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WWE Raw live results: Survivor Series go-home show

Date: November 18, 2019
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA 

The Big Takeaway -- 

Survivor Series is on Sunday. 

There was a heavy tease at the end of the show that Raw talent would show up at NXT on Wednesday.

Show Recap -- 

Vic Joseph said the landscape of Raw could change forever. (How?) Dio Maddin has yet to return, so it’s only Joseph and Jerry Lawler on commentary. 

Becky Lynch came out to start the show. Lynch informed the “little shakes” Shayna Baszler and Bayley that she was right here. She didn’t care about the two of them fighting each other over brand supremacy. She just wanted a fight and there was no better place than Boston. 

The IIconics interrupted. Billie Kay informed us of the bad news, that she and Peyton Royce were left off the Raw team for Survivor Series. 

They were about to tell Lynch about the future but she stopped them. Lynch knew that she had to tag with Charlotte Flair because, as she put it, they have to be tethered together forever for some reason, but wanted to fight both IIconics by herself. 

Charlotte interrupted. She wanted to talk about her own Survivor Series match, which was leading team Raw against teams from SmackDown and NXT in a triple threat elimination match. She asked Lynch if she was ready to team up when Samoa Joe interrupted. He marched out in a suit, then they went to break, 8-9 minutes into the show. 

After the break, Joe was on commentary. He said they wanted an analyst on the team, one that was Brock Lesnar-proof. 

Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair defeated The IIconics (2:14) 

The IIconics caught their opponents off guard at the start as they argued, but it didn’t matter. Charlotte put Kay in the Figure Eight while Lynch took out Royce with an Exploder, then Kay tapped out. Instead of a video replay, they showed still photos of the “bridge” that Charlotte does when applying the Figure Eight. 

After the match, Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir attacked the IIconics. Lynch and Charlotte ran back in the ring but the numbers were too much and they were quickly laid out as well. Baszler, Duke and Shafir left through the crowd, then Lynch and Charlotte attempted to go after them but they were stopped by four male security guards. 

Charlotte backed off and left. Lynch was about to do the same but decked one of the guards instead. The crowd chanted for Becky. After a break, they showed a replay and Lynch quite literally punched this guy right in the face. 

Charly Caruso interviewed Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins. It would be putting it nicely to say they received a tepid reaction. Their interview was quickly interrupted by AOP (wearing suits) who proceeded to beat the crap out of them. 

The OC came out. AJ Styles said he would love to defend his US title against Humberto Carrillo, except for the fact that Carrillo disrespected him last week. So instead, he has to face Karl Anderson. Luke Gallows said if you disrespect one of them, you disrespect all of them. Anderson called himself and Gallows the best tag team in the world, and they have a trophy to prove it. 

Humberto Carrillo (w/The Street Profits) defeated Karl Anderson (w/US Champion AJ Styles & Luke Gallows) (9:34) 

Carrillo set up for a moonsault early on, but Styles and Gallows pulled Anderson out of the ring. The Street Profits came out (to their music) to even the odds. With OC distracted, Carrillo wiped them out with a flip dive, then they went to break. 

After the break, Anderson was in control and Joseph let us know that he was putting on a clinic. As Anderson held Carrillo in a headlock, there was a light “CM Punk” chant, which seemed directed at Styles. Carrillo came back with dropkicks and standing moonsault for two. He followed with a high cross for another two. Anderson came back with a spinebuster for two. 

Carrillo sent Anderson shoulder-first into the post, then hit a Disaster kick. Styles distracted the referee while Gallows attacked Carrillo. Anderson applied a small package, but Montez Ford rolled them over to give Carrillo the advantage (as Angelo Dawkins held back Gallows) and Carrillo picked up the pinfall win. The crowd was happy that the good guys prevailed. 

Caruso asked Seth Rollins about Andrade’s challenge. Rollins said he had no choice but to accept his challenge. Rollins considered himself a leader and has never backed down from a challenge in his seven years in WWE. 

