WWE RAW 25
January 22, 2018
The Barclays Center & Manhattan Center
New York, New York
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
The McMahon Family & Stone Cold Steve Austin In-Ring Segment:
Welcome to the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw. On behalf of the McMahon Family and the WWE, Shane thanks every superstar who stepped through the ropes to make Raw possible, the people behind the scenes and thanks the fans who have watched Raw over the last 25 years. There’s a very special person to truly thank for all of this. One person who had the determination and passion to make Raw the success it is. The Chairman of WWE and the creator of Raw, Vince McMahon.
25 years is truly amazing. Vince is not one who likes to pat himself on the back and smell the roses, but tonight it’s time to smell the roses. Vince tells everyone to have a good night and enjoy the show. Stephanie has a surprise for Vince. It’s from everyone all over the world. It’s a commemorative plaque to celebrate 25 years of Raw. Vince says that the plaque looks cheap like Brooklyn. Plaque is what each of you have on your teeth. It’s what is clogging your arteries. After all he has done for 25 years and all he gets is a plaque? Vince only has one person to thank, himself.
Stone Cold comes down to the ring. It’s been a long time since they have been in the ring together. Mother nature hasn’t been kind to him recently. He’s a member of AARP now. Vice has heart problems, arthritis and his bones are really brittle. He even lives in a retirement community now. Shane is in his prime. Austin proceeds to Stun Shane McMahon. Vince has a few beers for Austin as a peace offering. They do the beer salute and Vince hugs Austin. Vince starts walking away. Austin gives Vince a Stunner. We have ourself a beer bash in Brooklyn. OH HELL YEAH !!!
First Match: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James and Asuka vs. Alicia Fox, Nia Jax and Absolution w/Paige
A pier six brawl ensues before the bell rings. Asuka and Deville will start things off. Asuka brings her lighting quick offense to Deville. Asuka drops Deville with a Running Hip Attack. Asuka with multiple buzzsaw kicks to Deville. Deville is trying to regain her composure on the outside. Asuka applies a rear chin lock. Asuka kicks Rose in the hamstring. Asuka with a Double Hip Attack which knocks Deville and Fox off the ring apron.
Asuka decks Rose with an Elevated Knee Strike. Asuka follows that with a Running Leg Lariat. Asuka and Sasha connects with a Double Vertical Suplex. Rose tags in Nia. Sasha with forearm shivers to Nia. Sasha lands a Basement Dropkick. Sasha with a Clubbing Knee Strike for a one count. Nia responds with a SpineBuster for a two count. Nia tags in Rose.
Rose repeatedly stomps on Sasha chest in the corner. Absolution and Fox are cutting the ring in half. Fox with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Fox applies a rear chin lock. Sasha gets back to a vertical base. Sasha creates distance with a Deep Arm Drag.
Fox drops Sasha with a Big Boot for a two count. Fox is wearing Sasha down in the center of the ring. Fox drives Sasha head to the canvas. Coming out of the commercial break, Fox is still in the ring with Sasha. Sasha kicks Fox in the jaw. Absolution, Bayley, Nia, and Mickie are brawling on the outside. Sasha connects with the Back Stabber. Sasha locks in the Bank Statement which forces Fox to tap out. After the match, Asuka throws Sasha, Bayley and Mickie over the top rope.
Winner: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James and Asuka via Submission
Kurt Angle, Harvey Wippleman, Brooklyn Brawler, Jonathan Coachman, Brother Love, Teddy Long and Boogeyman Backstage Segment:
The Undertaker In-Ring Segment:
The carnage began on this sacred ground of evil twenty-five years ago. For twenty-five years, Undertaker has been digging holes and any person who dares step foot into the dark side got buried. He’s taken legends and ripped them off their pedestals and thrown them into the cold, dark Earth. Stone Cold answered to the reaper. Mick Foley answered to the reaper. Even his own flesh and blood, Kane had to answer to the reaper. They all tried and they all failed. Now, on this sacred ground, I declare for all of those who have fallen, it’s truly time. You rest in peace.
