NoDQ.com > Columns > J Says: Live Thoughts on Raw 2/20/2017
Posted by J. Elam on 02/21/2017 at 11:11 AM

Over the past week, the WWE lost 2 members of its Hall of Fame. George "The Animal" Steele, and Ivan Koloff.

1st Segment - Kevin Owens is in the ring. He’s got a spotlight on him. He says he never believed Goldberg’s hype. Goldberg never impressed him. Not back then, and not now. Says Goldberg got lucky against Lesnar. Says it won’t happen at Fastlane because he knows what to expect. Says he’s walking out as champ at Fastlane because he doesn’t have to beat him, he just has to outlast him. Basically due to Goldberg’s cardio level. Talks about how Goldberg prides himself on being a superhero for his wife, son, and fans. He’ll show everyone that superheroes don’t exist. He starts to talk about Jericho, but stops and just drops the mic without a word.

2nd Segment – Cesaro and Sheamus vs Enzo and Cass: The winner of the match will be #1 contender for the Raw Tag Team championship at Fastlane. At one point, Sheamus knocked Enzo off the top rope. Enzo caught a breather on the barricade. Cesaro tagged in, ran around the ring, and hit an uppercut on Enzo. Later on, Enzo dumped Cesaro over the ropes. Sheamus tried to attack him outside the ring, but Enzo got away. Enzo got back in the ring and went to make the hot tag to Cass, but Cesaro intercepted him with an uppercut. Enzo and Cass get the win after Cass hits the East River Crossing on Cesaro. Enzo started taunting afterward saying he and Cass were Cesaro’s kryptonite. Sheamus gave him a Brogue Kick midway through.

3rd Segment - Owens walking backstage. Foley tells him he has a match with Sami Zayn. He tells Mick to be careful, or else he’ll have more guys on the roster on the injured list. How many times are he and Zayn going to fight? That’s like the millionth time already.

4th Segment - Roman Reigns walks into Foley’s locker room. Tells Roman to wait until Fastlane for Braun. The Club walk in. They say they have unfinished business. Foley tells Roman to find a partner. Roman says he’ll do it on his own.

5th Segment – THE Brian Kendrick vs Akira Tozawa: Got a quick video of last week on 205 Live when Tozawa turned down Kenrick’s offer to let him be his mentor. Kendrick wants to shake hands before the match. He took a cheap shot instead. He bangs Tozawa’s head into the exposed turnbuckle and locks the Captains’ hook on. Then he walks off. Match never started.

Kenrick was interviewed immediately after. Said nobody disrespects him. Says Tozawa has a lot of learning to do, and that was the first lesson.

6th Segment – Roman Reigns vs The Club: Anderson had the ref occupied, so Gallows hit Roman with a big boot on the outside. They gang up on Roman outside. Gallows brings a chair into the ring, but Roman fends them off. Roman picks up the chair and assaults both Gallows and Anderson. He Superman punches Gallows. Anderson leapt off the top rope, but Roman caught him with a spear.

7th Segment - Lana’s in the ring. She introduces Jinder Mahal and Rusev.

Jinder Mahal and Rusev vs New Day (Kofi and Big E): They want to work on voice acting to be the hyenas in Lion King. They reveal they’re hosting WM. They get back to talking about their ice cream plans. Lana reveals she has the plans and read off the list. Big E went for the Big Ending, but Rusev superkicked him. Kofi dumps him over the ropes, and jumped over the top. Xavier blew his trombone, causing Lana to drop her IPad containing the ice cream plans. New Day hit the Midnight Hour on Jinder for the win.

8th Segment - Austin Aries conducting a contract signing for Jack Gallagher and Neville. Neville signs it and tries to leave right after. Jack stops him. He offers Neville tea and biscuits. Crowd starts chanting tea and biscuits. Neville calls him a stereotype; a caricature. Jack says he was raised to be a gentleman. Neville knocks the table over and Jack starts throwing punches.

9th Segment - Nia vs Sarah Pierce: Squash match. Went like 20 seconds. Post-match interview. Asked about Bayley controversy. Says the only controversy is she’s never had a shot at the title.

10th Segment - Bayley promo. Talking about growing up in California and how all she ever wanted to be a champion. Calls it the craziest night of her life. Gives her dad a shout out. Crowd serenades her with “You deserve it!” chants. Stephanie interrupts. She calls Bayley’s win tainted as Sasha attacked Charlotte with the ref’s back turned. She asks Bayley to do the right thing and relinquish the Raw Women’s Championship. Bayley appeared to give her the title, but Shasha Banks made her way to the ring. Stephanie calls her out for always helping Bayley. She asks her if it’s due to thinking Bayley can’t win on her own, or if she thinks Bayley’s a charity case. Sasha says she won’t let Bayley give up everything she’s worked for. Bayley says the title is bigger than her, Sasha, and Charlotte. She didn’t work to be a champion just to look like it was handed to her. The title should represent competition, not controversy. After all that, she decides not to surrender the title. Charlotte Flair shows up and says she doesn’t want Bayley to give up the title because she’s going to take it back. Sasha tells her to shut up and challenges her to a match. Stephanie makes a match between Sasha and Charlotte.

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair: It was a short match. Dana Brooke ran down to the ring, but Bayley stopped her. Sasha makes Charlotte with the Banks Statement.

11th Segment - Sami Zayn interview. He’s asked about Owens. He talks about the time he told Jericho this was going to happen. Says Samoa Joe is just like Owens.

Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens: Samoa Joe attacked Sami during his entrance. He threw him into the ringpost and hit a running senton. He yells at him “This is your world now!” and throws him into the ring. Sami gets to his feet and the match starts. Owens immediately assaults him in the corner. He’s just pummeling Sami. Owens wins after a Popup Powerbomb.

12th Segment - Stephanie asks Foley where he was for the Bayley segment. Stephanie berates him again. Foley tells her to stop treating him like he’s stupid.

13th Segment - Michael Cole interviews Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) in a sitdown interview. Cole got as far as mentioning Goldberg squashing Brock, and eliminating him at the RR. Heyman cut him off and Brock took Cole’s chair. Now he’s sitting up close, gazing into the camera while Heyman babbles in the background. Basically that he thinks Goldberg wins at Fastlane, but despite the win or loss, Lesnar will beat him anyway at WM.

14th Segment - Braun Strowman vs Big Show: They’re trying to test their strength. Big Show has him in a wristlock and Braun does a kip up? I didn’t know he could do that. Braun gets Big Show in a headlock, but he fights out of it. Then Braun just levels Show with a clothesline. Gives him a Big Boot. They fight over a vertical suplex and Big Show wins that battle. Hits a Chokeslam on Braun, but he kicks out. Big Show heads to the rope, but Braun stops him. He goes for a Powerslam, but Show fights out of it. Big Show places Braun on the top turnbuckle. Braun fights out of it. Braun jumps off and Show connects with the WMD. Braun kicks out. Braun deadlifts Show and hits the Powerslam. Show kicks out. He gives Show another Powerslam for the win.

Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring. He hits a Superman Punch and Braun goes down. He goes for the spear, but Braun dropkicks him. Braun’s really showing some athleticism tonight. Gives Roman a Powerslam and stands tall to end the show.

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