Monday Night Raw
Date: December 31, 2018
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

We’re taped this week for the second one time in a row, which needs to be the primary time in a minimum of a number of years, assuming two of the United Kingdom presentations didn’t happen again to again one day. The giant deal this night is a cage fit between Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, as a result of that used to be a tale that had to move on for the simpler a part of 9 months, assuming it ends this night. Let’s get to it.

The cage is reduced to start out.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre

In a cage with pinfall, submission or get away to win. Ziggler has misplaced the document scratch firstly of his music. An early get away strive doesn’t paintings for Ziggler and Drew chops the heck out of him. That and a not on time vertical suplex are sufficient to place Dolph down for some writhing at the mat.

Dolph’s early comeback is bring to an end by way of the Glasgow Kiss however he catches Drew on most sensible. That manner a sequence of rams into the cage however Drew kicks the knee out for a crotching. Back from a damage with Drew difficult that Ziggler battle and being set into the cage for his efforts. The superkick provides Ziggler two however Drew pulls him again within. A double headbutt places them each down once more however Drew is up first, simplest to have Ziggler slam the cage door on his head.

The Fameasser will get two and we take a damage. Back once more with McIntyre superplexing him off the highest of the cage after which sending Ziggler face first into the cage. The Claymore takes Dolph’s head off however Drew would quite sit down and glance as an alternative of canopy. Another Claymore finishes Ziggler at 19:29.

Result: Drew McIntyre b. Dolph Ziggler – Claymore (19:29)

Post fit Drew isn’t finished as he places a chair in entrance of Ziggler’s head and Claymores it into Ziggler’s head, using it into the cage. Drew says that he’s going to win the Royal Rumble and leaves, however comes again as Ziggler used to be sitting up within the chair. That manner some other Claymore to go away Ziggler laying.

Time for some New Year’s Resolutions.

Finn Balor needs the Universal Title again.

Ember Moon needs to win the Royal Rumble.

Ascension needs to convey again the Fashion Files. And win the Tag Team Titles.

Lucha House Party needs it to be their yr.

Here’s Seth Rollins for a talk. He needs a recent get started this yr however that’s the case each unmarried week on Raw as a result of issues transfer so speedy. However, he has a assured rematch for the Intercontinental Title and needs to make use of that at the moment. Cue HHH to mention that it’s a brand new day in WWE and the ones automated rematches are long gone. On most sensible of that, Rollins doesn’t actually deserve a shot at the moment.

That’s laborious for HHH to mention as a result of he’s at all times supported Rollins, which Rollins isn’t letting slip by way of. HHH talks about how Rollins made him imagine in him however HHH is completed handing issues out. Rollins loses it over that, pronouncing that he by no means sought after issues passed to him. While Brock Lesnar used to be up in Canada doing no matter Lesnar does, Rollins used to be out right here having classics with everybody from Finn Balor to Dolph Ziggler to MOJO RAWLEY.

HHH needs the outdated Rollins again and this night he can burn it down towards Bobby Lashley. That’s cool with Seth, who’s taking Lashley down this night, then Dean Ambrose and the Intercontinental Title, after which the Universal Title. If HHH and his circle of relatives will get in his means, they’re being taken down too. This brings out Shane McMahon to mention that Rollins wishes to go away, as a result of we’ve were given a struggle royal with the winner getting an Intercontinental Title shot later this night and it begins at the moment.

Battle Royal

Finn Balor, No Way Jose, Viktor, Konnor, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Titus O’Neil, Apollo Crews, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Tyler Breeze, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Curt Hawkins, Baron Corbin

This is dubbed the Fresh Start struggle royal. It’s a brawl first of all Jose hitting an aircraft spin on Viktor. Crews gets rid of either one of them after which places the B Team at the apron. Some dropkicks have Konnor in hassle and issues decelerate so much. Kalisto places Kalisto at the apron however the House Party will get in combination to do away with him. Back from a damage with Balor getting rid of Metalik by way of knocking him off the highest after which sending the opposite contributors of the House Part to the apron.

They’re each thrown out by way of Balor however Crews then eliminates the B Team, Konnor and Rawley in a hurry. Breeze follows them out for Crews’ 7th removal till Corbin chokeslams Crews down. Balor dropkicks away as we’re down to 5 with Balor cleansing space. Corbin will get in a shot from in the back of despite the fact that and dumps Balor, leaving us with Corbin, Ryder, Hawkins and Crews.

