January 15, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
Pro Wrestling Transcriptions
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Braun Strowman & Kurt Angle In-Ring Segment:
Strowman wants to tell everyone a short story with a happy ending. A beast and a machine met a monster at the Royal Rumble and the last one standing was the Monster Among Men and became the new WWE Universal Champion. Kurt Angle comes out to interrupt Strowman.
Angle has a story that doesn’t have a happy ending. Strowman could’ve maimed Kane and Brock Lesnar last week. Strowman says that it could’ve been a lot worse. He’s created an unsafe working environment. Angle is responsible for everyone in the back and they could get caught in the crossfire. Angle says that Raw Superstars are supposed to settle their issues in the ring.
Strowman does things how he wants. If he wants to rip down the walls of Suplex City and Hell, that’s what he will do. If he wants to be Universal Champion at the Royal Rumble, he will. Unfortunately there will be no Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble because Braun Strowman is fired. Strowman walks to the backstage area with the security team.
First Match: Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Titus Worldwide w/Dana Brooke
Crews and Sheamus will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sheamus backs Crews into the turnbuckles. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. The Bar are putting the boots to Crews in the corner. The Bare goes for a Double Hip Toss, but Crews lands back on his feet. Crews dropkicks Cesaro. Crews dives over Sheamus. Crews dropkicks Sheamus. Crews tags in Titus. Titus drops Sheamus with a Shoulder Tackle. Titus uppercuts Sheamus. Titus slaps Sheamus in the chest. Sheamus responds with a knee lift. Sheamus tags in Cesaro.
Cesaro delivers multiple knife edge chops. Titus and Cesaro are trading back and forth shots. Titus tags in Crews. Crews kicks Cesaro in the gut. Crews bodyslams Cesaro. Crews follows that with a Running Elbow Drop for a one count. Crews goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus drives his knee into the back of Crews. Cesaro decks Crews with a Clubbing European Uppercut. Sheamus connects with a Flying Clothesline.
Coming out of the commercial break, Crews is in the ring with Cesaro. Crews is trying to create separation, but it’s to no avail. Sheamus hits a Back Breaker. Cesaro follows that with a Flying Elbow Drop. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Crews gets back to a vertical base. Crews drops Sheamus with an Enzuigiri. Titus and Cesaro are tagged in. Titus fires up with a series of lariats. Titus launches Cesaro to the other side of the ring. Titus runs through Cesaro with the Body Avalanche.
Titus PowerSlams Cesaro for a two count. Cesaro kicks Titus in the chest. The Bar rocks Titus with Stereo Thrust Kicks. Crews goes for a MoonSault off the ring apron, but Cesaro ducks out of the way. Cesaro clocks Crews with a vicious haymaker on the outside. Sheamus with a drop toe hold that sends Titus face first to the middle rope. Cesaro uppercuts Titus behind the referee’s back.
Sheamus rolls Titus over for a two count. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer, but Titus counters with a Back Body Drop. Titus tags in Crews. Crews lands a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Crews follows that with a Standing MoonSault for another two count. The Bar sets up for their White Noise/Diving NeckBreaker Combination. Jason Jordan comes out to distract The Bar. Crews rolls Sheamus over to pickup the victory.
Winner: Titus Worldwide via Pinfall
Second Match: Cedric Alexander w/Goldust vs. Tony Nese w/Enzo Amore
Alexander starts things off with a side headlock. Nese transitions into a wrist lock. Alexander with a Single Leg TakeDown to Nese. Nese drops Alexander with a Running Back Elbow Strike for a two count. Nese and Alexander are trading back and forth shots. Alexander with a Leg Scissors TakeOver to Nese. Alexander follows that with a dropkick. Alexander lands a Corner Spear. Nese sends Alexander sternum first on the top rope.
Nese connects with a Pop Up GutBuster for a two count. Nese transitions into a ground and pound attack. Nese is mauling Alexander in the corner. Nese gets Alexander tied in the tree of woe. Nese starts doing an ab workout. Nese with the lateral press for a two count. Nese applies a Cravate. Enzo is talking smack to Alexander. Nese with a Leg Drop for a two count. Nese goes back to the Cravate.
Goldust is trying to play mind games with Enzo. Nese whips Alexander back first across the turnbuckles. Alexander side steps Nese into the turnbuckles. Nese uppercuts Alexander. Alexander responds with the PK. Alexander drops Nese with a SlingShot FlatLiner. Alexander connects with a SpringBoard Clothesline for a two count. Alexander goes for the Lumbar Check, but Nese counters with a side headlock. Nese rolls Alexander over for a two count. Nese delivers a Cavalcade of Kicks to Alexander. Nese goes for the PumpHandle PowerSlam, but Alexander counters with The Lumbar Check to pickup the victory.
Winner: Cedric Alexander via Pinfall
Braun Strowman Is REHIRED !!!
Third Match: Nia Jax vs. Asuka
Asuka ducks a clothesline from Nia. Asuka delivers rapid fire kicks to Nia. Nia launches Asuka to the corner. Asuka applies a Waist Lock. Asuka gets Nia trapped in the Octopus Stretch. Asuka lands a Spinning Heel Kick. Nia responds with a Back Breaker. Nia follows that with a Biel Throw. Asuka is throwing multiple forearm shivers to Nia. Nia drops Asuka with a Body Avalanche. Asuka locks in the Cross Arm Breaker. Nia creates distance with a One Arm Buckle Bomb.
Coming out of the commercial break, Nia has Asuka trapped in a Bear Hug. Nia goes for the Seated Senton, but Asuka ducks out of the way. Asuka decks Nia with a Running Knee Strike. Asuka lands two spinning back first. Nia goes for the Samoan Drop, but Asuka counters with a rollup for a two count.