Rollins said Boston knew something about leaders, and mentioned that the quarterback of their football team who has been so good for so long that half the fans want to see him fall. “Sound familiar?” He put over Andrade as being one of the most talented guys in the industry, but it wasn’t Monday Night Andrade, it was Monday Night Rollins. 

After Rollins left, Caruso promised us some big breaking news coming up. 

Bobby Lashley (w/Lana) defeated No Way Jose (1:29) 

Lana said this was the happiest day of her life because she filed for divorce this morning. The crowd loudly chanted “Rusev Day.” Lana said Rusev was also given a restraining order, meaning he can’t come within 90 miles of her. 

Lashley whispered in her ear, then Lana corrected herself, saying that Rusev actually can’t come within 90 feet of her. (Actually, she slipped and said “90 days” before saying 90 feet.) Lana admitted that she gets flustered around Lashley. The crowd died for this part of the promo, which was meant to let us know we won’t be seeing Rusev because of this restraining order. 

Lashley won by submission with a full nelson. Then Lashley and Lana made out. 

[Second hour]

Seth Rollins defeated Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) via DQ (15:16)  

The announcers talked about the fact that the Smackdown team can’t get along and the NXT team will likely be beat up by Survivor Series because of War Games the night before. 

They went back and forth, with Rollins getting the advantage until Andrade distracted the referee while Vega attempted a hurricanrana off the apron. However, Rollins caught her and just shoved her off. The referee saw this happen and tossed her from ringside. Andrade then caught Rollins with a corkscrew dive and they went to break. 

After the break, Rollins came back with a slingblade, blockbuster, clothesline, consecutive suicide dives and springboard knee for two. Rollins missed a stomp but followed with an enziguri. Andrade countered a buckle bomb and sent Rollins face-first into the turnbuckle, then hit a running double knee strike in the corner for two. 

Rollins countered a rollup and hit the buckle bomb followed by a superkick but Andrade got a rope break at two. They traded strikes, which Andrade got the better of after hitting a back elbow. Andrade followed with triple vertical suplexes for a nearfall. He tried a double foot stomp but Rollins avoided it, then followed with a superkick and falcon arrow for a nearfall. 

Rollins went to the top when Lucha House Party suddenly appeared, wearing blue Smackdown shirts, and attacked him for the DQ. Andrade seemed confused as LHP jumped in the ring. He attacked them before they could attack him, but they overwhelmed him until Rollins made the save. Rollins and Andrade fought them off. 

Rollins and Andrade shared some words and seemingly had mutual respect. Rollins told him they’d do it again one day. This was a good match until the finish which kinda sucked. 

Buddy Murphy walked through the back when he saw Aleister Black’s locker room door. Murphy knocked on the door and said he was there to pick a fight. After no more than a few seconds, Murphy figured Black was all talk, then walked away around a corner. Of course, Black appeared, frantically looking around for whoever knocked on his door. I don’t know if this was deliberate, but it felt like this was being played for comedy. 

Black limos rolled up to the building and Triple H emerged from one of them. 

They plugged WWE Backstage and showed the clip of CM Punk’s appearance. It seems notable that they changed his music. This was the first mention of Punk on the show and when they came back to the live crowd, they were silent. 

Buddy Murphy defeated Akira Tozawa (6:51) 

Tozawa cut a pretaped promo on Murphy. He spoke intensely in Japanese, then smiled and said, “good luck” while giving a thumbs up. 

Tozawa tried chops but Murphy no-sold them. Tozawa kept hitting chops until they started wearing him down a little. Tozawa went for a suicide dive but Murphy caught him in mid-air, which was nuts, and suplexed him. Tozawa sent Murphy to the outside, then as Murphy reentered the ring, Tozawa nailed him with a great-looking superkick. 

