Will the Architect stop burning bridges?
After some “soul searching,” Seth Rollins wants everyone to hear him out on an apology. But is it too late after all the incendiary comments? Or can Rollins redesign, rebuild and redeem himself?
- Kevin Owens VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lana; Kevin wins, by disqualification.
- Drew McIntyre VS Akira Tozawa; McIntyre wins.
- Tony Nese VS Aleister Black; Aleister wins.
- Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS ???; Almas wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship NASCAR Nightmare: R-Truth VS Kyle Busch; Busch wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- No Way Jose VS Erick Rowan; Rowan wins.
- 2v1 Handicap: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair; The Kabuki Warriors win.
- The Viking Raiders VS Mark Sterling & Mitchell Lyons; The Viking Raiders win.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Rey Mysterio, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo; The OC wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Someone is arriving backstage in a dark van…
The Authors of Pain are here! Charly Caruso asks them quickly, why did they attack Kevin Owens but not Seth Rollins? Rezar and Akam answer in their native languages, which of course is not easily understood. Translation? Charly looks lovely tonight. That wasn’t the translation, nor was it an explanation. Will we get answers with actions instead?
Seth Rollins is here!
Nashville is divided as The Architect walks out to the ring. Rollins promised his apology, so he might open the night with that. Samoa Joe is on commentary again to say that the blame for Raw’s losses at Survivor Series are on Rollins, but Jerry “The King” Lawler is on Rollins’ side. Rollins says that last week’s “Town Hall Meeting” was to discuss Survivor Series. He’ll say it plainly again, “we all sucked.” That was too harsh, but Rollins needs us to understand it was all coming from a good place. WWE isn’t just a job, it is his life. And the other wrestlers aren’t just colleagues but they are family! Families aren’t about blood, they’re about struggling together. As the head of the family, Rollins feels obligated to motivate the others.
Now, he admits he went overboard. He thought about it all week, and Rollins wants to apologize. Firstly, to the fans, then to the locker room. And specifically, Rollins wants to apologize to Kevin Owens. Kevin must be listening and watching, so please, join Rollins in the ring so they can do this face to face. Fans cheer as Kevin Owens heads to the ring! Kevin grabs himself a mic as he stands face to face with Rollins. “Wow. Do you guys smell that at all?” It may just be Kevin, but it smells like “when the rodeo comes to Nashville.” Everything Rollins just said, “apologizing.” Would his closest family members happen to be the AOP? Rollins says he has no idea what that was about. Fans boo and Kevin interrupts. He knows Rollins is lying because his lips are moving. And that smell, it’s BULLSHIT. Rollins swears up and down, but here come the AOP themselves!
Akam and Rezar are on stage with mics of their own. Akam starts in Albanian, and Rezar adds in Punjabi. It seems the point is that AOP does what AOP wants. “How about the two of us versus the two of you, here tonight?” There’s the bottom line for you! Rollins won’t speak for Kevin, but he’s in. Well in that case, Kevin sees one of three things happening, and all of them end with Rollins on the AOP’s side. Kevin isn’t falling for it! Why wait? Go after him now! Rollins tried to reason with Kevin, but if that’s how it is, Rollins is out. Rollins hops out of the ring and goes up the ramp. And the AOP let him pass! Fans boo, sensing the fix is in. Kevin still wants a fight with Akam and Rezar and dares them to! “Let’s have some fun, boys!” The AOP laugh and leave instead.
Well if that’s how it’ll be, Kevin still wants a fight. Nashville wants a fight, too! “Someone indulge me, come out and fight me!” Who will answer the call? Bobby Lashley is heading to gorilla with Lana in tow, are we going to see Starrcade revisited already?
Kevin Owens VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lana!
Raw returns, and that’s exactly what’s happening! The Ravishing Russian appears first to soak up some spotlight and some heat from the fans. “Monday Night Raw, I don’t want to make it all about me, but let’s face it. It’s all about me.” Kevin is sick and tired! He and Lana talk over each other, but Lana hushes Kevin. Lana says that Rusev Day is not here tonight. And the truth is, it’s because of another restraining order! Yes, so disappointing. But Rusev is a danger to society! If he shows up, Rusev will go to jail for a very long time. Kevin has never met someone who talks so much yet says NOTHING. Lana is pretty on the outside, but she’s “absolutely repulsive” on the inside!
