Date: October 19, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
The Big Takeaway --
Raw was bad but with a few different wrestlers this time.
Show Recap -- Raw kicked off with a new theme song: The Search by NF.
The announcers ran down tonights show which includes The
Vipers Message from Hell.
Alexa Bliss appeared in the ring covered in red lighting.
She announced, He here. Let him in.
The Fiend entered. They held hands when the lights came back
on and different music played. It was the song for
Retribution. All five members, including Mustafa Ali,
surrounded Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss.
Ali raised his hand and the lights went out. That appeared
to be a signal for an attack but when the lights turned on,
Wyatt and Bliss were gone.
That cued the music for Hurt Business who entered next. (Mia
Yim left the ring.) Hurt Business cleared the ring and
Cedric Alexander wiped out Retribution with a dive and they
abruptly went to break (9 minutes into the show).
There was a Matt Riddle video package.
8-man tag match: The Hurt Business defeated Retribution
(10:57) Hurt Business were in control of Slapjack until Alexander
was distracted by T-Bar and Mace outside the ring. Slapjack
yanked him off the top and tagged in Ali who took over.
There was a face-off between the two teams on the outside
when the Fiend suddenly appeared on the screen with his
creepy music playing. He stuck out his tongue. Nobody looked
at the screen. They went to break.
Tom Phillips said the two teams have been fighting
throughout the break, which is normally what happens during
a wrestling match, and Byron Saxton said its a sign of the
disdain between the two teams.
Shelton Benjamin gave Mace a German suplex and step-up knee
strike. Lashley followed with a spinebuster before spearing
T-Bar but Ali broke up the cover.
Lashley put T-Bar in the Hurt Lock and he tapped out.
The lights turned red and the Fiend appeared on the apron.
He took out each member of Retribution. T-Bar saved Ali from
a Sister Abigail. Wyatt gave T-Bar a Sister Abigail instead.
Bliss appeared on the screen and said, let me in in
Wyatts voice. I laughed.
AJ Styles (w/Jordan Omogbehin) defeated Matt Riddle (11:23) AJ Styles entered with Jordan Omogbehin. Jordan looks
especially gigantic next to Syles. Styles commended Raw for
finally drafting a real leader. He bragged about beating
Seth Rollins and Jeff Hardy. He said this was never Monday
Night Rollins and called this a new era that belongs to him.
Matt Riddle entered. Fireworks went off when he kicked off
his sandals and they showed a slow-motion replay.
They rang the bell to start the match but Omogbehin wouldnt
leave the ring. The referee told him to leave before a five-
count or else Styles would be disqualified. Omogbehin
stopped him from counting. The ref pleaded with him to leave
the ring. Styles thought this was amusing. Omogbehin left
Riddle sent Styles to the outside and was about to attempt
something but Omogbehin stepped in his way which caused him
to frantically scamper back into the ring.
Styles was in control after a break. Riddle came back with
strikes and a t-bone suplex but Styles got his feet up on a
senton attempt. They exchanged strikes until Riddle hit a
German suplex. Styles followed with a firemans carry
neckbreaker for a nearfall. Riddle came back with a
fisherman buster for two.
They fought while standing on the top rope until Styles fell
into the ring and riddle fell out of it. Omogbehin walked up
to Riddle and clenched his fist. Riddle slipped back in the
ring where Styles gave him an enziguri and a Styles Clash
for the pinfall win.
(The match itself felt short with a mid-match commercial
break and 90 seconds of stalling at the beginning.)
There was a Drew McIntyre/Randy Orton video package. [Second hour]
Charly Caruso attempted to interview McIntyre in the back
but he asked her for the mic so he could speak directly to
Orton. He said throughout his career, especially over the
past few months, Orton has been the most evil, sadistic,
entitled and selfish person in WWE.
McIntyre knew he should have left Orton his the past when he
beat him at Clash of Champions. Orton was intelligent knew
how hed react when he attacked the legends on Raw. McIntyre
knew that Orton thrived inside Hell in a Cell, a match hes
never been in himself.
McIntyre said hes been in more hell in life than you can
imagine and would put Orton through hell on Sunday. McIntyre
warned Orton not to be surprised if he shows up for Ortons
scheduled speech tonight.
Asuka defeated Lana to retain the Raw Womens Championship
Lana got some brief offense and a two count but Asuka won
easily with the Asuka Lock. (If youre curious, they played
fake booing for Lana when she was introduced.)
