We are in Sacramento, California and your announcers are Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Corey Graves.
Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring.
Vince says he doesn’t want to hear any boos tonight. Vince says people have asked what is going on with Monday Night Raw and Vince says he has asked himself that question. Raw has been on the air for more than 25 years. One of the reasons for its success is that they change for the times. Despite one man’s brilliance, despite one man’s creativity, one man’s vision, he can’t do it all by himself any more. Vince says he could do without the crowd. Vince says with that in mind . . .
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the ring.
Vince brings out the next person to appear and it is . . .
Not to be outdone, it is time to do some shuffling on the stage because Shane McMahon is here too.
Stephanie says they are out here tonight because they are not doing a good job for you lately. They are not listening to the audience. They have let middle managers air their grievances and they have been suffocating their superstars and that ends tonight.
Hunter says absentee management is over and the four of them will be taking over Raw.
Shane says that goes for Smackdown as well. They are here to ensure that you have the best possible experience.
Stephanie says they are going to empower the superstars and the fans.
Hunter says they are going to give you what you want. Something new and something fresh. In the coming weeks and months, you will be seeing new faces and new superstars. As of now, you are the Authority.
Vince says that as long as they give you more of what you want than what you don’t want, it will be then, now and forever.
Baron Corbi makes his way to the stage and he tells Vince that no one is more excited for a fresh start than him.
Stephanie says the people are booing Baron.
Baron says he is excited that the entire McMahon family is running Raw. You stood out here and spoke some amazing words and there is one word you did not include and that was fair. What happened to him last night was not fair. Baron wants to have a simple conversation.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Baron is still in the ring and he is feeling the Sacramento love.
Baron says this is a small group and the way the crowd reacts tonight is not how everyone feels.
Hunter tells the people if they continue to boo, it is harder for him to speak.
Baron does not know how he can explain himself while this is going on. Baron asks Stephanie to quiet the crowd but Stephanie wants Vince to hear everyone and he is losing his hearing.
Baron calls this hilarious and he asks if they have no respect. Baron says every night he comes out and does his best.
Vince reminds Baron that he has a microphone and the crowd does not.
Baron says he has been trying to motivate superstars and it is not his fault if they cannot live up to the challenge. Braun Strowman was not supposed to be at TLC and he was not prepared for the match and the people Braun brought out. Baron asks if that was fair.
Hunter says that Baron is out here to say it is unfair and a travesty of justice and you want us to reconsider you as permanent GM of Raw.
Baron says he would have beaten Braun if it wasn’t for Apollo Crews, Heath Slater, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, and Kurt Angle. Will you overturn that ruling and name him General Manager of Raw.
We get a McMahon pow wow and Stephanie says no. Shane says no. Hunter gives a no. Stephanie says there is no chance in hell.
Vince says there is a way. Hunter says Vince makes a good point. Maybe they are wrong. Maybe you deserve a chance to be named permanent General Manager of Raw. Hunter says if Baron can win his match tonight, he will be named permanent General Manager. All he has to do is beat this man . . .
Out comes Kurt Angle.
Stephanie says there is a special guest referee and it is Heath Slater.
Match Number One: Baron Corbin versus Kurt Angle in a Baron still wants to be GM Match
Corbin misses a clothesline and Angle with punches and he sends Corbin into the turnbuckles. Angle with kicks and punches. Corbin with an Irish whip but Corbin misses a splash into the corner and Angle with a German suplex. Corbin goes to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Corbin is in control and he punches Angle. Hunter says he forgot to tell Baron this is a handicap match and Kurt’s partners are Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, and Chad Gable.
Roode, Gable, and Crews punch Corbin and send him into the ring for the Three Rivers German Suplex combination. Gable tags in and he hits a German suplex. Roode with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Crews with an enzuigiri. Corbin goes to the floor and he tries to go into the crowd but Gable, Roode, and Crews send Corbin back into the ringside area. They surround Corbin and Heath Slater adjusts the turnbuckles pads as all four men attack Corbin.
Shane stops things and he says that the match is No Disqualification.
Slater kicks Corbin while everyone else brings chairs into the ring. Gable with a moonsault while Roode hits a neck breaker. Crews with a frog splash and then they pick up Corbin for an Olympic Slam. Angle gets the three count.
