Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 1/17/17: RAW Little Rock 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 Little Rock, Arkansas. This week's show kicked off with a small preview of what to expect at the Royal Rumble. Enzo and Big Cass battled Rusev and Jinder Mahal in tag team action. Ariya Daivari battled Lince Dorado one on one in Cruiserweight Division action. Sheamus and Cesaro defended the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann battled Tony Nese in a non title match. Big E battled Titus O'Neil in a one on one match with Big E's Royal Rumble spot on the line. Cedric Alexander battled Brian Kendrick in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. The main event saw WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman battle Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn.

** RAW **

- RAW opens up with a tribute to the late Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who passed away Sunday morning.

- A tribute to Martin Luther King is shown.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Roman Reigns kicks off RAW in the ring with a microphone. Reigns says he's winning the WWE Universal Championship, main eventing Wrestlemania 33 and no one can beat him in a fair one on one match. Paul Heyman interrupts and heads to the ring. Heyman talks about Brock Lesnar being the man that everyone needs to fear at the WWE Royal Rumble. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho interrupt next and give their input on winning at the WWE Royal Rumble. Seth Rollins arrives next and says you can't talk about a Wrestlemania main event without including Seth Rollins in the same sentence. Rollins says he's winning the WWE Royal Rumble and will main event Wrestlemania 33. The monster Braun Strowman interrupts next, gets in the ring and goes nose to nose with Roman Reigns. Brock Lesnar arrives next and heads to the ring.
Sami Zayn suddenly comes out of nowhere and attacks Strowman, which starts a huge brawl. Reigns, Rollins and Zayn triple team Strowman until Lesnar starts unloading on everyone. Lesnar suplexes Reigns and Zayn and then tells Strowman to bring it. Strowman backs off, as Reigns suddenly hits a Superman Punch on Lesnar. Reigns takes out Owens and Jericho, but gets planted by a Lesnar F5. Lesnar stands tall staring down Strowman who's on the RAW stage.

- Enzo and Big Cass vs. Rusev and Jinder Mahal: The match closes out with Rusev and Mahal working over Enzo. Cass hot tags and unloads on Rusev and Mahal. Cass near fall with the Empire Elbow on Mahal. Enzo sends Rusev to the apron where Cass hits a boot sending Rusev flying. Cass kicks out of a Mahal rollup and hits a boot on Mahal. Enzo and Cass finish off Mahal with the Rocket Launcher for the pinfall.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall.

- Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado: Austin Aries and Jack Gallagher were on commentary. The match closes out with Daivari yelling at Gallagher allowing Dorado to take control. Dorado gets a near fall springboard stunner on Daivari. Dorado goes to the top rope, but misses. Daivari hits a clothesline and then makes Dorado tap out to end the match.
Winner: Ariya Daivari, by submission.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with Cesaro swinging Anderson then goes for the Sharpshooter, but Gallows boots Cesaro. Sheamus eventually comes in, drops Anderson, unloads on Gallows and then accidentally knocks out the referee. Gallows lands a boot on Sheamus and Anderson sends Sheamus into the ring post. Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer on Cesaro and score the pinfall to win the titles, as a second referee hit the ring and counted. The first referee, however, changes the decision to a Gallows and Anderson DQ win, but no title change. After the match, Anderson and Gallows beat down the champs and lay Sheamus out with the Magic Killer.
Winners: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, by DQ.

- Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese: Before the match can start, Neville attacks Swann from behind. Swann and Nese fight back and brawl with Neville as WWE Officials try to separate all three men.
Winner: No Contest

- Backstage, Neville says he's defeating Rich Swann at WWE Royal Rumble and winning the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- The New Day Promo: The New Day are in the ring, talk about the WWE Royal Rumble and how it's every man for themselves. The New Day state that if one of them win then they all win and main event Wrestlemania 33. Titus O'Neil arrives and interrupts The New Day. Titus says he doesn't want to join New Day, he now wants to replace them. Titus asks for one of The New Day's Rumble spots, but they refuse. Titus says he'll just take it then and challenges one of them to put up their spot. Big E says he will, but if Titus loses he needs to stop bothering The New Day.

- Big E vs. Titus O'Neil: The match closes out with Titus working over Big E and talks trash. Titus locks in an abdominal stretch and mocks The New Day. Big E escapes, hits a series of clotheslines on Titus and then a belly to belly suplex. Big E hits a splash and then the Big Ending on Titus to score the pinfall.
Winner: Big E, by pinfall, to retain his Royal Rumble spot.

- Charlotte Promo: Charlotte mocks Bayley's childhood, meeting wrestlers and writing an essay about wanting to be a wrestler. Charlotte mocks Bayley and brags that she was born into wrestling and is a franchise player. Bayley finally interrupts and heads to the ring. Charlotte escapes the ring and runs up to the RAW stage. Bayley says that bringing up her childhood was unnecessary, she has passion and didn't have a dad that bred her into the business like Charlotte, but she did have a dad that took her to every event in their hometown even if they had no money. Bayley promises that she will end Charlotte's pay per view streak at the Royal Rumble.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens confront Braun Strowman about their tag match later and Strowman says he's eliminating everyone at the Royal Rumble. Strowman says he's going to make Reigns, Rollins and Zayn scream tonight.

- Cedric Alexander vs. The Brian Kendrick: The match closes out with Kendrick locking in the Captain's Hook on Alexander as Alicia Fox arrives at ringside. Alexander escapes and is distracted by Alicia, allowing Kendrick to attack. Kendrick mocks Alicia, but then gets hit with the Lumbar Check by Alexander. Alexander covers and scores the pinfall. After the match, Alicia tries to hug Alexander, but he brushes her off and walks away.
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- We see a video of Nia Jax attacking Sasha Banks' knee before RAW went on the air earlier.

- Backstage, Nia Jax says that Sasha is a wannabe tough girl and she was doomed when she stepped up to Nia. Nia claims to have broken "The Boss".

- Backstage, Alicia Fox says she doesn't want to talk about what just happened with Cedric Alexander, flips out and then decides to go talk to Alexander.

- It's officially announced that Kurt Angle is returning to the WWE to be inducted into the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Rollins unloading on Strowman until Strowman grabs Rollins by the throat. Zayn attacks Strowman from behind, but gets dropped to the mat. Strowman counters a Rollins Pedigree, but Rollins hits an enziguri instead. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Strowman and Rollins suicide dives onto Owens and Jericho. Zayn gets a near fall cross body on Strowman. Strowman blocks the Helluva Kick, hits a clothesline and then a running power slam to score the pinfall on Zayn.
After the match, Strowman carries Zayn onto the RAW stage. Rollins hits Strowman from behind with a steel chair and then Reigns hits a spear on Strowman. Owens and Jericho attack Reigns and Rollins from behind and beat them down. Rollins plants Jericho with the Pedigree on the stage, but gets cracked with a steel chair shot by Owens. Owens hits Reigns with the steel chair and then power bombs Reigns through the announcers table. Owens stands over Reigns to end the show.
Winners: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

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