Raw “General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin has drawn a line in the sand. Who will dare stand against his tyranny after what he did to Elias and Finn Balor?
- Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Tamina; No Contest.
- Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Dana Brooke VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Banks & Bayley win.
- Lucha House Party VS The Revival; Lucha House Party wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler; Ziggler wins.
- Bobby Roode VS Drake Maverick; turned into…
- 3 on 2 Handicap Match: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Maverick & the AoP win.
- Rhyno VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and keeps their job, Rhyno is fired from Raw.
- Finn Balor VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins.
- Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Rousey & Moon win.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and Raw give a 10 bell salute to the former president, late George H.W. Bush.
The 41st President and Houston’s hometown hero, he passed away on November 30th, 2018.
Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet heads for TLC for a major title match against Nia Jax in a rematch from Money in the Bank. However, before she and the #Facebreaker can settle things 1v1, they are joined by their closest allies tonight. Will Rowdy Rousey and the Queen of Harts get payback on the Samoan Dynasty for that ambush set up from last week?
The teams are tense as they stand across from each other, but wait! The Riott Squad are here, with a table! And that distraction allows Nia and Tamina to get the drop on Ronda and Natty! Natty goes down but Ronda fights back! She has Tamina down then fights off Nia. Ronda fires off but Tamina drags her out of the ring! The Squad take their time coming around as Nia and Tamina give Ronda headbutts. The Samoan Dynasty double whip Ronda into steel steps! Meanwhile, The Squad go after Natty, but Natty hits back! Numbers are not in her favor and they put her into the barriers then into the apron. Ruby drags Natty up onto the apron while Liv and Sarah fetch the table. They set the table nearby, and Ruby drags Natty up.
But Ronda crawls back into the ring! She heads for Ruby, but Tamina stops her with a stomp. Ronda still fights back, but Nia runs her over, and drops the leg! Ruby is free to drag Natty up, and with Sarah and Liv taking hold on the outsider, SUPERKICK to powerbomb through the table!! The Queen of Harts is down and out as the Squad laugh it up. Nia and Tamina also leave Ronda before as Houston boos and jeers. Ronda crawls to Natty’s side, and Natty is writhing while clutching her arm. Will Natty be in any shape to seek revenge? Is Ronda going to find herself all alone against the vicious wolves of Raw’s Women’s Division?
Natty and Ronda walk backstage.
Ronda helps Natty sit on a trunk and WWE medics appear. They’ll hep Natty out but Ronda’s furious. Will she seek revenge before the night’s over?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!
The Goddess is now in charge of the Women’s Division, and she promises to give the WWE Universe the best Raw has to offer. Last week’s open forum didn’t go to plan so we’ll try again. Charly Caruso is ringside to help fans ask their questions for Sasha Banks and Bayley. As such, Alexa gives Sasha & Bayley their introductions. Sasha and Bayley do come out, despite last week’s open forum really just being a sneak attack. The Boss & Hug connection join Alexa in the ring despite that, too, and take their seats. Alexa appreciates they accepted this second try. Now, to the questions! Bayley wants Alexa to wait and answer them if there’s gonna be another sneak attack. Alexa is glad Bayley brought that up. Alexa was completely unaware Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke were going to do that.
Now, to the questions. “How do you guys respond to all the comments on social media that Sasha’s using Bayley?” Oh no~! That was a secret~! Right, Corey? Right, Alexa? It’s not like these two spent a fun weekend in Texas or anything. These two are best friends, tag team 4 life! Aw how cute. Next question: “If you could have a match with any female superstar from any era, who would it be?” Trish & Lita, Wrestlemania! Wow, great dream match. Okay next. “It’s a silly question, but if you could have any super power, what would it be?” Bayley likes the ability to make things disappear, and would use it on Alexa! OOOH~! Wow just when Alexa thought they were making progress, Bayley disappoints. Fans still like Bayley’s idea, though. What about Sasha’s superpower? The same as Bayley’s, actually. Well, that’s fine, Alexa took the title off Sasha.
Next question: “What changes will you bring to the Raw Women’s Division in 2019?” Bayley knows WWE Evolution was great, but she knows #LegitHuggable want to be the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! But then here come Dana, Mickie and Alicia again! Alexa tells them to not do this again. She reprimanded them already. She is the boss now. But if these three want to fight, then there will be a tag team match. Dana can be ringside for Mickie & Alicia VS Sasha & Bayley, right now!
Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Dana Brooke VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!
