WWE Raw: Live Updates, Results and Reaction for October 22
Welcome to Bleacher Report's live coverage of WWE Raw on October 22. We are in the final week before Evolution, so expect several segments to deal with hyping the pay-per-view. This week's show will feature another appearance from D-Generation X, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose taking on Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre for the Raw tag titles, Ruby Riott taking on Sasha Banks and more buildup for Crown Jewel. Keep it locked right here for live updates of all the action.
- October 23, 2018
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Raw Recap, Grades and Reaction
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What a Way to End the Night
The show ends with Ambrose leaving through the crowd. What does this mean for the tag titles?
Ambrose Shocks the World
Rollins and Ambrose celebrate with their new titles, but then Ambrose kicks Seth in the gut and hits Dirty Deeds out of nowhere. He almost looks like he immediately regrets what he did. He jumps on Seth and starts beating him into the mat as the crowd boos. He keeps up the assault at ringside as we get multiple shots of stunned fans in the crowd. He throws the tags belts at Rollins before ripping up part of the padding at ringside. The Lunatic Fringe grabs him and hits Dirty Deeds on the exposed floor. The announcers have been silent since the attack began.
The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (Raw Tag Titles) Part 4
As McIntyre and Ziggler prepare to finish off Rollins and Ambrose, Braun Strowman's music hits. Rollins accidentally hits the ref and knocks him out. Braun and Drew stare each other down across the ring before engaging in a brawl. Strowman gets the upper hand and fights McIntyre into the crowd and back to the locker room area. Ziggler sees that he is all alone, so he grabs his title and brings it in the ring. Ambrose stops him from using it, allowing Rollins to hit the Stomp. Ambrose rolls the ref into the ring to make the count. Rollins and Ambrose are the new tag team champions!
The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre and Seth Rollins (Raw Tag Titles) Part 3
We return to see McIntyre leap over Ambrose off the top rope. Rollins makes the blind tag and hits a frog splash while Ambrose hits a suicide dive to Ziggler. Seth trips Drew on the top rope so he falls into the tree of woe. McIntyre still manages to reach up and throw Rollins across the ring. Ziggler dispatches Ambrose at ringside before he climbs to the top rope. Seth runs up and hits him with a superplex and falcon arrow for a close two count. After some mayhem involving all four men, Ziggler hits Rollins with a Zig Zag for two.
The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (Raw Tag Titles) Part 2
We return to see Ambrose trying to build some momentum. He tags Rollins and The Architect goes wild on both members of the opposing team. He sends both men out of the ring before taking them down with a suicide dive. Ziggler hits a Fameasser for a two count after Drew shoves Seth off the top rope. The Scottish Terminator comes in and starts dominating Rollins. He and Dolph use quick tags to keep him isolated. Rollins is able to get rid of both opponents for a moment, but Ziggler pulls Ambrose off the apron to prevent a tag. McIntyre hits a reverse Alabama slam for a near fall as we head to a break.
The Shield vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (Raw Tag Titles) Part 1
Rollins and Ambrose use some double team tactics to take control of McIntyre early on. Ziggler tries to help, but he and Drew get sent over the top rope as the show heads to a break.
Representing for the Shield
After we see Trish and Lita win a brawl with Fox and James backstage, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins enter the arena for the main event using their Shield entrance.
Fighting the Good Fight Against Cancer
After the break, Titus O'Neil gives a presentation honoring a handful of breast cancer survivors.
Tamina vs. Dana Brooke vs. Nia Jax vs. Ember Moon
Nia overpowers everyone before having a standoff with Tamina. Ember and Dana attack them before anything can happen. Brooke tries to steal the win with a roll-up on Moon. Jax takes out Moon and Brooke before cornering Tamina for some shoulder thrusts. Nia picks her up, but Tamina counters with a superkick. Moon hits the Eclipse out of nowhere for the pin and the win over Tamina.
Never Bring an Opponent's Mom into It
Ronda gives Nikki her word that she will not attack her. The Bellas eventually decide to take their chances and get in the ring. Then they immediately start mocking the champ. Nikki then rips into Rousey for all the ways she has let her mother down. Ronda says she is going to end Nikki on Sunday before signing the contract and leaving.
After the break, The Bella Twins and Ronda Rousey head to the ring for their contract signing. Ronda gives a little girl at ringside one of her gloves as a souvenir. The Bellas bail as soon as Rousey gets in the ring. Ronda promises she did not come to fight tonight. She just wants to make sure Nikki signs on the dotted line.
No Time for an Encore
Elias tried to play another song after the break, but he is interrupted by Baron Corbin. The acting GM says they don't have time for another song, but Elias says Steph would want him to play. Corbin says he would fire Elias if Steph wasn't a fan. Elias tells him to shut up and plays a new song he just wrote. His new song gets a pop from the crowd. Corbin orders the production crew to cut off Elias' mic and guitar and tells him to get off the stage. Elias eventually leaves, but he comes right back out and smashes the guitar over Corbin's back. The crowd gives him a huge pop.
