Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon 12/5/17: RAW Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles, California, at the famous Staples Center. Paige makes her return to the squared circle for the first time in almost two years as she battles Sasha Banks. Also Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose get their rematch for the WWE RAW World Tag Team Championship against the champions Sheamus and Cesaro.

** Monday Night RAW Card **

- WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns defended his title against Jason Jordan.
- Paige battled Sasha Banks.
- Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali battled in a Fatal Four Way Match.
- Asuka battled Alicia Fox.
- Finn Balor battled Bo Dallas.
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro defended their titles against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

** RAW Highlights **

- Jason Jordan Demands A Chance: RAW GM Kurt Angle kicked off the show and immediately is interrupted by Jason Jordan. Jordan wants a shot at Roman Reigns and the IC Title, but Angle reminds Jordan about his leg injury. Jordan says he can handle it and knows he can beat Reigns. Roman Reigns interrupts and heads to the ring. Reigns says he wants Samoa Joe and if Jordan wants a title shot don't run to daddy to ask for it, step up and earn it. Jordan has words with Reigns as Samoa Joe interrupts. Joe accepts Reigns' challenge, but will allow Reigns to change his mind before it's too late. Jordan has words with Joe now and challenges Joe to a match as well. Reigns tells Jordan to back off, forcing Jordan to attack Reigns from behind. Angle holds Jordan back and orders him to leave the ring. Reigns orders Angle to give him Jordan right now. Angle tries to keep Jordan and Reigns apart to end the segment.

- Roman Reigns Defends The Gold: RAW GM Kurt Angle finally agreed to let Jason Jordan face Roman Reigns for the WWE Intercontinental Championship after their altercation to start RAW. Reigns goes after Jordan's bad knee during the match. Reigns hits a Superman Punch for a near fall. Jordan is able to dodge the spear and hit two northern lights suplexes for a near fall. Reigns is able to hit another Superman Punch and the spear to score the pinfall. After the match, Samoa Joe attacks Reigns in the ring. Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch submission, but Jordan suplexes Joe. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Jordan and then talks trash to Joe, who's on the RAW stage.

- Paige's In Ring Return: The second match of the night saw Paige's first match back from injury, battling Sasha Banks. Paige arrived with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Sasha Banks arrived with Mickie James and Bayley. Alexa Bliss was also out on commentary. Paige counters the Banks Statement submission, Sasha counters the RamPaige and is able to lock in the Banks Statement submission on the second attempt. Paige escapes and rolls to the floor where Paige's team and Sasha's team start brawling. Sasha gets distracted and gets kicked by Paige. Paige hits the RamPaige and scores the pinfall.

- The Cruiserweight Mini Tournament Continues: Last week, RAW GM Kurt Angle announced two fatal four way matches with the winner of both matches facing in a one on one match to determine a #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Rich Swann won the first match last week. Before the match, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore demanded Drew Gulak and Tony Nese to make the Zo Train proud and win tonight. The third match of the night saw the second fatal four way match in the mini tournament. Nese hits double knees on Ali and then Alexander hits the Lumbar Check on Nese. Alexander takes out Ali, then gets hit with a knee by Gulak. Gulak covers Ali and steals the pinfall, advancing to the finals to battle Rich Swann on next week's RAW.

- Elias Samson's Concert Performance: Earlier in the night, Elias Samson demanded a rematch against Roman Reigns for the IC Title, but didn't get it. RAW GM Kurt Angle turned down the idea, due to Jason Jordan already getting the title shot. Elias informed Angle he'd have a concert tonight instead until Angle could find Elias a worthy opponent. Elias is in the ring with his guitar and mocks the city of Los Angeles in his song. Braun Strowman interrupts and attacks Elias. Elias sends Strowman into the ringpost and then busts his guitar over Strowman's back. Strowman isn't fazed at all as he attacks Elias and hits the running power slam. Strowman continues the assault on Elias until Kane appears on the TitanTron. Kane promises to ascend Strowman into the abyss next week with only one monster coming out alive.

- Asuka's Dominance Continues: The fourth match of the night saw Asuka battle Alicia Fox. Alicia gets a good amount of offense in on Asuka and goes for the scissors kick. Asuka counters, kicks Alicia and gets Alicia to tap out to an arm bar submission. After the match, Paige, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose arrive and surround Asuka. Asuka again smiles and walks past all three ladies, leaving the ring. Paige tells Alicia how much she loves her, but Sonya and Mandy don't feel the same about Alicia. The trio attack and beat down Alicia. Absolution leave Alicia laid out in the middle of the ring and celebrate. 

- Bo Dallas Battles The Demon: The fifth match of the night saw Finn Balor and Bo Dallas go one on one. Dallas tries to keep Balor grounded with submission style wrestling. Balor hits the Slingblade and the drop kick into the corner on Dallas. Balor goes to the top rope and hits Coup de Grace on Dallas and scores the pinfall.

- "Woken" Matt Hardy Awakens: Bray Wyatt cuts a promo backstage and gets interrupted by Woken Matt Hardy. Bray and Matt go back and forth with Bray calling Matt a coward and Matt delivering his trademarked broken Matt Hardy promos, thanking the entities for awakening him. Bray says he feels alive again and Matt sentences Bray to total deletion. Bray and Matt both laugh at each other as a "delete" chant begins.

- The Bar Defends The Gold: The main event of the show saw Sheamus and Cesaro defend their tag team titles against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Rollins counters The Neutralizer, but eats an uppercut from Cesaro. Rollins counters another Neutralizer and gets a near fall high knee. Sheamus attacks Rollins and unloads a series of knees and stomps on Rollins. The referee warns Sheamus, but he doesn't listen and gets he and Cesaro DQ'ed. After the match, RAW GM Kurt Angle arrives and restarts the match as a No DQ Match. Samoa Joe suddenly hits the ring and attacks Ambrose and Rollins. Roman Reigns hits the ring and chases Joe off. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Cesaro. Sheamus, however, gets the Brogue Kick on Ambrose and scores the pinfall to retain the titles. 

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