Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of WWE RAW as we continue with the 2020 WWE Draft, as well as build to Hell in a Cell at the end of the month.
Last Friday, AJ Styles, Naomi, The Miz and John Morrison and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were drafted to RAW. Additionally, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, RAW Women’s Champion Asuka, The Hurt Business, Women’s Tag Team Champions Shaynza Baszler and Nia Jax, Richochet, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke and Angel Garza were all picked to stay on the red brand. Tonight we’ll see which other superstars move over to Monday nights. Among the notable names available in the draft pool are Matt Riddle, Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss.
Tonight’s show also features a no DQ match between Aleister Black and Kevin Owens, whose bitter rivalry has taken both men to the limits this fall.
Additionally, there will be an inter-brand number one contenders battle Battle Royal to determine Asuka’s next challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship. Naomi — a former two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion — should be a favourite here, along with Zelina Vega and The Riott Squad.
Seth Rollins, who was drafted to SmackDown, will also bid farewell to RAW.
All this and more on an action-packed edition of RAW!
Tom Phillips welcomes everyone to the ThunderDome and recaps RAW’s additions from Friday.
Randy Orton is out now. He says he’s going to take Drew McIntyre’s WWE championship at Hell in a Cell. He adds that 2020 has been the year of McIntyre, and that prior to last week when Orton pinned him, Drew hadn’t been pinned in almost a year. “Drew if that’s not a sign of things to come, I don’t know what is. In less than two weeks at Hell in a Cell, I’m going to pin you once again.”
McIntyre interrupts Orton. He confirms that Orton is right about the fact that he pinned him, but that instead of punting him after, he gloated. “When I kicked you in the skull at Clash of Champions, that was for everyone you’ve screwed over. But at Hell in a Cell, all the suffering I cause you will be for me.”
McIntyre says that he made a promise last week: that every time they were in the same building together, he was going to kick the crap out of Orton. McIntyre rushes the ring and the brawl is on. Both men trade shots inside and outside the ring. McIntyre back drops Orton onto the announce desk and throws him back in the ring, but Orton slithers off.
Phillips hypes up Kevin Owens versus Aleister Black in a no DQ match after the break, as well as the first sequence of picks for both brands. Commercial.
Back live, where Stephanie McMahon is making the first round of picks.
Summary: RAW (1. The Fiend, 2. Randy Orton, 3. Charlotte), SmackDown, (1. Bayley, 2. The Street Profits)
No DQ match is up now. Black is already in the ring, Owens out next.
Kevin Owens vs Aleister Black in a NO DQ match
The two men immediately take this one to the outside. Huge front kick from Black. He then throws Owens into the LED board on the outside. Back in the ring, Owens ducks a kick and takes down Black.
Back outside the ring now. Owens throws Black’s head into the steel steps. Reversal by Black on a shot into the barricade. Two huge kicks to Owens. Owens reverses an Irish whip, Black into the barricade. Owens follows up with a cannon ball into the barricade.
Owens takes out a table. He goes for a power bomb but it’s reversed. Owens to the top of the barricade, but he’s grabbed by Black and thrown onto the announce desk. Commercial break.
Back live, Black attempts a suplex onto a chair, but Owens reverses. Owens off the ropes, but Black hits a low kick and Owens falls onto the chair for a two. Black takes out three more chairs. Owens swings at him from the bottom, but Black takes him down with another kick to the head.
Knee strike from Black is blocked by Owens, who hits with him a chair, and then a DDT to Black onto the chair for a two. Owens hits Black with another chair shot, this time to the hip. Owens sets up four chairs, two on each side of each other. He attempts a superplex onto the chairs but Black elbows him. Black then hits double knees to Owens onto all four chairs from off the top rope for a two! This match has been awesome. Incredibly physical and well-paced.
Black grabs the table that was set up earlier and puts it in the ring. Owens to the outside, Black goes for Black Mass, but his foot hits the post. Owens then throws Black in the ring and hits a stunner followed by a power bomb through the table for the win!
Winner: Kevin Owens
Phillips promos Miz TV with special guests Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke. That’s up after commercial.
Back live where Stephanie is making round two draft announcements.
