WWE Raw for January 16, 2017
Watch: USA Network, Hulu
Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, Arkansas
Welcome back Wrestling With Words readers to another Monday Night Raw review! There’s only two more episodes of Raw left until the Royal Rumble and Brock Lesnar is advertised for tonight’s show. Let’s jump right into this one!
The show opens with a video celebrating Martin Luther King Day. Roman Reigns’ theme hits and he makes his entrance without his United States Championship which he lost last week to Chris Jericho. Roman says he can’t really complain about being outnumbered last week because he’s a former member of The Shield who used the numbers game all the time. However, Roman says that after the Royal Rumble, Kevin Owens will be the one complaining after he takes his Universal Championship. Paul Heyman interrupts Roman to remind everyone that Brock Lesnar is going to be on the show tonight. Next Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho make their entrance. Jericho says that it will be Owens vs. Jericho in the main event of WrestleMania after Owens retains his championship and Jericho wins the Royal Rumble, which Kevin Owens didn’t seem to like the sound of. Seth Rollins came out next remind Roman and Heyman that anything can happen in the Main Event of WrestleMania referring to when Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Lesnar and Reigns at WrestleMania 31. Braun Strowman came out to the ring and stared down Roman Reigns. Lastly Brock Lesnar’s theme hit to a huge pop. Lesnar made his entrance and stared down everyone from ringside until Sami Zayn came out of nowhere and attacked Strowman in the ring leading to a massive brawl which ended when Lesnar landed an F5 on Roman Reigns.
Enzo & Big Cass def. Rusev & Jinder Mahal
Enzo and Cass start off the match in control as the match cuts to commercial break shortly after it begins. After commercial break Jinder tags in Rusev and Rusev lands a huge side slam on Enzo. Jinder and Rusev keep Enzo on their side of the ring to pick him apart. Enzo gets back into the match with a DDT from the top rope on Rusev. Enzo gets the hot tag on Big Cass. Cass lands the Empire Elbow on Jinder and goes for the cover, but Rusev gets the save. Cass big boots Rusev on the apron sending him out of the ring then Enzo & Cass land the Bada Boom Shaka Laka on Jinder Mahal for the victory.
Ariya Daivari def. Lince Dorado
Jack Gallagher is on commentary for this match as he’s feuding with Daivari. Shortly into the match Lince Dorado lands the handspring stunner for a near-fall. Dorado goes off the second rope for a dropkick to the chest. Dorado then goes top rope for a splash, but misses. Daivari locks in the cobra clutch on Lince Dorado for the victory.
A video from earlier today is shown of Sasha Banks being observed by doctors regarding her injured knee when Nia Jax comes out of nowhere and attacks Sasha.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: Cesaro & Sheamus (c) def. The Club
This was a great match and the crowd was really into it when Cesaro was hot tagged into the match. Cesaro delivered the Swiss One Nine and went for the sharpshooter after the big swing on Anderson, but Gallows broke the hold. Cesaro sent Gallows to the floor with a big kick, but then took a spinebuster from Anderson. Anderson went for the cover, but Sheamus made the save. Sheamus took out Gallows and Anderson which knocked over the referee as well. The Club landed the Magic Killer on Cesaro, but couldn’t get the win since the referee was down. A new referee entered the ring and counted the pin and declared The Club as the new tag team champions. However, the original referee reversed the decision and declared The Club winners by disqualification. Therefore Cesaro and Sheamus are still the tag team champions. After this decision, The Club beat down Cesaro and Sheamus in a rage.
After commercial break there was a tribute video for Jimmy Snuka, honoring his death. Editor’s note: This wasn’t even the worst decision made on the show–you’ll see, uh, Bayley’s promo.
Backstage Sami Zayn was trying to strategize with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins for their 6-Man tag match against Strowman, Owens, and Jericho tonight. Sami tried to do The Shield fist bump, but Rollins and Reigns ignored him.
Rich Swann made his entrance to face off against Tony Nese, but the match never started as Neville entered through the crowd and attacked Swann in the ring.
The New Day made their entrance and talked about how the three of them have a chance to win the Royal Rumble match. They said that no matter which member of the New Day wins the Royal Rumble, then they all win the Rumble. Titus O’Neil interrupted and challenged any member of the New Day to a match for their spot in the Royal Rumble match.
Big E def. Titus O'Neil
Titus was able to get some early offense off in this match landing a Dominator for a near fall and a leg drop for another near fall. Big E mounted a comeback and got the victory with a Big Ending. This was a really short match–nothing special.
Charlotte came out to the ring to rip into Bayley. She called Bayley average just like all the WWE fans. Charlotte showed childhood pictures of Bayley posing with wrestlers like John Cena to make fun of her. Charlotte even showed poems Bayley wrote as a child about wanting to wrestle in WWE one day. Bayley came out to tell Charlotte that what she is doing is unnecessary. Bayley cut a great passionate promo about how wrestling his her passion and that she isn’t ashamed if she’s been a fan of WWE her entire life. Editor’s note: Trevor didn’t mention this…
— WWE (@WWE) January 17, 2017
Lord knows how you can screw up someone that bad, who was handled with best of care in a prior placement. I’ve hijacked the review to shoot. Back to you, Trev.
A video from earlier in the day is shown were Cedric Alexander breaks up with Alicia Fox. Fox wasn’t having any of it thought and she had an insane freak out while Cedric left the room.
Cedric Alexander def. Brian Kendrick
Cedric Alexander took control of this match right out of the gate. Cedric attempted a Lumbar Check, but Kendrick reversed it into the Captain’s Hook. Alicia Fox ran down to ringside and pushed the ropes closer to Cedric so he could get a rope break. Cedric rolled out of the ring to ask what Fox was doing, but he took a baseball slide from Kendrick. Kendrick went for another Captain’s Hook inside the ring, but Cedric got out of it and hit the Lumbar Check for the win. After the match Cedric offered Alicia Fox a hug, but he ducked under her, instead curving her.
Kurt Angle was announced as the first inductee in 2017 Hall of Fame class. This got a good reaction from the crowd. It was also announced that Goldberg would appear on next week’s episode.
Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns
Before the match officially started Strowman tossed Sami, Seth and Roman over the top rope as a hint for the Royal Rumble match. After commercial Zayn got the hot tag to Reigns, but Strowman grabbed Reigns by the throat and Owens superkicked him. Later Rollins got into the match and delivered a Sling Blade and Blockbuster to Jericho. Strowman was tagged in and took to beating up Sami Zayn, but Rollins came in to land an enzugiri on Strowman. Roman came in right after to hit Strowman with a Superman punch, but Strowman stayed on this feet. Sami Zayn flew off the top rope and landed a crossbody for a near fall that had the crowd really hot. Sami had Strowman set up for the Helluva Kick, but Strowman caught Sami with a clothesline and then landed the running Powerslam for the victory.
After the match Strowman tried carrying Sami to the announcers table, but he took a spear from Roman on the ramp. Rollins and Reigns tried putting Owens through the announcers table with a powerbomb, but Jericho and Owens fought back and this time it was Owens putting Roman through the announcers table for the first time to end the show.
WWE RAW (JANUARY 17, 2017)
Average - 5.0/10
Not much really happened on tonight's Raw. They had Lesnar on the show, but he didn't really do anything significant and they showed him off right at the beginning of the show so there wasn't much to look forward to. Raw continued on with the same stale feuds that we've seen for what has to be going on three months now and plus the wrestling wasn't great tonight either. Overall tonight's episode was a mostly uninteresting watch.