– Tonight’s WWE RAW opens live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
– Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin is in the ring as Mike Rome introduces him. Corbin welcomes us to The A Show and talks about the clean sweep for RAW at Survivor Series last night. Corbin says the credit goes to one woman. He praises RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and out she comes. Michael Cole welcomes us, and is joined by Renee Young and Corey Graves.
Stephanie brags about Team RAW beating Team SmackDown in every match at Survivor Series, forgetting about the Kickoff pre-show or just ignoring it. She gives some thanks to Corbin and the RAW family. She says RAW simply proved they are the best and tonight we will celebrate. Corbin mentions how we have some housekeeping to do. He brings up how Stephanie said his position might become permanent if Team RAW won. Fans boo. She admits she did make some promises. The music interrupts and out comes Braun Strowman to a pop.
Fans chant “get these hands” as Strowman enters the ring. Strowman says he held up his end of the bargain last night and now it’s time for Stephanie to hold up hers. He wants a match with this slimeball, Corbin. Corbin says Braun can’t be serious. Stephanie says her word is her bond. She makes Strowman vs. Corbin official for TLC. Corbin will become the permanent RAW GM if he wins the match. If Corbin loses, he will lose all authority on the red brand. Strowman says Corbin will lose because Stephanie said he can pick the stipulations and he won’t be responsible for ripping Corbin to shreds. They are still working on the stipulation as there are some corporate liabilities but she says we will get there. Corbin asks about his match with WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. Stephanie says the match will happen at the 2019 Royal Rumble but only if Strowman can beat Corbin at TLC. Stephanie says this is a good deal for Braun. She asks if he can beat Corbin. Strowman welcomes Corbin to Monday Night Braun, and tells him to enjoy his time as Acting GM while it lasts. Strowman ends up picking a TLC match for their stipulation. Braun says Corbin will get these hands, tables, ladders and chairs. Corbin says that’s a stupid idea because that match favors him. Corbin goes on and says if Strowman can make it to TLC. He announces Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler in a Handicap Match for tonight. Stephanie says we’re celebrating tonight and we need to one-up the match. She makes it a six-man – Elias, Strowman and Finn Balor vs. Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley. That match is now.
Elimination Match: Braun Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley is out next with Lio Rush. Drew McIntyre is out next by himself. Finn Balor is out first for his team. Stephanie applauds the Superstars from ringside as they make their way down. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Elias is out with his guitar on the stage. He gets a babyface pop and performs some before heading to the ring. Cole announces that Corbin has made this an Elimination Match. Corbin looks to start with Strowman but he changes his mind. Drew comes in and faces off with Strowman. Strowman shows Drew up and yells out. They go at it and collide with shoulders. Strowman yells at Drew again. Drew goes to work and nails a big kick to the head. Drew continues brawling with Strowman until Strowman floors him with a big shoulder. Balor wants the tag and fans pop. Strowman tags him in. Strowman scoops Balor and slams him on top of Drew. Drew turns it around on Balor and slams him.
Drew ends up nailing a big boot to the head while Balor is on the apron. Drew follows to the floor and tosses Balor hard into the barrier. Drew laughs as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Drew slams Balor in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. Corbin tags in and stomps on Balor. Fans boo as Corbin taunts Strowman. Corbin unloads with kicks in the corner. Lashley comes in and nails a big shoulder to Balor in the corner. Balor kicks out at 2. Lashley dominates Balor some more and tags in Corbin again. Balor counters and unloads, going for the tag to Strowman. Corbin stops the tag. Balor starts knocking the others off the apron, elbowing Corbin. Corbin sends Balor into the turnbuckle but runs into a boot. Corbin catches Balor with a Deep Six for a close 2 count.
