Monday, October 22, 2018

WWE RAW Results - October 22, 2018

WWE RAW Results - October 22, 2018
We are live from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The music for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns plays as he makes his way to the ring.

Roman says he feels like he owes everyone an apology. For months he spoke as Roman Reigns and he said a lot of things and that he would be here every week and be a fighting champion. Roman says that is all lies. Roman says the reality is that his name is Joe and he has been living with leukemia for 11 years. Roman says that it is back. Because it is back, he cannot fulfill his role and be a fighting champion. Roman says that he will have to relinquish the Universal Championship.

Roman says he will take every prayer coming his way but he is not looking for sympathy. He has faith. Roman says he was 22 when he was diagnosed and he was able to put it in remission. Roman says he did not have the money at the time and he had a baby on the way. Roman says that WWE gave him a chance. When he finally made it to the main roster, he was put in front of all of you and you have made his dreams come true. Roman says it did not matter if you cheered him or booed him, you reacted to him. That is the most important thing and he thanks everyone.

Roman says you know the deal. Life is not fair and it is not all peaches and cream. Life can throw you a curve ball. He is going to go home and focus on his health and his family. Roman says this is not a retirement speech. After he is done whooping leukemia's ass, he is coming back home and when he does, it will not be about winning titles and being on top. He will have a purpose. He wants to show the whole world, his family, his friends, his children, and his wife that he will swing for the fences every time. Roman says he will beat this and he will be back. You will see him very soon.

Roman puts the Universal title belt down in the center of the ring.

As Roman goes up the ramp to the stage, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins come out and they hug. Then they do the Shield fist pose.

We go to commercial.

- We are back with a look back at Roman Reigns' announcement about his health situation. Michael mentions that reality has entered into this world and he wishes Roman his best. Renee talks about Roman and what he has done with Dean Ambrose. She sends her best wishes to Roman and his family. Corey says that their kids play together and he says that Roman has this.

Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush)

Before our next match, Lio Rush comes out and he says it is time to listen up. He says the Big Man is the heavyweight that is back to dominate. He brings out Bobby Lashley.

Lashley with a kick to the midsection followed by a forearm to the back. Lashley with a slam for a near fall. Lashley with a nerve hold. Balor with a drop kick and Lashley rolls to the floor. Balor sets for a dive to the floor but Rush gets close to the apron and it stops Balor. Balor chases Rush around the ring and Lashley lays in wait and clotheslines Balor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Lashley still has Balor in a painful nerve hold while Rush's chants of Lashley brings pain to the ears of the Providence crowd and people watching on TV. Lashley punches Balor and then he poses. Lashley punches Balor and poses again. Balor rolls through on a sunset flip attempt and hits a drop kick. Balor gets his feet up and then he hits a running forearm but Lashley stays on his feet. Balor goes for a take down but Lashley blocks it. Balor is able to take Lashley down and he hits a double stomp. Balor with a running chop into the corner but Lashley sends Balor into the corner. Lashley runs into boots and he comes off the turnbuckles and Lashley catches Balor and hits a Samoan drop for a near fall.

Lashley sets for a delayed vertical suplex but Balor lands on his feet and hits Slingblade. Balor leaps over Lashley when he goes up top and Lashley with a clothesline. Lashley sets for the Dominator but Balor escapes and gets a rollup for the three count.

Winner: Finn Balor

- The announcers talk more about Reigns. Cole says Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin has been on the phone with RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon to decide what happens with the WWE Universal Title.

- We go to the ring and out comes Sasha Banks with Natalya and Bayley. We get a sidebar video of Banks, Natalya and Bayley hyping their Evolution match against The Riott Squad. We go to commercial.


Back from the break and we get a backstage segment with the RAW Tag Team Champions. Dolph Ziggler talks about cementing his legacy at WWE World Cup and Drew McIntyre mentions something about going monster hunting, a reference to Braun Strowman. They will defend against Rollins and Ambrose later tonight.

Sasha Banks vs. Ruby Riott

We go back to the ring and out comes Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Back and forth between the two to start the match.

