Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 9.20.16: RAW Recap

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 Memphis, Tennessee. RAW was the go home show to this Sunday's WWE Clash Of Champions. What happens when you interfere in the main event? You pay the price. Mick Foley forced Seth Rollins into a one on one match against Rusev for last week's actions against Roman Reigns. The monster Braun Strowman battled Sin Cara one on one. WWE Women's Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke team up and battled Sasha Banks and Bayley in tag team action. Bo Dallas battled up and comer Gary Graham in one on one action. Sheamus battled Cesaro in match #6 in their best of seven series. Chris Jericho, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and The Shining Stars battled Kofi Kingston, Big E, Enzo, Cass, and Sami Zayn in a Ten Man Tag Team Match. The Cruiserweight Division debuted as Rich Swann, Grand Metalik, Cedric Alexander and Brian Kendrick competed in a Fatal Four Way Match to determine a #1 contender to TJ Perkins and his WWE Cruiserweight Championship. In the main event, Roman Reigns got a rematch against Kevin Owens inside a Steel Cage.

*** RAW ***

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns says that he's upset and has been waiting all week for this. Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley interrupt. Foley says he let the show get out of hand last week and will fix this by putting both Seth Rollins and Rusev in a match against each other for interfering in the main event last week. Reigns asks how this helps him. Foley announces Reigns vs. Rusev at Clash Of Champions and Stephanie guarantees it'll happen. Foley then announces Reigns vs. Kevin Owens in a rematch tonight. Owens interrupts and can't believe this is happening. Stephanie backs up Foley, says it's happening and it'll also be a Steel Cage Match. Seth Rollins heads to the ring for his match against Rusev. Rollins laughs at Owens and stares down Reigns to end the segment.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is upset that Mick Foley would put Kevin Owens in a Steel Cage Match a week before Clash Of Champions. Foley thanks Stephanie for going with the idea. Rusev interrupts and demands to know why he has to defend the WWE United States Championship against Roman Reigns at Clash Of Champions. Foley tells Rusev to go worry about Seth Rollins.

- Seth Rollins vs. Rusev: The match closes out with Rusev going for The Accolade on Rollins. Rollins rolls out of the attempt and hits a springboard knee to Rusev. Rusev rolls outside and gets hit with two Rollins suicide dives. Rollins and Rusev brawl up the ramp and take a double count out. After the match, Rollins counters a power bomb through the announcers table and knees Rusev off the RAW stage. Rollins leaps off the announcers table, off the RAW stage and onto Rusev below.
Winner: Double Count Out

- Backstage, Charlotte and Dana Brooke try to tell Mick Foley that Sasha Banks and Bayley pinned each other last week so the title match shouldn't happen at Clash Of Champions, due to no #1 contender. Foley thanks the girls for bringing that up and changes the match to Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley in a Triple Threat Title Match at Clash Of Champions. Charlotte is upset and shoves Dana onto the floor.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho tells Kevin Owens he's making a list of all the horrible things Mick Foley has done since becoming RAW GM.

- Braun Strowman vs. Sin Cara: The match closes out with Sin Cara hitting a suicide dive on Strowman. Sin Cara goes for a springboard moonsault, but Strowman catches him in midair. Strowman plants Sin Cara with a power slam and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks and Bayley argue over who pinned who last week.

- Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley: The match closes out with Charlotte attempting the Figure Eight, but Sasha kicks her away. Bayley tags in and hits a corner splash and a springboard elbow on Charlotte. Bayley goes for Bayley To Belly, but Dana grabs Charlotte's leg so Bayley can't land the move. Charlotte catches Bayley with a boot to the face during the distraction and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Charlotte and Dana Brooke, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins asks Stephanie McMahon why they dumped him for Kevin Owens. Stephanie says Triple H was probably tired of him making him look bad. Rollins says he'll prove that they made the wrong decision, he'll be their worst nightmare and Stephanie has been off her game since Shane McMahon returned.

- Bo Dallas vs. Gary Graham: The match closes out with Bo unloading knees on Graham, traps him in the ring apron and unloads punches on Graham. Bo hits Roll Of The Dice on Graham and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Bo Dallas, by pinfall.

- "Best Of Seven Series, Match #6": Sheamus vs. Cesaro: The match closes out with Sheamus hitting the Irish Curse and the Celtic Cross, but Cesaro kicks out at two. Sheamus applies the Cloverleaf submission on Cesaro, but Cesaro counters with a near fall rollup. Sheamus tries to steal a rollup with his feet on the ropes, but the referee catches him. Cesaro hits The Neutralizer on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall, to tie the series 3-3.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho calls out Mick Foley on his horrible GM skills. Foley ignores Jericho and walks away.

- Chris Jericho Promo: Jericho says Mick Foley is screwing over him and Kevin Owens and is trying to break apart their friendship. Enzo and Big Cass interrupt and mock Jericho. The Shining Stars arrive next and try to get everyone to go to Puerto Rico. The New Day interrupt next and Jericho calls them losers. The Club arrive next and remind The New Day they beat them last week and will beat them again at Clash Of Champions. Jericho says he's making a new list of stupid idiots and everyone in the ring is on it. Sami Zayn runs out and attacks Jericho from behind and a brawl breaks out to end the segment.

- "Ten Man Tag Team Match": Chris Jericho, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and The Shining Stars vs. Kofi Kingston, Big E, Enzo, Cass, and Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Cass tagging in and clearing the ring. Cass with the Empire Elbow, but Epico breaks up the pinfall. Kofi flies over Big E and takes out Anderson and Gallows. Jericho dumps Big E outside. Zayn hits a rope walk DDT on Jericho. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick on Jericho, but Jericho moves. Zayn hits the Helluva Kick on Epico instead. Enzo and Cass hit their double team finisher on Epico and score the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, Enzo, Cass, and Sami Zayn, by pinfall.

- Mick Foley Promo: Foley hypes TJ Perkins and his WWE Cruiserweight Championship win last Wednesday. Foley introduces Rich Swann, Grand Metalik, Cedric Alexander and Brian Kendrick and announces they will compete tonight in a Fatal Four Way Match to determine a new #1 contender.

- "Fatal Four Way, #1 Contenders Match": Rich Swann vs. Grand Metalik vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Brian Kendrick: The match closes out with Kendrick going for the Bully Choke submission, but Alexander hits Kendrick with a running knee. Swann hits a spin kick on Alexander, as he turned around and follows up with a 450. Kendrick tosses Swann outside and locks Alexander in the Bully Choke submission.
Metalik breaks the submission, but gets laid out with the Lumbar Check by Alexander. Kendrick returns and again traps Alexander in the Bully Choke submission. Alexander ends up tapping out.
Winner: Brian Kendrick, by submission, to become the #1 contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- "Steel Cage Match": Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns: The match closes out with Owens countering the spear with a kick to Reigns' face. Owens hits the Pop Up Power Bomb, but Reigns kicks out at two. Owens tries to climb out of the cage, but Reigns grabs his foot. Reigns and Owens stand on the top rope and Owens drives Reigns' head into the cage wall repeatedly. Reigns comes back and Superman Punches Owens off the top rope.
Reigns begins to climb out of the cage as Owens crawls to the cage door. Reigns just beats Owens outside onto the floor to grab the victory. After the match, Rusev attacks Reigns out of nowhere. Owens kicks the cage door into Reigns' head and tosses him back in the cage. Rusev and Owens beat down Reigns in the ring and then Rusev traps Reigns in The Accolade submission. Seth Rollins hits the ring, climbs the cage and hits a cross body off the cage onto Rusev and Owens to end the show.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by escaping the cage.

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