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WWE Raw results, live blog (Dec. 2, 2019): Seth Rollins’ apology

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 2, 2019) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming TLC pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Minneapolis.

Advertised for tonight: Seth Rollins apologizes, Charlotte Flair vs. The Kabuki Warriors in a handicap match, 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.)


They named it the rock, land of the living dead; a repose for the rich and famous. All the infamous would tell each other’s lies, why did they want to tell the truth? On an island in the sun, cool Pacific winds blow, but here in Pennsylvania, I’m ready to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you folks.

The show opens with Charly Caruso waiting backstage as a black van pulls up.

Out steps the Authors of Pain and she goes to interview them about their attack on Kevin Owens last week.

They answer in their native languages and she asks for a translation. Akam just tells her she looks lovely tonight and they leave.

Thence to the intro video.

Seth Rollins makes his entrance.

He gets on the mic and recounts the events of last week before admitting that, perhaps, telling everyone they sucked was too harsh. But it came from the heart and this isn’t just a job, it’s his life. But he admits that he went overboard and he wants to apologize, first and foremost to us, the fans, but also to the entire locker room and specifically to Kevin Owens.

Enter Kevin Owens.

He says he doesn’t know if it’s just him but it smells like the rodeo here, because there’s a certain smell attached to that. He interrogates Seth about the Authors of Pain deal and says he knows Rollins is lying because his lips are moving, and the smell he was referring to was bullshit. Seth continues to beg off as--

Enter the Authors of Pain.

They cut a promo in their native languages from the stage before Rezar issues a challenge for a tag team match here tonight. Rollins says he can’t speak for Kev, but if he’s in, he wants to do this thing. Owens says the way he sees it one of three things will happen, and all of the scenarios end in the three of them beating him down together, so if that’s what’s gonna happen, he wants it now.

Seth says he tried and tells KO he’s on his own as he leaves the ring. The Authors let him pass without incident and Owens gets on the mic and says he’d love to get a piece of them, so if they wanna come down he’d prefer one at a time, but he’s ready to have some fun! Akam and Rezar turn and head backstage, of course. Kev gets on the mic and says he guesses it won’t be Seth or AOP, but he’s in the middle of the ring, taped up and ready to go, and Nashville wants to see a fight, so somebody indulge him!

Backstage, Bobby Lashley and Lana are shown walking together to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Kevin Owens is waiting with a referee for his challenger...

...and out comes Lana.

She gets on the mic and says she doesn’t want to make it all about her, but let’s face it, it’s all about her. Which leads Owens to start yelling, not incorrectly, about how no one cares. They fight for volume and Lana says Rusev won’t be here tonight because she filed for a restraining order, etc, and if he shows up he’ll go to jail for a very long time.

Kev says he’s never heard someone talk for so long without saying anything and we’re all aware that she thinks she’s very important and beautiful, but on the inside she’s absolutely repulsive. Lana calls him a basic candy-eating, pizza-eating everyday man and says that her hot, hot boyfriend is going to come out here and finish him.

Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens

Lashley with a shove, Owens ducks a lariat and nails him with corner forearms. More forearms in the middle of the ring, off the ropes, shoulder block denied and Bobby knocks him down. Into the corner, right hands, whip across, boot up and KO comes off the ropes only to get caught by a thrust spinebuster! Kev trying to recover on the floor, Bobby follows out after him and KO trips him up on the apron... FROG SPLASH TO THE FLOOR SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Owens with the crotch chop and the cannonball senton in the corner... NOPE! Lashley recovers with a lariat, right hands, posing for the crowd. Shoulder thrust in the corner, more corner striking, off the ropes... OWENS CUTS HIM OFF WITH A SUPERKICK! Kick to the gut, Stunner denied and Bob hits a swinging neckbreaker for two! Yokosuka Cutter... STILL NO!

Lashley stalking from behind, thinking full nelson but Kev blocks with back elbows. Pop-up powerbomb connects but KO is slow to capitalize! The Authors of Pain re-emerge and put boots to him, forcing the referee’s hand...

Kevin Owens wins by disqualification.

AOP continue beating Owens down and throw him into the barricade!

The violence sends us to break.

Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley is interviewed in the ring.

He doesn’t know what the deal with AOP is, he’s just worried about Lana. Lana, for her part, is tired of getting booed and tries to blame it on Rusev... SPEAK OF THE DEVIL! MACHKA KICK! HE BEATS BOB DOWN AND LANA’S HIRED COPS ARE SLOW TO ADVANCE! Rusev makes a break for it over the barricade and into the crowd as Lana yells at the cops.

