WWE Monday Night RAW
December 12, 2016
Commentary: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The RAW opening hits.
We go live where Big E addresses everyone loudly in Philadelphia. WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day head to the ring to open the show tonight.
Michael Cole notes that New Day has the chance to match a record set by Demolition tonight as the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history at Midnight.
Big E says tonight “we join the immortals.” Kofi Kingston adds says tonight they have the chance to break a record that has stood for over 25 years. Xavier Woods says tonight they have the chance to propel themselves and propel anyone who has worn a New Day t-shirt. Woods dedicates this match to his late Grandma. He adds the last thing that stands in the way is one last triple threat tag team match. Woods asks what that even means. He said New Day is already referred to as a triple threat. Kingston wants to make history right now. Big E leads a loud “NEW DAY ROCKS” chant in Philadelphia.
We see a shot backstage of a celebration being prepared for New Day as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson head to the ring. Sheamus and Cesaro are out next. Michael Cole reminds us that New Day has held the tag team championships in WWE for 478 days.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
Triple Threat Match
The New Day (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
We start with Kofi Kingston and Cesaro. Lock up and Kofi attempts a head scissors takedown. Cesaro with a counter. Kofi with a high cross body for a two count. Cesaro uses his strength to power lift Kofi up and back down in a vertical suplex for a two count. Tag to Sheamus who launches Cesaro into Kofi with an uppercut. Sheamus with a shot on Kofi in the corner, goes up to the top turnbuckle and catches Kofi with an axe handle shot for a two count. Sheamus with an uppercut. Kofi fires back with a dropkick and tags in Big E. Big E with a shoulder charge to Sheamus in the corner. Tag back to Kofi who hits the ropes and kicks Sheamus in the face. Sheamus with a high knee to Kofi. Kofi with a jawbreaker combo. Karl Anderson tags himself in and levels Kofi with a quick clothesline. Quick tag to Luke Gallows who splashes Kofi in the corner and Anderson follows it up with a kick. Gallows with a big boot to Kofi for a two count as we head to a commercial break.
We return live with Anderson keeping Kofi down in a side headlock. Kofi with elbows. Anderson fires back with an elbow after Kofi comes off the ropes. Tag to Gallows who headbutts the back of Kofi and follows it up with another big boot. Quick tag back to Anderson who drops Kofi down with a backbreaker and Gallows drops an elbow. Big E breaks up a pinfall attempt. Gallows with a big boot to Big E and drops him in a back suplex with help from Anderson. Gallows knocks Cesaro off the ring apron and Kofi drops Gallows with a spinning missile dropkick off the second rope. Sheamus tags himself in and goes after Gallows and Kofi. Sheamus and Gallows are the legal men as Sheamus takes out Kofi again. Sheamus with forearm shots to the chest of Gallows against the ropes. Sheamus with a shot to Anderson when he gets in. Sheamus plants Gallows with a quick scoop slam and Big E breaks up the pinfall attempt. Sheamus with the Irish Curse backbreaker on Big E. Gallows with a kick to the face of Sheamus and Anderson gets the tag. Gallows has Sheamus up and Anderson connects with a boot to the face. Cesaro breaks up the pinfall. Hot tag to Cesaro who levels Anderson and Gallows. Cesaro with a springboard spinning corkscrew uppercut on Anderson. Swiss-1-9 on Anderson and Cesaro with tons of shots on New Day at ringside including a stomp over Big E. Cesaro with a high cross body off the top turnbuckle on Anderson for a very close two count! Cesaro Swing on Anderson and then drops him at 8 locking on the Sharpshooter. Sheamus is clearing the ring, but Big E dumps him out. Big E tries to break up the Sharpshooter, but Cesaro counters and clotheslines him over the top rope. Tag to Sheamus. Cesaro has Anderson up and Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick. Trouble in Paradise by Kofi on Sheamus and he hooks the leg to escape with the win!
Winners and still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
After the match, The New Day celebrate at ringside with the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles. They are officially the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history!
