Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw! Tonight’s show is all about the fallout of WWE’s Super Showdown in Melbourne, Australia. Hell, a number of the matches tonight are rematches from Saturday morning’s show, so don’t expect tonight’s Raw to be anything extraordinary.
The big news is, Triple H and Shawn Michaels will be on the show tonight to discuss what happened after The Game beat The Undertaker. The match itself was fine, certainly the best The Undertaker has had in some years, but does anyone really want to see it all happen? I mean, who wants to see Shawn Michaels break his retirement vow to come back and face The Undertaker and Kane? It reeks of desperation but hey, that’s just my opinion. And I love HBK. That said, the DX members will talk about the attack they suffered at the hands of the Brothers of Destruction, which will lead us to their tag team match, either at Survivor Series or The Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Also returning to tonight’s show, is Trish Stratus. A Hall of Famer who is coming back in a smart and worthwhile fashion. Stratus will face Alexa Bliss later this month at WWE Evolution is one of the marquee matches, and hopefully she will put Bliss over. So the former Women’s Champion returns tonight to start the feud full throttle, and add some more depth to it beyond mere surface-level intrigue.
Elsewhere on tonight’s show, The Riott Squad again faces Ronda Rousey and the Bella twins, and maybe tonight Nikki will finally turn on Ronda. Also, Braun Strowman and his dogs will face The Shield again, because why not? And there will probably be appearances from Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode, and a performance by Elias in which he criticises John Cena before being interrupted by Bobby Lashley.
That’s the preview of tonight’s show! Remember to download the Ringside News app, follow us on Instagram, and enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw begins and Triple H’s music hits. The Game comes out, not in suit but in leather jacket. He makes his way to the ring but stops on the apron and turns to await his partner in crime, Shawn Michaels!
Michaels doesn’t dance to the ring or do his poses, he storms down to the ring and grabs a microphone. The fans cheer for both men. Triple H says 25 years is a long time to climb a mountain, but you do it because it’s the biggest, baddest, and most deadly in the world. You climb it inch-by-inch, year-by-year. And he and Shawn should be on top of the world right now because they reached the summit. But the avalanche that fell on them after they reached the top, makes them wonder if the mountain was just a lie the whole time.
We get a highlight reel of Triple H Vs. The Undertaker at Super Showdown in Australia, this past Saturday. Triple H says respect is a word that has lost its significance. He says Shawn and himself do not give respect out easily. He says respect is earned when someone sees something in you, takes you under their wing, and shows you you can be something more – referring to himself. Trips says respect is when you stick to your word, no matter how many offers are put in front of someone and they turn it down.
Shawn says respect is no longer a two-way street. He says it’s a long way from Melbourne back to America, and it’s a long time to sit and think about the beat-down they took. He says it’s a long time to think about the last 8 and a half years, that he has sat and honoured his word out of respect for The Undertaker. Respect that never actually existed. He says when the wheels touched down in Chicago, Triple H walked up to him and asked him three words he never thought he’d hear again, “are you ready?” Triple H turns and says the question isn’t for Michaels, because he knows he is. The question is for Undertaker and Kane, the Brothers of Destruction… Crown Jewel…are you ready? Michaels says D-Generation X is ready. If Kane and Undertaker aren’t ready and they aren’t down with it, he’s only got two words for them – the crowd chants “suck it!”. D-Generation X’s music hits and the two of them rip off their shirts to reveal D-X ones underneath. They pose on the ropes for the fans as the announcers talk over it. Considering that announcement, the fans in Chicago really didn’t seem to care all that much.
Later tonight, The Shield Vs. Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre, Ronda Rousey and the Bella’s face The Riott Squad, and Trish Stratus will be live. Up next though, Kevin Owens face Bobby Lashley.
We’re back from the break and out comes Bobby Lashley, accompanied by Lio Rush.
The bell rings and they lock-up but Lashley immediately shoves Owens backwards. They lock-up and the same thing happens but this time KO rolls from the ring to regroup. On the outside, Lio Rush has a microphone and he is talking Lashley through the match.
