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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Houston, Texas

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

If you missed last night’s Survivor Series, click here WWE Survivor Series 11/19/17 Live Results (Brock Lesnar Vs AJ Styles)

 

In-Ring Promo:  Stephanie McMahon

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw.  Her brother Shane knew he didn’t have a chance last night, by the look on his face.  He thought he should win by striking first, but Stephanie has learned its more important to win.  So Kurt Angle’s job is safe, and here comes the man responsible for that, her husband….HHH

Here Comes The Game!!

Now here comes Kurt Angle, I think Kurt has something to say.

This is not Kurt Angle, general manager talking to you.  This is the Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle telling you if you ever attack me again, you can take your job and shove it.  Because I am coming for you.  Stephanie tells him Kurt is the General Manager, and if he does anything, he will jeopardize his career, again.  Jason Jordan wants a piece of HHH, he tells HHH he is healthy tonight, and he will take a piece off of HHH tonight.  Stephanie tells Kurt he has no authority to make that decision, so what the hell is he the General Manager then?  Stephanie tells Jason with the mindset Hunter is in, he will tear you apart, he is not afraid of you, he isn’t afraid of anyone.  And here comes Braun Strowman.  Just staring him down, and HHH backs up, and starts to get out of the ring.  But Braun steps up again, and HHH gets out of the ring, and walks away.

Since Jason wants to fight so bad, since the crowd is such blood thirsty, tonight it will be Jason Jordan Vs Braun Strowman.

Next:  Samoa Joe Vs Finn Balor

Match Number 1:  Samoa Joe Vs Finn Balor

This was a good match, as always.  Joe picks up the win, putting Balor to sleep with the Koquina Clutch.  Always want to see more with these two.

Winner:  Samoa Joe, by submission

Video:  Wrestlemania Tickets On Sale

Tonight:  Miz TV with Roman Reigns

Next:  Lesnar Vs Styles From Survivor Series

Video:  Lesnar Vs Styles

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan

Jason asks Kurt if he will let this match continue tonight?  He’s hurt, Kurt is irate that Jason didn’t even tell him.  This would look bad if he cancels this match.  This gets Jason ready.  He knows he can beat Braun Strowman, he will be ready.

Match Number 2:  Asuka Vs Dana Brooke

Dana believed she had a chance to win, but Asuka proved she didn’t.  Asuka Kick does her in, The Streak continues.

Winner:  Asuka, by pinfall

Next:  Miz TV with Roman Reigns

In-Ring Promo:  Miz TV

Welcome to the most must-see talk show in WWE history, welcome to Miz TV.  First things first, bravo Baron Corbin, you had your biggest victory in your career, and you had your greatness, because of The Miz.  And your run is over, because The Miz has bigger things, like tonight with his guest being the man who led The Shield to a victory over The New Day last night at Survivor Series, Roman Reigns.  No Roman, and Miz tries it three times.  But The Shield’s music plays, and here they all come.

The Miz made it pretty clear his guest was Roman, not The Shield.  But they probably feel pretty good about themselves now.  Dean proved to The New Day and the entire world, they haven’t missed a step.  Rollins said they proved they are the most dominant 3-men group on WWE history, and right now with 3 brothers in arm, they are unstoppable.  But The Miz is not impressed, because one thing that is bothering him, he still hasn’t heard a thank you.  To The Miz, and Reigns says there will never be a time where The Shield thanks The Miz, ever.  The only reason why The Shield reunion tour started was because of The Miz,.  The Miz is talking, you know what this means, when his hand goes up, your mouth goes shut.  This was the location at the very first Mizzies nowhere Dean and Seth reunited, and it was because of Miz when Roman put his vest on, and reunite, so the least he deserves is a thank you Miz.  The fans thank him, and The Miz wants to hear a thank you from those 3, and he deserves a portion of the residual check.  The crowd chants that The Miz is awesome.  That is the very first time The Shield heard that chant, and The Miz should thank Houston.  Miz refuses to thank him, and the lights go out, which is perfect timing.  You three are so ungrateful.  Roman questions this, because they won last night.  If anyone should be ungrateful, it should be the guy that lost last night.  But The Miz has this, a championship.  Something none of you have.  Rollins tells Miz that he and Dean will get their Tag Team Titles back, and this leaves Roman out.  Seth suggests he can go after Miz’s title.  Roman likes that idea, and Houston wants it too.  Bo Dallas is offended by this, because they are a guest on Miz TV.  So if they want to get to Miz, they have to go through them.  And they do, with Miz running away, Curtis is met with a beatdown, and Bo gets a Triple Powerbomb.

