On Tonight’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar will be in the building. Lesnar will be looking for some serious retribution. The Beast is probably hoping to conquer Goldberg early-on and take him out before the Royal Rumble. But will Goldberg even be in the Verizon Arena to face off against “The Night Mayor of Suplex City”?
WWE Monday Night Raw Viewing Details
Date: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 P.M. EST/ 5:00 P.M. PST
TV Channel: USA
Location: Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
WWE Monday Night Raw Results
Stay tuned to find out what happens tonight’s on Monday Night Raw. We’ll be giving you live updates as they happen.
Main Event: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn & Roman Reigns
Sami Zayn strikes first to start off the match. He attacks the big man Braun Strowman. Sami has got a lot of heart. Chaos erupts in the ring. Everyone is fighting it out. Soon, we are only down to Braun and Reigns in the ring.
Braun is beating up Roman when we come back from the commercial break. He tags in Jericho. Owens beats down Reigns in the corner. Y2J starts smacking around Reigns in the middle of the ring. But that only pisses the former three-time WWE Champion off. Reigns strikes back and shakes up Jericho. Reigns tags in Zayn, who takes the fight to Y2J. Jericho pushes Sami into the corner, and tags in Kevin Owens. KO dominates his former best friend Sami Zayn. He tags back in Jericho who also beats up Zayn. Y2J quickly tags KO back in the ring.
Reigns gets the hot tag from Zayn. Roman runs through KO. But Braun proved to be the game changer, catching a superman punch and pushing Reigns into a superkick by KO. Rollins is a human highlight reel for the next portion of the match. He can really hold his own against Braun. Sami tries to take out the big man, but fails miserably. Braun squashes Sami with a running powerslam to end the match.
Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens defeat Sami Zayn, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins
Post-match: Braun carries Sami Zayn on his shoulders and is able to throw him throw the announcer’s table. Seth Rollins intervenes. And soon Reigns, Y2J and Owens are all on the entrance ramp fighting it out, with the “good guys” against the “bad guys.” Rollins pedigrees Jericho, but Owens smacks Seth with a steel chair on his back before he can get up. Rollins rives in pain. Roman tries to spear KO, but the Universal Champ hits him with the side of the chair. He hits him one more time in the back for good measure. He then lines him up to the announcer’s table and utters the phrase, “Remember Battleground?” Owens throws Reigns through the table with a devastating powerbomb to close tonight’s show.
Look below to see a video of what happened after the show went off the air:
Breaking News: Kurt Angle is officially announced as the first member for the 2017 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame
Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander
Both men shake hands to start the match. Kendrick is a wily certain and was very dominant. He was going to put away Cedric a couple of times with his submission hold The Captain’s Hook. But then Alexander’s ex-girlfriend Alicia Fox comes down to ringside. She pushes the purple ropes towards Cedric, and he’s able to escape the Captain’s Hook. He talks with Alicia by ringside and then gets taken down with a Kendrick legdrop. Brian looks like he’s going to put away Cedric, but Alexander fires back with an awesome finisher.
Cedric Alexander defeats Brian Kendrick
In-Ring Segment: Charlotte Mocks Bayley
The WWE Raw Women’s Champion walks down to the ring. She talks about how Bayley is just like everyone in that arena; just normal, untalented people. She shows the audience photos of Bayley when she was just a wrestling fans. The young Bayley is seen in photos with John Cena and former WWE superstars like Rob Van Dam and Ivory. Charlotte than shows us a video of Bayley reciting a high school poem that talks about her dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
Bayley comes out and defends her past. She tells Charlotte that she has another poem for her, “Rose are red. Violets are Blues. And at the Royal Rumble, I will beat you!” Charlotte backs up the ramp as the wacky, waving, inflatable arm flailing tube-men are going crazy behind her.
Royal Rumble Qualifier Match: Big E vs. Titus O’Neil
Titus O’Neil is controlling the match when we get back from commercial. Titus dominates Big E for much of the match, flipping over the big man and hitting him with a devastating leg drop. At one point, Titus was literally spanking Big E’s ass. But then at the end, Big E hit a fury of offense, and hit the Big Ending.
Big E defeats Titus O’Neil
In-Ring Segment: The New Day & Titus O’Neil
The New Day come out and talk about the Royal Rumble. Xavier Woods says if one of them wins then they all win. And then The New Day will go onto WrestleMania 33 to become your new W-W-E Universal Champion!
Out comes Titus O’Neil, who is still ticked off at The New Day. They won’t let him become a member of their group. He wants to shut them up and take away Big E’s slot in the Royal Rumble match. Big E accepts Titus O’Neil challenge for a match next.
Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann
Neville attacks Rich Swann before the match even starts. “The Man That Gravity Forgot” is stomping out Swann in the corner. It looks like Neville is kicking Rich in the head. Swann fights back and takes down Neville. But Tony Nese comes out of nowhere and starts beating up Swann. Nevile grabs Tony off of him. Neville wants Swann for himself. But Nese defies Neville’s commands and assaults Swann once again. Nevillie is pissed and throws Nese out of the ring. Neville ends with the segment with an exclamation point. He kicks Rich in the head.
The match never starts because of Neville.
