WWE Monday Night Raw Results – January 15 2018

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1-On-2-Handicap Match

Roman Reigns Vs. Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel

Reigns and Axel start the match. Roman’s belt is on the apron, which Miz lifts to distract Roman. It doesn’t work however as Axel’s sneak attack is met with an uppercut from Roman. The Big Dog then knocks Dallas down and leaves the ring to go after Miz.

The Miz backs away from Roman around the ring. Dallas tries to attack Roman but he too eats an uppercut, then Axel leaps onto Roman from the apron. They toss him into the steel steps and take control as Miz talks trash.

Back inside the ring, Dallas and Axel exchange quick tags with stomps to Reigns in the corner. Dallas slams Roman to the mat for a two count, then grounds him with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Eventually Roman climbs to his feet but Dallas knee’s him in the chest and looks for a suplex but it’s reverses and Reigns looks to suplex Dallas outside the ring. Axel makes he save and Dallas hits Roman with a DDT for a near-fall. Roman tries to fight back but Axel tags in and attacks Roman. Irish whip reverses by Roman and a Samoan Drop lands to create some distance. Axel leaps to make the tag to Dallas but Roman catches him in mid-air and drives him into the corner.

Axel staggers to the corner but Reigns punches Dallas off. Axel looks worried as Roman zeroes in on him and Miz checks on Dallas outside the ring.  Roman drops Axel with a flying forearm, then clobbers him with clotheslines in the corner. Again Roman attacks Dallas on the apron but this time he falls into the ring. Roman throws Axel into Dallas, who catches him, Roman boots Dallas and he falls backwards and inadvertently DDT’s Axel!

Roman readies for the Supeman punch but Miz climbs on the apron. Roman runs at him and Miz drops off, then Roman Superman punches Dallas and Axel. Roman leaves the ring and runs at Miz with a Superman punch but Miz shoves Dallas into the firing line. Roman then throws Miz into the ring but he slides back out and Axel looks for a roll-up. Roman kicks out and hits a Spear for the win!

Winner: Roman Reigns

Shockingly, Roman overcame the odds to win. Miz takes his jacket off on the ramp and looks pissed. Roman lays his title down like a line in front of him and begs Miz to come get it. They talk trash to each other as we see replays.

Later tonight, Finn Balor will take-on Seth Rollins.

*Commercial Break*

We return and out comes Sasha Banks, flanked by Bayley and Mickie James. Paige and Absolution are out next. No mention so far of Paige’s injury.

Sasha Banks Vs. Sonya Deville

The bell rings, and Deville quickly takes her down with a waistlock. Banks tries for a surprise Bank Statement, but Deville gets out. Deville shoulders her in the corner, but Banks elbows her back. Deville sends her to the corner and counters a slingshot with some vicious knee strikes for a two count.

Deville applies a chin lock, but Banks fights up and slams her in the corner. Banks forearms her and hits a head-scissor takeover. Banks hits a dropkick and connects with double knees in the corner twice. Banks goes to the second rope and jumps into a kick from Deville for the win!

Winners: Sonya Deville

The commentators did mention that Paige is injured and won’t be in the Rumble match.

Seth Rollins is warming up when Jason Jordan comes in. Rollins says Jordan shouldn’t have done what he did to The Bar tonight or speak on his behalf. They’re teammates. Jordan is not his mouthpiece. Rollins doesn’t have a problem with what he did. He has a problem with how he did it.

WOKEN Matt Hardy Makes his entrance. He’ll be in action, next.

*Commercial Break*

Heath Slater and Rhyno make their entrance as Heath will enter the ring against the Woken Brilliance.

Matt Hardy Vs. Heath Slater W/Rhyno

We join this match in progress to see Hardy applying a side headlock to Slater. Slater whips him off, but Hardy splashes him and wildly punches away at him. Hardy pulls him into the ring and punches away at him. Hardy attacks him in the corner before laughing in his face, to which Slater looks inorror.

