Are you ready?? We see the regular opening clip stating, “WWE Then… Now… FOREVER!”
We immediately head into a video package dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are reminded that Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, where one day, all men would be guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That his four little children will one day not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. Several photo clips and video snippets of all that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has done and accomplished. “No we are not satisfied, and no we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like a mighty stream!”
We then hear Dr. King’s voice as we see clips of kids and adults alike living together in a world where best friends see no color and people of all colors shaking hands and hugging. Dr. King’s voice finishes, “Free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last!” LONG LIVE THE DREAM.
Inside The ThunderDome
We enter the ThunderDome as we hear the official welcome from the commentary team, Tom Phillips (who is joined by Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe) announces, “Today WWE joins in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and WELCOME everyone to WWE Monday Night RAW!” as we hit the inside of the WWE ThunderDome II at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL and see the fans cheering from their screens in the audience!
Video Package – Randy Orton
Immediately following the welcome to tonight’s RAW, we head into a video package where we see The Legend Killer himself, Randy Orton, in a dark room wearing a hooded sweater and a mask covering what looks to be a severely burned face. “The voices… the voices in my head have never, been louder. encapsulating my every thought. Just like this, mask, encapsulates my face. Three weeks ago, I held Alexa Bliss’s face in my hands. And I showed a side of myself that I didn’t know existed. Compassion.
We see a clip from 3 weeks ago on the screen next to him that ends with a match strike by Orton.
Orton inside the ring , “The pure hatred in myself needed to be directed so I did just that. And my next victim arrived like a lamb to the slaughter. Until she interrupted.”
Orton continues, “And now look at me… LOOK AT ME!” Orton says despite the agony he felt, he considers himself lucky. He came away with first degree burns, which could’ve been worse. The fireball could’ve disfigured his entire face forever. Orton doesn’t blame Bliss, he blames The Fiend. We see a replay of Orton burning “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at WWE TLC. Orton says there’s no doubt that The Fiend is responsible for this. Bliss was merely the vehicle and he knows exactly what The Fiend wants – that’s to stop Orton from achieving the inevitable.
After that, we see a replay of Orton winning the 2009 Royal Rumble, and again in 2017. Orton knows everyone in the locker room enjoyed seeing his face burnt to a crisp, knowing their biggest threat may have been eliminated from the Royal Rumble. Orton says you could chop off all his limbs but that wouldn’t stop him from winning The Rumble. He vows to remain in the match. Orton says he can only compete as long as he can tolerate the pain but the funny thing is, he enjoys the pain. It fuels his every move.
Orton pulls out a match now. He says everyone can thank The Fiend when he burns their Royal Rumble dreams, and goes on to main event WrestleMania 37. Orton strikes the match, stares at the flame, and then blows it out to end the segment.
We re-enter the ThunderDome II where Samoa Joe notes Orton’s obsessive nature, which makes him a danger. Phillips switches subjects to Drew McIntyre defending against Goldberg. The Dirt Sheet will take place tonight with special guest, Goldberg! Also tonight, Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss! At the same time, Asuka’s tag-team championship partner Charlotte Flair is brought up and we see the video clip of the Southern Belle, Lacey Evans in a match with Flair when her own dad, Ric Flair helped Evans by proping her foot on the bottom rope to stop the pin count. Then later in the match, The Nature Boy tripped up his own daughter from outside of the ring as Evans landed on Flair, Ric held his daughter’s foot down so she couldn’t get out of the pin!
Backstage – “Earlier Today”
Following the discussion by the commentary team, we head into a video clip from “Earlier Today” with Ric Flair and Lacey Evans walking together backstage, Lacey’s arm intertwined in The Nature Boy’s as she asks him to tell her again about the four horsemen as Charly Caruso walks up and asks what’s going on between Evans and Ric Flair.
Evans interrupts Caruso and asks, “What are you, TMZ?” Caruso continues on that she feels compelled to ask as Ric just last week helped Evans defeat his own daughter to which Evans grabs the mic towards herself and states sternly, “Watch your mouth, okay? This is a SIXTEEN time World Champion you’re talking to. A legend. Have some respect.” Evans says, “There’s a reason why he’s known as the DIRTIEST player in the game.” Flair adjusts his tie and smiles as he looks away. Evans then says she’s learning from the greatest man to ever step in the ring.
“I have arranged for Ric and I to watch my partner Peyton Royce knock that nasty Queen off her throne!” Evan finishes as Flair nods in agreement.
