Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, November 28th, 2016
Location: The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video package opens highlighting last week’s show where Seth Rollins challenged Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship in the main event with both Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns banned from ringside. The finish saw a masked Jericho interfere setting up a powerbomb by Owens to the ring apron on Rollins to retain.
Highlight Reel with Kevin Owens
We go live to Charlotte where Chris Jericho is inside the ring with a mic in hand. “Welcome to the Highlight Reel,” yells Jericho. He said his guest tonight needs no introduction, but he will give him one anyway. Jericho’s guest tonight is the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion in history. “He’s also my best friend…my guest, Kevin Owens!”
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens walks down the ramp and heads to the ring. Owens tells Jericho it is an absolute honor to be out here for the second week in a row on the Highlight Reel. Jericho said that is now a record and Owens talks about best friends making history. Owens said the crowd has yet to make history and that it was just a fact when they boo. He talks about the people celebrating Thanksgiving. Jericho adds, “Got fat.” Owens said American Thanksgiving is really just a way to get one last meal before you “rush every store in America and trample over each other to save 60 bucks on a flat screen TV.” Jericho calls the crowd cheapskates and Owens said they should all be very proud.
Owens said Jericho and himself didn’t need to do that because they are Canadian and they actually had Thanksgiving last month. “Canadians…always ahead of the curve,” adds Jericho. A loud “USA” chant breaks out. Owens wants to ignore the chant and say what they are thankful for. He is thankful for being your WWE Universal Champion. Owens is thankful for being the face of the premiere show in WWE, Monday Night RAW (also known as the Kevin Owens show he adds). He is most thankful for his best friend Chris Jericho. Owens and Jericho hug. Jericho is thankful Owens is his best friend. He’s also thankful for this “wicked, rad” scarf. He is also thankful for Seth Rollins. Owens is confused. Jericho wants to explain. He is thankful that Seth Rollins proved to him what happens when you let your ego and pride take over. Jericho adds that Rollins proved he is just a “stupid idiot.” He talks about Rollins failing miserably and Owens adds that he Rollin’ed himself. Jericho said people accusing him of interfering are wrong and that it was Sin Cara wearing a Chris Jericho mask. Owens called the mask so realistic and he had Rollins exactly where he wanted him regardless. He said Rollins isn’t even medically cleared to be here tonight.
WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns walks out to interrupt. Reigns has a mic in hand and is wondering why Owens and Jericho stopped talking. Jericho asks if he thinks they are funny and here for his entertainment. Reigns thinks Owens as WWE Universal Champion is a joke. Owens tries to repeat the line and flubs. Jericho says Owens is just confused because English isn’t the only language he speaks. Owens says the real joke is Reigns calling himself “the guy” around here. Reigns says Owens needs help with everything, which is why he keeps Jericho around. Owens said he doesn’t need Chris Jericho. Jericho gives Owens a look. Reigns wants to get this straight: Owens doesn’t need Chris Jericho? He disagrees. Reigns thinks if he didn’t have Jericho last week that he would have lost the title. “Actually, you would have lost it the week before that. And the week before that,” adds Reigns. Jericho interrupts Reigns and asks him if he knows what happens by insulting his best friend. Owens tells Jericho to shut up. He said Reigns can’t talk to him that way. Reigns asks what he will do. Owens suggests giving Reigns a powerbomb on the apron like he did to Seth Rollins. Reigns suggests they do exactly that tonight in Charlotte. He also suggests that if he beats Owens tonight then he gets another shot at the title at Roadblock. Owens agrees saying Reigns just booked himself on the Kevin Owens Show. Reigns said he likes that show and spoiler alert: Owens is going to get his ass kicked.
Backstage, Kevin Owens is upset at what Roman Reigns had to say. Chris Jericho asks Owens why he told him to shut up. Owens said he can’t deal with this right now. Jericho wants to know right now and wonders why Owens said he doesn’t need him. He said he is always there for him. Owens said the problem is he thinks he is helping. He tells Jericho he doesn’t need him. Jericho said he doesn’t need Owens as a best friend. Mick Foley walks up and confirms the match between Owens and Reigns tonight. Jericho tells Foley he doesn’t have to ban him from ringside because he is “over this.
