Here's what's on tap for tonight’s Raw:
Kofi Kingston to confront MVP
Six Woman Tag Team Match: Rhea Ripley (WWE Raw Women's Champion), Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke vs. Charlotte Flair, Natalya, & Tamina (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions)
Strap Match: Jaxson Ryker vs. Elias
Last Chance Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Randy Orton vs. Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles w/ Omos
We're in the ThunderDome and Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville announce that Randy Orton can't compete tonight! There will be a battle royal to start the show to see who will take his place. RIDDLE is and he supposedly has a letter from Orton. The letter says Orton wants Riddle to take his place. It's obvious that Riddle wrote it and they see right through it. Riddle says it's not fair for Orton to lose his opportunity. Riddle offers to be in the battle royal then to earn Orton's spot for him.
Winner takes Orton's Place in the Triple Threat
Riddle vs. Viking Raiders vs. Akira Tozawa (24/7 Champion) vs. Drew Gulak vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Angel Garza vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Damian Priest vs. R-Truth vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Mansoor vs. Humberto Carrillo
Everyone brawls to begin! Benjamin throws Gulak out first. Mahal throws Benjamin out shortly after. The ring is still packed. Garza is sent over but only one foot hits. Garza hops around the ring and gets back in. Garza goes after Mansoor but Ali saves him and throws out Garza. Ali then chucks Mansoor out. Mahal goes after Riddle but he hangs on. Mahal back drops Truth over the top and he's gone. Tozawa gets launched. GULAK THEN ROLLS UP TOZAWA OUTSIDE TO WIN THE 24/7 CHAMPIONSHIP!! TRUTH THEN BEATS GULAK FOR IT ONLY FOR TOZAWA TO WIN IT BACK!! OMOS COMES TO THE RING AND ELIMINATES ERIK AND IVAR!! Omos then sends them both into the barricade and apron respectively. We go to a commercial.
We're back and the numbers have gone way down. We're down to Priest, Riddle, Hardy, Mahal, and Alexander. Priest and Mahal go at it. Priest throws Mahal to the apron and then eliminates him with a kick. Hardy with a mule kick to Riddle. Double leg drop from Hardy to Alexander. HARDY WITH TWIST OF FATE TO PRIEST!! TWIST OF FATE TO RIDDLE!! Alexander avoids one and ELIMINATES HARDY!! PRIEST WITH HIT THE LIGHTS TO ALEXANDER!! ALEXANDER IS GONE!! WE'RE DOWN TO PRIEST AND RIDDLE!! They trade kicks and RIDDLE HITS A GERMAN! Forearms in the corner by Riddle but he runs into a spin kick from Priest. Priest with a back elbow in the corner. Riddle avoids the Broken Arrow and locks in the Bromission. Priest sends Riddle to the apron. Riddle tries the Bromission but Priest blocks and hits a clothesline! Priest goes for a clothesline again over the ropes but Riddle with a triangle!! Priest falls to the apron. Riddle with a knee. Priest tries a kick but Riddle catches it. RIDDLE WITH A JUMPING KNEE STRIKE AND PRIEST IS ELIMINATED!! Riddle demands Orton's music be played and poses like Orton.
W: Riddle via last eliminating Damian Priest @ 14:12
Highlights are shown of the Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler saga.
Backstage, Shayna Baszler is shuffling a deck of cards when Nia Jax approaches her. Jax asks if she's getting ready for a card game or a match. Baszler snaps back. Jax wants them all on the same page. Reginald tries to talk and Baszler cuts him off. Baszler plans to take care of Nikki Cross tonight and then Alexa Bliss. Bliss watches from the background.
Elsewhere, Jaxson Ryker is whipping a travel case with a strap. I guess that's how he prepares for the strap match.
Highlights of the battle royal are shown. Mainly, Omos destroying the Viking Raiders and Riddle eliminating Priest.
Kevin Patrick is with the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos. Styles is asked about Riddle replacing Orton. Styles says it should be him against Drew McIntyre one-on-one. They're asked about Omos taking out the Viking Raiders. Omos says he was scouting competition. We see highlights of the Raiders costing Styles his match against Ricochet. Styles asks Patrick is he has anything to say about that. Styles wants an apology. Styles says neither Riddle or McIntyre are 100% so he's sure to win tonight and the contract. Then he will become a 3-time WWE Champion.
