WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 9, 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 vs. Matt Riddle in a Second Chance Survivor Series Qualifying match where the winner becomes the fifth and final member of the Raw men’s Survivor Series team alongside Sheamus, AJ Styles, Keith Lee, and Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre joins host Alexa Bliss on “A Moment of Bliss”, and so much more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 9
In the corner of the morning in the past, I would sit and blame the master first and last. All the roads were straight and narrow, and the prayers were small and yellow, and the rumour spread that I was aging fast. Then I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree, and I looked and frowned and liveblogged this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
The Miz makes his entrance, flanked as always by John Morrison, and gets in the ring and on the mic to welcome us to MizTV in his usual fashion.
They talk up both their six-man teaming with Randy Orton later tonight and the two new episodes of Miz and Mrs. this week before—
Enter Randy Orton.
He’s hot because Miz said his reality show is more important than any match and he knows what’s going on here— it’s a setup to give the A-Lister an easy catchphrase. He berates Miz and Morrison, the former for his time as a locker room outsider and the latter for taking his ball home and going to the indies.
Orton turns around and tells Miz to take his shot now, honestly, but the A-Lister isn’t having it and he and Morrison shout Randy down.
Enter New Day, making fun of the heels in the ring at length.
They think it’s a shame there’s no live crowd to laugh at them, so they’re gonna hang out in the ring and laught at them— RKO TO KOFI KINGSTON! THE TAG BOYS TAKE XAVIER WOODS OUT! DREW MCINTYRE MAKES THE SAVE AND STARTS BRAWLING WITH RANDY ORTON!
The heels end up standing tall with Miz talking trash while Orton sizes him up.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the Undertaker’s alleged Final Farewell at Survivor Series.
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.
His promo is about how badly he needs a break like winning this Survivor Series qualifying match. He tries to outsmart the interruption gods by doing a fakeout “I’m going to sing a song right now” bit, but of course he’s not actually interrupted until he starts playing the song.
Elias vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Riddle (Survivor Series Qualifying Match)
Three-way brawling early, trading schoolboy pins, three-way standoff while AJ Styles and his Big Buddy look on. Action to the floor, Elias running hot and laying everybody out, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Elias is beating on Hardy and takes a break to blast Riddle off the apron. Elbow drop and stomps, Matt comes back and the Drifter cuts him off with chops. Whip blocked, but the back elbow cuts Deep Waters down! Jeff with right hands, whip reversed, axehandle connects, Manhattan Drops for both guys!
Double leg on Elias, back body drop to Riddle, double leg drop to the Drifter sets up the basement dropkick and a falling axehandle but Matt breaks the pin up! Sending Riddle out of the ring, Twist of Fate reversed into Drift Away but Matt breaks it up with a senton! Fisherman buster on Elias but Hardy breaks it up with a dropkick!
Hoist the Charismatic Enigma up, he slips out, Poetry in Motion off of Riddle’s back sends Elias to the floor! Fired up, kick to the gut, Twist of Fate reversed, Hardy out of the backslide! Riddle with heavy hands, Jeff gives ‘em right back, duck a roundhouse, catch the Pele kick, he’s got the Twist of Fate ready but the Drifter blocks it with a knee!
Up and over in the corner, Riddle catches him...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with the fall-forward Tombstone Piledriver, qualifying for Team Raw at Survivor Series.
Backstage, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is chatting with AJ Styles.
They shake hands and Pearce leaves as an interview rolls up for Styles.
He’s happy to have Matt Riddle on Team Raw even though they got off to a rocky start last week.
Sheamus rolls up to complain about “that shoeless muppet” Riddle getting a spot on the team, and says he’ll kick his head off his shoulders if he doesn’t play ball at Survivor Series. AJ says they need to have a team meeting and Sheamus says he’s not his captain.
Braun Strowman rolls up and agrees, AJ is not his captain either.
And on that bombshell, we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Retribution beating Tucker Knight and Ricochet down last week.
Mustafa Ali cuts a promo about how Ricochet is a good man and he applauds his higher instincts. He’s brave and courageous, but he’s a damn fool if he believes one man can change everything. Mia Yim takes over and says it’s easy to feel alone when you’re manipulated, but where does that leave you? No mercy was shown unto them, so no mercy will be shown to you.
