Here are the results from tonight’s (Mon. February 20, 2017) episode of WWE Monday Night RAW (courtesy of PWInsider):
We begin tonight’s show with a graphic in memory of George the Animal Steele.
Kevin Owens sits in the ring with a spotlight on him.
Kevin says that the spotlight is solely where it belongs, he can answer the question that is on everybody’s mind. WHY? Why does Kevin Owens think he can walk out of Fastlane still the WWE Universal Champion. If when he was 15 years old, someone told him that he would defend his WWE Universal Title in the main event of a pay per view against Goldberg, he would tell them they are crazy. Not the part about him being champion and being on pay per view. The crazy part would be the opponent.
Kevin comments on the Goldberg chant. That is the chant that makes Goldberg think he is invicible. That is the chant that makes Goldberg think everyone believes the hype. Kevin says he never believed the hype, even when Goldberg was running through everyone in WCW. Goldberg has never impressed him.
What about how Goldberg embarrassed Brock Lesnar in a minute and 26 seconds? That was because Lesnar underestimated Goldberg and Goldberg got lucky. Kevin says he knows what to expect and what to do. No one expects to see him retain his title at Fastlane. He will have to prove everybody wrong. He will walk out of the pay per view as the champion. He tells Bill that he does not have to beat, he has to outlast you. Kevin says the longer a Goldberg match goes, the longer the scales tip in your opponent’s favor. This will be Kevin’s match. Kevin just has to outsmart Goldberg. Everyone knows that Goldberg does not come close to Kevin. Kevin says he knows how to play the game better than anyone else.
Kevin says he waited his whole life to become a champion in WWE and nothing will stop him from keeping that title. Kevin says that Goldberg said he came back to show to his son and wife that superheroes exist. You want to use his title as a prop in Goldberg’s superhero fantasy? Kevin will show you, your son and everyone else that superheroes do not exist.
Kevin stands up and tells Bill Goldberg that the fans can chant for you all you want and say ‘You’re Next’ all the time and it won’t matter because Kevin says ‘You’re Nothing’ to Goldberg.
Kevin says that as far as Chris Jericho goes . . .
Kevin drops the mic and walks away.
We go to commercial with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady walking in the back.
We are back and Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady do their usual entrance.
Enzo says they are California Dreaming if Sheamus and Cesaro think they are winning tonight.
Match Number One: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady versus Sheamus and Cesaro in a Number One Contender Match for the Raw Tag Titles
Colin and Sheamus start things off and they lock up. Sheamus with punches but Colin with punches. Colin with an Irish whip but he misses a splash into the corner. Sheamus with a splash into the corner. Colin with elbows and he brings Sheamus back into the ring. Sheamus with a kick and Ceasro tags in and they hit a double running forearm to take Colin to the mat and Cesaro gets a near fall. Sheamus tags in and connects with knees. Colin wtih a slam to Sheamus.
Colin with punches and then Enzo is thrown into Cesaro who tries to interfere. Enzo is thrown into Sheamus and then Enzo goes up top and Sheamus with a forearm to knock Enzo to teh floor. Cesaro tags in and he hits a running European uppercut. Cesaro mocks Enzo and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with a reverse chin lock. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker followed by a knee drop and he gets a near fall on Enzo. Cesaro tags in and Sheamus with a Finlay Slam followed by a double stomp from Cesaro for a near fall. Sheamus tags back in and Sheamus is sent into the corner for a shoulder. Cesaro tags in and Cesaro is sent to the apron and then to the floor. Enzo sends Sheamus to the floor but Enzo avoids him. Enzo dives to make the tag and he leaps into a European uppercut. Cesaro drop kicks Colin to the floor.
Cesaro charges into the corner and Enzo with a drop toe hold. Sheamus and Colin tag in and Colin with a shoulder tackle and fallaway slam. Colin with a Stinger Splash but he misses a boot. Cesaro tags in and Colin with a boot to Sheamus. Cesaro with a running European uppercut followed by a double jump cross body. Colin escapes the Gotch Style Neutralizer. Cesaro with a springboard corkscrew European uppercut. Enzo distracts Cesaro and Cesaro sends Enzo to the floor. Colin with a Bossman Slam to Cesaro for the three count.
Winners: Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore
After the match, Enzo has some comments about Sheamus and Cesaro. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Enzo.
Kevin Owens walks in the back and Mick Foley wants to know what he is doing. Kevin says he is leaving, but Mick says Kevin has a match against Sami Zayn.
Kevin says that he thought Mick liked Sami. He tells Mick he might end up with more guys in the injured list than in the locker room.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Braun Strowman destroying people video package.
Michael Cole mentions that we will hear from the new Raw Women’s Champion.
We have a video package for Bayley showing footage of her winning last week.
