WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 6, 2017) from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois featuring the fallout show from the Fastlane pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just last night in Milwaukee.
Advertised for tonight: Goldberg is Universal champion, Brock Lesnar is in the house, there may be another surprise, a look at Seth Rollins' rehab, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 6
This morning there are no rods or staffs to comfort you dressed as a target, as you amble in your chains and stumble through the corridors that lead to our makeshift valley of death. But hey, at least I'm here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Owens/Goldberg, and then Chris Jericho makes his entrance live in the arena. He greets Chicago, calling it the birthplace of Y2J and even moreso the site of the resurrection of Chris Jericho tonight. The reason for that is last night at Fastlane, he screwed Kevin Owens out of the Universal Championship, but honestly, KO had it coming because of his betrayal at the Festival of Friendship.
He ripped his heart out and stabbed his knife into the back of Jericho, twist it in, man. Chris is angry, hurt, and confused, and he wants to know why Kevin Owens did that, so he wants him to come out and answer, face to face.
Owens obliges, making his entrance. He wants to know if after what Jericho did he thinks he's actually gonna come out here and answer him? Y2J loses his cool, yelling quiet over again and insisting that he answer the question, stopping himself just short of calling him a son of a bitch. He just wants to know why, and Owens decides to answer.
The truth is, he didn't stab his best friend in the back because Chris was never his best friend. Who was his best friend? Sami Zayn, and he stabbed him in the back, and he'll do it again and again and again, but Jericho was never his friend, just a tool that he used because the night he became champion, HHH told him that everybody'd be coming for him, so he looked around to find someone to watch his back.
He needed that person to have experience, to have been there before, and to be gullible, and if it makes Chris feel any better, he was a perfect tool until he outlived his usefulness when he accepted the match against Goldberg. He went from a tool to a burden and he had to go. He asks Y2J if he's happy that he has an answer as the crowd chants louder and louder for Goldberg.
Owens continues, saying he would have outsmarted Goldberg if Chris hadn't interfered, but he's man enough to admit that he got outsmarted by Jericho last night. The only reason he got outsmarted was because of the Festival of Friendship, where KO spared him. He could have crippled him that night, but he let him walk away because he's a good person, but that was the biggest mistake of his career.
He's not going to make that mistake again, and he tells Jericho that costing him the title was the biggest mistake he's made. Chris fires back saying the biggest mistake was actually trusting Owens. 8 years ago, he would have been ahead of the curve and turned on Owens first, but he liked the idea of having a best friend. He says he's got tons of friends here tonight and the crowd obliges, cheering him on.
Costing him the Universal Championship wasn't the end, though, they're not square. It's just the beginning, and they've got a long and winding road ahead of them, leading to Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. Owens is glad he brought it up, because he's not worried about getting the Universal Championship back whenever he likes, he's got a title shot in his back pocket, so to speak.
But all he can think about now is taking the United States Championship away from Jericho, so if he wants the match, he's gotta put the title on the line. Okay, done! Jericho makes it official! But WrestleMania is months away and they got 15,000 screaming Jerichoholics, so let's get it on right now, he says! KO agrees that nothing is stopping them and he runs to the ring!
Wild brawling, punch on punch... SAMOA JOE! They beat Jericho down unholy together! SAMI ZAYN MAKES THE SAVE! Chair in hand he runs Joe off and gets into it with Owens but Samoa gets up and turns it two-on-one once more. Jericho wakes up and gets the chair, clearing house and he and Zayn stand tall together.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial and we have a match in progress!
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Owens off the ropes, he gets a kick in but Sami levels him with a lariat. Corner mounted punches, KO throws a boot up and chucks Zayn out of the ring, but he runs into another lariat on the outside. Toss into the barricade and then in the ring but Sami gets caught by a lariat in the corner and then a cannonball when he enters. Going for the pop-up powerbomb but Zayn counters with a dropkick that sends Kev out of the ring.
Referee Darrick Moore checks on him... and Sami launches a tope con giro over his head! Back in the ring, Owens is waiting... POP-UP POWERBOMB! But Owens doesn't go right for a pin, he starts raining mounted punches down on the underdog's head. Off the ropes, somersault leg drop to the back of the neck... STEENBREAKER! He pops him up one more time...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with the pop-up powerbomb.
