Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw!
Last night’s Survivor Series was quite the show; a mixed bag as it were. Raw’s “clean sweep” of SmackDown Live was surprising to say the least. According to WWE.com there will be celebrations on tonight’s episode of Raw, with Baron Corbin potentially getting the full-time GM role. That said, it’s hard to imagine the likes of Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre will just get along after last night. And something tells me Corbin should be on high alert. Braun Strowman is next in line for a title shot against Brock Lesnar, but that match probably won’t occur until the Royal Rumble. That means at TLC, we’re likely to see Strowman Vs. Corbin.
Charlotte Flair laid a serious beating on Ronda Rousey last night. She beat the WWE Women’s Champion to a pulp with a Kendo stick and a chair, and got plenty of cheers in the process. It will be interesting to see if WWE edits the audio to make it sound like Charlotte was booed. Regardless, Ronda’s next opponent is the loathed Nia Jax, which will take place at TLC, and therefore kick-start tonight.
Elsewhere, Seth Rollins will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose at TLC next month. So far, Seth hasn’t gotten a chance to get his hands on Ambrose, but that may change tonight.
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Monday Night Raw opens with the Acting General Manager Baron Corbin in the ring. Corbin welcomes us to the show, “the definitive A show”. He then introduces Stephanie McMahon to the arena.
Stephanie makes her way to the ring and says she’s proud of Raw beating SmackDown in a clean sweep last night. Of course, we know that isn’t true. She says it’s great that she beat her brother, and tonight will be a night of celebrations. Corbin says the celebrations can begin but first, they have a little formality to get to. Stephanie seems confused, so he says she promised his job would become permanent. She agrees she made some promises. Just then, they’re interrupted.
Braun Strowman comes to the ring and he doesn’t look happy. Strowman says last night, he did as Stephanie asked and didn’t attack Corbin, before he destroyed Team SmackDown Live. Now he wants a match with “this slimeball”. Stephanie reminds Corbin she did promise Strowman that match. So she says that Braun can face Corbin at TLC and, if Corbin wins, he will be the permanent General Manager. If he loses though, he has no power whatsoever, and Strowman will get a shot at Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble. Strowman agrees and says he gets to choose the stipulation, and he wants the TLC match itself. He tells Corbin he’s going to get these hands, tables, ladders, and chairs! Corbin says the stipulation suits him because Strowman can’t climb ladders and such, but Braun says he will mangle Corbin with steel.
Corbin says that’s all well and good, if he can make it to TLC. Because tonight he’s still Acting General Manager, so he wants to put Strowman in a match with Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley. Stephanie says she likes that idea, but seeing as this is a celebration, she wants to up the ante to a six-man tag match, and that match starts right now!
We return to see Elias sitting on a stool on the stage. He reminds us that WWE stands for “Walk With Elias” and the L.A fans love him. Flowing on from last night, this match will be under elimination rules.
The match starts with Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman, but then Corbin tags Drew McIntyre before they can engage. McIntyre and Strowman come face-to-face before locking-up and Braun shoves him backwards. Drew kicks Braun in the corner but gets bodyslammed for his troubles. Braun tags Finn Balor, then body slams him onto Drew!
Finn dodges Drew in the corner and looks for an enziguiri but Drew blocks it and knocks Finn off the apron. Drew throws Balor into the barricade as we head to a break.
We come back from the break to see McIntyre hit a big suplex on Balor for a near fall. Corbin tags in and stomps Balor. Corbin stomps Balor in the corner before tagging in Bobby Lashley. Lashley takes Balor down and applies a chin lock. Balor fights up, but Lashley slams him down. Corbin tags back in, but Balor tries to fight him off. Baron stops him from making a tag, but Balor fights him off. Balor punches McIntyre and Lashley before trying for a tag again, but Corbin stops him. Balor fights him away and tries for a tag again, but Corbin hits the Deep Six for a near fall. Lashley tags in and taunts Strowman and Elias. Lashley viciously whips Balor into the corner, and Balor collapses in pain. Bobby picks Finn up on his shoulder, but Balor slides off and rolls him up for a two count. Lashley immediately levels him with a clothesline for a near fall. Lashley goes for a powerbomb, but Balor gets out. Finn rolls him up and rolls through with a dropkick.
