WWE Raw Results (12/16/19): Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles

WWE Raw
December 16, 2019
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

Seth Rollins Promo 

Let me introduce to you the first two men who have chosen to live on the right side of history, Akam and Rezar, The AOP. Well now that the whole family is here, let’s get down to business, shall we? When I debuted for NXT, the entire was saying, Seth Rollins is the future. When I showed up here on Raw, the entire world clamored, Seth Rollins is the future. All the way up to this year when I did the unthinkable, I beat the unbeatable. Not once, but twice I pinned Brock Lesnar’s shoulders to this mat, the entire planet was saying, Seth Rollins is the future. And that’s not just one or two people, that was everybody.

Fan, critics alike, everybody in the back, management, and ownership. Then all of a sudden, the mood changed. And people started to question my leadership. As if I had done something wrong. Let me explain something to everybody here and everyone listening around the world. Being a leader is not about being cool, it’s not about making the popular decisions, it’s about making decisions for the sake of progress. That’s not easy for everyone to understand. Kevin Owens is a perfect example of that. What happen to Kevin Owens was a tragedy. Kevin did that to himself, guys. Kevin resisted and became an example.

And that’s the truth because I don’t lie to you guys, alright. I’m honest with you. That’s the one thing we always had. I tell you the truth every step of the way and that’s not going to change. So let me lay a little truth on you right now, and this might be hard some people to accept, I am a leader. Bigger than that, I am a visionary and I’m going to be the man who leads this brand and this industry to the next decade and beyond. Whether you like it or not, you are coming with me by hook or by crook, I will drag you kicking and screaming all the way into 2020.

I will impose my will. If you resist, The AOP will enforce my will. Now, there’s something that I need to address with all of you tonight. This is one of those decisions that’s not gonna be a popular decision, but it’s going to be the right decision. There’s a score that I got to settle. And I guarantee you, by the end of this night, one way or another it’s going to be settled and you guys are not gonna like it. So let me say this in advance. For what we have to do tonight, I’m sorry.

First Match: The Viking Raiders vs. The OC 

Ivar and Luke Gallows will start things off. Gallows kicks Ivar in the gut. Gallows applies a side headlock. Gallows run into Ivar. Shoulder Block Exchange. Gallows punches Ivar in the back. Gallows uppercuts Ivar. Gallows tags in Anderson. Ivar drives Anderson back first into the turnbuckles. Ivar tags in Erik. Ivar buries his knee into the midsection of Anderson. Erik drops Anderson with a knee lift. Erik stares down Gallows. Erik with clubbing crossface. Erik tags in Ivar. Ivar bodyslams Anderson. Erik bodyslams Ivar on top of Anderson. Ivar with a forearm shiver. Ivar punches Anderson in the back. Ivar drives his knee into the midsection of Anderson. Ivar tags in Erik. Erik with a forearm smash. Erik with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Erik applies an arm-bar. Anderson rakes the eyes of Erik. Anderson tags in Gallows. Gallows drives his elbow into Erik’s back. Erik dives over Gallows. Erik ducks a clothesline from Gallows. Erik with a Running Forearm Smash. Erik goes for a Suicide Dive, but Gallows counters with a european uppercut. Gallows follows that with a Fallaway Slam into the ringside barricade.

The OC starts cutting the ring in half during the commercial break. Anderson applies a rear chin lock. Erik gets back to a vertical base. Erik with heavy bodyshots. Anderson hits The SpineBuster for a two count. Anderson continues to rake the eyes of Erik. Anderson tags in Gallows. Anderson applies a front face lock. Gallows with rapid fire bodyshots in the corner. Gallows drops Erik with The Big Boot for a two count. Gallows with clubbing elbow smashes. Gallows applies a rear chin lock. Gallows with a Belly to Back Suplex. Gallows tags in Anderson. Anderson is putting the boots to Erik. Anderson abuses the referee’s five count. Erik starts displaying his fighting spirit. Anderson uppercuts Erik. Anderson goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Erik lands back on his feet. Erik tags in Ivar.

