Monday, December 17, 2018

WWE RAW Results - December 17, 2018

WWE RAW Results - December 17, 2018
Tonight's WWE RAW opens live from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California as Michael Cole welcomes us. He's joined by Renee Young.

- We go right to the ring as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon makes his way out to a pop. JoJo does the introduction.

Vince takes the mic and jokes that he doesn't want to hear any boos. Fans boo. Vince says everyone is wondering what's happening with RAW and that's why he is here. He says RAW has been on for 25 years and they change with the times. Vince says despite one man's creativity and vision, he can't do it all by himself any longer, that's for sure. Fans are giving him the "what!?" treatment. Vince says he can do it without the fans though. They boo again. Vince introduces RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and out she comes. Cole says Corey Graves will join them later on commentary.

Fans boo Stephanie. Vince introduces Triple H next and out he comes to a pop. Vince and Stephanie both hugged Vince as they entered. Vince introduces SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon next and here he comes. The stage is decorated for Christmas. Shane also hugs his father.

Stephanie admits they haven't been doing a very good job lately and that's why they are here tonight. They haven't been doing the one thing their farther taught them - listen to the audience. She says they have let middle managers air their grievances and that has suffocated the Superstars but that ends tonight, and the fresh start begins tonight. Triple H says the days of absent management are over and as of now, the four of them will be taking back Monday Night RAW. Shane says that goes for SmackDown as well because the four of them are responsible for making sure fans have the best possible experience there is. Stephanie says they're going to empower the Superstars and empower the fans. Triple H says more importantly, they will give the fans what they want. Triple H says we will be seeing new faces, new Superstars, new matches. As of now, the fans are the authority. Vince says as long as they give the fans more of what we want, instead of more that we don't want, WWE will always be... Then. Now. Forever.

Vince's "No Chance" music starts back up as The McMahon Family talks among themselves. Fans boo as the music interrupts and out comes Baron Corbin. Corbin addresses Vince and says no one wants a fresh start more than he does. Fans boo louder at Corbin. Stephanie says she's not sure if Corbin can hear them but they're booing him loudly. Corbin says he's excited that the entire McMahon family will be running RAW but there's one word they have to mention - fair, and what happened to him at WWE TLC was not fair. Corbin says they need to talk. Just a simple conversation. We go to commercial as the boos continue.

Back from the break and Corbin is in the ring now. He says the boos don't matter because it's Sacramento. Corbin asks if they're finished but the boos continue. Triple H says it's hard for Corbin to speak if they keep doing that. They boo that. Corbin asks how he's supposed to explain himself if they keep on. They boo again. Triple H asks them to stop so Corbin can speak. They boo again. Corbin asks Stephanie to ask them to stop. She says Vince is getting a little old and hard of hearing, which was just a set-up for more loud boos. Shane also gets them to boo Corbin again. Corbin goes to speak but the boos continue. Fans chant "you suck!" at Corbin. Vince reminds Corbin he has a mic, not the fans.

Corbin says what has happened is not his fault. He addresses TLC and says Braun Strowman was not supposed to be there. Corbin says he wasn't prepared, especially for the different Superstars Strowman brought with him. Corbin asks if fans think that was fair and they pop, then do the "yes!" chant. Triple H is going to help Corbin out because he's unpredictable. He says Corbin wants them to reconsider him as General Manager of RAW. He says yes and he feels like they will right the wrong. Corbin says he would still be GM if it weren't for Apollo Crews, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, Heath Slater, Finn Balor and RAW Tag Team Champions Chad Gable & Bobby Roode. He asks if they will overturn the decision and says to just imagine what they can all do together. Shane says that's a negative from him. Triple H agrees. Stephanie says there's "no chance in hell" at that happening. Vince says there might be a way. The McMahons talk it over again.

