Welcome to Ringside News’ results for WWE RAW, which includes the highlights, winners, and reactions to the very special Legends Night.
That’s right, tonight is a celebration of WWE Legends, with stars like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Booker T, Torrie Wilson, Kurt Angle, Big Show, Carlito, Teddy Long and many, many more making appearances on the show. Of course, we can be cynical and say this is a cheap attempt at scoring some ratings, but why not just be happy to see some old faces? So let us know below which legend you’re excited to see and what you think they’ll be doing!
As for the normal show tonight, the WWE Championship will be on the line in a huge match between Drew McIntyre and Keith Lee. This marks Lee’s first shot at the big title and, while he’s unlikely to win it, this should be a great match. Sheamus has been in and around the title picture with his friend McIntyre and it seems very likely something will happen tonight to set-up a match between them at Royal Rumble.
Last week’s RAW ended with a confrontation between Randy Orton and Alexa Bliss, with the twisted Bliss demanding Randy set her on fire the way he did The Fiend. The lights in the arena went down and the last thing we saw was Orton lighting the match, so is Alexa Bliss dead? If not, how does Randy keep getting away with attempted murder? These are just some of the questions we have heading into the show.
That’s the preview for tonight’s RAW. We want to know what you’re thinking ahead of Legends Night and what your predictions are for the huge main event. Follow along here and refresh for live updates. Enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with a phone with a Hulk Hogan cover on the ground. Hulk starts talking and calls it the H-Phone, saying you can use it to watch YouTube, Tweet or post to Instagram, or call all the Hulkamaniacs. Hogan lifts the phone and poses with it.
The Miz and John Moisson are in the ring for Miz TV. The Miz runs down what’s happening on tonight’s show, which includes the newly-announced match of Randy Orton Vs. Jeff Hardy. The Miz says he is feeling optimistic about 2021 because it will be the year of Miz and Morrison, and now they want to introduce their first guests of the year: The New Day.
Kofi says this is their show, New Day Talks. Kofi sings the name while Woods plays the trombone. Xavier and Kofi mock Miz and Morrison until Miz asks if he can finally conduct the interview. They keep interrupting him by shouting “correct”. Kofi asks them if they have any new year’s resolutions and Morrison says he wants to become a chef, make investments, and take a picture of his face everyday. Kofi then asks who they’d like to go to dinner with and Morrison says Tatanka but Miz tells him to stop playing along, that the interview has gone on long enough.
Woods plays the trombone and Kofi says it’s the cooking portion of the show. Woods puts a chef hat on but Miz gets angry and tells them to shut up, that they’ve made fun of him long enough. Suddenly, Teddy Long comes onto the stage and he says his years as General Manager on SmackDown have given him the perfect solution: Miz and Morrison will face The Undertaker! Adam Pearce runs out and tells Long that Undertaker is retired, so instead he books a, you guessed it, tag team match!
The New Day Vs. The Miz & John Morrison
The match gets underway with Woods and Morrison and Xavier tries to roll him up for a one-count. Woods side-kicks Morrison, then takes a wristlock and tags Kofi so they can hit a double-team bulldog for two. Kofi hits a snapmare and a running kick, Woods tags in and follows-up with a kick of his own, then Kingston hits a rope-assisted splash.
Miz tags in and stomps Woods down, then runs for a big boot but gets rolled-up for a two-count. Woods shoves Miz to the corner and tags Woods so they can hit a rolling clothesline for two. Miz elbows Kofi back, then takes a headlock but gets shot off. Miz hits a shoulder tackle, then catches Kofi swining a kick and catapults him to the corner but Kofi springboards back with a crossbody for two. Woods tags in and flips Kofi onto Miz for a near-fall.
Morrison tags himself in and drops Woods but misses a standing shooting star. Woods applies a crossface and Kofi hits a basement dropkick. Kofi then lands on his feet following a monkey flip and twerks at Morrison. Kingston then hits a monkey flip of his own and Miz runs in but Woods drops him. Miz and Morrison roll outside and Kofi jumps onto them. New Day dance and play trombone as we take a break.