Owens is back inside the Lashley connects with a shoulder tackle, before punching him repeatedly in the corner. Lashley whips Owens into the turnbuckles and runs but KO moves. Owens drapes the top rope to send Lashley flying over. Owens runs off the ropes, as though he’s going to flip over onto Bobby but instead he slides out and punches Bobby. Owens is distracted by Rush talking trash, allowing Lashley to connect with a lariat to KO. Lashley throws him back in the ring but Owens clotheslines Lashley right back out, then hits a huge flip over the top rope onto Bobby. The fans are going mad for Owens.
Rush won’t shut up. Lashley walks towards him like he’s pissed and Owens comes from behind to clotheslines Bobby again. Lashley grabs KO and tosses him into the barricade, then runs for a shoulder tackle by Owens sidesteps him and Bobby crashes. Little bit of role reversal going on here, in regards to heel and babyface. Owens is in control as we head to the break.
We return from the break to see Lashley holding KO down with a headlock – again, role reversal. Owens fights out and suckers Bobby into tackling the turnbuckles. Owens then leaves the ring and chases Lio Rush, who hasn’t stopped talking. Lashley gets out and grabs Owens before he can do anything, then throws Owens into the steps. Lashley then throws Owens into the barricade, as Rush tells him to “put the boots to him”.
Lashley gets KO back in the ring and punches him in the corner. Owens is whipped into the corner, then eats a lariat. Lashley follows-up with a shoulder tackle. He looks for the stalling suplex but Owens fights back and even Cole is portraying Owens as the babyface. Lashley stops Owens’ comeback in motion and hits him with the stalling suplex… but Owens kicks out!
Lashley lifts Owens and applies a full nelson. Owens stomps the foot of Bobby and escapes, then connects with a superkick and a Stunner for a two count! Owens climbs to the top rope but Rush distracts him and Lashley hits the ropes to crotch him. Lashley then knocks Owens from the top rope and attacks a leg KO is holding. Lashley lifts Owens and hits the modified Dominator for the win.
Rush gets in the ring chanting “Lashley” but nobody is chanting with him. That was interesting. As they’re walking up the ramp, Rush tells Lashley to go back, so he runs back down to the ring and attacks KO! He drags Owens around the ringpost and whacks his injured leg several times. Lashley chases off some referees, then attacks the other leg of Owens.
The commentators talk about Crown Jewel, and announce a “World Cup” tournament, in which four Superstars from Raw and four from SmackDown will compete to prove who is the best in the world. Cole announces that John Cena will be a part of the tournament and we get a video package for Cena. Tonight there will be a battle royale to determine the next person qualifying for the match!
Finn Balor and Bayley are being interviewed backstage when Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley interrupt. Rush says the scoop is right here with what Lashley did to Owens. Lashley says we shouldn’t be talking about hugs. They should be talking about how he ripped Owens to shreds. Rush says with the Man of the Hour’s words and his man’s power, that is too sweet.
We go live to the arena, where Elias is sitting centre stage. Elias strums a chord, and the crowd is delighted to see him. Elias greets the crowd and plucks a riff out. When Triple H, Shawn Michaels or any other legend talks about WWE, they’re talking about him. One man who knows this is John Cena. John Cena knows deep in his heart what everyone here knows, and that is that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias says they know him. He is always willing to admit when he’s wrong, but the circumstances that led to what happened in Australia is not his fault. Elias wrote a song about it and asks them to silence their cellphones, hold the applause, and shut their mouths.
He sings a song and pokes fun at John Cena’s hair, as well as Australia. That last line got loud boos. Somehow Elias’ act isn’t stale. Ronda Rousey’s music hits, and she comes out to a big pop. She’ll be teaming with the Bella twins next!
Morgan and Brie start for their teams. They have a standoff before Liv cheap-shots Brie in the face – a good call-back to a few weeks ago. Brie fires-up and goes for a kick to the head, but Morgan tackles her and they start rolling around the ring. The brawl takes them out of the ring and their teammates have to break it up.
Logan tags herself in, which Liv didn’t appreciate, so Ronda does the same thing. Rousey hits a knee to the ribs of Logan before she flips her to the mat by her arm. Logan retreats to her corner and The Squad don’t want anything to do with Rousey.
