WWE RAW Results
October 17, 2016
Commentary: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. The crowd is amped up for this show. Tonight, Goldberg will return to Monday Night RAW for the first time in twelve years. Goldberg’s image elicits a huge reaction from the crowd. Lita will also have exclusive interviews with Charlotte and Sasha Banks.
Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he gets a huge reaction. Owens comes out with Chris Jericho accompanying him. Jericho is dressed to compete while Owens is not. A “Y2J” chant breaks out. Replays are shown of Jericho losing to Seth Rollins last week. If Jericho had won his match, he’d be added to the WWE Hell in a Cell main event. Owens calls the crowd “stupid idiots” and says their chants can wait. There is no denying it anymore: Mick Foley has a personal vendetta against him. Why else would he risk shortening his career by forcing him to defend his WWE Universal Title against an undeserving Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell? A “Foley” chant fires up, so Jericho repeatedly says, “Quiet” over and over again before the crowd starts booing him. Jericho says Foley does have a vendetta against himself and Owens. Everyone is saying it’s a reward to be inside Hell in a Cell. It’s a nail in the coffin. It’s the most barbaric and dangerous structure ever created in WWE. It’s violent and evil. The fact that Owens is in this match – the match that ended Foley’s career – is a travesty of justice and proves that Foley is a stupid idiot. Owens agrees with Jericho and says he has more braincells left than Foley. Owens calls himself a “thinking man’s champion.” He’s smart enough to know how to make sure Hell in a Cell won’t break him like it broke Foley. The only person whose career will get shorter is Seth Rollins because he’s getting into the Cell with him. Years from now, everyone will still be talking about the hell he put Rollins through while still calling this, “The Kevin Owens Show.”
Jericho says it’ll still be the “Chris and Kevin Show” because he should have been in the match with Owens. It’s obvious he can beat Rollins. Jericho lists names of legends he’s beaten like Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock (on the same night). Jericho even beat Undertaker for the World Title. If he can beat them, he can beat Rollins. The reason why he didn’t beat Rollins is obviously due to bad officiating by the referee. Owens agrees and can’t understand how the guy still works here. Jericho asks if they know what that means. If you’re not good at your job and do things the wrong way, “You just made the list!” Owens says at Hell in a Cell, Rollins will be having a swan song. He’s already replaced him as the man and in two weeks, he’ll retire him.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he comes out to a big reception from the crowd. Rollins begins to speak, but he’s cut off by a massive “Rollins” chant. Rollins says if Jericho is going to put something on the list, he can start with that terrible scarf. Jericho is flabbergasted. Rollins says he can add his rinky-dink tattoos, his haircut, creepy mustache, and trunks before calling him “sparkle crotch.” Jericho cannot believe what he’s hearing. Jericho says, “I am going to say this one time: I am not ‘sparkle crotch.'” Rollins tells Jericho to save it and thinks he’s already on the list. Jericho says, “Not yet, but you will be.” Rollins chuckles at that and says his friendship with Owens should be on “The List of Jericho.” Maybe Jericho considers a friend to be someone who sits idly by two weeks in a row while you get Pedigreed. Owens says this is why Rollins has no friends at all. They’re still very good friends because they’ve talked about what happened these past few weeks. One of them needs to stay strong for the team. Rollins says Owens stays strong while Jericho remains weak. Jericho yells that he is a six-time World Champion and the best in the world at what he does. There’s a reason why he has “G.O.A.T.” written on his trunks. Rollins says it should say, “Sparkle ass.” Jericho says he can beat Rollins anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Rollins says Denver is as good a place as any and right now is the best time.
