WWE Raw Results 10/23 - NXT Women's Title Match, Sami Zayn Vs. Drew McIntyre And More

Welcome to Wrestling Inc.'s results for "WWE Raw" on October 23, 2023, coming to you live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas!

Before she defends the "NXT" Women's Championship tomorrow against Lyra Valkyria at Night One of "NXT" Halloween Havoc, Becky Lynch will be putting her title on the line against Indi Hartwell. Lynch has had a string of successful defenses as of late, retaining over the likes of Tiffany Stratton, Tegan Nox, and Natalya all the while new challengers continue emerging.

Sami Zayn and Drew McIntyre are quite familiar with one another in the squared circle, and tonight, they will collide once more. The pair found themselves involved in a heated backstage confrontation last week, and Zayn accepted McIntyre's challenge in order to showcase his abilities.

One half of the newly crowned Undisputed Tag Team Champions Damian Priest will be in singles competition tonight as he takes on Jey Uso. His night won't just end there, however, as he and his Judgment Day teammates have something on their minds to share after he and Finn Balor won back the Undisputed Tag Team Championship from Jey and Cody Rhodes last week.

Logan Paul made his long-awaited WWE return this past Friday on "WWE SmackDown", finding himself involved in a verbal exchange with Rey Mysterio which ultimately ended with the pair agreeing to a United States Championship at WWE Crown Jewel on November 4. In light of that, Paul will be appearing on tonight's show with something to say.

Additionally, Alpha Academy's Chad Gable and Otis will be going head-to-head with Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston of New Day. Per WWE's event page, the aforementioned Rhodes, World Heavyweight Champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins, and Shinsuke Nakamura are also slated to be in town tonight.

We are live! The show kicks off with a video recapping the events of last week's Undisputed Tag Team Championship match.

Michael Cole and Wade Barrett then greet audiences at home as Finn Balor and Damian Priest make their way down to the ring.

Cody Rhodes Confronts Judgment Day

Balor welcomes fans to "Raw", then says he's feeling good tonight. He asks Priest if he can tell fans to rise for Judgment Day, and Priest tells him to go ahead. Priest then says Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio are dealing with Judgment Day business backstage and brags about himself and his teammates being back on top.

Cody Rhodes' music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He asks Judgment Day how it feels to be interrupted, then says he has some choice words for the leader of Judgment Day but Ripley is nowhere to be found at ringside. He says Ripley isn't just Dominik's "Mami", but Balor and Priest too. He says that Ripley is calling all the shots and cutting all the deals, then tells Priest that low blowing him last week will be far from the final shot. Priest points out that Rhodes forgot to mention going through the announce desk, and says if Rhodes didn't come out to find him, then he would've done such. He asks Rhodes what his story actually is, and says it has to be that he failed. Rhodes tells Priest to put that theory to the test, and Priest opts to decline his offer. He opts to challenge Rhodes to a one-on-one match at WWE Crown Jewel, and Rhodes accepts. He then says that since they're standing there, they may as well give everyone a preview.

Priest says he likes that idea as Ripley and Dominik show up at ringside and march down to the ring. Jey Uso jumps Dominik on the ramp as Rhodes goes after Priest and looks to send him crashing through the table. Before he can, JD McDonagh executes a chop block and Priest sends him crashing into the ring steps. McDonagh pulls several chairs out from under the ring as Priest fires off stomps on Rhodes. A chair is placed over Rhodes' ankle, and Priest grabs a second one. He then hits Rhodes' ankle with it as Adam Pearce and several WWE officials run down to check on Rhodes.

Back from the break, we see Pearce and Jey help Rhodes to the trainer's room.

Back at ringside, New Day heads down. Alpha Academy (and their newest member Akira Tozawa) are already waiting inside.

Alpha Academy (w/ Maxxine Dupri and Akira Tozawa) vs. New Day

Woods and Gable begin the action. The bell rings and the two lock up. They go back and forth locking in submission holds on one another before Gable lands a suplex. Woods fires back with a lariat, then tags in Kingston. Kingston delivers a splash using the ropes, then delivers a standing one. Gable cinches in an Ankle Lock, but Kingston quickly escapes and the action spills to the outside.

Back from the break, Otis delivers a Vader Bomb to Kingston. Gable and Woods tag in, and Woods delivers a lariat to Gable. He follows it up with a kick and a forearm, then looks for a splash in the corner. Gable evades it, but Woods manages to deliver a Side Russian Leg Sweep and a senton. Gable rolls him up, but Woods kicks out and gets Gable up on his shoulders. He then plants him before Gable executes three German suplexes and goes for a pin. Woods kicks out and Otis tags in.

