WWE RAW Results
October 8, 2018
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go live into the arena, and Triple H’s music hits to a big reception. The WWE COO makes his way to the ring wearing his trademark leather jacket and black pants, meaning we are seeing “The Game,” and not the corporate version of Triple H. Shawn Michaels’ music hits, and he comes to the ring not dancing at all. Both men look very severe. Triple H says 25 years is a long time, but you climb the mountain and eventually get there. On Saturday at Melbourne, Australia, they made it to the summit of the mountain. The avalanche that fell on them after they made it to the top of that mountain has them questioning whether that mountain was a lie the entire time.
Video Package: Triple H defeats Undertaker at WWE Super Show-Down. After the match, Undertaker and Kane posed with Triple H and Shawn Michaels before attacking them. Undertaker gave Triple H a Tombstone Piledriver before chokeslamming HBK through the commentary table.
Triple H says respect is a word that’s lost it’s significance recently. Respect is something you give to a person that took you under their wing from day one because they saw something special in you. Respect is fighting together all over the world. Michaels nods in agreement. Respect is when you stick to your word even when everyone tells you not to.
Michaels says sometimes you respect people for what they used to be, but eventually you sometimes lose that respect. It’s a long way from Australia to Chicago. A long way to think about the beat down they took at Super Show-Down, and it is a long time to sit and think about the last eight and a half years. Eight and a half long years that he has sat and honored his word out of respect that never existed at all. Triple H recently asked him a question that he thought he’d never hear again: “Are you ready?” Triple H says the question isn’t for Shawn because he knows he is. The question is for Undertaker and Kane: The Brothers of Destruction. Triple H says, “Crown Jewel, the question is: Are you ready?” Michaels says D-Generation X is ready! Michaels says he says this with absolutely no respect at all: “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya!” Triple H and Shawn Michaels remove their regular shirts and reveal DX shirts before posing on the turnbuckles.
The Shield will take on Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre in a Super Show-Down rematch. We’ll also see The Bella Twins and Ronda Rousey have a rematch against The Riott Squad. Trish Stratus will also be on the show. Coming up next, we’ll see Kevin Owens take on Bobby Lashley in a rematch from last week’s RAW.
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush vs. Kevin Owens
They lock up, and Lashley immediately powers Owens down. They lock up again, and Lashley again powers him down. Lio Rush grabs a microphone and is talking trash from ringside. Rush says Owens isn’t ready for them. Owens gets in the ring and applies a side headlock before slapping him on the head. Lashley quickly takes him down and poses while Rush talks favorably about him. Lashley gets Owens in the corner, but Owens moves. Lashley leapfrogs Owens, but Owens pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Lashley gets on the apron, but Owens knocks him off. Owens then sneaks out of the ring and punches him. Rush isn’t happy Chicago isn’t cheering for Lashley, and they start to boo. Lashley clotheslines Owens and puts him in the ring. Owens quickly clotheslines Lashley out of the ring before kicking him in the face. Owens then gets in the ring and does a summersault senton! The crowd is cheering Owens, and Rush is not happy.
They trade right hands at ringside with Lashley coming out on top. Lashley throws him into the barricade. Lashley charges, but Owens moves, causing Lashley to hit the barricade hard.
We come back from the break to see Lashley applying a chin lock to Owens. Owens fights up and elbows out. Lashley charges, but Owens elbows him. Rush continues to talk on the mic, so Owens gets out of the ring to a big pop. Owens stalks him around the ring before chasing him. Owens grabs him to the delight of the crowd, but Lashley quickly stops him. The crowd boos Lashley. Lashley sends him into the ring steps before viciously sending him into the barricade. Rush tries to get the crowd to chant for Lashley, but they refuse. Lashley gets Owens in the ring and forearms away at him. A “Fight Owens Fight” chant lightly picks up. Lashley clotheslines Owens in the corner before hitting a running shoulder. Owens starts to fight back and hits the ropes, but Lashley counters him with a spinebuster. Lashley poses, and the crowd is not happy. Lashley hits a delayed vertical suplex for a near fall. Lashley cannot believe it. Lashley applies a full nelson, but Owens gets out by stomping the foot. Owens superkicks Lashley and hits a Stone Cold Stunner for a near fall.
