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WWE Raw Results (12/31): Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley

WWE Raw Results (12/31)

WWE Raw
December 31, 2018
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

First Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler in a Steel Cage Match 

Ziggler is looking to escape the cage. McIntyre goes for a PowerBomb, but Ziggler blocks it. Ziggler continues to scale the cage. McIntyre drops Ziggler with a knife edge chop. McIntyre with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. McIntyre talks smack to Ziggler. Ziggler is throwing haymakers at McIntyre. McIntyre delivers a thunderous chop in the corner. McIntyre calls Ziggler an idiot. Ziggler kicks McIntyre in the face. Ziggler with a Flying DDT. Ziggler and McIntyre are trading back and forth shots. Ziggler kicks the left knee of McIntyre. Ziggler goes for a SuperKick, but McIntyre counters with The Glasgow Kiss.

Ziggler stops McIntyre in his tracks. Ziggler repeatedly drives McIntyre face first into the steel. Ziggler dumps McIntyre crotch first on the top rope. McIntyre starts paint brushing Ziggler. Finn Balor is watching the match from the backstage area. Ziggler goes for a Tornado DDT, but McIntyre blocks it. Ziggler sends McIntyre shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Ziggler connects with The Famouser for a two count. McIntyre decks Ziggler with a back elbow smash. McIntyre goes for The Reverse Alabama Slam, but Ziggler rolls him over for a two count.

Ziggler starts building momentum. Ziggler SuperKicks McIntyre for a two count. Ziggler crawls towards the cage door. Ziggler HeadButts McIntyre. McIntyre with clubbing blows to Ziggler’s back. Ziggler nails McIntyre with the cage door. McIntyre again kicks out of The Famouser. McIntyre pulls Ziggler back into the cage. McIntyre with a SuperPlex. McIntyre tells Ziggler to bring it. McIntyre throws Ziggler into the cage. Ziggler hits The Zig Zag for a two count. Ziggler goes for a SuperKick, but McIntyre counters with Two ClayMore Kicks to pickup the victory.

Winner: Drew McIntyre via Pinfall 

WWE Superstars New Years Resolutions 

– Drew McIntyre has his eyes set on winning the 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match.

– Finn Balor’s goal for 2019 is to become the Universal Champion.

– Ember Moon will show why she’s the Shenom in the 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match.

– Viktor of The Ascension wants to bring back The Fashion Files.

– 2019 will be the year of The Lucha House Party.

– Drake Maverick says that The Authors Of Pain will be more brutal and dominant in 2019.

– The Riott Squad won’t be changing for anybody. They are here to apply pressure.

– Zack Ryder wants more matches on Monday Night Raw to collect all the new WWE action figures.

– No Way Jose wants everyone to live in the moment.

Seth Rollins, Triple H and Shane McMahon In-Ring Segment: 

Rollins 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. Rollins is not going to wait for the ball to drop in Time Square, he wants to do things right now. He has an automatic intercontinental title rematch with Dean Ambrose and he wants it right now. Triple H comes out to interrupt Rollins. It’s been awhile since HHH and Rollins shared the same ring. Rollins said something interesting. He mentioned a fresh start. A fresh start to do anything he wants to do. It has never been more true than right now. Nothing is going to be handed to anyone. There is no automatic anything. Rollins automatic rematch is not going to happen tonight.

HHH is not even sure if Rollins deserves a rematch. He takes no pleasure in saying that because he was Rollins most vocal supporter. Rollins says that HHH only supported him because he was his puppet. That’s not the case because Rollins made him believe in him. He took everything he wanted. For a brief moment, when HHH didn’t believe, Rollins took him to WrestleMania and kicked his ass until he 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.

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

He wants Rollins to burn it all down, starting with Bobby Lashley. Rollins will take everything that Lashley has to give and then he will take everything that Dean Ambrose has. He will burn down Brock Lesnar if he gets in his way. Rollins would even burn down the entire McMahon family if HHH got in his way. Shane McMahon is trying to play peacemaker. HHH should be cautious before Rollins truly burns this entire place down. Rollins should get ready for his match against Bobby Lashley. Shane needs to clear because there will be a battle royal starting next.