Commentary hypes up Jericho/Joe and Goldberg's first appearance as Universal Champion for later, but first, we have a Cruiserweight Championship match up next, after the break.
Back from commercial we get to see Austin Aries' beautiful package again!
Neville (c) vs. Rich Swann (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Swann hot out the gate with lariats and a strike rush! Leapfrog, dropkick, Neville outside and Rich goes to meet him, throwing him into the barricade! Chops on the outside, right hands, the King throws him onto the apron but he lands seated and forces Neville to try a second time, leaving Swann on the floor as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Neville has a reverse chinlock in but Swann is fighting his way out of it, which gets the King to just spike his head into the mat! Rich crawls to the apron and the King follows, but Swann gets back into it with punches and a kick that knocks Neville to the floor. Rich heads up top... SENTON ATOMICO! Back in the ring, the King throws a knee, whip, duck a lariat, Swann gets a headscissors takeover off!
Rolling solebutt and a Falcon Arrow nearly get Rich the win! He heads up top but Neville cuts him off with a forearm. He gets the superplex but Swann rolls outside! The King deigns to follow, he takes him around the ring and throws him into the barricade in front of a man dressed as Rick Steiner as we go to break.
Back from commercial and Neville is hurling verbal abuse at Rich. Swann blocks a whip, throws a forearm and they trade blows for a moment. Neville off the ropes, German suplex, Swann on his feet! Rich fires one of his own off, superkick... NOT ENOUGH! Swann heads up top once more, he dodges the King and fires off a roundhouse kick, to the top, Phoenix Splash... NEVILLE DODGED! He gets a nearfall on a cover...
Neville wins by submission with the Rings of Saturn neck crank.
Aries interviews him after the match but Neville is distracted by the crowd chanting for Aries. He says he did exactly what he said he'd do, and for everybody that's doubted him and overlooked at him, look at him now. He has laid waste to pretender after pretender and now it's undeniable that there's nobody on 205 Live that holds a candle to the King of the Cruiserweights.
Austin admits that he's done everything he's set out to do, but it sounds like the people couldn't hear him, so he wants to clarify that there's nobody at his level? Neville says there's nobody, but Aries says the WWE Universe seems to disagree with him. The King calls him delusional for thinking he's even close to being on his level. In fact, he's running out of patience with him, so why not head back to the announce desk to make cheap jokes to entertain the universe?
Because this territory, this is his ring, so get out before he re-breaks his orbital socket. Aries tells him just trying to do his job, and Neville says he's just telling the truth, what's he gonna do about it. Austin reiterates, that he's just doing his job and he just wants one more question. Actually, not so much a question, and more like a statement... HE DECKS HIM WITH THE MIC!
ROLLING ELBOW CONNECTS AND SENDS NEVILLE OUT OF THE RING! Aries is about to dive on him but Neville is in full retreat!
Cut to Enzo & Big Cass walking backstage. Cass tries to get Enzo focused on their rematch when they run into Cesaro and Sheamus. Sheamus calls them chokers, to which Big takes offense and tells him to watch his mouth and promises to win the title. Cesaro says they're gonna watch no matter what, and Enzo makes fun of his nipples before saying the only thing they're choking on tonight is champagne.
Sheamus holds Cesaro back as the Realest Guys move on.
Goldberg is up next, after the break.
Back from commercial, Goldberg makes his first entrance as Universal Champion.
He gets in the ring and tells us that the title belongs to all of us just as much as it belongs to him, because he couldn't do it without us. Tonight he stands in front of us a humbled man, and that gives him an opportunity to divulge some information he never thought he'd make public. The crowd chants for CM Punk, and he's into it!
Enter Paul Heyman. He says he's here to offer a handshake to the new Universal Champion, but honestly his is not the hand that should be shaking Mr. Goldberg's, because he didn't come here alone. Tonight he appears as the advocate for the challenger for the Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar.
Brock comes out and gets in the ring, staring Bill and the Big Red Belt down equally. Paul does formal introductions and says his client came here to shake his hand and congratulate him for becoming Universal Champion, and how happy he must be to have demolished Kevin Owens to win it, and that the only person happier is his client. Because at WrestleMania, his client understands that Goldberg is every bit the beast that Brock is, so he'll shake his hand.
