WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 18, 2021) from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Crown Jewel event set for this coming Thursday in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: Charlotte Flair defends the Raw women’s championship against Bianca Belair, Xavier Woods vs. Jinder Mahal in a King of the Ring semifinal match, Shayna Baszler vs. Doudrop in a Queen’s Crown semifinal match, WWE Champion Big E teams up with Drew McIntyre to take on The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode), and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick 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.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 18
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The show opens with commentary welcoming us to the show.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She asks where her balloons and champagne are and why the roster isn’t on the stage to give her farewell hugs. This is her last night on Raw before she officially gets drafted and she has to defend her title against some rookie? Some flash in the pan? This is bullcrap.
She complains that Bianca Belair isn’t even on the Raw roster yet and she’s also wrestling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on Thursday. She says she just wants a farewell commensurate her status and it’s just kind of convenient that Bianca gets a rematch early.
She accuses WWE officials of favoritism and tells Belair to get to the back of the line, because she can’t beat this opportunity, not now and not anytime. She tells her to save her EST nonsense for someone who isn’t the greatest and—
Enter Bianca Belair.
She gets on the mic and says the way she sees it she deserves her rematch, and they go back and forth about it before getting into a brawl! Belair knocks her to the floor with a handspring kick and Charlotte backs off.
New Day are interviewed in Gorilla and Xavier Woods makes his case for standing with the all-time great Kings of the Ring. Kofi Kingston says he’s here to fight off the numbers game, and Woods proclaims that come Thursday, he’ll reign as King Xavier Woods I.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for Seth Rollins and a little bit of hype for the whole new roster to go with him.
Jinder Mahal vs. Xavier Woods (King of the Ring Semifinals)
Circling, collar and elbow, Mahal slings him aside with ease. Back to the lockup, Woods turns him around in the corner but is unable to keep him at bay. Front kick from Jinder, boot up, back elbow, drop toehold from Xavier and a dropkick to the back follows!
Chop in the corner, Mahal gets away but Woods presses the attack with chops! Mounted punches, Jinder shoves him off and lays him out with a shoulder block! Xavier putting it together, dropkick for two, Mahal with a back suplex! Crossface strikes, knee to the back, drawing Woods up and hammering him with a knee!
Float over a slam, schoolboy for two, whip to the corner, up and over into a sunset flip... NOPE! Sidestep the charge, back body drop sends Xavier crashing to the floor as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Mahal is in control, beating Woods up in the ropes, back in the ring he hits a fireman’s carry gutbuster for two! Handful of hair, pulling Xavier up into the Cobra Clutch, Woods fights out with punches and Jinder shifts gears to a side slam!
Basement superkick, Xavier fends off Veer and Shanky to go up top but dives right into Khallas... WOODS GETS HIS HANDS ON THE BOTTOM ROPE! Back suplex sets Xavier up top, jockeying for position...
Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with Limit Breaker.
Post-match, New Day go up on the stage and Woods tries the King of the Ring finery on.
We get interview footage from earlier today of Austin Theory crowing about beating Jeff Hardy last week.
Reggie runs through and the 24/7 Championship scene follows. Theory ends up picking a fight with R-Truth, who doesn’t know who he is, and Truth challenges him to a match.
Theory makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package for Goldberg vs. Lashley.
R-Truth gets on the mic and says he made a mistake, he didn’t accept Theory’s challenge, he accepted on behalf of his friend, Jeff Hardy.
Austin Theory vs. Jeff Hardy
Theory in control early, mocking Hardy’s dancing, and he gets caught by a nearfall! Another schoolboy attempt, handful of tights, no dice! Jeff with a dropkick that sends Theory to the floor, but Austin trips him up on the apron from there and hits a neckbreaker to the floor that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Theory is in control and putting boots to Hardy. Jeff rallies, a nearfall off the usual sequence, he dumps Austin to the floor, off the ropes, baseball slide takes him out! To the floor... POETRY IN MOTION OFF THE STEEL STEPS!
Hardy up top, Theory crotches him, fireman’s carry...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with the Theory KO.
Post-match, Theory gets his phone out and takes a selfie with the fallen Hardy, but Jeff wakes up and hits a Twist of Fate to even the odds! Hardy takes the phone and takes his own selfie with Austin’s prone body.
