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WWE Monday Night Raw 1/16/17, Live From Little Rock, Arkansas

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves

In Memory:  “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, RIP

Video:  Martin Luther King, Jr.  Never Forget That Dream

If you want to check out this past Impact Wrestling from last week, click here Impact Wrestling 1/12/17 Results

Segment Number 1:  Royal Rumble Participants

Roman Reigns begins the show, telling us last week, he lost his United States Championship.  When he first started with The Shield, they took out anyone, at anytime.  So he understands the rules.  He lost in a 2-on-1 Handicap match, but make no mistake about it, he is heading to Royal Rumble to get the WWE Universal Championship, and he will take care of business one on one.  And for the third straight year, head to Wrestlemania in the main event.  Because nobody can beat him in a one on one match.

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the calm before the storm.  And that storm, Brock Lesnar is here tonight.  And the sword is “The Beast” Brock Lesnar, and this moment allows Heyman to send a message, a Royal Rumble spoiler.  As we get Goldberg chants.  Ladies and gentlemen, Goldberg is not here this evening.  However, Heyman is, which allows him to handle this Royal Rumble spoiler.  Eat, sleep, elimination, repeat.  Reigns tells Heyman Brock must be eating, or sleeping.  Because he isn’t here with Heyman.

Enter the Universal Champion, and the new United States Champion.  Kevin is amused when the two of them are making their Wrestlemania plans, when Chris and Kevin are the WWE Universal and United States Champions.  Chris said if anyone has a team of destiny, it’s Team Chris and Kevin, the new US Universal Champion, baby.  It’s just simply math.  1.  KO wins the title match against Reigns.  2.  Jericho wins the Rumble.  3.  Best friends meet at Wrestlemania, and they both win because they are still the US Universal Champions.  And the stupid idiots at home will be watching history.  Oh yeah, stupid idiots, and they better watch…..IT!!  Owens isn’t sure that Wrestlemania match is right, but that’s okay.  Because Owens stands as the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history.  Just like he will stay Universal Champion at Wrestlemania, no matter who he faces.

Here comes Seth Rollins.  Is Seth hearing them talk about the main event of Wrestlemania?  You don’t talk about the main event without Seth “Freaking” Rollins.  And since he missed last year’s Wrestlemania, he is going to win this year’s Royal Rumble.  And you can remind your client Paul, just like Big Dawg, anything can happen in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Here comes Braun Strowman, going for The Big Dawg….but here comes that storm.  Brock is headed to the ring.  Sami Zayn comes out of nowhere to attack Braun, but now we get a Superman Punch, followed by a running knee by Reigns, and a Helluva Kick by Sami.  But Brock takes out Rollins and Reigns, and sees Sami, suplex him out-of-the-way.  And here comes Braun.  But Strowman backs away, Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Brock, lays out Jericho, and Owens.  F-5 to Reigns, by Brock.

A very good segment to kick off Raw.

Tonight:  Raw Tag Title Match:  Sheamus and Cesaro Vs Gallows and Anderson

Next:  Enzo and Cass Vs Rusev and Mahal

Match Number 1:  Enzo and Bigg Cass Vs Rusev and Jinder Mahal

Cass and Enzo get the revenge with the Badda Boom Shacka Lacka, or whatever it is.  Enzo pins Jinder.

Winners:  Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall

Tonight:  Raw Tag Title Match

Match Number 2:  Ariya Daivari Vs Lince Dorado

Tomorrow night, on 205 Live, it will be Jack Gallagher Vs Daivari in an “I Forfeit” match.  Daivari picks up the win, making Dorado tap out to the Cobra Clutch.  Jack Gallagher was doing commentary, and he is ready for tomorrow night’s epic match.

Winner:  Ariya Dorado, by submission

Next:  Nia Ambushes “The Boss”

Last Monday:  The Undertaker Is In The Rumble Match

Last Saturday:  WWE UK Title Tournament

Tyler Bate is the first ever WWE UK Champion.