Elias is tagged in, and he stomps Bobby before punching Corbin off the apron. Elias sends Lashley to the corner and clotheslines him. Elias stomps him down before Lashley reverses a whip to the corner. Elias hits Lashley with a mule kick. Elias pulls the top rope down to get Baron out of the ring. Lashley attacks him from behind, but Balor holds the ropes before booting him. Balor tags in, and he teams with Elias to knock Lashley out of the ring. Finn dropkicks McIntyre to the floor, and follows-up with a somersault senton!
Balor gets Lashley in the ring, and goes to the top rope. Lashley manages to tag McIntyre in. McIntyre runs and crotches Balor on the top rope. Balor falls off, Drew stalks him and then hits a Claymore Kick for the pinfall!
Finn Balor Eliminated
We come back from the break to see the heel beating down Elias. McIntyre tags in and applies an arm bar. During the break, McIntyre kicked Elias in the chest. Elias fights up and knees out. Elias kicks him in the face and charges, but McIntyre floors him with a vicious clothesline for a two count. McIntyre hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Bobby tags in and hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Lashley covers for a two count. Corbin tags in and punches Elias. The Drifter tries to fight him off, but he’s too weak. Corbin bounces Elias off the top turnbuckle. Elias fights back, but Baron whips him to the turnbuckles – man Elias really attacked those buckles. Corbin then applies a chin lock in the centre of the ring.
Outside the ring, Lashley pulls Strowman off the apron. Strowman grabs Lashley, but McIntyre leaps off the steps to attack him. Back inside the ring, Elias fights out of Corbin’s chin lock and knees him in the face. Elias goes to the top rope and hits a flying elbow drop, but Lashley breaks up the pin. Lashley throws Elias out of the ring. Lio Rush laughs at Elias. Elias looks at Rush, grabs him, and tosses him like yesterday’s garbae. Lashley reappears and spears Elias on the floor. Lashley gets in the ring, and Elias gets counted out.
It’s 3-on-1 as Strowman is all alone against Lashley, McIntyre, and Corbin. Almost the handicap stipulation Corbin wanted initially.
We come back from the break to see McIntyre beating on Strowman. Corbin tags in and punches Strowman in the face. Corbin talks trash before beating on Strowman some more. Corbin applies a chin lock, but Strowman powers out before viciously shoulder blocking him down. Strowman knocks McIntyre and Lashley off the apron before clotheslining Corbin. Strowman avalanches him in the corner before clubbing him down. Strowman goes outside and shoulder blocks Lashley down. Strowman gets in the ring, but Corbin boots him back. Strowman comes back with a Running Powerslam and covers, but McIntyre cracks Strowman with a chair.
Drew McIntyre Eliminated
McIntyre and Lashley double-team Strowman. McIntyre hits Strowman in the back with the chair a few more times. Strowman leaves the ring, so Bobby viciously spears him down. McIntyre punches away at Strowman. McIntyre and Lashley send Strowman into the barricade and then the steel steps. Corbin talks some trash, so Strowman grabs him. McIntyre then wipes Strowman out with a Claymore Kick. They then send Strowman into the ring steps again.
Corbin grabs the steel chair and cracks Braun in the back with it. Strowman appears to be bleeding. Corbin takes off his belt, and they tie Strowman’s arm down. They lay the arm on the steel steps and hold it down. Corbin the slams the top half of the stairs onto the arm. Braun screams in pain and writhes around. Referees run down to help. Strowman’s face has blood on it. Strowman says he can’t feel his fingers to the officials.
