WWE RAW Results 1/9/17
WWE RAW Results
January 9, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentary: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com

Mick Foley Performance Evaluation

The show opens with Stephanie McMahon giving Mick Foley a Performance Evaluation for 2016. Foley plugs it is great to be able to do this right here in New Orleans for a cheap pop. Stephanie is concerned about the rumors about The Undertaker being here tonight bringing up his last appearance was on Smackdown Live. Foley isn’t sure he’ll actually show up.

Seth Rollins walks in and announces he is entering the Royal Rumble match. Braun Strowman storms in and says he wants Roman Reigns or Goldberg. Rollins tells Strowman he can’t just walk in and interrupt him. Strowman wants Reigns or Goldberg or else. Foley informs him Goldberg isn’t even here and that Reigns is booked later tonight. Rollins says he can help Strowman and starts attacking him. They start brawling. WWE officials break it up. Stephanie tells Foley to get things under control. Foley says Undertaker will be here.

WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns is headed to the ring. He will defend his title against WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho next.

Footage from last week is shown of Reigns confronting Goldberg.

We get ring introductions for the champion Roman Reigns and the challengers, the WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.

Before the match officially begins, Braun Strowman walks out and heads to ringside. Reigns bails and attacks Strowman. Strowman cuts him off and tosses Reigns back in. Owens and Jericho go after Reigns. Reigns is throwing rights as Strowman gets in. Strowman with his chop to the chest of Reigns. Owens and Jericho double team Reigns. Strowman kicks Reigns in the elbow and Jericho and Owens continue the attack.

Here comes Seth Rollins with a steel chair in hand. Rollins tosses a chair at Strowman, Strowman catches it and kicks it into the face of Strowman. Reigns has a chair and cracks it over the back of Strowman. Rollins and Reigns with a double chair shot to the body of Strowman. Strowman falls out of the ring as he gets back to his feet.

Stephanie McMahon’s music hit. She says this match won’t end this way. Stephanie promised a handicap title match and the fans will get it. She is giving Reigns time to recover. Stephanie tells Rollins if he is looking for a fight, he gets one right now against Strowman.

Adam’s Thoughts: The backstage brawl came off a bit awkward with Stephanie’s over the top acting. Seemed like a good idea to kick off the show with the handicap title match given the competition WWE is facing tonight. I guess they want to save it for the third hour, which traditionally tanks in the ratings based on trending numbers the last year.

-Commercial Break-

Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman

Rollins with kicks to the legs of Strowman early. Strowman blocks a big kick and throws Rollins down on the mat. Strowman with a big forearm shot to the back of Rollins. Strowman with a splash in the corner on Rollins and then a big clothesline. Strowman cuts off another comeback attempt by Rollins tossing him to the corner and then dropping an elbow. Rollins with a jawbreaker, repeated jumping clotheslines, kick to the face and Strowman cuts off Rollins planting him hard on the mat. Strowman tosses Rollins to the outside.

-Commercial Break-

We return live and Rollins catches Strowman with a kick to the back of the head on the outside. Rollins jumps back in, hits the ropes and hits a suicide dive. Rollins is back in, so is Strowman and Rollins catches him with a knee to the head. Rollins with a superkick, cover and Strowman powers out with a kick out at the one count. Rollins comes off the top and catches Strowman with a flying knee to the head. Strowman stays up, Rollins jumps off the top again and Strowman catches him this time sending him to the corner. Rollins attempts a Blockbuster and Strowman counters pushing Rollins back to the top turnbuckle. Rollins gets Strowman off the corner and connects with a frog splash for a two count. Rollins catches Strowman with another knee to the head from the ring apron. Rollins gets up on the top turnbuckle, jumps and Strowman moves causing Rollins to crash into the ring barricade. The referee begins the count and eventually reaches 10. He calls for the bell.

Winner: No Contest, Double Count Out

After the match, Braun Strowman tosses Seth Rollins inside the ring and grabs a steel chair. Rollins with a baseball slide kicking the chair into Strowman. Rollins grabs the chair and takes a swing at Strowman who moves out of the way on the outside.

Adam’s Thoughts: While it didn’t last long, Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman put together a really fun and physical match. Wouldn’t mind seeing more between these two.

WWE plugs the return of Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels tonight. A clip from the new movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” featuring HBK is shown.

-Commercial Break-

Saints QB Drew Brees is shown at ringside tonight.

