- Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan; Jordan wins.
- Asuka VS Stacy Coates; Asuka wins.
- Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe; no contest.
- Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor; double count-out.
- Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Sasha win.
- Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage; no contest.
- Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins.
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar; The Bar wins and becomes new Raw Tag Team Champions.
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WWE addresses the church shooting on 11/5/17.
BRAUN STROWMAN HAS RETURNED!
And he was not through with The Miztourage. He emerged from the back of a garbage truck, and then treated The Miz, Bo Dallas and most of all, Curt Axel, like garbage. The Monster Among Men didn’t get full rectification as The Miz got away, when will Strowman’s revenge catch up to the Hollywood A-Lister?
Miz TV is in the UK!
Before getting started, Miz has a message for Baron Corbin. For those who don’t know, there has been a social media war of words. If The Lone Wolf insults Maryse ever again, Miz will knock his teeth down his throat. So what does Corbin do? Escalates to talking about Miz’s unborn daughter, and how Corbin will be Miz’s Daddy. The Manchester fans join in on a “Who’s your daddy?” chants. Not Corbin. Miz speaks from the heart, Corbin rips off lines. Miz is a pitcher throwing heaters, Corbin better be ready to step up to the plate. Corbin is the Bathroom Break, Miz is the Whole Damn Show! Bring your A-Game against the A-Lister, Corbin, because you’re gonna finally become relevant. To business. Their Raw GM wants at the SmackDown Commissioner, it’s Kurt Angle!
Miz welcomes Angle and wants to talk Survivor Series. Despite their differences, Angle supports Miz against Corbin. Miz wishes he could say the same. Well, if anyone knows what Angle can do in the ring, it’s Miz. Or did he forget TLC? Fans sure loved that, didn’t’ they? Yes, Miz remembers Angle abusing power to have one last glory, Miz remembers his team falling apart, but he remembers Stephanie saying this after. Stephanie gave the ultimatum, Angle will captain Team Raw and win, or he’ll be fired as Raw GM. Raw is nearing its 25th anniversary, Raw has the best talent and fans. SmackDown’s had a good 18 year run, but Shane has an “inferiority complex”. SmackDown is and will be The B Show, Raw will prove it. How about when they brought Raw #UnderSiege? How did Angle respond? SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan was attacked by Kane! Even when Bryan said he had no part in what Shane did. SmackDown might just show up again and have Raw #UnderSiege2. Angle says he didn’t condone Kane’s attack, he apologizes here and now. Angle respects Daniel. Fans agree, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Oh Angle didn’t scheme that attack up? Stephanie tore into Angle, and The Real Angle returned. That Angle did whatever it took to get the job done! He wanted to eliminate Bryan, just like he wanted to eliminate The Miztourage! Forcing Miz to defend the title, then kept Miz trapped so Strowman could attack! And poor, poor Curt Axel — who gets cheers from the fans — was caught. Bryan doesn’t deserve an apology, Axel does. Angle won’t give one- Miz’s hand goes up, your mouth goes shut. Angle will not let Miz tell him what to do. Okay, okY, calm down. If Angle had nothing to do with Kane or Strowman, then why is Strowman on Team Raw?! Those two things are not related. Strowman deserves to be on Team Raw, but he is promised something: a match, tonight, AGAINST MIZ! Miz is begging Angle reconsider, Angle leaves. Will Miz even make it to Survivor Series? Will he even make it out of Manchester?!
Guitar on a Pole Match: Elias VS Jason Jordan!
The Drifter can’t give Manchester his usual concert, because his guitar is the one dangling in a corner. Once brought down, the guitar is a weapon, and when it’s smashed on someone, the target loses. Elias says “I am Destiny manifested.” Every guitar of Elias’ is special to him, The GOld Blooded Son insulted him when he smashed one last week. But, Elias is still going to sing. What do they want? Wonderwall? Really? Too bad, he has an original piece, a capella. And it’ll be better than the stuff by what’s his face. Not that it matters, Jordan interrupts him again!
