WWE RAW Results – January 18, 2021 – We begin with the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
We’re live from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, as the announcers welcome us to the show.
Randy Orton is in a dark, empty ring, and says there is a saying that people who fight fire with fire end up with ashes. Ashes of the one responsible for their affliction. Randy says the voices in his head have never been louder. Encapsulating him like this mask encapsulates his face. Three weeks ago, I held Alexa Bliss’ fate in my hands and I showed a side of myself that I didn’t know existed… compassion. The pure hatred I have for myself needed to be redirected and my next victim came as lamb to the slaughter. Until she interrupted.
Now look at me. LOOK AT ME!! This is the damnation I receive for showing compassion? I have not been able to sleep because every time I close my eyes I see that ball of fire coming for my face. That inescapable feeling of fire melting my flesh will not go away. The compassion left in my body left as that inferno engulfed my face. I am wearing this mask to protect myself and shield everyone from the horror I endured.
Despite the agony I felt that would mortify a lesser man, I consider myself lucky. I came away with first degree burns and the result could have been worse. I don’t blame her. I blame HIM. I blame The Fiend. I sent him straight to hell. Orton says there is no doubt that the Fiend is responsible for this. Alexa is the vehicle and I know what the Fiend wants. He wants to stop me from achieving the inevitable. I know everyone in that locker room enjoyed seeing my face burnt to a crisp knowing that their biggest threat would be out of the Royal Rumble. You could chop off all of my limbs and it won’t stop me from winning the Royal Rumble. I vow to remain in the Royal Rumble match. I can only compete as long as I tolerate the pain. I enjoy the pain. It fuels my every move.
Orton lights a match and says everyone can thank the Fiend when I burn their Royal Rumble dreams to ashes and go on to main event Wrestlemania. Orton strikes the match, stares at the flame, and then blows it out to end the segment.
– The announcers reveal that WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg will be on The Dirt Sheet tonight. Tom mentions the issues between Charlotte Flair, her father, and her new storyline stepmother.
We see Ric and Lacey arriving at the building and Charly is back to ambush and ask about the relationship. Lacey says this is below Charly to ask. Charly brings up Ric costing his daughter and Lacey defends Ric. Lacey says there is a reason why Ric is called the Dirtiest Player in the Game and he lived up to it last week. Lacey says she is learning from the greatest to step into the ring. She will be watching her partner beat Charlotte tonight.
Charlotte Flair vs. Peyton Royce
Royce attacks Charlotte from behind as Charlotte makes her way to the ring. We go to commercial.
We are back and Charlotte runs Peyton into the corner and connects with shoulders. Peyton sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles and punches Charlotte. Peyton with a forearm to the back and Charlotte with a double leg take down and forearms. They fight to the floor and Charlotte with chops. Charlotte sends Peyton back into the ring and Charlotte follows. Peyton goes back to the floor and Charlotte follows. Peyton with a back heel kick and Charlotte with a forearm and she sends Peyton into the announce table. Charlotte goes for a chop but misses and hits the ring post.
They return to the ring and Peyton gets a near fall. Peyton with a reverse chin lock. Charlotte with an arm drag and clothesline to Peyton. Charlotte sends Peyton into the turnbuckles and then chokes Peyton in the ropes. Charlotte sends Peyton into the corner but misses a forearm and Peyton sends Charlotte to the mat and gets a near fall. Peyton kicks Charlotte in the back. Peyton sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles and chokes her in the corner. Peyton with an Irish whip and Charlotte flips to the apron. Charlotte with a shoulder and rollup for a near fall.
Charlotte with a punch and she sends Peyton into the corner and Ric’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring and he is joined by Lacey Evans ansd she is wearing Ric’s robe.
Royce with a spinning heel kick for a near fall as we go to commercial.
