WWE RAW is live tonight from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Here’s the latest from WWE to get you ready for the show:
The main announced attraction is Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins bringing back the Open Challenge. We’ll see who rises to the task to face the Architect. There will also be more build for the TLC match between the self-proclaimed “Facebreaker” Nia Jax and RAW Women’s Champ Ronda Rousey. With Braun Strowman out of action, Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin will take on Finn Balor. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable will challenge RAW Tag Team Champs Authors of Pain one week after they beat Akam and Rezar in a non-title match. Also, Elias and Bobby Lashley will resume their rivalry.
RAW Opening Segment
The show opens with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Lio Rush together in the ring.
Corbin says he knows what we’re thinking– we won’t be seeing Strowman’s face on Raw for a long, long, long time, but he happens to have a little pull around here, so that’s not the case. He sent a camera crew to Birmingham, Alabama to interview Braun ahead of his surgery. We see Strowman stripped to the waist and he says he’s getting ready to have surgery on his bruised-up, nasty-looking elbow.
Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush, Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin vs. Elias
A “Lashley sucks” chant picks up. They lock up before Lashley powers him to the corner. Lashley poses, so Elias chops away at him. Lashley quickly takes him down before bouncing him off the top turnbuckle. Lashley shoulders him in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker for a two count. Lashley applies a chin lock before taking him down. Lashley goes back to the chin lock, but Elias fights up and elbows out. Elias kicks him before throwing him out of the ring. Corbin and McIntyre surround Lashley, so Elias connects with a baseball slide. Elias catches Lashley coming in the ring, but Lashley hits a flapjack onto the top rope. Lashley stomps away at Elias before punching him. Lashley connects with a short-arm clothesline for a two count. Lashley goes to his third chin lock. Elias fights up, so Lashley whips him to the corner. Lashley charges, but Elias feeds him an elbow. Elias dropkicks him into the corner before chopping the chest. Lashley gets Elias out of the ring, and McIntyre gets in his face. Elias gets on the apron, so Lashley drives him back-first into the ring post. We go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Elias hit a mule kick before following up with a clothesline. Elias punches away at Lashley in the corner. Elias ducks a clothesline and knees him in the face. Elias goes to the top rope and drops an elbow. While the referee is counting the pin, Lio Rush pulls him out of the ring.
The bell rings, but Corbin restarts it as a No Disqualifications match. Lashley attacks Elias from behind and shoulders him in the midsection. Lashley goes for a move, but Elias gives him a back body drop. Corbin pulls Elias out of the ring. Elias fights Corbin off. Elias then sidesteps McIntyre to send him into the ring post. Elias grabs his guitar and goes to hit Lashley, but Corbin attacks him from behind. A loud “Corbin sucks” chant picks up. Lashley stomps the guitar and throws it out of the ring.
Corbin puts Alexa Bliss in Charge of RAW Women’s Division
Baron Corbin is yelling at a stagehand for turning the lights off for Elias. Corbin fires him. Alexa Bliss then walks up to him and says Corbin was very impressive. Bliss says she thinks Corbin is doing an amazing job. If she can help, all he has to do is ask. Corbin says he has a ton on his plate. She played a vital role as captain of the Survivor Series team. Corbin puts her in charge of the entire Women’s Division. Corbin says she looks good and he looks good. It’s simple. They shake hands.
Dean Ambrose Says He’s Not in the Building in Milwaukee
After a video replay of Dean Ambrose roughing up Intercontinental Champ Seth Rollins at the end of last week, Ambrose is shown in a doctor’s office. Ambrose says he’d never expose himself to the toxic dump that is Milwaukee. Obviously Seth Rollins feels safe enough to put his Intercontinental Championship on the line in an open challenge. Ambrose says he’ll be back next week. Ambrose is getting a flu shot right now. The people are vermin. They revolt him. Ambrose shows off his puncture wounds so far from shots he’s received. The doctor gives him a rabies shot. The doctor then holds up a huge needle that has to go in Ambrose’s hip. Ambrose says there is no medicine for Rollins. Ambrose says he’ll do the decent thing and put Rollins out of his misery for good.
The commentators ask Renee Young about her husband, Dean Ambrose, but as usual she has no answer for his actions.
Lucha House Party vs. The Revival
Gran Metallik quickly takes Wilder down. Kalisto, Lince Dorado, and Metallik all hit splashes for a near fall. Dawson tags in and hits a torture rack backbreaker. Dawson attacks Kalisto for a one count. Wilder applies a stretch on Kalisto. Dawson tags in, but The Lucha House Party soon overtakes him. Kalisto hits Salida del Sol, followed by a senton from Metallik, and a shooting star press from Dorado for the win.
Winners: The Lucha House Party
Replays are shown of Nia Jax breaking Becky Lynch’s face. Nia Jax will give Ronda Rousey a lesson on being a champion. We go to commercial.
Nia Jax Addresses RAW Women’s Champ Ronda Rousey
Nia Jax makes her entrance with Tamina by her side. Jax will be facing “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship at WWE TLC. Jax holds up her fist while the crowd boos. Jax says we have a lot to be thankful for this year. The RAW roster is thankful for her being the sole survivor at Survivor Series and leading Team RAW to victory. Jax is most thankful for breaking Becky Lynch’s face. She put Lynch on the shelf with a concussion. Jax says “The Man” was no match for “The Facebreaker.”
RAW Tag Team Champs AOP vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
Drake Maverick takes Bobby Roode’s robe, distracting him. Akam attacks him from behind and knocks Chad Gable off the apron. Roode fights back, but he can’t take him down with a sunset flip. Roode elbows him, but Akam sends him to the corner. Akam scoops up Roode, but he slides off and tags in Gable. Gable hits a missile dropkick, so Rezar tags in. Gable punches away at him, but Rezar just easily swats him down. Gable quickly applies an arm bar over the top rope. Gable hits a head-scissor takeover while Roode tags in. They go for a double-team suplex, but they can’t lift him. Rezar then suplexes the two of them. Maverick is wearing Roode’s robe and runs to the back. We go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Akam viciously elbow Gable down. Rezar tags in, and Gable DDTs him. We go backstage to see Maverick still wearing Roode’s robe. Roode and Akam tag in. Roode chops him before hitting a dropkick to the knee. Roode shoulders him in the corner before trying for a neckbreaker, but Akam fights out. Akam quickly catches Roode and hits a fall-away slam. Rezar tags in, but he misses a big boot. Roode knocks Akam out of the ring and kicks Rezar in the knee.
Ember Moon with Curt Hawkins vs. Alicia Fox with Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers
Fox quickly hits a big boot and applies a chin lock. Moon eventually fights up and powers out. Moon elbows Fox back and hits a tornado snap suplex. Moon hits the Eclipse for the win.
Winner: Ember Moon with Curt Hawkins
Curt Hawkins celebrates like he just personally won the match. Meanwhile he’s 0-236. No Way Jose makes his entrance. He’ll face Jinder Mahal, next. We go to commercial.
Jinder Mahal with The Singh Brothers vs. No Way Jose
Mahal starts off with some offense, but Jose fights him off and picks up a two count. Mahal quickly floors him with a kick to the head. Mahal punches him down and applies a chin lock. Mahal continues to beat on Jose and drops some knees. Mahal hits a suplex for a two count. Jose eventually fights back and hits a sloppy cross-body block. Jose takes Mahal down, but Mahal snaps him off the top rope. Mahal hits the Khallas for the win.
Winner: Jinder Mahal with The Singh Brothers
A replay is shown of Dean Ambrose getting shots at a doctor’s office. Ambrose said he would put Seth Rollins out of his misery… for good.
Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge
Champ Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
They lock up, and Rollins applies a waistlock. Ziggler quickly gets to the ropes, and Rollins backs up. Rollins catches him in a full nelson, but Ziggler fights out. Rollins wrenches the arm and applies a hammerlock. Ziggler elbows him in the face and applies a side headlock. Rollins whips him off, leapfrogs him, and hits a hip toss. Rollins clotheslines him out of the ring and poses on the ropes. We go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Ziggler attacking Rollins before hitting a neckbreaker for a two count. Ziggler applies a chin lock with a body scissor. Rollins fights out of it, but Ziggler soon takes him down with a dropkick for a two count. Ziggler rolls him up again for a two count. Rollins continues to try to fight him off, but Ziggler takes him down and goes back to the chin lock. Rollins fights up and tries for a back suplex, but Ziggler lands on his feet. Ziggler then gives him a back body drop over the top rope. We take another commercial break.
Rollins is having trouble getting to his feet. Ziggler talks trash, so Rollins catches him with an inside cradle for a near fall. Ziggler quickly cuts him off with a big DDT. Ziggler goes to the top rope, but Rollins cuts him off with a superplex/falcon arrow combo for the win.
Winner: Seth Rollins retains Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor will take on Baron Corbin later tonight. Alexa Bliss is seen talking to a stagehand backstage. She’ll host an open forum with the WWE Universe for Sasha Banks and Bayley, next.
WWE Universe Open Forum with Sasha Banks and Bayley
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance. Bliss mentions she’s been put in charge of the women’s division. She’s going to have an open forum with the WWE Universe. They can ask whatever they want. Charly Caruso is at ringside to take the questions. Sasha Banks and Bayley come out to almost no reaction.
Finn Balor vs. Acting RAW GM Baron Corbin
The bell rings, and Balor quickly opens up with some punches. Corbin immediately takes him down with a clothesline and punches away at him. Corbin applies a chin lock. Balor fights up, but Corbin kicks him. Corbin hits the ropes, but Balor dropkicks him. Balor chops the chest and takes him down. Balor stomps away at him before Corbin rolls out of the ring. Balor gets on the apron and kicks Corbin in the face. We go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Corbin knock Balor out of the ring. Corbin slams him into the barricade a few times before getting in the ring to look for a count-out. Balor gets in the ring with no drama. Corbin stomps away at Balor and throws him to the apron. Balor shoulders him in the midsection and goes for a slingshot, but Corbin forearms him in the face. Corbin pulls him into the ring and picks up a two count. Balor tries to fight him off, but Corbin comes back with a misdirection clothesline for a near fall. Corbin stomps away at Balor before applying a chin lock. Balor fights out and boots him, but Corbin quickly kicks him. Corbin tries for a powerbomb, but Balor gets out, sweeps the legs, and hits a double stomp to the midsection.
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