The bell rings, Elias goes for the guitar but JJ stops him, so they brawl instead. Elias shoves JJ out of the way, but JJ keeps him from getting tot he guitar, dropkick sends Elias out. JJ follows to stay between the Drifter and the guitar, even back into the ring. The fans duel, the superstars brawl, we go to break.
We return, Elias is kicking JJ while he’s down. Stiff European Uppercut puts JJ in a corner, then a stiff chop rings out, but JJ comes back with clubbing forearms. Elias body shots and saido suplex but JJ slips out and shoves Elias to a corner, shoulder tackle to Northern Lights! Float over, another Northern Lights! JJ fires up, as do fans, JJ goes for the guitar. JJ grabs the guitar, Elias trips him up and lets him bounce off buckles. Elias lariats JJ down, then goes to fetch his “baby”. It’s off the hook!
Now it is a weapon, aimed at JJ, JJ ducks! JJ kicks low, has the guitar, Elias gets out of the ring. JJ pursues, they run around the side, Elias catches JJ on reentry. He stomps JJ at the ropes, then picks up the guitar. Elias aims, swings, JJ grabs Elias and powers him to a corner. Then across to the opposite corner. Then, back the other way! JJ throws Elias overhead, he’s all fired up again. JJ has the guitar, Elias is dazed, fans duel as JJ SMACKS Elias on the back! JJ wins, Elias quite literally feels the blues.
Kurt Angle is visited by The Bar.
Cesaro & Sheamus feel Angle isn’t putting Raw’s “best foot forward” for Survivor Series. Last week, Miz and Bliss defend titles because Angle wants Raw’s best. Yet, Rollins & Ambrose haven’t defended it. Showing favoritism? What would Stephanie think? When Raw was #UnderSiege, the Shield was the last line of defense yet they fail. Well then The Bar should be the first line! Don’t manipulate, man up! Okay then, fella. The Bar wants to represent as the Tag Team Champions, because they can beat the Usos while Rollins & Ambrose can’t. Fine, one last chance at those titles, tonight! The Bar gets their match, will they win it?
Asuka VS Stacy Coates!
Stacy taps, Asuka wins! As if there was going to be any other outcome.
Alicia The Captain gives us a message.
Asuka is now part of Raw’s Women’s Team! If Raw isn’t ready for Asuka, can SmackDown hope to be?
Backstage interview with Titus Worldwide.
Titus O’Neil is reminded of what happened to Apollo Crews when Samoa Joe returned to dominate him. Why does Titus want a match with Joe tonight?
Titus Worldwide~ loves to have fun, but that didn’t happen last week. This week, Joe better be ready for trouble. The Real Deal is determined, can he defeat the Destroyer?
Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews VS Samoa Joe!
Titus likes making million dollar moves, but Joe makes a major statement as he starts a brawl with Titus on the stage! Apollo gets dumped aside, Coquina Clutch for Titus! Referees hurry to make Joe stop, Joe stops when he wants to stop.
Titus is out cold, Joe coldly makes his way to the ring. “It does not matter if you are as big or as powerful as Titus. It does not matter if you have the athleticism of Apollo crews. IF you stand in my way, I will put, you, down.” If anybody wants to prove Joe wrong, then come on out. Joe isn’t done yet. Who comes out? FINN BALOR!
Samoa Joe VS Finn Balor!
It’s been some time since The Destroyer and the Extraordinary Man clashed in the ring, and now we get this epic rematch by surprise! The bell rings, the two circle. Finn is wary of Joe, but the fans have his back. Joe and Finn tie up, Joe powers Finn to ropes but Finn turns it around. Ropebreak, but Joe kicks low. Headlock, Finn powers out, Joe shoulders Finn down. Joe gets Finn up for jabs, Finn gives right hands and body shots. Joe is backed down but he turns it around to grind Finn’s eyes on the ropes. Joe chops Finn then drags him into powerbomb but Finn gets a takedown and a standing double stomp! Finn gets Joe in a corner, whip is reversed, but Finn dodges to swing kick Joe down. Finn climbs up, Joe gets up and trips Finn up. Finn tumbles down, fans rally, Joe gets Finn up for more stiff jabs. Finn ends up in another corner, but fires back with forearms. Whip reversed again, Joe gets the back elbow and Pele!
