Welcome to Ringside News’ coverage of WWE Raw for the 18th of November.
Tonight’s show is to be headlined by a match between Andrade and Seth Rollins with the Survivor Series captaincy on the line, a mere six days before the big event. It seems highly unlikely that Andrade will win and captain the team but it could be a great match nonetheless.
Rey Mysterio will appear live tonight, one last time before facing Brock Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series. It’s unclear if the WWE Champion, The Beast himself will be in attendance, but Rey will certainly be looking over his shoulder for an attack from Lesnar.
Of course, being only six days away from Survivor Series, we’re certain to get more run-ins from SmackDown and NXT. And one of those matches could change because tonight Hawkins & Ryder will face The Viking Raiders for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Based on their previous encounters however, it seems highly unlikely the bro’s can come out on top.
And that’s the preview for the go-home episode of Raw before Survivor Series. Remember to download the Ringside News app, and follow along on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw from Boston opens with The Man, Becky Lynch, coming to the ring.
Becky kicks off by calling-out both Bayley and Shayna Baszler, the SmackDown and NXT Women’s Champions. She says she doesn’t care about waiting to Sunday, she just wants to fight and what better place for an Irish person to fight than in Boston?
Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, The IIconics come out instead. Royce says they couldn’t stay silent and Kay says they have been left off the Raw women’s Survivor Series team in some grand oversight. They get into the ring and say Becky needs to listen because they are the future and the future is…
Lynch interrupts them and says the future is her and Charlotte teaming together later tonight for some reason, but a better future would be for her to just face them both here and now. Charlotte Flair then makes her entrance and says that she doesn’t want to tag with Lynch either but the forces want them together. Flair says Lynch isn’t the only one who gets to complain about her Survivor Series match, because she is captain of Team Raw in the first-ever women’s triple threat elimination match. Charlotte asks for permission to come into the ring but, out of nowhere, Samoa Joe makes his entrance in a suit.
We return from the break to see this match in progress – Samoa Joe has joined the commentary team for the night. Lynch is in the ring but quickly tags in Charlotte, who takes the fight to Royce. Kay makes a tag and distracts Charlotte, allowing Royce to clock her with a heel kick and Kay covers for a two.
Royce tags in and hits a double-team kick to the back of Charlotte with Billie, before talking trash. Royce forces Flair to the corner and Kay tags in. Billie yells in Flair’s face until Charlotte punches her, then punches Peyton from the apron. Charlotte drops Kay and applies the Figure Eight. Royce runs in to make the break but Becky grabs her and hits a Bexploder and Kay taps out!
Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir, and Jessamyn Duke storm the ring while Becky and Charlotte are walking up the ramp. The NXT heels clear Royce and Kay from the ring, then Flair and Lynch run down and brawl with them. Duke and Shafir beat on Flair, while Baszler drops Lynch with a big knee to the jaw. Baszler and co. leave through the crowd but Becky and Flair get up and run after them…only to be stopped by security. Becky drops one of the security guards with a right hand, then threatens the others.
Charly Caruso interviews Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins backstage and they say they’ve been preparing for tonight their entire careers. Just then, The Author’s of Pain walk-up and stare them down. The AOP then destroy both Hawkins and Ryder, leaving them lying.
The O.C. come to the ring. AJ says he wants to make one thing clear; he would love to defend his United States Championship tonight but last week he was disrespected. Gallows says that, if you disrespect one member of The O.C., you disrespect all of them. So tonight Karl Anderson will have to teach Humberto Carrillo some respect.
The match gets underway and Anderson forces Humberto to the corner but Carrillo retaliates with arm-drags and a huge springboard headbutt. Carrillo looks to hit his Asai Moonsault but AJ and Luke pull Anderson from the ring.
The Street Profits come out to even the odds and, as they’re walking to the ring, Carrillo takes out all three members of The O.C. with a flip over the ropes to the floor!