Owens goes to the top rope, but Rush distracts him on the microphone. Lashley gets him in the tree of woe before viciously kicking him in the knee. Lashley kicks him in the knee, and the crowd is booing. There is a definite change in Lashley. Lashley then hits an over-the-shoulder slam for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bobby Lashley
Lio Rush gets in the ring trying to start an annoying “Lashley” chant. Lashley poses and fist bumps Rush. Lashley then gets back in the ring and attacks Owens’ knee. Lashley wraps Owens’ leg around the ring post and slams it off a few times. Lashley scares some referees back and attacks the other leg of Owens. The crowd is booing Lashley as he attacks both legs. Lashley poses on the apron to loud boos before walking off with Rush.
The commentators talk about the WWE World Cup being decided at WWE Crown Jewel. John Cena is in it and does not need to qualify based on his accomplishments.
Video Package: John Cena’s illustrious WWE career
We’ll find out who the second RAW superstar will be that will compete in the WWE World Cup Tournament later tonight in a battle royal.
Elias strums a chord and will be out, next.
Finn Balor and Bayley are being interviewed backstage when Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley interrupt. Rush says the scoop is right here with what Lashley did to Owens. Lashley says we shouldn’t be talking about hugs. They should be talking about how he ripped Owens to shreds. Rush says with the Man of the Hour’s words and his man’s power, that is too sweet.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Elias strums a chord, and the crowd is delighted to see him. Elias greets the crowd and plucks a riff out. When Triple H, Shawn Michaels or any other legend talks about WWE, they’re talking about him. One man who knows this is John Cena. John Cena knows deep in his heart what everyone here knows, and that is that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias says they know him. He is always willing to admit when he’s wrong, but the circumstances that led to what happened in Australia is not his fault. Elias wrote a song about it and asks them to silence their cellphones, hold the applause, and shut their mouths.
“Lost in Australia, but honestly it wasn’t fair. I was distracted by many things, most of all John Cena’s hair. When I heard those Australian accents, I almost refused to do the show. When I thought things couldn’t get much worse, they send me to Chicago. Australian food was so gross, oh man I thought I caught a disease, but I feel better knowing the Cubs won’t be in the World Series.” That last line got LOUD boos.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s music hits, and she comes out to a HUGE ovation. She’ll be in action alongside The Bella Twins to take on The Riott Squad in a WWE Super Show-Down rematch, next.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
Brie Bella will start the match against Liv Morgan. The crowd buzzes because they remember what happened two weeks ago. They circle the ring before approaching each other. Morgan pokes her nose before forearming her down. Brie takes her down and goes for the YES! Kicks, but Morgan ducks it. Morgan and Brie wildly brawl before rolling out of the ring and being separated by their respective teams.
Sarah Logan tags herself in, and Ronda Rousey tags in. Rousey knees Logan and avoids an avalanche in the corner. Rousey takes her down before scaring The Riott Squad off the apron.
We come back from the break to see Nikki Bella taking Ruby Riott down before hitting a springboard kick for a near fall. Brie tags in, but Riott soon pulls her out of the ring to hit a reverse STO. They get Brie in the ring and isolate her in the corner. Logan tags in and hits an awful snapmare. Brie takes a hideous hip toss before Morgan tags in. Morgan attacks Brie and covers for a near fall. Riott tags in and attacks for a near fall. Riott applies a neck vice before releasing and attacking Rousey and Nikki. Brie eventually fights out and tags in Rousey.
Rousey takes down Riott, but Riott soon rolls her up for a near fall. Rousey hits a monkey flip and jabs away at her. Rousey knees her in the chest a few times before lifting her up and hitting a snap Samoan Drop. Rousey grabs the arm, and The Bella Twins keep the other members of the squad out of the ring. Rousey then applies the arm bar for the submission victory.
