The 12/10/18 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1333 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Seth Rollins Gets Meta
Seth Rollins opened the show with every intention of burning it down. He requested the General Manager Elect, Baron Corbin, join him in the ring for the fireworks. Corbin came but made it clear that he wasn’t happy about it. Rollins quickly shut him up with feedback on Corbin’s performance as GM. He went straight for the kill: Raw sucked, and it was all Corbin’s fault.
Despite having one of the most talented rosters of all time, Corbin has yet to do anything noteworthy with his power. Rollins basically recounted fans’ tweets in his own words, reminding Corbin that the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, has gone 16 years without a match on Raw, as well as bringing up the actual (terrible) television ratings.
Corbin said that he didn’t care what Rollins had to say, and since he decided to voice such strong opinions, things would be getting much harder for him from now on, especially once Corbin becomes the permanent Raw GM.
Rollins challenged him to a match, then upped the ante by demanding TLC stipulations. Corbin initially refused, but after Rollins repeatedly called him a coward, the GM-Elect agreed – on the condition that the Intercontinental Championship was on the line.
During a backstage interview, Rollins said that he felt the need to take a stand on behalf of the entire
AOP w/ Drake Maverick vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Unsurprisingly, AOP were fairly dominant throughout the match, but allowing their manager, Drake Maverick, to join in on the action eventually cost them – in the form of their Raw tag titles.
In their new matching gear (solidarity is key), Gable and Roode had a glorious celebratory interview with Charly Caruso.
Winner: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Jim “The Table” Neidhart
Natalya came to the ring to address Ruby Riott’s insensitive actions against her and said that she would defeat Ruby at TLC in her father’s honor.
Ruby Riott appeared with a table covered in black cloth, told Nattie to pull herself together and stop crying all the time, then unveiled the table, revealing it to be emblazoned with a giant image of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Ruby promised to put Natalya through that exact table, then proudly stood by her creation while Nattie looked on in horror.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler
Drew McIntyre came out first for a little pre-match interview. He bragged about the beatdown he gave Finn Bálor, and said he would finish the job on Sunday at TLC.
Once the action got started, Dolph Ziggler gave McIntyre everything he had, but McIntyre has basically completely lost his mind at this point, berating Ziggler throughout the entire match before taking him down with a Claymore. McIntyre continued to lay in punishment after the match, pushing through officials to kick Ziggler in the face even after they attempted to pull him away.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox
In preparation for the final episode of the Mixed Match Challenge tomorrow night, Bayley went head-to-head against Alicia Fox.
Bayley and Alicia had Sasha Banks and Jinder Mahal/The Singh Brothers in their corners, respectively, but when things started to get out of hand with the interference from Alicia’s corner, Bayley’s new mixed tag partner, Apollo Crews, ran down to make the assist.
With the help of two of her best pals, Bayley was able to defeat Alicia Fox via her signature Bayley-to-Belly Suplex.
The Artist Formerly Known as “The Lunatic Fringe”
After warning Charly Caruso to never call him “The Lunatic Fringe” again, Dean Ambrose started to go in on Seth Rollins, but then stopped himself, saying he would say what he thought about Rollins to his face at TLC, after taking his Intercontinental Championship.
Ambrose said he didn’t care what Reigns thought, and when Charly pressed him for an answer to what Roman Reigns would think about his Shield brothers fighting amongst each other, we got a video package recapping the events of the last several weeks since Roman’s untimely departure instead of a response.
Elias vs. Lio Rush
Elias, of course, came to the stage before the match to play a song and talk some trash. It seems The Drifter will never make it through an entire tune, however, as he was yet again interrupted – this time by his opponent, Lio Rush, and Rush’s client, Bobby Lashley.
On top of this being the first official bout between Elias and Lio Rush, this match marked Heath Slater’s first time in his new position as referee. Elias used the massive size difference to his advantage until Bobby Lashley blatantly interfered, then intimidated Slater into allowing it. From here, it became a two-on-one assault, building up to Lio Rush smashing Elias’ own guitar over his back.
Upset by the events of the match, Heath Slater tried to leave the arena, but was stopped by Baron Corbin, who happily informed him he had another match to referee before he could go home.
Winner: Lio Rush
The Embodiment of The Anti-Rousey
Alexa Bliss came to the ring and invited her guest, Nia Jax, to join her. Jax immediately took the microphone from Bliss and began her monologue, no questions needed.
She first described how she would defeat Ronda Rousey at TLC, then went on to brag about breaking Becky Lynch’s face with one punch. She claimed Ronda should be afraid of her, but Rousey quickly proved her wrong by charging to the ring ready for a fight. Nia Jax and her partner in crime, Tamina, attempted to corner Rousey, but Ember Moon intervened, and the match between Moon and Tamina began.
Tamina vs. Ember Moon
Tamina crushed Ember Moon with very little opposition for a solid portion of this match. Every time Moon attempted a comeback, Tamina was there to hurl her down again.
As Ember finally began to gain momentum, Nia Jax tried to involve herself, but Ronda Rousey threw her over the barricade, allowing Ember Moon to snag the victory with an Eclipse.
Winner: Ember Moon
Baron Corbin vs. Seth Rollins
Intercontinental Championship TLC Match
After being insulted by The Architect earlier in the evening, Baron Corbin came into the match feeling quite confident in his abilities to bring his opponent down – especially considering, at least in his mind, he had the referee, Heath Slater, in his pocket just in case his plans started to go awry.
Corbin did his very best to break Rollins, figuratively and literally, using every bit of the foreign objects/lack of rules at his disposal. Rollins got in a few moves here and there, but a lot of his offense was defense – trying to escape the Lone Wolf’s attacks.
In the final moments, Rollins put Baron Corbin through a table and climbed the ladder toward the Intercontinental Championship. Unfortunately, it turned out Corbin really did have the referee under his thumb, as Heath Slater knocked the ladder down. Slater then helped Corbin into the ring and up the ladder, but Corbin was too weak to reach the title.
In a flash, Rollins threw Corbin from the ladder, kicked Slater in the head, Curb Stomped Corbin for good measure, then snagged his championship. There was no celebration, however, as Dean Ambrose sauntered onto the stage to remind his former partner what awaited him this Sunday at TLC.
Winner: Seth Rollins
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