Tonight, the Mixed Match Challenge is 100% Raw! Will Ember Moon survive the Playoffs’ opening round with Curt Hawkins as her new tag team partner?
- Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS Ember Moon & Curt Hawkins; Mahal & Fox win and advance to the Raw Block Finals.
- Finn Balor & Bayley VS Bobby Lashley & Mickie James w/ Lio Rush; Balor & Bayley win and advance to the Raw Block Finals.
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The Mixed Match Challenge Playoffs begin!
And we’re seeing red as all four teams of the Raw Block compete on one night! With the Monster Among Men out of action after needing surgery on his shattered elbow, the War Goddess needed a new partner. Stepping up to the plate is the man with the worst losing streak in WWE History, Curt Hawkins. Hawkins stands at a whopping 236 losses, but will he turn all that around with one win tonight? Or will #Mahalicia Shanti their way into the second round?
Meanwhile, The Extraordinary Man and the Rocky Mountain Machine are no strangers to each other. They’ve gone back and forth on Raw as recent as last night, where Bobby Lashley stood tall over Finn Balor alongside Drew McIntyre and “General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin. Team B’n’B are underdogs against #CountryDominance, especially since Mickie-Bobby won the first time. Can Balor & Bayley get back at them and find themselves one step closer to TLC?
Backstage interview with Ember Moon & Curt Hawkins.
The Raw Number 1 seeds are ready, but how does the strategy change now that Ember doesn’t have Braun Strowman to rely on? Losing Strowman is a huge challenge, but it’s nothing different from what Ember’s always dealt with in her career. Though, she doesn’t seem thrilled to have a new partner this late in the season. Hawkins meanwhile is already planning their sweepstakes vacation! Does Ember want to go to Hawaii or Turks & Caicos? Or how about Parts Unknown and finally make it known? Ember tells Hawkins not to get ahead of himself. They have to still win this match to keep going. It’s fine, Ember wins all the time, right? Yeah but Hawkins, you lose all the time! The fans were given a chance to vote on if Hawkins will end his losing streak. We’ll see if the fans guess right after tonight!
Backstage interview with Finn Balor & Bayley!
Team B’n’B are ready for their rematch with Mickie James & Bobby Lashley, they’re super focused. This isn’t just for bragging rights but for Royal Rumble #30! That’s big. And Mickie-Bobby better be ready, too, because- Wait, here comes Lio Rush. The Hype Man of the Hour laughs at B’n’B thinking they’ll win. It’s funny. But what won’t be funny is Mickie and “the Modern Day Michelangelo” sending them packing. Almighty Bobby and Mickie will run right through B’n’B and to the finals, and THAT will be Too Sweet. Lio mocks the hand gesture, Finn makes him stop. Finn tells the “messenger boy” to go tell Bobby that #CountryDominance ends tonight. Tensions run high, but whose spirits will be lifted higher with a victory tonight?
Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox w/ The Singh Brothers VS Ember Moon & Curt Hawkins!
#Mahalicia managed a miracle to even make it into the Playoffs, with their first win keeping them in and keeping the #PawsitivelyGLORIOUS Bobby Roode & Natalya out. And their luck continues as the War Goddess no longer has a Monster Among Men, but Raw’s resident lovable loser. Will Curt’s curse cost Ember her shot? Or can Ember help Hawkins Eclipse his losing streak?
Clearly confidence is through the roof for Ms. Crazy like a Fox, given the other team now has the cursed Curt Hawkins and his 236-match losing streak. But the confidence is weirdly high for Hawkins because he has faith in the War Goddess. The teams sort out and Ember starts with Alicia. Ember and Alicia circle and tie up, Alicia gets the waistlock. Ember bucks her off, then runs in for the roll up. TWO, but Ember goes at Alicia again. Alicia rolls Ember up, ONE! The two women stand off as fans build to a rally. Ember gets a waistlock and rolls Alicia back, TWO. Things speed up and Ember dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Alicia down! Alicia scrambles away and Ember can’t do anything to stop her tag.
Mahal comes in but Hawkins doesn’t want to. He says Ember was doing great, so she should continue with Mahal. But not even the Mixed Match Challenge has co-ed wrestling, so Hawkins has to come in. He enters reluctantly and circles with Mahal. They tie up but Mahal kicks low. Mahal clubs and elbows Mahal down, then throws uppercuts. He drags Hawkins up for a headlock takeover and grinds Hawkins on the mat. Hawkins gets up and powers out, but Mahal runs him over. Mahal grins then Shanti before things speed up. Hawkins keeps pace and dropkicks Mahal down! Hawkins surprises himself with that one! But Moon tells him to keep on Mahal, so Hawkins clotheslines Mahal out of the ring! The Singh Brothers check on Mahal, but Hawkins baseball slides. Mahal dodges Hawkins while the Singh Brothers talk trash. Hawkins SUPERKICKS Sunil and rocks Samir with a right!