Lashley and Corbin double team Balor now. Lashley taunts Strowman and Elias. Lashley whips Balor into the corner hard and he goes down. Fans try to rally for Balor. Lashley catches Balor on his shoulder but Balor slides out and rolls Lashley for a 2 count. Lashley with a big clothesline for a close 2 count. More back and forth now. Balor with the basement dropkick to Lashley. Elias tags in and decks Lashley, then Corbin off the apron. Elias unloads on Lashley and takes it to the corner. Elias with a mule kick counter. Corbin charges but Elias sends him to the floor. Lashley takes advantage and decks Elias. Lashley runs into a boot. Balor tags himself in and joins Elias to send Lashley out of the ring. McIntyre gets dropped next. Balor runs the ropes and leaps over the top rope, taking Lashley and Corbin down on the floor. Balor brings Lashley back into the ring and goes to the top. Balor goes for Coup de Grace but Corbin distracts the referee, allowing Drew to push Balor off the top. Drew tags in and waits for Balor to get up. Drew hits the Claymore Kick for the pin. Balor has been eliminated as fans boo. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Drew double teams Elias in the corner with Lashley. Drew and Elias go at it now. Drew turns it back around and tags Lashley back in. Lashley with a big belly-to-belly suplex on Elias. Corbin tags in and hits Elias while Lashley holds him now. Elias fights out of the corner but Corbin drops him and keeps him grounded. Lashley ends up coming over and grabbing Braun’s leg from behind. Strowman looks to take Lashley out but Drew assists and Strowman goes down. Corbin fights Elias off into the ropes. Elias with a jumping knee to take Elias down out of nowhere. Elias goes to the top and hits the big flying elbow on Corbin. Lashley breaks the pin just in time as fans boo. Lashley tosses Elias out of the ring as Rush laughs in Elias’ face. Elias chases after Rush and finally gets his hands on him. Elias picks Rush up but Lashley runs over and drops Elias with a Spear. The referee continues to count as Lashley poses over Elias on the outside. Elias has been counted out and eliminated. Strowman is now alone. Drew and the other stare him down as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Drew is in control of Strowman. Lashley comes in for a quick double team. Corbin comes in and keeps Strowman down, yelling at him and talking trash. Strowman finally makes a comeback and unloads on Corbin. Strowman clubs Corbin to the mat with ease. Strowman runs around the ring and levels his other opponents. Strowman returns to the ring and Corbin boots him. Corbin comes off the top but Strowman catches him and nails the powerslam. Braun covers but Drew breaks the pin up with a steel chair shot. Drew has been eliminated due to the disqualification.
Lashley comes in and takes over but drew beats on Strowman some more, knocking him out of the ring with the chair. Lashley and Drew destroy Strowman at ringside now as Rush cheers them on. They launch him into the barrier and then the steel ring steps. Strowman is placed on top of the bottom piece to the steps as Corbin laughs. Corbin approaches and Strowman grabs him by his neck. Lashley makes the save and Drew follows up with a big Claymore Kick. The three heels launch Strowman into the steps again. Corbin with a chair shot over Strowman’s back while he’s down as the boos continue. Corbin with another chair shot. Strowman’s elbow is bleeding now. Corbin gives his belt to Lashley. Lashley puts it around Strowman’s arm and keeps his arm down on the steps. Corbin goes to slam a chair into the arm but he stops. He picks up the other half of the steps and slams them down into Braun’s arm instead. Strowman rolls around in pain, screaming out as the referee checks on him. Other officials are called down to check on Strowman. Corbin stands tall as the boos pick up. Strowman stumbles to his feet and clutches the arm. Strowman goes back down in pain. We go to replays. Corbin, McIntyre, Lashley and Rush stand tall on the stage as trainers check on Strowman at ringside. Strowman tells them that he can’t feel his fingers right now. He also said he can’t move his arm. The announcers play up the seriousness of the situation.
– The announcers talk about WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins as we see Strowman get up and start walking out as fans cheer him on. Cole leads us to a replay of last week’s burning barrel promo from Dean Ambrose. Rollins will be up next. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins to a pop.
