Below are the results from today’s WWE Raw, live from Denver, Colorado:
Jeri-KO opens the show
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho open Raw. They run down the Denver crowd and call Mick Foley “a stupid idiot” for putting Owens vs Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell. Jericho says that he should be in the HIAC match too, and he could beat Rollins anytime he wants. He says he lost last week to Seth because of the referee, and puts the official on the List of Jericho. Seth Rollins comes out and talks trash to Jeri-KO. He calls Jericho “sparkle crotch” and challenges him to a match right there and then. He also questions whether Jericho can beat him without Kevin Owens at ringside, so Jericho asks Owens to go backstage.
“A good opening segment. All three men showed off their brilliant mic work and all of them played their roles perfectly. Rollins’ transition to full babyface is still taking it’s time, as it should do, and Jeri-KO teasing breakup is moving along nicely”.
Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
Rollins controlled the match in the early going, before a springboard dropkick from Jericho knocks Rollins off the apron. Jericho took over the match, until Rollins looked to go up to the top rope. When perched, Kevin Owen’s music hit, which caused Jericho to roll out of the ring. Rollins jumped from the top rope onto Jericho and rolled him back into the ring. But Owens distracted Rollins again to allow Y2J to take over. Jericho locked Rollins in the Wall of Jericho. Rollins tried to reach the bottom rope, but Owens put the rope away from him. The referee caught on to Owens’ tactics, meaning Rollins reached the rope. Some more back and forth action, with Rollins repeatedly trying to hit the Pedigree. Jericho went for a Codebreaker, but was caught and Rollins hit the Pedigree to win. Owens left his best friend in the ring and walked backstage.
Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho
“This match was decent, but not as good as last week’s encounter between the two men. However, Owens walking away from Jericho at the end is another sign that he and Jericho have limited time as friends. Rollins with another big win was a good call.”
Lita interviews Charlotte
Lita talks to Charlotte in a pre-recorded interview. They discuss Charlotte’s success in WWE. Charlotte states that she’s the best women in WWE, possibly the best wrestler out of the women and men. Lita refers to HIAC being in Sasha Banks’ hometown of Boston. Charlottes says that Sasha will need that hometown support. Charlotte ends with saying that she will be the woman to beat, and that she will become a three-time Women’s Champion.
“I absolutely think that Charlotte is the best all around woman’s wrestler in the WWE. She’s possibly the best heel in the company, she’s great in the ring and her talking ability is brilliant, as shown in this interview. She showed why everybody wants to boo her with her arrogant attitude, and further hyped her match with Sasha at HIAC”.
The Shining Stars & Titus O’Neil vs. The Golden Truth & Mark Henry
Goldust and Primo start the match, with Goldust working the arm. Primo tags in Epico, who flies over the top rope and lands on Goldust. Titus tags in and beats down Goldust in the corner, before tagging in Epico. Epico locks Goldust in a chinlock before Goldie fights out and hits a powerslam. Truth and Titus tag in and Truth takes advantage. Henry tags Truth without Titus noticing and hits him with a World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
The Golden Truth and Mark Henry def. The Shining Stars and Titus O’Neil
“Do you care? I don’t. It’s not that I don’t want to care, it’s just that there is nothing to care about. Hopefully the men in this match give up something worth watching soon.”
Jericho and Kevin Owens Backstage
Jericho confronts Owens about him interfering in his match with Rollins. Jericho nearly calls Owens a “stupid idiot”, but stops himself. The argument starts to get heated, but Stephanie McMahon intervenes and says she needs the two on the same page. She has accepted Smackdown’s Survivor Series challenge, and needs them together to in order to beat Smackdown.
“Again, good buildup for Jeri-KO’s pending split. It’s also good to see that Raw have accepted SD’s challenge and I can’t wait to see who will be involved on each brand’s teams.”
Sheamus vs. Big E
Sheamus’ entrance is interrupted by Cesaro, who is on Facebook Live (like Sheamus was last week). The New Day come out and announce it is their 420th day as Tag Team Champions, cue a lot of not so subtle marijuana references. The match starts with Big E dominating, before Sheamus hits him with a German Suplex. Sheamus takes over for the majority of the match.. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse for a 2 count. Big E catches Sheamus in a powerbomb for a close 2 count. Sheamus ends up doing a rake to the face for a close pin attempt. Sheamus hits forearms on Big E. Sheamus knocks Big E off the apron into the barrier. Cesaro goes into the crowd while on Facebook still. Sheamus isn’t happy with this, and demands Cesaro video him Brogue Kicking Big E. Big E counters though and rolls up Sheamus for the win.
