We start off with a look back at the Intercontinental Title Match from last week’s Raw between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe.
– We go right to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns with a mick. Roman says that after all of his attacks and after all of his hype, you would think that Samoa Joe would have been ready. When it was time to put up or shut up, Joe was silenced. That is why he is still champion. It isn’t because he is better than Joe, he was fighting for a purpose. He was fighting for Dean Ambrose. Roman says he has a message for everyone. If you mess with any member of the Shield, you mess with all of us. That was last week and it is this week.
Jason Jordan interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Jason says when he watched Roman’s match last week, he got goosebumps. For the first time, he felt like he was part of something meaningful. Roman was right, when you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. Jason says on behalf of his partner Seth Rollins, you proved that this is your yard. Jason wants to thank Roman.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring.
Seth says he appreciates Jason, but he has a lot to learn. Last week, you learned about teamwork. This week, you have to work on your timing. You are stepping on Roman’s moment. Jason says this is everyone’s moment. Jason says they all had issues with Samoa Joe and Roman took care of it. Jason says they took care of the Bar. They are all champions and they run the show. Roman says that Jason teams with Seth and Roman says that he is The Guy. Jason says they might not be the Shield, but they are pretty good. They might be the most dominant three man group in WWE.
Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson make their way to the stage.
Balor knows Jordan is excited to be out here but he can’t really believe he’s a part of the most dominant three-man group in WWE. Balor says he’s been running with Gallows and Anderson 10 years before Jordan even knew that Kurt Angle was his dad. The “who’s your daddy?” chant starts back up. Anderson and Gallows also chime in as The Club is in the ring now. This leads to Balor calling Jordan a… NERD! Jordan bucks and looks like he wants to fight but they hold him back. The RAW General Manager comes out and says it looks like he just found his main event for tonight. Angle makes the match and his music hits as the two teams face off in the ring.
– Still to come, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is here. Also, The Miz returns.
– We see Bayley, Sasha Banks and Mickie James headed to the ring for a match with Absolution. We go to commercial.
Sasha Banks, Bayley (w/Mickie James) vs. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose (w/Paige)
Back from the break and Bayley is out with Sasha Banks and Mickie James. We see a replay of Stephanie McMahon’s women’s Royal Rumble announcement. Absolution is out next as Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville hit the ring.
Mandy and Bayley start things off and they lock up. Bayley with a side head lock. Mandy with a shoulder tackle and she catches Bayley on a leap frog attempt and sends her into the corner. Bayley with punches and kicks until the referee stops her. Mandy puts Bayley in the corner and connects with forearms. Bayley with forearms but Mandy with a slam. Mandy with a chin lock and she sends Bayley back to the mat. Bayley with a clothesline and Mandy with a knee to stop a tag. Bayley with a Saito suplex and a Shining Wizard but Mandy is pulled to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Mandy sends Sasha to the mat. Sasha with a hip toss and double knee splash for a near fall. Mandy with forearms. Sasha slaps Mandy and connects with a forearm. Sasha knocks Sonya off the apron and Mandy with a flying boot for a near fall. Sonya tags in and kicks Sasha in the ribs. Sonya with a snap mare and body scissors. Sasha leans back and gets a near fall. Sonya with a kick and she puts her hair up and then she squares up with punches. Mandy tags back in and she kicks Sasha but Sasha with forearms.
Mandy chokes Sasha in the ropes. Sonya kicks Sasha from the apron and then she tags in and gets a near fall. Sasha with a kick and then both women with clotheslines and both women go down. Mandy tags in and stops Sasha from making the tag with a double sledge to the back and then she knocks Bayley off the apron. Mandy brings Sasha to the other side of the ring and Sonya drops Sasha on the middle rope. Sasha with an inside cradle but Sonya breaks up the cover. Bayley sends Sonya to the floor and then Mandy runs Sasha into the corner. Sasha with a lungblower into the Banks Statement and Mandy taps out.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
– Still to come, The Club vs. Reigns, Rollins and Jordan. We go to commercial.
– We are back and the announcers wonder who will be on the 25th Anniversary of Raw.
– We take a look at Kane interrupting Brock Lesnar last week on Raw.
– We take a look back at Goldust joining forces with Cedric Alexander against Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari last week on Raw.
