WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 13, 2017) from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia featuring the go home show to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) set for this coming Sunday night in Houston.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns is back to reunite with The Shield, Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke, 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. 13
You know how that rabbit feels going under your speeding wheels. Bright images flashing by like windshields towards a fly, frozen in the fatal climb. But the wheels of time just pass you by. Wheels can take you around, wheels can cut you down, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of the SmackDown roster putting Raw under siege some weeks back and the fallout therefrom, culminating with the Bar winning the Raw Tag Team Championship from the Shield.
Live in the arena, Stephanie McMahon makes her entrance. She says as commissioner she has to make lots of decisions that affect all sorts of things, and she needs true leaders to help her execute those decisions, like a general manager. This, naturally, is a segue to introduce Kurt Angle.
He says he knows she might be upset but he was one hundred percent prepared for the raid last week. She says she wasn't actually upset, but on that note, how did New Day get in the building? Angle admits he doesn't know, and Steph asks if that was even a raid. He says he was just trying to be prepared, but McMahon suggests it was her brother playing him again.
She pitches a highlight reel for the 25th Anniversary show of the events of last week, showing all of Kurt's perceived failings. She moves on to ask who the fifth member of Team Raw is, and Angle protests but she needles him until he admits that he's his son and he doesn't necessarily have the resume to compete with John Cena, sixteen-time world champion.
Steph asks why in the world Cena, who was last seen on Raw, would prefer to pick Team SmackDown and he doesn't have an answer, so she gives him one last chance by asking what the first thing he's gonna do at Survivor Series is. Angle says he's going to start the match against Shane (if he has any balls) and break his ankle right away. McMahon says that's awesome but what does he think this is, the 90s?
Shane's gonna let everybody else do his dirty work, and in any case she doesn't think Kurt can break any ankles. He's gone soft and making him captain is her worst mistake. She put her faith in Angle but nothing he's said has made her change her mind. She doesn't want an ankle, she wants her brother's head on a platter and Team SmackDown decimated. So she has no other choice, Kurt Angle--
SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA. ECHO. LIMA. DELTA. SHIELD!
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins hang at the top of the stairs for a moment... AND ROMAN REIGNS IS BACK! They descend through the stands and get in the ring. Dean says if she's looking for a leader, Kurt Angle is right there, and he proved he still has it when he fought alongside them at TLC. She says Kurt still has it, but the Shield seem to have lost something. Where are the tag titles?
Are they even competing at Survivor Series or did Angle overlook them again? Or is it New Day's fault, who made them look like fools just like Kurt. And Roman, where the hell have you even been? Reigns says she has a lot of questions and turns it around, asking her where she's been? They haven't seen her in six-seven months because her husband put her through a table at WrestleMania?
Maybe she forgets how this operation runs, but she doesn't tell them what they do, they do what they want. He polls Steph and the crowd if they want to know what they want to do, and after he gets his answer, the Big Dog challenges New Day to a match! And don't worry, they're gonna handle it all, because Angle will lead Team Raw to victory while the Shield whip New Day's ass and destroy them.
Commentary hypes up the Shield being in action against Miz and the Bar as well as Brock Lesnar's reaction to AJ Styles winning the title and getting the match against him at Survivor Series. But first, a triple threat for the last spot on Raw's women's team, after the break.
Back from commercial, the four women already on Team Raw are lined up in the entry waiting to see who will join them as their fifth.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke vs. Mickie James (Raw Women's Survivor Series Qualifying Match)
Circling, three-way test of strength, James breaks it and takes both of her opponents over! A dropkick sends Bayley out of the ring, snapmare for Brooke but the Hugger pulls her out of the ring off the ropes and tries to pick the bones. Dana puts her in the corner, Mickie back in, whip into a Stinger splash, handspring, Hugger to the apron and Brooke knocks her to the floor to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Bayley gets a back suplex on James, draws Brooke up and dumps her to the apron for the Stunner over the middle rope but she walks into a flapjack from Mickie. Kip-up, climbing, the Hugger cuts her off and climbs up with her, throwing forearms, James returns them in kind and knocks her down with a headbutt! Diving seated senton off the top... DANA BREAKS THE PIN UP!
James and Brooke slugging it out, the vet ducks a lariat, rolling solebutt, knee to the face, off the ropes to clip her, neckbreaker on Bayley when she comes in and Mickie has the run of it before colliding awkwardly with Dana! Dana heads to the floop and hits Asuka for coming too close, which is a bad idea. Asuka chases after her and lays her out with a reverse roundhouse!
