WWE Raw Results (11/23/20): Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles

WWE Raw
November 23, 2020
Amway Center
Orlando, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Adam Pearce, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Keith Lee, Sheamus, and Matt Riddle Segment 

Adam Pearce: Welcome to Monday Night Raw, where, frankly, the last seven days have been a hell of a ride. Last week, we witnessed one of the most competitive championship wrestling matches ever on Raw, resulting in a brand new WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre. Huge congratulations to Drew. And, then, last night at Survivor Series, The End Of An Era, where after an incredible 30 years, we all made a found final farewell to The Phenom, The Undertaker.

Not just that, the superstars in the ring with me now, the men that made up Team RAW, the men that defeated Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, and not just defeat them, but did it in domination fashion, in a clean sweep. And, frankly, results like that deserves rewards, and so it could be that one of these superstars will find themselves next in line for an opportunity to face Drew McIntyre for that WWE Championship. And that brings us to tonight, where I wanted to give every superstar the opportunity to state their case, to let us all know why it should be them that should be next in line. And with that, AJ Styles, as the Raw Team Captain ..

Sheamus: Woah, Pearce. First of all, he is not my captain. And, second of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Drew McIntyre on becoming a 2-Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It’s real cool because me and him go way back, the best of friends, and as last night goes, and everybody sees me being the most valuable team player.

AJ Styles: Most Valuable Player? Is that what you said?

Sheamus: You repeated what I said, so you obviously heard what I said.

AJ Styles: Well, first of all, we all know that Drew McIntyre is your buddy, you said that, not me, but we all know it. So, it seems like to me, Adam, check this out, he’s gonna try the use the good ole boy system for a title opportunity. Not gonna work. Furthermore, Most Valuable Player? That’s your captain, that’s this guy, with the big C on his chest.

Keith Lee: AJ, I really hate, actually I don’t hate to interrupt, I need to interject because not only did I save you last night, but I also pinned the other team’s actual captain, when I secured our victory. So, Mr. Pearce, I think it is obvious who is, well, worthy of this title opportunity.

AJ Styles: I wasn’t even done talking yet.

Matt Riddle: Woah, I would like to be WWE Champion, and I think what we all did last night was pretty sick. I mean, last night, I beat King Corbin, and that was pretty sweet. Wait, does that make me, King BRO? Do I get a crown? And, honestly, I would really like to face Drew McIntyre, because if I were to beat Drew and become the WWE Champion, I would get that dope sword, and it would go super well with my dope crown.

Sheamus: Hey, you are a real dope. Dopey fits you better than anything.

Matt Riddle: Fireface, don’t worry, bro, after I win the title, and I get the dope sword and the dope crown, I’ll let you hold them. I’ll let you hold them, bro.

Sheamus: Stop calling me Fireface.

AJ Styles: Hey, you know what? They’re dumb, anyway, nobody likes them, nobody.

Matt Riddle: Skipper, I thought you liked yours. Bro Lee liked his. And, Fireface, that wasn’t even my first choice, but FireCrotch was already taken, bro. What do you think Mangoose?

Adam Pearce: Hold on, last but certainly not least, Braun Strowman, state your case as to why you should face the WWE Champion.

Braun Strowman: Last but not least? What do you mean, last?

Adam Pearce: It’s an expression, Braun. Last but not least, common phrase, meant nothing by it, nothing by it.

Braun Strowman: I don’t need to state my case. Do you know who I am? Do you know what i’ve done? Do you know what I do for this company? Pick me, now. Do you hear me?

Braun Strowman HeadButts Adam Pearce to close the segment.

First Match: The New Day (c) vs. The Hurt Business w/MVP For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship 

Xavier Woods and Shelton Benjamin will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Benjamin immediately brings Woods to the corner. Woods ducks a clothesline from Benjamin. New Day taunts The Hurt Business. Woods applies a wrist lock. Benjamin with a single leg takedown. Benjamin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Benjamin grapples around Woods. Benjamin drives his knee into Woods ribs. Benjamin with a Big Biel Throw. Benjamin with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Benjamin kicks Woods in the chest. Woods with heavy bodyshots. Woods is throwing haymakers at Benjamin. Benjamin drops Woods with The Big Boot. Benjamin knocks Kofi off the ring apron. The Hurt Business has complete control of the match.

