WWE RAW Results
October 29, 2018
Charlotte, North Carolina
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.
A video kicks off the show recapping Roman Reigns’ stunning announcement from last Monday that he has leukemia and will have to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship. Reigns vows to put his leukemia back into remission and return. Reigns left to a “Thank you, Roman” chant and joined fists with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, his Shield brothers. Upon going backstage, he was embraced by the WWE roster.
Acting General Manager Baron Corbin is in the ring with the WWE Universal Championship on his shoulder. Corbin says last week was one of the most emotional nights not only of his role as Acting General Manager and his career. That was last week, but life goes on. Corbin wishes Reigns the best and smirks when he says he hopes Reigns doesn’t come back to RAW. Corbin likes the title on his shoulder. Reigns made his job very difficult.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman to a big reaction from the crowd. Corbin tries to get the crowd to give it up for Lesnar, but Paul Heyman tells him to stop. Heyman says Corbin can do his shtick while he does his. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the advocate for the beast, the conqueror Brock Lesnar.” Lesnar is just staring at Corbin. Heyman says we live in historic times. Four days from now, history will be made once again when his client, Brock Lesnar, takes that championship back home and places it over his massive shoulders. In order to do that, Brock Lesnar has to beat Braun Strowman. Here’s a heads up: this Friday at WWE Crown Jewel, Brock Lesnar will beat Braun Strowman. That’s not a prediction: it’s a spoiler. It’s a guarantee. It’s almost like the victory is predetermined. Heyman says this Friday, a career of milestone achievements will come to a head when Lesnar gives Strowman an F5 and once again becomes the Universal Champion.
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and he comes out to a good reception. Strowman gets in the ring and stares at Lesnar. Strowman says at Crown Jewel, he will become the new Universal Champion because Lesnar is going to get these hands. Corbin stands between them and puts his hand on Strowman. Strowman shoves him, so Corbin attacks. Strowman shrugs it off and hits Corbin with a Powerslam. Strowman stares at Lesnar, who is smiling. Strowman picks Corbin up and gives him another Powerslam while Lesnar picks up the Universal Championship and holds it. The crowd chants, “One more time,” and Strowman obliges while Lesnar smiles. Strowman hits Corbin with a third Powerslam. Lesnar then comes up from behind and hits Strowman with an F5. Lesnar holds up the Universal Championship before throwing it down on Strowman. Lesnar and Heyman walk off while Strowman angrily gets to his feet.
Replays are shown of the shocking turn by Dean Ambrose on Seth Rollins. Ambrose viciously attacked Rollins and gave him Dirty Deeds on the exposed floor. We’ll hear from them both later tonight.
The Brothers of Destruction and D-Generation X are in the building. Trish Stratus and Lita will team with Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya to take on The Riott Squad, Alicia Fox, and Mickie James later tonight.
Finn Balor’s music hits, and he makes his entrance. Referees are helping a broken Baron Corbin up the ramp, and Balor gives him the “Too Sweet” hand sign.
Lio Rush makes his entrance, and he says that his man Bobby Lashley thinks Finn Balor is just a not so extraordinary man. Lashley is going to dominate this match.
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush
The bell rings, and Lashley powers Balor into the corner before driving some shoulders into the midsection. Lashley connects with a sidewalk slam, and Rush chants “Lashley” at ringside. Lashley applies a shoulder claw while Rush talks him up at ringside. Lashley scoops him up, but Balor knocks him out of the ring. Balor then hits a summersault senton.
We come back from the break to see Lashley beating on Balor before reapplying a shoulder claw. Balor fights up, but Lashley slams him with a waistlock takedown. Rush is pleased with what he’s seeing. Rush shouts that Lashley smells like money. Lashley then goes back to the shoulder claw again. Balor fights up, but Lashley knees him in the midsection. Lashley whips him to the corner and charges, but Balor boots him back. Balor hits a running forearm, but Lashley just stumbles. Balor hits a second forearm and takes him down. Lashley quickly comes back with a powerbomb attempt, but Balor hits a back body drop before catching him with a double stomp to the midsection. Balor chops him before having a whip to the corner reversed. Balor tries to slingshot over him, but Lashley catches him and hits a spinning slam for a near fall. Balor manages to catch him with a Sling Blade and dropkicks him into the corner. Lio Rush tries to distract him, but is unsuccessful. Balor jumps over Lashley as he gets up. Balor manages to take him down and goes to the top rope, but Rush shoves him to the floor for the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Finn Balor
Corey Graves talks about how Bobby Lashley won’t be happy he’s getting the loser’s end of the purse. Lashley slams Balor into the barricade and apron a few times before getting him in the ring. Lashley then applies a full nelson. Lio Rush gets in the ring and talks some trash while slapping Balor in the face. Balor is out from the pressure of the full nelson. The crowd loudly boos. Rush orders Lashley to pick Balor up. Rush then viciously slaps Balor in the face. Rush starts chanting “Lashley” while he poses.
