Tonight’s WWE RAW opens live on the USA Network as Tom Phillips welcomes us to Night 2 of the WWE Draft.
Tom is at the WWE ThunderDome inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, joined by Samoa Joe and Byron Saxton at ringside. They hype the WWE Draft picks (full, updated list at this link) from Friday’s SmackDown episode. They also hype tonight’s Superstar pool.
– We go right to the ring and out first comes Randy Orton as Mike Rome does the introduction.
Orton says regardless of whether or not he gets moved to Smackdown or stays on Raw, one thing remains the same. In less than 2 weeks, I will be locked inside Hell in a Cell with Drew McIntyre and I will take his WWE Championship from him. 2020 has been one hell of a year. One thing about 2020 is that it has been the year of Drew McIntyre. Not only did he main event Wrestlemania and beat Brock Lesnar to become WWE Champion, he became on of the faces of WWE.
Randy says that until last week, Drew had not lost a match by pinfall for almost an entire year. If that isn’t a sign of things to come, I don’t know what is. Drew, I am talking to you right now. I will tell you right now in less than two weeks, I will pin you and end your legacy and take your title. I will do it by hitting you with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment . . . R . . . K . . . Drew McIntyre interrupts.
Drew says that Randy is right. He was the first person to pin Drew in almost a year. You did it from out of nowhere and I expected it from you Randy. I was down on the mat, ready for you to kick me in the head but you decided to gloat. When I kicked you in the skull at Clash of Champions it was for everyone you screwed over. At Hell in a Cell, everything I do to you will be for me. The biggest thing that caught my attention is that you might be drafted. I promised that every single time we are in the same building together, I was going to kick the crap out of you. I wouldn’t want to break a promise.
Drew marches to the ring and a brawl breaks out as fans cheer them on. Orton eventually rolls to the floor to retreat. Drew follows and Orton rams him into the apron to turn it back around. Drew whips Orton into the barrier, then the ring post and the announce table. Orton ends up scrambling up the apron as Drew talks trash from the ring while his music hits.
— Still to come, Aleister Black vs. Kevin Owens in a No DQ match. We see Stephanie McMahon backstage getting ready for the Draft picks. We go to commercial.
— We are back and Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the draft table to start the second day of the WWE Draft.
- RAW selects “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt.
- SmackDown picks SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley to stay on the brand.
- RAW picks Randy Orton to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown selects RAW Tag Team Champions The Street Profits.
- RAW selects Charlotte Flair to stay on the brand.
Kevin Owens vs. Aleister Black in a No Disqualification Match
Owens punches Black as he enters the ring and the go to the floor. Owens with punches and forearms. Black with a boot to the head and he sends Owens into the apron. Black sends Owens back into the ring and misses Black Mass. Black avoids a stunner. Owens with a double leg take down and punches. Black goes to the floor and Owens follows. Owens with forearms. Owens sends Black into the ring steps. Black with kicks to Owens. Black with a kick to the midsection. Owens Irish whips Black into the ringside barrier and hits a cannonball against the ringside barrier.
Owens looks under the ring and he gets a table, but leaves the Mysterio Family Kendo Sticks. Owens tries for a power bomb through the table but Black blocks it and hits Owens in the leg. Owens with a boot to Black and Owens goes to the top of the ringside barrier and Owens is press slammed through the announce table as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Owens tries to block a suplex onto a steel chair in the middle of ring. They tangle and Black still sends Owens face-first into the chair. Owens still kicks out. Black drops knees and kicks Owens while he’s down now. Black exits the ring and goes under for a chair. He slides three chairs in the ring. The table is still standing at ringside as well. Black comes in and stops Owens from grabbing a chair. Owens fights from the mat but Black rocks him. Black goes for a knee strike but hits the chair instead as Owens put it up. Owens rocks Black with a chair and drops the big DDT for a close 2 count. Black rolls to the apron but is slow to get up. Owens hits him with the edge of the chair in the gut. Owens stands four chairs up facing each other in the middle of the ring now. He tries to suplex Black from the second turnbuckle to the 4 chairs below. Black fights back from the middle turnbuckle and they trade shots now.