The WWE Network has officially surpassed 7,000 hours of original content.
Rusev and Lana will be sharing some footage with us later tonight.
Backstage, Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon are in the celebration room when The New Day arrive. Kofi Kingston hugs Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie pushes Foley aside and gives a toast to the longest reigning tag team champions. They bust open a champaign bottle and it gets in the eyes of Stephanie. She tosses a big cereal bowl up in the air and leaves. WWE shows Byron Saxton snickering at commentary.
Footage from three weeks ago is shown of Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn and Mick Foley stopping the match. We see footage from two weeks ago where Foley expained himself and Zayn called him a hypocrite. Tweets from Zayn is shown on screen who is still demainding he get a match with Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman is in action next.
Backstage, we see Stephanie being handed a towel and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens walks up thinking someone should teach The New Day a lesson. Stephanie says he is kind of cold and wants to know what he wants. Owens has an idea and wants to run it by her. Stephanie is going to get cleaned up and tells Owens to sit tight.
Braun Strowman vs. Curtis Axel
Axel with right hands early and Strowman launches him across the ring. Strowman with a splash on Axel in the corner. Strowman with a huge forearm to the chest of Axel knocking him to the mat. Strowman has Axel up on his shoulders attempting a torture rack. Axel fights out, catches Strowman with a boot in the corner and then kicks him away with a dropkick as well. Strowman catches Axel when he jumps off the second rope. Strowman lifts Axel up and slams him back down face first. Strowman gets the pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Byron Saxton tries to get word with Braun Strowman. Strowman cuts him off saying he needs to congratulate him on his victory and then ask a question. Saxton congratulates him and wants to know if he has a response to Sami Zayn wanting a match with him. Strowman said from where he is standing, Axel looks just like Zayn and thinks Mick Foley is doing the right thing by protecting Zayn.
Backstage, Sami Zayn demands a match with Braun Strowman with Mick Foley. Foley said he can’t. Zayn thinks Foley can make the match, but he won’t. He says he doesn’t need to be saved by Foley or anyone else. Foley said Strowman wants to end Zayn’s career and refuses to put him in the ring with Strowman. Zayn asks Foley if he thinks he can’t do it. He tells Foley if he won’t be given opportunities then he should leave RAW. Foley says out of respect for him, he is willing to call Daniel Bryan and make a trade. Zayn walks off.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado
The bell rings and Dorado with a few flips in the direction of Daivari. Daivari with a headlock slowing Dorado down. Daivari with a shoulder tackle and works over the left arm of Dorado. Dorado with a head scissors takedown followed by a heel kick. Dorado with a springboard cross body for a two count. Dorado with a big chop to the chest of Daivari and misses a shot in the corner bouncing backwards. Daivari levels Dorado with a big clothesline.
Jack Gallagher’s music hits and he walks out on stage with a mic in hand. He would like to let everyone know his intention to interfere in this match. Gallagher informs Daivari he is a “scoundrel” and he is here to give him a “thorough thrashing.”
Daivari leaves the ring and goes after Gallagher as the referee calls for the bell. Gallagher rolls in the ring and catches Daivari with a dropkick sending him off the apron.
Winner: No Contest
Seth Rollins is heading to the arena next.
The Rollins Report with Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins welcomes everyone to The Rollins Report. He wastes no time adding, “I want Triple H.” Rollins said his path to redemption leads to Triple H and it goes directly through Kevin Owens and the WWE Universal Championship. He said he can’t isolate Owens without getting through is “maybe” best friend Chris Jericho. Rollins talks about getting the opportunity to take out Jericho this Sunday at Roadblock. He has a question about Sunday: is it going to be Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho or Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho with Kevin Owens? Rollins said his guest tonight is a man that has the answer to the question.
