WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 20, 2023) from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Survivor Series premium live event scheduled for this coming Saturday night in Chicago, Illinois.
Advertised for tonight: Drew McIntyre has some explaining to do after he aligned himself with The Judgment Day last week, a match to determine who has the advantage in the men’s War Games match, Raquel Rodriguez vs. Nia Jax, Chad Gable taking his shot at Shinsuke Nakamura, Becky Lynch duking it out with Xia Li, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm 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 NOV. 20
He was the wizard of a thousand kings and I chanced to meet him one night wandering. He told me tales and he drank my wine, me and my magic man kind of feeling fine. He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Drew McIntyre costing Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso their shot at regaining the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship and forming an alliance with Judgment Day.
Drew is in the ring, mic in hand.
He says people have been asking him what the deal is but he claims he hasn’t changed, and anyone who’s really been with him knows this. He says Jey Uso never once apologized for his actions as part of the Bloodline, and why should he get over it? Jey cost him the biggest moment of his life at Clash at the Castle, in front of HIS family.
16 years on the other side of the world, sacrificing everything and his family understands but it was gonna be their moment, and Jey’s family took that from his family. This should be the focus, but all anyone cares about is whether or not he’s joined the Judgment Day.
We’ve watched him since he was 22, we should know by now, yes or no, has Drew McIntyre joined the Judgment Day? Mixed chants go up and he says we don’t know him very well, because he has not joined Judgment Day. He’ll be on their team in WarGames, though, because Rhea Ripley gave him something no one has been able to— Jey Uso in a cage.
He promises that any time he sees Jey between then and now, he’ll drop him no matter the circumstances.
Enter “Main Event” Jey Uso.
He says Drew McIntyre needs to let it go. He cost him the tag titles last week, so no more talking, just catch this beatdown, or perhaps yeetdown.
Judgment Day appear behind Drew to back him up and Uso stands firm on the apron. Jey’s babyface allies show up and Adam Pearce appears and says WarGames is on Saturday and they’re not gonna fight before then, and anybody throws the first punch will lose the advantage for their team.
And furthermore, since Drew is with Judgment Day, the babyface team needs a fourth and they need to find one before the end of the night.
He has one more piece of business, and that’s that by 9 o’clock tonight he needs to know which member of each team is going to fight, one-on-one, in the advantage match, with no outside interference, and no shenanigans. Clock is ticking, pick or he’ll pick for you.
McIntyre steps up to Uso and seems to be considering throwing a punch before leaving.
Nix Jax makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day are hanging out.
Damian Priest tells Rhea Ripley he doesn’t like Drew but adding him to the team was a good idea. But he really would have liked, as the leader for the WarGames match, she should have run it past him. She says it worked out fine but apologizes and says she should have run it past him.
Priest wants to be in the advantage match, Rhea says they need to wait and talk it out with Drew, and that’s that.
Nia Jax vs. Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez out the gates with shoulder blocks, whip into the corner, trading forearms, Raquel blasts Nia out of the ring! Diving crossbody to the floor, Jax shoves her into the barricade for breathing room and then puts her back-first into the ringpost as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Jax working her over, bow-and-arrow over the post, Cobra Clutch follows it up, Rodriguez breaks away, double jump corkscrew elbow in the corner and she’s fired up! Fireman’s carry, Raquel’s legs buckle and Nia follows it up with a senton! Dragging her into the corner, Rodriguez stands up for a powerbomb, Banzai Drop counters, she goes up again...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with a Banzai Drop.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day are chatting and waiting for Drew McIntyre.
Damian Priest raises the issue and Drew immediately arrives on the scene. McIntyre wants to be clear— he doesn’t like them but he despises Jey Uso. Damian Priest says he hates Drew for costing him the title, but he needs to take it easy. They bicker briefly and Priest tells him he can have the advantage match.
Commentary hypes up WarGames ticket sales before tossing to a video package of the build for the women’s match.
Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for WWE’s partnership with Big 12, whatever that is. (Please do not try and inform me, I do not care.)
Cody Rhodes, Sami Zayn, Jey Uso, and Seth Rollins are backstage chatting about the advantage match.
Jey wants Drew bad, but Seth tells him Drew will maim him and they need him on Saturday. Uso makes his case and Rollins gives him and gives him the advantage match. Sami moves them onto their fifth member, and asks Cody if SmackDown guys are off-limits, to which he says they aren’t.
Zayn says he has some ideas, Rollins says he does as well, and Rhodes says he knows a guy if all else fails.
Becky Lynch vs. Xia Li
Lyra Valkyria is shown in the front row.