We are back and Charlotte with an elbow and rollup for a near fall. Charlotte sends Peyton into the turnbuckles. Peyton with a jaw breaker and Charlotte with a kick and she misses a clothesline. Charlotte sends Peyton to the apron but Peyton with a scorpion kick and she goes up top but misses. Charlotte with a back breaker and she sends Peyton into the turnbuckles for a near fall. Charlotte sends Peyton to the floor and she wants to talk to Lacey at ringside. Peyton gets back to the ring and Charlotte with boots to Peyton. Charlotte misses a knee drop to the leg when Peyton moves. Peyton with a back elbow and forearm.
Peyton with a kick and a jumping kick for a near fall. Charlotte clips Royce and then drops a knee on the leg a few times. Charlotte with a figure four leg lock and she bridges to force Royce to tap out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the bell, Flair keeps the Figure Eight locked in past the referee’s count. He tries to get her to break it but she keeps the hold applied as Royce screams out. Flair finally lets go and stands tall as her arm is raised.
– Tom hypes Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss for tonight. Asuka has also been invited to Alexa’s Playground.
We see the Hurt Business walking in the back and Riddle is standing in the hall. Riddle says he will take the high road and the Hurt Business is not surprised. Riddle says he is impressed with the way that they dress. Lashley tells Riddle he likes the flip flops, but he heard they are bad for your feet. Riddle says they aren’t bad for his feet and Lashley stomps on his foot and walks away. Riddle says he will see that foot up his ass later tonight.
We go to commercial.
– Back from the break and Riddle is in the locker room with Lucha House Party. Riddle has his foot up and insists he will be good to go for tonight’s six-man match, all he needs to do is tape the foot up.
– We see Mustafa Ali’s Twitter promo from earlier today, sending a strong message to Kofi Kingston over their history from 2019. Ali is going to hurt Xavier Woods to get back at Kofi, who is at home with a jaw injury.
Xavier Woods vs. Mace
We go back to the ring and out comes Xavier Woods to a pop. Out next comes RETRIBUTION – Mace with Mustafa Ali, T-BAR, Slapjack and Reckoning.
Ali and Woods have words before the match. Woods drops Ali with a right hand for a big pop. Mace and the others are ready to attack but Ali holds them back as fans cheer Woods on. Back to commercial.
Mace sends Woods into the corner but misses an elbow and Woods with a chop. Woods is sent into the corner again and Woods with forearm and elbows. Woods with a kick and forearms to the back of the head. Mace grabs Woods by the throat and drops him to the mat. Mace picks up Woods and sends him into the corner. Mace with a splash into the corner. Mace sends Woods into the turnbuckles and Mace with a knee to the back for a near fall. Mace works on the neck.
Woods with a thrust kick to the midsection. Woods with chops and a kick. Woods with more chops and Mace with a punch. Woods with a drop kick to the knee and he punches Mace and follows with elbows. Woods with punches and a kick. Woods goes for an Honor Roll but Woods grabs Mace by the throat. Woods with an enzuigiri and Mace goes to the floor. Woods with a baseball slide through Mace’s legs and he sends Ali into the announce table. Woods kicks Mace off the apron.
Mace gets back into the ring and Woods with a super kick but he runs into a jumping leg lariat when Retribution surrounds the ring. Mace with a side slam for the three count.
Ali tells Kofi that Retribution hopes he gets well soon.
— Asuka walks in the back and Sarah ambushes her to ask about her invitation into Alexa’s playground and Asuka says she doesn’t know. We go to commercial.
— We are back with the Wrestlemania Report with the announcement of the next three Wrestlemanias.
Alexa Blis makes her way to the ring and she is dressed for a play date on the playground.
Alexa welcomes everyone to her playground. Alexa says she wants to address the Viper in the room. She wanted to come out to talk to him last week, but things got heated. She tells him to come to her about sunblock recommendations.
Asuka makes her way to the ring and she wants to sit on the swing but Alexa says that isn’t for her. Asuka says she is going to stand over there.
Alexa starts to swing and she says they can focus on their match later. She wants to have some fun. Alexa says she has breaking news and she asks her invisible friend if she should tell everyone. Alexa says she is in the Royal Rumble match. Asuka wishes her luck.
