December 10, 2018
San Diego, California
Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- RAW Tag Team Championship: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable defeated AOP & Drake Maverick (c) to become the new champions via rollup by Roode on Maverick
- Drew McIntyre defeated Dolph Ziggler via Claymore
- Bayley defeated Alicia Fox via Bayley to Belly
- Lio Rush defeated Elias via guitar shot by Lashley on Elias
- Ember Moon defeated Tamina via the Eclipse
- WWE Intercontinental Championship – TLC Match: Seth Rollins (c) defeated Baron Corbin via powerbomb through table
In-Ring: Seth Rollins, Baron Corbin
WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins is in the ring already. His theme music has “Burn it down” thrown into it multiple times now. Rollins yells, “Burn it down!” That will be his rallying cry at TLC this Sunday when he puts his Intercontinental Championship on the line against Dean Ambrose. More importantly, that’ll be the theme for right here tonight in San Diego. Rollins isn’t out here to call out Dean Ambrose or play games. He’s here to spit truth. General Manager-Elect Baron Corbin needs to hear some things and get a dose of reality.
“General Manager-Elect” Baron Corbin makes his way to the ring and says they should have this conversation in private. Rollins tells him to shut up. Since he’s been tied up with Dean Ambrose, he hasn’t told him what he thinks of Corbin’s “leadership.” Under Corbin’s leadership, Monday Night RAW has sucked. It has sucked because of Corbin. Corbin comes out every single week and makes it about himself. A “Corbin sucks” chant picks up. Rollins says what Corbin is doing is not OK and not right. It is wrong. Corbin says he gets that Rollins is frustrated, but he’s allowing Rollins to vent. Corbin warns him to watch how he talks to him.
Rollins asks if Corbin is going to fire him. Rollins says the roster in the back are some of the most talented men and women that RAW has ever had. Corbin doesn’t know how to use it. For example, The Revival has to fight in ridiculous Lucha House Rule matches. Rollins doesn’t get it. How about they have more segments with urination? Rollins fake laughs. Rollins says every decision Corbin has made has been to mask his insecurities. Was Braun Strowman mean to him and hurt his feelings so he had to give the Universal Title back to Brock Lesnar, a guy who only shows up when he wants to. Lesnar never wants to show up. Lesnar isn’t here because he doesn’t want to be here. The last time Lesnar had a match on RAW was 2002. It’s been 16 years. This whole Baron Corbin experiment has been an abject failure. The talent support, the fan support, and the TV ratings are all at an all time low all because of Baron Corbin.
Corbin tells him to save him some time and let him file it under, “I don’t give a damn.” Corbin doesn’t care what anyone thinks. RAW is his show. If Rollins doesn’t like it, that’s too bad because he’ll be in charge for a very long time. If Rollins thinks it’s bad now, it’ll only get worse for a guy like Rollins. Rollins doesn’t think it can get any worse. Corbin says this Sunday, Dean Ambrose will beat Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship. Then he’ll beat Strowman in a TLC match by forfeit. That’s too bad because he’s always wanted to have a TLC match. After that, JoJo will introduce him as the new permanent General Manager of Monday Night RAW. That very next night on RAW until the day Rollins quits, he’ll put him through hell. Rollins tells him to not wait and do it tonight. Rollins challenges Corbin to a match. Corbin says he’ll be the permanent General Manager this Sunday.
Rollins says a one-on-one match isn’t good enough for the people. Corbin has always wanted to have one and they have the tools of the trade right here. The ring is surrounded by tables, ladders, and chairs. Rollins challenges Corbin to a TLC match tonight. Corbin says that would be the end of Rollins. Rollins says it’ll be a tune up for his match against Ambrose. Corbin says it’ll cost him everything to be a hero. Corbin has no problem making an example of Rollins. Corbin declines. Rollins constantly calls him a coward while Corbin tries to make excuses. Corbin angrily agrees to the TLC match… for the Intercontinental Championship.