Triple H says maybe they have a way for Corbin to become GM again, maybe there's a way for this to all go away. Fans boo. Corbin says all he needs is a chance. Triple H says they should give Corbin that chance. More boos. Triple H says if Corbin can win his match tonight, right now, then he can become the permanent General Manager of RAW. All he has to do is beat this man... the music hits and out comes Angle.

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

The McMahons exit the ring as Kurt Angle gets ready for a match. Baron Corbin looks at Angle. Stephanie stops on the ramp and says there is a special referee for this match. Out comes Heath Slater to a pop.

The bell rings and they go at it. Angle gets the upperhand in the corner first and unloads. Corbin misses a charge in the corner and Angle puts him down with a suplex for a pop. Corbin goes to the floor for a breather. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Triple H comes out as the match continues. Triple H forgot to announce that this is also a Handicap Match. Out comes Apollo Crews with RAW Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode & Chad Gable. Corbin meets them on the ramp but they beat him down. They toss Corbin back in the ring and Angle hits him with two German suplexes. Gable tags in next and hits a German. Roode tags in and they continue the attack. Crews tags in and drops Corbin with a kick.

Corbin tries to leave through the crowd but they go after him as Angle watches from the ring. They bring Corbin back in and surround him. Slater turns his back and "fixes" the turnbuckle as they all stomp away on Corbin. Shane comes back to the stage and says he forgot to announce that this is a No DQ match. They all grab steel chairs and take turns beating on Corbin. Fans chant for tables. The Superstars take turns hitting more moves on Corbin. It ends with Angle hitting the Angle Slam on Corbin for the pin.

Winners: Kurt Angle, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode and Apollo Crews

After the match, Angle's music hits and the winners bring tables into the ring as fans pop. Angle drives Corbin through the table with another Angle Slam. Angle's music starts back up as Slater raises their arms in victory.

- Still to come, Ronda Rousey will be here, as will Dean Ambrose. Also, Dolph Ziggler vs. Finn Balor. Back to commercial.

- We are back and the announcers mention that John Cena won the Muhammad Ali Award.

Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler

They lock up and Dolph taps Balor on the chest on the break. Ziggler with a side head lock and he holds on when Balor tries to send Ziggler off the ropes. Balor with a rollup for a near fall. Balor with an arm drag and Ziggler with an arm drag. Balor with a kick and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. Balor with a drop kick.

We go to commercial.

They lock up and go at it. Ziggler takes it to the ropes and backs off but shoves Balor. They lock up again and Ziggler takes Balor down. They go back & forth for a stalemate. Balor gets the upperhand now and nails a dropkick for a pop. Ziggler goes to the floor for a breather as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Balor nails a basement dropkick. We see how Ziggler hit a big dropkick during the commercial break. Ziggler looks to mount offense now but Balor cuts him off. Balor with a double stomp to the chest for a pop. Ziggler blocks a Slingblade and rolls Balor up for a 2 count. Balor dodges a Fame-asser and drops Ziggler for a 2 count. Ziggler comes back and drops Balor with a DDT. More back and forth now. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for a close 2 count.

Ziggler cranks up for a superkick but Drew McIntyre runs out. Ziggler goes to the floor and brawls with McIntyre. Balor runs the ropes and nails a big dive onto McIntyre on the floor. Ziggler rocks Balor and brings it back into the ring. Ziggler with a Fame-asser for a close 2 count. Drew ends up coming back in and nailing Balor for the disqualification.

Winner: Finn Balor (by disqualification)

After the bell, Drew rocks Balor again. Ziggler comes over but Drew beats him down and unloads. Drew with a Claymore Kick to the face of Ziggler. McIntyre goes to the floor and nails a Claymore on Balor.

- We see Dean Ambrose in the back with his new title belt and he walks to the ring with his gas mask crew. We go to commercial.

In the Arena:

Back from the break and out comes new WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He's accompanied by his security team wearing gas masks. Ambrose directs them to surround the ring.

