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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 it is time to take a look back at what happened last week when Kane confronted Brock Lesnar last week on Raw.

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar make their way to the ring.

Paul Heyman introduces himself and his client.  Paul says people in Memphis should appreciate this.  There is a code in this industry called 'Old School'.  That is something that he and his client have respect for.  However, this is a progressive industry in need of new and fresh innovative ways to promote the product to the core audience and the general public.  Paul says he has to apologize for being a hypocrite because they need to deal with something old school that is not for the betterment of the industry and the champion.

Old school way of promoting a title match was to find a challenger to step up and challenge the Universal Champion.  Someone to say they are worthy of facing the baddest man on the planet.  Someone who thinks they can beat you and be a better champion.  A champion who can strive to be the NEW Universal Champion. 

The Universal Title is not marketed as who can step up to Brock Lesnar, it is how can Brock survive this predicament.  Paul says he does not like it and Brock thinks it sucks.  Paul says they are not here to whine and kvetch.  Last week, Brock took Kane's best shot and laughed in Kane's face.  The same thing he will do at the Royal Rumble.

Beast versus Monster versus Machine.  This is what we have gotten away from.  Brock does not walk into the Royal Rumble with the cliffhanger of how Brock walks out of this.  There is only one cliffhanger.  Will Brock pin Kane or will Brock pin Braun Strowman or will Brock stack both men and pin them both.  Brock is the most dominant champion in WWE history.  Paul says he has not seen anyone who can outfight the baddest man on the planet.  There is not one man who can put down the undisputed Universal Champion.

Brock bounces on the stage and he is attacked from behind by Kane.  Kane with an uppercut and they go to the floor.  Kane with punches but Brock with knees.  They fight into the back.  Braun Strowman shows up and he throws Brock over a table and the table breaks.  Braun picks up a case and hits Kane with it and he drops it on top of Kane.  Kane gets a grappling hook from a case and he throws it over the scaffolding and he pulls it down on top of Kane and Lesnar while others hold their arms up to tell him not to do it.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look at what Braun Strowman did to Brock Lesnar, Kane, and the backstage area.

We take a look at Brock being put onto a stretcher during the commercial break.  Brock tells Paul he doesn't want to go.  We see Kane walking away.

Match Number Five:  Samoa Joe versus Rhyno (with Heath Slater)

They lock up and Joe with punches and a head butt.  Rhyno with punches but Joe with an Irish whip and elbow into the corner followed by an enzuigiri.  Joe with chops but Rhyno fires back.  Joe with a head butt to stop Rhyno.  Joe with crossfaces to Rhyno.  Joe chops Rhyno and kicks him in the chest.  Joe with a head butt but Rhyno with chops.  Joe with a kick and STO for a near fall.  Joe with a reverse atomic drop followed by a kick and back senton for a near fall.  Joe punches Rhyno but Rhyno punches back and he gets Joe up for a moment but Joe applies the Coquina Clutch and Rhyno taps out.

Winner:  Samoa Joe

After the match, Samoa Joe is asked if this win tonight makes up for last week's loss.  Joe says last week was not a loss.  It was a pyrrhic victory for Roman.  It came at such a cost that it would be better of being a loss.  Joe says he has taken years off Roman's career in their matches and the cracks in the foundation are coming and Joe will be there to finish the job.  Joe says he will pursue more worthy things.  Joe announces that he will be in the Royal Rumble.

Joe is asked about the people who have been announced for the Royal Rumble.  Joe hears John Cena's name and he says John Cena is a name that he will never forget.  In the Royal Rumble, you will be the first man he eliminates.

Nia Jax walks in the back and Alexa stops her.  Alexa asks how Enzo is doing.  Nia says he will be fine, not like you care.  Alexa says she cares about Nia.  She is her best friend.  You can do anything.  Alexa says that she is worried that Enzo is holding her back.  Nia says that Enzo is motivating her and Nia says she will be in the Royal Rumble.  Alexa says Nia is her favorite but a lot of people think Asuka is the favorite.  If you can take Asuka out, you will win the Royal Rumble and they can have their dream match.

