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WWE Raw results, live blog (Nov. 26, 2018): Open challenge

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 26, 2018) from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming TLC pay-per-view (PPV) next month in San Jose.

Advertised for tonight: Seth Rollins issues an Intercontinental title open challenge, Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor, 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.)


But then it happened, everything changed in but an instant. A violent burst of brilliant colour, somehow close and somehow distant. From a whisper to a scream to a hoarse, distorted laugh. There is no hope of restitution, there is no ever going back, but there is this here pro wrestling show that I’m going to liveblog for you, folks.

The show opens with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Lio Rush together in the ring.

Corbin welcomes us to the show and says he hopes we all enjoyed our Thanksgivings and is sure we stuffed our faces with all those disgusting carbs, but unlike us, they don’t eat that garbage. They treat their bodies like temples to maintain peak physical performance, and that’s why they’re out there and we’re sitting here.

He’s thankful for his job as acting general manager, Lashley’s thankful for all the beta males wasting their life while he gets up every morning and takes what he wants, McIntyre’s thankful for the brutal, savage, extended beating they gave Braun Strowman last week. Baron says that’s a moment of time that will last forever and gestures for it to be replayed on the tron.

Corbin says he knows what we’re thinking-- we won’t be seeing Strowman’s face on Raw for a long, long, long time, but he happens to have a little pull around here, so that’s not the case. He sent a camera crew to Birmingham, Alabama to interview Braun ahead of his surgery. We see Strowman stripped to the waist and he says he’s getting ready to have surgery on his bruised-up, nasty-looking elbow.

He’d rather be in Milwaukee to give those slimeballs their payback, but his surgeon has said he’s going to be on the shelf for a while, and he’s never worked on an arm this size. He may have some apprehensions, but he’ll be back 100%, and when he is, the attack last week and the gore of his surgery will seem like papercuts compared to what he does to the three of them.

He hopes they enjoy a couple weeks without the monster breathing down their backs, but when he does come back, all three of them are going to get These Hands. Bob scoffs and says he’ll take them if they even work after the surgery, and Baron says there’s no way Braun will be medically cleared for TLC, which is too bad, since their match is still on, and when he wins by forfeit, he’ll become the permanent general manager.

All of Raw’s superstars need to decide what side of history they’re on-- the lights go out after a few more moments of ranting about being with him or against him and a guitar chord breaks the silence. The lights come up and Elias is on the stage to play us a song! He plays a few bars and says there’s a truth that follows him around the world, but the three in the ring can’t get that WWE stands for walk with Elias through their thick skulls.

The Drifter says he can’t think of anything worse than Corbin as full-time GM, and even Lio Rush would be better despite violating child labor laws. Drake Maverick would be better and he pissed himself! But tonight isn’t about Corbin, it’s about Bobby Trashley, who he wrote a little song about. His song questions why he has Rush point at his butt and how Lashley sucks, in a very Adam Sandler-y vein.

He makes for the ring and we go to break on the promise of a match.

Bobby Lashley vs. Elias

Collar and elbow, Lashley backs Elias into the corner with a hand on his jaw. He breaks at referee Rod Zapata’s command and poses, but Elias fires off chops! Off the ropes, Bob shrugs him off and puts him in the corner for repeated shoulder thrusts. Swinging neckbreaker gets two and Walking Armageddon locks a reverse chinlock in, breaking momentarily for a knee before going back to the hold.

Drifter off the ropes, a front kick and he dumps Lashley to the floor! Off the ropes, a baseball slide takes Bob right out! Back inside, Lashley with a Hot Shot, a club to the back of the head, stomp to the midsection, right hands and stomps in the ropes feed into a choke! Zapata warns him off again, short-arm lariat gets two and he goes back to the reverse chinlock.

Whip to the corner, elbow up to block the charge, Elias with a shotgun dropkick, a kick to the midsection, a series of chops but Bob throws him to the floor. Drew and Baron corner him against the barricade before backing off at referee Rod Zapata’s insistence, giving Lashley a chance to sandwich the Drifter against the ringpost as we go to break.

Back from commercial and Elias gets the pop-up inverted dropkick out of the corner! Boots and forearms, windmilling on Walking Armageddon until he gets warned off. Following with the jumping knee, the Drifter heads up top and hits the diving elbow drop... LIO RUSH YANKED REFEREE ROD ZAPATA OUT OF THE RING! HE’S THROWING IT OUT!

