RAW opens with an “in memory” graphic for Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
A video package runs focusing on Martin Luther King Day. We go live to Little Rock with a shot of the audience in attendance clapping.
The RAW introduction plays.
We go live back to Little Rock where a huge display of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show inside the Verizon Arena.
Roman Reigns kicks off RAW in Little Rock
Roman Reigns is out first to kick off the show tonight. Footage is shown from last week’s main event featuring Chris Jericho pinning Reigns in a handicap match that also featured WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Jericho became the new United States Champion.
Back live, we are reminded that Reigns will challenge Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in two weeks. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho will be suspended above the ring inside a shark cage.
Reigns has a mic in hand. “As a former member of The Shield, I can’t really complain about losing a fight because I was outnumbered.” Reigns talks about The Shield debuting and “whoopin” everybody in sight. He said it didn’t matter who you were. Reigns says he isn’t complaining about what happened last week. He talks about how in two weeks at the Royal Rumble, Owens won’t have the help of Jericho and Jericho will be above the ring inside a shark cage. Reigns claims no one can beat him one-on-one right now. He talks about walking out the Royal Rumble as the WWE Universal Champion and moving on to WrestleMania to headline in the main event for a third time.
Paul Heyman walks out to interrupt. He describes himself as the calm before the storm and talks about how his client, Brock Lesnar, is here at RAW tonight. Heyman asks Reigns is he is allowed to enter the ring and Reigns allows it. He reminds Reigns he is just an advocate. The crowd in Little Rock starts a loud “GOLDBERG” chant interrupting Reigns. Heyman reminds the crowd that Goldberg is not here this evening. He has a Royal Rumble match spoiler: eat, sleep, elimination and repeat. Reigns interrupts Heyman. He said Lesnar must be somewhere eating or sleeping because he isn’t out here with him.
Here comes WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho to interrupt. Owens has a mic and finds it quite funny that people are making WrestleMania plans pointing out how both Jericho and himself are the champions right now. Jericho puts over Team Chris and Kevin and that it is simple math: Owens beats Reigns at Royal Rumble and Jericho wins the Royal Rumble setting up a best friends main event at WrestleMania. “All the stupid idiots watching tonight and at home and everybody in this company better watch…IT.”
Owens isn’t sure if that whole WrestleMania math checks out, but he stands here the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history. He says after the Royal Rumble he will remain champion and just like after WrestleMania he will also remain champion.
Seth Rollins is out to interrupt. He says they can’t be having a conversation about the main event of WrestleMania without Seth “freakin” Rollins. Rollins talks about missing WrestleMania last year and how he plans to win the Royal Rumble match.
Here comes Braun Strowman. Strowman gets in the face of Reigns.
Brock Lesnar is out next to interrupt. As Lesnar walks down the ramp, Sami Zayn shows up and jumps on the back of Strowman. A big brawl breaks out. Superman, big knee and kick in the corner on Strowman by Reigns, Rollins and Zayn. Lesnar with a german suplex on Reigns. Lesnar is staring down Zayn in the corner smiling. Lesnar with a german on Zayn. Lesnar is left alone in the ring and calls for Strowman to get in. Strowman gets up on the ring apron staring down Lesnar. Big reaction from the crowd in Little Rock. Strowman jumps down. Reigns jumps back in and catches Lesnar with a Superman. Reigns with shots to Jericho and Owens. Lesnar is back up and hits Reigns with an F5!
Sheamus and Cesaro defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson later tonight.
Up next, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Rusev and Jinder Mahal.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Rusev and Jinder Mahal
We start with Enzo Amore and Jinder Mahal. Enzo catches Mahal with a kick in the corner and tags in Cass. Enzo with a shot on Rusev and is then launched into Mahal into the corner. Rusev is in getting in a shot on Enzo. Cass goes after Rusev in the corner with knees. Cass sends Mahal over the top rope. Mahal took a legit shot to his right eye.