Second Match: The Fresh Start Battle Royal. The Winner Will Battle Dean Ambrose For The Intercontinental Championship Tonight 

– Finn Balor eliminated by Baron Corbin

– Baron Corbin eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Curt Hawkins eliminated by Baron Corbin

– Mojo Rawley eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Zack Ryder eliminated by Baron Corbin

– Titus O’Neil eliminated by The Lucha House Party

– Curtis Axel eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Bo Dallas eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Apollo Crews

– Kalisto eliminated by Finn Balor

– Lince Dorado eliminated by Finn Balor

– Gran Metalik eliminated by Finn Balor

– Tyler Breeze eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Konnor eliminated by Apollo Crews

– Viktor eliminated by Apollo Crews

– No Way Jose eliminated by Apollo Crews

Winner: Apollo Crews 

Dasha Fuentes Backstage Interview With Natalya 

Baron Corbin & Elias In-Ring Segment: 

Third Match: Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Ember Moon vs. The Riott Squad in a 6-Woman Tag Team Match 

Bayley and Liv Morgan will start things off. Bayley with a Lou Thez Press. Bayley transitions into a ground and pound attack. Complete slugfest in the center of the ring. Morgan pulls Bayley down to the mat. Morgan tags in Logan. Logan kicks Bayley in the gut. Bayley ducks a double clothesline from The Riott Squad. Sasha made a blind tag. Bayley drops The Riott Squad with a Double Crossbody Block. Sasha follows that with a Running Meteora for a one count. Sasha bounces Logan’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Sasha repeatedly stomps on Logan’s chest. Sasha is choking Logan with her boot. Logan with a forearm smash. Logan whips Sasha to the corner. Sasha side steps Logan into the turnbuckles. Sasha with a Running Bulldog across the top rope. Sasha with a SlingShot Meteora. Sasha tags in Bayley.

Bayley with a Sliding Clothesline for a one count. Moon and Ruby are tagged in. Moon ducks a clothesline from Ruby. Moon with a flurry of pinning combinations. Moon with an arm-drag takeover. Moon dropkicks Ruby for a two count. Moon applies a side headlock. Morgan tags herself in. Moon goes for an O’Connor Roll, but Morgan counters with a Big Boot for a two count. Morgan slams Moon’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Morgan is putting the boots to Moon. Morgan yells at the referee. The Riott Squad starts cutting the ring in half with The Unicorn Stampede. Sasha and Bayley finally pulls Logan and Morgan out of the ring. Bayley drops Logan with a High Knee Lift. Morgan responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sasha with a Knee Lift to Morgan.

Coming out of the commercial break, Bayley delivers an arm-drag takedown. Bayley applies an arm-bar. Bayley dives over Ruby. Ruby with a Hip Toss. Bayley kicks Ruby to the corner. Ruby tags in Morgan. Morgan walks into an arm-drag takeover. Moon is tagged in. Moon with a Leaping Hip Attack. Moon with an inside cradle for a two count. Moon tags in Sasha. Sasha rolls Morgan over for a two count. Morgan decks Sasha with a back elbow smash. Sasha gets Morgan tied in the tree of woe. The referee is distracted by Logan. Sasha goes for a Leaping Double Knee Drop, but Ruby pulls Morgan out of harms way. Morgan with a SlingShot Double Foot Stomp for a two count. Morgan pulls Sasha to the corner. Morgan tags in Ruby.

Ruby hits The PK for a two count. Ruby applies a full nelson lock. Sasha ducks a clothesline from Ruby. Sasha with a crucifix cover for a two count. Ruby drops Sasha with a Running Elbow Strike for a two count. Ruby tags in Logan. The Riott Squad with an Assisted Senton Splash for a two count. Logan howls for the crowd. Logan with a hair whip. Logan follows that with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Logan tags in Morgan. Morgan with a Tornado FaceBuster for a two count. Morgan is showing her frustration. Morgan applies a rear chin lock. Sasha gets back to a vertical base.

Sasha with a backslide cover for a two count. Sasha with a High Knee Strike to Morgan. Morgan tags in Logan. Logan stops Sasha in her tracks. Logan goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Sasha lands back on her feet. Logan with a PopUp HeadButt. Logan knocks Moon off the ring apron. The Riott Squad with a Double STO for a two count. Logan dropkicks Bayley off the ring apron. Moon takes out The Riott Squad with a Twisting Corkscrew Plancha. Sasha with a jack knife cover for a two count. Logan negates The Bank Statement. Bayley tags herself in. Sasha connects with The BackStabber. Bayley lands The Flying Elbow Drop to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sasha Banks, Bayley and Ember Moon via Pinfall 

– Video Package for The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman.

