WWE RAW Results
November 21, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.
A video kicks off the program, which highlights last night’s main event of Survivor Series. Goldberg decimated Brock Lesnar in 1:26 and shocked the world of sports entertainment.
Goldberg addresses the crowd in Toronto
Goldberg’s music hits, and the chants instantly fire up. Goldberg is seen walking backstage before we go live into the arena to see the sparks start flying. Goldberg walks out before the crowd and makes his epic entrance as the pyrotechnics go off. The crowd loudly chants his name and gives him a nice round of applause. Goldberg says he wants to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the WWE Universe. They gave him a chance to be Goldberg again and grab a piece of the limelight that he yearned for. The crowd starts a “You still got it” chant. Goldberg puts his arms up and thanks the crowd. Goldberg thanks his wife and mentions he can be one mean, moody son of a bitch. She put up with that while he trained to get back in the ring. Goldberg then thanks his son and has the crowd give him a round of applause. Goldberg says his son gave him the ability and the desire to be the superhero again. Goldberg says, “Thank you, son.”
Goldberg says he did what he said he was going to do. Goldberg says, “I came, I fought, and I conquered the beast, Brock Lesnar.” The crowd boos Lesnar’s name. Goldberg says there is a simple reality to life that all good things must come to an end. The crowd boos and starts up a “NO” chant. Goldberg says, “Then a funny thing happened to me as I was walking to the back after the match. I run into none other than Stephanie McMahon.” The crowd boos the mention of her name. Stephanie said he was right about having one more spear, Jackhammer, and ass kicking left in him. Then she looked him in the eyes and asks, “Do you have one more title run left in you?” The crowd explodes and a “YES” chant fires up. Goldberg asks the crowd if he has one more title run left, and they loudly respond in the affirmative. Goldberg says, “So you bet your ass I’ve got one more title run left in me!” A deafening “Goldberg” chant fires up. The road to the title match is through the Royal Rumble. Goldberg chuckles and asks what all this means. Goldberg says, “At the Royal Rumble match, everyone is next!” Goldberg tosses the microphone and leaves the ring as his music plays.
Goldberg is the first entrant into the 2017 Royal Rumble match.
The New Day is seen speaking to Cesaro and Sheamus backstage. Big E and Sheamus nearly get into a fight, but Cesaro keeps them back. Cesaro and Sheamus will face The New Day for the RAW Tag Team Championships, next.
“OHH TORONTO! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!”
The New Day makes their entrance to a nice reception. Corey Graves points out that the captains of Team RAW Tag Teams were eliminated early in the match. Xavier Woods says they led their team to victory last night. They were eliminated early, but great captains always get their teams to the promised land. Big E says they need to batten down the hatches because the white whale is in sight. Woods says these are their WWE World Tag Team Championship, and they’ve held them longer than anyone in the history of WWE. Back in the day, there were different Tag Team Champions held by a team called Demolition. They held those titles for 478 days. Kofi Kingston says in 23 days, that record will be… demolished. The crowd lightly boos that. Woods says there are so many teams that want to interrupt their tag team title reigns. Like who? Who? Who? Woods rattles off the other tag teams. Big E says they will not be denied because New Day rocks!
RAW Tag Team Championships Match
The New Day (c’s) vs. Cesaro and Sheamus
Cesaro and Sheamus argue over who will start the match before settling on Cesaro. Big E will start for The New Day. Big E applies a side headlock before Cesaro turns it on him. Big E whips him off and goes for a leapfrog, but Cesaro catches him and powerslams him for a two count. Sheamus is tagged in, and he hits Big E with a slingshot battering ram for a two count. Cesaro is tagged in, and they hit a double-team suplex for another two count. Big E quickly elbows him back and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kingston hits a top rope cross-body block for a two count. Kingston counters a monkey flip by landing on his feet. Kingston tries it on Cesaro, but he lands on his feet. Cesaro goes for a Cesaro Swing, but Kingston gets to the ropes. Kingston shoulders him and goes for a sunset flip. Sheamus quickly tags in, pulls Kingston out of the ring, and sends him headfirst into the ring post.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus on the top rope with Kingston down on the mat. Kingston gets to his feet and dropkicks Sheamus out of mid-air. Xavier Woods likes what he’s seeing at ringside. Sheamus gets to his feet and knocks Big E off the apron before giving Kingston an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus punches Kingston and puts him on the apron. Sheamus starts the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but doesn’t like that the crowd is counting, so he punches Kingston. Sheamus pulls him into the ring and goes for a suplex, but Kingston lands on his feet. Sheamus charges, but Kingston moves, causing him to accidentally hit Cesaro.
