6 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (Jan 1)

2. Joe, Roman Have Solid Match

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Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns had a PPV-worthy Intercontinental Championship bout Monday night that carried an interesting stipulation.

The old “title changes on DQ” stip has been done before, and it can really detract from the match, but it only came into play a few times, and it wasn’t overdone. Throughout the match, Joe dominated by attacking Reigns’ elbow, only for Roman to escape with the win after a spear.

If there was a complaint, that would be it: Roman’s entire arsenal in the waning moments was a series of Superman Punches and a spear. But that’s a minor gripe. They had a really good match that made Joe look just as worthy of the title as Reigns.


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