Tonight’s WWE RAW opens live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Renee Young.
– We go right to the ring and out comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns to a mixed reaction. JoJo does the introduction.
Roman says last night was rough and brutal and did not go to plan like he wanted. He did wake up this morning as the Universal Champion. Brock had his rematch but he did not think that Brock would kick the door down and attack him when he was out. Roman says he is right here so if you want your rematch, come out right now.
Braun Strowman’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Braun says screw this crap, you should be thankful that Brock Lesnar showed up last night because that is the only reason you still have the Universal Title. That is the second time Brock has screwed him out of the title and there will not be a third. Braun says he wants Brock and then when he is done with Brock, he will come after Roman.
Baron Corbin comes out and he says they are not going to be doing this right here right now.
Baron says last night was his first pay per view as acting General Manager of Raw. Baron says no one is more upset about what happened than him. He has been on the phone with Stephanie all day to try to work on a solution to the problem. Baron says he has one that he thinks will make everyone happy. On November 2nd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, live on the WWE Network, you will defend your Universal Title against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar in a Triple Threat match.
Braun says he thinks that sucks. He says that Baron sucks. He says that Roman sucks. This whole situation sucks. Braun says that everyone in this arena sucks.
Paul Heyman appears on the stage and he is accompanied by the cell door. He says he is here to educate you. He mentions that his client laid waste to a monster and big dog and destroyed Hell in a Cell. Paul says he will teach you the economics called Brock-o-nomics. He says it is simplistic. The more you are worth and the bigger star you are, the more power you have, the more money you are worth in UFC. The more money you are worth in UFC, the more power you wield in UFC, the more money you can make in WWE. Nothing is more powerful than holding the Universal Championship.
Brock was the longest reigning Universal Champion and WWE signed television deals for billions of dollars and the stock went to new highs. That was until the monster and the big dog conspired to take the title from the Beast Incarnate.
That is why Brock Lesnar came back last night and why he will go to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become the Universal Champion again where he can be the true Crown Jewel of WWE.
Braun Strowman goes up the ramp and follows Paul to the back.
Baron and Roman are still in the ring and Roman takes the mic from Baron. Baron takes the mic back and he says he doesn’t know what Roman is thinking. You may stand there like you are big and bad and he is privy to a few things, and one of them is the injury report. He knows that Roman is banged up. Don’t worry about the Triple Threat match because you might not be champion. You are going to defend the Universal Title tonight. It will be Roman Reigns versus Me.
We go to commercial.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
They lock up and Ambrose with a waist lock into a side head lock. Drew with a forearm and chop. Drew sends Dean into the turnbuckles and punches Dean. Dean blocks boots from Drew and drops down to hyperextend the knee. Dean with a drop kick to the knees and then he wrings the leg into the ring post. Dean wrings the leg into the post a second time. Dean runs Drew into the apron and then sends the leg into the matrix board on the apron. Dean returns to the floor and punches Drew but Drew punches back and Drew picks up Dean and tosses him into the ringside barrier.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with an arm bar. Drew with a knee to stop Dean from escaping. Dean goes for a cross body and Drew catches him. Dean goes for a rollup and gets a near fall. Drew is sent to the floor by Dean. Drew returns to the ring and punches Dean. Drew misses a short arm clothesline and Dean with clotheslines. Dean sends Drew to the mat by using the hair. Dean with a single leg crab.
Drew with a head butt that staggers both men. Drew with a chop and he climbs the turnbuckles. Dean crotches Drew and Dean with punches and elbows. Drew is in the tree of woe but Drew picks himself up and tosses Dean to the mat. Drew misses a boot and Dean goes for a double underhook DDT. Drew with a back body drop and Dean with a sunset flip for a near fall. Dean with a Cloverleaf as he works on the knee. Drew gets to the ropes and Dean takes his time to release the hold.
Drew goes to the apron and Drew with a double thrust to the throat but Dean with a knee to send Drew to the floor. Dean with a suicide dive and both men are down on the floor. Dean sends Drew back into the ring but Drew rolls to the floor. Dean goes up top but Drew is able to side swipe Dean and send him into the ringside barrier. Drew gets back into the ring and he tells the referee to start the count.
Dean has the power of 100 men to return to the ring at 9 but Drew with a Claymore as Dean returns to the ring and Drew gets the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, Drew takes his title and stands tall as his arm is raised. We go to replays.
– The announcers hype Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Reigns at Crown Jewel and Corbin vs. Reigns for tonight. Still to come, a look at Ronda Rousey retaining her title at Hell In a Cell. Back to commercial.