Winners: Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, and Apollo Crews
After the match, Crews, Roode, and Gable bring a table into the ring. Angle gives Corbin an Olympic Slam through the table.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the announcers mention that John Cena won the Muhammad Ali Award.
Match Number Two: Finn Balor versus Dolph Ziggler
They lock up and Dolph taps Balor on the chest on the break. Ziggler with a side head lock and he holds on when Balor tries to send Ziggler off the ropes. Balor with a rollup for a near fall. Balor with an arm drag and Ziggler with an arm drag. Balor with a kick and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. Balor with a drop kick.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick but he cannot follow with the double stomp. We see footage from the commercial break when Ziggler hit a drop kick on Balor. Balor with a chop and flying forearm. Balor with a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor goes for Slingblade but Ziggler counters into a rollup. Ziggler with a knee and he misses a Fameasser. Balor with an elevated elbow to the chest for a near fall. Balor with Slingblade and then he goes for the running drop kick but Ziggler hits a hesitation DDT for a near fall.
Balor with an enzuigiri and he goes up top but Ziggler crotches Balor and sends him into the ring post and hits a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler sets for a super kick but Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring and Dolph goes after Drew and punches Drew. Drew pushes Dolph into the apron and Balor with a plancha onto Drew. Ziggler with a Fameasser to Balor for a near fall. Balor with slingblade when Ziggler goes for a super kick. Drew clotheslines Balor and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Finn Balor (by disqualification)
After the match, Drew with a head butt to Ziggler followed by punches. Drew hits Ziggler with a Claymore and then he goes to the floor to hit Balor with a Claymore.
We see Dean Ambrose in the back with his new title belt and he walks to the ring with his gas mask crew.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the new Intercontiental Champion Dean Ambrose to make his way to the ring.
Dean tells the security to get into position to make sure Seth Rollins does not do anything to him.
Dean says the more things change, the more they stay the same. You disgusting people should be showing him respect. Everything that he said would happen at TLC happened. Seth Rollins spun out of control. Seth Rollins dropped the ball and he choked. He failed. He failed himself and he failed all of you. Dean says he doesn’t need respect from you because he has the title.
Seth used to have two titles and now he has none. He has taken what is most important to Seth and he is not done. He will make sure that Seth has nothing left. He will take Seth’s career and reputation as a great guy and drag it through the mud and put it in the gutter where it belongs. Dean says he is the moral compass of WWE and has an obligation to give Seth an opportunity to be a man of honor and integrity to come out and say that he was right.
Seth does not come out and Dean suggests an open challenge, not for the title. Maybe you want to come out and punch him in the face a few times.
Dean says that Seth is no hero, he is a whiner like all of you and when things don’t go his way, he crumbles.
Dean says since Seth does not have the guts to come out and Dean says he will make an Open Challenge for anyone in the back, not named Seth Rollins.
Match Number Three: Dean Ambrose versus Tyler Breeze in an Intercontiental Title Match
Breeze with punches and a running forearm and foerarm into the corner. Breeze with kicks and Ambrose misses a clothesline and Breeze with a drop kick and clothesline that sends Dean over the top rope to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Dean with boots to the chest and a rear chin lock. We see footage during the commercial break when Ambrose avoided a pescado and Ambrose with a clothesline. We go back to live action and Ambrose with a back elbow for a near fall. Ambrose with a sleeper. Ambrose pulls Breeze down to the mat. Breeze with an enzuigiri that staggers Ambrose. Breeze with a rana for a near fall. Ambrose goes into the turnbuckles and Breeze with a rollup for a near fall. Breeze with a Beauty Shot and then he goes up top. Breeze with a cross body for a near fall.
Breeze with a kick for a near fall. Breeze sets for an Unprettier but Dean escapes and hits the double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose (Retains Championship)
After the match, Dean says that was the performance of a champion with integrity and he says that Seth Rollins would never show up . . .
Seth Rollins’ music plays and Dean sends three of his guards to watch the ramp. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins was in disguise and he super kicks Ambrose. Seth with punches to Dean and the other security members realize what is going on and Seth takes care of them.
