Raw Results – 12/3/18
Raw Results – 12/3/18
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Renee Young
The show opens with a 10 bell salute to George H.W. Bush
Ronda Rousey vs Natalya vs Nia Jax & Tamina:
The Riott Squad come out bringing a table, Ronda takes Jax down with a body blows but the Samoans post Ronda while Nattie fights off the Riott Squad, Morgan & Logan set up the table as The Samoans keep Ronda down, Nia with The Exclamation Point on Rousey, Ruby with a Superkick on Nattie on the apron & Logan and Morgan with a Double Powerbomb sends Nattie off the apron through the table as the match never officially started
Ronda Rousey is walking with Natalya but Nattie’s hurting and has to sit on a road case for a breather. A pair of medics roll up and begin tending to her as Rousey fumes.
Back in the arena proper, Alexa Bliss makes her entrance. She gets on the mic and says she was appointed to lead the women’s division and she promises to work hard every week to give us the best the division has to offer. That said, her open forum didn’t go to plan last week, and they’re going to try again.
And so Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrance and take seats in the ring. Bayley interrupts before she can get to picking questions and asks how many questions before Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, and Mickie James jump them again. Bliss apologizes and says she’s reprimanded the three of them before tossing to the floor for a question about all the comments on social media as to how Banks is using Bayley.
Sasha is mock upset and says that Bayley wasn’t supposed to find out about how she’s about to get stabbed in the back, before saying that she’s her best friend and they’re tag partners for life. Next question is if they could have a match against any female superstar from any era, and they answer Trish & Lita at WrestleMania at the same time. Next up, if they could have any super power, what would it be?
Bayley says it’s easy and she’d make things disappear, starting with Alexa, for which she takes a quick victory lap around her chair. Bliss complains that just when she thought they were getting somewhere she disappoints her again, and Charly Caruso goes on the prowl for another question while Sasha says she’d pick the same power. Next, what changes will they bring to the women’s division in 2019?
The Hugger says they had a great all-women’s pay-per-view but she knows for both of them they want to be the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Alicia, Dana, and Mickie run down but the babyfaces have them scouted and Alexa dresses them down, telling them if they’re so eager, there’ll be a tag team match tonight– James and Fox against the Boss & Hug Connection… right now!
SASHA BANKS & BAYLEY VS ALICIA FOX & MICKIE JAMES W/DANA BROOKE:
Fox with a Northern Lights Suplex on Bayley for a 2 count, Sasha counters a Sunset Flip into The Bank Statement, but Mickie breaks the hold, Mickie with a Roundhouse Kick for a 2 count, Rolling Solebutt to Bayley then sends her to the floor, Mickie-DT blocked, Lungblower then the Bayley to Belly finishes Mickie for the win
WINNERS: BAYLEY & SASHA BANKS
Alexa Bliss is walking backstage when she runs into Ronda Rousey, who yells at her about the Riott Squad crossing the line. Alexa says she sent the Squad home and she’s going to address their situation next week. Rousey says she’s gonna get Nia Jax and Tamina sometime tonight, some way, and Bliss says she can’t let that happen and she’ll find Ronda a tag partner. Rousey doesn’t trust this and storms off saying she’ll find her own tag partner.
A video package covering Baron Corbin’s career as an authority figure follows.
Backstage, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable roll up on Corbin to demand a rematch against AOP, with the tag titles on the line. Bobby also wants hands on Drake Maverick, and Baron says he gets it, but they lost and they’re owed nothing. But hey, he’s a fair guy and they can have a title match if Roode beats Drake Maverick tonight. Bobby asks what the catch is and Corbin says there’s no catch, just both Gable and AOP are banned from ringside
Scott Dawson begins his promo saying they’ve got a failure to communicate and something’s lost in translation, and he thinks it’s a lack of human decency and common courtesy and Lucha House Party don’t respect tag team wrestling. But none of that matters because he’s gonna make it plain and simple, if they can’t respect his lessons in tag wrestling, he’ll teach ‘em a lesson in a singles match!
