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WWE Monday Night Raw 1/9/17, Live from New Orleans, Louisiana

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves

If you missed last Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, click here Impact Wrestling 1/5/17 Results


On the night Raw will be going against the College Football Finals, WWE is lining up 2 of the most iconic performers.  Shawn Michaels, who is promoting the new WWE Studios movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone”.  Does he have another announcement?  There is also a rumor that The Undertaker will indeed show up.  What will “The Deaman” have to say?  We also have United States Title match, with Roman Reigns defending his title against Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.  So, another combination of these three, 3 weeks heading into Royal Rumble.  Speaking of the Rumble, more participants will be announced.  Raw will start in 50 minutes.  Keep it locked here.

Segment Number 1:  Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon

We have the annual performance review here for Mick Foley.  Steph addresses The Undertaker rumors.  She doesn’t want to disappoint the fans.  Mick made the promise, and he needs to deliver.  Seth Rollins shows up, to make the announcement that Rollins is entering the Royal Rumble match.  Braun Strowman wants Goldberg or Roman Reigns, or else.  Goldberg isn’t even here, and Reigns has a match.  Rollins gets into a fight with Strowman, and Steph threatens to fire everyone, and when things are settled, Steph tells Mick he better be here.  Mick assures he will be here.

Match Number 1:  Roman Reigns (US Champ) Vs Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens in a 2-on-1 Handicap match for United States Title

Before the match begins, Braun Strowman shows up, and Roman Reigns takes the fight.  Jericho and Owens help Strowman out, and here comes Seth Rollins to help out.  But Stephanie McMahon comes back out, demands that 2-on-1 Handicap match will happen, but it will take place later tonight.  But next, it’s Rollins Vs Strowman.

Winner:  No Contest

Match Number 2:  Seth Rollins Vs Braun Strowman

This match ends in a double count out when Strowman was dragging Rollins back to the ring, but did not make the count.  After the match, Strowman grabbed a chair, but Seth blocked it, and used it as his friend, in case he tried to make it back to the ring.

Winner:  Double Count out

Tonight:  Shawn Michaels Returns

Video:  The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Last Monday:  Nia Jax Vs Bayley

Segment Number 4:  Bayley and Sasha Banks

Sasha assures Bayley her knee is okay, and they discuss what happened last week.  At Royal Rumble, it will be Charlotte Vs Bayley for Raw Women’s Championship.  Sasha asks Bayley for a title shot when she wins.  Here comes Charlotte.  Emma Stone can’t hold a candle to Sasha Banks’ acting here.  Sasha has never beaten Charlotte for the title on a PPV.  Sasha tells Charlotte she has beaten her before, and Charlotte says she won the title back.  Here comes Nia Jax, who takes out Sasha, and Charlotte takes out Bayley.  But Nia made it perfectly clear, she is not on Charlotte’s side.

Video:  Gentlemen’s Duel between Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari

Match Number 3:  Jack Gallagher Vs Drew Gulak

Gallagher wins the match with a Running Kick.

Winner:  Jack Gallagher, by pinfall

Gallagher wants to meet Ariya tomorrow, in a parley.  What’s a parlee?  When two gentlemen sit down at a table, and discuss their differences, and if Mr. Daivari can’t agree to these stipulations, they will have to raise some fisticuffs.

Next:  Shawn Michaels

Segment Number 6:  Mick Foley

Mick is looking for The Undertaker, and he assures with Stephanie that Taker will be here.  Stephanie tells him his entire review hinges on The Undertaker being in the middle of the ring.  You have one hour.  He will be here, trust me.

Segment Number 7:  Shawn Michaels

Shawn is out of breath already.  First and foremost, Shawn missed us, and to be perfectly honest, he missed coming out here and seeing us.  Especially at this time of year.  In January, things just start to pick up a bit.  And this might have something to do with The Royal Rumble being down the road.  And this year, it is in his own hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  And he would be remiss of remembering The Rumble 20 years ago.  20 years ago, Shawn won the WWE Championship in his own hometown.  And this year, the Rumble will be remembered.  You have the likes of Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins.  The crowd wants one more match, and he answers don’t you pressure him.  HBK will show yo how to stand up to peer pressure.  But he is here to talk about his own movie.  January 20th, “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” opens up in theaters.

