WWE RAW Results – January 25, 2021 – We’re live from the ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, as Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring!
Drew takes the mic and says it feels so good to be back on RAW. He thanks everyone for their well wishes while he was out with COVID-19. He talks about getting lucky with no symptoms and says he’s back at 100%. His match on Sunday is dedicated to everyone who has the coronavirus. Drew says we’re all going to get through this and beat it. Drew says speaking of things he’s tired of, Sunday’s match will be against WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. Drew talks about watching Goldberg since he was a teenager, how he built up his impressive streak, ran through The Rock and other Superstars until he just disappeared, for years. Drew says the last thing to go in a heavyweight fighter is their power, and Goldberg returned a tough fighter like he had been. Drew talks about how Goldberg has continued to win and win, but that ends this Sunday as Drew will end the other streak and remain WWE Champion. Drew goes on but the music interrupts and out comes The Miz and John Morrison as fans boo.
Miz and Morrison taunt Drew over the match and speculate that he or Goldberg may end up injured before the end of the match. Then what could happen? Miz says whoever is left standing at the end of the match will be a sitting duck as he and Morrison will hit the ring and beat the holy hell out of the champion. Fans boo them as they enter the ring. Miz says then he will cash in his Money In the Bank briefcase and be announced the new WWE Champion. The music interrupts again and out comes Goldberg as Drew looks on. Miz and Morrison watch from the apron.
Goldberg hits the ring and gets in Drew’s face, and says “you, me, Sunday. You’re next.”. They drop the mics and stare each other down as Miz and Morrison run their mouths from the apron. Drew suddenly yanks Miz in while Goldberg yanks Morrison into the ring for a big pop. Goldberg drops Miz with a Spear and Drew then levels Morrison with a Claymore. Drew and Goldberg go back to facing off in the middle of the ring for a pop. Drew raises the WWE Title in the air as they have words. Goldberg’s music starts up as we go to replays. Goldberg marches up the ramp as Drew watches him, stopping to toss the Money In the Bank briefcase out of the ring.
We are back and Charlotte Flair is asked about her match against Shayna Baszler and the Royal Rumble. Charlotte says she performs well under pressure. She says she hopes Shayna will bring her invisible crown because it takes more to be a Queen than call yourself one. She says she will defend the Tag Titles with Asuka and then be in the Royal Rumble. Charlotte is asked about Lacey Evans and Charlotte says she knows what Lacey is doing and her father has been in many dark places.
Shayna Baszler (with Nia Jax) vs. Charlotte Flair
They lock up and Charlotte with a side head lock and Shayna with a wrist lock but Charlotte with an Irish whip. Charlotte blocks a kick and connects with an elbow. Charlotte with a baseball slide to Nia on the floor and Shayna goes for the Kirifuda Clutch. Charlotte with a snap mare to escape followed by a boot. Charlotte goes for the figure four and Nia comes in and attacks Charlotte. The referee calls for the bell and this one is already over!
Winner: Charlotte Flair (by disqualification)
After the match, Shayna and Nia work over Charlotte but Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke come after Nia and Shayna. Lacey Evans comes out and attacks her potential daugher-in-law as we go to commercial.
Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke, and Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Lacey Evans
We are back and, as expected, all the girls involved in the previous fight are now in the match.
Lacey and Mandy start things off and they lock up. Lacey pushes Mandy and then struts like her man. Mandy with a wrist lock. Mandy with a side head lock take down. Lacey with a head scissors and Charlotte gestures to Lacey from the apron. Mandy with a kick to the midsection. Mandy with a side head lock. Dana tags in and they hit a double suplex on Lacey for a near fall. Dana with a shoulder tackle. Dana gets a near fall. Dana with a hip toss and kick to Lacey for a near fall. Charlotte tags in and Lacey tags in Shayna.
Shayna misses a move into the corner and so does Charlotte. Shayna with kicks to the leg and a running knee. Charlotte with chops. Charlotte with a fallaway slam on Shayna and she tags in Dana. Charlotte with a snap mare and Dana and Mandy with cartwheels and kicks to Shayna. Mandy gets a near fall. Dana tags in and she chops Shayna. Charlotte tags in and Shayna with punches but Charlotte with a forearm. Charlotte with a Flair flip into teh corner and Charlotte with a kick with Shayna in the ropes and she sends Shayna to the floor.
Charlotte tells Lacey and Nia to stay back and Shayna pushes Charlotte back into the ring but does not beat the ten count so the referee calls for the bell. This was probably a botched finish.
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose, and Dana Brooke (by count out)
After the match, Shayna has a discussion with the referee. We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Lacey Evans arguing with Adam Pearce during the break over the controversial finish. The match will be restarted…
Dana with a head scissors and an elbow in the corner but Nia with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Lacey tags in and kicks Dana. Shayna tags in and kicks Dana for a near fall. Shayna stomps on Dana’s elbow and Nia tags in. Nia with a Cobra Clutch. Dana goes for a rana but Nia blocks it. Dana goes for a sunset flip and Nia tries to drop down but misses. Mandy and Lacey tag in and Mandy goes after Shayna on the apron. Mandy runs Lacey into the turnbuckles. Mandy with a running knee for a near fall. Charlotte with a spear to Shayna and Nia knocks Flair down. Nia pulls Lacey into the corner to tag in. Lacey pulls Charlotte to the floor and Charlotte chases Lacey around the arena.
Dana tags in and Nia goes into the ring post when Dana moved a few seconds earlier. Dana with a swining neck breaker for a near fall. Nia press slams Dana. Nia with a power bomb into a choke slam followed by a leg drop for the three count.
Winners: Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, and Lacey Evans
— We take a look back at Xavier Woods’ match last week against Mace. We see comments from Mustafa Ali. He talks about how Kofi and Xavier are your escape from reality while they want to be your reminder of reality. Mustafa Ali says Kofi has the audacity to ask why is he coming after him. The greatest moment in your life came at my expense. KofiMania was my moment. You took everything from me.
— Members of the Retribution make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Slapjack vs. Xavier Woods
Woods with a drop kick in the corner followed by chops. Woods with an Irish whip and back body drop. SLapjack with a forearm and a slingshot knee to the back for a near fall. Slapjack with a kick to the back. Slapjack misses a boot off the turnbuckles and Woods with punches. Woods with chops and punches. Woods with a side Russian leg sweep and leg lariat. Slapjack with an uppercut and Woods with Honor Roll for a near fall.
T-Bar gets on the apron and distracts Woods. Slapjack with a rollup but Woods rolls through and hits a Shining Wizard for the three count.
Winner: Xavier Woods
After the match, Woods avoids Mace but T-Bar with a clothesline on the floor. Woods is given a double sit out choke slam by T-Bar and Mace. Ali tells Slapjack to get a chair.
Ali cannot hit Woods with the chair and then he sits down and has something to say. Ali says all of this talk about wanting to be king of the ring, but you look like a peasant. Like a real king, I will show mercy upon you. For that, you are going to do exactly what I say. You are going to deliver Kofi a message. Ali says he heard the sad news that Kofi will not be in the Royal Rumble Match. Tell Kofi a replacement has been found and his name is Mustafa Ali.
Riddle walks in the back and he sees R Truth. Truth tells Riddle he heard that the Hurt Business is throwing him a surprise party. Truth says his birthday was last week but he heard them talk about a special present. He heard they bought 24 gold carrots. Truth says if Riddle doesn’t spoil the surprise, he will split the carrots with Riddle. We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the VIP Lounge and Montel Vontavious Porter is joined by Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander, and Bobby Lashley.
Porter says the afterparty will be lit at Royal Rumble. Porter says that Bobby had something to bring to his attention. Porter says that Riddle might be a brain dead moron but he can be crafty so be aware of the task at hand. He tells Cedric to focus on the task at hand.
Bobby says sometime to you have to believe in somebody’s belief in you. We look good. We are champions. We believe and more importantly, we have only just begun.
Shelton says look at all of our accomplishments. Cedric says that the Hurt Business is on a roll thanks to MVP. Lashley says they collected a few debts and they have something to have MVP in gold along with them.
MVP shows a pendant to put around his neck. Porter says he is not often at a loss for words but he has nothing to say.
Alexander starts to talk about working with the designer and Shelton interrupts but Truth interrupts Shelton. Porter wants to know why is Truth here. Truth says it is a surprise that the guest of honor isn’t on the list for his own surprise party. He says it is rude to eavesdrop and he heard about them throwing a surprise party for him last week. Better late than ever. Cedric says it is about MVP. Truth says THB means Truth Happy Birthday. He wants to know where are the carrots. Truth asks if it is time for a dance break. Bobby says he forgot it was Truth’s birthday since he was training for the Royal Rumble. He has a gift for Truth in the ring.
The 24/7 conclave show up and The Hurt Business attacks them. Lashley, Cedric and MVP leave the ring to fight with the jobbers. Riddle slides into the ring from behind MVP and drops him with a Final Flash knee, then high-tails it over the barricade. Later tonight, Riddle will face The Hurt Business in a Gauntlet Match to try and get a shot at Lashley’s United States Championship.
We go to commercial.
— We are back with a look at Edge’s return to the WWE at last year’s Royal Rumble. We will hear from Edge later tonight.
Adam Pearce walks in the back and R Truth is hiding next to a statue of Wade Boggs. Truth says he wants to prove he is capable of entering the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and he wants a chance. AJ Styles and Omos show up and AJ says as the sweet hearted and benevolent guy, he will help Truth. Pearce agrees to the match and he will take it under advisement.
— Sheamus makes his way to the ring for his match against John Morrison, but first… We go to commercial.
Sheamus vs. John Morrison
They lock up and SHeamus with a clean break. Morrison wit ha waist lock but Sheamus with a hip lock take down into a double wrist lock. Morrison with a waist lock into a reverse chin lock. Sheamus with a double leg take down and a front face lock. Sheamus with a hammer lock into a double wrist lock and take down. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle but he misses a clothesline. Morrison with a rollup for a near fall. Sheamus with a rollup for a near fall. Sheamus with a reverse chin lock. Morrison backs Sheamus into the corner and connects with forearms and kicks. Morrison with a kick to the chest and Sheamus with a back body drop.
Sheamus with kicks and a forearm. Sheamus with a chop and arm bar. Morrison with kicks to Sheamus and Morrison with a forearm and kicks. Sheamus with a uranage back breaker for a near fall. Sheamus goes up top and he punches Morrison when he tries to stop him. Sheamus comes off the turnbuckles and Morrison with a drop kick to the knees. Morrison with a running knee and Sheamus is caught in the ropes. Morrison wraps the leg in the ropes. Morrison hits Sheamus from behind on the floor. Morrison sends Sheamus back into the ring and Morrison wiht a dragon screw leg whip. Morrison gets a near fall and he works on the injured leg.
Morrison with a spinning toe hold and a knee bar. Morrison with an elbow drop to the leg. Morrison continues to work on the knee. Sheamus with kicks to Morrison’s head. Sheamus with running double sledges and a forearm into the corner. Sheamus with a biel. Sheamus gets Morrison on his shoulders but Morrison escapes and clips Sheamus. Sheamus with a uranage for a near fall. Sheamus with boots to the chest and he sets for the Cloverleaf and he applies it. Morrison gets to the ropes and Sheamus has to release the hold.
Morrison drops Sheamus on the top rope and Sheamus with a knee and White Noise for the three count.
After the match, Miiz says if you want to prepare for the Royal Rumble, you have to have your head on a swivel. You versus me and John Morrison. Sheamus accepts the match as we go to commercial.
Sheamus vs. Miz and John Morrison
Sheamus punches Miz and Morrison and Morrison with a reverse chin lock. Morrison is sent over the top rope (and if this was the Royal Rumble, he would be eliminated, but this isn’t the Royal Rumble so why am I typing this). Sheamus goes after Miz and Morrison clips Sheamus. Morrison and Miz with a double snap mare followed by kicks and a shooting star press for a near fall. Sheamus kicks Miz and Morriosn but Miz with kicks to Sheamus and he chokes him. Morrison with a chin lock. Sheamus with punches. Sheamus is sent over the top rope to the floor. Miz with a drop kick through the ropes (and if this was the Royal Rumble, it woldn’t have mattered). Morrison with a plancha onto Sheamus (and that would have eliminated Morrison if this was the Royal Rumble or a New Japan elimination Match). Sheamus is sent into the ringside barrier and Morrison kicks Sheamus in the head.
Miz goes up top and hits a double sledge to the back while Morrison holds Sheamus. Sheamus blocks being sent into the turnbuckles and Sheamus punches Miz but Morrison punches and kicks Sheamus. Miz with kicks to Sheamus. Morrison chokes Sheamus in the corner. Miz with kicks and Morrison with punches. Morrison is sent over the top rope to the floor by Sheamus and Sheamus with a clothesline to Miz. Sheamus with double sledges to Morrison followed by a power slam. Sheamus with a Finlay Roll of Miz onto Morrison. Sheamus with the forearms to Miz on the apron and then he does the same to Morrison.
Sheamus goes up top and he hits a double clothesline to Miz and Morrison on the floor. Sheamus sets for the Brogue on Miz and Morrison grabs the leg. Miz with a splash to the back and Morrison misses a springboard move. Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to Morrison but Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Winners: MIz and John Morrison
Lacey Evans and Ric Flair are in a room and Ric is showing Lacey how to escape holds. Charlotte walks in and she wants to know what Daddy and New Mommy are doing. Charlotte tells Lacey to get out. Charlotte says she is not the bad guy. She says when she was young, this was cute, but I am the only one protecting you. You are going from legend to old guy. Lacey hits Charlotte from behind and then kicks her. Ric tries to help her daughter but Lacey wants to know about the wooo and they walk away leaving Charlotte on the floor. We go to commercial.
R Truth vs. AJ Styles
AJ kicks Truth in the head and gives Truth a hard Irish whip. AJ with a knee to Truth. AJ with a punch and a back breaker. AJ says he is going to throw Truth over the top rope but Truth is the one sending AJ over the top rope to the floor. AJ with a drop toe hold. Truth looks up at Mount Omos and Truth gets back up. Truth sends AJ to the apron and AJ misses a springboard move. Truth with a Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for childhood hero John Cena replication and Truth with a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Truth misses a scissors kick and he gets AJ up on his shoulders but AJ escapes and applies a Calf Crusher and Truth taps out.
Winner: AJ Styles
— We see Asuka getting ready for her title defense against Alexa Bliss as we go to commercial.
Alexa Bliss is in the back and she starts to sing on her swing. Alexa says last week was so much fun. She asks the invisible man if he saw what Randy’s face looked like when they were done with him? Alexa agrees with her friend that he looks better. Alexa says she wanted to have fun with Asuka but she didn’t want to play nice. But, neither did I. Did you like my trick? HE taught it to me. HE taught me a lot of things and I can’t wait to see him again so I can thank HIM. Tonight, I have the opportunity to win a shiny new toy. Just like last week, I don’t feel like playing nice. She lip syncs LET ME IN.
— Riddle makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Riddle vs. The Hurt Business in a Gauntlet Match For U.S. Title Opportunity
Segment One: Matt Riddle versus Shelton Benjamin
Riddle misses a knee as the bell rings. Riddle with kicks and forearms followed by a running forearm into the corner. Shelton with a waist lock and a German suplex but Riddle lands on his feet and hits a Pele kick. Riddle misses a kick and Benjamin with a rollup and Riddle rolls through. Benjamin blocks a knee and Benjamin gets a near fall. Benjamin puts Riddle on the turnbuckle and hits a running knee to the midsection and Riddle falls to the floor.
Benjamin with a punch and slam for a near fall. Riddle with punches and Benjamin with a knee to the midsection for a near fall. Benjamin punches Riddle followed by kicks. Riddle blocks a suplex attempt and Benjamin with a knee and a running knee to the head. Benjamin gets a near fall. Benjamin with a rear chin lock into a waist lock. Riddle with a double wrist lock and he applies a guillotine. Benjamin tries to counter into a suplex and Riddle with a knee. Alexander distracts Riddle.
Riddle with an O’Connor Roll and Benjamin rolls through but the distraction keeps Benjamin from getting the three count. Riddle with a rollup for the three count.
Segment Two: MVP versus Riddle
MVP enters the ring now as Benjamin and Cedric argue. MVP yells at them, then the referee. The bell rings and Riddle comes from behind, taking MVP right into a heel hook. MVP immediately taps out and has been eliminated.
MVP gets up and yells at the referee. Cedric and Shelton are disappointed at ringside. MVP joins them and he’s not happy. Cedric prepares to enter the ring as we go back to commercial.
Segment Three: Cedric Alexander versus Riddle
We are back with this segment joined in progress. Alexander with shoulders in the corner. Alexander with a snap mare and a near fall. Alexander with a knee and a double knee gutbuster for a near fall. Alexander with an arm bar. Riddle with a chop and forearms. Riddle with kicks and the referee pulls Riddle out of the corner. Riddle with a running forearm and Alexander with a drop kick.for a near fall. Alexander withan abdominal stretch. Riddle gets to the ropes and Alexander has to release the hold. Alexander chokes Riddle in the ropes.
Alexander gets a near fall. Riddle with elbows to escape the waist lock. Riddle gets Alexander on his shoulders but Alexander counters with a DDT for a near fall. Riddle with a Pele Kick and forearms. Riddle with an exploder. Riddle goes for the back senton but Alexander gets his knees up. Alexander with punches and Riddle punches back. Alexander with a back heel kick and Riddle with a German suplex. Riddle goes for a suplex but Alexander counters with a brainbuster for a near fall. Alexander punches Riddle. Alexander goes up top but misses a stomp. Riddle with a triangle and Alexander with a one arm power bomb but Riddle returns to the triangle. Riddle misses a kick and Riddles with a rollup for a three count.
After the match, Riddle celebrates with his back to the entrance. Bobby Lashley’s music plays and he hits Riddle from behind and applies the full nelson.
— We take a look back at the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever from Backlash. Edge will be next, but first… We go to commercial.
We are back with comments from Edge. He says if 2020 taught us anything, it is that you cannot sleep on tomorrow. You have to dream, wake up and fight for it every day. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Sometimes you find yourself in a place where you have to dust yourself off and keep walking. Keep walking forward. Ten years ago, he went to bed after Wrestlemania 27 as the champion. I was on top of the world. A week later, I had to forfeit that championship and my career. It was my dream. I’ll never forget when I told my mom that I was going to be a wrestler. She said to go do it. Those are simple words, but they were the jet fuel that lit the fire in my gut to make me fight for 9 years.
To get my career back and to get my dream back. Then at Backlash, Randy Orton tore my triceps and gave me another reminder that everything that you hold close to you can be torn away just like that. You cannot live in that space. You have to fight. I know what my mom would say. She would say ‘Adam, you have to just go do it.’. With that in mind, I am entering the Royal Rumble. I know it won’t be like last year because the stakes are higher. The window closes for me sooner and I need to win the Royal Rumble and take back what is mine. If you have a dream, you have to fight to make it a reality. WIth every breath in my body, I am going to make this farfetched dream come true..
Now, if you have been with me on this ride, you know I have to try. A world without dreamers and fighters is a less magical place. Henry Ford said if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. I think I can. I’ll see you at the Rumble.
— We see Asuka walking in the back. We go to commercial.
Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship
Alexa with a waist lock but Asuka with kicks and she sends Alexa across the ring by the hair a few times. Asuka kicks Alexa in the corner a few times. Asuka goes for an arm bar and gets Alexa to the mat. Alexa with punches and kicks. Asuka with a missile drop kick and she misses a hip attack and Alexa kicks Asuka to the floor.
There is a rocking horse in the ring and Alexa rides it as we go to commercial.
We are back and Asuka kicks Alexa in the corner while there is no sign of Alexa’s horse. Asuka misses a missile drop kick and Alexa with a double knee drop and drop kick for a near fall. Alexa kicks Asuka in the corner. Alexa gets a near fall. Alexa with a reverse chin lock. Asuka with elbows and Asuka with a round kick to the temple. Asuka with a shoulder tackle and pop up knee. Asuka with a hip attack in the corner followed by a kick and German suplex. Asuka with a slding kick for a near fall.
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