Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the December 20th, 2021 episode of WWE RAW. Start time for tonight’s show is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Tonight’s RAW will see the return of the Cutting Edge talk show, the first episode since 2018 (I think?). Tonight Edge’s guest is Maryse, who walked out on her husband last week after slapping him when he used her as a human shield. Edge will likely look to twist the knife in The Miz but the A-Lister surely won’t be far behind his wife.
Elsewhere tonight, Vince McMahon’s pet project, Austin Theory, will face Finn Balor, Doudrop tackles Bianca Belair again, Dolph Ziggler challenges Damian Priest in the hopes of earning a United States Championship match, and Bobby Lashley will be on hand with MVP.
That’s the preview for tonight’s RAW. Our live coverage will begin from 8PM right here. Let us know if you’re excited about any of it and remember to hit the refresh link below and enjoy the show!
Monday Night RAW opens with a recap of last week’s show, which saw Bobby Lashley beat Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, and Big E in the same night to get added to the WWE Championship match at Day 1.
We go live to the arena and out comes Lashley and MVP to the ring. MVP says the fans should get on their feet and applaud the All Mighty. Especially after last week, where he did what many would have said was impossible; beat Owens, Rollins and Big E in one night. MVP knows the crowd is pathetic, so it’s difficult for them to understand such Herculean tasks. What Lashley did was like running the Boston marathon and winning, then going to the NBA finals and winning, and then going five rounds with Francis Ngannou and knocking him out.
Big E interrupts MVP and makes his way to the ring. Big E says congrats to Bobby Lashley, he did what he said he was going to do. But the Bobby Lashley he knows is strong, has a lot of sisters, and can do things on his own. Yet in came MVP to hit him with a cane. So maybe Lashley doesn’t have the plums to go it alone? Lashley says he doesn’t need anyone’s help, he could beat Big E any night of the week. Lashley asks MVP if he ever needed his help and MVP says he did not.
Lashley says MVP thinks he could beat Big E all on his own, so how about they see if that’s true. Lashley leaves the ring and this is happening. Big E approaches MVP, who holds his cane like a baseball bat. Before they brawl, Owens and Rollins attacks Lashley on the floor! They send him into the ring post, then Big E comes out and they send him into the barricade. KO and Seth get back in the ring where Lashley is and stomp him down, then Owens holds him up for Seth. Big E returns and takes out Owens, followed by Lashley slamming Rollins. Big E and Lashley are left alone in the ring staring daggers.
Bianca Belair is interviewed backstage and apparently her match with Doudrop is being called “the final chapter”. Belair says this has all come from Doudrop. She’s the Est. of WWE and she has one last match to show Doudrop that she can’t beat her, no matter how many times she sneak attacks her. So this chapter will end like all the rest, with her standing tall.
Owens and Rollins are walking backstage and KO is shouting that they need to take Lashley out before Day 1. He says he’s known him since 2004 and he keeps getting younger, then calls him a “super-jacked Benjamin Button”. Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville appear and say they’ve put together a fascinating tag match for tonight, with the two of them facing Lashley and Big E. KO and Seth don’t love it but Pearce and Deville walk off.
The match gets underway and Bianca uses her speed to outmanouever Doudrop. Eventually Doudrop catches her with a shoulder, t clhenubs her down. Doudrop beats Bianca in the corner but Belair starts firing back with forearms. Doudrop whips her to the corner but Belair flips over, does some backflips, then connects with a dropkick.
Belair shoulders Doudrop in the corner, then attempts a crossbody but gets caught and powerslammed. Doudrop attempts a senton but Bianca avoids it, then looks for a springboard but gets caught and sent out of the ring. Doudrop goes out after Belair and tries to run her into the apron but winds-up getting caught with a spinebuster on the floor!
Back live and Doudrop misses a splash in the corner, but ends-up hitting a cannonball and getting a near-fall. Doudrop gets frustrated and slings Belair across the ring a few times. Belair starts firing back, hits a dropkick, then shoulders Doudrop in the corner. Belair connects with a crossbody from the middle rope, then lands a handspring splash for a near-fall.
Doudrop catches Belair in the corner and hits a powerbomb for a near-fall. She drags Belair over to the corner, climbs the buckles, spanks herself a few times, and jumps for a Vader Bomb but Belair avoids it. Belair gets Doudrop up on her shoulders and hits the Kiss of Death! Bianca gets her rolled over and pins her for the win!
We see Austin Theory walking backstage and he’s stopped for an interview. He says he feels like the luckiest Superstar in the world because he gets to hang out with Vince McMahon. Maybe he likes his selfies, but he thinks Vince sees him as the future WWE Champion.
Balor attacks Theory as soon as the bell rings. Balor knocks him out of the ring with a back elbow and goes after him but Austin slams him into the apron. Theory gets Finn in the ring and pummels him with rights and lefts. Theory goes to the apron and snaps Finn’s neck on the top rope. Theory stomps Balor, hits a snapmare and grabs a sleeper.
Balor fights up and connects with a dropkick, then clotheslines Theory over the ropes to the floor. Balor goes to the apron and wants a running penalty kick but Theory catches his leg and trips him. Theory drags Finn under the rope and hits a neckbreaker off the apron to the floor!
Back live and Theory has Balor down with a rear chinlock. Balor fights free and hits a flying forearm, then tips him over and lands a double stomp. Balor kicks Theory in the ribs and stomps him a few times. Theory rolls to the apron and dives through the ropes with a rolling neckbreaker for a two-count. Balor goes to the apron and knocks Theory down with an enziguiri.
Balor climbs the ropes and wants the Coup de Grace but Theory crotches him. Theory hits an incredible sitting Spanish fly off the top rope. He gets cocky and grabs his phone, then pins Balor with the phone so he can take a selfie but Finn rolls him back for a near-fall. Balor connects with a shotgun dropkick, then goes up top and hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
We see a replay of last week when Edge was a guest on Miz TV, which ended in Miz using Maryse as a human shielf and getting slapped by her. Miz is backstage with Omos and he says this is going to be a fascinating episode of Miz TV. AJ Styles appears and Miz laughs and walks off. Styles says he’s so happy he and Omos are on the same page. Tonight they beat Rey and Dominik Mysterio and get back in the title picture. Omos roughly claps AJ in the back.
The Miz in the ring for a new episode of Miz TV. The Miz says he wants to address the controversy and he needs to say this to his wife; he loves Maryse and if she loves him and their family, she won’t talk about what happened tonight on the Cutting Edge. The Miz then introduces his guests, AJ Stylse and Omos.
Omos throws a chair out of the ring before they speak. Miz says they’ve been out of sync lately and AJ says kinda like Miz and his wife. Miz asks if the magic has left and Styles says it’s just growing pains. He meant what he said last week, when he and Omos are on the same page they’re unstoppable. When he saw Omos he knew he had to take him under his wing and he’s grew so much since then.
AJ says Omos is so good he could be a Tag Team Champion on his own. He’s very proud of their tag team and he suggests they clean house and take all the titles in WWE. Miz says he’s heard otherwise from Omos. AJ says he sees what’s going on here so how about he ask Miz a question; what kind of man puts the mother of his children in harm’s way? Miz says AJ is just deflecting, Omos confided in him that he is sick and tired of carrying Styles.
Miz says Omos thinks AJ is holding him back and there is no mutual respect. It took Styles fifteen years to get to WWE, whereas WWE begged Omos to sign a contract. Styles gets agitated and says they shouldn’t have come on this show because Miz is full of it. He asks Omos to tell him what’s really going on, but before he can speak he’s interrupted by Rey and Dominik Mysterio.
The match starts with AJ and Dominik. They lock-up and Styles takes Dominik down with a waistlock. Dominik fires back with some forearms, then hits a springboard arm-drag. AJ lands a backbreaker, then grabs an abdominal stretch. Dominik figts free but AJ connects with a Pele kick and stares at Rey. Dominik avoids a splash and tags Rey, who hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors.
Mysterio trips AJ onto the middle rope and hits the 619, then climbs to the top rope. Mysterio leaps for a frog splash but Styles gets his knees up. AJ crawls towards Omos but the big man turns his back and won’t accept the tag. Mysterio then rolls-up AJ and scores the pinfall.
After the match AJ gets in Omos’s face and calls him an ungrateful piece of trash. Omos shoves him back and tries to get in the ring but Styles kicks him a few times. Styles gets shoved back to the other side of the ring and he rolls to the apron. Styles forearms Omos, then wants the Phenomenal Forearm but Omos catches him and hits a military press. Omos gets a microphone and says “next time you see me, it’s gonna be in a match against you. Trash ass.”