Ambrose starts ripping into the fans and saying they should respect him. Ambrose says what he said would happen at TLC happened - Seth Rollins lost control and choked in the 4th quarter. Ambrose says he doesn't need anything from the fans because he has this - he raises the Intercontinental Title belt. He says this is nothing because when he's done with Rollins, Rollins will have nothing left. He's going to take Rollins' career and the fake good guy reputation he has, and throw it in the gutter where it belongs. Ambrose calls Rollins to the ring to tell him to his face that Ambrose was right, and he was wrong.

Fans chant "burn it down!" as Ambrose tries to taunt Rollins into coming out. Ambrose wonders if an Open Challenge will work, but not for the title, just for Rollins to take out his frustrations on Ambrose. Ambrose keeps running Rollins down on the mic but Rollins isn't coming out. Ambrose has a new idea - since Rollins doesn't gave the guts to come out, Ambrose is going to take a page out of Rollins' playbook and issue an Open Challenge for the title, to anyone in the back except for Rollins. The music hits and out comes Tyler Breeze to accept the challenge.

WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Tyler Breeze vs. Dean Ambrose

The bell rings and they go at it. Tyler Breeze takes Dean Ambrose to the corner and works him over. Breeze keeps going and sends Ambrose out to the floor, against the barrier. Breeze stands tall in the ring as we go back to commercial.

We are back and Dean with boots to the chest and a rear chin lock. We see footage during the commercial break when Ambrose avoided a pescado and Ambrose with a clothesline. We go back to live action and Ambrose with a back elbow for a near fall. Ambrose with a sleeper. Ambrose pulls Breeze down to the mat. Breeze with an enzuigiri that staggers Ambrose. Breeze with a rana for a near fall. Ambrose goes into the turnbuckles and Breeze with a rollup for a near fall. Breeze with a Beauty Shot and then he goes up top. Breeze with a cross body for a near fall.

Breeze with a kick for a near fall. Breeze sets for an Unprettier but Dean escapes and hits the double underhook DDT for the three count.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

After the match, Dean says that was the performance of a champion with integrity and he says that Seth Rollins would never show up . . .

Seth Rollins' music plays and Dean sends three of his guards to watch the ramp. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins was in disguise and he super kicks Ambrose. Seth with punches to Dean and the other security members realize what is going on and Seth takes care of them.

Backstage:

Shane McMahon is backstage with Charly Caruso, asking what the fresh start means. Shane says we will see more new faces on RAW and SmackDown, and opportunities will come knocking. Shane says he has some tough decisions ahead. Drake Maverick interrupts with The Authors of Pain. Shane says he's well aware of them. Drake goes on about how Akam and Rezar had the RAW Tag Team Titles stolen from them. Drake mentions their mandatory rematch clause. Shane says the whole mandatory rematch thing is antiquated, especially since Baron Corbin handed them their shot in the first place. Shane says they have an opportunity in mind for AOP. They will face The B Team, The Revival and Lucha House Party in a Fatal 4 Way tonight. The winners will earn a future title shot at Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. Akam and Rezar walk off and they're not happy.

- Still to come, a look at new faces coming up from WWE NXT - EC3, Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery, Nikki Cross and Lars Sullivan. Back to commercial.

- We are back and it is time to take a look at some new faces coming to Raw and Smackdown.

We see a video package for Lars Sullivan talking about all of the different animals and giants you have seen before, but you have never seen a freak like him. We also see a feature on Lacey Evans. Next up is Heavy Machinery, Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight. Then we see a video for Nikki Cross. She asks what happens when there is no fear, only chaos. Then we look at EC3.

In the Arena:

Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley are in the ring. Lio says since tonight is about fresh starts, they are going to give you a performance you have never seen before. Lio says Elias isn't the only one who can play sweet sounds with a guitar. The greatest music Elias heard was the sound of the guitar cracking over his back last night thanks to Bobby Lashley. You came here to see a true work of art and that is what Bobby Lashley is going to give you. Lio has Bobby do some poses for the crowd. Lio says comparing Bobby Lashley to Elias is like comparing the Golden State Warriors to the Sacramento Kings.