Big E is tagged in. Big E hits a pair of belly-to-belly suplexes before hitting a belly-to-belly side suplex. Big E gyrates before giving Cesaro a back body drop out of the ring. Kingston then leaps off the steel steps to take Cesaro out. Big E connects with a big splash for a near fall. Big E gets the crowd going and tries for the Big Ending, but Sheamus slides off, pokes him in the eyes, and gives him White Noise for a near fall. Cesaro and Kingston are tagged in. Cesaro avoids a springboard clothesline and starts the Uppercut Train, but Kingston gets his boots up. Cesaro immediately counters a cross-body block into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall! Kingston soon comes back with an SOS for a near fall. Kingston kicks him in the chest and tries to get the crowd going. Kingston gives him the Boom Drop and starts clapping. Woods says the end of the match is coming. Cesaro counters Trouble in Paradise and starts the Cesaro Swing up. Cesaro swings him around for quite a while before applying the Sharpshooter. At ringside, Sheamus gives Big E a Brogue Kick. Sensing the end, Woods gets on the apron and starts playing the trombone to distract the referee. The referee runs over to yell at Woods as Kingston taps out! Cesaro scares him off the apron. Kingston gets Cesaro with an inside cradle. Woods prevents Sheamus from running in to make the save, and The New Day retains the titles.
Winners and still RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
Chris Jericho is walking backstage when one of the new interviewers stops him. She asks for his reaction to Team RAW’s loss at Survivor Series. Jericho says Team RAW fell apart when The List of Jericho was used as a weapon and the pages containing his deepest, darkest thoughts were strewn about the ring. Someone is responsible for that. Later tonight on The Highlight Reel, he’ll tell the world exactly who is to blame.
Later on, Charlotte Flair will address her attack on Bayley last night, who was the sole survivor alongside her.
Enzo Amore is seen banging on the door of the Male Locker Room. His hair is damp. Enzo says that if Big Cass is playing a prank on him, he’ll be upset. The camera zooms out, and they’re pixelating Enzo’s lower region. It’s implied that he’s completely naked. Enzo starts walking around while people look at him awkwardly. Finally, he bumps into Lana. Rusev runs up and asks why he’s naked in front of his wife. Big Cass walks up behind Enzo and asks if there is a problem. Rusev tells him to get some clothes on and get in the ring with him.
We see still photos of Sami Zayn nearly defeating The Miz last night to bring the WWE Intercontinental Championship to RAW, but Maryse used the ring bell to distract him.
Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley are congratulating themselves on Goldberg entering the Royal Rumble. Foley asks if she was serious about firing everyone for losing, but she goes back on that. Sami Zayn walks in. Foley says he doesn’t know how to say this, but Zayn failed at Survivor Series and has to face ramifications. It is implied that Stephanie is making Foley do this. Foley says Zayn will be facing Braun Strowman tonight. Zayn looks disappointed and accepts before walking off. Foley reluctantly high fives Stephanie.
Cedric Alexander makes his entrance. He’ll face Ariya Daivari, next.
An advertisement airs for WWE 205 Live, which debuts one week from tomorrow only on the WWE Network.
Ariya Daivari says he always heard that Canada was better than America, but now that he’s here, he knows that they’re no different from Americans. The crowd loudly boos him as he shouts in his native tongue.
Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari
Alexander quickly goes for an arm bar, but the bell hasn’t run. The bell rings, and Alexander dropkicks him down. Daivari punches him down in the corner. Alexander punches him before being whipped into the ropes. Daivari hits a high knee for a two count. Daivari elbows him in the neck and applies a neck vice, but Alexander soon fights up. Alexander elbows him and does a backflip head-scissor takeover. Daivair sends him to the apron, but Alexander shoulders him. Alexander goes for a springboard maneuver, but Daivari hits the ropes, causing him to crash and burn for a near fall. Daivari turns him inside out with a vicious short-arm clothesline for a near fall. Daivari charges into an elbow. Alexander ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of them. Alexander is whipped into the ropes, but he comes back with a handspring kick. Daivari drops him on the apron, but Alexander comes back with a springboard clothesline. Alexander counters a short-arm clothesline into the Lumbar Check for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Cedric Alexander
Chris Jericho is seen backstage with an angry look on his face. Jericho will host The Highlight Reel and reveal who is responsible for Team RAW’s loss at Survivor Series, next.
