WWE RAW Results
January 16, 2017
Little Rock, Arkansas
Commentary: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
RAW opens with an “in memory” graphic for Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
The WWE opener plays.
A video package runs focusing on Martin Luther King Day. We go live to Little Rock with a shot of the audience in attendance clapping.
The RAW introduction plays.
We go live back to Little Rock where a huge display of pyro goes off. Michael Cole is the first to welcome us to the show inside the Verizon Arena.
Roman Reigns kicks off RAW in Little Rock
Roman Reigns is out first to kick off the show tonight. Footage is shown from last week’s main event featuring Chris Jericho pinning Reigns in a handicap match that also featured WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Jericho became the new United States Champion.
Back live, we are reminded that Reigns will challenge Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble in two weeks. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho will be suspended above the ring inside a shark cage.
Reigns has a mic in hand. “As a former member of The Shield, I can’t really complain about losing a fight because I was outnumbered.” Reigns talks about The Shield debuting and “whoopin” everybody in sight. He said it didn’t matter who you were. Reigns says he isn’t complaining about what happened last week. He talks about how in two weeks at the Royal Rumble, Owens won’t have the help of Jericho and Jericho will be above the ring inside a shark cage. Reigns claims no one can beat him one-on-one right now. He talks about walking out the Royal Rumble as the WWE Universal Champion and moving on to WrestleMania to headline in the main event for a third time.
Paul Heyman walks out to interrupt. He describes himself as the calm before the storm and talks about how his client, Brock Lesnar, is here at RAW tonight. Heyman asks Reigns is he is allowed to enter the ring and Reigns allows it. He reminds Reigns he is just an advocate. The crowd in Little Rock starts a loud “GOLDBERG” chant interrupting Reigns. Heyman reminds the crowd that Goldberg is not here this evening. He has a Royal Rumble match spoiler: eat, sleep, elimination and repeat. Reigns interrupts Heyman. He said Lesnar must be somewhere eating or sleeping because he isn’t out here with him.
Here comes WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho to interrupt. Owens has a mic and finds it quite funny that people are making WrestleMania plans pointing out how both Jericho and himself are the champions right now. Jericho puts over Team Chris and Kevin and that it is simple math: Owens beats Reigns at Royal Rumble and Jericho wins the Royal Rumble setting up a best friends main event at WrestleMania. “All the stupid idiots watching tonight and at home and everybody in this company better watch…IT.”
Owens isn’t sure if that whole WrestleMania math checks out, but he stands here the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history. He says after the Royal Rumble he will remain champion and just like after WrestleMania he will also remain champion.
Seth Rollins is out to interrupt. He says they can’t be having a conversation about the main event of WrestleMania without Seth “freakin” Rollins. Rollins talks about missing WrestleMania last year and how he plans to win the Royal Rumble match.
Here comes Braun Strowman. Strowman gets in the face of Reigns.
Brock Lesnar is out next to interrupt. As Lesnar walks down the ramp, Sami Zayn shows up and jumps on the back of Strowman. A big brawl breaks out. Superman, big knee and kick in the corner on Strowman by Reigns, Rollins and Zayn. Lesnar with a german suplex on Reigns. Lesnar is staring down Zayn in the corner smiling. Lesnar with a german on Zayn. Lesnar is left alone in the ring and calls for Strowman to get in. Strowman gets up on the ring apron staring down Lesnar. Big reaction from the crowd in Little Rock. Strowman jumps down. Reigns jumps back in and catches Lesnar with a Superman. Reigns with shots to Jericho and Owens. Lesnar is back up and hits Reigns with an F5!
Sheamus and Cesaro defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson later tonight.
Up next, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Rusev and Jinder Mahal.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho head to the ring next for tonight’s main event.
Goldberg returns to RAW next week.
Six Man Tag Team Match
Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn goes right after Braun Strowman as a big brawl breaks out. Kevin Owens with rights to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins throws Chris Jericho over the top rope. Strowman tosses Rollins over the top rope. We are left with Reigns and Strowman. Strowman grabs Reigns and quickly tosses him over the top rope.
