New WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns continues to take on all comers with his open challenge on Monday Night Raw!
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WWE Raw 12/4/17 Results – Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Roman Reigns’ weekly open challenge
Jason Jordan interrupts his (not) father and Raw GM Kurt Angle to beg for a title shot against Roman Reigns. Reigns comes out and tells Jordan he needs to earn a title shot because he wants Samoa Joe tonight. Jordan whines and complains about Reigns being the guy before Samoa Joe interrupts both to accept Reigns’ challenge. Jordan attacks Reigns to get his attention. Reigns gets on the mic and says he’ll take care of Joe later because right now, he’s putting the IC Title on the line against Jordan!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Roman Reigns def. Jason Jordan to retain the IC Title. This was a very good match with plenty of nearfalls. Jordan should be perceived as a rising star and future main eventer, but this gimmick is a killer. At least he’s leaning towards the heel side, so I guess the boos are a good thing now.
After the match, Joe runs to attack Reigns. Jordan takes him out. Reigns Superman punches Jordan out of the ring and stares down Joe.
Backstage, Jordan demands he faces Joe tonight. Angle tells Jordan “I’m the GM” and he doesn’t have to do anything, especially play favorites. Angle says he’ll take Joe vs. Jordan into consideration until… Joe slams Jordan hard into the wall, knocking him loopy. Tremendous mic work and intensity by Joe so far on this show. Shocker, I know.
Absolution video package.
Absolution leader Paige (with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) def. Sasha Banks.
Paige’s first match since June 2016. These two have always had good in-ring chemistry and this match was no different. This was a long TV match that included a crazy sunset flip bomb spot that was slightly botched and saw Banks land awkwardly. Paige was able to hit the RamPaige on Banks for the win after the distraction from all the chaos that spilled onto the outside with Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Bayley, and Mickie James. WWE Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss was on commentary.
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubItal) December 5, 2017
Elias interrupts Kurt Angle’s awkwardly filmed backstage texting session to chastise him for favoring his “bastard son” over him for an IC Title shot. Elias tells Angle he’s going to sing a song for LA in the ring because he has no opponents left. Angle says he’ll find a worthy opponent for Elias tonight.
We get a video package highlighting the Braun Strowman vs. Kane feud featuring steel chairs to the throat, rings breaking, among other chaos.
Backstage, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore puts over the opportunity Gulak, Nese, and Daivari have tonight. After they leave, Nia Jax walks up to Amore and flirtatiously asks “HOW YOU DOIN’?” and walks away. Amore looked away in amazement. I’m all for this bizarre love story.
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) is confirmed to perform at WWE Tribute to The Troops 2017 next week on USA Network.
Drew Gulak def. Mustafa Ali Cedric Alexander, and Tony Nese in a fatal four way match. Gulak vs. Rich Swann is set for next week to determine the next challenger for Enzo Amore’s WWE Cruiserweight Championship. This was an awesome match and the best cruiserweight showcase on Raw in quite some time. Good timing too given the news that 205 Live will be running standalone house shows next month.
#205live hits the road in January!
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – Kingston, RI – The Ryan Center
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Auditorium
— Cedric Alexander (@CedricAlexander) December 4, 2017
Gulak pinned Ali to win the match after capitalizing on Alexander hitting the Lumbar Check. Unfortunately, Gulak’s post-match Powerpoint presentation was interrupted again.
Elias is in the ring to perform for LA. After a minute of bad music, Braun Strowman comes out to provide Elias competition.
Strowman destroys Elias after no selling a guitar shot to the back. Running power slam by Strowman capped things off for Elias’ rough night. Kane’s music hits and we see the Big Red Machine somewhere backstage. Kane says Strowman has forgotten what it’s like to be a monster among monsters and that he will face him next week on Raw. So it’s Strowman vs. Kane next week, hopefully, in their blowoff match.
Highlights of Reigns vs. Jordan, followed by the Samoa Joe confrontation. We then get a cringe Shield comedy segment backstage with Dean Ambrose pretending he forgot there was a tag title match booked tonight. Reigns tells Seth Rollins that Ambrose never uses his cell phone.. Ambrose then says he smells something — gold. He smells gold… Gold. Ambrose and Rollins walk away as Reigns smiles and slowly dies inside by bad WWE verbiage.
Asuka def. Alicia Fox. Quick match that Asuka won via armbar. After the match, Absolution comes out to confront Asuka. Asuka leaves the ring as Paige tells Fox she’s her best friend. Paige loves Fox, but she doesn’t know if Rose and Deville feel the same way and attack her.
Finn Balor def. Bo Dallas. Solid match that didn’t result in Balor getting destroyed by Kane, so that’s a plus.
Broken.. I mean… Woken Matt Hardy finally re-debuted, mercifully interrupting a Bray Wyatt promo in full Broken gear. Here we go!
— WWE (@WWE) December 5, 2017
Kane vs. Braun Strowman is made official for WWE Raw 12/11/17.
WWE Raw Tag Team Championships:The Shield (Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) def. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) via disqualification.
Great work by both teams as has been the case in every one of their matches. Unfortunately, after a lengthy match, Sheamus gets intentionally DQed for beating on Ambrose past the ref’s five count. Thankfully, GM Kurt Angle restarts the match and makes it no DQ!
No DQ Rematch for WWE Raw Tag Team Championships:The Bar def. The Shield to retain the tag titles.
The Shield quickly dives onto The Bar on the outside. They run wild on the champs and get a nearfall on Cesaro. Samoa Joe runs in and takes out The Shield until Roman Reigns chases him down. Sheamus hits a rapid fire Brogue Kick on Ambrose and lays Cesaro on him for the pin. The Bar retains the Raw Tag Team Titles.
Overall, an entertaining edition on Monday Night Raw that featured a very good opener and main event, Paige’s return in a major way, two matches promoted for next week, and the long awaited debut of Matt Hardy’s Broken (Woken) character. Thumbs up show!
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