We return from the break to find Karl Anderson firmly in control of Humberto Carrillo. Anderson drops Carrillo with a shoulder, then applies a headlock. “CM Punk” chant from the crowd, which is rather relevant for the first time in years.
Carrillo fights out of the headlock and drives an elbow into Anderson, followed by a front dropkick. Carrillo with a snapmare and a dropkick, followed by a standing moonsault for a two-count. Carrillo connects with a flying crossbody from the top rope for another near-fall, then looks for a springboard but Anderson counters with a spinebuster for a two-count.
Humberto hurricanrana’s Anderson into the ring post, then connects with a springboard kick. Carrillo heads to the top rope but Luke Gallows grabs him and slingshots him on the top rope while AJ is distracting the referee. Anderson rolls-up Humberto but Montez Ford reaches in the ring and reverses the roll-up and Carrillo gets the pinfall!
Seth Rollins is backstage with Charly Caruso and she asks him why he would put his captaincy on the line six days out from Survivor Series. Rollins says he has been in WWE for seven years to the day and he’s never once backed down from a fight, so tonight is no different. He says he respects Andrade but he’s going to go out there and do what he always does…burn it down.
We get a commercial for the next episode of Total Bella’s and they say they’re coming back for the Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Bobby Lashley comes to the ring with Lana for a match. Lana says today is the happiest day of her life because she filed for divorce this morning. The fans chant “Rusev Day”. Lana says the fans won’t be seeing her soon-to-be ex-husband tonight. When Rusev landed in America this morning he was handed a temporary restraining order, so he can’t come within 90 feet of her. The fans boo but Lana says they just want Rusev out of their lives forever.
The match gets underway and Lashley takes a headlock. Jose attempts to shoot him off but Bobby grabs a handful of afro. Lashley sends Jose to the corner but No Way dances around him. Jose takes a headlock of his own but Lashley lifts Jose up and slams him.
Shoulder tackle from Lashley, followed by a big one-handed spinebuster. Lashley then applies a full nelson to Jose and he passes out.
After the match, Lashley and Lana make-out in the middle of the ring, with it even going to the mat for a moment.
The Captain of Team Raw at Survivor Series, Seth Rollins, makes his way to the ring. If Rollins loses, he will forfeit his captaincy.
The bell rings and they lock-up, with Andrade taking a wrist. Rollins rolls through and takes Andrade down for a headlock. Andrade escapes and kips up, with both men staring at each other. They circle the ring again and go for a test of strength, but Andrade kicks Seth instead. Andrade hits a headlock takeover, but Rollins reverses with a headcissors. Andrade fights out and applies a side headlock. Rollins gets out, and they stare at each other again.
Rollins applies a side headlock but Andrade forces him against the ropes. Rollins avoids a chop and hits a headlock takeover. Andrade fights up and backs him into the ropes. Andrade hooks a side headlock, but Rollins whips him off. Andrade hits a shoulder tackle, but Rollins stays on his feet and smiles. Andrade shoves him and hits the ropes, but Seth hits an arm drag, followed by another, before applying an armbar.
Andrade sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Rollins hits the ropes, but Andrade dropkicks him. Andrade kicks him in the head, and Rollins is checking his nose for blood. Rollins slingshots over him and takes him down for a dropkick to the face for a one-count. Rollins chops the chest twice before sending him to the corner for a running forearm. Seth whips Andrade to the opposite corner and drops him on the apron.
Zelina Vega then grabs Rollins’ foot, and Andrade knocks him off the apron. Vega looks for her flying hurricanrana off the apron but Rollins holds her and throws her down. The referee sends Vega to the back and the fans cheer as she screams. Andrade waste no time though and hits a springboard corkscrew plancha as we head to the break!
Back from the break and Rollins his Andrade with a blockbuster and he rolls from the ring. Seth follows-up with two suicide dives and gets Andrade back inside for a springboard knee. Seth starts stomping-up the band and kicks Andrade in the gut but misses The Stomp. Rollins hits an enziguiri and looks for a Buckle Bomb but Andrade counters with a rana into the turnbuckles!