Only one man can walk out the winner, and the other will be the loser, to which Bill points out he's 2-0. Heyman says he doesn't make predictions, he gives spoilers, and, with all due respect, WrestleMania will see a new Universal Champion crowned, and his name is Brock Lesnar. Brock offers his hand at this point, but Bill ain't shaking. Paul says Goldberg is gonna be Brock's bitch...
BROCK F-5S GOLDBERG!
Bill crawls to his title belt as Paul and Brock leave.
Commentary tosses to a recap of Strowman/Reigns, with video of the running powerslam through the announce table. Tonight Braun Strowman says he'll finish what he started against Roman Reigns, but first, our tag title rematch is up next, after the break.
Back from commercial, Enzo & Cass, they do the deal.
Enzo continues, saying that last night will be remembered as the Milwaukee Shoejack? Apparently because he should have been able to do his intro as champion. Not sure I follow. But anyway, Cass vows to win tonight, like Michael Jordan in several years. He declares the Club to be SAWFT once again.
Enzo & Big Cass vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (c) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Gallows and Enzo to start, the big man clubbing him down. But Amore ducks a lariat, throws a pair of dropkicks, and tags Cass in. Big runs over Luke with a shoulder block and pounds him with mounted punches, but Big Hoot has a right for him and forces him in the corner for the tag. Cass forces Anderson into a neutral corner and throws hands of his own.
Karl gets a little rally off but Cass catches him and Machine Gun takes a break. Enzo tags in, thinking about a dive, but the Club book it as Cesaro and Sheamus come down and we go to break.
Back from commercial it's Anderson and Amore in it and Karl is dominating. He hits a back suplex for two, corner uppercuts, Sex Ferguson tags in. Right hands, Too Sweets, another right, scoop, goes for a slam, Enzo reverses to a tornado DDT! Tags made, Big runs Karl over, fallaway slam, Stinger splash, fallaway slam, Stinger splash, body slam, off the ropes, Empire Elbow gets two when Gallows breaks the pin up.
Enzo sends Luke outside and his a suicide dive on him, but bumps into Cesaro as part of his celebration! Amore runs in the ring and Cesaro goes to clobber him but he ducks and Anderson eats it!
The Club wins by disqualification, retaining the Raw Tag Team Championship.
All three teams brawl wild, Enzo ends up on Cesaro's back but Sheamus knocks him down with a Brogue Kick and the Europeans stand tall!
We now get our Rick Rude Hall of Fame video package. Commentary promises us Bayley later and we go to break.
Back from commercial and the tag teams are screaming at each other. Mick Foley breaks it up and makes another #1 contender's match between Enzo & Big Cass and Cesaro & Sheamus for next week. He declares his intention of having a nice day, and Stephanie McMahon rolls up, ensuring that will not be the case. She tells him to follow her to her office.
Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari
Collar and elbow, Daivari backs Tozawa in the corner and hammers him. Whip to the corner, Akira with a boot up but Ariya gets a hammerlock and slams the Pepsi Twist home. Knee drop into a seated rear chinlock but Tozawa fights out easily and they trade chops. Fakeout punch, snapmare, Penalty Kick, senton combo gets two and Ariya takes a breather.
Akira with a suicide dive and he's fired up! Up top, jump over, Daivari cuts him off with a kick to the knee but Tozawa floats out of a suplex and has him in his sights...
Akira Tozawa wins by pinfall with the snap German suplex.
Tozawa gets on the mic and calls Brian Kendrick out, asking him to fight him face to face right now. Kendrick obliges and asks if after all this he still wants to fight? Well, he can't make any promises, but he'll have an answer for him tomorrow night on 205 Live. Lesson Five, however, is what the dog learned when he finally caught his tail and bit down hard-- be careful what you wish for.
Commentary reminds us of Jericho/Joe and we head to break.
Back from commercial, and Big E does his thing.
New Day come out with their ice cream cart once again. Big E definitely still wants to have relations with it, too. Xavier Woods starts, introducing the crowd to the cart for those who may have missed it. Kofi Kingston reiterates the catchphrase "A mouthful of magic, I gotta have it", before telling us that we have to keep making our voices heard if we want our dreams to come true.
Big E says now they're qualified to host a variety of events, like a quinceanera, a bris, and sticking their foot up the Shining Stars' butts in a minute.
New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. Shining Stars (Epico & Primo)
Epico and Kofi to start, Epico hits a sweet delayed double underhook gutbuster. The Stars encroach on the cart but E runs them over with a lariat and Kofi dives on them. Tag made...
