The penultimate episode of Monday Night Raw ahead of TLC was a stacked one that included Randy Orton inviting himself to the FireFly Funhouse and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre teaming with Sheamus to take on The Miz, John Morrison, and AJ Styles in a handicap match.
Let’s Get Randy
Randy Orton opened the show and was looking to entice The Fiend, but it was Bray Wyatt who appeared inside the Funhouse. Wyatt played a game of “Let’s Get Randy” which further infuriated Orton, who pitched a match against Wyatt for later in the night, which Wyatt accepted.
Asuka def. Shayna Baszler
This was the first-ever meeting between Asuka and Baszler and both women looked to send a message ahead of their TLC showdown. Nia Jax attacked Lana on the outside but this time Lana fought back and it was Jax who was sent into the announce table. The distraction allowed Asuka to roll Baszler up for the victory.
Dana Brooke and Ricochet def. Reckoning and Slapjack
After the issues between these four stars were left unresolved last week, it was decided that a mixed tag team match was the best idea. Despite Slapjack looking impressive, Dana Brooke was able to deliver a sit-out slam to Reckoning to pick up the win. After the match, Mustafa Ali once again looked annoyed with his team and shouted at Reckoning for providing the loss.
The Miz welcomed AJ Styles on Miz TV, where it was announced that his WWE Championship match would be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at TLC. After Morrison and Miz insulted Sheamus, the Irish star headed out to the ring and was backed up by the WWE Champion ahead of their handicap match later in the night.
Kofi Kingston def. Shelton Benjamin
After Cedric Alexander was able to send a message to Xaiver Woods last week, Shelton Benjamin wasn’t able to follow this up since he was pinned following a Trouble in Paradise.
Alexander then stepped up and challenged Kingston to a match, which he accepted.
Cedric Alexander def. Kofi Kingston: Cedric Alexander was able to do what his partner couldn’t and pin Kingston following a Lumbar Check.
The Miz, John Morrison, and AJ Styles def. Sheamus and Drew McIntyre
AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre were both prepared to send a message to each other ahead of their TLC showdown, but Miz and Morrison were the men who took all of the abuse before Styles tagged in.
The match took quite the turn when John Morrison ducked and Sheamus Brogue Kicked Drew McIntyre in the face. This left Sheamus in the ring to take the Phenomenal Forearm from Styles for the win.
After the match, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre brawled backstage before they then attacked Pat Buck when he tried to step in. After the brawl, Sheamus and McIntyre appeared to be back on the same page.
Bobby Lashley def. Jeff Hardy
Lashley was dominating the match and about to pick up the win when MVP helped to provide the distraction, but Riddle was the equalizer. The Original Bro ran down to the ring and pulled MVP off the apron to help even the odds.
Hardy looked as though he could pick up the win when he was going for the Swanton Bomb but Lashley reversed into a Spear before he locked in The Hurt Lock for the submission victory.
Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt Ends in a No-Contest
The challenge for this was accepted earlier in the night and surprisingly the match was much more fun than expected. Wyatt almost had the win when he went for Sister Abigail but Orton was able to reverse into a neck breaker. The Viper was about to pick up the victory when he hit the RKO and the lights went out and The Fiend was the one in the ring underneath Orton.
The Fiend locked in The Mandible Claw on Orton to end this week’s show.