Ronda Rousey has a score to settle with Nia Jax and Tamina—in the form of tag team supremacy, as well as revenge—on this week’s RAW. You can read more about it here.
After that chaos in the women’s division, things only get worse, as Alexa Bliss comes out for what looks like another open forum. Yep, it’s another open forum—and again, Sasha Banks and Bayley have to suffer for Alexa Bliss’ disastrous idea. While Bayley brings up Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Mickie James attacking them last week during the forum, Bliss says she didn’t know that would happen (and that she reprimanded them for the attack).
This segment is just as well-received by the crowd (this time in Houston, TX) as it was last week, meaning not at all. But at least there is more than one question this week, assuming you consider that a positive.
Finally, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, and Mickie James come out, but Alexa Bliss stops them from attacking—reminding them that she reprimanded them—instead booking Alicia and Mickie in a match against Sasha and Bayley (with Dana at ringside), right now.
Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Alicia Fox & Mickie James
While Mickie James has an advantage over Bayley early on, once Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks tag in, it’s not the same. Sasha even gets Alicia in the Banks Statement; the only reason she doesn’t tap is
Alexa Bliss, surprisingly, applauds the winning team after the match.
Want to watch a video package on RAW General Manager-Elect Baron Corbin’s rise to power? Here you go.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable go to Corbin to request a RAW Tag Team championship rematch… and Corbin actually offers it to them, provided Roode can beat Drake Maverick one-on-one tonight. The only condition? No Gable or AOP at ringside. How fair.
Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Lince Dorado, & Gran Metalik) def. Scott Dawson
After the past couple of weeks, Scott Dawson thinks that The Revival and Lucha House Party simply “have a failure to communicate” when it comes to this “Lucha House Party Rules” thing. So instead of a tag match, he decides to face one of them in a singles match…
…and ends up falling to them in a three-on-one handicap match. Because that’s still what this is, no matter what fun name it has.
Corbin heads to the ring to hype up Drew McIntyre Appreciation Night and introduces “The Scottish Psychopath,” before presenting him with RAW’s Gold Medal of Excellence. McIntyre accepts this fake achievement and gives a speech, informing the WWE Universe about how he is ready to destroy Balor at TLC… and out comes his old buddy Dolph Ziggler, right in the middle of McIntyre’s sentence. Ziggler brings up McIntyre’s “memory problems,” about how it’s weird he wasn’t in the McIntyre video package at all. In fact, it appears his invitation to this weird two-person party got lost in the mail. Ziggler reminds McIntyre that they dominated RAW together: “I was the brains, you were the muscle.”
The thing is, McIntyre says Dolph was “never invited” to this party… and also that he doesn’t meet the height requirement. (So that’s why it’s a weird two-person party.) He also says that he was the brains, muscle, talent—in fact, he was “the whole damn package”—and that their business relationship just isn’t working for him anymore. “You succeeded for once in your life,” McIntyre tells him—at providing McIntyre with a prominent position on RAW.
Soon after, Ziggler punches McIntyre out and plans to leave, but Corbin then books them in
Dolph Ziggler def. Drew McIntyre
Ziggler is able to fight back during this match, with the crowd even surprisingly behind him. But then McIntyre gets on the mic and informs him (and the crowd) that he’s been taking him too lightly and will instead pretend he’s someone he doesn’t like: Finn Balor. And with that, McIntyre turns up the heat. Ziggler can barely fight back, but then Balor comes out to watch the match. So now the real Finn Balor is here.
With this, Ziggler is able to bring the fight back to a somewhat distracted McIntyre. However, a somewhat distracted McIntyre still isn’t a weak McIntyre…. But he interrupts get attacked by Finn Balor—who shotgun dropkicks him into the barricade—when the referee isn’t looking. McIntyre’s almost counted out—getting in at nine—but he comes back into the ring for Ziggler to hit (and defeat him) with a superkick, making Ziggler the first person to pin or submit McIntyre since his WWE return.
Post-match, McIntyre is furious. Charly Caruso asks McIntyre if he really thinks it’s wise to get rid of his friend Ziggler with Balor coming at him. But McIntyre not only makes clear Ziggler was never his friend,: He says Ziggler will get what’s coming to him as a result of that tainted victory, as will Balor.