Apollo Crews vs. Elias Part 2
We return to see Elias controlling the pace with a headlock. Apollo starts building momentum after he breaks out of the hold. He hits a flurry of kicks followed by a clothesline. He hits a standing shooting star press for a quick two count. He scoops up Elias for a Samoan drop to get another near fall. Elias hits a knee to the body followed by Drift Away for the pin and the win.
Apollo Crews vs. Elias Part 1
They lock up and Crews takes Elias down in a headlock. He does an unnecessary front handspring over Elias before putting him in another headlock. He takes The Drifter out of the ring so he can hit a moonsault from the apron.
Is He Still a Drifter?🎸
Drew and Dolph give a quick interview backstage with Charly Caruso before we head back to the ring for another performance from Elias.
Careful What You Say About a Man Who Is in the Building
As Heyman starts to get riled up talking about Braun Strowman, The Monster Among Men comes out to confront him. As he walks to the ring, Drew McIntyre comes out of nowhere to deliver a Claymore to the face.
The Advocate Speaks
Paul Heyman comes out and puts over Roman Reigns as a champion among men. He also applauds the locker room for how they are handling things backstage. He gives Roman credit for putting his healthy above his career aspirations. Heyman says he did the right thing for the title because the company deserves a champion who can be there all the time.
If You're Not Down with That...
Triple H slyly brings up NXT, but it may have also been a reference to the XFL. DX says they are going to Crown Jewel to kick Kane and Undertaker's asses. As HBK tries to say his catchphrase, he is interrupted by the familiar sound of The Undertaker's entrance music. A video plays in the arena of The Brothers of Destruction in a graveyard giving another promo.
Are You Ready?
Triple H and Shawn Michaels come out and talk about how The Undertaker accused them of being afraid of The Brothers of Destruction. Trips mocks Kane's job as the Mayor of Knox County Tennessee. HBK makes a joke about new merchandise before getting serious. He talks about being called a nostalgia act and how it makes him feel old.
Sasha Banks vs. Ruby Riott Part 2
We return to see Banks get taken down by an STO. Banks starts to make a comeback and hits a Meteora from the middle rope. She hits the backstabber, but Riott blocks the Bank Statement. Bayley prevents Logan from interfering. Natalya gets there too late to prevent The Hugger from being thrown into the barricade. Sasha lays out Morgan and Logan, but the distraction allows Ruby to hit the Riott Kick for the pin and the win.
Sasha Banks vs. Ruby Riott Part 1
Sasha ducks the first lock-up attempt from Ruby, but she engages on the second try. Riott pushes her to the ropes and makes a clean break. She hits a shoulder tackle, but The Boss responds with one of her own. She hits a Meteora for a quick two count. Sasha runs into a back elbow, but she manages to hit Ruby with a knee to the face. Morgan and Logan save their partner from a basement dropkick. Riott kicks Banks' legs out from under her as we head to a break.
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley Part 2
We return to see Rush as the only one chanting Lashley's name while he holds Finn in a submission. Balor breaks free and gets in a few moves. He hits a jumping double stomp, but Lashley catches him coming off the middle rope and hits a Samoan drop for a two count. The Dominator tries a vertical suplex, but The Demon counters and hits a sling blade. Lashley levels him with a clothesline and sets up for his finisher. Balor ends up countering with a roll-up for the pin and the win.
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley Part 1
Lio Rush gives Lashley his own special intro before the match. Corey Graves' advice about finding earplugs was smart. Bobby starts with a kick to the gut and a clubbing blow to the back. Rush keeps his mic and talks trash while Lashley gets a two count. Finn hits a dropkick to send Bobby out of the ring. Finn chases after Rush when he tries to interfere, allowing Lashley to lay him out with a clothesline.
Come Back Soon, Roman
After he talks about his battle with leukemia, the crowd chants "Thank you, Roman." All of his heat is gone as the crowd has finally seen the real man behind the character. He sheds a few tears as he says this is by no means a retirement speech. He promises to whip leukemia's ass so he can come back home.via Bleacher ReportWWE Raw - October 22 2018
Roman Reigns Announces He Has Leukemia
After he talks about his battle with leukemia, the crowd chants "Thank you, Roman." All of his heat is gone as the crowd has finally seen the real man behind the character. He sheds a few tears as he says this is by no means a retirement speech. He promises to whip leukemia's ass so he can come back home.
Reigns Will Be Missed
The commentators take a moment to address Reigns after the break. They try to move on to what else is set for tonight's show.
Is Promo the Right Word?
A Somber Opening Ends with a Promise
Reigns says he loves the WWE Universe before promising to come back soon. He lays the belt in the ring before leaving. He shakes as many hands as he can on his way up the ramp before Rollins and Ambrose come out to give him a hug. Roman wipes some tears away as the crowd chants his name and he poses with The Shield.
An Unexpected Announcement
Reigns lets the crowd boo him for a little while before talking. He says he feels like he owes everyone an apology because he has said he will always be around. He says that was a lie because the reality is his real name is Joe and he has been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately, it's back. He says he has to relinquish the title because he can't defend it. He says he is not looking for sympathy because he has been living with it since he was 22.
Here We Go
In the final week leading up to the Evolution PPV, WWE opts to have Roman Reigns open the show.