WHAT HAPPENED, THIS WEEK, @ WWE’S MONDAY NIGHT RAW

Posted November 24th, 2015 by jshannon

The WWE has a brand new World Champion, and it might not be who you would think. Survivor Series was a decent show, if not very predictable. Let’s see what the fallout of the Fall Classic.

Before I begin, I want to send my most heartfelt thanks out to Bill Apter, the whole family at 1Wrestling.com and all of you who read my words. I asked, last week, for prayers and positive thoughts for my ailing wife, Dianna. I’m so happy to share with you all that she is home and feeling better. She has a long way to go in her recovery but she did ask me to share her love to one and all. Smile.

Raw began by showing the finals of the WWE World Title Tournament. Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to win the strap. In a post-match situation, Roman Speared HHH. Sheamus then slid in and hit a Brogue Kick. He cashed in Money in the Bank and then hit a 2nd Brogue Kick to become the new champion. Hmmm…seems someone we all know actually called that in his Crystal Ball Predictions column (blind squirrel finds an acorn time). Smile.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon walked out to the ring. The Power Couple got booed like crazy. HHH reminded everyone that he offered Roman a Pass to the title but Reigns rejected the opportunity. Stephanie said opportunity knocked twice and Roman slammed the door. HHH said he wasn’t upset when Roman turned him down, the first time. HHH came in to only shake Roman’s hand to show him respect. HHH grumbled that Roman pulled the Cheap Shot. HHH made it clear that the Spear cost him the World title. HHH then introduced the new World Champion…Sheamus.

The Celtic Warrior walked out with the World title belt around his waist. Sheamus crowed about what a great moment he was having. Sheamus pretended to appreciate the fans. He thanked The Authority for the classy introduction. Sheamus didn’t even mind the fans chanting “You Look Stupid!”. Sheamus laughed about taking the title from Roman, in mere minutes (5:15) Sheamus mocked Roman for his reaction to losing the title. Sheamus just wanted to know: “Who looks stupid now?”.

HHH stepped back in and praised Sheamus for being the new World Champion. That brought Roman Reigns through the crowd. Roman was actually smiling. Sheamus tried to taunt Roman but it failed. Roman demanded his rematch, tonight. Stephanie told Roman that he lost his chance to demand anything when he Speared HHH. Roman asked HHH if he was hiding behind his wife’s skirt because he was afraid of the big Samoan. The two men stared each other down. HHH flinched as Roman stepped towards him. HHH congratulated Roman for the Spear but then mocked him for walking out of Survivor Series with nothing. HHH let Roman know that Reigns would get his title rematch, when HHH decided. Rusev came out of nowhere and attacked Roman. Sheamus then hit a Brogue Kick. So, is Rusev Sheamus’ bodyguard now? The International Alliance then left the ring. HHH told Roman “That Pride’s a B*tch”. HHH then set up a TLC match, at TLC, between Roman and Sheamus. Stephanie then said Roman would have to face Rusev, later tonight.

The Dudley Boyz will be facing Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, shortly. That should be a good one.

Smackdown is moving to the USA Network, in January!

The Dudley Boyz vs The Wuatt Family

As The Wyatts entered, a previously recorded promo by Bray Wyatt aired. It was so seriously creepy. The fans quickly called for tables. Luke Harper tore into Bubba Ray but Bubba gave as good as he got. Corner Shoulders by Luke. Hard Kick and Chops by Luke. Luke ripped at Bubba’s face. He then took down D’Von. Bubba with a Whip and Corner Splash. He then nailed a Big Boot. Tag to D’Von. Double Team Flapjack on Luke. Reverse 3D by the tag team specialists. Bray pulled Luke out to the floor as Raw took a break.