Ivar drops Anderson with a shoulder tackle. Ivar with a Side Walk Slam. Ivar with a Running Splash. Ivar knocks Gallows off the ring apron. Ivar goes for a Bodyslam, but Anderson lands back on his feet. Ivar cartwheels around Anderson. Ivar with a Running Clothesline. Ivar is fired up. Ivar hits The Bronco Buster for a two count. Gallows talks smack to Ivar. Anderson side steps Ivar into the turnbuckles. Anderson drops Ivar with a NeckBreaker. Anderson tags in Gallows. The OC with a Belly to Back Suplex/NeckBreaker Combination for a two count. Gallows tags in Ivar. Ivar with a HandSpring Double Back Elbow Smash. Viking Raiders with Stereo Suicide Dives. Gallows knocks Erik off the ring apron. Ivar is throwing haymakers at Gallows. Gallows with a High Head Kick. Gallows tags in Anderson. The OC connects with The Boot Of Doom for a two count. Ivar kicks Anderson in the face. Ivar creates distance with a Seated Senton out of the corner. Erik and Gallows are tagged in.

Erik kicks the left hamstring of Gallows. Erik with a knee lift. Erik follows that with a Discus Forearm Smash. Erik with an Exploder Suplex. Erik delivers Two Death Rowe’s. Erik tags in Ivar. Ivar levels Gallows with a Body Avalanche. Erik with a ShotGun Double Knee Strike. Erik drives Ivar back first into Gallows for a two count. Ivar makes another tag in Erik. Erik goes for a PowerBomb, but Gallows lands back on his feet. Gallows uppercuts Ivar. Gallows ducks a clothesline from Erik. Gallows tags in Anderson. Erik blasts Gallows off the apron. Anderson drops Erik with a Running European Uppercut. Erik avoids The Leaping Side Kick. Ivar tags himself in. Erik PowerBombs Anderson. Gallows runs interference. Ivar climbs to the top turnbuckle. Ivar goes for The MoonSault, but Gallows pulls Anderson out of the way. Anderson tags in Gallows. Anderson kicks Erik off the ring apron. The OC plants Ivar with The Magic Killer to pickup the victory.

Winner: The OC via Pinfall 

Second Match: Erick Rowan vs. Dante Leon 

Leon is fixated on trying to reveal what’s in that burlap sack. Leon crawls under the ring. Rowan is pissed. Rowan runs after Leon. Rowan hits The Divide on the floor. Rowan tosses Leon back into the ring. Rowan plants Leon with Two Iron Claw Slams to pickup the victory.

Winner: Erick Rowan via Pinfall 

Bobby Lashley and Lana Segment 

Lana: I know that yesterday a lot of you guys were very busy scrolling through my instagram. By the way, it’s @TheLanaWWE just in case you’re not following, go follow and click. Anyway, if you missed my hot boyfriends very important match at TLC, let me allow you guys to relive history. My hot boyfriend crushed and destroyed and devoured his opponent at TLC. Putting his opponent through a table and let me officially announce the winner, Bobby Lashley. Isn’t he beautiful? I mean look at that man.

None of you will ever compare to him. None of you will ever be such a gorgeous and wonderful and beautiful man that he is. Bobby I have to tell you, you’re so wonderful  and so beautiful. You give me the butterflies every single day. Seriously, everyone please be quiet, okay. We’re just trying to move on. I know you’re trying to move on, the reality is that, Rusev Day is dead. Like I was saying, Bobby you’re so wonderful and amazing and beautiful.

Bobby Lashley: Little bit of respect please. Carry on.

Lana: I want Bobby. I want you to shut up and listen to what I have to say, okay. Bobby, I want the world to know how much you love me. Bobby doesn’t suck, you suck. Bobby, I want to ask you to ask me to marry me.

Bobby Lashley: You know what Lana? I don’t like when anybody tells me what to do, except you. Lana, you are the most gorgeous woman in the entire world and you are the most amazing female wrestler in the entire WWE history. I know without a shadow of a doubt, that we will be most the amazing power couple this company has ever seen. Lana, will you marry me?

Lana: Oh my gosh, Bobby you’re so romantic. It was just exactly like how I had you rehearse. Yes, Yes, Yes! I will marry you and I will allow you to marry me. It’s going to be the most amazing and ravishing wedding in the universe and it’s going to happen on Lana Day.