Benjamin applies a rear chin lock. Woods gets back to a vertical base. Woods with an arm-drag takeover. Woods rolls under a clothesline from Benjamin. Woods tags in Kofi. Kofi with a SpringBoard Tomahawk Chop. Kofi knocks Alexander off the apron. Kofi with two double sledges. Kofi with a Spinning Elbow Strike. Kofi follows that with The Leaping Clothesline. Kofi goes for The Trouble In Paradise, but Benjamin ducks out of the way. Benjamin kicks Kofi in the gut. Kofi with a Pendulum Kick. Benjamin has Kofi perched on the top turnbuckle. Benjamin goes for The SuperPlex, but Kofi blocks it. Kofi HeadButts Benjamin. Alexander sends Kofi crashing to the outside. Benjamin with a Running Boot. Referee John Cone has decided to call off the match via a double count-out. MVP demands that the referee restarts the match. New Day obliges.

Haymaker Exchange. Kofi thrust kicks the midsection of Benjamin. Kofi delivers his combination offense. Kofi is mauling Benjamin in the corner. Benjamin launches Kofi over the top rope. Kofi starts favoring his left knee. Benjamin stomps on Kofi’s chest. Benjamin tags in Alexander. Benjamin sends Kofi face first into Alexander’s knees. Benjamin clotheslines Kofi. Alexander lands The Flying Elbow Drop for a two count. Alexander with clubbing elbow smashes. Alexander grapevines the legs of Kofi. Alexander tags in Benjamin. Benjamin stomps on the back of Kofi’s left knee. Benjamin with The Knee Crusher. Benjamin drops his elbow on the left knee of Kofi. Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander applies a leg lock. Alexander hyperextends the left leg of Kofi. Alexander applies The Indian Death Lock. Alexander tags in Benjamin. Benjamin stomps on Kofi’s chest. Benjamin with a knee drop. Benjamin applies The Heel Hook. Kofi repeatedly slaps Benjamin in the chest. Benjamin clotheslines Kofi. The referee admonishes Alexander. Benjamin wraps the left leg of Kofi around the middle rope. Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander dropkicks the left knee of Kofi for a two count. Alexander hooks the outside leg for a two count. Alexander continues to grapevine the legs of Kofi.

The Hurt Business continue to cut the ring in half during the commercial break. Benjamin HeadButts Kofi. Benjamin with a forearm smash. Kofi dumps Benjamin over the top rope. Alexander made the blind tag. Kofi dumps Alexander out of the ring. Alexander pulls Woods off the apron. Kofi decks Benjamin with a back elbow smash. Kofi kicks Benjamin in the face. Kofi hits The SOS for a two count. Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander delivers the chop block for a two count. Alexander applies The Heel Hook. Kofi is throwing haymakers at Alexander. Alexander drags Kofi to the corner. Kofi kicks Alexander in the face. Kofi tags in Woods. Woods with two clotheslines. Woods ducks a clothesline from Alexander. Woods drops Alexander with a Leg Lariat. Woods dumps Benjamin out of the ring. Woods drop toe holds Alexander into the middle rope. Woods with a Running Splash through the ropes. Woods is raining down haymakers. Woods sends Alexander chest first into the canvas for a two count. Alexander decks Woods with a back elbow smash. Alexander drops Woods with The Satellite DDT. Alexander tags in Benjamin. Benjamin connects with The Olympic Slam for a two count. Kofi dumps Alexander out of the ring. Kofi wipes out Alexander with The SlingShot Plancha. Benjamin goes for a PowerBomb, but Woods counters with The Sunset Flip to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, The New Day via Pinfall 

Second Match: Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus In A Triple Threat Qualifying Match

Sheamus has no time for Riddle’s games. Riddle calls Sheamus a muppet. Sheamus shoves Riddle. Riddle applies a waist lock. Riddle backs Sheamus into the ropes. Riddle transitions into The Sleeper Hold. Chain grappling exchange. Sheamus slings Riddle across the ring. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sheamus backs Riddle into the ropes. Riddle turns Sheamus over. The referee calls for a clean break. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Sheamus with a side headlock takeover. Riddle applies a hammerlock. Riddle transitions into a double wrist lock. Sheamus dumps Riddle back first into the turnbuckles. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Sheamus punches Riddle in the back. Sheamus applies a key lock. Riddle with heavy bodyshots. Riddle with forearm shivers. Riddle follows that with a chop/forearm combination.