Nia Jaxs music hit as soon as the match ended. Jax and
Shayna Baszler entered. They knocked down Asuka before Jax
put Lana through the announce table for the fifth time.
Baszler went after Asuka but Asuka fought her off with a
kick and knocked her out of the ring with a running hip
attack. Asuka escaped and posed with her belt as Jax and
Baszler looked on. Jax and Baszler cut a promo after a break. Jax noted how
well they worked as a team despite not being the type to
braid each others hair and follow each other on Instagram.
Baszler called them the dominant team on both brands. Jax
dared anyone to challenge them.
Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke entered. Saxton wasnt sure this
was the right time to step up to the champions and Samoa Joe
let him know this was exactly the right time to step up.
Lacey Evans entered and was followed by Peyton Royce. They
walked down together but Evans kept stepping in front of her
so she could be on camera.
Smackdowns Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan entered next. The bell
rang and I guess a match is starting.
Non-title fatal four-way tag match: Tag Team Champions Nia
Jax & Shayna Baszler defeated Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke,
Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce and Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan
As Jax/Baszler and Rose/Brooke brawled on the outside, Royce
knocked everyone down with a dive. Evans followed with a
dive herself (which barely connected). Ruby and Morgan also
hit dives on the pile which led to a break.
Everyone traded moves a few minutes later. The Riott Squad
almost had Evans beat after a Codebreaker/Riott Kick combo
but Baszler broke up the cover. Baszler choked out Ruby as
Jax gave Evans a Samoan drop for the pinfall win.
Elias concert Elias had a full band with him. He plugged his album which
comes out next week. He played a song called Amen and said
he hoped Hardy was listening.
Elias played the full song. They cut to fans on screens,
many of whom held up their cell phone flashlights while
swaying or nodding their heads. Elias played a short song
called Lead Me Home. He thanked the audience before
saying, I love none of you. He was about to leave but came
back because he assumed the fans wanted an encore.
A mystery guitar man under a hood began playing on his own.
Elias demanded he stopped. It was Hardy. Hardy swung the
guitar at Elias who ducked and rolled away. Hardy told him
that he didnt hit him with the car. Hardys music played.
The Miz and John Morrison spoke in the back about Otis and
Mandy Rose. Tucker interrupted them. He claimed Miz used his
influence with the USA Network to get him and Rose drafted
away from Otis. Tucker said he would find a partner and ruin
them tonight. Miz and Morrison accepted. They laughed
maniacally at the idea that Tucker could find a partner.
Caruso caught up to an upset Elias backstage. He couldnt
believe people were still interrupting him. He challenged
Hardy to a match at HIAC.
New Day promo
Kofi Kingston said New Day were the Raw tag champs for the
first time in nearly four years. Xavier Woods said he got
injured last year and 2020 has been a garbage year and he
returned just for them to get drafted away from Big E.
Kingston got him to calm down.
Sheamus interrupted. He called their segment on Smackdown
embarrassing and threatened to Brogue Kick Kingston. He also
said they were only two-thirds of New Day. Kingston said New
Day wasnt done. Big E could hold things down on the blue
side while they do their thing on the red side. They said
they would spread their seeds all over WWE. Sheamus told them to shut up before they reminded him that
he got beat up by Big E. Woods told him to come to the ring
to get beat up by Kingston.
Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) defeated Sheamus (13:13)
Sheamus dropped Kingston over the edge of the ring and they
went to break less than 2 minutes into the match.
Sheamus was in control after the break. A shirtless Big E
was shown watching on one of the screens and Woods let
Kingston know E was there to help encourage him. Kingston
came back with a foot stomp, chops, dropkick, clothesline,
leg drop and flying crossbody for two. Sheamus caught him
off the ropes and hit a swinging side slam for two.
Kingston tried a dropkick but Sheamus caught him and applied
a Texas Cloverleaf. Kingston countered into a small package
for two. Sheamus ducked a Trouble in Paradise and hit an
Alabama Slam for two. (Joe wondered how much Kingston had
left. Woods yelled, Hes got a lot left, Joe! which was
funny because Woods wasnt standing that close to the
Sheamus went to the top but Kingston brought him down with a
side Russian leg sweep for two. Woods yelled, New moves!
