WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 12, 2020) from the ThunderDome at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view scheduled for later this month at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Mustafa Ali speaks on the reveal that he is the leader of RETRIBUTION, a dual-brand battle royal to determine the next challenger for Asuka’s Raw women’s championship, Kevin Owens vs. Aleister Black in a No Disqualification match, Seth Rollins’ farewell to the red brand, and so much more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 12
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The show opens into the ThunderDome intro.
Commentary welcomes us to the show and reminds us about how the WWE Draft works.
Randy Orton makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says no matter what happens in the draft, one thing remains the same— he’s going to be locked in a cell with Drew McIntyre and he’s gonna take the title away from him. He talks about how he was the first to pin Drew in nearly a year.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says Randy had him beat until he hesitated on the punt, and when he kicked him in the skull at Clash of Champions, that was for everyone he’s ever screwed over, but at Hell in a Cell? That’ll be for Drew. But tonight, he said he was gonna kick the crap out of him every time he sees him, and he wouldn’t want to break a promise, would he?
Drew hits the ring and beats Orton down, right hands and kicks in the corner, but when the action spills to the floor Orton turns it around on him! McIntyre recovers, whips him into the barricade, the post, and chops him down into the announce table! Orton runs away!
Cut backstage to Stephanie McMahon chatting with a crew member to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon makes her entrance to announce tonight’s first set of draft picks.
Raw picks Bray Wyatt, SmackDown picks Bayley, Raw picks Randy Orton, SmackDown picks WWE Raw Tag Team Champions the Street Profits, and Raw picks currently inactive Charlotte Flair.
Aleister Black vs. Kevin Owens (No Disqualification Match)
Black attacks Owens out the gates, back in the ring Kev turns the tide but Aleister takes it to the floor again and kicks him hard in the ribs! KO drops him against the barricade and hits the cannonball on the floor! Owens sets a table up and drags Black over to it as we go to break.
Back from commercial, brawling over an unfolded chair in the ring, Black sweeps Owens’ leg out from under him and puts him face-first into the seat of the chair for a nearfall! Al heads under the ring for some plunder and comes up with another couple chairs. Laying KO out with a roundhouse kick, Black lies in wait, going for a knee strike but Kev clocks him with the chair instead!
Chairshot sets up a DDT into a chair... NOPE! Owens doing some hardcore feng shui with Aleister down and out on the apron, up top... BLACK HITS A METEORA THROUGH THE CHAIRS BUT CAN’T PUT KEVIN OWENS AWAY! Aleister brings the table into the ring but Owens cuts him off when he tries to bring him in! Black Mass, KO ducks and he hits the post!
Back inside, Owens hits the Stunner, powerbomb lift...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a powerbomb through a table.
Backstage, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are hanging out, and they’ll be on MizTV after the break.
Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon has another round of draft picks for us.
Raw picks Braun Strowman, SmackDown picks Daniel Bryan, Raw picks Matt Riddle, SmackDown picks Kevin Owens, and Raw closes the round by picking Jeff Hardy.
Miz and John Morrison are in the ring for MizTV.
Miz introduces the show and Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose make their entrance.
Rose calls Miz petty for splitting her and Otis up and says he ruins people’s lives. Miz says he should be getting a pat on the back but she’d rather slap him in the face. Miz tries to pick the obvious nit and asks them about tonight’s battle royal, but they’re committed to friendship.
Enter Lana and Natalya.
Lana says if they want drama, she’s the girl to talk to, and Natalya complains about nobody wanting to talk to them. Mandy says if they spent less time on TikTok and more time training, maybe they’d actually win a match, and we’ve got a brawl!
They fight and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Miz and Morrison are still in the ring.
Miz says Johnny Raw is his new guest and they’re ready to hype all the cool stuff they have planned when Lars Sullivan comes to the ring. The heels try to outfox him but the Freak takes control and beats Morrison down.
Backstage, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is hanging out with both sets of tag team champions.
He says he’s authorized to do a straight title exchange to make it right now that they’ve been drafted, and they trade title belts.
Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode roll up to complain about not getting their title shot against Street Profits. New Day offer them a shot.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon makes the tag title match official.
Continuing with our draft, Raw picks Retribution, SmackDown picks Lars Sullivan, Raw picks Keith Lee, SmackDown picks King Baron Corbin, and Raw picks Alexa Bliss.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and gets in the ring.
He talks about how hard it must be for fans of Raw for him to be drafted to SmackDown and says nobody can fill the void he leaves.
Enter Jeff Hardy.
Rollins requests that he get the hell out of his ring, but Jeff says since he’s been drafted to Raw, it’s kind of his ring now. Seth tells him he should be focused on his match against Lars Sullivan on Friday and wishes him luck before leaving. Before he can get out of the arena, however—
Enter AJ Styles.
He asks Jeff if he stumbled to the ring and tells Seth to keep stepping. Rollins and Styles bicker at ringside and Hardy takes them both out with a dropkick through the ropes! Poetry in Motion takes ‘em both out! Diving crossbody, Jeff gets on the mic and says he wants them both in a match, right now!