Otis gets Woods in an Electric Chair position, and Gable delivers a bulldog off the top rope. Otis goes for a pin, but Kingston breaks the fall. Otis then lands a splash on him in the corner and follows it up with The Caterpillar, but Woods manages to send him crashing into the ring post shoulder first. Gable makes the blind tag, and Woods looks to hit a reverse Caterpillar on Otis. Before he can, Gable hops in the ring and cinches in an Ankle Lock. Woods counters into a pinfall, but Gable kicks out. Woods sends him crashing to the outside and delivers a pair of kicks to an interfering Otis. Kingston tags in and double teams on Otis with Woods. Woods then becomes legal again and delivers an elbow drop off the top rope for the win.

Winners: New Day

Back from the break, we head over to a video from Ivar and Valhalla, as well as another one recapping what happened between Seth "Freakin" Rollins and Drew McIntyre last week.

We then head backstage and see Rollins run into Rhea Ripley. Rollins tells Ripley that she's in the wrong place if she's looking for McIntyre, and Ripley says Judgment Day has nothing but respect for Rollins. She says Judgment Day is concerned about the pace Rollins is running at and says he needs them. Rollins says that Ripley has lost faith in Damian Priest cashing in his Money In The Bank contract on him for the World Heavyweight Championship, then asks what he would want with her. Ripley tells him that he needs her because he's just a World Champion right now rather than the World Champion. Ripley offers him Judgment Day's help once again before bringing up Roman Reigns and his historic reign as Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. Rollins says he wants to be nothing like Reigns, and Ripley tells him that wasn't a no.

We then head over and see a conversation between Natalya, Indi Hartwell, and Candice LeRae. Natalya offers Hartwell her support and wishes her the best in her "NXT" Women's Championship match up next.

Back at ringside, Becky Lynch heads down. Hartwell follows as we see Lyra Valkyria watching on from the crowd.

Becky Lynch (c) vs. Indi Hartwell for the NXT Women's Championship

The bell rings and Lynch looks for the Man Handle Slam. Hartwell fores back with a clothesline before Lynch rolls out of the ring. She gets back inside and executes a backslide, but Hartwell kicks out as Candice LeRae watches the action from backstage. Hartwell gets Lynch up on her shoulders and sends her into the top turnbuckle face first. She then hits a Sidewalk Slam and sends her crashing into the barricade on the outside. 

Back from the break, Lynch dumps Hartwell onto the apron. Hartwell lands an uppercut and a big boot, then ascends to the top and hits an elbow drop to Lynch's spine. Lynch sends Hartwell crashing into the mat, then sets up for the Man Handle Slam. Hartwell avoids the maneuver and lands another big boot, then ascends to the top. Lynch pulls her down and locks in an Armbar, but Hartwell manages to land a powerbomb on her and follows it up with a spinebuster. Lynch then locks in the Dis-Arm-Her, and Hartwell taps.

Winner (and still): Becky Lynch

After the match, Lynch and Hartwell shake hands as a show of respect for one another. Lynch then stares down Valkyria on her way to the back.

Backstage, we see Xia Li attack LeRae and tell her that it was a "message for Indi too."

We then head over to Adam Pearce talking with security about the upcoming Crown Jewel Women's World Championship Match contract signing. Nick Aldis approaches him and apologizes for having him removed from the arena this past Friday on "SmackDown", explaining that he's just trying to establish his authority. Pearce says he knows what it's like to be the new guy, and while he thought it was a bit out of line, it's water under the bridge. He invites Aldis to stay and see how things are done on "Raw", and Aldis accepts. 

Back from the break, Adam Pearce is waiting inside the ring as security guards surround him on the outside.

Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax Sign The Contract for their Crown Jewel Women's World Championship Match

Pearce kicks things off by saying he would ordinarily not let a Fatal Five-Way Women's World Championship go on with all the chaos that has gone down lately, but in WWE, things are settled in the ring. He then introduces Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, Raquel Rodriguez and Nia Jax, who all sign the contract one by one as they get in the ring with the exception of Jax. She asks where Rhea Ripley, and Pearce tells her that she'll be signing the contract later. Jax does so, but before Pearce can wrap things up, Ripley's music hits and she makes her way down to the ring.