We’ll see something we didn’t see on Evolution, next.
Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush walk into the trainer’s room to see a hurting Baron Corbin. Corbin commends Lashley for what he just did to Finn Balor. Balor has been a pain in his butt. Corbin is going to reward Lashley by putting him in the WWE World Cup Tournament. Lashley asks who he is replacing. Corbin says he’s replacing a guy who didn’t qualify, John Cena. Lashley and Rush bump fists.
Still photos are shown of Ronda Rousey defeating Nikki Bella in the main event of WWE Evolution last night.
RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will take on Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch at Survivor Series.
Ronda Rousey was being interviewed by Charly Caruso last night after WWE Evolution when Becky Lynch interrupted. There is a lot of tension. Lynch says she’ll be seeing Rousey soon.
Lita and Trish Stratus make their entrances. This is Lita’s first RAW match since 2012. Stratus last wrestled on RAW in 2011. They’re soon joined by Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Bayley. They’re all in action, next.
Lita, Trish Stratus, Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Bayley vs. Alicia Fox, Mickie James, and The Riott Squad w/ Alexa Bliss
It’ll be Trish Stratus starting the match against Sarah Logan. They lock up, and Stratus hits a snapmare before taunting her. Stratus hits a headlock takeover and catches Ruby Riott with a head-scissor takeover simultaneously. Liv Morgan tags in, and Stratus hits a Lou Thesz Press before punching away at her. Lita tags in, and they hit Poetry in Motion on Morgan. Lita chops the chest before having a whip reversed. Lita hits a head-scissor takeover before connecting with a sweeping DDT. Lita goes to the top rope, but The Riott Squad pulls Morgan out of the ring. Bayley and Banks then hit them with baseball slides before taking Fox and James out with cross-body blocks off the apron.
We come back from the break to see Bayley working on Alicia Fox’s arm. Sasha Banks tags in, and they continue to attack Fox. Stratus tags in, and she hits a double-team back elbow with Banks before dropping elbows on Fox. Banks tags in and rolls up Fox for a two count. Banks hits the ropes, but James grabs her foot. Fox then kicks Banks in the face for a near fall. Mickie James tags in, and she applies a chin lock to Banks. Banks fights up, but James knees her in the midsection. Banks quickly slingshots over her, but James stops her from making a tag. James slams Banks into her corner and tags Logan in. Logan tries for a suplex, but Banks counters into an inside cradle for a two count. Logan quickly dropkicks her for a near fall. Logan then applies an arm bar. Banks fights up, but Logan powers her down. Banks fights out and tries for a tag, but Logan cuts her off. Riott tags in, and she stomps away at Banks. James and Fox get some cheap shots in while Riott distracts the referee. Riott applies a front facelock. Riott quickly powers Banks down and knocks Lita off the apron. Riott mocks Banks and charges, but Banks sidesteps her. Riott knocks The Riott Squad off the apron. Fox quickly tags herself in and attacks Banks.
Natalya tags in, and she takes Fox down before taking her down for a low dropkick. Natalya hits a spinning lariat, but Logan breaks up the pin. Stratus takes Logan out before hitting a handspring head-scissor on James. Banks hits a meteora on James. Bayley and Lita hit Morgan and Riott with dual Twists of Fate. Bayley goes to the top rope and hits Riott with a diving elbow. Lita then hits Morgan with a Lita-sault. Lita and Natalya hit Fox with a Hart Attack for a near fall. Natalya immediately follows up with a Sharpshooter for the submission victory.
Winners by Submission: Lita, Trish Stratus, Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Bayley
Still photos are shown of Nia Jax winning the Battle Royal where the winner gets a title shot at a future date.
