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Raw 11/23/2020: Bliss vs. Cross; 3 Qualifying Matches for a #1 Contender's Triple Threat Next Week!

Here's what's on tap tonight:

  • With Survivor Series in the books, what's next for Raw?

  • Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross

We're in the ThunderDome and kicking off the show with highlights of Drew McIntyre's win over Randy Orton last week. The members of Team Raw are in the ring to start the show along with Adam Pearce. All five men have a mic. Pearce talks about Survivor Series. Pearce says Team Raw needs to be rewarded for their win over Smackdown. Pearce is giving each member of the team to say why they deserve a shot at Drew McIntyre. Pearce says Styles can go first but Sheamus cuts him off. Sheamus congratulates McIntyre. Sheamus claims to be the team MVP and Styles cuts him off. Styles claims Sheamus wants a title shot because McIntyre is his buddy. Keith Lee interrupts and says he says he saved Styles and he got the pin on Jey Uso to win the match. Riddle chimes in and he's now "King Bro" since he eliminated King Corbin. He wants to defeat McIntyre for the title to earn his dope crown and dope sword. Riddle and Sheamus argue. They trade insults. Pearce says Strowman is last but not least and Strowman takes offense to being called last. Strowman grabs Pearce around the neck and demands to be picked. STROWMAN HEAD BUTTS PEARCE KNOCKING HIM TO THE MAT!!! We go to a commercial.

Commentary talks about what just happened and we see a replay of Strowman head butting Pearce.

We see some footage from earlier today of the Hurt Business arriving and running into the New Day. MVP says the New Day embarrassed Raw at Survivor Series. The Hurt Business wanted a title shot tonight. Xavier Woods told them they could have a championship match.

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin w/ MVP vs. The New Day (champs)

Woods and Benjamin start the match. Woods taunts early and Benjamin tackles him. Benjamin mat wrestles Woods and schools him before delivering a knee to the shoulder of Woods. Benjamin throws Woods across the ring and follows with a suplex near fall. Woods fights back but runs into a boot. Benjamin hits Kofi off the apron with a knee strike as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Benjamin is wearing down Woods. Woods fights to his feet and arm drags Benjamin. Woods tags Kofi. Kofi picks up the pace building momentum. Drop kick and a flying clothesline to Benjamin from Kofi. Kofi sets up for Trouble in Paradise but Benjamin avoids it. Kofi catches Benjamin with a boot and goes to the top. Benjamin cuts him off and they fight on the top. Kofi knocks Benjamin off the top. The ref is with Benjamin and Alexander knocks Kofi off the top to the floor. BENJAMIN AND KOFI FIGHT ON THE FLOOR BUT NEITHER MAN BEATS THE 10 COUNT @ 7:56!! THE MATCH IS RULED A DOUBLE COUNT OUT! MVP is mad and wants the match restarted. MVP asks if they are scared while the New Day talks about. Kofi doesn't want to do it but they get talked into it by MVP! We go to a commercial.

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship Match

Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin w/ MVP vs. The New Day (champs)

We're back from a break and we're restarted. Benjamin and Kofi slug it out to start and Kofi pounds on Benjamin in the corner. Benjamin back drops a charging Kofi to the outside and he appears to have hurt his knee. Woods checks on him. Kofi gets back in and Benjamin tags Alexander who begins beating down Kofi. Alexander gets a near fall off an elbow drop. Alexander is being super aggressive. Quick tags by the Hurt Business. Benjamin is back in and works on the knee of Kofi. Alexander comes back in and he picks up where Benjamin left off on Kofi's knee. More isolating of Kofi by the Hurt Business. Alexander works a single leg crab on Kofi before tagging Benjamin. Benjamin charges Kofi in the corner but Kofi back drops him out of the ring but Alexander makes a blind tag. Alexander keeps Kofi from tagging Woods. Kofi tries to turn the tide by hitting SOS!! It doesn't last as Alexander goes right back to the knee of Kofi. KOFI FINALLY TAGS WOODS! Woods runs wild on the Hurt Business. He sends Benjamin to the outside and press slams Alexander for a near fall. Woods rungs into a back elbow but Alexander. Tornado DDT by Alexander and he tags Benjamin. BENJAMIN HITS AN OLYMPIC SLAM!! Kofi breaks up the pin!! Kofi takes out Alexander outside! BENJAMIN GOES FOR A POWER BOMB ON WOODS BUT WOODS TURNS IT INTO A SUNSET FLIP FOR A PIN AND THE WIN @ 8:23!! New Day retain when I thought they may lose after the restart.

