Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw starts off with the entire roster on the entrance ramp. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle is in the ring, and he’s being interrupted by a returning Stephanie McMahon. Let’s get right to the ring…
WWE Monday Night Raw Viewing Details
Date: Monday, October 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
TV Channel: USA
Location: Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena), Baltimore, Maryland
Ticketmaster: Buy tickets here.
Mobile: USA Now
Kurt Angle kicks off tonight’s Raw
Raw GM Kurt Angle hits the ring while the entire Monday Night Raw roster watches from the entrance ramp. Angle is apologetic for letting himself be baited to Shane McMahon’s devious tactics.
Stephanie McMahon comes out and is pissed off at Angle. She says he allowed Shane to come to Raw and use his kindness for weakness. Stephanie names Kurt Angle the team captain of Team Raw at Survivor Series, and if Kurt doesn’t deliver than she’ll just have to find a new general manager.
In the parking lot: Stephanie warns Kurt that if he screws up at Survivor Series than he may end up like Mick Foley (fired). Stephanie leaves and Kurt doesn’t look too happy. The Miz steps out of a limousine with his Miztourage. The Miz doesn’t like to hear that Kurt Angle is the team captain. Kurt Angle responds by scheduling Miz to defend his Intercontinental Championship in a match for later tonight. The Miz looks like he’s about to blow a gasket when he hears that very bad news.
Bayley vs. Nia Jax
Alicia Fox was originally scheduled to face off against Bayley. But Fox says that she doesn’t have time to wrestle Bayley, so she announced Nia Jax as her replacement.
Bayley takes the fight to Nia Jax in the early going. But Jax gets the upper-hand and knocks her out of the ring. Jax exits the ring, hunting after her opponent. Bayley returns to the ring and battles back, performing a baseball slide dropkick onto Jax who is still outside the ring. Bayley stands tall as we go to the commercial break.
Nia Jax crushes Bayley’s momentum as we return from the break. We see a clip of Jax squashing Bayley in the corner during the commercial break. The action spills outside the ring. Once again, Bayley makes it back in the ring first. Jax attempts to reenter the ring, but Bayley goes on the attack and has Jax tangled up in the ropes.
Jax finally reenters the ring, but gets trapped in a Possom Guillotine Choke. Jax manages to escapes and drops Bayley and then finishes her off with a monstrous leg-drop.
Nia Jax defeats Bayley
Samoa Joe returns!
Almost immediately following the match between Jax and Bayley, Samoa Joe’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. When Joe fights his opponent, he’ll imagine beating up everyone in the crowd.
Samoa Joe vs. Apollo Crews
Apollo Crews takes the fight to Joe to start the match. Crews controls the pace, but when he charges at Joe in the corner he gets dropped. “Sit the hell down,” shouts Samoa Joe as he swats Apollo down to the canvas.
Joe finishes off the match with a Coquina Clutch.
Samoa Joe defeats Apollo Crews via submission
Nia Jax Interview
WWE Intercontinental Championship match: The Miz (c) w/ The Miztourage vs. Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy controls the match in the early going, and almost puts away Miz in the early going. Matt is still in control when we return from the break, as he mounts Miz in the corner and punches him in the head over and over again. Miz turns the tide with a neck-breaker from the top. Miz continues the assault, dropping Matt with a knee and another neck-breaker.
Miz fights dirty, choking Matt on the second rope while the referee commands him to stop. Bo Dallas hits Matt while the referee is distracted. Miz beats Matt’s head down into the apron.
Matt turns the tide and hits a flawless moonsault, and pins The Miz who kicks out at the count of 2. Miz turns the tide with some “YES” Kicks and then finishes off his opponent with a Skull Crushing Finale.
The Miz defeats Matt Hardy to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Stacie Cullen vs. Asuka
Asuka totally kicks ass in this match. She starts off the contest, flooring Stacie Cullen with a spinning back-fist. Asuka dominates with kicks to the head and a hard shot to the back of Stacie’s neck. Asuka grins.
“The Empress of Tomorrow” Asuka beats her opponent into the corner. The referee warns her, but Asuka yells back. She beats up Stacie a bit more before applying the Asuka Lock for the victory.
Asuka defeats Stacie Cullen
Kane attacks Daniel Bryan in the dark!
Finn Balor vs. Cesaro
Finn Balor controls the early moments of the match. Finn drops Cesaro with hard shots. Cesaro turns the tide and drops Balor with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker. Cesaro fires away with uppercuts in the corner. Balor eats a clothesline.
