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WWE Raw results, live blog (April 17, 2017): Monster Among Men

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (April 17, 2017) from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Payback pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in San Jose.

Advertised for tonight: Braun Strowman is on a rampage, Nia Jax is aiming for Bayley’s title, 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.)


The days have come when the steel will rule, and upon his head a crown of gold. Your hand wields the might, the tyrant's the precursor. You carry the will as the morning is near, but me, I'm just here to liveblog a pro wrestling show, folks.

Show opens with a recap of last week's wild three-stage beatdown of Roman Reigns by Braun Strowman.


Enter Braun Strowman. He's proud to say that he broke Roman in half last week, and to say that Roman left in an ambulance, and that Reigns has a separated shoulder and cracked rib, and he's damn sure proud to announce that Roman will not be here tonight.

And now that Roman's out of the way, he's gonna tear through the entire locker room to show them that he's the monster among men!

(You suck!)

Enter Kurt Angle. He asks Braun what he's trying to prove and says he's done enough damage, to which Strowman says there's still more to come. Kurt says Roman said the same thing, and despite his injuries, he's giving Reigns what he wants, which is a match against Braun at Payback.

Braun says it'll be Roman's funeral, and Angle says we'll see in two weeks. Strowman asks about tonight and Kurt says his ass should be suspended, and he can consider it a night off. Braun says Mick Foley tried to play these games and you see how far that got him, and he demands competition tonight or else.

Angle asks or what, Braun gets in his face, drops the mic, and leaves.

Commentary pumps up our #1 contender's match for the women's title and MizTV featuring Dean Ambrose for later, but up next, it's Chris Jericho vs. Samoa Joe.

But wait, first Seth Rollins makes his entrance, because he'll be at the announce desk, after the break.

Back from commercial and Corey Graves is hyping up a Papa Roach song of all things.

Chris Jericho vs. Samoa Joe

Joe charges in out the gate and throws right hands and knees in the corner as Jericho crumples. A headbutt, facewashes, off the ropes but Y2J is up for a dropkick! Up top, diving crossbody gets two, pick the legs and looking for the Walls of Jericho but Samoa kicks him off.

Low bridge takes Joe outside and Chris levels him with the triangle dropkick to keep him out and send us to break.

Back from commercial, Joe is in control, laying a chop into Y2J's back and a kick to his front to set up a corkscrew elbow drop for two. Mongolian chops from behind and he follows it up with a trapezius claw! Jericho escapes, quickly up top for a diving axehandle but he comes off the ropes and gets caught by Joe's beautiful snap scoop powerslam!

A second elbow misses, Chris hits the Lionsault clean but can't capitalize right away and it's only good for a nearfall. Huge corner Rock Bottom turns the momentum again, Samoa goes up top, diving senton... JERICHO SLIPS AWAY AND CATCHES HIM IN THE WALLS OF JERICH OFF THE LANDING!

Joe fighting back with punches, Chris fires a few back but Samoa is able to flip him off with his leg strength and lock the Coquina Clutch in standing. Y2J flags, down to one knee but he powers up, steps up the turnbuckles and flips over to a pin... JOE ROLLS OUT AND LOCKS THE BODYSCISSORS ON!

Jericho fighting to the best of his ability, but Joe, as they say, is inevitable...

Samoa Joe wins by submission with the Coquina Clutch.

Joe calls Seth out and asks the crowd to behold him. He asks Rollins if he remembers what it sounded like when he arrived here, because he remembers it very well. It was the sound of his ligaments and joints popping as he collapsed to the ground, the sound of his screams of agony and pain and his pleads for mercy.

And that was just business, Seth was just a designated target by his benefactor HHH. But Samoa cares about his clientele, and for what he did to HHH and, more disgustingly, his wife, Stephanie McMahon, at Payback, when he steps in the ring, it will not be business, it will be very, very personal.

Seth gets on the table and the mic and says of course it's personal, he nearly ended his career! But in two weeks he'll have Joe one on one and you know what they say-- Payback is a bitch.

