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Welcome to this week's WWE Raw 'Open Thread' featuring streaming live results and discussion from the episode emanating from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Here, you'll find results, media and of course your ongoing discussion about tonight's live broadcast.

WWE Raw Results

Monday, January 2, 2017
From the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
Report by Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld.com


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— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2017

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— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2017

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— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2017

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— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2017

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Mick Foley opened the show sporting a new haircut and cut a promo about writing the name of each city Raw is in so he never gets the name of the city wrong. He pretended to say he was in Jacksonville, FL before looking at his hand and clarifying he was in Tampa. Foley plugged the WWE Universal Championship match at Royal Rumble between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns with Chris Jericho suspended in the crash cage.

WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho came out. They got in the ring and mocked Foley’s new haircut. KO complained he has to defend the title against Roman Reigns at Rumble when he beat him at Roadblock. Owens feels it’s obvious Foley has an issue with him and they’re not going to stand for it. Foley wants to wipe the slate clean for the new year. He suggests KO host the Kevin Owens Show with his first guest, Goldberg. Owens questioned Foley on abusing his power.

Stephanie McMahon came out and said Foley wasn’t abusing his power and he has the authority to grant Reigns a title shot and put Jericho in the cage. Stephanie wishes she was consulted. Foley wishes he was consulted when she booked Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing match tonight. She was away for the holidays, though. KO doesn’t care who consulted whom.

Stephanie announced Reigns will defend the WWE United States Championship tonight against Jericho. Stephanie announced there would be no champion’s advantage for Reigns and he’ll lose the title if he’s disqualified for counted out.

KO and Jericho want Seth Rollins banned from ringside, Foley suggested KO should be banned from ringside. Stephanie said she sick to her stomach that for the first time in the history of Smackdown Live, it beat Raw in the ratings. She gave Owens the opportunity to get Seth banned from ringside in a match that’s coming up next.

Stephanie instructed Foley to get his act together because they have a ratings war to win.

1) Seth Rollins beat Kevin Owens via disqualification when Owens hit Rollins with the ring bell. As a result of the decision, Owens is banned from ringside later in the show. After the match, KO tried to attack Seth but then he went after his title.

Tomorrow night on Smackdown: The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose and the contract signing for the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and John Cena at Royal Rumble.

2) Karl Anderson w/Luke Gallows beat Cesaro in 11-minutes with Sheamus on commentary. Once Sheamus had enough of Luke Gallows distracting the match, he yanked him off the ring apron but that knocked Cesaro off balance. The distraction was enough for Anderson to hit another top flying neck breaker to get the win.

Cue video package for Braun Strowman, followed by crowd shots of Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the front row. They recapped Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at Survivor Series.

3) Braun Strowman beat Sami Zayn in a Last Man Standing Match in 15 minutes. They cut to commercial just three minutes into the match. Strowman dominated and the announcers tried to get sympathy on Sami Zayn. It reminded Michael Cole of Mick Foley's "I Quit" match with The Rock. Corey Graves stated that while Sami lives to prove people wrong and defy the odds, this was an impossible situation. Zayn did a stretcher job as Mick Foley came to ringside. Of course Strowman threw Sami off and into the barrier and yelled, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust!"

Backstage, Jack Gallagher watched The New Day gyrate umbrellas. Michael Cole plugged New Day would have their New Year's Resolutions later.

The New Day came out for their New Years Resolutions. Xavier feels 2016 was a good year but there were some ups and downs, ins and outs, backs and forth and sometimes it was raw and sometimes it wasn't. They announced themselves as entrants in the 30-man Royal Rumble match.

Kofi Kingston got on the mic and said it was time to reveal their resolutions. Titus O'Neil interrupted and wants to be in the faction. He said he's got rhythm and danced and sang "New Day Rocks." Xavier Woods said he'd show him what a weak link he was in a match. Titus punched him and accepted.

4) Xavier Woods beat Titus O'Neil in five minutes. The finish came when Woods countered O'Neil's finisher and hit a sunset flip to go over.

Backstage, Stephanie McMahon is texting. They did a segment with Bayley where Stephanie talked about not wanting Bayley out Raw but Mick Foley convincing her. Stephanie called Bayley ordinary but was willing to give her a shot to prove herself in a No. 1 contenders match tonight against Nia Jax. The winner will face Charlotte at Royal Rumble for the WWE Raw Women's Championship.

Backstage, Alicia Fox is with Cedric Alexander. Noam Darr walked in and told Cedric he wanted to patch things up between them for a new year. He looked at Alicia and called her 'sweet cheeks' and walked off. Fox told Cedric not to give chase.

5) Drew Gulak w/Tony Neese beat Cedric Alexander in two minutes when Alica Fox grabbed Neese off the ring apron. Gulak used the distraction to schoolboy Alexander for a three count.

6) Roman Reigns beat Chris Jericho in 14 minutes to retain the WWE United States Championship. Jericho exposed the top turnbuckle and threw the title belt at Reigns. Jericho ended up hitting the Code Breaker but Reigns withstood. Jericho ended up going face-first into the exposed turnbuckle and Reigns speared him to the get the victory and retain the title.

7) T.J. Perkins beat Brian Kendrick in three minutes with Austin Aries on announce. Perkins blocked Sliced Bread #2 to hit Detonation Kick and a kneeler to make Kendrick tap out.

8) Rusev w/Lana and Jinder Mahal beat Big Cass w/Enzo. Enzo entered in an electric wheelchair. The finish saw Rusev boot Cass and pin him.

- Tomorrow night on WWE 205 Live: Neville vs. T.J. Perkins

9) Bayley beat Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE Raw Women's Championship and will face Charlotte for the title at Royal Rumble. The bout was only three minutes as Sasha Banks's music played, which allowed Bayley to give Jax a Bayley-to-back suplex off the middle rope for the win.

- Next week on Raw: Shawn Michaels and Undertaker. Will Undertaker be an entrant in the Royal Rumble match?

Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho walked out for The Kevin Owens Show. Prior to announcing Goldberg, Chris Jericho said Brock Lesnar and Goldberg are the first two entrants in the 30-man Royal Rumble match but he's the third. KO didn't like that and not just because The New Day announced themselves as entrants earlier. KO asked what happens if he wins. Jericho said it would be fine and they could be co-champions but KO didn't want to fight his best friend. Goldberg's music interrupted.

Goldberg announced since Jericho is in the Rumble, that makes him the first entrant. He Jackhammered Jericho. KO asked if that's supposed to intimate him. Owens tipped over a table but Paul Heyman came out and stood on the stage. Heyman put over Lesnar as Elimination, Repeat, Elimination, Repeat. Goldberg said he won't and no matter what happens at Royal Rumble, he and his client have a date at Wrestlemania.

Roman Reigns came out. He said Jericho and Owens are delusional and they're not winning the Rumble. He stared down Goldberg. Braun Strowman's music hit and he came to the ring. Reigns and Goldberg speared him and Goldberg's music played to end the show.

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