WWE Raw Results & Reaction (October 31 2016)

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Below are the results and reaction from this week’s WWE Raw, live from Hartford, Connecticut:

Goldberg opens the show

Goldberg makes his way to the ring to loud chants. He’s about to talk about Brock Lesnar, before Paul Heyman comes out and interrupts. He berates the crowd for chanting for Goldberg and says that his client Brock Lesnar is impatient. Goldberg is ready to fight and Brock’s music hits. Heyman laughs since he knows Lesnar isn’t coming out. He then mocks Goldberg and his son, saying that his son will watch him lose. As Goldberg looks ready to attack Heyman, Rusev comes out and talks trash to Bill. He says that Goldberg is not a superhero and that he no longer has what it takes. He punches Goldberg, who responds with knees to the gut and a Jackhammer. He then spears Heyman to end the segment.

“The segment was good until Rusev came out. As soon as he came out, we knew what was going to happen. Anyone but Rusev. Rusev is great, and he should be being protected after his loss last night at HIAC. Couldn’t someone from the battle royal later on come out and get murdered? Also, Goldberg was sloppy in the brawl, which only adds fuel to his critic’s fire. I did like his spear to Heyman though, as it will piss Brock Lesnar off even more. Heyman was definitely the MVP of this segment though. An okay start to the show.” 

Trick or Street Fight: Luke Gallows vs. Enzo Amore

The ring is full of Halloween-themed weapons, such as pumpkins and orange kendo sticks. Enzo and Cass come out dressed as Buzz and Woody from Toy Story. They cut their usual pre-match promo, this time with a Toy Story theme. Gallows controls the match early before Cass distracts him, allowing Enzo to hit him with a skeleton, dunk him in an apple-bobbing bucket, and then hitting him while he had an apple in his mouth. Gallows takes control again, throwing pumpkin guts in Enzo’s face. He goes to hit Enzo with a kendo stick, but Enzo throws small  pumpkins at him. Luke still manages to hit him with the stick though. Enzo mounts a comeback, and hits Anderson with a pie. Cass then kicks Anderson off the apron and through a table. Enzo jumped from the top rope and hit a DDT on Gallows (who has a pumpkin on his head) for the win.

Enzo Amore def. Luke Gallows

“A short match that was pretty lame. It’s too soon for Gallows and Anderson to lose after winning a big match. Plus, we’ve just got done with The Club doing comedy, so why did they have to feature in a comedic-themed match? The action in the match was nothing we haven’t already seen, and the result was the wrong one.”

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Brian Kendrick (c) vs. TJ Perkins

TJP comes out first. Kendrick comes out and cuts a promo on how easily he managed to fool Perkins to win the Cruiserweight championship. He says TJ will need to have a plan to beat him tonight, like he already does. The match starts and Perkins is on the offense quickly. Kendrick managed to take control of the match again, before TJP made a comeback. He hit a missile dropkick, then went to the top rope. Kendrick cut him off, before Perkins hit a rana to the floor. Perkins beat the count, but Brian refused to get back in the ring.

TJ Perkins def. Brian Kendrick via Count-out

TJP attacked Kendrick after the match and locked him in a kneebar. Some referees came out to break it up.

“A decent match with TJP finally showing a bit of character. The finish means the feud will continue, which I’m a little disappointed by since I want to see new challengers to the title. Hopefully either Rich Swann or Cedric Alexander will be the next number one contender. Still though, a fine match that will quickly be forgotten.” 

Braun Strowman threatens Raw General Manager Mick Foley. He wants to be part of Raw’s Survivor Series Team, or he will wreck the rest of the Raw roster. Foley doesn’t back down, and says he will be part of a battle royal later tonight which will be for a place on Raw’s SS team.