Well Lana says what is about to happen to the “basic pizza eater” at the hands of her “hot, hot boyfriend!” Lashley will finish him! Lashley makes his entrance, and Kevin finally gets the fight he wants! But will either man be in good shape after what’s happened recently?
As Lana is ringside, police officers are security given the Ravishing Restraining Order. The bell rings and Kevin ties up with Lashley. Lashley shoves but Kevin dodges to CHOP and fire off. Lashley shoves Kevin, Kevin dodges and fires off more hands. Kevin runs but Lashley runs him over! Lashley puts Kevin in a corner and throws haymakers. Lashley whips corner to corner but runs into a boot. Kevin runs, but Lashley hurdles over to hit a SPINE BUSTER! Lashley goes after Kevin but Kevin gets out. Fans rally for Kevin as Lashley pursues, but Kevin trips Lashley up! Kevin goes to the apron for a FROG SPLASH! Both men are sore but good to continue, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has Lashley in a corner! “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Lana is relieved, but Kevin drags Lashley to a drop zone. Kevin heads up top as Nashville fires up. MOONSAULT FLOPS! Lashley LARIATS Kevin inside out! Fans boo but Lana cheers as Lashley stomps Kevin down. Lashley rains down rights then stomps Kevin. Lana laughs as Lashley clubs away on Kevin’s face! The ref reprimands Lashley, those are not allowed. Lashley flexes over Kevin then drags Kevin up to his feet. Lashley puts Kevin in a corner to run and ram a shoulder in! Lashley stomps and throws haymakers, then runs again, to get a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Fans fire up as Kevin drags himself up.
Lana is worried as Kevin aims and kicks. No Stunner, and Lashley spins Kevin for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lashley drags Kevin up, gut wrench to a Canadian Rack, AK facebuster! Cover, TWO! Lashley soaks up the heat as he stalks Kevin. Kevin slowly stands, Lashley goes after the full nelson. Kevin fights out with elbows, then pops Lashley up for a POWERBOMB! But Kevin can’t make the cover, the only relief to Lana. Lana shouts for Lashley, but here come the AOP! Akam and Rezar finally want to fight now that Kevin is vulnerable, but Kevin gets them first!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification
Akam and Rezar beat Kevin down while Lashley stays back. The AOP drag Kevin out with force while Lashley and Lana get away. Akam throws Kevin into a barrier and the AOP they stalk him up the ramp. They clobber Kevin down and hammer away! They bounce Kevin off the ramp LEDs like a basketball, then drag him up towards the stage like a sack of potatoes! They’re dragging Kevin away! Where are they going!?
Raw returns as Charly Caruso asks Lashley and Lana about what just happened.
In regards to AOP going after Kevin, Lashley has no idea. But Lashley was about to win again. The only concern is that Lana is okay. And Lana is tired of fans booing. She hired police to protect them! IT might’ve been Rusev who got AOP to do all that. Wait Rusev is here, from the crowd! And he MACHKA KICKS Lashley! And rains down rights! The police are slow to act and Rusev gets away! Lana can’t believe how bad the Nashville officers are! But fans chant “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!” as Lana helps Lashley out of the ring. “You guys had ONE job to do!” And they failed! What’s going on here?!
Well sorry, sir, but the officers are fans of the WWE and of Rusev. Lashley bumps the one detective on purpose, so they ARREST LASHLEY! Out of anger, Lana SLAPS the officer, and now SHE is arrested! Fans cheer as the lousy lovebirds are hauled off! Will Rusev visit them at county lock-up?
Raw shares footage from the commercial.
Lana says Rusev broke the laws! “This is wrong!” She vows to sue Nashville PD! But all her threats do nothing, the officers put her and Lashley in the back of the car and drive away. And R-Truth and the Street Profits are watching! They even chuckle.
Drew McIntyre VS Akira Tozawa!
The Scottish Terminator is ready to destroy the Stamina Monster! But will Tozawa’s speed be able to overcome McIntyre’s strength?
The bell rings and Tozawa stands face to… chest, with McIntyre. McIntyre gives Tozawa a push but Tozawa waistlocks. McIntyre pries free and easily tosses Tozawa away! McIntyre kneels to be on Tozawa’s level. McIntyre tells Tozawa to leave or be beaten down. Tozawa turns to walk away, but then dropkick McIntyre down! McIntyre shoves but Tozawa sends McIntyre out. DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo staggers McIntyre but McIntyre shoves Tozawa back down. Then hauls him up into the Inverted Alabama Slam! McIntyre grins as he drags Tozawa up into a fireman’s carry and tosses him back in the ring.