After commercials, Seth Rollins is walking backstage when an interviewer stops him. She asks if he regrets calling out Baron Corbin. Rollins says it may not have been the smartest move to do this, but he can’t let Corbin get away with anything. If Rollins wants to be a leader, he can’t just sit back and let Corbin do what he wants. If he doesn’t take a true stand, he doesn’t deserve to wear the title.
RAW Tag Team Championship
AOP and Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
Gable goes for a quick dropkick, but Akam swats him away. Rezar tags in, and they double-team Gable. Rezar chokes Gable on the ropes and crossfaces him. Rezar clubs him down and knocks Roode off the apron. Gable fights back, but Rezar blocks a kick and clotheslines him. Drake Maverick tags in and covers for a two count. Maverick quickly tags Rezar in. Akam tags in, and Gable manages to get Akam out of the ring. Roode comes in and helps Gable clothesline Rezar over the top rope. They bring Maverick in the hard way and launch him over the top rope onto AOP!
We come back from the break to see Rezar applying a neck vice to Gable. Maverick tags in, and he punches Gable in the midsection. Maverick stomps Gable and slaps him in the face. Gable stares back at him, so Maverick quickly tags in Rezar. Rezar stomps Gable. Akam tags in, and he beats on Gable. Akam elbows Gable in the face before sending him hard to the corner. Gable sidesteps him and tags in Bobby Roode.
Roode shoulders Akam and knocks Rezar off the apron. Roode chops Akam and kicks him in the face. Akam drops him on the apron, but Roode punches him back. Akam catches him coming off the top rope with a suplex. Rezar tags in, and he knees Roode in the face. Rezar covers, but Gable breaks it up. Gable is viciously sent to the corner by Akam. AOP goes for the Super Collider, but Gable counters with a hurricanrana. Akam quickly big boots him. AOP hits Gable with a neckbreaker/powerbomb combo. Maverick tags in and mocks Roode before casually covering him. Roode counters into a cover and pins Maverick to win the RAW Tag Team Championships!
Winners and new RAW Tag Team Champions: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
After commercials, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable are celebrating backstage when Charly Caruso comes up to them. Roode says there hasn’t been a lot of hope on RAW lately, but they knew they’d be standing here one day with the championships. Gable says the moment was GLORIOUS.
In-Ring: Natalya, Riott Squad
Natalya has a microphone and thanks the fans. Natalya says she normally walks out with a huge smile on her face, but she does want to say something about Ruby Riott. Natalya loves this business, but Riott doesn’t respect anything in this business. Riott made this personal when she destroyed her father’s sunglasses. Riott tried to destroy her Dad’s legacy. Natalya says she’s had to overcome so much to make it to WWE. Does Riott remember the Montreal Screwjob? Does she remember when her uncle, Bret “Hitman” Hart, punched the owner of WWE in the face? She had to overcome that. Natalya is damn proud to be a Hart and proud to represent her family in WWE. Natalya says she’ll teach Riott about respect at TLC. Also this Sunday, she’ll dedicate her match to her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. Natalya said that through tears. Natalya is holding back tears while the crowd applauds her. Natalya says she’ll take all her emotions and drive Riott’s ass through a table.
The Riott Squad’s music hits. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan set up a table on the end. Riott makes fun of Natalya for crying. All Natalya does is feel sorry for herself. Riott says Natalya doesn’t need respect — she needs a good counselor. Riott says no one has the guts to say it to her face, but Natalya doesn’t represent the Hart family. Natalya disgraces her family. Riott says while she knows she won’t be at the Hart family Christmas this year, she wanted to give her a gift anyway. Riott says this is the gift that keeps on giving. Riott then pulls the cover off the table, which has a picture of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart on it. Riott says this Sunday at TLC, when she puts Natalya through this table, Natalya and her father will be closer than ever.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance. Charly Caruso interviews him in the ring about his match against Finn Balor at TLC. Why challenge Dolph Ziggler tonight? McIntyre says he’ll let her in on a little secret. Since he’s the only man in WWE, no one stays undefeated forever — not André The Giant, not The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and not Drew McIntyre. McIntyre says that lights a fire in him and makes him more dangerous. Maybe they should ask Balor about that. Oh wait, McIntyre beat him so badly that Balor isn’t here tonight. McIntyre says when he talks, everyone will listen. McIntyre is making RAW a better place. Even if they don’t like him, they will respect him. McIntyre doesn’t care what kind of guy Ziggler is. Ziggler is the guy that will get his head kicked off.