Hakwins hurries up but gets a boot from Mahal! Mahal fetches Hawkins to put him into the apron edge. Alicia mocks Hawkins’ pain while Mahal puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Hawkins still has life but Mahal stomps him down. Mahal wraps on a chinlock but fans rally up. Hawkins gets up and fights out while we check on Lashley & Mickie getting in some stretches. Clearly Country Dominance isn’t worried about B’n’B.
Back in the ring, Mahal knocks Hawkins back down. Mahal taunts Hawkins with a tag, then wraps on a cravat. Hawkins endures as fans build to a rally. Hawkins gets up and fights back with body shots. Mahal knees low then suplexes Hawkins down. Cover, TWO! Mahal is frustrated while Ember is relieved. Hawkins crawls but Mahal stomps him down. Mahal drives an elbow into Hawkins’ head, then wraps on a half nelson chinlock. Hawkins endures again and fans build to another rally. Hawkins fights but gets a big back elbow from Mahal. Mahal drops springboard knees on Hawkins again and again, but gets boots from Hawkins! Hawkins hurries to his feet, and then dumps Mahal out! Ember and the fans fire up as Hawkins crawls, hot tag brings the women in!
Ember rallies with a springboard crossbody! TWO, but Alicia runs into kicks from Ember. Ember gives Alicia a code breaker! Alicia ends up in the corner, Ember whips her corner to corner to hit a big back elbow. Ember climbs up, tornado suplex denied. Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!? Alicia barely survives to keep her team alive. Ember grits her teeth and climbs up top. She aims at Alicia, but Hawkins tags in!? ECLIPSE! But wait, Hawkins can’t cover Alicia! Did he not learn the rules of Mixed Match Challenge? Ember sees the Singh Brothers starting trouble, so she gives them BOTH an Eclipse! But Mahal slips past to go after Hawkins! KALLAS!! Cover, #Mahalicia wins!
Winners: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, Mahal pinning; advance to the second round
It seems Hawkins wasn’t just cursed with losing, he was cursed with stupidity! Hawkins forgetting the basic rules costs Ember everything, and now it will be the Modern Day Maharaja and his crazy “captain” facing the winner of tonight’s other Raw Block match.
Post-match interview with Mahal & Fox.
They won again, two in a row, how does it feel? For once, the “Singh sisters” listened to her! Mahal said it didn’t matter whether it was Strowman or Hawkins, they were going to get Mahal’s hands! They’re one step closer to TLC, the Royal Rumble, and a vacation~!
Mickie James, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush walk in and are asked what their thoughts are going out there for their match. They have no idea what Foxy’s talking about, but this team is going to dominate. Just watch!
Finn Balor & Bayley VS Bobby Lashley & Mickie James w/ Lio Rush!
Raw left Balor battered and beaten by Baron Corbin’s abuse of power, which Bobby Lashey played a part in. Meanwhile, Bayley and her best friend, Sasha Banks, managed to make light of Alexa Bliss’ trap, which Mickie was part of. Who gets even with who when a shot at the Rumble’s 30th spot is on the line?
The Extraordinary & The Huggable color coordinate with all red, just like Raw itself. The Bayley Buddies more or less join in with the signature pose Finn strikes with the music. Fans are with B’n’B but Mickie and Bobby just mock the Too Sweet. The teams sort out and the men start. Lashley grins as he taunts Finn with the chance of another beating like on Raw. Then Lashley flexes on Finn as the bell rings. Finn and Lashley circle as fans rally up. But then Lashley tags out to Mickie. Bayley comes in as Lashley taunts Finn more. But fans sing for Bayley as she circles with Mickie. Mickie wants them to sing for her but they ignore her.
Bayley and Mickie tie up and go around. Mickie shoves Bayley back and Lio tries to start a “Mickie! Mickie!” chant. Fans respond with a “Bayley! Bayley!” chant instead. Bayley tells Lio to pipe down, but Mickie pounces from behind! Mickie stomps, kicks and forearms Bayley in a corner, then grinds in a boot. The ref counts and Mickie backs off at 4. Mickie snapmares Bayley then runs to boot her down! Cover, TWO! Lio’s confidence isn’t affected, as Mickie puts Bayley in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Bayley as she endures. Bayley gets up but Mickie knees low. Mickie bumps Bayley off buckles, then rams in her shoulder. She stops at 4 to argue with the ref. Mickie runs back in, but into Bayley’s boot! Bayley runs out but into a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lio keeps the team focused, and Mickie puts Bayley in the body scissors.
