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Live from Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Maryland!

Raw opened with footage from earlier in the day. Taking place in the Parking Lot, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were shown getting out of a vehicle.
As they walked into the building, it was explained that Stephanie and Hunter were here to address the entire Raw roster. By the end of the night, one male from Superstar the Raw roster would be confirmed as Shayna Baszler’s partner to face Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series.

Coming out of that, a video package caught anybody who missed last week’s show up on Shayna Baszler’s attack of Ronda Rousey, after The Riott Squad were sent out as a decoy. Choking Ronda Rousey out in the middle of the ring, Shayna stood tall to end the show. Footage was also shown of Stephanie McMahon announcing the match, as she informed the WWE Universe that Survivor Series would be main evented by a Mixed Tag Team match featuring the team of Ronda Rousey and the Universal Champion, Braun Strowman.

After the commentators introduced the show, Shayna Baszler made her way to the ring. As she snatched a microphone from ringside, Corey Graves put over her achievements as a dominant force in NXT. He also spoke of her background in Mixed Martial Arts and her friendship with Ronda Rousey.
After showing a lack of respect to the WWE Universe, Baszler spoke to her “best friend” Ronda Rousey, saying that what happened last week wasn’t personal. It was business. Shayna Baszler said that she did come to Raw to hang out with Ronda, but she forgot to mention that she’d received a call from Triple H first. Triple H put her onto the Raw Commissioner, and Stephanie McMahon offered her the opportunity to main event Survivor Series. Baszler said that her arrival wasn’t just a message to Ronda Rousey, but a message to the entire Raw roster. Stephanie McMahon needed a legitimate challenge for Rousey, and she didn’t look to her own roster… she looked to Shayna Baszler!

While Shayna Baszler clearly had a lot more to say, it wasn’t long before Ronda Rousey’s music began to play. With a determined look on her face, Ronda Rousey clearly had revenge on her mind.
Despite her determination to get to “The Queen of Spade”, Ronda Rousey was no sooner walking down the ramp, than she was surrounded by a swarm of security. Clearly Ronda’s reaction had been preempted by management, and efforts were made to keep her away from Baszler. As Ronda Rousey tried to break free, she was held back, outnumbered heavily by security. In the ring, Shayna Baszler clearly enjoyed seeing Ronda struggle.

Ronda Rousey was led back up the ramp, with Shayna remaining in the ring as she left ringside. Shayna Baszler then said that she wasn’t going to fight Ronda Rousey until Survivor Series, but having heard them complain all week, she was ready for whichever of The Riott Squad were ready to face her…

When The Riott Squad entered the ring, it was decided that Liv Morgan would be the one to face Bazsler. As the other two left the ring, footage was shown from an interview with The Riott Squad last week. They were annoyed by the fact they’d be used as pawns by Stephanie McMahon and Shayna Baszler.

As far as the action went, the match was fairly one sided. Having warned Ruby and Sarah about getting involved, Baszler only had to focus on Liv Morgan during the contest. She was therefore able to dominate in her Raw debut, making Liv pass out from the Rear Naked Choke that had downed Ronda last week.

Shayna Baszler bt. Liv Morgan

After the match, Liv Morgan was rolled out of the ring. Standing tall, Shayna Baszler had impressed in her first appearance on the brand.

Heading directly to the back, Ronda Rousey was seen, still being detained by security. While she was no longer struggling, Ronda Rousey was clearly annoyed. This was made no better when Stephanie McMahon crossed her path.
Ronda Rousey appeared to be just as angry at Stephanie as she was at Shayna, but McMahon played innocent. Stephanie said that she had nothing to do with how Shayna introduced herself as Ronda’s opponent at Survivor Series, and she doesn’t want to see a repeat of anything like that. As a result, Stephanie McMahon said that she is adding a no contact clause between Ronda and Shayna… and Braun and his opponent in that Mixed Tag Team match.

Returning from the break, footage was shown of the issues between Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin. Developing after an unprovoked attack from “The Lone Wolf”, Braun Strowman humiliated his rival a few weeks back, as he cut short Corbin’s long hair with scissors. This video package was followed by an interview with Baron Corbin, who had recently arrived at the building. Commentators had informed viewers earlier in the night of a match between Corbin and Strowman, scheduled for the main event.
Removing his helmet, while still sat on his Motorcycle, Baron Corbin gave a stern look. Conducting the interview as if he would rather be anywhere other than talking to the interviewer, Corbin’s statement spoke in certain terms. He was going to beat the Universal Champion… no question about it.

From there, the show moved into the office of Kurt Angle. Pleased with how the show was going, and excited by what was scheduled, Kurt Angle was in a great mood. Having worked together for a week, it appeared that Drake Maverick and Kurt were getting on surprisingly well. As the two talked about the great episode of Raw they’d put together, Stephanie McMahon entered the room.
Also smiling, Stephanie said it was great to see her team working so well together, adding that she was pleased that everybody was embracing the new start they have all made. Stephanie then discussed the announcement later, where the final member of the Survivor Series main event would be confirmed.

Kurt Angle wanted to know who Shayna Baszler’s partner would be, but Stephanie had other things on her mind. Wanting to create a friendly rivalry between Drake Maverick and Kurt Angle, Stephanie McMahon informed the General Manager and his Advisor that they would each be charged with picking a team for Survivor Series. Kurt Angle and Drake Maverick seemed up for this, and Stephanie was delighted, saying that she knows that the two would have “great fun” putting this match together.

Footage shown from last week, putting over the change of attitude seen in Bobby Roode, who hit Titus O’Neil with a low-blow during their match. This was followed by Dana Brooke’s promo, which introduced “The Revival of…” Robert Roode.

When the match began, tensions were still high between the two men at ringside (O’Neil and Roode), and it didn’t take long before they spilled over.
When the two men, both dressed in suits, began to brawl at ringside, the four competitors came between them. While they tried to pull Roode and O’Neil apart, The Revival and Titus Worldwide lost focus on the match. As the brawl on the outside became out of control, the referee called for the bell.

No Winner

Ahead of his match with Elias later in the evening, Bray Wyatt cut a downbeat promo. Stood without his partner for the first time in a long time, Wyatt said that without the light of Matt Hardy… all that was left was the darkness of Bray Wyatt!

Prior to the contest, it was confirmed that despite the traditional match being announced just moments ago, Finn Balor was confirmed as the first member of Kurt Angle’s Survivor Series team. The commentators used this as a shown of Finn Balor’s loyalty to Kurt Angle, as well as the GM’s faith in Balor. When the match was underway, the two men went all out to put on the best possible match they could. Looking to steal the show, the two competitors went back and forth, highlighting the fact that they are two of the WWE’s most athletic Superstars. Eventually, Finn Balor came out on top, hitting Ziggler with the Coupe De Grace for the win.

Finn Balor bt. Dolph Ziggler

Despite the match being over, the action was far from being. As Finn Balor celebrated his victory, the commentators talked about his place in Team Kurt at Survivor Series. This discussion was cut off however, as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn jumped him from behind.
Laying into Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn took a microphone from ringside when he could no longer fight back. Owens then announced that he and Zayn were the first members of Team Drake. The commentators were unsure that the way they introduced themselves was in keeping with what was supposed to be a match based around “friendly competition”, but they were confirmed nonetheless.

Standing over Finn Balor, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn looked as though they weren’t done with the first ever Universal Champion. However, as they prepared their next move, Kurt Angle came to the top of the ramp.
Holding a microphone, Kurt Angle looked annoyed at Owens & Zayn, who asked him what he was going to do about it. Angle said that he wasn’t going to do anything, but he was glad that Team Drake have set the stall out early. He said that it meant that the rest of his team knew exactly what to expect. Kevin Owens replied that he didn’t care who was on Kurt’s team, but Angle was intent on introducing him anyway. Kurt Angle said that the second member of his team was desperate to meet Owens & Zayn. Pointing towards the back, Angle introduced the man joining Finn on Team Kurt… and the newest member of the Raw roster!

With the familiar theme song hitting, everybody (including Owens & Zayn) knew that to expect. Rey Mysterio ran down to the ring, with Owens & Zayn ready for the legendary Luchador. Despite this focus, the two members of Team Drake had forgotten about Finn Balor.

Taking Sami Zayn from behind, Finn Balor allowed Rey Mysterio to focus on Kevin Owens. Working together, the two members of Team Kurt were able to get the better of Owens & Zayn. Setting both men up on the second rope, Rey Mysterio went for a double 619, only for the two men to scramble out of the ring. As they backed off, Rey Mysterio stood tall, joined by his future partner Finn Balor.

Watching what was going on in the ring, Drake Maverick was concerned with by the team that Kurt Angle had began to construct. Looking to be the answer to his prayers, Jason Jordan entered the office.
With Kurt Angle not back yet, Jason Jordan looked to do a deal with Drake Maverick. He said that while it’s likely he will be in the main event of Survivor Series (as Shayna Baszler’s partner), he is hearing good things about The Authors of Pain. Jordan said that he would be able to talk to his Golden Alpha teammates, and fill two of the three remaining spots for Team Drake. Maverick seemed intrigued by this, until Jordan explained that all he wanted in return was for Drake to get him out of his match with Dean Ambrose tonight.

Jordan said that it wasn’t fair that he was being targeted by Kurt Angle for something that happened in the past. Promising nothing, Drake told Jordan that he would do what he could to get Angle to change the match. Despite the uncertainty of Drake, Jordan seemed relieved by this, confident that Maverick would come good for him.

Before the match, a video was shown. Ember Moon was interviewed, conveying her displeasure at not being the number one contender to the Raw Women’s Championship. Cutting off the interview, Natalya looked to encourage Ember, saying that while she may not be Raw Women’s Champion… there was always a chance she could become one of the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Unlike Alexa Bliss last week, Mickie James did join her partner at ringside. Ember Moon was also joined by Natalya. When the match began, the tension between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James was clear, and it affected the performance of Bliss. Having usually always got the better of Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss was defeated in this contest. This was after Mickie James refused Alexa’s call for help, which resulted in her being rolled up.

Ember Moon bt. Alexa Bliss

Ember Moon won the match, but the focus of the post-match was on Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. When the ring had cleared, Alexa and Mickie stayed in the ring, getting involved in a heated argument. Just before things could get physical, General Manager Kurt Angle made his way out from the back.

Angle told Mickie and Alexa that they needed to sort their out differences, and they needed to do it quickly. Alexa and Mickie wanted to know why Kurt was getting involved, and he had a simple answer. Angle told the two that next week, the Raw representative in the first ever WWE Women’s Championship match would be named… and Alexa Bliss and Mickie James would be competing for that place!

Returning from the break, Elias was sat in the ring. Joined as always by Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, “The Drifter” spoke about the final segment of the evening, where every member of the Raw roster would assemble at the top of the ramp.
Elias seemed certain that he would be the man put in the main event against Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. As Elias talked himself up, and ran down Braun Strowman, he was cut off by Bray Wyatt.

Usually more than ready to go word for word on the microphone, Bray Wyatt had little to say. Holding a microphone, Wyatt simply told Elias “I’m here…”, as he made his way to the ring. When the match began between Elias and Bray Wyatt, “The Eater of Worlds” took the fight to his opponent. However, as Bray Wyatt closed in on a convincing victory, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel got involved. As a result of this, Elias was able to pick up the win, hitting the distracted Wyatt with a “Drift Away”.
As Elias, Dallas & Axel celebrated up the ramp, the defeated Bray Wyatt grabbed a microphone. Downtrodden and alone, Bray Wyatt had a message for Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, telling them that they were following the wrong man… and heading down the darkest of paths.

Despite Jason Jordan’s best efforts, including a last minute visit to see Drake Maverick, this match went ahead. Just about the only saving grace for Jason Jordan was the fact that this wasn’t a Championship match. Jason Jordan would be even more pleased by this as the match went on, with Dean Ambrose controlling the vast majority of the match. Without The Authors of Pain watching his back, Jordan had to rely on his in-ring ability. In this match, that was not on the level of Dean Ambrose, who picked up a decisive victory. Hitting the Intercontinental Champion with a Dirty Deeds, Ambrose may have put himself in line for a shot at the title.

Dean Ambrose bt.Jason Jordan

Coming back for the final hour of Raw, the commentators sent over to the Locker Room, where Kurt Angle was addressing the male members of the Raw roster. Kurt Angle stood in front of the entire roster, who were seated in the locker room.
Kurt Angle said that he had been asked a lot since his return about the Raw Tag Team Championships, after they were vacated by The Authors of Pain when he was not in power. Angle promised the Raw Superstars that he would look into it, saying that he finally has an answer. Tying his announcement into the formation of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, Kurt Angle announced that the male Tag Team Division would also become dual-branded going forward. As a result, Kurt Angle was desperate for the Raw brand to win those Championship back. Looking to rally the roster behind him, with a positive message, Kurt Angle was cut off when Triple H entered the locker room.
Staring down the General Manager of Raw, Triple H made it clear that he wanted to talk to the Raw roster. Kurt took a step to the side, as Triple H addressed the Superstars. Unlike Kurt, Triple H spoke down to the roster, dictating to them that he expected them all to be at the top of the ramp, immediately following the conclusion of the main event between Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.

Pretty much everybody kept their head down as Triple H spoke to them, with Seth Rollins being an exception. Having heard enough, the former Intercontinental Champion got out of his seat.
Walking past his former mentor, Seth Rollins was clearly annoyed with Triple H’s tone, feeling that the show was beyond his dictatorship. Triple H was just as angered by Seth’s disobedience, but said nothing as Rollins walked past him. Locking eyes with the WWE Executive, Seth Rollins shook his head, wanting nothing to do with whatever he and Stephanie had planned for the end of the night.

Returning to ringside, the commentators wondered who would be named as Shayna Baszler partner at the end of the night, with the two scheduled to face Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey in the Main Event of Survivor Series. Another rivalry that appeared to be heating up in time for Survivor Series was the next topic of discussion, introducing footage of Sasha Banks hitting Nia Jax with her own Championship last week. Sasha Banks made it clear, after she defeated Bayley at TLC, that she wanted to be the Number One Contender.

Before Sasha Banks could make her entrance however, the show once again went to the back, where Seth Rollins had caught up with Dean Ambrose (who had missed the roster meeting due to his match with Jason Jordan).
Seth Rollins had his suitcase with him, and Ambrose wondered where he was heading. Rollins told Ambrose about the meeting, saying that he’s damned if he’s going to stand on the ramp and be treated like a child by Steph and Hunter. Rollins told Ambrose he was out of here. Weighing up his option, Ambrose said that it didn’t sound like a good time to him either, and he too was leaving. As the two went back to get Ambrose’s stuff, they spoke to Roman Reigns.
Ambrose and Rollins told Reigns their plan, and expected that he would join them. Roman wasn’t on-board, saying that he wanted to hear what they have to say. Roman said that this is his yard, and he isn’t going to let anything untoward happen on his watch! Ambrose & Rollins respected his call, but were still determined not to be involved. On that note, they left the building before the show was over!

Making her entrance, Nia Jax came down to the ring, having promised to address the attack from Sasha Banks which took place last week.
Nia Jax said she wasn’t going to come out and demand answer from Sasha Banks, because she knows exactly what she wants. Jax added that as Raw Women’s Champion she has grown to expect challenges from anywhere… including behind. Nia Jax wasn’t out to talk, she was out here to take action. Jax demanded Sasha Banks joined her in the ring. It didn’t take long before Sasha Banks came out, but she was clearly tentative about approaching the Champion.
Nia Jax continued to encourage Sasha Banks to join her in the ring, and she did, albeit while keeping her distance. Nia Jax wanted Banks to come forward, and as the woman who attacked her approached, she pulled a piece of paper from her back pocket. Banks had expected violence, but was instead being handed what looked like a contract. Getting straight to the point, Nia Jax said “if you wanna fight me… for this [the Raw Women’s Championship]... then sign the contract!” Handing the piece of paper to Banks, Jax added “I’ll see you at Survivor Series!”

With that, Nia Jax left the ring, not looking for revenge on Sasha Banks. In the ring, Sasha was confused, and studied the piece of paper. It seemed that “The Boss” was going to get exactly what she wanted.

Back from the break, Randy Orton was interviewed about his reaction to the roster meeting earlier in the night. Randy Orton had little to say, making it clear that he wanted to be in action at Survivor Series, adding that he didn’t care how he got there, or who he ended up facing. He was asked if this stretched to teaming with Shayna Baszler in the main event, to go up against Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey. Orton’s answer was clear, he was willing “to do whatever it takes” for a prominent position on the Survivor Series card.

Back to the ring, Bobby Lashley was in action against Heath Slater. Having beaten Rhyno convincingly last week, Lashley picked up another dominant victory. Following the match, Lashley’s cornerman Dan Lambert had something to say.
Dan Lambert told Triple H that if he was looking for the man who can match… and topple the Universal Champion Braun Strowman, then Bobby Lashley is that man. Lambert added that there would be no “jungle gym crap” like there was at TLC during Survivor Series, and that means Bobby Lashley will be more than capable of “destroying” Braun Strowman.

Going into the next break, the commentators used Lambert’s talk to transition into a look back at what happened earlier in the night, where security stopped Ronda Rousey from getting her hands on Shayna Baszler. It was confirmed that Ronda Rousey was escorted from the building, and would not be present for the reveal of Baszler’s Survivor Series partner. When the show returned, it was time for the Universal Champion to make his entrance.
Cutting a promo, Braun Strowman talked about the Survivor Series main event, saying that he couldn’t wait to see who Triple H and Stephanie McMahon choose to face him. He also put over Ronda Rousey, saying that while there would be no contact between her and Shayna Baszler before Survivor Series, he couldn’t wait to see what she’d do when she was at his side at the Pay-Per-View. Before that however, Braun Strowman had to focus on Baron Corbin… the guy who doesn’t understand the phrase “quit while you’re behind!”

When Baron Corbin came to the ring, it was clear that he was desperate for revenge on Braun Strowman, who cut his hair last month. Corbin said that Strowman wouldn’t be able to make it to the end of the night, but of course this proved to be untrue. While the angry Baron Corbin laid into Braun Strowman, and gave an impressive display against the Universal Champion, he was not able to defeat the Champion. Once again proving himself to be a “Monster Amongst Men”, Braun Strowman overpowered his rival, and defeated him.

The match had taken a little bit out of Braun Strowman, but after he hit a Running Powerslam he was ready for whatever Stephanie McMahon and Triple H had planned.

