Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, 4.19.16: RAW

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is back with the RAW Recap Edition. 

This week's RAW was live in jolly ol' London, England. The semi-finals of the #1 contenders tag team tournament continued this week with The Vaudevillains facing The Usos and The Dudley Boys facing Enzo and Big Cass. Last week we saw the debut of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as they viciously attacked The Usos. Did we see another sighting this week? Dean Ambrose returned with another Ambrose Asylum edition. Chris Jericho battled Sami Zayn one on one. The Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles match gets interesting. Baron Corbin faced Fandango in a one on one match. The Miz and Maryse featured Miz TV that turned into an eight man tag team match. The ladies were in eight woman tag team action. Apollo Crews battled Heath Slater of the Social Outcasts. In the main event, Dean Ambrose faced Kevin Owens.

*** RAW ***

- The Ambrose Asylum with Special Guest Shane McMahon: Dean Ambrose kicks off RAW with Shane McMahon. Ambrose and Shane rewatch the clip of Shane leaping off the cage at Wrestlemania. Ambrose asks Shane what's his plans while running RAW. Shane plans to push the up and comers like AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Sasha Banks. Kevin Owens interrupts and says Shane's not fooling anyone, it's just another McMahon running the show who's mad with power. Owens demands to know why he was kicked out of the building last week. Shane says cause he knew Owens was going to try to stop Sami Zayn's title opportunity. Sami Zayn interrupts and says all Owens does is use people and Owens knows he never would be in the WWE if not for Zayn. Chris Jericho interrupts and agrees with Owens that Shane is drunk with power. Shane says since there is so much tension than at WWE Payback it'll be Zayn vs. Owens and Jericho vs. Ambrose. All four men start brawling until Zayn and Ambrose clear the ring to end the segment.

- Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Jericho locking Zayn in the Walls Of Jericho submission, but Zayn reaches the ropes. Jericho ends up on the floor where Zayn hits the rope dive spinning DDT. Back in the ring, Zayn goes for Helluva Kick, but gets poked in the eye by Jericho. Jericho hits the Code Breaker on Zayn and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall.

- Backstage AJ Styles is confronted by Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Anderson and Gallows hug Styles and thank him for getting them inside the WWE. All three walk off together to talk.

- "#1 Contenders Tag Team Tournament Semi Finals Match": Enzo and Big Cass vs The Dudley Boys: The match closes out with Bubba missing a top rope senton, allowing Enzo to tag in Cass. Cass cleans house, but misses a corner splash. The Dudleys hit a double team neck breaker on Cass. Bubba accidentally hits Devon and Bubba eats a Big Cass boot. Enzo and Cass hit the Rocket Launcher and score the pinfall.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall, to advance to the Finals.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns again says he's THE guy, puts over AJ Styles, but Reigns will bring the big fight against Styles. Styles interrupts and says to beat Reigns he'll have to have the match of his life and doing that will make him the champion. They both state their opinions on how they'd like to be liked and respected. Styles says he's going to be a phenomenal champion before leaving the ring. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows come out of nowhere and attack Reigns from behind. Anderson and Gallows beat down Reigns and back off just as Styles notices what just happened to end the segment.

- Backstage, Roman Reigns accuses AJ Styles of knowing that Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were going to attack him. Styles says he had no idea it was going to happen.

- Baron Corbin vs. Fandango: Dolph Ziggler was on commentary. The match closes out with Corbin tossing Fandango into Ziggler, outside. Back in the ring, Corbin hits End Of Days on Fandango and scores the pinfall. After the match, Ziggler goes after Corbin, but gets laid out by Corbin with End Of Days on the floor.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall.

- Miz TV with Miz and Maryse: The Miz and Maryse are in the ring for Miz TV and talk about how great the two of them are. Cesaro interrupts the couple and guarantees he's taking Miz's WWE Intercontinental Championship at WWE Payback. The League of Nations and The New Day all interrupt next and state their opinions, which leads us to an impromptu eight man tag team match.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": The Miz and The League of Nations vs. Cesaro and The New Day: The match closes out with Rusev tagging in and taking out Woods in the corner. Woods hits a DDT on Rusev and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro unloads european uppercuts on both Miz and Rusev, sending both to the floor. Cesaro goes to the floor and continues the assault. Cesaro ends up hitting The Neutralizer on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.
Winner: The New Day and Cesaro, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Charlotte says Nattie Neidhart is a failure like every other lady in the division. Nattie arrives and tells Charlotte she's defending her title against Nattie at WWE Payback and Nattie will have her uncle, Bret Hart, in her corner.

- "Eight Woman Tag Team Match": Nattie Neidhart, Paige, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch vs. Naomi, Tamina, Summer Rae, and Charlotte: The match closes out with Becky tossing Naomi into Tamina and then kicks Charlotte. Tamina super kicks Becky and heels regain control. Nattie tags in suplexes and then drop kicks Summer. Nattie catches Charlotte, applies the Sharpshooter submission and forces Charlotte to tap out.
Winners: Nattie, Paige, Sasha and Becky, by submission.

- #1 Contenders Tag Team Tournament Semi Finals Match": The Vaudevillains vs The Usos: The match closes out with English getting planted with the samoan drop. Jey suicide dives to the floor and onto Gotch, but reinjured his shoulder on the way down. English kicks Jey's bad arm and The Vaudevillains hit the Whirling Dervish for the pinfall.
Winners: The Vaudevillains, by pinfall, to advance to the Finals.

- Apollo Crews vs. Heath Slater: The match closes out with Crews corner splashing Slater and hitting a moonsault on the rest of the Outcasts at ringside. Crews plants Slater with the Apollo Bomb and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens: The match closes out with Owens going to the top for a Frogsplash, but Ambrose gets his knees up for the block. Owens next misses a cannonball in the corner. Ambrose rolls up Owens, but Owens rolls through. Ambrose catches Owens and hits Dirty Deeds for the pinfall. After the match, Chris Jericho appears out of nowhere and drops Ambrose with a Code Breaker to end the show.
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall.

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