The Club are walking backstage and throwing up Too Sweets when they walk past the Drifter. Cut to Golden Truth, who they'll be wrestling after the-- BRAUN! He blindsides R-Truth and throws Goldust across the concrete floor before hammering Truth and kicking him into a bin.

Fit Finlay and Jamie Noble run up to remind him he has the night off and check on Golden Truth as we go to break.

Back from commercial and we get a quick recap of the attack we literally just saw, because we got three hours to fill here.

Braun is in the locker room when referee John Cone rolls up to remind him that Kurt Angle made it clear he has the night off. Strowman says he'll leave when he wants to, unless Cone has a problem with that, and the Donut King backs off.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are in the ring. Karl says Braun gives Golden Truth the United Airlines treatment and they're the ones on standby? They came to the US for two reasons, to be mean, and make green, so Gallows wants Kurt Angle to send some nerds out of the locker room such that they can do both right now.

Enter Enzo & Big Cass, they do the deal. Enzo says the Superstar Shake-Up came and went and Monday is still the realest night of the week. Cass says Enzo can see the future, and he sees two bald heads, four black eyes, and they're SAWFT.

Enzo & Big Cass vs. the Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)

Anderson and Cass to start, Big catches Machine Gun with a knee and starts clubbing him, overhands and straights, backing him in the corner and taking him on a tour of the ring before tagging Enzo in. Assisted back elbow gets one, arm wringer, quick tag back to Cass and he levels the former IWGP Tag Team Champion with an overhead elbow.

Body blow in the corner, Karl stumbles, off the ropes into a shoulder block and then Big clotheslines him to the outside before tagging Amore in. Around the corner and Enzo is thrown into both members of the Club twice to send us to break.

Back from commercial and Gallows is in control, clubbing Enzo into the corner. Amore's fighting hard but Luke blocks the tag and Anderson comes in to kick him in the face for two. Karl grinding him down by the arm and Big Hoot tags back in for a boot and a keylock, targeting the injured wrist and putting Enzo through agony.

Amore punching with the good arm but Sex Ferguson catches him with Divorce Court and takes him down for a seated armbar, wrenching his shoulder something wicked. Knee in the corner, tag to Anderson, who comes in with a snapmare into a knee drop. Back to the keylock as a transition to a kneeling half nelson neck crank.

Enzo escapes, hits the ropes and runs right into that trademark Anderson Spinning Spinebuster. Gallows tags back in, overhead elbow, big slicing right, whip across and Enzo gets the boot up! Diving DDT connects! Diving for a tag... Anderson tags in and catches him out of mid-air!

Corner body blows, bicycle kick follows but the pool is empty and Enzo rolls outside. Back in, Karl miscalculates the dive and Enzo gets the tag! Cass in, Stinger splash, side slam, Empire Elbow, off the ropes with a big boot and he tags Amore back in! Gallows takes the Rocket Launcher and Big sends him outside with a Cactus Boot.

Enzo trying the diving DDT again but Anderson blocks and cold throws him into the turnbuckles!

The Club win by pinfall with an over-rotated lateral press from Karl Anderson on Enzo Amore.

Commentary puts Mickie James over ahead of her contendership match, but first, MizTV is after the break.

Back from commercial and Miz makes his entrance, flanked by Maryse as always.

Miz goes to do his standard intro spiel but is taken aback for a moment by booing. He commences and says that last week he and his gorgeous wife shocked the world by moving to Raw, but little did they know that when their luxury yacht left the dock of SmackDown, they had a stowaway--

Enter Dean Ambrose. He thanks Miz for having him and says he's been looking forward to it all week. Miz says he jumped the gun and spoiled their thing last week, and Ambrose apologizes, he got a little excited, they're in neutral territory and they're both Ohio boys and he leads a little OH! IO! chant with the crowd.

Dean tells Maryse not to worry about it because she's Canadian and Miz asks if he thinks this is a joke. Ambrose calls Miz's maroon suit a joke and cracks a line about his shoes blinding him, to which Miz says he dresses like he does because he respects what a WWE Superstar is supposed to be.

But Dean doesn't care, with his cheap shirts and greasy hair, and everything he is is a disgrace to what a WWE Superstar should be. He says Ambrose makes 'em look like rasslers, so why not put on a fanny pack and Zubaz and REALLY send 'em back thirty years.

