WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 21, 2020) from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, featuring the fallout show from the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night at the very same venue.
Advertised for tonight: Nothing specifically at this time, but Drew McIntyre is still WWE champion and The Miz’s cash-in attempt failed, Charlotte Flair is back and, alongside Asuka, is the new women’s tag team champion, Bray Wyatt was apparently burned to death by Randy Orton in the Firefly Inferno match, and more. There’s a lot to sift through, essentially.
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 21
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The show opens with the intro video.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and we get a recap of her and Asuka winning the tag titles last night.
She gets on the mic and says nothing has changed these last six months, and when a friend asks for help and there’s something in it for her, all they have to do is ask. She calls Asuka the heartbeat of the women’s division and introduces her.
Asuka makes her entrance and they hug.
Asuka gets on the mic and says some stuff in Japanese before saying, in English, that the Empress of Tomorrow is the double champion of today. They celebrate some—
Enter Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
Nia gets on the mic and talks about how good it is to see Charlotte, saying that six months might have healed up that broken arm but it didn’t do anything for that robotic voice. To that, Flair says she kicked her ass last night. Jax says Santa Claus isn’t the only one with a list, they have one too, and they hand out season’s beatings to those who deserve it.
Just ask Lana and Kairi Sane.
Enter Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose.
Mandy says something looks different about Dana and what is it? They come to the conclusion that they’re the same, but Shayna looks like Rudolph with a nose job and the only thing Nia is missing is antlers. And critically, they’re not the tag champs anymore.
Charlotte addresses all four of them and calls for a ref, sending us to break.
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Sexy Muscle Friends (Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose)
Rose and Baszler to start, mat grappling with Shayna holding the advantage, but Mandy holds her own and keeps it from becoming a rout. Tags made, Jax throws Brooke around, but she gets a satellite headscissor and the tag! Rose with a knee that sends Nia to the floor, Dana clears Shayna, stereo crossbody dives to the floor and the babyface team flexes while the tag champs look on.
Heels recover, Jax throws Mandy into the barricade and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the heels are beating Rose down. Jax clubbing away, Mandy gets a hopeful slap across her face in and is able to dodge the leg drop! Kicking Nia into her corner, Baszler tags in and clears the apron! Rose ducks a lariat, hits lariats of her own, straight suplex connects, Shayna runs into a back elbow and then gets smashed into the turnbuckles!
Forearms, off the ropes, Mandy with a knee, Brooke with the blind tag, handspring knee drop... NOPE! Dana with an enzuigiri, headed up top, senton atomico... NIA JAX BREAKS THE PIN UP! Rose with a diving knee for Jax, Brooke handspring elbow on the floor, back inside and Baszler cuts her off with a backbreaker! Dana is able to duck the bicep stomp, schoolboy into the turnbuckles, no good!
Shayna locks the Kirifuda Clutch on...
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch from Baszler on Dana Brooke.
Post-match, Sexy Muscle Friends manage to take the heels out and make it clear that they’re not just rolling over.
We get a recap of the Hurt Business winning the tag titles from New Day last night.
Hurt Business are walking backstage when they run into some kid in a New Day shirt. They say they got themselves an early Christmas present and Hurt Business tear the shirt off before giving the kid an ill-fitting Hurt Business t-shirt to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the Hurt Business make their entrance and get in a ring festooned with couches to celebrate their tag title victory.
Montel Vontavious Porter says as much and welcomes us to the VIP Lounge. He gives his stablemates a big intro and cedes the floor to Shelton Benjamin, who says last night they showed they’re better than any team in the locker room. Cedric Alexander says the titles have the prestige they deserve now. Forget about pancakes and unicorns, it’s all champagne and custom made suits now.
Bobby Lashley takes the mic and says they’re the most dominant force in WWE and you can get used to it. MVP says he’s invited a photographer to commemorate the occasion, and they pose for photos. R-Truth photobombs them with his 24/7 Championship and the mob comes running after him. They leave the way they came.
Enter the Hardy Bros.