Sheamus clotheslines Riddle. Sheamus kicks Riddle in the chest. Sheamus is choking Riddle with his knee. Sheamus talks smack to Riddle. Sheamus with a hammerlock takedown. Sheamus applies The HeadScissors Neck Lock. Riddle transitions into The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Sheamus puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Sheamus regroups on the outside. Riddle is playing mind games with Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Riddle in the gut. Sheamus uppercuts Riddle. Riddle with forearm shivers. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Riddle. Sheamus with a Vertical Suplex for a two count. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Riddle is displaying his fighting spirit. Sheamus shoves Riddle across the ring. Riddle with a knee lift. Sheamus clotheslines Riddle over the top rope. Sheamus avoids The Final Flash Knee Strike. Riddle hits The Exploder Suplex on the floor.

Riddle rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Riddle with The BROTon for a two count. Riddle unloads Three Mid-Kicks. Sheamus with another gut punch. Sheamus rocks Riddle with a forearm smash. Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Sheamus shoves Riddle off the apron. Riddle gets back in the ring at the count of seven. Sheamus uppercuts Riddle. Riddle kicks Sheamus in the face. Sheamus drops Riddle with The Irish Curse BackBreaker for a two count. Sheamus kicks Riddle in the ribs. Sheamus with a running shoulder block. Riddle sends Sheamus shoulder first into the steel ring post. Riddle with clubbing mid-kicks. Riddle with a running forearm smash. Riddle goes for The RoundHouse Kick, but Sheamus counters with The Alabama Slam. Sheamus has complete control of the match during he commercial break. Sheamus applies an arm-bar. Riddle with forearm shivers. Sheamus drops Riddle with The Pump Knee Strike for a two count. Sheamus stomps on the right hand of Riddle. Sheamus goes for a Bodyslam, but Riddle lands back on his feet. Riddle with an OverHead Kick. Sheamus tumbles to the floor.

Riddle blasts Sheamus with The PK. Riddle with The SpringBoard Floating BRO. Riddle rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Sheamus catches Riddle in mid-air. Sheamus with The Uranage Slam for a two count. Sheamus repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s back. Sheamus applies The Texas CloverLeaf. Riddle grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Riddle denies The Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Riddle slams Sheamus head on the top rope. Riddle applies The Rope Assisted Kimura Lock. Standing Switch Exchange. Sheamus applies The Heel Hook. Riddle repeatedly kicks Sheamus in the chest. Riddle with a low roundhouse kick for a two count. Sheamus avoids The PK. Riddle with The Final Flash Knee Strike for a two count. Riddle drags Sheamus to the corner. Sheamus has Riddle perched on the top turnbuckle. Sheamus with clubbing blows to Riddle’s back. Sheamus connects with an Avalanche White Noise for a two count. Sheamus is shocked. Riddle avoids The Brogue Kick. Riddle HeadButts Sheamus. Sheamus dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Rollup Exchange. Sheamus applies The Texas CloverLeaf. Riddle rolls Sheamus over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall 

The Firefly Fun House 

Third Match: Asuka (c) vs. Lana For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship 

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Lana with an arm-bar takedown. Strong lockup. Lana applies a side headlock. Asuka whips Lana across the ring. Asuka drops down on the canvas. Asuka goes for The Pop Up Knee Lift, but Lana rolls her over for a two count. Asuka avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Asuka with The Pop Up Knee Lift. Lana dodges The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Asuka throws water into Baszler and Jax’s faces. Baszler and Jax gangs up on Asuka which causes the disqualification. After the match, Jax headbutts the midsection of Asuka. Baszler with heavy bodyshots. Baszler clears the announce table. Jax goes for The Samoan Drop, but Lana gets in the way. Baszler and Jax challenges Asuka and Lana to a match, right now.