New Day win by pinfall with Midnight Hour on Epico.
To celebrate Women's History Month, we get a video package about Trish Stratus and Lita. And Bayley is up next, after the break.
Back from commercial, Mick Foley is in the ring to introduce Bayley.
She comes down to the ring and Mick congratulates her on her successful defense of the title. Bayley says it's been 24 hours and she wishes she could call herself the champion, but after she told Charlotte to leave Dana Brooke in the locker room, Sasha, well, we all saw what happened. She's trying to wrap her mind around it, but she needs to keep moving and look forward to WrestleMania.
Growing up, her year wasn't like everybody elses starting in January and ending in December, her year started and ended with WrestleMania. And last year she stood in the crowd while Lita introduced the new Women's Championship before watching three women she came up in the Performance Center with put it all on the line. She promised herself that this year she'd be in the ring, on the show.
But it just doesn't feel like it should, it doesn't feel right. Mick says he understands, but at this time of year, it doesn't matter how you got there, it only matters where you're going, and she's going to WrestleMania. But who will be her opponent?
Enter Sasha Banks. She says that's a great question, and she thinks she has the answer. They all know Charlotte really well and just because she sent Dana back didn't mean she wasn't going to come back out. But enough of that, they're gonna tear it down on the Grandest Stage of Them All, and she proposes a title match to do so. Foley says that sounds like a match, but he wants a second opinion from the people of Chicago.
Chicago is into it, and Charlotte Flair comes down, Dana Brooke in tow. She says just like that the plan is clear. Sasha knew she wasn't going to get another chance against her, so she contrived to make sure Bayley would be champion, and she used her, pretending to be her friend. And it worked! Charlotte claims she's the real victim here, robbed of her title and her pay-per-view streak last night.
She accuses Mick of not caring as long as his two favorite daughters are going to WrestleMania, but he counters that she lost her contractually obligated rematch. He understands there was controversy, but...
Enter Stephanie McMahon. She wants to make one thing clear, Mick Foley is not the boss and neither is Sasha Banks. She is. The crowd chants for CM Punk and she says it's predictable and they're all like CM Punk, losers. She says Charlotte is right and Sasha is the most manipulative person in the locker room so she can win the title again. She says there's no denying Bayley wouldn't be women's champion if it weren't for Sasha's interference, so the person that deserves the match is Charlotte.
Mick says he thinks Steph would agree, but she cuts him off and makes Charlotte/Bayley official for WrestleMania. He protests, saying you can't leave the Boss out in the cold, and she questions his terminology. He says she deserves a shot and neither can be left out in the cold, so next week he wants to run a #1 contender's match between Flair and Banks.
McMahon appreciates his idea, but she's gonna make it better, she's gonna make it so that if Sasha wins, it's a triple threat, and furthermore, it'll be Sasha vs. Bayley right now!
The match will begin after the break.
Back from commercial just in time for the bell to ring.
Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
Circling, Bayley gets a side headlock, Sasha reverses to a wristlock, Bayley gets the headlock back and Banks reverses again. Hugger with a side headlock takeover, tries for a cover and they break. Circling, collar and elbow, Boss with a waistlock into a front chancery, wristlock, yanks the arm, arm wringer, Bayley reverses and takes her down for a cover.
Bayley with a waistlock to a side headlock, gets shot off but takes Banks down with a shoulder block. Hip toss, Sasha gets a side headlock, Bayley shoots her off and gets run over. Dropdown, hip toss, arm drag, Sasha in charge. Banks tries to pick a leg but Bayley grabs a ristlock again, whip reversed, arm drag off the second, Stinger splash gets one.
Kneeling armbar on the Boss, she fights out, tries a pair of covers before firing off a wicked overhand chop. Knucklelock, step-up arm drag, headscissors takeover and the Hugger goes outside. Each woman misses a dive in turn and back in the ring Banks levels Bayley with a lariat and we go to break.
Back from commercial, they're trading pins, Sasha grabs La Magistral and sifts to an armbar, off the ropes, goes for the From Dusk 'Til Dawn version of the Bank Statement but slips, Bayley hooks the Bayley-to-Belly but Sasha blocks and starts throwing forearms. Hugger hits a back suplex as Charlotte leaves commentary and heads to the ring. Double knees in the corner, Bayley with a sunset flip but Sasha rolls through and hits Meteora for two.