Winners by Pinfall: “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins
Rousey and The Bella Twins pose in the ring… until Nikki Bella attacks Rousey from behind! The Bella Twins stomp her while laughing. The crowd is loudly booing them. Rousey takes Brie down and angrily stares at Nikki. Rousey punches her and hits a judo throw to send her out of the ring. Rousey goes outside to grab her, but Brie sends her into the ring post. The Bella Twins continue to stomp her while referees run down to break it up. Rousey grabs Brie by the throat, but Nikki attacks from behind. The Bellas then send Rousey into the ring steps. They whip her into the barricade and leave her in a heap while calling Rousey a “loser.” They pull her by the hair and get her in the ring before posing over her. Nikki takes the RAW Women’s Championship and throws it onto Rousey. The Bellas leave, and Nikki knocks a sign out of a fan’s hand.
Replays are shown of The Bella Twins turning on “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
Bayley makes her entrance before Finn Balor makes his entrance. They will be in action right now. Balor and Bayley will be in action against Braun Strowman and Ember Moon tomorrow night on WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
Bayley and Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox w/ Sunil Singh
Jinder Mahal will start against Finn Balor. They lock up, and Mahal immediately hits a scoop slam for a two count. Mahal quickly goes to a chin lock, but Balor fights up. Mahal quickly takes him down and keeps the chin lock applied. Balor tries to fight up again, but Mahal keeps him grounded. Balor fights up and whips him off. Mahal goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Alicia Fox is tagged, so that means Bayley is automatically in. Balor lifts Bayley to kick Fox out of the ring. Balor then lifts Bayley again, and she kicks Mahal before giving him a hurricanrana.
We come back from the break to see Fox applying a chin lock to Bayley. Fox takes her down and stomps the hand. Fox then stomps the foot. Fox forearms her in the face for a two count. Fox tries to follow up on the attack, but Bayley gets her out of the ring. Fox gets back in the ring, but Bayley sends her out again.
Balor tags in, so Mahal is also in. Balor takes him down with some forearms before hitting a double stomp. Balor hits a chop in the corner before slingshotting over him. Mahal quickly boots him down and goes to the top rope. Balor quickly kicks him in the head before hitting a reverse DDT elbow drop, but Fox breaks up the pin. Bayley soon gets Fox out of the ring. Balor kicks Mahal in the head before going to the top rope. Balor hits the Coup de Grace for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Bayley and Finn Balor
Trish Stratus will make an appearance later tonight. We’ll also see The Shield take on Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre are backstage. Ziggler says he needs Strowman to be the monster he is, while McIntyre is the superstar he is supposed to be. McIntyre says he’s sick and tired of Ziggler trying to call the shots. At WWE Super Show-Down, Ziggler was the one that got beat. Instead of worrying about him, Ziggler should worry about pulling his weight around her. Strowman tells them both to shut up. They need to remember why they’re here. They’re supposed to watch his back so he wins the WWE Universal Championship, which is the best thing for all of them. Tonight they’ll put down The Shield for good, and he doesn’t want to hear any excuses out of them.
Elsewhere backstage, Baron Corbin is walking when Heath Slater comes up to him. Slater wants to be in the WWE World Cup Qualifying Battle Royal, but Corbin says he’s not any good. The Global Battle Royal is next.
Replays are shown from earlier in the night of D-Generation X coming back together to challenge The Brothers of Destruction at WWE Crown Jewel. This match is official.
