It’s the last WWE Monday Night Raw of 2021. A New Year is approaching as is the inaugural edition of WWE Day 1, the PPV set for Saturday, January 1. The PPV is facing a lot of concerns around the growing issues that WWE is facing with COVID-19. Even still, the company is going forward with this week’s show heading into the PPV.
The night started off with The Street Profits versus Dominick and Rey Mysterio as the next match in the RK-Bronament. The winners get a title shot at WWE Day 1.
Randy Orton and Matt Riddle had their typical back and forth because Alpha Academy came down to the ring. Otis was scheduled for a singles match against Orton, and Gable was to take on Riddle with these two starting off the night.
Gable took Riddle down twice with a body lock, before going for a quick backslide pin attempt. He attempted another pin attempt off the front headlock before using a hip toss to take Riddle down. Riddle answered with a triangle but Gable had to get to the ropes.
Riddle fired back with strikes out of the corner, but Gable cut his momentum with a dragon screw in the ropes. He then continued to focus on his knees and hamstrings. Gable remained one step ahead of Riddle, dodging the Pele kick and hitting a double-chicken wing suplex for a two-count. He went for a moonsault but Riddle countered with a triangle attempt that Gable countered into an ankle lock.
Riddle countered the rolling suplex with a big knee and hit the Floating Bro for the pinfall.
Matt Riddle defeated Chad Gable via pinfall.
Back from commercial and Otis versus Orton was up next.
Orton tried to hit the RKO early but Otis countered, immediately following up with a big splash. Otis forced Orton into the corner with repeated shoulder thrusts. Orton went for the RKO again, only to be pushed out of the ring.
Outside Orton was able to dodge Otis, causing him to run into the steel stairs. Orton then had the opening to hit the draping DDT. Orton then called for the RKO but Otis blocked again, hitting the World’s Strongest Slam in the middle of the ring. He pulled Otis over to the ropes for the Vader Bomb but missed. Orton took that opening to hit the RKO and pick up the win.
Randy Orton defeated Otis via pinfall.
Dana Brooke was out next for a mixed tag match with Reggie as they took on R-Truth and Tamina.
Truth and Reggie started out the match. Truth was up to his regular antics before Reggie was able to drop him. He got to Tamina to make the tag and she landed a superkick to his face to bring in Brooke. Brooke picked up the pace against the bigger woman, landing a cartwheel splash for a two-count.
But Tamina got back to her feet and dropped the 24/7 champion with an elbow to the face. Truth tagged himself in attempted a back suplex on Brooke but she escaped. Reggie quickly turned the tables with a wheel-barrow bomb technique to pick up the win.
Reggie and Dana Brooke beat R-Truth and Tamina via pinfall.
The Street Profits and Mysterios were up next for their finals match in the RK-Bronament.
Dominick and Montez Ford started out the match, exchanging positions and hitting a deep arm drag that was immediately answered. Dominick was isolated in the corner but escaped quickly to tag in Rey.
Rey quickened the pace, tossing Angelo Dawkins into the corner. But Dawkins was able to power out, landing a shoulder charge to drop the former champion. The Street Profits were able to isolate Rey with tag team offense that led to a two-count. Mysterion was able to hit a roll up for a two-count and dodged a dropkick to bring Dominick back into the match.
Together the Mysterios hit a Russian leg sweep for a two-count. Ford didn’t see Rey make the tag and that allowed the father-and-son duo to hit some offense diving outside the ring onto their opponents.
Back from the commercial, Ford and Dominick were exchanging blows in the ring. Dominick caused Ford to hit his head on the top turnbuckle before hitting a counter cutter. Both men mad the tag and Rey got the early advantage after hitting a springboard splash for a two-count. Rey hit a head-scissors takedown and went for the 619 but Dawkins countered.
