Published on December 17, 2018
TLC opens up with a video package that starts off narrated by Becky Lynch. We see footage of the feuds leading up to Ambrose vs. Rollins; Rousey vs. Jax; Bryan vs. Styles; Corbin vs. Strowman; and the SmackDown Women’s Title match.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the finale WWE pay-per-view of the year. Cole announces the attendance as 13,408.
R-Truth & Carmella vs. Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal: Truth and Carmella perform a song and cut a brief promo before the match. The Singh Brothers are at ringside in Jinder’s corner. This one is the finals of the Mixed Match Challenge tournament. Truth and Jinder start this one off, and Jinder takes control early on after a hip toss. Truth comes back with a flying cross-body for a two count. Truth rolls up Jinder with a couple of pin-attempts, and then Alicia Fox and Carmella tag in. Truth and Carmella both hip toss Jinder and Alicia to clear the ring, then they have a dance break. The Singh Brothers come in and they try to out-dance Truth and Carmella, but Truth throws them both out of the ring. Fox attacks Carmella from behind, then hits a neckbreaker. Fox follows up with a Northern Lights suplex for a two count, then she applies a chin lock. Carmella fights out, and Truth and Jinder tag in. Truth hits a clothesline on Jinder, followed up by a spinning heel kick. Truth gets distracted by Sunil Singh on the apron, which leads to Jinder hitting a kick. Truth comes back with a spinning forearm shot, then Alicia tags herself in and starts yelling at Truth. Alicia kicks Truth and goes for an axe kick, but Truth dodges it and Carmella kicks Alicia in the face. Carmella pins but Jinder breaks up the pin. Truth dumps Jinder outside and hits a dropkick through the ropes. Back in the ring, Carmella puts Alicia in the Code of Silence for the win via submission.
Winners: R-Truth & Carmella
Truth and Carmella celebrate on the turnbuckles after the match as we go to replays. Truth and Carmella do an in-ring interview after the match. Part of winning the tournament is they win a vacation to anywhere they want. R-Truth says he already picked where they’re going on vacation – to WWE Headquarters in Connecticut. Carmella doesn’t seem excited about Truth’s choice.
The Bar (c) vs. The Usos vs. The New Day: Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods will represent The New Day in this one. Kofi and Sheamus start this one off, and Sheamus hits a running shoulder block to take control early on. Sheamus looks for a suplex, but Kofi fights out and hits a dropkick, then tags in Woods. The aprons clear as everyone hits the ring, and when the dust settles Sheamus hits the Irish Curse backbreaker on Woods. Cesaro tags in and they hit a double kick on Woods for a two count. Sheamus tags back in for a double clothesline on Woods. Sheamus pummels on Woods in the corner, but Woods fights him off and crotches Sheamus on the top rope. Woods then kicks Sheamus off the rope, then Kofi and Cesaro get the tags. Kofi hits the ring and hits a series of strikes on Cesaro. Kofi follows up with the boom drop. Kofi looks for the Trouble In Paradise, but Cesaro ducks, then Jimmy Uso tags himself in.This leads to Uso dropping both Cesaro and Kofi. Jey tags in and goes at it with Kofi now. Jey hits a superkick on Kofi, Woods, Sheamus, and then Cesaro. The Usos hit the pop-up Samoan Drop for a two count on Kofi. Cesaro tags himself in and throws Uso outside. Cesaro goes at it with Kofi on the mat now. Cesaro swings Kofi and then applies the Sharpshooter. Woods comes in and hits a DDT on Cesaro to break it up. Sheamus tags in and hits a big boot on Woods, then he knocks Uso off the apron. Sheamus looks for the big boot on Kofi, but Kofi ducks it and drops Sheamus. Kofi hits a double stomp on Sheamus, then Woods tags in. Kofi in the Trouble In Paradise on Sheamus, then Woods hits a flying elbow drop for a two count. Cesaro takes out Woods and both Usos, then Kofi drops Cesaro. Kofi hits a dive off the top down onto Cesaro and The Usos at ringside, while Woods and Sheamus go at it in the ring. A distraction from Cesaro leads to Sheamus hitting the big boot on Woods for the three count.
