WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 21, 2016) from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada featuring the fallout show from the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night in the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Goldberg just squashed Brock Lesnar and declared he is back. What does this mean? Plus, the Raw women's and tag team squads beat SmackDown Live but the men's didn't, the cruiserweights are still on the red brand, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 21
All those dreams and broken glass, swept down the sewer with the rest of the trash never to be seen again. Now you're makin' a home in a garbage can, but me, I'm here to liveblog a pro wrestling show.
Show opens with a recap of last night's Survivor Series main event before cutting to the arena, where Goldberg is making his entrance.
He gets on the mic for a promo but the crowd continues chanting his name and he waits a moment. He wants to take this opportunity to thank all of them for giving him the ability to come in here and be Goldberg again, to grab a piece of that limelight that he yearns for. Most importantly, he wants to thank his beautiful wife, because he can be one mean, moody son of a bitch, and she put up with that while he was training to get back in the ring. He also wants to thank his son, who is wearing a shirt tonight, and asks the crowd to give him a hand.
He wants to thank his son for giving him the ability and desire to be that superhero again. The simple truth, he says, is that he did what he said he was gonna do-- he came, he fought, and he conquered the Beast, Brock Lesnar. There's a simple reality of life that all good things must come to an end, but a funny thing happened on his way to the back after the match. He ran into Stephanie McMahon, and she told him he was right about having one more spear, one more Jackhammer, one hell of an asskicking in him.
Then she looked in his eyes and asked if he had one more title run left in him. He asks the crowd if he does, they say yes, and he agrees! Stephanie told him that the road to the title match is through the Royal Rumble. He asks what it means, and he says in the Royal Rumble match, everyone is next!
Backstage, Cesaro & Sheamus are in a scuffle with the New Day, and the title shot they earned last night is next after the break.
Back from commercial and Big E does the deal, signaling the New Day's entrance. They throw boxes of Booty-Os into the crowd and Xavier gets on the mic. Last night at Survivor Series, he says, they lead their team to victory, despite being eliminated early. Great captains always get their teams to the promised land. Big E does some pirate speak about Moby Dick, then Xavier says they've held their titles longer than anybody in the history of WWE. But back in the day, the previous tag team championship was held by Demolition for 478 days.
Kofi points out that in 23 days, that record will be... demolished. They do the owl gimmick and run down their potential challengers, saying that they will not be denied because... you know how it goes.
Cesaro & Sheamus vs. New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Cesaro and Big E to start, circling, Cesaro goes for the leg, they grapple, E with a side headlock, Cesaro reverses, off the ropes, he catches Big E into a powerslam! Tag to Sheamus, whip, the Irishman with a slingshot shoulder block for two. Tag to Cesaro, double suplex gets two, E with the back elbow, tag to Kofi. Kingston off the top with a crossbody for two, whip reversed, Cesaro with a monkey flip, Kofi lands on his feet!
Kofi with a monkey flip, Cesaro lands on his feet and looks for the swing but Kingston gets in the ropes. Slingshot sunset flip attempt, Sheamus tags in and yanks Kofi out before he can bring Cesaro to the mat, and throws him into the ringpost to take us to break.
Back from commercial and Sheamus is up top for a dive but Kofi cuts him off with a dropkick! Sheamus gets Kofi on the apron for the Beats of the Bodhran but chooses to just crack him across the head with a big right hand. Looking for a suplex, Kofi slips out and ducks when Sheamus looks to hit a forearm, causing the Irishman to knock Cesaro off the apron.
Tag to Big, the trio of belly-to-belly suplexes on Sheamus. Cesaro comes in and gets back body dropped to the outside and eats a splash from Kofi. E with the big splash on Sheamus for two, he's fired up for the Big Ending but Sheamus rakes the eyes and kicks him to set up White Noise for two of his own. Tags made, Cesaro dodges a dive and runs the uppercut train, but Kofi counters the fourth with a kick. Diving crossbody, Cesaro catches and reverses to a backbreaker... NOT ENOUGH!
