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- Enzo Amore and Big Cass def. Rusev and Jinder Mahal
- Ariya Daivari def. Lince Dorado
- The Club def. Sheamus and Cesaro
- Rich Swann vs Tony Nese: No Match
- Big E, def, Titus I'Neil
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS - JANUARY 16, 2017
Raw opens with Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and we are live from the Verizon Centre in Little Rock, Arkansas and we kick things off with former US Champion Roman Reigns making his way out to the ring. Reigns says as a former member of The Shield he can't complain about losing a fight because when The Shield debuted they kicked down the doors.
Last week he lost the US Championship and he's not complaining but who will be complaining will be Kevin Owens when he loses his Universal Championship because he won't have Chris Jericho to help him.
And at Royal Rumble he will be Universal Champion and head down the road to the main event of Wrestlemania for the third time. Paul Heyman comes out and says there is a storm and that storm is his client Brock Lesnar who is here tonight
The crowd starts a 'Goldberg' chant. Heyman informs the WWE Universe that Goldberg is not here however he is which enables him to deliver the Royal Rumble spoiler. Eat. Sleep. Eliminate. Repeat. Reigns says Lesnar must be either sleeping or eating because he's not out in the ring with Heyman
Jeric-Owens come out and Owens says Reigns is out here making his little Wrestlemania plans while jericho and he are US and Universal Champion. Jericho says it's simple math. 1) Owens remains Universal Champion 2) Jericho wins the Rumble and 3) At Wrestlemania it will be best friends Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens and at the end they will still be best friends and United States Universal Champion
Seth Rollins is out next and says they can't have a conversation about Wrestlemania without Seth Rollins and since he missed last year there's no better way to get back in the picture by winning the Royal Rumble.
Braun Strowman comes out to the ring and stares down Roman Reigns. And finally, the storm itself, Paul Heyman's client Brock Lesnar makes his appearance.
Sami Zayn out of nowhere attacks Strowman and a brawl breaks out as everyone takes out Strowman. Lesnar then clears the ring standing face to face with Sami Zayn and Lesnar delivers a suplex. Lesnar begging Strowman to get back in the ring and Strowman climbs on the apron but thinks twice. Reigns back in with a Superman Punch to Lesnar, Jericho and Owens. Lesnar comes back and delivers an F5 to Reigns
ENZO AMORE AND BIG CASS VS RUSEV AND JINDER MAHAL
Mahal misses with a right hand but is in control early on. Enzo quickly turns things around tagging Cass in. Double knee in the corner to Mahal and Cass now has Rusev cornered as he delivers knees to the Bulgarian Brute. Clothesline sends Mahal to the outside as we go to break
Back from break, Rusev and Mahal in control as Rusev stands over Enzo. Enzo gets to his feet. Front facelock transitions into a bearhug
Enzo gets shoved back into the corner. Enzo gets the boots up. Enzo off the second rope hits a tornado DDT. Cass gets the tag. Shoulderblock and clothesline to Mahal. Fallaway slam by Cass and a big splash in the corner. Empire Elbow to Mahal. Nearfall on Mahal.
Enzo pulls the top rope down sending Rusev landing on the apron. Big boot from Cass connects sending Rusev crashing to the floor. Big boot to Mahal and Enzo gets the tag hitting the Bada Boom Shaka Laka for the three count
The winner of the match: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
ARIYA DAIVARI VS LINCE DORADO
Daivari runs Dorado into the corner and Dorado with a kick and springboard cross body for a near fall. Daivari wtih a clothesline and he sends Dorado into the turnbuckles and punches and kicks him. Daivari with punches and Dorado punches back. Dorado with punches to Daivari and then Dorado avoids a kick and chops Daivari. Dorado with a handspring cutter and he gets a near fall. Dorado goes to the turnbuckles and hits a missile drop kick.
Dorado goes up top again and he misses a frog splash when Daivari moves. Daivari with a wraparound short arm clothesline and then he applies a Cobra Clutch and Dorado taps out
The winner of the match: Ariya Daivari
Last Week: Undertaker's return and announcement of his entry in the 2017 Royal Rumble.
Video: Highlights from this past weekend's tournament to crown the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion
Video: Nia Jax attacks Sasha Banks while she was getting her knee evaluaed
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: SHEAMUS AND CESARO VS THE CLUB
Back and forth early on between both teams but it's Sheamus taking control hitting a shoulder tackle from the top rope. Sheamus with Ten Beats Of The Bohdran. Cesaro with the Cesaro Swing but Anderson and Gallows quickly turn things around in their favour as Raw goes to break
Back from break, Gallows with a splash to Sheamus. Anderson and Gallows with a double team on Sheamus. Sheamus with a slam to Gallows.
