hand: a custom purple Money In The Bank briefcase just for him. He hands it over to Priest, and Priest holds it up. 

Sami Zayn's music hits, and he appears. He says even though Kevin Owens isn't here tonight, they didn't seriously think that him and Owens would let their loss slide. He says when he looks in the ring, he doesn't see five champions but rather "five championship stealing turds." He says a special beating is owed to Dominik for being the deciding factor at Payback, then challenges him to a match. McDonagh intervenes and says Dominik won't be fighting anyone tonight. He says Dominik wasn't the only one who interfered and challenges Zayn to a match between the two of them. Zayn accepts. 


Shayna Baszler then heads down to the ring. 

Back from the break, we head backstage to an exchange between Chelsea Green and Raquel Rodriguez. 

Back at ringside, Zoey Stark heads down. 

Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark

The bell rings and the two lock up. Baszler lands a shoulder tackle, but Stark fires back with a dropkick. Baszler then stomps on Stark's arm and whips her into the corner, then looks to lock in the Kirifuda Clutch. Stark escapes and lands a kick that sends Baszler crashing out of the ring. She follows her out there and gets caught in the Kirifuda Clutch once again. Stark escapes and goes flying over the top to level Baszler.


Back from the break, Stark delivers a German suplex to Baszler. She charges at her in the corner, but Baszler sends her onto the apron. Stark lands a kick, then follows it up with a dropkick off the top rope. Baszler then lands a knee on Stark's face, but Stark fires back with a thrust kick. Baszler gets Stark up on her shoulders, but Stark escpaes and looks for Z360. Baslzer weasels her way out of the maneuver and ends up on the outside. Stark lands a splash off the apron and gets Baszler back inside, then looks to go flying back in. Baszler catches her with the Kirifuda Clutch, and while Stark tries to fight it, she can't hang on and fades.

Winner: Shayna Baszler

After the match, Baszler and Stark fist bump as a show of respect for one another.


We then head backstage to JD McDonagh, where Finn Balor suggests making McDonagh a member of the group. Damian Priest says he still thinks he needs to prove himself, and Balor tells him they might not be Undisputed Tag Team Champions if not for McDonagh. He asks Dominik what he thinks, and Dominik tells him he's cool with whatever. Ripley is asked for her opionion, and she tells him that she wants to wait and see how he does against Sami Zayn later tonight. She tells him to go check on McDonagh, and Balor invites Priest to tag along. Dominik looks to join them, but Rhea Ripley stops him and tells him that she needs him to make sure everything with McDonagh goes smoothly.

Back at ringside, Raquel Rodriguez heads down. Chelsea Green follows. 

Raquel Rodriguez vs. Chelsea Green

The bell rings and Green tries running away. Rodriguez pulls her back in the ring and cinches in a Waist Lock before executing a mat return. Green rains down right hands on Rodriguez's spine, but Rodriguez fires back with a boot and a Fallaway Slam. Green ascends to the top and delivers a crossbody, but Rodriguez catches her and gets her up on her shoulders. Green escapes and delivers a strike, but an angered Rodriguez catches her with a vicious clothesline and a Texana Bomb for the win.


Winner: Raquel Rodriguez

After the match, Rodriguez grabs a mic and says she spoke with Adam Pearce about what happened during her Payback Women's World Championship match with Rhea Ripley. She says Pearce granted her a rematch for the title next week, with Dominik Mysterio banned from ringside.

The Miz then makes his way down to the ring.

Back from the break, we see an irate Drew McIntyre looking for Kofi Kingston. Matt Riddle sees him and tells him to calm down, but McIntyre gets worked up. Kingston then walks in and apologizes for what happened earlier tonight. Riddle says it's cool, but McIntyre isn't as forgiving and tells Kingston he's keeping his eyes open in case any more "accidents" happen. 


The Miz Hosts John Cena on Miz TV (But You Can't See Him)

Miz welcomes fans to "Miz TV", then says he did not lose at Payback because he was robbed. He then introduces his guest, John Cena.

Cena's music hits, but the real Cena doesn't appear. Miz then welcomes an invisible Cena into the ring and invites him to take a seat. He chews him out for his job as referee, then says something feels weird. He asks fans if they can see Cena, then says he thinks he knows what's going on. He says he's been able to see through John Cena for the past eighteen years, then translates for "Cena".