Summary: RAW (1. Braun, 2. Riddle, 3. Hardy), SmackDown (1. Bryan, 2. Owens)
The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring now for Miz TV. They make some cheesy jokes as usual and welcome guests Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke.
Rose notes that it was petty of Miz to move Rose to RAW, and that he’s ruining people’s lives. Morrison says Rose should thank Miz, because her and Brooke have been winning. Miz now asks if Brooke really wants Rose as her partner, based on what happened with former best friend Sonya Deville. Brooke says everything is fine.
Miz notes that there’s a number one contenders Battle Royal tonight, and that has to be awkward, as only one of the two could potentially win. Rose brushes off the comment. Lana and Natalya are out now. They’re mad that they aren’t being interviewed about the Battle Royal. Rose says Lana should spend less time on Tik Tok and more time in the ring. The two teams brawl, with Rose and Brooke getting the upper hand. Commercial break.
Back live, where The Miz and Morrison are still in the ring. Since things went sour with the pair’s original guests, Miz decides to interview Morrison instead. Before they can go anywhere, Lars Sullivan’s music hits and he beats the dickens out of Morrison after The Miz bails.
We get a recap of Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods being drafted to RAW, while Big E stays on SmackDown. To the back now, where Woods and Kingston, and The Street Profits are backstage with Adam Pearce. They exchange their titles since both are switching brands. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode enter the picture. They say they deserve a Tag Team Championship shot and it doesn’t matter which team it’s against. Kingston and Woods oblige. Looks like that match will take place later. Commercial break.
Back live with Stephanie for the third round of picks.
Summary: RAW (1. RETRIBUTION, 2. Keith Lee, Alexa Bliss), SmackDown (1. Lars Sullivan, King Corbin)
Seth Rollins is out now for his farewell to RAW. He says tonight is the end of an era. “I have to acknowledge how difficult a night this is for all you fans. You guys are losing a lot. You’re losing a champion, a man who has conquered beasts and monsters.” He asks if there’s anyone who can fill his shoes. “It saddens me to say that the answer is no.” Rollins says it won’t be Dominik or Rey Mysterio, because “unfortunately” they’ve also been drafted to Smackdown. Rollins is interrupted by Jeff Hardy!
Rollins says he appreciates Hardy’s enthusiasm, and says he was trying to find a leader, and it’s not him. Hardy says it’s his ring now, since Rollins has been drafted to SmackDown. Rollins says Hardy needs to be focused on his match this Friday with Lars Sullivan, which is breaking news. Rollins says good luck and tries to leave.
AJ Styles is out now. He makes fun of Hardy, and says he stumbled his way to the ring since it’s last call. Styles says he is the footprint and that he doesn’t need to fill anyone’s shoes. Hardy takes out Rollins and Styles with a dive! He says he’s going to prove that RAW is in good hands and challenges Rollins and Styles to a triple match after the break!
Hardy vs Rollins vs Styles
Back live, Styles is going after the left knee of Hardy, who’s had issues with it in the past. Hardy reverses Styles’ Irish whip into a sling blade for a one. Hardy off the ropes, but Rollins takes out his legs. Rollins and Styles double team Hardy now, but the alliance is short lived as Styles rolls up Rollins for two.
Styles takes out Rollins with a fireman’s carry neck breaker and goes back to work on Hardy. Hardy reverses a shot to the corner and goes to the top but Rollins pushes him off. Rollins with a sling blade and super kick to Styles. He hits a dive to the outside on Hardy and goes back in the ring. Styles reverses a power bomb but is hit on the other end with an enziguri. Rollins takes out both men with a suicide dive to the outside as we head to commercial.
Back live, Rollins maintains control. He says he still runs this house but takes too much time taunting. Hardy hits a back elbow and lands whisper in the wind on both men. Vintage Hardy with the double leg drop and low drop kick to Styles. Snapmare to Rollins and a face buster to Styles. Rollins is back up but he’s hit with a side russian leg sweep and a clever pin attempt.
Styles breaks up the count and hits a reverse DDT for two. Styles goes for a styles clash but Rollins interferes and lands a falcon arrow for two. Everyone is down now.