“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.” Elias comes from out of nowhere and smashes a guitar on Lashley’s back. Lashley is stunned, but he’s quickly on his feet.

- The Lucha House Party is shown backstage. The Fatal 4-Way match is next. Back to commercial.

- Back from the break and we get a "returning soon" promo for Sami Zayn, who has been out after undergoing double shoulder surgery.

#1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Authors of Pain vs. The Revival vs. The B Team vs. Lucha House Party

Back from the break and out comes WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick with The Authors of Pain - Akam and Rezar. The B Team's Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas are also out, as are The Revival's Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. The Lucha House Party is out - Kalisto and Lince Dorado with Gran Metalik. The winners will earn a future title shot from RAW Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.

Kalisto and Lince get the upperhand on The B Team early on. Dawson comes in and beats Kalisto down. Dawson works Kalisto around the ring. Dawson mocks the luchadores now. Dawson with a snap suplex and an elbow drop to Kalisto. Dash tags in for the double team on Kalisto but he counters and drops them both with a DDT at the same time.

Lince and Kalisto double team Wilder now for a close 2 count. Akam tags in but Lince dropkicks him back. Rezar tags in and they turn it around. AOP double teams Lince in their corner and they dominate him. We go back to commercial.

We are back and Wilder with a Gory Special on Dorado. Wilder pulls at the mask and the referee stops him. Dorado with an arm drag and Axel tags in . Dorado with an enzuigiri to Wilder. Dorado with a handspring cutter and both men are down. Kalisto tags in and hits a cross body on Dallas and then hits a springboard corkscrew splash. Kalisto with a splash into the corner and then he hits a tornado DDT on Axel. Kalisto with kicks to Dallas.

Dallas with an Irish whip and Dawson tags in and throws Kalisto to the floor. Dawson with a punch but Bo with a punch and boot to the head followed by a running back elbow. Bo with a hanging swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Kalisto with a satellite DDT to Wilder and then he avoids Rezar. Bo and Dawson send Rezar over the top rope. Akam grabs Dawson and Bo by the throat and sends them into the ropes. Akam goes to the floor and then Dorado and Kalisto are back dropped onto Akam and Rezar. Dawson with a rollup but Dallas gets a near fall. Dawson with a rollup for a near fall.

Wilder tags in and they hit Shatter Machine on Bo for the three count.

Winners: The Revival

Backstage:


Seth Rollins is in the back and he is asked about the match at TLC. Seth says last night was a disaster. Personally and professionally, everything went wrong. He let Dean get inside his head. Seth says he heard the crowd and it is all on him. Seth says he has to own that and move forward. It is not about his performance in the ring and titles. This is his life. Seth says he has dedicated everything to this. Seth says he will right that ship and it starts with him ending Dean Ambrose.

Baron Corbin stops by and Seth wants to know if he can help him. Baron says that everyone thought he was doing well until Seth said something. He forced him into the TLC match and everyone hates him in the back. Baron says if the locker room had not attacked him tonight, he would have taken Seth's title, but Dean already did that last night. Seth punches Baron and leaves.

- We take a look back at what happened at the start of Raw with the McMahons. Back to commercial.

In the Arena:

We are back and WWE Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring. We see what Ronda Rousey did during the Smackdown Women's Title Match at TLC.

Ronda says she told Nia Jax she could kiss that right hand she is so proud of goodbye. She told Charlotte Flair she would write the next chapter of their story. She told Becky Lynch she was the last person to provoke. Ronda says she did not come here to justify her actions, she came here to justify her actions.

