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


Wyatt with a forearm to the head and he chokes Crews in the corner.  Bray with a forearm and a double thrust to the throat.  Wyatt with an Irish whip and Crews floats over.  Crews with a drop kick.  Wyatt sends Crews onto the apron and Crews with a punch and he goes up top but Wyatt with an uppercut to stop Crews and then he drops Crews on the turnbuckles.  Wyatt stomps on the hand and Bray stares at Dana as we go to commercial.

We are back and Wyatt with a reverse chin lock.  Wyatt with a flying body block and he gets a near fall.  Bray with an Irish whip and Crews with a flying boot to the head.  Crews with a back heel kick followed by a boot to the head and a flying clothesline.  Crews with a standing shooting star press for a near fall.    Crews goes to the apron and he hits a back heel kick and then hits a moonsault onto Wyatt.

They return to the ring and Wyatt with a clothesline.  Bray leans back and Dana gets on the apron.  Bray looks at Dana and Dana realizes that Bray has focused his attention on her.  Dana falls off the apron onto Titus.  Crews with a jumping enzuigiri but Wyatt with Sister Abigail for the three count.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt

After the match, Matt Hardy appears and he talks about Bray’s fireflies.  He says he brought Bray’s darkness into light.  You cannot avoid the Woken Wisdom.  He is the omniscient ghost that invades your dreams.  When Abigail is no longer around, he will delete Bray.  Then Matt laughs and turns into thousands of images on the TitanTron.

We go to commercial.

Nia walks towards the exit and she has chicken noodle soup.  Alexa stops her and tells her about her match against Asuka.  Nia says that Enzo needs her.  Alexa tells Nia it is either Enzo or her.  Nia tells Alexa that her soup is getting cold.  Alexa wonders if everyone is losing their minds.

We go to commercial.

Asuka versus Alexa Bliss in a Non Title Match

Alexa avoids Asuka and Asuka misses a round kick as Alexa gets into the ropes.  Asuka dives for the legs but Alexa avoids her.  Asuka misses spinning back fists and Alexa gets into the ropes.  Alexa with a waist lock.  Asuka with a wrist lock and Alexa stomps on the foot.  Asuka with a hammer lock.  Alexa with a reversal into a full nelson.  Asuka with a waist lock and take down into a front face lock.  Asuka with a knee bar and Alexa escapes.

Asuka with a chin lock into a side head lock.  Alexa sends Asuka to the mat but Asuka pops back up and Alexa goes into the ropes.  Asuka pulls Alexa back into the ring and Asuka with a shoulder tackle.  Asuka with a running hip attack and then she spins around while Alexa goes to the floor.  Alexa returns to the ring and then goes right back to the floor.  Asuka with a series of hips to the side of the head.  Alexa kicks Asuka and goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Alexa with a body scissors.  We see footage from the commercial break when Asuka missed a hip attack and got caught in the ropes followed by a kick to the midsection.  Asuka counters into an ankle lock.  Alexa gets to the ropes and she pulls Asuka into the ropes as she gets out of the hold.  Alexa with a bow and arrow around the ring post.  Alexa with punches to Asuka and she gets a near fall.  Asuka with a rollup for a near fall.

Asuka misses a round kick and Alexa goes for a rollup but Asuka gets to her feet.  Alexa with a back breaker and she punches Asuka.  Alexa with punches and she gets a near fall.  Alexa returns to the body scissors.  Alexa with a guillotine but Asuka counters into a Kimura.  Alexa gets out of the hold and Alexa kicks Asuka in the corner.  Alexa slaps Asuka in the corner and Asuka slaps back.  Alexa pie faces Asuka and Asuka wants more.  Asuka with a drop kick and another drop kick.  Alexa with an Irish whip but Asuka with a missile drop kick.

Asuka tosses Alexa by the hair and hits a running hip attack.  Asuka sets for thew waist lock but Alexa blocks the suplex attempt.  Alexa with kicks and then Asuka with a knee to the head.  Alexa goes for a sunset flip out of the corner but Asuka drops down for a near fall.  Alexa drop kicks Asuka to the floor.  Asuka kicks Alexa from the floor and then Asuka with a spinning back heel kick and she floats over into the cross arm breaker and Alexa taps out.

Winner:  Asuka

We have a video package for the Samoa Joe/Roman Reigns match that will happen later tonight.

Renee Young is with Samoa Joe.  Joe tells Renee he will beat Roman, just like he has every time he has been in the ring with him.  Joe says he owns Roman.  He has broken down Roman Reigns.  Joe has made sure that the Shield will not be champions together again.  Dean is a stay at home husband living off his wife’s paycheck.  Roman has been able to get himself disqualified to keep the title.  Roman is out of options.  It may be Roman’s yard, but he lives in Joe’s world.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Bayley says that she is entering the Royal Rumble match.  She says she will win and hug her way to Wrestlemania.

Braun Strowman versus Rhyno (with Heath Slater)

They lock up and Braun pushes Rhyno away.  They lock up again and Braun sends Rhyno into the corner again.  Braun with shoulder tackles and Slater gets on the apron to give support to Rhyno.  Braun goes to the floor and he takes the mic.  Braun tells Slater he has two choices.  He can stay on the floor and shut up or he can get into the ring and get these hands like his partner.

Slater gets on the apron and Rhyno hits Strowman from behind.  Slater attacks Braun from behind and the referee allows it.  Braun pushes Slater down and then he hits splashes on Slater and Rhyno followed by a power slam for the three count.

Winner:  Braun Strowman

After the match, Slater tries to save Rhyno from further damage from Strowman and it fails miserably and Strowman with a power slam to Slater.  Strowman picks up Rhyno and hits another power slam.  Strowman with another power slam to Slater.

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