Rollins starts to walk down to the ring before stopping and asking what Owens will do. Will Jericho send him to the back and prove he can do it on his own or will Owens be the world’s ugliest cheerleader and watch him get Pedigreed a third week in a row. Jericho says Owens is going to leave while Owens says he’ll stay. Owens asks if he really wants him to leave. Jericho says he knows what’s happened these last few weeks, which is why it’s best he leave right now. The crowd lets out an “Ooh.” Jericho says Owens claims it’s better for the team, but he knows what he’s doing now. Owens is a champion, but he’s a six-time champion. He knows all the tricks. It doesn’t change the fact that Owens is his best friend and will have his back. Jericho has to remind Rollins and the stupid idiots watching tonight that he’s Chris Jericho. Owens says he can beat Rollins on his own and will be here in spirit. They hug. Rollins makes his way to the ring. This match is next.
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings, and Jericho shouts at some fans. They circle the ring, and Jericho kicks him before clubbing away at him. Jericho quickly takes him down with a back suplex before kicking him in the back. Jericho chops the chest and slaps him to the corner. Jericho clubs away at him before a “Sparkle crotch” chant breaks out. Jericho whips him to the corner, but Rollins pops out with a clothesline. Rollins chops the chest a few times before stomping him down in the corner. Rollins sends him into the ropes and dropkicks him down. Rollins goes outside and hits a running boot on Jericho while he hangs out over the apron. Rollins gets back in the ring and punches him. Rollins chops the chest and sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and Jericho takes advantage with a double underhook backbreaker for a near fall. Jericho argues the count with the referee before digging his boot into Rollins’ face. Jericho grabs the feet and executes a guillotine catapult into the ropes. Rollins falls out of the ring to recover. Jericho follows him out and slams him into the barricade before dropping him onto it. Jericho puts him back in the ring and goes to the top rope. Rollins boots him coming down and goes for a Pedigree, but Jericho counters out. Rollins quickly comes back with a roll-up for a two count.
Rollins hits a clothesline and a running forearm before sending him to the corner. Rollins connects with a running forearm before hitting a blockbuster neckbreaker for a near fall. Rollins goes for a suplex, but Jericho counters into a roll-up before going for the Walls of Jericho. Rollins counters into an inside cradle for a near fall. Rollins goes for the Pedigree, but Jericho gives him a back body drop onto the apron. Jericho then sends him to the floor with a springboard dropkick.
We come back from the break to see Jericho try to avalanche Rollins against the ropes, but Rollins moves. Jericho recovers more quickly than Rollins does and boots him in the face before connecting with a missile dropkick for a two count. Jericho applies a chin lock, but Rollins fights up and punches out. Jericho quickly knees him in the midsection and sends him into the ropes, but Rollins holds on. Rollins kicks him in the midsection and chops him down. Jericho reverses a whip, but misses a dropkick as Rollins again holds onto the ropes. Rollins then takes him out with a running knee to the face. Rollins pulls himself up and catches him with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Rollins hits the ropes, ducks a clothesline, and connects with a sling blade for a near fall. Rollins chops the chest a few times before sending him to the corner for a running forearm. Rollins hits the ropes, but Jericho takes him down with a back elbow. Jericho immediately follows up with a Lionsault for a near fall. Jericho talks some trash before going for a Pedigree. Rollins twists out and knees him in the face before hitting the falcon arrow for a near fall.
Rollins goes to the top rope, but Kevin Owens’ music hits. The WWE Universal Champion makes his way out to ringside. Rollins catches Jericho with a cross-body block to the floor! Rollins quickly gets Jericho into the ring and catches him with a springboard knee to the face. Rollins immediately goes for a Pedigree, but Jericho counters into the Walls of Jericho. Rollins yells in pain and crawls to the bottom rope, but Jericho pulls him away. Rollins once again claws to the bottom rope, but Owens pulls the rope back. The referee notices him doing that after a moment. Rollins finally grabs the bottom rope and gets a break. Jericho yells at the referee. Rollins goes for a roll-up, but Jericho rolls through. Rollins goes for a Pedigree, but Jericho gets out and goes for a clothesline. Rollins ducks it, and Jericho catches him with an enzuigiri. Jericho goes for the Codebreaker, but Rollins holds him up and counters into the Pedigree for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Kevin Owens is upset with the result and walks off in anger. Rollins stares at Owens before celebrating with the crowd.