Mick Foley Survivor Series Address

Foley comes out and talks about Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho’s action at HIAC. He says that even though it was legal, it left a bad taste in his mouth. This lead to Owens and Jericho coming out and questioning why Mick felt this way. Owens says that he stole the show and Jericho said that him and Owens should be anchoring Raw’s SS team. Owens agrees and says that Foley is jealous because Foley never won a HIAC match. Foley says that he’s disappointed in Owens because he didn’t need Jericho’s help to win. He then states that Stephanie McMahon only wanted Owens on the Raw team for Survivor Series, not Jericho, and Foley had to convince her to have Jericho too. Mick says he needs someone he trusts on the team and that guy is Roman Reigns. He comes out and calls Jeri-KO Spongebob and Patrick Star. The insults continued, before Jericho says he could beat Reigns for his US Title anytime. The main event is set for tonight – Roman Reigns versus Chris Jericho for the US Championship.

“A nice segment that served it’s purpose really well. It hyped up Survivor Series by adding 3 key members to Raw’s team, plus set up a big main event for the night. KO and Y2J were definitely the highlight of the segment and it’s becoming even harder not to like them.”

Battle Royal For a Place on Raw’s Survivor Series Team

The main guys in this match are Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn, Neville, Cesaro and Sheamus. Not going to go through everything here. Basically, Strowman eliminated lots of jobbers, Cesaro and Sheamus used great teamwork to eliminate jobbers and Zayn eliminated Titus O’Neil. Sheamus tried to get rid of Cesaro, but he reversed and threw out Sheamus. Strowman then eliminated Cesaro, and him and Sheamus bickered outside the ring. Neville tried to mount offense against Braun, but he got smashed. Braun eliminated the Geordie. Last two are Zayn and Strowman. Zayn tried to attack Braun, but he got clobbered with a corner splash. He went to eliminate Zayn, but Sami hung on and tried pulling Braun over the top rope. He couldn’t do it, and Strowman tossed him to the floor to win.

Braun Strowman wins Battle Royal

“Pretty much a typical battle royal, but it was fun to see Strowman throw people around for fun. Can’t really argue with the result either. Braun is getting a big push and this wasn’t the time to have him lose.”

The New Day are backstage mourning the loss of Francesca II. Big E is dressed as Kama Mustafa, Woods is Papa Shango and Kofi is The Godfather. They announced that they will be captaining Raw’s Survivor Series Tag team and joked about some of Smackdown’s tag teams.

Rich Swann, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari

Similar match to HIAC, except Swann has replaced Sin Cara. Good opening to the match. The heels eventually took over, with Daivari distracting Alexander. This allowed Nese to slam him into the barricade. Frequent tags between the heels keep them in control, before kicks Daivari. He nearly makes a tag, but Gulak comes in and knocks Dorado off the apron. Cedric does tag Swann though, and Drew tags Nese. Things broke down, with Cedric diving and Dorado moonsaulting onto Gulak and Daivari. Swann roundhouse kicked Nese and covers him for the victory.

Rich Swann, Lince Dorado and Cedric Alexander def. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari

“A fun and quick match which allowed Swann to pick up a victory, meaning he will probably be next to face Brian Kendrick. Crowd still wasn’t that interested, but that doesn’t mean the match was entertaining.”

Charlotte Promo

Charlotte is once again carried to the ring. He talks about her HIAC match with Sasha Banks and admits that Sasha pushed her to her limits, but she is still second place. She then said that she will be captaining the Raw Women’s Survivor Series team and she warns all of SD’s women’s roster. She then tells Bayley to come to the ring, stating she is the weak link of her team. Bayley congratulates Charlotte on her victory last night and says how special it was. Charlotte says that Bayley dreams, while she achieves. Bayley says her success has made her a jerk and she never wants to be like her. Charlotte says nobody can be like her and says she has a match against one of their team mates for Survivor Series. Bayley thinks it’s Dana Brooke, but Charlotte laughs as Nia Jax comes out.

“Charlotte is always great on the mic, but this week was a weaker effort. She addressed the audience as peasants a lot which was just weird, and calling Bayley a weak link is ridiculous. Yes she’s a heel, but Bayley has recently beat her and her mate Dana, so she certainly isn’t the weak link. Plus, where was Sasha this week?”   