Drew McIntyre is backstage walking when Dolph Ziggler appears and congratulates him on the win. Baron Corbin appears and talks about them taking out The Shield tonight. Corbin suggests Ziggler use his rematch clause for the WWE Intercontinental Title tonight. Ziggler says he fell off the Cell last night and isn’t interested. Corbin says Seth Rollins is hurt and isn’t even here tonight, and if Ziggler cashes in his rematch but Rollins no-shows, then Corbin will be forced to make Ziggler champion. Ziggler tells Corbin to make the match and he walks off with McIntyre. Corbin turns to a staffer and brags on being good at his job because he’s causing two title changes tonight.
– The announcers show us stills from RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey retaining over Alexa Bliss at Hell In a Cell.
Natalya is backstage with The Bell Twins. Ronda Rousey walks in and they all embrace. The Bella Twins give Rousey props for last night’s win. Rousey asks them how championship open challenges work. Nikki Bella starts to tell her and Natalya asks if she’s really going to host an open challenge tonight. Natalya tells her to just go out and make it known, saying you never know who will answer the challenge. Rousey jokes around a bit before walking off.
– We go to the ring and out comes Chad Gable with Bobby Roode. They come out to Roode’s theme song. We get a sidebar video from earlier today with Gable talking about how he’s feeling glorious ever since teaming with Roode. Back to commercial.
Chad Gable (with Bobby Roode) vs. Viktor (with Konnor)
Viktor with a take down but Gable with a single leg take down into a side head lock. Gable with a shoulder tackle. Viktor goes for a leg sweep but Gable moves. Viktor with chops in the corner. Viktor with an Irish whip and Gable floats over. Gable with an arm drag. Gable with a butterfly suplex and bridge for a near fall. Gable is sent to the apron and Viktor tries to distract the referee to allow Konnor to interfere but it fails. Viktor with a running Canadian lifter for a near fall.
Viktor with more Canadian Lifters and chops. Viktor with a back drop and he gets a near fall. Viktor with a top wrist lock and chin lock. Gable with punches but Viktor with a knee. Viktor with a chop and he sends Gable into the turnbuckles. Viktor puts Gable on the turnbuckles and chops him. Gable with an arm bar in the ropes and then he goes back up to the turnbuckles. Gable leaps over Viktor and hits a running cross body and exploder. Gable listens to Roode and hits another Exploder. Gable with a cross body that sends both men over the top rope but Gable lands on the apron.
Gable with a cannonball off the apron and then he goes up top and hits a missile drop kick. Konnor’s interference fails and Gable with Chaos Theory for the three count.
Winner: Chad Gable
After the bell, Konnor runs in out of nowhere and levels Roode and Gable in the ring. Konnor exits the ring and talks trash as we get a replay. Roode and Gable recover in the ring as Konnor looks on.
– Still to come, Elias vs. Bobby Lashley. Also, Corbin vs. Reigns with the title on the line and The Undertaker appears. We go to commercial.
We are back and Seth Rollins arrives at the building and he is asked about having to defend the Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler. Seth says Baron may be the acting General Manager, but someone really needs to remind Baron Corbin that this is still Monday Night Rollins.
In the Arena:
The gong sounds and The Undertaker makes his slow way to the ring.
Undertaker says they say delusion is the final recourse for the damned. No man can spin a web of lies like a man that has a broken soul. Undertaker says he has never seen anyone with a more broken soul than Triple H. Last week, Triple H came out here in this ring and he told you that he had lost all his self respect. He says delusion will be his downfall. There was a time with Triple H when he was wicked, savage, a warrior. These days, he tends to play a more corporate game.
His battlefield is the board room. His life is so filled with lies that he can no longer decipher. He cannot see the fear in his own friend’s eyes. He cannot see his own demise. Taker says he puts no stock in what any man says. He knows that when he faces Triple H for the last night, the result will be just like the first time. He will put Hunter six feet under… game over.
Triple H is going to do everything he can do to outrace the reaper. He will move heaven and earth. He will enlist his best friend, Shawn Michaels. Let him have his delusion. Let him have his best friend Shawn Michaels. Right there is where the devil is in the details. Shawn Michaels will not go all the way to Australia to sit in the audience to watch this fight. He will be standing in Triple H’s corner. Taker says he is okay with that. Standing in his corner will be his brother… Kane.
Everyone knows that he took Shawn Michaels’ career and he is going to do the same to Triple H’s career. It seems that he deserves far worse. Not only is he going to take HHH’s career, he will take his soul and he will put him down. At Super Show Down, with his Brother of Destruction watching his back, Triple H will REST… IN… PEACE!
