Balor Club reigns supreme on Monday Night Raw

Posted on Jan 9 2018 - 1:11pm by Shalene Hixon
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Photo of Balor Club and the “Champions Club” courtesy of WWE’s official website.

Sometimes a group of people can get back together without missing a beat.

RAW was live from the FedExForum in Memphis.

After a confrontation to kick of the show, it was the newly reunited Finn Balor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson versus Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan in the main event. It was a fast-paced and chaotic affair, with each team trading momentum throughout.

But when it looked like the “Champions Club” was set to take control, Jordan caused some confusion that didn’t allow the referee to see Rollins’ tag to Reigns. Add that to Jordan also distracting Rollins and Balor was allowed to hit the Coup de Grace for the win.

Reigns was visibly upset with his tag partner, but there was no time to talk as the Miz and his Miztourage attacked. After taking out Rollins and Jordan, Reigns was the victim of two triple powerbombs.

But to kick off the action for the night, it was Sasha Banks and Bayley against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Mickie James and Paige were in their team’s respective corners for the match, evening the odds.

Bayley and Rose started things off, with the Hugger gaining the early advantage. Banks was tagged in and continued her team’s momentum, but one running knee strike turned the tide in Absolution’s favor.

Both Rose and Deville wore down the Legit Boss and smartly kept her out of her corner. But Rose’s inexperience ended up getting the better of her. As she taunted Bayley, the slight distraction allowed Banks to lock in the Bank Statement for the victory.

Up next was the much-anticipated in-ring debut of “Woken” Matt Hardy. He was set to face off against Curt Hawkins, who was looking to end his 152-match losing streak. Unfortunately, the streak would continue as Hardy dispatched him with ease.

Bray Wyatt would then appear in the ring and engage in a stare down with the “Woken” One. It will only be a matter of time until these two come to blows.

One return was followed by another, as the Miz returned to WWE after a six-week absence. He made one thing perfectly clear: he was coming for Roman Reigns and the Intercontinental Championship. The A-Lister would back that claim up later in the night.

The Cruiserweight Championship was on the line next, as Enzo Amore defended his belt against Cedric Alexander. The two went back and forth before the Realest Champ in the Room took control.

But the resilient challenger continued to battle back and unleashed a flurry of offense that left Amore bloodied. The champion rolled out of the ring to catch a breather, but seemingly injured his ankle after Alexander dove on top of him. Unable to get back in the ring, Amore was counted out.

This gave Alexander the win, but not the title. It won’t be surprising if he gets a rematch sooner rather than later.

Furious over not getting their rematch for the RAW Tag Team Championships, The Bar demanded that Kurt Angle find them competition. Angle did just that, calling upon Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews to face the former tag champs.

While Sheamus and Cesaro controlled momentum during most of the match, Crews and O’Neil put up a fight. After the Celtic Warrior tried to take Crews out with a Brogue Kick, the leader of Titus Worldwide rolled him up for the upset victory.

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar was in the building, responding to last week’s confrontation with Kane. His advocate Paul Heyman brushed off last week and vowed that Lesnar would walk out of the Royal Rumble still champion.

The reason was simple: because there is no one that can outfight the Beast. But as they were leaving, Kane blindsided the champion. Lesnar retreated to the backstage area, but both he and Kane were met by Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men took them out with ease, but he wasn’t done there.

Much to the shock and awe of everyone, Strowman pulled part of the stage down onto Kane and Lesnar. It sent a strong message that all hell will break loose at the Rumble.

Looking to get back on track after his loss last week, Samoa Joe took on Rhyno. While the Man Beast put up a valiant effort, Joe quickly locked in the Coquina Clutch to pick up the win. He then announced his plans to join the Royal Rumble match, promising that his first elimination would be none other than John Cena.

What was supposed to be another match for Asuka turned into a beat down. After the Empress of Tomorrow made her entrance, Nia Jax attacked her from behind. She made quick work of the former NXT Women’s Champion, making a statement ahead of the Women’s Royal Rumble match.

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