Cesaro in with running uppercuts to Anderson. Dropkick to Anderson. Gallows misses wildly and gets sent to the outside. Swiss 1 9 by Cesaro and a springboard uppercut by Cesaro.
Giant Swing to Anderson and Cesaro looking for the sharpshooter but Gallows breaks the hold. Anderson with uppercuts of his own and Cesaeo firing back. Cesaro takes out Gallows, Anderson with a spinebuster. Sheamus breaks up the nearfall and unloads on Gallows. Sheamus accidentally punches the referee. Sheamus gets sent into the ringpost and The Club deliver the Magic Killer for the three cont
The winners of the match by disqualification: The Club
Video: Jimmy Snuka Tribute
Backstage: Sami Zayn is talking with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins about tonight's main event against Jeric-Owens and Braun Strowman
RICH SWANN VS TONY NESE
The match never begins as Neville runs out of the croawd and attacks Swann and a brawl breaks out between the two
The winner of the match; No Winner
Backstage: Neville cuts a promo on his upcoming match against Rich Swann which will take place at Royal Rumble
New Day come out and cut a promo on their entry into the Royal Rumble. Titus O'Neil comes out and says he doesnt want any Booty-O's or join New Day. He's here to replace them and wants them to hook him up with a Royal Rumble spot
BIG E VS TITUS O'NEIL
Titus punches Big E as the match is joined in progress. Titus with an Irish whip but Big E with a shoulder tackle. Titus misses a punch and Big E taunts Titus. Big E with an abdominal stretch and it is time to play the butt bongos. Big E with a tricep meat back elbow. Big E sends Titus through the ropes to the floor and Big E punches Titus. Titus hits Xavier and then he connects with a boot to Big E and he kicks Big E. Titus punches Big E.
Titus with elbow drops for a near fall. Titus with a Dominator for a near fall. Big E with punches but Titus with a slam. Titus with a leg drop for a near fall. Titus with an abdominal stretch and he hits Titus in the ribs and rear end. Big E with two clotheslines and then he ducks a clothesline and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E does the Sexy Party and then it is time for the Warrior Splash. Big E with a Big Ending for the three count.
The winner of the match: Big E
Charlotte makes her way to the ring. She says she did not become the pay per view queen or the WWE Women's champion overnight. She is genetically superior but she outworked and studied all of her opponents in and out of the ring. When you look at average in the dictionary, you see a picture of Bayley. That is what connects you to her. When you hear her music, you go crazy. It is because you see yourself in her. It is like she is one of you, an average fan.
Charlotte shows photos of Bayley with wrestlers when she was younger. Charlotte says that your favorite hugger was a poet when she was younger. Charlotte shows a poem that she wrote. Charlotte says she was winning state championships and being recruited for volleyball. Charlotte says she found 100 poems of Bayley's.
Charlotte plays the video of Bayley reading one of her poems that aired before one of the NXT Takeover specials. Charlotte 'cries' after hearing the poem. She calls it a pile of empty dreams. Bayley is someone who wrestled in gas stations and school gyms will never be as good as someone who was bred for this.
Bayley's music plays and she makes her way to the ring and Charlotte leaves the ring. Bayley wants to know what Charlotte is doing. Why are you bringing up old photos and poems. Charlotte asks Bayley if she is embarrassed. Charlotte says that Bayley is an average fan.
Bayley asks if this is your strategy to get in her head before the biggest match of her life. She says she is not ashamed of her passion for the WWE. If you want to bring up old photos and stories. She says she wasn't fortunate enough who in one phone call could get her in the door. She did have a dad who took her to every WWE live event in San Jose. It did not matter where she sat, she said one day that is going to be her.
Charlotte says that was touching. Bayley says if you like her poems so much, she has one for Charlotte.
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
At Royal Rumble
I Will defeat you.
You've called me a child and I don't deserve to walk down that ramp. In two weeks, you can call me your new Champ.
Backstage: Braun Strowman is in the back and Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho want to talk strategy. Chris says with their brains and his brawn, there is no way Sami Zay, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins can win. Kevin says that Braun should take care of Roman so he can be out of action for about two weeks. Chris suggests Braun destroy Seth Rollins since they have to face him in the Royal Rumble. Braun says he does what he wants how he wants and when he wants. He will eliminate everyone and then he will take the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania. Tonight, he will make Sami Zayn, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins scream for mercy.