Shane McMahon is asked about the fresh start on Raw. Shane says new faces. People who have not gotten the opportunity in the past will get their chances now.
Drake Maverick shows up and he introduces Shane to the Authors of Pain. Drake tells Shane that they had their titles stolen from them. Drake suggests that Shane give them their rematch tonight.
Shane says mandatory rematches are antiquated. Baron handed you the tag titles. He will create an opportunity for AOP. You will take on the B Team, the Revival, and Lucha House Party in a Fatal Four Way match. The winner gets a future tag title opportunity.
We are going to take a look at some new faces coming to WWE. They include Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, EC3, Nikki Cross, and Heavy Machinery.
We are back and it is time to take a look at some new faces coming to Raw and Smackdown.
We see a video package for Lars Sullivan talking about all of the different animals and giants you have seen before, but you have never seen a freak like him. We also see a feature on Lacey Evans. Next up is Heavy Machinery, Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight. Then we see a video for Nikki Cross. She asks what happens when there is no fear, only chaos. Then we look at EC3.
Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley are in the ring. Lio says since tonight is about fresh starts, they are going to give you a performance you have never seen before. Lio says Elias isn’t the only one who can play sweet sounds with a guitar. The greatest music Elias heard was the sound of the guitar cracking over his back last night thanks to Bobby Lashley.
You came here to see a true work of art and that is what Bobby Lashley is going to give you. Lio has Bobby do some poses for the crowd.
Lio says comparing Bobby Lashley to Elias is like comparing the Golden State Warriors to the Sacramento Kings.
Elias interrupts Bobby’s pose with a guitar to the back.
The Lucha House Party pick up their pinata as they go to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Sami Zayn video feature where he talks about being overlooked. Sami is coming back soon.
Match Number Four: Akam and Rezar (with Drake Maverick) versus Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas versus Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder versus Kalisto and Lince Dorado (with Gran Metalik) in a Match to Determine Who Gets a Future Title Match at an Unspecified Time Match
Dorado and Axel start things off and Dorado with a drop kick and Kalisto tags in and he hits an alley oop drop kick. Dawson tags in and he is happy there are only two members of the Lucha House Party and he slaps Kalisto and connects with a forearm to the head. Dawson with a wrist lock and he chops Kalisto. Dawson sends Kalisto into the turnbuckles and punches Kalisto. Dawson with an elbow drop and Wilder tags in. Kalisto with a double hesitation DDT. Dorado tags in and Kalisto with a splash off Dorado onto Dawson and Wilder. Dorado with a splash for a near fall.
Akam tags in and Dorado with a drop kick. Rezar tags in and he catches Dorado and sends him into the turnbuckles as we go to commercial.
We are back and Wilder with a Gory Special on Dorado. Wilder pulls at the mask and the referee stops him. Dorado with an arm drag and Axel tags in . Dorado with an enzuigiri to Wilder. Dorado with a handspring cutter and both men are down. Kalisto tags in and hits a cross body on Dallas and then hits a springboard corkscrew splash. Kalisto with a splash into the corner and then he hits a tornado DDT on Axel. Kalisto with kicks to Dallas.
Dallas with an Irish whip and Dawson tags in and throws Kalisto to the floor. Dawson with a punch but Bo with a punch and boot to the head followed by a running back elbow. Bo with a hanging swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Kalisto with a satellite DDT to Wilder and then he avoids Rezar. Bo and Dawson send Rezar over the top rope. Akam grabs Dawson and Bo by the throat and sends them into the ropes. Akam goes to the floor and then Dorado and Kalisto are back dropped onto Akam and Rezar. Dawson with a rollup but Dallas gets a near fall. Dawson with a rollup for a near fall.
Wilder tags in and they hit Shatter Machine on Bo for the three count.
Winners: Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder
Seth Rollins is in the back and he is asked about the match at TLC. Seth says last night was a disaster. Personally and professionally, everything went wrong. He let Dean get inside his head. Seth says he heard the crowd and it is all on him. Seth says he has to own that and move forward. It is not about his performance in the ring and titles. This is his life. Seth says he has dedicated everything to this. Seth says he will right that ship and it starts with him ending Dean Ambrose.
