Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 10/10/17: RAW Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis, Indiana. Last week, RAW ended with a possible sneak peak at the return of The Shield, as Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose appeared together as RAW closed out. Will they reform and go to war with The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro??

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Karl Anderson battled Jason Jordan.
- Elias Samson battled Apollo Crews.
- Matt Hardy battled Braun Strowman.
- Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick battled Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali.
- Sasha Banks, Emma, Dana Brooke, Bayley and Alicia Fox battled in a Fatal Five Way Elimination Match with the winner facing Asuka at WWE TLC.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore defended his title against Kalisto in a Lumberjack Match.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returned with another edition of Miz TV with his new friends Sheamus and Cesaro as his guests.

- The Shield Reunites!!

- Promos by Mickie James, Enzo Amore and Finn Balor.

** RAW **

- Miz TV with The Miz and his Special Guests Sheamus and Cesaro: The Miz hands out Mizzie Awards to Curtis Axel, Sheamus and Cesaro for for perseverance and best supporting actors. Curtis Axel accepts his award and thanks Bo Dallas, who's not here tonight. Sheamus accepts the award and thanks Roman Reigns for making it possible. Cesaro accepts and thanks Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The Miz mocks The Shield and guarantees that they don't want any of The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro. Miz presents himself with the final Mizzie for leading the charge on The Shield. Miz dedicates the award to his unborn child and any other child that needs a role model. Roman Reigns interrupts, stands on the RAW stage and gets mocked by Miz. Miz says Reigns isn't going to do anything because he's outnumbered 4 to 1 right now. Miz says the rumors of a Shield reunion is nothing but hype. Reigns informs Miz that they're not rumors. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins arrive and stand with Reigns on the stage. The Shield march to the ring and surround it before attacking. Reigns sends Axel into the steel steps. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Sheamus and Cesaro. Rollins hits the high knee on Sheamus. The Shield clear out the entire ring and then surround Miz. Miz begs to be sparred, but gets planted with Dirty Deeds from Ambrose. The Shield triple power bomb Miz, stand tall and do the triple fist bump to end the segment.

- Karl Anderson vs. Jason Jordan: The match closes out with Luke Gallows trying to distract Jordan. Anderson goes for the cheap shot, but Jordan moves causing Anderson to nail Gallows. Jordan hits the neck breaker on Anderson and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Jason Jordan, by pinfall.

- Backstage, RAW GM Kurt Angle informs The Miz that it'll be Miz/Sheamus/Cesaro vs. The Shield in a TLC Match at WWE TLC.

- Elias Samson is in the ring ready to perform a new song with his guitar. Titus O'Neil interrupts with a banjo and mocks Elias before Apollo Crews arrives for their match.

- Elias Samson vs. Apollo Crews: The match closes out with Crews hitting a moonsault outside on Elias. Crews tosses Elias back in the ring and has a few words with the referee. Elias sends Crews into the ropes and then hits Drift Away for the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- Enzo Amore Promo: Enzo isn't happy that he has to defend his title at WWE TLC against Kalisto. Kurt Angle interrupts and Enzo says he has something to say to him. Enzo reminds Angle of his no touching clause he had against the cruiserweights or else they'd be fired and Kalisto attacked him last week. Angle agrees but makes it clear that Kalisto signed a contract after the attack so Kalisto wasn't affected by the clause. Angle says he doesn't want to make Enzo mad or disrespect him so he can defend his title tonight against Kalisto. Enzo is furious but says he'll do it but only if it's the main event. Angle agrees and they shake hands. Angle then tells Enzo it'll be a Lumberjack Match to end the segment.

- Matt Hardy vs. Braun Strowman: The match closes out with Matt hitting a Tornado DDT and a Twist of Fate, but Strowman kicks out at one. Strowman regains control and hits the running power slam on Matt to score the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall.

- After the match, Strowman scoops up Matt and carries him to the RAW stage. The Shield arrive and go after Strowman. Strowman tosses Reigns into the LED board. Rollins and Ambrose attack Strowman setting Reigns up to spear him. The Shield hit the triple power bomb through the announcers table on Strowman to end the segment.

- Backstage, The Shield are interviewed. Rollins says they're stronger than ever. Ambrose says they'll walk all over their enemies. Reigns says they run the WWE and will take on everyone if need be.

- Mickie James Promo: Mickie says that since she arrived on RAW she felt like she didn't belong. Mickie thanks Alexa Bliss for making her feel this way. Mickie mocks Alexa and how she hides behind Nia Jax. Mickie says age is nothing but a number and she has more energy than Alexa has hair extensions. Alexa interrupts and claims to be sorry for her comments. Alexa says to prove it she put together a Mickie James career retrospective video. The video mocks Mickie about her wrinkles and being a senior citizen. Mickie dares Alexa to get in the ring. Alexa does, but retreats after Mickie attempts a Mick Kick to end the segment.

- Backstage, Bayley and Sasha Banks show interest with Kurt Angle in wanting to fight Asuka at WWE TLC. Alicia Fox interrupts and demands to be noticed again. Dana Brooke and Emma interrupt and want an opportunity too. Angle announces a Fatal Five Way Match with the winner meeting Asuka at WWE TLC.

- Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali: The match closes out with Kendrick getting a near fall butterfly suplex. Gallagher lands a cheap shot on the apron. Ali finally tags in, but Kendrick hits Sliced Bread #2 for the pinfall.
Winners: Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher, by pinfall.

- Backstage, The Miz interrupts Kurt Angle. Miz wants The Shield to keep their word that they'll fight as many people as possible. Miz says Braun Strowman will be their 4th partner in the TLC Match. Strowman arrives and isn't happy. The segment ends with Angle making the match official.

- Finn Balor Promo: Balor says he's speechless at Bray Wyatt introducing Sister Abigail last week. Balor says Bray is a poison and a virus that keeps mutating with mind games. Balor says Bray is desperate for attention and he's not afraid of Bray. Balor dares Bray to bring out Sister Abigail at WWE TLC. Bray appears on the TitanTron and says Balor will be afraid of her. Bray says that she's here and suddenly appears to transform into Sister Abigail, female voice and all. Abigail says she promised Bray she would be by his side and here she is rising from the ashes. Abigail tells Balor that he and The Demon will be destroyed and begins laughing. Abigail transforms back into Bray to end the segment.

- "Fatal Five Way Elimination Match": Sasha Banks vs. Emma vs. Alicia Fox vs. Dana Brooke vs. Bayley:

** First Elimination: Bayley hits the Bayley To Belly on Dana Brooke to score the pinfall.

** Second Elimination: Alicia Fox hits the axe kick on Bayley and scores the pinfall.

** Third Elimination: Sasha Banks catches Alicia Fox and makes her tap out to the Banks Statement submission.

** Final Elimination: Emma sneaks behind Sasha and rolls her up for the pinfall.
Winner: Emma, giving her the right to face Asuka at WWE TLC.

- Backstage, Finn Balor fears that Bray Wyatt may have done something awful by unleashing Sister Abigail. Balor says he felt pure evil, but now knows what he has to do.

- Backstage, Kalisto is interviewed. Kalisto says he always looked up to Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero and hopes to make them both proud tonight.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Lumberjack Match": Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto: The match closes out with Kalisto superplexing Enzo to the floor and on top of a bunch of Cruiserweights brawling outside. Back to the ring, Enzo counters Salida Del Sol and gets a near fall after Mustafa Ali pulls Enzo outside. Enzo calls Ali a son of a bitch after Ali yells back at Enzo. Enzo hits a clothesline on Ali and then crotches Kalisto on the ropes. Enzo goes to the top rope with Kalisto. Kalisto hits a Super Salida Del Sol on Enzo and scores the pinfall to win the title.
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall, to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- After the match, all the cruiserweights celebrate with Kalisto to end the show.

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