The New Year is quickly approaching and that means WWE Day 1 with it. There was a lot to look forward to with that show being less than two weeks away and a lot of action slated for the PPV. But before that could occur, the WWE Raw roster had to get through another edition of WWE Monday Night Raw that featured several rematches across the show, and other segments to move along the stories heading into the PPV.
The night started with Bobby Lashley, who successfully inserted himself into the WWE Championship picture last week after picking up multiple victories on the show. Through MVP, Lashley had a lot to say about pushing his way into the title match at WWE Day 1, but before he would get through his rant, out came WWE Champion Big E to offer his thoughts.
The back-and-forth between the three men led to a “match” between Big E and MVP. But before they could get down to action, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens came out and attacked Lashley. Big E ended up coming to Lashley’s aid as the two men cleared out the ring, forcing Owens and Rollins to retreat. That led to the creation of a tag team match between Rollins and Owens taking on Big E and Lashley.
The first match of the night was a rematch between Bianca Belair and Doudrop, called “The Final Chapter.” The two women have battled for the last two weeks straight.
Belair and Doudrop go face-to-face to start the match with Belair forcing Doudrop to retreat early. However, she took advantage of Belair’s aggression, knocking her to the mat with ease. Belair fought back to her feet, but Doudrop stayed on top of her.
Belair answered back with a dropkick and shoulder charge into the corner. When she jumped off the top Doudrop caught her and planted her with a slam for a two-count. Belair rolled out of the way of the senton, but Doudrop countered with a pair of knees to avoid the handspring moonsault. The two women fought outside the ring with Belair landing a big spinebuster on the floor.
Back from commercial and Doudrop had Belair in trouble on the top rope. They ended up on the top where Belair attempted to powerbomb Doudrop but she fought out of the position. She went for a Banzai Drop but Belair avoided it. She couldn’t avoid the cannonball in the corner that gave Doudrop another two-count.
When both ladies were back up, Belair was able to pick up the pace, eventually hitting a crossbody from the second rope. She was able to hit the handspring moonsault for a two-count. Belair tried to follow up with strikes in the corner, but Doudrop planted her with a big powerbomb. She pulled Belair over to the corner, looking to hit the Vader Bomb but missed. Belair took that moment to pick up Doudrop for the KOD and hit the KOD for the win.
Bianca Belair defeated Doudrop via pinfall.
The next match out featured Finn Balor taking on Austin Theory.
Balor jumped on Theory as soon as the bell rang, pummeling Theory and forcing him out of the ring. When the brawl hit the floor, Theory was able to take over. But things switched right back when they returned to the ring. Balor was in trouble when they were in the ring, with Theory all over him.
Balor was able to get back to his feet, countering the sunset flip with a dropkick to the face. The match went out to the floor again and Theory landed a stiff neck breaker from the apron onto the former champion.
Back from commercial and Theory was still in control with a chin lock in the middle of the ring. Theory charged at Balor in the corner, only to eat to boots to the face. The pace quickened when he landed the double stomp to Theory’s chest, following it up with multiple stomps. Theory answered back with a rolling dropkick for a two-count.
Balor countered on the apron with a kick to Theory’s face but was caught while climbing up the rope. Theory hit a unique attack from the top to take Balor down, but he went for his cell phone instead. Balor reversed the ATL and hit the shotgun dropkick, landing the double stomp from the top for the win.
Finn Balor defeated Austin Theory via pinfall.
AJ Styles and Omos were on Miz TV where The Miz brought up some apparent animosity between the team members. Before they could confront their issues, Dominick and Rey Mysterio were out for their tag team match.
Styles was in early control over Dominick. Dominick tried to counter and took the Pele kick for his troubles. Rey tagged in and went to work on Styles, dropping him with a tornado DDT. He would hit the 619 on Styles, but he countered the frog splash with the knees. Styles crawled over to make the tag but Omos turned his back, looking away. Rey rolled him up to pick up the win.
Dominick and Rey Mysterio defeated AJ Styles and Omos via pinfall.
Randy Orton was out next for singles action against Chad Gable.
Gable went after Orton’s arm first, but Orton fired right back. Gable responded with a leg trip, forcing Orton outside the ring. Orton returned to the ring, slowing Gable down with a headlock takeover, but Gable countered to a quick pin, followed by a deep arm drag.
Gable hit another pair of arm drags, grounding Orton once again. Orton sent Gable outside the ring and when he tried to return, he took a stiff kick. Gable countered the draping DDT and hit another arm drag. He went for a fourth but Orton countered with the RKO to pick up the win.
Randy Orton defeated Chad Gable via pinfall.
Damian Priest was up against Dolph Ziggler for a United States Championship contender’s match next.
Priest and his power were in control early, but Ziggler was able to fight back, countering a powerbomb into a roll up, but Priest kicked out at two. Priest dropped Ziggler with a nasty pancake, but Ziggler caught him on the top rope for a Superplex.
Priest went for high kicks but Ziggler countered with a DDT for a two-count. Priest countered the superkick with a right hand, then started to pelt Ziggler with combination offense. Ziggler countered the Broken Arrow but took a nasty clothesline for his trouble. Priest then hit the broken arrow and made a pin attempt for a two-count. Priest kicked Ziggler off the top but Robert Roode tripped him on the apron.
Priest ended up attacking Roode on the outside of the ring causing the count-out defeat.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Damian Priest via count out.
The next match out featured another rematch between Rhea Ripley and Zelina Vega.
Ripley went after Vega but the smaller woman was able to use her quickness. She even countered Ripley into a stunner for a two-count. Ripley countered her knee attack and landed a boot right to the chest. Ripley attempted a Superplex but Vega countered, sliding out the bottom to escape. She landed another knee to the face but Ripley kicked out at two.
Ripley caught Vega again and landed the Riptide to pick up the victory.
Rhea Ripley defeated Zelina Vega via pinfall.
The main event of the evening brought out Big E and Bobby Lashley to take on Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins in tag team action.
Big E and Owens started out the match with Big E battering him back into the corner. Owens fought back but ducked out the ring to attempt an escape. Lashley chased him down while Rollins tried to attack in the ring, only to be tossed out to take a shoulder tackle from Lashley as well.
Back from commercial and Lashley was in the ring with Rollins. He showed off his strength with a big vertical suplex before dropping him to the mat. He went for the Hurt Lock but Rollins slide out. He caused Lashley to fall over the top rope, tagging out to Owens who went to work with a senton and stomps. The match went back into the ring and made a pin attempt but he kicked out quickly.
Rollins was brought in to continue the assault, trying to keep Lashley on the ground. He fought back to his feet and hit a flatliner on Rollins before tagging out to Big E. Owens tagged in at the same time and was tossed around with a series of suplexes. Rollins caused a distraction but Big E kicked out of the pin attempt, following that up with a Uranage from the corner.
Rollins got involved again, allowing Owens to hit a superkick. Rollins followed up with a frog splash for a two-count. Owens hit a senton from the top for another two-count on Big E.
Lashley was back in the ring after the commercial break and landed a powerslam on Rollins. That brought in Owens and Big E where all four men brawled. This led to a miscue where Lashley speared Big E. Owens tried to hit a stunner but Lashley countered into another spear, picking up the victory for his team.
Bobby Lashley and Big E defeated Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens via pinfall.
The brawl continued outside the ring where Rollins and Owens teamed up to hit the apron bomb on Lashley before hitting him with a curb stomp on the steel steps to close out the show.