Bray was in and tearing into D’Von. Wild Running Corner Splash by Bray. Tag to Luke. Braun Strowman and Erick Roan watched from the floor. D’Von and Luke unleashed serious Haymakers on each other. Bray tagged back in and Snap Mared D’Von. Kabuki Claw by Bray. D’Von spun around to get to his feet. Snap Suplex and Backsplash Senton to D’Von. Bray missed most of the Backsplash. Tags to Bubba and Luke. Huge Back Body Drop and Flip, Flop and Fly to Luke. Bubba nailed Braun and that allowed Luke to nail the Discus Clothesline.

Yiour Winners: Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
Raw Ranking: 2.5 out of a possible 5

Erick came in to attack D’Von. Braun then finished off Bubba with the Apocalypse. Bray planted D’Von with Sister Abigail. It would have been so much better if the Brothers of Destruction had teamed with the Dudleys to face all 4 members of the Wyatts, last night. Traditional Survivor Series Rules Match. Just imagine that one.

The announcers sent it to a video package about The Undertaker. He’s always been one of my top 10 wrestlers of all time, even during that horrible Underbiker phase of his career.

Sasha Banks (with Tamina and Naomi) vs Becky Lynch

The two women circled each other and Becky sent Sasha flying with a Arm Drag. Collar and Elbow and Sasha threw down Becky. She wailed away as my pup, Sasha, perked up her ears at hearing “her” name. Grin. Becky rocked The Boss with Forearms. Becky with the Double Knee Drop, in the corner. 1-2-not yet. Sasha choked Becky on the middle rope. Sasha unloaded with wild Corner Kicks. Sasha again choked Becky on the ropes. Tamina popped Becky as the ref was distracted. Sasha tried for the pin but couldn’t score a 3. Sasha then worked over the lower back of Becky. Surfboard but Becky escaped. Becky School Girl’d Sasha and then sent her into the ropes. European Uppercuts by the Lasskicker. Clotheslines and a Leg Lariat by Becky. Exploder Suplex by Becky. Sasha kicked up to hit Becky in the face. Becky locked in the Dis-Armer but Naomi pulled Sasha into the ropes. As Becky yelled at the outside duo, Sasha rolled up Becky.

Your Winner: “The Boss”, Sasha Banks
Raw Ranking: 2.25

Paige cut a promo, from the back, where she complained about Charlotte cheating in their title match. Michael Cole called Paige on it and she got really irate. Paige claimed Charlotte’s arm was under the ropes when she applied the Figure Eight. The ref should have called for the break, not accept the submission. Paige was ready to show everyone what an embarrassment Charlotte is.

The New Day will be doing a Country Music Jamboree to celebrate their one year anniversary. They have also made the risky move of sending out an Open Challenge. They just might regret that.

New Day came out on pink stick horses. Jeez. JBL corrected they were Unicorns. Big E was wearing a red cowboy hat. This was just goofy. Oh please let someone come out and kick their silly behinds. Xavier grumbled about having to spend their anniversary evening in the Capitol of Country Music. Yeehaw! I happen to like country music. Our van’s presets are all country stations (with one exception). New Day made fun of country music. Oh for goodness sakes, let’s get some wrestling started! New Day let Xavier sing. He’s ok but he ain’t no Darius Rucker. Fans were beyond bored with the waste of time. Xavier issued the Open Challenge…

New Day vs ?
World Tag Team Tiltle Match

Lucha Dragons came out to accept. Kalisto accused New Day of running from them. Kalisto accepted for his team. Sin Cara stepped up and wished the opponents Feliz Anniversario (Happy Anniversary). New Day then headed out of the ring. They didn’t go far as The Usos came out. New Day tried to backtrack out of the Open Challenge. Sin Cara explained that they came out first but they were cool with a Triple Threat Tag Team Title Match. Big E whined about the teams ruining the Jamboree. New Day said neither team would get the title shot, tonight. The LUchas and Usos started kicking butt. Big E ws taken out by the Luchas. Double Superkick, by the Usos, to Xavier.

Your Winner: Match Never Happened
Raw Ranking: N/A
Segment Ranking: 1.0

Charlotte will have to face Paige, later tonight, in a rematch for the Divas title.