Footage of Sasha Banks distracting Nia Jax last week helping Bayley win is shown.

Backstage, Sasha Banks and Bayley are talking about Bayley becoming the new No. 1 Contender for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship. Bayley talks about beating Charlotte before and thinking she can do it again at the Royal Rumble.  Banks sets the tone for a possible title match if Bayley wins and says she has Bayley’s back if Dana Brooke tries to get involved. Charlotte walks up saying Bayley won’t beat her when the title is on the line. Banks talks about beating Charlotte for the title and Charlotte brings up how many times she has won it back. Nia Jax walks up and kicks out the bad leg of Banks. Charlotte attacks Bayley. Charlotte laughs and tries to embrace with Nia Jax. Jax pushes her away.

Footage from WWE 205 Live is shown of a Gentleman’s Duel between Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari is shown. Austin Aries is out with Cole and Graves saying he wasn’t impressed with that confrontation. We see footage from 205 Live last week of Daivari interfering in a match and attacking Gallagher including a dropkick in the tree of woe.

Jack Gallagher heads to the ring. He is in action next.

Adam’s Thoughts: Nice to see WWE mix it up with the women’s division after the very long feud between Charlotte and Sasha Banks. Nia Jax has some serious upside in a heel role. Banks is still really rough with her promo delivery.

-Commercial Break-

Cruiserweight Division Match
Jack Gallagher vs. Drew Gulak

We start with Gulak getting a takedown on Gallagher. Gallagher is locking up the ankles of Gulak and drops him down face first. Gulak dumps Gallagher out. Gallagher is back in and Gulak gives him a scoop slam against the ropes. Gulak with a nasty sounding clothesline on Gallagher from the second rope. Gallagher is up in the tree of woe with his feet in the air in the corner kicking away at Gulak. Gallagher with repeated uppercuts to Gulak. Gallagher with a big headbutt to Gulak and then connects with a running dropkick in the corner on Gulak. Gallagher gets the cover and pinfall on Gulak.

Winner: Jack Gallagher

After the match, Jack Gallagher is ready to give Ariya Daivari a “thrashing”, but as an “extraordinary gentleman” he would like to invite Mr. Daivari to meet him on 205 Live in parlay. He said this is an opportunity to discuss terms and if Mr. Daivari disagrees, he will have to engage with some “fisticuffs.”

Backstage, TJ Perkins is teaching Shawn Michaels how to dab.

Adam’s Thoughts: Love the Jack Gallagher act. But wow are these Cruiserweight division matches really stopping the flow of this show. This division seems better in small doses (aka the Cruiserweight Classic) versus TV time on RAW or even on 205 Live.

-Commercial Break-

Backstage, Mick Foley is looking for The Undertaker when he bumps into Stephanie McMahon. She says his entire performance review hinges on The Undertaker making an appearance tonight in the middle of the ring. Stephanie gives Foley one hour.

Shawn Michaels returns to Monday Night RAW

The WWE Hall of Famer heads to the ring and grabs a mic. Michaels tells the crowd he needs to take a breath because that is a long walk to the ring. He says he missed the fans and getting to come out here on a regular basis. Michaels talks about things “picking up a little bit” with the Royal Rumble being just down the road. He talks about the Rumble being in his home town of San Antonio and how he won the WWE Championship 20 years ago at the Royal Rumble. Michaels talks about Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins being in the Rumble this year. The crowd starts a “ONE MORE MATCH” chant. Michaels says, “Don’t you try to pressure me!” He said that he’s really here to talk about his new movie called “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.”

Rusev’s music hits and he walks out with Lana and Jinder Mahal to interrupt. He congratulates Michaels on his new movie, but says if he wants that movie to be successful he needs to put his beautiful and talented wife Lana in it. Michaels says the movie is already done. Rusev, Mahal and Lana enter the ring. Rusev doesn’t care. He suggests they use “stupid CGI” and put Lana in the movie like Star Wars did. Rusev said he’s like the Bulgarian George Clooney and shows off Lana saying she deserves a Golden Globe. HBK says he isn’t comfortable with those Golden Globes. Rusev doesn’t get his stupid joke.