Baron Corbin stops by and Seth wants to know if he can help him.
Baron says that everyone thought he was doing well until Seth said something. He forced him into the TLC match and everyone hates him in the back. Baron says if the locker room had not attacked him tonight, he would have taken Seth’s title, but Dean already did that last night.
Seth punches Baron and leaves.
We take a look back at what happened at the start of Raw with the McMahons.
We go to commercial.
We are back and WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring.
We see what Ronda Rousey did during the Smackdown Women’s Title Match at TLC.
Ronda says she told Nia Jax she could kiss that right hand she is so proud of goodbye. She told Charlotte Flair she would write the next chapter of their story. She told Becky Lynch she was the last person to provoke. Ronda says she did not come here to justify her actions, she came here to justify her actions.
A champion, a real champion is so much more than just a title someone puts before your name or an object you can put in your hands. A real champion is more than the winner of a match. A real champion represents the limit of human potential, the best of the best. A real champion is the best that the human race can offer. That is why she is here tonight. Ronda suggests we start a new tradition. After each pay per view, the champion should show up and defend their title. Ronda says she came here for a fight and she is making an open challenge.
All of the women yell at the people in the gorilla position and Stephanie McMahon tells them to come out with her.
Stephanie says all of these women want a title match against you and they are all deserving of one. Stephanie says she is not playing favorites any more so you have to earn it. There will be a gauntlet match and you will face the winner.
Match Number Five: Number One Contender Gauntlet Match for a Raw Women’s TItle Match Next Week
Segment One: Alicia Fox versus Bayley
They lock up and Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up again and Bayley with a wrist lock and rollup for a near fall. Alicia gets into the ropes to stop Bayley. Alicia with a kick and forearm before pulling Bayley to the mat by the hair. Alicia kicks Bayley in the corner. Alicia with a reverse chin lock. Bayley with a Saito suplex for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We ar e back and Alicia kicks Bayley and then follows with a knee. Bayley with a sunset flip for a near fall. Alicia chokes Bayley in the ropes. Bayley kicks Alicia and then connects with an elbow to stop Bayley’s punches. Alicia with a hard Irish whip. Alicia slaps Bayley in the corner and then is sent into the turnbuckles. Bayley floats over but her knee gives out and Alicia with a running boot to the head but Bayley with a crucifix cover for the three count.
Segment Two: Dana Brooke versus Bayley
Dana with an enzuigiri and round off splash into the corner for a near fall. Dana gets more near falls. Dana punches Bayley and applies a body scissors. Bayley leans back to get a near fall. Dana clips Bayley and then she sends Bayley into the turnbuckles. Dana with a kick and Irish whip but Bayley’s knee gives out and Dana gets a near fall. Dana with a reverse chin lock.
Dana with more near falls. Bayley with a belly-to-belly suplex for a three count.
We go to commercial.
Kevin Owens is coming back soon.
Segment Three: Bayley versus Mickie James
Mickie with a reverse chin lock and Irish whip but Bayley gets her boot up. Mickie with a neck breaker. We see Ronda watching from the back as Mickie chokes Bayley in the ropes. Mickie misses a splash to the back when Bayley moves and Bayley gets a near fall. Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. Mickie with a flap jack and she goes to the turnbuckles. Mickie with a Thesz Press for a near fall but Bayley with a rollup for a near fall. Mickie with a near fall. Mickie with a thrust kick for a near fall. Mickie with a kick and she sets for the DDT but Bayley counters into a Saito suplex.
Mickie kicks Bayley and Bayley goes to the floor. Mickie with a baseball slide but Bayley moves and Bayley connects with a knee to the head. Bayley goes back into the ring and reinjures her knee. Bayley with a cross body but she holds her knee. Bayley with a running knee into the corner. Bayley goes up top and hits the elbow drop but MIckie gets her hand on the ropes to stop the count.
Mickie with a forearm to the midsection and Bayley with a cutter in the ropes. Bayley goes for a belly-to-belly suplex but Mickie with an elbow. MIckie is sent to the apron and Mickie with a forearm and she sends Bayley into teh turnbuckles. Mickie with a MickDT for the three count.
