Battling one-on-one for the first time since the inaugural Universal Championship Match at SummerSlam 2016, Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor held nothing back in a competitive Raw main event that concluded with a rare move from The Kingslayer's arsenal. But what role did Rollins' fellow Raw Tag Team Champion, Jason Jordan, play in the bout’s outcome?
Images from the January 1, 2018 edition of WWE Raw.
Still amped from his epic Intercontinental Title defense against Samoa Joe last week, Roman Reigns came into Memphis looking to expand his Roman Empire. Little did he know, he stepped into a good brother town.
The Year of the Beast began in bombastic fashion, as Universal Champion Brock Lesnar found himself in a wild brawl with Kane, requiring a small army of WWE Superstars to restore the peace. Will The Big Red Machine bring that same fire when he faces The Beast Incarnate and Braun Strowman in a titanic Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble event?
On the first live Christmas episode of Raw, unlikely partners Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan captured the Raw Tag Team Titles. Plus, John Cena made his Team Red return, Roman Reigns unleashed a vicious post-match assault on Samoa Joe, and Asuka officially entered the historic Women’s Royal Rumble Match for an opportunity at WrestleMania.
PROVIDENCE, RI — After Braun Strowman and Kane battled to a double count-out in a match that was supposed to determine which of them would challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at Royal Rumble, the two giants came to Raw demanding a championship match come January. Unwilling to let the decision happen without his “input,” Lesnar — with Paul Heyman in tow — confronted Strowman and Kane right as they were making their cases to Raw General Manager Kurt Angle.
Even by his brazen standards, Jason Jordan may have made what was his boldest bid for respect yet this week on Raw. After misses against Braun Strowman and Kane, the gold-blooded Superstar challenged Roman Reigns for a title bout right as the Intercontinental Champion was demanding Angle sanction a match between himself and Samoa Joe, and even offered to throw down with Joe himself when the former NXT Champion stole his thunder by emerging to accept Reigns’ challenge.
In a reversal of what the WWE Universe witnessed last week, Braun Strowman interrupted Kane’s main event clash against Finn Bálor and crushed The Big Red Machine’s throat with the aid of a steel chair and the ring steps.
Cesaro & Sheamus were on top of the world two weeks ago after reclaiming the Raw Tag Team Titles, but it’s been rough going for The Bar ever since — and there might be rougher waters ahead yet.