We come back from the break to see Nikki Bella taking Ruby Riott down before hitting a springboard kick for a near fall. Brie tags in but Ruby pulls her out of the ring and hits a reverse STO. Ruby gets Brie back in the ring and keeps Brie away from her corner. Logan tags in and hits a botched snap-mare = how the hell can you botch a snapmare, I’m gonna blame Brie.
Speaking of whom, Brie takes a hip toss from Logan that looked God-awful. Morgan tags in and attacks Brie for a near fall. Riott tags in and applies a neck vice. She releases unnecessarily and attacks Rousey and Nikki. Brie eventually fights out and tags in Rousey.
Rousey takes down Riott, but Riott soon rolls her up for a near fall. Rousey hits a monkey flip and jabs away at her. Rousey knees her in the chest a few times before lifting her up and hitting a snap Samoan Drop. Rousey grabs the arm, and The Bella Twins keep the other members of the squad out of the ring. Rousey then applies the arm bar for the submission victory.
Rousey and The Bella Twins pose in the ring… when suddenly Nikki Bella attacks Rousey from behind! The Bella Twins stomp her while laughing. The crowd is loudly booing them. Rousey fights back, takes Brie down, and angrily stares at Nikki. Rousey punches her and hits a judo throw to send her out of the ring. Rousey goes outside to grab her, but Brie pushes her into the ring post. The Bella Twins continue to stomp her while referees run down to break it up. Rousey grabs Brie by the throat, but Nikki attacks from behind. The Bellas then send Rousey into the ring steps. They whip her into the barricade and leave her in a heap while calling Rousey a loser. They literally drag her by the hair around ringside, and get her back in the ring before posing over her. Nikki takes the RAW Women’s Championship and throws it onto Rousey. The Bellas leave, and Nikki knocks a sign out of a fan’s hand on the way up the ramp. Natural order has been restored.
We come back from the break to see replays of the beatdown.
Bayley makes her way to the stage, followed by Finn Balor. They’ll be in mixed tag action, next!
The men are starting this one and they lock-up as the bell rings. Mahal overpowers Balor and slams him down for a quick one count. Jinder wrestles Finn to the mat in a headlock and keeps him there, grounded. Finn starts to escape but Foxy tags herself in. Bayley comes in and Finn lifts her to kick Foxy, then does the same to Mahal. The babyfaces clear the ring as we head to the break.
We come back from the break to see Foxy applying a chin lock to Bayley in the middle of the ring. Fox takes her down and stomps the hand. Fox then stomps the foot. Fox forearms her in the face for a two count. Fox tries to follow up on the attack, but Bayley gets her out of the ring. Fox gets back in the ring, but Bayley tosses her right back out again.
Balor tags in, as is Mahal, and Finn takes him down with some forearms before hitting a double stomp. Balor hits a chop in the corner before slingshotting over him. Mahal quickly boots him down and goes to the top rope. Finn quickly kicks him in the head before hitting a reverse DDT elbow drop, but Alicia breaks up the pin. Bayley soon gets Fox out of the ring. Balor kicks Mahal in the head before going to the top rope. Balor hits the Coup de Grace for the 123!
Still to come, The Shield in action, as well as Trish Stratus!
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre are backstage. Ziggler says he needs Strowman to be the monster he is, while McIntyre is the superstar he is supposed to be. McIntyre says he’s sick and tired of Ziggler trying to call the shots. He says at WWE Super Showdown, Ziggler was the one that got beat. Instead of worrying about him, Ziggler should worry about pulling his weight around her. Strowman tells them both to shut up. They need to remember why they’re here. They’re supposed to watch his back so he wins the WWE Universal Championship, which is the best thing for all of them. Tonight they’ll put down The Shield for good, and he doesn’t want to hear any excuses out of them.
Also backstage, Baron Corbin is walking when Heath Slater approaches him. Slater says he wants to be in the WWE World Cup Qualifying Battle Royal, but Corbin simply tells Heath he’s no good and walks off. The Global Battle Royal is next!
We come back from the break and the commentators again tell us about the main event of Super Showdown, before showing us a replay of DX reuniting earlier tonight. The match is official, it takes place in 4 weeks.