McIntyre looms over Tozawa before digging a knee in as part of a chinlock. Tozawa endures, but McIntyre drags him up into a deeper chinlock. McIntyre puts Tozawa in a corner to CHOP him in the chest. Then he tosses him overhead, across the ring! McIntyre rains down rights then clamps on a chinbar and chicken wing. Tozawa endures as McIntyre pulls him backwards. Fans rally up and Tozawa fights up to throw hands. McIntyre CLUBS Tozawa then whips him to a corner. Tozawa dropkicks the legs out and McIntyre eats buckles! Tozawa goes corner to corner but is put on the apron. Tozawa enziguris back then climbs up! Missile dropkick and McIntyre is down!
McIntyre gets angry but Tozawa gets on his shoulders! Tozawa tries the Poison-Rana, but McIntyre powers him back up! Tozawa turns it into a victory roll! TWO!! Tozawa runs, dodges, but into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
McIntyre grabs a mic to say, “That was fun, wasn’t it, Nashville?” But the problem today is that when someone has an issue, they just complain on social media. The locker rooms get all cryptic, but they’re still a bunch of bloody cowards! McIntyre is more direct. “Randy Orton! I’ve got a problem with you.” McIntyre wants Orton to show up so they can talk about it. Will the Viper meet McIntyre after the break?
Raw returns as McIntyre waits.
He knows Orton is here and someone has to have told Orton by now. They replay footage from last week’s Fatal 4 Way, and the chop fight the two had. Orton of course ended it with a poke to the eyes. “I could describe what I just watched there in three words: Stupid, stupid, stupid! Randy, get yer ass out here right now!” And now, Orton appears! Orton heads down to the ring and has himself a mic. McIntyre asks about Orton’s chest. Was that one chop loud enough to drown out the voices? Wait, is that the problem? Is McIntyre serious? Orton turns to leave but McIntyre will not let him disrespect him again! Fans chant for “RKO!” as Orton turns around to face McIntyre to hear him out.
McIntyre says Orton has no respect for anyone or any of the rules. But yeah, he’s Randy Orton. 13-time world champion, future Hall of Famer! But does that give Orton the right to speak to McIntyre like he’s a child? Orton was the most ferocious man in the WWE. But the only thing Orton is fierce in now is posting on social media. Now McIntyre will tell us who he is. Hes’ bigger, stronger and most ferocious man in the WWE today! He’ll say it so that even Nashville can understand! Listen really closely. Orton’s the past. McIntyre’s the future. RKO Outta Nowhere is gone. Claymore Outta Nowhere is in. Orton doesn’t see an Orton-McIntyre problem. There is a McIntyre-Reality problem. Yes, Orton does what he wants, when he wants, because he’s earned that right. McIntyre hasn’t earn a damn thing. But hey! As far as Orton is concerned, eh’s fine. But if McIntyre still sees a problem, then let’s solve the problem here and now.
But first, here come the OC! AJ Styles and the Good Brothers have mics, but Styles struggles to get his words out. “Randy Orton!” Gallows tells McIntyre is spinning his wheels. Orton ruins lives! Orton ruined Uncle Allen’s life! Orton is solely responsible for Styles losing the WWE United States Championship! Look at the charismatic and handsome AJ Styles, how flustered he is. Styles is not okay, and it’s Orton’s fault. What would make it better is if Styles got after Orton. It doesn’t matter how, as long as it happens tonight! McIntyre figures he’s said his piece, this is an Orton-Styles problem. Bye. McIntyre heads out, waving bye. And the OC surround the ring. Orton stands his ground, and the fight is on!
Fans fire up as Orton takes on the OC but the numbers get the better of him! It is a 3v1 stomping! But here comes Ricochet! The One and Only goes after the Good Brothers but that’s still 3v2! So here comes Humberto Carrillo with brand new music! Ultimo Ninja evens the numbers but the OC still has an advantage. So here comes Rey Mysterio! The US Champion gets in, gets Styles’ attention and huricanranas him out! Gallows gets tossed, and Ricochet BOOTS Anderson out! The King of Lucha Libre stands tall with the rest, and Orton realizes he isn’t alone. What comes from this after the break?
Orton regroups with Rey, Ricochet and Carrillo backstage.
The Viper appreciates the help, but to make it clear, he didn’t need it. He walks away, but Orton never has been a team player. Will circumstances change his mind?
