Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 11/28/17: RAW Knoxville 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! This week RAW was live in Knoxville, Tennessee. Last week, Roman Reigns defeated The Miz to capture the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Also more big news, as Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose interrupted the show last week and attacked Mickie James, Bayley and Sasha Banks. What action would we see this week??

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Cesaro battled Seth Rollins.
- Samoa Joe battled Titus O'Neil. 
- Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose battled Mickie James, Bayley and Sasha Banks in a six woman tag team match.
- Bray Wyatt battled Matt Hardy.
- Akira Tozawa, Rich Swann, Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari battled in a Fatal Four Way Match.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against Elias Samson.
- Asuka battled Dana Brooke.
- Kane battled Jason Jordan.
- Kane battled Finn Balor.

** RAW Highlights **

- The New Intercontinental Champion Kicks Off The Show: New WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns kicked off RAW in the ring. Reigns says it's been a great few weeks, RAW beat Smackdown Live at WWE Survivor Series and Reigns beat The Miz for his title last week. Reigns says that the title is prestigious, it will stay that way as long as he has it and he'll be a fighting champion. Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel interrupt and head to the ring. Dallas is disgusted with the disrespect Reigns is showing to The Miz and Axel says it pains him to see Reigns with the title. Elias Samson interrupts next, playing his guitar. Elias says he's here to guide Axel and Dallas who are without their leader The Miz. Elias challenges Reigns and Reigns responds with "It sounds like Elias wants to walk with The Big Dog." That match is made official for tonight. 

- The Swiss Superman Battled The Kingslayer: The first match of the night saw Cesaro battle Seth Rollins in a one on one match. Rollins is able to counter out of The Neutralizer and kicks Cesaro in the face. Both men trade offense with Cesaro attempting the springboard uppercut on Rollins. Rollins counters it and nails Cesaro with the high knee for the pinfall. After the match, Rollins announces that he and Dean Ambrose are invoking their rematch clause next week against Sheamus and Cesaro for the tag team titles.  

- Titus Worldwide Gets Destroyed: The second match of the night saw Titus O'Neil battle Samoa Joe. Titus and his crew have been having problems with Samoa Joe the past few weeks and Titus looked to finally settle things tonight. Joe attempted the Coquina Clutch submission early, but Titus avoided it. Titus gets the upper hand on Joe and talks trash to Joe about his constant bullying of Titus Worldwide. Joe lands a stiff shot on Titus and then traps him in the Coquina Clutch submission for the tap out win. After the match, Apollo Crews tries to help Titus, but gets choked out in the Coquina Clutch submission for his troubles. 

- An Absolution Formation: The third match of the night was supposed to be a six woman tag team match, however, things didn't go as planned. Sasha Banks appears for her team, but there's no Bayley or Mickie James. Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose interrupt and show Sasha on the TitanTron the backstage area where Mickie James and Bayley are both injured from an attack. Paige says she's been hounded by fans about why she did what she did. Paige says that one year ago she was the woman that erased the word Diva and she was the matriarch of the WWE women's revolution. The trio surround Sasha in the ring and introduce themselves as Absolution. Sonya says that together, Absolution will bring a whole new kind of women's revolution. Paige offers Sasha the opportunity to join them or suffer. Sasha refuses by decking Paige. Sonya and Mandy beat down Sasha as Paige returns. Sonya hits a kick, Mandy hits a facebuster and then Paige hits the RamPaige, leaving Sasha laid out.  

- A Possible Breakdown Coming: The fourth match of the night saw Bray Wyatt battle Matt Hardy. Before the match, Bray mocked the fans for the way we celebrate holidays, for us not following his way and now has seen that we are all dead. Matt Hardy interrupts and the match begins. Bray counters the Twist of Fate, catches an elbow, but dodges a moonsault from Hardy. Bray hits Sister Abigail on Hardy and scores the pinfall. After the match, Hardy sits in the corner and suddenly starts chanting "delete" repeatedly and uses the delete hand motions. Is this a sign of "Broken" Matt Hardy appearing soon??

- Searching For A #1 Contender: RAW GM Kurt Angle announced earlier in the show that there would be two fatal four way matches to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. The winners of both matches would meet in a one on one match at a later date to decide the new #1 Contender. The first match saw Akira Tozawa, Noam Dar, Rich Swann and Ariya Daivari battle it out. Rich Swann ends up scoring the pinfall to advance into the finals of the mini tournament. 

- Roman Reigns Defends The Gold Against The Drifter: Before the match, we were treated to an Elias Concert, as he sang about his new friends The Miz and The Miztourage and then mockingly sang about Roman Reigns. Reigns interrupts the concert and the title match is underway. Elias gets near falls with a top rope elbow drop and a sitdown power bomb. Elias gets nailed with the Superman Punch, but dodges the Reigns spear, by connecting with a knee. Reigns comes back with a second attempted spear and nails it to score the pinfall and retain his title. After the match, Samoa Joe attacks Reigns from behind and chokes Reigns out with the Coquina Clutch submission, as officials try to help Reigns. 

- The Emperess Stays Dominate: The seventh match of the night saw Asuka battle Dana Brooke in a one on one match. Asuka catches Dana right as the bell rings by dodging a charging clothesline. Asuka locks in the Asuka Lock submission on Dana and gets the quick tap out win. After the match, Absolution hit the ring and surround Asuka. Asuka and Paige stare each other down until Asuka smiles and walks off not worried about Absolution.

- Jason Jordan Battles The Devil's Favorite Demon: The eighth match of the night saw Jason Jordan battle Kane in a one on one match. Jordan originally begged RAW GM Kurt Angle for Braun Strowman tonight, but Angle made Jordan settle for Kane instead. Jordan gets dominated by Kane early and then tossed outside. Jordan clutches his knee in pain on the floor and gets counted out. After the match, Kane again tosses Jordan to the floor and Jordan grabs his injured leg. Kane hits a clothesline and then attacks the injured leg some more. Finn Balor interrupts and heads to the ring for the save.

- When Demons Collide: RAW GM Kurt Angle immediately announces that Kane will battle Finn Balor right now in the main event of the show. The battle ends up outside, where Kane hits Balor with a steel chair and gets DQ'ed. After the match, Kane continues the steel chair attack on Balor until Braun Strowman arrives. Kane hits Strowman with the chair, but it does nothing as Strowman unloads on Kane. Strowman hits a running corner splash and a boot that sends Kane to the floor. Strowman uses the steel steps and unloads on Kane with them. Strowman drops Kane face first on the steps and then smacks Kane with the steel chair. Strowman plants Kane on the steel steps with the running power slam and then uses the steel steps to drive the steel chair into Kane's throat. Kane escapes through the crowd holding his throat to end the show.

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