Lashley gets out of the ring and yells at the cops, who say this is Tennessee and they dow things differently. Bob spits on the guy and he turns around... AND HANDCUFFS LASHLEY! THE OTHER COP READS HIM HIS RIGHTS AND INFORMS HIM HE’S UNDER ARREST! Lana throws a fit and slaps the cop! She begs off and she gets cuffed too!

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

We see footage of Lana and Lashley being escorted to the waiting cop car and screaming about how they’re gonna sue.

We pan to R-Truth and the Street Profits but cut away before they can react.

Akira Tozawa vs. Drew McIntyre

McIntyre with a disdainful shove, Tozawa goes behind into a waistlock, blocked, huge takedown puts Akira on his backside and Drew gets on his knees for a “fair fight” before offering the Stamina Monster a chance to leave lest he beat his ass. Tozawa fakes out walking away before landing a dropkick and low-bridging him to the floor! McIntyre eats a suicide dive but shrugs it off, hossing him up... INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM ON THE FLOOR!

Back inside, kneeling rear chinlock with a knee to the back, switch to a reverse chinlock, Tozawa to his feet but Drew backs him into the corner and lights him up with chops! Huge overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then into a kneeling armbar. Whip to the corner, Akira trips him up, back body drop to the apron where he lands an enzuigiri. Tozawa off the top with a missile dropkick and McIntyre comes off his feet!

Akira up in the electric chair, thinking Poison Frankensteiner but Drew blocks so he does a victory roll for two! Off the ropes and jockeying for position...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.

Post-match, Drew gets on the mic and talks about how much of the roster are cowards who won’t speak plainly, but he’ll get straight to the point.

He calls Randy Orton out and says he’s got a problem that he’d like him to come to the ring to speak about.

We go to break before the Viper can answer.

Back from commercial and no Randy Orton.

Drew McIntyre runs footage of them getting into it last week. He calls Orton stupid and demands he get his ass out here right now.

Orton comes out and the Viper is indignant. He goes to walk away and Drew tells him not to dare disrespect him and to look at him while he’s talking. He says Orton has no respect for anyone or the rules and he gets it, he’s Randy Orton, a thirteen-time world champion and future hall of famer, he’s the man! But he’s got no right to speak to him like he’s a damn child.

He was the most ferocious man in WWE in the past, but in 2019 the only thing he’s the most ferocious at is posting on social media. He’s gonna make it so simple that Randy and the people of Nashville can understand-- he points at Orton and says “past” and then himself “future.” Orton says he doesn’t think there’s a Drew McIntyre/Randy Orton problem, he thinks there’s a Drew McIntyre reality problem.

He does what he wants when he wants because he’s earned the right to do so, and Drew hasn’t earned a damn thing. But check it out, as far as he’s concerned, they’re cool, but if he’s got a problem he’s happy to solve it right now.

Enter the OC.

AJ Styles calls Randy Orton out but can’t say words and Luke Gallows says Orton is an unapologetic jerk that ruins lives. Karl Anderson says Randy ruined Uncle Allen’s life. Look at him, charismatic and handsome, great hair... Karl asks AJ if he’s okay, and Styles says he’s not and he’d feel better if he can get on Randy’s hands tonight. McIntyre says he’s said his piece and he’s not wasting his time and this is more of a Randy Orton/OC problem, so he bids them adieu.


The babyfaces stand tall as we go to break.

Back from commercial, some racing drivers are shown in the front row.

Backstage, the babyfaces from the last segment are hanging out with Randy Orton. He tells them he appreciates the assistance, but to be clear, he didn’t need it.

Aleister Black vs. Tony Nese

Circling, collar and elbow, Nese goes behind, Black reverses to a wristlock. Tony rolls through, reverses, Aleister throws him off with a hip toss, side headlock, stalemate. Nese with a dropkick, nobody home, Black swings a kick at him and misses. Side headlock, Buddy Murphy watching backstage, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, legsweep from Al sends Tony to the floor.

Off the ropes, springboard backflip into the crossleg taunt! Nese back inside, telling Black to get up, trying to get referee Rod Zapata to make him and Al rises for strikes. Tony into the ropes, Zapata admonishes him and Nese lands a few hard shots! Eye rake, chops, body blows whip reversed, Nese slides under, pumphandle driver blocked! Tony with a running one-handed bulldog over the ropes!