Elias wins by disqualification.

Baron Corbin gets on the mic and says he didn’t have time to announce it so he’s restarting the match as no disqualification!

Bobby Lashley vs. Elias (No Disqualification Match)

Lashley hammering Elias in the corner with forearms, posing over him, powerbomb reversed to a back body drop and Corbin yanks the Drifter out of the ring. Elias fends him off, passes McIntyre into the ringpost and grabs his guitar! Back inside, Baron blindsides him before he can use the guitar! Drew heads in the ring, Bob stomps the guitar to bits and kicks it out of the ring.

Corbin waffles Elias across the back with a steel chair! He heads to the floor, where McIntyre rams him into the barricade and the apron repeatedly before passing him to Lashley for more of the same! Baron joins the fun, throwing him into a Claymore! Mounted punches from Drew... INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM INTO THE STEEL STEPS! Corbin calls to borrow a page from Braun’s book, Bob does a lap... SPEAR!

Back inside, Lashley with a gator roll before flexing, he poses, kneeling on the Drifter...

Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a kneeling pin.

Commentary hypes up Corbin/Balor and our Raw Tag Team Championship and Intercontinental Championship matches as well as a video Dean Ambrose sent from a doctor’s appointment and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Baron Corbin is chewing out a crew member and ends up firing him and ordering him out of the building.

Alexa Bliss rolls up and says that was very impressive and that guy was dead weight anyway, always facetiming his kids at work. She thinks Baron’s doing an amazing job and says if there’s anything she can help with, he shouldn’t hesitate to ask. He says he’s got a lot on his plate and asks her to oversee the entire women’s division. She asks if he’s serious, he nods that he is, and she thanks him.

He says they both look good coming out of it and they shake on it.

A video package recapping recent events in the relationship between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins follows.

We cut to Dean Ambrose in his doctor’s office, his arm slightly bloodied. He says if you’re disappointed he’s not at the arena, get used to it. Seth would say he’s disappointed, but he knows he’s relieved that he’s not there and he can issue his open challenge nice and safe. Next week he’ll be there, but this week he’s getting inoculated, and he runs the fans down as revolting for a good minute.

He says he’s getting a rabies shot, and the doc says the next one goes in his hip, so Dean stands up and drops his pants just enough to let the doctor in as he tells Seth there’s no medicine to cure the sickness in his soul, and he’s a lost cause. At TLC he’s going to do the good and decent thing and put Rollins out of his misery... for good.

Lucha House Party make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for our heel entrances.

The Revival get on the mic and say being blindsided by Lucha House Party rules made them lose, and they obviously don’t know anything about tag team etiquette, which is much like golf etiquette. They demanded a rematch tonight, because if LHP can’t respect their tradition, they don’t belong in the Revival’s division.

Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado) vs. the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) (Lucha House Rules)

Wilder and Metalik to start, Gran ducks a lariat, slingshot arm drag, a dropkick, dragging him over, tag to Dorado. Quick tag to Kalisto, off the ropes, pop-up splash into the torpedo splash, missile dropkick... NOPE! Tag to Dawson, spinning Argentine backbreaker rack drop, into elbow drops, a falling headbutt, cover for two, tag back to Dash. Up into the Gory Special, arm drag escape, tag back to Scott.

Kalisto turns the speed up, lands on his feet, rolls out of the ring, Dorado in. Quebrada, land on his feet, kick from Kalisto, Salida del Sol, Metalik with a senton atomico, Lince up top...

Lucha House Party win by pinfall with a shooting star press from Lince Dorado on Scott Dawson.

A recap of Nia Jax breaking Becky Lynch’s face follows, and we’re told she has a lesson in championship history for us, and we go to break on Bayley and Sasha Banks doing a WWE Shop Cyber Monday ad.

Back from commercial, commentary talks Lars Sullivan up as a free agent and we get a vignette.

Nia Jax and Tamina make their entrance.

Nia gets on the mic and says they have so much to be thankful for this year, like how the roster is thankful for her leading Team Raw to victory. But what she’s most thankful for is breaking Becky Lynch’s face and putting her on the shelf with a concussion. She guesses the Man was no match for the Facebreaker, and Ronda Rousey needs to get used to having things taken away from her.