Mickie gets a schoolboy nearfall, trying for a backslide, reversed, again not enough. Kick to the midsection, Mickie-DT, Bayley reverses...
Bayley wins by pinfall, qualifying for the Raw women's team at Survivor Series.
Team Raw poses together in the ring together to celebrate their final addition.
Commentary shills for the Network to hype Survivor Series up before informing us that the Bar will be on MizTV later tonight.
Backstage, Enzo Amore and Drew Gulak are walking and talking to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Enzo Amore makes his entrance, he does the deal.
Drew Gulak is doing great, thanks for asking. But onto bigger and better things, Enzo says that Kalisto is gonna compete for his boo, the Cruiserweight Championship, but the only competition you need to be concerned with is his for the future of 205 Live. It's already great, because Enzo Amore is money, and he goes off on something about a plastic back before suggesting that Kalisto doesn't have pockets.
Enzo gives Drew the floor for a testimonial, but their opponents come down before he can get going.
Akira Tozawa & Kalisto vs. Drew Gulak & Enzo Amore
Gulak and Tozawa to start, circling, collar and elbow, Akira goes behind but Drew counters with a wristlock and takes him to the mat. Shifting to a side headlock, Tozawa shoots him off but Enzo gets a blind tag and they put boots to the Dragon Gate alum. Tag to Kalisto, he comes in hot with a double dropkick to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Gulak has a cravate in on Tozawa, keeping him locked down. Akira out with body blows but Drew maintains a wristlock until he takes a couple forearms and a rolling solebutt. Still on him, stomp to the back, Tozawa gets a Saito suplex off on the maestro of Catch Point and both men are down on the mat! Crawling, tags made all around!
Kalisto in with a springboard seated senton, kicks to the midsection, whip reversed, up and over to the apron, gamengiri, springboard crossbody and Gulak breaks it up! Tozawa tags in, missile dropkick to Drew, they dump him outside, "Luch-AH!" chants, off the ropes, Akira Tozawa suicide dive! Kalisto follows it up... springboard senton atomico! All four men down on the floor as referee Darrick Moore counts, Tozawa wakes up and throws Amore back in.
Enzuigiri connects, Akira climbs up top... but Gulak saves his partner! Kalisto with a senton atomico on Gulak, Enzo takes advantage of the distraction...
Drew Gulak & Enzo Amore win by pinfall with Jordanzo from Amore on Akira Tozawa.
The Miztourage are shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the opening segment because Raw is three hours long.
Kurt Angle is backstage with the rest of Team Raw. He says he knows how important Survivor Series is and he's not taking any chances. He addresses Joe and Balor first and says he needs to know they can get along, so they have a tag match against the Club tonight. Jason Jordan is next, and Angle says he's gonna wrestle the most sadistic, nasty superstar he knows to prove he belongs, so he gets Bray Wyatt.
Braun... Braun speaks up and says he wants Kane. Angle says he'll give him Kane in the main event tonight!
In the arena proper, Miz and the Miztourage make their entrance. Miz runs through his introductory spiel and says Survivor Series is the one time internet tough guy Baron Corbin gets to step in the ring with him... unless he squanders the opportunity tomorrow and loses to Sin Cara. That's his MO, after all, he squanders opportunity after opportunity and his reign as United States Champion has been lackluster at best.
Baron wasn't even on TV last week, and Corbin just can't compete with Miz. He introduces the Bar as being essentially the opposite of the Lone Wolf as well as his close, personal friends. Miz congratulates them on their victory and Sheamus thanks him but says it was no surprise-- they did what they always do, they kept their eyes on the prize and didn't get distracted by New Day.
Cesaro says while Seth and Dean cared more about defending Raw, all they cared about was taking back what belongs to them. An opportunity presented itself and they took advantage of it and now they're three-time tag champs. Sheamus says furthermore that they're the REAL tag champs, not those guys on the B show. This prompts a "You look stupid!" chant and requires the A-Lister to shut the crowd up.
The Celtic Warrior continues, saying they're the flagship tag champs, and at Survivor Series they're gonna jailbreak the Uso Penitentiary. Miz says that's just like how they're gonna break the Shield tonight. Think of the opportunity-- for the first time in three years, they'll wrestle the original Shield tonight. No glory-hogging Kurt Angle trying to bait and switch, no, it's Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns.
Think of the magnitude of the moment, one of the most dominant groups in WWE history, the improbably odds they had to overcome to make it happen, setting aside betrayals and years of infighting for a reunion with the sole purpose of wrestling them, but understand, they're the champions. This isn't the Shield's moment, it's their moment, and the happy reunion tour ends tonight, because they don't just set the bar, they are the Bar.