Rollins introduces WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Owens walks out on stage smiling. He turns around and heads to the back after Rollins gestures to join him inside the ring. Owens reappears and has a stool. He takes a seat at the top of hte stage. Rollins asks Owens why he won’t join him inside the ring and asks if he needs Chris Jericho holding him by the hand? Owens said him sitting on this stool is the best he will get and doesn’t care about his “stupid Rollins Report.” He said the only reason he came out here tonight is because he has an announcement to make.
Rollins said that is great, but he wants to know about the status of Kevin’s friendship with Chris Jericho. Owens goes to continue about his announcement mentioning Stephanie McMahon when Rollins interrupts wanting to know about Jericho first. Owens said Rollins doesn’t need to worry about that and that the only thing Rollins needs to know is that Jericho will have his back in his match against Roman Reigns the same way he will have Jericho’s back against Rollins this Sunday. He tells Rollins to not interrupt him or he will break his face. Rollins dares him to do that.
Owens said after talking to Stephanie and after what New Day pulled backstage, Stephanie has decided to put them in another tag team title match tonight and that match will be against the team of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho’s music hits to interrupt. Jericho walks out with The List in hand. A loud “Y2J” chant breaks out in Philadelphia. Jericho has a question for Owens: are you crazy? He asks Owens what he is thinking after he cost him the United States Championship last week against Roman Reigns and why he would even agree to be his tag team partner tonight or ever a-gain. Owens apologizes about last week and wants to talk about the future. He said tonight they can make history by ruining New Day’s chance to break the record of being the longest reigning tag team champions. Owens said Stephanie made the match and it’s going to happen either way. He said Jericho can stay mad at him – doing them no good – or they can work together and win the tag team titles tonight. Rollins interrupts saying it sounds like Owens is trying to tell Jericho what to do. He refers to them as a reunion between Bon Jovi and Meat Loaf. Jericho calls Rollins a stupid idiot. Rollins refers to him as Sparkle Crotch and asks what he is really going to do about it. Jericho asks Rollins if he knows what happens if they talk to him like that: Jericho offers to put him on the disabled list. Jericho starts walking down the ramp and Owens joins him. Jericho stops and then motions at Owens to help him. Rollins picks up a stool in the ring as Owens and Jericho circle the ring. Owens has a steel chair. Rollins tries to hit him with a stool. Owens bails and Jericho attacks Rollins. Jericho and Owens double team Rollins at ringside. Jericho with right hands to Rollins. Owens slaps Rollins around and tosses him back inside the ring. Here comes Roman Reigns to a very loud mixed reaction. Reigns hits the ring. Reigns with shots on Owens and Jericho with rights. Jericho and Owens start to double team Reigns when Rollins tackles Jericho. Reigns with a big boot to Owens and a flying clothesline on Jericho with help from Rollins. Rollins with a kick, goes for a Pedigree on Jericho and Owens pulls him out.
TJ Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick is up next.
Backstage, Charly Caruso is with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann. Footage is shown from WWE 205 Live last week where TJ Perkins interfered costing Brian Kendrick his shot at the title. Kendrick attacked Perkins after the match. Back live, Swann said it doesn’t matter who faces him for the title including both Kendrick and Perkins at Roadblock. Kendrick walks up saying he would be the champion right now if it wasn’t for Perkins. Perkins walks up trying to figure out what Kendrick’s problem is. He informs Swann he will find out Sunday when the title is on the line and Kendrick can find out next.
Cruiserweight Division Match
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Before the match, Kendrick offers a handshake and Perkins declines.
The bell rings and Kendrick avoids a superkick early by Perkins. Kendrick with a quick shoulder tackle and goes to work on the left arm of Perkins. Perkins goes for a knee bar early and Kendrick breaks free getting to the ropes. Kendrick catches Perkins with a shot near the corner and eats a kick to the face from Perkins. Perkins has Kendrick up and Kendrick pulls himself down using the ropes. Kendrick sends Perkins over the top rope, slides back in under the legs of Kendrick and then clotheslines Perkins over the top rope. Perkins with a wrecking ball dropkick over the top rope on Kendrick.
