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Seth Rollins is in the back and Roman Reigns stops by.  Roman says that Seth worked his magic to make it a Fatal Five Way.  Seth says he isn’t going to let Roman have all the fun.  Roman says he will be the one to eliminate Seth like he did at the Rumble.

Sheamus and Cesaro stop by and Sheamus says he should not be worried about tonight since he has a string of failure.  Cesaro asks if Dean and Jason are in physical therapy together talking about how bad a tag team partner Seth is.

Roman asks Cesaro about his mouth and he tells Sheamus he didn’t get the memo but he will tonight.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Five:  Sheamus (with Cesaro) versus Roman Reigns

They lock up and Roman with a clean break.  They lock up again and Sheamus with an arm bar and wrist lock.  Roman with a hammer lock and Sheamus gets to the ropes.  Sheamus with punches and a head butt.  Roman with a punch and he sends Sheamus into the turnbuckles.  Sheamus with an Irish whip but Roman with a clothesline out of the corner.  Sheamus goes to the floor and Cesaro gives him a pep talk.

Roman with punches and a clothesline to send Sheamus over the top rope to the floor.  Roman goes to the floor and Sheamus sends Roman into the apron but Roman sends Sheamus into the ringside barrier and the apron.  Roman sends Sheamus into the ringside barrier again.  Roman breaks the referee’s count and Cesaro distracts Roman with the title belts and Sheamus gets Roman on his shoulders and hits a Finlay Slam on the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Sheamus with a top wrist lock.  Sheamus with knees to the ribs.  Roman with punches and two clotheslines followed by a flying clothesline.  Roman runs into a boot in the corner and Roman is sent shoulder first into the ring post.  Sheamus with a uranage back breaker for a near fall.  Sheamus applies a cloverleaf on Roman to wear down Roman and work on the back.  Roman escapes and he kicks Sheamus away and hits a Samoan drop.  Roman gets a near fall.

Reigns misses the Superman punch and Sheamus catches him and hits White Noise for a near fall.  Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick but Roman with a Superman punch for a near fall.  Roman runs into a boot on a spear attempt.  Roman with a sit out power bomb to Sheamus for a near fall.

Cesaro gets on the apron and Roman is distracted.  Sheamus with a rollup for a near fall followed by a running knee to the head for a near fall.   Roman goes to the floor and Cesaro charges at Roman and Roman with a Superman punch to Cesaro after back dropping him into the crowd.  Sheamus gets sent into the ring post and then Sheamus with a clothesline as Roman goes for the Broad Jump Drop Kick.  Sheamus goes up top and Roman with a spear for the three count.

Winner:  Roman Reigns

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Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw. Bray Wyatt laughs and says the Elimination Chamber is upon us, the home of his greatest victory when he won the WWE Championship. Standing in the way of repeating his destiny is his nemesis, Roman Reigns. This once great warrior has fallen so far that the world does not recognize him. He lost the Royal Rumble and Intercontinental Title, but he maintains his bravado. Bray says he sees Roman for what he is, a failure waiting to be put out of his misery. Bray says he is happy to oblige. Roman will find out that at the bottom of that spiral is something worse than failure . . . him.

Roman says Bray thinks he is a failure waiting to be put out of his misery. A failure is something who cannot deal with adversity and he cannot get up when he is down. Roman says his journey to Wrestlemania starts tonight. He goes to the Elimination Chamber and then he goes to Wrestlemania to face Brock Lesnar and become the next Universal Champion.

Match Number One: Roman Reigns versus Bray Wyatt in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match

They lock up and Wyatt with a clean break.  They lock up again and Wyatt with a kick and side head lock.  Reigns with a shoulder tackle.  Bray is sent into the turnbuckles and he leans back and it freaks out Roman.   Wyatt goes to the turnbuckles and Roman with an uppercut.  Roman gets Bray on his shoulders but Bray gets to his feet and Roman charges into the corner.  Wyatt side steps Roman and Roman goes shoulder first into the ring post.  Wyatt gets a near fall.

We see Matt Hardy starting at a monitor in the back.  Wyatt with a reverse chin lock.  Reigns with punches followed by two clotheslines and a flying clothesline.  Reigns sets for the broad jump drop kick but Wyatt counters with a clothesline and he sends Reigns into the ring steps as we go to commercial.

