Welcome to Ringside News’ results for WWE Raw on January 6th, 2020.
Tonight’s Raw has us just a few weeks away from the 2020 Royal Rumble, and that means we’re on that long, winding, confusing road to WrestleMania. Which, of course, means our WWE Champion will be returning tonight. For one of the first times ever, the WrestleMania card is wide open, so we have no idea who Lesnar will be facing at Royal Rumble, let alone in April. Tonight we should get an idea of who The Beast will slay next.
The big match confirmed for tonight’s show will see The Viking Raiders defend their Tag Team Championships against The O.C. and Street Profits. This match was born just last week and has the potential to shake-up the division. Although more than likely it will serve as a springboard for a match at the Rumble.
The only other confirmed match for tonight is also a title showdown, and it will see Rey Mysterio get a rematch for the United States Championship against Andrade. El Idolo has been pissing everyone off with his violent antics as of late, so Rey will look to put a stop to that tonight.
And that’s about all we know of tonight’s Raw. There will be some fallout from the big wedding last week, as well as people announcing themselves for the Rumble, and more drama between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. Follow along here for results, and join us on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw opens with a look back at last week’s mad wedding between Bobby Lashley and Lana, which ended with them being attacked by Rusev and Liv Morgan.
We go live to the arena and the WWE Champion, Brock Lesnar, coming to the ring with his advocate, Paul Heyman.
The fans boo and Heyman says “a happy new year to you too bitches”. He then introduces the two of them, and says he wants to kick-off the new decade by making history. Because that’s what Brock Lesnar does. Heyman says that Brock is wondering who will challenge him for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, but that nobody is worthy of facing him. Not from Raw, SmackDown, or NXT. The fans boo and Heyman tells them they aren’t allowed to.
Heyman says they can’t boo when Brock Lesnar is about to do something unprecedented. Something that will legitimately be “first-time ever”. Heyman says that Lesnar makes history wherever he goes. Paul asks the fans if they want a dream match? He says Brock Lesnar will be entering the Royal Rumble match, and entering at number 1. And that means Brock will face Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and whoever else enters the match. And Brock Lesnar will be the last man standing. And that’s not just a prediction, that’s a spoiler.
Sarah Schrieber is backstage with Rey Mysterio. She asks how much the match against Andrade means tonight? Rey says it means everything because, at this point in his career, he only has days left, not years. Mysterio thanks his son for convincing him to continue on and tonight he defeats Andrade, because he doesn’t deserve to represent their people.
The match begins and Andrade rushes Rey in the corner. Mysterio ducks Andrade and sends him from the ring with a headscissors. Rey slides under the ropes and catches Andrade with another headscissors takedown on the floor. Rey gets Andrade back in the ring for a one-count.
Andrade connects with a shot to Rey, then the action spills to the floor. Rey jumps onto Andrade’s shoulders, then rolls forward and sends him flying, face-first into the steel steps! Rey gets Andrade back in the ring but gets caught with a dropkick.
Back live and Andrade catches Rey with a sunset flip but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him in the face. Rey builds a head of steam and plants Andrade with a tilt-a-whirl DDT for a near-fall. Rey takes to the top rope but Andrade attacks him and puts him in the tree of woe facing the floor. Andrade looks for the double stomp but Rey avoids it and Andrade crashes to the floor.
Rey slides under the ropes to hit a sunset bomb on the floor…but Andrade rolls through and connects with double knees. Andrade gets Rey back in the ring and hits a tope for a two-count. Andrade drops Rey with a spinning back elbow for another two-count, then Mysterio counters him with an incredible flipping Canadian Destroyer. Rey pins and gets the three count…but Zelina put Andrade’s foot on the rope! The referee tries to figure out what happened as we head to the break.
We return and the match is back underway. Andrade misses a leaping knee in the corner and flies over the ropes to the floor. Mysterio runs off the apron with a hurricanrana that sends Andrade into the barricade! Rey gets him back in the ring for a near-fall.
The action spills onto the apron and Rey hits a sunset flip bomb into the ring post, then gets him back in the ring for a top rope leg drop and a near-fall. “This is awesome!” Andrade fires back and beats Rey into the corner. He looks for double knees but Rey avoids it. Mysterio hits a hurricanrana to plant Andrade on the middle rope. Rey hits 619, then heads to the top rope but Andrade rolls from the ring.
Andrade and Vega are at ringside and Rey jumps onto Andrade, who throws him off and inadvertently into Vega. Rey checks on Vega, but Andrade grabs him and tosses him into the steel steps. Andrade gets Rey back in the ring and goes to hit the Hammerlock DDT but the referee stops him and forces Rey to leave the ring for some reason. Mysterio stands around on the floor, trying to get his bearings, then gets back inside and Andrade hits the DDT for the win.