Nikki Cross in gorilla getting ready for her match when the Lucha House party wishes her luck. Sara Schreiber asks about her super hero gimmick. She talks about being an inspiration and winning the Money in the Bank contract. She has to tell herself to slow down and take it one goal at a time. She calls herself "Almost a Super Hero". Her match against Shayna Baszler is next!
Nikki Cross vs. Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald
Cross is actually introduced as "Almost a Super Hero". They lock up and go behind by Cross. Baszler escapes and targets an arm. Cross runs the ropes but Baszler hits her with a shoulder tackle. Cross is up and hits a cross body before going to a side head lock. Suplex by Baszler and then she mounts Cross for some strikes. Scoop slam by Baszler followed by an overhead suplex for a near fall. All Baszler now as she sends Cross hard into the corner. Cross is sent face first into another corner. Baszler lifts Cross and Cross tries a sunset flip with no luck. Baszler misses a knee in the corner. A drop kick from Cross sends Baszler out of the ring. HERE COMES ALEXA BLISS!! CROSS USES THE DISTRACTION TO HIT BASZLER, JAX, AND REGINALD WITH A CROSS BODY FROM THE TOP TO THE FLOOR! We go to a commercial.
Back from the break, Baszler is still in control in the ring. Cross fires back with punches but it's short lived. Baszler quickly takes over and plants Cross face first into the mat. Baszler puts Cross on the top turnbuckle. Baszler is distracted by Bliss and Cross hits her with a tornado DDT! Jax stares down and walks towards Bliss. BLISS WITH A KICK TO THE GUT OF JAX AND LOW BLOW TO REGINALD!! Bliss heads back up the ramp. Baszler is distracted and Cross gets a roll up for a near fall. Baszler clotheslines Cross. They trade counters. HEAD SCISSORS BY CROSS AND SHE ROLLS UP BASZLER FOR THE WIN!!! Poor Baszler.
W: Nikki Cross via pin @ 9:42
Highlights of WWE Champion Bobby Lashley destroying Xavier Woods inside hell in a cell last week. Kofi Kingston will confront MVP face-to-face next! Kofi heads to the ring and we go to a commercial.
Kofi is in the ring and says there are certain moments in life that change us for better or worse. Kofi isn't sure how last week effected him yet. Kofi mentions watching Xavier Woods get beaten down by Bobby Lashley and MVP. Kofi felt helpless not being able to help him. Kofi talks about people not believing Woods is on the next level. Kofi says he proved what kind of competitor he was last week. Kofi says Lashley won the match fair and square. That's ok! But what's not ok, is what Lashley did after the match. Kofi promises to make Lashley pay when he beats him at Money in the Bank and becomes the new WWE Champion. HERE COMES MVP!!! MVP is accompanied by the ladies. MVP is sorry. He thought he heard Kofi says he will beat Lashley and become champion. MVP says that's one of the most ridiculous things he's ever heard Kofi say. MVP is looking forward to being in front of a live audience. MVP calls Kofi a feel good story but he's no threat to Lashley. Lashley is on vacation but he wanted Kofi to know that he enjoyed every minute of what he did to Woods. MVP name drops Brock Lesnar and says Lashley will make what Lesnar did to Kofi look like child's play. Kofi says if it wasn't for MVP, McIntyre would of beaten Lashley at Hell in a Cell. Kofi says he's already beaten Lashley and says Lashley is looking more beatable each week. Kofi says Lashley may end up like MVP. Just a guy in overpriced suits. MVP talks about Lashley's journey and says Lashley deserves all the respect. Kofi says he deserves it too. Kofi talks about his run as champion and taking the title to Ghana. He says he never took a day off as champion. Kofi says MVP has Lashley taking his eyes off the prize. MVP says Kofi went to Ghana to boost his own ego. MVP says Woods was optimistic last week about winning and that didn't happen. Same odds as Kofi as winning the gold. Kofi says Woods will be back next week and MVP is milking a knee injured. MVP says if he was medically cleared, he would whoop Kofi's ass. KOFI GOES AFTER MVP AND MVP TAKES A SWING WITH THE CANE!! KOFI DUCKS IT AND HITS TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!!