MVP says they weren’t invited as we see the 24/7 chase do a Scooby-Doo out one side of the entry and in the other. Matt Riddle says the Hurt Business are great but they should be chilling out and relaxing with the homies instead of going to the club and spending all that money, maybe get a little toasted and listen to a Joe Rogan podcast or watch a Dave Chapelle comedy special.
There’s no reason to spread negativity because at the end of the day we’re all the same, self-aware carbon matter. MVP disagrees and says no one cares, which leads Jeff Hardy to say there are more important things in life than status and money, and a man’s character is the only criterion of wealth. They’re gonna fight with their faith tonight.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Angel Garza is interviewed backstage and says he’s giving all the women of the world “the gift of Garza,” to which I say no thanks, buddy, I’m good.
He hits on the interviewer and gives her a rose.
Angel Garza vs. Drew Gulak
Garza begs off to tear his pants off and throws them in Gulak’s face to set up a beatdown! Drew throwing punches to set a backbreaker up, Angel traps him in the corner, hard punches and a knee, cover for one! Cobra Twist applied, Gulak reverses into one of his own and Garza escapes with a mat slam! Whip across, sit-out hip toss... NOPE! Waistlock, Drew out with back elbows, right hands back Angel into the corner.
Whip across, boot up on the charge, O’Connor roll denied, superkick from Garza, underhooks...
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with the Wing Clipper.
AJ Styles and his Big Buddy Omos are interviewed backstage.
Styles is mad at the Miz for screwing him out of the WWE Championship, and he wants to know what he has to say for himself on MizTV, after the break.
Back from commercial, the Miz and John Morrison are in the ring, which is set up for MizTV.
Miz gives us the usual intro but seems kind of dead inside, apologizing for failing himself and failing his family before introducing AJ Styles.
The A-Lister says he wants to explain and says he took advantage of an opportunity. AJ cuts him off and tells him to shut up and calls him the biggest idiot on earth, selfish and incompetent. They bicker and Miz rants passionately about how he was hoping to relive his success cashing in ten years ago before apologizing from the bottom of his heart, with his soul and every ounce of his dignity.
Miz offers AJ a co-starring role in the next Marine movie, but Styles takes issue with being too small on his poster mockup. Omos steps in to remind everyone that Miz cashing in was the inciting incident here and all four men jaw at each other. Omos leaves the ring and Miz points out that Morrison cashed Money in the Bank in, not him, and that means he should get his briefcase back.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says they have a six-man street fight later and they can’t take each other out because that’s his job. And last night he had himself a little celebration with Sheamus, they had a couple pints and some liquor and brainstormed a sequel to their little skit from last week. He pulls some notes out of his boots and Sheamus and Keith Lee join him in reciting a little poem.
But they can’t remember the ending of the story, so Keith suggests writing a new ending in tonight’s match. Drew wants to give it to them now, however, and we get a brawl! Styles manages to sow some dissent by dropkicking Lee into Sheamus!
We get a video package about Mustafa Ali’s efforts to recruit Ricochet to Retribution.
Retribution make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus and Keith Lee are backstage bickering at length.
Drew McIntyre gets between them and yells at them to stop before he knocks them both on their asses. He tells Sheamus it was an accident and he needs to go and cool down. Sheamus obliges and McIntyre turns to face Lee, saying he knows it was an accident and he knows Sheamus is a bit of a prick sometimes but they’re friends and you absolutely want him on your team.
Ricochet vs. T-Bar
Ricochet using his speed to keep T-Bar off balance but the big man catches him on a springboard and curls him, driving repeated knees into his ribs before tossing him aside like a sack of garbage! Pressing the attack, huge lariat turns Ricky inside out and Bar follows with a rear chinlock in the middle of the ring. Ricochet with a low bridge, dropkick knocks SLAPJACK into the announce table!
Apron moonsault takes Mace out but T-Bar comes around with a big boot to lay him out! Back inside, Argentine backbreaker rack...
T-Bar wins by pinfall with Feast Your Eyes.
Post-match, T-Bar gets on the mic and reiterates that Ricochet will either join them or end his existence.
We see footage from earlier of New Day saying they had a rough night but they’ll win the tag titles again. Kofi Kingston admits he cracked two teeth in the match but success is measure by how far you bounce when you’re at the bottom.
