WWE Monday Night RAW
December 19, 2016
Commentary: Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
The RAW opening hits. We go live to Columbus where pyro goes off.
The Chris and Kevin Show
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are in the ring with mics in hand. “Welcome to the Chris and Kevin Show,” says Owens. He talks about doing whatever it takes to keep his title including taking a Codebreaker from Jericho. Jericho tells the monkeys in the back to roll the photo stills from last night’s Roadblock PPV.
We see footage of Jericho interfering during the Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns main event and giving Owens a Codebreaker to setup a DQ win for Owens to retain his title. Back live, Jericho calls that “beautiful baby.” Owens says he has to admit that when Jericho showed up in the ring last night he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. He says the WWE Universal Championship is right where it belongs.
Jericho says giving that Codebreaker hurt him more than it hurt Owens. He says he had to trick everyone. Jericho extends his arms and brings in Owens for a hug, man. They talk about Santa Claus and Jericho calls him a stupid idiot. Jericho accuses Santa of stealing his gimmick by using a list. He informs Santa that he just made the list. Mick Foley interrupts and says Jericho can’t talk that way about Santa. He talks about Santa knowing when people are naughty or nice and how Jericho has been very naughty. Foley wants to look back at Roadblock last night where Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho through announce tables after the match.
Back live, Foley says that is known as payback. Owens refers to himself as a national treasure and how his career could have been ended. Jericho calls Foley’s leather jacket stupid. Foley takes off the jacket to reveal a biker Santa long sleeve shirt saying this is actually more stupid. He tries to go for a cheap pop saying right here in Pittsburgh when we are actually in Columbus. Foley corrects himself and Jericho says everyone knows Pittsburgh is better than Columbus anyway. He advertises a tag team match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins tonight. Foley also plugs that Santa has brought us a gift all the way from the North Pole. A small cage lowers inside the ring. Foley books a rematch between Owens and Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship where Jericho will be placed inside the small cage hanging above the ring. Jericho doesn’t think the cage is safe. Foley tells Jericho to get inside to prove it is safe. Foley starts opening up his fanny pack and can’t find the key. The cage starts to raise up. Jericho yells at Owens to save him. Foley tells the guys in the back to work on getting a key for the cage. “Until then, have a nice day,” adds Foley. We see a shot of Jericho hanging above the ring.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho being given oxygen and complaining about how high that cage was over the ring. Kevin Owens tells him to calm down and says he needs to get ready for the tag team match against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins tonight.
Big Cass w/ Enzo Amore vs. Rusev w/ Lana
Before the match, we hear from Enzo Amore and Big Cass. Enzo does the usual introduction. Cass said Rusev took the cowards way out last night at Roadblock.
Cass goes after Rusev in the corner right away with body shots. Cass with right hands. Cass with repeated stomps. Cass with more rights and Cass won’t back off. The referee stops it.
Winner via DQ: Rusev
After the match, Cass continues attacking Rusev with big right hands and stomps. The referee tries to pull Cass away. Rusev with a kick to the knee of Cass and bails.
Sasha Banks will talk about last night’s Iron Man match next.
Sasha Banks talks WWE Roadblock
Sasha Banks heads to the ring using a crutch. Banks has a mic and talks about leaving it all on the line last night at Roadblock. She said being forced to tap broke her heart and even did damage to her leg. Banks talks about making history with Charlotte the last few months. She talks about leaving Roadblock without her title adding, “The better woman won.” Banks said she doesn’t feel like The Boss anymore. She is asking Charlotte so she can look her straight in her eyes and congratulate her tonight.
Nia Jax walks out instead. Jax grabs a mic and starts staring down Banks circling her. She doesn’t know why Charlotte isn’t here. Jax calls Sasha weak and wounded. “You’re just a little girl.” Jax kicks out the crutch and Sasha goes down. Jax picks up Sasha, yells that she is the real boss and launches her into the ropes forcing her to land on her bad leg/knee. Jax teases attacking Sasha more with the crutch, but tosses it aside.
Backstage, the new WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro are with Mick Foley. Foley talks about them ending the reign of New Day. He feels like a “proud papa” when he made the decision to put them together. Foley reveals the new tag team titles. They are now silver with red leather straps. Sheamus takes both titles and Cesaro starts arguing with him when a referee runs up telling Foley they have an emergency. We see Braun Strowman attacking random people backstage and tossing objects all around. Foley wants to know what Strowman is doing. Strowman wants Sami Zayn tonight. Foley tells Strowman to take the night off and that he also gave Sami the night off. Strowman isn’t pleased.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Cedric Alexander w/ Alicia Fox vs. Noam Dar
Austin Aries is back on commentary tonight with Cole and Graves.
