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WWE Raw results, live blog (Nov. 16, 2020): Two title matches

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 16, 2020) from the ThunderDome at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the build to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Sunday night at the very same venue.

Advertised for tonight: Drew McIntyre challenges Randy Orton for the WWE championship, The Hurt Business get a shot at The New Day and the Raw tag team titles, all the closing angles leading into the show this weekend, and so much 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.)


Now she walks through her sunken dream to the seat with the clearest view, and she’s hooked to the silver screen. But the film is a saddening bore for she’s lived it ten times or more. She could spit in the eyes of fools as they ask her to focus on liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens into the intro video.

Commentary hypes up tonight’s title matches.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance in his street clothes.

He gets on the mic and welcomes us to the show, telling us that Survivor Series is Sunday. It’s been a Thanksgiving tradition, and since he’s lived in America for a third of his life, he loves Thanksgiving! He’s grown up his whole adult life in front of the WWE Universe, so he’s gonna tell us what he’s thankful for.

Family and friends he can lean on, and his fans, and the WWE ThunderDome bringing us closer together. He talks about working harder and proving people wrong, and his visit to SmackDown to confront Roman Reigns. He says Reigns has put himself on a pedestal so high that everybody down below is ants, and he’s going to Claymore him back down to earth at Survivor Series.

But he’d be a fool to overlook Randy Orton—

Orton appears to cut a promo from the tron. He says he hears Drew talking about what he’s thankful for, so he figured he’d join in. He’s thankful for being a 14-time world champion, for the fine that he got for putting his hands on five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce didn’t faze him, because he’s been fined and suspended more than any other WWE Superstar that’s ever been under contract.

And why is he still here despite all those rules that he’s broken? It’s because he’s the greatest wrestler ever. And tonight, he’s gonna beat him again, just like he did at Hell in a Cell, and he’s still going to be WWE Champion. Drew says this ends tonight and he’s gonna win the title back.

Enter the Miz and John Morrison.

They talk about it being November 16 and there being a new episode of Miz and Mrs. tonight, and McIntyre threatens them should they interfere in his match tonight. Miz talks about how he’s gonna hold the WWE Championship by the end of the night. McIntyre says the difference between him and Orton is that he’s not as patient, which leads Miz to make the mistake of getting in his face.

They back off in a hurry and Drew says he could do with a warm-up. Miz tells Drew that he screwed up by handing out title matches like candy, but tonight whether he wins or loses, it’s gonna be the A-Lister laughing all the way to the bank.

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler roll up on Lana backstage to accost her over a match she got booked tonight.

She knows no matter how hard she tries, she’ll never prove to them that she belongs on the team, so she got a trios match set up tonight where she’s going to partner with them to prove her worth.

We get entrances for that match and then go to break.

Asuka, Dana Brooke, & Mandy Rose vs. Lana, Nia Jax, & Shayna Baszler

Lana trying to start, Baszler tags in and Brooke takes advantage of the distraction to punch at her. Wacky swinging backbreaker from Shayna, clear the apron, Rose tags in and gets taken to the floor where Jax holds her down and Baszler stomps her arm! Mandy screams agony and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Brooke fights out of a similar arm stomp and puts Baszler into the turnbuckles! Asuka tags in and lights the tag champ up with kicks, whip across, ducking strikes, Asuka with the Codebreaker! Off the ropes, sliding kick, cover but Jax breaks it up! Dana runs in, sleeper hold on the big woman but Nia shrugs her off and drops her on the apron!

Karelin lift blocked, roundhouse kick from Asuka, Asuka Lock denied when Jax runs interference and Shayan gets the Kirifuda Clutch and backs into the corner where Lana tags her! Referee Darrick Moore has to count her out, Lana comes in, sliding kick... NOPE! Her partners berate her, she freezes and Asuka hits a roundhouse kick...

Asuka, Dana Brooke, & Mandy Rose win by submission with the Asuka Lock from Asuka on Lana.

Post-match, Shayna dumps Lana out of the ring and Nia says she’s actually proud of her for stepping up and showing courage tonight and welcomes her to team Raw... psyche, it’s a ruse! Nia hits the Samoan Drop through the table.