Renee Young interviewed Charlotte. Renee wondered what Charlotte felt about being called a cheater. Charlotte wasn’t surprised and was ok with having to fight Paige, again.

Mark Henry vs Neville

Talk about your David vs Goliath match. Wow! Mark Henry, earlier in the day, praised Neville for his talents. Neville jogged around Mark and tried to Stick and Move. Mark sent Neville into the corner and hit numerous Headbutts. Mark lifted Neville and the Brit rocked Mark with Forearms. Mark threw Neville into the corner and then Bieled Neville across the ring and out to the floor. Dang. Neville escaped the World’s Strongest Slam. Neville kicked Mark in the face. Miz watched from the back. Red Arrow!

Your Winner: Neville
Raw Ranking: 2.25

Mark came up to Neville, after the match. He offered his hand to the young man. They shook in a sign of pure respect. Mark told Neville that Neville would be good. That came from a former World Champion!

Star Dust cut a promo about Cesaro. Star Dust also brought up his older brother, Goldust. Titus O’Neil, for some odd reason, came in to Star Dust’s lair. Titus then barke din Star Dust’s ear and started him hissing . Up next, a six man match…

Titus O’Neil, Darren Young and Goldust vs Star Dust, Viktor and Konnor
Six Man Tag Team Match

I still want a Freebirds Invitational 6-Man tourney. New Day, Wyatt Family, Cosmic Ascension, etc… all going for either a trophy or belts.

The Rhodes Brothers opened up against each other. Star got out and let Konnor come in. Viktor screamed he wanted the Golden One so Konnor tagged out. Knife Edge Chops and a Whip by Viktor. Big Boot by Goldy and a Deep Arm Drag. Tag to Darren. Ax Bomber to the arm. Bombs Away gave Darren a two. Tag to Titus. Titus used a Front Drop Suplex to put Darren on top of Viktor.

Titus smacked Viktor’s chest and brought in Darren. Hard Whip but Viktor got the elbow up. Tag to Star but Darren launched him. Star came back with hard clubbing shots. Roaring Elbow by Darren. Darren dumped Star and popped Viktor. Drive By Dropkick by Viktor. Konnor then tagged in. Hard Double Team on Daren. 2 count. Rear Chin Lock to Darren. Star tagged back in and punched away on Darren. Darren was trapped in the ropes. Star kicked and stomped away. Corner Boot Choke by Star. The fans began to chant “Cody” and Star tripped out. Darren fought out of the enemy corner but couldn’t reach home base.

Darren dove and reached Titus. Shoulder Tackles by Titus to Viktor. Titus barked and then kicked away. Goldust took out Star Dust. Darren hit the Apron Uranage on Konnor. Clash of the Titus on Viktor!

Your Winners: Goldust and the Prime Time Players
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Goldy danced with Titus and Darren.

Albert Del Rio and Zeb Colter were on deck to deliver a State of MexAmerica Address.

Alberto and Zeb strolled from the back. I really don’t like that patchwork flag thing. Zeb and Alberto pulled up in front of the announce table. Zeb discussed Alberto’s failing to win the World title. Zeb said it was just a growing pain for the fledgling country. Zeb accused most of the WWE Universe of becoming Haters. Alberto complained, in Spanish, that the fans were scared of the new country that he and Zeb created. Zeb said they would no longer try to help the fans and the borders of MexAmerica are now closed.

Zeb’s rant was cut short by the arrival of Jack Swagger. He was wearing his old Hand over the Heart shirt. Jack mentioned how the fans used to look up to Zeb, but not anymore. Alberto went off on Jack for his disrespect. Jack challenged Alberto to face him. Alberto waited for Jack to get in the ring. It was a MexAmerican Stand-off until Alberto turned tail and ran. The fans sure didn’t appreciate Del Rio’s behavior. Jack poked Zeb by getting a “We the People” chant going.