LUCHA HOUSE PARTY VS SCOTT DAWSON W/DASH WILDER:
This will be under Lucha House Rules (as if 3 on 2 wasn’t dumb enough, now it’s 3 on 1. WHO BOOKED THIS SHIT & HOW THE FUCK ARE REVIVAL HEELS WITH THIS KIND OF DISADVANTAGE?)
Triple Splash on Dawson for a 2 count, Dawson with a Legdrop then a Elbow Drop then a Falling Headbutt for a 2 count, more covers for multiple 2 counts, Gory Special, but Lince breaks free, Superkick, Metalik with a Dropkick on Dash, Lince with a Frog Crossbody, Salida Del Sol, then Metalik with a Rope-Walk Senton Atomico for the win
WINNERS: LUCHA HOUSE PARTY
Baron Corbin is flipping through the books backstage when a crew member rolls up with something. He berates the poor guy for being late but opens the box and he’s very satisfied and tells the guy to go prepare for Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night.
Titus O’Neil making the Ebony Power 100 MVPs list.
Baron Corbin is in the ring and says in just two short weeks when he beats Braun Strowman by forfeit he’ll be permanent general manager, and what a journey it’s been! He says he’s living proof that if you’re born better than everyone else you can achieve anything, but he can admit he’s had some thorns in his side– the Shield, Finn Balor, Kurt Angle, and Braun Strowman.
But one man has helped make his journey easier, and that’s Drew McIntyre. We get a Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night video package at this point, and then Baron gives him a big introduction. He continues after Drew gets in the ring and thanks him for all of his hard work and his unwavering support that proves that he’s on the right side of history.
Corbin then presents him the box from earlier, which contains a medal, which Baron explains is Raw’s Gold Medal of Excellence. McIntyre gets on the mic and thanks him before denigrating the roster for being there just to play video games and collect a paycheck, which is why he’s reformed Raw in his image as the home of the strong and of the mighty (but not of the Mighty, presumably), and he’s doing a very good job.
He wants to talk about Finn Balor, saying he likes to think of himself as the voice of these pathetic people but the truth is Finn is nothing more than a boy in a man’s world, and at TLC he’s going to hurt him, break his spirit, and continue–
Enter Dolph Ziggler. He says he thinks Drew is having memory problems because they had a deal, an alliance, and he brought him to Raw but he’s not in the video package? He doesn’t get it, they took everybody down and yet his invitation to this little party got lost in the mail. McIntyre scratches the back of his head awkwardly for a beat and says the truth is Ziggler was never invited.
He’s sorry but Dolph doesn’t quite meet the height requirement, for one. And he was saying he was the brains a minute ago, but no, McIntyre was the whole damn package, and their business relationship was working for him, but not anymore. If Dolph wants to know his role, it was to get him in a prominent position, and look at him now! So from himself, Corbin, and the WWE Universe, he thanks Ziggler and tells him he can leave any time.
Dolph doesn’t budge and Drew asks if his thanks aren’t good enough and if he’s going to cry before saying he should kiss his feet for making him relevant for the first time in ten years. Ziggler waves it off, drops the mic… and throws punches! Tilt-a-whirl… ZIG ZAG! He goes to leave and Baron yells at him, telling him if he wants a fight, he’s got it, and it starts right now!
DREW MCINTYRE VS DOLPH ZIGGLER:
Finn Balor walks down to ringside, McIntyre with an Inverted Concrete Slam for a 2 count, Dolph leaps off the rope & catches Drew with a Jumping DDT for a near fall, they battle on the floor, but Drew with The Glasgow Kiss then crotches Dolph on the barricade, he sends Ziggler back in & into the ref, with the ref distracted Finn blasts McIntyre with a Shotgun Dropkick into the barricade, but Drew is back in at 9, he turns around into a Superkick & Ziggler falls on top of Drew for the win which is McIntyre’s first pinfall loss since he lost the NXT Title to Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER
Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when he runs into an interview. He says Dolph Zigger was never his friend, just an asset, and now he’s an enemy. You think he’s celebrating? He’s terrified, because he knows how sick and twisted he can be. And as for Finn Balor, he’s a marked man.
