WWE Monday Night RAW Results
January 11, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
Report by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last week’s RAW. Roman Reigns promised if Vince McMahon screwed with him that Stephanie would have to pick him up from the hospital. Vince McMahon was the guest referee for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and was fast counting for Sheamus. McMahon tried to fast count for Sheamus, but Reigns wouldn’t stay down. Eventually Reigns won. McMahon then said Reigns would have to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble match.
The entire WWE roster is at the top of the stage. Mr. McMahon’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his daughter looking very happy. The New Day is happily singing along to McMahon’s song. Michael Cole announces this is the 23rd anniversary of Monday Night RAW. McMahon says, “Happy days!” McMahon says the crowd can look at the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and he motions toward the stage. Of these thirty men, one of them will make history. Stephanie says Reigns defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble is making history. He may enter the match as the champion, but one of the people on stage will win it. McMahon says it’s every man for himself. It could be Dolph Ziggler, who has reached for the brass ring for ten long years. Maybe it could be Kevin Owens. He’s accomplished so much in so little time, if he wins the match he could cement the greatest first year in WWE history. McMahon says it could be a New Day! The New Day gyrates on stage. McMahon and Stephanie say, “That’s not booty!”
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes and the lights go out. When they come back on, The Wyatt Family is standing on the commentary table. Wyatt says, “Anyone but you, Roman.” McMahon says anyone, including the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Reigns doesn’t receive much of a pop. The boos are really coming through once the music stops. McMahon tells Reigns to take it easy. Stephanie asks if he’s here to beat up her father again. McMahon asks why he’s out here. Reigns has a question: what happens if he wins? Vince and Stephanie both laugh. Vince says the odds are astronomical, but it could happen. McMahon says he’ll get an opportunity to do that in a “one versus all” match, and it’ll be Reigns taking on about 2/3rds of everyone on stage. McMahon says it’ll be a long, long night. It could be against anyone, including Dean Ambrose. Vince rules that out because Ambrose is in the first match. Sheamus then attacks Ambrose from behind. Reigns just watches and does absolutely nothing for his best friend.
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
We join the match in progress. Sheamus is dominating Ambrose. Sheamus uppercuts Ambrose in the corner, but Ambrose turns him around and starts punching and chopping him. Ambrose bites the forehead until Sheamus pushes him off. Sheamus knees him in the midsection and throws him out of the ring. Sheamus brings him to the apron and starts clubbing the chest while also punching the kidney. Sheamus then knocks him down on the apron and taunts the crowd. Sheamus chokes him with his boot before bringing him in the ring to apply a chin lock. Ambrose eventually fights up and gets out with a back suplex. Sheamus runs him over with an Irish hammer and smiles at the crowd. Sheamus gets him on the apron and goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but Ambrose blocks it and head-butts him. Ambrose then gives Sheamus the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán until Sheamus counters out. Sheamus knocks him to the floor and sends him into the barricade. Sheamus yells at him to not embarrass him. Sheamus then gives him a release suplex onto the commentary table. Sheamus throws him into the ring and taunts the crowd once again. Sheamus then applies a chin lock. Sheamus goes for a suplex, but Ambrose gets out and boots him in the face. Ambrose punches back at him, but he has a whip reversed. Ambrose then takes him down with a pair of running forearms. Ambrose forearms him in the corner and goes for a bulldog, but Sheamus pushes him off. Ambrose then avoids a Brogue Kick, and Sheamus goes over the top rope. Ambrose gets a head of steam and takes Sheamus out with a suicide dive.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose jump into an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus then applies an Irish Cloverleaf. Ambrose quickly claws for the bottom rope. Sheamus slaps him until Ambrose responds with some head-butts. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, but Ambrose rebounds for a clothesline. Sheamus ducks it, but Ambrose quickly catches him with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but Sheamus cuts him off and goes for White Noise. Ambrose elbows out and rolls him up for a two count. Ambrose then sidesteps a charging Sheamus, sending him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ambrose follows up with a tornado DDT for a two count. Ambrose goes to the top rope and catches him with a diving elbow drop, but he can only pick up a near fall. Ambrose grabs him, but Sheamus elbows him in the face. Ambrose quickly goes for Dirty Deeds, but Sheamus counters into a White Noise attempt. Ambrose gets out and catches him with a rebound clothesline. Sheamus rolls out of the ring to recover.