Ripley says she's not sorry for coming out prematurely, and says she has something to get off her chest. She tells Pearce that while she can beat every woman in the ring individually, he set her up and now she's going to make his life a living hell. She says by making the match a Fatal Five-Way, all he's doing is making sure that there are four less women in the division and is adamant that she will retain her title. Jax grabs the mic from Pearce's hand and says she sees what Ripley is doing. She says Ripley wants her to squash everyone else for her, and iterates her point to everyone in the ring.

Rodriguez has had enough, and goes after Jax. Everyone except Ripley then begins brawling with one another as security pulls them apart. However, all four women escape and continue to brawl with one another. Stark and Baszler are sent crashing to the outside, leaving Jax alone with Rodriguez as Ripley yells at them to fight. They begin brawling before security guards separate them. Both women escape, and Jax plants Rodriguez with a Samoan Drop. 

We then head backstage and see Akira Tozawa challenge Bronson Reed to a match. 

Back at ringside, Johnny Gargano heads down. Imperium follows. 

Johnny Gargano vs. Giovanni Vinci (w/ Ludwig Kaiser)

The bell rings and Gargano charges at Vinci. Vinci shoves him into the corner and fires off shoulders on his midsection before landing a backbreaker. Gargano looks to run the ropes, but stops when he spots Kaiser, allowing Vinci to clock him from behind. Gargano responds with a superkick as a frustrated Kaiser hops up on the apron. Tommaso Ciampa appears and scares Kaiser away from ringside, opening the door for Gargano to hit a DDT from the apron for the win.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

Logan Paul then makes his way down to the ring.

We Hear From Logan Paul

Paul brags about defeating Dillion Davis and causing him to lose his job, then says he's technically still a free agent. He tells fans at home to run to their keyboards because he'll give the world something to talk about when he defeats Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel to become the new United States Champion.

Dominik Mysterio's music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He tells Paul that from champion to future champion, he can't wait to see him beat his father. Paul says that Rey left out what they've had to overcome during their confrontation on Friday night, and says the only person who needs humbling is Rey. Dominik says after Crown Jewel, he'll be the champion, and Paul says he can see it vividly. He says now that he's back on "Raw", his favorite ring announcer, Samantha Irvin, is here and asks her to join him and Dominik in the ring. He says it's been a while since he's seen her and he owes her a heartfelt thank you. She says she deserves to be recognized, and Irvin reluctantly gets inside the ring. He tells Irvin that he made it hard when she was forced to announce him as the winner of his match with Ricochet at WWE SummerSlam, then asks for her to give a preview of what she'll be saying after his and Rey's Crown Jewel match.

Out of nowhere, Ricochet appears and attacks Paul. Dominik tries helping Paul out, but Ricochet clocks him. He delivers a knee to his head and ascends to the top, looking for a Shooting Star Press. Paul pulls Dominik out of the ring before he can hit it.

Chelsea Green and Piper Niven then make their way down to the ring. Natalya and her mystery partner, Nikki Cross, follow. 

Chelsea Green and Piper Niven vs. Natalya and Nikki Cross

Natalya and Green begin the action. The bell rings and the two take turns pinning one another as Cross stands on the apron in a trance. Green delivers a boot to Natalya's face, then tags in Niven. Niven delivers a splash to Natalya in the corner, then tags Green back in. Green delivers a forearm to her spine as Cross hops off the apron and heads to the back. Natalya questions what Cross is doing, then delivers a German suplex to Green before executing a discus lariat and going for a pin. Green kicks out and sets up for The Unprettier. Natalya escapes and looks to lock in a Sharpshooter, but unbeknownst to her, Niven is now legal. Natalya looks to lock in a Sharpshooter on Niven once she realizes she's legal, but Green helps her tag partner out and lands The Unprettier. Niven follows it up with a low crossbody for the win.

Winners: Chelsea Green and Piper Niven

Back at ringside, Sami Zayn heads down. 

Back from the break, we see Rhea Ripley hand Adam Pearce a signed Women's World Championship contract for Crown Jewel as The Miz is complaining to him. She then checks in on Dominik Mysterio. 

Back at ringside, Drew McIntyre heads down. 

Sami Zayn vs. Drew McIntyre

The bell rings and the two lock up. Zayn tries landing a shoulder tackle, but is unsuccessful and opts to land a chop. He then looks to surprise McIntyre with one, but McIntyre catches him with a chop before landing a second one in the corner. He delivers a third one that sends Zayn out of the ring, and Zayn then pulls him out to join. He hits a moonsault off the barricade and dumps McIntyre back inside the ring before getting planted by a vertical suplex from McIntyre. He then delivers a chop that sends Zayn crashing into the mat. Zayn manages to hit a clothesline and fires off chops and forearms, then dumps McIntyre out of the ring and lands a dropkick through the middle rope. He looks to go flying over the top rope to level him, but McIntyre catches him and tosses him over the announce desk.