Winners & still Tag Team Champions: The Bar
We see a promo video about Vince McMahon coming back on RAW to “shake things up.” Cole says one of the reasons Vince is coming back is because of Baron Corbin’s performance as acting RAW GM. Cole shows us footage of Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley attacking Strowman last month.
– Heath Slater comes out to the ring to perform his duties as a WWE referee for this upcoming Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.
Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman: Before the match, Corbin cuts a brief promo and orders the ref to call for the opening bell. Corbin says when the ref’s count reaches 10, Corbin will become the permanent GM of RAW by default when Strowman doesn’t show up. Braun Strowman’s music hits, and Slater stops counting. Strowman walks out with a sling still over his right arm. Strowman gets on the apron, and he’s got a mic. Strowman points out that there are no disqualifications in this match, so if anyone in the back is sick and tired of dealing with a crappy GM, they can come out and help him and it’s perfectly legal. Apollo Crews shows up, and he’s got a steel chair. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable show up with steel chairs too, and Finn Balor shows up too. They all step up on the aprons and surround Corbin. Corbin starts yelling at Slater, and Slater rips off his referee shirt and punches Corbin. The other wrestlers get in the ring with the steel chairs and start hitting him one by one. Corbin falls out of the ring and starts to retreat up the ramp, but then Kurt Angle comes out on the stage and blocks off Corbin. Kurt picks up a steel chair and nails Corbin with it a few times and chases him back into the ring. Roode and Gable double team Corbin with a neckbreaker and moonsault, then Crews hits a frogsplash off the top rope on him. Kurt then hits the Olympic Slam on Corbin, and Balor hits the Coup De Grace. Slater puts his referee shirt back on, and then Strowman puts his foot on Corbin’s chest for the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman
It is announced that Corbin is no longer the General Manager of RAW. Strowman has earned a shot at Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title at Royal Rumble next month.
Michael Cole talks about the feud between Natalya and Ruby Riott, and introduces a video package looking at their history.
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott: This one is a tables match, and the Riott Squad is at ringside with a table with a sticker of Jim Neidhart on it. The opening bell sounds and Natalya starts off strong in this one. Natalya goes to spear Ruby off the apron, but Liv Morgan shoves Ruby and takes the spear, and Liv crashes through a table at ringside by herself. Ruby checks on Liv at ringside before getting back in the ring. Natalya hits a right hand, then a German suplex that sends Ruby rolling back out to ringside. Sarah Logan gets on the apron, but Natalya kicks her off. Natalya rolls outside and beats down Ruby on the floor. Natalya tries to powerbomb Ruby through a table at ringside, but Ruby fights out. Logan gets involved, so Natalya powerbombs Logan through the table instead. Ruby comes back and knocks Natalya into the ring apron face-first. Ruby puts Natalya on the table with the Jim Neidhart sticker on it, and Ruby says that Jim would be ashamed of Natalya. Ruby sets up the table in the corner of the ring, then tries to throw Natalya through it, but Natalya stops and drops Ruby. Natalya applies the Sharpshooter on Ruby, although there are no submissions in a tables match. Ruby pushes the table in the corner so it falls on the back of Natalya’s head to break the Sharpshooter. Ruby goes to set up the table on the mat, but Natalya picks her up and hits an electric chair drop. Natalya goes out to ringside to grab another table to put in the ring, and this one has a sticker of Ruby Riott on it. Natalya grabs what loks like Jim Neidhart’s old jacket from under the ring and puts it on. Back in the ring, Natalya kicks Ruby in the face and then sets up the other table in the ring. Natalya is slow to set up the table, and Ruby Riott hits her with a boot to the face. Ruby goes up top, but Natalya stops her and they fight on the turnbuckle now. Ruby looks for a Frankensteiner off the turnbuckle, but Natalya blocks it and powerbombs Ruby off the turnbuckle through the table for the win.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves talk about RAW and SmackDown both trying to recruit Lars Sullivan, and they aren’t sure which brand he chose yet.