Back live and Kofi is all over Morrison but Miz causes a distraction, allowing Morrison to land a huge headkick. Miz tags in and chokes Kofi on the middle rope, then Morrison kicks him as he’s hung up. Morrison tags in again and thye hit a double-team gutbuster.
They continue making use of quick tags and beating on Kofi and keeping him isolated. Kofi eventually hits Miz with S.O.S and both men make tags. Woods comes in hot against Morrison, then tosses Miz over the ropes. Morrison tries to pin Woods using the ropes but Kofi shoves his feet off, allwowing Woods to drop Morrison and hit a shining wizard for the win.
Winners: The New Day
We see a replay of last week when Randy Orton invaded the Firefly Fun House and killed the puppets, then the finale when he may or may not have set Alexa on fire. Randy is backstage and he says the voices in his head told him to do it, set her on fire, but he couldn’t do it. Because, just like everyone else, The Fiend changed him. He showed Alexa compassion and mercy and he hates himself for it. But then he realised he could sculpt that hate and now he knows he’s capable of anything. He says he wants to go find some legends and have a talk, remind them why he’s the Legend Killer.
We see a video of a Tik Tok New Year’s Eve party with New Day and R-Truth. Angel Garza pinned Truth at the party and stole the title. Angel Garza is the New 24/7 Champion. He’s backstage with Alicia Fox and he says isn’t it the mostly beautiful thing she’s ever seen and she says no, that would be the vidoe of the guy on the skateboard drinking juice to Fleetwood Mac. Garza walks off and passes by Seargent Slaughter, Mickie James, and Tatanka and he asks them the same question. Slaughter tells him not to interrupt and he Garza starts talking about how 2021 is going to be amazing, he has his health, his title, and his looks, then hands James a rose. Slaughter stares after him and calls him a maggot.
Aj sTYLES w/Amos Vs. Elias W/Jackson Ryker
The match gets underway and Elias looks for a back suplex but Styles counters for a two-count. Elias gets frustrated with AJ and beats him down in the corner before hitting a big clothesine for a one-count. Elias takes a sleeper but AJ quickly backs him into the corner and elbows him repeatedly. Styles whips Elias to the ropes and kicks him but then gets hit with a Stun Gun. Elias lifts AJ up and military presses him onto the turnbuckles. Styles gets up on the apron but Elias forearms him off as we head to the break.
Back live and Elias is peppering AJ with right hands on the top rope. AJ slips down between his legs and drops Elias on the turnbuckle. AJ hits Elias with a forearm but the big man kicks him in the face. Styles hits a flurry of kicks and forearms but Elias catches him with a chokeslam for a near-fall. Elias goes up top but AJ rolls across the ring to avoid him.
Styles looks for the Phenomenal Forearm but Elias catches him with a knee for a near-fall. Elias lifts AJ for an electric chair but Styles counters with a hurricanrana into the buckles, then a brainbuster and the Styles Clash for the win!
Winner: AJ Styles
As soon as the match ends, Ryker slides in and swings a guitar at AJ but Amos appears and kicks the guitar into smithereens! Styles and Amos stare down Elias an Ryker at ringside.
Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring beside her father and we see a video from earlier today when Charlotte declared herself in the 2021 Royal Rumble. Flair will be in action next!
Big Show is sitting backstage with Matt Riddle and Riddle tells him he should change his name to The Big Bro. Show sings it and says he thinks it’s got a ring to it. Riddle walks off and up steps Randy Orton. Show gets in his face and Randy tries to goad him, even grabs him by the throat but Show sits down and says he isn’t falling for it. Randy says he’ll never wrestle again but Show says he’s happy to be a legend. Orton says if that were true he’s do something about it.
Charlotte Flair & aSUKA W/Ric Flair Vs. Peyton Royce & lacey evans
The match gets underway with Charlotte and Peyton and Flair quickly takes her down. Lacey tags in and waves at Ric, so Charlotte slams her down and holds her by the waist. Evans fights free and again waves at Ric but Charlotte grabs her and Lacey rolls outside. Peyton blind tags as Lacey gets inside, then cheap shots Charlotte and takes her down with right hands.