Charly Caruso is backstage with Adam Pearce who is coming out of the trainer's room. Pearce says Strowman had been escorted out of the building. He doesn't know what the consequences will be but Strowman would be fired if he has his way. Charly asks what Pearce was going to announce before Strowman hit him. BOBBY LASHLEY INTERRUPTS!! He wants to make his case since he was the only Raw champion who won last night.

NF's "The Search" is the official theme song for Raw in case you didn't know or wanted to know. Seems random for them to show that at this time.

Charly Caruso is with Pearce and asks what happened with the Lashley conversation. Pearce says Lashley made a case he needs to consider. RANDY ORTON APPROACHES PEARCE AND SAYS THEY NEED TO TALK. More highlights of Strowman head butting Pearce.

Highlights of the women's 5-on-5 match from Survivor Series are shown. Sara Schreiber is backstage with Lana. She's still shocked from Survivor Series and calls it the greatest moment of her career. Lana can't think about any other than living in this moment.

We're back to Pearce and Charly. She wants to know his decision after talking to Orton. Pearce says it'll be settled in the ring. There will be three singles matches and the winners will face in a triple threat to see who becomes #1 contender for the WWE Championship. Riddle vs. Sheamus will be next!

Qualifying Match for next week's Triple Threat #1 Contender's Match

Riddle vs. Sheamus

Riddle offers hand shake and Sheamus slaps it away. Sheamus pushes Riddle and they grapple to jockey for position. They go into the ropes before we get a break. Sheamus takes down Riddle and works a side head lock. The other qualifiers are Orton vs. Styles and Lee vs. Lashley. Riddle turns the tide briefly until Sheamus takes Riddle to the corner. Sheamus remains in control. Riddle fights back with right hands and chops to Sheamus in the corner. Sheamus lands a big clothesline to take Riddle back down. Sheamus keeps Riddle grounded with submissions. Riddle escapes and locks in an arm bar. Sheamus gets to the rope and rolls out of the ring. Sheamus gets back in and both men trade strikes. Suplex by Sheamus for a near fall. Riddles fights back with a kick but a clothesline by Sheamus sends Riddle out of the ring. Sheamus follows him outside but RIDDLE HITS AN EXPLODER TO SHEAMUS ON THE FLOOR!! Back in the ring, BROTON BY RIDDLE!! 1...2...NO!! Riddle delivers a series of kicks to the chest of Sheamus. Sheamus battles back with punches sending Riddle to the apron. Sheamus clubs Riddle's chest and Riddle falls the floor outside. Riddle beats the count. Riddle charges at Sheamus but SHEAMUS PLANTS RIDDLE WITH THE IRISH CURSE BACK BREAKER!! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus continues the attack taking Riddle from corner to corner. Sheamus charges but Riddle avoids him and Sheamus goes shoulder first into the ring post. Kicks by Riddle!! Sheamus blocks a kick and hits an Alabama Slam as we go to a break.

We're back and Sheamus is in control of Riddle. Riddle fights back to his feet but Sheamus hits him with a pump knee strike!! Near fall for Sheamus! Sheamus goes for a slam but Riddle hits him with an overhead kick sending Sheamus to the floor. RIDDLE HITS A FLOATING BRO FROM THE MIDDLE ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE!! Back in the ring, Riddle goes to the top and jumps but Sheamus catches and plants him! 1...2...NO!! Stomps by Sheamus and SHEAMUS LOCKS IN A CLOVERLEAF!! Riddle makes it to the ropes. Riddle rolls to the apron. Sheamus tries to club Riddle again but Riddle blocks it and hangs up Sheamus. Both men trade counters and SHEAMUS LOCKS IN A HEEL HOOK! Riddle kicks his way out of it. Riddle misses a kick but hits a knee strike! 1...2...NO!! Riddle goes to the top but Sheamus cuts him off. They battle on the top turnbuckle and Riddle knocks him off. Sheamus goes back up to meet him. SHEAMUS HITS WHITE NOISE FROM THE TOP!! 1...2...NO!! Sheamus goes for Brogue Kick but Riddle just collapses. Sheamus pulls Riddle up and Riddle head butts him. They trade victory rolls and SHEAMUS GETS RIDDLE IN THE CLOVERLEAF AGAIN!! RIDDLE ROLLS THROUGH AND PINS SHEAMUS FOR THE WIN @ 20:48!! Great match here as the guys were given time and they delivered!

Lana walks backstage when she's confronted by Asuka. Asuka heard she wants to challenge her. Lana says she's not thinking about that. Asuka like challenges and she accepts. Asuka tells Lana she may leave as champion tonight! FIREFLY FUN HOUSE NEXT!

Commentary talks about the recent history of Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss.

