WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 13, 2021) from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minneapolis, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Day 1 event scheduled for the first day of January 2022.
Advertised for tonight:
The Street Profits take on Rey & Dominik Mysterio in the finals of the RK-Bro-nament to determine who will challenge Riddle & Randy Orton for the Raw tag team titles (Editor’s note: this match will no longer be happening), Bobby Lashley has something to say about last week and his desire to be added to the WWE championship match at Day 1, 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 DEC. 13
In the shadowplay, acting out your own death, knowing no more as the assassins all grouped in four lines, dancing on the floor, and with cold steel odour on their bodies, made a move to connect. But I could only stare in disbelief as the crowds all left, and I’ll liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens, as so often happens, with a recap of last week’s main event angles.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance, flanked by Montel Vontavious Porter, and they get on the mic.
The main thrust is that there’s a problem of respect among the current generation, coming out here whining and complaining and backstabbing to get a WWE Championship match, but that’s not Lashley.
Enter Kevin Owens.
He says he hasn’t paid attention to anything either of them have said or done for like the last two years and now they’re trying to weasel their way into his title match? He and Seth Rollins earned their way into the title match, but he’s here to give the WWE Universe a champion to be proud of, so Bob doesn’t deserve a spot in the match.
Enter Seth Rollins.
He says neither Lashley nor Owens should be in his title match, and Bob tells them to stop talking and come in the ring and do something about it. KO pitches Rollins on working together to take Lashley out, and Seth is on the same page but when Kev tells him to go first he begs off.
Owens says Rollins is faster, so he should go first, and MVP points out the obvious that KO is gonna run away the second Bobby drops Seth.
Enter Big E.
He points out that he beat Lashley to become WWE Champion, and Bob objects that he was injured at the time, but E points out that he beat him in a steel cage and he has no problem doing it one more time.
Enter Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Pearce says that if anybody lays hands on each other, there’ll be fines and suspensions, but Sonya adds that it’s gonna be a four-way at Day 1. MVP celebrates but Adam demands to finish, saying that it’ll only be a four-way if Lashley can beat E, Owens, and Rollins in a gauntlet.
Matt Riddle is backstage with Randy Orton and says he’s been watching a lot of tape, but Orton wants him to be serious about preparing for their title match, and they bicker back and forth.
RK-Bro make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Big E are backstage complaining to Pearce and Deville about having to wrestle Bobby Lashley.
Rollins is up first, and he’s none too pleased about it.
Matt Riddle vs. Otis Dozovic
Dozovic catches him with a front chancery and tosses Riddle aside! Action to the floor, Otis with clubbing blows right in front of Randy Orton, ramming Matt back-first into the corner of the barricade and sending us to break.
Back from commercial, Dozovic in control, Riddle sidesteps and he goes into the post! To the apron, landing a kick, Matt with a diving crossbody but Otis catches him! Palm strikes, knee striking, backin Dozer off, springboard roundhouse, up top for the corkscrew moonsault and he takes the big man off the top!
Dozovic catches him...
Otis Dozovic wins by pinfall with a pop-up World’s Strongest Slam.
Post-match Randy Orton attacks, hits the RKO on Chad Gable, and gets laid out by a back elbow from Otis!
Bianca Belair gets an inset promo where she says Doudrop better watch her back because she can’t whoop her and she’s about to get dropped.
Back from commercial, Doudrop gets her own inset promo where she says she’s the one to step up and take the opportunities that Bianca Belair keeps getting.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop
Collar and elbow, Doudrop shoves her away, back to the lockup, Belair slings her away, waistlock, blocked, float over, taunting and ducking punches, leapfrog and Bianca taunts her further! Off the ropes, criss-cross, one-legged dropkick into a kip-up! Blocking an exploder suplex, reversed to a body slam.
Doudrop striking away, Belair sends her to the floor and meets her at the apron with clubbing forearms. Handspring kick blocked, Bianca finds herself laid out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Doudrop catches a crossbody, back elbow, scoop into a Michinoku Driver... NOPE! Doudrop with a Saito Suplex but Belair’s foot is under the ropes! Up top, Bianca cuts her off... POWERBOMB! Belair off the top...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with a 450 splash.
Post-match, Doudrop blindsides Belair on the stage and lays her out!
Kevin Owens is interviewed in Gorilla.
He says this whole situation is trash, from Bobby Lashley getting a shot to get added to him having to go first, to the entire city of Saint Paul, but the good news is he has a chance to end this first.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the signees to WWE’s new NIL program and see Gable Steveson in the front row.
Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens
Lashley with a pounce early, sending Owens into the corner, big right hands, front chancery, delayed vertical suplex! Action to the floor, another big pounce, back inside and KO manages to cut him off with a superkick and throw him into the post! Cannonball in the corner, big senton... NOPE!
Tornado DDT, beatdowns in the corner, Bobby taking charge but Kev gets a schoolboy for two! Thrust spinebuster in return, Hurt Lock partially applied...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Hurt Lock but looks confused at the call.
MVP immediately hits the ring to celebrate with his man.
Sonya Deville tells Seth Rollins he’s up next.
We get a Liv Morgan recap.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Becky Lynch is in the ring and on the mic.
She says everyone was expecting a big night for Liv Morgan, and she had one with her first-ever title match, but here she is, still Raw Women’s Champion just like she said she’d be. Everybody’s got opinions on how she does her job despite never breaking down gender barriers to become the biggest thing in this industry. (Well I mean I’m *pretty* sure I’m the first trans girl liveblogger in wrestling history but I take your point, Becks.)
She says everybody can just get used to it because she’s going to hold her title for a very long time.
Enter Liv Morgan.
She says the only person that’s doubting her here is Becky, and she has a photo to prove her point, and that’s a picture of Lynch with her hand on the ropes during the pin. Liv says she’s the best, but only the best at cheating to win. She admits to being disappointed but says she snapped out of it because she knows she can beat Becky.
If anything, she reminded her exactly why her story isn’t over, because she’s not giving up until she can make the title mean something again to people like the disappointed little girl they’ve been putting on screen, and if Lynch is the champion she says she is, she’ll put her title on the line at Day 1.
Becky says not to blame her for putting her hand on the ropes, but to blame herself for not doing it first, for not being ready. But she’s not ready, and the only thing she’s proved is that she’s not fit to be champion. Liv hits the ring and beats her down, taking her off her feet with an enzuigiri!
To the floor, Lynch traps her on the steps and stomps away, kicking the steel steps to trap her arm against the post! Back on the mic, Becky says it looks like she went and injured herself, but if she still wants that match, she’s on.
And seeing as how there are no other able-bodied women who can challenge her, she’s gonna go home and train with her hot husband and her beautiful baby and maybe Morgan can put some ice on that.
AJ Styles is interviewed backstage.
He talks up his partnership with Omos and says he’s not giving up on it after their growing pains last week. The longer they’ve been together he’s more sure he’s a good kid and he wants him to succeed in this business.
Omos rolls up and puts an arm on Styles’ shoulder and asks if they’re good, and AJ says they’re golden, he’s not giving up on their team.
Finn Balor makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some footage from earlier of Dana Brooke and Reggie walking down the street.
Dana thanks him for his help and Reggie says he’d be happy to pass some tips from his time as 24/7 Champion and he asks her out for hot chocolate to be able to do so.
They run into a Swamp Monster and a snow man. Swampy is R-Truth, Frosty is Akira Tozawa, Reggie distracts them and Dana runs into Tamina and fights her off before jumping into a snowbank! Reggie follows and the challengers are stymied.
Snuka yells at them to stay out of her way, and Truth and Tozawa argue over who she was talking about.
Damian Priest & Finn Balor vs. Dirty Dawgz (Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode)
Roode and Priest to start, Robert beating him down in the corner, Damian fires back with forearms! Front chancery to block the tag, knee lift, clear the apron, Priest with the Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick and then he boxes Ziggler’s ears! Corner to corner knees, a big boot takes Roode off the apron and a back body drop sends Dolph crashing to the floor!
Damian slides out to the floor and charges around with a double diving lariat off the steel steps that sends us to break!
Back from commercial, babyfaces rally with a fountain of dives, Balor and Ziggler legal, back inside, shotgun dropkick, Finn up top but Austin Theory runs in and he hops down to take the kid out with a lariat! Dolph capitalizes...
Dirty Dawgz win by pinfall with a Zig Zag from Dolph Ziggler on Finn Balor.
Backstage, Nikki ASH has a heart-to-heart with Rhea Ripley and says she feels like she’s letting her down, but Rhea gives her a pep talk and asks for the champion Nikki back. ASH says she appreciates her and no matter what she has her back.
Super Brutality make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Carmella gives Zelina Vega a big intro.
Vega cuts a promo about how she feels her royal duty as queen is to bless this frozen tundra with her presence and says she feels for Rhea Ripley carrying Nikki ASH’s dead weight.
Rhea Ripley vs. Queen Zelina Vega
Vega rolls out of the way and curtsies but Ripley nails her with a dropkick! Press drop, ASH fends off some interference from Carmella but they end up in the ring and distracting Rhea. She checks on Nikki, Vega blasts her with a knee...