Paige vs Charlotte
Divas Title Match

I found it interesting that JBL actually called Paige by her given name, Saraya, at Survivor Series. Collar and Elbow and the two women fought for dominance. They ended up in the ropes. Clap Fight. Both ended up dizzy. Charlotte dropped Paige hard and clamped on a Rear Chin Lock. Paige twisted around to get to her feet. She didn’t stay there long as Charlotte cranked on an Inverted Cross Armbreaer. Paige got her feet on the ropes to force the break. The ref ordered Paige to get in the ring. She refused to get back in and the ref said he would count her out. Charlotte flipped Paige back into the ring.

Knee Strikes by Charlotte. Flair Strut as Paige bailed out. Charlotte locked in a Head Scissors and used her legs to flip Paige over. Kip Up. Paige was so stunned. Paige pulled Charlotte off the ropes and the champ hit her head on the turnbuckle, on the way down. Paige blasted Charlotte and then twisted the body in ways that it just shouldn’t turn. Charlotte finally reached the ropes. Charlotte and Paige trade extremely hard shots and kicks. Vicious Knee Strikes by Paige. Running Boot but it only brought a two for Paige. Figure Four Headlock by Paige. Charlotte bridged back to almost pin Paige. Snap Suplesx sent Charlotte into the ropes. Paige tossed Charlotte all around and then worked on Charlotte’s injured knee.

Paige slapped and kicked Charlotte into the middle of next week. 1-2-not just yet. Paige then Suplexed Charlotte into the ropes, again. Charlotte fought out of the corner and Double Legged Paige. Page reversed tings and nailed a nasty Headbutt. Paige twisted Charlotte’s leg to the point that Charlotte’s foot almost touched her own head. Both women unleashed Thrust Kicks. That was a perfect time to take a quick break.

The two women were still going hot and heavy. Paige was in control as she bashed and battered the champ. Charlotte with Flair Chops as the fans Woo’d. 2 count. Body Scissors by Charlotte. It was almost a Kokina Clutch. Paige got to the ropes. Charlotte Speared Paige out of the ring. Both women hit the floor hard. The ref began to count. Paige threw Charlotte into the barricade. The ref reached 10 and both women were counted out.

Your Winner: Double Count Out
Raw Ranking: 3.0

The fight kept going on the floor. Paige put Charlotte on the announce table and applied the PTO. The refs finally got the hold broken. Paige kept stomping on the champ and headed to the back. This was the best match of the night, so far.

Heath Slater was in the ring. He had a guitar in hand. Heath wanted to bring some Rock and Roll to Nashville. Sigh, another long, boring segment. Thank the stars that Ryback came out to stop this stupidity.

Heath went all Honky Tonk Man with a Guitar Shot. Rybck shook it off and hit the Spinebuster. Meat Hook Clothesline! Shell Shocked!

Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose vs Tyler Breeze and Kevin Owens

Tyler worked over Dolph’s arm. Knee Strike by Tyler. Kevin took the tag and wailed away. Sign of the night at Survivor Series was “Diet Owens Diet”. Dean tagged in and Kevin got out. Scoop Slam to Tyler. Tag To Dolph. Heart Stopper Elbow Drop and Corner Splashes to Prince Pretty. Tyler escaped the Funk Neckbreaker. Superkick by Tyler. Tag to Owens. He stomped away on the Show Off. Short Arm Clothesline by Kevin. Backsplash Senton by Owens for the two. Tag to Tyler.

Breeze stomped away and then tagged back to Kevin. Kevin popped Dolph in the face and then applied the Rear Chin Lock. Dolph worked up to his feet and punched the ribs. Dolph Elbowed Tyler and kicked Owens. Dropkick rocked Kevin. Dolph finally got the tag, as did Kevin. Shoulder Tackles by Dean. Leg Lariat by Dean and then Ambrose wailed on Tyler. La Bandera Clothesline into a Suicide Dive. Dean pitched Tyler back in the ring and hit the Rolling Neckbreaker. Dean went to the top and hit a Missile Dropkick. Tyler rolled up Dean for a two. Rebound Clothesline by Dean but Kevin attacked. Superkick by Dolph to take out Owens. Kevin and Dolph fought on the floor. Dean escaped the Unprettier and connected with Dirty Deeds.

