WWE Raw Results (10/23): AJ Styles in Action, Asuka Debuts, Team Smackdown Invades & More

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WWE Raw Results
October 23, 2017
Report by Doug Enriquez for ProWrestling.com

Kurt Angle kicked off the show, somehow not dead after last night’s ridiculously TLC match. He went on to announce that every champion on the Raw brand will face off against the champions of Smackdown Live at next month’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.

  • Alexa Bliss vs. Natalya
  • Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. The Usos
  • The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Jinder Mahal

In addition to the four champion vs. champion matches, there will be a men’s and women’s classic 5-on-5 Survivor Series bouts. The Miz came out with his entire pack of groupies and complained about Angle stealing his spotlight last night at WWE TLC. The heels surrounded the ring, but Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose made the save to chase them off. Angle announced that The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus would face off against the Raw Tag Team Champions and the following man who stuck around after last night’s show… AJ Styles!

THE BAR & THE MIZ vs. AJ STYLES & THE SHIELD

Cesaro and Sheamus worked over Ambrose at the start of the match, keeping him isolated with quick tags as the Intercontinental Champion talked trash from the apron. Styles got the hot tag and cleaned house briefly but again got caught by the numbers game. The ref had to back off The Shield and the heels took advantage putting the boots to Styles. Finally Rollins was able to tag in clear the apron, and all three took to the air with stereo suicide dives to the outside!

Somehow Cesaro was in control after the break, working a side headlock on Ambrose in the center of the ring. Sheamus tagged in and the Bar kept up the pressure, taking a few liberties with the referee count. After several minutes Ambrose hit a jawbreaker to give himself some space, making the tag to Rollins who went on a rampage delivering lariats to all three opponents. He hit a Falcon Arrow on Miz but Sheamus made the save, only to turn around into a big pele kick from Styles off the apron.

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After a second commercial break The Miz was setting in with his mocking “YES” kicks to the chest of Rollins. The Architect rolled him up out of nowhere for a close two-count, and all hell broke loose with all six guys brawling all around ringside. Ambrose and Sheamus fought out into the crowd and the Lunatic Fringe launched himself off the barricade to take his opponent out. Back in the ring Styles was the legal man, connecting with a Ushigoroshi on Cesaro for two. Cesaro hit a massive uppercut and Sheamus hit the ring, only to go flying into the ring post. Ambrose cleared the ring and the two Shield members did suicide dives to the floor, taking out Miz and Sheamus! Styles out of nowhere with the Phenomenal Forearm, and that’ll do it!

Winners: AJ Styles & The Shield

IN-RING SEGMENT

Styles and The Shield members celebrated their victory, but suddenly the entire building went red… it’s Kane time! Looks like the Big Red Machine might have tweaked his knee getting into the ring. Kane started throwing punches but was quickly outnumbered, until The Bar came back and helped him take them out. Ambrose took the chokeslam and that’s the end of the segment.

IN-RING SEGMENT

After two commercial breaks and the same TLC video package we’ve already seen twice tonight, Kane is STILL in the ring for some reason. After what seemed like forever he finally took a mic and basically gave a eulogy for Braun Strowman who he murdered at Sunday’s pay-per-view. Kane said he would always be the monster in WWE, and now that Strowman is dead and buried, he wants competition. Out came Finn Balor…

KANE vs. FINN BALOR

Balor started out strong firing off with dropkicks and a huge slingblade to take the big man off his feet. He tried for a dive out of the ring but got caught out of the air and slammed hard into the barricade. From there Kane slowed things down, literally walking on his opponent’s chest and working him over in the ropes with kicks and clubbing blows. They went to the outside again and Balor got a drop toehold that sent his opponent into the ring steps. He hit a series of running forearms trying to take Kane off his feat but couldn’t do it; another slingblade finally got the job done. A shotgun dropkick set him up for the Coup de Grace, but Kane sat up and caught him on the way down, delivering a huge chokeslam. The Big Red Machine isn’t done, hitting a second chokeslam to the now lifeless Balor. He picks him up looking for yet a third chokeslam, connecting with it. 1…2…3.

Winner: Kane

BACKSTAGE SEGMENT

Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon are backstage in the GM office basically measuring the size of their penises, bragging about how their shows and talent are better than the other. Angle thanks him for loaning out AJ Styles the last two nights, and says Smackdown would be screwed without him on Tuesday nights. Both guys think their rosters are superior, and claim they’ll wipe the floor at Survivor Series. Game on…

ASUKA vs. EMMA

Apparently Emma asked for this rematch after losing at TLC last night. Asuka went right to work with stiff knee strikes and rolled into a cross armbreaker. Emma got into the ropes to break the hold, only to get caught in an armbar over the top rope followed by a hip attack that sent her flying. Emma threw her hard into the ring post giving her an oppening and several minutes of offense. Eventually Asuka came back with a flurry of strikes and elbows, followed by a big German suplex and another hip attack. She countered a roll-up attempt into the Asuka Lock, and that’s all she wrote.

