WWE Monday Night Raw Results: Highlights And Winners Monday 26th December 2016
Cesaro & Sheamus def. The New day by pinfall with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Xavier Woods, retaining the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
This was a botch-filled tag match that didn’t go over nearly as well as planned.
There were some decent booking concepts, but the execution was lacking. The New Day went with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, but their choice to go with more speed rather than Big E’s power didn’t work out.
Cesaro and Sheamus’ teamwork was impeccable as they shook off several instances that would have traditionally created moments of dissension. In a chaotic and sloppy climax, Sheamus hit Woods with a Brogue Kick to gain the clean win.
Nia Jax def. Scarlett Bordeaux by pinfall with a Samoan Drop.
In a match that lasted about 90 seconds, Nia Jax smashed a jabronette named Scarlett. The latter wore a Sasha Banks t-shirt and was pounded into bits with a big leg drop and several big throw moves.
Charlotte def. Bayley by pinfall with a folding press with feet on the ropes, counted fast.
This was a terrible match. Bayley is very slow and choppy in the ring. The pacing was dreadful and it nearly put me to sleep. Dana Brooke was quickly taken out by a Bayley-to-Belly suplex. A new referee showed up, but his three count was interrupted by Brooke just as Bayley was going to pin Charlotte.
The champion got the win with a dirty pin after a quick count from Dana Brooke.
Neville def. TJ Perkins by pinfall with a folding press.
The Superstars aren’t on their game tonight.
This was another match marred by botches. The action was flowing smoothly, but the ending was supposed to feature a roll-up pin with a grab of the tights. It was so badly executed even my wife yelled out: “Oh, that was sloppy.”
Neville’s mic game was still on point after the match as he challenged Rich Swann to a title match on 205 Live.
Bo Dallas & Darren Young Def. The Shining Stars by disqualification, presumably, though no result is announced.
The Shining Stars were in a match with Darren Young and Bo Dallas. Strowman came to the ring and smashed all four men and Hall of Famer Bob Backlund in preparation for his match with Rollins
Sami Zayn Sneak Attacks Strowman
Braun and Seth were battling. Seth was having more success against Strowman than any previous opponent, but he was down in the ring when Sami Zayn’s music hit.
He didn’t come down the ramp. Instead, he jumped him from behind. That approach was enough to gain a brief advantage. Before Strowman could turn the tables, Zayn ran away into the crowd. As Rollins lay in the ring, Jericho came in and dropped Rollins with two Codebreakers.
JeriKO celebrate because now Reigns is all alone for the main event.
Gallows and Anderson def. The Golden Truth by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Karl Anderson on Goldust.
Despite a spirited effort from Goldust, Gallows and Anderson pulled out the victory via schoolboy pin in a match that required every bit of professionalism in my body to watch from beginning to end.
Rich Swann def. Daivari, Accepts Neville’s Challenge and Then Gets Beat Up
With a sweet spinning wheel kick, Swann defeated Daivari, but this segment was all about Swann responding to Neville’s challenge. Swann was better with his facial expressions this week as he accepted the challenge.
Neville attacked him with a flying knee to the back. He ran him into the ring apron and then lay him belly down in the ring. The finishing blow was a Red Arrow to the back from Neville. In just a little over two weeks, Neville has established himself as one of the most interesting heels on Raw.
Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens by pinfall with a spear ,retaining the WWE United States Championship.
In the best match of a night filled with poor action, Reigns retained the US title. Jericho came down to the ring to create a distraction and to interfere, but his attempt was thwarted by Rollins. Rollins pedigreed Jericho outside the ring and Reigns finished Owens with a spear.
After the match, Rollins would pedigree Owens and Reigns would deliver a spear to Jericho.
All things considered, this was a disappointing way for Raw to end the year. There’s a long time between now and Royal Rumble.