Charlotte Flair vs. Peyton Royce
Out first is The Queen, Charlotte Flair as her entrance theme sounds over the speakers in the ThunderDome. Flair wearing her long feathered robe as she makes her way down the ramp… when suddenly she is attacked from behind by her opponent for tonight’s match-up, Peyton Royce! Flair ends up in the ring, standing tall to try and recover as we head to commercial break before the match officially begins.
As we return from the commercial break, we have both competitors now inside the ring with the referee. The referee signals for the bell and this first match-up of the evening is officially underway! As the bell chimes, Flair starts things off with several strikes first and unloads, beating Royce down in the corner. Royce is able to turn it around and lands multiple Stomps on Flair. Then, Flair comes back with a takedown, wailing away on Royce again. They tumble to the floor and Flair nails a big chop, and another as the referee counts.
Flair brings it back in the ring but Royce rolls right back out the other side. Flair follows and Royce tries to fight back but gets slammed face-first into the announce table. Flair chases Royce back in the ring, back out, and again. Flair with big chops on the floor. Royce moves and Flair chops the ring post, then gets sent face-first into the post. Royce brings it back in the ring for a close 2 count. Royce grounds Flair on the mat and rag-dolls her some.
Flair makes a comeback and slams Royce into the turnbuckles a few times. Flair misses in the corner and Royce slams her on her head for a 2 count. Royce shows some frustration now. Royce kicks Flair in the back a few times. Royce takes Flair face-first back to the corner. More back and forth now. Flair with a roll-up for 2. Royce runs into a big right hand. Flair drives Royce into the mat for a 2 count as The Nature Boy’s music hits and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair to the stage.
Flair walks around at the top of the stage as Lacey Evans is introduced and out comes Evans, wearing one of Ric’s robes – (MEOW! Cat fight?!). A distracted Charlotte turns around to a big kick from Royce. Peyton covers for the pin but Flair kicks out at 2 as we once again, head back to commercial break.
As we again return from the commercial break, Flair fights Royce off from the corner. Flair rolls Royce for 2. More back and forth between the two. Royce stuns with a kick from the apron. Flair catches Royce with a backbreaker and a shot into the turnbuckle face-first. Royce kicks out at 2 just in time. Flair charges with a big boot to knock Royce off the apron to the floor. Flair yells out to dare Evans to come to the ring.
The referee counts but Royce rushes back in to Flair stomping away on her. Royce counters and softens up Flair’s knee now. Royce with a big elbow and more strikes in the middle of the ring. Royce drops Flair with a kick for a close 2 count. Flair counters a suplex, hits the chop block and goes to work on the knee while Royce is down. Flair applies the Figure Four and bridges it to the Figure Eight in the middle of the ring. Royce taps out for the finish.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
After the Match
Even with Royce tapping out, after the bell rings to declare Flair the winner, Flair keeps the Figure Eight locked in. The referee 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.
We once again head over to the announcer’s table where commentary is discussing matches for tonight. Tom Phillips hypes Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss for later tonight. Apparently, Asuka has also been invited to Alexa’s Playground.
Backstage – The Hurt Business
We head backstage where the members of The Hurt Business are strutting down the halls as they walk past the Original Bro, Matt Riddle in the back. He jokingly compliments on their suits. Lashley tells the others he’s got this and they walk off.
Lashley starts off by declaring he likes Riddle’s flip-flops but heard they’re bad for your feet. Riddle isn’t sure where Lashley would’ve heard that. Lashley shows him and stomps on his foot, bringing Riddle down. Lashley walks off as an angry Riddle threatens him, saying this foot will be up Lashley’s ass later tonight, as we once again head to commercial break!
Backstage Locker Room
We return from the commercial break and Riddle is standing in the locker room where he’s asked if he’s going to be okay for the Six-Man Tag-Team Match later tonight after being stomped by Lashley before the commercial break. Riddle insists he will be good to go for tonight’s match, all he needs to do is tape the foot up.
Promo – Mustafa Ali
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
“It’s a New Day, yes it is!” We return to the ring and out comes a solo Xavier Woods representing The New Day to a pop! Woods plays his trumpet as the crowd chants, “You… CAN NOT! You… CAN NOT!” as Woods enters the ring. Out next comes RETRIBUTION’s Mace who is accompanied by other RETRIBUTION members, Mustafa Ali, T-BAR, Slapjack and Reckoning.
