WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 1, 2021) from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Brooklyn.
Advertised for tonight: Becky Lynch defends the Raw women’s championship against Bianca Belair in a continuation of the feud they started on SmackDown, Seth Rollins is the new number one contender for the WWE championship and the promotion is teasing he’ll be doing something with Big E, the likely start of establishing teams for Survivor Series, 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. (Note: Going forward, there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Feel free to post as you wish.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 1
Move yourself, you always live your life never thinking of the future. Prove yourself, tou are the move you make. Take your chances, win or lose her, but me, I’m just going to liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with a recap of the feud between Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch.
Bianca Belair is interviewed in Gorilla.
She talks about accepting Becky’s challenge at SummerSlam and being taken aback by losing the title and of course, how she’s going to win tonight.
Becky Lynch is also interviewed at Gorilla.
She says the only reason Bianca rose to the top was because she wasn’t around to stop her, and the day after she gave birth she did twenty-four pushups. She doesn’t think people realize how hard it is to be her, to balance being champion with being a mother, and dare she say there’s even been a few boos.
But that’s alright, because it motivates her, and tonight it’ll motivate her to win once again.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Bianca Belair (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Shoving early, Lynch tries to run away but Belair pulls her in with a waistlock and spins her around into a takedown! Becky fights back to her feet, another waistlock takedown, handspring moonsault... NOPE! Lynch rolls to the floor, Bianca uses the braid to post her and hits a vertical suplex on the floor that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Lynch is in charge and gets an Ode to Jim Breaks locked in! Inside cradle, another two count, Belair with a delayed vertical, Becky gets an O’Connor roll and brains herself on the turnbuckle when Bianca kicks out! The EST hits a slick gutwrench gutbuster for two!
Back and forth, trying for Dis-Arm-Her but Belair stands up and deadlifts out of it, sending both women crashing to the mat and us to break.
Back from commercial, Belair deadlift powerbomb lifts Lynch out of a traingle, reversed to a Frankensteiner, back to the triangle, back to the deadlift and the powerbomb connects... STILL NO! Jockeying for position, inverted facelock, Bianca walks up the turnbuckles to reverse and smashes Becky’s face in!
Boot up on the charge, Lynch up top, the EST military presses her and walks her around the ring before hitting the press drop! Handspring moonsault, the knees are up! Folding press for two, Manhandle Slam... BELAIR GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES! Action to the floor, Bianca bounces her off the announce table, back inside, cover for two!
Turnbuckle exposed, Becky puts her into it...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin and a handful of tights to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Dominik and Rey Mysterio are interviewed in Gorilla.
Rey starts off talking about how proud he is to see Dom stand up to Austin Theory last week—
Austin Theory rolls up to tell Mysterio the Elder that he’s going to beat him just like he beat his son. Rey says he’s not the first to try and make his name at his expense, but he’s going to show him why all those names have faded away while the Mysterio name still rings loud.
The Mysterios make their entrance and we go to break.
Austin Theory vs. Rey Mysterio
Back from commercial, I’m off in the bathroom and miss the beginning of the match but Theory is in control, fisherman suplex in the corner, La Atlantida applied, into the backbreaker drop! Taunting Dominik at ringside, Austin returns to the ring with a rolling thunder dropkick!
Action to the floor, picking Mysterio up but Dom helps his dad hit a tornado DDT on the floor! Referee Rod Zapata warns Mysterio the Younger and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Theory with a backbreaker, jockeying for position in the corner, Mysterio puts him into the post with a tijeras! Diving seated senton, springboard crossbody, Austin kicks out! Trading dropkicks leads both men to be down and out, Theory takes control with a slam, dropkick to Dominik, powerbomb reversed into a Frankensteiner!
Austin in the ropes, Dom with a slap to the face, 619 and Zapata throws the match out!
Austin Theory wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Theory takes a selfie with Rey from the ramp while Mysterio argues with Zapata.
We get a recap of the WWE Championship #1 contender’s ladder match that Seth Rollins won last week.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance, holding the contract he won for a title match, to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins gets on the mic and says he’s on top of the world.
