WWE RAW for February 6, 2017
Watch: USA Network, Hulu, WWE Network on a one-month delay
Moda Center – Portland, Oregon
Welcome to another WWE Raw review. I’ll be filling in for Trevor, who is unable to be here tonight . So, I’ll try my best to remember how to do a three-hour Raw review. Whew. Anyway, going into this Monday Night Raw episode, the direction of Raw heading into WrestleMania has completely been changed, because of last week’s announcement that Seth Rollins re-injured his knee, and I’m excited to see where they go with it. So far, we know that Samoa Joe is kicking off Raw with his official contract signing. Also, Goldberg will appear live tonight to answer Brock Lesnar’s challenge. So, let’s get into it.
Samoa Joe indeed kicks off Raw and he’s wearing a suit. Fits him well. Stephanie and Mick are in the ring as well. Foley is visibly aggravated. Steph, on the other hand, is very ecstatic. Foley admits he doesn’t like what he did last week and he’s not in favor of who Joe associates with (referring to the authority). Samoa Joe talked about being faithful to Triple H, the man who opened the door in NXT for him. He put the whole roster on notice and said he will come out every week and destroy our heroes. Samoa Joe was interrupted by Roman Reigns. Oh my goodness. I dream about this match. Reigns straight up tells Joe to threaten him. He claims he’s the baddest man in WWE, so Joe is now in his yard. Foley breaks up the intense face off and reminds us that he’s still GM. He makes the match official, Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe… TONIGHT.
They announce Bayley will get her rematch against Charlotte for the women’s title next week.
Nia Jax def. Bayley
I really enjoyed this match. Nia Jax looked so dominant and beat the hell out of Bayley for nearly 90% of the match. The #1 contender for the Women’s Championship was getting destroyed the entire time and I was loving it. Nia looked so good and you could tell she’s getting a lot more comfortable in the ring. She was teasing Bayley, acting like one of her wacky tube men, then went right back to being vicious. After tossing Bayley around, she was knocked to the outside. Bayley was slowly starting to fight back, but didn’t catch a break until Nia ran into the ring post after Bayley moved. She was sent into the pole again, which took her off of her feet. Bayley was fine with getting the countout victory, but Charlotte interfered to distract the referee. Bayley ended up disposing of Charlotte, but Nia was back in and hit a devastating Samoan drop for the win. You’ve got to think Nia should be getting a title shot sometime soon. We’ll see, fun match though.
Four-On-One Handicap Match: Braun Strowman def. Enhancement Talent
Braun made quick work of these four men. He even sent one running to the back. He hit a running powerslam for the win before piling them up for the victory.
Braun grabbed a mic and told Foley he warned him. He wants better competition. He told Foley he’s coming to find him. Braun wasted no time and made his way backstage. He told Foley he wants more competition, so Mick made his FastLane match official. Braun Strowman will go one on one with Roman Reigns at FastLane.
A video package for Akira Tozawa aired. He will make his Raw debut, next.
Akira Tozawa def. Drew Gulak
Very awesome showing from Tozawa here. I was really in awe from seeing Akira Tozawa on Raw. This is really happening. This was sort of like his 205 Live debut, just a showcase of what he can do. The crowd seemed to not really know who he was at the beginning, and the lack of pop for his entrance showed that. But I’ll be damned, by the end; Tozawa had the crowd fully behind him, copying his screams and on their feet. His suicide dive, shining wizard and especially the vicious snap-suplex led Tozawa to victory. After the match, The Brian Kendrick came down and shook Tozawa’s hand then left. Solid showing. Happy for Tozawa.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho made their way down to the ring. Owens praised himself for beating Strowman last week, and said that he will continue to prove why he’s the best. Jericho said he has a bone to pick, because he’s the GOAT, but everyone is calling Tom Brady the GOAT. So Tom, YOU JUST MADE THE LIST! Jericho said now that the stupid idiot Tom Brady is out of the way, he wants to talk about WrestleMania. He thinks the main event should be best friend v.s best friend, champion vs. champion, Jericho vs. Owens. Kevin Owens says it’s a great idea, but he doesn’t know if he can fight his best friend. Then, Goldberg interrupted. Holy shit. Goldberg immediately told Owens and Jericho to step aside, or take him on 2-on-1. They stepped aside. Goldberg addresses Brock Lesnar. Goldberg cut straight to the point and accepted Brock’s challenge. Kevin Owens cheered and said Goldberg vs. Brock will be a perfect undercard match for KOMania. Goldberg said Owens is the longest reigning champion because he never faced him, and FastLane is free for Owens. Goldberg challenges Owens for the Universal Title at FastLane, but Jericho decided to step in and put Goldberg on the list. But, Goldberg took it and put himself on the list. What a hoot. Jericho was fired up and looked like he was going to challenge Goldberg for FastLane, but instead said that Kevin Owens accepted his challenge and threw his best friend under the bus. Kevin Owens, YOU’RE NEXT! What a main event for FastLane. One year ago, who would’ve ever thought Kevin Owens would wrestle Goldberg for WWE gold?!
Enzo and Cass are sitting at ringside for the next match. They look to challenge the winners.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (c) def. Sheamus & Cesaro via DQ
This was a OK match. Started off pretty slow and wasn’t exciting or even remotely good until the finish of the match. Cesaro was on fire, but his momentum was stopped by the sound of a bell. The confused Cesaro found out that Gallows, who provoked Enzo and Cass, was kicked in the face by Cass. Therefore, the ref called for the disqualification. Still your Tag Team champions, Gallows & Anderson. What a bummer.