Like the title at TLC, for example. Jax talks about how Ronda came in on top but has kinda gone downhill. Ever since she stepped into the ring with her and couldn’t win, her downfall began, to which she runs a video clip of their match. A package covering Charlotte Flair beating the holy hell out of her at Survivor Series follows. Nia mocks Ronda’s “true champion” rhetoric, saying her favorite is “a true champion is the best on her worst day.”

She doesn’t think Rousey’s had her worst day yet, but she will at TLC. Jax says she’s been on a roll, having won the battle royal at Evolution, broke Becky’s face, and was sole survivor at Survivor Series, so the top of the mountain belongs to her.

Enter Ronda Rousey.

She says she’ll give Nia credit, it’s not luck that she’s been on this winning streak. But she’s lucky in that she’s from a warrior culture (I... what?) and that the person on the receiving end of that punch changed history and made her the Facebreaker, but that’s where her luck has run out, because Ronda stands guard on this mountain and she’s gona rip Jax’s arm off and slap Charlotte Flair across the face with it!

She offers Nia the usual “let’s not wait for the pay-per-view” match, but Jax ain’t having it. She just got finished washing Lynch’s crusted blood from her knuckles, and-- Rousey demands she stop making excuses and fight, to which Nia says she’s just stalling for time. Tamina advances menacingly, Natalya makes the save... AND GETS CUT OFF IN THE AISLE BY THE RIOTT SQUAD!

Ronda jumps in the fray and they manage to run the Riott Squad off together.

Commentary hypes up our previously announced matches once again and recaps Authors of Pain vs. the Bar from Survivor Series and the fallout from Drake Maverick going Miles Davis on us.

Drake and the Authors get a promo and Maverick says most of the crowd have never experience real fear, as a seven-foot giant lifted you by the neck and if we did, we’d have lost control of our bodily functions as well. And he’s going to make Bobby Roode and Chad Gable experience that feeling later tonight. AOP say laugh now, cry later, and we go to break ahead of the match.

Back from commercial, Gable and Roode get a backstage interview where they say the time for jokes is over, and they started teaming to win the titles and make the entire division, well... you know.

Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) (c) vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)

Roode and Akam to start but Bobby gets distracted by Drake Maverick stealing his robe and the champ gets right on him. Sidestep a charge, big chops, whip reversed, sunset flip denied and Akam yanks him to his feet and throws him in the corner! Elbow, right hands, whip blocked, whip to teh corner, up and over caught but Roo slips out and makes the tag.

Gable up top, missile dropkick, tag to Rezar, who Graves describes as “the big nasty Albanian.” Chad with the cross armbar in the ropes, leapfrog off the top, of the ropes, flying headscissors and a blind tag, double suplex blocked and Rezar suplexes both his challengers! Drake makes his way up the ramp wearing the robe and poses on the stage to draw Bobby’s attention as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Gable gets elbowed hard into the ropes! Tag to Rezar, back inside, Chad snaps off a DDT and we cut backstage where Drake is chilling in Roode’s robe in the bathroom. Back to the action, Bobby tags in, leg kicks and chops, whip across, basement dropkick takes Akam’s knees out! Charging in the corner, shoulder thrust, neckbreaker blocked, shoved into the corner, off the second and he’s caught!

Akam with a fallaway slam, tag to Rezar, Bobby ducks a boot, low bridge, but before he can tag, Drake comes over the tron talking about how it’d be a shame if something happened to the robe. He takes it off and stomps it into the toilet... HE’S PEEING LIKE A BIG BOY RIGHT IN THE TOILET! He flushes, the Authors take advantage...

Authors of Pain win by pinfall with the powerbomb / neckbreaker combo on Bobby Roode to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.

Bayley and Sasha are talking backstage when Alexa Bliss rolls up.

She says she wouldn’t be in charge of the women’s division without their help at Survivor Series and she thinks part of why they don’t get on is they don’t really know each other. Sasha says she knows enough but Alexa says she wants them to have an open forum with the WWE Universe later. Bayley objects assuming it’s another “This Is Your Life” but Bliss says it’s not a trick and leaves them to think about it.

Ember Moon makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Finn Balor gets a handcam promo where he talks about being on the right side of history and standing up to Baron Corbin.

We see Curt Hawkins in the ring and Jinder Mahal making their entrances, they’ll be seconding their Mixed Match Challenge partners.