Segment Four: Mickie James versus Ember Moon
Mickie with a drop kick as Ember gets to the ring. Mickie chokes Ember in the ropes. Mickie with punches and kicks. Ember lands on her feet on a hip toss and hits an arm drag and leg sweep. Ember misses a drop kick and Mickie gets a near fall. Mickie with a series of kicks but Ember hits a springboard cross body for a near fall. Mickie goes to the floor and wants a time out. Ember slides to the floor and Mickie returns to the ring. Mickie with a kick and she goes for a DDT in the ropes but Ember blocks it. Mickie slides to the floor and tries to power bomb Ember to the floor. Ember blocks it and Mickie with a leg sweep as we go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage during the commercial break when Mickie worked on the ribs. Mickie with a forearm to Ember but Ember fires back. Ember with more forearms. Mickie misses a kick but Ember with a series of kicks for a near fall. Ember misses a splash into the corner and Mickie gets a near fall but uses the ropes and the referee stops the count. Mickie with a flapjack. Ember with a Codebreaker to stop a Thesz Press attempt by Mickie. Ember with Eclipse for the three count.
Segment Five: Natalya versus Ember Moon
Ember with a rollup for a near fall. Ember kicks Natalya away when Natalya goes for the sharpshooter. Ember with a kick for a near fall. Natalya with elbows but Ember with a kick. Ember with a modified abdominal stretch. Natalya gets Ember on her shoulders but Moon gets to her feet and connects with a forearm. Natalya with an Irish whip but Ember with an elbow. Moon with a tornado suplex for a near fall.
Moon with a chop and she goes up top. Ember leaps over Natalya and Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter but Ember slaps and punches Natalya. Ember with an inside cradle for a near fall. Natalya with a rollup for the three count.
Segment Number Six: Natalya versus Ruby Riott (with Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan)
We are back and Ruby with a reverse chin lock. Ruby with a body scissors and Natalya with a forearm to try to get out of the hold. Ruby with a guillotine. Natalya gets back to her feet and she slams Ruby. Both women with clotheslines and they both go down. Ruby slams Natalya’s head into the mat. Ruby sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Ruby with a clothesline and she gets a near fall. Ruby with a cravate.
Natalya with a snap mare but Ruby with a knee to the head and she gets a near fall. Ruby tries to wake up Natalya but Natalya slaps Ruby. Ruby with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with a kick and she tries to send Ruby into the turnbuckles but Ruby counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Natalya with a drop kick and forearm followed by clotheslines. Natalya with forearms to the back followed by suplexes. Natalya with an Irish whip but Ruby blocks a discus clothesline in the corner and hits an STO.
Ruby goes to the turnbuckles and goes for a coffin drop but Natalya moves and Natalya pins Ruby.
Segment Number Seven: Sasha Banks versus Natalya
Sasha with a knee from the apron followed by clotheslines and a drop kick. Sasha puts Natalya in the ropes and hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Natalya with shoulders in the corner. Sasha goes up top and misses when Natalya moves. Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Sasha with a DDT for a near fall. We go to commercial.
We are back and both women are down and the referee continues his count. Sasha gets to her feet and Natalya sends Sasha to the mat and then Natalya runs over Sasha and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Sasha with a few near falls but Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Natalya with a sharpshooter on Sasha. Sasha crawls to the ropes but Natalya pulls Sasha into the center of the ring. Sasha is able to send Natalya into the turnbuckles to escape the hold.
Sasha with a single leg crab. Natalya tries to get to the ropes but Sasha with Rings of Saturn into a crucifix for a near fall. Sasha applies the Banks Statement. Natalya rolls through but Sasha escapes. Natalya with a German suplex. Both women struggle to get bac to their feet and Natalya runs into a boot from Sasha followed by an elbow. Sasha with Meteora for a near fall. Sasha goes for a lungblower but Natalya hold on to the ropes. Natalya with a snap mare and Natalya with a fallaway gourdbuster. Natalya with a Sharpshooter and Sasha taps out.
After the match, Ronda Rousey comes to the ring to celebrate with her friend but Natalya does not realize Ronda is in the ring. Ronda raises Natalya’s arm and then she hugs Natalya. Ronda offers her hand to Natalya and she shakes it. Natalya hugs Ronda and we go to credits.