WWE RAW Results – December 31, 2018

WWE RAW Results – December 31, 2019

We are in Detroit, Michigan and your announcers are Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Corey Graves.

We have steel cage lowering music for the opening match of the night.

We are reminded by Michael Cole that Drew McIntyre has announced that he will be in the Royal Rumble.

Match Number One: Dolph Ziggler versus Drew McIntyre in a Steel Cage Match

Dolph with a forearm and then he goes to the ropes to try to climb the cage and escape but Drew stops Dolph. Dolph gets to the top of the cage but Drew pulls him back to the mat and connects with a chop. Drew with a dead lift suplex and he follows with a chop. Drew tells Dolph he wanted this and Dolph with punches. Drew with a chop and he puts Dolph on the turnbuckles and chops him. Dolph slaps Drew and kicks him away. Dolph with a hesitation DDT off the turnbuckles and both men are down. Dolph with a chop but Drew with a punch. Dolph with more punches and a kick. Dolph goes for a super kick but Drew cuts the distance and hits a head butt.

Drew climbs to the top of the cage but Dolph grabs the leg to stop Drew and he punches Drew in the leg. Dolph pulls Drew back into the cage and chops him. Drew chops back. Dolph and Drew exchange punches. Dolph sends Drew into the cage but Drew crotches Dolph with a kick ot the knee. Dolph hits Drew in the leg and he lands carefully on the top rope and then both fall to the mat.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Drew continues to berate Dolph. Dolph with punches as we see Finn Balor watching a monitor. Drew misses a splash into the corner and Dolph with a Fameasser for a near fall. Both men get back to their feet and Drew blocks a super kick. Drew goes for a reverse Alabama Slam but Dolph counters into a victory roll for a near fall. Dolph sends Drew into the cage a few times. Dolph sends Drew into the cage one more time. Dolph with a super kick and he fall onto Drew for a near fall. The cage door opens and Dolph gets his head out of the cage. Drew pulls Daolph back into the ring.

Dolph with a head butt and both men are down. Dolph tries to get to the cage door but Drew pulls Dolph back in and then Dolph closes the door to slam it into Drew’s head. Dolph with a Fameasser for a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dolph is on top of the cage but Drew stops Dolph. Drew with forearms to the back and he superplexes Dolph to the mat. Drew tells Dolph he means nothing to him and Drew tosses Dolph head first into the cage. Drew continues to talk to Dolph and Drew with a release suplex into the cage. Dolph with a kick and Zig Zag for a near fall. Drew with a Claymore. Drew backs into the corner to watch Dolph being checked on by the referee. Drew sets for another Claymore and hits it for the three count.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

After the match, Drew starts to walk away and Dolph asks Drew if that is all he’s got. Drew gets a chair and brings it into the cage. Drew kicks and punches Dolph. Drew puts the chair against Dolph’s head and Drew with a drop kick into the chair.

Drew says in case you didn’t know already his name is Drew McIntyre and he is the king of the Raw jungle. He tells Dolph it didn’t have to be this way. Drew says he told Dolph to walk away but he kept coming after his scraps. He says Dolph is not even worth his scraps.

Now that this chapter is finally closed, we can focus on what really matters. You already know that he is the King of the Raw Jungle, but it is time to show that he is the King of the WWE. Drew says he will win the Royal Rumble and fulfill his destiny when he wins the Universal Championship.

Dolph gets back to his feet while Drew goes to the back and Dolph sits in the chair. Drew hits Dolph with another Claymore and throws the chair into the cage.

We see a limo arrive at the arena and a pair of tennis shoes emerge. Shane shuffles out of the limo and Triple H walks out of the limo. Shane shuffles circles around Hunter as we go to commercial.

We are back with New Year’s Resolutions.

Finn says he is proud to have been called the first Universal Chamipon. He wants to be called the NEW Universal Champion.

Ember is going to show that the Shenom is more than a nickname. She is going to win the Royal Rumble.

The Ascension say that they want to win the Raw Tag Titles, but Viktor wants the return of the Fashion Files.

The Lucha House Party says it will be the year of the Lucha House Party.

Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring.

Seth says he is not too big on New Year’s Resolutions because life moves so fast. Every Monday is like a new year and every day is a chance for a fresh start. Seth says he is not going to wait for the ball to drop in Time Square, he wants to do things right now. He says he has a rematch against Dean Ambrose and he wants it right now.

Triple H’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Hunter says it has been a while and you said something interesting. You mentioned a fresh start. A fresh start to do anything you want to do. It has never been more true than right now. Nothing is going to be handed to anyone. There is no automatic anything. Your automatic rematch for the Intercontinental Title is not going to happen tonight. Hunter tells Seth that he is not sure that Seth deserves a rematch.

