Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage for WWE Raw, one week from WWE TLC 2019.
That’s right, tonight’s Raw is the last before TLC; the final PPV of the year. That being said, tonight’s show is much like last week’s in the sense that very little has been announced ahead of time.
Rey Mysterio battles AJ Styles with the United States Championship on the line. These two have been trading back and forth for a few weeks now, but tonight AJ gets a chance to reclaim his title. Chances are this match won’t end clean and serve as a set-up for a ladder match or something at the PPV.
The only other announced segment for tonight is the big divorce between Rusev and Lana. Their split becomes official tonight but of course things aren’t going to go smoothly. As ridiculous as all this has been, the segments have been some of the most entertaining in the past month.
And that’s the preview for tonight’s show. Remember to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw opens with Jerry Lawler in the ring with a table and chairs.
Lawler says that, for the past few weeks, we’ve all been witness to the demise of the marriage between Lana and Rusev. King says he came here tonight hoping he could offer them some reconciliation. But, unfortunately, they’re past the point of no return. So for the first time ever, he’s to preside over a divorce hearing. The King then introduces Lana, who comes out with a lawyer.
Lana’s lawyer hands Lawler a letter that states Rusev’s restraining order has been put on hold until this proceeding is over. Lawler then introduces the husband. Rusev comes out looking he’s been dressing from the Mick Foley closet – a rather baggy suit, white trainers, and a Donald Duck t-shirt.
Lana and Rusev take their seats and it’s the Bulgarian who speaks first, saying hello to the crowd. Lana tells him not to interrupt her, then says he needs to know that she used to love him. When the entire WWE Universe hated him, she loved him. She says that, when Rusev became rich and famous, it got to his head. Lana gets to her feet and says the entire WWE Universe is also to blame for the downfall of their marriage. Rusev stands and tells her to calm down and says now everyone can see how his marriage was.
Lana yells at him to stay back or he will go to jail for a very long time. Rusev says that it’s him who has been getting attacked, and he has a fun video to show everyone. We see footage of last week when Lashley and Lana got arrested. She says he’s horrible and that he will never find anyone like her again. Rusev says he can barely stand her, so why would he want someone similar. Lana screams and says he always makes everything about him. He chose Rusev Day over her and it’s his fault their marriage failed – the last part she yelled comically.
Rusev says this is getting out of hand, so let’s sign the divorce papers and he gets excited. The fans chant “Yes”, and Rusev grabs the papers to sign them. Lana rips the papers away and says she wants to sign first. She says the bottom line is that she will sign first because she comes first and he’s a loser. She says she will get the dog and he refuses, saying the dog was a present to him. They yell about the dog and she calls him a “Bulgarian son-of-a-bitch” and he tells her to shut up. Lana signs the divorce papers, then Rusev stalls and says he needs something from her before he signs it. She asks if he wants sex again in the elevator, in the ring, right before the redeye, the doctor. She calls him sick, just like all the fans. Rusev says no, what he wants is a match with Bobby Lashley.
Lashley makes his entrance and Rusev takes his jacket off. Lashley says this all ridiculous, that Rusev is trying to make a joke out of them. Bobby says he’s going to ask Lana to marry him once the divorce is finalised. Rusev says that he can take Lana, he doesn’t care. “She’s just bad.” Rusev says he just wants to live happily on Rusev Day.
Rusev says he wants to fight Lashley in any match on any day, because every day is Rusev Day. He signs the papers and Lashley slams his head into the table. Lashley knocks him from the ring and slams Rusev into the barricade. They get back into the ring and Rusev hits Bobby with a Machka Kick, then belly-to-belly’s him through the table in the middle of the ring!
We return to the announcers, who show a video of the Author’s of Pain attacking Kevin Owens last week. We’ll hear from Owens after the break.
Kevin Owens is backstage with Charly Caruso and he says he blames Seth Rollins for what happened last week. Owens says Seth came out two weeks ago and berated everyone as the unappointed leader. He says he was the only one who stood up to him and he thinks that is why the AOP attacked him last week. They just do whatever Seth tells them to. He was lucky to get away from them last week but he did get away, and tonight he’s going looking for them.
Owens walks off and soon runs into Rey Mysterio. The United States Champion says that if Owens needs some back-up, he and his homies would be happy to help. Owens thanks Rey but says he needs to do this on his own. Rey says he misspoke, he meant his “homie”, and hands KO the steel pipe he used to beat Brock Lesnar. Owens thanks Rey and walks off slapping his palm with the pipe.
