Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, January 11th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video recaps the events from last week’s RAW. Roman Reigns promised if Vince McMahon screwed with him that Stephanie would have to pick him up from the hospital. Vince McMahon was the guest referee for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and was fast counting for Sheamus. McMahon tried to fast count for Sheamus, but Reigns wouldn’t stay down. Eventually Reigns won. McMahon then said Reigns would have to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble match.
The entire WWE roster is at the top of the stage. Mr. McMahon’s music hits, and he makes his way to the ring with his daughter looking very happy. The New Day is happily singing along to McMahon’s song. Michael Cole announces this is the 23rd anniversary of Monday Night RAW. McMahon says, “Happy days!” McMahon says the crowd can look at the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and he motions toward the stage. Of these thirty men, one of them will make history. Stephanie says Reigns defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Royal Rumble is making history. He may enter the match as the champion, but one of the people on stage will win it. McMahon says it’s every man for himself. It could be Dolph Ziggler, who has reached for the brass ring for ten long years. Maybe it could be Kevin Owens. He’s accomplished so much in so little time, if he wins the match he could cement the greatest first year in WWE history. McMahon says it could be a New Day! The New Day gyrates on stage. McMahon and Stephanie say, “That’s not booty!”
Bray Wyatt’s video flashes and the lights go out. When they come back on, The Wyatt Family is standing on the commentary table. Wyatt says, “Anyone but you, Roman.” McMahon says anyone, including the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring through the crowd. Reigns doesn’t receive much of a pop. The boos are really coming through once the music stops. McMahon tells Reigns to take it easy. Stephanie asks if he’s here to beat up her father again. McMahon asks why he’s out here. Reigns has a question: what happens if he wins? Vince and Stephanie both laugh. Vince says the odds are astronomical, but it could happen. McMahon says he’ll get an opportunity to do that in a “one versus all” match, and it’ll be Reigns taking on about 2/3rds of everyone on stage. McMahon says it’ll be a long, long night. It could be against anyone, including Dean Ambrose. Vince rules that out because Ambrose is in the first match. Sheamus then attacks Ambrose from behind. Reigns just watches and does absolutely nothing for his best friend.
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
We join the match in progress. Sheamus is dominating Ambrose. Sheamus uppercuts Ambrose in the corner, but Ambrose turns him around and starts punching and chopping him. Ambrose bites the forehead until Sheamus pushes him off. Sheamus knees him in the midsection and throws him out of the ring. Sheamus brings him to the apron and starts clubbing the chest while also punching the kidney. Sheamus then knocks him down on the apron and taunts the crowd. Sheamus chokes him with his boot before bringing him in the ring to apply a chin lock. Ambrose eventually fights up and gets out with a back suplex. Sheamus runs him over with an Irish hammer and smiles at the crowd. Sheamus gets him on the apron and goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but Ambrose blocks it and head-butts him. Ambrose then gives Sheamus the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán until Sheamus counters out. Sheamus knocks him to the floor and sends him into the barricade. Sheamus yells at him to not embarrass him. Sheamus then gives him a release suplex onto the commentary table. Sheamus throws him into the ring and taunts the crowd once again. Sheamus then applies a chin lock. Sheamus goes for a suplex, but Ambrose gets out and boots him in the face. Ambrose punches back at him, but he has a whip reversed. Ambrose then takes him down with a pair of running forearms. Ambrose forearms him in the corner and goes for a bulldog, but Sheamus pushes him off. Ambrose then avoids a Brogue Kick, and Sheamus goes over the top rope. Ambrose gets a head of steam and takes Sheamus out with a suicide dive.
We come back from the break to see Ambrose jump into an Irish Curse Backbreaker. Sheamus then applies an Irish Cloverleaf. Ambrose quickly claws for the bottom rope. Sheamus slaps him until Ambrose responds with some head-butts. Sheamus sends him into the ropes, but Ambrose rebounds for a clothesline. Sheamus ducks it, but Ambrose quickly catches him with a neckbreaker for a two count. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but Sheamus cuts him off and goes for White Noise. Ambrose elbows out and rolls him up for a two count. Ambrose then sidesteps a charging Sheamus, sending him shoulder-first into the ring post. Ambrose follows up with a tornado DDT for a two count. Ambrose goes to the top rope and catches him with a diving elbow drop, but he can only pick up a near fall. Ambrose grabs him, but Sheamus elbows him in the face. Ambrose quickly goes for Dirty Deeds, but Sheamus counters into a White Noise attempt. Ambrose gets out and catches him with a rebound clothesline. Sheamus rolls out of the ring to recover.
Ambrose blows a kiss toward Sheamus and goes for another suicide dive, but Sheamus punches him in the face. Sheamus once again drives him into the barricade. Sheamus repeats this two more times before sending him into the ring steps. The referee is counting them both out. Ambrose sends Sheamus into the ring post and bounces his head hard-way off the post. Sheamus immediately starts gushing blood. The referee counts them both out.
Match Rating: **
Ambrose sends Sheamus into the table and starts taking it apart. Sheamus is really busted open bad. Kevin Owens attacks Ambrose from behind and wildly punches him. Referees run down to keep Owens back. Owens gets by them and continues attacking him until the referees convince him to leave.