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WWE RAW REPORT: MATCHES FOR RAW 25, MORE ENTRANTS IN THE RUMBLE, WHICH THREE PERSON GROUP IS BEST?, ALEXANDER VERSUS ENZO, AND MORE-

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-01-08 23:02:00

We are back and Elias is in the ring and he has three chairs behind him.  Elias starts to play a song and then he wants to know WHO WANTS TO WALK WITH ELIAS?

Elias says he has walked through the Earth and he has heard a million stories.  One truth remains that WWE stands for Walk With Elias.  Today is a very special day and there is no better place to celebrate this than in Memphis.  Elias says he wrote a song and he wants everyone to silence their cell phones and hold their applause.  Elias starts to sing about Elvis (since it is his birthday).  Elias' song ends up being about The Miz.

Miz makes his way to the ring with Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.

Miz asks everyone if they miss him. 

Miz welcomes everyone to MizTV.  He says the Marine 6 has wrapped and the USO Holiday Tour is over so he is back on Raw.  Miz says he was not forgotten.  He is the glue that holds Monday Night Raw together.  He was not forgotten because of the efforts of two people.  Miz brings out his guests, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas.

Miz says these two men turned their careers around.  They are the living embodiments of a New Year's Resolution done right.

Curtis says 2017 was the best year of his life.  It felt like every day was Mizmas. 

Bo says having Miz' wisdom in his life was like winning the MIzzies every day.  He thanks MIz and then starts a Thank You Miz chant.

Bo says that is why he got Miz something, a photo of Miz.  Bo says it will be tough to go to sleep without that.  Curtis gives Miz a brand new sports coat.  Bo gives Miz an awesome watch.  Curtis wants to give Miz his shoes.

Miz tells them to stop and he tells both of them to sit down.  Miz says 2017 was an incredible year for him, but he has more planned.  Miz says he held the Intercontinental Title for 200 days.  He elevated Bo and Curtis.  He elevated Raw and Smackdown.  He was Rolling Stone's athlete of the year.

Miz shows footage of him being attacked by the Shield and given a Cerberus Bomb through the announce table.

What you witnessed was an indignity on someone who did so much for WWE.  He allowed Roman Reigns to borrow his championship.  He wanted the title to be represented week after week.  He wanted the title to be more important when he was gone.  Miz says daddy is home.  He will celebrate the birth of his daughter in 2018.  In 2018, he will be the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time.  Children will think of him with the Intercontinental Title like people used to think of the Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart.

Miz says he hopes Roman enjoyed his time in the spotlight but he is back for his Intercontinental Championship.  You can believe that.

Finn Balor says it is time to stop reminiscing.  He wants to talk strategy.   Karl says they are talking about throwing down instead of throwing back with everyone in Japan.  Finn says the tactics remain the same.  Finn says they have an opportunity to show that 2018 is going to be the Year of the Balor Club.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Enzo Amore makes his way to the ring.  Enzo says he couldn't compete last week because the doctors would not let him.  That was the best day for Cedric Alexander.  Enzo says he put on Raw and he saw the Zo Train against Cedric Alexander and Goldust?  Enzo says Cedric is teaming with Goldust because it is the closest he is getting to gold in 2018.

Match Number Three:  Enzo Amore versus Cedric Alexander for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Enzo backs into the corner and ropes.  Alexander with a punch and Enzo goes down.  Enzo rolls to the floor and he says something to Alexander.  Cedric follows him and Cedric with a kick. 

We see Nia watching from the back.

Enzo is pulled from the ropes by Cedric and then he goes to the apron.  Enzo pushes Cedric off the ropes and to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Enzo with a side head lock and Cedric tries for an arm drag but Enzo holds on.  Enzo with a curb stomp and then he connects with crossfaces.  Cedric with a drop kick and both men are down.  Cedric with a near fall after a handspring round kick.  Enzo blocks the Lumbar check and Enzo with elbows and Cedric goes to the floor.  Cedric with a round kick and then he hits the springboard clothesline and Enzo rolls to the floor.

Cedric with a plancha and Enzo holds his lower leg.  

The medical official checks on Enzo and Enzo gets counted out.

Winner:  Cedric Alexander (by count out)

We see Nia still watching in the back.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look at footage from the Cruiserweight Title Match and Enzo's ankle injury.

Enzo is in the medical trainer's room and the doctor says that he will have to get X-Rays and an MRI.  

Nia Jax stops by to check on Enzo and Enzo says he is good.

Kurt Angle is on the phone talking about someone for the Women's Royal Rumble and how they would be great even though they were not in the ring for a while.

Sheamus and Cesaro show up and they ask about their rematch.  Sheamus says that Kurt is keeping Jason Jordan away from him.  Cesaro says it smells like favoritism. 

Kurt says they will have the opportunity to reclaim the tag titles at the Royal Rumble.  

Sheamus likes that and he asks about tonight. 

Kurt tells them to go to the ring so they can find competition.

Miz shows up and he asks Kurt if he knows who he is talking to?  Miz says the corporate executives were waiting to hear Miz talk about his unscripted series.  He will be starring with his wife.  Miz wants to know if Kurt can run a show.  Miz says he wants his rematch.  He wants it at the 25th Anniversary of Raw.

Kurt likes that idea and he gives Miz the match.

We take a look at the Mixed Match Challenge.  We see Miz finding out that his partner for the Mixed Match Challenge is Asuka.  Miz says she is who he wanted.  Asuka says they will win this.  Miz loves the fact that Asuka is undefeated and they will win this.  

Corey mentions some other teams on the Mixed Match Challenge.

Asuka is in the locker room and Alexa Bliss enters.  Alexa says she is not here for that.  She says Asuka got lucky last week.  She tells Asuka to enjoy it while it lasts.  When her best friend Nia Jax finds out what Asuka called her, it will be over.

Match Number Four:  Sheamus and Cesaro versus Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews

Titus and Sheamus start things off and he avoids Titus for the lock up and he goes into the ropes to get into Titus' head.  Sheamus with a kick and side head lock.  Titus with a forearm and running shoulder tackle.  Crews tags in and he comes off the turnbuckles with a double sledge.  Cesaro tags in and he connects with a European uppercut in the corner and another European uppercut.  Crews with a forearm but Cesaro with a European uppercut and reverse chin lock.  Crews with a drop kick and standing moonsault for a near fall.  Crews goes for a suplex but Cesaro lands on his feet.  Sheamus makes the tag and he goes over the top rope when Sheamus pulls down the ropes.

Crews holds his knee and Dana checks.  Sheamus with a knee and he sends Crews into the ringside barrier.  They return to the ring and Cesaro tags in and they make a wish.  Cesaro wtih a punch and chin lock.  Sheamus tags in and they hit a double clothesline.  Sheamus with a leaping knee drop and he gets a near fall.  Sheamus with a top wrist lock.  Crews counters a suplex with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Sheamus goes shoulder first into the ring post and Cesaro and Titus tag in.  Titus with a clothesline and boot followed by a splash into the corner.  Titus with a power slam for a near fall.  

Sheamus distracts Titus and Cesaro with a clothesline to the back of the head and Sheamus with a knee on the apron.  Sheamus tags in.  Crews avoids Cesaro and he goes to the floor.  Sheamus misses a Brogue Kick on Crews and he hits a moonsault onto Cesaro.  Titus with a rollup for the three count.

Winners:  Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil

We go to commercial.

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