Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon 3/14/17: RAW Detroit 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 Detroit, Michigan. As Wrestlemania 33 gets closer, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman prepare for the WWE Universal Championship Match against Goldberg. RAW GM Mick Foley is ordered by Stephanie McMahon that he must fire a RAW talent by the end of the show. Who did Foley choose? Sasha Banks battled Dana Brooke in one on one Women's Division action. TJ Perkins and Akira Tozawa battled Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese in Cruiserweight Division tag team action. Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho teamed up to battle Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. Enzo and Big Cass battled Sheamus and Cesaro in a #1 Contenders Match. Roman Reigns battled Jinder Mahal in a one on one match. Austin Aries battled Ariya Daivari in one on one Cruiserweight Division action. Big Show battled Titus O'Neil in a one on one match. WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley battled Nia Jax in a one on one non title match.

** RAW **

- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Promo: Paul Heyman makes fun of Goldberg for getting an F5 last week, says Lesnar is taking the WWE Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 33, Goldberg will suffer another F5 and will be conquered by the beast.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon promises to teach Mick Foley things she's learned over the years that made her the boss she is today. Stephanie says Foley's first test will be to go over the RAW roster and fire the worthless talent so they can improve RAW. Stephanie gives Foley till the end of the show to make his final decision.

- Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke: WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley and Charlotte were on commentary. The match closes out with Sasha getting the quick win on Dana with a rollup pinfall. After the match, Charlotte mocks Dana Brooke and says Dana isn't good enough to be in Charlotte's corner. Dana nails Charlotte and then beats her down. Charlotte finally escapes the ring and is in shock that Dana attacked her.
Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall.

- It's announced that Rutgers Football stand out Eric LeGrand will receive the 2o17 Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame.

- TJ Perkins and Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese: The match closes out with Perkins hitting a DDT on Nese for a near fall. Tozawa plants a kick on Kendrick. Nese shoves Perkins into Tozawa and then rolls Perkins up with a handful of tights for the pinfall.
Winners: Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese, by pinfall.

- Backstage, WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson state that they don't care who wins the #1 Contenders Match tonight because the spotlight belongs on The Club.

- Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho: The match closes out with Zayn brawling with both Owens and Joe, sending them both outside. Zayn suicide dives onto Joe and Owens and grabs his knee in pain. Back in the ring, Owens takes out Zayn's knee and he and Joe double team Zayn. The referee calls the DQ as Joe and Owens refuse to let up. After the match, Jericho makes the save as Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch on Zayn. Jericho and Owens brawl until Joe attacks Jericho. Jericho gets double teamed and then planted with an Owens Pop Up Power Bomb.
Winners: Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho, by DQ.

- Backstage, Stephanie McMahon offers to help Mick Foley pick someone to fire and suggests Sami Zayn. Nia Jax appears and demands justice against Sasha Banks. Stephanie agrees that Nia deserves the spotlight and gives her a non title match against WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley.

- Backstage, Jinder Mahal approaches Mick Foley and is worried he's getting fired. Foley puts Mahal in a match against Roman Reigns.

- Backstage, The New Day introduce their new talk show New Day Talks and interviews Big Show about his new Jetsons cartoon movie. Titus O'Neil interrupts, says he doesn't care about The New Day's talk show, or Big Show, he just wants to talk about The Titus Brand. Titus shoves Show and walks off.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Enzo and Big Cass vs. Cesaro and Sheamus: The match closes out with Cass countering Sheamus' Ten Beats and lands back elbows. Cass with the Big Boot sending Sheamus flying off the apron. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson suddenly appear from the crowd and attack everyone getting the match thrown out. After the match, Cass gets tossed into the barricade and Sheamus gets beat down. Enzo gets beat down next and then Cesaro gets planted with the Magic Killer.
Winners: No Contest.

