Drew McIntyre starts the show. He says that he isn’t making excuses for last night today and promises to become WWE Champion again. He quotes the movie Rocky that says it’s not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you get hit and keep fighting.
People may assume him mad, but if we could read Drew’s head right now, you’d be startled. He’s interrupted by John Morrison and The Miz. Drew says they need to pick their words wisely. Morrison states he had a great run, but Miz says it’s not as great as Mr. Money In The Bank. Morrison says Drew isn’t a failure, but he’s not a winner.
Miz remembers cashing in on Orton 10 years ago. He also says he would have cashed in on Drew if he retained the title, putting himself in the same position he’s in now. Morrison mocks him further before Drew sends both Morrison and Miz flying with suplexes. Miz briefly targets Drew’s knee before both escapes. Miz and Morrison flight, and Drew says he has an idea, and it’s going to be a stormy night for both of them.
AJ Styles arrives and says he’s the face that runs the place and his associate’s face is a face that doesn’t want to be talked to. He then calls Jeff the biggest cheater in WWE history because if he tries what he did to Elias last night to him, his associate will make sure Jeff will never put down the bottle.
AJ Styles Vs. Jeff Hardy – Survivor Series Qualifying Match
AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy brought their best in an attempt to represent Raw at Survivor Series. Backed up by his towering new associate, The Phenomenal One had some choice words for The Charismatic Enigma and the WWE Universe before the opening bell. His new friend aided styles at ringside, who caught a flying Hardy midway through the match. Styles skied for a Phenomenal Forearm to punch his Survivor Series ticket with the bout hanging in the balance. After the final bell, an irate Elias smashed another guitar over Hardy’s back to achieve some WWE Hell in a Cell payback.
Winner: AJ Styles in 10 minutes.
Match Review: 3/5. Good match between two seasoned veterans who understands the ring as good as anybody. It was an evenly timed match with AJ winning it cleanly.
Lucha House Party Vs. Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak
Lucha House Party focused their efforts against Akira Tozawa & Drew Gulak until 24/7 Champion R-Truth brought mayhem to the WWE Thunderdome. The positive 42-time champion strolled out to the ring, and a mad scramble ensued for his title. R-Truth sent Tozawa flying over the barricade and escaping after Lucha House Party picked up a tag team victory.
Winner: Lucha House Party in two minutes.
Match Review: 1/5. A silly match that had zero impact on any storyline.
Keith Lee Vs. Elias – Survivor Series Qualifying Match
Keith Lee overwhelmed Elias to ensure a Team Raw Survivor Series spot. Elias seemed on the verge of throwing a release party on the day of his new album’s “Universal Truth” launch up the charts, but the appearance of Jeff Hardy foiled his plans. Lee used the distraction to deliver a Spirit Bomb to Elias for the win, and The Charismatic Enigma played the final note with a guitar strike to the back of his WWE Hell in a Cell opponent.
Winner: Keith Lee in 10 minutes.
Match Review: 2/5. Average match with a predictable interruption from Jeff Hardy.
The Hurt Business Vs. RETRIBUTION – Tag Team Elimination Match
When RETRIBUTION showed up, Superstars disseminated, but The Hurt Business ran right into the fight. The Hurt Business inflicted their will once again on Raw as The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin, Bobby Lashley, Cedric Alexander, and MVP withstood the chaos and stood tall. RECKONING disturbingly entered the fray and created a distraction to help SLAPJACK eliminate MVP to give RETRIBUTION an early advantage.
After Shelton Benjamin eliminated MACE, Ali was all alone with Alexander and Benjamin. With the odds stacked against the leader of RETRIBUTION, Ali opted for a steel chair attack on Alexander before leaping over the barricade and escaping to avoid The Hurt Business’ wrath.
Winners: The Hurt Business in fifteen minutes.
Match Review: 2.5/5. Average match that got exciting towards the end before a ridiculous disqualification finish means this rivalry will continue.
Drew McIntyre Vs. The Miz
Drew McIntyre got over the loss of his WWE Championship. The only way he knows how – by looking for a fight. As the Scottish Superstar addressed the WWE Universe, The Miz & John Morrison interrupted the former champion and entered his crosshairs. In the Bank, Mr. Money tried to target the clogged Superstar after his exhausting Hell in a Cell Match, but McIntyre persevered. Despite Morrison’s best efforts to hold him back, McIntyre connected with a Claymore to The Miz and then proclaimed his victory with Matthew McConaughey.