Ambrose blows a kiss toward Sheamus and goes for another suicide dive, but Sheamus punches him in the face. Sheamus once again drives him into the barricade. Sheamus repeats this two more times before sending him into the ring steps. The referee is counting them both out. Ambrose sends Sheamus into the ring post and bounces his head hard-way off the post. Sheamus immediately starts gushing blood. The referee counts them both out.
Match Rating: **
Ambrose sends Sheamus into the table and starts taking it apart. Sheamus is really busted open bad. Kevin Owens attacks Ambrose from behind and wildly punches him. Referees run down to keep Owens back. Owens gets by them and continues attacking him until the referees convince him to leave.
The commentators talk about how new subscribers to the WWE Network can watch the Royal Rumble for free. Later tonight, we’ll see Chris Jericho bring The Highlight Reel back with The New Day as his guests.
Renee Young is outside the trainer’s room hoping to get a word on Dean Ambrose’s condition. Ambrose bursts out of the door with the trainer’s begging him to come back. Ambrose says he still has a pulse, which means he’s alive. That’s bad news for Kevin Owens.
Vince and Stephanie McMahon are walking backstage when they bump into Paul Heyman. Heyman says he loves the One Versus All concept and mentions how he liked how they invoked the name of his client, Brock Lesnar. Stephanie says its genius to have Lesnar in the Royal Rumble match going for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman says his client is a prizefighter and wants to fight for the biggest prize of them all on the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. Vince tells him to not try to change his plans, but Heyman insists he isn’t. He’s trying to give him box office. Heyman says the winner should face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Vince says he doesn’t like it. Stephanie suggests they talk about it behind closed doors.
Stardust makes his way to the ring. He’ll face Titus O’Neil, next.
Drew Brees is seen at ringside. He’s the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.
Stardust vs. Titus O’Neil
It should be noted that O’Neil got next to no reaction coming out. Stardust clubs away at O’Neil at the sound of the bell. Stardust hits the ropes, and O’Neil body slams him. O’Neil chops the chest a few times before Stardust kicks him back. Stardust jumps into some backbreakers, and O’Neil tosses him aside. Stardust kicks him in the knee and stomps away at him. Stardust dropkicks him down for a one count. Stardust knees him in the spine and rips at the face before applying a chin lock. O’Neil gets out and shoulder blocks him down before connecting with a clothesline. Stardust kicks him in the face and hits the ropes, but O’Neil big boots him down. O’Neil connects with an avalanche and goes for a powerslam, but Stardust rakes the eyes and hits a side effect for a two count. Stardust comes off the top rope, but O’Neil sidesteps him and hits him with Clash of the Titus for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Titus O’Neil
Match Rating: 3/4 *
O’Neil celebrates with the fans before Stardust clips him in the knee and sends him twice into the barricade. Stardust hisses and looks around wildly. This rivalry must continue.
Coming up next, we’ll see the return of The Highlight Reel with special guests The New Day.
The Highlight Reel with special guests The New Day
Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring to a decent reception. A replay is shown of Jericho’s return to make fun of The New Day and announce his entry into the Royal Rumble. Jericho says, “Welcome to RAW is Jericho, and welcome to the return of The Highlight Reel here tonight.” Jericho says everyone has been talking about his return to WWE to save the company. Jericho shows some responses from Twitter and other social media platforms. Jericho says his attempt to save the WWE continues as he goes to the Royal Rumble to become a seven-time WWE Champion.
The New Day makes their way to the ring. Xavier Woods says since Jericho decided to not introduce them, they decided to save the show from Jericho. Big E says they’ve had enough of Jericho talking about hot garbage and booty chatter. Jericho cuts him off and asks if he’s mad about “Rooty Tooty Booty.” That chant very lightly gets started up. The New Day flips out. Woods says they are the WWE World Tag Team Champions and the real Slammy Award winning Tag Team of the Year. Big E says they’ve had enough of his shameful return to WWE, shameful show, hair, and scarf.
The Usos then make their way to the ring. They say, “Whoa” over and over again until the crowd goes along with it. Jey Uso says if The New Day is the true Tag Team of the Year, why are they holding the Slammy? Jimmy Uso tells them to put their money where their mouths are and prove they’re the best. Jericho suggests they fight, and he’ll be in the corner of The Usos, next.