– We have a video package for last night’s Universal Title Match and then we are reminded that it will be a Triple Threat Match for the title in Saudi Arabia. We go to commercial after a Connor’s Cure segment.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
We go to the ring and out comes Bayley with Sasha Banks. They have a group of pediatric cancer survivors with them. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bayley is going at it with Dana Brooke. Brooke gets the upperhand and shows off some. Dana with a handspring back elbow in the corner. Bayley counters and backslides Brooke for a 2 count. Dana turns it back around and sends Bayley into the turnbuckles for a 2 count.
Dana drops knees on Bayley for another 2 count as Banks looks on from ringside. Dana keeps Bayley grounded with a scissors now. The hold is broken but Dana keeps control. Bayley with some offense and a pin attempt now. Bayley drops Dana on the second rope. Bayley goes to the top but has to land on her feet as Dana approaches. Bayley elbows her way out of a hold and nails a running knee. Bayley with the Bayley-to-Belly suplex for the pin.
After the match, Banks hits the ring and raises Bayley’s arm as the music hits. The referee checks on Dana while she’s down.
– Still to come, Lashley vs. Elias and Corbin vs. Reigns.
– We see Drake Maverick backstage with The Authors of Pain. They bully a staffer but Drake calms them down and says to save it for the ring. They walk off and we go to commercial.
The Authors of Pain vs. Gregory James and Barrett Brown
Back from the break and out comes The Authors of Pain, Akam and Rezar. They’re led to the ring by WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick. Two enhancement talents wait on the outside, Gregory James and Barrett Brown.
Akam and Rezar destroy the enhancement talents and win another easy squash match with the Super Collider.
Winners: The Authors of Pain
– After the match, Maverick stands tall with Akam and Rezar as their music hits.
Dolph Ziggler is backstage complaining to Baron Corbin about Seth Rollins showing up. Corbin says Rollins is in worst shape than Ziggler and there’s no way he can win tonight. Corbin talks Ziggler up until Rollins comes walking in. Ziggler says he wouldn’t blame Rollins if he backed out. Rollins says he’s not backing down and is ready for a fight. He asks if Ziggler is ready and then walks off.
– Still to come, Ziggler vs. Rollins. Back to commercial.
Seth Rollins versus Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship
Ziggler with a kick and side head lock. Rollins with a clothesline. Rollins with an Irish whop and Ziggler shows the damage done to his back. Rollins shows the pain as well as he is Irish whipped into the turnbuckles. Rollins comes off the turnbuckles and feels the pain in his back. Ziggler goes to the floor and Rollins chases gingerly after him. Ziggler drops Rollins on the top rope on the apron. Ziggler knocks Rollins off the apron and into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler pie faces Rollins and tells him to do something. Rollins with punches followed by an uppercut and running back elbows. Ziggler with an Irish whip but Rollins gets his feet up and hits a blockbuster but he feels the damage to his back. Rollins with a clothesline into the corner but he runs into a boot from Ziggler. Rollins goes for slingblade but Ziggler with a sleeper and he gets on Rollins’ back.
Rollins escapes and he goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet. Rollins holds on to the ropes on a Zig Zag attempt. Rollins with a rip cord knee after blocking a super kick. Rollins goes up top but Ziggler crotches Rollins. Ziggler with a punch and he goes up top for a superplex but Rollins escapes and Ziggler is crotched. Rollins goes for a reverse superplex but Ziggler with punches to knock Rollins to the mat. Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles for a superplex into a Falcon Arrow but Ziggler counters the Falcon Arrow into a rollup for a near fall. Rollins with Black Out for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Roman Reigns is asked about having to defend his title against Baron Corbin and how he is the underdog tonight. Roman says he is not the underdog tonight. Against Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman, he might be an underdog. Tonight, he will not be the underdog, he will be the Big Dog and he will still be the Universal Champion.
– Ronda Rousey shadow boxes in the Gorilla position as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring.
Ronda says she wants to congratulate Alexa Bliss. Last night was Alexa’s best performance and she did not expect her to be able to fight at that level and push her so close to her limits. She also has to thank Alexa because Alexa showed that she is a better champion. She says she wants to be just like Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and Ric Flair.
Ronda makes an open challenge for her title.
Natalya’s music plays but she does not make her way to the ring.
We see Natalya being dragged to the stage by the Riott Squad.
Ruby Riott tells Ronda to look at what she made them do. What they did to Nattie is your fault. They are here to shut this little operation down. They don’t dislike Ronda, but they don’t like her either. Ruby says she will be the one to accept the open challenge.