Winner: Drew McIntyre in 5 minutes.
Match Review: 2/5. Good match, which was too short for my liking. It wasn’t a usual squash with The Miz showing plenty of offense before Drew McIntyre coming back strong with an impressive Claymore.
Lacey Evans vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross vs. Lana
After naming the first four members, Adam Pearce announced a Fatal 4-Way Match featuring Peyton Royce, Lana, Lacey Evans, and Nikki Cross for the final place on Team Raw for the Survivor Series. It was controlled chaos throughout as all four women left it all in the ring to steal the last spot at Survivor Series. Ever the lavishing Lana jumped into action after all three competitors came crashing down off the ropes for the pin. Seemingly not happy with the final addition to Team Raw, Nia Jax gave Lana a Nia special welcome to the squad by throwing her through the announce table.
Winner: Lana in eight minutes.
Match Review: 1/5. I am happy for Lana. However, I wanted Peyton Royce’s victory.
Sheamus Vs. Matt Riddle – Survivor Series Qualifying Match
It was an explosive battle for the night’s final Team Raw spot between Sheamus and Matt Riddle. Matt Riddle left it all in the ring as he attacked Sheamus from every angle. Sheamus was more than pleased to dish back punishment to his opponent, but Riddle dug deep for a super suplex to almost win the match. One well-time Brogue Kick ‘check-mate’ The Original Bro’s Survivor Series bid in its tracks, as The Celtic Warrior made his way onto Team Raw.
Match Review: 3.5/5. Match of the night. I was rooting for Matt Riddle’s victory, but Sheamus is just as talented and deserving.
Alexa Bliss is in the ring for the new “A Moment of Bliss” episode. Bliss, who still has the Firefly Fun House and Bray Wyatt fever going, welcomes us to an extraordinary episode of her show. She says her guest went through Hell last night at Hell In a Cell to win the WWE Title from Drew McIntyre. She introduces Randy Orton, and outcomes the new WWE Champion.
The commentators talk about how this could be a net for Orton, set up by Bliss and The Fiend. Orton hits the corner to pose with the WWE Title belt. Bliss tells Orton he can sit, ensuring she won’t bite, but he’d rather stand. She wanted to talk about his super-duper win last night and if he thought he’d pull it off. Orton goes on about how he was not overwhelmed by the success and what he did. He asks Bliss if she has any surprises for him. She does not. Bliss references how Orton and Drew “burned the house down” last night. Orton says there it is – burn the house down. Orton says he knows Wyatt well, and he knows he’s close.
Orton asks where The Fiend is. The music interrupts, and here comes Drew. McIntyre rushes the ring and starts brawling with Orton, trading big blows with each other. Bliss watches and just laughs, sitting on the top turnbuckle. Drew destroys the set and goes back to work on Orton, dropping him with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Bliss is still pointing and laughing. Drew waits for Orton to deliver the Claymore Kick, but the crowd’s lights start going out to black. The arena is fully dark now. We hear the scary sounds of The Fiend start up as the hall turns red. Drew is standing alone in the ring. Orton is standing on the ramp with the title over his shoulder, looking anxious. Drew stares him down from the ring. Orton senses something behind him. It’s The Fiend.
Orton knows The Fiend is there, but he keeps looking ahead at Drew. The Fiend is just staring at the back of Orton. Orton slowly walks down the ramp to the ring. Drew meets him at ringside and they go back to brawling. The red lights are gone now as Orton and Drew continue brawling around the ringside area. Orton sends Drew into the barrier. They brawl in front of the announce table now. Drew sends Orton face-first into the steel ring steps. Drew slams Orton’s face into the announce table, but Orton counters and slams Drew on the table. Fans boo as Orton mounts Drew on top of the table. The post-Hell In a Cell edition of RAW suddenly goes off the air while Orton drops punches on Drew on top of the announce table.
NYK Rating of WWE RAW October 26, 2020: 6.5/10.
Three Stars of the show.
- Matt Riddle
- AJ Styles