Mick Foley is in his office on the phone and Roman Reigns enters.
Mick tells Roman that Braun has a match against Big Show tonight. He tells Roman he has to wait until Fastlane for Strowman.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows enter. Karl says the three of them have some unfinished business for Raw. Karl suggests they finish it tonight.
Mick tells Roman to find a partner and they have a match.
Roman says he does not need a partner, he can handle it on his own.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Brian Kendrick versus Akira Tozawa
Kendrick demands that Tozawa shakes his hand but Tozawa refuses so Kendrick connects with a clothesline and then Kendrick attacks Tozawa and snaps his neck against the exposed turnbuckle. Kendrick applies the Captain’s Hook.
Kendrick puts on his jacket and walks to the back.
Brian Kendrick is asked about his actions. Kendrick says you do not disrespect him. When he offered to mentor the kid and he throws it back at him, it showed that the kid has a lot to learn. The first lesson is respect.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Roman Reigns versus Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Winners: Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows (by disqualification)
After the match, Reigns hits NeverEnding Story on Anderson and then Gallows with uppercuts but Reigns with a Superman punch to Gallows. Anderson comes off the turnbuckles and Reigns with a spear.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go to the announcement that the New Day will be hosting Wrestlemania.
Xavier says they have some news for you. First, his Youtube Channel is about to hit one million subscribers. Second, he will be hosting the SXSW gaming awards. Then, the New Day want to become the hyenas in the next Lion King movie. They are working to bring everyone New Day Ice Cream. They will be hosting Wrestlemania.
Kofi wants to talk about the ice cream. He says Bo Dallas destroyed the blueprints for their ice cream machine. They have photographic memories so they were able to put the blueprints together. Now they went digital.
Big E says that when they are done putting their six feet between your four cheeks, they will be working on their plans.
Lana shows The New Day a copy of the plans and she reads off the ingredients.
Match Number Three: Rusev (with Lana) and Jinder Mahal versus Big E and Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods)
The match is joined in progress and Rusev with a bearhug on Kofi. Kofi with elbows and Rusev with a drop kick. Mahal tags in and hits a series of knee drops. Rusev tags in and he punches Kofi. Rusev runs into a boot from Kofi and Kofi with a tornado DDT. Mahal and Big E tag in and Big E with an overhead belly-to-belly followed by a second one. Big E ducks a clothesline and then he hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E with a Warrior Splash. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick and then Rusev punches Kofi. Rusev charges and goes over the top rope. Kofi with a Fosbury Flop plancha onto Rusev.
Woods scares Lana with the trombone and Woods catches the tablet and breaks it.
Big E with an elbow to Mahal and then Kofi tags in and they hit Midnight Hour for the three count.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and Big E
We have a tribute video for George ‘The Animal’ Steele.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Austin Aries is in the ring with Jack Gallagher for the Cruiserweight Title Contract Signing for Fastlane.
Austin tells Jack that his talent and skill has put him in this position.
Jack says they are not just here for pleasantries but to give him the chance to dethrone the delusional King of the Cruiserweights.
Jack signs the contract.
Neville makes his way to the ring.
Neville signs the contract and leaves the ring.
Jack asks Neville why is he leaving so soon. Jack says he was hoping they could put their difference aside. He brought some tea and biscuits since they are both British.
Neville asks Jack if he is for real. He tells Jack to take a look at himself. Jack is what these American imbeciles expect an Englishman to be. He tells Jack he should be ashamed of himself. Neville calls Jack a caricature and stereotype. Neville says that Jack does not exist. The real streets of England look like him. Ugly and rough around the edges. Neville says you are just what the WWE Universe wanted him to be. You do whatever these people want. Neville says these people are not laughing with you, they are laughing at you. After he is done with Jack at Fastlane, the only one laughing will be Neville.
Jack says he has to correct Neville. He says he is not playing a gentleman, he is a gentleman. Jack says he is not Neville’s problem. You think you are a King and therefore are better than everyone. Jack says he will not stand for that.
Nevill pushes the table aside and he asks Jack what is he going to do about this.
Neville pie faces Jack and Jack with a double leg take down and punches. Gallagher head butts Neville.
Neville goes to the floor but then he gets back onto the apron but he is held at bay by Gallagher and his umbrella.
Nia Jax walks in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Nia Jax versus Sara Pierce
Pierce with a drop kick but it has no effect on Nia. Nia with a shoulder and she throws Pierce around the ring by the hair. NIa with a splash in the corner followed by a kick to the back of the head and follows with the Samoan Drop for the three count.
Winner: Nia Jax
After the match, Nia is asked about Bayley winning the title and the controversy. Nia says the only controversy is that she has not gotten her title match. Nia says that she would have loved to see Bayley and Sasha try that on her. Nia says she is putting the champ on notice.