Black knocks Owens to the mat. Black nails a huge flying double knees strike, crushing Owens into the 4 chairs. Owens still kicks out at 2. Black goes to ringside and brings the table in the ring. He stands it up but Owens goes out. Black follows and has Black Mass blocked, but Owens gets hit. They bring it back in and Owens nails the Stunner. Owens then powerbombs Black through the table in the middle of the ring. Owens covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Kevin Owens
— After the match, Owens stands tall as his music hits. He stumbles back into the corner as Black also starts to recover. We go to replays. Owens heads to the back while Black tries to crawl and recover at ringside.
— We see Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke in the back talking. They will be on MizTV tonight. Back to commercial.
— We are back and it is time for more of the draft.
- RAW picks Braun Strowman to come from SmackDown.
- SmackDown picks Daniel Bryan to stay on the brand.
- RAW selects Matt Riddle to come from SmackDown.
- SmackDown picks Kevin Owens to come from RAW.
- RAW picks Jeff Hardy to come from SmackDown.
Miz and John Morrison are in the ring for MizTV. Miz says tonight has been explosive. People coming and going and people splitting up like The New Day. Morrison talks about Heavy Machinery splitting up. Miz says he has some connections with USA. They bring out their guests, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke.
Miz says he doesn’t want to make this all about you thanking me for this opportunity. Mandy says moving her to Raw was not generous, it was petty. It was to punish Otis and separate them. You are ruining people’s lives.
Miz asks if Mandy is happy. She has a new partner, new music, and she is winning. Miz asks Dana if she wants to team with Mandy because of what happened to Mandy and Sonya. Dana says she is not jealous of Mandy like Sonya was. Miz asks about their desire to go after the tag titles, but you are both in a battle royal where one of you gets to win and face Asuka.
Lana and Natalya come out and Lana wants to know why they are interviewing those two blondes when she has the winningest wrestler in WWE and she is the a social media influencer. She has the two ex husbands and the ex girlfriend.
Natalya says they are in the battle royal and no one wanted to talk to them. Mandy says if you spent more time training and less time on Tik Tok, you would win a match. Natalya hits Mandy and all four women brawl while Miz and Morrison watch. Lana is set to the floor and Mandy and Dana take care of Natalya. Back to commercial.
— We are back and Miz and John are still in the ring. Miz “brings out” his plan B, John Morrison. John says it is an honor to talk about what they are going to bring to Raw.
Lars Sullivan interrupts and he makes his way to the ring. Miz feeds Morrison to Sullivan after what happened on Friday night. Lars with a clothesline and he sends Morrison into the turnbuckles. Miz cannot pull Morrison to safety and Lars with a front face lock toss. Lars with a waist lock and Freak Accident to Morrison.
— We take a look back at the New Day winning the Smackdown Tag Titles and the split of the New Day since Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were drafted by Raw while Smackdown chose Big E.
Adam Pearce is with the tag team champions and he is here to handle a logical title exchange. Angelo tells them to treat Patricia right. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler show up and they say they deserve a match for the tag titles. Kofi asks if Dolph wants to face the new Raw Tag Team Champions. Kofi and Xavier accepts the challenge.
— Seth Rollins walks in the back as we go to commercial.
— We are back and it is time for more of the draft from Stephanie McMahon:
- RAW picks Retribution to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown picks Lars Sullivan to stay on the brand.
- RAW selects Keith Lee to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown picks King to stay on the brand.
- RAW picks Alexa Bliss to stay on the brand.
In the Arena:
We go back to the ring for Seth Rollins’ RAW farewell as he was drafted to SmackDown last Friday night. Rollins comes out to boos and takes the mic.
