WWE RAW Opener:
A video package highlights The Shield reuniting last week and The Miz recruiting Braun Strowman for his team at WWE TLC this Sunday night.
We go live to Portland where Michael Cole welcomes us to the show. The arena is decked out with tables, ladders and chairs ahead of the PPV on Sunday.
RAW GM Kurt Angle is out first to kick off the show tonight. Angle welcomes the Portland crowd to Monday Night RAW. He says it is safe to say The Shield is back together. Angle plus The Shield taking on The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and Braun Strowman at TLC this Sunday. He said that is this Sunday and he wants to focus on tonight.
The Shield music hits. They are all decked out in the old Shield gear. Huge reaction in Portland. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose enter through the crowd and jump the barricade. All three surround the ring staring down Angle and get inside. A loud “THIS IS AWESOME” chant starts up among the crowd tonight in Portland.
Angle asks if Portland wants to hear from The Shield. They cheer. Angle, with a concerned look on his face, hands over the mic to Roman Reigns. Reigns says that is a good choice because when The Shield comes down you have two choices: leave the yard or get your ass beat. Rollins tells Reigns to take it easy and says it feels good be out here. He said it’s amazing how things come full circle and how The Shield had its first match at TLC five years ago. Angle exits the ring. Rollins said they dominated that night. He said one day that all went away. “But I am proud to stand here five years later in this ring with my brothers because The Shield is back and better than ever baby!” Ambrose grabs the mic and talks about tables, ladders and chairs. He said Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman should be scared to go to war with the masters. Ambrose says no one divides and conquers like The Shield does. He said his comments last week about taking any number of people on may not have been smart, but he’d say it again.
Ambrose calls Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman out to the ring to get things going right now. Angle stops them and says we are not having the 3-on-4 match tonight, save it for Sunday. He mentions tonight’s Steel Cage match and the RAW Tag Team Title match with The Bar getting a shot, then announces that tonight’s RAW will make history, oh it’s true… it’s damn true. Angle’s music hits as the heels stare The Shield down from the stage.
– The announcers hype The Bar vs. Rollins & Ambrose for later tonight as well as the Steel Cage main event. Also, Braun will be a guest on MizTV. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Elias is in the ring with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
Elias wants to know who wants to walk with Elias. Elias says that is too bad because he found two Good Brothers to walk with him. Elias says he is freedom and he wants everyone to be quiet. Karl interrupts and he asks if Gallows and he can tune up their vocal chords. Karl starts singing the Honky Tonk Man’s theme.
Elias says that was not too bad. Elias brings up their song for Jason Jordan. Elias wants everyone to absorb the words because he says this might be his best song. Elias sings “Jason” and Gallows and Anderson sing “Is a Nerd”
Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil, and Apollo Crews make their way to the ring for their match.
Elias, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews
We start with Luke Gallows working over Titus O’Neil in the corner with body shots. Titus with a big chop to Gallows with a clothesline over the top rope. Jordan and Crews join in on Anderson and Elias clearing the ring as we head to a break.
We are back and Gallows with punches to Crews followed by a boot to the head. Gallows knocks Titus off the apron. Elias tags in and he kicks Crews. Elias with forearms to Crews but Crews with an Irish whip and Elias tries to float over and Crews catches him but Elias with a kick. Crews with a flying boot to the head and Anderson makes the tag and stops the tag. Crews leaps over Anderson and tags in Jordan. Jordan with forearms and a drop kick. Jordan runs Anderson into the turnbuckles three times. Jordan with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall.
We have a series of kicks and Jordan with a running shoulder into the corner followed by one to Gallows on the apron. Crews makes the tag and hits the toss power bomb on Anderson for the three count.
Winners: Jason Jordan, Apollo Crews, and Titus O’Neil
– The announcers plug Sunday’s WWE TLC pay-per-view.
– Still to come, The Bar gets a title shot. Also, our Steel Cage main event. Back to commercial.
– We are back with an Asuka video package.