Mickie throws forearms to the back of Bayley’s head, but fans rally up. Bayley pushes back to a cover, TWO! Bayley’s free of the body scissor, but Mickie stops her from tagging. Mickie throws Bayley down by her hair. Mickie goes to pick Bayley up but Bayley kicks her away! Double clotheslines take both women down! Fans rally up as Bayley and Mickie crawl. Hot tag brings the men in! Finn rallies with forearms, but Lashley doesn’t fall. Finn whips but Lashley reverses, only for Finn to hit him again. Lashley only staggers, but Lio still looks worried. Finn goes for the trip but Lashley lifts him up. Finn slips out and gets the trip, then double stomps! Lio panics as he tells Lashley to get up. Lashley gets to a corner but Finn runs in for the chop!
Finn whips but Lashley reverses again. Finn goes up and over but Lashley catches him! But Finn slips out again, and baits Lashley into a corner. Lashley bumps buckles, but still blocks Finn’s swing kick. Lashley elbows Finn down, and Lio laughs. Then Lashley runs to blast Finn to the announce desk! Lio grins as Lashley fetches Finn into the ring. Cover, TWO! Finn survives but Lashley is on him with right hands. Lashley drags Finn up to throw him back out. Fans boo and jeer while Lashley gloats. Finn drags himself up but Lashley comes out to fetch him again. Lashley rams Finn into barriers! A ring count begins but Lashley takes his time. Lashley builds up speed around the ring, copying Braun Strowman the same way Lashley did on Raw. Lashley comes back around to a SLINGBLADE! Finn has Lashley down and fans fire up.
The count is at 7, Finn gets in at 8! Finn crawls as Lashley makes it in at 9. Mickie trips up Bayley before a tag could happen! Finn turns around into Lashley’s tackle into the corner! Lio starts up the “Lashley! Lashley!” chants as Lashley flexes again. Lashley drags Finn up, Canadian rack, but Finn slips out to roll up! TWO! Lashley runs in, but Finn sends him into the post! Bayley returns and Finn crawls her way. Hot tag brings in the women! Bayley runs at Mickie, Mickie jumps over the baseball slide, but Bayley trips Mickie up on the apron! Bayley bounces Mickie off the apron then puts her in the ring. She whips Mickie to a corner, then hits a big knee strike. Bayley pushes Mickie out then climbs up top. Lio warns Mickie and Mickie gets under. Mickie flapjacks Bayley!
Mickie kips up then climbs up. Bayley stands up, Mickie hits the seated senton! Cover, TWO to Bayley’s sunset flip, TWO! Mickie kicks low, and wants her DDT, but Bayley escapes. Mickie forearms Bayley then whips her to a corner. Bayley goes up and over, saido suplex! Bayley sees Mickie go outside. She builds speed, but Lio trips her up! The ref didn’t see that, and stops Finn from doing anything about it. Lashley runs in but Finn sends him back out! Finn sees Lio coming and catches him! To throw him at Lashley! Then Finn builds speed to FLY on them both! Fans fire up but it’s still up to Bayley and Mickie. Mickie runs in, Bayley flapjacks her for snake eyes! Then the Bayley2Belly!! Cover, B’n’B win!!
Winners: Finn Balor & Bayley, Bayley pinning; advance to the second round
Retribution is #TooSweet as B’n’B take down the biggest team left in the block! And they celebrate not just with a hug, but a Dirty Dancing running lift! Will they have the time of their lives on the way to TLC?
We have our Raw Block Finals!
Finn Balor & Bayley will face Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox, with the winner moving on to TLC! The Block Finals will be held in Las Vegas in two weeks, after SmackDown settles their own bracket. Will Sin City be #TooSweet for B’n’B? Or will #Mahalicia Shanti into the Mixed Match Challenge Finals?
Okay one more of these for this, because now things are taking shape in the overall scope of WWE. Thankfully Mixed Match Challenge is doing Raw better than Raw is doing Raw. At least, overall. I knew Ember Moon wasn’t going to go to TLC now that she had Curt Hawkins, and I suppose this wasn’t really the time or place for Hawkins to break his streak, but I thought maybe it would’ve been put on Ember’s back to win this match. Instead, Hawkins is written like a complete fool and he costs them the match in a way I never expected. But thankfully Balor & Bayley won, in a really great tag match overall. I’m confident Finn & Bayley beat Mahal & Alicia as the Faces in the Raw Block.
The complicated side of this is SmackDown. SmackDown is doing so well, I can’t be sure who wins. Given what we saw tonight on SmackDown, both Charlotte Flair and Asuka will have a shot at Becky Lynch’s SmackDown Women’s Championship at TLC. For the same logic that Braun Strowman has been removed from the Mixed Match Challenge for his match with Baron Corbin and AJ Styles was removed to go after Daniel Bryan, I can’t imagine Charlotte or Asuka still competes in this tournament. It’s too late to pull them out, so perhaps one or both of their teams loses during the next round? That’s pretty big for the FABULOUS Truth and the Uce-GLOW if they get to take down the top two teams of the bracket.
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/25/21)
Will the Empress still reign?
Raw is revving up towards the Royal Rumble!
