On the final RAW before Survivor Series, we expect to hear from Drew McIntyre and there will be a War Games Advantage Match. Here are your RAW results, quick and to the point!
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Drew McIntyre Addresses His Action From Last Week
RAW opened with Drew McIntyre already in the ring. The crowd booed and he responded that he wasn’t Dominic Mysterio and, therefore, had earned the right to talk. He said people are upset about what he did last week but that the person most upset is him because he’s the same Drew he’s always been. If you’re a fan of Drew McIntyre then he doesn’t need to explain himself but if you’re not then he doesn’t give a damn about you anyway. Drew gave Jey Uso a luxury never afforded to him last week, he looked him in the eye before taking him down and that, since he’s never received an apology from The Bloodline, he won’t be apologising to Jey Uso now. He went on to say that the million dollar question is “Has Drew McIntyre joined The Judgment Day?” and that the answer was no, but he would be on their team at War Games because Rhea Ripley gave him something nobody else could – Jey Uso in a cage.
This brought out Jey Uso who declared he was here to give Drew a beatdown but Judgment Day arrived through the crowd and stood on the ring apron behind McIntyre. Evening the numbers, somewhat, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn and Cody Rhodes joined Jey on the opposite apron. At the moment fists were about to fly, Adam Pearce got in the middle. Pearce declared, officially, that McIntyre was part of the War Games team and, therefore, the babyface team needs a fifth member, who Pearce would need to know the identity of by the end of the night. Adam Pearce also demanded to know, within the hour, who would be representing each team in the Advantage Match later in the night.
Nia Jax defeated Raquel Rodriguez
In the opening match, Nia Jax faced off with Raquel Rodriguez. Jax manhandled Raquel for the majority. Nia Jax looked to deliver the Annihilator but Rodriquez tried to counter it into a Powerbomb. She didn’t have the strength, though, and Raquel collapsed under the weight, allowing Jax to squash her with the Annihilator and pick up the pin.
In The Judgment Day locker room, Drew McIntyre arrived to discuss the selection for the Advantage Match. Damien Priest and McIntyre argued for a moment before Priest caved to Drew’s desires and McIntyre was put forward for the War Games Advantage Match. In the opposing locker room, the group very quickly decided that Jey Uso would face Drew McIntyre. They then moved on to discussion of their fifth member. Zayn, Rollins and Rhodes all had candidates and they will discuss their ideas further.
Becky Lynch defeated Xia Li
Next up, Becky Lynch took on Xia Li. This was an excellent match in which Xia Li demonstrated a very clear improvement on her past matches. Li fought hard but was surprised with the Manhandle Slam and fell to Becky Lynch.
After the match, the new and expanded Damage CTRL came through the crowd but, before they could attack Becky Lynch, they were jumped by Charlotte, Shotzi and Bianca Belair. The women were separated by security.
Johnny Gargano defeated Ludwig Kaiser
Backstage, Ludwig Kaiser is talking with Giovanni Vinci. Kaiser tells off Vinci for trying to get on GUNTHER’s good side and Vinci retorts that he is going to do what’s best for Imperium. He tells him to stay in the back this week, like he was supposed to last week.
Ludwig Kaiser’s opponent was Johnny Gargano, accompanied by Tommaso Ciampa. Kaiser was doing well in the match but became distracted when Giovanni Vinci ignored instructions and appeared at ringside. Gargano shocked Kaiser with One Final Beat and picked up the win.
Backstage, Zoey Stark and Shayna Baszler gatecrashed The Judgment Day locker room. Stark said that Ripley was focussed on so many things but not the thing that she should be – her. Zoey vowed to take Rhea Ripley’s Women’s World Championship at Survivor Series.
Natalya and Tegan Nox defeated Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, Kayden Carter and Katana Chance and Maxxine Dupri and Ivy Nile to become #1 Contenders for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships
Footage was shown of Chelsea Green and Piper Niven complaining to Adam Pearce that they didn’t have their own locker room. They were interrupted by Natalya and Tegan Nox, Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, Kayden Carter and Katana Chance and they were offered an opportunity at #1 contendership. Maxxine Dupri and Ivy Nile wandered in to ask something unrelated but they were added to the match too. The match took place next with the champions at ringside on commentary. Tegan Nox pinned Maxxine Dupri after a crossbody to earn a title shot for herself and Natalya.
