Location: Rosemont, IL at the Allstate Arena
Date: December 26th, 2016
Airing Live On The USA Network
Welcome to WWE Monday Night RAW, there is a recap video of last week’s episode of RAW. Stephanie McMahon walks down to the ring to open the show. She welcomed everyone to the show and noted that she gave Mick Foley the night off. The fans chanted for CM Punk. She said that if they can last more than two minutes, then they would have lasted longer than CM Punk did. Seth Rollins walked down to the ring. Rollins asked her if she got Triple H everything he wanted and if she gave him his manhood back. Rollins wanted her to give him his balls back. McMahon said that when he goes lows, she’ll go high. McMahon said that Triple H is an executive and Rollins pointed out that Triple H used to be an ass kicker. Rollins begged Triple H to come out here. She said that she is not Triple H’s keeper. Rollins called out Braun Strowman, but Roman Reigns walked out instead. Reigns wanted Strowman as well. They argue over wanting to fight Strowman. Reigns suggest that they both go after Strowman. McMahon got fired up and thought she was part of The Shield. She back tracked and teased a Shield reunion by saying that Dean Ambrose is in the area. The fans went nuts. McMahon said that it would not happen. McMahon booked Rollins against Strowman tonight. She also a RAW Tag Team Title Match.
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c).
Woods drop kicked Sheamus to begin the match. Kofi was tagged in and hit an elbow drop. Woods hit one as well. Cesaro was tagged in but ran into a drop kick.
We’re back with Sheamus in control of Woods. Sheamus hit a backbreaker and Cesaro, who was tagged in, hit a knee drop. Woods hit a springboard DDT to Cesaro on the floor. Sheamus was tagged in, and so was Kofi. Kofi with a shoulder block then a double ax followed by a series of chops. Kofi took out Cesaro with an outside dive. Kofi hit the SOS for 2. Woods got the hot tag and hit a big boot to Sheamus. Woods went to the top rope and hit an elbow drop for 2 as Cesaro made the save. Cesaro was tagged in and hit the Giant Swing to Woods. Cesaro pressed Kofi over the top rope and Woods rolled up Cesaro for 2. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Woods and tagged himself in then pinned him for the win.
Winners: Cesaro and Sheamus
There was a video package to hype Goldberg’s return next week.
Strowman runs into Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens backstage. They praised him last week for destroying Reigns and Rollins. Owens wanted to talk to him and said that Strowman is next in line for the WWE Universal Championship. Jericho said Reigns and Rollins said that Strowman hits like a pillow. Strowman said that rumors are crap, and so is Jericho. Owens said that he hates rumors too.
There was a backstage segment with R-Truth and Goldust. Bayley walks up and gives Goldust a gift. Bayley gave R-Truth a hug. She gave Goldust a Dusty Rhodes bear. Anderson and Gallows walked up and called them nerds. They ripped the head off of the bear.
There was a recap video of last week’s attack on Sasha Banks by Nia Jax.
Singles Match: Nia Jax vs. Scarlet
Jax tossed her around and hit a samoan drop for the win. Quick match.
We see McMahon and Charlotte Flair shaking hands without seeing a word. Jericho and Owens walk in and complain about Foley’s actions as GM. Jericho doesn’t want to be inside the shark cage at the Royal Rumble PPV. She booked Owens vs. Jericho for the US Title tonight.
Bayley walked down to the ring and said that she loves Chicago. She said that she is the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship. Flair walked out to the ring. Flair said that she and her lawyer have talked to McMahon and Bayley’s victory over her have been erased. Flair challenged her to a match right now but pointed out that she wanted a referee that would call it right down the line. Dana Brooke was the referee.
Singles Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley.
Bayley gets the early offensive advantage. She hits a crossbody then a shoulder block and an elbow strike. Flair fires back with a backbreaker and then sent her into the turnbuckle. Brooke pulled out the referee, Bayley chased her around ringside, and once she got into the ring, Flair rolled her up for the win.
We see Strowman attacking someone backstage. McMahon stops him. Strowman wants both Sami Zayn and Rollins. McMahon booked Strowman against Zayn next week.
Singles Match: TJ Perkins vs. Neville.
Neville hit a series of kicks to Perkins to begin the match. Perkins with an arm drag and went to the top rope, but Neville caught him with a kick. Perkins fought back with a series of kicks and went for a kneebar, but Neville rolled him up, held the titles and picked up the win.
Post-match, Neville cuts a promo about beating Rich Swann tomorrow night on 205 Live.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass come out to the ring. Amore is in a wheelchair. They cut a promo about Rusev. Big Cass called out ‘Tough Guy’ Rusev and said if he had a problem with him then do something about it. Rusev and Jinder Mahal walked down to the ring. Cass took out Rusev while Amore kicked Mahal in the face. Amore and Cass stood tall to close the segment.
Epico was supposed to wrestle Darren Young, but Strowman came out and attacked both men as well as Primo. Bob Backlund was also taken out by Strowman.
Singles Match: Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman.
Strowman tossed around the ring to begin the match. Strowman put the boots to him. Rollins caught him with a kick and then hit a series of springboard knee strikes. Strowman knocked him down. Zayn’s music hits and this distracted Strowman. Zayn attacked him from behind, and Strowman chased him through the crowd. Jericho ran down to the ring and hit the Codebreaker to Rollins.
Owens praises Jericho for taking out Rollins. Jericho said that now Reigns is all alone. Owens vowed to become US Champion.