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2/20/17 RAW LIVE Results

RawHey everyone! My name is Jack Wannan and I will be recapping RAW for you during the whole night! Make sure to come back to this article while RAW is happening for updates!

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8:00PM: Opening Segment:

 The show is officially underway! The show starts off with a photo that says “In Memory of George The Animal Steele”. After that, we get a recap of the Festival of Friendship from last week’s RAW. It was a very well put together video package. It Could have been a little shorter though.

After that, we get Kevin Owens in the ring with a singular spotlight on him as he sits in a chair. Showered by boos, he says “Now that the spotlight is finally where it belongs, I can answer the questions that’s on everybody’s mind. Why? Why does Kevin Owens think he will walk out of Fastlane with the Universal Championship?”. He continued to do a very impressive heel promo discussing his match at Fastlane. He said that he will show Goldberg, his son and everyone else that “Superheroes don’t exist”, calling back to what Goldberg said when he returned.

He also says “as far as Chris Jericho goes..”, but leaves it at that. He drops the mic, then leaves. The crowd boos heavily for that. This really sold the PPV match for me. I was very happy with this being the start of the show.

8:19PM: Cesaro and Sheamus vs Enzo and Cass (#1 Contenders Match)

It’s time for our first match tonight! Enzo and Cass do their usual song and dance before the match. Cass and Sheamus start off the match. Cass shows dominance. Enzo gets tagged in as the team showcases their double-team action. Cesaro uppercuts Enzo outside the ring as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Cesaro and Sheamus are isolating Enzo with quick tags. Enzo makes a comeback and hot tags Cass in. Sheamus tags Cesaro in, Cass doesn’t notice. Cesaro hits a cross body, but theres a kickout. He tries for the Cesaro Swing on Cass. Enzo jumps back into the ring. Cesaro throws Enzo out of the ring, but he turns back around to eat a slam by Cass to give them the victory. Enzo cuts a promo after the match, but Sheamus is salty about it and Brouge Kicks Enzo. Nonetheless, we still have new #1 contenders.

8:38PM: Enzo and Cass def. Cesaro and Sheamus and become new #1 Contenders for the RAW Tag Team Championships. 

8:44PM: Mick Foley sets up a tag match, with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson facing Roman Reigns.

8:48PM: Brian Kendrick vs Akira Tozawa

Our second match of the night is a match from the Cruiserweight Division. The rivalry between Kendrick and Tozawa enters a new chapter after their brief conversation backstage at 205 Live last week. Kendrick beats up Akira Tozawa before the match even starts. Kendrick walks away as Tozawa is still being checked on, and the match gets thrown away. Backstage after the match, Kendrick says he did that because he was disrespected. Roman’s 2-on-1 match is after the break.

8:53PM: Brian Kendrick vs Akira Tozawa gets cancelled.

8:57PM: Roman Reigns vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (2-on-1 Handicap Match)

The match that was just announced 15 minutes ago is already underway. Karl starts off the match against Reigns. Right from the start Roman is being beat to a pulp. After many minutes of Roman taking a beating, he starts to make a comeback. His comeback comes to a halt after he picks up a chair that Gallows brought in the ring and used it. Roman is DQ’d, but he wants to fight more. He tears the two apart, and the crowd pops for that. This match had no rhyme or reason, so it’s ok that Roman got DQ’d.

9:05PM: Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Roman Reigns via DQ

9:15PM: Jinder Mahal and Rusev vs New Day

Lana introduces Jinder Mahal and “Handsome” Rusev. Yes, he’s still called that. The New Day, who were just announced as the hosts for Wrestlemania are Rusev and Mahal’s opponents for this match. They say that their ice cream plans are now on an iPad, and are encrypted. Lana, who is also holding an iPad says that she has the plans. The New Day don’t Bellevue it at first, but once she starts reading it off, they notice that she is not kidding. Big E says “you know she’s Russian right?”. The two teams start beefing as we go to break.