Rollins gives it up for Takeover, Survivor Series and the crowd this weekend. Rollins talks about how it’s been 6 years since The Shield debuted in WWE. Rollins says for the better part of those 6 years The Shield ran the place, he along with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins says he took time to reflect on the ups & downs after last night’s match with WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, but that just made the stuff with Ambrose harder to stomach. Rollins says it’s been 4 weeks since Ambrose turned on him and Ambrose still hasn’t had the guts to face him like a man. Rollins goes on about Ambrose and says he learned more about Ambrose from the new WWE Chronicle episode than he did the whole time they were best friends. Rollins says Ambrose never called not even one time while Ambrose was out with the injury. Rollins points out how Ambrose said he loves WWE but Rollins says he’s never heard Ambrose say the word love since he’s known him.
Rollins goes on about Ambrose and calls him to the ring because he’s looking for a fight. Rollins drops the mic and yells out at Ambrose. Ambrose appears on the big screen. Ambrose says Rollins is looking a little desperate. Ambrose says Rollins doesn’t get it yet but things have changed. Ambrose says The Shield did do more harm than good. He says no one knows what they did when the cameras were off and they all will pay for it in some way. What goes around, comes around, he says, and they will all pay for what they did as The Shield. Ambrose says look at Reigns, and makes an apparent reference to his leukemia battle. Ambrose says and Rollins has to deal with him now. Ambrose shows he’s in the backstage area. He tells Rollins to come find him and he will show him what’s next. Rollins exits the ring and runs to the back.
Cole tries to get some insight from Renee as the cameras cut backstage. We see Rollins asking staffers and security about where Ambrose is. One security guard says he doesn’t know where Ambrose is but Rollins better get out of his face. Rollins drops the guy. Rollins yells out for Ambrose some more and keeps looking for him. Graves accuses Renee of knowing more than she’s saying but she says she only knows so much.
– Still to come, Ruby Riott vs. Natalya.
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax
We go to the ring and out comes Sasha Banks. Bayley joins her and they head to the ring together. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we get another “coming soon” vignette for Lars Sullivan. Alexa Bliss has joined the announcers for commentary. Nia Jax is out next followed by Tamina Snuka. They head to the ring. Sasha starts off with Jax and immediately unloads on her. Jax overpowers and takes Banks into the corner. Fans start chanting for SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Banks unloads with kicks now. Banks and Bayley keep Jax in their corner with several quick tags. Jax overpowers Bayley to the mat for more boos. Jax plays to the crowd and they eat it up. Snuka comes in and goes to work on Bayley, sending her to the mat with a headbutt. Banks and Bayley end up sending Jax and Snuka to the floor. They stand tall in the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Jax is in control of Bayley. Bayley stuns Jax and they both look to make tags. Banks tags in but Jax presses her to her shoulders. Banks slides out and takes the knee out, then slams Jax’s face into the mat. Banks with a Shining Wizard for a 2 count as Jax sends her flying with the kick out. Snuka levels Banks on the floor as Jax had the referee distracted. Snuka tags in and brings Banks in for a 2 count. Snuka keeps control and drops Banks for another close 2 count in the corner. Snuka keeps Banks grounded now.
Banks finally gets the tag but Snuka ends up leveling Bayley with a big superkick. Snuka talks some trash as fans boo while Bayley is out. Bayley rolls her up out of nowhere for a 2 count. Bayley with a Stunner over the top rope, and another. Bayley unloads but Snuka comes in from the apron. Bayley with a Thesz Press and more strikes. Bayley goes to the top and hits a crossbody on Snuka for a close 2 count. Bayley escapes a Samoan Drop from Snuka but this allows Jax to drop her with a cheap shot to the face from the apron. Fans boo Jax.
Jax tags in and rams Bayley back into the corner, then tosses her to the mat. Jax runs over Bayley for a close 2 count as Banks breaks it up. Jax takes out Banks and sends her to the floor. Bayley jumps on Jax’s back but gets tossed to the mat. Bayley goes to the top and has to kick Snuka away as she charges. Jax brings Bayley down and ends up catching her with a big Samoan Drop for the pin to win.