But hey, the WWE Universe loves Dean Ambrose, so he's given opportunity after opportunity. Don't believe him? First SD pick at the draft? Ambrose. WWE Champion at SummerSlam? Dean Ambrose. But he wasted that momentum, because by the time he got to WrestleMania, he was barely a blip on the card.

And hey, if Miz was him he'd be embarrassed. But Dean isn't embarrassed, he's never broken the glass ceiling because he's lazy and complacent. Ambrose says it doesn't matter what's on the outside, it's what's inside. All these guys like Miz are concerned about branding and being Tweeted about, but he's not a brand, he's Dean Ambrose.

He doesn't care about movies, talk shows, endorsement deals, he loves this, whether it's in front of 20 people or a thousand. He loves black eyes, coughing up his own teeth, bleeding sweating, getting his ass kicked, nobody does it like him and that's why he's Intercontinental Champion.

And Miz oughta know, since he beat him for it. Maryse gets in his face and calls him a dirty street rat and says walking around with a title doesn't make you a real champion. The championship doesn't make the man, the man makes the championship. Dean asks Maryse to hold his mic, he sets the title down, clears his pockets and takes his jacket off as Miz rants about making the title mean something special.

Dean won it, had an opportunity to continue his legacy, and the title is exactly what he is, a joke. At which point Dean charges in for a double leg and throws mounted punches! Maryse slaps his back, Miz tries for Skull Crushing Finale, Ambrose slips out, underhooks but Miz makes a break for it himself and he and Maryse walk back up the ramp as Dean throws a chair out of the ring at them.

Backstage, Braun is dragging Kalisto, because he's not leaving empty-handed. He kicks Kalisto and says Roman Reigns is garbage and now he is too before throwing him into a dumpster! BIG SHOW IS HERE TO SAVE THE LITTLE GUY! HE BLINDSIDES STROWMAN INTO A LOADING DOOR AND TELLS HIM TO PICK ON SOMEBODY HIS OWN SIZE!


Back from commercial and we get a recap of what we just saw, as is the way of Raw. Show vs. Strowman II is happening tonight!

TJ Perkins and Jack Gallagher make their entrances for a match, and then Neville is announced as making a special appearance and hits the ring. He passes through and hangs out in a chair at ringside.

Austin Aries follows after, because surely we didn't want to just get right into an awesome match. Aries invites himself to make an even special-er appearance and sets up a chair right next to Neville.

Jack Gallagher vs. TJ Perkins

Collar and elbow, Jack gets a side headlock, TJ lifts him up but Gallagher takes him over. To his feet, a flying headlock takeover out of the corner when Perkins tries to escape. TJP gets out with a sweet World of Sport escape into a wristlock, Gallagher returns the favor with an even sweeter one to reverse and take TJ to the mat.

Bridge-over Ode to Jim Breaks is locked in for two but Perkins escapes. Back to the wristlock, test of strength, TJP with the upwards headscissors spinning takeover but Gallagher reverses to one of his own and forces TJ to flip out. Off the ropes, Jack gets the better of him and dabs.

TJP chucks William III out of the ring, Gallagher charges in and does the headstand kick before following with uppercuts. Whip, lariat ducked, TJ with the evasion in the ropes and Jack tumbles outside to send us to break.

Back from commercial, TJP is in firm control, trapping Gallagher's left arm and wrenching his right in, kind of a modified surfboard, but Jack escapes and they trade forearms. Suplex floated over, Gallagher throwing uppercuts and an overhead exploder suplex!

Tilt-a-whirl slam out of the corner for two, the gentleman is on a roll but catches a back elbow and a springboard corkscrew forearm. Jack throws a headbutt that sends Perkins out of the ring and collects William III. He opens the umbrella, climbs up top and clobbers TJP with the Mary Poppins seated senton!

Back in the ring but Perkins rolls out the other side right away, forcing Jack to follow and shoving him into Austin Aries! A-Double hits the apron and Neville blindsides him! TJP with a kick to the ropes that whips them into Gallagher's eyes, he drags him inside...