Raw goes picture in picture as teams sort out. We start with Mickie against Bayley at the bell. They circle and Bayley gets a takedown. Bayley throws fast hands but Mickie gets away. We return to single picture as Bayley runs in but misses the knee strike. Mickie runs in but into Bayley’s elbow. She staggers back but Dana distracts so that Alicia can yank Bayley down by her hair! Mickie laughs before kicking Bayley down. She brings Bayley over to kick and stomp in the corner. Tag to Alicia and Alicia adds her stomps. Alicia wrenches Bayley into the Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a chinlock but fans rally up for Bayley.
Bayley feeds off the energy and gets up, only for Alicia to wrangle her back down. Alicia leans on Bayley but Bayley fights out. Mickie tags in and Alicia feeds Bayley to Mickie’s boot. Mickie runs and boots Bayley down! “It’s good!” Mickie drags Bayley up for more kicks, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally again and Bayley gets up. Bayley fights out but Mickie wrangles her down by her hair. Alicia and Dana get in cheap shots while Mickie taunts Sasha. Tag to Alicia and Mickie holds Bayley. Bayley gets out of the way and Alicia’s boot hits Mickie! Alicia hurries after Bayley but Bayley slips out to hot tag Sasha! The Boss rallies with clotheslines and dropkicks. She blocks Alicia’s kick to give a knee. Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip, but Sasha rolls through to the Bank Statement crossface!
Houston is thunderous but Mickie breaks up the submission. She tags back in and stomps away on Sasha. She drags Sasha up but Sasha fires off forearms! Sasha then goes acrobatic, only to get tripped up! Mickie boots Sasha down, covers, but Bayley breaks it! Alicia goes after Bayley but gets a saido suplex! Dana gets on the apron but gets hit down. Mickie kicks and throws Bayley out but Sasha rolls Mickie up! TWO, Mickie kicks low. She watns her DDT but Bayley tags in. Back stabber to Bayley2Belly! #LegitHuggable win!
Winners: Bayley & Banks, Bayley pinning
Alexa acts like she’s happy for the heroes, but surely she was hoping for a different finish. Either way, The Boss & Hug Connection are rolling on towards the New Year. Will the new year bring new titles for them to chase together?
Ronda confronts Alexa Bliss.
Some “managing” of the Division, the Riott Squad crossed a line! Alexa says she knew nothing of that attack. She sent Ruby and friends home tonight, and will address their actions later on. Good. Ronda can go after Nia and Tamina without having to worry. No, Alexa can’t let Ronda have at them like this. She will find Ronda a replacement for that match. Ronda refuses Alexa’s help, as The Goddess has no conscience. Ronda goes in search of her own partner, but who is there left to team with against the Samoan Dynasty?
Raw presents a Baron Corbin propaganda– er, highlight reel video.
The Lone Wolf, having first been appointed Constable by Stephanie McMahon, has “always strived to keep a level playing field” and does not stand for “megalomaniacal power” abuse. He called out Kurt Angle’s shortcomings and is now General Manager Elect. Corbin is “the true guiding light his brand needs.” He excels as a team player, and “knows when to delegate”, such as when he appointed Alexa Bliss Women’s Division GM. Corbin always thinks “big picture”. Be on the right side of history, be on Corbin’s side, “Raw’s Future Permanent General Manager”. Or else.
All this revisionist history aside, should Braun Strowman be okay to compete come TLC, Corbin will have to face the Monster Among Men in THE TLC Match. Will Strowman be able to ensure Corbin #GetsTheseHands?
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable visit Corbin in his office.
They want a rematch with the Authors of Pain for the Raw Tag Team Championships. They will do anything to get their hands on Drake Maverick for that act of disrespect. Corbin understands, he’s pissed off. But they lost, no excuses. Though if they want another shot, they need to win tonight against Drake Maverick. Wait seriously? What’s the catch? No catch, Roode. Don’t believe the rumors. Though, there is a condition: Gable and AoP are banned from ringside. Surprisingly, that sounds very fair. Roode & Gable accept. Will Roode get some GLORIOUS vengeance tonight?
Lucha House Party VS The Revival!
Since coming to Raw, Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado have gone 2-0, but under Lucha House Rules. Between numbers and speed, will the luchadores ever lose one of their own matches?
However, on the way out, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder realize there’s “a failure to communicate.” Tag team wrestling tradition keeps getting lost in tradition. Maybe it’s the masks in the way. Or maybe it’s just a lack of respect. But that doesn’t matter because they’ll make it plain and simple. If LHP won’t respect tag team rules, this will be a singles match! Or, not. This is Lucha House Rules again, but three on one!? The bell rings and Dawson starts with Metalik.
