The New Year’s Eve episode of Monday Night RAW was taped on Friday at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI.
Drew McIntyre def. Dolph Ziggler – Steel Cage Match
Ziggler was knocked out cold with two Claymore Kicks in a row from McIntyre. Following his victory, Drew climbed back in the steel cage and delivered another Claymore Kick to Dolph with his head between the chair and cage. McIntyre thereafter declared himself for the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match.
Seth Rollins and Triple H Promo
Rollins cut a promo about demanding his WWE Intercontinental Championship rematch but was interrupted by Triple H who declared the match won’t happen. Instead, he booked The Kingslayer in a match against Bobby Lashley in order to see the old Seth Rollins back in form.
Apollo Crews Won Battle Royal – #1 Contender For WWE Intercontinental Championship
Apollo Crews defeated Finn Balor, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Curt Hawkins, Kalisto, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Mojo Rawley, Konnor, Viktor, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, No Way Jose and Baron Corbin to become the new #1 Contender for Dean Ambrose’s Intercontinental Title. Crews eliminated Corbin for the win.
Elias And Baron Corbin Exchange Blows
Corbin walked out to complain about his loss but is cut short by Elias who kicked off the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and sang a song about The Lone Wolf losing his job as Acting General Manager of RAW. Baron lost control and brawled with Elias but soon retreated.
Bayley, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon def. The Riott Squad – 6-Woman Tag Team Match
Bayley hit a Flying Elbow to score the victory for her team.
Bobby Lashley def. Seth Rollins via DQ
Glimpses of Rollins’ old aggression were present throughout the match that ended with The Kingslayer intentionally disqualifying himself by hurling Lashley with a steel chair. Lio Rush also received chair blows from Rollins followed by a Curb Stomp.
Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers def. Rhyno and Heath Slater
The number’s game proved heavy for Slater and Rhyno who lost the 3-on-2 Handicap match to Mahal and Singh Bros.
Dean Ambrose def. Apollo Crews – WWE Intercontinental Championship
Ambrose successfully retained his title against the Human Highlight Reel with a deadly Dirty Deeds.
Ronda Rousey and Natalya def. Nia Jax and Tamina
The babyface cleared house early in the match. Tamina’s Superfly Splash backfired as Rousey locked her in the Armbar for the win.
- Alexa Bliss’ talk show “A Moment of Bliss” will premiere next week with RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey as her first guest.
- John Cena, Braun Strowman and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman will return to RAW on January 7 at the Amway Center in Orlando.
- Bobby Roode and Chad Gable will defend the RAW Tag Team Championship against The Revival next week.