We come back after the break with the match underway. Kofi and Big E are representing New Day in this match, with Xavier ringside. While the match was underway, Xavier steals Lana’s iPad, the destroys it. New Day double team Jinder to give them the victory.

9:29PM: New Day def. Jinder Mahal and Rusev

9:3oPM: A very nice tribute to George “The Animal” Steele was shown next.

9:37PM: Cruiserweight Title Match Contract Signing

With Austin Aries overlooking, Jack Gallagher and Neville sign their contract for the Cruiserweight Title match at Fastlane. Neither wrestler wastes any time with signing the contract. Neville walks out, signs contract and decides to leave. Gallagher invites Neville back in, with tea and biscuits on the table. Neville is not a fan of how Gallagher only acts like a stereotype of a British person. He claims that the crowd is laughing at Gallagher, and not with him. Gallagher says that he is not playing a Gentleman, he is one. Neville throws the table away and he pushes Gallagher. Jack responds by throwing down Neville, then headbutts him. Neville runs off.

9:49PM: Nia Jax vs Sara Pearce

It’s another week where Nia Jax is fighting a local. A Samoan Drop gives Nia the win in under a minute. After the match, Nia says that she deserves a title shot. She is “putting the champ on notice”.

9:50PM: Nia Jax def. Sara Pearce

9:58PM: Bayley talks about her championship win

Bayley tells her “i made it” type of story, but she gets interrupted by Stephanie McMahon. Mrs. McMahon addresses the fact that Bayley won in a cheap way, and she says that Bayley should give up the championship. Bayley is being driven to tears as she takes off the belt. Bayley is deciding if she should hand the belt over, but Sasha’s music hits because she has something to say.

Sasha says “do not listen to this garbage”. Bayley says “should I give up the championship… Hell no!”. Charlotte is the next person who comes out to the ring. She says that she doesn’t want Bayley to give up the title because she will take it back at Fastlane. Sasha gets into an argument with Charlotte, and Stephanie books them in a match…. NEXT!

10:15PM: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte

This match is already underway as we come back from commercials. Bayley is on commentary for this contest. It felt like she didn’t contribute much while on commentary. This match goes on for quite some time. After another commercial break, Sasha Banks starts to build momentum. Sasha does the double knees outside the ring. As Charlotte and Sasha are resting outside the ring, Dana Brooke runs down the ramp. Bayley beats up Dana and Sasha finishes the match. Sasha wins via the “Bank Statement”. Sasha and Bayley celebrate together.

10:29PM: Sasha Banks def. Charlotte

10:29PM: We get a video showcasing Diamond Dallas Page, the most recently announced WWE Hall of Famer.

10:40PM: Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn

It’s time for the Owen’s match that was made earlier. As Sami Zayn is walking down to the ring, Samoa Joe comes out of nowhere and starts absolutely destroying him. Outside the ring, Joe hits a running Senton on Zayn. Joe throws the unconscious Sami into the ring for Owens to pick the scraps. Sami slowly stands up, and begs for the match to still happen.

The match starts, and Kevin shows no mercy. Kevin ends the match in very quick time, with a pop-up powerbomb.

10:46PM: Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn

10:51PM: Michael Cole interviewing Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman

Cole announces that Lesnar will face Goldberg at Wrestlemania. Heyman cuts a good promo, and that’s that.

10:55PM: Braun Stroman vs Big Show

We next see the ring crew “reinforcing the ring” for the next match. Whatever. When the match begins, Stroman shows absolute dominance for the first few minutes. Big Show finally finds an opening by landing a Suplex. Moments later he lands a chokeslam. Stroman kicks out of the pin after that. They go to the top rope for a Superplex. The crowd is predicting that something big will happen. Stroman reverses, and Big Show goes back onto the ground. Stroman jumps off the ropes, but gets hit with a knockout punch in mid-air. Stroman kicks out. Stroman hits his running Powerslam, Big Show kicks out. He goes for another, and wins the match. Roman Reigns comes out immediately after the match.

Reigns hits many Superman Punches. Reigns attempts a spear, but Stroman reverses it into a dropkick. Running Powerslam takes Roman out.

