WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 20, 2021) from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Day 1 event scheduled for the first day of January 2022.
Advertised for tonight: Maryse joins Edge for an episode of “The Cutting Edge,” AJ Styles & Omos will be guests on the latest episode of “Miz TV,” Rhea Ripley vs. Queen Vega, Finn Balor vs. Austin Theory, Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop, Damian Priest vs. Dolph Ziggler, 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. 20
When your time’s on the door, and it drips to the floor, and you feel you can touch. All the noise is too much, and the seeds that are sown are no longer your own, that’s when it’s time for me to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Bobby Lashley earning his way into the title match at Day 1 last week.
Lashley makes his entrance, flanked by Montel Vontavious Porter as usual.
MVP gets on the mic and tells the crowd to get on their feet and praise the All Mighty and sings his praises for beating Big E, Seth Rollins, and Kevin Owens in the same night.
Enter Big E.
He takes his proverbial hat off for Lashley, saying he did everything he said he was going to do last week and got himself in the title match, but there’s something that sticks in his craw. See, the Bobby Lashley he knows is strong and dominant and has a lot of sisters (do we really have to call back to that gimmick) but in the ring he gets it all done on his own.
Bob says he would have won regardless and gets MVP to admit that he did it on his own and didn’t need the help. Don’t get him wrong, he’s no saint, he took the win. He recalls when Porter said he could beat Big E and he wants to see it happen, in the spirit of competition.
Lashley leaves the ring and E squares up with MVP, holding his cane high like a bat. Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens attack Bob and beat him down, throwing him into the post! Big leaves the ring and saves Bob but gets overwhelmed by the heels! Eventually Lashley recovers and they take the heels in the ring and send them packing.
We get a recap of Doudrop’s feud with Bianca Belair.
Bianca is interviewed backstage.
She says ever since she’s got to Raw she’s kept her eye on the prize but Doudrop has her eye on her. At the end of the day she’s the EST and no matter how often Doudrop attacks her, she’ll never take her out, and this “final” chapter is gonna end the same way the previous ones have.
She makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens are walking and talking about Bobby Lashley when they run into Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce.
They book a tag match, Rollins and Owens vs. Lashley and Big E, and they walk off over Seth and Kev’s complaints.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop
Shoving match turns into a forearm and a KOD attempt from Belair but Doudrop runs away to the safety of the floor! Back inside, shoulder thrusts in the corner, back body drop to the apron, forearm staggers her, Bianca off the top with a crossbody but she gets caught into a World’s Strongest Slam... NOPE!
Action to the floor, back and forth, Belair with a spinebuster on the floor to send us to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Belair wants a sunset flip powerbomb denied, trapped in the corner, Doudrop with a cannonball... NOPE! Beating her down, Bianca fires up, into the corner, shoulder thrusts, crossbody out of the corner, handspring moonsault!
Doudrop with a powerbomb, Vader Bomb attempt, nobody home, Argentine backbreaker rack...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD.
Austin Theory runs into an interview backstage.
He says he feels like the luckiest superstar in the world to have gotten Vince McMahon’s attention, and he thinks he sees him as a future WWE Champion.
Finn Balor makes his entrance to send us to break.
Austin Theory vs. Finn Balor
Balor with kicks in the corner, whip across, big elbow sends Theory sprawling to the floor and he follows after. Austin smashes his face into the apron, back inside, double leg into mounted punches! Theory scrabbles away and hangs his neck over the rope before returning for mounted punches of his own!
Double stomp, cover for two, corner lariat, snapmare, reverse chinlock applied to try and grind Finn down. Off the ropes, sunset flip, roll through into the basement dropkick, lariat sends Austin to the floor and Balor goes for the Penalty Kick but it’s reversed into a trip!
Hanging DDT off the apron sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Theory puts Balor in the corner, boot up, lariat, whip reversed, flying forearm, double leg into the double stomp and Finn is fired up! Rolling thunder dropkick cuts him off, punches in the corner, Balor outmaneuvers him to the apron but gets cut off in the turnbuckles!