Drew McIntyre vs. Finn Balor: Balor starts off with a chop to the chest of Drew, but Drew no-sells it and throttles Balor into the corner then lays into him with strikes. Balor fights back and starts targeting Drew’s knee. Drew fights back and hits a series of kicks and chops to the chest of Balor in the corner. Drew wastes some time talking trash, and Balor starts kicking out his knee. McIntyre comes back with a belly to belly overhead suplex. Drew is selling his knee, but he continues the offense with a stalling vertical suplex. Balor starts to fight back and he hits a running forearm shot. Finn tackles Drew down then hits a double stomp to the chest. Balor follows up with chops to the chest and a tornado DDT. Balor clotheslines Drew to the outside, then Balor hits a suicide dive on Drew on the floor. Back in the ring, Drew comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Drew talks some trash and Balor fires back with a kick. Drew looks for the reverse Alabama Slam, but Balor fights out and rolls up Drew for a two count. Balor hits a kick to the face, then he goes up top. Drew gets up and pummels on Balor in the corner. Drew hits an inverted DDT off the middle rope for a two count. Drew tosses Finn out to ringside now. Drew steps out and Balor starts hitting series of kicks on him, but Drew shuts him down with a clothesline on the apron. Drew hits a headbutt, then throws Finn in the ring. While the ref is checking on Finn, Dolph Ziggler comes out of nowhere and hits a superkick on Drew at ringside. Ziggler grabs a steel chair, but Drew kicks the chair into Ziggler’s face. Drew throws Dolph into the ring, then he brings in a steel chair. Finn Balor ends up dropkicking the chair into Drew, then Balor hits the Coup De Grace for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton: This one is a chairs match. Orton starts off with boots to the midsection of Rey, then he throws him out to ringside. Randy grabs a steel chair, but Rey stops him with a kick and then he bashes Orton with a steel chair of his own. Orton rolls back in the ring, and Rey follows and continues hitting him with the steel chair. Rey brings another chair in the ring, and Orton is able to turn it around and he drops Rey in the corner. Orton looks for a suplex, but Rey fights out and dumps Orton out to ringside. Rey follows up with a splash with a steel chair onto Orton on the ringside floor, and that one looks like it hurt Rey too. Rey sits Orton down on a chair and pummels on him, then Rey climbs up to the apron. Rey looks for a seated senton, but Orton dodges it and Rey crashes into the chair by himself. Rey gets up and starts hitting Rey with a steel chair, then he clears off one of the announce tables. Orton lays a steel chair on the announce table, then he walks over and picks up Rey. Orton hits a Facebuster on Rey onto the chair on the table. Orton starts throwing a bunch of chairs into the ring. Orton takes Rey back in the ring and he tries to throw Rey into a chair in the corner, but Rey reverses into a hurricanrana into the chair instead. Rey looks to follow up with a shot off the ropes, but Orton catches him with a spinning powerslam for a two count. Rey fights away from Orton and then kicks him in the head. Rey goes flying off the top for a splash, but Orton throws a chair at him to knock him out of mid-air. Orton wastes some time and Rey fights back with a kick to the head, and then a chair shot. Rey hits the 619, then Rey goes up top. Orton meets Rey there and takes out his leg. Orton slams Rey’s head into a chair, and then Orton unfolds four chairs side by side in the ring. It looks like Orton wants to RKO him on the chairs, but Rey fights free and kicks him. Rey drops Orton into the chairs, then Rey takes Orton down with a headscissor into a small package pin for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Rey runs up the ramp to celebrate as Orton throws a tantrum in the ring.
Finn Balor is backstage for an interview about his win over Drew, when Dolph Ziggler interrupts. Balor gets in Ziggler’s face, then Ziggler hits him with a cheap shot and throws Balor into some boxes. Ziggler walks off and Balor doesn’t look happy.
Michael Cole introduces a video package looking at the feud between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax.