Commentary transition to talk about Eva Marie and Doudrop. We see highlights of their loss to Asuka and Naomi. Eva Marie and Doudrop are walking backstage. They're asked about their loss last week. Eva Marie says Doudrop made a mistake last week. Eva Marie requested a rematch so Doudrop can learn from her mistake.
Asuka & Naomi vs. Eva Marie & Doudrop
Naomi and Doudrop start it with Doudrop backing Naomi into the corner. Naomi hits a shot to the face of Doudrop and tries to flip over Doudrop but Doudrop sits o her. Doudrop misses a senton and Asuka gets a tag. Asuka with a missile drop kick from the top followed by a hip attack! Doudrop backs Asuka into the corner and squashes her with a splash. Doudrop wants a slam but Asuka counters into the Asuka Lock!! Doudrop flings Asuka off of her. Doudrop reaches for a tag but Eva Marie gets off the apron! Asuka tries to roll up Doudrop but Doudrop rolls through. DOUDROP WITH A SENTON TO ASUKA!! DOUDROP RUNS THROUGH NAOMI. DOUDROP IS SPLASHES ASUKA FOR THE WIN!! Doudrop looks good but is capable of so much more. Asuka/Naomi on the other hand don't going into Money in the Bank.
W: Eva Marie & Doudrop via pin @ 2:17
Post match, Eva Marie announces only herself as the winner of the match.
Highlights are shown of John Morrison defeating Randy Orton last week. Morrison and Miz are backstage. They're asked what happens if Morrison wins the briefcase. Miz says Morrison will win the briefcase and cash in successfully. Miz claims he will guide Morrison because no one knows when to strike with the briefcase like Miz. RICOCHET interrupts. Ricochet says they (he and Morrison) have a match tonight. They trade insults. Ricochet squirts the drip stick in Miz and Morrison's faces.
Ricochet vs. John Morrison w/ The Miz
They trade counters early until Ricochet lands a couple strikes followed by a scoop slam. Morrison takes Ricochet to the corner and hits a nice kick to the head. Near fall. Morrison grounds Ricochet but Ricochet catches him coming off the ropes with a drop kick. Morrison falls to the outside. Baseball slide by Ricochet and he exchanges words with Miz. RICOCHET LEAPS OVER THE MIZ'S WHEELCHAIR AND HITS MORRISON WITH A RANA OUTSIDE!! RICOCHET SPRAYS MIZ WITH THE DRIP STICK REPEATEDLY as we go to a break.
Back from the break, Morrison is beating on Ricochet in the corner. Ricochet fires back with punches. Morrison sweeps Ricochet and then kicks him in the face. Morrison with another kick and taunts. Both men run the ropes and Ricochet with a spring board cross body! Flying forearm by Ricochet and a knee to the face. Fireman's carry by Ricochet and he plants Morrison. Sliding clothesline by Ricochet for a near fall. Morrison picks up Ricochet and hits a rolling senton. Morrison with a sliding knee to the face of Ricochet for a near fall. Ricochet gets a cradle near fall. Morrison answers with a spring board kick for a near fall. MORRISON MISSES STARSHIP PAIN!! Morrison rolls to the apron. A spring board drop kick by Ricochet sends Morrison to the outside. Ricochet looks to dive and Morrison dives over the barricade. Morrison sits on the barricade. RICOCHET HITS A SITTING MORRISON WITH A CROSS BODY OFF THE TOP AND BOTH MEN GO INTO THE CROWD!! THAT WAS SWEET!! BOTH MEN ARE COUNTED OUT!!! Good back and forth between these two and that last cross body was awesome.
W: Double Count Out @ 10:32
Highlight of Ripley vs. Flair from Hell in a Cell.
Charlotte Flair is backstage in gorilla with Natalya and Tamina. Charlotte talks about the three of them upholding family legacy and carrying a division. They plan to show Ripley, Mandy, and Dana that respect is earned and not given. The six woman tag is next!
