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The last Monday Night Raw comes to us from Columbus, Ohio tonight! Last week we saw the first ever "One vs. All" match where Roman Reigns had to fight by himself against 2/3 of the roster. It was technically a lumberjack match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns, but nonetheless it was another attempt by Vince McMahon to shut Roman Reigns down before the Royal Rumble. That match was then interrupted by The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar! Lesnar had a frustrating night. His manager, Paul Heyman, tried to get McMahon to have the winner of the Rumble fight Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania so he wouldn't have to compete in the 30 man brawl. McMahon quickly shot that down, so Lesnar took out his frustration by suplexing and F-5'ing 2/3 of the roster plus Roman Reigns to end the show. We also saw the implosion of Becky Lynch as she attacked Charlotte building for their match, and we also heard this week that Dean Ambrose will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Kevin Owens in a Last Man Standing match this Sunday! Expect some more build up for the Royal Rumble, and expect some more Brock Lesnar!
PROMO: The first promo of the night belongs to Roman Reigns! He starts off my talking about how this Sunday he defends his belt in the Royal Rumble match, and it will truly be one vs. all. But tonight he only cares about Brock Lesnar who F-5'ed him to close of Raw last week, and he is ready to finish that fight now. Out comes Chris Jericho! Jericho will host his classic show, Highlight Reel, tonight with guest Brock Lesnar and will also be in the Rumble on Sunday. Roman is not too pleased that Jericho is not Brock Lesnar which is who he wants in the ring right now. Jericho confirms that Lesnar will be on The Highlight Reel, but he wants to be even bigger. He wants to have Y2J, Brock Lesnar, and Roman Reigns all in the ring for The Highlight Reel. Roman accepts the offer and will join him. But before they can exit out comes The League Of Nations, who have been quiet since they formed. Sheamus asks why everyone else besides Roman and Brock have been ignored even though they're in the Rumble as well. Sheamus then says he will win his title back, and sarcastically welcomes back Jericho. Then asks how he can have the biggest Highlight Reel ever without any of the LON members there. Jericho says he doesn't want Sheamus on the show because he is "trying to keep it entertaining". SAVAGE. ADR then grabs the mic and talks about how he won the biggest rumble match in history. Then Rusev grabs the mic and tells some ridiculous story and says that one of the LON members will win the rumble. Jericho then ignores that, because he should. And asks Roman who won last year and who he threw out to win. Roman won, and he that he threw out Rusev to win. Reigns then says he doesn't have a date with Brock until later and that he'd love to shut Rusev up right now. Which sounds like our first match. Jericho then says since LON will be outside the ring, he will be inside the ring as the special guest ref!
MATCH: Rusev (w LON) vs. Roman Reigns with Chris Jericho as Special Guest Referee
This match starts with a lock up, but Rusev gains control. Roman quickly turns the tables and Rusev rolls out to talk to his LON buddies. Once back in the ring, Rusev lands a couple of good shots but also takes some from Reigns. Then Reigns gets tossed out of the ring, gets distracted by LON at ringside, and Rusev takes advantage and hits him from behind. He gets the action back in the ring and keeps Reigns grounded on the mat. Rusev goes for a flying headbutt, but Roman rolls out of the way and takes control. He goes for a Samoan drop and gets a two-count. Rusev hits a spinning heel kick and gets a two-count also.
We come back with Rusev in control, but Reigns is fighting back. Rusev stops him for a while, but Reigns hits a side slam to break free of a headlock. Reigns hits a clothesline and then another one to gain some momentum. Then hits a big boot, and his big clothesline blows in the corner. Then Rusev hits a huge kick for a two-count. Rusev argues with Y2J about the count before lifts Reigns to the top rope on his shoulders. Reigns fights out and then hits a huge power bomb for a two-count. ADR causes a distraction, and Sheamus takes Reigns out of the ring and throws him into the barricade. Jericho then throws Sheamus out from ringside. Barrett then argues on the apron, and is also thrown out. ADR then hops onto the top rope arguing, and Y2J tosses him just to get the HAT TRICK! Reigns hits a Superman Punch out of nowhere and then a spear for the win!
