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WWE Monday Night Raw Live From New York City, New York and Brooklyn, New York

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves, Jim Ross, and Jerry “The King” Lawler

If you missed last week’s Raw, click here WWE Monday Night Raw Live Results 1/8/18 (The Miz Returns) and last week’s Smackdown Live, click here WWE Smackdown Live Full Results 1/16/18 (2 Semi-Final Matches in US Tourney)


Barclay Center:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

In-Ring Promo:  The McMahon Family

Shane and Stephanie kick off the show.  Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.  Shane welcomes us to Brooklyn, New York.  Shane wants to thank every superstar who has walked through these ropes in the last 25 years.  He also wants to thank the production crew who make this possible every single week, and most of all he wants to thank the fans for making this your home the last 25 years.

Video:  Last 25 Years of Raw

Stephanie thanks us for being a part of these 25 years, but we are just getting started.  We have one person who truly made this possible.  One person who had the courage to make all of this possible.  Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor to introduce the chairman of WWE, the creator of Monday Night Raw, their father, Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

25 years is truly amazing, and we get the Thank You Vince.  Normally he is not the kind of man who pats his back, or the kind that smells the roses.  But tonight, he will smell the roses.  Have a good night, and enjoy the show.  But Steph and Shane has something for Vince.  This is from people all over the world to give Vince a commutative plaque for celebrating 25 years of Monday Night Raw.  Vince calls it a little cheap, but then again we are here in Brooklyn.  Vince is going full heel mode.  So get me straight, all of the cheap people in Brooklyn go to Go Fund Me, and you give him a plaque?  You give him a plaque?  You know what a plaque is?  It’s what you have in your teeth.  For everything Vince has given us for 25 years, you give him a plaque?  Vince has one person to thank, it’s not his family, it’s not anyone in production.  The Asshole chants, and Vince thanks himself, because he did it all by himself.  There was nobody in this world that helped him.

Glass shatters, and here comes Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Steve still has it, the roof is literally being blown off right now.  Austin and McMahon, one more time.  Don’t encourage him, he sees that look in his eyes.  It’s been a long time since we have seen each other.  Things have changed.  You look great, mother nature has not been too kind to him.  He is an AARP member now.  Vince has some heart problems, he has issues with his arteries.  He lives in a retirement home.  Vince is a Senior Citizen now, but Shane is in his prime.  Shane looks great, he flies from one side of the ring to the other.  Austin shakes Shane’s hand, raises his arm, then STUNS Shane.  Vince has some beer for Austin.  I don’t blame you, he had it coming.  This is for old-time sake.  The crowd wants one more time, they salute their beer, and Austin spills some on Vince, they drink, and then hug.  Oh no, Vince turns around, Austin drinks, flips the bird, and STUNS VINCE!!  Shane gets back up, they salute each other, drink some beer, what?  Then AUSTIN STUNS SHANE AGAIN!!

Awesome beginning.

Tonight:  All Here Live

Tonight:  Intercontinental Championship

Tonight:  The Undertaker Returns

Next:  8-Woman Tag Match

Match Number 1:  Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, and Asuka Vs Absolution, Alicia Fox, and Nia Jax

This was a bit of a long match, it started with all 8 women fighting, and it ended with all 8 women fighting, and Sasha makes Alicia Fox tap out.  Asuka turned on her partners, to represent this will be every woman for herself.  Asuka eliminated everyone else, and is left standing.

Winners:  Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, and Asuka, by submission

Backstage Segment:  Kurt Angle

Kurt tells Rudy Charles he can’t afford anything to happen when all 3 men are involved in the Triple Threat match.  Jonathan Coachman joins Kurt, and he tells us he comes in, and someone unexpected shows up.  Enter Harvey Wippleman, The Brooklyn Brawler, Teddy Long, and Brother Love.  Brother Love loves us, and here comes The Boogeyman.  He still has his worms.  He offers Coach a few of them.