A video is shown from the September 22, 1997 episode of Monday Night Nitro, which featured the debut of Goldberg. Goldberg will be on RAW live later tonight.
Coming up next, Lita will interview Charlotte.
Governor John Hickenlooper is at ringside. Governor Hickenlooper was invited by Goldberg, and he receives an icy response from his constituency.
Charlotte is shown in a pre-taped interview with WWE Hall of Famer Lita. Lita mentions names like Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Triple H, and Mick Foley as legends associated with Hell in a Cell. In a few weeks, Charlotte and Sasha Banks will be sitting alongside them. How does she prepare? Charlotte says she’s a winner and prepared for these moments. There’s a reason why no other female has been inside Hell in a Cell. No other female’s name was Charlotte Flair. Lita mentions Forbes saying Charlotte is the greatest ever in wrestling. Charlotte says that’s just facts and mentions she’s the greatest in the WWE, male or female. Lita mentions Sasha not being 100% heading into SummerSlam. Charlotte says she’s a two-time Women’s Champion and has won twelve straight PPVs. She’s durable and doesn’t whine about being hurt. A win is a win. Lita says if she’s going to prove herself as the best in the industry, isn’t it better to beat the best at 100%? Charlotte says Lita is looking at this the wrong way. That’s why she’s the best because she’s 100% all the time. Lita says she’s entitled to play by her own rules, but does it bother her that the WWE Universe supports Sasha and they’ll be in her hometown. Charlotte says Sasha will need her hometown. That’s why she pities Sasha. She never needed the WWE Universe cheering for her. She’s genetically superior. It’s in her blood. No one knows what it’s like to walk in her shoes. That’s why Sasha needs the WWE Universe. Maybe Sasha won’t be 100% that day, but she will be. She doesn’t just talk the talk – she walks the walk. Sasha may have beaten her in L.A., but she better believe that she’ll be the woman to beat. She’ll be a three-time Women’s Champion. Nothing will stop her.
The Golden Truth makes their way to the ring with Mark Henry. They’ll be in a six-man tag team match, next.
The Golden Truth and Mark Henry vs. The Shining Stars and Titus O’Neil
A video is shown from earlier in the day when R-Truth mistakenly agreed to buy fake Rolex watches from The Shining Stars if they lose their match.
Goldust will start against Primo. Goldust punches away at him and connects with a shoulder block. Goldust takes him down for a one count. Goldust uppercuts him before hitting an arm drag. Goldust wrenches the arm before Primo gets to the ropes. Primo takes him down with a leg sweep before avalanching him against the ropes. Epico tags him and connects with a slingshot senton for a two count. Titus O’Neil tags in and punches Goldust down before slapping him. O’Neil then whips him hard into the corner. O’Neil talks trash to Mark Henry. Epico tags back in and kicks away at Goldust before applying a chin lock. Goldust fights up and gets out before hitting a powerslam. R-Truth and O’Neil are tagged in. R-Truth hits a pair of clotheslines, splits under a clothesline, and catches him with a heel kick to the face. R-Truth quickly follows up with a Scissor Kick, but Primo breaks it up. Goldust comes in and takes him out with a spinebuster. Epico throws him out of the ring, and R-Truth floors him with the What’s Up. O’Neil clubs away at R-Truth, and Henry blind tags in. Henry comes in and gives O’Neil the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Golden Truth and Mark Henry
Match Rating: *
The New Day is walking around with a “#Day420” sign. The commentators point out it’s Day 420 in Denver. If you don’t know what that means, look it up.
