We begin with a ten bell salute for Pat Patterson. RIP Pat, you have touched many lives.
We then cut to a video package with recent incidents in the feud between “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt with Alexa Bliss and Orton. Orton likens himself to The Fiend and how he doesn’t need to wear a costume and says when his time comes, he will stare the beast in the face and let him know that the evilest son of a b—h has come to Monday Night Raw. But in the meantime, he will be hitting on the door of the Firefly Fun House, wondering and waiting just precisely who is going to let him in. The Fun House music intrudes as we see Bray waving on the big screen.
Wyatt says it’s so lovely of Randy Orton to join him tonight. Alexa Bliss would’ve joined them tonight, but she’s not here since Randy was so mean to her last week. Randy says he’s the last person Bray wants to play games with. Bray Wyatt goes to a “Let’s Get Randy” game show spoof. The rewards are a brand new Crucix, the one we’ve seen Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss use as of late, and the remains of Friendship Frog. The contestants are Ramblin’ Rabbit, Mercy The Buzzard, and Huskus The Pig. The question is, how should Randy be punished at WWE TLC. They all get an opportunity to answer, and Bray Wyatt says none of his contestants are right but fortunately for Randy, “He” always has the correct answer. Bray changes his tune, and we get glimmers of The Fiend. Randy Orton says he will play games if Bray Wyatt wants to, but he wants a match tonight. Not with The Fiend because he will see him at TLC… Randy wants to face Wyatt tonight. Bray accepts. The Fun House music starts back up as Bray waves goodbye to Randy. Randy Orton looks on and smirks in the ring.
Asuka Vs. Shayna Baszler
Asuka continues to invite the Women’s Tag Team Champions and keeps hacking away at their already volatile chemistry. The Empress of Tomorrow battled the gorgeous Shayna Baszler, but the brawl outside the ring between Nia Jax and Lana took center stage. Lana shocked Jax with an incredible counter that sent The Irresistible Force flying into the announce table and allowed Asuka to pin a distracted Baszler.
Winner: Asuka in 3 minutes.
Match Review: 1/5. Poor Asuka, she is stuck between Lana and Nia Jax. The match was more like an angle to put over Lana-Shock value.
Ricochet and Dana Brooke Vs. SLAPJACK and RECKONING
Ricochet and Dana Brooke had both experienced the wrath of RETRIBUTION in the last few weeks and chose to team up in a Mixed Tag Team Match against SLAPJACK and RECKONING. From the second match started, Ricochet was flying high as usual, and Dana Brooke made quick work of RECKONING with a Sit-down Slam to clinch the pin. After the battle, Ali wasn’t shy about sharing his hatred with the RETRIBUTION members after failing to keep the journey rising.
Winner: Ricochet and Dana Brooke in 2 minutes.
Match Review: 1/5. Retribution can’t defeat Dana Brooke. Such a fall of a promising faction.
Kofi Kingston Vs. Shelton Benjamin | Cedric Alexander Vs. Kofi Kingston
The rivalry between The New Day and The Hurt Business raged on, as Kofi Kingston found himself in the crosshairs of Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander. The former WWE Champion finished Benjamin first with a Trouble in Paradise, but Alexander laid down a challenge as Kingston exited the ring noticeably hobbled. Alexander targeted his opponent’s knee, and Kingston’s perseverance was halted by a Lumbar Check that secured Alexander’s success. Still, his post-match theatrics once again caught a few glimpses from his Hurt Business associates.
Winner: Cedric Alexander defeated Kofi Kingston in 10 minutes.
Match Review: 2.5/5. Good match that showed how talented Kofi really is. He was a WWE champion last year, and today, he is losing to Cedric Alexander. Sad.
AJ Styles, The Miz and John Morrison Vs. Drew McIntyre and Sheamus – 2-on-3 Handicap Match
AJ Styles, The Miz, and John Morrison were hoping a numbers advantage could help bring their original plan of taking the WWE Title from Drew McIntyre to success. The Scottish Superstar teamed up once again with his friend Sheamus, and the tandem came out dancing from the opening bell in the 2-on-3 Handicap Match. McIntyre and Sheamus took pleasure in dishing out punishment, but as the match turned chaotic, a rogue Brogue Kick connected with the WWE Champion and set up Styles to clobber Sheamus with a Phenomenal Forearm to seal the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles, The Miz, and John Morrison in 15 minutes.
Match Review: 3/5. It was a good handicap tag team action with the number advantage granting heels a much-needed victory. I can’t wait to see Sheamus challenge Drew for the WWE title in future.
Bobby Lashley Vs. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy has never backed down from a fight and ran straight into a showdown with The All-Mighty. After a grueling Symphony of Destruction Match against Elias last week, The Charismatic Enigma showed his trademark grit in the early going to stave off Lashley’s strength. With MVP backing his Hurt Business client from ringside, Riddle emerged to help even the odds for Jeff Hardy. Hardy had the champion reeling when he dropped him with a Twist of Fate, but Lashley countered by nearly Spearing Hardy out of his shoes and applying the Hurt Lock, forcing the former WWE Champion to submit. Bobby Lashley kept Jeff Hardy in the Hurt Lock after the bell until Riddle jumped into the ring to help Jeff Hardy finally get free from the deadly submission.
Winner: Bobby Lashley in 14 minutes.
Match Review: 2.5/5. Good match with Bobby Lashley, proving that he is as good as it gets when the opponent is right.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Randy Orton may be the only wrestler wicked enough to knock on The Firefly Fun House door, but Wyatt was pleased to answer his call for a clash. The two twisted wrestlers had pain on their minds from the beginning, and Bray grabbed control of the match after sending Randy Orton crashing onto the announce table. As The Viper struck Wyatt with an RKO, the WWE Arena was covered in darkness. With Randy seemingly lined up for a pin, the lights revealed The Fiend had emerged from the abyss, and he left his WWE TLC opponent stunned with a stifling Mandible Claw.
Winner: No Result in 12 minutes.
Match Review: This was a unique main event, but I still have my reservations. I would like to see Randy fight Wyatt in a regular match; this paranormal ring action is not something I would like to see in 2020. That being said, they tried their best to tell the story. I am not rating it as it was not a match.
Another RAW episode that tried hard to fill the three hours, but barely made it.
NYK Rating of WWE RAW, December 7, 2020: 5.5/10.
Three Stars of the Show:
- Drew McIntyre
- Jeff Hardy/Bobby Lashley
- AJ Styles