Footage is shown of Dar defeating Alexander two weeks ago on 205 Live.
Back live and the match kicks off. Alexander with a huge elbow to Dar early. More elbows from Alexander. Alexander with a backwards huricanrana and then a dropkick that sends Dar to the outside. We see a shot of Alicia Fox cheering on Alexander.
We return live as Alexander is favoring his knee. Dar misses a jumping stomp from the top rope. Alexander catches Dar with a kick to the head off the ropes. Alexander with a springboard flying clothesline that catches Dar. Alexander tosses Dar up and drops his back down over his knees to get the pinfall.
Winner: Cedric Alexander
After the match, Noam Dar has a mic. He congratulates Cedric Alexander on beating him. Dar brings up beating him two weeks ago and says they appear to be even. He said Alexander still has what he wants: the beautiful Alicia Fox. Dar refers to her as “Foxy Baby” and that she is the real prize. He said all he wants for Christmas is her.
Backstage, we see The New Day heading to the arena.
The New Day walk out. Xavier Woods talks about the legendary tag team championship reign ending after 483 days. Kofi Kingston says they don’t have to mourn long and references Ric Flair being a 16-time champion by losing 15 times. Big E adds, “And that will be Charlotte in a month.” Woods says they will reclaim the titles.
Cesaro is out next with a mic in hand. Sheamus follows. They show off the new WWE RAW Tag Team Championships. “Oh Fella…don’t you…” and Cesaro cuts off Sheamus. He tells him not to do it. “We talked about that,” adds Cesaro. Sheamus says the day really is a new day and today is day one of the new tag team champions, Sheamus! Cesaro adds in his name. The fans boo when Sheamus says his name. The fans cheer for Cesaro.
Kofi complains about them getting new title belts after just one day. He admits that they are happy it was them who ended the long streak. Sheamus goes to interject to thank them and Woods starts a “SHAME” chant in his direction. Woods says they are giving congratulations to Cesaro and not Sheamus. They put over how strong Cesaro is. Cesaro says he has to be strong to put up with a massive ego pointing at Sheamus. Another “SHAME” chant starts up. Sheamus says it was because of him that they became the champions. He says the reign of terror created by New Day has finally come to an end. Sheamus thinks they can beat the record New Day set and maybe hold the titles for up to 20 years. Woods talks about all they created as New Day including t-shirts and cereal. Big E starts a “New Day Rocks” chant. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupt. Anderson says he see’s a bunch of and lets Gallows finish his thought: “nerds.” He says they are far from good brothers. Gallows refers to them as Nerd Day. The Shining Stars are out next. Primo and Epico talk about it being the holiday season and how they have the perfect holiday gifts. They give out brochures to the Shining Stars resort in Puerto Rico. Cesaro tears them up. A big brawl breaks out.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro and New Day vs. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and The Shining Stars
We return live as Epico plants Kofi with a big double hook driver. Karl Anderson tags himself in and covers Kofi for a two count. Tag to Luke Gallows who throws a big kick to the head of Kofi and gets a two count off a cover. Tag back to Anderson who works over Kofi with a headlock. Anderson with a leaping heel kick catching Kofi. Tag to Gallows who throws body shots at Kofi in the corner. Gallows misses an elbow, but drops Kofi with a quick boot to the face cutting off a tag out. Gallows catches a jumping Kofi and hits a quick chokeslam.
Back live, Anderson has Kofi in a side headlock as Kofi is fighting back. Anderson cuts off Kofi from tagging out and tosses him up on the top turnbuckle. Kofi with a tornado DDT on Anderson from the corner. Gallows gets the tag and gets in a cheap shot on Big E, Sheamus and Cesaro. The Shining Stars dive out at them as well. Inside the ring, Gallows drops Kofi with a big boot. Anderson gets the tag and connects with his Boot of Doom as Gallows held up Kofi and Anderson is only able to get a two count. Kofi dumps Gallows out. Hot tag to Big E. Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly on Anderson three times. Sheamus tags himself in, tosses Epico over the top rope and then throws forearms to the chest. Sheamus with a rolling senton on Epico. Sheamus with a right hand to Primo. Epico with a roll up on Sheamus for a two count. Tag to Cesaro who goes up and drops down over Epico with help from Sheamus. Primo breaks up the pinfall. Brogue Kick. Gallows with a kick. Big E with shots. Anderson takes out Big E. Cesaro lifts Anderson up and catches him with an uppercut. Cesaro gets Epico down and gets him in the Cesaro Swing. Cesaro transitions to a Sharpshooter on Epico. Epico taps.