A champion, a real champion is so much more than just a title someone puts before your name or an object you can put in your hands. A real champion is more than the winner of a match. A real champion represents the limit of human potential, the best of the best. A real champion is the best that the human race can offer. That is why she is here tonight. Ronda suggests we start a new tradition. After each pay per view, the champion should show up and defend their title. Ronda says she came here for a fight and she is making an open challenge.

All of the women yell at the people in the gorilla position and Stephanie McMahon tells them to come out with her.

Stephanie says all of these women want a title match against you and they are all deserving of one. Stephanie says she is not playing favorites any more so you have to earn it. There will be a gauntlet match and you will face the winner.

Gauntlet Match: Alicia Fox vs. Bayley

The bell rings and they go at it. Alicia Fox gets the upperhand in the corner and takes Bayley down. Ronda Rousey looks on from ringside as the others watch from the stage.

They lock up and Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up again and Bayley with a wrist lock and rollup for a near fall. Alicia gets into the ropes to stop Bayley. Alicia with a kick and forearm before pulling Bayley to the mat by the hair. Alicia kicks Bayley in the corner. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Bayley with a Saito suplex for a near fall as we go to commercial.

We ar e back and Alicia kicks Bayley and then follows with a knee. Bayley with a sunset flip for a near fall. Alicia chokes Bayley in the ropes. Bayley kicks Alicia and then connects with an elbow to stop Bayley's punches. Alicia with a hard Irish whip. Alicia slaps Bayley in the corner and then is sent into the turnbuckles. Bayley floats over but her knee gives out and Alicia with a running boot to the head but Bayley with a crucifix cover for the three count.

Dana Brooke vs. Bayley

Dana with an enzuigiri and round off splash into the corner for a near fall. Dana gets more near falls. Dana punches Bayley and applies a body scissors. Bayley leans back to get a near fall. Dana clips Bayley and then she sends Bayley into the turnbuckles. Dana with a kick and Irish whip but Bayley's knee gives out and Dana gets a near fall. Dana with a reverse chin lock.

Dana with more near falls. Bayley with a belly-to-belly suplex for a three count. We go to commercial.

Bayley vs. Mickie James

Mickie with a reverse chin lock and Irish whip but Bayley gets her boot up. Mickie with a neck breaker. We see Ronda watching from the back as Mickie chokes Bayley in the ropes. Mickie misses a splash to the back when Bayley moves and Bayley gets a near fall. Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. Mickie with a flap jack and she goes to the turnbuckles. Mickie with a Thesz Press for a near fall but Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. Mickie with a near fall. Mickie with a thrust kick for a near fall. Mickie with a kick and she sets for the DDT but Bayley counters into a Saito suplex.

Mickie kicks Bayley and Bayley goes to the floor. Mickie with a baseball slide but Bayley moves and Bayley connects with a knee to the head. Bayley goes back into the ring and reinjures her knee. Bayley with a cross body but she holds her knee. Bayley with a running knee into the corner. Bayley goes up top and hits the elbow drop but MIckie gets her hand on the ropes to stop the count.

Mickie with a forearm to the midsection and Bayley with a cutter in the ropes. Bayley goes for a belly-to-belly suplex but Mickie with an elbow. MIckie is sent to the apron and Mickie with a forearm and she sends Bayley into teh turnbuckles. Mickie with a MickDT for the three count.

Mickie James vs. Ember Moon

Mickie with a drop kick as Ember gets to the ring. Mickie chokes Ember in the ropes. Mickie with punches and kicks. Ember lands on her feet on a hip toss and hits an arm drag and leg sweep. Ember misses a drop kick and Mickie gets a near fall. Mickie with a series of kicks but Ember hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Mickie goes to the floor and wants a time out. Ember slides to the floor and Mickie returns to the ring. Mickie with a kick and she goes for a DDT in the ropes but Ember blocks it. Mickie slides to the floor and tries to power bomb Ember to the floor. Ember blocks it and Mickie with a leg sweep as we go to commercial.