11:17PM: Braun Stroman def. Big Show

That ends off this episode of Monday Night RAW! Hope you enjoyed!

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2017 Elimination Chamber Live Coverage

Hello folks! My name is Jack Wannan and I will be doing coverage for the 2017 Elimination Chamber PPV throughout the night! Make sure to come back periodically for updates and recaps on what goes on during the show! Also be sure to keep track of the team on social media tonight! Follow @MindofCarnage and @JackWannan on Twitter!

6:50PM: The kickoff show starts at 7PM EST and can be viewed for free. Here is the think to the kickoff show:

7:00PM: The kickoff show is live and starts with the analyst desk conversing. The desk consists of Renee Young, Booker T, Sam Roberts, and Carmella. Dasha is backstage at the Social Media Lounge and will interview Becky Lynch later. We get a look at the NEW Elimination Chamber. It looks more square, and larger. It has good square zones for jumping, above every chamber.

7:08PM: Here is what the new Chamber looks like:

7:27PM: While the kickoff show panel is underway, James Ellesworth walks into frame and says that he got him and Carmella skybox tickets. Carmella uses this as an excuse to leave the analyst desk, and takes off her microphone. Ellesworth is wearing his golden outfit that was picked out a few weeks ago. The kickoff match and the Becky Lynch interview are still to come.

7:34PM: It’s time for the Becky Lynch interview in the social media lounge with Dasha. First question is “Are you excited to disarm Mickie James?” in which Becky replied with “Yes”. “If you could tag team with anybody” was the next question, with Lynch replying “Shawn Michaels” because she could be the “Armbreak kid”. Third question was if she watched any old Mickie matches to prepare for the match. Lynch said yes and praised what James has done in the past. That wrapped up the interview.

7:41PM: Curt Hawkins vs Mojo Rawley


It’s time for our Kickoff match! The four commentators that we usually get for Smackdown Live are calling this match. This match is an odd pairing, but maybe a story could develop from this match. Let’s see. The only beef that these two have is some shots and Hawkins fired on Twitter recently. Still not sure what Hawkins’ character is. The match has a very slow pace right as it starts. 2 minutes into the match Mojo barely beats a 10 count, getting in the ring at 8. We go to a 1 minute commercial break. Slow back and forth action continues. Mojo mounts a comeback with a Stinger Splash and a stomach-first slam. Pin attempt after is kicked out. Hawkins responds with a Downward Spiral. Mojo kicks out of that move too. Mojo reverses a move that Hawkins was setting up for, and hits a running punch and slam to get the win at 8 minutes and 3 seconds.

This wraps up the pre-show coverage. The rest of the show is on the WWE Network

7:53PM: Mojo Rawley defeats Curt Hawkins (8:03)


Post Match Interview:

8:00PM: The PPV is live! It starts with an Elimination Chamber hype video. We get the cool pyro as usual, then we go to our first match, Becky Lynch vs Mickey James.

8:03PM: Becky Lynch vs Mickie James


The two go into a tie-up at the start of the match. The tie-up continues until they both roll outside the ring. The two of them walk back into the ring and continue the match. The two fight outside the ring again just a minute later. Mickey is targeting the arms quite often early on in the match. Mickey shows lots of dominance throughout the first 5 minutes of the match. Crowd nearly silent during the mid part of this match. Becky makes a comeback 8 minutes into the match and hits the Exploder Suplex. A noticeable cut starts bleeding on Mickie’s left elbow.  Becky continues to sell her arm very well. James hits the Mick Kick and goes for the pin. Lynch kicks out. Becky makes another comeback and tries for the Disarmer. James tries to reverse into a roll up pin, but Lynch responds with a roll-up of her own to win the match. The match ends after 11 minutes of competition.

8:18PM: Becky Lynch defeats Mickie James


8:19PM: Dasha is in the Carmella and Ellesworth Skybox and Carmella says that the “wrong woman won” that match.