Earlier Today:  Nia Jax Attacks Sasha Banks

Match Number 3:  Cesaro and Sheamus (Raw Tag Team Champs) Vs Gallows and Anderson, for the Raw Tag Titles

Gallows and Anderson were treated like the faces here.  Sheamus accidentally nails the ref, so Gallows and Anderson his a Magic Killer, pins Cesaro.  But the other ref comes through, and DQ’s Cesaro and Sheamus instead.

Winners, by DQ:  Gallows and Anderson

Earlier Tonight:  Brock Destroys Everyone

Tonight:  Reigns, Rollins, Zayn Vs Owens, Jericho, and Strowman

Video:  Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Segment Number 5:  Sami, Rollins, and Reigns

Sami is trying to devise a plan for tonight’s match.  Need to focus on Braun.  Rollins says we got this, and Zayn tried to do a Shield salute, but it just didn’t work.

Match Number 4:  Rich Swann (WWE Crusierweight Champion) Vs Tony Nese, in a non-title match

The match ends in a no contest, because Neville attacks Swan before the match starts.  But Swann fights back, and now Nese gives him a cheap shot.  Neville takes out Nese, because he wants Swann to himself.  Gives him a kick to the head.

Winner:  No Contest

Next:  The New Day

Segment Number 7:  Neville Promo

Another new guy wants to know why Neville attacked Swann when he has his match in 2 weeks.  Neville calls this guy a hypocrite if he forgot that Swann attacked Neville last week.  But Rich shows he has been beaten, because he is figuring a way to get cheap shots.  So bring your title, and get ready to hand it over to the “True King of the Cruiserweights”.

Segment Number 8:  New Day Promo

Soon, each and every one of us will witness what could be the most stacked Royal Rumble match in WWE history.  We have Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, The Undertaker.  But most importantly, you know who you have?  Your boys, The New Day.  And while preparing for the Royal Rumble, they have been hearing rumblings it should be foe Vs foe, and friend Vs friend.  Which means it is every man for himself.  Which means if one of you two wins the Royal Rumble, we ALL will win the Royal Rumble.  And when we all win the Royal Rumble, we all move on to the main event of Wrestlemania.  And when we amin event Wrestlemania, we all will win the WWE Universal Championship.  But Titus interrupts, yet again.  Titus doesn’t want to be a part of New Day, because he thought he would replace The New Day.  The way he sees it, they have 3 spots.  And since they do, hook a brother with one of those spots.  No, okay he will take it.  So figure out which one of them will lose their spot against Titus.  Kofi brings up Titus’ football past.  Big E. tells him he will face Titus, but when he beats him, that means the texts will stop, the DM will stop, he will stop coming to the house, wearing a fake moustache.

Titus Vs Big E, next.

Match Number 5:  Big E Vs Titus O’ Neil

A Big Ending for Titus Brand, match is done.

Winner:  Big E, by pinfall

Next:  Charlotte Speaks

Segment Number 10:  Charlotte Flair

She didn’t become the “Queen of PPV” by accident, yes she is athletically gifted, and has the genetics.  But she also has done her homework.  When you look at the definition of being average, Bayley is in the dictionary.  The reason why we all love her is because she is just like us…average fan.  We see clips of Bayley as a kid with WWE Superstars, like John Cena, Ivory, RVD, and Bret Hart.  Bayley was also a poet, and we see her work.  While she was dreaming of ponies, Charlotte was winning tournaments, gaining scholarships, and training in Women’s Volleyball.  Out of all of these poems, the best part she found was Bayley’s high school poem she wrote, and we hear it from Bayley.