Back from the break, McIntyre lands a chop before Zayn sends him colliding with the ring post shoulder first. Zayn lands a suplex and clotheslines McIntyre out of the ring, then goes flying over the top to level him. He tosses him back inside the ring and ascends to the top. McIntyre joins him up there and gets him up on his shoulders, but Zayn escapes and delivers a powerbomb. McIntyre fires back with a headbutt and sets up for a Claymore Kick. Zayn counters with a boot to his face and a Blue Thunder Bomb, then goes for a pin but McIntyre kicks out.

McIntyre delivers a belly-to-belly suplex and a neckbreaker, then kips up as Rhea Ripley makes her way down to the ring to watch the action. Zayn takes advantage and rolls up McIntyre, but McIntyre kicks out and gets caught with an Exploder. Ripley hops up on the apron to cause a distraction, opening the door for McIntyre to connect with a Claymore Kick for the win.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

We then head backstage and see Nick Aldis seemingly trying to convince Kayden Carter and Katana Chance to join "WWE SmackDown". Pearce catches him and calls him out, and Aldis tells him that nothing sinister was happening. He volunteers to leave, and Pearce thanks him for coming.

Back at ringside, Bronson Reed heads down. Akira Tozawa and Maxxine Dupri follow.

Bronson Reed vs. Akira Tozawa (w/ Maxxine Dupri)

The bell rings and Tozawa lands a chop. Reed stays standing and Tozawa fires off strikes on him. Reed flattens him with a splash and an elbow drop, then lands a splash and follows it up with a suplex. He hits a Military Press and looks for a senton, but Tozawa rolls out of the way and delivers a pair of kicks. He looks to land a German suplex, but Reed escapes his grasp. Tozawa ascends to the top and looks for a splash, but Reed catches him and gets him up on his shoulders. He executes a Death Valley Driver, then follows it up with a running senton and a Tsunami for the win.

Winner: Bronson Reed

Back from the break, we see Seth "Freakin" Rollins approach Drew McIntyre to congratulate him on his first win as a member of Judgment Day. McIntyre tells Rollins that he's paranoid and calls him out for his conversation with Rhea Ripley earlier tonight. Rollins says he doesn't need Judgment Day, and McIntyre says he doesn't need the stable either. The two then agree to not having the group in either of their corners.

Back at ringside, Jey Uso heads down. Damian Priest follows. 

Damian Priest vs. Jey Uso

The bell rings and the two lock up. Jey fires off right hands on Priest's midsection, but Priest sends him crashing into the mat and connects with a headbutt. He whips Jey into the corner and looks for a splash, but Jey moves out of the way before the action spills to the outside and Jey delivers a tope suicida.

Back from the break, Priest lands a Broken Arrow on Jey. The two then go back and forth with forearm strikes before Jey gains the upper hand and fires off right hands. Priest tosses him onto the apron, but Jey connects with an enzuigiri and ascends to the top. He delivers a splash and looks for a Samoan Drop, but Priest escapes and lands a clothesline that turns Jey inside out. Jey lands a kick on Priest's midsection and follows it up with a Samoan Drop before the action spills out of the ring once again and Priest lands an elevated Flatliner on the announce desk.

The two men get back inside the ring, and Priest delivers a second elevated Flatliner. Jey responds with a Spear and ascends to the top, then delivers an Uso Splash and goes for a pin. Finn Balor runs down and hops up on the apron to cause a distraction, and Jey clocks him. He then delivers a tope suicida, opening the door for Priest to execute South of Heaven for the win.

Winner: Damian Priest

After the match, Balor fires off right hands on Jey and ascends to the top, then hits the Coup De Grace. He grabs a couple of chairs for him and Priest, and the two look to attack him with them. Cody Rhodes' music hits and he hobbles down to the ring to provide Jey with a hand. He executes a chop block on Priest, then hits him with the chair on his midsection before cracking it across his spine. He then puts his ankle through the chair and looks to use the second one to hit it, but Balor pulls Priest out of the ring before he can and referees run down to separate the two parties. Cody hugs Jey and holds his hand up as the show goes off the air.