Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up on the USA Network with a look back at last week and how Kevin Owens was added to the WWE Title match at WWE Day 1 with Seth Rollins and champion Big E. Rollins is backstage now. He laughs and says tonight Owens will find himself going one-on-one with Big E inside a Steel Cage. We see the cage being lowered around the ring as Rollins goes on, saying he will enjoy every second as they destroy each other. He says at WWE Day 1 we will usher in a new year with a new champion, as he claims his rightful place as WWE Champion. Rollins laughs again and tells everyone to enjoy the show.
We cut backstage to a fired up WWE Champion Big E. He says tonight in the cage there is no easy way out and not only will he beat Owens, he will punish him. We’re live from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee as Jimmy Smith welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
Big E vs. Kevin Owens – Steel Cage Match
Big E wins when he hits the Big Ending from the top rope and just barely escaped the cage.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Big E celebrates before Rollins attacks and jumps him on the outside. He then jumps Owens in the ring and goes for a Curb Stomp before Big E cuts him off with a belly to belly. He hits another Big Ending to Owens in the ring. During commercial, it’s shown that Bobby Lashley came out and took out everyone, spearing Big E, suplexing Seth and Owens while finishing Big E off with a huge slam.
Still to come, Lynch vs. Morgan for the RAW Women’s Title, Miz TV with Edge and a tournament to determine number 1 contenders for the RAW Tag Team Titles.
We go back to the ring and out come WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega. Vega hushes the fans and starts insulting Nikki A.S.H., saying she feels sorry for her but not as sorry as she will feel when Vega wins their match tonight. The champs hit the ring as Nikki makes her way out with Rhea Ripley.
Zelina Vega vs. Nikki A.S.H
Nikki has a suplex countered but Vega takes her down and this time the referee catches her. More back and forth now. Nikki drops Vega and goes to the top but Vega dodges the crossbody. Vega immediately follows up with Code Red for the pin to win.
Winner: Queen Zelina
After the match, Vega and Carmella celebrate at ringside as the music hits. Ripley enters the ring to tend to Nikki as the champs taunt them from the ramp.
– RAW Tag Team Champions Randy Orton and Riddle are backstage now. Riddle rants some until Kevin Patrick interrupts, asking about tonight’s tournament. Riddle does some of his usual promo stuff and it’s annoying, as usual. It’s hard to believe Orton isn’t really annoyed. Riddle mentions how they will handle everything for the tournament, including backstage interviews. Riddle wore a blazer to the segment and he ends up bringing out a blazer for Orton to wear. Orton refuses at first but fans in the arena apparently want him to wear the blazer as well. Orton puts it on and Riddle is happy as they walk out of the backstage arena. The champs head to the ring now and Orton isn’t thrilled with the blazer, but fans cheer them on as we go back to commercial.
AJ Styles and Omos vs. The Street Profits
AJ springboards up but Omos tags himself in. AJ isn’t happy. Dawkins tags in and drops AJ at ringside. Omos runs over Dawkins. Ford leaps out but Omos catches him in mid-air, then slams him over the edge of the apron. Omos has to level Dawkins again as the referee counts. AJ looks to plead with Omos to get back in the ring, or perhaps keep the attack going on Dawkins, but the referee keeps counting and Omos is counted out.
Winners: The Street Profits
After the match, AJ and Omos return to the ring. AJ talks about how Omos has to listen because that’s how this team works. Omos isn’t interested as he turns and walks away from AJ. Fans boo and AJ looks on as Omos walks straight to the back. AJ calls for Omos to come back but the big man yells and keeps walking. Riddle enters the ring and does some comedy while trying to interview AJ on “these crazy events.” AJ isn’t interested but Riddle keeps on. AJ asks Riddle if he should be interviewing the winners. Riddle’s journalistic integrity told him to follow the biggest story, plus The Profits are too fast.
Riddle says things are getting juicy between AJ and Omos, so can AJ explain? AJ asks if this is Dateline. AJ says this was just a disagreement, miscommunication between a great tag team, something Riddle would know nothing about. AJ says he’s going to shove the mic down Riddle’s throat if he doesn’t get it out of his face.
AJ walks off as Riddle hypes up the rest of the tournament, and takes one final shot at AJ and Omos. Riddle asks Orton if he’d like to add anything. Fans chant for Orton, who is still sitting next to the announcers. Orton simply says “no” and Reporter Riddle signs off from the ring as Orton’s music starts up.
Sarah Schreiber is backstage with RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Becky talks about how this is a big night, and how Liv has never been hotter because of what she’s done in recent weeks. Fans are behind her, there’s a new bandwagon to jump on as the Liv Morgan Train keeps on. Becky says the real battle will not be in the ring tonight, it will be in Liv’s head and heart, and with the fans. She says as Liv does better, the fans will eventually turn on her. Becky goes on and says she’s the biggest star there is, and that’s why this is just another Monday for Big Time Becks. She walks off.