Braun Strowman bt. Baron Corbin

Returning from the final commercial break of the evening, Braun Strowman was still stood in the ring. In the time that the show had been away, the rest of the Raw roster had convened at the top of the stage. As well as the Raw Superstars, Kurt Angle and his “advisor” Drake Maverick were present.

Notably, Roman Reigns was front and center, stood between Drake Maverick and Kurt Angle. Having vowed to “protect his yard”, Roman Reigns was clearly interested in what Stephanie McMahon and Triple H had to say. With Braun Strowman waiting in the ring, “The Power Couple” made their entrance.
Before walking down the ramp, Triple H turned to the roster, saying “one of you men… will be chosen tonight! Make sure you’re ready…”. The two of them then carried on, joining the WWE Universal Champion in the ring.

Stephanie McMahon extended her hand to Braun Strowman, and he accepted. When Triple H did the same, it was clear that there was still tension between the two. On top of that, the commentators spoke about their history - including last year’s Survivor Series. As they shook hands, the two engaged in an intense staredown. Stephanie McMahon took it upon herself to ease the tension, turning the focus to the announcement ahead.

The Commissioner of Raw recapped the reason why the Superstars were out, explaining that the Main Event of Survivor Series would feature Ronda Rousey and Braun Strowman teaming up to face the team of Shayna Baszler and… one of the men stood at the top of the ramp. Which brought them to the identity of Braun Strowman’s counterpart. The Universal Champion himself was clearly interested, turning his attention to the group at the top of the ramp.

From here Triple H took over, talking about the opportunity that the person who was named in the Main Event of Survivor Series would have. He said that the person had been chosen not only because they have stood out in the ring, but also because of their attitude. Triple H said that he can see a lot of himself in the man who is going to be named, but admitted that it’s somebody who might not always see eye to eye with authority. Triple H said that there was a plethora of talent stood at the top of the ramp, and any number of them could have been a worthy challenger to Braun Strowman. However, only one could be chosen…

Continuing on, Triple H said that pressure creates diamonds, and there is very few people in the WWE who have been through more than Braun’s opponent. Throughout the ups and the downs however, he has always fought to make “this empire… this Universe” better. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H had no hesitation in choosing this man, and they were both in agreement that they had made the right choice. With focus back on the ramp, the lights went down, and only one man remained illuminated. The man in the spotlight was Roman Reigns.
Surrounded by darkness, Roman Reigns looked around, realising that he was the only person under the spotlight. Corey Graves remarked “it looks like Roman Reigns is the opponent of choice!” Still confused, Roman Reigns didn’t really know how to react, pointing at himself, as if there had been some kind of mistake. At that moment, Stephanie McMahon looked to move things along, saying:

”Will the Chosen One, please step forward?”

As Roman Reigns seemingly geared up to step forward, and work out what was going on, he failed to realise that the man stood directly behind him had already made his move…
Stepping out of the darkness and into the spotlight, Drew McIntyre viciously clubbed Roman Reigns in the back, knocking him down to the ramp. When the light came back up, security appeared, creating a blockade between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, and the rest of the roster. This allowed Drew McIntyre to grab Roman Reigns, forcefully throwing him into the railings that separate the Superstars from the WWE Universe. With Roman Reigns left in a heap by the ramp, Drew McIntyre flicked his hair back, turning his attention towards Braun Strowman.

The WWE Universal Champion remained in the ring, staring back at Drew McIntyre. With a look of intensity on his face, Drew McIntyre made it clear that he was the man who would stand across from Braun Strowman at Survivor Series. Corey Graves loved the reveal, saying that “Drew McIntyre is The Chosen One!”

Michael Cole then signed off the show, confirming that at Survivor Series it would be Ronda Rousey and Braun Strowman vs. Shayna Baszler… and Drew McIntyre!

Quick Results
Shayna Baszler bt. Liv Morgan
The Revival and Titus Worldwide went to a No Contest
Finn Balor bt. Dolph Ziggler

Ember Moon bt. Alexa Bliss
Elias bt. Bray Wyatt
Dean Ambrose bt. Jason Jordan

Bobby Lashley bt. Heath Slater
Braun Strowman bt. Baron Corbin
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Following a look back at last week, where Drew McIntyre was revealed to be Shayna Baszler’s partner for the Survivor Series match against Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey, Roman Reigns was seen looking for Drew McIntyre. Having been attacked by Drew during the reveal last week, Reigns was desperate for revenge. After looking through the back, confronting Drake Maverick, Kurt Angle and various other individuals, Reigns decided to head to the ring.
Making his entrance, “The Big Dog” demanded that Drew McIntyre showed his face. Roman said that last week’s set up was at his expense, and since he knows that Triple H is too much of a coward to show his face, he wants Drew McIntyre to back up the talk. Instead of McIntyre coming to the ring, Roman Reigns was answered via live satellite footage. Stood with Drew McIntyre, outside a building with the WWE logo on it, was Triple H.
Triple H explained that Drew McIntyre had been busy all day, taking a private tour of the NXT UK Performance Center, which is still being worked on. Triple H then shook hands with Drew McIntyre, before walking off-screen. McIntyre would then address Roman Reigns, telling him that he is on his would be on his way to the building right away. After he said that, Drew was shown entering a limousine, which would bring him to Raw.

While Roman Reigns wasn’t happy to wait for Drew McIntyre, he realised he had little choice.

As a result, Roman Reigns headed straight to the Parking Lot, waiting for Drew McIntyre’s arrival. After being interviewed about his intentions, Roman Reigns made it clear that he would not leave the Parking Lot until Drew McIntyre arrived. Growing inpatient, Roman Reigns later broke that vow, in order to confront Dolph Ziggler. Unconvinced Drew was going to show up, he demanded Ziggler called his friend. When Dolph made the call, he said there was no answer. Roman Reigns then took Dolph’s phone, making the call himself. He got the same result. Drew McIntyre was however in use of his phone, as he sent a live video of himself in the back of the limousine. He explained that he had been stuck in traffic, but would be at Raw soon.

When he did arrive at Raw, it was the end of the second hour of the show. As the Limousine pulled up in the Parking Lot, Roman Reigns headed straight over to it, pulling open the door to get to Drew McIntyre. This however proved to be another set up, as Drew McIntyre instead got out of a car which pulled up behind the Limo. Roman Reigns had no idea what was about to happen, and was jumped from behind again. This time, the consequences were much more serious, as Drew McIntyre threw Roman Reigns head first through the window of the vehicle. Roman Reigns slumped forward, as medical personnel rushed onto the scene. When Roman Reigns was next seen, he was being loaded into an ambulance, his head covered in blood. Unbelievably, this wouldn’t be the last time Drew McIntyre was seen on the show.

The other competitors in the Survivor Series Main Event were also busy on Raw, with Ronda Rousey approaching Drake Maverick to request a match with Shayna Baszler. Seen as a way to circumvent the no contact clause, Ronda was disappointed when Drake Maverick informed her that Shayna was already in action. He did however offer Ronda a position as Guest Enforcer, tasked with ensuring the rest of The Riott Squad stayed out of Baszler’s business.

Ronda seemed less than enthused by this idea, but nonetheless fulfilled her duty. This allowed her front row access to Shayna Baszler’s dominant victory over Sarah Logan. After the match, Shayna invited Ronda into the ring, knowing she couldn’t lay a hand on her.
When Shayna’s smug look and cocky tone almost caused Ronda Rousey to break the no contract clause, Braun Strowman came down to the ring, hoping to help his partner see the bigger picture.
While Braun Strowman was able to calm Ronda Rousey down, he too would have his patience tested. Having dealt with Roman Reigns earlier, Drew McIntyre joined the three other members of the Survivor Series Main Event in the ring. “The Chosen One” showed zero remorse for the vile attack of Reigns, looking proud of himself as he walked down the ramp.
Just as arrogant and brash as Shayna Baszler, Drew McIntyre also knew that Braun Strowman couldn’t lay a hand on him. The same true the other way around, but McIntyre found a way to get inside Braun’s head anyway. Technically not touching Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre instead put his hands on the WWE Universal Championship, heavily patting his hand on the front plate. This clearly angered Braun Strowman, but there was nothing he could do. Happy with the clear frustration of their opponents, Drew McIntyre and Shayna Baszler left the ring, laughing together as they headed to the back. Confirming his annoyance, Braun Strowman later requested a match with Drew McIntyre next week. Instead he was informed that he would face Dolph Ziggler.

Tag Team action was also the focus of other parts of Raw, particularly surrounding the dual-branded Men and Women’s Tag Team Championships. After The Revival defeated Apollo Crews & No Way Jose to stake their claim, it was time to find out who would represent Raw in the first ever Women’s Tag Team Championships match at Survivor Series. Four teams entered the match, with Alexa Bliss & Mickie James beating out the teams of Alicia Fox & Dana Brooke, Ember Moon & Natalya and The Riott Squad.
Despite their differences in recent weeks, Mickie and Alexa were able to come together for the greater good. Putting over how important the Women’s Tag Team Championships were to them, the turbulent twosome celebrated together after the match.

Elsewhere in the Women’s Division, Nia Jax convincing defeated a local talent, before being approached by Sasha Banks following the match.
Returning the contract that Nia had handed Sasha last week, “The Boss” signed to make the match official in front of the Raw Women’s Champion. As well as signing the contract, Sasha Banks sealed the deal with a slap to the face, angering the woman she would challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship at Survivor Series!

Called out by Bray Wyatt, Elias joined Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in the ring, despite Bray’s request to speak to just the two of them.
Bray Wyatt questioned Dallas & Axel’s devotion to being Elias’ support act, telling them that they were following Elias into the abyss. Despite a convincing argument, Bray Wyatt was outnumbered, and Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel remained “loyal”, beating him down. As Elias looked to swing his Guitar at Bray Wyatt, the lights went down. Having been out of action since Elias did the same to him, Matt Hardy’s laugh stopped Elias in his tracks.
Appearing only on the big screen, Matt Hardy spoke about the fact that his vessel was far from 100%. As a result, he couldn’t return to Raw just yet. Instead, he issued an open invitation for Elias to visit the Hardy Compound, adding that he was more than welcome to bring Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel along with him...

Announced fairly early in the show, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were placed in the main event of Raw UK. Summoned to the office of the General Manager, Owens & Zayn were informed that their opponents for the night would be Finn Balor and (having his first Raw match in over 4 and a half years) Rey Mysterio!

Trying everything they could to gain a victory over the two confirmed members of Team Kurt, Owens & Zayn looked to bend every possible rule in order to win the match. Looking to play spoiler in Rey Mysterio’s Raw return, the Team Drake members almost came away with the victory on a number of occasions.

Despite this, they couldn’t keep Finn Balor or Rey Mysterio down. This caused Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to become desperate, resulting in them making mistakes and losing focus. When Sami Zayn, for instance, needlessly entered the ring illegally, he distracted Kevin Owens from the task at hand. As a result, Owens was taken down by Mysterio. On top of that, Finn Balor managed to neutralise Sami Zayn, leaving Rey a straightforward path to victory. Hitting Kevin Owens with a 6-1-9, Rey Mysterio tagged in Finn Balor. Handing the decisive moment to his partner, Rey looked to fire the crowd up ahead of Balor hitting the Coupe de Grace. Finn would then pin Owens, picking up the win for his team.

Finn Balor & Rey Mysterio bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Following the match, Finn Balor and Rey Mysterio celebrated in the ring, providing a feel good moment to mark the return of a former WWE Champion to Monday Night Raw.

Also on Raw...
  • Dean Ambrose (because he beat Jason Jordan last week) and Seth Rollins (still owed a rematch) both staked their claims to the Number One Contendership to the Intercontinental Championship. Instead, as a result of their refusal to appear in the final segment of Raw last week, Drake Maverick informed them that they wouldn’t get a shot. He also told them that next week, they would go one on one against each other! This didn’t mean that Jason Jordan was off the hook however, as his attempt to join Team Drake was blocked by Kurt Angle. The Raw General Manager informed his son that he couldn’t take part in the Survivor Series match, because he would be defending his Intercontinental Championship at the event...
  • Randy Orton continued his impressive winning streak, beating his old rival Jinder Mahal. After the match, he was asked about Survivor Series. Orton once again made his intention to be on the Survivor Series card clear, and stated he had no preference as to which team he would be on, as long as he was on the show.
  • Having posted on social media during his flight to the UK, Bobby Lashley’s open challenge was answered by Mark Andrews. The NXT UK roster member almost upset “The Destroyer”, but was eventually defeated by the dominant Bobby Lashley. Lashley was particularly brutal against the athletic Mark Andrews, who would have been proud of his performance in his Raw debut. The match ended following a Spear to Andrews, which appeared to almost break him in two!

Quick Results
The Revival (w/ Robert Roode) bt. Apollo Crews & No Way Jose (w/ Titus O’Neil)
Alexa Bliss & Mickie James bt. Fox & Dana, Ember Moon & Natalya and The Riott Squad (Morgan & Riott)

Randy Orton bt. Jinder Mahal
Shayna Baszler bt. Sarah Logan

Nia Jax bt. Davina Forth
Bobby Lashley bt. Mark Andrews
Finn Balor & Rey Mysterio bt. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
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After a look back at last week, where Drew McIntyre threw Roman Reigns head first through the window of a Limousine, the go-home show before Survivor Series kicked off with Drew McIntyre making his way to the ring.
Addressing what he did to Roman Reigns last week, Drew warned Braun Strowman of the fate that awaited him in the Main Event of Survivor Series. Braun Strowman didn’t take kindly to this, confronting Drew and challenging him to a fight there and then.
Drew McIntyre didn’t back down from Braun Strowman, instead stepping up to the Universal Champion. The two were however stopped from coming to blows by the Advisor to the General Manager, Drake Maverick. Maverick told Braun Strowman that he was already scheduled to be in a match tonight, as was Drew McIntyre. He then requested Braun leave the ring, as McIntyre’s match was up next.

As he always does, Chad Gable gave a good level of effort against his opponent, but on the night Drew was simply on another level. Completely focussed ahead of Sunday’s Survivor Series, McIntyre was dominant in victory, pinning Gable following a Claymore Kick.

Drew McIntyre bt. Chad Gable

Despite picking up the victory, Drew McIntyre wasn’t done with Chad Gable. Waiting for his opponent to return to his feet, McIntyre hit Chad Gable with another Claymore Kick, which knocked him out completely. Drew then took a microphone from ringside, telling Braun Strowman that he would see him following his main event match.

Going up against Braun Strowman in that main event would be Dolph Ziggler, the man who brought Drew McIntyre back to Monday Night Raw.
Despite this, questions were raised over their friendship when Drew McIntyre ignored Dolph Ziggler in the back. Dolph looked to get a word with Drew during an interview before the match, but was completely blanked by his (possibly former) tag team partner.

In action as well as Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, Shayna Baszler defeated Ruby Riott. While it was a more difficult match for her to win, Baszler sent Ruby to sleep, as she had the other members of The Riott Squad. While she wouldn’t compete on Raw, Ronda Rousey still made an appearance, announcing that she would join Braun Strowman at ringside for the main event…

When it came time for that match, Braun Strowman was able to pick up a dominant victory over Dolph Ziggler. Immediately after the bell, as Ronda Rousey joined Braun Strowman in the ring, Drew McIntyre and Shayna Baszler made their way down the ramp.

When they entered the ring, the two teams went face to face, clearly desperate for Sunday to come around. While they were ready to come to blows, all four competitors managed to keep their composure. After Drew McIntyre had put his hands on the Universal Championship last week, Strowman looked to make a statement by raising the title in the air, high above Drew McIntyre’s head. However, as he did this, Drew McIntyre pulled on the strap of the title, causing it to drop to the mat. This angered Braun Strowman, who got right in the face of Drew McIntyre. Pleased to be under the Universal Champion’s skin, Drew McIntyre smirked at Strowman, taking full advantage of the no contact clause. Raw ended with Ronda Rousey looking to calm Braun down, while warning Drew McIntyre and Shayna Baszler of the storm that awaits them in the Survivor Series Main Event!

Speaking of tag team action at Survivor Series, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James showed some impressive teamwork as they scored a victory over Ember Moon and Natalya.
Cutting a promo, after Mickie James had handed her partner the decisive pinfall, Alexa Bliss talked about the history that would be made at Survivor Series. Showing an uncharacteristic respect for her opponents, Alexa talked up the individual abilities of Asuka and Charlotte, but said that they couldn’t match the understanding of her and Mickie. Bliss also said that she was the first woman to ever win both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships… stating her intention to take another “first ever” by becoming the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champion.

Also looking to compete in Championship action at Survivor Series, were Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. After discussing the injuries sustained to Roman Reigns last week, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins made a pact to support the other one regardless of who scored the victory on the night.
Prior to their match on Raw, Drake Maverick addressed the two, saying that despite Kurt Angle’s decision to make the match for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, a call had been made from on high, as a result of their decision to walk out on the show two weeks ago. Their match went ahead with the number one contenders stipulation, but with a referee that the two men would not have expected. Moments before Ambrose and Rollins went one on one, Jason Jordan was revealed as the Special Guest Referee.

Despite the prospect of facing one of them at Survivor Series, Jason Jordan had lots of fun in the match, looking to frustrate both competitors by being a purposely incompetent referee. While he was clearly enjoying this, Jordan didn’t think of the long-term effects. It didn’t take long for those consequences to be realised, as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins lost their patience with Jordan missing falls. Realising they had little to lose, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins abandoned the match, instead switching their focus to Jason Jordan. Turning to the referee and hitting him with a double kick to the gut, the two men’s actions ensured that the match couldn’t go on.

No Winner

With the match over, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins threw Jason Jordan to the outside. Having not allowed Jordan to come between them, Ambrose and Rollins were accepting of the fact that they had possibly thrown their chance away.
Coming out to confirm this, Drake Maverick condemned the actions of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, saying that laying hands on an official is a serious offence. While he would pass the issue on to the relevant authorities, his first call was to confirmed neither man would face Jason Jordan at Survivor Series.

Despite the attack from Ambrose and Rollins, Jason Jordan was delighted with this, thanking Drake Maverick for coming through for him. This joy didn’t last a very long time however, as Kurt Angle made his way out.
Kurt Angle said that Jason Jordan only had himself to blame for what happened, and reminded Drake Maverick that he may be an “advisor”, but Kurt Angle is the GM of Raw. Therefore, Kurt Angle overruled Drake Maverick, announcing that Jason Jordan would defend the Championship at Survivor Series… and he’d defend it against both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins - in a Triple Threat match!

