WWE RAW Results – December 17, 2018

Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of Monday Night Raw!

We’re less than 24 hours removed from WWE TLC, but tonight’s Raw promises to be a big one! Most importantly, Vince McMahon will be on tonight’s show and he’s likely to open it. What does Vince have in store for Raw? Well, for one he has to appoint a new General Manager in the wake of Baron Corbin’s epic loss to Braun Strowman at last night’s TLC. Truth be told, Vince is coming to Raw because the ratings have hit an all-time low, and he’s promising to shake things up. What that means, we can only guess.

At last night’s PPV, Seth Rollins lost his Intercontinental Championship clean as a whistle to Dean Ambrose. One can assume the two will continue their battle at the Royal Rumble, and the build towards that match should start tonight. Dean Ambrose is liable to be a smarmy git tonight, so it will make Seth’s revenge all the more tantalising.

One of the biggest stories coming out of TLC last night, is that Ronda Rousey bested Nia Jax in a great match, before screwing both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair out of the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Ronda made waves all over TLC and it seems she is now on a collision course with both Lynch and Flair, although how this works in regards to belts and brand division is anyone’s guess. Also, this seems like a WrestleMania match, although we could see Lynch or Flair win the women’s Rumble and challenge Ronda. There are quite a few options here, and they’re all exciting.

Also at TLC, Finn Balor bested Drew McIntyre in a surprise win, Braun Strowman earned his chance to face Lesnar, and Elias beat Bobby Lashley. There’s sure to be lots of fallout on tonight’s Raw and the return of Vinnie Mac is all we could ask for. Remember to download the Ringside News app, follow us on Instagram, and enjoy the show!

Monday Night Raw

Raw opens with the man himself, the Chairman, Vince McMahon coming out. The stage is decorated with Christmas trees and presents, and McMahon conducts the audience in singing along to his music.

He gets into the ring and says he doesn’t want to hear any boos, so, of course, the fans boo. He says we may have been asking what is happening with Monday Night Raw, and that’s something he has asked himself. He goes on to say that Raw has been on the air for 25 years and that’s no small feat. However, the reason Raw has been on the air so long, is that they aren’t afraid to change with the times. And, despite his vision and his brilliance, he can’t do it by himself anymore, so he introduces Stephanie McMahon to the ring.

Stephanie hugs her father in the ring before taking a microphone. Vince tells the fans to be nice but they boo Steph regardless. She then motions towards the stage and Vince follows suit, and here comes The Game! The WWE COO, the brain behind NXT, the 14X World Champion, Triple H makes his way to the ring as well. As if that wasn’t enough, next up is Shane McMahon! Shane comes to the ring to the delight of the crowd.

The whole McMahon clan, minus Linda, is in the ring and they’re chanting for Shane. Stephanie says they’re out here because they haven’t been doing a good job lately. They haven’t been doing what her father said he would do; entertain. She says that they haven’t been listening to the fans, they’ve been letting middle-management get in the way, and they’ve been suffocating their Superstars. She says that all changes tonight.

Triple H says that they are taking back Monday Night Raw. They will be in charge but they will be giving the fans what they want. We will see new faces, new match-up’s, new directions, and we’ll see big changes in the coming weeks and months. Shane says the same goes for SmackDown Live. Triple H says, as of tonight, we, the fans, are the authority. Vince finishes off by saying that as long as the fans are happy and see what they want to see, WWE will always be Then, Now, and Forever.

The previous General Manager, Baron Corbin makes his way out before the McMahon family leave the ring. He walks towards the ring and Stephanie lets him know that the fans are booing him loudly. He says he liked everything the McMahon’s said tonight, however they want to talk about what’s fair, well what happened him last night was not fair. He says he needs to have a talk with them and we go to commercial!

*Commercial Break*

We return and the fans are booing Corbin very loudly. He says to the McMahon’s that this crowd does not represent the entirety of the WWE Universe. The fans continue to boo him. Stephanie, Shane, and HHH spur the booing. Corbin stands across the ring from them and asks the fans if they have no respect for him. He says he comes out here every night and does his absolute best, but the fans boo him quiet. He carries on by saying it isn’t his fault is Superstars are not living up to his challenges. He then says he was not prepared for what happened last night, he didn’t expect Strowman to show-up, nor did he expect to be ganged-up on. The fans cheer.

Triple H says Corbin is predictable; they know he’s out here to say everything that has happened has been unjust, and he wants his job back. Corbin agrees, saying he would never have lost his job if it weren’t for the Superstars who helped Strowman. He asks them to make him the Permanent General Manager. The McMahon’s form a huddle to discuss it, then each say no way.