Banks drops Riott on her face and works her over in front of Liv and Logan. Riott comes back and drops Banks for a 2 count. Riott taunts Banks and pushes her around but Banks fights back. They go on and we get a standoff between the two teams at ringside. Banks brings it back in the ring but Riott kicks the knee and Banks ends up down on the floor. Back to commercial.

We are back and Ruby kicks Sasha but Sasha with punches and forearms. Ruby with an STO and she gets a near fall. Ruby with a cravate on Sasha and she isolates the arm. Ruby runs into a boot from Sasha and Sasha sends Ruby into the turnbuckles. Sasha with a back slide but Ruby rolls through and Sasha with a knee to the head. Sasha with clotheslines and a drop kick. Sasha with Meteora followed by a lungblower and she tries for Banks Statement but Bayley stops Sarah from interfering. Natalya joins in the fun outside. Sasha gets in the face of Liv and Sarah and gives them forearms.

Sasha returns to the ring and Ruby kicks Sasha into the turnbuckles and hits a Riott Kick for the three count.

Winner: Ruby Riott

- We take a look back at last week's boiler room promo from Undertaker and Kane. We go to commercial.

- We are back and Nia Jax says that at Evolution, you will see what women can do. Do not let anything stop your dreams. She was the Raw Women's Champion three months ago and she will win the battle royal to get another chance at the title.

In the Arena:

Triple H and Shawn Michaels make their way to the ring.

Hunter says a lot of big words are being thrown around and one of them is fear. Fear that kept him from taking off the suit and leaving the boardroom. It was fear that kept you from stepping out of retirement. Hunter says it will take a lot more to instill fear in them than taking your lunch hour and grabbing a GoPro and walking down the stairs of Knoxville City Hall, putting on the mask and making an idle threat. Shawn says neither of them are running for mayor.

Shawn says that nostalgia has been thrown around. That does not mean new merch, it means sentimentality. Shawn says that nostalgia is a polite way of saying 'old'. Hunter says nostalgia-wise, there is a movie that came out 40 years ago called Halloween that is number one at the box office. Two weeks ago we packed 70,000 in Melbourne to see them. Maybe old is just a polite way of saying 'we're better'.

Hunter says that X has been running for 22 years and that X says that when you see it, you knew that they were better than everybody else. Today, maybe this X is in the past, but there is another X that also says 'they're better'. There is another X that speaks to the future and the future is now. Shawn says they are running that too. Hunter tells Kane and Undertaker that they bring this X to Crown Jewel, they ain't coming to make you laugh or for nostalgia. They are coming to kick your ass. Shawn says if you aren't down with that, they've got two words for ya...

There is a brief problem with the lights and then the lights go out and a gong is heard.

On the TitanTron, we see a graveyard. Taker says pride goes before destruction. Kane says arrogance preceeds the fall. Taker says their reunion will be the vessel of their fall. Kane says you can bring your dreams and illusions to harness respect. Taker says they will bring their fear and unleash utter contempt. Kane tells Hunter and Shawn that they will not defeat them.

We see tombstones for Hunter and Shawn. Taker says their first match will be their last match against anyone. Their bodies will rest here while they will own their souls for eternity. Kane says that you will deal with defeat in the deepest pits of hell. Taker says you will never Rest... In... Peace... Their promo ends with Kane and Taker shoveling dirt on DX's graves.

- We see Roman's comments that opened tonight's Raw.

- Michael Cole says that we will have a new champion at Crown Jewel when Brock Lesnar faces Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship.

- We see footage from last week's confrontation between Ronda Rousey and The Bellas.

- Paul Heyman walks in the back as we go to commercial.

- We are back and Dana Brooke says that she has been passed over for so long but she will be the last one standing in the battle royal and we will see what she can do.

In the Arena:

Paul Heyman is in the ring and he introduces himself. Heyman says his thoughts and prayers are with Roman Reigns. It is humbling to be among the members of that locker room and be in the presence of such courage and greatness. When he has to explain this to his children, that this show and business that we love. What you saw was sacrifice. Roman Reigns sacrificed his career and aspirations because he could not fulfill the obligations of Universal Champion because the title deserves the best any champion has to offer it.

You have the right to point at the Universal Champion and say that is the best and that is everything that this presentation and show and industry has to offer. That is number one. Until 8:05 PM eastern, we had the right to brag that the best was the Universal Champion. Now, what do we do? Roman does not want the title to stop because he cannot defend it. Roman is the first to say the show must go on, and it does.

