Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 6/27/17: RAW LA Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

A new week in wrestling is upon us as Monday Night RAW was live in Los Angeles, California at the famous Staples Center. Last week, Big Cass finally came clean that he was the one attacking Enzo the whole time. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel joined The Miz as his new entourage. Elias Samson attacked Finn Balor from behind backstage after a face to face in the ring. Samoa Joe continued his path of destruction moving towards his WWE Universal Championship Match against Brock Lesnar at WWE Great Balls of Fire. What would this week's RAW have in store for us?

** This Weeks Card **

- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro and Elias Samson battled The Hardy Boys and Finn Balor in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Goldust battled R-Truth.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel battled Dean Ambrose, Rhyno and Heath Slater in a Six Man Tag Team Match.
- Seth Rollins battled Curt Hawkins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville battled Lince Dorado in a non title match. 
- Bayley, Nia Jax, Dana Brooke, Mickie James, Emma and Sasha Banks battled in a #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match.

- Roman Reigns answers Braun Strowman's challenge of an Ambulance Match at WWE Great Balls of Fire.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returned with Miz TV with special guests the Ball Family of the NBA.

- Enzo and Big Cass meet face to face and talk about what happened last week when Cass turned on Enzo.

- The Beast Brock Lesnar returned this week seeking out Samoa Joe again before their WWE Universal Championship Match at WWE Great Balls of Fire.

** RAW **

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns talks about losing to Samoa Joe and then getting attacked by Braun Strowman. Reigns accepts Strowman's challenge of an Ambulance Match at WWE Great Balls of Fire and promises to drive Strowman straight to hell. An ambulance pulls into the arena and Reigns investigates it. Strowman suddenly attacks from the side and tosses Reigns across the stage. Strowman counters the Superman Punch and tosses Reigns into the side of the ambulance. Reigns gets tossed into the ambulance and it leaves with him inside to end the segment.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Hardy Boys and Finn Balor vs. Sheamus, Cesaro and Elias Samson: Actor Josh Duhamel was on commentary for this match. The match closes out with Sheamus missing a Brogue Kick. Finn Balor hits a suicide dive on Sheamus and Cesaro. Balor then hits a Slingblade on Cesaro and drop kicks him into the corner. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Cesaro for the pinfall as The Hardy's take out Sheamus and Samson.
Winners: The Hardy Boys and Finn Balor, by pinfall.

- We get another Shattered Dreams Video of Goldust. Goldust says it's showtime and the Golden Age hits Hollywood tonight. Goldust sends one last warning to R-Truth that the finishing touches are being added to the movie.

- Goldust vs. R-Truth: Goldust arrives with his own cameraman filming and uses him to block Truth so Goldust can get in a cheap shot. Goldust sends Truth shoulder first into the ring post and leaves Truth laid out.
Winner: No Contest.

- Backstage, Paul Heyman says the Staples Center will be on fire tonight when Brock Lesnar confronts Samoa Joe. Joe suddenly appears from behind Heyman and goes for the Coquina Clutch submission. Joe stops and tells Heyman he's saving the Coquina Clutch submission for Lesnar later and walks off.

- Backstage, Bayley picks her entry ticket from Kurt Angle for tonight's Women's Gauntlet Match.

- Miz TV with The Miz and Maryse: Miz introduces his guests tonight, LA Laker Lonzo Ball, his dad LaVar Ball and his little brother LaMelo Ball. The Ball's Big Baller Brand apparel is on display as they enter the ring. Miz congratulates Lonzo on being drafted to the Lakers. Miz gives props to LaVar and says it's an honor to sit with the Ball Family. Miz tries to strike a partnership with LaVar, but he says Miz is too low. Miz gets upset and has words with LaVar and claims to be the Michael Jordan of the WWE. Things get heated between Miz and LaVar as they take off their shirts and get ready to fight. Dean Ambrose suddenly interrupts wearing a BBB shirt. LaVar continues to talk trash to Miz as Ambrose mocks Miz from the stage. Miz stares down Ambrose which leads to their six man tag team match next.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas vs. Dean Ambrose, Rhyno and Heath Slater: The match closes out with Rhyno ramming Dallas in the corner. Rhyno hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Ambrose goes after Miz and chases him around the ring. Axel gets in a cheap shot on Rhyno allowing Dallas to roll Rhyno up for the pinfall.
Winners: The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, by pinfall.