SOS on Cesaro for two, Kofi's getting fired up, off the ropes for the Boom Drop, goes for Trouble in Paradise, Cesaro catches the leg! Giant swing! Into the Sharpshooter, sitting down square in the midle of the ring. Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on E on the outside and Xavier gets on the apron to trombone at referee Chad Patton while Kofi was tapping! Kingston capitalizes...
New Day win by pinfall with a small package from Kofi Kingston on Cesaro.
New Day celebrate at the top of the ramp while Cesaro and Sheamus bicker.
Cut backstage with Chris Jericho walking the halls. An interview rolls up on him and asks him about Team Raw losing, he says Team Raw fell apart when the List of Jericho was used as a weapon, and his deepest thoughts and secrets were scattered. Someone was responsible for this, and tonight on the Highlight Reel, he's gonna tell the world whose fault it was.
Commentary puts over a segment where Charlotte Flair will explain her actions from last night and throws to break.
Back from commercial and Enzo Amore is banging down the locker room door, yelling at Cass for stealing his clothes. He is butt-ass naked, folks. All the way. He walks away with as much swagger as he can muster, when Shining Stars say they have a resort for people like him. He tells them he's not interested but if they put a picture of him in the pamphlet they'll sell a lot more.
He runs into Titus, and also tells him to take a picture, before running into Lana. He asks her how she's doing and Rusev rolls up asking why he's naked in front of his wife. Cass rolls up and asks what the problem is and they yell at each other. Cass points out that his buddy is naked and Rusev tells Enzo to get dressed so he can crush him in the ring. Enzo pledges to crush Rusev like a soda can and Cass goes off to get him some clothes.
Commentary does a quick recap of the Intercontinental Championship match from last night.
Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley are backstage celebrating about getting Goldberg into the Royal Rumble. Mick is happy to give her credit as long as they share credit for Raw going 3 out of 5 last night. She reassures Mick that she was not serious about firing anybody and Sami Zayn rolls up. Mick doesn't know how to tell him this, but yesterday he had no idea how much Sami looked up to him. He's a big believer, but Zayn didn't bring the title home to Raw.
Sami says nobody's more broken up than him about it, and Foley says that hurts him, too, but there have to be ramifications for losing. He's putting him in the Man Event tonight, one-on-one against Braun Strowman. Steph offers a high five and Mick takes it reluctantly.
Cedric Alexander makes an entrance, he's going up against Ariya Daivari after the break.
Back from commercial with a hype video for 205 Live.
Daivari gets on the mic, saying he always heard that Canada was better than the United States, but as it turns out, Canadians are no different from Americans. He yells something at Cedric in Persian and it's on.
Ariya Daivari vs. Cedric Alexander
Cedric with a Fujiwara armbar before the bell rings. Standing dropkick, Ariya gets him in the corner and punches away, whip, Cedric ducks a lariat but eats a knee on the rebound. Daivari with overhead elbows to the trapezius and a neck crank, wrenching away. Cedric to his feet and out with elbows, forearm strike, big back elbow, backflip headscissors takedown!
Alexander to the apron, shoulder thrust, goes or a springboard and Daivari trips him up, leading him to fall nasty across the top ropes. Ariya with a nearfall off that and then a hammerlock lariat for another. Charge in the corner but Cedric gets elbows up, running elbows, whip reversed, handspring gamengiri! Cedric takes the elbow pad off, charges in, Daivari back drops him to the apron, Alexander back in with a springboard lariat.
Looking for a suplex, Daivari slips out but Cedric is faster...
Cedric Alexander wins by pinfall with the Lumbar Check.
Chris Jericho is fuming backstage, and Corey Graves promises us the Highlight Reel after the break.
Back from commercial and Chris Jericho makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring with the List and welcomes us to the Highlight Reel, saying tonight is a special edition, the autopsy to the biggest upset in Survivor Series history. It was a travesty and a tragedy and people want answers, he says, and right here, right now (Van Halen are kicking ass in America?) he's gonna let people know why it happened.
