WWE Raw Recap: December 10, 2018
S26 episode 50 Aired on December 10, 2018

After placing the blame for Raw’s decline on the shoulders of “General Manager-Elect” Baron Corbin, Seth Rollins defended his Intercontinental Championship against The Lone Wolf in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, six nights before his scheduled title bout against former Shield brother Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC.

After Dolph Ziggler received an assist from Finn Bálor and dealt Drew McIntyre his first pinfall loss since The Scottish Psychopath returned to Raw last week, McIntyre demanded a rematch against his former tag team partner.

In the final moments of the brutal matchup, the resilient Ziggler hit a Zig Zag out of nowhere to pick up a near-fall, but McIntyre narrowly kicked out and roared back with an earth-shattering Claymore Kick for the victory.

Even after the bell, McIntyre continued the attack on Ziggler -- even after the officials came forth to pull him away -- and delivered a second Claymore Kick while flashing a wicked smile.

Will Bálor suffer the same fate when he battles McIntyre this Sunday at WWE TLC?

After AOP attacked Chad Gable backstage during a match between Bobby Roode and Drake Maverick last week, Baron Corbin turned that singles bout into an impromptu 2-on-3 Handicap Match that allowed Maverick to pick up a humiliating win over The Glorious One.

Though AOP looked strong in the height of their Raw Tag Team Championship Match this week, Maverick’s cocky nature sank his team team’s title reign. When he made the mistake of requesting a tag and obnoxiously mocking Roode’s glorious pose, the fallen Roode quickly pulled him down and rolled him up for the 1-2-3! Roode and Gable are the new Raw Tag Team Champions!

With Heath Slater once again in the precarious position of referee, Baron Corbin challenged Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship in a TLC Match, a contest where the match could only end when The Kingslayer or The Lone Wolf climb a ladder to retrieve the Intercontinental Title hanging above the ring.

Despite Rollins starting the match strong, Baron Corbin gained control and completely dismantled The Architect with a brutal assault that incorporated every destructive implement in reach. Still, the resilient Rollins clawed his way back into the bout and kept The Lone Wolf from ascending the ladder and seizing the Intercontinental Title.

Though Rollins roared back, Corbin caught him yet again and drove him through the table outside the ring. Fighting through the pain, Rollins rebounded and again prevented his opponent from climbing the ladder with the help of the chair. During his attack, however, Rollins accidently took down Slater with the steel.

Outside the ring, Rollins placed Corbin onto the table and drove him through the hardwood with an incredible Frog Splash.

Just when it looked like Rollins was going to reach his title, however, Slater suddenly reappeared and dumped the ladder from under him.

A reluctant Slater helped Corbin back into the ring and assisted him in climbing the ladder, but the tough-as-nails Rollins hit the ring like a bolt of lightning, grabbed the “General Manager-Elect” and hurled him through the table with a bucklebomb. Face-to-face with Slater, Rollins hit the reluctant official with a superkick before blasting Corbin with the stomp and climbing the rungs to claim his title.

As the dust cleared, Rollins stared up the ramp at the emerging Dean Ambrose as the two prepare to go to war this Sunday at WWE TLC.

In other action … Seth Rollins tore into Baron Corbin, leading to an impromptu TLC Intercontinental Title Match … Ruby Riott insulted Natalya with a Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Table … Bayley def. Alicia Fox … Lio Rush def. Elias … and Ember Moon def. Tamina.

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