Feeling out, flash pins, no deal, Lynch with a huge chop, arm drags, throwing Li to the floor, back and forth, Xia clobbers her and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lynch fired up, kick combination, off the ropes, flying forearm, charging forearm, exploder suplex! Cover, only two, some back and forth, arm drag into an cross armbar in the middle of the ring! Li struggling, clasps her hands, schoolboy for two!
Rolling solebutt blocked, inverted facelock, upkick from Xia to reverse, Argentine backbreaker, spin-out drop, cover for two! Sleeper hold in the ropes for the full count of four, up top, superplex from Becky, cover for two! Li lands a kick, Lynch in the ropes, she spills to the floor and referee Danilo Anfibio checks on her but does not call the match.
Duck a kick, back inside...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with the Manhandle Slam.
Post-match, Damage CTRL come down to attack Becky but Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, and Shotzi Blackheart are right behind them to cut them off and start brawling! Security comes down to try and separate them all!
Ludwig Kaiser is walking backstage, all oiled up.
Giovanni Vinci rolls up and Kaiser berates him, saying nothing is alright and he doesn’t appreciate Vinci trying to get on GUNTHER’s good side. Giovanni says he does what’s best for Imperium, Ludwig says GUNTHER put him in charge, so Vinci should stay right here and let him take care of Johnny Gargano.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for the WWE Women’s World Championship match at Survivor Series.
Johnny Gargano vs. Ludwig Kaiser
Kaiser in control early, Gargano fighting back, shoulder armbreaker, Ludwig spins him around for a throat thrust! Up in the corner, Johnny chopping away, diving tijeras sends Kaiser to the apron and a dropkick puts him on the floor! Gargano off the ropes, Ludwig cuts him off with a chop right to the neck!
Charging European uppercut connects and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kaiser with punches on the apron, Gargano with chops in return, fireman’s carry, Ludwig slips out and boxes his ears! Shoulder block, he cuts John off with a slap! Off the ropes, Gargano hits the Superman Spear! Roll through enzuigiri, off the ropes, Johnny with a suicide dive that lands clean this time!
Back inside, slingshot, Kaiser catches him, sunset flip blocked, victory roll reversed, no pin! Buzzsaw roundhouse, Gargano off the second, swinging reverse STO... NOPE! Big nearfall from Kaiser, roll-through kick caught, Johnny slides under, enzuigiri from standing, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl slm from Ludwig, only a nearfall!
Giovanni Vinci comes down, Kaiser distracted, Gargano takes advantage...
Johnny Gargano wins by pinfall with One Final Beat.
We see Chelsea Green and Piper Niven complaining at Adam Pearce earlier today when Natalya and Tegan Nox roll up to ask for a title shot. Katana Chance and Kayden Carter add their voices to the mix, as do Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, leading a frustrated Pearce to yell and tell them all they get opportunities, including Maxxine Dupri and Ivy Nile, who rolled up to talk about something else but ended up with a spot in a four-way #1 contender’s match.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for Backlash going to France next year.
Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio show up at the Judgment Day clubhouse and are surprised to find Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark hanging out.
Baszler gets in Rhea’s face and says she’s seen enough and leaves. Stark tells Ripley she’s focusing on everything except the one thing she should be paying attention to, which is her. She points out the title belt and says come Survivor Series, tit’s coming home with her.
Ripley respects how forward she is and says she’ll get her beating at Survivor Series. Zoey says that’s just how she likes it and leaves.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri vs. Katana Chance & Kayden Carter vs. Natalya & Tegan Nox (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Chelsea Green & Piper Niven are on commentary for this one.
Natalya and Nile to start, Ivy gets the better of her, quick tag, Dupri with a schoolboy, reversed to a cross armbar and the veteran goes to work on her. Tag back to Nile, Indi tags in on Nattie and Ivy climbs her like a jungle gym! Hartwell with a scoop and a slam, throwing her over the ropes, uppercut connects, blind tag from LeRae!
LeRae backs Nile into the corner, Carter tags in on her, boot staggers Candice, tag to Chance, back suplex splash, cover for two and Indi breaks it up! Monkey flip cannonball, Nox and Neidhart cut them off, Katana and Kayden pass them to the floor, step up plancha takes them out! Ivy with a diving forearm, Dupri feeling her oats, plancha into the crush sends us to break!
Back from commercial, big nearfall from Chance and Carter and the match breaks down! Dupri tags in, scoops and slams on Nox, Caterpillar, bridging suplex... TEGAN KICKS OUT! Nox turns her around...
Natalya & Tegan Nox win by pinfall with a lateral press from Nox on Maxxine Dupri, becoming #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Ludwig Kaiser tries to justify himself to GUNTHER and gets shouted down by the Ring General. GUNTHER tells Giovanni Vinci he put the wrong person in charge and tells them to sort it out.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Adam Pearce rolls up on the men’s tag division, demanding the same treatment the women got.