Back from the break and we get a promo for Asuka’s debut on Sunday. Renee Young is with Emma backstage. Emma is tired of hearing about Asuka and wonders why the attention isn’t on her. She started the women’s revolution after all. She beat 4 of the top Superstars last week and wonders what Asuka has done around here. RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss appears. She agrees that Asuka hasn’t done anything. Bliss thanks Emma for building the women’s revolution all by herself. She starts in on Mickie James now, saying she tears women down and isn’t a locker room leader. Bliss says the younger Superstars need to stick together. She asks Emma to team with her tonight against Mickie and her partner, if she can find one. Emma agrees and they walk off.
– We get a look at recent happenings on WWE 205 Live.
Cedric Alexander vs. Jack Gallagher
We go to the ring and out comes Jack Gallagher. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Jack Gallagher is out with Brian Kendrick. We see the Steel Cage hanging above the ring. Gallagher enters the ring but do does Kendrick, who tries to intimidate Cedric before the bell. The music hits and out comes Rich Swann to stand in Cedric’s corner. A tag match is announced for TLC on Sunday.
Cedric takes control early on, avoiding a distraction from Kendrick. Gallagher ends up turning it around and working Cedric over thanks to Kendrick. Gallagher controls most of the match. Kendrick gets involved again but Swann takes him out on the floor. This leads to Cedric hitting the Lumbar Check on Gallagher for the pin.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
– Still to come, MizTV with Braun.
It is time for MizTV and the host makes his way to the ring with Curtis Axel, Sheamus, and Cesaro. The ring is adorned with tables, ladders, and chairs.
The crowd chants for Curtis Axel before Miz welcomes everyone to MizTV. Miz says Kurt Angle sent them away without what the people wanted. Kurt would have lost his main event if they shattered the Shield. If they shattered the Shield, Sheamus and Cesaro would not get their chance to win back the tag titles.
Cesaro says everyone is excited for the friendship between Dean, Seth, and Roman, but that is all they will have after they win the Tag titles. Sheamus says shattered is the word because they are going to shatter the Shield into three pieces. Sheamus tells everyone to Respect the Hawk. They will take back their tag titles. Then the Shield will break just like he is going to break Dean Ambrose’s back… with a chair. Cesaro says Seth will break a leg when he is pushed off a ladder. Miz says Roman’s spirit will be broken when he sends him through a table.
Miz says they will expose the Shield as a novelty act. They are not as good or were as good as you think they are. The Shield cannot contend with them. The Shield is co-workers amongst each other. Miz says they are a family. He would do anything for Curtis, Bo, Sheamus, Cesaro, or the fourth member of their team . . . Braun Strowman.
Braun makes his way to the ring.
Braun says he would have shattered the Shield tonight. Last week, they came together and gave him a Cerberus Bomb through the announcement table. That is because none of them could stop him on their own. Now, he tears them apart, one by one, until they are done and gone forever. That starts tonight inside a steel cage with Roman Reigns. The cage will be locked shut so Roman cannot run away from him.
Miz says The Shield is no match for this. Do you think they can take them on? The crowd thinks they can and that leads to a Really rally. Miz says that catchphrase is nostalgia and they can throw that away. Dean must be drinking the Kool-Aid and he said if you want to talk about four or five, they accept the challenge.
Kurt Angle comes out before Miz announces the fifth member. He says she does not care what Dean said. Miz says that words matter and he reminds Kurt about the Three ‘I’s. Make them prove they can take on all of these people. If these heroes can go against all odds. Kurt tells Miz to shut the hell up. Kurt says he is the Raw General Manager and we will settle it in the ring. Kurt says if Miz wants a fifth member, Braun has to win his match against Roman Reigns. However, if Braun loses tonight, it is back to a three-on-three match.
Braun says they accept. Kurt says that so there will not be any chaos, during the Tag Title Match and Steel Cage match, everyone is banned from ringside.
– Still to come, Ambrose and Rollins defend. We see the cage hanging high above the ring again. Also tonight, Finn Balor’s demonic message to Sister Abigail. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and out come Sasha Banks as Alicia Fox waits. We see highlights from last week’s Fatal 5 Way and get a sidebar video of Alicia saying she didn’t tap last week, she was scratching an itch.
Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha sends Alicia to the mat and sets for the Banks Statement but Alicia gets to the ropes and floor. Sasha with a baseball slide and she sends Alicia back into the ring. Alicia goes to the floor and drops Sasha on the top rope. Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker followed by a knee to the back. Alicia with a rear chin lock. Sasha with a cross body for a near fall. Alicia with a back elbow.
Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Sasha with punches and she escapes a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and applies Banks Statement and Alicia taps out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
– Enzo Amore walks in the back and we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Charly Caruso congratulates Sasha backstage on the win. Sasha starts talking when Alicia attacks her from behind. Sasha fights back and looks to get the upperhand but Fox destroys her, tossing her into a bunch of production cases. Fox rants on how Sasha will learn to respect her. A referee tries to stop Fox but Fox shoves him down onto Sasha. Other referees finally back Fox off and get her to leave before checking on The Boss and their colleague.
In the Arena:
We go to the ring and out comes Enzo Amore.
Enzo introduces himself and says he’s doing alright but he heard some boos in the crowd, which brings up his missing boo – the WWE Cruiserweight Title. Enzo shows us footage of the title loss to Kalisto last week. Enzo rants about how last week was unfair. The music interrupts and out comes WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto.
Kalisto knocks Enzo for trying to cast blame, and accuses him of using knock-off Gucci sheets to rest on at night. Enzo fires back and says he has $10,000 worth of stuff on right now, he doesn’t use knock-offs. They have words and hype Sunday until Kalisto is attacked from behind by Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak.
Enzo talks trash on the mic while the beatdown continues. The music interrupts and out comes Mustafa Ali. He takes out Daivari at ringside and fights Enzo to get in. He continues but the numbers game catches up and the heels beat Ali down in the middle of the ring. Some fans are chanting for Neville. Kalisto tries to recover but they beat him down as well with Enzo joining in. Nese holds Kalisto while Enzo brags about how exclusive his shoes are. Enzo drops Kalisto with the JawdonZo and taunts him. Enzo says he has a question for both of them that they won’t be able to answer right now – how you doin’? Enzo’s music hits as he leaves with Daivari, Dar, Nese and Gulak.
– Still to come, the RAW Tag Team Titles will be on the line. Back to commercial.
RAW Tag Team Title Match: The Bar vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
Back from the break and out first come RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose. Cesaro and Sheamus are out next.
They lock up and Sheamus backs Dean into the corner and he misses a punch. Dean with kicks and chops in the corner. Sheamus with a boot when Dean charges into the corner. Sheamus with a knee to the midsection followed by a punch. Dean with a knee to the midsection. Seth tags in and both men hit drop kicks to send Sheamus to the floor. Cesaro is clotheslined over the top rope to the floor and then Dean and Seth with pescados onto Sheamus and Cesaro. Rollins goes up top and Sheamus stops him. Sheamus distracts the referee and Cesaro with a clothesline on the apron as we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with a reverse chin lock on Rollins. Rollins with punches to escape and Rollins knocks Cesaro off the apron. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker for a near fall. Cesaro tags in and they send Rollins sternum first into the turnbuckles and follow with a double super kick. Cesaro gets a near fall. Cesaro with a European uppercut and front face lock. Rollins tries to get to his corner to make a tag but Cesaro stops him. Cesaro with a knee to Rollins and he kicks Ambrose off the apron. Rollins with a back body drop but Ambrose is on the floor.
Sheamus tags in and he sends Rollins into the air for a European uppercut and Sheamus gets a near fall. Sheamus argues with the referee but Rollins cannot take advantage of Sheamus losing focus. Sheamus kicks Rollins and punches him. Sheamus with a European uppercut. Rolilns blocks a punch and Rollins with a punch and chops followed by a back heel kick. Rollins moves and Sheamus goes into the post. Cesaro tags in and Rollins sends Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Rollins makes the tag and Ambrose with running forearms and a clothesline.