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax: Tamina is at ringside in Nia’s corner. The opening bell sounds and Ronda starts off strong with strikes and an armbar attempt. Nia fights out and powerbombs Ronda down. Nia throws Ronda into the corner and hits a splash. Nia follows up with an elbow drop for a one count. Nia throws Ronda into the ring post, then slams her arm into the post. Nia hits a headbutt, and then she goes for a leg drop but Ronda rolls out of the way. Ronda goes for a front face lock, and then Ronda spins around Nia and goes for a rear choke. Ronda tries to go for an armbar instead, but Nia gets to the ropes. Nia rolls outside and takes Ronda with her, slamming Ronda into the fan barricade. Back in the ring, Nia tries to lock in the Cobra Clutch, but Ronda gets out and knocks Nia out to ringside. Ronda geos up top and hits a flying cross body off the top onto Nia on the floor. Back in the ring, Ronda hits a series of strikes on Nia and a leaping knee to the face. Ronda hits a Superman punch for a two count. Ronda hits a flying cross body off the top, but Nia catches her and hits the Samoan Drop for a two count. Nia whips Ronda into the corner and she follows up with a splash. Nia looks for a Samoan Drop off the turnbuckle, but Ronda escapes. Ronda powerbombs Nia off the turnbuckle for a two count. Ronda looks for an armbar, but Tamina causes a distraction on the apron. Nia attacks Ronda from behind, but then she misses a right hand attempt. Ronda catches her arm and applies the armbar for the win via submission.
Winner & still RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
Nia Jax turns down an interview backstage, then she runs into Becky Lynch. Becky asks Nia if she remembers when she broke her face, then she kicks Nia and elbows her in the face. Becky walks off as Tamina runs over.
We go to a video package looking at the feud between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles over the WWE Championship, and AJ’s run as WWE Champion before Bryan.
– AJ Styles does an interview backstage saying that some fans are writing him off because the “new” Daniel Bryan will do anything it takes to win. AJ says the new and old Daniel Bryan are both beatable, and tonight AJ has a Phenomenal Forearm with Bryan’s name on it.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles: Daniel Bryan’s WWE Title is on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds, and Bryan rolls outside to waste some time and avoid AJ. Bryan gets back in the ring, but again refuses to engage AJ and he rolls back outside to waste time. Bryan gets back in the ring, and this time AJ gets a hold of him in the corner and lays into him with punches and chops. Bryan misses a shot and AJ hits a headscissor takedown. Bryan comes back with a kick, and then AJ misses a dropkick. Bryan runs the ropes and AJ connects with his second dropkick attempt. AJ dumps Bryan out to ringside and he looks for a suicide dive, but Bryan kicks AJ out of mid-air. Bryan throws AJ into the fan barricade, and then back in the ring for some strikes in the corner. Bryan applies a surfboard submission until AJ grabs the bottom rope to break the hold. Bryan follows up with some headbutts to AJ, then a very loud chop to AJ’s chest. AJ starts firing back, but Bryan shuts him down with a shot to the ribs. Bryan continues to work over AJ’s ribs now, then he dumps him out to ringside. AJ climbs back in and the ref allows AJ a moment to recover on the ropes. AJ and Bryan trade strikes now. Bryan dodges a shot and they trade pin attempts now. Bryan drops AJ face-first into the turnbuckle, then he hits a series of running knees and dropkicks. AJ fires back with a clothesline, and then he pummels on Bryan in the corner. AJ stomps on Bryan until the ref momentarily breaks it up. Bryan gets up and AJ hits a spinning back fist for a two count. Bryan tries to beg for mercy, but AJ isn’t buying it and he connects with a knee to the head for a two count. They scramble in the corner and Bryan latches on to AJ, then connects a series of knees to the face. AJ is down on his knees now, and Byan hits the Yes Kicks on him. Bryan connects with all of his kicks and then pins for a two count. AJ fights back and looks for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Bryan gets his leg up so AJ stops shot. AJ takes Bryan down and starts slamming his knee around the ring post. Bryan starts fighting back with strikes in the corner, and then he goes for the Frankensteiner off the top. AJ rolls through and looks for the Styles Clash, but Bryan kicks his way out. AJ grabs on to Bryan’s leg and applies a single leg crab. Bryan breaks free and he looks for the Yes Lock on AJ. Bryan repeatedly elbows AJ in the ribs and then applies the Yes Lock. AJ fights out and they trade pin attempts now. Bryan hits a kick to the head, and AJ comes back with the Pele kick. Bryan attempts a running knee, but AJ shuts him down with a dropkick. AJ hits a springboard 450 splash for a two count. AJ follows up with the Calf Crusher, and Bryan screams in pain. Bryan fights over to the bottom rope to break the hold, then he rolls outside for a breather. AJ follows him to ringside and hits an elbow to the face, and then a Phenomenal Forearm off the fan barricade. AJ rolls Bryan back in the ring, and AJ waits on the apron for Bryan to get to his feet. AJ springboards off the top, but Bryan dodges him. AJ catches Bryan in a small package pin for a two count, and Bryan reverses it into a small package pin of his own for the three count.