The New Day w/ Xavier Woods vs. The Usos w/ Chris Jericho
We join the match in progress. Jimmy applies a side headlock to Kofi Kingston before being backed into the ropes. Kingston gets out and whips him to the corner, but Jimmy puts the brakes on and punches him. Jey Uso tags in, and they hit a double-team back elbow/elbow drop combination for a two count. Jey applies an arm lock, but Kingston fights up and punches out. Big E is tagged in, and he shoulder blocks Jey down. Big E gyrates before hitting the ropes, but Jey knocks him down. Jey tackles him to the corner and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy forearms Big E and slingshots over him before doing a dance. Big E watches in horror before getting the taste slapped out of his mouth. Jey tags in, and he eats a nasty back elbow. Kingston tags in, and he stomps and punches Jey. Jey punches back at him, but Kingston takes him down with some clubs. Kingston then chokes him with his boot. Jey fights out and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy punches him and avalanches him in the corner before hitting a dropkick. Jimmy catches him with a running hip attack for a two count. Kingston comes back with a jawbreaker. Jimmy goes to the top rope, but Kingston pushes him off to the floor. Woods celebrates with a trombone song before being chased off by Jericho.
We come back from the break to see Kingston stomping Jimmy for a two count. During the commercial, Big E slammed Jimmy into the barricade. Kingston keeps Jimmy away from his brother and slams him down. Big E tags in, and he splashes Jimmy on the apron. Woods plays his trombone as Big E picks up a two count. Big E shoves him into the ropes and applies an abdominal stretch. Jimmy fights out, but Big E runs him over with a clothesline. Big E hits the ropes, but Jimmy punches him. Kingston blind tags in and tries to keep Jimmy away from Jey. Jimmy nearly makes the tag, but Big E pulls Jey off the apron. Kingston catches Jimmy with the Boom Drop and goes for Trouble in Paradise, but Jimmy avoids it. Jimmy then takes him out with an enzuigiri.
Jey and Big E are tagged in. Jey catches him with a pair of clotheslines before giving hi ma dropkick. Jey then pulls the top rope down to get Kingston out of the ring. Jey then nearly kills himself with the tired over the top rope splash to the floor. Jey throws Big E into the ring and connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Jey charges, but Big E connects with a belly-to-belly side suplex for a two count. Jey comes back with a superkick. Kingston tags in, and he gets superkicked. Jey goes to the top rope, but Woods distracts the referee. Jey is knocked off the top rope. Jericho scares Wood with his trombone and breaks it in two. Woods screams in horror. Jey then rolls Kingston up for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Usos
Match Rating: * 1/2
The commentators talk about how John Cena had surgery for a torn rotator cuff. They announce he’ll be out for a few months.
Alberto Del Rio will defend the WWE United States Championship against Kalisto later tonight.
Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon are backstage. Vince McMahon had to step out. Heyman tells Stephanie to inform her father of the error of his ways. Heyman wants Brock Lesnar to go to WrestleMania to face the champion. Stephanie says if Lesnar is in the Royal Rumble, that’s the biggest opportunity. Heyman says Brock Lesnar refuses to do that. Stephanie tells him to tell his client that Vince McMahon, the man who owns Lesnar’s contract, says he will compete in the Royal Rumble. Stephanie warns him to never get in her face. Heyman says he’ll do that for her.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield is in the ring to introduce the Hall of Fame video package for Sting, the first Hall of Fame inductee for 2016.
The Wyatt Family makes their way to the ring. The Wyatt Family will face The Dudley Boyz in a Tables Match on Smackdown. They’ll be in action, next.
Bray Wyatt goes to speak, but The Social Outcasts interrupt them. They talk about how they’re together like the four musketeers and make fun of the Wyatts. Heath Slater says they want a fight. The Social Outcasts get in the ring.
The Wyatt Family vs. The Social Outcasts
Adam Rose starts against Braun Strowman. Strowman demolishes Rose, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel in short order. Bray Wyatt wants to be tagged in to finish this. Wyatt grabs Slater before Ryback’s music hits. Ryback runs into the ring, and the Wyatts attack him. The referee just disappears. The Social Outcasts help Ryback and clear the ring of the Wyatts.
Match Rating: N/A
A replay is shown of Kalisto pinning Alberto Del Rio on Smackdown.
Renee Young is backstage with Kalisto. Kalisto says he’s going to give it his all to beat Del Rio to win the WWE United States Championship.