Enter Kevin Owens. He says that's a great question, and Jericho says he was just about to tell everybody. KO says he knows the answer, and asks if he can use the Jeritron 5000 to demonstrate. Jericho corrects him, telling him it's the Jeritron 6500, and Owens asks him when he upgraded. Chris says he was there when he did, and Kevin signals the monkeys in the truck.
There's a picture of Y2J about to eat the Styles Clash on the Jeritron. The second picture is of KO running in and saving him by hitting AJ Styles with the List, because he is Jericho's best friend. Chris asks him if he is, in fact, his best friend, and says if he's his best friend, he knows how much the List means to him. Using it like a common foreign object is unthinkable.
Owens interrupts, asking if Jericho is serious and who cares? Chris Jericho cares, Kevin, the List means everything to him, and he's supposed to be his best friend. Owens says he is his best friend, because he sacrificed everything to save him. He got disqualified for using the list, and what did Jericho do? He was so distracted he turned around, ate an RKO, and got eliminated, too.
KO yells at the monkeys to get the picture up and then says that RKO wasn't just a finisher, but a waste of his sacrifice and a waste of their friendship. Jericho sets his jaw and says if that's how Owens really feels, maybe they don't have much of a friendship to begin with. Every week it's the same thing, RKO, Pedigree, spear, Kevin is never there to have his back!
Jericho says he knows exactly whose fault Survivor Series was, Owens tells him to say it, and Jericho says he's disgusted, finished with the conversation, and finished with Owens. Owens gets in his face and tells him he'll tell him whose fault this was, they have a staredown and yell "Roman Reigns!" at the same time and hug. Jericho says he knows Owens would never do anything to hurt him, and Kevin says he would never do anything compromise his list, and they go in harder on Roman.
Owens says Reigns was standing right there, conditioner and sweat pouring down his body, not moving a finger to help. And Seth Rollins wasn't going to help either! KO says it's just as much Seth's fault, and, naturally, Seth comes out.
Seth says he's got a bone to pick with them, and life isn't about living in the past. In return for being on a team with those two scumbags, he was promised certain opportunities in the future. The future is now, and what Rollins wants is a one-on-one match for the Universal Championship, and he wants it tonight. KO asks Seth who said he was gonna get that opportunity. If it was Stephanie McMahon, he'll go talk to her right now, and Jericho says he doesn't believe a word the Architect of Lies is saying.
They ask if he digs, and he digs, but Seth doesn't give a damn what they believe, and he's gonna take that title from Kev. And since they're joined at the hip, he's happy to run through both of them.
Seth jumps them but they get a two-on-one beatdown going pretty handily. Cue Roman Reigns! Jericho slides out to meet him and Roman drops him with a lariat. Right hand to Owens, Rollins gets a forearm in and Roman drops the champ with another lariat. Seth looking for a Pedigree on Jericho, he slips away right into a Superman Punch!
Mick Foley's music hits and he says Seth was indeed promised a future opportunity and the future is now. He's got his title shot, and both Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho are banned from ringside. Plus, it's no disqualification!
Michael Cole recounts Goldberg/Lesnar and tosses to a recap of Goldberg's segment from earlier tonight. From there to another plug for Charlotte later, and the triple threat #1 contender's match for the Cruiserweight Championship.
Cut to Enzo & Big Cass walking backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial and Lana's in the ring to do the deal and introduce Rusev.
Enzo & Big Cass come out and they do their deal as well. Enzo says he knows Lana is Russian but she could have taken him to dinner first. He drops Toronto and Tim Horton's for the cheap pop and says if she wanted to see him naked she could have just hacked his phone like everybody else in her country. Cass says Rusev is angry because his penis is sawft. I mean, not in those exact words, but close enough.
Enzo Amore vs. Rusev
Rusev with the collar and elbow, charging Enzo into the corner and taking him to the woodshed. Stomp on the mat, whip across, Enzo dodges and grabs a schoolboy for a nearfall. Thrust kick from Rusev, he rolls Enzo on his back, stomp...
Rusev wins by submission with the Accolade.
Cass immediately runs in to help his buddy after the bell rings and stares Rusev down from the ring.