Rollins goes for a stomp on Styles, but Hardy jumps off of Styles’ back and lands a DDT on Rollins for two. Hardy to the top but Styles crotches him. Rollins has Styles on his shoulders now, but gets reversed. Rollins is in the calf crusher but AJ has to release. Hardy takes advantage with a swanton bomb on Rollins for a two!
All three men are down. Styles goes for a Styles Clash but it gets reversed by Hardy into a twist of fate. Out of nowhere Elias shows up and hits Hardy with a guitar! Styles takes advantage and pins Hardy for the three.
Winner: AJ Styles
To the back where Stephanie has the selection card for the fourth round of picks. We’ll get those after the break.
Back live with Stephanie.
Summary: RAW (1. Elias, 2. Lacey Evans, 3. Sheamus), SmackDown (1. Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro)
We’ve got Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke in the ring now against Lana and Natalya.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke versus Lana and Natalya
Brooke with a head scissors to Natalya. She tags in Rose who lands a hip toss. Double team by Rose and Brooke, and Brooke is tagged in. Brooke goes for a roll-up, but is reversed and pushed into the other corner. Lana gets the tag.
Lana with a suplex. She throws Brooke in the corner and tags Natalya. Double team by Lana and Natalya now and Lana is tagged back in. A bunch of kicks and a head lock by Lana. Lana taunts Rose and slaps her.
In the meantime, Brooke gets a schoolboy for two and tags in Rose. Rose with a suplex to Lana and a clothesline, She then hits a pump knee and tags in Brooke, who hits a senton off of Rose’s shoulders for the win.
Winners: Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke
Post-match, Natalya says things aren’t working out and ditches Lana.
Backstage with The Hurt Business and Ricochet. Ricochet wants a match with someone in The Hurt Business. He says if he wins, the feud ends, but if they win, Ricochet joins their stable. Cedric Alexander takes up the challenge for later.
Angel Garza is out now. He goes one on one with former partner Andrade after the break, with Zelina Vega on commentary.
Angel Garza versus Andrade
Massive chops right off the hop from both men. Andrade takes control with a headlock and targets the injured left leg of Garza, which has a bandage on it. Waist control by Andrade, Garza gets away and lands a super kick for a near fall. Garza runs at Andrade, but he’s hit with a hip toss into the corner. Andrade then lands a back elbow. Garza falls to the outside.
Andrade goes for a hammerlock DDT, but it’s countered as Andrade hits the apron. Garza then throws Andrade in the ring and hits the wing clipper for the victory.
Winner: Angel Garza
Post-match Vega goes to check on Andrade, but The Fiend’s music hits. Bliss is in the corner scaring both by contorting her back. The Fiend then shows up, and the pair hit Sister Abigails on their male and female counterparts. Commercial break.
Back live for round five with Stephanie.
Summary: RAW (1. Nikki Cross, R-Truth, Dabba-Kato). SmackDown (1. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, Apollo Crews)
The Raw Tag Team Championships are on the line now. The New Day are out first followed by Roode and Ziggler.
The New Day versus Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler for the RAW Tag Team Championships
Ziggler and Woods start. They wrestle to the mat, with Woods gaining control. Ziggler counters into a pin, but Woods regains control quickly, taking the wrist of Ziggler. Counter by Ziggler now who has wrist control. Woods gets over to Kingston, who gets a headlock on Ziggler. Ziggler gets to his corner and tags in Roode.
Kingston off the ropes with a back elbow. Kingston takes Roode to the ropes, but Roode attacks Woods. Kingston is distracted and Roode takes advantage with a full nelson slam. Ziggler tags in and hits a fameasser for two. Commercial break.
Back live, Ziggler and Roode continue to work over Kingston. Swinging neck breaker by Roode, who was tagged in. Kingston tries to fight back, but Roode is relentless. Strong suplex by Roode and a knee off the second rope. Kingston battles back after Roode misses and tags in Woods. Ziggler is also in.
Woods with a head scissors to Ziggler and the honour roll. Woods then throws Roode into the middle rope and hits Ziggler with a dive feet-first through the middle. Woods then lands a DDT on Ziggler. Looking very strong here.
Following a reversal, Ziggler pays back Woods with a DDT. Roode tags in and lands a spine buster after Woods missed the honour roll. Kingston is on the outside after being taken out by Roode
Roode picks up Woods, but gets hit with an enziguri. Woods goes to tag Kingston, but Ziggler interferes. He tries to throw Kingston into the steps, but Kingston jumps over, then jumps off the steps the other way and takes out Ziggler.
Roode rolls up Woods but Kingston made a blind tag and is on the top rope. Woods sets up Roode for the midnight hour for the three.
Winners and still champs: Kingston and Woods
Backstage, Elias is asked why he took out Hardy. He says it’s because Hardy hit him with his car and took him out of action. He says he has a new album coming out Oct. 26 called “Universal Truth.” Next week, Elias will also host a concert.
Back to the ring where Cedric Alexander is entering, along with the rest of The Hurt Business. He takes on Ricochet after the break.
Back live for a recap of Mustafa Ali revealing himself as the leader of RETRIBUTION.
Cedric Alexander versus Ricochet
Ricochet is out now. Fast start here. Ricochet gets early momentum, but Alexander lands a reverse gut wrench and heavy right hands. Snap suplex now for a two. Another quick cover by Alexander, and he follows up with a head lock.
Irish whip into a clothesline by Alexander, who’s got tons of aggression here. Samoa Joe is putting over the change in his in-ring approach on commentary, crediting MVP. Elbows by Alexander, who continues to dictate the pace. MVP tells him to slap Ricochet. He does so, and it’s loud!
Alexander tosses Ricochet into the corner. Alexander gets too relaxed though, and Ricochet reels him in, reversing into a roll-up followed by a modified suplex. Alexander off the ropes, but Ricochet gets the better of the exchange with an enziguri. Michinoku driver by Alexander for two. Ricochet kicks out and pushes Alexander into the ref. He’s down and out after a super light ref bump.
MVP slides a chair in the ring, but Ricochet takes it. Instead of hitting Alexander, he throws the chair at him and pretends he was the one who got hit, leading to a DQ win. Great nod to Eddie Guerrero. As a result, Ricochet doesn’t have to deal with The Hurt Business anymore.
Winner by DQ: Ricochet
Back live, we get a preview of Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, who will fight next week after a double count out last week.
Stephanie is out for the final round of draft picks.
Summary: RAW (1. Titus O’Neil, 2. Peyton Royce, 3. Akira Tozawa), SmackDown (1. Carmella, 2. Aleister Black)
Asuka is out now. She’s heading to the announce table to watch the number one contenders Battle Royal. The Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are out first, as we head to break.
Multi-brand Battle Royal to determine the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship
Back live. There’s a ton of women in the ring. The competitors are: Jax and Baszler, Natalya, Lana, The Riott Squad, Nikki Cross, Tamina, Billie Kay, Bianca Belair, Lacey Evans, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke and Peyton Royce.
Jax takes the mic. She says the match will obviously be won by her or Baszler. She tells everyone else to jump over the top to save the pain and embarrassment. The match is on now with everyone going after Jax. She throws everyone aside.
Tamina and Jax are teaming up now, but Jax throws Tamina over the top. Billie is now out as well after a headbutt from Jax. The field continues to team up on Jax, but she pushes them off again. Jax eliminates Rose and Brooke.
The field goes after Jax again, and it’s Baszler who ends up helping at the end to eliminate her partner. Jax is furious. She grabs Lana and hits her with a samoan drop through the announce table for the fourth week in a row.
For some reason, we then cut to the back, where Orton and McIntyre are brawling. Commercial break.
Back live. There’s seven people left. It’s Evans, Cross, Natalya, Belair, The Riott Squad and Baszler. Evans with a women’s right to Cross for the elimination. Shortly after Belair throws out Baszler with the KOD, but the Riott Squad then double team Belair for the elimination.
Final four are the Riott Squad, Evans and Natalya. Natalya eliminates the Riott Squad.
Final two are Evans and Natalya. Strikes back and forth. They’re both over the top rope on the apron. Evans hits Natalya, who falls but keeps her hands on the bottom rope. Evans with a head scissors to Natalya, but Natalya tosses her off the post and out.
HOLD ON! Lana was never eliminated! She pushes Natalya off the apron and wins.
Number one contender for the RAW Women’s Title next week: Lana
Back to Orton and McIntyre. They continue to brawl and are held apart as we go off air.