WWE Monday Night Raw Results – April 17 2017

The Miz and Maryse make their way to the ring to boos from the crowd. A replay is shown of their debut on RAW last week being spoiled by Dean Ambrose. Miz welcomes the crowd to the most must see WWE talkshow in history. Last week, he and his beautiful, gorgeous, sexy wife shocked the world by coming over to RAW in the Superstar Shake-Up. Little did they know that their yacht had a stowaway.

Dean Ambrose’s music interrupts them, and the WWE Intercontinental Champion makes his way to the ring to a nice reception. Ambrose says he’s been looking forward to this all week. Miz says Ambrose jumped the gun a little by spoiled their introduction. Ambrose also spoiled their debut. Ambrose says they’re in neutral territory. They’re both from Ohio, and Ambrose plays to the crowd a bit much to their delight. Ambrose says, “I’m glad that worked.” As for Maryse, she wouldn’t know anything about it since she’s Canadian.

Miz asks if he thinks this is a joke. Ambrose says Miz’ maroon suit is a joke. Miz says he dresses like this because he respects what a WWE superstar is. He looks, acts, walks, and talks the part because he is the part. Ambrose doesn’t care with his cheap shirts and greasy hair. Ambrose is a disgrace to what a WWE Superstar should be. Ambrose makes them look like “wrasslers.” Ambrose should put on a fanny pack and take them back 30 years ago. The crowd loves Ambrose, which is why he’s given opportunity after opportunity. Ambrose was the first pick from the draft. Who is WWE Champion heading into SummerSlam? Ambrose. What did he do with all that momentum? He wasted it. Six months later at WrestleMania, where was Ambrose? Barely a blip on the card. Ambrose never breaks the glass ceiling not because he’s not talented. Ambrose is lazy and complacent.

Ambrose says he could do all that, but it doesn’t matter. What he wears doesn’t matter. It’s about heart. There are a lot of guys in WWE that care about image and pretend to be something they’re not. They care about “branding.” Ambrose isn’t a brand. He’s Dean Ambrose. Ambrose doesn’t care about movies, talk shows, or endorsement deals. He loves this. It doesn’t matter if he does it in front of 20 people or 90,000.

The reason he’s Intercontinental Champion is because he loves this. Ambrose did beat Miz for the title. Maryse stands in between them. She calls him a “dirty little street rat.” Holding the title doesn’t make him a championship. She says the man makes the championship. Ambrose asks Maryse to hold the microphone, and she obliges. Miz turns his back and starts talking about how he made the Intercontinental Championship mean something. Ambrose is slowly taking off his jacket and title. Miz says the Intercontinental Championship is a joke now. Ambrose attacks him and punches him down. Maryse hits Ambrose, so Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Ambrose fights out. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Miz escapes.

Braun Strowman is seen dragging Kalisto around by the arm backstage. Strowman says Roman Reigns is garbage, and now Kalisto is, too. Strowman throws Kalisto in a garbage bin. Big Show all of a sudden blindsides Strowman and knocks him down. Big Show tells him to pick on someone his own size.

*Commercial Break*

Replays are shown of what just happened between Braun Strowman and Big Show. The match is made official for tonight.

Footage is shown of TJ Perkins turning on Austin Aries last week on RAW. Neville influenced Perkins to attack Aries by telling him Aries took opportunities away from him.

Neville is introduced before the match begins, and he makes his way to ringside to watch. Austin Aries’ music hits, and he comes out to the stage. Aries says he didn’t know they were having a special viewing party. Aries invites himself and introduces himself as the man who will soon be the Cruiserweight Champion. Aries takes a folding chair and sits right next to Neville.

TJ Perkins vs. Jack Gallagher

The bell rings, and Neville gets to his feet to talk trash to Aries. Neville then rolls his chair away. Gallagher applies a side headlock and takes him down. Perkins fights up, but Gallagher takes him right back down. Aries is eating a banana at ringside. Gallagher keeps the headlock applied until Perkins fights out and applies an arm bar.