Balor regains control with a dropkick. He then runs on the apron and kicks Cesaro in the face. Cesaro distracts the referee, while Sheamus takes advantage, bring Balor down to the floor.
Cesaro is kicking ass. He levels Balor with a monster uppercut.
But you can’t keep Balor down for long. He fights back and even takes out Sheamus with a kick to the back of the head. Balor annihilates Cesaro as he jumps off the top rope and stomps on the back of his opponent’s neck.
Finn Balor defeats Cesaro
Post-Match: Kane assault Finn Balor on the entrance ramp, taking him out with a Tombstone Piledriver.
Kane vs. Seth Rollins
Kane and Rollins exchange moves in the early going of the match. Kane counters a suicide dive with a punch to the face. Kane keeps control in the ring, fending off a spry Seth.
Rollins gains control, taking the fight right to “The Big Red Machine” Kane. But Seth crashes and burns while performing a suicide dive and is never able to fully recover. Kane finishes off Rollins with a choke-slam.
Kane defeats Seth Rollins
Post-Match: Dean Ambrose drops Kane with the Dirty Deeds. But Sheamus and Cesaro come in to assault Ambrose. Kane recovers and hits a thombstone pile-driver on both Amrose and Rollins.
The Miz is scared sh*tless of Braun Strowman
Trick or Treat Street Fight: Heath Slater & Rhyno vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
This was a very fun match. Gallows and Anderson dressed as their personas from Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Meanwhile, Heath Slater dressed as Santa Claus, while Rhyno dressed up as Mrs. Claus.
The end of the match saw Rhyno goring Anderson into a table. Rhyno goes for the pin and the win.
Jason Jordan once again interrupts the music of Elias Samson
Kalisto vs. Drew Gulak
Kalisto takes out Drew Gulak in short order with a Salida del Sol.
Kalisto defeats Drew Gulak
Post-Match: Enzo Amore assaults Kalisto.
WWE Raw Women’s Championship match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Mickie James
Both ladies lock up to start the match, and end up tangled in the ropes. Bliss wants a break, but kicks Mickie in the gut instead. The champion grabs the challenger, talks some trash, and throws her down to the mat. Mickie slips through Bliss’ legs, and brings the champion down to the canvas. Mickie hits hard and Bliss retreats for a breather. Mickie comes running, but gets dropped and stomped by the champion.
Mickie turns the tide with a hurricanrana from the top rope. Bliss retreats outside the ring as we go to the commercial break. When we return, Bliss is in control after driving Mickie head-first into the ring post. Mickie attempts to mount a comeback, but is crushed by Bliss’ clothesline, which sends her down to the mat.
Bliss continues to talk sh*t to Mickie while maintaining her assault. Bliss drops Mickie with a big-time clothesline. Mickie mounts a comeback, which is once again shut down as the crowd begins to chant for “CM Punk.”
James comes back with hard strikes, but is once again leveled by Bliss. The champion talks some more trash, telling the older challenger that her time is up. Mickie kips up and goes to the top, but is slammed back down to the mat by her neck. Ouch! Alexa Bliss is brutal AF!
Alexa Bliss ascends the top rope, but Mickie pushes her off, sending her sailing back down on the canvas. Bliss hits the mat hard, which puts the challenger back in control. James goes to the top and hits a Thesz Press for a very close 2 count. Bliss tries to escape, but Mickie is right on her tail. The fight returns to the ring, and Mickie kicks Bliss right in her pretty face. Mickie attempts to pin Bliss numerous times, including a roll-up with a bridge, but Bliss keeps kicking out at the count of 2.
After a long-fought contest, Alexa Bliss finished off Mickie James with a hard punch to the jaw.
Alexa Bliss defeats Mickie James to retain her WWE Raw Women’s Championship
Braun is back!
The Miz and his Miztourage attempt to escape in their limousine, but they get blocked by a garbage truck. Miz tells the driver to move, but Braun Strowman appears from out of the trash, standing tall and yelling. Miz and his Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) exit their vehicle and start running back to the arena.
Alexa Bliss is still celebrating in the ring, while Bo Dallas gets launched onto the stage by Braun Strowman. Bo and Axel try to fight back, but Strowman is just too much for them. Strowman grabs Miz and throws him into the LED board. Strowman is unstoppable. He powerslams Axel left and right, as the crowd cheers for more. Strowman sends Axel crashing through the announcer’s table. And the only thing Miz can do is look on in terror.
“The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman stands tall tonight!