Flair fires back with a right hand of her own, then attempts a roll-up but Royce rolls through and kicks her. Royce then punches Asuka on the apron, so she tries to get inside but Royce and Evans uses the distraction to beat Flair in the corner. Asuka tags in and drops both Royce and Evans with shoulders and kicks, then a bulldog/clothesline combo. Flair tags back in against Evans but Lacey goes out and antagonises Ric, so Charlotte goes out and slaps her. Lacey tackles Charlotte to the ground and they brawl.
Back live and the heels are beating on Asuka in their corner. Peyton cmiles before throwing Asuka across the ring, then choking her in the corner with a boot. Asuka battles out and makes a tag to Flair while Evans comes in. Flair with a clothesline to Evans and a boot to Royce, then a moonsault to both. Asuka tags herself in a hits Royce with a shining wizard for a near-fall.
Asuka hits double knees and Flair hits a Natural Selection that Royce seemingly forgot how to take. Evans breaks up the pin attempt and clears Asuka from the ring, then crawls to Ric on the apron and tries to kiss him but Charlotte dropkicks her off. Flair puts Evans back in the ring but Royce shoves her back to the ropes where Ric trips her! Royce pins Charlotte for the win!
Winners: Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans
After the match Evans kisses Ric on the cheek and runs off. Charlotte is shocked and she goes out to stare at Ric. She tells him to stay away from her and he walks off.
Sheamus appraoches McIntyre backstage and wishes him good luck for tonight. Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart appear and Hulk says Drew has clearly been taking his vitamins and saying his prayers, and he just wants to say that Drew has been an incredible Champion during a crazy time. Hogan says Drew reminds him of himself. Drew thanks him and says that, if he reminds Hulk of himself, does that mean Sheamus reminds him of Jimmy Hart? He says Sheamus is the mouth of the south of Ireland. Sheamus is offended and walks off with Hart chasing after him shouting through the megaphone. McIntyre and Hogan then shout and pose together.
Riddle Vs. Bobby Lashley W/MVP
As Lashley is handing his title over, Riddle storms him in the corner and attacks him. Once the match begins, Riddle continues his quick offence. Riddle jumps onto Lashley but gets dumped badly on his shoulder. Lashley backs Riddle to the corner but Riddle jumps up and flings Bobby over the rpes to the floor using his legs. Riddle looks for a soccer kick but Lashley grabs the leg and gets Riddle onto his shoulders, then runs him head-first into the ring post!
Back live and Lashley is still in control of Riddle, holding him down with a headlock. Riddle fights up and hits a kick to the ribs but Lashley fires back with a spinning elbow and a lariat. Lashley applies a rear chinlock but as Riddle fight sup Bobby forces him to the corner and beats him down. Lashley runs at Riddle in the corner but Matt moves and Lashley crashes.
Riddle dodges Lashley and hits an overhead kick, followed by a running forearm in the corner. Lashley counters Riddle and looks for the Dominator but Riddle lands on his feet and hits a PK followed by a Broton for a one-count. Riddle hits a Final Flash knee for a near-fall. Riddle goes up top but MVP causes a distraction, allowing Lashley to grab him and hit the Dominator. Lashley poses before grabbing Riddle with the Hurt Lock. Riddle uses the ropes to jump up and over the referee, then taps out but the referee doesn’t see it. Bobby let’s go and MVP gets on the apron to celebrate but the referee tells them the match isn’t over. Riddle then rolls up Lashley for the win!
Mark Henry is on a scooter backstage with Ricochet and he tells him he needs to stay true to himself and he’ll be a star. Ricochet thanks him and walks off. Randy Orton appears and asks Henry if he’ll be in this year’s Royal Rumble, then looks at the scooter and says he guesses not. Randy makes fun of Henry and says he owes him a lot of receipts for all the World’s Strongest Slams he took. Orton tells him to peddle himself away and Henry does just that.
MVP and Lashley are backstage and Charly Caruso approaches them, saying the match was controversial. MVP says it wasn’t controversial, Lashley won, it was a travesty. Lashley says when he gets his hands on Riddle he won’t just make him tap, he’ll make the punk pay.
Mandy Rose malkes her way to the ring but her opponent, Shayna Baszler attacks her on the ramp! Baszler slams Rose into the barricae and beats her down until the referee tells her to back off. Dana Brooke runs down and tells Baszler she’ll fight her.