We’re back in the arena for the battle royale, and there are about 9 weirdly dressed jobbers in the ring. Baron Corbin comes out and says he can’t believe he still gets booed. He says he is shaping Crown Jewel to be one of the best events event, and it will feature the WWE World Cup. A one night tournament featuring 8 Superstars. He says he could have just inserted himself in the match but he wants to prove that he can earn it. He comes to the ring and says he scoured the planet for these incredible Superstars in the ring. He says the fans already know all these guys, it’s like having The Avengers and the Justice League in the ring together. Corbin introduces all 9 guys, representing different countries, and they’re all absolutely ridiculous. Corbin is the 10th man and that’s the entire match line-up.
The bell rings and all 9 guys surround Corbin. He lays out with one a right hand but the rest of them team-up on him. They try to throw him over the corner but he kicks all of them back. Corbin then eliminates two of them, while a third (clad in a gold body suit) sits outside the ring for no reason. Corbin punches a few and clears them all out except for one guy from Luxembourg. The guy goes for his “Claw” finisher but Corbin throws him out. Corbin thinks he has won and celebrates on the top rope but the referee won’t ring the bell because the gold bodysuit guy, The Conquistador, hasn’t been eliminated. Corbin chases the guy into the ring, where the mysterious man suddenly connects with three German suplexes, an Angle slam, and then clothelines Corbin over the top rope!
After the match, The Conquistador celebrates with stertypical Spanish dancing before taking off his mask to reveal himself as the one and only, Kurt Angle! Corbin can’t believe it and the fans chant “You Suck!”. Angle celebrates as he walks up the ramp. Angle joins John Cena in the WWE World Cup.
We come back from the break and see replays of Angle returning and winning the Battle Royale! Angle is walking backstage when Charly Caruso stops him for an interview. She congratulates him and welcomes him back. To which Angle says, “Technically, I’m still on vacation.” He winks, then walks off.
The bell rings and Ember looks for a headlock but Nia pushes her off. Ember tries an armdrag but Nia doesn’t fall. Jax swats Ember away.
Ember runs at Nia and leaps for a crossbody but Nia literally whacks her out of mid-air. Nia splashes Ember in the corner, and follows up with a huge biel across the ring. There was a weird advert for 2K19, in which a virtual AJ Styles appeared at the bottom of the screen but it looked like the real AJ was suddenly attacking the ladies in the ring.
Anyway, Moon goes for a sleeper but Nia throws her off. Moon then catches Jax with a hurricanrana and dropkicks her from the ring. Moon hits a suicide dive but Jax doesn’t fall. Moon slides back in to go for it again, but Jax grabs her leg and drags her back out of the ring. Jax looks for a military press but Ember lands on her feet and punches Jax. Nia responds by tossing Ember towards the ring. She runs at Moon, who sidesteps, and Jax runs headfirst into the LED apron. Moon slides into the ring and wins via count-out!
After the match, Nia gets back into the ring and hugs Ember, then holds her arm up.
Trish Stratus will be out next!
We’re back and Trish Stratus is in the ring in Chicago.
Stratus says that in 3 weeks we’ll be making history at WWE Evolution. She wants to talk about Alexa Bliss. She says, in regards to last week’s Moment of Bliss, it was more like a moment of BS. So she thought she’d come out here with a Moment of Stratusfaction.
Alexa is then interrupted by Bliss and Mickie James. Bliss calls her unoriginal and the fans dullards. Trish says Alexa’s match was a little short last week, but that’s not the only place Alexa comes up short. Alexa fake laughs and says she’s never head that before. She says she has goosebumps because she grew up watching Stratus. But now that they’re here together, she can finally tell Trish that she sucks. She says if she had been around back in the Attitude Era, Trish would have lived in her shadow. Trish says that doesn’t have to be speculation, so she invites Alexa down to the ring.
