WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 25, 2021) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, featuring all the fallout from the Crown Jewel event that went down just this past Thursday in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: it’s the season premiere with the new roster finally taking effect, as Becky Lynch comes in as Raw women’s champion following the controversial title exchange on SmackDown, Bianca Belair follows close behind, Seth Rollins, Edge, and others arrive. Meanwhile, RK-Bro defend the Raw tag team titles against AJ Styles & Omos in a rematch from Crown Jewel, 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. 25
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The show opens with the intro video and the information that tonight is the season premiere.
Big E makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He welcomes everyone to the season premiere and hypes up some hometown heroes for the cheap pop. He continues, hyping up Xavier Woods becoming King of the Ring and tipping his cap to Drew McIntyre, a man who pushed him and sharpened his iron and made him better today than he was a week ago.
And his next question, is who—
Enter Seth Rollins.
He laughs about being here and E taunts him about losing to Edge. Seth says he wants the WWE Championship as soon as possible, but Big tells him losing to Edge means he goes to the back of the line. Rollins accuses Roman Reigns of being a coward and not giving him a shot and tries to goad E into offering a match—
Enter Rey Mysterio.
He makes some eye jokes to allude to his past feud with Rollins and says he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win that title one more time.
Enter Finn Balor.
He makes his own case for a title shot based on his resume and—
Enter Kevin Owens.
He also makes a case based on his resume and points out that he won the Universal Championship from Seth in this very city. A brawl breaks out, Rollins runs away to avoid being overwhelmed by the babyfaces—
Enter Sonya Deville.
She says if they want a title shot so back, they’re gonna do a four-way later tonight to determine who gets the next shot. And what’s more, she’s gonna raise the stakes, and it’ll be a ladder match!
Street Profits make their entrance to send us to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Ford and Gable to start, collar and elbow into the corner, Montez with a headlock takeover, Chad has one too! Wristlock, quick back and forth, drop toehold into a kneeling armbar from Gable! Shot off, dropkick, Ford is fired up, tag to Dawkins, the match breaks down and Street Profits are running hot and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Ford is being overwhelmed, the path is clear, Ziggler tries to cut him off but just gets powerbombed! Otis runs in and drags Dolph over for the tag! Drawing Montez up, throwing him into the corner, Ford gets away, tag to Dawkins!
Angelo running wild, Drill Bit on Chad... ROODE BREAKS IT UP! Ford comes in with a frog splash, no good! Enzuigiri sends Dozer to the floor, Robert from behind, Montez tope con giro wipes Otis out! Dawkins with a spinebuster, reaching for the tag, Omos comes down and distracts Ford!
The big man slams Montez into the barricade, big right hand on Angelo, Dawgz take advantage...
Dirty Dawgz win by pinfall with a Zig Zag / spinebuster combination on Angelo Dawkins to become #1 contenders to the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Crew members rush out to change the set for Zelina Vega’s coronation and send us to break.
Back from commercial, Zelina Vega makes her entrance, already wearing her cloak and carrying her scepter.
She gets on the mic and demands a properly regal intro from Mike Rome.
She gets a better entrance and crowns herself before continuing, saying she told us that she’s the only woman in WWE fit to be queen, and ascension to the throne was always her destiny, and now we’ll all bow down to her as queen. But what kind of queen will she be, generous, cruel, loved or feared?
All of the above, she says, because if you’re not the most powerful woman in the room, you’re nothing, and Doudrop is a perfect example of what happens if you get in her way. She lists off a number of historical queens that she’ll be better than.
Doudrop makes her entrance and we go to break.
Doudrop vs. Zelina Vega
Vega refuses to drop the scepter, Doudrop drops her and throws her across the ring a few times! Zelina floats over, kidney shot comes up empty, drop toehold into the turnbuckles staggers her and Vega puts boots to her to follow it up. Step-up roundhouse kick in the ropes, off the second, Codebreaker... SO CLOSE!
Referee Danilo Anfibio distracted, Zelina grabs the scepter...
Zelina Vega wins by pinfall with a scepter shot.
We get a recap of Brock Lesnar’s appearance on SmackDown and suspension.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Becky Lynch gets on the mic.
She says she knows we don’t want to see Bianca Belair anywhere near the title because there’s so many new challengers—
Enter Bianca Belair.
She makes her case for a rematch with the Raw Women’s Champion, which just happens to be Becky Lynch, and her title reign is gonna be over and the EST is the new face of Raw.