That was a strange match, kinda pointless having a really long match end like that but at least it protected McIntyre. Also, they seem intent on protecting Bobby Lashley for what it’s worth.
Replays are shown of Dean Ambrose burning his Shield vest last week on RAW. Seth Rollins will be out to address his upcoming match next.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Rollins says it’s been a great weekend with TakeOver and Survivor Series. It was also six years since The Shield debuted. Rollins says after he defeated Shinsuke Nakamura last night, he reflected on the last six years. It’s made the situation with Dean Ambrose even more sickening. It’s only been four weeks since Ambrose turned on him and Roman. He says that in that time, Ambrose hasn’t had the guts to explain why or get in the ring with him. In four weeks, Ambrose won’t have a choice at WWE TLC when he has a match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Rollins watched Ambrose light his Shield vest on fire and say The Shield was a burden. Dean said he was the same guy he’s always been. Rollins says he learned more from the Chronicle episode about Ambrose than he knew as his best friend. Seth says he didn’t know Ambrose was in the hospital with an infection that almost killed him. Ambrose never called him. Ambrose said he loves WWE. That’s the first time he’s ever heard Dean say, “Love.” Rollins didn’t think he was capable of love. Rollins is feeling highly aggressive right now. If Ambrose loves WWE so much, he can prove it. Rollins says he is looking for a fight and the fans cheer.
Dean Ambrose appears on the titantron. Ambrose says he’s not going to run out like a “lunatic” and give Rollins what he wants. People loved The Shield all over the world, but no one knows how they were when the cameras started rolling. They were rotten to the core from the beginning. They’ll have to pay for what they’ve done in different ways. Ambrose says they’re all going to get what they deserve. Look what happened to Roman… he has to answer to the man upstairs. What’s worse is Rollins has to answer to Ambrose. Dean tells Rollins to find him backstage, and he’ll tell him what happens next.
So Rollins gets out of the ring and power-walks backstage. Rollins looks for Ambrose and shouts at him. Rollins questions security guards as to Ambrose’s whereabouts. The security guard tells Rollins to get out of his face. Rollins punches him and another guard down. Rollins continues to look for Dean. It’s always funny hearing Renee Young try to say she doesn’t know what Ambrose is doing or thinking.
We’ll hear from Ronda Rousey about the attack from Charlotte Flair last night at Survivor Series. We’ll also see Natalya take on Ruby Riott.
Sasha Banks and Bayley make their entrance. They’ll be in action, next.
We get a video package for Lars Sullivan, so I guess he’s definitely coming to Raw – SmackDown could definitely have used a monster like him instead.
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance and she joins the announce table. She is on commentary for the next match.
Banks will start against Jax. Banks tries to come on the attack quick. Bayley tags in, and they work over Jax. They make frequent tags to take shots at Jax. Jax finally grabs Bayley and shoves her down. Tamina tags in and head-butts Bayley. Bayley makes a quick comeback and tags in Tamina.
Tamina tries to fight them off, but they get the better of her. Bayley hits a running elbow and knee. Banks tags in and hits a slingshot double knee. They clear Jax and Tamina out of the ring and we head to a break as the heels regroup.
We return to see Sasha makes the tag to Bayley, who comes in hot against Tamina. Bayley takes her down with a cross-body for a two count. Tamina lifts her up, but Bayley gets out. Jax then gets in a cheap shot. Jax is tagged in, and she flattens Bayley with an avalanche. Jax makes the pin on Bayley but Banks breaks it up.
Bayley jumps on Nia’s back with a sleeper hold, but Jax quickly whips her off. Bayley boots her back and goes to the top rope. Tamina distracts her, so Jax pulls Bayley down and hits a Samoan Drop for the win.
We head backstage, where Charly Caruso is going to interview Baron Corbin, but Dean Ambrose appears on the monitor behind her. Ambrose tells her to find Seth Rollins and tell him that he’s waiting for him. He’s in the place The Shield used to call home. This is kinda dumb.