BRIAN KENDRICK VS CEDRIC ALEXANDER
They lock up and Alexander with a clean break but Kendrick sends Alexander into the turnbuckles. Alexander with a head scissors and drop kick that sends Kendrick to the floor. Alexander with an Arabian Press onto Kendrick on the floor and Alexander sends Kendrick back into the ring. Kendrick with a leg lariat to stop Alexander. Kendrick chokes Alexander in the ropes and then kicks the rope. Kendrick gets a near fall.
Kendrick with a full nelson while he has Cedric on the mat.
We see Noam Dar watching the match from the locker room. Alexander with a forearm and chops. Kendrick with a back elbow. Kendrick runs into a boot from Alexander and a second one. Alexander blocks a kick and Alexander with a back elbow and he follows with a cross body into the corner and an enzuigiri.
Alexander with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Alexander sets for the Lumbar Check but Kendrick rakes the eyes and applies the Captain's Hook. Alicia Fox makes her way to the ring and she helps Cedric get to the ropes. Dar watches with a smile on his face.
Kendrick with a baseball slide while Cedric asks Alicia what is she doing out here. Kendrick tells Toots to leave and then he sends Alexander back into the ring. Cedric avoids the Captain's Hook and hits the Lumbar Check for the three count.
The winner of the match: Cedric Alexander
Post Match: Alicia comes into the ring to celebrate with Cedric. Alexander gestures for a hug but he fakes her out and walks past her.
Video: We take a look at the Nia Jax attack on Sasha Banks earlier in the day.
Backstage: Nia is asked about her motivation for her attacks. Nia says Sasha is a wannabe tough girl. When she stepped in the ring with a real woman, the aura was gone. When she saw Sasha laying in there in agony, she knew the hype was over. Nia says she broke the boss and the buzz is about the right woman.
Backstage: We are back and Alicia walks in the back and she is stopped and asked about what just happened. Is her relationship with Cedric over? She says she does not want to talk about it. She is asked if it has anything to do with Noam Dar. Alicia screams that she does not want to talk about it and she walks away.
Video: The first inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017 is revealed and it is the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle
JERIC-OWENS AND BRAUN STROWMAN VS ROMAN REIGNS, SAMI ZAYN AND SETH ROLLINS
Zayn goes after Storwman while Owens and Reigns brawl and Jericho and Rollins fight on the other side. It gets down to Reigns and Strowman in the ring and Strowman sends Reigns over the top rope to the floor.
We are back and Jericho tags in and he punches Reigns. Owens punches and chokes Reigns while Jericho distracts the referee. Jericho slaps Reigns and Reigns does not appreciate it. Reigns with an uppercut and he sends Jericho into the corner and Zayn tags in. Sami wtih a chop and he sends Jericho into the turnbuckles and chops him. Zayn with a back breaker and moonsault. Owens tags in after Jericho backs Zayn into the corner. Owens punches Zayn and he taunts the crowd. Owens with a chop. Owens with knees to the back and a reverse chin lock.
Owens with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho tags in and kicks Zayn. Jericho with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Jericho with a clothesline into the corner. Jericho goes up top and Zayn with a punch to the midsection as he comes off. Owens tags in and he keeps Zayn from making the tag and Owens with a short arm clothesline and Zayn gets his knees up on a back senton from Owens. Roman tags in and he punches Owens. Reigns with a flying clothesline and then he connects with NeverEnding Story in the corner. Reigns stops Jericho from interfering. Reigns with a thrust kick to Owens and he sets for the Superman punch but Jericho grabs the leg. Jericho is stopped by Rollins and Strowman sends Rollins into the ringside barrier. Strowman blocks a Superman punch and Owens with a super kick for a near fall. Strowman tags in as we go to commercial.
We are back and there is pandemonium with Reigns down on the mat. Owens tells everyone to watch him as he applies a reverse chin lock. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Reigns with a Samoan drop and both men are down. Jericho and Rollins tag in and Rollins with Slingblade. Rollins with forearms in the corner and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a Blockbuster. Owens misses a clothesline and Zayn sends him to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive to Jericho and Zayn with a plancha onto Owens. Zayn ducks and Strowman hits the ring post. Rollins with a springboard knee to the temple for a near fall.
Rollins with a kick and he tries for the Pedigree but Jericho blocks it. Rollins escapes. Strowman tags in and Rollins punches Strowman but Strowman stays on his feet. Strowman grabs Rollins by the throat and Zayn stops him. Strowman with a forearm to Zayn. Rollins with an enzuigri and Roman with a Superman punch but Strowman stays on his feet. Rollins with a cross body onto Jericho and Owens on the floor. Zayn with a cross body for a near fall on Strowman. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick but Strowman with a body tackle and then he hits a running power slam for the three count.
The winners of the match: Braun Strowman and Jeric-Owens