New Day came out and bantered the Shining Stars about their resort pamphlets. They said they give the WWE Universe real things like Unicorns, Francesca & Booty-O’s. But what’s next? ICE CREAM! Yeah, I guess we’re getting New Day Ice Cream.
The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) def. The Shining Stars (Primo & Epico)
This was a better match than the previous tag match. Primo and Epico were looking good at first, keeping Woods cornered and dominating him. Woods tried to fight back, but it just wasn’t working. Then, he finally hit a HUGE drop kick from the top rope. After a long while, finally Woods got the tag to Big E, who came in on a rampage. He ran through the Shining Stars and with the help of Xavier, they picked up the win after the Midnight Hour. Solid stuff.
Chris Jericho was backstage being interviewed. He said his minor argument with Owens won’t affect him and he will still be United States Champion after his match with Sami Zayn. Kevin Owens interrupted and told Jericho that he was right. He’s had his back for every title defense and he knows he will be there to help him win against Goldberg. Owens said he will have Jericho’s back against Sami tonight. They hugged, and the best friends are back together.
The Rock n’ Roll Express will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Congratulations!
WWE United States Championship Match: Chris Jericho (c) def. Sami Zayn
What an absolute banger of a match. Jericho & Zayn never fail to entertain and they killed it tonight. Zayn was on a roll and I really believed a few times that Sami was actually going to win the U.S. Title. But, Jericho fought his way back into the match. Yet, Sami Zayn wouldn’t stay down. Once again Zayn took control and soon went for the tilt-a-whirl DDT, but it was countered into the walls of Jericho which looked so cool. Zayn barely made it, but he got a hold of the bottom rope. While the ref’s back was turned, Owens superkicked Zayn, followed by Jericho hitting the Code Breaker. Chris Jericho is still your United States Champion. Great match.
Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg is official for FastLane and Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg is official for WrestleMania.
Sasha Banks was backstage talking to the trainer doing physical therapy. She was interrupted by Charlotte, who told her to watch next week when she puts Bayley right beside her in the trainer’s room. Charlotte dissed Sasha a little more before saying she thought RoadBlock: End of the Line was the name for a pay-per-view, not her career.
Austin Aries was in the ring to interview Cruiserweight champion; Neville. He tells him that tomorrow on 205 Live; Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar, Tony Nese, Jack Gallagher & TJ Perkins will be in a fatal-5-way elimination match. The winner will face Neville at FastLane. Aries asks out of all the men, who’s he scared of the most. Neville says none, and he’s interrupted by Cedric, then Dar, followed by Gallagher, and then Nese, and of course last was TJP. They all got in the ring and moments later, a huge brawl broke out between everyone. The brawl led to everyone on the outside of the ring, Neville went for a dive but stopped and taunted at the crowd in disgust, because why would Neville go for a dive? The king of the Cruiserweights isn’t here to entertain the fans! Then, a match was made.
Cedric Alexander, Jack Gallagher & TJ Perkins def. Neville, Noam Dar & Tony Nese
A decent cruiserweight match here. Not long, but it was lengthy enough for everyone to get their shit in. Gallagher was really impressive here, but it was Cedric Alexander that stood out for his team and led them to victory after a huge lumbar check. Nothing else too special, but Cedric has a huge advantage going into 205. He’s going in confident as ever that he has defeated 2 of the 3 Cruiserweights in that match and the champion. Can’t wait for tomorrow.
Jericho and Owens are backstage. Jericho tells Owens they need to have a festival of friendship. Owens is confused and questions him about it, but after a little convincing, Kevin Owens is all in for a festival next week.
Samoa Joe def. Roman Reigns
Roman made his way down to the ring and was attacked on the ramp by Joe. He laid him out at ringside then got in the ring and waited for him. When Reigns actually started to get up, Joe went out and beat him up again. After a commercial break, we came back to see the match has started. Joe was in control but Reigns was fighting back. They continued to go back and forth. It was a very hard-hitting contest that kept my enjoyment high throughout the entire match. Reigns was visibly struggling due to the pre-match attack and Joe continued to target his hurt body. When Reigns started to mount a comeback, the injuries really restrained him from doing anything big. But, he finally mustered up enough strength to hit a Samoan drop on Samoa Joe, but he couldn’t put him away. A drive-by, followed by a superman punch came next. Joe wasn’t in a good position. Then, Braun Strowman made his way out to the ring. He was met with a superman punch, which knocked him off the apron. Joe took advantage of the distraction. Samoa Joe hit a kick to the back of the head followed by a nasty uranage suplex for the win.
Braun powerslammed Reigns after the match. He took the beatdown to ringside and drilled the steel steps into the head of Roman Reigns, followed by another powerslam, this time it was through the barricade. Braun stood tall to end Raw.
WWE RAW (FEBRUARY 6, 2017)
Excellent - 8.5/10
Raw was very, very awesome this week. It was a breeze to sit through and with the exception of one or two little things, it was mostly very enjoyable. Samoa Joe looked great and picked up the win in his Raw debut, Tozawa made his debut and all the Cruiserweights looked great, and Strowman was as dominant as ever. I'm looking forward to next week's Raw, so hopefully they can keep up the good work heading into FastLane and then WrestleMania.