Welcome to the WWE Raw results for the Monday, January 16, 2016 episode. The latest installment of the weekly pro wrestling program took place at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. Among the stories that are going on for this week are a Nia Jax attacking Sasha Banks in the arena before the show, the upcoming Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho’s recent United States Championship win over Roman Reigns, and more. Below are all of the latest match-by-match results and highlights for the latest WWE Raw show.
The show opened with a graphic to acknowledge Jimmy Snuka’s death and then a video package for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Roman Reigns came out to start off the show, with the commentators talking about how Jericho won the US Championship from Reigns with Kevin Owens’ help last week. The shark cage was shown on stage that Jericho will be locked inside of for the Royal Rumble. Reigns said he wasn’t going to complain about the numbers game because he and The Shield used to work that too. He said nobody can beat him one-on-one and he plans to headline WrestleMania for a third time.
Paul Heyman came out to interrupt and boasted that his client will win the Royal Rumble and headline Mania. Next out were Jericho and Owens, who talked up holding the two titles. Jericho suggested Owens will defeat Reigns at the Rumble and Jericho will win the Rumble match so they’ll meet at WrestleMania. Next out was Seth Rollins, then Braun Strowman.
Brock Lesnar’s music hit, but before he could come out, Sami Zayn showed up to attack Strowman from behind. That caused a brawl with Zayn hitting a Helluva Kick on Strowman. Reigns went for a clothesline on Lesnar but he ducked and hit a German Suplex on Roman. Lesnar ended up grabbing Zayn and hitting a German Suplex. He taunted Strowman to come at him, but Strowman didn’t bite. Reigns got back in the ring and hit a Superman Punch on Lensar, then Owens and Jericho. Lesnar got back up and grabbed Reigns to hit an F5 on him. That left Brock as Last Man Standing as his music played. He and Strowman had another stare down.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass defeated Jinder Mahal and Rusev via pinfall. The heels had control against Enzo after commercial break. He eventually managed to hit a DDT on Rusev. Both guys were able to make tags, with Cass coming in to take down Jinder. He hit an Empire Elbow on him, but Rusev was in to break it up. Moments later, Cass delivered a big boot to Jinder and tagged in Enzo so they could finish with the Rocket Launcher.
Ariya Daivari defeated Lince Dorado via submission. The match lasted just over two minutes. Daivari was able to make a comeback and hit a clothesline before putting the Cobra Clutch on to make Lince tap out.
They showed Sasha Banks doing a workout in the ring prior to Raw for a medical evaluation by WWE staff. Jia Jax came into the ring and attacked Sasha going after her injured knee. Officials rushed into the ring to check on Sasha.
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeated Sheamus & Cesaro due to disqualification. The match was for the tag team titles. Late in the bout, Sheamus came in to break up a pinfall from Anderson on Cesaro. The ref went to clear Sheamus out and Sheamus punched the ref but seemed to not realize who he hit. The two heels took Sheamus out and hit the Magic Killer on Cesaro. Anderson had a pinfall but the ref was down. Another ref ran in and made the count. The original ref came to and waved off the decision, calling it a disqualification on Sheamus and Cesaro. Anderson and Gallows hit Magic Killer on Sheamus post-match.
A match was set to go between Tony Nese and Rich Swann. As Swann was making his entrance, Neville rushed out through the crowd and attacked him. He kept stomping and kicking at him. Several refs tried to intervene. Swann got back up and threw some punches and kicks at Neville but Nese was there to blindside Swann. Neville took exception to Nese attacking the guy he was going after. He ended up tossing Nese to ringside and kicking Swann again.
Backstage, NXT ring announcer Mike Rome caught up with Neville to ask why he attacked Swann before their upcoming match at the Rumble. Neville promised to break Swann’s unbreakable spirit at the Rumble and make him kneel and present the title to him as King of the Cruiserweights.
New Day came out to cut a promo about them all being entered in the Royal Rumble, but if one of them wins, then they all do. He said they would all headline Mania. Titus O’Neil interrupted and said he wanted to take one of their spots, so he told them to decide who would face him. Big E ended up putting his spot on the line in a match against Titus.
