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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 start off with a look at last week on Raw when Vince McMahon insulted Roman Reigns’ family and then assaulted an officer to get arrested. Then Vince returned to Raw to announce tonight’s main event for the WWE Title with Vince McMahon as guest referee.

We are in San Antonio, Texas and your announcers are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and John Layfield.

We start things off with Stephanie McMahon making her way to the ring.

However, we have a musical showdown because Roman Reigns’ music plays while Stephanie is still on the stage.

They make their way down to the ring and they stare each other down before Roman enters the ring first.

Roman says that he doesn’t think they need Stephanie out here tonight. It is about her father, not Stephanie tonight. He tells Stephanie that he is going to call out Vince McMahon right now.

Stephanie tells Roman that he will have to deal with disappointment all night since Vince is not here tonight. He will be here to referee the main event. She says the odds are not in Roman’s favor.

Roman says this is his life. He says if he loses, he does not have a job. If he does not have a job, he cannot support his family. Roman says this is his life. This is his family. No one is going to take that away from him.

Stephanie appreciates Roman’s passion, but she asks if people really think Roman can beat Sheamus tonight. She says it is sad and pathetic because you hang on to hope because your mundane little lives will never change. You have the hope that something will be different. Hope is not a strategy. Nobody competes with Vince McMahon and wins in the end.

You had a nice little moment when her father got arrested last week. Stephanie says that all charges have been dropped. Stephanie says that she is the boss and Roman is the help. Stephanie says she will not fire Roman. After you lose tonight and never get a title match again, she will use him. He will wrestle every night all over the world until your body breaks down and you cannot go again. Do you know what happens then? The people who chant for you now, forget you. They will cheer for the new arrogant superstar.

Stephanie says that she is going to do to Roman what her father did to his father.

Roman says you better worry about your father. If he does anything tonight, you won’t be picking him up from jail, you will be picking him up from the hospital.

We take a look what happened last week between Neville and Kevin Owens followed by Kevin Owens’ attack on Neville.

Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring and he stops to talk to Roman before Roman goes to the back. Dean will be on commentary for the next match.

We go to commercial.

Match Number One: Kevin Owens versus Neville

Neville with a drop kick and Owens goes to the floor. Neville with a corkscrew plancha and then he kicks Owens around ringside. Neville with a cannonball off the ring steps. Neville with an enzuigiri followed by a drop kick to send Owens to the floor again. Neville goes up top for a shooting star press onto Owens.

Neville goes up top and then Owens moves. Neville with a shoulder and flips back into the ring. Owens with a super kick to the ribs but Neville gets his boot up. Owens puts Neville on the turnbuckles and then he DDTs him and rolls Neville to the floor.

Owens tells the referee to count. Owens goes to the floor and he sends Neville into the ringside barrier. We go to commercial.

We are back and Neville is down on the floor and Owens wants the referee to count faster. Neville gets a miracle boost to get up at nine and in before ten. Owens sends Neville to the floor and then Owens sends Neville into the ringside barrier. Owens tries to send Neville groin first into the post but Neville escapes and he sends Owens into the ring post. The referee continues his count until Neville returns to the ring.

Neville with a baseball slide on the apron to the temple and Owens is down again. Neville with a 450 splash from the apron despite having the injured ribs. They get back into the ring and Neville gets a near fall. Owens with an elbow but Neville with an enzuigiri. Neville puts Owens on the turnbuckles and Neville climbs up. Neville is pushed off and then he gets back up and Owens crotches Neville and hits a cannonball followed by the pop up power bomb for the three count.

Winner: Kevin Owens

After the match, Owens starts up the ramp but he sees Neville down on the floor and Owens kicks Neville. Ambrose gets up from the announce table and hits a suicide dive. Owens rolls to the floor and Owens with a thrust kick to Ambrose and then he rearranges the announce table. Ambrose sends Owens into the ring steps and he slams Owens’ head on the table. Ambrose goes to the ringside barrier and he hits an elbow drop off the ringside barrier through the table.

We go to the back where a limo enters the building and Vince McMahon emerges.

JoJo asks for comments about what happened last week. Vince says all charges were dropped. That happens when you can afford a really good attorney. The irony of what happened last week is that while he may have broken the law last week, he is the law this week.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Titus O’Neil versus Stardust

Stardust with punches and he does a cartwheel. Titus sends Stardust into the corner and chops him. Titus with another chop. Titus charges into a boot and he is sent to the mat. Stardust with kicks and knees. Stardust with a rake of the eyes. Stardust with a Beautiful Disaster for a near fall. Stardust gets another near fall. Stardust with a forearm to the back. Stardust works on the arm.

Stardust with knees to the back and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Stardust sends Titus to the mat and gets a near fall. Stardust with another kick to the midsection. Titus pushes Stardust away but Stardust with kicks in the corner. Stardust with a reverse chin lock. Stardust kicks Titus in the back of the leg and Stardust freaks out at the ‘Cody’ chants. Titus moves out of the way when Stardust goes for the leg and Titus with a clothesline.

Stardust with a kick but Titus with a boot. Titus barks and hits a splash into the corner and then hits Clash of the Titus for the three count.

Winner: Titus O’Neil

Becky Lynch is in the back getting ready for her match and Charlotte stops by. Charlotte asks Becky if she asked for the match tonight.

Becky says she is excited for the match and hopes Charlotte is too. Charlotte reminds Becky she won the last time they wrestled. Becky says they should go out and have another good match. Becky says unless Charlotte is afraid that she will lose.

Becky and Charlotte agree to wrestle in the spirit of competition. Ric Flair stops by and wooos and repeats ‘spirit of competition’ and wooos as he leaves.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Charlotte (with Ric Flair) versus Becky Lynch in a Non Title Match in the Spirit of Competition

They lock up and Charlotte sends Becky into the corner and gives a clean break. Charlotte with an arm drag but Becky with arm drags of her own. Becky with a leg sweep for a near fall. Charlotte with a take down and Charlotte gets a near fall. Becky and Charlotte block a hip toss. Becky kicks Charlotte away when she tries for a figure four and then they kip up and cartwheel so Flair struts on the floor.

Charlotte and Becky with a test of strength and Charlotte does the Flair flip to the apron and Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall. Becky with a back slide for a near fall. Becky with a sunset flip for a near fall. Becky with an arm drag.

Charlotte wants Becky to help her up and Charlotte chops Becky to thank her and then Charlotte with punches but Becky escapes. Charlotte with a neck breaker and Becky with a back elbow. Charlotte puts Becky in the ropes and Charlotte with a neck breaker and she kips up. Charlotte with knee drops as we go to commercial.

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