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song. He plays a few bars instrumentally before running Bobby Lashley down and saying he won’t be able to hide at TLC. He has a new song for us and he launches into it–
Enter Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley. Lio hypes his guy up and says as much as we’d love to hear a song, the spotlight belongs to the All Mighty. You saw and felt the power of the big man last week, but at TLC he’s going to feel it again and again, because Bob has the most magnificent body in the world. Rush calls a few poses, including the butt pose, which gets the Drifter to come up to the stage.
Lashley gets the better of him at first but Elias turns it around on him and puts him into the LED board! He collects his six-stringer and runs Lio off, which gives Bob time to retreat to the back. Rush somehow ends up back on the stage… ACOUSTIC EQUALIZER TO THE BACK!
The camera pans and we see that Finn Balor is the one that threw Lio on stage, and he Too Sweets at Elias.
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are backstage with Baron Corbin. Jinder butters him up and says tonight he wants to take care of Finn for him. Baron says he loves the sound of that and as far as Braun Strowman goes, he’s a one-armed man.
Beauty and the Man-Beast roll into his office next and he says he’s been crunching some numbers and he’s come to a conclusion. He doublechecks as Heath Slater and Rhyno wait, at which point he says that there’s only room on Raw for one of them. His suggestion is that one of them quit to save the other one’s job. Slater says he’s got kids, and Rhyno says he’s worked hard and can’t just quit.
Baron invokes Kurt Angle and says tonight they have a match wherein the loser is fired
AOP assaults Gable in the back, The Corrupt Contable says he changed his mind & it’ s now a 3 on 2 Handicap Match now that Gable has been obliterated in the back
BOBBY ROODE & CHAD GABLE VS DRAKE MAVERICK & AOP:
Roode hits The Glorious DDT, but AOP slides in before Roode could get the 3 count, Gable comes down & he’s had problems with AOP since they first arrived, AOP with The Super Collider, Drake wants in & pins Roode for the win
WINNERS: DRAKE MAVERICK & AOP
John Cena winning the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
An air raid siren goes up and six men dressed in black, wearing gas masks enter and take positions on the ramp. The siren continues playing as Dean Ambrose makes his entrance wearing a matching gas mask over what is best described as a low rent riff on Bane’s outfit from The Dark Knight Rises.
He breathes for a long beat through the microphone before beginning, still wearing the mask. He apologizes for the drastic measures but says you can’t be too safe in a dangerous slum like Houston, Texas. He needs this not just to protect himself from whatever diseases are in the arena, but to protect him from that madman, Seth Rollins.
He takes the mask off and says last time he was in the ring, Rollins attacked him unprovoked. Well, okay, maybe a little provoked, but he’s surprised that a guy that calls himself the Architect would be so easy to rile up. But the truth is Seth is just like these people, needy and emotional. He complains about people asking for pictures, sticking their phones in his face, and he asks if they have any idea what it’s like living with somebody who’s always gotta be right.
Sure they do, everybody knows something like that, and if they had any guts they’d slap that person in the mouth. But no, they don’t have guts, they have a weak character, just like Seth Rollins who they cheer for because he makes them feel important, and that’s disgusting. Take the Shield, it used to be something to be proud of but after a while, all Rollins and Reigns cared about was being role models and sucking up to the people.
This sets off a “We want Roman!” chant and Dean says sometimes life sucks and you don’t always get what you want. Seth and Roman changed, they sold out, and he’s the constant, the last man in this industry with integrity. The only thing he’s guilty of is trusting people, but no more. He’s proud to stand alone in this ring as THE moral compass of WWE.