We get a Retribution rollcall and Ali says they won’t rest until they shut you down.
The Hurt Business are chatting when a besuited Drew Gulak rolls up to pitch them on expanding to include him. Montel Vontavious Porter says they appreciate his interest but they’re not accepting applications right now, and Bobby Lashley pulls his tie off, revealing it’s a clip-on, and MVP takes offense. Drew defends it as a tactical decision due to his 24/7 Championship, to which Cedric Alexander says he’s got a point.
The Hurt Business put boots to him and leave him lying. Lashley puts the tie on his chest so strictly speaking the tie should be your new champion now.
But R-Truth is lurking...
R-Truth wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Lana makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a Veteran’s Day video package.
Lana vs. Shayna Baszler
Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose are on commentary for this one.
Baszler dominates Lana, ramming her into the corner and beating the hell out of her. Remaining in control, Karelin lift into a knee strike, pulling up on the cover...
Shayna Baszler wins by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch.
Post-match, Shayna throws Lana out so Nia Jax can do the deal, but Mandy and Dana won’t let her!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lana tries to apologize to Dana and Mandy but they’re not having it.
AJ Styles makes his entrance to lead his team meeting.
He introduces his teammates of Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Sheamus, and Braun Strowman, and they all come down.
Styles says they were missing a piece to the puzzle last week, but now they have Matt Riddle and everybody’s gonna get along.
Of course, they immediately start bickering with each other. Matt tries to calm things down by giving everybody codenames— AJ is the Skipper, Braun’s Mongoose, Keith is Broly, and Sheamus is Fireface. He takes issue with this and asks what Riddle’s codename is, Dopey? Matt goes with it and says Dopey is in fact his codename.
AJ puts over the threat of Team SmackDown, telling Sheamus that Jey Uso will tear him apart, Keith Lee will take a stomp from Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens will hit a Stunner on Riddle, and Braun will bow down to King Baron Corbin if he doesn’t get along with the team right now.
Everybody’s cool until AJ says he’s captain and then they start bickering again, and Styles says he’s got plan B. Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce has already sanctioned the match— Sheamus and Braun vs. Riddle and Keith, with AJ as the guest referee, to try and get them to have respect for each other.
And so we go to break.
Braun Strowman & Sheamus vs. Keith Lee & Matt Riddle
Sheamus and Lee to start, collar and elbow all over the ring, Celtic Warrior with a side headlock, shot off, Keith turns it around and makes the tag. Working Sheamus over until he gets to the corner, tables turned, and Riddle is on the wrong end of the heat segment for a good long minute. Sheamus gets into it with Styles, Matt takes advantage and clears the way!
Front kick, Sheamus sidesteps, Riddle kicks AJ full-force and he’s not there to count the pin! It happens a second time, the match breaks down, and Styles gets knocked out a third time when the hosses meet in the middle! AJ’s Big Buddy gets in the ring to protect him and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus has Riddle grounded in a chickenwing chinlock. Matt fights out only to get hit with the Irish Curse and the Celtic Warrior tags out. Big senton from Strowman, Lee comes in and cleans up, throwing Sheamus into Braun and leaving both men wiped out! HE POWERBOMBS HIS OWN TAG PARTNER ONTO THEM!
Keith off the ropes, a big lariat takes Strowman down... NOT ENOUGH! Sheamus with a big knee, he hits the Brogue Kick but Lee feel into a tag and Riddle hits a bridging German suplex for two! Fired up, corner forearms, Braun gets a goozle but AJ forces him to let go! Sheamus lays Riddle out, ready to finish but Strowman tags in!
Braun throws Matt around, corner body avalanche, blind tag from Sheamus and they bicker while Riddle recovers. Sheamus Brogue Kicks the monster off the apron, Riddle from behind...
Keith Lee & Matt Riddle win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Riddle on Sheamus.
Post-match, Strowman and Sheamus continue arguing while AJ Styles tries to keep the peace.
We go backstage where Alexa Bliss is plucking petals off of roses when Nikki Cross rolls up.