We are back and Wyatt with a rear chin lock.  Roman gets back to his feet and he gets Wyatt on his shoulders for a Samoan drop.  Roman with NeverEnding Story in the corner but Wyatt blocks it and goes for a uranage but Roman escapes.  Wyatt with a flying cross body and he gets a near fall.  Wyatt puts Roman on the turnbuckles and connects with an uppercut.  Wyatt sets for a superplex but Roman blocks it.  Roman punches Wyatt off the turnbuckles but Wyatt chops Roman.

Wyatt tells Roman ‘anyone but you’ and Roman with head butts and then Roman hits a sit out power bomb for a near fall.   Reigns sets for the Superman punch but Wyatt blocks it and hits a uranage and follows with a back senton but Wyatt can only get a near fall.  Wyatt sets for Sister Abigail but Roman counters with a rollup for a near fall.  Roman with a Superman Punch for a near fall.  Reigns looks at the Wrestlemania sign and then he sets for the spear.  Wyatt with a boot followed by Sister Abigail but Wyatt can only get a two count.

Wyatt with forearms to the back of the head.  Wyatt sets for another Sister Abigail and Roman powers out of the hold and Reigns with a spear for the three count.

Winner:  Roman Reigns

Seth Rollins walks in the back and he sees Jason Jordan and Kurt Angle with the doctor.  Jason tells Seth he cannot compete tonight.  He says he was feeling good but he did some neck bridges and something felt wrong.

Seth wants to know what to do and Kurt suggests that he forfeit the match.

Roman Reigns shows up and Seth has a partner.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Six:  Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns versus Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championship

Sheamus and Rollins start things off and Sheamus with a side head lock and Rolilns with a head scissors.  Sheamus with a side head lock and shoulder tackle.  Rollins with a cross body and punches to Sheamus.  Rollins with an arm bar and Sheamus escapes.  Cesaro tags in and Cesaro with a wrist lock.  Rollins with a reversal but Cesaro with a knee to the midsection followed by a European uppercut.  Sheamus tags in and they kick Rollins.  Cesaro tags back in and they hit a double thrust kick in the corner.

Rollins with a kick and Reigns tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle and Reigns gets a near fall.  Reigns with a wrist lock and Rollins tags in and they send Cesaro into the corner and they hit a double thrust kick.  Rollins gets a near fall.   Rollins with punches and a chop in the corner.  Reigns tags in and he sends Rollins into Cesaro in the corner.  Roman with a clothesline.  Rollins with a suicide dive onto Sheamus but Sheamus catches him and hits a uranage back breaker.  Cesaro sends Roman to the floor and Sheamus tags in.  Sheamus sends Roman into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.

Cesaro tags Sheamus in and he kicks Roman and connects with a European uppercut.  Sheamus with punches and Cesaro with a punch from the apron.  Sheamus with knees to the back and a reverse chin lock.  Cesaro tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle for a near fall.  Cesaro has Roman in the ropes and Sheamus with a boot followed by a pop up European uppercut for a near fall.  Cesaro sends Rollins to the floor and Sheamus kicks him.  Roman with clotheslines in the corner and then he punches Sheamus.  Cesaro gets a near fall.

Sheamus makes the blind tag as Roman clotheslines Cesaro over the top ropes.  They hit the spike White Noise but Roman kicks out.  Cesaro sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Roman counters with a back body drop.  Sheamus knocks Rollins off the apron but he turns into a Superman punch and both men are down.

Jason Jordan makes his way to the ring and he helps Seth Rollins to the apron.  Cesaro and Rollins tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline and a boot to Cesaro.  Rollins with a blockbuster to Cesaro and a suicide dive to Sheamus.  Rollins with a slingshot leg drop to Cesaro and he hits a suicide dive on Cesaro to send him into the front row.  Rollins with slingblade for a near fall.

Rollins goes for Black Out but Cesaro avoids it.  Cesaro puts Rollins on the turnbuckles and hits a European uppercut.  Rollins with a tornado suplex followed by a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.  Jordan grabs Cesaro’s leg and Rollins with a rollup for a near fall.  Rollins with a super kick for a near fall that is broken up by Sheamus.  Roman tells Jason to go to the back.  Rollins with the V Trigger to Cesaro followed by super kick to Sheamus.  Roman tags in and Cesaro pulls Sheamus to the floor.

Jason Jordan stops Cesaro and Sheamus, but he punches Cesaro and the referee calls for the bell.

Winners:  Sheamus and Cesaro (by disqualification)

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Make that two runner-up heartbreakers in a row for Roman Reigns, who was the last man eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match and fell short in his bid to regain the Intercontinental Championship from The Miz just 24 hours later.