The Hurt Business make their entrance and send us to break.
Hardy Bros (Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle) vs. Hurt Business (Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter)
Hardy charges in at the bell, punching away, Lashley shoves him off but he gets to the corner for the tag. Riddle with a sleeper hold attempt, Bob slings him off and drops him with a lariat! Smashing him into the corner, tag to Porter, lighting Matt up with punches. Lashley back in and he hits a neckbreaker. Keeping Riddle isolated, he soon kicks Bob away and tags Hardy back in.
Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick to the big splash, only one! Riddle tags in, double whip into Broetry in Motion and Lashley crashes to the floor! MVP runs in, Manhattan Drop, standing moonsault, Montel rolls to the floor and Riddle penalty kicks him off the apron to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley knocks Hardy off the top and to the floor, bouncing him off the steel steps on the way! Referee Chad Patton checks on Jeff and eventually Hardy rolls back in, Tag denied, Bob with a shoulder armbreaker and a tag to Porter and the heat segment rolls on. Ballin’ elbow gets a nearfall, Hardy gets Whisper in the Wind and the path is clear!
Tag made, Riddle in hot, lighting MVP up with palm strikes, a Pele kick, kip-up, charging forearms aplenty! Cedric Alexander runs interference but Matt hits an exploder suplex and follows it with a senton! Fisherman buster... LASHLEY BREAKS IT UP! Bob tags in, reverse STO connects, delayed vertical attempt and Matt escapes with a knee. Blind tag, knee strike, Hardy in, step-up tope con giro off of Jeff’s back!
The Charismatic Enigma heads up top, fends off some interference... NO WATER IN THE POOL FOR THE SWANTON BOMB! Lashley charges into a knee, blocks the Twist of Fate and the Hurt Lock is in!
Hurt Business win by submission with the Hurt Lock from Bobby Lashley on Jeff Hardy.
We see AJ Styles, John Morrison, and the Miz bickering backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Elias is in the ring to sing us a song, accompanied by Jaxson Ryker once again.
He talks about what a whirlwind his 2020 has been and thanks his fans for putting his new record on their best-of lists.
Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado interrupt him.
Gran Metalik vs. Jaxson Ryker
Elias sits on the turnbuckle and plays guitar while Ryker squashes Metalik...
Jaxson Ryker wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.
We get a recap of the Firefly Inferno Match from last night.
Randy Orton is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Randy Orton makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says he’s been called many different things over the years— sick, twisted, deranged, and demented, and last night he proved he’s all of those things when he burned the Fiend alive. A normal man would have regrets if they set another man on fire, but the Fiend is no man and he is certainly not normal. He enjoyed every single second last night and he can still see it and smell it if he closes his eyes.
He says the voices in his head don’t exist anymore, and all he hears is the Fiend gasping his last. He says the Fiend is no more and he’s the evil son of a bitch that took him out...
...and yet, the lights go down, Fiendwise.
They come back up and the ring is bathed in purple light with a Moment of Bliss swingset in it, Alexa Bliss swinging lazily.
She asks Randy if he expected somehow else and says He built this for her before inviting Orton to come play. Alexa says the Fiend could be at a tanning salon or maybe he’s at the beach, or maybe at his favorite restaurant enjoying some barbecue. But seriously, she says He is at home, but if he ever comes back, it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans are interviewed in Gorilla.
They’re all smiles and talk about how they challenged the new champs to this match, but Lacey (with her petticoat stuck in her waistband, poor dear) leaves first and Peyton takes all the credit for challenging Charlotte.
Asuka & Charlotte Flair vs. Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce
Royce and Asuka to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Peyton ducks a kick, standing switches, O’Connor roll but a blind tag from Evans keeps the count away. Asuka dumps her to the apron, Lacey sweeps her legs and slingshots back in as we see Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler watching backstage. Royce in, nearfall off a kick, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Evans hits the Senton de la Muerte on Asuka! Up top, blind tag from Royce, cover for two. Peyton up top and Lacey tags in for a slingshot elbow drop that gets another two count. Again a tag, the heels bicker but Royce piefaces Asuka to block the tag. Asuka with a German suplex to clear the way and she gets the tag! Flair in hot, forearms, Backdrop Driver!