Mickie and Alexa come down to the ring but Mickie gets in between them. James says this isn’t happening tonight, because nothing good ever happens in Chicago. Trish tells Mickie to let Alexa know what it feels like to be in the ring with her, and what it feels like to lose to a Hall of Famer. Mickie pretends to be scared, then says she would love to know what that feels like, so why not make this a tag match. Trish says that’s a good idea and she sarcastically wonders who could be her partner…
Lita runs down to the ring to a huge pop and Alexa immediately attacks her. The brawl breaks out and Alexa clears the ring as Lita looked to attack her. Trish kicks Mickie and Lita goes to the top rope for the moonsault but Mickie rolls from the ring. Mickie and Alexa retreat as Trish and Lita celebrate and pose for the fans.
We see The Shield backstage, in an old-fashioned handheld Shield promo. Roman says they need to understand something, The Shield is not an alliance, they’re a brotherhood. Ambrose says Strowman and co. need to know that they aren’t the bad guys, The Shield are. Ambrose says it doesn’t matter where they are, Melbourne or Chicago, they are the Hounds of Justice. Reigns says they are The Shield, believe that.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable make their way to the ring, they’ll be in action next!
The bell rings with Roode and Konnor starting us off. Konnor forces Bobby to the corner and then dares him to lock up again. This time Roode puts him in a headlock and Gable makes the blind tag. He hits a missile dropkick for a one count. Konnor knocked Gable from the ring with his kick-out.
Back inside, Viktor tags-in and lays Gable out for another near fall. The fans are starting to chant for CM Punk. Viktor applies a submission, Gable tries to escape but gets shut-down. Konnor comes back in and beats on Gable. The Ascension exchange tags and keep Gable grounded and away from Roode. But it only lasts for so long, as Roode eventually gets the hot tag and goes to work with a series of clotheslines. Gable tags himself in while Roode was preparing to hit a blockbuster. He gets the win with a rolling German suplex on Viktor.
Roode doesn’t look super happy about what happened. As soon as the match is over, the Author’s of Pain storm the ring and attack Gable and Roode. They lay-out both men before hitting a double-team neckbreaker/powerbomb to Roode, then hit Gable and Viktor with the Super Collider. The fans were chanting for AOP during that. Drake Maverick joins them in the ring and poses, thankfully he isn’t wearing their riot gear, he’s just wearing a leather jacket.
Still to come, our six-man tag main event!
We’re back and reminded that this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with a Susan G. Komen ad.
We’re shown replays of The Bella Twins attacking Ronda Rousey earlier tonight. Cole announces that Ronda Rousey will defend her Women’s Championship against Nikki Bella at Evolution.
Now it’s time to replay the start of Raw tonight, again, in which DX officially reunited. We get a video package of D-Generation X’s hijinks.
Paul Heyman makes his way to the stage and introduces himself. He says he is the advocate for the crown jewel of WWE, and he is here this evening for the same reason the fans are, to see a fight. He says he finds it ironic that 72 hours ago, Reigns and Strowman beat the crap out of each other, then flew 20 hours back here, to beat the hell out of each other again. And that’s what we do in WWE, 7 days a week, we fly around the world and beat the hell out of each other to put smiles on peoples faces. Meanwhile, tonight in Suplex City, his client is not watching WWE, he’s sleeping in his bed. He says Brock will get up tomorrow, run a mile to the Deathclutch Gym, which Brock Lesnar designed and built, to train to become the first-ever two-sport Champion. Heyman says Lesnar enters Crown Jewel as the only individual with the sole purpose of winning the Universal Championship. Whereas Roman and Braun both have teams to worry about. He says Brock Lesnar has never once said the word “we”, he only says “me”. Which is why on November 2nd, Brock Lesnar will win the Universal Championship. Weirdly, during Heyman’s final line, Corey Graves asked if Brock is here tonight.
The Shield’s music hits and the Hounds come out through the crowd.
Drew McIntyre starts the match against Seth Rollins. They lock-up and McIntyre gets a headlock. Rollins shoots him off, ducks, leapfrog, and Seth looks for an arm-drag but Drew stops him and hits a lariat. McIntyre looks for a backdrop but Seth lands on his feet and tags Dean. Seth and Ambrose double team McIntyre for a two count.
