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WWE Raw live results: Survivor Series fallout

Date: November 19, 2018
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

The Big Takeaway --

Despite the beating she took at Survivor Series, Ronda Rousey demanded she be able to defend her title tonight, because a champion should be the best in the world even at their worst. Baron Corbin only granted her the match after she threatened to fight him, and she successfully defended her title against Mickie James. Rousey received a mixed reaction during the segment, but still came across like a big star.

On the men’s side, the top two babyfaces were laid out by their heel counterparts. Braun Strowman was beaten up by Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley and was deemed to have a “shattered elbow.” Strowman as a match with Corbin at TLC, and if he wins, a title match with Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble.

Seth Rollins was laid out by Dean Ambrose at the end of the show.

Show Recap --

Raw started with Baron Corbin in the ring welcoming us to the “undisputed A-show.” He was booed. He then introduced Stephanie McMahon, who he credited with orchestrating the sweep of Smackdown. Corey Graves acknowledged Smackdown winning a match on the pre-show.

Stephanie gave credit to Corbin, then the wrestlers who defeated Smackdown, proving to Shane that they were the best. Before moving on with the rest of the show, Corbin waited for Stephanie to make good on her promise to make him the permanent GM. Before she could respond, Braun Strowman interrupted. The crowd chanted “get these hands.”

Strowman told Stephanie he wanted a match with “that slimeball” Corbin. Stephanie made their match official for TLC, and if Corbin won, he would be the permanent GM of Raw, but if he lost, he would lose all authority. Strowman said Corbin would lose everything because he gets to pick the stipulation.

Strowman also wanted to know when his title match was against Brock Lesnar. Stephanie made the match for Royal Rumble, but only if he beats Corbin at TLC. Strowman told Corbin, “welcome to Monday Night Braun” and picked a tables, ladders and chairs match as the stipulation. Corbin was fine with this because he thought the match favoured him.

Corbin then put Strowman in a handicap match against Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley tonight. Stephanie liked the idea, then promptly changed it to a six-man tag with Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley against Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor up next. 

Six-Man Elimination Tag Match: Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush) vs. Braun Strowman, Finn Balor & Elias

Everyone who wasn’t already in the ring entered before they took a commercial break, then Elias got a separate entrance after the break. He did his usual promo and played on his guitar for a bit as everyone else continued to stand around in the ring. Michael Cole announced that this was made into an elimination match during the break. 

I believe this is the first time McIntyre and Strowman have been opponents since McIntyre turned on him a few weeks ago.

Strowman and McIntyre had a face-off and their exchange ended with Strowman taking him down with a shoulder tackle. The crowd chanted “we want Finn,” so Strowman tagged him in and scoop slammed him onto McIntyre. It didn’t have much of an effect, because McIntyre just got up and slammed Balor before knocked him outside and tossing him into the barricade.

(Earlier, Stephanie made a comment about not approving everything Strowman wanted because dismemberment probably wasn’t allowed. Here, Graves said, “I know we’ve got great attorneys here at WWE, but I don’t think dismemberment is really an easy sell.”)

After a break, they continued to work over Balor until he hit a low dropkick and tagged in Elias, who ran wild on Lashley. Balor tagged back in and hit a flip dive on Lashley and Corbin. McIntyre yanked Balor off the top then followed with a Claymore kick for the pinfall. Balor eliminated first. (11:53)

After another break, the heels beat on Elias for a while until he hit Corbin with a high knee and elbow drop, but Lashley broke up the cover. Elias went after Rush then Lashley killed him with a spear. Elias was counted out and eliminated. (20:54)

After yet another break, the heels beat on Strowman until he clobbered Corbin with a clothesline, then leveled Lashley with a running shoulder tackle. Strowman gave Corbin a powerslam but McIntyre broke up the cover with a chair shot. McIntyre disqualified and eliminated. (27:48)

Despite being eliminated, McIntyre continued to hit Strowman with the chair and eventually hit a Claymore kick as the referee watched. All three heels teamed up on Strowman and tossed him into the steps and Corbin attacked with the chair. Strowman was bleeding from the arm/elbow, then they held his arm against the steel steps and smashed it with the other set of steps.

Strowman writhed around in pain as officials came down to check on him. The referee seemed to call the match off at some point here, roughly 32 minutes into the match. The heels left and did the Strowman pose on the ramp. To recap, two babyfaces got eliminated and the other got beat up.