Rollins just wants to soak it all in for a minute because tonight is the end of an era. He’s thrilled to take his talent to Friday night but he has to acknowledge how different of a moment this is for all the wonderful fans of RAW. They boo him. Rollins talks about how RAW is losing a champion and the best leader they’ve ever had. He says there is no one to fill his shoes, especially not Dominik Mysterio and Rey Mysterio as they are headed to SmackDown with him. Rollins goes on about his run on RAW but the music interrupts. Out comes new RAW Superstar Jeff Hardy to a pop. Rollins says he appreciates Jeff’s enthusiasm but he was trying to find a leader and that’s not you. Seth asks Jeff to get the hell out of his ring. Fans boo Rollins. Jeff goes on about how this is his ring now. Rollins says Jeff should be focused on his match with Lars Sullivan this Friday. He wishes Hardy good luck and says he will need it.
Rollins drops the mic and exits as Hardy looks on. The music interrupts and out comes new RAW Superstar AJ Styles. AJ takes the mic and addresses Hardy but Rollins comes from behind and has words with him. Hardy sends him into the barrier first. Hardy comes out and sends AJ into the barrier. Hardy then hits Poetry In Motion on Rollins against the barrier. Hardy splashes AJ on the floor now for another pop. Hardy hits the ring and takes the mic, reminding AJ that they still have unfinished business. Hardy has words for Rollins and then challenges them to a Triple Threat. We go to commercial as fans cheer.
Seth Rollins vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles
Back from the break and the match is underway. AJ Styles gets rocked into the corner. Seth Rollins goes at it with Jeff Hardy now. Jeff clotheslines Rollins over the top rope to the floor. AJ works Hardy over in the corner now, focusing on his left knee, which has a brace on it.
Hardy and AJ trade offense now. Hardy with a Slingblade for a quick pin attempt. Hardy with more offense and shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Hardy runs at AJ but Rollins pulls his leg out from the floor. Rollins comes back in the ring and lets AJ deck Hardy in the corner. Rollins follows up with the same. Rollins and AJ double team Hardy now with stomps but AJ rolls Rollins for a 2 count. AJ with a kick to Rollins’ neck. AJ drops Rollins with a knee into the back of the neck but Rollins kicks out at 2.
Rollins gets sent out. AJ uses the middle rope on Hardy now. AJ drops big strikes on Hardy in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. AJ kicks Rollins to stop him from coming back in the ring. Hardy fights AJ off now. Hardy with shoulder thrusts in the corner. AJ runs into an elbow in the corner. Hardy goes to the top but Rollins knocks him to the apron, then the floor. Rollins and AJ go at it now. Rollins with a Slingblade and a big kick. Rollins then nails a suicide dive to Hardy on the floor.
Rollin comes back in but AJ blocks a powerbomb. AJ unloads but Rollins sends him to the floor with an enziguri. Rollins runs the ropes and hits a suicide dive on both opponents at ringside. We go to commercial.
We are back and Rollins with a Cobra Clutch but Hardy with punches. Rollins with a double sledge and kicks to the back. Rollins keeps Styles on the floor. Rollins sends Hardy into the turnbuckles followed by an Iris whip. Rollins runs into an elbow and Hardy with a forearm to Styles. Hardy with Whisper in the Wind and Hardy goes down awkwardly. Hardy with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop followed by a drop kick. Rollins is given an atomic drop by Hardy and Hardy with a snap mare and leap frog neck snap. AJ goes for a suplex but Hardy blocks it and hits a gourdbuster for a near fall.
Rollins gets Hardy on his shoulders and Hardy escapes and hits a side Russian leg sweep. Hardy with a near fall that is broken up by Styles. AJ with a reverse DDT for a near fall. AJ sets for the Styles Clash but he calls for it so he cannot complete the move. Rollins with a springboard knee and Rollins with a Falcon Arrow to Styles for a near fall. Hardy with a DDT off Styles back to Rollins for a near fall. Styles stops Hardy on the turnbuckles. Styles goes for a superplex on Hardy but Rollins goes under and gets Styles on his shoulders. AJ with a Calf Crusher on Seth and Hardy with a Swanton onto Seth but AJ pushes Hardy away and gets a near fall on Seth.