Big E def. Sheamus
“An okay match but the focus was very much on Cesaro. His antics were constantly shown on the Titantron, and the match was compelling enough to concentrate on it. It will be interesting to see if Cesaro and Sheamus can get along before their match versus New Day at HIAC. For now, it’s not working for me.”
Bo Dallas vs. Neville
A pre-taped segment is shown, with Curtis Axel saying he is still a Bo-liever. Match begins, and Bo beats down Neville in the corner. He keeps control, before Neville comes back with some kicks. He hits Bo with an enziguri. He goes for a Red Arrow, but Dallas rolls out of the ring. He gets Bo back in the ring, but gets hit with an elbow. Dallas hits his finisher to pick up the pin.
Bo Dallas def. Neville
After the match, Bo beats down Curtis Axel when he tried to celebrate with him.
“I’m glad to see Dallas getting a push, but I would have preferred it not to happen at the expense of Neville. It’s clear how good Neville is and it’s a shame that WWE aren’t doing anything with him. Hopefully he can be moved into the Cruiserweight division. Bo attacking Axel after the match was good, and nice to see some intensity”.
Bayley vs. Dana Brooke
Dana takes her time starting the match. Bayley hits a facebuster and continues the offense. She repeatedly hits Dana’s head off of the turnbuckle. Dana reverses and launches Bayley into the turnbuckles. Dana kicks Bayley, before Bayley makes a comeback, hitting a dropkick through the ropes. Dana throws Bayley into the ringpost though, and cover her for the win.
Dana Brooke def. Bayley
“A strange one. Dana winning wasn’t that surprising, but Bayley hitting the post and then being pinned seemed weird. The crowd didn’t expect that ending and neither did I. It wasn’t bad, but just not convincing. Dana winning is a good build to their eventual proper blow-off. Dana winning clean though was dumb, and made Bayley look weak”.
Paul Heyman Live Interview
Micheal Cole interviewed Paul Heyman, who was live via satellite from WWE Studios. He suggested that Goldberg say no to Brock Lesnar challenge, since saying yes would piss Brock Lesnar off.
“A Paul Heyman promo is always entertaining and this was no exception. A great way to provide anticipation for Goldberg’s return”.
Braun Strowman vs. Mile High Trio
This was just another squash match. Strowman threw the three men around like dolls, even throwing one man over the top rope onto his partners. One man tried to run away but Strowman caught him and rammed him down. Braun hit a double dropkick to two men, then hit a reverse Chokeslam on one man onto another.
Braun Strowman def. Mile High Trio
After the match, Braun grabbed a mic and said that he was going to go backstage and find more competition. Sami Zayn came out to challenge Strowman, who shoved him out of the ring and walked away. Sami would later be interviewed backstage, and stated he is challenging Braun because nobody else will.
“The match itself was the same as any other Strowman squash match. Zayn coming out to challenge Braun however is very interesting. It’s likely that Strowman will win, but at least it gives Sami something to do. Hopefully Sami puts up a strong fight.”
Rusev & Lana’s Message to Roman Reigns
Lana introduces Rusev to the ring. He insults Roman Reigns’ family before showing pictures of his family. He tells us how all of his family have been champions and are special. Roman Reigns comes out and talks trash about Rusev and his family. Lana slaps him before Rusev kicks him in the head. Rusev throws Reigns into the steps and throws the steps in the ring. Roman begins to fight back, but Rusev takes advantage and locks Reigns in the Accolade on top of the steel steps.
“This was meant to purposely annoy the audience but there were some memorbale insults in there. Rusev insulting Reigns’ family was hilarious and him telling the crowd not to boo his mother was just as funny. Rusev finally getting the better of Reigns after weeks of beat downs was needed, and this whole segment made Rusev (and his family) look strong. A much-needed boost towards their match at HIAC.”
Karl Anderson vs. Big Cass
Anderson goes for Cass, but Cass unloads back. They end up outside the ring and Cass takes out Anderson. Cass throws Enzo into Gallows, but as he tries to get back in the ring, Anderson kicks him in the head. Cass responds howevevr, and hits the East River Crossing to win.
Big Cass def. Karl Anderson
“A very quick match which was basically a squash match. After weeks of The Club looking dominant, this match shattered that. Anderson go one piece of offense in, before getting humiliated by Cass. Not sure if there was a lack of time or what, but Anderson losing so quickly was completely unnecessary. He could have at least dominated the match, before being rolled up out of nowhere”.