Chris Jericho is walking backstage when he angrily catches up with Kevin Owens. Owens apologizes for coming out. Owens says this is what Rollins and Foley want – to create tension between them so Jericho doesn’t have his back anymore. Jericho says he told Owens not to come down and stops himself from calling him a “stupid idiot.” Owens fires back at him and let’s him know who he is. Jericho shouts back that he’s not Owens’ lackey. Stephanie McMahon comes up and asks what the hell is going on. Stephanie says they’re letting Rollins get inside their heads. Hell in a Cell is two weeks. Shane McMahon and “Jack” Daniel Bryan challenged RAW at Survivor Series for three Survivor Series matches: men, women, and tag teams. She needs her best generals together. They need to be stronger and smarter than everybody else. Jericho silently says he told Owens not to come down. Owens says he was just trying to help.
Sheamus makes his entrance with Cesaro, who is on Facebook Live. Sheamus was on Facebook Live last week during Cesaro’s match. In two weeks, Sheamus and Cesaro will face The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
“OHH DENVER – DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day makes their way to the ring. Big E throws out boxes of Booty O’s to the crowd. Big E says Sheamus must be a “mile high” if he thinks he’s going to beat him with his court-appointed tag team partner, Cesaro. Xavier Woods says the two people running for the Presidency of the United States would make a closer tag team than Cesaro and Sheamus. Last week, Kofi Kingston defeated the more handsome and suave of the two in Cesaro. Kingston says these two guys are so out of sync that he beat Cesaro not at his best. Kingston points out that he slipped on the springboard and still won. Tonight, Big E will beat Sheamus. As they all know, Sheamus is a big old steaming pile of hot, human garbage. Big E says this is the same Sheamus too busy putzing around on Facebook Live rather than helping his partner. That’s why you can’t say “Sheamus” without saying “shame.” Woods says they’ll show them why for the past 420 days, they’ve legally been their WWE World Tag Team Champions because New Day rocks!
Sheamus w/ Cesaro vs. Big E w/ The New Day
They circle the ring and lock up. Sheamus applies a side headlock, but Big E whips him off and connects with a shoulder block. Sheamus gets to his feet and catches him with a German Suplex. Sheamus hits a running shoulder followed by a knee lift. Sheamus hits the ropes, but Big E gives him a clothesline. Big E hits a running shoulder thrust and hits the ropes, but Sheamus clotheslines him down. Sheamus kicks Big E in the ribs and uppercuts him a few times. Big E quickly drops Sheamus over the top rope, but Sheamus comes right back with a shoulder. Big E come back by giving him a clothesline on the apron before executing a big splash on the apron. Cesaro is wearing Big E’s robe and still on Facebook Live. Sheamus comes back by giving Big E a rolling senton on the floor. Big E is bleeding from the mouth.
We come back from the break to see Big E take Sheamus down. Sheamus boots him down and goes to the top rope. Big E catches him and hits a pair of belly-to-belly overhead suplexes followed by a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E gyrates before going for a big splash, but Sheamus gets his knees up. Sheamus rolls him up for a near fall. Sheamus quickly follows up with an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a two count. Cesaro is still shown on Facebook Live. A “Shame” chant is directed toward Sheamus. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, but Big E counters into a powerbomb for a near fall. Big E goes for the Big Ending, but Sheamus rakes the eyes and catches him with White Noise for a near fall. Big E goes to the apron to recover while Cesaro goes into the crowd to mug with the fans. Sheamus catches Big E with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán before knocking him off the apron. Sheamus shouts at Cesaro for disrespecting his match. Sheamus grabs the iPhone and tells Ceasro to film him. Big E quickly avalanches Sheamus and rolls him up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big E
Match Rating: *
The New Day celebrates while Sheamus looks stunned. Sheamus blames Cesaro for his loss and knocks the iPhone out of his hands.
Footage is shown from the July 6, 1998 episode of Monday Night Nitro. Goldberg continued his undefeated streak by defeating Hollywood Hogan in the middle of the ring for the WCW Championship. Goldberg returns to RAW live tonight.
