Below are the results and reaction to WWE Raw, live from Charlotte, North Carolina:
Kevin Owens is the guest on his best friend’s show. They mock Thanksgiving and say they are superior because they’re Canadian. Jericho says Sin Cara wearing a Jericho mask cost Seth Rollins last week, not the other way around. Roman Reigns comes out and mocks Owens. Jericho was going to put him on the list, but Owens yelled at him and stated he didn’t need him. Reigns challenges Owens to a match tonight, and if he wins, he gets a Universal title shot. Owens accepts.
“I don’t want to see an Owens/Reigns feud but this segment was fine. Reigns was still stale as hell on the mic, and it’s so obvious he’s memorizing lines, but he’s been worse. Owens and Jericho were entertaining as usual, and they carried the segment well. Not a bad start to the show.”
Owens and Jericho argue backstage. Mick Foley arrives and confirms Reigns vs Owens for later. He’s about to punish Jericho for last week’s antics, but Jericho says not to bother because he’s leaving the arena for the night.
Braun Strowman vs. R-Truth
Strowman quickly defeated Truth with a running powerslam.
Braun Strowman def. R-Truth
Goldust came in and got the same treatment. Sami Zayn came out to stand up to Braun. He got some offense in but Strowman took over. Foley came out and stopped the assault.
Byron Saxton tried to interview Foley and Zayn. Zayn is sick of Foley getting in his way. Sami compares himself to Foley, saying he was the underdog too and he never gave up. Foley says he’s stopping him for the good of his health. Sami calls Foley a hypocrite for not giving others the chances he got.
“First of all, I’m not going to complain about Truth getting killed. Second, Sami was great here. This is the most interesting Sami has been since his feud with Kevin Owens, and this promo showed there’s a lot more to him than just a decent wrestler. He’s a better talker than given credit for, and hopefully this leads to something bigger than him being dominated by Braun.”
Charlotte meets Dana Brooke backstage. Charlotte says she’s going to end her feud with Sasha and become the biggest legend to come from Charlotte.
Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese w/Drew Gulak
Cedric starts off in control. Gulak distracts him, allowing Nese to ground him. Cedric managed to come back with kicks. Gulak would eventually get involved again, allowing Nese to him a pump handle driver for the win.
Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander
“A very quick match that never really got going. Nese winning was fine, since this will hopefully lead to a proper feud. Cedric losing in his hometown wasn’t much of a shock, since Vince hates people wining when they’re home.”
Chris Jericho is leaving the arena. He demands the driver open the door for him, but he knocks the list out of Jericho’s hand. Y2J is mad, but before he can do anything, Seth Rollins appears. The two brawl and the segment ends with Rollins hitting Jericho with a Pedigree on the roof of a car.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha locked in the Bank Statement quickly, but Charlotte escaped. She hit a cross-body, before the two went outside. They brawled before getting counted out. Foley came out and said that this feud wasn’t ending like that. He announced a fall count anywhere match for later in the night.
“They could have just announced this last week, but I guess this is another way to do it.”
Enzo Amore vs. Rusev
Enzo and Cass cut their usual promo, this time it’s Thanksgiving based. Enzo says Lana wanted Enzo to stuff her turkey.
The match starts and Rusev controls. He kicks Enzo in the crotch for the DQ.
Enzo Amore def. Rusev by DQ
“So Rusev standing up for his wife means he’s the heel? Enzo is literally saying that Lana wants his dick and laughing about it, but Rusev defending her means he’s the bad guy? That makes zero sense. I’m happy to see Enzo get murdered plenty by Rusev every week, but do it in a way that makes sense. Just because he’s foreign, doesn’t mean he’s wrong.”
Mark Henry and Titus O’Neil argue backstage. Henry pushes Titus over.
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar
Brian Kendrick is on commentary. The two lock up. Both utilize wristlocks, but Swann hits a dropkick. Dar comes back by focusing on Swann’s legs and hits a running kick. He gets Swann into the corner and works the arm. Swann came back with a kick to Dar’s head. He attempts a rolling thunder, but Dar counters. Swann hits a superkick though, and pins Dar for the win.
Rich Swann def. Noam Dar
Swann gets on the mic and vows to beat Kendrick on 205 Live.
“The result was right, but nobody really cared. The match wasn’t long or interesting enough for anyone to really get invested. I do hope Swann wins the title though, since he’s the most lively and entertaining man in the division.”
Sheamus and Cesaro are in a bar. They agree that couldn’t have worked as a team. Some random people in the bar mock the two for losing last week. Sheamus and Cesaro then beat up every guy in the bar, even smashing glasses over some men’s heads and putting them through a suspiciously thin wall. The two reconcile and share a pint together.