Whip exchange, the Boss takes her into the turnbuckles with a headscissors and goes for the double knee drop but Bayley slips away and heads up top for a diving crossbody but Banks dodges! Crossface applied but the champion makes the ropes! Back elbow, Sasha catches a lariat... Bank Statement applied! Bayley's crawling for the ropes but Dana runs interference while Charlotte tries to interfere. Banks uses her for leverage, rolls Bayley into the middle of the ring...
Sasha Banks wins by submission with the Bank Statement.
Charlotte comes in the ring and lays Bayley and Sasha both out with big boots before grabbing the title belt and standing tall.
Commentary recaps the Brock/Goldberg segment before narrating the powerslam through the announce table from Reigns/Strowman once more and promising that he'll finish what he started. But first, our look at Seth Rollins' rehab and an interview with HHH, after the break.
Back from commercial, Roman Reigns gets interviewed. He says if Braun wants to find him, he'll be in the middle of the ring at the end of the night.
We then get a video package to set up our look at Seth's rehab, which is prettymuch what you'd expect, footage of him working the knee out and talking about how much he wants to be back for WrestleMania.
HHH is interviewed by satellite, he says you gotta take your hat off to WWE for providing world-class care like Seth Rollins is getting. WWE spares no expense for the health and welfare of their talent, they just have to hope that Seth listens to the experts and follows their advice. Last week when Seth said he was gonna be at WrestleMania no matter what, Hunter took it as ignorance, but if these doctors are telling him to stay home, it's nothing but stupidity.
He says Seth lies to himself all the time and he's a liar. He was never the man, and this is a lie, too. HHH has been called a lot of things in his career, but he didn't have to call himself those names, other people gave them to him, because they were obvious, but Rollins has to call himself the man, because nobody else will, and it's a lie. He thinks he can turn that lie into truth because WrestleMania is where dreams come true.
Seth's dream is to be the man, but if he shows up at WrestleMania against doctor's orders, he will not get there, because if he shows up to call Hunter out, exactly what he said last week is gonna happen, and it'll be the last thing he ever does in a WWE ring.
Samoa Joe makes his entrance, so his match against Jericho must be up next, after the break.
Back from commercial we get an Emma vignette, because this is our life again.
Chris Jericho vs. Samoa Joe
Circling, Joe charges in and pummels Jericho in the corner. Whip across, Y2J gets an elbow up an throws a few chops. Whip exchange, Samoa with the back splash and the corner enzuigiri before putting boots to Chris. Jericho manages to turn the tide for a moment and counters a back body drop with a kick. Up top, diving crossbody gets one and he kicks Joe in the shoulder before getting run over and eating a senton.
Stomp to the side of Y2J's head, Samoa follows with forearms and a Fujiwara armbar. He tries to turn it into a Rings of Saturn but Jericho gets a crucifix pin and looks for the Walls of Jericho. Enzuigiri from Chris, right hand, dropkick, Joe heads outside. Triangle dropkick, Samoa catches him on the baseball slide and locks the Coquina Clutch in on the floor!
Referee Rod Zapata gets to eight and Joe rolls back in...
Samoa Joe wins by count-out.
But Joe is not done, and rolls Y2J back in the ring himself, only to get caught with a Codebreaker!
Braun Strowman is walking backstage, he's gonna finish Roman, after the break.
Back from commercial we get a bit of hype for 205 Live and next week's episode of Raw before--
Braun calls Roman out, saying he got lucky last night but it runs out tonight. He doesn't want or need a match, he just needs Reigns to come out like a man so he can rip him limb from limb. Chicago doesn't like Roman, and neither does he, so get out here and fight him right now! He calls again, and this time the Big Dog's music hits...
The Undertaker is here! The Deadman commands the power over fire and gets in the ring with Braun. "Holy shit!" indeed, Chicago. Strowman backs off and leaves the ring, heading off through the crowd.
Enter Roman Reigns. He gets into the ring to stare Taker down. He tells him that Braun wasn't calling Taker out here, he was calling him, so with all due respect... this is his yard now. Undertaker stays square and looks pointedly at the WrestleMania sign before goozling him... CHOKESLAM! He leaves the Big Dog writhing in pain and makes his exit.
That's the show, folks.