Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of Monday Night Raw.
Last night was WWE Survivor Series 2019 and Raw was the big loser. At the finish of the show NXT won four matches, SmackDown won two, and Raw scored just on victory. That was a pretty measly showing for the red brand, who was the undoubted least favourite with fans. How will they bounce back? Well, tonight’s Raw is oddly empty.
There are only two announced matches for tonight’s show, the first of which is Charlotte Flair Vs. Asuka. During the traditional women’s Survivor Series match last night, Asuka and Charlotte had a breakdown and the Empress sprayed the Queen in green mist. Tonight, Charlotte looks for revenge.
The other announced match is, once again, AJ Styles Vs. Humberto Carrillo, with the United States Championship on the line. It’s fair to say the fans haven’t taken to Carrillo, which was to be expected when he was thrown in against fan-favourite AJ Styles. Nobody really asked for this match again, but it will most likely be fun during it.
And that’s it. There isn’t usually so little announced for Monday Night Raw, but hopefully that means we’re going to get a more unpredictable show. Remember to follow along on the Ringside News app, Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
WWE Raw opens with the entire RAW roster around the ring, with a black-clad Seth Rollins standing in it. The fans chant “CM Punk” to which Seth says, listen, I tried to get him here but he’s more interested in sitting behind a desk in Los Angeles than being in this ring. He moves on and says tonight is about the Raw roster.
The fans chant “NXT” and Seth says tonight he agrees, last night NXT mopped the floor with Raw. And that makes him sick because he loves Monday Night Raw. He grew up watching Raw, people like Steve Austin, The Rock, DX, and more. Raw is better than that. However it has to be said, and he’s sorry, but everyone standing around the ring sucked last night. The fans boo and all the Superstars look confused. The fans chant “you suck”. Seth says he knows, they all dropped the ball. He says they went from the A show to the C show. They need to get back out there and plant the flag for Raw, so give him a damn minute.
Seth says he believes in Monday Night Raw, which is why he called this meeting. He asks anyone if they want to speak but nobody does. Seth picks-out Randy Orton and says he was the weak link last night. Orton stares at Seth, then leaves up the ramp. Seth tells him that’s fine, he’ll do it all himself. Orton makes a jack-off sign at Seth. Next Seth calls-out Charlotte and says she was supposed to be the leader last night. But she wasn’t even the last person in the match and she calls herself a Flair. Charlotte flicks her hair and walks off.
Seth motions to the Authors of Pain and says they weren’t at Survivor Series last night but maybe they should have. He says they’ve been talking non-stop for weeks but they weren’t there last night and they definitely don’t need them tonight. He tells the AOP to leave. Rollins points the finger at Rey Mysterio and says he let us down more than anyone last night. He says Rey couldn’t get the job done with a lead pipe and his dumb son. The entire Raw roster then leaves and Seth berates them, saying he’s the only one with the guts to call it like it is. Kevin Owens stays.
Owens stands on the apron and the entire arena chants his name. Seth says his name is “Mr NXT”, then ushers Owens into the ring. Rollins says that this isn’t about him, he loves Raw. He eats, sleeps, and breathes Monday Night Raw, but what does Owens do? He just shows-up and he’s a lazy piece of crap. He says Owens wants his spot, he wants to be Seth Rollins, but he’ll never be. Rollins takes a step back and says he didn’t mean that, he’s coming from a good place. Owens doesn’t say anything, he just hits Seth with a Stunner and leaves.
Rollins is backstage and Charly Caruso approaches him. She says he didn’t get what he wanted and Seth says he was doing the right thing, trying to get the Raw train back on track, but clearly Kevin Owens doesn’t agree with him. So tonight they meet in the ring, that’s a challenge.
The bell rings and Bobby hugs Lana on the apron. Lashley and Titus lock-up and struggle to the ropes. O’Neil forces Lashley to the corner and chops him in the chest. Another chop from O’Neil but then Lashley catches him with a spinebuster. Suddenly Rusev comes in through the crowd and attacks Lashley!
Rusev kicks Lashley from the ring, then pounds him on the floor. Rusev tosses Lashley into the steel steps, then into the barricade. Rusev drags Bobby up the ramp and slams him into the LED wall. Rusev then clears the top off the announce table before yelling at Lana. Rusev climbs onto the announce table but then he’s dragged off by police. Rusev is handcuffed on the stage as Lana screams at him and consoles Lashley. Rusev breaks free from the police, runs, and shoulder tackles Lashley off the stage through some tables. “Rusev Day!” rings throughout the arena as Rusev kicks off a huge lighting rig onto Lashley. Huge pop for Rusev, who shouts “I’m back!”