Hunter says he takes no pleasure in saying that to Seth because he was Seth’s most vocal supporter.

Seth tells Hunter to cut it out because he says Hunter only supported him because he was his puppet.

Hunter tells Seth that Seth made him believe in him. When you said you were going to be the face of Raw and the man here, you made him believe. You took everything you wanted. For a brief moment, when he did not believe in Seth, you took him to Wrestlemania and you kicked his ass until Hunter believed in him again. Where is that guy? The guy who took what he wanted. All he sees here is a shell of a guy he used to see here asking for stuff.

Seth says he is not asking for anything. Have you been watching this show for the last 12 months? He has been carrying Raw on his back for the entire year. While Brock was in Saskatchewan doing what he wants, Seth was in the ring every week having classics with Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, and even Mojo Rawley. Seth says he is glad that Hunter is not handing out things. He wants to earn it. Do you want that ruthless bastard, that soulless guy who wanted everything.

Hunter says that is what he wants. He wants Seth to burn it all down, starting with Bobby Lashley.

Seth says he will take everything that Bobby has to give and then he will take everything that Dean has to give and he will take the title. He will take Brock Lesnar if he gets in his way. Seth says he will take down Hunter’s whole damn family if you get in his way.

Shane McMahon’s music plays and he jogs to the ring to try to calm things down.

Shane asks Hunter to not amp up Seth so he burns this place down. Shane tells Seth to get ready for his match against Bobby Lashley. Shane says someone will face Dean Ambrose tonight for the Intercontinental Title and it will be the winner of the Fresh Start Battle Royal.

Match Number Two: Fresh Start Number One Contender for the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal featuring Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Kalisto, Curt Hawkins, Titus O’Neil, Zack Ryder, Finn Balor, No Way Jose, Curtis Axel, Tyler Breeze and Bo Dallas

Crews tries to eliminate Corbin with help from Balor but Corbin holds on to the ropes. Corbin tries to eliminate Balor while Kalisto is on the ropes thanks to Titus but Metalik and Dorado help. Jose with an airplane spin on Viktor and Crews press slams Jose to the floor and then he does the same to Vitor. Axel and Dallas are sent to the apron. Crews kicks Konnor and flips over him and hits a few drop kicks.

We see Dean watching in the back. Dallas with a forearm to Balor and Axel kicks Balor too. Axel and Dallas try to eliminate Balor but Titus goes after Ryder. Lucha House Party try to eliminate Hawkins. Axel and Dallas kick Balor and Corbin gets in a few shots. Ryder goes after Konnor. Kalisto and Dorado have Hawkins hanging over the top rope. Titus punches Konnor. Mojo tries to eliminate Breeze while Dallas and Axel join in.

The Lucha House Party eliminate Titus.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Metalik goes to the ropes and Balor eliminates him. Kalisto is sent over the top rope and so is Dorado. Balor kicks Kalisto to the floor to eliminate him. Dorado is bieled over the top rope to the be eliminated. Corbin with clotheslines to Balor and he misses a third one and goes shoulder first into the ring post. Crews clotheslines Axel and then he tries to eliminate Dallas but Axel makes the save. Crews is sent to the apron and he back drops Axel and Dallas to the floor to eliminate both of them. Crews with a super kick to Konnor and he is eliminated. Crews eliminates Rawley.

Crews gets Breeze up but Breeze gets to his feet. Breeze misses an enzuigiri and Crews press slams him to teh floor. Corbin with a choke slam to Crews. Balor with slingblade and then he clotheslines Hawkins and drop kicks Corbin into the turnbuckles. Balor with an elevated elbow drop to Hawkins followed by a double stomp to Ryder. Corbin eliminates Balor.

We are down to Apollo Crews, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, and Baron Corbin. Ryder with a missile drop kick and forearm to Corbin in the corner. Ryder with the Broski Boot attempt but Corbin back drops Ryder to the floor. Corbin laughs at Hawkins still being in the match and Hawkins punches Corbin but Corbin sends Hawkins over the top rope to the floor. Hawkins tries to eliminate Corbin with a front face lock but Corbin holds on and eliminates Hawkins.

Corbin punches Crews and sends him to the apron. Crews with a punch and he goes up top and leaps over Corbin. Crews lands on his feet on a choke slam attempt. Corbin slides around the ring post and Crews with two enzuigiris to eliminate Corbin.