We go to break before the match can begin.
AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Seth Rollins
Back from commercial, match is in progress, Rollins cuts Hardy off from behind, whip across, front kick, Jeff clotheslines him to the floor! Styles with right hands to the Charismatic Enigma, whip reversed, Hardy hits a Sling Blade for one! Off the ropes, Seth trips Jeff up from the floor, AJ joining him to work Hardy over in the corner and put boots to him on the mat.
Styles with a schoolboy, no good, enzuigiri, Ushigoroshi... NOPE! Putting boots to Hardy, knee drop, cover for two. Strikes in the corner, whip across, Jeff up top, Rollins cuts him off and hits a Sling Blade on AJ! Superkick, off the ropes, tope con giro wipes Hardy out! Back inside, AJ slips out of a powerbomb lift, Styles Rush, an enzuigiri counters and sends him to the floor!
Seth off the ropes, suicide dive wipes both of his opponents out and sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Rollins has a Cobra Clutch in on Hardy. Body blows to escape, axehandles and stomps cut him off, Seth kicks AJ off the apron and jaws about how he runs this house until he says different. He smashes Hardy’s face into the turnbuckles, Styles returns to the ring as Jeff fires elbows off, up top... WHISPER IN THE WIND TAKES BOTH GUYS OUT!
Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick, Atomic Drop on Rollins, snapmare into a Blockbuster but AJ cuts him off. Looking for a brainbuster, Jeff counters into the sitout gourdbuster! Reverse a fireman’s carry into a Russian legsweep, double leg drop prawn hold, AJ breaks it up!
Inverted DDT gets Styles a two count, calling for the Styles Clash but Seth comes out of nowhere with a knee to take his head off! Falcon Arrow connects but Hardy breaks the pin up! Going for Blackout but Jeff counters with a tornado DDT... NO DICE! Hardy up top, Styles cuts him off and climbs to join him, Rollins recovers and gets underneath them but AJ slips out and grabs the Calf Killer!
Jeff off the top... SWANTON BOMB BUT STYLES SWOOPS IN! Lateral press... ROLLINS KICKS OUT! Styles Clash blocked, Hardy hits the Twist of Fate! ELIAS COMES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE AND SMASHES A GUITAR ACROSS THE BACK OF JEFF HARDY’S HEAD! Styles takes advantage...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall with a lateral press on Jeff Hardy.
Stephanie McMahon is chilling backstage reviewing her draft cards to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon has the next round of draft picks.
Raw picks Elias, SmackDown picks Sami Zayn, Raw picks Lacey Evans, SmackDown picks Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura, and Raw picks Sheamus.
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Lana & Natalya
Natalya and Brooke to start, Neidhart in with a kick, Dana fires back with the revolution headscissors, tag to Rose. Off the back slingshot arm drag, cover gets a nearfall, quick tag back to Brooke. Tandem cartwheel kicks, but Nattie cuts Dana off and tags Lana in. Kick gets two, draw her up, snap suplex, quick tags in the corner as the heels take control.
Lana wasting time jawing with Mandy, she slaps her but Brooke capitalizes with a schoolboy for two! Tag made, Mandy in hot, forearm, back elbow, kick, knee lift sets up a snap suplex! Kip up, combat roll into a lariat, tag to Brooke and she hits a big knee strike. Dana up top, standing on Rose’s shoulders...
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose win by pinfall with an assisted senton atomico from Brooke on Lana.
Natalya yells at Lana in the ring, asking her if she’s really that stupid before telling her she’s done and walking out, leaving her crying in the ring.
The Hurt Business are chilling backstage when Ricochet rolls up.
He’s here for one last match. Cedric Alexander made his choice, and Apollo Crews might get drafted, so he’s got a proposition. They’re businessmen, and coming after him indefinitely isn’t good business, so he wants a match against any of them— if he wins they leave him alone, if he loses, he joins the Hurt Business.
They take the deal.
Angel Garza makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Zelina Vega has joined the commentary booth.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Angel Garza
Trading chops out the gates, Almas with a side headlock but Garza gets in the ropes to force the break. Side headlock of his own, Andrade counters with a back suplex and rains down forearms on him. Kick to the injured thigh, wrapping his leg around the bottom rope and putting boots to him! Grinding Angel down with a waistlock, back elbows to try and break it, he gets the ropes and hits a superkick after!
Hip toss hard into the turnbuckles, Almas draws him up but Garza gets in the ropes. Hard back elbow, Angel spills to the floor, back inside, underhooks...
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with the Wing Clipper.
Post-match, Vega checks on Almas as the lights go down, Fiend-style.
They come back up red and Alexa Bliss is hanging upside down in the corner! Almas turns around and the Fiend is there! STEREO SISTER ABIGAILS!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for WWE’s YouTube channel.
Stephanie McMahon announces the next round of draft picks.
Raw picks Nikki Cross, SmackDown picks Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, Raw picks R-Truth, SmackDown picks Apollo Crews, and Raw picks Dabba-Kato to close the round up.