We’re back live and we see replays of Rusev being arrested. There’s footage from the commercial break where Lashley was put on a stretcher and taken to the back.
Hawkins starts the match with Akam, with the big man hitting a takedown and unloading hands. Rezar takes in and they hit The Last Chapter to Hawkins. Rezar kicks Ryder on the apron, then drags him into the ring and drills him with repeated knees. AOP then hit stereo running death valley drivers into the turnbuckles, followed by the Super Collider. They hit a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo for the win.
Still to come, Seth Rollins Vs. Kevin Owens, Charlotte Vs. Asuka, and AJ Styles Vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States Championship.
The bell rings and Andrade catches Tozawa with a powerbomb right away. Andrade stomps Tozawa in the corner, then chops him hard in the chest. Andrade kicks the chest of Akira, then wears him down with an arm submission. Tozawa fights up but gets hit with a suplex.
Tozawa looks for a roll-up, then catches Andrade with a headscissors. Tozawa slides under Andrade’s legs and hits the snap German suplex. Tozawa heads up top but Andrade knocks him down, then hits double knees in the corner. A Hammerlock DDT seals the deal for Andrade.
We see Aleister Black sitting in a dark room by himself and he talks about Buddy Murphy. He asks if Murphy knows what he did when he knocked his door last week. Well tonight he knows Buddy has a match and he plans on collecting.
Of all people, Matt Hardy comes out to a big pop! It’s regular old Matt Hardy to boot, and he’ll be in action after the break.
The match gets underway and Murphy forces Hardy to the corner and unloads on him. Hardy kicks Buddy back and slams him into the turnbuckles head-first. Matt lands punches in the corner, but Murphy slides out from under, pulls his head down, and superkicks him.
Murphy tosses Hardy fro the ring, then forearms him in the back, and tosses him into the barricade. Murphy sends him back inside and heads up top. Nobody’s home for Murphy and Hardy catches him with a Side Effect. Hardy looks for a bulldog but gets shoved off. Matt connects with an elbow from the middle rope. He performs the Delete taunt and looks for the Twist of Fate but Murphy counters with a switch knee.
Murphy hits a running knee against the ropes, then another in the middle of the ring for the pinfall.
Murphy gets on the microphone and calls out Aleister Black. Ask and you shall receive.
Black runs to the ring and slides inside. Murphy swings but Black blocks it and kicks him. Spinning back elbow from Black, followed by a teep kick into the ropes, and a switch knee of his own. Murphy falls out of the ring and walks around it, holding a bloody nose from Matt Hardy. Murphy teased getting back into the ring but decided against it.
Charly Caruso is backstage and she talks to Charlotte Flair. Caruso asks if Flair’s behaviour last night was befitting of a captain. Charlotte laughs and says she’s never claimed to be a leader. She was the only person capable of leading Team Raw. As for Asuka, Charlotte says that Asuk is still bitter from when she took her SmackDown Women’s Championship last spring, and from WrestleMania 34 when she ended her undefeated streak. Now Asuka wants to try and blind her, well tonight she reminds her why she is the 10x Women’s Champion.
Raw returns with replays of tonight’s opening, with Seth Rollins’ heel turn.
AJ Styles comes to the ring alone for his United States Championship defence. The O.C. come out when Humberto Carrillo is making his entrance and attack him. They beat him down at ringside, slamming him into the apron, the steps, then hitting the Magic Killer on the steps. Ricochet comes out to check on Carrillo. Styles sarcastically says “you’re welcome Chicago.” AJ says Humberto clearly can’t compete tonight, which is really unfortunate. He mocks Ricochet saying he clearly isn’t much of a superhero.
Ricochet says that AJ is a shell of his former self. He’s been degraded to siccing his goons on everyone who threatens his title reign. But he would be more than happy to relieve him of that burden and face him for the United States Championship. Styles says no, he signed a contract to face Humberto and he can’t compete. So he won’t be wrestling tonight. Randy Orton comes out and says Humberto can’t compete tonight, but he certainly can. And he reckons there is nothing Chicago wants to see more than him RKO his ass.