RESULTS: Roman Reigns wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: This was pretty good. I enjoyed LON getting tossed by Y2J, and Rusev and Reigns had a good match! Decent start to Monday Night Raw and rolling into the Rumble!
PROMO: Stephanie and Y2J in the back. Steph isn't happy that Jericho took control and that it isn't 1999 anymore. Chris then says he wishes it was 1999, because she was a lot more fun and all that. But she does commend him for the Reigns and Lesnar on Highlight Reel, but if he does that again she will make sure he never can change it again.
MATCH: Brie Bella(w Alicia Fox) vs. Natalya (w Paige)
Natty starts off quick, but Brie changes the tables just as quick. Brie continues to control the match with boots and elbows. Then Natty locks in a Sharpshooter for the win.
RESULT: Natalya wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: My only thought is "Thank God that ended quickly." because I just do not give a crap about any of these Divas.
They show the tumbler with the Royal Rumble entry numbers! Its back!
MATCH: The Dudley Boys & Ryback vs. The Wyatt Family
You guys know how I handle these tag matches. I'll let you know who wins, and how!
On the side of The Wyatts is Harper, Rowan, and Wyatt. The original crew. With Stroman just chilling at ringside.
Luke Harper hits Bubba Ray with his spinning clothesline for the win.
RESULTS: The Wyatt Family wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: This was a good match, but its just crazy how The Dudleys literally haven't won hardly anything since their return.
MATCH: The Big Show vs. Heath Slater (w The Social Outcasts)
I actually kind of enjoy The Social Outcasts..
Heath Slater is using his speed to avoid Big Show, but then gets palmed back into the ring and is hit with a KO punch for the three-count.
Big Show then knocks out every single member of The Social Outcasts
RESULT: Big Show wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Well.. That was an odd but decently comedic 45 second match. The Social Outcasts have entertainment value when they're making idiots of themselves on the mic or getting destroyed in the ring.
PROMO: Stephanie and The League of Nations are arguing over Jericho. Steph then pumps them up against Jericho. She then tells them to prove they aren't scared of anyone. They'll be ruining Highlight Reel. Calling it now.
PROMO: Out comes Vince and Stephanie McMahon to find out who will enter number one in the Royal Rumble on Sunday. Stephanie is going through names of people who could win and says "Could it be someone the WWE Universe has never seen before?" I'll be that guy... AJ STYLES. The number one entrant is... Roman Reigns! They then have the tumbler roll again to grab another name and it is.. Roman again. All of the names in the tumbler are Roman Reigns. Shocking! They do it again this time leaving the second one they drew out. And its Roman again. This is such a surprise. I hope you're catching my sarcasm.
MATCH: Becky Lynch vs. Tamina(w Naomi)
Ric Flair and Charlotte are at ringside for this match.
Becky comes out the gate firing, but Tamina uses her power to shut it down. Tamina keeps her grounded for a short time, but Becky fights up. Then Tamina slams her right back down for a two-count. Becky finally starts to come back with shots to the face, and a big kick. Then a big drop kick, and another leg drop for a two-count. Lynch takes down Tamina into the Disarmer for the submission win.
Becky then grabs a mic and says she wants a match at the Rumble. Charlotte says no, and that's she isn't handing over a match. But Becky takes it to Ric and Charlotte both on the mic. Ric then accepts the match for Charlotte and she is not happy about it.
RESULT: Becky Lynch wins via submission.
THOUGHTS: I like Becky, so I liked the match. I LOVED Becky on the mic after the match.
MATCH: Dean Ambrose & Kalisto vs. Sheamus & Alberto Del Rio(w Wade Barrett)
I will cover this like I do all the tag matches! I'll tell you who wins, and how.