Before the match begins, Ali and Woods have words inside the ring. 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, we head back to commercial.
As we return from the commercial break, the referee signals for the bell to officially begin this match-up. Mace backs Woods into the corner as the bell rings. Mace sends Woods into the corner but misses as Woods ducks and moves. The same happens in the opposite corner. Woods rocks Mace and mounts him in the corner but gets knocked off, and again. Mace catches Woods in mid-move and drives him into the mat with a big chokeslam. Woods kicks out at 2. Mace picks Woods off the mat and shoves him into the corner, then splashes him as Ali barks at ringside.
Mace with a running knee to the back in the corner for another 2 count. Mace grounds Woods on the mat now, using a fish hook on his mouth. Woods fights up and out. Woods fights back with strikes now. Woods with big chops. Mace rocks him with a big right hand. Woods runs the ropes and ducks, then dropkicks the knee to bring Mace down to one knee. Woods unloads with elbows and more shots to the back of the neck. Woods goes for the Honor Roll but Mace catches him in mid-move. Woods keep fighting and hits an enziguri to knock Mace to the floor.
Ali encourages Mace to get back to the apron. Woods charges with a baseball slide kick under Mace, sending Ali to the announce table. Ali yells at RETRIBUTION at ringside and calms them down. He tells them to do “it” now. T-BAR and Slapjack circle the ring as Mace goes back in and levels Woods. Mace gets the upper hand on Xavier in the center of the ring for the three count, pin and win.
After the Match
RETRIBUTION stand together on the ramp as Woods struggles to look up the ramp as Mustafa Ali states from the ramp, “You’ll join Kofi soon enough Woods… it’s just a matter of time!”
Backstage – Asuka
As we head backstage, Asuka walks up to Mackenzie Mitchell who asks her what she thinks about Alexa Bliss’s Playground where she’s been invited. Asuka states, “I don’t know…” as we see a video clip of Alexa sending a fireball flying into the face of Randy Orton. We return to Asuka who simply states, “Alexa… dark side.” as we head to commercial break!
A bogus “News Report” called the “Wrestlmania Report” comes on with the news station music and all as we go to the News Desk of Mr Dee Ex-burt and his co-host Stephanie Mc-Daddy’s Girl. “I am definitely NOT who you think I am” a black side part wig and round specticles wearing Triple H states. Sitting next to him with no make-up to change her appearance, Stephanie McMahon says the same thing and adds, “…so just stop asking,” with a smile on her face. Mc-Daddy’s Girl then states, “with the weather… Sunny McCloud”
As we head to the weather, who else but Roman Reigns sitting at a huge desk with his hands folded in front of him and his special advisor, Paul Heyman holding the Universal Title behind him. Reigns doesn’t even play into the gimmick (though he shoulda been “Cloudy Reigns” in my opinion!) as he states, “No Sunny McNOTHING here, Just ME!” Paul Heyman says, “If we WERE to play into the gimmick for just a moment, it would sound something like, ‘The extended forecast calls for…'” Reigns interrupts Heyman and tells him to just give it to them straight. “Tampa Bay will host Wrestlemania at Raymond James Stadium this April.
Haley Mary with sports, A country accent Sasha Banks starts to discuss her news break, stating that WrestleMania 38 for April 3, 2022 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, you heart it here first. “You can’t see me” says Hugh Cantseeme (John Cena) to share WrestleMania 39 is going Hollywood at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on April 2, 2023.
That raps things up for the Wrestlemania Report!
We go back to the ring for another Alexa’s Playground segment as Alexa Bliss makes her way out. Bliss sits on one of her swings and welcomes everyone.
Bliss wants to address Randy Orton first. She only came out last week to talk to Orton, clear the air, but things got a little… heated. Bliss laughs. Bliss says if Orton needs a good suggestion on sunblock, just ask. She’s happy to see him in good spirits. Bliss goes on and says tonight she has a very special guest on Alexa’s Playground. She introduces Asuka and out comes one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and the RAW Women’s Champion.
Bliss didn’t let Asuka sit in the other swing. Someone invisible was apparently sitting there. They both shared some manic laughter and then Bliss delivered some “breaking news” She entered the Royal Rumble match. Asuka wished her good luck.
Asuka said it would be an honor to face her at WrestleMania because she’s a big fan of hers. Then Asuka said “yowie wowie.” Bliss was upset by this. Then they played Asuka’s music and she danced. Bliss told her to stop it.
