Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, December 5th, 2016
Location: The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show opens with a video package highlighting last week’s show where Roman Reigns defeated Kevin Owens to earn a shot at the WWE Universal Championship at WWE Roadblock. No mention of the Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte main event last week.
Seth Rollins addresses Triple H
We go live to Austin where Seth Rollins is out to kick off the show. Rollins has something to get off his chest tonight. “I…want…Triple H.” He talks about putting together The Shield and when the time was right “I had to dismantle The Shield.” Rollins talks about Triple H making choices and he chose to bet against Seth Rollins. He says Triple H decided to anoint Kevin Owens. Rollins said he sent a message to Triple H last week when he attacked Chris Jericho. He would love to call Triple H out right now, but he’s smarter than that. Rollins poses the question: how do you get to Triple H? He said it is very simple. “I beat Kevin Owens and take the WWE Universal Championship.” Rollins talks about Chris Jericho still being part of the equation if he wants to get to Owens.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens is out to interrupt. Rollins cuts him off and said he is glad he came out here. He wants to know how Chris Jericho and how the friendship is going. Owens said it is rude to interrupt people. He admits to having a fight with Jericho last week. “Some times best friends fight.” Owens said Rollins wouldn’t know that since he doesn’t have any friends and brings up Rollins stabbing The Shield in the back. He adds that best friends make up and that is what matters. Rollins assumes that Jericho has returned the texts and phone calls Owens has made. Owens tells Rollins he doesn’t have to worry about that. He figures Jericho was busy recovering from the attack last week. Owens said he kept busy getting Jericho multiple gifts for Christmas: three gifts in total.
He talks about being sick of hearing people say he doesn’t deserve the WWE Universal Championship. Owens says he is a fighting champion and said the only reason Roman Reigns beat him was because of Rollins. He said he was distracted the whole match after seeing Rollins attack Jericho. “Fight Owens Fight, that’s me!” Rollins said if Owens is a fighting champion then he should put his title on the line against him right here tonight. Owens asks the crowd if they would like to see that happen. He said that isn’t happening and defended his title against him to weeks ago and won. Owens said he actually has a match “thanks to that stupid Mick Foley” against Sami Zayn tonight. He mentions being forced to defend his title against Reigns at WWE Roadblock. Owens said this brings him to his Christmas gifts for Jericho. He said he talked with Stephanie McMahon and secured a match between Jericho and Reigns for the WWE United States Championship. Another match Jericho will be happy about as well is that he will be facing Rollins at WWE Roadblock. Owens has a third present: it’s another match. It’s a match Rollins is about to have right now and Owens wants his opponent to come out.
Big Show walks out smiling and waving. Rollins vs. Big Show is next.
Big Show vs. Seth Rollins
We return live. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens remains at ringside. Big Show pushes Seth Rollins down immediately. Rollins with kicks and body shots to Big Show in the corner. Big Show pushes Rollins away quickly. Rollins with more kicks and Big Show levels Rollins with a big shoulder tackle. Owens is laughing and slapping the apron at ringside. Big Show with a huge chop to the chest of Rollins. Big Show with another huge chop to the chest. Big Show launches Rollins from the corner to the opposite side of the ring. Big Show with a splash into Rollins in the corner. Rollins takes out Big Show by the knees. Big Show rolls out. Rollins goes for a suicide dive. Big Show catches Rollins and drops him ribs first over the ring barricade. Owens is cheering on Big Show at ringside as he tosses Rollins back in. Back inside, Rollins counters a chokeslam and hits kicks to the left leg of Big Show. Rollins pulls Big Show down connecting with a quick DDT that results in a two count. Big Show literally tosses Rollins out of the ring when he kicked out of the pinfall. Big Show lifts Rollins up to the ring apron by his hair. Rollins with a kick to the face of Big Show. Rollins with a springboard knee to the face of Big Show. Rollins with another springboard knee to the face. Big Show remains on his feet. Rollins goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a third knee this time taking Big Show down. Rollins is going for a Pedigree when Owens distracts the referee. Big Show with a back drop to counter. Owens is back up and yelling at Big Show to finish Rollins. Big Show grabs Owens by the throat. Big Show lifts Owens up and over the top rope giving him a chokeslam inside the ring! Big Show gets over the top rope and leaves to a big ovation from the crowd in Austin. Big Show heads up the ramp as the referee reaches the 10 count.
Winner via count out: Seth Rollins
After the match, Big Show claps for Seth Rollins at the top of the ramp. Kevin Owens starts to recover inside the ring when Rollins hits him with a Pedigree.
Roman Reigns defends the WWE United States Championship against Chris Jericho later tonight live on RAW.