Bo Dallas w/ Curtis Axel vs. Neville
A pre-taped promo is shown with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Dallas says he’s the only one that needs to Bo-lieve in Bo. Axel says he’s the biggest Bo-liever and got him a match against Neville.
The bell rings, and they lock up. Dallas powers Neville to the corner and punches him down. Dallas applies a neck vice, but Neville gets out. Dallas immediately clotheslines him down and knees away at him. Dallas connects with a back elbow a few times while shouting at the crowd. Neville ducks one and kicks him in the midsection before going for a low dropkick, but Dallas moves. Neville gets out of a back suplex and gives him an enzuigiri. Neville goes to the top rope, but Dallas gets out of the ring. Neville quickly goes to the apron and hits an Asai Moonsault. Neville puts him in the ring, but Dallas goes to the corner. Neville soon takes him down and goes to the apron, but Dallas sweeps the feet. Dallas follows up with the rolling cutter for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Bo Dallas
Match Rating: 3/4 *
Curtis Axel celebrates with Dallas, but Dallas attacks him. Dallas clotheslines him at ringside and drives him into the apron before throwing him into the barricade. Dallas throws him into the barricade again and taunts the crowd. Dallas then wipes him out with a running knee to the skull. Dallas grabs him sign and holds it up.
Coming up next, Bayley takes on Dana Brooke.
Replays are shown of Dana Brooke attacking Bayley from behind last week.
Dana Brooke vs. Bayley
The bell rings, and Dana quickly gets out of the ring. Bayley follows her outside, and Dana gets back in the ring. Bayley chases her around, but she can’t catch her. Dana taunts her. Bayley gets on the apron and shoulders her before snapping her off the middle rope. Bayley gives her a face-buster before sending her to the corner. Bayley whips her back into the corner before giving her a clothesline. Bayley slams her off the turnbuckle a few times before Dana forearms her down. Dana sends her hard into the turnbuckle before kicking her in the head. The referee checks on Bayley. Dana continues to stomp away at her in the corner. Dana slams her down for a two count. Dana applies a chin lock and powers her down. Dana poses before reapplying the chin lock. Dana puts her in the corner and does a handstand choke. They then have the same idea and hit a double clothesline. Bayley soon gets up and punches away at her before powering her to the corner for a running elbow. Bayley goes to the second rope, but Dana gets out of the ring. Bayley slides through the turnbuckles to give her a baseball slide. Bayley gets her in the ring, but Dana sends her into the ring post. Dana pulls her into the ring and picks up the surprise win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dana Brooke
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman, who is live from WWE Studios. Cole asks if he thinks Goldberg will respond “yes.” A “Goldberg” chant fires up. Heyman says Goldberg isn’t going to show up in Denver, Colorado of all places to say “no.” Goldberg is coming to say “yes.” Heyman wants Bill Goldberg to think about this: why did Brock Lesnar not challenge him face-to-face? It’s because Lesnar doesn’t even think about Goldberg anymore. Goldberg isn’t worth the sweat off Lesnar’s tookus. It’s a video game. It’s a fantasy. Heyman repeatedly calls him, “Bill.” Heyman advises him to decline the challenge. If he accepts, he’ll piss Lesnar off. It already pisses Lesnar off that Goldberg beat him twelve years ago. It pisses him off even more that Goldberg thinks he can do it again. The WWE Universe thinks Goldberg can beat Lesnar again. A loud “Goldberg” chant breaks out. Heyman yells at the crowd. Heyman says Goldberg will be humiliated at the hands of Lesnar.
Roman Reigns will defend the WWE United States Championship against Rusev inside Hell in a Cell in two weeks. Tonight, Rusev and Lana will deliver a special message to Reigns.
Byron Saxton is in the ring with three jobbers called “The Mile High Trio.” They talk about how they’re going to beat Braun Strowman because they’re used to the altitude of Denver.
