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


Strowman picks up Rhyno again and hits a power slam.   Strowman picks up Slater again and he is not finished with him and he winds up and hits a running power slam.

Roman Reigns is in the locker room and Seth Rollins stops by and he wants to know if Roman is keeping his cool.  Roman says he cannot believe that Joe is acting like this because of what happened last week.  Roman says they don’t mess with family.  Seth says he hopes that Roman does not get disqualified.

Jason Jordan stops by and he says that they are focused on the Bar and if they get involved, Seth and he will take care of Sheamus and Cesaro.  He tells Roman that you can believe that.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Raw Classic moment when DX invaded Nitro.

Braun walks in the back and he sees Kane and Kane does not want any of Strowman.  Kane says he just wants to talk.  He wants to talk about Brock Lesnar.  Kane says he has never faced Brock in the ring but Braun has.  They are the Alpha Monsters.  Together they can contain the Beast.  All it takes is to be on the same page.

Braun says that he does not care about Kane or his plan because he is the only Alpha Monster.  When he takes down Brock, it will be on his own terms.

Kurt Angle is on the phone talking about the Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Finn Balor enters and he sas that he was the first Universal Champion and he never lost the title and never got a rematch.  If he has to defeat 29 other people to get his match, he will do it.  He is in the Rumble match.

Kurt says he thought Finn was here to talk about something else.  Kurt mentions the match with Finn against The MizTourage and Elias.  Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson enter and he says that they have been by his side before.

Samoa Joe versus Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Title (and if Roman is disqualified, he loses the title)

Joe with jabs and punches to Reigns as the match begins.  Joe with a forearm to the back of the head.  Joe with more jabs in the corner and the referee warns Joe.  Reigns with an uppercut or two followed by punches and kicks in the corner.  Reigns stops before the referee gets to five.  Reigns with punches and the referee stops Reigns.  Joe with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall.  Joe with a suplex and Reigns goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Joe works on the arm and he connects with a back elbow.  Joe gets a near fall.  Joe with more jabs.  Reigns with a suplex.  Reigns charges into the corner but Joe moves and Reigns hits the ring post and Joe gets a near fall.  Joe kicks and punches Reigns as he works on the back.  Joe with an arm bar.  Reigns punches Joe to get out of the hold and he connects with an uppercut and clotheslines.  Joe with a forearm and elbow in the corner followed by an enzuigiri for a near fall.  Joe sends Reigns into the turnbuckles and he punches Reigns and follows with elbows.

Joe with another forearm and a hard Irish whip.  Joe with another hard Irish whip.  Joe with a snap mare followed by a seated abdominal stretch with Reigns’ arm under the throat.  Reigns with a punch but Joe with an Irish whip.  Reigns with a flying clothesline out of the corner.   Reigns with NeverEnding Story in the corner and Reigns with a running boot to send Joe to the floor.  Reigns with the running drop kick on the floor and then he sends Joe back into the ring.  Reigns gets a near fall.

Reigns punches Joe in the corner and the referee warns Roman.  Joe sends Roman to the apron and Joe knocks Reigns off the apron and Joe with a suicide dive that sends Reigns into the ringside barrier.  Both men are down and the referee starts his count.  Both men get back in at nine.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Joe with a head butt.  Joe with a head butt to Reigns.  Joe kicks Reigns in the chest and he taunts Reigns.  Joe with a punch and Reigns wants Joe to hit him.  Joe with a head butt and Roman with forearms.  Joe with forearms and elbows.  Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a near fall.  Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Joe rolls to the floor when he sees Roman wind up.

Joe avoids a Superman punch off the steps and Joe sends Reigns into the ring steps a few times as the referee continues his count.  Joe breaks the referee’s count and goes back to the floor.  Reigns Irish whips Joe into the ring steps.  Reigns grabs the ring steps and the referee stops him from doing it.  The referee tells them to get back into the ring.   Joe punches Reigns and then Reigns hits a Superman punch off the steps and then they return to the ring and Reigns hits another Superman punch.  Joe kicks out at two.

Reigns looks around as he sets for the spear but Joe with a kick and Joe tries for the uranage.  Reigns bumps into the referee and the referee is about to disqualify Reigns but Joe misses a splash into the corner.  Joe with a uranage for a near fall.  Joe argues with the referee and wants to know why Reigns wasn’t disqualified.  Reigns with an uppercut but he misses a punch.  Joe sets for the Kokina Clutch but Reigns with an arm drag and Reigns with the spear for the three count.

Winner:  Roman Reigns

Kurt Angle watches in the back on the monitor and Paul Heyman enters the office.

Paul says he can help Kurt.  Paul brings up the conspiracy that is going on under your watch.  If Braun and Kane team up for the match, Brock will not be reactive, but proactive.  If that is the case, 2018 will be the Year of the Beast.

Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari are in the ring and Drew has the mic.

Drew says he has been asked to give a message from the Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore.

Drew says His name is Enzo Amore and he is a bonafide G and a certified stud.  Badaboom realest guy in the room.  How are you doing.  Enzo says that he is suffering from the flu so he will not be defending his title on Raw.  What do we have here?  A couple of haters.  Drew says he would have wiped up the floor with Cedric Alexander.

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