Fourth Match: Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley w/Lio Rush 

Rollins dropkicks Lashley into the turnbuckles. Rollins with a flurry of haymakers in the corner. Lashley with a waist lock takedown. Lashley bounces Rollins head on the top turnbuckle pad. Lashley with a pair of haymakers. Lashley drives his shoulders into the midsection of Rollins. Lashley with a Seated Senton. Lashley goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins with a chop/haymaker combination. Lashley reverses out of the irish whip from Rollins. Rollins dropkicks Lashley. Rollins kicks Lashley out of the ring. Rollins with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Rollins throws Lashley back into the ring. Lio Rush starts running interference.

Rollins goes for a SpringBoard Clothesline, but Lashley counters with a FlatLiner for a two count. Lashley with clubbing elbow smashes. Lashley is applying pressure to the neck of Rollins. Rollins decks Lashley with a JawBreaker. Lashley clotheslines Rollins. Lashley dumps Rollins out of the ring. Rush with a Flying Hurricanrana which sends Rollins crashing into the steel ring post. Lashley is controlling the pace of the match. Lashley poses for the crowd. Rollins with a series of knife edge chops. Lashley whips Rollins back first across the turnbuckles for a two count. Rollins is pissed.

Lashley goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Rollins counters with a Knee Strike. Rollins kicks Lashley in the jaw. Rollins is lighting up Lashley’s chest. Rollins ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Rollins hits The SlingBlade. Rollins clotheslines Lashley over the top rope. Rollins delivers Two Suicide Dives. Rollins with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Rollins starts burning it down. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of Lashley. Rollins goes for The Blackout, but Rush gets in the way.

Lashley drops Rollins with a SpineBuster for a two count. Lashley goes for The Dominator, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins leapfrogs over Lashley. Rollins rolls Lashley over for a two count. Rollins SuperKicks Lashley. Rush hops on the apron to distract Rollins. Rush slides under Rollins. Rollins chases Rush around the ringside area. Rollins finally clotheslines Rush on the floor. Rollins dumps Rush rib first on the barricade. Lashley attacks Rollins from behind. Rollins nails Lashley with a steel chair which causes the disqualification. After the match, Rollins destroys Lashley and Rush with the chair. Rollins plants Rush with The Blackout

Winner: Bobby Lashley via Disqualification

Fifth Match: Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers vs. Rhyno & Heath Slater in a Three on Two Handicap Match 

Mahal and Slater will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Slater backs Mahal into the turnbuckles. The referee forces a clean break. SHANTI !! Slater ducks a clothesline from Mahal. Slater kicks Mahal in the gut. Slater with a flurry of jabs. Slater kicks Mahal in the chest. Mahal clotheslines Slater. Mahal drives his knee into the back of Slater. Mahal with clubbing shoulder blocks in the corner. The Singh Brothers are double teaming Slater.

The Singh Brothers with a Double Suplex for a two count. Samir is taunting Rhyno. Slater drops Samir with a leg lariat. Slater tags in Rhyno. Rhyno clears the ring. Rhyno blasts Samir with a knife edge chop. Rhyno with a Double Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Rhyno poses for the crowd. Mahal made a blind tag. Rhyno decks Mahal with a back elbow smash. Rhyno with a SpineBuster. Singh Brothers are running interference. Mahal SuperKicks Rhyno. Mahal plants Rhyno with The Khallas to pickup the victory.

Winner: Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers via Pinfall 

Next Week On WWE Monday Night Raw

– Chad Gable & Bobby Roode vs. The Revival For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

– John Cena, Braun Strowman, and Brock Lesnar will be making their returns

– A Moment Of Bliss With Special Guest: Ronda Rousey.