TJ Perkins wins by pinfall with Detonation Kick.

Aries wants to fight but Neville isn't having it.

Commentary hypes up the women's #1 contendership match before announcing Cesaro vs. Jeff Hardy for later tonight and throwing to break.


Titus O'Neil rolls up and congratulates Crews on becoming a father before asking him what he's gonna do to make an impact. Crews says he's gonna keep kicking doors until he knocks one down, and Titus tries to sell him on skyrocketing his career with the Titus Brand.

He suggests branding a cruise as an Apollo Cruise, and the music can be provided by Apollo Blues, and if somebody gets hurt, they can contact their lawfirm, Apollo Sues. O'Neil gives him his card and leaves Apollo skeptical.

The Hardy Boyz roll up to a backstage interview. Matt talks about the lights being brighter and the pyro louder, and the competitors are TREMENDOUS. Jeff says he's felt every emotion he can feel and WrestleMania was incredible. They're excited to be back and part of this new era.

Cesaro & Sheamus roll up to welcome them back on behalf of the locker room. Sheamus talks about watching WrestleMania X-Seven at home in Dublin and seeing them steal the show. The innovators and creators of TLC, they earned the respect of the WWE Universe. Cesaro puts his match against Jeff over as a dream match and Sheamus says it's going to be a pleasure to reclaim their titles.

Matt says ladders are wonderful but at Payback, they'll see that they don't need ladders to retain their titles.

Commentary talks about Sasha Banks for a moment before the Boss makes her entrance. The match will be after the break!

Back from commercial in time for the rest of our entrances.

Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James vs. Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks (WWE Raw Women's Championship #1 Contender's Match)

James and Banks throw Bliss into Jax to little effect to start. Mickie on her back like a spider monkey but Nia throws her off and clobbers her with a body avalanche and running her over but Alexa breaks up the pin! Bliss begs off, but when Jax isn't buying it she clocks her one, which leads to a merry chase and James knocking Nia outside.

Sasha and Mickie trade pinning predicaments before going to a collar and elbow. The Boss shoots her off with a wristlock, James with a dropkick, Sasha off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl sends Mickie flying. Headscissors takeover out of the corner, James follows it up with a neckbreaker but Nia yanks her out of the ring on the cover.

Diving crossbody from the Boss lays everybody out and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Bliss gets a nearfall on James. Goozle applied, Nodowa Otoshi connects, but it's only good for two more! Jax comes in from behind and catches Alexa with a tilt-a-whirl slam. Another slam for Banks, and she just chucks Mickie on the pile and covers her for two.

Cobra Clutch applied, Nia just swinging James around, wrenching it in Mickie fights out with elbows but just gets bieled into the corner for her trouble. Body avalanche, Bliss charges in and gets bieled as well. Sasha in with forearms, Jax clobers with a pair of short-arm forearms and locks the bear hug in! I can hardly bear it!

The Boss reverses to a guillotine choke but Jax is able to power out and drop her with a suplex. Mickie in now, clubbing blows to the back, Nia gets her up with a chokebomb lift and shakes her! But James reverses to a cross armbar, catches Jax face-down on the mat as she wrenches!

Nia gets up, powers up, cradles her head and slams her into Sasha in the corner! Alexa up top but she thinks better of it, then Nia charges and eats post! Bliss chucks the Boss outside, tries to roll up Mickie and fails. Superkick, knee, running crossbody, Mickie James is fired up!

Big right hand, calling for the DDT but the Boss takes her and Bliss out alike with lariats! Dropkick for James, a kick for Alexa, blocks boots in the corner, sets up the knee drop, fends Mickie off and connects but Jax yanks her out of the ring on the cover!

Nia on the apron, Mickie slides out and yanks her off and Alexa blasts her off the apron herself! Bliss and Banks now, hard back elbow, Nodowa Otoshi blocked, the lungblower connects and the Bank Statement crossface is in but James breaks the submission up!

