Monday, January 1, 2018

WWE RAW Results - Jan 1, 2018

The first WWE RAW of 2018 opens with Michael Cole welcoming us. He's joined by Corey Graves and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. They go over tonight's show.

- We go backstage and RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss is trying to talk RAW General Manager Kurt Angle out of her match with Asuka tonight. Angle refuses and says Bliss can settle her problems with Asuka in the ring tonight. Angle's music starts up and he walks off.

- We're live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida as Kurt Angle hits the ring. He welcomes us. Angle talks about how 2017 was one of the best years of his career and says 2018 will be even greater. Angle talks about the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and how John Cena has announced himself for the men's Rumble match. Some fans boo. Angle plugs the women's Rumble match and the crowd pops. Angle says fans are wondering about the rules for that match and after talking with Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan, they decided that the women's match will be just like the men's match as far as rules go. There will be 30 women in the match as well. Angle says he expects RAW to win both Rumble matches and go on to main event WrestleMania 34. As far as tonight, he has planned... the music interrupts and out comes The Bar.

Sheamus doesn't want to talk about tonight,, he wants to talk about how The Bar was robbed in last week's travesty. Sheamus complains about how the new team of Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan received a title shot. They enter the ring and Cesaro accuses Angle of playing favorites. Cesaro says what happened was too much, too much. We see a replay of last week's title change. Sheamus says the clip makes him sick. He accuses Angle of favoritism again. Cesaro says Angle's son did not deserve a title shot. Cesaro announces that they want their rematch tonight. Angle says they will get their rematch when he says so. They start arguing and the music interrupts. Out comes RAW Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan.

Jordan argues back and stands on his own. More arguing leads to Angle making Jordan vs. Sheamus for right now. The music interrupts and out comes RAW Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins. Rollins talks about how Jordan needs to learn to be a better partner and not be so self-absorbed. Rollins says he will be in Jordan's corner but... a "daddy's boy" chant starts up. Rollins says he will be in Jordan's corner but the only way he sees it is that he's out here to watch Jordan lose. Cesaro takes advantage of the distraction and knocks Jordan to the floor from behind. Rollins checks on Jordan and tells him to get up and get back into the ring. We go to commercial.

Cesaro vs. Jason Jordan

The match is joined in progress and Cesaro with a European uppercut. Jordan with a float over and drop kick for a near fall. Cesaro with another European uppercut and a snap mare into a reverse chin lock. Jordan gets back to his feet but Cesaro with a knee. Jordan misses a clothesline and Cesaro goes for a springboard move and Jordan catches Ceasro and runs him into the corner four times.

Sheamus gets on the apron and distracts Jordan and Jordan hits the ring post when Cesaro moves. Cesaro clips Jordan. Cesaro puts the leg in the ropes and hits a hesitation drop kick into the knee. Cesaro works on the leg and adds pressure to the injured knee. Jordan punches Cesaro and Cesaro returns to the leg. Cesaro with an elbow drop to the injured leg. Jordan with a clothesline and Jason struggles to get back to his feet. Jordan sends Cesaro to the apron and then he knocks Cesaro to the floor with a forearm. Cesaro with a shot to the leg and then Cesaro with an atomic drop of the knee onto the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cesaro with a baseball slide to Jordan to send him to the floor. They return to the ring and Cesaro with a European uppercut and kicks to the leg. Cesaro with a single leg crab on Jordan. Jordan kicks Cesaro but Cesaro holds on. Jordan kicks Cesaro away and Cesaro wtih Euroepan uppercuts. Jordan escapes a slam and then he kicks Cesaro when Cesaro charges into the corner. Jordan tries for a suplex but Cesaro with a shot to the leg. Jordan with clotheslines and overhead belly-to-belly suplexes for a near fall. Jordan with a shoulder tackle into the corner. Cesaro with elbows but Jordan with a Northern Lights suplex and he rolls through for a second one and he gets a near fall.

Sheamus with a forearm while the referee was not looking and Cesaro with a rollup for a near fall. Cesaro returns to the single leg crab and a Boston Crab. Jordan gets to the ropes and Cesaro releases the hold. Rollins stops Sheamus from interfering. Jordan with a pop up neck breaker for the three count.