8:21PM: Apollo Crews and Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler


As Kalisto makes his entrance, Ziggler throws Kalisto against the entrance wall. Kalisto is too injured to compete, and the match is now Crews vs Ziggler. Ziggler has control of the match for the first few minutes. Kalisto heals up and joins the match at the 7 minute mark. I guess it was a 2-on-1 the whole time? Apollo Crews gets the pin after 7 minutes of fighting. After the match, Ziggler continues to fight. He takes down Kalisto and Crews, and wedges a chair on one of Crews’ feet. He stomps on the ankle, and Crews sells it like murder. He decides to do it once more. Ziggler walks off and we cut to commercials.

8:35 PM: Apollo Crews and Kalisto defeat Ziggler


Post Match Interview:

8:36 PM: Tag Team Turmoil Match


It’s time for our first title match of the night, the tag team turmoil match! The tag team turmoil match starts with Heath Slater and Rhyno versus The Fashion Police, AKA Fandango and Tyler Breeze. Good back and forth action between these two teams lasts quite an amount of time. Fandango pins Heath Slater who was the illegal man in the ring. As Fandango gets up, he eats a Gore from Rhyno got eliminate the two. The Vaudevillians come out next to face Slater and Rhyno. After only a couple minutes, The Vaudevillians get eliminated by Heath Slater. The Usos are the next challengers. The Usos eliminate Heath Slater and Rhyno and American Alpha come out next. These two teams get much more time than the last two teams. Jason Jordan gets a hot tag and starts going crazy. Gable tags in as The Usos are stills fighting Jason. Chad Gable walks in the ring and gets a roll-up to eliminate The Usos. After being eliminated The Usos beat up American Alpha and they do it well. A Frogsplash onto Jason Jordan ends the brawl. The Ascension make their way to the ring once the brawl finally ends.

The Ascension try to pick the scraps but American Alpha still have some fight left in them. American Alpha make a comeback and win the match via Grand Amplitude. They retain their Tag Team Championships. I was not that interested in this match, and I found it kind of lame. Maybe this was just because I was hoping for The Revival to debut in this match.

9:00PM: American Alpha win Tag Team Turmoil


9:06PM: Nikki Bella vs Natalya


The second out of the trio of Women’s Matches is Nikki Bella vs Natalya, and it’s the next match on the card! This match had very slow paced back and forth action. The crowd did not react to anything that was going on. Nikki Bella’s mother and brother are shown ringside during this match. Nikki Bella gets fired up after Nattie says “You can’t see me bitch”. Nikki’s comeback does not last long as Natalya regains the advantage minutes later. Later on both wrestlers trade blows on the top rope, and Natalya hits a Superplex. Nikki Bella goes for John Cena’s trademark submission move the “STF” for the second time, but Natalya escapes again. The two of them brawl outside the ring until the ref calls a double countout. The brawl outside the ring looked like blatant stalling. Before the countout, we saw Nikki make a last ditch attempt to run in the ring, but Natalya stopped her, hence the double countout. But what’s interesting is that Nikki did maybe the slowest run ever to the ring. It was painfully obvious what the finish to the match would be. After the match we get a brawl, ending with Natalya running away as the ref holds Nikki back.

9:22PM: Nikki Bella vs Natalya ends in a double countout


9:22PM: Carmella, still in the Skybox, says that the two who were wrestling have “Major issues’ and are out of control, and Ellesworth says the same thing

9:29PM: Randy Orton vs Luke Harper


It’s Family vs Family up next when Luke Harper faces Randy Orton! 8 minutes into the match Luke Harper does a mini-Swanton over the ropes (whatever it’s called) and a big boot to follow. Randy kicks out. Orton’s trademarked rope DDT gets reversed by Harper right after. Luke Harper further showcases his highflying with a Tope Suicida, sending Orton over the German commentary table. Harper follows that up by throwing Orton down onto the English table. Orton and Harper re-enter the ring at the 7 count. Orton reverses Harper into a very big Superplex. The first part of the match was slow, but this part really caught my attention. Minutes after the Superplex, Orton calls for an RKO. Harper gets up and nails Orton with a Superkick. A second one follows. Orton kicks out at 2 and a half. Harper goes for a Powerbomb that leads to a kickout. The crowd is very intruiged by the match at this point. Harper trying for a clothesline gets reversed into an RKO out of nowhere for the win. What a match this was! I loved it.