We return live as Enzo has the tag and is throwing rights at Mahal with help from Cass. Rusev tags himself in and plants Rusev with a standing Rock Bottom. Rusev with a big scoop slam on Enzo and drops a quick elbow. Tag to Mahal who hits the ropes and drops a knee over the head of Enzo. Tag to Rusev who lands a quick kick to Enzo. Rusev with a bear hug on Enzo cutting off a hot tag to Cass in the corner. Enzo catches Rusev with a tornado DDT from the corner. Hot tag to Cass and tag to Mahal. Cass with shoulder tackle, elbow and fallaway slam on Mahal. Cass splashes Mahal, plants him with a scoop slam and connects with a big jumping elbow. Rusev breaks up the pinfall attempt. Enzo pulls the top rope down sending Rusev over. Rusev hangs on and Cass with a big boot to Rusev. Mahal rolls up Cass and Cass kicks out. Cass with a big boot to Mahal. Tag to Enzo. Enzo goes up to the top turnbuckle, Cass launches Enzo off the top and Enzo connects with a big splash over Mahal to get the pinfall.
Winners: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Backstage, we see Jack Gallagher is shown heading to the arena.
Back live, Austin Aries is on commentary along with Jack Gallagher.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado
Dorado with a springboard cross body early on Daivari. Daivari with right hands to Dorado in the corner. Daivari is yelling at Jack Gallagher who is on commentary. Dorado with blocks and big chops to Daivari. Daivari with a springboard stunner catching Daivari for a two count. Dorado with a dropkick from the corner on Daivari. Dorado misses a cross body. Daivari with a huge clothesline. Daivari with a cobra clutch and Dorado taps.
Winner: Ariya Daivari
Footage of Nia Jax attacking Sasha Banks earlier today will be shown next.
Footage from RAW last week is shown of The Undertaker’s return. Undertaker revealed he would be entering the Royal Rumble match in two weeks.
A video package of the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament that took place this past Saturday and Sunday in Blackpool is shown.
Footage from the WWE Facebook page is shown of Sasha Banks getting her knee evaluated by staff. Nia Jax entered the ring and attacked Banks. Jax attacked the knee of Banks including dropping her body over the knee of Banks.
Sheamus and Cesaro defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships next.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships Match
Sheamus and Cesaro (c’s) vs. Gallows and Anderson
We get ring introductions for the challengers Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and the current champions Sheamus and Cesaro.
We start with Cesaro and Karl Anderson. Anderson lands a big right early. Sheamus tags himself in. Cesaro catches Anderson in mid air hitting a backbreaker and Sheamus connects with a knee off the ropes. Quick tag back to Cesaro who connects with a double stomp over Anderson after Sheamus set it up with a rolling senton. Anderson with a kick to Cesaro in the corner. Tag to Luke Gallows. Gallows drops a big elbow over the chest of Cesaro. Tag back to Anderson who kicks Cesaro in the chest, snapmare and then drops a knee. Tag to Gallows who throws kicks to Cesaro in the corner. Tag to Sheamus who connects with a springboard shoulder tackle over the top rope on Gallows. Sheamus with a full body splash on Gallows in the corner, goes up top and connects with a flying clothesline for a two count. Sheamus with forearm shots to Gallows against the ropes. Cesaro is chasing down Anderson. Gallows with a huge kick to the head of Sheamus sending him to the outside.
We return live as Gallows splashes Sheamus in the corner and both Gallows and Anderson hit a modified 3D on Sheamus for a close two count. Gallows tags in Anderson and yells at him to finish it. Gallows misses a shot on Cesaro in the corner. Sheamus with a big scoop powerslam on Gallows. Hot tag to Cesaro. Tag to Anderson. Cesaro with running uppercuts and even more uppercuts in the corner to Anderson. Cesaro with a big dropkick that results in a two count. Cesaro has Anderson down, avoids a shot from Gallows and dropkicks Gallows through the ropes. Cesaro with a drop toe hold on Anderson. Cesaro connects with the Swiss-19! Cesaro goes up top and takes out Gallows on the outside. Cesaro catches Anderson with an uppercut cutting off a suicide dive attempt. Back inside, Cesaro catches Anderson with a springboard uppercut for a two count. Cesaro has Anderson down again and this time executes the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro has the Sharpshooter locked in and Gallows kicks him in the face to break it up. Anderson with a cover and Cesaro kicks out. Cesaro with uppercuts to Anderson. Cesaro kicks Gallows in the corner. Anderson with a spinebuster on Cesaro and Sheamus breaks up the pinfall. Sheamus tackles Gallows and throws rights. Sheamus with a big forearm to Anderson. The referee tries to break it up and he takes out the referee by mistake. Anderson sends Sheamus into the steel ring post. Magic Killer by Anderson and Gallows on Cesaro. The referee is still down. A new referee runs down the ramp, slides in and Anderson gets the pinfall! We have new champions.