The Royal Rumble is this Sunday, but a lot could change right before it! Will Asuka still be Raw Women’s Champion after a rematch with twisted Alexa Bliss?
- Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Charlotte wins, by disqualification.
- Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans; Flair, Rose & Brooke win by count out, but restarted, Jax, Baszler & Evans win by pinfall.
- Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods; Woods wins.
- Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Sheamus wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus; The Miz & Morrison win.
- R-Truth VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; wins and
- United States Championship Opportunity Gauntlet Match: Matt Riddle VS The Hurt Business; wins and
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Alexa Bliss; wins and
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Drew McIntyre is back!
The WWE World Champion is healthy and ready for his match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV! McIntyre has the mic, and he says it feels so good to be back on Raw! McIntyre thanks the fans for their get-well wishes all over social media. The outpouring of support means the world to him. McIntyre was lucky with the COVID symptoms. He’s 100% now and will be for the Rumble, but he’ll dedicate his match to those dealing with COVID. We will get through this together.
But speaking of being sick, McIntyre would have to be out of his mind if he took Goldberg lightly at all. McIntyre watched Goldberg since McIntyre was a teen. Goldberg came out of nowhere and rose to the top, running through opponent after opponent, 173-0 to then defat Hulk Hogan for the championship! Then he went through The Rock, the rest of the WWE, and then just disappeared. The last thing to go in a heavyweight fighter is their power. Goldberg returned the exact same animal he’s always been, set a new streak, and has beaten every new champion he’s faced! But McIntyre vows to END the new streak! This Sunday, McIntyre is STILL going to be WWE World Champion!
McIntyre says he’s fired up and wants to start things right, but here comes The Miz and John Morrison. Miz says this Sunday IS the Royal Rumble, and McIntyre VS Goldberg will be one for the ages! WWE’s Godzilla VS King Kong! Two of the hardest hitting monsters of all time! But when something that big happens, there tends to be consequences… What might those be? Well, at the very least, one or both of them, by the end, could end up injured! Oh no~! Then what would happen? Well we can’t give that away. Oh c’mon! Well okay. “Hey, John~! Whichever superstar is left standing by the end of that match will be?” A sitting duck! CORRECT!
And then these two hit the ring. CORRECT! And then they beat the hell out of whoever is champion! COOOOOORRECT! And then, Mr. Money in the Bank, will cash-in, and all you’ll hear is… “The winner, and NEW WWE World Champion… THEEEE MIIIIIZ~!” But here comes Goldberg! McIntyre waits as the pyro goes off, and out steps the Icon himself! No faking it with Gillberg this time, Goldberg storms his way to the ring with a mic of his own! Challenger stares down champion and says, “You. Me. Sunday. You’re next.” Miz and Morrison like that and then egg the two on. But that only gets Goldberg and McIntyre glaring at them.
McIntyre and Goldberg drag Miz and Morrison into the ring! SPEAR for Miz! CLAYMORE for Morrison! Then back to staring the other down! McIntyre raises the belt, but will Goldberg be raising it after the Rumble?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
The Royal Rumble is Sunday, but she’s going 1v1 with Shayna Baszler for the first time! If there’s one thing Charlotte does well, it’s performing under pressure. Shayna should bring that invisible crown, because it’s one thing to say you’re a queen, it’s another to be one. Charlotte loves defying odds, and she’s always willing to bet on herself, #MsWrestleMania. So the “situation” with Lacey Evans and her father won’t cause an issue? Charlotte says she’s seen her dad in a lot of dark places, this might be his darkest. Charlotte knows Lacey’s intentions. It’s one thing to have the last name Flair, it’s another to carry the weight of that name. But for now, Charlotte focuses on Shayna.
Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
While the Empress of Tomorrow is busy with Lil’ Ms. Bliss, the Queen will see how ready the Queen of Spades is this close to their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship rematch! Will Shayna be rolling towards the huge Sunday double header she has planned for herself?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Charlotte headlocks, but Shayna pries out to wrench and whip. Charlotte reverses, runs in but blocks a boot to give an elbow! Charlotte spins Shayna around into the ropes, elbows her down, then runs to dropkick Nia down for good measure! Shayna rushes in to get the sleeper! Charlotte rams Shayna into buckles, throws her off, then BOOTS her down! Charlotte gets the legs, Figure Four but Shayna fights it off! They move around, NIA drops a leg!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
The challengers mug Charlotte! Charlotte fights back but here come Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose! The Sexy Muscle Friends fight Shayna and Nia off of Charlotte! Shayna kicks Mandy’s leg but Charlotte CLOBBERS Shayna! But here comes LACEY EVANS! Lacey brawls with Charlotte and it is chaos as Raw goes to break!
Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans!
Raw returns, and battle lines have been drawn! Will the Queen and Sexy Muscle Friends get payback together against the troublemakers?