At Crown Jewel, Brock Lesnar versus Braun Strowman. Only one can say that they can carry on the legacy of Roman Reigns. Only one can say that they are worthy of carrying the title and that is not Braun Strowman. There is only one being in this match who is worthy of being your champion. The only one worthy of laying down that title in the octagon and show the sports world that he is the best that can be offered and his name is Brock Lesnar.

Braun can bill himself as a monster, but Brock does not bill himself as a beast, he is a beast. Braun, you are not in Brock's league, category, or stratosphere. You cannot compare to Brock Lesnar. You are not in the same species as Brock Lesnar.

Braun Strowman's music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Braun says the only words that need to come out of your mouth is that he is going to beat Brock's ass all over Crown Jewel. Braun says he will bring the title back to Raw every Monday, instead of whenever he wants. He says that when Roman beats leukemia, he will get the first title match. Braun says that Brock will GET THESE HANDS!

Braun drops the mic and goes to leave but RAW Tag Team Champion Drew McIntyre comes flying out of nowhere with a Claymore Kick, dropping Braun at ringside. Drew stands tall on the stage as his music hits. Braun recovers on the floor.

- Still to come, McIntyre and Ziggler defend their titles. Back to commercial.


We are back and Dolph says that is what to do because no one stood up to Braun. Charly Caruso asks Drew McIntyre if he is worried about the repercussions. Drew says he is not. Half the roster asks 'what if' and they are not ready to do what needs to be done. Drew says he is not a child. He does not look under his bed or into his closet for monsters. Braun got a swift kick of reality and he will know that he needed them. Now they can focus on the Raw Tag Team Championships.

- Elias is in the ring. He says that you are blessed and he has a question for everyone. Apollo Crews interrupted him last week and he has a song about it... Apollo Crews interrupts Elias because they have a match.

Apollo Crews vs. Elias

Crews with a side head lock and shoulder tackle followed by a drop kick. Crews with a side head lock take down. Elias tries to pull Crews off the apron but Crews kicks him away and hits a moonsault as we go to commercial.

We are back and Elias with a side head lock. We see Elias hit a mule kick to take advantage of the match during the commercial break. Elias holds on to the side head lock while Crews tries to escape. Crews escapes but Elias with a splash into the corner. Crews with punches and an enzuigiri. Crews with a back heel kick and boot to the head. Crews with a jumping clothesline. Crews with a standing shooting star press for a near fall.

Elias holds on to the ropes to avoid a toss power bomb and Elias with a knee to the head and Drift Away for the three count.

Winner: Elias

- We get a backstage promo from WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, hyping his spot in the WWE World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel. Kurt Angle says that it is hard to be in the ring when you cannot do what you did in your prime. Kurt says that he never thought he would have a chance to win the World Cup but it will be tough. He may have to face Seth Rollins and he will pull out everything in his arsenal to do what it takes to win. Jeff Hardy has never met a risk he would not take. He has overcome more in life than anyone else in this tournament. Some say all Miz does it talk and talk, but Miz wins and wins. He has a chip on his shoulder. Rey Mysterio is not someone to underestimate because he will take your title if you do. Dolph Ziggler has a long resume and winning will validate what he has been saying. Randy Orton has always been unhinged but he is more dangerous than ever. John Cena proved himself to Kurt as a rookie and John has a Hall of Fame career. Kurt says this is an opportunity to prove that he is the best in the world. He might not be the same man he was 15 years ago, but on this night he can do it.

We go to commercial.

In the Arena:

We go tot he ring and JoJo introduces Elias again. Elias says he felt so good after that win that he wanted everyone to hear the truth. He goes to reveal a song but Acting RAW GM Baron Corbin comes out and interrupts.

Corbin says they have a lot going on tonight and it's his job to keep the show moving. Elias wants to play the song anyway but Corbin isn't having it. Corbin warns Elias to stop staring at him like that and says he would fire Elias if Stephanie McMahon didn't like him so much. Corbin orders Elias to get off the stage. Elias says he was writing a song in his head while Corbin was sucking the entertainment out of the building. Elias asks Corbin to silence his cellphone and most importantly, shut his damn mouth. Elias performs the song and it takes shots at Elias. Corbin yells for Elias' mic to be cut and it is. Fans boo.

