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1. Roman Reigns def. Rusev
2. Natalya def. Brie Bella
3. The Wyatt Family def. Dudley Boyz and Ryback
4. Big Show def. Heath Slater
5. Becky Lynch def. Tamina
6. Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose and Kalisto
7. Big E. def Jey Uso
8. Team Titus def. Cosmic Wasteland
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - JANUARY 18, 2016
Video: Martin Luther King 'I Have A Dream' speech
WWE Raw Intro
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and we kick things off with the WWE Champion Roman Reigns making his way to the ring. Reigns says next Sunday will truly be one vs all when he defends his WWE Champion but that's next Sunday. Tonight he only cares about Brock Lesnar.
Chris Jericho comes out and welcomes everyone to Raw Is Jericho. He tells Reigns he knows he's waiting for Lesnar but he has someone better. The Ayatollah Of Rock 'n' Rolla. Reigns says he's happy Jericho's back but Jericho is not Brock Lesnar but Jericho isn't Lesnar and that's who he wants
Jericho then says he has a proposition and wants to turn this into the biggest Highlight Reel and wants to have Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in the Highlight Reel. Reigns says he loves that idea and says if Lesnar is going to be here then he will too
League Of Nations come out and Sheamus asks when did the Royal Rumble match become Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar. A "You Look Stupid" chant breaks out and Sheamus tells the crowd to quiet down the grown ups are talking
Sheamus says LON are in the Rumble too and one of them will walk out with the championship and the WWE Championship is coming home. Sheamus then mocks Jericho's jacket and says Jericho looks stupid. Jericho says that's like the pot calling the kettle black or milky white.
Jericho says he doesn't want to have Sheamus on the highlight reel but would love to have his mohawk on so he can ask it why it makes Sheamus look stupid. Alberto Del Rio then cuts Jericho off and calls him a little dog and tells him to be quiet and he's never won a Royal Rumble whereas Del Rio won the biggest Rumble in WWE history. Jericho says he'd love to have Del Rio on Highlight Reel but doesn't feel like it. Rusev then tells Jericho every day is a Rumble in Bulgaria
Jericho asks Reigns who won last year's Rumble and who did he throw out to win that Rumble. Jericho then makes a short joke. Rusev starts walking to the ring but Reigns tells him to shut up but changes his mind and says he'd love to shut Rusev up right now
Jericho polls the audience and says looks like the Jerichoholics have spoken and tells Rusev to come on down and LON are on the outside so he's going to even things up on the inside by appointing himself referee
RUSEV VS ROMAN REIGNS - SPECIAL REFEREE (CHRIS JERICHO)
Reigns and Rusev lock up and Rusev with a headscissors but Reigns escapes and goes after Rusev but Rusev slides out of the ring. Side headlock by Reigns but Rusev delivers a knee and unloads with punches. Series of punches by Reigns
Rusev dumps Reigns to the outside and the L.O.N. distract Reigns allowing Rusev to continue the attack. Chinlock by Rusev on Reigns. Rusev misses the flying headbutt. Reigns with his own headbutt. Samoan Drop countered by Rusev. and again L.O.N. with the distraction allowing Rusev to hit a spinning back kick
Rusev on the offense and Reigns retaliates with clotheslines. Flying clothesline to Rusev. Boot to Rusev and Reigns with the repeated clotheslines in the corner.
Snapmare and a right hand. Samoan Drop countered by Rusev and a kick to the head by Rusev. Rusev picks Reigns up on his shoulder and climbs the ropes. Reigns with elbows to the head and Reigns delivers a powerbomb.
L.O.N. with the distraction. Del Rio jumps on the apron as Sheamus throws Reigns into the barricade. Jericho then ejects Sheamus from ringside. Barrett jumps on the apron and argues with Jericho.
Jericho ejects Barrett from ringside. Del Rio yells at Jericho and Jericho ejects Del Rio. Rusev stalks Jericho and Reigns hits the Superman Punch and follows up with a spear for the three count
The winner of the match: Roman Reigns
Backstage: Chris Jericho was shown walking down the hallway grinning from ear to ear. Stephanie McMahon walked up to Jericho to confront him about not having the authority to do what he just did. So,
Jericho told Stephanie to lighten up and go back to being the 1999 Stephanie. Stephanie said she’s rather not go back there where Jericho’s material came from. She reprimanded Jericho for messing with her show, her advertising, and the Highlight Reel segment since now she has to re-negotiate with Paul Heyman for more money for Brock Lesnar. And she does not enjoy having to do that. Stephanie told Jericho not to mess with her show again.
