“The. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video kicks off the show that recaps the events from last Monday’s RAW. Braun Strowman made a complete mess of the show, attacking numerous superstars in an effort to unleash the anger he wanted to direct at Sami Zayn, but Mick Foley had already sent him home. In the main event, Strowman attacked Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
The RAW video plays, and we go live into the arena to see the crowd. Michael Cole welcomes us to the final Monday Night RAW of 2016.
Stephanie McMahon kicks off Monday Night RAW
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she makes her way to the ring to loud boos. McMahon wishes everyone Happy Holidays before welcoming them to Monday Night RAW. Mick Foley had a very busy Christmas, so she gave him a well-deserved night off. A loud “CM Punk” chant fires up. She says if they can keep it up for longer than 2:15, they’d last longer than Punk did, referring to his quick UFC defeat. The crowd loudly boos. Tonight, we need to get RAW started with the biggest…
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Rollins gets in the ring and wishes Chicago a Merry Christmas. Rollins wanted to say it to Stephanie as well. She got to spend time with the family, including Triple H. Did she get Triple H everything he wanted? Did she give him what he needs, like his manhood? Rollins doesn’t know what she has in her purse, whether it is his snowballs or the whole Yule log. Rollins tells her to give it back to him. McMahon quotes Michelle Obama by saying when he goes low, she goes high. Triple H is the Chief Operating Officer of WWE. Rollins says he used to be one of the baddest dudes walking around here. Last year, he was primed to enter the Royal Rumble to win the title for a 14th time. This year, Rollins is calling him out left and right to no response. His wife has him all suited up in his office or at home with the kids. Triple H will be remembered as the biggest coward of all time. McMahon says she is not her husband’s keeper. Her husband is more of a champion than Rollins ever will be.
Rollins says they don’t need to go through this, but he came to Chicago for a fight. Last week, Braun Strowman stuck his nose in his business, so he’s here to request a fight against him.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to loud boos from the Chicago crowd.
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to loud boos from the Chicago crowd. The WWE United States Champion stands in the ring. McMahon questions if he also wants Strowman. Reigns says Strowman made a big mistake last night. The crowd immediately boos when he starts speaking. Reigns says he’s here to fight. Rollins says Reigns will have to get in the back of the line because he wants Strowman. Reigns tells him to step aside. Rollins says he won’t do that. Reigns says he’ll go in the back and teach him a lesson. Rollins says he’ll follow him and do that like they used to do. Reigns agrees and says they should drag Strowman out and power bomb him through the table. McMahon gets excited and mentions Smackdown Live is in the building tomorrow. Maybe Dean Ambrose is in the area and we can see a Shield reunion. She builds the crowd up only to say it won’t happen. If Rollins is looking for a fight, he’s got it against the man that annihilates everything in his path, Braun Strowman. As for Reigns, he’ll face an opponent of her choosing. As for title matches, we have one to kick off the show. It’s a Tag Team Championship rematch!
“OHH CHICAGO — DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR LONGEST-REIGNING TAG CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!!”
The New Day makes their way to the ring to a massive reception from the crowd. They’ll face RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus, next.
RAW Tag Team Championships Match
The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (c’s)
Xavier Woods will start the match against Sheamus. Woods immediately dropkicks him down for a no count. Woods elbows him in the face and tags in Kofi Kingston. Kingston kicks Sheamus, Woods elbows him, Kingston drops an elbow, and Woods drops a second rope elbow. Kingston hits a splash for a two count. Kingston wrenches the arm, but Sheamus elbows him. Cesaro tags in, but Kingston takes him down with a head-scissor and a dropkick. The New Day fires up the Unicorn Stampede. Woods and Kingston finish it up with back-to-back dropkicks. Woods drops a leg for a two count. Woods chops the chest twice before Cesaro quickly uppercuts him down. Cesaro sends him into the ropes, but Woods holds on and elbows him. Sheamus grabs Woods’ hair and pulls him over the top rope. Woods clutches his knee in pain at ringside.
