That's it from us today. See you tomorrow for SmackDown folks. SK Out \m/
Roman Reigns vs Chris Jericho for the US Championship
The match is a to-and-fro affair, with both Reigns and Jericho getting in offence. Predictably, however, Jericho comes up short when he eats a Superman Punch from nowhere followed by a Spear!
Roman covers him, but the pinfall is broken up at 2 by Owens, who decides that his friend would rather take the disqualification loss than being pinned clean.
They begin beating down Reigns, and hit a Pop-up Codebreaker on him, even as the crowd chants for Rollins. Almost on cue, Rollins runs out and makes the save, going after Owens with 2 suicide dives and a flying knee to Jericho.
The 2 former Shield brothers close out Raw, silently looking at each other as though to acknowledge that they are on the same page now.
Result: Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho via disqualification
Sheamus and Cesaro vs Shining Stars
Sheamus and Cesaro come out, both trying to one-up each other. I'm starting to like this dynamic. And they're against the Shining Stars. What's not to like?
I'm usually not for squash matches, but boy, would I love this one to be quick and clean.
Shining Stars come out, and the bell rings. Sheamus kicks off with Primo, as he nails a rolling Senton while Cesaro tags himself in. Cesaro goes after Primo, but Epico gets involved and tags himself in.
Minor shift in momentum as the Shining Stars get in some offence on Cesaro, even double teaming him in the corner. Not for long though. And not for nothing is he called the Swiss Superman.
Cesaro braves the punishment, sidesteps the on-rushing Primo and tags in Sheamus. Epico enters the fray meanwhile, only to eat 10 nasty forearm shots to the chest from Sheamus.
Primo looks to intervene but Cesaro interjects and cuts him off with a huge uppercut, as Sheamus locks in the the half Cloverleaf on Epico. Epico taps. Sheamus and Cesaro close out the segment, again, trying to outdo each other by trying to get the crowd to pop.
Haha, I'm certainly digging this dynamic.
Result: Sheamus and Cesaro def Shining Stars via submission
Bayley vs Nia Jax
Bayley tries to get Nia in some form of lock first up, but nothing seems to work. Nia just seems way too powerful, waving Bayley around like a toothpick.
The main attraction in this match, however, is Charlotte in commentary with her protege, Dana Brooke, standing by her side. The narrative of the match, meanwhile, is something that we have seen time and again.
David vs Goliath. The behemoth vs the underdog. As much as the underdog tries to buck the odds, at some point even getting Nia Jax down to one knee, size prevails at the end.
Nia nails Bayley with a Samoan Drop and covers her. 1,2,3! That was a straightforward victory. Bayley gave it her all, troubling Nia more than she has ever been, but it wasn't quite enough.
Result: Nia Jax def. Bayley via pinfall
Charlotte and Bayley segment
Charlotte Flair enters much the same way as she did at Hell in a Cell, upon the shoulders of 4 plebians like a Queen should. Hah.
And she's playing up the whole 'Queen' persona, what with referring to the audience as peasants. She puts each and every one of the SmackDown Women on blast, warning them not to get in her way.
While she's at it, she also calls out the 'weak link' in her team, ushering in Bayley to the ring. Oh, did I forget to mention? It would seem that Charlotte is leading Team Raw at Survivor Series.
Bayley does the ultimate babyface thing by congratulating Charlotte on her 'incredible' victory at HIAC, but Charlotte is classless in victory, goading Bayley that she will never achieve that level of success.
She then puts Bayley in a match against Nia Jax. That match is next!
6 Man Cruiserweight Tag Team Match: Lince Dorado, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari
The action is fast paced, needless to say perhaps, but the story of the match involves Cedric Alexander heavily. The heels isolate him and take turn in piling on him in trademark Cruiserweight fashion; with slick, smooth and quick-hitting offence.
Alexander, however, manages to engineer some separation with a backbody drop to Gulak before tagging in Rich Swann to a pretty decent pop. Swann goes after Nese, but Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander make it easier for him by incorporating a couple of high flying spots to take out Gulak and Daivari.
Swann, meanwhile, hits a nasty kick to Nese's face before covering him with a Jacknife pin! 1,2,3!
Rich Swann wins it for the babyfaces!
Result: Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander and Lince Dorado def. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari
Backstage segment with New Day
Big E is dressed like Kama Mustafa, Xavier Woods like Papa Shango and Kofi as Godfather.
Anyway, they announce that they will captain Team Raw in the Tag Team Survivor Series match.
That's pretty much all that was of any importance in that promo. Oh yea, and New Day rocks! *dances without any coordination*
There are so many Superstars involved in this Battle Royal (like duh right?), that I'm going to have to try my best to list all of them. R-Truth is eliminated before I can even finish typing this sentence.