Winner: Still WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka via Disqualification 

Fourth Match: Asuka & Lana vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler 

This match started during the commercial break. Lana dodges The Pump Knee Strike. Lana with forearm shivers. Lana with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Lana follows that with a RoundHouse Kick. Lana with The Spinning Leg Lariat. Jax made the blind tag. Short-Arm Reversal by Baszler. Lana with another RoundHouse Kick. Jax pulls Lana down to the mat. Jax talks smack to Asuka. Jax with Two Big Biel Throws. Jax with a short-arm clothesline. Jax uses the middle rope as a weapon. Jax dumps Lana out of the ring. Jax tags in Baszler. Baszler kicks Lana in the back. Baszler rolls Lana back into the ring. Baszler stops Lana in her tracks. Baszler with a forearm shot across the back of Lana. Baszler applies the cravate. Baszler kicks Lana in the back. Baszler tags in Jax. Jax sends Lana back first into the turnbuckles. Jax levels Lana with a Body Avalanche. Jax is rag dolling Lana. Lana slaps Jax in the face. Lana tees off on Jax. Jax drives Lana back first into the turnbuckles. Jax tags in Baszler.

Baszler with heavy bodyshots. Following a snap mare takeover, Baszler kicks Lana in the back. Baszler stands on the back of Lana’s neck. Baszler bends the left leg of Lana. Baszler is putting the boots to Lana. Lana avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Lana uses her feet to create separation. Lana tags in Asuka. Asuka with The Shining Wizard from the ring apron. Asuka knocks Jax off the apron. Asuka decks Baszler with a back elbow smash. Asuka repeatedly kicks the left shoulder of Baszler. Asuka hits The CodeBreaker. Asuka with a Running Hip Attack. Baszler denies The German Suplex. Asuka nails Baszler with The Spinning Back Fist. Asuka with The Release German Suplex. Asuka connects with The Shining Wizard for a two count. Asuka unloads Two Mid-Kicks. Baszler denies The RoundHouse Kick. Baszler sends Asuka face first into the canvas. Baszler with The Knee Strike for a two count. Jax pulls Lana off the apron. Jax HeadButts Lana. Jax clears the announcer table. Lana negates The Samoan Drop. Lana with a rapid fire haymakers. Lana sends Jax tumbling over the announce table. Baszler applies The Kirifuda Clutch. Asuka rolls Baszler over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Asuka & Lana via Pinfall 

Matt Riddle & MVP Backstage Segment 

Fifth Match: Bobby Lashley w/MVP vs. Keith Lee In A Triple Threat Qualifying Match 

Quick shoving contest. Lashley applies a waist lock. Lee backs Lashley into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Lashley kicks Lee in the gut. Lashley applies a front face lock. Lashley goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Lee blocks it. Lee applies a side headlock. Lashley reverses the hold. Lee whips Lashley across the ring. Lashley runs into Lee. Lee is not impressed. Lee blocks a lariat from Lashley. Lee slams Lashley’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Lee with clubbing blows in the corner. Lee delivers Grizzly Magnum. Lashley side steps Lee into the turnbuckles. Lashley with a running clothesline. Lashley drops Lee with The FlatLiner for a one count. Lashley tells Lee to get up. Lee denies The Hurt Lock. Lee lunges over Lashley. Lee ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Lee drops Lashley with a shoulder tackle. Lee clotheslines Lashley over the top rope. MVP trips Lee from the outside.

Lee is pissed. Lee runs after MVP. Lashley with a blindside attack. Lashley with forearm shivers. Lashley sends Lee back first into the ringside barricade. Lashley resets the referee’s ten count. Lashley drives Lee rib first into the steel ring post. Lashley has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Lashley applies a key lock. Lashley is busted open. Lashley with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Lashley maintains wrist control. Lashley drives his knee into the midsection of Lee. Lashley drops Lee with a NeckBreaker for a one count. Lashley applies a rear chin lock. Lee gets back to a vertical base.