Winner: Apollo Crews

After the match, Apollo is asked about his victory and title match against Dean Ambrose tonight. Crews says this is what he has been asking and begging for. He wanted a fresh start and it took 364 days to get here but it is here. He says he cannot think of any better way to spend the last day of 2018 by becoming the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

We go to the interview area with Natalya. We take a look at last week’s match against Ronda Rousey and she is asked about 2019. Natalya says 2018 was a whirlwind with her losing her dad but she got to be part of Evolution and train with her best friend. Their match last week pushed them to their limits. Natalya says she is looking forward to doing it again at Wrestlemania. She is going to be in the Royal Rumble.

Nia Jax shows up and asks what happens if Ronda is not the champion at Wrestlemania? Tamina Snuka attacks Natalya from behind and Nia joins in the attack. Agents try to separate Nia from Natalya.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the sneak attack by Tamina Snuka on Natalya while Nia talked to Natalya.

Baron Corbin is in the ring and he says he should have won the battle royal because no one deserves a fresh start more than him. He came out every week and he tried to please all of you but all you did was boo. You have no idea how hard his job was. He had to deal with the egos and primadonnas. He had to deal with the McMahons and the sponsors. Baron says he deserves a reward.

Elias strums on the stage and he introduces himself.

Elias asks who wants to walk with Elias. He says Baron’s time is up and it is time for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Elias. Since he does not invite losers, Baron has to go. Elias says that Baron did not want to bring Raw to a city like Detroit. Elias says he talked to his buddy Kid Rock and they agreed that Baron Corbin running his mouth is no way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This city is undergoing a comeback.

Elias sings for Baron to go away.

Baron goes up to Elias to tell him what he thinks of his song. Elias decides to meet him on the ramp. Baron sends Elias into the ringside barrier a few times. Baron is sent into the crowd and Baron follows. Elias with a kick and Baron with a punch. They continue to battle in the crowd. Elias with a running forearm to Corbin and then he runs a case into Baron’s midsection. With Corbin trapped, Elias with punches. Baron is sent back into the ringside area and Corbin runs to the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back with more resolutions.

Drake Maverick says that the other tag teams will feel pain until Akam and Rezar win the tag titles back.

Ruby Riott says that in 2019, the Riott Squad is here to apply pressure.

Zack Ryder’s resolution is to have more matches on Raw and to collect all of the WWE Action figures.

No Way Jose says to wait until 2019 to deal with next year.

Match Number Three: Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Bayley versus Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan

Bayley with a Thesz Press and punches. Liv sends Bayley to the mat as we are told all six women in this match will be in the Royal Rumble. Sarah tags in and Bayley escapes and hits a cross body after Banks with a blind tag. Sasha with a double knee strike for a near fall. Sasha chokes Sarah in the corner. Sarah with a forearm. Sarah with an Irish whip and Sasha goes to the apron and sends Sarah into the turnbuckles. Bayley wtih a kick and sliding clothesline for a near fall. Ember tags in and Ruby tags in as well. Ember with a rollup for a near fall.

Ember with a near fall. Ember with an arm drag after landing on her feet on a hip toss. Ember with a near fall. Liv tags in and connects with a knee to Ember and she gets a near fall. Liv with kicks and she yells at the referee. Sarah tags in and kicks Ember. Ruby tags in and kicks Ember. Liv and Sarah tag in and so does Ruby. All three kick Ember and then Sasha and Bayley have had enough and they take care of Live and Sarah.

Liv with a round kick to Bayley but Sasha with a knee to Liv as we go to commercial.

We are back and Bayley with an arm drag and arm bar on Ruby. Ruby with an Irish whip but Bayley floats over. Ruby with a hip toss. Bayley kicks Ruby away and Liv tags in but Bayley with an arm drag and arm bar. Bayley with an Irish whip and Sasha tags in. Ember tags in too. Ember with a running hip strike into the corner and she gets a near fall. Sasha tags in and Sasha with a rollup for a near fall. Sasha with an Irish whip but Liv with a back elbow. Sasha puts Liv in the ropes but Ruby pulls Liv out of the ropes and Sasha hits the mat. Liv with a double stomp to Sasha for a near fall.

Ruby tags in and they kick Sasha and Ruby gets a near fall. Ruby with a full nelson. Sasha with elbows and a crucifix for a near fall. Ruby with an elbow to Sasha for a near fall. Sarah tags in and Sarah drops Ruby onto Sasha for a near fall. Sarah misses a boot when Sasha moves. Sasha is pulled to the mat and then Logan with a running knee to the head for a near fall. Liv tags in and goes to the turnbuckles and Sarah sends Sasha into Liv’s knees and Liv with a bulldog for a number of near falls. Liv with a reverse chin lock. Sasha with a back slide for a near fall. Liv with a round kick and she tags in Sarah and Sarah stops a tag. Sasha lands on her feet and Sarah with a pop up head butt. Ember is knocked off the apron. Ruby and Liv with a double STO when the referee is not looking Ember with a double jump cross body onto Liv and Ruby. Sasha with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Bayley tags in and Sasha with a lungblower and Bayley goes up top for an elbow drop and the three count.