The men’s Team Raw is backstage bickering when AJ Styles and his Big Buddy roll up to keep the peace.

AJ gives them a pep talk and says if they don’t quit bickering, and he ends up handing out t-shirts and promising to make them a winning team if only they’ll listen to his instructions.

The other four scoff and walk off, but Matt Riddle comes back to say he doesn’t want anyone to feel left out and he’s got a sweet nickname for Big Buddy. Styles doesn’t want to hear it but Riddle calls him Olmos as he walks away. AJ is mad because he doesn’t even think Big Buddy speaks English, but he pipes up and says of course he does, which leaves Styles wanting to pick his brain as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Dana Brooke is interviewed in front of a trainer’s room.

She says Mandy Rose is in rough shape when Reckoning rolls up to kick the crap out of her and stomp her into some road cases! A referee and former ROH World Champion Jamie Noble show up to separate them.

Firefly Fun house time!

Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss welcome us to the Funhouse and Bray says the Miz is the worst and runs down why all Hollywood types are bad, up to and including sacrificing everything to their reptilian overlord. So he’s got a lesson in manners for the A-Lister, because they’ve got a match tonight, and if he has to repeat himself, well... you don’t want to see his bad side.

He knows this is short-notice, but thankfully he has his friends here to help him prepare. That thought leads us to a traning montage where he beats up the puppet pals blindfolded and makes karate/pooping noises, participates in a spelling bee, and throws darts at Rambling Rabbit to get ready to fight Miz.

The Hurt Business make their entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Montel Vontavious Porter leads a group promo about how much ass Hurt Business are going to be kicking, both tonight and at Survivor Series.

Enter the New Day.

Xavier Woods tells them to take the bass out of their voices before he throws them outside. Kofi Kingston uses MVP’s full name and says the best vs. the best means they’re going to retain and go on to wrestle the Street Profits at Survivor Series. Also they’re jerks so they should call themselves the Jerk Business.

New Day rocks, etc, and we go to break before the match can begin.

Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)

Alexander and Kingston to start, back and forth with mat grappling, shot off a headlock, pace picking up, leapfrog, leapfrog, Kofi with a leaping lariat for one! Tags made, Woods using his speed to overcome Benjamin’s power before pasting him in the corner with chops and mounted punches. Shelton with a big spinebuster for a nearfall, keeping the pressure up in the aftermath.

Tag made, the Hurt Business with a heat segment, eventually Kingston gets the hot tag and starts marking Shelton with boot prints! Diving crossbody isn’t enough, off the ropes, big leaping lariat, Boom Drop countered... BUCKLE BOMB! Tag to Cedric, another powerbomb lift... DOOMSDAY DEVICE! SO CLOSE!

And on that nearfall, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Benjamin is grinding Kingston down with a reverse chinlock. Kofi to his feet, Shelton grabs a sleeper hold but Kingston escapes with a jawbreaker! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, tornado DDT from Kofi! Tags made, Woods in hot, off the ropes, big leg lariat! Benjamin back in the ring, Xavier hits him with the Honor Roll!

Dump Cedric, put Shelton the second, slingshot dropkick takes both of them out! Taking Alexander back inside, up top, missile dropkick... NOT ENOUGH! Tag made, Kingston off the top with a double stomp but Benjamin breaks it up! Fountain of dives, Cedric absolutely throwing his body into this match!

Shelton tags in mid-dive, he runs Kofi over, back inside, Olympic Slam... SO CLOSE! Tag to Cedric, Manhattan Drop into a superkick, sheerdrop brainbuster... WOODS BREAKS THE PIN UP! Kofi fighting the Hurt Business off two-on-one, Trouble in Paradise takes Shelton off the apron...

New Day win by pinfall with Daybreak on Cedric Alexander to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.

Backstage, Sheamus waves Drew McIntyre over because he’s got something really important to show him.