Back inside, triangle moonsault... KNEES UP! Knee lifts from Al, back elbow, pump kick and a high knee strike lays Tony out! Nese dazed...

Aleister Black wins by pinfall with Black Mass.

Buddy Murphy is interviewed backstage.

He says he’s still feeling the effects of last week but he knocked on Black’s door to expose him as a man that takes himself way too seriously. As opposed to himself, cool, calm, and collected, Aleister is a hothead and from one professional to another, he needs to calm down. And Buddy’s happy to do it for him, if need be.

Andrade “Cien” Almas makes his entrance to send us to break, flanked by Zelina Vega as always.

Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Eric Young

Collar and elbow, Almas with a go-behind, wristlock, reversed and Andrade takes him down. Young with a kip-up, reversal, backing Andrade into the corner and he breaks dirty with a front kick. Chops and forearms, a knee to the face and referee Shawn Bennett admonishes him. Running knee in the corner, Cien running hot, shoulder armbreaker, whip across, Flair Flip.

Eric headed up top, Almas cuts him off, jockeying for position, EY diving elbow... SO CLOSE! Andrade with a hard back elbow, Young with clubbing blows, back suplex, Almas lands on his feet. Eric up top, Cien trips him out of the turnbuckles, off the ropes for a sliding knee... NOPE! Kneeling armbar, Young struggling but fighting to his feet and escaping with a jawbreaker!

Discus lariat, whip reversed, up and over, Almas nails him with a pump kick, wheelbarrow... REVERSED INTO A NECKBREAKER FOR TWO! EY calling for it, headed back up top but Andrade crotches him to the mat. Lined up, corner knees, roll him through, set him up...

Andrade “Cien” Almas wins by pinfall with the hammerlock DDT.

Post-match, 24/7 Champion R-Truth comes running down and hides behind the barricade next to the racing drivers, who misdirect everybody that’s looking for him and help him to his feet after. Michael Waltrip takes his jacket off to reveal a referee shirt...

Kyle Busch wins the WWE 24/7 Championship by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, the Street Profits cut a promo hyping up WWE Shop’s Cyber Monday deals when No Way Jose and his party caravan come dancing through.

A recap of the opening segment follows, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Seth Rollins is interviewed on his way out of the building.

He says he offered Kevin Owens help but KO didn’t want it, and then he apologizes, saying he got carried away. Asked about the truth of his apology he throws a fit about how no matter what he does, it’s always his fault, so what’s the point? Everyone’s a critic, but not everyone’s got the guts to be a leader.

We get a video package recapping Rey Mysterio’s most recent United States Championship victory.

An Erick Rowan vignette of him talking into the cage follows to send us to break.

Erick Rowan vs. No Way Jose

Jose’s conga line investigates Rowan’s pet but he goes to the floor to beat them up. No Way cuts him off, trading strikes on the floor and Erick puts Jose into the steps before chasing the rest of the party away! Freight training Jose, he tells him to tell his people to not touch his stuff before throwing No Way back in the ring. Running him over again... Clawslam, pulling him up, applying it again...

Erick Rowan wins by pinfall with the clawslam.

Kabuki Warriors are shown backstage, they’ll be in action after the break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw.

Erick Rowan is interviewed and asked what’s in the cage.

He refuses to answer and just leaves.

Kabuki Warriors are interviewed in Gorilla and Asuka speaks a good long answer in Japanese before concluding with plain English-- “We beat you.”

Kabuki Warriors with a two-on-one beatdown before the match officially begins, finally referee Rod Zapata backs them off and restores order before calling for the bell.

Charlotte Flair vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) (Handicap Match)

Asuka to start, hammering on Charlotte with forearms, tag to Sane, boots in the corner, quick tags as they keep the Queen isolated. Asuka laying leg kicks in, Flair steeling with resolve to catch one and push her to the mat! Lariat meets Kairi on the apron, pass Asuka out to the floor, Charlotte lays them both out with a baseball slide! Back inside, Flair Flip, shoulder block, Sane pulls her to the floor!

Back inside, pressing the attack, Flair manages to fight them off again and wipes them both out with a plancha! Asuka begs off and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Asuka lands a running hip attack and tags Sane in. Sliding elbow, just two, back to Asuka, trading hard forearms with Flair! Waistlock, Charlotte breaks with a back elbow, another one up on the charge, big boot caught and the Empress gets an ankle lock! Leg trap German suplex to convert it, tag back to Kairi. Diving in, Flair plucks her out of mid-air with a boot!