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Woods and Ziggler to start, Dolph gets a front chancery, turns it into a schoolboy pin but Xavier slips right out. Returning the favor, trading pins, both men using their considerable mat grappling acumen. Ziggler with an arm wringer into a hammerlock, Woods reverses, side headlock, tag made but Dolph drags Kingston into his corner and tags Roode in.
Heels in control, leapfrogs into an uppercut and Kofi gets a nearfall! Cheap shot to Woods blocks the tag, Robert ducks a kick, full nelson slam connects! Tag, leapfrog Fameasser gets a nearfall and sends us to break.
Back from commercial, the heels are in control and working Kingston over. Roode with a reverse chinlock, grinding him down, Kofi explodes out of the corner with a double stomp and crawls for the tag... TAGS MADE! Woods in hot, clear the apron, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl headscissors sets up a superkick!
Robert in, boot up, Honor Roll takes him out, dump Ziggler to the floor, put Roo into the second, off the ropes, slingshot dropkick gets a two-for-one! Back inside, springboard DDT to Dolph... SO CLOSE! Military press, Ziggler counters and hits the big DDT... ONLY TWO! The match breaks down, X with the Honor Roll, countered into the spinning spinebuster... NOPE!
Tag made, Kofi with a roundhouse, Woods with a backbreaker...
New Day win by pinfall with Midnight Hour on Robert Roode to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Elias is interviewed backstage.
He offers the headline “Elias’ new single off the album Payback headed Jeff Hardy’s way” and says everybody’s forgiven Hardy but not him. Charly Caruso says it’s not proven that Jeff hit him but Elias isn’t hearing it and he says he’s got an album coming out and he’s gonna have a concert next week on Raw.
The Hurt Business make their entrance to send us to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Ricochet
Ricochet hot out the gates but Alexander turns it around on him, a Jackhammer gets two and he stays on Ricky with a reverse chinlock. Whip reversed, Cedric boxes his ears and picks at the arm, shoot the half, only two! Ricochet with a foot on the ropes, Alexander gator rolls him away from it, shifting gears, hammering him with strikes as Montel Vontavious Porter coaches him from ringside.
Small package nearly wins it for the One and Only, half nelson suplex... NO GOOD! Ricochet up top, nobody home on the 450 splash, roll through, thinking Benadryller, no good! Dropkick sets up a roundhouse, enzuigiri, Cedric catches him with the Michinoku Driver... SO CLOSE! Ref bumped, MVP gets a steel chair and slides it in the ring!
Ricochet grabs the chair, the other Hurt Business guys are on the apron but Ricky thinks fast and pulls an Eddy Guerrero...
Ricochet wins by disqualification after throwing a chair to Alexander and playing dead, forcing the Hurt Business to leave him alone going forward.
Post-match, the Hurt Business fume in the ring and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
We get a recap of Braun Strowman vs. Keith Lee from last week and are informed that there will be a sanctioned rematch that actually counts next week.
Stephanie McMahon gives us the final round of draft picks.
Raw picks Titus O’Neil, SmackDown picks Carmella, Raw picks Peyton Royce, SmackDown picks Aleister Black, and Raw finishes the draft off by picking Akira Tozawa.
Asuka makes her entrance to preside over the battle royal to determine her next challenger.
Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler make their entrance to be in the match and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Nia Jax cuts a promo saying that either she or Shayna Baszler are obviously winning, so why doesn’t everybody just eliminate themselves right now?
WWE Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal
They uh, do not take her up on it, instead choosing to swarm her! Battle royal business ensues, Nia eliminates Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose at the same time, she gets swarmed again, and the combined women of Raw and SmackDown, including her own partner, eliminate her in return! Jax throws a fit and Samoan Drops Lana through the announce table!
We see Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre brawling backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the battle royal is carrying on, Nikki Cross shoving away at Lacey Evans, up top, tornado DDT but Evans counters and eliminates her with the Woman’s Right! Bianca Belair eliminates Baszler, Natalya attacks her from behind, and I lose track of the action for a minute but Evans and Nattie eliminate the Riott Squad from behind!
They’re the final two, circling, Lacey with a kick, taking Nattie corner to corner, back body drop to the apron, slugging it out, slingshot back in, waistlock, standing switch, slingshot back suplex countered! Evans with a knee, Neidhart slaps the taste outta her mouth! Palm strikes, jockeying for position over a suplex in the ropes!
To the apron, still struggling, Nattie rams Lacey into the post but she hangs on and avoids elimination! A kick leaves Natalya hanging, Evans stomping at her hands but she drags herself onto the apron! Neidhart with a powerbomb lift, she swings Lacey into the post and eliminates her... BUT LANA IS STILL IN THE MATCH!
Lana wins, last eliminating Natalya to become #1 contender to the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Post-match, nevermind giving the women’s #1 contender time to digest, Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre have to close the show having another middling brawl.
Road agents (five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce, former ROH World Champion Jamie Noble, D-Von Dudley, and Pat Buck) and referees swarm to pull them apart.
That’s the show, folks.