Third Match: R-Truth vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Ricochet vs. Matt Hardy vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Andrade Cien Almas in a Gauntlet Match. The Winner Earns A United States Championship Opportunity 

R-Truth vs. Akira Tozawa 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Tozawa applies a side headlock. Tozawa is playing mind games with Truth. Truth plays to the crowd. Truth applies a side headlock. Truth with two shoulder tackles. Truth kicks Tozawa in the chest. Tozawa reverses out of the irish whip from Truth. Truth dances. Truth decks Tozawa with a back elbow smash. Tozawa sends Truth shoulder first into the steel ring post. Tozawa with a Running Cannonball Strike off the ring apron. Tozawa rolls Truth back into the ring. Tozawa delivers a Missile Dropkick for a two count. Truth ducks a clothesline from Tozawa. Truth kicks Tozawa in the gut. Tozawa avoids The Scissors Kicks. Tozawa rolls Truth over to pickup the victory. R-Truth has been eliminated. Truth runs away from the Raw Locker Room.

Akira Tozawa vs. Ricochet 

Tozawa avoids The Pump Kick. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Tozawa. Tozawa blocks a boot from Ricochet. Ricochet with a Tiger Wall Flip Kick. Tozawa drives his knee into the midsection of Ricochet. Ricochet reverses out of the irish whip from Tozawa. Tozawa dives over Ricochet. Ricochet drops down on the canvas. Ricochet leapfrogs over Tozawa. Ricochet slips over Tozawa’s back. Ricochet with a HeadScissors TakeOver. Ricochet dropkicks Tozawa to the floor. Tozawa nails Ricochet with The Windmill Kick. Tozawa lands Two Suicide Dives.

Tozawa rolls Ricochet back into the ring. Tozawa with an Apron Enzuigiri. Ricochet dropkicks Tozawa in mid-air. Ricochet unloads two knife edge chops. Ricochet applies the cravate. Ricochet rolls Tozawa over for a two count. Ricochet applies a front face lock. Ricochet with a straight right hand. Ricochet kicks Tozawa in the gut. Ricochet applies a modified bow and arrow stretch. Ricochet hits The GourdBuster for a two count. Ricochet with a forearm smash. Tozawa with heavy bodyshots. Ricochet answers with a knife edge chop. Tozawa locks in The Octopus Stretch. Ricochet with a Step Up Enzuigiri.

Ricochet goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Tozawa lands back on his feet. Tozawa with a Spinning Back Kick. Ricochet dodges The Windmill Kick. Tozawa crawls under Ricochet. Tozawa with a Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Tozawa applies a waist lock. Ricochet with three sharp elbow strikes. Tozawa sends Ricochet to the ring apron. Ricochet with a shoulder block. Ricochet kicks Tozawa in the face. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Ricochet goes for a Running Shooting Star Press, but Tozawa gets his knees up in the air. Tozawa with an inside cradle for a two count. Tozawa SuperKicks Ricochet. Tozawa dives over Ricochet. Ricochet SuperKicks Tozawa. Ricochet connects with The Recoil to pickup the victory. Akira Tozawa has been eliminated.

Ricochet vs. Matt Hardy

Hardy hits The Side Effect for a two count. Hardy with forearm shivers. Hardy whips Ricochet back first into the turnbuckles. Hardy repeatedly slams Ricochet’s head on all three turnbuckle pads in the corner. Hardy applies a sleeper hold on the top rope. Hardy with a Running Boot for a two count. Ricochet with heavy bodyshots. Hardy punches Ricochet in the back. Hardy with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Ricochet is trying to build momentum. Hardy with a Back Body Drop for a two count. Hardy is raining down haymakers.

Hardy applies the cravate. Hardy sends Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet decks Hardy with a back elbow smash. Hardy attacks Ricochet from behind. Hardy with a High Angle SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Hardy follows that with a Leg Drop for a two count. Hardy sends Ricochet across the ring. Ricochet with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ricochet with a Roll Through Dropkick. Ricochet with two haymakers. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Hardy. Ricochet with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver.

Ricochet with a running shoulder block. Ricochet the top turnbuckle pad into Hardy’s face. Ricochet goes for a SpringBoard Clothesline, but Hardy counters with The Side Effect for a two count. Hardy goes for The MoonSault, but Ricochet ducks out of the way. Ricochet hits The Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ricochet drags Hardy to the corner. Hardy avoids The 630 Senton Splash. Ricochet with a Tiger Wall Flip Kick. Hardy kicks Ricochet in the gut. Hardy goes for The Twist Of Fate, but Ricochet rolls him over to pickup the victory. Matt Hardy has been eliminated.