Dawson kicks then whips Metalik but Metalik handsprings. Dawson dodges but gets a dropkick and scoop slam. Metalik tags Lince and Lince tags Kalisto. And the splashes begin with the boosted splash, planking splash, an then a cover. TWO as Dawson survives. Dawson grabs Kalisto’s mask and whips him, but Lince tags in. Dawson uppercuts Kalisto then goes after Metalik, but he sees Lince coming. Dash distracts Lince, and Dawson clobbers him! Dawson drops legs and elbows and headbutts. Cover, ONE, but Dawson keeps on Lince. ONE, and Dawson asks for a pause. Dawson drags Lince up but fans “Lucha! Lucha!” Dawson puts Lince in the Gory Special! Lince endures and pops out, to sunset flip! Then he crawls past Dawson, only to be caught. Lince slips out of the back suplex but Dawson goes after Kalisto!
Metalik comes in, Dawson chases after but runs into a SUPERKICK! Dash gets up but he gets an alley-oop dropkick! Lince wrecks Dash with a dropkick! Kalisto runs in to slingshot and springboard onto Dash! Lince’s up, big crossbody! Then tag to Kalisto and he tags Metalik. Salida del Sol, then Metalik tightrope swanton! Cover, Lucha House Party win!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Metalik pinning
Is this unfair? Is this karma for the #TopGuys acting so superior? Whichever it is, the fiesta continues! What will it take for The Revival to slow down the lucha libre?
Baron Corbin meets with an assistant.
Where has this guy been? Corbin asked for this over an hour ago! But he won’t fire the aid, because the gift is perfect. Now go get ready for Drew McIntyre Appreciation Day. Go! What special gift did Corbin commemorate to the Scottish Terminator?
Baron Corbin is in the ring!
The GM Elect mentioned a special occasion, and is here to kick it off. Two weeks at TLC, Strowman will surely forfeit their TLC match and Corbin will become true General Manager. From Mr. Money in the Bank to championship level superstar to Constable to GM. He is proof that if you’re born better, you can achieve anything. Corbin does admit his journey comes with thorns in his side, like The Shield, Kurt Angle, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman. But with the help of this man, Corbin has overcome his obstacles. Therefore, tonight is Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night! Roll footage!
“Can you feel that? The balance of power has shifted!” McIntyre may not have been what everyone wanted, but he is what everyone in the WWE needed. McIntyre has broken The Shield, broken Angle and battered both Balor and Elias. He swore to take over, “Do you believe me now?!” And with that, Corbin introduces McIntyre to the ring! McIntyre joins Corbin as he himself prepares for a match at TLC with Finn Balor! That aside, Corbin thanks McIntyre for all the hard work and support. But this event cannot conclude without commemorating McIntyre’s work. Corbin presents McIntyre with a special medal. And now that Raw is rid of Angle, McIntyre is the new gold medalist: He is the recipient of Raw’s Medal of Excellence!
McIntyre thanks Corbin, and this honor means so much to him. But he was just doing what no one else was strong enough to do. He stamped out weakness and complacency. Months ago, “superstars” were playing on phones and playing games. They had no passion to reach the top, they only wanted a paycheck and a social media following! “Not on my damn roster!” McIntyre is forming Raw in his image as “The home of the strong, the mighty” and those workhorses willing to work seven days a week. And this medal is proof he’s doing a good job. That brings McIntyre to Finn Balor. Finn is the “voice of these pathetic people”. But the truth is, Finn’s “nothing more than a boy in a man’s world.” At TLC, McIntyre will hurt Finn, break his spirit and- Wait, is that Dolph Ziggler?!
The Show Off heads down the ramp with a curious look on his face. Is McIntyre forgetting their deal? Where was Ziggler’s part in that video package? They dominated as brains and brawn and they broke the Shield. Did his invite get lost in the mail or something? McIntyre hates to break it to Ziggler, but the truth is, Ziggler was never invited in the first place. He’s sorry, but Ziggler no longer meets the height requirements. Is this too much? Ziggler thought he was the brains? No, McIntyre was brains, brawn, talent and “the whole damn package.” This partnership is no longer useful. Ziggler was just to help McIntyre reach a prominent position, and that is something Ziggler accomplished! So thanks, Dolph! Now go on, you can leave any time.