Next:  The Undertaker Returns

Manhattan Center:  Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Video:  The Undertaker

In-Ring Promo:  The Undertaker

We have Harvey Finkel do the ring introductions, to a nice touch.  Holy shit chants galore at the Manhattan Center.  The carnage began on this sacred ground of evil 25 years ago.  For 25 years, I have been digging holes, and any person who dares step foot to the dark side got buried.  For 25 years, I have taken legends, and ripped them off their pedestals and ripped them into the cold, dark earth.  Stone Cold answered the reaper.  Mick Foley answered to the reaper.  Even my own flesh and blood Kane had to answer to the reaper.  They all tried, they all failed.  And now, on this sacred ground, I declare for all of those who have fallen, it is truly time, you rest in peace.

Next:  Intercontinental Championship


Barclay Center:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

Backstage Segment:  APA

Slater, Rhyno, and APA are playing cards, I miss the old times.  Slater loses, and someone comes in with a load of cash.  It’s “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase.  He’s in.

Raw General Managers

We are celebrating the greatest GMs of all time, including John Laurentius, William Regal, Eric Bischoff, and Daniel Bryan.

Match Number 2:  Roman Reigns (WWE IC Champ) Vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship

The Miz became an 8-time Intercontinental Championship, using a steel turnbuckle, then using a Skull Crushing Finale for the win.  Another good match here.

Winner, and NEW IC Champion:  The Miz, by pinfall

Tonight:  All In

Tonight:  DX Reunion

Backstage Segment:  APA

We have the return of Jeff Hardy, MVP, and The Usos

In-Ring Promo:  The Peep Show

Christian is back, welcoming us to The Peep Show.  He knows a little something about tag teams, he is a 9-time champion.  He thought he saw everything, but he guesses not, because his guests are the current Raw Tag Team Champions, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan.

Welcome to The Peep Show, good to have you guys here.  Jason has this one, it’s been amazing.  I know we are out here to talk about our upcoming Tag Title defense.  But before he talks about this, he must say, the crowd boos every word he says.  It is an honor to be out here in your presence.  He actually wanted to say thank you for all of your continued support.  He wanted to thank his dad, Kurt Angle for assembling all of this talent tonight.  Despite what you all say, his dad does not suck.  Stand up, and give my dad a big round of applause.  But here comes The Bar.

Sheamus says Jordan, you need to slow down, fella because you got it all wrong.  All of those superstars and legends have been lining up to get their autographs, because everyone knows they don’t just set The Bar, they are The Bar.  Funny enough, those same legends expect them to claim their Tag Team Titles this Sunday.  Cesaro said it is not his dad who sucks, Jason sucks.  Jason had enough, and fight them, Seth flies out of the ring.  He comes back to the ring, flies off, but nails Jordan instead.

Backstage Interview:  Alexa Bliss

Charly is with the Raw Women’s Champion.  She tells Alexa history will be made this Sunday at Royal Rumble, where the winner of the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble will challenge the Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania.  Does she still think she will be the champ?  Of course she will, what kind of question is that?  She is a goddess, and we see Charlotte Flair.  The only reason why she is Raw Women’s Champion is because Charlotte is on SD Live.  She doesn’t have the size or the speed to beat her.  In fact, she won’t even be Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania.  Remember, as her father says, to be the woman, you got to beat the woman.  And here comes Ric Flair, repeating that, saying Charlotte will be champion for as long as she wrestles.  WOOOOOOOOO

Backstage Segment:  APA

Natalya wins the hand, Heath has lot a lot of money.

Manhattan Center:  Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler

Match Number 3:  Bray Wyatt Vs “Woken” Matt Hardy

Bray picks up the surprising victory here, nailing Sister Abigail, the fans wanted Hardy to win, but not to be.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt, by pinfall

Barclay Center:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

Raw Celebrating Women’s Wrestling

The Bella Twins, Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia, Jacqueline, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Terri Runnels, Maria Kanellis, Trish Stratus

Backstage Segment:  Elias and Chris Jericho

Elias walks backstage, and sees Chris Jericho.  Chris sees the scarfs Elias is wearing, and he wrote a song about Elias.  He is a stupid idiot, and he just MADE THE LIST!!  Elias seems very upset about that, which is funny.

