Welcome to the WWE Raw results for the Monday, January 23, 2017 episode. The latest episode took place in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena. This week’s professional wrestling program was the final Raw before the Royal Rumble and featured appearances by Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, and Kevin Owens. Below are the latest WWE Raw results for the 1/23/17 episode ahead of the 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The opening featured Roman Reigns making an in-ring promo with the shark cage in the ring. He talked up his upcoming match for the Universal title at the Royal Rumble. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens came out to interrupt and talk trash. Owens bragged about power bombing Reigns through the announce table last week and Jericho bragged about beating him for the United States title several weeks ago. Reigns taunted Jericho asking if was going to come to the ring and beat him up, suggesting he should give him this rematch for the WWE United States title. Jericho was hesitant on that, but Owens said it was on. That caused Jericho to question Owens as Reigns smirked over getting a title match tonight and said he’d win the US title tonight, then the Universal title on Sunday.
Luke Gallows defeated Cesaro via pinfall. Sheamus and Karl Anderson were at ringside to support their tag partners. Both got involved in the match at various points. Late in the contest, Anderson hit Sheamus down on the outside. Cesaro had a Sharpshooter but released it because of the distraction. Gallows was able to hit a big boot and another move to collect the win.
Mick Foley was on speakerphone with Stephanie McMahon backstage talking about tonight’s title rematch. Sami Zayn came in and said hello to Stephanie. He started asking Mick how he goes about entering the Royal Rumble match. Mick started to say he’s Sami Zayn and is already in, but Stephanie interrupted. She said Zayn has to earn his spot by winning a match tonight against Seth Rollins. Sami looked a bit discouraged. Mick wished him good luck and then Stephanie told Mick to pick up the receiver and talk to her.
Bayley had a sit-down interview with Corey Graves. She talked about her lifelong aspirations to be a WWE superstar, about being a role model, and about how she gets support from the fans. She said it even gives her the strength to feel she can defeat Charlotte for the Women’s title on Sunday.
Mick Foley found Seth Rollins in the locker room. He told him he just talked to Stephanie and that Seth has to face Sami tonight. Rollins asked why since they were tag partners last week. Mick said Sami’s fighting for a spot in the Rumble match, but not just any spot, Seth’s spot. Rollins’ demeanor changed as he said he realizes that he needs to win tonight so he can keep his spot and win the Rumble this Sunday.
Sami Zayn defeated Seth Rollins via pinfall to take Rollins’ spot in the Royal Rumble match. Cole reminded fans that Triple H cost Rollins the Universal title back on Raw by double-crossing him. Zayn hit several big moves including the Blue Thumber Bomb for near falls. Zayn went to the top rope for a move but Rollins sprang up and grabbed him to try for a Superplex. Zayn shoved Rollins off but Rollins rolled to his feet then ducked Zayn as he jumped. Rollins jumped onto the top rope and then hit a neck breaker on Zayn for a near fall. Rollins had several big near falls with the crowd thinking the match was over, but Zayn kicked out.
Zayn had a shot at the Helluva Kick but Rollins avoided it. Rollins set up for the Pedigree but got dumped outside by Zayn. Later with Zayn on the top rope, Rollins set up for a Pedigree but Zayn blocked it and hit a Powerbomb off the corner for a close near fall. Rollins hit a huge Pedigree on the ring apron and fell to the outside himself. Rollins was able to pull himself up near the barricade and then pushed Zayn inside to get the pinfall. Before he could make the cover, Triple H’s music and theme showed on the screens on stage. Rollins was shocked and looked around for HHH to make an entrance. HHH didn’t show up and Zayn grabbed a surprise small package pinfall for the win. Post-match, Zayn celebrated while sitting on the outside. Rollins was irate and stormed up the ramp backstage.
After a commercial break, Rollins was walking backstage still fuming about what just went down. He found Mick Foley and asked what was going on. Foley said someone in production must’ve been involved. Rollins said this has been his lifelong dream and a year of work to get to this spot. Foley told him he was going to get to the bottom of it as Seth stormed off still mad.
TJ Perkins, Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher defeated Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak via pinfall. Late in the match, Perkins tagged in Ali who hit a range of offensive moves on Gulak. Perkins hit a neck breaker for a pinfall but Gulak’s teammates came in to break things up. There was a brawl amongst competitors with Nese and Daivari getting tossed out of the ring. Ali hit a reverse 450 to get the pinfall win.
They had a lengthy segment which started with New Day coming out to talk about being in the Royal Rumble and saying they would win it to go on and capture the Universal Championship at Mania. Enzo and Big Cass came out, with Cass saying he’s officially entering the Royal Rumble and will throw 29 bodies over the top rope. Rusev came out with Lana and Jinder Mahal. Rusev trash talked Big Cass and Big E for needing to put “Big” in front of their names. He said he’s also entering the Rumble. Next, Titus came out and New Day said they told him to never annoy them again. Titus said that’s not why he was out and informed them of an eight man tag match. Titus would team with Rusev, Jinder Mahal, and another man – Braun Strowman came out as their partner to take on Kofi, Enzo, Big E and Big Cass.
Braun Strowman, Titus O’Neil, Jinder Mahal, and Rusev defeated New Day, Enzo Amore, and Big Cass via pinfall. Late in the match, Enzo got revved up and the crowd did too. Strowman took him down with a shoulder tackle. Strowman grabbed Enzo and eventually hit a powerslam to get the win.Post-match, Big Show’s music hit and he came walking down to the ring looking a lot slimmer than usual. Strowman sized him up before leaving the ring. He yelled that he does things on his time when and how he wants.