On a completely different note, Matt Hardy’s invitation to Elias moved forward, as “The Drifter” appeared to cryptically accept the challenge.
Performing in the ring, Elias sang a song about new horizons. He said that the whole world has told him to stay away from the Hardy Compound, but “The Drifter” inside him can’t resist breaking new territory. Elias said that he had no idea what he was getting himself in for, but he was ready for whatever lay ahead…

Matt Hardy clearly already had his own idea of what laid ahead of Elias’, with footage from The Compound showing “The Woken Warrior” enlisting some familiar help to “Prepare The Battlefield”...

On a more grounded note, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks were each interviewed ahead of their match at Survivor Series, for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Sasha Banks made her feeling towards the Champion very clear, saying that in the 7 months that Nia Jax has held the title, she has done nothing of note. Banks said that he may have held the title for less than half of the time Nia has, but claimed that she did more in that time than Nia Jax has done since WrestleMania.

Coming back at Sasha Banks, Nia Jax suggested that her opponent was jealous that she had been pushed into the background, and had to betray her best friend to return to relevance. Having eavesdropped on the interview, Sasha Banks interrupted Renee’s next question, confronting Nia Jax. Renee Young tried to reason with Banks, who had already had her say, but was threatened by the Number One Contender. Sasha Banks was fired up, and made it clear that she would do whatever it took to become the Raw Women’s Champion at Survivor Series.

Not to be forgotten, the traditional Survivor Series match had the rest of its competitors confirmed during the night, as Kurt Angle and Drake Maverick introduced them to the WWE Universe. Adding to the confirmed Team Drake members Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, Drake Maverick announced that he had selected Dolph Ziggler, Jinder Mahal and Bobby Lashley to make up his team. Kurt Angle was impressed with the selection, but not to be outdone, announced a Superstar line-up.
While convincing Randy Orton to join his team may have been consider the biggest coup of the team building process, Kurt Angle shocked Team Drake with the announcement of the final member. Appearing on the big screen, Roman Reigns confirmed that he would be at Survivor Series!
Having been forced to rest up at home, after the attack that left him hospitalised last week, Roman Reigns promised that he would come for Drew McIntyre when the time was right, but first he was ready to join Team Kurt at Survivor Series!

Despite Kurt Angle’s all-star team, pre-Survivor Series momentum swung in Maverick’s favour. Having been hurt on the outside, following a Spear from Lashley, Randy Orton suffered his first loss as a member of the Raw roster, after “The Destroyer” defeated him in a warm-up match.

Also on Raw…
  • Feeling shunned by Kurt Angle and Drake Maverick, Robert Roode cut a promo saying that his focus was now on The Revival becoming WWE Tag Team Champions at Survivor Series, as they face Rusev Day for the dual-branded titles. After Robert Roode picked up another victory over Titus O’Neil, the confident “Glorious Revival” stood tall.

Quick Results
Drew McIntyre bt. Chad Gable
Alexa Bliss & Mickie James bt. Ember Moon & Natalya

Bobby Lashley bt. Randy Orton
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins went to a No Contest

Shayna Baszler bt. Ruby Riott
Robert Roode bt. Titus O’Neil
Braun Strowman bt. Dolph Ziggler
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The fallout of Smackdown 1000 and TLC saw great moments of change within the ranks of Smackdown Live, with several new Champions named during the landmark week. Welcoming the new Champions to the ring (as well as the successfully defending Women’s Champion), Paige appeared to have an idea.
Announcing a WWE Universe vote, Paige revealed that the Champion with the most votes would have to defend their title two nights after TLC. The vote saw Samoa Joe put up his Championship, in the Main Event against Andrade “Cien” Almas. Samoa Joe came out victorious in that match, but bigger challenges would come his way throughout the month.

Elsewhere on the show, Paige informed Rusev Day that they would defend their Tag Team Championships against a team from Raw at Survivor Series, with confirmation coming later in the month that the Smackdown Tag Team Championships were to be rebranded as the male WWE Tag Team Championships. On the female side of the tag team division, Asuka & Charlotte made clear their intentions to become the first female WWE Tag Team Champions, and as far as Smackdown was concerned, the likes of Absolution stood little chance of getting in their way.

Paige would later announce that Asuka & Charlotte were Smackdown’s representatives in the first ever Women’s WWE Tag Team Championships match at Survivor Series.

Smackdown Live newcomer Johnny Gargano continued to have issues with Shelton Benjamin, with the “bitter veteran” bringing along Mr. Kennedy and MVP, who had appeared at Smackdown 1000. The trio looked to attack Gargano, who found himself saved by an unlikely ally. Clearing the ring of the old-timers, Aleister Black seemed to be looking out for his fellow NXT alumni, somewhat to the surprise of Gargano.
Throughout the month, Shelton Benjamin led a number of warnings to Black & Gargano, telling them that there were making a mistake getting involved with them. Johnny Gargano nonetheless wanted to go it alone, and when Black saved him from an attack at the hands of MVP and Shelton Benjamin, he wasn’t happy. Obviously still holding trust issues (which were explained for those who don’t follow NXT), Johnny Gargano told Aleister Black that he didn’t want any back up.

Despite this, the two would be put together against Shelton Benjamin & MVP, with a miscommunication resulting in Aleister Black hitting a Black Mass to his partner. This only strengthened Gargano’s conviction that he didn’t need anybody, and showed a much darker side to the previously happy-go-lucky Superstar.

Throughout the month, The Miz picked up some important victories, and used his ability to get under the skin of his fellow Superstars to continue a path towards a WWE Championship match.
He did this via Miz TV, once again coming between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, and would eventually be told by Paige (along with the other two) to find a partner for a match on Smackdown Live! During that match, AJ Styles hit an impressive Phenomenal Forearm to the WWE Champion, only for his victory to be stolen by The Miz. Scoring a pinfall victory over Samoa Joe strengthened The Miz’ claim for a shot at the WWE Championship, and a Triple Threat was confirmed for Survivor Series.

With a lot of focus on the Women’s Tag Team Division, opportunity arose during the month for Mandy Rose. Going one on one with Becky Lynch, it appeared as though the Smackdown Women’s Champion took Mandy lightly.
Despite dominating the match, Becky was rolled up by Mandy Rose, who was rewarded with the biggest opportunity of her career at Survivor Series. While Becky Lynch will once again be the heavy favorite, Mandy Rose has the chance to shock the world and become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion.

Another huge match scheduled for Survivor Series was announced upon the return of Daniel Bryan. Having been out of action for well over a month, following a brutal assault administered by Shinsuke Nakamura, Daniel Bryan was out for revenge.
Cutting a promo during his Smackdown Live return, Daniel Bryan announced that he would be captaining a team at Survivor Series, to face a team headed by Shinsuke Nakamura. The following week on Smackdown Live, the blockbuster teams would be announced. First was a team of international Superstars joining Team Nakamura, as Sanity and Andrade “Cien” Almas were confirmed as the other four team members.
Drawing on Daniel Bryan’s history, his team was star studded. Giving up ring sharpness and youth, the team put together for Daniel Bryan was one of the most impressive in the history of Survivor Series. Making the huge announcement, Paige introduced Team Daniel Bryan…
Aware that they would be up against it at the show, Team Nakamura set about gaining an advantage before Survivor Series. This culminated in the final segment of Smackdown Live before Survivor Series, as Team Nakamura came together to help Shinsuke and Andrade Almas score a victory over the team of Jeff Hardy and John Cena. While Daniel Bryan and Kane reprised their roles as partners to try and even the odds, the numbers were still too much. This saw Team Nakamura dominate their Survivor Series opponents, until the lights went out and the gong hit. At that moment, the United States Champion came face to face with The Undertaker, as the task which was ahead of Nakamura and co. became all too real!

Other Notes
  • Upon returning to the WWE, Kaitlyn formed a team with Naomi, looking to focus on the Women’s WWE Tag Team Championships. The two had some success, but were overlooked for the first shot in favour of Asuka & Charlotte.
  • Usually fun loving, Kofi Kingston seemed to be struggling to keep his smile this month, as The New Day went through a rough patch. While their bond was never in question, it was clear Kingston was feeling it may be time to get serious, as he came close to 11 years on WWE television.
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Mixed Tag Team Match
Braun Strowman & Ronda Rousey vs. Drew McIntyre & Shayna Baszler

WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. AJ Styles vs. The Miz

Survivor Series Match
Daniel Bryan [C], Jeff Hardy, John Cena, Kane & The Undertaker vs. Shinsuke Nakamura [C], Andrade “Cien” Almas & Sanity

WWE Tag Team Championships (Women’s)
[RAW] Alexa Bliss & Mickie James vs. [SDL] Asuka & Charlotte

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jason Jordan (c) vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Sasha Banks

WWE Tag Team Championships (Men’s)
[SDL] Rusev Day (c) vs. [RAW] The Revival

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Mandy Rose

Survivor Series Match
Team Drake vs. Team Kurt
Bobby Lashley, Dolph Ziggler, Jinder Mahal, Owens & Zayn vs. Chad Gable, Finn Balor, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio & Roman Reigns
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[Kick-Off Show] The New Day & The Club bt. Jimmy Uso, The Bar & The Bludgeon Brothers

Live From STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

Following a video package to introduce the show, the commentators spoke about the history that would be made during the night. After a look at the international broadcast teams that were present for Survivor Series, the commentators spoke about the brand new female WWE Tag Team Championships, which were displayed on a stand at ringside. Opening up Survivor Series with a huge match, it was time to crown the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships

Kicking off Survivor Series, the first ever WWE Women's Tag Team title match was put over a historic moment in the history of the company. Representing both brands of the WWE main roster, the match was also put over as a battle of Smackdown vs. Raw. The more experienced team, it was clear that Alexa & Mickie had a strategy for success, with Bliss desperate to add this accolade to her list of “first evers”, a list which includes her being the first Woman to have held both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships. On the other side of the ring, Smackdown were simply represented by two of the best female competitors on the planet.

It was in this difference between the teams where the opportunities arose. While Asuka & Charlotte were better individuals, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss were able to use their understanding to become better than the sum of their parts. This led to both teams coming close on a number of occasions, with moves like a Moonsault and a Twisted Bliss being pulled out of the bag. When Charlotte looked to take this to the next level, she hit a Moonsault from the top rope, diving to the outside and taking out Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. Asuka would then take advantage of this, pulling the legal Mickie James back into the ring. With the damage of the Moonsault still taking effect, Mickie James could do nothing to escape the Asuka Lock, and tapped out in the middle of the ring.

Asuka & Charlotte bt. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James; FIRST EVER WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Returning to the ring after the bell, Asuka and Charlotte embraced. While they were clearly delighted to become the first ever Women’s Tag Team Champions, it was also evident that they were not overly close. Instead of a friendship or chemistry, the two had become Champions by being the two best individuals in the WWE, and their mutual respect was evidence of this.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match

From the very beginning of the match, it was clear that Jason Jordan was about to get what has been coming to him since he took the Intercontinental Championship from Seth Rollins in controversial fashion. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins both had their focus on Jason Jordan, who tried (and failed) to get away from them. As the match went on, Jason Jordan became the punchbag of the former Shield members, and by the time the match appeared to be coming to an end, the Intercontinental Champion had been well and truly beaten down. Throwing Jordan to the outside, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were able to focus on each other, fighting until the best man won.

This continued to be the case, as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose came closer and closer to victory. One such instance saw Seth Rollins hit a Superplex, followed by a Falcon Arrow. While Dean Ambrose was able to kick out, Seth Rollins’ mind immediately went to Curb Stomp. However, before he could take advantage of his prone friend, a familiar theme song began to play…
Making their way down to the ring, The Authors of Pain made their return to the WWE, the first time they had been seen since they were forced to vacate the Tag Team Championships due to injury.

Spotting Akam & Rezar on their way to the ring, Seth Rollins looked to take a dive to the outside, stopping them in their tracks. This didn’t work as Rollins had been expecting, as he was caught by the two big men. Raising Seth Rollins above their heads, The Authors of Pain brutally dropped him onto the ramp, causing a painful connection with the Steel. Their attention then turned towards to the man in the ring.

Making his way to his feet, Dean Ambrose threw hands at the former Raw Tag Team Champions, but they soon outnumbered and overpowered him. With Dean having already been through a physical match, there was little he could do as The A.O.P hit him with a “Final Chapter”. Akam & Rezar stood over Dean Ambrose, as Jason Jordan began crawling back to the ring. Despite clearly being in a lot of pain, Jordan was able to slowly scrape his way towards the center of the ring. Given a helping hand by Rezar, who laid Jordan on top of Dean Ambrose, Jason Jordan managed to retain the Intercontinental Championship.

Jason Jordan (c) bt. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

After being handed the Intercontinental Championship, Jason Jordan had a smile on his face, even as he nursed his injured ribs. Unable to get himself back to his feet, Jason Jordan was helped out of the ring by The Authors of Pain. Heading up the ramp, Akam & Rezar carried Jordan on their shoulders, as he escaped Survivor Series still holding the Intercontinental Championship.

Switching focus towards the Main Event, one side of that match stood by in the interview area.
Showing a level of comradery, Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey were clearly getting along ahead of the huge Main Event. In high spirits, they promoted the match, talking about their opponents. While Braun Strowman made light of Drew McIntyre being named as “The Chosen One” to face him, Ronda Rousey was less jovial about her rival. Ronda said that her friend Shayna Baszler has made a deal with the devil, adding that the moment “The Queen of Spades” shook hands with Stephanie McMahon, she ensured that her first Survivor Series would end with a Broken Arm!
Team Drake vs. Team Kurt; Survivor Series Match

Put together by their respective namesakes, the two teams in the match weren’t necessarily friendly with each other, and were instead brought together by their dislike of the opposition. From the beginning of the match, it became apparent that there was something wrong with Roman Reigns. Having decided to start the match, Roman Reigns was hit with a Belly-To Belly Suplex. When Reigns landed, it was clear the move affected him more than it usually would. The commentators wondered if Reigns was still feeling the effects of Drew McIntyre’s attack from two weeks ago. With Reigns needing time to sit out, Team Kurt were already at a disadvantage. This would only be made worse when Dolph Ziggler managed to eliminate Chad Gable, catching him off guard with a Zig Zag.

Chad Gable eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 5 - 4 Team Kurt]

As Team Kurt tried to even the keel, Roman Reigns came back into the match, but couldn’t shake the damage that had been done. When Jinder Mahal looked to take advantage of his disorientation, hitting Reigns with a Khallas on the ring apron, “The Big Dog” slumped to the ground below. Kevin Owens tried to pick him up and put him back in the ring, but Reigns was a dead weight. As a result, the referee left the ring to check on Reigns, and declared him unable to continue. While Reigns later tried to contest this, he was taken to the back by medical personnel.

Roman Reigns eliminated via referee stoppage; [Team Drake 5-3 Team Kurt]

The loss of such a big name shook Team Kurt, with just Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio left to face the entirety of Team Drake. Three almost became two very quickly, as Finn Balor came moments away from being eliminated. Hit with a Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn, Balor’s only saving grace was his proximity to the bottom rope, which he was able to reach with his right leg. From here, Team Kurt had to regroup. Knowing they’d now have to wrestle smart, the three looked to target Bobby Lashley, the biggest of their opponents. While Lashley managed to remain in the match, Jinder Mahal didn’t. Too quick for his opponent, Finn Balor got Jinder exactly where he wanted him, and hit a Coup De Grace to claw one back for Team Kurt.

Jinder Mahal eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 4-3 Team Kurt]

Looking to build on the momentum they had been building, Team Kurt targeted Dolph Ziggler next, and even though they did a good job of taking him down, he proved evasive. This allowed Team Drake to take control, with Finn Balor on the brunt of much of the punishment. Once again thinking outside of the box, Randy Orton tagged himself in blind, as Dolph Ziggler set up for the Superkick. When Dolph hit the move, he was angered by the referee stopping him from pinning Balor. The reason for this soon became clear to him, as he turned into an RKO from Randy Orton. With that move, the teams were back to square one.

Dolph Ziggler eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 3-3 Team Kurt]

Team Kurt were technically back on level terms, but the damage to Finn Balor made their task a difficult one. Despite this, they continued to take the match to Drake Maverick’s boys, with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn soon finding them in a sticky situation. Having tried to double team Rey Mysterio, Owens & Zayn found themselves hanging over the second rope. Hitting them both with a 6-1-9, Rey Mysterio hit a Splash to the legal Kevin Owens, eliminating him from the contest. Despite being inches from the pin, Sami Zayn lacked the awareness to break it up.

Kevin Owens eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 2-3 Team Kurt]

With Sami Zayn in the ring, Bobby Lashley decided that it was time for him to take charge. Annoyed at his eliminated partner, Bobby Lashley lifted Kevin Owens up from the canvas, launching him into Randy Orton. This sent Orton to the outside, crashing to the floor. Bobby Lashley then told Rey Mysterio to bring it on. While Rey Mysterio was initially too quick for Lashley, the big man eventually overpowered the former WWE Champion. However, instead of closing in on the veteran Superstar, Lashley threw him towards the corner, encouraging Balor to come back in.

When Finn Balor came back into the ring, Bobby Lashley took the fight to the former Universal Champion, taking advantage of the damage sustained earlier. Finn Balor put his all into eliminating Bobby Lashley, but when Randy Orton tried to get back into the ring, the disturbance this caused allowed Sami Zayn to distract him. When Balor turned back around, he was Speared by Lashley, ultimately resulting in his elimination.

Finn Balor eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 2-2 Team Kurt]

As Randy Orton came into the ring, Lashley stepped back, tagging Zayn in (encouraging him after his role in the elimination of Finn Balor). Allowing Lashley to recover, Sami Zayn held his own for a while, but was eventually found wanting as Randy and Rey exchanged tags. Hitting another 6-1-9, as Randy Orton returned the favour to Lashley by pulling him off the apron, Rey Mysterio was able to pin Sami Zayn.

Sami Zayn eliminated via pinfall; [Team Drake 1-2 Team Kurt]

Bobby Lashley was now left to fight alone. Of everybody on the team, Bobby would have been Drake’s choice to go it alone, but nonetheless he would struggle against the experienced Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton. Despite this, he came out swinging, and gave an impressive account as he dealt with two Superstars alone. Coming close to hitting Rey with a Spear that would have evened things up once more, Lashley went shoulder first into the ringpost.