Bayley vs. Nia Jax

Charlotte is on commentary, and Dana stands next to her. Bayley tried to overcome Jax’s power with speed, but Nia hit a shoulder breaker. She locked Bayley in a bear hug, but Bayley managed to lock in a choke hold. Jax broke out, before Bayley came back with strikes and some dropkicks. She then hit a bulldog. She went for a corner elbow but Jax bulldozed her over. She out Bayely in the corner and climbed onto the second rope. Bayley got up and went for a Bayley-to-belly, but Nia threw her to the outside. Jax then slammed her into the barricade, and then got her back in the ring to hit a Samoan drop for the win.

Nia Jax def. Bayley

“This is the first time Jax has been tested on the main roster and it was a good match. Bayley always works best as the underdog and this was no excpetion. These two mesh well together, and Bayley seems to bring the best out of Jax. Nia winning was probably best since she needs to stay strong for Survivor Series, so not really anything to complain about.”

Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Shining Stars

Primo started the match trying to attack Sheamus, but he fought it off and tagged Cesaro in. He hit plenty of uppercuts, before getting distracted. The Shining Stars took over, before Sheamus tagged in and hit the ten beats of the bodhran. He locked in a clover leaf on Epico. Primo tried to interfere but Cesaro gave him an uppercut. Epico tapped out.

Sheamus and Cesaro def. The Shining Stars

“Sheamus and Cesaro needed the win after last’s nights match against The New Day. They won convincingly which was good, and the match itself was fine. Nobody cares about The Shining Stars so moving on.”

Golden Truth were in a Haunted House and they got scared a lot. Moving on again.

Jericho and Owens were backstage and said that they were going to become US and Universal Champion at the same time. They want the US belt to be the Canadian title. They said that Roman Reigns was going to get “it” and began walking out.

United States Championship Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Kevin Owens is at ringside. Back and forth to start with Jericho using his scarf to take advantage. The action spills to the outside with Reigns taking out Jericho. He gets him back in the ring, but Owens pushes Reigns into the ring post behind the referee’s back. Jericho grounds Reigns before Roman powers out. Jericho boots him though, but he counters a bulldog and clothelines Y2J. He hits corner clotheslines and a big boot, then a drive-by and a Samoan drop. Jericho avoids a Superman punch and goes for the Walls of Jericho, but Roman escapes. Roman counters a lionsault, but Jericho locks the Walls in. Roman fights out and kicks Jericho to the corner. He hits a sitout powerbomb, and then he hits an intruding Owens. Jericho then takes control and goes for a springboard dropkick, but Reigns counters with a Superman punch. He then hits a spear, but Owens breaks up the pin.

Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho via DQ

Owens and Jericho continue the beating after the match, even hitting a pop up codebreaker. Seth Rollins then runs down and hits a slingblade on Jericho. He then hits two suicide dives on Kevin Owens, before hitting Jericho with a flying knee. He goes for a Pedigree, but Owens pulls Jericho out of the ring. Reigns then gets up and him and Rollins look at each other from across the ring, which ends the show.

“The main event was a solid match and it looked like the match could go either way. The match ending in a DQ was fine, since Jericho has taken a lot of clean losses lately, so a DQ finish was actually nice to see. The action after the match was great. The crowd chanted loudly for Rollins, who provided some great moves when he came out. Reigns being beaten down and not coming back was surprising and fine by me. The stare off was also good, since it would have been odd for anything else to happen. Roman shouldn’t trust Rollins, but could also use an ally right now so this was a perfect in-between. A good main event, topped off with a brilliant ending.”

Final Thoughts:

“Raw was definitely not perfect this week, but it did have lots of high points. The show’s last match and ending were certainly it’s highlight and there wasn’t anything massively wrong with this week’s episode. Goldberg looking rusty, the Halloween Street Fight and Bayley’s “weak link” thing were all low points, but they weren’t as bad as a lot of the stuff we’e seen over the past few weeks. The final part was the only good part to really stand out, but there were certainly other fun moments too (New Day being fun as usual, Battle Royal, Cruiserweight Action). A decent showing overall – 7/10.” 

So, what did you think of Raw this week? Who should be the final member of Raw’s Survivor Series Team?

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