Global Battle Royal
Winner qualifies for the WWE World Cup Tournament
Baron Corbin vs. Gregor “The Sickle” vs. The Sultan of Shawarma vs. El Hombre sin Nombre vs. The Squeezer vs. The Chilean Sea Bass vs. Winston von Vorhees vs. The Belgian Waffler vs. The Conquistador vs. Thunder Montgomery
There are a bunch of jobbers in the ring dressed like stereotype worldly gimmicks. Corbin asks if they know what kind of event WWE Crown Jewel is shaping up to be. One of the things it features is WWE World Cup. Eight of WWE’s top superstars, four from RAW and four from Smackdown, will compete in a tournament. Corbin could just put himself in the match, but he’ll prove himself and win the Global Battle Royal. Corbin asks if they’ve ever seen such talent in one place. It’s like The Avengers and The Justice League combined forces. Representing Russia, we have Gregor “The Sickle.” From Egypt, The Sultan of Shawarma. From Mexico, we have “El Hombre sin Nombre.” Then we have The Squeezer. From Chile, we have the Chilean Sea Bass. From Antarctica, se have Winston von Vorhees. From Belgium, the Belgian Waffler. Then we have Spain’s greatest champion, The Conquistador. Finally, from Luxembourg, we have Thunder Montgomery.
The match begins, and they all gang up on Corbin. Corbin fights out of the corner and starts quickly eliminating some wrestlers. The Conquistador is sitting idly by at ringside waiting for the ring to clear. Corbin is left in the ring with Thunder Montgomery. Corbin eliminates Montgomery and celebrates thinking he’s won. Corbin sees The Conquistador, and he’s upset. The Conquistador looks scared and gets in the ring. The Conquistador hits three German Suplexes before hitting an Angle Slam. The Conquistador eliminates Corbin before wildly dancing in the ring.
Winner: The Conquistador (Kurt Angle)
The Conquistador dances around before taking off his mask to reveal it is Kurt Angle. The crowd is so happy to see him. Corbin is furious
Replays are shown of Kurt Angle making his return. John Cena and Kurt Angle have qualified for the WWE World Cup Tournament. Six more superstars are to be decided.
Charly Caruso interviews Kurt Angle backstage and welcomes him back. Angle says he’s technically still on vacation and walks off.
Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax
This is a match happening just in “the spirit of competition.”
They circle the ring, and Moon ducks a clothesline. Moon lands on her feet to counter an arm drag. Jax swats Moon down. Moon avoids an avalanche and hits a step-up enzuigiri. Moon goes for a running cross-body, but Jax swats her out of mid-air. Jax avalanches her in the corner before throwing her across the ring. Moon tries to apply a sleeper hold, but Jax whips her off. Moon manages to hit a hurricanrana and dropkicks her out of the ring. Moon goes for a suicide dive, but she bounces off Jax. Moon tries to get in the ring, but Jax pulls her out. Moon avoids an avalanche against the LED apron, and Jax is down. Moon gets in the ring and wins by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: Ember Moon
Nia Jax gets in the ring and hugs Ember Moon before raising her arm.
Trish Stratus will make an appearance, next.
Trish Stratus addresses facing Alexa Bliss at Evolution
Trish Stratus makes her entrance to a nice reception. In just three weeks, they’ll be making history at WWE’s first even all-women’s PPV, Evolution. Stratus wants to talk about her Evolution opponent, Alexa Bliss. Last week’s Moment of Bliss was a Moment of BS. She wants to enlighten “Little Miss Brat” with a Moment of Stratusfaction.
Alexa Bliss says no one cares about Stratusfaction except for these dullards. Stratus says Bliss is the dullard since she is really bad at math. That’s not the only place she comes up short. Bliss laughs about a lame short joke. Bliss says she has goosebumps being out here. She watched all of Stratus’ matches from years back… and she sucked. Stratus is lucky Bliss wasn’t around back then because she wouldn’t be a legend. Stratus would be an afterthought. Stratus tells her to get in the ring and they’ll do it right now.
Bliss walks down the ramp and gets in the ring. Mickie James steps between them and says this is not happening right now because these people don’t deserve it. James says Stratus knows nothing good happens in Chicago. Since James knows best, she can tell Bliss what it’s like to be in the ring with a 7-time champ. They’ll find out what a Hall of Fame beatdown feels like. James says she’d love to know what that feels like. James says maybe they can team up. Stratus says she’d have to find an opponent… how about this person.