Andrade follows-up with double knees in the corner, then looks for the Hammerlock DDT but Seth counters, lifts Andrade, and hits the Buckle Bomb. Seth connects with a superkick and goes for the cover but Andrade grabs the bottom rope. Rollins and Almas exchange hands and kicks until Andrade hits a knee and the Three Amigos for a near-fall.
Andrade scales the ropes but Seth jumps up after him. Andrade drops Seth in the tree of woe and looks for a double stomp but Rollins avoids it! Rollins looks for the springboard knee but misses this time, then hits a superkick and a Falcon Arrow for a near-fall! Rollins heads up-top and looks for a frog splash but the Lucha House Party appear and shove Rollins to the floor!
Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado continue the beating on Rollins at ringside, then get into the ring and start beating-down Andrade. Rollins comes back in to make the save and clear the Lucha’s out. Andrade and Rollins then share a moment in the ring, saying they need to go again someday.
We see Buddy Murphy walking backstage. He stops at Aleister Black’s locker room and he knocks the door. He says he wants to fight but Black doesn’t appear. Murphy says he figured as much and walks off, but then Black burst through the door looking for whoever it was.
Three or four SUV’s pull-up in the back and out steps Triple H, with his NXT army in tow.
We see an advert for WWE Backstage show on FS1 and CM Punk’s debut/return.
The cruiserweights lock-up and Murphy uses his strength to get Tozawa down to the mat. Tozawa counters into a wristlock but Murphy reverses and escapes. Akira lands a few stiff chops, but Tozawa fires back with one of his own and puts Akira in the corner.
Murphy misses a knee in the corner and Tozawa hits a hurricanrana that knocks him from the ring. Tozawa runs for a suicide dive and Murphy catches him in mid-air for a suplex on the floor!
Back in the ring, Tozawa clocks Murphy with a stiff superkick for a near-fall. Akira connects with a missile dropkick and a running boot to Buddy in the corner. Tozawa follows-up with a German suplex and a shining wizard but Buddy kicks out and the fans are starting to get into this one.
Tozawa hits a reverse Frankensteiner and Murphy rolls from the ring. Tozawaw looks for his suicide dive again but this time he lands it. Tozawa sends muprhy back inside and hits a senton to the back of Murphy for a near-fall. Tozawa readies for his finish but Murphy drops him with a running knee, followed by Muprhy’s Law for the win!
We see Erick Rowan backstage, staring at a warped screen saying “I see you, peekaboo”, and making kissing noises.
We see Buddy Murphy walking backstage and he’s stopped by Aleister Black. They share a staredown.
Erick Rowan comes out with what looks like an animal carrier but it’s draped in cloth. Before the match can begin, The Singh Brothers and R-Truth come running down and around ringside.
Truth escapes but Rowan grabs the enhancement talent and military presses him from the ring to the floor onto the Singh Brothers. Rowan leaves the ring and hits a flying body attack to all three men. Rowan sends the Malcolm back into the ring and hits his face-hugger chokeslam for the win.
Randy Orton is backstage with Charly Caruso and he says he is the greatest Superstar in the history of Survivor Series. He says he only does things that benefit him. Orton also says he will have a tag team match tonight with a partner who will benefit him.
This match begins with McIntyre forcing KO to the corner and unloading on him. Owens retaliates with a dropkick from the middle rope and chops in the corner. Owens drills Drew with shoulders in the corner, but then gets Irish whipped hard into the opposite corner.
McIntyre hits a neckbreaker for a one-count before applying a submission. KO fights up and punches Drew, then dodges him in the corner and hits a cannonball. Owens goes for a Stunner, but McIntyre shoves him off and rolls out of the ring.
Owens goes out after and attacks McIntyre. Drew avoids a whip into the ring post and elbows Owens, but KO kicks him down and gets in the ring to break the count. Owens gets on the apron and looks for a kick but McIntyre throws him off the apron into the barricade!
