WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 2, 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 later this month at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Jeff Hardy vs. Elias in a Guitar On A Pole match, Randy Orton has a target on his back as WWE champion and we could see what’s next for him in that regard, The New Day take on Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin of The Hurt Business, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, and so much more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 2
Tried to be a teacher and a fisher of men, an equal people preacher, will you lead us all the same? Well I travelled around the world to find a brand new word for day. Watching the time, mustn’t linger behind, pardon me I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of our post-Hell in a Cell world title scene status quo.
Thence to the intro video.
Randy Orton makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He cuts a promo about becoming WWE Champion again and says he’s the best, period. He’s no longer the Legend Killer, he’s now simply a legend, and he calls down the thunder, asking for a challenger.
Enter Alexa Bliss.
She stands there and plays with the hem of her dress (which is cute but would be cuter with petticoats under it, just sayin’) while looking expectantly at Orton. She puts the hand wearing the glove that says “pain” under her chin and tells Randy He could be here, which leads to the Fiend lightshow and sound effects.
But the Fiend is nowhere to be seen, and Drew McIntyre Claymores Orton out of nowhere!
Miz and John Morrison appear and Miz is cashing in! But before the match can begin, McIntyre beats them up and throws Morrison bodily out of the ring!
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.)
Miz and Morrison are shown walking backstage when an interview rolls up.
They complain about Drew McIntyre and establish that the Money in the Bank contract is still in play and the cash-in didn’t count. They challenge Drew to a handicap match tonight.
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.
He talks about his new album going to #1 and the promotional tour that goes with it and how he’s gonna beat Jeff Hardy tonight. He begins playing a song entitled Amen for us, but Hardy’s entrance cuts him off.
Elias vs. Jeff Hardy (Guitar on a Pole Match)
Hardy goes right after the guitar but Elias cuts him down and tries to turn it into a normal match. Action to the floor, Jeff recovers, Poetry in Motion off the steps! Hardy climbs for the guitar and Elias throws a stool at him to knock him down and send us to break!
Back from commercial, Elias has control of Hardy and is beating him down. Jeff recovers but the Drifter cuts him off and keeps hammering him with strikes and suffocating him against the ropes. Hardy cuts him off as he goes for the guitar and gets rolling! Jeff gets the guitar and cracks it over Elias...
Jeff Hardy wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are shown working out backstage ahead of their match to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lana makes her entrance to watch her teammates fight.
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Jax and Rose to start, Mandy using speed and technical acumen to stay ahead of the champ, blind tag, chop block from Brooke as they chop the giant down and force Baszler to break a pin up and tag in! They manage to keep Shayna from taking control of the match, and a tight nearfall leads to Nia destroying Mandy on the floor!
Dana thinks fast and counters the Kirifuda Clutch, staying in the fight, whip to the floor and Baszler gets distracted by Lana! Back inside, handspring back elbow countered into the Kirifuda Clutch but Lana manages to make her drop the hold! Brooke with a pin that could have been a win but referee Darrick Moore is distracted and Baszler grabs the submission again...
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch from Baszler on Dana Brooke to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Randy Orton is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s not worried about having a target on his back because of the RKO, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, R-Truth makes his entrance and gets interviewed.
He’s confused because he didn’t come here to fight Bobby Lashley, he came out here to meet his favorite waterboy, Bobby Boucher.
Bobby Lashley vs. R-Truth
Truth begs off early, telling Lashley this is a non-title match and they’re both champions and there’s no need for anybody to get hurt. He lays down and tells Bob to just pin him, but an upkick comes and we get going! Lashley with the spear, into the Hurt Lock...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Hurt Lock.
Post-match, Lashley reapplies the Hurt Lock and leaves Truth crumpled on the mat.
Drew Gulak runs in and covers Truth but Bob hoists him up for the Yokosuka Cutter before locking the Hurt Lock on Gulak as well. He throws Drew on Truth...
Drew Gulak wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Lucha House Party are backstage and they’re ready to go after Gulak now that he’s champ, but they literall run into AJ Styles and his giant bodyguard.
They decide to go the other way and a cackling Styles walks off with the giant in tow to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Nia Jax is interviewed backstage.
She complains about Lana’s interference in the match earlier and threatens to end her career by the end of the night.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He talks about the way the Survivor Series teams are shaking out and how much better Team Raw is. He says he’s the only reasonable choice for captain of Team Raw and introduces “his” team thus far, consisting of Sheamus and Keith Lee. He says their success is his success, and he doesn’t care who they have to beat from SmackDown.
Lee cuts him off and says nobody’s been made captain yet and his sizable friend isn’t enough to intimidate him into accepting AJ’s leadership. They bicker back and forth about it—
Enter Braun Strowman.
