Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 9/19/17: RAW San Jose Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

It's the beginning of the week and time to kick things off in wrestling with Monday Night RAW, live from San Jose, California. RAW is heading home to WWE No Mercy, live this Sunday on the WWE Network. What happened leading into the pay per view?

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss battled Nia Jax in a non title match.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battled Sheamus and Cesaro and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a non title Triple Threat Match.
- Apollo Crews battled Curt Hawkins.
- Bray Wyatt battled Dustin Rhodes.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville battled Lince Dorado in a non title match.  
- Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Jason Jordan, Elias Samson, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas all battled in a Six Pack Challenge Match to determine a new #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman have a sit down interview before their match at WWE No Mercy.

- Roman Reigns gives his final thoughts about John Cena before their WWE No Mercy match. 

** RAW **

- RAW kicks off with a tribute graphic of the late great Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, who passed away over the weekend.

- Kurt Angle Promo: Angle hypes this Sunday's WWE No Mercy event when The Miz and The Miztourage interrupt. Miz is furious that this will be the second pay per view in a row that he won't be defending his title. Angle announces that it'll be Elias vs. Jason Jordan vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy tonight with the winner facing Miz at WWE No Mercy. Miz says Jordan doesn't deserve to be in it, there's other deserving stars like Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas that deserve it. Angle says he's sick of Miz's whining and hopes that fatherhood changes that. Miz calls Angle a deadbeat dad. Jason Jordan interrupts and threatens to knock Miz's teeth out and wants Axel and Dallas included in the match so Miz will stop making excuses. Angle makes the match official as Miz and Jordan have words which starts a brawl. Jordan clears The Miztourage from the ring to end the segment.

- Backstage, Jason Jordan tells Kurt Angle he's sick of The Miz and everyone else talking behind his back about Angle being his dad. Angle tells Jordan it won't stop so he needs to step up or go home and the best way to step up is to beat The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax: The match closes out with Alexa trying to leave, but Sasha Banks arrives and blocks her exit. Alexa takes control of Nia and attempts a cross body block. Nia catches Alexa, plants her with the Samoan Drop and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sasha attacks Nia, but Nia dumps Sasha on the mat. Bayley hits the ring, returning from injury and helps Sasha and Alexa triple team Nia to the floor. Sasha then drops Alexa and Bayley hits a Bayley To Belly on Alexa to end the segment.

- "Triple Threat Match": Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins: The match closes out with Rollins getting crotched on the ropes by Gallows as Anderson brawls with Ambrose. Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on Anderson as Sheamus blind tags in and tosses Ambrose outside. Sheamus covers and scores the pinfall on Anderson.
Winners: Sheamus and Cesaro, by pinfall.

- Backstage, The Miz hypes up The Miztourage for their match tonight. Both Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas promise to win their match tonight.

- Backstage, Goldust interrupts Kurt Angle with no makeup on and asks for another shot at Bray Wyatt. Goldust wants to prove that he's not a pawn in Bray's war with Finn Balor. Angle finally agrees and Goldust promises that Bray will never forget the name of....Dustin Rhodes.

- Curt Hawkins vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Crews landing a big boot on Hawkins. Hawkins gets a near fall rollup on Crews with a handful of tights. Crews hits an enziguri and then the Apollo Bomb to score the pinfall.
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall.

- Sitdown Interview With Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman: Paul Heyman guarantees that Braun Strowman will be dominated, victimized and conquered by Brock Lesnar. Strowman says he's confident that he can put Lesnar down and burn Suplex City. Heyman says Lesnar will take Strowman to Suplex City all night and beat Strowman within an inch of his life. Strowman says they can talk trash all they want, but come WWE No Mercy things won't change and Lesnar will be defeated. Lesnar finally speaks and thanks Strowman for challenging him. Lesnar says he's at his best when backed into a corner. Lesnar ends the segment with a "Suplex City Bitch" to Strowman.

- It's announced that Bayley has been added to the WWE RAW Women's Championship Match at WWE No Mercy, making it a Fatal Five Way Match now.

- Roman Reigns Promo: Reigns gives John Cena credit for being one of the best talkers, but sometimes he says stupid shit. Reigns says he's not the next Cena because he wouldn't have a career if he was. Reigns calls Cena the biggest hypocrite to ever step in a WWE ring. Reigns wants Cena to come out, but laughs because Cena isn't here tonight. Reigns promises that WWE No Mercy will be no different then the time the other Samoan The Rock beat Cena's ass at Wrestlemania. Reigns drops the microphone and leaves to end the segment.

- Backstage, The Hardy's are interviewed. The Hardy's don't care that they'll be fighting each other tonight in the Six Pack Challenge Match. Jeff wants another shot at The Miz. Matt says the best Hardy will win tonight. 

- Bray Wyatt vs. Dustin Rhodes: The match closes out with Rhodes hitting the Shattered Dreams kick in the corner and tells Bray to bring it. Rhodes charges at Bray, but Bray catches Rhodes and hits Sister Abigail for the pinfall.
Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall.

- After the match, Finn Balor appears on the TitanTron and tells Bray a story about a little boy who grew up to become a demon. Balor promises that Bray will find out who's better at WWE No Mercy, man or demon.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo says he's ready for WWE No Mercy. Braun Strowman suddenly interrupts and lays out Enzo. Braun choke slams Enzo and then hits the running power slam. Strowman leaves as Neville suddenly arrives. Neville hits the Red Arrow on Enzo and mocks Enzo to end the segment.

- Backstage, Enzo says Neville won't be doing good after WWE No Mercy.

- Neville vs. Lince Dorado: The match closes out with Neville countering an aerial assault from Dorado by getting his knees up and then makes Dorado tap out to the Rings of Saturn submission.
Winner: Neville, by pinfall. 

- "Six Pack Challenge to Crown a New #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship": Elias vs. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Curtis Axel vs. Bo Dallas vs. Jason Jordan: The match closes out with Jeff hitting a Swanton Bomb on Axel for a near fall, as The Miz hits the ring and stops the pinfall. Jeff tosses Miz outside, distracting Jeff and allowing Axel to hit his version of a Skull Crushing Finale on Jeff. Jason Jordan returns, stops Axel from making the pinfall, hits a neck breaker and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Jason Jordan, by pinfall, to become the new #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

- After the match, Jordan and Miz meet face to face. Miz tries to hit Jordan, but Jordan ducks and unloads on Miz. Axel and Dallas attack and beat down Jordan. Miz pulls Jordan up and lays him out with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz grabs a microphone and tells Jordan that after WWE No Mercy, Miz will still be the champion, Kurt Angle will still be a terrible dad and Jordan will still be a bastard.

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