FIREFLY FUN HOUSE TIME!! Tonight is about something repulsive and disgusting...Friendship!! Bray says friends are no good just like Nikki Cross. The friendship frog says Nikki wouldn't just hop away. Abigail has choice words for that. Bray asks what Bliss will do to Cross tonight. Alexa goes into crazy mode and smashes the friendship frog with the mallet!! Bray asks for a moment of silence for the frog and we see highlights of his life 1980-2020. Bliss calls him a fine amphibian. Bray says too bad he croaked haha. BYE!!

Sunday, December 6th is the Tribute to the Troops show!

WWE Raw Women's Championship Match

Asuka (champ) vs. Lana

Before the match can start, WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler come to ring side. They join commentary. Lana tries to get the upper hand early and she gets a quick near fall. Asuka takes Lana down with a kick. Lana avoids a baseball slide. Nia and Shayna talk crap to Asuka and Asuka throws water in their faces. NIA AND SHAYNA ATTACK ASUKA CAUSING A DQ @ 1:00!! Nia and Shayna continue to attack Asuka. Shayna clears the table and Nia tries to Samoan drop Asuka through the announce table but Lana makes the save. Nia and Shayna challenge Asuka and Lana to a tag match.

Non-Title Match

Asuka (WWE Raw Women's Champion) & Lana vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions)

Back from a commercial, the match is started with Shayna and Lana. Lana appears in control but Nia makes a blind tag. Nia comes in and starts throwing Lana around the ring. All Nia here as the crowd boos. Nia throws Lana out of the ring. Baszler tags Nia and she beats Lana down outside. Back in the ring, Baszler continues the beat down on Lana. Nia tags back in. Nia squashes Lana in the corner. Lana tries to fight back with slaps but Nia takes her back to the tag champs corner. Baszler tags back in. This is boring to say the least and has already gone too long. Baszler stretches Lana out and it's props to Lana's flexibility. Shayna misses a baseball slide and that allows Lana to tag Asuka. Asuka takes out Nia and delivers kicks to Baszler. Double knees to the face of Baszler followed by a Hip Attack! Asuka hits a German suplex and Shining Wizard on Baszler for a near fall. Baszler catches an Asuka kick and hits Asuka in the face with a knee strike. Nia comes around and knocks Lana off the apron and beats her over to the announce table. Nia clears the table again but Lana fights back. NIA CHARGES AND LANA SIDE STEPS SENDING NIA ACROSS THE ANNOUNCE TABLE. Shayna tries to pull Lana up in to the Kirifuda Clutch and ASUKA ROLLS UP SHAYNA FROM BEHIND FOR THE WIN @ 6:46!! This was not good as 90% of the match was Nia and Shayna destroying Lana. Nia and Shayna are furious.

Riddle runs into MVP backstage. Riddle wants to wish Bobby good luck next. MVP isn't buying what Riddle is saying. Riddle has lots of business ideas if MVP is interested. Like pizza yogurt. MVP tells Riddle he's not his bro, MVP tells Riddle to get his best ideas together and get back to him in a couple weeks.

Highlights of last night's match between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns.

Qualifying Match for next week's Triple Threat #1 Contender's Match

Keith Lee vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE United States Champion) w/ MVP

Lashley shoves Lee to start and tries to take down Lee. Lee backs Lashley into the corner where we get a clean break. Lashley tries a suplex but Lee doesn't let that happen. Lashley goes to the side head lock but Lee sends him into the ropes and neither man budges when they try shoulder tackles. Lee backs Lashley into the corner and hits him with some bomb before hitting a double chop. Lashley avoids a charging Lee and hits a clothesline that Lee no sells. Lashley hits a flatliner for a 1 count. LASHLEY TRIES THE HURT LOCK BUT LEE BREAKS IT. Lee runs right through Lashley and then clotheslines Lashley out of the ring. MVP distracts Lee allowing Lashley to take advantage on the outside. Lashley sends Lee into the barricade and then Lashley breaks the count. LASHLEY PICKS UP LEE IN A FIREMAN'S CARRY AND SENDS LEE INTO THE RING POST BUT LASHLEY FALLS WHILE HE DOES IT BOTCHING IN THE PROCESS. We go to a commercial with both men down on the outside.