STO backbreaker into a big boot, leg pick, spinning toehold blocked when Evans comes in and Charlotte hits her with an exploder suplex! Royce rolls through into a single-leg crab, Lacey and Asuka fight around the apron before the Empress lays Peyton out with an enzuigiri! Roundhouse to Evans on the floor, Royce with a victory roll pin for two and Flair drops her!
Spinning toehold into the figure four, she bridges back...
Asuka & Charlotte Flair win by submission with the Figure Eight from Flair on Peyton Royce.
Post-match, Asuka and Flair hug and celebrate vigorously.
Backstage, our main event babyfaces are on the same page and getting ready for their match to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Titus O’Neil’s charitable ventures.
Miz and Morrison are backstage, the A-Lister on the phone with his agent about his scheme to get his Money in the Bank reinstated and Morrison shadowboxing.
AJ Styles and Big Buddy Omos roll up and tell him to get off the phone, they’ve got a match. Styles physically ends the call and storms off.
Drew McIntyre and Sheamus make their entrances to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
AJ Styles, John Morrison, & the Miz vs. Drew McIntyre, Keith Lee, & Sheamus (Holiday Street Fight)
Sheamus and Morrison to start, John going low and trying to get a leg before settling for clubbing blows to the back. The Celtic Warrior swats him down and pops him in the mouth, but Morrison keeps coming and picks the leg to drag him over for the tag to Miz. A-Lister in with stomps and left hands, choking him in the ropes, John with a cheap shot from the floor and they tag Styles in.
The Celtic Warrior turns the tide and beats AJ down into the corner before dropping him with a lariat! Styles drags him over and tags Morrison in. Sheamus gets him over and tags McIntyre in and they wishbone his legs together! Stomp to the hand, Johnny Raw floats over a scoop lift and goes after Drew’s injured knee! McIntyre gets away and tags Lee in, a huge double suplex throws Morrison across the ring!
Keith grabs his hand to physically block the tag, wristlock, Sheamus tags in, double whip into elbows and they take the other two out when they come in as well, a well-oiled machine! They’re all shoulder slaps and “great jobs!” until Lee hits Grizzly Magnum and Drew has to play peacemaker as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus has a kneeling armbar in on Styles! The match breaks down a little and Miz and Morrison end up subject to stereo Beats of the Bodhran from the Celtic Connection! Lee picks both guys up off the apron and rams them into it! Keith puts them into presents at ringside after and then throws AJ into his teammates! Shamus with a reverse chinlock, grinding Styles down, choking him with a knee.
The Celtic Warrior has Morrison now, Finlay Roll connects and he goes up top, Styles running interference and Johnny Raw is able to knock Sheamus off the top and through a table full of holiday business at ringside! Back inside, cover for two and a tag to the Miz. Double-team gutbuster, seated senton, fishhook, front chancery and clubbing blows to block the tag!
DDT connects... NOPE! Soon Sheamus gets White Noise off on Styles and we get tags! Drew McIntyre running the Miz over, belly-to-belly suplexes for him and Morrison both! Inverted Alabama Slam puts Morrison into the Miz! Drew draws Miz up, Future Shock blocked, kick to the bad knee, off the ropes, spinning spinebuster connects... AJ STYLES BREAKS IT UP!
The match breaks down, Styles wallops McIntyre in the bad knee with a candy cane kendo stick but gets flapjacked into a Christmas tree on the floor! Drew hoists him up... POWERBOMB THROUGH A HOLIDAY TABLE WITH A BOWL OF EGGNOG ON IT! Sheamus and Morrison with dueling kendo sticks on the floor, Miz rolls back inside with McIntyre lying in wait, but Sheamus tags himself in and calls for it.
Lee tags in, he knocks Morrison into Omos’ waiting arms at ringside, and AJ’s Big Buddy slams Johnny through a table! Keith hoists Miz up...
Drew McIntyre, Keith Lee, & Sheamus win by pinfall with a Spirit Bomb from Lee on the Miz.
Post-match, Sheamus Brogue Kicks Keith! Drew gets in his face and asks him why he did it.
That’s the show, folks.