Tozawa followed later with a snap German suplex for two, then a shining wizard for another two. They went to the top which eventually resulted in Tozawa hitting an inverted hurricanrana, spiking Murphy on his head. Tozawa then followed with a suicide dive headbutt, then hit a jumping senton with Murphy draped over the ropes for a nearfall. 

Tozawa followed with strikes, but Murphy caught him with a V-trigger knee and Murphy’s Law for the pinfall win. This was really good. 

Rowan played peek-a-boo with whatever’s in the cage. 

Murphy found Black’s locker room again. Before he could knock, Black appeared to stare him down. 

Erick Rowan defeated Alex Malcolm (0:54) 

Before the match, the Singh Brothers were chased around ringside by R-Truth until Rowan knocked them down with a clothesline. Truth ran the other way and bailed. When the match started, Rowan chucked Malcolm over the top to the outside onto the Singhs. Rowan ran over all three men, then gave Malcolm a chokeslam for the win. 

Caruso interviewed Orton backstage. He was cheered. She wondered if he could get along with his Raw teammates. Orton said he has a history of not getting along well with others unless it benefits him. He called himself the greatest Survivor Series superstar in history, which benefits him. He heard that the Viking Raiders were looking for a fight, so he would be in the ring waiting and would have a partner of his choosing, which would benefit him. 

Kevin Owens NC Drew McIntyre (17:21) 

Joe seemed rightly baffled that teammates would be fighting this close to Survivor Series. Owens was in control and hit a running cannonball in the corner. McIntyre dodged a stunner and went to the outside. Owens tried a soccer kick, but McIntyre blocked it and launched him from the apron to the barricade, which didn’t look fun. 

After a break, McIntyre was in control and hit an overhead suplex for two. Owens fought out of a rest hold and hit a cannonball to the outside. The crowd chanted for Owens as the fight spilled to the apron. McIntyre gave him a headbutt, but Owens followed with a superkick. McIntyre then gave him what was basically an AA on the edge of the ring. 

McIntyre followed with a sit-out powerbomb in the ring for a nearfall. Owens blocked a superplex attempt, knocked McIntyre from the top and followed with a frog splash for a nearfall. Owens hit a superkick, then McIntyre hit a clothesline. Owens then hit a pop-up powerbomb for a nearfall. Owens tried a senton but McIntyre got his knees up. 

McIntyre went for the Claymore kick but Owens caught him with a superkick. Owens tried for the stunner but McIntryre shoved him off and hit a Claymore kick. This seemed like the finish but Owens got his foot on the rope at two. Owens blocked a kick by McIntyre then hit a stunner (which didn’t look great) but McIntyre got a rope break himself. 

McIntyre blocked another superkick attempt and hit a double under hook DDT for another nearfall. The crowd chanted “this is awesome.” McIntyre missed something off the top and Owens hit another stunner (which looked much better this time). Before Owens could go for a cover, Triple H came out (to his King of Kings theme). They suddenly went to break. 

After a break… the match was over. Triple H told Owens that he had a hell of a match. (McIntyre was gone.) The Forgotten Sons, Damien Priest and Dominik Dijakovic watched from ringside. Triple H put over Boston as a great town with great memories. 

Triple H talked about trying to recruit Seth Rollins, but admitted he had a soft spot for Rollins because of his passion. He talked about Owens, how he was the kind of guy who would stab his best friend in the back to win the NXT title, then show up on Raw and send John Cena away on an ambulance. 

Triple H said that Owens legitimized NXT, maybe more than anyone. Owens never really left NXT — he was taken from it. He made references to management not understanding what they had in Owens and noted that Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon both fired him. Triple H loved that Owens didn’t fit the mould. 

Triple H noted that his crew from NXT were out here so they could have this conversation. He also noted that none of his Raw teammates were out there to defend Owens, because they didn’t care about him and they would get their asses kicked anyway. 