Corbin orders Elias to get off the stage again. Fans chant "no!" as Elias goes to leave. Elias walks to the back as Corbin looks out at the crowd and smiles. Corbin speaks but Elias comes back out from behind and smashes his guitar over Corbin's back. Corbin goes down and fans pop. Elias looks down at him and walks away, all smiles. We get a replay of the guitar shot. A referee helps Corbin to his feet now.

- RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey is backstage walking. We go to commercial.

In the Arena:

We are back and Michael Cole is in the ring to moderate the contract signing for the Raw Championship Match at Evolution. Nikki Bella makes her way to the ring first and she is accompanied by her sister Brie Bella. Out next is the Raw Champion, Ronda Rousey.

Nikki and Brie leave the ring and Nikki says that she knows that Ronda is looking for a fight and that is not what they are looking for. She is not going to fight in Providence.

Ronda says she is not here to fight. She wants to make sure that Nikki signs the contract so she will be there on Sunday for their fight. Ronda says she will not lay a finger on Nikki and her word is her bond. She says that her mother would be embarrassed if either of them could hurt her with her arms behind her back.

Brie and Nikki enter the ring and Nikki sarcastically responds to Ronda's comments. Nikki asks Ronda if she promised her mother that she would win in the Olympics and win the World Championships, just like she did. Didn't she tell her mother that she wouldn't get hurt in the octagon and retire undefeated. Your mother is already ashamed of you. Nikki asks what will your mother think when a Diva will beat you for your title.

Nikki signs the contract and then Nikki slaps Ronda. Ronda looks around while Nikki and Brie laugh. Ronda smirks and signs the contract. Ronda says come Sunday, she will end Nikki. Ronda tells Nikki she gives Nikki her word. Ronda leaves the ring and poses on the apron before leaving, but Nikki and Brie do nothing to her with Ronda's back turned.


Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are asked about Roman's announcement. Dean says words cannot describe what has happened over the last six years. When you don't what to do and when you don't know what to say, you have to do all that you know how to do. They will do what they need to do. They will win. Seth says there are no words, but there are plenty of emotions. They will channel those emotions and beat Dolph and Drew to become the new Tag Team Champions. They will do it for Roman.

- We are back and Ember talks about fighting for their legacy and their future. It is about eclipsing normal. She will risk it all on Sunday and win.Nia

Nia Jax vs. Dana Brooke vs. Tamina Snuka vs. Ember Moon

Nia and Tamina send Dana and Ember away. Ember with a drop kick to Nia when Nia is about to square off with Tamina. Dana with a rollup on Ember for a near fall. Dana with forearms to Ember and Tamina. Nia with a slam to Dana and a clothesline for Ember. Nia with a somersault senton onto Dana. Nia with shoulders to Tamina in the corner but Nia misses a splash. Tamina with kicks. Nia with an Irish whip and splash. Nia gets Tamina on her shoulders but Tamina gets to her feet and hits a super kick. Ember with Eclipse on Tamina for the three count.

Winner: Ember Moon

- As they run through the card for Evolution, Michael Cole mentions that Beth Phoenix and Renee Young will be doing commentary.

- Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are in the back and we go to commercial.

- We are back and Titus O'Neil is on the stage for the Susan G. Komen segment. Titus mentions that his grandmother lost her battle to cancer. He says that he is honored to be on the stage with women who survived breast cancer and beat it.


We are in the interview area and Charly Caruso is with Trish Stratus and Lita. They are asked about their match at Evolution. Trish says that she would expect Mickie and Alexa to show some respect. Lita says the more jokes that Mickie and Alexa want to make the better it is for them. She says that they are ready for this. Trish says that they bring out the best in each other.

Alicia Fox shows up and she says that Alexa and Mickie will make history by humiliating Trish and Lita. Lita says that since Alicia is the messenger, they have a message for them. Mickie attacks Trish and Lita from behind and Alicia joins in the attack. Mickie says that is how you do it around here. Trish and Lita come back and deliver a beatdown to Fox and Mickie this time, saying that's how it was done in the Attitude Era.