We get a recap of last week’s attempt to get Big E and Drew McIntyre to get along, because Raw is three hours long and WWE only have seven ideas.
E and McIntyre are in Gorilla chatting about tonight’s attempt to have them get along.
Big makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage.
Charlotte Flair rolls up to complain about having to defend her title tonight. She berates them at length and claims she’s going to defend the title and take it with her to be the new face of SmackDown.
Big E & Drew McIntyre vs. Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
E and Ziggler to start, collar and elbow, Big shoves him down and pelvic thrusts him, tag to McIntyre, chops in the corner, Dawgz turn him around and work him over. Drew with a big suplex, arm wringer and a tag to E turns the tide. Shot off, leapfrog, uppercut, clear the apron, Big pulls Roode to the apron and clubs him down!
Ziggler goes into the timekeeper’s area to counter a Fameasser, Roode takes E out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, the Dawgz are in control and a heat segment is rolling as they take it to Big E. Eventually McIntyre gets the tag and cleans house, inverted Alabama Slam puts Ziggler into Roode! Robert recovers, spinning spinebuster, assisted Fameasser... NOPE!
Big tags in, gets Robert up on a shoulder...
Big E & Drew McIntyre win by pinfall with the Big Ending from E on Robert Roode.
Post-match, Drew and Big get into it and jaw at each other.
Street Profits cut a promo backstage about coming to Raw until AJ Styles and Omos roll up on them and they have a chat.
Mansoor makes his entrance to send us to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Mansoor
Feeling out, Mansoor with a bit of an advantage off a wristlock but Alexander slides under for a pumphandle exploder suplex! Off the ropes, backbreaker, rear chinlock applied. Mansoor fights to his feet, Cedric clubs at him to keep him off-guard, back elbows, back suplex lands on his feet and a kick to the dome follows!
Alexander with a right hand, off the ropes, Mansoor tilt-a-whirl inverted DDT! Pass to the apron, slingshot back in...
Mansoor wins by pinfall with a slingshot neckbreaker.
Post-match, Mustafa Ali comes out and confronts Mansoor.
He accuses him of acting like some damn fanboy and promises he’ll finally wipe the stupid smile off his face at Crown Jewel. Mansoor tells him to shut the hell up and listen to him for once, because he’ll be smiling from ear-to-ear after he beats him senseless in Saudi Arabia.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Goldberg and Bobby Lashley are interviewed via satellite.
Goldberg says he’s gonna beat Lashley within an inch of his life and then finish the job, and Bob points out that’s criminal and he’d be within his rights to call the authorities and have him hauled away. But he won’t because he’s untouchable, and Crown Jewel ends the same way SummerSlam did, just without any family members to fight for him.
Lashley asks Bill what Gage thinks about all this and Goldberg threatens him more. Bob tells him after the destruction he unleashes, Bill will be on his knees begging for forgiveness. Up to this point, he’s fought with restrictions, but with no holds barred, there’s nothing stopping him from ending Goldberg’s career.
RK-Bro are hanging out in Gorilla, Matt Riddle babbling at Randy Orton as always.
Orton reiterates that there was no plan last week, but Riddle won’t believe him and insists he has tricks up his sleeve. (Note: Randy is wearing a sleeveless hoodie.) Orton asks if he’s sure he wants to know the plan with all of his heart, and Matt says he does. Randy says the plan is to win.
RK-Bro make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for Keith Lee, billing him as Bearcat Lee and promising that he’s going to claw his way to the top.
RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Riddle and Ford to start, circling, Matt with a go-behind into a waistlock takedown, shift to an armbar attempt but Montez counters with a pin! Side headlock applied, block the shoot-off, up and over, and Ford taunts! Off the ropes, leapfrog, leapfrog, dropkick!
Dawkins legal, dropkick and an assisted slam for two! Matt floats over a double suplex, Orton takes Angelo to the floor, back body drop sends Montez to join him, Penalty Kick off the apron! Corkscrew Asai Moonsault follows but Ford is right after him with the tope con giro to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Orton and Ford are in it, sunset flip for two! Riddle in, Karelin lift swing, reverse chinlock to grind him down! Break away, hot tag, Dawkins lighting it up, whip reversed, leapfrog, corkscrew uppercut! Matt floats over a slam, big knee, tag to Orton!