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves plug the WWE 205 Live premiere last week. Rich Swann captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the premiere. Swann will be in action later tonight in Cruiserweight action.
A video package airs focusing on Jack Gallagher.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Jack Gallagher vs. Ariya Daivari
Lock up and Daivari works over the left arm of Gallagher. Gallagher with a series of counters to work over the left arm of Daivari. Daivari counters into a side headlock bringing Gallagher to the mat. Gallagher counters out and smiles fixing his hair. Daivari with a kick to the gut. Daivari with a snapmare and shoulder block on Gallagher. Gallagher with another counter flipping Daivari away. Daivari with big rights and kicks to Gallagher. Gallagher with a series of dropkicks on Daivari. Daivari cuts him off, but eats a huge headbutt from Gallagher! Gallagher shakes his head and connects with a running dropkick to Daivari in the corner. Gallagher quickly hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Jack Gallagher
After the match, Jack Gallagher extends his hand to Ariya Daivari. Daivari shakes his hand and then kicks Gallagher in the knee. Daivari works away on the knee of Gallagher.
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a No. 1 Contenders match to challenge The New Day for the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles is later tonight.
Backstage, Titus O’Neil is handing out “Tussle in Texas” flyers.
Backstage, Kevin Owens argues with Mick Foley aboug Big Show attacking him. Foley said Owens’ match with Sami Zayn is still on tonight. Foley walks off and Owens spots Chris Jericho. He asks Jericho if he saw what happened. Jericho said he didn’t and just arrived. Owens is happy to tell him about the title shot he has against Roman Reigns tonight and the match he has with Seth Rollins at WWE Roadblock. He asks Jericho if they are good. Jericho disagrees and says they aren’t good as he walks off.
Backstage, Enzo Amore and Big Cass are talking when they spot Rusev and Lana arguing. Enzo said he doesn’t stand for a man yelling at a woman like that. Big Cass said it is none of his business. Enzo walks up and tells Rusev to calm down. Rusev tells Enzo to stay out of it. Lana said Enzo is just trying to help. Rusev calls Lana pathetic and maybe she deserves a pathetic man like Enzo. Lana pulls Rusev back and asks what her ring means. Rusev said it means she is his wife. Lana says yes and he is the only man that can have her. She throws down her wedding ring. Enzo tells Cass he can leave. He picks up the ring and gives it back to Lana. Enzo tells Lana he is a great listener and asks how she is doing (politely).
Sami Zayn is out next as he heads to the ring. Zayn faces Kevin Owens next.
Backstage, Lana is again talking with Enzo Amore and saying Rusev doesn’t seem to appreciate it and takes her for granted. She thinks Rusev needs to be taught a lesson. Lana suggests if Rusev saw another man treating her nicely he wouldn’t take her for granted. She invites Enzo to her hotel room later tonight.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
The bell rings and both Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn exchange right hands. Zayn gets the better of Owens and Owens rolls to the outside. Zayn with a clothesline to Owens on the floor and then sends him shoulder first into the ring barricade. Zayn sends Owens again into the barricade on the other side of the ringside area. Zayn breaks the count by the referee, gets in a right on Owens and tosses him back in. Owens with a huge kick to the head of Zayn as he is getting back inside the ring. Owens flips over the top rope and takes out Zayn! Owens tosses Zayn back in. Zayn hits the ropes and leaps over the top rope taking out Owens this time as we head to a commercial break.
Back live, Owens has Zayn down in a headlock. Zayn attempts a comeback and Owens cuts him off. Zayn with a clothesline out of no where that drops Owens. Zayn eats a kick to the chest from Owens, but counters with another clothesline. Zayn catches Owens with a quick tornado DDT from the corner right on top of the ring apron! Zayn then launches through the ropes in the corner and catches Owens with a DDT on the floor! Zayn tosses Owens back inside and connects with an hook german suplex for a two count. Both Zayn and Owens are in the corner. Owens with a twisting vertical suplex on Zayn off the second rope! Owens gets a two count off a pinfall attempt. Owens with a cannonball into Zayn in the corner. Owens with a second cannonball on Zayn. Zayn avoids a third attempt, goes for an Exploder Suplex, Owens counters hooking the arms of Zayn, Zayn counters with a slap to the chest and a springboard tornado DDT off the corner. Owens catches Zayn with a superkick while charging in, Owens goes for a Pop Up Powerbomb, Zayn counters with a Half in Half Suplex and then connects with his Exploder Suplex to the corner. Zayn with a Blue Thunder on Owens for a very close two count. On the outside, Zayn with another Exploder Suplex on Owens sending him into the ring barricade. When Owens and Zayn slide back in, Owens throws Zayn up in the air and comes down with a Pop Up Powerbomb and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Backstage, Chris Jericho is at his locker when Roman Reigns walks up asking Jericho if he can just arrive here whenever he wants to. Jericho said that is his own business. Reigns asks Jericho if he has car paint on his forehead still. Jericho calls Reigns a stupid idiot. Reigns tells Jericho to be careful how he talks to him. Jericho thinks tonight Reigns’ luck runs out and thinks tonight he will be the lucky man. Reigns thinks Jericho is still doing the dirty work for Kevin Owens. Reigns tells Jericho to get ready for tonight.
Up next, the new WWE RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks.
A video package runs highlighting Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte last week for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Backstage, the new WWE RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Bank is interviewed about becoming a three-time champion last week. Sasha said last week took everything out of her. She talked about walking into Charlotte’s kingdom and walking out with the crown. Sasha said Charlotte was crying because the better woman won. She thinks Ric Flair deserves better and can’t wait to do it all over again with Charlotte. Sasha is asked about a rematch. She suggests they make history yet again at WWE Roadblock. Sasha challenges Charlotte to an Iron Man match in two weeks.
Video from last May is shown of Charlotte cutting her father Ric Flair loose. Charlotte said she didn’t need her father anymore and kicked him out of the ring.
Charlotte has invited her father to RAW to make a public apology.
The new WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann heads to the ring.
Cruiserweight Division – Non-Title Match
Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins
Lock up and TJ Perkins works over the left arm of Rich Swann. Swann counters working the left arm of Perkins. Perkins with a twisting head scissors takedown followed by a dropkick on Swann. Perkins gets in a dab on Swann smiling after hitting the quick series of offense. Swann with a flip counter and then catches Perkins with a dropkick. Swann gets in a dab of his own in the direction of Perkins. Swann with a deep arm drag. Series of flips and counters with Swann getting jumping takedown clotheslines on Perkins. Swann with a double stomp to the back of Perkins after hitting the ropes. Swann and Perkins exchange chops in the corner. Swann with a side russian leg sweep and connects with a Rolling Thunder for a two count. Swann pulls back on the arms of Perkins in a modified standing surfboard submission. Perkins flips out kicking Swann away in the chin. Perkins with an atomic drop, clothesline and big right hands. Perkins with a splash in the corner on Swann, gets him up in the tree of woe and Perkins comes flying in with a jumping dropkick for a two count. Perkins goes for a knee bar. Swann counters into a pinfall for a two count. Perkins with a drop toe hold on Swann into the ropes. Perkins springboards off the corner hitting a dropkick. Perkins springboards up and eats a superkick from Swann on the way down. Swann gets the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann
Backstage, we see Bayley heading to the arena. She’s in action next.
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox
Alicia Fox with a big tackle early on Bayley and follows with big knees in the corner. Fox catches Bayley with a quick dropkick. Bayley with charges to Fox in the corner. Fox sends Bayley to the corner and then connects with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Bayley with boots to Fox from the corner. Bayley with a tackle and throws some big rights. Fox with a boot to the face. Bayley to Belly and Bayley gets the pinfall win.
After the match, Bayley hugs some young fans in the front row.
Backstage, Enzo Amore talks with Big Cass about getting the invite to Lana’s hotel room. Big Cass said Lana is nothing but trouble. Enzo has a text from Lana. It turns out to be a selfie. Enzo runs off to get changed. We see Rusev walk up to Cass and ask where Lana is. Cass said that isn’t his problem. Rusev calls Cass a liar. Cass tells Rusev he lost his damn mind putting his hands on him. Rusev says he will worry about Lana later and will instead go meet with Mick Foley to crush Cass in the ring later tonight.
Mark Henry vs. Titus O’Neil aka the Tussle in Texas is up next.
Tussle in Texas
Mark Henry vs. Titus O’Neil
The bell rings and Titus throws up the horns for Texas…and then points down. Mark Henry immediately avoids a quick shot attempt by Titus, grabs Titus and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry hooks the leg and gets the quick pinfall victory.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match, Mark Henry slaps hands with fans at ringside. Henry also jumps the ring barricade and celebrates with a veteran at ringside.
Backstage, Enzo Amore is waiting for an Uber when a limo pulls up. Ric Flair gets out and embraces Enzo. Flair offers up his limo to Enzo after Enzo lets him know his plans. “Go take care of business brother,” adds Flair.
Roman Reigns defends the WWE United States Title against Chris Jericho next.
WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns is heading to the ring.
Backstage, Chris Jericho tells Kevin Owens to stay out of his business.
WWE United States Championship Match
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Chris Jericho
We get ring introductions for the challenger Chris Jericho and champion Roman Reigns.
Jericho goes after Reigns right away with right hands, knees and a headbutt in the corner. Reigns with a clothesline on Jericho from the corner. Reigns with rights to Jericho. Reigns with forearms to the back of Jericho and follows with a back suplex for a two count. Jericho counters an early Superman attempt with a dropkick on Reigns. Jericho clotheslines Reigns over the top rope. Jericho gets up on the top turnbuckle, jumps and takes out Reigns with a cross body on the outside as we head to a commercial break.
Back live, Jericho has Reigns down in a headlock. Jericho is yelling “ASK HIM” at the referee. Reigns fights to his feet throwing shots to the body of Jericho. Jericho catches Reigns with a dropkick. Reigns rolls out of the way when Jericho charges in. Reigns with a jumping clothesline that drops Jericho. Jericho catches Reigns with a boot in the corner, but Jericho eats a right uppercut on the way down from Reigns. Jericho tosses Reigns through the ropes. Jericho catches Reigns with a springboard dropkick off the corner when Reigns jumped up on the ring apron. Reigns catches Jericho with his drive by dropkick on the ring apron. Jericho cuts off Reigns with an elbow and Lionsault combo for a two count. Jericho with kicks to the ribs of Reigns. Reigns with a samoan drop and then catches Jericho with a Superman. Reigns hooks the leg and Jericho kicks out after two. Reigns is getting fired up in the corner. Jericho is getting to his feet in the opposite corner. Jericho catches Reigns with a boot. Jericho jumps up going for a Codebreaker, but Reigns holds on and powerbombs Jericho down for a two count. Reigns with kicks to Jericho in the corner. Jericho sends Reigns shoulder first into the steel ring steps, rolls up Reigns and gets a very close two count. Reigns counters out of a Walls of Jericho attempt. Jericho goes for it again, Reigns with a small package and Jericho kicks out after two. Jericho with a kick to the head, trips up Reigns and turns him over into the Walls of Jericho. Reigns is pulling himself to the ropes. Reigns gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Jericho is distracting the referee. Kevin Owens with a superkick to Reigns on the outside. Jericho with a Codebreaker, hooks the leg and Reigns kicks out! Owens is up on the ring apron and can’t believe it. Owens is arguing with the referee. Jericho is asking Owens what he is doing. He told Owens to stay away from here. Jericho slaps Owens and says he doesn’t need his help. Owens leaves and walks up the ramp. Jericho avoids a spear, hits the ropes and Reigns catches him with a second spear to get the pinfall win.
Winner and still WWE United States Champion: Roman Reigns
Cole, Saxton and Graves look back at last May when then WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte dropped her father as her manager.
Big Cass heads to the ring. He faces Rusev next.
Big Cass vs. Rusev
Back live, Rusev’s music hits as Big Cass waits on him in the ring. His music continues to play and no Rusev. Cass asks the referee what is going on. Cass shakes his head.
Lana invites Enzo Amore to her hotel room
Cass leaves the ring and asks if someone has a phone. Cass is dialing and calling Enzo Amore. We see Enzo in the hotel and his phone rings. Enzo ignores the call since he doesn’t know the number. Enzo gets to Lana’s door and she opens dressed in a robe. Enzo doesn’t think this is a good idea. Lana walks away crying. She then embraces Enzo with a hug. Enzo says he is uncomfortable and she agrees. Lana gets them some drinks and bends over in front of him smiling. She hands Enzo a glass and eats a strawberry near him. Enzo takes a drink and says he really has to go. Lana tears up his shirt and he says he has to leave. She tells Enzo to take off his pants. Enzo reluctantly agrees. She says something and Enzo doesn’t understand. Lana translates saying: “you are a fool.” She calls for Rusev. Rusev is in the hotel room. Enzo tries to leave and Rusev attacks him. Rusev tosses Enzo over a table breaking it in half. He breaks a lamp over Enzo’s back as well. Rusev continues to attack Enzo as Lana cheers him on in the background. Rusev crushes a glass vase filled with flowers over the head of Enzo. Rusev drags Enzo out of the room and leaves him in the hallway. Lana puts a “do not disturb” sign on the door and closes it with Rusev inside.
The New Day are out next and broadcasting on Facebook Live.
