Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/19/17: RAW Providence 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 Providence, Rhode Island. We continue our journey to the Royal Rumble in January. What feuds will we see lead us to the first stop on the Road to Wrestlemania?

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- Seth Rollins battled Jason Jordan.
- Finn Balor battled The Miztourage in a Handicap Match.
- Finn Balor and Hideo Itami battled The Miztourage.
- Drew Gulak battled Cedric Alexander in a #1 Contenders Match.
- Asuka battled Alicia Fox.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro and Samoa Joe battled Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan in a six man tag team match.
- The Revival battled Heath Slater and Rhyno.
- Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks battled Absolution in a Six Woman Tag Team Match.

** RAW Highlights **

- Kurt Angle Announces The WWE Universal Championship Match For The Royal Rumble: RAW GM Kurt Angle kicks off RAW and gets interrupted by Braun Strowman. Strowman feels he deserves the title shot against Brock Lesnar since he was the last man standing last week. Kane interrupts next and feels that he deserves the title shot because he's caused nothing but destruction the past 20 years in the WWE. Kane says he's facing Lesnar unless Strowman thinks he can stop Kane. Paul Heyman interrupts next and introduces Brock Lesnar. Angle announces a Triple Threat Match between Lesnar/Strowman/Kane at the Royal Rumble. Angle escapes the ring as the three big men stare each other down. Lesnar sends Strowman over the top rope. Lesnar counters a Kane choke slam, unloads and lays Kane out with the F5. Lesnar and Heyman leave as Kane sits up and stares down Lesnar.

- Jason Jordan Interrupts The Show: The first match of the night was supposed to be Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe, however, Jason Jordan interrupts and confronts Rollins. Jordan tells Rollins that he's been wanting a match with Joe the past few weeks and keeps getting denied. Jordan says he's fighting Joe tonight and Rollins can wait for his opportunity. Rollins says this isn't Jordan's opportunity or his big chance. Samoa Joe interrupts next and finds it funny how everyone wants a piece of him. Joe proposes Rollins fight Jordan and the winner face Joe later. Jordan shoves Rollins to the mat and Rollins accepts the new challenge.

- Seth Rollins vs. Jason Jordan: The match is made official with the winner meeting Samoa Joe later tonight. Joe distracts Rollins and talks trash. Rollins sends Jordan into Joe. Joe goes after Rollins, but eats a super kick. Back in the ring, Jordan gets a near fall on Rollins after Rollins finished talking trash to Joe. Rollins with the high knee on Jordan and scores the pinfall. After the match, Joe attacks and beats down Rollins until officials pull Joe away from Rollins.

- "Handicap Match": Finn Balor vs. The Miztourage: The second match of the night saw Finn Balor continuing his feud with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel in a handicap match. Axel unloads on Balor and climbs the ropes with him. Balor sends Axel to the mat, but Dallas knocks Balor off the ropes going for the Coup de Grace. Dallas and Axel two on one attack Balor and the referee calls a DQ on The Miztourage. After the match, The Miztourage continue their attack until Hideo Itami arrives and helps Balor clear the ring.

- Finn Balor and Hideo Itami vs. The Miztourage: The third match of the night saw Kurt Angle make this match official after the way the handicap match ended. Itami with a near fall flying clothesline on Axel. Itami unloads on Axel as Balor takes out Dallas. Balor drop kicks Dallas into the barricade as Itami hits the Go To Sleep on Axel for the pinfall.

- "#1 Contenders Match": Drew Gulak vs. Cedric Alexander: The fourth match of the night saw Gulak battle Alexander to see who would go on to battle WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore. Enzo is on commentary, but doesn't seem interested as he's spending his time texting someone on his phone. Alexander lands a kick on Gulak, fights off Gulak on the apron and hits a springboard clothesline. Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Gulak and scores the pinfall.

- Asuka vs. Alicia Fox: The fifth match of the night saw the undefeated Asuka battle Alicia Fox. Alicia with a near fall kick on Asuka and then a near fall northern lights suplex. Asuka unloads on Alicia, hits a drop kick and then forces Alicia to tap out to an arm bar submission.  

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Jason Jordan vs. Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro: The sixth match of the night was made official by Kurt Angle after Rollins, Ambrose and Jordan all told Angle they wanted Samoa Joe tonight. Angle gave them all Joe in a six man tag team match. Rollins suicide dives onto everyone and accidentally hits Ambrose, hurting Ambrose's arm. WWE Medic check on Ambrose as Rollins is distracted. Cesaro capitalizes, nails Rollins and scores the pinfall. After the match, Ambrose and Rollins are attacked in the trainers room by Sheamus, Cesaro and Samoa Joe. The trio slam a production case on Ambrose's injured arm and send Rollins into the concrete wall.

- The Woken Warriors: Woken Matt Hardy continues his head games with Bray Wyatt. The Great War is upon us, Matt will stand by his Woken Warriors, Bray Wyatt and Sister Abigail must be stopped and they will be deleted.

- The Revival Returns: The seventh match of the night saw the return of Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson, as they battled Heath Slater and Rhyno. Wilder gets tossed outside as Slater and Wilder trade shots. The Revival end up hitting the Shatter Machine on Slater to score the pinfall.

- An Elias Samson Concert: Elias is in the ring with his guitar and mocks New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Elias says he's held his own against the top stars and Kurt Angle should be scared. Elias claims he's winning the Royal Rumble and then sings about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Sasha Banks interrupts and heads to the ring. Mickie James and then Bayley interrupt Elias from continuing his song about Rhode Island, forcing Elias to give up and leave.  

- "Six Woman Tag Team Match": Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James vs. Absolution: The main event of the show saw women's division action. All hell breaks loose in this one as the ladies brawl it out. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose double team Sasha in the ring, forcing the referee to DQ Absolution. After the match, Sasha continues to get beat down. Nia Jax hits the ring and shoves away Absolution from attacking her. Nia kicks Sonya and headbutts Mandy. Nia lays out Sonya and Mandy with a double Samoan Drop. Paige chop blocks Nia and unloads on her. Absolution three on one Nia until Alicia Fox, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Mickie James and Alexa Bliss all hit the ring. Stephanie McMahon suddenly arrives and everyone stops fighting. Stephanie announces that since all the ladies want to fight then it's time to make history again. For the first time ever at the Royal Rumble we'll see an all women's Royal Rumble match.

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