Ziggler quickly goes on the attack, but McIntyre quickly floors him with a back elbow. McIntyre chops Ziggler down twice before clubbing the chest. McIntyre connects with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex for a two count. We come back from the break to see McIntyre and Ziggler fighting on the top rope. Ziggler punches away at McIntyre, but McIntyre clubs him. McIntyre goes for White Noise off the top rope, but Ziggler manages to counter (I think). This was pretty botched. McIntyre covers for a two count.
McIntyre knocks Ziggler out of the ring and stalks him. McIntyre goes for a suplex on the floor, but Ziggler gets out and sends him head-first into the ring post. Ziggler gets in the ring and looks for a count-out, but McIntyre gets in at nine. McIntyre gets to his feet. Ziggler goes for a superkick, but he just collapses. McIntyre smiles. McIntyre talks trash to him, but Ziggler kicks him back and hits a desperation Zig-Zag for a near fall. Ziggler gets to his feet and sets up for a superkick, but McIntyre annihilates him with a Claymore Kick out of nowhere for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre
McIntyre grabs Ziggler and viciously sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. McIntyre knocks the top half of the steel steps off and grabs Ziggler. Referees run down to stop McIntyre. McIntyre backs up before viciously giving Ziggler a Claymore Kick into the LED apron! Ziggler screams in pain, and McIntyre smiles.
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox
Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrances. Jinder Mahal makes his entrance with The Singh Brothers. Alicia Fox soon follows.
They lock up, and Bayley powers her to the corner. Bayley fights her off and hits a flying elbow off the second rope for a two count. Bayley grabs her, but Fox snaps her off the top rope. Fox takes her down and applies a chin lock. Apollo Crews eventually comes down and gives Sunil Singh a back body drop on the floor. Banks takes out Samir with a meteora off the apron. Crews then press slams her into Mahal and The Singhs. Bayley hits Bayley-To-Belly in the ring for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bayley
Backstage: Dean Ambrose
Charly Caruso is backstage with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose cuts her off and asks if she wants to hear about “The Architect.” Ambrose says that nickname was made by Seth Rollins to keep the focus on him. Rollins went to the ring with no plan and is in a TLC match against Baron Corbin for the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins has always wanted to be The Man and stepped on him and Roman Reigns. If Rollins is still the champion tonight, he’ll take the title on Sunday and say what he wants to his face. Charly asks how Reigns would react to what’s going on. Ambrose says, “Roman? Who cares?” They air a video package about Ambrose turning on Seth Rollins on the night Roman Reigns vacated the title and all the antics Ambrose has done since then. Ambrose has no comment to the video package and walks off.
“Ladies and gentlemen… Elias.” Elias greets the crowd and plays a bluesy riff. Elias says Bobby Lashley did a radio interview earlier and said he’d take every sports team in this town and move it to a cool city like LA. Those are Lashley’s words, not his. If it were up to San Diego, a loser like Lashley wouldn’t perform. Elias says he’d rather perform in the Gas Lamp District instead of in front of LA trash. Elias says everyone knows what Bobby Lashley will find out on Sunday. That is that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias says he considers himself to be a good guy. Hitting children with his guitar wasn’t at the top of his list, but last week was an exception. A photo is shown of him hitting Lio Rush with a guitar. Elias will have a match against Rush tonight. Elias decided to write a song. Elias sings, “I’ve been in the air so long, waiting for something to come along to bring me back down to Earth — keep my feet above the Earth. This life ain’t like no other. Oh can you hear me, brother? Actually I can’t stop thinking about how bad Bobby Lashley sucks.”