Winners: WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Sheamus and Cesaro and The New Day
After the match, Sheamus takes both belts and celebrates on the corner. Cesaro grabs on his belts and celebrates up on the other corner.
Backstage, Enzo Amore is arguing with Big Cass about Rusev. Cass said Rusev got what he had coming tonight. A man walks up with a letter for Enzo. The letter informs Enzo he has required to attend mandatory sensitivity training for “exposing” himself backstage.
Neville heads to the ring. We see footage from Roadblock last night when Neville attacked WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann after Swann retained his title. Back live, Neville has a mic and talks about destroying Swann and TJ Perkins last night. He talked about the people cheering him. Neville said it’s been a long time since he heard cheers. He doesn’t want the fans pity and tells them to take their cheers and stick’em. Neville issues a warning to the Cruiserweight division and plans to obliterate the division.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann interrupts. Swann wants to know what happened to the guy he used to look up to. Neville tells him to shut up and show some respect. He talks about taking Swann under his wing in Japan and teaching him everything he knows. Neville talks about Swann’s career taking off, but not getting any respect. He refers to himself as the King of the Cruiserweights. Swann says Neville can’t handle this.
The Brian Kendrick interrupts. He demands Swann show respect to Neville. Kendrick said he is able to show respect towards Neville. Neville agrees and says Kendrick actually earned his opportunities around here. He thinks Swann needs to be taught his place. Kendrick enters the ring and starts attacking Swann. Neville wants a piece of Swann and pulls Kendrick off. Neville with stomps to Swann. TJ Perkins runs out and Neville catches him with a huge kick. Neville keeps stomping away at Perkins and then goes back to stomps on Swann. Neville leaves and Kendrick gives Perkins the Sliced Bread #2 from the corner.
WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 1
Backstage, we see Darren Young, Bob Backlund, Jinder Mahal and Bo Dallas when Enzo Amore walks in for the training. The teacher tells Enzo to start first. Enzo raises his right hand and starts doing his promo introduction when the teacher tells him to stop. He says he is here because he showed all of his co-workers his “Italian sausage.” Enzo says it wasn’t his fault as Big Cass locked him out. The teacher refers to Cass as his “martial partner” and Enzo corrects her saying he’s into chicks and that Cass is his tag team partner. Jinder Mahal introduces himself. The teacher asks how you spell that and Enzo interrupts saying “S-A-W-F-T.” The teacher says they are going to pretend that didn’t happen.
Titus O’Neil vs. Sin Cara
Sin Cara with right hands early and a springboard cross body. Right as the cross body connects on Titus, Braun Strowman’s music hits and he heads to the ring.
Strowman enters the ring and levels Sin Cara. Strowman with a clothesline on Titus. Strowman kicks Sin Cara in the gut and then kicks Titus out of the ring. Strowman with a running powerslam on Titus on the floor outside. Sin Cara jumps at Strowman and Strowman catches him driving him into the floor.
Winner: No Contest
Strowman picks up Sin Cara and tosses him on his shoulders. WWE officials run out to try and break it up. Mick Foley is now on the stage and tells Strowman to put Sin Cara down. Strowman drops Sin Cara and says, “I told you, or else!” Strowman grabs Sin Cara and launches him into a Christmas tree and presents that were setup near the stage. Strowman starts destroying more of the Christmas decorations on the stage.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte will appear next.
Backstage, Kevin Owens asks Chris Jericho if he is okay. Jericho says no. He talks about hanging inside a cage like a moron earlier tonight. Owens fires him up calling Jericho the greatest of all time. He said tonight they have a match to win.
New RAW Women’s Champion Talks Roadblock
The new WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte heads to the ring. She tells the fans to bow down for the queen and puts herself over as a 4-time Women’s Champion. Charlotte talks about how Sasha Banks probably won’t make it back out here tonight after what Nia Jax did to her earlier tonight. She talks about beating “The Boss” out of Sasha Banks. Charlotte said she has solidified herself as the greatest superstar of all time and how she could be put in any era where she would dominate including Trish Stratus and Fabulous Moolah. She refers to herself as the “Queen of Pay Per View.” Charlotte talks about the fans subscribing to the WWE Network thinking this is going to be the month where she loses, but she is a guaranteed winner. She says Clemson will beat Ohio State in the playoffs.