Damian Priest (C) vs. Robert Roode – United States Championship
Priest retains with the Reckoning.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the match, Priest stands tall as the music hits and we go to replays. Ziggler comes in and drops Priest with a superkick. Ziggler regroups with Roode at ringside as The Dirty Dawgs taunt Priest, who looks on from the mat.
– We see how Doudrop has attacked Bianca Belair at various times over the past month or so.
Bianca Belair vs. Doudrop
Doudrop charges for the corner cannonball but Belair moves just in time. Belair scoops Belair for the corner KOD, barely slamming her into the turnbuckles. Doudrop has had enough as she makes her exit up the ramp while the referee counts. Doudrop is counted out as fans boo.
After the match, Belair stands tall in the ring and taunts Doudrop as she looks on. Doudrop stops and turns around as Belair has her arm raised in the ring, staring her down.
– We see how WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon had Austin Theory in his office last week, ending their night with a slap to the face. We see Vince in his office now, and Theory walks in and takes a seat. Vince asks Theory how he’s doing, and Theory says he’s a bit sore in the jaw. Vince says he hopes Theory learns something this week as well. Vince is thinking about putting Theory in a match tonight, but asks him if he expected Vince to actually put him in a match. Theory says no. Vince thinks it over to end the segment.
– We go back to the ring as The Miz makes his way out for another must see edition of MizTV. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get the SmackDown Rebound video replay from last Friday. We go back to the ring and The Miz welcomes us to MizTV. He says Maryse is not coming here because of the people in Memphis. Miz recalls last week’s segment with WWE Hall of Famer Edge, and can’t get over the fact that Edge paid him a compliment, a heart-felt compliment. Miz knows Edge and this isn’t like him, and he can’t help but wonder if Edge is just a shell of his former self. Or is he? Let’s find out. Miz brings his guest out and here comes Edge to a big pop. Edge stops on the entrance-way as the pyro goes off and fans cheer him on.
Fans chant Edge’s name as he takes a seat. Edge says he meant those compliments last week, and he still means them this week. Miz says that is so sweet but he thinks The Rated R Superstar has lost his… edge. Edge says that’s a clever pun. Miz says the old Ultimate Opportunist would’ve Speared him out of his $9,000 shoes last week. Miz knows Edge can get around the ring just fine, but he thinks he sounds mentally weak. Edge tells him to not mistake his kindness for weakness. Edge doesn’t know what is going on here, but clearly Miz has bigger issues. Edge asks what the deal is here?
Miz says he needed Edge’s kindness when he first got into WWE, when he was walking around on egg shells, when he was kicked out of the locker room for being an outcast and ostracized, for having the It Factor. Miz says everyone was busy protecting Edge, and treating Miz like a peasant when he was better than 90% of the locker room. Miz says he doesn’t want or need Edge’s kindness. Edge recalls a talk he had with Miz years ago where he told Miz he’d be just fine, and Miz brushed him off. Edge talks about how he went through the same issues 7 years before Miz, and the biggest difference is Edge didn’t walk into the locker room thinking he was better than everyone else. Edge goes on about how he doesn’t hold people down.
Edge tells Miz to look into the mirror tonight and it will tell him the same thing as back in 2006 – you’re an ass. Miz stands up, as does Edge. Miz says Edge is a hypocrite and he’s vulnerable. Miz says he’s surpassed Edge in every way, and 2022 will be his year, and he can’t think of a better way to kick it off than beating Edge at January 1. Miz forgot the name of WWE Day 1. Edge says that is then, but he’s standing here in Memphis right now with nothing between them but air and opportunity. Fans chant as they face off. Miz simply says “no” but continues about how he’s not afraid or scared… Edge drops him with a punch to the mouth. We get a replay and come back to Edge looking on from the stage as Miz throws a fit in the ring.
Finn Balor vs. T-Bar
Finn wins with Coup De Grace.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Balor celebrates and poses until Austin Theory suddenly attacks from behind. Theory unloads on Balor as fans boo. Theory lays Balor out with the ATL in the middle of the ring. Theory pulls out his phone and takes a few selfies with Balor as the boos continue. Theory makes his exit, yells about expecting the unexpected, and is apparently sending the selfies to Vince McMahon.
– WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke is surprised by R-Truth and Akira Tozawa backstage but Truth wonders if that is PG, and they let her go. Reggie comes flying out of nowhere and tells her don’t be alarmed, he’s here to finish their conversation. Reggie gives Brooke props for her title win and says the title looks good on her. Tamina Snuka suddenly runs up on Brooke but Reggie gives her the heads up, allowing the champ to escape as Reggie gets in Tamina’s way.
Becky Lynch (C) vs. Liv Morgan – RAW Women’s Championships
After a series of reversals, Becky rolls up Liv while holding onto the ropes for the win.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Liv is emotional in the ring as Becky celebrates.