Or is that not good enough for Ziggler? Is Ziggler gonna cry? Ziggler should kiss McIntyre’s feet. McIntyre is why Ziggler was relevant again for the first time in ten YEARS! Ziggler drops the mic, to throw hands! And he gets McIntyre with a ZIGZAG! But Corbin won’t stand for this. Ziggler won’t ruin Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night! He has a match with McIntyre, tonight! A referee hurries to the ring and this match begins after the break!
Drew McIntyre VS Dolph Ziggler!
Raw returns as McIntyre talks trash to Ziggler. Ziggler headbutts McIntyre back! McIntyre blocks the superkick to get a takedown and then stomps away on Ziggler. McIntyre catapults Ziggler into a post, and then Ziggler tumbles to the floor outside! The ref checks on Ziggler but McIntyre goes out to fetch him. McIntyre drags Ziggler up and chops him around the corner. McIntyre stalks Ziggler and lifts him with a fireman’s carry. Ziggler is dead weight as McIntyre takes him all the way up the steps and dumps him in the ring. McIntyre looms over Ziggler as he stomps the hand. McIntyre then brings Ziggler around for an armlock. Fans rally for Ziggler as he endures the hold.
Ziggler gets up and throws hands. McIntyre throws Ziggler down by his hair and puts the armlock back on. McIntyre grinds his forearm into Ziggler’s chin, saying “It didn’t have to be this way, Dolph.” Fans still rally and Ziggler fights up again. Ziggler kicks a leg out, then throws hands. Ziggler chops McIntyre again and again, then runs, but McIntyre counters the satellite DDT with a Northern Lights! McIntyre drags Ziggler up and chops him against the ropes. He dumps Ziggler out of the ring and then takes a microphone. “You know what? Maybe I still have a soft spot for you, Dolph.” McIntyre will pretend Ziggler is Finn Balor, as he rams Ziggler into apron, barrier and back again! Then a SPINEBUSTER on the ground!
McIntyre grins as he soaks up the heat. He stalks Ziggler and put shim back in the ring. McIntyre dares Dolph to get up. Ziggler does, but McIntyre easily counter CHOPS Ziggler off his feet. But then Finn Balor appears! Finn and McIntyre stare down while we go to break.
Raw returns as Ziggler chops away on McIntyre. McIntyre chops Ziggler back, then runs in, but into a back elbow. Ziggler boots McIntyre, but McIntyre still gets Ziggler with the back elbow and inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler still lives and McIntyre is frustrated. McIntyre drags Ziggler up and suplexes him onto the top rope. McIntyre chops Ziggler again then climbs up to join him. He clubs Ziggler on the chest, then takes a moment to soak up heat. McIntyre grins as he prepares a superplex, but Ziggler fights back. Ziggler clubs away and throws McIntyre down. Ziggler leaps, satellite DDT! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre lives but that was close!
Ziggler and McIntyre drag themselves up, but McIntyre runs at Ziggler. Ziggler elbows McIntyre then dumps him out of the ring! Fans rally and Ziggler gets on the apron. Ziggler leaps at McIntyre to knock him down! And he still throws furious right hands! McIntyre gets up but Ziggler puts him into barriers. Ziggler chops McIntyre then bumps him off barriers, only for McIntyre to fire off a headbutt! McIntyre grits his teeth and drags Ziggler up, to straddle him on the barriers! Ziggler goes down in pain but McIntyre drags him back up. McIntyre puts Ziggler in but the ref is part of the collision. Finn hits McIntyre with a shotgun dropkick! McIntyre is down and Finn gets away with it.
A ring count begins, but McIntyre is writhing. The count passes 5 by the time McIntyre gets to the apron but he can’t get in just yet. McIntyre’s in at 9.5, SUPERKICK from Ziggler!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Ziggler, by pinfall
Finn may have the assist, but Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night is still ruined with McIntyre’s loss! Ziggler has the W tonight, will Finn be able to do the same at TLC?
Backstage interview with a seething Drew McIntyre.
Is it really okay for him to shun former friend Dolph Ziggler, especially when Finn Balor is targeting him? First of, McIntyre made it very clear Ziggler was never a friend, simply a means to an end. And now he’s an enemy just like Finn! Ziggler isn’t celebrating, he’s terrified. Ziggler knows how twisted McIntyre can be! He tried to use McIntyre as a way up the mountain, but McIntyre IS the mountain! As for Finn, “he’s a marked man.” Will Finn regret angering the Scottish Terminator?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.