Alicia Fox vs. Ember Moon

Fox with a boot... NOPE! Continuing to put boots to her, big neckbreaker into a reverse chinlock, Moon posts to her feet and breaks free with elbows but Alicia hops on her back. Ember slings herself loose, elbow in the corner, up top for the tornado suplex! Up top again...

Ember Moon wins by pinfall with Eclipse.

Hawkins celebrates with Ember as if he himself had just won the match, and No Way Jose interrupts on the stage with his conga line to really fluff the celebration up.

Commentary explains No Way is wrestling Jinder and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for the bell!

Jinder Mahal vs. No Way Jose

Mahal right in with right hands, boots in the corner, referee Rod Zapata warns him off and he calms himself only for Jose to hammer him with forearms. Jinder returns an overhead elbow, whip to the corner, up and over, No Way with a dropkick and Mahal returns a knee. Float over the slam, schoolboy almost does it and Jinder kicks his head off! Putting boots to him against the ropes, wrenching at his neck, big clubbing crossface blow sets up the half nelson chinlock.

Off the ropes to break, stomps and knee drops, a straight suplex gets him a two count and Mahal follows it up with an overhead elbow before locking a reverse chinlock on. Jose gets to his feet but Jinder takes him right back down. No Way back to his feet, boot up in the corner, diving crossbody connects and he follows it with a lariat!

Back elbow, Mahal ducks the next lariat but eats a hip toss into a neckbreaker! Jinder with a Hot Shot, sets him right up...

Jinder Mahal wins by pinfall with Khallas.

Commentary recaps the Dean Ambrose promo from earlier and go to break on the promise of Rollins’ open challenge being next.

Back from commercial, Seth Rollins makes his entrance.

He welcomes Milwaukee to Monday Night Rollins and says he hasn’t quite been himself lately. Last week Dean Ambrose had him running around thinking that HE was the lunatic, but he’s better than that, so it’s time to get back to what he does best and be a fighting champion! As for Dean, he’s done chasing him around looking for answers and no amount of bogus vaccinations is gonna make Ambrose immune to Rollins.

Seth hopes Dean will be here next week, but he’s a liar and a coward so he thinks he’s lurking around here somewhere, but he doesn’t give a damn because he’s Seth freakin’ Rollins and it’s time to throw it down! The open challenge is live!

(Record scratch)

Enter Dolph Ziggler. He says he’s glad he wants to get back to himself because he hasn’t been into it since Dean stabbed him in the back. He wants to forget all of that and if he wants to go back to being Seth freakin’ Rollins, he’ll do what he does best, and lose to Ziggler. Dolph calls himself the best in the world and also the new Intercontinental Champion.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge)

Rollins with a go-behind, Ziggler gets the ropes to force the break and referee Chad Patton separates them. Test of strength, Dolph tries to go low and Seth blocks, turning it into a full nelson and transitioning to a hammerlock by way of a front chancery. Back elbow to break, side headlock, Ziggler takes a knee but gets shot off, leapfrog, hip toss, and a clothesline to the floor that sends us to break.

Back from commercial and Rollins is down and out in the corner. Ziggler scrapes his face with the bones of his forearm before drawing him up for a neckbreaker that gets a two count. From there right into the sleeper hold, shifting to a bridging reverse chinlock as Seth struggles to his feet and he then takes him right back to the mat. Rollins out with a jawbreaker, off the ropes and he runs right into a huge dropkick for two!

Dolph with a cradle, no dice, clawing at the Architect’s face and scraping it across the middle rope before wrenching his neck over the bottom rope! Smashing his face into the turnbuckle, back into the sleeper hold on the mat. Whip across, back elbow, cradle pin nearly does it! Reverse chinlock, scraping the bones of his forearm across Seth’s nose, Rollins to his feet, looking for a back suplex, blocked first try, second, third gets him over but Dolph lands on his feet and back body drops Seth to the floor to send us to break!

Back from commercial and both men are down on the mat. Rollins to his feet, blocking punches and firing his own back, into the ropes, off them, Sling Blade connects, boot up on the charge, Seth to the second, nobody home, duck the lariat, 540 enzuigiri lays Ziggler out! Fired up, charging in, back body drop to the apron, right hand, springboard lariat... NOPE!

Rollins heads up top but Dolph cuts him off and crotches him! Jockeying for position, Rollins shoves him to the mat, again, frog splash... NO WATER IN THE POOL! FAMEASSER... NOT ENOUGH! Seth climbs to his feet with the aid of the ropes, block the Zig Zag, block the big DDT, Ziggler gets a small package for two and follows it up with the sleeper hold!

