This episode of WWE Monday Night Raw comes from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The show opened with a tag team battle royal, which was quickly ruined by Braun Strowman. Strowman was interrupted by Stephanie McMahon, and the two made a deal: Braun will get another title shot against Brock Lesnar and a match against Baron Corbin where he’ll get to choose the stipulations, as long as he plays ball at Survivor Series and doesn’t touch Corbin until after the event. Ronda Rousey also showed up to confront Stephanie, and ended up throwing Baron Corbin. Well it started bad as Braun single-handedly killed the tag division, making it impossible to care about them at Survivor Series. The rest was solid build to Survivor Series and after with Braun.
Tamina defeated Ember Moon. Nia Jax caused a distraction, allowing Tamina to gain the advantage and win the match with a splash. Not good, Moon was working for three women and couldn’t save this. She feels so wasted right now, but that’s what she gets for being so over at Evolution, sacrificed to Rock’s cousins or whatever they are.
Corey now has a special interview in the ring with Seth Rollins. Graves asks him about his match at Survivor Series, and Rollins says that he’s hyped for his match with Nakamura, but doesn’t give a damn about it. Rollins says he will be focused on Sunday, but tonight, he wants answers from Ambrose. Graves save Ambrose speaks with actions, and Rollins knows he’s not stupid, but says he’s not man enough to explain himself. Ambrose, sitting on a car by a barrel fire, appears on the screen. He doesn’t owe anyone anything, because they don’t deserve it. He mocks the fans for their response to his actions and says he’s always been the same guy but was too selfish and self-absorbed to see what was happening around him. He may be remorseful and may want forgiveness, no, that’s not it. He used to think the Shield made him string, but instead, they made him weak. Always having to watch their back, but it’s a new day and a chance to be reborn. He burns his Shield gear. Rollins looks like he may cry but then heads backstage. This was a pretty good segment to move along the Rollins & Ambrose angle.
Kurt Angle, however, is not dead and arrives… nope, it’s Dolph teasing us. Drew is with him. Drew says he told us he’d take over, and we need to believe him now. He broke the Shield and then broke Kurt Angle. Angle went into their match, an icon, Hall of Farmer, and Olympian and left an embarrassment. Angle gave him everything, but when he looked into his eyes, Angle’s will left him. He kept fighting, crawling, and then started crying. Drew has never been more disgusted in his entire life and was more than willing to humiliate Angle and he earned that moment. Raw is his show now and he will mold it in his image, and there is no more room for weakness or nostalgia acts. Finn Balor arrives. Drew says Balor has guts coming out following last week’s ass beating. Balor couldn’t just listen to him talk because he crossed a line last week. He could have just beaten Angle and not humiliated him. Drew says dignity is not a right and he could have done worse. Drew says Balor is what is wrong with this place because he’s too concerned with emotions and feelings. Balor says he’s sick of him being a bully and challenges him to a match right now. Drew agrees, but says it will be Balor vs. Ziggler. If Balor wins, Drew will consider lowering himself to Balor’s level. Drew then kills Balor with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt.
Finn Bálor defeated Dolph Ziggler. Drew McIntyre cut a promo insulting Kurt Angle, which caused Finn to interrupt and challenge him to a match. McIntyre said Finn could have a match, but against Ziggler. Bálor reversed a roll-up into a roll-up of his own to win the match. This was a good back and forth match with a really fun closing stretch. Also, Balor actually escaped without the expected beat down.
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon added Bálor to the Raw men’s Survivor Series team and ordered him, McIntyre, and Ziggler to all get along.
Ronda Rousey cut a promo on Becky Lynch. Rousey comments, saying that Becky can dish it out. She wasn’t trying to knock Becky’s accomplishments, but was pointing out how insane it is that Becky thinks she can take her arm. Rousey calls her a millennial with a big ego and Rousey says she isn’t Charlotte. Being offended doesn’t make you right. Rousey earned every fan she has and have been with her since day one. Great fire from Rousey again here, but that millennial talk shows you how WWE views Becky, which is as a whiny, entitled heel who wants things to come to her as opposed to taking things her way. Nia arrives and Tamina is with her. They wish her well at Survivor Series.
Ruby Riott pretended to apologize for breaking Jim Neidhart’s glasses, then said she loved doing it. Natalya jumped her, but the Riott Squad beat her up and hit her with a Hart Attack.
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode won a battle royal to be the team captains of the Raw tag team Survivor Series team. Other teams in the match included the Ascension, The Revival, Lucha House Party, The B-Team, and Heath Slater and Rhyno. Roode and Gable won, last eliminating the Ascension. It was rushed, got no teal time, and no one cared since Braun already killed the geeks earlier tonight
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman made an appearance. Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers interrupted, Paul Heyman got a little racist about it, and Lesnar destroyed them with German suplexes and an F-5 to the floor for Mahal. Good hype from Paul and Brock killing guys is fun, but the poor Singhs may need time off after that since they almost died a few times. Between this and the Orton beatings, those good brothers need bonused and fast.
Elias interrupts Lashley’s pre-match posing routine and is on the phone with child protective services, claiming Lashley kidnapped a child a few weeks back and has held him hostage for weeks. Lashley says Elias is not funny and dares him to come to the ring. Elias says Lashley sucks, and will shut that toddler’s mouth who he tried to help. He then jams on his way to the ring.
Bobby Lashley defeated Elias. This was for the final spot on the Raw men’s Survivor Series team. Lashley won by count-out when Lio Rush grabbed Elias’ leg, preventing him from getting back into the ring. Well, at least Elias wasn’t pinned.
Alexa Bliss announced her Survivor Series team as Tamina, Nia Jax, Mickie James, Natalya, and the winner of the following match:
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley ended with no contest when they were attacked by the heels. Alexa Bliss announced Ruby Riott as the actual fifth member of the team. It was all a trap a Bliss names Ruby Riott to the team. The match was going along well until the non-finish, which while annoying, fits Bliss’ personality perfectly as she screws over the friends and ultimately makes them fight for nothing.
In the back, Becky is ripping off Rousey’s arm in the locker room. Becky makes he way to the ring and the Smackdown women arrive for the sneak attack. Charlotte is with them as the big brawl follows. Alexa Bliss tires to make the save, but the IIconics and Mandy Rose are also here and Smackdown Becky’s nose is busted open. Rousey now arrives and Becky bails as Rousey fights with one arm and Becky attacks with a chair shot. Smackdown runs wild and stands tall as Becky beats on Rousey with chair shots to “one more time” chants. Blood covered Stone Cold Becky Lynch running wild to the biggest reaction on the show was awesome.
Stephanie throws a fit and yells at Corbin. I am sure this sets up the Raw men invading tomorrow on Smackdown.
End of show.