No. 1 Contendership Match
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
We start with Cesaro and Karl Anderson. Cesaro with kip up attempts and finally gets it. Cesaro with a big uppercut to Anderson in the corner. Sheamus gets the tag and launches himself in hitting a shoulder block on Anderson. Anderson cuts off Sheamus with a high knee, kick to the face, tag to Luke Gallows and Gallows drops Sheamus with a big boot. Sheamus fights back with rights and Gallows with an uppercut. Sheamus with a backbreaker on Gallows. Gallows rolls out and Xavier Woods distracts him. Sheamus and Cesaro each take out Anderson and Gallows on the outside. Sheamus tosses Gallows back in and throws a quick uppercut. Tag to Cesaro. Cesaro and Sheamus with a double suplex on Gallows.
Back live, Cesaro and Gallows are now in the ring. Cesaro with elbows to Anderson trying to fight out of a headlock. Cesaro catches Anderson with a boot and shots to Gallows in the corner. Anderson with a spinebuster on Cesaro cutting off a tag. Tag to Gallows. Anderson with a backbreaker and Gallows drops an elbow over Cesaro for a two count. Tag back to Anderson. Anderson and Gallows go for a Magic Killer. Sheamus jumps in to spin Cesaro who drops Gallows with a DDT. Cesaro dumps Anderson through the ropes to the outside. Hot tag to Sheamus who levels Anderson with shots. Sheamus with forearms to the chest of Anderson against the ropes. Sheamus with a rolling senton on Gallows. Sheamus gets a rolling senton on Anderson right over the ankle of Gallows for a two count. Anderson kicks Sheamus away. Cesaro tags himself in. Anderson dumps Sheamus out. Cesaro with a high cross body on Anderson for a two count. Cesaro with a springboard spinning uppercut. Cesaro with a boot to Gallows in the corner. Cesaro trips up Anderson, clotheslines Gallows over the top rope and Anderson goes over with Cesaro. Sheamus and Cesaro sends Gallows and Anderson into New Day at ringside. New Day attacks.
The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest
After the match, Kofi Kingston is in the ring and jumps over. Sheamus and Cesaro catch Kofi and toss him into Xavier Woods and Big E at ringside.
Backstage, we see Charlotte heading to the arena.
As a result of the prior match, The New Day will now defend the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Sheamus and Cesaro and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson next week in a triple threat tag team match.
It’s confirmed that Sasha Banks will defend the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Charlotte at WWE Roadblock in an Iron Man match.
Charlotte’s public apology to Ric Flair
Charlotte says she made a big mistake six months ago. She’s ashamed at what he did and said. Charlotte said if you don’t recall what a “cold hearted bitch of a daughter” she was, Charlotte wants to remind everyone and has footage played from last May.
Video from last May of Charlotte telling her father Ric Flair she didn’t need him anymore and kicking him out of the ring during her then reign as WWE Women’s Champion. We see Flair leaving the ring and crying as Charlotte saying the goodbye song at him.
Back live, Charlotte said WWE means everything to her and the title means everything to her. The fans are giving her the “WHAT” chants and she wants the chance to explain. She said what was harder was watching her father get in the ring, put his arm around Sasha Banks and raise her hand. “It was like my dad was saying, Sasha’s the woman, it’s like he was saying Sasha was the athlete. All I ever wanted was my dad’s approval.” Charlotte said she only ever wanted her father to be proud of her. She always asked herself if she was good enough and how it was hard to be Ric Flair’s daughter. Charlotte talks about sitting in the audience and watching Flair raise Sasha’s hand. She said it broke her heart. Charlotte talks about not seeing her father in six months and that she invited him to RAW tonight to give a heartfelt apology. “Dad, please come out here.”
Ric Flair’s music hits and he heads to the ring. Charlotte is smiling as he enters the ring. “Dad, I’m sorry,” says Charlotte. She hugs her father. Ric backs off and then Charlotte gives him a huge slap. “You son of a bitch! I’m your daughter! I’m your flesh and your blood.” Charlotte asks who Sasha thinks she is to dedicate her victory to her father. Sasha Banks hits the ring and Charlotte cuts her off attacking her. Charlotte pulls back on the head of Sasha and then kicks her out of the ring. Ric is still looking on from the corner as Charlotte jumps out and continues attacking Sasha. Charlotte launches Sasha back first into the ring barricade. Charlotte smiles at her father standing over Sasha. Charlotte grabs Sasha again, lifts her up and sends her face first into the steel ring post. Charlotte yells, “I’m the woman!” She grabs Sasha and calls her pathetic. Charlotte tosses a lifeless Sasha back inside the ring and yells, “Sasha who?” Ric is crying as Charlotte drags Sasha near him. The show goes off the air with Charlotte laughing and clapping at Sasha yelling, “Well done Sasha!”