WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 24, 2022) from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Crown Jewel event scheduled for early next month in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair goes one-on-one with Bayley in a “battle for control,” as WWE is promoting it. The title will not be on the line, though it seems at least possible this is a prelude to another championship match. Or, perhaps even better, another way to get us to WAR GAMES! As of right now, nothing else specifically is being advertised. But and a whole lot more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 24
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The show opens with the intro video.
Judgment Day make their entrance and hold court in the ring.
Rhea Ripley starts, saying last week AJ Styles found out what mommy’s known all along, the same thing she’s been trying to get through to us thick-skulled dimwits, and that’s that Judgment Day run Monday Night Raw. Finn Balor says AJ crumbled under Dominik Mysterio’s legendary pressure.
Which brings Priest to his favorite time of the night, when we all rise for the greatest luchador in the history of this business, Dominik. Mysterio takes a turn but gets drowned out by boos at first. He says Judgment Day are the only ones who ever believed in him, and last week he proved all the haters and doubters wrong when he beat AJ Styles clean in the middle of the ring.
And y’know, when he thinks about it, he’s this generation’s Eddy Guerrero, or rather Eddy was his generation’s Dominik Mysterio! And last week what he did to AJ Styles was just a small taste of what the Judgment Day—
The OC make their entrance.
AJ Styles says Dominik is actually this generation’s James Ellsworth, and they rush the ring, saying they’re gonna pick Judgment Day off one-by-one. Finn accuses him of hiding in the club that HE started, and while he’s being honest, ever since he left and moved on, everyone that ever came after him is living off of his legacy.
Today Judgment Day are in town, step up and get put down.
Karl Anderson steps up and says he’s the toughest guy in the ring and we’re off!
Finn Balor vs. Karl Anderson
Anderson knocks Balor to the floor in short order and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Balor is taking it to Anderson, chops in the corner, Karl turns him around and works his leg in the ropes! Working a legscissor, Finn tries to reverse to a cross armbar but can’t break Machine Gun’s grip! Back and forth in the aftermath, Anderson with double chops and a spinning spinebuster that gets a nearfall and sends us back to break.
Back from commercial, Balor with punches in the corner, Anderson slips out and gets him up for a Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Trading shots, Karl catches him with elbows in the corner, diving... BALOR KICKS OUT OF THE DIVING NECKBREAKER! Finn with a Sling Blade to turn the tide, shotgun dropkick, up top, Anderson cuts him off... SUPERPLEX!
Dominik Mysterio running interference, AJ Styles runs in to play equalizer, Luke Gallows joins the fray but Rhea Ripley slams him on the floor! Ripley slips a low blow in...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
We get a recap of Miz taking Dexter Lumis out last week.
We see Johnny Gargano walking backstage with a whistle when Miz rolls up to ask him what he thinks he knows. Johnny taunts him and says he knows what he knows, but the A-Lister denies that there’s anything to know and tells him to quit lying and tell the truth.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we see a couple racing drivers in the crowd.
Miz is in the ring and on the mic.
He says Johnny Gargano has accused him of keeping a secret about what happened between him and Dexter Lumis and he’s right, but he’ll reveal it in due time. He goes over the facts, which is that Dexter got escorted away from Raw, kidnapped him, and invaded his home and so on.
He says Lumis has targeted him because of his mind and his knowledge, and when he chose to share his expertise with Tommaso Ciampa, Dexter was upset that Tom stole the career that he thought he deserved, and he just didn’t want Ciampa to know that he’s the reason this is happening, because he’s his best friend and he misses him.
Johnny Gargano appears on the stage and says Miz is full of crap and that’s not what really happened. He’s so full of himself that he doesn’t realize Ciampa is injured and not missing (he just texted Johnny not long ago), and if he wants Dexter and Gargano out of his life, he justh as to tell the real truth or he’ll blow the whistle.
Miz says he’s been telling truth after truth after truth after—
Miz wants to tell the truth, well he’s here! Gargano says he’s got a point, he’s the real Truth, and Miz is confused and angry. He does a cheap heat bit about local food and Truth threatens to give him a good old-fashioned butt-whooping. Miz demures but Gargano goads him into taking the match!
He says he wants Truth, Gargano and Truth both say he can’t handle the Truth at the same time, and we go to break.
R-Truth vs. the Miz
Miz knocks him down and puts boots to him from the jump, Truth gets up, Manhattan Drop, sidestep the scissors kick and the A-Lister plants him with a boot! Off the ropes, flying shoulder blocks, fall-forward Blue Thunder Driver, setting up the Five-Knuckle Shuffle, Miz with an upkick!
Off the ropes, Busaiku Knee, caling for it but he gets distracted by a man in a hoodie in the front row...
R-Truth wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
The man in the hoodie reveals himself... it was Johnny Gargano the whole time!