Bliss got in Asuka’s face, but then her imaginary friend talked her out of it. Bliss said “it wasn’t supposed to be like this.” She seemed sad. Asuka spoke in Japanese and then said “The Fiend is still here.” Bliss said: “DO NOT SAY HIS NAME”!
Asuka left and then Bliss walked over and sat on her wooden rocking horse.
Mandy Rose vs Shayna Baszler
As we return to the ring once again, we get the entrance music for both Mandy Rose with Dana Brooke. We go backstage to Shayna Baszler with Nia Jax. Baszler says she’s going to take out Rose again tonight, and then she’s going to the Women’s Rumble Match to dominate everyone, even if it’s her tag team partner. Baszler and Jax have some friendly arguing like they always do as they head to the ring as WE return to commercial break.
Video Clip – WWE Hall of Famer – Jeff Jarrett
As we return from the commercial break and we go to WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett in a pre-recorded video from home. He predicts WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg to defeat WWE Champion Drew McIntyre at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (not that anyone asked).
Video Clip – Replay
As we return to the ring inside the ThunderDome II, a replay airs as well with a reminder of Last Week highlighting what Shayna Baszler did to Mandy Rose.
As Baszler completes her entrance to several “Boos” in the audience, Jax joins the announcers for commentary. The referee signals for the bell, the bell rings and this match up is officially underway! Rose fights Baszler off to start and goes for the leg. Baszler works on the arm but Rose rolls her for a 2 count. Baszler levels Rose for a 2 count. Baszler grounds Rose and twists her neck as the referee warns her. Baszler works Rose around but she starts fighting back as fans try to rally.
Baszler overpowers Rose and is able to maintain control. We then see Baszler follow up with knee strikes and a big kick to the back for a 2 count. Brooke looks on as Baszler shuts down another comeback attempt by Rose. Baszler grounds her by her arm and neck in the middle of the ring once again. Baszler stomps the arm to boos. Brooke comes over and Baszler argues through the ropes. Rose takes advantage, rolling her up from behind for a 2 count.
Rose finally mounts some offense with clotheslines and strikes. Rose unloads in the corner with her good arm but the referee backs her off and warns her, and again. Baszler drops Rose out of the corner, then works on the other arm. Baszler ends up twisting the arm up some more and dropping Rose, and immediately applying the Kirifuda Clutch for the win.
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.
We are reminded that still to come later tonight, Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka. We return to commercial break.
We return from the commercial break as Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are arguing about something or other. They point out that they’ve never gotten along, and surely the current tag team champions aren’t getting along either, so now is the perfect time for their rematch.
Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage. Flair begins by sharing that she’s always been accused of living off her family name but that’s literally what Lacey Evans is doing right now. But she’s learned every dirty trick Ric ever used and maybe she needs to rethink her policy against using them. Lacey can wear her dad’s robe, but she’ll never get to wear her crown.
Backstage – Adam Pearce
Next, we head backstage where WWE Official Adam Pearce is talking with Ricochet. He tells him that a win tonight could mean a lot as far as him getting a spot in the Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles Enters
At this point, AJ Styles walks up with his Big Buddy Omos in tow and mocks Pearce for tucking his tail and running from the Universal Championship. Ricochet accuses him of having selective amnesia and forgetting about how he got embarrassed at TLC. Ricochet promises that he’s gonna make everybody see why he deserves to be in the Royal Rumble and makes his entrance.
Styles is still backstage and he tells Pearce that he doesn’t like him and that means Omos doesn’t like him either, and that sends us to break.
AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
We go right back to the ring and out comes Ricochet to a pop. Ricochet hits the corner to pose as his music plays. We go back to AJ Styles, Omos and Adam Pearce. AJ says he doesn’t like Pearce and when AJ doesn’t like you, Omos doesn’t like you. Omos steps to Pearce and stares him down as we go back to commercial.
As we return from the commercial break, the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and this next match up is officially underway! Circling, collar and elbow, Styles backs him into the corner and breaks at referee John Cone’s behest. Back to the lockup, AJ with a side headlock, block the shoot off, block the pin, just hanging onto the headlock for dear life. Shot off at last, block the front kick, overhead arm drag from the One and Only! Styles reverses a whip into a backslide, roll through, jackknife pin, only two!