Ambrose with a running forearm but Cesaro escapes the bulldog. Ambrose with a neck breaker and he goes up top but Cesaro avoids him. Ambrose tries to catapult Cesaro into the post but Cesaro lands on the turnbuckles. Ambrose kicks Cesaro and sends him to the floor. Ambrose with suicide dives onto Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose with the elbow to the chest off the turnbuckles and Sheamus breaks up the cover. Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker to Rollins. Sheamus is sent to the apron. Cesaro with a boot to Ambrose and then Cesaro hits a springboard clothesline and Rollins breaks up the cover. Cesaro with a European uppercut to Rollins. Cesaro and Sheamus go for a double Splash Mountain. Rollins with the V Trigger and Ambrose with the double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winners: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
After the match, Rollins and Ambrose stand tall with the titles as we see the cage hanging high.
– Still to come, Finn has a message for Abigail. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Curtis Axel is trying to talk Sheamus & Cesaro into staying positive and staying strong as he wants to become the fifth man for Sunday’s TLC main event. Braun Strowman walks in and Axel says his hometown moment on Sunday hinges on Braun’s win tonight. Axel goes on about how bad he needs this match on Sunday. Axel gets riled up and says he wants to fight Roman Reigns by himself, right now. Braun tells him to go find Reigns. Axel is hesitant now. Cesaro says it sounds like Axel is scared of Reigns. Sheamus says the fifth member of their team wouldn’t be scared to fight Roman. Axel is hesitant but he walks off to find Reigns.
– We take a look at what happened last week when Sister Abigail spoke to Finn Balor.
In the Arena:
Finn Balor makes his way to the ring.
Balor hits the ring and declares that Portland is Balor Club. He talks about how he didn’t know what to think at first when Bray Wyatt introduced Sister Abigail. Balor says Wyatt may have his tricks but he has some of this own. Balor says he will slay a monster with a demon of his own. The red lights go off in the arena. Balor says his demon has no fear, dreams about nightmares. We see Balor’s face transform into The Demon as he talks. Balor says his demon is dying to meet Sister Abigail. Balor tells Abigail to run. We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get another promo for Asuka’s arrival on Sunday.
Emma and Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James and Bayley
We go to the ring and out comes Emma. Her partner RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss is out next. Mickie James is out first for her team. Her partner is Bayley.
Cole announces that Alicia Fox has been fined for shoving the referee during tonight’s backstage segment. Bliss starts off with Mickie as they have words. They never touch as Bliss tags in Emma. Emma and Mickie lock up and go at it. Mickie ends up tagging Bayley in. Bayley gets the upperhand on Bliss and covers for a 2 count. Emma breaks the pin. All four 4 Superstars end up on the floor, yelling and shoving as we go back to commercial.
Back live, Emma is working over Emma in the corner. Bayley is firing up and tossing Emma face first into the turnbuckle. Bayley with a running knee and clothesline combo on Emma. On the outside, Emma kicks Bayley and she hits the barricade back first. Tag to Bliss who slaps Bayley back inside the ring. Bliss works over Bayley in the corner with kicks to cut off a hot tag. Bayley fights out of the corner. Hot tag to James. James with right elbows to Bliss and follows with a tackling clothesline off the ropes. James plants Bliss face first. Emma breaks up a corner cross body by James. Bayley attacks Emma. Bliss with a shot to Bayley. James with a kick to the head and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Mickie James and Bayley
– Curtis Axel walks in the back and he sees The Shield talking in the distance. Curtis summons the strength to confront Roman as we go to commercial.
We are back and Miz enters the locker room with Cesaro, Sheamus, and Braun Strowman. Miz says it will be an honor to be fighting by his side on Sunday as they defeat the Shield. Miz wants to know where Axel is. Sheamus says The Ax Man might be destroying the Shield. Strowman tells Miz that Axel says he could beat up the Shield so he told him to do it.