Tony Nese VS Aleister Black!
The Premier Athlete makes his debut on Raw through the crossover of Cruiserweights between Raw and 205 Live, but he might regret it. Will Nese #FadeToBlack after his fight with the Embodiment of the End?
The bell rings and Nese circles with Aleister. They tie up, Nese waistlocks but Aleister wrenches out to a wristlock. Nese rolls and wrenches back, but Aleister spins to arm-drag Nese away. Aleister gets a headlock takeover but Nese headscissors. Aleister pops out, Nese arm-drags but Aleister gets clear of the dropkick! Nese gets clear of the kick and back hand, and fans cheer this close exchange. Buddy Murphy watches backstage as Aleister powers out of a headlock. Things speed up, Aleister rolls off Nese’s back to sweep the legs! Nese bails out but Aleister builds speed, to fake Nese out! Aleister no-hands moonsaults and lands on his feet to sit down.
Nese is wary as he returns and dares Aleister to get up. Aleister doesn’t, so Nese kicks. Aleister ducks it to get up and fire off counter strikes. Nese gets tot he ropes and the ref keeps Aleister back, but Nese gets a cheap shot! Nese throws hands then fish hooks Aleister’s face! Nese throws hands but Aleister hits back. Nese whips, Aleister reverses, but Nese slips under to pump handle. Aleister slips out, Nese elbows back then runs, hotshot bulldog! Nese brags as fans boo. Nese triangle moonsaults but gets knees! Aleister grits his teeth as he drags Nese up for big knee strikes. Then a kick and an elbow and a boot, KNEE TRIGGER! Nese flops down but Aleister picks him up with a foot. Fans are fired up as Aleister hits BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Nese is out like a light and Aleister has another victory! Will Aleister continue to win fight after fight?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
The tension runs high between him and Aleister, but does he regret knocking on the door? Murphy is still feeling the effects of that kick, but he knocked to expose Aleister as “a man that takes himself way too seriously.” Murphy is cool, calm and collected. Aleister is a “hot head.” But one professional to another, Aleister should just calm down. If Aleister doesn’t want to calm down, then Murphy will be the one to make him “calm down.”
Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS ???
El Idolo is on a roll, largely thanks to La Muneca. But will that roll continue through to the holidays?
Raw returns as Eric Young is revealed as Almas’ opponent. The bell rings and the two tie up. Almas waistlocks, but EY pries free to wrench back. Almas spins and wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Almas has another wristlock but EY spins through to get it back. Almas throws a forearm and drags EY down for a cover. TWO, and EY cartwheels to wrench back. EY powers Almas to a corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Almas kicks low and throws forearms and CHOPS into EY. The ref reprimands and Almas backs up. Almas whips EY corner to corner hard and hits a BIG knee! Fans boo but Almas soaks it all up.
Almas wrenches EY to another shoulder breaker and whip. EY tumbles up and out and to another corner, but Almas intercepts with a forearm. Almas CHOPS and then climbs up, but EY fights back! EY rocks Almas and Almas falls! EY adjusts and leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Vega is upset but EY drags Almas up. Almas elbows hard but EY clubs back. Ey back suplexes but Almas lands on his feet, only to get a corner clothesline! EY hops up but Almas YANKS him off! Almas sits EY up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps on EY with an armlock but fans rally up. EY fights his way up to a jawbreaker! Almas staggers into a back elbow! Discus lariat!
EY fires up and whips Almas corner to corner, but Almas reverses. EY goes up and over but runs into a BOOT! Almas wheelbarrows, but into EY’s neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with EY as he tries going up again! But Almas trips EY up and brings him down. Vega calls for it, Almas goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Vega wants him to finish it, and Almas hits LA SOMBRA! The hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
And again, he did it all by himself! El Idolo continues a hot streak, but will it lead him to bigger and better?
Wait, R-Truth runs out to the crowd to hide behind the barriers. The Raw superstars come running, NASCAR champ Kyle Busch misdirects them. Truth thanks him for the assist, and asks Busch and even Michael Waltrop to come out and celebrate. But Waltrop reveals he’s also a REFEREE! Busch rolls Truth up! Cover, Busch wins!!
Winner: Kyle Busch, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Busch can add another title to his list of achievements! Truth won’t let Kyle run away with his “baby” and is in hot pursuit! Will these two be doing laps around the arena in a literal title chase?
The Street Profits are feeling jolly!