Mandy starts with Lacey and the two circle. They tie up, Lacey pulls hair, but lets off as the ref counts. Lacey does the strut but Mandy gets the arm. Mandy wrenches and yanks but Lacey uses a leg to pry free and wrench back. Mandy gets around to headlock, throw Lacey down and keep her down. Lacey pulls hair again, then headscissors free. Lacey copies the “WOO~!” but Mandy kicks free. Mandy headlocks again, Lacey powers out but things speed up. Mandy KICKS Lacey while she’s down! Mandy headlocks again, shifts around, and tags in Dana. They bring Lacey around to double suplex! Dana covers, TWO!
Dana keeps on Lacey with a whip and runs her over with a shoulder! Dana flexes, covers, TWO! Dana keeps Lacey away from her corner with a whip and hip toss! Handspring and stomp! Cover, TWO! Dana grows annoyed, she drags Lacey back over and tags in Charlotte. Lacey scrambles away to tag Shayna! Shayna and Charlotte continue where things left off, Charlotte blocks a kick to run and baits Shayna into buckles! But Shayna dodges the splash to fire off fast hands! Shayna KICKS the leg, but Charlotte avoids the knee to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Charlotte scoops and EXPLODERS Shayna to then kip up! Charlotte swipes at Lacey but goes after Shayna.
Charlotte brings Shayna over, tags in Dana, and Dana tags Mandy. Snapmare and double handspring BOOT! Mandy covers, ONE! Mandy drags Shayna back up, tags Dana in and they stomp away in the corner! Dana CHOPS and Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” Dana CHOPS again, then tags in Charlotte. Charlotte and Shayna scrap, Charlotte CLUBS Shayna down then whips her to a corner. Shayna reverses but Charlotte tumbles up and out to then hit back with forearms! Charlotte KNEES Shayna through the ropes then drags her to the floor! Shayna hits the steps on the way down and hurries away. Nia checks on her teammate but the ring count is climbing! Shayna shoves Charlotte in at 8 but can’t get in herself, she’s COUNTED OUT!
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, by count out
The Queen managed to get in the heads of her opponents and it cost them! Will it be this easy when it’s Charlotte and Asuka VS Shayna and Nia?
Raw returns, and it is NOT over! Adam Pearce had this match restart over commercial, and now Nia is throwing Dana around! Dana BOOTS then kicks low to throw forearms! Dana runs, Nia reels her in but Dana throws elbows! Dana handsprings and headscissors to throw Nia into a corner! Dana runs and handspring sin to back elbow! Dana keeps moving, but Nia CLOBBERS Dana! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Dana over and tags in Lacey. Lacey gets in Dana’s face and knocks her down, but the ref reprimands. Lacey drops down for a cover, TWO! Lacey stomps Dana in frustration, drops knees on Dana’s hand, then digs her into the ropes! The ref counts and Lacey lets off.
Lacey taunts Charlotte, tags Shayna, and they mug Dana in the corner. Shayna fires off body shots, snapmares Dana and KICKS her in the back! Shayna covers, TWO! Shayna has Dana’s arm, twists the wrist and STOMPS the arm! Nia tags in and goes after the arm with a cobra clutch! Dana endures as Nia smothers her then thrashes her around! Nia brings Dana up but Dana throws more elbows! Dana pushes but Nia pushes back, and Nia blocks the huricanrana! Dana manages to sunset flip but Nia breaks free, but Dana avoids the sit down! Hot tag to Mandy and Lacey! Mandy dodges Lacey to DECK Shayna, then Mandy fires off, and FLAPJACKS!
Mandy fires up, picks Lacey up and powers her to a corner! Mandy fires off forearms, the ref counts but Mandy runs to give Lacey a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Charlotte SPEARS Shayna! Nia CLOBBERS Charlotte! Nia drags Lacey to the corner to tag in! Nia aims at Mandy, Lacey drags Charlotte out but Charlotte glares. They run into the empty ringside area and Dana tags in! Nia still runs in but only gets POST! Dana manages to hit the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives but Dana heads up top! But Nia drags her off with a ROCKET LAUNCHER TOSS!
Nia snarls and drags Dana up again, into a lift, for a CHOKE SLAM!! And a LEG DROP! Cover, Nia’s team wins!
Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Count out, controversy, whatever it is, that’s all the past now! Nia and Shayna are rolling towards the Royal Rumble, will they leave tag team champions as well as a Women’s Rumble winner?
Raw shares a WWE Network Exclusive from last week.
After Retribution’s Mace beat Xavier Woods, Mustafa Ali had a message. “Kofi, Xavier, people love watching you because you are their escape from reality.” But retribution is the reminder of reality! So get well soon, Kofi.
And in a message from earlier today, Ali answers Kofi’s burning question of why Retribution is after The New Day. To have the audacity to ask that! Kofi’s greatest moment came from Ali’s worst! KofiMania happened at Ali’s expense. That was Ali’s spot in the Elimination Chamber and it could’ve been Ali’s moment at WrestleMania! Ali feels the New Day took everything from him, so will he try to take everything from them?
Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods!
Raw returns as Woods makes his entrance. Woods is in no mood after having faced Ali’s allies twice already. The bell rings and Woods shotgun dropkicks Slapjack down! Woods throws hands, CHOPS Slapjack to a corner, then CHOPS him more! Woods whips corner to corner then back drops Slapjack high and hard! Slapjack flounders but Woods is on him. Slapjack throws Woods to the apron but Woods forearms back! Slapjack KNEES Woods, ROCKS him with a right, then slingshots out then in for an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Slapjack digs Woods’ face into the mat, then stomps him down!
Slapjack stomps Woods more, digs his face into the mat more, then stomps him again! Slapjack goes to a corner, hops up and leaps, but Woods avoids the stomp! Woods shoves Slapjack then blocks punches to give punches! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Woods fires off over and over, whips but Slapjack reverses, only for Woods to tilt-o-whirl to a Russian Leg Sweep! Woods fires up again before he dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Slapjack reverses and UPPERCUTS! Woods boots back, and hits the HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO!! Slapjack survives and Ali has T-Bar make a move.
Woods sees T-Bar coming but Slapjack rolls Woods, only for Woods to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
Mace chases Woods, but Woods gets out, only for T-Bar to BOOT Woods! T-Bar puts Woods back in and Retribution surrounds him! Ali says to “SHUT HIM DOWN!” T-Bar and Mace give Woods a DOUBLE CHOKE BOMB! Ali gets Slapjack up to get a chair and Slapjack does as ordered. T-Bar and Mace sit Woods up and Slapjack hands the chair to Ali. Ali scowls and demands Woods look at him. Ali raises the chair up, but he smirks as he spares Woods. Ali takes a seat and has Reckoning fetch him a mic.
“All this talk about wanting to be King of the Ring, but man, do you sure look like a peasant right now.” But like a real king, ALI will show mercy. “And for that, you are going to do exactly what I say. You are going to deliver a message to Kofi Kingston.” Tell Kofi that Ali heard the sad news that Kofi won’t make it to this year’s Rumble. But tell Kofi not to fear, “a replacement has been found. And his name is Mustafa Ali!” The tables have turned, and now the Beacon is ready to shine.
Matt Riddle finds R-Truth backstage.
Truth says he heard something. The Hurt Business is throwing a surprise party for him! How does he know that? Well it was Truth’s birthday last week, but he heard about a special VIP Lounge tonight! He’s getting 24 carrots! Well that makes sense as Capricorn, sign of the goat. BAAAH~! Now, don’t spoil the surprise! The secret is safe with Riddle, bro. Wait, someone got their wires crossed. Will Truth be sorely disappointed when the VIP Lounge isn’t what he thinks?
The Hurt Business heads to the ring!
The WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, is going to be in the Men’s Royal Rumble this year, but his associates will be taking on Matt Riddle later on in a unique contender’s match challenge. But first, the VIP Lounge is decked out in black and gold as MVP says the BIGGEST things are popping, the littlest things are stopping, so relax and enjoy the view because the VIP Lounge is for people better than you. And MVP is stoked to see Bad Bunny is going to be at the Rumble and knows the after party will be lit! Lashley wanted this meeting for something important, MVP addresses the match with Riddle. Riddle may be brain dead but he is crafty. Let us not lose focus on that task in hand, Cedric Alexander.
Now, to Lashley’s business. “Sometimes you have to believe in somebody else’s belief in you.” Look at them! They all look good! Raw Tag Team and United States Championships. They believed! And more importantly, the beauty is that they’ve only just begun. So true. Benjamin says that looking at their individual accomplishments, it is hard to think that only a year ago- Alexander says that the Hurt Business is on a roll, thanks to MVP! Lashley says they collected some “outstanding debts,” to present something to represent their appreciation. It is only fitting that while these three are dripping in gold. MVP should have some gold, too. They present to him… #THB, the Hurt Business gold chain!
MVP tries it on, and loves it! It is not often that MVP is at a loss for words, but he doesn’t have any. Alexander takes credit working with the designer. Benjamin says Alexander doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But here comes R-Truth! PARTY~ TIME~! What?! Why!? Stop the music!! Truth says it is weird that the guest of honor isn’t on the list but sometimes it happens. He is NOT on the list! Truth says it is rude to eavesdrop, but he heard about this surprise party! Truth’s birthday was last week, but better late than never. No, this has NOTHING to do with Truth! This is all about MVP! Really? THB: Truth, Happy Birthday. And where the carrots at?