Bayley walks in the back and she hugs a few people on her way to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bayley makes her way to the ring.
Of course Charlotte is trying to tarnish the best week in Bayley’s life. Bayley tells Charlotte to face the facts because she is the Raw Women’s Champion.
Stephanie McMahon’s music plays and she comes to the ring.
Stephanie shakes Bayley’s hand before getting a mic. She asks Bayley if her dream includied her wrestling for the title in the main event of Raw. Did she envision hearing people chanting You Deserve It. Did you envision almost tapping out and getting a tainted victory. Was your dad silent saying you did it. Did he think ‘Did Sasha do it’. Stephanie says she looks at the looks on the people’s faces because you are good and honest. You have good moral character. Are you willing to throw that all away to hold a championship that you didn’t really earn?
Stephanie says the Bayley she knows would relinquish the Raw Women’s Championship. You don’t want to win the title that way. You are better than that.
Bayley takes off the title belt and she holds it.
Stephanie says this is a defining moment. Stand up to the girls and win the title for the right reason.
Bayley holds out the title belt and . . .
Sasha Banks’ music plays and she comes to the ring and Stephanie points out that Sasha is interfering again for Bayley. Do you think Bayley is too naive or do you think she cannot win on her own? Do you think that Bayley is a charity case.
Sasha tells Bayley not to listen to this garbage. She says Bayley won this title fair and square. She will not let Bayley give this up because of what she has worked for to get this title. She tells Bayley to listen to the WWE Universe. Sasha asks the people if Bayley should give up her title.
Stephanie wants to know if Sasha loves Bayley or because she knows she cannot beat Charlotte but can beat Bayley.
Bayley says Stephanie is right. This title means everything to her. It is bigger than her, Sasha, or Charlotte. Bayley says she has worked her entire life to be a champion, but not to have it handed to her. She has tried to spread and encouraging word to everyone. The title should represent happiness, not controversy. Bayley asks if she should give up the WWE Women’s Championship.
Bayley says there is one answer . . .
Hell no she is not giving up this championship. She pinned Charlotte a third time to become the Women’s Champion. It was not because of Sasha, it was because of all of you. Bayley says she will fight for all of you and defend the title any time and any place.
Charlotte’s music plays and she comes out to the stage.
Charlotte apologizes to Stephanie for these two ingrates being so disrespectful. Charlotte says she does not want Bayley to give back the title because she is going to take it back. At Fastlane, the Queen of Pay Per View is invoking her rematch clause.
Sasha tells Charlotte to stop running her mouth. She says her knee is feeling fine so why not one more time tonight.
Charlotte says it is Sasha’s fault that her title is on Bayley’s shoulder. If she has the chance to injure Sasha, she will not pass that up.
Match Number Five: Sasha Banks versus Charlotte
They lock up and Charlotte with a clean break. Sasha slaps Charlotte but Charlotte kicks Sasha and sends her to the mat. Charlotte sends Sasha’s knee into the mat but Sasha with kicks and a rollup for a near fall. Sasha with a crucifix for a near fall. Charlotte sends Sasha to the mat and she lands hard on her neck. Sasha sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles with a head scissors. Sasha chops Charlote and then she goes for running knees into the corner but Charlotte moves. Charlotte charges into the corner but Sasha moves. Charlotte sends Sasha into the mat with a knee drop and she connects with more knee drops and gets a near fall.
Charlotte with a snap mare and elbow. Charlotte drives Sasha’s head into the mat and she holds on to the figure four head scissors. Charlotte sends Sasha around the ring while in the head scissors. Sasha with a boot to the head but Sasha runs into a kick from Charlotte. Charlotte sends Sasha to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Charlotte with a neck breaker and she holds on to a Dragon Sleeper. Charlotte with another neck breaker. Sasha with knees to try to escape the hold. Sasha with a rollup for a near fall. Charlotte with a knee and Irish whip but Sasha with a boot and she avoids a kick. Sasha with a drop kick and bulldog out of a wheelbarrow for a near fall. Charlotte with a knee but Sasha has Charlotte on the middle turnbuckle. Charlotte avoids the double knee drop and goes to the floor. Sasha with Meteora from the apron.
Dana Brooke goes to the ring to interfere but Bayley stops her. Charlotte kicks at Sasha and that allows Sasha to hit a lungblower followed by the Banks Statement and Charlotte taps out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
We take a look at a video package for the newest Hall of Fame Inductee . . . Diamond Dallas Page.
Sami Zayn is in the interview area and he is asked about his match against Kevin Owens. Sami says he went on the Highlight Reel five months ago and he said this would happen. He does not want to gloat. He says he knows Samoa Joe very well too. They are terribly selfish people. They will justify their actions. Kevin has done it for years and now he is seeing it from Joe.