APA, Heath Slater, Rhyno and Ted DiBiase Segment:
Second Match: Roman Reigns (c) vs. The Miz w/The MizTourage For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Reigns shoves Miz to the corner. Miz rolls himself out of the ring. Miz punches Reigns in the jaw. Miz goes for a Flying Double Axe Handle, but Reigns counters with a uppercut. Reigns lays out Bo Dallas with a straight right hand. Reigns dodges a Wrecking Ball Dropkick from Miz. Axel distracts Reigns. Miz knocks Reigns off the ring apron. Miz whips Reigns shoulder first to the steel ring steps.
Coming out of the commercial break, Reigns fires up with three lariat. Reigns connects with The Never Ending Story. Reigns follows that with a Big Boot. Reign sets up for the SuperMan Punch, but Miz wisely heads to the outside. Reigns hits The Drive By. Reigns rolls Miz back into the ring. Miz sends Reigns shoulder first to the steel ring post. Miz rolls Reigns over for a two count. Miz lands a series of IT! Kicks!
Miz goes for a Leg Lariat, but Reigns counters with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Reigns drops The MizTourage with a Double Drive By. Reigns whips Dallas face first across the steel ring post. Reigns launches Axel over the ringside barricade. Miz attacks Reigns from behind. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Reigns counters with a SuperMan Punch for a two count.
Reigns continues to be distracted by The MizTourage. Miz connects with the Awesome Clothesline. Referee Chad Patton ejects The MizTourage from the ringside area. Reigns rolls Miz over for a two count. Reigns clocks The MizTourage with a Double SuperMan Punch. Miz drops Reigns with The Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. Reigns fights out of the Full Nelson Position. Miz whips Reigns face first across the exposed middle turnbuckle. Miz plants Reigns with The Skull Crushing Finale to pickup the victory.
Winner: New WWE Intercontinental Champion, The Miz via Pinfall
The Peep Show Featuring Special Guests: Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan and The Bar
There are a lot of Peeps in Brooklyn. Christian knows a little about tag teams. He is a nine time tag team champion. He thought he had seen it all but then he saw this team win in their first match together. Christian brings out Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. Jordan says that this is amazing. It’s an honor to be in Christian’s presence and the presence of all of the superstars and legends in the back.
Jordan wanted to thank everyone for their continued support, but he wants to congratulate his dad for assembling such a collection of talent tonight. His dad does notsuck. He wants everyone to give his dad a round of applause. The Bar invades The Peep Show. Sheamus tells Jason to calm down because the legends and superstars are here to take pictures with The Bar.
They expect them to reclaim their tag titles on Sunday. They don’t just set the bar, they are the bar. It’s not his dad who sucks, it’s Jordan who sucks. Rollins is trying to calm Jordan down. Jordan attacks Cesaro. Rollins clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope. Rollins follows that with a Suicide Dive. Rollins inadvertently takes out Jordan with a SpringBoard Knee Strike.
Alexa Bliss, Charlotte & Ric Flair Backstage Segment:
Third Match: Bray Wyatt vs. #WOKEN Matt Hardy
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hardy delivers multiple haymakers. Bray goes for The Sister Abigail, but Hardy counters with a straight right hand. Hardy is mauling Bray in the corner. Hardy ducks a clothesline from Bray. Hardy with a Side Russian Leg Sweep.
Hardy follows that with a Flying Elbow Drop. Hardy conducts a long #DELETE Chant. Bray blocks the Twist of Fate. Bray runs through Hardy with a Running Shoulder Block. Coming out of the commercial break, Hardy drops Bray with a Jaw Breaker. Hardy with forearm shivers to Bray. Hardy repeatedly bounces Bray’s head on every turnbuckle pad. Hardy connects with a Corner Clothesline.
Bray blocks the Running Bulldog. Hardy side steps Bray into the turnbuckles. We have a stare off in the center of the ring. Hardy with the Side Effect for a two count. Hardy goes for The Twist of Fate, but Bray blocks it. Bray whips Hardy throat off the top rope. Bray plants Hardy with The Sister Abigail to pickup the victory.
