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WWE Raw Results April 17th 2017; Live updates from tonight's show

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Updated: 18 April 2017 08:43 IST - Published: 18 April 2017 07:00 IST
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Braun Strowman gets back up to his feet, even as the officials check on Big Show, and he lets out a feral cry of victory! Braun Strowman looking tremendously strong to end Raw!


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Big Show sets Strowman up for the Superplex again, but Strowman reverses and like they've been teasing all day long, he manages to hit Big Show with the Superplex from the top rop!

The ring collapses! The ring collapses!

Strowman's Superplex to Big Show wrecks the ring!
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It's Strowman's turn to fight back now, as he hits Big Show with a body slam of his own! These two leviathans have thrown it all at each other, without being able to win the fight.
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Show fights back with a huge splash in the corner, and sets Strowman up for the Superplex even as the audience chant Yes! to egg them on. But Strowman pushes him off!

Strowman jumps on Big Show, but walks right into a chokeslam! Cover! 1,2 near fall!


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Big Show is reeling from the impact from that, and Strowman capitalises with a kick to the midsection followed by a huge punch to a grounded Show's face.
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Big Show, however, isn't in a mood to be outdone as he lands a couple of blows to Strowman's mid section before body slamming him. Strowman retorts with a huge suplex! 
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Strowman tries to hip toss Big Show, but Show pushes him out of the ring with a clothesline, before hitting him with a dropkick!
But Strowman comes back in double quick time, reversing Big Show's attempt to shoulder lock him into a double arm drag!

Wow, Strowman gets up with a kip up! Athletic indeed!
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Braun Strowman vs Big Show

Strowman cuts off Show's entrance and goes straight after the giant, plastering him onto the barricade. Big Show, however, fights back and sends Strowman shoulder first onto the steel steps!

Finally, the two men roll into the ring and the bell tolls to signal the start of the match!
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Cesaro tries to set Jeff up on the turnbuckle for the Superplex, but Hardy reverses and dumps him on the ropes, groin first, before hitting a springboard dropkick that sends the Swiss Superman outside!

Hardy gets him back into the ring and this time, he hits the Twist of Fate! Jeff Hardy climbs the top rope, and nails Cesaro with the Swanton Bomb! Cover!
1-2-3!

Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro via pinfall

The four men shake hands after the match...much respect all around. 
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Jeff tries to latch on to a Twist of Fate, but Cesaro reverses it with an uppercut...he then runs the ropes and hits a springboard corkscrew uppercut!

Cesaro covers Hardy! 1,2, near fall!

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We return to action, with Cesaro looking to wear Hardy down...but Jeff fights back with an inverted atomic drop followed by a drop kick to the face! Quick cover, 1-2-near fall!

Cesaro kicks out!

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He rolls Hardy back into the ring but before he can work on him more, Hardy climbs onto the rope to threaten a Swanton Bomb. Cesaro, wisely, rolls out of the ring as we are interrupted by another break. Hmph.
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Cesaro initially outworks Hardy, but the Charismatic Enigma sends the Swiss Superman out of the ring with a dropkick before following up with a running body splash off the apron. 

Cesaro, however, recovers pretty quickly and nails him with a huge european Uppercut that sends him sprawling onto the barricade. 
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Jeff Hardy (w) Matt Hardy vs Cesaro (w) Sheamus

Booker T calls it a dream match. Hmm. I can live with that.
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Next up, a long, pre-taped Bray Wyatt segment where he promises doom and gloom to Randy Orton. You can probably guess the contents of it. Don't get me wrong, I used to be a big fan, but his promos have lost their effect on me.

He rambles on way too much, and tell me honestly, how many of you can actually remember the contents of his last promo? They're all so cryptic and unrelatable.

And it doesn't help that he KEEPS losing the big match as well. Smh. Anyway, it's a chilling promo...
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Backstage segment, and Jericho absolutely owns it..what a mic worker. He talks about losing to Samoa Joe and how he's partly focused on beating 'that stupid idiot' Kevin Owens..when the Drifter walks behind him, strumming his guitar.

Jericho, who's just about to enter his interviewer's name (Mike) into the List, lets him off the hook and enters Samson's name instead, even as the crowd pops. 

Good change of pace, that segment. 
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Curt Hawkins Open Invitational
 
Hawkins is out and calls out anyone to accept his challenge...and Finn Balor comes out! He's recovered sufficiently from the concussion suffered at the hands of Jinder Mahal!

Balor practically squashes Hawkins. 4 strike combination right off the bat followed by a Coupe de Grace! 1-2-3! 

Finn Balor squashes Hawkins via pinfall

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Big Show's ominous warning to Braun Strowman.
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But Jax comes bellowing in again, sending Mickey James flying out of the ring and nailing Sasha Banks with a Samoan Drop. Bliss, who was biding her time meanwhile, rushes in just then and drop kicks Jax through the ropes and covers Banks!

1-2-3!
Alexa Bliss is the new number 1 contender for the Raw Women's Championship!

Huge pop in her hometown, as well!
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Jax then tries to run into Mickey and Sasha against the turnbuckle, but they sidestep her, sending the giantess out of the ring. That leaves the three smaller women in the match to fight amongst themselves, for a while.
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She ragdolls James before sending Alexa facefirst onto a turnbuckle. Sasha Banks attempts to rally with a few elbows, but Nia squashes the attempt with a sickening looking bear hug.

Sasha almost manages to reverse into a Guillotine choke, but Jax brushes it away and hits a massive Suplex. 
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Bliss and James are mixing it up in the the ring, but Jax quickly inserts herself into the equation as we cut back from the break. She slams Bliss, Banks and James, one on top of another, before focussing her attack on Mickey James.
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Who will manage to emerge as the next challenger for Bayley's Raw Women's Title? Is it the irrepressible Boss, the dominant Jax, the increasingly popular Bliss or the woman who's working her first match on Raw in 8 years, Mickey James?
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Jax then turns onto Bliss but Mickey James and Sasha Banks both hit her from the back with a dropkick and send her out of the ring. Sasha Banks follows up with a suicide dive onto all three of them and we head into the break
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Right off the bat, Alexa Bliss doesn't want anything to do with Nia Jax...and Jax shows us why by taking out both Mickey and Sasha. She tries to pin James but Bliss comes into the ring just at the nick of time and breaks up the attempt
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Sasha Banks vs Mickey James vs Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax - Fatal Fourway No.1 Contender's Match for the WWE Women's Title

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That cuts to Sheamus and Cesaro interrupting a Hardy Boyz interview backstage, and talking about taking the WWE Raw Tag Teams away from them at Payback.

Much respect between the teams however, as we're also informed that Jeff Hardy takes on Cesaro in singles competition later today! 
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Backstage segment with Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews. Not really worth recapping it, to be honest :p A couple of lame jokes that play on the words 'Apollo Crews'. 
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