R-Truth w/ Goldust vs. Braun Strowman
Truth with right hands early. Truth with a kick and then Strowman levels him with a clothesline. Strowman with a splash in the corner on Truth. Strowman with a running powerslam on Truth off his shoulder and gets the quick pinfall.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Goldust checks on R-Truth. Goldust goes after Strowman with rights. Strowman with a splash on Goldust in the corner and locks on a bear hug on Goldust. Sami Zayn is in the ring and jumps on the back of Strowman. Strowman tosses Zayn down. Zayn with body shots. Strowman tosses Zayn to the corner. Zayn with a boot to Strowman in the corner. Strowman grabs Zayn and connects with a forearm to the chest. Strowman then lifts up Zayn and slams him down face first on the mat. Strowman puts Zayn in the tree of woe in the corner. Strowman backs up when a WWE officials enter the ring to break it up. Mick Foley walks down the ramp and is telling Strowman to stop.
We are back live and Sami Zayn is arguing with Mick Foley about wanting a fight with Braun Strowman. Zayn said Foley was his hero growing up, but right now he is looking at a guy “who is in my way.” He describes Foley as a guy taking away opportunities and calls him a hypocrite. Foley tells Zayn to let it go. Zayn heads to the back.
Charlotte defends the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks tonight.
Backstage, we see the WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte listening to music when Dana Brooke walks up. Charlotte tells Dana she is trying to prepare for a championship match. Dana has an update about the queen’s homecoming celebration. Charlotte said tonight she comes home and gives her people hope.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese w/ Drew Gulak
We get a handshake to begin the match between Alexander and Nese. Alexander got a nice reaction from his hometown crowd of Charlotte. Alexander with an arm drag, gets caught in mid air by Nese, roll up and Alexander with a head scissors followed by a dropkick on Nese. We see a shot of Alicia Fox looking on from backstage. We see a shot of Drew Gulak trying to interfere at ringside and Nese catches Alexander with a quick moonsault. Nese keeps Alexander grounded with a body scissors submission. Nese transitions to a headlock keeping Alexander grounded. Alexander with a big kick to the head off the ropes. Alexander catches Nese on the jaw with his shin from the ring apron. Alexander takes out Gulak who jumped up on the ring apron. Nese with a nasty looking pumphandle slam on Alexander for the win. We see a shot of Gulak smiling at ringside.
Winner: Tony Nese
Michael Cole plugs that 205 Live premieres tomorrow night on the WWE Network.
Backstage, Enzo Amore and Big Cass plug Cyber Monday with WWE Shop.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens vs. WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns will main event tonight where if Reigns wins, he earns a shot at Owens’ Universal Championship at the upcoming WWE Roadblock PPV on December 18.
Video from earlier tonight is shown with Roman Reigns challenging Kevin Owens. We then see footage of Chris Jericho telling Owens that he was on his own tonight.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho with his luggage and is asked if his argument with Kevin Owens is actually serious. Jericho says shame on you and it is very serious. He said if Owens doesn’t need him, then he doesn’t need and walks off. Jericho yells at the driver to open the door. The driver knocks “The List” out of his hand opening the door. Jericho calls the driver a stupid idiot. We hear the driver ask if he made the list. It was actually Seth Rollins who replied and starts attacking Jericho throwing him into the car and then into a barricade. Rollins throws Jericho on top of another car and throws some right hands. He tries to throw a barricade at Jericho on a car and Jericho moves. Rollins sends Jericho shoulder first into another car and then into another car. Rollins goes for a Pedigree on the concrete. Jericho counters. They brawl to the top of a car. Rollins with a Pedigree on Jericho on the roof of the car. The Pedigree leaves a big dent on the roof of the car.
Charlotte defends the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks next.
WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match
Charlotte (c) w/ Dana Brooke vs. Sasha Banks
We get introductions for the challenger Sasha Banks and champion Charlotte.
