Raw 25th Anniversary Live Coverage (1/22/18) - 25 Years is Too Sweet

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Welcome back everyone here on WNW! Tonight is the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw! What will happen when the stars of the past, and the stars of the present are under the same roof? Also, Roman Reigns will defend his Intercontinental Championship against the Miz. Join us tonight in the discussion down below!

LIVE FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

The show opened with Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler in the Manhattan Center. They said tonight will be the biggest Raw in history. They switch back to the Barclays Center, to Shane and Stephanie McMahon in the ring. They thanked everyone for 25 years of Raw, including the superstars and people behind the scenes. They then introduced the video package of the last 25 years of Monday Night Raw, with Fall Out Boy's music. Tremendous.. They also thanked the fans. Stephanie said they have one special person to thank for creating Raw, Vince McMahon. Vince made his way to the ring. He said 25 years is amazing. The crowd chanted 'Thank You Vince'. He said tonight that he is going to smell the roses. Stephanie said they had a present for him, and introduced a Raw 25 years plaque to him. Vince smiled, and said it's a plaque. He grabbed it and said it feels cheap, and said then again, they are in Brooklyn. He ran down the crowd, and asked them that they got him a plaque. He said they all have plaque on their teeth and in their lungs. He continued, saying he had one person to thank, and it wasn't his family or anyone else. He thanked himself, and said no one helped him. Out came Stone Cold Steve Austin, making his way down to the ring. The crowd broke out in cheers, making the place come out of their seats. 'Austin' chants echoed. Vince said a lot of things have changed. He said he has heart problems, and lives in a retirement community. He called himself a senior citizen. He then pointed to Shane, and said he's in his prime. Austin shook Shane's hand, and gave Shane a Stunner. Vince grabbed two beers, and said he had it coming. He handed Stone Cold a beer, and the two cheered it up, but ended up eating a Stunner of their own after they hugged it out. Steve was tossed more beers, cracking them open. Shane stood back up, and ate another Stunner after taking a swig of a beer. Stone Cold posed on the top rope, drinking beer.

Later tonight, Roman Reigns defends the IC title against the Miz.

Also, The Undertaker returns tonight.

Up next, an eight-women tag team match.

Coming back, the women were in the ring, ready for action!

SASHA BANKS, BAYLEY, MICKIE JAMES, AND ASUKA VS ABSOLUTION, ALICIA FOX, AND NIA JAX

Nia took out Asuka, and then a brawl broke out between all eight women. They separated apart, and Asuka started the match against Sonya Deville. Asuka started out hot, taking out Deville, rolling to ringside (c). Mandy Rose and Asuka were the legal ones coming back, then Sasha tagged in, along with Nia Jax. Banks threw punches at Nia, taking her down to the mat. Jax quickly got up and slammed down Banks. Rose tagged back in, stomping down Banks. The heel team took turns beating Sasha down. Alicia Fox finally tagged in, giving a headlock to Banks, holding her down. Sasha got to her feet, trying to separate herself, but failed (c). Banks and Fox were still legal in the ring. Both teams ended up on the outside, brawling. Sasha took advantage, applying the Bank Statement on Fox to make her submit for the win....

ASUKA, BAYLEY, SASHA BANKS, AND MICKIE JAMES DEFEATED ABSOLUTION, NIA JAX, AND ALICIA FOX

After the match, Asuka quickly tossed her teammates out over the top rope, and celebrated.

Kurt was backstage, and said tonight is for celebration. In came Coachmen, Theodore Long, and a few other people in the room. All of a sudden, the Boogeyman appeared, handing worms to Coach, and left.

Up next, The Undertaker! (c).

Back in the Manhattan Center, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler caught back up, talking about the Undertaker. They showed a video package of the Undertaker. Awesome tribute. Undertaker came out in the Manhatten Center, making his way to the ring. The crowd in the Center ate it up, chanting 'UNDERTAKER'. He said the carnage began on this sacred grounds 25 years ago. He said he dug holes, and buried people. He said he threw legends off into the ground. He said on this sacred ground, it's time to Rest In Piece.....

Up next, Roman Reigns vs the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship(c).

