Week of 2/6/2017 - 2/12/2017 (Monday - Wednesday)
Monday Night Raw
Date: February 5, 2017
Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Commentators: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
It's that time of the year when just talking about a match in about two months is a big deal. In this case that means Goldberg is back to answer Brock Lesnar's challenge for a match at Wrestlemania XXXIII, which is likely main eventing the show in April. Other than that we might get a few more details about what's coming up in about a month at Fastlane. Let's get to it.
We open with a recap of HHH's speech from last week about how tired he is of Seth Rollins not doing what he wanted Rollins to do. HHH blames this whole thing on Rollins getting hurt (the first time).
Stephanie McMahon and an unhappy Mick Foley are in the ring to start with Foley bringing out Samoa Joe, much to his annoyance. Joe hasn't signed his Raw contract yet but first of all we need Stephanie to yell at Mick for not doing his job (whatever that means here). Foley doesn't want to sign Joe, who goes on a rant about how there is nothing Foley can do to stop him.
For eighteen years Joe has been trying to get here and if one man giving him a shot means he has to hurt Rollins, so be it. Joe signs and here's Roman Reigns to interrupt. Roman gets in Joe's face and says that if Joe is putting Raw on notice, that means he's putting Roman on notice. Foley immediately makes the match for tonight.
Bayley vs. Nia Jax
Bayley goes right after her to start and literally bounces off the monster. That means it's time for the slow beating to begin, including a hard slam and a lot of shouting. Nia misses a charge into the corner though and Bayley fires off some forearms, only to get sent even harder into the corner to send us to a break.
Back with Bayley fighting out of a waistlock and forearming Nia in the jaw. Another beal into the corner sets up a running splash though and Nia mocks Bayley's dancing. Nia turns her inside out with a clothesline but misses a charge into the post. Bayley sends her in again but here's Charlotte for a distraction, allowing Nia to Samoan drop Bayley for the pin at 10:32.
Braun Strowman vs. ???/???/???/???
It's back to the old formula here as Strowman runs over everyone in sight, sending one of the four running up the ramp. The running powerslam plants one of them and the other two are piled on top for the pin at 1:54.
Strowman tells Foley this isn't competition and heads to the back to find the boss. In the back, Strowman says he wants everyone so Foley gives him a match with Reigns af Fastlane.
Video on Akira Tozawa.
Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak
The announcers make sure to plug Tozawa's resume so it's clear he's going to be a big deal. Some early strikes have Gulak in trouble and a backsplash (WAY too popular anymore) gets two. Gulak's comeback goes nowhere as Tozawa kicks him to the floor for a suicide dive. A Shining Wizard sets up the snap German suplex to end Gulak at 3:40.
Post match Brian Kendrick comes out to shake Tozawa's hand.
Here are Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho with something to say. Owens brags about retaining the Universal Title but Jericho had something more important to get to. Last night someone won a little game and that means they've been calling themselves the G.O.A.T. No one steals Jericho's name so Tom Brady JUST MADE THE LIST.
With that out of the way, Jericho wants to talk about a champion vs. champion match at Wrestlemania when he challenges Owens for the Universal Title. Owens doesn't know if he can do that but here's Goldberg to interrupt. Goldberg gets straight to the point and accepts the match with Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Kevin likes this idea because Goldberg vs. Lesnar could be a great undercard match for KO Mania II.
That's not quite what Goldberg meant though because Owens doesn't have anything for Fastlane. Therefore, maybe Goldberg should get the next shot at the Universal Title. Jericho interrupts and threatens Goldberg with a spot on the list but Goldberg puts himself on it. That makes Jericho accepts the shot for Owens, who certainly isn't pleased.
In theory this sets up Owens vs. Jericho, but at the same time it also likely means Goldberg gets the title. I wouldn't even be surprised if he squashes Owens either, which is another great salute to someone who has spent months being awesome, only to get taken down by someone who doesn't need the title for their Wrestlemania match.
Post break Owens isn't happy with Jericho but Chris says he always has Kevin's back. That's not enough though because having his back doesn't mean making matches for the Universal Title.
Tag Team Titles; Cesaro/Sheamus vs. Gallows and Anderson
Gallows and Anderson are defending with Enzo and Big Cass watching at ringside. Sheamus takes over on Anderson to start before Cesaro comes in with an ax handle to the shoulder. A Regal Roll into a double stomp from Cesaro gets two so the champs regroup on the floor as we take a break. Back with Sheamus fighting back and getting two off a top rope clothesline. The assisted Irish Curse gets two on Anderson but Gallows kicks Enzo in the face, drawing Cass in for the DQ at 9:00.
Black History Month video on Jackie Robinson.
We look back at Rollins being attacked last week. Rollins has a torn MCL and his Wrestlemania status is “very much in doubt”.