He beat three former top-tier world champions to get a title shot against the WWE Champion and he’s gotta say it feels good. It feels right, this is his show, Monday Night Rollins, is it not? The only thing that’s missing is a title around his waist and fortunately this contract basically guarantees that you’re looking at your next WWE Champion.
He opens up the contract to read some fine print—
Enter Big E.
He congratulates Seth on winning one hell of a ladder match but takes issue with the way he refused a handshake and slinked off. So he spoke to his aunt in Montserrat and she told him not to let Rollins bother him because there’s something wrong in his mind. Seth says that’s not how he remembered it, saying he challenged E to a title match and he was told he had to go earn it.
And then after he earned it, he came to shake Big’s hand and got rejected? He lost a bit of the respect he had for E, and E’s been a fine champion, with quality wins over Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, but he’s not on Seth’s level. No disrespect, but sooner or later they’re gonna fight and Big doesn’t want the responsibility of being champion anyway.
So he’s gonna take it off his shoulder so E can go back to being a joke with his friends, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, who are both jokes. Big tells him to respect the King and he’ll be damned if he’s gonna stand here and disrespect Kofi’s title win, one of the greatest moments in WWE history.
But what he will do is offer him everything he claims to want— Seth Rollins vs. Big E for the WWE Championship... tonight! The crowd is excited but Rollins puts the brakes on, claiming that he’s not 100% tonight and he’s not falling into that trap. He’ll have the match on his terms when he’s 100%.
They jaw at each other—
Enter Kevin Owens.
He says he can hear them talking about who the face of Raw is, and obviously Big E has a strong claim as WWE Champion, and a great champion as that, and of course Seth thinks he’s the face of the show because he’s a delusional dumbass, and the proof is the suit he’s wearing.
But it’s not just them, Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch have both made that claim, but there’s somebody everyone’s forgetting, this face right here, Kevin Owens should be the face of Raw. Yes, Rollins won the ladder match and became #1 contender, but when it was all said and done, people weren’t talking about him winning, they were talking about Owens’ performance in that match.
He says “just keep fighting” isn’t just something he believes, it’s something he lives, and he’ll keep fighting every week, for as long as it takes until he gives the WWE Universe something to remember, and if Seth isn’t going to fight E tonight, he will, for the first time ever.
Big says it’s on, sucka!
We get backstage footage from earlier today of Carmella and Zelina Vega having a run-in with the women’s tag champs and mocking their appearance, especially Nikki ASH’s mask.
Super Brutality make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we’re informed that Big E vs. Kevin Owens is official for tonight.
Carmella & Zelina Vega vs. Super Brutality (Nikki ASH & Rhea Ripley)
Standard feeling out, ASH with a crossbody to the floor to wipe out the heels and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Carmella in control on Ripley, trying to grind her down with a reverse chinlock. Rhea posts to her feet and tries to break the hold in the corner, tag from Zelina to keep Ripley cut off. She gets away and tags ASH in, fired up, cleaning house, running dropkick in the corner on Vega!
Mounted punches, snap swinging neckbreaker but Carmella breaks it up! Rhea pulls her out of the ring and Mella manages to slip away and post her before throwing her into the barricade! O’Connor roll blocked, Carmella holds ASH in position...
Carmella & Zelina Vega win by pinfall with a Yoshi Tonic from Vega on Nikki ASH.
Commentary hypes up the Miz on Dancing with the Stars, practically begging for people to vote for him to stay in the competition so he doesn’t come back to Raw.
Big E runs into Alpha Academy backstage.
Chad Gable tells him Seth was right and he doesn’t have what it takes to be the face of Monday Night Raw, but he can fix that. Big says if he wants to make him a walking thumb like Otis, no thanks. Gable says he just got his master’s degree and got a 4.0 GPA, and he’s turned Otis into a focused competitor, not just some entertainer, and he could have done the same for E.
But fine, keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t come crying to Gable when it becomes Monday Night Rollins again, and watch what happens when he wrestles Finn Balor tonight and turns a prince into a peasant.