Still photos are shown from some of the action from last night’s Survivor Series event.
Chris Jericho hosts The Highlight Reel
Chris Jericho’s music, and he saunters out to the ring cradling The List of Jericho. The crowd gives him a nice hand. Jericho welcomes the crowd to The Highlight Reel. Tonight is a special edition because it is the autopsy of the biggest upset in Survivor Series history when Team RAW was beaten by Team Smackdown Live. It was a travesty. Whenever a tragedy like this happens, people want to know what happened, where it happened, who’s at fault, and right here, he’ll let the world know why this happened.
Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he comes out to a huge pop from the crowd. Michael Cole speculates whether Jericho will blame Owens for the destruction of The List of Jericho. Owens says Jericho asks a great question about who is to blame. Jericho says he was about to reveal it. Owens says he heard, but he knows the answer. Owens wants to show everyone and asks to use the Jeri-Tron 5000. Jericho says it’s the Jeri-Tron 6500. Owens asks when he upgraded. Jericho says Owens was there when he upgraded. Jericho grants him permission. Owens says, “Monkeys in the truck, first pictures please.” A photo is shown of Jericho nearly getting hit with a Styles Clash last night. Another picture is then shown of Owens hitting Styles with The List of Jericho to stop that. Owens says he saved Jericho from the Styles Clash because he is his best friend. Jericho asks if Owens is really his best friend. If Owens were his best friend, he’d know how much The List means to him. For Owens to take it and use it like a weapon, his deepest, darkest secrets strewn about… Owens asks if he’s serious and asks, “Who cares?” The crowd gasps and starts a “Stupid Idiot” chant. Jericho says he cares. The List means everything to him. Owens is supposed to be his best friend. Owens says he is Jericho’s best friend, and he sacrificed himself to save him. Owens says when he hit Styles with The List, he was disqualified. Jericho then wasted that sacrifice being worried about The List, that he got an RKO from Randy Orton and was eliminated. Owens says, “That is a waste of the sacrifice I made for you. That is a waste of our friendship.” The crowd gasps while Jericho angrily stares at him.
Jericho says, “Well you know what, if that’s how you really feel, maybe we don’t have much of a friendship to begin with because every week it’s the same thing; RKO, Pedigree, Spear. You’re never there when I need your help. You’re never there to have my back. Week after week after week. You know what, Owens, I know who’s at fault for us losing at Survivor Series last night.” Owens demands that he say it. Jericho says he’s disgusted and finished with this conversation. Jericho then says he’s finished with Owens. Jericho turns to walk away, but Owens turns him around. Owens says he’ll tell Jericho who is at fault — they both say, “Roman Reigns,” and happily embrace! The crowd loudly chants, “YES!” A loud “Roman sucks,” which prompts Michael Cole to try to say that Toronto is a town full of weirdos for disliking Reigns as if this is a new thing. Jericho says Reigns didn’t help him. Owens says when he was going to make the save, Reigns was just standing there. Seth Rollins wasn’t going to help either. It’s Reigns’ fault that Team RAW lost, but it’s just as much of Rollins’ fault.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he makes his way out to the stage. Rollins says he was having a hell of a time watching them, but he has a bone to pick with them. Rollins says life isn’t about living in the past. They need to look to the future. In return for being on a team with the two scumbags in the ring, he was promised certain future opportunities. Now that Survivor Series is over, the future is now. The opportunity he wants is a one-on-one match with Owens for the Universal Title, and he wants it tonight! Owens thinks about it while the crowd does a “YES” chant. Owens says the guy who started the “YES” chant isn’t relevant anymore. Owens asks who gave Rollins that opportunity. If it was Stephanie, he’ll go talk to her. Jericho says Rollins is the architect of lies, grandiose fallacies, and great expectations. They don’t believe Rollins. Jericho asks, “Ya dig?” Rollins says he’s going to take the title from Owens. Since they’re both tied at the hip, he’ll have to run through the two of them to do it.