Matt Hardy comes out for a match. Drew McIntyre is out second and he cuts a promo on the way to the ring. Drew says that Raw tonight has been depressing, so let’s cheer everyone up. He tells everyone that Matt Hardy and his wife had a third son last week. And he’s heard he’s a little cross-eyed but that just means he’s definitely Matt’s son. Drew then says Matt is accomplished in the ring, but outside of it he hasn’t always made good decisions. So him reproducing might not be the best idea. He then offers Hardy the chance to leave the ring with his tail between his legs but Hardy attacks McIntyre before he can get inside and hits a Twist of Fate. Drew rolls to the outside.
We return and the bell rings to start the match. Hardy attacks Drew and beats him into the corner. Hardy ducks a clothesline and knocks McIntyre to the outside.
Hardy goes after Drew and looks to hit a Twist of Fate on the outside but gets pushed into the steel steps. McIntyre sends Hardy back into the ring and pounds him down. McIntyre lands a huge chop to the chest in the corner, then whips Hardy into the buckles.
McIntyre misses a shoulder tackle and hits the ring post, then Matt follows-up with a Side Effect for a two-count. Hardy does the DELETE chant, then looks for another Twist of Fate but Drew counters. Matt lands a backslide but Drew reverses into a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre takes to the corner and hits a Claymore Kick for the win.
Still to come, Rey Mysterio Vs. AJ Styles for the United States Championship.
We see a replay of last week when The Kabuki Warriors defeated Charlotte Flair in a handicap match. We get a video from earlier today, where Charlotte approached Becky Lynch in the locker room. She asks Lynch if she would like to be Becky Two Belts again, and Lynch asks if she needs help. Lynch says she would rather take her chances against the two of them alone and collect and old debt. Flair sarcastically wishes her good luck.
We see Kevin Owens approach Mojo Rawley backstage and ask him he’s seen the Author’s of Pain. Rawley points to his right and KO starts walking but then Rawley says it might have been the other way. He dicks him around, so KO slaps him hard in the face and tells him which direction he just went.
The Viking Raiders come to the ring and say that they’ve been looking for worthy challengers for weeks but only been fed chumps. So tonight, they extend an open challenge to any team that feels they can take their titles.
We’re told that Batista is the first announcement for the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
The match gets underway and Montez Ford dodges a running Erik, who drives his knees into the turnbuckles. Ford dropkicks Ivar off the apron, then tags Dawkins and they slam Erik. Dawkins hits Erik with a spinebuster, makes a tag, then Ford hits a spinebuster for a near-fall with Ivar breaking it up.
Erik avoids a double foot stomp from Ford and tags Ivar. Montez and Ivar both do carthwheels but then Ford dances and screams while shaking the ropes, so Ivar drops him with a spin kick. Ivar and Erik beat on Ford in their corner, making quick tags. Ford rolls under Ivar and tags Dawkins.
Angelo comes in with a t-bone suplex to Ivar for a two-count. Tag made to Ford but Ivar knocks them both down with a dropkick. Erik comes in and hits Angelo with a flip knee, they then knock Dawkins from the ring. The Vikings hit Ford with the Viking Experience for the win.
After the match, Angelo and Montez climb to their feet and Erik and Ivar give them respect via forearm bumps.
Seth Rollins comes out and stomps to the ring while the two tag teams are still there. Rollins says he doesn’t mean any disrespect, he just has some business to take care of and they’re welcome to stick around. Both teams leave.
Rollins says he has unfinished business with the Author’s of Pain. He says he doesn’t care if he has a broken hand, doesn’t care if he has no arms, he wants to fight them right now. Instead of the AOP though, he gets Kevin Owens.
KO says that Rollins knows the AOP aren’t here tonight, Seth knows that and that’s the only reason he’s calling them out. KO says that he wants to know when they’re coming so that the three of them can beat the crap out of him. Rollins denies any association with Akam and Rezar and starts arguing with Owens, but then we see an SUV pull up backstage and out they step. The AOP start walking to the ring as we head to the break.
Back live and Owens is still in the ring with Seth. KO points the pipe at Rollins and says he might as well take-out Seth before the AOP get here. Rollins climbs out of the ring and says he’s going to have to leave because it’s the right thing to do and prove to everyone that he has no association with AOP. Owens says we’re all heartbroken. He says he’s coming to find Rollins after he deals with Akam and Rezar.
They appear on the Titantron and talk in their native languages. Owens says “all strong points, can’t argue with any of that.” He tell them to get their asses out here, preferably one at a time, but let’s just do it.