Backstage, the APA was with Rhyno and Slater, playing poker. Heath lost to Bradshaw, and said he had kids. The Million Dollar Man came in, throwing down stacks of 100's on the table, telling them to name their price.

Out on stage, previous general managers of Raw came out, including John Laurenitus, Eric Bischoff, and William Regal. Out came Daniel Bryan, leading a 'YES' chant. Miz came out, and stood face to face with Bryan, before heading to the ring. Roman Reigns came out next, to heavy boos. Introductions for both men, and Miz was cheered heavily, while Roman was booed out of the building.

ROMAN REIGNS VS THE MIZ FOR THE IC CHAMPIONSHIP

The match started with 'Roman Sucks' chants, and Reigns took down Miz. Moments later, Reigns took out the Dallas, and Axel distracted Roman, so Miz could take control heading into break (c). Roman tried to fasten the pace, intensifying with a boot to the face. He set up for a Superman Punch, but Miz rolled out, but was caught with a Drive-By. Roman charged him, but ran into the turnbuckle post. Miz took it to Reigns with kicks to the chest, but was reversed into a sit out powerbomb for a two count. Miz was pulled out by the Miztourage. Reigns then gave a Drive By to Axel and Dallas. He took both of them out, but Miz came from behind, but was hit with a Superman Punch for another two count. Roman set up for a Spear, but Axel grabbed his leg, so Miz could take him out. The referee told Axel and Dallas to leave, and Miz hit Reigns with a Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. He set up again for the move, but Reigns fought out. Reigns charged Miz, but ran out into a exposed turnbuckle. Miz hit him with another Skull Crushing Finale for the pinfall....

THE MIZ DEFEATED ROMAN REIGNS FOR THE IC CHAMPIONSHIP

Later tonight, Brock Lesnar, Kane, and Strowman will be here live!

Jeff Hardy, The Usos and MVP all joined in the poker game backstage.

PEEP SHOW

Christian welcomes us to the Peep Show. He says he knows a thing or two about Tag Teams. He welcomes Seth Freaking Rollins and Jason Jordan. Seth starts to say it's been amazing and Jason cuts him off and says "amazing!" Jordan gets some heavy heat from the crowd. He keeps trying to talk and getting cut off. He says it's an honor to be out here and thank you for your support. The boos are so heavy it's hard to hear him. He tells everyone to give a big round of applause for his dad for such a great show. The Bar's music cuts him off. Sheamus tells Jordan he's got it all wrong, all the legends have been lining up to take their photo with The Bar. They all think The Bar will reclaim the Tag Team Championships. Cesaro says it's not Kurt Angle sucks, Jason Jordan sucks! They start a "you suck" chant. Jordan attacks and Rollins backs him up. Seth goes for a flying knee and misses and hits Jason.

BACKSTAGE

Alexa Bliss is interviewed about the Women's Royal Rumble. She says she's a Goddess, she's interrupted by Charlotte who says she's not going to be champion going into WrestleMania because she doesn't have the fortitude, the pedigree, the heart. To be the woman, you've got to beat the woman. Just ask someone who would know. Ric Flair walks up and Woos. He says Bliss is good, but Charlotte is the best. Woo!

Natty and Titus World Wide have now joined the poker game.

We switch arenas and Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring.

BRAY WYATT VS. WOKEN MATT

Hardy hammers away at Wyatt to start. Hardy with a Russian Leg Sweep. Wyatt hits a flying elbow as Matt was charging him.

We return from commercial and Matt is slamming Bray's head into the turnbuckles. Bray runs right into a side slam from Matt. Matt goes for the Twist of Fate, but Bray fights out and goes for Sister Abigail and connects! 1-2-3! (Wow that was...fast)

WINNER: BRAY WYATT

A number of original old school women are brought out. Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia, Maryse, Jacqueline, The Bellas, Maria, Terri, Torrie Wilson, and Trish Stratus! The honor the women of the past.

BACKSTAGE

Elias is walking backstage when he comes across Chris Jericho! Jericho says he notices Elias' scarves. He said he wrote a song about him if he can borrow his guitar. Elias tells him no, but Jericho says he brought his own! In song form he tells Elias he's a stupid idiot and he just made the list!