Cedric Alexander is in the locker room and Goldust stops by. He does his best Mickey impression from Rocky. Then he thinks about what he said and it sounds uncomfortable. Cedric says he appreciates the pep talk but he does not need it. It has been his dream to be a champion in the WWE. Goldust says he knows what that feels like. Cedric says he is close to making his dream a reality. Goldust says one think is standing between you and your dreams. It is not Enzo, it is not the Zo Train. It is you. You are in control of your destiny. Goldust says he will be okay but Enzo Amore will not be okay.
– Michael Cole mentions the Mixed Match Challenge and how Goldust is part of the competition. We see how Goldust found out his partner while we see him apply his makeup. We see that it is Alicia Fox.
Matt Hardy vs. Curt Hawkins
We go to the ring and out comes Matt Hardy for his official “Woken” in-ring debut. He has a new theme song. We go to commercial.
Hawkins backs into the ropes to avoid Hardy. Hawkins with a kick and arm bar. Matt bites the hand and then he punches and head butts Hawkins. Hardy with a windmill of forearms to the back. Matt with a forearm and neck breaker. Matt with a German suplex into the turnbuckles and then he runs into an elbow. Hawkins misses a cross body and Hardy sends Hawkins into all three turnbuckles. Matt with a running clothesline into the corner followed by a Side Effect. Matt with a Twist of Fate for the three count.
Winner: Matt Hardy
After the match, Bray Wyatt appears behind Matt in the ring after his graphics show up on the TitanTron. Matt laughs at Bray and Bray laughs back, again, and again, and again!
– The Miz TV is next, but first… We go to commercial!
In the Arena:
We are back and Elias is in the ring and he has three chairs behind him. Elias starts to play a song and then he wants to know WHO WANTS TO WALK WITH ELIAS?
Elias says he has walked through the Earth and he has heard a million stories. One truth remains that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Today is a very special day and there is no better place to celebrate this than in Memphis. Elias says he wrote a song and he wants everyone to silence their cell phones and hold their applause. Elias starts to sing about Elvis (since it is his birthday). Elias’ song ends up being about The Miz.
Miz makes his way to the ring with Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.
Miz welcomes everyone to MizTV. He says the Marine 6 has wrapped and the USO Holiday Tour is over so he is back on Raw. Miz says he was not forgotten. He is the glue that holds Monday Night Raw together. He was not forgotten because of the efforts of two people. Miz brings out his guests, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Miz says these two men turned their careers around. They are the living embodiments of a New Year’s Resolution done right.
Curtis says 2017 was the best year of his life. It felt like every day was Mizmas. Bo says having Miz’ wisdom in his life was like winning the MIzzies every day. He thanks MIz and then starts a Thank You Miz chant. Bo says that is why he got Miz something, a photo of Miz. Bo says it will be tough to go to sleep without that. Curtis gives Miz a brand new sports coat. Bo gives Miz an awesome watch. Curtis wants to give Miz his shoes.
Miz tells them to stop and he tells both of them to sit down. Miz says 2017 was an incredible year for him, but he has more planned. Miz says he held the Intercontinental Title for 200 days. He elevated Bo and Curtis. He elevated Raw and Smackdown. He was Rolling Stone’s athlete of the year. Miz shows footage of him being attacked by the Shield and given a Cerberus Bomb through the announce table.
What you witnessed was an indignity on someone who did so much for WWE. He allowed Roman Reigns to borrow his championship. He wanted the title to be represented week after week. He wanted the title to be more important when he was gone. Miz says daddy is home. He will celebrate the birth of his daughter in 2018. In 2018, he will be the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time. Children will think of him with the Intercontinental Title like people used to think of the Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart. Miz says he hopes Roman enjoyed his time in the spotlight but he is back for his Intercontinental Championship. You can believe that.
Finn Balor says it is time to stop reminiscing. He wants to talk strategy. Karl says they are talking about throwing down instead of throwing back with everyone in Japan. Finn says the tactics remain the same. Finn says they have an opportunity to show that 2018 is going to be the Year of the Balor Club. We go to commercial.
Enzo Amore vs. Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
We are back and Enzo Amore makes his way to the ring. Enzo says he couldn’t compete last week because the doctors would not let him. That was the best day for Cedric Alexander. Enzo says he put on Raw and he saw the Zo Train against Cedric Alexander and Goldust? Enzo says Cedric is teaming with Goldust because it is the closest he is getting to gold in 2018.
Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring and we are ready for the match.
Enzo backs into the corner and ropes. Alexander with a punch and Enzo goes down. Enzo rolls to the floor and he says something to Alexander. Cedric follows him and Cedric with a kick.
We see Nia watching from the back.