Winner: Asuka

IN-RING SEGMENT

Alexa Bliss came out and talked about her “performance of a lifetime” at TLC last night, over the “leader of the old folks home”. She complained about the fans not giving her proper respect despite the fact that she’s continued to rack up victories over everyone on the roster on her own accord. Bliss instructed the fans on how to chant “you deserve it” but instead they just booed her. Mickie James made her way to the ring, and didn’t even bother to speak, instead kicking the champion in the gut and planting her with a huge DDT. Mickie told her she “deserved” that and left her laying.

BACKSTAGE SEGMENT

Sasha Banks and Bayley find Kurt Angle backstage and ask him if he’s okay after last night’s crazy TLC match. He announces that Team Raw needs a captain for the women’s Survivor Series match and he thinks that either of them would be the perfect pick. Alicia Fox showed up and screamed about wanting to be the captain because she’s been there the longest. Angle announces a triple threat match with the winner being Team Raw captain, and reminds Alicia that pinfalls only count in the ring.

IN-RING SEGMENT

Ladies and gentlemen… Elias. The Drifter plays a little guitar and angers the crowd by making fun of the Packers and Aaron Rogers (they’re in Green Bay). He called Jason Jordan disrespectful after throwing produce at him last night, before telling the crowd to shut their mouths so he could perform. He tried to play a song three times but kept getting cut off by some kind of interference. Eventually he went to the outside and put his guitar away, grabbing a mic to complain about the technician that apparently can’t do his job. Out came Jason Jordan…

ELIAS vs. JASON JORDAN

This is happening because of the “controversial” call where the ref didn’t see Elias get his shoulder up at TLC. Even though he didn’t really get his shoulder up all the way; more like his body sort of kicked out and his shoulders never left the mat. But whatever… The match only goes a few minutes with the Drifter taking control early on, and Jordan coming back with some big suplexes and tackles on the outside. Elias saw that he was losing control and shattered his guitar over Jordan’s back to cause a DQ. Way more of this segment was spent on Booker T and Corey Graves yelling at each other about the moral implications of both men.

Winner by DQ: Jason Jordan

IN-RING SEGMENT

Paul Heyman is here, and he’s brought the Beast Incarnate along with him! Heyman got on the mic and said that someone on the Smackdown brand apparently has an issue with Lesnar being the reigning, defending, “undisputed” champion in the WWE. He brings up that Jinder Mahal has barely made it through Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, and he will barely find a way to make it past AJ Styles if he can at all. Meanwhile, Lesnar has been the most dominant force on a far superior brand, with much bigger, badder challengers. His words, not mine…

Heyman called himself the king of trash talk, but claimed that he never trash talks opponents who he respects. He never trash talked Goldberg and Samoa Joe, because they’re serious threats that deserve praise, even though neither could take down the Beast Incarnate. Heyman mocks Jinder Mahal as the fake “Maharaja” with his “Singh-Along” brothers, and calls him a “consolation prize” champion. He said that Jinder couldn’t lace up the boots of real champions like Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, John Cena and BROCK LESNAR, and claimed that the fans will never see Jinder Mahal as a legitimate world heavyweight champion.

The rant continues. Heyman stresses that Monday Night Raw is the most dominant brand, the best brand in professional wrestling, because it has Brock Lesnar as its champion. He said Lesnar has pushed the bounds of the “PG-era” since day one, and at Survivor Series he’s going to completely destroy Jinder Mahal. Challenge accepted.

Winner Leads Team Raw
BAYLEY vs. SASHA BANKS vs. ALICIA FOX

Fox took both competitors out with short-arm lariats and connected with a nice Northern Lights suplex on Bayley for two, followed by another on Sasha for two. Foxy looking impressive tonight! She slaps on a side headlock but breaks it to send Bayley flying to the outside. The two babyfaces worked together after a bit of miscommunication to hit stereo suicide dives taking out Fox.

After a commercial break Fox was back in control, slapping the heck out of Banks while holding her on the top rope. She turned around into a suplex from Bayley but kicked out at two. At that point Alicia rolled to the floor screaming “I DONT WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME ANYMORE”. She grabbed the ring bell and started obnoxiously pounding on it. Booker T hilariously said “looks like the match is over” and Cole could barely keep composed. Bayley and Sasha went at it like crazy in the ring, both wanting to lead the team at Survivor Series. Fox hit the ring again and dispated Bayley with her own finishing move, but got caught in the Bank Statement! Fox escaped the hold and threw Banks hard into Bayley on the apron, then rolled her up and got the pin!

Winner: Alicia Fox

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