Trading vicious rights, Mickie wins the exchange and hits a flapjack, kips up and she's fired up! Up top, the Boss cuts her off and crotches her before following, clubbing blows, Jax runs over! Fireman's carry on Banks, she knocks James off the turnbuckle to the outside, Samoan Drop connects but Bliss hits her with a shotgun dropkick before she can make the cover...

Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall with a lateral press on Sasha Banks.

Bliss backs up the ramp and has a bit of a staredown with Jax.

Big Show is interviewed about attacking Braun, and he says Strowman needs to find out how it feels to be intimidated. He's seven feet tall, in the best shape of his life, and Braun's about to get a lesson, giant-style.

Commentary tosses to a hype video for the WWE Network and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Curt Hawkins is saying that Big Show is in the main event this week after being in the ring with him last week. If you wanna be a superhero you go to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, but if you want to be a main event player, you get in the ring with Curt Hawkins. He asks who wants to be in Professor Hawkins' Star Factory...

Enter Finn Balor.

Curt Hawkins vs. Finn Balor

Finn ducks an elbow, chop, strike rush, dropkick connects, Sling Blade, shotgun dropkick...

Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace.

Bray Wyatt's Sermon to the Snake is up next, but first we do a bit of promotion for a movie and go to break.

Back from commercial, Chris Jericho is interviewed backstage. He says he lost to Samoa Joe and there's nothing to be ashamed of, Joe is one of the best he's faced in a WWE ring. But he's sidetracked, he can't stop thinking about his rematch against Kevin Owens, that stupid idiot.

Owens calls himself the Face of America but he's ugly, and America deserves better, America deserves the Face of Jericho. So at Payback, if he wins, he goes to SmackDown. Doesn't matter if it's Raw or SmackDown or NXT or Velocity or Sunday Night Heat or Nitro, but the Friends of Jericho will always follow him, and you can hear 'em.

They oblige by chanting for him and Mike Rome corrects him on his name, since he's been calling him Tom the entire interview. Y2J does a little bit of rabbit season/duck season to trip him up and starts to put him on the List of Jericho for not knowing his own name when the Drifter drifts by.

Jericho takes Mike-Tom off the hook and shifts to putting the Drifter on the List of Jericho instead.

(Wyatt noise.)

Bray has a question, what are you afraid of? The dark? The unknown? The monster underneath your bed? Fear, he says, is what brings us all together, our common bond. But he is not like us, he doesn't bow down to the fear, he controls it, he harnesses it. Fear lives within his house of horrors, and he knows Randy is scared, he can smell it.

In his House of Horrors, all of Randy's fears will come to life. He's in for quite the ride, he'll drag him down to hell so his skin blisters and his blood boils, but before his heart bursts he'll fly him to the heavens. But before he reaches the light he'll drop him back to the depths.

Orton will feel like an infidel in chains, forced to gnaw on his own arm to escape. He'll know pain, fear, and horror, and when he's in agony, it will be Bray's ecstasy. His suffering will motivate him, his pain fuel him, and his screams play like symphonies.

His House of Horrors will forever be the nightmare at the end of the Viper's dream, and when he leaves the House of Horrors, he will leave alone, but before he goes, he'll burn it to the ground with Orton inside. He bids Randy join him in the fire where it all began, and where it all shall end. It all burns down here, Randy.


Commentary hypes up Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro, a match that is presented by allergy medication, and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Alicia Fox is recounting her powder-in-the-face adventure from last week's 205 Live to Dana Brooke when Emma rolls up. She stirs the pot saying that Dana's shown everyone the video all week over and over, laughing. Emma adds another wrinkle by recounting a joke about stuff blowing up in people's face and Foxy, predictably, flies off the handle and declares she doesn't want to be Dana's friend anymore.

Brooke yells at Emma for lying and Emma tells her now that she's on her own two feet we'll have to see how good her balance is.

Cesaro vs. Jeff Hardy

Wristlock, Cesaro reverses to pick the leg, Jeff gets to his feet, stalemate. Hardy grabs a headlock, Cesaro shoots him off, runs into a boot, and takes a dropkick that sends him outside. Slingshot dropkick, Jeff with a dive that wipes the Swiss Superman out in the aisle!