Big E defeated Titus O’Neil via pinfall. The match lasted five minutes. Titus had a near fall at one point, but Big E made a comeback and hit the Big Ending to win it and keep his Royal Rumble spot.
Charlotte came to the ring to discuss her winning strategy that has made her champion and kept her undefeated at WWE pay-per-views. She mentioned studying each of her opponents inside and out. She then started to mock Bayley, calling her obsessive about former WWE stars and even showing some of her old poems she used to write. Charlotte attempted to read one but then stopped and mocked a fan. She eventually tossed the papers out of the ring. Charlotte said the idea of Bayley being someone like her who was born in the business is ridiculous.
Bayley made her entrance and asked Charlotte if she was using this as her strategy to try to get in her head and embarrass her. She said she’s not ashamed of her passion for WWE. She said she may not have had a father in the business who could make one phone call to get her into WWE, but he used to take her to every live WWE event in San Jose when she was younger, even if he didn’t have the money for it. She told everyone that she said to her dad one day she would be in the WWE. She gave Charlotte a new poem, “Roses are red, violets are blue, at Royal Rumble, I will defeat you.” Bayley said it makes her smile to think of beating the PPV streak Charlotte owens. She said Charlotte will call her champ in two weeks from now.
Cedric Alexander defeated Brian Kendrick via pinfall. Alicia Fox wasn’t there and commentator Austin Aries said she wasn’t with Alexander or Noam Dar at the moment. In the latest match, Kendrick had Alexander in a submission hold at one point. Alicia Fox rushed to ringside and pushed the rope towards Cedric allowing him to grab it to break the hold. Alexander went to the outside to ask Alicia what she was doing there. Kendrick took advantage and dropkicked Cedric from behind, then tossed him back in the ring. Cedric countered another move by Kendrick with the Lumbar Check. Post-match, Alicia got into the ring and clapped for Cedric. He looked like he was going to hug her, but instead ducked her and went backstage. Noam Dar was shown watching on a backstage monitor.
Backstage, an interviewed tried to ask Alicia Fox what just happened out there, but she wasn’t interested in talking about it.
Michael Cole announced that Kurt Angle is the first member of the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Class. Cole said Angle is set to appear on ESPN News this coming Wednesday night.
Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns via pinfall. Early on in the match, everyone argued in the ring. Zayn threw a forearm shot at Strowman, leading to a big brawl. Strowman and Reigns cleared the ring, with Strowman grabbing Reigns and tossing him to the outside ahead of break. Cole mentioned the Royal Rumble. Later on, the heels kept control against Zayn for a bit until he broke away to tag in Reigns. Reigns went for a Superman Punch on Strowman, but Strowman caught Reigns with a hand around his throat, then shoved him towards Owens for a Superkick for the near fall.
Late in the match, Reigns made a hot tag to Rollins after the heels had been in control. Rollins hit a suicide dive out onto Jericho, and then Zayn hit a flip over the top rope onto Owens. Strowman went to clothesline Zayn to the floor, but Zayn ducked and Strowman wound up hitting the ringpost. Rollins delivered a flying knee to Jericho for a near fall. Strowman tagged back in and Rollins kicked him. Reigns hit a Superman Punch on Strowman. Zayn tagged in next. Rollins dove out to take down Jericho and Owens on the outside. Meanwhile, Zayn hit a flying cross body and had a near fall on Strowman. Zayn went for the finisher, but Strowman leveled him with a clothesline and then hit a running powerslam to get the pinfall.
Post-match, Strowman threw Zayn out of the ring. He went out and put Zayn on his shoulder then brought him up on stage to put in front of the commentators table. The commentators got out of there. Rollins came out and hit Strowman with some chair shots. Reigns hit a spear on Strowman on stage. Rollins and Reigns got ready to Powerbomb Strowman through the commentators table, but Owens and Jericho rushed up to attack them. Rollins was able to hit a Pedigree on Jericho but Owens struck Rollins with a chair. Reigns went after Owens, but got hit with two chair shots. The show ended after Owens powerbombed Reigns through the broadcast table and stood tall over him.