Nia tells Alexa to stop talking about the things Asuka is saying.  Nia asks Alexa to tell her what Asuka said and Alexa avoids the question.  Alexa says she will not say anything that will hurt her friend's feelings.  Alexa whispers into Nia's ear what Asuka said.  Nia asks Alexa if she speaks Japanese because Asuka does not speak English.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Six:  Asuka versus Nia Jax

Nia attacks Asuka from behind and hits an Electric Chair drop followed by a senton splash.  

Nia walks to the back as Asuka writhes around in pain in the ring.

Roman Reigns, Jason Jordan, and Seth Rollins stand around in the back and talk as we go to commercial.

Match Number Six:  Jason Jordan, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins versus Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

Balor and Rollins start things off and Balor with a side head lock and take down.  Rollins with a head scissors.  Balor escapes.  Rollins with a side head lock take down but Balor with a head scissors and Rollins escapes.  Rollins with a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick for a near fall.  Anderson tags in and he hits a back breaker for a near fall.   Gallows tags in and Reigns makes the tag and hits a Samoan drop on Gallows.  Reigns and Rollins with a double shoulder tackle to Balor and they send him to the floor.  Reigns with a broad jump drop kick to Gallows and Anderson on the floor while Rollins hits a suicide dive onto Balor.  Jordan celebrates in the ring with Rollins and Reigns as we go to commercial.

We are back and Balor with an arm bar and Irish whip.  Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles.  Reigns tags in and he hits two clotheslines and a flying clothesline.  Reigns with NeverEnding Story followed by a boot to the head.  Reigns sets for the Superman punch and he punches Anderson.  Balor with Slingblade to Reigns and Anderson tags in.  Anderson punches Reigns.  Gallows tags in and he kicks Reigns and then connects with an uppercut.  Gallows with a round kick to the temple for a near fall.  

Gallows with a reverse chin lock on Reigns.  Reigns with punches and Gallows pulls Reigns down by the hair.  Anderson tags in and he kicks Reigns.  Anderson gets a near fall and then he returns to the return chin lock.  Anderson with a kick and punch but reigns with a tilt-a-whirl power slam and both men are down.  Gallows tags in and he kicks Reigns in the back to stop Roman's path to the corner.  Gallows with a suplex and he gets a near fall.  Gallows with a rear chin lock.  Reigns punches Gallows but Gallows with a boot to the head.  Reigns bounces off the ropes and hits a Superman punch.

Anderson and Rollins tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline and blockbuster.  Rollins with a suicide dive onto Gallows and Balor.  Rollins with Slingblade to Anderson and he hits a running forearm into the corner and follows with a suplex rolling into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.  Anderson holds on to the ropes and Gallows with a waist lock.  Rollins kicks Anderson and Jordan clotheslines Gallows over the top rope to the floor.  Anderson with a spinebuster for a near fall.  Anderson keeps Rollins from making the tag and Gallows tags in.  Gallows punches Jordan off the apron but Rollins with an enzuigiri to Gallows and both men are down.

Balor tags in and Rollins with a modified Olympic Slam and both men are down.  Jordan comes in and Reigns is tagged in but the referee does not allow it because he does not see it.  Gallows and Anderson hit Magic Killer.  Reigns takes care of Anderson and Gallows.  Reigns argues with Jordan and Reigns is pulled to the floor.  Reigns sends Gallows into the ring post and then Reigns with a Superman punch to Anderson.  Reigns with a spear to Gallows on the floor.  Balor with a running drop kick that sends Rollins into the turnbuckles and Balor hits Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winners:  Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

After the match, Reigns has some words for Jordan and Jordan checks on Rollins.  Miz attacks Jordan from behind and then he sends Rollins into the ringside barrier.  Miz is joined by Dallas and Axel as they all attack Reigns.  Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale.  Miz thinks about leaving the ring, but they decide to give Roman a Cerberus Bomb.

We go to credits.

 

 

 


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