9:48PM: Randy Orton def. Luke Harper


9:52PM: A fight breaks out backstage between Natalya and Nikki Bella.

9:52PM: Naomi vs Alexa Bliss (Smackdown Women’s Championship Match)


The Women’s Championship sees a new challenger in Naomi. Will the champion Alexa Bliss still be able to call herself #1 by the end of the night? Let’s find out! Early on in the match it is apparent that Naomi is giving Alexa Bliss a run for her money. The match stays back and forth as it heads past the 10 minute mark. At one point Alexa Bliss throws a temper tantrum out of frustration. The Twisted Bliss gets reversed by Naomi putting her knees up. Naomi reverses and hits a moonsault off the turnbuckle to win the championship and become the new Smackdown Women’s champion. Even though it was a great match, it seemed like a bit of an ugly finish. Seemed like Naomi’s legs landed on Bliss’ side. Anyways, after the match Naomi gets interviewed and gives a very good, short promo. Crowd was very happy about this. This was a good quick title match. I am very happy to see Naomi as champ.

10:07PM: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss to become new Champion


10:07PM: Carmella gets interviewed again in the Skybox. Dasha gets immediately sent out of the Skybox because they were annoyed that they were repeatedly being interviewed.

10:14PM: It is time for the Elimination Chamber match!


It is time for the Elimination Chamber match! AJ Styles and John Cena will start in the ring, as the other four competitors are in chambers, awaiting their entrance. The two wrestlers trade moves for five minutes, and then the next entrant comes in. That next entrant is Dean Ambrose! Ambrose goes right after Cena. Lots of fighting happens outside the ring in the floored area. Ambrose stands above his pod and jumps down with an Elbow onto Cena. Ambrose has control for the most part, until Bray Wyatt becomes the fourth entrant. Wyatt clears house when he enters. Styles climbs up the Chamber with Cena. They climb to a part of the cage higher than the pods. They trade blows, until Cena crashes onto the ground. Styles walks over to a pod where Dean Ambrose is standing. They both bash their heads on the plexiglass on the wall above the pod. Ambrose falls off, while Styles stays resting above the pod. Bray Wyatt delivers 3 man Superplex with Ambrose and Styles involved. The next entrant comes in, being Baron Corbin. As the final entrant The Miz walks into the ring, Baron Corbin gets eliminated by Ambrose via roll-up. Out of frustration Corbin beats up Ambrose even more, throwing Ambrose THROUGH the plexiglass of one pod. The refs try their best to get Corbin out of there, but he continues the assault. Corbin hits the End of Days on Ambrose, then finally decides to leave the ring.

The Miz pins Ambrose in the middle of the ring, taking advantage of what Corbin did, eliminating Ambrose. The crowd boo’d quite a bit for that elimination. The Miz does more “YES” chants, mocking Daniel Bryan. John Cena eliminates The Miz, then tries to eliminate Styles. Styles reverses an AA into a Styles Clash. A minute later, Cena gets on top of a pod and delivers a cross body onto Bray and Styles. Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abgail on Cena after reversing an AA, pins Cena and eliminates John Cena! This means that we will have a new champion tonight!

It’s down to two. Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles. Styles hits a Springboard 450, but Wyatt kicks out. A minute later, a Phenominal Forearm gets reversed into a Sister Abgail, for Bray Wyatt to become the newest WWE Champion! What a match this was! What a great finish to the match. Loved it.

11:02PM: Bray Wyatt wins the Elimination Chamber and becomes the WWE Champion

That wraps up tonights coverage! Thanks for following along! Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JackWannan to see what I am up to, and follow Mind of Carnage @MindofCarnage to see what the site is up to!