In-Ring

Elias is in the ring and plays us a song. He asks who wants to walk with Elias. He says it took WWE 25 years to find him, but they finally got it right. He tells everyone to shut their mouths so he could sing a song, when they boo he says he won't play. But then he says the legends are all here and they need to hear this. He points out Jimmy Fallon in the crowd. He sings a song that's about a bunch of the legends. He's cut off by John Cena's music. Cena hits the ring. Cena starts to talk and Elias told him to shut his damn mouth. No one wants to hear him, they came for Elias and Cena ruined it. Cena says do something about it. Elias says that's not how it works, he doesn't take orders from Cena. Elias goes for a cheap shot but Cena sees it coming and ducks it then hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the AA but Elias slides out and hits a low blow on Cena. Elias gets his guitar and blasts Cena in the back with it. Elias hits the Drift Away for good measure.

New Day has joined the poker game. Health says he's got a full house and Dana Brooke calls him out for cheating.

HEATH SLATER AND RHYNO VS. TITUS WORLDWIDE

Slater and Crews go at it and Crews hits a big dropkick. Apollo with a delayed suplex. We head to commercial.

When we return from break both teams are brawling when the Dudley Boyz music hits! They take the ring and all four of the other men roll out. Slater says they should fight and ends up getting rolled in by the other 3 on the outside. Slater gets hit with the WHATS UP headbutt. Bubba tells D-Von to get the tables! They hit a 3D through a table on Slater.

Backstage

Charlie is backstage with AJ Styles. He says he doesn't want to be rude but he brought someone with him to do this interview. Mean Gene! Mean Gene asks him about his championship match at the Royal Rumble. AJ says LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING MEAN GENE! Kami think they're better than him, but they're not. He's gotta hit them hard and fast.

We switch arenas back to the Manhatten Center again. And it's time for Degeneration X! HBK says people ask him what's his favorite moment from 25 years, but he can't remember 25 minutes ago. Shawn starts to tell a story but Hunter tells him he can't tell that story. He starts to tell another, but Hunter cuts him off again and says he can't tell that story either. Michaels says he used to be the boss of the group but now Hunter is the boss of everything. Hunter tells the crowd that it all started in this arena, this place lit the fuse. Hunter says he and Shawn started something in this very ring. We did what we wanted and we said what we wanted. DX has always been at the forefront. Hunter says when he said "we" we didn't come alone. The New Age Outlaws come out and join them. They do their usual schtick. Road Dogg says he wasn't kidding about not coming along. X-Pac comes out and joins them. X-Pac says this is a DX reunion but they can't have a 25 Anniversary show without this guy right here. Scott Haul comes out! Hey yo! Hall says everyone knows you can't have a party on Raw without the bad guy. He's been watching the whole show, everyone agrees, this show is too sweet. Balor's music hits and the Balor Club hits the ring! Triple H raises a too sweet and then so does the rest of the Kliq for Balor Club. Balor Club puts up their own too sweet and they all too sweet each other! Billy Gunn says "if you're not down for that!" but The Revival cut them off.

GALLOWS AND ANDERSON VS. THE REVIVAL

Anderson and Dawson start things off and Dawson takes down Anderson and tags Wilder. Wilder locks in a headlock, Anderson tries to fight him off. Dawson tags back in. Both men take each other down. Both make tags. Gallows takes out both Revival members and then they hits the Magic Killer.

WINNERS GALLOWS AND ANDERSON

After the match The Kliq all hit their finishers. Triple H tells Balor to hit the Coup De Grace so Finn goes to the top rope and connects. "And if you're not down with that we got two words for ya! Suck it!" Triple H raises Balor's hand and they both raise a too sweet!

IN-RING SEGMENT

Kurt Angle is in the ring and it's surrounded by superstars and legends. Kurt introduces Braun Strowman, then he introduces Kane. The superstars get between both men to avoid a fight. Paul Heyman comes out to introduce his client. Lesnar comes out, hands Heyman the title and starts to make his way down. Strowman tries to charge him but Lesnar hits a wicked clothesline on him. He gets in and takes down Kane. Strowman back in and throws Lesnar out of the ring. He throws Lesnar like a rag doll into the barricade. He picks up Lesnar and hits a powerslam through the announce table!

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