At TLC, he could take the Intercontinental Championship by force, but that’d be too easy and he wants Seth to understand exactly what’s going to happen. Rollins is going to drop the ball, slip up and lose control, of himself, of his emotions, and the situation, but nobody worry, the title will fall safely into his hands.
(Burn it down!)
Ambrose sends his gas mask goons up the ramp but Seth is coming through the crowd and back body drops him over the ropes and to the floor! The gas mask guys rush the ring and Rollins dumps them one by one… BEFORE POWERBOMBING THE LAST ONE INTO THE REST OF THEM ON THE FLOOR! A suicide dive wipes a stray out and Dean runs away into the crowd! Seth meets him and they brawl in the crowd! Rollins dumps a trash can on Ambrose but Dean fights back and dumps him over the barricade and back to ringside!
Seth with a springboard double axhandle off the barricade to wipe Ambrose out! Back over the barricade, but Dean counters the springboard with a gas mask shot to the face! He tamps the filter back in place on the apron and hammers the mask into Rollins’ face over and over before giving way to windmill punches! Crossface strike, right hand, jawing, putting boots to the Architect!
DIRTY DEEDS ON THE FLOOR! Dean directs traffic, ordering his goons to throw Seth into the ring, where he lies in agony clutching his face. Ambrose circles, jawing at the crowd before drawing Rollins up… ANOTHER DIRTY DEEDS! Dean leaves Seth lying and heads up the ramp
Corey Graves argues with Renee Young over her unwillingness to share any insights about Dean Ambrose’s headspace and she rightfully tells him that what happens between a husband & wife is none of their business & to back off
Nia Jax and Tamina are interviewed backstage about Ronda Rousey’s tag team partner tonight, who we’re informed is Ember Moon. Jax says that’s a shame because they were both kind of hoping that Charly Caruso would be her partner tonight. That sounds ridiculous, but so does any partner, and Tamina has been jumping Ember from behind so they don’t have to look at her face.
But tonight they’re gonna see her face, and that means they’ll have to rearrange her appearance just like they did with Becky Lynch before taking it to Ronda Rousey on her way to taking back what’s rightfully hers, the Raw Women’s Championship
HEATH SLATER VS RHYNO:
Slater with an Inverted Neckbreaker gets the win
WINNER: HEATH SLATER
Heath Slater rolls into Baron Corbin backstage, who congratulates him. Heath asks if there’s anything he can do for Rhyno, to which Corbin says he just needs to shut up and put on his uniform. Slater is understandably confused, at which point Baron gives him a referee’s shirt and says he doesn’t have a job as an active competitor, but as a referee
JINDER MAHAL W/THE BOLLYWOOD BOYZ VS FINN BALOR:
Mahal up top, but Balor with a Leaping Enzugiri, Slingblade, Shotgun Dropkick, Balor up top as one of the Bollywoods distracts the ref the other crotches Finn, they celebrate when Apollo Crews comes out to wipe them out, Jinder with a Mafia Kick to Crews then Balor wipes out with Mahal with a Tope con Hilo, back in the ring & finishes Jinder with The Coup de Grace for the win
WINNER: FINN BALOR
Finn Balor is interviewed backstage.
He says it’s been a hell of a night– AND GETS BLINDSIDED BY DREW MCINTYRE! THE SCOTS GIANT WAILS ON HIM WITH PUNCHES AND REFEREES TRY TO PULL HIM OFF AND FAIL! Drew backs off of his own volition before charging back in to throw more punches until five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce physically gets in between him and Finn, shielding Balor with his own body!
Video package for Lars Sullivan
NIA JAX & TAMINA VS RONDA ROUSEY & EMBER MOON:
Tamina with a Superkick on Moon for a 2 count, Ronda with a Lightning Blitz of Strikes, Step-Up Ax Kick, but Jax breaks the pin, U-Goshi, Ember with The Eclipse then Ronda finishes Tamina with The Omoplata Armbar & Tamina taps out
WINNERS: RONDA ROUSEY & EMBER MOON