It’s thanks to Cyber Monday’s awesome deals. No Way Jose and his conga line cash in on new merchandise! Hurry now to get those savings! ‘Tis the season to get the smoke.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect is on his way out, but Charly needs to ask why he didn’t help Kevin when AOP attacked. What? Rollins offered his help! Kevin didn’t want his help! But Rollins apologizes for getting a bit heated. Speaking of, there are those questioning the sincerity of the apology. What do people want from him? Answers? Because no matter what Rollins says or does, he’s the bad guy! It’s always his fault. So what is the point? Everyone’s a critic, but not everyone can be a leader. Rollins storms off, but this doesn’t answer where Akam and Rezar took Kevin!
Erick Rowan baby talks his little pet again.
Such a cute smile~! What would he do if something happened to them? He won’t let anything happen to them, though. Rowan says he’ll get something for his pet to snack on, but what does this creature even eat? What does it even look like?!
No Way Jose VS Erick Rowan!
The conga line follows the Fighting Fiesta to the ring but the party is about to be over with the Big Redwood standing in their way. Is there no way Jose makes it through the night in one piece?
The bell rings and Jose circles with Rowan. The conga line captain is curious, and he takes a peek. So Rowan WRECKS him and his buddies! Jose hurries to go after Rowan with right hands! Rowan hits back and throws Jose into steel steps! Rowan runs after the rest of the conga line and they run to the hills! Rowan refreshes the count to then go around the way, and WRECK Jose! Rowan has warned people not to touch his things, but puts Jose in the ring to make an example out of him. He clobbers Jose with a clothesline, then clamps on the Iron Claw! For the SLAM! Cover, but Rowan lets up! Rowan clamps on another Iron Claw SLAM! Cover, Rowan wins!
Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall
The Raw locker room would best remember not to mess with Rowan’s pet. Will we ever learn what is inside the covered cage?
Backstage interview with Rowan.
Simply question: what’s in the cage? Rowan is reluctant to answer, and his scary glare says a lot. But again, will we ever learn what is in that cage?
2v1 Handicap: The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair!
The history between the Empress of Tomorrow and the Queen of All Eras is already very storied, and it got personal at Survivor Series when Asuka chose to spit mist in Charlotte’s face rather than help her win. Charlotte is going after her and the Pirate Princess, but is that wise?
Before the match, Charly interviews the Kabuki Warriors. Charlotte broke Asuka’s streak, but Asuka responds in angry Japanese. Kairi laughs at everything Asuka says, so she must be making fun of Charlotte. Asuka-nee seems very entertaining. Asuka says they will beat Charlotte “easy peasy!” Are they saying Charlotte is not ready for Asuka and Kairi?
The rules of this handicap require the team with the advantage to tag in. But the Kabuki Warriors skip that by going after Charlotte before the bell! Kairi even uses her parasol! The ref takes it from her and she protests, but Asuka keeps beating Charlotte down! The ref restores order and fans boo, but the Kabuki Warriors soak up the heat. Kairi steps out and Asuka-nee starts against Charlotte. The bell rings and the brawl is on! Asuka has a headlock but Charlotte goes after hair. Kairi tags in and the Kabuki Warriors mug Charlotte in the corner. Kairi stomps away then tags Asuka, and Asuka stomps away.
Fans boo and jeer but Kairi tags in again. Kairi keeps stomping and even stands on Charlotte’s chest! She lets up at 4 to tag Asuka. Asuka brings Charlotte back to bump off buckles and tag Kairi again. Charlotte tries to fight back but the Kabuki double whip. Charlotte kicks Asuka and tosses Kairi! Charlotte decks Kairi but turns around into the hip attack! Asuka toys with Charlotte then starts kicking harder. Asuka kicks away but Charlotte gets her with an STO! Charlotte sees Kairi coming and clobbers her! Charlotte tosses Asuka out then builds speed to wreck both Kabuki Warriors with a dropkick! Fans “WOO~!” as Charlotte toys with Asuka now. Charlotte brings Asuka up but Asuka reverses to send Charlotte into barriers!
Asuka brings Charlotte the other way and into the ring. Asuka stomps and kicks Charlotte as the ref tells Kairi to get back to the corner. Kairi does as told, but Asuka whips Charlotte. Charlotte tumbles out but Kairi trips her up! Kairi goes to throw Charlotte but Charlotte sends her into barriers! And then SLAPS Kairi for good measure. But Charlotte turns around into Asuka’s sliding kick! Asuka stands on Charlotte but the ref counts. Asuka puts Charlotte in and has her on the ropes. Asuka gives stiff kicks to the back, but the ref counts. Kairi comes around to get Charlotte, but Asuka’s hip attack is sent into Kairi! Charlotte BOOTS Asuka down! Asuka bails out and Charlotte aims, to PESCADO! Two for one and fans fire up with Charlotte!
