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By Richard Trionfo on 2018-01-01 23:02:00

We are back and Joe works on the arm and he connects with a back elbow.  Joe gets a near fall.  Joe with more jabs.  Reigns with a suplex.  Reigns charges into the corner but Joe moves and Reigns hits the ring post and Joe gets a near fall.  Joe kicks and punches Reigns as he works on the back.  Joe with an arm bar.  Reigns punches Joe to get out of the hold and he connects with an uppercut and clotheslines.  Joe with a forearm and elbow in the corner followed by an enzuigiri for a near fall.  Joe sends Reigns into the turnbuckles and he punches Reigns and follows with elbows. 

Joe with another forearm and a hard Irish whip.  Joe with another hard Irish whip.  Joe with a snap mare followed by a seated abdominal stretch with Reigns' arm under the throat.  Reigns with a punch but Joe with an Irish whip.  Reigns with a flying clothesline out of the corner.   Reigns with NeverEnding Story in the corner and Reigns with a running boot to send Joe to the floor.  Reigns with the running drop kick on the floor and then he sends Joe back into the ring.  Reigns gets a near fall.

Reigns punches Joe in the corner and the referee warns Roman.  Joe sends Roman to the apron and Joe knocks Reigns off the apron and Joe with a suicide dive that sends Reigns into the ringside barrier.  Both men are down and the referee starts his count.  Both men get back in at nine.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Joe with a head butt.  Joe with a head butt to Reigns.  Joe kicks Reigns in the chest and he taunts Reigns.  Joe with a punch and Reigns wants Joe to hit him.  Joe with a head butt and Roman with forearms.  Joe with forearms and elbows.  Reigns with a Samoan Drop for a near fall.  Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Joe rolls to the floor when he sees Roman wind up.

Joe avoids a Superman punch off the steps and Joe sends Reigns into the ring steps a few times as the referee continues his count.  Joe breaks the referee's count and goes back to the floor.  Reigns Irish whips Joe into the ring steps.  Reigns grabs the ring steps and the referee stops him from doing it.  The referee tells them to get back into the ring.   Joe punches Reigns and then Reigns hits a Superman punch off the steps and then they return to the ring and Reigns hits another Superman punch.  Joe kicks out at two.

Reigns looks around as he sets for the spear but Joe with a kick and Joe tries for the uranage.  Reigns bumps into the referee and the referee is about to disqualify Reigns but Joe misses a splash into the corner.  Joe with a uranage for a near fall.  Joe argues with the referee and wants to know why Reigns wasn't disqualified.  Reigns with an uppercut but he misses a punch.  Joe sets for the Kokina Clutch but Reigns with an arm drag and Reigns with the spear for the three count.

Winner:  Roman Reigns

Kurt Angle watches in the back on the monitor and Paul Heyman enters the office. 

Paul says he can help Kurt.  Paul brings up the conspiracy that is going on under your watch.  If Braun and Kane team up for the match, Brock will not be reactive, but proactive.  If that is the case, 2018 will be the Year of the Beast.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Absolution mention that they are issuing a warning.  There might be 30 women in the Royal Rumble match, but only three matter.

Tomorrow night, we will see Hideo Itami against Jack Gallagher.

Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari are in the ring and Drew has the mic.

Drew says he has been asked to give a message from the Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore.

Drew says His name is Enzo Amore and he is a bonafide G and a certified stud.  Badaboom realest guy in the room.  How are you doing.  Enzo says that he is suffering from the flu so he will not be defending his title on Raw.  What do we have here?  A couple of haters.  Drew says he would have wiped up the floor with Cedric Alexander.

Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring.  

Cedric says he was expecting a title match and he came for competition.  Since Enzo is 'sick', which of you will be stepping up in his place.

Ariya and Drew talk it over.

Drew and Ariya says that they will face Cedric in a tag match against him and anyone who walks down that ramp and he wishes Cedric luck on finding a partner.

Goldust comes out and he says he has some friends in low places but none are lower than you two.  Goldust asks Cedric if he wants to be friends.