Becky shows pictures of their respective faces after their match at Crown Jewel and says Bianca has the face of a loser. She says Belair beat the best they had until she came back and it’s been nothing but disappointment since. Bianca says Becky’s done her best to hide her little hurt feelings, and she might have the title but she’s still seeking all the validation.
Behind the forced smile and the catchphrases, Lynch has nothing, and she sees her for who she is, and Bianca wants her title match right here, tonight!
Becky says if she wants to go one more time to see who the best woman is, she’ll go to the back of the line, bitch. Bianca hauls off on her and puts boots to her in the corner! Big spinebuster, fired up, following Lynch to the floor and throwing her over the announce table!
Kendo stick in play, chasing Becky back into the ring and unloading on her with kendo stick shots! Solebutt staggers her, Belair blocks her from picking up the kendo stick, Argentine backbreaker rack but Becky slips out, White Russian legsweep! Lynch gets on the mic and gives Bianca her match... just not tonight.
We get a recap of our opening segment, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Finn Balor is warming up backstage when Kevin Owens rolls up to chat with him.
KO says they’ve known each other for a long time and he’s sorry, he has to win this tonight, so it’ll be every man for himself. Balor says that’s just the way he likes it and he’ll see him out there.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a media hype reel of reactions to WWE’s 2022 pay-per-view schedule.
Damian Priest vs. T-BAR
Circling, T-BAR closing with kicks and right hands, whip reversed, Priest boxes his ears and goes for Reckoning but the big man counters and Snake Eyes him! Cyclone Kill connects, goozle blocked, trading heavy strikes, T-BAR with the chokebreaker... NOPE!
Big man moonsault, Damian kicks out, laying heavy forearms in, charging elbow, Broken Arrow! Action to the floor, T-BAR throws an office chair at him and referee Rod Zapata has no choice...
Damian Priest wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Priest snaps and throws the chair back at T-BAR before pummeling him with elbows and throwing him into the barricade! Damian takes him back inside... RECKONING!
Carmella is backstage and she cuts a promo while holding her protective face mask.
She says Liv Morgan is just another jealous woman who followed her from SmackDown.
Carmella makes her entrance and sends us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up Miz on Dancing with the Stars.
Carmella vs. Liv Morgan
Back and forth, Carmella kicks her down and tries to grind her down with a reverse chinlock. Morgan fights out, kick combo, slingshot stomp for two! Brawling to the floor, Liv jawing at Corey Graves, back inside she misses the lungblower, backslide and small package attempts, neither woman gets a pin but Mella is ready...
Carmella wins by pinfall with an X-Factor.
Keith Lee makes his entrance to send us to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Keith Lee
Lee throwing him around, shoving him down, Alexander sidesteps a charge and lands an enzuigiri! Keith fires up on him, heavy hands, short-arm lariat, fireman’s carry...
Keith Lee wins by pinfall with Ground Zero.
Post-match, Shelton Benjamin has a brief standoff with Lee before excusing himself.
We get footage of Rey Mysterio and Dominik chatting earlier tonight when they run into Austin Theory.
He freaks out over meeting Rey and asks for a selfie before asking Dom to take it. Dominik turns him down and Austin challenges him to a match later tonight. Mysterio accepts and tells his dad to not worry about it because he’ll handle it.
Dom makes his entrance to send us to break.
Austin Theory vs. Dominik Mysterio
Theory unloading on Mysterio early, whip reversed, up and over, dropkick crumbles him in the corner! Collar and elbow, Dominik with a forearm, knucklelock, step-up lucha arm drag, dropkick of his own and he’s fired up! Whip blocked, front kick, whip, duck a lariat, tijeras from Mysterio!
Austin with punches out of the ropes, Dom floats over a suplex, la casadora countered into a half nelson backbreaker... NOPE! Suplex reversed into a small package, only two, enzuigiri out of the corner, Dominik sidesteps a charge, back elbow, off the second with a bulldog!
Monkey flip countered into a Hot Shot, Theory gets him up...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with the Theory KO.
RK-Bro are in Gorilla hanging out, Matt Riddle chatting Randy Orton’s ears off as usual.
Orton tells him to take a breath and stop talking, and promises to talk about Halloween until he’s blue in the face later, but right now they need to go out there and retain the tag titles against the Dirty Dawgz.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Veer and a recap of the #1 contender’s match that lead to this title match.
Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. RK-Bro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Feeling out leads to Orton legal against Roode, circling, collar and elbow, go-behind, standing switch, back elbow. Randy into the corner, Robert with chops and mounted punches, Orton pokes his eye and takes him into the opposite corner for uppercuts! Whip reversed, duck a lariat, RKO blocked!
Tag to Riddle, assisted senton for two! Roo to the floor, he trips Matt up on the apron and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Riddle gets crotched, Orton tags in, gets thrown into the timekeeper’s area, Ziggler tags in and pulls Randy up and back inside for a crossface. Quick tags keep him isolated, but eventually hot tags are made! Riddle in hot, ripcord knee, exploder suplex, corner forearms, cover but Roode breaks it up!
Orton slides in, RKO on Roode, Matt with a crucifix pin for two! Riddle reverses a cover...
RK-Bro win by pinfall with an inverted crucifix pin on Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage.
He laughs and says he has a target on his back, through gritted teeth. He calls himself the biggest threat to Big E and says everyone in the four-way tonight knows it, and he claims he’s going to be your next WWE Champion, and so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg.
They show a tweet where Bob claims no one will be more focused than he when he returns to Raw.
We get some of our main event entrances and go to break.
Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match)
Owens pairs off with Rollins on the floor almost immediately, Balor and Mysterio get to punching and kicking in the ring, whip reversed, sunset flip into a dropkick and Finn is rolling! Seth hangs Rey’s neck over the top rope, Kev slides a ladder in the ring and then blasts Rollins and Finn with another ladder!
He cuts Rey off on a dive, takes Balor inside, float over the suplex, KO powerbombs him into a ladder! Superkick cuts Seth off, he’s laying on the ladder, Owens off the top with a senton atomico... NOBODY HOME AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Rollins is holding court with a tiny ladder, Balor back body drops Owens into him and leaves them both down and out! Finn climbs, he gets one hand on the contract, Mysterio climbs to join him, they brawl and KO knocks the ladder over! German suplex on Balor, throwing the ladder aside, charging in, Rey with the boot up, crossbody caught and swung around into a sweet Death Valley Driver!
Kev climbing up top, Rollins cuts him off and gets under him... BUCKLE BOMB BUT KO HAS A LAST GASP SUPERKICK TO EVEN THE ODDS! Everybody’s down and out, Owens climbs the ladder, hands on the contract, Mysterio grabs his leg and pulls him off the ladder! Kev throws the legend into the ladder and knocks it over, going outside to pick Rey up and throw him into the barricade!
Smashing Balor with the ladder, Mysterio in turn, Owens walks it over to Rollins to smash him, too! KO gets a table out and sets it up but Finn cuts him off with brawling and Seth dives on both of them! Off the ropes, Rey hits a wheelbarrow bulldog! Rollins cuts him off, Rey uses a ladder to dive on Owens!
More dives and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Owens and Rollins into it, Seth drops him with a DDT and knocks the ladder over with Mysterio climbing it! Leaning a ladder in the corner, Rollins chokes KO in the ropes before grabbing Balor and whipping him into the ladder! Finn explodes back with Sling Blade, superkick from KO, shotgun dropkick from Balor, superkick gets the Pele kick, Rey in with the seated senton!
Tilt-a-whirl reversed into a facebuster and all four men are down and out! Seth goes to the floor and grabs a ladder but Finn cuts him off and throws him into the barricade! Balor bridges the ladder between the apron and announce desk and Sling Blades Rollin on the floor!
Back inside, climbing with Rey Mysterio, trading punches atop the ladder until KO pulls him down and hits the Stunner! Electric chair under Mysterio and a victory roll sends Kevin to the floor! Seated senton caught... POP-UP POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE! Owens climbs the ladder, Rollins pulls him down, jockeying for position, back body drop puts KO through the ladder bridged across the gap!
Finn climbs, clutching his leg in pain, Seth pulls him down, Blackout connects! Rollins climbs...
Seth Rollins wins by retrieving the contract to become #1 contender to the WWE Championship.
Big E comes down for a confrontation and Seth crows about becoming #1 contender to his face.
Commentary hypes up our women’s title match for next week.
Seth is interviewed in Gorilla.
He says this is his show and he’s back and better than ever, and he’s going to win the WWE Championship.
That’s the show, folks.