Ryder will get in some hope spots however Corbin backdrops him to the ground to chop him off. Hawkins and Corbin have the staredown with the lovers getting in the back of Hawkins, at the same time as he’s thrown to the apron. Renee: “Take that haters.” Of route he’s out in a while thereafter to gt us down to 2. Corbin throws Crews to the apron however Crews will get again in, permitting Corbin to check out the slide beneath the ropes. That’s bring to an end by way of a leaping enziguri despite the fact that, adopted by way of a 2nd to present Apollo the win at 11:38.

Result: Apollo Crews received a struggle royal closing getting rid of Baron Corbin (11:38)

Post fit Crews says that’s what he’s been searching for and it’s after all right here after 364 days. Tonight, he needs the name.

Natalya talks about how nice this yr has been, together with closing week’s name fit towards Ronda Rousey. This has been a rollercoaster yr and she or he needs the Raw Women’s Title, which is why she’s getting into the Royal Rumble. Nia Jax is available in to mention Ronda will not be the champion by way of then. Something would possibly derail Natalya’s plans too, and right here’s Tamina to leap her from in the back of. Nia: “Where’s your best friend now Natalya?”

Corbin continues to be within the ring after a damage and rants about how laborious his task used to be as General Manager as a result of he had such a lot to do. This brings out Elias to play some Auld Lang Syne and make contact with Corbin a loser. He used to be chatting with Kid Rock previous within the day and so they agreed that spending New Year’s Eve with Corbin used to be a foul thought.

Detroit is making a return and now that Elias is right here it may be able to roll like by no means sooner than. Elias’ music is ready how Corbin sucks however it doesn’t subject as a result of he’s in Detroit Rock City. The battle is on and so they battle into the group for just a little sooner than going again to ringside with Elias getting the simpler of it.

Drake Maverick and the AOP promise to make the brand new yr much more brutal. Akam pops a balloon.

The Riott Squad isn’t converting as a result of no person ever adjustments.

Zack Ryder needs to win and acquire motion figures.

No Way Jose needs a celebration.

Bayley/Sasha Banks/Ember Moon vs. Riott Squad

Banks takes Logan into the nook to start out because the announcers speak about Logan consuming a deer center at her viking marriage ceremony over the weekend. Ember is available in to roll Ruby (who has gotten a large haircut) up a couple of occasions, adopted by way of a difficult dropkick for 2 extra. It’s off to Morgan to kick Moon within the face after which stomp her down within the nook. The Squad triple stomps away so Bayley and Banks are available for the brawl as we take a damage.

Back with Bayley getting hiptossed however armdragging Morgan all the way down to take another time. It’s off to Banks for an strive on the double knees within the nook however Morgan is up in time to take her down as an alternative. Ruby’s chinlock doesn’t move anyplace so Morgan comes again in and runs Banks down for 2 and a few loud screaming. Banks slips out of a backslide and kicks her within the face however the numbers recreation will get the simpler of her Moon has to return in for a save and dives onto Morgan and Riott at the ground. That go away Bayley to make a blind tag and it’s the Backstabber into the highest rope elbow for the pin on Logan at 12:30.

Result: Bayley/Sasha Banks/Ember Moon b. Riott Squad – Top rope elbow (12:30)

We have a look at Braun Strowman’s yr.

Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley

Lashley needs a recent get started so there’s no posing this night. He’s a fighter and this night he’s going to battle. Lashley runs him over to start out however Seth slugs away to get a breather. An enziguri staggers Lashley and a working knee to the again sends him outdoor. That manner a slingshot forearm however a Rush distraction we could Lashley take another time. The nerve dangle doesn’t closing lengthy as Rollins jawbreaks his technique to freedom however he stops to move after Rush. That manner a hurricanrana into the publish and we take a damage.

Back with Lashley keeping a chinlock till he we could opt for some posing. Rollins will get dropped onto his shoulder for 2 extra however the not on time vertical suplex is escaped. Some proper fingers and a Sling Blade put Lashley at the ground. The suicide dives stay Lashley in hassle and the springboard clothesline will get two. Rush gives some other distraction despite the fact that and this time Rollins chases him to the timekeeper’s space. Rollins after all clotheslines him down however will get jumped by way of Lashley. That’s sufficient for Rollins, who hits him with a chair for the DQ at 9:38.

