We’ll be honest, Raw wasn’t that great this week, and while SmackDown was a little more entertaining, the WWE has its work cut out for them if they’re trying to get us pumped about TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs in December. We had a few decent matches, continuing drama surrounding the same old feuds, and a couple of Superstars that didn’t bother showing up this week. Here’s our recap and the results of WWE Raw, SmackDown, and NXT for November 26th through 28th.
Monday Night Raw – November 26th
Baron Corbin Updated Us On Braun Strowman. The most annoying people on Raw (minus Drew McIntyre) kicked off the show. Corbin, standing with Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, bragged about destroying Braun Strowman last week. We then saw The Monster Among Men on the big screen sitting shirtless in a hospital bed in Alabama, supposedly about to have surgery on his very bruised arm. Strowman said he’d much rather be in Milwaukee to get payback against those “three spineless slimeballs.” He’s gonna be on the shelf for a little while, but the damage to his arm is nothing compared to what he’s going to do to the three of them. Cue a “Get these hands” cheer from the crowd.
Corbin doesn’t think Strowman will be medically cleared to compete at TLC so when he doesn’t show, Corbin will win by forfeit and become general manager for good. Then the lights went out and Elias appeared with his guitar – much to the delight of fans. Elias said that literally anybody would be better as permanent general manager than Corbin. He sang a song that was most likely entitled “Bobby Lashley Sucks” and the crowd joined in. It does have a ring to it!
Bobby Lashley defeated Elias in a no DQ match. After a strong elbow drop from the top rope, Elias was about to get the pin but Rush pulled the ref out of the ring, causing the DQ. Corbin rushed to declare that this was actually a no-disqualification match. Lashley then attacked Elias from behind and speared him into the corner. McIntyre and Corbin joined in on the beating outside the ring, yelling, “Let’s do this one for Braun Strowman.” Lashley eventually dragged Elias back into the ring and got the pin using his knee (while posing). They make a very hateable trio.
Lucha House Party defeated The Revival. Under Lucha House rules, again all three men were allowed to compete with little to no tagging and they finished their opponents with a shooting star press. Impressive aerial moves but same ol’, same ol’.
Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey have a chat. Jax came out with Tamina Snuka and congratulated herself on her latest winning streak and starting the downfall of Ronda Rousey. But then, of course, Rousey’s music hit. She came out to tell Jax that she was lucky… but her luck is over, and at TLC she’s going to rip Jax’s arm off and slap Charlotte Flair across the face with it. Rousey offered Jax a shot at the title right here, right now, but Jax turned her down, saying she was stalling for time. As it looked like she and Snuka were going to take Rousey on two-v-one, Natalya came to make the save. The Riott Squad quickly intercepted her and then Rousey was forced to make the save and drive them off.
The Authors of Pain defeated Chad Gable and Bobby Roode. Drake Maverick caused a distraction by stealing Roode’s robe and peeing on it backstage (which we all saw via the Titantron). AoP then knocked Gable off the apron and hit Roode with an elevated powerbomb to get the win.
Ember Moon defeated Alicia Fox / Jinder Mahal defeated No Way Jose. This was all a bit muddled. Moon hit an Eclipse on Fox for the quick victory and her “partner” Curt Hawkins celebrated. Following the bell, No Way Jose’s music hit and his conga line ran out. Finally, Jinder Mahal showed up to take on his opponent and ended things with The Khallas.
Dean Ambrose cut a Promo. Dean Ambrose wasn’t there on Monday night. Instead, he was in a doctor’s office getting vaccinations and talking trash to the Milwaukee crowd (and rattling off lots of diseases he was getting immunized against). He told Rollins there was no medicine that could cure the sickness in his soul, so at TLC, Ambrose was going to put him out of his misery.
Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Title. With Ambrose away, Rollins decided to focus on defending his title again. He issued an open challenge and Dolph Ziggler answered. The heel held his own in a solid match, avoiding a Stomp and hitting a Famouser and a Zig Zag, but Rollins escaped the pin each time. As Ziggler climbed the top rope looking to finish Rollins off, his opponent hit him with a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for the cover and the three-count.
Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre defeated Finn Balor. Backstage, Finn Balor said he’d decided to stand up to Corbin and – ta da! – this match was arranged. Balor dominated in what turned out to be a long main event, but after dodging a Coup de Grace, Corbin announced this was, in fact, a handicap match and McIntyre joined the fray. Despite Balor’s best efforts, McIntyre hit him with a Claymore for the victory. Lashley entered to join the pummeling with a Yokosuka Cutter. Corbin hit an End of Days, and McIntyre threw in another Claymore to wrap things up. Oh hooray! The three heels (who have no reason to team up) win again!
SmackDown – November 27th
Becky Lynch is back. And the crowd was pumped. She relayed her dismay at having to sit back and watch at Survivor Series as Charlotte Flair stepped out of her shadow to fight Ronda Rousey. Lynch called out Flair, who came to the ring all fired up and accused Lynch of riding her coattails. Flair did a little bragging of her own and offered to fight Lynch right here, right now. But general manager Paige stepped in and set up a tables, ladders, and chairs match between The Queen and Lynch at TLC… for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Enter the SmackDown women’s locker room. Well, Mandy Rose, Zelina Vega, The IIconics, Sonya Deville, Naomi, Asuka, Carmella, and Lana, anyway. They claimed they’ve all got the passion to take on Lynch and they’re angry that Paige doesn’t give them the time of day. In response, the GM set up a Battle Royal between the women’s roster for tonight to determine which woman would enter a triple threat match with Lynch and Flair at TLC.