Commentary puts Golden Truth vs. the Club for the #1 contendership over as next and throws us to break.
Back from commercial and Golden Truth are doing their entrance.
Golden Truth (Goldust & R-Truth) vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Match)
Anderson and Goldust to start, collar and elbow, Goldust grabs a side headlock, Karl shoots him off, back and forth, right hand to a wristlock, tag to Truth. Hip toss on Anderson, stomp to the chest, splits, off the ropes for a leg drop. Right hand in the corner, mounted punches, Gallows interferes, Anderson with a few corner punches and the tag to Gallows.
Truth fights back, side headlock, big boot from Gallows takes him down. Into the turnbuckle, big right hands and stomps from the big hoot. Punch, headbutt, tag to Anderson. Machine Gun raking the bones of his forearm across Truth's eyes before locking a reverse chinlock in. Truth fights to his feet and out with body blows, off the ropes but Karl clobbers him with a lariat for two.
Mounted punches, Anderson with crossface punches in the ropes, tag to Gallows. Luke with a short whip, corner avalanche, short-arm clothesline gets a close nearfall. Overhead elbows to the shoulder into a reverse chinlock, Gallows wrenching it in. Truth to his feet again, body blows, off the ropes, kick to the face, leg lariat, both men out on the mat.
Tags made, Goldust ducks a lariat and hits two of his own, whip, reversed, drop-down slap, running bulldog! Mounted punches in the corner, whip reversed, Goldust with a spinebuster. Gallows comes in, Goldust cuts him off and goes to the top... TWISTING CROSSBODY! Snap scoop powerslam gets a pin but Gallows breaks the pin up. Truth with the Cactus Clothesline, Goldust back up top and Anderson nails him with the sick kick! Tag to Gallows...
The Club wins by pinfall with the Magic Killer on Goldust, becoming #1 contenders to the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Video package for WrestleMania ticket sales follows. The Man Event is up next, and we see Braun walking backstage before we go to break.
Back from commercial with Sami Zayn's entrance for our Man Event.
Braun clobbers Sami before he makes it to the ring! He tosses Sami into the barricade and over the apron. Referee Chad Patton forces him back and checks on Sami, but the match is on!
Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
Corner avalanche as the bell rings, then a biel and another corner avalanche. Braun yells about being the monster and rips Zayn's shirt off. Big corner back elbows, off the ropes but Sami gets a boot up! Again, Zayn with rights and lefts, off the ropes with forearms but Braun has a lariat that drops him. Strowman goes to lift Sami up by the arm and Patton backs him off to check on Zayn again.
Short-arm lariat from the big man, then he picks Sami up for a clubbing blow across the chest that knocks him to the mat. Sami's still got fight left in him and wobbles off the ropes into a series of knee strikes from Braun. Crossface blows now and Patton backs him off once more. Braun bear hugs Sami into the corner and sets him up top for a forearm to the kidneys that flops Zayn over into the tree of woe...
Mick Foley comes out and stops the match.
Braun Strowman wins by general manager's stoppage.
Sami wobbles outside and Braun stares at him like he's imagining his head as a roast turkey, and we're off to break again.
Back from commercial with yet another Emma vignette.
Back in the arena, Charlotte makes her entrance, flanked by Dana Brooke.
She shows a still image of her Mafia kick to Bayley and says she's going to remember that for years. It doesn't matter how lovable you are, the queen rules the ring, and she's the Wayne Gretzky of the WWE. No, she's even better than Gretzky, and now she doesn't have to team with the Raw peasants that she's above--
Sasha Banks cuts her off with her entrance. Charlotte says it's good to see her and asks how various body parts are but Sasha tells her to shut up. It was all about Team Raw and now she's owed her rematch. She wants it right here, right now. Charlotte says she has to give her credit, because no matter how many times she embarrasses her she keeps coming back for more.
Sasha wants her rematch, and Toronto wants her rematch, so what do you say? She's on! ...but not tonight. Charlotte sees the bigger picture, and Raw next week is in Charlotte, North Carolina. Which is in the United States, as she points out for all the "dumb Canadians". Charlotte beat Sasha in her home town, and now she's gonna beat her in her home town.