Forearm Exchange. Lashley leapfrogs over Lee. Lashley with a Leaping Clothesline. Lashley with The Vertical Suplex. Lee avoids The Hurt Lock. Lee decks Lashley with a back elbow smash. Lee leapfrogs over Lashley. Lee with his combination offense. Lee levels Lashley with a Body Avalanche. Lee delivers The Pounce. Lee follows that with The Running Crossbody Block on the floor. Lee rolls Lashley back into the ring. MVP sends Lee face first into the ring post behind the referee’s back. Lee gets back in the ring at the count of eight. Lee negates The Hurt Lock. Lashley applies The Sleeper Hold. Lee drives Lashley back first into canvas. MVP attacks Lee which causes the disqualification. After the match, Lee connects with The Rolling Elbow.

Winner: Keith Lee via Disqualification 

Sixth Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross 

Cross yells at Bliss after the bell rings. Bliss is playing mind games with Cross. Bliss ducks a clothesline Cross. Bliss with a drop toe hold. Cross runs after Bliss. Cross pulls Bliss out of the ring. Cross headbutts the midsection of Bliss. Cross with a running clothesline. Cross rolls Bliss back into the ring. Cross repeatedly stomps on Bliss chest. Cross with two short-arm clotheslines. Bliss continues to laugh and smile.

Cross transitions into a ground and pound attack. Cross tells Bliss to listen to her. Cross with The Seated Senton for a two count. Cross with a Running Crossbody Block into the turnbuckles. Cross follows that with forearm shivers. The referee admonishes Cross. Cross slings Bliss across the ring. Bliss starts crying in the corner. Cross tries to console Bliss. Cross helps Bliss get back on her feet. Bliss and Cross starts hugging it out. Bliss connects with The Sister Abigail to pickup the victory.

Winner: Alexa Bliss via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles w/Omos In A Triple Threat Qualifying Match 

Styles with a flurry of rollups after the bell rings. Styles is trying to get an early victory. Styles talks smack to Orton. Orton kicks Styles in the gut. Orton punches Styles in the back. Orton whips Styles across the ring. Styles ducks a clothesline from Orton. Styles slides under Orton. Orton uppercuts Styles. Orton delivers The Garvin Stomp. Styles with a straight right hand. Styles with clubbing shoulder blocks. Styles whips Orton across the ring. Styles dropkicks Orton for a two count. Orton with a thumb to the eye. Orton dumps Styles out of the ring. Orton uppercuts Styles. Orton whips Styles into Omos. Omos launches Styles to the ring apron. Styles with a Running Knee Strike. Styles with a Belly to Back Suplex on the announce table.

Orton regains control of the match during the commercial break. Orton is throwing haymakers at Styles. Orton HeadButts Styles. Orton goes for The SuperPlex, but Styles blocks it. Styles with the back door escape. Styles dumps Orton face first on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles delivers the chop block. Styles repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Orton. Styles applies a leg lock. Orton tugs on Styles hair. Styles works on the left leg of Orton. Orton with clubbing blows to Styles chest. Orton with three haymakers. Orton denies The Calf Crusher. Orton kicks Styles in the chest. Orton dumps Styles chest first on the top rope for a two count. Orton goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Styles lands back on his feet. Styles with another chop block.

Orton denies The Ushigoroshi. Orton drops Styles with The Snap BackBreaker for a two count. Styles denies The Draping DDT. Styles applies The Calf Crusher. Orton grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Orton PowerSlams Styles for a two count. Styles negates The RKO. Styles with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Orton regroups on the outside. Orton sweeps out the legs of Styles. Orton rolls Styles back into the ring. Orton gets distracted by “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt’s theme song. Styles kicks Orton in the face. Orton negates The Phenomenal Forearm. Orton connects with The Draping DDT. Orton prepares for The RKO. The lights go out in the WWE Thunderdome. The Fiend appears behind Orton. Styles plants Orton with The Phenomenal Forearm to pickup the victory.

Winner: AJ Styles via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez