- Luke Gallows def. Cesaro
- Sami Zayn def. Seth Rollins
- TJ Perkins, Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali def. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
- Braun Strowman, Titus O'Neil, Rusev and Jinder Mahal def. New Day, Enzo Amore and Big Cass
- Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho by disqualification
- Nia Jax def. Ray Lynn
- Rich Swann def. Noam Dar
MONDAY NIGHT RAW - CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 23, 2017
Welcome to Monday Night Raw and Raw is in Cleveland and we kick things off with Roman Reigns coming out to the ring and he cuts a promo on his upcoming championship match which takes place this Sunday at the Royal Rumble. Jeric-Owens come out and Kevin Owens calls Reigns delusional and Reigns has powerbombed everyone through a table but only one person can powerbomb Reigns through a table and that one person is Owens
Jericho asks if Reigns is Nostradamus with all his predictions and has a predcition of his own. Reigns is a stupid idiot. Jericho asks if Reigns thinks it's funny that he's going to be locked in a shark tank. What's hilarious is when Jericho gave Reigns a Codebreaker a few weeks ago. Even though he's going to be hanging from the ceiling in a shark tank this Sunday like a very sexy pinata, today is not Sunday and there's nothing stopping him from going down to the ring and knocking Reigns' pearly white down his throat
Reigns takes that as a challenge to a rematch and tells Jericho to come down and they'll have a rematch fro the United States Championship tonight. Owens says Reigns has his match much to Jericho's surprise. Owens says he has a feeling it'll be Reigns hanging in the shark tank. Reigns has a feeling of his own that he's going to win the US Championship tonight and beat Owens Sunday. Reigns says he's something Owens will never be around the WWE....THE guy
LUKE GALLOWS VS CESARO
Gallows in control from the start of the match as Raw goes to break
Back from break, Gallows with a chinlock on Cesaro. Cesaro with elbows to Gallows. A suplex attempt by Gallows blocked by Cesaro. Cesaro with a suplex of his own. Cesaro goes for the Giant Swing but Gallows slides to the outside. Sheamus gets shoved and oges to retaliate but the referee stops him. The referee preoccupied with Cesaro and on the outside Sheamus floors Gallows with a clothesline. Cesaro with a boot to Gallows. Sunset flip into a sharpshooter meanwhile on the outside Anderson with a dropkick to Sheamus. Gallows is tapping out but the referee is busy trying to get Anderson down off the apron. Cesaro turns his attention to Anderson. Gallows from behind hits the Magic Killer for the three count
The winner of the match: Luke Gallows
Bayley is sitting down with Corey Graves and Graves asks one word to describe how it feels to be competing at the Royal Rumble and Bayley comes up with one word. Wow. She doesn't ss her lifelong fandom as a negative. She runs down a list of memories she had growing up watching WWE
Bayley says she's not Charlotte, she doesn't have Charlotte's bloodlines but what she does have is two victories over Charlotte and Sunday she's walking into that match and walking out as the new Women's Champion
Backstage: Mick Foley walks into Seth Rollins' locker room and says he just got off the phone with Stephanie and informs him he has a match next against Sami Zayn. She wants to play up the friend vs friend foe vs foe angle at the Rumble but also wants Sami to qualify for the Rumble. If Zayn wins he doesn't just get a spot but gets Rollins' spot. Foley says he doesn't agree with it. Rollins says it makes it very clear what he has to do. Beat Zayn tonight, win the rumble and go to Wrestlemania so he can throw it back in Stephanie's face
SETH ROLLINS VS SAMI ZAYN - IF SAMI ZAYN WINS HE IS IN THE ROYAL RUMBLE
We take a look at what transpired during the match prior to commercial break. Back to live action, Rollins still in control. Zayn turns the tables and executes a Blue Thunder Bomb. Crossbody by Zayn, Rollins rolls through. Zayn with a Michinoku Driver
Zayn back to the top rope. Rollins hooks him up but Zayn shoves him to the mat. Zayn still on the top rope, Rollins pulls him down and goes to the top rope himself executing a blockbuster. Rollins picks Zayn up and delivers knee strikes
Rollins hooks Zayn up for a suplex. Zayn counters, Rollins rolls through and delivers a kick. Falconero by Rollins to Zayn and another nearfall. Right hand by Rollins and Zayn fires back with forearms.
