Date: November 26, 2018
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
The Big Takeaway --
Show Recap --
Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush were all in the ring to start the show. Lashley wore a leather vest to go with his shades and headband.
Corbin ripped on the crowd for stuffing their faces over Thanksgiving. He said guys like them didn’t do that because they took care of their bodies to maintained peak physical performance. McIntyre was thankful for the beating they gave Braun Strowman last week and Corbin had a replay shown. Corbin said the “maimed monster” wouldn’t be around for a long time.
They showed a video of Strowman in Birmingham, Alabama awaiting surgery on his elbow. Strowman said he’d rather be in Milwaukee right now and said what happened to him would be nothing compared to what he’d do to the three spineless cowards who would “get these hands.”
Corbin said his match with Strowman at TLC is still scheduled, but Strowman wouldn’t be able to compete, and he would thus be named permanent GM. He advised everyone in the locker room to choose their sides wisely and be on the right side of history. The lights went out and they were interrupted by Elias. Renee Young yelled, “Yes!” when he appeared.
Elias said he was tired of hearing Corbin’s voice. He said Rush would be a better GM than Corbin, even though that would violate child labour laws. Even Drake Maverick, who “pissed himself” would be better. He also had a song for Bobby “Trashley.” Elias had the crowd singing along to “Bobby Lashley sucks” before heading to the ring for their match.
Bobby Lashley (w/Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Lio Rush) defeated Elias
A distraction from McIntyre allowed Lashley to ram Elias into the post heading into a break. After the break, Elias was in comeback mode. He hit a high knee and diving elbow and seemed to have the match won but Rush pulled the referee out of the ring. The referee called for a DQ, but Corbin announced that the match was actually no DQ and had it restarted.
Lashley took control but Elias fought back until he was dragged out of the ring by Corbin. Elias fought him off and grabbed his guitar, but before he could use it on Lashley, Corbin attacked him from behind. Lashley destroyed the guitar as the crowd chanted “Corbin sucks.”
Corbin hit Elias with the steel chair a few times, then they ganged up on him, leading to a Claymore kick by McIntyre. McIntyre then gave Elias a reverse Alabama Slam onto the steel steps, which looked great. Lashley then did a lap around the ring and speared Elias, which they said was an attempt to mock Strowman.
They tossed Elias back in the ring and Lashley did a nonchalant cover for the pinfall win. Rush announced Lashley the winner. The heels posed in victory. Corbin faces Finn Balor later tonight.
The initial match time (before the DQ) was 9:22. The match altogether was 13:47.
Backstage, Corbin fired a stagehand, presumably for allowing Elias to interrupt his segment. Alexa Bliss showed up and said he made the right call. She offered her help with anything. Corbin took her up on the offer and put her in charge of the entire women’s division. Bliss accepted and they shook hands. Young admonished this decision given that Bliss is still an active member of the division.
They showed a video from earlier today of Dean Ambrose in a doctor’s office. Ambrose said he didn’t plan on exposing himself to a dump like Milwaukee and worried about being around the fans during flu season. Ambrose had a doctor give him different shots for dysentery, typhoid and distemper. He also didn’t want to show up in Houston next week without a rabies shot.
Ambrose promised to do the merciful thing at TLC and put Rollins out of his misery for good. Corey Graves asked Young about Ambrose. She responded, “You know just as well as I do that he’s a complicated guy. It’s hard trying to get inside the head of him. I live with the guy, I don’t always know what he’s thinking about. So, sorry, I don’t always have an answer for you guys.”
3-on-2 handicap match: Lucha House Party defeated The Revival (2:32)
Before the match, the Revival said they were caught off guard last week when they heard the new rules. They said Lucha House Party don’t respect the rules and tag wrestling, which has a certain etiquette--like golf. He said an occasional golf clap was acceptable, but not chanting “Lucha” at the top of your lungs, which led to the quietest chant ever.