We return to see McIntyre grinding Owens down with a chinlock submission. They brawl until Kevin knocks Drew from the ring, then hits a cannonball from the apron to the floor! Owens puts Drew back in the ring and goes up top, but McIntyre rolls to the apron. Kevin climbs down to the apron but McIntyre drops him with a Glasgow Kiss.
Owens fires back with a superkick but then McIntyre hits a big Attitude Adjustment on the apron! The referee counts while Drew stands in the ring, and Owens makes it back inside at 8. McIntyre lifts Owens for a deadlift powerbomb and a near-fall. McIntyre takes Owens up top but KO knocks him down and hits a frog splash for a near-fall.
Owens looks for the Stunner but McIntyre shoves him off. Owens with a superkick, Drew with a clothesline. Owens hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Drew kicks out! Owens heads to the top rope and looks for a swanton bomb but this time Drew gets his knees up! McIntyre runs for the Claymore Kick but Owens kicks him. KO looks for the Stunner but Drew shoves him off and hits the Claymore and pins him….but KO got his foot on the rope!
Owens counters McIntyre and hits the Stunner but he has to crawl to make the pinfall and Drew gets his toe on the rope. They both get to their feet and McIntyre counters a superkick to hit the Future Shock DDT but Owens kicks out. McIntyre gets real frustrated and heads to the apron. Owens gets Drew inside and hits a second Stunner but before he can make the pin, out comes Triple H!
We’re back live and Triple H is in the ring with Kevin Owens. There are a few NXT Superstars at ringside; Dominic Dijakovic, Damian Priest, and The Forgotten Sons.
Triple H says he’s always loved Boston; he trained with Killer Kowalski just down the road from the arena. Magic happens in this building and tonight is no different. He says he’s here for a similar reason he was for Seth Rollins. However he had a soft spot for Seth, Owens is a different breed. He says Owens turned on his best friend, then he had the guts to walk down the aisle of Raw with the NXT Championship and beat John Cena. Triple H says that Owens, more than anybody, put NXT on the map and legitimised it. But then he was taken. He didn’t want KO to leave and he imagines he didn’t want to leave either, but he was made leave. Made leave by people who didn’t realise until he got there, that they didn’t want him. He reminds Kevin that Kurt Angle fired him, Shane McMahon fired him, and he’s been told over and over he doesn’t fit the mould, doesn’t belong. But he knows where he belongs. He sees the real Kevin Owens; the guy with an in-ring IQ as good as anyone, a guy who is every bit as good as he thinks he is, a guy who doesn’t fit the mould and he loves that. Triple H points to the men on the ramp and say they’re not here to fight him, but isn’t it ironic that they came all this way for him. Yet nobody in the back, his teammates, and not one of them are out here to help. Triple H says they don’t give a damn about Owens but that’s only the half of it. The other half is that they know they wold get their asses handed to them and prove they aren’t the A-Brand anymore.
Buddy Murphy, Mojo Rawley, and more come running down to attack the NXT guys. Adam Cole and The Undisputed Era run in from behind and attack Owens. Triple H berates Adam Cole but the UE continue the attack anyway. The O.C. run down and scare Undisputed Era from the ring.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she announces that, next week on Raw, AJ Styles will put his United States Championship on the line against Humberto Carrillo. He steps in and says he is honoured to have the opportunity.
Paul Heyman cuts a promo sitting in a chair and staring at the screen. He reminds us that Brock Lesnar beat the living hell out of Rey Mysterio and his son Dominic, then took the WWE Championship from Kofi Kingston five days later. After being attacked by Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar redeemed the biggest loss of his career and defeated him at Crown Jewel. Then Rey Mysterio, a sore loser, beat Brock Lesnar with a steel pipe. Heyman says that rumours say Brock Lesnar is injured but that’s not true. He says Brock is healthy and will be at Survivor Series. Not only that, but Brock Lesnar has requested the match be a no-disqualification match! Paul says that one of two things will happen at Survivor Series; Rey will pull off the biggest upset in history in what can only be called a miracle; or Brock will beat Rey so bad it will be considered torture and scrubbed from WWE history. So it will either be a miracle or a massacre.