AJ looking for the Styles Clash, Ricochet pops out looking for the Schoolboy Pin, to no avail. Off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl tijeras, a Frankensteiner follows it, roll through, another headscissors and Styles is off-balance! Dropkick right on the button, AJ falls to the floor and Ricky hits a baseball slide headscissors takeover to the floor! Back inside, Omos stalking, Ricochet passes Styles to the floor, plancha… Omos catches AJ! AJ takes Ricochet to the corner. AJ with a backbreaker as Omos looks on. More back and forth now as fans rally for Ricochet and he mounts some offense. Ricochet counters and hits a big DDT in the middle of the ring for a pop. Ricochet with lefts and rights, then a big discus clothesline for a 2 count.
AJ avoids the Recoil but Ricochet takes his leg out. Ricochet goes on and hits a big German suplex with a bridge for another close 2 count. Ricochet misses a running kick but nails a back elbow. Ricochet goes for a moonsault DDT but AJ nails him in mid-air, then hits a Brainbuster. Ricochet kicks out at 2 still. AJ is frustrated now. AJ drives Ricochet’s neck into his knee but Ricochet is still in there. Omos continues to encourage AJ from ringside.
AJ goes to the apron for the Phenomenal Forearm. Ricochet catches him in mid-air with the Recoil for a big pop. Ricochet slowly crawls over for the pin and AJ kicks out just in time. Ricochet goes to the top but AJ charges and takes his legs out. Ricochet falls hard to the apron, landing awkwardly. Omos tells AJ to bring it home now. AJ goes to suplex Ricochet in from the apron but Ricochet snaps him over the top rope. Ricochet springboards up but AJ catches him and slams him over the top rope. Ricochet bounces right back into position for the Styles Clash for the pin to win.
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.
Goldberg will be on The Dirt Sheet as we head to commercial break.
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.
Riddle and Lucha House Party vs. The Hurt Business
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.
Back from the break and out comes Lucha House Party’s Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik. We get a replay of what led to this match. The Hurt Business looks on as Riddle makes his way out next. Cedric starts off with Metalik. Cedric beats him down and then into the corner. Cedric runs into a boot in the corner. Cedric blocks a takedown but gets kicked. Cedric with a big takedown of his own. Lashley and Shelton tell Cedric to tag Shelton in but he doesn’t listen.
Cedric goes back to working on Metalik, nailing a backbreaker in the middle of the ring. Cedric holds the move and stares at Shelton. Metalik turns it around and in comes Lince with a big scissors takedown. Lince unloads on Cedric now. Cedric fights free and elbows Lince. Cedric goes to tag out but Lashley and Shelton ignore him. Lince with big chops to Cedric. Lince with a middle rope moonsault for a close 2 count on Cedric.
Lince works over Cedric some more and grounds him by his arm. Cedric fights into the ropes. Shelton tags himself in, staring Cedric down. Lince and Shelton go at it but Shelton nails a huge clothesline. Shelton launches Lince into the opposite corner and he hits hard. Shelton with a 2 count. Shelton tags in Lashley and they double team Lince. Lashley launches Lince into the corner now and beats him down with ease. Lashley tosses Lince into their corner but Cedric tags himself in. Shelton tags himself in after a few seconds and Cedric isn’t happy with it. The champs have some words.
Shelton beats on Lince in the corner now. Cedric interrupts by tagging himself back in. MVP looks on frustrated. Lince catches Cedric with a big springboard Stunner out of nowhere. Cedric stops Lince from tagging. Shelton tags back in and Cedric shoves him as they argue. Shelton shoves Cedric back and he falls through the ropes to the floor. MVP and Cedric argue now as MVP gets in Cedric’s way, keeping him from going back into the ring. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cedric has Lince grounded in the middle of the ring. Lince fights up and out but Cedric slams him face-first by his arm. Cedric grounds Lince with a headlock now. Lashley tags in and scoops Lince for a big slam in the middle of the ring. Lashley and Cedric have more words. Shelton tags back in and launches Lince across the ring. Shelton with a snap suplex to Lince. Cedric tags back in and takes Lince back to a corner, beating him down with right hands.
Cedric takes Lince to the top but Lince fights back. Lince with a big crossbody from the top. Metalik and Riddle rally for Lince now. Shelton and Riddle tag in at the same time. Riddle unloads and kicks Shelton in the head. Riddle runs wild and also knocks Lashley on the apron but he’s still standing. Shelton with knees to Riddle now. Riddle fights out of a powerbomb attempt and rocks Shelton with a kick, dropping him. Shelton ducks a kick and rolls him up. Riddle comes back and nails a big strike for a 2 count.