Back from the break, Lashley is wearing down Lee in the ring. Lee tries to fight back but Lashley keeps him grounded. Lee gets back to his feet but Lashley takes him back down. Lashley continues to wear down Lee but Lee gets back to his feet and catches Lashley with a forearm. Big clothesline by Lashley. LASHLEY HITS A STANDING VERTICAL SUPLEX ON LEE!! The side of Lashley's face is cut. Lee blocks the Hurt Lock and avoids a charging Lashley who hits the ring post. Big punches by Lee and he squashes Lashley in the corner. Lee sends Lashley to the outside! Running cross body by Lee to Lashley on the outside. Lee throws Lashley in the ring and with the ref distracted, MVP SENDS LEE INTO THE RING POST! In the ring, LASHLEY TRIES THE HURT LOCK BUT LEE POWERS OUT!! Lashley tries a sleeper but Lee falls back squashing Lashley! MVP JUMPS IN THE RING AND ATTACKS LEE! Lee launches him off of him but LEE WINS BY DQ @ 12:36!! If I were Lashley, I'd be pissed at MVP! Dumb booking for the Hurt Business.

We see a video package of the history between Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss. Sara tries to interview Nikki Cross. Nikki says Alexa gave up on her friendship. Nikki says she has tried to fix it for months and she's done trying. Alexa made it clear she wants The Fiend and not her. Cross only cares about beating The Fiend out of Alexa Bliss tonight.

Nikki Cross vs. Alexa Bliss

Cross has new theme music. Cross screams at Bliss to begin asking what's wrong with her. Bliss tries to play games but Cross gets frustrated. Bliss goes outside and Cross chases her. Cross pulls Bliss out of the ring and takes down Bliss with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Bliss is laughing and Cross stomps her in the corner continuously. Cross hits a clothesline and another but Bliss smiles and laughs. Another clothesline by Cross and she slams Bliss' head against the mat. Cross does it again. Cross jumps and sits on Bliss' chest for a near fall. With Bliss sitting in the corner, Cross hits a running cross body!! Bliss begs off and starts crying! Cross backs up and stops her attack. Nikki leans down to check on Bliss and rub her shoulder. Cross helps Bliss up. THEY HUG AND BLISS HITS CROSS WITH SISTER ABIGAIL TO WIN @ 4:18!! Exactly what it needed to be.

"Thank You Taker" is up next!

Commentary recaps the Undertaker's Final Farewell. They show the video package cued to Metallica's "Now that we're Dead". I highly recommend checking out this video package. They show highlights of Survivor Series when the Undertake gave his farewell. You can read about it here.

The main event take place after a commerical break.

Qualifying Match for next week's Triple Threat #1 Contender's Match

Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles

Styles associate is ringside. Styles tries quick rolls ups with no success. Orton lands a boot and takes advantage with an uppercut. Orton slows the pace but runs into a right hand by Styles. Styles delivers shoulders to Orton's midsection in the corner. Drop kick by Styles gets a near fall. Orton regains the advantage with a thumb to the eye and Orton throws Styles out of the ring. Orton follows him out and goes to sends Styles into the barricade but Styles associate catches him and Styles takes the advantage. Styles lifts and drops Orton back first on the announce table as we go to a commercial.

We're back and Orton is pounding Styles in the corner. They fight on the top turnbuckle and Styles avoids a superplex. Styles chop blocks Orton and stomps Orton's left knee. Styles focuses on the knee now. Orton battles back wit punches. Styles tries the Calf Crusher but Orton rolls through and remains in control. Orton uses a front face suplex to hand Styles up across the top rope and gets a near fall. Styles avoids a suplex and chop blocks Orton again. Styles lifts Orton but Orton fights out and hits his reverse neck/back breaker!! Orton goes for the hanging DDT but Styles escapes and LOCKS IN THE CALF CRUSHER!!! Orton just gets his fingertips on the ropes forcing Styles to break the hold. Styles charges and ORTON CATCHES HIM WITH A POWER SLAM!! 1...2...NO!! Styles avoids a RKO! Enziguri by Styles! Orton rolls out of the ring avoiding the pin. Orton pulls Styles to the outside. Orton throws Styles in the ring and THE LIGHTS GO RED! THE FIEND APPEARS IN THE CROWD!! The lights go back normal and The Fiend is gone. Back in the ring, ORTON HITS THE HANGING DDT!! THE LIGHTS GO OUT AGAIN!! THE RED LIGHTS ARE BACK ON AND THE FIEND IS BEHIND ORTON!! LIGHTS OUT! They come back on and The Fiend is gone. STYLES HITS ORTON WITH THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM AND IT'S OVER @ 12:51!! Styles wins thanks to The Fiend. Styles will face Riddle and Keith Lee next week to determine the #1 contender. Orton is pissed in the ring as Bray's laugh is heard over the loud speaker. End Show,

Next Week:

  • Triple Threat WWE Championship #1 Contender's Match: Riddle vs. Keith Lee vs. AJ Styles

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