Miz asks if LA Knight paid Cena, if he offered him a job, or if he screwed him over. He says Knight's victory should be thrown out, then tells "Cena" he should be thrown out of the ring. "Cena" refuses to do so and "shoves" Miz. Miz takes off his jacket and begins to fight "Cena". He then hits him with a Skull Crushing Finale, then makes it clear that there's nothing invisible about what happened to him at Payback. He says Knight took the easy way out, then challenges him to a one-on-one match with no stipuations. He says Knight will fade away because his future success is as realistic as "Cena" in the ring, then adds that the fairytale of Knight will come crashing and burning down by him. 

Sami Zayn then makes his way down to the ring.


We then head backstage to Jey Uso, who runs into Adam Pearce. Pearce warns him that someone from "Raw" will be traded to "SmackDown" as per orders from upper management, and there are some from "Raw" who are bound to be angry. Tommaso Ciampa then approaches Pearce and asks to talk. Pearce invites him into his office to finish up their talk.

Back at ringside, JD McDonagh heads down.

Sami Zayn vs. JD McDonagh

The bell rings and McDonagh slides out of the ring. He ends up back inside, and Zayn plants him. He then delivers a series of strikes and whips him into the corner, but McDonagh clocks Zayn from behind and fires off right hands. He then fires off chops, but Zayn lands several of his own before sending McDonagh crashing to the outside. He follows him out there and gets him back into the ring, but McDonagh drags him back out and sends him crashing into the apron spine and face first. He then sends him crashing into the announce desk face first repeatedly before sending him colliding with the ring post.


Back from the break, Zayn fires off right hands on McDonagh's head. He levels him with a clothesline, then rains down more right hands in the corner. He follows it up with a chop and a massive back body drop, then delivers a Michinoku Driver and sits him on the top rope. McDonagh fights him off before Zayn lands an Exploder and sets up for the Helluva Kick. Dominik Mysterio pulls McDonagh out of the ring while the referee is distracted, and Zayn wastes no time clocking him. He fires off right hands on Dominik, then does the same to McDonagh and gets him back in the ring. Dominik hops up on the apron, but Zayn levels him. This allows McDonagh to roll up Zayn for the win.

Winner: JD McDonagh

After the match, Zayn continues to beat down Dominik. Dominik tries escaping, but Zayn prevents him from doing so and delivers an Exploder. He sets up for a Helluva Kick, but McDonagh pulls him out of the ring and sends him into the ring post. McDonagh tells Dominik to leave, and he does just that. McDonagh then gets caught with an Exploder and a Helluva Kick.


Back from the break, we head backstage to Judgment Day, celebrating McDonagh's win. They look to head out, but before they can, Dominik Mysterio approaches Jey Uso and says he knows what he's going through given that they both have WWE Hall of Fame fathers. He says from a man who didn't have a family to the man who now has the tightest family, he gets it. He says Jey has no family and no one likes him, but Rhea Ripley and Judgment Day changed that. He says all of them are equals and offers him a spot in the group. He tells him to think it over and thanks him for hearing him out.

Back at ringside, Chad Gable heads down. GUNTHER follows. 

GUNTHER (c) vs. Chad Gable for the Intercontinental Championship

The bell rings and the two lock up. GUNTHER chucks Gable across the ring before they go back and forth, exchaning submission holds. Gable lands a chop and GUNTHER looks for one of his own, but Gable slides out of the ring to avoid it. GUNTHER looks to chase him back inside the ring, but Gable catches him with a pair of dropkicks.


Back from the break, Gable delivers a Dragon Screw to GUNTHER on the apron, using the rope for some extra momentum. He then delivers a chop block before GUNTHER fires back with a boot to his face. He follows it up with a chop and delivers an elbow to his nose, but Gable fires back with a couple of chops. GUNTHER lands one of his own that levels Gable, then delivers a second one. Gable doesn't stay down and gets fired up. He delivers several chops of his own to GUNTHER, but GUNTHER sends him tumbling to the outside.

Back from another break, Gable looks to cinch in an Ankle Lock. GUNTHER blocks it, and the two go tumbling out of the ring. Gable delivers a German suplex to GUNTHER, then tosses him back inside the ring. GUNTHER catches him with a powerbomb before Gable delivers a superplex to him and ascends to the top. He connects with a diving headbutt and transitions into an Ankle Lock. GUNTHER fights him off and Gable looks for a German suplex, but GUNTHER escapes. Gable then delivers a back suplex and a German suplex, then goes for a pin. GUNTHER manages to kick out and Gable looks for a Shooting Star Press off the top. GUNTHER evades the amenuver and Gable cinches in an Ankle Lock once more. GUNTHER fights him off and locks in a Sleeper, but Gable makes it back up to his feet and pins GUNTHER. GUNTHER kicks out and delivers a suplex. He follows it up with a powerbomb and a vicious clothesline for the win.


Winner (and still): GUNTHER