Between the opening segment and this match, the show was almost 55 minutes old. 

Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose segment 

Seth Rollins came out to the ring. He put over the crowd, last night’s show and Takeover. Rollins mentioned that it was 6 years ago that the Shield debuted and for most of that time, they ran this place. He said Dean Ambrose hasn’t been man enough to show up and go face-to-face, but he’ll have no choice at TLC.

Rollins said he thought he knew Ambrose, but he learned more about him watching the Ambrose special on the Network. Rollins said he didn’t know that Ambrose was in the hospital with an infection that almost killed him, because he never picked up the phone to tell him. Rollins also heard Ambrose say he loved WWE, and that was the first time after all these years that he heard Ambrose use the word “love.”

Rollins knew they have a match at TLC, but he was ready for a fight right now and called him out. Ambrose appeared on the screen. He told Rollins he wasn’t going to get riled up and run out there like some lunatic. Ambrose said nobody knew what the Shield was like when the cameras were off. He said time caught up to them and they were all going to pay for it in different ways.

Ambrose said we’re all going to get what we deserve. “I mean, look at Roman. For Roman’s part, for what Roman did in the Shield, he has to answer to the man upstairs. And what’s worse, you have to answer to me.” The camera expanded to show that he was backstage and Ambrose told Rollins to go find him if he wanted answers.

Rollins ran to the back and marched around, questioning security of Ambrose’s whereabouts. One security guy told him to get out of his face, so Rollins punched him. Rollins took off and they cut back to the announcers. 

A promo aired for Lars Sullivan. It didn’t say which show he’s going to. 

Nia Jax & Tamina defeated Sasha Banks & Bayley (11:06)

Alexa Bliss was on commentary and said she and Jax were “cool” now. Bayley came in on a hot tag and shoved Jax off the apron then immediately ate a superkick from Tamina. Tamina didn’t go for the cover for some reason, so Bayley caught her in a schoolgirl for two.

Bayley fired back and hit a Thesz press and diving crossbody for two. Jax hit Bayley from behind, then tagged in and hit a running body block but Banks broke up the cover. Jax took out Banks with a headbutt. Bayley had to fend off Tamina which allowed Jax to give Bayley a Samoan drop for the pinfall win. Jax had a lot of heat again, though not as much as last night.

Charly Caruso was backstage about to interview someone when Ambrose showed up on the TV screen behind her. Ambrose said she should let everybody’s favourite Seth Rollins know that he would be in their usual spot as he walked into the boiler room. (Or maybe it was just a stairwell.)

After a break, Rollins found the room and busted in, but Ambrose was nowhere to be found. The door closed behind him and it was spray painted with “Burn It Down.”

They showed a clip of Drake Maverick whizzing his pants at Survivor Series. Maverick was shown in catering as Rhyno, Heath Slater, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode all made pee jokes. Maverick told them, “you’re in trouble now” and they all laughed because it sounded like he said “urine.” Maverick left. 

3-on-2 handicap match: Lucha House Party defeated The Revival (2:55)

They didn’t call it a handicap match, but that’s what it was. They announced before it started that the match would take place under “Lucha House rules” meaning all three of them could compete. The Revival were surprised to learn this. After some comedy with the piñata, Lince Dorado picked up the pinfall win after a shooting star press on Dash Wilder. 

Tomorrow on Smackdown, Daniel Bryan explains his heel turn, and The New Day take on Big Show and The Bar in the “first-ever Thanksgiving feast fight.” 

The season finale of Total Divas surrounds Natalya learning about the death of her father, Jim Neidhart.

Rollins told Caruso that he was frustrated. He said Ambrose could say what he wants about him, but what he said about Reigns was too far. As Rollins spoke, Ambrose quietly sauntered by behind him, a few feet down the hallway. Titus O'Neil showed up to alert Rollins that he just missed Ambrose. Of course, Rollins ran after him in the wrong direction. Ambrose walking by was a funny visual and the crowd was yelling at Rollins to warn him. 

Ronda Rousey promo

Rousey got a mixed reaction and there were some “we want Becky” chants. She said her next opponent was Nia Jax and she knew Jax was dangerous -- just look at Lynch’s face. However, she would beat Jax and start the next chapter with Charlotte Flair. Rousey said she would find a way to fight Charlotte and finish what they started last night.