Enzo Amore (in a motorized wheel chair) and Big Cass head out on the stage with mics in hand. Enzo does the usual introduction on the mic as they head to the ring. He says the realest guy in the room right now is here and his name is Shawn Michaels. Enzo asks what we have over here? Michaels says, what the kids call them today, haters! Enzo says Lana is a great actress pretending to wake up in the morning and like what she sees in Rusev. Big Cass says if he was going to put any of them in a movie it would be The 40 Year Old Virgin, Puss in Boots, Beauty and The Beast and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Rusev tells them to shut up. Big Cass offers to finish this right here and right now. Rusev says Cass has a match…but a match with Jinder Mahal. Cass leads a “SAWFT” chant. Michaels says he plans to stay out here at ringside for this match next and then leads the crowd in a “SUCK IT” chant. That match is up next.

Adam’s Thoughts: Oh boy. The crowd went quite mild when Shawn Michaels walked out. Then they proceeded to try out some comedy. Rusev seemed to be the only one having fun and understanding how to pace out the talking. Otherwise, a really underwhelming segment.

-Commercial Break-

Big Cass w/ Enzo Amore and Shawn Michaels vs. Jinder Mahal w/ Rusev and Lana

We return live as Big Cass is working over Jinder Mahal in the corner. Cass catches Mahal with a big knee to the gut. Cass also catches Mahal with a quick shoulder tackle. Mahal with a running knee to Cass. Mahal with a quick dropkick to the head of Cass for a two count. Cass with a splash and then tosses Mahal across the ring. Cass with a second splash and Rusev with a distraction from ringside. HBK with Sweet Chin Music to Rusev at ringside. Cass has Mahal up, hits a modified side slam and then drops a big elbow to get the pinfall.

Winner: Big Cass

After the match, Big Cass and Enzo Amore celebrate with Shawn Michaels.

Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho all attacking Roman Reigns earlier tonight is shown and Seth Rollins eventually getting involved with a steel chair. Reigns will defend the WWE United States Championship against WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho later tonight in a handicap match.

Adam’s Thoughts: Outside of Rusev’s promo delivery, I just wasn’t a fan of anything tonight involving Shawn Michaels, Enzo Amore or Big Cass. The match between Cass and Mahal seemed to be going fine until Cass and Mahal completely botched the finish setup. It happens. The use of Michaels tonight just fell completely flat.

-Commercial Break-

We get another Emmalina tease.

Cruiserweight Division Match
Neville vs. Lince Dorado

Dorado with a head scissors takedown sending Neville out of the ring. Dorado with a suicide dive catching Neville on the outside. Back inside, Dorado goes up top and catches Neville with a cross body for a two count. Neville with big kicks to Dorado and then works over his left arm. Neville gets Dorado on his shoulder and dumps him hard on his back. Neville blocks a huricanrana attempt by Dorado, lifts him up to his shoulders and drops him down on his face. Neville applies the Rings of Saturn. Dorado taps out.

Winner: Neville

After the match, Neville attacks Dorado. Neville goes back to the Rings of Saturn submission. Rich Swann’s music hits and he hits the ring. Neville cuts him off with kicks. Swann with big slaps and rights and lefts. Swann with clotheslines and a kick to the head of Neville in the corner. Swann yells at Neville to get up and Neville bails avoiding a spin kick.

WWE teases an appearance by The Undertaker tonight.

A video package runs looking at the return of Edge at the 2010 Royal Rumble.

Adam’s Thoughts: Great call by WWE to put Neville in the Cruiserweight division. They really need more “known” stars to mix it up with these young talents to build some interest.

-Commercial Break-

Backstage, a production guy is moving a tree around Stephanie and she tells him to beat it. Sasha Banks and Bayley walk in and says they want a match with Charlotte and Nia. Stephanie tells Banks to take the bass out of her voice. Bayley says Banks is just fired up and Stephanie tells her to never call her “Steph.” Stephanie books the tag team match, but says that match is taking place tonight even if Banks isn’t quite 100%. She tells them both to “get the hell out of my office.”

Luke Gallows vs. Sheamus

Karl Anderson is on commentary with Cole, Saxton and Graves tonight. Cesaro walks out with Sheamus and then takes a chair to join everyone on commentary as well.

The bell rings and both Gallows and Sheamus lock up. Gallows with a headlock. Sheamus counters into a headlock of his own and connects with a big shoulder tackle. Gallows with body shots to Sheamus and follows with a quick uppercut. Sheamus with a spin kick to Gallows in the corner and then slingshots himself back in connecting with Gallows. Sheamus with a rolling senton to Gallows, hits the ropes and drops a knee. Gallows levels Sheamus with a clothesline on the outside. Gallows catches Sheamus with a kick to the face as Sheamus was getting back up on the top turnbuckle.