New Day vs. Shining Stars
Before the match, Kofi wants to know who has actually been to the Shining Stars Resort. That would be no one, because it's not real. New Day gives people what they want, including magic, music (via Francesca II: Turbo) and cereal. Big E.: “What else can we give them? ICE CREAM???”
This is joined in progress after a break with Woods hitting a splash for two on Primo until an enziguri knocks Xavier into a Russian legsweep. We hit the chinlock for a long while, followed by a top wristlock for a change of pace. Woods fights back and gets in a missile dropkick, allowing the hot tag off to Big E. Everything breaks down and New Day cleans house, setting up the Midnight Hour for the pin at Primo at 5:48.
Goldberg vs. Owens is official for Fastlane.
Jericho doesn't think Sami Zayn can defeat him two weeks in a row. Kevin comes in to say he'll have Jericho's back.
The Rock N Roll Express are official for the Hall of Fame.
US Title: Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn
Sami is challenging and Owens is at ringside. Feeling out process to start with Sami grabbing a rollup for two which sends Jericho out to the floor. Back in and Sami's high crossbody gets two on the champ but it's way too early for the Helluva Kick. Instead Jericho bails to the floor, meaning it's time for a big flip dive to put Chris down.
We come back from a break with Jericho getting his head taken off with a clothesline. Another Helluva Kick attempt is countered into the Walls but Sami reverses into the Blue Thunder Bomb for two. One day that's going to win a match and the roof is going to come off the place. Sami's tornado DDT is countered into the Walls but he's right in front of the ropes. Owens throws in a superkick though and the Codebreaker retains the title at 9:45.
We look at Goldberg challenging Owens earlier tonight.
Sasha Banks is getting her knee looked at when Charlotte comes in to mock her for not even having her health. Charlotte promises to keep a seat open for Banks next week when her best friend gets a shot at the title.
Austin Aries is in the ring for an interview with Neville. With Rich Swann out with an injury, it's time for a new #1 contender to be crowned. As luck would have it, there's going to be a five way elimination match between Jack Gallagher, Noam Dar, Cedric Alexander, Tony Nese and TJ Perkins in a five way elimination match for the #1 contendership. Neville doesn't care who he faces so here are all five challengers to interrupt each other while saying they'll win. A big brawl breaks out with Neville being the last man standing, mainly because he's one of the only ones who didn't try a big dive.
Emmalina debuts next week.
Neville/Noam Dar/Tony Nese vs. Jack Gallagher/Cedric Alexander/TJ Perkins
Joined in progress as we come back with Gallagher taking a snap suplex from Neville. Nese grabs a front facelock but has to stop for the sake of forearming Perkins and Alexander off the apron. Gallagher gets in a headbutt to put Nese down so Neville demands Dar allow him to take the tag. Apparently Dar isn't the best listener though as he tags himself in, only to have the also tagged Perkins dropkick him in the face. Neville won't have any more of this and walks out on his partners, leaving Nese to take the Detonation Kick. A Lumbar Check puts Dar away at 5:05.
Jericho pitches an idea for next week: the Festival of Friendship. Owens is skeptical but goes along with it.
We look at Reigns and Samoa Joe from earlier.
Video on the Elimination Chamber. Cole says this is a new Chamber but doesn't elaborate. What sloppy journalism.
Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
Joe jumps Reigns before the bell and Reigns is in trouble as we take a break with no bell. Back with the bell ringing and Reigns taking it to the floor for a whip into the barricade. Joe comes right back with an enziguri and pops Reigns in the jaw with an elbow. A slugout goes to Joe and he drops the backsplash for two more.
You're not about to keep Reigns in trouble for that long though as he comes back with a Samoan drop. The Superman Punch is loaded up but Joe is smart enough to roll outside. That earns him the apron dropkick and a Superman Punch but here's Strowman for a distraction. Joe gets back up and hits a Rock Bottom for the pin at 9:57.
Post match Strowman cleans house and powerslams Reigns through the barricade to end the show.
Nia Jax b. Bayley – Samoan drop
Braun Strowman b. ???/???/???/??? – Running powerslam
Akira Tozawa b. Drew Gulak – German suplex
Anderson and Gallows b. Sheamus/Cesaro via DQ when Big Cass interfered
New Day b. Shining Stars – Midnight Hour to Primo
Chris Jericho b. Sami Zayn – Codebreaker
Jack Gallagher/Cedric Alexander/TJ Perkins b. Tony Nese/Noam Dar/Neville – Lumber Check to Dar
Samoa Joe b. Roman Reigns – Rock Bottom
Date: February 7, 2017
Location: Key Arena, Seattle, Washington
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton
It's the last show before Elimination Chamber because this is that annoying period where we have all these pay per views in the span of a few weeks. The card seems to already be set in stone, making tonight about the hard sell rather than about adding much of anything new. Let's get to it.