She wants to talk to her about Him, and Alexa says she’s having so much fun and meeting so many new people, but she’s going to invite her over for a playdate sometime soon. Nikki says she’s not playing and this isn’t a game and tries to take the blame for the Fiend sinking his claws into her, which gets Bliss all giggly and making claw hands.
Cross says she’s here now and she wants Alexa to choose. Bliss chooses Him and blows the petals in Nikki’s face before running off.
The Hurt Business make their entrance, all smiles, and we’re informed that they have a tag title shot next week.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Montel Vontavious Porter gets on the mic.
He talks about how the Hurt Business are gonna win the tag titles and go on to wrestle Street Profits in the champion vs. champion match at Survivor Series. They’re gonna beat them, too, and then Bobby Lashley is gonna turn Sami Zayn into a human ragdoll.
Enter Titus O’Neil.
He’s still hot about Hurt Business turning down his proposal to join forces, but MVP says that was just business as usual. And since he has some measure of respect for Titus, he’s giving him the chance to walk away now while he still can. O’Neil isn’t having it, and he’s got a question for both of them— what’s the sense of having that title if you don’t defend it.
Bob gives him a title shot if he wants it, but it’ll be his first and his last.
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Titus O’Neil (WWE United States Championship)
Porter gets on the mic at the bell and reminds Titus that the match takes place above the ring, not beneath it. O’Neil lighting Lashley up in the corner with punches, keeping him on the defensive, into the next corner, whip across, Bob with the spear! MVP tells him it’s time to go and he grabs the Hurt Lock, Titus struggles but the end is inevitable...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Hurt Lock to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Backstage, Sheamus complains to Drew McIntyre about Team Raw’s lack of organization.
Drew points out that maybe you shouldn’t Brogue Kick your partners, but Sheamus just keeps complaining, and complains about McIntyre’s tag partners tonight, the New Day. Drew does the New Day claps and Sheamus asks him what he’s doing before again talking about how he wishes they could team again.
McIntyre reminisces about raising hell, kicking heads and drinking kegs. Sheamus invites him out for some pints, and Drew says if he gets his title back they’re drinking all night long, on him. He begs off to go warm up for his match.
Asuka makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Nia Jax is interviewed backstage.
She says everyone’s confused about who runs the women’s division, but— Shayna Baszler pipes up to say that she does. Nia complains about everyone running their mouths and says she’s the team leader and she might just come back after tonight and beat Asuka again for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
Asuka using her deadly kicks early, looking for an armbar takedown, second try she gets the octopus hold locked on! Flying armbar when Jax threatens to escape, shifting to a triangle choke, holding on to the floor but Nia slams her into the barricade to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Asuka escapes a hold with a jawbreaker and grabs a guillotine choke in return! Jax hosses her up from that into a suplex for two, bieling her across the ring after for good measure! Corner body avalanche, Asuka counters a powerbomb into a Hurricanrana for two of her own! Uraken, uraken, running hip attack lays her out but can’t do the deal!
Nia hits the powerbomb this time, cover reversed into the cross armbar! Lana gets up on the apron and Shayna Baszler locks the Kirifuda Clutch on her, leading Asuka to hit a running hip attack to knock them both down! Sunset flip for two, shifting into the Asuka Lock but Baszler hits the ring and breaks it up, leaving referee Darrick Moore no choice...
Asuka wins by disqualification, presumably, though no finish is announced.
Post-match, chaos reigns in the ring as all six women brawl, but eventually the tag champs stand tall and turn to Lana, down and out in the corner. They throw her out onto the floor, fireman’s carry... and the Samoan Drop through the announce table.
Nia gets in Lana’s face and says she doesn’t belong and she should just quit.
We get a recap of our opening segment brawl, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
R-Truth is interviewed backstage.
He’s in a seven-way match to defend the title next, but he thinks he’s in a photoshoot for GQ. He wants to go get some glasses so he can’t be hit, but his music hits and he makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Angel Garza cuts another one of his horny direct-to-camera promos where he says he’s fighting for every woman in the world to show us that no other man is good enough for us.
(Jokes on you, Garza, I’m a happily married lesbian!)