We get another video recap of the under siege story, and commentary hypes our main event to send us to break.
Back from commercial we see footage of John Cena lifting weights to prepare for Survivor Series.
Bray Wyatt vs. Jason Jordan
Jordan ducks a lariat and goes low, picking a leg, but Wyatt gets the ropes and forces a break before he can lock a hold on. Waistlock, again Bray backs him up and forces the break. Jason ducks a body avalanche but is momentarily freaked out by Wyatt hanging back in the ropes. Not so freaked out that he can't throw a dropkick, however! Wyatt runs him over with a headbutt, but Jordan is able to double leg him into the corner!
Across the ring into the opposite corner, shoulder thrust, big overhead belly-to-belly suplex on the big man! Wyatt flees outside and Jason follows, charging around the corner... Bray sidesteps and he takes the barricade hard to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Wyatt is in control with a rear chinlock, keeping Kurt Angle's Biological Son locked down. Jordan fights to his feet and Bray punches him back to the mat before stomping at the knee. Off the ropes, big senton, back to stomping at the knee as Jason howls in agony. Back elbow, Wyatt returns a clubbing slap to the chest before stomping the knee again.
Bulldog headlock, Bray parades him around asking the crowd if he's their hero before knocking him back to the mat with an elbow. Scooping him up, Jordan floats over but his knee gives out and Wyatt absolutely pulverizes him with the huge Rock Bottom! Getting fired up, hanging back in the corner... Jason digs deep and punches him in the face! Back elbow on the charge, he runs into the Sister Abigail clutch but is able to slip out...
Jason Jordan wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Wyatt blindsides Jordan while referee Rod Zapata is raising his hand! Around the ring... big lariat on the floor! Bray presses the attack, putting his knee into the ringpost and leaving Jason to writhe in agony. Kurt Angle is shown watching backstage with Stephanie McMahon and he heads out of the room, presumably to ringside to check on his son.
Commentary hypes up Brock addressing AJ's victory and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we're backstage with Angle and Jordan as Jason gets his knee iced. Kurt says it might be time to take him off the team and Jordan says he's seen Angle fight through all manner of things and this is his big break, the opportunity he's been waiting for his entire life. He deserves this, and we cut away before Kurt can actually answer his son.
Live in the arena, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman as always. Paul does his usual introductory schtick before launching into his top five selling points as to why you should subscribe to the WWE Network before Survivor Series. Number one, this is the first time in history that a Universal Champion will go one-on-one with a WWE Champion, and it's the first time in history that Brock Lesnar will step into the ring against AJ Styles.
To be perfectly candid, it may be the only time that Brock ever wrestles Styles, so if you want to see Lesnar vs. Styles, it happens on Sunday at Survivor Series on the WWE Network, so don't miss it! That's number one. Number two, it's a selfish point, but as the advocate, he wants to see Brock wrestle AJ! Nobody knows Brock better than he does, can sing his virtues better than his advocate, and he's seen Lesnar against bigger, stronger opponents this year, but he's never seen him in the ring in fifteen years with anyone who could claim to be BETTER than Brock Lesnar.
AJ presents an interesting dichotomy, his defense is evasive and his offense persuasive, and he's mastered something they teach you in UFC and boxing-- speed kills. Styles has the speed advantage, but that's not all he has to offer, because selling point number three, in his opinion-- At this point we're interrupted by a "She said yes!" chant, to which Heyman says the only reason she said yes is because she's never been close to a Beast.
Paul tells the newly engaged that interrupting one of his promos is like wrestling Brock, you ain't got a chance. Anyway, point number three, AJ is the single most talented in-ring wrestler of his generation. Some say Finn Balor, and he'll let them fight that out, but Styles is the ultimate opponent for Lesnar. He's on a roll, he has momentum, he can be respected and admired, and the only thing here is that AJ has to come from behind, be the ultimate underdog, because that good ol' boy from Georgia is gonna step in the ring with a bulldog-eating carnivore ready to make the declarative statement that he and he alone is the number one champion in WWE, then, now, and forever.
These are the odds that Styles has to overcome, which leads Paul to selling point number four. If you want to see a Rocky movie come to life, he gives you AJ Styles. Neither he nor his client disagree, and in the past year AJ has definitively beat John Cena, Shane McMahon, and Jinder Mahal, which is why this is such a compelling story.