BRIE BELLA VS NATALYA
Atomic Drop by Natalya and a dropckick to Brie. Brie with a running knee to Natalya. Elbows to the side of the head by Brie and Brie with the yes kicks. Brie takes time to celebrate but Natalya gets to her feet and locks in the sharpshooter for the submission
The winner of the match: Natalya
RYBACK AND THE DUDLEY BOYS VS THE WYATT FAMILY
Rowan with a boot to Bubba's mouth. Rowan misses with a headbutt. Devon in with a neckbreaker . Spinning kick from Rowan. Wyatt with a clothesline to Devon. Harper in
Backdrop by Harper. Hrper picks Devon up and Rowan mowshim down. Rowan with the double fists to the side of the head. Clothesline by Rowan, Harper with a right hand. Ryback gets the tag and unloads on Harper. Spinebuster to Harper. Boot to the face, Ryback with another spinebuster.
Ryback on the outside distracted by Braun Strowman and Rowan from behind attacks him and throws him back into the ring. Harper with the discus clothesline for the three count
The winners of the match: The Wyatt Family
HEATH SLATER VS BIG SHOW
Slater tried to mount some offense but Show quickly disposed of him and delivered the KO Punch for the three count
The winner of the match: Big Show
Post Match: The other members of Social Outcasts attacked Show but Show disposed of them clearing the ring. Bo Dallas did a victory lap around ringside but ran into the KO Punch
Backstage: L.O.N. is talking and Stephanie walks in and commends them for keeping their temper under control at ringside and runs down their accomplishments. Stephanie tells them not to let Jericho scare them away. Sheamus says they're not afraid of anybody
We're back from break and it is time to find out who will be #1 in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday night and Vince McMahon and Stephanie walk out. They ask who will be #1 in Royal Rumble. They then draw the first entrant and it is Roman Reigns. However, to assure everyone nothing has been tampered with they draw again and again it is Roman Reigns and Vince says Reigns may be #1 this Sunday but after the Rumble he will no longer be #1
TAMINA VS BECKY LYNCH
Dropkick by Becky to Tamina. Tamina drives Becky into the corner and delivers a kick. Tamina stomps away at Becky. Tamina with a chinlock on Becky.
Becky gets to her feet. Tamina with a slam and back to the chinlock. Tamina drives Becky back to the mat. Tamina runs into a boot and a series of forearms to the face. Dropkick by Becky
Running forearms in the corner and another dropkick. Legdrops to Tamina. Tamina runs into a boot and Becky locks in the disarmour for the submission
The winner of the match by submission: Becky Lynch
Post Match: Becky Lynch says nothing would mean more to her than to win the diva's championship at Royal Rumble but she wants an answer first. Charlotte takes the mic and says Becky earned a title match and lost and tells her to get to the back of the line. Becky says only because Ric Flair helped her win. Becky calls Flair a coward and Ric says Charlotte already beat Becky twice and the third time is the charm
Smackdown plug: Miz TV with Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose, plus Roman Reigns vs. the League of Nations in a handicap match.
Ringside: Kevin Owens was at the commentary position to help JBL offset the “stupidity” of Cole and Saxton, per a tweet. Owens said that’s nice of Cole to read Twitter instead of doing his job. Cole said he read it during a commercial. Dean Ambrose was then introduced to the ring for tag action. Kalisto joined him in the ring before the League of Nations came out as the opposition.
ALBERTO DEL RIO AND SHEAMUS VS DEAN AMBROSE AND KALISTO
Before the match started, WWE replayed events on Smackdown when Del Rio won back the U.S. Title from Kalisto, who won it from Del Rio last week on Raw. Dean and Kalisto dumped the heels to the outside and stood tall in the ring heading to break.
During the break, the heels were in control after knocking around Kalisto on the floor. The heels isolated Kalisto, allowing Owens time to get over his IC Title match against Ambrose on Sunday. Kalisto finally made a hot tag to Ambrose, who knocked Del Rio out of the ring to the floor. Ambrose landed a suicide dive, but Sheamus came over to attack Ambrose from behind.
Back in the ring, Del Rio covered Ambrose for a two count. The heels worked over Ambrose, but were unable to put him away. Del Rio hit the backstabber, but Dean kicked out again. Del Rio wanted his top-rope double stomp finisher, but Dean did a stomach-crunch and yanked Del Rio off the top rope to the mat.
Del Rio bailed to Sheamus, who took a rebound lariat from Ambrose. Hot tag to Kalisto, who ducked Sheamus and snapped off a head scissors. “Lucha libre!” Cole shouted. Kalisto nailed the Salida del Sol, but Del Rio broke up a pin. Ambrose and Del Rio battled to the outside, where Owens stood up, distracting Ambrose. Del Rio kicked Dean in the head to take him out. Back in the ring, Sheamus blocked a second Salida del Sol and nailed the Brogue Kick on Kalisto for the win.
The winners of the match: Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus
Announcers: Cole and Co. hyped WWE Network and the Rumble on Sunday.
Earlier Tonight: Roman Reigns called out Brock Lesnar. Chris Jericho then added Reigns to the Highlight Reel with Lesnar. The Highlight Reel is still to come tonight.
WWE ran a video on WWE touring India last weekend. Heels Charlotte and Rusev were shown being nice to fans. On-camera, Cole thanked the fans in India for “an incredible tour.”
Last Monday: The Usos beat New Day in a non-title match with help from Chris Jericho, who broke Xavier Woods’s trombone in half.
Earlier Today: Big E. led a mock funeral service for Xavier’s trombone. Xavier sold being broken inside, but Kofi Kingston told Xavier that they’ll get him a new trombone. Big E., playing the preacher leading the service, told Brother Xavier that Francesca lives inside his heart. Xavier then said Francesca would want him to eat a lot of Chipotle and then defecate all over Jericho’s locker room. They vowed to fight back, first by going after The Usos.
Rumble by The Numbers: Byron Saxton was given the spot of reading a voice-over for the annual Rumble stats video. No serious WWE announcer voice man.
In-ring: Jey Uso was introduced to the ring for the next match. Jey faces Big E. of New Day next.
Back from break, Big E. did the dramatic introduction for New Day before emerging on-stage dressed to wrestle. Meanwhile, Xavier and Kofi Kingston were dressed for church. They saluted their fallen trombone, then Cole announced New Day on SportsCenter with The Coach tomorrow night on ESPNews.
NEWS: Before the bell sounded, Cole announced New Day vs. The Usos for the Tag Titles at the Rumble on Sunday.
JEY USO VS BIG E
Uso and Big E. felt each other out early on, then Uso stopped to dance and dap. Uso followed with a kick to the head, rocking Big E. to the floor. Uso tried to follow up on the outside, but he ran right into Big E., who back-body-dropped Jey hard onto the floor. Uso winced and sold back pain as New Day yelled at their foe heading to break.
Back from break, Big E. was working on Jey’s back with an abdominal stretch mid-ring. A back-elbow smash kept Uso down. Big E. then went for a big running splash on the ring apron, but Uso moved and Big crashed hard into the ring apron. Big splat. Uso then dropkicked Uso through the ropes.
Back in the ring, Jey dropkicked Big E. into the corner turnbuckle, then nailed a running dropkick for a close two count. Uso knocked Big E. to the floor, then landed a big splash. New Day helped Big E. back into the ring, which caused him to walk right into a standing kick. Uso then wanted a top rope splash, but Xavier provided a distraction. Uso sold landing awkwardly on his knee, allowing Big E. to clothesline him from behind. Big Ending led to the three count.
The winner of the match: Big E
Locker Room: Titus O’Neil was shown lacing up his boots. Mark Henry and R-Truth then walked in to talk about winning the Royal Rumble. They went to celebrate keeping the dream alive when Neville walked in, creating an awkward moment. They decided to welcome him, too, and Neville joined the celebration to end the segment.
Backstage: The League of Nations pretended to do stuff. It was weird.
In-ring: Titus and Co. were in the ring. Opposite them was the random unit of The Ascension, Tyler Breeze, and Stardust. Cole said all of these men will be in the Rumble on Sunday.
TEAM TITUS VS THE COSMIC WASTELAND
The heels worked on Titus early on, then Titus tagged in Neville, who took a beating. Cody over-enjoyed a kick to Neville’s face, allowing Neville to slip over to Henry, who tagged in. Henry roughed up Cody as Cole talked about this potentially being Henry’s final Rumble match on Sunday.
Truth got in the match, but lost control. Konnor wiped his sweat on Truth and growled. Bodyslam, then a twisting elbow drop for a two count. Konnor stayed in the ring, bringing the crowd down. Truth finally fought back and tagged in Neville, who battled Breeze. Neville and Breeze tore it up for a few moments, then Neville hit a standing Shooting Star Press.
Chaos broke out. Bodies everywhere. Titus then overhead-tossed Breeze clear over Henry, who was trying to catch him for the World’s Strongest Slam. The crowd reacted to the missed spot, then Henry quickly recovered and hit WSS. Henry tagged in Neville, who came off the top with Red Arrow on Breeze for the pin and the win.
The winners of the match: Team Titus
Up Next: Highlight Reel, about a week after Jericho’s first appearance of the show.
Network after Raw: “Road Dogg” Jesse James gets emotional talking to JBL.
Chris Jericho is out for the Highlight Reel and he brings out Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman then come out and Lesnar jumps on the apron and steps into the ring. Reigns hits a spear and unloads with punches on Lesnar. The lights go out and come back on to reveal The Wyatt Family in the ring. Reigns goes after Strowman but Luke Harper connects with a kick. It's a 4 on 1 attack as they layout Reigns and then turn their attention to Lesnar. The Wyatts then stand over a fallen Brock Lesnar as Raw goes off the air