We open with a long video on Randy Orton vs. John Cena as the rivalry is renewed again tonight.
Here's Daniel Bryan to get things going in the only logical move. It feels good to be home but above all else, Bryan is grateful that he's going to be a dad very soon. Cue Miz and Maryse to cut him off though and the heat is outstanding. During the entrance, Mauro makes a rare mistake by saying Sunday will be Miz's second time inside the Cell instead of the Chamber.
Miz is an unsympathetic as you would expect him to be and suggests Bryan to be a stay at home dad since he can't wrestle. Bryan: “Not being able to wrestle never kept you out of a ring.” The crowd gets into a shouting contest with Miz but here's Baron Corbin to cut them both off.
Miz pitches an alliance but Corbin thinks he could knock Miz out right now. Bryan: “Oh no Baron. Please don't punch Miz in the face. That would be terrible.” Cue Dean Ambrose to say he doesn't sweat any of these people because he's going to make some bad decisions inside the Chamber. Now it's AJ Styles to cut them off but the fans cheer for him instead of the intended reaction. Bryan makes a four way for fun.
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz vs. AJ Styles
Non-title. Miz heads to the floor to start and his attempt at sneaking up on Ambrose fails completely. AJ's springboard is broken up but Corbin sends Dean into the steps to put him down again. Back in and Miz starts doing Bryan kicks to AJ and Ambrose but it turns into a battle of rollups between everyone not named Corbin. Baron and Dean clothesline each other down and we take a break.
Back with a four man Tower of Doom giving us crowd reaction shots and near falls. Deep Six gets two on Miz but AJ's basement forearm gets the same on Baron. Miz gives AJ the running knee but it's time for Dean to clean house with whatever he can come up with, including sending Miz into the barricade and Corbin into the post. Back in and AJ hits his moonsault into the reverse DDT on Dean with Miz diving in for the save. Now the Forearm connects on Miz, only to have Maryse make a save. End of Days gives Baron the pin on AJ at 12:57.
Luke Harper says Orton stole his family but he knows how to fix things. That means a beating at Elimination Chamber, though it's not clear if that's an official match.
Natalya and Nikki Bella come in for a satellite interview. Nikki doesn't think they can ever be friends anymore and Natalya goes into her standard “Nikki is awful” rant. They argue over who is more bitter and Nikki's big insult is that the only thing Natalya has ever been good at is wrestling. Natalya says that when Nikki is old and banged up, Cena isn't going to take care of her and will move on. If Natalya wasn't married, it would be moving on to someone like her. Nikki walks out.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews
Crews is extra aggressive here as he scores with an early dropkick and sends Ziggler into the corner. Ziggler sends him into the post though and hits the running DDT, only to have his superkick countered into a rollup for the pin at 1:02.
Ziggler beats Crews down post match and hits him in the back with a chair. Kalisto runs out for the save, only to get chaired down as well.
Post break, Ziggler is put in a handicap match against Kalisto and Crews on Sunday. What kind of face/heel psychology is that supposed to be?
Here are Mickie James, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and Naomi for a four way contract signing. Mickie talks about having more experience than all four of them combined and tells Renee Young to get out of the ring. It seems that Becky is trying to erase Mickie from history and take the credit for the Women's Revolution. Without Mickie James, there is no Becky Lynch so it all ends Sunday.
Mickie signs so Becky says James walked away when it got too tough. This Sunday she's walking through Mickie with straight fire which is all she is. Now Becky signs so Alexa laughs at the idea of Becky being anything but full of orange hair dye. Alexa talks about class and signs while saying she can beat Naomi on Sunday. Naomi says she can beat Alexa and talks about Wrestlemania being in her hometown. That means she's going to slide down the aisle (yes slide) as Smackdown Women's Champion. The brawl breaks out and the villains run away.
American Alpha/Heath Slater/Rhyno/Breezeango vs. Vaudevillains/Ascension/Usos
Gable suplexes English down to start but a few rakes of the eyes put Chad in trouble. Aiden misses a Swanton Bomb and it's time for Alpha to clean house. Breeze tags himself in though and Breezango cleans house, only to have the good guys get in an argument as we take a break.
Back with Slater in trouble and Viktor tagging himself in for a chinlock. The Vaudevillains and Ascension get in an argument though, allowing the hot tag to Rhyno to blow the roof off the place. Everything breaks down and Jordan launches Gable onto a pile at ringside. Back in and the Gore hits Konnor, only to have Viktor hit a middle rope knee for the pin on Rhyno at 9:46.
Rock N Roll Express Hall of Fame video.
