Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 2/7/17: RAW Portland 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 Portland, Oregon. Samoa Joe kicked off RAW with the official contract signing to join the main roster on RAW. Bayley battled Nia Jax in a one on one Women's Division match. Braun Strowman battled four local talents in a Handicap Match as Strowman still searches for competition on RAW. Akira Tozawa made his RAW debut as he battled Drew Gulak in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. Goldberg returns to answer Brock Lesnar's challenge and earns a WWE Universal Championship Match. WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions The Club defended their titles against Sheamus and Cesaro. The New Day battled The Shining Stars in tag team division action. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho defended his title against Sami Zayn. Austin Aries interviewed WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. Neville, Tony Nese and Noam Dar battled Jack Gallagher, TJ Perkins and Cedric Alexander in a Six Man Tag Team Match. Main event time saw Roman Reigns battle Samoa Joe in a one on one match.

** RAW **

- Samoa Joe Contract Signing: Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the ring with the RAW contract. Foley seems unhappy as he introduces Joe. Joe arrives and Stephanie reintroduces him with more excitement. Stephanie then insults Foley for not showing happiness and respect to Joe. Foley says he's a fan of Joe, but not a fan of the people he chooses to associate with. Joe says he's waited 18 years to get to the WWE, Triple H opened the door for him and if Seth Rollins was put on the DL because of it, well then so be it. Joe signs his RAW contract and puts the whole RAW locker room on notice. Roman Reigns interrupts and heads to the ring. Reigns says Joe wants to make threats, he just stepped into Reigns' yard so why don't he try to threaten him. Foley interrupts and reminds everyone that he is still the general manager of RAW and announces Reigns vs. Joe for tonight.

- Bayley vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Nia sending Bayley into the barricade. Nia charges, but misses Bayley and hits the ringpost. Charlotte arrives at ringside and distracts Bayley. Bayley flips Charlotte into the ring and then drop kicks her back to the floor. Bayley turns around, gets planted by a Nia Samoan Drop and Nia scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- "Handicap Match": Braun Strowman vs. Dusty Wallace, James Stock, CC Bonin and Rob Pelley: Strowman makes quick work of the four up and comers. One of them runs away as Strowman hits the running powerslam, stacks the remaining three on top of each other and scores the pinfall. After the match, Strowman says he warned Mick Foley to find him competition, Foley failed and now Strowman is coming for Foley.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Braun Strowman confronts Mick Foley. Foley gets in Strowman's face and says that if it's competition that Strowman wants so bad, well than he can fight Roman Reigns at WWE Fastlane.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak: The match closes out with Tozawa hitting a german suplex into a bridge on Gulak and scores the pinfall. After the match, Brian Kendrick arrives and offers Tozawa a welcoming handshake. Tozawa ignores the handshake and continues celebrating his win.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall.

- Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho Promo: Owens brags about retaining the WWE Universal Championship last week and Jericho brags about how he'll retain the WWE United States Championship later tonight. Jericho adds the New England Patriots and Tom Brady to The List for stealing the greatest of all time nickname. Jericho says he has a great idea for a match at Wrestlemania 33, Jericho vs. Kevin Owens. Owens likes the idea, but says no because he can't fight his best friend. Goldberg interrupts and heads to the ring. Goldberg accepts Brock Lesnar's challenge then dares Owens and Jericho to grow a set and fight him. Owens brags about being the longest reigning WWE Universal champion. Goldberg says it's because Owens never fought Goldberg. Jericho mocks Goldberg. Goldberg grabs The List away from Jericho and writes his own name on it. Jericho says that if Goldberg wants a match than he's got it. Goldberg vs. Kevin Owens at WWE Fastlane for the WWE Universal Championship. Owens is left in shock that Jericho put his title on the line and begins arguing with Jericho. 

- Backstage, Chris Jericho promises to have Kevin Owens' back at WWE Fastlane. Owens still can't believe Jericho did what he did and storms off.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The Club (c) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro: Enzo and Big Cass were on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Anderson getting double teamed and Cesaro gets a near fall. Gallows hits a boot on Sheamus, knocking him outside. Enzo talks trash to Gallows, forcing Gallows to kick Enzo. Cass boots Gallows and causes the DQ. After the match, Sheamus and Cesaro argue with Enzo and Big Cass for costing them the match.
Winners: The Club, by DQ, to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Seth Rollins update states that he tore his MCL and his status for Wrestlemania 33 is unknown.

- The New Day vs. The Shining Stars: The match closes out with Big E hot tagging and unloading. Woods takes out Primo to the floor. Big E and Woods hit a double team on Epico and score the pinfall.
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho says he and Kevin Owens are having minor problems. Owens interrupts, gets on the same page with Jericho and they share a bro hug.

- "WWE United States Championship Match": Chris Jericho (c) vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Zayn countering the Code Breaker and lays out Jericho with the exploder suplex. Zayn gets a near fall on Jericho with the Blue Thunder Bomb. Jericho counters a DDT and traps Zayn in the Walls of Jericho submission. Zayn reaches the ropes for the submission break. Jericho distracts the referee, allowing Kevin Owens to hit a super kick on Zayn. Jericho hits the Code Breaker on Zayn, scores the pinfall and retains the title.
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall, to retain the WWE United States Championship.

- Backstage, Charlotte brags to Sasha Banks about her success and mocks Sasha's knee injury. Charlotte says that apparently Roadblock: End of the Line meant the end of Sasha's career.

- Austin Aries Interviews WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville: Aries hypes up 205 Live tomorrow with the winner of a Five Way Elimination Match getting a title shot at WWE Fastlane. Neville says it doesn't matter who wins because none of them scare him and the winner will have to pay respects to the king. Cedric Alexander and Noam Dar both interrupt and head to the ring. Dar says he's taking Neville's title and brags about taking Alicia Fox away from Alexander. Jack Gallagher, Tony Nese and TJ Perkins all interrupt next and head to the ring. Perkins says he was the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion and knows what it takes to win it. Perkins decks Nese and a brawl breaks out which sets up a six man tag team match next.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Neville, Tony Nese and Noam Dar vs. Jack Gallagher, TJ Perkins and Cedric Alexander: The match closes out with Neville walking out on his team and Alexander hitting the Lumbar Check on Dar for the pinfall.
Winners: Jack Gallagher, TJ Perkins and Cedric Alexander, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho tells Kevin Owens that they are having a Festival of Friendship party next week on RAW in Las Vegas. Owens seems not interested but agrees.

- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe: The match closes out with Reigns planting Joe with a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Reigns goes for the Superman Punch, but Joe rolls to the floor. Reigns catches Joe with the Drive By and tosses Joe back in the ring. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Joe, but Braun Strowman suddenly arrives at ringside. Reigns lands a punch and a Superman Punch on Strowman, keeping him out of the ring. Joe kicks Reigns in the head and hits a suplex to score the pinfall. After the match, Strowman plants Reigns with the running powerslam. Strowman takes Reigns to the floor, connects with a punch and then smacks Reigns in the face with the steel steps. Strowman picks up Reigns and gives him a running powerslam, crashing through the barricade. WWE Officials back off Strowman and check on Reigns to end the show.
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall.

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