Back in the ring, off the ropes, dropdown, Cesaro catches Hardy into a slam for two. Brother Nero bails and Cesaro runs an uppercut train around the ring before taking him in the ring for a nearfall. Jeff up top, Cesaro bails and we go to break.

Back from commercial and Cesaro has kind of a Cobra Clutch in but Jeff fights out. Off the ropes and Cesaro passes him out of the ring low, spiraling to the ramp! Cesaro chucks him back in the ring for a cover but Jeff ain't done yet. Back to the wrist-clutch Cobra Clutch, Hardy out and catches him with a clothesline to get some separation.

Charge side-stepped, an uppercut connects for a nearfall! The Swiss Superman throwing hands here, a whip catches him a lariat, Manhattan Drop, the double leg drop, dropkick, short splash for the cover but it's no good. Kick to the midsection, Twist of Fate countered with an uppercut!

Going for the swing, Hardy fights him off, springboard corkscrew uppercut gets a nearfall! Double leg, Jeff fighting, leg feed solebutt, Hardy up top and Cesaro meets him with an uppercut to cut him off. Climbing after, thinking superplex, Jeff throws hands and crotches him before knocking him down with a dropkick.

Sidestep on a charge, Jeff up top, Whisper in the Wind... NO GOOD! Dropkick in the corner, Cesaro ducks a slingshot boot and hooks the Neutralizer but gets back body dropped! Kick to the gut, Twist of Fate...

Jeff Hardy wins by pinfall with the Swanton Bomb.

After the match, Sheamus and Cesaro offer handshakes that the Hardyz take with a bit of hesitation. The Boyz then celebrate with their titles.

Commentary recaps Braun's assaults from earlier tonight and we get an update on Golden Truth and Kalisto. Or we're supposed to, because Heath Slater and Rhyno roll up, Rhyno with his traditional plate of crackers and can of spray cheez in hand. Slater is stoked to be on Raw after not being drafted last year and crowing about it when Braun walks by, startling the crackers right out of Rhyno's hands!

Big Show is walking backstage and we head to break.

Back from commercial we're informed that Austin Aries vs. TJ Perkins will be happening on 205 Live tomorrow.

Man Event time!

Big Show vs. Braun Strowman

Strowman tries to attack Show during his entrance but Big keeps it from being a rout! Braun throws him into the barricade and Show returns the favor into the steps before we head in the ring and the bell actually rings.

Big calling for the Chokeslam, Strowman blocks, trying to hip toss each other and Show gets it, taking him out of the ring and hitting a baseball slide dropkick! Another toss into the steps! Braun is ready on the apron and takes charge momentarily, throwing a dropkick of his own and locking Show's arm down.

Big reverses to a wristlock of his own, Strowman kips up to reverse and takes him down with an arm drag! Another arm drag when Show charges in! Show fights out of a body slam clutch with punches, Strowman does the same in return, Big gets him off his feet but it's blocked.

Braun gets Show on one foot, blocked, BIG SHOW SLAMS BRAUN STROWMAN! He's calling for the chokeslam, goozle batted away and the monster among men suplexes the giant! Strowman knocks Show back down with a punch and poses for the crowd before firing a headbutt to keep the giant grounded.

Kick to the ribs and Braun follows up with a crossface blow that knocks Big to the mat, and a giant step after. Another crossface forearm, Strowman telling Show to get up and he hoists him up for the powerslam but Big slips away. A shove into the turnbuckles and a Stinger splash from the giant, he sets Braun up top.

Overhand chop, Show follows and hooks the superplex but Strowman knocks him down with punches. Dive caught into the goozle, chokeslam... NOT ENOUGH! WMD locked and loaded, Braun ducks it, scoop and the powerslam connects... NO GOOD! Strowman climbing up top, Big cuts him off and fires a headbutt that makes Braun teeter back.

Climbing up after, hooked for the superplex and again the monster among men blocks it, crotching the giant on the top rope and knocking him down. Braun leaps off the turnbuckles right into the WMD... BUT THE MONSTER KICKS OUT! Show heading up top this time, and Booker T points out that he used to finish matches with a diving elbow as Braun meets him.





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