Lita makes her entrance and comes to the ring. Bliss and James attack Stratus and Lita, but they’re soon overwhelmed. Bliss is thrown out of the ring. Stratus kicks James in the head. Lita goes to the top rope, but Bliss pulls James out of the ring to avoid the moonsault. Stratus and Lita stand tall in the ring.
We go backstage to see a Shield promo. They will not break. Whether it’s Melbourne or Chicago, the result will be the same. They’ll be standing tall.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable will be in action against The Ascension, next.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Ascension
Konnor asks if it was glorious when he beat them both two weeks in a row. Tonight, they’ll both send them to The Wasteland for good.
Konnor will start against Bobby Roode. They lock up, and Konnor shoves him to the corner before talking trash. Gable blind tags in and hits a missile dropkick. Gable covers, but Konnor’s kick out sends him out of the ring. Viktor tags in and viciously takes out Gable for a two count. Konnor tags in and beats on Gable for a bit before Viktor tags back in. Viktor hits a suplex for a two count. Viktor applies an overhead wristlock. Gable fights up, but Viktor pulls him down by the hair for a two count.
Eventually Bobby Roode is tagged in, and he runs wild on Viktor. Roode hits a blockbuster off the second rope before avoiding Konnor. Viktor counters out of a Glorious DDT. Gable blind tags in and hits a rolling German Suplex for the win. Bobby Roode isn’t happy about this.
Winners by Pinfall: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
AOP’s music hits, and they run down and attack Konnor. They get in the ring and viciously assault Roode and Gable. An “AOP” chant picks up. They hit Roode with a neckbreaker/powerbomb double-team combo. They then hit Gable and Viktor with the Super Collider. Drake Maverick gets in the ring with them and raises their arms.
Replays are shown of The Bella Twins attacking “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey earlier tonight. Ronda Rousey will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Nikki Bella at Evolution.
They then show replays of DX challenging The Brothers of Destruction. That match happens at WWE Crown Jewel. We’ll also see Daniel Bryan take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Finally, we’ll see Roman Reigns defend the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar.
“Ladies and gentlemen…”
Paul Heyman comes out and says he is the advocate for the crown jewel of WWE, the Beast and Conqueror Brock Lesnar. Heyman is here this evening for the same reason they are. They’re here to see a fight, legalized buggery. He’s here to see a rematch with The Shield taking on Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre. Heyman finds it ironic that 72 hours ago, Reigns and Strowman beat the high-holy living crap out of each other in Australia. Both had to fly a 20 hour plane flight just to appear in Chicago and do it all over again for their enjoyment. That’s what we do in World Wrestling Entertainment. 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. They beat the hell out of each other just to put smiles on the faces of the WWE Universe. Meanwhile tonight in Suplex City, his client is not watching this promo because he’s sleeping in his own bed this evening. Lesnar will wake up tomorrow and run to his training camp to continue being a two sport athlete. Heyman doesn’t care about anyone else except himself, which is why on November 2 at WWE Crown Jewel live from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he’ll tell them the result: your winner and once again the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.
The Shield’s music hits, and they make their entrance through the crowd. Heyman backs off and goes backstage. The main event is next.
The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre
The two teams stand across the ring from each other. The referee calls for the bell to start the match, and Seth Rollins will be starting against Drew McIntyre. They lock up, and McIntyre applies a side headlock. Rollins whips him off, leapfrogs him, and goes for a hip toss, but McIntyre blocks it and hits a clothesline. McIntyre slaps him in the face before trying for a scoop slam, but Rollins slides off and boots him. Dean Ambrose tags in, and he hits a double-team suplex with Rollins. Ambrose crossfaces McIntyre, and Braun Strowman tags in. Strowman shoulder blocks Ambrose down before trying for an avalanche, but Ambrose moves. Roman Reigns then tags in. Strowman avalanches Reigns and tries for a second one, but Reigns uppercuts him. Reigns tries for a Samoan Drop, but he can’t lift him. Strowman then shoulder blocks him down. Dolph Ziggler tags in, and he punches Reigns in the back before bouncing him off the turnbuckles. McIntyre tags in. Ziggler and McIntyre go for a double-team suplex, but the rest of The Shield run in. They clothesline Ziggler and McIntyre out of the ring before challenging Strowman. Strowman gets off the apron and shouts orders at McIntyre and Ziggler.