Charlotte puts Asuka in but Kairi bumps her at a corner. Charlotte stops herself to BOOT Kairi. Asuka stays clear of a boot and Charlotte warns her. The Queen gets back in the ring as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka hits Charlotte with the hip attack in the corner! Tag to Kairi, and Kairi clubs Charlotte down. Kairi marches the plank as fans are divided, Sliding D in the center of the ring! Cover, ONE, but Kairi is not upset. Kairi clubs Charlotte then brings her in to tag Asuka. Asuka brings Charlotte out for haymakers but Charlotte throws a forearm! Asuka hits back, and again. Asuka keeps on Charlotte but Charlotte swings. But into a waistlock! She elbows out hard, staggers back, and elbows from a corner. Asuka blocks the boot to an Ankle Lock, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Kairi, and she climbs up for the flying Kabuki- BOOT! Charlotte boots Asuka, too! Fans rally up as Charlotte has the Kabuki Warriors side-by-side in the drop zone! Charlotte climbs up, and MOONSAULTS! Onto four knees!
Kairi fires up and runs, but her dropkick is caught! Charlotte turns her over for a Boston Crab! Charlotte bends Kairi back but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte down! Asuka drags Kairi away to the corner and tags in. Asuka climbs up now, big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives and Asuka grows frustrated. Asuka gives kick after kick to Charlotte’s chest, but Charlotte catches one! So Asuka throws forearms! Charlotte ROCKS Asuka in return! Asuka kicks back, then runs, but Charlotte dodges, and blocks another dropkick! Charlotte has the legs, Asuka kicks free, so Charlotte stomps her down! Figure Four, but Asuka Triangle Hold counters! Asuka has Charlotte down, Charlotte moves around, and Charlotte dead lifts Asuka for the POWERBOMB! Cover, but Kairi hits a BLOCKBUSTER!
All three women are down but Kairi gets up first. She drags Asuka away and tags in. Kairi drags Charlotte to the drop zone, drops a normal elbow, then says anchors aweigh! Kairi climbs up top, but Charlotte intercepts with forearms! Kairi and Charlotte brawl, even as Charlotte climbs. Charlotte tries but Kairi resists. Asuka tags in, then climbs up to help Kairi out. The Kabuki Warriors hit a DOUBLE Gourd Buster! Charlotte is down, Kairi is up, DOUBLE STOMPS to the back! Asuka covers, TWO!! The Queen still lives but the Kabuki Warriors grow furious. They aim from opposite ends, but Charlotte dodges their double attack! To DOUBLE SPEAR! Cover on Asuka, TWO!! Nashville is in shock just like Charlotte, but she’s not done with Asuka!
Charlotte has a leg and drops knees on knees! And again! Charlotte stomps away on the leg, but has to dropkick Kairi out! But Asuka is back up, and she ducks the boot, Kairi tags in. Charlotte SPEARS Asuka, Figure Fours, bridges for the Figure Eight, but Kairi leaps in with the InSANE Elbow!! Cover, the Kabuki Warriors win!!
Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Kairi by pinfall
As great as the 10-time Women’s Champion is, the Kabuki Warriors are Women’s Tag Team Champions for a reason! Will this end the war of wrestling royalty?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
An intense match, but does she regret challenging both Kabuki Warriors at once? Simply put, “No.” Is that the last word on her feud with Asuka and Kairi?
The Viking Raiders VS Mark Sterling & Mitchell Lyons!
The raid comes to Nashville, and Erik and Ivar are ready to continue their winning warpath through Raw! Does Nashville’s M&M stand a chance of surviving?
The bell rings and Erik gets Sterling for Ace Ten Mao! The knee shot echoes out, and Lyons looks afraid for Sterling’s life. Lyons runs away as Erik drags Sterling over. But he runs into Ivar’s scoop slam! Then Erik scoops and slams Ivar onto Lyons! The Vikings roar and they shout, “Are you watching?!” Who are they saying this to? Tag to Ivar, Erik drags Sterling up and Ivar squashes him in the corner. Then feeds Sterling to the knees! Ivar is the human weapon, hip attack senton! “Are you watching?!” Who do they want to watch this? Erik tags back in and Ivar feeds Sterling to Erik, for THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik by pinfall
Nashville’s #VikingExperience was as brutal and one-sided as all the others! But is the person
Ricochet talks with Carrillo and Mysterio.