Charlotte trips up Banks early and goes for a cover. Banks kicks out quickly. Banks gets the back of Charlotte and gets the Bank Statement applied early. Charlotte gets to the ropes and Banks gets in a kick to Dana Brooke. Banks jumps out and tosses Dana into the steel ring steps. Banks with a shoulder charge to Charlotte from the ring apron and then comes off the top turnbuckle with a cross body for a two count. Banks does the Flair strut and slaps Charlotte. Charlotte with a forearm sending Banks to the floor. Banks pulls Charlotte out and tosses her face first off the ring apron. Charlotte with a chop. Banks fires back with a chop. Banks tosses Charlotte over the ring barricade. Charlotte fires back with a shot on Banks and then sends her ribs first into the barricade. Charlotte again sends Banks into the barricade. Charlotte with chops to Banks as they head into the crowd. The referee reaches 10 as she keeps hitting Banks on the outside. The referee calls for the bell.
Result: Double count out
Mick Foley walks out with a mic in hand as Charlotte is smiling. He won’t allow this rivalry to end like this. Foley orders both to rest because later tonight this title match will restart and it will be under no count out, no disqualification and falls count anywhere rules. Charlotte is upset at ringside with her title as we see a shot of Banks smiling.
Lana is inside the ring and asks America to stand up to welcome the one and only true American hero, the Bulgarian brute, Rusev.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Enzo Amore
Before the match, Enzo informs Rusev that his wife got to see all of him last week. He suggests Lana was thinking about a certified G “stuffing her turkey” over Thanksgiving.
The bell rings and Rusev levels Enzo. Rusev with a low blow kick and the bell rings.
Winner via DQ: Enzo Amore
After the match, Rusev bails and stares down Enzo Amore with Lana. Big Cass jumps in the ring and checks on Enzo. “You never talk about my wife,” yells Rusev.
The New Day defends the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson later tonight.
We see a shot of Rich Swann heading to the ring backstage.
Footage from the new WWE Studios film “Incarnate” featuring Mark Henry is shown. Backstage, Henry is asked about working with actor Aaron Eckhart when Titus O’Neil interrupts saying that should have been him. Henry pushes Titus down asking if he is out of his mind putting his hand on him.
Live in the arena, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick is joining Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves on commentary for the next match.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar
Swann challenges Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on tomorrow night’s premiere of 205 Live on the WWE Network.
We get a handshake to begin as the bell rings. Dar goes after the left arm of Swann early. Swann catches Dar with a dropkick after a series of counters. Dar avoids a spinning heel kick from Swann. Dar with a soccer style kick to Swann who drops throat first on the bottom rope. Dar sends Swann chest first into the corner. Dar with stiff knees to the face of Swann. Dar goes back to work on the left arm/shoulder of Swann. Dar chops the throat of Swann a few times. Swann fires back with a big forearm. Swann catches Dar with a big kick to the back of the head. Swann goes for Rolling Thunder and Dar counters into a cover for a two count. Swann with a roll up for a two count. Swann with a huge kick out of no where to the head of Dar and holds him down for a cover to get the pinfall victory.
Winner: Rich Swann
After the match, Corey Graves talks with Rich Swann about challenging Brian Kendrick tomorrow night on 205 Live for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Swann grabs the mic pointing at “the” Brian Kendrick at the commentary table. He asks Kendrick if he is trying to get in his head being out here. Swann thinks Kendrick is doubting himself because he’s beaten him twice. He says the third time will be that much sweeter when he wins tomorrow night to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Michael Cole talks with Paul Heyman later tonight to discuss Survivor Series.
We see Sheamus and Cesaro at a local bar. They argue about not winning the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships. A guy in the bar recognizes Sheamus and talks about seeing him getting his ass kicked last week on TV. Another guy insults Cesaro and how he doesn’t belong. He burps in the face of Cesaro. Cesaro and Sheamus start brawling with the men in the bar. One guy breaks a pool cue over the back of Sheamus. Sheamus throws him over the bar as Cesaro gets in a shot on another guy with a pool cue. Sheamus yells “open bar” as he jumps behind the bar and serves Cesaro a Guinness.
If Reigns wins, he earns a WWE Universal Title shot
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
Kevin Owens attacks Roman Reigns before the bell officially rings. The referee pushes Owens away as Reigns tries to recover in the corner. Owens tells him to ring the bell.
The referee calls for the bell and Owens is back at it with right hands on Reigns. Owens with a running big boot sending Reigns to the outside. Reigns fires back with right hands on the outside to Owens. Reigns tosses Owens back inside and Owens rolls out. Reigns follows, Owens with a kick and Reigns counters sending Owens to the barricade. Owens then sends Reigns shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Owens beats the referee count tossing Reigns back in and connects with a senton splash over Reigns for a two count.