We come back from the break to see Strowman take Reigns down before tagging in Ziggler. During the break, Strowman gave Reigns a chokeslam on the apron. Reigns takes Ziggler down with an uppercut. Strowman tags back in, but he misses a shoulder thrust in the corner and instead hits the ring post. Reigns tries for a Samoan Drop and hits it.
Rollins and Ziggler tag in. Rollins hits a Sling Blade, knocks McIntyre off the apron, and boots Ziggler back. Rollins avoids a clothesline and hits a suicide dive on McIntyre. Rollins punches Ziggler and hits a springboard flying forearm for a two count. Rollins gets the crowd going before signaling for the Stomp. Rollins kicks Ziggler in the midsection and tries for the Stomp, but Ziggler moves. Rollins counters a famouser into a turnbuckle powerbomb attempt, but Ziggler counters the counter into a roll-up. Rollins kicks out and hits a turnbuckle powerbomb, but McIntyre breaks it up. Ambrose gets McIntyre out of the ring. Strowman grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throats, but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch. Ambrose dropkicks Strowman before Rollins superkicks him out of the ring. Rollins and Ambrose hit stereo suicide dives on Ziggler and McIntyre. Strowman grabs Rollins and Ambrose, and Reigns hits a WILD diving senton on them!
We come back from the final break of the evening to see Strowman standing over Rollins. A “We want Ambrose” chant picks up. Strowman applies a neck vice to Rollins. Rollins fights up, so McIntyre tags in and takes him down for a two count. McIntyre talks some trash. Rollins tries to make a quick tag, but McIntyre stops him and kicks him in the face for a near fall. Ziggler tags in, but Rollins soon catapults him into the corner. McIntyre tags in, but Rollins takes him out. Strowman then runs in and takes out Reigns and Ambrose. Strowman then yells at Ziggler and calls him an idiot. Ziggler slaps his chest, so Strowman grabs him by the throat. McIntyre then turns Strowman around. Rollins knocks McIntyre into Strowman and picks up a two count. Rollins then gives McIntyre a back body drop out of the ring onto Strowman.
Ambrose tags in and hits a suicide dive on McIntyre and Strowman. Ambrose gets McIntyre in the ring and punches away at him. McIntyre reverses a whip to the corner, but Ambrose pops out with a clothesline. Ambrose hits a second clothesline and rolls him up for a two count. Ambrose hits a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. McIntyre gets to his feet and goes to the top rope, but Ambrose kicks him coming down and tries for Dirty Deeds. McIntyre pushes him off, but eats a back elbow. McIntyre then hits Ambrose with a spinebuster, but Reigns breaks up the pin. Ziggler runs in and superkicks Reigns. Rollins runs in and hits Ziggler with a suplex that takes them both over the top rope. Ambrose and McIntyre then take each other out with a double clothesline.
Outside the ring, Strowman sends Reigns into the ring post. Ambrose tries for a suicide dive on Strowman, but Strowman catches him. Ambrose then DDTs Strowman on the floor! Reigns follows up with a spear on Strowman! Ambrose gets in the ring, and Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring. McIntyre hits a Claymore Kick on Ambrose from out of nowhere for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre
The Shield are left down in the ring while Strowman, Ziggler, and McIntyre smile from the top of the ramp. Ambrose, the one who took the pinfall, angrily leaves the ring with his head down. Reigns and Rollins watch as he walks off by himself to the back.