What Happened After the 11/20 “Monday Night Raw” Ended?


How do you follow that? To close out tonight’s episode of “Monday Night Raw”, Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Title from the Miz to quite a positive reception. This marks Reigns’ first run with the title and gives the roster a new top star to chase with Brock Lesnar a glorified part timer at this point. So what happened next?

According to Wrestlinginc.com, after “Monday Night Raw” went off the air, the Shield stayed at ringside and put Miz through a table. There was no dark match after the show went off the air, which closed with Reigns celebrating his new title with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

While it’s not clear how Miz was put through a table, odds are it was a TripleBomb, like these.

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Opinion: That makes sense for the most part as there’s no need for another match after ending the show on something so definitive. As usual, Miz is the kind of guy who can take a beating and still be as over with the crowd as he ever was before. Reigns already defeated him once so there’s no need to do a tag match or something like that. Just send the fans home happy as the fans get to celebrate some more.

Do you like Reigns winning the title? Will Miz win it back? Let us know in the comments below.

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Title Changes Hands on “Monday Night Raw”


History has been made. Like him or not, Roman Reigns is one of the most successful wrestlers in WWE history. He’s won almost everything there is to win and there’s a good chance he’s going to be in his fourth straight Wrestlemania main event next year. Tonight though, he picked up one of the few things he’s never accomplished.

In the main event of tonight’s “Monday Night Raw”, Reigns defeated the Miz to become the new Intercontinental Champion. This is Reigns’ first run with the title, which was incorrectly billed as the only title he’s never won (he’s also never been Universal Champion). The loss leaves Miz less than 100 days shy of the most combined days as Intercontinental Champion.

Here’s how the match was set up.

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Opinion: I like it. With Brock Lesnar gone from the show, there’s not much else for the top stars to do so putting the Intercontinental Title on Reigns makes as much sense as anything else. Let them have the Intercontinental Title to feud over so we can have something for them to do. Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and others could fight over the thing until the Universal Title is back in play. Everyone wins. Well save for Miz of course.

Do you like Reigns winning the title? Who will take it off of him? Let us know in the comments below.

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WWE Announces 15th Annual “Tribute To The Troops”


 WWE is continuing the tradition of one of their most important shows of the year.

The company announced today that their 15th annual “Tribute To The Troops” special, will be taped on Tuesday, December 5, from the Naval Base San Diego. The two-hour special will then air on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8/7 C on USA Network.

Below is a clip from one of the more popular and talked about segments from last year:

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From the article:

“We are thrilled to welcome WWE for their 15th annual Tribute to the Troops celebration, continuing what has become a great tradition during the holiday season,” said San Diego Naval Base Commanding Officer Charles Womack. “The servicemen and women of San Diego could not be more excited, and look forward to participating in this inspirational event.”

“It is a privilege to honor our servicemen and women for their commitment and sacrifice to our nation,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “Tribute to the Troops is our most meaningful show of the year, and we are proud to continue the tradition at Naval Base San Diego.”

Editor’s Opinion:

Any time that we can thank the brave men and women who defend our country’s freedom, I’m all in.

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Paige Returns to “Monday Night Raw” and Brings Some Friends


The division grew .7 times that day! To say the women’s divisions aren’t the deepest is an understatement. Last night at “Survivor Series 2017”, most of the division was caught up in one single elimination match. This didn’t do much to hide how shallow the division really is and it was clear something needed to change. That change took place the next night.

Tonight on “Monday Night Raw”, Paige made her return from neck surgery and brought NXT’s Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille with her. This is Paige’s first appearanice in over a year and the main roster debuts of Rose and DeVille. The three of them attacked Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks, the latter three of which were in the middle of a match.

Here’s Rose in action.

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Opinion: This is something that the division was dying for. You can only have five people of value (Dana Brooke hardly means anything) and call it a division. Rose and DeVille might not be the most polished workers in the but they’re people who can be thrown into matches before Paige gets the big fights. Good move here and a well done debut.

