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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From Cleveland, Ohio

Monday, Janaury 23rd, 2017

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves

Raw Preview:

**Goldberg Returns:

Or actually, he shows up again, and will tell us his thoughts heading into the Royal Rumble.

**Royal Rumble Build:

6 days away from one of the biggest events of the year.  We will see who is heading to Wrestlemania.  If you’re live in Cleveland, give me a report, or thoughts on the show from a live perspective.  I will post your thoughts on here.  This is always one of my favorite times of the year, and indeed The Road to Wrestlemania begins next week.

A half hour away from the show starting.

Video:  Recap from last few weeks of The Chris and Kevin Show

Segment Number 1:  Roman Reigns Promo

In 6 days, San Antonio will be going crazy, 40,000 fans going nuts.  In 6 days days, Chris Jericho will be locked inside this shark cage, and that means he will be holding the WWE Universal Championship, baby.

Enter Chris and Kevin.  Kevin asks if he’s okay, because he sounds like he is confused.  Oh wait a second, something did happen, because last week, Owens did something to Roman that had to be done for a long time.  Because he had sent people through tables on powerbombs.  Many superstars he has put through tables.  Seth Rollins, Kane, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho, even The Undertaker.  So how many can say they put you through a table?  Only one, and Kevin is THE ONE.  Roman said he will be the one to whoop Kevin’s butt.  Chris says that Roman sounds like a stupid idiot.  He think it’s funny Jericho will be put in a shark cage, looking like a sexy pinata?  You know what was funny, Jericho putting Roman in a Codebreaker, and pinning him for the United States Championship.  But then again, today isn’t Sunday, so he can come down there, and beat him down.  Is that a challenge?  Come on down, and put the United States Championship on the line.  Owens accepts the challenge, tells Jericho he will be okay.  Call him Nostrodamas, and make a prediction that Reigns will be put in a shark cage at the end of the night.  Reigns tells Owens that he has a feeling he will win back the United States Championship tonight, and then go on to Sunday, to win the WWE Universal Championship.  Why?  Because he is something Owens never will be….THE guy.

Tonight:  Goldberg

This Saturday:  NXT Takeover:  San Antonio

Match Number 1:  Cesaro (WWE Raw Tag Champion) Vs Luke Gallows

Gallows wins the match with a Gallows Pole, after Anderson interferes.  We find out that at Royal Rumble Kick-Off show, it will be Anderson and Gallows Vs Sheamus and Cesaro, with 2 referees at ringside.

Winner:  Luke Gallows, by pinfall

Segment Number 3:  Foley and Stephanie

Stephanie isn’t in the building, she is talking to Mick on speaker phone.  She doesn’t like that fact we get another Reigns Vs Jericho match later tonight.  Foley assures her it will be okay…right here in Cleveland, Ohio.  Sami Zayn interrupts, and he wants to know how he can announce he’s in the Royal Rumble match.  So Sami is a bafoon now, with the way they are booking him.  But you see, Stephanie says that isn’t how it works.  Even though guys have done this throughout the last few weeks, Sami has to earn a shot, by beating Seth Rollins, tonight.  But Stephanie has more plans for Seth, as Mick goes off speaker phone.

Segment Number 4:  Bayley Interview

Earlier today, Corey Graves interviewed Bayley.  One word that can describe her road to WWE?  Wow.  So why is Charlotte using Bayley’s childhood against her?  You have to ask Charlotte, because she told her last week that she took her childhood with pride,  The fact that she used to go to WWE events with her dad and brother, and now they get to watch her compete for her first WWE Women’s Title match.  How about being taken as a role model?  Bayley is just Bayley, and she loves her fans.  She takes every moment she can with them.  She would do anything for them.  Does that include beating Charlotte Flair?  Bayley and Charlotte have trained with each other.  Bayley doesn’t have Charlotte’s DNA, she looks like she was born for this.  But she will do anything she can to beat her, she has done that twice, and she can do it again.

Segment Number 5:  Seth Rollins and Mick Foley

Foley tells Seth that he just got done with the phone with Stephanie McMahon.  He has a match with Sami Zayn, next.  But it’s not just any other match, if Sami wins, he takes Rollins’ spot in the Rumble.  Seth doesn’t blame Mick, he knows what he has to do.  He has to beat Sami tonight, then go to the Rumble, and win that, so he can shove it in the face of her cowardly husband, HHH.