RAW Tag Team Title Match: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler

We go to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose and WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins through the crowd. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out come RAW Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. We get formal ring introductions from JoJo. The bell rings and Drew beats Ambrose down. Rollins tags in and they double team McIntyre, slamming him to the mat. Ziggler runs in but they double suplex him. Rollins clotheslines Ziggler over the top to the floor. They also send Drew to the floor. Ambrose and Rollins stand tall as the crowd pops. We go to commercial.

Dolph with a Fameasser for a near fall. Drew tags in and he stomps on the chest. Drew with another boot to the head. Drew stomps on Seth's head and kicks him in the head. Dolph tags back in and he kicks Seth in the chest. Dolph with a reverse chin lock. Seth with elbows but Dolph with a sleeper. Seth with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Drew tags in and he stops Seth from making the tag. Rollins lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Rollins with a chop and Drew with a chop. Rollins with an enzuigiri and Ziggler tries to stop Rollins but Rollins moves. Rollins with a super kick to Drew and Drew goes over the top rope to the floor. Ziggler pulls Ambrose off the apron to prevent the tag.

Dean chases Dolph around the ring and Drew with a clothesline to Dean. Drew with a back elbow and a reverse Alabama slam for a near fall.

We go to commercial.

Back from the break and Rollins covers Drew for a close 2 count as Ambrose takes Ziggler out on the floor. Fans chant "this is awesome" now. Rollins goes to the top but Drew jumps up and rocks him from behind. Drew climbs up with Rollins but Rollins fights back. Drew gets hung upside down in the corner. Rollins climbs up but Drew overpowers and brings Rollins face-first into the mat. Ziggler cuts Ambrose off on the floor and sends him into the barrier. Ziggler goes to the top but Rollins jumps up for a superplex. Rollins holds it for the Falcon Arrow and a close 2 count.

Fans chant "burn it down!" as Rollins cranks up for the Stomp as Ziggler recovers. Rollins kicks Ziggler but misses the Stomp. Ziggler kicks the knee out but Rollins goes for the Buckle Bomb. Ziggler slides out and they trade more counters. Rollins with a Buckle Bomb but Drew catches his partner. Drew blocks Dirty Deeds and hits a Claymore Kick on Ambrose to send him out. More back and forth. Ziggler hits a Zig Zag on Rollins for a close 2 count. Ziggler can't believe it. Drew tells Ziggler to lift Rollins up for the Claymore/Zig-Zag combo. Dean trips Drew from the outside. The music hits and out comes Braun Strowman for a pop.

Rollins rolls Ziggler up for 2. Rollins runs over the referee and he goes down. Braun slowly marches to the ring and stares Drew down. Braun enters the ring and clotheslines Drew to the floor. Braun brawls with Drew out into the crowd. Braun sends Drew into a production area and then through more of the crowd. Drew tries to fight back with a steel chair but Braun unloads on him. They fight back to the locker room area. Ziggler looks around and notices his partner is gone. Ziggler grabs his title and brings it back in the ring. Ambrose grabs it and pulls it away. Rollins takes advantage and kicks Ziggler, then hits the Stomp but there's no referee. Ambrose wakes the referee and rolls him back in the ring. The referee counts the pin as Rollins covers Ziggler.

Winners and New RAW Tag Team Champions: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose

After the match, Rollins takes both of his titles as Ambrose grabs his new title. They hug and celebrate as The Shield music plays. Ambrose turns out of nowhere and drops Rollins with a Dirty Deeds. Most fans boo Ambrose. Ambrose gets to his feet first as Rollins is still down. Ambrose stomps on Rollins and unloads on him, yelling at him. Ambrose mounts Rollins and pounds on him, talking more trash and mocking him. Ambrose sends Rollins out of the ring and keeps up the attack as some shocked fans look on. Ambrose pulls the mat back and exposes the concrete. He pounds on Rollins some more. Ambrose drops Rollins on the concrete with another Dirty Deeds. Ambrose stands tall to more boos now. Ambrose marches through the crowd while Rollins is laid out at ringside. Ambrose stops up high in the crowd and looks back at Rollins. Ambrose keeps walking as RAW goes off the air.