We come back from the break to see Woods fighting them both off. Sheamus quickly clotheslines him down and knocks Kingston off the apron. Woods goes for a tag, but Kingston isn’t there. Cesaro tags in. Sheamus hits an Irish Curse Backbreaker before Cesaro comes off the ropes with a diving knee drop for a near fall. Cesaro goes for his Cesaro Swing, but Woods fights out. Cesaro sends him into the ropes and charges, but Woods sends him out of the ring. Woods comes off the apron with a diving tornado DDT! Sheamus goes outside and manhandles Cesaro into the ring to tag himself in. Kingston also tag in after Woods counters a back suplex.
Kingston shoulders him and comes off the top rope with a chop to the head. Kingston chops the chest twice before hitting a dropkick. Kingston ducks a clothesline and takes Cesaro out at ringside with a summersault plancha. Kingston gets in the ring, flips through an Irish Curse Backbreaker, and hits the SOS for a near fall. Kingston comes back with a pendulum kick. Woods tags in and kicks Sheamus in the face to take him down. Woods goes to the top rope and connects with a diving elbow drop, but Cesaro breaks up the pinning attempt. Sheamus comes back by kicking him in the face and tagging in Cesaro. Cesaro hits a sunset flip and transitions into the Cesaro Swing. Big E gets on the apron to distract the referee. Kingston goes for Trouble in Paradise on Cesaro, but he counters into a catapult, but Big E moves. Kingston comes off the ropes with a cross-body attempt, but Cesaro counters by pressing him over his head and throwing him over the top rope into Big E. Woods rolls Cesaro up for a near fall. Woods elbows him in the face and goes for the Honor Roll, but Sheamus blind tags in and Brogue Kicks him after the roll! Sheamus covers for the win!
Winners and still RAW Tag Team Champions: Cesaro and Sheamus
Tonight, we’ll see Seth Rollins take on Braun Strowman. Brock Lesnar and Goldberg will be in the 2017 Royal Rumble match. We’ll take a look at a video for what awaits Goldberg, next.
John Cena returns on Smackdown Live tomorrow night.
Video Package: Brock Lesnar highlight package
Goldberg will return next week on RAW. A “Goldberg” chant breaks out in Chicago.
Braun Strowman is seen walking backstage, frightening stagehands. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho find him. Owens says he’s the man they’re looking for. This man literally decked the halls… well, not literally, but he did deck people in halls. Jericho says he wouldn’t want to be on The List of Strowman… “squash ’em down, man.” Owens says he wanted to talk to Strowman man-to-giant-man. He knows Strowman wants competition. Once he beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble and retains his title, he’ll be next in line. Strowman warns him to be careful what he wishes for. Owens and Jericho try to plant in his head that Reigns and Rollins aren’t afraid of him. Jericho lays it in thick by saying they don’t think he’s big and hits like a pillow. They also think (coincidentally) that he’s a “stupid idiot.” Strowman thinks the rumors are crap and gets in Jericho’s face. Owens talks him down, and Strowman walks off.
Elsewhere backstage, Goldust and R-Truth are talking Christmas shows. Bayley walks up to them and says she has a belated Christmas gift for Goldust. R-Truth wants to share, but Goldust says he’s on the naughty list. Bayley gives R-Truth a hug. Bayley gives Goldust a Dusty Rhodes teddy bear. She wouldn’t be the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship if not for the guidance of his father, and she loved him so much. Goldust is moved by that and hugs her. She walks off. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows walk up and make fun of the two for playing with toys. They grab the Dusty Bear and rip it’s head off before walking off. Goldust picks up the beheaded stuffed animal and looks angry.
Footage is shown of Nia Jax confronting Sasha Banks in the ring last week. Banks was on crutches with a brace on her left knee. Jax said she was weak and kicked the crutch out from under her and threw her into the ropes.
Charly Caruso is at ringside interviewing a newcomer named Scarlett. Scarlett is wearing a Sasha Banks shirt. She asks about her choice to face Nia Jax in her first match. She says she’s just thrilled to make her WWE debut in Chicago. The only thing that could make it better is if the woman that inspired her to get in the ring, Sasha Banks, were here.
Scarlett vs. Nia Jax
Jax immediately kicks her down at the sound of the bell and wildly head-butts her. Jax throws her across the ring and avalanches her in the corner. Jax hits a running hip bump to the face before hitting a Samoan Drop for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Nia Jax
Nia Jax gets on the microphone and warns her to pick a better role model next time. Jax then drops a leg on her before walking off.
