Raw Recap: October 31, 2016
S2016 episode 1223 Aired on October 31, 2016

Much like the year 1998, it’s time for Goldberg to unleash some Halloween havoc. Initially set to respond to the sanctioning of his Survivor Series bout against Brock Lesnar, Goldberg instead found himself contending with Paul Heyman, who faked Goldberg out by teasing Lesnar’s presence, and Rusev. The Bulgarian Brute piled on the former World Heavyweight Champion by questioning Goldberg’s stamina, heart, and the efficiency of his “two great moves” — the Jackhammer and the Spear. Rusev went so far as to punch the “weak” Goldberg in the face, and Goldberg responded with a Jackhammer to The Super Athlete and a Spear that sent Heyman to the hospital. Those two great moves still look pretty good.

Fittingly enough for Halloween, a living, breathing monster has punched his ticket to Survivor Series. After demanding more (and more and more) competition from Raw General Manager Mick Foley, Braun Strowman got a chance to throw hands against the entire Team Red roster in a Battle Royal, with the winner earning a spot on Raw’s Men’s Survivor Series squad alongside Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns.

Even though Strowman absorbed a European uppercut from Cesaro, a Helluva Kick from Sami Zayn and a Brogue Kick from Sheamus that sent him outside the ring, The Gift of Destruction only went through the second rope. Therefore, he was still eligible to rally in the final moments. Strowman obliterated Cesaro (who had just tossed his tag team partner Sheamus) and Neville before Zayn nearly achieved the impossible and hauled Strowman over the top rope. Alas, the big man let loose with one last burst of power, sent Zayn to the floor, and that was that.

Of all the titles Chris Jericho has won, the United States Championship isn’t one of them. But on Raw, he finally got a chance to win … it. Alas, he was unable to wrest the championship from a banged-up Roman Reigns, who was both a step slow after his Hell in a Cell Match and facing two-on-one odds with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens flanking Jericho at ringside.

KO gave Jericho a big ol’ window of opportunity by shoving Reigns face-first into the turnbuckle while the ref’s back was turned, and it seemed for a while like Jericho would be able to capitalize. Reigns, as he does, fought his way back, escaping the Walls of Jericho, Lionsault, Codebreaker and Walls of Jericho again, though Owens jumped him to cause the disqualification after Reigns hit his fateful Spear. And then (!) Seth Freakin’ Rollins finally made his entrance, driving Jeri-KO away before sharing a long, pointed staredown with Reigns while the WWE Universe exploded with excitement. That’s what we call a trick and a treat.

In other action... Enzo Amore def. Luke Gallows in a Trick or Street Fight... TJ Perkins def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion The Brian Kendrick via Count-out... Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander & Lince Dorado def. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari... Nia Jax def. Bayley... and Cesaro & Sheamus def. The Shining Stars.

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