Back live, Owens connects with a clothesline splash on Reigns in the corner. Owens backs up and also connects with a cannonball in the corner on Reigns. We see during the break that Reigns almost hit the referee, stopped himself and ate a DDT from Owens as a result. Back live, Owens with a headlock on Reigns to keep him grounded. Owens drops the headlock, hits a senton splash over the back of Reigns, gets a two count and then goes back to a headlock. Reigns gets his knees up when Owens attempts a second senton splash. Reigns with repeated clotheslines to Owens in the corner. Reigns drops Owens with a big boot off the ropes after the corner clotheslines. Owens with a straight right. Reigns returns with one of his own. Both continue to exchange shots. Reigns catches Owens with a samoan drop for a two count. Owens bails out of the ring when Reigns fires up for a Superman from the corner. Reigns with his drive by dropkick to the head of Owens over the ring apron. Owens with a knee and superkick combo to Reigns off the ring apron through the ropes for a two count. Owens is going up to the top turnbuckle, Reigns cuts him off with a right, Owens with a rake of the eyes, Reigns falls back and Reigns with a Superman out of no where. Owens falls off the top turnbuckle to the outside. Owens is trying to crawl away when the referee begins his count. Owens is back up a 5 when Reigns catches him with a Superman off the steel ring steps. Owens fell head first into the ring apron. Reigns tosses Owens back in and Owens cuts off a spear with a knee/kick. Reigns with a second spear that catches Owens this time and Reigns gets the pinfall victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns
WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns will now challenge Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at the WWE Roadblock PPV on December 18.
Michael Cole’s interview with Paul Heyman is up next.
Backstage, WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens is recovering after his match when he is trying to be interviewed by Charly Caruso. He said the only reason Roman Reigns beat him tonight was because his head wasn’t in it and Foley should have recognized that.
A video runs with highlights of Goldberg defeating Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Michael Cole interviews Paul Heyman
Cole asks what happened at Survivor Series. Paul Heyman says “we screwed up” and that they took Goldberg lightly. He talks about it being a “f*cking video game” and how they figured it would be the easiest pay day of Brock’s career. Heyman talks about Goldberg spearing Brock immediately and breaking his ribs. “You can’t breathe, you can’t fight.” Cole asks how Lesnar is dealing with all of this. Heyman says, “Like you care.” With tears in his eyes, Heyman says you come into this business and injuries occur. Heyman says the humiliation and embarrassment – you can’t offer up any excuses. He talks about this match going into the record book and how it is now part of Brock’s legacy. Heyman talks about Brock dealing with loses before, but “this is embarrassing.” He adds it has put Brock in the mindset that he has something to prove, which scares him. “That moment can define you. It can destroy you. Or it can drive you to greater heights than you’ve ever achieved before.” Heyman says think about a Brock Lesnar that has something to prove is capable of. Cole asks what is next. Heyman says if Brock has something to prove he will prove it. He warns that if Goldberg is in the Royal Rumble match, then Brock Lesnar is in the Royal Rumble.
Brock Lesnar enters the Royal Rumble
We get a graphic promoting Goldberg and Brock Lesnar for the Royal Rumble match on January 29, 2017 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
WWE RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day are out. They defend the titles next.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Before the match, New Day cuts a promo about being just days away from beating a record set by Demolition for the longest reigning tag team champions.
We start with Xavier Woods and Karl Anderson. Luke Gallows with a kick to Big E on the outside. Anderson with a big powerbomb early for a two count on Woods. Tag to Gallows who plants Woods and gets another two count. Tag back to Anderson who eats body shots from Woods. Woods with a shot on Gallows in the corner. Anderson with a jumping kick to Woods, tag to Gallows, Woods tosses Anderson over the top rope and Gallows with a shot to Woods. We go to commercial with Gallows celebrating and Big E still down.
Back live, tags to Big E and Anderson. Big E with belly-to-belly tosses on Anderson three times. Big E fires up shaking the hips, hits the ropes and clotheslines Gallows over the top rope. Big E avoids a roll up attempt by Anderson, but Anderson fires back with a jumping kick to the face for a two count. Big E with his spear through the ropes on Anderson! Tag to Woods. Gallows with a kick to Big E. Anderson with a huge spinebuster on Woods for a close two count. Tag to Gallows who powerbombs Woods down as Anderson comes off the top rope with a neckbreaker! Woods somehow kicks out after two. Big E eats a sitdown powerbomb from Gallows. Anderson with the legal tag eats a boot from Woods. Woods with a forearm that rocks Andrson. Anderson with an uppercut, roll up, Anderson holds the tights of Woods, Woods counters, holds the tights of Anderson and gets the pinfall!
Winners and still WWE RAW Tag Team Champions: The New Day
After the match, Karl Anderson can’t believe it and Luke Gallows jumps in shocked.
Backstage, we see Sasha Banks getting ready for the main event when Bayley walks in. She wants to wish Sasha good luck with the new stipulation tonight. Sasha tells Bayley no disrespect, but this isn’t about her tonight. She talks about Charlotte disrespecting her own father RIc Flair. Sasha said this town needs a real champion and she plans to dedicate her title victory to Ric Flair himself tonight.
No DQ, No Count Out, Falls Count Anywhere
WWE RAW Women’s Championship
Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks
The bell rings and both Charlotte and Banks lock up. Banks with a dropkick early that sends Charlotte out of the ring. Banks with a suicide dive that catches Charlotte on the outside. Banks with a suplex to Charlotte on the floor. Back inside, Banks sends Charlotte to the floor again. Charlotte avoids an attack off the ring apron by Banks. Both Banks and Charlotte connect with a double clothesline. They are both down as we head to a break.
Back live, Charlotte has Banks down in a head scissors submission when Banks bridges up putting Charlotte on her shoulders for a two count. Charlotte has both arms of Banks wrapped around her neck pulling back. Charlotte with a roll through, kicks Banks hard in the chest, Banks counters a Figure Four attempt and connects with double knees to the face of Charlotte. Charlotte crawls to the corner to regroup. Banks with running knees to Charlotte in the corner. Banks with repeated forearms to the chest of Charlotte. Charlotte avoids knees from Banks and lands a kick. Charlotte attempts a suplex to the floor over the top rope. Banks hangs on and falls on the ring apron. Charlotte with chops. Banks with a right hand and kicks pushing Charlotte against the steel ring post. Charlotte levels Banks with a big kick and hits the floor with a thud. Charlotte goes for a cover (falls count anywhere rules) on Banks on the floor and gets a two count. Charlotte jumps off the ring steps connecting with a Natural Selection on Banks for another two count. Charlotte argues with the referee about the count. Banks has a kendo stick pulling it out from under the ring. Banks cracks it over Charlotte repeatedly. Charlotte tries kicking at Banks. Banks keeps hitting Charlotte with it. Charlotte kicks away the stick. Charlotte with a neckbreaker on Sasha on the floor. Charlotte with a Figure Four into a Figure Eight on Banks. Banks grabs the kendo stick and cracks it over Charlotte to break up the submission. Charlotte with chops to Banks on the entrance ramp. Charlotte dumps Banks near the announce table. Charlotte tosses Banks into the announce table and Banks falls to the floor below. Charlotte stands on top of the announce table and takes out Banks with a moonsault off the table! Banks kicks out after two. Charlotte is shocked that Banks survived. Charlotte tosses Banks back onto the entrance ramp and starts dragging her back to the ringside area. Banks drives Charlotte into the ring post and then into the ring barricade. Banks stands on top of the barricade and connects with double knees into a cover for a close two count. Banks with repeated shots to the back of Charlotte with the kendo stick. They brawl to the crowd. Charlotte with an elbow and chops to Banks. They brawl up the stairs and Banks pins Charlotte inside the railing. Banks locks on the Bank Statement. Banks is pulling back hard. Charlotte taps!
Winner and new WWE RAW Women’s Champion: Sasha Banks
After the match, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair heads down the ramp to the ring. Sasha Banks has the WWE RAW Women’s Championship over her shoulder. Flair enters the ring and raises the arm of Banks. Flair gives her a hug and raises her arm one more time. We see a shot of Charlotte crying in the crowd as Banks holds up her new title inside the ring.