As he staggered back towards the middle of the ring, Lashley quickly found himself in the position Sami and Kevin had earlier. Hitting his third 6-1-9 of the night, Rey had tagged Orton in before the contact. Waiting in the ring, Randy Orton followed the move up with an RKO. Hit with two huge moves in quick succession, the final member of Team Drake had no response.

Bobby Lashley eliminated via pinfall

Team Kurt bt. Team Drake; Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio survive

Having been successful despite a number of tough moments, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio celebrated defeating Team Drake. Coming to the top of the ramp, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle applauded the “Survivors”, as they stood tall in the ring.

Smackdown Women’s Championship Match

Despite having scored a huge upset victory over Becky Lynch to get the match, Mandy Rose came into the biggest match of her career has the heavy underdog. While Lynch has made no bones about her dislike of Superstars like Mandy Rose, she was aware going into the match that things could go wrong if she wasn’t focussed. Mandy Rose put in another solid effort, looking to repeat the shocking feat she achieved on Smackdown Live last week. During the match, Mandy Rose almost shocked the world again, rolling up Becky Lynch and gaining a nearfall. This was the wake-up call that Becky Lynch needed, and from that moment she got serious. Taking control of the match, it wasn’t long before Lynch made Rose tapout, locking in a Dis-Arm-Her to retain her title.

Becky Lynch (c) bt. Mandy Rose

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships

The first cross-branded Tag Team Championship defence since the then vacant Raw Tag Team Championships were put on hiatus, The Revival were tasked with bringing the newly dual-branded WWE Tag Team Championships to Raw. Aided in their task to capture the titles, The Revival were joined by Dana Brooke, and their “Glorious Revival” associate Robert Roode. At one point in the match, as Dana Brooke looked to help her team, Lana also became involved.
This argument, which eventually became physical, distracted everybody at ringside (announcers included). The one man who did keep his eye on the ball, Robert Roode, was then seen handing something to Scott Dawson.
With Rusev as the legal man, Dawson waited patiently for him to turn around. When Scott Dawson went to hit Rusev, with what could now be seen as a set of Brass Knuckles, it became clear that Roode wasn’t the only one who had remained focussed on the match. Taking the proverbial bullet for his partner, Aiden English took the shot from Dawson, and was knocked out completely.

Now tasked with defeating one of the WWE’s most cohesive units single-handedly, Rusev used his friend’s pain to fuel him. Fighting back into the match, Rusev fed off the energy of the WWE Universe, “hulking up” to take The Revival down. After hitting a number of Machka Kicks to both men, Rusev was able to lock in the Accolade, successfully defending the Championships, and keeping both the Men’s and Women’s Tag Team titles on Smackdown Live!

Rusev Day (c) bt. The Revival

Team Bryan vs. Team Nakamura; Survivor Series Match

Prior to the star studded Survivor Series match between Team Bryan and Team Nakamura, a extensive look was taken at the rivalry between the two men, which saw an even more ruthless and sadistic side come out of Shinsuke Nakamura. The seed of Nakamura’s hatred towards Daniel Bryan appeared to be born out of a passing comment made by Bryan, just 48 hours after Shinsuke Nakamura had lost a match which prevented him from ever challenging for the WWE Championship. This comment, where Daniel Bryan claimed that the be all and end all for all WWE Superstars was to be a World Champion, clearly resonated with the former WWE Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. When Daniel Bryan returned from the attack that followed by Shinsuke Nakamura, he was ready for revenge. However, with Survivor Series just around the corner, Paige announced Team Bryan vs. Team Nakamura as one of the brand’s marquee matches.

Straight out of the gates, the match had a big feel, with Shinsuke Nakamura facing off with The Undertaker to start. After some posing and posturing, Nakamura tagged himself out, bringing in Alexander Wolfe. This allowed The Undertaker to use the Sanity member as a punching bag, before he brought in Kane. Kane enjoyed much the same spell of dominance that his brother had, with Wolfe scrambling to bring in the leader of Sanity, Eric Young. Eric Young would go toe to toe with Kane, before “The Big Red Machine” brought in Daniel Bryan. Referred to as a “mirror-universe” Daniel Bryan, Eric Young went back and forth with the former WrestleMania main eventer, until Shinsuke Nakamura tagged himself in.

Caught off guard by the covert tag, Daniel Bryan missed a step which proved costly. Raising questions as to whether he was 100% going into the match, Bryan was shockingly eliminated first from the match, falling to a Kinshasa from Shinsuke Nakamura.

Daniel Bryan eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 4-5 Team Nakamura]

Having laid down a huge marker, Shinsuke Nakamura and his team of “ungovernables” grew in confidence. Asking a member of the leaderless Team Bryan to “come on”, Shinsuke Nakamura looked delighted as John Cena stepped up to the plate. Eventually, Killian Dain was able to relieve some of the pressure on Nakamura, and impressed against Cena. However, as the Dain brought in his fellow Sanity member Wolfe, looking to take Cena out, things began to unravel. Fighting Killian Dain off, and managing to isolate Alexander Wolfe, John Cena was able to hit an Attitude Adjustment which eliminated one of Eric Young’s men.

Alexander Wolfe eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 4-4 Team Nakamura]

Another man in the match with his eye on Shinsuke Nakamura was Jeff Hardy, and with Daniel Bryan gone, he was the one trying to get at the WWE United States Champion. Yet to take his rematch, Jeff Hardy looked to score a momentum gathering pinfall over Nakamura, but probably hurt his team’s chances with his single-mindedness. One such example of his obsession saw him squander a chance to eliminate Andrade “Cien” Almas, by focussing on Shinsuke Nakamura on the apron. Taking a dive at the US Champ, who purposely distracted him, Hardy fell straight into the trap. Hitting himself hard off the ring apron, Jeff Hardy was prone. When he was returned to the ring, it was straight forward for Almas, who hit a Backstabber to compound the injury. This allowed him to control Hardy, and hit a Hammerlock DDT for the elimination.

Jeff Hardy eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 3-4 Team Nakamura]

Once again down a number, Team Bryan’s task was made no easier by the clear tension that remained between The Undertaker and John Cena. In a bizarre turn of events, Kane found himself in the role of peacemaker, a role which almost saw him taken out of the match. Luckily for Kane, his brother was on hand, telling John Cena to stay back as he looked to pull the team out of trouble. Eventually, The Brothers of Destruction were able to take Eric Young out, hitting the leader of Sanity out with a Double Chokeslam.

Eric Young eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 3-3 Team Nakamura]

Now down to 3-3, Shinsuke Nakamura and Andrade “Cien” Almas entered the ring together. Standing across from Kane & The Undertaker, the two former NXT Champions were ready for action. Before things kicked off, Killian Dain entered the ring, backing up his teammates. Of course, John Cena was all too happy to even things up. With all six remaining competitors in the ring, chaos ensued, with a huge brawl causing the match to break down for a period of time. It was during this time that something of an upset was achieved, with Killian Dane managing to eliminate Kane, following a Splash from the second rope. Going unnoticed by the other competitors amongst the heated brawling, Kane had been eliminated.

Kane eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 2-3 Team Nakamura]

Having restored their advantage, Team Nakamura had a spare man left over, with Killian Dain using this to help them get full control of the match. Having bundled The Undertaker through the ringside barricade, Killian Dain came seconds away from eliminating both Brothers of Destruction. When Cena and The Undertaker made it back to the ring, they realised they had to work together. Putting personal issues aside, John Cena and The Undertaker managed to come back into the match. Using the window of time after John Cena hit Killian Dain with an AA onto the Steel Steps, Team Bryan’s remaining members managed to eliminate Andrade “Cien” Almas, with The Undertaker hitting him with a Last Ride from the corner to send him out of the match.

Andrade “Cien” Almas eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 2-2 Team Nakamura]

Shinsuke Nakamura looked around, realising pretty quickly that he was all alone. Heading to the outside, to help Killian Dain back up, Nakamura was met by The Undertaker, the man the commentators felt may be the only WWE Superstar better at mind games than Shinsuke. Remaining on the outside, as Killian Dain was sent in to deal with John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura appeared to be watching the match slip away, powerless to do anything. This was seemingly confirmed as Team Bryan took the advantage for the first time in the match, another Attitude Adjustment to Killian Dain enough to take him out of the match.

Killian Dain eliminated via pinfall; [Team Bryan 2-1 Team Nakamura]

Nakamura was now completely alone, no back up whatsoever as he faced two of the most iconic figures in the history of the WWE. While Corey Graves said that matches like this were the reason Shinsuke came to the WWE in the first place, it was clear that “The Artist” would rather be anywhere else in the world. He did attempt a comeback, but there was little doubt about the outcome of the match. Mirroring the Survivor Series match earlier in the night, Shinsuke Nakamura was taken out by back to back finishing moves. After John Cena hit the AA to Nakamura, he extended a hand to The Undertaker, seemingly putting their issues aside. Telling his partner to “finish him off”, John Cena watched on as The Undertaker hit a Tombstone Piledriver to Nakamura in the middle of the ring. There was no getting up from that, and despite his early elimination, Daniel Bryan’s team were victorious.

Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated via pinfall

Team Bryan bt. Team Nakamura; John Cena and The Undertaker survive

Following the match, John Cena returned to the ring, joining his fellow Team Bryan member The Undertaker. Despite their history of personal issues, John Cena and The Undertaker clearly had a lot of respect for each other, having came together to fight off Almas, Dain and Nakamura. Standing tall in the ring, two of the WWE’s most recognisable Superstars had been victorious once more.

Following the star studded match that preceded, the commentators switched focus to the Main Event of Survivor Series. Having heard from Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey earlier, it was time for a look at Drew McIntyre and Shayna Baszler’s preparation. Interviewed in their Locker Room, the two Superstars chosen by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H weren’t in the mood for pleasantries.
Instead, Drew McIntyre and Shayna Baszler made it clear that their only focus tonight was winning the Main Event. It didn’t matter what they had to do, or whether it was friend or foe they had to beat, the only focus of McIntyre and Baszler was to end the night as victors, having their arms raised in the middle of the ring.

Raw Women’s Championship

Becoming personal early on in the rivalry, Nia Jax looked to strip the match back in the build up, telling Sasha Banks to “shut her mouth, and sign the contract” if she wanted a shot at the Raw Women’s Champion. When the ink was dry, things heated up once more, with Sasha Banks making a series of personal comments about the Raw Women’s Champion. Her claim that Nia Jax was a poor Champion, despite holding the title since WrestleMania, was set to be put to the test.

Sasha Banks definitely took Nia Jax to her limits, breaking her down expertly. Having sent Bayley out of Raw last month, Sasha Banks looked to make headlines for the second PPV in a row, and almost did, coming close to a submission victory via a Banks Statement. Unfortunately for anybody who wanted to see a title change hands, Nia Jax powered out of the Banks Statement. Sasha held on to Jax even as the Champion made it to her feet, but was dumped to the outside to create seperation. Upon her return to the ring, Sasha Banks was clearly in a lot of pain, and following a Samoan Drop and a Leg Drop, Nia Jax retained her title once more.

Nia Jax (c) bt. Sasha Banks

Prior to Smackdown’s Main Event for Survivor Series, The Miz spoke about his chances of leaving as WWE Champion.
The Miz said that the difference between him and the other Superstars in the match, was the fact that he works with his head, while they allow their emotions to rule them. He knew that all he had to do was to get between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, and he could shock the WWE Universe and become the WWE Champion.

WWE Championship Match

As with the other Triple Threat on the card earlier, a common enemy was present in the match for AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Unlike Jason Jordan, The Miz had noone to call upon for help, and had to use his brain to figure out his path to the WWE Championship. This involved The Miz taking breaks wherever he could, hoping that Samoa Joe and AJ Styles could beat the hell out of each other, allowing him to steal the victory. Perhaps a negative approach to a WWE Championship match, it was undoubtedly The Miz’s best option if he wanted to win the title. The tension around a potential Miz win was pivotal to the match, with “The A Lister” showing up at the most opportune times, looking to catch his opponents off guard. A master of this kind of approach, The Miz came close on a number of occasions.

When The Miz wasn’t involved, the match was as the WWE Universe have come to expect. Hard-hitting and fast-paced, the back and forth action saw the momentum of the match alternate in the favour of both men. While either man could justifiably have walked away with the WWE Championship, it seemed like AJ Styles was closing in on victory. Hitting Samoa Joe with a Phenomenal Forearm would have finished off just about any other WWE Championship match, but The Miz’s involvement prevented this. Grabbing Styles as soon as he hit the move, The Miz dropped AJ with a Skull Crushing Finale. Torn as to who to pin first, The Miz covered AJ Styles. Samoa Joe managed to break up the count at the last second, and would then drag The Miz back to his feet. Rolling towards the ropes, AJ Styles took time to recover.

AJ Styles couldn’t take too long on the sidelines however, as Samoa Joe looked to lock in the Coquina Clutch on The Miz. Sensing no other way of escaping, The Miz kicked Samoa Joe between the legs. He then went around the back of Joe, looking to hit him with a Skull Crushing Finale. As The Miz set up for the move, AJ Styles came flying across the ring, looking to take both men out with another Phenomenal Forearm. However, before Styles connected, Samoa Joe ducked out of the way. The move instead just connected with The Miz, who was knocked out on impact.

Stalking AJ Styles, Samoa Joe went for the Coquina Clutch, knowing that there was no chance that The Miz could break the hold. Styles managed to get to the corner, but this only played into Joe’s hands. Putting Styles up on the top turnbuckle, Joe was able to hit the former WWE Champion with a Muscle Buster. Dropping Styles onto The Miz, Samoa Joe ensured maximum impact on both challengers. The move caused AJ Styles to roll out of the ring, and left a winded Miz scrambling to get back to his feet. The Miz would never make it back to his feet, as Joe could smell blood in the water. Locking in the Coquina Clutch in the middle of the empty ring, Samoa Joe quickly sent The Miz to sleep, retaining the WWE Championship.

Samoa Joe (c) bt. AJ Styles and The Miz

Mixed Tag Team Match

Promoted via a video package before the match, footage was shown of how Braun Strowman and Ronda Rousey’s opponents were revealed for Survivor Series. First was Shayna Baszler, who saved Ronda Rousey from an attack from the apparent opponent Ruby Riott (with The Riott Squad). It turned out that the trio were merely patsies, allowing Shayna Baszler to reveal herself while Ronda’s guard was down. Braun’s counterpart was revealed in a more grandiose way, as the male members of the Raw roster were gathered on the stage. A spotlight fell onto Roman Reigns, who appeared to be Stephanie and Triple H’s “Chosen One” to take part in the Main Event of Survivor Series. However, before Reigns could step forward, he was jumped from behind by the true “Chosen One”, Drew McIntyre. The next week, McIntyre further asserted his dominance, throwing Roman Reigns through the window of a Limousine. His focus was then with Braun Strowman, who just like Ronda was desperate to get his hands on his opposite number. The two would be forced to wait however, as a “No Contact Clause” was added to the match (which Drew McIntyre took full advantage of). Following the entrances for the Main Event, it became clear that Braun and Ronda couldn’t wait to get their hands on their opponents. Before the bell, Drew McIntyre once again laid his hands on Braun Strowman’s Universal Championship. This caused a ruckus in the ring, delaying the start of the match

When the action was officially underway, Ronda Rousey was desperate to get her hands on Shayna Baszler, and Braun Strowman was happy to let her. Having been unable to get revenge on Baszler since the attack last month, where she was knocked out for the first time in her WWE career, Ronda couldn’t wait for the action to start. Shayna looked to approach the match tentatively, but was almost immediately caught up in a fist fight. Ronda’s enthusiasm allowed her to start well, but the cold and calculated Baszler was eventually able to turn things around. Giving Ronda the most difficult challenge for her run so far, Baszler clearly knew everything there was to know about the former MMA Champion.

Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman also had issues to iron out, and the Universal Champion was ready for one of the few men in the WWE who wouldn’t back down from a fight with him. Happy to trade blows with Strowman, Drew McIntyre impressed as he looked to break the Universal Champion down.

Very much a “showcase” match, the exhibition nature of the contest didn’t cause it to lose any of the competitiveness, with McIntyre, Baszler and Rousey all aware of what a win could do for their Championship ambitions. Taking their eyes off the ball however, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler became less interested in winning the match, and increasingly focussed on causing damage to their opponent. This resulted in the biggest moment of the night for the two of them, as Shayna Baszler caught Ronda Rousey in a Rear Naked Choke on the outside. With Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman legal, the two had fought around the ringside area, while the male competitors had been in the ring.

Looking to escape the Choke, Ronda Rousey dragged herself towards the German announcer’s table, pulling both her weight and Shayna’s onto it. Rousey then looked to power out of the hold, returning to her feet with Shayna on her back. Baszler refused to release her grip, and Ronda had only one option. Jumping backwards, Ronda Rousey sent herself, and the former NXT Women’s Champion, crashing backwards through the next announcer’s table across. Destroying the table, both Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler were completely out of contention.

With focus switching back to the ring, both Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre were seen to be returning to their feet, having fallen to the ring following a giant Superplex that took place just before Rousey climbed onto the table. On seperate sides of the ring, both Strowman and McIntyre had been distracted by the huge moment they had just witnessed between Baszler and Rousey. On the near side to where the incident took place, Strowman’s momentary glance towards the wreckage could have proved costly. Taking a split second less, and thinking a step ahead of Strowman, Drew McIntyre was ready to spring into action. As Braun Strowman pulled himself up by the ropes, he turned back towards the center of the ring. Almost instantly, Drew McIntyre ran into him, connecting a vicious Claymore Kick to the jaw.

Coming completely out of nowhere, the move clearly caught the Universal Champion off guard, and Strowman fell to the canvas, arms and legs laid flat across the ring. Hastily covering his opponent, Drew McIntyre was able to score an incredible upset, pinning the current WWE Universal Champion!

Drew McIntyre & Shayna Baszler bt. Braun Strowman & Ronda Rousey

Following the match, medical personnel surrounded Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey on the outside. While this was the first time Rousey had been on the losing side since she came to the WWE, the major story was the victory of Drew McIntyre. Keeping his emotions in check, a stern Drew McIntyre stood tall in the middle of the ring, as the referee raised his hand in the air. Once the commentators had chance to process the shocking moment that would end Survivor Series, Michael Cole noted that Drew McIntyre has become the first person to pin Braun Strowman since Brock Lesnar did last year at No Mercy.

