We’re live from Little Rock, Arkansas after the RAW opening video. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.
We see footage from last week’s Raw when Chris Jericho became the new United States Champion.
Roman says as a former member of the Shield, he cannot complain about losing a fight when he was outnumbered. The Shield took down everyone in sight. He is not complaining. He lost the United States title in a handicap match against Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. Roman says Kevin Owens will be complaining at the Royal Rumble because he won’t have KO helping him. Roman says KO cannot beat him one-on-one. No one can beat him one-on-one. He will become the Universal Champion and be the main event at Wrestlemania.
Paul Heyman appears on the stage and he makes his way to the ring. He says he is the calm before the storm. There is a storm coming here. For the first time since Survivor Series, his client, Brock Lesnar is at Raw. That harbinger of doom, the spectre of the beast. That sword of Damocles hangs above the ring.
Paul says he has a Royal Rumble match spoiler . . .
The crowd chants for Goldberg and Heyman stops speaking.
Paul says Goldberg . . . is not here this evening.
Paul says he has the Royal Rumble match spoiler. This is how the match goes. Eat . . . Sleep . . . Elimination . . . Repeat.
Roman says that Brock must be eating or sleeping because he is not in the ring with Paul.
Kevin Owens’ music plays and he comes out with Chris Jericho. Kevin says it is interesting that they are making Wrestlemania plans when he and Chris are the Universal and United States Champions.
Chris says if anyone has a date with destiny it is the USUniversal Champions. Kevin beats Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Jericho wins the Royal Rumble. In the main event of Wrestlemania, the best friends meet and they will still be USUniversal Champions. He says everyone better watch . . . IT.
Kevin says the Wrestlemania math does not add up, but it does not matter. Kevin says he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in history. After the Royal Rumble, he will still be the Universal Champion. Just like after Wrestlemania, he will be the Universal Champion, no matter who he faces.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he comes out and he said he heard people talking about the main event of Wrestlemania, but you cannot have that discussion without Seth Rollins. Seth says since he was on the shelf last year, there is no better way to get back into the main event than to win the Royal Rumble. Seth tells Paul and the Big Dog that anything can happen in the main event of Wrestlemania.
Braun Strowman’s music plays and he comes to the ring.
Before Braun can say anything, Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring after doing the Brock Bounce.
Sami Zayn attacks Braun Strowman from behind. Roman with a Superman Punch followed by a knee from Rollins and a Helluva Kick by Zayn.
Lesnar attacks Roman and Rollins and Lesnar grabs Zayn and hits a German suplex.
Lesnar wants Strowman and Braun gets on the apron, but he returns to the floor. Reigns with Superman punches to Lesnar, Jericho, and Owens. Lesnar gets up and hits an F5 on Reigns. Lesnar looks down at Reigns as his music hits. Lesnar stands tall in the ring as Braun looks on from ringside. Everyone else is down trying to get up. Braun backs up the ramp as Lesnar looks on from the ring.
The announcers look back at tonight’s opening segment with Lesnar and others. Sami, Reigns and Rollins vs. Owens, Jericho and Braun is made for later tonight.
We go to commercial.
Sami Zayn is with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Sami talks about Kevin and Chris but he says that Braun is the focus of the team. He is like a house. He is big and fast and moves like a train. Sami says they need to throw smokescreens and then Roman cleans things up.
Seth says he appreciates Sami’s enthusiasm but they have been here before.
Sami throws out his fist and Roman and Seth walk away.
Match Number Six: Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, and Braun Strowman versus Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns
We see the shark cage on the stage as WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho makes his way out with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bill Goldberg is confirmed for next week’s go-home RAW from Cleveland. Back to the ring and out comes Braun Strowman to join Jericho and Owens in the ring. Sami Zayn is out first for his team. Seth Rollins is out next. Roman Reigns is out last to a mixed reaction.
The two teams meet in the middle of the ring. Sami attacks Braun before the bell and the two teams go at it. Jericho gets sent to the floor. Braun tosses Rollins out. It comes down to Reigns and Braun in the ring. They go at it and Braun tosses Reigns to the floor. Braun stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Braun is in control of Reigns in the corner. Jericho tags in and keeps him down. The referee is distracted while Owens beats on Reigns with cheap shots. Jericho talks trash and smacks Reigns around. Reigns takes the slaps and drops Jericho with a right hand. Sami tags in and unloads on Jericho. Sami with a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Jericho pushes Sami back in the corner and in comes Owens. Owens beats Sami down and brags about being the champion. Braun with a cheap shot on Sami.
Owens keeps Sami grounded with a chinlock now. Owens keeps control and nails an enziguri for a 2 count. Jericho comes back in and stops Sami from tagging. Jericho dumps Sami on his head for a 2 count. Owens tags in and stops Sami from tagging. Owens mocks Reigns and goes for the senton but Sami gets his knees up. Reigns tags in and unloads on Owens with rights. Reigns with a flying clothesline. Reigns with big shots in the corner as fans count along. Jericho runs in but gets dropped. Reigns counters and nails Owens again. Reigns readies for a Superman punch but Jericho grabs his leg. Rollins takes out Jericho. Braun tosses Rollins into the barrier. Reigns goes for a Superman punch on Braun on the apron but it’s blocked. Braun shoves Reigns into a superkick from Owens for a close 2 count. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and the heels are in control of Reigns still. Order is restored as Owens keeps Reigns grounded again. Reigns finally hits a Samoan Drop on Owens. Jericho and Rollins tag in at the same time. Rollins with a Slingblade and more offense. Rollins comes off the second rope with a Blockbuster. Owens runs in but Sami tosses him to the floor. Rollins nails a suicide dive on Jericho. Sami jumps out of the other side of the ring and nails Owens on the floor. Braun charges Sami on the floor and goes down as well. Rollins with a top rope knee on Jericho for a 2 count. Rollins goes for a Pedigree but Jericho blocks it. More counters between the two.
Braun tags in and eats punches from Rollins. Braun grabs him by the throat but Sami attacks from behind. Braun grabs Sami and knocks him to the mat. Rollins goes for a Pedigree on Braun but it’s blocked. Rollins nails an enziguri on Braun. Reigns with a Superman punch on Braun. Sami tags in with Braun on one knee. Sami goes to the top. Rollins goes to the top and leaps onto Jericho and Owens on the floor. Sami with a crossbody on Braun for a close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Braun blocks a Helluva Kick with a big clothesline. Braun with the running powerslam on Sami for the win.
Winners: Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens
After the match, Braun stands tall over Sami as his music hits. Braun tosses Sami out of the ring and follows. Braun carries Sami up to the stage and places him to the side of the announce table but Rollins comes over with a steel chair and nails Braun. Reigns follows up with a spear and Braun goes down. We go to replays from the match but the announcers are gone. Rollins and Reigns take apart the announce table but Jericho and Owens stop them. They beat them down as fans boo. They go to put Reigns through the table but Rollins runs over and nails Jericho with a Pedigree on the steel. Owens with a chair shot to Rollins’ back. Owens drops Reigns with a chair and smacks him with the chair. Owens grabs Reigns and puts him through the announce table with a big powerbomb. Reigns is laid out as the referee checks on him. Owens stands tall over Reigns as RAW goes off the air.