Arabian Press avalanche Spanish Fly, Austin takes a selfie in the cover, reversed... NOPE! Finn with the inverted headlock elbow drop, shotgun dropkick, up top...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.
We get a recap of MizTV from last week.
We see Miz chatting with Omos backstage when AJ Styles rolls up to crow about how they’re on the same page and they’re gonna be back in the title picture by the end of the year. Omos says he can’t wait.
Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s SmackDown.
Miz starts MizTV by telling Maryse he loves her.
Thence to the normal intro spiel.
AJ Styles and Omos are his guests tonight.
Omos throws his chair out of the ring and Miz points out they haven’t been on exactly the same page lately. AJ says they’ve gone off the rails a little bit but it happens and he’s proud of this tag team and he wants to clean house in WWE and take all the titles.
Styles turns it around and asks what kind of man puts the mother of his children in harm’s way. Miz is indignant and points out it took AJ fifteen years of hard work to get signed and Omos got picked up right away because he’s a giant. Styles calls him full of BS and they square up, but...
Enter the Mysterios, to send us to break.
AJ Styles & Omos vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
Styles and Dominik to start, collar and elbow, AJ with a go-behind into the takedown, but Mysterio gets some forearm shots in! Arm drag, Styles with a backbreaker! Whip across, Dom caught into a Cobra Twist, he gets out and makes the tag! Rey in hot, tijeras, back body drop puts him on the apron, slingshot in, tornado DDT connects!
Drop toehold into the ropes, 619 connects, Mysterio goes up top, diving splash, knees up! Styles wants a tag but Omos is unmoving...
The Mysterios win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Rey Mysterio on AJ Styles.
Post-match, AJ gets in Omos’ face and berates him, and the big man shoves him down! Styles lights him up with strikes in the ropes, he gets shoved back, fireman’s carry drop!
Omos gets on the mic and says the next time AJ sees him it’ll be in a match against him.
Randy Orton makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Austin Theory psychs himself up in front of Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s office but ultimately decides to walk past.
Chad Gable vs. Randy Orton
Gable with an arm wringer, Orton reverses, Chad with a drop toehold and Randy goes to the floor! Back inside, Gable with arm drags into an armbar, waistlock blocked, Orton ducks an arm drag...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
We get a recap of our opening segment, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Bobby Lashley is backstage with MVP.
He says he’s gonna beat the hell out of Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, and if Big E so much as looks at him funny, he’s gonna beat the hell out of him, too.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
We get another pretape of Dana Brooke and Reggie hanging out, this time looking at Christmas lights when Akira Tozawa shows up dressed as an elf and asking for R-Truth.
He gets Tamina and she tells him to stay out of her way, shoving him down and giving chase. R-Truth shows up dressed like Santa Claus, Brooke fights Snuka off, Reggie takes care of Truth! Tamina and Dana brawl in hanging Christmas lights but Brooke gets away!
Snuka yells at the two goofs.
Damian Priest vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler goes for the leg but ends up in the ropes and referee Aja Perera warns them off. Priest goes for a powerbomb, reversed, wristlock punches and kicks, pop-up drop and Damian goes up top but Dolph cuts him off. Superplex connects, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ziggler gets the big DDT but Priest kicks out! Superkick blocked, big slicing right, alternating kicks, rolling punch, Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick! Corner elbow, Broken Arrow... NOPE! Fighting on the floor, Priest gets distracted beating up Robert Roode...
Dolph Ziggler wins by countout.
Post-match, Ziggler attacks but Priest shrugs him off and hits the Reckoning on Robert Roode!
Finn Balor is interviewed backstage.
He talks about beating Austin Theory earlier because Theory got cocky, and Austin blindsides him! Back suplex into a road case and Theory takes a selfie over him!
Edge makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a reel of the top ten WWE Instagram photos from the week.
Vince McMahon is in his office when Austin Theory rolls up. He tells Vince that he got Finn Balor back with his vicious attack. McMahon says he hopes he’s not making a mistake by giving Austin another chance and he blows eraser dust in his face and “ho ho hos” to close things out.
