Date: December 6, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
The Big Takeaway --
Liv Morgan tried her best but lost after Becky Lynch cheated to retain her title.
Show Recap --
Seth Rollins welcomed us to Raw with a backstage promo. He looked forward to watching Big E and Kevin Owens rip each other apart inside the steel cage before he wins the WWE Championship at Day 1.
They cut to Big E where he warned Owens that there were no shortcuts tonight and he would get punished.
Elsewhere, Owens accused Big E of being a liar because the WWE title didn’t belong to Big E, it belonged to him. Owens would win the title at Day 1 and everyone would rejoice.
Non-title steel cage match: WWE Champion Big E defeated Kevin Owens (20:06)
Owens repeatedly tried to leave but Big E stopped him and took control. However, Owens dodged a charge and Big E went straight into the cage which sent us to commercial break (three minutes into the match and ten minutes into the show).
Owens tried leaving but Big E stopped him, so Owens responded with a moonsault off the top rope for a two count. Big E drove Owens into the side of the cage for two. Big E tried to leave through the door (despite saying he wanted to punish Owens) but Owens stopped him. They battled on the top rope before Owens hit a sunset flip powerbomb for two.
Big E fired back with belly-to-belly suplexes but Owens responded with a superkick and a cannonball for two. Owens applied a Boston Crab (or, yes, a Walls of Jericho) but Big E dragged himself toward the door. As they got close to the exit, Rollins appeared and slammed the door which knocked down both men.
After a second break, Big E again stopped Owens from leaving but Owens raked his eyes before hitting a frog splash for two. Big E came back with an STO for two. Big E blocked a stunner but ran right into a pop-up powerbomb by Owens for two.
Big E blocked Owens from leaving again and hit a (very) Big Ending off the middle rope. Owens tried to stop Big E from escaping through the door but Big E managed to crawl out for the win.
It was hard to get into this initially with nothing on the line but wound up being quite good and the crowd really got into it by the end.
Rollins attacked Big E as he celebrated before going after Owens. However, Big E gave Rollins an overhead suplex and laid out Owens with another Big Ending.
Bobby Lashley ran out and laid out all three guys during a commercial break and they showed us replays. The announcers speculated that Lashley wants in the title picture.
They announced a tournament to determine the next challengers for RK-Bro. The tournament has four teams.
Tag Team Champion Queen Zelina (w/Carmella) defeated Nikki ASH (w/Rhea Ripley) (2:02)
Zelina won clean with a Code Red.
There was nothing to this. (Aside from everyone calling Nikki ASH a weak link before she lost again.)
Riddle and Randy Orton spoke in the back. Riddle wanted to ensure that we’re calling the tournament an “RK-Bro-nament.” Riddle was dressed in a fake tuxedo shirt and a tan blazer (like an old WWF announcer). He was dressed that way because he and Orton would be special correspondents for the tournament. Orton said he didn’t agree to that.
Riddle also had a blazer for Orton and said everyone wanted him to wear it (the crowd cheered). Orton was obviously displeased but he begrudgingly agreed to wear it.
Ripley consoled Nikki in the back when a fan seemingly approached Nikki for an autograph because she was her favourite. Nikki was happy to oblige, but the fan was actually referring to someone else. The camera panned over to reveal Jerry Lawler, who got a real big reaction here in Memphis. Lawler happily gave the fan an autograph. Ripley was annoyed at Lawler.
The Street Profits defeated AJ Styles & Omos via count-out (9:43)
Riddle was on commentary and said he’d love to face Dominik and Rey Mysterio. He appreciated the father-son duo and said that he and Orton have a similar dynamic.
They went to break 90 seconds into the match.
Styles and Omos were in control until Montez Ford made a hot tag. There was a funny spot where he ripped off his glove before smacking Omos. This pissed off Omos but Angelo Dawkins assisted Ford in knocking him off the apron. Styles went after Ford, giving him a Pelé Kick and brainbuster.
Styles went for the Phenomenal Forearm but Omos tagged himself in. Dawkins dropped Styles from the apron so Omos knocked down Dawkins. As Omos went after Dawkins again, Styles alerted Omos that he was on the verge of getting counted out. Omos couldn’t get back in on time so he was indeed counted out. Street Profits advance.
Styles tried to tell Omos that he needed to listen to him so Omos just walked out on him.
Riddle did an unfunny bit where he tried interviewing Styles but Styles wasn’t interested. Styles threatened Riddle before deciding to leave. Riddle asked Orton if he wanted to add anything. Orton grabbed the mic and said, “nope,” which got a laugh from the crowd.
Sarah Schreiber interviewed Becky Lynch. She said nobody really wanted Liv Morgan to win. The fans like you when you do well, but if you do too well, they turn on you. Lynch said it would be just another Monday for her.
Orton told Riddle that his broadcasting career was over — for now. He gave back the blazer.
Damian Priest defeated Robert Roode (w/Dolph Ziggler) to retain the United States Championship (9:37)
Ziggler distracted Priest which allowed Roode to shove him into the steel steps before knocking him over the barricade. After a break, Roode hit a blockbuster for two. Priest fought back and hit a broken arrow for two but Roode responded with a backstabber for two. Priest used a series of strikes but Roode nailed a spinebuster for two.
They traded counters until Priest hit Reckoning for the pinfall win.
This match was fine. I’m glad Priest won without turning into a cartoon character first.
Ziggler superkicked Priest after the match.
There was a This Week in WWE History segment where they showed Lita beating Trish Stratus for the Women’s title in the Raw main event in North Carolina. They also showed that Liv Morgan received a good luck text from Stratus today.