Rey hit a tornado DDT for another two-count with Ford breaking up the pin. Dawkins hit the Silencer and made the tag to Ford. Ford hit a big Frog Splash from across the ring and Dominick broke up the pinfall. Dominick and Angelo continued to fight outside the ring. Ford went for a crucifix powerbomb but the Rey countered, hitting the 619 and allowing Dominick to hit the Frog Splash but Ford kicked out.
They went for the 619 again but the move was broken up. Dawkins and Dominick brawled in the ring but that allowed The Street Profits to hit the Blockbuster to pick up the win and make it to WWE Day 1.
The Street Profits defeated The Mysterios via pinfall.
AJ Styles had quite a bit to say about Omos but his tirade went unanswered. At least by Omos, as Grayson Waller from NXT had more than enough to say. And if that wasn’t enough, Apollo Crews came out to the ring as well. Commander Azeez challenged Styles to a singles match. However, Crews stepped in for the match.
Crews got his offense off early with shots to Styles’s midsection, but Styles answered with a dropkick. He landed a splash in the corner before tossing Crews to the mat and landing a knee for a two-count.
Crews didn’t stay down, landing a big vertical suplex. Styles tried to fight back but took a high back body drop for a one-count. The match ended up going outside the ring where Crews was able to take advantage.
Back from commercial and Crews remained in control with a chin lock in the ring. Styles battled back to his feet, landing a Pele kick to drop Crews. He followed that up with a blitz of offense before hitting a sliding forearm. He would hit a neck breaker on the knee for a two-count. Crews answered with a sit-out powerbomb for a close two-count.
Styles hit a springboard inverted DDT, but his momentum was cut quickly when Crews hit a DVD on the ring apron for another close two-count. Crews took Styles to the top but he countered to get back to the ground. Still Crews hit an enziguri, but Styles found a way to roll him up for a two-count. They rolled through again and he landed a Styles Clash to pick up the win.
AJ Styles defeated Apollo Crews via pinfall.
MVP and Kevin Owens got into a verbal spat which was answered by Hurt Business members, Cedric Alexander, and Shelton Benjamin. That led to Owens and Alexander getting into the ring together for a singles match.
Owens backed Alexander into a corner who was able to fight back. That was until he ate a stiff elbow followed up with a senton. Owens then hit a cannonball and went for a top rope senton bomb, but Alexander rolled outside. Alexander used that moment to clothesline Owens onto the ring apron.
Back inside the ring Owens was able to fight out of the offense, hitting a neck breaker for a close two-count. Owens went for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but Alexander countered. He used that opportunity to hit a dive to the floor and then a springboard flatliner back into the ring. Owens took over with a counter clothesline then hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb. He put away Alexander with the Stunner for the victory.
Kevin Owens defeated Cedric Alexander via pinfall.
Dolph Ziggler was out for his title shot against Damian Priest.
Ziggler used his quickness and movement to get out to an early advantage but all that stopped when he took a big boot to the face. Priest slowed the match down, forcing Ziggler into the corner with knees and punches to the face. He went for a splash in the corner but Ziggler dodged and countered.
With Priest in the corner, Ziggler landed his own offense on the champion. He landed a kick to Priest’s face, but he hit a jumping elbow before knocking Ziggler over the top with a clothesline. They fought outside the ring which resulted in Priest tossing Ziggler into the timekeeper’s area.
Back from commercial and Ziggler was back in control, hitting a Fameasser for a two-count. Ziggler started to berate Priest while punching him in the face, but that would not help the situation. Priest answered with his own punches before hitting a kick to the face. That led to multiple splashes in the corner and pancaking Ziggler to the mat. He’d then hit a Broken Arrow for a two-count.
Ziggler countered a chokeslam with a pin attempt and even hit a counter DDT for another two-count. Ziggler made the mistake of making Priest angry and that sent him off on a path of violence. Priest battered Ziggler into the corner until the referee disqualified him.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Damian Priest via disqualification.
Miz and Maryse were out to “renew their vows” as the main event segment of the night. They both agreed to remain married and when someone had objections that led to Edge making his way down to the ring. After a quick back and forth, The Miz and Maryse ended up taking a “blood bath.”