The Drifter is in Houston, and plays his guitar before he asks as always, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Houston sounds ready to. Elias has searched for Bobby Lashley all day, because he wants to wrap a guitar on Lashley’s head. But Lashley is harder to find than Carmelo Anthony. And the reason Lashley and Lio Rush are hiding is because they fear The Living Truth. Elias feels the fear inside Lashley. But at TLC, there will be no hiding, because “the Almighty Bobby Lashley” will learn that WWE really means “Walk With Elias”!
As for tonight, Elias still has a song. So please hold your applause until after. Elias begins, but Lio Rush loudly interrupts. Because he is presenting Bobby Lashley himself! Lio knows Houston loves Elias’ songs, but the spotlight belongs to Lashley. Elias felt Lashley’s strength last week, and will feel it “again and again” at TLC, because Lashley “is like a Greek god!” Lashley, hit them with the side pose. And now, the double guns. And yes, the double buns! Elias has had enough, and hurries out of the ring and up the ramp! Lashley is ready and kicks Elias down. Lashley clubs away and rains down rights. Then he throws Elias at the LED but Elias turns it around to send Lashley into them! Elias grabs his guitar, and swings at Lio! Lio gets away, and so does Lashley! Elias returns to the stage, feeling his moment has passed.
But then Lio returns, and gets BLASTED with the guitar! Because Finn sent Lio that way! Finn has helped Ziggler and helped Elias. Is this a sign of a new Anti-Corbin alliance?
Jinder Mahal meets Baron Corbin.
The Modern Day Maharaja wants Corbin to keep from being stressed out by all this. Shanti, Shanti. Corbin has done a great job putting Strowman and Finn in their place. And at TLC, Corbin will end it all when he becomes GM. Who cares if people think Strowman will still appear? Let Mahal finish Finn for him. Corbin likes that. Strowman is a one-armed man now, who cares if he makes it to TLC? The match is set, will Mahal stop Finn’s revolution?
That aside, Corbin now meets with Heath Slater & Rhyno. These two are friends and the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team champions. However, Corbin’s crunched some numbers and has come to a conclusion. What conclusion is that? Well there’s enough room on Raw now for one of them. What? Corbin will be fair, and allows one of them to quit now so the other can keep their job. What?! Slater can’t quit, he’s got kids! And Rhyno is an ECW legend. Well, Angle did have one good saying: Raw handles things in the ring. They face each other tonight, and the winner keeps his job. What?! How can Corbin do this to the One Man Band and his Manbeast best friend?
Bobby Roode VS Drake Maverick!
The GLORIOUS One and Chad Gable earned their right at the Raw Tag Team Championships, but then the Authors of Pain’s manager had to go and pee all over the match. Well, he pee’d all over Roode’s robe, and that distracted Roode enough to cost his team the match. Now Roode looks to get even while also earning another shot. Can Roode do it? Or will Maverick find a way to rain on that, too?
Maverick, dressed in his own AoP gear, wants Roode to show him some mercy. Perhaps Maverick realizes peeing was a step too far. But then he throws the vest at Roode! Roode isn’t bothered as he punches Maverick down! Roode puts Maverick in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him. But then we see AoP attack Gable!! They throw Gable into cartons! Corbin stops the attack, by remaking this match a Handicap match!?
3 on 2 Handicap Match: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
Granted, Corbin saves Gable, but he’s just doomed Roode! Akam & Rezar storm their way tot he ring while Corbin taunts Gable. Roode hurries to grab Maverick and clubs away. He can still finish this before Akam & Rezar appear. Maverick hits Roode back, but Roode gets the GLORIOUS DDT! But Akam & Rezar break the cover! They club away on Roode, and then put Roode into a post! Rezar drags Roode out and clubs away on Roode. He trash talks in Albanian as he hammers away. Rezar drags Roode over and tags in Akam. The AoP combine for the sidewalk slam stomp! Akam hammers away on Roode then drives in a knee. Fans rally for Roode, and here comes Gable! Gable’s in bad shape but it’s enough that he’s here to get the AoP to leave Roode alone.
Gable manages to fight both members of AoP, but they’re still too much. They hit Gable with an atomic drop to boot! Roode is up but he gets squashed in the corner. Rezar and Akam bring Roode and Gable up, for Super Collider! Then Maverick tags in so he can get the cover! Maverick & AoP win!
Winners: Drake Maverick & The Authors of Pain, Maverick pinning
One way or another, the fix was in with Corbin on AoP’s side. Roode & Gable don’t get another shot, but who will rise up to challenge the Raw Tag Team Champions?
A quarantine unit comes out, with Dean Ambrose!
