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The first Raw of February is shaping up to be a good one! Last week, The Authority announced that they will be watching every superstar to choose who main events FastLane and the winner of that match will go on to headline WrestleMania against the champ, Triple H. At the end of Raw last week they announced that main event will be Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar. Guess who is headlining Raw this week? The Beast himself, Brock Lesnar! Last week we also saw the Raw debut of arguably one of the most talented pro wrestlers ever, AJ Styles! Sasha Banks made her Raw return also! What kind of damage will The Beast cause? Tune in to find out!
PROMO: The first promo of the night belongs to Brock Lesnar! Paul Heyman starts off by bringing up Bray Wyatt who has seemingly been targeting Lesnar lately. Saying that Lesnar is going to invoke the 11th commandment, "Thou shalt not purposely provoke the Beast, Brock Lesnar." He then brings up the main event at FastLane and how Lesnar is going to defeat Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, and how he will go on to beat "The Million Dollar trophy husband" at WrestleMania. Paul Heyman moves on to Dean Ambrose. Talking about how crazy Dean is, and out he comes to the ring. Dean goes right up face to face with Lesnar with Heyman screaming in the background. Dean admits that this may be a bad idea, stepping into the lair of a beast. But he claims he is not scared, and respects Lesnar. Which is why he came out to say, face to face, to tell him he will beat him at FastLane. Dean then says it will have to be the worst beating Lesnar has ever handed out to stop him from defeating HHH at Mania. He promptly leaves the ring. As do Lesnar and Heyman.
I know I usually cover the matches move by move, but my laptop is being incredibly slow tonight and I can't seem to fix it. So the matches may just be results. I will cover promos normally, and try to cover the big matches as best as possible!
MATCH: Kalisto vs. Rusev
Alberto Del Rio, the former United States champion, is at ringside on commentary.
After fighting on the outside, Kalisto tossed Rusev into the barricade and wins by count out.
RESULTS: Kalisto wins by count out.
THOUGHTS: This was a good match with a lot of high spots! Kalisto is becoming a master of putting on a great match. This was no different.
PROMO: Roman, Dean, and Stephanie are backstage. The belt is in a trophy case, and Steph points out that the belt was Romans only 8 days ago. She then brings up how both men know what its like to be a champion, and Roman points out that HHH days with that belt are numbered saying that he or Dean would be number one contenders. Steph then reminds them they are forgetting Brock Lesnar. She then goes through some of the biggest betrayals in WWE history bringing up Seth Rollins. She then announces the main event. Dean & Roman vs. The New Day. Then dismisses them from her office.
PROMO: Renee Young and Brie Bella talk about Nikki's injury. Charlotte then interrupts to sarcastically pass her sympathy, and says she should apologize for "causing" the injuries. But she won't.
MATCH: The Usos vs. The Social Outcasts
The Social Outcasts are being represented by Heath Slater and Adam Rose with Heath Slater at ringside and "Bo Rida" missing.
After a face paced tag match (one of)The Usos hit a splash for the three-count.
RESULTS: The Usos win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I haven't ever really been a fan of The Usos, but I love the entertainment value of The Social Outcasts. All of this was good in my opinion.
MIZ TV WITH AJ STYLES: The Miz sums up AJ Styles career. Bringing up his international career, and then his WWE debut and Monday Night Raw debut. Not letting AJ talk at all. He then brings up how he "tutored" Daniel Bryan, and he wants to do the same for AJ Styles. He then gets mad at the crowd for booing him, and goes off on how he is better than AJ, still not letting him talk. AJ is getting visibly upset. Saying there is a reason he didn't make it to the WWE, and then Styles attacks. Miz retreats and then AJ controls the ring.
MATCH: Charlotte vs. Brie Bella
Ric Flair is again at ringside. Because he won't go away.
Charlotte goes for the Figure 8, but Brie rolls her up for a surprise win!