Zelina Vega wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
Backstage, Seth Rollins is counting something on his fingers when Kevin Owens rolls up.
Rollins yells at him and Owens tells him to calm down and focus on the match, and he wants to go out there with him to counter Montel Vontavious Porter’s influence, but Seth doesn’t want him anywhere near the match. KO admits he tapped early because he doesn’t want to get injured before Day 1, but Rollins won’t take the bait.
Bobby Lashley and MVP make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Migos being at Day 1.
Bobby Lashley vs. Seth Rollins
A copy/paste error leads me to lose the play-by-play here, but suffice it to say Seth Rollins had a fair back and forth with Bob until Kevin Owens ran in and attacked him, giving him a disqualification win and (theoretically) costing Lashley his spot in the Day 1 match.
But Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville came down, restarted it as no DQ, made Bob’s other match tonight no DQ, and...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear.
Austin Theory interrupts Vincent Kennedy McMahon meeting with Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez to brag about his unexpected move from earlier tonight.
He pitches McMahon on having a match, but Vince says he barges in here and acts like they’re friends, and Theory claims that he’s just done as he said, but gets a “SHUT UP!” from Vince. McMahon says he doesn’t have any friends and he doesn’t want any friends, and Austin hasn’t passed his test.
A disgusted look passes over Vince’s face and he says he’s gonna have to use one of his most deadly weapons, and whips a pencil out of his desk. Theory is confused, and Vince says the point isn’t the important part, it’s the eraser, and we cut away.
Maryse makes her entrance, heralding MizTV after the break.
Back from commercial, Maryse gives her husband the Miz a big intro.
Miz makes his entrance.
He says he’d like to formally endorse a candidate for the headliner to the 2022 WWE Hall of Fame class, and offers up a video package for... himself, of course.
Edge makes his entrance, the ostensible guest of tonight’s MizTV.
He calls Miz a mouse that squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks and until Miz yells about it, and then says that annoyance is how everyone else feels when Miz opens his mouth.
He calls Miz insecure and the A-Lister denies it, saying he’s not afraid of this version of Edge, and the Rated-R Superstar says he’s been told he’s not good enough so much that he believes it, and he overcompensates by being an oversanctimonious jackoff, and at the end of the day he knows he’s gonna have to teach him a lesson and wipe the grin off his face.
Miz throws champagne in his face but Edge fights back and hits the Impaler DDT! Miz pulls Maryse in the way of a follow-up and it’s enough distraction for him to hit Skull-Crushing Finale! But of course his wife didn’t like that and they bicker about it and she eventually slaps the taste out of his mouth!
The A-Lister storms off after her and tries to calm her down but utterly fails.
Big E is shown warming up backstage when Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins roll up to pep talk him.
He calls them idiots and warns them not to come anywhere near his match, because he can and will beat Bobby Lashley without them. Owens says he made a PowerPoint on his phone but E walks away.
We see MVP talking Bob up backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get our weekly recap of SmackDown.
Bobby Lasley and Montel Vontavious Porter are interviewed backstage.
MVP says a no disqualification match just means Bob is free to inflict pain however he wants, and Lashley says everyone’s new year’s resolution will be to bow down to the almighty.
Big E makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Big E vs. Bobby Lashley (No Disqualification Match)
E almost immediately to the floor to get a table out, but Lashley rams him into the barricade and back inside! MVP puts the table back away as Big turns the tide and he goes right back out and gets the table out again and leans it in the ring. Bob up on one shoulder but he floats out and hits the reverse STO for a nearfall!
Lashley goes and gets a steel chair and wedges it between the ropes, but E hits the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes before he can capitalize! Bob’s down and out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, jockeying for position over a table, E suplexes Lashley into the mat for two! Taking him to the apron, clubbing blows, up on the apron for the Big Splash! Bob with a fireman’s carry, E slips out but Lashley stops himself short and gets right back to it, posting Big!
Lashley sets up a table by the apron, trading punches over the ropes, Bob with a knee and then a huge thrust spinebuster through the table... NOPE! And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, E shoves Lashley into the steps and tosses the top part off before slamming Bob into it! Back inside, Bob slips out, Hurt Lock blocked with a throw but Lashley hits the spear! Slow to cover... BUT HERE COME ROLLINS AND OWENS TO EVEN THE ODDS!
They put boots to Lashley and MVP but E fights them off! Heels overwhelm him, Bob wakes up and cuts them off! Big puts KO through a table on the floor with a Rock Bottom, Lashley spears Rollins through a table leaned in the corner! Back inside one-on-one...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a spear, securing himself a spot in the title match at Day 1.
That’s the show, folks.