The Lunatic Fringe wears a gas mask the same as his swat team, because he does not want to be contaminated by the WWE Universe that now disgusts him. Ambrose hits the ring and takes a mic, but he doesn’t take off the mask. He apologizes for the “drastic measures” but he can’t be too safe in a “slum” like Houston. Ambrose is using this to protect himself from the diseases of the fans, but from that “madman”, Seth Rollins. Ambrose does take off the mask to properly explain that his security is to stop an “unprovoked” attack from Rollins. Well, mostly unprovoked. Rollins lost control after the things Ambrose said, but that’s because Rollins is “needy and emotional”. Rollins always needed or wanted something from Ambrose, much like the fans. Fans always pester Ambrose for something.
But Ambrose asks if anyone has any idea how it’s like to live with a control freak like Rollins. And of course everyone does. If anyone here had any guts, they’d slap that certain someone in the face. But no, no one here has the guts to do that, they’re all too weak. Rollins is weak, he is the “biggest scumbag” but fans love Rollins because Rollins makes them feel important. Just look at The Shield. The Shield used to be something to be proud of. But all Rollins or Roman Reigns cared about was being role models to fans. Fans say “We Want Rollins!” Well too bad, you don’t always get what you want! Rollins and Roman changed, they sold out. Ambrose is the only constant in this industry, and with integrity! Fans disagree but Ambrose says the only thing he’s guilty of is being naive.
But no more! Ambrose proudly stands alone as THE moral compass of WWE! Some people probably don’t know what that means, schools ain’t too good here in Houston. But at TLC, Ambrose could take the Intercontinental Championship by force, but that’s too easy. Ambrose wants Rollins to understand what’s coming. Rollins is going to mess up and go into a backspin. And then Rollins will lose control of himself, but no one will worry. That title will fall safely into Ambrose’s hands. But then “BURN IT DOWN!” begins and Ambrose panics. He sends security up the ramp but Rollins comes from the crowd! Rollins hits the guards on that end and then dumps Ambrose out of the ring! Rollins welcomes the rest of the guards and he takes them all down! He even powerbombs one out onto the rest!
Ambrose is up, Rollins DIVES! Ambrose uses a guard as a shield and retreats! Rollins gives chase and they brawl among the fans! Rollins gets Ambrose trapped in his own jacket, and then brings him back to the barriers. Ambrose hits back and the brawl continues. Ambrose throws Rollins over to ringside, but then Rollins punches him back. Rollins uses the barriers to springboard and dive on Ambrose! Fans fire up as Rollins throws Ambrose back to ringside. Ambrose grabs a gas mask and clubs Rollins in the face with it! Ambrose brings Rollins up to him him again and again and again with the filter! Fans chant “You Suck!” at Ambrose but he doesn’t care. “Why do you always have to be right?!” Ambrose keeps kicking Rollins around, then gives him a Dirty Deeds to the ground!
Fans boo and jeer while Ambrose insists he has integrity. Ambrose forces the rest of his henchmen to haul Rollins into the ring for him. Ambrose circles Rollins as he tells all the fans off. The fans boo and jeer more, but Ambrose drags Rollins up for one more Dirty Deeds! Ambrose leaves Rollins behind, but he’ll surely be back for more come TLC. Will the Lunatic take the title from the Architect? Or can Rollins recover and find a way to retain?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax & Tamina.
They know that Ronda Rousey has a new tag team partner for tonight’s match. It will be Ember Moon! Nia doesn’t seem intimidated at all. She and Tamina thought it was going to be Charly. But that’s just to make a point: it’s ridiculous to team anyone with Ronda. Tamina was always attacking Ember from behind so she wouldn’t have to see Ember’s face. And Nia promises to rearrange Ember’s face, like she did Becky Lynch. Then Ronda will be all alone, and she’s not 100% by any means. This will be a preview of Nia’s historic path back to what’s HERS: the Raw Women’s Championship. Will Ronda and Ember stand a chance against the sadistic Samoan Dynasty?
Rhyno VS Heath Slater!
These two have become close friends ever since joining forces on SmackDown to become the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions. However, Constable Corbin claims Raw can’t keep them both. Will these two remain friends after one of them loses their jobs?
The bell rings and the two friends discuss the situation. But Rhyno hits first! He puts Slater in a corner and fires off! Rhyno reels Slater out for a lariat! Rhyno puts Slater in another corner and chops him down. Fans say “Heath’s Got Kids!” but Rhyno whips Slater corner to corner to tackle him! He does it again but Slater dodges and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, SLATER WINS!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; keeps his spot on Raw
The Manbeast is shocked! He is no longer on Raw, and perhaps no longer friends with Slater. Will Rhyno be able to go back to SmackDown? Or will he be forced to retire?