Cover, TWO, Joe keeps focus. Joe stalks Finn, snapmare and neck wrench. Fans rally, Finn feeds off it to get up and power out, throwing right hands until Joe headbutts. Snapmare, stiff chop to the back followed by a kick and then an elbow drop, TWO. Joe might be a little annoyed, fans rally for Finn, Finn fights back. Finn runs, Joe runs him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, Joe puts Finn right back to the neck wrench. Fans cheer Finn on again, dueling even, Finn gets up and fights out. Finn gives forearms, Joe gives a knee, Joe whips Finn but Finn boots back. Finn gives a forearm that rocks Joe, then another, but Joe stays standing. Finn fires up, ducks a lariat, forearm takes Joe down! Joe in a corner, Finn gives a running chop. Corner to corner reversed, Finn up and over, stiff kick from Joe slows Finn. Joe hops up, Finn kicks Joe down and out! Finn runs, wrecking ball dropkick knocks Joe back. Then from the apron, Too Sweet, Penalty Kick!
Joe falls over, Finn is fired up thanks to his Balor Club. Finn gets Joe up, gets Joe in, Finn climbs up but Joe rolls out. So Finn builds speed around the way, forearm smash to Joe! Joe is down as we go to break.
Upon return, both men are in the ring, Slingblade takes Joe down. Joe dodges the blasting dropkick, back senton crushes Finn, TWO! Joe is looking a little frustrated, fans rally for Finn. Joe watches Finn get up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up to the top. Finn resists, knowing what Joe wants. Joe chops Finn, Finn wavers on the top, Joe goes for a fireman’s carry, Finn slips down to a sunset flip, TWO! Joe jabs Finn again, Finn chops, Joe gives a forearm, PELE from Finn!
Both men down, the ref starts a ten count. Finn stirs at about 4, gets to his feet at about 7. Joe stirs and gets up as well, Finn dodges to Slingblade Joe down again. Finn hits that dropkick now, Joe is blasted to buckles and falls down. Finn fires up, as do the fans, Finn climbs up and… Coup- No, Joe dodged it, Finn runs in and gets sat down with the yurinagi! Cover, TWO, and Joe is running out of ideas. Manchester declares “This is awesome!” Joe is up first this time, stalking Finn again. Joe wants that submission, Finn is in the sleeper hold! Finn uses the buckles for leverage, rolls back and out, another double stomps! Joe rolls out of the ring, those ribs took a hit. Finn takes aim, runs, and FLIES!
Direct hit! Joe goes down, so does Finn, a ring count begins. Finn gets up and goes over to Joe, dragging Joe up and giving shots. Joe gives shots back, runs and throws Finn to the ramp! The ring count is high, hits 10! Double count out! A draw won’t stop Joe, he drags Finn up, Finn revives to fire off more strikes!
The referees try to stop this scrap, it isn’t working. They brawl on the stage, the fans want to “Let them fight!” The fight continues, the referees bring out security, and even Angle. The two are separated, Finn says he could do this all day. The fans want to see that, but Angle says this is enough. Survivor Series is about Raw VS SmackDown, this ferocity is what he wants! Welcome to Team Raw, boys! Combustible elements to say the least, but they need to save that for SmackDown. Not Finn, he FLIES from the stage to collide with Joe again! Did Angle just add some dysfunction to his team? Or will things be put aside to prove Raw is the superior brand?
Bo Dallas gives Miz a pep talk.
So what if Braun Strowman rose from the garbage like in a horror film? Halloween is over, monsters aren’t real. What’s real is The Miztrouage’s superior intellect, their bond, and their strength in numbers. Strowman is flesh and bone, a whole lot of it, but they can do this. Right, Axel? No one ever manhandled Axel the way Strowman has. Axel is becoming a believer that Strowman is a Monster Among Men. They should just cut their losses and run. Miz’s glare says otherwise. Well, if Miz isn’t afraid, the Miztourage isn’t, either. Should they be?