Enzo is pulled from the ropes by Cedric and then he goes to the apron. Enzo pushes Cedric off the ropes and to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Enzo with a side head lock and Cedric tries for an arm drag but Enzo holds on. Enzo with a curb stomp and then he connects with crossfaces. Cedric with a drop kick and both men are down. Cedric with a near fall after a handspring round kick. Enzo blocks the Lumbar check and Enzo with elbows and Cedric goes to the floor. Cedric with a round kick and then he hits the springboard clothesline and Enzo rolls to the floor.
Cedric with a plancha and Enzo holds his lower leg. The medical official checks on Enzo and Enzo gets counted out.
Winner: Cedric Alexander (by count out)
After the match, we see Nia backstage watching as trainers try to check on Enzo at ringside. Cedric stands tall as his music hits and we go to replays. Enzo struggles to get to his feet as Cedric celebrates.
– Still to come, The Balor Club vs. Reigns, Rollins and Jordan. Back to commercial.
Enzo is in the medical trainer’s room and the doctor says that he will have to get X-Rays and an MRI. Nia Jax stops by to check on Enzo and Enzo says he is good.
Kurt Angle is on the phone talking about someone for the Women’s Royal Rumble and how they would be great even though they were not in the ring for a while. Sheamus and Cesaro show up and they ask about their rematch. Sheamus says that Kurt is keeping Jason Jordan away from him. Cesaro says it smells like favoritism. Kurt says they will have the opportunity to reclaim the tag titles at the Royal Rumble. Sheamus likes that and he asks about tonight. Kurt tells them to go to the ring so they can find competition.
Miz shows up and he asks Kurt if he knows who he is talking to? Miz says the corporate executives were waiting to hear Miz talk about his unscripted series. He will be starring with his wife. Miz wants to know if Kurt can run a show. Miz says he wants his rematch. He wants it at the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Kurt likes that idea and he gives Miz the match.
– We take a look at the Mixed Match Challenge. We see Miz finding out that his partner for the Mixed Match Challenge is Asuka. Miz says she is who he wanted. Asuka says they will win this. Miz loves the fact that Asuka is undefeated and they will win this. Corey mentions some other teams on the Mixed Match Challenge.
Asuka is in the locker room and Alexa Bliss enters. Alexa says she is not here for that. She says Asuka got lucky last week. She tells Asuka to enjoy it while it lasts. When her best friend Nia Jax finds out what Asuka called her, it will be over.
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews
Titus and Sheamus start things off and he avoids Titus for the lock up and he goes into the ropes to get into Titus’ head. Sheamus with a kick and side head lock. Titus with a forearm and running shoulder tackle. Crews tags in and he comes off the turnbuckles with a double sledge. Cesaro tags in and he connects with a European uppercut in the corner and another European uppercut. Crews with a forearm but Cesaro with a European uppercut and reverse chin lock. Crews with a drop kick and standing moonsault for a near fall. Crews goes for a suplex but Cesaro lands on his feet. Sheamus makes the tag and he goes over the top rope when Sheamus pulls down the ropes.
Crews holds his knee and Dana checks. Sheamus with a knee and he sends Crews into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and Cesaro tags in and they make a wish. Cesaro wtih a punch and chin lock. Sheamus tags in and they hit a double clothesline. Sheamus with a leaping knee drop and he gets a near fall. Sheamus with a top wrist lock. Crews counters a suplex with an inside cradle for a near fall. Sheamus goes shoulder first into the ring post and Cesaro and Titus tag in. Titus with a clothesline and boot followed by a splash into the corner. Titus with a power slam for a near fall.
Sheamus distracts Titus and Cesaro with a clothesline to the back of the head and Sheamus with a knee on the apron. Sheamus tags in. Crews avoids Cesaro and he goes to the floor. Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick on Crews and he hits a moonsault onto Cesaro. Titus with a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil
After the match, The Bar can’t believe what happened. Titus Worldwide celebrates the big win as we go to replays.
– Still to come, The Beast is here. Back to commercial.
– We are back and it is time to take a look back at what happened last week when Kane confronted Brock Lesnar last week on Raw.
In the Arena:
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar make their way to the ring.
Paul Heyman introduces himself and his client. Paul says people in Memphis should appreciate this. There is a code in this industry called ‘Old School’. That is something that he and his client have respect for. However, this is a progressive industry in need of new and fresh innovative ways to promote the product to the core audience and the general public. Paul says he has to apologize for being a hypocrite because they need to deal with something old school that is not for the betterment of the industry and the champion.