Kevin Owens is joining the announce team for this match. Which is good because he bashes Michael Cole just like the rest of the WWE Universe wants to.
There have been some awesome commentary moments with KO. This dude should just be handed a live mic every night for every match.
Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick on Kalisto for the win.
RESULT: Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I was not all too enthralled in this match. It wasn't bad as all 4 guys are excellent, but it just didn't catch me tonight.
PROMO: They show a video clip of The New Day holding a funeral service for Xaviers broken trombone. And its AMAZING.
MATCH: Jey Uso(w Jimmy Uso) vs. Big E(w Kofi & Xavier)
Big E starts off with a huge flip slam using his power, but then Jey takes control with speed. Jey then dodges a move and shows off a couple dance moves before hitting Big E with a huge drop kick. Big E rolls out of thee ring. Then chases him out of the ring, and Big E hits a big back body drop.
We come back to Big E on top. Big E goes for the splash on the apron, but Jey rolls out of the way causing him to hit the apron hard. Jey takes advantage by hitting a big drop kick sending Big E into the barricade and then hits a cross body off the top rope. He then hits a Samoan drop and a super kick for a two-count. Big E goes for the suicide spear and Jey rolls out of the way. Jey then does what they call the "Uso-crazy" and hops the ropes for a big splash. Jimmy then takes out Kofi. Jey goes to the top, but Xavier distracts him and Big E hits the Big Ending for the win.
RESULT: Big E wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Good match! The Usos are pretty good in singles competition and I love watching Big E. Good job all around!
MATCH: Titus O'Neil, Mark Henry, R-Truth & Neville vs. The Ascension, Tyler Breeze & Stardust
This match was started during the break, and there's no way I'd keep up. All of these men will be in the Royal Rumble come Sunday!
My pick to win is Tyler Breeze. It'll come down to Breeze, Stardust, Reigns, and Lesnar. Breeze wins of course.
Neville hits the Red Arrow on Tyler Breeze for the win.
RESULT: Titus, Mark Henry, R-Truth, and Neville win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: This wasn't great, but it was expected so we can see all the guys in the Rumble that have, to quote Vinces' entrance, "No chance in hell" of winning.
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Chris Jericho will have guest Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns! As Jericho is making his introductions, out comes Paul Heyman. Heyman says "You don't need to be a weatherman to know there will be an F-5 touching down in Columbus, Ohio tonight." He then says that his client is not focused on Jericho, but focused on Reigns. Jericho then brings up the failed attempt to get Lesnar to a straight shot to WrestleMania and skip the Rumble. Asking if its because he does not like Lesnars chances to win. Heyman brings up that Lesnar never lost the belt at last years Mania. He never was pinned, so he thought he deserved a bye to Mania this year because of that. Jericho then asks what if he throws Lesnar over to win the Royal Rumble, but before Heyman can answer out comes The Beast Incarnate himself. Lesnar circles the ring, but before he can enter out comes Reigns. Reigns enters the arena to boos this time as fans were hoping for a Lesnar and Jericho clash. Jericho and Reigns in the ring, Lesnar walking the outside seemingly licking his chops. Lesnar hops up to the apron and immediately eats a spear from Reigns. Then comes the League Of Nations, like I said earlier. Lesnar then begins to take care of all of LON. Sheamus eats an F5, and then Lesnar gets speared again. Out comes The Wyatt Family now. They surround the ring and take out Reigns. Lesnar still on the floor of the ring. LESNAR AND STROMAN PLEASE. Harper takes out Lesnar and they surround him. Rowan gets a shot on Lesnar. Stroman gets his move in. Seemingly out of nowhere The Wyatts have taken over. Where is Jericho? Lesnar then eats a Sister Abigail at the hands of the man himself, Bray Wyatt. We are ended with an amazing scene of Bray Wyatt kneeling over Lesnar and closes the show with his classic "Follow the Buzzards".
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