The latest episode of Monday Night RAW is currently airing on the USA Network. Here’s what’s happened so far:
11:15 – Ambrose mocks the crowd for caring about his treatment of Rollins and Roman Reigns. Rollins comes running out and attacks Ambrose. Ambrose hits him with a low blow to incapacitate and finishes things off with a Dirty Deeds as the episode ends.
11:10 – Natalya wins. Dean Ambrose is shown walking to the stage as we cut to commercial.
11:05 – Ruby uses a guillotine choke on Natalya, but the latter throws her off of her back for a one count. Natalya then throws Ruby across the ring from the top turnbuckle and makes sure that neither Liv Morgan nor Sarah Logan can interfere before putting Ruby in the Sharpshooter. Morgan attempts to interfere, but Natalya maintains the pin for the win.
Natalya vs Ruby Riott
10:55 – Gable and Roode win. They will likely get a shot at TLC as a result.
10:50 – Authors of Pain start off strong, though Gable and Roode snatch the upper hand. Bobby gets the hot tag and knocks Akam off the apron twice while sending Rezar into the ring post. Gable tags in and hits a sunset flip from the top rope for the pin and win.
Authors of Pain vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
10:30 – Rousey wins. Jax is shown looking amused from outside the ring.
10:25 – James does her best to keep up with Rousey but she falters and the Women’s Champion bounces back despite her injuries. She whips James around by her arm and hits Piper’s Pit three times in a row before applying the armbar for the pin.
Mickie James vs Ronda Rousey
10:05 – Rousey talks to the crowd about her upcoming match against Nia Jax at TLC. She also vows to get revenge against Charlotte Flair after what happened last night at Survivor Series. She demands a title match right now but Baron Corbin comes out to say no. Rousey tells him to go backstage and find a challenger for her title or she will beat him up. He reluctantly agrees.
9:55 – Lucha House Party wins. After Rollins is shown still looking for Ambrose backstage, Ronda Rousey heads to the ring.
9:50 – Lucha House Party gets to compete as a trio against a two-man team, but the Revival put up a decent fight. Dawson attacks Kalisto’s leg before tagging Wilder tags back in, but the latter gets kicked in the face. Lince uses a pinata as a distraction before hitting a shooting star press for the pin.
The Revival vs Lucha House Party
9:35 – Jax and Tamina win. Backstage, Rollins continues to look for Ambrose.
9:30 – Jax starts out strong, but Bayley is able to make a bit of a comeback. She gets a near fall, but Tamina and Jax immediately regain control of the match. Tamina nails Sasha Banks with a superkick, and Jax decks Bayley before she even gets tagged in. She then hits the Samoan Drop for the pin and the win.
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs Nia Jax and Tamina
9:15 – Ambrose appears on the big screen to tell Rollins that things have changed. Ambrose says nobody knows how they were behind the scenes and that both of them are going to get what they deserve one way or another. He dares Rollins to come find him and the latter starts running backstage. He’s unable to find him and gets into a fight with security.
9:00 – Seth Rollins comes out after the break and talks about how it’s been six years since The Shield debuted at Survivor Series. He talks about how great they were, and calls out Dean Ambrose of never being a genuine friend. He calls out Ambrose for a fight.
8:50 – It is declared a no-contest. The match ends with doctors tending to Strowman’s hand.
8:45 – The match is chaos from the start, with Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre taking command. After some vicious attacks from Strowman, however, things even out, and remain close until the end of match when McIntyre slams the Monster Among Men with a steel chair. He gets disqualified but continues to pummel Strowman. McIntyre and Lashley continue to assault him until the former is forced out of the ring, but not before they help Corbin smash Strowman’s hand.
Balor, Elias and Strowman vs Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre
8:15 – Stephanie reminds the audience that she promised Strowman a match against Corbin if RAW won at Survivor Series. Stephanie says Corbin will face Strowman at TLC, and if he wins, he becomes the permanent GM. If he loses, he is no longer acting GM. After some more discussion, Stephanie decides to book a six-man match with Bobby Lashley, Corbin and Drew McIntyre facing Strowman, Elias and Finn Balor.
8:05 – The episode opens with Baron Corbin introducing Stephanie McMahon and bragging about RAW and their sweep at Survivor Series 2018. Corbin asks Stephanie if he can become the permanent GM given RAW’s success, but Braun Strowman comes out before she can answer.
Tonight will deal with the aftermath of Survivor Series 2018. Universal Champion Brock Lesnar hit WWE Champion Daniel Bryan with an F-5 to win a wildly competitive main at Survivor Series. This enabled RAW to go 6-0 against SmackDown Live, making it a clean sweep. This makes it three consecutive series’ in a row that RAW has reigned supreme.
Expect to see RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin and the rest of the roster to be in a jovial mood tonight; perhaps even to extent that their arrogance incites some new feuds and gets the SmackDown roster’s blood boiling.
One of the few down spots for the RAW brand was when Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin attacked Braun Strowman after the latter won his match. Corbin took an exhausted Strowman down and proceeded to have a good laugh over it with the likes of Bobby Lashley, Lio Rush and Drew McIntyre. According to RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, however, Strowman will get a match against Corbin in the near future, in addition to a Universal Championship Match against Brock Lesnar. Expect the Monster Among Men to be in a grumpy mood tonight.
Another rivalry that was started up at Survivor Series 2018 was between Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Just as Banks was about to put away Asuka to win the Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, Jax showed up, knocked her off the top rope, and proceeded to let Asuka take her out before she pinned Asuka for the win. Jax’s controversial actions got mixed feedback from fans, and now she has a cavalcade of enemies who are eager to even the score. Furthermore, Banks has been given a guaranteed RAW Women’s Championship Match against Ronda Rousey.
While Banks may have been defeated by Jax, no WWE Superstar took more of a beating at Survivor Series that Rousey. Charlotte Flair unleashed during their Champion vs. Champion Match last night and pounded Rousey with a Natural Selection onto a steel chair before wrapping the steel chair around Rousey’s throat. Part of the chair even went into Rousey’s trachea.
Expect a battered and embittered Rousey on tonight’s show. She definitely has a score to settle, and the injuries she sustained will likely fuel her storyline for the next run of episodes on RAW.
Tonight we will also get to see the tensions develop between Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins Title and his former Shield brother Dean Ambrose, who will face off at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in four weeks.