Cesaro and Sheamus are in, as well as Sami Zayn. Strowman is an unmissable presence and the remaining Superstars are basically just names making up numbers.
They seem to include Jinder Mahal, Curtis Axel, Neville, Goldust, Darren Young (Is he great again now?) and Titus O'Neil. Will list out more if I discover that I've missed out on anyone.
Anarchy reigns to kick off the match, but before we can blink, the numbers are reduced drastically, with O'Neil, Young, Mahal and Axel all eliminated in quick succession.
Sheamus tries to pull a fast on on his Tag Team partner Cesaro, but hey, you know what they say about Karma. Cesaro reverses and sends Sheamus careening out of the ring. As he mouths off at him, Strowman reunites them outside by sending Cesaro out as well.
Neville is the next to be eliminated as he meets his long lost friend gravity, before it is just Zayn and Strowman left in the ring. They scuffle for a bit, before Zayn almost, almost pulls Strowman over the top rope ala how The Rock eliminated Big Show in the 2002 Royal Rumble, but Strowman manages to fight out and sends Zayn over.
Well executed spot, and earns Strowman a spot on the WWE Raw team for Survivor Series along with KO, Jericho and Reigns.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Oh, and lost in between the blink of an eye and a commercial break, Bo Dallas was eliminated too. :p
Mick Foley, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns segment
Foley is out and plugs the Hell in a Cell PPV that took place last night, but professes his disappointment at the manner in which JeriKO double teamed Rollins to screw him out of the Title.
Cue, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.
Owens starts off saying that he was the one who made history last night by becoming the first man to defend the WWE Universal Title inside Hell in a Cell, but Foley cuts him off saying that he emerged the victor when he could have walked out a legend.
But Jericho and Owens are having none of it, as they continue to rib Foley for needing them to be on Team Raw despite the stunt that they pulled at Hell in a Cell.
Foley accepts as much, saying that he requires them on the team, but also needs someone who he can trust. Enter Roman Reigns! And he's got jokes, reeling off blatantly scripted lines at JeriKO that barely make us crack a smile.
Anyway, Jericho responds by challenging him for the US Title, and Mick Foley makes it official! We've got ourselves a US Championship match tonight, ladies and gentlemen!
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Brian Kendrick (c) vs TJ Perkins
Perkins is out next, with a resolute look on his face. But after hearing the stellar promo that Kendrick cuts on his way to the ring, about how his cerebral approach will ensure that he preys on Perkins' sympathy to retain his belt, it turns to rage.
Perkins wastes no time once the bell rings and goes right after Kendrick, forcing the veteran to seek asylum by clutching to the ropes for dear life. The referee breaks up the offence momentarily.
That doesn't faze Perkins one bit, as he hits a beautiful bulldog on Kendrick, before setting the Champion up for a high risk move with a scoop slam. Perkins executes an poetic hurricarana over the top rope, taking both himself and Kendrick out of the ring in the process.
Wow. What a move!
The referee, meanwhile, starts counting both of them out. Perkins makes it in just in the nick of time, but Kendrick purposely gets himself disqualified by staying outside for the 10 count. Ring smarts from the canny veteran.
But TJ Perkins gets incensed and goes after a retreating Kendrick and locks in the kneebar near the ramp. Too little, too late.
Result: TJ Perkins def. Brian Kendrick via disqualification
We cut to a backstage segment where Braun Strowman tells Foley that he wants in on Team Raw for Survivor Series. Foley says there is a Battle Royal tonight, and that the winner will get a spot on the team! Hell yea!
Trick or Street Fight: Luke Gallows vs Enzo Amore
Enzo and Cass are out dressed as Buzz Lightyear and Woody, respectively, and that's the only place you will see the word 'respect' in this passage. That's the kind of treatment that is being meted out to the Club in the WWE, and this match typifies that.
They were to NJPW what the Shield was to the WWE, but today, they are left fitting apples into the mouths and being smashed over their heads with pumpkins.
Were they booked right, the Club could have been a force to reckon with in the Tag Team scene. No question of that anymore. There is no coming back from this. This is like what happened to the Shockmaster, just much more drawn out and prolonged over weeks of programming.
There is no way anyone will take the Club seriously after all this. Even if Luke Gallows seems to have snapped and has resorted to smearing pumpkin shavings over Enzo's face ( Gallows is destroying Enzo here, says Michael Cole)
Enzo, meanwhile, fights back by throwing pumpkins on Gallows. Yes, you read that right. There is even a pumpkin pie lying around, which duly finds itself pasted over Anderson's face.
