Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw is sure to be a must-watch, as it will contain the aftermath to the absolutely shocking Survivor Series pay-per-view. What will Bill Goldberg say after his victory over Brock Lesnar? Was that really his final match, and is he about to say goodbye? Plus, although Team Raw emerged victorious in the women’s elimination match, they lost in the men’s elimination match, something that likely upset Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. Monday Night Raw will be broadcast tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network. Read on for match results and spoilers, followed by a preview of the night’s events written earlier this afternoon.
8:00 – Goldberg enters. He thanks the audience for giving him the ability to come back and be Goldberg again. He also thanks his wife and son for their support and for giving him the desire to be a superhero again. Goldberg goes on to say that he did what he said he was going to do: he came, he fought and he conquered the beast. But all good things must come to an end.
After the match, though, Goldberg says he ran into Stephanie McMahon and she asked him if he had one more title run left in him. Goldberg’s answer? He sure does. Stephanie told him that the road to the title match is through the Royal Rumble. So during the Royal Rumble match, everyone is next, Goldberg says.
8:15 – The New Day enters, saying that they led their team to victory last night…even if they may have been eliminated a bit early. They also say that in just 23 days, they’ll break Demolition’s record for longest reigning tag team, and they will not be denied that because of Cesaro and Sheamus.
8:20 – The New Day defeats Cesaro and Sheamus to retain the Raw Tag Team Championship. Cesaro and Sheamus were actually about to win, with Cesaro making Kofi Kingston tap out. But because the referee is distracted by Xavier Woods’ antics outside of the ring, he doesn’t call the match, and Kingston has a chance to pin Cesaro.
8:34 – Backstage, Chris Jericho says that last night at Survivor Series, Team Raw lost because The List of Jericho was used as a weapon. Tonight on The Highlight Reel, Jericho will tell the world exactly who’s to blame.
8:40 – Backstage, Enzo Amore is locked out of his locker room and has to walk around completely naked. He runs into Lana, asking her how she’s doing, which makes Ruev extremely angry.
8:45 – Backstage, Mick Foley tells Sami Zayn that there has to be ramifications for failure, and therefore he’s putting Zayn in a match tonight against Braun Strowman.
8:46 – Cedric Alexander defeats Ariya Daivari.
8:59 – Chris Jericho enters and begins an episode of The Highlight Reel. He calls this an autopsy of the biggest upset in Survivor Series history. Jericho is about to explain why this tragedy happens when Kevin Owens enters.
Owens says he knows the answer regarding who’s to blame. He pulls up a picture of Chris Jericho almost getting hit by a Styles clash, but then another picture of Owens saving Jericho. But Jericho is outraged that Owens used the List of Jericho as a weapon. Instead of taking advantage of Owens’ sacrifice, Jericho was so worried about the papers that he got himself eliminated, Owens said, and that was a waste of their friendship. “Maybe we don’t have much of a friendship to begin with,” Jericho says. Jericho says he’s finished with this conversation, and he’s finished with Kevin Owens. But then they both say it was Roman Reigns’ fault at the same time, suddenly smiling and hugging.
They both go on to list off instances in the match where Roman Reigns didn’t help them. Owens adds that it’s just as much Seth Rollins’ fault that they lost.
Seth Rollins enters. He says he was promised certain opportunities in exchange for competing at Survivor Series, and the opportunity he wants is a title match with Kevin Owens tonight. Chris Jericho says he and Owens don’t believe a word out of Seth Rollins’ mouth. Rollins says he doesn’t care what they believe because he’s going to take the title; he immediately starts fighting both Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.
Roman Reigns enters, taking out Chris Jericho and then going after Kevin Owens. Rollins and Reigns team up to fight Jericho and Owens, but they’re interrupted when Mick Foley enters. Foley says that Rollins was indeed promised a future opportunity. And the future is now: Rollins will face Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship in a no-disqualification match tonight.
9:23 – In the ring, Lana introduces Rusev. Enzo Amore and Big Cass enter, and Enzo jokes about going on a date with Lana and saying she got a “freebie” earlier when she saw him naked.