E and Otis stare at each other.
Finn Balor makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for Veer, now billed as Veer Mahaan.
Chad Gable vs. Finn Balor
Intense mat grappling early on, shifting into a bit of light lucha libre, and finally Gable starts working on the leg to kick the actual story of the match into gear. Chad with a big hip toss, boots up in the corner, double leg into a double stomp, Gable steps back away from the shotgun dropkick!
Jackknife cover, leg pick for the ankle lock, falling back but Finn reverses into a cross armbar! Gable rolls through, back to the ankle lock, reversed and Balor hits a double stomp! Back to his feet, hobbling on the injured ankle, throwing chops, Chad with a bridging German suplex... NOPE!
Gable up top, moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Shotgun dropkick, up top, Chad comeds to meet him, superplex, reversed...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with a small package.
We get a recap of last week’s tag title scene developments.
Matt Riddle is scooting along backstage when he runs into the Dirty Dawgz.
Dolph Ziggler says he’s been looking for him all night and Riddle talks about how he loves dogs and asks them if they have dog spirit animals and telling stories about sled races. Ziggler says they don’t have time for this but they have a match against the Street Profits, and when Matt is out there on commentary they want him to pay attention because last week was a fluke.
They leave and Riddle giggles about “ruff ruff pass.”
Street Profits make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for pillar of the community Titus O’Neal getting a local school named after him.
Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
RK-Bro are on commentary for this one, as prophesied.
Roode and Ford to start, the Dawg in control, but Montez gets away and tags Dawkins in to turn the tide. Roode tags out, double whip into a schoolboy for one! Both teams end up on the floor in front of commentary, staring RK-Bro down as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Roode hits a neckbreaker on Dawkins, cover for one. keeping Angelo isolated as the heat segment rolls on. He catches a superkick and hits Drill Bit on Ziggler to clear the path! Robert tags in, Dawkins suplexes him and makes the tag! Ford off the top with a crossbody, clear the apron, running hot!
Whip reversed, big leaping lariat off the ropes and right into push-ups! Kick combo, duck the backfist, Montez lands on his feet and follows with more kicks, ending with an enzuigiri! Flipping neckbreaker, cover... ZIGGLER BREAKS IT UP! Dumping him to the floor, Roode gets an O’Connor roll in for two!
Crucifix for two, Dolph tags in, Roo ducks the enzuigiri and catapults Montez into a big DDT... DAWKINS BREAKS IT UP! Angelo with a right hand, sidestep Ziggler to the floor, the Dawgz pull him out and put him into the post but Ford flies over it with the ringpost tope con giro to wipe the Dawgz out!
Omos makes his entrance, followed by referees and road agents, the distraction is enough...
Dirty Dawgs win by pinfall.
Omos cleans house on both tag teams, Riddle attacks from behind and lights him up with kicks, the big man press drops him into the apron while Randy Orton watches! The Viper shouts about not being mad at Omos but rather at himself and he’s fighting mad but we cut away immediately.
We get a video package of Damian Priest vs. T-BAR from last week.
Priest is interviewed in Gorilla.
He says that side of him has always been there but he keeps it at bay because people tend to get hurt. He expects respect and gives it in return, and he had no issues with T-BAR until he threw a chair into his face, and when he gets disrespected, he goes to a dark place and takes you with him.
Last week was a taste, and this week is no disqualification and T-BAR will get quite acquainted with the Damian in him.
Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, T-BAR gets an inset promo.
He says he knew exactly what he was doing when he threw the chair last week, exposing Damian Priest as a fraud, and this week he’s going to show that he’s just prey to be feasted on.
Damian Priest vs. T-BAR (No Disqualification Match)
Hard striking early, Priest takes things to the floor with a Cactus Clothesline, more brawling on the floor! Damian throws T-BAR into the barricade and gets a table out, sliding it into the ring. T-BAR drops him with a big boot and returns the favor of throwing him into the barricade before setting the table up on the floor at the base of the ramp.
