WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 27, 2021) from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Day 1 event scheduled for the first day of January 2022.
Advertised for tonight: Maryse & The Miz renew their wedding vows, Dolph Ziggler challenges Damian Priest for the United States championship, Randy Orton vs. Otis, Austin Theory gets the chance to impress Vince McMahon against Finn Balor, AJ Styles takes on Omos following their breakup, and more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 27
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The show opens with RK-BRO making their entrance and getting on the mic.
Riddle has a Christmas card and Orton says there’s no way in hell he’s gonna read whatever that says, but Matt cuts him off and greets the crowd. He talks about patenting his famous Brogurt and asks Randy to close his eyes and look into the future. Orton’s not playing along and says the only way he’s gonna have a happy new year is if he beats Otis right now and they retain the tag titles on Saturday.
Riddle says he’s been reflecting on himself and looking at himself from the outside and his skin was turning green and he grew scales, and Orton cuts him off and tells him to go see a doctor. Randy asks someone in the production truck to show footage from last week so Matt can find out what actually happened on Raw last week.
Riddle misses the point and ends up rambling about how many burritos Otis eats, and what kind, and that time they went out for burgers and... Randy cuts him off and finally—
Enter Alpha Academy.
Chad Gable calls Orton out and asks how a nitwit like him got so far ahead of the curve, and he’s glad to see everybody else learn the same lesson Randy learned last week, that there’s no greater threat in all of WWE than his number one guy, Otis. He talks about recently getting his master’s degree and gets booed for it.
He runs down the crowd for hating education and being mindless and says Orton is no match for Otis, and when Otis sends him limping into Day 1, it won’t be long before those titles are around Alpha Academy’s waist.
Riddle says Chad seems like a pretty smart guy but he’s a man of higher education and he challenges Gable to an impromptu match here and now!
Chad calls him an ignoramus and offers him a free lesson, accepting the match!
But first, we go to break.
Chad Gable vs. Matt Riddle
Gable in control on the mat early, Riddle fighting back with strikes into the corner but Chad hooks him over the ropes and snaps his leg down! Going after the knee, stepover toehold knee drops and leg snaps, ankle lock applied. Pele kick gets a Tiger suplex and Gable stems the tide!
Moonsault off the top, Matt counters with the triangle but Chad is able to roll through and go back to the ankle lock! CHAOS THEORY CONNECTS BUT RIDDLE LANDS ON HIS FEET AND HITS A KNEE TO THE FACE! Up top...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with the corkscrew moonsault.
And so we go to break.
Otis Dozovic vs. Randy Orton
Match joined in progress, Otis blocks the RKO and hits a big splash for two! Off the ropes, falling headbutt, shoulder thrusts in the corner, again Dozer blocks an RKO and this time he shoves Randy to the floor! Following after, Orton dodges and Otis runs hard into the steel steps!
Back inside, Randy hits the hanging DDT but is slow to capitalize! Orton goes to that special place, again the RKO is blocked and this time Dozovic hits a World’s Strongest Slam! Moving Randy into position, but he rolls out of the way of the Vader Bomb...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
Post-match, Riddle tells Orton how proud he is of him RKOing the unRKOable, and now it’s time for Randy’s present. There’s only one thing good enough for his best friend, and that’s a big, big, beautiful hug. Orton doesn’t want it, Riddle tells him no one will know, Randy points out the obvious problem and then gives in and goes for the hug.
When he lets go he fakes out an RKO and then embraces Matt again.
Kevin Owens is set up for a backstage interview and we go to break.
Back from commercial, WWE are pretending like COVID-positive Seth Rollins is gonna work the PPV on Saturday, which is interesting.
We get a video package hyping up the title match.
Kevin Owens is interviewed backstage.
We get a Big E promo where he talks about what the WWE Championship means to him and KO responds to it.
He says E is wrong, and the title match is about his story and his perfect plan going off without a hitch, and the next part of his plan is winning the title on Saturday.
Dana Brooke & Reggie make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get another Veer Mahaan hype reel.
Dana Brooke & Reggie vs. R-Truth & Tamina (Mixed Tag Team Match)
Truth and Reggie to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, tag to Tamina and she knocks Reggie back with a superkick leading to the tag! Brooke with leg kicks, front kicks, cartwheel into a dropkick, cartwheel splash, only one! Overhead strikes, Snuka in control but Truth tags back in!
He tries to back suplex Dana, Reggie comes back in, whip across, wheelbarrow...
Dana Brooke & Reggie win by pinfall with a wheelbarrow victory roll from Reggie on R-Truth.
Post-match, Dana and Reggie get away from an attack with ease.
Nikki ASH is interviewed backstage.
She says Rhea Ripley doesn’t need her help, and they chose to be tag partners because they wanted to. She challenges Carmella and Zelina Vega to a women’s tag title match on Saturday.
Street Profits make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for Migos’ appearance at Day 1.
We get a video package about Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship reign and his feud with Brock Lesnar.