There has always been one thing they’ve been trying to prove. Superheroes can be real, but that gets shoved to the side against The OC. These three vow to show up and shut the OC up. Since first coming to Raw, the OC has been trying to ruin Carrillo. But he teams with the One and Only Ricochet, and THE one and only King of Lucha. But Mysterio is honored to be teaming with the future of this sport. But what AJ Styles’ behavior was unacceptable. Just as they said, it’s time to shut out and shut down The OC. Get ready for the legend and the future.
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Rey Mysterio, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo!
What needed to be said has been said, now it’s time to do what needs to be done! Will Styles and the Good Brothers get a mother lovin’ too sweet win? Or will they fall to this high-flying force for good?
The OC are still upset with Randy Orton over that United States Championship “crime of the century!” When you stick your nose in OC business, you get hurt. And the OC will enjoy hurting Carrillo, Ricochet and Mysterio. The official, the original and the only club that matters will show what happens when you play hero! Styles, Gallows and Anderson make their entrance, and this main event begins after the break!
Raw returns, and Carrillo starts with Anderson. They tie up and Anderson headlocks. Carrillo powers out and hurdles over but Anderson back drops. Carrillo lands on his feet! Things speed up again, Carrillo sunset flips but Anderson rolls through. Carrillo ducks the kick and kips up to swing a kick, Anderson dodges but the enziguri hits! Cover, TWO! Carrillo wrenches Anderson and tags Ricochet. Ricochet drops ax handles then double whips with Carrillo. They double elbow and run, to double dead-lift arm-drag! Cover, TWO! Ricochet puts Anderson in the corner and throws uppercuts, tag to Carrillo. Carrillo kicks Anderson but Anderson powers Carrillo the the OC corner!
Styles tags in to mug Carrillo and CHOP him on the ropes. Styles whips but Carrillo breaks free to kick away. Carrillo goes up top, BIG flying headbutt! Cover, TWO! Styles throat chops Carrillo back! Styles kicks and whips Carrillo, but Carrillo holds ropes to elbow back. Anderson gets a cheap shot! PELE from Styles sends Carrillo out! The ref keeps Styles back but Gallows CLOBBERS Carrillo! Ricochet and Rey protest but there’s nothing they can do as Styles throws Carrillo into barriers. Styles puts Carrillo in then drags him over, tag to Gallows. Big LG runs to drop a big elbow! Then he ROUNDHOUSES Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Gallows rams elbow after elbow into Carrillo’s shoulders, then wraps on a thrashing chinlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up.
Carrillo fights to his feet and throws body shots. Gallows knees low and hard, then drags Carrillo up. Gallows suplexes but Carrillo slips out. Carrillo ducks the elbow to jawbreaker back! Gallows grabs a leg but Carrillo enziguris! Gallows flops down and fans rally up harder. Hot tags to Anderson and Mysterio! Mysterio springboard seated sentons, then hits Styles for good measure. Mysterio whips, Anderson reverses but Mysterio kicks back and then huricanranas! Gallows is in and clobbers Mysterio. Gallows scoops, but Mysterio slips out to send him into post! Styles is in and puts Mysterio out but Mysterio kicks him back. Corner 619 for Gallows! Then Mysterio hops up, but Styles Electric Chairs! Mysterio spins around to huricanrana Styles onto ropes! Dial it up, but Anderson intercepts to ram Mysterio into barriers, and the post! The OC takes control as we take one last break!
Raw returns once more, and Gallows holds Mysterio up before slamming him down! Cover, TWO! Gallows wraps Mysterio up in a chinlock and thrashes about. Mysterio endures as fans rally up. Mysterio fights up and elbows out. He runs but into a BOOT! Gallows covers again, TWO! Mysterio still lives, but Gallows drags him over. Tag to Anderson, and he digs an elbow right in Mysterio’s eye! Anderson drags Mysterio into a chinlock and wraps on tight. Fans rally up and Mysterio fights up again. Anderson goes after the mask! Then he whips Mysterio corner to corner, but Mysterio elbows away. Mysterio leaps up and wheelbarrows Anderson into buckles! Both men are down and fans are fired up, hot tags to Styles and Ricochet!