Rousey said she wasn’t just here to talk about fighting. She wanted to show everyone what a real champion looked like. She said a true champion can’t be a fairweather fighter, and you have to be the best in the world even on your worst day, and if you can’t defend your position, you should step aside. This led to a “Becky” chant.

Rousey said this was her on her worst day but she refused to step aside. She demanded they play somebody’s music and send them out, because if she can’t defend the title in this condition, she doesn’t deserve to be champion.

Corbin came out and denied her request. Rousey said she’s had 17 fights and never canceled or postponed one, despite having many reasons to. She demanded he find her an opponent, then dared Corbin to fight. The crowd was mixed on Rousey but cheered big for that. Corbin agreed to find somebody. 

Ronda Rousey defeated Mickie James to retain the Women’s Championship (2:21)

James caught Rousey with a kick and was on offense for a bit but Rousey came back, hitting the Piper’s Pit three times in a row. Rousey then applied the armbar and James tapped out. Rousey retained. Afterwards, as Rousey walked up the ramp, she was greeted by Jax and Tamina. Jax “faked” a punch (sort of) then they just left. 

They aired a recap of the Brock Lesnar/Daniel Bryan match and the announcers put it over as a great fight. They also announced Survivor Series 2019 in Chicago and played a commercial for “Fighting With My Family.” Also, “Starrcade” will air on the Network on Sunday at 8 pm ET. 

Chad Gable & Bobby Roode defeated Tag Team Champions AOP (w/Drake Maverick) in a non-title match (3:21)

Gable picked up a quick win after a sunset flip into a roll-up for the pinfall on Akam. The crowd chanted “A-O-pee pee” and Cole made sure to acknowledge it. 

Ambrose was backstage in the dark and said this wasn’t a game to him, though it was fun to watch Rollins run around like a lunatic. Ambrose mocked Rollins for saying he couldn’t believe he “went there” with Roman. He told Rollins to grow up, because this wasn’t about Roman, this was about a bond between brothers. A bond broken, crushed and shattered.

If Rollins ever found him, Ambrose will break him, crush him and shatter his bones. Ambrose then feigned like he could smell something foul, then wondered if it was the city of Los Angeles or Seth Rollins’ fear. He realized the stench was the fans.

Ambrose assured Rollins there would be no explanation or apology, “I’m just going to burn it down.” Ambrose's performances were good so far but this was silly.

After a break, Kayla Braxton caught up to Rollins who was leaving the arena. He said he had a red-eye flight and knew Ambrose was evading him. Rollins said he would stomp his face into the ground at TLC. He left. 

Natalya defeated Ruby Riott (w/Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan) (8:14)

They plugged this match throughout the night and showed replays of Riott breaking Neidhart’s glasses. The match went through a break. After the break, Natalya hit a Michinoku driver and strikes in the corner, but Riott followed with an STO, senton and stomps. Natalya came back with a discus clothesline, then knocked Logan off the apron (she actually fell into the ring).

Natalya applied the Sharpshooter as the referee struggled to get Logan out of the ring. Natalya then kicked Morgan off the apron. Riott caught Natalya in a small package, but Natalya reversed it into a small package of her own for the pinfall win. Immediately after Natalya won, Cole let us know this win wasn’t going to make things better. That’s nice.

After a replay of what happened to Strowman earlier, Cole said they have some “disturbing news” -- Strowman was taken to a local medical facility and has a shattered elbow.

Ambrose was shown walking through the back toward Gorilla. 

Ambrose came out to the ring to his music. He knew the crowd wanted to see Rollins run out and beat him up for what he did. He also knew the fans would do the same thing he did with the same motivation, and by the looks of some of them, they would do it for a free meal. He called them too emotional. The way they cheer for Rollins makes him sick, makes him want to puke.

He started to complain about the smell again and covered his face with a bandana. Rollins was shown on the screen running through the back. Ambrose chuckled and asked, “Where are you going, buddy?”

Rollins sprinted to the ring, tackled Ambrose, knocked him out of the ring and hit a suicide dive. Some officials ran out as Ambrose tried escaping through the crowd, but Rollins caught him and tossed him back by ringside. Ambrose scampered into the ring but Rollins caught him with a superkick. Rollins tried the curb stomp but Ambrose moved and gave him a low-blow.

Ambrose grabbed Rollins by the face and said he was trying to talk to the people, then gave him a Dirty Deeds. Ambrose began leaving as the crowd booed, but he ran back to the ring and gave him another Dirty Deeds.