With WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 less than a week away — and all five championships from Monday Night Raw set to be defended in Boston — one of the biggest stories from this week’s WWE Raw was the return of Brock Lesnar, who was set to respond to Goldberg’s challenge for a fight at WWE Survivor Series 2016. With Raw in a city where The Beast Incarnate is normally welcomed as a local hero, just how many members of the WWE Universe in Minneapolis were chanting “Goldberg” while Brock Lesnar was in the ring?
In the main event, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens — and his “best friend” Chris Jericho — mixed things up with Seth Rollins in a Triple Threat Match. After missing his opportunity to challenge for the title in last week’s showdown against Rollins, and then losing his beloved List of Jericho, Y2J was less than focused as he prepared for the match. With Hell in a Cell approaching, the drama surrounding the other big matches for the card continued to heat up, including Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte and Roman Reigns vs. Rusev, both of which also take place inside Hell in a Cell.
WWE Monday Night Raw Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from WWE Raw on October 24, which aired live from the Target Center in Minneapolis. Raw has won the “ratings war” ever since the separate rosters were established, although SmackDown Live continues to keep the competition close. Will the return of Brock Lesnar on the go-home show for WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 be enough to keep the ratings victory streak alive for Raw?
Raw Pre-Show on the WWE Network
Scott Stanford hosted the Raw Pre-Show, and was joined by Booker T, Lita and Jerry “The King” Lawler in the studio. The show can be viewed on this page through the YouTube video feed below. The panel provided standard commentary on the current happening of Monday Night Raw, Charly Caruso provided a few live updates from the Target Center in Minneapolis, and Cathy Kelley gave an update on the WWE Universe and what’s been trending on social media.
Seth Rollins stole the ‘List of Jericho’
Rather than the scheduled match between Enzo Amore and Karl Anderson opening this week’s Monday Night Raw, Chris Jericho came to the ring to make an announcement: someone had stolen the List of Jericho. He said he wouldn’t leave the ring until the list was returned to him. After both Kevin Owens and Stephanie McMahon came out to try to persuade him to focus on the main event Triple Threat Match, Seth Rollins appeared and revealed that he had the list. Later, when Stephanie approached Rollins backstage, he claimed to have left the list in the locker room.
When the Commissioner ran into Y2J during the second hour of the show, he still hadn’t found the list, claiming it wasn’t in the locker room as Rollins had claimed. Stephanie told Jericho that if he didn’t wrestle in the main event, he’d be suspended, regardless of whether or not he got the list back. Later in the second hour, Jericho found the list when he ran into Braun Strowman.
Enzo Amore defeated Karl Anderson
With both Colin Cassady and Luke Gallows at ringside, Enzo and Big Cass have momentum in their favor as they face Gallows and Anderson at WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday. While both Cassady and Gallows provided distractions at the end of the match, it was the teamwork of Enzo and Big Cass that won out on this week’s WWE Raw.
Sheamus & Cesaro defeated The New Day
In a non-title match, the No. 1 contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championship defeated Kofi Kingston and Big E. Cesaro took care of Kingston with an epic uppercut outside of the ring, while Sheamus laid out Big E with a Brogue Kick to get the pinfall. After the match, Cesaro and Sheamus continued to argue, despite getting the win and gaining momentum before their title match at Hell in a Cell.
Bayley faced Dana Brooke in an Arm-Wrestling Match
After the WWE Universe claimed that Dana Brooke’s victory over Bayley on Raw last week was an “upset,” Brooke demanded a rematch. After both competitors were in the ring, however, she informed the former NXT Women’s Champion that it would be an Arm-Wrestling Match, and that Bayley had to use her right arm, which was bandaged due to a kayfabe shoulder injury. After Brooke won that match, they began another with their left arms, but Dana attacked Bayley when she started to gain the advantage. Bayley did managed to hit Dana with the Bayley-To-Belly Suplex, giving her the advantage in what will probably result in another singles match on Sunday.
Bo Dallas defeated Curtis Axel
Despite an impassioned in-ring promo about his family’s legacy in Minnesota — including Larry “The Axe” Hennig and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig — it was the son of Irwin R. Schyster that took home the victory in this match-up. After turning on Curtis last week, Dallas continues to hold the upper hand in this new feud.