As soon as the match is over, Andrade grabs his belt, then rips Rey’s mask off and takes it out to Vega as a peace-offering. My guess is that the referee worried that Rey was concussed after the shot into the steps, hence the awkward ending.
Charly Caruso interviews Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe backstage. She asks what they think of Seth Rollins’ comment that they’re out for themselves, not a team. Owens says it’s no secret that neither of them play well with others, but they know when they need back-up. Joe challenges AOP and Rollins to a match tonight, and says he has a number three to help them out.
Seth Rollins is walking backstage with the Author’s of Pain. Charly Caruso approaches and tells them about the challenge laid before them. Seth says he seeks challenges every day of his life. And his big challenge right now is to take Raw to the next level. He didn’t ask to be the chosen one, the WWE Universe chose him. He has sacrificed everything to be the messiah of Monday nights. Seth says nobody stands by Kevin Owens or Samoa Joe, while they are a united front.
Back from the break and this title match gets underway with Karl Anderson and Erik. The Viking forces Anderson to the ropes, then delivers a headbutt and slams him down on his shoulder. Ivar tags in and drops Karl with a knee to the mid-section. Ivar puts Anderson in the corner and tags Erik, who delivers a forearm before tagging Ivar again. Anderson counters Ivar, while Angelo Dawkins blind-tags in off Ivar.
Dawkins takes a headlock but gets shot off and delivers a dropkick. Montez Ford tags in and hits a big dropkick to Anderson. Anderson tags Ivar into the match. Ford takes a headlock on Ivar, gets shot off, then looks for an arm-drag but Ivar doesn’t budge. Ford dodges Ivar and performs a few flips, then Ivar does the same until they’re at a stalemate. The O.C. run in and attack Ford and Ivar.
Gallows tags in off Ivar and beats on Ford in the corner. He tags Anderson and they use quick tags to isolate Ford in their corner. Gallows hits a butterfly suplex to Ford and takes a headlock. Anderson is tagged in and hits a double-team back suplex/neckbreaker with Gallows. Anderson knocks Dawkins from the apron, but turns into an enziguiri from Ford. Gallows tags in and Ford tags Erik.
Erik comes in hot against Gallows, punching him and hitting a T-bone suplex. Dawkins runs in and he eats a T-bone as well. Anderson returns and he gets knee’d in the face. Erik tags Ivar and they squash Anderson with some double team moves, then Erik tosses Ivar into Gallows in the corner. Ford tags in and gets hit with The Viking Experience but The O.C. break it up. Erik and Ivar clear the ring, then hit suicide dive, but Erik gets caught by Gallows and thrown over the barricade!
Back live and Gallows is beating Erik against the ropes. Anderson tags in and takes a headlock. Erik fights to his feet and knocks Gallows from the apron, rolls under Anderson, and tags Ivar.
The big man comes in like a steamroller. He hits a sidewalk slam and a splash, followed by a seated senton and a clothesline to the incoming Gallows. Ivar runs for a bronco buster but nobody’s home. Erik and Dawkins tag in, with the latter dropping the former, then belly-to-belly suplexing Ivar.
Dawkins bulldogs Erik, then tags Ford. Dawkins hits a spinebuster to Erik, then Ford hits a frog splash but Karl Anderson blind-tagged in. He throws Ford and Dawkins from the ring and pins Erik but Ivar breaks it up. Actions erupts all over the match, with Ford diving over the ropes onto everyone but the Raiders and Anderson. Erik hits a powerbomb to Anderson and tags Ivar, who hits a top rope splash for the win!
Charly Caruso interviews Samoa Joe backstage and asks him who his third partner is for tonight. Joe says he’s sure she, the fans, and Seth Rollins are desperate to know who it is but…Kevin Owens approaches and says he too would like to know. Joe asks if it would be enough to show him, and KO says yes. They walk off and Charly follows them.
We return to see Joe, Owens, and Charly walking backstage. Joe tells Owens to go into the room to see who it is, but prevents Caruso. Owens looks inside, then comes out laughing. He says they’re definitely good, but Seth and AOP are not.
The Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, comes to the ring looking an awful lot like The Bride. The fans chant her name and Becky says it’s so good to hear that. She stutters and says she has been wondering for months now what kind of Champion she is. Becky says she let the doubters get to her and she forced the powers-that-be to let her challenge Asuka at the Royal Rumble.
Truth be told though, she says she’s doubting that wisdom. Becky says she hasn’t had a chance to breathe the past year, but she did just that over the holiday’s. She took a minute to think things over and she wonders if she should do as everyone says and just take the easy ride, accept the fame and fortune and avoid the woman she can’t beat. We see a replay of when Lynch was beat by Asuka at the Royal Rumble last year, then again on Raw a few weeks ago, and at TLC last month.
Lynch says that, what she figured out in all of this is…but she’s interrupted by the Empress of Tomorrow. Asuka comes to the ring, speaking in Japanese. Asuka gets in the ring and starts to talk but Becky decks her and walks off.
Erick Rowan is walking backstage with his bird cage when Mojo Rawley approaches him. Mojo asks if he can take a quick peek inside the cage and he says yes. Mojo lifts the tarp and looks inside…then screams and falls backwards. He runs off shouting “what’s wrong with you man?”
Andrade is interviewed backstage and he holds Rey’s mask up. Rey suddenly attacks Andrade and takes the mask back. He beats him until officials pull Mysterio off.
Before the match even begins, Rowan grabs hold of the jobber and throws him from the ring. He drags him over the bird cage and asks if he wants a look but the kid runs off and into the ring.
The kid taunts Rowan to get into the ring, and he does for the match to official begin. Rowan connects with a spinning heel kick, splash in the corner, and an Iron Claw Chokeslam for the win.
After the match, Rowan drags the kid out of the ring and forces him to look in the cage. The kid screams like crazy and runs to the back holding his face.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring for a match. We see a replay of last week when Randy Orton feigned an injury to attack Styles. They will go face-to-face next week.
The match gets underway and Styles gets put on the apron early. He knocks Tozawa back and connects with the Phenomenal Forearm. AJ goes for the pin but stops it himself. AJ lifts Tozawa and thinks about the Styles Clash but stops himself and, instead, hits Randy Orton’s draping DDT. Styles then drops to the mat and pounds it like The Viper, and hits an RKO for the win.
It’s time for another recap of the wedding between Bobby Lashley and Lana, which ended in tears and violence.
Lashley and Lana come to the ring, hand-in-hand, and wearing fancy clothes. The wedding official from last week is in the ring, waiting for them. The fans chant for Rusev but Lana tells them to be quiet. Lana says that, for everyone who didn’t want them to get married last week, that’s too damn bad. Lashley says something and they bicker for a moment, then Lana says they’re going to get married right now.
The officiate says they’ve heard enough objections, so he gets right to the point and pronounces them husband and wife. Lashley gives Lana a peck on the lips, then she snatches the mic from the officiate. Lana says she is supposed to feel so happy but she doesn’t. She’s extremely sad but it has nothing to do with her or Bobby. She points the finger at the fans and holds her ring finger up at them. She says they’re all pathetic and should be honoured to be near her.
Lana starts ranting about the fans and their ex-lovers. Lashley says the worst of all is her sorry-excuse for an ex-husband, Rusev. He ruined the happiest day of their lives to hide the fact that he wasn’t man enough to keep his own. wife.
Rusev appears on the Titantron with a fake beech backdrop behind him. Rusev is wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. He congratulates them but says they seem less happy than everyone in the arena. He says he got them something to cheer them up and it’s a wedding album; all photos of their disastrous wedding. The fans chant for Rusev. Lana screams that she hates him and everyone in the arena. Lashley tells her to shut up and Lana stares at him. Lashley says Rusev used to be a man but if he has any balls left he show-up next week so that he can rip them off and shove them down his throat.
Rusev shouts “no!”, that’s not going to happen. Next week will be the return of the Bulgarian Brute. He will do unspeakable things and brutalise his body. And if there’s anything left, it’s all Lana’s.
It’s official, next week Rusev will go one-on-one with Bobby Lashley in Kentucky.
The WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, is backstage with Charly Caruso. She says he just recently became the person with the most title wins in WWE history, so what’s in store for 2020? Liv Morgan walks-up before Truth can answer. She congratulates him before saying Lana will be in Lashley’s corner next week, so she will be in Rusev’s. And that’s a moment she will Liv for.
Charlotte Flair comes to the ring for a match against Sarah Logan. However, before the match begins, Logan attacks Charlotte and tosses her shoulder-first into the ring post. Logan chases Charlotte out of the ring and delivers a running knee, followed by some ground and pound. Charlotte turns the tables and rams Sarah into the barricade.