-Commercial Break-

We return live as both Gallows and Sheamus are exchanging punches. Gallows catches Sheamus with a knee in the corner. Sheamus with a high knee to Gallows on the ring apron and then connects with his forearm to the chest against the ropes. Sheamus dropkicks Gallows to the back and then tosses him back inside the ring. Sheamus with a diving clothesline from the top rope on Gallows for a two count. Gallows with a swift kick to the back of Sheamus for a two count. Sheamus plants Gallows with a powerslam. Anderson attacks Cesaro on commentary. This distracts Sheamus who was firing up for a Brogue Kick. Gallows plants Sheamus down face first on the mat and Sheamus kicks out. Cesaro almost gets the Cesaro Swing on the stage on Anderson. Gallows looks up at the ramp and gets distracted. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick on Gallows for the win.

Winner: Sheamus

After the match, we see footage of Karl Anderson throwing a water bottle at Cesaro at the commentary table and attacking him on the stage. Cesaro runs down to the ring and celebrates the win with Sheamus.

We will find out if The Undertaker is in the house next.

Adam’s Thoughts: Pretty good match between Sheamus and Luke Gallows tonight. Karl Anderson and Cesaro on commentary was a nice touch with some good banter.

-Commercial Break-

Backstage, Roman Reigns is warming up when he is asked if he is prepared physically for his title defense after being attacked earlier tonight. Reigns says he has an obligation to defend this title regardless of what happened. He talks about always “spearing the guts out” of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho when he is in the ring with them.

Mick Foley requests The Undertaker appear

RAW General Manager Mick Foley is in the ring. He talks about traveling to the “depths of hell” with The Undertaker during his career. Foley is calling on The Undertaker now for one more encounter right here on Monday Night RAW.

Foley recalls getting to experience the entrance of The Undertaker during his career and Paul Bearer showing him the hair on his arms standing up when he would make his entrance. He requests Undertaker show up tonight in New Orleans.

The lights go out. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits and she walks out saying Foley has forced her to give her performance review publicly since he was unable to produce The Undertaker tonight. “This crowds reaction is a result of your inability to produce The Undertaker. It’s all because of you Mick. How does that make them feel? How does that make me feel?” She admits Foley has had some success putting Sheamus and Cesaro together, the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match and putting Chris Jericho in a shark cage at the Royal Rumble. Stephanie says Foley finds a way to go forward and then take two steps back bringing up putting the Cruiserweight division on the line, Braun Strowman being out of control, the injuries to Sami Zayn and allowing Smackdown Live to beat RAW in the ratings. She talks about his latest empty promise to try and deliver The Undertaker. Foley goes to apologize when the lights go out and The Undertaker’s gong hits.

Smoke fills the entrance area. Flames shoot up from the stage. The Undertaker’s music hits and he appears walking through the smoke on stage. The Undertaker enters the ring and looks the way of Foley and Stephanie. Stephanie backs up to the corner. Undertaker grabs a mic. A loud “UNDERTAKER” chant starts up in New Orleans. “I’m back,” says Undertaker on the mic. “And I think it important that the world should know I will be entering the Royal Rumble.” A loud “YES” chant starts up. “I answer to no one. I go where I want, when I want. Nobody controls The Undertaker.” Undertaker gets in Stephanie’s face and adds, “No one.” He talks about returning to the city where he suffered his most devastating loss and where the streak came to its demise. “But my journey continues to the Royal Rumble. I’ve dug 29 holes for 29 souls. And I will be bringing the darkside to the Royal Rumble match. And after I win, I will return to the main event at WrestleMania. And if anyone – and I mean anyone – stands in my way, they will…rest…in…peace.”

Undertaker drops the mic and heads up the ramp. He takes one last look back at the ring, raises his arm in the air and heads to the back.

Adam’s Thoughts: Always good to see The Undertaker on WWE television. I’m just not sure if his promo delivery works in this new era. It just comes off really basic and silly.

-Commercial Break-

Backstage, Kevin Owens talks about not being impressed with old stars returning on RAW and mentions Goldberg ruining The Kevin Owens Show last week. Chris Jericho refers to himself and Owens as “international treasures” and how it is time for two Canadians to be the face of the United States.

Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Charlotte and Nia Jax

We start with Sasha Banks and Charlotte. Charlotte goes after the bad knee of Banks early. Banks tosses Charlotte into Nia Jax in the corner. Jax tags herself in. Bayley jumps in the ring to break up a potential brawl as we head to a break.

-Commercial Break-

Back live, Banks is working over Charlotte in the corner. Banks misses double knees to Charlotte and Banks comes down on her bad knee. Tag to Bayley who throws elbows at Charlotte. Bayley with a takedown clothesline and right hands. Bayley with a charge in the corner and Charlotte fires back with a big boot. Tag to Nia Jax who drops Bayley over the corner and throws a quick headbutt. Jax tosses Bayley across the ring and tags in Charlotte. Charlotte keeps Bayley grounded in a headlock. Jax tags herself in, Charlotte tosses her at Jax and Jax drops Bayley with a scoop slam. Jax knocks Banks off the ring apron and tags Charlotte back in. Charlotte with a chop to Bayley and Jax held her. Jax tags herself in as Bayley goes for a roll up on Charlotte. Jax levels Bayley with a big charge. Jax hits the ropes and drops a leg over Bayley to get the pinfall.

Winner: Charlotte and Nia Jax

Backstage, Noam Dar is looking at himself in a mirror with Alicia Fox walks up. He is expecting a slap from Alicia. Alicia grabs Dar and kisses him. She says Cedric was right thinking Dar couldn’t handle a real woman.

The New Day is heading to the ring. We see footage from last week of Xavier Woods getting a pinfall victory over Titus O’Neil.

Adam’s Thoughts: Very good tag team match involving Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte and Nia Jax tonight. Jax is really coming along nicely after moving on from squash matches.

-Commercial Break-

We return live and Titus O’Neil is apologizing for what he did last week. Titus still wants a chance to be part of The New Day. Xavier Woods says when he talked about leaving his DM’s open that it wasn’t an invitation to Titus. Titus wants them to give him a chance. New Day has footage shown from NXT back in 2010 when Titus was doing a beer keg carrying competition and fell flat on his face at ringside.

Back live, New Day is laughing and compares that to a Life Alert commercial. Big E says they have a chance for redemption. Kofi is at ringside and reveals a New Day colored keg. He says this keg is filled with the greatest sports drink of all time: Booty Juice. “Booty Juice…it makes sure your throat is loose.” Titus is asked to pick up the keg and run around the ring with it in 12 seconds on the clock.

He makes it around the ring with 0.6 seconds to spare. Titus dropped the keg before the finish line. Kofi suggests they look at the replay. The replay shows Titus dropped it before the line. Titus pushes Kofi away upset. Kofi suggests a match with Titus right now.

-Commercial Break-

WWE announces the return of WrestleMania to New Orleans in 2018.

Kofi Kingston vs. Titus O’Neil

Back live, Kofi catches Titus with a kick to the face and kicks to the body. Kofi with a standing dropkick to Titus. Titus counters an S.O.S. attempt and drops Kofi on the mat. Titus with big chops to Kofi in the corner. Kofi returns with chops of his own. Titus slams Kofi down with a big scoop slam. Titus levels Kofi with a big boot. Titus avoids a roll up attempt by Kofi and throws a quick headbutt. Titus sits Kofi up on the top turnbuckle. Titus catches Kofi and Titus drops Kofi repeatedly over his knee. Woods starts distracting Titus and throws Kofi over the top rope into Woods and Big E. Titus chases down Kofi. Back in the ring, Kofi catches Titus with the Trouble in Paradise and he hooks the leg for the win.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

After the match, The New Day celebrates inside the ring over Titus O’Neil.

Cole, Saxton and Graves plug the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament that will take place this Saturday and Sunday live on the WWE Network.

We see Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho heading to the arena for the main event.

Adam’s Thoughts: Decent comedy segment involving New Day and Titus O’Neil with a fun callback to NXT footage in 2010. Gives everyone something to do for a few weeks.

-Commercial Break-

Brock Lesnar returns to RAW live next week in Little Rock.