Elias vs. Lio Rush
Bobby Lashley’s music hits, and he comes out with Lio Rush.
Heath Slater will be the official for this match.
Rush does some evasion moves, but Elias quickly flapjacks him. Elias lifts him up with one arm and slams him down. Elias powers Rush to the corner and throws him across the ring. Elias puts him in the corner and chops the chest. Elias sends him hard to the corner, and Rush crashes through the ropes before falling to the floor! Elias gets Rush in the ring. Lashley grabs Elias’ feet, but Elias kicks him back. Rush hits a baseball slide. Rush kicks Elias twice as he gets in the ring. Elias quickly powerbombs Rush and covers, but Lashley breaks it up.
Lashley beats on Elias, and Slater doesn’t know what to do. This is an easy disqualification, but it’s not called. The commentators speculate that Slater is being forced to allow the match to continue. Rush goes outside and gives Lashley the guitar. Lashley smashes it on Elias’ back. Rush covers Elias, and Lashley orders Slater to count the pin. Slater reluctantly does.
Winner by Pinfall: Lio Rush
Backstage: Heath Slater, Baron Corbin
Heath Slater looks upset backstage. Baron Corbin says he did a good job. Slater says he wants to go home. Corbin says he’s going to referee another match tonight.
In-Ring: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Ronda Rousey
Alexa Bliss makes her way to the ring. She is the head of the Women’s Division of RAW. Nia Jax then makes her entrance with Tamina Snuka by her side. Jax says before Bliss starts asking questions, she’s going to make a statement. This Sunday, she is going to become the RAW Women’s Champion at the direct expense of Ronda Rousey. Getting cracked in the head in the UFC has done a number on Ronda’s logic. If she had any brains, Rousey would lay the title at her feet to avoid the humiliation at TLC. She knows Rousey comes from a word where you talk trash to hype a match. Jax doesn’t talk trash. She’s a 6-foot tall Samoan. Jax says her fist broke Becky Lynch’s face with one punch. This Sunday, she’ll punch Rousey in the face. Jax won’t stop at one punch like she did with Lynch. She’ll do it over and over until Rousey taps out just to stop her. Jax is not just the imposing force in WWE Women’s History. She’s also a strategist. Rousey is a world class judo champion, a Strikeforce Champion, a UFC Champion, and the RAW Women’s Champion. If Rousey avoids the punch and tries for an arm bar, she’ll pry Rousey off her arm and punch her in the face.
Ronda Rousey’s music hits. She said she’s not here to hit her poses. She’s here to fight. Jax and Tamina quickly get out of the ring. They surround Rousey, so Ember Moon runs down to help. Moon will face Tamina, next.
Tamina vs. Ember Moon
We join the match in progress. Moon gets Tamina out of the ring, and Jax approaches her. Rousey gets near her and intimidates her. Moon goes for a springboard, but Tamina superkicks her out of mid-air. Moon falls out of the ring, but she soon gets back in. Tamina applies a chin lock, but Moon fights up. Tamina powers her down and keeps the chin lock applied. Moon fights up, but Tamina takes her down. Moon avoids an avalanche and kicks her back. Moon kicks away at Tamina and sweeps the feet. Moon hits a reverse STO for a near fall. Tamina quickly slams her down for a two count. Moon hits a Codebreaker and gets to the top rope. Rousey pulls Jax off the apron and throws her into the crowd. Moon snaps Tamina off the top rope and hits the Eclipse for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Ember Moon
Backstage: Baron Corbin
Seth Rollins will take on Baron Corbin in a TLC Match with the WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line in tonight’s main event. This is the first TLC match on RAW in six years when CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Ryback. Charly Caruso interviews Baron Corbin backstage and asks if this TLC match is an abuse of power. Corbin asks if she’s trying to get shipped off to Smackdown. Corbin says he’s just kidding. Since he’s going to beat Braun Strowman by forfeit, he’d be robbing the people of seeing him in a TLC match. Caruso asks if he’s nervous about Strowman showing up. Corbin says he’s not nervous at all. All hail Baron Corbin!