That he did is an astounding reversal of fortune, as Reigns not only dominated Miz from the jump, but he also chased off The Miztourage with a steel chair he’d retrieved from ringside. The Big Dog was so incensed that he nearly got himself disqualified, and despite a rally from Miz, Reigns found a second wind and teed off on the champion with wild-eyed fury.

The A-Lister answered with some quick thinking, focusing his efforts on his challenger’s knee with chop blocks and a torturous Figure-Four Leglock. Reigns reversed the hold to hobble Miz and dropped him with a Superman Punch, at which point The Miztourage returned to turn the tide. Reigns picked off Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel with pinpoint efficiency but took his eye off The Miz for just a second too long. After Reigns dropped Bo Dallas with a Spear, Miz pounced with a rollup and a handful of Reigns’ pants to retain the title.

Reigns was left to stew alone in the ring, and it’s easy to see why: His mantra has long been that he can, and he will. Which makes it all the more gutting that, for the second night, he almost did.

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The Emperor Defeated! Lately, Roman Reigns has fought tooth and nail to defend his Intercontinental Championship. Title defense after title defense, Reigns proved to be stronger than ever. There was one problem. The Miz returned. The Miz has been sending out messages that soon he’ll have his Intercontinental Championship back. He wanted his rematch. Reigns gave him his rematch. Can Roman continue to defend the title successfully?

From the beginning of the match to the end, Roman had to deal with the Miztourage. They would make Roman work three times as hard to keep the offense going. A Superman Punch did not prevent a Reigns from losing the title. It took a little cheating to do it. This is not the end for Roman. He can look forward to regaining the top title.

WWE.com has more on this historic night and Roman’s valiant effort below.

For a long time now, The Miz has delivered on his promises where the Intercontinental Championship is concerned. Raw 25 proved to be no different, as The A-Lister defeated Roman Reigns to begin an eighth reign with what is fast becoming his signature championship just hours after declaring for the Men’s Royal Rumble Match.

At first, however, it was all Reigns, who bounced Miz around the ring with impunity in a match he was dedicating to his cousin, Yokozuna. The Miztourage once again paid dividends for The Miz, giving The Awesome One the opening to turn the tide by throwing Reigns into the steel steps, aggravating The Big Dog’s shoulder in the process.

Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel proved persistent enough in their interference to get themselves thrown out by the referee, though not before they clambered onto the apron one last time, opening the door for Miz to hit a distracted Reigns with a Skull-Crushing Finale. Reigns kicked out, but when he whiffed on a Spear and went face-first into a turnbuckle that Miz had discreetly unbuckled earlier in the match, a second Skull-Crushing Finale was enough to put him down for the 1-2-3.

So Miz is champion again, and that several former Raw General Managers — John Laurinaitis, Eric Bischoff and William Regal — were in the building to witness Miz’s triumph was a treat. That Miz’s nemesis, current SmackDown GM Daniel Bryan, was among them, was the cherry on top.

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Empire Rising! On last week’s Raw, Roman teamed with Shield member Seth Rollins and his Tag Team partner Jason Jordan. The match was going the way of the brothers in arms until Jason Jordan got in the way. This led to the trio losing the match. When Roman was distracted with asking Jordan what he was doing, The Miz and his entourage returned. This caught Roman off guard and let to him being beat down.

Tonight The Emperor faced The Miztourage in a 1 vs 2 match. The match starts off as The Miz distracting Roman long enough for The Miztourage to start their beatdown. Soon The Powerhouse made his comeback. SUPERMAN PUNCH! Reigns is on a roll. Miz tries to interfere again, Roman grabs him and he backs off.

Back in the ring, Roman sets up Axel for a SPEAR and the WIN!

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A video package was shown of Roman and a few WWE superstars visiting The National Civil Rights Museum. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Roman Reigns may not have defended his Intercontinental Title on Raw, but the fighting champion had a fight all the same against The Miztourage just one week before he fields a challenge from their ringleader, The Miz, on Raw 25 in seven days’ time. (“It will be awesome,” he promised after another intro from Elias.)

That is then, however. For now, The Big Dog can roll into the red brand’s quarter-centennial with a dominant performance under his belt, despite a strong opening from The Miztourage after Miz laid hands on Reigns’ title to distract him and galvanize Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel into an early advantage. The Miztourage traded tags and stomped The Big Dog into the corner, and Bo Dallas emerged as an early star of the match for his team. Once Reigns decked him off the apron, however, Curtis Axel was turned into the proverbial deer in headlights as The Big Dog began to rev up.