Sixth Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Apollo Crews For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Crews dropkicks Ambrose. Crews starts teeing off on Ambrose in the corner. Ambrose reverses out of the irish whip from Crews. Crews dives over Ambrose. Crews leapfrogs over Ambrose. Crews with a Diving Elbow Strike. Ambrose kicks Crews in the gut. Ambrose with a knife edge chop. Crews responds with a sunset flip for a two count. Crews rolls Ambrose over for a two count. Crews ducks a clothesline from Ambrose. Crews clotheslines Ambrose over the top rope. Crews with a MoonSault off the ring apron. Ambrose is trying to regain his composure on the outside.

Ambrose repeatedly stomps on Crews chest. Ambrose clotheslines Crews for a two count. Ambrose applies a straight jacket hold. Ambrose goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Crews lands back on his feet. Crews dumps Ambrose out of the ring. Crews with an inside cradle for a two count. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline. Crews with a flurry of kicks. Crews drops Ambrose with a Jumping Clothesline. Crews is fired up. Crews with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Crews goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ambrose lands back on his feet.

Crews decks Ambrose with a back elbow smash. Crews with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Crews follows that with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ambrose kicks Crews in the jaw. Crews responds with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. Crews levels Ambrose with a Stinger Splash. Ambrose rakes the eyes of Crews. Crews negates The Dirty Deeds. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews connects with a Spinning SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Crews lands a SomerSault Plancha. Crews goes for a Frog Splash, but Ambrose ducks out of the way. Ambrose plants Crews with The Dirty Deeds to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose via Pinfall 

Alexa Bliss Promo: 

Seventh Match: Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs. Nia Jax & Tamina 

Pier six brawl before the bell rings. Natalya with a double leg takedown. Natalya transitions into a ground and pound attack. Jax and Tamina retreats to the outside. Rousey with a Judo Throw. Rousey with a flurry of Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Tamina tags in Jax. Rousey with an unique takedown. Jax fights out of The Arm-Bar. Jax with a Biel Throw. Jax follows that with a Body Avalanche. Jax bodyslams Rousey. Jax goes for a SomerSault Senton, but Rousey ducks out of the way. Rousey tags in Natalya. Natalya rams her shoulders into the midsection of Tamina. Natalya dropkicks Tamina. Natalya kicks Tamina in the chest. Natalya with Two Vertical Suplex’s for a two count. Natalya with clubbing shoulder blocks. Natalya repeatedly stomps on Tamina’s chest. Natalya bodyslams Tamina for a two count. Natalya goes for The Sharpshooter, but Tamina grabs the bottom rope to create separation.

Natalya dropkicks Tamina into Jax. Rousey with a Flying Crossbody Block to the floor. Coming out of the commercial break, Jax and Tamina drops Natalya with a Double Shoulder Tackle. Jax HeadButts Natalya. Jax repeatedly stomps on the back of Natalya’s head. Jax bounces Natalya’s head on the top turnbuckle. Jax and Tamina are cutting the ring in half. Jax bodyslams Natalya. Jax drives Natalya shoulder first into the steel ring post. Jax hooks the leg for a two count. Jax applies a half nelson chin lock. Natalya decks Jax with a Stunner. Jax tags in Tamina. Tamina punches Natalya in the gut. Following a snap mare takeover, Tamina applies a rear chin lock. Natalya with shots to the midsection of Tamina. Tamina goes for a Bodyslam, but Natalya lands back on her feet. Natalya ducks a clothesline from Tamina. Both ladies are knocked down after a double crossbody block.

Natalya makes the hot tag to Rousey. Rousey starts teeing off on Jax. Rousey with a Jumping Knee Strike. Rousey with a Judo Throw for a two count. Rousey is fired up. Rousey drops Jax with a SuperMan Punch for a two count. Jax dumps Rousey chest first on the canvas for a two count. Jax goes for an Avalanche Samoan Drop, but Rousey lands back on her feet. Jax tags in Tamina. Tamina SuperKicks Rousey for a two count. Tamina HeadButts Rousey. Tamina goes for a Running HeadButt, but Rousey ducks out of the way. Jax breaks the submission attempt with a Running Leg Drop. Natalya drops Jax with The Discus Lariat. Tamina SuperKicks Natalya. Tamina with the cover on Rousey for a two count. Tamina drags Rousey to the corner. Tamina goes for The SuperFly Splash, but Rousey counters with The Arm-Bar to pickup the victory.

Winner: Ronda Rousey & Natalya via Submission 

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