Last week saw the announcement of War Games returning in 2023. What delights await in this live Monday Night RAW from Washington D.C? RAW Results from November 13th, 2023.
Broadcast live from Washington D.C, USA.
Cody Rhodes began the show in the middle of the ring. He spoke about how he had great memories in that arena and that he wanted to create a new one when he and Jey Uso won back the Undisputed Tag Team Championships later in the night. Rhodes went on to introduce his War Games team – the aforementioned, Jey Uso, along with Sami Zayn and World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins. The Judgment Day joined them and spoke down the mismash team. Damien Priest said that Judgment Day are a family and that this thrown together team doesn’t compare, before stirring the pot and trying to sow dissention in the ranks. Sami Zayn clapped back saying this match was about power and that, after War Games, they power would be in the court of his group. Cody Rhodes returned Damien Priest’s favour, taunting Judgment Day about who their leader is. Out of nowhere, Priest blurted out that he is the leader. Oops. Seth Rollins cut them off and challenged Dominick Mysterio and JD McDonagh to take on he and Sami Zayn.
Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. Dominick Mysterio and JD McDonagh fought to a no contest
The match was made official and was underway when RAW returned from commercial break. Both teams worked well together with McDonagh saving Dom on a few occasions and Seth and Zayn combining on some synchronised dives over the ropes. As Seth set up to possibly Stomp Dominick and put the match away, Balor and Priest dragged him from the ring, forcing a disqualification. Rhodes and Uso returned to ringside and an all out brawl ensued. Adam Pearce brought security to separate the men and declared that every man not involved in the Undisputed Tag Team Championship match later tonight would be banned from the arena.
Back from commerical, Rhea Ripley is still shouting at Pearce, saying that RAW needs The Judgment Day. He dropped his best Clark Gable on here with a “frankly my dear, I do not give a damn” and was about to ban her from the arena too until Zoey Stark interrupted. Ripley complimented Stark on the year she’s had so far but claimed that her only chance of being a champion is if she’s on the opposite brand to Rhea Ripley. Zoey Stark closed saying she nearly won at Crown Jewel and that she would win at Survivor Series.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes wanted to talk to Seth Rollins. Cody said that he needed Seth to put aside their problems for one night. Rollins said he could be good for one night because he respects Cody Rhodes.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Otis
In a video package, Shinsuke Nakamura spoke cryptically about his next target. On the other side of commercial, he took on Otis, accompanied by Alpha Academy. Nakamura struggled with the size and strength of Otis throughout the match and Otis almost put Shin away with the World’s Strongest Slam. Shinsuke Nakamura persevered, though, and delivered three Kinshasas to put down the big man for a three count.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre confronted Seth Rollins on his way out of the building. McIntyre shook the World Heavyweight Champion’s hand and vowed to work his hardest to make his way back to the title.
Tegan Nox defeated Piper Niven
Next up, Piper Niven (w/ Chelsea Green) and Tegan Nox (w/ Natalya) went one on one. Niven dominated Nox throughout most of the match but, after avoiding a running splash, Tegan Nox hit the Shiniest Wizard and was soon able to pick up with win with a Crucifix Pin.
In the interview area, The Miz was confronted by Ivar, unhappy with losing last week. This confrontation was interrupted by Bronson Reed, who quickly got into it with Ivar. The two seemed poised to fight when Valhalla stepped in front of Ivar.
Ludwig Kaiser defeated Tommaso Ciampa
In the next contest, Tommaso Ciampa took on Ludwig Kaiser. Kaiser was accompanied by his Imperium teammate, Giovanni Vinci, but he was soon ejected from ringside for shenanigans. This ejection did not stop Vinci returning later in the match with a surprise kick to the face of Johnny Gargano at ringside. This distraction allowed Kaiser to roll up Ciampa and pick up the win.
In The Judgment Day’s locker room, Damian Priest tells the group that he didn’t mean to say he was the leader of the stable. The group agree, however, that he should be the leader at War Games. They then encouraged Damian Priest to officially make JD McDonagh a full member of the group. Priest seemed reluctant but took a bag from Ripley and said he would get it done in his way.
Xia Li defeated Indi Hartwell by referee stoppage
Action between Xia Li and Indi Hartwell was up next. Much like with Candice LeRae a few weeks ago, Xia Li delivered a vicious kick that shook Hartwell. The referee stopped the match when Indi Hartwell was unable to get to her feet. Becky Lynch made her way to the ring and began by thanking Li for knocking some sense into her last week before attacking the Chinese star. Li escaped the ring and so Lynch picked the mic back up and informed her that a match between the two of them has been booked for next week.
Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax shared an awful segment in the locker room.
The Miz defeated Ivar
In the back, GUNTHER confronted The Miz. An impassioned Miz encouraged GUNTHER to watch his match later in the night. The Intercontinental Champion vowed to watch but said it would not compare to the beating that would come in their match at Survivor Series.
The match that was supposed to be a number one contenders match for the Intercontinental Championship, were it not for Ricochet’s concussed error last week, took place as Ivar and The Miz squared off. As Ivar used his size and strength to dominate Miz, Bronson Reed came to ringside for a closer look.
Despite the dominance of the Viking Raider, Miz picked up the win on the back of a distraction by Bronson Reed. After the match, Reed jumped Ivar and delivered Tsunami.
JD McDonagh is officially in The Judgment Day. Backstage, Damian Priest found the Irish Ace and gave him his jacket, welcoming him to the group. Finn joined the party and congratulated McDonagh but told him to find Dom and get out of the arena before Adam Pearce flips out.
Backstage, GUNTHER congratulated Giovanni Vinci on his ingenuity, to the chagrin of Ludwig Kaiser. After GUNTHER and Vinci left, Jinder Mahal and Indus Sher approached. Jinder suggested Kaiser choose his next move wisely, and he did, walking away from trouble. We then transition to Alpha Academy and Diamond Mine arguing about best training methods. Ivy Nile and Maxxine Dupri hit it off and Akira Tozawa does a creepy dance with a Washington Commanders championship belt, for some reason. Sigh.
The Judgment Day vs Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships
In the main event, The Judgment Day’s Finn Balor and Damian Priest defended the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against the former champions, Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso. The challengers looked great throughout the match but, in the absence of Judgment Day, Drew McIntyre came to ringside to deliver a Claymore to Jey Uso and cost him the match. As McIntyre left, he stood at the top of the ramp and was met by Rhea Ripley. She held out her hand for Drew to shake, and he did! Has Drew McIntyre joined Judgment Day?
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