Bayley is out next to interrupt. Bayley has a mic in hand. “Why are you interrupting me,” says Charlotte. The fans start up a Bayley chant. Bayley says she is here to congratulate her and thinks Sasha vs. Charlotte is going to go down as the greatest women’s rivalry in WWE history. Charlotte says that is enough out of her. She says Bayley doesn’t belong in this ring and instead belongs with the fans paying to watch her. Bayley thinks the Charlotte vs. Bayley rivalry should get started now that the Sasha rivalry is over. She talks about last night involving the Iron Man scoreboard and how the scoreboard between them is Bayley: 2, Charlotte: 0. Charlotte says those victories don’t count. She says she has always been number one and Bayley has always been number four referring to the Four Horsewomen. Charlotte says Bayley has never been good enough. Bayley wants to challenge Charlotte to a match right now. Charlotte talks about putting her body through a lot last night. She says Bayley is already dressed like a fifth grader and wants to go to school.
Charlotte calls for a referee. A referee heads to the ring.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte vs. Bayley
We return live as Charlotte mocks Bayley with a loud “woooooooo.” Lock up and Bayley works over the left arm of Charlotte. Charlotte counters working the left arm of Bayley. Bayley catches Charlotte with a shoulder tackle. Charlotte with a kip up and yells at Bayley it’s going to take more to put her away. Charlotte with a snapmare and wraps her legs around the shoulders of Bayley flipping her around the ring. Bayley gets a side headlock into a takedown on Charlotte to keep it grounded. Bayley goes back to work on the left arm of Charlotte. Bayley catches Charlotte with an elbow and a cross body for a two count. Bayley tries to kip up and almost doesn’t land it. Bayley with a drop toe hold on Charlotte and then proceeds to roll all around her back. Bayley with a series of roll ups on Charlotte.
We return live and Charlotte is bouncing the face of Bayley off the mat. Charlotte has Bayley locked up with her legs. Bayley bridges up and gets Charlotte’s shoulders down on the mat for a two count to break it up. Charlotte with a big chop to Bayley. Charlotte goes back to a headlock keeping Bayley grounded. Charlotte dumps Bayley on her back and gets in a pose. Bayley sends Charlotte face first to the corner. Bayley gets her boots up. Double clothesline and both women are down. Bayley with a tackle and rights. Bayley throws an elbow to the back of Charlotte’s neck and connects with a diving clothesline. Bayley with a modified RKO on Charlotte through the ropes. Bayley with a shot on Charlotte in the corner, a back elbow splash, big boot, goes up to the second rope and Charlotte pulls her down over the ropes. Charlotte goes for a moonsault and connects over Bayley. Bayley kicks out after two. Charlotte is in shock. Bayley with a roll up for a close two count. Charlotte with a series of chops dropping Bayley. Bayley with a backslide pin and gets the win!
After the match, Michael Cole mentions how Bayley now has three wins over Charlotte. Charlotte backs to the corner and has a look of shock on her face. We see a replay of the finish and Corey Graves points out that Charlotte had her shoulder up before the three.
WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 2
The teacher wants to do some role-playing. Bo Dallas wants to know if she can say bo-gin instead of begin. Darren Young impersonates Bob Backlund. Backlund starts exercising. Enzo Amore impersonates Jinder Mahal and says everyone swipes left with him on Tinder. Mahal impersonates Enzo saying he has little man syndrome. Enzo asks the teacher if it would be insensitive if he smacks the taste out of Jinder’s mouth. The teacher says yes. Enzo says he won’t do it and he’s already becoming more sensitive.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins is up next.
A promo for Emmalina airs again.
WWE Sensitivity Training: Part 3
Bo Dallas plans to stop forcing his bo-lieves on others. Darren Young is going to stop being so selfish and more supportive for his coach. Bob Backlund will be more supportive as well. Backlund tells him to give him 200 Hindu squats. Jinder Mahal plans to think before he acts out. Enzo Amore is excited about being more sensitive in all aspects of life. He wants to exchange Instagram handles and that way they can exchange DM’s if he needs help late at night. Rusev walks in and he goes to bail when Mahal gets in his face. Rusev and Mahal attack Enzo. Mahal holds Enzo and Rusev throws some big rights. Rusev holds Enzo in a full nelson and Lana walks in slapping him. Rusev slams Enzo through a table.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns head to the ring. The main event is next.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho vs. WWE U.S. Champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
We start with Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho. Jericho tackles Rollins right away and throws rights. Quick tag to Kevin Owens pushing Rollins to the corner. Owens with kicks and stomps to Rollins in the corner. Tag to Jericho who connects with a snap suplex on Rollins. Tag back to Owens who works over Rollins in the corner with right hands. Tag to Jericho. Rollins with a kick to Jericho and dumps Owens out. Rollins with his jumping Sling Blade on Jericho. Rollins with rights and chops to Jericho. Rollins throws kick sending Jericho to the ring apron. Rollins with a suplex on Jericho from the ring apron over the top rope. Tag to Roman Reigns as he splits the legs of Jericho with Rollins. Reigns with a jumping elbow drop over Jericho. Tag to Owens who is about to get in and then gets in slowly instead. Reigns with a big right. Reigns with another right that drops Owens this time. Owens with a forearm to the back of Reigns, tags in Jericho and Reigns catches him with an uppercut jumping from the corner. Tag to Rollins. Reigns goes to launch Rollins into Jericho in the corner. Owens pulls Jericho out. Owens and Jericho start to bail up the ramp when Rollins jumps on the back of both. Reigns follows going after Owens throwing rights as Rollins tosses Jericho back in. Rollins with right hands and chops to Jericho. Reigns tags himself in as Rollins comes off the ropes. Reigns levels Jericho with a big right. Reigns launches Rollins into Jericho. Rollins throws Jericho at Reigns who connects with a big boot as we head to a commercial break.
Back live as Reigns gets the tag and explodes on Owens with a jumping clothesline and knocks Jericho off the corner with a right hand. Owens pulls Reigns out, but Reigns tosses Owens into the ring barricade at ringside. Reigns catches Owens with his drive by dropkick and tosses Owens back inside the ring. Reigns with repeated clotheslines to Owens in the corner. Reigns cuts off a Jericho attack with a right. Owens catches Reigns with a superkick, hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out after two. Owens with right hands to Reigns. Jericho gets the tag, drops Reigns down in a snapmare and puts on a headlock. Reigns breaks it up with rights, but Jericho catches him with a dropkick. Owens gets the tag and stomps over Reigns. Owens with a boot to the face of Reigns. Owens with a kick to the chest of Reigns and tags in Jericho. Jericho distracts the referee letting Owens get in a cheap shot on Reigns. Tag to Owens who stomps away at Reigns and throws rights. Owens with a headlock on Reigns. Reigns powers out of the headlock into a big samoan drop. Tags to Rollins and Jericho. Rollins with a Blockbuster off the corner on Jericho. Rollins connects with a second Blockbuster on Owens. Rollins with running forearms to both, kicks Jericho, hooks him and hits a DDT on Jericho/neckbreaker on Owens at the same time. Jericho catches Rollins with an elbow and misses a Lionsault attempt. Jericho counters a Pedigree attempt, Rollins lands on his feet and kicks Jericho in the head. Rollins clotheslines Jericho over the top rope. Rollins with a suicide dive taking out Jericho and Owens at ringside. Reigns catches Owens with a Superman on the outside. Back inside, Rollins catches Jericho with a flying knee, goes back up top and Jericho gets his knees up as Rollins attempts a frog splash. Jericho has Rollins down and in the Walls of Jericho. Rollins gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Reigns with a Superman to Jericho from the ring apron when Jericho attempted a springboard. Reigns wants the hot tag. Braun Strowman runs down and pulls Reigns down. Strowman lifts Reigns up in the air and tosses him back down hard on the mat. The referee calls for the bell.
Winners via DQ: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
After the match, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho attack Seth Rollins. Strowman enters the ring and both Jericho and Owens bail. Strowman with a forearm to the chest of Rollins and follows that up with a running powerslam. Strowman yells, “I told you, or else!” Owens and Jericho dump Reigns inside the ring. Strowman grabs Reigns, yells “everyone will fall” and connects with a running powerslam on Reigns as well.
The show closes with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho smiling on the ramp.
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Quick Match Results:
* Rusev def. Big Cass via DQ
* Cedric Alexander def. Noam Dar
* WWE RAW Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro and The New Day def. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and The Shining Stars
* Sin Cara vs. Titus O’Neil went to a no contest
* Bayley def. WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte in a non-title match
* Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins def. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho via DQ