Survivor Series closed with a look at the carnage around ringside, before a final shot of the victorious Drew McIntyre ended the broadcast...

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Coming out of Survivor Series, the main talking point as Raw opened was the Main Event of the previous night’s show. While Ronda Rousey went to war with her former friend Shayna Baszler, Drew McIntyre’s shocking pinfall victory over Braun Strowman dominated discussion. After a look back at stills from Survivor Series, including one of Drew McIntyre standing tall at the end of the night, the Scotsman was unsurprisingly out to open the show.
Further putting over his victory against Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre repeated the fact that Strowman hadn’t been pinned in well over a year before last night. McIntyre was also quick to drop in the fact that pinning the Champion is historically a fast-track ticket to challenging for their title. As McIntyre began to emphasise the impact he has had since his return to the WWE, he was cut off by Roman Reigns.
As Reigns made his way to the ring, the commentators spoke about him being pulled out of the Survivor Series match early on, as he was deemed unable to continue. Entering the ring, Roman Reigns said that while he wouldn’t be cleared for action on the night, he would be coming for Drew McIntyre as soon as he possibly could. Reigns said that when he is finished with Drew, being put through a car window will seem like child’s play. Drew McIntyre stepped up to Roman Reigns when he said this, saying that he didn’t need Reigns to be medically cleared for him to take his head off - just like to he did to Braun Strowman at Survivor Series.

Roman Reigns wouldn’t back down, and this led to the General Manager getting involved. Demanding the two men backed up, Angle had an idea he felt might suit both men.
Kurt Angle then explained that since Roman Reigns couldn’t fight tonight, Drew McIntyre would get the next best thing. Introducing McIntyre’s opponent for the night, Angle was sure that Reigns would be more than happy with his replacement for the evening… Dean Ambrose!

Also fired up from last night, albeit for different reasons, Dean Ambrose came into the match with Drew McIntyre all guns blazing. This allowed him to catch McIntyre cold, and the man who won the Main Event of Survivor Series went to the outside for a breather. Coming back into the match, Drew coped much better with Ambrose, putting his size advantage to use. Despite the competitive nature of the match, the two Superstars’ in-ring ability was undermined by the appearance of Jason Jordan on the stage.
Joined by The Authors of Pain, who returned the previous evening, Jordan looked to intentionally distract Dean Ambrose, while keeping his distance. While Ambrose managed to remain focussed on the ring, Seth Rollins (who had nothing to do with the match) couldn’t resist coming out from the back to get his hands on the self-dubbed “Golden Alpha”.
This appeared to be a set up, as the outnumbered Seth Rollins soon found himself in trouble. Despite Rollins only having himself to blame, Dean Ambrose begrudgingly left the ring, helping his friend fight off Jordan & A.O.P. This resulted in a countout victory for Drew McIntyre.

Drew McIntyre bt. Dean Ambrose (via Countout)

With Dean Ambrose fighting off into the night, along with the four other men who had interrupted the match, Drew McIntyre was left in the ring. McIntyre seemed glad the match was over, and said that with that out of the way, he could finally finish what he was saying earlier. Looking down the camera, addressing the Universal Champion, Drew McIntyre told Braun Strowman that he could either name him the Number One Contender right away… or he’ll play him a visit later in the night!

Returning from the break, an interview with Ember Moon was shown. This came after the commentators hyped up the fact that just 24 hours after beating Sasha Banks, Nia Jax had agreed to defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Ember Moon.
Speaking highly of Nia Jax, Ember Moon talked about the opportunity she would get later in the evening, challenging for the Championship for the first time ever. Despite her optimism, Ember Moon was brought back down to earth by Shayna Baszler.
Looking to intimidate the woman who would face Nia Jax in the night’s Main Event, Baszler told Moon that she stood no chance of walking out as the Raw Women’s Champion. Shayna also added that since “The Queen of Spades” arrived on the scene, Ember should give up her hopes of ever holding the title.
Returning to the ring, Elias was set up for his usual performance. As ever, he was joined by his biggest fans, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel.
Singing a song in response to Matt Hardy’s open invitation for him to come to the “Hardy Compound”, Elias made it clear that he was willing to make the trip to North Carolina. Not only did the song accept the challenge to face Bray Wyatt at the “Compound”, but when the music stopped, Elias said that he’d see Wyatt next week!

Prior to making his return to singles competition on Raw, Rey Mysterio was seen talking in the back to Finn Balor. The two have grown close since Mysterio returned to Raw, but the former WWE Champion had to go it alone on the night. Managing pretty well, and looking “arguably better than ever”, Rey Mysterio was able to pick up a victory over Dolph Ziggler. Hitting his opponent with a 6-1-9, Mysterio’s successful return continued, with a win in his first singles match back!

Rey Mysterio bt. Dolph Ziggler

WWE Raw - November 19th 2018 - Live on the USA Network!

Returning to Raw for the second hour, Kurt Angle was seen talking to Drake Maverick. As Kurt Angle made a light-hearted jibe about his team beating Drake’s at Survivor Series, the mood took a turn for the worse as Drew McIntyre entered the office.
Drew McIntyre had a simple demand, telling Kurt Angle to name him the Number One Contender to the WWE Universal Championship. Kurt Angle said that it had been less than 24 hours since Survivor Series, and he wanted to hear from Braun Strowman before making any decisions. McIntyre wasn’t happy with this, and Drake Maverick (still salty about Kurt’s joke) stoked the flames. Kurt Angle told Drew McIntyre to sit tight, but he clearly wasn’t impressed with how the General Manager had dealt with the situation.
Looking back to the opening match of the night, the commentators recapped Golden Alpha’s involvement with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. They also talked about The Authors of Pain’s return at Survivor Series, where they screwed over Ambrose & Rollins, ensuring Jason Jordan retained the Intercontinental Championship. Seth Rollins was then interviewed about this, where he said that Kurt Angle had told him to find two guys to team with against the trio tonight. Of course, both Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns were out of the question, as established earlier on.

A little bit later in the evening, Chad Gable and Finn Balor met up in the Locker Room, having been called there by Seth Rollins. The reason for this was fairly straight-forward, and the two were happy to join him against Golden Alpha!
Cutting a promo before her match, a focussed Shayna Baszler ran down the rest of the Raw Women’s division, guaranteeing that she would be the next Champion as soon as she got her shot at Nia Jax.
Shayna Baszler then dominated a local talent, making her pass out to a Rear Naked Choke in efficient manner. During the match, it was revealed that Ronda Rousey was not at the building, as a result of media duties following Survivor Series. Following the match, Shayna Baszler continued to toy with her beaten opponent, until Ronda Rousey appeared on the screen.
Ronda Rousey was clearly annoyed, and sounded furious about the result of the Survivor Series Main Event. Rousey said that especially after last night, she would do anything she possibly could to make it to Raw, but confirmed she wouldn’t be able to make it. Ronda wasn’t done with Shayna however, saying that as soon as she was able to return to the show… she’d be coming right for her former friend!

Before the match, a promo from “earlier today” was shown, as Randy Orton spoke about his desire to face Bobby Lashley. Having been beaten by him the previous week, before pinning him at Survivor Series, Orton made it clear he wanted another match against Bobby Lashley. His opponent for the night would instead be Sami Zayn, who was joined by Kevin Owens at ringside. Prior to the contest beginning, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens cut a promo, talking about Orton’s desire to face Lashley. Zayn said that Orton’s lack of focus would cost him, as it had Finn Balor when he pinned him at Survivor Series.

Sami Zayn’s doubts about Randy Orton’s focus proved to be unfounded, as “The Viper” managed to score a victory over his opponent. Despite Kevin Owens’ attempts to get involved, an RKO was enough for Orton to pick up the win.

Randy Orton bt. Sami Zayn

As the match ended, Randy Orton’s celebrations were almost immediately cut short, as Bobby Lashley made his way down to the ring undetected.
Having celebrated on the second rope, Orton turned directly into a Spear from “The Destroyer”. Refusing to answer the challenge Orton laid down, Bobby Lashley was gone as soon as he’d arrived.

Regrouping on the outside, Kevin Owens suggested to Sami Zayn that they pick the bones of Randy Orton. Approaching the ring, Kevin Owens soon realised that Zayn wasn’t following him. Instead of joining in Owens’ plan, Sami Zayn headed up the ramp, pissed off at being pinned for the second time in two nights.

Returning for the final part of the second hour of Raw, the commentators looked back at Drew McIntyre’s challenge to the Universal Champion earlier in the night. Having made his intentions perfectly clear, the commentators put over the fact that Braun Strowman would address his loss last night, and the challenge of Drew McIntyre. Following the recap, the WWE Universal Champion made his way to the ring.
Taking a microphone, Braun Strowman made it clear that he had no excuses for what happened last night. Strowman said that Drew McIntyre saw his opportunity and he took it, Braun had no issue with that. Braun Strowman admitted that he wasn’t used to saying it, but last night he was beaten!

But that doesn’t mean that Drew McIntyre is better than him, and Braun Strowman was clear that he was more than willing to face him again to prove it. Strowman said that after what happened at Survivor Series, Drew McIntyre has every reason to believe that he deserved a shot at the Universal Championship, but Braun wanted to hear it from the man himself. Wasting no time, Drew McIntyre made his way to the ring.
Rubbing in the fact that he pinned Braun Strowman in the Main Event of Survivor Series, Drew McIntyre said that there could be no question that he was next in line for a shot at the Universal title! Drew McIntyre added that until Braun Strowman defended that title against him, there was no way he (or the WWE Universe) could look at him as a legitimate Champion. Braun Strowman didn’t like McIntyre’s suggestion, having prided himself on being a Champion for the WWE Universe. Looking to further get under the skin of Strowman, Drew McIntyre once again put his hand on the WWE Universal Championship that was draped across his shoulder. With the no contact clause no longer in effected, Braun Strowman had no reason to hold back.

Strowman explained that he would be willing to fight Drew McIntyre at any time, and under any circumstances, but wondered why they would wait at all. Pushing Drew McIntyre with both hands, Braun said “I’ll fight you Drew… I’ll fight you right now!”

Moments after he said this, a huge brawl broke out between the two in the middle of the ring. Throwing punches at each other, after Strowman laid the Universal Championship to one side, it was clear that the title was the furthest thing from either man’s mind. The issue had clearly become personal, and the two men continued to fight each other, leading them out of the ring. As the brawl got dangerously close to the WWE Universe in attendance, security swarmed the ringside area, eventually managing to come between them. While the two men could probably have fought through the security, it appeared both were content to stay back. As Drew McIntyre backed up the ramp, the second hour of Raw ended with Braun Strowman staring down the man who pinned him at Survivor Series.
WWE Raw - November 19th 2018 - Live on the USA Network!

Following a recap of the chaos that ended the previous hour, Nia Jax was interviewed about the Main Event. Nia Jax spoke about her decision to defend the Championship for the second time in two nights. Jax said that she felt both Sasha Banks and Ember Moon deserved shots at the title, adding that she was proud to be a fighting Champion. Throwing Sasha Banks’ claim that Nia Jax’s title reign had been a failure back in her face, Nia Jax hoped for more of a challenge from tonight’s Raw Women’s Championship match.
Put together fairly late in the game, the team that was constructed to face Golden Alpha clearly had less of an understanding than their counterparts. While the three Superstars managed to put up a good challenge to Golden Alpha, the dominant Authors of Pain were able to put a stop to most of their momentum. Seth Rollins led his team well, but after Finn Balor had suffered at the hands of Golden Alpha, he only had Chad Gable for back up.

Trying to fight back against Golden Alpha alone, Seth Rollins found himself in trouble. When Jason Jordan left the ring, running away from the former Intercontinental Champion, his path was blocked by The Authors of Pain. This resulted in Akam & Rezar dropping him. Left with no choice but to bring Chad Gable in, the plucky underdog desperately tried to fight back against all three members of Golden Alpha. But they were just too well drilled. Throwing Finn Balor into the Steel Steps, before rolling him into the ring, The Authors of Pain ensured Seth Rollins was down and out by hitting a “Last Chapter” to him on the outside.

Returning to the ring, The Authors of Pain set up for a Super Collider, hitting back to back Powerbombs to Chad Gable and Finn Balor. With Chad still the legal man, Jason Jordan tagged himself in, pinning his former partner yet again.

Golden Alpha bt. Chad Gable, Finn Balor & Seth Rollins

Proud of The Authors of Pain, and thankful they let him take the decisive fall, Jason Jordan said that Akam & Rezar’s return makes him the most dangerous Superstar in the WWE. But something was missing, and since the Tag Team Championships were now dual branded, Jordan made The Authors of Pain’s intention clear. They wanted Rusev Day… and they wanted the WWE Tag Team Championships!

Segueing from this to the other WWE Tag Team Championships, the commentators put over Alexa Bliss and Mickie James’ part in the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships match at Survivor Series. While Asuka & Charlotte took the titles to Smackdown Live, the broadcast team still put over the achievement, and the history made at Survivor Series.
Returning to the in-ring action, The Revival scored a victory over the team of Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil. Joined by Dana Brooke and Bobby Roode after the match, The Revival made it clear that they considered the rivalry with Titus Worldwide to be over…
Following that match, Braun Strowman was interviewed in the back, asked about the brawl which took place earlier in the night. As Braun Strowman made it clear that he was just as desperate for the match with Drew McIntyre as McIntyre himself, he was cut off by Baron Corbin.
Looking to keep the attention of the WWE Universal Champion, Baron Corbin told Strowman not to look too far into the future, because Baron wasn’t done with him. The fired up and pissed off Braun Strowman wasn’t having any of it however, dropping Corbin with a single punch. The Universal Champion then looked down at “The Lone Wolf”, shaking his head at him before leaving the interview area.

Raw Women’s Championship Match

Just before the Main Event, the Champion and Challenger were put over, with commentators suggesting that as far as week in, week out competition goes, Ember Moon and Nia Jax have been two of Raw’s most consistent Superstars of 2018. Once the match was underway, the two Superstars who share a mutual respect were all about the competition. Holding the Championship since WrestleMania, the dominant Nia Jax quickly took control of the match, looking to beat Ember in her trademark dominant style. Unlike most competitors, Nia Jax wasn’t able to steamroll Ember Moon, who impressed the Champion in their first meeting.

Not only did Ember Moon show great resilience in dealing with Nia Jax, she eventually began mounting a credible challenge for the title. While an initial attempt at an Eclipse saw her caught in mid-air and flattened, Ember Moon didn’t give up. Knowing that one move was all she needed to win the title, Ember fought back again, somehow finding herself in a position to go for the Eclipse a second time. As a determined Ember Moon climbed to the top rope, waiting for Nia Jax to resurface, Shayna Baszler appeared from nowhere.
Climbing onto the apron, Shayna pushed Moon off the top rope, straight into the canvas. The outside interference forced the referee to call for the bell.

Ember Moon bt. Nia Jax (c) (via Disqualification; Nia Jax retains)

Entering the ring after the bell, Shayna Baszler dragged Ember Moon back to her feet. Furious at “The Queen of Spades”, Ember Moon tried to fight back, but the match she’d just been through had taken too much out of her. Because of this, Baszler was easily able to manhandle Moon, locking in the increasingly feared Rear Naked Choke. Quickly Ember Moon faded, and as Nia Jax returned to her feet, Shayna threw the challenger to the ground. Having ruined the Main Event of the evening, Shayna Baszler went face to face with the Raw Women’s Champion. Facing off for the first time, Nia Jax knew exactly what Shayna Baszler wanted. Leaving the ring, as Raw went off the air, Shayna Baszler signalled that she was coming for the title - looking to end the 7 month reign of Nia Jax!

Quick Results
Drew McIntyre bt. Dean Ambrose (Countout)
Rey Mysterio bt. Dolph Ziggler

Shayna Baszler bt. Bea Brunzell
Randy Orton bt. Sami Zayn

Golden Alpha (Jason Jordan & The Authors of Pain) bt. Chad Gable, Finn Balor & Seth Rollins
The Revival bt. Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & Titus O’Neil
Ember Moon bt. Nia Jax (c) (D.Q) [Raw Women’s Championship]
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Live from Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan!

First to address the WWE Universe on this week’s Raw, Ronda Rousey looked to kick off the action by calling out Shayna Baszler. Instead of being answered by “The Queen of Spades”, Ronda Rousey was met by Ember Moon.
Furious about Shayna Baszler’s involvement in her Raw Women’s Championship match last week, Ember Moon told Ronda Rousey that “with a due respect”, she was going to be the first one to get her hands on Shayna Baszler. Ronda Rousey said that she understood that Ember Moon had earned her path towards the Raw Women’s Championship, but the issues between Ronda and Shayna were personal. With the two at something on a impasse, Nia Jax came out to try and find a solution.
Telling both Ember Moon and Ronda Rousey that she was well aware of both of their issues with Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax promised that she’d speak to Kurt about the situation. When this discussion did take place, Kurt Angle’s answer was to make a Number One Contendership match between Ember Moon and Shayna Baszler. While this wouldn’t have appeased Ronda Rousey, Kurt Angle seemed confident that he could keep her from getting involved.
Earlier in the night, Shayna Baszler had commented on being “Public Enemy #1”, saying that with all of the division fighting to get their hands on her, she holds all the cards!
Over on the male side of the roster, the WWE Universal Champion was the one doing the chasing, challenging Drew McIntyre following their intense brawl last week.
Drew McIntyre did respond to Braun Strowman, but kept his distance from the Universal Champion. McIntyre explained that since he pinned Strowman at Survivor Series, he had no reason to get in the ring with him unless it was for the WWE Universal Championship. As a result, Drew McIntyre remained at the top of the ramp, making it clear that the two men would only competed if the title was on the line. McIntyre’s decision not to walk down the ramp came back to bite him, with Roman Reigns jumping him from the side as he turned to leave.
Spearing Drew McIntyre from the side, Roman Reigns sent McIntyre flying across the top of the stage. Staying on top of the man who threw him through a glass window when Raw was in the UK, Roman Reigns laid into Drew McIntyre relentlessly, refusing to let up. Having been blindsided by “The Big Dog”, Drew McIntyre was given no chance to defend himself, as the now medically cleared Roman Reigns exacted his revenge. When McIntyre had been beaten to a degree that was deemed sufficient, Roman Reigns returned to his feet, turning his attention to Braun Strowman. Having watched the brutal attack unfold, Braun Strowman was well aware of the fire inside Roman Reigns, and his desire to become the Universal Champion.