Earlier Today:  Empire State Building

It’s lit up red, in honor of Raw tonight.

In-Ring Concert:  Elias

Hello, my name is Elias, and I have one question for everybody here tonight.  Who wants to walk with Elias?  25 years on Monday Night Raw.  It’s crazy, it took them 25 years to me, but I have to say WWE finally got it right.  But the WWE stands for Walk With Elias.  Royal Rumble is one week away, and it will be great.  But tonight, there are celebrities, and legends.  He wrote a song, so he needs us to silence our phones, and shut our mouths.  The crowd boos this, and he won’t sing the song.  The legends are here tonight, so he must sing the song.  “Stupid idiot” chants going on, and he will leave.  But he can’t do that, because Jimmy Fallon is right here.  Hey Jimmy, let me show you how it’s done.  He is calling all of the legends old and phonies.  Rocky still sucks.  John Cena is like Brooklyn, because he has no balls.  And here comes John Cena.

Just so you know Elias, he and Brooklyn have balls, because there it is right there.  I guess the beach ball has been taken away.  25 years of Monday Night Raw.  Elias tells him to shut your damn mouth.  Nobody wants to hear you, they came to hear Elias, and you ruined it.  Cena ruined it?  Well then, do something about it.  That’s not how it works, John.  He doesn’t take order from Cena, and he doesn’t take orders from these Brooklyn scumbags.  He walks away, tries to attack Cena, but John catches him.  5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Elias reverses an Attitude Adjustment, and goes right to the balls.  Elias has his guitar, and nails Cena with it.  He could play for the New York Mets.  But Cena slowly starts to get up, but Elias nails Drift Away.

Backstage Segment:  APA

The New Day have joined in with the fun.  Slater cheated here.  Bradshaw tells them they won’t be fighting, you want to fight, go to the ring.  Dibiase wins, he has a price, and even gets a pancake.  But we get a DAMN from Ron Simmons, which is great.

Backstage Segment:  The Godfather and Mark Henry

They reunite, and meets The Godfather’s wife.

Match Number 4:  Heath Slater and Rhyno Vs Titus Worldwide

The match ends in a no contest, either due to boredom, or it was scripted.  But wait a second, here comes The Dudley Boyz.  Heath Slater wants all 4 men to go in the ring, and fight, but they all shove Heath to fight.  Whazz up move, or as Corey says Dilly Dilly.  Devon, GET THE TABLE!!  Rhyno helps D-Von.  3-D through the table.  HEATH SLATER HAS KIDS, DAMMIT!!

Winner:  No Contest

Backstage Interview:  AJ Styles

The WWE Champion, AJ Styles is here.  AJ brought someone with him to do the interview, he brings out Mean Gene Okerlund.  Now this is great.  He has his hands full this Sunday night, 2-on-1 Handicap match.  Well, let me tell you something, Mean Gene.  He will have his hands full against Kemi.  They believe in the Yup Movement, they believe they will be co-champions.  But AJ will make sure that doesn’t happen.  He has a close window, and hit hard.  If he does that, he will make sure they hear AND STILL WWE CHAMPION, AJ STYLES!!

Next:  DX Returns

Manhattan Center:  Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler

In-Ring Promo:  DX

Are you ready?  You think you can tell us what to do?  You think you can tell us what to wear?  You think that you’re better?  Get ready to bow to the masters….BREAK IT DOWN!!

25 years as Shawn says, people have asked him to give us your favorite moment of past 25 years?  He can’t think about 25 minutes ago.  But one of his favorite times was when they had that kibosh, you can’t tell that story, Shawn.  Well, there was that time when they wore the Christmas robes, but he can’t tell that story too.  One thing that bothers Shawn is he used to be the boss of them, but HHH is the boss of everyone.  But we can see those stories, on WWE Network.  HHH tells the fans they still have it, because they lit the spark that became the WWE.  25 years later, they are here because of the fans.  And here is the truth, 20 years ago, Shawn and HHH started something special in this ring.  They started this thing with “Ravishing” Rick Rude, with “The 9th Wonder of the World” Chyna, and they would do whatever the hell they wanted, and said whatever the hell they wanted.  Degeneration X has always been at the forefront of this.  Whether it was on the very first episode of Raw, or whether it was in the campgrounds of WCW, starting a war.  They started something 25 years ago, and they will be at the forefront for 25 years more.  So, are you ready>  No, he said are you ready?  Because they didn’t come alone.