Asuka with two roundhouse kicks across the chest of Nia. Nia PowerBombs Asuka for a two count. Asuka locks in a Knee Bar. Nia crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Nia tosses Asuka out of the ring. Asuka kicks the back of Nia’s knee. Nia gets back into the ring at the count of seven. The referee calls for the bell because Nia is having a really hard time getting back on her feet.
Winner: Asuka via Referee Stoppage
Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss and Enzo Amore Backstage Segment:
WWE’s Martin Luther King Day Video Package:
The Revival In-Ring Promo:
Fifth Match: Roman Reigns vs. The MizTourage w/The Miz in a Handicap Match
Reigns will start things off with Curtis Axel. Miz quickly distracts Reigns. Reigns uppercuts Axel. Reigns knocks Dallas off the ring apron. Reigns starts running after The Miz. Axel attacks Reigns from behind. The MizTourage sends Reigns sternum first to the steel ring steps. Axel rolls Reigns back into the ring. Axel with the lateral press for a two count. Axel repeatedly stomps on Reigns chest. The MizTourage are double teaming Reigns in the corner.
Dallas connects with a Short-Arm Clothesline fro a two count. Dallas applies a rear chin lock. Reigns goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Axel gets in the way. Dallas drops Reigns with a DDT for a two count. Dallas and Reigns are trading back and forth forearm smashes. Axel tags himself in. Reigns connects with a Samoan Drop.
Reigns fires up with three lariats. Reigns follows that with the Never Ending Story. Reigns kicks Dallas in the chest. Reigns lays out The MizTourage with a Big Boot/DDT Combination. Miz hops on the ring apron to distract Reigns. Reigns clotheslines Dallas over the top rope. Reigns drops Axel with The SuperMan Punch. Miz shoves Dallas into another SuperMan Punch by Reigns. Reigns brings Miz into the ring. Axel with a school boy rollup for a two count. Reigns Spears Axel to pickup the victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns via Pinfall
Sixth Match: Sasha Banks w/Bayley & Mickie James vs. Sonya Deville w/Absolution
Deville applies a waist lock. Deville with a Waist Lock TakeDown to Sasha. Sasha quickly locks in the Bank Statement, but Deville escapes. Deville is ramming her shoulders into the midsection of Sasha. Deville decks Sasha with two Muay Thai Knee Strikes for a two count.
Deville applies a Body Scissors Hold. Following a snap mare takeover, Sasha dishes out a series of forearm shivers. Sasha connects with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Sasha follows that with a Double Knee Strike. Deville responds with a RoundHouse Kick in mid-air to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sonya Deville via Pinfall
Seventh Match: #WOKEN Matt Hardy vs. Heath Slater w/Rhyno
Hardy starts things off with a side headlock. Hardy with a Running Splash to the back of Slater. Hardy transitions into a ground and pound attack. Hardy is mauling Slater in the corner. Hardy lands a vicious haymaker which sends Slater crashing to the outside. Slater is talking strategy with Rhyno. Slater applies an arm-bar. Hardy is biting Slater fingers.
Hardy connects with a German Suplex which sends Slater crashing into the turnbuckles. Hardy with multiple clubbing blows to Slater’s back. Hardy connects with a Corner Clothesline. Hardy follows that with a Side Effect for a two count. Hardy repeatedly bounces Slater head on every turnbuckle pad. Hardy plants Slater with The Twist Of Fate to pickup the victory.
Winner: #WOKEN Matt Hardy via Pinfall
Eight Match: Seth Rollins w/Jason Jordan vs. Finn Balor w/Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Rollins applies a side headlock. Balor lands two deep arm-drags. Balor applies an arm-bar. Rollins backs Balor into the ropes. Rollins drops Balor with a back elbow strike. Rollins kicks Balor in the back. Rollins dishes out a knife edge chop. Rollins repeatedly stomps on Balor’s chest. Following a snap mare takeover, Rollins applies a rear chin lock. Rollins drives his knee into the midsection of Balor. Balor regains momentum with a Basement Dropkick. Balor clotheslines Rollins over the top rope. Balor delivers the PK from the ring apron.
Coming out of the commercial break, Rollins lands a Suicide Dive. Rollins rolls Balor back into the ring. Rollins connects with a neck breaker for a two count. Rollins applies a Cravate. Rollins with a Running Axe Handle Strike to the back of Balor’s neck. Rollins and Balor are in a standing switch exchange. Balor brings his lighting quick offense to Rollins. Balor with a Standing Double Stomp. Balor dives over Rollins. Rollins kicks Balor in the jaw. Balor responds with an enzuigiri. Balor goes for The SlingBlade, but Rollins counters with a SlingBlade of his own for a two count.
Rollins drops Balor with two Running Forearm Smashes. Balor explodes out of the corner with The SlingBlade. Rollins SuperKicks Balor for a two count. Rollins and Balor are trading back and forth shots. Rollins decks Balor with the Step Up Enzuigiri. Rollins goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Balor ducks out of the way. Balor connects with the ShotGun DropKick.
Balor goes for the Coupe De Grace, but Rollins counters with a SuperPlex. Rollins follows that with a Roll Through Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins goes for the Frog Splash, but Balor gets his knees up in the air. Balor with the inside cradle for a two count. The Bar runs after Jason Jordan. The Bar is brawling with Gallows and Anderson. Balor takes out everybody with a SomerSault Plancha. Balor goes for the Coupe De Grace, but Rollins ducks out of the way. Jordan trips Balor behind the referee’s back. Rollins plants Balor with The CurbStomp to pickup the victory.
Winner: Seth Rollins via Pinfall
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