Handicap Match
WWE United States Championship Match
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho

Reigns attacks both Owens and Jericho right away as they walked down the ramp. Reigns with a headbutt to Jericho. Reigns grabs Jericho and throws him inside the shark cage that was setup on the stage. Reigns with right hands and he tries to lock the door with a chain when Owens runs up to break it up. Owens and Jericho beat down Reigns on the stage as Cole reminds us the match hasn’t officially started. Owens and Jericho toss Reigns into the shark cage and the cage falls off the stage area. Owens and Jericho grab Reigns and toss him shoulder first into the steel ring steps at ringside. Reigns is tossed inside the ring. The referee checks on him. Reigns tells the referee it is okay to get the match started.

The referee officially begins the match and Owens goes on the attack on Reigns in the corner. Jericho gets the tag and dropkicks Reigns in the back. Jericho drops an elbow over Reigns and then applies a headlock. Reigns tosses Jericho over the top rope. Jericho hangs on, goes up top and Reigns catches Jericho with a right hand on the way down. Reigns with a clothesline to Jericho and then catches him with a jumping clothesline. Owens jumps in and Reigns catches him with a flying clothesline as well. Reigns with a clothesline to Owens in the corner. Reigns eats a boot from Jericho in the corner. Reigns tosses Jericho into Owens and connects with a samoan drop on Jericho. Reigns with repeated clotheslines to Owens in the corner. Owens stops Reigns with a big right. Reigns fires back with a big boot that sends Owens out of the ring. Reigns backs up in the corner as Jericho is getting on his feet. Jericho side steps a Superman, right by Owens from the ring apron and Jericho connects with a Lionsault for a two count. Reigns fights out of a Walls of Jericho, but eats a superkick from Owens. Owens attempts a Pop Up Powerbomb, but Reigns leaps over and catches Jericho with a Superman. Reigns with a Superman on Owens. Jericho avoids a spear with a kick to the face. Reigns counters a Codebreaker attempt. Reigns catches Jericho with a spear. Owens pulls Reigns out during a pinfall attempt. Owens avoids a drive by dropkick and superkicks Reigns in the head. Reigns with a back body drop to Owens on the floor. Reigns with a drive by dropkick catching Owens this time. Jericho goes for a springboard dropkick and Reigns catches him with a Superman. Owens is holding the leg of Reigns as he tries to get in. Jericho with a Codebreaker on Reigns. Owens has Reigns on his shoulders and gives him a powerbomb over the ring apron! Owens and Jericho slide Reigns back in. Jericho is slapping Reigns in the face as Owens throws right hands. Jericho with another Codebreaker on Reigns, Jericho hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.

Winner and new WWE United States Champion: Chris Jericho

After the match, Kevin Owens grabs the WWE United States Championship and puts it over the shoulder of Jericho. The show closes with Jericho and Owens celebrating.

Adam’s Overall Impression: A pretty good main event to close what was a rather average episode of RAW. WWE clearly wanted to mix things up by pulling the United States Championship off Roman Reigns with two weeks left to go until the Royal Rumble. I can’t help but notice how weak the appearances by both Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were in what was a big part of the hype for the episode tonight.

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Quick Match Results:

* Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman ended in a Double Count Out
* Jack Gallagher def. Drew Gulak
* Big Cass def. Jinder Mahal
* Neville def. Lince Dorado
* Sheamus def. Luke Gallows
* Charlotte and Nia Jax def. Sasha Banks and Bayley
* Kofi Kingston def. Titus O’Neil
* Chris Jericho pinned Roman Reigns in a handicap match to become the new WWE United States Champion in the main event

  • 72mike72

    Who does not see Foley stepping away, as usual.
    Who is next up? Teddy? Regal is too good at NXT.

  • “A clip from the new movie “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” featuring HBK is shown.”

    I’m not ashamed to admit I’m looking forward to this film.

  • IKILLU

    Imagine The Undertaker As GM

  • You know, you would think that a show that starts off with them talking about evaluations for 2016 would remember what the ratings for the third hour were like in 2016 and not fucking book big matches for said third hour. lol

  • Zach Steven Whitlow

    You are dead wrong on The Undertaker. Basic and silly? His promos aren’t crazy loud and ra ra speeches because he is one of the very few real characters left in the WWE and his promos keep with his character. I’d rather have Taker deliver a cold and slow promo that gets me invested in him than some scripted junk with corny jokes to try to make a wrestler seem cool.

  • Adam Martin

    I’m just not a fan of that presentation anymore. While I don’t disagree about the overly scripted nature of promos in this company right now, Undertaker’s entire promo tonight was slow and dull.