Video on the Elimination Chamber.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
Non-title. They slug it out to start with Orton taking over and kicking Cena in the ankle. Bray watches from the corker as Cena is sent out in front of him for another right hand to the face. Back with Cena taking a full nelson slam but still being able to send Orton outside. It's too early for the AA though and Orton drops him back first onto the announcers' table.
Back in and Cena hits the usual, including the AA for two. An Elevated DDT out of the corner sets up the RKO for Orton's near fall, though at least they waited a bit in between. Another RKO is shrugged off into a ref bump, allowing Wyatt to come in for the double beatdown. Cue Harper for the save and the discus lariat on Harper. An RKO attempt doesn't work and the AA puts Orton down at 13:38.
Baron Corbin b. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and Miz – End of Days to Styles
Apollo Crews b. Dolph Ziggler – Rollup
Ascension/Vaudevillains/Usos b. American Alpha/Heath Slater/Rhyno/Breezango - Knee to the chest to Rhyno
John Cena b. Randy Orton – Attitude Adjustment
Date: February 8, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips
Tonight is all about Bobby Roode and his GLORIOUS NXT Championship celebration. In other words it's probably time to find out who we're going to be seeing as Roode's first challenger, likely at Takeover: Orlando. I'm really not sure who that's going to be as Shinsuke Nakamura is still down with a knee injury. Let's get to it.
Opening sequence, now prominently featuring Roode.
Sanity vs. Bollywood Boyz
Dain and Wolfe for Sanity here with Harv getting shoved around to start. Gurv comes in and has the same issues dealing with the monster Dain. The Boyz try some dancing and get their heads taken off with a double clothesline. A double backsplash sets up a One Winged Angel (I'm thinking that's going to get its own name) for the pin on Gurv at 2:33.
Post match Nikki Cross demands Asuka but Eric Young cuts her off to say Tye Dillinger belongs to Sanity.
Liv Morgan vs. Billie Kay
Billie gets taken down to start and Liv walks on her back, setting up a rollup for two. Kay grabs an armdrag and we hit the chinlock. Peyton tries to get on the apron for a distraction but Liv grabs a rollup for the pin at 3:40.
Tye Dillinger says Sanity hasn't humbled him and he won't join them. That brings Sanity in for the triple team but No Way Jose and Roderick Strong come in for the save.
William Regal announces a UK Title match next week with Tyler Bate defending against Trent Seven. Peyton and Billie come in and demand a match against Liv next week. Regal agrees and says Liv can pick her partner, which delights the Aussies because Morgan has no friends.
Shinsuke Nakamura's knee injury won't require surgery.
Revival vs. Heavy Machinery
Machinery is Tucker Knight/Otis Dozovich. Knight shoulders Dash around a few times and bearhugs him over to the corner for the tag off to Otis. We hit another bearhug from Otis, who Percy describes as “Tugboat reincarnated.” Dawson comes in and snaps off some jabs to the face but Dash is easily kicked off at two. It's off to a chinlock on Otis for a bit until the hot tag brings in Tucker. House is cleaned but Dawson makes a blind tag and DDT's Knight for the pin at 3:46.
Post match Revival says they're the top guys around here and want a shot at the Authors of Pain at Takeover: Orlando. Cue the Authors so Revival bails, only to sneak back in and jump the champs.
Video on Tyler Bate.
Here's Roode for the celebration. Roode gets straight to the point with an I TOLD YOU SO. He's proven his greatness over and over already and that includes defeating Nakamura. That man defeated everyone he got in the ring with until he got in the ring with Bobby Roode. It was the most glorious moment in NXT history because now NXT has someone who looks like a champion is supposed to look. It's no longer WE ARE NXT because now it's his NXT.
Video on Trent Seven, who is from a cabin halfway up Mustache Mountain.
Sanity vs. No Way Jose/Tye Dillinger/Roderick Strong
Sanity gets jumped in the aisle to start and we take a break before the opening bell. We come back joined in progress with Tye knocking Eric to the floor for a breather. It's off to Jose vs. Wolfe with No Way taking over before Eric gets taken into the wrong corner for his efforts. Strong dropkicks Wolfe down but it's off to Dain so Sanity can take over.
Tye gets beaten into the corner and Nigel wonders how many times he has to take a beating until he's officially a 9. Dillinger easily escapes and the hot tag brings in Strong to clean house. Everything breaks down but Dain breaks up the Sick Kick, allowing Cross to get in a hurricanrana on Tye. Dain runs Strong over and Young gets the pin at 6:20.
Sanity b. Bollywood Boyz – One Winged Angel to Gurv
Liv Morgan b. Billie Kay – Rollup
Revival b. Heavy Machinery – DDT to Knight
Sanity b. No Way Jose/Roderick Strong/Tye Dillinger – Crossbody to Strong
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