Hardy with a kick to Styles and a Twist of Fate. Elias hits Hardy with a guitar. AJ gets the three count on Hardy.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the bell, Elias exits the ring and stares Hardy down as AJ’s music hits and he recovers. We go to replays. Elias taunts Hardy from the ramp as AJ’s music continues. We go to replays.
— Stephanie McMahon is backstage preparing for more Draft picks. Back to commercial.
— We are back with the next round of the draft.
- RAW picks Elias to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown picks Sami Zayn to come from RAW.
- RAW selects Lacey Evans to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown picks Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura to stay on the brand.
- RAW picks Sheamus to stay on the brand.
Lana and Natalya vs. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke
Natalya and Dana start off and Dana with a flying head scissors. Mandy tags in and hits a slingshot arm drag for a near fall. Dana tags in and Mandy with a snap mare and they follow with dueling cartwheels and kicks for a near fall. Dana with a rollup for a near fall. Dana with a forearm to Lana on the apron. Natalya with a slingshot atomic drop and Lana tags in and gets a near fall. Lana with a suplex and she kicks Dana in the corner. Natalya with kicks and then Lana tags in and hits a double knee strike to the back. Lana with an arm bar and chin lock.
Dana with forearms and Lana sends Dana to the mat. Lana slaps Mandy and Dana with a rollup for a near fall. Mandy tags in and hits a clothesline and knocks Natalya off the apron. Mandy with elbows and kicks. Mandy with a knee to the midsection followed by a suplex. Mandy with a rolling clothesline. Mandy with a shoulder from the apron and Dana tags in. Mandy with a knee strike and Dana goes to the turnbuckles and onto Mandy’s shoulders for a swanton and the three count.
Winners: Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke
After the match, Natalya tells Lana this isn’t working out and she is done. Natalya leaves Lana in the ring all by herself, crying.
The Hurt Business is in the back and they say that they knew Retribution wouldn’t be here. Ricochet shows up and he is asked if he is a glutton for punishment. Ricochet says he wants one more match. Since Cedric made his choice and Apollo could be drafted to Smackdown, he has a proposition. Ricochet says he wants one last match, but if he wins, it ends tonight and we go our separate ways. If you win, I will join the Hurt Business. MVP says Cedric has this. Cedric says he would love nothing more.
Angel Garza vs. Andrade
We go back to the ring and out first comes Angel Garza. Back to commercial.
We are back and Zelina Vega is on the commentary table. Garza removes his pants at the start of the match and Andrade with chops. Garza with a side head lock but Andrade with a belly-to-back suplex. Andrade with forearms and a kick to the injured leg. Andrade wraps the injured leg in the ropes. Andrade with a waist lock. Garza with elbows and a super kick for a near fall. Andrade sends Garza’s leg into the turnbuckles with a hip toss. Andrade goes for the hammer lock DDT but Garza escapes. Andrade with a back elbow to Garza and Garza falls to the floor. Garza sends Andrade into the apron and then hits the Wing Clipper for the three count.
Winner: Angel Garza
After the match, Vega enters the ring to check on Andrade but the lights start going out. The red lights come up and we hear the menacing sounds of The Fiend all over the arena. Alexa Bliss appears in the corner instead, turned upside down like Bray Wyatt. Vega and Andrade are shocked. The Fiend suddenly appears behind Andrade. The Fiend grabs Andrade while Bliss grabs Vega. They drop them with Sister Abigails at the same time in the middle of the ring. Bliss and The Fiend stare each other down as the menacing sounds continue to echo all over the arena. We go to commercial.
— We are back for the next round of the draft.
- RAW selects Nikki Cross to come from SmackDown.
- SmackDown picks Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler to come over from RAW.
- RAW picks WWE 24/7 Champion R-Truth to stay on the brand.
- SmackDown picks Apollo Crews to come over from RAW.