We are back and we see footage during the commercial break when Mickie worked on the ribs. Mickie with a forearm to Ember but Ember fires back. Ember with more forearms. Mickie misses a kick but Ember with a series of kicks for a near fall. Ember misses a splash into the corner and Mickie gets a near fall but uses the ropes and the referee stops the count. Mickie with a flapjack. Ember with a Codebreaker to stop a Thesz Press attempt by Mickie. Ember with Eclipse for the three count.

Natalya vs. Ember Moon

Ember with a rollup for a near fall. Ember kicks Natalya away when Natalya goes for the sharpshooter. Ember with a kick for a near fall. Natalya with elbows but Ember with a kick. Ember with a modified abdominal stretch. Natalya gets Ember on her shoulders but Moon gets to her feet and connects with a forearm. Natalya with an Irish whip but Ember with an elbow. Moon with a tornado suplex for a near fall.

Moon with a chop and she goes up top. Ember leaps over Natalya and Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Ember slaps and punches Natalya. Ember with an inside cradle for a near fall. Natalya with a rollup for the three count.

The Riott Squad make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott

We are back and Ruby with a reverse chin lock. Ruby with a body scissors and Natalya with a forearm to try to get out of the hold. Ruby with a guillotine. Natalya gets back to her feet and she slams Ruby. Both women with clotheslines and they both go down. Ruby slams Natalya's head into the mat. Ruby sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Ruby with a clothesline and she gets a near fall. Ruby with a cravate.

Natalya with a snap mare but Ruby with a knee to the head and she gets a near fall. Ruby tries to wake up Natalya but Natalya slaps Ruby. Ruby with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with a kick and she tries to send Ruby into the turnbuckles but Ruby counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Natalya with a drop kick and forearm followed by clotheslines. Natalya with forearms to the back followed by suplexes. Natalya with an Irish whip but Ruby blocks a discus clothesline in the corner and hits an STO.

Ruby goes to the turnbuckles and goes for a coffin drop but Natalya moves and Natalya pins Ruby.

Sasha Banks vs. Natalya

Sasha with a knee from the apron followed by clotheslines and a drop kick. Sasha puts Natalya in the ropes and hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Natalya with shoulders in the corner. Sasha goes up top and misses when Natalya moves. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Sasha with a DDT for a close 2 count. We go to commercial.

We are back and both women are down and the referee continues his count. Sasha gets to her feet and Natalya sends Sasha to the mat and then Natalya runs over Sasha and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Sasha with a few near falls but Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Natalya with a sharpshooter on Sasha. Sasha crawls to the ropes but Natalya pulls Sasha into the center of the ring. Sasha is able to send Natalya into the turnbuckles to escape the hold.

Sasha with a single leg crab. Natalya tries to get to the ropes but Sasha with Rings of Saturn into a crucifix for a near fall. Sasha applies the Banks Statement. Natalya rolls through but Sasha escapes. Natalya with a German suplex. Both women struggle to get bac to their feet and Natalya runs into a boot from Sasha followed by an elbow. Sasha with Meteora for a near fall. Sasha goes for a lungblower but Natalya hold on to the ropes. Natalya with a snap mare and Natalya with a fallaway gourdbuster. Natalya with a Sharpshooter and Sasha taps out.

Winner: Natalya

After the match, Natalya stands tall as her music hits. She will get her title shot next Monday night. Natalya checks on Banks as RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey comes marching to the ring. Natalya comes down from posing in the corner and sees Rousey standing there. Natalya raises Rousey's arm in the middle of the ring and they hug. Rousey extends her hand for a shake and some fans boo. Natalya shakes. They hug again. Natalya stands tall and Rousey gives her a nod. They leave the ring together as Natalya's music hits. Rousey heads to the back while Natalya stands on the stage and looks out at the crowd. We go to replays. The announcers hype Natalya vs. Rousey for Christmas Eve. RAW goes off the air with an emotional Natalya standing on the stage and looking up at her dad, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.


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