Ricochet rallies on Styles, tilt-0-whirl headscisosrs! Triangle dropkick for Gallows! Ricochet runs in, rams a shoulder and bumps styles off buckles. Big kick sends Styles away, springboard lariat takes Styles down! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet wont’ stop moving, he puts Styles in a drop zone. Ricochet climbs up fast, but has to leap over Anderson. Ricochet kicks Anderson down, but Styles waistlocks! Ricochet standing switches and O’Conner rolls, into an uppercut from Anderson! Wheelbarrow facebuster from Styles! Cover, TWO! Styles is furious but he drags Ricochet back up. No Clash, Ricochet rams Styles into a corner, then hist the RECOIL! Cover, but Anderson breaks it!
Mysterio returns, to huricanrana Anderson onto ropes! 619! YAKUZA KICK! Missile dropkick! Carrillo FLIES! Direct hit on Gallows! Nashville is fired up as Styles and Ricochet are left in the ring. Styles gets up first and drags Ricochet into position. Styles lifts but Ricochet huricanranas out, to a cover, TWO! PELE! Ricochet is down but Styles won’t let up. Styles puts Ricochet on the top rope, climbs up to join him, but Ricochet fights back. Ricochet hops down to ROCK Styles with a right! HE has to hit Anderson away, then he MOONSAULTS off the post! Ricochet hurries back up to SUPER STEIN- NO! Styles blocks the Steiner, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH! Cover, The OC win!!
Winners: The OC, Styles by pinfall
The Phenomenal One and the Best Tag Team in the World stand victorious! They handle business tonight, but look who slips in! Styles turns around to get an RKO!! The Viper gets even with The OC, but is this only going to escalate the issues between them all?
Not the best Raw, but there was a lot of good stuff to still like. Rollins starting off and Kevin Owens coming out to call BS, and getting away with saying the words, was amazing, as was having the AOP show up. It’s a good tease to show that maybe AOP is working with Rollins despite Rollins denying it. But then things had to take a detour into rehashed material from last night’s Starrcade. Lana and Kevin basically said the same things from last night in their promo fight. Lashley VS Kevin was still a solid match because of the two being very talented in the ring, but it just all felt lazy just doing it again. It did get pretty entertaining once the AOP came back and then Rusev attacked Lashley. The “detectives” being fans of Rusev was a great little twist and it was pretty hilarious for Lana and Lashley to get arrested. I just hope TLC finds a way to finish the terrible love triangle.
McIntyre beat Tozawa pretty easily, which is a bit of a shame. But McIntyre calling out Orton and again borderline turning Face was great. Though obviously he isn’t turning yet, and it seems to be his thing to choose not to get involved in big fights. When the OC was beating Orton up and the others came to save him, I thought there’d be an 8 Man, but it does work better in the story for it to be a Six Man. I don’t get what they’re doing with Rowan but it’s a far cry from what he had on SmackDown alongside Luke Harper. Blame Vince for that. We got mostly filler matches out of Aleister VS Nese and Almas VS Eric Young. At least Murphy plugs that he and Aleister will have that match. Maybe that is a TLC Kickoff match or something for the go-home next week. Almas needs to get a title shot against Mysterio by the Royal Rumble, it just makes sense.
The Women’s Handicap match was pretty good, but Charlotte seems a little too strong against the tag team champions, that are made up of Asuka and Kairi Sane, two accomplished women in their own right. But again, blame Vince. At least in the end, the Kabuki Warriors won and won clean, literally. I really expected them to beat Charlotte down to draw out Natalya or even Becky Lynch, given what we’ve seen even as recent as this last week. With only one week left, perhaps something is put together in haste between both Raw and SmackDown to at least give us a tag title match for TLC. Oh and Viking Raiders had another squash win. They’re shouting about someone watching something, and fans reacted with “No One’s Watching!” I think the person they want watching is Vince so he can give them a good story! As intriguing as AOP interacting with Rollins and Kevin is, why haven’t AOP go after the Raiders already!? Give us that match, Vince, you old fart!
The Six Man Tag was really good for being just over 15 minutes, and it got things going again just in time for the end. The OC wins but it wasn’t a pin on the United States Champion. Orton getting an RKO on Styles to end the show was great, and we’re at least getting those two in some kind of grudge match for TLC. I would love if they threw McIntyre in, or if he interfered to screw Orton over. One of those things can help carry stuff through to the Rumble in any number of ways.
My Score: 8/10
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