OHHHH You Didn’t Know?  Because you better call somebody.  New York City, let me make this clear, they need to start this off, right.  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, Degeneration X proudly brings to you The 5-Time Tag Team Champions of the WOOOOOORLLLLLDDDD Roaddogg Jesse James, Badass Billy Gunn, THE NEW AGE OUTLAWS!!  And as Hunter said, we are not alone.

Here comes X-Pac, and we get 1…2…3 chants.  He said he knows this is a DX Reunion, but we can’t have the 25th anniversary of Raw without this guy….Razor Ramon, and we get a commercial break?

Hey yo, now everybody rules you can’t have a party on Raw without “The Bad Guy”, and he has been watching Raw on both locations.  Now this Raw 25 is just too sweet.  Oh boy, here comes Tha Balor Club.

Too Sweet chants going on, and DX does the Too Sweet symbol, and they oblige, it’s a good moment.  Here comes The Revival.

Match Number 5:  The Revival Vs The Good Brothers

The Good Brothers picked up the win in very quick fashion with Magic Killer.  DX is endorsing The Balor Group, but here comes Scott Dawson stepping up to Razor, and all of the legends are now hitting their finishing moves.  Not good future for The Revival.

Winners:  The Good Brothers, by pinfall

Barclay Center:  Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves

In-Ring Promo:  Brock Lesnar Vs Braun Strowman Vs Kane

Kurt brings out the entire Raw locker room, and the confrontation for all 3 men involved in the Triple Threat match at Royal Rumble is next.

Kurt is in the ring, this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV, the Universal Championship will be defended in a Triple Threat match.  He brings out Lesnar, Kane, and Strowman.

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I came here tonight to bring you something relevant.  Someone relevant.  And there is nobody more relevant than the Title, and there is nobody more relevant than the title holder.  And the title holder is his client, and he did not come here for a nostalgia show.  He came here to fight.  So as they say on Sunday, fighter, are you ready?  Fighter, are you ready?  Because ladies and gentlemen may I introduce you to the reigning, and defending Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.

And the fight has begun.  Braun puts Brock on a Powerslam through the table.  Strowman is left standing after Brock took out Kane, and tried a F-5 on Braun.  The show ends here.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

Boy they rushed everything in the final hour of this show, it seems to me they should have cut out a segment in the Women’s match, and cut off the wasted tag match between Slater and Rhyno Vs Titus Worldwide.  But let’s make this clear, this was a nostalgic show.  You don’t have to build the Royal Rumble.  But they did build the Triple Threat match, but I can’t see anyone else bu Brock retain his title.  I hate the burial of The Revival.  I can’t see how they can be taken seriously anymore.  To everyone who has paved the way for Raw over the last 25 years, thank you.  And a big thank you to Vince McMahon.  That opening segment with Stone Cold and Vince was hilarious.  What were your thoughts on the show?  Send them to me.  Next week, The Road to Wrestlemania begins.

WWE Raw Kick-Off Show

Commentators:  Renee Young, David Otunga, and Peter Rosenberg

We are in The Barclays Center to kick off the show.  What has Raw meant to us growing up?  Every Monday night in our lives, you always have to tune in to follow along.

Hosts:  Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler

They are at The Manhattan Center, in New York, site of the very first Raw 25 years ago.

Back in Brooklyn, discussing their favorite Raw moments.  Can’t forget about Tyson and Austin on Raw in 1998, says Peter.  David’s favorite Raw was either when he hosted Raw, or when The NEXUS debuted on Raw.  Renee loved when HHH and Stephanie McMahon got married, Vegas style.