Later in the evening, an angry Drew McIntyre once again confronted Kurt Angle. Furious that Roman Reigns was getting in the way of his Universal Championship shot, McIntyre wanted action from Angle. Kurt Angle did have a solution for Drew McIntyre, but not one that impressed him. Making a match next week, Kurt Angle told Drew McIntyre that if he beat Roman Reigns one on one, he’d get his shot at Braun Strowman for the Universal title.
Going one on one with Baron Corbin, Rey Mysterio picked another impressive victory, pinning “The Lone Wolf” following a 6-1-9.
After the match, a bitter Baron Corbin attacked Rey Mysterio from behind, laying into him in a fit of rage. Taking Rey Mysterio to the outside, Corbin picked up the small Superstar, putting him on his shoulder. Corbin then ran towards the Steel Ring Post, slamming Rey shoulder first into it. Mysterio fell to the floor, having been lawndarted into the post, and Corbin left up the ramp.
Publicly apologising to Kevin Owens for his reaction to defeat last week, Sami Zayn joined his best friend at ringside as he took his turn in facing Randy Orton. Continuing the success he has enjoy since joining the Raw roster, Orton picked up a victory over Owens. As Orton stood tall after the match, he made it clear that he still wanted revenge over Lashley for the attack last week. Bobby Lashley did come to the top of the ramp, but went no further despite Orton’s call out.

While Bobby Lashley did nothing but look down towards Randy Orton in the ring, the distraction he caused allowed Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to regroup.
Jumping Orton from behind, Owens & Zayn took their frustration at losing to him in back to back weeks out on “The Viper”. As the two men continued to attacked Orton, Finn Balor made his way out from the back.
Steaming past Lashley, as he sprinted down the ramp, Finn Balor made the save, clearing the ring of Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. Balor then checked on his Survivor Series teammate, checking that the damage done by Owens & Zayn wasn’t too severe.
As well as all the action in the arena, Raw also featured a series of segments that took place out of the building, with Elias, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel opening the show. Seen walking through a dark field, Elias carried his Guitar with him as he searched out the “Hardy Compound”. Having been issued with an invitation to fight Bray Wyatt at the Compound by Matt Hardy, Elias eventually arrived at the gates.
Ready to “Walk With The Woken”, Elias was the only one of the three men who seemed prepared for what awaited him on the other side. Clearly afraid of what they were walking into, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel suggested to Elias that they call off the visit. Elias however, had no intention of leaving.

Confirmed to be at “The Hardy Compound”, Elias’ battle with Bray Wyatt would only be shown at the end of the evening. Before that, the encounter was heavily promoted, with a tour of the compound (which featured appearances from Reby, Senor Benjamin and Hardy’s children) hyping Elias’ Walk With The Woken. Matt Hardy showed the WWE Universe the various monuments of his Compound, putting over the vast possibilities available to both competitors. References were also made to “The Ultimate Deletion”, which took place earlier in the year, and saw Bray Wyatt enter “The Compound” looking to destroy Matt Hardy. However, after being defeated by Hardy, Wyatt joined him as a “Woken Warrior” upon his emergence from The Lake of Reincarnation.

Returning to The Compound when all other business had been dealt with, it was time for Elias to “Walk With The Woken…”
Going face to face in the Hardy ring, Bray Wyatt and Elias began with some general brawling around the ring. While Matt Hardy could not yet be seen, his laugh could be heard, creating an unsettling atmosphere for Elias. When the brawl left the ring, things took a turn for the stranger, with Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel bemused by what they were seeing. As the two Superstars fought throughout The Hardy Compound, Bray Wyatt got the better of Elias. Looking to cause damage to “The Drifter”, Bray Wyatt was only stopped from doing so as Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel became involved. Dallas & Axel were able to dragged Elias away from danger, and through a door, only to realised they had walked into the path of Matt Hardy, who was sat on his trusty “Mower of Lawns”.
Matt Hardy drove the Mower towards the trio, but they managed to move out of the way at the last moment, causing Hardy to crash into the wall. Bray Wyatt soon joined everybody else, but was outnumbered as Dallas & Axel furthered their involvement. Getting off the Mower of Lawns, Matt Hardy helped Bray Wyatt fight back. Given total creative license, the match / segment continued with Matt Hardy drawing upon more and more unusual items from around The Compound.

Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy eventually found themselves more than a match for the three men, especially with the environment playing to their advantage. The madness would eventually have to come to an end, and it did, as Elias and Bray Wyatt reached the Lake of Reincarnation. Elias seemed to get the better of Bray Wyatt, finding his Guitar and swinging it at his opponent. However, before he could cover Wyatt, Elias found himself transfixed on the Lake of Reincarnation. Popping up behind Elias, in horror-movie fashion, Bray waited for “The Drifter” to turn around. Hitting him with a Sister Abigail, Bray Wyatt was able to win the battle against Elias.

Following the “match”, Bray Wyatt made clear his intention to throw Elias into the Lake of Reincarnation. Before he made it to the Lake however, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel jumped in the way, looking to save Elias. While they did manage to free Elias, their actions put them in the line of fire. As they backed away from Wyatt their path was cut off by Matt Hardy, who alerted them to his presence with his signature laugh. Having had long-term issues with Elias’ biggest fans, The Deleters of Worlds turned their focus towards Dallas & Axel, eventually throwing them into the “Lake of Reincarnation”. With a huge splash of water, the two men would not be seen again. However, when Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy turned around to do the same to Elias, “The Drifter” had managed to escape...
Also on Raw...
  • Building on Golden Alpha’s victory last week, The Authors of Pain defeated Titus Worldwide. Following the match, Jason Jordan reiterated the challenge of A.O.P to Rusev Day, saying that Akam & Rezar were ready to take the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Looking to take The Revival to the next level, after they finally put their rivalry with Titus Worldwide behind them, Robert Roode asked Kurt Angle what was next for the group. Kurt Angle put Dash & Dawson in a match against a fired up Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which they would ultimately lose. Earlier in the night, Dana Brooke called a meeting with her “Glorious Revival” associates, revealing her intention to go it alone. This desire to focus on her in-ring career was met with respect by Roode & The Revival, before she went on to lose to Natalya in singles competition. After the match, Dana extended a hand of respect towards Natalya, which she accepted.
  • Ruby Riott picked up a win over Mickie James, assisted by The Riott Squad. Following the match, the trio humiliated the veteran Superstar, adding insult to injury. Shown to be watch the incident going down in the back, Alexa Bliss remained unmoved, refusing to help her long-time friend.

Quick Results
The Authors of Pain bt. Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose
Natalya bt. Dana Brooke.
Rey Mysterio bt. Baron Corbin

Randy Orton bt. Kevin Owens

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins bt. The Revival
Ruby Riott bt. Mickie James
Bray Wyatt bt. Elias [#WalkWithTheWoken @ The Hardy Compound]
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Live from Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon!

Raw opened with the commentators hurriedly introducing footage of an incident which took place just before the show went on the air. In the back, Roman Reigns was shown to be the aggressor in a brawl between himself and Drew McIntyre.
The two were eventually pulled apart, with Roman Reigns still desperate to get his hands on Drew McIntyre. McIntyre was also fired up, having been assaulted on his way into the building. Arriving on the scene, General Manager Kurt Angle asked what had happened.
When Kurt was informed that Reigns had started the brawl, he ordered that the instigator be taken away, locked up in isolation for the rest of the show. Angle insisted that nobody was going to ruin the night’s Main Event, and making sure Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns made it there in one piece was paramount.
Returning live, the commentators put over the two huge Number One Contendership matches scheduled for the night, with Ember Moon going one on one with Shayna Baszler, and Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns facing off for the right to challenge Braun Strowman at Starrcade. This was followed by a look back at the rivalry between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, which was described as a “Brutal War”. During the package, footage was shown of the initial attack by Drew McIntyre on Roman Reigns, which was followed by McIntyre putting Reigns head first through a Limousine window. When Roman Reigns returned from the attack, he set his sights on revenge, coming between Drew McIntyre and what he believe to be his rightful path towards the WWE Universal Championship.
Out of the video package, back to back interviews were conducted, first with Shayna Baszler, and then with Ember Moon.
Both women spoke confidently about their chances at victory, looking forward to their opportunity to become the next Raw Women’s Champion. Ember Moon put over her long and arduous path towards the upcoming opportunity, which contrasted with Shayna Baszler’s steamrolling of the competition. With two very different journeys towards the Championship opportunity, the winner would pose two contrasting challengers of Nia Jax.
Following those interviews, Braun Strowman made his entrance. Coming down to the ring with the Universal Championship on his shoulder, it was clear Braun had something we wanted to get off his chest.
Talking about Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns in the Main Event, Braun Strowman seemed just as happy to face off with either man at the next Pay-Per-View, which would go by the name of “Starrcade”. While Braun Strowman considered Roman Reigns to be one of the toughest challengers in the WWE Locker Room, he admitted that evening the odds with Drew McIntyre was his number one priority. Whether it would be at Starrcade or at a later date wasn’t important, but defending the Universal Championship in two weeks definitely was. Braun talking about defending his Championship brought out another Raw Champion, Intercontinental Champion Jason Jordan. As ever, Jordan was joined by his “Golden Alpha” teammates, The Authors of Pain.
Jason Jordan spoke confidently, knowing that his back up were there if his mouth got him into trouble. Telling Braun Strowman that they were the real Champions on Raw, Jason Jordan said that the only reason they don’t hold all the gold is because Akam got injured… and Braun’s a coward!

Braun Strowman laughed at this suggestion, and made fun of Jason Jordan’s belief that he would stand a chance against him. Jason Jordan’s confidence was helped by the appearance of Drake Maverick on the ramp, who he believed was there to back him up.
Unfortunately for Jordan, Maverick was only there to do the bidding of his superior Kurt Angle, informing the Intercontinental Champion that on orders of the General Manager, he would be going one on one against Braun Strowman… next!

Having turned his back on his father in a bitter rage, Jason Jordan’s time on Raw has gone from bad to worst since Kurt Angle was reinstated as General Manager. Of course, this was unlikely to change in a match against Braun Strowman, even with the presence of The Authors of Pain at ringside. Managing longer than he would have been expected to, Jason Jordan fell short of his pre-match declarations, losing to a Running Powerslam from the Universal Champion.

Braun Strowman bt. Jason Jordan

Following the match, Braun Strowman scooped the arrogant Jason Jordan up from the mat, dropping him over the top rope towards The Authors of Pain. Akam & Rezar took exception to the disrespect shown by Braun Strowman, and looked to confront him.
When the two men climbed on to the apron, Braun Strowman looked more than ready for both of the former Raw Tag Team Champions. Despite his dominance as Universal Champion, the commentators didn’t fancy Braun Strowman’s chances against both members of The Authors of Pain. The answer as to whether Strowman could have fought off the two of them wouldn’t be answered at this time, as Rey Mysterio ran down to the ring to join Braun Strowman.
The size contrast between Rey Mysterio and Braun Strowman (as well as The Authors of Pain) drew comment from the announce team, but was enough to discourage the A.O.P from entering the ring. Corey Graves was bemused by decision to step down by The Authors of Pain, and questioned why they would be afraid of Rey Mysterio. He was however informed that they have been encouraged to step down by Jason Jordan, who required them to help him to the back following his defeat to Strowman.

Appreciative of Rey Mysterio’s help, Braun Strowman offered his hand to the veteran Superstar, with the two standing tall together in the ring. It was noted as an example that opposites really do attract, as the commentators made light of their little and large connection.

Coming back from the break, the commentators talked about the incident involving Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns earlier in the night. This led into a live look at Roman Reigns, who was placed in “isolation” by Kurt Angle.
With CCTV footage shown of the room that Reigns had been locked inside, “The Big Dog” was seen to be pacing back and forth. Clearly only adding to Roman’s frustrations, the commentators suggested that Reigns would be even more dangerous when he was let out for the Main Event!
Switching gears, an in-depth look was taken at “#WalkWithTheWoken” from last week, as Elias entered the bizarre “Woken Universe”. Showing the key moments from Elias’ trip into the “Hardy Compound”, his defeat following a Sister Abigail was replayed. After the “match” had finished, Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy threw Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel into “The Lake of Reincarnation”. Since then, the two have not been seen. Despite his experience, Elias was at Raw, seemingly ready to give a performance.
Soon, it became clear that the experience had deeply affected Elias, as he couldn’t bring himself to begin his performance. After several failed attempts to get going, Elias gave up. Leaving his Guitar in the ring, “The Drifter” walked up the ramp, shaking his head.
Returning to in-ring competition, Alexa Bliss went one on one with Sarah Logan. Having watched from afar as The Riott Squad beat up her long-term friend and mentor Mickie James, Alexa Bliss had no back-up as she was forced to deal with the numbers of The Riott Squad. Unlike Mickie, Alexa was able to come out of the match victorious, having fought Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan off.
Following the match, Alexa Bliss said that she didn’t need anybody's help, especially when it comes to beating The Riott Squad. Running down the trio, Alexa saved particular scorn for Liv Morgan, who she called a cheap rip-off. Making it clear that she was confident to go it alone, Alexa Bliss said that she didn’t need Mickie James… or anybody for that matter!
WWE Raw - December 2018 - Live on the USA Network!

Returning to the second hour of Raw, the commentators talked about Rey Mysterio having Braun Strowman’s back earlier in the night. After footage was shown of Rey Mysterio, who backed up Braun Strowman against The Authors of Pain, the commentators sent over to an interview with them, as Renee Young stood by.
Conducted to highlight the difference in size between the two men, it was clear that Braun Strowman and Rey Mysterio were getting along very well, during a light-hearted interview with Renee Young. Despite the lightweight nature of the questions being asked, and the generally good atmosphere, one man wasn’t on board with the “fun”. Confronting the duo, Drew McIntyre had some words for the Universal Champion.
Drew McIntyre told Braun Strowman that he is right to be enjoying himself, because he won’t be smiling at all after Starrcade. McIntyre said that while Braun’s laughing and joking, he is preparing to do to what he did to Strowman at Survivor Series, to Roman Reigns tonight. As he walked away, Drew McIntyre looked down on Rey Mysterio, looking to intimidate the much smaller Superstar.
Moving on from that, Jason Jordan was seen in the office with Drake Maverick, stewing after watching Braun Strowman and Rey Mysterio’s interview.
Making general complaints about General Manager Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan rattled off everything that had been done to him since Kurt was reinstated. This included the fact that he had to defend his Championship against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at Survivor Series, a match which he was still able to win. As Jason Jordan continued to moan, he didn’t realise that Kurt Angle had returned to his office.
Drake Maverick tried to warn Jordan, but the Intercontinental Champion’s rant was not ready to stop. One particular remark would be the one that got Jason Jordan into trouble, as he told Drake that he had to do something, “What’s next? Is he going to make me defend against 3… 4… even 5 people?!”

This was when Kurt Angle broke his silence, saying “that sounds like a great idea!” Jason Jordan facepalmed as he realised Kurt Angle had been listening in, and told the General Manager that it was time he stopped victimising him. Angle said he was doing nothing of the sort, saying that he was going to listen to Jordan, and take his feeling on board. Jordan was pleased by this, before Angle told him “I already have listened… that’s why I am granting your request to defend your Championship against 5 challengers... in two weeks at Starrcade!” Jason Jordan couldn’t believe what he was hearing, and stormed out of the room. Laughing at the Intercontinental Champion, Kurt Angle was clearly enjoying getting his own back on his turncoat son.

Prior to the match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bemoaned their defeats to Randy Orton in back to back weeks, saying that they weren’t here to lose to Randy Orton again. Responding to them, Orton said that losing to him is the exact reason they were in the ring, introducing his partner for the scheduled match… Finn Balor!

From early on in the match, Finn and Randy looked to have the upper hand, with Owens & Zayn clearly having a bee in their bonnet about having to compete. Looking to be completely on the same page, the growing friendship between Balor and Orton was on show once more, as they closed in on victory. Things didn’t go to plan from there however, as Bobby Lashley made his presence known.
Getting into it with Randy Orton at ringside, Bobby Lashley was warned to leave ringside by the referee. He did this, but before Orton returned to the apron, Owens (not legal at the time) distracted the referee. With the official dealing with Owens, Lashley ran back down the ramp. Hearing Lashley, Orton turned around just in time to be taken down by a Spear. Lashley then backed up the ramp, as the referee’s focus returned to the action.

With Orton out on the floor, Finn Balor found himself in a two on one situation. As good as he is, Balor couldn’t overcome the odds, and was defeated following a Frog Splash from Owens, set up by a Sami Zayn Helluva Kick!

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Finn Balor & Randy Orton

Returning from the break, a vignette showed, promoting the fact that “The Big Bang is Coming!” Having been shown on 205 Live in recent weeks, the mysterious hype package made its first appearance on Raw.
Dana Brooke went one on one with Nia Jax. Having recently decided to sever her association with “The Glorious Revival”, Brooke was joined at ringside by Alicia Fox. Footage was shown from earlier in the day, as Dana struck a deal with Fox to be in her corner. This did her little good against the Raw Women’s Champion, but she had nonetheless given her all against tough competition. Following the match, Nia Jax stayed in the ring.
Ready for the Number One Contendership match that would take place right after her match, Jax was ready for her potential challengers. As talk turned to how both competitors had made it to within a step of a Championship shot, Nia Jax left the ring. When she walked up the ramp, she crossed paths with Shayna Baszler, who was making her entrance…

Put over as a huge match in the Women’s Division, the two competitor approached the match in a tentative manner, aware of the dangers their opposition posed. When the match eventually got going, Nia Jax joined commentary, but spoke very little throughout. Just as focussed were the competitors in the ring, who went all out for the chance to face the Raw Women’s Champion. Both Superstar had chances to win the match, each coming close on a number of occasions. After a while, the familiar dominance of Shayna Baszler was there for all to see. Showcasing her physically brutal style, Shayna Baszler applied her techniques perfectly, as she broke down her fellow Championship hopeful. Almost in autopilot, the sequence that had already won Shayna so many matches was well underway. Whether it could be stopped was another question.