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Finals)
Dominik and Montez to start, a little bit of mat grappling, trading headlock takeovers and headscissors, arm drags, stereo kip-ups into the stalemate! Tags made, Rey off the ropes, leapfrog, drop down, leapfrog, tijeras connects! Sunset flip blocked, off the ropes, shoulder block, tag to Ford and they cut Rey off with a dropkick and a suplex-assisted splash for a nearfall!
Armbar from Montez, wheelbarrow victory roll, duck the enzuigiri, tag to Dominik. Double whip, double boot, double Russian legsweep, cover for two! Front kick, go-behind, blind tag, electric chair and Rey victory rolls Ford to the floor! Both Mysterios off the ropes, stereo sunset flip suicide dives and we go to break!
Back from commerical, Dominik is down and out, crawling, and tags are made! Rey off the top with the seated senton, springboard crossbody, Dawkins kicks out at two! Forearms into the corner, whip reversed, Mysterio off the top, dropkick, set him up for the 619 but Angelo hits a big uppercut!
A little back and forth, Dawkins hits the Drill Bit, Ford up top, frog splash... DOMINIK BREAKS IT UP! Dom dives on Angelo to the floor, Montez goes to work on Rey, press into a powerbomb but Mysterio sets him up for the 619! Frankensteiner to the floor, Dom is legal... FROG SPLASH CAN’T KEEP MONTEZ DOWN!
Father and son set Montez up for another one, Dawkins cuts Rey off, Dominik hits the 619 on Ford, superkick follows, Angelo throws the elder to the floor! Whip reversed, electric chair, Montez off the top...
Street Profits win by pinfall with an electric chair blockbuster to become #1 contenders to the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
RK-BRO are hanging out backstage watching the Street Profits celebrate.
A video package covering the history of AJ Styles and Omos follows.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get an Instagram hype reel for the year.
Miz berates a crew member for bringing him ugly flowers and welcomes Eric Bischoff, who is officiating tonight’s ceremony.
Eric thanks him for having him and says tonight is going to be must-see TV.
AJ Styles is in the ring and on the mic.
He says Omos said the next time they met in a ring they’d fight, and here he is in a ring, so where’s Omos. He begs the big man not to tell him he’s scared, and he understands the fear of not living up to your full potential, but he was never selfish and unappreciative like Omos.
You gotta pay your dues to get to the top, and he’s going to collect Omos’ by kicking his teeth in. He says he’s been wrestling for over twenty years and giants come and go, but there’s only one AJ Styles. He spots Grayson Waller in a hideous pink and blue leopard print shirt taunting him from the front row.
Styles invites him into the ring and Waller takes him up on it. AJ introduces Grayson to the WWE Universe, and Waller says since Styles came to his house last week on NXT, he figured he’d pop into Raw. He says all he had to do was get under his skin and now AJ’s begging him to get in the ring, and Mondays are gonna be even better when Omos is done with him and he takes Styles’ spot.
AJ says Raw is where stars are made, and Grayson isn’t a star, not even close, and offers to give him a tour, ending with him eating a Phenomenal Elbow and counting the lights.
Enter Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez.
Crews calls AJ out and says his giant may have left him, but he and Azeez are a united front. The Commander gets on the mic and says if Styles wants to slay giants, maybe he should fight him right now. AJ accepts, we have a match...
...after the break.
Back from commercial, Carmella is interviewed backstage.
She says she and Queen Zelina have taken Nikki ASH’s challenge under consideration and they accept in the name of putting Super Brutality back in their place. She gives Rhea Ripley a little credit but runs Nikki down at length.
AJ Styles vs. Apollo Crews
Commentary informs us that Apollo Crews changed his mind during the break and wanted to fight AJ Styles himself and I swear to god sometimes it’s like they don’t know that they write the show.
Anyway, AJ pressing the attack early, jockeying for position takes him to the lfoor and Crews press drops him into the apron hard before laying him out with a boot that sends us to break!
Back from commercial, both men spent but Styles fires up, Styles Rush, sliding forearm, boot up! Crews with a Liger Bomb... NOPE! Military press, AJ slips out, elbow up in the corner, moonsault inverted DDT connects! Apollo with a Death Valley Driver on the apron... NOT ENOUGH!
Up top, jockeying for position, Styles trips him up! Back suplex, Crews lands on his feet, enzuigiri staggers AJ, Blue Thunder Driver reversed into a victory roll pin... STILL NO! Jackknife, pop out, up...
AJ Styles wins by pinfall with the Styles Clash.
Post-match, Azeez tends to his buddy but Styles takes him out with a Phenomenal Forearm!
Seth Rollins sends a promo in from home.
He tells Kevin Owens that he’s in a giving spirit and he wants to give Kevin Owens all the credit, because at Day 1, he’s going to take the WWE Championship that is rightfully his.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Kevin Owens tells us he’s in a festive mood.
He had a great Christmas at home, he got to main event Madison Square Garden, and now in just five days the entire world will rejoice when he becomes WWE Champion at Day 1. He’s the only guy in the match that’s actually here tonight, and that makes him smarter than Seth Rollins, tougher than Big E, and stronger than Bobby Lashley.
He recounts his version of events over the last few weeks to prove that he’s going to win.
