Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 11.29.16: RAW Charlotte 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 Charlotte, North Carolina, just about an hour away from my second home in Tar Heel Nation. WWE RAW Women's Champion Charlotte defended the title in her hometown against Sasha Banks. Chris Jericho kicked off RAW with The Highlight Reel. Braun Strowman battled R-Truth one on one. Enzo battled Rusev one on one. Rich Swann battled Noam Dar one on one. WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns battled WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens for a chance at a title shot. Paul Heyman updated us on Brock Lesnar's where abouts since losing at WWE Survivor Series to Goldberg. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions The New Day battled Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson with the titles on the line.

*** RAW ***

- Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho: Jericho announces his best friend WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens as his guest. Jericho and Owens make fun of the WWE Universe for giving thanks on Thanksgiving and then trampling each other for crappy flat screen TV's on Black Friday. Owens says he's thankful for many things, but especially for his best friend Chris Jericho. Jericho says he's thankful for Owens, his scarf and for Seth Rollins showing what it means to be a stupid idiot. Jericho says he didn't interfere last week wearing a Sin Cara mask....Sin Cara interfered wearing a Chris Jericho mask. Roman Reigns' music hits and out comes the WWE United States Champion. Reigns calls Owens a joke of a champion that can't win without Jericho. Owens calls Reigns a joke for thinking that he's THE GUY. Jericho threatens to put Reigns on "The List". Owens tells Jericho to shut up cause he's got this. Reigns challenges Owens to a match and if he wins he gets a WWE Universal Championship Match at WWE Roadblock. Owens accepts. 

- Backstage, Chris Jericho doesn't understand why Kevin Owens told him to shut up. Owens says because Roman Reigns is right, Jericho always helps Owens, so it seems like Owens can't win on his own. Jericho says he's finished being Owens' friend than. Mick Foley appears and tells Jericho that they still need to address Jericho interfering in the title match last week when he was supposed to be banned from ringside.

- Braun Strowman vs. R-Truth: The match closes out with Strowman squashing Truth with a clothesline, a corner splash and the running power slam for the pinfall. After the match, Strowman chokes out Goldust until Sami Zayn hits the ring. Strowman lays out Zayn with the C-4 and then puts Zayn in a tree of woe. WWE Officials and Mick Foley hit the ring and order Strowman to stop.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- Sami Zayn Snaps On Mick Foley: After the Braun Strowman attack, Zayn starts yelling at Foley for stopping him from attacking Strowman and how he doesn't need saved from Strowman. Zayn says Foley has forgotten who Zayn is and maybe it's Zayn who needs saved from Foley. Foley says Stephanie McMahon wanted to fire Zayn and Foley knows Zayn can't beat Strowman. Zayn says he's been told he can't do things his whole life, Foley was once Zayn's idol, but now Foley is just a hypocrite.

- Backstage, Dana Brooke says she has Charlotte's victory party ready. Charlotte says tonight she ends Sasha Banks and will prove that she's the only legend to make it from Charlotte, North Carolina.

- Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese: The match closes out with Alexander hitting a handstand kick on Nese. Alexander goes for a springboard clothesline, but Drew Gulak gets on the apron and distracts Alexander. Alexander sends Gulak flying off the apron, but gets attacked by Nese from behind. Nese hits a pumphandle on Alexander and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho says his argument with Kevin Owens was very serious. If Owens doesn't need him than Jericho doesn't need Owens. Seth Rollins attacks Jericho from behind in the parking lot and Pedigrees Jericho on top of a car.

- "WWE Woman’s Championship Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Sasha and Charlotte brawling on the floor. Sasha and Charlotte trade chops and toss each other into the barricade repeatedly. Charlotte and Sasha both get counted out and Charlotte retains her title. Mick Foley arrives and says this match will restart later in the main event and will be a No DQ, No Count Out, Pins and Submissions Count Anywhere Match.
Winner: Double Countout

- Enzo vs. Rusev: Rusev gets DQ'ed right as the match starts by kicking Enzo below the belt, after Enzo said that Lana wanted Enzo to stuff her turkey.
Winner: Enzo, by DQ.

- Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Swann kicking Dar in the head and goes for rolling thunder. Nar gets his knees up for the block and gets a near fall roll up on Swann. Swann hits a spin kick and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- At the neighborhood bar, Sheamus and Cesaro discuss how they hate each other. Sheamus and Cesaro get into a bar brawl with customers, kick everyone's ass and share a Guinness.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens: The match closes out with Reigns hitting the Drive By on Owens. Owens hits a super kick and goes to the top rope. Reigns cuts him off, goes for a superplex, but gets shoved off by Owens. Reigns Superman Punches Owens, sending him outside. Reigns hits another Superman Punch on the floor and goes for the spear. Owens lands a knee on Reigns back inside the ring. Owens runs the ropes, but gets speared by Reigns for the pinfall.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall, to become the #1 Contender.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens says he lost to Roman Reigns because he was worried about his best friend Chris Jericho.

- Interview With Paul Heyman: Heyman says Brock Lesnar took Goldberg too lightly, Lesnar thought that since Goldberg hadn't wrestled in 12 years it would be an easy payday, Lesnar suffered broken ribs and Lesnar now has something to prove to restore his legacy. At WWE Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar will also be involved in the 30 man Royal Rumble and he will be gunning for Goldberg.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The New Day (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with The Club hitting a power bomb/neck breaker combo for a near fall. The Club go for the Magic Killer, but Big E breaks it up. Woods counters an Anderson fireman's carry, but Anderson counters that and gets a near fall roll up. Woods counters out of the roll up after kicking out, rolls up Anderson, pulls his tights and steals the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Bayley wishes Sasha Banks good luck. Sasha says that tonight it's all about the WWE Raw Women’s Championship and she will dedicate her match to Charlotte's dad, The Nature Boy Ric Flair.

- "WWE RAW Women's Championship, Falls Count Anywhere, No DQ Match": Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Charlotte and Sasha brawling up to the RAW stage. Charlotte tosses Sasha off the stage, then lands a moonsault off the announcers table, off the stage and onto Sasha below for a near fall. Charlotte unloads chops on Sasha as they move down the ramp. Sasha reverses a slam and tosses Charlotte into the ring post. Sasha hits a double knee off the barricade on Charlotte for a near fall. Sasha grabs a kendo stick and unloads on Charlotte repeatedly.
Sasha and Charlotte brawl into the crowd and up a stair case. Charlotte misses a boot and then gets sent head first into the metal railing. Sasha traps Charlotte in between the stairs railing and applies a modified standing Banks Statement. Charlotte taps out and Sasha becomes a three time WWE RAW Women's Champion. After the match, Ric Flair arrives and congratulates Sasha with a hug and a hand raise as Charlotte looks on angry and crying, to end the show.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission, to win the WWE RAW Women's Championship.

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