He talks about how close he was with Drew’s mom and his Scots ancestry and he’s found something dear to McIntyre that was thought lost forever. He reveals a chest and Drew opens it up, pulling some stuff out and saying he was supposed to get this stuff, and he turns around to Sheamus. Sheamus presents him with a claymore, the sword, and Drew thanks his friend.

AJ Styles and his Big Buddy make their entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Retribution get a promo in a dark room backstage.

They talk about being one step ahead of Team Raw, and they try to act all different but they’re all spineless cowards waiting to stab themselves in the back, so all Retribution has to do is stand back and watch them fall. Mustafa Ali’s only hope is that AJ Styles is ready to go down with his ship..

AJ Styles joins the commentary booth for this one.

Retribution (Mace, Mustafa Ali, SLAPJACK, & T-Bar) vs. Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, & Sheamus)

Riddle and SLAPJACK to start, Matt digging deep, the rolling Karelin lifts overwhelm mighty JACK and he tags T-Bar in. Riddle lands the Pele kick, charging forearms, soon enough Sheamus and Strowman get into a shoving match over a tag and AJ Styles rolls up to try and keep the peace. Keith Lee is also there, they shove AJ into Big Buddy, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, T-Bar is in control on Riddle and Retribution make some tags to be able to overwhelm him only for Sheamus to break up a pin! Ali comes in with a neckbreaker, T-Bar bringing the violence, SLAPJACK takes too much time taunting and gets trapped briefly in an ankle lock! Fireman’s carry dropped into a roundhouse kick, SLAPJACK ducks it and hits his own kick but Matt counters with a Death Valley Driver!

Tags made, Ali on Lee, Mustafa runs away and Keith pounces SLAPJACK to hell! Thinking Spirit Bomb but the other guys get involved so Lee just swings him into his own tag partners! Pulled out to the floor, he almost fights them off but Ali dives on him and turns the tide! Rolling Lee back inside, cover... NO GOOD!

Braun freight trains T-Bar and Mace and Sheamus Brogue Kicks SLAPJACK! Big slam on Ali, Sheamus tags in, Braun tags in on him, scoop, the Celtic Warrior pulls him away and the big men bicker! Strowman dumps Sheamus out, Riddle tags in, Braun shoves him, Lee gets involved, Mustafa pushes Matt into Braun...

Retribution win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Mustafa Ali on Matt Riddle.

Nikki Cross is walking backstage, worried and looking for Alexa Bliss, when she runs into an interview.

She says friends never give up on each other, and the Fiend has hypnotized her friend and she wants to save her, no matter what.

Jeff Hardy is standing nearby when the interviewer catches his attention.

He’s tearing up flyers asking for information on when Elias got run over by a car and says he’s going to give him the big break he’s looking for.

And speaking of breaks...

Back from commercial, Elias is warming up in the locker room when Jeff Hardy rolls up on him, demanding to know what the deal the flyers is.

Elias says he’s just trying to find out who almost killed him, and Hardy says he didn’t. Elias says Jeff is the only one who knows what happened because he did it, and this leads Hardy to grab him by the beard and shove him into the lockers, saying if he keeps accusing him of things he didn’t do, he’s gonna be guilty of something far worse.

The Miz and John Morrison make their entrance.

Miz gets on the mic and says he and Bray have never been friends but he wants to admit he said some things he shouldn’t have, and he wants it to all be water under the bridge, because there’s no good reason to have this match when peaceful solutions are an option. He pitches Wyatt on helping him cash in tonight, instead.

Enter Alexa Bliss.

She says that He says “No.”

Nikki Cross comes out to grab her and say He’s bad news and she has to leave. She practically begs her friend and seems to be getting through, but Alex slaps her across the face and beats her down! They fight, referees and road agents (Pat Buck and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce) pull them apart until Bray Wyatt makes his entrance.

He stares Cross down before linking arms with Bliss and walking happily to the ring to send us to break.

Bray Wyatt vs. the Miz

Wyatt extends a hand and offers to forgive Miz but he kicks it away! Fighting in with kicks, whip reversed, freight train shoulder block! The A-Lister hanging him up in the ropes, crossface strikes, John Morrison gets a cheap shot in but Alexa Bliss runs him off! Bray with a right hand into a grounded choke, forearms, Miz rolls to the floor!