The Usos defeated The Bar. After The Bar issued an open challenge, the Usos responded. After a superkick and a quick tag, Jimmy Uso got the pin off a splash from the top rope in this non-title match.
AJ Styles is back too. He came to the ring to address the crowd, saying that he knew as champ there was a target on his back. But what bothers him most isn’t that Daniel Bryan cheated to win, but the way he repeatedly kicked him in the face after the bell. That kept Styles away from Survivor Series and SmackDown last week. But Styles doesn’t care if he’s the “new” Daniel Bryan or not, he wants to smash his face in. He called Bryan out, challenging him to a match right then, but Bryan wasn’t there… nor was he at Survivor Series. Styles also criticized him for that, likening him to the Raw champions who don’t know up on a weekly basis, and announced they’ll have a match for the WWE Championship at TLC.
Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura ended in a no-contest. Nakamura attacked Rusev before the Bulgarian Lion could even take his shirt off. Before the bell even rang, the US Champ hit him with a Kinshasa, knocked him out of the ring, and leveled him one last time as the refs yelled for him to stop. Nakamura just held up the belt and walked off.
Jeff Hardy celebrated 20 years with the WWE. Samoa Joe was not impressed. Hardy came to the ring without his usual facepaint as SmackDown aired a commemorative video montage of his years with the WWE. All the Superstars came to the stage to watch. Hardy spoke about how the WWE was a great creative outlet, thanking his fans and family for making it all possible, and emphasizing that he’s not retiring any time soon. But Samoa Joe stole the show by coming out and talking trash about Hardy’s drinking problem, his mistakes, and how he shouldn’t be put on a pedestal for it. Joe says people like Hardy never change because the demons are still there, but Joe would be happy to put him out of his misery in one step. Hardy responded that Joe can’t rain on his parade and offered to fight him right there, but Joe just walked off laughing.
Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz. These two set up this match backstage, and after a couple near falls and entertaining distractions by the New Day and their trombone, a frustrated Miz turned to his heel tactics. He pulled the padding off the turnbuckle but Big E stopped him (using pancakes). Annoyed, Miz took out Xavier Woods at ringside and then tried to grab a steel chair. As Big E snatched it away, Kingston hit a Trouble in Paradise for the pin. Backstage, Miz confronted Shane McMahon for not helping him during the match.
Randy Orton talked about his attacks on Rey Mysterio. Orton held up the mask he ripped off Mysterio last week and said he doesn’t get the big deal behind it. Orton just wanted to humiliate Mysterio because the man is just another one of his victims. Mysterio’s music hit and the masked one came out in a neck brace. Orton ran to attack and pulled off the brace but Mysterio fought back with two 619s. He grabbed a chair and as he re-entered the ring, Orton caught him in an RKO off the ropes, knocked him out of the ring, and hit him with a chair to the throat.
Asuka won the SmackDown Women’s Battle Royal for a spot at TLC. Mandy Rose, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Asuka, Lana, Naomi, and Carmella all battled for a shot at Flair, Lynch, and the SmackDown Women’s Title at TLC. Lana and Vega were quickly eliminated, followed by the Ilconics. Asuka kicked Carmella out of the ring and Naomi eliminated Mandy Rose after a battle on the apron. Deville quickly knocked Naomi out and then we were down to two. Rose tried to help Deville as she fought off Asuka, but they ended up battling it out on the apron. Asuka and Deville connected simultaneous kicks but managed to hang on. The end came when Asuka hit a knee to Deville’s head to knock her off. Hey, at least the right woman won.
NXT – November 28th
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan defeated The Mighty. After an attempt at an early double submission by Lorcan and Burch, The Mighty regained control and targetted Lorcan. But they were leveled when Burch tagged in and hit them with the a dive. The Mighty fought back with a big dropkick by Thorne but as they were lifting Lorcan, Burch hit a well-timed spear and Lorcan got the roll-up for the win.
EC3 defeated Marcel Barthel. Barthel got in a few kicks, stomps, and a two-count, but EC3 recovered and hit a One Percenter to get the quick win over Barthel.
Mia Yim defeated Vanessa Borne. Borne started this one off all wrong when Yim reached for a handsake and she responded with a slap to the face. An angry Yim charged her opponent and Borne pulled her down by the hair and thumbed her in the eye while the ref was distracted. She slammed Yim’s face into the corner, hit a bronco buster, a spinning suplex, and an armbar. Yim broke away and used a few kicks and an Eat Defeat to get the pin.
Lars Sullivan defeated Keith Lee. At the start the match, Sullivan was able to block everything Lee tried. Following a big boot and a head butt, The Freak got a two-count but Lee rallied back after Sullivan missed a splash and hit the corner post. They traded a few shots to the head and chest before Lee hit a Pounce followed by a twisting crossbody that sent the big man down, but a missed moonsault by Lee allowed Sullivan to hit a Freak Accident for the 1-2-3.