Shayna Baszler Vs. Dana Brooke
The match gets underway and Shayna kicks her leg and takes her down. Brooke tosses her out of the ring but Baszler gets right back in and grabs her in the Kirifuda Clutch but Brooke rolls back and pins her!
Winner: Dana Brooke
Baszler doesn’t release the submission after the bell, so Rose returns and hits her with a knee. Rose and Dana team to hit Baszler with a flapjack and kick her from the ring.
Ric Flair is backstage with I.R.S and Molly Holly but Randy Orton walks up and asks him if he wants to be in his corner one last time tonight, that is, so long as he doesn’t screw him like he screwed his daughter tonight. Ric says he’ll never be at Orton’s side again. He just wanted to be with him to see him win that 14th title. Orton laughs and insults Flair, saying the only relevancy Ric has is his daughter and she’s twice the competitor he ever was. Orton says Flair isn’t Ric Flair anymore, and he’s barely a man.
Riddle appears as Keith Lee is stretching backstage. He says he won his match against Lashley and he didn’t need luck, so he’s giving it to Lee. Not that he needs it because he’s a “beautiful stallion”. Lee thanks him and Riddle says 2021 is Lee’s year.
Randy Orton Vs. Jeff Hardy
The match begins and Orton forces Hardy to the corner and tussles with him before delivering a sick thumb to the eye. Orton puts Jeff down and stomps him, then tosses him through the ropes to the floor. Orton takes Hardy to the announce desk and slams his head into it over and over, then hits a back suplex onto the table. Orton gets Hardy back in the ring and applies a wristlock to Jeff, twisting his hand, then stomping it.
Hardy tries to fight back but Orton knees him and whips him hard to the buckles, only for Jeff to bounce back with a lariat. Hardy headbutts Randy and forces him to the corner where he drills him with shoulders. Orton drops Jeff with a kick, then performs the Orton Stomp. Randy applies a headlock but Jeff fights up and hits a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes up top but Randy rolls outside Jeff drops to the apron and jumps onto Randy as we head to the break.
We’re back and Orton has Hardy in a headlock. Orton switches to sticking his fingers in Jeff’s ear lobes and pulling them in a disgusting fashion. Orton stomps Jeff’s limbs and gets a two-count, then goes right back to the headlock. Hardy hits a jawbreaker to get free, then lands an inverted atomic drop, legdrop and a diving forearm for a two-count.
Orton whips Hardy to the buckles but gets caught with Whisper in the Wind. Jeff hits a shot to the liver and dropkicks Randy out of the ring. Hardy gets Orton back in the ring and goes up top but Randy knocks him off and hits the draping DDT. Orton looks for the RKO but Jeff rolls him up for two. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Randy spins through and hits the RKO for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
Lucha House Party are walking backstage and bump into Melina. They ask if she’s here for the Lucha Legends night and she just smiles. Melina then starts chanting “Lucha” and they chant along with her. They’ll be facing The Hurt Business after the break!
Lucha House Party Vs. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin W/MVP
The match starts with Shelton and Gran Metalik. Benjamin takes control early but Metalik catches him with a headscissors. Metalik attempts a springboard but gets caught and powerbombed. Cedric tags himself in and drops Metalik with a clothesline for a one-count. Alexander looks for the Lumbar Check but Metalik counters and tags Lince Dorado, who comes in with a big headscissors.
Alexander catches Dorado with a clothesline, then unleashes a fury of offence. Alexander tosses Dorado to the ropes but gets caught with a springboard Stunner. Shelton tags in and knocks Metalik off the apron with a leaping knee. Dorado knocks Alexander out of the ring, then catches Benjamin with a crucifix pin for the win!
Winners: Lucha House Party
MVP is shocked on the floor. Alexander stands beside him and shakes his head at Benjamin, who comes out and argues with him. MVP has to get between them and Alexander storms off.