JoJo announced the match would compete under Lucha House Rules, which again caught Revival by surprise. Graves said he spoke to Corbin who said he didn’t approve of these rules. After some brief offense by the Revival, Lucha House Party went to town on them and traded finishers on Scott Dawson until Lince Dorado finished him off with a shooting star press for the win.
They played a video for Lars Sullivan. Michael Cole called Sullivan the most sought-after free agent in WWE history. He said both Stephanie and Shane McMahon were bidding over his services.
Nia Jax promo
Nia Jax and Tamina came to the ring. Earlier, they showed a replay of Jax punching Becky Lynch. Jax said the Raw roster was thankful for her, for leading team Raw to victory. She was thankful for breaking Lynch’s face, then bragged about giving her a concussion. She moved on to Ronda Rousey as a very light “you can’t wrestle” chant started.
Jax claimed that Rousey’s career has taken a downhill fall since Rousey fought her at Money in the Bank. She showed replays of their match, then what happened to Rousey at the hands of Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series (which was five months after MITB). Jax then did a mocking promo doing an impression of Rousey. She said Rousey hasn’t had her worst day yet.
Jax said she herself was on all roll, winning the Evolution battle royal, leading Raw to victory and breaking Lynch’s face. She said the top of the mountain belonged to her. Mercifully, Rousey interrupted. Rousey began talking but paused to let the crowd chant for her.
Rousey said it wasn’t luck that Jax earned a title shot, but it was lucky that her punch just so happened to hit the right person. (I’m paraphrasing. Her phrasing was a lot more clunky than that.) Rousey said she would rip off Jax’s arm and slap Charlotte across the face with it. Rousey said she was always ready to fight and challenged Jax right now.
Jax said no and that she wasn’t done washing Lynch’s blood off her hand. Jax said she wasn’t making excuses, she was just stalling for time. Tamina stood behind Rousey and they got ready to attack, but Natalya’s music hit and she ran out. She was cut off by the Riott Squad, but Rousey made the save and sent them packing. Rousey helped up Natalya. This was no good.
Backstage, Drake Maverick said the fans have never faced real fear, like he did when he went face-to-face with a 7-foot giant. He said fear makes cowards out of everyone and wanted Chad Gable and Bobby Roode to experience that tonight. Akam and Rezar added, “laugh now, cry later.”
AOP (w/Drake Maverick) defeated Chad Gable & Bobby Roode to retain the Tag Team Championships (8:26)
As soon as the match started, Roode was distracted by Maverick focusing on his robe on the outside so AOP took control. Later, Maverick left wearing the robe, which also distracted Roode. After a break, AOP was in control of Gable. They cut to a shot of Maverick backstage, posing in the robe in front of a mirror.
Roode tagged back in and managed to take control, but Maverick appeared on the big screen. Maverick shoved Roode’s rob into the toilet, then pissed on it. A loud flushing noise played as Roode looked on in fury. AOP attacked him from behind and hit a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo for the win. This was awful.
Backstage, Bliss tried to make good with Sasha Banks and Bayley, but they blew her off. Bliss acted sincerely and said she wanted them to go to the ring and do an open forum, answering questions from the WWE Universe. Bayley said she wanted nothing to do with another “This is your life” thing. Bliss said it wasn’t that, she just wanted the fans to get to know them better.
Becky Lynch returns to Smackdown tomorrow, and AJ Styles responds to Daniel Bryan.
Balor did a selfie promo. He understood that there would be consequences if he didn’t side with Corbin. He knew people thought he was jeopardizing his career by standing up to a megalomaniacal, self-obsessed, blow-hard, but the way he saw it, he would be jeopardizing his career if he didn’t. He said he would stand up and fight for what he believes is the right side of history.
Ember Moon (w/Curt Hawkins) defeated Alicia Fox (w/Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers) (1:53)
Hawkins is Moon’s new partner in the Mixed Match Challenge. Graves said Corbin was punishing her for aligning herself with Strowman. Fox took most of the match, but Moon still won with the Eclipse. Hawkins celebrated like he won the match. Afterwards, No Way Jose danced out with his conga line and they threatened us with No Way Jose vs. Mahal up next.
