Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/12/17: RAW Cleveland 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 Triple Threat CLE's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The Shield and The Bar continue their feud, Woken Matt Hardy has finally arrived and Absolution continue to target the women's division. Great way to start off the week!

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Bayley and Mickie James battled Mandy Rose and Paige.
- Finn Balor battled Curtis Axel.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Sheamus battled Seth Rollins.
- Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander and Ariya Daivari battled in a Fatal Four Way Match with the winner battling Drew Gulak in a #1 Contenders Match.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against WWE RAW World Tag Team Champion Cesaro.
- Dean Ambrose battled Samoa Joe.
- Braun Strowman battled Kane in a #1 Contenders Match.

** RAW Highlights **

- Samoa Joe And The Bar One Up The Shield: Samoa Joe kicks off RAW and brags about having The Shield's number, he'll deal with Dean Ambrose later, but wants Roman Reigns right now. Joe continues his rant until The Shield are show backstage and Reigns heads to the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro attack Reigns from behind and beat him down on the ramp. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins run out next and brawl with Sheamus and Cesaro. Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch submission on Reigns, but Reigns escapes. Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe beat down Rollins and Reigns until Ambrose tries to make the save, but gets beat down too. The Shield are left laid out as Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe celebrate in the ring.

- Bayley and Mickie James vs. Mandy Rose and Paige: The first match of the night saw Absolution continue their feud with Bayley and Mickie James in tag team action. Sonya Deville tries to interfere, but gets knocked off the apron by Mickie. Bayley unloads on Paige in the corner until the referee orders her back. Mickie goes for the Mickie DDT on Mandy, but gets kicked and knocked out by Paige. Mandy covers Mickie and scores the pinfall.

- The Bray Wyatt And Broken Matt Hardy Feud Continues: Bray Wyatt says it's always been good vs. evil. Woken Matt Hardy appears on the TitanTron and says there's a Great War coming. Bray calls Matt the ying to his yang. Matt and Bray go back and forth again and Bray says that only one of them can survive. Matt says that Bray will be deleted. Bray and Matt laugh hysterically at each other to end the segment. 

- Finn Balor vs. Curtis Axel: The second match of the night saw Balor battle Axel. Axel is looking for revenge for Bo Dallas after Dallas lost to Balor last week. The Miztourage attack and beat down Balor before the bell. Balor tells the referee that he's alright and the match starts. Balor with the Slingblade on Axel and then hits the running drop kick into the corner on Axel. Bo Dallas attempts to interfere, but changes his mind and steps back. Balor with Coup de Grace on Axel and Balor scores the pinfall.

- Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus: The third match of the night saw Rollins battle Sheamus with The Shield, Cesaro and Samoa Joe banned from ringside, after what took place earlier. Rollins hits a Falcon Arrow on Sheamus for a near fall. Sheamus counters the high knee from Rollins and ends up hitting a senton on Rollins. Sheamus can't connect with the Brogue Kick on Rollins, allowing Rollins to hit a super kick. Rollins hits the high knee on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.

- "Second Chance Fatal Four Way Match": Tony Nese vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari: Due to Rich Swann's arrest and suspension over the weekend, a new Fatal Four Way Match was announced to determine who would face Drew Gulak in the #1 Contenders Match for a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Nese pulls down the knee pad and hits a running knee on Cedric, but Ali stops the pinfall. Nese and Daivari double team Ali until Ali dumps Nese outside. Daivari with a near fall rollup on Cedric. Cedric counters a Daivari clothesline and nails a kick. Cedric sends Nese flying off the apron and then hits the Lumbar Check on Daivari to score the pinfall. Cedric will battle Drew Gulak next week with the winner facing Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. 

- Roman Reigns Defends The WWE Intercontinental Championship Against Cesaro: The fifth match of the night saw Roman Reigns defend his title against Cesaro in a one on one match. Both men unload shots while on their knees until the referee steps in, allowing Cesaro to get a near fall rollup. Cesaro argues with the referee and then unloads uppercuts on Reigns. Cesaro continues the series of uppercuts as the referee warns Cesaro to back off. Reigns counters the Neutralizer with a back body drop on Cesaro. Reigns drills Cesaro with the spear, scores the pinfall and retains his title. 

- Absolution Goes To War With Asuka: The past two weeks, Absolution have been eyeing Asuka but not making any moves. Asuka was supposed to battle Alicia Fox, but instead again gets surrounded by Absolution. Asuka sends Mandy Rose flying with a kick. Sonya Deville and Paige try to two on one Asuka. Asuka traps Paige in an armbar submission, but gets attacked by Mandy and Sonya. Paige hits a knee on Asuka and the three on one beat down begins. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and Alicia Fox suddenly all hit the ring and go after Absolution. Absolution avoid the beat down and escape the ring. 

- Dean Ambrose vs. Samoa Joe: The sixth match of the night saw Ambrose battle Joe. Earlier in the night Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Sheamus and Cesaro. Ambrose looked to hit the trifecta for The Shield. Also earlier in the night, Jason Jordan again tried to get a match against Samoa Joe, however, RAW GM Kurt Angle denied Jordan's request. Jordan arrived during the match and watched from the ramp. Jordan gets on the apron and distracts Joe and the referee both. Ambrose tries to pin Joe, but Jordan distracting the referee stops it from happening. Ambrose goes after Jordan, but Joe suicide dives on to both of them. Joe hits a senton on Jordan and then chokes Ambrose unconscious with the Coquina Clutch submission for the victory.  

- "#1 Contenders Match: Braun Strowman vs. Kane: It was announced earlier in the night that the main event of the show would be Strowman vs. Kane with the winner advancing to the WWE Royal Rumble and battling Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. Kane and Strowman both hit choke slams for near falls. Kane rolls outside where Strowman follows. Kane sends Strowman into the crowd, but Strowman running tackles Kane right through the barricade. Both Kane and Strowman are counted out with no official #1 Contender. After the match, Strowman attacks Kane. Both Kane and Strowman grab the steel steps and charge at each other with steps in hand. Strowman grabs a table next as Kane lands a steel chair shot. Kane unloads on the neck and back of Strowman with the chair. Strowman fights back until both men go down. Kane and Strowman both sit up and stare at each other. Kane tries to choke slam Strowman through the table, but Strowman fights it. Strowman scoops up Kane and puts him through the table with the running power slam to end the show.

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