Rollins attacks both men, but he’s soon overwhelmed. Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to loud boos. Reigns takes Jericho down at ringside. Rollins and Reigns clean house and send Jericho and Owens into retreat. Mick Foley’s music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Foley says Rollins is correct. For being a member of Team RAW at Survivor Series, he was promised a future opportunity. The future is now. In a match where Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns will be banned from ringside, Seth Rollins will face Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship in a No Disqualification Match tonight… right here in Toronto, Ontario! Owens is furious. Jericho goes up the ramp and yells at Foley. Rollins celebrates in the ring.
Replays are shown of Goldberg saying he will be in the 2017 Royal Rumble match looking for one last title run.
Later tonight, we’ll hear from Charlotte Flair. She’ll explain why she attacked Bayley at Survivor Series. We’ll also see a Triple Threat Match featuring TJ Perkins, Noam Dar, and Rich Swann. The winner will face Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship next week on WWE 205 Live. Coming up next, Enzo Amore (fully dressed) will take on Rusev.
Lana is in the ring, and she introduces her husband to the ring. Rusev makes his entrance, and he does not look like he’s in a good mood.
Enzo and Cass make their entrance. Enzo goes through his usual shtick while the crowd sings along. Enzo says he knows Lana is Russian, but she could’ve taken him out for dinner. Only fools rush… in. Enzo says Lana got a freebie earlier today, but if she really wants to see him naked, she can hack his phone like everyone in her country does anyway. Big Cass says if we saw Rusev with no pants on, there would be only one word to describe him, and he’ll spell it out for him: S-A-W-F-T!
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Enzo Amore w/ Big Cass
The bell rings, and Rusev powers him into the corner before punching away at him. Rusev continues to wildly punch at him before ripping his shirt off. Rusev sends him to the opposite corner and goes for an avalanche, but Enzo moves and rolls him up for a two count. Rusev quickly superkicks him and screams in triumph. Rusev stomps the spine and directs him right at Big Cass before applying the Accolade. Enzo immediately taps out.
Winner by Submission: Rusev
Rusev quickly gets out of the ring, as Big Cass gets in. Big Cass angrily stares at him while Rusev walks around triumphantly with his wife, Lana, by his side.
Tonight’s main event will see Kevin Owens defend his WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins in a No Disqualification match. Roman Reigns and Chris Jericho are banned from ringside. Coming up next, The Golden Truth will face Gallows and Anderson for a shot at the RAW Tag Team Championships next week on RAW.
Winners get a RAW Tag Team Title shot next week
The Golden Truth vs. Gallows and Anderson
Karl Anderson will start against Goldust. They lock up, and Anderson sends him into the ropes. Goldust punches him down and wrenches the arm. R-Truth tags in and hits Anderson with a hip toss. R-Truth stomps him before doing a split. R-Truth dances before dropping a leg. R-Truth punches him in the corner before scaring Luke Gallows off the apron. Anderson attacks him from behind and tags Gallows in. Gallows punches away at him before big booting him down. Gallows punches away at him in the corner before stomping him down. Gallows head-butts him and tags in Anderson. Anderson rakes the face with his elbow before applying a chin lock. R-Truth fights up and elbows out. Anderson quickly takes him down with a clothesline for a one count. Anderson punches away at him and chokes him on the ropes. Gallows tags in and avalanches him before hitting a short-arm clothesline for a near fall. Gallows elbows away at him before applying a chin lock. R-Truth fights up, kicks him in the face, and hits a heel kick.
Goldust and Anderson are tagged in. Goldust hits a pair of clotheslines before having a whip reversed. Goldust drops down and upperctus him before punching Gallows off the apron. Goldust hits a running bulldog before doing the ten punches in the corner. Anderson reverses a whip to the corner, but Goldust comes right back with a spinebuster. Gallows runs in, so Goldust kicks him. Goldust goes to the top rope and hits a twisting cross-body block. Goldust powerslams Anderson, but Gallows breaks it up. R-Truth runs in and clotheslines Gallows out of the ring. Goldust kicks Anderson and goes to the top rope. Outside the ring, Gallows sends R-Truth into the steps. Goldust kicks him back, so Anderson knocks him off the top rope. Gallows is tagged in, and they hit the Magic Killer for the win. Gallows and Anderson will face The New Day for the RAW Tag Team Championships next week on RAW.