Kurt Angle tries to apologize to Daniel Bryan on the phone.
Bryan isn’t answering his phone, Angle apologizes as best he can on the voicemail, and hopes Bryan calls him back. That aside, he’s visited by JJ now. Great match and win, and even when JJ didn’t win against John Cena or Roman Reigns, he was impressive. JJ better have thick skin, Angle needs someone he can trust. JJ, you will be the fifth man for Team Raw. Seriously? Yes. Thanks so much! JJ will not let him down, this is going to be a big win! Is the Olympic Gold Medalist really not favoring his Gold-Blooded Son in all this?
Backstage interview with Bayley & Sasha Banks.
They’re to take on Alicia Fox & Nia Jax, are they going to be on Team Raw? Not yet. Foxy is “different”, but not so much that she’d leave these two off the team. After being put #UnderSiege, Raw has motivation to win. The only hugs, are going to be consolation when SmackDown loses. Nice. SmackDown has Becky, Charlotte, Carmella, Tamina and Naomi, but Raw isn’t going to have The Legit Boss? No no. Foxy better call on these two, but they’ll give her a reminder just in case tonight.
Nia Jax & Alicia Fox VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!
The Brutal Beauty was The Captain’s first choice, and a good one. Asuka was second and also a really good one. Depending on how this match goes, will Captain Alicia’s hand be forced to fill the last two spots with The Huggable One & The Legit Boss? The fans serenade Bayley as she starts against Foxy, Foxy gets mad that they aren’t singing for her. The two circle, Foxy being all crazy, tag to Nia. Nia and Bayley circle, tie up, Bayley is put in a corner then thrown out of it, Bayley ends up in another corner and takes a headbutt before being thrown again. Nia mocks Bayley’s fans, squashes her in that corner, but then Bayley jumps out for a headlock. Nia powers out, then dares Bayley to come back. Bayley throws forearms but is shoved away, the fans rally as Bayley throws more forearms. Tag to Sasha, they both power Nia into a corner, then assisted whip splash, Sasha comes in but is put on the apron. Sasha punches Nia back, flying crossbody caught, Nia scoops but Sasha slips out, schoolgirl blocked but the elbow drop is dodged. Shining Wizard from Sasha, ONE as Sasha is tossed away. Nia picks up and puts Sasha in her corner, tag to Alicia. Alicia stomps and forearms Sasha, snapmare, chinlock, Alicia thrashes Sasha around but fans rally for The Boss. Sasha gets up, Alicia puts her in a corner but Sasha turns that around, then to her corner, tag to Bayley. Bayley stomps and arm wrenches, shoulder breaker, armlock. Fans serenade Bayley again, Bayley whips Alicia but gets a boot. Nia blind tag, Alicia comes at Bayley but is thrown out, Nia clobbers Bayley from behind. Fans boo and jeer, Nia pretends not to know why, we go to break.
We return, Nia flattens Bayley with elbow drops, but that song continues all the same. Nia puts Bayley in the corner, tags Alicia, Alicia scratches and punches Bayley. Alicia stretches Bayley against the ropes and then kicks away at Bayley’s back. Cover, TWO, Foxy is already frustrated. She puts Bayley back in a chinlock, fans rally for Bayley. Bayley feeds off it, but gets thrown down. Alicia drags Bayley over, tag to Nia. Bayley is anchored as Nia stomps on her. Nia drags Bayley up, whips her to a corner and crushers her against buckles. Fans boo and jeer again, Nia stomps on Bayley more. Fans keep rallying, Bayley gives double ax handles, but she’s shoved back, flying crossbody caught into a bearhug but Bayley fights out. Bayley is whipped to a corner again, goes up and over but is caught on Nia’s shoulder, Bayley is given snake eyes on a top buckle. Nia runs to swing on Sasha, Sasha hops off the apron and then comes back, telling Nia to wait until she’s back in the match. Nia stands on Bayley’s ponytail and then pulls Bayley’s arms. Nia lets go, then stalks Bayley at the ropes. Nia throws Bayley into her corner, mocks the wacky waving arms, tag to Alicia. Bayley fights back, right hands and elbows everywhere, but Alicia grabs Bayley’s hand. Whip turns into a dropkick on Nia, Alicia is pushed into buckles. Fans rally as Bayley crawls, Alicia hurries after but Bayley still reaches Sasha for the tag! Sasha kicks Alicia, then flying double knees!
Dropkick for Nia again, Sasha runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Sasha blocks Alicia’s boots, puts Alicia sideways on the second rope, Stock Drop Knees! Nia back in to yank Sasha off the pin. Bayley back, hops on for a sleeper hold on Nia! Nia goes to dump Bayley out, Bayley and Sasha work to dump Nia out! Alicia rolls Sasha, two, Bank Statement Crossface!
Alicia taps out, Sasha and Bayley win! The Captain speaks, and she admits she needs “Bossy Banks” on her team. She WANTS Sasha on her team! Sasha is in, but Bayley isn’t? Well, that was unexpected. How will this affect their friendship?
Braun Strowman VS The Miz w/ The Miztourage!
The Monster Among Men wanted to treat Angle and The Shield like garbage, but turns out Team Miz threw him out with the trash. Strowman survived being compacted in the back of the garbage truck, and is back for revenge, will The Miz survive to make it to Survivor Series? Miz is so worried, he barely wants to get in the ring. The bell rings, Miz gets out of the ring, and regroups with his Miztourage. He has them go off to the side, they get around behind Strowman, he scares them off as Miz gets in, but then Miz gets out when Strowman’s eyes lock on him. They regroup again, and come up with a new plan as the ring count climbs up. At 7, Miztourage distracts, Miz gets in, Strowman scares Bo and Axel off to grab Miz! Miz is in a corner, then thrown out of it! Miz ends up on the opposite end, and rolls out. The Miztourage checks on their boss, Strowman comes out to run them off. Strowman uses a shortcut to grab Miz by the hair and pulls him up, to smack him into the post!
Strowman roars, the fans echo it, another ring count begins but Strowman isn’t a patient monster. He throws Miz back into the ring, and then keeps Miz from running away. Strowman picks Miz up onto one shoulder, AK-47 cutter! Miz might be out cold. Now Strowman wants after Bo and Axel. Right hand floors Bo easy, Axel begs for mercy. He has a neck brace, for crying out loud! Strowman doesn’t care, he chucks Axel into the barriers! Strowman stomps his way into the ring, stalks Miz, then drags the Intercontinental Champion up. “You can’t run!” Strowman says as he tosses Miz onto the Miztourage! All three men are down on the outside, but fire and brimstone erupt from the stage! KANE is here! Monster and Machine lock eyes as Kane makes his way down to the ring.
They stand face to face, Strowman reminds Kane he threw him into a garbage truck, but can’t kill “The ONLY Monster on Monday Night Raw!” The two brawl! Strowman backs Kane down, whips corner to corner, Kane boots back. Kane takes aim, choke grip, but Strowman pries his way out of it. Scoop up, powerslam down! Strowman roars, but Kane sits up. Kane is up, but gets clothesline’d out, landing on his feet. Strowman is preoccupied, Miz and Bo attack from behind. Strowman is too much for them, corner clothesline on Bo and then one on Miz, Miz is scooped, Miz gets slammed! Strowman is unstoppable, SmackDown better just stay out of his way.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose.
Unexpected but not upsetting, the Raw Tag Team Champions are happy to defend their titles. Tonight, The Bar will be taken care of, then it’ll be fish and chips to celebrate. The Shield brothers are ready for anything and anyone. They’re going to make “Team Blue” into “Team Black & Blue”. And yellow. And purple. But The Usos are going to see who really is the best tag team in the WWE. The Bar are bad dudes, but they’re so uncool. Rollins doesn’t like them. Ambrose doesn’t like them. Surely Renee Young doesn’t like them. She remains impartial, but Rollins is pretty sure she doesn’t like interviewing them. No one wants those two to win, and they won’t if the champs have their way. If Cesaro & Sheamus say they’re the bar, but The Shield is the real bar. Can the Architect and Lunatic keep the status quo in Manchester?
Enzo Amore is in Manchester!
The Certified G cheated Kalisto out of the title, How You Doin? How’s he doing? Great! Enzo would ask Manchester how they’re doing, but he knows: They’re grateful for him to be here. But you can’t be grateful if you ain’t great, but Enzo is great so he’s grateful. He’s grateful for his fans, who cheer and take pictures and serenade him like some do here. That chant started here, it ends here, so shut up. Enzo can’t avoid the press, he can’t avoid a question: What is next for the Realest Champ in the Room? Oh by the way, those who want Neville, too bad. Enzo ran him outta town. Anyway, Enzo tells the kids asking “what’s next?” Enzo wanted to lie, but he doesn’t lie! Enzo told the kid, “I’m sorry, but you know what’s next? Kalisto at Survivor Series.” Ugh. Poor kid. They were both disappointed, so the kid asked, but you already did beat him. Yeah, but he has to defend it again. Why taking Kalisto on again? Enzo doesn’t know, except there’s a conspiracy! Enzo is the only one defending a title at Survivor Series, he’s a One Man Brand right now. The ‘Zo Show is money, in dollars. Because pound for pound, he’s worth his weight in gold. Kalisto is barely worth his weight in Doritos! Speaking of Kalisto, he finally comes out to end this.
But where is he going? To take a seat. And why is that? Because PETE DUNNE is here!! Well, wait, no, that’s Kurt Angle first. Because he’s announcing that a Cruiserweight is taking on the Bruiserweight. The WWE UK Champion is finally on Raw!
Enzo Amore VS Pete Dunne!
The Certified G may not know who his opponent is, but everyone else does, and everyone else knows he’s not someone to take lightly. The bell rings, Enzo trash talks Dunne, Dunne just seems confused as to what Enzo is even doing. Stiff forearm and stomps shut Enzo up!
Enzo gets out of the ring, the Manchester fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight. Enzo trash talks Kalisto, thinking this was the conspiracy as well. He rushes Dunne, gets a mule kick, then an X-Plex to the apron. Fans cheer as Dunne covers, TWO, Dunne keeps on Enzo with a torturing wristlock and finger bend. Enzo fights back but can’t get his fingers free, so he gets to ropes, and uses them to snap Dunne back. Enzo dropkicks Dunne’s knees, covers, TWO. Enzo goes after Dunne’s arms and traps them to put on a clutch. ENzo rams Dunne’s head to the mat, then trash talks everyone from him to Kalisto to the fans booing Enzo. Enzo lets Dunne go to line up a kick, the kick is good. Enzo keeps talking trash for Kalisto, “get yourself an education.,” Dunne gets a schoolboy, TWO, enziguri rocks Enzo! Enzo is dazed in a corner, his boot is blocked but he still shoves Dunne down, high stack pin with the ropes, Kalisto points it out and the ref stops the count. Enzo is pissed at Kalisto, “snitches get stitches!”
Dunne gives Enzo a clobbering forearm from behind! Then, the Bitter End! Dunne wins! Bruiserweight trumps Cruiserweight Champion, Kalisto raises the UK Champ’s hand. Can Kalisto get his hand raised at Survivor Series to become the new Cruiserweight Champion a second time?
WWE takes a look at Jinder Mahal VS Brock Lesnar.
The Modern Day Maharaja is disputing the fact The Beast is the “reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, contemporary or pretender. When people think of the iconic WWE Champion, they don’t think “Jinder Mahal.” The challenge was accepted, but Mahal continued to deny Paul Heyman had a point. Mahal started at the bottom and now he’s at the top! Mahal is not Lesnar’s equal, he is Lesnar’s “worst nightmare!” And at Survivor Series, The Beast will be conquered to make Mahal the Beast Master of WWE! Will the World Champion overcome the Universal Champion? Will that World Champion even be Mahal? AJ Styles challenges for the title, the winner moves on to Survivor Series!
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
The Goddess and Raw Women’s Champion is taking on “an eccentric cat lady.” Natalya claims to have run Alexa off SmackDown. Well, Alexa ran away frmo SmackDown during the siege. No one likes an “Actually” Girl. Alexa will run circles around Natty, just like when Alexa was on SmackDown. Natty wasn’t champion back then, because Alexa ways. So Charli, what does 2+2 make? 4? Actually, it’s one. As in, the One and Only Goddess. Can Raw’s Goddess defeat SmackDown’s Queen at Survivor Series?
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose VS The Bar!
This is the last chance for the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator, can they defeat the Architect & Lunatic to then represent Raw against SmackDown’s Uso Penitentiary? Ambrose is ready, he goes right at Sheamus at the bell. Cesaro comes in but is sent right out, Rollins jumps on him while Ambrose gives Sheamus a neckbreaker. Tag to Rollins, atomic drop slingblade, TWO. Sheamus back elbows Rollins, tags Cesaro, Cesaro flies into a kick and a facebuster. Rollins covers, ONE, Rollins brings Cesaro to Ambrose. Tag in, double whip, Sheamus saves Cesaro, so Rollins wrecking ball dropkicks them both and then The Shield boys go up for a double dive! The Bar goes down, Ambrose puts Cesaro in, chops to Cesaro put him in a corner. Cesaro turns things around, misses, gets more chops. Corner to corner whip, Cesaro boots back, Cesaro gives a stiff European Uppercut. Cesaro gloats, tags Sheamus, Sheamus kicks and EuroUppers Ambrose, Ambrose uses that as fuel to fire off forearms! Sheamus hits back, Ambrose gives him a knee. Tag to Rollins, dropkick to dropkick, Cesaro clothesline’d out, the Shield holds the ring as we go to break.
We return, The Bar is in control of Ambrose now, flying ax handle and lariat, TWO. Keylock from Sheamus to Ambrose wrenches that shoulder, fans rally for Ambrose, he gets up and fights out. Sheamus gives him a knee, tag to Cesaro, Super Saiyan double mule kicks! Cover, TWO, Cesaro keeps on Ambrose with chinlock. Fans rally again, Ambrose gets up and fights out again, but Cesaro tags Sheamus, Sheamus helps whip and hit Ambrose with the Bar Lariat. Knee drop adds on, Ambrose gets out tot he apron. Sheamus brings Ambrose up for the Bodhrain, clubs a few times but stops when the fans count. Ambrose fights out with back elbows but takes a kidney shot, Sheamus fetches Ambrose, tells the fans to shut it, he throws Ambrose to the apron but Ambrose spins it around into a clothesline! Cesaro coaches Sheamus up and in to follow Ambrose, Ambrose crawls, tag to Cesaro to boot Rollins right off. Then, Cesaro powers Ambrose to a corner, top rope, Euro Upper. Cesaro climbs up, top rope, Ambrose resists. Ambrose dumps Cesaro onto the top rope in a bad way. Ambrose adjusts, sees where he is, to then clothesline Cesaro to the ground!
Sheamus shouts for Cesaro to get up and in, Ambrose finds his way to his corner, but so does Cesaro. Sheamus tags, he scoops Ambrose, ambrose slips out and doges, Sheamus goes into corner post! The fans fire up, Rollins is back, tag! ROllisn rallies on The Bar, blockbuster to Cesaro! DIVE on Sheamus! Then, springboard knee- Cesaro evades, Rollins kicks, but back drop to sunset flip, TWO, into Falcon Arrow! TWO, but Rollins isn’t frustrated just yet. He gets up, goes to a corner and climbs, Sheamus distracts but takes a double ax handle. Rollins runs, pop-up EuroUpper! TWO! Cesaro can’t believe it, but he won’t be deterred. Tag to Sheamus, The Bar goes after Rollins together for double crucifix, Ambrose saves Rollins and they brawl it out. Rollins and Ambrose take knees and EuroUppers, Super Saiyan- SUPERKICK and Lunatic Lariat! Cover, TWO! The Bar gets out of the ring for a breather, but The Shield is stirring as the fans rally. They build speed, DIVE for Ambrose but Rollins gets a forearm! Double Crucifix to Ambrose into barriers!