Rusev Machka

Rusev, Jinder Mahal, and Lana show up.  Shawn Michaels, congratulations you have a new movie to talk about.  But if you want the movie to be successful, he needs to put his beautiful and talented wife to be in the movie.  Shawn said the movie is done, and Rusev doesn’t care.  He can do what that “stupid” movie “Star Wars” did, and put the CGI of his beautiful wife in.  Crowd chants for Sweet Chin Music, and Rusev says he doesn’t even do it anymore.  He needs to put his wife in the movie, but look at him, he is the Bulgarian George Clooney.  And his wife is better than Emma Stone, she is the real Golden Globe.  Without Lana, the movie will fail, and people will forget about it, just like his career.

Here comes Enzo and Cass.  His name is Enzo Amore, and he is a bona-fide stud, and a certified g, and you can’t teach that.  This guy right here is Big Cass.  He is 7 feet tall, and you can’t teach that.  Realist guys in the room, how ya doin’.

Enzo told us HBK is the realist guy in the room, and he never admits that.  So, HBK, what do we have here?  Shawn said a couple of haters.  Now Enzo will admit another thing here, Rusev is right.  Lana is the greatest actress, because she has to pretend when she wakes up in the morning that you are an attractive man.

HBK, Enzo, and Cass all list movies they can be a part of.  Rusev has enough of this.  He put Enzo in a wheelchair, he can put HBK and Cass in a wheelchair too.  Cass said if he has a problem, they can settle this one on one, tonight.  Rusev said you have a match…against Jinder Mahal.

There is only one word to describe you all, and he will spell it out for you….S.A.W.F.T.

And Shawn isn’t going anywhere until January 20th, he will be in Cass’ corner, and if you ain’t down with that, he has two words for you….Suck it.

Match Number 4:  Big Cass Vs Jinder Mahal

HBK gave Rusev some Sweet Chin Music, and cass hit the big Empire Elbow on Jinder, for the win.

Winner:  Big Cass, by pinfall

Earlier Tonight:  Reigns and Rollins handle Strowman

Tonight:  2-on-1 Handicap Match for United States Title

Match Number 5:  Neville Vs Lince Dorado

Neville wins the match with a Rings of Saturn, making Lince tap out.  Neville takes out Dorado after the match.

Winner:  Neville, by pinfall

Here comes Rich Swann, but Neville waits for him.  Swann fires back, and Neville escapes out of the ring.

Tonight:  is The Undertaker Here?

Video:  Edge’s Royal Rumble Win From 2010

Segment Number 10:  Stephanie McMahon

Steph is writing out her review, and we get Sasha and Bayley.  Sasha orders she wants Charlotte and Nia next week.  Stephanie orders to take the bass out of her voice, because she is the ONLY “BOSS” here.  And Bayley is lucky she still gave her title match against Charlotte after Sasha coming out last week.  But Steph tells Bayley and Sasha they can have their match, just not next week, tonight.  Now get the hell out of HER office.

Match Number 6:  Sheamus (Raw Tag Team Champ) Vs Luke Gallows

Anderson and Cesaro were on commentary, Anderson attacked Cesaro on the ramp.  This distracted Gallows for a moment, and Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick.

Winner:  Sheamus, by pinfall

Next:  Mick Foley’s Job Evaluation

Segment Number 12:  Roman Reigns Promo

The interview woman wants to know despite what happened earlier tonight, is Roman Reigns prepared for his title match?  He said yes, or something like that.

Segment Number 13:  Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon, and The Undertaker?

Foley has had quite a feud with The Undertaker over his career, and still wears those scars today.  But he is asking for The Undertaker to make one more appearance, right here in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Foley has been doing this for 32 years, and he feels no greater honor than to have the lights go out, and he’d see Paul Bearer show off his arms with goosebumps, after a cold chill during The Undertaker’s entrance.

The lights go out, and when they come back on, Stephanie McMahon shows up.  The crowd lack of noise is all on Mick Foley, and it has NOTHING to do with Steph’s creative team.  But she tells him that he has had some good ideas, putting Sheamus and Cesaro together, putting the women in a first ever Hell in a Cell match.  And even putting Chris Jericho in a shark cage was an inventive idea.  But for every step he takes forward, he takes 2 steps back.  Such as putting Sami Zayn in a match with Braun Strowman, and creating a monster he can’t control.  Or how about Smackdown Live outperforming Raw, and beating us in the ratings.  What do you have to say?

