It's that magical time of the year, when WWE travels to Europe and we get some information in advance which helps us decide if we want to spend three hours with Raw on a Monday night.
Team Red is in England’s Manchester Arena for the Nov. 5 Raw. Thanks to the five hour time difference between the United Kingdom and the East coast of the U.S. of A., that means advance reports about what goes down on a show which is scheduled to feature Braun Strowman on the warpath after acting General Manager Baron Corbin helped screw him out of the Universal title, lots of set-up for Nov. 18’s Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV), and more.
We'll still be watching along with our usual live blog, which will of course cover any segments not shown to the fans in attendance, but more importantly feature Rev. Claire Elizabeth’s unmatched play-by-play. You can join the fun at 8PM Eastern here.
Unwrap that present early:
Main Event taping
- Tyler Breeze def. Mojo Rawley
- The Revival def. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode
- The entire roster is on stage to start the show. Baron Corbin is out for what sounds like a Survivor Series pep talk. He gets in the ring, which is surrounded by security. We learn Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre have spots on the men’s team.
- He reveals Alexa Bliss will be the captaining (but not wrestling on) Raw’s women’s Survivor Series team.
- Kurt Angle is here, in his ring gear. This sets up a Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle match for later on, the winner will captain the men’s team.
- Braun arrives, and he’s not happy. He kicks some of the security guys’ butts trying to get at Corbin.
- Riott Squad vs. Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya. Initial live reports are this just randomly ended after Ruby Riott snapped Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s sunglasses in half...
- Apollo Crews def. Jinder Mahal
- Seth Rollins is out, carrying his Intercontinental title and both tag team belts. He plans to relinquish the tag championship, but Corbin is having him defend them instead... in a handicap match!
- AOP def. Seth Rollins to become the new Raw Tag Team champions
- Dean Ambrose showed up after the new champs left and attacked Seth. He hits him with a Dirty Deeds, but continues to deny him an answer on why he turned on him two weeks ago.
- Ziggler is out with a microphone, but he’s interrupted by Elias, who serenades him (after praising Oasis, in case you aren’t clear on is alignment). They’ve got a match...
- Elias def. Dolph Ziggler. The crowd was insanely hot for the Drifter.
- Ronda Rousey is here. She tells Becky Lynch: “I am a natural born killer... you may be ‘The Man’, but I’m the baddest bitch on the planet!”
- Ember Moon and Nia Jax both come out during this segment, and it leads to another match between them.
- Nia Jax def. Ember Moon in what’s described as a “squash”
- Afterwards, Tamina comes out, teases a confrontation, then joins in a beatdown and we’ve got a monster heel team for whenever they announce tag straps.
- The main event has been changed from Angle vs. Corbin to Angle vs. McIntyre (due to backstage scenes of Baron running away from Braun, and eventually getting in a car and leaving after changing the main event), presumably with captaincy still on the line.
- Bobby Lashley def. Finn Bálor; Drew comes out for a staredown with Lashley afterwards. McIntyre helps Bálor up... just to Claymore him back down again.
- Drew McIntyre def. Kurt Angle by submission via an ankle lock!
- Dolph returns, and he and McIntyre head back into the ring where Angle’s still recovering. That brings the return of Strowman. He saves Kurt from the two-on-one, and he and Drew trade offense. Braun gets the last shot in and stands tall.
Thanks to Adam Cailler on Twitter, who was the most consistent reliable poster in the hashtags I used to gather this report. You can find some cool pics and videos in his timeline here.