Winners by Pinfall: Gallows and Anderson
A video is shown of people who waited and drove for hours to buy WrestleMania tickets when they went on sale in Orlando.
Coming up next, Sami Zayn will face Braun Strowman. This is punishment for losing at Survivor Series last night.
Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
Sami Zayn is making his entrance when he’s attacked from behind by Braun Strowman. Strowman sends him into the barricade before throwing him into the ring. The referee tries to keep Strowman back. The referee checks on Zayn, and Zayn says he wants to go through with the match.
The bell rings, and Strowman immediately avalanches him in the corner. Strowman throws him across the ring and avalanches him again. Strowman clubs Zayn and rips the shirt off him. Strowman elbows him in the head in the corner before trying for another avalanche, but Zayn gets his boots up. Zayn boots him again and starts punching away at him. Zayn hits the ropes with some forearms before Strowman finally clotheslines him down. Strowman tries to pick Zayn up, but he seems to be out. The referee holds Strowman off before checking on Zayn. The referee gives the all clear before Strowman takes Zayn and gives him a short-arm clothesline. Strowman gets him back to his feet before clubbing him back down. Zayn weakly tries to fight back, but he’s out on his feet. Strowman knees him in the face to take him down. The crowd is chanting, “Olé.” Strowman clubs him in the face a few times before deadlifting him to the corner and placing him on the top rope. Zayn is hung up in the tree of woe.
Mick Foley comes out to the stage and sadly says, “Stop the match. Chad, ring the bell.” Foley says Zayn cannot defend himself and says the match is over.
Winner via Referee Stoppage: Braun Strowman
Zayn is seen with his eyes rolling back and blood coming out of his mouth.
Charlotte Flair will explain why she attacked Bayley at Survivor Series later tonight.
Emmalina will debut soon.
Charlotte Flair explains her actions at Survivor Series
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance alongside her protegé, Dana Brooke. Charlotte wants the picture of her big booting Bayley put on the titantron. Charlotte says she’ll be watching that on the WWE Network for years to come. For all of the hugging types, it doesn’t matter how lovable or endearing you are. The Queen rules the ring. She is the Wayne Gretzky of the WWE. Actually, she’s better. Now that she’s beaten Team Smackdown Live, she doesn’t have to team up with the RAW peasants.
Sasha Banks’ music hits, and she makes her way to the ring while Charlotte looks disappointed. Charlotte sarcastically says it’s good see Sasha before asking how her neck and back are. Sasha tells her to shut up. Sasha says it was all about Team RAW at Survivor Series, but now that it’s over, she wants her rematch for the RAW Women’s Championship right here and right now. Charlotte says Sasha doesn’t quit, so she’ll give her credit. No matter how many times she beats and embarrasses her, she keeps coming back for more. Sasha and Toronto want a rematch, so she agrees… but not tonight. The crowd boos, so Charlotte says that won’t get her to change her mind. Charlotte says RAW next week is where the Queen was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s in the United States for all of the dumb Canadians. Charlotte smiles as they loudly boo her. Charlotte says she will beat Sasha in her own hometown.
Nia Jax’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring. Nia says she’s not here for Charlotte. Nia says she’s here to Sasha. Last night, she dominated the Smackdown Live team. The person who didn’t dominate was Sasha. The WWE Universe is completely fooled by the glitz and the glamour, but she isn’t. Sasha is an overrated, purple headed Barbie doll. Sasha says she doesn’t care what type of monster Nia is, once she gets her title back, she’ll show her how overrated she is. Charlotte asks if Nia is going to take that. Nia says Sasha will learn she’s not the boss when she faces her. Dana Brooke taunts Sasha, so she gets punched down. Nia powers Sasha into the corner and avalanches her. Nia holds Sasha up and Charlotte chops the chest. Bayley runs down to make the save to a big pop. Nia throws Sasha out of the ring at Bayley’s feet. Bayley gets on the apron, but Nia knees her off.
Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax w/ Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
We join the match in progress. Bayley tags in Sasha, who chops Charlotte’s chest. Bayley tags back in, and she chops Charlotte’s chest. Sasha tags in and chops Charlotte’s back. Bayley tags back in and sends Charlotte into the ropes, but she holds on. Charlotte elbows Bayley and tags in Nia. Nia takes Bayley down with an avalanche and drops an elbow for a two count. Bayley falls out of the ring to recover. Dana Brooke clotheslines her at ringside. Bayley soon gets back in the ring, but Nia takes her down. Charlotte tags in, and she gives her a snapmare before applying a chin lock. Bayley fights up, but she quickly takes her down. Charlotte then knocks Sasha off the apron. Nia tags in, and she avalanches Bayley again. Nia applies a chin lock before powerslamming her. Nia goes for an elbow drop, but Bayley moves. Charlotte quickly tags in, and they botch a monkey flip.
Sasha tags in, bounces her off the apron, and connects with a cross-body block. Sasha hits double knees before chopping her in the corner, laying her across the second turnbuckle, and kneeing her in the midsection. Nia breaks up the pin. Bayley runs in, but Nia grabs her by the throat. Sasha makes the save, and they take her down with a double-team suplex. Charlotte quickly rolls Sasha up, but she kicks out and goes for the Bank Statement. Charlotte gets out, but Sasha quickly gets it back on for the submission.
Winners by Submission: Sasha Banks and Bayley
Replays are shown of Goldberg entering himself into the 2017 Royal Rumble match.
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage about getting a title opportunity. Rollins says the best part is Chris Jericho is banned from ringside. As much as he loves kicking the crap out of Jericho, he’s cost him two title matches. The best part is he can use anything he can get his hands on to destroy Owens and take the WWE Universal Championship back. Rollins says when it is him against anyone one-on-one, he’s the best of the best. It comes full circle when he redesigns, rebuilds, and reclaims his title on RAW.
Brian Kendrick makes his entrance. He’ll be on commentary for the next match.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick is on commentary to scout out his next championship opponent.
Winner will get a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity on WWE 205 Live next week
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar vs. TJ Perkins
Noam Dar attacks Rich Swann at the start of the bell. Dar rolls him up for a two count. Dar avoids a missile dropkick from TJ Perkins and throws him out of the ring, but he holds onto the ropes. Dar dropkicks him off to the floor. Swann rolls Dar up for a two count. They criss-cross in the ropes until Swann dropkicks him down. Swann does a dance and attacks Perkins as he gets back in the ring. Perkins quickly slingshots over Swann and dropkicks him down. Perkins kips up and does a dance.
We come back from the break to see Perkins apply a deathlock. Dar runs in, so Perkins gives him a northern lights suplex while keeping the deathlock applied for a two count. Swann counters out of a back suplex, but Perkins drops him into the ropes. Perkins hits a Wrecking Ball Dropkick and goes to the top rope, but Swann leaps up and hits a hurricanrana. Dar runs into a right hand from Swann. Dar quickly kicks his feet out from under him and uppercuts him. Perkins quickly pops up and kicks Dar in the jaw. Dar counters the Detonation Kick and applies an ankle lock. Swann quickly kicks him in the back of the head before kicking Perkins in the face. Perkins gets Swann in a kneebar, but Dar breaks it up. Dar has a small cut about his eye. Dar dropkicks Perkins in the corner, but he misses a running cross-body. Perkins applies a kneebar, but Swann breaks it up with a Rolling Thunder splash. Swann immediately follows up by viciously kicking Perkins in the head for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Rich Swann
Rich Swann will face Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship next week on the debut episode of WWE 205 Live only on the WWE Network.
Kevin Owens is interviewed backstage. Owens says he’s ready for the match, despite not thinking he’d be in it earlier today. Owens expected last night to be a great night for him until Seth Rollins dropped the ball. He powerbombed AJ Styles so hard his stupid hair almost fell off. Owens never got pinned, but Rollins did because he’s a failure. Rollins failed Team RAW and him. Owens says Rollins is good, and he can admit that. The reward he got for joining their team is also a punishment for failing him and the team. Tonight, it’s a No Disqualification match for the WWE Universal Championship. There must be a winner, and he will be the winner. Throughout the interview, Owens thought he was talking to Renee Young only to realize that it wasn’t her at the end.
Enzo and Cass shill some WWE merchandise (their own) as great holiday gifts.