Fighting around the table, T-BAR blocks a chokeslam and unloads on him with windmill punches, powerbomb blocked, and Damian ends up face-first into the post! T-BAR up on the apron, back and forth, cutting Priest off in the turnbuckles with a boot!
Climbing up to join him, avalanche fallaway slam connects and we go to break.
Back from commercial, T-BAR in control, Priest firing off right hands, big enzuigiri, the Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick, boxing the ears, Broken Arrow... NOPE! Damian up top, T-BAR cuts him off... CHOKEBREAKER OUT OF THE CORNER! Tying Priest up in the ropes, pummeling him with kicks!
He gets out and cuts off a chair attack with a huge lariat, Damian grabs it and gets an intense look in his eyes before walloping him with the chair over and over again! To the apron, goozle... SOUTH OF HEAVEN OFF THE APRON AND THROUGH THE TABLE! Back inside, inverted facelock...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Reckoning.
Post-match, Apollo Crews comes out, flanked by Commander Azeez.
He introduces himself and his pal and says they’ve come to breathe new life into Monday Night Raw and he and Priest will be closely acquainted soon. He calls his shot for winning the United States Championship.
John Morrison is backstage meditating when Reggie runs into him.
Morrison says he feels like he’s on the verge of a breakthrough and Reggie says he doesn’t know what that means before being forced to run away from R-Truth, Drake Maverick, and Akira Tozawa as they try to take the 24/7 Championship from him.
Truth blames Tozawa and John tells him he has to align his body with his mind. Drake comes along and berates them for not following the plan and they storm off.
We get a recap of our opening match to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a new SmackDown Breakdown segment recapping SmackDown last week.
We get another recap of our opening match, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Becky Lynch is dressed like Elton John for some reason and interviewed backstage.
She says she only used the tools in front of her and she blames the fans for being fickle.
Seth Rollins rolls up on Kevin Owens backstage to try and get him to help him beat Big E in return for a title match. KO laughs at him and turns him down, which leads Seth to make fun of him for “just keep fighting”, saying he’ll just keep winning instead.
Big E makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
Big E vs. Kevin Owens
Collar and elbow, E throws Owens into the corner! Kev with a schoolboy for one, leg pick into a grounded reverse chinlock but Big gets to his feet and reverses to a side headlock, shot off, drop down, back elbow takes the champ out! Off the ropes, big uppercut from E, jawing at him, scoop lift reversed into an inverted DDT... NOPE!
Passing stomp, overhead elbows, leg drop, cover for one. Whip reversed, boot in the corner, KO off the second with a missile dropkick, but E comes back with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes! Owens blocks the third, Stunner denied, low bridge sends Big to the floor!
Tripping Owens on the apron, turning him around for those hamhock overhand blows! Lining him up... NOBODY HOME ON THE BIG SPLASH! KO takes flight... CANNONBALL OFF THE APRON! Senton on the floor follows—
Enter Seth Rollins to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins is watching at ringside as Owens hits a second rope superplex! Trading elbows, Kev of the ropes with a lariat but E is unmoved! Stunner denied, Big hits a leaping lariat and finally hits the third belly-to-belly! Off the ropes, big splash but KO rolls away!
Basement superkick follows, up top for the senton atomico... BIG E KICKS OUT! Pop-up powerbomb denied, off the ropes, suicide spear blocked with a knee! Charging in, Big hits the corner Rock Bottom... NOPE! Up top again, senton atomico but the knees are up!
Kev goes to the apron, this time the suicide spear lands clean and sends E crashing to the floor! Back inside, Big Ending blocked, shove into the corner and Big accidentally headbutts Owens! Rollins gets up and cracks E with the contract whil referee Rod Zapata is checking on KO!
Owens doesn’t want to but he makes the cover and Big reverses...
Big E wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
Post-match, Owens gets on the mic and says he knows how that looked but he swears he didn’t know and he’s sorry. He turns to Rollins and calls him a stupid son of a bitch and asks for a match next week.
He tries to keep the peace with E but Big says he doesn’t care and drops him with the Big Ending!
E gets on the apron and tells Rollins to come and get the title if he wants it.
That’s the show, folks.