Seth Rollins is still walking around backstage, looking for Ambrose, when he arrives at the boiler room – I wonder if Mick Foley’s down there? Rollins enters and goes inside. Ambrose is not there, but spray painted on the door is the phrase, “Burn it down.” Rollins angrily punches the door.
Still photos are shown of Drake Maverick being so terrified of Big Show at Survivor Series that he urinated in his pants. We see Drake Maverick on the buffet line when someone asked if he tried the peas. Heath Slater and Rhyno make fun of him for the accident. Chad Gable tells Maverick to not get pissed. Bobby Roode joins in, and they have a good laugh at Maverick’s expense.
The Lucha House Party will be in action next.
Apparently this match will be under “lucha house rules”, which means any member of their team can participate at any time. That seems ridiculously unfair.
Scott Dawson starts against Kalisto. Kalisto takes him down. Dash Wilder tags in, and Kalisto kicks him in the face. Kalisto, Lince Dorado, and Gran Metalik all take shots at Wilder. Kalisto rolls Wilder up for a two count. Wilder quickly takes Kalisto down and tags in Dawson.
Dawson hits a dragon screw on Kalisto and starts to attack the leg. Kalisto gets back to his feet and takes Scott down, but Wilder is tagged in and prevents Kalisto from tagging. Wilder throws Lucha House Party’s pinata at Gran Metalik on the outside. Kalisto kicks him in the face and tags in Dorado. Dorado hits Dawson with a cross-body and dropkicks Wilder. Dorado hits a springboard moonsault. Dorado hits a head-scissor takeover. Wilder drops him on the apron, but Dorado chops the chest. Wilder punches him. Metalik distracts Wilder, so Dorado kicks Wilder down. Dorado hits a Shooting Star Press for the win.
Well, it’s clear that last night did not signify the start of a push for The Revival. The Lucha House Rules is absurd.
We see a video package of Charlotte’s vicious assault with a Kendo stick on Ronda Rousey last night at Survivor Series. We’ll hear from Rousey next
Charly Caruso is backstage with Seth Rollins again. She asks for an update and Rollins says Ambrose took it too far by bringing up Roman Reigns’ situation. When he gets his hands on Ambrose, he will make him wonder why he ever turned. Titus O’Neil comes out and says he just saw Dean Ambrose run thataway. Rollins runs off.
Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring and she’s smiling wide, despite what happened last night. The crowd chants, “Becky,” and Rousey looks disappointed. Rousey is covered in bruises. Rousey mentions she’ll defend her title at WWE TLC against Nia Jax. She’s aware of how dangerous Jax is. Just look what she did to Becky’s face. At TLC, she’ll tap out Nia Jax. When she’s done with Jax, the next chapter of Rousey versus Charlotte Flair will be written. They’ll finish what they started last night.
Rousey isn’t here to pose and look for sympathy. She wants to show them what a true champion is. A true champion doesn’t choose when to fight. A true champion stands on guard in sickness and health. You have to be the best in the world on your worst day. Another “Becky” chant fires up. Rousey takes off her jacket and says this is her on her worst day. They zoom in on Rousey’s welts. Rousey wants to defend the title tonight. If she can’t, she doesn’t deserve to be champion.
Baron Corbin’s music hits, and he comes out to boos from the crowd. Corbin denies her request for a title match. As Acting General Manager, he cannot allow her to compete tonight in good conscience. Rousey says she’s had 17 fights in her career and never pulled out or postponed any of them. She’s had plenty of reasons to do so, but she never did because that’s what it takes to be the baddest bitch on the planet. Rousey orders him to go back there and find a challenger for her title… or maybe Corbin wants a shot at the champ. A “YES” chant picks up. Corbin wishes Rousey luck. Corbin says he’ll go back there and find a challenger. He says whomever he chooses will be the next RAW Women’s Champion.
We’re back and out comes Ronda Rousey’s opponent; the six-time Women’s Champion, Mickie James!