Randy in hot with lariats, snap scoop powerslam, hanging DDT! Omos makes his entrance for the distraction, Styles from behind...
RK-Bro win by disqualification.
Post-match, Styles and Omos attack and the big man press drops Ford!
We get a hype reel for Becky Lynch.
Shayna Baszler makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Doudrop gets an inset promo about how Shayna is the most dangerous opponent she’s fought, but she’s also an insecure bully, so she’s going to win.
Doudrop vs. Shayna Baszler (Queen’s Crown Semifinals)
Circling, collar and elbow, Doudrop shoves her off into the corner! Baszler with probing kicks, hammering at her hamstring, but she charges in and Doudrop counters with a Saito suplex! Scoop, Shayna reverses into the Kirifuda Clutch and Doudrop fights out but a whiffed crossbody gives Baszler a chance to put it back on.
Struggling, Doudrop reverses with a bridge...
Doudrop wins by pinfall with a bridging pin.
Backstage, Bianca Belair runs into Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley and they have a nice chat to welcome the EST to Raw.
Finn Balor makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Xavier Woods is on stage in the king regalia to have a staredown with Finn Balor.
We get an ad for Halloween Kills because it’s on Peacock, and also my wife and I quite liked it so there you go.
Finn Balor vs. Mace
Mace overwhelms him with an uppercut, quick cover for two, standing neck crank. Pressing the attack, blocking a rally, Balor floats out, double leg into the double stomp and he’s bought himself some time! Float over into a sleeper hold, inverted facelock elbow drop follows from there!
Sling Blade connects, I get distracted briefly and lo and behold...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
Post-match, he confronts Woods on the stage, Kofi Kingston comes down to moderate and cooler heads prevail even as they jaw at each other.
Backstage, John Morrison is having a chat with Viking Raiders, who don’t understand whatever metaphysical business he’s on about.
They leave and he goes back to meditating.
Bianca Belair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up the card for Crown Jewel.
Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair (c) (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Collar and elbow, Flair with a go-behind into a waistlock takedown, standing switch, takedown of her own, back elbow from Charlotte! Off the ropes, double dropkick, stereo kip-ups and both women are right on the same page! Front kick from Flair, whip to the corner, up and over, handspring to a taunt in the corner for Belair!
Backflip up and over, shoulder thrust gets a big knee lift, into the corner, putting boots to Bianca. Whip to the corner, Flair Flip, dropkick takes her out, Belair is fired up, handspring caught and the Queen pulls her out of the ring and throws her over the announce table to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Flair cuts Belair off on a handspring and starts laying those chops in, moonsault gets the knees up! Bianca with a dropkick, handspring moonsault, no cover! Delayed vertical gets two, Charlotte returns the nearfall with a deadlift powerbomb!
Diving moonsault, nobody home, standing moonsault... SO CLOSE! Bianca with a crucifix pin for two, back suplex, Flair lands on her feet, off the ropes, Belair with a spinebuster but she’s too slow to cover and the Queen rolls to the floor! Bianca follows out after her and throws her over the announce desk as we go to break.
Back from commercial, back and forth, Flair with a nearfall off a big boot! Jockeying for position over the ropes, short-arm elbow from Belair, she goes up top and Charlotte cuts her off and knocks her to the floor! Moonsault to the floor, back inside, Bianca with a backslide for two! Hair whip, chickenwings, Glam Slam... NOT ENOUGH!
Argentine backbreaker rack, Flair gets away and snaps her neck over the ropes, float over a slam, O’Connor roll blocked, off the ropes... SPEAR CAN’T KEEP BIANCA BELAIR DOWN! Charlotte tearing at her braid, she heads up top, nobody home on the moonsault and the EST hits a big German suplex... NOPE!
Belair goes up top, Flair cuts her off with a boot, jockeying for position... AVALANCHE TENRYU POWERBOMB BUT CHARLOTTE KICKS OUT! Flair brings a chair in and nails Bianca with it...
Bianca Belair wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Belair attacks Charlotte and holds the chair high.
That’s the show, folks.