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WWE RAW REPORT: IT'S A NEW YEAR . . . WITH OLD FRIENDS AND NEW CHALLENGES, NEW GROUPS FORM WHILE OLD FRIENDSHIPS END, AND A NEW WRINKLE TO THE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH

By Richard Trionfo on 2016-01-04 23:00:04
We are back and Charlotte with knees while she has Becky in a cravate. Becky punches Charlotte but Charlotte sends Becky to the mat. Charlotte gets a near fall. Charlotte with a figure four head scissors and she drives Becky’s head into the mat and Charlotte wooos. Becky leans back and gets a near fall. Charlotte rolls Becky over and then clotheslines Becky and gets a near fall.

Charlotte with an overhead suplex and then she puts Becky on the turnbuckles. Becky kicks Charlotte from the turnbuckles but Charlotte catches Becky off the turnbuckles. Becky applies a sleeper. Charlotte hits a backpack stunner and then Charlotte sets for the figure four leg lock but Becky with an inside cradle for a near fall. Becky with forearms and European uppercuts. Becky with clotheslines followed by a drop kick.

Becky with a double jump side kick that is blocked and Charlotte with a running boot for a near fall. Charlotte with chops but Becky with forearms. Becky with an Irish whip and forearm followed by the double jump side kick and an Exploder for a near fall. Becky with a snap leg drop. Ric grabs the leg the second time she tries it. Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall.

Becky with a rollup and a handful of tights for the three count.

Winner: Becky Lynch

After the match, Ric argues with Becky and then Charlotte kicks Becky from behind and punches Becky. Charlotte with a spear. Charlotte with a knee drop.

Vince McMahon is talking to someone and Sheamus enters. The assistant leaves.

Vince says he senses history in the making. The match itself needs some integrity so he wants to go over the pre fight instructions. No outside interference. No use of foreign objects. No gouging, biting, or low blows. He tells Sheamus he will obey his commands. He tells Sheamus to let the luck of the Irish be with you.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Ryback versus Big Show

Show backs Ryback into the corner and he punches Ryback and then chops him. Show with an Irish whip but he misses a running splash into the corner. Ryback with a clothesline and Ryback sets for the marching muscle buster but Show with a choke slam instead. Show pushes Ryback over the top rope to the floor.

The Wyatt Family graphic appears and the lights go out. They come back on and they are around Ryback.

No Contest

The Wyatt Family attacks Ryback on the floor. Wyatt sends Ryback to Strowman and Strowman chokes out Ryback. Wyatt has some instructions and they surround the ring with Big Show still standing in there after a minute of watching.

They get on the apron on all four sides.

Show looks around and he goes after Bray. He punches Harper and Rowan. Show stands face to face with Strowman. Wyatt attacks Show from behind and all four attack until Wyatt stands on the turnbuckles. Harper with a thrust kick to Show.

The Wyatts leave the ring.

Wyatt says at the Royal Rumble they will rise and they will all fall down.

Follow the Buzzards . . . into commercial.

Match Number Five: Rusev and Alberto Del Rio versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso

Jimmy and Del Rio start things off. Del Rio knocks Jey to the floor and the referee has to control them. They lock up and Del Rio with a side head lock. Del Rio with a shoulder tackle. Del Rio blocks a hip toss but Jimmy with a clothesline and chop. Jey tags in and he hits a forearm into the corner. Jey with a snap mare and he gets a near fall. Rusev tags in and he kicks Jey.

Rusev with kicks to the back. Rusev with head butts. Jey with punches to Rusev but Rusev blocks a hip toss and connects with a knee. Jey sends Rusev into the turnbuckles. Jimmy tags in and they go for a double hip toss but Rusev blocks it. Jimmy and Jey with a double flapjack. Jimmy with a top wrist lock.

Rusev grabs the leg and takes Jimmy to the mat. Del Rio tags in and he kicks Jimmy in the back. Del Rio with a snap mare and drop kick. Rusev tags in and he connects with a knee into the corner. Rusev with an Irish whip but Jimmy slides and connects with an uppercut. Jey tags in and he goes up top and connects with a double sledge to the arm. Jey is sent to the apron but he drops Rusev on the top rope. Jey punches Del Rio but Rusev stops Jey on the turnbuckles and hits an overhead belly-to-belly throw and we go to commercial.

We are back and Rusev misses the Asiatic Spike on Jey. Jey with kicks but Rusev blocks it. Rusev avoids the dragon whip and Rusev with a drop kick to send Jey to the floor. Del Rio tags in and Del Rio with a kick to the back. Del Rio with a clothesline into the corner and follows with a second one. Del Rio with a DDT and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a thrust kick and then he tags in Rusev.

Rusev with a reverse chin lock. Jey with punches but Rusev with a knee and he goes after Jimmy on the apron. Jey with a Samoan drop and Jimmy and Del Rio tag in. Jimmy with clotheslines and a thrust kick followed by an uppercut. Jimmy with a belly-to-back suplex to Del Rio and then he sets for the running butt splash into the corner and he connects. Jimmy gets a near fall.

Jimmy discusses the count with the referee. Del Rio with an arm breaker. Del Rio misses a super kick. Jimmy with a dragon whip and he goes up top but Del Rio crotches Jimmy on the turnbuckles. Del Rio with a shot to the back and he climbs the turnbuckles and sets for the double stomp.

Jimmy moves and Jey tags in. Jimmy with a super kick and Jey with a superfly splash for a near fall that is broken up by Rusev. Jimmy clotheslines Rusev over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy misses a slingshot plancha. Jey hits Rusev with a suicide dive. Del Rio with an enzuigiri to Jey and then he sends Jey shoulder first into the ring post. Del Rio goes up top and hits the double stomp with Jey in the ropes. Del Rio gets the three count.

Winners: Alberto Del Rio and Rusev

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dolph is in the Goldman Box. He says it is that time of year, including the Royal Rumble. He gets to punch his ticket for the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania.

Match Number Five: Dolph Ziggler versus Heath Slater (with Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, and Curtis Axel)

They lock up and Ziggler with an arm bar and rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock but he misses a super kick and Slater gets out of the way. They lock up and Slater with a waist lock and Ziggler with a double leg take down. Ziggler with a bow and arrow into a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock and Slater tries to get Ziggler off but Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall.

Ziggler with a drop kick and splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker and an elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock and he backs Slater into the corner. Slater with a punch and he connects with a kick to the midsection and another punch. Slater with more punches. Ziggler with a kick and swinging neck breaker but Ziggler misses a Stinger Splash. Slater with a high knee for a near fall.

Slater with elbows to the back and he follows with a knee to the back before applying a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a hesitation DDT. Ziggler sets for the super kick but Rose gets on the apron and that distraction allows Slater to get a near fall with a rollup. Slater with a rollup for a near fall. Bo distracts Ziggler and Slater gets the rollup for the three count.

Winner: Heath Slater

After the match, Heath Slater says it looks like he has found some friends.

Adam says they are four unique flowers ready to ride off into the stratosphere.

Curtis Axel says he was lost and now he is found. The chains are off.

Bo says man is not measured by the time he gets knocked down. He is measured by the number of times he gets up. They stand together.

Heath says they are trending worldwide. Social Outcasts.

Bo says BOLIEVE.

The New Day are in the back and Big E has a gong. We go to commercial.

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