WWE Raw Review: Samoa Joe batters Seth Rollins in shocking debut

Elsewhere the Universal title was on the line and Brock Lesnar had a monumental challenge for Goldberg


Well wrestling nerds, we’ve gone from being ready to rumble to the road to Wrestlemania as Raw suffered the fallout from last Sunday’s Royal Rumble event.

As Smackdown Live’s Randy Orton took the spoils in the 30-man extravaganza, last night’s show featured a lot of superstars licking their wound. However, it’s fair to say the crowd at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas were treated to one hell of a Raw.

The title was on the line, there was a stunning debut and an epic challenge was thrown out. So lets get a strangle hold on what went down…

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Triple H unleashes The Samoan Submission Machine

We might not have got the Samoan we all wanted at the Royal Rumble, but we sure get him on Raw as NXT’s Samoa Joe beat the holy hell out of Seth Rollins last night.

Rollins decided invade NXT Takeover San Antonio at the weekend in the hunt for Triple H, only for the Game to have him removed by security from the building and Stephanie McMahon ban him from the Royal Rumble match.

The Architect was never going to give up and threatened to come to Stephanie and The Game’s home if Triple H didn’t come out on Raw. Later in the night The Cerebral Assassin explained he wanted to move on from being a destroyer to being a creator in NXT, but he’s now “done” with Rollins.

Just as it looked like the two would go at it, former two-time NXT champion would attack from the shadows and beat Rollins senseless.

The Beast wants one last shot to spare his blushes

Let’s face it, Brock Lesnar hasn’t had a great time of it when it comes to his dealings with Bill Goldberg.

That trend continued for The Beast in the Royal Rumble match as he fell quickly to the former WCW champion yet AGAIN. Maybe if he stopped leaving himself open to spears it would help!

Raw saw Lesnar (through his advocate Paul Heyman) beg for one last chance to set the record straight against Goldberg at WrestleMania 33…

A batter Owens is saved by an unlikely source

After clinging onto his WWE Universal championship at the Rumble, Kevin Owens was in the mood to dole out a few thank yous. However, none came to the man mountain he should have thanked Braun Strowman.

Strowman had destroyed Roman Reigns for Owens to retain his crown at the pay-per-view and came to ring to claim KO owed him a title shot over a promise made to him weeks ago. The champ argued he was in no condition to compete, but was forced to anyway by Raw General Manager Mick Foley.

Before the match even got underway Strowman cleverly attacked Chris Jericho, who was at the announcers’ desk, to prevent any inference in his match. He’d then proceed to whip Owens like a government mule only for Roman Reigns to turn the tables and cost Strowman his chance at the title.

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