Winner: Bray Wyatt via Pinfall
Elias & John Cena In-Ring Segment:
Who wants to walk with Elias? Twenty-five years of Raw. It took them twenty-five years to find him but the WWE finally got it right. The WWE = Walk with Elias. The Royal Rumble is a week away but tonight there are celebrities and legends. Elias wrote a song and wants everyone to silence their phones, keep silent, and shut their mouths.
If they are not going to listen, he won’t sing his song. Elias threatens to leave, but he won’t do that because Jimmy Fallon is here. Elias talks trash about Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, The Rock and John Cena. John Cena comes out to interrupt Elias. Cena brings up a beach ball that’s being passed around the Barclays Center. Elias wants Cena to shut his damn mouth. No one wants to hear him. They came to hear him.
Cena tells Elias to do something about it. Elias doesn’t take orders from Cena. He won’t take any orders from these Brooklyn scumbags. Elias goes after Cena, but it’s to no avail. Cena drops Elias with two Leaping Shoulder Tackles. Cena follows that with the Spinning Side Slam. Cena connects with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Elias counters with a low blow. Elias a break guitar over Cena’s back. Elias plants Cena with The Drift Away.
Fourth Match: Titus Worldwide w/Dana Brooke vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
Titus and Rhyno will start things off. Rhyno with a knife edge chop to Titus. Titus repeatedly slaps Rhyno in the chest. Titus tags in Crews. Crews and Rhyno trade wrist lock. Slater with a Flying Axe Handle to Crews. Slater connects with the arm-ringer. Slater drops Crews with a Running Haymaker. Crews leapfrogs over Slater. Crews dropkicks Slater. Crews kicks Slater in the gut.
Crews follows that with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Coming out of the commercial break, the match suddenly contest via no-contest. The Dudley Boyz makes their way to the ring. Bubba bodyslams Slater. The Dudley hits The What’s Up Spot. Bubba tells D-Von to get the tables. The Dudleys sends Slater crashing through the table with The 3D.
Match Result: No-Contest
DX, Razor Ramon, Balor Club and The Revival Segment:
Shawn Michaels cannot remember 25 minutes ago let alone his favorite RAW from moment from the 25 years. Michaels talks about the edgy segments DX was apart of. He used to be the boss of this group, but now Triple H is the boss of everything. He doesn’t get to do anything anymore. Even though he can’t talk about it, you can watch it on the WWE Network.
It started here 25 years ago and the WWE Universe lit the spark and started the fire that became the inferno that is WWE. Twenty years ago, they started something special in this ring. They would walk to this ring every week with Ravishing Rick Rude and Chyna and they would do whatever they wanted to do or say whatever they wanted to say.
They were at the forefront. Whether it was driving a tank to the door of WCW to start a war or whether it was being here for the 25th anniversary. They came here because the Manhattan Center is home for Raw. DX didn’t come alone. The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac and Razor Ramon makes their way to the ring. Hey Yo ! You can’t have a party on Raw without the Bad Guy. Razor has been watching the show from both locations. Everyone can agree that this show is too sweet.
Fifth Match: The Revival vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows w/DX, Razor Ramon and Finn Balor
The Revival attacks Gallows and Anderson before the bell rings. The Revival are double teaming Anderson in the corner. Dawson kicks Anderson in the gut. Dawson drops Anderson with a back elbow strike. Dawson lands a Leg Drop. Dawson is talking smack to Gallows. Dawson tags in Wilder. Wilder uppercuts Anderson. Wilder applies a rear chin lock.
Anderson sends Wilder sternum first into the turnbuckles. Anderson dropkicks Dawson. Anderson tags in Gallows. Gallows delivers multiple strikes to Wilder. Gallows connects with a Body Avalanche. Gallows follows that with a Big Boot to Dawson. Gallows SuperKicks Wilder. Anderson and Gallows plants Wilder with The Magic Killer to pickup the victory.
After the match, Razor throws a toothpick at Dawson. X-Pac connects with the X-Factor. Road Dogg is throwing multiple jabs to Dawson. Billy Gunn continues the sequence with The Famouser. Michaels SuperKicks Wilder. Triple H finishes off The Revival with The Pedigree. Balor lands the Coupe De Grace.
Winner: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows via Pinfall
Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Kane, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman In-Ring Segment:
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