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
Kevin attacked Roman before the match. Roman comes back, but that doesn’t last long. Owens locks Reigns in a headlock, which goes on for quite a while. Reigns eventually got out, and hit corner clotheslines and uppercuts. He then hit a Samoan drop. Owens escapes to the outside, but Roman follows and lands a Superman punch. He tries for a drive-by, but Owens hits a superkick. Owens goes up top, but Reigns lands another Superman punch. They are both outside, and Roman lands a third Superman punch. They are both back in, and Kevin avoids a spear. Reigns does manage to hit the spear though, and pins Owens to becomes the number one contender to the Universal Championship.
Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens
“I said before that I don’t ant to see these two feud, and this match did nothing to change that. However, this was a fine match. I do wish that Owens wasn’t pinned clean, but I guess it’s explained later. My big issue with this feud though is that the US title is irrelevant. Reigns has only defended the title against one competitor and now he suddenly wants another belt. The last time a feud between the US and World champion went down was Cena/Rollins, and the US title was on the line during the feud, so it was actually important. If the US title becomes a part of the feud then I’ll become more interested.”
Kevin Owens is interviewed backstage after the match. He says he was distracted during his match with Roman Reigns, since he saw what happened to his best friend Chris Jericho. He insists the two are still friends.
Paul Heyman Interview
Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman about Brock Lesnar’s loss to Goldberg. Heyman is in tears. He says that they screwed up, as he and Lesnar took Goldberg lightly. They thought it was going to be a quick payday. He states that Goldberg cracked some of Lesnar’s ribs when he speared him the first time. Cole asks how Lesnar is coping with the loss, and Heyman says Brock is embarrassed. Heyman is scared because Lesnar now has something to prove. He says that since Goldberg will be in the Royal Rumble match, Lesanr will be too.
“This was the best part of Raw for me. It is exactly how Heyman needed to be, since the result at SS was so shocking. Heyman was extremely realistic, and Lesnar being in the rumble with Goldberg is very promising.”
Raw Tag Team Championship Match: New Day (c) vs. The Club
Anderson and Gallows repeated their HIAC tactics by attacking quickly. Anderson hit a Liger bomb on Woods. They kept control, but Xavier came back fighting against Gallows. He tags Big E, who spear Anderson to the floor. New Day went for the midnight hour, but Gallows stopped it. The Club hit Woods with a doomsday cutter, and attempted the magic killer, but Big E cut them off. Woods continued the offense, landing a boot, honour roll and forearms on Anderson. Anderson rolls up Woods, but he reverses and rolls up Anderson holding the tights for the win.
New Day def. The Club
“A good match overall, and I like the fact that The New Day are willing to do anything to break Demolition’s record. I also like that Foley and Steph aren’t making it easy for New Day, having them defend the titles every week. I hope it becomes more acknowledged how much New Day are willing to do to win.”
Sasha and Bayley are backstage. Sasha says she’s going to dedicate the match to Charlotte’s father Ric Flair.
Raw Women’s Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks
The match is off to a quick start. Sasha hits a dive and beats down Charlotte. Charlotte gets Banks back in the ring and grounds her. She attempts a figure eight, but Sasha counters. Sasha hits some strikes, before the two swap chops. Charlotte kicks Sasha to the floor, and then hits a natural selection. Sasha gets a kendo stick and attacks Charlotte. Charlotte comes back with a suplex and a neckbreaker. She locks in the figure eight, but Sasha beat her down with the kendo stick. They continue the fight up the entrance ramp and next to the announce table. Charlotte sends Sasha to the ground, and hits a moonsault from the table. Charlotte continued the attack, landing more chops. Back next to the ring, Sasha posts Charlotte. Banks hits a backdrop. The two fight into the crowd. Sasha locks Charlotte in the Bank Statement over a railing (it looks brutal as hell). Charlotte has to tap.
Sasha Banks def. Charlotte
Sasha celebrates in the ring. Ric Flair comes out and raises Sasha’s hand.
“An extremely good match. They used the stipulation perfectly, especially with the finish. The Bank Statement over the railing looked very brutal. This was another case of the hometown wrestler losing, but it worked since Banks avenged her loss in Boston. While I do have a problem with the title being hot potatoed, the matches have been compelling and exciting enough that they outweigh the frequent changes. I m really hoping that Sasha holds it until Wrestlemania now though. She should face Bayley at Mania after turning heel on her best friend. As for tonight though, the match was great and Flair raising Bank’s hand was a nice touch. Also, I’m glad that them main-eventing Raw wasn’t a big deal. This means that women going on last will become more regular and accepted.”
“This week’s show was a rarity. The three hours actually went by rather quickly and the show overall was pretty good. The women’s match, Heyman’s interview and Cesaro and Sheamus’ segment were all highlights for me. There were a few nit-picks but nothing majorly bad stands out. Rusev being a heel when he’s right and the irrelevance of the US title are two things that I have problems with, but the good definitely outweighed the bad this week. 7.5/10.”
What did you think of Raw this week? Are you excited for Reigns vs. Owens?
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