Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/21/17: RAW Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles, California at the famous home of the LA Lakers and LA Clippers, The Staples Center. Enzo and Big Cass battled Sheamus and Cesaro in a #1 Contenders Match for the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship. Brian Kendrick battled Akira Tozawa in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. Roman Reigns battled WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions The Club in a Handicap Match. The New Day battled Rusev and Jinder Mahal in tag team action. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and Jack Gallagher had a contract signing for WWE Fastlane. Nia Jax battled Sara Pierce in one on one Women's Division action. Charlotte demanded WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley to return the title to Charlotte after her controversial win last Monday. What would Bayley do? Charlotte battled Sasha Banks in one on one Women's Division action. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens battled Sami Zayn in a one on one non title match. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar give their opinion on Kevin Owens battling Goldberg at WWE Fastlane. The main event saw Braun Strowman battle The Big Show in a one on one match.

** RAW **

- Kevin Owens Promo: Kevin Owens kicks off RAW sitting on a chair inside the ring. Owens says the spotlight is now back on him and talks about Goldberg. Owens says while growing up and watching Goldberg, he was never once impressed by him. Owens reminds Goldberg that Owens doesn't have to beat Goldberg, all Owens has to do is out smart and out last Goldberg, which Goldberg fails in both categories compared to Owens. Owens says he will prove to Goldberg, Goldberg's son and to the WWE Universe that super heroes don't exist. Owens brings up Chris Jericho, but instead of giving an explanation, Owens just drops the microphone and walks out.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Enzo and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus: The match closes out with Cass countering The Neutralizer, but eats a springboard uppercut from Cesaro. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing and the Sharpshooter submission. Enzo tries to make the save, but gets tossed to the floor by Cesaro. Cass hits the East River Crossing on Cesaro and scores the pinfall. After the match, Enzo mocks Sheamus and Cesaro and ends up eating a Brogue Kick from Sheamus.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall, to become the #1 Contenders.

- Backstage, Mick Foley stops Kevin Owens from leaving the arena and tells him he's fighting Sami Zayn tonight. Owens tells Foley to be careful or else more guys will end up on the DL.

- Backstage, Roman Reigns interrupts Mick Foley. Foley tells Reigns that before he asks he'll have to wait till WWE Fastlane to fight Braun Strowman. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt and state that they have unfinished business with Reigns. Reigns says he doesn't need a partner, he'll battle The Club alone.

- Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa: The match never happens as Kendrick attacks Tozawa for not shaking his hand before the match. Kendrick locks Tozawa in the Captain's Hook submission, before finally walking out of the match.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Brian Kendrick says tonight was the first lesson for Akira Tozawa in learning respect.

- "Handicap Match": Roman Reigns vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with Reigns getting tossed to the floor where The Club beat Reigns down. Anderson grabs a steel chair, but catches a boot from Reigns. Reigns hits Anderson with the steel chair and catches the DQ loss. After the match, Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Gallows and the spear on Anderson.
Winners: The Club, by DQ.

- Rusev and Jinder Mahal vs. The New Day: The match closes out with Kofi dumping Rusev to the floor and then hits a suicide dive on Rusev. Woods sneaks up on Lana and scares her by blowing Francesca 2, causing her to accidentally toss her IPad. Woods catches the IPad and breaks it as Big E and Kofi hit Midnight Hour on Mahal for the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall.

- Cruiserweight Championship Contract Signing: Jack Gallagher says he's looking forward to dethroning the delusional so called king of the Cruiserweights and signs the contract. Neville hits the ring, signs the contract and immediately leaves, forcing Gallagher to invite Neville back for biscuits and tea. Neville calls Gallagher a caricature, should be ashamed of himself, is exactly what the WWE Universe wanted Neville to be and should realize everyone is laughing at him not with him. Gallagher says he's a gentleman and the real problem is Neville thinking he's a king. Neville gets in Gallagher's face and dares him to do something. Gallagher pounces and lands punches on Neville. Gallagher hits a head butt and chases Neville from the ring. Neville fakes a re-entry into the ring as Gallagher points his umbrella at Neville.

- Nia Jax vs. Sara Pierce: The match closes out with Nia making quick work of Sara, hitting the Samoan Drop and scores the pinfall. After the match, Nia is asked about the current controversy surrounding the RAW Women's Championship. Nia says the only controversy is Nia not getting a title shot yet.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- Bayley Promo: Bayley says she's always wanted to be a WWE superstar, a WWE champion, last week her dream came true and she immediately called her dad afterwards. Bayley says it doesn't matter what excuses Charlotte makes, Bayley is the WWE RAW Women's Champion. Stephaine McMahon interrupts and heads to the ring. Stephanie asks Bayley if she envisioned winning the title by an outside cheap shot and asks her if she's willing to accept this with her great morals and accept a tainted win. Stephaine tells Bayley to do the right thing, vacate the title and win it fairly. Sasha Banks suddenly interrupts and heads to the ring. Stephanie finds it funny that Sasha is again interfering in other people's business. Sasha says she's not going to let Bayley vacate her title. Stephanie asks if it's because Sasha knows she can't beat Charlotte for the title. Sasha gets in Stephanie's face, but gets held back by Bayley. Bayley says she IS the RAW Women's Champion and will defend the title anytime anyplace. Charlotte hits the ring and demands her rematch at WWE Fastlane. Sasha says she's 100% and wants to face Charlotte for old times sake. Stephanie makes the match official and it's next.

- Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte: The match closes out with Sasha missing the double knee, but hits it on a second attempt. Dana Brooke suddenly hits ringside, but gets dropped by Bayley. Sasha goes to the top rope, but gets knocked off by Charlotte. Bayley distracts Charlotte, allowing Sasha to hit the Backstabber. Sasha traps Charlotte in the Banks Statement submission and makes Charlotte tap out.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission.

- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: Before the match can even start Samoa Joe jumps Zayn from behind and beats Zayn down. Joe tosses Zayn repeatedly into the ringpost, hits a senton bomb then tosses Zayn into the ring. Owens demands the referee to start the match. The referee hesitantly does and Owens unloads clotheslines, a couple cannonballs and a pop up power bomb to score the pinfall.
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon asks Mick Foley why he didn't back her up in the Bayley promo. Foley says he would've supported Bayley if he did. Stephanie says Foley is being insubordinate. Foley says he told her to stop talking to him like he was stupid because he always trusted her. Foley blames Triple H and Samoa Joe for putting Seth Rollins on the DL. Stephaine tells Foley to be careful because she'd hate to see him have an accident.

- Interview With Brock Lesnar And Paul Heyman: Paul Heyman says Lesnar seen the beat down that Kevin Owens gave Chris Jericho last week and Owens probably thinks he's the most dangerous champion right now....well Brock Lesnar disagrees. Owens thinks he'll shock Goldberg....Brock Lesnar disagrees. Once Goldberg hits the jackhammer and spear on Owens, Goldberg will win the championship....Brock Lesnar agrees. Then come Wrestlemania 33, Brock Lesnar will conquer and defeat Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship.

- Braun Strowman vs. Big Show: The match closes out with Strowman diving off the top rope, but gets hit by the Big Show Knockout Punch. Big Show covers, but only gets a near fall. Big Show goes for a Vader Bomb from the second rope, but Strowman catches Big Show, hits the running power slam and gets a near fall. Big Show goes for a choke slam, but Strowman counters out, hits another running power slam and scores the pinfall. After the match, Roman Reigns hits the ring and connects on Strowman with a Superman Punch. Reigns goes for a spear, but gets hit by a Strowman drop kick. Strowman plants Reigns with the running power slam and leaves Reigns laying to end the show.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

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