Hold on a second. The original referee is standing up and screaming no.
JoJo announces Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as the winners via DQ due to Sheamus accidentally taking out the referee. Sheamus and Cesaro retain.
Winners and still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: Sheamus and Cesaro
After the match, Gallows and Anderson hit a Magic Killer on Sheamus.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte will talk her Royal Rumble strategy tonight.
Footage of Brock Lesnar’s appearance earlier tonight is shown.
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman takes place later tonight.
A video package looking at the career of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka is shown.
Another Emmalina video package airs. She promises it will be worth the wait.
Backstage, Sami Zayn is with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Zayn is providing a variety of fast-talking suggestions for the six man tag match later tonight. Rollins appreciates the enthusiasm, but they have been here before. Zayn puts his hand in the middle wanting to do a Shield gesture. Rollins and Reigns walk off annoyed.
Cruiserweight Division Match
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese
Austin Aries is back on commentary with Cole and Saxton.
Footage from last week is being shown and then we quickly return live. Cole mentions Neville jumped the ring barricade and started attacking Swann before the match could even start. WWE officials hit the ring and pull Neville off Swann. Swann tackles Neville and starts throwing lefts and rights. Swann stomps away at Neville as WWE officials pull him off. Tony Nese then attacks Swann and throws big left hands. Neville pulls Nese off Swann and tells him to back off. Nese jumps back on Swann getting in shots. Neville then grabs Nese by the head and tosses him over the top rope. Neville kicks Swann in the face.
Winner: No Contest
We see a replay of Neville attacking Swann as he entered the ring.
Up next, The New Day.
Backstage, Neville is asked why he attacked Rich Swann tonight. Neville says everyone must have forgotten what went down last week. He promises to break Swann at Royal Rumble.
The New Day talks about the Royal Rumble
The New Day walks out to a big reaction in Little Rock.
They enter the ring and Xavier Woods talks about this being one of the most stacked Royal Rumble matches of all time. Kofi Kingston brings up Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and The Undertaker. Kofi brings up most importantly: your boys, The New Day.
Big E, Woods and Kofi talk about it being friend vs. friend and every man for himself at the Royal Rumble in two weeks. Big E says if one of you two win the Royal Rumble…WE ALL WIN THE ROYAL RUMBLE! Kofi adds they all move on to main event WrestleMania. Woods says they all three become your W…W…E…Universal…here comes Titus O’Neil.
Titus says he doesn’t want to be in The New Day because he was thinking about replacing The New Day. Titus enters the ring as New Day laughs. He said they have three spots (Titus says he can count very well). Titus wants a hook up for one of those spots. Big E says how about no? Titus says he will just take it. He suggests they get in a “booty huddle” so they can figure out whose spot he will take in the Royal Rumble. Kofi tells Titus if he knew how to call a proper huddle then he would still be playing football. Big E is willing to put his spot on the line as long as Titus leaves them alone outside the ring. Titus says he is happy to see Big E put his spot on the line because “Ti-tus rocks.” That match is next.
Big E’s Royal Rumble Spot On The Line
Big E vs. Titus O’Neil
We join the match in progress live as Titus is hitting Big E with shots in the corner. Big E responds with a shoulder tackle in the other corner. Big E gets an abdominal stretch applied on Titus and starts spanking his butt as they start up a “New Day Rocks” chant. Big E catches Titus with an elbow and gets a two count. They brawl to the outside and Titus pushes Xavier Woods over at ringside. Back inside, Titus catches Big E with a big boot. Titus mounts Big E and throws some big right hands. Titus drops elbows over Big E. Titus has Big E up on his shoulder and drops him back down face first getting a close two count. Titus with a quick scoop slam on Big E. Titus mocks Woods and Kofi at ringside. Titus hits the ropes and drops a leg over Big E for another two count. Titus has Big E in an abdominal stretch of his own. Big E fights out and connects with clotheslines. Big E with a belly-to-belly suplex on Titus. Big E shakes the hips, hits the ropes and splashes over Titus. Big Ending on Titus for the win.
Winner: Big E
After the match, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston lift up Big E in celebration.