Baron Corbin applauds Heath Slater.
Slater still wants to help Rhyno, Rhyno has a family of his own. No, Slater needs to worry about doing his job. Which brings up the new uniform. Uniform? Slater isn’t a superstar anymore, he can have a much longer and better career as a referee. Slater’s between a rock and a hard place, but he does need this job. Will the One Referee Band be able to follow orders?
Finn Balor VS Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Extraordinary Man has helped begin a small but effective rebellion against Baron Corbin tonight. Will the Modern Day Maharaja make Finn pay on Corbin’s behalf? Or will the revolution be televised as Finn heads for TLC?
The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Finn and Mahal tie up, Mahal puts Finn in a corner. Mahal rams his shoulder in but stops at 4 to Shanti. Finn hits him back and chops! Finn kicks and headlocks Mahal but Mahal powers out. Mahal swings but Finn dodges, only for Mahal to hit the back elbow on the other end. Mahal drags Finn up into a headlock and grinds him to the mat. Finn endures as he gets up but Mahal scoops him to hotshot him on the ropes. Finn slumps out of the ring while Mahal uses Shanti to keep focus, and we go to break.
Raw returns and Mahal has Finn down in a half nelson chinlock. Finn gets up as fans rally for him, but Mahal wrangles him back down. Mahal cranks back but Finn gets up again. Finn fights but Mahal puts him in a corner. Finn boots Mahal then hits a forearm! Mahal stays up so Finn runs to hit another forearm! Mahal gets to a corner and Finn chops him on the run. Finn whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over to trip Mahal and hit double stomps! Mahal boots Finn back then hops up, but Finn kicks him down! Finn runs and hits a slingblade! Then a shotgun dropkick! Mahal drops down in the drop zone, but the Singhs start getting involved! One distracts the ref while the other shoves Finn down! And they celebrate with Bollywood dance moves. But wait, Apollo Crews clears them out!?
Mahal is furious with Apollo and kicks him down! But Finn FLIES! Finn grits his teeth as he puts Mahal back in. Finn blasts Mahal with another shotgun dropkick! Mahal’s back in that drop zone and Finn climbs up. Coup de Grace!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The rebellion grows as Apollo helps The Extraordinary Man! Is Corbin’s tyranny going to crumble with this many superstars against him? Or will it matter if Strowman is a no-show at TLC?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor.
It’s been a crazy night for him. He helped Ziggler win against McIntyre, he helped Elias get even with Lio Rush, and Apollo Crews of all people helped him against Mahal and the Singh Brothers. Finn knows it’s been crazy, but then McIntyre strikes!! McIntyre blasts Finn into kegs and then rains down rights! Referees do their best to get McIntyre off Finn, but McIntyre tells Finn that he’ll finish this soon enough. McIntyre leaves, only to come back for more! The Scottish Psychopath is ready to end Finn once and for all, will Finn even make it to TLC?
Lars Sullivan speaks.
“It doesn’t matter which brand I go to. I will wreak havoc a magnitude of which you’ve never seen.” No one has seen a freak like the Leviathan. Which brand will get this Mile High Monster on their roster? And which roster will regret it?
Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon VS Nia Jax & Tamina!
The Queen of Harts was the target of the Riott Squad once again, and that put a stop to the scheduled opening match. However, the Baddest Woman on the Planet is only all the more eager to go after Nia and Tamina. Now she has the Prophecy of Flame on her side, can they both get even with the Samoan Dynasty? Or will the Eclipse be broken on the road to Nia’s redemption?
But before Ember even appears, Nia and Tamina go after Ronda! They attack 2v1 but Ember hurries to make the save. She springboards and crossbodies on Tamina! Ember goes after Nia, but Nia whips her away. Ember hops up for a flying code breaker! Ronda roundhouses Nia out of the ring but keeps in pursuit. Ember gets on the apron to hit Tamina with a sliding boot! Ronda leaps on Nia for a flying forearm! Ronda is still sore physically speaking but she and Ember have control of the ring! They dare Nia and Tamina to return while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once more as Nia has Ember. Nia biels Ember by her hair! Nia taunts Ronda then tags in Tamina. Tamina mugs Ember in the corner, then rocks her with an uppercut. She keeps Ember up to whip her, but Ember lands on her feet through the hip toss. Ember arm-drags Tamina, then hits a handspring forearm. Then, tag to Ronda! Fans fire up as Ronda throws Tamina down. Ember tags back in and Ronda hits Tamina with a knee. Ember adds a sliding complete shot! Cover, TWO! Ember hits another handspring forearm on Tamina, but then Nia gets in to protest. This distracts Ember, and she turns around into Tamina’s SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Nia grows frustrated but Tamina brings Ember back over.
