Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 11/7/16: Raw Manchester 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 Manchester, England. WWE invaded jolly ol' England this week for RAW and Smackdown Live. Last week, Braun Strowman returned and immediately targeted The Miztourage. Samoa Joe made his return and took out Titus Worldwide. Stephanie McMahon also returned and put RAW GM Kurt Angle's job on the line at WWE Survivor Series. What would RAW have in store for us this week across the pond??

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Elias Samson battled Jason Jordan in a Guitar On a Pole Match.
- Asuka battled A Local Talent.
- Samoa Joe battled Titus O'Neil.
- Samoa Joe battled Finn Balor.
- Sasha Banks and Bayley battled Nia Jax and Alicia Fox.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz battled Braun Strowman in a non title match.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore battled WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne in a non title match.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defended their titles against Sheamus and Cesaro.

- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz returned with another edition of Miz TV with RAW GM Kurt Angle as his special guest.

** RAW Highlights **

- Miz TV with The Miz and The Miztourage: The Miz kicked off RAW, mocking WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin, calling him the bathroom break of Smackdown Live and threatened Corbin to stop talking about Maryse and his unborn child. The Miz introduces his guest, RAW GM Kurt Angle. Angle denied knowing about Smackdown Live GM Daniel Bryan getting attacked by Kane last week. The Miz then demanded that Kurt Angle apologize to Curtis Axel after Braun Strowman viciously attacked him last week. Angle refuses and informs Miz that he's facing Strowman tonight one on one.

- Samoa Joe Carnage: Samoa Joe was originally supposed to face Titus O'Neil one on one, however, Joe wanted no part of it as he viciously attacked Titus as he made his entrance and beat Titus down. Joe demanded better competition and was answered by Finn Balor. Joe and Balor went one on one which resulted in both men brawling all over the ring and up the ramp, getting both men counted out. RAW GM Kurt Angle, security and officials arrive to separate both men. Angle then announces that Samoa Joe and Finn Balor will be apart of Team RAW in the Men's 5-On-5 Elimination Match at WWE Survivor Series. Balor leaps off the stage and nails Joe as the segment closed out. 

- Kurt Angle Announces Fifth Member Of Team RAW: RAW GM Kurt Angle announced that due to his son Jason Jordan's impressive victory over Elias Samson in the Guitar On A Pole Match earlier, Jordan would be the fifth member of Team RAW in the Men's 5-On-5 Elimination Match at WWE Survivor Series. Angle stated he needed someone in the match that he could trust so he picked Jason Jordan.

- Alicia Fox Announces Two For Team RAW In The Women's 5-On-5 Elimination Match: After Alicia Fox and Nia Jax were defeated by Bayley and Sasha Banks, Alicia immediately announced that she wanted Bayley and Sasha on Team RAW at WWE Survivor Series.

- Kane And The Miztourage Target Braun Strowman: The Miz gets himself disqualified against Braun Strowman, as Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas and Kane all interfered in their match. Strowman takes out Dallas and tosses Axel into the barricade. Kane and Strowman battle it out until Kane goes for a choke slam. Strowman counters and plants Kane with the running power slam. Kane sits up, but gets clotheslined to the floor by Strowman. Miz and The Miztourage try to jump Strowman from behind, but get laid out.

- Pete Dunne is here!!: In a huge surprise for the United Kingdom crowd, the WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne made a surprise RAW appearance. Dunne went on to take out WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore with The Bitter End.

- New Champions Crowned And Another Attempted Takeover: RAW's main event saw Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defend their WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship against Sheamus and Cesaro. The champions looked to be on their way to retaining the titles when suddenly The New Day from Smackdown Live arrived and mocked The Shield's entrance by heading to the ring from the crowd. RAW GM Kurt Angle arrives with the entire RAW roster, roadblocks The New Day from attacking and then chases them off. During all of the chaos, Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on Ambrose and scores the pinfall, crowning Sheamus and Cesaro the new WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions to end the show.

** RAW Quick Recap **

- "Guitar On A Pole Match": Jason Jordan defeated Elias Samson, after dodging guitar swings from Elias and eventually nailing Elias with the guitar.

- Asuka defeated A Local Talent, by submission with the Asuka Lock.

- Samoa Joe vs. Titus O'Neil went to a no contest.

- Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor went to a double countout.

- Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Nia Jax and Alicia Fox, by submission with the Banks Statement on Alicia Fox. 

- Braun Strowman defeated The Miz, by DQ.

- Pete Dunne defeated Enzo Amore, by pinfall, with The Bitter End.

- "WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship Match": Sheamus and Cesaro defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (c), by pinfall with the Brogue Kick on Ambrose to win the titles.

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