Alberto Del Rio makes his way to the ring. Del Rio asks if they want to see John Cena. The crowd cheers, but Del Rio says he won’t be there. Del Rio said he’d eliminate Cena, and he’s a man of his word. Del Rio says Cena won’t be in the Royal Rumble and won’t be at WrestleMania because he broke him. Tonight, he’ll break someone else – Kalisto. Kalisto reminds him of a mosquito. He flies around, is annoying, and his life is pointless. Del Rio says he’ll squash him tonight.
WWE United States Championship
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Kalisto
Del Rio attacks Kalisto at the sound of the bell and punches away at him. Del Rio kicks him in the ribs and connects with a suplex. Del Rio puts him in the corner and clotheslines him a few times. Del Rio takes him down with a DDT, and Kalisto rolls out of the ring to recover. Del Rio throws him into the ring and goes to the top rope. Del Rio connects with a diving axe handle for a two count. Del Rio goes for a superplex, but Kalisto fights him off. Kalisto then takes him down with a seated senton and a springboard corkscrew elbow. Del Rio puts the brakes on a hurricanrana before connecting with a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. Del Rio throws him out of the ring and kicks him in the ribs. Del Rio puts him in the ring for a two count. Kalisto fights up, but Del Rio head-butts him down. Del Rio runs into a boot, and Kalisto connects with a cross-body block for a two count. Del Rio then clotheslines him down. Del Rio grabs him by the back of the mask and looks to the crowd. Kalisto fights back, but Del Rio punches him down. Kalisto comes back with a head-scissor takeover. Del Rio rolls out of the ring to recover. Kalisto goes for a suicide dive, but Del Rio flips him over into the barricade!
We come back from the break to see Kalisto go for a cross-body block, but Del Rio sidesteps him for a near fall. During the commercial, Del Rio sent Kalisto into the barricade. Del Rio applies a chin lock, but Kalisto fights out. Del Rio comes back with a snap suplex and goes to the top rope, but Kalisto crotches him on the top rope. They execute a sloppy super hurricanrana, and both men are down.
Kalisto ducks two clotheslines and hits a springboard corkscrew head-butt followed by a big DDT for a near fall. Del Rio quickly comes back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and goes for a kick, but Kalisto avoids it and kicks him in the face for another near fall. Kalisto goes to the top rope, but Del Rio crotches him. Del Rio then hits a nasty inverted superplex. Kalisto rolls to the apron to recover. Del Rio grabs him, but Kalisto kicks him and goes for Salida del Sol, but Del Rio drops him on the top rope. Del Rio then ties him up in the tree of woe and goes for the double stomp, but Kalisto avoids it. Kalisto hits a head-scissor DDT for a near fall! Kalisto gets to his feet and waits for Del Rio to get up. Del Rio counters out of Salida del Sol and kicks him in the ribs. Kalisto counters a German Suplex into a roll-up for the win!
Winner and new WWE United States Champion: Kalisto
Match Rating: ** 1/4
Del Rio cannot believe what just happened. Kalisto celebrates on the ramp with the United States Championship. The audience gives him a very nice round of applause. Del Rio knocks over the ring steps and looks disgusted.
Roman Reigns will face the WWE roster in a One Versus All match.
A replay is shown of Becky Lynch defeating Charlotte last week on RAW.
JoJo is backstage with Charlotte and Ric Flair. JoJo asks why she attacked Becky Lynch last week. Charlotte says she beat Becky Lynch “Flair and square.” Charlotte says she’ll do anything to be champion. If Paige taught her anything, she taught her that there’s no room for sentiment in this business. Becky will never be as good as she is. If anything, Becky is the villain, and she’s the victim. Flair says, “That’s my little girl, JoJo. Woo!”
Brie Bella w/ Alicia Fox vs. Charlotte w/ Ric Flair
Before the match begins, Becky Lynch attacks Charlotte. Becky kicks away at her until Charles Robinson backs her up. The crowd is really responding well to this. Becky eventually goes up the ramp saying she’s going to take the title from her. Flair gets in the ring and says Charlotte is in no condition to compete thanks to Becky Lynch. They then walk off, but not before Flair calls some person in the crowd, “Fat boy.”
Paul Heyman is seen talking backstage to Brock Lesnar.
JoJo catches up with Becky Lynch backstage. Becky talks about the betrayal of Charlotte. Becky says they were friend from the start and promised they’d never let their careers get in the way of their friendship. She says she’s all alone now. Charlotte thinks she’s genetically superior, but she made her tap out last week and will do it again.
