Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 7.26.16: RAW Results

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, is back with this week's RAW Recap Edition. 

This week's RAW was live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley officially began their first reign at running RAW. Two fatal four way matches took place with the winners of both matches meeting in the main event, with WWE looking ahead to crowning the first ever WWE Universal Champion. Nia Jax battled Britt Baker. Neville battled Curtis Axel. Charlotte defended the WWE Women's Championship against Sasha Banks. Braun Strowman battled James Ellsworth. Enzo and Big Cass battled The Shining Stars.

*** RAW ***

- Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley Promo: The new RAW roster is on stage and Foley introduces them. Stephanie calls Roman Reigns a loser for getting pinned and losing the WWE World Title at WWE Battleground for RAW to own. It's announced that there will be two fatal four way matches tonight, with the winners of both matches meeting in tonight's main event. The winner of that match will face Seth Rollins at Summer Slam to crown the first ever WWE Universal Champion. Foley also announces that WWE Women's Champion Charlotte must defend her title tonight against Sasha Banks.

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Rusev vs. Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor vs. Cesaro: The match closes out with Cesaro and Rusev trading punches back and forth. Cesaro traps Rusev in the Cesaro Swing, swings Rusev around and then locks in the Sharpshooter submission. Owens plants a super kick on Cesaro and then hits the cannonball on Rusev. Balor drop kicks Owens into Rusev and then hits the Sling Blade on Owens. Balor drop kicks Rusev, goes to the top rope and hits the double foot stomp on Rusev. Balor covers Rusev and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall, advancing to tonight's main event.

- Nia Jax vs. Britt Baker: Nia Jax makes quick work of Britt, crushing her in a tree of woe and then drops two leg drops on Britt for the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks says she's leaving tonight the WWE Women’s champion.

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus: The match closes out with Sheamus hitting the Brogue Kick on Jericho and gets a near fall. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse back breaker on Zayn, but Reigns Superman Punches everyone. Reigns counters a Jericho Code Breaker and hits a Superman Punch. Jericho counters the spear by kicking Reigns in the head. Jericho drops Reigns with the Code Breaker and gets a near fall. Reigns nails a charging Jericho with the spear to score the pinfall.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall, advancing to tonight's main event against Finn Balor.

- The New Day Promo: Woods is happy that Bray Wyatt is on Smackdown now. A video plays to highlight The New Day being the longest reigning WWE World Tag Team Champions. The New Day let a fan in the front row celebrate and dance with The New Day in the ring. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson suddenly attack New Day from behind and beat them down.

- Neville vs. Curtis Axel: The match closes out with Axel hitting a drop kick for a near fall on Neville. Neville lands a kick on Axel, hits a dead lift suplex and a back suplex. Neville goes to the top rope and hits Red Arrow on Axel for the pinfall.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall.

- "WWE Women's Championship Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Charlotte hitting a boot on Sasha and then Natural Selection for a near fall. Charlotte traps Sasha in the Figure Eight submission, but Sasha reaches the ropes. Charlotte refuses to release the submission and ends up falling to the floor. Charlotte goes for the Figure Eight submission again, but Sasha kicks Charlotte off. Sasha applies the Banks Statement submission, but Charlotte reaches the ropes. Sasha hits the Back Stabber, reapplies the Banks Statement and forces Charlotte to tap out. After the match, Sasha says she told everyone she'd win the title and she just did.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission, to win the WWE Women's Championship.

- Braun Strowman vs. James Ellsworth: Strowman makes quick work of Ellsworth and hits the reverse choke slam for the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- Enzo and Big Cass vs. The Shining Stars: The match closes out with Cass unloading on Primo and Epico. Primo sends Cass to the floor. R-Truth appears outta nowhere, gets into the ring and is looking for a Pokemon on his phone, playing Pokemon Go. Primo gets distracted, allowing Cass to hit the big boot for the pinfall.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall.

- Backstage Roman Reigns and Finn Balor meet face to face. Reigns says good luck. Balor says he doesn’t need luck because he is Irish. Reigns says he's Samoan, ‘Nuff said and walks away.

- "Winner Fights Seth Rollins For The WWE Universal Championship At Summer Slam": Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor: The match closes out with Balor hitting Sling Blade on Reigns and goes for a diving drop kick. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Balor for a near fall. Balor counters a power bomb and gets a near fall sunset flip on Reigns. Reigns lifts Balor and hits a power bomb on the second attempt for a near fall.
Reigns charges for the spear, but Balor counters and hits a Sling Blade. Balor hits Reigns with the running dropkick, goes to the top rope, hits the double foot stomp and scores the pinfall. After the match, Reigns says he respects Balor and hopes he defeats Seth Rollins at Summer Slam.
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall, to advance to Summer Slam to face Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship.

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