Things got dire enough that The Miz attempted to interfere, though Reigns quickly dispatched Dallas with a Superman Punch on the outside and attempted to drag Miz into the ring. Axel sprang with a rollup in the fray, but The Big Dog escaped the pinfall attempt and sealed the win with a Spear — much to the dismay of a furious Miz, who stewed on the ring and proclaimed Reigns’ title would ultimately be his. Despite the unfavorable result tonight, Miz might have himself an awesome Raw 25 yet.

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Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. There is a recap video of last week’s episode of Raw. Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. After all of his attacks and after all of his hype, you would think that Samoa Joe would have been ready. When it was time to put up or shut up, Joe was silenced. That is why he is still champion. It isn’t because he is better than Joe, he was fighting for a purpose. He was fighting for Dean Ambrose. Roman says he has a message for everyone. If you mess with any member of the Shield, you mess with all of us. That was last week and it is this week. Jason Jordan interrupts and makes his way to the ring.

Jason says when he watched Roman’s match last week, he got goosebumps. For the first time, he felt like he was part of something meaningful. Roman was right, when you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us. Jason says on behalf of his partner Seth Rollins, you proved that this is your yard. Jason wants to thank Roman. Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Seth says he appreciates Jason, but he has a lot to learn. Last week, you learned about teamwork. This week, you have to work on your timing. You are stepping on Roman’s moment.

Jason says this is everyone’s moment. Jason says they all had issues with Samoa Joe and Roman took care of it. Jason says they took care of the Bar. They are all champions and they run the show.

Roman says that Jason teams with Seth and Roman says that he is The Guy. Jason says they might not be the Shield, but they are pretty good. They might be the most dominant three man group in WWE. Finn Balor, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson make their way to the stage.

Finn says that Jason is excited to be part of something big, but are you really part of the most dominant three man group in WWE? Finn says he was running with Gallows and Anderson for ten years before you knew that Kurt Angle was your dad. Karl says that they have run with Finn for a long time and you can see it on the WWE Network.

Luke says they knew it was time to stand alone when Finn showed up. They won the tag titles. Finn was the first Universal Champion. Karl says they knew that they would get back together and take over that place. Finn says that day was last Monday. Finn says they are excited too because 2018 is the Year of Balor Club. Jason says he is happy to be part of the Champions’ Club.

Karl asks if that is a cute new version of the Shield. Finn says he does not see the Lunatic Fringe. He sees the Architect and the Big Dog. He sees . . . Luke throws out a NERD. Jason slaps Gallows and Rollins holds Jordan back while Balor and Anderson hold back Gallows.

Kurt Angle makes his way to the stage and he mentions what is on the show tonight, but he just found his main event. Kurt wants to find out who would win a match between these teams so it will be a six man tag match tonight.

Roman Reigns, Jason Jordan, and Seth Rollins stand around in the back and talk as we go to commercial.

Jason Jordan, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins versus Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

Balor and Rollins start things off and Balor with a side head lock and take down. Rollins with a head scissors. Balor escapes. Rollins with a side head lock take down but Balor with a head scissors and Rollins escapes. Rollins with a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Anderson tags in and he hits a back breaker for a near fall. Gallows tags in and Reigns makes the tag and hits a Samoan drop on Gallows. Reigns and Rollins with a double shoulder tackle to Balor and they send him to the floor. Reigns with a broad jump drop kick to Gallows and Anderson on the floor while Rollins hits a suicide dive onto Balor. Jordan celebrates in the ring with Rollins and Reigns as we go to commercial.

We are back and Balor with an arm bar and Irish whip. Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles. Reigns tags in and he hits two clotheslines and a flying clothesline. Reigns with NeverEnding Story followed by a boot to the head. Reigns sets for the Superman punch and he punches Anderson. Balor with Slingblade to Reigns and Anderson tags in. Anderson punches Reigns. Gallows tags in and he kicks Reigns and then connects with an uppercut. Gallows with a round kick to the temple for a near fall.

Gallows with a reverse chin lock on Reigns. Reigns with punches and Gallows pulls Reigns down by the hair. Anderson tags in and he kicks Reigns. Anderson gets a near fall and then he returns to the return chin lock. Anderson with a kick and punch but reigns with a tilt-a-whirl power slam and both men are down. Gallows tags in and he kicks Reigns in the back to stop Roman’s path to the corner. Gallows with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Gallows with a rear chin lock. Reigns punches Gallows but Gallows with a boot to the head. Reigns bounces off the ropes and hits a Superman punch.