Eventually, Shayna Baszler set up for the Rear Naked Choke, but once again proving to be the most difficult singles opponent “The Queen of Spades” has faced, Ember Moon escaped. This allowed her to mount an unlikely comeback attempt. Taking Baszler out of her comfort zone, in a way most opponents haven’t been able to, Ember Moon found herself in position to hit the Eclipse. As she set up, it was put over that had it not been for the Baszler involvement in Ember’s match with Nia Jax two weeks ago, that move may well have won her the Raw Women’s Championship. This time, there was nobody to stop her from hitting the move. Diving from the top rope, Ember Moon connected with the Eclipse, but couldn’t complete the move. Somehow reversing the momentum back into her own favour, Baszler stopped the move from being completed, by overpowering Ember Moon and ensuring that the “Stunner” didn’t land. Now in a prone position, Ember Moon found herself locked in the Rear Naked Choke just seconds after the attempted Eclipse. Such a quick transition caught Ember off guard, and she was unable to escape. After a slightly longer than usual struggle, the body of Ember Moon went limp, and Shayna Baszler was declared the winner.

Shayna Baszler bt. Ember Moon

Standing tall as the new Number One Contender, Shayna Baszler was joined in the ring by Nia Jax.
Facing off in a traditional “Champion vs. Challenger” pose, the commentators confirmed that Nia Jax would defend her Raw Women’s Championship in a one on one match at WWE Starrcade. Despite this match being decided, Ronda Rousey still wanted in on the action. Walking down to the ring, Ronda came between Nia and Shayna Baszler.
It was clear that Ronda Rousey wanted to drop Shayna Baszler there and then, and the tension between the two was clearly mutual. However, instead of getting physical, Ronda took a microphone. Once again stood between Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, Ronda said that she was going to be there at Starrcade. Turning to Shayna, it looked like Ronda had something to say to her former friend, but instead she switched focus to Nia Jax. Jax was interested in what the other Championship hopeful in the ring had to say, but Ronda wasn’t looking to create an issue between the two. Instead, Ronda’s message was one of encouragement, as she pointed at Shayna Baszler and told Nia Jax to “Kick her ass at Starrcade!”

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Returning to the final hour of Raw with a look back at the end of the previous one, Shayna Baszler’s victory over Ember Moon (and the post-match confrontation) was recapped. This led into an interview with Ronda Rousey, who had just arrived in the back.
Explaining her actions, and the lack of physicality between herself and Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey said that it isn’t her place to fight Shayna at the moment. Ronda said that Nia Jax should be given the chance to get her hands on Baszler, adding that she respects the Champion enough not to get involved before then. She carried on, saying that it’s Nia Jax’s job to destroy Shayna Baszler now, but Ronda reiterated that she would be at Starrcade, promising that win, lose or draw, Shayna would eventually have to answer to her!
Joined by The Revival, Robert Roode cut a promo before his match with Seth Rollins.
Robert Roode commented that after their victory over The Revival last week, there has been talk of Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose targeting the WWE Tag Team Championships. Roode said that was all well and good, but right now Rollins had to focus on “The Glorious One”. Robert Roode said that Rollins may have faced him before, but he hasn’t face “this” Robert Roode. When Seth Rollins came out for the match, he was joined by Dean.
Scoring the victory in the match, Seth Rollins’ win was surrounded by the speculation that he and Dean may be looking towards once again becoming Tag Team Champions. While the two hadn’t commented on the rumours, the talk was clearly enough to get under the skin of The Authors of Pain.
First jumping Dean Ambrose on the outside, the two men turned their focus to Seth Rollins in the ring. Seth looked to fight back against the men who cost him and Dean their opportunity to become the Intercontinental Champion at Survivor Series. Outnumbered and overpowered, Seth Rollins quickly fell to the same fate as Dean Ambrose, as The A.O.P dropped him with a “Last Chapter”.
Returning from the break, a flash frame was shown, for just a few seconds. It showed Bray Wyatt on his knees in front of the “Lake of Reincarnation”, in the exact spot that he defeated Elias last week, before throwing Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel into the water.
In much greater spirits than he had been, Jason Jordan was shown in the back with a smile on his face, happy to have seen his long-term rivals Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins taken out by his friends Akam & Rezar. Approaching Jordan with a stern look on his face, Kurt Angle clearly wasn’t happy.

Confronting Jason Jordan, Kurt Angle informed the Champion that when he defends the Championship in a Six Way at Starrcade, he would have to do it alone. The reason for this was simple, as he confirmed that The Authors of Pain that they would also be in action at the event, facing Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins!
Returning to ringside, the commentators spoke about the situation with Roman Reigns, who has been locked in what is essentially “solitary confinement” since the beginning of the show. Sending over to a live feed of the room that Roman was locked in, the commentators suggested that Roman Reigns would be losing his mind in the room.
After an agitated Roman Reigns was shown, clearly desperate to get out of the room, the three man commentary team were divided as to whether Reigns’ mindstate was a good thing for Drew McIntyre… or a very bad thing.
Set-up by a skit from earlier in the day, where Jinder Mahal suggested that “even” The Singh Brothers could beat Titus Worldwide, Apollo Crews & No Way Jose destroyed Sunil & Samir, defeating them in just a few minutes.
Before Crews & Jose had chance to celebrate, the commentators informed viewers of an incident going on in the back. As the backstage area was shown, Rey Mysterio was seen on the ground, having been assaulted by Baron Corbin.
Following up his attack from last week, where he threw Rey into the Ring Post, Corbin this week targeted the knee of Rey Mysterio, which has famously caused him issues over the years. As the attack continued, Corbin tore at the tights of Rey Mysterio, exposing a knee brace underneath his wrestling gear. Baron Corbin continued to lay into Rey Mysterio, leaving him down and out in the back. Heading into a break, the commentators said that the Main Event was up next...

Returning to Raw ahead of the Main Event, footage was shown of the room that Roman Reigns had been in. Stood outside, a man put a key into the door, as Reigns was released from “Solitary Confinement”. Having spent almost three hours locked away, before one of the biggest matches of his year, Roman Reigns was ready for action!

Before the Main Event, footage was once again played showing the rivalry between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns. Extremely violent, due to the personal nature of the feud, the video package put over that the match would be extremely physical. Once the bell rang, the two competitors couldn’t contain themselves. Going straight into it, Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns forgot about wrestling moves, and started a straight up fist fight. As a result of this reckless approach, the two men soon found themselves on the outside of the ring, continuing to brawl. The referee could do nothing to control the men, and looked to get them back into the ring before starting his 10 count. Blinded with rage, Roman Reigns barely registered the referee’s count, and it took McIntyre entering the ring for him to follow. Hitting Reigns with a Knee to the side of the head, McIntyre sent Reigns back to the outside, following soon after. Despite being just a few minutes into the match, McIntyre looked to bring the Steel Steps into play, dislodging them from the corner of the ring. Feeling that he deserved the shot regardless of the result, McIntyre threw Reigns into the Steel Steps, looking to get a countout victory over “The Big Dog”.

Barely making it back into the ring, Roman Reigns was set upon by Drew McIntyre as soon as he returned. What the opening minutes of the match showed was that as much as Roman Reigns hated Drew McIntyre, the Scottish Superstar’s sense of injustice was just as strong as his opponent’s. In many ways, the two Superstar’s differences were their greatest similarity.

With Drew McIntyre in control, he showed how he managed to defeat Braun Strowman at Survivor Series, and why many have long tipped him as a breakout star in the WWE. If Survivor Series was a star making performance, then this match with Roman Reigns had the chance to be the one that proved McIntyre shone brighter than any other Superstar in the Universe. Enjoying the best of much of the match, McIntyre couldn’t put Roman Reigns away, as the Superstar who had been locked up all night began to fight back. This comeback gathered steam, with Roman Reigns definitively turning the corner with a Superman Punch to his opponent.

Momentum was building for Reigns’ push to become the Number One Contender, as he looked to set up Drew McIntyre for a Spear. Whether he could have hit the move was taken out of the question however, as Dolph Ziggler made his way down to the ring.
Having not been associated with Drew McIntyre since he was chosen to face Braun Strowman at Survivor Series, the commentators were confused as to Dolph’s reasoning for making his presence known. While Michael Cole relaid the fact that Drew McIntyre blanked Dolph Ziggler from the moment he got a sniff of a higher status role in the company, Corey Graves disagreed, suggesting that it was all part of a masterplan. He called it “genius”.

What happened next, nobody could explain. Having entered the ring, and pushed past the referee, Dolph Ziggler looked to Drew McIntyre (who had now got back to his feet), before hitting Roman Reigns with a Superkick. While this wouldn’t be surprising in normal circumstances, Dolph’s decision resulted in the referee calling a DQ victory for Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns bt. Drew McIntyre (DQ)

With Roman Reigns down on the mat, Drew McIntyre couldn’t believe what had just happened. Clearly not pre-planned with Drew before the match, the commentators questioned why Dolph Ziggler would move to hand Roman Reigns the Number One Contendership. Corey Graves suggested that it was because “Ziggler is an idiot!”, but it soon became clear he was anything but. Flashing a smirk towards Drew McIntyre, before he rolled out of the ring (and harms way), it couldn’t be clearer that Dolph Ziggler knew exactly what he was doing.

Drew McIntyre protested to the referee, but it was too late. Dolph Ziggler was now at the top of the ramp, with Michael Cole taking going as far as to justify Ziggler’s actions, suggesting Drew McIntyre deserved what happened after he dropped his only friend! The reality of what Ziggler had taken from him continued to sink in on McIntyre, who held his head in his hands, as Ziggler laughed at him from the safety of the ramp. As the show ended, Roman Reigns returned to his feet, on the outside, with no comprehension of what had just transpired, besides the fact that he was the new Number One Contender!

Quick Results
Braun Strowman bt. Jason Jordan
Alexa Bliss bt. Sarah Logan

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn bt. Finn Balor & Randy Orton
Nia Jax bt. Dana Brooke
Shayna Baszler bt. Ember Moon [Number One Contendership; Raw Women’s Championship]

Seth Rollins bt. Robert Roode
Titus Worldwide’s Apollo Crews & No Way Jose bt. The Singh Brothers
Roman Reigns bt. Drew McIntyre (DQ) [Number One Contendership; WWE Universal Championship]
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A look back at the conclusion of last week’s Main Event was the key part of the video package to catch fans up at the start of the show, as Dolph Ziggler got involved in a Number One Contendership match between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns. Having been aligned with Drew since McIntyre returned to Raw, it was assumed that Ziggler was there to help him towards victory. However, in a surprising turn of events, Dolph Superkicked Roman Reigns, handing “The Big Dog” a victory by Disqualification. His reasoning wasn’t clear, until he locked eyes with Drew McIntyre. Flashing a smirk at his friend, who distanced himself from Dolph in recent weeks, it was clear that Ziggler knew exactly what he was doing.

Opening up the show, it was Dolph Ziggler who made his way to the ring. As he did, Michael Cole put over the fact that last week was about “respect” for Dolph Ziggler, who had been pushed aside once he no longer served a purpose for Drew McIntyre.
Clearly in a fairly light-hearted mood, a smiling Dolph Ziggler gave off the air of somebody with no “Fs” left to give. Explaining his actions last week, Ziggler made it clear that what happened had nothing to do with Roman Reigns, because he doesn’t care about Roman Reigns. It wasn’t about the Universal Championship either. It was about respect, and it was about a friendship that clearly didn’t mean a thing to Drew McIntyre.

But it did mean something to Dolph Ziggler, and when he got to the back last week, he wondered if he was the only one any of this mattered to anymore. Taking on a much more serious tone, Dolph Ziggler said that when Drew McIntyre came to Raw, they had a mission. It wasn’t just about winning matches, it was about making a difference… together. But Drew McIntyre forgot about that, just like he forgot about Dolph Ziggler. Last week was just Dolph’s reminder (since Drew wouldn’t answer his calls, or speak to him in the back) that he still existed. Ziggler added that he would have been happy to stand with Drew McIntyre last week, but Drew forced him to do it differently. Dolph Ziggler said that he would be the first to admit that Drew McIntyre deserved a shot at the Universal Championship, but nobody knows better than him that in the WWE, you don’t always get what you deserve. By now, Drew McIntyre had heard enough.
Making his way to the ring swiftly, Drew McIntyre was furious at the sight of Dolph Ziggler. He grabbed a microphone from ringside, but once he entered the ring his only intention was to take Dolph down. Dropping his former friend to the mat, Drew McIntyre began to lay into Dolph Ziggler, hitting him with heavy shots to the head. McIntyre had lost it, and there would be nothing that could stop him from laying into Ziggler.

When McIntyre finally let up, it was only momentary, as he left the ring to grab the Steel Steps. Drew McIntyre clearly had sinister intentions, wanting to make Dolph pay for what happened last week. As Dolph Ziggler dragged himself back to his feet, Drew McIntyre ran at him, hitting him with the Steel Steps. Drew then set one half of the steps up in the ring, placing Dolph Ziggler on them. When it became clear that Drew McIntyre intended to take Ziggler out completely, Kurt Angle came to the top of the ramp.
Kurt Angle threatened to get security on Drew, ordering him to put the Steel Steps down. McIntyre didn’t take a microphone, but instead shouted towards Angle, telling him that by the time security made it to the ring, it would be too late. Angle then turned to begging McIntyre to put the Steel Steps down, asking him what it would take for him to put them down. Drew McIntyre’s demands were simple, as he took the microphone and said that he already pinned Braun Strowman, and he wanted a shot at the Universal Championship. Kurt Angle had a compromise, telling Drew that there was already a Universal Championship match at Starrcade, but he offered him a shot at Dolph Ziggler at the show. Drew McIntyre responded to this by lifting up the Steel Steps to take Ziggler out. This forced Angle to change his offer, suggesting that Drew McIntyre faced Dolph Ziggler tonight. He added that if Drew McIntyre won the match, he’d add him to the Main Event of Starrcade this Sunday! That seemed to appease Drew McIntyre, as he threw the Steel Steps down and left the ring.
Back from the break, the commentators put over the Main Event of Raw, before heading to the back where Roman Reigns was questioned about what had just transpired. Roman Reigns made it clear that he didn’t give a damn about the result of the Main Event, saying that all he’s focussed on is becoming the WWE Universal Champion! Before then, Roman Reigns was scheduled to face Kevin Owens, and he was more than happy to show Braun Strowman… and possibly Drew McIntyre… exactly what would be in store for them at Starrcade!

Joined by Ronda Rousey during her entrance, Natalya went one on one with the woman who would face Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship at Starrcade. Once Natalya was in the ring, Ronda Rousey joined commentary, and spoke during the match about her desire to get her hands on Shayna Baszler after Starrcade. Ronda admitted that Baszler was a huge challenge for Nia Jax, and “The Queens of Spades” showed why against Natalya. Brutalising the veteran Superstar, Shayna Baszler showed zero respect to the former Smackdown Women’s Champion. Her violent approach was too much for Natalya, and she was eventually able to lock in the Rear Naked Choke to score the victory.

Shayna Baszler bt. Natalya

After the match, Baszler took a little too long to release the Choke, and Ronda Rousey felt compelled to get involved.
Ronda Rousey entering the ring resulted in Shayna Baszler releasing the hold, and going nose to nose with the woman who she turned on two months ago. The two looked close to coming to blows, when the music of Nia Jax hit.
The Raw Women’s Champion came down to the ring, getting between Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler. Looking down towards Ronda Rousey, Nia Jax told Ronda to “keep out of it!” Jax then turned her back on Ronda, looking to Shayna Baszler. Ronda clearly didn’t like this, but accepted that Starrcade (which she had earlier confirmed she would be in attendance for) wasn’t about her.

Returning to the show, the feed was “taken over” as the commentators spoke, with footage being shown from “The Hardy Compound”.
Sat in his dilapidated boat, Matt Hardy was seen laying back, “fishing” in the Lake of Reincarnation. When the interruption was over, the commentators were bemused by what they had seen, wondering if Hardy was looking for Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, who hadn’t been seen since they were thrown into the Lake.
Also interviewed about the Main Event, Braun Strowman was equally prepared for his match with Roman Reigns to become a Triple Threat, also featuring Drew McIntyre. Braun Strowman was also dragged in another direction, asked for an update on the wellbeing of Rey Mysterio. Braun said that he spoke to Rey Mysterio earlier, and he’s ready to compete tonight!
Joined by The Revival, Robert Roode talked about his defeat to Seth Rollins last week.
Despite the loss, Robert Roode was equally confident in his chances against Dean Ambrose, who he would face on Raw. Roode once again put over the fact that Ambrose & Rollins had one eye on their match at Starrcade, and as a result would fall victim to “The Glorious Revival” of Robert Roode.

Robert Roode was proved wrong once again during the match, as Dean Ambrose came out of a hard-fought contest victorious. Ambrose had also been helped by Rollins’ ability to deal with Dash & Dawson on the outside.
Dean Ambrose didn’t get much chance to soak in his victory after the bell however, as Jason Jordan and The Authors of Pain came to the top of the ramp. Proudly holding his Intercontinental Championship, Jason Jordan also had a microphone in his hand.
Jason Jordan told Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose that the result Sunday’s match was already written in the stars, and the former Shield members probably shouldn’t bother showing up. Jordan explained that the three men stood at the top of the ramp were going to get one step closer to being “THE Golden Alpha” this Sunday, and they would do it, whether they had to go through Seth & Dean or not…
WWE Raw - December 2018 - Live on the USA Network!

Returning to Raw, footage was played from “During The Break”, as Jason Jordan & The A.O.P returned to the back in high spirits. Confronted by Kurt Angle, the General Manager told Jason Jordan that his night was far from over, because he was going to go the ring right now… and he’d be calling Jason Jordan out to join him!
Back live, Kurt Angle followed up his words by making his way to the ring, grabbing a microphone as he looked to address the WWE Universe.
Kurt Angle put over Sunday’s Starrcade show, talking about the Universal Championship match and the Raw Women’s Championship match. While the issues around those matches were settled, with the only question remaining being answered in the Main Event, Kurt Angle’s focus was on the Intercontinental Championship. Kurt Angle then called Jason Jordan (and only Jason Jordan) to the ring. Willing to step in the ring with his father alone, Jason Jordan didn’t even try and bring Akam & Rezar out.
Jason Jordan rolled his eyes at Kurt Angle calling him out, telling him that it better be worth his while. Kurt was sure that Jordan would want to hear what he said, as he confirmed the five men who would face him at Starrcade. Pointing to the titantron, Kurt Angle revealed one by one the competitors in Starrcade’s Intercontinental Championship match:

“Finn Balor… Baron Corbin… Bobby Lashley… Randy Orton… and Rey Mysterio!”