Winner: Jason Jordan

Backstage:


Renee Young is with Roman Reigns in the interview area. Roman is asked about tonight's stipulation. Roman says Joe got what he deserved. Joe attacked him and ruined title matches. He also injured Dean Ambrose. He says Joe is a punk and that is why he got punked out last week. It will get ugly and it will be intense. Roman says he will stay within the rules tonight, he hopes.

- Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring and we go to commercial.

- We are back and Sasha Banks says her New Year's Resolution is to win the Royal Rumble.

Bray Wyatt vs. Apollo Crews (with Dana Brooke and Titus O'Neil)

They lock up and Bray backs Crews into the corner. Wyatt misses a forearm in the corner and Bray leans back and Crews is scared by Bray in a defenseless position. Crews with a side head lock and Wyatt with a punch. Wyatt with another punch and Crews is sent to the apron. Crews with an enzuigiri and Crews with a slingshot senton and elbow drop for a near fall. Crews with a side head lock and Wyatt with a head butt as Crews comes off the ropes.

Wyatt with a forearm to the head and he chokes Crews in the corner. Bray with a forearm and a double thrust to the throat. Wyatt with an Irish whip and Crews floats over. Crews with a drop kick. Wyatt sends Crews onto the apron and Crews with a punch and he goes up top but Wyatt with an uppercut to stop Crews and then he drops Crews on the turnbuckles. Wyatt stomps on the hand and Bray stares at Dana as we go to commercial.

We are back and Wyatt with a reverse chin lock. Wyatt with a flying body block and he gets a near fall. Bray with an Irish whip and Crews with a flying boot to the head. Crews with a back heel kick followed by a boot to the head and a flying clothesline. Crews with a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Crews goes to the apron and he hits a back heel kick and then hits a moonsault onto Wyatt.

They return to the ring and Wyatt with a clothesline. Bray leans back and Dana gets on the apron. Bray looks at Dana and Dana realizes that Bray has focused his attention on her. Dana falls off the apron onto Titus. Crews with a jumping enzuigiri but Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

After the match, Matt Hardy appears and he talks about Bray's fireflies. He says he brought Bray's darkness into light. You cannot avoid the Woken Wisdom. He is the omniscient ghost that invades your dreams. When Abigail is no longer around, he will delete Bray. Then Matt laughs and turns into thousands of images on the TitanTron.

Backstage:

Nia walks towards the exit and she has chicken noodle soup. Alexa stops her and tells her about her match against Asuka. Nia says that Enzo needs her. Alexa tells Nia it is either Enzo or her. Nia tells Enzo that her soup is getting cold. Alexa wonders if everyone is losing their minds. We go to commercial.

Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka

Back from the break and out comes RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss for this non-title match as JoJo does the introduction. We see video from last week's in-ring segment with Bliss and Asuka. The Empress of Tomorrow is out next.

Alexa avoids Asuka and Asuka misses a round kick as Alexa gets into the ropes. Asuka dives for the legs but Alexa avoids her. Asuka misses spinning back fists and Alexa gets into the ropes. Alexa with a waist lock. Asuka with a wrist lock and Alexa stomps on the foot. Asuka with a hammer lock. Alexa with a reversal into a full nelson. Asuka with a waist lock and take down into a front face lock. Asuka with a knee bar and Alexa escapes.

Asuka with a chin lock into a side head lock. Alexa sends Asuka to the mat but Asuka pops back up and Alexa goes into the ropes. Asuka pulls Alexa back into the ring and Asuka with a shoulder tackle. Asuka with a running hip attack and then she spins around while Alexa goes to the floor. Alexa returns to the ring and then goes right back to the floor. Asuka with a series of hips to the side of the head. Alexa kicks Asuka and goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Alexa with a body scissors. We see footage from the commercial break when Asuka missed a hip attack and got caught in the ropes followed by a kick to the midsection. Asuka counters into an ankle lock. Alexa gets to the ropes and she pulls Asuka into the ropes as she gets out of the hold. Alexa with a bow and arrow around the ring post. Alexa with punches to Asuka and she gets a near fall. Asuka with a rollup for a near fall.

