Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 12.27.16: RAW Chicago 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 Chicago, Illinois. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro defended the titles against The New Day. Nia Jax battled Scarlett in one on one Women's Division action. Charlotte battled Bayley in Women's Division action with Dana Brooke as special guest referee. Neville battled TJ Perkins in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. The Shining Stars battled Bo Dallas and Darren Young in tag team action. Seth Rollins battled Braun Strowman in one on one action. The Club battled The Golden Truth in tag team action. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann battled Ariya Daivari in a one on one non title match. The main event saw WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns defend the title against WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens.

** RAW **

- Stephanie McMahon Promo: Stephanie is immediately interrupted with CM Punk chants. Stephanie takes a verbal shot at Punk and then Seth Rollins interrupts. Rollins wants Triple H, but Stephanie says it isn't happening because he's busy running the company. Roman Reigns is out next and he and Rollins both want Braun Strowman. Stephanie teases a possible Shield reunion, with Smackdown Live being in town this week too, but lies and says it won't happen on RAW. Stephanie announces it'll be Rollins vs. Strowman tonight and Reigns will defend the WWE United States Championship against an opponent of her choice.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. The New Day: The match closes out with Kofi going for Trouble in Paradise, but gets trapped in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro then tosses Kofi onto Big E as Woods goes for the Honor Roll on Sheamus. Sheamus counters, hits the Brogue Kick on Woods and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro, by pinfall, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho try to butter up Braun Strowman by saying he should get the next title shot after Owens beats Roman Reigns at the WWE Royal Rumble. Strowman tells Owens to be careful for what he wishes for.

- Backstage, Bayley gives Goldust a polka dot bear in tribute to Dusty Rhodes, hugs Goldust and says if it wasn't for Dusty she wouldn't be where she is right now. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt and rip the head off the bear.

- Nia Jax vs. Scarlett: Nia makes quick work of Scarlett and hits a Samoan Drop for the pinfall. After the match, Nia drops a leg drop on Scarlett, adding insult to injury.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho complain to Stephanie McMahon about Mick Foley and ask to make one of them Roman Reigns' opponent tonight.

- Bayley Promo: Charlotte immediately interrupts Bayley and says she didn't win last week cause Charlotte got her shoulder up before the three count. Charlotte says her lawyers have spoken to Stephanie McMahon and that loss no longer exists on her record. Charlotte says she will give Bayley a rematch, but Dana Brooke will be the referee.

- Charlotte vs. Bayley, Special Guest Referee: Dana Brooke: The match closes out with Dana trying to get involved and then getting laid out by a Bayley To Belly. A second referee hits the ring as Bayley hits Bayley To Belly on Charlotte and makes the cover. Dana pulls the second referee out of the ring and makes a fast three count as Charlotte rolls up Bayley.
Winner: Charlotte, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Stephaine McMahon grants Braun Strowman a Last Man Standing Match against Sami Zayn next week.

- Neville vs. TJ Perkins: The match closes out with Perkins nailing the Detonation Kick on Neville and going for the knee bar submission. Neville counters, rolls up Perkins, grabs his tights and steals the pinfall.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall.

- Enzo and Big Cass Promo: Enzo rolls out in a wheelchair. Enzo and Cass talk smack and get interrupted by Rusev and Jinder Mahal. Mahal slaps Enzo in the face. Enzo pops out of the wheelchair and pulls Mahal off the apron. Cass lays out Rusev as Enzo hits the Bada Boom off the steel steps, sending Mahal into the wheelchair.

- The Shining Stars vs. Darren Young and Bo Dallas: The match closes out with Braun Strowman arriving and destroying all four men and Bob Backlund too.
Winners: No Contest.

- Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Strowman catching Rollins midair and tosses Rollins into the ring post. Rollins lands a kick and a top rope blockbuster, then goes for the Pedigree. Strowman counters and sends Rollins to the floor. Sami Zayn hits the ring and attacks Strowman from behind, causing a DQ. After the match, Strowman chases Zayn out of the building and Chris Jericho suddenly hits the ring and lays out Rollins with two Code Breakers.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by DQ.

- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Goldust and R-Truth: The match closes out with Goldust tossing Anderson into the barricade and then drops Anderson with a running bulldog. Goldust hits a clothesline on Gallows, but gets caught from behind by Anderson, rolled up and pinned.
Winners: The Club, by pinfall.

- Rich Swann vs. Arya Daivari: The match closes out with Swann hitting a double foot stomp on Daivari and then the Swann Song for the pinfall. After the match, Swann accepts Neville’s title challenge. Neville attacks Swann from behind and tosses Swann into the apron LED. Neville hits the Red Arrow on Swann and leaves him laid out.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Daivari says he was distracted by Jack Gallagher that's why he lost. Gallagher appears, slaps Daivari in the face with a glove and challenges Daivari to a duel.

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens: The match closes out with Owens and Reigns trading punches. Reigns plants Owens with a power bomb for a near fall. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Owens, but Owens again kicks out of the pinfall. Chris Jericho distracts Reigns, allowing Owens to hit a Code Breaker on Reigns for a near fall. Seth Rollins hits the ring and drops Jericho with a Pedigree. Reigns charges, hits a spear on Owens and scores the pinfall. After the match, Reigns spears Jericho and Rollins hits a Pedigree on Owens.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United States Championship.

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