Edge is in the ring for the Cutting Edge, and we get a recap of the rift between Miz and Maryse last week.
Maryse says she’s just here to have a platform to speak, and she went with Cutting Edge over MizTV because there’s no way Miz would have let her get a word in edgewise because he won’t shut up. Edge says he didn’t realize this would be some kind of therapy session, and Maryse admits that it’s a little uncomfortable.
She airs her grievances and says at the end of the day she has a family and kids and if something happens to her, who’s gonna take care of her kids? She asks Edge if he’d ever do this to his wife, and he says he’s sorry she’s locked in some kind of horrible country song and says he doesn’t buy it.
He tells Maryse to cut the act and accuses her presence here as being some kind of ploy by Miz and eventually lo and behold, Miz comes down.
Maryse distracts Edge and Miz hits Skull-Crushing Finale! They kiss over Edge’s fallen body.
Rhea Ripley makes her entrace to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get yet another Veer Mahaan hype reel.
Zelina Vega cuts a promo during her entrance and complains about the crowd booing her.
Rhea Ripley vs. Queen Zelina Vega
Ripley right in but Vega hides in the ropes. Duck a lariat, leg kicks, Rhea catches one, Zelina goes under a boot, tornado DDT blocked, suplex reversed... STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! Back and forth, Vega with a knee, only two! Ripley with a boot, pumphandle...
Rhea Ripley wins by pinfall with Riptide.
Big E is interviewed backstage and talks about how he’s gonna win tonight. Bobby Lashley rolls up and E asks him if he’s here to fight or talk and they have some strained words about their tag team match tonight.
Liv Morgan makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s Liv Morgan / Becky Lynch promo segment.
Liv Morgan gets on the mic.
She says she challenged Becky last week and as we all just saw, she tried to ensure a win by injuring her before accepting, and she followed Lynch to her training location to try and even the odds, but that was part of the Man’s plan after all.
She rolls the footage for us and laughs it off. She says she can’t stand having to beat up an innocent woman, but in the end she’s gonna beat Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Enter Becky Lynch.
She runs Liv down for breaking that poor girl’s elbow and she’s not so optimistic about Morgan and her dodgy arm, to which Liv says it only took one arm to kick her ass. Becky says it gets hot under the lights and she can’t handle the heat, but Morgan says she won’t be scared out of the match.
Where she’s standing her spotlight is bright and she feels fine, and she invites Becky to come in and find out. Lynch says she won’t go in the ring while Liv has a kendo stick, to which she says she didn’t bring it for her, she brought it for Becky, and she throws it out to her.
Lynch tells her not to insult her and she’s lucky she has a private jet to catch, storming off.
We get another recap of our opening segment, because of course we do.
Big E makes his entrance to send us to break.
Big E & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins
E and Owens to start, Big backs him into the corner with punches, Owens clobbers back and then ends up bailing. Lashley tags in and follows around to beat him up, E drops Rollins over the ropes and to the floor and Bob takes him out as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley is chasing Rollins around the ring and throws him into the barricade! Back inside, delayed vertical suplex, no dice. Seth with an upkick, tag to Owens, senton on the floor into kicks to the back! Drawing Lashley up, throwing him inside, another senton connects for two!
Front chancery applied, trying to keep Bob away from the tag, dropping a knee across the back of his head and KO swivels his hip to taunt E on the apron! Tag to Seth, double suplex, crotch chop from Owens. Reverse chinlock, tag back, Big legal, corner Rock Bottom... NOPE!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, E and Owens are down and out, tags made! Lashley in hot with Rollins, big neckbreaker, belly-to-belly suplex, corner lariats, leapfrog, Bob catches him, powerslam... OWENS BREAKS IT UP! E comes in to run KO off, the match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory!
Lashley with the spear...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear on Kevin Owens.
Post-match, Rollins right in with Blackout into mounted punches! Kev and Seth put boots to Bob on the floor, laying E out with the steel steps and then Lashley! They get Bob up... APRON POWERBOMB!
Rollins and Owens get in the ring and hug!
That’s the show, folks.