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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 start off with a look back at the Intercontinental Title Match from last week's Raw between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe.

We are in Memphis, Tennessee and your announcers are Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves.

Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.

After all of his attacks and after all of his hype, you would think that Samoa Joe would have been ready.  When it was time to put up or shut up, Joe was silenced.  That is why he is still champion.  It isn't because he is better than Joe, he was fighting for a purpose.  He was fighting for Dean Ambrose.  Roman says he has a message for everyone.  If you mess with any member of the Shield, you mess with all of us.  That was last week and it is this week.

Jason Jordan interrupts and makes his way to the ring.

Jason says when he watched Roman's match last week, he got goosebumps.   For the first time, he felt like he was part of something meaningful.  Roman was right, when you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.  Jason says on behalf of his partner Seth Rollins, you proved that this is your yard.   Jason wants to thank Roman.  

Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring.

Seth says he appreciates Jason, but he has a lot to learn.  Last week, you learned about teamwork.  This week, you have to work on your timing.  You are stepping on Roman's moment.

Jason says this is everyone's moment.  Jason says they all had issues with Samoa Joe and Roman took care of it.  Jason says they took care of the Bar.  They are all champions and they run the show. 

Roman says that Jason teams with Seth and Roman says that he is The Guy.  

Jason says they might not be the Shield, but they are pretty good.  They might be the most dominant three man group in WWE.

Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson make their way to the stage.

Finn says that Jason is excited to be part of something big, but are you really part of the most dominant three man group in WWE?  Finn says he was running with Gallows and Anderson for ten years before you knew that Kurt Angle was your dad.

Karl says that they have run with Finn for a long time and you can see it on the WWE Network. 

Luke says they knew it was time to stand alone when Finn showed up.  They won the tag titles.  Finn was the first Universal Champion.

Karl says they knew that they would get back together and take over that place.

Finn says that day was last Monday.  Finn says they are excited too because 2018 is the Year of Balor Club.

Jason says he is happy to be part of the Champions' Club.

Karl asks if that is a cute new version of the Shield.

Finn says he does not see the Lunatic Fringe.  He sees the Architect and the Big Dog.  He sees . . . Luke throws out a NERD.

Jason slaps Gallows and Rollins holds Jordan back while Balor and Anderson hold back Gallows.

Kurt Angle makes his way to the stage and he mentions what is on the show tonight, but he just found his main event.  Kurt wants to find out who would win a match between these teams so it will be a six man tag match tonight.

Sasha Banks and Bayley walk in the back and they stop for Mickie James to join them as we go to commercial.

Match Number One:  Bayley and Sasha Banks (with Mickie James) versus Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose (with Paige)

Mandy and Bayley start things off and they lock up.  Bayley with a side head lock.  Mandy with a shoulder tackle and she catches Bayley on a leap frog attempt and sends her into the corner.  Bayley with punches and kicks until the referee stops her.  Mandy puts Bayley in the corner and connects with forearms.  Bayley with forearms but Mandy with a slam.  Mandy with a chin lock and she sends Bayley back to the mat.  Bayley with a clothesline and Mandy with a knee to stop a tag.  Bayley with a Saito suplex and a Shining Wizard but Mandy is pulled to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mandy sends Sasha to the mat.  Sasha with a hip toss and double knee splash for a near fall.  Mandy with forearms.  Sasha slaps Mandy and connects with a forearm.  Sasha knocks Sonya off the apron and Mandy with a flying boot for a near fall.  Sonya tags in and kicks Sasha in the ribs.  Sonya with a snap mare and body scissors.  Sasha leans back and gets a near fall.  Sonya with a kick and she puts her hair up and then she squares up with punches.  Mandy tags back in and she kicks Sasha but Sasha with forearms.  

Mandy chokes Sasha in the ropes.  Sonya kicks Sasha from the apron and then she tags in and gets a near fall.  Sasha with a kick and then both women with clotheslines and both women go down.  Mandy tags in and stops Sasha from making the tag with a double sledge to the back and then she knocks Bayley off the apron.  Mandy brings Sasha to the other side of the ring and Sonya drops Sasha on the middle rope.  Sasha with an inside cradle but Sonya breaks up the cover.  Bayley sends Sonya to the floor and then Mandy runs Sasha into the corner.  Sasha with a lungblower into the Banks Statement and Mandy taps out.

Winners:  Sasha Banks and Bayley

We go to commercial.

We are back and the announcers wonder who will be on the 25th Anniversary of Raw.

We take a look at Kane interrupting Brock Lesnar last week on Raw.

We take a look back at Goldust joining forces with Cedric Alexander against Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari last week on Raw.

Cedric Alexander is in the locker room and Goldust stops by.  He does his best Mickey impression from Rocky.  Then he thinks about what he said and it sounds uncomfortable.

Cedric says he appreciates the pep talk but he does not need it.  It has been his dream to be a champion in the WWE.

Goldust says he knows what that feels like.

Cedric says he is close to making his dream a reality.

Goldust says one think is standing between you and your dreams.  It is not Enzo, it is not the Zo Train.  It is you.  You are in control of your destiny.

Goldust says he will be okay but Enzo Amore will not be okay.

Michael Cole mentions the Mixed Match Challenge and how Goldust is part of the competition. 

We see how Goldust found out his partner while we see him apply his makeup.  We see that it is Alicia Fox.

Mixed Match Challenge debuts next Tuesday after Smackdown.

We are back and Matt Hardy says that at the Rumble of Royalty, he will DELETE 29 other people and then he will go to Wrestlemania and with the help of his WOKEN warriors, he will become the champion of the multiverse.

Match Number Two:  Matt Hardy versus Curt Hawkins

Hawkins backs into the ropes to avoid Hardy.  Hawkins with a kick and arm bar.  Matt bites the hand and then he punches and head butts Hawkins.  Hardy with a windmill of forearms to the back.  Matt with a forearm and neck breaker.  Matt with a German suplex into the turnbuckles and then he runs into an elbow.  Hawkins misses a cross body and Hardy sends Hawkins into all three turnbuckles.  Matt with a running clothesline into the corner followed by a Side Effect.  Matt with a Twist of Fate for the three count.

Winner:  Matt Hardy

After the match, Bray Wyatt appears behind Matt in the ring after his graphics show up on the TitanTron.  

Matt laughs at Bray and Bray laughs back.  

They continue to laugh.

We go to commercial.

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