Earlier Tonight:  Stephanie McMahon orders Jordan Vs Strowman

Backstage Interview:  Braun Strowman

Charly Caruso has Braun, she talks about earlier, Jordan said he is not afraid of Braun,. and Strowman is happy about that.  Because everyone else is afraid of him, including HHH.

Tonight:  Strowman Vs Jordan

Tonight:  Intercontinental Championship The Miz Vs Roman Reigns

Match Number 3:  Sheamus (Raw Tag Champ) Vs Dean Ambrose

The ending sequence here was after Cesaro’s interference, Sheamus nails a Rolling Senton, for a 2 count.  Cesaro and Sheamus didn’t know what to do next, but Seth Rollins flies off Cesaro out of nowhere, Ambrose nails Dirty Deeds on Sheamus, and pins him.

Winner:  Dean Ambrose, by pinfall

Backstage Segment:  Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan

Jason is ready for Braun tonight, but he wants some advice from Matt, since he faced him.  Braun truly is “The Monster Among Men” and that is not a catchphrase.  He has been in the ring with many legends, and he has learned that some nights, it’s just your night.  Uh-Oh

 

In-Ring Promo:  Alexa Bliss

Alexa has read all the tweets and messages we have been sending.  Kudos for your effort, sorry you came up a little short.  Alexa doesn’t need the pat on the backs, she had 5 days to prepare for their match, and Charlotte just got lucky.  Last night may not have been her night.  But she is still “The Goddess” of WWE, and 2017 has been the year of Alexa Bliss.  Nobody can hold a candle to her.  And here comes Mickie James.  We are sick of hearing the same jibba jabba from Little Miss “Biscuit Butt”  But she doesn’t know if anyone told Bliss that Survivor Series is over, and the only business she cares about is the Raw Women’s Title.  Now comes Bayley.  She apologizes for interrupting, but for the first time ever, she agrees with Alexa.  2017 has been Alexa’s year, but the year ain’t over yet, sister.  And Bayley is not the same woman she beat for that championship, so with all due respect she will have to hop over Mickie, cause that championship is Bayley’s.  Now comes Sasha Banks.  Raw deserves a better champion, but no offense Bayley, Raw doesn’t need a huggable Champion, or a decorated champion like Mickie, Raw needs a boss champion.  Now comes Alicia Fox.  The “Captain” wants her shot.

Alexa thanks all of them this has been a waste of Alexa’s time, and not one of them deserves this Championship.  But Kurt Angle, the man who has no authority of booking matches tells Alexa she will defend her title against the winner of the Fatal 4-Way match, and that begins now.

Match Number 4:  Alicia Fox Vs Mickie James Vs Bayley Vs Sasha Banks in a Fatal 4-Way to determine Number One Contender to Raw Women’s Title

During the match, Paige comes back to Raw.  Did we miss her?  Yes we did, and she makes it clear, she is back.  But she did not come alone.  Mandy Rose and Sonja Deville shows up, and takes out all 3 women, with Alicia Fox running away.  Paige nails Bayley with a RamPaige, and we have no winner.

Winner:  No Contest

Moments Ago:  Return of Paige

Backstage Interview:  Paige

Renee Young meets up with Paige, Sonja, and Mandy.  Alexa Bliss approves, but Paige doesn’t want her approval, she introduces her to the new women.  And Paige attacks Alexa, with all three beating her down.

Match Number 5:  Braun Strowman Vs Jason Jordan

Well Jordan slaps Braun, that wasn’t a good decision, Jason tried to Suplex Braun, that did not happen.  Jason landed on his knee, and walks away, but Kane shows up and goes right after Braun’s knee.  So Jordan is DQ’d.  Kane uses a chair, and rammed the chair in Braun’s throat.  Braun can’t breathe, but denies the help of officials, as he walks slowly to the back, and the crowd is giving him a hand.