Asuka misses a round kick and Alexa goes for a rollup but Asuka gets to her feet. Alexa with a back breaker and she punches Asuka. Alexa with punches and she gets a near fall. Alexa returns to the body scissors. Alexa with a guillotine but Asuka counters into a Kimura. Alexa gets out of the hold and Alexa kicks Asuka in the corner. Alexa slaps Asuka in the corner and Asuka slaps back. Alexa pie faces Asuka and Asuka wants more. Asuka with a drop kick and another drop kick. Alexa with an Irish whip but Asuka with a missile drop kick.

Asuka tosses Alexa by the hair and hits a running hip attack. Asuka sets for thew waist lock but Alexa blocks the suplex attempt. Alexa with kicks and then Asuka with a knee to the head. Alexa goes for a sunset flip out of the corner but Asuka drops down for a near fall. Alexa drop kicks Asuka to the floor. Asuka kicks Alexa from the floor and then Asuka with a spinning back heel kick and she floats over into the cross arm breaker and Alexa taps out.

Winner: Asuka

- We have a video package for the Samoa Joe/Roman Reigns match that will happen later tonight.

Backstage:

Renee Young is with Samoa Joe. Joe tells Renee he will beat Roman, just like he has every time he has been in the ring with him. Joe says he owns Roman. He has broken down Roman Reigns. Joe has made sure that the Shield will not be champions together again. Dean is a stay at home husband living off his wife's paycheck. Roman has been able to get himself disqualified to keep the title. Roman is out of options. It may be Roman's yard, but he lives in Joe's world.

- Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.

Braun Strowman vs. Rhyno (with Heath Slater)

They lock up and Braun pushes Rhyno away. They lock up again and Braun sends Rhyno into the corner again. Braun with shoulder tackles and Slater gets on the apron to give support to Rhyno. Braun goes to the floor and he takes the mic. Braun tells Slater he has two choices. He can stay on the floor and shut up or he can get into the ring and get these hands like his partner.

Slater gets on the apron and Rhyno hits Strowman from behind. Slater attacks Braun from behind and the referee allows it. Braun pushes Slater down and then he hits splashes on Slater and Rhyno followed by a power slam for the three count.

Winner: Braun Strowman

After the match, Braun stands tall as his music hits. Fans chant "one more time" as Braun stands over Rhyno. Slater comes in and brawls with Braun but gets dominated. Braun with a running powerslam to Slater. Fans want more and Braun delivers, planting Rhyno in the middle of the ring again before his music hits. Braun scoops Slater again and drops him before standing tall. It looks like the segment is over but Braun grabs Rhyno for one more powerslam. Fans go wild as Braun turns his attention to Slater again. Braun drives Slater into the mat once again and stands tall as his music starts back up.

Backstage:

We see Roman Reigns backstage getting ready. Seth Rollins walks in, bringing up Joe's comments from earlier. Reigns isn't worried about Joe and says there's one thing you don't do in this world - mess with their brother. Rollins just doesn't want to see Reigns get disqualified tonight so they can continue being champions together. Jason Jordan walks in and acknowledges their recent issues but promises to take out The Bar if they try to interfere tonight. Jordan tosses a "believe that!" at Reigns before walking off, leaving Reigns looking confused and Rollins with a smirk on his face. Back to commercial.

- We are back with a Raw Classic moment when DX invaded Nitro.

Backstage:

Braun walks in the back and he sees Kane and Kane does not want any of Strowman. Kane says he just wants to talk. He wants to talk about Brock Lesnar. Kane says he has never faced Brock in the ring but Braun has. They are the Alpha Monsters. Together they can contain the Beast. All it takes is to be on the same page. Braun says that he does not care about Kane or his plan because he is the only Alpha Monster. When he takes down Brock, it will be on his own terms.

Backstage:

Kurt Angle is on the phone talking about the Women's Royal Rumble match. Finn Balor enters and he says that he was the first Universal Champion and he never lost the title and never got a rematch. If he has to defeat 29 other people to get his match, he will do it. He is in the Rumble match. Kurt says he thought Finn was here to talk about something else. Kurt mentions the match with Finn against The MizTourage and Elias. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson enter and he says that they have been by his side before.

WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns

We go to the ring and out comes Samoa Joe for his title shot. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns. We get formal ring introductions from JoJo. The bell rings and Joe unloads with right hands, backing Reigns into the corner. Joe keeps control until Reigns fires back with right hands. Reigns with kicks in the corner. Fans do dueling chants now. The referee ends up getting in between them. Joe takes advantage of the referee talking to Reigns and comes from the side, taking Reigns back down for a pin attempt. Joe with more offense and a snap suplex. Reigns goes to the floor for a breather as we return to commercial break.