Gallows tries to make a comeback, but is hit where it hurts with another pumpkin, before eating a DDG from a flying Enzo. Cass does the honours of securing a giant pumpkin over his head just for kicks.
Enzo covers Gallows. 1,2,3!
Result: Enzo Amore def. Luke Gallows via pumpkinfall
We kick off Monday Night Raw in the best possible fashion! Goldberg is out to an insane reaction! He begins by saying 'Brock Lesnar...' but can't finish the sentence as Paul Heyman cuts him across and walks out to confront him.
Heyman says the Goldberg chants are 'pissing him off', but that only urges the audience on. He continues saying that he's out here with 'significant backup', and that his client is an 'impatient beast'.
This proclamation sets the audience off like a firecracker, as Paul Heyman introduces BBRROOOCKKK LLESSSNNAAARR! Pandemonium breaks out as his music hits! Are they going to face off today?
But Heyman's expression gives it away. He's played us all. And he rubs it in, saying that this is the look of disappointment everyone will have on their faces come Survivor Series.
That prompts Rusev to come out and confront Goldberg, saying that he doesn't have what it takes anymore. He says he crushes people like that and hits Goldberg with a right hand, that is predictably no-sold.
Goldberg then tries to hit him with knees to the body, at which point he falls down after losing his footing. Ouch. Bad, bad botch. But the Jackhammer that follows isn't botched. Goldberg properly elevates Rusev and slams him clean.
And he follows that up with a Spear to Paul Heyman.
And would you believe it? Booker T drops a Conor McGregor reference (botched one at that) as he says there is no reason why Roman shouldn't go for two titles at once like the Irishman is.
Brian Kendrick defends his newly obtained (through nefarious means, no less) Cruiserweight Title against TJ Perkins on Raw tonight!
Check out Booker T's Halloween costume. Ah. Ha. Ha. Funny.
Possible match for tonight's show:
As seen at Sunday’s WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event, The New Day retained the RAW Tag Team Titles against Cesaro and Sheamus via DQ after Kofi Kingston kicked Sheamus. We have been told that Cesaro and Sheamus will be receiving a rematch for the Tag Team Titles on tonight’s episode of RAW.
What to expect from tonight's show:
It's safe to say that Sheamus and Cesaro would have won the RAW Tag Team titles had the referee not seen Kofi Kingston attack Sheamus on the outside. The official was oblivious to Xavier Woods tapping out to Cesaro's Sharpshooter and instead, called for the bell and declared Sheamus and Cesaro as the winners via DQ.
Expect WWE to hand the dysfunctional team of Sheamus and Cesaro a rematch on RAW to make up for the screwy finish at Hell In A Cell.
With Hell In A Cell in the books, WWE's attention now shifts towards the first ever cross-brand PPV after the brand split, Survivor Series. The build -up for the headlining match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar is on in full swing, and apart from the much-anticipated rematch, three other traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches were announced.
The men's team RAW vs. team SmackDown, women's team RAW vs. team SmackDown, and a tag team elimination match between the two brands are the bouts set to feature on the card.
Nikki Bella is the only woman to qualify for the SmackDown team in the women's elimination match, while Heath Slater, Rhyno and the Hype Bros have made the cut for the tag team contest.
We should get a clear cut picture of which superstars would constitute the RAW teams for the respective matches on tonight's RAW.
The historic Hell In A Cell main event between Charlotte and Sasha Banks didn't see the desired outcome as the Flair scion continued her PPV streak to become the 3-time Women's Champion in a match widely criticised for its dull finish.
It would be interesting to see how WWE addresses the issue amidst the backlash. What adds to the intrigue is the permutations it would have the current feud. Will Sasha Banks get another shot at the title or someone else step up to take the queen down? We'll have to wait and find out.
All the underhand tactics apart, Brain Kendrick deserves to be the Cruiserweight Champion after all the hard work he's put in throughout his career.
'The Man With A Plan' played the seasoned heel to perfection in his match against TJ Perkins and walked out as the new Cruiserweight Champion. Perkins would be aching to get back his lost strap with the feud getting a healthy new dimension; the face chasing after the title.
A new champion ought to celebrate his title victory on RAW and Brian Kendrick would not doubt do the same.
WWE's failed attempt of garnering heat on Brock Lesnar on last week's RAW elicited a string response from the fans, with some already branding the rematch as a flop.
Nevertheless, WWE has a chance to make up for the damages by putting their trust in Goldberg's return this week. The most likely possibilities are that he may cut another promo directed towards Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman -- who botched up last week's promo, or he may run over a powerless jobber to make a strong statement before the Survivor Series match.
Goldberg's return would make for some must-watch television and that's the bottom line.