Styles says the last time he faced Randy Orton it was in a bigger and better city, under the bright lights of WrestleMania. And he’s beaten both of them on multiple occasions, so he has nothing to prove. Drew McIntyre walks out and says he has a solution; AJ has never faced him and he pinned both Braun Strowman and Walter last night. Drew says that Chicago doesn’t deserve the match, but it’s a first time affair and they should do it tonight. Styles says that he stole the show last night and he’s sore.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance and says he is more banged-up than anybody after fighting Brock Lesnar. Mysterio says AJ is making excuses but he won’t let him cheat the good people of Chi-Town out of a title match. AJ says none of them has earned anything. They all want a title shot but he declines. Ricochet says he’s the new guy around here but how about the four of them face-off, with the winner getting a shot at AJ’s title. AJ turns to his goons to say it’s a bad idea but they both think it sounds entertaining, so AJ agrees to it.
The bell rings and Ricochet tosses McIntyre out. Ricochet grabs Rey and uses him to knock Randy from the ring. He then throws Ricochet over his head and he lands on McIntyre for a senton. Ricochet dives over the ropes onto Orton, then slides back inside to go one-on-one with Rey.
However, Orton gets back in to intervene, but gets hit with a dropkick by both men and he’s back out. Ricochet goes to the apron and hits Rey with an enziguiri, then looks to dive onto Drew but gets caught and body slammed. Meanwhile Randy Orton grabs Rey and slides him out and under the bottom rope onto Ricochet.
Drew and Randy methodically beat Ricochet down in the ring. McIntyre is the only man in the match who hasn’t been United States Champion. Drew chops the chest of Ricochet, then hits a release suplex. McIntyre and Orton beat Ricochet in the corner, taking turns until Rey comes in but get immediately gets thrown back out.
The heels continue their dominance until Ricochet kicks Orton, then dropkicks Drew into the corner. Ricochet goes to the apron and springboards over Drew and gets caught with a snap powerslam from Orton. Mysterio comes off the apron with a springboard senton to Orton, then one to McIntyre. Rey punches Ricochet on the apron, then climbs to the top rope but gets shoved to his back on the apron.
McIntyre climbs up but Ricochet knocks him into the tree of woe. Mysterio climbs back up to fight with Ricochet but Orton runs over and shoves Ricochet to the floor. Randy climbs up, looking for a superplex but McIntyre sits-up and German suplexes Randy, superplexing Rey by association. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows come back out as we head to the break.
Back live and the heels are still in charge, with Drew beating Ricochet in the ring and Randy beating Rey on the outside. Ricochet hits Drew with a mule kick, then flips off Randy and connects with an enziguiri. Ricochet goes to the apron but Randy intercepts him with the draping DDT…but Drew breaks it up.
McIntyre and Orton come face-to-face and talk trash. Drew chops the chest of Orton who bends down to recover. Randy fires one back but McIntyre laughs it off, then chops Orton with thunder. McIntyre screams “come on, show me what kind of man you are”, so Orton pokes him in the eye. Orton unloads with European uppercuts in the corner, then gets dropped by McIntyre.
Ricochet comes back in with a springboard clothesline. He looks for a reverse ‘rana but Drew stands tall and looks for the reverse Alabama Slam but Ricochet counters into a roll-up for a near-fall. McIntyre rolls through the pinfall for a sit-out powerbomb and a near-fall. McIntyre runs for the Claymore Kick but gets caught with the RKO outta nowhere! Orton goes for the pin but Gallows drags him from the ring and slams him into the barricade!
Mysterio springboards at Ricochet but gets caught. He then hits the ropes and leaps onto Ricochet but gets caught again. This time Styles rolls-up Ricochet and wins!
AJ Styles seems happy about the outcome of the match, feeling confident. The US Title match will take place after the break.
As soon as the bell rings, AJ runs and attacks Rey, beating him down in the corner. Styles beats Mysterio from pillar to post and smiles. Mysterio makes a mini-comeback but gets flattened with a backbreaker. Styles with a snap suplex and Rey rolls from the ring.
Styles goes after Mysterio and slams him into the barricade before getting back in the ring. Rey fires some right hands and heads to the top rope but Styles cuts him off and puts him in the tree of woe. Styles hits a sliding dropkick to Mysterio hanging from the ropes. Rey grabs the bottom rope to break the pin. Styles takes Rey down and applies a headlock.