Anderson and Rollins tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline and blockbuster. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Gallows and Balor. Rollins with Slingblade to Anderson and he hits a running forearm into the corner and follows with a suplex rolling into a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Anderson holds on to the ropes and Gallows with a waist lock. Rollins kicks Anderson and Jordan clotheslines Gallows over the top rope to the floor. Anderson with a spinebuster for a near fall. Anderson keeps Rollins from making the tag and Gallows tags in. Gallows punches Jordan off the apron but Rollins with an enzuigiri to Gallows and both men are down.

Balor tags in and Rollins with a modified Olympic Slam and both men are down. Jordan comes in and Reigns is tagged in but the referee does not allow it because he does not see it. Gallows and Anderson hit Magic Killer. Reigns takes care of Anderson and Gallows. Reigns argues with Jordan and Reigns is pulled to the floor. Reigns sends Gallows into the ring post and then Reigns with a Superman punch to Anderson. Reigns with a spear to Gallows on the floor. Balor with a running drop kick that sends Rollins into the turnbuckles and Balor hits Coup de Grace for the three count.

Winners: Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Finn Balor

After the match, Reigns has some words for Jordan and Jordan checks on Rollins. Miz attacks Jordan from behind and then he sends Rollins into the ringside barrier. Miz is joined by Dallas and Axel as they all attack Reigns. Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz thinks about leaving the ring, but they decide to give Roman a Cerberus Bomb.

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A War Of Reprecussions! Last week Roman Reigns got disqualified for pushing a referee, he is set on a war path. But before his match, he has a few words with Renée Young. Reigns says that Samoa Joe got what he deserved last week. After hurting he and Dean Ambrose, Reigns said Joe didn’t deserve a title shot.

Before Roman goes one on one with Samoa Joe, Seth Rollins tells Roman that as much as he understands why he’s so fired up, he should take it easy to prevent a disqualification. Seth says he likes the fact that both of them are champions and he’d like to keep it that way.

Match: Roman makes his way to the the ring. Samoa Joe is fast to take the lead in the match. Roman Soon has had enough as he sets after Samoa Joe with Samoan Drops and Superman Punches. Samoa Joe still has fight in him as Roman slides out of the ring, and drops a Drive By on Joe. This gets Joe off balance for a bit. Roman then goes for the steel steps. The referee stops him and reminds him of the disqualification rule. Reigns backs off. In the ring, Roman sets up for a Superman Punch. Joe pushes Roman into the referee to try to gain the title off of the disqualification. Roman pleads with the referee that he was pushed. The match continues. Joe eats two Superman Punches and a Spear.

Roman Reigns begins 2018 by successfully defending his Intercontinental Championship.

This match had a lot of highlights. To find out more about this war of epic proportions, here is what WWE.com had to say.

Consider the curse broken. Roman Reigns didn’t just score his first-ever singles win over Samoa Joe in their Intercontinental Title rematch, he got retribution for Dean Ambrose, defended the honor of The Shield and managed to navigate a stipulation that would have cost The Big Dog his title if he got himself disqualified.

That caveat was a result of the excessive aggression that both got Roman disqualified last week and earned him a $5,000 fine for shoving referee John Cone. This time around, The Big Dog had to toe a fine line when it came to carrying the flag for the injured Ambrose while also keeping his anger in check to retain his title (especially with Cone donning the stripes again), and Joe took advantage of Reigns’ hesitance early in the match. Even by his standards, The Samoan Submission Machine was in rare form, blistering Reigns with offense that left the champion out on his feet and searching wildly for an answer.

Even when Roman got himself back into the match, he flirted close enough with a disqualification on several occasions that the ref pulled him off and stopped his momentum cold, allowing Joe to reassert himself. And Joe seemed to successfully exploit the loophole when he shoved Reigns into Cone, setting off a confrontation that may have led to a disqualification if Joe hadn’t pressed his attack, landing a Uranage that continued the match. An irate Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch moments later, but Reigns had one move left in the tank, throwing Joe over his shoulder and pouncing with a sternum-shattering Spear to put the instant classic to a close.

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An Enraged Emperor! Following the heinous attack on Dean Ambrose last week, which led to emergency surgery, Roman Reigns was beyond ready for payback. Roman was called into Kurt Angle’s office and was told by the Raw General Manager that he had Samoa Joe all to himself. Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe for later tonight.

Renee Young caught up with Roman Reigns before his match against Samoa Joe. Roman said that after what happened last week, tonight was payback for what happened to his brother Dean Ambrose. High on rage and fury, Roman said that after all was said and done, he was leaving Chicago still Champion.