...except selling point F-5, this ain't no Rocky movie, it's Survivor Series, and Styles can't survive the Conqueror taking him to Suplex City and dropping him with an F-5. He looks forward to seeing the match, but he looks forward more to pontificating on his effort after the fact, saying that he put on the show of his life but got beaten, victimized, and conquered by Brock Lesnar.
The Shield will be in action after the break.
Back from commercial in time for the Shield to make their entrance.
The Champions (Cesaro, Sheamus, & the Miz) vs. the Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins)
Rollins and Cesaro to start, collar and elbow, Seth with a waistlock, standing switch, revresed to a side headlock, takeover, reverse to a headscissors, the Architect slips out, stalemate. Test of strength faked out into an uppercut, Cesaro with a side headlock, shoots him off, knocks him down, drop down, leapfrog, big dropkick from Rollins! Front chancery, tag to Ambrose, off the ropes, sliding lariat, knee drop from Seth, elbow from Dean, only a nearfall.
Chops in the corner, Cesaro turns it around but Ambrose wants more! More chops, whip reversed, up and over, Dean with a drop toehold into a deathlock and he hooks the nose before hitting a crossface strike. Arm wringer, tag to Rollins, full nelson for a diving punch from Rollins. Quick tag, front chancery, Ambrose with a double axehandle but Cesaro is able to tag Sheamus in and wipe him out.
Big boot into stomps, big uppercut, body blows in the corner as referee John Cone warns him off and Miz and Cesaro take full advantage of the destrction. Tag to Miz, kick to the midsection, boots in the corner, tag to Sheamus. Tag to Cesaro in short order, the Bar with the double superkicks to the midsection and another tag as the Celtic Warrior comes off the top with a forearm.
Big knees, overhead elbow and Sheamus drops the tempo with a reverse chinlock momentarily before transitioning to a top wristlock. Ambrose to his feet, fighting with body blows, and aknee lift when the Celtic Warrior runs the ropes. Tag to Rollins and the Shield runs wild as the match breaks down! STEREO PLANCHAS FROM ROLLINS AND AMBROSE!
The Big Dog has the A-Lister alone but Miz heads for the hills. Seth takes care of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel begs off pointing out his neck brace but Dean has no problem hitting him. In the fracas Miz takes advantage and literally runs away into the crowd! This act of cowardice sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Miz gets a nearfall on Rollins! The A-Lister dumps him outside but Ambrose comes around to fight the Bar off before they can attack and Miz is forced to roll Seth back in. Jumping clothesline, both men down and out, but Miz gets a tag to Sheamus! Inside cradle nearfall for the Shield, Rollins pops the Celtic Warrior into the post and blocks the Beats of the Bodhran, Sheamus up top... HE DIVES RIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK!
Tags mad, Roman comes in and clears house, big leaping lariat for Cesaro sets up the corner lariats but the Swiss Superman has the finale scouted! Reigns catches him with a boot anyway, follows it up with a Samoan drop! Running interference, the matche breaks down, Cesaro has him where he wants him, SWISS DEATH... NO GOOD!
Rollins wipes Sheamus out and the Big Dog takes flight with the Superman Punch! Calling for the spear, Cesaro turns around into it... AND COUNTERS WITH AN UPPERCUT! Neutralizer reversed to a back body drop, Miz tags in and Roman wipes Cesaro out with another Superman Punch! Miz tries to steal it with a schoolboy... NO GOOD! Seth wipes Miz out with a knee, Dean hits Dirty Deeds on Sheamus and the Hounds of Justice are feeling that pack mentality again!
Miz stands up and begs off but turns around into the spear! Rollins and Ambrose hoist him up...
The Shield win by pinfall with a triple powerbomb on the Miz.
The Shield celebrate their victory before a quite appreciative crowd.
Commentary recaps Braun Strowman's feud with Kane before we cut to Kane gurning backstage.
He says even someone as sick and depraved as he can smile, all he has to do is to remember what he did to Strowman. He remembers the sound of the garbage truck crushing his body, a true symphony of horrors. And tonight, he's going to show Braun that there are worse things in life than death, like him.
On that bombshell, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Kurt Angle is live in the ring talking about decisions you have to make as a leader, and the decision he's going to make is the toughest of his career. Jason Jordan was injured tonight against Bray Wyatt, so as Raw general manager and leader of his team headed into Survivor Series, he can't allow his son to compete and will name a replacement.
Jason Jordan appears on the stage, begging Angle to not take this away from him. This is Survivor Series, the first chance he has to fight alongside his father. He says he'll be fine by Sunday, but Kurt's not having it, telling him he has his whole career ahead of him. Jason says Kurt was injured and won a frickin' gold medal, he's just like him and he can do this.