Match Number 2:  Seth Rollins Vs Sami Zayn

In what was a fantastic match, Seth Rollins hit the Pedigree on the hard apron, but we heard HHH’s music, which gave Seth a chance to turn his back.  There wasn’t any HHH, but Sami rolls up Seth for the pinfall, and he is in the Rumble.

Winner:  Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Tonight:  Jericho Vs Reigns for US Title

Tonight:  Goldberg

This Sunday, Royal Rumble Kick-Off shot at 5:00 PM, with special guest Shawn Michaels

1995 Royal Rumble Video:  Shawn Michaels win

Segment Number 7:  Seth Rollins and Mick Foley

Seth is looking for HHH, and Foley suggests Stephanie might have had something to do with it.  He will get answers.

Match Number 3:  Tony Nese, Ariah Daivari, and Drew Gulak Vs Mustafa Ali, TJ Perkins, and Jack Gallagher

Mustafa, Perkins, and Gallagher pick up the win when Ali hits a 450 splash, pinning Gulak.

Winners:  Mustafa Ali, TJ Perkins, and Jack Gallgher, by pinfall

Next:  The New Day


Segment Number 9:  The New Day Promo

Now, before we were so rudely interrupted last week, as Xavier says, and the week before, and the week before that, as they explained, they will go on to compete in the Royal Rumble, and go on to Wrestlemania to become your WWE Universal….

Here comes Cass and Enzo.  How ya doin?

His name is Enzo Amore, and he is a certified G, and a bonafide stud, and you can’t teach that.  Realest guy in the room, how ya doin’?  This guy is Big Cass, and he’s 7 feet tall, and you can’t teach that.  Cass tells us he is going Sylvester Stallone 1987, because he is entering the Royal Rumble, and throwing 29 other guys over the top.

But here comes Rusev and Jinder Mahal, wanting to know why Cass has to put the word “big” in his name?  He gets it, he is big.  But you never see Rusev using the name “Handsome” in his name.  Everyone knows he is handsome.  But nobody cares about you, because Rusev is entering the Royal Rumble.  He is about to go Rusev Machav.

Now comes Titus O’ Neil, and he is here to annoy New Day.  He’s actually here….it’s disrespectful to come out and interfere with New Day.  Xavier tells him to go outside, and he will handle business.  Titus says they don’t need to do that, there will be an 8-man tag match.  Xavier wants to know who is the 4th person, because it can’t be Lana.  The 4th man?


Match Number 4:  The New Day, Enzo & Cass Vs Rusev, Mahal, Titus O’ Neil, and Braun Strowman

Enzo tried to fight, but Braun caught him in a Running Powerslam, and Braun might be one of the odds-on favorites for The Rumble.

Winners:  Braun Strowman, “Handsome” Rusev, Jinder Mahal, and Titus O’ Neil, by pinfall

And here comes The Big Show, going face to face with Strowman.  Big Show is in the Rumble too.  Strowman backs up, and says they will do this on his time.

Earlier Tonight:  Jericho Vs Reigns is official

Next:  United States Title Match

Match Number 5:  Chris Jericho (US Champ) Vs Roman Reigns, for United States Title

Jericho is DQ’d because Kevin Owens knocks Reigns down, and he calls for the shark cage to be lowered.  Owens puts Reigns in the cage, but can’t lock it up.  Reigns puts Owens in the cage, and the cage is raised.  Reigns runs in and gives Jericho a Superman Punch.

Winner, by DQ:  Roman Reigns

Moments Ago:  Reigns Puts Owens in a Shark Cage

Segment Number 12:  Owens and Jericho

Charly Caruso is with Jericho and Owens live, informing them that the Universal Title match will be in a No DQ match.  That’s not fair, said Owens.  Jericho should not be forced in a shark cage.  That is an unsafe working environment.  And Owens should not put his title in a No DQ match.  Match needs to be cancelled.

Segment Number 13:  Charlotte Flair interview

What are Charlotte’s thoughts about defending her Women’s Title at Royal Rumble?  Charlotte remembers seeing her father win the Rumble and WWE Title at Rumble.  It’s a family tradition, and she will continue to build her legacy.  Corey wants to know why Charlotte seemed shook about Bayley saying she was priviledged.  She admitted that her father made a phone call, but nobody is upset about it.  She could have won Gold Medals in Volleyball.  So don’t be upset that she is building her legacy.  Graves talks about Charlotte talking about Bayley not deserving this spot, and Charlotte tells Corey not to put words in her mouth.  She admired Bayley, they trained together, and she was the heart and soul of NXT.  But then she started to look at her title, and when that happens, bad things happen to Bayley.  So all eyes will be on her, she will hand her Women’s Title to the ref, and do what she does best.  And Bayley will have to go back to step one, after she loses this Sunday.