Back inside, boot up on the charge, Wyatt shrugs it off and drags him to his feet only to get hung over the top rope! Diving axehandle, basement DDT... NOPE! Chest kicks ensue, Bray ducks the buzzsaw finale and catches him in the Sister Abigail clutch, Miz slips away and runs the ropes before getting laid out by a lariat!

Off the ropes, freight train crossbody, huge Rock Bottom and the standing neck twist! Morrison looking to get involved again but Bliss dives off the apron and puts him ass over teakettle into the crowd! Wyatt worried about his pal, Miz clobbers him and follows it with the Awesome Clothesline! Bray fires up, however...

Bray Wyatt wins by pinfall with Sister Abigail.

Bray and Alexa walk off hand in hand and smiling when the Fiend appears on the tron and leaves them frozen in place.

We get a hype reel for tonight’s WWE Championship match and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some recaps of our women’s segments from earlier tonight, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Commentary informs us that both Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are out of Team Raw due to injury.

Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is interviewed and confirms this for us, saying he’s replaced them on the team with Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce.

Charly Caruso interviews Asuka next, who is very excited to beat Sasha Banks.

Commentary hypes up the Survivor Series card as it currently stands.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get some hype for this week’s edition of Raw Talk.

Angel Garza cuts another horny promo right down the barrel of the camera. This one is about how roses have thorns and he’s the thorn protecting all the women in the world, who are roses. He asks us to look at “the man to our right” and buddy, you need to calm down and stop being so heteronormative.

Anyway, he talks about how great he is and whatnot.

Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce are annoying in the general vicinity of Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax for a minute.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance, wearing the kilt and such that was in the trunk that Sheamus brought him, and brandishing the claymore, to send us to break.

Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton (c) (WWE Championship)

Collar and elbow, struggling around the ring, brawling into the corner, trading punches, a big headbutt knocks Orton down! Stomps ensue, rights and lefts, another headbutt, off the ropes, big spinebuster into a jackknife pin, only two! Randy rolls out of the ring and grabs his title belt, clearly looking to walk out!

Drew chases him down and drops him with a northern lariat! Orton walks off, referee Rod Zapata counts, but five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce comes to the ring and makes the match no disqualification and no countout to send us to break!

Back from commercial, Orton and McIntyre are trading punches in the ring. Hard whip, but Drew explodes out of the corner with a lariat! Whip reversed, back-to-back backbreaker connects, Randy capitalizes with chairshots! Action to the floor, beating on Drew with and on the steel steps,but none of it’s good enough for the win!

The Garvin Stomp follows, still no juice in the cover, dumping McIntyre to the floor, following after him, jamming a thumb in his eye during the brawl! Back suplex into the announce table! Climbing up on it with him, mounted punches, another back suplex and still the table stands firm! Drew recovers, heavy right hands and his own back suplex into the table!

Another one and still the table does not break! Looking for Claymore on the floor... RANDY ORTON STEPS OUT OF THE WAY AND WE GO TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Orton is setting a table up on the floor, but McIntyre rallies and smashes his head intot he steps to block. Back inside, Randy cuts him off, cover for two, reverse chinlock applied! Drew fights out, punches and chops, whip across, overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Another one, a jumping neckbreaker, kick to the gut, Future Shock blocked!

Kick to the gut, whip into the corner, charging in, back body drop to the apron! McIntyre up top, Orton cuts him off, jockeying for position... THAT BEAUTIFUL ORTON FAMILY SUPERPLEX! Cover for two, RKO countered into a backslide, two count, Future Shock connects... NO DICE! Trading shots over the ropes, a headbutt drops the Viper through a table!

Back inside, only good for two! Drew lying in wait... CLAYMORE COUNTERED INTO THE SNAP SCOOP POWERSLAM! Action to the floor, Randy hits the hanging DDT off the announce table! A second hanging DDT back in the ring, RKO denied, off the ropes...

Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore to win the WWE Championship.

Drew holds the title high and thanks us.

That’s the show, folks.

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