Old school way of promoting a title match was to find a challenger to step up and challenge the Universal Champion. Someone to say they are worthy of facing the baddest man on the planet. Someone who thinks they can beat you and be a better champion. A champion who can strive to be the NEW Universal Champion.
The Universal Title is not marketed as who can step up to Brock Lesnar, it is how can Brock survive this predicament. Paul says he does not like it and Brock thinks it sucks. Paul says they are not here to whine and kvetch. Last week, Brock took Kane’s best shot and laughed in Kane’s face. The same thing he will do at the Royal Rumble.
Beast versus Monster versus Machine. This is what we have gotten away from. Brock does not walk into the Royal Rumble with the cliffhanger of how Brock walks out of this. There is only one cliffhanger. Will Brock pin Kane or will Brock pin Braun Strowman or will Brock stack both men and pin them both. Brock is the most dominant champion in WWE history. Paul says he has not seen anyone who can outfight the baddest man on the planet. There is not one man who can put down the undisputed Universal Champion.
Brock bounces on the stage and he is attacked from behind by Kane. Kane with an uppercut and they go to the floor. Kane with punches but Brock with knees. They fight into the back. Braun Strowman shows up and he throws Brock over a table and the table breaks. Braun picks up a case and hits Kane with it and he drops it on top of Kane. Kane gets a grappling hook from a case and he throws it over the scaffolding and he pulls it down on top of Kane and Lesnar while others hold their arms up to tell him not to do it.
We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see how Lesnar was stretchered out during the commercial break. Kane was able to get to his feet and stumble away. Lesnar begged Heyman to get him out of the ambulance but they rode off to a local hospital.
Samoa Joe vs. Heath Slater
We go to the ring and out comes Samoa Joe. Heath Slater is out next with Rhyno. The storyline is that Slater asked for this match to show Rhyno that he’s toughened up. We go to commercial.
They lock up and Joe with punches and a head butt. Rhyno with punches but Joe with an Irish whip and elbow into the corner followed by an enzuigiri. Joe with chops but Rhyno fires back. Joe with a head butt to stop Rhyno. Joe with crossfaces to Rhyno. Joe chops Rhyno and kicks him in the chest. Joe with a head butt but Rhyno with chops. Joe with a kick and STO for a near fall. Joe with a reverse atomic drop followed by a kick and back senton for a near fall. Joe punches Rhyno but Rhyno punches back and he gets Joe up for a moment but Joe applies the Coquina Clutch and Rhyno taps out.
Winner: Samoa Joe
After the match, Samoa Joe is asked if this win tonight makes up for last week’s loss. Joe says last week was not a loss. It was a pyrrhic victory for Roman. It came at such a cost that it would be better of being a loss. Joe says he has taken years off Roman’s career in their matches and the cracks in the foundation are coming and Joe will be there to finish the job. Joe says he will pursue more worthy things. Joe announces that he will be in the Royal Rumble.
Joe is asked about the people who have been announced for the Royal Rumble. Joe hears John Cena’s name and he says John Cena is a name that he will never forget. In the Royal Rumble, you will be the first man he eliminates.
Nia Jax walks in the back and Alexa stops her. Alexa asks how Enzo is doing. Nia says he will be fine, not like you care. Alexa says she cares about Nia. She is her best friend. You can do anything. Alexa says that she is worried that Enzo is holding her back. Nia says that Enzo is motivating her and Nia says she will be in the Royal Rumble. Alexa says Nia is her favorite but a lot of people think Asuka is the favorite. If you can take Asuka out, you will win the Royal Rumble and they can have their dream match.
Nia tells Alexa to stop talking about the things Asuka is saying. Nia asks Alexa to tell her what Asuka said and Alexa avoids the question. Alexa says she will not say anything that will hurt her friend’s feelings. Alexa whispers into Nia’s ear what Asuka said. Nia asks Alexa if she speaks Japanese because Asuka does not speak English. We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
Back from the break and out comes Asuka to the ring for a match. The Empress of Tomorrow is posing for her entrance when Nia Jax attacks from behind and lays her out, slamming her from the top to the mat. Nia keeps up the attack before standing tall as Asuka rolls around in pain. The referee checks on Asuka as Nia marches up the ramp. We go to replays. Nia stops and looks at Asuka before heading to the back. Asuka recovers and she doesn’t look happy.
– The announcers hype the Royal Rumble card.
– We see Superstars backstage preparing for tonight’s main event. Back to commercial.
Roman Reigns, Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Back from the break and out comes Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Finn Balor is out next. RAW Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins is out first for his team, followed by partner Jason Jordan. WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns is out next.
Balor starts off with Rollins and they lock up. Rollins and Balor trade holds. Rollins with a kick to the gut. They trade counters again and Balor hits a low dropkick for a 2 count. Anderson tags in and drops Rollins with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Anderson works on Rollins’ arm now. Gallows tags in for some double teaming but Rollins avoids it. Reigns tags himself in and hits a Samoan Drop on Gallows. Balor come sin and unloads on both Shield members but they drop him with double shoulders.
Rollins tosses Balor to the floor with his partners. Reigns with a Drive By on Gallows and Anderson at the same time. Rollins runs the ropes and leaps out onto Balor to take him down. Rollins and Reigns stand tall in the ring as Jordan joins them to celebrate, acting like he just did something. Reigns and Rollins look at Jordan like he’s crazy as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor has Rollins’ by the arm in the ring. Rollins counters and sends Balor face first into the turnbuckles. Reigns tags in and unloads on Balor with clotheslines. Reigns with big shots in the corner now as fans count along. Reigns flattens Balor with a big kick to the face. Reigns calls for the Superman Punch but has to knock Anderson and then Gallows off the apron as they try to interfere. Balor takes advantage and hits a Slingblade on Reigns.
Anderson tags in and mounts Reigns with right hands on the mat. Anderson with a 2 count. Gallows comes in and works Reigns over, knocking him down in the corner. Gallows drops Reigns again and covers for a 2 count. Gallows keeps Reigns grounded now as some fans try to rally. Reigns fights up and out with big right hands but Gallows yanks him back to the mat by his hair. The referee warns Gallows. Anderson comes back in and keeps Reigns down. Anderson drops a knee for a 2 count.
Anderson keeps Reigns down as Jordan looks to tag in. Reigns catches Anderson in a big tilt-a-whirl slam. Reigns and Anderson both crawl to make tags. Gallows comes in and stops Reigns from tagging with a boot to the spine. Gallows with a snap suplex for a 2 count. Gallows with elbows to the chest before keeping Reigns grounded again. Reigns makes a comeback and hits Gallows with a Superman Punch. Anderson and Rollins tag in at the same time. Rollins hits a springboard and unloads. Rollins knocks Balor and Gallows off the apron. Rollins with a Blockbuster on Anderson. Rollins nails a big suicide dive on Balor and Gallows Rollins comes back in with a Slingblade and more offense on Anderson. Rollins with a suplex and a Falcon Arrow on Anderson for a close 2 count.
Rollins keeps control now. Anderson reaches for a tag but no one is there. Anderson avoids a knee. Gallows grabs Rollins from behind but Rollins fights them both off. Jordan comes in and clotheslines Gallows to the floor. Rollins turns around to a Spinebuster and a close 2 count from Anderson. Jordan goes back to wait for his first tag of the match. Anderson grabs Rollins’ leg and in comes Gallows to stop Rollins. Gallows also knocks Jordan off the apron. Rollins with an Enziguri on Gallows. Reigns is back on the apron now. Balor comes in but Rollins blocks his Slingblade. Rollins slams Balor to the mat.
Reigns waits for the tag as Rollins recovers. Jordan comes back on the apron and enters the ring. The referee doesn’t see Reigns tag in as he’s distracted by Jordan. The chaos leads to Rollins eating a Magic Killer from Gallows and Anderson. Reigns drops them both. Jordan comes in and Reigns argues with him. Anderson pulls Reigns to the floor. Reigns fights Gallows and Anderson off again. Reigns sends Gallows into the ring post and hits a Superman Punch on Anderson. Reigns spears Gallows on the floor. Jordan helps Rollins to his feet but Balor charges with a dropkick, hitting Rollins as Jordan moves. Balor knocks Jordan back down to the floor and goes to the top. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Rollins for the pin.
Winners: The Balor Club
After the match, Balor, Anderson and Gallows hit the ramp to celebrate as Balor’s music hits. We go to replays. Reigns and Jordan have a few words while Rollins is down on the mat. The Balor Club is all smiles on the stage. Jordan goes to check on Rollins. The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel hit the ring area and attack Jordana and Rollins first. They triple team Reigns now. Miz nails a Skull Crushing Finale on Reigns in the middle of the ring. Miz goes to leave but fans chant “one more time” at him. Miz drops Reigns with another Skull Crushing Finale as Dallas and Axel celebrate. RAW goes off the air with Miz standing tall over Reigns.
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