- RAW picks Dabba-Kato to stay on the brand.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode for the Raw Tag Team Championships
Ziggler and Woods start things off and Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Woods with a near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock but Woods with a wrist lock. Ziggler with a kick to the knee and a wrist lock. Ziggler with a hammer lock but Woods with a reversal. Kofi tags in and goes to the turnbuckles with a double sledge to the arm. Kofi with a cover but Ziggler with a rear chin lock and Roode tags in. Roode with a side head lock. Roode with a shoulder tackle and back elbow for a near fall. Roode with a shoulder but Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Roode with a full nelson slam and Ziggler tags in. Roode with an alley oop to Ziggler for a Fameasser for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Roode tags in. Ziggler with a splash into the corner and Roode with a kick and neck breaker for a near fall. Roode with kicks to Kofi. Roode with a suplex and he goes to the turnbuckles for a knee drop and he gets a near fall. Roode with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with punches and Roode with shoulders in the corner. Kofi with a double stomp but he does not hit it fully but both men are down. Ziggler and Woods tag in and Woods with a forearm to Roode and a head scissors to Ziggler. Roode runs into a boot and Woods with an Honor Roll. Woods sends Ziggler to the floor and gives Roode a drop toe hold and then hits a drop kick through the ropes on ZIggler.
Woods with a slingshot tornado DDT for a near fall. Woods presses Ziggler over his head and goes for a gutbuster but Ziggler avoids it and hits a DDT for a near fall. Roode tags in and Ziggler hits the ring post on a splash. Woods with a rollup on Roode for a near fall. Roode counters an Honor Roll into a spinebuster for a near fall. Woods with an enzuigiri and both men are down. ZIggler pulls Kofi off the apron when Woods is about to make a tag. Kofi avoids the steps and hits a splash on Ziggler. Kofi makes the tag. Kofi with an enzuigiri and they hit Midnight Hour for the three count.
Winners; Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods
Charly Caruso ambushes Elias in the back and Elias says his new single off the album Payback for Jeff Hardy. Elias says everyone has forgiven Hardy but he will not forgive Hardy for hitting him with a car. Charly says we don’t know who hit him. Elias will not forgive Jeff for sending him to the big stage in the sky. A car can’t stop him. Elias syas being the great musician he is, he has written his magnum opus. His new album will be released in two weeks. Next week, Elias says there will be a concert next week and it will be unforgettable.
— Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
— We are back with a look at Mustafa Ali revealing himself as the leader of Retribution.
Cedric Alexander vs. Ricochet
If Ricochet Wins the feud with the Hurt Business is over but if Ricochet loses he will join The Hurt Business
We go back to the ring and The Hurt Business waits as Ricochet makes his way out. If Ricochet wins, his feud with The Hurt Business is done and the two sides will go their separate ways. If Ricochet loses this match, he will join The Hurt Business. The bell rings and they collide in the middle of the ring. They go at it into the corner. Ricochet with big chops. They keep going and Ricochet levels Cedric for a quick pin attempt.
Ricochet keeps control until Cedric slams him and delivers a stiff dropkick. Cedric mounts Ricochet with more aggressive offense as MVP cheers him on. Cedric drops Ricochet with a stiff chop in the corner. Cedric stomps Ricochet and hits a snap suplex for a 2 count. Cedric ragdolls Ricochet some more for another pin attempt. Cedric grounds Ricochet in the middle of the ring now.
Ricochet gets up and fights back but Cedric drops him with ease. Cedric mounts Ricochet again for another pin attempt. MVP looks on as Cedric continues to control Ricochet on the mat. Ricochet fights up and out but Cedric drops him. Cedric drops Ricochet with another forearm to the face. MVP talks trash and orders Cedric to slap Ricochet. Cedric delivers a big slap across the face now. Ricochet takes another shot but starts to fight back. Cedric just beats him down in the corner some more.
Ricochet catches Cedric with a roll-up out of nowhere for 2. Ricochet goes on and hits a Full Nelson suplex for a close 2 count. Ricochet shows some frustration now. Ricochet goes to the top for the 630 but has to roll through as Cedric moves. More back and forth now. Ricochet kicks Cedric in the head and then dropkicks him to daze him. Cedric comes right back with a Michinoku Driver for a close 2 count. The referee also got dropped. MVP slides a steel chair in to Cedric but Ricochet gabs it and stands up with it. The referee slowly gets up now. Cedric wants Ricochet to swing. Ricochet tosses the chair to Cedric and he catches it, then makes himself go down as if he got hit. The referee gets up and sees this, thinking Cedric used the chair. The referee calls the match.