Elias wants Bobby Lashley, and he gets him—once Lashley and Lio Rush interrupts his song. (Yes, Lashley poses again, showing off his ass again for some reason.) Elias eventually tries to get rid of Lashley, but Lashley beats him down, telling him, “DON’T YOU EVER WALK UP ON ME.”
Elias is able to get the upper hand though and chases Lio off with his guitar, before doing the same to Lashley. Only, Lashley actually gets away—Lio doesn’t, as Balor apparently stuck around to give the assist to Elias. As a result, Elias hits Lio Rush with the guitar.
Corbin is a busy man: Jinder and the Singh Bros come to see him, with Jinder offering to take care of Finn Balor for him tonight.
Corbin also has Heath Slater and Rhyno come over, to let them know he’s been crunching the numbers, and there’s only enough room on RAW for one of them. He suggests one of them quit and save the other’s job. Heath, of course, has kids… and Rhyno says he’s “worked hard for everything in [his] career.” So Corbin gives them a singles match to decide.
Drake Maverick & AOP def. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
Maverick—in his AOP gear—is a bit hesitant to get in the ring at first. And he should be, as Roode beats him up immediately. But then Roode sees the Titantron, with the AOP beating Gable down backstage… which leads to Corbin “remembering” this match is actually a three-on-two handicap match (you know, Lucha House Party Rules), and he tells the AOP to rush to the ring. Gable, on the other hand, can’t rush, because he’s hurt.
Gable finally does get out to the ring, but the AOP destroy them, only so Maverick can get the pin on Bobby Roode. LUCHA! LUCHA! LUCHA!
Dean Ambrose comes out wearing gas mask—along with a SWAT team, also wearing gas masks… and a police siren as part of his theme now—then he honestly starts cutting a promo wearing a gas mask. (It’s like if Bane were a germaphobe.) Thankfully, he doesn’t keep it on the whole time.
Ambrose talks about how “needy” both Seth Rollins and the WWE Universe are. He complains about Rollins being the type of person who always needs everything to be about him and just has to be control. In fact, he says Rollins has “weak character” (just like “you people”) unlike himself, who has “integrity.” And
The crowd chants “WE WANT ROLLINS,” and while he doesn’t come immediately, he eventually does, taking out the SWAT dummies in the process. (Real SWAT team members should honestly be a little insulted. Hell, even the cast of CBS’ SWAT reboot should be.) And finally, he’s able to get to Ambrose… so Ambrose runs into the crowd. But Rollins catches up to him, and then they’re throwing hands.
But Ambrose gets the advantage and hits the Dirty Deeds on his former
Heath Slater def. Rhyno, in a Loser Gets Fired match
While neither friend wants to face each other, Rhyno has less of a problem starting the fight and doing what he’s got to do. “HE’S GOT KIDS,” the crowd chants
After the match, Baron Corbin applauds Heath for winning… and for his new job, as a WWE referee. Are we having fun yet?
Finn Balor def. Jinder Mahal
You know how this match goes. This is a back and forth match until Jinder hits a big move and the Singh Brothers decide to dance on the outside. That causes Apollo Crews (of all people) to take them out, and when Jinder goes after Apollo for attacking his men, Finn Balor is able to get the advantage and soon, the win.
Post-match, Charly Caruso comments on Finn’s hell of a night… and yep, Drew McIntyre beats the hell out of him. Earlier tonight, he
Ronda Rousey & Ember Moon def. Nia Jax & Tamina
Nia Jax & Tamina get to the ring first, with Rousey coming in next and clearing the ring almost immediately. But once Ember Moon’s music hits, Jax and Tamina use that as an opportunity to jump the champ from behind. Ember then runs in and helps Rousey clean house, but the question is, will they be able to keep up the momentum? Especially as Rousey is still hurt from earlier in the night.
But it’s actually Ember Moon who suffers the majority of the damage in this match, as Tamina and Jax do all they can to not let her into the ring.
Rousey does eventually get into the ring, facing off against Tamina—but she demands Tamina tag Jax in instead. She does, and Jax is in for a second… but then she just tags out. So Rousey pulls Jax into the ring, and when Tamina tries to do something about it, she ends up getting destroyed by Rousey, only not getting pinned for the three because Jax saves her. But teamwork makes the dream work, and Ember Moon hitting the Eclipse on Tamina leads to Rousey putting her int he armbar, for the win.