Winners: Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Bayley

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look at the Year in Getting Hands for Braun Strowman.

Lio Rush says if there is someone who is hungrier for a fresh start in 2019, it is Bobby Lashley. This man was hand picked by Triple H because he did not come here to pose. Bobby Lashley is a fighter. Fighters fight. You get to find out first hand what kind of fighter Bobby is. After Bobby is done dominating you, then you will see Bobby’s favorite pose. Then this entire worthless city will kiss Bobby’s butt.

Lio tells Bobby to dominate.

Match Number Four: Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush) versus Seth Rollins

Rollins with punches and then Lashley with a waist lock take down. Lashley sends Rollins into the turnbuckles and punches Seth. Lashley with a running shoulder tackle into the corner. Lashley works on the back and then he goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins with a chop and enzuigiri. Rollins with a knee to the back and he sends Lashley to the floor. Rollins with a pescado onto Lashley. Rollins sends Lashley into the ring and Lio tries to distract Rollins and Lashley is able to catch Rollins off the ropes and Lashley with a Flatliner for a near fall.

Lashley with elbows to Rollins and then he works on the neck with a nerve hold. Lashley with a clothesline and then he sends Rollins to the floor. Rush with a head scissors off the ringside barrier that sends Rollins into the ring post as we go to commercial.

We are back and Lashley with a double wrist lock on Rollins and he slams the arm into the mat. Rollins chops Lashley. Lashley with an Irish whip and Rollins flips in the corner. Lashley gets a near fall. Lashley slaps Rollins in the face and connects with a knee. Lashley continues to work on the back. Lashley with a forearm before setting for the delayed vertical suplex but Rollins with a knee to the head to escape. Lashley runs into a boot. Rollins chops Lashley and connects with a forearm. Rollins with Slingblade. Seth clotheslines Lashley over the top rope to the floor and then Rollins with a suicide dive and he hits a second one.

.Seth sends Lashley back into the ring and Rollins with a springboard clothesline. Rollins sets to finish off Lashley and he connects with a thrust kick but Rush trips Rollins and Lashley with a spinebuster for a near fall. Lashley sets for the Dominator but Rollins gets to his feet and Lashley misses a charge into the corner. Rollins with a rollup followed by a thrust kick. Rollins goes up top but Rush gets on the apron and Rollins decides to go after Rush. Rush avoids Rollins and Rollins chases Rush around the ringside area. Rush leaps over Rollins but Rollins with a clothesline.

Rollins hot shots Rush on the ringside barrier. Lashley hits Rollins from behind and sends him into the crowd. Rollins hits Lashley with a chair and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Bobby Lashley (by disqualification)

After the match, Rollins hits Lashley with the chair. Lashley is hit in the midsection and back with the chair. Rush comes off the turnbuckles and Rollins hits Rush in the midsection with the chair. Rollins hits Rush and Lashley with the chair. Rollins with Black Out to Rush.

Ronda Rousey sits in the back while Natalya paces back and forth.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we are told that John Cena will be on Raw next week in Orlando.

We take a look at the six new faces from NXT.

Match Number Five: Jinder Mahal, Samir Singh, and Sunil Singh versus Rhyno and Heath Slater

Jinder and Slater start things off and Slater with a clean break but Slater with punches. Slater is distracted and Mahal with a clothesline. Sunil tags in and he kicks Slater. Samir tags in and kicks Slater. Sunil tags in and they go for a double suplex and hit it. Sunil gets a near fall. Sunil with elbow drops and then he does a dance before running into a jumping side kick. Samir and Rhyno tag in and Rhyno with a shoulder tackle. Rhyno punches Sunil and hits a shoulder. Rhyno with a double shoulder to both Singhs. Rhyno with a double belly-to-belly suplex and then Jinder makes the tag.

Rhyno with a head butt and spinebuster. Rhyno is stopped but Slater takes care of Sunil. Jinder with a kick and Khallas for the three count.

Winners: Jinder Mahal, Sunil Singh, and Samir Singh

Dean Ambrose talks about fresh starts and he asks if he needs a fresh start. Seth Rollins needs a fresh start. He is angry and looks bent out of shape. Dean says as the moral compass of WWE, he is going to burn everything down that Seth cares about. You think that tonight will be Apollo Crews’ feel good moment. Dean says he will ensure that Apollo’s fresh start has a rotten end.