Backstage Cruiserweight Segment
Brian Kendrick tells Drew Gulak and Tony Nese to focus on TJ Perkins in their six-man tag match. TJP walks in to confront the three. He mocks Kendrick for trying to boss around Gulak and Nese. Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann walk in to announce that they will be teaming with TJP
“It’s clear that TJP isn’t that great with promos. Luckily, Kendrick carried the simple segment that set up the tag team match for later”.
Lita interviews Sasha Banks
Lita talks to Sasha in the same set up as with Charlotte. Sasha talks about how far women have come and that she respects Charlotte, but that she’s going to prove why she’s the best at HIAC. Lita asks if Sasha is afraid of the Cell, but Sasha says no because she asked for the match, and she’s been watching old matches to prepare. She says she is here to make history.
“Even though Charlotte’s interview was more compelling, Sasha still held her own. She did a fine job hyping up the first ever women’s HIAC match and this was one of her better promos since debuting in 2015.”
Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese vs. TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann
Gulak and Swann start the match. Swann gets the better of the two and tags in Cedric. Nese tags in but gets slammed, before TJP tags in. Perkins goes for a DDT, but Nese reverses into a suplex. Kendrick quickly tags in, but TJP lock in the knee bar before Kendrick reaches the ropes. Back from the break, Gulak has Alexander in an armbar. Kendrick tags in but Cedric takes advantage. Swann and Nese tag in, trading blows. Tony goes to the second and Rich snaps him off with a Frankensteiner. Alexander hits a diving clothesline on Gulak and TJP hits a triangle dropkick on Kendrick. Kendrick manages to tag in and lock in a Captain’s Hook submission. Even though TJP tries to break the hold, Swann taps out.
Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese def. TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann
“A decent tag match, but the crowd didn’t seem to care. Since Kendrick and TJP are the only two cruiserweights to be explored, nobody is interested in the rest of the division. It’s time to start more feuds, so the whole division isn’t based around TJP and Kendrick.”
Steph and Mick Backstage
Foley isn’t happy that Stephanie accepted Smackdown’s Survivor Series challenge without talking to him. He gets over it quickly though and says that Raw is going to beat SD. Steph asks what Foley has planned for next week’s show, and he announces a triple threat match between Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Steph likes it and the two high-five.
“A segment clearly designed to create buzz or next weeks show. The triple threat should be good, but this cheesy segment was really needed to hype that match.”
Goldberg answers Brock Lesnar’s challenge
Michael Cole was in the ring to introduce Goldberg. He is shown on the TitanTron walking to the ring (like his old WWE entrance) and gets a huge pop from the crowd. “Holy shit”, “this is awesome” and “Goldberg” chants were loud, and Goldberg looked emotional by the fan support. He thanks the crowd for the amazing ovation and for not forgetting him. Cole leaves the ring. He says that his return is even more special because his wife and son are in the crowd to see him live for the first time. He talks about promoting WWE 2k17 globally. He says he’s missed lots in wrestling, like kicking ass. He was surprised that so many kids around the world recognised him and being a superhero to kids is what he’s missed most. He remarks his backstage problems and that made him think. He thought that he should probably just stay at home and maybe things should just be left to the video game. That was before Lesnar challenged him to fight. He continues by saying that Brock didn’t have the balls to challenge him himself, instead sending Heyman. That made Goldberg think that maybe he’s got one more find left in him. Goldberg ends by accepting Brock Lesnar’s challenge and says that not only does that mean Brock is next, it means that Brock is last. He leaves the ring and starts hugging and high-fiving fans. He pulls a kid from the crowd and puts him on his shoulders, then does the same to his son. It’s announced that Brock Lesnar will be back next week on Raw.
“It was absolutely great to see Goldberg back, and to see how emotionally touched he was by the fans was brilliant. His promo was also great, really building up the tension between him and Brock Lesnar. His return seems to only be for one match, but that’s all it needs to be. A lot of people aren’t looking forward to the showdown between these two giants, but for now, Goldberg and Heyman’s promoting has been sensational. Hopefully the match will live up to the so-far, amazing build”.
“A decent Raw this week. Obviously everybody was focused on the big return of Goldberg, so other portions of the show fell flat. But, the segments that did make an effort were worth-watching. There were bits that you could skip, like Big Cass vs Anderson, but still plenty of fun. The highlight was clearly Goldberg’s long-awaited return and he delivered a wonderful promo to cap off a fine Raw. 7/10 overall”.
So, what do think of Raw this week? Did Goldberg’s return live up to expectations?
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