Roman Reigns defeated Chris Jericho via disqualification in a United States Championship rematch. Kevin Owens was on guest commentary up the stage. Cole asked how Jericho can defend his title with Owens up on commentary, and Graves said Cole was disrespecting the champion with that talk. Eventually, Owens got irate and left his spot. Reigns gained control after ducking Jericho and hitting a Superman Punch. Owens got into the ring to attack Reigns, causing a disqualification. Post-match, Owens had Reigns down and called for the shark cage to be lowered down. It came down and Owens put Reigns in then started to lock it shut.
Reigns reached through the bars and yanked Owens face first into the cage. He did the same to Jericho then got out of the cage and shoved Owens inside. Reigns locked the cage shut and then watched as it was raised up. Jericho jumped up and grabbed the bottom of the cage, but Reigns hit a Superman Punch to knock him off. With Owens hanging above the ring, Reigns set up and hit a Spear on Jericho before leaving the ring.
After a commercial break, Kevin Owens was finally lowered and let out of the cage. Charly Caruso was in the ring to talk to Kevin Owens. She informed them that it was recently announced that his match this weekend will not only have Jericho in the cage above the ring, but it will also be a No Disqualification match for the Universal title. Cole, Graves, and Saxton talked about the PPV with a special start time at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.
Corey Graves had a sit-down interview with WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte. She said she grew up privileged and she’s not going to apologize for her dad making one phone call to get her into WWE. She said she’s the greatest superstar the company has ever seen. She said Bayley’s the lucky one to be here now.
Nia Jax defeated Rae Lynn via pinfall. They showed footage of Sasha doing her audition in the ring before Raw weeks ago to pass medical tests for WWE staff when Nia Jax attacked her. In the ring, Nia made quick work of the enhancement talent, tossing her into the corner and splashing her several times before making an arrogant pinfall. Charly Caruso tried to interview her in the ring post-match but Nia yanked the mic from her and ordered her to go away. Nia dedicated her victory to the recently deceased career of Sasha Banks. Nia said a month ago Sasha was the champion and now she’s nothing. She kept talking trash until Sasha’s music hit.
Sasha came out using a crutch to walk down the ramp. The commentary team questioned how smart it was for Sasha to do this while still hurt. Sasha stopped at ringside to look in at Jax. Nia stood near the ropes for a bit and then Sasha swung her crutch to hit Nia in the leg. Sasha got in the ring and kept smashing the crutch on her. She tossed the crutch at Nia and then taunted her to come get some. Nia rushed at Sasha who dropped down causing Jax to fall to the outside. From there, Sasha jumped off the apron and dropped Nia with double knees to lay her out at ringside.
Rich Swann defeated Noam Dar in a non-title match. Alexander came out first, followed by Noam who was accompanied by Alicia Fox. They showed footage of how Alicia joined forces with Dar after she used to be with Alexander. In a match that lasted nearly six minutes, Dar had a near fall after Alicia distracted Swann a bit and Dar got a kick on Swann’s face. Later, Swann was able to kick Dar late to get the pinfall. Post-match, Swann got on the mic to call out Neville. His music hit and he came to the ring and got through the ropes but pushed. Neville decided to back off and dropped to the floor. Swann took the opportunity to dive out onto Neville and threw punches at him before he rolled him back inside the ring. Neville was able to escape eventually.
Backstage after commercial, Cedric Alexander was being interviewed by Charly Caruso when Alicia Fox came screaming from off camera. She showed up with Noam Dar and told Cedric he’ll never win anything without her. Noam said he wanted to make sure there were no hard feelings for him taking his girl. Cedric smirked and said as far as Alicia goes, they’re cool, but Noam attacked him last week. Cedric shoved Noam down for that and Foxy screamed that he almost made him cry.
Goldberg made his big entrance and slapped hands with fans on the way around the ring. As he got into the ring, it was apparent he had a gash on his forehead. Graves noted that Goldberg has a trademark of head-butting the door before he arrives out and is very intense. He was visibly bleeding on the forehead as he began to talk and screwed up his segment several times. He blamed the fans jokingly for making him screw up. He talked up how the road to the Universal Championship goes through the Royal Rumble. He said 29 other stars are gunning for a shot at the title held by either Kevin Owens or Roman Reigns. He began to tell the 29 other guys in the back “You Are…” but was interrupted by Paul Heyman. He came out to introduce himself and said he was compelled to come out and address Goldberg’s observations.
Heyman talked of all the possibilities fans might see during the Rumble including Goldberg vs. Randy Orton or Goldberg vs. Undertaker. He said it might even be Goldberg against The Beast aka “Goldberg Carnivore” Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s music hit and the fans went wild. After several moments, Brock came out from backstage onto the stage next to Heyman. He stared at Goldberg from the ramp. Heyman kept talking it up and Goldberg interrupted. He asked if Brock was going to come to the ring like a man or stand there like a dumbass.
Lesnar went down to ringside with Heyman. After walking around outside the ring several times, Lesnar finally stepped inside to go face-to-face with Goldberg. After several moments, Undertaker’s gong sounded and the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Taker was standing in the ring looking at Brock and Goldberg. All three men continued the stare down as the lights dimmed and Raw went off the air.