Tamina stomps away on Ember, then tags in Nia. The Samoan Dynasty mug Ember. Nia teases punching Ember with the Facebreaker punch, but she instead hits Ember in the stomach. Nia toys with Ember and taunts Ronda before putting Ember in a cobra clutch. Ember endures as Nia thrashes her about. Ember fights out and hits a jawbreaker. She hurries for her corner but Nia powerbomb lifts Ember! But Ember fights out and spikes Nia with a huricanrana! Nia stops the tag by hitting Ronda! Then she throws Ember to Tamina to get cheap shots in the corner. Nia and Tamina soak up the heat as they tag again. Tamina headbutts Ember then drops knee after knee. She whips Ember into the corner, but then misses! Nia gets knocked down and Ember crawls for Ronda. Tamina grabs a foot but gets an enziguri! Hot tag to Ronda!
Ronda rallies with clotheslines and knees! She boots Tamina down then dares Nia to tag in. Nia doesn’t want to, but Tamina makes her! TLC comes early as Nia reluctantly gets in the ring. She circles with Ronda, but then quickly tags out to Tamina. Fans boo and jeer but Ronda still drags Nia into the ring! Tamina gets in, but Ronda fires off the strikes! Ronda hits a big forearm smash, then runs for the shining wizard! Cover, but Nia breaks it. Ember comes in and kicks away! Ronda roundhouses Nia, too, but Tamian rolls Ronda up! TWO, and Ronda throws Tamina with a judo throw. Ember hits the Eclipse! And Ronda finishes it with the armbar!! Tamina taps, Ronda & Ember win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Ronda Rousey, Rousey by submission
There was no fear or quit in the champion or the War Goddess, but there was plenty of both in the Samoan Dynasty. Who will stand tall when Ronda and Nia finally settle their score?
After the strange, disappointing and even upsetting episode that Raw was last week, this week only barely manages to be just a little better. In fact, the margin is probably negligible in the grand scheme of things, especially in my personal scoring.
First, the Tag Team Division continues to suffer. Can Vince STOP misusing Lucha House Rules? This would be different if the LHP were HEELS, but no, Vince is probably pissing himself over a joke only HE understands. And that’s fitting considering the piss gag is his idea, too. Thankfully that didn’t happen this time with the Authors of Pain. Instead, it’s another Corbin power abuse that helps Maverick survive Roode’s wrath. Maverick in a match finally gives reason for an AoP cosplay, but it would’ve had more impact if he didn’t have it until now. Either way, AoP go without challengers for now, which might be for the best until Raw sorts itself out. Then poor Rhyno jobs and is “released”, only for Slater to be a referee now. I’m foreseeing Slater having to endure ref bumps until he snaps and joins the rebellion.
I was hoping they wouldn’t try that “open forum” again but they did. At least we got a good match out of it, and Bayley openly saying the Women’s Tag titles need to happen, just like fans have been wanting. Bayley & Sasha can still make a run at those should the titles become a thing, but if Alexa Bliss is the person in charge when it happens, setting up her friends for those titles is just another form of The Authority. But I suppose it’s where things are headed. At the same time, is this a sign Alexa’s in-ring retirement is inevitable? That’s a shame, but she does make a better Heel boss than Corbin. Then the Ronda VS Nia story of tonight was alright. The swerve of that opening match was pretty good, the main event tonight was great, and I’m still confident Ronda wins.
This choice of making Ambrose go on about germs and filth is weird, but if the gas mask and henchmen stick around, I might be up for it. And of course Rollins attacks, but I was surprised Ambrose stands tall here. Maybe Ambrose wins, then Rollins chases the title towards Wrestlemania. As for the main story tonight, Corbin and crew against everyone else, there were some interesting developments. Ziggler VS McIntyre is the one part that makes sense. Finn helping Ziggler and Elias and then getting help back, I’m thinking we have an alliance to stop Corbin from winning. Strowman is still iffy as far as a TLC appearance, which is good for drama’s sake, but WWE needs to take advantage of TLC’s No DQ and turn it into a huge brawl even as Strowman appears. Then Finn and friends help Strowman stop Corbin and crew taking over!
My Score: 7.9/10