Mickie James and Bayley walk in the back and they are stopped for comments from Mickie. MIckie is asked if it is about the title or Alexa’s comments about Mickie’s veteran status? Mickie says Alexa’s words cut her deep and hurt. She says she is proud of who she is and everything she has accomplished in this business. Mickie says she has a three year old boy at home and he is the light of her life. What would be one of the greatest feelings of her career is to take that title home to her son. Alexa can have her jokes but Mickie says she will have the last laugh when she beats that Biscuit Butt to become a seven time champion.
– We are told that Sasha Banks will face Alicia Fox on the Kickoff Show on Sunday.
Miz is in the back and he is asking if anyone has seen Curtis Axel. We see Axel being hung up from a forklift and officially also discover Axel at the same time. They want to know who did that.
– But that all waits because it is Cage Lowering Music Time. We go to commercial.
– We are back and Renee Young asks what will happen if they win. Will Curtis Axel be ready for Sunday? Miz says he thinks the world of Curtis Axel, but he was never the fifth man.
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage Match
We go to the cage as Braun Strowman makes his way out for tonight’s main event. We see footage from Braun’s cage match win over Big Show last month. Roman Reigns is out next as we see more highlights from recent events. Reigns enters the cage and the referee locks the door. The Miz has joined the announcers for commentary now, despite the ringside ban.
Reigns with punches to Strowman but Strowman sends Reigns to the mat and hits a splash into the corner. Strowman tries to send Roman into the cage but Reigns avoids Strowman and he climbs the cage until Strowman stops him. Reigns with a boot to the head and another boot. Reigns tries to get Strowman up but he is unable to do it. Strowman misses a shoulder into the corner. Reigns with NeverEnding Story. Strowman catches Reigns and hits a spinebuster for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Strowman sends Reigns into the wall of the cage. Strowman sends Reigns into the cage one more time. Strowman grabs Reigns by the hair and he sends Reigns into the cage but Reigns grabs the top of the cage but Strowman stops Reigns and hits a splash against the cage. Strowman misses a shoulder to Roman and Strowman hits the cage. Reigns with kicks to the chest and head. Reigns with a thrust kick.
Reigns with a kick to the chest and he gets Strowman up for a Samoan drop and hits it but Strowman pushes Reigns up to kick out. Reigns climbs the cage and gets to the top. Sheamus and Cesaro appear at the cage and stop Reigns. Ambrose and Rollins stop Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose clotheslines Sheamus over the ringside barrier. Reigns climbs over the cage but Strowman stops Reigns and pulls him back over the cage and he hits a superplex. Strowman gets a near fall.
We see Ambrose, Rollins, Sheamus, and Cesaro continue to battle and they fight by the tables, ladders, and chairs on the stage. Cesaro and Sheamus go after Rollins and Ambrose follows. Miz leaves the announce table and we see the battle go into the back of the arena. Rollins hits Cesaro with a chair and throws it at him. Sheamus hits Ambrose but Ambrose hits Sheamus with the chair. Miz closes the gate to keep Dean and Seth from getting back to the ring.
We return to the match and picks up Roman but Reigns gets to the turnbuckles. Reigns kicks Strowman and Reigns goes to the top of the cage. Strowman climbs as well. Strowman knocks Reigns to the mat and Reigns recovers and crotches Strowman. Reigns sets for the Superman punch and connects. Strowman sits on the top rope and Reigns with a second Superman punch. Reigns sets for the spear and Miz warns Strowman and Strowman picks up Reigns but Reigns with a Superman punch. Strowman kicks out at two.
The lights go red and pyro is out and Strowman with a splash. Reigns with a spear. Kane comes through the mat and Reigns acts like he has seen a ghost. Reigns goes for a Superman punch but Kane catches Reigns and hits a choke slam. Kane with another choke slam. Strowman with a running power slam to Reigns. Kane picks up Reigns and hits the tombstone piledriver.
Strowman pulls down the straps and he picks up Reigns for a power slam and gets the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Braun stands tall with Kane right behind him, standing over Reigns. Braun’s music hits as Reigns tries to recover. The Miz climbs a ladder on the stage and announces that Kane is the fifth member of their team at TLC. Kane’s music hits and they stand tall as RAW goes off the air.
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