The Mile High Trio vs. Braun Strowman
Strowman almost immediately takes them down before tossing two out of the ring and launching the third over the top rope like a javelin. Strowman viciously takes one down at ringside. Strowman gets in the ring and squashes one before dropkicking the other two. One tries to run away, but Strowman runs him down. Strowman powerslams one before giving the other a reverse chokeslam onto his partner for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Braun Strowman
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Strowman demands a microphone and says if Mick Foley won’t give him the competition he wants, he’ll take matters into his own hands. Sami Zayn’s music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring. Zayn goes face-to-face with Strowman. Strowman turns to leave, but then quickly turns and shoves Zayn out of the ring before walking off.
Rusev and Lana will have a message for Roman Reigns, next.
Charly Caruso asks Sami Zayn why he picked a fight with Braun Strowman. Zayn says, “Because no one else would.”
Lana is in the ring, and she introduces her husband, Rusev. Rusev gets in the ring and says in two weeks, he’ll have the opportunity to crush Roman Reigns inside Hell in a Cell. A “USA” chant breaks out. Rusev shouts in his native tongue. Lana says they all need to understand that not only is her husband the greatest US Champion of all time, as his wife, she knows he’s a phenomenal family man, unlike the weak men in attendance with their poor family values. Rusev says Reigns talks about his family all the time. They get it: he has a family of 700 Samoans. They crack coconuts on their head and are stupid. His family are civilized. Rusev then introduces “The Rusev’s.” Rusev has photos of his mother, who was a rowing champion. Lana says that’s what it means to be a champion, unlike other women who are nothing. Most people hate their mothers-in-law, but she loves her mother-in-law. The crowd boos, and Rusev is furious they’re booing his mother. Rusev didn’t know stupidity was legalized in the state. Papa Rusev is then shown. Rusev says his father is a legend who was a wrestling champion in the army. Lana puts over her father-in-law. Rusev’s brother is the best chef in Bulgaria. They then show a picture of Rusev’s grandmother and his dog. Rusev moves onto his cousins.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and Rusev is furious. Reigns says Rusev is right about one thing: he’s got a big family. He’s not talking about his bloodline. He’s talking about the Roman Empire. Reigns says Rusev doesn’t look like his father with the sweet mustache. Rusev looks like the family dog. Rusev says Reigns can disrespect his family all he wants, but he won’t disrespect him. Reigns gets in the ring and says it’ll be just them one-on-one at Hell in a Cell. When Reigns is done with him, the only ones he’ll call is 911. Lana holds Rusev back before approaching Reigns and slapping him. Rusev immediately follows up with a superkick to Reigns. Rusev avalanches Reigns against the barricade before sending him into the steel steps. Rusev wipes Reigns out by slamming the steps into him. Rusev gets Reigns in the ring and puts the bottom half of the steps in the ring. Rusev stands them on their side. Reigns punches back before hitting the ropes. Rusev quickly superkicks Reigns and sends him head-first into the steps. Rusev lays him out on top of the steps and applies the Accolade. Reigns passes out, and Rusev celebrates big time. Replays are shown of the attack.
Replays are shown of Goldberg debuting on Monday Night RAW on March 31, 2003. Goldberg challenged The Rock and speared him down. Goldberg will return tonight.
Paul Heyman will be on ESPN SportsCenter this Wednesday.
The Makeover of Emma to Emmalina will premiere soon.
Replays are shown of Anderson and Gallows viciously attacking Enzo and Cass.
Enzo and Big Cass make their entrance. Enzo does his usual shtick before turning his attention onto Anderson and Gallows in the ring. Enzo calls them a “cup’a haters.” Big Cass says they can take their opinion and shove it. Enzo calls them chump change and Anderson has hell to pay. Big Cass says there’s only one word to describe them: S-A-W-F-T!
Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows vs. Big Cass w/ Enzo Amore
The bell rings, and Big Cass quickly powers Anderson to the corner and punches away at him. Big Cass continues punching away at him before hitting a fall-away slam. Anderson quickly goes outside to recover. Enzo charges, and Big Cass catapults him into Luke Gallows. Anderson attacks Cass coming back in the ring, but Cass quickly comes back with the East River Crossing for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Big Cass
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Tony Nese and Drew Gulak are talking to someone backstage about taking care of his end of the bargain. It’s revealed that they’re talking to Brian Kendrick. T.J. Perkins walks up. Perkins spouts a lame line calling him “Sir Lancelot.” Perkins asks Nese and Gulak what Kendrick promised them. Perkins says it’s game over at Hell in a Cell. Kendrick says Perkins thinks this is a video game where he has unlimited lives. Kendrick says he’s on his last life and that makes him dangerous. Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann come up to even the odds with Perkins. Kendrick, Nese, and Gulak walk off.
We’ll see an interview with Sasha Banks and Lita, next.
Sasha Banks was interviewed by Lita earlier in the day. Sasha says it’s crazy to see how far they’ve come from NXT. They’re making history inside Hell in a Cell. No matter what she thinks of Charlotte, they did this together. She respects her. Sasha says she’ll prove she’s the best. Lita mentions Charlotte thinking Hell in a Cell will be her night. Sasha says Hell in a Cell is in Boston, her hometown. She’s making history and can’t get over it. Sasha can’t believe this is real. This Women’s Revolution has come so far. Lita says she’s just getting started. Lita asks about the SummerSlam loss. Sasha says she was a little ahead of herself, but she’s back and better than ever. Lita asks about what she thinks of the Hell in a Cell match and if she’s afraid. Sasha says she’s not fearful. She signed up for this and wanted the match. She doesn’t want to say she’s afraid. She’s watched old matches on the WWE Network. She can’t be afraid entering the structure. At Hell in a Cell in two weeks, she’s going to make history.
Footage is shown from Unforgiven 2003 when Goldberg defeated Triple H to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Goldberg will be on RAW live tonight for the first time since 2004.
Coming up next, the cruiserweights will be in action.
Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, and T.J. Perkins
Rich Swann will start against Drew Gulak. They lock up, and Gulak powers him into the ropes. Gulak quickly slaps him down before slamming him down. Gulak applies a front facelock, but Swann fights up and punches out. Swann hits the ropes a few times and dropkicks him down. Cedric Alexander is tagged in, and Gulak quickly punches him. Tony Nese is tagged in, and Alexander dropkicks him down. Alexander body slams him and tags in T.J. Perkins. Perkins goes for a tornado DDT, but Nese counters into a suplex for a two count. Kendrick tags in, but Perkins quickly gets him in a knee bar. Kendrick immediately gets to the bottom rope and gets out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Gulak knee Alexander in the midsection. Alexander comes back with a handspring enzuigiri. Kendrick tags in and knocks Perkins off the apron before Alexander gives him a back body drop. Nese and Swann are tagged in. Swann clotheslines him twice before running into a boot. Swann quickly comes back by leaping up to the top rope and giving him a hurricanrana. Gulak breaks up the pin. Alexander takes out Gulak, and Kendrick takes him out. Perkins then hits Gulak with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Nese pulls Swann off the top rope and hits a 450 Splash. Kendrick tags in, and he applies the Captain’s Hook. Perkins tries to get in the ring, but Gulak holds his foot. Swann taps out.
Winners by Submission: Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
Match Rating: *
Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are talking backstage. They go back and forth complimenting each other before wondering what they’re going to do for next week’s RAW. Foley says they’ll have Kevin Owens versus Chris Jericho versus Seth Rollins so they can still do the triple threat, just no Hell in a Cell.
Footage is shown of Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar in the WWE 2K17 video game. Coming up next, Goldberg makes his return to WWE after a twelve year absence.
The New Day will take on Sheamus and Cesaro next week in a non-title match before Hell in a Cell. We’ll also see a Triple Threat Main Event with Kevin Owens taking on Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho.
Michael Cole is in the ring. Cole talks about Goldberg’s appearance on ESPN SportsCenter, where he mentioned he’d like to face Brock Lesnar one last time. We then see footage of Paul Heyman issuing the challenge to Goldberg on behalf of Brock Lesnar last week on RAW. Cole welcomes “the greatest champion in WCW history,” Goldberg. Goldberg is seen walking backstage while WWE superstars and stagehands clap for him. The crowd is loudly chanting his name.
The sparks light up, and Goldberg walks out to stand in the middle of them. Goldberg exhales smoke and the pyro goes off. The crowd is loudly chanting his name while he fist bumps a kid and gives another a hug. Goldberg gets in the ring, and the audio cuts out because he loudly curses due to being so amped up. Goldberg stands in the ring, and the arena is deafeningly chanting his name. Goldberg holds his arm up and bows down. Goldberg looks completely moved by this reaction and gets on the turnbuckle to pose, which is loudly cheered. A “Holy shit” chant fires up. Goldberg greets the Governor of Colorado. A “This is awesome” chant breaks out. Goldberg thanks them and says, “It’s been a long time, and you didn’t forget!” Goldberg once again poses for them, as the chants continue.
Cole says we’ve heard the comments on ESPN and Heyman’s challenges. Cole hands him the microphone.
Goldberg says, “Twelve years, ladies and gentlemen. You never say never, eh? I never thought I’d be in this ring again, so thank you for the humble return. What makes it so special is that my wife and my son are here to see me live for the first time ever.” Goldberg’s family is shown at ringside. “Now back in January, I got a phone call from 2K and WWE, and I got the opportunity to travel all around the world to promote 2K WWE 17. Now, as I said, it’s been twelve years, there’s a lot of things I’ve missed in this business. The biggest thing that I miss – other than kicking ass – is being a superhero for the kids all around the world. In this day and age, there ain’t enough of us. So going around the world promoting the video game gave me that opportunity. I could go to Germany, I could go to Toronto, and I could go up to the kids and I could shake their hands. I could see in their eyes that I was Goldberg.” Another loud “Goldberg” chant breaks out. “It gave me… Ok, thank you. It gave me the opportunity to be that superhero again, but unfortunately somewhere along the way, I created a little drama back here in WWE. What that did was it made me think. I thought long and hard, and I think that maybe it’s better left alone. Maybe I keep it in the video game.” The crowd boos and starts a “NO” chant.
“But then, Brock Lesnar challenged me to a fight, but he didn’t have the balls to do it himself. He let Paul Heyman, his fat little stooge, do it for him. So that got me thinking, Simon, what would you do?” A “YES” chant breaks out. Goldberg smiles and continues on. “And I thought to myself maybe… maybe I have one more ass kicking left in me. I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I have one badass spear left in me.’ Then I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I have one last devastating jackhammer left in me.’ So, Brock Lesnar, not only does that mean that you’re next… but most importantly it means Brock Lesnar, YOU’RE LAST!” Goldberg tosses the microphone down and walks off to thunderous applause from the crowd. Goldberg takes a child out from the crowd and lifts him up. Goldberg puts him back and has his son come over the barricade. Goldberg puts him on his shoulder and poses with his son. His wife is seen holding back tears.
Brock Lesnar will be on RAW next week in Minneapolis. Goldberg continues to shake hands with fans and celebrate his triumphant return. Goldberg poses at the top of the ramp to loud cheers and “Goldberg” chants, as the show goes off the air.
Quick Match Results
* Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho
* The Golden Truth and Mark Henry def. The Shining Stars and Titus O’Neil
* Big E def. Sheamus
* Bo Dallas def. Neville
* Dana Brooke def. Bayley
* Braun Strowman def. The Mile High Trio
* Big Cass def. Karl Anderson
* Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, and T.J. Perkins via Submission
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