High knee by Rollins and a slingblade to Zayn. Rollins stalks Zayn and goes for the pedigree. Zayn counters with a DDT. Helluva Kick misses its mark and Rollins picks Zayn up for another pedigree attempt but Zayn sends Rollins over the ropes to the floor
Rollins attempting a third pedigree from the top rope but Zayn blocks it and delivers a sunset flip powerbomb. Enziguri by Rollins. Zayn with an exploder suplex into the corner. Helluva Kick attempt from the apron and Rollins catches him with a boot and plants Zayn with a pedigree on the apron. "The Game" blares over the PA system and Rollins is looking around for Triple H. Zayn off the distraction rolls Rollins up for the three count
The winner of the match: Sami Zayn - Sami Zayn Officially in the Royal Rumble
Rumble Flashback: Shawn Michaels wins Royal Rumble 1995
Backstage: An irate Seth Rollins is looking for answers. Foley tells Rollins he knew nothing about this but will get answers
ARIYA DAIVARI, DREWW GULAK AND TONY NESE VS MUSTAFA ALI, JACK GALLAGHER AND TJ PERKINS
Gallagher and Gulak start things off. Side headlock takedown by Gallagher. Gulak with a kick to Gallagher. Irish whip into the corner, handstand by Gallagher on the turnbuckle as he flips over Gulak. Takedown by Gallagher. Irish whip and Gallagher slides to the outside. Perkins now the legal man as he gets a nearfall on Gulak
Tony Nese in and Perkins delivers a neckbreaker. Shoulder tackle by PErkkins. Daivari gets knocked off the apron. Gutbuster by Nese and now Nese with a leg scissors on Perkins. Perkins fights out of it. Off the ropes and Nese trips him up. Moonsault misses its mark as Perkins rolls out of the way. Mustafa Ali with a spinning heel kick
Irish whip by Gulak in the corner. Ali with a kick to Gulak. Neckbreaker and a nearfall on Gulak. Ali goes to the top rope and delivers a 450 for the three count
The winners of the match: TJ Perkins, Jack Gallagher and Mustafa Ali
New Day come out and cut a promo about how they're going to win the Royal Rumble and go on to Wrestlemania to become the new WWE Universal Champion. Enzo and Big Cass come out and Cass says Sunday he's gonna go like Stallone in 87 and throw 29 bodies Over The Top Rope.
Rusev and Jinder Mahal come out accompanied by Lana. The crowd starts chanting USA and Rusev yells that it's not about USA it's about New Day's stupid name. Putting "New" in their names is like him putting "Handsome" in front of his name but you don't see him walking around calling himself Handsome Rusev. Titus O'Neil then comes out
Big E interrupts and says Titus promised to never annoy them again. Xavier then says Titus interrupting week after week is just disrespectful. Woods tells Titus to catch him outside. O'Neil asks what that means and Woods says just what he said. O'Neil says they don't need to go outside he's just been informed there will be an eight man tag team match.
ENZO AMORE, BIG CASS, AND NEW DAY VS BRAUN STROWMAN, JINDER MAHAL/RUSEV AND TITUS O'NEIL
The match is joined in progress and Kofi with a cross body on Rusev for a near fall. Kofi with a punch but Rusev with a boot and he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles. Jinder Mahal tags in and he punches Kofi and hits a back elbow. Jinder with a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Titus tags in and kicks Kofi. Titus with a slam for a near fall. Titus with a bear hug. Titus keeps Kofi from going through his legs to make the tag and he sends Kofi face first to the mat. Titus barks and he knocks Big E off the apron. Titus goes over the top rope to the floor. Strowman throws Titus back in and Jinder is tagged in.
Colin tags in and he connects with a boot and punches in the corner. Colin with a biel and a Stinger splash into the corner and a running boot. Enzo tags in and they hit the Rocket Launcher but Titus breaks up the cover. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex to Titus and he sends Rusev to the apron> Rusev with a knee to Big E when he goes for the spear. Colin with a boot to knock Rusev off. Kofi with a plancha onto everyone on the floor.
Enzo with a rollup for a near fall followed by an enzuigiri. Strowman tags in and it makes Enzo go crazy but Strowman with a shoulder that spins Enzo. Strowman picks up Enzo but Enzo with punches and a boot in the corner. Enzo comes off the turnbuckles but Strowman catches him and hits a running power slam for the three count.
The winners of the match: Braun Strowman, Jinder Mahal, Rusev and Titus O'Neil
Post Match: Big Show's music plays and he makes his way to the ring to confront Braun Strowman. Strowman looks at Big Show across the ring from him and Strowman walks away. Big Show and the New Day show up at the announce table. Show tells everyone that he is back.
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: ROMAN REIGNS VS CHRIS JERICHO
Reigns with a punch and he sends Jericho to the floor and the ringside barrier. Reigns sends Jericho face first into the apron and then he Irish whips Jericho into the ringside barrier. Reigns with a drive by and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho chokes Roman in the ropes and Jericho with a splash to the back as Owens makes his way to the announce table to join on commentary and torment Byron Saxton. Jericho with a reverse chin lock. Roman with punches but Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall. Jericho kicks Roman in the midsection and slaps him in the ead. Jericho with more slaps and Reigns is not impressed. Roman with a punch but Jericho with a kick. Reigns sends Jericho over the top rope and Jericho goes up top and Reigns with an uppercut. Jericho comes off the turnbuckles and is met with an uppercut from Reigns.