Mysterio fights up but gets slammed right back down. Rey grabs the ropes to prevent being lifted but Styles slingshots him into them. Mysterio kicks AJ then looks for a springboard but his knee buckles and AJ kicks it. Rey then does hit the springboard moonsault but AJ catches him. Styles looks to lawn-dart Mysterio but gets shoved into the ring post and both men are down.
Mysterio hits an enziguiri and AJ falls on the middle rope. Rey hits the ropes but Karl Anderson grabs the legs to drop him. The referee figures out what happened and ejects The O.C. from ringside!
AJ whips Rey chest-first into the buckles as we come back from the break. Aj puts Rey onto the top rope and looks for a super back suplex but Rey fights him off. AJ pulls Rey down and into the tree of woe and kicks him. Styles looks for the sliding dropkick again but this time Rey sits-up and AJ slides into the ring-post crotch-first!
Rey gets up and its a senton to AJ, followed by a headscissors and punches in the corner. Mysterio hits a wheelbarrow bulldog for a near-fall. Mysterio goes up-top but AJ meets him there and looks for a superplex but again Mysterio fights him off. Styles lifts Rey off the top and hits Ushigoroshi for a near-fall.
AJ lifts Rey and looks for the Styles Clash but Rey counters and hits a sunset bomb for a near-fall. Mysterio hits AJ with a springboard hurricanrana onto the ropes, followed by a 619…but Styles bumped into the referee! Rey goes for the pin but the referee is out, so out come The O.C. to pound Mysterio. Randy Orton comes back out and fights Gallows on the ramp, then tosses Anderson into the barricade.
Orton runs into the ring and AJ leaps for the Phenomenal Forearm but misses Orton and gets dropped onto the middle rope by Rey. 619 from Mysterio, followed by an RKO from Randy Orton. Mysterio goes to the top rope and hits a splash for the pinfall and the win!
Rey’s son Dominic comes out to celebrate with him after the big title win.
Charly Caruso is joined backstage by Kevin Owens, who just takes the microphone. Owens says he heard every word Seth Rollins said earlier tonight; that everyone should strive to be better, more like him. Owens says the biggest difference between him and Seth is that he has known who he is since the day he laced-up a pair of boots. Owens says he is the same man who walked in the door of WWE, and he hasn’t changed at any turn. Rollins though, has been and done everything he thinks the company has needed or wanted. All that has done however is turn Seth into a whiny prick. He calls Seth “Mr Crossfit” and says that Stunner earlier tonight was just the beginning. Tonight he turns Monday Night Rollins into the Kevin Owens Show.
The match gets underway and Charlotte slaps Asuka, then takes her down with some ground and pound. Asuka rolls to the outside and Flair throws her into the barricade before warning Kairi to not get involved. Charlotte and Asuke get back inside and Sane gets on the apron but Flair boots her off. Asuka attacks the leg of Charlotte but Flair immediately throws her across the ring.
Asuka kicks Charlotte and slams her into the turnbuckles but Flair turns the tables and slams the Empress into the buckles. Asuka comes back by slamming Charlotte down by the head. Both women exchange shots and Asuka looks for a German suplex but Flair elbows her off. Asuka looks for the flying armbar but Charlotte escape and attempts the Figure Four but Asuka escapes.
Sane causes a distraction and Asuke hits Flair with a hip attack in the corner for a two-count. Asuka grinds Charlotte down with an arm submission, trying to weaken it for the armbar. Flair fights up and they exchange back and forth, with Asuka kicking Flair over and over until she gets caught. Asuka connects with a spinning backfist but gets dropped with a big boot for a two-count and Asuka rolls from the ring.
Charlotte leaves the ring after her but Kairi antagonises her and Flair chases her through the crowd to the back!
We’re back live and Charlotte hits Asuka with a baseball slide. Back in the ring, Asuka catches her with an armbar, then transitions into a triangle. Flair punches her way out. Asuka looks for a hip attack but gets kicked, then Charlotte swings for a big boot but gets caught with a German suplex.
Charlotte looks for a roll-up but Asuka counters into the Asuka Lock. Charlotte rolls back into a pin attempt but Asuka kicks out. Charlotte hits Asuke with a lariat, then chops her repeatedly. Fallaway slam from Flair, then she looks for a moonsault but nobody’s home and she lands on her feet. Flair hits a running front flip onto Asuka for a near-fall.