Alexa says if she wins the Royal Rumble and Asuka is the Raw champion, they can meet at Wrestlemania. Asuka says she would be honored and she says she is a big fan. Asuka says Yowie Wowie and Alexa starts to get a bit frustrated.
Asuka starts to dance to her music and Alexa yells at her to stop. Alexa looks at her invisible friend and she says that it is right. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. If I had done things differently you would still be here and it is so cold. Asuka tells Alexa it will be okay, HE is still here.
Alexa tells Asuka not to say his name. Alexa smiles and waves as we see the rocking horse start to move. Asuka leaves the ring and Alexa gets on her rocking horse.
— Miz and John Morrison walk in the back and they are ambushed by Sarah and asked about what will happen on the Dirt Sheet. Miz says there will be no spoilers. He says what they have in store for Goldberg will be controversial and Morrison says controversy creates cash.
Mandy Rose vs. Shayna Baszler is next. While Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke head to the ring, Shayna Baszler says she made Mandy tap out and threw her out like an empty can of White Claw. Every woman in the Royal Rumble match better be careful because I will do the same to everyone. It doesn’t matter if it is Charlotte Flair, Bayley, or her tag team partner. Nia asks if it is everyone for themselves and Shayna says she has a match to get ready for.
We go to commercial.
— We are back and Jeff Jarrett joins the show to talk about the WWE Championship match at this year’s WWE Royal Rumble. He says it is an easy one and he says he will go to lyrics from Toby Keith for his pick. He says Goldberg will hit the spear and jackhammer to become the new WWE Champion.
Mandy Rose vs. Shayna Baszler
They lock up and Mandy with a single leg take down into a waist lock. Mandy with a rollup for a near fall. Shayna with kicks to Mandy for a near fall. Shayna works on the neck. Mandy with punches and Shayna with kicks and punches. Shayna with knees and a snap mare followed by a kick to the back and she gets a near fall. Mandy with punches and Shayna sends Mandy to the mat. Shayna stomps on the elbow. Shayna has some words for Dana on the floor and Mandy with a rollup for a near fall. Mandy with a clothesline or two. Mandy with a flapjack and she runs Shayna into the corner.
Mandy with punches in the corner and a rolling elbow and kicks in the corner. Shayna avoids Mandy in the corner and Shayna with a shot to the arm. Mandy with forearms. Shayna with a wrist lock and a take down into the Kirifuda Clutch and Mandy taps out.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
After the match, Baszler stands tall as her music hits and her arm is raised. Brooke comes in to check on Rose as we go to replays. Jax and Baszler have some words at ringside. Brooke leaps off the apron with a dropkick to the back of Jax, sending her and Baszler into the ring post for a big pop. Brooke helps Rose up the ramp as her music starts up and fans cheer them on.
– Still to come, Bliss vs. Asuka. Back to commercial.
We are back and Nia and Shayna are arguing and Charly ambus them to suggest they are not getting along. Nia says they never got along. Shayna says they never got along when they were champions. Nia wonders if Asuka and Charlotte are working together as a team. Shayna suggests that this is the time for them to get the rematch they never got for their tag titles.
We see what happened earlier tonight with Ric, Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans. Sarah is in the back with Charlotte Flair and she is asked about seeing Lacey in her father’s robe. Charlotte says she has been accused of living off her last name but there is someone who is getting her 15 minutes off her name. Charlotte says she has never gone down that path, but one person can only take so much trash. Lacey can wear my father’s robe, but she will never wear her crown.
— We see what happened during the Universal Title Contract Signing on Smackdown.
Adam Pearce is with Ricochet and he says this is a chance for him to get into the Royal Rumble. Ricochet thanks Pearce for the opportunity to get on the Road to Wrestlemania. AJ Styles asks who would take advice from Adam Pearce. He ran away from a title match. You would have lost and been embarrassed but he would have his dignity. AJ says that Ricochet is going to lsoe and he will keep his dignity. Ricochet says AJ has a memory problem because you forgot about TLC when AJ got embarrassed. AJ says it was Miz’ fault. Ricochet says that AJ will need more than a 7 foot giant in his corner to stop me from proving I belong in the Royal Rumble. AJ says he doesn’t like Adam and that means that Omos doesn’t like him. Back to commercial.
Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
They lock up and Styles with a clean break. They lock up and AJ with a side head lock and he holds on when Ricochet tries to send him off the ropes. Ricochet with a rollup for a near fall. Ricochet gets another near fall. Ricochet with forearms and AJ with a kick but Ricochet blocks it and hits a back body drop. Ricochet with a jackknife cover for a near fall. AJ goes for a Styles Clash but Ricochet escapes and gets a near fall with a rollup. Ricochet with a series of head scissors and a handstand head scissors. Ricochet with a drop kick to send AJ to the floor.
Ricochet with a head scissors from the apron to the floor. Ricochet sends AJ into the ring and Ricochet beats the count into the ring. Ricochet sends AJ to the floor and Ricochet overshoots AJ on a pescado and Omos catches him. The referee tells Omos to put Ricochet down so he drops Ricochet to the mat.
We go to commercial.
We are back and AJ sends Ricochet into the turnbuckles. AJ with a back breaker. Ricochet with a jaw breaker and Styles goes for a German suplex but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet with a satellite DDT and both men are down. Ricochet punches AJ and connects with a jumping knee and clothesline. Ricochet gets a near fall. Ricochet get AJ on his shoulders but AJ gets to his feet and Ricochet with a back flip into a German suplex for a near fall.
Ricochet misses a boot but does not misses with a back elbow. Ricochet goes for a quebrada but AJ with a forearm followed by a brainbuster for a near fall. AJ gets Ricochet up for an Ushigoroshi and he gets a near fall. AJ goes to the apron for the Phenomenal Forearm but Ricochet counters with Recoil and both men are down. Ricochet rolls over and gets a near fall. Ricochet goes to the apron and he decides to go up top and AJ sweeps the leg and Ricochet lands on the turnbuckles.
AJ tries to suplex Ricochet back into the ring but Ricochet drops AJ on the top rope. Ricochet goes for a springboard move and AJ catches Ricochet and drops him on the top rope and AJ catches Ricochet and hits a Styles Clash for the three count.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, AJ stands tall as his music hits to a mixed reaction. Omos enters the ring to stand with him as we go to replays. The announcers praise AJ for how he caught Ricochet for the Clash.
– Still to come, Goldberg will be on The Dirt Sheet. Back to commercial.
The Dirt Sheet:
We go back to the ring and The Miz and John Morrison are already out for another must see edition of The Dirt Sheet. They hype up tonight’s guest and then get ready for WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Fans chant the name as Miz and Morrison mock the entrance like only they can.
Fans chant Goldberg’s name but it’s Gillberg coming out instead. A crew member holds a sparkler and another sprays him with a fire extinguisher instead of real pyro. Duane Gill heads to the ring as Miz and Morrison look on, acting like they’re surprised to see Gillberg instead of Goldberg.
Miz and Morrison ask Gillberg how he’s preparing for what could be the biggest match of his career. Gillberg mocks the real Goldberg like usual. The music of WWE Champion Drew McIntyre interrupts now. Out comes a really bad, overweight version of McIntyre, with a small toy sword. The pyro goes off and the fake McIntyre marches to the ring as fans boo. The fake McIntyre has trouble getting through the ropes. Miz says this edition of The Dirt Sheet just keeps getting bigger. The fake Drew takes the mic and begins cutting a promo on Gillberg.
Fake Drew says he’s going to kick Gillberg’s ass back to 1998, then go home and eat some haggis. Miz and Morrison argue over how bad the actor is. This is a trainwreck, Miz says. Gillberg gets in between them and yells like Goldberg might. They tell him to shut up. Miz and Morrison predict that both Goldberg and McIntyre will lose at the Royal Rumble because Miz will cash in his Money In the Bank contract. Fans boo them as Miz stares at the camera and goes on about how he’s the next WWE Champion, because he’s The Miz and he’s… next! The music hits as Miz and Morrison pose with the briefcase. Fake McIntyre walks around while Gillberg growls to end the segment.