Winners: Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka
– After the match, Snuka and Jax stand tall as the music hits.
– Charly Caruso is backstage about to introduce her next guest but Dean Ambrose interrupts from the screen in the background. Ambrose tells Charly to go find Seth Rollins and tells him that Ambrose is right here waiting for him. Rollins will know the spot, it’s the place The Shield used to call home. We see Ambrose exit through a back door. Charly looks confused as we go back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see Seth Rollins rushing through the backstage area. He finds the spot but Dean Ambrose isn’t there. “Burn It Down” is written on a door. Rollins is frustrated.
– We see stills from RAW Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain defeating SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bar at Survivor Series. We also see video of a staffer, Heath Slater and Rhyno making fun of 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick for his pee incident at Survivor Series. Drake yells at them, and then Chad Gable. Gable mocks Drake to his face. Bobby Roode appears and tells Drake to relax. Roode also cracks a joke in Drake’s face. Drake is not happy. He says they are all in trouble now.
The Lucha House Party vs. The Revival
We go to the ring and out comes The Lucha House Party – Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Rome announces that this match will be held under Lucha House rules, which means all three members can participate. Dawson starts off with Kalisto. Kalisto gets the upperhand and in comes Dash. All three members take turns on Dash. Kalisto comes back in and rolls Dash up for a close 2 count.
Dash beats Kalisto down. Dawson tags in and catches a kick, whipping Kalisto by his leg. Dawson goes to work on Kalisto’s leg and knee now. Kalisto comes out for a 2 count. Dash is back in now for a cheap shot to the apron. Dorado comes back in and unloads on Dash, connecting with a dropkick. Dorado with more offense. Dawson comes from behind but Kalisto pulls him out of the ring. Dash dumps Dorado to the apron. Metalik brings a pinata in and everything falls apart for a minute. This leads to Dorado flying off the top with a splash to Wilder for the pin to win.
Winners: The Lucha House Party
– After the match, The Lucha House Party celebrates with their pinata as the music hits. We go to replays.
– Still to come, Natalya vs. Riott.
– The announcers lead us to stills from Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. Rousey will be here live tonight. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and the announcers talk about donating to help the California fire victims. We see how Jeff Hardy, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose visited with firemen and evacuees earlier today.
– Charly stops Seth Rollins backstage and asks about Dean Ambrose playing mind games tonight. Rollins says he is annoyed with himself and he’s frustrated. He’s going to find Ambrose and hurt him. Rollins says Ambrose can say what he wants about him but not Roman Reigns, what he said about Reigns getting what he deserved was taking it too far. Rollins says he’s been asking this for weeks but Ambrose will be asking himself why he turned his back when Rollins finally gets his hands on him. Titus O’Neil appears in the background and says Ambrose was just standing there. Titus doesn’t know exactly where he went. Rollins runs off after Ambrose.
– We go to the ring and out comes RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey to a mixed reaction.
Rousey hits the ring, raises the title with smiles and takes the mic as some fans chant her name. Some fans chant “we want Becky” now. Rousey reveals she will defend her title against Nia Jax at TLC. She’s well aware how dangerous Jax is because look what she did to Becky Lynch’s face. Rousey says she will tap Jax out at TLC and then when she’s done with Jax, the next chapter in Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair will be written. Rousey says some way, some how she will find Flair and they will finish what they started last night. Rousey says she didn’t come here to hit her poses, play for sympathy and just talk about fighting, she came to show us what a true champion is. Rousey goes on about what a true champion is, ready to always fight and be the best in the world on their worst day. She mentions a true champion stepping aside if they can’t defend their mountain. Fans chant for Becky again. Rousey says this is her on her worst day and she refuses to step aside. She goes on and she’s ready to defend. The music hits and instead of a challenger, out comes Acting GM Baron Corbin to boos.