  • JFJ

    His delivery always draws pops from the arena crowd and just as importantly if not moreso it works with his character. He’s The Deadman. Speed is not part of the package.

  • goddessroleplay

    Undertaker is like Akuma in Street Fighter 5. He is so bad ass and just cool that when he appears I am happy and I glance over (even for a moment) some of the flaws in wwe currently.

    Also a part of the reason i like Undertaker now is I see WWE (and wrestling in general) more like street fighter/overwatch and less like mma.

  • delos56

    How much more corn ball can it get?

  • Zach Steven Whitlow

    It’s supposed to be slow. He’s a dead man. What he does is leave the audience hanging on every word. Every fan pays attention because he is a man of few words

  • AJAKAJAK MAN

    i dont know why i am still looking at this this stupid show. 2 against one and you expect the one to lose. i give up man

  • Armadillo_KSA

    Finally they put the US title on Jericho and this is much deserved since he’s been probably the best act on Raw. Can’t wait for how he handles himself now that he is the US champ and hope they don’t take it away from him in a week or so.
    Also, this is going to be the most star studded Royal Rumble match in years with Goldberg, Lesnar, Taker, Rollins among others to be in the match. I can honestly say that I have no idea who will win this match. Are they gonna give it to Taker and have Cena beat Styles so they can have their match at WrestleMania? Goldberg and Lesnar are most likely going to meet at Mania and maybe it’s too early to give the win to Strowman and they kinda teased a Strowman/Taker match.
    It could be Rollins and rumors that his proposed match with HHH at Mania is no longer on the cards and that’s why he hasn’t be calling out HHH lately like he used to.

  • Just checked, and apparently, this is Chris Jericho’s first ever reign as United States Champion. So I’m pretty sure that means the only title left for him to win in WWE that he’s eligible to compete for is the Universal Championship.

  • …Wait, where did these rumours start?

  • Armadillo_KSA

    I read it online a couple of days ago and Rollins not calling out HHH the last two weeks only fueled the rumors even more. It could be wrong and HHH interfers and costs Rollins the Rumble match but who knows.

  • Alex

    Adam stop giving your reviews kid..you clearly know nothing.. undertaker’s promo are basic and silly?? Lmao..undertaKer’s promos give every true wwe fans “chills” inside them..undertaker promos are the best thing ever happened in wwe..undertaker is a god damn legend , you fool

  • JFJ

    That would be correct.

  • Al79

    It’s the same promo from ’91 Rumble, ’92 Rumble, ’93 Rumble…etc. He always thinks he is going to be #1 entrant in the Rumble. 29 holes, 29 graves, 29 hearses….bla blah. I agree it was boring. But Taker has never really been a great talker. Never had to be though.

  • JFJ

    He says “29 holes,29 souls” because there are 29 other men in the Royal Rumble besides him and because the match ends with one man who wins and 29 men who don’t.

  • Al79

    I understand the rules….but if he is #17 lets say, he would never see some of the first 16 men, and if he gets eliminated before #30, he wouldn’t see the remaining men, so how does he bury them? All people in the Rumble from the 90’s and even after always said this.

  • Jeremy King

    What about Smackdown Tag titles??

  • Jeremy King

    Undertaker says what he wants straight away…. none of this “you beat me, I want
    This” type of crap!!

    And it’s Undertaker, you can’t dislike him

  • JFJ

    Jericho isn’t eligible to compete for them because he is a RAW Superstar.

  • JFJ

    It’s possible, but only if no one has been eliminated when he joins the match and the first elimination doesn’t occur until after all 30 competitors have entered the match. I will grant you that the chances of both of those things happening are extremely slim.

  • Chris

    After the show went off the air, Owens and Jericho started singing We Are The Champions. Undertaker’s bell interrupted them and he came out. Jericho then made some jokes at the Undertaker’s expense, while Owens tried to convince Jericho to leave him alone. The Undertaker then choke slammed both of them.

  • Armadillo_KSA

    It seems that Foley will not stick for too long and most likely we will have Stephanie be the GM as well citing that she can’t trust anyone but her to run the show. Otherwise, most likely it will be a heel so if not Steph then maybe a returning HHH (so we’ll have the authority yet again) or maybe they get corporate Kane from Smackdown.

  • Jeremy King

    Hahahah awesome

  • Jeremy King

    Don’t be so logical.