Enter Montel Vontavious Porter.
He gives Owens some credit for his devious plan over the last month, and the All Mighty wants everyone to know that it takes more than a stomp on steel steps or an apron powerbomb to take him out, and he’ll be there at Day 1 to win the title, and he’s going to rip the wet noodle arms off of KO’s ectomorphic body and someone’s going to end up in the Hurt Lock.
They bicker, and—
Enter Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin.
MVP asks them to explain why they’re out here, and Cedric says Kevin Owens is right, one man can’t beat three. Even the All Mighty can’t take on the whole world, and when was Bobby Lashley at his best? When it was the four of them in the Hurt Business, and they all know what Bobby needs.
Porter cuts him off and says Lashley doesn’t need anyone, but if they want to talk business he’d be happy to give them an opportunity. KO says he knows where this is going and he wants Cedric to just hit the ring for his match already, and we go to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Kevin Owens
Owens overwhelming him with punches into the corner, Alexander backs him off with a few of his own and Kev decks him with a back elbow to set up a senton! Crotch chop to MVP, cannonball in the corner, headed up top, Cedric rolls to the apron, KO pops down, fireman’s carry blocked, big boot and a lariat take Owens down!
Back inside, cover for two, brainbuster on the knee in return... NOPE! Back to the floor, Alexander off the ropes, suicide dive rams Kev into the barrier and he’s fired up! Back inside, drawing him up, Cedric lands an uppercut but runs into a lariat! Short-arm into the pop-up powerbomb, Owens isn’t done, kick to the gut...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with the Stunner.
Post-match, Shelton Benjamin calls for a microphone but Owens just takes him out with a Stunner too!
We get a recap of the build to our United States Championship match tonight.
Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for Liv Morgan vs. Becky Lynch.
A promo Damian Priest recorded earlier is played, and he admits that he lost control last week and his darkness came out. He did enjoy planting Robert Roode’s head into the floor even if it cost him the match, and if he’s disrespected his blind rage will take control and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
Dolph Ziggler’s held every title in WWE and for good reasons, but if he comes face to face with Damian, his rage will make sure he keeps ahold of his United States Championship.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Damian Priest (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE United States Championship)
Ziggler running away early, firing off body blows, Priest throws him into the corner but he turns it around with ease! Big boot sets up a Zig Zag attempt, off the ropes and Damian catches him with a boot! Whip into the corner, Dolph ducks a back elbow, kick to the leg, smashing Priest’s face into the turnbuckles!
Right hands from Damian, he runs into a kick but lands a leaping back elbow anyway and follows it up with a lariat that sends Ziggler to the floor!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Priest sidesteps a corner body avalanche, but Ziggler gets the Fameasser for two! Right hands, Damian blocks one and starts firing them back, Broken Arrow connects... NOPE! Priest lying in wait, Dolph tries to run away, counters South of Heaven into a pin for two!
Big DDT connects, only two! Jawing, disdainful kicks, Priest gets mad and lights him up with strikes in the corner! Mounted punches, letting him get up, big corner forearm and referee Eddie Orengo counts...
Dolph Ziggler wins by disqualification due to castigo de excesivo.
Post-match, Priest continues to attack Dolph and throws him into the barricade!
We get a hype reel for Miz and Maryse renewing their vows and go to break.
Back from commercial, Eric Bischoff is in the ring to preside over the ceremony.
He says it’s great to be back in a WWE ring and introduces the Miz, who trips on his way into the ring.
Maryse’s introduction goes rather more smoothly.
Miz talks up all the success they’ve had in 2021 and says he’s going to prove that old Edge is gone and the new Edge can’t stand up to the standard he sets, and in honor of that they wanted to give us all something uplifting, hence the renewal of their vows.
He thanks Eric for being here and Bischoff tosses to Maryse for her vows. She talks about how the Miz is her rock and asks him to continue to be her husband. Miz mockingly polls the crowd and says that since Maryse didn’t speak a word of English when they met, he’s going to give his vows in French.
Miz speaks in halting French until Maryse, pained, tells him to just do it in English, and he does, saying making love to her is like fireworks and she’s the only one who can tame his wild heart, and asks her to continue being his wife.
Having agreed to continue to be married, Eric does the “speak now or forever hold your peace” bit and of course...
Edge makes his entrance.
He says he’s not here to ruin anything, and he could talk about how obnoxious they are and what kind of man Miz is to use his wife as a shield and a decoy, but he won’t do that, because on Saturday at Day 1, he has a match against the Miz and he’s going to beat his ass.
Miz says they knew he was going to interrupt and they just wanted to show him what true love looks like, and they kiss. Edge says he saw it coming but Miz still slipped through the cracks, so before he beats him at Day 1, he’s going to embarrass him.
Edge signals for something or other and when Miz panics, he admits he’s just playing mind games and doesn’t want to spoil his wedding, so he’s just going to... wait, they didn’t want a white wedding, did they?
The Brood theme hits and the ring is bathed in red light... and of course black goo dumps from the ceiling to cover Miz and Maryse.
That’s the show, folks.