Jinder Mahal (w/The Singh Brothers) defeated No Way Jose (4:23)
This was basically a squash with Mahal winning after a Khallas. This was No Way Jose’s first Raw match since July.
There was a sponsored video package of Booker T and Goldust, which was the highlight of Raw so far.
Seth Rollins came to the ring welcomed everyone to Monday Night Rollins. He said he hasn’t been himself lately but it was time to do what he does best and be a fighting champion. He was done chasing around Ambrose, and no amount of vaccinations would make him immune to Rollins.
Despite what Ambrose said earlier, Rollins knew that he was probably lurking around the building somewhere, but he didn’t care and issued the open challenge. Dolph Ziggler came out. Ziggler said Rollins would go back to doing what he does best -- losing to him. Ziggler said he was the best in the world and would once again be IC champion.
Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship (20:40)
Rollins was in control before a break, Ziggler was in control after it and controlled all the way through until the next break. Back from break, 13 minutes into the match, both men were down after Rollins hit a clothesline during commercial.
Rollins followed with a slingblade, boot, enziguri, and springboard clothesline for two. Rollins fought Ziggler off the top rope but missed a frog splash and Ziggler followed with a fameasser for two. Ziggler applied a sleeper but Rollins fell back on him and followed with a superkick for two. Rollins missed twice with a curb stomp and Ziggler followed with a Zig-Zag for a nearfall.
Ziggler set up for a superkick but Rollins wouldn’t get up. Ziggler taunted him and smacked him, so Rollins rolled up Ziggler for a close near fall. Ziggler followed immediately with a spike DDT. Ziggler went to the top, then Rollins sprang up and nailed a superplex into a falcon arrow for the pinfall win. Rollins celebrated by swinging the title around.
Nothing happened for the first 13-14 minutes, but the action was good after that. I liked that Rollins won with the superplex/falcon arrow spot.
Open Forum with Sasha Banks and Bayley
Alexa Bliss came out and introduced Bayley and Sasha Banks for the open forum. Bliss pointed at fans and mocked a couple of them before they finally asked someone a question. A girl wearing a Rousey t-shirt asked them how they would change the women’s division. Bayley wasn’t sure she’d change anything. She just wanted everyone to be given an opportunity.
Banks said she would change one thing and told Bliss, “I would ship your little butt back to Smackdown.” Bliss wondered if she didn’t really want Bayley shipped off since she’s bringing her down. Bayley said she disagreed with Banks. She wouldn’t send Bliss to Smackdown, she’d send her back to hell where she’s from.
As Bayley laughed at her own joke, Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke jumped her and Banks from behind. Bayley and Banks fought them off as Bliss left. Another poor segment. The crowd turned on it quickly.
2-on-1 handicap match: Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor (13:23)
Corbin came out alone. Less than 40 seconds into the match, Corbin had Balor down and in his head and arm lock. Balor slipped out and hit a dropkick, chop and stomps. Balor followed with a kick to the face, sending Corbin out of the ring as they went to commercial 2 minutes into the match. Back from break, Corbin was in control, sending Balor into the barricade repeatedly.
Balor eventually fought out of some sort of headlock and hit a double foot stomp, fists, flying forearm, chop and slingblade, then ran right into a Deep Six for a two count. Balor came back with a DDT and running dropkick but missed Coup de Grace. Corbin escaped the ring and grabbed a mic, announcing that the match was now a 2-on-1 handicap match.
McIntyre came out, so Balor wiped him out with a flip dive, then gave Corbin a running dropkick into the barricade. However, McIntyre leveled Balor from behind, pushed him back in the ring and hit the Claymore kick for the win.
Immediately afterwards, Lashley came out and gave Balor a Dominator, Corbin gave him End of Days, and McIntyre finished him off with another Claymore kick. The heels posed to end the show.