Slater gets back in the ring after a pep talk from Rhyno. Slater kicks and punches Hardy down. Slater applies an arm bar, but Hardy gets out by biting him. Hardy hits a German Suplex into the turnbuckles before clubbing away at him. Hardy hits a corner clothesline before connecting with a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy bounces him off the turnbuckles before hitting a neckbreaker. Hardy starts a “DELETE” chant before hitting a Twist of Fate for the win.

Winner: Matt Hardy

After the match, the commentators announce the first induction in the 2018 Hall of Fame class: Bill Goldberg!

Seth Rollins Vs. Finn Balor is up next!

*Commercial Break*

We get the entrances before the match begins and it’s hard to tell who the fans like more, although it’s clear they still don’t care for JJ.

Finn Balor W/Anderson and Gallows Vs. Seth Rollins W/Jason Jordan

The bell rings, and they lock up before Rollins quickly goes to a side headlock. Balor tries to whip him off, but Rollins hangs on. Balor whips him off, drops down, and hits a pair of arm drags before hooking an arm bar. Rollins fights up and backs him into the corner. Rollins whips him off and hits a running back elbow. Rollins kicks him in the back and chops the chest.

Rollins punches Balor down in the corner and stomps away at him. Rollins hits a snapmare and applies a chin lock. Balor fights up and sends him into the ropes, but Rollins goes for a sunset flip. Balor quickly gets out of it and clotheslines him over the top rope before hitting a running kick to the face.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Rollins punch and chop Balor back. Rollins boots him in the face and hits a blockbuster. Rollins then grabs his knee in pain. Rollins hits him with a running knee that sends him out of the ring. Rollins hobbles into the ropes and connects with a suicide dive. Rollins gets him in the ring and hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Rollins then applies a neck vice. Balor tries to fight up, but Rollins takes him down and drops a knee. Rollins elbows him in the neck and tries for a suplex, but Balor lands on his feet.

Rollins elbows Finn, but Balor boots him right back. Balor hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a takedown and a double stomp. Fighting back, Rollins boots him back in the corner, but Balor comes back with a falling elbow for a near fall. Rollins counters a Sling Blade and comes back with one of his own for a near fall. Rollins hits a pair of running forearms in the corner before Balor pops out for a Sling Blade. Balor charges into a superkick, which gives Rollins a near fall.

Both men are down. Balor gets to his feet and elbows and chops Rollins. Rollins tries for the Ripcord, but Balor gets out. Rollins then hits an enzuigiri. Rollins tries for a Phoenix Splash, but Balor moves. Rollins lands on his feet, but his knee is really hurt. Balor hits a running dropkick to the corner and slowly goes to the top rope. Rollins pops up and hits a superplex followed by a falcon arrow for a near fall. Rollins goes to the top rope for a frog splash, but Balor gets the knees up and covers for what looks like a three count, but the referee says he kicked out.

The Bar come down to the ring and inadvertently hit Gallows and Anderson. They brawl at ringside before Balor wipes them out with a summersault senton. Balor kicks Rollins back and goes for a Coup de Grace, but Rollins moves. Cesaro gets on the apron, but Balor punches him off. Balor hits the ropes, but Jordan trips him. Finn is on his knees and Rollins his the freakin’ Curb Stomp for the win!

Winners: Seth Rollins

Rollins and Jordan high-tail it up the ramp, in almost heel-like fashion. I’m so glad to see the Curb Stomp return, that was always a fantastic finisher and nothing else has felt right for Seth. Replays are shown from the match, including the seemingly botched pinfall. Finn Balor sits in the ring with Anderson and Gallows by his side. Rollins and Jordan leave.

The music stops but nothing is happening. I think they’re playing up the fact that Rollins used the Curb Stomp and that it’s a dangerous move.  Balor seems to be feigning a concussion, at least I hope he’s faking it. The three of them stand around in the ring for a few moments before the show goes off the air. Weird ending but it’s definitely building to something with the Curb Stomp and maybe a heel turn for one of these teams.

That’s it or this week’s Raw. Let us know what you thought and remember to stay tuned for all your wrestling news and results. Until next time, safe travels!

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