Angle tries to tell him it's not worth it but Jordan says it is, that he's emulated Kurt his entire life. Coming to Raw and being able to compete on his show has been a dream come true, but to be honest, Angle knows he picked him because he was the best option, not as favoritism, and he doesn't want that taken away from him. He won't get another chance like this, and it's an honor to represent Raw like this.
He again iterates that it's his one chance to be in the ring with his father--
Enter Stephanie McMahon. She tells Kurt to make the announcement now, and Angle looks conflicted for a long beat.
Enter Triple H! Hunter storms to the ring, a dark look on his face, and takes the mic away from Angle. He says if Kurt won't make the damn announcement he will-- the fifth member of Team Raw is HHH! Jordan, presumably because he's never watched the show before, continues begging off-mic, and Hunter does the only think he knows how-- kicks him in the gut and drops him with the Pedigree!
On that inevitability, we head to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long.
Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)
Balor and Anderson to start, Karl starting hot but Joe gets a quick tag and the advantage doesn't have time to settle in. Back to Finn, off the ropes, sunset flip to a dropkick and Samoa freight trains Gallows with a lariat when he tries to get involved, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Balor and Joe working well together, quick tags on Anderson, Finn putting him in the corner for chops, whip to the corner, Balor up and over to the apron, the enzuigiri finds its mark and he climbs up top but referee Darrick Moore is busy keeping Gallows away and Karl hits him low! Luke tags in, big right hand, Balor blocks one and fires back, off the ropes and right into a superkick!
Elbow drops from Sex Ferguson, the cover gets two and he rams Finn into his corner to tag Machine Gun in. Right hands, corner to corner, big uppercut, snapmare into a reverse chinlock and a back elbow when Balor escapes. Locking the hold back on, switching to a chickenwing. Finn out of it, Karl right on him, that big Anderson spinebuster hits and we go back to break.
Back from commercial, Gallows has a rear chinlock in on Balor and sends him off the ropes into a big boot when he seems poised to escape. Trying to knock Joe off the apron but he slips away and there's no water in the pool when Big Hoot tries an elbow drop! Pele kick connects, tags made! Samoa runs Andreson over, big Manhattan Drop, big boot, senton, clears Gallows off the apron, charging elbow into the enzuigiri, tag to Finn!
Balor up top, Penalty Kick from the apron on Luke, big Rock Bottom from Joe on Karl... SAMOA JOE SUICIDE DIVE TAKES GALLOWS OUT! Balor perches up top...
Finn Balor & Samoa Joe win by pinfall with Coup de Grace from Balor on Karl Anderson.
Joe immediately heads to the back, no need for celebration or comradery for the Destroyer.
Commentary hypes up Survivor Series and shills for the Network before tossing backstage where Alexa Bliss is being interviewed.
She says she has the option between the Queen of Cats and the Queen of Dysfunction, great. What she thinks is that it's unfair that she doesn't have any time to prepare for the match. Usually she just DVRs SmackDown and forgets to watch it later, but tomorrow's different, and maybe she'll show up and watch it live. But whoever wins doesn't matter, because at Survivor Series, your Goddess will reign supreme.
Commentary hypes up our main event and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for 205 Live tomorrow, where we'll celebrate Kalisto's birthday!
Our monsters square up before the bell and Kane hits a slap to the face that Braun returns with a boot! Stomping away, the Big Red Monster rolls to the floor for a breather. Strowman after him with a big right hand of his own, a headbutt, more punches, just taking Kane on a tour of the ringside area here, the Big Red Machine reduced to crawling away from him. Scraping his forearm across Kane's face, big clubbing blow, whip reversed and Kane puts him into the steel steps!
Kane sets up a table and gets a chair to whack Braun across the back a few times before applying the goozle! Strowman powers out of it and throws a few more punches before grabbing the chair and waffling Kane across the back with it! Big slicing right and Braun sets Kane up, thinking about a superplex! The Big Red Machine fights him off but Strowman is able to headbutt him back into the ring!
Perching himself, Kane goozles him again but Braun fights him off, diving double axehandle! Up for it... RUNNING POWERSLAM!
BRAUN SLAMMED HIM SO HARD KANE WENT THROUGH THE RING!
I GUESS THE MATCH IS CALLED OFF DUE TO NOT HAVING ALL OF THE RING TO COMPETE IN?!
THAT'S THE SHOW, FOLKS!