Winner & still WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
– AJ looks shocked at the finish as Bryan heads up the ram with his WWE Title belt.
– Ronda Rousey is backstage chatting with Natalya. Natalya leaves and Ronda does an interview where she tells Nia that payback is a bitch.
– A singles match between Finn Balor and Dolph Ziggler is announced for RAW tomorrow night.
– Michael Cole introduces a video package looking at the feud between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, and the break-up of The Shield.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose: Seth Rollins’ Intercontinental Title is on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds and Rollins pie-faces Ambrose before they lock up. They run the ropes and Rollins drops Ambrose with a running elbow to the face. Rollins follows up wih some right hands up against the ropes. Rollins follows up with a flying clothesline and then a running elbow to the face in the corner. Rollins hits another one, and then he goes for a third, but Ambrose rolls outside for a breather. Rollins follows him outside, and Ambrose slams Seth face-first onto the announce table. Back in the ring, Ambrose continues the offense and pummels on Rollins. Ambrose hits a clothesline for a two count, and then he hits a flying elbow off the middle rope for another two count. Ambrose continues the assault until Rollins dodges a shot and drops the challenger face-first into the turnbuckle. Ambrose gets back up and starts working over Rollins’ knee. Ambrose wastes some time talking trash, and Rollins hits a neckbreaker. Rollins hits a leg drop and Ambrose rolls out to ringside. Back in the ring, Rollins follows up with the Sling Blade and a Blockbuster. Rollins is still selling his knee and is slow to get up. Rollins clotheslines Ambrose outside and hits a suicide dive on him. Rollins goes back in the ring and hits a second suicide dive on Ambrose. Back in the ring, Rollins goes up top and Ambrose meets him there with punches. Rollins looks for a sunset flip powrbomb, but Rollins’ knee gives out and he falls. Ambrose doesn’t take advantage, and Rollins gets up and hits the buckle bomb for a two count. Rollins hits a kick to the body, and Ambrose fires back with a knee to Rollins’ ribs. They trade right hands in the middle of the ring now. Rollins hits a headbutt and a kick, but then he misses a kick and Ambrose hits a facebuster for a two count. Ambrose goes up top and Rollins joins him. Ambrose crotches Rollins on the top rope and then clotheslines him off for a two count. The crowd appears to be chanting “this is boring.” Ambrose misses a shot and Rollins fires back with some strikes. Rollins goes for a frogsplash but Ambrose gets the knees up to block it. Rollins blocks a Dirty Deeds attempt, but Ambrose still drops him with a boot to the face. Ambrose goes up top, but Rollins runs up and hits a superplex and a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins connects with some right hands and then he goes for a superkick, but Ambrose pleads for mercy and Rollins stops. Rollins ends up hitting a spinning elbow to the face, then he follows up with a kick to the head. Rollins and Ambrose fight out to ringside now, and Rollins powerbombs Ambrose into the fan barricade. Rollins takes Ambrose back in the ring, then he talks some trash to Ambrose. Rollins calls him a “piece of sh-t” which gets censored on the WWE Network. Rollins goes for a running knee, but Ambrose stops him with a kick to the midsection and the Dirty Deeds for the three count.