Rey Mysterio joins Charly Caruso backstage and before he addresses Brock, he brings Humberto Carrillo over and tells him he’s incredibly proud of him and to continue on his journey. Rey turns back to Caruso and says Brock Lesnar made the mistake of his life by putting his hands on his son. Rey says he accepts the no disqualification stipulation because he’s already shown what he can do with his little friend, and Mysterio holds up the pipe he beat Brock with. Rey asks Brock if he thinks this stipulation benefits him, but he will hunt him down and make him pay. Mysterio says the old him would demand an apology but they both know that’s not Brock’s style, and that’s OK because this Sunday he isn’t coming for sorry, he’s coming for the WWE Championship. Rey dedicates the match to Dominic.
Asuka and Kairi Sane make their way to the ring. Asuka will be in action after the break.
The bell rings and they lock-up. Asuka takes the wrist and forces her down, but Natalya fights up. Natalya kicks Asuka before applying a side headlock. Asuka fights up and they both hit shoulder blocks but neither falls. Asuka looks for a running hip attack but Nattie avoids it. Natalya counters a roll-up attempt.
Asuka connects with a spinning back fist for a near-fall. Asuka applies an armbar before transitioning to an octopus stretch. Natalya gets out and connects with a dropkick. Natalya punches away at the Empress and goes looks for an exploder suplex but Asuka fights it.
This time, Natalya hits a German suplex and follows-up with a discus clothesline for a near-fall. Asuka elbows Natalya off and leaves the ring. Kairi Sane distracts Natalya, which allows Asuka to hit a baseball slide. Natalya throws Asuka into the barricade and puts her in the ring. Asuka gets inside and simply kicks her in the face for the win.
Our main event is up next, in which Randy Orton teams with a mystery partner to face The Viking Raiders for the Raw Tag Team Titles!
Randy Orton comes to the ring, followed by The Viking Raiders. Randy’s mystery partner is out last and it’s none other than…
The match gets underway and Erik uses his strength to dominate Ricochet, who in turns tries to use his speed to out-manoeuvre the big man.
No sooner has the mach started though, than the camera cuts backstage and we see a huge brawl between Raw and SmackDown Superstars.
Back from the break and Orton has Erik in a headlock. The Viking fights out with a big forearm that drops Orton. Both men are down and tags are made to Ricochet and Ivar.
Ricochet springboards over Ivar, then flips over his back, but Ivar returns the favour. Ivar and Ricochet both flip around for a minute until Ivar hits a handspring back elbow. Orton makes the tag but Ivar knocks him from the apron, then throws Ricochet out. Ivar with a suicide dive onto both Orton and Ricochet, then tosses Orton inside and Ricochet into the barricade.
Ivar looks to get back into the ring but Orton grabs him and connects with the draping DDT. Orton readies for the RKO but out comes the SmackDown roster – to the SmackDown theme song – and they attack Randy!
The blue team beat on The Viking Raiders, Randy, and Ricochet around ringside but, somehow, the four Raw Superstars manage to get back in the ring. The NXT Superstars, Tomasso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Pete Dunne, and Lio Rush run down and lay waste to SmackDown. They then stare at the four Raw Superstars in the ring, but out comes Forgotten Sons, Undisputed Era, and more.
The NXT Stars invade the ring and the brawl breaks out with the Raw Superstars arriving as well to get involved. There’s men everywhere in and around the ring and up the ramp,with NXT getting the best of it.
The camera cuts backstage to Triple H, who says that this is just the beginning. He says at Survivor Series this will be finished and we will see that NXT is the A-brand. He invites Raw and SmackDown to NXT on Wednesday and says the doors will be left wide open. We see ringside again where everyone continues brawling as Raw comes to a close.
And that’s the end of Monday Night Raw. Let us know what you thought and come back tomorrow for more news and results. Until then, safe travels!