We go to commercial.

We are back with more New Year’s Resolutions.

Bobby Roode says him and Chad Gable will defeat the Revival next week.

The Revival say they will bring credibility back to tag team wrestling by winning.

Bayley wants to be the first WWE Tag Champion with Sasha Banks.

Match Number Six: Dean Ambrose versus Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Crews attacks Ambrose before the bell rings. Crews floats over in the corner and hits a jumping back elbow. Ambrose with a chop but Crews with a sunset flip for a near fall. Crews with another rollup for a near fall. Crews clotheslines Ambrose over the top rope and hits a moonsault off the apron onto Ambrose. Ambrose rolls to the floor and we go to commercial.

We are back and Ambrose kicks Crews and hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Ambrose with a nerve hold and then he goes for a suplex but Crews lands on his feet. Crews drops down and Ambrose goes over the top rope to the floor. Crews with an inside cradle for a near fall. Both men with clotheslines and both men are down. Crews with a series of kicks and a jumping clothesline. Crews with a Samoan drop for a near fall.

Crews with an elbow and he goes up top for a clothesline and gets a near fall. Crews with a standing shooting star press and gets a near fall. Crews runs into a boot but Crews with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Crews with a splash into the corner. Ambrose rakes the eyes but he cannot hit the double underhook DDT. Crews with an enzuigiri and the toss power bomb but Ambrose grabs the ropes to stop the count.

Crews with a plancha onto Ambrose and they return to the ring. Crews goes up top and misses a frog splash when Ambrose moves. Ambrose with a double underhook DDT for the three count.

Winner: Dean Ambrose (retains championship)

Alexa Bliss is in the back and she mentions the changes we have seen. Alexa says she will miss running the women’s division on Raw. She made history in her short time in charge. She says she makes history. Thanks to the McMahons, she will be making history. Next week, her talk show will debut . . . A Moment of Bliss. Being the first woman to host a talk show, her guest will be Ronda Rousey. Alexa tells Ronda that she knows that Ronda likes paying tribute to Roddy Piper but she tells Ronda to dress appropriately.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Brock Lesnar video package and he will be on Raw next week.

Match Number Seven: Ronda Rousey and Natalya versus Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax

Ronda and Natalya attack Nia and Tamina before the bell rings.

The match starts and Ronda with knees and she tells Nia to tag in. Ronda rolls through and goes for the arm bar but Nia tries to escape and she does. Ronda with punches but Nia biels Ronda across the ring and hits a splash into the corner. Nia with a slam and she misses a senton. Natalya and Tamina tag in and Natalya with a shoulder and drop kick followed by a suplex. Natalya with another suplex. Natalya gets a near fall.

Natalya with shoulders in the corner. Natalya kicks Tamina in the corner and Natalya goes after Nia on the apron. Natalya slams Tamina and gets a near fall. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter but Nia pulls Tamina to the floor. Natalya with a baseball slide and then Ronda tags in and hits a cross body onto to both women.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Nia with a shoulder tackle to Natalya. Nia with a head butt and she chokes Natalya in the ropes. Nia sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Tamina tags in and kicks Natalya. Natalya with punches to Nia but Nia with a slam. Nia sends Natalya into the ring post and then pulls her out of the corner for a near fall. Nia with a Million Dollar Dream on Natalya. Tamina tags in and punches Natalya and snap mares Natalya into a reverse chin lock. Natalya with elbows but Tamina goes for a Samoan Drop and Natalya escapes. Natalya with a cross body.

Ronda tags in and so does Nia. Ronda with punches. Ronda with a jumping knee and judo throw for a near fall. Ronda with a jumping elbow for a near fall. Ronda waits for Nai to get up and Nia catches Ronda and presses Ronda over her head and drops her face first onto the mat. Nia gets a near fall. Nia gets Ronda on her shoulders and she sets for a super Samoan Drop but Ronda with elbows. Tamina tags in and Ronda goes for a sunset flip power bomb but Tamina with a super kick.

Tamina gets a near fall. Tamina with a head butt and she misses a diving head butt. Ronda with a cross arm breaker and Tamina blocks it and Nia with a leg drop to stop Ronda. Natalya with a discus clothesline to Nia but Tamina with a super kick to Natalya. Tamina gets a near fall. Tamina goes to the turnbuckles but she misses a splash and Ronda gets her feet up and she applies the arm bar and Tamina taps out.

Winners: Ronda Rousey and Natalya

We go to credits.

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