Winner & new Intercontinental Champion: Dean Ambrose
Ambrose celebrates with his Intercontinental Title belt as we go to a promo for RAW, the Tribute To The Troops, and The New Day hosting a year-end recap on the WWE Network.
Michael Cole introduces a video package looking at the SmackDown Women’s Title picture, with Becky defending her Title tonight against Charlotte and Asuka.
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte vs. Asuka: This one is a Tables, Ladders, Chairs match. The opening bell sounds and Asuka starts off strong with kicks on Becky and Charlotte. Asuka hits the running hip attack on Charlotte in the corner. Becky fights back and drops Asuka, then she goes at it with Charlotte. Asuka and Charlotte both go outside and throw ladders in the ring. Charlotte kicks Asuka’s ladder into her and Asuka falls down at ringside. Becky starts sliding a table in the ring, but Charlotte stomps on the table and the opposite end of the table seems to hit Becky in the face. Asuka comes in the ring but Charlotte slams her face into a table in the corner. Charlotte looks for a spear, but Asuka catches her with a facebuster. Asuka and Becky fight up in the turnbuckle now, and Asuka throws Becky down by her hair onto a ladder. Becky hits the ladder hard and she rolls outside to recover. Asuka starts climbing the ladder in the ring, but Charlotte stops her and repeatedly slams her face into the ladder. Charlotte starts climbing, but Asuka powerbombs Charlotte off the ladder into a table leaning up in the corner. The table breaks at the very bottom, and Charlotte’s head took a lot of the impact. Asuka starts climbing the ladder, but Becky comes back in and dropkicks her down. Becky starts climbing, but Asuka pulls her off and slams her down. Asuka hits the running hip attack on Becky to knock her out to ringside, and then Charlotte comes over with a steel chair and nails Asuka with it. Asuka falls outside, and Charlotte goes up to the top rope. Charlotte hits a moonsault off the top onto Asuka and Becky at ringside. Charlotte sets up a table at ringside, then Becky nails her with a steel chair. Becky tees off on Charlotte and Asuka with the chair. Becky grabs a ladder as Asuka is laying on an announce table. Becky lays Charlotte on the announce table next to Asuka, then Becky climbs the big ladder at ringside. Becky goes up to the second-top rung, and then goes flying down with a leg drop. Asuka rolls out of the way, but Becky’s whole torso lands on Charlotte and the table doesn’t break immediately, which looks painful for Charlotte. Back in the ring, Asuka starts climbing the ladder until Becky runs in and stops her. Charlotte comes back in the ring with a kendo stick and she tees off on both of them. Charlotte starts climbing the ladder, but she stops to hit Asuka with the kendo stick some more. Charlotte follows her out to ringside, but Becky comes over and hits a suplex on Charlotte into the fan barricade. Asuka picks up the kendo stick and drops Becky with it. Asuka wastes some time celebrating, and Charlotte spears her into the fan barricade. Back in the ring, Becky is climbing the ladder until Charlotte runs in and stops her. Becky and Charlotte trade strikes in the middle of the ring now until Becky tackles her and pummels on her. They fight out to ringside and brawl in front of the announce tables. Charlotte hits a series of chops to the chest, then she lays Becky on a table and slaps her across the face. Charlotte goes up to the top rope and hits a senton bomb on Lynch through the table on the floor. Back in the ring, Charlotte and Asuka climb the ladder and trade punches. Becky comes back in the ring with another ladder, and she sets it up next to the other ladder. Charlotte knocks Asuka down, and Becky runs up the ladder and starts trading right hands with Charlotte. Ronda Rousey then runs down the ramp and gets in the ring. Ronda shoves the ladder over and knocks both Charlotte and Becky down. Ronda heads to the back while Charlotte and Becky are down on the floor. Asuka gets up and starts climbing the ladder. Asuka grabs the Women’s Title belt to win the match.
Winner & new SmackDown Women’s Champion: Asuka
Asuka celebrates with her new Women’s Title belt in the ring as we go to replays. Charlotte is shown at ringside and she doesn’t look happy. Becky also gets to her feet at ringside as Asuka holds up her Title belt on the ladder and TLC goes off the air.