WWE Monday Night RAW (11/7/2022): Results and Review
The Bloodline kick off WWE Monday Night RAW
This week’s episode of WWE Monday Night RAW was kicked off by The Usos and Solo Sikoa of The Bloodline. It wasn’t long before they were greeted by The New Day. The teams went back and forth in what was a great segment. Xavier Woods delivered some incredible words here. Eventually, Matt Riddle joined them, and a six-man tag team match was set.
The Bloodline vs. The New Day and Matt Riddle
It was really nice to see some proper tag team wrestling on RAW. With The Bloodline mainly appearing on Smackdown, the RAW tag team division has been pretty nonexistent as of late. This was a really solid match as Sikoa ended up hitting the Spinning Solo on Riddle to pick up the victory for his team. Sikoa has the potential to be a huge star in this company.
Baron Corbin (w/ JBL) vs. Cedric Alexander
The new partnership of JBL and Corbin has been interesting. JBL is an all-timer in WWE when it comes to his mic skills, but Corbin still seems to be lacking some direction. He looked good in this match, where he picked up the victory. It is going to be interesting to see where this partnership takes Corbin. May I suggest, a new theme song? That would be a great start.
The OC addresses their “Rhea problem”
This segment of RAW started off with what looked like was going to be Seth Rollins’ United States Championship Open Challenge. He was answered by The Judgement Day, and it seemed as if Finn Balor was going to accept the challenge — that was until The OC came out to greet The Judgement Day. The two teams had a bit of a stare down and Rollins used that time to exit the ring.
AJ Styles said someone came to them to help with their “Rhea problem.” At this time, Rhea Ripley was attacked on the outside of the ring by a woman who revealed herself to be Mia Yim! It looks like Yim is back in WWE as the latest one of Triple H’s former NXT stars to make their return. The pair of teams broke out into a brawl and The Judgement Day fled as The OC and Yim stood tall.
Otis vs. Elias
This match is a rematch from last week’s RAW. Otis was very upset at the way Elias embarrassed him, so he wanted revenge. After a solid few minutes, Otis picked up the victory via a Chad Gable distraction.
I am happy Otis picked up the win here and I think it was the right call. Alpha Academy have been basically glorified jobbers for WWE as of late and it is not fair. They are a talented and entertaining team, so it was nice to see the star pupil of the Alpha Academy get the win.
Before the segment, we got a brief backstage moment from The Judgement Day. The main thing to note here is that Ripley and Bianca Belair acknowledged each other when crossing paths. This could be a feud in the near future.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair joins the ring
Bianca was accompanied by Asuka and Alexa Bliss as she made her way to the ring and a Bray Wyatt logo popped up again behind Alexa Bliss. It feels safe to say this is not just pandering and will lead to an eventual meeting between the two former allies. Damage CTRL interrupted the women pretty quickly. After back-and-forth words between the two groups, it was determined it would be settled at Survivor Series in the War Games match.
Austin Theory vs. Shelton Benjamin
This match was set up by a backstage video segment. It wasn’t very long and Austin Theory picked up the victory. This match feels especially irrelevant after seeing how the rest of the night played out.
The Miz vs. Johnny Gargano
Before this match, Johnny Gargano revealed footage of The Miz admitting he hired Dexter Lumis to stage the attacks on him. This made The Miz visibly angry.
The match didn’t last too long. The Miz was able to pick up the win after tricking the referee into thinking Lumis was under the ring. While the referee was looking under the ring, The Miz hit Gargano with a metal turnbuckle which allowed him to pick up the victory.
After the match, Lumis attacked The Miz from behind with a steel chair. He sat in the chair and stared at The Miz in a very creepy manner before fleeing from WWE security.
WWE 24/7 Championship Match: Dana Brooke (c) vs. Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross dominated this match to become the new 24/7 Champion. She was accompanied by Damage CTRL as it was announced she would join their team at Survivor Series. After the match, we got backstage footage of Cross attempting to throw the title in the trash. She missed, but it got the point across. It seems as if the 24/7 title is no more and Cross will be the last one to hold it. Maybe WWE will convert it into some sort of Women’s mid-card title for Cross.
Seth Rollins’ United States Championship Open Challenge
In the main event of this week’s WWE Monday Night RAW we had the United States Champion layout an open challenge. He attempted this earlier in the night before being interrupted by The OC. Mustafa Ali appeared on the screen but he was quickly attacked by Bobby Lashley. Lashley declared that Rollins stole the United States Title from him and he was going to do whatever it takes to get it back.
Lashley entered the ring and attacked Rollins before the bell even rang. After a few minutes of complete chaos, Lashley began leaving after putting Rollins through the announcer’s table. It was at this time Austin Theory ran down to the ring. The youngest Mr. Money in the Bank ever declared he was cashing in on the United States Championship. This is the first time the briefcase has been cashed in on a non-world title.
Theory hit several maneuvers on an already beaten down Rollins, but the champion refused to quit. Eventually, it seemed as if Theory was finally going to win before Lashley stopped that from happening. Lashley pulled the referee from the ring and began beating down on Theory. This allowed Rollins to pick up the victory and retain his United States Championship.
WWE Monday Night RAW ended with Theory unsuccessfully cashing in Money in the Bank on a mid-card championship. That is going to be really hard to bounce back from. That is an all-time burial on so many levels and an insane way to end this week’s RAW.