Match Number Six:  Cedric Alexander and Goldust versus Ariya Daivari and Drew Gulak

Daivari and Alexander start things off and Alexander with an arm wringer and European uppercut.  Cedric with a handstand head scissors and drop kick.  Drew goes to the floor instead of interfering when he sees Cedric ready for him.  Cedric is sent face first into the turnbuckles.  Daivari with a rear chin lock.  Alexander tries to get to the corner to make the tag but Daivari with a punch.  Alexander with a back elbow and both men are down.

Gulak and Goldust tag in and Goldust with clotheslines.  Goldust with punches when Gulak blocks the bulldog.  Goldust with the bulldog and he punches Daivari on the apron followed by punches to Gulak.  Goldust wtih a power slam and then he hits a reverse atomic drop on Daivari.  Goldust goes up top and hits a corkscrew cross body.  Alexander tags in and he hits a springboard clothesline.  Goldust with a drop down uppercut to Gulak and Alexander with a Lumbar Check for the three count.

Winners:  Goldust and Cedric Alexander

Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson walk in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Elias is in the ring.

Elias says that after what he did to John Cena that WWE still stands for Walk With Elias.  This is his show and his universe.  Elias wants to know who wants to walk with him.  After he wins the Royal Rumble, he will main event Wrestlemania.  He has brought in the New Year with two very talented musicians . . . The Miztourage.  Curtis Axel has bells while Bo Dallas has a cowbell.  

Bo dedicates this song to his inspiration, who will be back next week.  This is for Miz.  They don't sing too well.

Match Number Six:  Finn Balor, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows versus Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, and Elias

The match is joined in progress and Axel works over Balor in the corner and hits a leap frog neck snap for a near fall.  Elias tags in and he kicks and punches Balor.  Balor with a kick but Elias works on the arm and kicks Balor in the corner.  Balor blocks a punch and punches Elias.  Elias with a shot to the midsection and he sends Balor to the mat for a near fall.  Elias with an arm bar.  Elias keeps Balor from making the tag while holding on to the arm bar.  Balor with a single leg take down and double stomp.  Both men are down.  Gallows and Dallas tag in and Gallows with clotheslines and a boot to the head.  Gallows with a splash and boot followed by a splash for a near fall.  Anderson sends Elias to the floor.  Gallows with a thrust kick to Dallas followed by an uppercut to Axel.

They hit Magic Killer on Dallas and then Balor hits Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winners:  Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

We go to commercial.

We are back and in case you missed what Bo Dallas said earlier, Miz is back next week.

Brock Lesnar makes his way to the stage for the Brock Bounce and he is joined by his advocate Paul Heyman. 

Paul Heyman introduces himself and his client.  He says it appears that the New Year's Resolution for the WWE is to stack the deck against his client.  How else would you explain once again Brock Lesnar has to defend his title against challengers . . . plural.  It used to be CHALLENGER . . . singular.  That is not how it happens any more.  It is the Beast versus the Monster versus the Machine.  Brock defends against both Braun Strowman and Kane.  

You know this trick.  Braun beats Kane.  Brock Lesnar loses the Universal Championship.  If Kane beats Braun Strowman, Brock loses the Universal Championship.  Paul says he did not say someone beat Brock Lesnar because that ain't happening.  Paul says spoiler, Brock will successfully defend the title at the Royal Rumble.  Paul says the announcers talk about the odds when it is three people.  You can stock the deck against him.  Paul says Brock would beat Braun Strowman.  Brock would beat Kane.  Brock could beat all thirty men in the Royal Rumble together or individually.  

Brock Lesnar fears no challenge.  Brock fears no challenger.  Brock fears no challengers.  Brock does not believe in monsters.  Brock does not believe that Kane is the devil's favorite.  Paul says he had a talk with the man downstairs and his favorite is Brock Lesnar.

Kane's music plays and he makes his way to the ring.  

Kane grabs Brock by the throat and choke slams Brock.  Kane stands over Brock and starts to leave the ring but Brock sits up and he clotheslines Kane over the top rope to the floor.  Some wrestlers come out to stop things from escalating but Brock with a forearm to Kane.  

We go to credits.

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