WWE Monday Night Raw Results – January 1st, 2018: Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar Returns


Show: Raw

Location: Miami, FL at the AmericanAirlines Arena

Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw. Alexa Bliss walks in the back and stops Kurt Angle.  She wants to know what Kurt was thinking about.  Kurt says he was thinking about having a Wrestlemania quality match.

Alexa reminds Kurt of what happened last week and she wants to know why is Asuka being rewarded for what she did last week.  Asuka said she would win the Royal Rumble and face her at Wrestlemania.

Kurt says Alexa will not change his mind and she should be happy that the title is not on the line.

Kurt Angle’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.

Kurt wishes everyone a Happy New Year and he welcomes everyone to Raw.  Kurt says 2017 was one of the greatest years of his career, especially becoming the Raw General Manager.  Kurt says that 2018 will be even greater.  In three weeks, Raw celebrates its 25th anniversary and then there is the Royal Rumble.  Kurt says that free agent John Cena has declared that he is entering the Men’s Royal Rumble Match.  Kurt reminds us about the women’s Royal Rumble match.

Kurt says that what is good for the men is good for the women.  That means there will be 30 women in the Royal Rumble.  The winner gets a match at Wrestlemania.  Kurt expects Raw to win both Rumble matches.

Sheamus and Cesaro interrupt Kurt.

Sheamus says that they should forget about the Royal Rumble and talk about the travesty that happened on Raw.  They were robbed.  He wants to know what happened last week.  Cesaro says they cannot stand for favoritism.  You gave your son a tag title match and made Seth Rollins his partner.  What you did after the match was too much.

We take a look at the footage from after the match when Kurt Angle came to the ring to celebrate with his son.

Sheamus says that makes him sick to his stomach.  That was nothing but favoritism.  Cesaro says that Jordan did not deserve an opportunity at the tag titles.  Cesaro says they want their rematch.

Kurt says that they will get their rematch when he says so.

Sheamus and Cesaro argue with Kurt and Jason Jordan’s music plays and he comes out.

Jason says if he did not deserve a shot at the tag titles, why is he out here with the title around his waist?  Jason says his dad does not know about favoritism, but off his track record.  They earned this tag title.  Jason says Cesaro will earn another trip to the dentist if he continues to talk.

Kurt says he wants to have things settled in the ring and he wants it settled right now between Cesaro and Jason Jordan.

Before the match can start, Seth Rollins comes out and he tells Jason that he has to learn about being a teammate.  First, that pale Irish idiot with the mohawk.  You came out puffing your chest realizing you were outnumbered two on one.  What does it mean when you get jumped by them.  You need to think about your health and safety.  Seth tells Jason to stop being so self-absorbed.  You came out here to brag in front of your dad and that made him come out to protect his interests.  Seth says he will be in Jason’s corner tonight, but he is only out here to watch him lose.

Cesaro sends Jordan over the top rope to the floor.

We go to commercial.

Cesaro (with Sheamus) versus Jason Jordan (with Seth Rollins)

The match is joined in progress and Cesaro with a European uppercut.  Jordan with a float over and drop kick for a near fall.  Cesaro with another European uppercut and a snap mare into a reverse chin lock.  Jordan gets back to his feet but Cesaro with a knee.  Jordan misses a clothesline and Cesaro goes for a springboard move and Jordan catches Ceasro and runs him into the corner four times.

Sheamus gets on the apron and distracts Jordan and Jordan hits the ring post when Cesaro moves.  Cesaro clips Jordan.  Cesaro puts the leg in the ropes and hits a hesitation drop kick into the knee.  Cesaro works on the leg and adds pressure to the injured knee.  Jordan punches Cesaro and Cesaro returns to the leg.  Cesaro with an elbow drop to the injured leg.  Jordan with a clothesline and Jason struggles to get back to his feet.  Jordan sends Cesaro to the apron and then he knocks Cesaro to the floor with a forearm.  Cesaro with a shot to the leg and then Cesaro with an atomic drop of the knee onto the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cesaro with a baseball slide to Jordan to send him to the floor.  They return to the ring and Cesaro with a European uppercut and kicks to the leg.  Cesaro with a single leg crab on Jordan.  Jordan kicks Cesaro but Cesaro holds on.  Jordan kicks Cesaro away and Cesaro wtih Euroepan uppercuts.  Jordan escapes a slam and then he kicks Cesaro when Cesaro charges into the corner.  Jordan tries for a suplex but Cesaro with a shot to the leg.  Jordan with clotheslines and overhead belly-to-belly suplexes for a near fall.  Jordan with a shoulder tackle into the corner.  Cesaro with elbows but Jordan with a Northern Lights suplex and he rolls through for a second one and he gets a near fall.

Sheamus with a forearm while the referee was not looking and Cesaro with a rollup for a near fall.  Cesaro returns to the single leg crab and a Boston Crab.  Jordan gets to the ropes and Cesaro releases the hold.  Rollins stops Sheamus from interfering.  Jordan with a pop up neck breaker for the three count.

Winner:  Jason Jordan

Renee Young is with Roman Reigns in the interview area.  Roman is asked about tonight’s stipulation.  Roman says Joe got what he deserved.  Joe attacked him and ruined title matches.  He also injured Dean Ambrose.  He says Joe is a punk and that is why he got punked out last week.  It will get ugly and it will be intense.  Roman says he will stay within the rules tonight, he hopes.

Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring and we go to commercial.

Bray Wyatt versus Apollo Crews (with Dana Brooke and Titus O’Neil)

They lock up and Bray backs Crews into the corner.  Wyatt misses a forearm in the corner and Bray leans back and Crews is scared by Bray in a defenseless position.  Crews with a side head lock and Wyatt with a punch.  Wyatt with another punch and Crews is sent to the apron.  Crews with an enzuigiri and Crews with a slingshot senton and elbow drop for a near fall.  Crews with a side head lock and Wyatt with a head butt as Crews comes off the ropes.

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