No, Truth. Just stop. Wait, dance break? Lashley says Truth is right. They’ve been so busy, Lashley forgot it was Truth’s birthday. And to make it up to him, they do have something for him, in the ring. MVP remembers now! Yeah, here we go. Oh wait, the other Raw superstars come out to go after the 24/7 Championship! They bust down the velvet rope, Tucker Knight rolls Truth up but Humberto Carrillo pushes him off. Lashley RAMS Carrillo into barriers! Gulak gets a haymaker, Lashley CLOBBERS Tucker and Benjamin throws Drew Gulak into steel steps! But Matt Riddle gets in to give MVP a FINAL FLASH knee! Riddle gets away but the Hurt Business tells him he’ll still pay! Will the Bro put the hurting on the Hurt Business from top to bottom?
R-Truth talks with Adam Pearce.
Truth “hides” but he asks about Royal Rumble opportunities. Truth wants to prove he can enter the MITB match and win! No, Truth, no… AJ Styles and Omos come over. Styles understands what Truth is really talking about. And being the nice guy Truth is, benevolent even, he’ll help Truth out. Styles is benevolent? Truth is a Capricorn! Sigh… Pearce arranges a match between Truth and Styles, and they accept! Truth says if Styles is benevolent, Truth is a Capricorn, and Omos must be a Taurus. Truth had a Ford Taurus, it broke down and… Well anyway, will Truth be able to prove he is worthy of the Rumble with just days left to get in?
Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
The Fella saw the Guru and A-Lister get blasted by McIntyre and Goldberg earlier, and figured why not get in on the fun? Will Sheamus use Morrison as a great warm-up before entering the Men’s Rumble this Sunday?
Raw returns as the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century make their entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus and Morrison circle and tie up and Sheamus puts Morrison on ropes. The ref counts for the break but Sheamus lets off at 4. Morrison holds his jaw from that Claymore earlier, but gets around to waistlock. Sheamus throws Morrison down to get the arm. Morrison fights around to another waistlock, then shifts up to a chinlock. Sheamus fights up as Morrison moves around, and Morrison knees low! Sheamus blocks the knee to drop Morrison then cover, ONE! Sheamus facelocks but Morrison fights up, only for Sheamus to wrench to a hammerlock.
Sheamus cranks on the arm, wrangles Morrison down, shifts to a double wristlock but Miz cheers Morrison on. Morrison fight sup but Sheamus throws him over to add a headscissor squeeze. Morrison kicks free, shifts to a lateral press, ONE! Sheamus facelocks again, Morrison fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Morrison over! Sheamus runs, Morrison goes to hip toss but Sheamus blocks! Morrison avoids the counter clothesline to O’Conner roll, TWO! Sheamus avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Morrison up, TWO! Sheamus clamps back onto the arm, Morrison fights up and puts Sheamus in a corner. The ref counts for the break, Sheamus lets Morrison go but Morrison ROCKS and KICKS Sheamus!
Morrison fires off on Sheamus, KICKS him again, then stalks him to the other corner. Morrison whips, Sheamus reveres but Morrison kicks back! Morrison runs, into a BACK DROP! Sheamus looms over Morrison, kicks him while he’s down, then kicks him again! Sheamus drags Morrison back up, throws a BIG EuroUpper, then keeps on Morrison with heavy body shots! Sheamus clamps onto the arm again, grinds Morrison down, but Miz rallies up with the “Hey hey! Ho ho!” Morrison wrenches, kicks, and shifts around to ROUNDHOUSE! Morrison grounds ‘n’ pounds but Sheamus shoves him away. Morrison deflects the leg guard to spin over Sheamus and and KICK him back down!
Morrison stomps Sheamus around, has him on the ropes, then whips him corner to corner. Sheamus reverses, then shoulders into him at the corner! Sheamus rains down rights, drags Morrison up and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps his cool as he goes to a corner. Miz gets on the apron, the ref backs him off, but Sheamus stops the sneak attack from Morison! Sheamus goes up, leaps, but Morrison dropkicks him out of the air! Morrison KNEES Sheamus to the apron! Morrison has the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Morrison stops at 4, then wrecks Sheamus with a baseball slide!
Miz creeps closer but Morrison KICKS Sheamus in the leg! The ring count climbs, Morrison puts Sheamus back in and has the leg. Morrison DRAGON SCREWS Sheamus, covers, ONE!! Morrison keeps on that leg for elbow drops to the knee! Sheamus fights back but Morrison shifts around again for more ground ‘n’ pound! Then a standing toehold to a KNEEBAR! Sheamus endures, Miz likes the aggression but Sheamus throws haymakers to get Morrison away! Morrison stalks Sheamus to a corner and drops an elbow on the leg! Morrison keeps on the leg and has a toehold to bend the leg!
Sheamus endures again, reaches for ropes but throws elbows into Morrison’s head! And then stomps him! Sheamus stomps until Morrison lets him go! Both men stand slowly, and Sheamus clobbers Morrison with ax handles! Sheamus runs in to clothesline Morrison at the corner, then TOSS him across the way! Sheamus hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Morrison elbows free! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Sheamus stays up but Morrison springboards! Sheamus manages to catch Morrison, swing him, and SLAM him! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus grits his teeth as he gets the bad leg moving.