The inevitability to the Kevin Owens and Samoa Joes is that it catches up to you. The real Kevin Owens has to deal with Goldberg at Fastlane but he will have to deal with him kicking his teeth in tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Kevin Owens versus Sami Zayn in a Non Title Match
As Zayn goes to the ring, Samoa Joe attacks Zayn from behind and sends him into the apron. Joe with punches as he pulls Zayn’s jacket over his head like he was a member of the Kings. Joe sends Zayn into the ring post again. Joe with punches and he sends Zayn into the ring post. Joe with a back senton on the floor.
Kevin Owens looks ‘sarcastically’ disgusted at what is going on.
Zayn is rolled into the ring and the referee checks to see if Zayn can wrestle. Zayn wants the match to happen.
The bell rings and Owens with two running clotheslines followed by a cannonball. Owens kicks Zayn and the referee warns Owens. Owens with another cannonball. Owens punches Zayn. Owens picks up Zayn and hits a pop up power bomb and he gets the three count.
Winner: Kevin Owens
We go to commercial.
We are back with a graphic in memory of Ivan Koloff.
Stephanie McMahon wants to know where was Mick Foley when Sasha and Bayley showed her no respect. Mick says he enjoyed every moment of what happened. Stephanie tells Mick not to test her. She says that Mick is being insubordinate. Mick says he told Stephanie not to treat him like he is stupid. Mick says he listened, trusted, and believed in Stephanie. Seth is on the injured list off Wrestlemania again. Mick says he has been a supporter of Samoa Joe since 2004. He says he knows what he is doing here. Mick says he is commiting career suicide. He will not let Stephanie’s greed get in the way of what is right.
Michael Cole is with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. He mentions what has happened the last two times Goldberg and Lesnar met in the ring. However, he brings up Goldberg’s match at Fastlane.
Paul says that his client is on edge and is a bit anxious. It might behove Cole to lower his voice and adjust his tone. Paul says the Owens versus Goldberg match will affect Brock at Wrestlemania. Paul says his client disagrees. Brock gets up and he takes Cole’s seat.
Paul says Owens established himself last week that some thing Owens should be the most violent champion in the WWE. Brock disagrees. If Goldberg takes Owens as lightly as Lesnar took Goldberg it will be a long night at Fastlane for Goldberg. They disagree.
Paul says Kevin Owens is hitting his stride and he will shock the world at Fastlane. Kevin Owens has a chance to walk into Wrestlemania as champion. His client disagrees.
If Goldberg hits a spear at Fastlane, he will walk into Wrestlemania as champion. That will just be one more thing for his client to conquer at Wrestlemania.
The ring is being reinforced for the main event.
Match Number Seven: Braun Strowman versus Big Show
The bell rings and Strowman does not move. Show gets in Strowman’s face and their beards almost touch. They lock up and go to a stalemate. They lock up and Show with a wrist lock and Strowman kips up to reverse the hold. Show gets into the corner to get Strowman to release the hold. Show trips Strowman to force him to the mat. They lock up and Strowman with a side head lock and take down. Show with a rollup for a near fall. Strowman with a clothesline and Show goes to the mat. Strowman with a shoulder in the corner followed by a splash. Strowman with a boot to the head and Show goes down.
Strowman punches Show in the ribs and he goes into the corner but Show grabs Strowman by the throat. Strowman with a DDT for a near fall. Strowman punches Show and follows with a forearm to the back of the head. Strowman with a splash in the corner followed by a punch and forearm to the back of the head. Strowman with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Strowman sets for a suplex but Show blocks it. They both go for suplexes and they are blocked until Show can hit a suplex. Strowman runs into a boot and Strowman runs into a second boot. Show with a punch and Irish whip followed by a splash and a flying shoulder tackle.
Show sets for a choke slam and he hits it but Strowman kicks out at two. Show goes for the Vader Bomb but Strowman stops Show and Strowman tries for the power slam. Show sends Strowman into the turnbuckles and Show puts Strowman on the turnbuckles and chops Strowman. Show with a head butt. Show sets for a superplex and Strowman blocks it and he punches Show off the turnbuckles. Strowman comes off the turnbuckles and Show with the punch but Strowman kicks out.
Show goes for the Vader Bomb but Strowman avoids it. Strowman with a power slam for a near fall. The straps are down for Strowman. Show grabs Strowman but Strowman blocks it Strowman with a power slam for the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Roman’s music plays and he comes to the ring and he punches Strowman and follows with a Superman punch or two and Strowman goes down. Reigns waits for the spear and he runs into a drop kick from Strowman. Strowman picks up Roman and hits a running power slam on Reigns.
We go to credits.