Ricochet vs. Humberto Carrillo 

Carrillo helps Ricochet get back on his feet. Ricochet with an inside cradle for a two count. Carrillo dropkicks Ricochet for a two count. Ricochet with a chop/forearm combination. Carrillo reverses out of the irish whip from Ricochet. Carrillo leapfrogs over Ricochet. Carrillo goes for a sunset flip, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Carrillo avoids The PK. Carrillo with a Step Through Enzuigiri. Carrillo with a SpringBoard Arm-Drag TakeOver. Carrillo hits The Fosbury Flop. Carrillo rolls Ricochet back into the ring. Carrillo kicks the left hand of Ricochet. Carrillo drives Ricochet shoulder first into the turnbuckles for a two count. Carrillo drops his knee on the left shoulder of Ricochet. Carrillo with an Arm-Breaker for a two count. Carrillo applies a top wrist lock.

Ricochet with shots to the midsection of Carrillo. Carrillo pulls Ricochet down to the mat. Carrillo applies a key lock. Ricochet is trying to create separation. Ricochet unloads four knife edge chops. Carrillo kicks the injured shoulder of Ricochet for a two count. Carrillo applies an arm-bar. Arm-Drag Exchange. Carrillo is trying to wear down Ricochet. Carrillo drives his knee into the midsection of Ricochet. Ricochet reverses out of the irish whip from Carrillo. Carrillo launches Ricochet over the top rope. Ricochet with a sunset flip for a two count. Carrillo denies The Pump Kick. Ricochet hits The Michinoku Driver for a two count. Zelina Vega appears on the stage. Ricochet is trying to feeling back in his left shoulder. Chop Exchange in the corner.

Ricochet with a straight right hand. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Ricochet follows that with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Ricochet with a forearm smash. Carrillo goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Carrillo with a forearm shot across the back of Ricochet’s neck. Carrillo dropkicks Ricochet off the second rope for a two count. Carrillo drags Ricochet to the corner. Carrillo goes for The MoonSault, but Ricochet ducks out of the way. Ricochet with a Tiger Wall Flip Kick. Carrillo with a Pump Kick. Ricochet responds with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ricochet with a Running Crossbody Block over the top rope. Both men avoids the double count-out. Carrillo kicks Ricochet in the face. Ricochet nails Carrillo with an open palm strike.

Ricochet and Carrillo are trading back and forth shots. Ricochet with The SuperPlex for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Ricochet kicks Carrillo in the gut. Ricochet with a Northern Lights Suplex. Ricochet follows that with a Rolling Vertical Suplex for a two count. Ricochet drags Carrillo to the corner. Carrillo with a Standing Enzuigiri. Carrillo punches Ricochet in the back. Carrillo goes for an Avalanche Reverse Hurricanrana, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Ricochet nails Carrillo with The Pump Kick. Carrillo fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Carrillo ducks a clothesline from Ricochet. Carrillo with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Carrillo connects with The Canadian Destroyer. Carrillo lands The MoonSault to pickup the victory. Ricochet has been eliminated.

Humberto Carrillo vs. Andrade Cien Almas 

Almas attacks Carrillo before the bell rings. Almas repeatedly stomps on Carrillo’s chest. Almas throws his jacket at Carrillo. Almas with Two ShotGun Meteora’s. Almas dumps Carrillo out of the ring. Almas removes the ringside padding. Almas tells Carrillo to look at him. Almas slaps Carrillo in the face. Almas throws Carrillo into the ringside. Almas plants Ricochet with The HammerLock DDT on the exposed concrete floor. The referee calls off the match. Almas and Vega heads to the backstage area. Rey Mysterio attends to Carrillo.

Match Result: No-Contest 

Seth Rollins, AOP and Rey Mysterio Segment 

Fourth Match: Asuka vs. Deonna Purrazzo 

Purrazzo drops Asuka with The Pump Kick before the bell rings. Asuka is livid. Purrazzo tells Asuka to bring it. Asuka tees off on Purrazzo in the corner. Asuka with a Biel Throw. Asuka with rapid fire chest kicks. The referee is trying to calm down Asuka. Asuka is choking Purrazzo with her boot. Asuka with Two Running Hip Attacks. Purrazzo kicks Asuka in the gut. Purrazzo drops Asuka with The Arm-Breaker. Purrazzo applies The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Asuka rolls Purrazzo over for a two count. Asuka with a Flying Cross Arm-Breaker.