He announces that he’s on the team, but Keith says they had to qualify, so he has to as well. Braun counters by offering up his qualifications vis a vis Survivor Series and a clean victory over Lee a few weeks back.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce comes out to say he’s been looking for a way to get Braun on the team but nobody wants to fight him on Raw. Keith takes issue with the notion that that victory was clean, and Sheamus butts in to say he wants the match against Strowman. Styles has a solution— a three-way with Lee and Sheamus.
Pearce makes it official and we go to break.
Braun Strowman vs. Keith Lee vs. Sheamus
Sheamus gets dumped right away and Lee pounces Strowman clean out of the ring! Big lads throwing hamhocks around, the Celtic Warrior and the Monster brawling on the floor as the Limitless One drops them both with a tope con giro! Sheamus and Lee brawling, Braun wipes them out and clears the announce table but gets put through the steel steps in return! They run Strowman over with the steps!
The Celtic Warrior puts Keith into the post and throws him back inside, Beats of the Bodhran ensue, Lee counters by pulling him out of the ring and dropping him into the barricade! Clubs from behind, scooping him up, Sheamus counters with a sleeper on the floor to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus is in control with a top wristlock on Lee. Strowman back in with a vengeance, tossing the Celtic Warrior around but he gets caught with White Noise for two! Sheamus up top, Keith with the goozle to cut him off, they jockey for position and Braun cuts Sheamus off after he fends Lee off!
Tower of Doom leaves all three guys down and out! Lee nails Strowman with a freight train crossbody for two! Braun to the floor, Sheamus hangs Keith up, slingshot shoulder block takes him down but he belly-to-bellies Sheamus in return! Back and forth, calling for it, Braun cuts the Celtic Warrior off and gets back into it with Lee!
Big lariat from the Limitless One gets two, Brogue Kick takes him down, Strowman recovers...
Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with the running powerslam on Sheamus, qualifying for Team Raw at Survivor Series.
Post-match, AJ Styles hits the ring to play peacemaker with “his” team, calling for handshakes. Strowman and Lee shake, but Sheamus is more reticent and slaps his hand before hugging him, to AJ’s delight... AND THEN HE BROGUE KICKS THE MONSTER OUT OF THE RING! LEE POUNCES SHEAMUS! AJ DROPKICKS KEITH!
Styles falls to his knees and loses his mind over his “perfect team” falling apart.
Angel Garza cuts an allegedly sexy promo that must be for straight girls because it ain’t doing anything for your friendly neighborhood liveblog lesbian.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the Undertaker Tombstoning a scarecrow on Jimmy Fallon.
A recap of our opening segment follows, because goddamn this show is long.
He talks about his handicap match tonight and how much he likes beating the Miz up.
We get a new Firefly Fun House.
Today’s episode is about the letters RKO, to which Abby says Randy Orton can go (beep) himself, and so can Alexa Bliss after telling her to put ten cents in the swear jar. Bray Wyatt says Abby brings up a valid point, though— Randy Orton was a very bad man, once upon a time, but the past is in the past and from those ashes he was able to create a new world where the fun never— scenes of Orton burning the shed down play— stops.
Bliss has some other matter to attend to and Wyatt puts a hand on her head. She spits out blood and Bray exclaims “Oh shit!” to close the segment and send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce get an inset promo, so I guess they’re going to continue to pal around for a minute.
They say there’s no way Lana’s making it out of the show in one piece as we see Shayna Baszler clearing the table for her tag partner.
Lana also gets an inset promo where she says she might not have been successful in ending Nia’s tag title reign, but she’s never letting her push her around again.
Lana vs. Nia Jax
Jax rams Lana early but the Ravishing Russian fights back with everything she’s got. Shoving and jawing, Nia not taking her very seriously as she biels her across the ring. Overwhelming her after the obligatory hope spot, she wants Lana to just give up but she’s not having it. Eventually Jax gives in...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with the Samoan Drop.
Post-match, Shayna Baszler hits the ring and throws Lana out of it so Nia can do the deal. Fireman’s carry... SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
Backstage, R-Truth runs into the Hurt Business and immediately turns around and walks the other way. MVP says they signed his water bottle and throws it at him to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the Hurt Business make their entrance and get on the mic.
Montel Vontavious Porter says Survivor Series is an opportunity to beat the best, and they’re the best. Bobby Lashley talks about how Sami Zayn thinks he’s better because he represents a lot of countries as Intercontinental Championship, but at Survivor Series, he’s gonna put his ass to sleep.
That brings us to tonight’s business, which is that they’re going to collect their payment for dealing with Retribution in the form of coming for New Day and the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Enter New Day.
Xavier Woods puts Bob over and says he was a big fan... when he was in 6th grade. Kofi Kingston puts the other guys over, but you know who else is good? Your boys the New Day! And Kofi’s won more titles than the Hurt Business put together, including the WWE Championship that’s eluded them entirely!
MVP fires back pointing out that he lost that title to Brock Lesnar in eight seconds, and he thinks Bob could have done it faster. Kingston says he thought the hurt was physical and not to his feelings, but damn man. He fires back with a joke about how eight seconds is how long Lashley lasts in bed.
Porter paints a picture of New Day as clowns who’d rather be funny than do business, and Cedric and Shelton are gonna two-step all over their faces and take the titles away. New Day have a sidebar as to whether this current reign makes nine or ten before refocusing on the notion that they’re a business themselves, internationally traded.
And so we go to break.
Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods)
Woods and Alexander to start, Xavier bringing his speed to bear and we move on to Kingston and Benjamin soon enough. Quick tags from the Hurt Business, working Kofi over, a monkey flip gets him some breathing room, roll through into a dropkick and tags are made! Woods working fast, clearing Hurt Business out of the ring only to get blasted off the apron by a wicked knee from Shelton!
That leads to another heat segment, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods gets a dropkick and creates an opening! Tag made, Kingston in hot with dropkicks and leaping lariats, clear the apron, Boom Drop, calling for it but Cedric ducks Trouble in Paradise! Whip to the corner, boot up, springboard Frankensteiner into a pop-up stomp for two! SOS reversed into the Michinoku Driver, only two!
Tag to Benjamin, Neuralyzer misses, Benjamin with an O’Connor roll but Woods made the blind tag and comes in with a tornado DDT for two! Spinebuster in return, Xavier kicks out and we go to the turnbuckles for a diving DDT from Woods but Alexander breaks the pin up! Kofi in, the match breaks down, X and Shelton trading pins.
Hot Shot, tag made, Neuralyzer connects, Paydirt...
Hurt Business win by pinfall with a lateral press from Cedric Alexander on Xavier Woods.
Nikki Cross is walking backstage and she rolls up to Alexa Bliss.
She complains that she hasn’t heard anything from her and wants to know what’s up. She’s silent and Nikki vents at her, saying she knows it’s the Fiend doing this and the Alexa that was her best friend wouldn’t let anyone make decisions for her. She turns Bliss around and demands she look at her and Alexa is wearing creepy contacts that send Cross stumbling back as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Mustafa Ali comes to ringside to scout this next match.
Ricochet vs. Tucker Knight
Striking early, Ricochet getting most of the blows in but Knight starts shoving him around. Kicks from Ricky...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with Recoil.
Post-match, Ali gets on the apron and the Retribution graphics come up all over the ThunderDome.
The rest of Retribution is her and T-Bar dumps Ricochet out of the ring! Retribution surround Tucker and put boots to him! They turn back to Ricochet again and hit the double chokeslam!
Sheamus rolls up to Drew McIntyre and pitches him on joining Team Raw and teaming together again, the Celtic Connection back on tap.
Drew says he’d love to team again but he’s busy trying to reclaim the title right now. Sheamus is understanding and says he has his number and just asks for him to Claymore Miz and Morrison to hell.
The Miz and John Morrison make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Drew McIntyre vs. the Miz & John Morrison (Handicap Match)
Morrison starting, laying strikes right in, going for a single leg, bailing to the floor to avoid McIntyre’s heavy hands. Miz tags in and lights the Scot up a bit but Drew turns him around and works him over. Action eventually goes to the floor and McIntyre overcomes the numbers to beat the heels down and send us to break.
Back from commercial, McIntyre is beating Morrison down in the corner. He throws him across the ring but Johnny Raw gets a jawbreaker and the tag! Miz lands on his feet off a back suplex but rings into an elbow, enzuigiri from Morrison and a tag! Heels putting boots to McIntyre and posting him, and an extended heat segment complete with cheap shots follows.
Drew blocks Starship Pain by crotching Morrison in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, spider belly-to-belly superplex from McIntyre! Drew running hot, Miz legal, belly-to-belly suplex into a jumping neckbreaker and the kip-up! The Scottish giant is fired up, underhooks, Future Shock reversed into a Skull-Crushing Finale attempt, blocked but the spinebuster hits! Morrison breaks it up with the running shooting star press!
Morrison tags back in, superkick connects, Moonlight Drive... NOPE! Miz tags in, Skull-Crushing Finale... STILL NO! Chest kicks ensue, Drew fends them off and hits Future Shock! Lying in wait but Johnny Raw pulls the Miz out of the ring so McIntyre runs the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO! Throwing Miz back inside, he’s got him...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymore on the Miz.
Post-match, Randy Orton hits the RKO outta nowhere on Drew.
That’s the show, folks.