Another boot to Asuka, lining them up, Flair climbs up top... KNEES UP ON THE MOONSAULT! Off the ropes, dropkick, Charlotte counters with a Boston Crab! Asuka breaks it up with a roundhouse kick! Tagging herself in, Asuka off the top with a missile dropkick that gets a two count. Chest kicks, off the ropes, dropkick denied, Flair looking for the Crab again but she can’t get it!

Spinning toehold, reversed to a cross armbar, then transition to a triangle choke, Charlotte posts to her feet, into a pin... AND THEN THE DEADLIFT POWERBOMB! Sane hits a running blockbuster to break the pin up! Headed up top, jockeying for position, Asuka with the blind tag and the whole thing falls apart. Sane with a double stomp, Asuka with the press... NOPE!

Flair sidesteps, double spear... NOPE! Leg pick, knees to the back of the thigh, blasting Kairi off the apron, back over to Asuka, she ducks a kick, blind tag, spear takes her out, figure four but it’s not legal! Sane off the top...

Kabuki Warriors win by pinfall with the diving elbow drop from Kairi Sane.

Viking Raiders are shown being intense backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Charlotte Flair runs into an interview backstage.

She doesn’t regret challenging the Kabuki Warriors.

“Smart” Mark Sterling & Mitchell Lyons vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)

A Viking Raiders squash. Cool to see Smart Mark make TV though.

Viking Raiders win by pinfall with the Viking Experience on Lyon.

Backstage, Ricochet, Rey Mysterio, and Humberto Carrillo are getting ready for their match.

Ricochet gives the other two a pep talk and says they’re going to shut the OC up.

We go to break with their match up next.

Back from commercial we see some country music lads in the front row.

A recap of the Lashley/Lana/Rusev drama from earlier follows.

The OC get a Gorilla position promo where they call Randy Orton out.

We go to break before our main event can begin.

Humberto Carrillo, Rey Mysterio, & Ricochet vs. the OC (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, & Luke Gallows)

Anderson and Carrillo to start, Karl with a side headlock, shot off, jockeying for position, back body drop, Humberto lands on his feet, sunset flip, duck a kick, kip-up, enzuigiri connects for two! Ricochet tags in, tandem overhead Japanese arm drag, quick back to Carrillo. Anderson backs him into the corner, tag to Styles, Humberto rolling solebutt, springboard headbutt... NOPE!

Whip across, hang on the ropes but Anderson gets a cheap shot and AJ capitalizes with an enzuigiri. Gallows nails him with a lariat on the floor and tags in. Big Hoot with the overhead elbows, reverse chinlock applied, Humberto ducks under an elbow and hits an enzuigiri! Another enzuigiri, Luke staggered, Carrillo crawling... TAGS MADE!

Mysterio in hot, whip reversed, front kick to Anderson, snap off a headscissors and he falls to the floor! Gallows from behind, scoop, Rey posts him shoulder-first! Styles in, back body drop to the apron, gamengiri from Rey and a 619 around the corner takes Big Hoot out! Springboard, AJ catches Mysterio but gets Frankensteinered onto the second rope... 619 COUNTERED BY KARL!

Ramming Rey into the barricade and the post, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Gallows is in control of Mysterio. Rear chinlock, knees to the back, a big boot, only two! Rey with a back elbow, la casadora puts Anderson into the turnbuckles face-first! Reaching... TAGS TO STYLES AND RICOCHET! Ricky off the ropes, flying forearm, tijeras, dropkick clears the apron, pump kick, springboard lariat and a shooting star press!

Ricochet up top, pop down, enzuigiri to Machine Gun, standing switch on AJ but he gets a back suplex facebuster for two! Shoulder thrust, Recoil... ANDERSON BREAKS IT UP! Into the “everybody do something cool” part of the match, 619 from Mysterio, Carrillo with a Sasuke Special, Ricky with a victory roll for two! Styles hits the Pele kick, up top, jockeying for position, Ricochet lays Karl out with the kickflip moonsault!

Back up with AJ, springboard, blocked... AVALANCHE STYLES CLASH! IT’S OVER!

The OC win by pinfall with an avalanche Styles Clash from AJ Styles on Ricochet.

Post-match, AJ Styles is celebrating... RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!

That’s the show, folks.

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