Asuka transitions into a Knee Bar. Asuka follows that with The STF. Asuka hyperextends the left shoulder of Purrazzo. Asuka applies a waist lock. Purrazzo decks Asuka with a back elbow smash. Purrazzo avoids The Spinning Back Fist. Purrazzo hits The Twisting FlatLiner for a two count. Purrazzo toys around with Asuka. Asuka delivers her combination offense. Asuka with Pop Up Knee Lift. Asuka follows that with Kawada Kicks. Asuka drops Purrazzo with The RoundHouse Kick. Asuka makes Purrazzo tap out to The Asuka Lock.

Winner: Asuka via Submission 

Becky Lynch Exclusive Interview 

Charly Caruso: Becky, thank you so much for being here.

Becky Lynch: You’re welcome.

Charly Caruso: Now last night, you teamed with Charlotte Flair to take on The Kabuki Warriors in a grueling Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at TLC. Becky, last night you had the opportunity to once again become, Becky Two Belts. However, The Kabuki Warriors were able to defeat you and Charlotte and retain their tag team titles. So here we are, one day out, how are you handling that loss?

Becky Lynch: The last few months I haven’t been myself. I was taken out of singles competition and I was put into the tag team division. At first, I thought that the powers at be were trying to bury me. Then I realize that it’s something much worst, they’re trying to protect me. Now, I look at the merchandise and the posters and the corporate events and I realize that I’m the golden goose now. They don’t want that to end.

They’re trying to protect me against Asuka because they don’t think I can win. And maybe after last night, they’re right. But I didn’t come this far to be shield and protected. This championship says that i’m the best, but this champion says that Asuka is the best in the world right now and last night proved it. TLC last year, proved it. The last Royal Rumble, proved it. So, you might say that I’m handling this loss by looking at things honestly.

Charly Caruso: Well, based on what you just told me, what would you say to those people that say, Asuka deserves to be the champion?

Becky Lynch: I think I would say something to Asuka. Now Asuka, I usually say that it’s my opponents who need me, but this time Asuka, I need you. Because you are the one person who I have not been able to defeat. Until right now, I’ll admit that you have my number, but I need that to change. Not for this company, not even for this title, because I need to prove something to myself.

Fifth Match: Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles 

Orton is throwing haymakers at Styles. Orton backs Styles into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Styles kicks Orton the gut. Styles punches Orton in the back. Styles slams Orton’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles unloads two knife edge chops. Orton ducks a clothesline from Styles. Styles negates The RKO. Styles regroups on the outside. Styles is playing mind games with Orton. Styles kicks Orton in the chest. Orton dumps Styles back first on the ring apron. Orton slams Styles head on the steel ring steps. Orton delivers The Garvin Stomp. Styles bounces Orton’s head on the top rope. Orton avoids The Phenomenal Forearm.

Orton goes for The IEDDT, but Styles blocks it. Styles locks in The Calf Crusher. Orton grabs the bottom rope to force the break. Styles chop blocks Orton on the floor. Styles has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Styles continues to work on the left knee of Orton. Styles kicks the left hamstring of Orton. Orton is displaying his fighting spirit. Styles kicks the injured knee of Orton. Orton delivers the eye poke. Orton dumps Styles face first on the top turnbuckle pad. Orton and Styles are trading back and forth shots. Orton PowerSlams Styles. Styles grabs the left knee of Orton. Orton HeadButts Styles.

Orton hits The Draping Inverted BackBreaker for a two count. Orton puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. Orton goes for The SuperPlex, but Styles blocks it. Styles drops Orton with another chop block. Styles with a SpringBoard MoonSault for a two count. Orton negates The Styles Clash. Orton launches Styles over the top rope. Orton with a forearm smash. Orton hits The IEDDT. Orton plays to the crowd. Orton goes for The RKO, but Styles counters with The Calf Crusher. Orton kicks Styles in the face. Styles skins the cat. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Orton counters with The RKO to pickup the victory. After the match, The OC attacks Orton from behind. The Viking Raiders storms into the ring to make the save. The OC plants Erik with The Magic Killer to close the show.

Winner: Randy Orton via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez