On Thursday night before his speaking engagement at Inside the Ropes, Paul Heyman was interviewed by R Felix Finch! Here, he confirms the news about Brock Lesnar’s future in the UFC and more!
If I had to describe tonight’s pay-per-view in one word, it would be ‘predictable’. Which isn’t to say the show was bad or boring, because I didn’t think it was either of those things, but it was predictable.
The show started out with the highly anticipated first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber. We knew going into this match, that the RAW Women’s championship currently held by Alexa Bliss, was on the line. It seemed that each woman had an ally in her corner, even though the bout was ‘every woman for herself’. The most obvious of friendships was the actual tag team of Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, known collectively as Absolution. Then we had friends Sasha Banks and Bayley said to be in each other’s corners, and the fresh new bond between Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. The match started out with Bayley and Sonya DeVille, both of whom delivered impressive performances. With each countdown to a new pod opening and another woman emerging, I made a prediction of who’d be next…not surprisingly, Mandy Rose, then Sasha Banks, Mickie James and lastly the champ, Alexa. The women all worked their butts off, the match was entertaining, full of high risk moves like jumping off of the chamber and it’s pods, but with each woman’s elimination, I knew exactly what would be happening next. I will say, I was rooting for Sasha Banks, I’m a big fan of hers, and although I did not think she would win, I was hoping she would. DeVille and Rose are the newbies of the group, so naturally they were the first ones to be eliminated. Mickie James was third to be eliminated, much to the chagrin of Bliss, who was still standing in her pod yet to be released. At this point it was quite clear Bliss and Banks would be the final two women in the match. I give a lot of credit to Bayley though, as she was the first woman in the match; she lasted a long time and I thought she performed well. And then there were two…Banks tried climbing a pod to go for a high risk jump, but Bliss was quicker, bashing Sasha’s head into it instead, knocking her down and going for the DDT that would result in her retaining her championship.
Monday Night RAW was live from Phoenix, Arizona tonight and was the last RAW before the highly anticipated Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, which takes place this Sunday, live from Las Vegas.
With said Elimination Chamber on everyone’s mind, it makes sense to have all the competitors give us a small taste of what they’ll be bringing to the table this Sunday by having a gauntlet match tonight! This contest, while extremely time consuming, was very entertaining to watch. It was set to have all seven men who will be in the Elimination Chamber on Sunday in this match, and the first one to compete tonight was Roman Reigns. He took on Seth Rollins, and although couldn’t pull of the win over Rollins, was a good sport in the end and extended his hand for a fist bump, only to be interrupted by John Cena’s music.
“THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH!”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 20, 2018
January 8th, 2018
Monday Night RAW is LIVE tonight from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee!
We’re exactly two weeks away from the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night RAW! The night started with our Intercontinental Champ Roman Reigns in the ring, calling out Samoa Joe for not being ready for him. Reigns continues with a message for the locker room, when he’s interrupted by Jason Jordan coming to the ring. Jordan mirrors Reigns statement for the locker room ‘you mess with one of the Shield, you mess with all of them’. Seth Rollins interrupts, joining Reigns as well as his tag team partner, Jordan in the ring. Rollins goes on to say while he appreciates what Jordan is trying to do, he still has a lot to learn. Cue the Balor Club, out comes Finn Balor followed by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Balor takes us back by talking about how he’s been teaming with Gallows and Anderson for the better part of 10 years, and took a dig at Jordan saying it’s been ‘longer than Jordan’s known Kurt Angle was his dad.’ Cue Kurt Angle’s music, and the GM comes out and makes the main event for the evening: A 6-man tag match, Reigns/Rollins/Jordan VS. Balor Club.
Before we get to the next match, we learn that The Miz is back tonight, as is Paige and Mickie James!
Next up, Sasha Banks teams up with Bayley accompanied by a returning Mickie James, to take on Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose (Absolution), accompanied by a returning Paige! Mandy and Bayley get the match started, with Mandy taking an early lead in the match. That is, until Bayley gains control and Mandy ends up on the outside of the ring… after the commercial break Sasha’s in the ring, with the trash-talking Mandy, but she shuts her mouth real quick when the 4-time Women’s Champ slaps her in the face! Mandy manages to reach her tag team partner Sonya DeVille, a martial arts expert, to try and take Banks down a few notches. Bayley anxiously waits to be tagged in by Banks, but it doesn’t happen in time and Mandy Rose tags back in, but not for long! Sasha hooks her in an inside cradle, but there’s a kick out. Sasha remains in control of the match and picks up the win for herself and Bayley when Mandy Rose taps out to the ‘Bank Statement’.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious to see wrestlers before they put their makeup on, so Goldust’s time lapse video of putting on his ‘face’ if you will, got my attention. It’s during this video when he finds out who his mixed match tag team partner is going to be one week from tomorrow, immediately following Smackdown…drum roll please: A very enthusiastic Alicia Fox!
Next we hear the unmistakable sound of ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy’s laughter as he makes his way to the ring. His opponent, the man who lost every single one of his matches in 2017, Curt Hawkins. Hawkins claims he’s undefeated in 2018 so far, but that doesn’t last very long as his springboard crossbody misses and Hardy gains the advantage in the match. With an ending that was surely a surprise to no one, Hardy gets Hawkins in a Twist of Fate and gets the 1,2,3. However, when he turns around he’s met face to face with Bray Wyatt. They stare each other down and maniacally laugh at one another. Delete. Delete. Delete….
Next up, the Miz has finally returned to RAW after being away for 6 long weeks! He’s got his Miztourage in tow, Curt Axel and Bo Dallas. They praise Miz by telling him how amazing their 2017 was because of him, calling it ‘Mizmas’ and like ‘Winning the Mizzies!’, respectively. Miz claims he allowed Roman Reigns to simply ‘borrow’ his Intercontinental Championship while he was away filming a movie and now he’s back to claim it.
Up next, the Cruiserweight championship match up: an on the mend Enzo Amore, just recovering from a hospitalized sickness, vs. Cedric Alexander. In order for the title to change hands tonight, Enzo needs to lose by pinfall or submission. Cedric gets the immediate lead in the match, Nia Jax is watching closely from the back. Enzo gains control and throws Cedric out of the ring. The match returns after a commercial break to Cedric doing a handspring off the ropes, and going for the pin, but it’s only a 2-count. He still has his momentum though, delivering a kick to Amore’s face while clenching the ropes. Both men end up outside the ring, Amore’s face is all bloody and he gets counted out. Cedric Alexander is declared the winner, but the title doesn’t change hands since the loss was neither by pinfall nor submission.
Cedric, in the back now, with Nia Jax by his side, gets looked at by a doctor who says he may need an MRI. We then cut to RAW GM Kurt Angle on the phone, with a “mystery” woman…sounds like a yet-to-be-revealed entrant into the highly anticipated upcoming 30-Women Royal Rumble…
Onto the next match, Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Titus O’Neill and Apollo Crews. Titus and Sheamus square off first, Sheamus starts with a kick to the midsection and runs with the lead. Shortly after he’s tagged in, Cesaro teams up with Sheamus to throw Crews over the ropes and pummel him into a turnbuckle. When they make it back into the ring, Crews still has the advantage over Cesaro, and is now hammering on his left knee. Sheamus is tagged in and continues to dominate Crews, going for a submission move with the left arm in a lock, inside cradle by Crews, but Sheamus kicks out. Titus is tagged in and takes control over Cesaro..slams him into the mat, goes for the pin, but it’s a kick out. Titus is distracted by Sheamus on the ropes and Cesaro takes advantage…brogue kick, but misses. Titus goes for the roll up on Sheamus and it’s an upset! Titus and Apollo win the match.
After the commercial break, Brock Lesnar comes out accompanied by Paul Heyman, naturally. Heyman does his thing on the mic, telling the world how amazingly talented his client Brock Lesnar is, and why he is and should always be the Universal Champion. Heyman and Lesnar go to leave and are attacked from behind by Kane! Braun Strowman joins in and now we’re watching a monstrous fight in the back. Brock is thrown into a table by Strowman and Kane gets taken out by a massive road case! Strowman doesn’t stop there though, he’s got a hook and he knows how to use it! He manages to throw the hook onto a huge piece of scaffolding and brings it tumbling down onto both men. An ambulance is called and EMT’s are feverishly working to get Lesnar onto a stretcher. Kane seems to be hanging in there and doesn’t require medical attention. Whew!
The next match is Samoa Joe vs. Rhino accompanied by Heath Slater. Rhino and Joe exchange blows, Joe takes control over the match up. Samoa wins by submission when Rhino taps out to the Coquina Clutch. Quick and dirty.
Asuka makes her way to the ring next, but her time there is short lived, as Nia Jax surprise attacks her in the ring from behind! And now folks, we’ve got ourselves a women’s match for next week…Asuka vs. Nia Jax!
Finally, it is now time for the main event! The match made by RAW General Manager Kurt Angle at the beginning of the show, Balor Club (Finn Balor, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. Jason Jordan and The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins). Balor and Rollins start out the match, they go at it until Rollins tags in Reigns. Reigns comes in and cleans up on Balor in the ring, on a turnbuckle and with a swift kick to the face! Gallows tries to interfere and gets a sucker punch to the face by Reigns, which knocks him to the ground. Reigns is then caught off guard and Balor takes full advantage. Balor tags in Anderson and he takes Reigns down to the mat, pummels his face repeatedly and goes for the pin, but Reigns kicks out at 2. At this point in the match, we still have not seen Jason Jordan in action… Reigns continues to take the beat down in the ring by Gallows and Anderson until finally Rollins tags back in. Rollins delivers a couple of suplexes to Anderson and goes for the pin, but Anderson kicks out. Anderson reaches for the corner to tag in Gallows, but nobody’s home. Gallows makes his way back into the ring eventually helping out his tag team partner, when finally Jordan gets involved helping out Rollins and knocks Gallows over the top rope to the floor. Jordan is back on the outside looking in, but desperately trying to get the tag from Rollins, he doesn’t make it and gets knocked right off the apron. Reigns is now desperate to get in on this match and Rollins is trying to make the tag. Jordan, not the legal man, gets in the ring and the ref is distracted, missing the legal tag between Reigns and Rollins. Reigns and Jordan get into it, Reigns asks Jordan “What are ya doin?” Meanwhile, Rollins is still in the ring and needs help, but it’s too little too late, the damage has been done and Finn Balor capitalizes on the rookie mistake by Jordan. Balor climbs up the top rope and BOOM! He lands on Rollins with the Coup de Grace for the 1,2,3 and Balor Club gets the victory!
There you have it! This week’s re-cap and results of Monday Night RAW!
A potential Wrestlemania main event in the mid card, a mid card match as the main event, two promo battles, and an exciting new signing for Raw! It was an action-packed show, but was it any good?
Raw began with the Big Dog himself coming out for his scheduled match against Jason Jordan. Roman Reigns continues to lean into his more heel-ish tendencies as the weeks progress. And it’s a look that suits him. It took WWE a couple of years to figure it out, but finally he is something close to what he always should have been.
The match opened with Reigns refusing a hand shake. But after a hard fought 1-2-3 victory Roman deemed his opponent worthy. The match itself was very reminiscent of Jordan’s outing against John Cena last week. Competitive, entertaining, and meant to convey that Jordan is to be taken seriously. And while he certainly has the look and in-ring ability to do big things in WWE, he still lacks any kind of character. The revelation that he is Kurt Angles kayfabe son put eyes on him, but it has led nowhere in terms of character development. WWE need to work on that if they want him to be a star.
The match itself was solid – comfortably the best of the night – and ended after a Superman Punch/Spear combo. Jason Jordan was nearly up to the challenge but ultimately fell short. The same can be said of Roman Reigns in the following exchange…
Enter; John Cena. Here we go with another edition of the weekly Cena/Reigns promo battle. Once again John Cena took aim at Reigns’ ability on the mic. And Reigns hit back with his own mockery of Cena’s in-ring ability. A tenuous and out-dated criticism, but quite funny none the less. Roman makes the point that it is usually Cena who gets called-out; but this time Cena is doing the challenging. An interesting point, because it has some truth. In the past John Cena has been the King of all he surveys, taking on and dispatching any and everyone who challenges his dominance, never having to make challenges of his own. Until now. He may be schooling Roman Reigns on the mic, but the entire shape of this feud suggests just another attempt to get Roman Reigns over. To make him look less like WWE’s pet project and more like someone we might rally behind. Will it work? If Roman can find a voice and hit back more consistently perhaps it will. But as of now the Big Dog is proving he is what most thought he was. Very good, but ultimately not quite at the top level.
Later in the night John Cena came out for his own one-on-one match. A match I thought would be saved for Wrestlemania or at least a Big 4 PPV. But who am I to complain? We’re getting it now instead; John Cena goes up against Braun Strowman.
The match went entirely as expected considering Braun’s upcoming No Mercy Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar. The Monster Among Men relentlessly dominated John Cena – continuing his impressive run and proving that his larger than life antics are the reason to tune into Raw.
It was a match quite reminiscent of Brock Lesnar’s return match against John Cena at Extreme Rules in 2012. Total dominance over the Leader of the Cenation. Even the ring-steps ended up in the same place! But this match did not see John Cena get the unlikely pin-fall victory. Instead the match ended in a DQ when said ring-steps were used to brutalise Cena.