Nia Jax comes out. She's not here for Charlotte, though, she's here for Sasha. Last night she dominated the SmackDown team, but Sasha didn't. The WWE Universe is fooled by Sasha's glitz and glamour, but Nia isn't. She calls Sasha an overrated, purple-headed Barbie doll. Sasha doesn't care what kind of monster Nia thinks she is, but as soon as she has her title back she'll show her what's up. Charlotte asks if she's gonna stand for that, and Nia tells Sasha that next to her, she's not the Boss.
Dana tries to stir stuff up and Sasha drops her, but it give Nia an opening and she sends Sasha into the turnbuckles and grabs a double chickenwing so Charlotte can throw chops. It's Bayley! Nia hip checks her off the apron and we go to break.
Back from commercial and we have a tag match.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair & Nia Jax
Bayley and Charlotte to start but Sasha tags right in and throws hands. Tag to Bayley, big chop, tag back to Sasha, cover for two. Another quick tag, Bayley with a whip, Flair back elbow, tag to Nia. She runs Bayley over, elbow drop gets a nearfall and then she chucks her outside. Referee Rod Zapata stops Jax from heading out and gives Dana Brooke an opportunity to get a cheap shot in before he starts counting.
Back in the ring, Bayley tries a few body blows but Nia hits a big right. Tag to Charlotte, snapmare into a reverse chinlock, she's really wrenching it around but Bayley gets to her feet so Flair slams her to the mat. Tag to Jax, whip into a body avalanche and Nia locks a cobra clutch in. Body slam to an elbow drop but Bayley gets away. Charlotte tags back in, Bayley barely manages to get her up and over for a monkey flip.
Tag to Sasha, off the top with a crossbody and then the running Meteora. Face into the turnbuckle, overhand chops, then the corner double knees but Nia breaks the pin up. Bayley and Sasha goozled, they break, double suplex on Nia! Charlotte with a schoolboy, Sasha reverses to the Bank Statement, Charlotte slips away but Banks is right back on her...
Bayley & Sasha Banks win by submission with the Bank Statement from Sasha on Charlotte Flair.
We then get another recap of Goldberg entering himself into the Royal Rumble.
Seth Rollins is backstage for an interview. He tells Charly Caruso she left out the best part of his title shot, and that's Chris Jericho being banned from ringside. But what isn't banned is him using anything and everything he can think of to take the Universal Championship away from Owens. Everybody knows he's the best of the best, and he's taking the title tonight.
Brian Kendrick makes an entrance, so that's the Cruiserweight Championship #1 contender's match up next after the break.
Back from commercial and commentary talks about how WWE have been the home to a lot of great odd couple tag teams and we get a video package on the Rock & Sock Connection for some reason. Ah, it's promotion for Rock's new movie.
Noam Dar vs. Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins (WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender's Match)
Dar right into it with a forearm on Swann. TJP off the top but Dar ducks and throws him into the ropes, nailing him in his taunt with a dropkick. Swann with a schoolboy for two, leapfrog, drop-down, jumping lariat sends Noam outside. Perkins back in, Swann with a hammer blow and a chop in the corner, Perkins flips him around but he gets the upper hand again.
Whip across, Perkins with a low dropkick that takes Rich's knee out and we go to break.
Back from commercial and Perkins is locking an inverted Indian deathlock in on Swann when Dar rolls up and TJP catches him with a northern lights suplex, the hold still on Swann! Drop toehold takes Rich into the ropes for a triangle dropkick but he snaps the jumping Frankensteiner right off. Big punch to Dar, he kicks Swann's leg out from under him.
Rolling solebutt from TJP catches Dar in the face, he goes for the Detonation Kick but Dar counters with an ankle lock! He ducks one kick from Swann but eats a second, knockout kick on TJP, thinking standing 450 but TJ gets TJP Clutch on. Dar breaks the pin up, running dropkick to the back of Perkins' head, looking for a crossbody, TJ ducks, TJP Clutch is in and Swann breaks it up with the rolling Thunder Splash...