WWE Universal Championship – No DQ Match
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings, and Owens immediately gets out of the ring and goes under the ring. Rollins quickly baseball slides him and punches him before putting him back in the ring. Rollins hits him with a springboard knee to the head for a two count. Rollins goes under the apron and takes out a table, which Michael Cole refers to as “toys.” Rollins gets in the ring, and Owens quickly grounds him with a package powerbomb for a near fall. Owens pushes the table out of the ring and continues to stomp away at Rollins.
We come back from the break to see Owens pick up a two count. During the commercial, Owens hit Rollins with a chair and DDTed him on it. Back to live action, Owens smacks it off his back and holds it up. Owens then covers him for a two count. Owens punches away at him and talks some trash before stomping him. Owens taunts the crowd before going back to stomping Rollins. Owens hits him with the chair and gets him on his shoulders. Rollins elbows out, ducks two clotheslines, and connects with the Sling Blade. Rollins pulls himself up and pulls the top rope down to get Owens out of the ring. Rollins then flies through the air with a suicide dive. Rollins gets him in the ring and hits a running forearm in the corner. Rollins picks up the chair and sets it up. Rollins then jumps off the seat of the chair with a forearm before giving him a reverse STO into the chair for a near fall. Rollins is shocked that he kicked out.
We come back from the break to see Owens and Rollins trading punches. Owens head-butts him to the corner, but he misses an avalanche. Rollins hits a running forearm, but Owens follows him across to avalanche him. Owens hits the ropes, but Rollins knees him. Rollins hits the ropes, and Owens kicks him. Rollins then takes him down with a step-up enzuigiri. During the commercial, Rollins hit him with a Blockbuster neckbreaker before Owens drove him through a table. Then Owens gave him a cannonball against the barricade.
Back to live action, Rollins goes to the top rope. Owens tries to cut him off, but Rollins punches him down. Rollins goes for a Frog Splash, but Owens moves out of the way. Owens gets him in the corner and props the chair up in front of him. Owens then sandwiches him with the chair by giving him a cannonball for a near fall. Owens sets the chair up and takes a second chair. Owens sets the two chairs up end to end. Owens goes to powerbomb him through the chairs, but Rollins counters with a back body drop onto the chairs for a near fall! The obligatory “This is awesome” chant fires up. Rollins goes outside and back under the ring. Rollins pulls out a new table and puts it in the ring. Rollins stomps Owens and props the table up in the corner. Owens goes for a roll-up, but Rollins rolls through and superkicks him for a near fall. Owens tries to pick up a chair, but he drops it and it falls out of the ring. Owens drops Rollins onto the apron, but Rollins quickly kicks him down. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Owens crotches him up there. Owens punches him and goes for a superplex, but Rollins slips out and gives him a corner powerbomb through the table for a near fall! The crowd thought that was it. Owens goes outside to recover.
Rollins goes outside and kicks him before clotheslining him over the barricade into the crowd. Rollins leaps off the top of the barricade with a body block. They fight through the crowd with Owens trying in vain to get away from Rollins. Rollins catches up to him every time. Rollins sends him into a trashcan and throws it at him. Owens goes for a powerbomb on the concrete, but Rollins holds onto the railing and kicks him away. Rollins goes to the top of the stands and lays him out with a cross-body block! The crowd has come unglued! Rollins celebrates before punching Owens back to the barricade. Rollins then gives him a back body drop to ringside. Rollins stands on top of the barricade, but a fan in a mask sweeps his feet. The person punches away at him until Rollins takes the mask off him. It’s revealed to be Chris Jericho! Rollins kicks him as he leaps off the barricade and gives him a Pedigree on the floor! Owens quickly follows up on the distraction by giving Rollins an Apron Powerbomb! Owens quickly gets him in the ring and covers him for the win!
Winner and still WWE Universal Champion: Kevin Owens
Replays are shown of the big moments of the match. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho celebrate at ringside. Referees check on Rollins, who is still down in the ring. Owens gets on the apron and holds up his title.
Quick Match Results
* The New Day def. Cesaro and Sheamus to retain the RAW Tag Team Championships
* Cedric Alexander def. Ariya Daivari
* Rusev def. Enzo Amore via Submission
* Gallows and Anderson def. The Golden Truth
* Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn via Referee Stoppage
* Sasha Banks and Bayley def. Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax via Submission
* Rich Swann def. Noam Dar and TJ Perkins
* Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins in a No DQ Match to retain the WWE Universal Championship
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