9:27 – Rusev defeats Enzo Amore, with Enzo being forced to tap out not long into the match.
9:34 – Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defeat The Golden Truth. They will go on to fight The New Day next week.
9:47 – Braun Strowman defeats Sami Zayn. Strowman suddenly assaults Zayn out of nowhere before the match begins, fighting him outside of the ring. Zayn is already at a disadvantage when the match starts, and he gets absolutely dominated for several minutes until Mick Foley comes out and tells the referee to end the match because Zayn can’t possibly defend himself anymore.
9:59 – Charlotte enters. She mocks Bayley and brags about assaulting her at Survivor Series, saying that she’s the queen and she rules the ring. Now that SmackDown is defeated, she no longer has to work with the rest of the Raw peasants because she’s above them all, Charlotte says.
Sasha Banks enters. She says now that Survivor Series is over, she’s owed her championship rematch from Hell in a Cell. She wants that rematch right here, right now. Charlotte accepts, but she says the match won’t take place tonight. Instead, they’ll fight next week in Charlotte’s home town of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Nia Jax enters, saying she’s here for Sasha Banks. Banks gave a poor performance at Survivor Series, Jax says, calling Sasha an overrated, purple-headed Barbie doll. Banks says she’ll prove herself to Nia Jax as soon as she gets her title back.
Bayley enters, coming to Sasha Banks’ aid but being assaulted by Nia Jax.
10:12 – Sasha Banks and Bayley defeat Charlotte and Nia Jax when Charlotte is forced to tap out of a Banks Statement.
10:18 – Backstage, Seth Rollins is quite excited that he gets to face Kevin Owens in a match where Chris Jericho is banned from ringside.
10:25 – Rich Swann defeats TJ Perkins and Noam Dar in a triple threat match.
10:37 – Backstage, Kevin Owens says that last night, Seth Rollins failed Team Raw and he failed himself.
10:44 – Kevin Owens defeats Seth Rollins and retains the WWE Universal Championship. The match spills into the crowd, and Seth Rollins seems to be closing in on the championship. But then Rollins is attacked by Chris Jericho, who was hiding in the crowd wearing a mask. This gives Kevin Owens an opportunity to take down Rollins and retain the title.
In the main event of Sunday’s Survivor Series, Bill Goldberg easily defeated Brock Lesnar in less than three minutes, shocking the crowd and ending the pay-per-view 30 minutes earlier than expected. No one predicted the month-long buildup would conclude with a match where Goldberg’s introduction was actually longer than the fight itself. In theory, that was going to be Goldberg’s final match, but there are now rumblings that he may stick around for a bit longer, possibly even into WrestleMania. If that’s the case, it will presumably be announced on tonight’s show, during which Goldberg can take his victory lap.
Plus, the Raw women’s division was able to defeat SmackDown at Survivor Series, with the elimination match coming down to Charlotte and Bayley. Bayley was able to prove Charlotte wrong, as Charlotte had been saying that Bayley was the weak link on their team and could lead to their downfall. With Bayley having proven herself worthy, could she get the title shot she has been chasing ever since he was drafted up to the main roster? And what’s next for Sasha Banks, who was eliminated very early on in the match?
Speaking of Raw victories, the tag team division also defeated SmackDown thanks to the work of Sheamus and Cesaro. They took down The Usos and won the match for Team Red, surprising everyone who thought they could never put aside their differences and get along. Equally surprising was the fact that The New Day was eliminated almost immediately. In response to this, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley decided to schedule a match between Sheamus and Cesaro and The New Day, which will take place on tonight’s Raw.
Finally, the men’s elimination match is where Raw fell short, with SmackDown earning the victory there. But the key takeaway was the reunion of The Shield, with Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose coming together to take out AJ Styles. Was this a one time thing, or is it the beginning of The Shield actually getting back together permanently? Also, going into Survivor Series, Seth Rollins had an agreement with Stephanie McMahon, being given certain assurances in exchange for his participation in the elimination match. Presumably, Rollins will approach McMahon about that tonight.