Six Woman Tag Team Match
Charlotte Flair, Natalya, & Tamina (WWE Women's Tag Team Champions) vs. Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, & Rhea Ripley (WWE Raw Women's Champion)
We get a brawl before the match even starts! Ripley and Flair fight on the announce table. Back in the ring, all six ladies are still brawling. Ripley, Rose, and Brooke clean house as we go to another break. It will hopefully start when we come back.
We're back and it started during the break. Natalya has Mandy in an abdominal stretch when we come back. Natalya wants the Sharpshooter now but Mandy escapes and tags Dana. Dana with a head scissors to Natalya to send her to the corner. Clothesline by Dana for a near fall. Natalya fires back with a big right and then an elbow to a charging Dana. Blind tag by Charlotte and Dana gets triple teamed. Near fall for Charlotte. Charlotte takes a shot at Ripley knocking her off the apron. Tamina gets a tag as they continue to isolate Dana. Natalya comes back in and hits a snap suplex. Quick tags by the tag champs. Charlotte comes back in and lights up Dana with chops. Dana avoids a knee strike but Charlotte keeps control. Dana is finally able to tag Ripley. Ripley is on fire and hits Charlotte with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Natalya gets a tag and rolls up Ripley but Ripley hits a big kick. Mandy tags in and she double teams Natalya with Dana's help. Things begin to break down. Mandy avoids a Sharpshooter. Charlotte got a bling tag though. CHARLOTTE BEATS MANDY WITH A BIG BOOT!! Not good.
W: Charlotte Flair, Natalya, & Tamina via pin @ 5:35
Post match, Ripley hits Charlotte with a chop block.
Highlights showing the lead up to the strap match between Elias and Jaxson Ryker.
Ryker is backstage whipping his own back. Akira Tozawa and R-Truth come running by. Truth stops to talk but Ryker says he's busy preparing. Truth thanks him for sharing. Truth wants to borrow Ryker's strap when he's done so he can use it on Tozawa. Ryker keeps hitting himself with the strap.
Elias vs. Jaxson Ryker
Ryker is still whipping his back with the strap on his way to the ring. Oh geez. We begin and ELIAS ATTACKS RIGHT AWAY!! Elias stomps Ryker in the corner and sends Ryker out of the ring. Elias follows and sends Ryker into the steps. Elias hangs Ryker from the ring post and whips the chest of Ryker. Ryker turns it around and pulls Elias into the ring post before sending him back in the ring. Ryker whips Elias repeatedly! Elias tries to get out of the ring but Ryker pulls him back. Ryker goes to the middle rope and jumps but Elias hits a knee to the face in mid air!!! 1....2....NO!!! Elias whips Ryker now. Ryker avoids a shot and he's back to whipping Elias. Elias is sent into the corner and RYKER HITS HIM WITH A BOSS MAN SLAM TO GET THE WIN!! All I can say is at least it was short.
W: Jaxson Ryker via pin @ 3:29
More highlights of the battle royal are shown. We've already seen it multiple times.
Riddle is getting ready backstage. Damian Priest comes up to congratulate Riddle and wish him luck. Riddle says he's Randy Orton and not Riddle. Priest won't offer him Whoppers though. Riddle tries to change back to Riddle to get them and they share a laugh. Pries tells Riddle that Orton is the lucky one to have a friend like Riddle. Priest tells him to not forget that and leaves. Riddle goes back to pretending to be Orton.
A Drew McIntyre interview is next!
Kevin Patrick is backstage with Drew McIntyre. Patrick asks McIntyre is he can beat Styles and Riddle. McIntyre talks about the Scottish facing the English and Irish. This transitions to Christmas. McIntyre says he's heading to the ring now to slap around Riddle and kick off Styles' head in route to going to Money in the Bank and winning the contract.
Commentary tells us that Xavier Woods will face Bobby Lashley in his return next week.
All three men make their way to the ring. The match will begin after a commercial.
Last Chance Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles w/ Omos (WWE Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. Riddle
McIntyre goes right after Styles and stomps him in the corner. McIntyre then goes after Riddle too. McIntyre sends Riddle into Styles who hits Riddle with boot. McIntyre suplexes Riddle for a near fall. McIntyre sends Styles hard face first into the middle turnbuckle in the corner. Riddle now with kicks to McIntyre. Riddle with forearms to Styles and McIntyre in opposite corners. McIntyre chucks Riddle with a belly to belly then one for Styles too! Riddle was sent out of the ring. McIntyre sends Styles into the lights with a big back body drop for a near fall. McIntyre wants to Claymore Styles but Styles low bridges the ropes and McIntyre goes out to the floor. McIntyre hits Styles who land hard on the floor. McIntyre clears the announce table. McIntyre wants a power bomb but Styles avoids it. Riddle takes out McIntyre on the outside. Styles attacks Riddle and all three men trade blows. McIntyre sends Riddle into the steps. Styles sends McIntyre into the ring post. Styles tries to suplex Riddle but it's blocked. They trade counters. Riddle suplexes Styles on the floor! McIntyre suplexes Riddle on the floor! Styles with an enziguri to McIntyre. RIDDLE AND STYLES BOTH LIFT MCINTYRE AND RUNNING POWER SLAM HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! We go to a commercial.
We're back with Riddle hitting Styles with kicks in the corner. McIntyre is still down outside. Styles hits Riddle with a dragon screw to slow down Riddle. Styles goes to work on the leg of Riddle. Riddle fires back with a knee strike to the face. Styles answers with a pele kick that gets him a near fall. Styles goes to the outside just to kick and put the boots to McIntyre. Styles throws McIntyre back to the table ruble and McIntyre hits his head on something. Back in the ring, Riddle tees off on Styles in the corner but Styles with a spine buster. Styles goes back to working on the leg of Riddle. Single leg crab by Styles for a moment. Brain buster by Styles!! 1....2....NO!!! Styles goes back outside to stomp McIntyre some more. Styles gets on the apron but Riddle with a kick. HANGING DDT BY RIDDLE!!! RIDDLE SETS UP FOR THE RKO BUT STYLES COUNTERS!! Styles plants with a BURNING HAMMER!! Styles wants the Styles Clash but McIntyre pulls Styles out of the ring. McIntyre runs Styles into the barricade twice. McIntyre takes it to Riddle back inside the ring. REVERSE ALABAMA SLAM PLANTS RIDDLE!!! McIntyre wants the Claymore but Riddle sends him to the outside. Styles hits McIntyre with a sliding forearm. Spring board knee by Riddle takes out Styles on the apron. Riddle with PK kicks to Styles and McIntyre. FLOATING BRO ONTO MCINTYRE AND STYLES ON THE OUTSIDE!! Riddle fires off a series of kicks to both McIntyre and Styles. Riddle wants another one to Styles but Styles moves and Riddle gets the steps. Riddle sells the foot like he really hurt it. Medical staff comes out to help Riddle up. Riddle is helped to the back as we go to a commercial.
Back from the break, McIntyre and Styles trade blows. McIntyre picks up momentum with clotheslines followed by a belly to belly. Another one! McIntyre charges into a boot from Styles. Styles misses a charge now and McIntyre hits a neck breaker. Kip up! McIntyre wants the Future Shock but hits a spine buster instead! 1.....2.....NO!!! McIntyre puts Styles on the top turnbuckle and climbs up with him. Styles avoids a superplex and gets McIntyre in a fireman's carry. Styles with a neck breaker across his knee! 1.....2....NO!! Styles sets up for the Styles Clash but McIntyre blocks. Strikes by Styles but MCINTYRE HITS THE MICHINOKU DRIVER!!! McIntyre wants a Claymore but Styles chop blocks the front of McIntyre's knee. STYLES LOCKS IN THE CALF CRUSHER!!! RIDDLE IS COMING BACK!!! His foot is taped up. BROMISSION TO STYLES!! Styles elbows free. Riddle hits McIntyre with a kick that sends him outside. STYLES WANTS THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM BUT RIDDLE WITH A KNEE!!! RIDDLE RKOS STYLES!!! 1........2........OMOS PULLS STYLES OUT!!! MCINTYRE HITS RIDDLE WITH A CLAYMORE AND THAT FINISHES IT!!! Easily the best thing on the show but that was expected given the participants.
W: Drew McIntyre via pin @ 26:40
McIntyre celebrates to end the show!
Non-Title Match: Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston vs. Bobby Lashley (WWE Champion) w/ MVP
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