- Backstage, Mick Foley confronts Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and isn't happy with what they did. Foley threatens to fire both of them no matter if they're champions or not. Foley announces that The Club will defend their titles at Wrestlemania 33 against both Enzo and Big Cass and Sheamus and Cesaro.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns: The match closes out with The Undertaker's gong going off and distracting Reigns. Mahal tries to take advantage, but eventually eats a Superman Punch from Reigns and Reigns scores the pinfall.
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns says he's not playing around, he's calling The Undertaker out right now. Mr. Wrestlemania himself Shawn Michaels interrupts instead and meets with Reigns. Michaels tells Reigns that Undertaker is already in Reigns' head and if he continues to let Taker do that than Taker will defeat Reigns easy at Wrestlemania. Reigns says it's not happening and people keep asking him what it's like to be in the ring with Taker....they should be asking Taker what it's like to be in the ring with Reigns. Reigns says that Taker retired Michaels and come Wrestlemania, Reigns will retire Taker. Reigns drops the microphone and heads up the RAW stage. Braun Strowman suddenly comes out of nowhere and lands a cheap shot on Reigns, laying him out. WWE Officials check on Reigns as Strowman threatens to do the same to Michaels.

- Backstage, Mick Foley tries to talk Stephanie McMahon out of firing someone. Stephanie again says Foley needs to pick someone or she'll pick someone for him and he won't like it.

- Austin Aries vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Aries hitting a shinbuster, dumps Daivari to the mat then hits the running elbow to score the pinfall. After the match, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville is shown watching the match.
Winner: Austin Aries, by pinfall.

- Big Show vs. Titus O'Neil: The match closes out with Titus delivering a slam to Show. Show gets back up and delivers three straight choke slams to Titus to score the pinfall.
Winner: Big Show, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks tells Bayley that Nia Jax is beatable and not to listen to the people that think she's not championship material. Sasha wishes her luck and can't wait to steal the show with Bayley at Wrestlemania 33.

- Backstage, Chris Jericho says next week he's having a special Highlight Reel and he's going to tell the world about the REAL Kevin Owens.

- Bayley vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Nia trapping Bayley in a bear hug and then dumps Bayley outside. Nia brings Bayley back inside and hits two splashes in the corner. Nia unloads a headbutt on Bayley and a series of shoulder thrusts. The referee warns Nia to back off, but she refuses, forcing the referee to DQ Nia. After the match, Nia continues to beat down Bayley as the referee tries to help her. Nia takes Bayley outside and tosses her into the barricade.
Winner: Bayley, by DQ.

- Stephanie McMahon And Mick Foley Face To Face: Stephanie is in the ring with Mick Foley so he can announce who he's firing. Foley says he knows this decision will make him a better General Manager, so he's chosen to fire....Stephanie McMahon. Foley yells at Stephanie for the way she treats the RAW roster, calls Stephanie a liar and a very bad person. Foley rips on Stephanie some more, then rips on Triple H and says he will not be silenced. Triple H's music hits and out comes Triple H to confront Foley. Triple H dares Foley to say something to his face. Triple H and Foley trade insults back and forth with each other and Triple H says if it was up to him Foley never would've been his choice for RAW GM.
Triple H says he spends his time creating talent in NXT so he doesn't have to have pathetic has beens like Foley around. Triple H compares Stephanie to Vince McMahon because she is a professional business woman. Foley says he doesn't need this job and doesn't care what people think of him. Triple H rips on Foley's daughter Noelle wanting to be a wrestler and rips on his son Dewey who works at WWE Head Quarters. Triple H says that maybe Foley can give Dewey a ride to the unemployment office and then tells Foley to get the hell out of his ring. Stephaine says to let that be a lesson to everyone.
Foley suddenly attacks Triple H and shoves Mr. Socko into Triple H's mouth. Stephanie low blows Foley allowing Triple H to take control. Seth Rollins suddenly appears, drops his crutch, showing that he might be at 100% and hits the ring. Rollins and Triple H brawl and Rollins sends Triple H outside. Triple H grabs the crutch and catches Rollins in his bad leg with a crutch shot. Triple H unloads more crutch shots, locks in a Figure Four leglock and connects with another crutch shot to the leg as WWE Officials break things up. Rollins is grasping his leg in pain as RAW ends.

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