Nia Jax is interviewed by Kayla Braxton backstage. She asks when Jax plans on cashing in her title opportunity. Jax says she’ll be waiting after Ronda Rousey takes on Becky Lynch. Ember Moon then joins them, as she eliminated five people in the battle royal. Moon says she caught lightning in the bottle. Jax says she won, so she should be interviewed. Moon says she respects Jax, but maybe Jax will respect her more if she challenges her. Jax says she respects her, but she needs guidance. Last night, Moon caught lightning in the bottle, but she still lost. Tonight, the same thing will happen.
Replays are shown of Dean Ambrose viciously attacking Seth Rollins last week after winning the RAW Tag Team Championships together.
Later tonight, we’ll hear from DX and The Brothers of Destruction.
We’ll hear from Elias, next.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.”
Elias strums an E minor chord and gets a good reception. Elias greets the crowd and plays a riff. Elias says everything will be put on his shoulder because a universal truth is WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias lets out a “WOO.” Elias says he came into Charlotte early because Ric Flair has been wanting to hang out with Elias. Flair told him that Elias was his favorite. Flair said that Elias is the man and was happy about what he did to Baron Corbin last week. Replays are shown of Elias hitting Baron Corbin in the back with a guitar. A “YES” chant fires up in the arena.
Elias says he was going to play a song for Baron Corbin, but after what Braun Strowman did to him, he figures Corbin won’t be coming out. Elias says the song is too good not to play. Since he’s a giver, he’ll bring the song to Corbin’s face. Elias walks to the back.
Elias is walking backstage when Dana Brooke stops him. She asks if he can play her a song, but he says, “For you? No.”
Elias walks and tells a stagehand to put a chocolate cake in his locker room. Elias knocks on Corbin’s door, and Corbin tells him to go away. Elias says he’ll play the song for him as long as he silences his cell phone, holds the applause, and shuts his mouth. Elias sings about Corbin having potential, but now he’s a stupider version of Kurt. Corbin storms out, and Elias sings about how he’s Stephanie’s little bitch. Corbin slams the door.
Jinder Mahal then attacks Elias out of nowhere and sends him ribs-first into a crate. Corbin comes out and says it looks like Mahal tuned him up. Corbin tells him to get ready for an encore because his match is next.
Elias vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
The bell rings, and Elias is holding his ribs. Elias gets away from Mahal in the corner. Mahal tries to attack the ribs, but Elias punches him back and hits a clothesline. Mahal quickly comes back with a back suplex before stomping him. Samir Singh stretches Elias on the ring post while Sunil Singh distracts the referee. Mahal stomps Elias and applies a chin lock. Mahal transitions to an overhead wristlock before applying a bear hug to the injured ribs. Mahal quickly knees him in the ribs and sloppily applies an abdominal stretch. Elias eventually gets out and kicks Mahal back. Mahal quickly scoops Elias up, but Elias slides off, avoids a knee, and hits Drift Away for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Elias
Footage is shown from earlier in the night when Braun Strowman hit Baron Corbin with three Powerslams. Brock Lesnar then gave Strowman an F5.
We’ll take a look at the career of Kurt Angle, next.
They showcase the WWE World Cup Tournament Brackets.
Video Package: The career of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle
A pretaped promo from Kurt Angle is shown. Angle says he’s heard the naysayers talking about him winning the WWE World Cup. Was he out of his mind when he won the King of the Ring in 2000 or the WWE Title in his rookie year? Was he out of his mind when he won the Olympic Gold Medal with a broken freakin’ neck? Maybe. No matter what, if he wins on Friday that’ll be one of the greatest accomplishments of his life. Angle warns Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, and Dolph Ziggler that he’s coming.
The Ascension are already in the ring. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable then make their entrance. They’re then followed by AOP.
Triple Threat Tag Team Match
The Ascension vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. AOP
While AOP are making their entrance, The Ascension, Bobby Roode, and Chad Gable attack them. The referee tries to get order while we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Gable hit Rezar with a jawbreaker. Konnor blind tags in and hits Gable with a spinebuster. Akam pulls Konnor off the pin. Gable knocks Akam into Konnor. Viktor tags in, but Gable flips through a back suplex. Roode tags in, and they hit a rolling German Suplex/neckbreaker combo for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
AOP immediately attacks them from behind, crushing Viktor with a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo. They then hit Roode and Gable with the Super Collider. Drake Maverick stands tall with AOP.