Winner by DQ: Ricochet
After the bell, Ricochet makes his exit as his music hits. We go to replays. The Hurt Business can no longer have dealings with Ricochet, according to Tom. Ricochet heads to the back, taunting The Hurt Business.
— Still to come, a Dual Brand Women’s Battle Royal to crown a new #1 contender to Asuka. Back to commercial.
— We are back and we are told that there will be draft picks on Raw Talk.
— We take a look back at Braun Strowman and Keith Lee from last week. Keith and Braun will meet next week in a ‘Real Match’
— It is time for the final round of picks on Raw.
Raw’s first pick in the round is Titus O’Neil. Smackdown’s first pick this round is Carmella. Raw’s second pick in the round is Peyton Royce. Smackdown’s final pick on tonight’s show is Aleister Black. Raw’s final pick tonight is Akira Tozawa.
Dual Brand Battle Royal to Determine New #1 Contender to RAW Women’s Champion Asuka: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler,
Asuka makes her way to the announce table to join commentary for the main event. The winner of this match will become the new #1 contender for a future title match with Asuka. Out first are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. They head to the ring together and we go back to commercial.
The bell rings and everyone goes after Nia. Lana with round kicks and Tamina makes the save for Nia. Nia and Tamina with head butts to Lana. Tamina is eliminated when Nia fakes her out on a hug. Billie tries to eliminate Nia but Nia does not move. Billie is sent to the apron and Nia head butts Billie to the floor. Dana is sent into the turnbuckles by Shayna but Mandy makes the save. Mandy is sent to the apron and Nia saves Shayna by eliminating Mandy and Dana.
Everyone goes after Nia and Shayna even helps to eliminate Nia. Nia attacks the announce table for being eliminated. Lana attacks Nia on the floor and it is time for the announce table to suffer with a Samoan drop.
Before we go to commercial, we see Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton fighting in the back. Orton rakes the eyes and connects with forearms.
We go to commercial.
We are back and what is going on with Orton and Drew because we return to the battle royal. Nikki with a back elbow to Lacey and Nikki is sent to the apron and Lacey with a Woman’s Right to eliminate Nikki. We see footage of Peyton Royce being eliminated during the commercial break. Shayna stops an implant bomb on Morgan with a Kirifuda Clutch. Shayna is eliminated by Belair. Natalya puts Belair on the turnbuckles and Belair knocks Natalya off. Ruby and Liv knock Bianca off the turnbuckles to the floor.
We are down to Natalya, Liv Morgan, Lacey Evans, and Ruby Riott. Ruby and Liv go after Lacey and Natalya. Ruby is sent to the apron and so is Liv. LIv and Ruby are eliminated and we are down to Lacey Evans and Natalya. Lacey sends Natalya into the turnbuckles and Lacey is sent to the apron. Lacey with shoudlers and she flips into the ring and applies a waist lock. Natalya goes for a slingshot atomic drop but Lacey blocks it. Natalya with slaps.
We see that Asuka has moved to the back so she can watch on a bigger monitor.
Lacey is sent to the apron and then Natalya follows. Lacey is sent into the ring post but she does not go to the floor. Natalya runs into a boot and she hangs on to the middle rope. Lacey kicks the hands and Natalya gets back to the apron. Natalya swings Lacey into the ring post and Lacey falls to the floor. Lana makes her way back into the ring and kicks Natalya off the apron. Lana is the new #1 Contender.
Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton have moved into the ringside area and they fight around the remnants of the battle royal participants. Drew with forearms to Randy but Randy with a kick and punches. Orton Irish whips Drew into the ringside barrier. Orton punches Drew as they continue to go around the ring.
Officials rush in to separate them but they keep fighting. Orton and McIntyre are finally separated as RAW goes off the air.