Video: Lars Sullivan
Another Lars Sullivan promo video airs.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – TLC Match
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin
They circle the ring, and Rollins punches Corbin back to the corner. Rollins stomps him down before backing up. Corbin kicks him before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Corbin goes for a suplex, but Rollins knees him in the head. Rollins then knees him out of the ring. Rollins punches him before bouncing him off the ring apron. Rollins grabs a steel chair, but Corbin gets in the ring. Rollins shoulders him and goes for a slingshot, but Corbin punches him to the floor. Corbin orders Heath Slater — the referee — to go out of the ring and grab a ladder. Rollins then floors Corbin with a springboard clothesline.
We come back from the break to see Corbin beating down Rollins before cracking a steel chair off his back. Corbin hits him with the chair a second time and puts a boot on his face. Corbin then drives the top of the chair into Rollins’ midsection. Corbin taunts the crowd and talks trash to Rollins. Corbin again hits Rollins with the chair. Rollins rolls out of the ring in pain. Corbin sends Rollins ribs-first into the barricade twice. Corbin grabs a ladder and slowly begins to put it in the ring, but Rollins hits a baseball slide into the ladder to knock Corbin back. Rollins puts the ladder in the ring and tries to set it up, but Corbin attacks him. The ladder is leaning in the corner, so Corbin suplexes Rollins onto it.
Corbin wedges a chair in between the top and middle turnbuckle. Rollins tries to reverse a shot into the chair, but Corbin slides out of the ring and then back in to connect with a clothesline. Corbin leans a table in the corner, so three corners of the ring have a weapon leaning or wedged in it. Corbin taunts the crowd before scooping Rollins up. Rollins slides off and forearms him. Rollins charges, but Corbin gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Corbin quickly sets a ladder up under the Intercontinental Championship and starts to climb, but he’s very slow. Rollins springboards off the top rope onto the other side of the ladder. Corbin gets off the ladder and pulls Rollins down. Corbin avoids a stomp and elbows him. Corbin then sends Rollins head-first into the ladder.
We come back from the break to see Rollins come off the top rope, but Corbin moves. Corbin then hits a Deep Six. Corbin punches Rollins down and talks trash to the crowd. Corbin punches him a few mores times and stands over him. Rollins struggles to get up. Rollins fights back with some punches, but Corbin knees him. Rollins tries to whip him away, but Corbin slides out of the ring. Rollins catches him coming back in with an enzuigiri. Rollins then sidesteps Corbin to send him head-first into the wedged steel chair.
Rollins grabs a steel chair and wildly strikes away at Corbin’s back. Rollins hits a suicide dive before getting back into the ring and hitting a second one. Rollins goes for a third, but Corbin counters into a chokeslam through a table at ringside! Corbin gets in the ring and sets the ladder up. Corbin starts to climb, but Rollins hits him in the back with the chair. Rollins swings again, but he inadvertently hits Heath Slater!
Corbin goes for the End of Days on the floor, but Rollins counters out before sending him into the steel steps. Rollins lays him out on a table set up at ringside. Rollins then gets in the ring and goes to the top rope. Rollins then hits a massive frog splash off the top rope to the floor through Corbin and the table!
Rollins holds his ribs in pain and sets the ladder up. Rollins slowly starts to climb. Rollins gets his hands on the Intercontinental Championship, but Heath Slater tips the ladder over. Slater gets Corbin in the ring and tries to revive him. Corbin starts to climb the ladder. Rollins takes out Slater, pulls Corbin off the ladder, and hits a Buckle Bomb through the table in the corner! Slater tries to plead his case, but Rollins superkicks him. Rollins follows up with a Stomp on Corbin. Rollins then retrieves the Intercontinental Championship!
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose comes out to the stage and sneers at Seth Rollins as the show comes to an end.