– We go to the announcers as Tom calls this one of the weirdest nights for RAW.
–We go back to the ring and out first comes The Hurt Business – WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley and RAW Tag Team Champions Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander with MVP. Back to commercial.
Riddle and Lucha House Party vs. The Hurt Business
Alexander and Metalik start things off and Alexander with kicks and a forearm. Alexander with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Metalik lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt but Alexander with a drop kick. Alexander refuses to make the tag and he chops Metalik. Alexander with a back breaker and Benjamin gives him a thumbs up. Dorado tags in and hits a head scissors. Dorado with chops but Alexander with forearms. Lashley and Benjamin refuse the tag and Dorado with chops. Dorado with a quebrada for a near fall. Dorado with an arm bar.
Alexander with punches and Benjamin tags in and Dorado with a rollup for a near fall. Benjamin with a clothesline followed by a hard Irish whip and Dorado is one life down as Benjamin gets a near fall. Lashley tags in and they hit a double shoulder tackle. Lashley sends Dorado into the turnbuckles and Lashley with punches. Alexander tags himself in and he connects with a forearm. Benjamin tags in and he tells Cedric to get out of the ring. Benjamin with punches and Alexander tags in. Dorado with a handspring cutter and Porter yells at Alexander.
Benjamin tags in and Benjamin pushes Alexander to the floor and Lashley tags in as we go to commercial.
We are back and Alexander with an arm bar on Dorado. Alexander gets a near fall. Alexander refuses the tag from Benjamin and lets Lashley tag in. Lashley with a slam to Dorado and he tells Cedric and Shelton to get it together. Benjamin tags in and he kicks Dorado. Benjamin biels Dorado across the ring. Benjamin with a suplex and Alexander tags in. Alexander sends Dorado into the turnbuckles and connects with punches. Alexander puts Dorado on the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms but Dorado with forearms of his own. Dorado with a cross body.
Benjamin and Riddle tag in and Riddle with a kick to Benjamin and a running forearm. Riddle with more forearms and he tries for an exploder but Benjamin with a knee. Riddle escapes a power bomb and kicks Benjamin. Benjamin with a rollup for a near fall. Riddle with a knee for a near fall. Riddle misses a twisting moonsault.
Metalik tags in and hits a cross body on Benjamin and he goes to the ropes for a head scissors take down. Metalik goes for a wheelbarrow move but Benjamin sends Metalik to the mat. Alexander tags in and hits a brainbuster and Benjamin yells at Alexander and Lashley tags in and he knocks Riddle off the apron. Lashley with a spear to Metalik followed by the full nelson and Metalik taps out.
Winners: The Hurt Business
After the match, The Hurt Business stands in the middle of the ring until Riddle runs in with a cheap shot to Lashley. Riddle runs back out to the ramp. Cedric and Shelton continue arguing. MVP joins his crew in the ring as Riddle’s music starts up and a “Bro!” chant begins.
— We take a look at what happened last week between Jeff Hardy, Elias, and Jaxson Ryker.
The announcers discuss the Elias vs. Jeff Hardy feud. We see what happened last week with Hardy vs. Jaxson Ryker, then Hardy vs. Elias, and the post-match arguing between Elias and Ryker. Hardy will get another shot at Ryker tonight. We see Elias and Ryker backstage now. Elias doesn’t want a repeat of what happened last week. Ryker says they got their signals crossed but that’s not good enough for Elias because WWE stands for… Walk With Elias, Ryker says. Elias says Ryker did not do that last week. They go on and Ryker agrees to finish what Elias started tonight, and beat Hardy until he accepts The Universal Truth of Elias. They go to walk off and Ryker just wants to be clear on if Elias is getting involved or not. Elias is a bit annoyed. They walk out of the room but Elias stops to grab his guitar. We go to commercial.
We are back with Drew McIntyre. He says he wishes he could be at Raw but he is feeling stronger than ever. He says he is watching from his home gym and he got a laugh out of what Miz and Morrison did with Gillberg. He says you have the lions and the clowns on Raw and the lions eat the clowns. Drew says he respects Bill Goldberg, but it doesn’t outweigh what he will do to retain his title. He will be prepared and focused for the Royal Rumble. The same intensity that Bill Goldberg had two weeks ago. He does not know if Bill believed what he said about Drew. Drew tells Bill to bring the guy who pushed him down and if he isn’t, he will take care of him in two minutes. Drew says he will be on Raw next week.
Jeff Hardy vs. Jaxson Ryker
The bell rings and Ryker charges but Hardy moves and he hits the turnbuckles. They trade shots and Ryker unloads with big strikes in the corner now. Ryker takes Hardy to the opposite corner and drops him. Ryker smacks Hardy around as Elias looks on.
Ryker clubs Hardy back to the mat. Hardy kicks Ryker away and sends him into the ropes with a scissors takedown. Hardy with a clothesline and inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy with his trademark leg drop and low dropkick. Hardy with a splash for a 2 count. Ryker fights Hardy off again but gets splashed in the corner. Hardy misses another splash attempt. Ryker comes right back and levels Hardy in the middle of the ring for a 2 count.
Ryker drops big forearms on Hardy and then mounts him with right hands as Elias cheers him on. Ryker with a back suplex for another 2 count. Ryker grounds Hardy with a headlock now. Fans start to rally for Hardy as Elias talks some trash. Hardy fights up and out, nailing a jawbreaker. Hardy drops Ryker with a neckbreaker. Hardy goes to the top but Elias shoves him down. Ryker had the referee distracted but he saw Elias shove Hardy. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Jeff Hardy
After the bell, Ryker yells at Elias because he told him not to help. Elias thought he meant the opposite. Hardy runs and dropkicks Elias through the ropes, knocking him back to the barrier. Hardy fights off Ryker now but Ryker ends up driving him into the mat with a big sideslam. Elias returns to the ring and stands with Ryker, talking their issues out. We go to replays and come back to Elias’ music playing as he and Ryker are getting back on the same page it appears.
– We see Alexa Bliss backstage walking for tonight’s main event. Back to commercial.
Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Asuka with a wrist lock. Alexa with a reversal and Asuka with a reversal of her own. Alexa with a reversal into a side head lock. Asuka with punches and a running shoulder tackle. Asuka does some dancing. Alexa trips Asuka and Alexa with a La Magistral for a near fall. Asuka misses a kick and Alexa with a rollup for a near fall. Asuka with a series of strikes and a back fist followed by a pop up knee and running drop kick for a near fall.
Asuka tries for the Asuka Lock but Alexa blocks it. Alexa gets to the ropes to force a break. Alexa goes to teh floor and Asuka misses a baseball slide. Alexa gets back into the ring and the lights go down as we go to commercial.
We are back and Alexa is standing in the center of the ring with a different look and shirt and Asuka is confused. Asuka circles Alexa and misses a back fist. Asuka misses a round kick. Alexa blocks forearms and she misses a kick but hits a back heel kick. Alexa with a clothesline. Asuka goes to the floor and returns to the ring. Asuka with a pop up knee and Asuka goes into the corner and leans back like she is channeling Bray Wyatt and it freaks out Asuka.
The Fiend version of Alexa Bliss sets for a mandible claw but Asuka blocks it. Alexa with a kick but Asuka blocks it and applies a waist lock. Alexa with an elbow and punch for a near fall. Alexa stands over Asuka and then Alexa goes down to a knee. She picks Asuka up and Asuka with a round kick to the head followed by a back fist and round kick. Alexa with Sister Abigail and she gets the three count.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
After the match, Bliss stands tall in the middle of the ring as her music hits. She stares straight ahead. The screen flashes and Bliss transforms back into the somewhat normal look and attire that she had when the match started. Bliss laughs some and continues staring straight ahead. She mouths, “Let me in!” but we hear The Fiend’s voice instead. Bliss continues staring straight ahead as RAW goes off the air.
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