Your Winners: Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler
Raw Ranking: 2.75

They ran a video of JBL and El Torito arguing about what to order, Texan or Mexican. Mark Henry got in on it. It was a promo for Carl’s Jr.’s new burger. Seriously?

The announcers then discussed the World Title Tournament and sent it to a video highlight package.

Rusev (w/Sheamus) vs Roman Reigns

Rusev took down Roman and applied the Front Face Lock. Roman forced himself up and then dropped Rusev with a Clothesline. Uppercut by Rom an. Hammer Throw into a Samoan Drop attempt. Rusev got free but fell to a Rolling Neckbreaker. Roman rammed Rusev into the corner. Corner Mount Punches by Reigns. Rusev turned Romen and did a Hot Shot into the corner. Rusev kicked away and then punched Roman. Rusev choked Roman over the middle rope. Rusev clubbed the lower back. Roman reversed a Whip but took a kick to the face. Big Boto by Roman. Rusev headed out to the floor.

Roman ran Rusev into the barricade as the ref began to count. Roman stared daggers at Sheamus. Raw took a final break.

Rusev locked in a Rear Chin Lock and put his weigh on Roman. Roman tried to fight out of the move and Rusev threw him outside. Sheamus clocked Roman as the ref was distracted. Rusev picked up Roman and threw him back in the ring. Rusev stomped at Roman’s lower back. Rusev clubbed the back of the now-former World Champ. Rusev dropped his weight across Roman’s back. Rusev kicked Roman’s ribs. Running Kick to Roman’s face drew a two. Cravat by the Bulgarian Brute.

Roman fought to his feet and hit a series of hard punches. Sheamus grabbed Roman’s leg as he bounced off the ropes. The ref, of course, didn’t see a thing. Rusev surprised Roman with a shot. The ref ordered Sheamus to leave ringside. Roman with a School Boy and Samoan Drop. The ref started counting both men down. The two men brought out the Haymakers for a back and forth slugfest. Roman was getting the better half of this fight. Corner Clotheslines by Roman. Wicked Heel Kick by rusev. 2 count, yet again.

Rusev went up the ropes but got caught. Roman punched away on the Bulgarian and then set for the Superplex. Rusev did his best to fight out of the move. Rusev then hit a Benoit Diving Headbutt but couldn’t score the 3. Rusev dropped Roman and called for the Accolade. Roman powered out of the move but Rusev stomped the back. Superman Punch! 1-2-not quite. Roman psyched himself up and set for the Spear. Rusev saw it coming and bailed out. Rusev hit a brutal kick to Roman’s face. The ref started to count out Roman but Rusev wasn’t done. He sent Roman into the barricade. Roman unloaded with Knee Strikes on Rusev and then kicked him in the face. Superman Punch and Rusev fell off the apron. The ref started to count, again. Drive By. King Barrett came out of nowhere to nail Roman with the Bull Hammer.

Your Winner (by Disqualification): Roman Reigns
Raw Ranking: 3.5

Roman tried to fight off the United Nationals but he numbers were ridiculous. Roman did unleash Hell, via a chair, to Rusev’s back. Roman also bashed Sheamus with the chair. Sheamus bailed out, quickly. Roman opened up the chair and took a seat, in the ring.

For those of you who may not be around, later in the week, I want to wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings. It’s a day to really ponder what we are grateful about. For me, it’s a houseful of loving family, including a certain little Army brat that got to come home for the holidays. Smile. Love ya, Timm.

Peace

–Jay Shannon
WordSlingerJay@Gmail.com

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