Roman made his way out to the ring. From the look on his face, you can tell that tonight wasn’t about him. Tonight was not about the championship. Tonight was about respecting family. Roman Reigns watched his brother Dean Ambrose being taken out for months due to the attack from Samoa Joe. This means war.

Roman started off the match on fire. He quickly attacked Samoa Joe as soon as the bell rung. The only offense Samoa Joe had during the entire match was when due to a little interruption by the referee, which led to the Cocina Clutch. Reigns was an enraged Samoan who could not be tamed. Roman threw kicks and punches and missed the referees break count, which led to his disqualification.

Disqualification or not, Roman Reigns was not finished yet. Samoa Joe was in for a Samoan Beatdown. Roman Reigns caught Samoa Joe trying to run off. He caught him and ran him into the ring post not once, but twice. If you thought he was done, you would be wrong! Roman Reigns grabbed the steel steps and ran them straight into Samoa Joe. He was thinking about doing it again, but a referee stopped him. Reigns then opted for a chair, but when he swung it Samoa Joe moved out of the way. More referees came out and Samoa Joe slipped past them. Samoa Joe is running now… But for how long?

WWE.com has more on what happened during the match and the aftermath as Roman had Samoa Joe right where he wanted him. Check it out below.

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The good news for Samoa Joe is that Roman Reigns still hasn’t beaten him one-on-one. The bad news is that The Samoan Submission Machine missed out on the Intercontinental Title, as Reigns decided that, instead of beating Joe, he’d rather beat Joe up.

In other words, Roman remains Intercontinental Champion, even though a burst of excessive aggression forced the ref to call off the match and award the disqualification win to Joe. It’s difficult to blame Roman for the outburst, as Joe’s self-proclaimed “systematic destruction of The Shield” tore Dean Ambrose’s triceps tendon last week, putting The Lunatic Fringe on the shelf for, potentially, up to nine months, and Reigns picked up the torch in truly brutal fashion. The Intercontinental Champion came out swinging, forcing Joe into the uncommon position of fighting from underneath.

That he did, landing a suicide forearm that tweaked Reigns’ left arm. The Big Dog fought back with one good arm to force Joe into the corner, but once the champion threw the ref out of his way to continue his assault, he was disqualified. Freed from the constraints of the contest, however, Reigns went to town, dropping his foe with a targeted assault of Joe’s shoulder that a squadron of officials was powerless to stop. Joe narrowly avoided Reigns’ home-run swing with a steel chair, but the damage may well have been done. Somewhere, Ambrose is most likely smiling. In the backstage area, Seth Rollins visibly was.

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A Fighting Champion! Roman Reigns has given all comers a chance at his Intercontinental Championship. He is a fighting champion after all. Reigns has not shied away from anyone including Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe starts off Raw demanding to see Roman. He wants Roman to come out and so does the WWE Universe. Seth Rollins is watching backstage and Dean walks up. Rollins tells him to go get Roman. Roman walks up and looks at the monitor. He tells the boys “I Got This”. Roman heads out to the ring. Once there, he goes straight to Samoa Joe will a full on attack. Cesaro is seen coming to Samoa Joe’s defense. Then Rollins and Ambrose follow behind. It is an all out war. Samoa Joe puts the Coquina Clutch on Roman and takes him out. For coming to Reigns aid, Rollins and Ambrose get taken out as well. What will be Roman’s fate later on when he takes on Cesaro later tonight.

Roman Reigns vs Cesaro starts off with Roman letting out all of his aggression on Cesaro. Hit after hit, Reigns takes it to Cesaro. Soon Cesaro takes over with a Fujiwa Armbar. This takes a lot out of Reigns Shoulder. It doesn’t stop Reigns. Roman Reigns fights back, bringing all he has to Cesaro. Getting out of the second Fujiwa Armbar, Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch. Cesaro blocks it, and corners Roman in the corner. Just when you thought Roman was out for the count, he uses all of his strength to Spear Cesaro into defeat. Checkout WWE.com’s review on what went down below!

Samoa Joe incurred the wrath of The Shield last week, and the experience left him profoundly unimpressed. After managing to singlehandedly upend Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins’ bid for the Raw Tag Team Titles, The Samoan Submission Machine opened Team Red by unleashing a slew of insults in the direction of The Hounds of Justice — particularly in the direction of Roman Reigns, as part of Joe’s continuing efforts to goad the Intercontinental Champion into a fight.