Corbin says Rousey’s request to defend her title tonight has been denied. Corbin says in good conscience he can not allow Rousey to compete tonight. Rousey says she’s had 17 fights and never backed out of one, never postponed one. She’s had plenty of reasons to but never did because that’s what it takes to be the baddest bitch on the planet. Rousey is ready to defend, or maybe Corbin wants a shot at the champ. Rousey steps to Corbin and drops the mic as fans cheer her on. Corbin wishes her the best of luck and says he tried to warn her. He’s going to find her an opponent and that woman will be the next RAW Women’s Champion. Corbin heads to the back as Rousey waits in the ring. We go to commercial.
RAW Women’s Title Match: Mickie James vs. Ronda Rousey
Back from the break and out comes Mickie James. We get formal ring introductions from Rome. The bell rings and they go at it. Rousey takes Mickie into the corner early on and unloads with strikes. The referee tries to back her off twice. Mickie drops Rousey with a kick out of nowhere.
Mickie puts the boots and knees to Rousey now, working her over into the ropes. Mickie drops Rousey with another knee. Mickie talks trash and targets the bruises on Rousey’s body. Mickie with a kick to the face. Rousey walks right into a shot to the face. Mickie takes Rousey to the mat and keeps her grounded now, talking trash as fans try to rally with dueling chants.
Rousey makes a comeback and tosses Mickie around a few times. Rousey hits her Piper’s Pit finisher twice. Mickie gets back up and Rousey hits her with a third Piper’s Pit. Rousey applies the armbar and Mickie taps out for the easy win.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
– After the match, Rousey stands tall and raises the title as her music plays. Rousey exits the ring and greets fans on the way up the ramp. Rousey stops and turns back towards the ring. She turns back around as Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka come out to the ramp. Jax stares her down in her face and smiles, taunting her as The Facebreaker. Jax and Snuka go back to the back without anything happening.
– Cole leads us to a video package with highlights from WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar’s win over WWE Champion Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series.
The Authors of Pain vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
We go to the ring and out comes the team of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. We go back to commercial as they make their entrance.
Back from the break and Graves talks about Chicago hosting the 2019 Survivor Series Week. Cole leads us to the trailer for the “Fighting with My Family” movie on the family of SmackDown General Manager Paige. Roode and Gable wait in the ring as RAW Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain, Akam and Rezar, are out with 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick for this non-title match.
Akam starts off with Gable and quickly takes him down, working him over and talking trash. Akam tosses Gable across the ring as Drake yells at him. Rezar comes in with a big double team into his knee for a close 2 count. Drake continues talking trash from ringside. Rezar throws Gable up in a rack on his shoulder now.
Gable slides down on Rezar’s back but Rezar sends him to the mat. Rezar with a big Spinebuster to Gable. Roode looks on shocked. Rezar works Gable over while he’s down. Rezar takes Gable to the top but Gable applies an armbar on the ropes. It’s broken. Gable sends Rezar into the turnbuckle now. Fans chant “AOP-P” at Drake. Roode finally gets the tag and he unloads on Rezar. Roode knocks Akam off the apron.
Roode goes back to work on Rezar and drops him for a close 2 count. Rezar rams Roode back into the corner and in comes Akam off the tag. Roode fights off a double team attack in the corner. Roode with a Blockbuster to Akam. Gable tags in for a double team but Akam knocks Roode out of the ring. Gable comes with a roll-up to Akam out of nowhere for the surprise non-title pin.
Winners: Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
– After the match, Roode and Gable quickly retreat to the floor and celebrate the surprise win. Drake and AOP look on from the ring as Roode’s music plays.
– We go backstage to Dean Ambrose. He says Seth Rollins thinks he’s playing games but this is no game, although he has enjoyed watching Rollins run around the arena like a lunatic all night. Ambrose mocks Rollins for saying he can’t believe he went there with Roman Reigns earlier, telling him to grow up. He says this isn’t about Reigns, it’s about the bond of two brothers breaking. Ambrose goes on and threatens to break Rollins’ body when he gets him. Ambrose starts talking about how something smells really bad. Is it the smell of Rollins’ fear? The stench of Los Angeles? No, it’s coming from the fans. They boo him some more in the arena. Ambrose says if Rollins does find him, there is no explanation or apology – he’s just going to burn it down.