Which of these debuts means the most to you? Which of the three of them will have the brightest future? Let us know in the comments below.

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Monday Night Raw Results – November 20, 2017

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 20, 2017
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T.

We’re finally past Survivor Series and that means it’s time to start the build towards Royal Rumble. Unless there’s another show to be announced, the only pay per view between now and the Rumble is the Smackdown exclusive Clash of the Champions. That could make the next few weeks slightly uninteresting but that’s never stopped WWE before. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Here’s a happy, dancing Stephanie to open things up. Graves: “At least she’s humble too.” She recaps the siege and says Kurt Angle’s job as GM is secure. With that, she brings out the man who lead the team to their win last night: HHH! Before HHH can say anything though, here’s a livid Kurt Angle to interrupt. He’s not talking as the General Manager but the man who can beat HHH up. Stephanie gets all serious and reminds HHH that he’s talking to the COO.

The staredown continues and here’s Jason Jordan to interrupt as well. Booker: “Oh come on.” Jordan gets in HHH’s face but Angle holds him back. Jason wants to face HHH tonight but Stephanie warns Jordan that he’d get killed in a match like this. Stephanie: “HHH isn’t afraid of anyone in that locker room.” This of course brings out Braun Strowman to get right in HHH’s face as well. HHH stares him down but backs off and leaves. Stephanie makes Jordan vs. Strowman for later.

Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor

Joe wastes no time with the right hands to the jaw before dropping the backsplash. We’re in a very early nerve hold as the fans are split here. Joe heads up top but gets kicked in the head to take him back down. Of course that means a flip dive to the floor as we take a break. Back with Joe slapping on another nerve hold until Balor gets in a kick to the head. That’s fine with Joe, who drops Balor back first onto the apron.

A suicide elbow sends Balor into the barricade as this is mostly one sided so far. Back in and Balor can’t hiptoss him so he’ll try a Sling Blade instead. Joe is right back with a backsplash for two but the Koquina Clutch is countered into a regular double stomp. That means the Coup de Grace but Joe pulls him right back down, setting up the Koquina Clutch for the knockout at 12:03.

Result: Samoa Joe b. Finn Balor – Koquina Clutch (12:03)

Video on the Wrestlemania Kickoff Party with tickets going on sale.

Video on AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar from last night.

Angle and Jordan talk in the back with Kurt saying he won’t cancel the match with Strowman. Jordan agrees, because he’s the only man on Raw that can beat Braun.

Angle and Jordan talk in the back with Kurt saying he won’t cancel the match with Strowman. Jordan agrees, because he’s the only man on Raw that can beat Braun.

Asuka vs. Dana Brooke

Dana kicks her in the ribs to start but some hip attacks send her outside. A charge only ears Dana some kicks to the face and for some reason she slaps Asuka in the face. Some HARD spinning elbows to the face set up some harder kicks to the head for the pin at 2:35. Total squash.

Result: Asuka b. Dana Brooke – Kick to the head (2:35)

It’s time for MizTV with the Miztourage having Miz’s back and Roman Reigns as the guest. Miz introduces Reigns three times before the music hits and it’s the entire Shield. Miz isn’t cool with the bonus guests but Seth Rollins talks about being the most dominant trio in the history of WWE. That’s cool with Miz, but he wants a thank you. Reigns says no so Miz goes into a story of Ambrose needing help fighting off the Miztourage. Miz isn’t cool with this….and the lights go out for a second.

That goes nowhere (seemed to be a glitch) so Rollins starts talking about winning the Tag Team Titles back. Reigns doesn’t want to be the only one without a title so Seth points out the Intercontinental Title on Miz’s shoulder. That sounds good to Miz and the fans are WAY into this idea. The Miztourage gets in front of Reigns and the beatdown takes all of one punch and a Dirty deeds. They throw in a TripleBomb to Dallas for fun as Miz protests from the aisle.

We recap the opening sequence.

Strowman is ready to face Jordan because Jason isn’t scared of him, unlike HHH.

Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose

Dean armdrags him into an armbar to start but has to block the forearms to the chest. For a change of pace, Dean hits some forearms of his own. A big boot sends him outside though and we take a break. Back with Sheamus grabbing a Brock Lock and getting two off a powerbomb. A missed charge sends Sheamus into the post but he’s still able to fight out of Dirty Deeds.

Sheamus blocks a suicide dive, only to miss the Brogue Kick and get knocked outside. NOW the dive works and Dean heads up top but has to kick Cesaro away. A super Regal Roll gives Sheamus two but Seth charges into the ring and dives onto Cesaro. That’s enough of a distraction for Ambrose to grab Dirty Deeds for the pin at 11:49.

Result: Dean Ambrose b. Sheamus – Dirty Deeds (11:49)

Jordan asks Matt Hardy for advice against Strowman. Hardy has fought a lot of monsters over the years and none of them were like Braun. Basically, it’s not Jordan’s night.

Here’s Alexa Bliss for a chat. She’s disappointed in losing to Charlotte last night but this is still her year. There isn’t a single person alive who can beat her….so here’s Mickie James. After the usual insults (about biscuits), here’s Bayley to interrupt, saying the year isn’t over yet. Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox come out to say the same thing. Kurt Angle, four way, let’s go.

Alicia Fox vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Mickie James

One fall to a finish and the winner gets a title shot at some point. Joined in progress with Fox running Bayley over but getting caught in the Bank Statement. Bayley makes the save….and PAIGE IS BACK. She says she’s not here to interrupt but she’s not alone. Cue Sonya DeVille and Mandy Rose from NXT to interrupt and jump Bayley, drawing the no contest at around six minutes.

Result: Alicia Fox vs. Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Mickie James went to a no contest when Paige, Sonya DeVille and Mandy Rose interfered (6:00)

The villains clean house with ease as Fox bails.

Post break Paige introduces us to her new friends. Alexa Bliss comes up, says a nervous hello, and gets destroyed.

Jason Jordan vs. Braun Strowman

Jordan tries to go with the wrestling stuff to start but gets caught without too much effort. He manages to lift Strowman off his feet but Strowman takes him down and tosses him outside. Jordan’s knee is banged up again…and here’s Kane to go after Strowman for the DQ at 1:44.

Result: Braun Strowman b. Jason Jordan via DQ when Kane interfered (1:44)

Kane destroys him with a chair and crushed Strowman’s throat with it. Strowman can’t breathe but walks off under his own power.

Here’s Enzo Amore, flanked by a quartet of cruiserweight villains. We’re coming up on Thanksgiving so Enzo wants to know what each member of the Zo Train is most thankful for. Enzo answers for them: Noam Dar gets more women, Tony Nese has more abs, Ariya Daivari has more money and Drew Gulak has more people viewing his PowerPoint presentations!

Drew talks about infrastructure but here are Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Akira Tozawa to interrupt. Enzo thinks they want on the Zo Train but Cedric says not so fast. What they want is a shot at the Cruiserweight Title and they’re willing to earn it. Enzo says get out of his way but Swann says without his boys, Enzo is just a catchphrase and a t-shirt. The brawl is on with Enzo bailing as we take a break.

Drew Gulak/Noam Dar/Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari vs. Rich Swann/Cedric Alexander/Akira Tozawa/Mustafa Ali

Joined in progress with Swann fighting back on Drew but not being able to hit his version of Rolling Thunder. A near brawl on the floor sends Enzo running through the ring and allows Gulak to knee Swann in the face to take over. Daivari comes in for a chinlock before it’s off to Dar. Swann gets in a kick to the face and it’s off to Tozawa for a suicide dive. Ali tags himself in as Cedric hits the Neuralizer, setting up the 054 for the pin on Dar at 4:16.

Result: Rich Swann/Cedric Alexander/Mustafa Ali/Akira Tozawa b. Drew Gulak/Noam Dar/Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari – 054 to Dar (4:16)

We recap Strowman vs. Kane.

