Chris Jericho opens up Raw with the last ever Highlight Reel as he says he will beat Kevin Owens at Payback and move to Smackdown. He’s then interrupted by the Miz and Maryse who turn the Highlight Reel into Miz TV. They are then interrupted by the Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose. Ambrose turns Miz TV into The Ambrose Asylum. Ambrose welcomes his guests as he has a gift for Jericho. Ambrose gives Jericho a blazer wrapped in Christmas lights to compensate for Ambrose tearing up the light bright jacket. Ambrose tells him to “Try it on maaaaaan!” Miz says that the superstars should be giving him gifts, Ambrose says he has a gift for him as he hits the Dirty Deeds. Y2J then puts Maryse on the List of Jericho.
Matt Hardy vs Sheamus
The two men go back and forth early in the match it appears to be Sheamus’ strength against Hardy’s experience. Hardy connects with a Side Effect on the apron. Sheamus regains control and begins to wear down his opponent. Sheamus gets a near fall. Hardy starts to fight back as he begins to take control. Matt Hardy gets a near fall. A distraction allows Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate. Matt Hardy wins via Pinfall.
Sheamus & Cesaro extend their hands in respect to The Hardyz after the match.
GM Kurt Angle is confronted by The Miz who says he’s bothered by Jericho and Ambrose interrupting Miz TV. Angle tells Miz to find a partner for his Tag match against Dean Ambrose & Chris Jericho.
Neville & TJ Perkins vs Gentleman Jack Gallagher & Austin Aries
Aries and Gallagher take early control of the match sending both opponents to the floor. TJP & Neville begin to wear Gallagher. Gallagher tags in Aries who begins the fight back for his team and takes control of the match, gaining a near fall over TJP. A brawl ensues and after his signature Headbutt to Neville, Gallagher throws TJP into the Discuss 5-arm. Aries & Gallagher win via Pinfall.
Dumpster Match: Braun Strowman vs Kalisto
Strowman says he considers the WWE Universe nothing more than trash. Kurt tries to talk Kalisto out of the match but he tells the GM if he’s not fighting for his pride he’s got nothing.
Kalisto starts quick trying to use his speed against the Monster Among Men. He takes the fight to his opponent rocking him early. Strowman soon takes over through as he launches Kalisto across the ring. Kalisto tries to counter and pull Strowman into the dumpster but Braun puts a stop to it. Strowman begins to dominate but Kalisto fights back and manages to get Strowman into the dumpster. Kalisto Wins.
An enraged Strowman gets in to the ring and begins to decimate the little Luchador. Strowman throws Kalisto into the dumpster shuts the lid and wheels it up the ramp. He ties the dumpster shut and pushes it off the stage.
Dana Brooke vs Alicia Fox
Foxy takes the fight to Dana getting an early near fall. Emma makes her way out to ringside. Dana overpowers Alicia and begins to fight back. Dana hits the Michinoku Driver. Dana Brooke wins via Pinfall.
Emma hugs Dana in celebration and leaves.
Samoa Joe and The Club are interviewed backstage. Joe says history is defined by the victors. The Club claim that Joe has taught them ways to torture Enzo & Cass. Joe says he’ll break Seth Rollins at Payback.
Enzo & Cass & Seth Rollins vs The Club & Samoa Joe
Gallows, Anderson and Joe jump Enzo & Cass on their way to the ring. The Club hit the Magic Killer on Enzo. Rollins charges the ring as he and Big Cass take the ring. Kurt Angle announces that Seth and Cass will team with Finn Balor.
Finn Balor, Big Cass & Seth Rollins vs The Club & Samoa Joe
A brawl begins the match with Cass and Gallows left as the legal men. Quick tags bring in Balor but a counter from Gallows brings in Karl Anderson. Joe tags in and brings the fight to Balor. Joe begins to wear down Balor before making the tag to Anderson who continues the wear down process. Gallows comes in with Finn Balor being completely isolated from his team mates. Balor avoids a leg drop and tags in Rollins who quickens the pace and begins to take control of Karl Anderson. Rollins flies to the outside taking down Joe and Anderson. Seth refuses to hit the Pedigree and instead knees Anderson straight in the face. Seth Rollins, Finn Balor & Big Cass win via Pinfall.
Alexa Bliss says that every week the superstars of Raw come out and talk. She then proceeds to mock Bayley. She says she didn’t come to Raw to talk she came to win. Bayley makes her way out. Bayley says she’s not all talk because she works her butt off to continue living her dream. Alexa says she’ll beat Bayley in front of her whole family. Alexa says she’s going to take the Raw Women’s Championship. The music hits and out comes The Boss. Sasha says Bliss can’t come in like she owns the place. Sasha says Bayley will shut her up on Sunday but she wants to do it right now. As Bliss tries to leave, The Boss nails her with a cheap shot.
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
Bliss takes the fight to Banks and takes control early but Sasha begins to fight back and wear down Alexa. Banks gets a near fall. Bliss walks away from the match. Sasha Banks wins via Count Out.
Bayley tries to drag Alexa back to the ring but Bliss flees then ambushes the Champion before again fleeing the scene this time from Sasha.
Dean asks Jericho to take him off the List of Jericho. Dean Ambrose unmade The List but Jericho writes him back on it as he leaves.
Miz asks Heath Slater or Curtis Axel to tag with him against Ambrose & Jericho. Rhyno offers Maryse a cracker but she knocks them out of his plate. Miz is handed a note to which he is delighted as he seems to have found his partner.
Curt Hawkins issues another open challenge. Apollo Crews answers the challenge.
Curt Hawkins vs Apollo Crews
Crews takes the fight to Hawkins early on but Hawkins fights back and regains control. Hawkins gets a near fall. Apollo fights back and hits the Spin Out Powerbomb. Apollo Crews wins via Pinfall.
Titus O’Niell comes out to celebrate with Apollo.
Kalisto Medical Update
Following the beat down from Strowman earlier in the night, Kalisto was taken to hospital. Kalisto suffered hip and cervical trauma.
The Miz tells Kurt he’s going to feel sorry for Ambrose and Jericho once he sees who Miz’s partner is.
Dean Ambrose/Chris Jericho vs The Miz
Miz introduces his tag team partner and no one comes out. Miz tries to cancel the match and leave but Kurt Angle says if he can’t find a partner he’ll go it alone. The match stands. Jericho and Ambrose take the fight to The Miz and send him out to floor. Jericho takes control of the match and wears down The Miz. The Miz takes control after a distraction from Maryse. Ambrose fights back and tags in Y2J. The Miz tries to leave the ring but Ambrose follows him, as he’s set to put him through the announcers table, the lights go out and Bray Wyatt appears. Clearly he is The Miz’s partner. Bray hits Sister Abigail on Ambrose. Miz and Wyatt take Y2J to the ring. Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Miz but then turns into Sister Abigail. Miz tries to celebrate with Bray but he too suffers the Sister Abigail. The match ended in a no contest.
Not the best Monday Night Raw in all fairness, I had a feeling the dumpster match would play out that way, leaving Strowman the beaten yet dangerous animal ready for a war with Roman at Payback. I was bored really until the main event and even that wasn’t too great until Bray Wyatt appeared. The 6-man tag was a good match and so was the Cruiserweight Tag Team Match. The opening segment was quite entertaining but that’s it really out of 3 hours I’d say only 1 hour was impressive this week if that. I’m going to give Raw 5/10.