Ronda punches Ruby to knock her off the apron. Ronda punches Sarah and then she takes Liv down with a judo throw. Sarah with a knee to the ribs but Ronda with a judo throw. Ruby with a spear to Ronda and then they triple team Ronda.
Nikki Bella’s music plays and the Riott Squad stops attacking Ronda as they wait for Nikki and Brie to get to the ring. Liv and Sarah are stopped by Nikki and Brie. Ronda takes care of Ruby.
– Baron Corbin is in the back and Braun Strowman stops by. Braun says he doesn’t know why Baron put himself in the Universal Title match. He says he hopes Baron wins because Baron still sucks and he knows that he can kill Baron.
– Elias’ guitar is heard as we go to commercial.
– We are back with a look at what we just saw with the Ronda Rousey Open Challenge and the brawl between the Riott Squad, Ronda Rousey, and the Bellas.
In the Arena:
Elias is in the ring and he strums his guitar. Elias who wants to Walk with Elias. Elias says he knows how bad this show can be before Elias shows up. He says if he had his way it would be three hours of Elias. He says he always gets interrupted. Whether it is Trish Stratus or Mick Foley, it is because of jealousy. Everything Elias does is special. They all find out the truth. Tonight, he has to take care of Bobby Lashley. He looks great and he has all of the resources but he is a disappointment. He never wins when he has to. Bobby reminds him of the Dallas Cowboys.
Elias says he sees all of the jerseys and you are proud to advertise failure. Elias says what won’t be a failure and what won’t disappoint tonight will be his song.
Elias is interrupted by Lio Rush. Instead of giving the fans what they want, you are signing the same sad, tired track. That is the difference between you and me. Elias wants to know whose kid this is. What irresponsible parent let their kid get on the ramp and run their mouth.
Lio reintroduces himself. He says he is the 23 year old piece of gold. He is the man of the hour. He says he is Lio Rush. Elias says he does not care. He asks for security to take him to lost and found until his parents retrieve him.
Lio likes Elias’ jokes and he says the big man says he had jokes or he was a joke. He told him that he has some unfinished business with him. If he was angry about Kevin Owens power bombing you on the apron, wait until he gets in the ring with you. Rush introduces Lashley. Out he comes.
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
Lashley hits the ring and Elias gets ready for the match. We go to commercial.
ack from the break and the match is underway. Rush is on commentary. Elias keeps Lashley grounded in the middle of the ring now. Lashley powers up and fights out but Elias knees him and then chops him. More back and forth now. Lashley with a kick, a big forearm and a clothesline. Elias turns it back around but Lashley catches him with a powerslam for a 2 count.
Lashley waits for Elias to get back to his feet. Lashley charges but Elias sends him into the corner. Elias runs into a back elbow. Lashley goes to the top rope for a missile dropkick but Elias knees Lashley in mid-air. They both go down. The music suddenly hits and out comes Kevin Owens. Owens approaches Rush but Rush shoves the announce chair into him. Owens goes after Rush again and chases him to ringside. Elias goes after Rush next. Rush flips around and eventually kicks Elias in the face for the disqualification on the outside
Winner by DQ: Elias
After the bell, Lashley ends up saving Rush from Elias. Lashley knocks Owens off the apron. Lashley then launches Rush onto Owens and Elias on the outside. Lashley puts Rush on his shoulders and they look on from the ring as Owens and Elias recover on the outside. Lashley’s music hits.
– Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Alicia Fox are backstage. Bliss says she’s going to help elevate her friends in tag team competition now. She says they challenge Ember Moon to find a partner for tonight. They go on taking shots at Ember and doing their “mean girls” act.
– The announcers lead us to a preview for season 8 of Total Divas, which premieres this Wednesday on the E! network. Back to commercial.
Ember Moon and Nia Jax vs. Mickie James and Alicia Fox
Back from a break and Mickie James is in the ring with Alicia Fox as Alexa Bliss watches from ringside. Ember Moon is out next to a big hometown pop. Moon waits for her mystery partner and out comes Nia Jax, making her return. Bliss, Fox and James aren’t happy.
Jax starts off for her team. Mickie and Fox aren’t interested in mixing it up. Moon starts off instead and goes at it with Fox. Fox drops her first with a shoulder but Moon kips up and unloads for a 2 count on Fox. Moon goes for a tag but Fox stops her. Fox whips Moon into the corner and tags in Mickie to take over. Mickie with a running kick to the face for a 2 count. Moon ends up taking Mickie down with with a scissors. Moon with more offense and a big suicide dive, taking out Mickie and Fox on the floor for a pop.