The Architect stumbles around the ring, flagging but not failing and he counters by falling to his back! Avada Kedavra connects, only two! Seth’s fired up, tuning up the band, waiting for Dolph to rise, kick to the midsection, Blackout misses, misses again, Zig Zag... ROLLINS KICKS OUT! Ziggler tuning up the band, but he hesitates when Rollins fails to get up on his own power.

Headed over, grabbing him by the jaw, yelling at him, piefacing him, Seth thinks fast, small package... NOT QUITE! Dolph gets the big DDT and heads up top... SUPERPLEX! SETH ROLLS THROUGH AND DOES THE DEAL! IT’S OVER!

Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with the Falcon Arrow to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

We see Alexa Bliss talking to a crew member backstage ahead of Sasha and Bayley’s open forum and go to break.

Back from commercial, Corey Graves informs us that Milwauke is Algonquin for “the good land.”

We’re not worthy.

Alexa Bliss makes her entrance and says she wants us to get to know some of our biggest stars and you can ask whatever you want, no limits, no boundaries. She introduces the Boss and Hug Connection and they make their entrance.

Bliss scans the crowd for questions and has a bit of fun with some of the folks in the crowd before calling on a woman in a Ronda Rousey t-shirt. She asks what they’d do to change the Raw women’s division, and Bayley says she’s real proud of the division and just hopes they keep getting opportunities. Banks says she’d change one thing, she’d ship Alexa’s butt back to SmackDown.

Alexa uses this as an opportunity to talk about how Bayley’s dragged Sasha down from champion into a tag team and then stirs the pot by asking if Banks ever lets her friend talk. Bayley says she disagrees, she wouldn’t ship Bliss back to SmackDown, she’d ship her back to hell where she came from! At this point, Mickie James, Alicia Fox, and Dana Brooke attack the Boss and the Hugger from behind!

Banks gets her licks in and manages to run James and Fox off, creating an opening for Bayley to hit a back suplex on Brooke to run her off!

Commentary hypes up Balor/Corbin and we go to break on a hype reel for tomorrow’s episode of Mixed Match Challenge.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor

Balor charging in with forearms, punch combination in the corner but Corbin freight trains him and rains hammer fists down at his face! Overhead elbow into a half nelson chinlock, Finn to his feet and Baron off the ropes right into a dropkick. Double leg rams Balor into the corner, he sidesteps for a chop, whip reversed, up and over and a buzzsaw roundhouse takes him out!

Stomps against the ropes, referee Dan Engler warns Finn off, Corbin to the floor and Balor pastes him with the Penalty Kick off the apron to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Corbin’s in control and throws Balor to the floor, where he rams him into the barricade hard. Another ram, a third, the Lone Wolf happy to take the count-out but Finn rolls back in. Right on him with stomps, pass to the apron, Balor with a shoulder thrust, but Baron clubs him down when he tries to springboard back inside! Cover gets two, overhead elbows into the half nelson chinlock to grind Finn down.

Balor to his feet, back elbows and body blows, thrown into the corner, sidestep the charge, Corbin out and back in and he cuts Finn off with a lariat for two! Putting boots to the Irishman, and Baron locks a neck crank on. Finn to his feet, boot up in the corner but he charges into a front kick. Corbin with a powerbomb lift, Balor floats over, double leg into the double stomp!

Finn with punches, off the ropes, big forearm, charging chop and the Sling Blade connects! Lining him up... DEEP SIX CAN’T FINISH BALOR OFF! Float over into a DDT, shotgun dropkick connects, up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE COUP DE GRACE! Baron gets a mic and begs off, declaring that the match is a 2-on-1 handicap match now, adding Drew McIntyre!

Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor (Handicap Match)

Finn blasts Baron off the apron... TOPE CON GIRO TAKES DREW OUT! He runs Corbin over in the timekeeper’s area but McIntyre runs him over and drops him face-first across the barricade! Throwing him back inside, lying in wait...

Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre win by pinfall with Claymore from McIntyre.

Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush join the fun after the bell. Lashley drops Finn and throws him into the End of Days! Drew gets in his face and tells Finn he’s nothing but a boy in a man’s world... CLAYMORE!

The heels raise each other’s hands and stand tall.

That’s the show, folks.

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