Backstage, Kaiser and Vinci were confronted by GUNTHER. He said that Kaiser never listens and that he is disappointed in him. Clearly he put the wrong person in charge.
After the break, a rabble gathered around Adam Pearce again. This time, it was the men’s tag team division who wanted a similar opportunity to the women. Pearce said it couldn’t happen tonight but, next week, there would be Tag Team Turmoil to determine the #1 contenders for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship.
The Miz and GUNTHER Face To Face
Before GUNTHER joined The Miz in the ring for their face to face, Miz talked about respect and was saying it’s clear GUNTHER has no respect for him and everything he has done for the Intercontinental Championship. Right on cue, GUNTHER’s music interrupted Miz and the Ring General made his way to the ring. GUNTHER opened saying that it’s not like he lacks respect for Miz, more than he has none at all because, after all, Miz is nothing more than an entertainer. The Miz retaliated that that wasn’t a bad thing and ran off a list of the Intercontinental Championship’s top entertainers – Macho Man Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels – and how he grew up wanting to be like those iconic men. Miz has been to the top of the mountain and fallen all the way back down. That’s what makes an entertainer immortal and elevates the legacy of the Intercontinental Title. The Miz will do whatever it takes to survive, whatever it takes to win. It’s only when GUNTHER hits the bottom of the mountain that we learn what he is made of and that’s why Miz will beat respect into him at Survivor Series and become a nine time Intercontinental Champion.
GUNTHER responded that nobody believes Miz can beat him at Survivor Series. Twenty years ago he joined this company to emulate his favourite entertainers but the boys in the locker room bullied him to make him understand that he does not belong in this sport. Nothing has changed, ‘Little Mike’ still does not belong in this sport, GUNTHER’s ring. The only place Miz belongs is with the other weirdos behind the guard rail. GUNTHER concludes that Miz hasn’t been bullied enough. The IC Champ then proceeded to push Miz around to get him to jump and, eventually Miz did, gaining the upper hand with a low blow, following it up with the Skull Crushing Finale and standing tall above the Ring General with the Intercontinental Championship.
Backstage, Seth Rollins gave Jey Uso a pep talk ahead of the Advantage Match later tonight, emphasising that he had to win to give their team the upper hand in War Games.
In a video package, Ivar challenged Bronson Reed to a match next week on RAW. Later in the night, Reed accepted saying that Ivar wasn’t a warrior, he was a cosplayer, and he wouldn’t survive ‘Big’ Bronson Reed next week.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Chad Gable
In the next contest, Chad Gable, accompanied by Alpha Academy, took on Shinsuke Nakamura. Gable held the upper hand during the early portion of the match and achieved several nearfalls on the King of Strong Style. The match ended in Nakamura’s favour, though, when he surprised Gable with a roll up and got the three count.
Drew McIntyre defeated Jey Uso to get the Advantage for his War Games Team
Ahead of the main event, Judgment Day met Drew McIntyre on his way to the ring. Drew insisted they not even offer to accompany him for his match. He went on to say that not only would he get the advantage, he’d take Jey Uso out for good. As Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins sent Jey Uso to the ring with their good luck wishes, Cody Rhodes arrived and the group discussed their fifth member. Zayn and Rollins said they’d struck out with their ideas but Cody Rhodes had gotten lucky, simply saying to the others, “He’s in.”
The main event got underway and was a fairly evenly matched affair to begin. Uso took advantage into the commercial break, bouncing McIntyre’s head off the ring post. McIntyre turned up the intensity and got back into the match, talking down to his opponent and tossing him over the announce table. The Scottish Warrior carried this momentum forward, after catching Uso on the top turnbuckle, dropped him back into the ring with a Futureshock DDT. Drew pinned Jey Uso to pick up the win.
With Rhea Ripley at ringside, Drew continued his assault. Unsurprisingly, this brought out The Judgment Day and the rest of Jey Uso’s team. Rhodes, Zayn, Uso and Rollins stood tall and introduced their fifth member, somebody Cody Rhodes has a “Legacy” with, the Apex Predator, Randy Orton.
The crowd chanted for Randy as RAW went off the air.
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