– Still to come, Ruby Riott vs. Natalya. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and Seth Rollins is leaving when Kayla Braxton stops him, asking if he’s really leaving without finding Dean Ambrose. Rollins says he has an early flight to catch and he’s already got the match with Ambrose at TLC. Rollins says Ambrose’s stupid little bandanna won’t save him at TLC. Rollins walks off.
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott
We go to the ring and out first comes Natalya. We see the recent events that led to tonight’s match. Out next comes The Riott Squad – Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. They rush the ring together.
The bell rings and Natalya quickly takes Riott down and works her over. Riott scrambles to the bottom rope but Natalya stays on her until the referee backs her off. Riott takes advantage and drops Natalya, mounting her with strikes. Natalya turns it back around and hits a few signature moves, including the basement dropkick. Natalya with a 2 count. Natalya works Riott over in the corner some more as the referee counts. Riott avoids a Sharpshooter and retreats to the floor to regroup with Liv and Logan.
Riott comes back in. Natalya goes to knock Logan off the apron but misses. Ruby takes advantage of the distraction and drops Natalya with a DDT. Riott boots Natalya out of the ring now. Riott mocks Natalya from the ring as we go back to commercial.
More back and forth after the match as Riott gets free from a hold. Riott plants Natalya in the corner. Riott leaps from the second rope with a big shot to Natalya for a close 2 count. The Riott Squad can’t believe it. Ruby argue with the referee. Riott with more shots to Natalya while she’s down. Riott goes back to the top but Natalya gets up and launches her across the ring.
Natalya drops Riott with a big clothesline. Logan gets on the apron but Natalya drops her, bringing her in. Liv gets on the apron to taunt Natalya. The referee is distracted by Logan on the mat as Natalya applies the Sharpshooter to Riott. Liv assists while the referee isn’t looking but it backfires and ends with Natalya rolling Riott up for the pin.
– After the match, Natalya exits the ring and heads up the ramp as the music hits. She’s all smiles as The Riott Squad throws a fit in the ring.
– We see a replay of how Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley destroyed Braun Strowman earlier tonight. Cole announces that Strowman suffered a shattered elbow during the attack. He was taken to a local medical facility, says Cole.
– We see Dean Ambrose backstage walking. He’s headed to the ring. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out comes Dean Ambrose to the ring. He’s still holding the bandanna over his nose because of the stench in Los Angeles.
Fans boo as Ambrose takes the mic. He says this is too easy. He mocks the fans and starts taking shots. Ambrose says these people would probably stab their family members in the back for a meal, so at least his was justified. He says the way they chant their little hearts out for Seth Rollins makes him sick, literally sick. He goes on about how the people smell. The cameras show Rollins walking backstage. The crowd pops.
Ambrose sees Rollins as he starts running through the back. Ambrose looks a bit nervous now. Rollins runs to the ring and tackles Ambrose. Rollins unloads. Ambrose tries to escape but Rollins clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor. Rollins runs the ropes for a suicide dive into the barrier. Rollins keeps unloading as officials are out to try and break it up. Rollins brawls Ambrose into the crowd and back over the barrier. They come back in the ring and Ambrose misses a clothesline. Rollins superkicks Ambrose in the face. Ambrose avoids the Stomp and follows up with a low blow, bringing Rollins to the mat. Fans boo.
Ambrose grabs Rollins by the head and talks some more trash. Ambrose drops Rollins with a Dirty Deeds. Ambrose goes to leave but comes back in and drops Rollins. Ambrose mocks and taunts Rollins before pushing him over to the mat as officials yell at him. RAW goes off the air with Ambrose getting back up to stand over Rollins.