Here are your quick and dirty, editorial-free WWE Raw results for December 18, 2017. The show was headlined by a pair of 3-on-3 matches and a number one contender match for the Cruiserweight Championship. Be back here tomorrow for the full Best and Worst of Raw column.
WWE Raw results:
– The show opened with Kurt Angle booking a triple threat for the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble: Brock Lesnar vs. Kane vs. Braun Strowman. The three men had a confrontation in the ring, ending with Lesnar F-5’ing Kane. Kane sat up as Lesnar was leaving.
1. Seth Rollins defeated Jason Jordan. Samoa Joe was at ringside, but got knocked out by a Rollins superkick. Rollins was able to pin Jordan after a ripcord knee. After the match, Joe attacked Rollins and laid him out with a ura nage.
– Kurt Angle made Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan vs. Samoa Joe and The Bar for later tonight.
2. Handicap Match: Finn Bálor defeated Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Bálor won by disqualification when the Miztourage double-teamed him. They continued the attack until the debuting Hideo Itami made the save, leading straight into a tag team match (player).
3. Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami defeated Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Itami pinned Axel after a GTS.
4. Number One Contender Match for the Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Gulak. Alexander won the match with a Lumbar Check, and will move on to Royal Rumble to face Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship.
5. Asuka defeated Alicia Fox. Asuka won by submission with a cross-armbreaker.
6. Samoa Joe and The Bar defeated Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan. Ambrose injured himself on a dive to the outside, leaving Rollins to get hit with a Brogue Kick and lose the match. Later in the night, The Bar and Joe attacked Rollins and Ambrose backstage, and Joe re-injured Ambrose’s arm by slamming it shut in a production cart.
– Matt Hardy played chess against a goldfish. He won.
7. The Revival defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno. This was the Revival’s return to Raw after a pair of badly timed injuries. The Revival won with a Shatter Machine on Slater.
– Elias tried to play a song, but was interrupted by Sasha Banks, then Mickie James, then Bayley.
8. Mickie James, Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Absolution. Absolution lost the match by diqualification when they wouldn’t stop attacking Banks. Nia Jax made the save, leading to the entire Raw women’s division once again hitting the ring. Stephanie McMahon appeared to announce the first women’s Royal Rumble match.