Rich Swann wins by pinfall with a knockout kick on TJ Perkins, becoming #1 contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Kevin Owens is interviewed backstage. He says he's ready for his title match, but he didn't expect it. He expected last night to be great for him but it wasn't because he had to watch Seth Rollins fail again. He showed the world he was the better champion last night when he powerbombed AJ so hard his hair nearly flew off. And he didn't get pin, as opposed to that failure Seth Rollins.
But Seth didn't just fail himself, he failed Team Raw and he failed KO. The worst part is he doesn't have to be a failure, because Owens can recognize that he's very good. And what Seth didn't realize is that his reward is also his punishment. There must be a winner, there will be a winner, and his name is Kevin Owens.
Off to break we go.
Back from commercial and Byron Saxton confirms the women's and tag championship matches for next week.
Cut to Enzo & Big Cass doing a holiday ad for WWE Shop.
In the arena, Kevin Owens makes his entrance.
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Universal Championship No Disqualification Match)
KO immediately bails and looks for plunder but Rollins is on him with a slingshot dropkick. Back in the ring, springboard knee is only good for one. Seth out for plunder now, he gets a table and slides it in the ring but Owens cuts him off and hits the package Flowsion for two. Kev shoves the table out of the ring and jaws at Seth as we go to break.
Back from commercial and KO gets a nearfall on Rollins off something we didn't see. They show us, it was a DDT on a chair! Owens cracks a chair across Seth's back before letting out a war cry and making the cover, it's only good for two. Mounted punches on the mat, he yells at Seth about being the champ and stomps his chest in. Chair to the gut and the Architect crumples. Fireman's carry, Seth slips out, off the ropes, Sling Blade!
Rollins with a low bridge to send Kevin outside, suicide dive connects! Back in the ring, Owens scrambles to the corner and Seth charges in with a forearm before setting up a chair and using it for a step up and a reverse STO into the chair that sends us back to break.
Back from commercial and they're slugging it out, punch for punch, when KO gets a headbutt off. Exchanging running strikes, Rollins with a knee, KO with a boot, Seth with an enzuigiri and both men are out on the mat. We get footage from the break of Seth hitting a diving blockbuster and KO powerbombing him through a table and hitting a cannonball against the barricade.
Rollins to his feet on the apron, he knocks Kev to the mat and comes off the top with a frog splash but the pool is empty. Owens sets a chair up on him, cannonball gets a nearfall! KO sets a pair of chairs up facing each other and picks Rollins up for a powerbomb but Rollins blocks and back drops him into the chairs! NOT ENOUGH! Seth, wobbly on his feet, heads outside for more plunder, getting another table out. He slides the table in the ring and puts boots to Owens before setting it up, leaning in the corner.
KO with a roll-up attempt but it just sets him up for Avada Kedavra and a nearfall. Seth waits for him to get to his feet and charges in, back drop to the apron, Seth up top but Owens cuts him off. Big chop, right hand, Owens to the second, front chancery on but Rollins slips through... POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE! NO GOOD! Owens bails outside for a breather.
Rollins follows with a boot and a clothesline over the barricade, diving splash off the barricade! They brawl into the crowd, Owens getting away for a moment when Rollins jumps him and pounds him on the floor. The champion runs away again but Rollins is relentless and whips him into a trash can before throwing it at him. KO up towards some of the doors, he fires a boot when Seth comes near, goes for a powerbomb but Rollins climbs the wall... SPLASH OFF THE WALL!
They resume brawling, KO clearly out of it as Rollins leads him back towards the ring, back body dropping him over the barricade. Somebody in a Sin Cara mask starts beating on Seth and when the mask comes off, it's Jericho! He comes off the barricade but Seth kicks him in the gut... Pedigree! KO is right there with a powerbomb on the apron and rolls him back in the ring...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a lateral press, retaining the WWE Universal Championship.
KO celebrates over Rollins with the title before heading out into the waiting arms of his best friend Chris Jericho.
That's the show, folks.