As Triple H went on, members from the Raw locker room (Ricochet and Cedric Alexander among them) ran out and attacked the NXT crew. As they did, Undisputed Era attacked Owens. Triple H was caught off guard by this as Adam Cole yelled at him. The OC ran out to join the fun but Undisputed left through the crowd. 

Caruso announced that Styles would defend the US title against Carrillo on Sunday. [Correction: this match takes place on Raw next week.] Carrillo told her how excited he was for the opportunity. Caruso then introduced us to Paul Heyman (elsewhere in the arena) with the breaking news she referenced earlier. 

Paul Heyman cut a promo, running down the events between Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez and Rey Mysterio. He announced that their WWE title match would be no holds barred, no disqualification. Heyman promised us that we would either see Mysterio pull off a miracle, or we would see a massacre so brutal they’d have to pull the footage from WWE history. 

Caruso interviewed Mysterio. Mysterio paused the interview to shake hands with Carrillo. He was proud of Carrillo and told him he had what it took to beat Styles for the US Title. Mysterio moved on to Lesnar. He accepted the no DQ match. Mysterio showed off his pipe (the one he used to attack Lesnar) and said he would bring it to Survivor Series. 

Mysterio looked into the camera and told Lesnar that he would hunt him down and make him pay. The old him would be demanding an apology, but h knew he wouldn’t get that from Lesnar. At Survivor Series, he wasn’t coming for an apology, he was coming for the WWE Championship. “This is for you, son.” Mysterio was great here again. 

They plugged WWE Backstage again. 

Tag Team Champion Asuka (w/Kairi Sane) defeated Natalya (4:38) 

Lawler noted that this was the first-ever singles match between these two. Asuka went for a running hip attack but Natalya caught her in mid-air. She tried for a suplex but Asuka rolled through into a cover for two. Asuka was briefly in control until Natalya gave her a vertical suplex. She followed later with a German suplex and discus clothesline.  

Sane distracted Natalya but Natalya fought them both off. She also told a fan to shut up. When Natalya went back in the ring, Asuka caught her with the kick to the head for the pinfall win. This was just a match. 

Raw Tag Team Championship match: The Viking Raiders vs. Randy Orton & Ricochet (8:12)

The announcers had to play dumb for the last hour and then act surprised when Ricochet appeared to be Orton’s partner. 

Two minutes into the match, mid-carders from Raw and Smackdown were shown brawling in the back and they went to break. 

(I mentioned earlier that Styles is defending the US title at Survivor Series against Carrillo. It’s actually on Raw next week.) 

The crowd was fairly quiet, but after a break, Ricochet tagged in, then he and Ivar traded acrobatic stuff, which the crowd got a kick out of. Ivar then took out both opponents with a suicide dive. Ivar chucked Ricochet into the barricade, then Orton grabbed Ivar and gave him a draping DDT. 

As Orton set up for an RKO, the Smackdown theme song played (why?) and mid-carders in blue shirts ran out to attack for the DQ/no contest as the crowd booed. The four guys from Raw actually fought them off together. Members from NXT then ran down to attack the Smackdown guys. Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, Tommaso Ciampa and Pete Dunn were among them. 

NXT stood tall in this brawl. More guys from NXT showed up and surrounded the four Raw guys. Orton and Ricochet laid out a couple of them until they were swarmed. Rollins’ music hit and a bunch of guys in red shirts ran out to fight. One of the last shots was Roderick Strong taking out AJ Styles. 

They cut to Triple H in the back saying NXT would prove they were the “A” brand. He also said their doors would be wide open on Wednesday and invited anyone to show up. They cut back to the ring where the brawl continued and the last shot was Keith Lee launching Carillo into the Street Profits and Otis. 

Joseph yelled about Raw needing to answer on NXT on Wednesday. 

Final Thoughts -- 

I enjoyed this show more than most weeks. The wrestling was good, but it was also marred by poor finishes, especially in the Rollins/Andrade and Owens/McIntyre matches.