Back live, Perkins catches Kendrick with a quick spin kick. We see a shot of WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann watching from backstage. Perkins with right hands, atomic drop and clothesline combo. Perkins with a low dropkick and kips up. Perkins with a splash to Kendrick in the corner, puts Kendrick in the tree of woe, Perkins jumps and catches Kendrick with a quick dropkick. Perkins with a springboard dropkick to the back of Kendrick’s back for a two count. Kendrick with a hook back suplex for a two count. Perkins is going for the knee bar again and Kendrick gets the break grabbing the bottom rope. Kendrick sends Perkins shoulder first into the post and connects with Sliced Bread #2. Kendrick hooks the leg of Perkins to get the pinfall.
Winner: Brian Kendrick
Backstage, we see Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns walking when Mick Foley says they looked good working together earlier tonight. Foley wants to talk about tonight. He talks about Stephanie giving Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho an opportunity and he wants to give them an opportunity. Foley adds Rollins and Reigns to the WWE RAW Tag Team Championship match later tonight making it New Day vs. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Backstage, Bayley is giving out hugs. She is in action next.
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox
Bayley with a quick takedown into a headlock on Fox. Bayley avoids a kick and then catches Fox with an elbow for a two count. Bayley takes the back of Fox. Fox with a back elbow and axe handle kick combo for a two count. Fox with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Fox with right hands. Bayley to Belly and Bayley picks up the quick win.
Backstage, Rusev and Lana head to the arena. They have promised exclusive footage.
Rusev and Lana have some exclusive footage
We return live and Lana is inside the ring with a mic in hand.
Lana asks for America to stand up and welcome the true American hero, “he is my husband, which as Enzo Amore found out last week, he is the only man that can have me…welcome the Bulgarian Brute…Rusev!”
Rusev enters the ring and grabs the mic. A loud “USA” chant breaks out. “That’s enough of your USA,” yells Rusev. He said ever since he came to WWE, he has destroyed “all of your American heroes one-by-one.” Rusev said last week was different. He said last week he took out American trash. Rusev said Enzo ran his mouth about how he was a Certified G and the G stands for garbage. He said after he took the “human garbage” out to the hotel hallway, he closed the door and “did his business” with Lana. Rusev smiles and asks if they would like to see what they are talking about. Lana smiles. The crowd starts a “YES” chant. Rusev asks if they would like to see it? He warns them that the footage they are about to see is a little bit edgy. Lana tells the children to close their eyes and asks if they are ready to see what they do behind closed doors. The crowd in Philadelphia cheers.
Footage from last week is shown of Rusev attacking Enzo Amore inside a hotel room. Back live, Rusev and Lana are laughing. Lana said this footage is so good and makes her so happy. “Truly warms my heart,” adds Lana. She wonders why the fans would even think they would show them what they do behind closed doors. Lana said they are all stupid just like Enzo. She said Enzo thought he actually had a shot at her and calls him pathetic. Rusev said his beautiful wife set a great plan in motion to trap the little mouse. He said he is the only man that can have Lana. Lana does a “C-R-U-S-H-E-D” chant.
Here comes Big Cass with a mic in hand. Cass says Enzo is at home recovering, but said he has the balls to back up his mouth. He tells Rusev he caught Enzo with his pants down and as for tonight, this isn’t a hotel room, his pants are on and he isn’t Enzo.
Cass marches down the ramp and hits the ring. Rusev starts attacking Cass. Cass gets the better of Rusev with right hands in the corner. Rusev with a takedown. Cass mounts Rusev and drops big rights. Rusev tackles Cass and they fall to the outside.
Rusev sends Cass into the barricade. Cass keeps throwing rights. Rusev with a big knee. Cass tosses Rusev face first into the barricade. Rusev with a big boot. Cass is back up and throws more rights and shots to the body of Rusev against the barricade.
Rusev then sends Cass face first into the steel ring post. Rusev heads up the ramp with Lana. Cass is already back up and yelling at Rusev to come back.