Charlotte reads the poem for us, and here comes Bayley.  Charlotte walks away, but Bayley has something to say.  Charlotte is bringing up old photos?  It’s not necessary.  Charlotte asks her if she is ashamed, because this is who she is, an average fan.  So this is Charlotte’s strategy?  To embarrass her?  It’s not working, but allow Charlotte to tell her a story.  She didn’t have a father who was one phone call away from getting called up here.  But she did have a father who took her to a wrestling event, anytime they can, no matter where they sat.  Front row, bleachers, upper deck, it didn’t matter.  And she told her father that one day, that was going to be her.  Since Charlotte loves her poems so much, she has one for Charlotte.  Roses are red, violets are blue, at Royal Rumble, she will defeat you.  Bayley talks about breaking Charlotte’s PPV streak.  Here is one more, Charlotte calls her a child, well in 2 weeks, you can call her the new Women’s Champ.

Earlier Tonight:  Royal Rumble Mayhem

Tonight:  6-Man Tag Match

Segment Number 11:  Jericho, Owens, and Braun

Jericho and Owens want Braun to be on the same page together, as they take out Zayn, Rollins, and Reigns.  Just have Braun destroy them all.  Braun does what he wants, how he wants, and when he wants.  And at Royal Rumble match, he will eliminate everyone.  Then he will take the WWE Universal Title at Wrestlemania.  But tonight, he will make Rollins, Reigns, and Sami all scream for their lives.

Match Number 6:  THE Brian Kendrick Vs Cedrick Alexander

We see Austin Aries 3 times tonight.  Alicia Fox comes out during the match to assist Cedrick, but Cedrick does not want any of the help.  He wins with Lumbar Check.

Winner:  Cedrick Alexander, by pinfall

Cedrick walks away from Alicia, with Noam looking on backstage.

Earlier Today:  Nia Jax Attacks Sasha Banks

Segment Number 13:  Nia Jax Promo

The new interview guy is standing by again with Nia.  Sasha is a wannabe tough girl.  The moment she stepped in the ring with a tough girl, she knew she was an imitated boss.  She broke “The Boss” and now people are buzzing about the right woman.

Next:  First Inductee into WWE Hall of Fame

Segment Number 14:  Alicia Fox Backstage Promo

The interviewer guy again wants a word from Alicia.  Is she and Cedrick done as a couple?  Alicia doesn’t want to talk about it.  Does this have to do with what happened last week?  She doesn’t want to talk about it.  Moving on

WWE Hall of Fame Class:  Kurt Angle

Kurt is back home, it’s true…it’s damn true.  WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony is on Friday night, March 31st.

Match Number 7:  Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Champ), Chris Jericho (US Champ), and Braun Strowman Vs Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sami Zayn

Braun picks up the win for his team, with Running Powerslam, pinning Sami.  Braun has Sami, sending him to the announce table.  Rollins and Reigns fight Braun though, and save their friend.  A chair shot by Rollins and a spear by Reigns.  Jericho and Owens clip Reigns, wants to set him up with a Double Powerbomb, but Rollins nails Jericho with a Pedigree, but Owens hits him with a chair.  Owens puts Reigns through a table, and this ends the show.

Winners:  Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

For the most part, this was a good show.  Very minimal Brock though, which has me thinking, why advertise him?  Wouldn’t it be better to have him show up anytime, unannounced?  Goldberg is showing up next week in Cleveland.  That should be memorable, since it’s his first time in The Land since his last stint in WWE.  A very heartfelt congratulations to Kurt Angle too.  I have to think there is one more match in him, right?  He belongs in the HOF.  Very sorry to hear about “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka’s death, my prayers go out to Tamina and her entire family in this loss.  What were your thoughts on the show?  Hit me up on Twitter @KevinGillman

Quick Match Results:

**Enzo and Cass def Rusev and Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

**Ariya Daivari def Lince orado, by submission

**Gallows and Anderson def Sheamus and Cesaro (C) by DQ

**Rich Swann (C) Vs Tony Nese ends in a no contest

**Big E. def Titus O’ Neil, by pinfall

**Cedrick Alexander def THE Brian Kendrick, by pinfall

**Kevin Owens (C), Chris Jericho (C), and Braun Strowman def Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Sami Zayn, by pinfall