The Golden Truth defeated The Shining Stars with help from Mark Henry
In a follow-up to their Six-Man Tag Team Match on last week’s Raw, Mark Henry and Titus O’Neil accompanied Goldust, R-Truth, Primo and Epico to the ring. After O’Neil helped The Shining Stars behind the referee’s back, The World’s Strongest Man eliminated him from the equation, and The Golden Truth got the win when Truth pinned Primo.
Sasha Banks and Charlotte signed their contract for Hell in a Cell
General Manager Mick Foley, Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, and second generation WWE Superstar Charlotte all cut very emotional promos in their final television spot before Hell in a Cell. Foley talked dramatically about how the Hell in a Cell structure shortened his career and left him with permanent injuries. Both competitors made their case for why they would win the historic, first-ever women’s Hell in a Cell Match on Sunday.
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Rich Swann defeated Brian Kendrick
While WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins provided guest commentary, the No. 1 contender for his title on Sunday was defeated cleanly by Rich Swann, who has only received minimal success thus far in the WWE’s brand new Cruiserweight Division. Later in the show, when Kendrick approached Perkins backstage, he began crying to the champion, saying that it could be the end of his career if he can’t win the title at Hell in a Cell. Perkins said he didn’t even know this version of Kendrick and wouldn’t be doing him any favors.
Braun Strowman walked away from Sami Zayn
The scheduled match featuring Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman never officially got under way on this week’s Monday Night Raw. Strowman got on the mic before the match started and said that he had asked for some real competition — not Sami Zayn. Moments later, the Underdog from the Underground was attacking the former member of the Wyatt Family. When things ended up at ringside, Strowman swung Zayn against the barrier and left him laying. While Sami got back in the ring before Braun was out of sight, Strowman refused to turn around and face Zayn in the ring.
Brock Lesnar doesn’t say a word — Paul Heyman got upset with the ‘Goldberg’ chants
One week after Goldberg made his return to WWE Raw and issued a challenge to Brock Lesnar for a match at WWE Survivor Series 2016, The Beast Incarnate was joined by Paul Heyman and welcomed as a hometown hero in the Twin Cities. However, after a few members of the live audience began chanting for the WCW icon — and the support for the man with a 1-0 record against Lesnar continued to grow among the Minneapolis audience — Heyman made it clear that he and Lesnar weren’t impressed. Technically, they didn’t accept or decline Goldberg’s invitation for a 12-year rematch next month. The WWE’s official Raw review doesn’t say they accepted the challenge, and their official Survivor Series preview doesn’t yet list the match.
Seth Rollins defeated Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in the Triple Threat Match
The main event consisted mostly of WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and his best friend Chris Jericho teaming up to take advantage of Seth Rollins. The former leader of The Shield and lackey of The Authority managed to pin both members of Jeri-KO simultaneously for an upset victory and the momentum going into his Hell in a Cell Match for the title in six days. After the match, however, Owens laid Rollins out, connecting with a Powerbomb onto the ring apron before leaving him lying helpless.
The above WWE Raw results will be corroborated by WWE’s official Monday Night Raw page.
Updated WWE Hell In A Cell Card
- Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins — WWE Universal Championship Hell In A Cell Match
- Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks — WWE Women’s Championship Hell In A Cell Match
- Roman Reigns (c) vs. Rusev — WWE United States Championship Hell In A Cell Match
- The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus — WWE Tag Team Championship Match
- T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick — WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
- Enzo & Big Cass vs. Gallows & Anderson
- Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn (unconfirmed)
- Bayley vs. Dana Brooke (unconfirmed)
- The Golden Truth & Mark Henry vs. The Shining Stars & Titus O’Neil (unconfirmed)
Unless otherwise noted, the matches above were confirmed on WWE’s official Hell in a Cell preview page. WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will air live on Sunday, October 30 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Where To Watch
WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 will air Sunday, October 30 on the WWE Network. The program will begin at 8/7c. The Hell in a Cell Kick-Off Show will air at 7/6c.
WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the Raw Pre-Show airing on the WWE Network at 7:30/6:30c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day on Hulu.
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