Backstage, we see WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte heading to the arena next.
Charlotte talks her Royal Rumble strategy
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte heads to the ring.
A graphic reminds us that Charlotte will defend the WWE RAW Women’s Championship in two weeks at the Royal Rumble against Bayley.
Charlotte has a mic. She talks about out working and studying every opponent. Charlotte describes Bayley has being “average” and how she has a lot of common with the WWE Universe. She points at the crowd and how they see themselves in her. Charlotte describes Bayley as an “average fan.” Charlotte has photos of a young Bayley with John Cena, Ivory, Rob Van Dam and Bret Hart. “Obsessed much?” She also has notes Bayley wrote about her wrestling dreams put on the screen. Charlotte said while Bayley was doing this, she was winning state championships and training 20 hours a week. “She was writing in little notebooks,” adds Charlotte. Charlotte calls Bayley pathetic. She has a video clip played of Bayley reading an essay she wrote in school about wanting to be a wrestler in WWE. Charlotte has the clip stopped so she can read a copy she brought herself. She calls the essay an empty promise of dreams.
Bayley walks out and heads down the ramp very quickly. Charlotte bails. Bayley grabs a mic as Charlotte starts heading up the ramp. She asks Charlotte what she is doing saying all of this is unnecessary. Charlotte asks Bayley if she is ashamed? “This is who you are. An average fan,” says Charlotte. Bayley asks Charlotte if this is really her strategy to try and get in her head and embarrass her before the Royal Rumble? She isn’t ashamed of her passion for WWE. Bayley has a story from the past. She talks about not being fortunate enough to have a father that could get her in the door with one phone call. Bayley said she did have a dad that took her to every WWE event in San Jose even if he didn’t have any money to do so. She talked about telling her dad that one day that was going to be her. Charlotte calls the comments touching. Bayley has a new poem for Charlotte: “Roses are red, violets are blue, at Royal Rumble, I will defeat you.”
Footage of Brock Lesnar showing up earlier tonight is shown.
Backstage, Braun Strowman is warming up when Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho walk up. Owens wants to talk strategy tonight. Jericho says they can be unstoppable tonight with help from Strowman. Owens suggests Strowman beat up Reigns so bad that maybe he’s out of action for around two weeks. Jericho also suggests Strowman beat up Seth Rollins. Strowman says what they don’t understand is that he does what he wants. He says he is winning the Royal Rumble and coming after the WWE Universal Championship.
Cruiserweight Division Match
The Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander
Footage from WWE 205 Live is shown from last week with Alicia Fox helping Noam Dar get a win over Cedric Alexander. Cedric then broke up with Fox backstage.
Austin Aries is back on commentary with Cole and Saxton.
Kendrick tosses Alexander face first into the corner early. Alexander with a head scissors takedown and then a big dropkick. Alexander then springboards off the ropes driving his knees into the head of Kendrick. Back inside, Kendrick catches Alexander with a heel kick. Kendrick has a full nelson submission applied on Alexander on the mat. Backstage, we see a shot of Noam Dar watching the match. Alexander with a right and chops to Kendrick. Kendrick with a big back elbow as Alexander came off the ropes. Kendrick eats repeated boots form Alexander in the corner. Alexander with a big back elbow to Kendrick and then a kick to the head in the corner. Alexander with a springboard clothesline from the top turnbuckle on Kendrick for a two count. Kendrick counters Alexander raking the eyes and then pulling Alexander down into a front face lock. Alicia Fox runs down to ringside and helps Alexander grab the bottom rope to break the submission. Alexander rolls out and asks Fox what she is doing. Kendrick with a dropkick to Alexander and tells Fox to beat it. Kendrick tosses Alexander back in the ring. Alexander connects with knees to the lower back of Kendrick after a counter and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
After the match, Alicia Fox gets in the ring and claps for Cedric Alexander. Alexander smiles at her and opens his arms for a hug. Fox goes to hug him and he walks off walking under her arms. Fox is not pleased as we see Noam Dar smiling backstage.
Backstage, Nia Jax calls Sasha Banks a wannabe tough girl. “I broke The Boss.”
WWE will officially reveal Kurt Angle as the first inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame up next.
Backstage, Alicia Fox is asked if things are done between her and Cedric Alexander. Fox doesn’t want to talk about it. She gives a crazy response saying once again she doesn’t want to talk about it. Fox thinks she better go talk to Cedric.