We are back and Joe works on the arm and he connects with a back elbow. Joe gets a near fall. Joe with more jabs. Reigns with a suplex. Reigns charges into the corner but Joe moves and Reigns hits the ring post and Joe gets a near fall. Joe kicks and punches Reigns as he works on the back. Joe with an arm bar. Reigns punches Joe to get out of the hold and he connects with an uppercut and clotheslines. Joe with a forearm and elbow in the corner followed by an enzuigiri for a near fall. Joe sends Reigns into the turnbuckles and he punches Reigns and follows with elbows.

Joe with another forearm and a hard Irish whip. Joe with another hard Irish whip. Joe with a snap mare followed by a seated abdominal stretch with Reigns' arm under the throat. Reigns with a punch but Joe with an Irish whip. Reigns with a flying clothesline out of the corner. Reigns with NeverEnding Story in the corner and Reigns with a running boot to send Joe to the floor. Reigns with the running drop kick on the floor and then he sends Joe back into the ring. Reigns gets a near fall.

Reigns punches Joe in the corner and the referee warns Roman. Joe sends Roman to the apron and Joe knocks Reigns off the apron and Joe with a suicide dive that sends Reigns into the ringside barrier. Both men are down and the referee starts his count. Both men get back in at nine. We go to commercial.

We are back and Joe with a head butt. Joe with a head butt to Reigns. Joe kicks Reigns in the chest and he taunts Reigns. Joe with a punch and Reigns wants Joe to hit him. Joe with a head butt and Roman with forearms. Joe with forearms and elbows. Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Joe rolls to the floor when he sees Roman wind up.

Joe avoids a Superman punch off the steps and Joe sends Reigns into the ring steps a few times as the referee continues his count. Joe breaks the referee's count and goes back to the floor. Reigns Irish whips Joe into the ring steps. Reigns grabs the ring steps and the referee stops him from doing it. The referee tells them to get back into the ring. Joe punches Reigns and then Reigns hits a Superman punch off the steps and then they return to the ring and Reigns hits another Superman punch. Joe kicks out at two.

Reigns looks around as he sets for the spear but Joe with a kick and Joe tries for the uranage. Reigns bumps into the referee and the referee is about to disqualify Reigns but Joe misses a splash into the corner. Joe with a uranage for a near fall. Joe argues with the referee and wants to know why Reigns wasn't disqualified. Reigns with an uppercut but he misses a punch. Joe sets for the Kokina Clutch but Reigns with an arm drag and Reigns with the spear for the three count.

Winner: Roman Reigns

After the match, Reigns clutches the title while still on the mat as his music starts up. We go to replays. Reigns celebrates and stands tall with the title.

Backstage:

Kurt Angle watches in the back on the monitor and Paul Heyman enters the office. Paul says he can help Kurt. Paul brings up the conspiracy that is going on under your watch. If Braun and Kane team up for the match, Brock will not be reactive, but proactive. If that is the case, 2018 will be the Year of the Beast. Back to commercial.

- We are back and Absolution mention that they are issuing a warning. There might be 30 women in the Royal Rumble match, but only three matter.

- Tomorrow night, we will see Hideo Itami against Jack Gallagher.

In the Arena:

Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari are in the ring and Drew has the mic. Drew says he has been asked to give a message from the Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore. Drew says His name is Enzo Amore and he is a bonafide G and a certified stud. Badaboom realest guy in the room. How are you doing. Enzo says that he is suffering from the flu so he will not be defending his title on Raw. What do we have here? A couple of haters. Drew says he would have wiped up the floor with Cedric Alexander.

Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring. Cedric says he was expecting a title match and he came for competition. Since Enzo is 'sick', which of you will be stepping up in his place.

Ariya and Drew talk it over.

Drew and Ariya says that they will face Cedric in a tag match against him and anyone who walks down that ramp and he wishes Cedric luck on finding a partner. Goldust comes out and he says he has some friends in low places but none are lower than you two. Goldust asks Cedric if he wants to be friends.