Out come Sami Zayn with Mojo Rawley. Zayn says that he knows everyone is surprised to see him but he’s allowed to get around the rules but getting a managerial licence. Sami says KO knows him better than anyone and he’s not a manager, he’s a liberator. He sets people free. And he knows Owens better than anyone and he’s a prisoner in his own mind. Zayn says he doesn’t judge Owens about anything, but what he did to Rawley backstage was out of line. He can’t even begin to help Owens until he admits he was wrong, so he wants him to apologise to Mojo.
Nothing happens, so Rawley yells at Owens to show some respect. Samy tries to calm him down and says that he shouldn’t piss-off KO when he has a steel pipe in his hands. Rawley asks why, because everyone is a tough guy with a steel pipe? Owens says he wants to test that theory and throws the pipe to Rawley, then hits him with a Stunner! Sami slowly backs out of the ring and leaves but KO is still calling for the AOP.
The bell rings and Black pays Tozawa little attention for a minute. They lock-up and Black takes a headlock, but Tozawa counters into a wristlock. Black knocks Tozawa down with a roll, then they lock-up again and Black takes the wrist.
Tozawa shoves Black to the ropes but gets caught with two arm-drag takedowns. Black ducks a punch and swings a kick but Akira ducks it and falls into the corner, while Black sits Indian-style. Black blocks a kick from Tozawa but then gets caught with a standing Frankensteiner that sends him from the ring.
Tozawa looks for a suicide dive but gets caught in mid-air with a switch knee. Black sends Tozawa back into the ring and waits for him to stand, then hits Black Mass.
Charly Caruso is backstage and introduces Humberto Carrillo as one of the most impressive rookies ever, and someone who will be a key component to Raw moving forward. She starts to talk but up walks Zelina Vega and Andrade, who shouts in Spanish and shoves Carrillo. They yell at each other in Spanish before walking off and Vega asks “tonight?!”
The match begins and Andrade drops Humberto with a jumping kick. Andrade stomps on Carrillo, then chops him in the corner. Andrade catches Carrillo with a big back body drop, then applies a sleeper hold.
Carrillo fights to his feet and punches Andrade, hits the ropes, and gets flattened with a back elbow. Carrillo knocks Andrade back and hits a springboard crossbody. Humberto follows-up with a springboard arm-drag that knocks Andrade to the outside. Carrillo hits a moonsault from the ring post to Andrade on the floor.
We’re back live and Carrillo hits Andrade with a springboard crossbody, followed by a spinning enziguiri. Carrillo hits a rolling moonsault for a near-fall. Humberto connects with a lariat in the corner, then puts Andrade on the top rope.
Andrade counters Carrillo up top and hits a double stomp into the tree of woe for a near-fall. Carrillo reverses Andrade and hits a missile dropkick. Carrillo hits a sloppy Aztec Press for a near-fall. Andrade clocks Carrillo with a spinning back elbow for a near-fall.
Andrade heasd to the top rope and looks for a moonsault but Carrillo rolls into the corner. Andrade lands on his feet and follows-up with double knees in the corner. Andrade runs to the opposite corner but Humberto meets him there with a dropkick. Vega gets on the aprong to cause a distraction, then Carrillo dodges Andrade who hits her off the apron! Carrillo rolls-up Andrade for the win!
Andrade yells at Vega after the match, blaming her for his loss. She yells back, saying she was trying to help.
We see Rey Mysterio backstage and he says he has the honour of defending his United States Championship against AJ Styles tonight. He says the title means everything to him because it represents him finding his confidence again. He says his son taught him what the name Mysterio meant and tonight, if Styles wins, he will shake his hand as the better man. That said, he will retain and prove that he is worthy of the Mysterio name.
The match gets underway and Murphy forces Ryder to the corner and face washes him a few times. Ryder blocks a punch and kicks Murphy but gets slammed to the mat and kicked in the back by the Aussie.
Murphy kicks Ryder a couple more times and applies a headlock. Zack counters Murphy with a dropkick, followed by a forearm in the corner, and a Broski Boot that knocks Buddy from the ring. Murphy climbs to his feet and punches Curt Hawkins for no reason.
Ryder runs and hits a dropkick through the ropes to Murphy and sends him back inside. Murphy clocks Ryder with a switch knee, then hits Murphy’s Law and that’s that.
We see Kevin Owens walking backstage, still looking for AOP. He finds their big black van and starts smashing it with the pipe. He smashes the windows but they aren’t there. He opens up the back doors of the van and there’s someone sitting in there but Akam and Rezar attack Owens from behind and throw him into a shutter door. They stomp on him and toss him into a production box. They slam one of the van doors into KO’s head, then talk to whoever was in the back of the van. The person spins around in the chair, wearing a hoodie over their head, and it’s Seth Rollins. He gets out of the van and says “it’s come to this Kev, I’m sorry.” Rollins hits a Stomp and walks off with Akam and Rezar in tow.
We return from the break and see a full replay of the previous segment.
Rollins makes his way onto the stage. He asks the fans what they want from him. He says he’s been asking himself that for a long time, why they’ve turned on him. He says he’s done everything right; he never takes a day off, fights through injuries, and lays it all on the line for the fans. He sticks his neck out for us in the ring and in the media, but he gets spat on, disrespected, and he’s sick of it. He says he came out last week and told everyone that he had nothing to do with the Author’s of Pain…and that was true.
Everyone called him a liar because the flavour of the month Kevin Owens, who couldn’t lace his boots, said so. He says he did what he always does, let it slide. This week again he tried to tell KO that he had nothing to do with Akam and Rezar and that was true. But the truth isn’t good enough for them.
What is good enough in 2019? He says he beat Brock Lesnar twice and brought the Universal Title to Raw and it still wasn’t enough. “You suck” chant. Rollins says he hears them. They want to push him? Well it’s time for him to push back. He says the negativity of the fans has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. He now stands side-by-side with two men who understand him, the AOP. Akam and Rezar come out and stand beside Seth. He smiles and pats them on the chest before turning away.
We see Kevin Owens being loaded into an ambulance backstage.
The match starts with Lynch facing Asuka, and the Raw Women’s Champion beats the Empress into the corner. Lynch hits an exploder suplex and Asuka rolls from the ring. Asuka gets on the apron but Becky knocks her off. Sane distracts Becky, allowing Asuka to come back in and attack Lynch.
Asuka chokes Becky with her boot in the corner, then hits a hip attack. Asuka with a series of strikes and a knee to the back for a one-count.
We’re back from the break and Kairi Sane has a chin lock on Becky. Lynch fights up and takes her down, but Sane boots Lynch back and tags Asuka.
Lynch sidesteps Asuka and sends her out of the ring. Sane runs in but Lynch takes them both down with strikes. Lynch stomps Sane in the corner before kneeing Asuka. The Man hits Sane with a Bexploder, then Asuka goes for a scoop slam, but Lynch counters into another slam. Lynch then hits The Kabuki Warriors with a DDT/Reverse DDT combo for a near-fall.
Lynch goes to the top rope, but Asuka grabs her ankle, then Kairi yanks Lynch off the top rope and drops an elbow. Lynch comes back and takes out Sane and hits Asuka with a Bexploder. Asuka avoids a diving leg drop from the middle rope and applies an Asuka Lock. Lynch fights up and drags Asuka to the corner. Lynch then applies the Asuka Lock on Asuka!
Sane pulls Asuka out of the ring to break the submission. Lynch goes after and throws Kairi into the barricade before blocking a kick from Asuka. Lynch gets on the apron and jumps off for a forearm, but Asuka knees her in mid-air. All three women are down. Asuka and Lynch get in the ring at the count of 6 and 8, and Asuka immediately hits a sliding kick for a near-fall.
Both women trade punches on their knees. Lynch counters a German suplex and kicks Asuka in the gut, but Asuka reverses a whip and sends Becky to the corner. Kairi tags in and they connect with a Doomsday Device, but Lynch kicks out.
Sane sets up for an InSane Elbow, but Lynch gets the knees up to block it. Lynch goes for a Dis-Arm-Her, but stops to attack Asuka. They botch a spot, then Lynch then applies a Dis-Arm-Her to Sane, but Asuka pulls Kairi out of the ring. Asuka attacks Lynch at ringside and goes under the ring for a chair. The referee pleads but she hits Becky in the ribs with the chair and he calls for the bell.
Asuka slams the chair off Lynch’s back again after the bell. Asuka and Kairi set up a table at ringside and lay Lynch on it. Sane then heads to the top rope and hits an InSane Elbow through the table at ringside! The Kabuki Warriors stand tall. The Kabuki Warriors walk off, but Lynch is back on her feet. Dumb.