The action spills into the crowd but then Charlotte sends her back to ringside. Logan slams Flair into the LED apron and beats her down. Logan gets into the ring and lifts Charlotte’s robe and whips it off the mat a few times before standing on it and wiping her feet. Logan throws the robe at Charlotte and gets out of the ring, only for Flair to spear her. Charlotte tosses her into the barricade and beats her around ringside. Logan slams Flair into the ring post, but Charlotte fires back with a big boot. Flair puts her robe on and leaves.
We see Drew McIntyre walking backstage, heading ringside for a match after the break.
On his way to the ring, Drew McIntyre attacks Jose’s conga line.
The match begins and Drew drops Jose with a kick to the chest as he attempted to leap over him. A belly-to-belly from Drew, then he leaves the ring and chases a member of the conga line before chopping his chest and hitting an inverted Alabama Slam on the apron.
As McIntyre gets back in the ring, Jose attacks him. Drew misses a splash and gets rolled-up for a one-count. McIntyre hits the Future Shock DDT, followed by the Claymore Kick for the win.
After the match, Drew throws Jose out of the ring and onto the conga line. Drew grabs a mic and asks the fans if they dare him to do another Claymore, and they cheer. He tosses Jose back into the ring and hits a Claymore Kick as the fans chant.
“Didn’t even drop the microphone, thank you very much.” Drew says not take it personally, because he’s always hated conga lines. He asks the fans if they want to hear something about Drew McIntyre; he’s never had a World Title match. So if everyone is afraid to face him, then perhaps he has to enter the Royal Rumble. He rhymes off the known participants and says he doesn’t give a damn who is in the match, all that will be left is the “321” – his new saying to signal the Claymore Kick.
This match gets underway and Black catches a kick, ducks one, then shoves him back. Black and Benjamin engage in mat wrestling, with Aleister almost locking in the LeBell Lock, but Shelton deadlifts and slams him.
Black kicks Benjamin in the face, then teeps him into the ropes. Benjamin fires back with two forearms. Black springboards over Benjamin and connects with a few shots. Benjamin lands a kick but Black fires back with a leaping knee. Black lifts Benjamin with his foot and hits Black Mass for the win.
Once the match ends, Black sits Indian-style in the ring but Buddy Murphy appears and attacks him! Murphy slams Black into the ring post, then into the barricade. Buddy runs Black into a chair in the timekeeper’s area, then hits a switch knee to the jaw. Murphy places a chair under Black’s jaw and delivers a knee. Murphy sits on the barricade, Indian-style, and watches the referees tend to Aleister.
Seth Rollins comes to the ring with Akam and Rezar. He says he is the Messiah of Monday Night Raw and they made him that. He says he knows what is best for the fans and for WWE, and he will usher in the new era. Rollins invites Owens, Joe, and whoever is foolish enough to take up arms with them.
The match starts with Akam and Big Show. Akam attempts an Irish whip but it doesn’t work. Show tosses Akam, knocks Rezar from the apron, then slaps the chest of the incoming Messiah, who rolls from the ring.
Back from the final break of the night and Owens hits Rollins with a cannonball in the corner. Seth ducks a clotheslines from KO but gets caught with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. Owens climbs the ropes but Akam distracts the referee, allowing Rezar to shove him off and to the floor.
Seth tags Rezar, who goes out and attacks Owens on the floor. Rezar gets KO back in the ring and pound him before applying a neck crank. Akam tags in and hits a big stomp/sidewalk slam with Rezar. After some punching from Akam, Rollins tags in and delivers a springboard knee to Owens for a two-count.
Akam is tagged in and delivers a big shot to KO’s ribs. Owens kicks Akam out of the corner, counters a back suplex, and connects with an enziguiri. However Rezar tags himself in and knocks Joe from the apron. Owens superkicks Rezar and tags Big Show!
The World’s Largest Athlete comes in against Rollins and knocks him around the ring like a child. Show delivers a big shoulder tackle, meanwhile Akam and Rezar slam Owens into the steel steps on the outside. They distract Big Show, while Rollins leaps at him but gets caught. Akam and Rezar run in but Show grabs them both by the throat. Rollins comes in and hits Show with a chair in the back!
The heels beat on Show in the ring but Joe and Owens return to even the odds. The action spills from the ring. Rollins looks to hit The Stomp to Show but Owens grabs his foot, allowing Show to his the WMD!
AOP drag Rollins from the ring and up the ramp. Next week, Owens, Joe, and Show will face AOP and Rollins in the first-ever “fist-fight”. Also next week, Buddy Murphy faces Aleister Black, Randy Orton faces AJ Styles, and Rusev faces Bobby Lashley.
And that’s it for tonight’s Raw. Let us know what you thought and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. Until then, safe travels!