Backstage Interview:  APA

Charly Caruso has APA.  Bradshaw said what is Raw 25 without APA?  Nothing.  Everyone had to knock on the door, they will open up the APA for one night.  But someone forgot the key.  Charly is watching the door, while they find it.

Royal Rumble:  Triple Threat Match For WWE Universal Title

Tonight:  All 3 Men Are Here Live

Raw Flashback:  1st Raw Episode

Tonight:  Raw 25

Outside Venue:  Sam Roberts

Sam is among his people.

Raw Flashback:  Austin In A Zamboni

The biggest rivalry in WWE history was Stone Cold Vs Mr. McMahon.  We have the biggest stars tonight.

Tonight:  Intercontinental Championship

Last Week:  Roman Reigns

Reigns is prepared for tonight’s match.  25 years ago, his cousin Yokozuna competed in the ring on the first Raw.  This is not about The Miz, this is about Reigns.

Earlier Tonight:  The Miz

The Miz is with his birthday wife, Maryse.  He is ready to win his 8th reign as Intercontinental Championship.  And this Sunday, he will be in The Royal Rumble match, and will main event Wrestlemania, and that will be AWESOME!!

Raw Flashback:  Mankind Winning His 1st WWE Title

Raw Flashback:  Eric Bischoff Debuts On Raw

Eric joins the booth, he is here tonight.  Eric is grateful for the moment of being back.  Renee asks what was that moment like when Eric came to WWE?  Very surreal, nobody knew he was coming to WWE, just a very weird feeling.  But it was amazing, and he will never forget that moment.  Eric was in WCW for many years, but he saw some familiar faces, and felt at home very quickly.  For the most part, everyone welcomed him with open arms.  One of the first things he did was say hello to The Undertaker.  It was very natural with his relationship with Vince.  What happened in the hug?  Eric told Vince you feel that?  That is people rolling in their graves.

This Sunday:  1st Ever Woman Royal Rumble Match

Selfie Promo:  Bayley

She runs into Trish Stratus.

WWE is playing their videos, and we hear a gone.  The crowd goes nits.

Tonight:  8-Woman Tag Match

Raw Flashback:  Trish Stratus Vs Lita

We are back at The Manhattan Center, with Jim Ross and King.  The Undertaker made his Raw debut at the first Raw.  He faced Damien Demento.

Video:  The Undertaker

The Undertaker will be at The Manhattan Center, tonight.

Tonight:  The Undertaker Returns

What will The Undertaker have to say, tonight?  There is something about him that is so special, and still an ICON.  Smackdown Live is here too, celebrating Raw.

Video Selfie:  The New Day

10 years of Kofi Kingston, so many years of being on Raw, BABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!

Raw Flashback:  Y2J Debuts On Raw

Sam Roberts Among His People

The Miz is intent on becoming the new Intercontinental Champion tonight.

Raw Flashback:  The DX Army, Invading WCW

DX changed the course of the Monday Night Wars with WCW.  Who are our favorite factions?  Peter liked Evolution.  Randy Orton and Batista learned so much from Flair and HHH.

Raw Flashback:  Seth Rollins Turns on The Shield

Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins will join The Peep Show, tonight.

Raw Flashback:  Brock Lesnar Returns To Raw

Hard to believe it has been almost 6 years since Brock came back to WWE.

Last Monday:  Braun Strowman’s Destruction Of Raw

Tonight:  All here Live

Video:  Lip Sync Battle with HHH and Stephanie McMahon Vs Jimmy Fallon and New Day

Jimmy Fallon is here on Raw.  Shane McMahon is in the house too, and we are kicking off Raw with The McMahon Family.  Raw starts, now.

WWE Raw Quick Match Results:

**Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, and Asuka def Absolution, Alicia Fox, and Nia Jax, by submission

**The Miz def Roman Reigns (C), by pinfall

**Bray Wyatt def “Woken” Matt Hardy, by pinfall

**Heath Slater and Rhyno Vs Titus Worldwide ends in a no contest

**The Good Brothers def The Revival, by pinfall