He got what he was looking for, as Reigns answered Joe’s call, only to be waylaid by Cesaro & Sheamus, who instigated a brawl that also brought the remaining members of The Shield charging to the ring. Joe indeed got the better of Reigns in the scuffle with The Bar’s help, but Ambrose — scheduled to face Joe later in the night — was quick to pick up the slack, throwing hands with Joe until Cesaro & Sheamus intervened, dispatching Rollins and feeding The Lunatic Fringe into a Uranage that ended the fight on Joe’s terms.

Roman Reigns’ status as a fighting champion has already landed him in the path of two hungry up-and-comers. This week, it almost cost him the Intercontinental Title. Cesaro was The Big Dog’s challenger of the week, and The Swiss Cyborg threw everything at Reigns to attempt to add a second title to his waist.

Even though Reigns prevailed, 90 percent of the bout was a brutal showcase for the challenger, who absolutely decimated Reigns’ arm to take the Superman Punch out of the game by way of some wrenching holds and a thunderous Cesaro Swing into the barricade. Effectively rendered one-armed by his challenger’s game plan, Reigns had to get crafty — rollups, Drive-By, Samoan Drop — to stay in the fight, and when the fight spilled to the outside, Reigns threw caution to the wind and landed a Superman Punch off the steps.

It seemed the high-risk strike would put Reigns back in control, but all it did was send Cesaro into a blind frenzy. A few close calls aside, The Swiss Superman firmly seized control of the match by pulverizing the champion with European uppercuts and hauling a dazed Reigns into the center of the ring to set up for the Neutralizer. But a back-body drop thwarted the challenger, and an exhausted Reigns followed that up with a last-ditch Spear to narrowly — very narrowly — retain his title.

Roman Reigns’ status as a fighting champion has already landed him in the path of two hungry up-and-comers. This week, it almost cost him the Intercontinental Title. Cesaro was The Big Dog’s challenger of the week, and The Swiss Cyborg threw everything at Reigns to attempt to add a second title to his waist.

Even though Reigns prevailed, 90 percent of the bout was a brutal showcase for the challenger, who absolutely decimated Reigns’ arm to take the Superman Punch out of the game by way of some wrenching holds and a thunderous Cesaro Swing into the barricade. Effectively rendered one-armed by his challenger’s game plan, Reigns had to get crafty — rollups, Drive-By, Samoan Drop — to stay in the fight, and when the fight spilled to the outside, Reigns threw caution to the wind and landed a Superman Punch off the steps.

It seemed the high-risk strike would put Reigns back in control, but all it did was send Cesaro into a blind frenzy. A few close calls aside, The Swiss Superman firmly seized control of the match by pulverizing the champion with European uppercuts and hauling a dazed Reigns into the center of the ring to set up for the Neutralizer. But a back-body drop thwarted the challenger, and an exhausted Reigns followed that up with a last-ditch Spear to narrowly — very narrowly — retain his title.

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RAW GM Kurt Angle opens the show to hype the Tag Team Title and Intercontinental Titles being on the line. Before he can announce Roman’s challenger though, Jason Jordan’s music interrupts him and the young upstart heads to the ring garnering himself a lot of heat. He wants Roman for the title despite his knee being taped up and brings up past opponents that he’s held his own against in the ring. This brought about the appearance of the Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns who said that he has no interest in facing Jason but rather wants his hands on Samoa Joe. However, Jason verbally attacks Roman for being exactly what the company wants though Roman fires back by saying that he’s earned his keep. Samoa Joe is next and gives Roman five seconds to withdraw his challenge because he ‘knows’ he can’t beat Roman. Jason gets involved in the conversation again, stating that he is tough unlike Joe who only “talks” tough and attacks people from behind. Therefore, Jordan challenges Joe to face him right now. Roman backs him up though… so Jordan nails the champion with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Angle ushers his son out of the ring but Roman says Joe can wait til later. As for Jason, we’re doing it right NOW.

MATCH #1: Roman Reigns vs. Jason Jordan for the Intercontinental Championship.

Samoa Joe is watching the match from the top of the entrance ramp. Roman is relentless in his early assault of Jordan even whipping him all the way to the outside of the ring. Roman takes his challenger’s head to the mat and then whips him hard into the barricade as well as the steel steps. When they get back in, Jason tries to mount a comeback but Roman clocks him with right hands and a clothesline to send him back outside the ring again. Roman nails him with the Drive-By and scores the first near fall. Roman uses a chinlock to wear his opponent down but gets drilled into the corner and then back and forth between the opposite buckles. Roman goes shoulder-first into the ringpost and crumbles to the outside.