Result: Bobby Lashley/Seth Rollins by means of DQ when Rollins used a chair (9:38)

Post fit Rollins destroys either one of them with the chair.

John Cena is again subsequent week.

Remember that video the place we see the similar six NXT names again and again? Well right here it’s once more.

Jinder Mahal/Singh Brothers vs. Heath Slater/Rhyno

Slater punches away at Mahal to start out however will get pushed into the nook for the sequence of proper fingers. Sumir is available in for some elbows and dancing however it’s briefly off to Rhyno for the home cleansing. A stomach to stomach vegetation each Singhs and it’s time for the Gore. Sunil grabs the foot despite the fact that and Mahal provides a superkick. The Khallas is excellent for the pin on Rhyno at 2:59.

Result: Jinder Mahal/Singh Brothers b. Heath Slater/Rhyno – Khallas to Rhyno (2:59)

Ambrose says he doesn’t wish to have a recent get started as a result of he’s nice at the moment. He’s now not about to have Crews get some really feel excellent second to start the yr.

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable need to close up the Revival for excellent subsequent week so the department may also be wonderful.

The Revival needs to convey credibility again to the department.

Bayley and Sasha need to win the Tag Team Titles.

Intercontinental Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Apollo Crews

Crews is difficult and dropkicks Dean within the face for speaking an excessive amount of trash. A sundown turn and a rollup give Apollo two every and a clothesline places Dean at the ground. That manner a moonsault from the apron and we take a damage. Back with Apollo combating out of a chinlock and getting two off a small bundle. A double clothesline places them each down however it’s Apollo up first with a kick to the top.

The Toss Powerbomb is damaged up however Crews settles for 2 off a status capturing famous person pres. A stomach to stomach sends Dean into the nook and now the Toss Powerbomb connects for 2 with Dean grabbing the ropes. Dean bails to the ground however will get stuck with a turn dive. Back in and the frog splash misses, permitting Dean to hit Dirty Deeds to retain at 9:15.

Result: Dean Ambrose b. Apollo Crews – Dirty Deeds (9:15)

Alexa Bliss is happy with her time working the Raw girls’s department however that point has come to an finish. Next week, she’ll be debuting her personal communicate display referred to as A Moment of Bliss. Her first visitor shall be Ronda Rousey, and Ronda higher get dressed for the instance as a result of she received’t be in a pit.

Brock Lesnar is again subsequent week.

Nia Jax/Tamina vs. Ronda Rousey/Natalya

Ronda wastes no time and begins the battle in a rush sooner than losing Tamina. Nia is available in and has to battle off an armbar. That’s after all shoved away and it’s off to Natalya for a snap suplex on Tamina. Nia pulls Tamina outdoor however Ronda dives onto either one of them to ship us to a damage. Back with Natalya in hassle and Nia sending her into the nook. The pull out of the nook is even worse and offers Nia two because it’s off to the chinlock.

Natalya rankings with a crossbody despite the fact that and the new tag brings in Rousey to wash space. A leaping elbow provides Rousey two on Nia however she throws Rousey down once more. The tremendous Samoan drop is damaged up so Tamina makes a blind tag and kicks Rousey within the face for 2. The armbar on Tamina is damaged up with the legdrop and Tamina superkicks Natalya to the ground. Tamina misses the Superfly Splash and will get armbarred for the faucet at 12:21.

Result: Ronda Rousey/Natalya b. Tamina/Nia Jax – Armbar to Tamian (12:21)

Drew McIntyre b. Dolph Ziggler – Claymore
Apollo Crews received a struggle royal closing getting rid of Baron Corbin
Bayley/Sasha Banks/Ember Moon b. Riott Squad – Top rope elbow to Logan
Bobby Lashley b. Seth Rollins by means of DQ when Rollins used a chair
Jinder Mahal/Singh Brothers b. Heath Slater/Rhyno – Khallas to Rhyno
Dean Ambrose b. Apollo Crews – Dirty Deeds
Ronda Rousey/Natalya b. Nia Jax/Tamina – Armbar to Tamina

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has noticed over 50,000 wrestling suits. He has additionally been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 complete presentations lined. You can to find his paintings at, or take a look at his Amazon writer web page with 28 wrestling books. His newest ebook is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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