Riddle goes to the top for the Floating Bro but Shelton moves. Metalik tags in and goes to work on Shelton. Metalik with a big hurricanrana from the top rope. Metalik keeps going but Shelton drives him into the mat off a counter. Shelton drags Metalik into the corner but Cedric tags himself in as Shelton is about to do a move. Cedric drives Metalik into the mat and gets in Shelton’s face. Lashley tags in, runs and knocks Riddle off the apron, then hits a big Spear on Metalik. Lashley then applies The Hurt Lock to Metalik for the win.
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.
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.
Back from the break and announced for RAW Talk are The Miz, John Morrison, AJ Styles and Shayna Baszler.
Pre-Recorded Message – Drew McIntyre
We get a pre-recorded message from WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, who is in his home gym.
Drew says he wishes he could be at RAW but the good news is, he’s feeling stronger after recently testing positive for COVID-19. He mentions that the earlier segment with Gillberg and the Fake McIntyre was a circus. He also has a quick threat for The Miz and John Morrison. Drew mentions that he respects WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg but that respect doesn’t outweigh what he’s willing to do to keep his title. He goes on about Goldberg and their Royal Rumble match, and says he needs Goldberg to bring the intense Goldberg to the pay-per-view because the title deserves it and if he doesn’t, Drew will eat him alive in two minutes. Drew also mentions that if Goldberg needs some action before then, he’s coming back to RAW next Monday.
Jeff Hardy vs. Jaxson Ryker
We go back to the ring and out comes Jeff Hardy as the pyro goes off. Out next comes Jaxson Ryker with Elias.
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 Match
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.
Back from the break and Tom confirms that both Goldberg and Drew McIntyre will be here next week for the Royal Rumble go-home show.
Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss
We go back to the ring for tonight’s non-title main event and out first comes RAW Women’s Champion & one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka. Asuka poses in the corner as the pyro goes off. Alexa Bliss is out next.
The bell rings and they lock up, trading holds. Bliss laughs as she applies a headlock. They run the ropes and Asuka levels Bliss, then dances around to taunt her. Bliss trips Asuka and rolls her for a 2 count. Bliss sits up and smiles, taunting Asuka again. Bliss dodges a strike and rolls Asuka for another 2 count. Asuka comes back with big strikes and a knee to the face to drop Bliss. Asuka runs in with a Shining Wizard for a close 2 count.
Asuka grounds Bliss by her arm now. Bliss resists and gets up, then to the ropes to break it. Bliss goes to the floor for a breather. Asuka misses a baseball slide as Bliss goes back in to play some mind games. The lights start going down to indicate “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt’s arrival. Bliss is all smiles as she stands in the middle of the ring. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Bliss is just standing in the middle of the ring, wearing a darker look with her attire and her makeup it seems, including black lipstick. She’s just staring ahead, then staring over at Asuka, who is nervously waiting in the corner. Asuka sizes Bliss up and looks ready to finish the match, but Bliss is just walking around the ring, slowly, with her hands behind her back. She dodges an attack by Asuka, and another, but just keeps walking around with her hands behind her back. Bliss keeps blocking attacks with little effort. Asuka finally kicks her in the gut. Asuka charges but Bliss drops her with a shoulder, with ease. Asuka ends up on the floor, staring Bliss down.
Asuka comes back in as the referee counts. Bliss charges with an attack but Asuka knees her in the face. Asuka charges but Bliss turns upside down in the corner, like Bray Wyatt would. Asuka throws on the brakes and is spooked it seems. Bliss looks at her own hand and walks over to Asuka. Bliss attacks with a Mandible Claw attempt. Asuka tries to block it but Bliss keeps trying. Asuka fights back but a back elbow rocks her. Bliss then drops Asuka with a big right hand for a close 2 count.
Bliss is still walking around, staring Asuka down, with a blank expression on her face. Bliss approaches while Asuka is on her knees. Bliss kneels down and grabs Asuka by the chin, gently lifting her up to her feet. Asuka nails a kick to the head, a spinning back fist, and another big kick to the head. Bliss takes all that and grabs Asuka out of nowhere, holding her in position for Sister Abigail. Bliss holds Asuka there, wipes the dark lipstick on her own lip and stares ahead before dropping Asuka with Sister Abigail for the pin to win.
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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