Moon brings Mickie back into the ring. Moon goes to the top but Fox pushes her off while the referee has his back turned. Mickie with a stiff kick to Moon for a 2 count. Fox tags back in to double team Moon as Jax waits for the hot tag. Mickie tags back in for more double teaming. Mickie works Moon over and keeps her grounded in the middle of the ring, talking trash to the hometown star about how the people don’t love her. Moon tries to fight back but Mickie cuts her off. Moon with more comeback attempts but Mickie cuts her off. Fox tags back in and levels Moon with a kick to the face for a 2 count, and another quick pin attempt.
Moon counters a suplex and finally tags in Jax. Jax unloads on Fox and rams her into Mickie in the corner, sending Mickie to the floor. Jax ragdolls Fox and splashes her in the corner. Jax tosses Fox into the corner but runs into an elbow. More back and forth until Jax runs over Fox for a 2 count as Mickie breaks the pin. Mickie begs Jax and slaps her. Mickie turns around to Moon hitting the Eclipse from the top rope. They go to the floor. Fox tries a kick but Jax ends up hitting the Samoan Drop for the pin.
Winners: Nia Jax and Ember Moon
After the match, Bliss looks on from ringside and she’s not happy. Jax and Moon stand tall in the middle of the ring and celebrate. Cole talks about how Jax won The Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHER Now Award this past Saturday night.
Baron Corbin is backstage with a referee, reminding him he controls his paycheck but he still wants the match called right down the middle, fair and square. Corbin forces the referee to call him Mr. Acting General Manager of RAW and sends him on his way. Still to come, Corbin vs. Reigns with the title on the line.
– The announcers call on fans to donate to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. Fans can text FLORENCE to 90999 to donate $10. We go to commercial.
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship
Back from the break and out comes Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin for tonight’s main event. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is out next.
Corbin gets a number of near falls. Corbin with a forearm and punches. Reigns sends Corbin to the floor and then Reigns with a drive by. Reigns sends Corbin back into the ring and then Reigns misses a shoulder into the corner and hits the ring post. Corbin slides around the post and returns to the ring with a clothesline for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Corbin with the chin lock and half nelson. Reigns with punches but Corbin grabs Roman by the throat and hits a choke breaker for a near fall. Corbin mocks Reigns’ pose before returning to Roman and he connects with an elbow to the collarbone before returning to the half nelson and chin lock. Roman gets to his feet and he punches Corbin. Roman avoids a clothesline and hits two clotheslines followed by a flying clothesline. Roman looks around and it is time for some clotheslines and he connects with NeverEnding Story followed by a boot to the head.
Roman looks around and he sets for the Superman punch but Corbin goes to the floor. Roman grabs Corbin but Corbin with a punch. Reigns with a Samoan drop for a near fall. Roman sets for the Superman punch and Corbin goes to the floor again. Roman goes to the floor and he hits a Superman punch off the ring steps. They return to the ring and Reigns with the scream to set up the spear. Corbin rolls to the floor again. Roman goes back to the floor and Corbin throws a chair at Roman and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Roman Reigns (by disqualification)
After the bell, JoJo announces Reigns as the winner. Corbin enters the ring and argues with the referee as Reigns’ music hits. Corbin orders that the match be re-started as a No DQ match. JoJo makes the announcement.
The bell rings again and Corbin grabs Reigns, rolling him in the ring. Corbin brings a steel chair in the ring but Reigns punches it into him. Reigns with a close 2 count.
Reigns takes his time getting up as he sees the steel chair. Reigns grabs the chair but the music interrupts and out comes Braun Strowman. Reigns waits with the chair in hand. Braun slowly marches down the ramp. Corbin comes from behind and takes Reigns down. Braun enters the ring and stares Reigns down. Braun grabs Reigns and hits a big running splash in the corner, and another. Braun scoops Reigns for a powerslam but Reigns slides out. Braun charges and hits the ring post, tumbling out to the floor. Corbin attacks Reigns from behind. Corbin charge but Reigns moves. Corbin comes back in and catches Reigns with a Deep Six for a close 2 count.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre come running down next. They help Strowman up. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose run down the ramp next. They brawl with McIntyre, Ziggler and Strowman at ringside. Reigns knocks Braun off the apron with a Superman Punch. Ambrose and Rollins check on Reigns in the ring. Ambrose and Rollins run the ropes and hit a big dive to the floor on Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre. Strowman gets up first on the floor. Reigns runs the ropes for a dive to the floor but Corbin rocks him with a right hand at the ropes. Corbin re-enters the ring but Reigns immediately hits him with a Spear for the pin to retain.
Winner: Roman Reigns
After the match, The Shield stands tall in the ring as Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre look on from the ramp. RAW goes off the air with the two teams staring each other down.
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