Strowman tags in and ploughs through Ambrose. He looks to splash Ambrose in the corner but Dean moves and tags Roman. The crowd are getting into it as Reigns and Strowman come face-to-face. Strowman forces Roman to the corner, then looks for a splash but Roman connects with an uppercut. Roman looks for a Samoan drop but he can’t get the Monster up. Strowman knocks Reigns down and tags Ziggler. Drew and Dolph look for a suplex to Roman but Seth and Dean run in and grab him. The Shield knock Dolph and Drew from the ring, then turn their attention to Braun. The Monster doesn’t get in the ring though, instead he goes after Ziggler and McIntyre, and berates them as we head to the break.
We come back from the break to see Strowman knock Reigns down before tagging in Ziggler. During the break, Reigns looked for a Drive-By Kick but Strowman caught him and delivered a chokeslam on the apron. Reigns takes Ziggler down with an uppercut to regain some momentum. Strowman tags back in and he misses a shoulder tackle in the corner and hits the ring post. Reigns looks for a Samoan drop again and hits it this time.
Rollins and Ziggler tag in. Rollins hits a Sling Blade, knocks McIntyre off the apron, and boots Ziggler back. Rollins avoids a clothesline and hits a suicide dive on McIntyre. Rollins punches Ziggler and hits a springboard flying forearm for a two count. Rollins gets the crowd going before signaling for the Stomp. Rollins kicks Ziggler in the midsection and tries for the Stomp, but Ziggler moves. Rollins counters a famouser into a turnbuckle powerbomb attempt, but Ziggler counters the counter into a roll-up. Rollins kicks out and hits a turnbuckle powerbomb, but McIntyre breaks it up.
Ambrose slides in and knocks McIntyre out of the ring. Strowman grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throats, but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch. Ambrose dropkicks Strowman agains the ropes before Rollins superkicks him out of the ring. Rollins and Ambrose hit stereo suicide dives on Ziggler and McIntyre. Strowman grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throats again, but Reigns follows-up with a leap over the top rope to take everyone out. Nobody’s standing as we head to the break!
We come back from the break to see Strowman standing over Rollins. A “We want Ambrose” chant starts from the Chicago natives. Strowman applies a neck vice to Rollins. After a while, Rollins fights up, but McIntyre tags in and takes him back down for a two count. McIntyre talks some trash. Rollins tries to make a quick tag, but McIntyre stops him and kicks him in the face for a near fall. Ziggler tags in, but Rollins soon catapults him into the corner.
McIntyre tags in, but Rollins takes him out. Strowman then runs in and takes out Reigns and Ambrose. Strowman then yells at Ziggler and calls him an idiot. Ziggler slaps his chest, so Strowman grabs him by the throat. McIntyre then turns Strowman around. Rollins knocks McIntyre into Strowman and picks up a two count. Rollins then gives McIntyre a back body drop out of the ring onto Strowman.
Ambrose tags in and hits a suicide dive on McIntyre and Strowman. Ambrose gets McIntyre in the ring and punches away at him. McIntyre reverses a whip to the corner, but Ambrose pops out with a clothesline. Ambrose hits a second clothesline and rolls him up for a two count. Ambrose hits a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. McIntyre gets to his feet and goes to the top rope, but Dean kicks him in mid-air and looks for Dirty Deeds. McIntyre pushes him off, but eats a back elbow. Drew then hits Ambrose with a great spinebuster and covers, but Reigns breaks up the pin. Ziggler comes back in and superkicks Reigns. Rollins runs in and hits Ziggler with a suplex that takes them both over the top rope to the floor below. Ambrose and McIntyre then take each other out with a double clothesline. The fans are red hot.
Outside the ring, Strowman grabs Reigns in mid-Superman punch, and sends him into the ring post. Ambrose tries for a suicide dive on Strowman, but Strowman catches him. Ambrose then DDT’s Strowman on the floor! Reigns follows up with a spear on Strowman! Ambrose gets in the ring, and Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring. McIntyre hits a Claymore Kick on Ambrose from out of nowhere for the win!
The Shield are left lying in the ring, as the heels pose on the ramp and smile at each other. We’re left with The Shield in the ring and Ambrose slides out of the ring and leaves Rollins and Reigns behind.
That’s it for tonight’s Raw, let us know what you thought in the comments! Remember to come back tomorrow for more news and results. Until then, safe travels!