We return live as Jericho is slapping Reigns. Reigns tags in Zayn who chops Jericho. Zayn drops Jericho over his knee and hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Owens tags himself in and works over Zayn in the corner. Owens with a big chop to Zayn. Owens with elbows to the back of Zayn and then applies a headlock. Owens with a kick to the head of Zayn and tags in Jericho. Jericho with a back suplex on Zayn and then a corner clothesline. Zayn catches Jericho with a shot to the gut on the way down from the top turnbuckle. Tag to Owens and he cuts off Zayn tagging out. Owens attempts a back splash over Zayn and Zayn gets his knees up. Hot tag to Reigns. Reigns with big rights to Owens. Reigns with a flying clothesline and more clotheslines in the corner on Owens. Reigns catches Jericho when he gets in. Reigns with a big boot to Owens. Jericho holds the leg of Reigns from under the bottom rope. Rollins jumps and takes out Jericho at ringside. Strowman jumps down and sends Rollins shoulder first into the ring barricade. Reigns attempts a Superman on Strowman, but Strowman blocks it and Owens with a superkick on Reigns. Owens hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out. Strowman gets the tag as we head to another break.
Back live, Owens is the legal man with Reigns as he gets in an elbow. Owens applies a headlock on Reigns. Reigns fights to his feet. Reigns with a samoan drop on Owens. Hot tag to Rollins and tag to Jericho. Rollins with a jumping takedown on Jericho and repeated elbows in the corner. Rollins with a Blockbuster off the corner on Jericho. Zayn tosses Owens out. Rollins with a suicide dive to Jericho. Zayn leaps over the top rope taking out Owens. Zayn avoids a charging clothesline attempt by Strowman who hits the steel ring post. Rollins with a flying knee from the top rope on Jericho for a two count. Jericho counters a Pedigree going for a Walls of Jericho. Rollins counters, goes for another Pedigree and again Jericho counters. Tag to Strowman who eats rights from Rollins. Rollins is trying to take Strowman off his feet. Strowman has a hand on the throat of Rollins. Zayn breaks it up. Strowman with his chop to Zayn. Strowman back body drops Rollins. Strowman eats a kick to the face from Rollins and a Superman from Reigns. Strowman is barely on his feet. Rollins with a knee to Strowman. Tag to Zayn. Zayn goes up top, Rollins jumps off the other corner taking out Owens on the outside, Zayn jumps and catches Strowman with a high cross body for a two count. Strowman levels Zayn when he charges in. Strowman has Zayn up and connects with a big running powerslam. Strowman hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winners: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman
After the match, Braun Strowman grabs Sami Zayn and walks him on his shoulder up the ramp near the announce table. Seth Rollins quickly runs up with a steel chair and hits Strowman with it. Roman Reigns then catches Strowman with a spear. We see a replay of Rollins cracking the chair over Strowman’s back and the big spear by Reigns.
Back live, Rollins and Reigns clear off the announce table when Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens run up attacking them. Jericho and Owens point at the announce table as they grab Reigns. Rollins attacks Owens to break it up. Jericho goes after Rollins. Rollins with a Pedigree on Jericho on the stage. Owens cracks the steel chair over the back of Rollins. Reigns comes in for a spear on Owens and Owens cuts it off using the steel chair. Owens then cracks the steel chair over the back of Reigns. Owens grabs Reigns and powerbombs him over the announce table smashing it to pieces.
Adam’s Overall Impression: A really good main event tonight on RAW. Braun Strowman is really coming into his own in the main event scene on this brand. They did a great job of creating constant chaos with the brawling. Loved that we didn’t get a predictable ending with the babyfaces standing tall and Kevin Owens getting in some much needed dominance. After a very average effort last week, WWE was able to produce a good episode of RAW tonight with the Royal Rumble only two weeks away.
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Quick Match Results:
* Enzo Amore and Big Cass def. Rusev and Jinder Mahal
* Ariya Daivari def. Lince Dorado
* Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Sheamus and Cesaro via DQ, Sheamus and Cesaro retain the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
* Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese went to a no contest
* Big E def. Titus O’Neil to keep his spot in the Royal Rumble
* Cedric Alexander def. The Brian Kendrick
* Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman def. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn in a six man tag team main event match