Backstage, Kevin Owens is upset that Mick Foley put Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the main even tonight. Owens said tonight they will become champions. He tells Jericho it is them against the world. Jericho wants to concentrate first on tonight.
Sami Zayn is heading to the arena. Cole teases that this could be Zayn’s final match on RAW after Mick Foley hinted at a possible trade to Smackdown Live earlier tonight.
A video for Emmalina airs. Looks like she isn’t quite ready yet.
Lock up and Mahal pushes Zayn to the corner. Zayn with chops to Mahal. Zayn with right hands to Mahal and more chops. Zayn with a quick dropkick on Mahal. Mahal with a knee and tosses Zayn over the top rope. Zayn hangs on, shoulder shot, flips over the top rope and levels Mahal with a quick clothesline. Zayn with right hands over Mahal. Mahal dumps Zayn over the top rope and then connects with a running knee for a two count. Mahal catches Zayn with an elbow. Mahal with a low dropkick and then high knees to Zayn. Mahal drops a knee over the head of Zayn and applies a headlock. Zayn fires back with a big clothesline. Zayn with an exploder suplex on Mahal in the corner. Zayn backs up in the other corner and connects with his Helluva Kick in the corner. Zayn gets the pinfall.
Winner: Sami Zayn
After the match, Mick Foley heads to the ring. We are going to find out next if Foley setup a trade for Zayn to head to Smackdown Live next.
Did Sami Zayn get traded to Smackdown Live?
We return live and Mick Foley said he just got off the phone with Daniel Bryan. Foley said they will be trading Zayn to Smackdown Live “for a talent of equal value.” He tells Zayn all he has to do is sign the paperwork and it is a done deal.
Zayn said that all depends on this one question. He asks if Foley will grant him a match with Braun Strowman. Foley says no. Zayn said that is all he wants to hear and he is ready to sign the paper work to officially head to Smackdown.
Foley said Zayn can become a “big fish in a small pond” and says before Zayn signs, he wonders if Zayn wants to know who will be part of the talent trade. Foley reveals he is trading Zayn to Smackdown Live straight up for: Eva Marie.
Zayn said he is worth 100 or even 1,000 Eva Marie’s. He said Foley doesn’t get him and that he used to be him. Foley asks Zayn if this is what he really wants. Zayn says no and he wants Braun Strowman. Foley said what he wants Zayn to remember this moment in time and how angry Zayn feels. He wants Zayn to bottle this anger and duplicate it on Sunday night when he faces Braun Strowman at Roadblock. Foley pulls out the paper and says a trade was never going to take place tonight. He said he would never trade Zayn away and that he always believed him. Foley said he just had to find out if Zayn had it inside him to survive a monster like Strowman and the answer he gave was a resounding yes. He brings up Strowman saying Zayn wouldn’t last two minutes with him in the ring. Foley said he is giving Zayn 10 minutes this Sunday to prove him wrong.
The New Day defends the RAW Tag Team Championships for a second time tonight in a triple threat main event next. We see them heading to the arena.
Video of John Cena hosting “Saturday Night Live” is shown.
Announced for Roadblock this Sunday: Rusev vs. Big Cass.
New Day, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns all head to the ring. The main event for the RAW Tag Team Championships is up next.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championships
Triple Threat Match
The New Day (c’s) vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
We get ring introductions for the challengers WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins and WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns.
We also get an introduction for the reigning champions, The New Day.