Doudrop attacked Belair before their upcoming match. Belair got to her feet and waited patiently through a long commercial break for the match to start.
Bianca Belair defeated Doudrop via count-out (12:58)
Doudrop controlled the match through a break. Belair fought back and hit a spinebuster and flying crossbody for a nearfall. Belair tried a sunset flip but Doudrop sat down on her and hit a Vader Bomb for a nearfall.
Belair avoided a cannonball and tried hoisting Doudrop on her shoulders for the KOD (which got the crowd buzzing) but she couldn’t quite do it. Doudrop fell, rolled out of the ring, and walked to the back for the count-out.
This was getting good toward the end and the crowd was getting into it and they probably would’ve popped big for a Belair win but they got their second count-out of the evening instead.
Austin Theory joined Vince McMahon in his office again. Basically, Theory hasn’t learned any lessons from last week and McMahon was annoyed.
MizTV with guest Edge
Miz said Maryse wasn’t here tonight because she doesn’t visit places like Memphis. Miz re-watched his segment with Edge last week and couldn’t believe he received a compliment from him. He wondered if Edge was just a shell of his former self.
Edge entered. Edge meant what he said last week. Miz asked if the Rated R Superstar has lost his ‘edge.’ Miz thought the old Edge would have speared him out of his $9,000 shoes last week but instead, he just sounded old. Edge mocked him for spending that much on shoes and warned Miz not to mistake his kindness for weakness.
Miz said he could have used his kindness years ago when he was kicked out of the locker room. Edge was too busy protecting his spot instead of helping someone who clearly had the ‘it’ factor. Miz didn’t want or need his kindness anymore.
Edge told Miz not to paint him with that brush. In fact, it was in this arena that Edge pulled Miz aside and told him that he did have something but Miz brushed him off. Edge went through the same things Miz did earlier in his career but the difference between them was that Edge didn’t enter the locker room thinking he deserved better.
Edge looked forward to wrestling new talent and wasn’t interested in holding people down. Edge called him an ass. Miz said he has surpassed Edge and would kick off the new year by beating him at Day 1. Edge accepted his challenge.
Edge challenged him to a fight right now but Miz of course said no. Miz was about to go on another diatribe but Edge psyched him out like he was going to attack and Miz fell on his ass.
Schreiber interviewed Liv Morgan. She thought Lynch was afraid because everyone actually did want to see her win. Lynch was used to getting what she wants but Morgan planned on doing everything it took to get what she wanted and what she wanted was the Raw Women’s title.
Veer Mahaan is coming.
Dominik & Rey Mysterio defeated Alpha Academy (3:15)
Dominik and Chad Gable actually worked the entire match. Gable missed a moonsault and Dominik caught him in a rollup for the pinfall win. Dominik and Rey advance to face the Street Profits.
Riddle tried interviewing Alpha Academy but Otis slammed him.
McMahon informed Theory, who was doing jumping jacks, that he was unable to get him a match tonight so he’ll have to find another way to impress him. Theory decided to unzip his shirt before resuming jumping jacks. McMahon told him to stop and try something else. He suggested Theory use his brain. Theory scampered off.
Finn Bálor defeated T-Bar (3:38)
T-Bar controlled most of this but Bálor won with the Coup de Grace. The crowd liked Bálor.
Austin Theory attacked Bálor post-match and laid him out with the ATL. Theory took selfies.
R-Truth and Akira Tozawa were in disguise and surprised 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke, but they didn’t attack her because Truth wasn’t sure it was PG (which was a funny line). They warned her that they could have had her, but they let her go. Reggie spoke to Brooke but they were interrupted when Tamina chased after her.
Patrick asked MVP and Lashley why Lashley attacked Big E, Rollins and Owens. MVP told Patrick that people nowadays are too afraid of disrespecting others because they’re afraid of the consequences — but Lashley wasn’t. Lashley said those men faced the consequences for trying to have a WWE title match without him.
There was a Liv Morgan video package featuring clips from the feature they did on her a little while ago on the Network.
(Lynch entered, they went to commercial, did the MVP/Lashley segment, aired the Morgan video package, Morgan entered, and they went to commercial again.)
Becky Lynch defeated Liv Morgan to retain the Raw Women’s Championship (14:49)
They traded counters and cradles until Lynch just decked Morgan with a right hand. Morgan came back with a missile dropkick but Lynch sent her to the outside with a thrust kick. Morgan nailed a Codebreaker before hitting a suicide dive. Lynch responded with a superplex which led to break.
Lynch hit a leg drop as Morgan was draped over the middle rope for a two count. Lynch became frustrated that she wasn’t able to put Morgan away yet. Morgan fought back with right hands but Lynch followed with a reverse DDT for two. Morgan went to the top but Lynch yanked her off, causing her to land neck first on the buckle.
Morgan managed to hit an enziguri and both women went down. Morgan fired up and hit a Codebreaker off the ropes for two. Morgan sent Lynch to the apron before stomping away at her and Morgan followed with another missile dropkick for two.
Morgan immediately applied a Rings of Saturn. Lynch countered into a Disarmer but Morgan quickly got a rope break. Morgan applied consecutive cradles but Lynch kicked out.
Lynch rolled up Morgan while holding the ropes for the pinfall win. Lynch retains.
They obviously worked hard but this was definitely rough in more than a few places. The story was that Morgan gave Lynch a great fight and got cheated in the end. It was definitely set up to get sympathy behind Morgan and likely set up a rematch.