Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 1/24/17: RAW Cleveland 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 Triple Threat CLE's home sweet home, Cleveland, Ohio! Tonight's RAW served it's go home show to this Sunday night's WWE Royal Rumble. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Cesaro battled Luke Gallows of The Club in one on one action. Sami Zayn battled Seth Rollins in a one on one match with a special Royal Rumble stipulation added to the match. Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari and Drew Gulak battled TJ Perkins, Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher in Six Man Tag Team Cruiserweight Division action. The New Day, Enzo and Big Cass battled Rusev, Jinder Mahal, Titus O'Neil and Braun Strowman in Eight Man Tag Team action. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho defended the title against Roman Reigns. Nia Jax battled Ray Lyn in one on one Women's Division action. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann battled Noam Dar in a one on one non title match. Goldberg and Brock Lesnar meet face to face with a surprise guest interrupting.

*** RAW ***

- Roman Reigns Promo: Roman Reigns kicks off RAW inside the ring with Chris Jericho's shark cage and talks about his match at the WWE Royal Rumble against WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho immediately interrupt Reigns and give their opinions on the Royal Rumble. Owens says Reigns may have power bombed his way through the WWE, but Owens can say that he's actually power bombed Reigns through a table. Reigns says Owens is about to be the one to get his ass kicked in front of the world and in front of his best friend Chris Jericho. Jericho interrupts Reigns which leads to Reigns challenging Jericho for the WWE United States Championship, which will take place later tonight.

- Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows: The match closes out with Cesaro going for the Sharpshooter submission on Gallows. Karl Anderson attacks Sheamus at ringside, distracting the referee, who misses Gallows tapping out to the submission. Cesaro thinks he's won, but gets nailed by Gallows with a big boot. Gallows covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Luke Gallows, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Mick Foley is talking to Stephanie McMahon on speaker phone. Sami Zayn interrupts and wants to announce that he's entering the WWE Royal Rumble match. Stephanie tells Zayn that he has to beat Seth Rollins tonight to earn that opportunity. Stephaine then tells Foley to take her off of speaker phone so she can tell Foley her plans for Rollins. Foley doesn't look too happy about her decision afterwards.

- Bayley Interview: Bayley gets a sit down interview this week and talks about her WWE RAW Women's Championship Match against Charlotte at the WWE Royal Rumble. Bayley is confident that she will leave the Royal Rumble the new champion.

- Backstage, Mick Foley tells Seth Rollins he's fighting Sami Zayn tonight. If Zayn wins then he gets Rollins' Royal Rumble spot and Rollins will be out of the Royal Rumble match. Rollins says he's winning tonight, he's winning the Royal Rumble and going to Wrestlemania 33 and then he'll throw it in Stephanie McMahon and her coward husband Triple H's faces. 

- "Seth Rollins' Royal Rumble Spot On The Line": Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Rollins catching Zayn on the top rope and goes for a Super Pedigree. Zayn blocks and hits a sunset flip power bomb on Rollins for a near fall. Rollins with an enziguri, but Zayn comes back with the exploder suplex. Rollins counters the Helluva Kick and plants Zayn with the Pedigree. Triple H's music suddenly hits and distracts Rollins. Rollins looks toward the RAW stage waiting for Triple H. Triple H never appears and Zayn rolls up Rollins and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall, Zayn is in the Royal Rumble and Rollins is out of the Royal Rumble.

- Backstage, Seth Rollins finds Mick Foley and demands to know where Triple H is. Foley says he had nothing to do with what happened and Stephanie McMahon might have had connections to the production crew to play Triple H's music.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari and Drew Gulak vs. TJ Perkins, Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher: The match closes out with Nese missing the springboard moonsault. Ali tags in and unloads on everyone. Ali plants Daivari with a neckbreaker and gets a near fall. A six man brawl breaks out that ends with Ali hitting a reverse 450 Splash on Gulak to score the pinfall.
Winners: TJ Perkins, Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher, by pinfall.

- The New Day Promo: The New Day are in the ring and talk about how they will win the Royal Rumble. Enzo and Big Cass suddenly interrupt and Cass officially announces that he's entering the Royal Rumble. Rusev and Jinder Mahal interrupt next and Rusev announces that he will also be in the Royal Rumble. Titus O'Neil interrupts next and says that he and Braun Strowman are joining Rusev and Jinder Mahal and their having an Eight Man Tag Team Match right now.

- "Eight Man Tag Team Match": The New Day, Enzo and Big Cass vs. Rusev, Jinder Mahal, Titus O'Neil and Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Strowman cornering Enzo and laying him out with a shoulder block. Enzo unloads on Strowman then goes to the top rope. Strowman catches Enzo and hits a power slam for the pinfall. After the match, Big Show heads to the ring and goes face to face with Strowman. Strowman backs off and says he fights when he wants.
Winners: Rusev, Jinder Mahal, Titus O'Neil and Braun Strowman, by pinfall. 

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Chris Jericho (c) vs. Roman Reigns: The match closes out with Reigns going for the Superman Punch, but Jericho counters with a drop kick for a near fall. Reigns counters the Code Breaker and gets a near fall sit down power bomb. Kevin Owens arrives at ringside, gets in the ring and starts brawling with Reigns, DQ'ing Jericho. After the match, Owens and Jericho beat down Reigns and Owens demands the shark cage be lowered into the ring. Reigns gets tossed into the cage, but Reigns sends Owens and Jericho into the cage and then busts out. Reigns locks Owens in the cage and it's raised into the air. Reigns hits the Superman Punch and a spear on Jericho.  
Winner: Roman Reigns, by DQ.

- Chris Jericho finally gets Kevin Owens released from the shark cage and Owens is told that his match against Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble will now be a No DQ Match.

- Charlotte Interview: Charlotte guarantees she'll defeat Bayley at the Royal Rumble and continue her undefeated pay per view streak.

- Nia Jax vs. Ray Lyn: The match closes out with Nia squashing Ray quickly picking up the pinfall. After the match, Nia dedicates this match to Sasha Banks' dead career. Nia continues to mock Sasha and says she's broken Sasha. Sasha interrupts and heads to the ring still on crutches. Sasha unloads on Nia with the crutch and chases Nia out of the ring. 
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Dar in control of the match. Swann lands a clothesline and a kick on Dar. Swann hits a double stomp on Dar and then hits the Swann Song to score the pinfall. After the match, Swann calls out Neville. Neville heads to the ring, but fakes Swann out and retreats. Swann hits a suicide dive on Neville and chases Neville off.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Alicia Fox and Noam Dar walk up to Cedric Alexander. Alicia says Alexander will be nothing without Alicia. Dar wants to make sure things are cool even though he stole Alexander's girlfriend. Alexander decks Dar and Alicia calls him jealous.

- Goldberg Promo: Goldberg says nothing will stop him from winning the Royal Rumble and going to Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Universal Championship. Paul Heyman interrupts and introduces Brock Lesnar. Heyman says that Goldberg will be beaten, victimized, emasculated, embarrassed and conquered in the Rumble by Lesnar and then tossed over the top rope. Goldberg asks if Lesnar is going to come fight or stand there like a dumbass. Lesnar heads to the ring and stares down Goldberg on the way. Lesnar gets in the ring and goes face to face with Goldberg. The lights go out and the bell tolls in the arena. The lights pop back on and The Undertaker is standing inside the ring staring down Lesnar and Goldberg. Undertaker's purple glow cast over the arena as the three men continue to stare each other down to end the show.

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