He says they can’t do it tonight, but next week he’ll run Tag Team Turmoil with all these guys.
Pearce asks a crewmember to find Nick Aldis, but Magnus is right there and agrees to go off and talk with him, GM-to-GM.
The Miz gets on the mic and says he wants to talk about one word that embodies what this industry is all about, respect. He complains about GUNTHER’s lack of respect for him—
He wants to clarify that it’s not a lack of respect, it’s that he has zero respect for him, and he doesn’t seem to understand that this sacred ring is for fighting and competition, and the Miz is just an entertainer. The A-Lister takes issue with saying that as a negative and says he’s a WWE Superstar ‘cause he gets it done in the ring and out of it, just like all the stars he grew up loving.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Shawn Michaels, Bret “the Hitman” Hart giving a kid sunglasses and making him want to be that kid, so he strived and learned and battled for twenty years hoping and praying to hold the same title as his heroes. And those heroes are remembered because they’re not a one-note robot like GUNTHER.
GUNTHER says he’s very entertaining and he’s quite amused, and Miz fires back talking about how he’s been to the top of the mountain, knocked down, and climbed back up again, adapting and changing and that’s what builds the legacy of that title, and that’s why he’ll do whatever it takes to win, because that’s who he is.
We don’t know much about GUNTHER because he hasn’t hit the bottom of that mountain yet, and then and only then we’ll find out if he deserves respect. The Ring General runs Miz down as a little weirdo who got bullied in high school for loving wrestling and here we are, twenty years later and he still doesn’t belong in this sport.
The only place he belongs is behind the guardrail with all the other weirdos just like him. GUNTHER starts shoving the Miz and piefacing him and telling him to stand up for himself, the A-Lister snaps and throws a bunch of punches but the Ring General catches him with a big boot!
Drawing him up, waving the title in front of him, telling him to have a good look, and the Miz kicks him in the gentleman’s area! SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE!
Seth Rollins gives Jey Uso a pep talk backstage.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up WrestleMania week ticket sales.
Ivar and Valhalla cut a weird fireside promo demanding vengeance for the gods and issuing a challenge to Bronson Reed.
Chad Gable vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Gable with a waistlock, Nakamura drops to guard, Chad fights back, arm drags, kneeling armbar! Shinsuke out, knees and stomps in the corner, Good Vibrations, putting him up top, Chad catches him in a cross armbar in the ropes! Up and over, Gable fired up, back body drop sends Nakamura back-first into the apron! Cannonball to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, kitchen sink knee lift, reverse chinlock applied to try and grind Gable down. Chad ducks a right hand, strikes, solebutt, shush, off the ropes, snap scoop neckbreaker! Elbows in the corner, kicks, sliding German suplex connects! Chad with an ankle lock, Razor’s Edge DDT, up top, diving headbutt, looking for Chaos Theory, turnbuckle pad peeled off, reversed to a victory roll!
Charging in, bridging German suplex counters the knee, Shinsuke tries to break his grip, Chad adjusts, Dragon suplex, up top, moonsault, the feet are up! Inverted exploder, claling for it... KINSHASA COUNTERED INTO AN ANKLE LOCK! Reversed...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with a flash pin.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre and Judgment Day have a moment before he goes and has the advantage match, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bronson Reed cuts a promo accepting Ivar’s challenge and accuses him of being a cosplayer hiding behind a witch lady.
Commentary hypes up the Survivor Series card for us.
The WarGames babyface men are chatting backstage and they get a text from their fifth man saying he’s in!
Drew McIntyre vs. Jey Uso (WarGames Advantage Match)
McIntyre kicking him in the feeling out, mounted punches, punches in the ropes, he’s got Uso on the run and he’s punishing him. Off the ropes, Jey ducks, suicide dive follows and he’s fired up as we go to break!
Back from commercial, McIntyre choking him in the corner, jawing at him and Uso cuts him off and leaves them both down and out! To the floor, Drew tosses him over the announce desk and we go to break.
Back from commercial, both men are down and out, Drew pops up and counts down the Claymore... USO COUNTERS WITH A SUPERKICK! Up top, McIntyre counters the dive...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Future Shock, earning Judgment Day the advantage at WarGames.
Post-match, brawling on the floor, Judgment Day run down and put boots to Uso!
Cody Rhodes, Sami Zayn, and Seth Rollins run down with chairs to make the save and send Judgment Day packing.
Rhodes says he’s glad they have the advantage and they have Drew McIntyre with them, because they found a fifth man, somebody he has a... Legacy with. You’re looking at him like he’s prey, but the man joining them is the Apex Predator, and all these people know who it is, too.
That’s right, you’re not just hearing voices in your head, because these people here tonight are right!
We go off the air without actually naming Randy Orton.
That’s the show, folks.