The match gets underway with a lock-up and Gable grabs the wrist. Orton turns it around and takes him down but Gabel flips up and connects with a dropkick that Orton rolls out of the ring. Randy gets back inside and tries to outwrestle Gabel but finds himself caught with a few arm-drags. Gable grabs a submission but Orton knees him and tosses him out of the ring. Orton drags Gable through the ropes and wants the draping DDT but Gable fights free. Orton counters Gable and hits an RKO that Gable sold perfectly.
After the match, Otis rushes into the ring and Orton tries to RKO him but gets shoved away and he leaps out of the ring.
Lashley is backstage getting dressed and MVP stops to talk to him. MVP asks about what happened earlier tonight and Lashley says he’s busy.
We see Reggie and Dana Brooke earlier today at a Christmas display. Tamina, Akita Tozawa and R-Truth are all there and Tamina attacks Dana. They fight inside a bunch of hanging lights, then Dana and Reggie escape.
The match begins and Ziggler grabs a leg and backs Priest into the corner. Priest throws Dolph into the corner but he gets away. Roode connects with a kick and Ziggler attempts a snap DDT but gets thrown off. Ziggler wanst the Fame-Asser but Priest lifts him up for a powerbomb, only for Dolph to roll down into a pin for two. Priest lands a few strikes, then hits a flapjack. Priest goes to the top rope but Dolph leaps up and grabs him for a superplex.
Priest eats a boot to the face, misses a kick of his own, then gets caught with a leaping DDT. Priest lands a flurry of kicks, then a flying back elbow in the corner. Priest hits the falcon arrow for a near-fall. Priest climbs the ropes and Dolph leaps up again but this time Priest slides off and kicks him in the head. Roode suckers Priest in the floor but Damian chases him and Roode trips over the steps. Priest leaps on Roode and batters him until he gets counted out.
Priest runs after Ziggler after the match but DZ escapes. So Priest grabs Roode on the floor and hits The Reckoning while staring at Dolph. Priest charges after him.
Finn Balor is interviewed backstage and he says it was very satisfying to beat Austin Theory tonight and he hopes he took plenty of selfies while he was getting his ass beat. Theory attacks Balor and slams him into some crates, then takes a selfie.
Vince McMahon is writing on a notepad backstage. Austin Theory walks in and apologises for losing tonight. He says he knows he did wrong but he got Balor back with a calculated, vicious attack. McMahon says he enjoyed it but he lost the match and he doesn’t know what to do. Or maybe he should fire him. He loves firing people, especially right before the holidays. But he’ll give Theory one more chance, in a rematch with Balor next week. Vince says he didn’t become a ruthless billionaire by making bad investments, so he hopes Theory isn’t one of them.
Edge is in the ring for a new episode of the Cutting Edge. He says his guest tonight is Maryse and the only things they have in common is their Canadian heritage and their frustrations with The Miz. Maryse makes her entrance and sits opposite Edge. He asks her how frustrating it is to be married to Miz but she says they’re not friends, she just wants to talk. Miz asks if she couldn’t do that on Miz TV and she says of course not, Miz is an egomaniac and she can’t get a word in.
Edge says he didn’t realise this was therapy. She says she knows she looks like she has it all together but she’s a human and she wants a thank you for taking care of the kids, the house, the business, their show, etc. She’s been doing everything for fifteen years and she’s exhausted. Last week Edge could have hurt her really badly and she has two beautiful kids at home. If something happened her, who would take care of them?
She asks Edge if he would have done this to Beth Phoenix. Edge sarcastically apologises and says her life is some terrible country song. Edge asks if anyone is buying this crap, then says it’s obvious this is a tactic so Miz can sneak attack him. Edge says no, he would never do this to his wife because he respects her. Edge tells Miz to get out here and his music hits and he comes in from behind but Edge attacks him. Edge kicks Miz down in the corner and Maryse slaps him in the face. Miz hits Skull Crushing Finale again, then kisses his wife.
Queen Zelina makes her entrance without Carmella. The fans boo and she shouts at them for choosing Rhea Ripley’s side over hers. She says Rhea is still not royal enough to end her reign.
The bell rings and Ripley rushes Vega. Ripley attacks her and wants a suplex but Zelina catches her with a stunner. Zelina jumps at Ripley but gets caught and thrown off, then caught with a vicious big boot. Rhea lifts Vega onto the top rope and climbs up, then lifts her up in a superplex and holds her for a moment but Zelina fights free. Vega his a running knee for a two-count. Ripley catches Zelina with the Riptide for the win.
Big E is interviewed backstage. He says tonight is not about whether he and Lashley can co-exist, it’s about setting the tone for Day 1. And to do that he’ll have to lay hands on Kevin and Seth. Lashley appears and Big E asks if he’s going to need to keep an eye out for MVP and his cane. Lashley says he didn’t need MVP last week and he won’t need him tonight. Big E tells him to leave MVP in the back and Lashley says he will.
Liv Morgan makes her way to the ring with a kendo stick and we see a replay of her confrontation with Becky Lynch last week. Liv says she challenged Becky to a rematch at Day and, just as she always does, Becky tried to injure her. But she couldn’t let it be, and she remembered Becky saying she was going home to train. So she flew to Becky’s private gym to get even and Becky had planned on that.
We see footage of this past weekend where a ginger girl training with someone in a ring and Morgan appeared behind her. Liv hits her with a kendo stick but it’s not Becky! Lynch appears behind Liv and takes the kendo from her and hits her with it. Liv fights back and takes the kendo and wails on Lynch a few times until she bails from the ring. Becky shouts at her to never come back again.
Liv says Becky was a step ahead of her but she learned that Becky is threatened enough to hide from her. Morgan says she can’t stand that she beat up an innocent woman but she was pretty happy when she thought it was Becky. And that shows what kind of person Lynch is. She welcomes these kind of games because at the end of the day she’ll have her arm raised, then Becky will have all the time in the world to hang out with her baby and her “hot husband”.
Becky comes out and congratulates Liv for beating an innocent woman senseless. But her and her students understand you have to break a few eggs and take a few lumps, which is why she isn’t so worried. Liv did teach her students a lesson though: everybody can get lucky once. She will give her kudos because she’s stepped up more than she ever thought possible, but it gets very hot under the big lights and she can’t handle the heat.
Liv says Becky can’t scare her because she is the next Champion, and from where she’s standing her spotlight feels pretty good. Lynch says she’d love to join her and break her other arm but she’s not an idiot, she won’t get in the ring when Liv has a kendo stick. Liv says she didn’t bring the kendo for herself, she brought if ro Becky and tosses it at her. Becky says Liv is lucky she has a private jet to catch and walks off.
We see a replay of earlier tonight when Lashley seemed to turn on MVP and throw him to the wolves. Rollins and Kevin Owens are debating strategy backstage because the main event is up next!
Owens and Big E start the match and the WWE Champion backs him into the corner and clubs at him. Owens is tossed from the ring and Lashley gets off the apron to hit a shoulder tackle. Rollins runs at Big E but he gets tossed out of the ring as well and Lashley wipes him out with a shoulder tackle as well.
Back live and Lashley is beating Rollins around ringside. Back in the ring, Lashley lifts Rollins for a stalling vertical suplex and bicep poses during it. Lashley wantsthe Hurt Lock but Rollins slides out and sends Lashley out of the ring. Owens gets the tag and he runs around ringside to senton Lashley. Owens gets Lashley back in the ring for another senton and a two-count.
Owens grabs a front facelock, then tags Rollins so they can hit a double suplex. Owens poses like Lashley then does a “suck it” to the crowd. Rollins grabs a sleeper but Lashley fights free and hits an STO before tagging Big E. Owens comes in at the same time and Big E hits him with several belly-to-belly suplexes. Big E clotheslines Rollins back out of the ring but Owens rolls him up for a two-count.
Owens runs at Big E in the corner but gets caught with a urinage. Big E lifts Owens for the Big Ending but Rollins distracts him, allowing Owens to superkick him and tags Rollins for a frog splash and a near-fall. Rollins tags Owens, then dives through the ropes onto Lashley. Owens hits a swanton for a near-fall and he’s getting angry.
Back live and Lashley makes a comback against Rollins with belly-to-belly suplexes and clotheslines. Rollins kicks him and hits the ropes but Lashley leaps over him and hits a powerslam. Owens breaks up the pin but Big E attacks him and sends him to the apron. Rollins hits a discus forearm to Big E but gets caught by Lashley. Lashley attempts a spear but Seth avoids it and he hits Big E! Lashley spears Big E and pins him for three!
As soon as the referee counted three, Rollins hit Lashley with the Stomp. Owens and Rollins then drag Lashley out of the ring and hit him with the steel steps, then do the same to Lashley. Rollins lifts Owens up and he powerbombs him on the apron. They then set Lashley on the steel steps and Rollins hits another Stomp! Owens and Rollins get in the ring and shake hands. Both turn to walk off, then both run at each other and… hug!
That’s it for this week’s RAW, let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for NXT. Until next time, stay safe.