Rousey quickly takes James down and jabs away at her. James quickly kicks her down and punches away at the injured body. James knees her in the midsection and kicks her down. James kicks her in the head a few times before chopping the chest. Rousey soon fights back and hits some arm drags. Rousey hits the Piper’s Pit and it looks over but instead she picks James back up. Rousey says something before hitting a second Piper’s Pit. Rousey scoops her up and hits a third Piper’s Pit. Making a statement here. Rousey then applies her arm bar for the win.
While Rousey goes up the ramp, Nia Jax and Tamina come out. Jax holds up her fist to signal that she’s the “face breaker” before walking off.
We get a video package for the match between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Bryan.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable make their entrance. They’re in action, next.
The show a video that says Survivor Series 2019 will be in Chicago.
Drake Maverick is out next with the Author’s of Pain.
Chad Gable starts against Akam. As soon as the bell rings Akam takes Gable down, before throwing him across the ring. Rezar tags in. Akam hits Gable with an atomic drop into a knee from Rezar. Rezar picks up a two count. Rezar scoops Gable up in a modified torture rack. Gable turns it into a sleeper, but Rezar slams him down. Gable soon comes back with an armbar over the top rope. Gable sidesteps him and tags in Bobby Roode.
Roode attempts to fight off Rezar while the crowd something at AOP. Roode jumps over Rezar and hits a running forearm for a one count. Roode comes back and hits a blockbuster. Gable tags in and manages to roll up Akam for the win.
I have no idea what WWE is doing with the tag division right now, I’m not convinced they do either.
We go backstage to see Dean Ambrose sitting by himself. Ambrose says he’s not playing games with Seth Rollins, though he has enjoyed watching him run around like a lunatic. Rollins is so whiny. Ambrose says this isn’t about Roman Reigns. Ambrose thinks he smells something awful and blames it on the people. Ambrose says he’s going to burn it down.
Natalya will take on Ruby Riott, next!
Seth Rollins is leaving the arena. Kayla Braxton asks if he’s given up looking for Dean Ambrose. Rollins says he’ll have him in four weeks at WWE TLC.
The bell rings, and Natalya takes her down before punching away at her. Riott soon fights back, but Natalya responds with a slap. Natalya hits an atomic drop and a dropkick for a two count. Natalya punches away at Riott in the corner before the referee backs her up. Natalya tries for a Sharpshooter, but Riott gets to the bottom rope.
Riott crawls out to regroup with her squad. Natalya chases Riott back into the ring and scares Sarah Logan off the apron. Riott hits a reverse STO and kicks Natalya in the ribs. Riott kicks Natalya out of the ring as we head to the break.
We’re back from the break and Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring – booed loudly all the way there. Ambrose says it was too easy. Every person in the crowd would have done the exact same thing he did. They’d stab their own family in the back for anything. At least his reasons were justified. Ambrose has been around people like this his whole life. Ambrose doesn’t feel sorry for himself. Dean says the way they cheer for Rollins makes him sick. Ambrose can’t stand the smell of them.
We go backstage to see Seth Rollins running around. Ambrose laughs while Rollins runs around backstage on the titantron. Rollins charges down to the ring, and tackles Ambrose! The fans are hot for this! Rollins clotheslines Ambrose out of the ring and hits a suicide dive. Rollins punches away at him. Referees run down to help. Ambrose tries to leave through the crowd, but Rollins catches him and throws him back to ringside. Rollins hits a diving knee off the barricade and gets him in the ring. Rollins kicks him in the face and tries for a Stomp, but Ambrose hits a low blow. Ambrose stands over him and warns Rollins to never interrupt him again. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds and angrily looks around. Ambrose then leaves the ring to loud boos from the crowd. Ambrose then turns around and hits Rollins with a second Dirty Deeds. Ambrose stares at Rollins on the mat and that’s it.
That’s it for this week’s Raw! Let us know what you thought in the comments. And, until next time, safe travels!