Reigns with clotheslines followed by a flying clothesline. Reigns runs into a boot from Jericho and Jericho tries to roll up Reigns but Reigns gets to the ropes. Jericho with kicks. Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns looks around and he punches the mat but Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall. Jericho sets for the Codebreaker but Reigns blocks it and he sends Jericho into the corner. Reigns has Jericho up for a power bomb and hits it but Jericho kicks out.
Owens gets up from the announce table and Reigns sets for a spear but Jericho with a leap frog. Reigns with a Superman punch and Owens enters the ring and attacks Reigns. The referee calls for the bell.
The winner of the match by disqualification: Roman Reigns
Post Match: Owens continues the attack on Reigns and they call for the shark cage to be lowered. Reigns is put in the cage and Owens is about to lock it but Reigns sends Owens into the cage and he does the same to Jericho. Reigns kicks Owens and then Reigns kicks Jericho and Owens is put in the cage and Reigns locks it. The cage is lifted above the ring and Jericho tries to climb on but Reigns with a Superman Punch. Reigns with a spear to Jericho.
Back from break Owens and Jericho are being interviewed in the ring after the cage is lowered and Owens is let out. Owens is informed that per Mick Foley's orders this Sunday's match against Roman Reigns will now be a no disqualification match. Owens and Jericho rant and rave about how it's not fair and storm out of the ring
Corey Graves sits down with Women's Champion Charlotte who says she's been privileged and Royal Rumble is a tradition for the Flairs because her earliest memories are Ric Flair winning the 1992 Royal Rumble. She says she wasn't trying to humiliate Bayley last week she was trying to show the WWE Universe who they're getting behind. She calls Bayley the heart and soul of NXT and no one was more proud of her than Charlotte when she made her NXT debut. But when Bayley set her sights on Charlotte's championship that's when everything changed and this Sunday she will hand the referee her Women's Championship confident that by the end of the match it will be handed back to her
NIA JAX VS RAE LYNN
Nia powers Lynn into the corner and delivers a headbutt. Nia blasts Lynn and wastes little time in picking up the three count
The winner of the match: Nia Jax
Post Match: Nia takes the mic and says she dedicated her victory to the deceased career of Sasha Banks. Just one month ago Sasha was the Raw Women's Champion but now she is nowhere to be seen and ESPN should do a 30 for 30 documentary. Sasha comes out with a crutch and knee brace. She hits Nia's foot with the crutch. Nia charges but Sasha drops down sending Nia through the middle rope to the floor. Sasha hits a Meteroa onto Nia
NOAM DAR VS RICH SWANN
Swann with an arm wringer and a hip toss. Swann flips over Dar and hits a drop kick. Swann sets for a dive to the floor but Dar puts Fox in front of him. Swann with a back heel kick to Dar from the apron.
Dar in control but Swann gets back to his feet delivering a spinning kick to Dar laying him out for the three count
The winner of the match: Rich Swann
Post Match: Swann calls out Neville. He says Neville claims to be a king but Swann thinks he's just a jester and they don't have to wait until Sunday. Neville comes out. Neville thinks twice but Swann delivers a suicide dive and it's Neville trying to escape Swann
Backstage: Cedric Alexander talks about his match against Neville tomorrow night on 205. He says now that he's put this whole Noam Dar and Alicia Fox business behind him he can focus on what he came here to do. Be Cruiserweight Champion. Noam Dar and Alicia Fox walk in and Alicia says Alexander will never be champion without her. Noam asks if he and Cedric are good and Alexander says as far as Alicia goes, they're good and shoves Dar to the floor. Alicia yells asking what Alexander's problem is
Goldberg says the WWE Universal Championship runs through the Royal Rumble and this Sunday 29 other men are gunning for the same thing he is an opportunity at either Kevin Owens or Roman Reigns and he will stop at nothing to gain that WWE Universal Championship
And if it means he has to spear and jackhammer 29 other guys Sunday then that's what he's going to do so all 29 guys in the back they are....but before he can continue, Paul Heyman interrupts. Heyman says he was compelled to address Goldberg's observation. He calls Goldberg a marketing genius like himself
Heyman plays out various scenarios that could happen in the Royal Rumble. Brock Lesnar comes out. Heyman tells Goldberg to behold the instrument of his demise because this Sunday Goldberg will be victimized and conquered and only then will he be thrown over the top rope and eliminated. Not by anybody on the roster but by Brock Lesnar. Goldberg asks if Lesnar's going to come down to the ring or stand there like a dumbass. Lesnar marches down to ringside. Lesnar paces around the ring. Lesnar jumps up on the apron and steps through the ropes. Goldberg and Lesnar step forward set to go face to face but the lights go out and we hear the bells toll. The lights come back on and Undertaker is standing in the ring and the arena lights transition to the ominous blue as Raw goes off the air