Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 11.22.16: RAW Toronto Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE, brings you the RAW Recap for the week.

This week RAW was live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for day 3 of the huge 4 day live NXT/WWE weekend! Goldberg kicked off RAW to give thanks and to give the WWE Universe a big announcement. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions The New Day defended the titles against Sheamus and Cesaro. Cedric Alexander battled Ariya Daivari. Chris Jericho brings us another edition of The Highlight Reel. Rusev battled Enzo. Golden Truth battled The Club in a #1 Contenders Match. Sami Zayn gets punished for not winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship and had to battle Braun Strowman. Sasha Banks and Bayley battled WWE RAW Women's Champion Charlotte and Nia Jax. Noam Dar battled TJ Perkins and Rich Swann in a #1 Contenders Triple Threat Match. In the main event, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens defended the title against Seth Rollins.

*** RAW ***

- Goldberg Promo: Goldberg arrives, gives thanks to his wife and son and thanks the WWE Universe for letting him be Goldberg again. Goldberg says that after he conquered Brock Lesnar at WWE Survivor Series, Stephanie McMahon asked him if he had one more title run left in him. Goldberg told her that he does so......at WWE Royal Rumble in January, Goldberg is entering the Royal Rumble and 29 other wrestlers are "NEXT"!

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: The match closes out with Cesaro countering Trouble in Paradise, spins Kofi in the Cesaro Swing and then locks in the Sharpshooter submission. Big E tries to help Kofi reach the ropes, but Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on him. Kofi taps out....BUT....the referee is distracted by Woods on the apron playing his trombone. Kofi escapes the Sharpshooter, small packages Cesaro and steals the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship

- Backstage, Chris Jericho says he's going to tell the world who's to blame for Team RAW losing at WWE Survivor Series.

- Backstage, Enzo gets locked out of his locker room naked by Big Cass. Enzo roams the halls naked and flirts with Lana. Rusev appears, pissed off. Big Cass arrives and asks if there's a problem. Rusev tells Enzo to go put on clothes because they're fighting tonight.

- Backstage, Sami Zayn meets with Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. Foley says there has to be repercussions for Zayn not bringing the WWE Intercontinental Championship to RAW. Tonight, Zayn battles Braun Strowman.

- Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Alexander unloading on Daivari and then hits a kick. Daivari tosses Alexander out onto the apron, but Alexander springboards back in and hits a clothesline. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Daivari and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho: Jericho gets interrupted by Kevin Owens. Owens says he knows who's to blame for Team RAW losing at WWE Survivor Series. Owens shows clips of him hitting AJ Styles with "The List" clipboard and says he saved Jericho and that's what best friends do. Jericho wonders if he's really his friend because Owens should know how much "The List" means to Jericho. Owens doesn't care about "The List" and thinks that maybe Jericho is to blame because Owens sacrificed himself only for Jericho to get an RKO from Randy Orton and then eliminated. Jericho and Owens argue and decide that maybe they don't have much of a friendship after all. Jericho and Owens decide to both yell out who's to blame and they both yell out "Roman Reigns". Jericho and Owens laugh and share a hug as they fooled everyone into thinking that they were really going to blame each other and fight.
Owens says that while he helped Jericho, all Reigns and his buddy Seth Rollins did was stand there and watch. Rollins interrupts and informs Owens that he was granted a title shot for fighting on Team RAW and wants it now. Rollins ends up brawling with Jericho and Rollins. Rollins gets beat down until Roman Reigns makes the save. Owens gets taken out, as does Jericho with a Superman Punch. Mick Foley arrives and announces that Owens will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Rollins tonight in a No DQ Match with Jericho and Reigns banned from ringside.

- Rusev vs. Enzo: The match closes out with Enzo dodging a Rusev charge and gets a near fall rollup. Rusev plants a thrust kick, stomps on Enzo's back and then makes Enzo tap out to The Accolade. After the match, Cass hits the ring, as Rusev escapes. 
Winner: Rusev, by submission

- "#1 Contenders Match": Golden Truth vs. The Club: The match closes out with Goldust hitting a boot on Anderson and climbs the ropes. Gallows attacks Truth, but Goldust makes the save and kicks Gallows away. The Club double team Goldust, hit the Magic Killer and score the pinfall.
Winners: The Club, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contenders.

- Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Strowman dropping Zayn with a punch. Strowman hits a clothesline and another punch on Zayn. Strowman lands a knee and unloads strikes on Zayn. The referee checks on Zayn, as Strowman shoves him away and flips Zayn off the top rope. Mick Foley hits the ring and orders the referee to stop the match because Zayn can't defend himself.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by stoppage.

- Charlotte Promo: Charlotte calls Team RAW peasants and gets interrupted by Sasha Banks. Sasha says she wants her rematch that she's owed right now, but Charlotte says it isn't happening tonight. Charlotte agrees to fight next week in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Nia Jax interrupts next and says she's here for Sasha, because Sasha wasn't very dominant at WWE Survivor Series and is over rated. Sasha says she'll show Nia how over rated she is after she wins back her title. Charlotte and Dana Brooke instigate things further, leading to Sasha punching Dana. Nia hits a corner splash on Sasha and then Charlotte gets a couple shots in. Bayley hits the ring and Sasha gets tossed at Bayley as Nia stares her down.

- Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax and Charlotte: Mick Foley makes this an official match after what just went down. The match closes out with Sasha in control and tagging in Bayley. Nia grabs both Sasha and Bayley by the throat, but Nia gets a double team suplex. Charlotte tags in and gets a near fall roll up on Sasha. Sasha goes for the Banks Statement submission on Charlotte. Charlotte fights it, but eventually gets locked in it and taps out.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley, by submission.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins is happy that Chris Jericho is banned from ringside, because everyone knows that Seth Rollins is THE MAN in one on one matches. Rollins says everything will turn out right when he finally wins the WWE Universal Championship tonight. 

- #1 Contenders, Triple Threat Match": Noam Dar vs. TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann: WWE Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick is on commentary. The match closes out with Perkins applying the knee bar submission on Swann, but Dar breaks it up. Dar hits a corner drop kick on Perkins, but Perkins comes back and applies the knee bar submission on Dar. Swann breaks it up with Rolling Thunder, kicks Perkins right in the head and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann, to become the new #1 Contender.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens makes fun of Seth Rollins' performance at WWE Survivor Series. Owens promises that Rollins' title shot reward will be a failure.

- "WWE Universal Championship, No DQ Match, with Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns banned from ringside": Kevin Owens (c ) vs. Seth Rollins: The match closes out with Rollins and Owens fighting out into the crowd where Rollins climbs on top of the balcony, leaps off and cross body blocks Owens below. Owens and Rollins brawl back to ringside. Rollins goes to step over the barricade, but gets tripped by a fan in a Lucha mask. Rollins and the Lucha fan start fighting with each other and Rollins pulls off the mask, revealing Chris Jericho. Rollins drops Jericho with the Pedigree on the floor, but then gets attacked from behind by Owens. Owens hits the apron power bomb on Rollins, rolls Rollins into the ring and scores the pinfall. RAW closes out with Owens and Jericho celebrating.
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Universal Championship.

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