- Enzo Promo: Enzo says he's tried to contact Big Cass all week, but Cass won't get back to him. Enzo says he doesn't care how stupid this idea is but he's calling Cass out right now to talk. Cass arrives and heads to the ring. Enzo says Cass was right about some of the things he said last week, he does talk more than he should, but he always had Cass to back him up. Enzo says they're brothers and that's something Enzo refuses to break. Enzo says they're family and he refuses to let Cass break their bond before winning the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship. Cass says Enzo never knows when to shut his mouth, he's annoying and loud, he's always running his mouth, but Cass accepts that as who Enzo is. Cass apologizes for what he did to Enzo and they shake hands and hug. Enzo and Cass leave together and hug again on the stage. Cass suddenly turns and clotheslines Enzo on the stage. Cass mocks Enzo and tosses him down the ramp to end the segment.

- Big Cass confronts Corey Graves at the announcers table and says that Graves must have good dirt on Kurt Angle because Angle has issued a warning that Cass can't touch Graves.

- Seth Rollins vs. Curt Hawkins: The match closes out with Rollins hitting a boot on Hawkins and then a block buster. Hawkins catches another boot and gets a near fall rollup. Rollins kicks Hawkins in the mouth and then hits a knee to the face for the pinfall. After the match, Bray Wyatt appears on the TitanTron and announces that he and Rollins will meet at WWE Great Balls of Fire. Bray tells Rollins to give in to his true self or else he'll burn.
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Dana Brooke and Mickie James draw their entrance numbers from Kurt Angle for tonight's Women's Gauntlet Match.

- Backstage, Brock Lesnar arrives, meets with Paul Heyman and enters the building.

- Backstage, Sasha Banks draws her entrance number from Kurt Angle for tonight's Women's Gauntlet Match.

- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman Promo: Heyman says that now is the time for the Samoan dumbass to start fearing Brock Lesnar. Heyman hypes up Lesnar and says this is what we've been waiting for. Heyman introduces Brock Lesnar and out comes the champ. Samoa Joe suddenly attacks Lesnar from behind and goes for the Coquina Clutch submission. Joe has it locked as Lesnar hurls both of them into the LED board on the RAW stage. Joe keeps it locked and gets Lesnar to drop to a knee. Lesnar is about to pass out when The Revival grab Joe and drag him backstage, leaving Lesnar down and breathing heavy.

- Lince Dorado vs. Neville: Akira Tozawa watches from ringside. The match closes out with Dorado hitting a suicide dive on Neville and then a cross body for a near fall. Neville regains control by trying to unmask Dorado. Neville traps Dorado in the Rings of Saturn submission and gets the tap out win. After the match, Neville stares down Tozawa and dares him to get in the ring. Tozawa enters the ring, but Titus O'Neil interrupts and says Tozawa doesn't fight for free. As the newest member of The Titus Brand, Tozawa will face Neville at WWE Great Balls of Fire for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Winner: Neville, by submission.

- Backstage, Emma draws her entrance number from Kurt Angle for tonight's Women's Gauntlet Match.

- Backstage, Paul Heyman admits that Brock Lesnar will have a problem if Samoa Joe gets the Coquina Clutch submission applied. Heyman says he's not worried because Joe will be taken to Suplex City and destroyed with an F5 when it's all said and done.

- Backstage, WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss tells Nia Jax that there isn't a single woman in the Gauntlet Match that can bring her down. Alexa wishes Nia good luck, but Nia says she won't need it.

- "#1 Contenders Gauntlet Match": Bayley vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Dana Brooke vs. Mickie James:

** Match #1: Bayley vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Bayley working over Nia's leg. Nia kicks Bayley into the corner, but Bayley goes to the top rope. Nia knocks Bayley off the ropes and to the mat. Nia hits the Samoan Drop on Bayley and scores the pinfall.

** Match #2: Nia Jax vs. Mickie James: The match closes out with Mickie hitting the Thesz Press off the top rope on Nia. Nia shoves Mickie away, but Mickie connects with the Mick Kick. Nia counters a DDT and shoves Mickie across the ring. Nia plants Mickie and scores the pinfall.

** Match #3: Nia Jax vs. Dana Brooke: The match closes out with Nia getting the quick pinfall on Dana with the leg drop.

** Match #4: Nia Jax vs. Emma: The match closes out with Emma hitting a drop kick and then unloads on Nia. Emma leaps off the top rope, but Nia catches her, hits the Samoan Drop and scores the pinfall.

** Match #5: Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks: The match closes out with Nia countering the Banks Statement submission and hits the Samoan Drop. Sasha is able to roll to the ropes as Nia is slow to make the cover. Nia talks trash and attempts another Samoan Drop. Sasha counters and applies a modified Banks Statement submission while on Nia's back. Nia drops down to both knees as Sasha applies the pressure. Sasha keeps applying the pressure until Nia finally taps out. After the match, Kurt Angle raises Sasha's hand as Alexa Bliss arrives and raises her title in the air. Sasha drops Alexa, grabs her title and raises it in the air to end the show.
Winner: Sasha Banks, to become the new #1 Contender.

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