Replays are shown of Stephanie McMahon telling Paul Heyman to inform Brock Lesnar he will be forced to compete in the Royal Rumble.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring for the One Versus All match, next.
The Wyatt Family will face The Dudley Boyz in a Tables Match on Smackdown. Also on that show, we’ll see Dean Ambrose team with Neville to face Kevin Owens and Sheamus. Alberto Del Rio will also have a rematch for the WWE United States Championship against Kalisto.
Vince and Stephanie McMahon make their way to the stage and present Reigns’ opponents. Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, The Wyatt Family, The New Day, Tyler Breeze, Stardust and The Ascension come out to the stage. The McMahons then lead them down the ramp.
One Versus All Match
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens, The Wyatt Family, The New Day, Tyler Breeze, Stardust, and The Ascension
Vince McMahon motions for Kevin Owens to get into the ring first. McMahon says this is his version of “one versus all.” Stephanie says he’ll face each and every one of these men until he can no longer move. McMahon says we’ll start with Kevin Owens. McMahon wants the rest of them out of the ring to make this fair and square.
They lock up and circle the ring. Owens applies a waistlock and wrenches the arm. Reigns twists out and applies a side headlock. Owens whips him off and gets shoulder blocked down. Owens angrily rolls out of the ring to recover. Owens gets in the ring and punches and kicks him. Owens stomps him down in the corner and clubs him. Owens sends him into the ropes for a back elbow. Owens picks up a one count. Owens applies a chin lock, but Reigns eventually fights up. Reigns whips him off and goes for a Samoan Drop, but Owens fights out. Reigns quickly takes him down with a neckbreaker. Owens drops him on the apron. Sheamus distracts Reigns, and Owens punches him down. Owens connects with a senton splash on the floor. One versus all so far is just one versus one.
We come back from the break to see Owens eat a kick from Reigns. Owens quickly comes back by throwing Reigns out of the ring. Owens then gives him a fall-away slam into the barricade. Owens sends him into the ring for a near fall. During the commercial, Owens sent Reigns into the barricade, which is probably the fourth or fifth time someone has sent someone into the portion of the barricade. Owens then gave him a frog splash off the apron to the floor! Owens applies a cobra clutch, but Reigns gets out with a back suplex. Owens quickly comes back with a superkick, but Reigns kicks out at two and a half. Owens kicks him in the back a few times before reapplying the chin lock. Reigns fights up and puts him in the corner. Reigns charges, but Owens sidesteps him, which causes Reigns to hit the ring post shoulder-first. Owens connects with a cannonball for a near fall. Owens goes for a senton splash, but Reigns moves.
They trade punches with Reigns coming out on top. Reigns clotheslines him twice before having a whip reversed. Reigns then runs him over with a leaping clothesline. McMahon gets out of his seat. Owens connects with a back elbow, but Reigns powers him to the corner and clubs at him. Reigns blocks a kick and punches him. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch. The Ascension gets on the apron, and he takes them out with one Superman Punch. Stardust runs in and gets a Samoan Drop. Tyler Breeze punches Reigns, but Reigns slams him and spears him. McMahon then sends the rest of them in. The rest of the superstars annihilate Reigns. They take turns with Reigns and it culminates with Sheamus connecting with a Brogue Kick.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and the crowd explodes. The New Day is excited to see him, but he clotheslines them down and gives Big E a German Suplex. Owens attacks Lesnar, but he gets a German Suplex for his troubles. Lesnar clotheslines Del Rio down. Sheamus punches away at Lesnar. Sheamus’ cut is still bleeding. Lesnar knocks Sheamus away and clotheslines him down. Lesnar then gives Del Rio a German Suplex. Sheamus gets up, and Lesnar gives him an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Lesnar looks at the McMahons, who are anxiously looking on at what he’s doing. Lesnar then grabs Reigns and drags him to the middle of the ring. Reigns hasn’t moved from the beating he received. Lesnar smiles before picking him up and giving him an F5.
Match Rating: **
Lesnar walks up the ramp with Paul Heyman by his side. Reigns rolls over and starts smiling.
Quick Match Results
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus ends in a DCO
Titus O’Neil def. Stardust
The Usos def. The New Day (non-title)
The Wyatt Family NC The Social Outcasts
Kalisto def. Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE United States Championship
The One Versus All Match ends in a NC
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