The gong sounds, and it is indeed The Undertaker.

Undertaker chants all over the arena.  I’m back, as Taker says.  And he feels it is important the world should know he will enter The Royal Rumble.  Braun Strowman is watching in the back.  He answers to no one, he goes where he wants, when he wants.  Nobody controls The Undertaker.  And he looks right at Stephanie, and says no one.  He has returned to the city where he suffered his most devastating loss, and where The Streak came to its demise.  But his journey continues to the Royal Rumble.  He dug 29 holes for 29 souls.  And he will bring “The Darkside” at the Royal Rumble.  And when he wins, he will return to the main event of Wrestlemania.  And if anyone, and Taker means anyone stands in his way, they will…


Segment Number 14:  Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho

The announce woman who I can’t remember her name right now is interviewing Jericho and Owens.  This has been an exciting night with The Undertaker making his way?  So a random stranger who comes back, that is exciting?  Was it exciting to have Bill Goldberg interrupt The Kevin Owens Show last week?  Well, maybe they need to grab the United States Title then, right?  Jericho says it’s time 2 Canadians win United States Title, and it’s time for the 2 of them to be the face of Raw.  You dig?

Match Number 7:  Charlotte (Raw Women’s Champ) and Nia Jax Vs Bayley and Sasha Banks

Nia Jax dominated this match, winning for her team.  She took out Sasha, and dropped the leg drop on Bayley.

Winners:  Charlotte and Nia Jax, by pinfall

Segment Number 16:  Noam Dar and Alicia Fox

Backstage, Noam turns around and sees Alicia, expecting her to slap him, but she gives him a big kiss instead.  Cedrick was right though, he can’t handle a real woman.

Segment Number 17:  New Day and Titus O’ Neil

We have Titus O’ Neil in the ring, with New Day.  Titus has apologized for clocking at Woods.  He wants another opportunity, and he sent them tweets, and texts.  Titus asks them to give him a chance.  Titus wants an opportunity?  New Day shows some footage of Titus in his NXT days from 2010.  He slipped, and fell, on live TV.  Big E said that looked like a commercial from Life Alert.  Instead of Titus getting a chance at New Day, give him a chance at redemption.  They have another keg.  It’s filled to the brim with the greatest sports drink of all-time.  Booty-Juice!!  They make sure you’re loose.

Titus is ready for his chance of redemption, the clock is set at 12.7 seconds.  He didn’t do it, because the keg did not cross the line.  He dropped the keg, like Desean Jackson.  Titus shoves Kofi, and we have a match.

Match Number 8:  Kofi Kingston Vs Titus O’ Neil

Francesca Number 2:  Turbo is being played, Titus runs after New Day, Trouble in Paradise.

Winner:  Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

This Weekend:  UK Tournament on WWE Network, at 3AM Eastern Saturday and Sunday.

Next Week:  Brock Lesnar Returns To Raw

Match Number 9: Roman Reigns (US Champ) Vs Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Champion) in a 2-on-1 Handicap match for United States Championship

Chris and Kevin use their advantage, when Owens nails a Powerbomb off the ring apron, and Jericho hits a Codebreaker.  Jericho pins Reigns, and he is now the new United States Champion.  Such a very good career Chris has given us, winning every single title in WWE.

Winners, and new United States Champion:  Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, by pinfall.  Jericho is the new champ.

The show ends with Chris and Kevin celebrating this glorious win.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Great to see Shawn Michaels back, and The Undertaker was the highlight tonight.  But everything else was there, though we did see Jericho win the title.  But WWE is reminding you there is a national championship game going right now, so creative can care less.  Speaking of that, I need to check out the ending of the game.  A big thank you to the people who told me on Twitter, which you can find me @KevinGillman about Charly Caruso is the woman doing the interviews. Share me your thoughts here.

Quick Match Results

**Roman Reigns (C) Vs Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens (C) ends in a no contest

**Seth Rollins Vs Braun Strowman ends in a double count out

**Jack Gallagher def Drew Gulak, by pinfall

**Big Cass def Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

**Neville def Lince Dorado, by submission

**Sheamus (C) def Luke Gallows, by pinfall

**Charlotte (C) and Nia Jax def Sasha Banks and Bayley, by pinfall

**Kofi Kingston def Titus O’ Neil, by pinfall

**Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens (C) def Roman Reigns (C) by pinfall, to win United States Title