This was not Braun’s first appearance of the evening. Earlier in the night he was called out by Paul Heyman on behalf of his client, Brock Lesnar. In what has become a pretty generic Paul Heyman verbal diatribe the Advocate for the Beast conceded that Braun may be bigger and stronger than Brock; but is he ‘badder’?
A question Braun had no problem answering. Strowman marched down to the ring, traded blows with Lesnar and got levelled by a German Suplex. Game over right? Wrong. Braun Strowman rolled onto his feet and sold not even a fraction of the move. A complete Undertaker-style no-sell. An awesome sight. Braun hit a chokeslam and stood with his foot on Brock’s chest to close out the segment. It is becoming difficult to think of any more praise for Braun or how he has been handled. Next step, I hope, is to become Universal Champion in two weeks at No Mercy. Instinct tells me Brock will retain… but I can’t help but feel the time is right to pull the trigger on Strowman and make him Champion.
Later in the night came Enzo Amore’s scheduled appearance on Miz TV. And I have to say it only occurred to me as Enzo entered the ring that these two one-on-one with mics in hand had huge potential. The segment was advertised before Raw and didn’t especially excite me. But I should have been excited, because these are two of the best talkers around right now; and going head-to-head they proved it!
It began with Maryse and Miz announcing that they are expecting a child. Which is lovely news. That baby is going to be super-stylish and very charismatic! But before Miz could dwell on it Enzo interrupted. Continuing his characterisation as a Face who is pretty Heel-ish a lot of the time. It is an angle I like. It is very Attitude era and though that time is looked at with rose-tinted glasses it certainly gave us plenty of colourful and layered characters. Enzo is a big example of WWE’s current experimentation with the Heel/Face dichotomy. They play with it to varying degrees of success, but in Enzo it seems they have found the right conduit. A man who makes you laugh despite knowing he’s a bit of a jerk.
The Miz began by roasting Enzo. Bringing up the now well-known fact that Enzo is largely disliked backstage and not welcome on tour buses or in locker rooms. The Miz explained how he went through similar times but ultimately learnt from it, something Enzo isn’t doing. It was a pointed and typically heated promo from Miz and seemed like Amore had no way back. But he shot back well – telling The Miz that he is unoriginal, that he’s a copy of better wrestlers. And that Enzo himself is a true one-off. It was a battle that, like Cena/Reigns, flirted with shoot elements. But the fact that both men are comfortable on the mic gave it a frisson that the bigger feud is perhaps missing.
The segment segued into a match. Enzo was dominated, as expected, with The Miz effectively bullying his opponent. I sense the entire segment was built to test Enzo. An element of sink-or-swim. The fact is Enzo is a talent on the mic and proved it again. An entertaining segment all-in-all.
Elsewhere on Raw
In the Women’s division Sasha Banks got the submission victory over Emma. Alexa Bliss and later Nia Jax joined the commentary team. The four will compete for Alexa Bliss’s Raw Women’s Championship at No Mercy. There is little more to say about this. Which is a shame. The Women’s Division has come on a lot over the past two years. But it’s showing signs of slipping back into it’s old place again. I hope that isn’t the case.
There was one very exciting sign that the Women’s Division is still on the agenda. Raw announced it’s signing of dominant NXT Superstar, Asuka. I really hope WWE know what they have in her and don’t get this wrong. She is a star and I cannot wait to see her debut.
Bray Wyatt was in action against Goldust. And in a pre match promo likened Goldust’s reliance on his paint and persona to that of Finn Balor and his demon. A good angle, I think. And adds some life to an angle I thought had died. Bray and Finn will go head-to-head or, rather, man-to-man at No Mercy in two weeks time.
The night’s main event was a match that seemed to belong on the mid card somewhere. A brawl earlier in the night lead to Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose mismatched against ‘The Club’ and ‘The Bar’ – which are both in fact tag teams, not late-night drinking establishments.
Left short-handed Kurt Angle suggested Rollins and Ambrose find two more superstars so they could compete in an eight-man tag match. The two superstars they found were The Hardy Boys. Then it struck me… is this the dawn of Broken Matt Hardy on WWE television? A random eight-man tag in the main event? Why? What shenanigans are forthcoming? As it happened… none. The match just ended. And so too did Raw.
Roman Reigns defeated Jason Jordan via pinfall
Sasha Banks defeated Emma via Submission
Bray Wyatt pins Goldust after a Sister Abigail
Elias hits the Drift Away to defeat Kalisto
Braun Strowman vs John Cena ends in a DQ after Strowman uses the ring-steps
The Miz vs Enzo Amore. DQ via inteference from the ‘Miztourage’.
Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and The Hardy Boys defeat Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Sheamus and Cesaro.
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Baron Corbin v. John Cena
We kick off the night with John Cena v. Baron Corbin. Cena goes to the announcer table and tells JBL that Corbin isn’t thinking about tonight, but rather about his failed cash-in from the previous Tuesday night. Corbin takes control of the match pretty early on. Corbin is taking it to Cena but Cena is moving very slowly.
Corbin throws Cena into the turnbuckle and follows behind him. Cena then reverses and throws Corbin into the turnbuckles but Corbin slides out and hits a clothesline. Corbin hits a hard Slam on Cena and gets a 2 count. Cena begins to take control of the match but Corbin is able to slow his momentum.
Corbin seems to be setting up a superplex out of the corner but Cena escapes and hits a massive DDT. Cena hits a 5-Knuckle-Shuffle then goes for an Attitude Adjustment but Corbin gets out and hits the Deep 6.
Cena manages to get out of the line of fire and hits an Attitude Adjustment and gets a pinfall.
Winner via Pinfall: John Cena
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WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship: Natayala v. Naomi(c)
The announcers give a brief overview for this match with Naomi defending against Natalya. Naomi has control of
the match from the onset. Natalya takes over control of the match. The crowd is really heated towards Natalya. Natalya is getting a few two counts and she keeps yelling at the ref to do his job.
Natalya is looking really good. She’s is showing what years of experience can do in the ring. Naomi is able to get out of a high-impact move and it’s a neck breaker from the top rope.
Naomi gets her first pin attempt. Naomi does her “Glow Time” kicks, Natalya catches her kick making Naomi do a split. Looked very painful.
Naomi does an over the top rope leg drop and gets a two count. She shows some frustration. Naomi tries to get a submission locked in but Natalya gets into the sharp shooter. Naomi is able to flip Natalya over and Natalya hits her neck in the turn buckle. Natalya gets Naomi into a sharpshooter and Naomi taps out!
Winner & New WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion via Submission: Natalya
Big Show v. Big Cass (Enzo Amore in a Shark Cage)
Enzo comes out and annoys the crap out of us. Basically, all he was saying is that he’s a better promo than Big Cass. Big Cass finally came out and stopped Enzo.
Big Show takes control of the match right out. For a man with a broken hand, he’s using it a lot. Bad Continuity. Show goes for a splash off the middle rope and misses and lands on his hand. Enzo is yelling all sorts of nonsense. Cass began to take apart Show’s hand. Show takes control back from Cass. Show is attempting a chokeslam with his “broken” right hand. Cass gets out of it but hits a chokeslam with his left hand. He gets a two count.
Enzo escapes the cage and the minute he got to the ring Cass kicks him in the face. Cass hits the “Empire State Elbow” and gets a three count.
Winner via Pinfall: Big Cass.
Randy Orton v. Rusev
Rusev attacks Randy Orton during Orton’s entrance. It was a brutal attack. The match officially starts and Orton hits an RKO out of nowhere and gets a three count.
Winner via Pinfall: Randy Orton.
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WWE Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks v. Alexa Bliss
Banks is out first followed by Bliss. Bliss is looking amazing.
Sasha starts off with punches in the corner. They go back and forth. Bliss hits a hard right hand to Sasha’s face.
Bliss has complete control of the match. Bliss is getting a two count. Sasha is starting to get control until Bliss is able to stop her momentum.
Bliss does this amazing flipping double knee. Amazing move. She gets a two count. Bliss is using all of her 5 counts to her advantage. The crowd is into this match. Banks gain some momentum and a two count but Bliss takes control again.
Bliss yells at Banks to “Give up” and Banks hits a hard kick. Banks also throws Bliss into the turn buckle. A very hard hit. Banks hits the Bank Statement and Bliss gets to the ropes. Banks follows her out. Banks goes for a double knee and Bliss pulls the ring skirt and Banks falls. Bliss goes into the ring and lets an 8 count go by before Banks slides back in.
Bliss goes to the top rope and hits a splash. Banks kicks out and Bliss throws a tantrum. After Bliss finishes her tantrum, Banks hits a bank statement twice and gets Bliss to tap out.
Winner and NEW WWE Raw Women’s Champion via Submission: Sasha Banks
WWE Superstar and future of the company, Roman Reigns has won the Royal Rumble. Tonight marks the second year in a row that WWE is trying to push their own will over the WWE Universe that clearly wanted Daniel Bryan to win. Fans instantly chanted “Bullsh*t” when Roman won.
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