New moves! They exchanged cradles for two counts before
Kingston caught Sheamus with Trouble in Paradise for the
They replayed Retribution losing and getting beat up by Bray
Wyatt. Mustafa Ali promo
Ali cut a backstage promo with Retribution standing behind
him. Ali said Hurt Business and Wyatt made a mistake
thinking his only strength was strength in numbers. His real
strength was causing chaos. All he needed was a laptop or a
cell phone or a secret. With one click he can make anyones
world come crumbling down.
Ali sat at home over the summer because this corrupt company
couldnt figure out how to make money with a guy named
Mustafa Ali. But he didnt just sit at home watching. He
watched all of the spineless wrestlers backstab each other
just to get ahead while he learned their secrets.
Ali admitted to being the hacker on Smackdown. He figured
out that this sick place is infecting everyone with greed
and corruption. Good individuals were being forgotten and
their dreams were being left behind. But he found them and
united them. He promised them that their truth would be
heard. He didnt care who tried to stop them. We will shut
Ali was very good here.
Hurt Business stood shoulder-to-shoulder-to-shoulder
backstage, happy with their work earlier. Titus ONeil
congratulated them and said he would love to join and said
he could bring something to the group. MVP faked discussing
it with the group. ONeil thought they wanted him to join.
He was wrong. They beat him up.
Miz and Morrison entered and wanted to see who Tuckers
partner was. Tucker entered and said he found a great
luchador. Out came El Gran Gordo. It was Otis under a mask.
Miz immediately noted that it was Otis under a mask and that
he was even holding the lunchbox.
Tucker said he was the next Rey Mysterio. Miz cut them off
and cut a long promo until he called Otis a pig in a mask.
Tucker and Otis attacked and cleared the ring. Tucker & El Gran Gordo defeated The Miz & John Morrison
El Gran Gordo made a hot tag and gave Miz an arm drag before
doing a cartwheel. R-Truth showed up and ran through the
ring as a few losers ran after him. This distracted Miz.
Gordo used to the distraction to hit a Caterpillar and a
Vader Bomb for the pinfall win.
New Day, Tucker and El Gran Gordo danced backstage. Mandy
Rose handed Gordo a big thing of ham. They all celebrated
Firefly Fun House
Wyatt tossed out props from his past including a miniature
mallet and black sheep mask. He was sad to leave his friends
on Smackdown but was happy to make new friends on Raw.
The rabbit mentioned having a wife and Wyatt was confused.
The rabbit was sad that he didnt know. Wyatt promised to be
a better friend. There was a black-and-white montage of the
rabbit getting eaten and destroyed throughout the shows
Wyatt said the past was in their heads but the future was in
their hands. The rabbit was happy to get a fresh start but
was eaten again by the buzzard.
Someone knocked on the door. It was Alexa Bliss (wearing
black and red). She said their fun was just getting started.
Everyone was happy and they waved goodbye. Braun Strowman defeated Keith Lee (2:43)
Strowman was in control and ran over Lee on the outside. He
tried a powerslam in the ring but collapsed because of the
injured ribs at the hands of Roman Reigns on Smackdown. Lee
hit a splash for a nearfall.
Strowman took a page out of Reigns book by using an
incidental low-blow. (Lee was trying to pick him up off
the mat but Strowman headbutted him low.) Strowman followed
with a running big boot for the pinfall win.
As Strowman celebrated, Lee turned him around and kicked him
in the nuts. Lee yelled at him for taking a shortcut against
the wrong man.
(Ric Flair and JBL were shown watching this match on the
screens. Booker T was shown earlier tonight, too.)
Randy Orton promo / main event segment
Orton came out with about 6 minutes left in the show.
The Hell in a Cell cage was lowered and Orton locked himself
inside. Orton noted all of the promos that suggested that those who
enter HIAC always leave a piece of themselves behind. Orton
has had seven of these matches but only comes out of them
with a better understanding of himself.
He recalled his HIAC matches in the past: facing Mark Henry,
surviving Sheamus, beating Jeff Hardy and Daniel Bryan,
facing John Cena twice, and winning the world title twice.
The most important thing he remembered was looking the Dead
Man in the eye and earning his respect inside HIAC. He said
all of those men were current or future Hall of Famers.
He said the word legend gets thrown out a lot these days
and called McIntyres win over Brock Lesnar legendary. As he
spoke, McIntyre interrupted.
McIntyre couldnt get in the cage because it was locked, so
Orton taunted him. McIntyre pulled bolt cutters out from
behind a barricade which caused Orton to panic. Orton
grabbed a chair as McIntyre cut the chain and entered the
cell. As soon as he did, they went off the air.
What the hell?