Ankira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak vs. Erik vs. Gran Metalik vs. Lince Dorado vs. R-Truth (c) vs. Tucker Knight (WWE 24/7 Championship)
The match is over before it begins...
Akira Tozawa wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Erik wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Drew Gulak wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Tucker Knight wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Drew Gulak wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Tucker Knight wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
R-Truth lands a big heel kick on Knight, fireman’s carry on Gulak but Erik takes him out with a knee! Brawling continues, Dorado off the top with a splash, Metalik with the Gran Naniwa elbow...
Gran Metalik wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Lince Dorado wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Truth shoves Lince into Metalik, Attitude Adjustment...
R-Truth wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Post-match, Truth runs off and the crush follows after him.
Retribution make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet
Ricochet with a hard right hand at the bell, keeping the pressure up, chops in the corner, elbow sets up a Michinoku Driver, powerdrive elbow, only two! Jawing at Ali, he eats a drop toehold into the turnbuckles and Mustafa follows it up with clubs and kicks! Back and forth, trading shots, Ali with a sleeper hold to try and grind him down.
Ricky to his feet, he gets clubbed down, action to the apron, Mustafa goes for a suplex but Ricochet reverses into a Frankensteiner to the floor! Retribution stalk their way over and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ali is in charge, whip into the turnbuckles sets up a jumping neckbreaker for two! Reverse chinlock, continuing to grind The One and Only down, shove into the corner, Ricochet with a Dragon Suplex for some breathing room! Discus lariat, Ricky running hot, Mustafa sidesteps a kick, back elbow, tornado DDT but Ricochet blocks it and turns it into a northern lights suplex, bridging into a vertical drop brainbuster... NOPE!
In the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... ALI WITH AN AVALANCHE LUNGBLOWER! RICOCHET FINDS THE WILL TO KICK OUT! Ali yells at Ricochet about how he’s trying to help him, but Ricky lands a big forearm! Poison Frankensteiner, pulling himself up the ropes and he hits a springboard tornillo to wipe the rest of Retribution out!
Back up top, but Ali rolls out of the way and grabs a Koji Clutch...
Mustafa Ali wins by referee stoppage with the Koji Clutch.
Randy Orton is hanging out backstage when five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce rolls up.
He’s got a directive from corporate that Orton might not be happy with— he defends the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre next week. Randy goozles him against the wall and tells him to tell corporate to go to hell.
Orton makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for WWE’s partnership with Hire Heroes USA.
Drew McIntyre & New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. John Morrison, Randy Orton, & the Miz
Morrison and McIntyre to start, Drew drops him with a hard right hand! Throwing him to New Day in the corner, chopping away, tag to Woods and he hits the rolling elbow! John tags out to the Miz, we rotate to Kingston and Morrison and he hits a big stomp! The match breaks down, Miz and Woods come in and Xavier back body drops him to the floor!
New Day off the ropes, stereo dives wipe the heels out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods drops Miz with a dropkick for two! Boot up in the corner, Honor Roll connects, another nearfall! Morrison with a cheap shot, tag made, double stomp on the apron and Xavier collapses to the floor! Orton stalks over him while McIntyre watches, but the Viper does nothing as Johnny Raw takes oods back inside for a cover.
Falling forearms, double stomp, into a reverse chinlock and Woods is looking glassy-eyed and distant. Fighting back, reaching for the tag, John hits a Samoan Drop and gets the tag. Miz offers Orton the tag but he refuses to come into the match, so the A-Lister catapults him into an elbow from a legal Morrison!
Randy off the apron, quick tags, tags made and McIntyre comes in a house afire! Overhead belly-to-belly suplexes for Miz, for Morrison, and for Miz and Morrison at the same time! Jumping neckbreaker on Johnny Raw, Drew stares Orton down, Future Shock connects! He puts Morrison in the corner and tells Randy to not be a bitch and to fight him right now.
Orton climbs back up on the apron, leans over... and drops back down, he’s gone. Morrison trying to steal it with feet on the ropes, the match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, a headbutt cuts John out of midair and Drew lies in wait...
Drew McIntyre & New Day win by pinfall with Claymore from McIntyre on John Morrison.
Post-match, Orton and McIntyre stare each other down.
That’s the show, folks.