RESULT: Brie Bella wins via pin fall
THOUGHTS: This was a surprise! And I like it.
MATCH: Big Show vs. Erick Rowan(w Luke Harper & Braun Strowman)
After Show fights off Harper, he hits Rowan with a choke slam for the win.
After the match The Wyatt Family take apart Big Show.
RESULT: Big Show wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: Seeing two giants go at it like this is rather rare. So it was enjoyable for that. I was expecting a DQ at the hands of The Wyatt Family, but a clean Show win was a decent surprise.
MATCH: Titus O'Neil vs. Tyler Breeze
Titus O'Neil hits The Clash of the Titus for the win!
RESULT: Titus O'Neil wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: I'm on the edge here. I love Titus getting a singles push. Love it. But Tyler Breeze is incredibly talented and that's proven by his NXT performances. Its hard to see him get tossed to the side after a great NXT run.
PROMO: HHH and Lesnar in the locker room. HHH brings up Dean getting up in Lesnars face, and hopes things aren't getting soft in suplex city. To which Lesnar replies "I guess we will find out at WrestleMania."
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens
I like Ziggler. I LOVE Kevin Owens. But why this match again..? Why not Styles and Ziggler? Owens and Titus? Give us something new.
I love how KO mocks every opponent he's in the ring with. Constant sarcasm and belittling. He is the definition of what a heel should be.
Kevin Owens goes for a pop-up powerbomb but Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a Zig-Zag for the win.
RESULT: Dolph Ziggler wins via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: For as much crap as I gave this match saying we needed something new.. This was super good. These guys hit a home run on a match I thought might be repetitive. It was nicely done and the Famouser on the floor was a wonderful touch.
MATCH: Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch
Before the match Sasha cuts a promo as to why she is by herself since her return. She is not sitting in the back and watching anyone take her spotlight. Then out comes team B.A.D. Naomi says they are "proud", and Sasha explains that she came here to be the best. And Tamina and Naomi knew this moment would come. And they understand that everyone has to make their own legacy, and they congratulate her. Naomi says "They can still be competitors and still be sisters." She then asks if they'll stay at ringside for her match with Becky and they do their "unity" thing as Becky comes out.
Sasha goes outside the ring after Becky, and stops Tamina and Naomi from hitting Becky saying she does not need them. Then Tamina and Naomi attack, as Becky gets up and starts helping Sasha. The two rid the ring of Team B.A.D and stand in the ring together.
RESULTS: Technically, Sasha wins via DQ.
THOUGHTS: This was expected. No team split ever ends in "unity" like they tried to portray. But the Becky and Sasha standing together as a "team" of sorts was a welcome addition.
PROMO: Renee and Y2J are talking about AJ Styles and his win over Chris on Raw last week. Jericho said everything about it was tremendous except the outcome. Which he lost. Y2J says he has proved everything he said before he got into the WWE. He then says he will be watch Styles vs. Miz very closely on Thursday.
PROMO: Truth and Goldust are.. In the bathroom.. When Goldust asks Truth to team with him again. R-Truth turns him down again by saying he's weird. Then Goldust brings up Truths last tag team partner.. Little Jimmy. Truth leaves angrily. I love these.
MATCH: The New Day vs. Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose
Paul Heyman is on commentary.
The New Day, in their nightly pre-match promo, re-shame The Rock for his actions and words last week. Begging him to please think about the children. I love these guys.
Dirty Deeds to Big E gives Roman and Dean the big win!
After the match out comes Brock Lesnar.. Before Brock can get in the ring The New Day tries to attack Ambrose and Reigns, but they are chased away. Lesnar gets in the ring and F-5's Dean to end the show.
RESULT: Dean and Roman win via pin fall.
THOUGHTS: The match itself was super good! Fast paced, fun moves, and really all around good. People tend to forget about the true talent New Day has in the ring because of their goofy mic rants, but these guys are golden in the ring as well. The Lesnar attack was expected, but I expected more than just one F-5.
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