Next:  Nia Jax in action

Match Number 6:  Nia Jax Vs Rae Lynn

Nia squashes her, literally, and wins the match.

Winner:  Nia Jax, by pinfall

Segment Number 15:  Nia Jax Promo

Charly tries to get a word, but Nia grabs the mic, dedicates her match to the demise of Sasha Banks.  Just a month ago, she was Women’s Champ, and now her career is done.  Now that she broke “The Boss”, and here comes Sasha, in crutches.  Sasha takes her crutch, and nails Nia with it, but Nia still stands.  Nia goes after Sasha, and goes through the ropes.  Sasha nails a double knee.

Earlier Tonight:  Sami Zayn defeated Seth Rollins

This Sunday:  Royal Rumble at 7:00 PM

Tonight:  Goldberg

Next:  Rich Swann is in action

Match Number 7:  Rich Swann (WWE Cruiserweight Champion) Vs Noam Dar in a non-title match

Rich picks up the win with a kick to the head.  Alicia Fox just can’t get a break here.

Winner:  Rich Swan, by pinfall

Swann calls out Neville, they can fight now.  “The King of the Cruiserweights” comes out.  But Swann goes right after Neville.

Next:  Goldberg

Segment Number 17:  Cedrick Alexander Promo

Charly Caruso wants to hear from Cedrick about his match tomorrow night against Neville.  He sees this as an opportunity to prove he can be a Cruiserweight Champion.  Alicia and Noam approach him.  Alicia said he will never know what it’s like being a winner.  Noam wants to make sure if they are okay.  Concerning Alicia, they are okay, but as far as what happened last week, he shoves him, and walks away.

This Sunday:  Kick-Off show:  Tag Team Titles will be on the line.  Sasha Banks will face Nia Jax, and Shawn Michaels live this Sunday.

Segment Number 18:  Goldberg Promo

Here we go, we all know that the path to the WWE Universal Championship, and the crowd is giving him love.  It runs right through the Royal Rumble match.  This Sunday, at San Antonio, there will be 29 other competitors, who will be gunning for the same thing he is gunning for, at either facing Kevin Owens or Roman Reigns.  Now let it be known, he will stop at nothing at obtaining the Universal Championship.  And if it means he has to spear and jackhammer 29 other guys, then dammit, that is what he has to do.  So to all the 29 men in the back, you are….

Ladies and gentlemen, and Goldberg too.  His name is Paul Heyman, and he was compelled to come out and critique Goldberg’s imagined speech.  They need to call this imagine the possibilities.  Becuase inside the Royal Rumble, we can see Goldberg Vs “The Viper” Randy Orton.  Or Goldberg Vs Braun Strowman, or Goldberg vs many surprises.  And we can see Goldberg Vs The Undertaker.  Or ladies and gentlemen, depending on luck of the draw, we can see Goldberg Vs “The Beast Incarnate”, the “Goldberg Conqueror” Brock Lesnar.

And ladies and gentlemen, Brock is in Cleveland.  Behold Mr. Goldberg, the object, the instrument of your demise.  Because this Sunday night in the Royal Rumble match, you will be victimized, humiliated, vascerated, conquered, and then, only by then you will be eliminated.  But not just by anyone, but by the probleminator…

Goldberg interrupts, and says if he’s coming down here, or is he just going to be a dumbass.  Here comes Brock.


The Deadman is here!!  And he is in the ring.  All 3 men are in the ring, together.  And the show ends with all possibilities imagined.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

What a show, what a crowd.  We had some surprises, and certainly some intrigue heading into the Rumble match.  So many possibilities, we will need to tune in and just enjoy.  Send me your thoughts on the show.  This is just the beginning of Road to Wrestlemania.

Quick Match Results:

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

**Sami Zayn def Seth Rollins

**Mustafa Ali, TJ Perkins, and Jack Gallagher def Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, and Ariya Daivari, by pinfall

**Braun Strowman, Rusev, Titus O’ Neil, and Jinder Mahal def The New Day, Enzo and Big Cass, by pinfall

**Roman Reigns def Chris Jericho (C), by DQ

**Nia Jax def Rae Lynn, by pinfall

**Rich Swann (C) def Noam Dur, by pinfall