After the break, Jordan has Roman in an armbar, who eventually fights out with right hands and a couple of massive clotheslines. Roman slugs away on Jordan in the corner and nails him with a running big boot but only gets a two count. Jason manages to counter an attempt at the Superman Punch with a dropkick for a two count. Roman fights back and sends Jordan outside again but another attempt at the Superman Punch is countered when Jordan drives him into the ring steps on two occasions. This gets him a very near fall. Jorda counters a THIRD Superman Punch with a back suplex but yes, it’s another two count.

After a second commercial break, Roman nails Jordan with right hands and scores a DDT for a two count. He then goes to a half-crab on Jordan’s injured knee but he refuses to tap out and cradles Roman for a two count. THIS TIME, the Superman Punch from Roman connects but he only gets a near fall. Roman now goes for the Spear but Jordan kicks him in the head and hits rolling Northern Lights Suplexes (while selling the knee very well) for a near fall. Jordan goes for something but Roman counters and hits the Superman Punch/Spear combo for the big win.

WINNER via PINFALL: Roman Reigns (20:36)

After the match, Samoa Joe hits the ring and immediately puts Roman in the Coquina Clutch but Jason comes up from behind and nails the Samoan with a back suplex! Joe wants to go back in but the referee stops him. After that, Roman decides to hit Jordan with the Superman Punch to send him out of the ring.

Backstage in the locker room Roman Reigns tells his boys he did his part and now it is up to Dean and Seth.

Seth says the New Day isn’t here to ruin things.  Seth says after they win tonight, they will all . . .

Dean asks Seth if the match is tonight.  Dean says he is kidding and he has been visualizing knocking out more of Cesaro’s teeth and they will be champions again.

We go to commercial.

MATCH #6: The Bar vs. Ambrose & Rollins for the RAW Tag Team Championship

Ambrose starts off with Cesaro but that doesn’t last long as Sheamus is tagged in and Dean-O hammers away at both of them. He goes for the tag to Rollins but Cesaro pulls him off the apron at the last second, which allows Sheamus to take over. The Bar use some basic double-teaming to take over with Sheamus putting Dean on the top rope. He flings over and tags Rollins though, who takes Sheamus down with a sling blade for a two count. Sheamus takes an UGLY clothesline to the floor but they both avoid a plancha. Sheamus drives Rollins into the post though and we take a break.

Sheamus maintains control over Rollins choking him against the ropes and then deprives the fans of counting along with him before tagging in Cesaro, who manages a two count. Sheamus now wears down Rollins with an overhead wristlock but Seth fights out and plants him with a DDT. Cesaro cuts him off from making a tag and goes to work on the arm. Again, Rollins goes for a tag but this time Cesaro boots Ambrose in the face to cut it off. The Bar executes a press slam/uppercut combo for two. Rollins is finally able to make the tag and Ambrose is a house of fire. Ambrose takes down Cesaro, hits a seated dropkick on Sheamus but then runs right into a Cesaro uppercut. Ambrose rolls through a cross-body for a two count before countering another move with a cradle for a near fall. He goes for Dirty Deeds but Sheamus breaks it up. Dean then ducks the Brogue Kick and rolls up Cesaro for another two count. Sheamus finally manages to get a shot in on Ambrose to turn the momentum but Dean is able to rana Cesaro into the corner and gets the tag. Rollins immediately comes in with the superplex/falcon arrow combo on Sheamus but Cesaro breaks it up at the last second. Cesaro tags himself in and goes for the Neutralizer. Rollins counters but Cesaro counters that, goes for it again but Rollins counters hits the knee to the face for a two count… broken up by Sheamus. After that, Sheamus unleashes a relentless assault on Rollins… and we have a DQ finish. Sheaus is elated that his plan has worked.

BUT WAIT!

Kurt Angle comes out and says that this match is not over and will continue as a No DQ match. The champs slowly back up towards the ring and are taken out with stereo dives by the Shield! Cesaro is taken into the crowd while Sheamus is sent into the steps. Back in the ring, Dean hits a clothesline and Rollins gets a top-rope splash but it only gets two. Suddenly, Samoa Joe is out thereand he kills both guys in quick succession. Roman Reigns runs down to go after Joe and takes out Cesaro on the way but one Brogue Kick from Sheamus puts Ambrose down for the count.

WINNERS via PINFALL: The Bar (18:41)

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