S3 Episode 23 Raw & Smackdown Cards
Episode #23 (September 18, 2020):
Show Opener: Roman Reigns walks out again with Keith Lee's WWE Championship. Roman says that what he said last week remains to be true. I don't care what others might say, this is my WWE Championship. I work tirelessly for years to hold this and the moment I earned, you all booed me. You booed my moment. You rejected me as your WWE Champion and once again you are all proving my point. I deserve to be the WWE Champion so I took it, This is my fate. This is my destiny. Suddenly, Aleister Black arrives. Black tells Roman that you know what you have done. I have looked in your soul Roman and there is a massive amount of evil. You have decided to no longer work for your accomplishments but rather steal them from those that deserve it. You are a leech, Roman. A leech I'm going to squash. Roman responds telling Aleister Black that if he has a problem, why don't you actually do something about it, creating a tense moment. AJ Styles breaks the tension by saying that he's got a problem. First off is the conspiracy surrounding my losses. No one in that locker room deserves to be a champion beside me. I've gotten no fair shots at the WWE Championship since I've been on RAW, and besides that Al here cheated recently as well. You are not better than me Al and I am going to prove it tonight. I am the phenomenal one. Just look at Roman. He knows I'm better than him cause I beat him clean in this ring. Roman raises the WWE Championship. Styles tells him to shut up, we all know you kidnapped and rob Keith Lee for that thing, that is rightfully mine. Reigns attack Styles, Black attacks Reigns. We get brawl.
Match #1: Ricochet vs. The Miz
RESULTS: RICOCHET WINS
Match #2: Alexa Bliss vs. Tamina w/ Jax
RESULTS: TAMINA WINS
-After the match, Tamina continues her beatdown of Bliss and Jax joins her. Suddenly, Nikki Cross jumps from Tamina from behind, chopping down her legs. Nikki faces down Nia and doesn't get the win in the fight but it allows Bliss to escape.
Video Package: Recap of Viking Raiders/Bryan/Edge/Rollins/Disciples feud
Segment: Backstage Segment with Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley. Morgan says that after Summerslam, things have been rough. That match was mine. But everything is all ok, now. Now I must focus, we must focus, and that's to focus on this Sunday. Against not one opponent but two, one of which we won't know until Friday. Morgan continues saying that they have something to prove this Sunday that they are a team that is here to stay. Watch out.
Segment: Alexa Bliss catches up with Nikki Cross in the trainer's room and asks why Nikki would ever do that. Nikki responds saying that you helped me last week, figured I return the favor. Alexa thanks her and they hug it out.
Match #3: Andrade w/ Vega vs. MVP - #1 Contenders Tournament for the Intercontinental Championship Finals Match
RESULTS: MVP WINS
-After the match, Sheamus brogue kicks MVP
Segment: Contract Signing with Shayna Baszler & Bianca Belair. Belair walks out by herself. Bianca signs her contract then says that the RAW Women's Championship is why she became a wrestler. It is the pinnacle of greatest in this division and it is the embodiment of everything I am as the EST of Raw. You Shayna are nothing but a flunky UFC Fighter. Sure you're good in the ring, but I am better. And it don't matter cause I already proved it to you by beating your ass weeks ago. I am the best, Shayna and I am taking the RAW Women's Championship. Shayna responds with you and what army, oh wait, you've got no army. You act all tough Bianca but when I was choking out your friend you ran away from her and more importantly me. What I have done in the UFC and WWE is one thing and that make you fear me. You can talk a big game and sure you beat me once, but when this caged animal has her back against the way you know for a fact that I am dangerous. You have no one in your corner Bianca and I am going to rip you apart. Shayna signs the contract and leaves.
Main Event: AJ Styles vs. Aleister Black
-Roman Reigns watches the match from backstage
RESULTS: AJ STYLES WINS
Show Opener: GM Paige opens up Smackdown Live she grabs a mic and says "Hello WWE Universe! Welcome to Smackdown Live! As you all know this Sunday is Clash of Champions and as per tradition, every title in WWE has to be defended. I'm here tonight to make a special announcement, last week we had a new United States Champion crowned, and my initial plan was to have a rematch between Pete Dunne and Tomasso Ciampa for the United States Championship. Unfortunately, Pete Dunne sustained a minor injury last week and won't be able to make it to Clash of Champions. So my new plan is to hold a 12 Man Battle Royale tonight to determine the new #1 Contender for the United States Championship! The Competitors will be (names competitors)! Anyway, let's get Smackdown rolling tonight with our first match!"
Match #1: Sasha Banks vs. Asuka
RESULTS: ASUKA WINS
Segment: Adam Cole pulls up to the arena and an interviewer finds him. They ask about his match this Sunday against Drew McIntyre for the Universal Championship. Cole starts "Drew, you like to say you're the hunter but this time you've become the hunted because Adam Cole is gonna beat your ass into the ground this Sunday and win that Universal Championship. Oh, and by the way, I left you a little good luck present in your trophy room."
Match #2: One Nation vs. Undisputed Era - NO CONTEST
-Undisputed Era is making their entrance for this non-title match when One Nation attacks them from behind.
Segment: Backstage Brawl between One Nation and Undisputed Era where the two teams are beating each other down back and forth throughout the entire backstage area until they make it back to the ramp where One Nation throw Era off the stage and through a wooden floor.
Match #3: Bayley vs. Ember Moon
RESULTS: EMBER MOON WINS
-Moon wins after Sasha breaks up the pin by putting Moon's foot on the ropes after a Bayley to Belly without the ref noticing. Bayley getting distracted lets Moon hit the eclipse and win. Asuka runs out and attempts to throw Banks into the stairs but she reverses it and tosses Asuka into the stairs, then crushes Asuka's arm between the stairs and ring post. Then she helps Moon beat down Bayley and Sasha holds the title high.
Video Package: Hyping up the upcoming debut of Cedric Alexander back on Smackdown
Match #4: Piper Niven & Candice LeRae vs. The IIconics - Winner is added to the Women's Tag Team Championship match at Clash of Champions
RESULTS: NIVEN & LERAE WINS
Main Event: Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender for the United States Championship
RESULTS: MUSTAFA ALI WINS
Segment: Drew McIntyre heads into his trophy room and finds it absolutely destroyed. Everything is broken and the Undisputed Era logo is spray-painted on the wall. Drew looks at the camera and says "You know Cole, After I won this title I was feeling like I didn't have a reason to be the hunter anymore, but now you've lit a fire under me, and you're gonna feel the consequences this Sunday."