AJ Styles is backstage with The O.C. AJ says The O.C. will take the Raw Tag Team Titles soon because they are the best tag team on the planet. Meanwhile he will also get his US Title back tonight. And if Randy Orton tries to stick his nose in they will hurt him. Not just for tonight or tomorrow, but end his career for life.
We see Lynch backstage with an ice pack. She’s pissed. Flair walks in and says “Rebecca, how’d that go?” Lynch says fine, if it means she gets another shot at Asuka. Flair congratulates her and walks off. Just outside the doctors office, Asuka and Sane attack Flair and beat her down with a steel chair.
As soon as the bell rings, the jobber leaves the ring and grabs Rowan’s birdcage! He runs up the ramp with the cage and Rowan runs after. He sets the cage on stage, then runs through the crowd and back to the ring. Rowan stops to check on the cage, while the jobber makes the referee count. The referee gets to 8 before Rowan comes back to the ring and steamrolls the guy.
Rowan hits him with a body attack, followed by three face Chokeslams. The referee calls for the bell and Rowan hits one more.
Charly Caruso stops Kairi Sane and Asuka backstage and asks them what’s next for them. Asuka speaks Japanese and Charly asks them to translate. Asuka says they challenge Becky and Flair with their titles on the line at TLC.
We return to see Flair now sitting in the trainers room with Lynch. Becky asks her if she wants to fight, and Charlotte says yes, but let’s raise the stakes. Becky says “tables, ladders, chairs.”
We get a brand new SNL-style segment called the Monday After The Weekend Update with The Street Profits. It’s just like their usual promos but they’re waiting suits and sitting at a desk, and there’s canned laughter. They joke about The Kabuki Warriors, with Ford Asuka’s mist might be because she ate Baby Yoda. Dakwins doesn’t like that, saying he’s Disney Plus all-day long fam. Ford addresses Bobby Lashley and Lana and they both tell him to run. Dawkins says that King Corbin clearly has a Napoleon Complex but Ford says he’s bigger than both of them, and Dawkins says not where it counts. It finishes with Ford singing they want the smoke.
AJ Styles makes his entrance for the main event title match. The Champion is out second, and the match will take place after the break.
The bell rings and Rey takes AJ’s back, looks for a small package, but Styles counters. Rey tries to pin Rey to the mat but Mysterio fights it, then hits the small package for a close fall. They separate and AJ runs at Rey but the Champion dodges.
Styles looks for the lock-up but whips Mysterio into the corner, then slingshots Rey into the ring post. Another catapult into the ring post by AJ, then he stalks Rey and looks to do it again but Rey lands on the ropes and jumps backwards to land on AJ’s shoulders and hit another close roll-up. Styles drops Rey with a back elbow, then applies a rear naked choke.
Rey fights up and suckers AJ out of the ring, then dropkicks him through the ropes and hits a springboard moonsault to the floor! Rey puts AJ back into the ring but out come Gallows and Anderson. The distraction allows Styles to toss Rey into the ring post as we head to the final break.
Back live and AJ is in control. He slams Rey for a two-count, then throws the Champion to the outside. Rey just gets into the ring at nine. Mysterio knocks AJ from the ring, then dives through the ropes for a sunset flip bomb into the barricade!
Both men slowly climb to their feet and get into the ring. Rey hits AJ with a titl-a-whirl headscissors, followed by a seated senton springboard. Rey with a running leg drop for a near-fall. Rey catches Styles with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for another near-fall.
Rey punches AJ in the corner, and looks for a rolling sunset bomb but AJ counters with a facebuster. Mysterio counters AJ with a hurricanrana onto the middle rope, then looks for the 619 but Gallows jumps up and takes it to protect Styles. Anderson gets on the apron but Rey kicks him off. Rey springboards into the ring but gets caught with Ushigoroshi for a near-fall.
Mysterio puts AJ on the top rope and looks to hit an avalanche hurricanrana but Styles holds onto him….they were supposed to do an avalanche Styles Clash but Styles fell off the rope – a rare botch from two masters. Styles then lifts Rey and hits a nasty powerbomb, followed by the Styles Clash and pins him 1…2… AJ let’s go of the pin because Randy Orton slid into the ring! Orton winks at AJ and slides right back out. Mysterio rolls-up AJ for the win!
Mysterio rolls from the ring and retreats with his title. Styles is furious and stares at Randy Orton, who’s smiling at ringside.
And that’s Monday Night Raw. We still don’t know much about TLC on Sunday. Let us know what you thought of the show and be sure to come back on Wednesday for AEW Dynamite and NXT results. Until then, safe travels!