We start with Xavier Woods (who didn’t wrestle earlier tonight) and Seth Rollins. Series of counters early between Woods and Rollins. Woods with a shoulder tackle, hits the ropes, Rollins leaps over him, gets tripped up by Woods, Rollins trips up Woods, kick attempts and Woods lands an uppercut on Rollins. Rollins with a jumping sling blade takedown on Woods. Tag to Roman Reigns. Woods avoids a double team and tags in Big E. Big E tosses Reigns out early. Reigns with a knee to cut off a spear followed by a jumping clothesline on Big E. Chris Jericho tags himself in and tells Reigns to get out. Jericho with knees and boots to Big E in the corner. Tag to Kevin Owens who kicks Big E right in the gut. Owens with right hands and a kick to the face on Big E. Tag back to Jericho who slaps Big E. Jericho with a big kick to the face of Big E and follows up with kicks in the corner. Jericho catches Big E with a spinning elbow off the top turnbuckle for a two count. Kick to the face of Big E and Jericho tags in Owens. Owens with a senton splash over Big E for a two count. Woods tags himself in and dropkicks Owens against the bottom rope. Owens cuts off Woods who is getting up on the top turnbuckle. Jericho is in to help Owens with Woods. Rollins with a shot to Jericho. Rollins jumps up near Woods. Reigns and Big E are in. We get a giant Tower of Doom spot from the corner with everyone involved in the match.
Back live, Owens has Woods down in a headlock. Owens with a flipping leg drop over Woods! Woods goes back to the headlock keeping Woods grounded. Owens with a cheap shot on Reigns on the apron and then misses a senton splash when Woods moves. Hot tag to Big E. Jericho gets the tag as well. Big E with belly-to-belly suplexes on Jericho, three in all. Big E shakes the hips, hits the ropes and splashes over Jericho. Rollins tags himself in and sends Big E over the top rope. Rollins sends Jericho out as well. Rollins with a suicide dive catching Jericho on the outside. Rollins tosses Jericho in and then hits a suicide dive on Big E on the outside as well. Rollins springboards in, catches Jericho with a glancing knee, Reigns tags himself in, Rollins leaps over taking people out at ringside and Reigns with a sitdown powerbomb on Jericho for a close two count back inside the ring. Reigns with a Superman on Owens. Jericho with a roll up on Reigns for a close two count. Jericho goes for a Walls of Jericho. Reigns counters with rights. Woods tags himself in. Woods kicks Reigns in the face from the apron. Woods goes up top and connects with a flying elbow. Woods covers Reigns and gets a close two count. Woods walked across part of the top rope to get more air with the flying elbow. Reigns and Woods exchange rights. Rollins tags himself in. Reigns lifts Woods up and Rollins with a knee to the jaw. Owens with a superkick on Reigns. Rollins with a superkick on Owens. Rollins is going up top and Jericho trips him up. Owens with a cannonball to Rollins. Lionsault over Woods. Woods barely kicks out after two. Jericho with chops to Woods. Jericho trips up Woods and gets the Walls of Jericho locked on. Wood turns over to his back, gets Jericho in a small package and Jericho kicks out. Owens with a superkick to Woods. Owens lifts Woods up and Jericho with a Codebreaker on the way down. Rollins pushes Owens into Jericho to break the count. Jericho and Owens are arguing. Owens pushes Jericho. Rollins with a shot on Jericho into Owens. Rollins with a Pedigree on Jericho. Big E pulls Rollins out. Woods gets an arm on Jericho to get the pinfall.
Winners and still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
After the match, Big E grabs Xavier Woods and lifts him up the ramp as Kofi Kingston holds the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships. New Day has successfully defending the tag titles twice in one night and remaining the longest reigning champions in history.
Kevin Owens gets in Chris Jericho’s face and asks what happened. Jericho tells Owens he needs to get it together. He says they are done. Owens wants Jericho to just listen. Jericho said he doesn’t need Owens and this is over. Owens is yelling that Rollins pushed him. We see Roman Reigns getting ready in the corner. Jericho exits the ring. When Owens turns around, Reigns takes him out with a spear and grabs the WWE Universal Championship. He grabs his WWE United States Championship and holds both titles up.
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Quick Match Results:
* The New Day def. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Sheamus and Cesaro to retain the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles
* Braun Strowman def. Curtis Axel
* Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado ended in a no contest
* Brian Kendrick def. TJ Perkins
* Bayley def. Alicia Fox
* Sami Zayn def. Jinder Mahal
* The New Day def. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to retain the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles