Raw results, Dec. 12, 2022: Lashley fired for putting his hands on officials following controversial loss to Rollins
When Bobby Lashley lost a United States Title opportunity to Seth “Freakin” Rollins as the result of an official being out of position, The All Mighty snapped and got himself fired. Plus, moments after Alexa Bliss overcame Bayley to earn a future Raw Women’s Title opportunity against Bianca Belair, The Goddess nearly executed a puzzling attack on The EST of WWE before coming to her senses.
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Raw results, Dec. 12, 2022
Alexa Bliss def. Bayley in a Raw Women’s Title No. 1 Contender’s Match
Prior to Alexa Bliss' high-stakes match against Bayley, Becky Lynch suddenly emerged to unleash a surprise attack on IYO SKY and Dakota Kai and sent the Role Model's Damage CTRL cohorts heading for the hills.
As a result, Bayley was left alone to face The Goddess of WWE without backup to determine Bianca Belair's next challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship. In the final moments, The EST of WWE grabbed an untied turnbuckle to prevent Bayley from cheating. In the commotion that followed, Bliss took control and hit Twisted Bliss for the huge victory.
In the aftermath, The EST of WWE entered the ring to congratulate Bliss. However, out of nowhere, the smiling victor suddenly changed her attitude and set up to execute a post-match attack on unsuspecting titleholder. Before she carried it out, though, she stopped herself and looked puzzled as to what was going on.
AJ Styles def. Chad Gable
With issues ongoing between The O.C. and Alpha Academy, AJ Styles overcame Chad Gable in a hard-fought matchup with the Styles Clash.
The Judgment Day def. The Street Profits & Akira Tozawa
One week after jumping in to defend an outnumbered Akira Tozawa, The Street Profits joined forces with Tozawa to even the odds against The Judgment Day in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. In the height of the fast-paced chaos, a sudden distraction from Rhea Ripley on one side of the ring allowed Damian Priest to grab Tozawa off the ropes on the other side and and send him crashing the the canvas. This paved the way for Dominik to pick off the win.
The Miz interrupted Dexter Lumis and Johnny Gargano's holiday giveaway and ended forced to agree to Lumis in high-stakes Winner-Take-All Ladder Match next week and to give out gifts dressed as an elf
IYO SKY def. Candice LeRae
The road to Candice LeRae's continued quest to get retribution on Damage CTRL hit a detour when one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions IYO SKY won a battle on the top turnbuckle and dropped in on The Poison Pixie with a thunderous moonsault for the three-count.
Elias sang a song written by an injured Matt Riddle to honor The Original Bro
Solo Sikoa def. Elias
After his tag team partner Matt Riddle was injured by Solo Sikoa last week, Elias looks for payback when he faces the Enforcer of the Bloodline one-on-one.
After defeating his opponent with the devastating Spinning Solo, Sikoa continue his attack on Elias after the bell. In response, Kevin Owens made a surprise emergence to rescue the strumming Superstar with a Stunner on Solo. After Sami Zayn pulled Solo out of dodge, though, KO also hit a Stunner on Elias for good measure.
Rhea Ripley def. Asuka
After suffering an attack last week by a frustrated Rhea Ripley, Asuka was out for payback. In the height of the action, Asuka had finally had enough of interference from Dominik Mysterio and opted to hit him with a sudden burst of green mist. With The Empress of Tomorrow's back turned, though, Rhea took advantage of the disruption and hit Riptide for the victory.
Seth “Freakin” Rollins def. Bobby Lashley to earn an opportunity at Austin Theory's United States Title
In the final moments of the explosive main event showdown pitting Bobby Lashley against Seth “Freakin” Rollins, the official was forced out of position in a critical moment and, at least in part, cost The All Mighty the match to The Visionary and gave Rollins the future opportunity at Austin Theory's United States Title.
Completely furious, Lashley confronted the referee after the match. Before long, things soon descended into all-out bedlam with the irate Superstar putting hands on two officials as well as WWE Official Adam Pearce. As a result, Pearce screamed at the former World Champion was fired.