  • Brandon Ginther

    His promo tonight did seem pretty standard and generic. The fact that he’s entering the Royal Rumble scares me. As for HBK, there’s nothing he can say or do that he hasn’t done before. He really should just not come back again

  • Enjoyitforwhatitis

    Finn Balor….

  • Armadillo_KSA

    No way he makes it to the Rumble

  • Moonsaves

    I’d actually love Corporate Kane. I found the character hilarious and pretty original. Glenn’s a better actor than most give him credit for.

  • Armadillo_KSA

    I do too and I always liked all Kane reincarnations

  • Zach Steven Whitlow

    I am saying either Taker or Strowman wins. They will probably be the final 2 as they stupidly gave it away with the camera panning to Strowman watching him. It would have been a nice touch if they panned to Strowman and other Rumble participants watching as well (New Day, Rollins, Jericho). It would have made it a bigger deal

  • Zach Steven Whitlow

    Thats the point of booking a match in the third hour. It is trying to get people to stay for the third hour by announcing there is something worthwhile. Granted many people checked out after Undertakers appearance, so that might have been a better way to close the show but I think it was smart to put something in the third hour that is worth watching.

  • Armadillo_KSA

    Totally agree. I was thinking they will be showing other participants too but my only hope it’s just a way to build Strrowman. Last week he came after Goldberg and Reigns and this week watched Taker and maybe next week interrupts Lesnar. It’s just a hope though

  • TWF2000

    Even if a guy draws number 30 and there’s only 1 guy remaining in the ring and he eliminates him, he still beats 29 other guys. That’s the object, always has been. He doesn’t need to eliminate 29 guys to “beat” them.

  • Shyam Das

    raw should just drop the authority angle.. it’s been too long same old shit.. and Stephanie’s the worst heel ever she is the real reason ratings fall for raw..cuz.. they are putting the same old shit over and over again.. vince kick her our of creatives and from tv.. and give her something more befitting.. and let hunter do the job..
    NOT INTERESTED TO WATCH RAW ANYMORE.. BORING..
    and frankly i am not a reigns fan.. but KO & Jericho better put up a good show and cuz as good they are with the mic they don’t seem to be as good as performers.. and they have just dropped the level of their game.. they used to fun to watch wrestling.. but now they are just covering for each other.. i want to see KO beat reigns at the Rumble clean without Jericho’s help..i want to kick reigns ass like a man.. not like a pussy.

  • IKILLU

    SDLive & RAW Tag Titles Are In The Same Bracket As The Past Tag Titles So It Really Doesn’t Matter The Only Title Jericho Has Never Won Is The Universal Championship Since It Was Put In A New Bracket

  • IKILLU

    WrestleMania-33 Match Card Was Leaked This Past Week & These Are The Matches So Far Confirmed
    TRIPLE H vs. SETH ROLLINS
    GOLDBERG vs. BROCK LESNAR
    BIG SHOW vs. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

    SO ROLLINS, LESNAR, GOLDBERG, WONT WIN THE RUMBLE OR EITHER OF THEM CAN WIN THE TITLE AT THE NEXT PPV AFTER THE ROYAL RUMBLE

    I Would’ve Said Big Show In The List But I Don’t Think He’s In The Rumble

  • IKILLU

    He Didnt Say It Like It’s Gonna Happen He Said It As A Figment Of Speech Plus I Would Rather Watch Lots Of Undertakers Promos Than Watch Any Other Superstars Promos

    The Reason Why He Talks Slower Than Any Other Superstar Is Because His Promos Aren’t Scripted

  • TheCyberZon

    Awesome comparison! Undertaker like Akuma? Yeah, I definitely agree with that. Too bad WWE currently lacks any Ryus, Kens, or Guiles. XD

  • goddessroleplay

    Ryu= John Cena

    Casual know him and is easy enough to understand. Plays well with and against others characters. Very Strong, nothing too flashy but damn is it not effective. Really the beginners character to latch onto.

    Guile=Roman Reigns.

    Kinda only has two moves, both kinda boring yet both VERY strong.

    Zangief=Rusev.

    Cause I am a racist (though Rusev RL plays a bunch of street fighter and he has a mean akuma)

    …..i can go on..

    oh and also if you like Kenny Omega there are videos of him playing streetfighter with various members of the Fighting Game Community (he mains Cody)