Angle says Strowman has left the building without receiving treatment. He goes to check on Jason but Miz interrupts. Miz complains about the match with Reigns and wants the title match dropped. The match won’t be canceled and Miz leaves. Jordan seems scared of Strowman.

Here’s Elias, who calls himself the reaper of souls. He has a song about Raw winning last night but the fans cut him off with a LET’S GO ASTROS chant. The song insults Matt Hardy a bit so here’s Matt, with a banged up elbow. The fight is on before Matt can say anything with Elias bailing from the threat of a Twist of Fate.

Intercontinental Title: Roman Reigns vs. The Miz

Miz is defending and seems willing to take an early countout. That’s not cool with Reigns, who chases him to the floor and hits an uppercut to the jaw. A Batista Bomb gets two on the champ and we take an early break. Back with Reigns hitting his running clothesline, followed by a big boot to the jaw. Miz is smart enough to bail again and catches Reigns diving off the steps.

A DDT on the floor is nearly good enough for a countout but Reigns dives back in. We hit the chinlock for a good while until Miz hits a corner dropkick. Another is countered with a big boot, only to have Miz knock him down a few more times. It’s off to the YES Kicks until Reigns fights up without much effort. The Superman Punch is countered into the Skull Crushing Finale but Reigns slips out.

Miz sweeps the leg for two though and Reigns is favoring his knee. The Superman Punch knocks Miz out of the air for a VERY close two though as the fans are impressed with the kickout. The spear is loaded up but cue the Bar for a distraction, allowing the Skull Crushing Finale to connect….for two. Ambrose and Rollins run out to even things up, allowing Reigns to hit a spear for the pin and the title at 16:26.

Result: Roman Reigns b. The Miz – Spear (16:26)

Result
Samoa Joe b. Finn Balor – Koquina Clutch
Asuka b. Dana Brooke – Kick to the head
Dean Ambrose b. Sheamus – Dirty Deeds
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Alicia Fox vs. Mickie James went to a no contest when Paige, Sonya DeVille and Mandy Rose interfered
Braun Strowman b. Jason Jordan via DQ when Kane interfered
Mustafa Ali/Rich Swann/Cedric Alexander/Akira Tozawa b. Drew Gulak/Ariya Daivari/Tony Nese/Noam Dar – 054 to Dar
Roman Reigns b. The Miz – Spear

 

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Video: What Happened After “Survivor Series” Ended, Triple H’s Funny Selling


Well he’s certainly selling. The end of last night’s “Survivor Series” saw Braun Strowman laying waste to HHH with a powerslam despite HHH getting the winning pin for he and Strowman’s team. Strowman wasn’t happy though and destroyed the boss to wrap things up. As is usually the case though, that’s not where things wrapped up.

After the show ended, HHH stayed down until Stephanie McMahon came to the ring to check on him. She got her husband to his feet but HHH wasn’t quite done selling. What followed were at least three instances of HHH not quite being ready to leave in a coherent manner, which you can see in the following series of videos.

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Opinion: At least he’s doing something here. I couldn’t stand the ending of the show and this only made things slightly better. HHH can be a funny guy when he’s trying and he’s selling the heck out of the attack, though he could have done the same thing without dominating the end of the main event.

What did you think of the main event? Do you think Strowman and HHH will have a match? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Paul Heyman Praises AJ Styles After “Survivor Series”


That’s some high praise. One of the main events of last night’s show, and arguably the top match on the show, saw Universal Champion Brock Lesnar face WWE Champion AJ Styles in a non-title champion vs. champion match. These two beat the heck out of each other with Lesnar coming out on top. However, Styles got a bit of a parting gift.