Cedric Alexander and Goldust vs. Ariya Daivari and Drew Gulak

Daivari and Alexander start things off and Alexander with an arm wringer and European uppercut. Cedric with a handstand head scissors and drop kick. Drew goes to the floor instead of interfering when he sees Cedric ready for him. Cedric is sent face first into the turnbuckles. Daivari with a rear chin lock. Alexander tries to get to the corner to make the tag but Daivari with a punch. Alexander with a back elbow and both men are down.

Gulak and Goldust tag in and Goldust with clotheslines. Goldust with punches when Gulak blocks the bulldog. Goldust with the bulldog and he punches Daivari on the apron followed by punches to Gulak. Goldust wtih a power slam and then he hits a reverse atomic drop on Daivari. Goldust goes up top and hits a corkscrew cross body. Alexander tags in and he hits a springboard clothesline. Goldust with a drop down uppercut to Gulak and Alexander with a Lumbar Check for the three count.

Winners: Goldust and Cedric Alexander

- Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson walk in the back as we go to commercial.

Elias, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel vs. Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson

Back from the break and Elias is in the ring with a spotlight and his guitar. He talks about how WWE is his after what he did to John Cena last week. He goes on about winning the Royal Rumble and introduces his band mates for tonight, The Miztourage. They dedicate the song to The Miz, who will be returning next week. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas start singing as Elias plays and it's horrible. Elias takes over but he's interrupted by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Finn Balor is out next. They pose together in the ring with a "too sweet" as we go back to commercial.

The match is joined in progress and Axel works over Balor in the corner and hits a leap frog neck snap for a near fall. Elias tags in and he kicks and punches Balor. Balor with a kick but Elias works on the arm and kicks Balor in the corner. Balor blocks a punch and punches Elias. Elias with a shot to the midsection and he sends Balor to the mat for a near fall. Elias with an arm bar. Elias keeps Balor from making the tag while holding on to the arm bar. Balor with a single leg take down and double stomp. Both men are down. Gallows and Dallas tag in and Gallows with clotheslines and a boot to the head. Gallows with a splash and boot followed by a splash for a near fall. Anderson sends Elias to the floor. Gallows with a thrust kick to Dallas followed by an uppercut to Axel.

They hit Magic Killer on Dallas and then Balor hits Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winners: Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

We go to commercial.

- Back from the break and we get a promo for The Miz returning next week in Memphis.

In the Arena:

We go to the ring and out comes WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for tonight's main event segment. Paul Heyman is right behind him.

Paul Heyman introduces himself and his client. He says it appears that the New Year's Resolution for the WWE is to stack the deck against his client. How else would you explain once again Brock Lesnar has to defend his title against challengers . . . plural. It used to be CHALLENGER... singular. That is not how it happens any more. It is the Beast versus the Monster versus the Machine. Brock defends against both Braun Strowman and Kane.

You know this trick. Braun beats Kane. Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Championship. If Kane beats Braun Strowman, Brock loses the Universal Championship. Paul says he did not say someone beat Brock Lesnar because that ain't happening. Paul says spoiler, Brock will successfully defend the title at the Royal Rumble. Paul says the announcers talk about the odds when it is three people. You can stock the deck against him. Paul says Brock would beat Braun Strowman. Brock would beat Kane. Brock could beat all thirty men in the Royal Rumble together or individually.

Brock Lesnar fears no challenge. Brock fears no challenger. Brock fears no challengers. Brock does not believe in monsters. Brock does not believe that Kane is the devil's favorite. Paul says he had a talk with the man downstairs and his favorite is Brock Lesnar.

They go to leave the ring but the pyro hits and out comes Kane.

Lesnar steps back from the apron and watches from the middle of the ring as Kane enters. They face off and stare each other down for a second. Lesnar goes at Kane but Kane grabs him by the throat and chokeslams him in the middle of the ring. Kane leaves the ring but Lesnar sits up just like Kane would. Lesnar laughs and clotheslines Kane to the floor. The whole locker room is out at ringside now trying to break up a brawl that never really gets going. They all came down before the brawl started as Kurt Angle watches from the ramp. More officials are down to break it up now. Lesnar smiles as Kane is led to the back by the roster. Lesnar raises the title at ringside and smiles as his music hits. The first RAW of 2018 goes off the air with Lesnar raising the title at ringside.


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