RAW Analysis – 08.01.18 – Strowman crushes again, The Club win again and The Miz returns!

Starts with highlights of last weeks Intercontinental Title match between Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns.

Reigns opens the show.

About an even amount of boos and cheers.

Jason Jordan interrupts Reigns.

Jason puts his fist out to Reigns, like the Shield would.

Seth Rollins now comes out.

Jordan receiving a lot of boos.

Finn Balor interrupts them, with the club!

“Whose your daddy,” chants aimed at Jordan.

Gallows calls Jordan a nerd, and Jordan slaps him.

Kurt Angle comes out.

Match made for tonight, Balor, Anderson and Gallows against Reigns, Rollins and Jordan.

Sasha Banks is the first to come out.

Followed by Bayley and onlooker Mickie James.

Absolution come out together, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville to compete.

Rose starts out stronger against Bayley.

Bayley struggling to get into the match, thus far.

As we return from the ad break, Banks is now being dominated by Rose.

Banks slaps Rose as she gets cocky.

Deville gets tagged in and starts dominating Banks again.

Both women clothesline each other in the middle of the ring.

Deville attacks Banks as the referee is distracted.

Rose taps out to the bank-statement.

Backstage segment showing Goldust giving Cedric Alexander a prep-talk ahead of his title match tonight.

Now we are being shown how Goldust and Alicia Fox were paired together in the Mixed Match Challenge.

Matt Hardy starts with his crazy ‘yeaaaaaas’.

Followed by new entrance music, that was pretty awesome

As we return from the break Hawkins is in the ring.

As Hawkins is doing his entrance, Hardy declares he will be in the Royal Rumble, in something recorded pre-match.

Hawkins runs scared of Hardy.

Hardy bites Hawkins hands.

Hardy throws Hawkins back first into the turnbuckle.

Hawkins misses with a cross-body.

Hardy hits Hawkins head into the turnbuckle numerous times.

Twist of fate for Hardy to win.

Bray Wyatt is stood behind Hardy.

Wyatt and Hardy stand laughing at each other.

This is next level crazy, but I love it!

Elias is now sat in the ring playing his guitar.

Elias is singing in the ring, alone.

Elias welcomes The Miz back.

Miz comes down with the Miztourage.

Miz praises the Miztourage.

Bo Dallas gives the Miz a framed photo of, The Miz.

Curtis Axel gives him his suit jumper.

Dallas gives him a watch.

Axel gives him his shoes.

Miz tells them both off for arguing.

Miz wants the Intercontinental Title back.

Cuts back to Balor, Anderson and Gallows backstage.

Anderson talks about how hot his wife is.

Balor says 2018 is the year of the Balor club.

Enzo Amore against Cedric Alexander up next.

Amore is the first one out.

Amore out alone, which is interesting.

Enzo cuts a heated promo before the match has begun.

Both Amore and Alexander alone, which is interesting.

Amore running scared for the opening stages.

Amore escapes the ring, gives himself time to think.

Nia Jax overlooking backstage.

Amore pushes Alexander out of the ring.

Amore has Alexander in a chin-lock in the ring.

Amore dominant as Alexander is once again on the floor.

Amore knees Alexander in the face.

Alexander drop-kicks Amore as he jumps off the top rope.

Alexander knees Amore in the head.

Alexander jumps over the top rope and lands on Alexander.

Amore’s face is bleeding heavily.

Amore holds his left ankle.

Amore is counted out as a result of the ‘injury.’

Amore is still champion.

Backstage showing Amore at the trainers room.

Now we see Cesaro and Sheamus asking when they get their rematch for the RAW tag-team titles.

Angle announces the rematch will happen at the Royal Rumble.

Miz now questions is Angle knows how to run a show.

The Miz will face Roman Reigns in two weeks on RAW 25, for the Intercontinental Championship.

Backstage with Asuka, and Alexa Bliss comes on and talks trash to her.

The Bar are now out to compete.

Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews to face them.

Sheamus sends Crews out of the ring.

Crews is injured according to Michael Cole.

Squash match so far, as expected.

Sheamus goes into the steel corner, after Crews moves out of the way of the Irishman.

Sheamus knees O’Neil in the head.

O’Neil pins Sheamus for a three count after Sheamus gets caught up on the rope, now that’s a surprise!

Brock Lesnar is up next.

We are watching highlights of what happened when Kane and Lesnar went face to face last week.

Lesnar comes out, accompanied by Paul Heyman of course.

Heyman firing shots at the WWE.

Heyman once again showing why he is so good on the mic.

Nobody interrupts the promo, which is a surprise.

Spoke too soon, Kane attacks Lesnar from behind on the ramp.

The brawl foes backstage.

Strowman just came in and destroyed them both.

Strowman just pulled down some huge, metal thing on the top of Kane and Lesnar, with the locker room looking on.

Now seeing Lesnar being helped to his feet.

Lesnar leaves on a stretcher.

Kane helps himself up.

Samoa Joe now coming out.

Joe looks like he will be facing Rhyno, accompanied by Heath Slater.

Joe starts off dominant.

Joe making sure Slater sees what he’s doing to his partner.

Rhyno kicks out at two after an STO from Joe.

Rhyno gets caught in the Coquina Clutch, and has to tap out.

Joe talks to Charly Carruso after the match, and enters the Royal Rumble.

Joe says John Cena will be the first man he eliminates at the Royal Rumble.

Nia Jax enters the Royal Rumble whilst speaking to Alexa Bliss backstage.

There seems to be tension between Bliss and Jax.

Asuka out now, presumably to face Nia Jax.

I was incorrect, she will face a local competitor.

Nia Jax just attacked Asuka from behind.

Crowd chanting for Nia.

The main event is up next.

Gallows and Anderson come out first.

Pretty obvious how disliked Jordan is compared to the other five competitors.

Balor and Rollins begin.

Grappling game early on.

Reigns Samoan drops Gallows.

Reigns delivers a succession of clotheslines to Balor in the corner.

Reigns goes for the Superman punch, but Anderson and Gallows distract him, followed by a sling-blade by Balor.

Gallows kicks Reigns in the head.

The Good Brothers are dominating Reigns.

Momentum changes as Reigns gets Anderson down.

Didn’t last long as Gallows prevents a tag from happening.

Reigns super-man punches Gallows, but there’s no pin attempt.

Sling-blade by Rollins on Anderson.

Reigns Samoan drops Gallows.

Spine-buster by Anderson, Rollins kicks out at two.

Jordan distracts the referee, and he misses the tag from Rollins to Reigns.

Magic-killer delivered to Rollins in the meantime.

Coupe de grace by Balor to get the win for his team.

The Miztourage attack Reigns, Rollins and Jordan post-match.

Skull-crushing finale on Reigns.

“One more time!” Chants from the fans, Miz obliges.

Instead of the skull-crushing finale they deliver the Shield’s unique triple powerbomb.

Question – What did you think of RAW tonight?

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