WWE has released a video of Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman talking about Styles after the match. Heyman offers nothing but praise for Styles, who he calls the best in-ring performer he’s ever seen. He goes on to compare Styles to names like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, saying how glad he was that Lesnar got to face someone of Styles’ caliber. Here’s the video:

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Opinion: I’ve always liked Heyman’s promo style. While most people would downplay their opponents so strongly, Heyman opts to put them over instead. That actually makes sense because what does it mean to have Lesnar beat someone who doesn’t matter? By putting them over, Heyman makes the win mean something instead. That’s smart thinking and something not a lot of people do.

What did you think of Styles vs. Lesnar? Did the right one win? Let us know in the comments below.

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Official “Monday Night Raw” Preview – November 20, 2017


When the battle is over. Last night’s “Survivor Series 2017” saw “Monday Night Raw” defeat “Smackdown Live” by a score of 4-3 with HHH pinning Shane McMahon to win the final match. That puts us on the road to the Royal Rumble in January but there’s a lot of time before then and that starts tonight.

WWE.com has released its official preview for this week’s episode of “Monday Night Raw”, which will focus on the fallout from last night’s pay per view. The big story will likely be fallout from Braun Strowman attacking HHH after the main event, though there will be several other stories receiving focus as well. Here are the five stories WWE is focusing on with a video for each.

Game On

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What’s next for The Shield?

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Asuka proves she’s a survivor

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The Beast Incarnate makes Smackdown Live see red

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How will Alexa Bliss, The Miz and “The Bar” handle defeat to Smackdown Live?

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Opinion: We’re not quite there yet but we’re getting closer and closer to the biggest time of the year. The Road to the Royal Rumble is beginning and that means it’s time to start the build towards “Wrestlemania XXXIV”. You can probably pencil in a few of the matches but that doesn’t make the shows any less entertaining.

Which story are you looking forward to the most? Which matches are you looking forward to at “Royal Rumble 2018”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Top Ten Tag Team Debuts


Greetings newcomers. One of the most entertaining things you’ll see in wrestling is a newcomer showing up on the roster. There are some very cool debuts to look at over the years, especially when the names are a surprise and the debut is well done. That sounds like a call for a countdown.

WWE has released a new Top Ten video of greatest tag team debuts. This list goes back to the late 90s and all the way up to the present time with a variety of teams. Most of these are bigger names but there’s always the chance that you might not remember all of the names on the list. Here’s the video:

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Opinion: Despite Shield being a bit of a stretch as a tag team, it was pretty easily one of the best options for the top of the list. They debuted at the top of the card and took over in a hurry, which is how a team like them needed to get started. I’m normally more of a fan of hit the music and here they come and several of them were included at the same time.

Who would you have had at the top of the list? Who did WWE forget? Let us know in the comments below.

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“Survivor Series 2017” Five Point Recap


It’s a busy night. “Survivor Series 2017” took place earlier tonight with a stacked card and some major names in very big matches. There was a lot going on and a lot of it was very important, though like many fans, you might not have the time to watch a nearly four hour long show. We’ve got you covered though.

Here’s a five point recap of the major stories from tonight’s show. These are in a rough order of importance, which of course is subject to some opinion. Some of these are just results and some of them are major storyline developments, many of which could lead to something bigger in the future.

1. “Monday Night Raw” won the overall series 4-3 with the final win coming in the men’s elimination match.

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2. Triple H turned on Kurt Angle, allowing Shane McMahon to pin Angle, only to finish McMahon seconds later. After the match, Braun Strowman attacked Triple H for not including him in this plan.

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3. Brock Lesnar defeated AJ Styles in a champion vs. champion match.

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4. Asuka was the sole survivor, eliminating three of her five opponents.

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5. Shield defeated New Day in a six man tag with a super TripleBomb.

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If you’d like some more details, here are the full results for the show.

Survivor Series 2017 Results

Opinion: I wasn’t wild on the ending of the show or the way the women’s elimination match went but you can’t say the show was boring. A lot of the lower card matches were very entertaining and they set some stuff up for later in the year. Hopefully they can pick things up going forward though as tonight wasn’t their best effort.

What did you think of tonight’s show? What was the best thing to happen? Let us know in the comments below.

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