WWE returned to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England to tape Monday's edition of WWE RAW on the USA Network (air date: November 11th) on Friday, November 8th.
Much like they did for the SmackDown tapings previously this afternoon, the arena has a different look for the tapings in Manchester, England. Check out photos of the WWE UK set-up for the WWE RAW set for next Monday's taped episode below.
Announce Team Minus One For This Week
The announce team of Jerry Lawler and Vic Joseph come out to call the action here at the RAW taping in Manchester. Dio Maddin, likely selling the attack from Brock Lesnar, is nowhere to be found.
WWE Women's Tag-Team Titles
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka & Kairi Sane (C)
The RAW taping here in Manchester Arena is kicking off in style, as a WWE Women's Tag-Team Championship contest will be opening up the show.
The Kabuki Warriors -- Asuka and Kairi Sane -- will be putting their titles on the line against the duo of RAW Women's Champion "The Man" Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
During the match, NXT Women's Champion "The Queen of Spades" Shayna Baszler comes out. She tries to interfere, however Bayley repays her for the attack at SmackDown (taped right before this show) by attacking her back. The chaos leads to Lynch being distracted, which allows The Kabuki Warriors to win and retain their titles.
Winners and STILL WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions: The Kabuki Warriors
Drew McIntyre vs. Sin Cara
The fans in Manchester obviously give "The Scottish Psychopath" a nice ovation as he makes his way to the ring. He will be in one-on-one action next.
McIntyre's opponent for this singles contest will be Sin Cara. They give this match a few minutes to work with and the crowd ate it up.
When all was said-and-done, it was Drew McIntyre who got his hand raised and walked away with the victory.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
WWE 24/7 Championship
R-Truth (C) vs. The Bollywood Boyz
Up next will be a two-on-one handicap match with a WWE championship up-for-grabs.
You guessed it, it's time for the WWE 24/7 Championship bout of the evening. R-Truth makes his way to the ring. He will be defending against Samir and Sunil Singh in a handicap match with the title on-the-line.
The Bollywood Boyz end up running off. Still waiting to hear if they ran off WITH the WWE 24/7 Championship after a win or not. Hang tight.
Ok, apparently the match ended in a no contest, as R-Truth simply chased The Bollywood Boyz away to the backstage area.
Winner: No Contest
Seth Rollins Issues Open Challenge
"The Architect" Seth Rollins makes his way down to the ring to a nice mixed-bag reaction from the fans inside Manchester Arena.
Rollins ends up issuing an open challenge, saying he wants "the best UK has", which leads to NXT UK faction Imperium making their way down to the ring.
WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER ends up accepting "The Architect's" open challenge and that match will go down ... now!
Seth Rollins vs. WALTER
The challenge was answered and the match is on. Seth Rollins goes one-on-one with Imperium leader and WWE UK Champion WALTER from the NXT UK brand now on RAW.
Manchester is treating this like a true main event in terms of crowd reaction. Definitely a "big match feel" in the Manchester Arena as this one builds.
The match ends up seeing Rollins get the victory by way of disqualification after Imperium interferes in the contest, forcing the referee to call for the bell to end it.
After the match was called, Imperium continued their attack until The Street Profits and Kevin Owens hit the ring to make the save, setting up a big eight-man tag-team match for later in the show in the process. Owens gets a huge ovation coming out.
Winner via DQ: Seth Rollins
Eight-Man Tag-Team Match
Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits vs. Imperium
The eight-man tag-team match is now, and features Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford (The Street Profits) on one side of the ring, while WWE UK Champion WALTER, Fabian Aichner, Marcel Barthel & Alexander Wolfe (Imperium) are on the other.
This match was what it was, but it definitely had its' moments. One cool spot saw Ford hit a crazy suicide dive from the ring to the floor, taking out WALTER, Aichner and part of the announce table in the process. Owens gets great crowd reactions all through this one. In the end, the baby faces pick up the "W."
Winners: Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens & The Street Profits
The O.C. Confronts Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo
Backstage, we see The OC confronting the duo of Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo. They tell them to find a third man as they will be competing in a six-man tag-team match. "The Viper" Randy Orton ends up stepping up to join them for the match.
Andrade vs. Cedric Alexander
Now it's time to return to the ring for our next bout of the evening here at the WWE RAW television taping from Manchester, England.
This one is given a little bit of time to develop and actually turned out to be a pretty decent match. In the end, Andrade scored the victory.
Lana, Rusev & Bobby Lashley Segment
Lana is making her way down to the ring now for a promo segment. She says she is nine weeks pregnant with Rusev. She claims she didn't have sex with Bobby Lashley until seven weeks ago.
Rusev comes out and admits being a "sex addict" and discusses her pregnancy. As she continues to talk, Bobby Lashley makes his way down to the squared circle.
There have been a lot of "Boring! Boring!" chants during this segment, for the record. Rusev ends up coming out as well.
This ends with Lashley laying out Rusev and carrying Lana to the back. The crowd crapped all over this from start-to-finish.
Erick Rowan vs. Enhancement Talent
We head back to the ring, this time for a match. Already in the ring is a local British enhancement wrestler / talent. Out next is his opponent, Erick Rowan, who is carrying something under a towel.
This one, as you would expect, did not last long at all, and was your typical squash / showcase match for the big guy.
Winner: Erick Rowan
The Viking Raiders vs. Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews
It's time for tag-team action now, as the reigning, undisputed RAW World Tag-Team Champions The Viking Raiders make their way down to the ring.
This will be a non-title match, with The Viking Raiders taking on the duo of Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews.
This one is given a few minutes to play with, and was a decent little match that saw the champions go over.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
Six-Man Tag-Team Match
Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo vs. The OC
As set up earlier in the evening, the team of Randy Orton, Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo will now battle the trio of AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson -- The OC -- next here on RAW from the Manchester Arena.
This one ends up seeing Carrillo score the pin fall on Styles after hitting a moonsault to give his team the victory. Orton and Ricochet teased a confrontation at one point.
Winners: Randy Orton, Ricochet & Humberto Carrillo
After The Match: "The Fiend" Attacks!
Once the match ended, AJ Styles cut a promo dressing down the fans with some momma jokes and other heel tactics until finally, "The Fiend" interrupts.
"The Fiend" enters the ring and after a brief scuffle, ends up laying out AJ Styles with the Mandible Claw. Fans seemed to dig this.
And that is how WWE RAW wrapped up inside the Manchester Arena!