Morrison crawls, Sheamus gets the legs and stomps Morrison’s stomach, to then tie up the legs! Sheamus turns Morrison, Morrison resists but Sheamus kicks him into the CLOVERLEAF! Morrison endures, crawls and gets the ropebreak! Sheamus lets go at 4, Miz checks on Morrison but Sheamus hobbles over. Morrison hotshots back! Morrison hurries back in but into a KNEE! Morrison flops into the fireman’s carry, and WHITE NOISE! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The Miz protests! If Sheamus wants to prepare for the Rumble, he has to keep his head on a swivel! Miz challenges Sheamus to a handicap match, and Sheamus ACCEPTS! Will Sheamus be able to beat both members of the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century in one go?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Sheamus brawls with BOTH Miz and Morrison! Sheamus is on Miz but Morrison hops on Sheamus! Sheamus throws Morrison out over the top rope a la the Rumble, but Miz runs in! Sheamus elbows Miz away, fireman’s carries, but Morrison CHOP BLOCKS Sheamus! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Morrison KNEES Sheamus down, Miz adds stomps, and they mug Sheamus at the ropes! Morrison and Miz double snapmare and then set Sheamus up for the BOOT, SHINING WIZARD and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Double cover, TWO!
Miz and Morrison stalk Sheamus to ropes, he kicks them back, but Miz stomps Sheamus down! Miz digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, but Morrison drags Sheamus up with a chinlock. Sheamus elbows free, ROCKS Miz, but Morrison ROUNDHOUSES and clotheslines Sheamus out! Miz WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Miz stands Sheamus up for Morrison to FLY out and take down! Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus back up, then throw him into the barriers! Morrison adds a HEEL KICK! Miz adds a BOOT! Sheamus flounders back up but Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus around the way to put in the ring. Miz climbs and Morrison sets Sheamus up, FLYING AX HANDLES!
Miz and Morrison put Sheamus in a corner but Sheamus blocks the buckle bump! Sheamus hits Miz back, Morrison KICKS and ROCKS Sheamus! Miz adds a mudhole stomp, then Morrison digs his knee in! The ref reprimands, Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus up and KICK, ROCK and repeat! Miz whips Morrison in but Sheamus throws Morrison out! Sheamus CLOBBERS Miz! Both men are down but Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus gets up and glares at Miz. Sheamus rallies with big ax handles on Miz! Morrison returns but gets a scoop SLAM! Miz staggers into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON onto Morrison!
The Celtic Warrior is seething as he sees Miz go to the apron. Sheamus stands Miz up to give him Beats of the Bodhrain! But Morrison comes over, only to miss! And now Morrison gets Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus shoves Morrison down, climbs up the corner, and as Miz and Morrison regroup, Sheamus LEAPS! SUPER DOUBLE FLYING CLOTHESLINES!! Sheamus drags Miz back into the ring, aims from a corner, fires himself up, and Miz stands up. Morrison anchors a foot, Miz hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Sheamus throws off the full nelson, ducks the Flying Chuck and BROGUES Morrison! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Miz and Morrison win!!
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall
Beat down as they were to start the night, and as beat up as Sheamus was from his match with Morrison, this battle was much harder than just a normal 2v1! But in the end, the two beat the one just six days from the Royal Rumble! Will Miz leave with the WWE World Championship thanks to his MITB contract? Or will he have double the chances going into WrestleMania?
Lacey Evans “trains” with Ric Flair.
She talks waistlock counters and Ric shows her the ways. Seems innocent enough, but Charlotte Flair walks in and walks over. Lacey, leave. Lacey does, staying away from Charlotte as best she can. Ric says that just because Charlotte is a big star now, doesn’t mean there isn’t room enough in the dressing room for both. If someone wants some tips from Ric, he’ll give it. He’ll always be him. Always be himself, huh? The man who spent all his money on everyone but his family? Charlotte isn’t the villain here. When she was young, this was “cute.” Charlotte is the only one protecting Ric. He’s going from legend to an old man. She isn’t afraid to say it, either.
The tension mounts, but Charlotte takes a step back. But Lacey is still there, and she SUCKER PUNCHES Charlotte! Then kicks her into the wall! Ric hurries over to check on Charlotte, but Lacey wants him to move on. Will Lacey pay for playing father against daughter soon enough?
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19
It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.
In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.
Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu
In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.
Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.
Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.
~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.
~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.
~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.
ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
Challenger: Keiji Mutoh (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
Challengers: Kotaro Suzuki & Ikuto Hidaka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC National Champion: Kenoh
Challenger: Masakatsu Funaki (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)
NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.
The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.
GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope
Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter
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