Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, December 5th, 2016
Location: The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Results by Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The show opens with a video package highlighting last week’s show where Roman Reigns defeated Kevin Owens to earn a shot at the WWE Universal Championship at WWE Roadblock. No mention of the Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte main event last week.
Seth Rollins addresses Triple H
We go live to Austin where Seth Rollins is out to kick off the show. Rollins has something to get off his chest tonight. “I…want…Triple H.” He talks about putting together The Shield and when the time was right “I had to dismantle The Shield.” Rollins talks about Triple H making choices and he chose to bet against Seth Rollins. He says Triple H decided to anoint Kevin Owens. Rollins said he sent a message to Triple H last week when he attacked Chris Jericho. He would love to call Triple H out right now, but he’s smarter than that. Rollins poses the question: how do you get to Triple H? He said it is very simple. “I beat Kevin Owens and take the WWE Universal Championship.” Rollins talks about Chris Jericho still being part of the equation if he wants to get to Owens.
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens is out to interrupt. Rollins cuts him off and said he is glad he came out here. He wants to know how Chris Jericho and how the friendship is going. Owens said it is rude to interrupt people. He admits to having a fight with Jericho last week. “Some times best friends fight.” Owens said Rollins wouldn’t know that since he doesn’t have any friends and brings up Rollins stabbing The Shield in the back. He adds that best friends make up and that is what matters. Rollins assumes that Jericho has returned the texts and phone calls Owens has made. Owens tells Rollins he doesn’t have to worry about that. He figures Jericho was busy recovering from the attack last week. Owens said he kept busy getting Jericho multiple gifts for Christmas: three gifts in total.
He talks about being sick of hearing people say he doesn’t deserve the WWE Universal Championship. Owens says he is a fighting champion and said the only reason Roman Reigns beat him was because of Rollins. He said he was distracted the whole match after seeing Rollins attack Jericho. “Fight Owens Fight, that’s me!” Rollins said if Owens is a fighting champion then he should put his title on the line against him right here tonight. Owens asks the crowd if they would like to see that happen. He said that isn’t happening and defended his title against him to weeks ago and won. Owens said he actually has a match “thanks to that stupid Mick Foley” against Sami Zayn tonight. He mentions being forced to defend his title against Reigns at WWE Roadblock. Owens said this brings him to his Christmas gifts for Jericho. He said he talked with Stephanie McMahon and secured a match between Jericho and Reigns for the WWE United States Championship. Another match Jericho will be happy about as well is that he will be facing Rollins at WWE Roadblock. Owens has a third present: it’s another match. It’s a match Rollins is about to have right now and Owens wants his opponent to come out.
Big Show walks out smiling and waving. Rollins vs. Big Show is next.
Big Show vs. Seth Rollins
We return live. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens remains at ringside. Big Show pushes Seth Rollins down immediately. Rollins with kicks and body shots to Big Show in the corner. Big Show pushes Rollins away quickly. Rollins with more kicks and Big Show levels Rollins with a big shoulder tackle. Owens is laughing and slapping the apron at ringside. Big Show with a huge chop to the chest of Rollins. Big Show with another huge chop to the chest. Big Show launches Rollins from the corner to the opposite side of the ring. Big Show with a splash into Rollins in the corner. Rollins takes out Big Show by the knees. Big Show rolls out. Rollins goes for a suicide dive. Big Show catches Rollins and drops him ribs first over the ring barricade. Owens is cheering on Big Show at ringside as he tosses Rollins back in. Back inside, Rollins counters a chokeslam and hits kicks to the left leg of Big Show. Rollins pulls Big Show down connecting with a quick DDT that results in a two count. Big Show literally tosses Rollins out of the ring when he kicked out of the pinfall. Big Show lifts Rollins up to the ring apron by his hair. Rollins with a kick to the face of Big Show. Rollins with a springboard knee to the face of Big Show. Rollins with another springboard knee to the face. Big Show remains on his feet. Rollins goes up to the top turnbuckle and connects with a third knee this time taking Big Show down. Rollins is going for a Pedigree when Owens distracts the referee. Big Show with a back drop to counter. Owens is back up and yelling at Big Show to finish Rollins. Big Show grabs Owens by the throat. Big Show lifts Owens up and over the top rope giving him a chokeslam inside the ring! Big Show gets over the top rope and leaves to a big ovation from the crowd in Austin. Big Show heads up the ramp as the referee reaches the 10 count.
Winner via count out: Seth Rollins
After the match, Big Show claps for Seth Rollins at the top of the ramp. Kevin Owens starts to recover inside the ring when Rollins hits him with a Pedigree.
Roman Reigns defends the WWE United States Championship against Chris Jericho later tonight live on RAW.
Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves plug the WWE 205 Live premiere last week. Rich Swann captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the premiere. Swann will be in action later tonight in Cruiserweight action.
A video package airs focusing on Jack Gallagher.
Cruiserweight Division Match
Jack Gallagher vs. Ariya Daivari
Lock up and Daivari works over the left arm of Gallagher. Gallagher with a series of counters to work over the left arm of Daivari. Daivari counters into a side headlock bringing Gallagher to the mat. Gallagher counters out and smiles fixing his hair. Daivari with a kick to the gut. Daivari with a snapmare and shoulder block on Gallagher. Gallagher with another counter flipping Daivari away. Daivari with big rights and kicks to Gallagher. Gallagher with a series of dropkicks on Daivari. Daivari cuts him off, but eats a huge headbutt from Gallagher! Gallagher shakes his head and connects with a running dropkick to Daivari in the corner. Gallagher quickly hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.