Mr. McMahon then pauses and says there might be a way. They huddle again, then Triple H says with Vince being the genius, he brings up a good point. Maybe they’re wrong. Maybe Corbin does deserve a chance to be named permanent General Manager of Monday Night RAW. The crowd boos. Corbin says he only needs a chance. Triple H thinks they should give Baron Corbin that chance… if he can win his match tonight. Right now, Corbin can become the permanent General Manager of Monday Night RAW. All he has to do is beat this man…

Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring in his wrestling gear. The crowd loudly chants, “You suck” to the melody of his music. Before the match gets underway, Stephanie says there is also a special guest referee, and out comes Heath Slater! Poetic justice.

Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle

The bell rings, and Corbin looks nervous. Angle takes the fight to him right away with some right hands before whipping him into the buckles. Angle then stomps Baron in the corner. Angle attempts to whip him into the corner but Corbin reverses it. Angle responds with a German Suplex and Corbin rolls out of the ring to recover.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Corbin standing over Angle. Triple H then comes out and says he forgot to mention this is a handicap match. Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, and Apollo Crews come out and join the match! The fans are eating this up!

They beat on Corbin and put him in the ring. Angle hits a trio of German Suplexes. Gable tags in and connects with a German Suplex. Bobby Roode tags in, and he hits a corner clothesline on Corbin. Apollo Crews tags in and hits a step-up enzuigiri. Corbin gets out of the ring and goes to leave through the crowd, but the faces catch up to him. They bring him back to the ring, and Angle is waiting. All four men attack Corbin, while Slater pretends to fix the turnbuckle.

Now, Shane McMahon makes his way out and says he’s pumped to be in Sacramento. Shane says this is now a No Disqualifications match!

All four faces go outside and grab chairs while Slater stomps away at Corbin. Angle hits Corbin with a chair, and Roode smacks him on the back with it. Crews and Gable do the same. A loud “We want tables” chant picks up. Roode and Gable hit a neckbreaker/moonsault combo. Crews then hits a frog splash. They then hold Corbin up for Angle to deliver an Angle Slam. Angle covers for the win.

Winners: Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, & Apollo Crews

Roode, Gable, and Crews go out and get a table. They set it up in the ring, and Angle gives Corbin an Angle Slam through the table.

Later tonight, Ronda Rousey will talk TLC, as well as the new WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. Coming up next though, we’ll have Dolph Ziggler versus Finn Balor.

*Commercial Break*

We come back and the announcers talks about John Cena winning the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, and they show a video package for it.

Finn Balor makes his entrance, and they show a replay of him getting attacked by Dolph Ziggler last night.

Finn Balor Vs. Dolph Ziggler

The match gets underway and Dolph pushes Finn to the ropes, then takes him down with a headlock takeover. Balor fights up and whips him off before hitting an arm drag, followed by another. Ziggler kips up, and they go face-to-face with the fans cheering. Balor whips Dolph to the ropes and connects with a big dropkick and we take a commercial break.

*Commercial Break*

We return to see Ziggler catch Finn with a sunset flip but Finn rolls through and hits a basement dropkick. We see that during commercial Ziggler hit a dropkick to knock Balor from the apron. Balor reverses Ziggler, then flips him onto his back and hits a double stomp. He gets fired-up and roars at the crowd.

Ziggler dodges the Slingblade and rolls Finn up, before connecting with a stiff European uppercut. Balor manages to create some distance and hit a Slingblade. He looks for the corner dropkick but Dolph reverses it into a snap DDT for a two count. Ziggler waits for Finn to get up, then looks to hit the Zig Zag but Balor shrugs him off and hits a Pele kick. Balor goes up top for the Coup De Grace but Dolph hits the ropes to crotch him. Ziggler then hits the Zig Zag but Finn kicks out!

Dolph can’t believe it! He starts tuning up the band but out comes Drew McIntyre to distract him. Dolph knocks him from the apron and goes outside to brawl. McIntyre shoves Dolph into the barricade, but then Balor comes flying over the top rope and wipes out McIntyre. Dolph hits Balor and gets him back in the ring for the Fameasser but Balor kicks out again. Finn fires back with the Slingblade again. He looks for the corner dropkick but McIntyre comes into the ring and attacks him, forcing the disqualification.

No Contest

McIntyre throws Finn from the ring, then beats the life out of Dolph with ground and pound. Drew then slides out of the ring and hits Balor with the Claymore. He leaves up the ramp with both men in his wake.

We see the Intercontinental Championship sitting on a table, Dean Ambrose then picks it up and begins walking towards the ring. He’ll be out after the break!

*Commercial Break*

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