WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW
DATE - MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2018
VENUE - AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA: MIAMI, FL
ANNOUNCERS - COREY GRAVES, MICHAEL COLE & BOOKER T
Kurt Angle opened the first Monday Night RAW of 2018 with how RAW will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 3 weeks, and then how the Royal Rumble will have the same rules for both the men and the women, with the winner getting his and her opportunity at a title match at Wrestlemania. The Bar bemoaned Angle showing favouritism when his son Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins won the RAW tag team championship last week, Jason Jordan defended himself before Seth Rollins tells his tag team partner that he has a lot to learn about being a team mate. Seth tells Jason to stop being so self-absorbed, and tells Jason he will be in his corner tonight.
1# Jason Jordan (w/ Seth Rollins) bt. Cesaro (w/ Sheamus)
(Sheamus interfered in the match by hitting Jordan, Rollins then took down Sheamus before Jordan hit a belly-to-back neckbreaker on cesaro for the win.)
2# Bray Wyatt bt. Apollo Crews (w/ Titus O'Neil & Dana Brooke)
(Post-match, "Woken" Matt Hardy appeared on the screen and spoke of how he turned all of Wyatt's fireflies in to Woken Warriors. He claimed Wyatt cannot escape his woken wisom for much longer as he is all around him, and once sister abigail is gone, he will DELETE him.)
Nia Jax is backstage ready to leave the building, Alexa tells her that she needs her in her corner against Asuka. When given the ultimatum by Bliss, Nia chooses to go to the emergency room to see Enzo.
3# Asuka bt. Alexa Bliss Via Submission in a non-title match
4# Braun Strowman bt. Rhyno (w/ Heath Slater)
(Post-match, Strowman hits multiple running powerslams on both Slater and Rhyno.)
Roman Reigns is backstage in his locker room when Seth Rollins comes in to check Reigns is keeping his cool after what Samoa Joe said earlier tonight. Moments later, Jason Jordan walked in and said on behalf of him and seth, they will take the bar out of they try to interfere. Jordan said "believe that", before leaving, leaving Reigns and Rollins bemused.
Braun Strowman is walking backstage when Kane appeared to want to just talk about Lesnar, Kane said he has a plan after claiming they are both the alpha monsters of WWE. Strowman told him he doesn't care about his plan, and when he takes Lesnar down, it will be on his own terms.
Finn Balor walks in to Kurt Angle's office and officially entered himself in to the Rumble, he also announced that he found 2 partners for his 6-man tag team match tonight - Gallows and Anderson.
5# Roman Reigns bt. Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
(Due to pre-match stipulations, Roman Reigns could of lost the title if he got disqualified.)
Before the next match, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari are in the ring with a letter from Enzo Amore who said he is not defending his championship tonight due to the flu. Moments later, Cedric Alexander made his entrance and asked which one of the two will step up to take his place. Gulak and Daivari accepted if it was a tag team match, Goldust made his way out and said he will team up with Cedric.
6# Cedric Alexander & Goldust bt. Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
Before the next match, Elias performs with The Miztourage who dedicate this match to their hero who will return next week. They sing "Auld Lang Syne", before Elias starts to trash Miami to the same tune.
7# Finn Balor, Gallows & Anderson bt. The Miztourage & Elias in a six man tag team match
Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar make their way to the ring and addressed Lesnar having to defend the Universal title at the Royal Rumble against both Braun Strowman and Kane. Heyman says that Lesnar fears no challenger or challengers, he doesn't believer in monsters and doubts that Kane is the devil's favourite demon as he has been to hell and knows Lesnar is the devil's favourite, Heyman finished by speaking in latin before throwing the microphone down.
Kane walked to the ring and chokeslammed Lesnar, Lesnar then sat up and laughed before clotheslining Kane over the top rope. The RAW roster came down to separate the two men.