Bayley is seen walking backstage. We’ll hear from the new number one contender, next.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage with Charlotte Flair. Flair simply says, “Thank you,” before shaking her hand and walking off. It isn’t clear what they were talking about. Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho want to make an official complaint about Mick Foley. At Road Block, he beat Roman Reigns. Then the stupid idiot gave him another shot at the Royal Rumble while putting Jericho in a shark cage like a “sexy piñata.” Jericho says it’s 200 feet in the air. It isn’t. Jericho flips out about the phobia of heights. Jericho says she mentioned that she was looking for an opponent for Roman Reigns’ United States Championship tonight. McMahon puts Kevin Owens in the match and walks off. Owens is excited while Jericho is disappointed it wasn’t him.
Bayley discusses becoming the number one contender
Bayley makes her way to the ring to a nice reception from the crowd. She says she loves Chicago. Bayley says she hopes Santa Claus got them everything she wanted. As for her, Christmas came early last week because she pinned Charlotte for the third time in a row. That makes her the new number one contender. Ever since she was a kid, all she’s dreamed of is holding that Women’s Championship. It’s about time. It’d be pretty sweet to replace that replica championship…
Charlotte Flair’s music hits, and she comes out to the stage. Flair says she’s sorry to interrupt Bayley’s “cosplay” moment because she likes to play a WWE Superstar, but she had to correct something. Bayley didn’t beat her last week. Bayley says her robe might be on too tight, but when the referee raises your hand, you’ve won the match. Flair shows a replay of her shoulder coming up before the referee hits a three count. If this happened to someone like Bayley, she’d have to deal with the loss and move on with her life. For someone like her who was born and raised in this business… if her dad gave her any advice, it’s to always have a good lawyer on hand. Her and her lawyers talked to Stephanie McMahon last night (on Christmas), her win has been expunged from the books. The win never happened. She doesn’t get why she’s so stunned. Maybe it’s because Bayley is average, so she cannot relate. Flair gets in the ring and says she was born with a silver spoon, so she didn’t have to wait in line. She knows how the system works and made it work for her. She has been reminiscing a lot about their time in NXT and remembers Bayley saying this is a childhood dream. Flair says she was secretly laughing at her the entire time. She’s not unreasonable. Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but she’ll give her a second chance at her childhood dream. Flair will give her another match right now. Bayley says they can finish what they started last week.
Flair says she almost forgot. In the settlement, she was guaranteed a referee that would call it down the line. Dana Brooke’s music hits, and she comes out in a referee shirt. This match is next.
Later tonight, we’ll see Seth Rollins take on Braun Strowman. We’ll also see Kevin Owens face Roman Reigns for the United States Championship.
Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
Guest Referee: Dana Brooke
They lock up, and Bayley powers her to the corner. Flair quickly takes her down and chops her in the corner a few times. Flair mocks Bayley and chops her again. Bayley turns her around and stomps her down. Brooke animatedly admonishes her. Bayley gives her Bayley-To-Belly. Flair takes Bayley down and sends her to the corner. An actual referee runs down. Bayley hits a low elbow for a one count. Flair takes her down and bounces her in the corner. Bayley turns her around and slams her off the turnbuckle ten times. Bayley goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a two count. Bayley hits a running shoulder before connecting with a running elbow. Flair gives her a backbreaker and sends her into the turnbuckle for a two count. Bayley kicks her away and hits the Bayley-To-Belly, but Brooke pulls the referee out of the ring. Bayley chases her around the ring and catches her. Flair quickly rolls Bayley up with her feet on the ropes. Brooke does a fast count to cost Bayley the match.
Winner by Pinfall: Charlotte Flair
Stephanie McMahon confronts Braun Strowman backstage, who is sandwiching a stagehand into the wall. Strowman says he wanted to know where Sami Zayn was and this guy didn’t answer him fast enough. McMahon says she doesn’t know where Zayn is. She can’t make him magically appear, but she gives him a match against him next week. Strowman demands it be made a Last Man Standing Match. McMahon agrees. She tells him to show her what he’ll do to Zayn next week when he faces Rollins tonight. Strowman smirks an walks off.