Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 4/4/17: RAW Orlando Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestlemania has come and gone, but have no fear as we are only 364 more days away from Wrestlemania 34!! Ok I'm getting a little ahead of myself there, let's take it one day at a time shall we? Let's kick this off with the post Wrestlemania edition of Monday Night RAW! RAW was live this week in Orlando, Florida, what surprises did WWE bring us on what is usually one of the best RAW's of the year, with a fired up rowdy crowd?

** This Weeks Card **

- The Hardy Boys defended their WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville battled Mustafa Ali in a non title match.
- The New Day battled the roster debuting The Revival from NXT.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke battled Charlotte, Nia Jax and the returning Emma in a Six Woman Tag Team Match.
- Enzo and Big Cass battled Sheamus and Cesaro in a #1 Contenders Match.
- Sami Zayn battled Jinder Mahal.
- Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe battled Seth Rollins and a mystery partner.

- Promos from: Roman Reigns, Vince McMahon and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman

- A New RAW General Manager was announced!

** RAW **

- Roman Reigns Promo: Roman Reigns is in the ring and is immediately bombarded with "You Suck", "Delete", "F*** You Roman", "Asshole", "Roman Sucks", "Go Away" and "Shut The F*** Up" chants. Reigns smirks and simply says "This is my yard now". Reigns drops the microphone and walks off.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": The Hardy Boys (c) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: The match closes out with Jeff getting crotched on the ropes by Gallows. The Club boot Jeff and go for the Magic Killer. Matt makes the save and Jeff hits Twist of Fate on Anderson. Matt tags in and hits Twist of Fate on Gallows. Jeff hits the Swanton Bomb on Gallows and Matt scores the pinfall. A lot of "Delete" chants and "F*** That Owl" chants directed at Impact Wrestling.
Winners: The Hardy Boys, by pinfall to retain the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship.

- Neville vs. Mustafa Ali: Before the match, Neville brags about his win over Austin Aries. The match closes out with Ali missing the inverted 450 Splash and crashing on the mat. Neville goes for the Red Arrow, but refuses to do it after the fans go crazy wanting to see him do it. Neville instead applies the Rings of Saturn submission and makes Ali tap out.
Winner: Neville, by submission.

- Backstage, a limousine pulls into the parking lot and out steps Vince McMahon.

- Vince McMahon Promo: Vince thanks the fans for being the great fans that they are and helped make Wrestlemania 33 the Ultimate Thrill Ride. Vince announces a Superstar Shakeup draft next Monday. Vince also announces that Stephanie McMahon going through the table last night has put her out of action for awhile. The fans chant "Yes" and "Delete" pissing Vince off. Vince announces that the new General Manager is a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Teddy Long immediately interrupts, dancing, and thinking it's him. Vince tells Teddy it's not him. Teddy says "My bad, holla holla holla". Vince announces Kurt Angle as the new RAW GM. Angle gets a "Welcome Back" chant and he says it's good to be home on RAW.

- The New Day vs. The Revival: The New Day state that they had fun hosting Wrestlemania 33, issue an open challenge and it's answered by NXT's The Revival. The match closes out with Big E getting sent to the floor, but Woods is able to fight off Dawson and Wilder. Woods and Dawson trade shots and then Woods drops Dawson with a boot. The Revival hit the Shatter Machine on Woods and score the pinfall. After the match, The Revival attack Kofi and destroy Kofi's ankle, leaving Kofi in pain.
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Enzo and Big Cass ask Kurt Angle how The Hardy's got title shots. Angle announces Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Enzo and Big Cass with the winner becoming the #1 Contenders.

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke vs. Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax and Emma: The match closes out with Dana and Sasha double drop kicking Nia to the floor. Bayley hits a crossbody on Nia as Charlotte and Sasha brawl. Charlotte goes for Natural Selection, but Sasha counters it into the Banks Statement submission for the tap out win. After the match, Charlotte shoves Emma. Nia splashes Charlotte in the corner and then drops an elbow on her. 
Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke, by submission.

- Backstage, Sami Zayn hopes to develop a great relationship with Kurt Angle and hopes to not be drafted to Smackdown Live. Jinder Mahal interrupts and says he was robbed last night by Gronk of the New England Patriots. Sami and Mahal argue so Angle puts them in a match.

- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Promo: Heyman tells us all a bedtime story that Lesnar tells his kids before they go to sleep. The story talks about Goldberg going to Suplex City and taking an ass kicking. And The ending is a happy one as no one hears from Goldberg again. Heyman says Lesnar now needs a new opponent and the fans begin a "We Want Balor" chant. Heyman offers the opportunity to Roman Reigns to see who's yard the ring really belongs to. Braun Strowman interrupts and heads to the ring. Strowman says that he's not done with Reigns yet, but when he is maybe Lesnar will be next. Lesnar laughs as he stares down Strowman. Strowman eventually backs down and leaves the ring, as the fans chant "Bull****".

- Backstage, Chris Jericho talks about facing Kevin Owens at WWE Payback. Owens and Samoa Joe suddenly attack Jericho from behind and leave Jericho laid out.

- Backstage, Kurt Angle tells Seth Rollins that Chris Jericho is not going to be cleared to tag with Rollins tonight, but he'll find Rollins a partner.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass: The match closes out with Cass hitting a sidewalk slam, the Empire Elbow and a big boot on Cesaro. Enzo and Cass go for the Rocket Launcher, but Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on Cass. Sheamus shoves Enzo into Cesaro who destroys Enzo with an uppercut for the pinfall.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contenders.

- Jinder Mahal vs. Sami Zayn: The match closes out with Mahal in control of Zayn and then connects with a knee. Zayn counters a Mahal punch and hits the Exploder Suplex into the corner on Mahal. Zayn charges and hits the Helluva Kick for the pinfall.
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall.

- Seth Rollins and ???? vs. Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens: Kurt Angle chooses the returning Finn Balor as Rollins' partner. The match closes out with Balor unloading on Owens with chops, but Owens blocks a chop and lands an elbow. Balor goes to the top rope and kicks Joe when he tries to stop Balor. Owens dodges the double foot stomp and gets a near fall slam. Balor counters the Pop Up Power Bomb and hits Slingblade on Owens. Rollins unloads on Joe as Balor ends up hitting the double foot stomp on Owens for the pinfall.
Winners: Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, by pinfall.

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