Torrie Wilson is backstage with Nikki Cross when Angel Garza walks up and tries to give Wilson a rose. She tells him that she invited Cardi B and Ariana Grande to the show tonight and they’re just down the hallway, so he should go give them his rose. Garza follows her directions and ends-up in a room with The Boogeyman, then runs out screaming but gets caught by R-Truth and pinned! R-Truth is the New WWE 24/7 Champion. Truth runs off with Torrie Wilson and Nikki Cross, then Ron Simmons appears and says that sweet word we all love.
Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring. He’ll be facing Keith Lee with his WWE Championship on the line, next!
(C) Drew McIntyre Vs. Keith Lee
The match begins and they have a rough lock-up, in which McIntyre forces Lee to the ropes. They lock-up again and Lee forces Drew to the corner until they break. McIntyre takes a chinlock but Lee breaks free and shoots him into the ropes. Lee tries to leapfrog but McIntyre catches his leg by accident and Lee falls but they cover it well. Drew backs Lee into the corner and chops him.
Lee blocks an Irish whip and floors McIntyre with a huge right hand. The Champion rolls outside to regroup, then gets back inside and tries to slow things and chop Lee down. Lee fights back and clothesline McIntyre over the ropes to the floor, then goes after him. Drew hits Lee with a big boot but Keith hits him with a running tackle that sends the Champion up and over the barricade onto the concrete!
We return to see Lee smash McIntyre for a two-count. The Champion is sucking wind and holding his ribs as Lee backs him into the corner and clubs him in the gut. McIntyre punches back but gets scoop slammed for his troubles. Lee continues the assault on the Champion as we see a bunch of the legends watching from the stage.
McIntyre avoids Grizzly Magnum and beats on Lee but attempts a belly-to-belly to no avail. McIntyre slams Lee into the buckles and tries for it again but Lee knees him. Lee lifts McIntyre but the Champion slides off and shoves him into the buckles, then this the belly-to-belly! McIntyre hits a running neckbreaker, then kips-up and goes to the corner.
McIntyre wants a Claymore but Lee avoids it. McIntyre attempts a roll-up but Lee stays on his feet and hits McIntyre with a one-handed spinebuster. The Champion rolls out of the ring to catch his breath but Lee chases after. McIntyre lifts Lee up in a powerbomb position and slams him into the announce desk but right at the edge! Both men are down at ringside.
We return in time to see McIntyre hit a flying clothesline off the top rope for a near-fall. McIntyre chops the chest but Lee turns him inside out with a lariat and scores a near-fall. Lee readies himself and attempts another lariat but McIntyre ducks and they link arms and struggle for control. Lee flips McIntyre over but Drew catches him with a Future Shock DDT for a near-fall.
McIntyre goes up top but this time Lee meets him up there and climbs up. The Champion tries to punch him off but Lee hits him back and lands a Spanish Fly for a near-fall! They slowly get up and Lee wants a Spirit Bomb but McIntyre fights free and hits a spinebuster with a jackknife cover for a near-fall. McIntyre looks for a Claymore Kick but Lee catches the foot! Lee looks for a Spirit Bomb but Drew jumps off, hits the ropes, ducks a lariat, and hits the Claymore for the win!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match McIntyre grabs his title and then grabs the microphone. As soon as Drew is about to speak he gets interrupted by none other than Goldberg!
McIntyre offers Goldberg a handshake but instead Goldberg takes a microphone. Goldberg says he was in the back thinking there is no better person to be WWE Champion; he has speed, athleticism, but he doesn’t have respect. Goldberg says Drew looks at the people on the stage as washed-up and tired and that he’s better than they ever were. But he’s wrong, and that’s where he comes in. It’s all about respect. He’s not out here to demand anything, he’s challenging him to a match at the Royal Rumble.
Drew laughs and says he thinks Goldberg is trying to get inside his head because that’s not who he is or how he thinks whatsoever. He respects every person on that stage. But as for Goldberg…think back to who he was twenty years ago; the man full of piss and vinegar and destroying everything in his path. But who is he now? It would be like facing his dad. Goldberg and McIntyre share a tense laugh together, then Goldberg shoves him and RAW immediately ends.
That’s it for this week’s WWE RAW. Let us know what you thought of the main event and that shocking ending. We’ll see you back here tomorrow for all your wrestling news. Until then, stay safe!
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