Winner:  Braun Strowman, by DQ

Moments Ago:  Kane Gets His Revenge

In-Ring Promo:  Enzo Amore and The Zo Train

Enzo is giving us a playback from last night’s Survivor Series, and still our Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore.  There was an army of haters. and that hate didn’t matter, you know why?  His army protected him, and we should all be thankful.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so what better opportunity for The Zo Train to tell us what they are thankful for, Enzo.  Noam Dar, it’s no question since joining The Zo Train, the women can’t keep their hands off him.  Tony Nese has grown 20 abs since joining The Zo Train.  Daivari, since joining The Zo Train, his bank account is growing.  And Drew Gulak, since joining The Zo Train is being seen by more eyes, the movement has grown by 23%.

But Rich Swann’s team is coming out.  Well, what do we got here, a cup of haters?  It looks like Kalisto’s luggage has lost the flight, so come join The Zo Train.  Cedrick tells them they aren’t here to join The Zo Train, they are here to get opportunities at the Cruiserweight Title, unlike the suck-ups they want to earn them.  The Zo Train is a big movement of 205 Live, and he didn’t fall off there.  So either come aboard, or get out of his way.  Rich tells Enzo only thing he is without his Zo Train is a couple of catchphrases, and a T-Shirt.  Now the fighting begins.

Match Number 6:  Rich Swann, Cedrick Alexander, Akira Tozawa, and Mustafa Ali Vs Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, Noam Dar, and Tony Nese

Everyone hits their finishing moves on Gulak, and Mustafa nails the 054, to win the match.

Winners:  Rich Swann, Cedrick Alexander, Akira Tozawa, and Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

Last Week:  Strowman Vs Kane

Earlier Tonight:  Kane Vs Strowman

Backstage Interview:  Kurt Angle

Kurt addresses that Braun refused treatment, and is out of the building.  He will address Kane in the proper way, but first he needs to check on Jason Jordan.  Jason feels he let Kurt down, The Miz interrupts.  He wants Kurt to cancel his title match tonight, Reigns has done nothing to earn this shot.  Kurt wants to check on his son, The Miz says he is hurt, he isn’t going anywhere.  Kurt orders him out.  Jason admits Braun truly is the monster among men.

Tonight:  The Miz vs Roman reigns

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, I am Elias, he is the reaper of lost souls.  He has one question for us all, who wants to walk with Elias?  The sound of Elias playing the guitar is the sound of success.  Not that anyone here would know what sounds like.  But he is in a great mood, because last night at Survivor Series, Raw did great.  Elias has a song for us.  We get a Let’s Go Astros chants, and Elias says the season is over, so grow up.  Elias has a song, so shut your mouths, and grow up.  Elias tells us the biggest part of last night was when Elias beat Matt Hardy, and here comes Matt.    Elias goes right after Matt Hardy, but Hardy fights back.  Twist of Fate was used, but Elias escapes.

Next:  The Miz Vs Roman Reigns

Match Number 7:  The Miz (IC Champ) Vs Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship

Another good match between these two.  The Bar tried to help The Miz during the end of the match, distracting him.  Miz nails a Skull Crushing Finale, but Reigns kicks out.  The Shield comes out to go after The Bar, Reigns nails a Superman Punch, and a Spear to become the NEW Intercontinental Champion.  The show ends with The Shield celebrating Roman’s win.

Winner, and NEW Intercontinental Champion:  Roman Reigns, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

A loaded show here tonight, you saw a glimpse of the future, with HHH vs Strowman at Wrestlemania, we had a title change, a returning face, with 2 new women, freshening up the Women’s Division, Asuka dominating again, and The Miz main eventing with Reigns.  What more can you ask for?

One thing I loved too is the Paige coming back, setting the tone tonight, and truly revamping a needed women’s division.  Alexa had already beaten all 4 women in the Number One Contender, now this sets up a new page (Pun intended), and with 2 months to build Royal Rumble, Raw can still have some big shows, and big matches setting up the Rumble.  A great start after last night’s Survivor Series.  What were your thoughts on the show?  Sound off, here.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Samoa Joe def Finn Balor, by submission

**Asuka def Dana Brooke, by pinfall

**Dean Ambrose def Sheamus (C), by pinfall

**Alicia Fox Vs Bayley Vs Mickie James Vs Sasha Banks ends in a no contest

**Braun Strowman def Jason Jordan, by DQ

**Rich Swann, Cedrick Alexander, Akira Tozawa, and Mustafa Ali def Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Noam Dar, and Ariya Daivari, by pinfall

**Roman Reigns def The Miz (C) to win Intercontinental Championship, by pinfall