WWE airs a video package officially announcing Kurt Angle as the first inductee into the Class of 2017 WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 33 weekend. Big reaction for Angle in Little Rock including the crowd doing the “YOU SUCK” chant along with Angle’s theme.
IT’S TRUE! IT’S DAMN TRUE! @RealKurtAngle is our first inductee into the @WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017! #RAW #WWEHOF pic.twitter.com/QRaoPDD6T1
— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho head to the ring next for tonight’s main event.
Goldberg returns to RAW next week.
Six Man Tag Team Match
Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn goes right after Braun Strowman as a big brawl breaks out. Kevin Owens with rights to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins throws Chris Jericho over the top rope. Strowman tosses Rollins over the top rope. We are left with Reigns and Strowman. Strowman grabs Reigns and quickly tosses him over the top rope.
We return live as Jericho is slapping Reigns. Reigns tags in Zayn who chops Jericho. Zayn drops Jericho over his knee and hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Owens tags himself in and works over Zayn in the corner. Owens with a big chop to Zayn. Owens with elbows to the back of Zayn and then applies a headlock. Owens with a kick to the head of Zayn and tags in Jericho. Jericho with a back suplex on Zayn and then a corner clothesline. Zayn catches Jericho with a shot to the gut on the way down from the top turnbuckle. Tag to Owens and he cuts off Zayn tagging out. Owens attempts a back splash over Zayn and Zayn gets his knees up. Hot tag to Reigns. Reigns with big rights to Owens. Reigns with a flying clothesline and more clotheslines in the corner on Owens. Reigns catches Jericho when he gets in. Reigns with a big boot to Owens. Jericho holds the leg of Reigns from under the bottom rope. Rollins jumps and takes out Jericho at ringside. Strowman jumps down and sends Rollins shoulder first into the ring barricade. Reigns attempts a Superman on Strowman, but Strowman blocks it and Owens with a superkick on Reigns. Owens hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out. Strowman gets the tag as we head to another break.
Back live, Owens is the legal man with Reigns as he gets in an elbow. Owens applies a headlock on Reigns. Reigns fights to his feet. Reigns with a samoan drop on Owens. Hot tag to Rollins and tag to Jericho. Rollins with a jumping takedown on Jericho and repeated elbows in the corner. Rollins with a Blockbuster off the corner on Jericho. Zayn tosses Owens out. Rollins with a suicide dive to Jericho. Zayn leaps over the top rope taking out Owens. Zayn avoids a charging clothesline attempt by Strowman who hits the steel ring post. Rollins with a flying knee from the top rope on Jericho for a two count. Jericho counters a Pedigree going for a Walls of Jericho. Rollins counters, goes for another Pedigree and again Jericho counters. Tag to Strowman who eats rights from Rollins. Rollins is trying to take Strowman off his feet. Strowman has a hand on the throat of Rollins. Zayn breaks it up. Strowman with his chop to Zayn. Strowman back body drops Rollins. Strowman eats a kick to the face from Rollins and a Superman from Reigns. Strowman is barely on his feet. Rollins with a knee to Strowman. Tag to Zayn. Zayn goes up top, Rollins jumps off the other corner taking out Owens on the outside, Zayn jumps and catches Strowman with a high cross body for a two count. Strowman levels Zayn when he charges in. Strowman has Zayn up and connects with a big running powerslam. Strowman hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winners: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman
After the match, Braun Strowman grabs Sami Zayn and walks him on his shoulder up the ramp near the announce table. Seth Rollins quickly runs up with a steel chair and hits Strowman with it. Roman Reigns then catches Strowman with a spear. We see a replay of Rollins cracking the chair over Strowman’s back and the big spear by Reigns.
Back live, Rollins and Reigns clear off the announce table when Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens run up attacking them. Jericho and Owens point at the announce table as they grab Reigns. Rollins attacks Owens to break it up. Jericho goes after Rollins. Rollins with a Pedigree on Jericho on the stage. Owens cracks the steel chair over the back of Rollins. Reigns comes in for a spear on Owens and Owens cuts it off using the steel chair. Owens then cracks the steel chair over the back of Reigns. Owens grabs Reigns and powerbombs him over the announce table smashing it to pieces.
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