Gallagher uniquely twists out and takes him down before adjusting his mustache wax. Gallagher then reclines into a pin for a one count. Perkins comes back with a head-scissor and does a dab. Gallagher hooks the head, but Perkins gets out. Gallagher takes him down and does the dab to mock Perkins. Perkins takes the umbrella and throws it to ringside. Gallagher is angered. Gallagher does a handstand into the corner and kicks Perkins back. Perkins hangs himself in the ropes, so Gallagher dives at him. Perkins moves, and Gallagher nearly lands on his head at ringside!

*Commercial Break*

We return back from the break to see Perkins stretching Gallagher out in the ring. Gallagher fights up, but Perkins punches him down. Gallagher lands on his feet to counter a suplex, and he uppercuts him down. Gallagher slams him down and hits a powerslam for a near fall.

Perkins elbows him back and hits a springboard forearm to take him down. Gallagher takes him down with a vicious head-butt that sends Perkins out of the ring. Gallagher picks up the umbrella and opens it up. Gallagher goes to the top rope and does the Mary Poppins senton to the floor.

Gallagher gets him into the ring, but Perkins rolls back out. Gallagher goes outside to retrieve him, but Perkins throws him into Aries. Perkins gets in the ring, and Aries gets on the apron. Neville quickly sweeps his feet. Perkins kicks the middle rope into Gallagher’s face and hits the Detonation Kick for the win.

Winner: TJ Perkins

TJ Perkins stands behind Neville while they go up the ramp.

Alexa Bliss is hyped for the Fatal 4-Way to determine the #1 Contender for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship. Later tonight, we’ll also see Jeff Hardy in singles action against Cesaro. Great to see Jeff back in singles action.

*Commercial Break*

Akira Tozawa is telling Apollo Crews that he’s happy he’s on RAW. Titus O’Neil walks up, and Tozawa nervously walks away. O’Neil congratulates Crews on his wife’s pregnancy. O’Neil asks how he’s going to make an impact. Crews says he’ll keep fighting to break down doors. O’Neil suggests he join with the Titus Brand and gives him his card.

Mike Rome is backstage with The Hardy Boyz. Matt Hardy says the lights are brighter and the crowds are louder. Jeff Hardy says WrestleMania was incredible. They’re excited to be back and ready to be part of the new era on RAW. Sheamus and Cesaro walk up and welcome them back to Monday Night RAW. Sheamus remembers being in Ireland watching them steal the show at WrestleMania X-7. They earned everyone’s respect that night. Sheamus says without the aid of ladders, it’ll be an honor for them to beat the Hardys and win the titles back. Matt says ladders are wonderful, but they’ll see at Payback that they don’t need them to beat them. Cesaro says they’ll see them out there.

Sasha Banks makes her entrance. The Fatal 4-Way is next.

*Commercial Break*

Number One Contender’s Fatal 4-Way Match

Sasha Banks Vs. Alexa Bliss Vs. Mickie James Vs. Nia Jax

As soon as the bell rings, Alexa Bliss doesn’t want anything to do with Nia Jax, so she leaves the ring. Jax shows us why by taking out both Mickey and Sasha. She tries to pin James but Bliss comes into the ring and breaks up the attempt.

Jax then turns onto Bliss but Mickey James and Sasha Banks both hit her from the back with a dropkick and send her out of the ring. Sasha Banks follows up with a suicide dive onto all three of them and we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We return to see Jax take out all three opponents. She dominates everyone until Banks puts her in a guillotine choke. Nia counters with a suplex for a near fall. James turns a choke into an armbar, but Jax lifts her off the mat and drops her on top of Sasha.

Sasha runs into the post when they move, which allows Bliss to take advantage. James hits her with a few kicks, but then Banks comes in to take over with a double knee in the corner to Alexa. Sasha applies the Bank Statement, but Mickie breaks it up.

James goes to the top rope, but Banks cuts her off. Jax comes out of nowhere and hits a Samoan drop to Banks. Bliss kicks her out of the ring and covers Banks for the win to become the new No. 1 contender.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

We get an interview with The Big Show backstage and he says he’s going to give Strowman a 7 foot nightmare.

*Commercial Break*

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