Post-match interview: Neville says that he’s the “king of the cruiserweights.” And at the Royal Rumble, he’ll destroy Rich Swann and become the new WWE Crusierweight Champion.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match: Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Sheamus and Cesaro are kicking ass early-on. Both of them are destroying Karl Anderson. But then Karl gets Cesaro into Luke’s corner and the tide turn. Gallows and Anderson take turns inflicting punishment on Cesaro. The Swiss Superman is being dissected by the opposing team. Sheamus & Cesaro quickly strike back and regain control. But the big man Luke Gallows is too much to contain. Gallows knocks Sheamus to the outside with a monster of a kick. And we go to commercial break.
Gallows and Anderson are decimating Sheamus. Cesaro comes in after a hot-tag from the Irishman. The Swiss Superman destroys Karl. He swings Anderson around like a dozen times and then put him in a sharpshooter. Gallows hits Cesaro with a superkick. Karl pins Cesaro, but the Swiss Superman kicks out. Cesaro kicks ass once again.
Sheamus bumps the referee by mistake. The referee is down after a clubbing shot from Sheamus. Gallows and Anderson capitalize. They dominate both opponents. They hit the magic killer on Cesaro. Another referee hits the ring. 1…2…3…and new Raw Tag Team Champions Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Other referee wakes up and reveres the decision. Of course he gets assaulted.
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeat Cesaro & Sheamus by disqualification
First, we see the results of the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament.
Then, we see a video of Sasha Banks training in the ring before the event. Nia Jax comes down to the ring and beats up Banks. Nia looks like she really messed up Sasha’s leg.
Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado
Daivari was very dominant in this match. It was back-and-forth early-on, but Ariya gained the advantage over his high-flying competitor. Lince is too flashy and slips up. He falls into Daivari’s variation of a Cobra Clutch. Daivari is sending a message to Jack Gallagher (sitting at the commentary table) for their match tomorrow night at WWE 205 Live.
Ariya Daivari defeats Lince Dorado
Rusev & Jinder Mahal vs. Enzo & Big Cass
Enzo Amore is back in action! He’s out of the wheelchair. How ya doin’? Jinder Mahal starts off strong early-on. And then Cass and Enzo turn things around. All out chaos ensues in the ring. Enzo & Big Cass are kicking ass as we go to the commercial break.
We’re back from commercial. Big Cass is holding down Mahal as Enzo punches him in the gut. The rest of the match was very back and front until Cass regained control and imposed dominance. Cass knocks out both Rusev and Mahal with a devastating big boot. He tags in Enzo, who jumps off the top rope onto Mahal for the 1…2….
Enzo & Big Cass defeat Rusev & Jinder Mahal
Intro: Roman Reigns In-Ring Segment
We get a video package honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The camera then brings us inside the Verizon Arena. Roman Reigns music hits. He comes down to the ring, grabs a microphone and cuts a crappy promo. The fans still really dislike this guy. Paul Heyman comes out to save us all from the terrible Reigns. Heyman announces that Lesnar is hear at Raw tonight, and the crowd cheers. When Paul enters the ring and starts talking, the crowd starts chanting for Goldberg. Heyman continues hyping Lesnar. Reigns fumbles on a cheesy joke.
Enter Owens & Y2J. They talk trash like they usually do. Out comes Seth Rollins. He talks about the future, specifically him main-evening WrestleMania for the Universal Championship. Rawr! Out comes Braun Strowman. He stares down Seth Rollins inside the ring. Brock Lesnar’s music hits. As all the men in the ring were looking at Lesnar, Sami Zayn jump on Strowman’s back. A brawl ensues in the ring. Sami hits an helluva kick on Strowman. Lesnar gets involved in the fight, and puts Reigns on a one-way ticket to Suplex City. Sami Zayn also went for a ride to Suplex City.
Strowman climbs on the ring apron and stares down Lesnar. But Braun steps down and Lesnar turns around to a super-man punch from Reigns. Owens & Y2J emerge on the ring apron and Reigns knocks them down. Roman turns around to Lesnar’s F5!
WWE Raw: Announced Matches
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match: Cesaro & Sheamus (c) vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
- Rusev & Jinder Mahal vs. Enzo & Big Cass
- Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado
- Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman vs. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn & Roman Reigns
- Royal Rumble Qualifier Match: Big E vs. Titus O’Neil
- Brian Kendrick vs. Cedric Alexander
WWE Monday Night Raw Preview
“The King of Kings” Triple H is also scheduled to make his return to WWE television tonight. Seth Rollins is still pissed off at The Game for costing him the WWE Universal Championship back in August. Triple H might have an important announcement to make regarding the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 33. Stay tuned and you’ll find out.
Kurt Angle made headlines today, as he was the very first person announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Angle is a true legend in the world of professional wrestling. He definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame. Will Kurt show up on tonight’s Raw to make any special type of announcement? And I’m wondering if he’ll be participating in this year’s Royal Rumble match. Since John Cena vs. The Undertaker appears to be off the table for WrestleMania, now I’m wondering if we’ll get to see Kurt vs. ‘Taker on the grandest stage of them all.
WWE’s new “two-man power trip” Kevin Owens & Y2J will be there to provide some entertainment. These two are hilarious. It’s going to be a shame when they do eventually split up. Owens & Jericho are definitely friendship goals. Let’s go back to last week when Big Kev helped Y2J win his very first WWE United States Championship:
The WWE Raw Tag Team gold will also be on the line as the champions Cesaro & Sheamus fight Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson. Will the team of Cesaro & Sheamus drop their titles so soon? They’ll be like the anti-New Day of tag team title reigns if they lose tonight.