Candice LeRae gets a sit-down interview.
She talks about how exciting this is but also what a challenge it is and the support she’s gotten from the likes of Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Bianca Belair—
Damage CTRL roll up and take the interview over, telling her they’ve put all her allies on the shelf. LeRae asks what she’s trying to prove and says the only thing they’ve proven to her is that IYO SKY is still untrustworthy, Dakota Kai is still spiteful, and Bayley still isn’t Raw Women’s Champion.
This gets Bayley’s hackles up, she shoves the camera out of the way and Damage CTRL jump her to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Elias runs into Matt Riddle backstage.
Elias wants to clear the air but Riddle is still excited about jamming on the bongos with him. Elias says he’s a serious artist and he’s got a long history of being disrespected and interrupted and he’s vowed to do something about it since he came back.
He’ll let Riddle’s interruption slide, but if he ever does it again he’s gonna have to do something. Matt tells him he’s been hitting the bongs all week and plays some, leading the Drifter to clearly be conflicted about wanting to El Kabong him.
Alpha Academy save the day.
Chad Gable taunts them and asks if they’re in Blink-18-Shush and tells Elias to shave the beard and pretend to be Ezekiel again. Elias says they’re not in a band and not to disrespect his little brother, and since they interrupted him, he wants to see them out in that ring.
Gable tells him that Otis eats pieces of crap like him for breakfast and Riddle giggles about it.
Austin Theory gets an inset promo where he mocks Mustafa Ali and says he needs to be more like him.
Austin Theory vs. Mustafa Ali
Seth Rollins makes his entrance in lime green and sits in on commentary for this one.
Theory working a side headlock, putting boots to Ali in the corner, but Mustafa cuts him off with a tijeras, corner elbow, set him up top for some right hands. Jockeying for position up top, dropkick blocks a diving brain chop but Theory rolls to the floor after!
Austin cuts him off as he comes to the floor and hits a neckbreaker that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Theory is in control and smashing Ali’s face into the apron. Back inside, body blows from Mustafa in the corner, duck a chop, whip reversed, to the apron, kick to the jaw, rolling thunder neckbreaker... NOPE! Up top, nobody home on the 450 splash, back elbow catches Theory but he blocks the tornado DDT and hits a brainbuster over the knee... SO CLOSE!
Austin taunting, fireman’s carry, Ali gets the ropes and follows it up with a lungblower! Going back up top, Seth Rollins runs in and Theory crotches Mustafa...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with A-Town Down.
Post-match, Rollins gets in the ring and raises Theory’s hand before attacking Ali and throwing him out of the ring. Throwing him over the timekeeper’s barricade, jawing at him.
Seth goes to leave but Ali ambushes him on the stage and they have a Pier Six brawl! He puts Seth into the LED boards and says he’s not going anywhere.
Miz confronts Johnny Gargano backstage while Johnny’s hustling to check on Candace. Miz berates him but Johnny shrugs him off.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Baron Corbin run into him and JBL demands he stop and introduce himself to his elders and betters. Gargano says he’ll give him his respect as a legend and hall of famer and introduces himself. He calls John MC Hammer Pants and asks Baron Corbin what his current gimmick name is.
Layfield says he’s gonna get Johnny Wrestling a match against his boy to teach him a lesson and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package for the feud between Bayley and Bianca Belair.
Montel Vontavious Porter cuts a promo before Omos has his match, talking up Omos and asking his enhancement talent prey asking if they’ve ever seen hands like the Nigerian Giant’s. He’s got a fist like a Christmas ham! MVP says he respects their ambition
Omos vs. Four Hapless Indie Wrestlers
Holy hell, one of these dudes is Sal Rinauro! There’s a name I haven’t thought about in a while. Anyway, Sal takes point and tries to get on his back and choke the giant out but it doesn’t work and inevitably...
Omos wins by pinfall with a chokebomb and a double pin.
Elias is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Chad Gable vs. Elias
Gable rushes him on the mat and breaks clean when they hit the ropes. Elias on the comeback, getting the better of him, backslide for two and eventually we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gable in control with the big DDT but Elias cuts him out of midair with a knee to counter the moonsault! Chaos Theory blocked, big boot, suplex lift...
Elias wins by pinfall with a Final Cut.
Post-match, Otis jumps Elias and Alpha Academy beat him down!
Matt Riddle scoots down to make the save! A knee sends Dozer flying and Gable eats a Bro 2 Sleep! Penalty Kick off the apron sets them up, corkscrew Asai moonsault takes them out and he checks on Elias!
JBL makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles is hanging out with Karl Anderson when Luke Gallows rolls up clutching his gentleman’s area.
They pass him an ice pack and AJ says they have to do something about their Rhea problem.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield cuts a promo crapping on Charlotte, North Carolina and Millennials and Gen Z and talking up Baron Corbin.
Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano
Gargano with body blows and mounted punches in the corner, Corbin lifts him up, he slips out, off the ropes, big tijeras and a dropkick sends Baron to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive, Corbin rams him into the post after and takes control. Throwing Johnny back inside, working him over a little, a dropkick sends Baron back outside!
Gargano dives, he gets caught and slammed into the announce desk and we go to break.
Back from commercial, trading punches, Corbin shoves him off and Gargano comes back with a leaping lariat. Enzuigiri, corner knee sets up a running bulldog! Back body drop to the apron, Superman Spear for two! Crucifix pin, another two, buzzsaw roundhouse kick, forearms on forearms, Baron catches him with Deep Six!
Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Johnny goes up and over, basement superkick... SO CLOSE! To the floor, putting Corbin into the steps, Johnny gets on the announce desk and grabs JBL’s hat! He puts it on and does a little dance, shooting and holstering finger guns, tornado DDT!
He fakes out returning Bradshaw’s hat, enzuigiri from the apron, Layfield trips him up and referee Rod Zapata doesn’t see it...
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with End of Days.
Backstage, Bianca Belair is interviewed.
She says she knows she’s outnumbered tonight but she’ll take out Dakota and IYO to get to Bayley, because this is bigger than the title, it’s about payback. Bayley’s taken out all of her friends, so tonight she’s not stopping until she’s left with absolutely nothing.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Johnny Gargano runs into the Miz.
Miz gives him a get-well card for Candice from him and Maryse. Johnny thanks him and Miz says he wants to put the nonsense behind them and talk like reasonable men. Gargano says the only reasonable thing to do is tell the truth, and if he doesn’t, Johnny will next week.
Gargano opens the card and chastises Miz for not signing it or at least putting some money in it, since he’s rich and all.
We get a video package for Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel and go to break.
Bayley vs. Bianca Belair
Collar and elbow, struggling into the corner, Belair with a clean break. Do the same bit the other way around, Bianca with a go-behind and a waistlock takedown! Bayley with a wristlock, arm wringer, elbow, back into an armbar. Belair scoops her up for a slam!
Bayley with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, Bianca taunts her and passes her into the ropes! Leapfrog, trap the roll, nearfall for two! Whip into the corner, up and over, Bayley smashes her with a forearm for two! O’Connor roll, Bayley kicks out, moonsault up and over, straight suplex!
Roll through, reverse, back to the armbar and Bayley turns it into a crossface! To the floor on the break, Bianca with a plancha and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Bayley stamps her leg and clobbers Belair with a sliding northern lariat! To the floor, suplex off the apron! Back inside, the Role Model pressing the attack and working her over, Bianca gets a backbreaker rack briefly but no deal!
Bayley attacks her arm more, arm wringer into a stomp, but Belair rolls away from a series of elbow drops! Elbow in the corner, sidestep the charge, shoulder from the apron and Bianca slingshots over her as Bayley crashes to the floor! Back inside, Belair with a vertical suplex but her arm is hurting and she has trouble capitalize!
Running dropkick, kip-up, mounted punches in the corner! Tug of war over the braid, Bianca slams her, handspring moonsault... THE KNEES ARE UP! Bayley-to-Belly blocked, up top, diving elbow... BELAIR GETS THE KNEE UP! Handspring moonsault connects clean this time but can’t keep the Role Model down!
To the floor again, Bayley with a hanging DDT off the barricade and we go to break!
Back from commercial, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Bayley slips down to the apron and yanks Bianca’s arm into the top rope! Backbreaker rack, Bayley wants her own KOD but Belair counters with a Bayley-to-Belly... ONLY TWO! To the floor, throwing Bianca into the barricade but Belair puts her into the steps right after!
Back inside, slugging it out, shoving her off, big spinebuster from Bianca... SO CLOSE! IYO running interference, up top... AVALANCHE BAYLEY-TO-BELLY CAN’T KEEP THE EST DOWN! Damage CTRL clear the announce table, Bianca’s got stiff elbows for everybody and then powerbombs Bayley into the announce desk!
Lifting her up again, powerbomb into the post! Keeping hold of her... GALLON THROW INTO THE APRON! Back inside, SKY runs interference and spears Bianca into the announce desk for a pump kick from Dakota Kai! Back inside and referee Danilo Anfibio ejects Damage CTRL from ringside!
OUT OF NOWHERE SOMEBODY HITS A DIVING CROSSBODY TO WIPE ALL THREE OUT! Back in the ring, Bianca hits the KOD but with no referee there’s no pin! IT’S NIKKI CROSS! She slides back in and hits a fisherman neckbreaker on Belair as referee Jessika Carr runs down...
Bayley wins by pinfall with a one-armed pin.
Post-match, Nikki Cross attacks Bayley, too!
She stands tall.
That’s the show, folks.