Sheamus knees Rollins, tags Cesaro, they coordinate for the Doomsday Device! TWO!! Cesaro is shocked, as is Sheamus. The fans rally for ROllins, Cesaro tags Sheamus. Cesaro feeds ROllins to Sheamus, Cesaro goes up, Ambrose breaks this up! SUPERKICK to Cesaro! SUPERKICK to Sheamus! Cesaro out, Dirty Deeds for Sheamus! Rollins with the Frog Splash! Cesaro barrels in to break it up!! Manchester has to give it up for that one. But wait! The New Day?! Where?! Why!? Is this #UnderSiege2!?
Yes, from all the way up in the stands with the fans! Just like The Shield would do. They applaud the fans for staying awake through three hours of B Show. But The New Day~ are here to spice it up. Kurt Angle leads a charge to counter, mobilizing the troops all over the locker room. The New Day calls out Raw for doing “nothing~!” SmackDown superior, and yet Raw does what? “Nothing~!” So then, prepare for the sequel, baby~! The Raw roster is storming their way out, but chances are they’ll do “nothing~!” The Raw superstars hit the ringside area, but where are the other SmackDown superstars?
Raw goes up the stairs, BROGUE to Rollins! THE BAR WINS!! New Tag Team Champions!? And it only now sinks in to Angle that perhaps The New Day appeared just to do this to Raw… Does SmackDown already assume The Bar will lose to #DayOneIsh?
What a wonky Raw we got here. Being that it was in Manchester, that meant tape delay and that meant a lot of sources were able to talk about tonight’s events when they actually happened, even WWE themselves with giving away the simple fact titles changed hands. Even so, I still liked tonight for what happened. Great Miz TV section to keep up the tension between Miz and Angle, and it again bites Miz in the butt as he’s put up against Strowman in a non-title match. That was a great segment, Strowman dominant as ever, and then we get to see him and Kane fight again, with Strowman backing Kane down. There’s a big chance Kane will ruin Strowman’s time during the 5v5 men’s match to then branch off into a more dedicated 1v1 feud that carries them to the Royal Rumble. One thing that fans are hoping ends now is Jordan VS Elias. Their match was only alright, even with the stipulation. And now Jason Jordan is the fifth man for Team Raw, perhaps to forward his story with Angle, some kind of father-son dysfunction on the horizon? Speaking of members of Team Raw, Asuka was an obvious choice for the Women’s Division, and while Finn and Joe are great choices, them ripping at each other should’ve been a sign not to choose them both, but that could be to help story of an extended Finn-Joe feud headed to the Rumble same as Kane-Strowman. Another potential story is Sasha and Bayley winning their match but only one of them being put on the team. Sasha and Bayley have been tested as friends over bigger things, but perhaps with the Horsewomen VS Horsewomen not until Wrestlemania now, Sasha and Bayley can fight out their issues on the side, to then come together again to take on Rhonda Rousey and her friends.
LOVED seeing Pete Dunne finally somewhere on a WWE main roster show, and of course he makes Enzo eat his words a bit to really give the UK fans something to cheer for. The UK Division still hasn’t really come together, but between this and the other UK superstars coming to 205 Live tomorrow, perhaps they’re finally getting some wheels turning. And then, the main event was great and there was the surprise fake-out that The New Day pulled. New tag team champions thanks to the prank, The Bar VS The Usos will still be good but I have a feeling this Manchester Screwjob was to help SmackDown win that match-up. On the other hand, with Roman Reigns scheduled to come back in time, perhaps The Shield will truly have their reunion match and against The New Day as payback for tonight.
My Score: 8/10