Asuka drops Charlotte for a near-fall, then heads to the top rope and misses a crossbody. Charlotte attempts Natural Selection but Asuka dodges it and applies a triangle submission. Charlotte slowly reverses the triangle into a Boston crab. Asuka gets to the ropes and Charlotte kicks her in the face. Charlotte attacks Asuka’s left knee in the corner but gets caught with a headkick. Charlotte hits a spear for a near-fall.
Kairi Sane returns to cause a distraction and this time Charlotte runs and catches her. Flair throws Sane into the ring post. Flair gets Asuka into the ring and Sane distracts the referee, allowing Asuka to hit Charlotte with the poison mist for a roll-up for the win!
Erick Rowan is back out for a match against some jobber, and he has his weird animal cage thing.
As soon as the bell rings, Roberts leaves the ring and goes to look at the animal cage. Rowan runs out and clobbers him with a forearm. Rowan slams the kid into the steel steps, then rips the steps apart. Rowan lifts Kyle and powerbombs him into the ring post, before throwing him into the ring. Rowan hits a huge chokeslam, then another and pins him with his boot.
The IIconics do a Black Friday WWE Shop advert, then R-Truth comes in and joins them in singing Christmas songs. Our main event is next.
AJ Styles is backstage with The O.C. and he’s visibly upset. Sarah Schreiber asks him what’s going through his mind and Styles can’t utter a word. He bites his fist before saying “Randy Orton”.
We see a replay of earlier tonight when Rusev attacked Bobby Lashley and got arrested. Lana joins Charly Caruso backstage and says Rusev is a danger to society at large. She says she has got multiple restraining orders but he’s obsessed with her…but who can blame him? She says WWE has no choice but to fire Rusev but she assures us she’s handling it and she’s going to be OK.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance, he will face Kevin Owens in the main event, after the break.
The bell rings and Owens looks for a Stunner right away but Seth slides out of the ring. Owens goes after him and slams him into the barricade. Rollins gets back into the ring and looks for a suicide dive but KO punches him.
Owens chops Seth in the corner, then hits a dropkick from the middle rope. Running senton from Owens earns a two-count. Rollins counters Owens with a dragon whip, before applying a single leg Boston crab. Owens kicks him off and chops the chest. Rollins catches Owens with a slingblade, then knocks him from the ring. Rollins hits a suicide dive, then another.
Rollins gets KO back in the ring and springboards over him but gets hit with a superkick. Rollins rolls to the outside and, frustrated, grabs a steel chair. The referee stops him from getting in the ring but he holds onto the chair and stares at Owens.
Back live and Owens and Seth are battling on the top rope. Owens throws Seth off and dives for a senton but Rollins gets his knees up. Rollins gets KO in a rear chinlock. Owens starts to fight out but gets kicked back down by Seth.
Rollins unloads chops in the corner but Owens comes back and hits a cannonball. The fans are rallying behind Owens as he climbs to the top rope but Seth rolls to the outside. Owens climbs to the apron and hits a swanton to Rollins on the floor. Owens sends Seth back inside and hits a frog splash from the top for a near-fall.
Rollins looks for the Pedigree but gets flipped over. Seth hits a Blockbuster from the middle rope for a two-count, followed by a Falcon Arrow for a near-fall. Rollins looks for The Stomp but Owens dodges it and goes for the Stunner but Seth shoves him off. Seth tries The Stomp again but gets caught with a Pop-Up Powerbomb for a near-fall.
Owens tries the Stunner again but misses and gets hit with a superkick but Owens comes back with one of his own. Rollins with an enziguiri, followed by Avada Kadavra. Seth hits the ropes for The Stomp but gets hit with the Stunner! The Authors of Pain come out and stand between Seth and Owens in the middle of the ring. KO hits Akam and both AOP beat on him
Akam and Rezar pound on Owens, throwing him into the ring post over and over. The fans are chanting “bull$hit”, as if nothing but a clean finish is acceptable these days.
Akam kicks Owens’ head against the barricade, then Akam lifts Owens and throws him at Rezar who knees him. AOP turn their attention to Seth Rollins and he tells them to come on, but they turn and leave. Rollins watches them leave, then takes the opportunity to hit Owens with The Stomp, then another. He berates Owens as the show comes to a close.
And that’s the end of Monday Night Raw. Let us know what you thought in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow for all your wrestling news. Until then, safe travels!