Such a star-studded match angered Jason Jordan, who looked down to his Intercontinental Championship, concerned that it was slipping out of his fingers. Before Jordan could have fully processed the fact that he’d be facing five huge challengers at Starrcade, Kurt Angle informed him he was in action next… against Rey Mysterio! Just for good measure, Kurt Angle barred The Authors of Pain from ringside, allowing Jordan a preview of what it will be like to go it alone at SummerSlam…

Coming out of the gates like a house on fire, Rey Mysterio took the fight to Jason Jordan, showing little sign of Baron Corbin’s unprovoked attack last week. Jason Jordan nonetheless targeted Rey’s leg, and eventually managed to slow the Lucha Legend down. Rey Mysterio would come back in to the match, but his task had been made much more difficult after some good work from Jason Jordan. Resilient as ever, Rey closed in on victory, only for Baron Corbin to once again get involved in his business.
Dragging Rey Mysterio out of the ring, Baron Corbin’s interference caused the referee to call for the bell. Despite losing, Jordan didn’t seem to mind the match being over, as he prepared for the toughest challenge of his reign at Starrcade.

Rey Mysterio bt. Jason Jordan (DQ)

Instead of attacking Rey Mysterio at ringside, Baron Corbin dragged the smaller Superstar up the ramp by his arm. The commentators wondered where Corbin was planning on taking Mysterio, and were sure that it wouldn’t end well for “The Master of the 619”...

Remaining in the ring after Corbin and Mysterio were no longer visible, Jason Jordan had a moment with his Intercontinental Championship, maybe for the last time on Raw...

As the commentators discussed what had just happened, they received word that Baron Corbin had been located in the back. Having taken Rey directly to the Parking Lot, Baron Corbin had obviously laid a few more shots at Rey Mysterio along the way.
Throwing Rey Mysterio shoulder first into a wall, knocking him down, Baron Corbin focussed on the lnee of Mysterio. Singling out the leg, Baron Corbin headed across the Parking Lot, getting onto his Motorcycle. It soon became clear that Corbin’s intention was to end the career of Rey Mysterio, as he started up the engine. Revving up his Motorcycle, Baron Corbin put his foot down, ready to do the unthinkable and destroy Rey Mysterio’s knee for good. However, Corbin’s Motorcycle didn’t move, to his confusion. Corbin looked behind him, as the camera panned back to reveal that Braun Strowman was holding the back of the Motorcycle.
Somehow managing to stop Corbin from moving forward, the incredible strength of the WWE Universal Champion had saved his friend Rey Mysterio from a career-ending injury. Baron Corbin got off the bike, but was taken down by Braun Strowman with ease. Strowman then pulled the keys out of the Motorcycle, throwing them across the Parking Lot. With Baron Corbin now under his boot, Braun Strowman tore the handlebars of Baron Corbin’s Motorcycle, before also pulling the front wheel away from the frame. The superhuman feat of strength shocked Corbin.

Having destroyed the Motorcycle completely, Braun Strowman grabbed Corbin by the throat, warning him about ever doing something like that again!
Returning to Raw, a vignette was shown once again, promoting “the fact that The Big Bang Is Coming!”. This time, a specific date was given, as Christmas Day was named as the moment “The Big Bang” would take place.
In the back, Braun Strowman was shown to be checking on Rey Mysterio’s, after he was again attacked by Baron Corbin. As Braun Strowman was approached for an update, he was cut off by Roman Reigns before he could say anything.

Roman Reigns said that he understands that Braun is only looking out for his friend, but he needs to keep his eye on the ball ahead of Starrcade. Braun Strowman didn’t like Reigns’ interruption, with the long-term tension between the two resurfacing. Reigns followed up by telling Strowman to “stay focussed”, before walking away. Shaking his head, Braun kept his eye on Reigns as he walked away.
With focus returning to the ring, Elias was seen ready for a performance. After being unable to speak to the WWE Universe last week, Elias was now able to talk about what happened.
Elias spoke about what happened to Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel, saying that there was no reason for Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy to do what they did to them at The Hardy Compound. Elias spoke about having to carve his path solo, which led into a song about him “walking alone”. Instead of his usual insult based songs, Elias’ performance portrayed a man who had been deeply turn by the loss of Dallas & Axel. As the song continued, he was interrupted by the laugh of Bray Wyatt. Appearing on the screen, “The Eater of Worlds” had a song of his own.
Laughing maniacally as he sang “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”, Bray Wyatt quickly got under the skin of Elias. Having had his performance ruined, Elias stopped playing and left the ring.
Moving on from Elias’ troubles, the Women’s Locker Room was the location of the following segment. With Nia Jax packing up her stuff, she was approached by Ronda Rousey.
Ronda Rousey said that she agreed with what Nia Jax said earlier, admitting this Sunday isn’t about her. Ronda promised that she would not get involved at Starrcade, but added that regardless of her personal issues with Shayna Baszler, she would be coming for whoever held the Raw Women’s Championship after the show.

Coming into the match with a clear focus, Roman Reigns may have had a eye on Starrcade, but didn’t let it take away from his performance. Kevin Owens looked to slow the match’s tempo, but the explosive Roman Reigns would not be kept down. As a result, Reigns was able to overcome the tactics of Kevin Owens, only to fall into his back-up plan. That back-up was the involvement of Sami Zayn, who came into the ring as Reigns set up for the Superman Punch.
When Reigns changed his path, in order to hit Zayn with the move instead, Sami ducked. As Zayn ducked, Kevin Owens came at Roman Reigns with a Superkick. Backing up into the corner, Kevin Owens then took time to recuperate, while also grabbing the referee’s attention. This allowed Sami Zayn to attempt to take down Roman Reigns, only for “The Big Dog” to throw him out of the ring. When the referee realised what had been going on, he sent Sami Zayn to the back. Kevin Owens’ continued protestation regarding the decision is what would then cost him, as Reigns defeated him following a Spear.

Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens

After the match, Roman Reigns celebrated his victory, with comment being made about how having to deal with both Owens and Zayn was a great warm up for Sunday’s Starrcade. Standing tall, a focussed Roman Reigns looked more ready than ever to become the WWE Universal Champion!

WWE Raw - December 2018 - Live on the USA Network!

Following a look back at the rivalry that has developed between Randy Orton and Bobby Lashley, the latter came down to the ring. Joined by Dan Lambert, it marked the first time in several weeks that Lashley’s trainer was present. Prior to the match, Lambert spoke about the intention of Bobby Lashley to become the WWE Intercontinental Champion at Starrcade, an ambition shared by Lashley’s opponent for the night, Finn Balor. When the match got underway, it seemed like Bobby Lashley was on his way to an impressive victory, until the action went to the outside. The referee tried to get the action back in the ring, as Finn looked in danger, but Dan Lambert argued with him. This caused a distraction designed to work in Lashley’s favour, but which instead had the opposite effect.
Appearing at ringside, Randy Orton used to fact that the referee’s back was turned to hit Bobby Lashley with an RKO outta nowhere. By now, Finn Balor was back in the ring, and when Randy Orton rolled Lashley back in, the rest was simple. Hitting Lashley with a Coupe De Grace, Finn Balor picked up an upset victory over “The Destroyer”, albeit with an assist from Randy Orton

Finn Balor bt. Bobby Lashley

Before the next match, Mickie James spoke with her partner for the evening, Ember Moon. While the two often haven’t seen eye to eye, Mickie asked that Ember trusted her, saying it was their only way to survive against the numbers game of The Riott Squad. As they went to leave the Locker Room, Mickie James turned to Alexa Bliss, but said nothing. Bliss rolled her eyes at Mickie James, saying that she fought off The Riott Squad alone last week, and there’s no reason Mickie should come calling for her this week…

When it came to the match, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan picked up the win for The Riott Squad, with Liv Morgan at ringside giving more than a helping hand. After the match, Alexa Bliss was shown watching events transpire in the back, clearly not happy as Liv Morgan stood front and center of The Riott Squad, hogging the spotlight.

Just before the Main Event, Dolph Ziggler was interviewed about the upcoming match. Looking over his shoulder, Dolph Ziggler was fired up about the match. Ziggler said that last week, he cost Drew McIntyre his shot at the Universal Championship. He thought that would be enough. But this week he gets the chance to do it again. And Dolph will relish the chance, not because he’s bitter of jealous, but because when he beats Drew McIntyre in the Main Event, there’s no way he will ever forget him.

After a look back at what Dolph Ziggler did, costing Drew McIntyre his Number One Contendership match last week, it was time for the contest to get underway. Straight out of the gates, it was clear the match would be physical. While Dolph Ziggler did his best to compete with Drew McIntyre, it didn’t take long before the difference between the two showed. At the very top of his game, a fired up and determined Drew McIntyre made the task look fairly straight-forward. While Dolph did eventually give him some scares, as someone as resilient as him always will, Drew McIntyre was almost always in control. Wanting to send a message to Dolph, as well as Braun and Roman, as to what happens when you cross him, Drew McIntyre took pleasure in the beating he gave to Dolph Ziggler.

However, when Dolph Ziggler rolled him up for a two count, McIntyre realised it was time to zone in. Taking Dolph Ziggler down with a brutal slap to the face, Drew McIntyre set up for the finish, eventually hitting a Claymore Kick to Dolph Ziggler. The move that put down Braun Strowman at Survivor Series, there was no chance Dolph Ziggler was getting up.

Drew McIntyre bt. Dolph Ziggler

With his arm raised in the air, Drew McIntyre was confirmed as being added to the Starrcade Main Event. The WWE Universal Championship match would now be competed as follows: Braun Strowman (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns.

Demanding a microphone from ringside, Drew McIntyre had no time to bask in his victory. Instead, he had a message for Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. McIntyre reminded the WWE Universe, and his Starrcade opponents, that the last time he stepped foot in the ring with Braun Strowman, he did what nobody on the active roster has been able to do, and that was beat him 1… 2… 3! Drew McIntyre said that Roman Reigns might offer him a different challenge, but the result would be the same. He didn’t care if it was Braun Strowman, or Roman Reigns, but Drew McIntyre promised that after his foot connects with the jaw of either man… they will be looking at the new WWE Universal Champion! Fired up, Drew McIntyre stood tall, as Braun Strowman came to the top of the ramp.
Holding the Universal Championship high above his head, Braun Strowman made it clear that he’d heard Drew’s words, and he was ready for whatever he had in store in the Main Event of this Sunday’s Starrcade!

Quick Results
Shayna Baszler bt. Natalya
Dean Ambrose bt. Robert Roode

Rey Mysterio bt. Jason Jordan (DQ)
Roman Reigns bt. Kevin Owens

Finn Balor bt. Bobby Lashley
Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan bt. Ember Moon & Mickie James
Drew McIntyre bt. Dolph Ziggler
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With The Miz and AJ Styles continuing their rivalry beyond Survivor Series, after Samoa Joe respectfully told AJ Styles that it was time for somebody to get a shot at the WWE Champion, a couple of new challengers emerged from the Smackdown Live roster.
Sheamus was one of those men, having spoke of his ambition to one day be a World Champion once more. He found competition from Kofi Kingston, a man who had never been a World Champion. Talking about his 11 year career in the WWE, Kofi Kingston spoke of what was one of the few ambitions left in his career. Having spent the last months looking to focus The New Day on success, Kofi Kingston defeated Sheamus in a Number One Contendership match made by Paige.
After Paige made the match, Kofi Kingston spoke to Sheamus in the back, with a agreement being reached that neither man’s partners could be at ringside. Cesaro eventually broke his truce, and as a result The New Day removed him from ringside. Standing tall as the new Number One Contender, the next week saw Kofi Kingston’s New Day partners challenged to a match by Samoa Joe. Accepting the challenge, Xavier Woods was decisively beaten by Samoa Joe, who sent a clear message to Kofi Kingston.

On paper, few would have Kofi Kingston leaving Starrcade as the WWE Champion, but with more experience of the company than just about anybody, Kofi could springboard his WWE career to new heights, just in time for 2019!
With AJ Styles forced to look elsewhere, he took the time and energy he had focussed on the WWE Championship and turned it towards The Miz. The continuation of the rivalry kicked off with a singles match on Smackdown, with The Miz’s post-match attack helping him to an upset victory over AJ Styles.
Styles didn’t take this lying down, and the next week - as The Miz was having his makeup applied for an appearance - AJ Styles attacked the man who had defeat him the previous week. The attack ended with an embarrassed Miz, covered in makeup. Paige found The Miz’s appearance humorous, but he was in no mood for laughing. The General Manager’s solution to The Miz’s anger was simple, as she made a match between the two.

It was at this point that just how different the two men were became abundantly clear. Undermining The Miz’s ability as a wrestler, AJ Styles was surprised when his Starrcade opponent agreed to a Submission match at the event. The Miz would later explain his decision in a sit-down interview, saying that the years of not being considered a “wrestler’s wrestler” were going to end when he made AJ Styles submit. AJ Styles didn’t see things quite like that, and said that if The Miz thought getting covered in makeup was bad, then he’d better be ready for much worse at Starrcade!
Another rivalry continuing out of Survivor Series was that between Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura. Having returned following an attack from Nakamura which kept him out of action for two months, Daniel Bryan was the first man eliminated at Survivor Series, by Nakamura!
Daniel Bryan spoke openly about being pinned by Nakamura, but said that the team victory was more important. He did however retain an interest in facing Shinsuke once more. Nakamura was more interested in making fun of Daniel Bryan’s quick exit at Survivor Series, and rejected the challenge.

This changed when Shinsuke defended his United States Championship against Jeff Hardy the following week.
Joining commentary, Daniel Bryan’s presence caused Nakamura to take his eye off the ball. Distracted from his opponent, Nakamura would be defeated by Jeff Hardy, who became the new Champion. Unsurprisingly, Shinsuke blamed Daniel Bryan for the defeat, leading to a change of heart. Shinsuke Nakamura was now willing to face Daniel at Starrcade, where he vowed to go one step further from the attack, and end Daniel Bryan’s career!

Following another attack on Bryan by Nakamura, “The Artist” could have taken his opponent out before Starrcade, but stopped just moments before connecting with a Kinshasa. Getting into the head of Bryan, in a way only he can, Shinsuke Nakamura made clear what he would be capable of at Starrcade. Daniel Bryan enjoyed a victory over Eric Young just 5 days before the show, but was warned by Nakamura that it would his last ever win as an active member of the Smackdown roster.
Perhaps the only rivalry with as much personal animosity behind it going into Starrcade, was the rivalry between Charlotte Flair and the Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Once the best of friends, Becky Lynch’s belief that she was being overshadowed by the likes of Asuka and Charlotte caused her to adopt an attitude where she cared about nobody but herself. Becky Lynch’s complaints only intensified after Asuka and Charlotte became the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Cutting off the celebrations of the historic moment, Becky bitterly declared that only the Championship she held matters. Paige would later step in, making a unique match for the following week. As a result of gaining the pinfall in a six woman tag team match, Charlotte Flair (who had teamed with Asuka and a reluctant Becky Lynch) earned a shot at Becky’s Championship. Of course, Lynch took issues with this, but there was little she could do.

This confirmed that there would be no Women’s Tag Team title defence at Starrcade, and as a result, The IIconics received a shot the week before the event. Successfully defending, Charlotte Flair’s focus on Becky at ringside almost cost her and Asuka. There would be no excuses after Starrcade however, as Charlotte confirmed that the match between the two - for the Smackdown Women’s Championship - would be contested inside a Steel Cage!
Other Notes:
  • Bayley arrived on Smackdown Live, and was tasked with finding a partner for a tag team debut against The IIconics. When she entered the locker room, the women’s roster were all paired up, leaving her without a partner. Dubbing her “Bayley no mates”, The IIconics spent the rest of the month making fun of the newcomer, who suffered a torrid start to her Smackdown career.
  • Looking to become the next WWE Men’s Tag Team Champions, a rivalry developed between The Usos and Sanity. Coming out on top, in a Number One Contenders match, The Usos earned a shot against Rusev Day at Starrcade.
  • The Shelton Benjamin led “bitter veterans”, continued their crusade against Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black. Despite this, Gargano remained distant from Black, refusing to trust anybody. Stemming back from his NXT days, Gargano’s trust issues resulted in him suffering at the hands of Benjamin & co. R-Truth and Tye Dillinger eventually stepped up to the plate, but Black still struggled to fight off the veterans. Eventually, when backed into a corner, Johnny Gargano had no choice but to accept Aleister’s help, and the two finally got on the same page. After weeks of being saved by Black, Gargano stood shoulder to shoulder with his fellow NXT alumni, finally ready to fight off Shelton Benjamin, M.V.P and Mr. Kennedy.
  • Andrade Almas picked up a number of impressive victories over the month, which resulted in him receiving a United States Championship match against Jeff Hardy. While Hardy would go on to defeat Almas, the signs were positive for the rising star.
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WWE Universal Championship
Braun Strowman (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns

Smackdown Women’s Championship; Steel Cage Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Kofi Kingston

Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Submission Match
AJ Styles vs. The Miz

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jason Jordan (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships
Rusev Day (c) vs. The Usos

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Authors of Pain
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WWE Universal Championship
Braun Strowman (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns

Smackdown Women’s Championship; Steel Cage Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Kofi Kingston

Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Submission Match
AJ Styles vs. The Miz

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jason Jordan (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships
Rusev Day (c) vs. The Usos

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Authors of Pain
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WWE Universal Championship
Braun Strowman (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns

Smackdown Women’s Championship; Steel Cage Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
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Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Submission Match
AJ Styles vs. The Miz

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jason Jordan (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships
Rusev Day (c) vs. The Usos

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Authors of Pain
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Braun Strowman (c) vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns

Smackdown Women’s Championship; Steel Cage Match
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

Raw Women’s Championship
Nia Jax (c) vs. Shayna Baszler

WWE Championship
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Kofi Kingston

Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Submission Match
AJ Styles vs. The Miz

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Jason Jordan (c) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio

WWE Men’s Tag Team Championships
Rusev Day (c) vs. The Usos

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins vs. The Authors of Pain
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